4 years ago I decided to start a scrapbook for my best friend of 25 years, as a going away present to her, when I left France to come to Germany. That was my first contact with the paper crafting world. I remember going to a scrapbook course and everyone knew what they wanted to do and how to do it and I didn’t even know what scrapbooking meant! I brought one photo and thats all! The teacher was really frustrated with me and if it wasn’t for a really nice lady beside me who explained what I should do (just decorate around the photo with different shapes of paper…) I would have left in tears, feeling very stupid indeed!
When I decided to start the scrapbook, I thought I could finish the 25 page album in the month I had before I left France, in between packing my whole house… and life. Little did I know it would take me between 4 to 6 hours to decorate just one page! She got the book 2 years later… and that was the last time I touched a scrapbook! LoL!
Then this summer, I started learning to watercolour a leaves and flowers with Yao Cheng at Creative Bug and I wanted desperately to paint a flower wreath, but my painting skills were not good enough…yet! 😉 So when I saw the Scrapbook challenge at Altenew, it was the perfect opportunity to create a flower wreath AND use almost all the Altenew flower stamp sets I have!
The roses come from Vintage Flowers, the leaves from Freeform Greenery, the pink peonies from Peony Bouquet, the long leafy stems & camelias(?) from Blooming Bouquet & the yellow freesia & sentiment comes from Fresh Freesias. They were all coloured using my Zigs Clean colour real brushes & a water brush.
I really love that I get to use so many different stamps at the same time and as it didn’t take me 4h to do this page, I now look forward to doing more scrapbook pages!
I also want to share a pic of my daughter using my stamps and inks to decorate her school book. She didn’t choose the easiest stamps to start with and she did it all by herself so I’m really proud of what she created! She drew the elephant on her own btw.
Here are afew pics of my progression in my water colouring course with Creative Bug.
Lets say the roses are all leaning towards me which is why they have such big heads!! LoL! I used Windsor and Newton paints and DaVinci Casaneo brushes.
Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think of my painting efforts. Your comments always make my day!
P.S The beautiful lady beside me in the scrapbook page is my closest friend here. We met on Facebook before I arrived in Germany and because of her, coming to Ulm was like coming home. So my first scrapbook page I’ve made here, is for her.
P.P.S.S I’ve started using Affiliated links for some products which I love using and have been using for some time. This means I will get a very small commission (I’m not kidding, its VERY small) from the companies, if you buy the product through my links. There is no extra cost for you. This helps me feel less guilty about spending so much on craft supplies. Yes, earning $3/mth WILL help me feel better about spending $100 each month… its the principal that counts! 😉 And I can tell my hubby I’m running a business and its not a hobby so I need to spend 10h a day crafting! 😂
I’m sharing this at:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps – Make your mark
Use your favourite Stamps – Altenew is certainly one of my top three favourite brands!
The sketch layout for the Altenew challenge