Tuesday, 19 August 2014
It’s called a Blog Hop with a Difference, and the reason it’s different is because there’s no end to it! Let me explain.....
Last week I was tagged in the Blog Hop with a Difference by Eleni Gratsia.
Eleni has been crafting for years, from needlepoint to paper, always trying out new techniques, dabbling in all aspects of the craft, she truly is, as we call her, our guru!
I have known Eleni since February of 2008, where we met at one of the first scrapbooking classes held here in Athens Greece. I can say that we hit it off immediately, and over these 6 years, besides our common interests in crafting, we have become close friends too.
Today (well, I am actually a day late, but you will find out why further on)....
I share with you my contribution to the Blog Hop, including the three people I’ve chosen to carry on the banner next week. But I’ll get to that in a minute.
I’ve been invited to answer the following questions …
1. What am I working on right now?
I am currently on leave and on vacation, but my laptop is with me. I am working on finishing some digital printable journal kits for my etsy shop. Unfortunately, my internet connection is not one of the best here where I am right now, and one of the reasons I couldn’t post this on time yesterday.... (um.... okay... going to the beach was also a priority that hindered my blogging... xi xi xi).
Here is a sneak peek of what I am working on and what is coming to my etsy store soon....
2. How long does it take to create a project?
Xi xi xi.... this is a question I really can’t answer...... it can take me a few days to years! LOL.... I am my worst critic, and often work on a project a little at a time (whenever time permits me) until I feel it is ready. Even after it is “done”, I might see something I would like to change and go back to it... I am working hard on changing this aspect of my creative process.... can I hear a “woot woot” from my close friends that know me personally.... ????
A phrase I get to hear far too to often from them is.. “άντε... τελείωνε!!!!” ... which translates to... “come on, finish it!”
3. What are my favourite things I love to create with at the moment?
Xmmmm.... I like to try new things, always searching the net for what is new, new techniques that are out there...
I have supplies, but when creating a layout, I often end up making all of my own embellishments to go on the project too. I love a layout with layers and depth, textures and visual interest. When I say make my own embellishments, I mean, take white cardstock, cut out various shapes on my pazzles, then colour them to match the project I am working on. This is one of my favourite layouts, where I believe I started with one piece of paper that I used for my background.
So, I guess to answer the question correctly, I would say, ... my favourite things to create with... white cardstock, something to cut it with (pazzles, punches, bigshot) and then various colouring mediums.
4. How does my writing / creating process work?
My creative process always starts with the photo and how I want to portray it. I then decide on what colours I would like to use... go through my stash of paper, pick out embellishments that I feel I might use on the project. I often “sketch” out the layout on my computer, so I can see the placement of my elements, the size I would like for my photograph, and for my embellishments. Since I mentioned above that I make most of my embellishments, I need to know what size to cut them out etc. I then start playing with putting the layout together. For me, it isn’t only about preserving the memory, it is also the process of creating, and of making something that I would like to look at.
5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
Surfing the net for what others are creating I think is a major inspiration. My nieces and nephew are also I huge part of me wanting to create. But since they live on the other side of the world, I only have the photos that my sister takes and posts to scrap with.
6. What is my signature style?
I don’t have a signature style... my layouts go from shabby chic, to mixed media... and I think one you could also categorize as clean & simple. My digital designs are mainly vintage inspired, (I looooooove vintage), but since I like to try out new things as I said before, you don’t look at one of my layouts and think... “that is Nektaria’s”. I wish I did have a style, I envy the scrappers that do, when you look at a piece of art and can immediately recognize the artist. But my interests are just too many. I guess I am a “jack of all trades, but also a master of none”.. LOL.
Okay, I think that is definitely enough about me, time for me to direct you to other scrappers/crafters that I admire!
The first is.... my sister!!! Her blog is shanouki although she is much more active on her facebook page which you can find here. I admire her, because I cannot, for the life of me understand, how, with three small kids aged 5, 4 and 2, with no help at all, she manages to be a full time mother, wife AND still finds time to craft!! She makes gorgeous Button & Bling art and items which she sells in her store over on madeit.
My number two choice, will have to be Katerina. She is actually the first scrapbooker that I met. She came and introduced herself from way over on the other side of the huge conference table we were sitting at, at the first scrapbooking lesson we both attended. She is always, full of life, positive energy, full of inspiration that breams over onto whoever is next to her at the time. She is also the inspiration for the first kit you see above, Katerina's Nuptules is a set of papers I designed for her wedding in May, and am now turning them into a printable journal kit! One of the most generous people I know, I feel truly blessed to be able to call her a friend!
Then, this post wouldn’t be complete without my mention of Zeffy, who you can find over on her blog here. She is truly creative individual, who is always on the go with some project or other. A caring individual, who will tell you straight up what she thinks, she will push you if you need pushing, console you if you need a shoulder to cry on. She has stood by me through some rough times, and I thank her from the depths of my heart. An inspiration, a friend, a mother figure... thank you Zeffy!!!
Sunday, 16 March 2014
Back again this week, with my LO for round 4 of the Supreme Scrap Tournament!
My entry was in literally at the last minute, and I have to admit, I am not at all happy with the photos since I took them at night, but ran out of time. Life caught up with me this week.
Enough with the boring details, and on with the challenge.
It was, once again, quite challenging, as we were not allowed any ink or stamps or paints or anything of that nature. Back to basics in a way with "hide & seek" elements.
These were the rules for the challenge:
dubble page layout
2 pages of 30,4 x 30,4 cm (12 x 12 inch)
- eight or more
- no duplicate photo's
- Make on your pages. Minimum of three
- The hidden part of the elements should not be visible at first sight! It needs opening before we can see the hidden inside.
- Size of the elements is free
- Place of the elements on the pages is free
- Type of the elements is free. The three hidden elements may be of the same type. But you can use 2, 3 or more different elements. Your choice.
- Think of flaps that can open, elements that can turn, secret elements that you have to pull out of their hiding place.
- It is ok if a pulling mechanism is visible. Such as a piece of paper, a fiber or ribbon, a brad used for turning a wheel.
- All kinds of ink (including spray ink and misting ink)
- No paint of any sort
- No stamps
- No gesso
- No chalk
Soooo... here is my take on the challenge, my nieces playing with bubbles!
They absolutely LOVE bubbles, where ever we go, the older one always asks for bubbles. She can play for hours outside blowing and running to make big bubbles. The little one ofcourse, just adores to chase them!!!
Special moments, and even though the photographs are not what I had hoped, I am super glad I documented this day. (Australia 17th December 2013. Miss them too much!)
I used Kaiser craft's Confetti collection for this LO....
Sunday, 2 March 2014
I am back with a new LO, this time for round 3 of the Supreme Scrap Tournament.
This was again a tough one, and we all had to put our thinking caps on, and roll up our sleeves for some serious doodling!
The rules were as follows:
Make a scrapbooking layout with lots and lots of doodling on it.
- Format 30,4 x 30,4 cm (12x12 inch)
- 4 photos
- photo’s with (foreground or background) or parts of people on them.
- You will have to add . (exactly 2 no more no less)
- Add a on the layout
- Add a on the layout.
- All doodling must be doodled!
- . So no flowers on your LO. Including your papers and photos and doodling. You can't even doodle flowers on your layout. You can doodle anything else.
- Cutting machines and punches are allowed except for alphabets and flowers.
So, here is my take on the challenge.... for the love of teddies...
It took me a whole week to decide on which photos to choose, and then I had today to execute it.
It definitely came out much differently from what I had imagined, and I seem to make my life difficult by coming up with the hardest ideas to execute. This time it was to make my doodling a resist. This meant that I had to doodle with white on white... which ofcourse meant that I couldn't really see what I was doing. However, when the inks and watercolours were added...the magic happened....
I went over many areas with my fine Whispers markers to accentuate certain areas.
I began the LO by hand sketching my title, and then using some masking fluid to mask it off. I added quite a few layers of shading to the title so that it would pop!
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
I am back with another post, to show you my LO for the second challenge of the Supreme Scrap Tournament.
This one, I must admit, was really a tough one, more so than I thought originally.
The rules were as follows:
2 pages Layout (double page!)
You can choose your own theme
The monochromatic color scheme you use is up to you
Minimum of 1 photo
- One photo must be partly on the left and partly on the right page
- You are restricted from using black anywhere on the layout including, ink, paint, pen lines, journaling or any other elements.
- There is not to be black on the page with the exception of your black and white photo(s).
- You can not use brown to antique elements unless brown is the colour you choose for your monochromatic colour scheme.
embellishments, inkt, media stuff, everything that you want in the monochromatic colour.
xxxmmmmm.... yes, quite a tough challenge, and I found these cute photographs of my niece that I took in January, and decided to scrap them with a warm grey!!! yip, grey! Turned out to be much tougher than I had imagined. I didn't have the exact shade I was after, so I mixed my own spray ink using some pearly off-white paint, some black ink and a touch of mahogany coloured ink to give me the warm tone.
I wanted the focus on the photographs, so I went for a simpler uncluttered LO.
So here it is, #yummy strawberries!!!
Let me know what you think & thank you for looking!!!!
Saturday, 8 February 2014
I decided to take part in the Supreme Scrap Tournament that was organized by some very gutsy ladies over here!!!!
The first challenge they set for us was: to make a double page LO, featuring at least 3 photographs, NO MISTS what so ever, and show them where we live, withing 1000 steps that is!!
This is my take on the first challenge.
I live in the most populated area of Athens Greece, and I think it is much prettier at night, so, my photographs, document a walk down to a pedestrian street lined with cafeterias and restaurants. I used Echo Park "Here and now" collection. I stenciled with gesso over two areas of my LO to add some texture, and then only some stamping and empellishments were used.
Friday, 26 July 2013
It is this theme exactly.... that we use to challenge you for the next two months...yes... two months...over on the Scrapgreece blog. Since these are meant to be days of enjoyment outside, there will be only one challenge for both July and August.
It is of my niece Tia... while on holiday a couple of years ago.... she loved the beach and playing in the sand. I hope I managed to capture some of that playfullness in the LO.
Some rubons, embellishments and a handwritten title finish of this LO of Tia being totally... Dotty for the beach!
Thank you for stopping by, drop by the Scrapgreece blog to see some more inspiration by the other DT members.
Enjoy your summer!!
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
That is the title to my project, a 3D hot air ballon that I made from the Svgcuts High Skies Kit.
I fell in love with the kit as soon as I saw it, and even though it was one of my first 3D projects, I just had to make it.
I found the perfect opportunity, when I read the challenge that Katerina gave us over at the Scrapgreece blog, for the month of April.
The song I chose was "You raise me up" by Westlife (although they were not the original artists).
I dressed it in pink and turquoise, glitter and bows, and hung the cute faces of my two adorable nieces underneath with a banner that reads "you raise me up".
Hope you enjoy my project, and hope you come over to Scrapgreece to play with us this month.
The challenge is open to all greeks around the globe!
Thank you for stopping by!
Friday, 1 March 2013
Well, we woke up to a gloriously sunny day today in Athens, although the air was a little chilly, we definetly needed our shades!!!
So, in the spirit of sunshine and a promise of warmer weather, I would like to share a layout with you today, that I did as DT for Scrapgreece, for the month of march.
Katerina challenged us to make a LO that let us know... spring is coming....!
Sunday, 17 February 2013
Today I wanted to share some art-journalling with you.
The Craft Barn has a super Alpha-Dictionary challenge going on, where they give us a letter every two weeks, and you pick a word and alter that page in the dictionary.
I didn't make the deadline for this week's challenge, but wanted to show you what I created anyway!
Lot's of inking, lot's of layers, and drawing!
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
am I a bad blogger or what???
ok... don't answer that!
It seems to be difficult for me to open up blogger and actually just write... but I really need to do it more often... so I can share some of my projects with you...
This is one such occasion...
a quick card that I made for my friend... who has decided to look for greener pastures by giving London a try. The economic situation in Greece has forced many to look for work elsewhere... and this is quite a sad situation, so a card was in order to reflect the exact opposite!
I wanted a card that would be hopeful and cheery.
This is the card accompanied a small gift to say, farewell... goodluck and .."Hello New Adventures"!
I am entering it in the Get Creative January 5th Card Challenge... to make a New Years Card...
ok.. xmmm... mine is about new beginnings... so it might not be applicable for this challenge, but I will enter it anyway and leave it up to the DT judges to decide!
On this card I used Basic Grey Sulty paper and embellishments... and cut out the Hello New adventures...
All the sparkly embossing on the "new adventures" ofcouse is totally lost in my B-U-tiful photography but I promise it is there!!... ha ha ha...
but you get the idea!
Thanx for looking!!!
Saturday, 1 December 2012
Unfortunately, I am struggling to get into the Christmas spirit. Memories of childhood years where Christmas was spent with the WHOLE family at my uncle's farm, all the cousins playing together, one of our uncles getting dressed as "farther Christmas" (as we call Santa in South Africa), make this time of year a little sad for me... wishing for days gone by.
Needless to say, I needed some cheering up...
SO, I decided I needed to get my paints, paste, brushes and stencils out, and just play!!
And play I did... you DO NOT want to see my desk after this little excercise! xi xi xi.
The result was this little canvas, that I call... Christmas Cheer Lives Here.
It will be hung on my door, to remind me that Christmas is meant to be a happy time of sharing, and that you can share even across great distances (thank goodness for technology!)
So back to business...
This is the sketch that Katerina of Scrapgreece designed for the December challenge.
You may enter with a layout, a card, an art journal page, a canvas, whatever inspires you as long as you follow the sketch.
I turned it clockwise on it's side, cut up some papers from Echo Park, took out my paints and inks... paste and stencils thin canvas fabric.... yellow glitter paper.... texture stamps and stazon ink....
and came up with this canvas....
Thursday, 1 November 2012
Just like any other family, ours is blessed with rivalry about who is yiayia's favourite... (yiayia is the Greek word for Granny)....
With 4 children, 11 grandchildren and now 8 great-grand children... you can understand what went on, when I had the brilliant idea of making our gran a scrapbook with photos of all of us.
Since we are all situated on 3 different continents now, with the majority in South Africa, myself in Greece, my sister in Australia, F in Dubai and N in Canada.... (literally an international family)....
e-mailing is a must... ofcourse now with Facebook we can chat in different ways....
but I am sure glad I kept a copy of the e-mails that were going back and forth in September of 2007. Even now, 5 years later when I read them, I cannot help but smile and laugh at the humour of it all, and remember how close we all are, even if oceans seperate us!
Cheers to the Papastefanou clan! I miss you guys!
So why am I telling you all this, you might ask. Well, because I decided to use those fond memories to make my layout for the November challenge over on the Scrapgreece blog. Katerina challenged us to make a LO using a memory of a moment that makes us smile. Perfect opportunity to scrap the story above.
Her sketch was just right to fit the photos of all the stars in this story.....
And this is my take on the sketch and the challenge.
I used my electronic cutter quite a bit for this LO (it was sitting alone on my desk quite sad from being negleted). All of the embellishments and bits were cut out (most were found here, and the rest I designed myself.
You can download the files to my designs here. I have them available in svg, dxf, wpc and studio formats.
The background paper which started out white, was clear embossed, misted, misted again with masks, glittered up with gold (for glamour... xi xi xi) and then embossed again with white embossing powder to add more texture.
The e-mails I printed up in a 16-page format and bound it in mini booklet form, using the "smile" speech bubble as the cover.
As always, the challenges are open for all Greeks where ever you are on this planet!
Tuesday, 2 October 2012
αλλά στο Scrapgreece, βάλαμε λίγη φαντασία και δημιουργήσαμε!!!
and then there was... cake!
Και αφού ακόμα δεν έχω καταφέρει να φτιάξω σύνθεση με τις φωτογραφίες του γάμου... είπα να χρησιμοποιήσω κάποιες εδώ... μίας και ταιριάζουν γάντι στο θέμα μας!
Σας ευχαριστώ που ήρθατε να με επισκευτείτε!
Monday, 24 September 2012
Well... I guess some people prefer to plan ahead, so if you fall into that category, and reside in Australia or New Zealand (she will ship worldwide but is located in Australia), then I have a page for you to check out. Shanouki, can be found on facebook, on her blog here, or at her Madeit store here. She has some very very cute ideas for the end of the year teacher's gifts, or stocking fillers for friends and family. So, pop on over to her page, and have a look at all the hand-made goodies for sale!
I came across these and thought I would share them with you.
They are super economical, and original and so adorable!
She will also custom orders, check out her button art section! So cute!
Thanx for having a look, remember, drop in at Shanouki, and leave some love!
Thursday, 13 September 2012
Just a short post tonight… something I made about a month ago for a friend. I was on the roll with the bookbinding, so decided to make a note book for her, something she could use to jot down her ideas.
I covered it in pink paper… lots and lots of pink… nothing but pink… butterflies, flowers and GLITTER!
thanx for stopping by!
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Υπό νέα διεύθυνση (μίας και η Ελίνα Κουτσουράδη, πέρασε τη σκυτάλη στην Κατερίνα Λαιοπούλου), ο scrapbook-κόσμος των ελλήνων scrapbookers, scrapgreece.ning.com, σας παρουσιάζει προκλήσεις υπό νέα μορφή…. και με σχεδιαστική ομάδα!
… και ΝΑΙ!! είμαι και 'γω μέλος αυτού του υπέροχου και δημιουργικού Design Team!
Για τον μήνα του Σεπτέμβρη, η Κατερίνα δημιούργησε ένα υπέροχο sketch για να μας εμπνεύσει, και πολύ σωστά το έθεσε πως… το καλοκαίρι, είναι ακόμα εδώ!!
Εγώ επέλεξα να κάνω art journalling για αυτό το challenge, μιας και ήμουν διακοπές, με λιγοστά υλικά, όπως θα δείτε στις φωτογραφίες παραπάνω. Οι αγαπημένες μου υδατοδυάλητες ξυλομπογιές, έπαιξαν κυρίαρχο ρόλο, όπως και ένα κομμάτι καμβά, που έβαλα στο κουτί μου τελευταία στιγμή και χρησιμοποίησα για να φτιάξω τα διακοσμητικά που μου έλλειπαν.
Τα challenges είναι ανοιχτά για ΟΛΛΕΣ της Ελληνίδες, οπουδήποτε στον κόσμο!!!
Ελάτε να παίξουμε μαζί!!
Ελάτε στο blog των Ελλήνων scrapbookers, για περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες!
The September challenge for the Greek Scrapbookers, is up!
It is open for ALL Greeks, where ever you might be in the world!
Come on over to our blog, get inspired by the rest of the Design Team work, create a LO, card, art journal page, or canvas, and come join in the fun. Katerina has provided us with a sketch that she would like you to follow!!!
Let the fun begin!!
Thanx for popping by!
Monday, 20 August 2012
Αυτές τις μέρες είχα κάτι πολύ όμορφο με το οποίο να ασχοληθώ!!
Την Παρασκευή παντρεύεται ο Μ., την εκλεκτή της καρδιάς του, Γ., και ένας πολύ καλός τους φίλος, μου εμπιστεύτηκε την δημιουργία του βιβλίου ευχών, το οποίο και θα τους το κάνει δώρο!
Η νύφη επέλεξε τις παστέλ αποχρώσεις του ροζ, κίτρινου, λιλά και τουρκουάζ, για την διακόσμηση του γάμου, και πολύ χάρηκα που είχα να δουλέψω με αυτόν το ξεχωριστό συνδυασμό!
Όλες οι εσωτερικές σελίδες, είναι διακοσμημένες με τις παλ αποχρώσεις και τρισδιάστατα στοιχεία στα ίδια χρώματα. Καρδούλες, πεταλούδες, πέρλες και κορδέλες!
Στο εξώφυλλο, επέλεξα να βάλω τα μονογράμματα του ζευγαριού, και λουλούδια φτιαγμένα από οργάνζα στις ίδιες αποχρώσεις όπως το εσωτερικό!
Εύχομαι στο ζευγάρι, η ώρα η καλή!! Να ζήσουν αγαπημένοι, ευτυχισμένοι και πάντα ερωτευμένοι!
Σας ευχαριστώ που με επισκεφτήκατε!