10 September 2017

Photobook - a review | Saal- Digital

Hi there,

today I am back to share a review on a super fun product with you!
I am a sucker for photography - and for printing my photos! But I never managed to combine photos that belong to a specific event into some sort of album - so I decided to create a photobook and get that printed with my favorite pictures!

The book I printed is from Saal Digital.
I decided to use some pictures from my trips to Paris and combine them.
Some details about my book:
It is 28x 28 centimeters, includes 28 pages - the cover is matte and the book itself doesn't have a barcode- I decided to not have one printed because I wanted my cover photo to wrap around and look nice and neat ;)

I placed my order on August 4th and it arrived on August 11th - how crazy fast is that?!
When I opened the package the book came wrapped in a soft cushion like material to protect it. After I took it out I was amazed by the feel of cover - so soft!
The quality is beyond amazing, the cover is matte and first I thought it would show every single finger print - but it doesn't at all. The matte effect makes it look very high- end and high quality!

For the inside I went with a mixture of layouts. Once you download the software there are premade layouts where you just need to fill in pictures and text, but I wanted to keep things simple and with the focus on the photos. I created some pages with a small white frame around the pictures and on some pages I spread the photo, so it becomes a two- pager.
Those are by far my favorite, and I am completely loving how they look. You cannot even tell the line from the middle of the book, because it lays completely flat once open.

The pictures inside are 100% sharp and give me massive Paris and travel vibes.
I think this is such a great way to preserve memories!

Overall I am more than impressed with the service, the super fast shipping, the awesome customer service and most importantly the quality of the book! I am already planning my next book as a gift and can only recommend the service for anyone within Germany or Europe!

Now, why don't we let the pictures speak?!

There are a lot more pictures inside the book but I picked my favorites - I think you can tell I love the double- page spreads right?!

Have you ever printed your own photobook? If not, I can only recommend Saal Digital. I will defintely use their printing service for future projects and for printing my pictures!

Have a great week,

02 February 2017

Altenew - Loved

Hi friends -

today I have a new layout to share with you! It is different than my usual layouts as I used no patterned papers at all, only three word stickers from my stash and one Chipboard Thicker from the Maggie Holmes Gather Collection.
You would think that this layout is minimal and super simple but I also used a gorgoeus stamp set from Altenew for adding my own Ephemera pieces and to create my own patterned paper.

These stamps are absolutely gorgeous and quickly became my new favorites! The set is called "Vintage Roses". If you are within Europe and are looking for a place to grab Altenew sets Scrapbook Werkstatt now sells this amazing company!
You can get the set by itself here or - like I did - in the Altenew Stamp kit "Layered Rose". This stamp kit comes with the stamp set "Vintage Roses", with the set "Painted Greetings", with six mini cubes for stamping the florals (three shades of pink, two shades of green, one black) , an acrylic block and an inspiration booklet - AMAZING value for the amount of products you receive.

You can get it here at Scrapbook Werkstatt. Now let's move onto the layout, shall we?!


Loved by Laureen Wagener

DESCRIPTION: I desperatly wanted to use the the flowers from the Vintage Roses set to create my own patterned paper. I embellished with the flowers and only a few items from my stash to really keep the focus on the beautiful roses.

HOW TO: Use a piece of white smooth cardstock and stamp the roses from the stamp set like the layering guide explains. You start with the darkest color and the smallest stamp as this will later on be the most detailed part of the rose. Continue to stamp until you use the lightest color with the solid stamp. In the kit there are three shades of pink - as my darkest color I used the black ink included for the stamps that require four layers. You can also stamp the Ruby Red twice for a darker impression. Stamp out roses were you'd like them - if you want to overlap roses create a mask out of sticker or masking paper and place it over the flower you want to be "on top" and then stamp the other images behind like other flowers or leaves. Stamp more flowers onto a different piece of paper and die- cut them with coordinating dies or fuzzy cut the images. Place a strip of washi tape on your page and layer tissue paper on top for added dimension - place your "patterned paper" on top and stick it down with foam squares. Create clusters using the flowers and leaves around your picture and place your title.

SUPPLIES: Stamps: Altenew Vintage Roses, Stamp kit: Layered Rose, cardstock: American Crafts, adhesive: American Crafts; ink: Altenew

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Thank you so much for stopping by today!

18 January 2017

Felicity Jane - I can & I will

Friends - I acutally crafted just for me, for a personal layout without having a due date or commitment! And it felt absolutely great!

I tried to make a small dent in my Felicty Jane stash and therefore I created this layout yesterday using the Felicity kit. It will function as a reminder to stay positive and will be hung on the wall beside my bed.

I can & I will by Laureen Wagener

DESCRIPTION:Trying to make a dent in my stash so I used my favorite Felicity Jane kit to date - Felicity. It is the September 2016 kit and I couldn't love the colors more! I really needed a positive reminder and so I decided to create a layout to be hung right next to my bed. Using a cut file made this page come together quit easily.

HOW TO: Chose your favorite cut file - I used one from The Cut Shoppe and modified it so it would be a Fold and Cut. If you use a Fold and Cut, fold over the shapes and use a bone folder to flatten the crease lines. Back the open spaces with lots of different patterned papers. Try to not ue the same pattern next to each other. Create lots of layers behind your picture - use patterned paper, vellum, tags or a doilie. Embellish around the picture to draw the focus on your picture. Stick down your title onto your picture if there is space left for it.

SUPPLIES: Felicity Kit: Felicity Jane, cardstock: American Crafts, adhesive:American Crafts;Cut file: The Cut Shoppe



Big Picture Classes - Stitch a Statement

Hi friends -
I am delighted to share that my newest class "Stitch a statement" is now live for you to watch over at Big Picture Classes. I will put links to both my classes in my sidebar or you can click HERE to be directly taken to my new layout class.

In Stitch a Statement I will cover five different techniques to create a stand-out layout using needle and thread! Here are the five layouts we will be creating!

I hope you will join me on this amazing adventure - if you aren't a member at Big Picture Classes, don't worry! You can go and start a two week trial to check out the class and many other!

I'll see you there -
xo Laureen

03 January 2017

Scrapbook Werkstatt January kit

Hi friends!
Happy new years to all of you - I hope you had a save and fun start into the new year.
Today I would like to share my projects made with the new Januarykit "Winterwald" from Scrapbook Werkstatt - it is available in the shop here.

Here are the projects - 5 layouts and one minialbum - I made.