Monday, 22 May 2017

Challenge #258 - week of 22nd May 2017

Yeah! I managed to get last week's prompt done within the week. I'm amazed at myself.

I haven't found time to get good daytime photos so I haven't posted it here yet, but you can find it over at the Whimsical Musings Facebook Community if you're interested!

Let's see if we can come up with something new for this week now...

We haven't had a sketch in ages so off I go to Pinterest to see what I can find. Ah yes, this is a good one.

This week, I'd like you to be inspired by this October Afternoon sketch.

Original Pinterest source here / October Afternoon sketches here

What I really like about this one is the large area reserved for journalling which is always something I struggle with combining in the design of my own layouts, the strip of uneven elements across the middle and the open to interpretation off the page areas. I think you can do a lot with this one!

Will you use 5 photos across the middle or replace some of these elements for journalling cards, paper, embellishments or pocket page cards? Will you have a multi-word title or just keep it simple? Will you use the space for journalling or use that area for more embellishments? Will you keep the design simple or really fill up the areas? I love sketches that offer all these different takes. However you change up the sketch or stay faithful to it, I'd love to see what you do.

Remember that you can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#258 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#258 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Challenge #257 - week of 15th May 2017

Ok, better late than never! Somehow the beginning of the week slipped away from me but here I am and I've got a hot prompt for you :-)

Here in the west of Germany, we had a scorching hot day yesterday - it felt like the middle of summer. Everyone was out soaking up the rays and enjoying life outdoors. Just for one day! Today, it's overcast and wet, but yesterday gave everyone hope of better days to come.

Now I found it almost too hot - after just a few hours - but it reminded me of the Palm Beach by My Mind's Eye collection I just picked up from Scrapabilly and a prompt was born.


Now, we've had pineapples (WM#167) and even flamingos (WM#231) but this week, I'd like you to be inspired by palm trees!


Isn't this paper gorgeous with the gold leaf palm trees and look at that gold sticker! I love it and hope that you will join in on the tropical feeling this week.

I might well be using this paper line as my response to the kit and if you had something similar, you could head that way. Or maybe you've had a holiday somewhere tropical at some point? What about your dream tropical beach holiday where you'd be heading the moment you won the lottery? Or perhaps you've had a themed party that needs recording. I'm sure you can think of other ways to take this hot and steamy prompt this week and whichever way that is, don't forget to share!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#257 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#257 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Challenge #256 - week of 9th May 2017

The world is in voting fever right now. Or so it seems. And while this blog is not the place to talk about politics, I'm more interested in the results around me than ever before.

Alongside Brexit last summer, the US in November, and my adopted home country of Germany's General Election for Chancellor this coming September, we also have a Federal State election here in North-Rhine Westphalia next Sunday. And today, France went to the polls to elect Emmanuel Macron as their new, and youngest ever, President of France. It was a monumental election as were each of the others I mentioned. I'm sure there are many more happening around us right now but these are the ones that seem to mean the most to me for one reason or another.


As always, today's result got me thinking about the changes that may come but also about the national motto of France that I'm sure you're all familiar with and a prompt was born.

For this week's prompt I'd like you to be inspired by "Liberté, égalité, fraternité".

France used to be where I thought I would end up living. I used to be able to speak fluent French. The French culture is all its own and one that I loved. The land itself is beautiful and Paris is a dream. So there's always been a connection for me with the country and maybe that's the direction I will take my project this week. You might have been to France, learnt French or even have a thing for vintage French black and white art films you'd like to record.

But maybe I'd like to think a little deeper and consider the meanings of the infamous motto of freedom, equality and fraternity. If you'd like to find out a little more about the motto and its origins, head over to Wikipedia here. We've tackled some of the more serious prompts such as civil rights (WM#119 here) or even woman power (WM#199 here) before but this might be a time to really go deep about what these mainstays of society mean to you.

But whether you go light or deep, join me in a little je ne sais quoi this week and get creative with your projects.

We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#256 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#256 in the write up text so that we can find it.

I headed over to Flickr today and found a bunch of layouts there that I'd missed - I'm so sorry for that. I had assumed that most of you joined us on Facebook but now that I know you're still there, I'll check it out more often!

And many thanks for your sweet comments about continuing the blog. I want to. Really I do. And I will continue as long as I can. But it makes me sad that somehow I don't even get around to making my own prompts. And I know that I've said this sort of thing on a regular basis over the last couple of years. Let's see how we get on ongoing and I will make more of an effort!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Challenge #255 - week of 1st May 2017

Ok, enough!

Enough of the missed weeks. Enough of not completing my own prompts. Enough of blog neglect (both here and my own blog). Enough. I have to do better...

If you are reading this, then you haven't given up on me and for that, I'm grateful. Thank you for being here.

So, how about a new prompt for this new month and my new resolutions?

How about enough?

This week, I'd like you to be inspired by enough.

How could you interpret this prompt? Well, you could take it literally as always.

What do you have enough of in your life - in a positive or even a negative way. What is enough? Or maybe what isn't enough? It could be physical things or emotions, feelings or thoughts.

You could establish what is enough for your page in terms of supplies, words, photos or colours - set a goal before even thinking about the topic of your page and see how you get on.

You could use products that you have more than enough of - ahem... my BasicGrey collection is just such an idea!

And here's something I can never get enough of... fresh flowers in my home.


Some ideas to get your May Day brain whirring.

I'd love it if you were still playing along.

We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#255 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#255 in the write up text so that we can find it.

If you are still reading, and still playing... let me know!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Challenge #254 - week of 10th April 2017

Spring is in full bloom right now and the blossom trees are as pretty as ever. And it would appear that us scrappers are inspired by this time of year as my Pinterest feed is full of gorgeous, floral-filled layouts. Hand-made flowers, die-cut outlines of flowers backed with pretty paper, photos of blossom tree lined avenues. All so very pretty.

So this week, I'd like you to be inspired by petals.


Go literal and feature flowers, blossom, spring or petals as the subject of your page or get creative in incorporating floral embellishments, fussy cut flowers or paper features. This is a wide prompt this week and there's so many directions to take. I'm particularly in love with using the Cameo to create an outline à la Paige Evans or even a stitched detail.

Here are just a few of the layouts or details I've made over the years featuring flowers or petals - it seems to be a real go-to for me.







We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!


You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#254 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#254 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Challenge #253 week of 3rd April 2017

And another week somehow slipped away from me.

But I really don't want to let the blog go and so I'm going to try better. Perhaps I could manage to get a set of posts written ahead of time. Making the pages would even go one better!

Let's see.

Yesterday evening I had the joy of going to a Nigel Kennedy concert. If you don't know who he is, he's an unbelievably talented British violin player who has earned the reputation of being a bit of a rebel. He's a bit older now but has always been the bad boy of violin, thought of as a punk or a rebellious unconventional and yet has true classical credentials, studying as a child under Yehudi Menuhin for example. He doesn't play conventionally, nor does he look like a classical violin player. Last night was no different. Mixing a traditional instrument, with an eViolin he made incredible music ranging from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, for which he is most famous, to a truly psychedelic Jimmi Hendrix Crosstown traffic. It's not for the faint-hearted nor the purist. I loved every. single. second.


Which got me thinking about this week's prompt - better late than never. I'd like you to be inspired by genius.

As always, I think there are many ways and directions to take this prompt -

  • a genuine genius you admire - yes, Kennedy might be making a reappearance in my album again
  • a skill that you or someone you know are especially good at - genius skills!
  • someone you know who is classified as a MENSA genius
  • something you find amazing, incredible, wonderful
  • copy the style of a scrapbooking genius you admire
  • something you wish you were a genius about
I made this page about meeting up with Kennedy after the last concert I saw him at back in 2013. A life dream come true.



We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!


You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#253 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#253 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Challenge #252 - week of 20th March 2017

Well, I wanted to get a prompt out there that wasn't related to a specific day on the calendar but when it's International Day of Happiness, it's just a no-brainer, isn't it?

Therefore today, I'd like you to be inspired by International Day of Happiness.


Apparently, this day was created back in 2012 by the General Assembly of the United Nations and is said to have been inspired by the Kingdom of Bhutan who consider national happiness an important indicator in the "wealth" of the country. (Incidentally, there's a wonderful Ted Talk about the wonderful Kingdom of Bhutan which is sure to bring a smile to your face if you'd like to check it out here which discussed them being the first carbon neutral country in the world. Another reason to be happy.)

Happiness is good for us - we all know that - and as scrapbookers, I know that we often record the little, and big, things that make us happy.

And I know that we've had prompts around happy and happiness before, so how could we take this prompt in a different way today?

Well, you could talk about what you do to bring happiness into your home. Perhaps you are fan of the Danish concept of "Hygge" which is thought to be the reason that they have been the happiest people on earth the last few years (Norway has just knocked them off the top spot for this year!). The top five happiest countries in the world include 4 northern countries - Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland - so why not think about being inspired by these lands - cold on the outside but clearly warm on the inside! Perhaps you'd like to create your own happiness index as in Bhutan and record that on your project. Perhaps there's something in your life that brings you much happiness but it's something that others don't really understand - surely a snippet of you to bring to the page. Hopefully, you can find a jumping off point right here for your happy page!

We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#252 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#252 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Challenge #251 - week of 13th March 2017

This week, so many places will be celebrating the infamous St Patrick's Day and it will feel like the whole world has turned green.

Being English, I don't celebrate myself but let's see if we can find some way of bringing this celebration into a Whimsical Musings prompt.

A couple of years ago, I asked you to be inspired by a green colour palette (#127 here) so I'm not going to go down the colour route - but feel free to head back to this prompt if it talks to you!

How about we go with one of the most Irish of all symbols, the shamrock?

Yes, this week I'd like you to be inspired by clover, aka the shamrock.

Said to represent the Holy Trinity (the Son, the Father and Holy Ghost) as well as hope, faith and love, it was used by St Patrick as a visual aid to teach the Pagans his message.


I don't have a connection with the three leaf clover personally, but here in Germany the four-leaf clover is used at New Year to represent luck so that is a way I might head. But you might want to take the literal route this week and create a project about your own St Patrick Day celebrations, the number 3 (or four if you go with my extension of the symbol) or fields full of clover.


You could talk about another day of special meaning to you with its own symbolism. You could remember a trip to Ireland or just an eponymous Irish Bar. How about those of you with Irish roots? So many directions to take this.

We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#251 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#251 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Challenge #250 week of 27th February 2017

Today is the main day for German Carnival (Rose Monday) and I wondered about finding a prompt around that before I realised that I'd kicked off the Carnival 5th season with prompt #237 so I'll save the big event itself for another year.

However, even though I don't personally celebrate Rose Monday or Carnival,  the day before Ash Wednesday is Shrove Tuesday in the UK which I most definitely do celebrate in its more colloquial form of "Pancake Day" .

This week, I'd like you to be inspired by pancakes or flipping!


I know I've made a page about pancakes before but I can't track it down anywhere!

You can read all about Pancake Day online including details of some of the more quirky aspects of this "all the pancakes you can eat" sort of day, such as Pancake races. These often have strict rules about flipping the pancake in the frying pan at the beginning and end of the race. When we were children, it was a highlight of the day to watch the varying success of our parents' flipping skills and when I make them for myself these days, there will be at least one attempt at a true flip!

Now, if you celebrate some sort of pancake day itself, this would be the ideal time to capture this snippet for your albums. Or maybe you have a thing for breakfast pancakes that needs to be recorded. How about some sort of food cooking technique which may or may not have been perfected in your house? You could take the "flip" into your design such as flipping a sketch around, mirroring some elements of your page, or scattering something. I'm sure you can find a way of being inspired by Pancake Day!

We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#250 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#250 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Challenge #249 - week of 20th February 2017

I don't know about you but I find that February can be a hard month. It's still cold and dark and pretty uneventful - boring and dull. A sort of a nothing month with nothing exciting happening. It's the longest, shortest month I can imagine and it does nothing to lift my spirits. (I exaggerate of course but you know what I mean!)

So I often look for ways of brightening up my day and mood, which is where I'd like to take the WM prompt this week.

My go to inspiration for colour is Design Seeds® and this image caught my eye. It's got a bit of everything... Pretty colours, flamingos, pom poms, party, pink!

This week, I'd like you to be inspired by this colour scheme of pinks, blush, fuscia, mustard and soft blue.

Photo credit: Design Seeds® { color party } image via: @hellopartyinsta
We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#249 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#249 in the write up text so that we can find it.

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