Crop am Rhein 2014

Time flies - and boom, four weeks have gone by unnoticed - you know how that goes! (You, do right?!) Almost exactly four weeks ago today, I was pretty much a nervous wreck and super excited in the best way all at the same time. Why you ask? Well, I was booked to teach two workshops at a fun weekend crop/retreat called for paper crafters "Crop am Rhein" (that's the happily excited part) - just my car decided to go on strike and eventually died on the road just a few weeks before. YIKES!

Crop am Rhein 2014 by @pixnglue

I did many test drives and spent countless hours a day in buses and trains to get to and from work and/or school until I finally settled (Yes, I say settled! It's sure not my dream car but it works.). When the sales person promised I can have it two days before the workshops, I was actually a happy camper. I even made it through the bureaucracy of registering to get a super cute and short number for my license plate. Then the car people called to say "maybe next week?"… you can imagine my frustration. To keep it nice and short: The car came - on the morning of the workshop day! Enter: me, as the nervous wreck ;-)

Anyway, I still made it to the location a couple of hours before showtime! … and was greeted by sweet people everywhere, was given a site tour on the spot and even got to enjoy a yummy dinner together with the participants and the event host, Barbara, before preparing for the workshop. I'm still sad I missed my fellow SC girl Paige Evans, though, who taught an amazing scrapbook layout workshop earlier in the day.

Crop am Rhein 2014 by @pixnglue

These are some photos from the card/letterpress workshop on Saturday evening:

Crop am Rhein 2014

Excuse the flattering lighting ;) This is me, explaining the letter pressing process and how letterpress came into being in the first place. We got work with Studio Calico exclusive printing plates and there were even some participants from the SC forums present during the workshops. So fun to meet people from the online world in reality, like Katharina and her sister Hanna in the picture above.

Crop am Rhein 2014

The next day, right upon waking up I was rewarded with this stunning view...

Crop am Rhein 2014 by @pixnglue

… which was just out of my hotel room balcony. Now you know why this retreat is called "crop at the Rhine river" ;-) Gorgeous, isn't it? Later in the day, after breakfast with the lovely ladies from the various scrapbook stores that were present, I found this:

Candy Bar, Crop am Rhein 2014 by @pixnglue

A candy bar! YUM! If you love Haribo as much as I do, this is heaven on a counter :) Since I was free to explore (and work on some online course projects for SC) on this day, I only met the girls again in the evening. They - by which I really only mean you Eva T. :) - talked me into attending a "cult" event after dinner: BINGO with Ingo, the hotel manager himself!

Crop am Rhein 2014 by @pixnglue

The voice and patter of that guy (combine of the one or the other cocktail...) made the evening!!

On the next day, a Monday, I had another group of over 30 lovely ladies who, after three days of crafting, still wanted to craft and learn for a whole day. Amazing! I had prepared a small, simple to reproduce and very versatile mini book using Studio Calico Office Hours scrapbook kits.

Crop am Rhein 2014 by @pixnglue
Crop am Rhein 2014 by @pixnglue

Completely enjoyable, especially with all the sunshine coming in, lots of chatter with and amongst the participants as well as the beautiful and inspiring scenery outside of the windows.

As I previously mentioned, I was happy to teach two workshops, both with the help of Studio Calico as my sponsor. I will show you my workshop projects over the course of the coming weeks here on the blog. It's just too overwhelming to have it all in one but I will leave you with a peek of my mini book project:

mini album, Crop am Rhein 2014 by @pixnglue

I can be a tease, I know ;) Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

As Cool As Berlin

Today, I'm going to switch things up a little :) No card for you! - but a mini album. Mind you, it's a super simple one, made with only a single sheet of an old Making Memories patterned paper. It's been a present for a dear old friend with whom I traveled to Berlin some time ago. Somehow, I was the only one who had brought a camera and I never gotten around to send him the photos so I thought I make him a mini album for his birthday.
Travel Mini Album Berlin | Cover

I love how the closure came together. It's a simple eyelet in the cover and leather string tied up in a bow.

Travel Mini Album Berlin | Cover Detail

For a little something, I decorated the cover with a veneer camera, sprayed with a dark spray mist color to give it more contrast against the lighter colors. I had adhered it Glossy Accents and filled the "lens" part of the camera with Glossy Accents, too, so I could add a stamped die-cut circle and an epoxy dome sticker on top.
Travel Mini Album Berlin | Radio Tower and Cathedral
Since I don't have a printer other than the little Selphy, I had added some arrows with the location or a quote from the travel directly onto the photo in Photoshop.
Travel Mini Album Berlin | GDR Museum

As you can see, the binding is also super simple. I bought some white bookbinder's twine and stitched through the cardstock, then tied the ends together in the middle of the book.
Travel Mini Album Berlin | Reichstag Building and Brandenburg Gate

Oh yes, I even dug out the old Tim Holtz distressing tool to roughen up the edges! I think it's still a great little detail to add to any "guy" project.

Travel Mini Album Berlin | Inside Back Cover

The inside back cover features a little pocket to hold ephemera like the musical ticket I tucked in here. Aaand that's it! I told you I kept it really simple - mainly because I wasn't sure how it will be received. {Oh, and it was well received :) I felt super happy when I got an excited thank you e-mail! You really never know, who appreciates your crafts, do you?

Also to unify the overall look, I printed all my photos in black and white but I can't help show you a favorite one in color :)

Berlin Cathedral as seen from the river Spree; photo by @pixnglue

It shows the Berlin Cathedral as seen from the river Spree and I just love the turquoise domed roof...

Okay, this was a long post, enough said for today. I'm off. Thanks for stopping by!

Wait, one more thing - the title for this post was taken from a favorite song by the German/Swiss band BOY. You should go and listen to that song if you have a few minutes!

Now, I'm off.

For. Real.

See you soon! :)

Patterned Paper: Making Memories
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Making Memories, Studio Calico digital stamps (arrows)
Ink: Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow and Dark Chocolate
Other: Papertrey Ink dies; Dani Peuss waxed cord; Prym eyelets; October Afternoon Mini Market Stickers; MT and Hamby Screenprints Washi Tape; Studio Calico Wood Veneer; Studio Calico Mister Huey Warm Calico, Maya Road Maya Mist Charcoal, clear epoxy dome sticker

Weekend Crop

Oh boy, it's hard to go back to blogging when you've just let it slide a bit. I spent this past week in a whirlwind and still have things to put away from the crop I mentioned in my last post. The OCDer in me goes crazy over this, especially since it's already two weekends ago... Nevertheless we had a blast!! :)

As always when something is going to happen, I forgot to take a camera along - except for that one day it was explicitly mentioned on the supply list. Luckily, someone shared this group shot of (almost) all participants via Dropbox.

Group Shot of the Scrapbook Werkstatt Mega-Event 2012 Participants
Group Shot of the Scrapbook Werkstatt Mega-Event 2012 Participants

More pictures to come in one of my next posts. Meanwhile, I leave it to you to guess where I am. Pro tip: I do not look like a sunflower IRL ;-)