Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

I know it's been a while,trust me,I KNOW!!!Ugh I'm here for such a short period of time,but it feels like ages already...according to my best friend it's because I have associated Thessaloniki and being here with all those nasty feelings about failure and still being a student,etc.Who knows,self-psychology is not my thing(even though I'm pretty good at psychoanalysing every other person in this world ;)).Thankfully(?) my exam period is almost over,I've got one more exam coming tomorrow and then the final one on Thursday and then I'm done!Woohoo!!At this point,I don't even care how I did/'ll do,I just wanna be done with it!
Ladies,I've seen all the wonderful things you've posted over this past week,week and a half,but I've been very busy with studying and couldn't leave you comments like I planned.You all make such fine pieces of work you both inspire and intimidate the hell out of me ;) I can't wait to see what you all have been doing for the album swap,and hopefully what I'll see won't discourage me of taking part in the next one ;)
Hopefully till soon!!!




I know I've been absent for a while,but not without a good reason.It's my exam period and after a break I took last year in order to see what I want to do,this one is the first exam period I'm back,full time!Monday and Tuesday were two rough days since I had my first exams(one of which was oral,which I hate) but that is behind us now and we can focus (for a little while) on the fun stuff!!!
This one is the last of the four layouts I did the last two nights before leaving Heraklion to come to Thessaloniki.It's alongside the previous one I posted,my favorite so far (saved the best for last ;)).The pictures are taken in the city of Breda in the Netherlands.I spent two months last summer in Holland,part of my figuring out what to do plan and worked in Rotterdam zoo for 6 weeks(I really should do something with those pictures as well).Most weekends I got together with my friend Nina and we would visit festivals and just do fun stuff.These pictures are taken in the city she lives in,where I spent a lovely day,cycling to a nearby village(I hadn't been on a bicycle for over ten years!) and just having plain old silly girl fun!
I loved the colour of the background paper so much(again Core'dinations) and I wanted to use it badly and I think it suits the photographs perfectly.My aim was to put the photos kinda random,I wanted to give the impression they accidentally fell into place on the paper(Melenia,great minds huh?).I loved the dotted paper(which is from Dovecraft the Masculine collection) and I thought it gave a great contrast to the whole layout.I also cut the letters from that same paper.And of course I couldn't help but to add some of Holland's national colour in the form of the buttons ;)


Feeding the ducks

I discovered this photo a few months back and fell in love with it immediately.It's a very old picture of my mom and her sister in a park,feeding some ducks.I loved it,I loved the theme,the fact it's so old,black and white,I loved everything about it and I knew right from the start I wanted to scrap it and make it into something beautiful.But I couldn't find a way,everything seemed to take away from the photo instead of enhancing it...so it sat there for all these months with me constantly trying to find a way to make it look good but without success.Than a few days back inspiration hit me and I came up with this.It's alongside with another layout I haven't showed you yet,my favorite and I think it's probably the best I've made so far.
The base is again a paper from Dovecraft this time from the Hint of Pink stack.On top of this is again one of the oh so loved Core'dinations papers.The square papers are also from Core'dinations,the Gemstones collection,which is awesome I might add.The two pink butterflies are from a flower pack from JUMBO and I added a glittery sticker in the middle(from Accessorize).The black glittery butterfly on the other hand I bought from a bead shop in Heraklion.It didn't have the glitter on,it was plain brown but I decided i wanted to do something with it,so I added glue on it and then sprinkled the glitter on.I think it turned out pretty cute!The silver letters I found in an old drawer(I think it's one of those sheets that came along with blank videotapes in order for you to be able to write the name of the movie on it),the pink letters I cut in the way I've described in a previous blog post and the white letters are once again from K&Company Life's Journey chipbox(I really should invest in a new chipboard alphabet,lol).



I wanted to wait for a couple of days before posting another layout,but I can't ;)

This is one of the two layouts I made last night (I also made a card).I think it's pretty good,probably not the best I've ever made or will make,but decent.I got the idea from a layout my friend Melenia made a couple of days back,but I've got to say that I already had the idea of using small pictures of myself in a layout even before I saw Melenia do a grid layout,I just didn't exactly know how to use them,so thank you for the inspiration!
The colours are brighter in real life,but once again my photography skills(and probably my camera too) don't do it much justice...I also am not sure about the brown parts on both the top and the bottom,even though I like them as an idea I'm not sure they are executed well and if the whole layout is balanced.I'm not a fan of empty spaces(as you might have guessed) so often I feel the need to "fill" my layout with more stuff,because I'm not sure it's enough...
Core'dinations paper as a base,brown paper from one of the stacks LIDL brigns occassionally,blue ribbon,a range of flowers from a pack from JUMBO and again letters from K&Company Life's Journey Chipbox.They are indeed two M's,but I liked the idea of one of them dropping off and looking like an E(and I've got to be honest,I ran out of e's,lol)


All eyes on you!

I made this layout last night(along with another one) and I plan/hope to make at least two more tonight before I head off tomorrow for at least one month of scrap-less time,since I'm off to Thessaloniki to take some exams.Of course now that I don't have much time to scrap I'm full of ideas and creativity...typical!
This is a photo of my absolute favorite cousin(don't worry,I asked her for permission before posting it ;)).This was taken last August if I remember correctly on a Thursday afternoon...my cousin Maria,my best friend Voula and me had all gathered together for coffee and the sending of a sms (which at the time looked like a big deal,which of course turned out it wasn't ;)) and we ended up having such a blast that day.It's taken next to the beach,across from the Talos Plaza shopping center.There's a really small segment of a wall and it's painted with really bright colours and it has all these different sea creatures on it...very cool and the perfect background for pictures!!!We took a lot of pics that day,but this one has to be my favorite cause you can obviously see the star my cousin is!!
For the layout I used a paper from Dovecraft's Eastern bloom pack as a base and topped it with a purple Core'dinations Reminisce pack paper.Pink ribbon in the middle (HEYDA) and for the frame of the photo I used one of my last pieces of the Die Cut Mat Pad Wild Saffron from K&Company(really lovely).The green letters I cut using the templates I had left over after punching out the chipboard alphabet that came along with it (from upikit) and I used the left over from the matting pad paper I had used for the frame.The white chipboard letters are from K&Company's Life's Journey chipbox and the white words are rub ons from Sizzix.The little moving eyes are a gift friends of mine gave me,which they bought through a local book store in Thessaloniki(Malliaris).


Sunshine awards!

This is exactly what happens when you have awesome friends like I do.This little blog hasn't even been one month old and I already got not one,not two but three sunshine awards from three very dear friends of mine,Nikoletta,Eudokia and Mary.Girls thank you all so much,this was a very nice surprise!
According to the rules of this award I now should post 12 blogs that I love and have inspired me and award them as well.But as you all know,this award has been going around for a day or two now and I doubt someone has stayed award-less.And it's not like you can ever have too much of a good thing,but when half of the girls I was going to award have already been awarded(and followed the rules of the award by posting and re-giving it) and the other half has already received several awards from the other girls one more or less doesn't make a huge difference.
You girls all have helped me so much,either by answering questions,sharing cool shopping tips or even by just inspiring me with posting your creations on your blogs or on the forum sites we all visit.You have sent me good luck wishes when I needed them,positive energy when I was taking exams,shared your thoughts and suggestions on both creative and personal matters,giving me good advice when I needed it and hearing me b!tch when I needed that.You girls are making one of internet's biggest assets a reality for me everyday:bringing people together and forging friendships that might otherwise never have happened.And for that there aren't awards enough around the world to give you!Thank you!


Birthday cards

With an upcoming birthday and me not being here (since I'm leaving next Wednesday for Thessaloniki for a month) I needed to make a birthday card for my friend Chrysa.Like I've explained before I wasn't much home or inspired during the holiday season but these past few days I've been feeling the need to start scrapping again.So last night and even though it was past 12 am I decided that snoozers are loosers and that I needed to make a few cards otherwise the creativity would pass and I'd still be left with nothing.Like I said in a previous post,they aren't my usual cup of tea,they are a bit different.Part of it has to do with the fact we finally have a printer again and i was dying to use it to do something different.This is what I came up with:

Card #1

This was the first card I made and it actually was the most time consuming of the three.I found the templates for the birdie here,printed them out,used them on cardstock and patterned paper and made my own little birdie.I decided not to write the popular "A little birdie told me" on the outside of the card since my friend Melenia had used the exact same phrase on one of her cards and I didn't want to copy her like that(even though I couldn't resist and I did write it on the inside).I think it tured out pretty cute but you tell me ;)

Card #2

This was the second card I made and to be honest I set out trying to do something else,which didn't work and I ended up with this one,but I think of the 3 it's my favorite.It's pretty simple,I just did a google search for images on "Happy birthday" and I found this really cute "me to you" image.I printed it out and used it as the center of my card and then just added a little bit of flair with ribbons and (glitter) stickers.You can't really see it in the picture but I framed the image instead of just matting it,I thought it gave it a somewhat more professional look ;)

Card #3

Again nothing fancy,when doing the search I mentioned above I also stumpled across this really cute image of Snoopy and I decided to go for it...it was a big picture so refraiming it and trying to get it to print right on a smaller size was a bit of a headache but when I finally did it,it was worth the effort...I used orange ink and I coloured the Happy Birthday so it would stand out,give a bit of colour to the card and also match it with the base colour of my card which I decided I wanted to make out of orange cardstock since Snoopy is such a happy,playful character.The green frame just seemed like the most obvious choice(I really love the colour combination of lime green and orange) and I added two flowers layered on top of each other and I used a brad to secure them to place.I think it's such a fun card and I'm really liking it!

So this is it,like I said the cards are a bit different than my usual style,but that's what scrapbooking is all about,experimenting.Now tell me,which one should I send to Chrysa ;)

As promised...

Ok as promised last night here are all the cards I've received from my lovely scrapbooking friends!!!Girls thank you all so much,your cards are lovely and one of a kind!

Out of the office...

Ok,ok I know I was gone for a bit too long maybe(I can honestly say I was never good in keeping a diary as a kid so why should a blog be any different,lol) but it was due to the holidays etc etc...I didn't have much time nor was I in the mood to scrap.I've been busy studying for my upcoming exams(fear not,lots of older projects for that scrapless month ;)) which practically takes up most of my daytime and that in addition to many friends living abroad coming over for Xmas holidays and the added stress (and fights that come along with it) during the holiday season,which meant I wasn't much home during the nighttime resulted in me not being creative at all...
But I'm back,tonight creativity struck and I made three birthday cards(which are a bit different then the stuff I normally do).Since it got pretty late(but hey if you are feeling it,flow with it cause you never know when it might come back) and since my photography skills aren't the best(and taking pics at nighttime doesn't help much either) I'm gonna leave you all in anticipation for tomorrow when I'll post pics of all the cards I made tonight and also all the lovely christmas cards I've received from my scrapping friends!