Δευτέρα, 28 Ιουλίου 2014

A blog hop with a difference !

   Hello everyone !! This Monday is my turn to participate at "A blog hop with a difference" as I was asked  to by my dear friend in life and inseparable scrapbook partner Athanasia Papantoniou !! I was really glad when she proposed me to participate as a scraper that inspires her, although -between us- the opposite is true !! SΗΕ is the one that inspires me and helps me in so many different ways, back  from that day we sat down and made our first mixed media canvas at her house, a few years ago !! So thank you so much for everything !!
  Athanasia is a multi talented person. She can be creative with so many different ways .... scrapbooking, felting, sewing, working with clay, making jewels or altering objects. I believe that paying attention to the smallest detail is what characterize her the most, everything is so perfectly assembled that the result is faultless. After all, as a piano teacher she is, she knows how to synchronize everything into tuneful melody! Take a look at her blog "Athanasia: Me and myself " to see with your own eyes those small wonders she creates!

  The goal of this blog hop is to share a little about our crafting/scrapping arty process and to introduce people that inspire us . So I'll start with my small interview and then introduce my 3 favorite ladies and their blogs!

What am I working on right now

   At this moment I am working on a family art journal. I am still collecting old family photographs that are scattered between cousins, aunts and grand parents and my wish is to make a memento with the lives and faces of  my ancestors. It's not an easy task, many names are already forgotten and I have to dig deep to find out something about their stories.

How long does it take to create a project

  It takes..... ages!!! It is almost impossible for me to sit down on my desk, start my project and finish it like every normal person would do! I'm always kind of lost and try to do many things at the same time .... but I'm working on it, I swear !!! I' ll be a better Helen in the future !!

How does my creating process works
  My first step is to think about my project...I think about what I want to create A LOT .... and then I start to gather all the parts together ( papers, photo, colors, stencils...etc ) . The strange thing is that the final result is almost completely different than the one I originally imagined! It's like the project itself has it's own will and while I'm putting my elements together bit by bit, it leads me to it's own path.

How do I become inspired 

  What inspires me the most is the photograph I use, especially when it's about a person I know personally or just admire for some reason ( a singer, an actor, a writer , whatever ..). But I also get "inspired" by the music I listen to while I'm creating and the feelings that it causes.

What is my signature style

  That's a difficult question to answer as my style is not really fixed. I have tried a couple of styles and different ways to express myself so far, but I think that the one thing in common between my creations is the bittersweet sensation and a bit of vintage touch. Although sometimes I tried to create something more cheerful and light, my heart was not that pleased at the end. 


  Ok, enough about me !! I will now introduce you my 3 favorite artists and their blogs in no particular order, as I love their style and creations equally !!

    What I feel when I look at Aliki's work is pure fascination ! She has that unique ability to present her everyday stories in her layouts,  in a way that seems simple....but believe me it's not ! Her creations are so organized, so balanced and crystal clear,  that only a master of this style can achieve. She honestly is the sorcerer of clean and simple (....don't laugh Aliki... it's true !!)  In two words her work is overflowing with
elegant simplicity.



    My sweet Erina is for sure one of my favorite scrapbookers !! I love her vivid, dashing and jolly style !! Her work is always hearty, generous and NEVER boring to look at .... even though I have never met her in person I'm sure that she is a giving  girl with a big heart because that is exactly what I feel every time I visit her blog!



      Vasso's calm and gentle character is reflected on every page she makes ! Super talented, with great taste in her crafting and the skill to combine non-traditional color combos into an amazing result ! I loooove the photographs she use, they are always interesting, artistic and some times kind of dreamy. She really does have the eye of a true artist!


    Thank you all for being her and don't forget to visit my friend's blogs !!!
    Have a great summer everyone!

Τρίτη, 15 Ιουλίου 2014

Guest Designer at Scrap Africa

  This month I am guest designing for one of my favorite blogs, Scrap Africa!! Thank you girls so much for voting my layout to be on the Top 3 of June sketch challenge !!!

  For August there is a Pinterest theme for inspiration and I loved the colors , the feeling and the pictures instantly !! What inspired me the most and definitely wanted to use on my project is the violin ... to my ears violin along with harmonica are the two instruments with the most melancholic sound.
So this is what I came up with...

I found the photo of this pretty girl here.

 I really loved the color combo of the theme


And here is the inspiration board for August challenge

  I thank you all so much for visiting, always appreciate it !!

Τρίτη, 1 Ιουλίου 2014

Scraps n Pieces July challenge - Men like you ...

Men like you...

  Αντρικό θέμα για τον Ιούλιο στο Scraps n Pieces challenge blog !! Συνήθως του άντρες τους ξεχνάμε όταν πιάνουμε τα χαρτιά μας, ευκαιρία λοιπόν να φτιάξουμε κάτι και για αυτούς !! Μπορεί να είναι ο σύζυγος, ένας φίλος, ο γιός ή οποιοδήποτε άλλο πρόσωπο, αρκεί να μην υπάρχει στη σύνθεσή σας καμία γυναίκα !!

 Our theme for July at Scraps n Pieces challenge blog is about men !! We usually don't scrap much about men, so grab your papers and create something about them !! It could be a layout, a card, an art journal page or a canvas, but we must not see any woman on your project !! Scrap something about your husband, your son, a friend or any other male you like !!!

  Αυτή τη φορά άφησα στην άκρη του journal μου και είπα να φτιάξω ένα layout για τον αγαπημένο μου Stephen King, ένα συγγραφέα που διαβάζω ανελλειπώς εδώ και πολλά χρόνια ... είναι ένα βίτσιο το παραδέχομαι, αλλά μου έχει γίνει τόσο συνήθεια που ακόμη και αν δεν είμαι σε ψυχική κατάσταση για σκοτεινές ιστορίες όταν κυκλοφορεί βιβλίο του το αγοράζω απο τους πρώτους.

  This time I left aside my journal and decide to make a layout for Stephen King, one of my favorite authors. I've been reading his books for so many years, that it's almost impossible to stop ... I just have to buy every new book he writes even when I'm not in a mood for dark stories ...what can I say,  it's a harmless addiction of mine.

Some 7 dots chipboards, acrylics, gesso and modeling paste from Scraps n Pieces emporium

   Κάντε μια βόλτα απο το Scraps n Pieces challenge blog για να δείτε τις ομορφιές που έχουν ετοιμάσει τα άλλα κορίτσια του DT και ελάτε να παίξουμε και αυτό το μήνα !!! Σας έχουμε και ένα προαιρετικό sketch απο την Μελένια για όποιον θέλει να το ακολουθήσει.

 So come and play with us this month and don't forget to visit Scraps n Pieces challenge blog for lots of inspiration from our DT members !! We also have an optional sketch from Melenia for those who like sketches !!

   Ευχαριστώ που ήρθατε να με δείτε, καλό μήνα σε όλους!
   Thank you so much for visiting , have a great month everyone!!!