22

Last year so many new and good things happened and I am so thankful that I was able to learn and grow from the challenges.

One of the most important things I learned from the past is to conquer my fears, to jump over my own shadow.

I’m excited what 22 has prepared for me and my little family :D

xoxo, Rahel

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swissgirlDesigns DT Call!

The Boys and I are extremely excited to announce the first ever swissgirlDesigns Design Team Call!! :D yay!! We are looking to put together a small DT of talented scrappers that would love to play with swissgirlDesigns Clear Stamps. If you love the stamps and want to share your talent with the world then we want to hear from you!!

The Design Team term will be from February to July 2012.

What’s in it for you:

  • Get all the newest stamp sets plus some of the older ones
  • Receive some of my favorite scrapbooking goodies ;)
  • Your name plus link in the sidebar
  • Your headshot, name, link and short bio on a special DT page
  • Exposure from Blog, Facebook and Blog Hops

Requirements:

Now first off, when I design I love to have as much freedom in what I create as possible. So there will be no real limitations or requirements other than the amount per month and possibly a theme or topic for the Blog Hop – but other than that you are free to simply have fun with the stamps! :)

  • 2 Layouts and 1 Project (Layout, Card, Mini, Journal, Altered Item,…) OR 1 Tutorial / Full Mini Album plus 1 Layout or Project per month
  • Participation in Blog Hops
  • Social Networking (sharing your projects on your personal blog, online galleries, Pinterest and Facebook)
  • Social Sharing (sharing News and Updates from swissgirlDesigns Facebook)
  • And of course, meeting the deadlines

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Email us 3 recent project images that represent your best design style before midnight on January 18, 2012
  2. Image size should be 400 pixels wide. Please send images as attachments and not as links to galleries or blogs.
  3. Provide us with your full name, full address and phone number.
  4. If you have a blog we would love to check it out – so include the link!
  5. Please copy the following questions into your email and give us your answers.
  • What is your favorite type of paper crafting? If layouts, what size?
  • Have you ever worked in a Design Team before? (It’s not required!)
  • Have you ever worked with swissgirlDesigns Clear Stamps?
  • What are your 3 most favorite supplies to work with?
  • Why do you think you would be a great addition to the swissgirlDesigns DT?

Send your Submission to rahel@swissgirldesigns.com

Unless your email bounces back, please assume we received it successfully. We are not sending confirmation responses; thank you for your understanding.

Submissions are due by January 18, 2012 and the new DT will be announced in early February :D Good Luck to everyone!!

Happy Scrappin’ :D

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12 Days of Christmas Sneek

Remember how I told you a loooong time ago, that I was working on a little Christmas Gift for all of my wonderful readers? Well, I think now is a good time to tell you what it actually is!

Today in exactly 12 days we are going to have lots of fun on this blog! Between December 1st and 12th I will be hosting a little ’12 Days of Christmas’ party! I have lots of DIY tutorials, videos, ideas and giveaways lined up and I am sure it will be a fun and inspirational time for all of you :D Well, at least I hope so ;)

It’s not just scrapbooking, but crafting in general. Home decoration is a huge focal point and just the ‘getting ready’ for Christmas in general :) Hope you come back on December 1st to kick off the ’12 Days of Christmas’ with a little Giveaway :D

Here a couple of sneak peek samples ;)

Happy Scrappin’ :D

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Camera Passion Re-discovered!

It is finalized, I am going to be a wedding photographer :D My new website is under construction and I can’t tell you how excited I am for this new adventure!!

You might ask how I know, that it is the right thing for me to do?

Well, yesterday I was surfing the web about all different aspects of photography and found some great advice, that goes perfectly with my poem by Mark Twain. Setting goals, living the dream, exploring, saying good bye to the shores of shelter..

The one article that talked about setting goals also talked about getting to know your gear. That kinda hit me hard. Of course I know my camera, I don’t use auto-anything and my pictures come out nice and people like them. Think again Miss!

Somehow this gave me the energy to take out my camera and I ventured out into manual mode and some menu settings. I played around for a while, exploring my sweet black baby and was amazed how much more I can get out of my camera!!! Seriously, have you ever used manual mode? I never did and I can’t believe how much control I have over my pictures now!!

Here a few samples, no Photoshop involved (other than resizing for web use of course..) and remember, these are my very first pics, using manual mode..

Nope, not even adjusted the colors, this is all straight from the camera, even the black and white!

I learned two new things and I have found my old passion for photography once again! That is why I know that I am good enough to go out there, make myself vulnerable and get started! Sure, I might crash hard, but I know it is the right thing to do at the right time. Sometimes you just know.

Now we only need a way to solve the financial part of the project… Camera gear adds up quickly, especially if you have certain standards ;)

xoxo, Rahel :D

PS: I promise to post something scrappy tomorrow :)

 

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Date Saturday

Just a quick ‘Hello’ and ‘No, I’m not dead’ post ;) Yeah, haven’t had that much time lately to blog and show stuff cause I’ve been keeping myself busy with some (not so) new ideas for the future!! I’m just saying ‘Wedding Photography’ for now. I had the idea a few years ago and almost jumped right into it last year, but chickened out in the end. I didn’t feel comfortable enough and just needed time. When I read this the first time, I knew I have to give it a serious shot! Now! Or I might never do it….

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So, throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the tradewinds in your sails.
Explore.
Dream.
Discover.

Mark Twain

(I know I have posted this before, but I think it is soooo powerful!!)

Oh well, I did tell you a bit more than I intended ;) Anyways, it can’t be bad, cause now I can’t let YOU down, right?? ;) I’m definitely excited what kinda doors this will open up for me.

But now to the content I initially wanted to share with you today ;) Some pictures from a very perfect date with my beloved Adrian ;)

Usually we do date nights on Tuesday (so we get the Tuesday special for the movies), but last Saturday we went to the store to buy some goodies and headed out to the park to have our picnic. It was so much fun! I had the idea to ask each other 5 serious questions (which wasn’t exactly easy, cause we know so much about each other ;) ) and it felt so right!

Happy Scrappin’ :D

 

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