Christmas crafts

Christmas crafts | origami santa |

Last year I was all over crafting in December. I folded a huge pile of little origami Santas, Fröbelstars, origami stars, gift bows and origami Christmas trees, made seven different types of pralines, drew snowflakes on our living room door and took everyday at least one photo for my December Daily album. It was a crafty and happy time. I had fun trying new things, making things in bulk and writing Christmas greetings to friends and family.

I have to smile seeing all these pretty little Christmasy things. What are you crafting this season?

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How to tackle all of your UFOs (un-finished projects)

How to tackle all of your UFOs (unfinished projects) |

Last weekend I stumbled over an unfinished project, a white mug I wanted to paint for 6 months. Then another, a minialbum I haven’t finished yet for 8 month. And another… I started to see them everywhere, those little UFOs (un-finished objects). Thankfully we had just bought a big box, so I began to collect every UFO in it. The box filled up so very fast – in only ten minutes it was full to the brim and I still hadn’t dug deeper into the craft boxes, where some projects were still hidden.

Those mugs and plates and bags and wooden boxes and minialbums and… and… and… you know these crafty projects you see in the shop and know you want to do these too. All those little craft projects I buy on the go, because I simply fall for them and think, they would look lovely in our home.

You buy the tools and material, bring them home, maybe leave them on your workplace for a few days, but then other projects are back in focus and the new project is left alone on the shelf or in a box with the other 100 lonely projects. And that’s it. From time to time you come across them and think: ‚Oh yes, I wanted to do this sometime. But not now, maybe…“ And then it’s back in the box forgotten till you open it the next time. You know, what I mean, right? It’s time to bring these UFOs back to daylight, out in the open and finally finish them. Here’s what I did to organize my UFOs:

Collect them in a big box or on the floor. Get every little project out in the open, so you can see it and have an overview about everything.

Write a list or take a photo of every project like I did. And I mean every single one. Not just write down ‚paint mugs‘ but instead make it a point to document every single mug like ‚paint mug no.1‘. This way the points on the list are not too overwhelming, the steps are much smaller and can get checked off much faster. Therefore you will see the process more clearly and stay motivated to finish one UFO after another.

Some projects will be just one step, like folding an origami bow. But others will consist of two or more steps to finish, like choosing a quote for a mug, sketch it onto the mug, paint it and then burn it in the oven. Or if you want to paint some wooden boxes with stain, you need to grind them first, before you can paint them. The action steps will make it easier to see, which steps you can summarize for different projects and therefore will be faster to do together. And if you style the action steps like a checklist, you can cross those steps off of several single projects at once and see your process, even when you don’t finish one project right away.

Choose one project and simply finish it. Maybe you choose one project first, that’s fast to finish. Therefore you feel empowered and motivated to do more and don’t get stuck at the first project, because it will be so hard to get done.

How to tackle all of your UFOs (unfinished projects) |

I took the time to take a photo of every UFO and made a collage to have all together. I was bumbed, when I counted all – there are 50 UFOs! Not to mention all the photos that wait to be put in minialbums and Project Life pages. It’s time to do something about this situation. Therefore I will print this photo collage of all UFOs and hang them next to my desk, so I will see everyday what I can work on and don’t forget about them. Another benefit is the consciousness, that I shouldn’t buy any new material and tools since I already have enough things at home to keep my hands and my creative mind busy. The plan is to cross every photo off the collage, when I finish it – like a to do list with pictures.

How many UFOs do you have? How do you tackle them?

string art – lessons learned

string art - lessons learned |

Do you know, these craft projects you see on the internet, Pinterest or Instagram over and over again and think everytime: ‚I need to try this too!‘ Yes, I think, you know what I mean. One of these marvelous projects was a string art picture for me. I stumbled over these beautiful pictures again and again and an idea for my own evolved in my head. Eventually in September I started to make it a reality.

I bought a board, cut it into a square (30 x 30) and painted it white. Then I needed two to three attempts to sketch the pattern for the nails and strings in the right format and position the nails right, so they formed the perfect circle and integrated the two letters in the center at the right position. I think there are a lot of good tutorials out there, therefore I just want to share my lessons learned from this DIY with you. Maybe it helps, to prevent some mistakes I made for your project.

string art - lessons learned | cut and paint a board |

  • as string I used embroidery yarn. There’s a big selection of colors and the yarn is wether too thick nor too thin for string art.
  • when you paint the board, be sure to put something between the board and the paper to hold some distance. Otherwise the paint will stick between them and leave paper bits on the back of the board.


string art - lessons learned | make a sketch on squared paper |

  • make a sketch on squared paper. It’s the most important lesson doing string art. I needed three attempts to get the sketch right and put the two letters exactly in the middle of the circle and find the right place for the nails to build the frame of the circle. So take your time and use squared paper. One centimeter (two squares) distance between two nails worked very well for me.
  • the benefit of the sketch on paper is, you can fix it with tape on to the wood and hit the nails directly through the paper into the wood. Afterwards you only need to remove the paper.


string art - lessons learned | nail it and mark the letters with string |

  • use nails without head. Although the string slips off much easier, it’s looks much better later on the finished picture, when you don’t look at the big circle heads of the nails.
  • the nails shouldn’t be too long. Otherwise the distance between string and board will be too big. I choose nails in size 1.5 cm.
  • before you remove the paper, you should mark the outline of your letters with another colored string. That way you know, where you are not allowed to cross between nails with your chosen string.


string art - lessons learned | when finished with the string, remove the paper |

  • keep the string on strain while you wind it around the nails, otherwise the string will get lost on the last few nails.
  • if you want the string art looking straight and clean, you should think about the route to wind the string around the nails. Because if you do it as you go, it will look like mine, messy and far from perfect.
  • pay attention to the parts, where the string must go along in any case. That’s the outline of the letters and the outline of the circle. If you forget a line inside, it’s not that important. But if you forget a line between two nails, that mark the outline of the letters or the circle, you will see it on your finished picture later, like you can see on mine. I forgot two lines at the letters.
  • you have to try which direction is better to wind the yarn around the nail. It depents on the direction of the next nail. Sometimes it’s better to wind it clockwise and sometimes counter clockwise will secure it better.


string art - lessons learned | cut the string ends and you're done |

have fun & let the crafting begin



what’s on my craft table?

make it happen | garland |

‚Make it happen‘ – this little garland should spend motivation, when I’m working on my craft table. It hangs above my head in my chosen colors for this year. This year is about getting things done, staying motivated and share it with everyone.

Project Life cards |

Since I decided to do this year’s Project Life album just with the colors black, white, grey and gold (more to that in another post), I collected and made a lot of cards. I cut some from scrapbooking paper like here from the awesome collection of Amy Tangerine ‚Stichted‘, painted some myself and collected beautiful pictures from Pinterest and put them in the right format. Now I’m looking forward to a lot of Project Life this year.

Project Life cards |

When I saw all these beautiful cards on Pinterest and was inspired by all the gold used lately everywhere in design, I started to design my own Project Life cards. Some are especially focused on my one little word ‚share‘, since it will accompany me the whole year.

one little word calendar & project planner |

The year of 2015 began with my one little word ‚share‘ and a whole lot of planning for smaller and bigger projects. I created a calendar with my „one little word“ to accompany while working on my craft desk. You can download it here. And I made a little board to stay focused on all the photography and craft projects this year.

Project Life album |

Last week I finally ordered the rest of 2014 photos for my Project Life album and almost all photos of January 2015. I spend almost the entire Friday evening and Saturday with cutting, corner rounding and filling in photos into the pockets. Some of it I even did on Saturday morning in bed. Additionally I put some filler cards into old pages from my teen years and started with my 2015 album. So much fun.

origami fox & bows |

Since I had so much fun with origami in December I made it a point to try some new origami projects in 2015 like the bows for gifts and the baby fox (found via How About Orange).

art journal |

In December I was so busy with Christmas preparations and crafting little origami trees and Santas, that I never got to art journaling. Not until January, when I finally grabbed my art journals and started again and that with a big bang of an art journal marathon.

knitting |

I don’t know why, but in January I feel like knitting. Like last year I started a new attempt. This is how far I’ve got until now. The problem is I started with too fine wool and knit needles. Therefore I don’t really see a progress and that’s not really motivating. So I plan to buy thicker knit needles and wool and hopefully I will stick to knitting for a long while.

inspiration blog hop

my workspace |

Hey guys, I know, I’m much too late for it, but I wanted to do it anyway. In September I got nominated for the blog hop by two lovely ladies Aimee of ‘Betwixt & Between’, which scrapbooking pages makes me jealous and her layouts inspire me, and Lauren of ‘Lauren likes’, the co-founder of Get Messy and inspiring blogger. Thanks again, you two, for the nomination!

What are you currently working on?
Mostly catching up on Project Life 2014 and getting my photos in the backlog from school time and later into other Project Life albums. Additionally I work on art journal pages for Get Messy, my #365craftingtime challenge and since start of the year my crafty year 2015 project with 53 little or bigger crafty projects. Beside that I have a minialbum, I want to make from our last vacation in Denmark. There’s a lot going on, but it’s fun to jump from one project to another.

calendar 2015 with my one little word |

How does your work differ from others?
I think, I have a really simple and clean style, although really colorful and with playful patterns. Messy pages are not my thing, although there are so many beautiful examples out there. But it’s simply not my style. Within my minialbums, photobooks and art journals the main focus is on one or two pictures or photos, without much embellishments or paper scraps around it.

Why do you create?
SImply, because it makes me happy. It’s my thing. I love to work with my hands and create something beautiful, that I or other like to look at and make their lives a little bit more colorful and happy. I love having eyecatching things all around me. I look at them and smile. Additionally I like to make unique things, in my very own style.

art journal page |

What is your process?
I think, I don’t really have one. I work and create as I go. Most of the time I look for inspiration on the internet, mainly blogs & Pinterest, collect the ideas or if something really gets to me, I sit down and try it instantly.

My process with minialbums is a little bit different. Maybe I look for inspiration on the interent, but most of the time I start with the photos and try to find a layout that suits them. Then I print them in the needed format and make a book of them. Only after that I start to add embellishments and maybe journal a little bit into the book. But mostly the little books are unfinished without journaling. Journaling is hard for me. I’ve accustomed to let the photos speak for themselves.

minialbum: be grateful |

And because I like to read their answers too, I nominate the always happy and fantastic Mary of Uncustomary Art, the productive and creative Anika of The Handcrafted Story and the inspiring and stamp-elious Kellie of Give A Girl A Blog. Looking forward to reading their answers.

hope you got a little more insight into my creative life

minialbum: be grateful


In November I had a low, thanks to the darkness and my thyroid problem. To get myself out of this low and focus on the good things in my life, I made this little minialbum or notebook. I put it on my nightstand and as soon as I would go to bed, I would write everything down, that made me feel good on this day. It helped getting me to sleep with positive thoughts in my mind and maybe even let me sleep a little better. After a month the pages were filled with positivity and good thoughts. I felt better thanks to the medicine and Christmas time, so I didn’t fill it up with new pages. But I really liked it. Maybe in time I will do it again.











For the minialbum I used mostly Project Life cards from Stampin’Up and made some myself with stickers and washi tape. The minialbum is 4’’x4” and has around 30 pages.

Looking for more inspiration? Here you can find more minialbums.

a crafty year has started

crafty year 2015

Around Christmas I cruised through my Pinterest boards for new craft ideas I definitely want to make this year. I even started a new board to collect those project ideas and suddenly I noticed, that I could collect without much effort 53 projects I really want to come to life. And within an instant the new project was born: 53 craft projects in 2015.

It’s 53 crafty projects because there are 53 weeks this year and one project per week will be definitely manageable. That doesn’t mean, I have to do one every week. I can do two or three a week, if I have the time and motivation to. Thus there can be weeks without one project finished, that will foreseeable be the case around Christmas for example.

It’s an addition to my #365craftingtime project, that is still running. I’m at the moment a little behind with posting, but the challenge is still on. And thanks to my catching up-rule, I haven’t lost one day since the start of the project. The main idea with the new project is to document the process. The documentation was the main reason to name it a project and choose concrete tasks. I want to focus on these little craft projects, because they are important to me. Some because I just need them to decorate our home or to progress with other projects like Project Life. Others are simply on the list to lern something new like sewing. Therefore I don’t have simply „lern to sew“ on my bucket list for this year, but a concrete project that has a start and end point. “Lern to sew” is on my list for years, so I hope this new project will do the trick.

On this page you find an overview about all 53 projects I want to do. As soon as I finish one, I exchange the text picture with a photo of the finished project like I did already with number #10 („Design a calendar“). I hope at the end of the year, this page will be all colorful instead of grey and white, filled with wonderful craft projects.

01 Make soap by hand 05 Paint mugs 06 Paint plates 07 Sew a pillow case 08 Cut a geometric wall art 09 Paint the bedroom cupboard 10 Paint mugs 11 Make soap by hand 12 Fold an origami butterfly 13 Cut a geometric wall art 14 Fold an origami fox 15 Paint mugs 16 Make soap by hand 17 Make an adventure fund box 18 Cut a geometric wall art 19 Paint the bedroom cupboard 20 Paint a tote 21 Make soap by hand 22 Sew a pillow case 23 Cut a geometric wall art 24 Paint the bedroom cupboard 25 Fold origami bows 26 Make soap by hand 27 Sew a pillow case 28 Design greeting cards 29 Style shelves with washi tape 30 Make washi tape feathers 31 Make soap by hand 32 Sew a pillow case 33 Make a garland 34 Paint the bedroom cupboard 35 Paint mugs 36 Make soap by hand 37 Sew a pillow case 38 Make a notebook 39 Paint the bedroom cupboard 40 Paint mugs 41 Make soap by hand 42 Sew a pillow case 43 Cut a geometric wall art 44 Paint the bedroom cupboard 45 Paint mugs 46 Make soap by hand 47 Sew a pillow case 48 Print some Project Life cards 49 Paint the bedroom cupboard 50 Paint mugs 51 Make soap by hand 52 Sew a pillow case 53 Cut a geometric wall art

Do you plan something similiar this year? Maybe we can motivate each other.

Let the crafting begin



a crafty 365 days challenge – wanna join me?

#365craftingtime | a 365 challenge |

This weekend I had endless time for crafting. On Monday morning I woke up, feeling happy, calm and balanced. The activity of crafting was not the only factor for my happiness, but it was a big one. When I sat at the kitchen table and looked at my photos from my one year of cups-challenge, the wish in me grow, to take on a new challenge. I love looking back at these photos, knowing what I’ve accomplished going through with it for a whole year and lerning so much about photography, light and composition. So I decided to start a new 365 days challenge: I want to craft everyday for one whole year.

These are the rules:

1. Craft everyday.

It doesn’t have to be a whole new project everyday, it’s enough, if I just put some washi tape stripes as embellishment on an envelope. The important thing is, to sit down and do something creative with my hands.

2. Document everyday.

To be accountable I will document every little crafty thing with a photo and collect them in the fabulous app ‘Collect‘. There I have the perfect overview above all days and what I’ve created, because it shows one photo every day. At the end I can print every photo with date and text like you can see it here. There’s an export function to save these calendar cards from this app.

Collect app

Above that, I will post the photo to Instagram and a new tumblr blog I created for this purpose. That way I have every photo in one gallery for everyone to see and follow. That’s another beauty of the Collect app: you can share the photo and text directly with Instagram or some other Social Medias or save them in your Dropbox.

3. There will be some days…

…that I don’t find the time to craft, not even a little thing. By that I don’t mean regular days, being stressed from work or full with appointments. I mean days like Christmas or birthdays, when I enjoy time with friends and family and nothing more. This is one from the lessons I lerned from my cup-challenge. Therefore I give myself permission to pause my challenge on these days, but I will have to craft two things instead of one the following day. As said before, it doesn’t have to be something big.

Wanna join me?

I would be delighted, if you join me on this exciting journey. You can simply post your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #365craftingtime. That’s all.

If you want to announce the start of your personal journey, you can use the cover photo from me or create your own.

If you want to be able to show everything you created with one hashtag, maybe you can use the official hashtag plus your name, f.e. #365craftingtimesabine or something similar.

Do you have any questions? Feel free to contact me via email ( or Instagram or just leave a comment here.

Let the crafting begin 🙂



what’s on my craft table?

What's on my craft table? Project Life notebook | momentstolivefor

It’s been almost half a year since my last What’s on my craft table?-post, so I thought it was time for a new one. Although I don’t have much time for crafting at the moment because of our move, from time to time there’s a little bit craftiness around. Like my new notebook for my Project Life ideas or some new and really pretty MT tapes.

From my last Berlin trip I brought two wonderful, inspiring magazines back home: Uppercase & flow. I had my eyes on both for a long while now, but never ordered one because of the high shipping rates. But thanks to Lonneke of Bubblemint I found a store in Berlin, who sells these magazines (“Do you read me?!“, Auguststr. 28). Now I’m a happy and ready to sit down with a good cup of tea and read.

What's on my craft table? photo notebook | momentstolivefor

What's on my craft table? a huge pile of photos | momentstolivefor

What's on my craft table? Uppercase & flow magazine | momentstolivefor

What's on my craft table? new MT tapes | momentstolivefor

What's on my craft table? my own set of black & white Project Life cards | momentstolivefor

What's on my craft table? Finchen is watching me | momentstolivefor

Finchen, my little cat, is always watching me, while I work on something, like my new set of black & white Project Life cards or some gifts for my friends I leave behind, when I move. For the gifts I ordered a huge pile of photos. As soon as the box with the photos was empty, Finchen sat inside. Cats and boxes… I will never understand their passion. 😉