minialbum: what a surprise!

minialbum: What a surprise! |

What a night, what a surprise! I got this surprise night gifted to my 30th birthday. I had no idea what this night would bring. My friend picked me up and we ate at my favorite restaurant. Afterwards she even put a sleeping mask on my face, so I wouldn’t see, where we were going. It was a fabulous surprise.
We saw the unbelievable wonderful a-capella choir Perpetuum Jazzile live in concert. If you never heard of them, please watch this video. This is the one song, that got them famous. Now they travel the world.

The book I used as minialbum, was a little journal with golden stars printed on every page. It was much too thick to add the photos, so I ripped a third of the pages out from the middle. That way the book with the photos was almost as thick as original. At the end of the book I added a CD with videos and music from the concert, thus I have everything together when I want to reminisce about this amazing night.

minialbum: What a surprise! |

minialbum: What a surprise! |

minialbum: What a surprise! |

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minialbum: photo booth fun

minialbum: photo booth fun |

My newest mini album creation. It is one of those projects I started over a year ago but only finished now. Last year I had the idea to use neon in a minialbum and created pages in 4×6 size from grey cardboard for it. Then I used neon tapes (in orange, pink and green) and neon markers to draw patterns on the pages. Sometimes messy, sometimes almost ordered. Because I hadn’t any specific photos in mind to fill in, I created a whole bunch of pages, not knowing how much I would need.

minialbum: photo booth fun |

The pages sat almost a year in my backlog until I stumbled about the photos of my 31th birthday party with the photo booth. Perfect for this fun kind of mini. Additionally I found this beautiful neon rainbow string to bind the mini with the japanese stab binding. Although I changed the traditional way up and did it with five holes. I knotted the long loose ends of the string along the book spine with simple knots. Everytime I met a string crossing the spine I integrated it into the knot, therefore the knot string is fixed at the spine. Really treasure this little fun minialbum.

minialbum: photo booth fun |

minialbum: photo booth fun |

minialbum: photo booth fun |

minialbum: photo booth fun |

minialbum: photo booth fun |

minialbum: photo booth fun |

Do you have any questions? Tell me in the comments. Here you can find more minialbums.


so honored – the secret


So, finally I can tell you about my secret project: the sweet & lovely Caylee features me on her blog today. I’m so, so honored. This is a dream come true for me! Thank you so much, Caylee. And thank you for your oh so kind words.

I love Caylee’s concept for feature posts. It’s genius. She doesn’t want you to answer her questions via text, but instead craft something in your very own style. This was the most fun I had in a long, long time crafting an entire evening and designing these layouts. Hop over to Caylee’s beautiful, inspiring blog to see the other layouts. Thank you again, Caylee, for this great opportunity and the fun I had thanks to you!


Be sure to look at the other featured bloggers too. They are so inspiring!


craft challenge

Craft challenge |

It all began a week ago, when I started to sort through my Project Life cards and saw many that I didn’t like as much as others and that just don’t work for me. So I gathered these cards and put them aside. Then I stumbled about the new e-course of A Beautiful Mess and Elise BlahaUse your stash“. It’s about not just collecting beautiful crafty papers and embellishments and being too afraid to use them, but think of ways to really use them up in craft projects. And more than that get rid of those things, that don’t work for you.

Perfect timing. Because of this course and the drive to reduce my stuff, I sorted through all my crafty stuff and just kept those papers, stickers, stamps and tapes, that speak to me and make me think of new layouts and ideas. The rest sits in a box and awaits my judgement, what I will do with it. I gave half of it to a friend, who crafts as well and will make good use of it. The other things still wait.

On this weekend the mentioned friend and her family visited. We had a fun time doing sightseeing in Berlin. And at the end my friend and I went to two scrapbooking shops in Berlin. When I saw all the beautiful scrapbooking things, I couldn’t resist. I bought and bought,… because both shops had so many things, that I wanted to buy online anyway. So why not now? When I came home and unpacked I was overwhelmed by the amount of things. This was definitely not my plan, to buy as much as I just had sorted out.

When I read this post from Sandra and her challenge to scrapbook 50 layouts before she will craft shop again, I knew this would be my challenge too. Not in the exact same way, because I don’t do full size layouts. But there are enough things I can think of, that will be a challenge for me in the same way. So this is my crafty challenge for the next time. I don’t know how long it will take to complete it, but that’s even more exciting, isn’t it?

So here is my craft challenge. I can do craft shopping again, when I…

… made three mini albums.

… did 50 Project Life pages.

… painted all wooden boxes for my workspace with stain.

… made 5 art pieces for our home.

… finished three running craft projects (f.e. mini albums).

So, get the craft party started.

minialbum: inspiration 2014

minialbum: inspirational quotes 2014 | cover |

After the big move I was tired of sorting through endless rows of boxes and putting everything into place. So I did a little scrapbooking. On Pinterest I had a collection of motivational posts and quotes for the new year. Because I couldn’t choose between all these helpful and inspiring quotes, I decided to select more and turn them into a minialbum.

It was fun to use my two stamp and all of my sticker alphabets for this project. I love most about this mini, that it’s that simple. Just typography plus a little color and black & white patterns on the left side for contrast. Now it stands on my shelf above my desk and reminds me of my mantras for this year. Now and then I turn the pages to choose another quote for some time.

minialbum: inspirational quotes 2014 | do something today... |

minialbum: inspirational quotes 2014 | be the change |

minialbum: inspirational quotes 2014 | live for today |

minialbum: inspirational quotes 2014 | worrying solves nothing |

minialbum: inspirational quotes 2014 | good things take time |

minialbum: inspirational quotes 2014 | the power to change |

minialbum: inspirational quotes 2014 | I'm not weird |

minialbum: inspirational quotes 2014 | it's not the load... |

minialbum: inspirational quotes 2014 | collect moments not things |

If you have any questions, write me an email (blog [a] or leave a comment.

minialbum: summer manifesto 2013

minialbum: summer manifesto 2013 cover by momentstolivefor
I love Ali Edwards idea of a summer manifesto and her idea to write down a goal on one side and leave the other side for the proof with text and photo. You can download the cover of her new summer manifesto here and purchase the entire pages here.
minialbum: summer manifesto 2013 layout by momentstolivefor
Although I find her pages lovely, I decided to make a similar book without printing pages, but using my beloved stamps and scrapbooking papers instead. The layout is similar to Ali Edward’s pages: left side the goal, right side room for proof. Here are some pages of the minialbum. If you want to know, what my other goals for this summer are, then read on here.
minialbum: summer manifesto 2013 #05 by momentstolivefor
minialbum: summer manifesto 2013 #08 by momentstolivefor
minialbum: summer manifesto 2013 #09 by momentstolivefor
minialbum: summer manifesto 2013 #12 by momentstolivefor
minialbum: summer manifesto 2013 #18 by momentstolivefor
minialbum: summer manifesto 2013 back by momentstolivefor
For the minialbum I used Amy Tangerine‘s Alphabet stamp set, the ‘I love’ stamp by Elise Joy and papers by echo park paper & co (from the set Summer Days, Playground and Little Girl) and by Bella Boulevard (from the set Sunshine Happiness and Socialite).

have fun creating your own summer manifesto minialbum

Here you can find more summer inspiration:
The Seasons Project: Summer love by momentstolivefor

spring fling: minialbum ‘i love spring’

spring fling: minialbum 'i love spring' cover by momentstolivefor
Spring is here and I had the urge to create something beautiful to honor spring time. Because I love my Summer love minialbum, I tried to craft something alike for spring. And this is the pretty result, naturally in light and bright spring colors and with lots of washi tape:

spring fling: minialbum 'i love spring' overview by momentstolivefor
I thought about things, I’m happy to see or experience in spring. Little details like spotting the first snowdrop or the first ladybug of the year. It was more than inspirational to go through my photo collection and search for spring photos. Although the raindrops and snow crystals are monochrome pictures, they bring out the statement pretty good – that changing weather from snow to rain means, that spring is back, don’t you think? What do you love most about spring?
spring fling: minialbum 'i love spring' cover by momentstolivefor
spring fling: minialbum 'i love spring' pages in detail by momentstolivefor
spring fling: minialbum 'i love spring' pages in detail by momentstolivefor
For the minialbum cover I used simple cardboard and covered it with washi tape. The pages are grey and white papers, which measure 10 cm x 10 cm. The stamps are from Elise Blaha-Cripe and Evalicious.

Do you need some more spring inspiration? Then look over here:
spring fling by momentstolivefor

You can find my other minialbums here:
minialbums by momentstolivefor

december minialbums

December Daily 2012 by ILS Click on the pictures to go to the source sites.

It’s time for a little minialbum inspiration. πŸ™‚ Do you participate in this years December Daily challenge? I would love to, but I don’t have time, sadly. But I hope I will find the time on this years Holidays to create a December minialbum. And these ones, you see here, are definitely an inspiration to me.

I really like the color combinations the scrapper used:

  1. gold, white, grey, black
  2. white, red, grey
  3. white, light blue, red, gold
  4. light green, light blue, red, white

Can’t decide, which one is my favorite, but I will definitely use a lot of glitter on mine – silver or gold. It’s time to sparkle! πŸ™‚ What’s your favorite color combination for your winteralbum?

December Daily 2011 by Ania-Maria
December Daily by Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Countdown to Christmas by Jessica Witty
December Daily 2011 by Celine Navarro
December 2011 album by Barbara P.
December Daily by Allison Waken
December Daily by Maria
Project - Hello December Altered Composition Book by Laura O'Donnell
December Daily by Garden Girl

You can find more inspirational winter and December Daily minialbums on my pinterest board
MINIALBUM | winter minialbum.

fast & simple minialbums

In my shelves there are tons of boxes with even more photos from all those years I took pictures with my analog camera – not to mention my digital backlog, but that’s another story. So my big task is to put them all into nice little or beautiful big photoalbums and that’s as fast as possible, because I don’t want to spend so much time with my past, while I could make new memories at the same time. So big wonderful scrapbook pages aren’t an option.

Inspired by Elise Blaha’s saying that she put 600 photos within a short time into photoalbums I searched the internet for more ideas to achieve this goal. And that’s what I found so far:

Make an instagram photobook like Elizabeth from Dear Lizzy did. Let it be printed at your favorite photobook shops, but leave some empty pages for journaling. It’s one of the fastest ways. You just choose the photos and pull them into the digital draft of the book. Take one picture at a page. That’s easy, isn’t it? And so lovely πŸ™‚

Or use some old paper scraps for making a quick and easy minialbum like this one from lovely Elsie from A Beautiful Mess. She used old instax photos and her favorite lyrics to create this little one. The pages bound simply by washi tape. It can’t get any easier, can it?

This little heart photobook is crafted by Yvonne & Susanne from Papierwerkstatt and needs only a simple shape, some papers and photos. And then you only need to cut everything into shape, add maybe a little journaling and you’re done. A technique I already used with my zoo minialbum.

A polaroid frame minialbum, this is so cute. Can’t wait to do this with some of my photos too. And I love the simple use of colorful paper and a quote on the left page. This one was created by Christina Heeren from capture.create.inspire.

And the simplest minialbum of all times: white paper, photos, ribbon and glue. Maybe a little journaling next to the photo. Done. Love this. The minialbum is by Randi from Swoon.

let the scrapbooking weekend begin πŸ™‚