Altenew 5th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway

Hi everyone,

I'm super excited to be participating in day 2 of Altenew's 5th Anniversary Blog Hop, thanks for inviting me Altenew! I think I calculated that this is my 3rd Anniversary hop that I have taken part in, I feel very blessed to be a friend of Altenew.

Now, after your stop at Nancy McClelland’s post, its now my turn to give you some Altenew inspiration. To create my layout today I used the new Live your Dream Scrapbook Kit by Altenew.

Here is the layout I created to share with you today:

The subject of my layout was myself, which isn't normally a subject on my scrapbook pages. However, life over the past six months or so has been a little bit life changing. I have returned to work full time and am now juggling home life and work life. I have also made my health a priority so I am not only feeling better physically, but mentally too. This is the story I wanted to document on this page. 

I could not go past the amazing floral paper in the kit. Due to scrapbooking 8.5x11" in size I had to cut the 12x12" design down to suit. However, I was able to manipulate and cut the remaining left over papers so I could add extra floral images to the right side of the page. 

I wanted embellishments to layer under my circular photo. I used the clear floral stickers and leaves in the kit to add some extra detail. I made sure to choose the orange and pink in colour florals and the blue leaves, so it complimented the rest of the layout. 

The large chipboard floral piece has been a favourite of mine ever since I received this kit. I had wanted to make it a feature on this page. 

I love to type my journaling on my typewriter. It makes it an easy way to add my story. 

I hope you have been inspired by my layout today, thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

See below for all the hop details and the awesome prizes that can be won!

Special Offer

Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY9M or $5 OFF international shipping with code SHOPPING9M at checkout. Offer valid from 4/2/2019 at 12:01 am EDT through 4/5/2019 at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.


Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 10 lucky winners. There are also 14 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Altenew: 5 $50 Altenew Gift Certificates
Altenew Academy: 10 Class Spots
Jennifer McGuire Ink: 2 $100 Altenew Gift Certificates
My Sweet Petunia: 1 Prize Bundle(Original MISTI, a set of Creative Corners, a Cut-Align and a bar magnet)
Pretty Pink Posh: 2 $50 Gift Certificates
Simon Says Stamp: $50 Gift Certificate $50 Gift Certificate
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 Gift Certificate
Blitsy: $30 Gift Certificate
Online Card Classes: 3 Class Spots
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 Gift Certificate
Seven Hills Crafts: £25 Gift Certificate
Chameleon Art Products: 1 Pack of 5 Chameleon Pens
Scrapbook & Cards Today: 1 Copy of Scrapbook & Cards Today Spring 2019 Issue
WOW! Embossing Powder: $20 Gift Certificate
Simply Cards & Papercraft: 1 Copy of Simply Cards & Papercraft Spring 2019 Issue

Be sure to leave comments by 4/12/2019 for a chance to win! 33 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below (including mine) and will be announced on the Altenew Blog on 4/20/2019.

Here is todays hop order: 


Kathy Racoosin

Therese Calvird

Pretty Pink Posh

Nicole Picadura

Flora Monika Farkas

Norine Borys

Emily Midgett

Butterfly Reflections Ink

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Lisa Spangler

Jen Schow

Nancy McClelland

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Sarah Naumann

Janette Kausen

Kim Jeffress


Your next stop is Sarah Naumann, happy hopping and a big happy anniversary to Altenew!

Altenew Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey everyone, I am super excited to be here as part of the new Live your Dream scrapbook collection release blog hop for Altenew today. You may be visiting here today from the amazing Bea Valint's blog  but if you are not be sure to start at the start of the blog on the Altenew blog here.

Here is a glimpse in the new, bright and vibrant collection by Altenew 'Live your Dream'. 

Here is a little bit about the collection from Altenew themselves.

Our Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection is a bright and elegant line that you can use to document any occasion. From the little daily moments, you want to remember forever to bigger milestones like parties and birthdays.

All of the products in this collection are very versatile and you can use them for many different projects such as 12x12 layouts, pocket scrapbooking, cards, home decor, and much more.

This collection contains:

  • 16 sheets of 12x12 double-sided patterned papers (2 of each/16 different designs)
  • 2 6"x12" sheets of puffy alphabet stickers (220 pieces)
  • 2 6"x12" sheets of chipboard stickers (38 pieces)
  • 2 6"x12" sheets of clear stickers (31 pieces)
  • 1 pack of wood epoxy buttons (20 pieces)
  • 1 pack of die-cut cardstock embellishments (32 pieces)
I have unboxed the kit and shared it over on my YouTube channel, you can watch it below:

I had such a ball having a play with this gorgeous collection kit. The bright colours were perfect for documenting my story.

Here is the layout I created: The subject of my layout is a bit of a 'mushy' story. This photo was taken on Valentines day this year and much to my and my 6 year old daughters surprise my husband came home with two bunches of native flowers. We are such lucky girls to have an amazing husband and male role model and daddy for my daughter. I hope she learns through the actions of her Daddy that there are amazing men out there that will show and appreciate us for all that we do.

Including some detailed images:

The colours in this kit are so vibrant and soooo easy to create a page with. The floral paper had my heart.

I couldn't resist making a feature of that gorgeous floral paper. What a statement it makes!
My journaling is basically just a retell of the story behind the flowers we are holding. Of course this is typewritten and cut into strip form before adhering.

I hope that you were inspired by my layout today, be sure to check out the Altenew store to snap one of these kits up!

Prizes: There are two ways that you can have a chance to win a prize today....

1/ To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 2/28/2019 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/3/2019.

2/ I also have a  $30 gift certificate to give away. All you need to do to be in the running is to leave a comment here on this blog post. I will announce the winner here by 2/28/2019. 

Altenew December 2018 Markers/Embellishments Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey everyone, you may have arrived here from Virginia Lu's blog, welcome! Today I am here to celebrate the December releases which are two new colour sets of Altenew's Artist Markers and also a stunning bundle of versatile and fun scrapbooking embellishments which of course are right up my alley!

I have challenged myself to use a stamp I love, the Bamboo Rose stamp and die set, and the markers to create my page today. 

Here is the page I created:

Some close up images and a little more about this page:

The subject of my page is my two children (again!). I wanted to create a page to document what good little friends they are to each other. There is 21 months between them and it always makes me so happy when they play nicely together. Yes, they certainly have their moments; he's looking at me funny, she's looking out my window, he/she wont share, etc, but at the end of a day if one of them is in any trouble or gets hurt they are always there for each other. I really hope this continues with them through adulthood, what a special bond they have. 

I have used a few key Altenew goodies here; the Reflection scrapbook kit, the Bamboo Rose stamp set, the Primary Artist Markers and some of the new veneer and enamel dot embellishments.
I printed my photo in approx a 3x4" size and positioned it at the top left of my layout. This allowed me to cluster the florals around that. Now those of you are regular users of markers may be cringing at my attempts to colour these florals. I have to admit this was my first time using markers like this and yes it was scary, but I did find out that I really enjoyed the process. The colouring was somewhat therapeutic. The process of colouring took me a lot longer than I had anticipated - but I do like the end result. 

I chose to scatter the bamboo rose coloured florals on somewhat of a diagonal on the page. I love that the way they are positions guides your eyes into the photos. 

The wood veneer 'friends' title worked well and I was able to extend that title with a few letter stickers from my scrapbooking stash. 

I framed the entire layout in some of the patterned paper in the kit. I love how the multiple colours featured in the paper compliment the coloured flowers so well. 

Here is a pic of the artist markers I used. For these florals I used a combination of the first two colours.

Keep on reading to see how you can enter this hop and win yourself some goodies. 


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! How awesome is that!

I am also giving away a $30 gift certificate. All you need to do is leave a comment below. I will announce a winner on the 12th December.

Altenew Card Blog

Kathy Racoosin

Erum Tasneem

Kristina Pokazanieva

Nicole Picadura

Kelly Latevola

Enza Gudor

Kathleen Graumüller

Sveta Fotinia

Lilith Eeckels

TaeEun Yoo

Therese Calvird

Anna Komenda

Zinia Redo

Vicky Papaioannou

Lydia Evans

Laura Jane

Norine Borys

Nathalie DeSousa

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Zsoka Marko

Virginia Lu

Raquel Bowman - You are here ....

Svitlana Shayevich

Gayatri Murali

Kymona Tracey

Erica A-B

Agnieszka Malyszek

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for all of your lovely comments. Your next stop is  Svitlana Shayevich.
Raquel x

Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop Day 1 + Giveaway

Hey everyone, welcome to Day 1 of the Crafty Friends Blog hop for Altenew. I am so excited to be a friend and fan of the amazing company Altenew. You possibly arrived here from Kristina's blog, thanks so much for stopping by and joining in on this hop!

Here is the layout that I have created to share with you today. 

Todays layout focus' on the things I love most; gorgeous papers and embellishments and storytelling. I am a big advocate for getting my stories (however short) onto my pages. I think that is the root of my passion for scrapbooking really; documenting our everyday. I have memories of going through photos after my grandparents passed and thinking to myself; who is in those photos, what are they doing, where were they? etc. Sometimes I would be lucky enough to find a small handwritten name on the back of a photo and a year. That was like finding gold and was few and far between. I think to myself how much I would love to be able to read the stories about what things were like in those photographs of my family in the past. To me, what I am doing is special, and even if it is not appreciated by those around me now, I am sure long after I am gone and my children are older it will be. That's the hope anyway and the big drive behind why I do what I do. Can anyone else relate to this?

My kiddies are growing up so quick. These photos were taken on a recent family trip away. The town we went to was having a big festival for the weekend. We went on a 'farm hop' and visited a few of the local farms in the area who opened their doors to the public on this day. This particular farm had free range chickens and produced eggs. The kids absolutely loved the baby chicks and spent so much time with them picking them up and talking to them. It was so adorable. 

I used the Our Family scrapbook kit available in the Altenew store to document this page. I did mix it a little with the Reflections kit too as I couldnt help but add in some of it's embellishments. 

The journaling for this page is not too detailed, but detailed enough that you know the who, what and where of these photos. 

The main feature of the page is a fussy cut floral from one of the patterned papers in the kit. I decided to only incorporate part of the design and make a feature of it on my page; nestling my photos within the florals and the journaling in the negative space. The colours within this kit were the perfect match to the colours within the photos. That can sometimes be a tough feat when you are wanting to use particular products on a layout. 

I used a combination of regular tape adhesive; I use the Altenew tape runner (its so quick and easy) and a foam adhesive to add a pop of dimension. I included the wood cranes in this layout, I know they are not chickens ha - but I took some crafty licence and figured there were birds so added them to a couple of places on the page. 

You will notice that I have three main areas of embellishments on my layout. One to the top right of the page next to the photo, one on the bottom left of the left side photo and one where the journaling is. I tend to create all layouts with this 'three' clusters rule and adding them to the layout in a way that forms a triangle. This helps to guide your eyes from one spot on the layout to another and so on, giving you a reading/viewing path on my page.

Anyways enough from me, onto the amazing details of how you can join in and win!

Special Offer to you!!!

FREE U.S. shipping with code CRAFTY18 or $5 OFF international shipping with code FRIENDS18 at checkout. Offer valid from 11/29/2018 at 12:01 am EST through 12/1/2018 at 11:59 pm EST. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.

Prizes for this Hop
Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 5 lucky winners. There are also 12 awesome friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

My Sweet Petunia: 3 MISTI stamping tools(Memory, Original, and Mini)
Jennifer McGuire Ink: Altenew $50 gift certificate & 10 handmade cards
Online Card Classes: 3 class spots
Create and Craft TV: £50 gift certificate
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Chameleon Art Products: 1 pack of 5 Chameleon Pens
Stamp & Scrapbook Expo: $25 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $25 gift certificate
Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine: 2 copies of Scrapbook & Cards Today Fall 2018 issue $25 gift certificate
Tombow USA: 1 pack of 10 Dual Brush Pens

Be sure to leave comments on all the blog posts by Sunday, December 9th, 2018 for a chance to win! 37 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on December 15th, 2018. How cool is that!!!!!

You can also win a $20 gift certificate just by commenting here on my blog. I will announce a winner by 12/9/2018.

Blog Hop Order:
Altenew Card Blog
Jennifer McGuire
May Sukyong Park
My Sweet Petunia
Kathy Racoosin
Norine Borys
Chameleon Art Products
Svitlana Shayevich
Kristina Pokazanieva
Raquel Bowman - You are here *****
Keeway Tsao
Butterfly Reflections Ink
Virginia Lu
Laura Jane
Simon Says Stamp
Lilith Eeckels
Dana Gong
Alex Syberia
Stamp & Scrapbook Expo
Zinia Redo
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Zsoka Marko
Meghann Andrew
Kay Miller
Thanks so much for popping by today, you're next stop is Keeway Tsao's blog.

Raquel xxx