Gorgeous paper

On my blogiversary last Wednesday (btw; if you haven’t seen my post on that
day, you can check it out here. I should if I were you – there are giveaways!!!)
I made the last photo’s of my “disintegration project” while it hung outside.
After that, I took it down and brought it inside to make some more photo’s
and let it dry… Keep on reading this post ’cause I show you the pictures,
and you will understand why I gave this blogpost the title “gorgeous paper”…


But first, let’s show you the challenge Lotus Paperie cooked up for you.

Vanessa made
this sketch
to work with
this week!

I browsed through
my photostock
for quite some
time to find the
photo’s to go with
this sketch until
I came across a
serie I made in



It is well known by now that my roots, and my heart, lay in Zeeland
(the province I was born and raised) to be more exact – on the
“Island Walcheren” (which is actually a peninsula).
The people used to dress in regional costumes and – although I’m not
thát old – I remember elderly men and women still dressed in this clothes
when I was young! It’s only since a few years that it expires, but in the
Summertime there are folkloristic festivities (mainly for the tourist) and
you can see a lot of people dressed in the old costumes again.

In the summer of 2008 I took a lot of photo’s of different people dressed
in this “Walchers’ costume” and I used those pictures on this layout.

NOTE: I don’t know all these people. If you recognize yourself
(or somebody you know) on a photo and have any problems with
this layout being published, please send me an e-mail!


  • Background paper: Basic grey
  • The grey paper is wrapping paper (kind of “cigarette paper”)
    you can take along for free in a Dutch store called “Xenos”
  • Title alpha’s: Doodlebug design
  • The “Jewelry” looks a lot like the old “Zeeuwse” jewelry, but it is
    made out of tin. I torn those pieces loose from an old, cheap belt!

And you may have recognized the woman on the first (bigger) picture.
Yep, that’s me! (Want to giggle some more over it, go here)

The journaling,
my dear readers,
is not translatable!
Even the Dutchies
among you won’t
understand it all.
It’s dialect, and
it’s a list of names
of the articles &
clothes from the
“Walchers’ costume”



Here’s the piece of
“jewelry” I used on
the layout. Looks
like an expencive
and real silver
piece doesn’t it?
I assure you, it’s
not! It’s bendable,
and no more than
a cheap piece of



Moving on to my “Disintegration Project” then.
If you haven’t followed this project, you can read all about it on
Seth’s blog “The Altered Page” 

My bundle’s been
hanging outside
since July 8th
and you can see
the very first photo’s
of it here.

I figured one month
would be enough to
make it look nice,
but it hang outside
for 4 months now…
It was worth letting
it stay outside that
long though…



…’cause take a look at what’s become of it!



Isn’t that gorgeous???!!!
I don’t know what I will do with it yet, it’s still in a bundle right now –
drying some more – but once it’s fully dried I will unwrap it and see what’s
left over off the inside pieces of paper.
Do you think it will be proper to make a mini album out of it or something?

I didn’t scrap anything this past week – too busy designing the community
pages/site where the online workshops will take place.
But now that it’s almost done, I hope to find some spare time to create
“non digital” this weekend.

Oh, and last but not least, my little survey is still online.
You’ll have until Sundaynight to fill out my little questionaire.

If you don’t have a clue of what I’m talking about: click here
For the Dutch version: click here
For the English version: click here

EDITED 11/16 
The online survey is due. Thank you all so much for your participation!

Wishing you all a happy and creative weekend again!

Je t’embrasse!

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12 Responses to “Gorgeous paper”

  • Jenneke Says:

    Alweer een nieuwe sketch van Lotus???? Wow, wat vliegt de week toch voorbij… Je hebt er weer een geweldig originele layout van gemaakt! Prachtig achtergrondpapier en die foto’s zijn zo ‘typical Dutch!!’
    Ik ben heeeeel benieuwd hoe dat papier er uitziet! En wat je ervan gaat maken!!

    Wens je een goed weekend!


  • Mirjamc Says:

    ja, ja… jouw blinkie staat nu wel te knipperen op mijn blog (bedankt voor de code!)
    prachtige lo voor lotus paperie, leuke foto’s met klederdracht en mooi papier!!! en je papier bundel is mooi verweerd, ben benieuwd wat het uiteindelijk gaat worden! prettig weekend!

  • cynthia Says:

    Marit the paper looks amazing!!!!!!!!!! Mini book sounds like a fabulous idea. Maybe telling the journey of the paper from ordinary to extroidinary!!! and so excited to see the final touches of the website!

  • Danielle Says:

    I LOVE that disintagration project! I really want to do this. I will wait until spring though, too windy, cold an snowy this time of year.
    Awesome stuff!!

  • Danielle Says:

    OH! Your blinkie is on my blog!!

  • dani Says:

    Oh! That bundle looks so neat!!! Love the layout as well.

  • Petra Coolen Says:

    Ha die Marit.
    Ben even “afwezig” geweest.
    Je gaat beginnen met je eerste online workshop!
    WoW, gefeliciteerd.
    Keep up the good work 😉

  • Glenda Tkalac Says:

    That’s a great sketch and layout, I loooveee multi pic layouts!! I’m dying to see what you make with your disintigration project paper too! Do you think it will just crumble when you take it apart? I’m curious to see how this works so make sure you update us!

  • Viv Says:

    Wat heb je een mooie LO gemaakt aan de hand van de sketch, en wat een leuke foto van je, ik herkende je bijna niet 😉

    Ben benieuwd wat je van je papier bundel gaat maken!

    Fijne zondag, Viv

  • Seth Says:

    Love how your DisCo project is looking. Leaving the papers out there longer was definitely a great idea. Cannot wait to see what you make with the paper.

  • Tricia Peever Says:

    So very cool. I might have to try this! Can’t wait to see what you do with it!!!

  • Peggy Says:

    Goh dat papier ziet er prachtig uit. Ik vroeg me eigenlijk onmiddellijk hetzelfde af als Glenda … zal het papier niet breken eens het droog is? Ik ben benieuwd…
    xxx Peggy