Freiburg, Germany

Sunday, February 26, 2017

After a fun time in Staufen, our next adventure was to the capital of the Black Forest: Freiburg.

Pretty shot on the drive between the two towns. 
Aren't these doors trippy?
Freiburg is home to 210,000 people, 30,000 of whom are students at the local university.
My people.
Embedded in the cobbles in front of many shops you'll find mosaics made from river stones. These usually represent the type of business the store does. I thought the scissors where a fitting symbol for me.
Admiring some of the other mosaics.
At Rasthausplatz, the old (on the right) and new (on the left) townhalls front the square.
The Church of St. Martin. | Cool Giacometti-esqe statue.
Another view of Rasthausplatz.
The square used to be the enclosed cloisters of the church and you can clearly see that architectural heritage along the periphery of the square. Shortly after I took this picture some man started screaming at the top of his lungs in German and wouldn't stop so we high-tailed it outta there... never can be too careful these days...
Shortly after I took the above picture some man started screaming at the top of his lungs in German and wouldn't stop so we high-tailed it outta there... never can be too careful these days...

Eventually we moseyed down to the Münsterplatz where a local market was just finishing up.
This is the main square of the city and holds the bustling market six days a week.
Pretty white and pink granary building.
The main attraction at the square is of course the gorgeous cathedral. The distinctive pink color comes from a soft local sandstone that is easy to work with, but also extremely fragile. The decorations on the building need to be replaced every 30 to 60 years! Keeping the church from falling apart is a never-ending task.
The stained glass windows are originals from the 13th and 14th centuries. These were hidden away and protected during WWII. Good thing, because about 80% of Freiburg's buildings were destroyed by an Allied bombing run during the war.
The colors on the entryway were awesome!
Also on the square is the historic Merchant House. This was the trading and customs center in the 16th century and briefly housed the state parliament after the war.
This line was for a bratwurst stand! Bratwursts are everywhere in Germany, so if you can get Germans to stand in a big ol' line for one, it must be good!
They were selling the distinctive Freiburg lange Rote brats. Delish!
Our silly kids just meandering through old-town Freiburg.
So cute.
The absolutely darling Konvikstrasse lined with the little canals called bächle that run along many of the city's streets.
In the spring and summer the street is draped with fragrant purple wisteria.
The Swabian gate, one of two surviving tower gates from the old town wall.
Sharing a pretzel!
The pretty riverside quarter of town. While it was once the smelly tanners' and millers' quarter, now it is a charming low-key neighborhood.
I guess the "love lock" thing hasn't really taken off here yet, lol.
Walking along Grünwälderstraße. 
Craft store! 
We were surprised by how pleasant and fun this city was. Definitely worth a stop if you are traveling in the Black Forest.
After enjoying our day in Freiburg, we loaded up and drove through picturesque German country side to our Airbnb.
A compilation video of walking through Freiburg and the beautiful drive through the Black Forest region of Germany to our Airbnb. We listen to Harry Potter on road trips. We finished book 5 on this trip and started book 6. I think we'll be able to finish the series by the time we leave Germany, we have lots of road trips planned!
Our family in Freiburg, Germany on Saturday February 18th 2017.
Next - a visit to the Clock Museum!

Smile Layout by Flóra Farkas

Saturday, February 25, 2017

I have LOVED sharing some fun ways the Oh My Heart stamp set can be used on traditional layouts and the inspiration continues today with a page by design team member Flóra Farkas!
Hi everyone! It's Flóra back with a new scrapbook layout. This time I spiced up my project with a DIY embellishment. Paige has already revealed two amazing stamps: the roller stamp is from the Take Me Away collection and the mini clear stamp set comes from the brand new Oh My Heart collection. I used both of them on my recent project!
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First of all I cut out heart shapes from white cardstock with a Sizzix. Then I stamped with the Pink Paislee stamps using VersaMark ink. I decided to use heat embossing technique, so I covered the images with copper Zing embossing powder.
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I was very satisfied with the result as it matched the gorgeous rose gold foil embellishments from Oh My Heart collection. I cut out one size bigger hearts from Paper 05Paper 10, and Paper 14. I pinned the hearts together with machine stitching - with this technique they also get a 3D effect. I love the way it turned out.
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I placed my photo and DIY hearts on my favorite paper (Paper 08) and added lots of foiled elements. I found the perfect title and pretty flowers in the Ephemera Die Cuts and awesome sentiments in the Sticker Book. I had a feeling my layout was too empty, so I gathered tiny hearts from the Chipboard Stickers and Charms. It's so awesome that my DIY embellishment coordinate perfectly with the other ones from the collection as they have same patterns!
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This layout is pretty different what I usually do, but I like the final result! I hope you find today's post inspiring! Thanks for stopping by!
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Laugh at the Little Things Layout

Friday, February 24, 2017

Hello and happy Friday! It's Oh My Heart week on the Pink Paislee blog and here is a layout I made featuring the stamp set:
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DESCRIPTION: I don't consider myself a hard core stamper per se, so it was a fun challenge to try and use the Oh My Heart stamps in a way other than what they were originally made for (journaling and list-making!). And also, I didn't use a single piece of patterned paper on this page! Shocker!
JOURNALING SAYS: One of our favorite things to do together is build Legos! Oh and take silly selfies of course, cuz why not? Love being your mom!
HOW TO: Die cut a large ampersand from cardstock and place it on the left side of a white cardstock background. Stamp every image multiple times in all the colors over and around the page. Lightly trace the ampersand with a pencil, remove the ampersand, pierce a hole every few millimeters, then backstitch around it using white thread for texture and dimension. Add a photo, washi tape, die cuts, puffy stickers, mini alphabet stickers, and chipboard stickers to the left side then journal below. Add a bit of machine stitching to some of the stickers to finish.
SUPPLIES: Stamps, die cuts, washi tape, stickers (chipboard, mini alphabet, paper, puffy): Oh My Heart by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Cardstock, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Ink: Studio Calico; Ampersand cut file: Silhouette; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3; Floss: DMC
PROCESS VIDEO: Here's a process video to show you how this layout came together:
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What about you, are you a stamper? How many stamp sets do you own? :)
Paige Taylor Evans © // Quinn Creatives DESIGN