Scrapbooking 101: Putting Together a Page

Lately, I have finally found time again, to get some scrapbooking done. It’s such a great hobby, but it takes a lot of hours to create pretty pages, so it doesn’t always fit into my schedule. And I also can’t just do one page. When I get started, there is hardly any stopping. I put on a good TV show on my tablet and have at it like a maniac.

Anyway, in between working on my second au pair scrapbook, I started one for my other travels and finally put together the pages from my trip to London in 2014. The good thing is that I have a pretty good memory and I simply keep everything from a trip, including shopping receipts, which helps to reconstruct a day, even five years later.

Scrapbooking

So usually, I start with sorting through all the things I’ve collected and sort them into days. And of course, I’ve already printed out my favorite photos beforehand. Then, I write down everything I can remember and finally pick out some tapes, stickers and sticky notes that I want to use. It is so easy to find material for cities like London (also Paris or New York) so I had a ton. I also have enough left for my next visit in June. And by the way, if your desk or the whole room, which is the case for me, isn’t a big creative mess, you ain’t doing it right.

Then I often start with adding washi tape to my page to give it a better frame and try positioning the material. I also fill out a notecard with everything that happened on that day and also add the date and maybe fun quotes or other memorable things. I like different layers and materials on each page and I guess my motto is “The fuller, the better”. I most certainly do not waste any space. And once I manage to figure out the position of everything, I carefully start to glue or stick everything onto the scrapbook page, until it’s done. Then some stickers for the finish and that’s basically it.

Scrapbooking LondonScrapbook London

I know that a lot of people mainly use photos and maybe tickets for their scrapbook, but I literally add everything. For my London pages, I even used a part of the rain poncho I wore and put it over some document, cause it was mostly transparent. I put in an actual British flag and also coins. All these things do make the book a lot thicker in the end, but I just love those pages that include everything. My advice: Don’t be too careful. But obviously there are no rules, so just figure out, what looks best for you.

Scrapbook LondonScrapbooking LondonSo yeah, that’s basically all I do. Sometimes, it takes forever to make everything fit and sometimes, it doesn’t. I wish, I was better at recording and editing videos, so I could maybe film the whole process, but I’m not sure, I will really get around to that. So I try to take photos that at least give you a glimpse of how my pages look like.

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Eurovision Song Contest 2019

Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision 2019 – Theme Artwork – Dare to Dream © KAN

Yes, it was that time of year again. That time, when everyone – ok, maybe not everyone – is looking forward to cheesy music, crazy performances and lots of glitter from the crème de la crème of Europe and some other countries that somehow made it into the Eurovision Song Contest. Pure madness, but I love it.

This year, I finally didn’t watch it alone. My best friend and I did it together. She’s probably the only one out of all my friends, who loves it as much as I do. And we usually don’t really have any TV-interests in common. We also expected not to really agree on any of the performances, but we actually were mostly on the same page.

Just as last year, I didn’t know any of the songs beforehand. Not even the one from my own country. I just like being surprised and unbiased and I only watch the main show. Which was kinda boring. I loved the venue and the stage, also the logo and the motto “Dare to dream”, but most performances were not really spectacular. I feel like it’s getting less, more and more each year.

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But of course, I still watch it and hope that someone with a good song wins. And that happened. I’m actually happy with the Netherlands winning. And I was also rooting for Israel, Australia and Malta. But can anyone explain to me, what all the juries loved about Northern Macedonia? At least the viewers knew better. But on the other side, the people in front of the TV’s also gave zero points to Germany, which is crazy. They were not that bad. People even called for San Marino and that was like the worst thing I ever heard.

Even worse than Madonna singing “Like a Prayer” live. I mean, that was just embarrassing and sad. Yes, she’s an icon, she has done amazing things for music and fashion, but Madge is just over. Her show, the staging, and everything were great, but her singing was worse than ever. And her new music with all the autotune and young artists like Quavo just doesn’t work and diminishes all her great work. However, I agreed with her saying “Let’s never underestimate the power of music to bring people together.”

Overall, I always love watching the show and it’s so incredibly exciting when all the points roll in. I’m already looking forward to next year and I hope by then, men stop wearing all those ugly pants.

01. Malta: Michela – Chameleon
The performance was really modern and just had great visuals. Song and staging were perfect for her age, but I would’ve ditched the white stockings. They never look good on anybody. The reggaeton elements were very cool and overall it was one of my favorites.

02. Albania: Jonida Maliqi – Ktheju tokës
The outfit was pretty cool. Black and gold is always a good combination. She’s also a stunningly beautiful woman. However, I didn’t like the visual fire ring, I hardly heard her sing actual words and that whole yowling was super annoying.

03. Czech Republic: Lake Malawi – Friend Of A Friend
I kinda wanted to hug the singer. I don’t know why. The whole retro visuals were pretty cool but those three listened too much to a-ha and Daftpunk. I wasn’t really sure how to feel about the whole thing and think calling themselves “Lake Malawi” is a bit weird.

04. Germany: S!ster – Sisters
Well, this was the entry for my country and I mean, it wasn’t terrible, but not very special. And I feel like it totally showed that the two of them were chosen separately and then thrown together. Their harmonies were good, but it was all a bit too dramatic and I was disappointed.

05. Russia: Sergey Lazarev – Scream
It sounded too much like a musical and men just shouldn’t be allowed to wear white pants. And was he standing in a shower or what? I was waiting for the Titanic-hand. So dramatic. “Is that still supposed to be English?” was my best friends’ comment. Sometimes, It would just be a lot more authentic, if all the contestants would sing in their own languages.

06. Denmark: Leonora – Love Is Forever
“Cute” is pretty much the only word that came to mind. I was certainly reminded of “Lemon Tree”. Her incorporation of all the different languages was a very good idea, but I didn’t understand why she sang so much in French instead of Danish. It is one of the most beautiful languages though.

07. San Marino: Serhat – Say Na Na Na
Is it just me, or was this by far the worst performance? When it started, I thought it was all gonna be Saturday Night Fever and then he began singing and it just sounded so terrible that I can’t even find words for it. Was he kidding? Sorry, not sorry.

08. Northern Macedonia: Tamara Todevska – Proud
That dress was terrible, the performance was super boring and even though she has an amazing voice, I just expected a lot more. During the performanc,  I was waiting for something great to happen, but it didn’t. The drama alone didn’t cut it.

09, Sweden: John Lundvik – Too Late For Love
He should have been disqualified just for those terrible pants. Was he auditioning for the Chippendales? I totally wasn’t feeling it. His soul sisters should’ve had more stage time, cause they were amazing. He’s great for a gospel choir, but not for the big stage.

10. Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl – Sebi
The song had a very modern sound, but I was waiting for a bit more to happen. I mean, those two were cute but also a bit creepy. I would be so uncomfortable if someone was staring at me like that for a whole song.

11. Cyprus: Tamta – Replay
Such a typical ESC-performance and girl looked pretty fierce. The beat was cool but she didn’t quite have the right swag for the song. At least it woke everyone up again, after some pretty snooze-worthy performances.

12. Netherlands: Duncan Laurence – Arcade
I always love piano music, so this was definitely for me. He has a powerful voice and I felt it. There is not much I can say, except that I liked it a lot.

13. Greece: Katerine Duska – Better Love
This was a not so good imitation of Florence and the Machine, including lots of weird stage action. I just didn’t get any of it.

14. Israel: Kobi Marimi – Home
This could have been a song from a Disney movie and I absolutely loved it. I had goosebumps and tears in my eyes and I felt stupid for it. But that’s just what music can do. He has an amazing voice and it totally touched me.

15. Norway: KEiiNO – Spirit In The Sky
This was pretty typical for Eurovision. I only really liked the woman, though. The other voices were not really my thing, but somehow, they did work together.

16. Great Britain: Michael Rice – Bigger Than Us
Whoever made skinny jeans trendy for guys should really find another job. Just saying… The song was nice, the kid did a good job but there was absolutely nothing special about any of it.

17. Iceland: Hatari – Hatriđ mun sigra
Well, that’s what happens, when Rammstein meets Marilyn Manson meets Depeche Mode. Finally, there was something different on stage, even though it was definitely not my thing. But I guess a little S&M-show never hurt nobody.

18. Estonia: Victor Crone – Storm
Doesn’t anyone tell these people what would be a good stage outfit? This guy wanted to be so damn cool with a bandana hanging from his back pocket and a big heart around his neck. And that whole part with the weird lightening sky? Just NO.

19. Belarus: Zena – Like It
She sounded like she had a big fat cold. Also, white boots are never a good idea. That lovely girl could have done so much cooler things, like dance the way she did in her intro.

20. Azerbaijan: Chingiz – Truth
It wasn’t bad but everything was so random. It was overall a good performance but pretty much immediately forgotten.

21. France: Bilal Hassani – Roi
It wasn’t the strongest voice but a beautiful message and the whole performance was beautiful, as well. The two dancers were amazing and I can’t say it often enough, French is such a beautiful language.

22. Italy: Mahmood – Soldi
This was my best friends’ favorite but for me, something was just missing. And those dancers kinda ruined it. The song has a lot of potential but could have used some more cool beats.

23. Serbia: Nevena Božović – Kruna
She sure watched Frozen a few too many times. It was just a bit darker and included the never forgotten Angelina Jolie leg pose for the duration of the whole song. And dark Elsa didn’t even sing the high notes.

24. Switzerland: Luca Hänni – She Got Me
That’s a big fat NO for the outfit. And I liked the parts of the song where he didn’t sing much best, cause the beat was cool. The thing is, he won a singing competition in Germany years ago and he was so different, so I sure had a hard time taking him seriously. It just wasn’t authentic at all. And no, he is not a dirty dancer.

25. Australia: Kate Miller-Heidke – Zero Gravity
The song sure was something else, but somehow it worked and she had by far the best outfit out of all the contestants. Where can I get a crown like that? I was completely fascinated by her performance. It just looked so much like real flying.

26. Spain: Miki – La venda
The staging didn’t work at all with the song. Why was there this house? The song was fun, but maybe some hot dancers in traditional outfits would have been a better fit.

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Goodbye March & April 2019

Goodbye March and April,

and hello May. It finally happened, I didn’t even manage to write a round-up post for March. That month was just absolutely terrible and I hope, it won’t repeat itself. And of course, I’m also late on April. Mostly, cause I have too many hobbies, too many friends, too many engagements, which are all wonderful things to have, so I’m not sorry for enjoying my life and not pressuring myself. But to be honest, I’m looking forward to getting more writing done now, cause I’ve been mostly scrapbooking for the past weeks and need a break. But whatever is going on and whatever I did or didn’t do, I’m all about positivity, so I will just share everything I loved, anyway. Even if it’s been a while.

Instagram March April

March was mostly work, and by that, I mean feeling close to a breakdown kind of work. I was also sick, but couldn’t take time off and had my free time packed with personal things. But at least those were true highlights. Like that time my mom volunteered to go with me to something called the Supercandy museum and take a million pictures of me. Well, she actually took around 700 and it was pure madness. I’m planning on doing a separate blog post about it, so I won’t go too much into detail. But it was basically a pop-up museum with all kinds of cool settings. It was a dream for anyone who uses Instagram. We went to grab food afterward at the Hard Rock Cafe and just had an overall exhausting but fun day.

In general, I spent a lot of time with my family. Mom and I also went to go see a movie and my uncle celebrated his fiftieth birthday, where I got to hang with family and I spent some time with my grandma, who turns 90 in July. We just have the best time together and I always love to see how happy it makes her when I show up and just make time for her and whatever she feels like doing. She can’t drive, so I take her places she doesn’t like to bother other people with. But with her, I’m really patient and we usually end up buying lots of stuff that barely fits into my car. She’s very much into gardening… She also cleaned the inside of my car, cause she’s just the best.

Instagram March April

Another fun thing I did was driving to Dortmund to attend the Creativa – Europe’s biggest creative fair. I ended up going alone, cause my friend got sick, but I actually liked that, cause I just arrived, went to all the booths I wanted to and then went home. I didn’t have to take breaks, grab food or look at things, I’m not interested in. I was done after two hours and went back home with lots of beautiful new things for scrapbooking. Pure bliss.

The last weekend of March, I visited my best friend, cause we had to plan our vacation that finally happened in April. And let me tell you, it was amazing. When the day finally came, I couldn’t quite believe that it was finally there. We flew to Porto in Portugal and just had the best time. The weather report looked absolutely terrible beforehand, but it ended up getting a lot better and we saw such pretty things, had a great blast and even a month later, I’m still sad that it’s over. Traveling, as exhausting as it can be, is just the best thing ever. But those few days were much needed, amazing and already one of the greatest highlights of this year.

Instagram March April

In total, I had like 2,5 weeks off, so after getting back from Portugal, I still had lots of time to get back on track, relax and do things I love. Like scrapbooking and of course hanging out with my friends and my cute godson. So some coffee dates, a trip to the movies (OMG, Dumbo is sooooo cute!), chilling by the lake and other super chill things with zero stress – just the way I like it. It was so sad going back to work, but at least, I didn’t come back to a huge amount of things to do.

Well, this wasn’t so bad. And I really thought, I’d write much more, but I’m sure, I’ve covered all the important details. Now, we’re already two weeks into May and it’s actually going ok. I’m trying not to get too overwhelmed again by work and just put in enough time to relax. And as stated above, I’m motivated to get more blogging done. My scrapbooks are put on hold for a little bit. I don’t really have anything super exciting planned for this month, cause June has a lot in store and I’m just enjoying me-time and spontaneously meet up with my friends. So all is actually well.

Instagram March April

Enjoy every ray of sunshine. Take life one step at a time. Spend as much time as possible with the people you love. Make new memories. Put together your summer playlist. Come back to a hobby you’ve neglected for a while. Enjoy the smell of freshly mowed grass or sunscreen. Treat yourself to something pretty or yummy. Or both. And have an amazing month of May.

Tons of love,
Hailey

Supercandy museum Köln

Lovely life
quality time with friends and family celebrating women Supercandy Pop-Up Museum Cologne cute pictures being a little extra relaxing on my grandma’s sofa Creativa scrapbooking a good lipstick The Body Shop products red gummy bears a nice vacation Porto having someone cook for you the smell of sunscreen when a stressful time comes to an end sunshine giving your room a deep clean Dumbo hanging out with my friends a child’s laughter a good burger red velvet cupcakes Hard Rock Cafe beautiful architecture Victoria’s Secret scents getting everything organized making more travel plans Grey’s Anatomy S15E19 finishing a to-do-list looking for easter eggs spring weather holiday’s magnolia trees

Songs I loved
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Taylor Swift feat. Brandon Urie – ME
Pietro Lombardi – Bella Donna

Interesting articles and videos
21 Signs You And Your Best Friend Are Truly Comfortable With Each Other // 30 THINGS I LEARNED BEFORE TURNING 30 by Taylor Swift // Hass auf Geräusche: Was kann man gegen Misophonie tun? //

My March and April posts
Goodbye February 2019 // Photography: Porto, Portugal // (Two posts. How amazing for two months…)

My March and April Instagrams
Instagram Mix March and April

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Photography: Porto, Portugal

It’s been a while, since I last went on a little holiday abroad. So I was especially excited to travel to Portugal, this month. I had been under a lot of pressure and stress for weeks and never needed a little break more. Unfortunately, before we took off, the weather predictions for Porto were absolutely terrible, but as you will see in the pictures, it took a turn for the better and I actually ended up with a nice sunburn on my forehead.

I went with my best friend and we just always have a great time, no matter what. We’ve known each other for almost twenty years and she’s my favorite person to travel with. It just works. We had our own apartment in the city center and it was the perfect location. Since the city is not super big and we had pretty much five whole days, we got to do a lot and see most of it. We certainly tried to get as much in as possible, without having to get up at seven in the morning. We liked to start our days pretty chill. And also end them that way. We’ve been back for a week now and I still miss our time together. It always takes me a while to get over the travel blues.

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There are definitely a lot of things to do and I feel like we sure did everything you need to. I’m planning on doing a “Ten things to do…” kind of post as well, in case you’re considering adding Porto to your travel list. But for now, these photos have to be enough. I loved this trip and highly recommend going there. A city full or character, plenty of things to do, it’s cheap, the people are super friendly and I doubt that you would ever get bored.

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Goodbye February 2019

Goodbye February,

and hello March. Could I be any more late with this post? I’m totally behind on everything, cause work is just crazy and I’m constantly out and about having fun, which I guess is a good thing. Yes, I’m still going strong on leaving the house, every weekend. But for once, I decided to put my work laptop away and power up my personal one to finally write a new post.

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So February started on a rather sad note, cause we had to put our kitty to sleep. She would’ve turned 18 this year, so she really had a long and good life. But as hard as it is to say goodbye to an animal you’ve had for so long, it’s even harder to see them be sick and in agony. Now she’s in a better place without any pain and she’s reunited with her mother, brother and sister.

On a better note, I was out every weekend. And by that, I don’t mean partying. I mean getting dressed, actually leaving the house and doing things that make me happy. I’ve seen lots of my friends and with them went out for long chats at cafés, enjoyed a comedy show, had brunch and just enjoyed lots of fun talks and laughter. But I must say, I’m still not fully used to being out and about so much and it sure costs a lot of money. But it’s worth it.

It was also my birthday and usually, I make a huge deal out of it. I’m one of those people who go absolutely nuts and want to celebrate for weeks on end. But for some reason, I really wasn’t feeling it. Even though I had a week off and could’ve done anything, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I always put myself under so much pressure to do something special on this day, but I just couldn’t. I actually cried, was frustrated and couldn’t get over it. So I ended up sorting through all my boxes full of household stuff with my mom. I’m still planning on hopefully moving out this year, so I gotta know what I have and what I need. But no, this whole day wasn’t satisfying at all.

What I also did was actually go shopping. Twice. I don’t do that often, anymore. But damn, is there anything more disappointing than having money to spend but nothing pretty in any store? Seriously, what is wrong with fashion? I found everything absolutely terrible. So, I just ended up buying a bunch of other things that made me happy. Like Disney puzzles, pretty books, CD’s and a new little pink boombox, cause I’m oldschool like that. That thing brings me so much joy. I also bought more household things, which I’m doing a lot, lately. If I ever manage to move out, I will have pretty cool things.

And you know what else I did? My best friend and I finally booked our flights to Portugal. We’re going in April and I can’t even tell you how excited I am. I really need a fun vacation and we always have the best time together. And I need a break from everything, so our little trip will be perfect for this. I’m definitely counting down the days.

So now, I usually tell you what I’m looking forward to next month, but that doesn’t feel right, since March is almost over. So I’m just gonna continue to have a ball, getting myself out there and enjoying life. And I hope you’re all doing the same.

Tons of love,
Hailey

Lovely life
that feeling of your body warming up catching up with people office gossip  a delicious panini booking flights for a holiday time off from work birthday presents AOC porridge comedy shows cute babies Faisal Kawusi a good brunch buffet #Stormiworld a successful shopping trip Disney puzzles a junk food and TV shows kind of day chicken teriyaki subs cold Starbucks drinks when someone “famous” likes your picture on Insta (could I be any more pathetic?!) fun interviews Long Texas Barbecue from Burger King spending more time with my mom good take-out food making plans Kraft’s Mac and Cheese a new season of Germany’s Next Topmodel a good casserole taking screenshots for evidence my new old school radio waffles my first MAC lipstick Chinese buffet getting everything together for my own household (someday, it will happen)

Songs I loved
Jonas Brothers – Sucker
Cardi B & Bruno Mars – Please Me
Bad Bunny feat. Drake – Mia

My February posts
Goodbye January 2019 (Yeah, blogging totally wasn’t my thing in February.)

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