Artfusion 2013 Recap or…Going Dutch is fun!



Birgit and I had so much fun with our Artfusion Mixed Media Weekend in Utrecht, The Netherlands this last weekend!


We had students from The Netherlands, Finland, England, Israel and Spain in our classes – 33 girls – all super sweet and mega talented and with lot’s of fun. Lot’s of smiles this whole weekend! Even when the wind hit back and splashed paint into faces 😉



Loved seeing all of them taking their own twist on the projects- like here in my Season Canvas Class – they did such beautiful canvases!




And it was awesome seeing my stencils being used by my students – Loved that so much- can’t even tell- LOL




We had a very artsy location and a good time during the classes, during lunch, dinner and at the saturday evening crop.




Here is a couple of us girls- some are missing on the picture – I had a blast with you all – I hope so much I will see you some day again …maybe…maybe… at…mmh who knows 😉 (sorry Minna  – I had to steal this and the next photo from you 🙂 )

Thank you all for coming from far and close by to our event and make it truly awesome!!! You rocked !!! It was amazing to see so many of you again and to make new friends. As we had talked with a group – it is an unbelievable inspiring hobby that brings people from all countries together.




And here is finally a picture of sweet Birgit and me- we totally forgot to have one taken  . I miss her already. Thank you Birgit for all your non-stop work to make our event happen! You are the best!



Wishing you a wonderful day and huge hugs…from truly happy but exhausted Nat 🙂

Workshops at Scrap N Crop in Malaysia – how about a tour?


Crazy cool 🙂 I am totally excited and psyched that I was invited to teach in Malaysia next March at Scrap n Crop. We will have lot’s of fun with some awesome Mixed Media Workshop at their Art Retreat March 22-23,2014.

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As this is quite a distance to travel for two days of teaching- I would love to combine this with a workshop tour in either Asia and/or Australia. I had an amazing time teaching in Australia in 2011 and I know already who to contact to come back as they already hinted they would love to have me back 🙂  and I know that usually us teachers are just silently setting everything up…and I do this too 😉 but I thought hey-  why not ask out loud for help and tips from my readers that might come from Asia and Australia. Because who knows better than you !

So here is my shout out for Help :)))


  • If you are a shop owner or an event organiser and you would love to have me there – please contact me and let’s check if we can make it possible 🙂
  • If you are a reader that knows a store that might be interested in having me – please let me know which one it is or if you know the storeowner, maybe tell them about my plans and ask them to contact me 🙂

Thank you so much !!!

huge hugs and have a wonderful day


Early Bird Reminder- Artfusion


Don’t forget to sign up for Birgit’s and my Artfusion Event in The Netherlands! The Early Bird Offer runs out on May 15, 2013 . We have only three more spaces available for the whole weekend and a couple more for the sunday workshops.  Here is the info again!


Artfusion Mixed Media Event in Utrecht in The Netherlands


9.30 – 13.00 – Season Canvas Workshop by Nathalie Kalbach

In this Workshop with Nathalie Kalbach, you will create a stunning and unique canvas that will be a wonderful home décor item.

Learn how to create dimension and texture with tissue paper, items of daily life, acrylic paint, lace, burlap, and gesso.

Learn how to reveal the interesting and eye-catching texture with acrylic paints and acrylic inks and add some fun stamping techniques on top.

We will be adding lots of layers and dimension to make this a spring, summer, fall or winter canvas… just as you like. All the techniques can easily be applied to future projects.

14.00 – 17.30 Embossing and Beyond Mini Album Workshop by Birgit Koopsen

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10.00 – 12.30 Mixed Media Meets Scrapbooking, a layout workshop by Birgit Koopsen

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13.30 – 16.00 Chalk on The Wild Side Mini-Album Workshop by Nathalie Kalbach


Artfusion – Early Bird Packages:

Sign up before May 15 -2013 and the packages will be as followed

Saturday Package: 2 Workshops including lunch, drinks and snacks – 85 EUR

(signing up after May 15 – 95 EUR)

Sunday Package: 2 Workshops including lunch, drinks and snacks – 85 EUR

(signing up after May 15 – 95 EUR)

Weekend Package: 4 Workshops (2 on Saturday/2 on Sunday) including lunch, drinks and snacks – 160 EUR

(signing up after May 15 – 190 EUR)

On Saturday evening we also have a room available for those of you who just can’t stop and want to crop for a couple of hours.

You can sign up by emailing Birgit to  She will sent you the information and the requirements. Until upon payment you are on a waiting list. Your space is secured once your payment was received.

We are very much looking forward to see you for some Artfusion :)

Birgit & Nat



Baltic Sea / Ostsee Scrap Event – Photos

What a beautiful weekend teaching at the Ostsee Scrap Event (Baltic Sea Event). The location was awesome – just a 15 minute walk from the beach, wonderful room with our own private terrace, wonderful students, great organiser and co-teacher and filling yummie food. What more can you ask for?

Here are some pictures of my morning stroll to the beach – it was awesome -almost no one at the beach – sun shining already – calm and relaxing. I walked for two hours and it totally relaxed me – good way to start then off the workshops 🙂






It was awesome to meet my sweet friend Andrea again and to meet Barbara for the first time. Here is Andrea in action teaching



and here I am with  Dani, the organiser and Barbara



We had lot’s of fun all together during a photo shooting session that Andrea had during her workshop – with some nice accessories- LOL





After that we had to eat the biggest, yummiest home-made oven fresh cream puffs with a cherry sauce filling I have ever seen in my entire life…went right on the hips 😉


It might have been the sugar high that made me pulls some pretty hilarious faces while teaching…I have no other excuse actually 😉



We used lot’s of yummie Liquitex Products and thank you Liquitex for sending me some of the Liquitex Professional Spray Paints and Professional Markers – they found some happy winners 🙂



and here are some canvases from my Season Texture Class



and of the Be Awesome Be a Book Nut class. Of course I forgot to take pictures of my layout class (I will never learn-  LOL)



And last but not least a picture of our wonderful group!



Danke Mädels- es hat super großen Spaß mit Euch gemacht!!!!

There is nothing better when a great relaxed creative workshop weekend!

Huge hugs




Art Venture 2014 in Anaheim, California

Wohooo 🙂

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ArtVenture Details


Click here for full details and to register!

Have a wonderful day!
huge hugs

Stockholm Scrap & Pearl Event- Photos


I had such a wonderful time in Sweden, Stockholm last weekend at the Scrap & Pearl Event. Sofia and Peter organized this amazing event where about 1000 people came to crop, craft and have a good time. 21 stores were also making sure the shopping fun got included. Here is a photo of the place before the event – add some table lines to the left and you might get a little feel of how big it was ;).



It was massive and I have the biggest respect for Sofia and Peter putting this event together. They did an AWESOME job organizing it! I have never seen such a huge amount of goodie bags and since I am used to packing kits which takes FOREVER – I can only imagine how much time went just into packing these – well actually I know how long it took the two of them plus their kids to pack them…you don’t even wanna know!


I taught 3 classes that were all sold out – and I had so much fun with my super talented and fun Swedish students. We laughed a lot. Here are some pictures of my Be Awesome, Be a Book Nut Class which I taught two times.



And here are a few ladies I caught to take a picture off after my Portrait of a Lady class, I still have to get better at taking photos at workshops 😉



Another highlight was as always meeting many wonderful new and also some people I know. Here is one of my most loyal online students Anne Kristin. It was so wonderful to finally meet her in person!



And Sara, who shared her beautiful book with me where she played along with our The Whatevers! So much fun to see this !



Kattiz from K-Designs who creates wonderful paper- lovveeee it- and I will actually teach a layout class with some of her paper soon at the Ostsee Scrap Event. Wonderful personality too! I will share some work with her papers soon 🙂



Anna Björklund who was one of my super talented Jumpstarters in this year’s Creative JumpStart. She is wonderful and I am so happy I had the chance to spent some time with her at breakfast!



And Sofia of course who rocked organizing the event and who makes me laugh a lot 🙂



Many many other amazing people I loved to meet- including my sweet Danish Friends and Mia and Per- too bad we didn’t take a photo! It was wonderful to see you again!

And here is a picture of the yummiest sweetest gift I have EVER received by a student. This cake is to die for and my husband agrees…I have to hide it from him – LOL – Thank you so much Ulrika- you are AWESoME and I still think you should open a cafe with homemade cake…maybe with a little craft area? !

Also thank you Gerd for the wonderful book you gave me and Tammy for the yummy Chocolate! I am sooo spoiled – I have the best students EVER!



And I know by now you might be tired of my pictures…but I cannot leave you without showing you this picture of my loved ones while talking to them online from Stockholm….the look at our cat makes me laugh soooo much. Poor guy- he could just not comprehend where the voice was coming from -LOL



Wishing you a gorgeous day

huge hugs


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OstseeScrap-Tage – Workshop Event in Germany


Ich freue mich riesig über die Einladung zum Ostsee Scrap Event in Boltenhagen vom 3-5. Mai 2013 organisiert von Tolles Ding !


Einen Schatz in Form einer Hotelperle haben wir mit dem liebevoll gestalteten „Tarnewitzer Hof“ gefunden. Laßt Euch auf das Angenehmste überraschen, wenn Ihr das schicke und gepflegte Feriendomizil betretet. Ruhig gelegen und persönlich geführt, nur wenige Minuten vom Strand und der Ostseetherme entfernt, lädt er seine Gäste ein, in harmonischer Atmosphäre mit Küstenflair und direkter Nachbarschaft zu den Salzwiesen, einen angenehmen Aufenthalt auf der Halbinsel Tarnewitz zu verbringen.



Entdeckt auch Ihr die Reichtümer der Küste im Ostseebad Boltenhagen, dem zweitältesten Seebad an der Ostseeküste mit seinem bunten Treiben an kilometerlangen Sandstränden und der romantischen Steilküste, einem Kleinod der Natur.





Freitag, 3.Mai 2013


ab 15.00 Uhr Begrüßung mit Kaffee, hausgebackenem Kuchen und Obst, Verteilung der ersten Material-Kits.
 16.00 – 18.00 Uhr Andrea Gomoll – Karten & Washi Tape
Hier gebt Ihr Karten & Co Eure individuelle Note. Andrea wird Euch verschiedene Techniken zeigen, wie Ihr schnell und in Euren Wunschfarben eigene Washi Tapes fertigt. Mit den Washi Tapes schafft Ihr dann mehr Dimension auf Euren Projekten und kreiert sogar eigene tolle Embellishments.
18.30 – 20.00 Uhr Nathalie Kalbach – Layout  
Hier wird Nathalie mit Euch in die Welt des Papieres tauchen, Kombinationen aus Scrapbooking & Mixed Media lassen ein tolles Layout entstehen.
ab 20.00 Uhr Abendbuffet  – anschließend scrappiges Beisammensein oder gemütlicher Ausklang des Tages an der Bar.


Samstag, 4.Mai 2013


9.00 – 12.00 Uhr Barbara Haane – Album
Hier werdet Ihr mit Barbara ein einzigartiges Scrapbook mit ganz viel Liebe zum Detail erstellen. Lasst Euch mit brandneuen Materialien und Sneaks kurz vorher überraschen.
12.00 – 13.00 Uhr Rustikales Mittagsbuffet
13.00 – 16.00 Uhr Andrea Gomoll – Instax & Layout
Hier bekommt Ihr viele Tipps zur Sofortbild-Fotografie. Im anschließendem Photobooth-Shooting versucht Ihr Euch gleich mal selbst, die Ergebnisse werden dann im Anschluss gleich auf einem tollen Layout verscrappt.
16.00 – 17.30 Uhr Kaffeepause mit hausgebackenem Kuchen & Obst, anschließend kleiner Strandgang.
17.30 – 20.00 Uhr Nathalie Kalbach – Mixed Media
Hier werdet Ihr eine einzigartige Leinwand kreieren, die sich wunderbar als Homedekor eignet. Lernt interessante Texturen der verschiedensten Materialien kennen und erzielt mittels Stempeltechniken noch das Tüpfelchen auf dem I. Ihr werdet in vielen Ebenen arbeiten, um diese Leinwand ganz wie Ihr mögt für den Frühling, den Sommer, den Herbst oder Winter zu gestalten.
ab 20.00 Uhr Abendbuffet  – anschließend scrappiges Beisammensein oder gemütlicher Ausklang des Tages an der Bar.


Sonntag, 5.Mai 2013


 9.00 – 12.00 Uhr Nathalie Kalbach – Album
Hier haucht Ihr mit Nathalie einem einzigartigem alten, eingestaubtem Buch neues Leben ein und füllt es mit eigenen Geschichten und Bildern. Sie zeigt Euch wie mittels Falttechniken die Buchseiten zu einem Kunstwerk werden, kreiert versteckte Taschen zum Verstecken kleiner Schätze und Nachrichten. Neben witzigen neuen Embossingtechniken wird Klebstoff mal in ungewohnter Weise verwendet und es entsteht Euer persönliches Erinnerungsstück oder ein wunderschönes Geschenk!
12.30 – 13.00 Uhr Rustikales Mittagsbuffet
13.00 – 15.00 Uhr Barbara Haane – 2 Layouts
Zum Abschluss wird Barbara mit Euch noch zwei tolle Layouts scrappen. Ein zuvor festgehaltenes Gruppenbild wird eines davon schmücken und an scrappige gemeinsame Stunden erinnern.
15.00 – 16.00 Uhr Ausklang und Verabschiedung
Die Projekt-Abbildungen sind Beispielbilder und werden von den im Mai 2013 aktuellen Material-Kits abweichen, auch minimale Unterschiede innerhalb der Kits sind möglich.

Anmelden könnt Ihr Euch hier.

Ich würde mich freuen, Euch dort zu sehen 🙂



Über*Media is my series of online workshops that is dedicated to different kinds of media that cross a variety of materials. I also teach project based online workshops which you can find here.