Monday, March 30, 2015

CIRQUE GOES DOWN

I've really enjoyed not being stressed by new scrapbook kits arriving every month. I feel that I work better when I don't feel the pressure to use up a kit before the next one comes. There's a great pleasure in seeing my stash shrink, and in knowing I'm actually using what I payed for. This year I've only ordered one kit so far. I've really loved working with Cirque, and it's quickly disappearing. Today I have three pages to share.

The first one is a lift I made of one of April Foster's CT gallery layouts.



The second is a classic grid layout. For a title I used on of the PL digi brushes from the Lisse street kit. I took a circle punch to one of the stickers from the On The Grid class and added to the middle of the photo grid.


I really liked the big black alphas, but I'm running out of vowels! Trying to be creative in using up the last of them anyway. Here's a photo and a story of our son practicing the letter G at school.


The yellow patterned paper is from the Sandlot kit, all the way back from last summer. Looking at this now I feel that it lacks a few embellishments. I'll probably add a few gold items to this later.

I hope you enjoyed the post. Happy Easter everyone!

/Magdalena

Monday, March 23, 2015

SPRING CAPSULE

Finally! My spring capsule wardrobe is finished. My shopping plans fell through, because it's just too early in the season in Sweden to have a wide pick of skirts. It will have to wait until summer. I ended up with 36 pieces. But the way spring works here is not a smooth sail. All of a sudden we'll have snow and winter for a few days, and this can happen all the way into May. It did last year! Whenever that happens I will bring out my winter coat and boots, but I will see that as winter cheating and not me...

So here is what I came up with:


If you want to read more about putting together your own capsule wardrobe visit this fantastic blog. 

/Magdalena

Monday, March 9, 2015

READING PROGRESS

Did you join the 2015 Reading Challenge? I thought it was a great way to push myself to read a bit more, the way I used to before I discovered scrapbooking. And had kids. Ofcourse.

Since the new year started I have read seven books, and my list now looks like this: 


I have read:
  • Headhunters by Jo Nesbo
  • Styckerskan från Lilla Burma by Håkan Nesser
  • Dregen: självbiografin by Dregen and Tore S Börjesson
  • Himmelstrand by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
  • Revival by Stephen King
How did I like them?

All the books I read for this challenge will be posted to my "2015 Reading Challenge" Pinterest board with a very short review in the comments. 

Plans for future reading:

On my nightstand I have a pile of books waiting. They are Mr Mercedes by Stephen King, The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood and Zombieöverlevnad - din guide till Apokalypsen (Zombie Survival - your guide to the Apocalypse) by Herman Geijer and Jimmy Wallin. I'm looking forwards to all of them! I traded my Himmelstrand copy for the Zombie Survival book. A good trade I think! Inside my nightstand the two parts of A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin have been waiting for quite some time. I love those books, but they're such a heavy read. They keep getting bumped down on my to-read list. I'm still looking for a book that will scare me. That's a tough one! I'm hoping to find a copy of House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. Hopefully that one will do the trick.

How is your reading coming along this year?

/Magdalena

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A SICK 3 WEEKS

We've had all kinds of sick in our house for the past three weeks. This has been our life since mid-februari:
  • Son with burst ear drum, antibiotics treatment 1
  • Daughter with stomach flu
  • Son with stomach flu
  • Daughter with burst ear drum, antibiotics treatment 2
  • Me with stomach flu
  • Husband with fever and head ache
  • Daughter with a second burst ear drum, antibiotics treatment 3
It's enough now, germs! And enough with the shouting because the kids can't hear. Enough emptying buckets of eeew. Enough costly sick days. 

I'm happy to see spring is on it's way. The snow is almost all gone, and a few spring flowers are peeking through the dirt. Today was sunny and warm, 10 C, but quite windy. Me and my daughter did some shopping to send happy mail to five friends in different five countries. I won't say where or to whom because I want it to be a surprise.

I have a lot going on right now. I'm on my seventh book this year. I will have an update on my 2015 Reading Challenge tomorrow right here on the blog. I'll post reviews and a few book tips and a bit about my future reading plans. 

My PL is coming along nicely. I have one more page to end February. Stop by on Tuesday for a PL update!

Also it's time for a Capsule Wardrobe exchange. Out goes winter, in comes spring! I'm bringing in the box from storage to switch a few items, plus going shopping for a few new pieces tomorrow. If I find everything I need I will have my Spring Capsule Wardrobe ready for posting by next Sunday.

I've been going through the pins on my Capsule Wardrobe Spring board on Pinterest, and I have decided to look for these pieces: 



/Magdalena

Thursday, February 19, 2015

PL February

This February our son turns seven. Seriously, what happened?! It feels like he'll be 14 and then 21 in just a few blinks. Crazy!

Because of his birthday I've been sorting my photos for PL a little differently than other months. I wanted to keep the photos from him waking up in the morning on one page. I hope you appreciate the card Nea made for him. That's Dante dancing under a disco ball. Appearently he forgot his pants that day.


I also wanted the photos from the birthday celebration with our extended families on one page. How cute are all these cousins?! I added a whole bunch of older Studio Calico digi stamps to this page. The background on the cake photo was much too busy so I used the magic wand tool in PSE to erase it.


Because of this the other photos of the month is out of order chronologically. I find it unpractical to be rigid about chronological order. This is the first page of the month. More old digi stamps on this one!


The production of art pices and drawings is insane in our house. I'm sure it's the same at most houses with kids. Some you keep and some... Get lost at night when the artists sleep. It's impossible to keep them all, so I've started to photograph my favorites and add them to our PL album. Here's "Princess with glittery dress" by Nea.


Thank you for stopping by!

/Magdalena

Sunday, February 15, 2015

SOME COOL ALPHAS

I've been really missing some cool alphas in the Studio Calico kits for quite some time. Give me some thickers already! But for the month of February I got something better than thickers. These huge black cardstock alphas are so cool! Look what I made with them:


Story: I did an interview with our son for his seventh birthday using the same questions I did last year. It will be fun to see how his answers change as he gets older. SJU means seven, so that was a perfect title. The photos had to be converted to black and white because they were taken in our bedroom when it was still dark outside, and they were really fuzzy. I added a few gold details and a pop of pink too. Happy birthday sweet boy!


Story: I took this photo during bath time and I don't have much to add. It didn't need any journaling or anything, just some pretty papers.

Materials: Cirque scrapbook and PL kits

Happy Valentines Day friends!

/Magdalena

Friday, February 6, 2015

GRIDS

Oh no! Where did the time go? With the new year I decided to aim for a 100 blog posts this year. There is no room for a two week skip! For five of those days I've been sick with the flu, but for the rest I have no valid excuse.

And so the "On The grid" class have started. I was in awe over the first lesson. OMG! How much amazing inspo was in there? If you're in the class you know what I'm talking out. I'm pretty sure this is going to be my favorite Studio Calico class to date. Because, you know, GRIDS!


I've been digging into my stash when scrapbooking this year. I'm sort of attacking all my older kits at once, and am having a great time just mixing everything up. Walden is a huge fave of mine, and will soon be gone. 

I've really gotten into hybrid scrapbooking, and often design my layout in PSE. Then I delete the layers that don't go on the background, and print. Add the remaining pieces, embellish, done!

Here is a photo grid layout I made last week:


Materials: Studio Calico kits Walden, The Underground and Hello, Hello.

We haven't had much snow this winter so I wanted to document the few really snowy days we've had. I put the photo collage together in PSE, and left some space above my journaling to fit a title. I didn't have a plan for the title, so after printing I just picked out some alphas I had in my stash and played around with the. This is what I liked the best. Those veneers are awesome! I still had some space left after adding the title and I love how this black border sticker anchored the page. 

And here is another grid layout that is quite different from the first: 


Materials: Studio Calico kit Walden and Baker Street addon, Far Far Away digital brushes

On january 2nd our son woke up in the middle of the night and exclaimed "I want to go to that place where you psark underneath the building, and there are little rooms that you can play in." Then he went back to sleep. So IKEA it was! When we got there more people had had the same thought, and so we had to wait a long time to get our lunch. This is me trying to entertain him while waiting for daddy to bring our food. I LOVE this patterned paper, and it really felt like IKEA to me. I can totally picture as one of their fabrics. I decided to cover half of the page in this paper, and the other half with some sort of grid. I designed this layout in PSE as well, this time planning the title and printing it and the journaling but hiding the photo. After printing I added the photo printed on glossy photo paper, the tag and stitched on the floral paper. 

I actually did order the scrapbook kit for February and it arrived today. So fast! I'm hoping to get some time to create this weekend, besides celebrating our son's 7th birthday and taking our daughter to her first dance class of this semester.

Have fun creating!

/Magdalena