Saturday, February 24, 2018


I finally took the time to finish my 2017 Project Life album. As soon as I saw these In Review journal cards by In A Creative Bubble, I knew that's how I wanted to end the year. That is why it's taken me a bit longer to wrap up my 2017 album. Here are the last three pages of December plus my Year In Review page.

In Sweden we celebrate Christmas on December 24th. We had a quiet family Christmas this year, just the four of us. In the morning the kids each got a gift that would entertain them until lunch plus some candy in their stockings. We had a delicious buffet style Christmas lunch with lots of veggie dishes, which I love.

For these pages I've used the Northern Lights documenter kit from Studio Calico, plus several Holiday themed digital sets by In A Creative Bubble.

After lunch Santa knocked on our door and delivered the Christmas gifts. Me and the kids watched A Christmas Carol before bedtime. They used their new sleeping masks to hide behind when the ghosts were too scary!

In the week before New Years we celebrated Christmas again with our extended family. For this page I added in pieces from the SC Homestead documenter kit. The stamp I used on the bottom card is from Studio Calico but I don't know what set it came in. Sorry!

And last but not least, here is my Year In Review page. I chose to not use all the cards in the set, because all didn't apply. I really love this review idea and plan to be ending my future albums using the same cards.

How about you? Are you done with 2017? I still have a few pages left of my 2017 December Daily album. It feels great to have wrapped up Project Life for the year though. On to new creative adventures!


Friday, February 23, 2018


So, new year - new album, right? Are you sticking to last year's format or will you be changing things up? I'm staying with the 9x12 format. I've been adding in quite a bit of digital products lately to go with my monthly Studio Calico kit. Templates are my favorite digital product but I also use journaling cards and digital stamps. 

I don't have a formula that I follow when it comes to what and how often I document things. I use the photos I've taken and just go with the flow. On a slow month I may only end up with three pages, and a busy month I may fill up ten pages. This approach to Project Life suits me and I'm able to stay caught up throughout the year. 

I went really clean and simple with my intro page for this album. The handwritten 4x6 card was a freebie from Paislee Press at the beginning of the year. The middle card is from the Hello 2018 digi set by In A Creative Bubble. The heart card is from the Studio Calico Candyland Documenter Kit.

The rest of my pages for January is part of the Candyland Documenter Kit workshop, which means I cannot share them with you here on my blog.

The flu has been crazy this year! It seems almost everyone catches it and they get really sick, too. Our whole family was down for the count for almost two weeks. 

All products on this page are from the Candyland kit. I've been getting questions about which fonts I use on my pages. For titles I use Arial Bold, and for the text I use Gabriola. I love the contrast of the bold caps and the scripty journaling.

Unfortunately Dante had his 10th birthday during our battle with the flu, which meant that all plans to celebrate had to be cancelled. Instead we've had members of our family dropping by randomly to congratulate him, which is still a nice alternative. He's gotten to celebrate his birthday for two weeks straight now! Here's a cousin visiting for Legos and playing in the snow.

For this page I added in the Candyland Documenter Kit printables plus a heart card from the brandnew Messy Beautiful Journaling Cards set by Paislee Press.

I always have a hard time putting together pocket pages with random photos. The photos are much harder to match and all the different stories make the page feel like a hodgepodge to me. Sometimes that makes me cheat, and I convince myself that I don't really need to tell those stories. I will make an effort this year to include the random stories as well, because I think they will matter to the kids in the future. 

I'll be including bits about One Little Word in our PL album too, not only in my designated notebook. I put my bitmoji at the top and journaled underneath. I'm thinking this will be fun to keep up throughout the year, letting the bitmoji change with the seasons and the feelings I'm having.

Another cousin visiting Dante for his birthday. Hearted for privacy! The heart template and the notes journaling card are both from the Messy Beautiful line by Paislee Press.

Week 8 is "Sports Break" and we're off from school. It's been a great week with amazing weather. Dante finally got his birthday dinner at the restaurant of his choice. He'd heard me talking about Pinchos, which is my favorite place to eat, so that's what he picked. Both kids loved the crazy drinks and the tiny dishes!

There will probably be another page or two for February, plus I'd like to make a few layouts for the month as well, but that's it for now.


Sunday, January 21, 2018


Hey! It's been a while since I posted on the blog. I've been crazy busy and crafting up a storm lately. My number one priority has been to finish the projects that have a deadline. This weekend I'm wrapping up the Studio Calico documenter kit workshop for February. The kit is called Candyland, and it's been super fun to work with. Below is a sneak peek of my mainkit only project. The workshop goes live on February 1st.

During Winter Break my fifth BPC class was due for review. I'm super happy with my projects for this class, and I'm excited to be sharing them with you when the class opens up this spring.

Furthermore, I have yet to finish my 2017 December Daily, the second half of my 2017 Project Life album and the baby album I started for my niece. My Summit kit has gotten lost in the mail, so at least I feel less stressed about starting in on the 2018 Project Life album. I made a few January pages with the Candyland kit, but I want to start the month using the monthly cork piece from Summit. I have yet to contact the mail service or Studio Calico about my lost kit, but I feel confident they'll sort it out.

I'm really on the last lap with all the above projects, but for someone who isn't used to not being caught up I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed. Today is Sunday, so I hope to be able to tick a few boxes on my to-do list. Here's a couple more pages for the 2017 PL album. 

At the end of November I took my class to the Viking museum in Old Uppsala. It's where the old temple of the Viking gods was located a 1000 years ago. If you've seen the first season of Vikings you'll notice they took a few artistic liberties with the surroundings!

The week continued into December and we decorated our house for Christmas and celebrated the First Sunday of Advent. The Falala rectangle is from a digital Holidays set by In a Creative Bubble.

Throughout December I've made a weekly highlights card using a template from Paislee Press. In week 49 me and my class visited Uppsala once more. This time to see a theatre production of Bröderna Lejonhjärta (The Brothers Lionheart) by Astrid Lindgren. 

We finally had some more snow in week 50, and decorated our tree. All physical product is from the Studio Calico December kit. It had a great wintery feel. The red wood veneer stars quickly became a favorite of mine.

Week 51 was the last week of school. (I've blurred out the faces of the kids in my class.) Me and a collegue celebrated with delivery pizza and Prosecco. The basket is a present from my class. I can't believe they added two cans of diet coke. That totally cracked me up! They know me too well. I've used some digital stamps from a past Paislee Press Christmas Scrapbook kit.

Just one more week to document and 2017 is in the books!


Monday, January 1, 2018


Hey everyone,
and Happy New Year! I hope the year has started in a positive way for you and that 2018 will continue treat you kindly. I have signed up to Ali Edwards' One Little Word workshop this year, and will be making a post about my word on the blog shortly. I will also be making a post where I wrap up the 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge, so I hope you'll stop by again soon.

When Ali shared her last pages of her 2017 December Daily she said "I'm ready to be done with this!" and I've tried to embrace that thought in finishing my album. Don't overwork things, be done with it!

For day 15 I went with an enlargement of a  photo I took while waiting for friends outside this restaurant. I've used these handwritten numbers by Paislee Press throughout my album. The word stickers are from Studio Calico, and the printable is by In A Creative Bubble.

Day 16 is super simple. I printed a photo that I found online of the 2017 Swedish TV Advent Calendar show. I used my typewriter to type out some journaling about this show, and about one of the actors that passed away in November before the show was aired.

On the back is another simple documention of wrapping our Christmas gifts, for day 17. Both 4x6 journaling cards for days 16 and 17 are from the Paislee Press DD addon for 2016.

I intended to make day 18 a fullpage photo, but as I was editing it I though it would be fun to make it a 3x8 page instead. I wrote about dressing up as a snow woman for work and found this poem by Wallace Stevens to print on the back. The phrase for the tab and the houses and trees are all from the same digital stamp set from Ali Edwards, designed by Paislee Press.

Before I took Ali's words to heart I was flipping through my album I'd made so far and decided to remake some of the pages I wasn't completely happy with. I do like them better now, but still feel like it was a waste of time. Oh well, I did it and here they are!

To compare days 1-4 look here. I felt that the original journaling was too much of a diary entry, which is a better fit for my PL album, so instead a wrote a shorter text and cut down the 4x6 to a 3x4 photo. The red veneer stars are from the Studio Calico December documenter kit.

Days 5-8 were previously posted here. I didn't like the color combo for my day 5 page so I reprinted the image in black and white. I also replaced the drawing with a second photo. The journaling card is from In A Creative Bubble. I love that this set is black and white, so you can easily add your own colors to the cards.

The story and photos of the original day 6 will also be moved to my PL album. Instead I told the story of this "Kindness Countdown Calendar" I made for my class. Each heart has a kindness mission inside, and every day in December one student pulled a heart from the basket and fullfilled their mission during that day. The next day they got to tell their story about their mission if they wanted to. The missions were for example "Invite someone to play with you", "Give someone a compliment" or "Let someone know what they are good at". The journaling card and printable is by In A Creative Bubble and they are both linked above.

To compare day 9 click here. So I hated the design of day 9 even as I made it. Remaking this page was not a waste of time. I like it so much better now. Photos and journaling blurred for privacy. I enlarged a journaling card designed by Kelly Purkey and folded part of a page protector in half and stapled it to the page. I tucked three photos and a journaling card inside the pockets and added a tab to the front page of the small booklet I'd made. There was a printer mishap on the bottom of the page that I covered up with some gold glitter tape from an earlier Studio Calico documenter kit.

'Til next time!


Sunday, December 17, 2017


It's time to share another batch of December Daily pages with you. Just like Project Life the best way to get things done is to do them right away. A December Daily that does not get finished before the end of January will never be finished by me.

I was going back and forth wether to share day nine on here or not, because I've had cover so much of it up. But here it is anyways, since I thought the page design could still be inspiring. I cut up some cards from the 2016 Paislee Press DD addon, and dug up some old wood veneer alphas to put this page together. The photos are taken indoors at my mom's apartment and they were dark and blurry. Shrinking them to 2x2" squares and turning them black and white was the best option. Me and my brother brought our families to my mom's to have sushi and hang out.

Day ten was the second of Advent. I took this photo as our son was lighting the second candle. The journaling talks about the importance of "being fair". The kids each get to light five candles for Advent. Nea got 1st and 4th, and Dante got 2nd and 3rd. The drama that ensues when something isn't fair is familiar to all parents I should think.

We finally put the tree up on the 11th. This day needed no journaling, so I did an all photos collage instead. I used a template from this Paislee Press December digi kit.

Yay for snow! It has been cold enough for snow during December this year, but we haven't gotten any. Today it finally snowed and snowed! The kids were delighted. Snow theme printables from the Paislee Press Merrier Elements digi kit.

On the 13th I usually document our Saint Lucia celebration but our kids didn't participate this year. They won't be part of the celebrations at school, other than being in the audience, until they're in the 5th grade. Instead I took some photos of Nea and her friend Sally walking home from school, and wrote about how much fun they have together.

I added a drawing by Nea as an insert between days 13 and 14. I love how she did the shading. She loves watching Kristina Werner do colouring on youtube, and tries to copy her work. So cute!

A friend and collegue sent me this photo on the 14th. They called from the kids' school saying my son was sick and I had to come pick him up. After I left my friend found my work shoes in the cord basket on top of the laptop cart. Talk about being tired and confused. We got a good laugh from it, but I feel like Winter Break can't come fast enough. Just four more days of work now and then we have two weeks off. I can't wait!

See you in a few days when I'll be sharing another batch of pages. We're on the home stretch now!


Monday, December 11, 2017


I'm back to share a few more days of my December Daily album. I've gotten stuck on day 9 where I have both photos and journaling I want to keep hidden. Still thinking about how to do that!

The story of day 5 is our everyday walk home from school, which is done a little differently in the winter. The sun sets at about 2.30 PM now and we don't want the kids walking home by themselves in the dark, so I walk with them every day. I used this fun photo of them wearing some Christmas themed hats from H&M. 

I thought lots about what to put on the back of the photo for day 4, and decided on this awesome patterned paper that came with the Paislee Press December Daily addon from last year. I then added a drawing Dante made for me at school, because it went well with the color scheme.(ETA: I remade this page later. See the new version here.)

The photo for day six was actually taken at the same time as the one for day five. Nea noticed a flight of geese flying south for the winter, and told me to hurry up and take a picture before they disappeared. She wanted to put the photo in her own December Daily album. I accidentaly shot a video instead, but managed to get an okay photo as a still from the video. You can see the geese in the top left photo if you look closely! (ETA: See the new version of day 6 here.)

On day seven I was out with work to celebrate a collegue's retirement. We went shuffleboarding ( She crushed the rest of us!)and then had dinner together. When walking to the restaurant we came across this installation which is part of a light festival in the town of Uppsala every winter. Such a perfect photo opportunity!

I wanted to keep the journaling for this event private so I made a smaller card to tuck in between the photos for days 7 and 8. I used a chipboard piece as a pull tab. I've never made this kind of hidden journaling before so it took me a long time figure things out. There were many mistakes made and on top of that I poked myself on a staple hard enough to draw blood. I was very happy when this page was finally put together!

I'm not super happy with how this page came together, but I decided to embrace "good enough". There is definately something missing, a frame I think, but I spent too much time on this page to risk messing it up again. (I reprinted it three times!) The ornaments flip up to reveal our wishlists to Santa. My hubby hasn't written one so he's not included. I printed out a funny photo from Villfarelser of a Santa riding a motorbike. If you want the sentiment translated - google it!

I printed the journaling on matte photopaper and used a 2" circle punch for the ornaments. I also punched three circles from white cardstock and sandwiched the gold glitter tape between them and the patterned paper. Then I outlined the ornaments and drew strings with a black marker. The Dear Santa digi brush is from this set by Paislee Press.

I hope I've given you some inspiration for your own album, and don't wait to get started putting it together. For me, it's now or never!

I'll be back soon to share more pages from this fun project. Happy scrapping!