Sunday, January 24, 2016

2016 PROJECT LIFE

I went back and forth for the looongest time, on deciding the format for my 2016 PL album. I finally settled on 12x12 for the first half of the year. Then my Mint Hint Color Theory 9x12 album arrived in the mail and... well, have you seen it? It's gorgeous! I can't save it for fall as I had planned. So it's another 6 months of 9x12 for me.

I really liked that Studio Calico's Arendal kit had lots of cards for the new year. They put less and less seasonal cards in their kits, and I understand why, I really do. But I prefer the seasonal cards just the same. Since the cards were so lovely many of us used them on our intro page so I was thinking on how to personalize my page so I did some messy stitching on the 2016 card. I have also mixed in items from Ali Edwards' Heart story kit and a new years addon that came with the SC November kits. The colors of the three kits went together beautifully. On the back of this page I'm planning to add the goals I've set up for myself this year, but I haven't finished that page yet.



I find the color peach a bit creepy, but I like the design of the monthly 4x6 card we get with our SC kits, so I used it anyway. The two cards on the left are from the new years addon too. There are enough calendar cards to last me through the year, so I have decided to make them a monthly recurrency. I like the idea of picking a word to focus on each month, and for January I picked routine. After almost three weeks off from school and work we need to start over making up our daily routine. I wrote the dates by hand, and then marked out afew special dates with some vellum star stickers. The numbers are still visible through the vellum. Daily digital stamp from the "Circle it today and yesterday" digital stamp set by Kellie stamps.


After a sadly warm December, we've had a lovely cold and snowy January. The kids are so happy! There's an ice skating rink at our kids' school that we can use on our days off, just a short walk from home. And hot chocolate never tastes better than after spending a few hours outside in -23 degrees Celsius. Yum!


As you can see many of my embellishments are from past SC kits, and unfortunately I don't remember their names. I like using up my stash. Emptying a sticker sheet is very satisfying! I love phrase and words stickers for PL. The bottom card is from a printable TV and movie set by Hello Forever. I actually suggested this for a mini card kit so I was really happy to see it in the shop this month. If you are a BPC member you can see Marcy Penner using these cards in her Pocket Prompts class.


In the matter of just a few weeks three great men passed away. I feel they deserve a page all to themselves, so here it is. Again I'm paring up the Arendal kit and Ali's Heart story kit. 


Have you settled on a format for 2016 yet? And have you started in on the new year? I'd love to see your ideas for 2016!

/Magdalena




Wednesday, January 20, 2016

DECEMBER DAILY 2015 FLIP-THROUGH

As promised in the blog post where I shared the last pages of my DD 2015, I have put together a flip-through video where I talk about the stories and the products I used. I have made a few tweaks here and there since finishing my album. One of the things I did was add a few label tabs along the right side. 

I was quite nervous to post a video where I had to speak English for a full 10 minutes, but I did it! Mistakes, accent and all. Just do it - right! I'm hoping to be brave enough to post some process videos with a spoken commentary this year too. 

So, without further ado, here is my video. Enjoy!


/Magdalena

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

2015 READING CHALLENGE SUMMARY FOR PL

I really enjoyed taking part in the 2015 Reading Challenge last year, and I wanted to document the books I read. If you want to learn more about the challenge click on the 2015 Reading Challenge link above, or visit my Pinterest boards. Link to the right!

I googled covers for the the books I read, and printed out photos for each book. I haven't written a review for every book, but instead written more about the kind of books I read and my most and least favorite.


The format is 9x12, but for the last page I cut a 9x3 strip from a full size all 3x4 pockets page protector.You see the page folded out below, and in the photo below that the last page is folded in, to reveal the back side of the cards. I only had one of those Book Review PL cards, so I scanned it in black and white and reprinted the image.


The top middle card here is a bonus card that Brandi Kincaid Thompson sent me, when I ordered a portrait doodle from her Etsy shop last summer. Love it!


Keep reading!

/Magdalena

Monday, January 18, 2016

PL DECEMBER

I am eagerly awaiting my January 2016 Studio Calico Documenter kit. I want to get started on the new year right now! I love the new year themed cards in the kit, and I want to wait for their arrival before starting to document Januari. I have finally decided on a size for our first album of the year. I'm sticking with 9x12 for now. I have a new album and page protectors on the way. 

I've read discussions on how to deal with the double documenting in December when deciding to make a December Daily album when you're also doing Project Life. I did both this year, and some of the stories and photos did end up in both albums. My December Daily wasn't extensive and I didn't use a ring binder and page protectors so it still felt like a different project and I enjoyed making it.

I ended up with six pages for December in my PL album. Most of the stories can be found in my previous DD posts, so I won't share them here again. I made my own monthly title card using a digital brush by Studio Calico. Most of the cards used this month are from the Winter mini card kit by Tina Aszmus, the Christmas add-on kit by SC and from Ali Edwards' Story kits.




I cut the "Give from the heart" card below from the cover of a Rituals catalog.



These photos are all from Christmas Eve, when we celebrate Christmas in Sweden. Originally I printed the journaling on the top 4x6 card on one of the Cheer Story kit cards, but it got stuck in my printer and was ruined, so instead I added these old digital brushes by Ali Edwards and printed it all out on smooth white card stock instead.



At the end of my album I've also added a summary of my 2015 Reading Challenge attempt. I'll be sharing those pages tomorrow, so drop by then!

/Magdalena

Friday, January 1, 2016

READING CHALLENGES

The old year is to an end,and it's time to wrapup the 2015 Reading Challenge. Did you take part in the challenge this year? I really enjoyed as it got me back to reading books this year. I came nowhere near the 50 books the challenge called for, but my personal goal was to just read more. I enjoyed having the different boxes to check because it made look for new books and authors I may not have read otherwise. I have still stuck to what I enjoy, which is the horror genrĂ©, but I have still tried a few new things within my interest zone. Here is the list, and the boxes I have checked: 


At the beginning of the year I put up a Pinterest board where I pinned all the books of the year, plus a very short review of each book. All in all I read 14 books, 6 crime novels, 5 horror novels and 3 autobiographies. One of the autobiographies was more of a horror novel, very hard to tell what was real and not. 

The book I enjoyed the most was Mr Mercedes by Stephen King. I was surprised to find it to be a crime novel with no supernatural overtones whatsoever. The main characters is a very likable retired police officer and his cohorts are very likable as well. He is drawn into investigating a crime by the unknown perpetrator of a massacer of people queing up for a new job. 

I have set up a new board for the all new 2016 Reading Challenge. So far there's only the checkbox list, so if you want to take part this year but haven't seen the list, go check it out!

/Magdalena

Thursday, December 31, 2015

THE END OF THE WHOLE MESS

To quote Stephen King. Scrapbooking can be messy for sure. I will admit to occupying our dinner table  making us eat by the TV several times. 

It is the end of the year, and I also plan to share the end of my December Daily for 2015. All the pages are done, but I will probably make a few tweeks here and there before I make a complete flip-trough video of it.

I rarely use the portrait oriented 4x6 cards in my PL, but they are perfect for using in mini albums. Again all the embellishments are from Ali Edwards' Cheer story kit. 


My daughter isn't too fond of having her hair braided, she thinks it takes too long, but sometimes I manage to bribe her into letting me do it. This hairdo cost me playing five times per board game she recieved for Christmas. (She got three.) Totally worth it! I have recently started a Pinterest board for girl hairdo's, if you want some inspiration.


This year we put their Christmas outfits in their stockings. That was a genious move! They were both dressed within a minute of opening their morning gifts. They also got to pick out a present from under the tree to open. In Sweden we open our Christmas gifts in the afternoon of Christmas Eve. The tradition is to have a grownup pretend to go out for a walk and then return dressed up as Santa to hand out the presents, but this year the kids didn't want that. After figuring out that Santa is infact a dressed up family member or neighbour, they decided they wanted to be Santa themselves this year.


We had no guests for Christmas, so our traditional Swedish Christmas buffĂ© had fewer dishes this year. We just picked out our favorites. I'm mad about the veggie dishes myself, and I totally recommend this kale salad! Cut off the stems of the kale and put it in boiling water for just a couple of minutes. Dress with a classic vinaigrette and add chopped walnuts, sliced dried apricots and crumbled bluecheese. 

I love the wine glasses and plates we had out. My father recieved them at his first wedding in the 1950's. The marriage didn't last (lucky for me, or I wouldn't be here) but the china sure did. The glasses are gold rimmed crystal and the plates have golden prints of triangles and diamonds. So pretty! 


Happy New Year to you all!

/Magdalena

Sunday, December 27, 2015

DECEMBER DAILY PART 4

I'm all but done. Just Christmas Eve left to do. I will end my December Daily on the 24th since that is the day we celebrate Christmas here in Sweden. Today I'm sharing days 15 to 23.

For day 15 I went with a photo of one of our Christmas presents. The "So Very Merry" is from Studio Calico and is stamped on the dag. I took the photo before I signed the tag, so that I could add my journaling digitally. On day 16 are the liquorice toffees I make every year. The recipe, in Swedish, can be found here.


On the 17th I took our boy to the dentist. All embellishments here are from Ali Edwards' Cheer story kit.


For day 18 I put the number and journaling on a sheet of vellum. The "Be Merry" is from Kellie Stamps Grinch Moment digi brush set. I told the story of this electric chandelier or whatever you'd call it. My mother bought it with her first pay check in 1956. She was 13 years old and working extra at a local bakery. We still put it up for Christmas every year.


This one is selfexplanatory. :) I'm sure there are many a Star Wars page in the December Dailys of 2015.


On the night of the 20th we had an aurora borrealis over Uppsala. I wasn't up at that time though, so I borrowed this photo from a local photographer named Johannes Rousseau. He's taken so many beautiful pictures of our town. Go take a look!


Last day of schoolfor the kids, and for me of course. Being a teacher has it's perks. This is my ugly Christmas sweater for the year. Love it! I had some fun with the Magic digi brush set by Kellie Stamps, combining it with some old Studio Calico brushes in red.


And the last two pages for this post. Day 22 is another favorite Christmas candy of mine, homemade peanut butter cups. I have shared this recipe before along side a few other favorites of mine, in this post. On the 23rd we went grocery shopping, among other things.

Stay tunes for my last December Daily post - Christmas Eve.

/Magdalena