Sunday, February 12, 2017

NEW YEAR, NEW ALBUM

It's been another six months and it's time for another title page and another album. I'll continue with a 9x12 format and I'll keep my former guidelines for Project Life as well. You can find out what they are i9n my Pocket Page design class for Big Picture Classes. The class has tons of inspiration when it comes to designing your pocket pages throughout the year. I'll be talking about seven different design principles and I also give several examples of each. 

If you are looking for a fresh perspective this year there is also my brand new Joint Effort class that introduces you to new ideas on how to bring family and friends into your memory keeping.

I'm in love with the newest 4x6 templates edition from Paislee Press and I've used it throughout my January pages. I love that it combines two 3x4 templates into one 4x6. So versatile!

I used the washi strips in the Roman Holiday DK from Studio Calico to tie the two 4x6 cards in our title page together.



Are doing the 2017 Reading Challenge? I've read two books so far this year. I highly recommend "Entry Island" by Peter May as your book set in to different time periods. It's a Canadian murder mystery that ties back to the deportations of 19th century Scotland. Interesting AND thrilling! If you'd like to follow me through the challenge this year you can revisit my blog or follow my Pinterest board for the 2017 Reading Challenge.


 Dante adores his little baby cousin!


This is my second book read in January. It's by Swedish novelist John Ajvide Lindqvist. It's a collection of classic horror stories that's appeared in Brittish and American anthologies. Many of the stories are in production for TV and movies this year. Looking forwards to seeing them on the screen!




Now onto documenting the month of February!

/Magdalena


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

PL IN DECEMBER - TO BE OR NOT TO BE

I've seen several discussions in online forums whether people do both a December Daily album and make Project Life documenting for December. What is your take on this? Do you do both, or just one? Which one?

I did both in 2015 and 2016. To me DD and PL have different story purposes. DD to me is a way to tell the stories of past Decembers, of family traditions and gettogethers. In PL I tell the story of everyday life, which happens in December as well as the rest of the year. 

Throughout the month I used digitals from Paislee Press (Mini Album kit, Merrier Word Art and a bunch of Pocket Guide templates) and One Little Bird (Wonder Journaling Cards). I also used Studio Calico's documenter kits Sonnet and Cypress Hill and dug into my stash of Christmasy papers and embellishments. Don't you love finding uses for older items?



Don't you love our Christmas outfits below? We went all out at work when the student council at our school announced the last Friday of the semester would be winter themed dressup day. I found my Snowwoman outfit at this place. They have so many fun costumes at a full range of prices. 



Me and hubs bought each other the same t-shirt for Christmas. Hilarious!



In every documenter kit I get one or more items that I'm not fond of. In this case it was the label transparencies. I usually make myself try to use the items anyway. I found that if I stapled the seethrough labels over printed journaling they looked like regular labels. It's still not a product I would purchase on it's own, but I enjoy the challenge of making things work for me.


Our son Dante is super duper crazy about babies, so when his baby cousin comes for a visit he's in heaven. Here he got to carry her for the first time and he was so proud! (Baby's face covered for privacy.)


And that is all for December. Right now I'm wrapping up our January pages. I'll be sharing them here tomorrow!

/Magdalena

Monday, January 16, 2017

TOP FIVE CLASSES AT BPC

Hey guys!

In one week my third class for Big Picture Classes goes live. It's called Joint Effort and is all about bringing family and friends into your memory keeping. New members get a free two-week trial, so check it out on January 23rd!


As a teacher at Big Bicture Classes I also have the opportunity to take all the excellent classes presented on the sight, and I thought I'd share my Top 5 classes with you.


Pam is one of my favorite scrappers. She makes amazing layouts and uses a lot of digital products. In this class she takes you through a whole bunch of different ways to add words to your pages. There is so much inspiration in this class. There are basic tutorials but also loads of inspiration for seasoned digital scrappers. Here is one of the projects I made from taking Pam's class:



I wish this class had been around when I was making baby albums for my own kids! I found this class as I was looking for inspiration to put together a baby album for my brother's firstborn. Kelly presents such a great formula, and I really think that a formula is key to actually finishing the album. If you're about to put together a baby's first year album I highly recommend this class! I can't share the full album with you, but here is an introductory spread without photos: 



Another mini album class with an amazing formula to follow. Jamaica presents a whole new way to categorize photos and sort them in your album. I put together a travel mini after our family trip to Mallorca, and it was super easy when following this class. You get a free page planner and it really helped me assemble the album without mistakes. Check out my full album through this link.


Pocket Prompts

I love following along with the pocket prompts classes! Every month a new contributor presents 5 photo prompts and five journaling prompts plus a process lesson. If you haven't discovered this series you have a backlog of 22 classes to take. Lucky you! Here is the latest Pocket Prompts class taught by my friend Lisa.


This class is the most recent one I've taken and it's been really inspiring. Neela shares six different ways to work with large photos on your scrapbook layouts. There are helpful videos for editing your photos plus putting together your spreads. It brought me lots of ideas and inspiration for making these two pages over the weekend.






I haven't bought any new physical product in a while, so this is all from my stash. I really like taking out older Studio Calico kits and sorting through them. There is so many forgotten treasures to be found!

/Magdalena

Thursday, January 5, 2017

DECEMBER DAILY, DAYS 19-23

Finishing up the last pages of my album took a little longer than planned since I'm finishing up the last bits of my third BPC class at the same time. More news on that later on!

I wasn't sure what date I was stopping at, but now I've decided that the 24th will be the last day of the 2016 album. Christmas Eve is the day we celebrate Christmas in Sweden and I have eight pages for that day alone. I'm hoping to have them up on the blog tomorrow. Today I'll be sharing days 19 to 23. 

My little niece's face is hearted for privacy. Because of bad lighting (Sweden in December!) all photos were grainy. I minimized the graininess by using a template from Paislee Press for several smaller images, and also turning all the photos B&W.


For day twenty I used this fun playlist printable from One Little Bird. There is lots of grain in this photo too, but I left it as is because Nea's Christmas shirt didn't look nearly as fun in B&W! 

 This page is really one of those untold story pages that I aimed to create with the 2016 December Daily album. I've enjoyed focusing on stories rather than happenings on specific dates. It's been so much easier putting this album together, and really much more fun. Here's a photo of me in front of the tree in our livingroom. I'm not sure exactly what year it is, but I look about 4 years old, so I'm guessing 1976. I've written down the story of how we celebrated Christmas when I was little. I was an only child (up until the age of 10), and so were both of my parents, so it was always just me, my parents and both of my grandmas. Both grandfathers passed away before I was born. I always wished for an older brother but they never got me one! Both pocket cards are printables from One Little Bird.



Here is another Paislee Press template that originally was titled "Holiday traditions", but I took the "Christmas" from another template in the same kit and just wrote decorations underneath. These are some of the handmade decorations we've had around the house this year and in case they don't make it into the future I wanted them documented.



Day 23 is a super quick page. Just a large photo with a journaling tag attached. The "Hello Santa" circle is from an Ali Edwards Holiday word art set.



And that's it for today! I still have the intro pages and Day 24 to finish and share. I'll be so happy to be done with this project and to move to documenting the new year. Happy New Year everyone!

/Magdalena

Thursday, December 29, 2016

DECEMBER DAILY, DAYS 11-18

We ended up visiting my mom yesterday, and going to the movies today instead. Sing was amazing! Lots of great characters and good music. Before we left I hurried to photograph the rest of my finished December Daily pages. After page 18 I have a few gaps and bits and pieces that need to be added in.

The tree print paper is from the sold out Redwood kit from Studio Calico. The "be present" chip board piece is me trying to be witty, since there are presents under the tree. The pocket cards on the right are from the December Wonder digi kit by One Little Bird. I combined them with a digi stamp from the Merrier set by Paislee Press.



Another tradition I wanted to write about is our family Advent celebration. The kids take turns to light the next candle for Advent and then we have a "fika" together. Swedish fika means hot drinks and something sweet to eat. The photos I had from Dante lighting the candle for the first Sunday of Advent was really grainy. I redid this spread several times because I didn't like how the photos looked. Finally I decided to shrink them down to make the grain less noticeable, and I was happy with Day 12 at last!


I made a photo collage using this set of 3x4 templates by Paislee Press. Small vellum stickers come from the Cypress Grove documenter kit by Studio Calico. All other products are from my stash.



No Swedish December Daily without a page about the Saint Lucia celebration on the 13th of the month! This is another template from Paislee Press included in the December Mini Album kit. This kit does cost a bit more than just the regular pocket card kits but the $15 were more than worth it to me. Even though I've used it throughout my 2016 album there are so much product in this kit I'll easily be able to use it for future December Daily albums without repeating myself.


I got the idea to add in this piece of packaging from Ali Edwards from another December Daily maker. I thought it was a brilliant way to easily add in all the Christmas greetings we've recieved. I've also included the card that we sent out this year.




The supermoon is my story for Day 15. I was out of the letter N so I constructed one from two I's and a cut up W. Star pocket card and (circle punched) sticker both from Studio Calico.


On Friday the 16th we had our annual Christmas party at work. And yes, I have asked my colleagues for permission to post this spread! Top two pocket cards and glittery stars from the Cypress Grove documenter kit. The red 4x6 card is cut from a patterned paper that came in the Redwood addon. The right side of the spread is another photo template from the Paislee Press mini album kit mentioned above.



Since this is a family album I've also recorded what my husband did on the day of the Christmas party. The journaling also talks about the kids getting to spend time with grandma who stayed overnight since both mommy and daddy was away for the evening.



For Day 18 it was time to tell the story of making our own candy for Christmas. A tradition I've kept from my childhood Christmases. This tradition is important to me because taking the time to make our own candy signals that Christmas is a special time. The rest of the year we may buy our candy, but at Christmas we make it together!

The cork numbers below are actually painted with gold acrylic paint but it doesn't show in the photo. It's more visible in real life.


Most likely my next post will be on New Years Eve. See you then!

/Magdalena

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

DECEMBER DAILY, DAYS 6-10

Hey people, and welcome back to my blog!

Today I'll be sharing the next five days of my December Daily album. I've changed directions this year with what I document in my pages. It's not so much what we did on a specific date, I'm saving that for our PL album. Instead I have been focusing on the stories I want to tell. I've been asking myself "What will the kids enjoy reading about in 20 years?" and that is what has gone into my album. 

I have used up every single piece of this wood grain paper. It has a Christmasy feel to me, without being overmuch. For Day 6 I wanted to document everyones favorite Christmas movie, and I wanted the page to look like a wall with the movie posters tacked to it. All products from my stash.



Day 7 tells the story about picking out the wrapping paper and wrapping the presents. "That's a wrap" digi stamp from the Grinch Moment digi set by Kellie Stamps.



Day 8 has an envelope with my kids' letters to Santa inside. Number tag and stamps from Studio Calico, but unfortunately they are no longer being sold.


The letter stamps below are from the cutest little wooden alpha stamp set I bought on Etsy many years ago. "Fragile" and "Return to" stamps by Stromsvigt Design, which no longer produces stamps, but you can find her Etsy shop here. She makes digital PL cards and planner related products. Happy Holidays sticker by Studio Calico. 



Initially that was it for Day 8, but I went back to add this piece of journaling about not believing in Santa Claus as a child. My mom has told me a story about taking me to a Christmas party when I was 4 yo and about a funny conversation I had with a grown man trying to convince me that Santa Claus was real. I wasn't buying it. Background pattern from the Christmas Album kit by Paislee Press and the digi stamps can be found in the Merrier elements kit by Paislee Press.


More Paislee Press for Day 9, also from the Merrier elements kit. This day is about me and my siblings sending videos of our kids singing Christmas songs to each other. We had a pretend fight about who's kid had the best articulation. All four videos was really funny and cute so I wanted to save them in my album. Faces hearted for privacy and the QR codes go to a private account where only I can see them. 


And for Day 10 there's actually something that happened on the tenth. Me and my husband dropped the kids off at my mom's and went gift shopping. We ran into Darth Vader at ToysRus which has to be recorded of course. I combined two different digi stamps for my title. Christmas by Pailsee Press ( I erased the "Merry" part of it in Photoshop) and Shopping by Kellie Stamps.



We have plans for the rest of today, including seeing Sing at the movies, so I'm not sure if I'll have the time to photograph pages 11-15 and have them up on my blog for Thursday. If not, they'll be up on Friday. See you then!

/Magdalena