Saturday, March 25, 2017


In the week of Saint Patrick's Day the No/Lo spend thread at the Studio Calico forum issued a "Go Green" challenge. I went with a spread for our Project Life album.

The products for the spread plus the insert is almost all from the Studio Calico The Birds and The Bees kit. The black and white quote cards are from this mini kit. I made the week in review card myself, because I couldn't find one online that I liked. I'd love some tips if you have any! 

Week 11 was a week of spring flowers sprouting, sick kids and a birthday party for an older cousin. I've been making an effort this week to take more everyday photos than I usually do. This is the spread without the insert.

On the Friday of week 11 we needed to go into the city to buy new shoes for spring. Nea needed a bunch of t-shirts, hence the silly photo shoot at H&M. Also the camera on my phone stopped working so I got a new phone, an iPhone 7. The camera is SO much better! Especially when the lighting is bad I see a huge difference from my old 5s. I sliced off one column of pockets to make an insert about our trip to the city. 

This week I accidentally colored my hair black again, and it's my best mistake in a long time. I love it! The box said reddish black, but it's all black. I suspect the red will start to show when the color gets washed out. I'll be buying black hair dye next time! My natural hair color is dark brown, slightly darker than what our son has. (With a husband that has blackish brown hair imagine my surprise when I gave birth to this redheaded girl!)

Nea walking out the door to go bikeriding is my favorite photo from this week.

Looking forwards to diving into week 12!


Sunday, March 19, 2017


Spring is upon us this weekend! The sun is shining, the spring flowers are poking up their heads everywhere and our winter clothing is coming off. In the last five weeks we've had a lot of sickness in the family. Everyone has been sick - fevers, coughs, swollen glands stomach bugs... You name it. I really the spring weather brings health to us!

I've started in on our Project Life pages of March.  I'm sticking with my plan of using this Alpha card set from Studio Calico as my monthly cards. I love the clean look of them. The other two cards are from the Oh Happy Day card set from Paislee Press. All embellishments are from my freshly organized stash. The entire page documents cousin Tim's 3rd birthday. Happy birthday, sweet boy!

I finished page two and three of March, photographed them but only published page number two. Then I stumbled upon Amy Gretchen's youtube channel. After watching the video about her scrapbooking journey where she talks about how she regrets not adding enough journaling, I realized why I didn't like the pages I'd just made. There were just photos and filler cards and barely any journaling. I took the pages apart and did them over. Page number two originally looked like this:

After rearranging the cards and adding lots more journaling, pages two and three now looks like this:

Most of the products came in the Birds and the Bees kit from Studio Calico. I made my own journaling card by using an old SC digi brush and cutting up one of the filler cards from the kit. The pattern on the card and the heart sticker mimicks the snowfall we had last week. I really hope that was the last breath of winter! 

I reprinted the book photo and used a digi brush from Kellie Stamps to write out a book review. If you're looking for some cozy mystery books to read I recommend Scottish author Peter May. The Week in review card didn't print right so I cut it down and matted it with a patterned paper from the October Afternoon space collection. Remember that one? I think it came out in 2011! The "making things happen" is an actual stamp, everything else is digital.

My next spread will be all in green because of this challenge. And I'll keep including more journaling from now on!


Sunday, March 12, 2017


Yesterday I made a post on the blog talking about how rare it is for me to sit down and make layouts these days. The creative process is so much harder for me. It takes lots of work to come up with a layout design. Pocket pages just kind of falls together since the page protectors limits the design choices. 

Also layouts are just for fun, but Project Life is for documenting life. Because of that I can't wait forever to put my memories on paper because I will forget.I put a lot of preassure on myself with layouts. I tell myself they need to be unique and perfect. If they're just meh they go in the trash. Meh pocket pages still go into my album. They don't bother me at all. 

There is a full lesson dedicated to interviews in my "Joint Effort" class at Big Picture Classes. The lesson also has a free download file that includes the questions for my annual birthday interview with the kids. This layout is for Dante's 9th birthday. All products are from past Studio Calico scrapbook kits.

A few weeks ago I went through my scrapbook stash and also broke up the few kits I still had intact. I sorted everything into meshbags, bowls and boxes. I've noticed a difference since the cleanup in that I use more of my older items. I had a tiny stash compared to most scrappers even before the cleanup, which means my choices in product is slim now. This is really how I want my scrap space to be!

I came across these Sassafras foldies that came in the Glee Club kit in the fall of 2011. I really do super love them, but I hadn't come up with a layout that would do them justice yet. I'm not 100% happy with this one, but I like the old lady theme of the layout!

I still have a few more February stories to tell, so I will probably do a couple more layouts to add to our pocket pages of this month.


Saturday, March 11, 2017


Another month has gone by and I've put together nine pages of February photos. I've got two layouts mixed in with my pocket pages. If you're a maker of scrapbook layouts, as well as a Project Lifer, do you mix them in with your pocket pages or do you keep a seperate album? I started keeping all my projects together in one album about two years ago. These days I make as many layouts in a year as I would make in a month.

My February kit from Studio Calico, Confidant, was very late so I started in on my monthly pages without it. I picked out this F card to start out the month of February, and I love how it turned out. I've decided to stick with that idea for the rest of the year. You can still find this card set in the SC shop. 

My daughter made these bumblebees from toilet paper rolls. Adorable! I let them set the tone for the entire page. 

I recently went through my scrapbooking stash and took all my old kits apart and sorted them through. I have this big bowl of veneer that I never ever use, although I like what's in it. I decided it was purge or use! 

On the page below I've used Oh Happy Day journal card set from Paislee Press, plus the 4x6 Photo Templates volume 6. The stamps are from Kellie Stamps, but only available in the digital version right now.

 Misha Collins - how I love thee!

I jazzed up some of the cards by cutting strips from the pattern samples of the Confidant kit promo card. The "brave" digi brush is another Pailsee Press product called "High Five". I got the digital elements pack and both journal card kits, 1 and 2. I've used them in the pages below.

So, this was how I spent the Sports Break - a week off school. Next to my son in bed reading a ton books. He had a high fever for four days straight. Not how we planned to spend the week! But I got to read the entire Maja GrĂ¥ series by Amanda Hellberg -crime novels 
with a supernatural twist. If you can find them in English I highly recommend them!

 A walk around the city of Uppsala and an art exhibition in church. Art by artist and priest Kent Wisti. This guy! <3

I'll be sharing my February layouts on the blog tomorrow. See you then!


Sunday, February 12, 2017


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!


Tuesday, February 7, 2017


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!


Monday, January 16, 2017


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!