Sunday, May 22, 2016

WEEKEND RECAP

Spring is changing into summer and I am finding myself exhausted. May is such a busy month for teachers, wrapping up the year. In my last post I promised to post my NSD projects but I never ended up making any. I did spend the day sorting through my chaotic recipe folder. I designed a 4x6 card for printing and then hand writing the recipes. I used digital stamps to adapt the card to different categories - salads, bread, main courses, desserts, snacks and drinks. I'm still missing dividers and tabs, but I'm so glad to finally have this done!

This weekend has been cleaning, grocery shopping and doing laundry. I love when it's warm enough to be able to hang the laundry outside! I've been baking muffins with fresh rhubarbs from our garden and even taken some time to read. I've read more books so far this year, than I did in all of 2015. To follow my reading progress during 2016 visit my reading challenge Pinterest board.

Last weekend I also wrapped up our April PL,and started in on the May pages. I used Kellie Stamps May release "My fave" digital stamp set on my photos.



I hope you haven't missed that my new class "Pocket Page Design" is up at Big Picture Classes! I've put together seven lessons each with a video and several examples on how to use different design principles to tell your pocket page stories. 



Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

/Magdalena

Saturday, May 7, 2016

NSD

Today is National Scrapbook Day peeps! What challenges will you be taking part in? I'm waiting for Studio Calico to start posting their CT challenges. 7 am for SC is 1 pm for me. While I'm waiting I'll be working on this combined challenge by Kellie Stamps and Color Cast Designs.

I'll be updating my blog with my NSD projects, but while you wait I'll let you have a look at Kellie Stamps May release. Hurry to get yours! The special is only for today.




Happy NSD friends!
/Magdalena

Monday, May 2, 2016

APRIL PL AND A SNEAK

I've started in on my April pages for our Project Life album. Last month I managed to put together twelve (12!)pages, but April won't be nearly as many. I've only been able to share one of those pages, yesterday on my blog, because the rest of them I made for my upcoming "Pocket Page Design" class for Big Picture Classes. I had so much fun design the pages and the class, and I learnt a lot myself. I really hope you will check out my class when it arrives! I have no definite date yet, but I'll let you know as soon as I have.




If you'd like to make a set of donut coasters for yourself check out this pin.



And here is a sneak of Kellie Stamps May digital stamp release. I will be posting the full project on May 5th, which is also the release date for the new sets.

/Magdalena


Sunday, May 1, 2016

DOCUMENTING YOUR READING

This year I've taken the time to read more books than I did last year. I like to document the books I read with short reviews included in my project life album. I also document our children's reading progress, which I'm sure they'll appreciate as adults.

All reading related digital brushes in these pages come from the digital Book Nerd set by Kellie Stamps.The "bookworm" plastic word is from a Studio Calico addon from last year. I had SO much trouble attaching it! I tried gluing it on three times. The third time I put a weight on top and it actually stuck to the page protector, but instead the "bo" broke off as I turned the page. Gah! I just gave up, ripped the rest of the word off and used my tape roller to attach it. So annoying people! Plastic words do not belong on the outside of page protectors...

Tomorrow I'll be sharing more of my April PL pages!

/Magdalena

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

FAMILY HISTORY

I've been told so many stories about our family history, especially by my paternal grandmother. Sadly I was too young then to understand that I should write them down. I wouldn't remember them all! Before I forget anything else I'm now writing everything down that I have in my head. I found this class at Big Picture Classes, and I found it a great starting point for my documenting. 

It's hard to know where to start, so just like in the class I started documenting relationships and births. This was my first layout and it tells the story of our lives at the time our kids were born.


I used a photo from our trip to Mallorca last summer to document the story of how we met. (Our houses were in the same street when we grew up, although we never spoke at the time.)


This is my favorite photo of my dad who passed away in the fall of 1999. He was born in 1934 hence the title. 


And this is how far I've gotten, the story of how my paternal grandmother had to move away from the family farm and how she then met my grandfather. In this photo she's 20 years old. She was born in 1913 and passed away in 2004. I miss her like crazy!


I'll be sharing more of this project as it progresses. 

/Magdalena


Saturday, March 19, 2016

EASTER CRAFTS

My daughter and I love doing perler beads together. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration and fun patterns. I've pinned so much fun crafts for us to do and this time we wanted to make something for Easter. 

We started out making bunnies and eggs using perler beads.


After ironing them we let them cool down a bit, then used a glue gun to attach wooden scewers to the backs.


I pulled out some terracotta pots from the shed and we planted grass seeds. This part was a little messy, so we worked outside.


My daughter arranged the bunnies and eggs in the pots, and we placed them in our sunniest window. A week later they look like this!


These will be super cute on our table just in time for Easter. 

/Magdalena

Friday, March 18, 2016

HERE WE GO

Another layout using Kellie Stamps March release. I'm so happy that I decided to do layouts this month, rather than PL spreads. I do have parts and pieces of at least ten Studio Calico scrapbook kits, but so rarely make layouts these days. When I do, it's like "Oh yeah, THIS is what I used to do!" 

I started out trying to make a grid layout using two photos of my kids ice skating this winter. I enjoy working in PSE putting my design together and then printing it in separate layers, but I just couldn't get it right this time. Then I removed one photo and this happened. I like it so much more! I found a gold transparancy that I cut a few banners from and also a pack of gold thickers that I used for snow flakes.



I hope you haven't missed out on the fact that Kellie will be releasing her designs as clear stamps as well! She has extended her pre-order until the end of March 19th Aussie time! So hurry!

/Magdalena