Tuesday, July 21, 2015

VACATION MINI ALBUM

At the beginning of July we took a family trip to the Spanish Island of Mallorca. We had an absolutely wonderful time there. We are all hoping to go back some day. 

Before we left I had already decided to put a mini album together about the trip, based on Jamaica Edgell's Explore mini album class over at Big Picture Classes.

I made a quick video of the album. Enjoy!



For a closer look at each page, visit my gallery at Studio Calico!

I really recommend Jamaica's class. It's a streamlined approach to make a mini album filled with many photos. It takes the belly-aching out of planning how to put it all together. She has presented two alternatives on how to sort your photos. You pick whichever suits your story the best. The tabs are a free download included in the class. I also purchased the digital papers by Lifelovepaper and the divider templates in the BPC digital section. 

Editing the photos is what took me the longest. I used these vertical 4x6 photo templates by Paislee Press and also acouple of digital stamp brushes from Studio Calico. All photos are printed at home, which I know aren't the cheapest solution. I'm just too impatient to wait for a delivery once I have edited all the photos.

After printing the photos I printed out the free planner sheet to lay out the album before I put it together. It was the best help when gluing the pages together and punching the holes, making sure everything was in the right place.

I used just a few scrapbooking products to put it all together. The D-rings are Tim Holtz, and I've had them for years. The patterned papers and sheet of vellum are from The Underground scrapbook kit by Studio Calico. I picked bits and pieces from old PL kits to add just a few embellishments. 

When making the covers I cut the top off an icecream carton and glued patterned paper on either side. There are also three memorabilia pockets spread through the album. The base is kraft cut to 9x7", and then cut and folded like this: 


/Magdalena

Monday, June 22, 2015

MAY PROJECT LIFE

For the month of May I will be sharing all my pages at once. My Studio Calico PL kit was late to arrive, and I have been very busy preparing for something fun I will share with you soon. 



I started the monthly page with the large chipboard piece that came in the kit. I embossed it with Zing opaque white and added a few embellishments. The happy mail text is not a digi brush. I put it together using two different fonts in PSE. Pam Baldwin's Text Tricks class at BPC has been great for me in learning how to combine fonts. I have much more to learn in that area.



How awesome is the digi brush in the bottom right card? It's in a set called Sm(art) Mouth by Paislee Press and One little bird. Originally it's said This is how I roll,but I edited it in PSE to say we instead. I started out with a blank 4x6 canvas, cropped my photos to circles and layered them on the background. The digi brush was my last layer. After printing I added the yellow number stickers.


These two pages go together as a spread. The page on the right is half a Design A page protector. On the left I used these 3x4 templates by Paislee Press.


On the back of the 6x12 page I have documented Swedish Mother's Day which was May 31st. At the top there's a flip-up pocket, that I cut from the leftovers and attached with washi tape.


Inside are pictures of the cards my kids drew for me. And that is the end of my May pages. I'm currently working on my pages for June, and will share them soon.

I hope you are enjoying your summer so far!

/Magdalena

Saturday, May 16, 2015

FILLIN' UP TIME

On NSD I worked entirely off my stash. It feels really good to see it disappearing. My goal is to get to the point where the only extras I own are cardstock and a few embellishments that I know I will use. Scrapbooking is a hobby that is hard on the environment, with lots of product being shipped all over the world, and often kept in boxes and bowls and never used. I think it's important to be aware of that, and try to minimize ones impact on the environment as much as possible, while still allowing yourself to create the things you want and like.

For me it was time to fill up this month. The last kit I got since I quit my sub at Studiop calico was Cirque. I am still a subber to the PL kits. They disappear in no time, so I don't have much of a stash as far as PL is concerned.

For my first layout using Carolina Moon, I wanted to use this photo my son took. I was chasing him because he took my phone, and he was taking pictures of me as I ran after him. So funny! I started out by googleing "funny quotes about me", and came up with these two quotes I really liked, this one for my journaling and this one for my title. That dark blue patterned paper is my favorite one, and I always use my favorites first.

Materials:Carolina Moon SB and PL kits, Lauren addon, Versafine Onyx Black ink and Color Box gold metallic ink

For my second Carolina Moon layout I was inspried by this pin, that's been on my Future Layouts board for a long time.

Materials: Carolina Moon SB and PL kits, Lauren addon, Versafine Onyx Black ink and Carolina Moon PL kits digital stamps (the EXPLORE stamp is an old digital kit stamp that is no longer available)

It's fun to have some all new products to work with. Looking forwards to creating more over the weekend!

/Magdalena

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NSD PL PROJECTS

In my last post I shared the layouts I made for NSD. I love challenges. They really inspire me to create! Most of my projects for NSD were PL pages. I actually made ELEVEN (!) pages for April. 

Sketch challenge
Honestly, that peach color creeps me out! It looks too much like my skin. But I like how the page turned out. I often get stuck on a color when I make a page, both layout and PL. As you will see below!
Also the ice tea I made from Lipton's chocolate and pear flavored tea with a splash of Ginger Ale was divine!

Lift a CT member
Catherine Davis obviously! Those punched circles are genious. And this is where I got stuck on yellow. Love yellow! And the PL cards designed by Ali Edwards - I wouldn't mind getting more of them.

Bonus page
This one wasn't made for a challenge. I borrowed the top right photo from my sister's fb page. She went through some serious surgery, and is in remission now. And Nea lost her third tooth. 

Use a big photo
Plus use three stamps member challenge. And this is my last page for April. At bottom left we're welcoming spring at the May Bonfire - a Swedish tradition. And I don't know who's butt that is, but it made it into out album

Right now I'm working on my Carolina Moon kit that arrived this week. Fun stuff! I also have some exciting news to share with you shortly!

/Magdalena

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MY NSD LAYOUTS

I had a lot of fun celebrating National Scrapbooking Day at the Studio Calico site. With the company of 5 yo Nea I made projects for most of the challenges both on the blog and in the forums. 

GO BOLD

LAYER

MOOD BOARD

And I can't resist sharing the layout Nea made for the Go Bold challenge. She had so much fun scrapping with me all day! Do you scrap with your children?


The rest of the projects are PL spreads. I'll be sharing them tomorrow!

/Magdalena

Friday, April 24, 2015

FIRST EVER PROCESS VIDEO

A few people have asked if I do process videos and so far the answer has been no. I've tried making them but when speaking English I just stumble over my words. Then I saw this process video by Sockergrynet and realized - hey! I don't have to talk.

Now keep in mind this is my first time making and editing a video - ever! It's badly lit, my head pops into the frame several times and it's just a video-no fancy signs or zooms or anything. I'll be working on making them better and better.

Here is the spread I made: 




I did record the making of both pages, but on the second page my head was in the frame way too much so the video only contains the maiking of the left side of the spread. Nothing was planned beforehand. I had only printed the photos. I wanted to show you my entire process of picking out which cards to use, because I often miss that part when watching process videos. So often it's all already planned out and prepared you don't actually get to see the difficult part of the process. 

So here's my video!





I hope you enjoyed my post today. Have a lovely weekend friends!

/Magdalena

Friday, April 17, 2015

CIRCLES

Nicole Reaves posted some really cool circle layouts in the Studio Calico gallery this week, and I was super inspired! I picked out a few photos from the different things we did at Easter and used the cookie cutter tool in PSE to crop them into circles. Since I was planning to use my 2" circle punch I made the photos slightly bigger than that.

I wanted to incorprate the photos into the text and considered different ways of doing this. After deciding on on a random pattern I laid the photos out on a piece of letter size cardstock. I took a picture with my phone and uploaded it to PSE. I went through the same process as when I print on my PL cards except I just printed it out on white cardstock.

I pictured a rectangle around the text and chopped off the photos that crossed the imagined lines and added some yellow patterned paper underneath all the photos.




Materials: patterned paper from the Sandlot kit, sticker from the On The Grid class kit, thickers from unknown addon kit

/Magdalena