Thursday, December 31, 2015


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!


Sunday, December 27, 2015


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.


Sunday, December 20, 2015


I've had these pages finished for a while, but the days are so dark it's hard to find a good time to photograph my album.I'm sticking with my plan of one 4x6 photo per day, plus adding in as needed when I have more of a story to tell. 

Days 8 and 9 contains a girl resting after getting three of her fingers caught in our front door, plus a new book by one of my favorite authors.

Day 10 is just a filler photo, and day 11 tells the story of our crappy December weather. 

Day 12 is another fillerphoto paired with a list of 1-10 things the kids love right now. First is Nea's list:

  1. Crafting (my girl!)
  2. Taking a walk
  3. Playing board games
  4. Rough housing (with daddy)
  5. Play pretend
  6. Christmas
  7. Eating cake at school
  8. Friends
  9. Where we live
  10. Shopping

And Dante's list:
  1. Oskar (his best friend)
  2. Playing games (on X-box and iPad)
  3. Play pretend
  4. Bowling
  5. Soccer
  6. Waffles
  7. Mommy being silly
  8. Pizza
  9. Daddy being goofy
  10. Minecraft
December 13th is Saint Lucia day in Sweden. On the right side is the entrance door to the church Nea's choir did their Saint Lucia performance in.

And a full spread of the choir performing. Faces covered for privacy. The church paintings were made in the 14th century, and the wooden sculpture in the photo below is from 1470.

And day 14 is mailing out our holiday greetings. I found lots of inspiration in the "Artfully Addressed" class at BPC. Check it out!

How is your December Daily coming along?


Saturday, December 12, 2015


If you usually have trouble finishing your December Daily project I really recommend trying this approach. One 4x6 photo per day plus a journaling page when needed. A few embellishments and these date overlays from Paislee Press to pretty up the photos. So easy!

Some days I haven't taken a photo, like on the 4th of December below. I picked a non-date specific photo from another day and wrote my journaling about the 4th. Candy cane striped paper cut from a card in Ali Edwards' Cheer story kit. Digi brushes and chip board star on the right are from Studio Calico.

We put our tree up on the 5th. Merry & bright plus December shopping (day 6) is from this digi brush kit from Kellie Stamps. Washi strip from the Cheer kit. Paper clip and word sticker from Studio calico.

I'm ending week one with a picture from the annual advent calendar Tv-show, including a short review. Next is a laminated page with our kids' wish lists on either side. Nea's wishes on the front reads:

  • Paranorman DVD
  • Rubber bands (for Rainbow Loom)
  • Coloring book
  • Craft supplies
  • A Merry Christmas
Stars and punched card from Studio Calico.

Dante's wishes on the back reads:

  • Ipad
  • Minecraft Lego
  • X-box game
  • A Merry Christmas
  • Minions DVD
  • A small TV
  • A new lamp
I will use this gold polka dot vellum as a weekly divider after each Sunday. Cheer chip board piece and kraft word strip from Ali's Cheer kit, the rest is from Studio Calico.

Tomorrow is Saint Lucia day in Sweden and I'm hoping to take lots of photos. Have a great weekend!


Saturday, December 5, 2015


Or actually, it's been December for a few days. As I wrote in my previous post I have decided to make a serious attempt at a December Daily album for 2015. I have one finished album, that of 2011, and two failed ones, 2012 and 2013. In 2014 I didn't even try. BUT, I came across this album by Jamaica Edgell on Pinterest and thought "Hey, I can do it like that!". 

So, I got these templates by Paislee Press. And they're 20% off through the weekend, so GO! If you have taken Jamaica's mini album class at Big Picture Classes you have the basic idea of my album. Chip board covers, 4x6 photos and binder rings. So simple!

I took a discarded box from our recycling bin and cut two 4x6 rectangles. Then I glued patterned paper on each side of the covers. I also cut up some gold polka dot vellum I found in my stash to use as weekly dividers. It will very much be a hybrid album using both the Paislee Press templates and digital brushes from Kellie Stamps and Studio Calico. Last month I got the SC PL ;-)Christmas addon, and most of my embellishments will be from there.

Here's my cover and my intro pages. The Christmas 2015 circle is from the Joy digital brush set by Kellie Stamps, and you can find it here. I used the eraser tool in PSE to remove the little loop at the top before I printed it on smooth white cardstock.

I also wanted to included the First of Advent even though it did fall in November this year. Our daughter performed with the church choir that day. The photos I took were all horizontal so I made it a double spread and added a tag for my journaling. At the bottom of the photo I added a fitting digi brush from the Magic digi brush set by Kellie stamps, as is the "..... days until Christmas" stamp further down.

So far, I've also finished the pages for the days 1-3. On the December first page I had a printing mishap as you can see. The journaling is still readable, so I decided to be fine with it like that.

'Til next time!