Monday, May 22, 2017

END OF SPRING PROJECTS

Summer is finally about to begin! Here in Sweden we've had the coldest spring for 70 years. The snow kept falling even at the beginning of May. The last two weeks have seen some warmer temperatures at last. There is only three more weeks of school and then another week of work for me, then we're off for eight long weeks together. I can't wait!

Project Life week 19 below! Playing chess in bed on a Saturday morning, tulips at our neighbour's house, reading and craft beer with pizza. The wonderful red leaves card is from Tina Aszmus' Spring Zine. It's sold out but she has another one up for pre-order right now. Hurry on over to her shop! The middle card is by Paislee Press and so is the "Unstoppable" label.


I let the sad passing of Chris Cornell take first place in week 20. I had a lot of photos for this week so I used these 4x6 templates by Paislee Press to fit them all in. I used the Afterlight photo editing app to warm up my color photos. I love the light leak filters! Most products are from the Studio Calico "Alfresco" kit that arrived this Friday. I worked my visual triangles using pops of yellow, wood veneer and the orange alphas that came in the kit. 






 / Magdalena


Sunday, May 14, 2017

INSPIRED BY NSD CHALLENGES

Here I am again to share a few pocket pages, and a scrapbook layout that I made during the NSD weekend. I was really inspired by the challenges posted on the Studio Calico blog. If you haven't checked them out, you should! You'll be too late to take part in the challenges but inspiration is worth so much more than a $10 prize.

Most products in these pocket pages are from the "Written In The Stars" documenter and scrapbook kits from Studio Calico. This page is for week 16, when we went to the mall for burgers and for the kids to spend their Easter money, I decided to start running again and I tried out a pinspired hairdo for Nea.





Somehow I didn't take a single photo in all of week 17, so here we jump to week 18. This week includes a visit at me and hubby's childhood pool (I haven't been there in 25 years!), my haul from the book store and buying sandals for warmer weather. Bibliophile digi stamp by One Little Bird. I've finished with two of the books below. Visit my 2017 Reading Challenge pinterest board to read some short reviews.



Week 18 continued with babysitting and with the arrival of Tina Aszmus' first zine. The "start" card came tucked in a pocket inside the zine. The Spring 2017 zine is sold out, but the Summer 2017 edition will be added to her shop sometime in May.


As promised I am also sharing the page from Spring Break I hadn't finished. I wanted to document what we'd been watching during the week. These red thickers are from the now closed down Basic Grey company. The thickers were included in the "Summer of '69" scrapbook kit that came out in the summer of 2012. I had to stich them down because they had lost their tackiness, plus I had to write "film" instead movies because I was out of E's. I love the color and font of these!



Inspired by this pin I made a layout for the Line It Up NSD challenge. I wrote about how the Reading Challenges has brought me new authors to read and enjoy, although I'm still sticking to the same genres I've always been reading. I often use lists such as "The scariest books to come out in(year)" to know what to look for at the book store. If the book was written in English I prefer to read it in English. I've always felt that a book loses something when it gets translated. 



Did you get any crafting done for NSD?

/Magdalena

Sunday, April 23, 2017

TWO WEEKS, SIX PAGES

Today I'm sharing another two weeks of our Project Life album. There were not enough photos from week 14 to make up an entire spread on it's own, so I just mixed to photos from both weeks togther.

I used a digital stamp from Studio Calico for the week in review card. I don't use that stamp much because it bothers me that it says Week ho, rather than week no. I went to find these tiny veneer numbers to add some dimension. All cards from Studio Calico's April kit Written in the Stars plus the Spring Break kit designed by One Little Bird.

Have you been watching Amy Gretchen's Project Life process videos? Love them! She's inspired me to do more stamping, and not just with the most recent stamps from the current Studio Calico kit. Before putting these pages together I went through all my stamps and picked out the ones that would make good embellishments such banners and tags. I stamped them all in black ink on a piece of smooth white cardstock. I've then been cutting them out by hand as I go. 

Week 15 was Spring Break, although in Sweden it's called Easter Break, and this page is a small collection of photos of what we did in the 10 days we had off. Crafting, playing, reading, hanging with friends and sleeping in!


I used the 4x6 photo templates vol. 6 from Paislee Press to create a collage from a series of photos I had of Nea posing with a pair of glasses she crafted from plastic packaging and pipe cleaners. The single acetate light bulb I had left over from an older kit went well with her bright idea!


On Friday the 7th of April there was a terror attack in Stockholm, Sweden. I record current events sparingly in our PL album because I think there will be other ways of learning about them in the future, however I felt that this event was imortant enough to go into our album. I found some photos online and paired them with the Big Alpha card set designed by Jasmine Jones. I was out of the letter O so at first I considered using a 2" circle punch on the photos but I felt that there were enough letters left in the word for it to be readable without the O's.


Three of the photos pictures classic stockholm sites (the royal castle, the concrete lions and the cherry blossoms of Kungsträdgården)and last photo shows Prime Minister Stefan Löfven laying down flowers for the victims.


I needed to use the back of this insert for something and decided to make it a place to document our favorite eats of the Easter weekend. The yellow flower card is from the Spring Break set linked on top. All other cards are cut down rounded corner PL cards from Studio Calico, and you'll also recognise a bunch of older stamps in use.



The bottom left cards is a super short recipe for our favorite homemade Easter candy bars. All they contain is mini marshmallows, melted white chocolate and rainbow sprinkles. Super easy and super delicious! The gooey marshmallows and the crunchy sprinkles are awesome together. You can use cookie cutters to make Easter-y shapes if you like, but we just do squares. Don't want to waste any of the goodness!


On Sunday of week 14 we celebrated the first birthday of my brother's daughter. These photos all went onto the same page. Sweet baby face covered for privacy! The awesome banner is from the High Five elements pack by Paislee Press.




On the back of this page I plan to put photos of the movies and shows we watched during the week. I haven't finished this page yet so I will share it on a later date! The last page of the weeks 14 and 15 are from the days of Easter. 


First up is the kids dressed up for the Swedish version of trick or Treating which we do on Easter Thursday. Kids make Easter greeting cards and knock on their neighbours' doors dressed as witches. The cards are exchanged for candy, originally collected in a coffee pot. Dante preferred to dress up as the Easter Bunny this year. I dug up a set of Easter themed cards from my stash. I think they may be from last year? I found a tiny veneer heart for the bunny's nose. It looked so sad, but the heart perked it up a bit! And the carrots from Tina Aszmus' Painted Veggie card set went well with the easter theme too.



I haven't bought (or used!) veneer embellishments in years, and I'm really dipping into my stash now. Any tips on where to find cute veneer shapes these days?

Enjoy spring (or fall if you're in the southern hemisphere) and I'll see you soon!


/Magdalena

Sunday, April 16, 2017

GOLDEN

Week 13 is all about golden colors. Some photos need to be printed in color, such as the one of our daughter's hair and that delicious tall glass of beer. And with that I had the week's color scheme set.



Again most products are from older Studio calico kits. I found the current kit hard to work with, and I've already used up the cards that I liked. I sliced the orange leaves card in half because it called too much attention to itself. The owl and floral cards are from a digital card set by LifeLovePaper. The numbers card is Ali Edwards and the "Loving right now" is another digital card set by One Little Bird.

I'm still digging into my veneer stash since my purge and scrap supply reorganising.  It's so much fun to rediscover older product.

The reading card is Studio Calico but you can make a similar one yourself using the Chapters Elements kit from One Little Bird. That's also where the book lover label can be found.


And happy 74th  birthday to my mom!


Tomorrow you will find the spread for week 14 on my blog, and if you didn't come by here yesterday don't miss out on my post for week 12.

/Magdalena

Saturday, April 15, 2017

REWORKING WEEK 12

We've all been there. Trying to put a spread together that. Just. Won't. Work. It's so annoying! You move things around, do your journaling, pick your cards. Hate it. Start over. Again and again. Right?

That was my week 12. I don't even remember how many times I went back to start over, trying to move things around to see if I liked it better. I ruined a whole bunch of cards and photos and I suppose I could've just left well enough alone. It's about the memory keeping, I know! But for me it's about pretty products as well and if I don't like what I make it feels pointless. 

I finally made it work when I put all the blue tone photos on the same page and went to find cards with the same dark blue tone on them. I didn't have enough dark blue cards to let the color carry over onto the second page so I went with baby pink for that one. 


I really like the quote cards from Studio Calico. One side has color and the other side is black and white. The tiny printable is cut from a card included in this set by One Little Bird.


I had also printed a book review, another One Little Bird product, but it smudged in the printer and I couldn't make it work with the rest of the products. Instead I added a folded piece of washi tape as a pull tab and tucked it behind the book photo. 

And, if you are looking for a nonstop exciting read I recommend this trilogy by Peter May. It's a murder mystery and a relationship drama connecting the present and the past twenty years back. And you'll learn a little Gaelic, too!


I've liked and pinned lots of colorful pocket pages lately and I really love those! But what made this spread finally work for me was picking a color and going with it. There are so many talented memory keepers out there who manage to get the multicolor layout to work for them, but I'm not able to do that. I'd love to find out what the trick is, that's for sure. Just look at these pages by Catherine Davis, Kelly Noel, Nancy Damiano, Jippo and Confettiheart
Multicolored pocket pages - that's a class I'd take!

I'll have another weekly spread up tomorrow, so drop by then. 

/Magdalena

Saturday, March 25, 2017

GO GREEN

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!

/Magdalena

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A DO-OVER

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!

/Magdalena



Sunday, March 12, 2017

FEBRUARY LAYOUTS

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.

/Magdalena