Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Guess what? I've got my fourth class up at Big Picture Classes this week. It's all about digging into your stash for the reall old, or ancient even, supplies that are hiding in there. The class is called Old & New and takes up paper, specialty paper, alphabets and embellishments. The aim is to get you to stop hoarding and start crafting! 

I've checked out a few of the other new classes as well, and you really get a bang for your buck right now! Pocket Prompts 30 by Leontien van Veen was as beautiful as expected, with some great photography tips in there. Me and my 8 year old took the Doodling Nature class by Mandy Ford, and had a great time drawing together. I must also recommend the Digging Deeper | Adding Meaningful Journaling class by Candace Perkins. It made me reconsider the way I journal in Project Life. I don't want to give anything away but it's an eyeopener! I'm sure there are many more great classes too, but I haven't had the time to check them all out.

Aaaaaand tomorrow, my contribution to the September Design Team gallery at Studio Calico goes live. Check it out at noon EST! I have a pocket spread and three layouts in the gallery. It was super fun to work with the September kits. Loved the colors! Plus there are some amazing fall themed products as well. 

As I promised earlier in the month here are a few more of the pages from our family roadtrip this summer. With so many photos it takes time to document it all!

LifeLovePaper freebies deluxe below! Check out this blogpost by Tina Aszmus for a list of her freebies. I combined Tina's freebies with the Summer Vibes Elements kit by Paislee Press.

I had a bunch of ephemera to add to the piece about our visit to Falu Gruva, the old copper mine in Falun. Sweden. I stapled the ticket for the guided tour to a 4x6 card from Studio Calico. Also, more Paislee Press digitals!

To fit it all in I used a 6x8 page protector as an insert. I tucked a map of the mine area in one of the front pockets. And how cute is Nea in the yellow mine tour outfit? Behind the insert you get a glimpse of a fact booklet that I just hole-punched and stuck in the album on it's own. And I finally got my hands on the Avery insert tabs at Ali Edwards. They sell out so fast! 

The mine is said to have been discovered by a billy goat named Kåre (Coar-reh)a thousand years ago, when he came back home to his master with red horns. 

The last page I'm sharing with you today is from our visit to Sollerö-Åsens fäbod. There are many of these seasonal farms in northern Sweden. They were used for just a few short weeks in the summer for food production and grazing for the animals. One of these farms would house the teen daughters of the village and they would spend the summer up here working hard but having a great time out on their own too, I imagine. Many of these small farms are now in use as summer homes or kept as museums. This farm was in use from the mid 1600's until the 1940's. 

My paternal grandmother had many stories from her mother that used to take the family goats up to one of these farms during summer. They were mostly ghost stories (or goat stories, hehe) and I was terrified. I believed them all! Mostly because she believed them, too. 

That's all for today. Don't forget to check out reveal at Studio calico tomorrow!


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