Thursday, May 5, 2016

WCS | Challenge: Sketch #2

Today I´m back with my take on the second sketch. 




I realize these two are similar in design, but the way you can use the photo placements are endless; 4 photos, or two a little larger, one large square or many more in a collage.


And here is my take on the sketch. I used a small collage with photos from a recent spring walk. I could have just typed my journaling next to the photo mat, but I wanted a little something more so I used a journaling card from the Project Life Everyday kit that I had bought digitally a while ago and typed my journaling before printing the card out. And that bright green washi was the perfect spring shade. 


Again if this inspires you to make something of your own, please share!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

WCS | Challenge: sketch #3

Today I thought I´d show you my take on sketch #3 that I shared in my challenge post over at WCS. 



Here is what I wrote about this sketch in yesterday´s post: This is a mix up of the two above really. It´s still linear with a bit of a grid design, but also fun and easy to customize. You change up the proportions and use a 3x4 journaling card paired with a 3x4 photo. You can also play with more layers and skip the linear and simple design. 





I was pretty true to the sketch on this one. I just went with a journaling tag (which looks crocked here, oops!) instead of a journaling block. And used staples instead of sewing on that top embellishment. I love that patterned paper from Maggie Holmes! The pages is about how proud I am of my daughter for handling a situation at school in a really mature way. Proud mamas unite!
Did you make something based on the sketch? Please use the hashtag #wcsmaychallenge if you share one social media, I would love to see your takes! Or just link to your project here in the comments!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

WCS | Challenge: sketches 1/3

It´s my turn to host the weekly challenge at Write Click Scrapbook! 
I love sketches. That´s a fact. I try to use the sketches that are shared here on the blog as often as I can. I rarely end up with a page or project that is exactly like the sketch and that is partly why I like to use them. They are great starting points if you can use a little nudge to get creative. But you can interpret it just as you like. 
For me a good sketch is one that is easy to turn around and use on many different pages. I´ve made three sketches for this week. 
Lisa Borbely for WCS may 2016 sketch 1

Here is the first sketch. I find that I am using smaller photos on my layouts these days, which is great for several reason; I can stretch both my printer ink and photo papers and it´s also easier to fit more photos on one layout if they are not full sized 4x6. And I do love me a good grid ;)

Lisa Borbely for WCS may 2016 sketch 2

Here is sketch #2. I realize these two are similar in design, but the way you can use the photo placements are endless; 4 photos, or two a little larger, one large square or many more in a collage.
Lisa Borbely for WCS may 2016 sketch 3
Sketch #3. This is a mix up of the two above really. It´s still linear with a bit of a grid design, but also fun and easy to customize. You change up the proportions and use a 3x4 journaling card paired with a 3x4 photo. You can also play with more layers and skip the linear and simple design. 

I hope that these sketches can spark some creativity in you! 
Please use the hashtag #wcsmaychallenge if you share one social media, I would love to see your takes!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Live inspired - if I were a guest

I love listening to Tracie Claiborne´s podcast called Live Inspired where she interviews different memory keepers and talk about how they live an inspired life. It is always interesting to hear how other creative people think about different things. Now, I know I will probably not be on that podcast ;) but a few of the questions she asks got me thinking about how I would answer them. So, I thought I´d share a few of my answers. 



How many design teams are you on right now? I am a team member at Write Click Scrapbook and I share one layout to the monthly gallery and host about one blogging week a month. I contribute to the swedish Project Life blog and scrapbook blog a few times a month. Once a month I write a blog post for The Nerd Nest as a challenege team member. And finally I am on Kellie stamps design team and I share a few (3-5) projects monthly with her stamps. 



Why do you want to be on design teams? For me it is because of the challenge to do different projects. For a while I felt a bit stuck design wise and the added positive stress that design team assignments give is so good for me. I am a person that actually likes deadlines! It also makes accountable to other people which is a good thing for me too. 



How do you keep up with team requirements? First I wouldn't apply or say yes to a team if I didn't like their product and/or idea, so that helps. I plan out what I'm going to make/write ahead of time. I often make a list of ideas and some get made, some not. 
And I scrapbook either way, so it´s not hard for me to make assignments work so that they fit my stories.



Where do find inspiration? Everywhere! I mean it. I find inspiration browsing Pinterest, going through my Instagram feed, flipping through a magazine and being in nature. Color, design, good photography are all things that catches my eye.

How do you store inspiration? Pinterest! I use Pinterest a lot! My notebook is almost always with me and it holds all my creative ideas, sketches and lists. 



How do you live inspired? I think creative all the time! I get inspired by all sorts of things I see everyday and often catch myself thinking out ways to incorporate designs or patterns I see into my paper projetcs. 
With my trained eye I also see details that perhaps not everybody sees; like light for photos or street art that is almost hidden. 

The end.

Haha I see now that my episode wouldn´t be that long! But it is so much fun to actually break stuff down like this from time to time. 


Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Nerd Nest challenge | April: grow

Documenting your Garden with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge



I could have easily gone in so many directions with this month’s challenge, but I chose the one that takes up the most space in my heart. For a few years I have been heavily in to gardening. Last May I sold my house what had a rather big garden and we moved to another house that has a much smaller garden area. I liked the challenge to downsize and to grow only what we most wanted. I have a flowerbed along the house full of roses, lavender and peonies and a few rose bushes.
But I really like to grow vegetables. So when our garden season starts in February, we start to plan out what we are going to plant that year. Mostly we stay with what we did the year before; peas, carrots, salad, spinach, beets and radishes. We also have a bed for strawberries. This year we are adding potatoes!

Documenting your Garden with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 2

I document the garden all the time since I feel it has such a big part in our lives. I may share a little much in Instagram during the summer with harvest photos, but they make me so happy! Mostly I add photos and stories to the weekly Project Life spreads I do, but from now and then I make layouts on the topic also.

Documenting your Garden with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 3

Here is one example where I document the happy day of seed planting!

Documenting your Garden with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 4

It´s so much fun to look back in my albums and see how those seeds then become plants that will grow us yummy food!

Documenting your Garden with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 5

I love growing things, I really do. I feel rich when I can just walk out my back door and pick my dinner!
In this last layout I made my own cards using the Letterglow and Rhonna Farrer app on my phone. I´ve asked Megan to share them with you as a free download! If you download the cards and make something with them, please let me know, I would love to see it!


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Kellie stamps | April projects 02

I´m back today with the second batch of projects I have made with the April kits from Kellie stamps. If you want to see the firs post, just click here


I love how this layout turned out! I love lists and making a list of happy things is just the best! I used a digital stamp for the word "happy" and printed it on my background paper. Then I added watercolor and done! 


Go make one too!


As usual I have used a ton of the stamps on my PL spreads. I have both used them as digital stamps directly and added in already printed versions. It is so much fun!

Thanks for stopping by!



Friday, April 15, 2016

WCS | Document your sweets

When Dee told us her topic (document your sweets) for this week of challenges on the Write Click Scrapbook blog, I just had to make a page! I will have a sweet tooth forever! 




I decided to go with a photo of the spoon full of Nutella that is heaven :) The journaling does say that a spoon full of Nutella every day makes a girl happy, but it might go a few days between! I used my watercolors to make a simple background for this page. I love how happy this page looks! 

Have a great weekend!