Sunday, December 28, 2014

Memory keeping | #mys

I hope that everyone had and still are having a wonderful Holiday! I thought I´d share a few pages from 2014 before the year ends. 



I love it when my daughter takes photos with her little brother and sends me them! I love that she has the opportunity to build a relationship with her brother eventhought they don´t live with each other full time. For this layout I used a card from a Project Life kit and rounded the edges on the photo and 6x6 paper I got from Cocoa Daisy.


The cluster uses pieces from October Afternoon, Studio Calico and wood veneer I got from Cocoa Daisy.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Project Life 2014 | Week 49


For this week's spread I worked with creating mini layouts in each pocket. So there is one story per pocket, mostly I have 2 different stories per pocket since I print 3x4 photos. But it is fun to change it up a little! 


The biggest story this week was my love's birthday on Friday. We celebrated on Saturday with a small party. 

The album is almost full. Yikes! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Recent scrapbooking pages

Sorry for the lack of updates this week, but I have the man cold from h*ll! I don't even know, but it seems the older I get the more sick I get. Anyway, I had these two pages done for a while and thought I'd share them now that I don't have a lot of energy to create. 


Since teaching myself to crochet ages ago new yarn has made me giddy! Now that I have taught myself to knit there is double joy! I snapped this photo of the new yarn I got about a month ago and I love the color combo. I used the white letterstickers for my title and I like the white on white action they created. 


To catch on photo that my pages sometimes are 6x8 and not my usual A4 is not easy. But this one above is the smaller size! Our Stella has such a long tail and I have tried to catch it on film. For this page I used the 6x6 special papers that came in one of the Day in the life kits from Cocoa Daisy. I love the rich colors! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

WCS | Scrapbooking traditions

Traditions are really visable this time of the year. I don´t think that my family has more traditions surrounding any other event during the year than during Christmas time. One of my favorites is acctually a rather new one. Five years ago we started getting together with a friend baking gingerbread. We missed 2012, but other than that I have scrapbooked the event ever year. 

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This, above, is the first year. I love that my daughter aged 10 is there baking with the 2 year old of my friend! I remember I wanted to make a two page layout since I really wanted to capture all those shapes. My friend has like 200! It is so much fun!

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This is our second year. One of my favorite things about this project (that of recording the same tradition every year) is to see how the girls grew in just a year. In the journaling you can read that the little girl has a little sister now and that we are hoping she will be baking alongside us the next year. 

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As I mentioned above, we didn´t get to have a baking date the yer after the third year, but last year the little sister was indeed with us baking! My then 14 year old wasn´t :)  Last year I used my December mini to hold this story of tradition. We are having our annual baking date tomorrow and I can´t wait to add another year of this wonderful traditions to my album!

Note: This post was first written for Write Click Scrapbook and can been viewed here!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WCS | Scrapbook everyday life in December

Welcome to reality! I want to talk a little about recording life in December, but without it surrounding the Holidays. We all know that life happens very much in December like it does any other month of the year, but a lot of us memory keepers tend to capture the Holiday aspect of the month. Instead here are a few ways I have recorded our everyday life in December.



As our weather typically changes during December, I have done a few weather related layouts in the past. This one above is a new page I did for this post. The journaling talks about how beautiful the sunrise can be in the wintertime, when snow is on the ground and it gets really cold. 

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This is an older page from when we had the dogs too. I remember how much they loved to be outside in the snow! I am so happy I got this photo of the cats and Dixon watching the outside world, him longing to go out and the cats happy to be inside.

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In Sweden the kids get grades at winter break and summer break. This is a page about my daughter´s first grades in Junior high. Even though the photos was taken infront of the tree, it is not Christmas related at all. If anything, the tree shows that it was a winter break grade not a summer one. 

So, am I right? Do we scrapbookers tend to focus more on Holiday related stuff in December?

Ps. This post was first written for Write Click Scrapbook and can be viewed here!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December mini | December bucketlist


We write summer bucketlists all the time, but have you ever done one for December? Well, lists are one of my go-to techniques for journaling, so it was a no-brainer for me to list things I hope that we get to do this month.


I created my journalingcard on my iPhone 5s using the Rhonna app. But it would also be fun to create one using my scraps! 
Ok, so what is on your December bucketlist?


Ps. This post was first written for WCS and can be seen here!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tips & tricks | Make an pocket insert


I love to add different sized page protectors to my albums. I have done so for years. Today I am showing you how simple it is to make one using one of the pocket page protector you might have in your stash!


I am using this one from Simple Stories Sn@p collection. It is sized 6x8" and has, as you might see, pockets for two square photos and then has this thinner vertical pocket also. We are going to work with that vertical pocket for this. So, go ahead and cut at the fusion as pictured above. I used my paper trimmer for this, but ofcourse you can use your sissors. 


I am saving the two square pockets for a different project.


After cutting, this is what you'll have. The right side is still open but I used a clip to make it shut and also used tape along the side on another! 


This is one way I am using this pocket in my December mini.


And I also made one as a title page for this year in said mini. 

I hope this helps! 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

WCS | December gallery

Finally it is December first! Since it has been so dark and gloomy here, I have longed for the month of lights to begin. I also have a fun layout shared in the new gallery at Write Click Scrapbook today!


This layout was so fun to make! I love the holidays and am thrilled that I got to pull out my holiday materials. My fiancĂ© is like a little elf and is always so excited for the Holidays! 
I had fun stitching one of those Merry sentiments with silver/glitter thread. I just made pre-made holes with my needle before so it was easy to stitch. 
Go check out the rest of the gallery! 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Project Life 2014 | Week 46


Hello! I am sharing week 46 in my PL album today. As I said before, the days are dark and gloomy and it is hard to get a really good photo of my project this time of the year, but I hope that you bare with me!

I have used a few of the cards in this printable and I think they are so cute! They go so well with the tone of my photos.

The stories this week were about teenage-ary :) and I have some hidden journaling behind a photo on the spread. I want to remember it, but ofcourse don´t want to put my girl out there. Flip pockets are so much fun!

The stories were also about calm days and city going days.



I used one of the cards for my status updates on Facebook that week, I did my journaling on the computer, printed the card and added the date stamps.


The stories were also about Holiday cards, Friday flowers, garden pickings and wrapping the first Christmas presents.

I love the simplicity of this spread and can´t believe that the year is almost over. My third full year of documenting our daily lifes like this. I am so happy for that!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

From Pin to reality | From quote to page

My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open


I am happy to write another From pin to reality post! They are rare these days unfortunately. This is where I acctually use all those pins I pin on Pinterest and make something with them! 

Today I want to show you this page that was inspired by this quote. I certainly have a brain with way too many tabs open! And it usually is a bad thing for me since it causes me stress and anxiety. I am working on doing one thing at the time and to really focus, but it is hard. 


With this last few weeks with extremly grey and gloomy weather it is a challenge to take a decent photo of my layouts. Bare with me! 

I rarely use patterned paper for backgrounds, but it has occured more often as of late. I see now that the journaling I did on my typewriter is a little bit washed out on that patterned, but I will leave it as is. I took that selfie a few months ago and thought it would be perfect for a page like this! 

How about you? Does your brain have too many tabs open?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

December daily | past years and this year


I have done a few years of December daily which was started by Ali Edwards. The first years I did indeed do one entry for each day in December, but later I have done a few twists of my own. 


1. 2011 #2 here and the finished book here

In 2011 I did my whole minibook around lists from (then) Ella Publishing. Click the links above to read more about it, but it was basically I had one Holiday related list that I filled out every day. Lists are so much fun and easy to worked with.


2. 2012 post #1 How I made my book

In 2012, I didn´t finish my book, but had the intention to work from prompts. Which is basically the same as the lists thing really. 



And then last year I decided to start a new December minibook. It is a Sn@p binder in 6x8 size and I am recording different December memories in it. My plan is to record 3 years of Decembers in this binder. A few things will be the same; decorating the tree etc. but that is kind of the point as I want to record traditions from year to year. I am allowing myself to play with both product and techniques in this project, which also makes it different from year to year. I am super excited to start this years part! I have already printed pictures of a few decorations and the first gifts for this year. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 24, 2014

8 DIY Holiday crafts from the archives




1. The gift of time 2. 3 DIY ornaments 3. Personalized ornaments 4. Advent calendar ideas 5. Cute packaging for cookies 6. Advent candle holders 7. Felted snowmen 8. Wrapping ideas

Here is a collection of Holidat crafts I have done past years, Some are for gifts others for wrapping and yet others are just for fun! I hope these can inspire you to make something fun this Holiday season! Oh, and happy Monday!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Working on right now


I always have a few projects going on at the same time and since I don´t have a deadline for these (if it´s not for Christmas) they are not a stressing factor. Otherwise having too much on my plate causes me anxiety, but crafts are usually my way to relax.

These are a few of the projects I have been working on lately.



A few years ago I made a quilt top using our old jeans. I love how it turned out and it is quite large, but I have never made the last steps towards finishing it. So since I wanted to make us new Christmas stockings, I used that quilt top as my fabric. 



I draw a big stocking using freezer paper and cut the shape out. 


I lined the upper part with a linen fabric from my stash. I still have to sew a loop to hang it from. 


While I had my linen fabric out I was inspired to make a new table runner for our Thanksgiving dinner. I searched Pinterest for simple graphic patterns and ended up finding one that I have modyfied into this. I did the old freezer paper trick to transfer my pattern onto the fabric. It´s where you trace your pattern on one side with pencil and then put that side ontop of the fabric, then using pencil trace the backside of that paper. The pressure will get the first pencil lines onto the fabric.


I always have to have something in my hands while I watch TV, so I worked on this for two nights and it was finished! I love a quick project!


I made the same pattern on three places on my table runner like this.



Ah, this is a fun one! I used this pattern to crochet mittens! They are fairly easy to do and to change the size on. I have made 2 pairs, one for me and one pair will be a gift! 


I am always so pleased with myself when I can crochet something to wear!


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