Monday, June 30, 2014

Memorykeeping | Currently


After my post this past Friday on rukristin.com I wanted to also share a regular scrapbooking layout I made using the card. I love making these kinds of pages and to look back at older ones. I used strips of paper to add a little more color to an otherwise white page.



I made the little circle accent by punching white cardstock with my 1" punch and stamped the same stamp over and over.

Ps. Have you read The fault in our stars? Oh it is so good!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Memorykeeping | Cousins


I made this layout for one of the themed blogging weeks at WCS, but I went with another page for that. I love that my sisters kids and my daughter are all so close. I always wanted them to be. Their ages range from 15 to 1 but still they adore eachother. I took some photos of the youngest ones one time when we were all together and used one of those photos. 

I bought a 6*6 paper pack from Simple Stories and all the papers in this layout are from that pack. I love the muted colors and rustic feel to them. There are both patterned papers, cards and strips in the pack and there are like 100 projects you can use them in! 


My sewing machine had been set to a much closed stitch than I had wanted, but I just went with it :) I love sewing on pages and just have to do it more!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Guestblogging | Featured on rukristin.com


I am super excited to share that I am featured on rukristin.com today as Currently card community member! I share a little about how I use her currently card/idea in my memorykeeping. Go check it out! 

The following is from the blog post!

Take five minutes to tell your 'right-now' story.

What are you currently reading, watching, and loving? Write it down!

The Story:

In late 2012, I was playing around with the idea of a weekly journaling introspective that was super easy to complete. I created a simple journaling card with the prompts already listed. Each week I grab a card and spend just a few minutes filling it out.

Over the past year, the #CurrentlyList community has exploded on instagram and in our brand new facebook group. Today I am excited to have Lisa Borbély from Crafts and memorykeeping here to share her Currently List!

Community Member: Lisa Borbély
My name Lisa and I am a memorykeeper. Yep, I try to record our ( along with myself this also include my 15 year old daughter and my fiancé) lives as much as I can. I have always loved to see the everyday as special and so very important to record. These are indeed the days of our lives, the everyday moments are what forms who we become.
In the years that I have been doing this, I have learnt that I can´t record everything, clearly. But with some help from routine, practice and tools it is pretty easy to save the right now in our lives. The Currently card is a great example of this. It is such an easy and quick way to catch who you are at the moment! I have used this method for a good while in different forms. In my “regular” memorykeeping layouts I have included both the actual Currently card and also written my own list with inspiration from the card. Often these ages are about my daughter. I would have loved to have my teenage years more documented!
Most often I choose a regular weekday instead of say a birthday, since the everyday interests me the most. But to fill in a card every birthday would make an awesome minibook, right!

A few years ago I started Project Life and I am on my third year of weekly spreads. I have included a Currently card here and there in my album and it gives such a (with lack of a better word!) current feeling to the spread. I fill out a card during the week and add it in my album during my PL session during each weekend. But I share a photo of it on Instagram straight away! 

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Now go to Kristins blog and read more about this!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Project Life 2014 | Week 21

Week 21 and one of the last weeks I´ll put in this years first album. 


Tip: Sometimes it's enough to just add ONE word to a photo! 



Tip: Use a whole photo as your background, journaling space and where you embellish. 



Tip: Practice taking self portraits so that you are in the photos too! Here are a link  to a post with selfie tips!

I am plugging away with Project life each week and have a few spreads to share throughout the week. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Around the garden

I know that around blogland gardening is the hip thing to do these days :) But I assure you I did it before it was cool! 


We have made a few small changes in the veggie garden this year. We built raised beds. It was so much fun to make them ouselves! 


Excuse the weeds in this photo :) 
We placed the beds where the garden was previous years. We layed down cardboard in the bottom to elliminate the weeding as much as possible. 


I find it so much fun to look at photos from when we just had seedlings and just beginning. And then see a photo from now that the veggies are overflowing the beds! 


We have red beets, spinach, sallad, onions, radishes in the beds. We have already picked alot of sallad, spinach and radishes. It such an amazing feeling to be able to pick something you have grown from seeds! 




We also grow rhubarbs, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. The rhubarbs are very ripe and we have already made both jam and lemonade. Oh, the season of canning! 


We also grow a few herbs. Mostly oregano because it is huge! But also chives, thyme and lemon balm. 


We use the herbs in sallads and for cooking fresh, but we also dry them for storing.


We had such luck with our tomatoes last year, that we expanded with a few more. We made a new bed for them and are all ready for some red gold! But we also planted them a little to late, so we´ll have to wait a bit longer.


I dug out a new place to plant some flowers in the frontyard. All the pants are transplanted from around the garden. I am so very happy about how it turned out! I also made that bird bath :)


The liliacs and lilys of the valley are long gone, but the Jasmine has just bloomed and so has the peonies. 


Being in my garden, just walking in it, picking some weeds or watering makes me so ay peace. I can miss it when I am away from home and often think: Oh, how I wish I just was in the garden right now...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

DIY | Rhonna designs

I use my iPhone a lot. Like a lot! So whenever I learn a new trick I am happy to share! 

Today I'll show you how I made my own printable cards I'll use in my pocket pages! 

I use the app called Rhonna Designs which is an app where you can add text and overlays to your photos. You can also create quote cards etc using their backgrounds. There are a few to choose from and for what I am showing you today I used the white background choice. When you have picked that you'll set the size and for this you will want to pick the 3x4 size. 


The app is so easy to use! You simply select the text tool or the overlay tool, change the color and the size to your liking and voila you are done! 

I saved each of my cards at the High resolution option so that they would print good. 


And boy did they print good! I could print them on a full A4 (8.5x11) crystal clear! 

Just think of the possiblities! 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Memorykeeping | Good morning (Sketch Solutions)

I am plugging away with the BPC class called Sketch Solutions.  This class has helped me and given me so much inspiration! A sketch is truely the right way to get my creative juices flowing. 


The sketch that this page is based on for example. It has just these elements a strip of paper, one larger photo, title and journaling. I think this sketch is one that I will continue coming back to over and over since it is super simple and easily adaptable. 

I took this photo down by the harbour a very early morning in May. I am not a morning person really, but it is totally worth getting up early when the sunrise is so beautiful! That patterned paper has been in my paper bin for a while now, just waiting for the right layout to come along! I love the muted colors.

I see now that the journaling strips look crocked on this photo, but I checked and they are not in real life :)


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What makes me happy - a minibook


A month or so ago I showed you a PL week where I used the app Collect to create the cards with photos and journaling right in my iPhone. I really liked it and started this new project the same week. I had a Simple Stories 6x8" album at home and decided to make a minialbum with things/people/places that make me happy. 


The first few pocket pages hold a whole month of #makesmehappy cards I made with the Collect app. 


It was so easy to go back and get the photos and add just a few words for each day. I then just saved them on my phone and printed them. 


I have added to the mini since then and use just regular photos for some of the pockets aswell. Sometimes I add words, but often a photo says it all. 


I am looking forward to add happy things to this!

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Phone Photography Project: Summer challenges week 2


As I have announced before the awesome Phone Photography Project 2013 has been released as a self paced class and registration is open for that! 


The class itself is packed with great tips and tricks on how to take better photos with your phone camera. But there are also daily photo challenges to take. I decided that I´d take all the challenges once again this year starting June 1st. I am sharing everything on my Instagram account: search for lisaborbely and follow me! 

But I thought I´d share them here too as I did last year! 

Here are the links to last years posts:




June 10th Clouds


June 11th Perspective


June 13th water


June 14th On the street


June 15th Summer selfie

Here is the link to the first weeks photos 2014.

If you are looking for a fun class taht you can take in your own time, please consider this one! Here is some more info from Big Picture Classes:

Are you looking for oodles of inspiration for photographing your summer adventures? Our biggest, best class of 2013 is back this summer only as a self-paced workshop, now called The Phone Photography Project: Summer Challenges. (And we have a brand-new sequel, too! Don't miss our guided workshop, The Phone Photography Project 2, starting July 17.)
  • 31 photography challenges available immediately in the classroom, so you can tackle them at your own pace in the order you choose
  • Multiple photo examples, instructor interviews, and bonus content to round out each of the 31 challenges
  • 60 comprehensive app reviews illustrated by screenshots and beautiful photo examples
  • 7 helpful PDF handouts, including: "Instagram 101," "A Few of Our Best Random Phone Photography Tips," "Photo Printing Review," and more!
  • Class hashtag (#bpcphonephotographyproject) and individual challenge hashtags so you can connect with classmates on Instagram
  • All the same great content from the original Phone Photography Project guided workshop (from summer 2013), now in a self-paced format!
Note: Don't have a smartphone? All challenges can be tackled with a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera. App reviews, tips, and tricks will only be of interest to smartphone users.
    Register in June, and The Phone Photography Project: Summer Challenges becomes the perfect warm-up forThe Phone Photography Project 2! Or start PPP: Summer Challenges immediately following PPP2 on August 17. Or take this self-paced class all by itself, and start any time you want, thanks to our promise of forever access! The choice is yours, but you can only register through Labor Day, so don't delay. (Tip: Visit our PPP2 FAQ pageto see how the two classes compare.)

    Register and follow me on Instagram, let´s have some summer fun! 

    Friday, June 13, 2014

    Lists with friends 2014 | My bucketlist

    Lists with friends


    My bucketlist:

    - go on an aquarium date
    - donate blood
    - swim with dolphins
    - get a tatoo
    - go on a startgazing date
    - go zip lining
    - watch a sunrise  July 18th 2013
    -be given a puppy as a present
    - let go of a floating lantern
    - have a paint fight
    - go back to Paris
    - see a flash mob
    - dance in the rain
    - hug a chimpance
    - have a Christmas movie marathon
    - love him until I die
    - see my girl fall in love
    - go to a "rain-room"
    - ice skate in NY
    - have a beach bonfire
    - go to Venice
    - see a lantern festival
    - have a huge water balloon fight
    - build a snowman with my best friend  December 2013
    - try pasta in Italy
    - send a message in a bottle
    - visit Penguin Island
    - hike in the mountains
    - spend a holiday somewhere exotic
    - slowdance while the snow fall
    - jump in a pool fully clothed
    - go to a drive in movie
    - see the Northern lights
    - own my own house
    - watch a meteor shower
    - ride in a hot air balloon
    - travel with my daughter

    What is on your bucketlist?

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    Bwlists200This post is part of a list-making project called Lists With Friends 2014, an effort to document the year in lists of all types. I love lists, and I love a good project : )

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

    Our gratitude journal


    In late March I ordered one of Monika´s beautiful Gratitude journals. As many of you know, Monika is a dear friend and I love that I can support her small business! 

    When I recieved the journal I had already thought that it would be one that me and my fiencé would use together. It was a suprise I had for him! He is a guy that are up for most creative adventures I think up :)



    We keep our journal on my bedside table and we write in it each night as we get ready for bed. Since we usually write about a sentence each there is not always enough room in the journal for a whole month. I have added a few pages and labels so that we have a little more writing space! 



    I love the feel of the journal now that we have 2 months worth of grateful thoughts in there! 



    I have found that we repeat things when we write our daily greatfulness, for exampel a good day at work, a day with sunshine and laughter. That shows that we are grateful for everyday kind of things and it makes me very happy!

    I look forward to fill the journal with more thankfulness!

    Be sure to check out Monika´s etsy shop, she has lots of cute stuff!
    And also go over to her blog to see her post about our Gratitude journal and other memorykeeping stuff!

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    Memorykeeping | A girls date


    Me and my daughter had one of our girls only dates and I loved the time we spent together! We took a few photos that day and I wanted to scrap this one. This is a smaller sized layout, actually an A5 (half of an A4). I have been using that size here and there in my album and I love the feeling of different sizes in there. 


    As most of my layouts, this is just a super simple one using a little watercolor for the background and a few embellishments from my Cocoa Daisy kits. I love the kits! I am really loving the grey and mint green, the colors go so well with the black and white photo. 

    What are your favorite color combos?

    Ps. Sorry about the crocked photo :(

    Monday, June 9, 2014

    The Phone Photography Project: Summer challenges


    As I have announced before the awesome Phone Photography Project 2013 has been released as a self paced class and registration is open for that! 


    The class itself is packed with great tips and tricks on how to take better photos with your phone camera. But there are also daily photo challenges to take. I decided that I´d take all the challenges once again this year starting June 1st. I am sharing everything on my Instagram account: search for lisaborbely and follow me! 


    If you are looking for a fun class taht you can take in your own time, please consider this one! Here is some more info from Big Picture Classes:

    Are you looking for oodles of inspiration for photographing your summer adventures? Our biggest, best class of 2013 is back this summer only as a self-paced workshop, now called The Phone Photography Project: Summer Challenges. (And we have a brand-new sequel, too! Don't miss our guided workshop, The Phone Photography Project 2, starting July 17.)
    • 31 photography challenges available immediately in the classroom, so you can tackle them at your own pace in the order you choose
    • Multiple photo examples, instructor interviews, and bonus content to round out each of the 31 challenges
    • 60 comprehensive app reviews illustrated by screenshots and beautiful photo examples
    • 7 helpful PDF handouts, including: "Instagram 101," "A Few of Our Best Random Phone Photography Tips," "Photo Printing Review," and more!
    • Class hashtag (#bpcphonephotographyproject) and individual challenge hashtags so you can connect with classmates on Instagram
    • All the same great content from the original Phone Photography Project guided workshop (from summer 2013), now in a self-paced format!
    Note: Don't have a smartphone? All challenges can be tackled with a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera. App reviews, tips, and tricks will only be of interest to smartphone users.
      Register in June, and The Phone Photography Project: Summer Challenges becomes the perfect warm-up forThe Phone Photography Project 2! Or start PPP: Summer Challenges immediately following PPP2 on August 17. Or take this self-paced class all by itself, and start any time you want, thanks to our promise of forever access! The choice is yours, but you can only register through Labor Day, so don't delay. (Tip: Visit our PPP2 FAQ pageto see how the two classes compare.)

      Register and follow me on Instagram, let´s have some summer fun! 

      Thursday, June 5, 2014

      Memorykeeping | A teenage thing


      Things are coming full circle now that I have a kid the same age where I actually remember myself being. I wrote on my sneakers too, but for some reason I cannot remember now why I did, ha!

      I snapped this photo of her sneakers doodled on just so that she might remember why she did!


      I worked with circles on this page. Not something i do very often, but it´s fun once in a while. The products in the main kits from Cocoa Daisy always have the best things!

      Tuesday, June 3, 2014

      Memorykeeping | @ work

      A few weeks ago Sue Althouse hosted the WCS blog with a week of go-to designs. She showed examples for a row of different designs and I found myself nodding while I read throw her posts. One of them was a band design (or grid) one I use frequently. 


      I made this after reading that post about band designs. I have found that I often turn to squares when I want to work with grids. Perhaps it is because they have such an even size. 

      These photos were all taken at work and I love to include pages about where I am at work right now. This is clearly not a lenghty and story centered layout, rather it shows a few glimpses into how it looks at the moment. I have done a few with more journaling before and I am sure I will do them later too. 

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      Ps. Don´t forget to sign up for this self paced class





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