Thursday, July 31, 2014

Moodboard inspiration | Embroidery hoop

One of the things in my moodboard for this month, was an embroidery with a few words on it. I have been enjoying these funny sayings on old fashioned embroidery pillows and hoops. I have a few on my Pinterest board here. I had all the supplies (the perks of being a multi crafter!) and went to work.

I used a cross stitch font called Home Sweet Home and spelled out the words I wanted to sew. Then I started, just as I do with my stamping or letter stickers, in the middle of a word to be sure all the letters fit and goes were they are suppose to.

This is how it turned out! I think it is fun, and I know I will make more!

Happy Thursday and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Project Life 2014 | Week 26

This is my week 26.

Here are some tips and tricks I have used for this spread:

Photos: Sometimes it is fun to use details of events as I did with the strawberries.
This week I took photos out the window early in the morning and then at night. It is fun to see what changes during the day.

Stories: I included stories about the garden, monthly events like my fiancé getting his MS medicine, our canning sessions, how light it is nowadays and a cat story :)

Tips! I have used a card I made myself using the Rhonna designs app on my iPhone, here is a link to how I did that.
Tags are the bomb!
Cut up PL cards and use details of them.
Use 1" circle punched embellsihments,

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Vacation photos

We are home. And it's good. So good. But we did have a fantastic week by the sea with tropical weather. We strolled, ate good food and just did what we wanted. All with the backdrop of the sea. Heaven! I thought I'd share a few photos from the week and will be back tomorrow with normal programming ;)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hello summer vacation!

I am going to take a blogging break for a week while we go on vacation to paradise! I will still post photos to my Instagram account if you want to follow me there! 

In the meantime you can check out these links to some summer posts I did last year!

Click here for a whole lot of summer photos! 

Click here for some summer layouts! 

And here I share 3 tips for making scrapbooking easier! 

Oh and here is one of my favorite bucketlist check off from last summer! 

And last but not least, here is one of my very favorite From pin to reality posts! 

Have a wonderful week! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Memorykeeping | Hi Bro!

The fact that this little guy turns one today is just crazy! 

I love that my girl loves her little brother so very much! And I love finding these kinds of selfies on her phone ;) 

Here is another simple page using one photo that I printed on half of a 15x10cm card since it wasn't of the best quality. 

When I use my typewriter on the background paper I usually put all the elements on there and then I mark where I want my journaling to be with a pencil. Then I type my journaling on there before adhering everything. 

I love using those Amy Tangerine foam thickers! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Project Life 2014 | Week 25: guestdesigner

Oh, today´s post is such a fun one! This is week 25 in my PL album...made by my fiancĂ©! I asked him one day if he would like to do a spread, and he planned a week right away! He took it very seriously, taking photos throughout the week that he would like to use. And he put a lot of effort into making the acctual spread. I am so proud and happy that he takes interest in this!

The only thing I wanted him to use was the weekly card that I have had throughout the year. He took charge of all the rest! He didn´t want to write the journaling by hand, which is totally fine, so he used my typewriter for the journaling. I helped him print the photos, but he planned all the sizes. He flipped through letterstickers, enamledots, puffy stickers and embellishments.

He used punches and stamps.

Not only did he document the week on the usual 2 pages, he also did an insert high lighting our Midsummer festivities that took place that week!

I love what he did and think it fits perfectly in our PL album! Good job, baby!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Memorykeeping | Mother´s day (Sketch solutions)

So, I am still plugging away being inspired by the Sketch Solution class at BPC. This layout is based on one of the class sketches. The design is just up my alley since it is simple and can be changed up easily. 

The story: my girl recognized me on Mother's day and it made me so happy! 

And I love the muted colors! 

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Memorykeeping | Confirmation and how I use sketches

I have only been working with sketches for a year or so, but I find myself following the same process over and over. I thought I´d share that today. 

* The first thing that draws me to a sketch is that it is fairly clean and simple, since that is more my own style.

* The second thing is that I usually have to convert the sketch from a 12x12" to 8.5x11" (or actually A4) which is the size I scrap.

* Then usually I draw my own sketch from what I see my adaption will be. I always have an idea of which story/photo I´ll use for each sketch. This way I can work with several layouts/sketches at the same time. 

* And then, lastly, I just start working on my layout like I would normally do: background - patterned paper - journaling - embellishments 

Here is an example. This is a sketch (one of many great ones!) in the BPC class Sketch Solutions. As you can see I made a super simple sketch myself using it and all along I had my photos sitting beside me at the table. 

And here is the finished page. This is one of my very favorite sketches as you can change it up using 1-2-3-4 photos or perhaps change one or several spots for PL cards or such.

So there you have it!

Project Life 2014 | Week 24

Tips from week 24:

Tip! Use the backside of a card from the previous week like I did with that tag.

Tip! Some events don´t need that many words, for example the borrom right photos of both my pages this week. They are pretty self-spoken and I added them in to show a feel for the season more than anything.

Tip! I am super happy that I have continued to add in that weekly card! So much easier to quickly know when a certain event took place!

Tip! I didn´t think my typewriter would good on photos, but I am glad I tried! Hello whit space!

Tip! My daughter texted me several photos from a One Direction concert and not all of them were high quality, so I printed them in a smaller size.

Oh and I can´t wait to share week 25 with you next week! It is a fun one!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Moodboard inspiration | How I use moodboards + July moodboard

I thought I´d share a little bit about how I work with moodboards today. Moodboards, first of, are used in many creative businesses as an inspiration for adds, collections and interiors. I use them for my crafts and in my memory keeping projects. Since January of 2014, I have share a new moodboard each month, but I haven´t really talked about how I use them other than I draw inspiration from them. 

Each month I print my moodboard that I make with the collage tool at I adhere it in my journal that holds all my ideas, sketches and other things I need to keep track on for the creative side of my life. I then make notes on what in each image I feel most inspired by. It can be a few combined or just from one image.

I also make a list of things I need/want to make. For example if there are sketches/themes for my projects for WCS, other blogs, techniques I want to try etc. 

I am excited to show you what I have already created with this moodboard in the coming weeks!

Friday, July 4, 2014

From Pin to Reality | Concrete projects


I have dabbled a little bit with concrete before, but then I made leafs like the one below. 

cement leaf tutorial

There is a great tutorial in English here for the leaf. 

But this time I was more interested in making 2 different kinds of projects; one candle plate and one plate that I´d use as a pot. 

I looked through my cupboards to find something I could use as a mold and found plastic trays that came with some grocery we had bought. They had a nice plain bottom (which was going to be the top of the finished plate) and the sides were a few inches high so that I could fill them up without worrying about the concrete pouring over. 

I poured the concrete and let it sit for about half a day (or whenever it has become a little more thick) and then I added some chicken wire for the candle plate and a plastic bowl to make the pot. To hold the plate I placed a rock in it, so it wouldn´t float. 

Then I let everything burn (dry) for a few days so that I would be sure they were all ready. Sanded them down a bit and added padded 3D stickers to the bottom to protect the surface they would be placed on. 

Here is the pot. I planted a succulent in it and it sits on our outdoor table. 

The candle plate sits on our coffee table and is so easy to change; different color candles and you can place different things next to the candle for each season. 

These are not perfect in anyway, but that wasn´t expected. But they are perfectly imperfect, just the way I wanted them to be! 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Project Life 2014 | Week 22 + 23

In an effort to jump ahead a bit with my sharing of weekly spreads I am showing you both weeks 22 and 23 today.

The first page in week 22 is just as usual; photos, journaling cards, added embellishments. Remember, that card on the top right is part of a free download you can find here.

For the second page, however, I made things super simple. I took the words from a happy list I made on Instagram and added the listed items into the shaded circles ontop of each photo. I did this in picmonkey before printing the photos. Before all this I made collages with the photos using the same website. You can easily do this straight in your phone also!

It just made journaling simple and also the putting together the spread. 

Moving on to week 23 which is more of a regular week when it comes to putting it together in the album.

The last page here, is all about the girls trip me and my daughter took that weekend. I added a lot of words which feels so good and then again, I rarely do. I wonder why?

Now I have one more week to share and then I have a fun suprise!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

WCS | July gallery

Happy July! I can´t believe that yet another month has passed by already! 
But the first of each month always has something fun in it, the new gallery at WCS.

The theme this month is The great outdoors. Oh and you know I could have made 100 layouts on this topic! But I just made 3 ;)

This is a 6x8" page and I really enjoy making pages in this size. I love how they look in my album among the bigger ones. 

I have had this peony for a few years and it started out pityful and didn´t bloom for a while. Then three years ago it finally got strong stems and grew one flower. Now it has become stronger and bigger and it brings me such joy seeing the process. 

This is my second page for the gallery.

Everyone that knows me, knows I love my garden. Being able to grow things is good for the soul and the process is so very cool. I love being able to plant a seed, care for it and then being able to harvest. 

I have said a hundred times before, we live on the most beautiful place on earth! 

Now hop on over to the WCS blog! 

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