Friday, 18 April 2014

laying it out | everyday life and a cutiepie

I have two new layouts to share with you today; one depicting my everyday life (and if you follow my Project Life you have seen these photos before) and one of a little cutiepie dressed up as an Easter witch on Maundy Thursday, which is an old Swedish tradition.

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(Supplies: Simply Adore You by Gennifer Bursett, Stitched Down (vol 3) Templates by Laura Passage)

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(Supplies: Center Stage Templates by Amber Morrison, Dream Collab Newsletter Freebie Kit by Pixels and Co Designers)

Wishing you a happy weekend, and a happy Easter!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

going graphic | laundry room artwork

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So the person who made the plans for our house probably had a shiny diploma hanging in her/his office. Unfortunately that diploma was no guarantee for plain old common sense. There is an array of strange things in our house - mostly sockets in very odd places - and this one really takes the price. The electrical box in the laundry room is placed right smack in the middle of the only wall that is not covered with cabinets. It's ugly and impractical and it has been bugging me since we moved in. So that was in 2006. I don't always move quickly. Ha!

I painted the wall last summer when I grew tired of all the white in the room, and I really liked the dark grey but the white door for the electrical box was sticking out like a sore thumb. So I created three pieces of artwork and framed them in white Ribba frames from IKEA.

The laundry when walking into the room

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The wall in question
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The three picture frames
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I might not love it but I think it's at least better than before. I printed the artwork myself on Epson Matte Presentation Paper so if and when I want to change it out it won't be all that much of a heartache. So now the next thing on my list for that room is to change out the hideous light fixtures. I am thinking old industrial looking lamps.

Monday, 14 April 2014

project life | week of april 7

It's time again for the weekly Project Life post, and I think I kind of love these two pages. I decided to continue with the multi coloured pastel theme for the whole of April, and it goes so well with the spring photos I seem to be obsessed with taking now.

I am quite chuffed with being able to carry through the circles from last week. The card I used on this week's right page is from a different kit than last week - the new Maggie Holmes Styleboard Kit - so I am really glad they work together.

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Maggie Holmes Styleboard, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Just Add Color Overlays, Life 365 Buttons, In Stitches   Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab)

So, now I'm looking forward to a new week that I am hoping to fill with positive things. That has kind of become my mission lately; learning to not feel so much obligation and learning to see the good in even the smallest details.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

laying it out | hello silly - 3-way challenge

This week I am hosting a super fun 3-way challenge at Pixels & Company! You don't know what a 3-way challenge is? Well, let me tell you!

Together with two other creative team members at P&Co, I have been challenged to create a layout with the Sup? Kit by Karla Dudley, and now we're challenging you to do the same.

You have another two days to go to participate, so if you haven't yet, hop on over and give it a whirl! Right here!

This is my layout:
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(Supplies: Sup? Kit, Sup? Add-on Pack 2 by Karla Dudley)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

going graphic | inspirational quote cards set two

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I finally got my second set of inspirational quote cards printed. I am now ready to put them up on my little wall beside my desk at work. I don't spend much time there at the moment, but it will be a nice thing to come back to when I do start working again.

This set featured a few longer quotes, and it took me a whole to get them to look right. I chose to go with the same cards from Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight Kit as my base, and stuck with basically the same fonts. I like the consistency of the look when all the cards are together.

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If you missed the first set you can find it here!

Monday, 7 April 2014

project life | week of march 31

I am so into spring right now! I am craving warmth and sunshine, pretty flowers and walks in the park, change and growth. I think it shows in my Project Life spread this week as well!

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Azure Kit, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight Kit, Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Mini Kit, Life 365 Buttons by Karla Dudley, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab)

So I knew I wanted to use a card from the new Azure Kit; the circle card on the bottom of left page. I loved the soft pastels and the overlapping circles. But I felt that most of the other cards in the Azure Kit were too strong to match both that one card and my photos for the week. What to do?

Well, here is where the magic of digital scrapbooking comes in! You change colours to make it work! With digital you don't have to cry over things not being absolutely right, and spend $$$ to get something else that might work better. With digital you have the power to make it work for you! I really could not find a better reason for doing this digitally vs. "regular old paper".

On the top card of the right page I lightened the colours of the circles, by using a simple levels adjustment layer, and changed the text to white by selecting the text and filling it with white. Easy peasy! This way, the card ties perfectly to that other one on my left page. From there it was easy for me to match with a few other cards from the Dear Lizzy Daydreamer kit. Isn't that balloon card just lovely?

So with crossing into April this week, I have just another four months to go until I've completed a full year of Project Life. Amazing. One thing is for sure; I cannot wait to get this book printed!

Friday, 4 April 2014

hybrid hotness | easter sweets packages

Easter is coming up in the next couple of weeks, and I made these little cute Easter egg sweets packages that are perfect to give to little (or big) sweethearts in your life. I filled them with chocolate eggs, but I guess any kind of sweets would do just as well!

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(Supplies: Easter Egg Ornament Template Set by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs, Hop Happy | A Collaboration Project by Karla Dudley and Ange Designs)

And just for good measure, I want to share a layout as well!
Last year I bough eggs that were already blown and decorated them very simply by paiting with a sharpie. I shared that in this post and they were also featured in my Easter dinner decorations. I thought it would be fun to do a layout with them. I will most likely use them again this year.

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(Supplies: Hop Happy | A Collaboration Project by Karla Dudley)

Have a great Firday and weekend everyone!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

laying it out | why I scrap and favourite topics

I think I have talked before about not being an event scrapper. So yeah, I do Project Life, but beyond that I scrap what is in my heart, and to get a creative outlet. That is why I scrapbook.

 I think that many years from now, when future generations of our families look at my scrapbooks (I hope they will), they will still know me from these pages. Not from what I did on a Thursday afternoon, but for what moved me, what I loved, and what I felt was worth capturing in our lives.

This layout is one about the husband and myself. I do know that I make lots of pages with us. I really don't care. I love us, and it inspires me. So that is what gets scrapped. 

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(Supplies: Some Kind of Wonderful : The Kit by Kim B's Designs)

One thing that I really like to scrap is "right now" pages. It gives a good snapshot of my life at any given time and I really think it's a fun way to do a roundup of sorts of me and my life. I especially like to scrap about things that make me happy.

This one gets to show things that has made happy in March of 2014.

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(Supplies: Limeade | solid papers, Sup? | the elements by Karla Dudley, Renewal | Alpha, Renewal | Paper Pieces, Renewal | Paintbrushes by Laura Passage, Honeycomb Stitches by Mommyish)

The creative outlet is important too. I need to make pretty things to be happy. Doing digi scrap is perfect because it makes no messes, and I can be as fussy about the details as I want to be; I don't have to worry about if I glued something on straight, or if my handwriting is good enough, or that I can't cut a straight line to save my life. Doing digi takes care of all those imperfections and still produces pretty results. I love that so much.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

project life | week of march 24

I am plugging along with my Project Life, I got another week done and am still caught up. Yeah! The last week of March was a week of trying to regain strength, and trying to see the positive little details that so easily get lost in the grand scheme of things. I remember to do that more. Things aren't great in my life, but not all things are bad either. So the spread for this week only contains pictures of things that made me really happy; like new stuff for our house, walks in the sun, being able to wear my Chucks, and good food.

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Amy Tangerine Plus One, Becky Higgins Project Life Coral, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Just Add Color, Becky Higgins Project Life It's a Man's World, Life 365 Buttons by Karla Dudley, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab)

Have you seen the new Amy Tangerine Plus One Project Life kit? It's really cute! And it's out now!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

going graphic | inspirational quote cards set one

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I have collected a bunch of inspirational quotes for a while that I keep on lovely hot pink post it notes on a wall beside my desk at work. Coming back to work after a long time recently, made me realize that the lovely hot pink post its weren't so very lovely at all. As can be seen in this phone camera snapshot. Awful, isn't it?

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So what to do, what to do? Design some better looking ones of course!

So I used a few cards from the Becky Higgins project Life Midnight Collection to create clean, graphic quote cards that will please my eye much more in the future.

I love doing graphic work. It's like solving a puzzle, trying to work different fonts together with the wording. I spent a few hours fiddling with these, and I am so pleased with the results.

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I have one more set done as well, but naturally I ran out of Epson Presentation Paper, and will have to come back to those in a couple of days.

Monday, 24 March 2014

project life | week of march 17

Well what do you know, I actually managed to get my Project Life layouts for last week done before this week had passed. I love staying up to date!

Last week was super hard for me, with a setback in my rehab plans. I tried to hold on to nice weather, pretty spring flowers, and good food by the husband.

I really love how pretty the new Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Day Dreamer kit is! I think these pages are really lovely!

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(Supplies:  Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Day Dreamer, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight,  In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon Mcnab)

Friday, 21 March 2014

laying it out | trio

Please allow me to share with you three new layouts that I have created recently.

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(Supplies: Blueprint No.14 by Gennifer Bursett, Kate and Co, Piccadilly by Pixels and Co designers)

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(Supplies: Bright side of life, Autumn bliss {elements} by Anita Designs, Let the Sunshine In : The Kit by Kim B's Designs, Scarlet Letter | Elements by Gennifer Bursett)

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(Supplies: Let the Sunshine In : The Kit by Kim B's Designs, Quick scraps vol.04 by Anita Designs)

I wish I had more brain power to scrap more often. I love it when I have finished a page but it takes ages for me to finish one because I have to step away from the computer, or turn it off rather, very often. But I guess a few is better than none at all?

Monday, 17 March 2014

project life | four weeks in february and march

Finally! I have been working really hard this past week to catch up on my Project Life pages. I fell behind mid February and was unable to get back into it until this week. I simply don't have the energy or the brain power to sit in front of the computer lately. I know that is because I recently started working a few hours everyday and that basically kicks my butt big time. That is also the reason why I have been very quiet around here lately.

But here are four weeks of Project Life for your viewing pleasure!

Week of February 17th
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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Strawberry, Becky Higgins Project Life Seafoam, Pictures and words-no7 by Paislee Press, Life 365 Buttons by Karla Dudley, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon Mcnab)

Week of February 24th
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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Amy Tangerine Mini Kit, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Kraft, Becky Higgins Project Life It's a Man's World, Becky Higgins Project Life Just Add Color, Life 365 Buttons, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon Mcnab)

Week of March 3rd
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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Rad Dad, Becky Higgins Project Life Coral, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Just Add Color, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon Mcnab)

Week of March 10th
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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life  Coral, Becky Higgins Project Life Bridgeport, Becky Higgins Project Life  Just Add Color, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon Mcnab, Anchored Elements by Gennifer Bursett, A Lifetime Collection by Karla Dudley)

The Becky Higgins Project Life Strawberry Kit is available today at Digital Project Life

Friday, 28 February 2014

laying it out | my boys

What better things to scrap about than the boys in my life? Here are two layouts about two of them.

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(Supplies: Jack | Kit by Laura Passage and Mommyish, Neutral Stock: Papers by Audacious Designs)

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(Supplies:  Daily Slice of Life | Kit, 25 Days | Stitched Vellum Pockets, Paper Stacks (Volume 1) | Templates by Laura Passage, Day After Day | Elements by Sabrina's Creations, Piccadilly Collab by Pixels and Co Designers)

I am behind in both my scrapbooking and my Project Life at the moment but I am cutting myself some slack on that front as I just started working again after five months on sick leave. I only go in for two hours a day but it's still kicking my behind and I need to five myself plenty of time to rest. Because of this I might be a little quiet around here in the near future.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

project life | week of february 10

This week I, for the first time, didn't follow the idea of staying with one particular colour for the month. I feel both liberated and bothered by it! The reason is that now I don't know if I should make February an "any kind of colour" month or if I should treat this week as a speciality week and go back to my colour. The decisions I put myself in front of, LOL!

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Just Add Color, Becky Higgins Project Life Maggie Holmes Flea Market, Becky Higgins Project Life Holidays, Becky Higgins Project Life Just Add Color Overlays, In Stitches-Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto; Hombody Shannon McNab, Take Note Collection by Karla Dudley)

The week was both very hard and absolutely amazing. There are several things that I am so thankful for; beautiful gifts, great laughs, precious time with people I love and I chose to make those the focus of my pages this week rather than the difficult bits. There has been enough difficult in the last months to go around anyway!