Thursday, 31 January 2008

Ceremony programme

This ceremony programme was made for some friends' wedding. I made the monogram for them and it was also used on the thank you cards that were sent out after the wedding. The programmes were printed on heavy linen paper with a local printer and they were so luxurious and luscious to touch. The fonts were carried through from the invitations as well as the colours.

The programme was such a hit that several other couples have requested it since. I just wish I would have done my own wedding programme this nice!

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Monday, 28 January 2008

Summer crayfish party

This invitation was made for a summer crayfish party to celebrate a friend's 30th birthday. It's an all in one thing where the name and adress of the guest is written on the outside. The flap to keep it shut has a small hand stamped crayfish. The inside shows a traditional Swedish crayfish party lamp and features a short poem.

The invitation, as well as the party, was a huge success.

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Sunday, 27 January 2008

As promised - a celebration and a surprise

Toasting myself and all of you while I'm sitting here in the sofa posting this! Why? It's been a month since I started this blog! Can you believe it? Time goes by much too quickly for me nowadays because it feels like it was only last week. :)

To celebrate this huge milestone, lol, I thought I'd offer up a little something. I have created a template out of a layout I did back in the summer of last year when I first started digi scrap (that's before Jessica Sprague graced my life). It's one of the few I still feel happy about when I look at it now.

Here's what the layout looks like:
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(Credits: All papers and elements: Shabby Princess Photo: Linda Roos)

It's just a simple template but if you want it you can grab it here.

Thank you everyone for sharing this experience with me!

Back with a vengeance

Between ilnesses and business trips I have actually been doing some creative work believe it or not. For the last week or so I have been working on a real challenge. I posted a while ago about a coworker getting married. Well, she also turned 50 on the same day. Everyone at work has pitched in for a present and I was asked to make a card. Only thing was that it had to congratulate to both the marriage and the birthday. Oy.

What I finally came up with was a booklet style folder in magnificent papers from Basic Grey. On the outside I attached a trifold that got to be the wedding part. On the inside I put a pocket that holds the birthday card. This way they are separate but still together.

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Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Get down and boogie

My brother in law is a laid back and fun kind of guy. He wanted something simple but fun for his 30th birthday party. The one thing he specifically said was to not make it cute, lol.

The outcome was a red folder made of Canson paper with a crisp white paper attached to it by a brad. The font choice got to represent the fun part of the invitation with flirtatious bubbles. The martini glasses at the top added a festive touch.

I think the end result was anything but cute!

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I will be out of town for a few days, so there will be a short break in new posts, but do make sure to check back on Sunday for a small celebration (and perhaps also a surprise).

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Bloom

I am so tired of winter. I am ready for spring and colours and warmer weather and pretty flowers. I had to go dig some old photos up and scrap them to make myself feel a little better.

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(Credits: Template: Ad100707 by Katie Pertiet Papers: Being 1,2,4,5 by Jen Wilson Fonts: Century Gothic and Desert Dog Photos: Linda Roos)

Monday, 21 January 2008

Fall in love

Yeah, I know, that old cliché again. But nursing a fever and sore throat would excuse my poor title ideas, right?

This invitation was designed for a autumn wedding. The metallic copper paper was chosen to give a warm feeling and the delicate leafy motif matches the swirly font. Again I used a belly band around the closed invitation. The enclosure cards repeats the motif of the invitation.

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Sunday, 20 January 2008

Birthday bash with a bang

My husband and I both turned 30 on the same year and thought it would be fun to have one big party instead of two smaller ones. We invited our friends and family and had a wonderful time, eating absolutely fantastic food, dancing, and celebrating the night away.

I went with my favourite colours, blue and brown, for the invitations as well as the decor and gave it that last touch by adding one of my favourite flowers -the orchid.

The invitation is made of brown Canson paper that I hand cut and folded. The style resembles the very popular pocket fold but I omitted the pocket itself. I printed the text on a beautiful slightlt marbled blue paper with a brown shade of the ink that matched the folder perfectly.

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Again, with the colour pop

I stumbled across yet another colour pop tip and this one I liked so much that I had to put it here. It's a live video, and be warned - the sound is horrible, that shows from start to finish how to edit a photo to bring out the colour without getting "lobster people", lol.

Check it out!

Saturday, 19 January 2008

Colour pop tip

I found an article that presented a great way of making the colours of your photo pop in Photoshop and thought I would share. A quick and easy way of doing it is using hue/saturation. This way is a little more work but looks beautiful.

1. Duplicate layer and set the blending mode to multiply. Set the opacity to 15%.
2. Duplicate layer again and set the blending mode to soft light. Set the opacity to 20%.

The first layer will make the colours stronger and the second layer will up the contrast.

Go ahead and try it and let me know what you think!

Thursday, 17 January 2008

An invitation x 3

A relative of my husband's wanted an invitation for the christening of her adopted daughter. She asked for something girly but gave me free hands on all other accounts.

I created three different suggestions for her to choose from. Any bets on which one she chose? ;)

The front of the invitation was printed on photo paper and was attached to thick cardstock with the info on the back. It came out looking quite luxurious.

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(Highlight white text for the answer: Final choice was option #1)

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Please have a seat, sir

For my newhew's first birthday I decided to give furniture painting a try. His room has a sun, moon, and stars theme and is painted white and blue so I went with that theme to compliment the rest of the room.

I have to say that the prep work and basic painting turned out to be oh so boring. The fun part, the decorating, didn't last long enough for it to be something I would consider doing again unless someone actually asked me to do it. But the little boy loves his table and chairs and uses it regularly.

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I apologize for the non fancy photographs, I added the last touches to the table about an hour before the party. Talk about procrastinating, LOL.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Feeling the love

Just a little note to all my lovely visitors who have left me such beautiful comments. Thank you so much y'all! I really do appreciate it and am so happy you like my schtuff! :D

Wiggly worm, turning one

A friend of mine, one I have never actually met, but have shared experiences and thoughts with for almost seven years now over the Internet, had a 1st birthday party for her little boy. She asked me to make a colourful and fun invitation for the event. Her only specification was that it had to include a little worm.

I chose to stay away from baby blue with this one and went with lime green and added little dots all over. She had it printed locally from a printer and loved the end result.

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The text says:
It's a party!
Luke has squirmed and wormed his way to one, join us for some fun!

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Unexpected beauty

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(Credits: Paper: Beautiful Rage Red by Scarlet Heels Alpha: Grunged Up Alpha by Katie Pertiet Stitching: Carnival Stitching by Fjardine Staples: Wonderful Metals Staple by Shabby Princess Buttons: Frosted Buttons by Michelle Coleman Font: DearJoefour Photo: Linda Roos)

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Something off the charts cool to learn

After getting the Nikon D80 our old Olympus E-10 has not been used one single time. I feel a little sad about letting it collect dust for the rest of all eternity since it's still a decent (allthough not fabulous anymore) camera. Today I remembered something I have been wanting to learn for the longest time and was so happy to see that the Olympus will do a much better job than our new bells and whistles camera.

You see I have had this link about IR photography stored in my favourites for years now. I love the look and the thought of me shooting beautiful art like that gets me all excited.

I think I will spend some time doing some more research on this and see if I can find some filters for dirt cheap so that I can start playing around some.

Work that photo, girl

Heather Ann Meltzer usually has great photography in most of her posts. In this post she shares some of her secrets to beautifying her photos.

Interesting.

A small milestone

For my sister in law's 30th birthday we went with a sophisticated look. The theme of the party was black, white, and silver. The invitation followed along this theme with a sparkly black paper paired with white on top, a simple and elegant font, and a beautiful swirl. The back of the card was covered in a black and silvery swirly paper.

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Unfortunately I do not have any photos of the decorations I used at the party itself, or the big seating chart that was displayed on a big easel.

The meme business

Just a little break from the regular scheduled programmes as I was tagged for a meme by Susan and Dawn. I normally don't participate in memes but thought I would just this once.

The rules of the game:
• Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
• Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog; we all want to know them.
• Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
• Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Random facts about Linda:
I am allergic to red wine and garlic
My celebrity crushes are Robbie Williams, Clive Owen, and Hugh Jackman
I am a really bad cook
I have given myself the diagnosis of "borderline OCD"
I love chocolate, but only if it's plain, hate the filled kind
I don't drink coffee and only started drinking tea last year
My butt looks best in Levi's jeans

So there you have it. Seven completely random facts about me. Anything you did not expect?

Since I'm probably the last person in the world to take this meme I will bow out of tagging anyone else. Thanks to Dawn and Susan for tagging me! :D

Thursday, 10 January 2008

A surprise wedding

A coworker of mine went on holiday to Australia last week with her boyfriend and their respective children. Today we read an announcement in the newspaper of their nuptials in her brother's garden today.

To congratulate the happy couple my boss asked me to do something nice with a poem she thought would be fitting so that we could send a congratulary email tomorrow. So this is what I came up with.

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(Credits: Qick page: Ruff Stuff by kSharonk Grid: Unadorned grid by kSharonk Flower: Minimeander_flower by kSharonk Gem: kskd_serenity_gem2 by kSharonk Overlay: Distresseddiva distressed overlay by Trish Jones Brushes: Valentines brushes by Jason Gaylor Fonts: Century Gothic and Pepita)

I had to take the easy route and go with a quickpage since I had quite a few other things planned for this evening. But I think the outcome is nice anyway. Sharon's things are beautiful so how could I go wrong?

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Wonderful you

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(Credits: Template: Dumpty (slightly modified) Papers: DSD kit by Corina Nielsen Frame: Dirty Frames 2a by Katie Pertiet Fonts: Bleeding cowboy, DearJoefour Photo: Linda Roos)

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Baby you're not lost

I have found that scrapbooking for me is very much related to if I have a photo I love as a jumping off point. I don't do well with set topics, unless I have a photo that fits, but feel more comfortable just going with the flow of my feelings for the photo and whatever else I have on my mind at the moment.

Doing that yesterday I came up with this little LO.
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(Credits: Background paper: FairyDreamer-8 by Katie Pertiet.Grid: Unadorned grid by kSharonk.Overlay: Distressed Diva distressed overlay by Trish Jones.Stitching: BrownStitching by Katie Pertiet.Frame: Webframe111807 by Katie Pertiet.Brush: Grunge brush by HawksmontFoto: Linda Roos)

I uploaded it to the DesignerDigitals gallery and got a beautiful comment from Sarebear:

"I lOVE Michael Buble, and I LOVE this layout! This song is very special to me, and on a day in my life, today, when I hear rather difficult health news (I'm not dying or anything though), and then the first layout I see in the gallery as recent new ones is this . . . . it touched and touches me deeply. He's still there for me (God) and through you, I feel He let me know that I'm not lost, and all is not lost.Thank you for this.Thank you."

Wow, isn't that what it's all about?

A wedding in two installments - the photos

So yesterday I promised I'd post some photos from the wedding. And what kind of person would I be if I didn't stay true to that promise?

Choosing just a few to post here out of literary hundreds was a little difficult. But yeah, we need a few from the ceremony, some outside of church, and some from the reception. When I was editing all the photos I chose to keep the ceremony ones in colour - mostly because the lighting inside of the church was breathtaking - and change all the rest to b/w. I actually think it works.

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