Saturday, 18 July 2009

All creatived out

OK, so today I have finsihed the last details of the programme designs and then hand cut (with exacto knife and ruler) and folded 50 sheets of 12x12 cardstock into 100 booklets. My fingers and wrists are feeling it right now.

Tomorrow I start printing the insides. Will probably spend next week cutting and assembling.

All I want to do now is to collapse on the sofa with a cold drink and pat myself on the back for a job well done.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Update on creative projects, a new one, plus a CT layout

Remember the photo book I was asked to make for my sister's ILs? I finally finished it this past weekend and sent it off for approval. I got word the other day that they absolutely loved it and the book is ordered and eagerly awaited. Since the photos in the book aren't mine I can't share with you the results. You will just have to trust me that it turned out great. I used the Create a book posted collection by Katie Pertiet and the A beautiful day kit by Mindy Terasawa, all from Designer Digitals.

I am in the midst of completing the designs for the wedding stationary I have been working on for quite a while. The invitations went out in Aoril. What I'm doing now is the ceremony programme and also a booklet for the reception that will double as a place card, a menu, and that gives fun little facts about each guest. We also included some beautiful love quotes. They were both sent for approval tonight. I am hoping to start production this weekend. If the couple agree, I will be sharing them here shortly.

My new project, which isn't really all that big, is a birthday celebration. Someone is turning 35 in two weeks. That someone has decided to host a dessert buffé party for the closest family. And that someone wants a really cheery and bright theme that is still chic and sassy. The invites, that were hand deliviered (because of laziness mostly, lol) were created with this in mind.
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And printed out it looks like this
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(Credits:
Jessica Sprague

Liv Esteban
Alpha tag from Sing for Spring kit, Tape it up frames
Crystal Wilkerson
Colourful papers pack
Designer Digitals
Katie Pertiet
Rounded corner stitching holes
Other
Image from clipart.com
Fonts
Rosewood St, Santa's sleigh)

The next step to tackle is to find some fun decorations for the table. I have a few ideas that might work out really well.

I created another digital scrapbooking layout for Jessica Sprague. Orchard & Broome has a new kit out called Bleecker St that I loved right from the minute I saw it.

Torta della nonna
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(Credits:
Jessica Sprague
Orchard & Broome
Bleecker St papers and labels
Other
Template by TaylorMade Design
Fonts
Circus, Satisfaction, Century Gothic)

Tomorrow is Friday! Yay!

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Garden grill party moved inside and Project 52

We had my family over for a garden party last night. Due to iffy weather we thought it safest to do the actual eating inside even if we did cook the food on the grill outside. It was a relaxed party so I didn't want to overdo the table with a bunch of stuff but knowing me I had to do something!

I used a sand coloured cotton table cloth and paired it with (clean and non stained) dish towels instead of napkins. I put seabed pebbles in tall vases and crisp, white pillar candles on top. The small vases with the (fake) flowers usually reside in the small window above our kitchen sink but were perfect to go between the candle vases.
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Being a (half)minimalist I don't have a lot of rustic looking china or tableware so our regular white plates from IKEA, which I love, had to make do. I think it still works well though because it looks clean and crisp but not overly themed.
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I found the cutest little stones when I went shopping the other day and felt it would be the perfect little favour for our guests. The stones say "I heart you" in Swedish and English. One stone was placed on the towel at each setting.
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Here it is again right before we sat down to eat. My family is used to me running around with the camera before we sit down at every dinner party. They mumble to eachother about my blog and let me go crazy, lol.
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I baked that foccacia in the last picture, by the way, and Martha Stweart was on the telly while I was doing it. I was feeling like quite the little home maker, lol. Which brings me to this week's photo for Project 52. Not only did I bake bread, I also baked a cake! Yeah, I know! Hard to believe. My mother even commented on it. It was absolutely delicious and I am so proud. I made the little flags for each serving about an hour before the family arrived. Just a little something to spruce it up a bit.
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The cake is "Torta della nonna" if anyone wants to know. I encourage everyone to try it. You will be happy you did. I promise.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

No kidding, I have a garden

Even though it might be hard for some of you, given my history, to believe that I am now the co owner of a garden with more than just dead grass it is actually true. Since our house was built we have slowly added to the organic life in our backyard. The latest addition is the topic of my new layout. It's a 28 meter long flower bed with lavendar and small trees. I think it's very pretty and understated. Our hope is that next year the lavendar will spread across the dirt inside the flower bed and cover it. If we can keep it alive that is!

Gardening 101
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(Credits:
JessicaSprague.com
Jessica Sprague
Template 6 (modified to fit portrait photos), Brown and striped paper from Type+Writer class kit
Liv Esteban
Breeze paper from Gentle Morn kit, SP7 paper from I Sing for Sprink kit
Crystal Wilkerson
Staples from Office Supplies Element Pack
Designer Digitals
Katie Pertiet
Photobooth frames 15
Fonts
Impact, CK Ali's Writing, Century Gothic)

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Project 52, week 27

Ok, I am pretty proud about this photo. Not the photo itself but what is in it. We have tomatoes! Anyone who has known us for a while knows that we completely suck at growing stuff. We have two live plants inside the house and only very easily cared for plants outside. But we thought we'd give tomatoes ago in our newly built, 28 meter long, flower bed. So far everything is looking good.

#27, 2009
Growing stuff
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