Sunday, 30 August 2009

A beautiful person

I am very lucky girl because I am part of wonderful families. I don't know what we would do without all of them.

My sister Nina is a beautiful person inside and out. She is very intelligent, and funny, and she is so pretty.

I have wanted to scrap this photo of her for a ling time now and today i made this layout in a "just because I want to" sort of way.
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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Liv Esteban
I Sing for Spring paper SP6
Gentle Morn linen paper
oscraps.com
Phm freebie600 photomask by NatashaNaSt
Composure addon Everydayyou+text by TaylorMade Design
other
Scriptbrushes by Ladyvictoire)

Saturday, 29 August 2009

A wet Project 52

I know the week isn't really over yet, but I plan on vegging tomorrow (last day of my summer holiday) so here's this week's photo. What I didn't do to get this shot! I was seriously sprayed right after I clicked the shutter for this photo. Thankfully the camera made it. But I really like it. The green and the blue totally make this shot. I had to do a serious edge burn to up the drama, lol.
#35, 2009
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Have a great end of the week everyone!

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Shoes and produce

Still my #1
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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Liv Esteban
I Sing for Spring paper SP4 and SP7
Windsong Vintage Frame (Used as a clipping mask for the photo)
Crystal Wilkerson
Summertime Elements Star sticker with staple
Other
A beautiful day papers pp4, pp7, solid p3, solid p6 by Mindy Terasawa
Scrap pink note strip by Katie Pertiet
Counting trash overlay 4 by Katie Pertiet
Everyday inspiration border by MaryAnn Wise
Winterchill paper 3 by Andrea Victoria
Stitched 3_8 by Anna Aspnes
Flutter fresh button by Vinnie Pearce
Thank you kit wordart embellishment by Vinnie Pearce
Unscrpited simply put prompt1 by Taylormade Designs
Fonts
28 Days Later
Passions Conflict
VT Portable Remington)

Grow little fella
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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Jessica Sprague
Story Template from Type+Writer class
Home Away From Home Journaling Blocks
Liv Esteban
Windsong ribbon floral
Crystal Wilkerson
August 09 Solid Funky Polkadots papers 04 and 08
August 09 Teeny Tiny Dots papers 04 and 08
Hawaiian Luau paper 01
Office Supplies Elements Staples01 and Brown Stitch
Other
EverydayInsp21Feb09 Label3 by Anna Aspnes
Stitched Tab by Katie Pertiet
Stitched journaling strips 7 by Katie Pertiet
Fonts
Retro Rock Poster
Destruction
Another Typewriter
Angelina)

Project 52 and more

I don't want to fall a little too far behind with posting my project 52 photos. I do keep up with taking photos but have been a little lax about posting.

#33, 2009
I took this portrait of the husband's nephew at a crayfish party at my mum's house. He was eating ice cream and it was giving him brain freeze, lol. Still his eyes are so fantastic.
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#34, 2009
It was really hard for me to narrow down which photo to use for last week's P52. I took a lot of photos in Copenhagen that I really liked. But this one has something that I can't really put my finger on. Soul, I think. I took it in the round tower where you can walk on the cobble stones all the way to the top. It is said that the king that had it built used to ride on horse to the top. Quite cool.
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I thought I should share some other photos from our day in Copenhagen.
The little mermaid
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Changing of the guards at the queen's castle
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Marble church by the castle
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Inside Our lady cathedral
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The restaurants at Nyhavn
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Oh, and one thing that I have totally forgot is to share my birthday present from my dearest
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Isn't he the most wonderful person ever? I've had to learn how to compose with a prime lens, it's so different from a zoom lens! And also, some photos seem to come out a little too blurry. I think it's the combination of aperture, ISO, and shutter speed needing to be a little different than with my other lens? Has anyone else experienced this? Or is it just me, lol? But in any case, I am so happy. The week 33 photo above was taken with the new lens.

Next post, two new layouts. See ya!

Friday, 21 August 2009

Summer layout

We took my sister's boyfriend, who is from Milano, to Copenhagen the other day. It did involve going to the Italian embassy to replace a lost passport (oy) but then we had the rest of the day to enjoy touristy stuff that we usually never do when we go. It was a fantastic day and I captured a lot of great photos, of which only a fraction fit into this LO.

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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Crystal Wilkerson
August 09 Rainbow stripes paper 04
August 09 A-Z Alphabet stickers, king sticker
August 09 Solid Funky Polka Dots paper 01
Summertime Elements Pack, Tag12 and Red button
July 09 Tiny Spots Paper 12
July 09 Chrysanthemums Paper 04
June 09 Office supplies element pack, teal stitch
Liv Esteban
I sing for spring page overlay
Other
TemplateChallenge8209 by Katie Pertiet
3PhotoChallenge8209-frame1 by Katie Pertiet
A beautifulday-solid-p6 by Mindy Terasawa
Fonts
Satisfaction
Century Gothic)

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Surprise, surprise! It's a template freebie!

It's been way too long since we had a freebie around here. Way too long. So to remedy this I whipped up this template for you to download.

As always I expect you to read and follow my TOU. This freebie is for personal use only. And I would love it if you would leave me some love when you download. Thank you so much!

Oh, and this is what it looks like:
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Download here

Friday, 14 August 2009

Ven Island

The photos from our visit at Ven island are so summery that it makes me all cheery and happy inside. I just had to scrap some of them! I don't usually do double pages unless it's for a photo book. But I couldn't cram them all in into one single page so I thought I'd step out of my comfort zone just a little.

Vackra Ven
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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Liv Esteban
SP7 paper from I sing for spring kit
Torn frame and Vintage frame from Windsong kit
Crystal Wilkerson
Staples from Office Supplies elements pack
August09 AtoZStickers Vine Sticker (coming soon)
08 Paper from August09 TeenyTinyDots Paper pack (coming soon)
designerdigitals.com
Stitches from StitchedbyAnnaWhiteNo3 by Anna Aspnes
other
Buttons from Tropical Punch kit by Dani Mogstad
fonts
Impact
Bradley hand
Jefferson)

The LO is tiny so if you would like to see it a little bit bigger you can visit the spraground gallery.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Good food needs to be documented

Simply because you need something to look at the days where you have to settle for a boring old sandwich (for me that means the days that the husband is a) on strike or b) out of the house).

We had this lovely sushi with champagne sitting on our deck on my birthday. It was so good I almost felt religious, lol.
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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Crystal Wilkerson
August 09 A-Z Stickers (coming soon)
August09 TeenyTinyDots Paper Pack teal and baby blue (coming soon)

August09 Rainbow Stripes Paper Pack lime and baby blue (coming soon)
Office Supplies Element Pack staples
designerdigitals.com
Happy words brush by Katie Pertiet
Ad challenge 81008 brush by Mindy Terasawa

Fonts
Century Gothic
CK Ali's Writing)

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Project 52 - the holiday edition

We took a lovely day trip earlier this week to a small island off the west coast and it was an absolutely lovely day. It was the ideal opportunity to keep the camera glued to the eye the whole day.

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I will be sharing more from the island shortly.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Project 52, finally

I knew there was something I had forgotten about! I do have an excuse, I am on holiday and everyone knows that while on holiday the brain is shut down and put away. :)

I am out enjoying the nice summer weather, trying to not miss all the perfect photo ops. Hopefully that will result in some nice little postings here.

Here are the Project 52 photos for weeks 29-31.

#29, 2009
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#30, 2009
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#31, 2009
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Tuesday, 4 August 2009

My latest CT layout

I made this layout for jessicasprague.com the other day, right before my birthday. I think maybe I need to get out of the neutrals are of the colouring box, lol.

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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Crystal Wilkerson
Notebook paper from June 09 Neutrals Paper Pack
05 paper from July 09 Neutrals Paper Pack
Button Flower03 from Au Natural Elements
Staples, teal stitch, and ampersand from Office Supplies Element Pack
Liv Esteban
Vintage Frame from Windsong Kit
Jessica Sprague
Typed Letter from Thank Ya Kindly Kit
other
Stitches by Anna Aspnes
Stamped Block by Katie Pertiet
fonts
Jane Austen
28 Days Later)

Monday, 3 August 2009

Celebrating the fact that time passes

So I have been working unbelievably hard in the last couple of weeks. With the last push at work before my holiday, with the wedding stationary, and with planning my birthday party. Last night, as the guests had left, I put my behind on the sofa and could not keep my eyes open. But it felt good because I pulled everything off. Luckily today, the first day of our holiday, has been rainy so I could spend it perched out, with the laptop in front of me. It's been a while, lol.

I thought I'd share some photos of the party yesterday. I do have a lot of other things to share as well, like Project 52 photos, a digi layout, and the stationary, but that will have to come tomorrow.

I posted about the party invite in this post. I used the invite as the jumping off point for the decor of the party. I pictured the party being colourful, cheery, and sassy.

I totally lucked out in finding the striped fabric on the clearance table at a fabric store. It matched the colours of the invite perfectly. With the fabric having so many different colours I decided to cut it to a runner and use white china. I altered hot pink and white napkins at each setting.
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I used big plates so that the guests could load up on different cakes and desserts from the buffet. I also put glasses and then altered espresso cups, larger coffee cups, and tea mugs on the table to give the guests a choice of what to drink.
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I spent three nights cutting and stringing scrapbook paper into flags that I hung across our dining area and over to the kitchen island where I had the buffet.
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I hung pink glass from the chandelier over the table to add some bling (gotta have bling).
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I saw a post a long time ago on Hostess with the mostess about a table scape from Brides magazine that I have been wanting to do for the longest time. It had a tiered cake stand full of flowers. Actually, here is the link to the Brides pic. So I got the stands from IKEA (which are ideal for flowers as the plates are deep and thus holding the water in), a bunch of fresh flowers and different coloured dotted ribbon. I am so happy with how this turned out. Thanks for the tip Jen!
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Now on the buffet I had all homemade cakes and desserts. I am so not a baker and it took me all night Friday, huge chunks of Saturday, and all morning Sunday to make everything. But thanks to delish recipes from one fabulous sweetheart; Swedish celebrity cook Leila Lindholm it all turned out amazing. I made two times too much and had to send some of it home with the guests as they left. But it's all good, lol. I think it made them happy.
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I had New York blueberry cheesecake,
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torta della nonna (which I think is my favourite ever cake). I made little labels for each item by using a digital scrapbooking label by Jessica Sprague (from her Thank Ya kindly kit),
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chocolate chip walnut brownies,
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creme brulée,
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raspberry mousse,
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fruit salad,
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and a cupcake tower (inspired by Martha Stewart's beautiful creation).
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the cupcakes were carrot ginger walnut and chocolate
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I also had glass jars with some sweets (marshmallows, M&Ms, and Toblerone chocolate).
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For drinks I served espresso, freshly brewed coffee, blackcurrant juice, pineapple juice, and soda.

Later in the evening we had hot dogs and beer outside. It started to rain so everyone was huddling under the awning. But everyone seemed happy enough anyway.

It was a lot of hard work but all worth it I think. The place looked awesome and the food was delicious. Now I have a few months to rest up until my husband turns 35 too, lol.