Thursday, 29 October 2009

Laying it out

Time for some layouts I think! It's been a while and I have done a few.

Lovely
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(credits:
jessicasprague.com
Jessica Sprague
Fall Florals Pack, green dot paper
Word & Flower Stickers, lovely sticker
Template+ 12
Home Away From Home freebie kit, brown solid paper
Crystal Wilkerson
September 09 Paper Collection, paper 8 (I grunged it up a bit)
Liv Esteban
Gentle Morn Pack, blade o grass paper
other
The Secret Smile Papers 6 by Bren Boone

Wonderful button by Shabby Princess
font
Jane Austen)

Good food
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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Jessica Sprague
Template + 06
BlueDots, GreenSolid, Stripe papers from Type+Writer2 class kit
other
Sweet & Fresh Brown Solid by In the Making Design (that's me!)
QuoteChallenge101809 charm by Katie Pertiet
Stitched by Anna White by Anna Aspnes
fonts
Garamond
Satisfaction
Retro Rock Poster)

Staple
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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Crystal Wilkerson
Oct 09 Spooky Paper Collection
Office Supplies Elements Pack Staple01
other
PressplateNo13 by Paislee Press
Webchallenge 18 may Plume 3 by Anna Aspnes
fonts
28 Days Later
Century Gothic
Satisfaction)

Hello Autumn
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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Jessica Sprague
Aroo! paper Collection, Fall Dots and RedOrange Solid papers
Aroo! Element Pack, Blue Pumpkin
Crystal Wilkerson
Office Supplies Element Pack, Staples01
other
Rounded Corner Stitching Holes by Katie Pertiet
font
Pea Anderson)

Weekend breakfast
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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Jessica Sprague
Aroo! Knew There Had To Be A Stripe and Cream Solid papers
Swirl brush for Brush Abilities
Liv Esteban
Graphic Days Label
Crystal Wilkerson
Oct 09 Sweet Paper Collections paper 21
July 09 Lots of Labels
Office Supplies Element Pack red stitch
other
Everyday freebie 22 march by Lynn Grieveson
Little Round Tabs by Katie Pertiet
font
LL Rubber Gotesque)

Sunday, 25 October 2009

French bistro with a modern touch

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My husband turns 35 today and decided to celebrate the occasion by having a dinner with parents and siblings yesterday (and this is no small feat as there are 17 total). Being a chef he wanted this to reflect in the party. I immediately had this idea of doing a French bistro kind of look but to give it just a touch of modern. Our house is decorated in a, like someone remarked in a derogatory voice once, "post mod euro trash IKEA style" (LMAO!) so it definitely does not look like an authentic vintage-y French bistro. It's important to me that the whole experience is cohesive and so I knew we had to change it up a bit to make it work.

I created an invite based on a photo I took of my husband a couple of weeks back for his Facebook page (of all things). I seem to have forgotten to take a photo of the card itself so here is the design concept.

Front
that says welcome. The flourish frame is by Shaui at FeiFei's Stuff
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Inside
that plays on the restaurant theme and states that a one of a kind guest appearance will occur on October 24th and to call to make a reservation.
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The table was dressed with a white table cloth and a runner with a modern flower print. For the runner I simply bought some fabric at the fabric store and cut it to size. I didn't bother to sew this one as the fabric itself was very sturdy and kept its shape. That, and I am unable to operate a sewing machine. However another type of fabric might need sewing not to fray.

I went with all white china (you know my stance on this by now, right) and white linen napkins simply folded twice. As an aside I read an interesting article a few years back about the Grand Hotel in Stockholm where the manager said that they never do complicated folds as this means that the napkin is tainted by the hands of the folder. So to keep the touching of the napkin to a minimum they simply fold it twice. That spoke millions to me. And a simple girl likes simple solutions.
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To break from all the white I used black candles in the glass candle sticks I got from from IKEA. It may seem bold but I think it looks very classy and brings some warmth to the table.
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I sprayed three small table easels, also from IKEA, with silver paint to display the delectible menu which was created in style with the invite.
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I prefer low center pieces as I think higher ones can get in the way of conversation. So these faux roses in tea light holders, again from IKEA, filled with organza ribbon together with white tealights and the black candles formed a perfect mix and created enough variation to keep it interesting. To pick up on the glow from the candles I put glass pebbles along the runner.
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I found the cutest little fridge magnets in the shape of kitchen utensils that were perfect for favors. I made small boxes out of overhead film (because honestly, who uses that for anything else this day in age), attached a small sticker that says thank you and placed them on each plate.
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I created small chef's hats with each guest's name printed on it and slid it over the teeth of the fork at each setting. I think it turned out awfully cute and in keeping with the theme.
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And just because I love the glow of candles here are a few photos that I took right before we sat down to eat.
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After dinner we had a food quiz which I had designed to look like all the rest of the paper goods and for prizes we bought small cook books on sale at our supermarket. I think doing small things like this makes it all a little extra special and I believe the guests feel that little more taken care of and welcome.

And that is about it for this time!

Project 52; two weeks worth

Aye wee ones, I have once again some photos for my Project 52 to share. Last week was fairly uneventlful with only one exeption. This past week was much more eventful but most of what went down had to be without a camera. So that means that I had little to choose from. But that's ok, I'm not going to create faux situations, now am I?

#42, 2009
I got the chance to go to the "soft opening", or pre viewing if you will, of our new IKEA on Wednesday. We've had one since the 70s but the old house was worn and too small so a new one has been built. It is the 2nd largest in the world (no store can be bigger than the flagship store in Stockholm) and also the greenest one in the world. It is Co2-emission neutral and amongst other things the food waste is used to create bio gas. Pretty impressive. But anyway, as my husband is head chef at our IKEA I got the chance to see the big monster before it opened to the public. That was when I took this photo from one of the windows in the restaurant.
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#43, 2009
Taken in the park outside my job at a lunch break. I love going out there to decompress and just breathe for a while. It gives me that little extra strength to get through the day.
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And there you have it. Only nine more to go this year. Wow.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Type+Writer 2 class

During the last two weeks I have been taking the Type+Writer 2 class at jessicasprague.com where Jessica has teamed up with Liv Esteban to create a banging follow up to their fist class that they presented for the first time last year. It has been two weeks of soul searching and introspective digging as well as some great design moments, and chuckles at myself.

I created five layouts for class.

Adventure
The assignment was to write about a trip we had taken in the past and to focus on sensory memories. I wrote about our first day in NYC in 2003.
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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Jessica Sprague
Template 1 for Type+Writer2 class
other
In the Making design
Sweet and Fresh brown solid by
blue and white paper also by me
map from Google maps (recoloured)
fonts
Century Gothic
Times New Roman
Passions Conflict)

Change
Totally being silly with this one; we were supposed to use photos of ourselves as teenagers and now and then write about differences and likenesses but as I don't have a scanner I had to find a different approach.
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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Jessica Sprague
Template 2 for Type+Writer2 class
Red dots paper for Type+Writer2 class (recoloured)
designerdigitals.com
Mindy Terasawa
A beautiful day solid p1
A beautiful day solid p4
Springroll pp1
Groovyboy blue
Lynn Grieveson
Adfreebie2dec-4
fonts
Laine Day, Century Gothic, Times New Roman, LL Rubber Grotesque)

One Week
The assignment was to take photos and write short paragraphs about each day of the first week and then to use all of them in one layout. It's been a while since I took a photo every day of a week but I quite like the outcome.
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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Jessica Sprague
Template 3 for Type+Writer2 class
White Stripe paper for Type+Writer1 class
Red Solid paper for Type+Writer1 class
Crystal Wilkerson
August09_BasicButtons
designerdigitals.com
Katie Pertiet
StaplePair
FairyDreamer-8
ColorChallenge92009
Anna Aspnes
EverydayInspiration21Feb09
Art Warehouse
InteractiveLoveCircles
other
Sweet & Fresh Brown solid by In the Making Design
Crumbled paper by Bittbox
fonts
28Days Later, Impact, Pea KT Doodles)

Forever Love
The assignment was to write about a best friend. Well, my best friend in the world is my husband so the writing and the layout had to be about him.
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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Jessica Sprague
Template 4 for Type+Writer2 class
designerdigitals.com
Mindy Terasawa
Groovyboy brown
A beautiful day pp4
A beautiful day pp5
A beautiful day solid p6
Katie Pertiet
Fairy Dreamer 8
fonts
LL Rubber Grotesque, Angelic War, VT Portable Remington
Georgia, IDAutomationHC39M, Seeing Stars)

Bulletin board
This last assignment was to write poetry and topic was something we have learned about life. For me it was easy to find that I wanted to write about the biggest lesson I have learned; about accepting that life doesn't always turn out as planned and moving on.
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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Jessica Sprague
Template 5 for Type+Writer2 class
Stripe paper for Type+Writer2 class
designerdigitals.com
Katie Pertiet
Fairy Dreamer 8 paper
Pair o Staples
Rounded Stitching Holes 6
Anna Aspnes
Everyday Inspiration Label freebie
Art Warehouse
Interactive Love Circles 4 and 15
other
Sweet & Fresh Brown Solid by In the Making
fonts
VT Portable Remington
Satisfaction
Century
Pea Stacy's New Doodles)

It's been an intense two weeks but it has given me so much to think about and so many new writing techniques. I also really dig the design work that came out of the class. If you have the chance to take this class in the future then do! You won't be sorry.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Project 52

I have two photos to share for Project 52 this time.

#40, 2009
I took this photo of my hot, hot husband for an invite to our families to celebrate his birthday in a few weeks (I will share that soon). I love this shot! I love how broad his shoulders are and his arms.
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#41, 2009
I love autumn when the temperature is reasonable and the sun is out. The colours are beautiful and the light is fantastic. I hope we get more days like the one that I shot this one on.
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Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Speaking of birthdays

The fabulous diva that is Jen at Hostess with the mostess featured my birthday party on her blog yesterday. It is my second feature at her blog and I am as extatic this time as the first. Jen has impeccable taste and to even be considered is a great honour for me. You can see the specific post with just one click!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

A birthday layout

I took a few photos before and at my birthday party (way back in August) that I really liked. I haven't gotten around to doing anything with them apart from posting them here. But the other day I made this  little number

Happy Birthday
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(Credits:
jessicasprague.com
Crystal Wilkerson
September 09 Paper Collection, paper 03+06
designerdigitals.com
Anna Aspnes
EverdayInsp21Feb09_Label3 by Anna Aspnes
gotsketch.blogspot.com
Valerie Salmon
Layout based on sketch 90
fonts
Verdana, Century Gothic)