Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Project 52, now officially Project 53 at Shutterfly

I had some minor disputes with the software at Shutterfly.com byt finally got my book finished (save for the last photo of the year).

If you are interested, here it is! I am so proud of the fact that I have finished the book, that I have committed to something and not quit half way through. And I hope that it will be something that is cherished for years to come.
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Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Sitting down for a Christmas breakfast

One lovely tradition that my husband and I have with his brother and family is to have breakfast together on Christmas Eve. We started doing it a few years back when we couldn't find another way to see eachother during the holiday and now it's one of the things I wouldn't miss for the world.

This year we met up at our place and despite being very busy the days leading up to Christmas I tried to make it the place nice and inviting.

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I went for a traditional look for the breakfast with a sand coloured linen cloth and a hugh mutha of a wreath that I tied with red satin ribbons and finished off with matte red balls.
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I used glass candle holders from IKEA, that are quickly becoming my favourite, with white candles. To keep it simple I used tea light candles in glass holders also from IKEA.
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I put a few matte red balls in clusters at the base of each candle trio to add colour.
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The white china (of course) was complemented by the napkin holders that I recieved as gift several years ago. The little girls dressed up in Christmas gear are perfect for a traditional Christmas setting.
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These last two photos were taken on the morning of, right before we sat down to eat. It was still dark out and with the candles, and the snow glistening outside, it was a perfect Christmas morning.
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Project 52, second to last

My second to last photo for Project 52 (yeah, this is the 52nd photo but as I said there will be 53 photos for me as there are 53 weeks this year) was taken right after the 23rd turned into Christmas Eve. Of course it's my tree. I cannot tell you how much I love my tree.

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I just finished the cover for my Project 52 book and will start uploading the photos in the coming days. I am so excited about getting my hands on the finished book.

(and speaking about books, I still have not finished my book about our Milan trip back in *ghasp* March'gotta get on that right away)

Now, I have been debating if I should continue doing the weekly photo thing next year. As of right now I am leaning towards yes. I have a couple of days to make my mind up.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

God Jul - Merry Christmas

With only four more days until Christmas Eve and so many things to do; two more days of work, baking, the last of the wrapping, and a couple of visits with friends, I am not quite sure I will be able to stop by here again before Christmas. So with that I want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas! I hope you will have a lovely time with lots of love and warmth and good times with those you love!

God Jul - Merry Christmas - Buon Natale!

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Saturday, 19 December 2009

A snowed in Project 52

It has been snowing non stop here since Tuesday night and everything is very white. It's so pretty when the snow lays like a blanket over everything.

A few weeks ago I wrapped a string of lights around two boxwood plants in our front garden and I had to take a photo of them last night when I came home from work because I just love the glow from the lights under the snow cover.
#51, 2009
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I noticed that this year actually has 53 weeks so with that I have two more photos to go before I can wrap this project up. I have plans on making a photo book out of the photos. I will definitely share the link when it's done.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Hybrid gifts, part two

The second project I did was quite a bit more labour intensive. But so worth it!

A few years back my very dear friend Karri, of Bourbon Creek Books, taught me how to hand bind books. This is a beautiful craft that she is a master of and I was like a pupil in awe, eager to pick up every little bit of information she could give me. I made a few books back then but have since let those projects rest for a while. Until now.

I have another friend, Liv Esteban (digi designer extraordinaire) who absolutely loves to write and who has an obession with journals. This year I wanted to honour both of my friends by using the skills that one gave me to give a gift to the other.

The result was this journal with one of Liv's favourite sayings on the front.
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For the cover of the book I used digital scrapbooking papers by Liv herself as well as Jessica Sprague and Orchard & Broome. Do check out their products at jessicasprague.com

The book was sent about two weeks ago so it should arrive at Liv's door step any day now. I truly hope she indeed does fill those papers with the breathings of her heart.

A huge thank you to my mentor and inspiration; Karri. I love you!

Hybrid gifts

Last month I said I was working on a few projects that I was really excited about, but that I couldn't really share with you. The reason for this was that they were both going to be featured on the daily Gift-a-palooza at jessicasprague.com. But this week they have both been posted and it doesn't have to be a secret anymore. If you would like to check them out along with other great crafty gift ideas then do check out the home page blog at Jessica's site.

The first project was a set of 10 greeting cards that I made for my sister Frida. I know she loves to send cards and notes to people she cares about and that she would love this idea. I designed five different cards with digital scrapbooking products from Jessica Sprague, Liv Esteban, and Crystal Wilkerson and printed them on a photo- and cardstock combo. I made two of each design and packaged them up with pretty ribbons.

The first design has her initial as a monogram
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the second design says "thank you"
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the third design says "for you"
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the fourth design says "congrats"
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and the fifth and last design was left blank for any type of occasion
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I printed all the patterned papers and elements on Ilford satin photo paper and the writing areas on white cardstock. This gave all the cards a nice layered feature.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Project 52 all wrapped up

With Christmas just around the corner my photo this week is all about the holiday. I have been working on getting all our gifts wrapped every night this week. I am happy to say that I am almost finished with just a few small ones left to wrap.

I always have a distinct theme for the gifts (no surprise there, eh) and this year I went with red, white, and silver. Looks good because it matches the tree. :)

#50, 2009
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Here are some more photos of what is hiding under the tree, about a third of the lot.
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Saturday, 12 December 2009

A freebie template

Did you miss the challenge this past week at jessicasprague.com? Well no worries because here is the template that I created for the challenge up for grabs.

Here is what the template looks like:
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You can download it by clicking here.
As usual I want you to read and follow the TOU! Thanks!

Here's what my version looks like (I posted it the other day if you can remember). :D

Have a great Saturday everyone! I'm off to enjoy champagne with my husband.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Free Christmas gift tags at Jessica Sprague's

Remember the Christmas gift tags I made a few weeks back with products from Crystal Wilkerson's Decmber paper collection?

They are offered to all of you as a free download *today only* on the home page blog at Jessica's site as part of the 24 day Gift-a-palooza going on up until Christmas. Click here to go to the blog and download the tags!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Christmas card 2009

If your name is Nina, you live in Milan, and you are my sister, don't read this post for a couple of days! LOL!

I sent our Christmas cards out the other day. Surprisingly early for being me actually. But I did make it easy on myself this year after deciding to keep to one design for all of them, and only making cards for parents and siblings. A slight cop out, I know, but it was simply the only way to get them done at all. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, right?

I got a stack of beautiful papers from My Mind's Eye with designs by Jen Wilson which I am really pleased with. Those, combined with snowflake embossed paper from KI and Co (which I've had for a few years), were all I needed to get things going. I used a patterned vellum to make ribbon and stamped the greeting with metallic ink.

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It doesn't show up on the photos but Jen's papers sparkle all pretty.

It's a black and blue Christmas

So I dropped some hints about our wreath the other day and I thought I should post the photos.

My husband recieved four Christmas balls from my sister and her boyfriend on his birthday the other month. Wonderful right? Yeah, I love Christmas balls. However it posed a problem since I have a strict rule about what colours go on the tree; I have a red and silver policy with a lone ranger blue ball from my very dear friend Karri, and these balls were black and blue and sporting the Inter logo (you might know that my sister lives in Milan with her boyfriend and Inter is the team in their hearts).

So what to do? Compromise of course. I created this wreath and it is now proudly hanging on the porch right beside our front door. I snook in some snowflakes as well to make it a little me as well. :D

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Forza Inter!

Monday, 7 December 2009

I love my tree

So much so that I need to take lots and lots of pictures of it every year. No matter that it looks the same every year, lol. So this week I have been clicking away and one of the shots made it onto a layout. And it gave me an excuse to use the holiday papers I created last year (still available for download here on the blog). Hee!

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(See credits here)

I wanted to share pics of our wreath, which will be a joy for all fans of Italian football, but it was too dark when we came home and the photos came out horrible. I will try to take new photos this week.

Free idea guide at Jessica Sprague's

Check out the free idea guide available today at jessicasprague.com with layouts and projects from the Creative Team. It's a 47 page file jam packed with beautiful inspiration. Click here!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Challenge yourself this week

If you are up for a challenge I am hosting a template challenge at Jessica's this week. Head on over and check it out, why don't you?

Oh, and have you seen the 24 day gift-a-palooza that is going on at the home page of jessicasprague.com? Every day there is an idea for a crafty gift, and don't miss Fridays where there is a little something extra for you!

A glowing Project 52

I love December because of the light. Now, living in Sweden where it's dark when I leave for work, and it's dark again when I go back home (and to be honest it's grey and dreary in between), that statement might sound a little odd to you. But the decorations that go up in December makes everything all the better. I love our home, but I love it even more around Christmas. And in town they put up lights everywhere and the twinkle is so pretty. I just like it.

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I took this photo on my way to the bus on Friday night. the icy cold wind was beating my face making tears roll down my cheeks but I still had a smile on my face because oh, these trees are so lovely.
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Wednesday, 2 December 2009

The power of photography

I want to share a very touching and powerful set of photos that shook me to the bone the first time I saw them. There is sound in this link but the pictures speak a thousand words and you do not need to understand Swedish to be touched by them. In fact, the first time I watched I didn't have the sound on.

They tell the story of a woman with glioblastoma, which is a brain tumor of the worst kind, and her life from being diagnosed through surgery and radiation.

I have so much admiration for this woman; in a time of shock, anger, frustration, fear, pain, and sadness she has the courage and strength to share her story in a straight forward and honest way without self pity. I also have a huge amount of admiration for the photographer who has been able to capture all of the feelings I just mentioned in such a real and honest way, and still the pictures are so beautiful.

View the photos here