Wednesday, 29 September 2010

New in store - Postage Alpha, on OBW

You want to check out One Buck Wednesday today! There are lots of great stuff up for grabs for almost no money at all, including a new product from me!

Postage Alpha
Postage Alpha
(Click on the image to go directly to the product in the shop)

You can pick this alpha up for $1 today. Tomorrow it will be at its regular price. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

A real life story

Just have to share a little something from today!
On my way home from a business trip  I sat beside a guy on the train. We both had our computers up and were both working on graphic design (I had to take frequent breaks though because I get terrible motion sickness). It was like a little creative corner at our end of the train. Hee!

Only difference was:
1. He was a hot shot art director doing high end commercial work for a big firm, I was working on my own digi scrap designs.
2. He had a huge, shiny, new Macbook Pro, I worked on my four year old HP.
3. He was working on CS5 (PS and AI), I have CS3 PS but no AI.
waaaaah - inferior complex rearing its ugly head big time

But despite all this he moved one word (in Century Gothic font) back and forth on a red square for 45 minutes while I created four papers. I guess the lesson for me there was that even though I badly need upgrades on both hardware and software I can still rock the design world (in a small way of course).

Slowly but surely the book is coming along

And when I say slowly I do mean slowly. I have finished one double page since I last posted.

I'm sorry for the size, but it won't fit the blog if I make it bigger

It's a huge step for me to commit to a certain style for a book. It takes ages. I am anal and want the whole book to follow a certain theme even though they don't have to be too matchy matchy. But I think this might be something to build on. Go here for credits.

Monday, 20 September 2010

New in store - La Storia

I said last week when I posted my front page for the book I have started that I used new products. They went live today in my shop at JessicaSprague.com. Yay!

La Storia Paper Pack
La Storia

This paper pack was inspired by the beauty of an old Italian castle where the splendor and luxury has been aged and distressed with time but has still remained intact. The pack features gorgeous damask patterns and amazing texture. There are twelve 12x12 papers in the pack in beautiful muted colours.

La Storia Elements Pack
La Storia
(Click on the images to go directly to the product in the shop)

Designed to compliment the La Storia Paper Pack this set of elements adds the perfect touch of beautiful sophistication with a twist of distress and grunge.

The pack includes:
1 worn paper, slightly smaller than 12x12 (Not pictured in the preview)
1 text rubon
1 swirl rubon
1 scroll border
3 frames
2 labels
2 butterflies
6 wordart
1 ribbon

Here is some beautiful inspiration using the La Storia packs:

Erin made a beautiful hybrid page about herself.






















Jenn made this striking layout






















And you've seen my layout already (that's the paper included in the elements pack that isn't included in the preview).






















There will be more layouts from me using these packs as I am going to try and use them throughout the book.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

New and improved - P52

Another week is coming to an end and what fits better than a P52 update?  I have four weeks worth of photos this time to share.

#34, 2010
The husband and I both had a day off in the middle of the week and took advantage of it by walking on the beach front. I got to snap a few photos of him.


#35, 2010
We had our crayfish party that week and it was the highlight of the week.

#36, 2010
I've shared this one already; it's from the football game between Sweden and San Marino.


#37, 2010
Another football shot. This one from our local team's latest game. It was the game of the year and we won! The tifo, the atmosphere, the songs, it was beautiful.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Piazza dei miracoli and that leaning tower

We spent our last day with my sister and her fiancé in Pisa. Not that we did anything more than look at the leaning tower and the duomo and eat (the general theme of our trip was to eat after all). But it was nice all the same.

















Next is Cinque Terre, be on the lookout for that soon!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Going back to my roots

You know, I rarely have the time to actually scrap anything these days. If I'm not working on photos, or a project for someone else like the invite I posted about the other day, I am usually working on designs. So the amount of scrap pages this year equals about what I did each month last year. Sad but true. It's a creative outlet that I miss actually. I love designing, but it's a completely different satisfaction for me, and scrapping gives a weird sense of accomplishment for me.

So I have decided to find the time to make an album about our trip to Italy this summer. Now I just have to remember how to actually do it, lol. I swear, I've been staring at the screen for two nights now, trying to make my mind up about how I want it to look. So far all I have to show for it is the front page. One page in five hours? Seriously! It didn't use to be this slow, did it? But I am going to give it time. I am going to let the inspiration come back to me in its own time. Just as long as it comes soon. Hee!

But anyway, y'all want to see the cover?


Template is my 7 Days in May Template, stitches are by Anna Aspnes, the rest will be featured in an upcoming kit (and with that I mean like soon, like next week soon).

OK, back to the trenches!

Monday, 13 September 2010

New in store - Basically {spotted+dotted}

Happy Monday! Indeed it is, I have a new product up in the shop! Yay!

Basically {spotted+dotted} Paper Pack
Basically
(Click on the image to go directly to the product)

This pack features papers with patterns entirely made up of spots and dots. Who said basic has to be boring?

Look what gorgeous stuff that some of our CT came up with!

Lisa






















Chrissy






















Be on the look out more paper packs in the Basically series soon!

Saturday, 11 September 2010

A sneaking little sneak

On Monday I have a new product going live in my shop over at JessicaSprague.com and I thought I'd share a little sneak peak with you.

I've gone all colourful and happy with this one y'all. I felt I needed it right now.
Isn't it amazing how colour can make you feel little butterflies of happy in your stomach?


Be sure to check out the shop on Monday my friends!

The big Z (and why being a sports photographer is hard)

We saw the Sweden - San Marino game in the qualifications for European Championships on Tuesday. I was really sick but we had paid a good deal for the tickets so I went anyway. With long johns, two knitted jumpers, my winter coat, a padded seat cushion and a fleece blanket I was pretty much set.

The game itself was pretty blah. We won 6-0, which going by numbers sounds like a fabulous game, but San Marino was lightyears away from Sweden and we practically ran them over. The goals were fun but the rest was not too inspiring. Funny how that can be when one team is much better than the rest. But I digress.

What was fun though was seeing our boy Zlatan Ibrahimovic back home. For those of you who don't know of him, he left almost ten years ago as a teenage super talent for Holland, went on to Italy and became a superstar. He hasn't played on a pitch in our town since then. So there was love in the air.

Naturally I brought the camera and that was a good thing as our seats were on the fourth row. Practically on the pitch! I had the camera fixed to my face for most of the game. Mainly because there were so many things I wanted to capture in the game but also because I found out that it's a tricky job shooting a sports event. The harsh light from the spotlights, the fast moving pace, the vast area to cover. Man, now I completely understand the obsession with lenses and gear that sports photographers have, lol. My kit zoom didn't take me very far. But I did the best I could and got at least a few decent shots. Let me share them with you.

Ok, so even if you're not a sports person ... at least you can enjoy the men in shorts. Zlatan even lifts his shirt in one shot.

The big Z himself


Kim Källström


First goal




Emir Bajrami












Objecting a red card for Olof Mellberg (you can see Olof in the number three jersey walking off right behind the ref).


Still objecting, now with the shirt lifted. Thank you! Please do so again!




After the game Zlatan got a standing ovation from the old fans.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Siena photos

Are you tired of the Italy pics yet? Well, if you are, tough break lol, as I am only about ... oh halfway through our trip. Hee!

These were taken in Siena where we spent an afternoon and a night. It was our second visit to the town and I still love the beauty of it. I love how the old is preserved but brought into the present day bustle of life.

















Thursday, 9 September 2010

Elias - an invitation

The newest addition to our extended family is the husband's nephew, which technically makes him my nephew as well, is getting christened in a couple of weeks. I had the great honour of both taking the picture and designing the invitation to the event.

I loved doing this. I don't do nearly enough of this type of work any longer so it really was a treat for me. I love the outcome becuase I think we were able to find the perfect combination of stylish, modern, and sweet.

Front


Back


I printed the front on satin photo paper from Ilford and the back on orange peel cardstock and then attached them together. It turned out really well. The heavy weight of the card and the two different textures gives the finished product a luxurious feel.

The cards went out the other day so now I'm working on the details for the party. It's mostly all in my head at this point, but I think it will be good.