Thursday, 30 December 2010

P52; second to last of 2010

#51, 2010
We've had a lot of snow in December. It's beautiful but it means lots of shoveling and also a few missed appointments due to non functioning public transportation. But for now let's concentrate on the beauty of it all. I love the look of frosted trees and a soft blanket of glistening crystals all over the ground.


Monday, 27 December 2010

Creative team inspiration

The beautiful creative team girls have graced me with some gorgeous creations as of late. Just look!


christmas card by Kim using the Sassy Season Paper Pack

by Nicole using the Thankful Template

by Amy using Frostbite Paper Pack, Wax Seals, Make a Splash Elements Pack

by Jennifer using the Snapshot Beauty Template

by Camille using the Snapshot Beauty Template

Homemade Christmas decorations

Here I am, coming to you live and direct from a brand new computer! I only unpacked it yesterday so I am far away from ready with migrating everything from the old one to the new, but so far I am totally loving the experience. Superfast and super pretty. What else could a girl want? LOL!

So, with Christmas just over and done with, I want to hold on to it just a little longer by showing you some crafts I did, but never had the time to post about, before Christmas.

These balls were done with papers from the Frostbite Paper Pack




They were surprisingly easy to make with directions from Kaiserkraft (link will come once I have it on this computer) but if you ever decide to make them at one point or another do get a circle punch! I didn't have one in the right size so I hand cut all circles for six balls. That's 120 circles. It took me four hours and gave me a nice little aching hand. Ouch!

I strung some of mine from the light over the kitchen island and it was just the right amount of decoration for me. Not overwhelming and not too ostentatcious. Simple but pretty.

You can also see a small peak of the wreath I made at the bottom of the first photo. All I did was wrap some white organza ribbon and attach some tiny white balls and that was it. It matched the tree perfectly.

Now, I am so not a flower person. I kill flowers and plants with lightning speed. I swear, plants have died within hours of being in my house. But in spite of this I bought some hyacinths and tried to do something crafty and pretty with them. Here's one:


I put a few pebbles at the bottom of a vase from IKEA, wrapped the bulb with fresh moss (apparently from France as per the florist's info) and placed it on top of the stones. I rummaged through my scrap stash and found a sparkly snowflake, a bell, and some gem brads. Those, together with some ribbon finished off the creation. I cannot tell you how accomplished I felt once I put it in the window, lol. Now, it still hasn't bloomed, but at least it's not dead.

Apart from the tree and door wreath, the wrapped gifts, and white pillar candles everywhere, this is pretty much all of my Christmas decor. I guess one can safely say you won't find any santa figurines in my house, lol. At least it will be easy to take down!

I hope Christmas has been good to you all!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

With only a few days left to Christmas, and a thousand things to do still, I will take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas!

I will be spending it with family and loved ones, eating too much food and sweets, playing games, and loving on babies.

Have a great one y'all!

Monday, 20 December 2010

New in store - Moments

When we visited my sister at the hospital the day after my nephew Wilmer was born I got a really amazing shot of his tiny feet. I really wanted to scrap it and wanted to use products that would convey what a special moment it was. I wanted something soft and calm, something straight up and non-fuzzy, something sweet but strict at the same time. And thus, the Moments paper and elements packs were born! The paper pack and elements pack are live today at JessicaSprague.com

Moments Paper Pack
Moments

Moments Elements Pack
Moments
(click on the images to go directly to the products in the shop)

I have already shared with you my own layouts using this kit. Here they are again with some eye candy from the girls in the creative team.

by me
by me
by Nicole
by Miki
by Jana
by Renee
by Meg


 I have to say I really like this kit. I love the colours and the softness of the papers. I like that the patterns are simple and will lend themselves to being used time and again. I like that the elements are word centric. I hope you like it!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

P52 - getting closer to the end

I can't believe there are only two more weeks left of this year! It feels like it has gone by way too fast, like I blinked and all of a sudden the year is almost over. Huh?

Although, looking back at the P52 photos makes me realize that a lot has actually happened this year.
I cannot express how happy I am that I decided to continue doing this project. As nice as it is to have a bunch of pretty pictures gathered, it's the reflection it sparks when I look at them that is priceless to me. Every single photo means something. Some weeks less than others of course, but still they represent our lives.

If you are thinking about doing this project next year, even for a second, all I can say is you won't regret it!

#50, 2010
The presents are slowly being bought, wrapped, and placed under the tree. I hope to have the last ones finished on Tuesday or Wednesday (I know, cutting it close, lol).


This year I am going with a white/silver/blue theme. The papers are white with silver patterns and the ribbons are blue. I made the tags, with papers from the Frostbite Paper Pack, and they are glued to the ribbon/paper. No big bows. No frou frou. Just the basics. Simple but effective. It also looks nice with the white theme of the tree. I can dig it!

Friday, 17 December 2010

A challenge with a freebie!

I've got a challenge up at the forum at JessicaSprague.com today that is inspired by the awesome new Nikon campaign. If you want to participate just hop on over here and see what it's all about. There's a freebie to pick up as well so you don't want to miss it!

Here's what the freebie looks like, just as a teaser.


Also, do go to the campaign website to see the awesome photos!

Happy weekend everyone!

Monday, 13 December 2010

A Swedish tradition

Every year on December 13th we celebrate Santa Lucia in Sweden. I love this tradition. It's about light and giving and love. It's also a day filled with beautiful music and tasty treats.

The husband and I had our own little celebration tonight under a blanket with some glögg (mulled wine) and lussekatt (saffron buns with raisins). Love it!

New in store - Wax seals and splatters

I have not one but two new products live in my shop at JessicaSprague.com today. Yay!

I love wax seals. I love the smooth and glossy look and feel they have and I think they are great to decorate anything related to Christmas - cards, gifts, seating cards at the Christmas table, or pretty much anything! So I really wanted to create a small set with a few seals so that I could incorporate them in my digital designs as well.

Wax seals Elements Set
Wax Seals
(click on the image to go directly to the product in the shop)

Here they are in action

   



Then I decided we needed some fun too! The second set is sealing gone wrong! These wax splatters are perfect for adding a little mess and fun to your designs.

Wax Splatters Elements Set
Wax Splatters
(click on the image to go directly to the product in the shop)

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Do it for the kids - P52

The weekend has been a chase to catch up with Christmas shopping - there just has not been any focus on that what with me being ill. We did quite well today and scored gifts for all "our" kids but a few. Cool.

And speaking of kids, look at the cute little boys!
Elias


Wilmer, who is this week's pick for P52
#49, 2010

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Good grief - creativity has taken me over

Can you believe it? Another layout? Has the lady gone batshit crazy? Are there little gremlins running around inside her head? Has she been captured by digi scrap aliens with a hidden agenda? Well, anything is possible folks because I don't really know where this sudden burst of scrapping creativity has come from! But I guess I shouldn't complain really? I kinda dig it and I hope you do too!

This layout is about none other than little old me! The husband took a photo of me at a wedding this summer and I feel it captured exactly how I was feeling that day. I certainly don't feel pretty or even good about my appearance on a regular day basis and so I wanted to scrap it. To help me remember and to help me feel better about myself a little more often.


Everything from the upcoming Moments Paper and Elements Packs

Friday, 10 December 2010

Website tip for paper and digi scrappers alike

I am sure most of you already know of this place but, just in case you don't, do check out paperclipping.com. They have the Paperclipping Roundtable Show as well as the Paperclipping Digi Show where they invite lots of great people in the business and talk about all kinds of useful stuff with regards to scrapbooking.

I usually don't have time to listen every week when the new show comes out, so I tend to cram them in at weekends every now and then.

But totally worth listening to while you are working or surfing or doing whatever.
Also, Izzy, the husband of Noell Hyman who runs the site, produces the shows and he is a total hoot. :)

The luckiest girl in the world

That's me! I truly feel that I hit the jackpot when I married the husband. He takes such good care of me. Like now, this week, I have been miserable and useless and stuck in bed and he has come home and cooked for me, gone grocery shopping, gone gift shopping, and generally just been all around wonderful.  All this brought on a layout.


I used one of my freebie templates from here on the blog, papers from the Sassy Season Paper Pack, and a wax seal from a new elements set coming Monday. Staples are by Vinnie Pearce.

I think I have done more scrapping this week being ill than I have done all year put together. Goes to show what time does for inspiration and creativity.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Catching up with P52

I keep telling myself to remember to post my P52 photos, and then two seconds later my flakey brain has totally forgot again. Ha! I question what I will be like when I get older because seriously, some things just don't stick. But I digress ...

#47, 2010
This was the week when I put the tree up in time for the first of Advent. This year I decided to go ahead with the thing I have been wanting to do for several years - get all new baubles. I've had my red and silver ones since bought my very first tree back in 1992 and even though I love them dearly, I wanted something new, something to change it all up a bit. So now I have all white and clear glass decorations in the tree and it looks so pretty. I keep staring at it every night feeling so happy.


#48, 2010
Not much happened that week apart from work, work trips, and shoveling snow. We have had a lot of snow in the last couple of weeks. This was taken after we had dusted the snow off all our plants so that the weight of the snow wouldn't break them.


This week has been very slow with regards to photography on account of me being ill with a respiratory infection and laryngitis. Hopefully I will feel better over the weekend or this week's photo will have to be of my bed or telly, as that is pretty much all I see all day, lol.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Tiny toes - allow me to swoon

Seeing these tiny little feet my heart swells and I am filled with awe and pride for my little sister and her baby boy.



I created this layout with the Thankful Template and a brand new kit called Moments which is coming real soon! I also used stitches by Anna Aspnes and staples by Vinnie Pearce.

Monday, 6 December 2010

New in store - Top Ten Template and Quick Page

This week I have a new template and Quick Page combo going live in my shop at JessicaSprague.com. I really like this one you guys! It's a kind of summary of the year that is coming to an end.

Top ten
 Top Ten
(click on the image to go directly to the product in the shop)

If you want to use the template there are eight prompts included on the little tags for the pictures to help you get started with your layout. If you prefer to go with the Quick Page I have included cute little flag tags from the Tricolor Elements Pack and papers from the Make a Splash Paper Pack. The template holds up to ten photos and there is lots of room for journaling about your top ten.

Here is some eye candy from the lovely CT ladies featuring the template:
Kelly






















Mindy























Meg























Jana






















And here is my Quick Page sample

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Winter cleaning at the blog

I grew tired of the blue a little while ago and have thought about changing up the blog for a while now. So while I'm testing some things out and updating as I go, please have some patience with me. Thanks a bunch!

Creative team awesomeness

I want to share with you again some pretties by our awesome creative team. Simply because I am so lucky to have them create such great stuff with my designs. :)

Shirlee created a two page layout with the Thankful template and Basically {Striped + Checked} Paper Pack.












Erica made this layout about her mother, again with the Basically Paper Pack, the Sassy Season Paper Pack, and with elements from La Storia Elements Pack and Wanderlust Mini Kit.






















Jana made this beauty with the Snapshot Beauty Template.






















Jennifer used a template from the It's a Start Templates 1 Set.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Just for kicks

Just for kicks I created another layout with pics of my tree.
Can you tell I love my tree? I really do. And this year I love it extra much as I, after years of contemplating, got all new baubles in white and clear glass. There's just the lone ranger blue ball that my dear friend Karri got us for our wedding nine years ago. :)


All my stuff apart from the staples which are by Vinnie Pearce. Go here for full credits.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Spraground challenge and a new layout

This week is my turn to host the Spraground challenge (Liv Esteban and I share the "burden" with our girl Kari Holt and the occasional guest host). With Christmas on my brain I had to make the challenge about just that. If you're up for it, come on over and join us!

I created a layout for the challenge:

Apart from the stitches, which are by Anna Aspnes, it's all my designs but you can see full credits here.

New in store - 12 Days of Christmas Hybrid Project Friday

Happy Friday! Bet you never thought I'd have something new up in my shop at JessicaSprague.com on a Friday? Well, times they are a-changing folks. This week is the first week of, I hope, several where I bring you a project for Hybrid Project Friday. Yay!

The project is a handmade accordion fold book devoted to the 12 Days of Christmas.

12 Days of Christmas
12 Days
(click on the image to go directly to the product in the shop)

The project includes printable PDFs for the covers and inside pages of the book for those who prefer to stay out of Photoshop, fully layered psd templates for Photoshop fiends, and a complete printable PDF tutorial with images to guide you through the bookmaking from start to finish.

The book consists of 12 pages, one for each day of Christmas, with room for one photo on each page. When finished you will have a simple, but sophisticated mini album to remember your Christmas.

Here's my book




Here's what Meg did
Meg used the Frostbite Paper Pack for her book.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I will spend it making Christmas cards and sweets. :)