Monday, 29 December 2008

Can you believe it? A layout!

Yeah, it's been a really long time since I had any kind of inspiration to sit down and scrap. I finished my first layout in months today.

Template: circled2 template by Feistuff
Paper: grey_solid_paper from Today I freebie kit by Vinnie_Pearce, paper3, paper2 from Momtourage kit by Emily Powers,SD-spotty-dotty-green, SD-worn-teal, SD-worn-deep-ocean from Spontaneuous Delight kit by Carrie Stephens
Elements: pin epingle, bouton3 from tout en douceur kit
Fonts: VTPortable Remington, CK Ali's Writing, Arial
Photo: Linda Roos)

POTD - December 26-28

2008-12-26, Friday
A lovely chilled bottle of Prosecco

2008-12-27, Saturday
Part of the decorations of the table set for a dinner party for my family

2008-12-28, Sunday
I bought a brooch to wear at a NYE party. I think it's very pretty.

Saturday, 27 December 2008

POTD - December 17 to 25

Oups! I fell behind a little with posting my POTDs. I have been good and taken photos like planned but with everything going on with Christmas it has just fallen down on my to do list. :) But here we go!

2008-12-17, Wednesday
I was working on wrapping our Christmas gifts and I really loved the colours of the ribbons all jumbled up on the table.

2008-12-18, Thursday
We were planning on what to serve a few days later when my dad, his wife, and my brother were invited to dinner. We had a bunch of cook books out and I was lazy that day and snapped a pic of them.

2008-12-19, Friday
This was the first day I cheated all month. I was so tired from a bad cold that day and just couldn't bring myself to do anything. So this photo was actually taken on Saturday. My mum and I made some Christmas sweets. This is a marzipan pig dipped in chocolate. My favourite thing to make around Christmas, lol.

2008-12-20, Saturday
Also from our treat session. We made ginger bread and it all went very well until I was to decorate them. I accidentally cut off too much of the bag and the icing just spilled out. So they didn't turn out as pretty as I would have wanted. They still tasted good though.

2008-12-21, Sunday
My dad's wife made these little Santa girls for me last year.

2008-12-21, 4 Advent
Another ornament in our tree.

2008-12-22, Monday
A small Santa decoration at my mum's place. I think it's cute and unusual.

2008-12-23, Tuesday
We had my dad, his wife, and my brother over for dinner (such a yummy one too) and here's the table all set and ready for some action. I will, by the way, make a separate post about some festive table scapes on Sunday.

2008-12-24, Wednesday
Christmas Eve! This is my sister and her new fiancé. They got engaged on Christmas Eve. Naturally they had to be the focus of my photographic attention. I just love how beautiful they are together.

2008-12-25, Thursday
After dragging my feet all day I took out the camera very late and took some pictures of the tree when the room was all dark. I love the twinkle the lights get in the dark.

Whew, that was it. Just a couple more days to go this month!

1 year and 150 posts later

A year ago today I sat by my computer and thought it would be a neat idea to start a small blogg where I could record all my creative endeavours and also save some links to other creative people around the world. I had no illusions that I would be able to keep it up as I am notorious for starting things and then getting bored with them.

But it's been a year, and here I am, making my 150th post on this blog. Wow! Who would have thought?

So this is cause for celebration, no? I'm thinking y'all want to join in with me, yes? What better way to do that than with a freebie? Yup, it's been a while so it is definitely high time.

I created a word art brush a long time ago that I wanted to share here. Unfortunately I never got a reply from the creator of the font I used if it was ok or not and so I never put it up. But now I have recreated it with a different font.

I love this quote by Maya Angelou. I think it is something we should all aspire to live by.

I have included an ABR file as well as a PNG so you can pick an choose which one you like to work with best. Click here for the link.

As always I implore you to follow the guidelines in the TOU, to leave a little hello when you download, and to link me up if you use it. I love to see your work!

Friday, 19 December 2008

Christmas card 2008

So I completely dropped the ball on our Christmas cards this year. I am known for making beautiful paper creations, each one a different design from the other. It takes a really long time and a lot of energy. The recipients have come to expect this from me and one year, when I was ill before Christmas, I didn't send any cards at all and promptly got several phone calls telling me to step it up the coming year.

This year I have been so busy with work, and being ill, that I have simply not had the energy to put so much work into it. I ended up doing a digi card and printed it the other day. They went out today and so even though I know some people will see the card here before actually recieving it I will still post it. I am not loving it but I am not hating it either and I figure it's better than noting at all (given the phone calls described above).


Tuesday, 16 December 2008

POTD - December 15 and 16

2008-12-15, Monday
Part of a snowflake ornament that we have hanging in one of our living room windows.

2008-12-16, Tuesday
Proof that I'm not completely behind on my Christmas shopping (only half way done though). Presents under the tree.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

POTD - December 12-14 and 3 Advent

I've been a little lax with posting the last few days. So here they are

2008-12-12, Friday
There are some quite different and fun Christmas decorations in town. I liked the glowing presents against the sky.

2008-12-13, Saturday
I made cinnamon cupcakes yesterday morning after watching Lucia on telly. My mother in law called right when I was going to take the photo so the cream melted a little and so it's not as great looking as it was intended to be. I did eat the cupcake but I scraped off the cream first.

2008-12-14, Sunday
We have a strand of lights where each individual light is covered my delicate white feathers. They glow beautifully and I did some experiments photographing it. This one isn't too out there but I like the white feather against the black.

2008-12-14, Sunday 3 Advent
I love snowflakes (so much so that I have one tattooed on my back) and they are the staple of my Christmas decorations. This glass one and a whole bunch of its friends hangs in the tree.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

POTD - December 11

2008-12-11, Thursday
I started working on this card three weeks ago. I didn't get round to finishing it. I picked it up today and looked at it. Decided I hate it and will let it stay unfinished. Still, I took a photo of it because I thought it would be interesting to have photos of not only success but also reality, lol.

Our Italy album from Shutterfly arrived yesterday. Overall I am very happy with the result. Some of the B/W photos are too dark and some of the colour ones are too saturated. But otherwise it is perfect. I am so happy I stuck with the uniform design because it really brings the book together.

I brought the book to work to show some coworkers and I got so much positive feedback, a few questions if I could make one for them with their photos. One person told me to quit my day job, lol.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

POTD - December 8-10

Got back from a business trip and feeling like I am barely alive. It has been a trying couple of days so I am posting and running.

2008-12-08, Monday
Part of my nephew's Curious George collection.

2008-12-09, Tuesday
The business trip was in the north of Sweden and the views were just spectacular. It was cold as hell though.

2008-12-10, Wednesday
Not very creative but it was all I could muster. We all get to have bad days, right?

In other news, I still haven't done any Christmas cards. I fear it won't happen.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

POTD - December 6 and 7 (+ 2 Advent)

2008-12-06, Saturday
A poor little freezing bird was my subject

2008-12-07, Sunday
Some ornaments in our tree

2008-12-07, 2 Advent
A welcome sign that I put in a pot by our front door

Friday, 5 December 2008

POTD - December 4 and 5

2008-12-04, Thursday
Yesterday I passed an old carousel in town and the lights were so pretty against the dark blue sky.

2008-12-05, Friday
Today has been a migraine day so the least thing I wanted, or could, do was to go out on a photographic adventure. So today's picture is a quick snapshot of our newly set up tree.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

POTD - December 2 and 3

OK, so time seems to slip away from me much faster than I would have wanted. So all I have to offer today is POTD photos.

2008-12-02, Tuesday
I had two layouts featured in the Dec/Jan issue of Digital Scrapbook Magazine. Yay! It arrived at my doorstep, thanks to Jeanne, yesterday and of course I had to take a few photos, lol (btw, I'll make a separate post about that over the weekend). If it's too small to see, take my word for it, that's my name in red under the title of the layout. :D

2008-12-03, Wednesday
Today has been very stressful and I didn't get a chance to break out the camera until tonight. Not the most inventive shot, but there you go.

In other news I've had my papers and stuff out for three weeks now and still only managed to produce three Christmas cards. Isn't that pathetic? It's starting to become somewhat of an issue since the ones that are going out of the country have to be sent like ... now and the rest by the end of next week. Oh if there were more hours in the day!

Monday, 1 December 2008

December Photo of the Day starts today!

Ok, so I cheated and started yesterday, hehe. I had to have a photo for 1 Advent. I think I will do two photos on Sundays to get a special Advent mini album. Could be fun I think.

So here we go!
2008-11-30 Sunday, 1 Advent
Part of the wreath that I hung right next to our front door. The R is for our surname. The wreath also has a snowflake ornament and a snowflake ribbon.

2008-12-01 Monday
I took a short walk in the park right next to my work on my lunch (half)hour. It was cold and gloomy and it mirrored exactly how I was feeling.