Tuesday, 27 August 2013

project life | week of august 19

We had a very full week. It was our last week off work and I was determined to spend it the best way possible. I wish I could squish more photos in there because I just had so many! It has been a lovely week, with many good memories, and I am thankful for it.

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Kraft, Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, Becky Higgins Project Life Seafoam, Life 365 Buttons by Karla Dudley, Hello Summer by Mye De Leon, In Stitches Neutral Basics by RobynMeierotto)

I have decided to keep it very simple and minimalist. It takes long enough anyway to make the foundation of the layouts, choose pictures (and edit), read up on my notes from the week and write the journaling, choose papers and cards. I don't feel like I have the time to make the layouts super detailed and decorated. But hopefully it will mean that there is a cohesiveness to the album once it's finished even if I used different papers and cards throughout the year.

Monday, 26 August 2013

laying it out | crazy album plans

Call me crazy, but I decided to create an album about or trip to London. Like I had nothing else on my plate, right? Well, we talked about it while flipping through the albums from our Italy trips and both felt we needed one. It's kind of hard to stop once you've started, you know?

So, it was a four day trip and I only got a couple of hundred (four? five?) shots or so, and I am planning to edit as I go to not spend time on editing photos that I may or may never use. So I am hoping it won't take too long.

My first two spreads are finished. I still have to create a title page as well as a cover but I figure that can come later.

These spreads both cover our first few hours after arriving and checking in at the hotel.
Ha, so maybe the book won't be so small after all if I keep this rate up!

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(I am still debating if I should do that large photo in B/W. I don't feel like the green goes too well with the colours on the other side, but then I think that some of the point of the photo gets lost - you won't know that it's moss and algea on the letters in B/W. So, still debating.)

If you want to look closer at the left sides of each spread, then here they are.

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(Supplies: Kraft Essentials Paper Pack by Karla Dudley, London Baby Kit by Libby Pritchett, Studio DD Layerworks 326 and 336 by Studio DD)

I am happy with the start of this album. It is more decorated, and the photos are smaller, than the albums I've made previously but I just like it. So I am running with it and hope that it won't be to cluttered by the end. I am so thankful for the kickin' templates by Kayleigh Wiles who is Studio DD. They were just what I needed to get started.

Friday, 23 August 2013

laying it out | bridge

Oh, you guys, you are so going to have bear with me. I am making layouts with our summer holiday trip photos. More will certainly come as well, as I have now decided to create a photo book about our London trip.

Here is a new one!

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(Supplies: My Paintbox Vol 3, Joy of Childhood Paper Pack, itoony Paper Pack, T+Mini 8-itoons, Cut out Alphas, This And That Sticker Pack by Liv.e Designs, Everlasting Elements Pack by Mye De Leon, Hometown Proud by Dani Mogstad, French Country Table by Wishing Well Creations)

You can pick up the My Paintbox Vol 3 brushes from Liv.e Designs today at JessicaSprague.com

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

crayfish party

We had a small crayfish party the other week, a sort of late birthday celebration with parts of my family, and it was a truly magnificent night. The food was great (when is seafood not), and we had lots of fun. It was a great, long night that I didn't want to end.

We weren't sure about the weather, but still wanted to sit outside, so we transformed our carport into a party venue by setting a nice table, stringing lights and putting up lamps, and using a tarp as a tent wall of sorts. The string lights and tarp doesn't show in the photos here, but they went around the two free sides of the carport. We made it through dinner and a few games in the garden before the rain and thunder came, but after that it was lovely to sit under a roof and cuddle up with blankets and candles during the rest of the night.

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A plastic table cloth was a must. With crayfish as the main part of dinner, white linens wouldn't exactly cut it. Similarly, plenty of paper napkins make for an integral part. But other than that, I don't see why real white china and glassware can't be used. Eating off paper and plastic doesn't really rock my boat. Heck, we even moved our dining room furniture out there!

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I put a small bowl with water and lemon wedges at each setting. I think that it's quite nice to dip the fingers in fresh smelling water before wiping the hands on the napkins. Granted, one still needs to vigorously wash the hands after, but during dinner I like for my glasses and cutlery to not be all messy with crayfish guts.

Each setting also had a custom little welcoming card. I made those with digital scrapbook products by Gennifer Bursett (Anchor Kit) and Ardent Sparrow (Susie Overlays).

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I designed ten different 10x15 cm cards (because there were ten of us) in Photoshop CS6 with papers and elements from Gennifer's kit and printed them on 12x12 white cardstock. I was able to fit four cards on one single sheet. So two sheets held eight cards. The remaining two, and all the banners, fit on a third sheet. I cut them out, used a corner rounder on the cards, and added the banners with foam dots. It was a simple and quick project that still gave a personal and cute touch to the table.

I think Gennifer's kit worked perfectly with the seafood theme of the party.

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

p52 | summer continues

I know many of you have started talking about summer being over, especially here in the south of Sweden where the weather has taken a turn for the worse (if you prefer sun to rain, that is). But I'm still on my summer holiday and am enjoying myself very much. We've got a few more things planned for the coming week that I am looking forward to.

On week 32 (the week before last) we took a small road trip to the very most southern tip of Sweden where we walked a bit along the beach, had a stroll by the small harbour, and had a really nice fish burger. I think this photo is quintessentially Swedish summer.

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Then, as you have understood by now, we went to London for a couple of days last week. I really like this photo taken at a crossing in West End.

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Monday, 19 August 2013

project life | week of august 12

No surprises, I said there would be pages about London. Quite obviously that was the major thing that happened last week in our lives. And yes, it was brilliant.

Since the husband had never been there before, we visited the major touristy stuff, but also went on a rock tour (husband's choice), saw The Tempest at Shakespeare's Globe (my choice), shopped (both of our choices) walked for hours, had amazing food, and found the coolest bar in Clerkenwell that we visited every night. It was a great week.

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Turquoise Edition, Becky Higgins Project Life Seasons, Becky Higgins Project Life Holidays, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight Edition, Take Note by Karla Dudley, Going Places by One Little Bird, French Country Table by Wishing Well Creations)

Just a note: I have added a page over on the right where I will post all my Project Life pages. If you want to follow along throughout the year then that is the place to go!

And! I couldn't not make a page with the brand new Project Life Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Mini Kit that is out today at DigitalProjectLife! It's just too sweet - quite literally - to stay away from. And it worked perfectly with my photo of a really lovely ice cream I had in Italy a few weeks back.

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Mini Kit, Conversation Piece by Paislee Press, Hombody kit by Pixels and Company, Life 365 Buttons by Karla Dudley)

Saturday, 17 August 2013

laying it out | london

Slowly but surely I am uploading my pictures from our most recent trip - to London - and trying to get them edited. I had the urge to scrap two of them right away. I think you will get to see plenty more pages with photos from the trip in the near future! In fact, I've got two more coming Monday.

The vibrant reds and the shiny blacks - it's just so beautiful to me.
It's been 19 years since I visited London last, and it was nice to finally be back. So many things have changed since then, some for the better but some also a bit sad, but it's still the bustling city with so much pulse and good vibes. I still love it!

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(Supplies: Country Collab Bundle by Mommyish and Wishing Well Creations, All That Glitters | Templates by Crystal Livesay)

Friday, 16 August 2013

project life | enjoying holiday life

I had meant for this to post on Monday. For some reason it didn't, and I was off on a trip and had other things to concentrate on so I didn't even notice. Bah!

So, last week we had a nice quiet week and enjoyed being off work. We went on little road trips and lounged about at home with good food, and long nights on the patio.

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We also had a mini crayfish party with our family and it was a lovely, lovely summer night - the kind that you don't want to end.

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Seasons, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Seafoam, American Crafts Amy Tangerine, Butterfly kit and Life 365 Buttons by Karla Dudley, Digi Basics Smears Neutrals by Mye De Leon, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto)

I'm loving the project so far. I hope it will be as easy and enjoyable in October when weather is crap all I do is work, eat, and sleep.

Friday, 9 August 2013

laying it out | toon time

My friend Liv of Liv.E Designs is releasing a new collection over at JessicaSprague.com today. It's a vibrant and colourful set. If you are into the toon and comic style then you will love this collection.

Here are two layouts I created with it.

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(Supplies: T+Mini 08 Itoons, Itoony Paper Pack, Itoons Comic Strips)

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(Supplies: T+Mini 08 Itoons, Itoons Comic Strips, For The Record and Note To Self kits by Echo Park)

You can check it out here today!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

laying it out | good things

Who could possibly say that these weren't good times?

A summer night by the sea, watching the kids jump from the little bridge, listening to the husband playing the guitar, enjoying the company of good friends, and watching the splendour of a sunset. It was a truly magical night.

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(Supplies: Brown bagger Vol 5; Gentle Morn Kit Papers, +TMini 01 - Filmed, T+Mini 03 -Documented, Wooded Paper Pack, Photo Stories Washi Tapes, Photo Stories -Everyday Pebbles, Cutout Alphas by Liv.e Design, Stamp Press Life by Karla Dudley, Snippets Real Life by Robyn Meierotto)

My 39th birthday. Shopping, gifts, good food and drinks, loved ones, new clothes. It was the perfect way to spend a birthday, and I wouldn't change it for the world.

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(Supplies: Bubbly | Full Kit by Gennifer Bursett, GWL: Summer Sampler by Crystal Livesay, Torn and Stitched, Easy Livin' | Stamps, Hello Love by Mye De Leon, It's My Party - Elements by Robyn Meierotto)

Right now, I'm enjoying the wonders of summer holiday. It truly is refreshing to have these weeks off work when the weather is nice, and it's possible to relax, have barbecues, go on little road trips, have night swims at the beach, and generally just be. I love it! I hope you are all doing as well as I am!

Monday, 5 August 2013

p52 | summer weeks

It that time again folks, another catch up of the weekly Project 52 photos. I don't know why I keep forgetting to post them here!

We're well into the summer and I finally started my time off work. I sorely needed that if I can be brutally honest. I think the photos reflect the summer theme quite well.

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The last two are my favourites in this set by a long shot. They both represent magical nights that we were lucky enough to experience in the last two weeks. One in the south east of Sweden, the other in Milano, Italy. The last one did end with about a thousand mosquito bites. In a couple of days, that trouble will all be forgotten, though.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

project life | first week of the last year as a 30-something

And here I am; entering my last year as a 30-someting. I am a bit torn on the whole thing. I don't mind time moving on, but I admit to feeling a bit unsure about approaching 40. To me it feels like it brings with it a whole lot of expectation. To have arrived. To be where I'm supposed to be in life. To feel like I am secure in myself. I'm a not sure I am quite there yet, and it stresses me out a little. Granted, I get stressed out by a great deal of things.

But I am determined to make this last year of my 30s a great one with lots of good experiences and challenges. We have already started last year with the 40 before forty project,  of course and that will keep my plenty busy. But I have also decided to try and document my year in the shape of Project Life album. I spoke about this last week.

And so, my first two pages, of my first week as a 39 year old, get to start it off.

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Kraft, Becky Higgins Project Life Seafoam and also Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Kit, Life365 Buttons by Karla Dudley, In Stitches Neutrals by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody kit by Scotty Girl Design)

As you can see, and as I spoke about in my last post, I have decided to not follow the pocket system that Becky Higgins has formulated but rather try to stay true to my own style with layers and a few well chosen elements to help tell my story. I think that the Becky Higgins Project Life products that are available digitally at Digital Project Life are perfect even with my formula.

I am very happy with these first two pages. They let the photos take center stage, and there is ample space for journaling thanks to the journaling cards. I like the centered, layered look. Of course, I had lots to say seeing as we were on holiday this week and the photos are excellent seeing as they picture Italy, but I hope I can continue to keep this formula.

I haven't yet made a title page, but I am thinking that I might do a simple compilation of photos from the last year once it has passed. But we'll see. For now, I am just going to be happy that I created my first two pages.