Friday, 12 September 2014

laying it out | daily routine

My days have not been the most eventful this past year. Being ill has forced me to find new routines. Now that I am working more again, there are a few of those new routines that I want to hold on to, that have helped me feel better. I want to keep my own health and well being at the top of my list. I might now feel up to all of them everyday, but I want to keep the ambition and the drive.

The list includes:
breathing (not just simply breathing but breathing right)
enjoying the little things
think positively
see beauty where I look
eat well
get fresh air
listen to music
do relaxation
tell someone I love them
tell myself I love me

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(Supplies: Daily Routine by Anita Designs)

What do you have on your list of things that make you feel good?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

laying it out | in summer mode

I'm in full summer mode at the moment. Of course, as I am typing this the rain is pouring down outside. Now that is typically Swedish summer for you! But we have had some great days lately and I am looking forward to more. This has found me in the mood to scrap all summer layouts!

So for as long as I can remember I have hated the beach and the water.
One, I am very afraid of water (which is due to an incident when I was a kid) and will only swim if I know I can put my feet down and touch the ground. I will never, ever put my head under water.
Two, I get sunburned very easily, and also got melanoma 10 years ago, so I don't want to be half naked in the sun.
Three, I have hated the way my body looks since I was in my early teens, so I don't want to be half naked period.
This means I very rarely join in the fun when swimming is on the agenda.

I have been contemplating the situation for a while and have decided that I need to change this. I don't want to miss out because I have issues with cellulite and saddle bags. I don't want to feel bad about myself. I don't want to put focus on the less than stellar parts of my body. I don't want the kids around me to remember me as the bore who never played along, and I certainly don't want to set a bad example regarding body image. So I made this layout. And I bought myself a bikini and hit the pool.

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(Supplies: Best Summer Ever - At The Beach, Best Summer Ever Full Kit by Mommyish, A Story Captured Vol 7 by Anita Designs)

And even though there are no pictures of me in the pool, let's not go too far right away, this happened that night. The boys are such water animals, and they spent most of the afternoon and night splashing around.
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(Supplies: DiSTRESSed Patterns 3 by Scotty Girl Designs, Seaside Serenity by Anita Designs, Summerific Elements by Creashens, Jack Elements by Laura Passage and Mommyish, Tweedy by Mommyish, Bermuda Triangle (alpha) by Gennifer Bursett)

I recently became lactose intolerant, which means that it's hard for me to find good ice cream out and about. This is a bit of a sad thing for me as I absolutely love ice cream. Especially the soft and fluffy kind you get in Italy. We did get an ice cream maker so that I can make my own, so I think I'm going to live. This photo is about a moment in the summer of 2013 when we visited with my sister and her boyfriend in Milano.
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(Supplies: Ice Cream card template set by Kelleigh Ratzlaff, Confectionary Papers, My Tribe by Gennifer Bursett, Essential Styles, Best Summer Ever At The Beach by Mommyish, Watercolor Overlays by Celeste Knight)

I have never been good at lounging around, doing nothing. It literally crawls under my skin when I have nothing to do, even if it's just perusing Pinterest. But it's a thing that I need to work on, and what better way than working on it on a sunny day under an unbrella in the garden?
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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Kiwi, Becky Higgins Project Life Coral, Hello Love by Karla Dudley, Some Flairs Vol 8 by Anita Designs, Best Summer Ever At The Beach by Mommyish)

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

laying it out | a little bit of this ...

I always participate in the Digimorph games at Pixels and Company. In June we kicked off another one. Never took part? Check out the forums for the reveal post to see some really beautiful work. The game goes like this: One layout is chosen from the gallery by our fearless leader Kat. The layout is sent to two people taking part. They scraplift and then send it on. And so it goes until everyone signed up have created a layout on their own. It's like that whispers game we played as kids, you know?

Anyway, this time I was first up to create a layout and this was the result:
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(Supplies: Carefree by Anita Designs, A Lifetime The Elements, Hop Happy, Life 365 The Buttons, Limeade Spiked Solids by Karla Dudley, Julep Full Kit, Elemental Frames vol. 1 by Gennifer Bursett, Basically by Mommyish, Be Thankful Minikit by Robyn Meierotto)

Summer has been giving us both good and bad weather so far. We are still working for a couple of weeks before it's time for summer holiday, but we are doing our best to enjoy the days. Nothing so far has compared to this one night about a year ago though. I had to remember and indulge for a while, and created this layout:
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(Supplies: Summerific Elements, Summerific Papers by Creashens, A Story Captured Vol 7 by Anita Designs)

My little nephew spent a day with me last week, and we spent a good deal of it pretending we were pirates on a big ship, at the local playground. It was nothing short of blissful. Naturally, he was the captain who kept losing his coconuts and fishing rods. Naturally I was the deck hand who had to climb up and down getting them. LOL! But what I wouldn't do for him!
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(Supplies: Etc. by Happy Box, Back To Basics Papers by Digital Scrapbook Ingredients, Painted Pie Charts by Gennifer Bursett, Essential Styles by Mommyish, Summerific Elements by Creashens, Stitched Down Volume 4 Template by Laura Passage)

And, no, I haven't forgotten about Project Life! I will do a post tomorrow!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

laying it out | art journaling, kind of

A few weeks back we had a conversation on the P&Co forum about scrapping who you are, and not only what happens to you in life. I have been thinking about it for a while, and to hear other scrappers' points of views and feelings was valuable to me.

I haven't really felt that art journaling was something for me. Mostly because I couldn't identify with the style that most art journalers keep to. The drawn girls and the bright colours just aren't my style. But as it was pointed out, art journaling doesn't have to be just that. it can be whatever you want; the point is to journal your thoughts and feelings.

So I am giving it a try. So far I have made two layouts.
I am sharing them here today with much humility. Both because the topics are very sensitive and humbling and because it's a style that I don't feel completely confident with.

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(Supplies: Heart Art: Value Bundle #3, Heart Art: Be Brave, A Fine Life: Frames by Sugarplum Paperie, A Lifetime by Karla Dudley, Far And Away | Elements by Gennifer Bursett)

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(Supplies: A Story Captured Vol 7 by Anita Designs, Heart Art Masquerade, Heart Art On the Edge by Sugarplum Paperie, Julep by Gennifer Bursett, Stamp Press Life, Life 365 The Butterflies by Karla Dudley, Some Kind of Wonderful by KimB's Designs)

Do you scrap who you are? How do you go about it?

Saturday, 24 May 2014

laying it out | on happiness

I took the photo in this layout with a timer app on the phone the other week when we were in Gothenburg (I am totally planning on doing a seperate post on that, hopefully next week). The husband was laughing at me when I was trying to position the phone just right against a glass and then run across the room to sit down. But hey, there was nobody there to take the shot for me. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

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(Supplies: Layered Layouts v.11, Every Little Bit: Bloom - May Kit, Ever Little Bit: Bloom Paper Pack by Deena Rutter, Simply Adore You by Gennifer Bursett, Life 365 - The Buttons, Stamp Press | Life by Karla Dudley)

The photos in this layout are old, from 2011 or 2012 I think, but I was reflecting on being carefree when I saw Anita Design's kit with the same name and I remembered the feeling I had on the day these were taken. I know I am on my way back to that place. I can't wait!

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(Supplies: Carefree by Anita Designs, Stitched Down volume 4 Templates by Laura Passage)

I have had a couple of follow up questions on the digi how to post that I made the other day. I will come back to them next week! For now, I need to gear up for the Champions League final tonight!

Friday, 21 March 2014

laying it out | trio

Please allow me to share with you three new layouts that I have created recently.

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(Supplies: Blueprint No.14 by Gennifer Bursett, Kate and Co, Piccadilly by Pixels and Co designers)

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(Supplies: Bright side of life, Autumn bliss {elements} by Anita Designs, Let the Sunshine In : The Kit by Kim B's Designs, Scarlet Letter | Elements by Gennifer Bursett)

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(Supplies: Let the Sunshine In : The Kit by Kim B's Designs, Quick scraps vol.04 by Anita Designs)

I wish I had more brain power to scrap more often. I love it when I have finished a page but it takes ages for me to finish one because I have to step away from the computer, or turn it off rather, very often. But I guess a few is better than none at all?

Monday, 3 February 2014

laying it out | challenge layouts

I've been spending some time this weekend trying to keep up with all the 1st birthday bash challenges at Pixels and Co. There are so many great challenges to take part in, and it is a lovely chance to get some scrapping done.

Designer Mye De Leon is hosting a Inspired by Paper Challenge and has provided a beautiful template to work with. This is my take on the challenge.

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(Supplies: Julep Kit by Gennifer Bursett, Neutral Stock: Papers by Audacious Designs, Inspired By Paper Birthday Template Freebie by Mye De Leon)

Fellow creative team member Rachel Alles is hosting a template challenge and the template she is providing is amazing. This is my take on the challenge.

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(Supplies: Tweedy Kit, Type Cast Alphas by Mommyish, Birthday Template Challenge Freebie by Rachel Alles)

There are new challenges coming up every day this week until February 9th, so come on over and join us in the fun. I'm hoping to cram a few more in this week!

I also want to share this layout that I created when designer Gennifer Bursett released her Julep Kit and expressed hope that someone in the creative team used the "I'd rather be your shot of whiskey than everyone else's cup of tea" card. I knew right away that I wanted to use the wedding photo of my friend Karri to her husband in 2012. They had a beautiful wedding at a bourbon distillery that I would have loved to attend. Unfortunately I was not able to. Knowing Karri, though, I felt the saying fit perfectly.

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(Supplies: Julep Kit, Elemental: Wood Dots, Elemental: Frames V.1, Scarlet Letter | Elements, Bubbly | Papers by Gennifer Bursett, Favorite moments {templates} by Anita Designs)

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, 24 January 2014

laying it out | reading list

I'm trying to get into reading again. I had to take a break this autumn and winter because my brain simply didn't function properly and it was impossible for me to focus on anything for more than three minutes at a time. But now that I am doing better, it's time to crach those books open again!

So I made a small reading list for myself, about books that I want to read (and have wanted to read for quite some time).

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(Supplies: Story time by Anita Designs, Challenge Me - Vol 4 | Template by Dawn by Design, This Year 2014 Journal Cards by Scotty Girl Design)

I started off by getting a book that isn't on the list, ha! It is by Jillian Flynn, though so that might be considered ok.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, 4 January 2014

laying it out | hello 2014

Here is my my goodbye to a tough 2013 and a hello to a hopefully better 2014.
I chose to do it in a festive and upbeat kind of way, documenting the wonderful lunch we had on New Years Eve. It was a great moment to just be the two of us together, to toast life and things that make us happy, and put an end to heartbreak and bad days (or at least vowing to try). It was a precious moment.

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(Supplies: Hipster Holiday - New Years by Mommyish, Favorite moments {templates} by Anita Designs)

Friday, 3 January 2014

laying it out | using older photos

So here's the thing: my life isn't always very eventful. I don't always have lots of new photos and topics to scrap about. What I do have is several photos from specific events and occasions that I never got to use (you know when you have hundreds of photos from one day and it's impossible to scrap them all when you first document the occasion). I also have photos that I want to use again and again simply because I feel like I want to document the occasion again from a different perspective, or because the photo just fits a feeling I want to convey.

So with that, I want to plug using older photos on new layouts. I want to do it by showing you these layouts.

Photos from January 2013, which I first used in this layout
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(Supplies: Pocket Journal Card Templates | Originals by Simply Tiffany Studios, Forever And A Day | Templates by Sabrina's Creations, Be Thankful | Mini Kit, Snippets - Real Life by Robyn Meierotto, Anchored | Elements by Gennifer Bursett, Torn and Stitched by Mye De Leon)

Photos from July 2013, which I first used on this layout
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(Supplies: Curiosity Collab by Pixels and Co designers, Life Cards by Karla Dudley)

I have used all of these photos before but I really like them, and I really like to remember the moments where they were taken, so I am not going to let the fact that they have already been used stop me.

I also feel like the new layouts are completely different in both feel and look. I think going back to older photos can be a good thing. I really like the soft colours and the modern, graphic patterns that I have used on these layouts and I think that compliments the photos so well.

As you can see, I have chosen to not journal on these new layouts. This time I wanted to focus on the feeling that these photos give me and just keep it simple. That can work very well especially since they have already been scrapped before.

And just for the heck of it, here is a new layout with new photos!
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(Supplies: This Year 2014 Brushes by Scotty Girl Design, Saccharine | Patterns by Dawn by Design, Expert | the page template by Karla Dudley, Under the mistletoe {elements} by Designs by Anita, Elemental: Frames V.1 by Gennifer Bursett)

Monday, 2 December 2013

laying it out | hello december

December is here! Autumn has really gone by very fast this year, I think. I am mostly thankful that the weather has been quite ok for the most part, and that snow still hasn't made an apprearance here.

But with December making an entrance, Christmas is everywhere - decorations, shopping, and scrapbooking products. Of course, being a lover of Christmas, I revel in the abundance. So, with that, please allow me to share a few layouts.

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(Supplies: Be Merry Kit by Scotty Girl Designs, Paper Stacks (Volume 1) | Templates by Laura Passage)

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(Supplies: Be Merry Kit by Scotty Girl Designs, This week templates, Hello Winter by Anita Designs)

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(Supplies: Cozy Little Christmas, Cozy Little Christmas Tags by Celeste Knight, Jack | the template album by Karla Dudley, Be Merry Papers by Scotty Girl Designs)

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(Supplies: Jack | the template album, Jack | the papers, A Lifetime | the elements by Karla Dudley, Hello winter by Anita Designs)

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, 27 September 2013

laying it out | doing some digi cuts

You guys know I like the fairly straight forward kind of scrapbooking. Even though I enjoy looking at other people's intricate layouts, my own style is pretty simple. But even though simple and sleek is the way to go for me, that doesn't mean I can't shake it up a little every now and then with some simple, but effective tricks while still staying true to my vision.

In this layout I created two slits in the background paper that the photo is slipped into. It's not a huge thing, the photo could just as easily have just been tacked on there, but it adds one little extra touch to the layout without taking over.

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(Supplies: Autumn bliss by Anita Designs, Effortless V2 Templates by Crystal Livesay)

In this layout I used the three plastic pockets as foundation for one single photo. By using three clipping masks for the photo it looks like the photo was cut up into three pieces. To accentuate this the three clipping masks were made different sizes. This adds interest to the layout, which is otherwise quite minimalist.

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(Supplies: Daily notes papers, Daily notes elements by Anita Designs, Get Schooled - The Kit by Mommyish, Scarlet Letter Full Kit by Gennifer Bursett)

In this layout the cuts aren't too visible, but rather used as an accessory behind the photo. The laser cut look of the white paper element adds interest and depth to help draw the eye to the photo and at the same time lightens the quite element heavy center of the photo.

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(Supplies: Effortless V2 Templates by Crystal Livesay, Just Because Papers, Just Because Elements, This Moment Elements, He Creates Elements by Dawn by Design, Torn and Stitched by Mye De Leon, Anchored Elements by Gennifer Bursett, Life 365 the stamp sheet by Karla Dudley)

What do you say about using the technique of cutting stuff up to add interest in a layout?

Monday, 2 September 2013

laying it out | single square photos

For some reason, I'm really liking to scrap square photos at the moment. Maybe it's beause I've been so wrapped up in my London album as well as the Project Life as of late that I feel like doing simple pages with lots of white space, and small square photos. I feel like that is so much my natural style and I am so comfortable creating it.

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(Supplies: Get Schooled - The Kit, Country Collab Bundle by Mommyish, Anchored Elements by Gennifer Bursett, Edgy Single Template by Crystal Livesay (heavily modified))

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(Supplies: Daily notes papers, Daily notes elements by Anita Designs, Country Collab Bundle by Wishing Well Creations  (collab with Mommyish))

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(Supplies: The Sophisticate Papers, The Sophisticate Elements by Dawn by Design, Daily Notes Elements by Anita Designs, Stamp Press Life, Butterfly the elements by Karla Dudley)