Tuesday, 23 September 2014

laying it out | not ready

Autumn is definitely here. I'm not ready. Not at all. The past two weeks have been pretty good considering, with sun and warm weather, but yesterday was the definite turn. I'm pretty sure we will be seeing the typical south Sweden autumn days with rain coming sideways, wind that goes straight through you, and bone chilling damp. So no, I'm not ready one little bit. I had to make a layout about it.

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(Supplies: This Year 2014 Fall Kit by Scotty Girl Design, Clean and Simple n21 by Sabrina's Creations)

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?

Monday, 1 September 2014

hybrid hotness | balloon mobile

I have a little niece due in just a few weeks, and I wanted to make something for her arrival.
It ended up being the cutest thing I think I have made. It was a good deal of work; cutting and gluing paper, but it was so well worth it.

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So the thing is a mobile with 3D balloons and clouds. I created it with digital papers from the Happy Life Mini Kit by Robyn Meierotto at Pixels and Company, some string, and an embroidery hoop.

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Making the mobile is technically easy, but takes a good deal of time, energy, and patience. This is especially true if you don't have a cutting machine like Silhouette. I don't have one and it took me about 10-12 hours to make it from start to finish.

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The steps to making the mobile include:
- Creating the shapes in Photoshop
- Printing 5 balloon baskets (one on each strand),10 mini clouds (making five 2D clouds, one on each strand), 40 balloons (making five 3D balloons, one on each strand), and 40 large clouds (making five 3D clouds, one on each strand)
- Folding all balloons and large clouds in half
- Assembling the 3D balloons and clouds with doublesided tape (a lot of it)
- Creating the baskets
- Assembling each strand of the mobile on an emroidery hoop with a glue gun
- Finishing up with ribbon and rings for hanging

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I am very happy with the finished results. I hope the little girl will enjoy it for many years to come!

The supplies I used, in addition to the digital papers:Epson Archival Matte Paper, A3 sizeScrapbook Adhesives Crafty Power double sided tape
Glue gun and glue
White string
Large emroidery hoop

Monday, 25 August 2014

laying it out | streets of barcelona

I have been on holiday for a couple of weeks, and last week we took a short trip to Barcelona for a couple of days.

Going to Barcelona in August is apparently a very good idea if you want to be trapped with thousands upon thousands of tourists at every major landmark/sight, metro, and larger streets. If you don't, going in August is apparently a bad idea. Well, even though I was contributing to the problem, I really did not like all that people swarming everywhere. It spoiled many parts of the trip for me as I felt stressed, irritated, and frustrated when it was so cramped.

Also, going in August is apparently not a great idea if you want to keep up with your foodie status and eat at really good places that the locals go to. Apparently many of them close for holiday the whole month. So that was a good deal of my research and food blog sourcing out the window.

We did manage to find places to go and see that were away from the crowds, and we did find good eats. I am planning on doing a separate post on our trip, with photographic evidence, but I haven't had time to edit them all just yet.

So in the meantime here is a layout that I created for the 3-way challenge this week at Pixels & Company. The photos are somall, but if you squint real hard, you will see some of the stuff we found to be really nice.

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(Supplies: Four Ws by Happy Box, Lifeline No 01 Templates, Summerific by Creashens, Psych by Karla Dudley)

Friday, 8 August 2014

laying it out | all new

Happy Friday!
I wanted to share two brand new layouts I just created!

On my birthday last week we spent the day in Copenhagen together, and got this selfie while we were resting tired feet in a bar. I am so in love with it. I love his hand on my hair, his face touching my head, the tenderness that the photo conveys. I had to scrap it, really.
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(Supplies: Psych by Karla Dudley)

The husband also took the big one in this layout, and I love it equally much.
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(Supplies: Psych Kit, Hush Brushes by Karla Dudley, Take The Metro Papers by Sugarplum Paperie, Quick Scraps Vol 04 by Anita Designs)

Rehashing the whole "woe is me, I can't eat ice cream" thing again with this layout.
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(Supplies: Summer Pop Shoppe by Scotty Girl Design, Travel Adventure Templates by Digital Scrapbook Ingredients)

All these supplies are available at Pixels & Company today!

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!

Monday, 7 July 2014

laying it out | template challenge and freebie

I am hosting the template challenge at Pixels and Company this month, and yes, you guessed it! With a template challenge comes a template! Come on over and play along, why don't you? The challenge is up for the month of July.

This is the template freebie that I made:
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And here is the sample layout I made with the template:
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(Credits: Four Ws by Happy Box, Life 365 The Papers by Karla Dudley)

Friday, 30 May 2014

hybrid hotness | recipe cards

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A while back I stumbled across a 6x8 Snap album by Simple Stories, and even though I am strictly a digi girl when it comes to my Project Life, I felt like I had to have it. So I got it, and then it sat empty on a shelf for a couple of months. I had no idea what to do with it.

But then I happened to see the super cute and very practical Recipe Maven recipe cards templates by Scotty Girl Design. The album would be ideal to keep all the recipes that we have come to love but that I only have pinned on Pinterest, and with that are becoming increasingly difficult to find as I grow my pinboards (and that seems to happen quickly).

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The templates come in several shapes, that fit perfectly with the page protectors. Since I got the Snap album in teal, I felt that I wanted a neutral compliment in the recipe cards, so I modified the templates to fit my vision.

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I am very happy with the look, and the fact that the plastic page protectors are perfect in the kitchen when messy fingers want to get hands on.

Now I just need to remember to actually take photos of the food when we cook 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!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

hybrid hotness | wedding greeting card

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My sister has a friend who is getting married and she asked me if I could help her out with a greeting card to go with the gift.

I decided to go hybrid and use the beautiful papers from the Simply Adore You kit by Gennifer Bursett and Jennifer Labre.

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I printed on Epson Matte Presentation Paper, as usual and cut the pieces with an exacto knife. I added a doily, a ribbon, and two glittery hearts from a local craft store.

I think doing hybrid cards is a perfect solution! You have 100% control of the patterns and colours that go on the card, and you don't have to rely on what you can find in a brick and mortar shop. And if you have a cutting machine like Silhouette then I'd say there are practically no limits to what you can do!

I feel this card came out both sweet and modern at the same time! I hope it will be appreciated by the newlyweds!

Saturday, 3 May 2014

iNSD Pixels & Co creative team bloghop

Hello and welcome to the Pixels & Co creative team bloghop!
You came here from my pal Jenn's blog.
Want to start from the beginning? Just go to the Pixels and Co blog!

The celebrations are in full swing and we are having a blast in the forum and gallery with challenges, games, and competitions at Pixels and Co! Have you joined in? If not, then please feel very welcome to take one of the awesome challenges in the forum! The "Challenge me this" one is brilliant, you will be challenged by the person posting after you in the thread. Or take the "What colour are you?" challenge! If you want to see what I created for these challenges, check out my blog post from yesterday.

The beautiful stuff you will be able to download on this bloghop have all been created with the absolutely stunning and huge collab kit by the Pixels & Co designers, Bermuda Triangle.

Bermuda Triangle
(Click the image to go to the shop)

If you want to pick up the kit for free you can follow the Pixels and Co designer bloghop starting on the P&Co blog, HERE!

So my contribution is two journaling cards (one 3x4 and one 4x6) and they look like this:
Linda Roos CT bloghop
(Click on the image to download)

Your next stop on this bloghop is Laura.

Feeling lost? Here is the complete bloghop list:
Pixels & Company
Linda <-- that's me!
Jen H
Jennifer E.
P&Co Forum
Feeling like there's money burning in your pocket? Well, fear not, dear friend, there is a 35% site wide sale running until tomorrow (Sunday May 4). And as if that wasn't enough, $25 order gets 40% off, $40 order gets 45% off, and $50 order gets 50% off. Pretty much all around awesome, no?

So I'll see you over in the forums and galleries at Pixels and Co! Have a great day!

Friday, 2 May 2014

laying it out | insd celebration challenges

You guys, you have to come over and play along in the games and challenges in the forum at Pixels and Co.

I have taken two so far, and I kind of love the results!
The first challenge I took was the "What colour are you?" challenge hosted by Janell Nugent. By answering a few questions on an online questionare, you get a colour and the challenge is to scrap a page using just that colour. I got aqua!

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(Supplies: Bermuda Triangle iNSD bloghop freebie by Pixels and Co Designers, Simply Adore You by Gennifer Bursett, Limeade Spiked Solids by Karla Dudley, Neutral Stock Papers by Audacious Designs)

The second challenge I took was the "Challenge me this" challenge hosted by Gennifer Bursett. The person who posts after you in the thread gets to give you the challenge. I was challenged by Maribel to scrap a layout with a bold pattern background.
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(Supplies: Far And Away Elements Pack, Julep Paper Pack, Anchored Elements Pack by Gennifer Bursett, A Lifetime Elements by Karla Dudley, This Year 2014 Chevron Papers by Scotty Girl Designs, Kate & Co Collab, Dream Newsletter Freebie Collab, Bermuda Triangle iNSD Bloghop Collab by Pixels and Co Designers)

Fun, isn't it? Come on over and join in, why don't you?

Thursday, 1 May 2014

laying it out | all new and a P&Co; collab freebie

I have a couple of layouts to share with you that I created with all new products from Pixels & Co.

You should really take the chance to pick up a huge collab kit by the P&Co designers through their iNSD blog hop; Bermuda Triangle!

There are so many more fun things going on this weekend, starting today, at Pixels and Co including sales, dream cart contest, speed scraps, forum games and contests and another blog hop this Saturday. Come over and hang out!

This first layout, where I dream about going back to Italy, is created with all Bermuda Triangle stuff! See, I've been to Bermuda so Italy had to make do. Not such a bad thing at all, really.

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(Supplies: Bermuda Triangle Collab Kit by Pixels and Co designers)

This layout, where I love on the beautiful weather we've had lately and all the great things I've done because of it, is made with new products by Deena Rutter and Tiffany Tillman.

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(Supplies: Every Little Bit: Bloom Paper Pack, Every Little Bit: Bloom - May Kit by Deena Rutter, Superficial Template Pack One by Simply Tiffany Studios)

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

hybrid hotness | paper roses

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I have wanted to make paper roses like these for the longest time, and even promised my sister one made out of a map.

With the help of the Rose In Bloom Template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs and beautiful papers from the Dream Collab Kit, which is a newsletter freebie, by the Pixels and Co designers it was so quick and easy to whip these beauties up.

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After printing, I used Matte Epson Presentation Paper, it literally is just a cut, twirl, and glue affair. I think it took me about half an hour to make these three roses.

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Kelleigh has a tutorial on her blog on how to put them together, and it is easy to follow along and recreating the roses will be a breeze.

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I am making map roses for my sister next!

Friday, 18 April 2014

laying it out | everyday life and a cutiepie

I have two new layouts to share with you today; one depicting my everyday life (and if you follow my Project Life you have seen these photos before) and one of a little cutiepie dressed up as an Easter witch on Maundy Thursday, which is an old Swedish tradition.

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(Supplies: Simply Adore You by Gennifer Bursett, Stitched Down (vol 3) Templates by Laura Passage)

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(Supplies: Center Stage Templates by Amber Morrison, Dream Collab Newsletter Freebie Kit by Pixels and Co Designers)

Wishing you a happy weekend, and a happy Easter!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

laying it out | hello silly - 3-way challenge

This week I am hosting a super fun 3-way challenge at Pixels & Company! You don't know what a 3-way challenge is? Well, let me tell you!

Together with two other creative team members at P&Co, I have been challenged to create a layout with the Sup? Kit by Karla Dudley, and now we're challenging you to do the same.

You have another two days to go to participate, so if you haven't yet, hop on over and give it a whirl! Right here!

This is my layout:
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(Supplies: Sup? Kit, Sup? Add-on Pack 2 by Karla Dudley)

Friday, 4 April 2014

hybrid hotness | easter sweets packages

Easter is coming up in the next couple of weeks, and I made these little cute Easter egg sweets packages that are perfect to give to little (or big) sweethearts in your life. I filled them with chocolate eggs, but I guess any kind of sweets would do just as well!

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(Supplies: Easter Egg Ornament Template Set by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs, Hop Happy | A Collaboration Project by Karla Dudley and Ange Designs)

And just for good measure, I want to share a layout as well!
Last year I bough eggs that were already blown and decorated them very simply by paiting with a sharpie. I shared that in this post and they were also featured in my Easter dinner decorations. I thought it would be fun to do a layout with them. I will most likely use them again this year.

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(Supplies: Hop Happy | A Collaboration Project by Karla Dudley)

Have a great Firday and weekend everyone!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

laying it out | why I scrap and favourite topics

I think I have talked before about not being an event scrapper. So yeah, I do Project Life, but beyond that I scrap what is in my heart, and to get a creative outlet. That is why I scrapbook.

 I think that many years from now, when future generations of our families look at my scrapbooks (I hope they will), they will still know me from these pages. Not from what I did on a Thursday afternoon, but for what moved me, what I loved, and what I felt was worth capturing in our lives.

This layout is one about the husband and myself. I do know that I make lots of pages with us. I really don't care. I love us, and it inspires me. So that is what gets scrapped. 

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(Supplies: Some Kind of Wonderful : The Kit by Kim B's Designs)

One thing that I really like to scrap is "right now" pages. It gives a good snapshot of my life at any given time and I really think it's a fun way to do a roundup of sorts of me and my life. I especially like to scrap about things that make me happy.

This one gets to show things that has made happy in March of 2014.

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(Supplies: Limeade | solid papers, Sup? | the elements by Karla Dudley, Renewal | Alpha, Renewal | Paper Pieces, Renewal | Paintbrushes by Laura Passage, Honeycomb Stitches by Mommyish)

The creative outlet is important too. I need to make pretty things to be happy. Doing digi scrap is perfect because it makes no messes, and I can be as fussy about the details as I want to be; I don't have to worry about if I glued something on straight, or if my handwriting is good enough, or that I can't cut a straight line to save my life. Doing digi takes care of all those imperfections and still produces pretty results. I love that so much.

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?