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!

Monday, 23 December 2013

merry christmas

Busy times these past couple of weeks! I am sure we are all feeling the stress and the pressure to get everything ready and done for the holidays. For me there just has not been enough time or energy to get in front of the computer in the past weeks.

Tomorrow is the big day for us here in Sweden, we celebrate Christmas on the 24th. So I wanted to take the opportunity to say Merry Christmas to all of you. I hope you get to have a lovely time with your loved ones.

I am excited and nervous to give these gifts to the ones that I love.

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

hybrid | halloween wreath

It has been a really long time since I busted out the papers, the cutters, the pens, and the glue for a deep dive into actual real life crafting. My current state of not wanting to do anything but stay parked on the sofa/in the bed hasn't helped, I guess. But yesterday I got the glue gun out and went to town! The finished product? A paper wreath!

Now, we don't have Halloween here in Sweden. It's not a national holiday. But I really liked Celeste Knight's Halloween papers from the Spirited kit and felt it would be nice to use them for something tangible.

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(Supplies: Spirited Paper Pack by Celeste Knight (Sweet Caroline Studios))

How to make this wreath? Let me tell you!

1. First off, find a large enough piece of cardboard. That was my main trouble. I recently threw out my stash of paper supplies, and along with that my sheets of white cardboard (used for bookmaking). In the end I found a piece that came in a suitcase I bought a while back.
2. Cut a ring out of the cardboard. I used two different sized plates to draw around. If you are fancy and still have your paper supplies then you can use your compasses. Also, if you have really thick cardboard like me, use a large pair of scissors. It's much easier.

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3. Create leaf shapes in Photoshop, you can use the shapes tool for this, and try to fit as many as you can on one sheet of paper. I could fit 30 on an A4 paper. Clip the digital papers of your choice to your shapes. Of course, if you have physical patterened paper that you want to use, then just skip the process of clipping digital papers.
4. Print. I printed four sheets of cardstock, giving me 120 leaves.

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5. Cut all those leaves out. Top tip: find a good programme on TV to watch while you do this because it takes a while. Oh what wouldn't I give to have a Silhouette at this point ...

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6. Use a bonefolder to make a little crease at the bottom of each leaf. This so that you can fold it a little.

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7. Staple (or glue) some ribbon to the cardboard ring. If you plan to hang the wreath, and don't want the ribbon to go outside of the paper leaves, then this step is important.
8. Bust out the glue gun and put a little dollop of glue at the very bottom of the leaf. I varied the position on the different leaves, some on the right side, some on the left, and some across depending on where I was putting the leaf on the ring.
9. Start glueing the leaves to the ring, layering them on top of eachother. The main thing to make sure is that the edges of the ring aren't showing. Other than that it is perfectly fine to wing it. That's what I did, putting leaves where I thought it looked ok.

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10. Go all around the ring until you come back to where you started. The last few leaves you have to layer under the first ones, not on top, so that it looks like there is no edge.
11. Tie the ribbon into a bow. I did horribly on that part, please don't laugh at me!
12. Before you hang it up, you can turn some of the leaves outwards, by lightly pushing them at the top from underneath, to create an even bigger 3D effect.
13. Hang it up and enjoy!

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

easter dinner

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I thought I'd share, as I always do, what our table looked like for our Easter dinner. There were only six of us, and after a late decision to host the dinner coupled with two very busy weeks leading up to Saturday, I decided to not go overboard.

I decided to use the eggs I decorated the other week coupled with two simple vases with white and yellow tulips as centerpieces. White candles on pillar glass holders were put on the end to add some dynamic. They were never lit because we had dinner way before it got dark. But that didn't matter, just the mere precesence of them on the table added to the presentation.

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The cotton table cloth is white with black tiny dots, and I chose to use the striped napkins that I still have from my sister's wedding last summer. I love being able to use and reuse supplies time and time again.

I got a few more preblown eggs and used them as seating "cards" by writing the initial of each person with a pen, which just happened to match the eggs in the centerpiece. Smart way to make it easy on myself and go with an already established theme.

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I had four glass mini cake stands from a previous event and used them to nest the eggs in. The hay was found in old Christmas baskets that we have recieved in the past couple of years. Again, reusing all kinds of things for different purposes is the way to go if you want to be able to set a nice table on a budget. Of course, this does mean a bit of hoarding I admit. But if you are organized in your hoarding (which is an entirely different post all together) it can be without living in a castle.

It didn't matter all too much to me that I didn't have a glass stand for each person. I simply used two egg cups for the middle seats. This is something that I want to stress. Everything doesn't have to be exactly the same on a table! What matters, at least in my opinion, is that there is symmetry. So in this case, the four outer seats had the glass stands, and the two middle seats had the egg cups. Worked well enough for me. Work with what you have, I say.

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So, apart from the eggs and the flowers, everything on the table was already in my house. Pretty chuffed with that.

So food, you say? Did we have any? Yes indeed. It looked like this:
Starter was two Smörrebröd with pickled hering (eaten at every single holiday in Sweden) and smoked salmon and roe. Courtesy of the husband.
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Main was lemon and oregano rooster and caramelized crushed potatoes with spinach.The herb yoghurt that was also served with this dish is not shown. Also courtesy of the husband.
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Dessert was Key Lime Pie, courtesy of moi.
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And that was it. How was your Easter? Did you have a gathering of some sort?

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

christmas card | 2012

I love sending Christmas cards almost as much as I love getting them. Usually I also love making them and most years I go old school and make them by hand with glue and glitter and actual pretty papers.

I had big plans for our Christmas cards this year. I had the coolest photo shoot planned for the husband and I, and when the snow arrived I was quite giddy to get it done. But alas, the husband wasn't as gung ho as I was, and the one day where we was actually at home during the daylight hours, I was so stressed out with getting a bunch of other stuff done that we missed the slot. I was totally bummed. I suspect he wasn't. Ha!

So, this left me with one other option - this since I had waited so long to start those damn cards that handmade was out of the question unless I wanted to give up a week's worth of sleep to make them - and that was to go digital.

So digital, not a huge problem for me, really. I quickly designed a postcard style card with a big graphic greeting on the front, and a more personal note on the back. I wanted something retro looking but still very graphic and clean. I also needed something that was easy to alter as I needed versions in three languages (Swedish, English, and Italian). I also wanted several Swedish versions.

Here is one Swedish version, with a line from a traditional Swedish Christmas song.


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And here is the English version with a traditional sentiment


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(Supplies: Sleigh Ride kit by Crate Paper from AC Digitals)

I printed the front and the back on seperate sheets of paper and then attached them to eachother, thus giving me a super thick card. I also decided to go large and made them 14,85cm x 21cm (half of an A4 sheet).

I love how they turned out. Granted, they aren't traditional at all, but then again I don't mind stepping out of the box for the sake of good looks.

I would love to see your cards, if you want to share them!

Monday, 19 November 2012

laying it out | digi holiday card

Friends, I want to share with you a digital card I created with some super pretty new brushes by Nancie Rowe-Janitz that are released today at JessicaSprague.com. I will likely use it as a back up for friends who wont get a Christmas card.


(Supplies: Holiday Magic Photo Masks by Nancie Rowe-Janitz)

The photo was taken by moi last New Years Eve when I was confined to the house due to a nasty stomach bug and had to ring in the new year by myself. During the small bursts of energy I set up a small photo set and shot a few photos. The bottle stayed unopened, though. Let's hope that this year won't end the same was as last year.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

this year under the tree

After a full week away on a business trip, I have had a truly busy weekend to catch up with everything that needs to be done for Christmas - like presents to make, buy, and wrap, and  decorations to finish, I haven't had a single minute to sit down in front of the computer. It has actually been a full week since I even opened it last. I can't even remember when that happened before this week.

Because of this, I haven't shared my latest new product, or our Christmas card, that I actually made last week, but haven't gotten round to printing yet (no, there is no time to handmake them this year, so a photo card will have to do). And neither have I shared photos from our Italy trip, which I haven't even finished editing yet. Man, do I wish I didn't need to sleep!

So today I spent almost the whole day wrapping presents. The husband was laughing at me as it took me 45 minutes to get the first one wrapped. But once I got going it went pretty well. I have about half of the load wrapped now so they will definitely be finished this week.

Please excuse the crappy photography, the light was rapidly escaping, but here's what our gifts look like this year. White on white with silver wax seals and stamps. All to match the tree, of course.







I hope everyone are doing well, and coping a little better than I am with all the stuff going on in your lives! Have a great new week!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Reminiscing and wishing

Now is about the time that I really wished I was somewhere else ... like in Italy. Looking at the pages depicting our trip last year makes me want to pack up my bags and leave right away.



Saturday, 23 April 2011

I'm on the Easter express

Efficiency at its best; speeding up the egg painting process by using rubber stamps and a beautiful hot pink ink.



Here's hoping you are having a nice and relaxing Easter!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

La nostra vacanza in Italia

I am so excited I might pee my pants! I can't wait to get this book in my hands. Cannot wait.

So I created a book about our trip to Italy last summer with the Classic Album templates set by Nisa of Splendid Fiins as well as my own La Storia papers and elements packs.


Thursday, 17 February 2011

Dreaming about the sun

It's been what, six or so months since our holiday trip to Italy? Yeah, time moves fast, for sure. I think I started on the book about the trip about three weeks after we came home. I got real far. Two pages far. I totally suck at keeping things up. This was not the first book I started without being able to finish the damned thing. I also started a book about a weekend trip to Milan a few years back. That book has twelve pages or so. Really pathetic. :)

But anyway, I hit a major wall recently with regards to creating and decided I should give myself a break and just play around a little. After all, I have been working non stop on things for almost a year now (gah, next month marks my first anniversary as a digi designer, but let's get back to that later).

One thing I like to do when I feel in a rut is look at pictures. Quite often my own. Mostly of lovely times, like sunny and relaxed days filled with ice cream and love. It makes me happy. Happy that I got to experience it. Happy that I got to capture it in a  photo. Happy that many of those photos don't suck entirely.

So that was exactly what I was doing the other day, when I felt a real punch in the gut of inspiration to scrap. And not just any old layout. No, I felt I had to scrap our holiday. So off I set, pulled out the photos again, and the kit I created with the book in mind all those months ago; La Storia. Now I just needed to get going again. And it's been going well. I have created 16 pages in three nights by the telly. I am quite pleased. One thing that has helped me tremendously is Nisa Fiin's awesome template album set coming very soon; Classic Album templates. I think I might be able to finish this time, even if it takes me a month.

Here are pages 12 and 13 of my book


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Supplies
La Storia Paper Pack and Elements Pack by In the Making Design
Modernist Elements Pack by In the Making Design
Classic Album Templates by Splendid Fiins
Stitches by Anna Aspnes

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Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Holiday sale goodness in a digi shop near you

Did you know that we've got a storewide sale coming up at JessicaSprague.com? No? Well this is a deal you certainly don't want to miss out on. Starting black Friday (which all my American friends have informed takes place on November 26) until the end of the year you will get a whopping 20% off any purchase, products and classes alike. Decent deal, right? Well we're not stopping there folks. Here's the kicker:
If you spend $20 in our shop you will get the coolest ever collab kit designed by yours truly and the other drop dead gorgeous and amazing designers at JessicaSprague.com. What it looks like? Lookie here:

Christmas wishes & whimsy

Christmas wishes & whimsy

Christmas wishes & whimsy

Gorgeous isn't it? With this kit alone you get more than your $20 worth! There are lots of beautiful papers, tags, labels, wordart, rubons, brushes, alphas, you name it - it's all there (but the kitchen sink).
Aren't we too good to be true? :D

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Cinque Terre - part two

Still plugging away with the Italy photos. Only a little more left, I promise! :D But it's a good way of keeping the spirit of summer alive for me.

OK so this is Monterosso












The water was amazingly clear and beautiful




Vernazza, which was my favourite of the four we visited








We had lunch at a restaurant in the harbour and sat outside. It was just divine. The food (pasta with seafood) and the wine (Vermentino) was just what a girl wants on her birthday.






Celebration continued










Manarola






Alright, more (including Via del Amore) later