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

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!

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!

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, 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, 30 October 2013

hybrid | birthday box

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One of our special boys had a birthday recently and I made a small box to hold the gift certificate we got for him, along with some sweets. I like this kind of projects for times when the gift is a GC. Just handing over a tiny little credit card looking thing is super boring - even if the gift is appreciated. But this way, it's a bit more festive.

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I used the Clover box template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff, and papers and elements from the Dude Mini kit by Robyn Meierotto. Both are available at Pixels & Co.

I had to enlarge Kelleigh's box to be able to fit the card and sweets, but it was super easy to clip Robyn's papers to the template shapes, and to add the text and elements in PS and then print.

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I printed on both sides of my paper so that the insides would be as pretty before I cut, folded, and assembled.
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The boy was happy and I am very pleased with the results!

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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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, 26 March 2013

hybrid | using project life products for greeting cards

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In this installment of my unofficial series about using Project Life products for other things than Project Life layouts I want to share how you can use journaling cards as greetings.
If you want more inspiration for how you can use Project Life products and journaling cards for other purposes than Project Life then read my previous posts:
Using journaling cards with inspirational sayings
Using Project Life products in regular scrapbooking

Pressed for time? No interest in whipping out your paper stash and go to town with glues and glitters? Want a streamlined process for getting your greetings out there? Well, then this might be just for you!

I created an Easter card to send to family and friends with the help of Project Life supplies. It was quick and easy, and I had them designed, printed, and adressed in less than an hour. Now that's the type of crafting that works perfectly for someone like me, who doesn't have tons of free time to spend on crafts.

What I did was follow these simple steps:
1. Open a journaling card of your choice in Photoshop - I chose one of the title cards of the absolutely stunning digital Becky Higgins Kraft Kit by Tiffani Smith.
2. Add text to the card - I chose to place the greeting splash over the pattern and a small little fun fact about eggs at the bottom. If you wanted to you could certainly add a small photo to the design.
3. Design finished.
4. Drag the finished card to a new document the size of the paper you will be printing on. In my case that was a 12x12 sheet of cardstock. I was able to fit four cards on there. If you are printing a different size, do you best to fit as many as possible so that you don't have to print as many sheets of paper.
5. Print.
6. Cut.
7. Optional - attach card to a slightly bigger backing piece of cardstock. I chose to do this as I had run out of the extra heavyweight cardstock and though the card was a bit on the flimsy side.
8. Write a personalized message on the back.
9. Card finished.

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With the wealth of journaling cards available in every digital scrapbooking store right now, your options are virtually endless. It would be a lot of fun, I think, to choose different designs for each recipient. I didn't have the time or energy to do that this time, but with all the fun cards of the Kraft Kit, I certainly did contemplate it.

Check back tomorrow for some tips on how to decorate your home for Easter in a matter of minutes - this time completely unrelated to anything Project Life or digital. I'm going analogue, baby!

Friday, 15 March 2013

hybrid | birthday box

My sister, who lives in Italy, had a birthday this week and I wanted to make a little something extra with the packaging of her gift (that was sent with our mother on a plane to visit the girl) since I couldn't see her.

The gift was small but fragile and so it was perfect with a decorated box to hold the stuff.

(Supplies: It's My Party by Robyn Meierotto at Pixels & Co, fabric flower and aqua gem from my craft stash, cardboard box, double sided tape)

Since I wanted the box to be extra sturdy I decided against making it out of just cardstock and instead get a thick cardboard box from our local craft store.

I made a print file with the paper for the top and bottom of the box. I made shapes in the right sizes for each side of the box, including the foldover flaps and clipped the digi paper by Robyn to the shapes. This made it very easy for me to print, cut, and then just attach to the box and fold over.

I also made shapes for the banners and rosette to which I also clipped the papers to and printed. Lastly I also printed the flags and cut out as best I could - I do not have a cutting machine and it was difficult to cut such small shapes perfectly.

I think the finished box is super sweet and festive. I am so happy with the finished result.

Question: would anyone be interested in a tutorial on how to cover a cardboard box with printed digi products? I would be happy to put one together and share here!

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

paper crafts | giftbag

A friend of ours turned 40 the other day and we were invited to help him celebrate. I made this giftbag to hold the gift.

The bag was made with papers from Echo Park's Note To Self digi kit, which you can find at, and printed onto two sheets of 12x12 cardstock, cut to size, and assembled.

What you see on the front of the bag is a pocket that holds a card that can be pulled up and out with the greeting. The pocket and card were also made from the same kit, designed in CS6, printed and cut, and then attached to the bag.

I looked and looked for a suitable template to use for the bag. Unfortunately, due to the size of the gift, I had to create my own. I made two identical pieces; each containing the front/back, one side panel, and half of the bottom. Each piece fit on one sheet of 12x12 cardstock. The pocket and card was cut from a third sheet of cardstock.
Otherwise, here is a great tutorial by Nexttonicx on how to cut and fold a giftbag from one sheet of paper.

Once I had the size of each panel figured out, it was easy to clip in my papers and then print and cut. The assembly took about 15 minutes or so with cutting, folding and putting on double sided tape. The finished result is a truly custom gift from start to finish that was very easy to make.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

a black and white halloweenish party

The husband is a big fan of having parties on (or around) his birthday. He turned 38 the other day and yesterday we had the parents and siblings over for a nice little dinner party.

I decided early on that it would be fun to do a halloweenish theme. Partly due to a gorgeous picture on Pinterest that had me super jazzed, and partly because I already had a couple of decorations from the rock party that the husband threw for his friends a while ago.

I wanted a halloween kind of theme carried out in a more sophisticated and adult fashion. I wanted black and white. I wanted pumpkins and skulls.

I used sleek black table linen in a checkered pattern with the black and white napkins that were made for my sister's wedding this summer. I used our everyday, but very much loved, white china and altered round and square plates. Red and white wine stemware were also altered to give the guests an option with regards to beverage.

Each place setting had a paper banner with a message alternating three different sentences. A small plastic spider was also placed on each plate.

We had a few children attend as well and they got a set of plastic vampire teeth to have fun with. Of course, even the straws matched the decor.

I used candle holders, picked up at a flea market, spraypainted in a high gloss black with black candles, and pumpkins, spraypainted in a matt black, down the centre of the table and scattered plastic spiders and orange beads around them.

I had four skulls, also spraypainted in a high gloss black and decorated two of them to make them look just a little more scary and moody. I had to do a lot of hacking up and destructing to make this work. The veil was a piece of metal netting that I spraypainted and then cut to size. The flowers were tiny little scrapbook accessories that I stemmed and put together, the "ravens" were a pair of wedding doves that I cut apart and painted black. Hey a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do to get it right!

I also created some bottle labels, with parts from The Chillingsworth Manor Kit by Echo Park that I put on some bottles from IKEA. These were a big hit with the guests. The labels said; "Rat poison", "Vampire Blood", "The drink of death", and "Witches' brew". Hee!

I have no pictures what so ever of any of the food, including the super delicious frozen Tiramisu that I made. I was just too busy playing hostess. You will just have to take my word for it when I say it was all fabulous.

I think I am pretty much done with throwing parties now until Christmas and New Years roll around. Better get my rest on, as it's drawing near!