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

Thursday, 27 June 2013

40 before forty | slowly making progress

So do you remember our resolution to do forty things gefore we turn forty? It's been so long since I posted anything about it that one might think we had completely given up on the idea. Well, not really, but I have to be honest and say that we haven't really gone out of our way to get things crossed off on that list either.

There are four things that have been completed since my last post, and another five are in progress.Not too shoddy considering how busy we've been so far this year.

Out of the four that have been completed, I have scrapped about two that I would like to share with you today.

The husband loves Slash (formerly of Guns n' Roses). I think it was a secret wish to become like him that made the husband want to take up the guitar. For the longest time he has been wanting to see Slash live but have missed out on the few gigs that he has played in Sweden. But in February he got the chance when Slash came to Denmark. He brought my cousin, who shares his love of rock music, and was able to mark one of his items on the list as complete.

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In keeping with the rock theme, we recently redid our office into a man cave for the husband. His growing guitar collection was driving me crazy in the small room they were placed in. That and the fact that the husband doesn't really share my obsession with being tidy. So we decided to get rid of the office furniture, that was never used for anything else but storing a bunch of papers, and make a nice and comfortable room for the husband to hang out in and play his music. We finished about a month ago, and I really like the outcome. I will do a proper post about it at some point.

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As you can see, I am staying with the same papers and elements as I used on my other layouts. I am also trying to keep to the same kind of style with all the layouts. Hopefully it will give a cohesive album once we finish.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

40 before forty | rome album

One really huge project for me during the autumn and winter has been to create the photo album about our trip to Rome. If you have been following along this blog you have seen the layouts come up in bursts. It really was a big thing for me to finish, and important enought that I felt like it had to be on the 40 before forty list so that I could have one more incentive to actually make time to work on it.

It took me three months, but in the end it was finally ready to be uploaded and ordered for print. I decided to give Blurb a try after many years with Shutterfly. I am so glad I did; the shipping was incredibly fast and the quality of the colours in the book is so much better than any of the books I already own from Shutterfly.
If you haven't had enough of my album, you can see a preview of it here.

So now that I have the book, it was finally time to check one more thing off the list and create a page about it.

(Supplies: Crate Paper Sleigh Ride at, For the Record Documented by Echo Park)

Just a side note;
I set a small goal for myself to blog every weekday for the whole month of January. With this post I have met that goal. Go me!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

40 before forty

I had this idea shortly before the husband’s 38th birthday that it would be cool to make a list of things we would like to do before our 40th birthday in two years.
 I had a similar project last year where I did one new thing every week, ranging from large to small. It was difficult to come up with 52 new things and I ended up skipping a few weeks.  

But the idea this time was that we should share the list of things, and that we had roughly two years to complete them, going by the husband’s birthday rather than mine as I am a few months older than him thus giving us a little more time.

It took longer than expected to find 40 good things to put on the list. That was mostly because I initially thought we should have as much of an equal balance on the list of who it was to complete the thing. It turned out that I had a significantly larger bucket list than the husband. Seems, judging by that, that he is a more complete person than I am needing much less evolving, LOL! So in the end I had to give up that thought, stop pestering the husband to come up with stuff, and just get that list ready.

So how do I plan to follow up on this? Well, first of all I don’t want to put pressure on myself to post about it every week, mostly because stuff might not happen for long periods. Also, because some of the things don’t work well as a photo op and therefore won’t be all that entertaining to read about. But I do think I want to make an album about it. Obviously it will be ongoing for quite some time but that doesn’t bother me much as long as I can finish it at the end of the (a little less than) two years. I did realize that we might not actually get through all of them – life does throw you for some loops at times after all – but that doesn’t bother me either. And that thing about lack of photo op; even if there isn’t a photo for every item on the list, I can still document it with words and perhaps other images and elements.

I contemplated for a while to try the Project Life format for this book. It would be easy to keep one page for each item, and the execution of each page would be super easy. In addition to that there would be guaranteed journaling space for each completed thing. The only problem? I really don’t feel like the Project Life format fits my style of scrapbooking. First of all, I despise plastic page protectors. Am I outing myself here? And even if I do it digitally, I want layers, I want stacked, I want white space. So no, the format itself is discarded. I love the idea of using journaling cards though, and thankfully there is no lack of those products out there on the Interwebs. I am quite sure I want to stick to one single theme and colour scheme for all the 40 things. It’s too much for my OCD tendencies to be free flowing when it comes to a contained project like this.

I decided to do an opening page with some thoughts about the project and the full list.

So, what type of things are we talking about then? Well, I am not going to post the whole list here in a blog post, but they range from things like going to a chocolate tasting at a small local chocolate factory to me taking my driver’s license, to learning In Design, to both of us getting new tattoos, to changing out the photo wall in the hall way. Told you it ranges from large to small! I’m happy to say that a few things have been planned – like seeing Robbie Williams in concert (OH MY GOOOD, I am so excited).  A few have been started, like eating at eight new (to us) restaurants, and one has been finished. Which one, you might ask? This one:

The thing was, as you might have guessed from the layout, to join a new creative team. I am so proud to be able to say that I will be working with the beautiful products of Liv.e Designs and AC Digitals in 2013.

So with that, I have officially started a new long project for myself. In the light of my recent feelings towards Project 52 I am dreading it at the same time as I am excited! I will be back every now and then with updates on how we're getting on.