Category Archives: Minialbums

Baby album for Andrée

My best friend had a baby a month ago. I created this album for her with Pion and Maja papers…andreeI’ve had this gorgeous 6×6 paper for so long now. It’s always been my plan to create a babyalbum out of it but I never got to it…andree_Close up. Flowers from Magnolia, Prima and Kaisercraft. Bling from Prima.andree2Room for some notes about weight etc to the left and for a photo to the right…andree3More photo and notes spaces… andree4As you can see I’ve used several different collections from both Pion and Maja. andree5I really love the baby tags…andree6Another yellow…andree7Next spread…andree8I like to connect the different spreads by borders that you can see from both sides or with folded tags like I’ve done with the page to the right.andree9And here you can see the rest of the tag on the last spread.

I hope you got inspired!

More Mood Board inspiration

My beloved friend Elena Olinevich game me this fab acryllic album from Clear Scraps that I had to use.JennyGrotherus2I really love Clear Scraps but unfortunately I haven’t found a retailer in Sweden. If anyone knows a store that carries them, please let me know.

I have used the Maja Design collection Nyhavn (that this months Mood Board also is based upon) for this album. Ever since I was a little girl I had the idea of going to Paris for my honeymoon. I have refused a number of Paris trips before I got married since I saved it, but in the end we went to Tanzania instead. But. When we celebrated our anniversary a couple of years ago we finally went there…

All flowers used in the album are by Prima or Wild Orchid Crafts. Shabby chic embellies from Prima, metal by Prima or Websters Pages (key to the right). Bling from Zva Creative and Prima. That being said, let’s have a look inside.paris

The beauty of a sea through album is that you can see the papers from both sides… paris2I have torn a paper in two and left half of the page without paper so you can see the next page. I have added some paints to it and stamped with orange archival ink on the acryllic page. As you can see to the left of the photo of me I have stamped the acryllic with text in French using white ink.paris4Here’s what it looks like fully open. paris3I always put my coffee cups absolutely everywhere so I couldn’t resist adding one to the stove. :) This background paper is my favourite from the Nyhavn collection. I really love the colours of the houses. Absolutely beautiful.

So this is it about our romantic weekend in Paris. I have used the February Mood Board for this album…Moodboard-February15To play along with the February Mood Board, please visit the Maja Design blogJenny

Favourites from 2014-the good stuff ;)

So I have saved the best stuff for last as I usually do. I don’t think I can recall that I have created so few altered items and so many mini-albums like I did during 2014. I have picked up my three favourite albums and one otp project. I hope you’ll like it. :)elena1 elena3

For a very special friend
I created this Sofiero album for a girly friend of mine who loves pink. It took me ages to strain each page but I got there in the end. To see all the pages, please visit the orginal blog post.

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Joels first summer
I created the covers for this album a couple of years ago, but left it there. Then Joel came and I decided to use them for his first summer album. I had lots of fun creating this album. To see all pages, please visit the original blog post.
jul1jul5My first Christmas
I bought this fab chipboard album at a tradeshow a couple of years ago. I absolutely adore all the details they have put into it. So I created Joel’s first Christmas album out of it. I really love the front page with it’s window out of gelatin where he peeks out. To see all the pages, visit the orginal blog postEaster decoration
My final project is an Easter decoration that I created for the April Mood Board. I used a bunch of boxes and some Easter decorations that my cat had not yet managed to slaughter. To see close up’s and details, please visit the original posting.

So this is it… I am closing the door to 2014 and am looking forward to an exciting 2015. You never know what future will bring. I hope you will continue sharing my creative journey. Wishing you all the best.Jenny

Classes with Elena Olinevich

Good morning folks! In late August I had the privilege of meeting our own Elena Olinevich. We had so much fun. We had dinner with Marie, swam in papers in our warehouse, had some sightseeing and. Elena held classes and I attended two of them. Her classes are so personal, often with smaller groups to get the intimate feeling and be able to help everybody out.

So I thought I’d share the creations I made during her classes. elena3The first class I took was a canvas class where Elena taught different mixed media techniques. elena4We used the romantic Crea Diem collection in combination with Prima embellishments and different mediums.
elena2Here’s a final close up where you can see the background work.CanvasClassAnd here’s the class I took…

The next class Elena was holding was my favourite. We all got to choose whatever papers we wanted to use. Since there are so many Maja collections we all came up with papers from different collections. I don’t think I saw anyone picking the same papers, so all the albums were so different from each other. We also got embellishments depending on what papers we had chosen. I chose to use papers from the Life In The Country and Life By The Sea collections.
1_We used a lot of acryllics for the mini-album. I really loved that. They became new favourites of mine. 2Try to repeat that if you can. 😉3We used lots of different dies and mediums…
5Elena really showed us the use of acryllic albums and embellishments.6Elena uses the acryllic sheets to make the album see through. Since I love to follow my albums from page to page I think this is a fantastic way to make it more visible.
7And here you can see though the next page to see the previous one.
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And here’s the page you saw through the acryllic before.9I really love this face…
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And finally. Joel with his beloved IKEA jars…

This album was made during this class.VintageSummerMiniAlbumClassJenny

My first fabric book

I am very fascinated by all the fabric books that above all Russian girls produce nowadays. I visited one of my favourite fabric stores, Stoff och Stil, and got some fabric to try create one of my own. So here it is, with no guidance at all and just pure guessing..
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I have used Prima resins and flowers, butterfly and key by Tim Holtz, chipboard by Scrap FX. Lace from LSS. The paper frame is a scrap from the Maja Design Life By The Sea collection.litc
I have used Glimmer Glam Tutu Pink and Hayride on the woman. Stickles Icicle on the flowers and chipboard, Stickles Patina on the resin. litc3And here’s what the inside looks like. The minute I saw the fabric I knew I had to create a book with this lovely paper from the Life In The Country collection. So beautiful.

I have inked all the pages wih Distress Ink Weathered Wood and also used some Color Shine Navy.

I had a lot of fun and I guess more books are coming up.Jenny

 

Joel’s first summer

We have had a fantastic summer filled with lots of sunshine and memories. Having a new baby at the house, your album’s get filled up with “first time” photos. Joel is no exception. So I created an album (8″x9″) with some of the photos from Joel’s first summer. Since we live on the countryside the Life In The Country collection was a perfect choice.
joel-frontI have used Mod Podge to create the album cover. I simply tore papers apart and glued it to the cover and sealed it with Mod Podge. If you want to try it out, please remember that all layers must dry completely before adding a new one. I have cut out the holes with a knife and added some eyelets to the circular ones.

I added texture paste randomly and I also added some Weathered Wood Distress Stickles to the resin in the corner. joel-front2

A tag created with Nestabilities. The bobbinet has been painted white and then I just added some ribbon and a cute pin. I like to hang all sorts of stuff on my mini-album rings.joel-front3What I really like with mini-albums is when you can see through the pages or the covers. It gives you a red thread to follow. Here you can see the photo from the first spread, together with the chipboard frames I used.
joel1We are lucky to live a 20 minute drive from the west coast. We took refuge in Fiskebäckskil one really hot day, hoping for some breeze to cool us but no way. It was just as bad as back home. But it was Joel’s first time by the sea, so even if the album has been created with Life In The Country I thought it appropriate to use a bit of Life By The Sea for this photo.

I have used various punches from Fiskars and Martha Stewart for this album. Most flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima. The raw chipboard is from Scrap FX, printed from Bo Bunny and Prima. The chipboard album itself is from FabScraps.

I have used gesso and Distress Stickles on most of the raw chipboard in this album. All pearls has been created with Pearl Maker white. The rings go through a die cut hinge that continues on the next spread… following the red thread.
joel_2ndHere you can see the rest of the red hinges.
joel_2nd_a_I really love this photo of Joel. He is so full of life and spoof, always laughing no matter what. All lace and ribbon are from LSS’s, metal and flowers by Prima. This page has got a door attached to the hinges that you can open up…joel_2nd_aand here’s what’s inside. A couple of tags and a photo of Joel and uncle Jan on our terrace. I know it’s hard to see on the photo but Joel’s carrying a t-shirt saying “There’s nothing sweet about me”. We thought it appropriate since everybody thinks he’s so sweet. :)

Moments chipboard by Prima, spinner by Tim Holtz.
joel_2nd_b Our little cutie pie refuses to wear a sun hat. This must be the first time he used it, because it got “lost” very quickly after that. The die cut in the corner continues on the following page…joel_3... with the chipboard that says “Friends”. joel_3a

Well. “Friends.” Osiris loves to walk around his stroller screaming for all he’s got while Joel’s sleeping to wake him up and Joel loves to chase his tail. So I guess they are even.

More texture paste and die cuts. I folded one of them so you can see both sides of the pattern paper. It turned out to a nice decoration to put some roses on. joel_3bJoel got his first swing this spring and he really likes it. Frames by Nestabilities, chipboard, resin and flowers by Prima.

As you can see I really like to use the paper stripes as decoration.joel4More cozy papers…joel4a I shot this photo in our garden while Joel was constantly crawling around a picnic blanket. I was going to send it to my office, but all they could see was his back. :) joel4b This photo was shot while Joel was lying directly on the grass for the first time. He was really thoughtful and had a philosophic kind of expression that I liked while he was watching his hand. So I cut it in two. Tape, frame and tag die cuts by Tim Holtz.joel5 Here’s a little family spread…joel5a Daddy and Joel with the same tape that I used on the previous page, just rounding the corner. Metal by Prima, die cuts by Tim Holtz. joel5b Mommy and Joel. I have cut out the paper using the chipboard as template and then added it to the side of the album. I have used hinges here too, stretching over two pages. Same with the die cuts.joel6And here’s the last page. Joel got a pirate uv suit to use this summer and of course he needed a pirate baby pool to go along with it. Pirate flag and everything. :)

I have used most papers from the Life In The Country collection to create this album. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I did creating it.

For a very special friend

The summer is nearly gone, but we still enjoy +23 degrees here on the west coast of Sweden. It’s very easy to dream of roses and gardens in full bloom.
I have created a card and a mini-album for a very dear friend of mine. I know that Sofiero is one of her favourite collections, and since she is a pink girl it’s all about pink…elena

I have used an embossing folder and Spellbinders Borderabilities dies for this card. elena2Flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts. The seam ribbon has been colourized with Distress Stain. Chipboard by Blue Fern and the butterfly has been cut out with a Martha Stewart punch.elena3And here’s what the card looks like on the inside.

I am not very good at making mini-albums. They take me forever. I have literally worked for years on some albums. This, however, was not THAT time consuming, considering Sofiero was released last year. :)elena1I have cut out the grid by hand using a knife and glued it to the background paper. I have used a Martha Stewart punch, metal by Tim Holtz and pearls from Pearl Maker.

elena2The white Prima flower is one of my favourites. The little cage was given to me as a present from another dear friend. And now I pass it on to another friend, spreading the love and friendship over the globe.elena3And here’s the first spread. elena3aI have used punches by Martha Stewart and dies by Spellbinders. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. elena3bA little poem and more dies. elena4Second spread with a quote to the left and some borders to the right.elena5The little fairy got a shabby paint and some pearls. elena6Third spread…elena6aI have used texture paste on the background and Crackle Paint on the chipboard butterflies. The pearls have been cut out from a Prima bling.elena6bThe right side… More die cuts and chipboard.elena7And the last pages…elena7aI really liked creating that dress. I have used three layers of tulle in different colours. elena7bClose up… The textured letters are from a Prima sheet.elena7cThe last page has a pocket with tags…elena8elena9

I have used all papers in the Sofiero collection. Jenny

Mini-album

You can really feel spring is in the air. The birds are singing from the top of their lungs while the trees are stretching their branches towards the sun. I grew up on a farm and there’s nothing like the smell of a newly plowed field. That really is spring to me…

I created a mini-album over parts of our trip to the midwest US a couple of years ago. usa1I have used the Bo Bunny Et Cetera collection for it. Flowers and leaves on the first page are from Petaloo and Prima. Bling from a LSS, birdcage from a friend of mine. I’ve used some Walking In The Forest papers in the background since I didn’t have any 12×12 Et Cetera papers. I think they work pretty well… :)usa2Here’s the first spread. You can see the photo from the first page since it has a circular hole in it. The photo was taken by Little Bighorn. Flowers by Prima.usa3More photos from Little Bighorn. Chippies are from Et Cetera. Flowers by Prima and Petaloo. Ribbon from Webster’s Pages.usa4We found this deer by Mount Rushmore that was grazing, totally unaffected by all the people running around. usa5Here are some photos of Deadwood. Don’t know if you’ve seen the tv show about this insane town. I sat with my jar down on my knees through the first episode. I don’t think I’ve ever heard that many curses in 50 minutes in my entire life! But you get used to it. Ha ha. It was very beautiful situated, hidden among the mountains.usa6We drove through such wonderful landscapes on our way to Glacier National Park in Montana. The views were amazing. We crossed seven states and drove more or less exactly 6000km during that vacation. And probably visited 20 Michaels and JoAnn’s. :)

I’m hoping to finish my Mood Board April project tomorrow. So stay tuned. The new Mood Board will be revealed on Saturday. I hope you haven’t missed that you can become one of our guests of honour by entering the Mood Board.Jenny

My First Christmas

I wanted to create an album for Joel about his first Christmas Eve. Still I wanted it to be rather simple so I would actually finish it. :) I don’t know how many mini’s over the years that I’ve spent years on, simply because I’m not that good at finishing them. The idea was to cover Christmas Eve from morning until evening. So here comes Joel first Christmas album, It’s Christmas Time version.jul1
I really liked this album by Twiddleybitz with the beautiful window on the front. I’ve used a Tim Holtz die for the border and covered it with Distress Stickles Rock Candy. All ribbon and lace are from a LSS. Resin, flower and leaves by Prima. The white and later on golden pearls have all been created with a Pearl Maker pen. jul2
I’ve covered the window ledge with snow paint and also put in an old fashioned “glass” by using a sheet of gelatin. I really love how he peeks out the window.jul3Here’s the first spread… All chipboard inside the album are by Kaisercraft.jul4
The little tag says “Our little sleepy santa” and he truely was. jul5The second spread…jul6The tag says “First Christmas present”. He got a little baby rattle in his stocking.jul7
“The star of the evening”. He looked really cute in his outfit. I’ve used Shimmerz Texturez for the stars. I created the star mask myself, using my Gazelle.jul8Next spread…jul9I’ve used an edge punch by Martha Stewart for the border. The little sign says “Grandma and Grandpa”jul10
I’ve used one of my favourite papers for this page, Merry. The sign says “Mommy and me”.jul11
Last spread…jul12I love the little alpha die cuts. They are so cute. Here they say “Santa’s coming”. jul13
And after a long day… Bedtime. Flower and bling by Prima.
I hope you got inspired to create something beautiful with your latest Christmas memories.
Papers used for the mini-album…
It’s Christmas Time collection
Santa and the tree
Preparations
Festive Season
Wrap The Gifts
Snowflakes
Christmas Thoughts
Christmas Shopping
Merry
Die Cut Letters
Die Cut Sheet

Favourites from 2013… the fun stuff.:)

It’s not that layouts and cards are the boring stuff… but I’ve always been a sucker for altered projects and stuff. I haven’t done that many this year, still I thought it impossible to just pick three. So here are… four.

Altered wine holder
I altered this wine holder for my sister’s 10th anniversary. It was SOOO much fun to make. We had just released the very limited Sofiero collection and we were still not aware of the massive positive response we got from it. It turned out to be a huge hit and for the first time I found myself running out of papers with no possibility to get more! I was just as panicked as everybody else, I can assure you that. :)

I was so anxious to get my hands on Vintage Autumn Basics when it was released it was unbelievable. I drove to the office Friday night just to get some sheets that were picked up just to satisfy my greedy hands. :) They were so fresh I had a heavy stink of paint in my livingroom that evening. I had promised Marie to let them dry, but 7 AM Saturday morning I was already out of five different papers, even though I had grabbed three of each. :) This hot air balloon was my first creation.
I created this baby album for Joel. It includes his first months with journaling and photos. Since he is an autumn boy it’s all made with autumn colours. If you read the posting you can see the pages within. I’m still using it and documenting his life.
I’ve had this ATC tray for years. I bought it with our wedding in mind, but I just couldn’t find any suitable papers for it. When Vintage Autumn Basics was released I knew what papers to use. So my wedding tray turned out to be… pink! Mark my words, I was shocked myself. 😉 But I actually like how it turned out.
So. This concludes this year. I am so grateful and proud that my very faithful readers have stayed with me this year. I know I haven’t been around as much as I usually am due to several hospital treatments and a painful pregnancy. I am very touched that you, and many newcomers, have chosen to stick around and shared this year with me. I wish you all the best and a very happy new year.