Category Archives: Minialbums

Baby album-September Mood Board

I just love the autumn theme for the September Mood Board over at the Maja blog. It’s so refreshing after the hot summer. It’s of course based on the Walking In The Forest collection. My take on this months Mood Board is a special one. It’s a baby album for the first weeks of my baby that I’m expecting in October.

I’ve actually had this album half-finished in a drawer since last year, but didn’t know what to use it for. When I finally got pregnant after so many years of trying an idea of an autumn album for the baby’s first weeks started to form.

I had so much fun when I created the covers for this album. I’ve used a Prima Mixed Media set and sprayed it with Glimmer Mist and Heidi Swapp’s gorgeous Color Shines. I painted the bobbinet with Gesso and attached the clock faces on the sides of it. The roses and the film strip does the rest.


Most of the flowers in this album are by Prima Printery collection, but some are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The vine, doors and bird is from Prima. The stamp is from the die cut sheet from Walking In The Forest collection. All patterned papers in the album are from that collection.
I’ve used my own brick template that I cut out on my Gazelle a long time ago. A bit too used by now… :) Stamp by Tattered Angels.

Here’s what the first spread looks like… I’ve attached a note paper from the 6×6 Walking In The Forest pad so I can do some journaling about the time at the maternity hospital.

If you lift the notepaper you will find the very first photo of the newborn baby…

And a little close up… I just love the stripes that Marie puts so much attention to. They make great decoration instead of just throwing them away. The mountain ash papers in this collection are true favourites of mine. I’m an autumn girl and just seeing a mountain ash in full bloom makes me happy. I love to pick the berries and decorate the house with them.

This spread is a reminder of enjoying the moment. Time will fly so fast when the baby is growing up and you really need to enjoy the moment. It is also a promise to the baby that I will give it time. My parents were always busy working when I grew up and never had time for me or my four siblings. I’ve always promised myself that I will not do the same mistake. I’m a bit of a workaholic, so that is a true challenge for me. But I will give it my best shot.

I’ve used a Distress Marker to add some extra details through the album. The clock is a Tim Holtz die, the tissue tape and clock face stamp is also by Tim Holtz. The safety pin is from a tag that was attached to a coat I bought at a vintage shop last year. White clock face by Prima.

The canvas with the litte hearts are also from a Prima Mixed Media album set. I really like those since they have a resist on them. All the cute cut outs are from the die cut sheet belonging to the Walking In The Forest collection. Love that little envelope.

Next spread… The left side is the back of the resist canvas. To the right there’s a plastic pocket where I can add memorable stuff. It’s empty right now, so you can see the time sheet as well. I will write something every day for the baby’s first weeks.

I’ve got a thing for black tulle so of course I had to use some… One of the ribbons have been coloured with Distress Stain (Weathered Wood). If you have these handy toys in your stash that is a good saving tip. Just buy white ribbon and you can colour it so you get the colour you need. The little owl is from the die cut sheet. Bling by Zva Creations.

More time sheets and to the right there’s room for baby photos.

I’ve used 4″ doilies as frames and cut out the circles with Nestabities dies (scalloped circles). Baby zipper by Prima.

Room for more photos…

I’ve used dies from Nestabilities for the photo frames and the swirl. Mushroom by Prima.

The right side is another misted canvas. I really love the English Ivy by Tattered Angels and the gold spray by Heidi Swapp (Color Shine Gold Lame) is the best one I’ve seen. A must have in my opinion. I’ve used a Basic Grey die cut as a mask and used Texture Paste on it. I was thinking that I might fix the spinners on what time the baby was born later on. The vial (Tim Holtz) has been filled with glitter by Martha Stewart. The butterfly is from one of the stamps on the die cut sheet.

The backside of the canvas and room for more journaling…

More Prima flowers, cream one from Petaloo. Love the mushroom resins by Prima. They truely fit in well in this album.

As you can see there’s another plastic pocket for keepsakes. I’ve tried to add journaling pages to be able to write down memories. This one has got some Viva Decor Inka Gold to it.

This is the last spread I will share today… I’ve got more plastic pockets and time sheets after this, plus a plan on making more photo sheets. But I will save that for later on when I know how much is needed after the baby has been born. This spread is called “I Will Always Be There…”
I’ve used the same green colour of Inka Gold on the background. The “light” from the lamp is a mixture of Gesso, yellow acryllic paint and Inka Gold Gold. The journaling is a continuation of the tag from the right side that says “I will always be there…” and goes as following
to light a lamp when it’s dark
to give you a blanket when the nights are cold
to give you a hug when you most need it
The right side is another resist canvas by Prima.
I hope you all got inspired! Don’t forget to stop by the Maja blog to see what the fabulous Creative Team has come up with this time. And… Your chance to win a Maja collection of your own choice!
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May Mood Board

I haven’t actually created anything for the latest Maja Mood Board. But I truely love it and want to share it with you together with previous creations I’ve made that works well as inspiration for this lovely board.

So don’t forget to stop by the Maja blog for your chance to win a collection of your own choice!

Who’s Da Boss

Cherish

Picnic basket

Chocolate cone and birthday card

Midsummer card

My Summer Memories

Garden notes

I guess we all have a bunch of stamps in our drawers that we rarely use. I usually use most of my supplies, but I’ve got a gorgeous book cover stamp that was bought for a specific reason and then never used. So I made a binder for my mother’s garden notes that she keeps all over the house…

And here it is. :) I’ve played around with Glossy Paper, Alcohol Inks, Tim Holtz stamps and Utee powder on the entire binder. I’ve used the book cover stamp for the front. So nice to finally use it.

The backside is stamped with one of my favourite butterfly stamps. I have tried to use light garden colours on the covers. On the inside I’ve attached a Tim Holtz Ring Binder.

The backside. A mixture of different Tim Holtz stamps. Some of them with Utee, some without to create a bit of dimension.

The finished binder…

Supplies used:
All stamps by Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous
Clear Utee Powder
Glossy paper by Ranger
White resin by Prima
Tim Holtz Ring Binder Large

Ranger Alcohol Ink
Mixatives Pearl
Lemonade
Sandal
Lake Mist
Latte
Pink Sherbet
Cloudy Blue
Juniper
Cool Perl
Eggplant
Pesto

Blending Solution

Oops! Did I spend the milkmoney on champagne AGAIN??

I usually use my Bind It All to create grocery shopping lists. The trick is to make them rather simple without too much stuff on them so hubby agrees to use them. Here’s my latest one…

Luckily he does the shopping, I write the lists. So no worries about that quote. LOL.

Supplies used:
Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary collection
Ageless Beauty
Lasting Impression
Afternoon Tea

Bind It All 1″ wires
Black Pearl Maker
Distress Ink Pad Black Soot
Lace, ribbon and tulle from LSS

Favourites from 2012 – all the fun stuff!

I can’t say that everything in this section is altered. And I don’t like to use the meaningless “other” either. So instead I’m referring to it as all the fun stuff. All the creations that I’ve made that are not layouts or cards that is. So here are my favourites from 2012.

A gift for you
My wonderful mother in law bought me some flowers and made me homemade chocolates and gave them to me in a beautiful hexagonal jar. This during a time when I had no energy whatsoever to make any Christmas preparations at all. I altered the jar for her and gave it back in January. This jar is very personal to me since the circumstances during that time period were quite special. I really appreciate what she did for me during that Christmas. She gave me space when I needed it and supported me when I needed her help.

Chocolate cone
I made this chocolate cone for hubby’s birthday in January. I have used one of my favourite Maja collections, Life In The Country. I often use Maja Design papers for altering and other creations since they are so sturdy.

I am no winter person whatsoever. I’m more like a cat that lies in front of the fireplace and waits for it to end. We’ve had a couple of bad winters the past years and one day in January I felt that I’ve had it so I made this mini-album about it. I had saved these gorgeous Bo Bunny papers for a long time. I wanted to make something special with them. Take a look at the original posting to see all the pages inside.

My Summer Memories 
When the spring began to show itself I dreamed my way back to my childhood memories on the countryside. The Maja Design Life In The Country collection is like it’s made for me. I feel my memories in every single paper and I just love it. I had to create something out of it and this is what I came up with. All pages are shown on the original posting.

Easter eggs
Me and a friend got together to create some easter eggs. I made mine bit shabby, not so perfect, using Pion Design papers. They turned out quite nice I think.

My blueberry book
I made this little album as a tribute to blueberries. I absolutely love blueberries so I found it appropriate. I have used the Ska Vi Ta En Fika collection by Maja Design.

I had a giveaway on my blog where you could win the Vintage Summer Basics collection. I thought I’d make the winner announcement a bit more fun so I created this box where I put the names of the participants. I filmed the announcement and put it out on Youtube.
I made this flower basket, using the Vintage Summer Basics collection, for Mother’s Day.

Calendar for my in-laws
I made this calendar for my in-laws, I think it turned out quite nice.

Box with Christmas carols
I took an old box and made it into a box with Christmas carols in it. The songs are in a two ring binder and can be taken out when needed to. Practical and quite nice.

Some mornings you just know… it’s going to be a two cup day
I made this little coffee tray for Marie (founder and designer at Maja Design) when she worked day and night with the Walking In The Forest collection. I filled up the two cups with coffee beans. The Ska Vi Ta En Fika collection was an obvious choice.

Castle for Anton
My best friend since 20 years back gave birth to a son in August. I made him this castle using the Vintage Summer Basics collection. No cardstock for support. That really shows how sturdy Maja papers are.

A little bird told me…

I have a thing for funny cocky quotes. I thought I’d gather some of them in a little mini-album and came up with this one. Made with the Vintage Summer Basics collection.
Well, I guess that’s it. You can find more of my “fun stuff” in the other section. 😉
Happy new year!

A little bird told me… my favourite quotes.

I like to collect quotes. Some of them are funny, some are cocky and some of them are quite serious. Most of them are special to me, even though you can’t take all of them seriously. I thought I should make a little mini with some of my favourites. So here is my little birdcage album…

I have cut out the birdcage with grungeboard and painted it with Crackle Paint. The entire album has been made with Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics papers (6×6 pad).

I’ve kept the first page simple and you can’t read the text until you lift the birdcage.

My first quote..

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you can not do.”
That quote is more or less my life mission. My parents are very good at telling me what I can’t do, so as a result they got a rebellious girl…

“It is true that money doesn’t buy happiness, but does buy chocolate which is kinda the same thing.”
Those of you who loves chocolate understands. Those who don’t. Take a look at the next quote.

“Love thy neighbour but don’t get caught”
I think that one is too funny to miss, so of course it’s in my book.

“You miss 100% of the shots you never take”
Been there, done that. No more.

“If you want the best seat in the house, move the cat”
That’s what cat owners deals with every day…

“Of course I don’t look busy, I did it right the first time”
Cocky and fun!

“Be a girl with a mind, a woman with an attitude and a lady with class”
My second mission. I guess the first and second goes well, it’s the last part I’m having trouble with. He he.

“Inside there is a thin woman trying to get out… I can usually keep the bitch quiet with chocolate”
How true…

“My cat is not spoiled, I’m just well-trained”
There is no question who’s in charge in our house.

“A person that really loves you will never let you go. No matter how hard the situation is.”
True love…

“If being sexy is a crime-arrest me”
“It always annoys somebody” as my sister always says…

“I can only please one person per day… Today’s not your day and tomorrow doesn’t look good either”
That’s a thing one of my friends could say. I just love this quote.

“The prettiest smiles hides the deepest secrets. The prettiest eyes have cried the most tears and the kindest hearts have felt the most pain.”
I guess it speaks for itself… Beautiful and true.

“We had to get rid of the kids, the cat was allergic”
As a childless 35 year old I’ve had it with all stupid and nosy questions. I’ve heard them all. Over and over again. Sometimes I would just love to answer something like this… But in the end I’m just standing there and smile stupidly. Again.

“Anything that makes you giggle, smile or laugh. Buy it or marry it.”
Happy, funny and true.

“Try harder, I’m worth it.”
I guess we’ve all been there at some point…

Supplies used:
Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics collection 6×6 pad
Tim Holtz/Sizzix die Caged Bird
Metals, filmstrip and Tissue Tape from Tim Holtz Idea-ology collection
Pearl Maker Black
Flowers from Prima, Wild Orchid Crafts and Magnolia.

Scraptastic… or did you really think you had it all???

Ok, so this will be a looooong posting. So you have been warned. :)

I spent last weekend in Gent, Belgium, attending the Scraptastic event. I’ve been contacted by many people who wanted me to share my thoughts of the event and show as much as possible from it. So here’s my litttle story.

I had some really inspiring classes and met a lot of wonderful people. Some of you might remember that I was going on my own. The closer the event came the better that felt. It’s always easier to get to know new people when you are traveling alone. Of course I was looking forward to six spectacular classes, but I also wanted to get to know some new friends.

I went to the airport on Thursday evening and took a flight to Brussels. From there I took a train to Gent and arrived late that evening. Since the Flanders Expo is in the middle of nowhere there was nowhere to eat except for the (really expensive) hotel. So I ate my panini with a huge portion of devotion and went to bed.

Since the first classes started at 9 AM I was convinced the shop area was opened as well. My mistake (and I wasn’t alone). It didn’t open until 10, but the only information I could find on the blog about the opening hours was in Dutch, so no wonder I missed it. I came back later and strolled around the stores for an hour. They weren’t that many so it went rather quick and surprise surprise. My scrapbooking purchases ended up with 59 Euros in total. I made up for that later at the airport. He he.

Luckily there was an IKEA department store just across the road so I went there for some lunch. Not what I had expected, but I didn’t want to spend 30-40 Euros on every meal I ate and that was my only option.

My first class, Mixed Media Journal, started at 12.30 with Sharon Laakkonen. I love Sharon’s style, I even have the same dress she wore during class! This class fitted me perfectly and I loved every minute of it.

I came in rather late and took a seat in the back. A couple of minutes later another girl, Katja, shows up and asks if the seat next to me is taken. Next thing I knew we were babbling away, probably disturbing everybody else. Sorry if you were in my class and read this. :) It turned out she was Swedish too. There was supposed to be four more of us, so it was kind of funny that she ended up next to me out of 200 people.

Katja’s playing around with Pan Pastels. One of many things I found out this weekend that I can’t live without. When you really think you have “everything” you are constantly reminded of what you don’t have. Well. Let’s put it this way. There will be no trouble finding Christmas presents for me this year. That list is LONG after Scraptastic.

We made a book out of a mixed media kit by Prima. Here’s how my book turned out…

I just love the package we got for this class.

First spread has been made with Pan Pastels (so has the resist cover) and texture paste.

Second spread made with Heidi Swapps new Color Shine sprays. Another must have. Since I don’t have any spray paints back home. Hmmm… I can feel my nose growing an inch or two.

This one has also been made with Pan Pastels…

And this one with water colours…

The backside of the book.

Me and Sharon…

I haven’t taken that many photos since my camera was on during the entire flight and ran out of battery. I had left my charger back home since I usually charge it twice a year. So I’ve had to be really quick with my camera or let someone else take the photo so I’ve been collecting photos this week.

My next class was with Iris Babao Uy. It’s called Dreaming In Watercolor. We made a canvas and was supposed to make a layout as well, but I never got that far so I finished it back home. Iris was a real sweetie. Really caring and helpful.

So here’s the canvas I made…

And the layout. The backgrounds have been made with Distress Stains.

Me and Katja met up with two really sweet Germans and had dinner at…. IKEA. Surprise. 😉 All three of them spoke in German, I spoke English. I studied German at school years ago so I understood what they were saying, but I preferred not to speak it myself.

I got a horrible migraine in the evening so when I was taking Finnabair’s class Industrial Baroque I was really perplexed. That was one of the highlights that I had looked forward to SO much, so it was a bit disappointing. I don’t remember much of the class at all, my head was really at a different planet. My layout turned out as expected, not that good. I managed to finish the class, but was the first one to leave. I do have a memory of Finn as a person with a fantastic personality and energy. She was a lot of fun and even though I wasn’t feeling well I’m honoured to have met her.

And here’s how the layout turned out…

Saturday morning I wasn’t feeling very well so I rested at the hotel. I stopped by the event to do some make and takes, but they weren’t as good as I hoped for so I left pretty quickly. I was having another class with Iris, Palette Of Memories, in the afternoon and that went better then Finn’s.

And of course I found some neat stuff amongst Iris’s supplies as well that I just NEED to have. :)

Me and Iris. It was quite funny. I don’t know if it’s because Iris is very short or me being extremely tall, but she looked like a dwarf next to me. So I’m standing on my knees for this photo, but she’s still shorter then me!
And here’s the palette I made.

In the evening there was a crop party and then I had my first class with Donna Downey, Vintage Chic. Poor Donna. Me and Katja babbling away in the back as usual. We must have disturbed everyone at every class we had in common and those were a few. A Brazilian girl thought we were sisters, not that many people believed us when we told them we had just met. :)

This time we really had the time of our lives. The book pages we were about to use for our album were more or less soft-core porn! Donna kept telling us we shouldn’t read it, but we were laughing like crazy about all the delicate details. It wasn’t very easy to use the text without showing what it actually said. When I came to my last page I had it. The only thing I had was a chapter about group sex and it would be clearly readable. So I asked for some new pages.
So here’s what my Paris album looked like in the end…

I’ve always been a romantic fool. I think I was eight years old when I decided that I wanted long curly hair and a huge dress on my wedding day, which I had. 😉 I also wanted my honeymoon to go to Paris, but hubby wanted to go to Africa instead and so we did. I had been avoiding Paris for years so I could go there on my honeymoon. When we celebrated our 6th anniversary this summer he took me to Paris so I got to see it anyway. But life never turns out the way you plan, does it?

First spread.

Second spread.

Third spread.

And the last one. Without the group sex page. 😉

I also got to take some photos during the Saturday.

Me, Finn and Iris.

And then Gerry (Van Gent) came running from the make and take table to join us.

I only had one class in the afternoon on Sunday, so I took a walk in to Gent and back in the morning. It was really nice weather and it was nice to get out for a change. The last class was another Donna Downey class, Inspirational Journal. When I booked it I got the last seat out of 40. Now we were only 14! Don’t know what happened to the other 26, but they sure weren’t there. I must say that this class was the only one I didn’t like. It really wasn’t my thing. Too much kindergarten for me. But at least I tried it and now I know. :)

We basically made a journal with different technique tests. I’m not showing them all, since most of them are not that fun to look at. But here are a few of those I made…

Donna was actually the one who drew this tulip. Nice isn’t it?

Some stamped poppies on canvas…

And some more flowers stamped on cardstock.

Me and Donna…

Our little gang of four had dinner on Sunday night, discussing how we were going to get our hands on all that stuff we now needed. Spread out all over the world, some of it quite hard to find.

I also think the word reispuffen will forever be in our memories and spread a smile on our faces. :)

The hotel receptionist took some photos of us. From the left Sandra, Katja, me and Kerstin. Thanks girls for a great weekend and don’t forget to stop by their blogs.

We had breakfast together the following morning before parting. Katja went straight to the airport, Sandra and Kerstin had a six hour drive back home. I took the train to Brugge and spent a wonderful day there. 

So my conclusion from this event… It was worth every single Euro. The classes were great, the hotel was good, it was very easy to get from the airport to the Expo.  The tables were really spacious (compared to what we usually get in Sweden) and everybody were so kind.

On the downside… Well. The goodie bag consisted of ONE pen. The crop party was so so and the lack of nearby restaurants wasn’t so funny.

However. I still think the positives really surpasses the negatives and I would definitely consider going again.

Thanks for stopping by. If you want any details about the stuff I made, please don’t hesitate to ask. I left out the details since this posting is long enough as it is.

Hope to see you in Gent next year and don’t forget about my giveaway that’s still on!

En Francais gift set

My mil is completely obsessed with Paris. So I made her another Prima gift set, this time with the En Francais collection.

I made her a really thick notebook (6×6) so she can write down her thoughts and plans…

And as she loves to use my cards as stationery I made her six cards as well.

I didn’t decorate them much so she can easily write in them. I did the same thing with the Sun Kiss set she got last time.

I’ve left some of the frames empty so she can write whatever she wants in it.

I’ve also used two different patterned papers on the inside. Three of the cards uses this one

and the other three this one

Supplies used:
Prima En Francais collection
6×6 pad
Essential Petals
Vinetta collection
bling swirl

The other stuff…
Distress Marker Weathered Wood
Distress Ink Pad Faded Jeans
Spellbinders Nestabilities labels seventeen
Wood covers from Zutter Bind It All
Bind It All wires Antique Brass 3/4″
Making Memories paint Steel
Pearl Maker Amber

Listen To Your Heart

I made a notebook for a very dear friend of mine…

I’ve played around heavily with Alcohol Inks on Glossy Paper and Tim Holtz stamps.

The backside. I painted the heart red with an alcohol ink fillable pen. I also stamped the best advice I can give my friend. “Listen To Your Heart”.

Supplies used:
Ranger 
Alcohol Inks
Espresso
Sandal
Lemonade
Peach Bellini
Shell Pink
Pink Sherbet
Salmon
Raisin
Cranberry
Aqua
Denim
Eggplant
Willow
Pesto
Bottle
Pearl Mixative

Glossy Paper
Alcohol ink fillable pen 
Archival Ink Jet Black

Stampers Anonymous by Tim Holtz
Steampunk CMS107
Bitty Grunge CMS089
Mini City Central Set
Urban Grunge set

Tattered Angels
Glimmer Glaze Northern Lights

Zutter
Wood covers 5×7.5
White wire 3/4″

Maja Design giveaway!

The weather is SO depressing. If you live in Sweden you can hardly believe it’s summer. It’s raining all the time. So to cheer you all up a bit and bring some sunshine into your rainy lives I’m posting a new Maja giveaway. This time we’re going to take a little dive into my childhood memories on the Swedish countryside.

This giveaway contains the entire Life In The Country collection (Lantliv in Swedish) that will be sent to one happy winner. It consists of 18 wonderful twosided 12×12 papers, all in true Maja vintage style. To be quite honest I think the backside of Maja papers are so well designed that I often like them just as much (if not even more) then the front. Many of my favourites are actually backside papers. That says something about the quality of the design… To see all the papers in the collection, you can take a look here.

All you need to do to win this incredible collection is to become a follower (if you are not already following me) and to leave a comment on this posting.

I will draw one happy winner July 15th. The giveaway is of course open to everybody, all over the world!

Here are some examples of what you can do with this cozy collection. To see more photos of the projects, just click on the link…

Good luck!

Who’s Da Boss?

Cherish

My Summer Memories Mini Album

Chocolate cone

Quick giftbox

Picnic basket