When I look myself in the mirror…

So I quit my job this week… After nearly ten years of consulting for KnowIT I felt it was time for me to move on. It’s a very good company to work at, but I’ve been thinking about this for years, so it wasn’t like it was lightning from blue skies. I am not quite sure that I know what future brings, except for my MajaDesign position. But I feel free and able to do whatever I want and that is a wonderful feeling.

I have done some serious thinking the past year. Maybe too much thinking to be honest. I don’t want any regrets. I don’t want to wake up when I’m 70 wondering why I didn’t jump. Why I didn’t take the chance while I had it. I’ve been thinking a lot like that ever since I graduated. That’s why I got rid of the TV (do you want to tell your grandkids that you watched TV all your life or that you did something creative with your time?) and travelled so much.

I want to be proud of the life I lead. It doesn’t have to be glamorous or anything. But I want to be a good role model for Joel and I want my family to be proud of who I am. I created this canvas during one of my serious thinking moments. It’s about what you see when you look yourself in the mirror and being able to like what’s looking back at you.
mirrorI have used the Coffee In The Arbour collection for this canvas (6×6). The Prima frame has a real mirror and you can fold it down so you can read some thoughts that I have written inside. mirror2Jenny

Spam filters…

So the baby alarm gave up last night. No wonder, it fell off the stroller without me noticing it, and was condemned to a number of horrifying hours out in rain and thunder. I was going to look for the receipt to see how old it was when I found tons of lovely comments on my blog postings in my spam folder. I haven’t seen them until now, but I immediately removed the spam filter. I do appreciate all your positive thoughts and comments. So sorry for not getting back to you.

Wishing you a lovely weekend…

From Paris with Love-Nyhavn

December on the Swedish west coast is always a story about rain and wind. How the wet cold finds it’s way through all the clothes you so carefully put on in the morning and makes you soaked before you cross the threshold to the office. It makes it very easy to let your thoughts wonder away to a sunny Paris.parisI have had the privilege to play with our new Nyhavn collection during the Lucia weekend. As always it’s a pure joy. Don’t miss the fact that it’s a limited one so when it’s gone it’s gone. And. You get a bonus sheet if you buy the collection pack. It is not sold as a single sheet so it’s an extra treat. paris_1

We went to Paris on our wedding anniversary a couple of years ago. It’s lovely to just stroll around Montmartre and soak the romantic atmosphere. I have used laces and tulle from a LSS and Michaels.

I love the modern, but still romantic feel of this collection. I had a really hard time to tear these lovely sheets apart this time. Our last limited collection Sofiero sold out so quickly so I never got the chanse to replace my favourite sheets. Wise from the lesson it feels like I need to open up a bottle of champagne and make it a ceremonious ritual for every single sheet that I use.paris_2Flowers by Prima, Michaels and Magnolia. Metal from Prima, bling from LSS and Michaels.paris_3Funny thing. I got this tulle a month ago thought the colour was lovely. And then Marie releases Nyhavn with the exact same colour. It’s not the first time. Our style is very similar. Resin from Prima.paris_4

The lovely chipboard is from ScrapFX and has been painted and inked with three different colours (Ingvild Bolme and Tim Holtz inks). Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. Doily die by Prima.

I hope you got inspired by my first Nyhavn creation, it will definitely not be my last. I am completely in love with the Old Townhouses sheet and must use it asap… For this layout I have used the following sheets:

Old Townhouses
A Dockside In Bloom
Romantic Lunch
Strolling Along The Canal
Veteran Ships
Eating Out
Sitting At The DockJenny

New release

I’ve been cleaning my scraphouse all morning to make room for the new release from Maja. Nyhavn. Such beautiful colours are very much needed in this rainy period of the year.Nyhavn-PIt’s inspired by the heritage harbour in Copenhagen. I am completely in love with the three first papers to the left. This time you even get a bonus sheet if you buy the entire collection. Can’t wait to see what that is. But. You better be quick. This is a limited edition and will not reprint. Our latest limited collection Sofiero sold out in notime. So visit our store finder to find a store near you that carries it.

From Santa With Love

I really have a thing with the reds of the latest Christmas collection A Gift For You. I have used my favourite papers on this layout with Joel, I hope you’ll like it. fromsantaJoel was extremely fragile when I shot this photo. Our cat was heavy compared to him and he was approaching his birth weight very fast. We were so lucky to stay out of hospital on Christmas Eve. It was our goal that he was going to spend his first Christmas at home and I am so happy that he managed to. He’s a little fighter and is all well today. fromsanta3 I have used chipboard from ScrapFX, punch from Martha Stewart and a die from Spellbinders. I really love the frame on that pattern so I’ve used it a lot.fromsanta2Flowers and doily die by Prima. I have used the following sheets…

Boquet of poinsettias
Made By Me
From someone special
Given from the heart
Underneath the Christmas tree
Sent with love
Packed by Santas Elves
Wishing you peace & joy
Die cut sheet

As you may have heard from Elena Olinevich my house is very white… Or at least cream. I shot this selfie of me and Joel while we were wearing white and I got the idea to create a layout inspired by my house. Just like Elena did…

bliss_I have used a combination of A Gift For You and Vintage Summer Basics. I have used vellum paper and cardstock to build up the photo. bliss_2I have lots of cream, white and browns in my house. The wallpapers in my livingroom is a little bit too much Vintage Summer Basics. Hubby got nuts when he found out. I dress like Maja collections and now I put it on the walls too… Decorations from Prima and Tim Holtz. The texture paste on the background has been applied with a home made stencil.
bliss_3And a final close up…

Papers used…
A Gift For You
Handwritten Postcard
Wrapped in old newspaper

Vintage Summer Basics
1899
6×6

Jenny

 

Walk with me daddy plus some extras…

I created a special card for Johan’s first Father’s Day last year. This layout continues the journey…walk

I shot this photo of Johan and Joel while Joel was very ill and went in and out of hospital last year. I’ve used the same poem for this layout as I used on the card. Freely translated it goes like this…

Walk with me daddy
Hold my hand while we’re walking
There’s so much I want to learn
And so much I don’t understand
Teach me how to avoid all the danger every day
Teach me to always do my best
And be happy for who I am
Every child needs a loving hand
So they can have support and security
Come and hold my hand daddy
We have a long way to walk
I have used Sofiero and Vintage Summer Basics scraps for this layout…walk2All flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts. Chipboard from Scrap FX, pearls from Michael’s. Lace from LSS.walk4I have used a stripe from one of the Sofiero papers for this beautiful Tim Holtz frame (painted with ordinary white gesso). walk3
The acryllic frame is from Prima, doily by Wild Orchid Crafts. I’ve used scraps from Sofiero and Vintage Summer Basics to create the little circles. I’ve used Ingvild Bolme chalks and Distress Ink to stamp sewing patterns on them and the larger background scraps.
And here’s what the old Father’s Day card looked like last year, created with the wonderful Vintage Autumn Basics collection…FathersDay1
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fathersday5 FathersDay8I also made a little gift box to go along with it…fathersday_box fathersday_box2I have also got a Christmas layout to share with you today, created with A Gift For You…sentwithloveThis photo was shot of Joel on Christmas Eve last year. He was so tiny. Just two months old and very sick…sentwithlove2I have used a little hanger (7Gypsies) to put ribbon on it. Dies from Spellbinders, punches by Martha Stewart. Flowers from Prima, chipboard from ScrapFX. sentwithlove3

I love to use stripes and die cuts from the various Maja collections. They really bring something extra.
I hope you all got inspired. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Jenny

Joel’s birthday card

I have SO many projects that I haven’t had the time to photograph or write about… Here’s one of them. Sweet little Joel’s first birthday card…
joelI have used the Vintage Summer Basics and Coffee In The Arbour collection by Maja Design. Joel absolutely love mirrors so I created a little mirror for him using a Tim Holtz product and a frame from Webster’s Pages. Decorations from Wild Orchid Crafts, stamp by Inkido. Doily die is from Prima.
joel2The backside… All other dies are from Spellbinders. Jenny

Grandma and me

I shot this photo of Joel and his grandma and thought I’d make a framed layout out of it.grandma_I have used the lovely Vintage Spring Basics and LIfe By The Sea for this layout. grandma4_
I have used dies from Tim Holtz/Sizzix and Prima flowers. Bling from Zva Creative, punch from Martha Stewart, frame die from Nestabilities, chipboard frame from Scrap FX. Mask from Prima, Pan Pastels for the background.grandma3Flocked rub-ons and doily die from Prima. The blue paper that I have used as a photo mat is from the Life By The Sea collection 6×6 paper pad. The rest is from Vintage Spring Basics 6×6 paper pad, except for the background 1st of March.grandma6This zipper die by Marianne Design is too cute. I added some stitches, lace and details from Prima.grandma2And the last close up.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!Jenny