Sunday, August 20, 2017

DOCUMENTING OUR ROADTRIP

About a month ago I shared the travel journal I kept when out on our family roadtrip to Dalarna. You can see it in this post. I had over 500 photos from the trip so it's taking a while to sort them through and put them in my Project Life album. Here are the first four pages that went into my album.

I knew I would need more product than just the Studio Calico July kit, so I went shopping at The Lilypad for digital products. I got three digital kits from Paislee Press that went well with the activities of this week: Scenic Route, Summer Vibes and Tour Guide.

When making a spread I prefer to keep a limited colour palette. For this page I went with red and dark teal. 


When in Tällberg we found this tiny museum located inside a phone booth. You can see our daughter standing inside it in the photo below. It featured facts and phones through the times. It was fun for the kids who's actually never seen the type of phone that was attached to the wall before!


After our quick visit to Tällberg we checked in to our rental cabin in Leksand, where we stayed for three days. We had lake Siljan right outside our window. The top left photo is taken at midnight. 


We spent the next day in Rättvik, starting out at the lookout tower Vidablick. They didn't have any info sheet to give out so instead I took a picture of a sign with facts about the tower that hung on the wall. I intended to use it for writing some journaling about our visit, but I realised the sign was readable in the photo so I just stuck it in a pocket. Time saver!


You can see Långbryggan (The Long Dock) reaching out into the lake in the bottom right photo. That's where we headed next! 



It was quite chilly and windy at the lookout tower, but the sun was kind enough to come out as we walked along the dock. I love this place!


To be continued!

/Magdalena

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A NEW ALBUM

With the start of July it's time for a new Project Life album. I'm staying with the 9x12" format, which works perfectly for me. I searched around a good while for some title page inspiration. Finally I settled on this design.

 

We each picked a Snapchat filter and then I dipped into my stash for older cards and embellishments. I even used up my very last "Currents" cards by Tina Aszmus. 

The new album opens up on week 27, which started July 3rd. When documenting a week in my pocket album I don't stick to any certain number of pages. It all depends on how many photos I have. Week 27 took up three pocket pages, and I've also made two layouts that I mix in among the pocket pages. 

I knew I would find the Studio Calico July kit hard to work with (not my colors) so I had stocked up on digital products. This page features Hyannis by One Little Bird. I got both the journaling cards and the elements pack. At the beginning of the week we visited my mom and my brother and his family came over also. 


For the second half of week 27 me and the kids were on our own, with hubby off on vacation with a friends. We spent one day hanging out at a public pool. Digitals from Paislee Press (Summer Vibes Elements)(Pocket Guide No.8)and One Little Bird.


And here is the layout that goes with the pocket page. I designed it from sketch 1C in the Summer of Sketches class.


During the week we also spent a day in the city and hung out at the library. Digitals by One Little Bird (Chapters elements)


For those of you that have read and enjoyed "A man called Ove" by Fredrik Back I can really recommend "Britt-Marie was here" by the same author. This time the main character is a middle-aged woman forced to start a new life after divorcing her husband. It's not the type of book I usually read but I really loved it. It's both funny and beautiful with loveable characters.

If you want to read more from Swedish authors keep your eyes open for Mats Strandberg. He writes really creepy horror novels in the spirit of Stephen King. His first book "Blood Cruise" comes out in English next year. His second book "Hemmet" (The Home) was just as good. It revolves around a home for the elderly where the patients are being possessed.


At the moment I'm working on documenting the roadtrip we took during week 29. There are lots of photos so it takes a while to put it all together. I'm using the Scenic Route and Tour Guide digital kits from Paislee Press. I'll be sharing them as soon as I'm done, but here is a peek of the first page.


/Magdalena




Sunday, July 23, 2017

ON THE GO TRAVEL JOURNAL

We just got back from our roadtrip up north and today I thought I'd share my travel journal how-to with you. I prefer to do a quick and easy travel journal while on vacation, and then use my notes to do the actual documenting when I get home. Whether you document your trip in a minialbum, on pocket pages, on layouts or in a traveler's notebook it's great to have a place to scribble things down and not have to worry about it looking perfect. Here is how I do it!

PUT A KIT TOGETHER



Pack a small documenting kit, with essentials such as a notebook, scissors, a gluestick, pen, coloring pencils and a date stamp. I love this clever tin case with two-toned pencils! That little globe is a sharpener.

WHILE ON THE GO

The two most important things while out and about is:

1) CHECK IN  to Facebook! When at museums, a restaurant or even just a rest stop, check in. It's super quick to do and gives you checkpoints along the way to go back to when you sit down to do your notes later.

2) Pick up duplicates of every free booklet, map or info sheet you come across. Take everything! 



GETTING IT ALL ON PAPER

It's a good idea to have a formula when documenting your trip. When you get home it's easier to find the info you need, and it also minimizes the obstacle of sitting down to do your notes after a long day of seightseeing and travelling. My formula looks like this:

  • Pictures on the left, writing on the right
  • Day of the week plus a date stamp
  • Borders, titles, arrows
  • The day's happenings listed with the time and a short descriptive sentence.


First I do my writing, looking up the times of my facebook check-ins. I then flip through the papers I've collected during the day and cut out anything that helps me tell the story of the day. In the spread above I found a photo of the café we ate at and a small map where I marked out our walk. On the next page I adhered an add for the restaurant we had lunch at and a text with facts about the lookout tower we visited.



On our third day we visited an amusement park. I cut out part of the park map to mark out the water slides I went down. This is why it's a good idea to take two of everything. Cut one up, stick one in your album! (This is also where I had to document the fact that I had accidentaly packed my daughter's bathing suit instead of my own and had to go panic shopping for a new one.)



On day four we took a guided tour of the very old copper mine in Falun. On the left side I added pictures from the mine and the museum, but also two of the old mine legends the guide told us about. (And also, mishap number two. As we tried to check into our second rented cabin we discovered I had booked the wrong month! Luckily a relative let us use her apartment for the remaining two days of our vacation.)



The last two days went on the same spread since our plans changed because of the booking mishap. We met up with family and friends, so there weren't many clippings to add. I found a map that covered all the towns we visitied on our roadtrip, so I wrote in the dates for each visit.



I will be adding all this info plus the photos I took to our Project Life album. I will post the album pages here on the blog as soon as I can.

/Magdalena

Sunday, July 9, 2017

SUMMER DOCUMENTED

As I'm getting near the end of a kit it gets harder and harder to put together pocket pages that I'm 100% happy with. The June kit from Studio Calico is pretty much gone, so I've been struggeling with weeks 25 and 26. I've done my best filling out the pockets with cards from my stash and digital products. I find it hard to incorprate cards from my stash most of the time, because there is a reason that card went into my stash instead of onto a page. 

I'm a huge fan of the tiny collage templates from Paislee Press and often add them to my pages. For week 25 and 26 I've used the 4x6 Photo Templates Vol. 6 set. Our daughter saved up to buy a Hatchimal toy and was super excited when it hatched. 




On June 23rd we celebrated Midsummer in Sweden. Our kids a too old to enjoy jumping around the maypole pretending to be frogs these days, so we stayed at home this year. We had a delicious lunch together as a family instead. Lots of new potatoes and sill ofcourse. Yum! 



We had a ton of stuff going on for week 26. I've only documented the first half of the week so far. On Monday I took the kids to the city to shop for my husbands birthday the next day. They also got to pick up a book each at the book store. I've challenged them to a "Most Pages Read" competition over summer break. They get to add their pages and then multiply by four. If they beat me they each get a toy. If I win they have to wait on me for an entire day!


Happy 39th birthday, daddy! Breakfast in bed, presents and dinner at his restaurant of choice.


This photo below cracks me up! As soon as I saw I knew I had to put it on page. This shows the kids' presonalities when it comes to food perfectly. She's smiling in the front, and he's making a face tasting the dip sauce. She's excited to try anything new, loves vegetables, sauces and any food we consider "grown up food" like feta cheese, olives and shrimp. He's sceptic towards everything! It's a struggle to have him taste anything new even though he knows he only has to have one taste. If he doesn't like it he doesn't have to eat it. 


 I'll be ending this post now with a sneak peek of my Summer of Sketches project that will be in the classroom on July 17th.



/Magdalena









Tuesday, June 27, 2017

FUN AND GAMES

Being on summer break I've really had the time to sit down and catch up in my Project Life album. As I was adding in the pages for week 24 I noticed how thick my album was getting. It's so full I can hardly fit more pages in there. I start a new album in July every year so it's not a problem but as I went back to look at my older albums I realized something. All my January to June albums are much thicker than my July to December albums. I think this is a combination of A) The natural light being so much better in Sweden during spring than fall which makes take more photos in spring and B) Doing December Daily. Have you noticed any such patterns in your own documenting?

In my week 24 pages I went all out with the purple pieces in the Been and Gone kit and Tina Aszmus' Underwater card set. It's not a color I've worked much with before and it was fun to try something new. On Monday this week I celebrated the end of the school year with my teacher collegues. We teamed up and took part in a whole bunch of silly competitions. In the evening we had dinner together at an Italian restaurant. I cropped the photos to leave space for my journaling. I picked green as my accent color because it was a prominent color in the photos.



Purple and red sounds like a weird color combo but I think it totally works on this page. My title card comes from this template set from Paislee Press.It's a great set that I use a lot, because it has both 4x6 and 3x4 templates in it. 


I used the number 4 from stamp booklet to document my love for tiedye dress from Indiska. I go there to buy new summer dresses, but always end up coming homw with yet another tiedye dress, just in a different color than I had before. I have four of them so far. This is the kind of outfit I live in all summer. Just change the dress!


I just love how versatile the Been and Gone kit is. For my "Day in the city" insert I picked a black, white and grey color scheme and the feel of the page is totally different. I love how soft and calm it is. On this day I thought I was taking my son to the city for dental surgery, but it turned out to be yet another evaluation visit. We've been waiting for his surgery for 18 months but they keep reevaluating it, and he may turn out not to need surgery at all. Sigh! So me and my son turned the day into a sightseeing tour with icecream instead. Again I used my photos as journaling spots.


This copper sculpture named Jona is super cool. It pictures both a man and a whale and it's heated and intended as a seating place. It's super warm and cozy and wonderful to rest on during cool days. The "Let's just chill" card is actually gold embossed but looks black in this picture. It comes from Tina's Underwater card set.


I've used the Tour Guide Elements by Paislee Press throughout.


This is one of my favorite spots take photos in Uppsala because it shows off every season so well. This spot looks amazing in the spring when the chestnut trees bloom, and in the fall covered in leaves and in the winter when the bare branches are covered in snow.


Here is the same spot in November.


Week 25 will be up on the blog in a few days!

/Magdalena


Sunday, June 25, 2017

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

We're finally on summer break here in Sweden. Last day of school for the kids was on June 8th. I worked for another week and now we're off for eight weeks. Summer so far has been wonderful. Some warm and sunny days, and a bit of rain in between. 

Before I post the pages of week 23 I have to start out by saying I love love loooove the Been & Gone documenter kit from Studio Calico. When I recieve my documenter kit I always start by sorting the cards by color, and most months that can be up to eight piles. I find it hard to work with that many different colors, especially when sometimes one pile consists of one or two cards. There are scrapbookers who brilliantly mix colors on their pocket pages and make them look cohesive, but that's not me. I prefer to be working with one or two colors mixed with black and white. For the month of June the whole kit sorted into only four piles! The Been & Gone kit is super easy to work with. I think it may just be my favorite documenter kit ever. 

For the first page I focused on green and peachy pink. Tina Aszmus' addon card set "Underwater" mixes perfectly with the main kit, and I've been using it through out as well.  The middle photos are taken by my husband after the last day of school ceremony. I didn't add any extra journaling because I've also made a layout about the end of school using these photots. I won't be sharing the layout with you, because it's part of one of the lessons for my new Big Picture Classes class "Old and new" that will be going up later this summer.


The stamp set for the June kit is amazing too, not just the color scheme. It has both phrases and a pattern building set. I've been using the kit stamps a lot more than I usually do.


On Saturday the kids took part in the childrens' obstacle course event. It's 1,2 km obstacle course that ends with a gauntlet where they face the real tv-show gladiators. (That's Dante getting caught by Hero in the mid left photo.) The event raises money for childrens' cancer research. I picked out the blue and pink cards that matched the hat Nea was wearing. The field notes template is from the Tour Guide set by Paislee Press.



The blue and pink theme continues for the last page of week 23. As you can see I've been using that small stamp booklet like crazy! I hope we'll be getting a similar item in a different color scheme in the future. I loved stapling on these colorful bits of paper, and that some of them were big enough to add some journaling to. 


I had a whole series of photos from Nea bouncing this ball on her racket and acting silly. I kept taking photos until I got that wonderful laugh at the end. She's such a goofball!


I've had a hard time getting the chipboard asterisks from the backing without ruining them. I really wish there was a better way to package them. I love that they have adhesive backing but I always manage to pull the bottom part off and having to use glue to attach them anyway. Have you figured out any tricks for getting the whole chipboard shape out of the packaging please share!

I'll be sharing the pages for week 24 tomorrow, so come back then!

/Magdalena

Friday, June 16, 2017

A LITTLE BIT OF SUMMER

At least for a few days! I ended up with enough photos for five pages because of the long weekend of week 21. The supplies for the first spread is mainly from the Alfresco documenter kit from Studio Calico. These Nutella cookies were delicious and easy to make. Nea used the leftover Nutella to spread on a hot dog bun. Why not? 


On our Friday off we all went into the city of Uppsala to shop for some summer clothes for the kids plus get hair cuts. Nea had decided on chopping off most of her hair. It turned out super cute and our mornings are so much easier now!


We spent Saturday baby sitting this sweet little cousin. It was sunny and hot and we brought out the inflatable pool to cool off. Baby cousin would rather explore the backyard than splashing in the water, though. Face "hearted" for privacy. These quote cards are great fillers. One side is black and white and the other side has colors.


Swedish Mother's Day is the last Sunday of May. I got breakfast in bed and sweet homemade cards. Later in the day we visited both grandma's for lunch and a classic Swedish fika. I cut a page from Tina Aszmus' Spring Zine to fill the middle pocket.



I've already started in on Week 22 so hopefully I will be posting those pages shortly!

/Magdalena