Sunday, October 1, 2017

HELLO FALL

My favorite season is here! I love everything about fall - the temps, the food, the drinks, nature, the cozy darkness, scary movies  and books coming out. All of it! I was lucky enough to recieve Tina Aszmus' Fall journaling cards as part of my September guest DT spot goodies. Last month I ordered her Halloween kit, too. Looking forwards to using more of that in October.

Nea got a movie ticket for her August birthday and wanted to go see Despicable Me 3. On the way home we got caught in a crazy rainstorm and had a good laugh about that. We also went shopping for new tea flavors. The seasonal blends of fall are my favorite. We got Choco Chili, Earl Grey Spice (which smelled just like cinnamon buns) and Autumn Embers (a mix of black tea, cardamom and grapefruit). 



The autumn sky photo was taken by Nea on the way home from a friend. I've also documented getting carded at the liquor store. I'm 44 and the legal limit in Sweden 20. YAS! I'm sticking to my scary reads. Two books in September. Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King was a good short story but I don't know if it deserves getting published on it's own. It would've sat better in an anthology. The other book is the third and last part of a trilogy by John Ajvide Lindqvist. I suspect it'll be awhile before it comes out in English.


The next page is all new cards paired with older embellishments from my stash. Barbequing at my brother's and silly kids playing around. I have the world's cutest niece! You'll just have to take my word for it. :)


More scary stuff! I've been watching FTWD in wait of TWD premiering in mid October. I cannot wait! The other night I dreamt Daryl turned into a werewolf and had to be put down. Me and hubby went to see It and it was everything it's been hyped up to be. Loved it!



The last page for September is all photos from a day in the woods with grades 4 and 5. It looks like I was alone but I had four classes and seven collegues with me. I just made sure to keep them out of the frame so I could publish the pictures without asking for permission.



And that is all for September. Enjoy whatever season you're having where you live!

/Magdalena

Sunday, September 10, 2017

ALL ABOUT AUGUST

August went by so quickly with GISHWHES and Nea's birthday in the first week, getting back to work in the second week and school starting for the kids the third week. We also managed to squeeze in a week of being sick in the flu and I got food poisoning on top of that. It was a busy month!

I've taken lots of photos this month, and posted two of the August pocket pages on the blog yesterday. We no longer get the rubber month in the Studio Calico documenter kits, and I'm quite happy about that. I prefer variation! This is the August title page. Baking blueberry muffins, hanging with friends and taking swim lessons at the pool.


When completing one of the GISHWHES items (Get a caveperson to demonstrate glass-blowing!) we visited Ulva kvarn. It's an old mill that houses all kinds of craftsmen and women plus a café. The top right card is from the Tour Guide photo templates by Paislee Press.



We are seeing the end of the summer season here in Sweden. I wanted to document that with a few nature pictures. With them I added in some "reading and watching right now". Book review card from the digital kit Chapters by One Little Bird.


Beartown by Fredrik Backman was the last book I read for the summer. It was amazing! I read until 4 AM and finished it one day. It's the first part of a series of three books. I'm really looking forwards to reading the rest. 


I'm wrapping up August with photos from the birthday party for our kid's twin cousins, who were born three days after Nea. Silly family photos FTW!



/Magdalena

Saturday, September 9, 2017

SEPTEMBER GUEST CT AT STUDIO CALICO

I was really excited to be asked to guest the Studio Calico creative team for September. It's such a colorful kit that suited my style perfectly. I got to work with both the scrapbook and documenter kit plus the mini book and fall card addons and a few extra stamp sets. You can find all the creative team projects here.

This floral paper was my favorite paper from the scrapbook kit. It looked great on top of the black cardstock. I used the bottom strip of paper to add a bit of punch next to the photo. This is my favorite photo from our summer roadtrip to Dalarna. I love how their cool poses don't match the beautiful countryside setting at all!



Nea had her birthday in August and every year I do a birthday interview with the kids. I used no patterned paper for the birthday interview layout, just every single button in the package! The title stamp got some golden dots from a gel pen.



As I may have told you before I keep my layouts and pocket pages all together in the same album. The layout above goes with this pocket page, that I've made with the August documenter kit.



The first week of August is also GISHWHES week. GISHWHES is short for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. It's such a fun event that focus on charity both by donating money but also comitting random acts of kindness throughout the week. You're in a team with 14 other people trying to complete around 200 crazy and creative challenges. The whole thing is organized by American actor Misha Collins. This year GISHWHES saved 40.000 acres of rainforest in Nepal and rescued a dance school aimed at providing a career in dancing for underprivilaged children in South Africa.

One of the items for this year was to get the quote "We create therefor we live" tattooed on your body. I wasn't the one to get the tattoo, but I thought it was a wonderful quote. I put it on this layout to document my parttaking in GISHWHES of 2017. I picked the rainbow stripe paper and cut it in tiny triangles to make it look like a big colrful explosion of creativity. The photo was taken by my daughter. I'm wearing a caveperson costume I stitched together for one of the items.


I wanted to put some of the items I completed in my album, so I put together a pocket page too. I used the August kit with a few other items to make a GISHWHES spread. The items you see here are toys caught in the act, snail yoga, recreating a page from a children's book, recreating a celebrity photo shoot and then tweeting it to said celebrity (check the hashtag #embracereality for more hilarious recreations!), my favorite cartoon character made from spices, an Enochian typewriter, giving flowers to someone exiting a place of worship other than my own, a caveperson demonstrating glass blowing and showing off a teacup and saucer holster to bring a bit of sophistication to the wild west.




I was super excited to have my Rihanna tweet picked up by the GISHWHES team on the second day of the hunt. Don't I look just like her?


Besides the three layouts above I had a pocket page spread in the CT gallery for September. It was all about our day of fun at Gröna Lund, the Stockholm amusement park. We spent the day on the rides and in the evening we got to watch Alice Cooper in concert. Something Dante had been looking forwards to since Christmas.


Come back tomorrow to see the rest of my August pages!

/Magdalena




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

MY NEW CLASS

Guess what? I've got my fourth class up at Big Picture Classes this week. It's all about digging into your stash for the reall old, or ancient even, supplies that are hiding in there. The class is called Old & New and takes up paper, specialty paper, alphabets and embellishments. The aim is to get you to stop hoarding and start crafting! 


I've checked out a few of the other new classes as well, and you really get a bang for your buck right now! Pocket Prompts 30 by Leontien van Veen was as beautiful as expected, with some great photography tips in there. Me and my 8 year old took the Doodling Nature class by Mandy Ford, and had a great time drawing together. I must also recommend the Digging Deeper | Adding Meaningful Journaling class by Candace Perkins. It made me reconsider the way I journal in Project Life. I don't want to give anything away but it's an eyeopener! I'm sure there are many more great classes too, but I haven't had the time to check them all out.

Aaaaaand tomorrow, my contribution to the September Design Team gallery at Studio Calico goes live. Check it out at noon EST! I have a pocket spread and three layouts in the gallery. It was super fun to work with the September kits. Loved the colors! Plus there are some amazing fall themed products as well. 

As I promised earlier in the month here are a few more of the pages from our family roadtrip this summer. With so many photos it takes time to document it all!

LifeLovePaper freebies deluxe below! Check out this blogpost by Tina Aszmus for a list of her freebies. I combined Tina's freebies with the Summer Vibes Elements kit by Paislee Press.


I had a bunch of ephemera to add to the piece about our visit to Falu Gruva, the old copper mine in Falun. Sweden. I stapled the ticket for the guided tour to a 4x6 card from Studio Calico. Also, more Paislee Press digitals!


To fit it all in I used a 6x8 page protector as an insert. I tucked a map of the mine area in one of the front pockets. And how cute is Nea in the yellow mine tour outfit? Behind the insert you get a glimpse of a fact booklet that I just hole-punched and stuck in the album on it's own. And I finally got my hands on the Avery insert tabs at Ali Edwards. They sell out so fast! 


The mine is said to have been discovered by a billy goat named Kåre (Coar-reh)a thousand years ago, when he came back home to his master with red horns. 


The last page I'm sharing with you today is from our visit to Sollerö-Åsens fäbod. There are many of these seasonal farms in northern Sweden. They were used for just a few short weeks in the summer for food production and grazing for the animals. One of these farms would house the teen daughters of the village and they would spend the summer up here working hard but having a great time out on their own too, I imagine. Many of these small farms are now in use as summer homes or kept as museums. This farm was in use from the mid 1600's until the 1940's. 


My paternal grandmother had many stories from her mother that used to take the family goats up to one of these farms during summer. They were mostly ghost stories (or goat stories, hehe) and I was terrified. I believed them all! Mostly because she believed them, too. 


That's all for today. Don't forget to check out reveal at Studio calico tomorrow!

/Magdalena

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