Tuesday, June 27, 2017


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!


Sunday, June 25, 2017


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!


Friday, June 16, 2017


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!