A heartfelt goodbye to Paperclipping Roundtable

The scrapbooking community online is a fabulous one. While the industry itself might seem frail, as scrapbooking stores, manufacturers and magazines have been shutting down one after another, the online community, I feel, is only growing stronger. We are finding other ways, and we share ideas, inspiration, support and kindness. As being a crafter and living an artful life can feel solitary at times, the online community is all the more important. On days when you are not feeling especially creative, you have somewhere to turn to for that extra little nudge, reminding you why you enjoy it so much. When …

Packing a small travel kit – What craft supplies would you pack?

Well, who doesn’t bring a kit of craft supplies when they travel somewhere? But putting together a crafty travel kit can easily get out of hand, speaking from years of personal over-packing experience. I can never help myself; sneaky rolls of washi tape, a plethora of great pens, a cheeky assortment of notebooks and project life cards, always find their way into my travel bag. Sometimes even a whole mini album kit. It’s not always the most practical thing, especially if you are off on a plane somewhere, and maybe some people will opt to leave room for other things, …

Crafty Catch Up – Sharing some handmade cards and scrapbook layouts

Well hello, ladies and jellybeans! As spring makes its entrance, so does the creative fever, apparently. We are on a bit of a crafty rampage in our household, which makes the crafting chaos grow exponentially. The Mister is building some miniature models, and is a huge stickler for details, which, if you are making miniatures makes it a very, shall we say, intricate process. He needs a lot of tools and strange materials to make things look the way he wants at the right scale and colour, and he’s constantly finding stuff in my extended craft stash that he can use! …

When did I start scrapbooking?

I got a question about when I started scrapbooking, and I had to think about it for a little bit, because in the end the answer comes down to how you define scrapbooking. If someone would have asked me this question eight years ago, when I had just discovered Scrapbooking as a concept here in Sweden, I would have said: “Oh, I just started!” and then explained how that happened. But answering the same question today, I’d say: “In one way or another, I have done it all my life”. Here are a few examples: I was the master at hoarding …

The crafter at the end of the stashiverse

Are you thinking about ways to use your stash? If you didn’t know by now, I can tell you straight out that I am very, very fond of my scrapbook papers. I think that of all the products I use for my crafting, the pretty paper is what sparks the most joy. I can talk scrapbook paper for hours on end (boring loved ones to tears), and, likewise regarding organizing them. Some people say that you can never have too much paper, and though in my heart that rings true, there comes a point when yes, one can have too …

Deranged ramblings about scrapbook paper organization

This is the deranged and rambling confession of a scrap-crazy, organizational freak. I will now commence to talk for a very long time, very seriously, and in detail, about the storing and sorting of my scrapbook papers though my “scrapbooking career”. If this topic seems insane, or insanely uninteresting to you, read no further. Nonetheless, here’s is my rant, so let me explain the evolution of my scrapbook paper organization (I know, riveting stuff, right?). Now; why am I writing about this? Partly because organizing is both important and enjoyable for me, but also because the more I think about …

The first time I visited a scrapbook store

Do you remember the first time you stepped into a proper scrapbook store? I certainly do. It was somewhere in the fall of 2006. Me and my mum had decided to start organizing our favourite recipes in pretty binders, but we had a hard time finding the supplies we wanted; our generic craft chain store didn’t have very much of what we needed back then, and if you were lucky, you could possibly find some plain A4 letter paper in different colours in bookshops and art supply stores, and maybe some stickers. Scrapbooking hadn’t really taken off in Sweden in …

Layouts from the NSD Weekend 2015

So I had a great NSD weekend, folks! I love National Scrapbook day! It’s like one of the best holidays a scrapbooker could ask for. All in all I made 11 scrapbook layouts, which feels great! Especially since i have decided to make 50 projects (layouts, project life pages or cards) before I can go shopping again for new products. I hope to get it done by the end of May! I was on a spending freeze from Christmas until the 26th of April, which is when I went to a big craft convention in Stockholm (Scrap and Pearl), and had a …

(inter)National Scrapbook Day 2015 is finally here!

It’s here, finally, the (inter)National Scrapbook Day 2015! I will be a very busy bee all day (and all weekend) long crafting my butt off, mainly following the challenges over at the Scrap Gals facebook community, who will have challenges going on from 9 am to 9 pm. That is SCT though (standard central time), so for me in little ol’ Sweden, it will be from 4 in the afternoon to 4 in the morning! Cheesh, I will need a lot of chocolate. I will try and post regularly throughout the day on my Instagram account, so be sure to follow me there! …

Frozen – The Scrapbooker Edition

I was listening to the Pink Camera podcast the other day, an episode where the lovely Sandra and Lisa were airing out their current frustrations and irks about scrapbooking and suchlike, and it was just so much fun to listen too, and very cathartic, as I could nod and agree with a lot of what they said. I warmly recommend you to go over and have a listen! Anyway, it inspired me to have a think about some my own frustrations at the moment, which is mostly self-inflicted, so here’s me having a right waffle about my scrappy frustrations at …

Hello world

Hiya peeps! Long time, no see, huh? I know, I know. I haven’t felt especially wordy in quite some time, and have mostly been using the Internet to look up funny cat pictures. And pug pictures. Lots and lots of pug pictures. Staying on the quiet side of life have felt comforting. But I am starting to miss using my words. And using my platforms. So maybe today I will start again? The very first sentence on that test post on a brand new WordPress blog always starts: “Hello world!”. So let’s make it like that. Hello world! I have …

Exploring Old Airfields is a Perfectly Respectable Hobby!

I am so thoroughly excited about taking Shimelle Laine’s latest online scrapbooking class: “Return to the Collection”! I feel the need to list a bunch of spontaneous reasons, let the ramble commence: I LOVE COLLECTION PACKS! Collection packs are so handy and, from a stashy hoarder viewpoint, manageable. You get the basic best parts of a collection, which is mainly the paper collection, and often a sticker sheet and some alpha stickers. This means you won’t add a TON of new things to your pile of pretty papers, but sort of get to pick the raisins out of the cake …