And the Collective Scrapiverse Screamed Out Loud

So this happened the other day: I was having a lazy weekend breakfast with my beloved Mr Boo and he looks up at me, with his pretty blusih greenish eyes, and says sincerely: “You know what, hun, your crafting corner is completely cramped, you hardly have any room in there anymore, why don’t you just move into the office, and I can put my computer in that small nook instead.” And my heart skipped a beat. And in my mind, completely and instantly, I had the entire layout of the office organized. Workspace. And storage. STORAGE! So much more space. …

A Scrappy New Year!

  Dear fellow crafters, scrapbookers, and creative popsicles: It’s a new year! Happy New to all of you! During December I kept myself rather busy crafting, decorating, making gifts and cooking for the holidays. Christmas was celebrated at our home this year and since it was my “first” I had quite a few items on my list to cross off. So much fun! Exhausting but wonderful, in so many ways. I made a lot of handmade gifts; for my mother and father, for Mr Boo, for my friends. I made a Christmas calender for Mr Boo and my friend Micu, …

The Beauty of Mail Art

Getting a postcard or a letter in the post is a fantastic thing. It’s something personal and colourful that someone sent to you, and only for you. It’s not a common thing anymore, to get real correspondence in actual paper form, instead of messages on Facebook or Twitter, or a text on your phone. What ends up in your mailbox is mostly bills or junk mail. My friend Micu decorates her letters in so many ways, and every time I find one in my mail box I do a little dance!   Micu recently started a project, inviting everyone or …

Confessions of a Scrapbookshopoholic

Real Brick N’ Mortar scrapbook stores are not very common in Sweden, so one have to order online most of the time. But it’s just so much better to be able to see the all the products in real life (and it just makes the shopping experience so much nicer). So when I go on a trip somewhere I try to find a craft- or scrapbook store to indulge in. One store I have sort of been stalking online for many years now is Blade Rubber Stamps in London. It’s been one of those shops I’ve been hoping to get …

Cut it, Scrap it, Punch it, Tag it

I seldom throw away small scraps of paper. Not because I don’t have enough product to work with, but because I don’t like the waste, especially with product that has doubtlessly has left a global footprint (even if it is made from recycled paper). That little piece of pretty paper has been through a long journey to end up in my box of scraps. I mean, think about it: How much energy and resource is used for producing the basic paper, print it, package it and then ship it? Add in the fact that all the components in the product …

Document Your Hobby & Document Your Life

I love when I find old photos on my hard drive that maybe didn’t make much sense at the time they were taken, but have details that suddenly make sense to me NOW. As I looked through the photos of an old layout yesterday, I found this one: I remember that I used to take loads of photos like this, just documenting my work surface at the time (it changed rather often, I lived my crafting life in bags) and how it changed through the process. Documenting the time I spent crafting and creating. The funny thing is how it …

What happened this weekend?

Quick update since I didn’t have time to post any pics this weekend. I’ve used my camera a LOT this weekend though, so many photos to process! Last week the temperature dropped considerably and winter hit Sweden for real. We’ve had -10 to -14 degrees (Celsius) in the mornings and I’ve bundled up in layers upon layers of snugly warm winter clothes every day, but it’s still freezing! Still, we don’t have it as bad down here in Stockholm. I’ve heard numbers like -30 and -40 up north. Yikes! So, perfect winter evenings to stay indoors and scrap, right? The …

Lefty Loosey, Righty Tighty – Create 365, Day 11

  Today’s prompt in the Daily Creative Journal was to do something in a medium I’m used to, but use my non-dominant hand. So, that would be my left. I always sort of considered myself to have pretty decent motor skills with my left hand. I used to play the viola and violin, that’s all about left-handed motor skills. I used to play the piano as well. Same thing there. But writing or drawing in my notebook, something I usually do every day, with my left hand? As you can see it didn’t go so well. All my left hand …

What do you collect?

The prompt for day 5 in the creative diary was a bit of a problem for me: “Do you collect something? Make something with your collection or borrow someone else’s”. Now: Who doesn’t collect something? And what counts as a collection? Do you collect cutlery just because you have a full set for a dinner placing? Does my books count? I have surrounded myself with large amount of books my entire life, it’s just a habit really, not a concious act of collecting them. They just… accumulate. What’s the difference between collection and accumulation? Is my box of My Little …

365: Daily Creativity

Happy new year, everyone! 2012 is here, and with it a whole new fresh year full of blank pages and ideas and possibilities. Awesome! I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. But I knew I wanted a project to focus on this year. So when I found Noah Scalin’s 365: A Daily Creativity Journal (also available as Kindle edition) I just thought it was the perfect thing for me this year. 365 prompts for doing something creative every day. And a small space to make a note of what you did. Noah Scalin started his project Skull -A-Day back in …