Happy Place, Happy Dog

The lovely Shimelle posted a new Sketch to Scrapbook Page the other day, and I found the sketch to be very alluring; there was way more stuff in that sketch than I would usually dare to put on a layout. Maybe I’m coming out of my shell, hehe. As I flipped through my Box of Forgotten Prints I Really Love (BoFPIRL, in short… ehm) there they were, the perfect 4×6 photos just waiting to be scrapbooked. Following the sketch, this layout took me roughly an hour. AN HOUR, people! I usually spend way more time than that on a design, …

Party Like It’s 1999 – Digging In My Photo Box

I have an abundance of old photos, and they are even sort of sorted into boxes. Not super sorted, you know, but at least they are manageable and in a safe place. I love going through them every once in a while and re-discover little gems and memories that I had completely forgotten about. It’s why I love photography so much; one photo can open the door to a whole event. The other day I found these photos of me and my friend Sara. It’s New Years Eve, and we’re at my parent’s house, getting ready to go to a …

Horses, Horses and More Horses, or: How to Beat a Flood of Old Prints

I love horses. There, I said it. I’m not just a crazy cat lady, I am also one of those girls who grew up loving horses. I got to take riding lessons for many years and I was also lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to a two week riding camp, four summers in a row. It was a really big deal for me. I think I was 11 or 12 the first time I went, and it was two weeks without my parents, when I got  to be responsible for a lovely, chubby, pony all on my …

On the Steps – Scrapbook Layout

Ok, so here’s a silly thing: I like sketches, but I’ve hardly ever done a layout based one. It’s a bit like when I’m cooking; I LOVE inspiring recipes but I hardly ever use them when cooking.  I just wing it. But I felt like trying it out some more, and found this sketch challenge on a new Swedish sketch blog, lillblommanskissar.se. Fun! Perfect timing, too! The rules were quite lenient, I could twist and turn the sketch and add or withdraw element, as long as it shows that the layout is based on the sketch. As I dug through …

Going back – The First Scrapbook Layout

I’ve been trying to organise the photos on my hard drive lately, and the other day I came across some photos of the first scrapbook layout I ever made. Well, the first layout in the sense that I had just heard about the concept of scrapbooking here in Sweden. This was back in the end of 2007, or early 2008. I had no idea where to start, what photos or products to use, what events to scrapbook, what journaling was, how to embellish a page, not much at all, really. I knew I liked swirly patterns, and that was about …

Don’t Say a Meow – Scrapbook Layout

No, I didn’t have time to post anything yesterday, but I still did something creative, so, yay me, that was 14 days of that project! I prepared some journalling for a layout I wanted to do today, and also I took some photos of two dear friends, Hanna and Janne, photos that no doubt will end up in my 2012 book. Me, Jed, Hanna and Janne geeked out yesterday and spent the better part of the day and evening playing a board game I love, “Arkham Horror“. Awesome! We beat the big beastie in the end, but it got darned …

The Grandfather and the Dog, part 2

Today I didn’t follow the daily prompt in the creative diary. It had to do with going outside, and since there is a storm going on right now I didn’t feel to compelled to do that, hehe. So instead I stayed in my crafty corner and put together a layout based on the journaling I created yesterday. Since the project is about creating something every day, with no boundaries or rules, and I managed to do an entire layout in one sitting (I’m not a fast scrapbooker) I’m pretty pleased with myself. Yay me! Day 4 is done! Reflection: It’s …

Photos that makes you remember

It doesn’t have to be the most fantastic photo that makes you remember, and it doesn’t have to be from the most special occasion. Of course even the every day things can be just as memorable as the big events. Going through my photo stash I came upon this photograph; it is ten years old, a friend of mine took it, and it’s a photo of me in my early twenties. What struck me about this picture were two things: It was a picture of me just being myself, and it was a photo of me in my first apartment. …

Make your own kind of pattern (even if nobody else sings along)

I started on a new 12×12 layout the other night, and I sat for quite some time going through my stash trying to fins something I thought went with the photo. I couldn’t find one. The photo is one of myself, about10-11 years ago. A good friend took that photo of me, sadly though we lost touch many years ago. I think that photo of me is one of the few from that time I really like. I was in my early 20’s, an sure, when one is young and pretty (harr harr) of course there are a couple of …

More Photography in My Life

This layout is all about me embarking on a deeper journey into the art of photography. I’ve had a camera pretty much since I was 6 or 7 years old, took photography in high school, and got my analogue SLR in my early twenties. The step to digital was a big one, and I sort of fell out of the habit. I had the camera for many years without really using it to it’s full potential, but then something changed in my life, and now I’m feeling more inspired and creative than I’ve ever have. All I want to do …

Scrapping my Dear Tricks

I’ve managed to take a lot of photos of Tricks this summer, and some of my favourites is from the weekend when she visited my parent s and me at the summer cabin. We had a lot of sunshine and spent some time relaxing down by the water, talking about life and love and plans. As she tried out the water I took a few shots, this is one of them.   The spot where she’s standing was my favourite spot when I was little, because it’s full of soft, green, luscious sea grass, and it isn’t too deep, so …

A Tricky Challenge – Dotty Madness Scrapbook Layout

The Swedish webzine “Allt om Scrap” publishes an inspiration issue every Sunday, and last Sunday they posted some layouts from a challenge they did. I didn’t have time to do it last weekend, but I thought it sounded like a lot of fun, so I took some time yesterday to do it, since it really did feel like a challenge. Listen to this: May only contain patterned papers. Must use acrylic paints and 4 different stamps. Have to have one type of overlay and at least 3 tags. And finally, it must have sewing machine stitches. Can not include flowers, …