Friday, December 25, 2009

Making a Gingerbread House...



We had a lot of fun making a gingerbread house yesterday... me, DH and my youngest sister who is staying with us over the holidays, that is. It became a fairytale house this year, from the story about Hans and Greta. I bought the parts ready so it was only to glue it all together with sugar frosting. And we decorated with a lot of candy of course.

I know my small nephews will have a blast breaking this house to pieces after Christmas with a hammer (traditionally on the 13th of January when we dance out the Christmas).

Merry Christmas to you all:)



Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Cold Winter Walk...




Finally we've got some snow where I live, hopefully it will stay until Christmas. Today me and DH took a long walk, enjoying the sunny weather. Though it was really cold, brrrr...










As we've had such cold weather lately, large ice crystals had grown like flakes on the old grass. Really fascinating:)



Thursday, December 17, 2009

Making Christmas Cards...




This year I wanted to scrap some Christmas cards, never done that before. And I felt so inspired by Kristina Werner design blog, wow, she make such cute cards, and at the same time clean & simple which I love:) 

But I had a really hard time finding christmassy papers! The local stores in my little hometown had nothing except the patterned paper you can see above on the card. And it was too late to order over the Internet. Sooo, I did my best with what I had at home... I used my new 2" circular punch for the first time ever for a holiday greeting I made in Photoshop and printed out, so it's kind of a hybrid card. Even my scallop border punch came to use.

(I know what you're thinking now, why didn't she print out a digital paper? Well I would have if it is was just a couple of cards I was making but I realised I had to do so many that it was cheaper to buy papers.)

It was so fun that I've already started on a birthday card. Miss Mint's new birthday boogie paper pack that I bought the other day will come to good use. I've probably been bitten by the hybrid card fly, lol.



Sunday, December 13, 2009

A little Christmas Gift...




I wish you all a merry Christmas with a little Christmas mini-kit. I've been baking some lately, Christmas cookies and cakes... so I guess that was my inspiration for drawing a baking angel. Sitting on a cloud making the sweetest cookie dough, lol.

I also made a baking angel-sticker which is not on the preview but in the download though and a clipping-mask for your photo so it can fit into the frame. 

Below is a quick layout I made with the mini-kit, a Christmas cookie recipe. The stitches are by Syrin, a freebie from the last issue of DST Insider. You can also find her products at Catscrap, she's got some really great collections of stitches.

I also want to thank all my blog readers, I love reading your comments:) Thank You!

You can download HERE

Update: I've been asked about the font I used on my page, it's called Gruenewald and it's free. You can get it here.
God Jul till dig också Maiku:)










Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Mom's latest creative project...




My mom has always loved to create things, even though she's almost 70 and her eyesight isn't the best she still make things like this, an Advent Calendar. Well, she bought the plant but otherwise she made all the boxes and she decorated it herself. I just had to take some photos so I could show you, I thought is was such a great idea, haven't seen an Advent calendar like that before.








The last photo of the Advent Calendar is in daylight, that's why it looks so different. We celebrated 1st of Advent too, Sunday evening. I gathered my family for coffee and Swedish Christmas cakes and cookies; like ginger snaps and saffron cake. We lighted the first candle, it's such an impressive moment, the beginning of all the celebrations of December.



Friday, November 27, 2009

My mom's old doll...




I'm scrapping in a VERY simple way these days, ha-ha... square and simple. As usual I'm using papers by Andrea Victoria at Designerdigitals; Pina papers, word art by Jessica Sprague. It's my mom's old doll, I think she got it after the war, grandma made the dress anyway. It's been through some really tough times, even crossed the Baltic Sea in a storm. It's a miracle it's still in one piece.

We're celebrating 1st of Advent on Sunday here in Sweden, lighting the first candle. Time is passing by quickly now...

Have a great weekend:)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Holidays in Hand, my book of prompts....





I'm in Jessica Sprague's class Holidays in Hand and finally I've got something to show, although it's obviously not the December Album that "hopefully" will be the final result. But I made a book of the 31 prompts we've received from Jessica. I printed them out and also made a cover. It really helps you to get in the creative mood, giving you lots of ideas. I'm writing on the back of each page answers to the questions about past Christmas's and present ones. There's also great suggestions on each prompt on what to photograph each day.

Jessica, I love your class! XOXO...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lovely patterned papers...




Andrea Victoria is one of my favourite designers. Her papers are so beautiful or should I say stylish and modern... I bought these, Autumn Air - Paper pack and Autumn Air - Solids, a while ago and love them:) You can find them here.
I know I will use them a lot.

In my page below I've used them and also a stitched frame by Anna Aspnes (Stitched by Anna No. 1 White) and a flower by Katie Pertiet (freebie). All from Designerdigitals. The word art I made myself and the font is Arno Pro.








Monday, November 16, 2009

Vintage Photos...









I've blogged before about Jessica Sprague's photo editing class (Photo Editing; frame-ups and special effects) that I attended this summer, it was great; so much fun to learn and a lot of awesome downloads including material from "House of 3". This self-paced class is still available at JessicaSprague.com, at the moment for $25.

Inspired by these lessons I made the photo above in vintage style, you can see the original below. I used one of Pioneer Woman's free action sets, action set 1 which you can find here, to make the vintage look. I used the action called "vintage", but lowered the opacity a bit. There's also a "quick edge burn" I used and "boost". With one of Photoshop's default brushes I made some stars. The font is Chopin Script.

As you can see I worked on the eyes too, to make them pop you can use a couple of different ways but this video tutorial is also great.

Check out Pioneer Woman's action set 2, it's also free:)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Another Scrap lift...






I found another interesting book layout today that I wanted to scrap lift, the cover of a cook book (Meze, mm... I like that). Finally it became a page about a visit to a little cafe somewhere on the Swedish countryside.

I also made two templates, one A4 and one in letter size. The grey border on the journaling card is on it's own layer and the color can easily be changed or you can drag a paper on top of it and use the ctrl+alt+g command. The drop shadow I put there can of course be removed. The font is Arno Pro, you can use Times New Roman instead if you want to.

You can download HERE.










Thursday, October 29, 2009

Scraplifting Book Layouts...






Sometimes I really get inspired by the layouts on books and CD:s.
While looking at new book titles at my favourite Swedish Internet book store I noticed one about historical leaders (below). I loved the cool graphical layout at the front page so much that I made a scrap lift, a page about my dad. I used papers and elements from Nia Kit by Michelle Martin at Designer Digitals and the font Arno Pro.






I also made a layout template in lettersize, 8½x11, a PSD-file. If you want it you can download HERE.
My own layout above is made in international size A4, so that I can easily print it out. Download A4 size template HERE.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Crayon Doodles...





I've got a freebie for you today, a pack of "Crayon Doodles".
It's fun to try different kinds of artistic mediums, in this case I've used soft pastel pencils and soft pastel crayons on a light brown paper.

You can download HERE

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Learning is fun...





Any of you attended the free Photo Editing: Frame-ups & Special Effects class at jessicasprague.com this summer? I did, although I got pneumonia at the same time and had to spend over a week in hospital, not to mention all the weeks of recovering that was needed afterwards, sigh... Anyway, it was a great class, jessicasprague.com is the place to go if you want to learn some new scrap booking skills. She's got many different classes, for beginners, intermediates and skilled scrappers.

Fortunately I was able to go through the video lessons later on, lucky me. In the layout above I've used the photo that was the result of the first lesson, all about png-frames and word art.

Credits: Photo frame by House of 3, included in the class. Word Art from Word and Flower Stickers by Jessica Sprague. Photo prongs by Designs by Anita. Owl from Autumn Blush freebie by Jennifer Barrette. Background paper; my own design.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Crumpled Watercolor Photo Mats...





This is some watercolors I made last autumn, all with rather rough edges and they're also a bit crumpled. Yes, they've gone through a hard time, ha ha...

You can download HERE

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Handwritten fonts with European letters

As most scrappers I like to collect a lot of different kinds of fonts. My problem, as I’m Swedish, is that I also need the letters å, ä and ö. It can be really difficult to find fonts with European letters. The other day I was asked by a Finnish digiscrapper if I knew of any handwritten fonts with Scandinavian letters. I’ve looked in my collection of fonts and got a couple of suggestions today.


Please feel free to comment if you know of more handwritten fonts with European letters:)



















The images are linked, so you only have to click at them to find the place to download. The three first are free and can be found at Dafont.com, the last two are by designer Darcy Baldwin and can be found at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

Darcy Baldwin has got many great fonts in her shoppe and quite a few with European letters, they’re marked with Euroready. At the moment DJB Writes a lot is on sale for $1.39. Popular DJB Angel Baby costs $1.99.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

In Love Doodles...




I know, Valentines Day is still far away, but I got a special request about these so here they come:)
As you can see in the pic above I've used them while doing treat-toppers. The red paper with the pink hearts I used here I've also included in the download (but not on the preview below).

They're great for hybrid projects, and even though it's a couple of months before Valentine's Day I hope you can find use for them...

You can download HERE.




Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sleepy Doodles...




Here's another doodle-pack, Sleepy Doodles, silly name, I know:) Just did'nt know what to call them... They come in two versions, with and without a white edge. You can download HERE.

Wishing you all a great weekend:)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Birthday Doodles 2...



Here's a little doodle pack and some backgroundpapers I've made. This was part of a freebiekit last year at twolittlepixels so you might have it already. If not you can download HERE.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Always on the go...



Well, it's not about me, lol. I'm a rather lazy person really... My DH on the other hand is a very restless man. I wish I had a little of his energy, he's always on the go. When it comes to cleaning the house too, which I really appreciate:)

By the way, I think there will be a freebie uploaded on my blog by the end of the week. Thank you so much for all the sweet comments, love to read them!

The papers I've used on the layout comes from my blog-friend Cindyrelly, she's very generous with freebies on her blog, you can find it HERE.

Credits: Papers from freebie kit "Grungy Garden" by Designs by Cindyrelly.
Wordart: "Unscripted no. 3" by Taylormade and brushes from "Different Strokes nr 4" by fei-fei's stuff.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Circle of Friends...




This is a pack of doodles I made for a collab at twolittlepixels, all about friends... And what is nicer than having a good time together with your friends, perhaps with some coffee and cake. Yummy!

You can download HERE

Friday, August 28, 2009

Autumn Doodles...




Here's some doodles I made last year, A Walk in the Woods...
As I'm Swedish it's obviously a rather Scandinavian touch on these, but I hope you can find use for them anyway:)

You can download HERE

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Birthday Doodles...




A pack of Birthday Doodles for you all...
You can download here
There will not be any more freebies this week, but I'll try to get something up next week. Thank you so much for all the lovely comments, love to read them:)

Some Inspiration...





Do you need some inspiration?


Suzanne, better known as sbaird in the galleries, in the twolittlepixels creative team, made a beautiful layout last year with my Sunny Doodles. I think the dark background makes the elements and photo really pop! For credits and a closer look at the LO, go here. (DST Gallery)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Another Freebie...




Since the summer soon will come to an end, here's another flower doodle pack. Enjoy:)
You can download here

Monday, August 17, 2009

Garden Doodles Freebie...




As I've promised there will be some new freebies on my blog, here is a pack of Garden Doodles. Hope you can find some use for them:)
You can download here

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Hybrid scrapping...




Have you tried hybrid scrapping?
I haven't done much hybrid scrapbooking before but recently I made some Thank you-cards, this one my sister asked me to do.
I printed out the black frame and written words on kraft paper which I folded, I then printed out the photo in the right size on photo paper and glued on the card. A paper flower and some felt leafs became the final touch. Very simple layout, but I like simple:)

Credits: Corner brush from "On the corner brushes No 1" by Katie Pertiet/Designer Digitals. Frame brush by Jesse Edwards, Web Challenge Freebie at Designer Digitals.
Alpha by me, font: Euphorigenic.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Enjoying Summer...


I haven't been blogging for a while, health issues (as usual, sigh...) have come in between. I've been in hospital for pneumonia, among other things.
But now I'm feeling better and I hope it will stay that way. Today I'm fully enjoying summer, it has been such lovely weather these past few days where I live. (The photo above is from my mum's garden, she loves gardening...)
I want to thank you all for the encouraging comments you left me at my last blog post. It meant a lot to me, so {{{hugs}}} to everyone!
As I've not been able to produce anything to twolittlepixels in a long time due to my health problems I've decided to stop selling, my part of the shoppe is closed now. I will miss the wonderful team at twolittlepixels though... both the designers and the creative team.
I've decided to delete most of my old freebies here on my blog, so if you want any, be quick, in a week they'll be gone. But there soon will be some new, as I'm not selling anymore I will now and then put up one of my doodle packs as a freebie.
Wishing you some great summer days...