lørdag 31. august 2013

Conquering Mt Bitihorn - CSI #87

The Norwegian mountains are great for hiking - this summer my youngest son even joined me conquering on of the peaks, Mt Bitihorn.

Patterned papers: Studio Calico, WRMK.  Pink Frame: Elle's Studio. Dark frame: Crate papers. Flags: Søstrene Grene. Aplhas: Studio Calico (pink), Jillibean Soup (teal). Buttons: unknown. Stickers: MME. Cardstock: Bazill. Rubon: Basic Grey

Wow, it was a tough trip: very steep - but we made it :-)

I have no idea why Blogger puts this up rotated :-)

This is my take on CSI Case File #87:

This is how I solved the case:

  • All colors used
  • Evidence: Map print, flags, arrows, word stickers, rubons
  • Testimony: Writing about a trip, wandering journaling

Did you get any ideas for your next layout?

torsdag 29. august 2013

The European Scrap Battle Part 1 - my take on the layout challenge

There is an European Scrap Battle going on, as warm up for the Stockholm Scrap And Pearl Event, taking place in April 2014. And I just couldn't resist the challenge (you find the complete rules here).

Here is the Round One challenge:

Please create a work with the colors and style from our blog for our event Stockholm Scrap and Pearl Event 2014. Please note that we want both colors and style taken from the blog!
Colors and style, please visit: http://stockholmscrapandpearl.wordpress.com/

Here is my take on it:

Patterned papers: Lemon Owl, Glitz Design, Elle's Studio. Cut outs/stickers: Echo Park, Lemon Owl. Alpha: Basic Grey

Title: Messy!
Journaling: "Having the room neat and tidy is not important to teenage boys. The mountain cabin june 2013"


Pearls: ClubScrap. Fiber AC

Stamp: Kaiserkraft. Mask: Theraftesworkshop. Modelling paste: Panduro

Badge: Scrapbuttons

The voting is over, and the result will be broadcasted tomorrow morning - wish me good luck!

I participate in the card challenge, too - I'll show you my card for round one next week - this blog will be busy for the next days giving you fun layout challenges to play with :-)

søndag 25. august 2013

Bryggen, Bergen - CSI Case File #86

I had the best intentions of blogging frequently this week, but then we have had the most wonderful weather, and computer time suddenly was far down on my priority list. It's amazing - we're writing August 25th, the temperature is 20+ C, even in the water, and there is hardly any wind at all.

What is it like where you live right now?

Petterned papers: CSI Coordinates. Brads: MME. Alpha: AC/Adornit. Vellum: ClubScrap

This summer we took a guided tour in Bergen (Norway), a place we have visited so many times. Then we finally got the explanation about the wood figures on some of the walls: they worked as door signs back when the Hanseatic League run the markets and not all fishermen, coming With their goods, could read.

This weeks CSI Challenge:

 Colors: all used.
Evidence: Stripes, speech bubbles (stuck behind photos etc),vellum
Testimony: journal about a city

I have used this week's coordinates for this layout - love them!

onsdag 21. august 2013

Family Fun!

It's sad, but this is my last month as a DT member for the chipboard manufactorer Memory Maze. The owner will focus on the home marked for a while and had all the international designers let go :-( But hopefully she'll change her mind in a while and give us a second chance, because I really have had a great time creating with their chipboards.

So I have written my last post (for a while) at the Memory Maze blog, and in this post I give some examples on how to use these corner ornaments:

Geo Corner Z0023

If you scroll two posts down you will find these ornaments on a card and here is my first layout:

Chipboard: Memory Maze. Background cut out: Jillibean Soup. Patterned papers/small cutouts: Lemon Owl. Alpha: AC
Buttons: unknown. Paint: Faskolor

The chipboards are first covered With gesso and then painted with a pool blue acrylic Paint

Have you visited a water park this summer?

søndag 18. august 2013

Come sparkle with The Studio Challenges!

We have a new challenge for you at The Studio Challenges:

Glitter, today's challenge is all to do with anything that glitters! Twine to dig out your gems, sequins and glitter, we would to see how sparkly your layout can be!

Oh boy, guess who can do glitters and sparkles! Me!

Glitter Cardstock & alpha: American Craft. Patterned papers & cut outs: Lemon Owl. Tab: Crate papers. Pleated polkadot trim: The Paper Bakery.Bird trim: Websters pages. Others: Unknown

Is the theme on my layout familiar *lol*?

Please come over to The Studio Challenges blog to see the rest of the DTs sparkly creations and to play with us!

lørdag 17. august 2013

Layout sketches - great for cards, too!

Have you ever tried using a layout sketch for cards?
Layout sketches are great to get inspiration for cards, too, not pages only. Let's look at an example:

Here is the newest sketch at The Paper Bakery Blog, originally designed for layouts:

And here is my interpretation, a card:

Chipboard: Memory Maze. Cardstock: Unknown. Other materials: The Paper Bakery July Scrapbook Kit

Need inspiration for a card? Dig up a layout sketch and start playing :-)

torsdag 15. august 2013

A tip on how to use 6*6 background chipboards on cards.

I often feel using an entire 6*6 chipboard on a card makes it look heavy.
Cutting the chipboard in several pieces is a good option for both stretching your supplies and to give more air to the card.

Here is two examples on how I cut a chicken wire chipboard (Memory Maze) in to and used on two different cards:

Chipboard: Memory Maze. Papers: Studio Calico Card Kits. Cut outs: Crate Papers.
Pin: Webster's pages. Bling & ribbon: MME.

Chipboard: Memory Maze. Papers: Studio Calico Card Kits. Cut outs: Crate Papers.
 Bling & trim: MME.
Do you, like (lazy) me, make two cards at a time while having the supplies out? I find that so time effective rather than creating cards one by one - I often get ideas for the second card while creating the first one.

Please come back on Saturday when I show how I used this sketch, original designed for a layout, for a card.

tirsdag 13. august 2013

Card week on my blog :-)

It has been a while since I have created cards, and with school starting next week for the boys, it's time to make some again- I know there will be birthdays coming!

Mu mojo kicked in when I saw this lovely sketch at CAS(E) this sketch earlier today:

And here is my take on the sketch:

This card is very simple to make: the candles are made from rolled  2"*3,5" paper scraps (Studio Calico card kits). I used a pisley pattern dies (Lifetyle Crafts) for my flames, but you can cut them by hand if you don't have the dies.

Please come back on Thursday when I'll show a few examples on how to use 6"*6" chipborads on Cards :-)

lørdag 10. august 2013

Play - Joy - Smile - CSI Case File #84


This week we have another fun color combo for you at CSI as well as a lovely sketch and ideas for embellishments and journaling (Evidence & Testimony):

And here is my example:

Patterned papers: Studio Calico (Navy blue with anchors), Websters Pages (chartreuse, Chevron), Amy Tangerine (apple green dotted), 7Gypsies (Brown, striped). Vellum accents & Wood veeners: Studio Calico. Note Cards: Websters Pages. Nautical cut outs: Imaginisce. Corrugated Words: Jillibean Soup. Flairs: The Baper Bakery.
Nautical paper,circular wood weeners & vellum accents: The Paper Bakery July Kit

Some close up photos and explanation on how I solved the case

Evidence: Stripes, Twine/fiber, circles, anchors/nautical accents

Testimony: Striped paper journaling lines (on paper strips) + inspirational word Escape

The journaling is about DS10 and how focused he is when driving his RC boat - the time when he kind of escapes from reality and lives in his own world.

Anchors and nautical elements seem to be a big hit in the scrapping industry right now. Have you tested it out yet?

torsdag 8. august 2013

Mountain Flora

You may have noticed that Memory Maze provide you with chipboards in almost any size - from itty bitty micro ones, to large 12"*12". In my July post at the Memory Maze Blog I focus on how to use 6"*6" chipboards and how you can cut them apart to fit your project better.

All materials except chipboard (Memory Maze) and alpha (Simple Stories): Websters Pages

In my part of the world (Norway) it's summer and the kids are in the middel of their long vacation. We, the adults, don't have as much time off as they do during this period, but we try to use the weekends too, for having some fun together. Four weeks ago I brought my family up in the mountains, and here it was still quite chilly and you could find spots of snow. But if you looked closely you would find tiny little flowers even here, and some of them are just adorable (this is what my journaling says, too).

I have cut both a large Doily Chipboard and a Vintage Mirror Chipboard into two. I placed the doily pieces on top and bottom of my page and tucked the Mirror pieces behind my photo and other embellies. To find the chipboard's product description, please visit the Memory Maze Blog Post.

I will be back next week with more ideas on how to cut chipboards, so stay tuned. Do you cut yours, btw?

tirsdag 6. august 2013


Many of the winter sports resorts in Norway attract people during the other seasons, too, One of them is Beitostoelen, which we have visited both during the winter and summer seasons: they have activies going on all year round, and have had so for many years.

One of these activities is driving gravity racers down the slalom slopes - the ski lift takes you and the racer uphills, and you race downhill - fun! You can't go wherever you want, though: a part of  one slope has very curvy, asphalt track you need to follow - but it is still challenging!

Journaling says: During the summer season you can go gravity racing at Beitostoelen. Fun for both young and old

A few detail shots:

All materials from the Paper Bakery July Kit

When I saw this lovely sketch at The Paper Bakery Blog, I knew I wanted to play along. It was perfect for some photos I wanted to scrap, and their July kit was just made for the photos. How convenient! I didn't scrap at all during the summer holidays, and when I returned to my scrap desk, DT work was on top of my priority list. It was great doing this layout just for fun!

Thank you The Paper Bakery for "forcing me" to scrap these photos :-)

mandag 5. august 2013

Jumping for joy.. a multiple photo layout.

Do you struggle with fitting multiple photos into a layout?
If so, have a look at the first August challenge at The Studios Challenges where the DT have come up with some fabolous creations to give you some ideas.

Here is my example for you, and I'll share some of my secrets below the images.

All materials from The Paper Bakery June Kit except orange alpha (Basic Grey), white CS and flair (The Paper Bakery)

Close up photos.

Sometimes I want to tell a story and use one photo only to emhasize it - other times I want to let the photos tell the story and the journalling is kept to a minimum. My secret on how to fit more than one photo in a layout is to use 3"x4" or smaller photos on as I find it easier to come up with a good design using those sizes. And don't be afraid to crop the photos to showcase details like faces or funny jumps!

Do you do multiple photo layouts? 

lørdag 3. august 2013

Road Trip 2013 - CSI Case File #83

My dad lives on the other side of the country, a ten hour drive from our house, so we don't see him too often. We decided to pay him a visit this summer, but also to take advantage of beeing on the road and visit a few more Places on the way.

My kids are good in the car, but find long travels boring, so they stayed up long the night before we took off, so they could sleep in the car and make the trip more easy. The photo in the layout below is taken about 1/2 hour after we left the house *lol*

Striped vellum, Wood veeners & vellum accents: Studio Calico. Brads, washi tape & note stickers: Teresa Collins.
Alpha & stickers: Simple Stories. Flair: aflairforbuttons. Envelope, ticket & photo accent: unknown

The journaling says: This year we took no trip abroad - instead we went to Bergen. for a change we decided to stop over in Vraadal.

This layout is my take on this week's Case File at CSI, #83. This month's theme is travelling and the perfect inspiration to scrap the photos from our road trip.

How I solved the case:

*All five colors used (Manilla Cream on the background cardstock)
*Evidence: Stripes, labels, travel accents, circles
*Testimony: document a trip

If you need a kick start on scrapping your travel photos (or any other photos), please head over to the CSI blog to see what the rest of the DT did, and to play along!

torsdag 1. august 2013

OUAS August challenge: I'll never forget.

It's August 1th today and that means a new challenge at Once Upon A Sketch (OUAS). This month's journaling theme is

"I'll never forget"

and you are free to interpret our theme any way you like but please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes some journalling (hidden journalling is fine).

Here is the sketch which goes along with it:

If you have followed me for a while you know I lost my only brother a year ago, on June 9th 2012. He chose to take his own life, and it honestly came out of the blue. My journaling is about this very morning, how it was like to get such a message, how I reacted, the choices we had to made that day: what to tell the kids, what to tell our family and friends. Of course, I will never forget my brother either, he really was a great brother and uncle, but I felt like doing some self therapy this time - telling how I felt that morning.

Patterned papers & trim: Prima. Cut outs: Glitz Designs. Resin bird & bow: Webster's Pages, Alpha: Echo park. Pins: unknown

Detail photo:

Please head over to the OUAS to see the rest of the DT wonderful creations and to see how you can play along!