måndag 30 augusti 2010

a birthday minibook using bits and pieces

i printed out some of the photos from my daughters birthday party that we had this past weekend.
i knew i wanted to do a minibook with focus on the photos. so i mounted that images on some heavy cardstock and went to town :)
one thing i also decided was that i was going to mainly use bits and pieces that were laying around my desk and in my scrap basket.
for the title page, i used a little left over piece of that label.

this is the first pages where i did my actual journaling. that journaling block was actually in my scarp basket, so that counts, yes?
isn´t sadie so cute in her part hat?! if you ask her, she would tell you that she got way less treats than she asked for :)

for this page i used a sheet of punched out paper. it became a cool accent from what would have normally wasted.

well, the flowers are kinda cheating because they always sit on my table :)
but the word "fest" is a magazine cutout.

here i used that yellow star paper as a background. i chose to cut it out where i have already punched out the butterflies for a project months ago.

the same here, really. i also cut the number 11 out from a bingo card that i had partially used before.

the love diecut is from keri smiths book; living out loud! and i love that i found a place for it here!

again a piece of the negative from punches and a magazine clipping for the word "happy".

lots of bits and pieces here!
the "smile" is also from keri smiths book, i used 2 already punched out minis for the heart and the circle, the Stina is a magazine clipping and the enjoy is from a little piece of patterned paper i have saved.

all these elements were in my scrapbasket.

although i did not like that my daughter got stung by a wasp, i did however like that i finally could use one of those sad faced tickets :)

this was such a fun little project that i finished on one day! thanks for looking!

my plan for september

well, it all starts with the above mentioned class :) this is my first time participating in the learn something new everyday class. i am sure it will be a blast!

in the class preperations shimelle asked us to figure out what type of medium we wanted to use for this project. many of the others are making very nice minialbums! i am going to use this lined notebook:

and if you are very much not a feet person, you will not visit my blog in the month of september :)
because i am also challenging myself to take a photo a day of where my feet are on earth.
 i already have my flickr set from before, and am looking forward to add more from this month.

so each day i am adding what i have learned that day, and pairing it with a photo "of the ground i have walked that day".

söndag 29 augusti 2010

first birthday party for my big girl

sadie prepared for the party too :)

this year we had a bbq down by the old castle. it was grand!


she had some great gifts :)

partyhats were required and laughs ofcourse!

and i can´t believe that she is that big!

lördag 28 augusti 2010

leaving on a jetplane...

well, not now, but in october! my friend J is getting married and i am lucky enough to take their photos and ofcourse attend the wedding :) and a jetplane or actually a few jetplanes are taking me to the location...portland, oregon in the USA!
it has always been a big dream of mine to go to the states. actually i have it listed on the things i want to do before i die! and just like that, i am going!

now i need lots of tips on what to see in portland! maybe you live there or have visited and know cool things to see?

today i bought one of my dresses:

i went to a store that i never go into, since i almost never were "dressy" dresses :) but me and my adviser aka my daughter gave ths one two thumbs up each and so i had to get it :) it is super comfortable! which is a huge plus for me! now i am going shoe shopping :)
because i guess my chucks are out?!

oh, and the wedding is taking place at the (as i have seen online!) very cool vintage placa hotel. it seems just lovely!

i am so looking forward to this trip! i am very nervous about going on this adventure all by myself :/ but i am sure i will have the time of my life!

thanks wendy and jeremy for having me!

fredag 27 augusti 2010

on any given friday

she´s on the computer. usually its a horse related site, but today she was working in PS!

homework is done. actually, today it was my homework to wrap the new textbooks for the year :)

she is constantly by my side ♥

i am working on paper projects :)

my pillows look oh so comfortable ♥

what happens around you on any given friday?

onsdag 25 augusti 2010

worry - the layout

i knew i wanted to make a layout about the last weeks worrying to put in my scrapbook.
i did my journaling on the computer and added a pocket to the backside of the layout, and put the story there.

oro: worry
i made the little pink ribbon out of ribbon i had in my stash, i couldn´t find my "real" one.

it feels good to have done the layout!

tisdag 24 augusti 2010

2010 summerlist - revisited

so, as summer seems to be over in my part of the world, i thought it would be cool to revisit that summerlist i made in the early days of summer 2010. to refresh your memory here it is again:

1. read lots of books

2. swim in the lake
3. pick strawberries and make lemonade
4. sleep in the hammock
5. grill as often as possible
6. eat outside

7. sit outside at night

8. make something with concrete

9. make a new windchime
10. have a garagesale

and how did i do? fairly well i can say. i did all the things listed, even though a few i wished for more times than just one.
here we go:

number 1: read lots of books
this i did majorly! i love to read and i do year round, but there is something special with reading a good book during the summer, in the hammock or in the grass. i have read about 10 or 11 books i believe and there is a layout coming about that soon :)

number two: swim in the lake
first, just let me tell you that we live in the deepest lake in Sweden, and that also mean that it is one of the coldest d**n lakes too! but i actually did swim this year. a few times acctually during our tropical heat weeks in june/july. now, i don´t have proof of me actually swimming, but there are a few of my feet in the lake :)

number three: pick strawberries and make lemonade
oh, my! we had sooo many strawberries this year! i didn´t make any lemonade, but i did do a whole lot of jam.

number four: sleep in the hammock

need i explain?

number five: grill as often as possible
this one i sadly didn´t do at all as much as i wanted to :( but we did do number 6 quite often :)

number six: eat outside
we did have many dinners outside in the backyard this year. and that makes me happy!

number seven: sit outside at night
oh, i love that i did this one so many times! it was lovely to just sit, with a book or my crocheting, and feel the cool breeze and smell the night smells of summer.

number eight: make something with concrete

number nine: make a new windchime
well, i made a silent one :) and as i am the judge that counts!

number ten: have a garage sale
tada! i even did this last thing on the summerlist! well, actually it was my daughter that handled the "booth" and all the money that we earned did go in her piggy bank :)

so, there you have it. my 2010 summerlist all done!

how did you do?

ps. does anyone know why blogger is so wonky with lists??

thank you + pink and black crafts

first, again thank you so much for your support during these past weeks while my mind was slowly losing it with worry ;) i am so happy that i am ok.

this month is my daughters birthday month and we always have special parties for her. this year we decided to have an all girls party. hence my pink and black mess!

i made small cupcake toppers using my stash of scrapbooking patterned papers.
i also cut some tissue paper to make a banner.

we chose the colors as they are my daughters favorites.
i have a few more projects going on, will share soon!

måndag 23 augusti 2010


as my facebook status states: Lisa Ottosson found out today that she haven´t got breast cancer!


it must have been all your happy thoughts that helped out!
thank you so much!

ps. maybe i got some good carma too when i gave away the parking ticket before going in to the hospital?


söndag 22 augusti 2010


just a few photos that i caught while walking on the beach today...gathering strenght for tomorrows oncology appointment...

if you care to send any happy thoughts my way, they will be held in my heart ♥

lördag 21 augusti 2010

a creative wedding gift

i couldn´t attend the wedding of my friend linda last weekend. but i "stole" some photos of hers the other day and made a wedding gift that i handed her today :)

i painted a shadowbox with several sections...hm... trying to remember what you call them in english...its ***tray something, right?

anyway :) their color were pink and white so i went with those when i chose the papers and embellishments.

i had so much fun making this!

i gave them this after the christening of their son, which we attended today and they hadn´t opened it yet, when we had to leave, so i am so excited to hear what they think about it!