Category: inspiration

A friend is someone who…

Happy Tuesday!

Today I want to share a layout that I made after being very inspired by this week’s Studio Calico challenge. Kinsey’s layout is so gorgeous! I’ve never really used my Silhouette Cameo like this before – making a large, negative space title like this, but it was really fun! I chose to use one font only, but still emphasising some of the words by making them larger.

side 396 - a friendI chose to paper by Amy Tangerine only. I bought these last summer and haven’t used them yet (!!!). I love the colors and the patterns, but they haven’t really fit the layout I’ve made this year. I chose to spice things up a bit, but still try to choose papers that “fit the words” so that they were still readable.

side 396 - a friend d01I had originally printed a 4×6 photo, but seeing how large the title came out, I had to re-print as 3×4. I layered using the same papers plus some doilies.

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It was so much fun cutting a large, bold title like this – I’ll definitely be doing it again! If you want to download the title as a cut file (.studio), you may do so here. I would love to see you create something with it, so if you do, please link me up!

Thanks for visiting today!



Without you…

Without you, my dear readers, there’d be no reason to blog (other than record keeping for myself).

So this is for you: Thank you for taking part in my life, sharing your thoughts and your own scrapbook layouts. I love swinging by your blogs – I try to always do so whenever someone leaves me a comment.

This post on Michelle’s blog really made me smile today. Michelle in a scrapper I deeply admire. She is not afraid to show her own unique style. And having her credit me for her change makes me scratch my head a bit… I thought she had inspired me to do my own thing, not the other way around. I guess her Hot Topic-post yesterday was really useful and insightful.

So, thank you, Michelle, for your kind words:

I also want to thank Margrethe Aas Johnsen of OneLifeDocumented
Margrethe’s work over at got me to stop trying to imitate the Prima design team and start making original work.
If you want a lesson in disciplined and modern scrapbooking swing by her blog.


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Sketchbook365: March challenge

I made this layout using the March sketch from Sketchbook365.

The photo is of my niece. I took it while she was warming up before a competition a few weeks back, in really bad weather (hail and wind!) This sport definitely takes a lot of dedication!

side 389 - dedication (Scrap365 march sketch)

I used the January kit from Cocoa Daisy. The feathers are made with one of their awesome stamps, embossed using opaque white Zing embossing powders on top of a patterned paper. I layered strips of paper and used the card cut-outs from a Pink Paislee paper to layer the photo.

side 389 - dedication (Scrap365 march sketch) d02These feathers (Studio Calico) were not included in the kit, but came from my stash.. I inked the edge of the speech bubble to give it some extra dimension and adhered it to the page using 3D-foam.

side 389 - dedication (Scrap365 march sketch) d01

I hope you hop on over to Sketchbook365 to see what the other designers made from the same sketch. And don’t forget to link us up to your own layout. You might just win dies from XCut!



Cocoa Daisy sketch challenge


I hope the week is treating everyone good so far! Today I thought I’d show you a layout that I made yesterday. Cocoa Daisy’s February sketch is so cool! I really love Emily’s interpretation of it, and although I like doing my own thing, I kept very close to the original sketch this time.



You see, my niece is a show jumper and I always go to her competitions to photograph her. Most of the time, the photos are like the one you see above. They’re not terribly good, especially not when she competes indoors. The photo above was shot at ISO6000 due to the poor lighting. It’s hard getting good photos in those conditions.

But then there are the times when it’s possible to get her to stand still for a few seconds at a time, like when they’re preparing the pony for transport. I got some very wonderful photos of that on Sunday…

DSC_4241I really like how the colors turned out. Much is due to the overcast weather we’ve been having; lots of indirect light! I could just print it in colors, but that would mean a tougher choice when picking patterned papers and embellishments. An easy solution is to covert to black/white.

There are many sites out there that offers free Lightroom presets/Photoshop action. I have a set that I really like, but I also make my own presets (a preset is  a one-click edit based on previous edits that you save).

DSC_4291-2I love the look on her face here, so in-tune with the pony. They’ve really got a special bond.

That’s what I wanted to scrapbook! There’s been a few articles in Norway lately, reporting research showing that female leaders often report to have been involved with horses lately. It is believed that the skills such a sport requires prepares the girls for leading positions later in life, having taught them good leadership skills. I don’t doubt this at all!



Out for publication

I kept this page fairly clean’n simple. I matted the photo with 3D foam dots to give it more depth and embossed the arrows on the bottom patterned paper-strip.


I wanted to keep the title bold and dominant, but added small touches to it by using some red alphas in addition to the black ones.


The journaling is about the research I mentioned above and how much I believe this to be true.

If you have not checked out the sketch, I urge you to do so, and also take part in the challenge. Click this link!

Have a good day, everyone!




A new layout + WINNER!

Hello, all!

I hope Monday is treating you alright!

Yesterday I made a layout for Cocoa Daisy’s January “Pleased to meet you”-challenge. The challenge this month is to scrap like MandyK. I chose her layout “Every girl dreams to have her own pony someday” as inspiration, tilted onto its side and drew a quick sketch. I printed my photo as large as I could on a A4-paper and used it on my own layout, copying Mandy’s large photo-style.

side 386 - my one & only

I used a ribbon underneath the doily to create some dimension, wrinkling it all up and stapling it down (I could not live without my stapler!).

side 386 - my one & only d02

I got some punchinella sheets (as I’ve heard them be called) with my last order from Cocoa Daisy and immediately fell in love! These things are gorgeous! (sparkly and flimsy at the same time!!!). I sliced on diagonally and added behind the photo on top of each other to create dimension and layers.

side 386 - my one & only d01

Also, Scrap365 has picked a winner for the FOCUS program from Simple Scrapper…Elpimi – you’re the winner! Please e-mail with your details! Congratulations :)

Thanks for taking part in the blog hop last week, everyone! See you soon!

One new layout – Simple Scrapper


This post comes to you from a storm-ridden region in the South of Norway. We’ve been inside all day due to strong winds. That means that I got around to making two layouts for Simple Scrapper, but only one that I can share with you today.

This is made from what’s called a “Story starter”*. Each month Simple Scrapper will share so-called story starters that is sure to kickstart your creativity!

side 377 - today is a gift (Simple Scrapper)

I used December kits from Studio Calico and loved adding the smile washi tape behind the die-cut words on the white banners from KI Memories.

side 377 - today is a gift (Simple Scrapper) d01

Thank you for visiting!

* This layout was inspired by a Story Starter from Simple Scrapper’s Premium Membership and made using a sketch template from Simple Scrapper’s Premium Membership.

January sketch with Scrap365/Sketchbook365

Hello, all!

I know it’s been ages, and apart from the same old excuse about work taking over, I have no other reason for not posting here lately. I’ve been keeping up with my DT obligations, but that’s about it. But today I have something to share.

The layout didn’t make the deadline over at Sketchbook365, so I thought I’d post it here.

Margrethe - relax & dream

side 373 - relax and dream d01 side 373 - relax and dream d02

I just love this photo of Terje and Nymeria and wanted to use the Dear Lizzy tag on something… Also, I really love sequins these days and I’m lucky enough to subscribe to two kit clubs that both include them in their kits. For this layout I used the November kit from Cocoa Daisy.

I hope everyone’s had a good December so far. We had the last day before the holidays yesterday so today I enjoyed sleeping in and have made two layouts and a card so far. One of the layouts and the card will be up on Scrappin Studio’s blog very soon – I’m guest designer there again this month.

Before you leave, please click this link and join and create something beautiful using the new sketch. You have until January 17th!

The Brave & Unafraid

Have you joined in on the new Cocoa Daisy sketch challenge? If not, I urge you to do so. Emily’s sketch is just so perfect. I love her layout too, so much fun with the different fonts in the title!

I took this photo on the same day as the ones  I used on a layout yesterday. It’s been two weeks, but work has kept me so busy I haven’t had a chance, or the energy, to scrap them before now.

Uh’oh. I just noticed that I’m lying… On the journaling card, I’ve stamped Aug 24th, 2012. The photo was taken the day after, on the 25th. I hate it when I make mistakes like that…! ;)


I love you…

Another month, and another prompt from A Year in the Life of an Art Journal. While I do feel bad about not participating when the other guest hosts arrange the prompts, I do love to play when it’s my own.

I tried art journaling a few years back, but my love for paper and grids and order stoppe me from getting where far. Some people say I just need to get some paint on my hands and I will be converted. I’m not so sure. I’m a neat girl and that’s all there’s too it.

But, I realize that there’s a fine line between art journaling and scrapbooking and whichever style you choose, it’s still art. Whatever you call it, it’s cool with me.

Maybe it was the whole journaling-aspect that made me sweat? If you know my style, you know there’s not a whole lot of journaling going on on my pages…

THE STUFF: A list of things you love right now, a photo of a person you love, etc.
THE TECHNIQUE: Hearts – draw one, paint one, sew one, cut one out from a magazine. Whatever you come up with!  

I knew I wanted to make a layout with “flying hearts”, but my initial plan of cutting hearts from a newspaper with my Silhouette Cameo fell through pretty quickly when I realized my cutting mat is still too sticky… Pulling and scratching newspaper paper from the mat is no fun. Trust me on that!

I ended up using a patterned paper instead.

Background paper from Sodalicious, stamp by Kelly Purkey, tape from Freckled Fawn. I love these Thickers!!!
And I love my husband. Which this layout is about.

It is not days we remember, but moment – Skissedilla summer sketch

A simple layout from me today. I used Skissedilla’s July/summer sketch to make it. Papers and embellishments from Cocoa Daisy’s June kit + Scarlet Bird Designs button and die cuts.

Instead of making circles with a pen, twine or something else, I based my circle design on the paper doilies. These are beginning to function as a staple in my layouts recently… I wonder how long they’ll stay that way?

The photos are of flowers in my mother’s garden. She has a large garden with different kinds that blossom at different times. Always something new to look at and enjoy. I wanted to capture the short moment with summery weather as the summer hasn’t been the warmest or the sunniest yet.

Happy 4th of July to those who celebrate it! I hope everyone has a great day :)