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Unpublished layout

I was looking through the folder where I keep the layouts I made in 2012 and I came across this one – a previously unpublished layout.

side 365 - heart you (Scrap365)On this I used Amy Tangerine Sketchbook tappers and embellishments + an embroidered tag by Sasha Farina. She is amazing with the needle and you can get your own tags in her shop. The stamp is by Kelly Purkey – love her designs! After adhering the die-cut title, I decided to outline it using a black marker. That makes is easier to read and adds a bit of dimension!

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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.

side 396 - a friend d02


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!

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Daisy Devotion

The designers over at Cocoa Daisy has started this wonderful tradition of highlighting their members every once in a while, and fittingly enough, they can it Daisy Devotion. I came home from work today to find me as the subject (or should that be object?) this time around.

That made me realize that I have not even shared one of the layouts that was shared on their blog a couple of weeks ago. Oops!


I love this photo of my mom from when she was little. I don’t know the precise year, but judging from her size, it must have been in 1950 or 1951? I love how she’s walking away from the camera, the way she carries her purse and her general attitude. It reminds me of this old Norwegian song En liten pike i lave sko (A little girl in low shoes).

(When I did my Bachelor course on gender studies, I used this photo and the song for my oral presentation! I used my family’s history to show the evolution of Norwegian gender roles.)

side 387 - en liten pike i lave sko

For this layout, I really want to use many layers.

side 387 - en liten pike i lave sko d02

I used washi tape beneath the different patterned papers to create even more dimension, in addition to curling, sanding and ripping the edges of the paper.

side 387 - en liten pike i lave sko d01I also journaled straight onto the photo as I didn’t know where to put my journaling. The effect if great, if you ask me!

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Simple Scrapper March blog hop

bloghop-2013Welcome to Simple Scrapper’s* March blog hop!

This month I’ve got two layouts to show you: The one I made using one of the new sketches from Simple Scrapper’s March collection and the one I made using March’s Story Starter prompts. Let me show you!

I knew I wanted to make a layout using a “behind the scenes”-photo from a few weeks ago. My niece is a competition show jumper and it’s been so much fun taking her photos and cheering her on on the weekends. But what about the rest of the family? Her mom, my sister, is so busy getting both her and the horse ready. And her father drives them everywhere, holds the horse, etc, etc. My mom comes too, she encourages and shows support in good times and in bad. They’re often left out of the photos and therefore also my layouts.

I started with this photo:

side 390 - hele familien i arbeid (simple scrapper) photo

After editing it (no cropping, just turning it into b/w), I picked out the papers I wanted to use. I’ve always loved October Afternoon, especially their double-sided papers with big illustrations on the B-side (like old school books), but they are so hard to use! I always end up putting them aside, thinking I’ll save them for something special. But this time I actually chose the B-side, knowing I’d have to cover much of it up.

side 390 - hele familien i arbeid (simple scrapper)I used many patterned papers and also a doily to build the layers on this, also adding a strip of paper on the bottom and some tape to the journaling spots.

side 390 - hele familien i arbeid (simple scrapper) d03

side 390 - hele familien i arbeid (simple scrapper) d02Using different alphas helps create a focus on the titlework.

side 390 - hele familien i arbeid (simple scrapper) d01When layering like it, I only use adhesive on the center backs, not around every edge. That way the layers are “lifted” off the page, creating even more dimension.

I used March’s Single 1-sketch for this. If you’re not already a member and not sure if you want to join, use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter a giveaway for a one month trial membership at Simple Scrapper. There are three ways to enter and three winners will be selected. To be eligible, you must enter by 11:59pm CST on Wednesday, March 6.

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For the next layout I used March’s Story Starter #10. I built the page around November 2012′s sketch Single 3 and kept very true to it.

side 391 - the world at my feet (Simple Scrapper)

I used a simple dotted patterned paper for the background paper. I knew I had to use dots or lines in order to align the very detailed world map die-cut. Of course, I wasn’t accurate enough with the Kelly Purkey geotag stamp and therefore it looks like I live in England (but it is supposed to be Norway!).

side 391 - the world at my feel (Simple Scrapper) d03

I used twine for the lines from my location to different photos taken while at airports/on planes to illustrate travel. The title is made up of different alphas, highlighting specific words.

side 391 - the world at my feel (Simple Scrapper) d01

I used country codes around the photos to show which countries I’ve been to. The photos are layered on Marthe Stewart doily tags.

side 391 - the world at my feel (Simple Scrapper) d02I added some Studio Calico wood veneer stars to illustrate the feeling of flying high when on airplanes. I also used Ormolu badges about traveling and wood veneer airplanes and camera. The strips on the bottom of the page are both patterned paper and a May Arts ribbon. 

Please visit the rest of the participating designers to see all of their wonderful layouts:

Simple Scrapper (Jennifer Wilson)

Jeryn Carlisi

Lisa Corbin-Polak

Ronnie Crowley

Kim Gehring

Michele Holcomb

Margrethe Aas Johnsen <– You are here!

Amy Kingsford

Samantha Landay

Pam Lozano

Aimee Maddern

Jean Manis

Van Nguyen

Melissa Priest

Celeste Smith

Sara Case Strickland

Thank you for visiting today!

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping. Each month members receive a new collection of sketch templates and Story Starters, story-focused prompts for pages and projects.

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!




Simple Scrapper February BLOG HOP




I’m back with two layouts for this month’s blog hop! Make sure you hop on over to the next person on the list after taking a look at the layouts I created using this month’s awesome sketch collection! Also, remember to use this link to enter a giveaway for a one-month trial subscription to Simple Scrapper*.

The topic for this month’s Story Starter is “Hope and Dreams”. I chose no. 4. Honor your ancestors who worked for the dreams you can realize today. The layout is about my maternal grandmother. That’s her in the photo, with my mom.

Margrethe - February story starter - GRANDMOTHER

She died in 2004, over 90 years old. My mom keeps telling me that I look more and more like her, not only my face and mimicry, but also my style and general appearance.

side 383 - my grandmother (SImple Scrapper) d01

I remember her as a stylish lady, so to be compared to her in an honor.

side 383 - my grandmother (SImple Scrapper) d02

side 383 - my grandmother (SImple Scrapper) d03

I also made a layout using one of the new sketches. I chose the sketch with two photos (single 2) and used photos of my niece from just a couple of weeks ago.

Margrethe - Feb single 1 - SMILE

She and a friend were goofing around after a show jumping-competition. It’s so hard getting her to smile at photos, so this was a welcome sight!

side 385 - smile (Simple Scrapper) d02

side 385 - smile (Simple Scrapper) d01

That’s it from me for this month, but do hop on over to the other designers to see the other wonderful layouts!

Simple Scrapper (Jennifer Wilson)

Jeryn Carlisi

Lisa Corbin-Polak

Ronnie Crowley

Michele Holcomb

Holly Humbert

Margrethe Aas Johnsen <– THIS IS ME!

Amy Kingsford

Samantha Landay

Pam Lozano

Aimee Maddern

Lauren Hague Madsen

Jean Manis

Van Nguyen

Melissa Priest

Mandy Ross

Sara Case Strickland

*The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping. Each month members receive a new collection of sketch templates and Story Starters, story-focused prompts for pages and projects.

Summer of 2012

It’s been a couple of months and I can finally share this layout I made for Scrap365. I had been published in two previous issues after submitting layouts on a whim. I then received an e-mail asking if I’d be interested in creating specifically for an article. The article was a challenge of sorts, giving two very different designers the same recipe. This is what I made:

Side 353 - Summer of 2012 (Scrap365)

I used photos from the summer that had just past. From the top left: Building the deck behind the new house, our friend in our living room, the dead forest close to Stord (on our motorcycle bike-trip), Terje on the ferry, self-portrait, the lovely island Hidra.

If you want to get the issue, this layout was published in the December 2012-issue.

There will be a couple of previously-secrets layout coming soon, so keep watching this space!


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!

Two layouts

Happy Saturday, all!

I’ve just updated my page on publications and gone through the folder for 2012-layouts. There are two layouts I’ve yet to share, that didn’t make it to publication.

They’ve got photos from the trip I took to Krakow with my work in September.

side 364 - words (Scrap365)

This first, Words, is about our visit to Schindler’s factory. Such strong impressions met us there, so much history. The exhibition was very, very well made and gave us a big insight into the war as it was perceived/experienced in Krakow and Poland. The photo on the layout is of two of my colleagues as they entered the last room of the exhibition. The walls are covered in quotes from Jews (from Krakow) who survived the war, about what had happened to them and how the people of Krakow helped them.


The exterior of the factory has these window-displays with photos of the Jews Schindler saved.IMG_7325

One of the very first rooms in the exhibition. The hairs on my neck rose as I saw the banners.IMG_7331

A display of real photos, about laws preventing Jews to live as normal citizens.IMG_7349Schindler’s office as he left it.

side 363 - downtown (Scrap365)

This second layout is about the views in Krakow. I love visiting big cities, and while others might like to look at more rural landscape to see something different from their everyday lives, I love city architecture!DSC_2436From the first day there, walking into the city center.

DSC_2452From inside the market halls.

IMG_6692On the edge of the Jewish quarter.

IMG_6633The square on a sunny Saturday afternoon, buzzing with life – everything from weddings to teenagers shopping and enjoying themselves, but also beggars and others living on the margin.

IMG_6626My view while eating my last meal in Krakow.