Friday, December 16, 2011

Complete family

If you were wondering, I'm doing just fine:)

We have been busy here, preparing for my hubby's homecoming and after a few delays, he is finally back after 7 loooong months.

This is our happy family a few days ago.

I haven't had time to scrap lately,but I did bring out the Cricut and some vinyl to make this:

Now, when John is back I'm hoping that I will finally get some well deserved ME-TIME and my wish for Christmas is plenty of time to scrap and blog.
 How about you? What do you want for Christmas?
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giveaway winner

Thanks to everyone that left  a comment on my latest giveaway!

I drew a random winner that turned out to be PATRICIA! Congrats to her!

She will receive this in the mail:

(Patricia, please email your address to

I wish everyone in the states a Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time:)
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Basic Grey giveaway

 I'm so sorry that I once again have been missing in action.

I've had family visiting from Sweden and we were trying to see and do everything on Okinawa in two weeks.

Now everything is back to normal again. The kids are doing school and I'm back on Weight Watchers;)
(I have to look hot and skinny when my hubby comes back next month, you see.)

I want to show you some layouts I made a few weeks ago. It's with Basic Grey's line called "Lauderdale"It has to be one of my all time favorite from Basic Grey. I LOVE bright colors!
 It's perfect for all those summer and beach photos.

Now you can make the same layouts with this Basic Grey kit:

One lucky winner will receive this!

All you need to do is leave a comment to this post and why don't you tell me about the best memory you have from Summer 2011.

My best memory has to be going to Sweden and see my family. We had such a great time for a whole month.

I will draw one random winner next week.See you then:)

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sketch # 52 / Guest designer Kayla Du Pont

It's about time that I share a new sketch with you and introduce a new guest designer. I want to welcome Kayla Du Pont to my list of talented designers.
Here's a little bit about her:

My names Kayla. I'm known as Mustangkayla on-line. I've been scrapping for many years off and on. About 4 years ago I started scrapbooking with two other friends who got me into the 'on line world' of scrapbooking! Since then I've dove into the message boards, blogs, etc and LOVE how inspiring the on-line world is. I enjoy making layouts, cards, mini albums and altered items. I am a stay at home mommy to 2 little rugrats who like to keep me on my toes. They appear in 95% of my layouts and projects. Other than scrapbooking, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family, reading, camping and crafting.

This is sketch # 52 that Kayla worked with:

And her two pretty takes on it:

Take a look at some more layouts from Kayla. All based on my sketches. Doesn't she make my simple sketches look so good?

And here are Kayla's two favorite layouts:


Thanks Kayla for sharing your talent with us.

I love how you have found the perfect balance for your pages. They are not too simple or too "overworked". Just fun to look at with the photos as the focal point. Just like it should be.
If you want to see more of Kayla's beautiful work and creations, be sure to check out her blog.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Winner for latest giveaway

Thanks to all of you that left a comment on my latest post.
It's good to know that I'm not the only one lacking time and mojo.

I just don't know where time goes. It's just flying away...which is good of course, because that means my dear husband will come home faster, but it also means that I don't get everything done in a day that I would like.
Like blogging and scrapping.
This homeschooling takes more time than I anticipated. I'm constantly on the hunt for good books, science project, field trip, art projects, educational movies, you name it!
Long gone are the days when I could sit and catch up with all my friends on Facebook.

Right now I honestly feel that I might not be able to keep this blog updated. I'm not short of ideas, but I just don't have the time anymore.
So bare with me if the blog post are long and far in between.

Anyways, I drew a winner for my latest giveaway...and it was not random...I just took the first person who left a comment and that was PAPERPAPIER! Congrats!
Please email your address to so I can send this to you:

And I hope it will help you a bit to get you mojo back:)

Take care you all. Until next time.
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Friday, September 9, 2011

Is it just me?

Have you noticed that when you finally have some spare time to scrap, you are totally lacking inspiration?
And when you are swamped and can only dream about scrapping, your mojo is overflowing.
That's the case for me at least.
I hardly have any time to scrap anymore. With hubby being gone and me homeschooling, I'm exhausted at night and rather sleep than be creative.
WHEN I do find some time to scrap, I don't have time to mess around. That's when I use my sketches. I don't have to come up with a design that works; just grab some photos and hopefully find some matching papers.

Here's three examples of my latest layouts. Nothing really good, but hey, I scrapped:)

What's the case for you?
Are you lacking time to scrap or inspiration to scrap?
Maybe you are a lucky one and have plenty of both (I wish).

Leave a comment to this post and I will draw a random winner who will get this gorgeous paper pack from SEI.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

What's new?

When I started this blog, I promised myself to only blog about scrapping.
Sometimes that's hard when there's not a whole lotta scrapping going on in my life.
I'm not part of any design teams.
I'm not trying to promote the latest kit from a club.
I can't show off my latest layout that got published in a glossy magazine.
It's just me and all those family photos that I'm trying to get scrapped into an album.

If I hadn't promised myself to keep this blog strictly scrappy, I could tell you about:

1. how I joined Weight Watchers online a month ago, and  how I have lost lbs 10 by doing basically nothing else but counting points (and how fabulous I feel and so much more energetic)

2. or I could go on about homeschooling and what I like and don't like about the curriculum I chose ( and how I'm so happy I made this decision, because I love teaching my kids)

3. or I could go on (and on) about how to survive when your husband is gone ( in a frickin' war) for 7 months and we have just done half of it (and how the only way not to go totally nuts, is to stay busy. See #1 and # 2)

BUT this is a strictly scrapbooking blog, so I will only talk about that.

Many of you have asked if I will have a new design team or new guest designers for my sketches. The truth is that I haven't made up my mind yet. I have only two guest designer left on my list and after that I don't know what I will do.
One thing is for sure. I will keep on doing sketches and if I want someone to help me create with those sketches, I will let you all know here on the blog.

I want to show you my latest layout. I really, really like how it turned out.

I stamped, misted, stitched and used the Cricut.

All the flowers are cut out with a new Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart (CTMH). And then, they were so smart to make matching stamps to go on top of the flowers.

This "Art Philosophy"  cartridge has 700 shapes, many of which coordinate with the CTMH stamp sets. There are circles, flowers, snowflakes, leaves, tags, cards, 3-D images, ornaments, frames, hearts, acorns, brackets, borders, birds, trees, Christmas trees, flourishes, decorative corners and tabs, arrows, keys, lace images, and a font with a font layer.

When you get this cartridge you also get 3 matching stamp sets and 3 sheets of dimensional elements.
The price for all this is $ 99 and you can only get it from a Close To My Heart consultant. Not from EBay, not from Provocraft or any other website you'd normally buy your Cricut stuff from. 

If you are smart (like me) you will host a CTMH party and you will get it HALF-OFF! Click here to contact my friend who sells CTMH.

That's it for today.
I'll be back soon with a giveaway.
Take care!
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Monday, August 22, 2011

Sketch # 51/ Guest designer April Walker

Hello my dear blog readers!
I have not forgotten about you or the blog. I know it hasn't been much inspiration going on here lately and I will try to change that.
I started homeschooling the kids last week and it has taken up all my time.

Even though I can't inspire you today, I want to share some inspiration from one of my fabulous guest designers. Her name is April Walker and here is a little bit about her:

I’m April, 33 and live in the beautiful mountains of NC.  I’ve been married for almost 13 years to my amazing hubby Mark, and we have two gorgeous daughters, Emily & Madison.  I started Scrapbooking a little over 3 years ago and I am SO thankful for that!  Before Scrapbooking, the only hobby I truly enjoyed was photography, but taking tons of pictures and just sticking them in album after album got pretty boring. I knew that I wanted to start doing something more special with my pictures so one day I started looking around online to see what I could discover.  I stumbled across the community, started looking around at all the amazing creativity posted there, and I was totally hooked!  I went out the next day, got some supplies, and got to work.  Since that day, each and every time I sit down to start creating a layout, I feel so happy and blessed that I discovered a hobby that I could enjoy doing, while at the same create memories for my family.  There’s nothing better! 

Here's the new sketch that April worked with:

And her two gorgeous takes on it:

Here are more pretty layouts from April. These are based on some of my earlier sketches.

Sketch # 28

(  This is my favorite! I just love that photo and those muted colors together)

And last, but not least, enjoy some of April's own favorite layouts:


Thanks April for sharing your work with us. I feel very inspired to scrap now. I think I will go and make something in pink;)

To see more of April's creations, be sure to visit her blog here.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My Top Ten list # 9

Another thing I can't scrap without...

# 9

I joined ( in 2006 and that's when I started with scrapbooking.
Back then I didn't know what a layout was, nor patterned paper or embellishments.
I have come a long way since then.
It's thanks to that my scrap style has developed into what it is today. That place is just bursting with inspiration, ideas and positive atmosphere!

I have also met so many awesome people there from all over the world and some of them I have met in real life and consider close friends. is not only filled with TONS of inspiration and wonderful people. They have challenges, tips, classes, forum, videos and of course they have the superstore. has decent prices on a huuuge selection of scrapbook brands. Their costumer service is outstanding and the best part is- they ship international!!

I used to hang out at for hours every day just to look and comment on other peoples creations. Plus I would host monthly challenges.
Today I will pop in there once in a while to see what I'm missing;).

I still use the gallery, mostly as a "storage". Every time I make a new layout I will post it there.
At first I wanted people to comment on my scrapbook pages and give me feedback. Nowadays, I really don't care if others do or do not like my work. Know what I mean? I scrap only for me and my family and that's all that matters.
But hey, if I can inspire someone on the way, of course that's a bonus.

Here's some of my earliest layouts from 2006. Not all that bad, but not all that good either.

If you've never been to you are truly missing out. It's free to join and I know you will not regret it:
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My top ten list # 8

I'm finally getting around to blogging and I want to start with finishing off my top ten list. "Things I can't scrap without".
I only have a few left and here is:

#8 (My) sketches

I'm not saying that my sketches are better than anybody elses, but I  do like them and there is still so many of them I haven't tried yet.

I print all of my sketches and put them in a soft binder.
I always have them close by and bring them to every crop and retreat.

When your mojo is gone and you haven't scrapped for a while, sketches are a must-have. They give you inspiration and a jump start to your layout.

Here's a few layouts that I made this last week:

The good thing with sketches are that you can use them over and over again. Just twist and turn them and you will have a new version.

My sketches can be found here
and there is plenty of awesome sketch blogs/websites that you can find by using google.

So if you haven't tried it before- scrap with a sketch today-they are all free!

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sketch # 50 /guest designer Kristie Coleman

A month or so late, here is a new sketch and my latest guest designer. Her name is Kristie Coleman and this is what she has to say:

Shortly after the first of my five beautiful children was born, I began my foray in the wide world of scrapbooking. That was back 14 years ago when it was all decorative scissors and stickers. I still love my early scrapbooks but I do fight off the desire to tear them apart to "update" them. I just remind myself that their style is a reflection of that time, and that too, deserves preservation.

 In the last couple of years, scrapbooking has moved from a hobby to a consuming passion for me. Now I happily design my pages in my very own scrap room overlooking my somewhat neglected back garden while my children frolic in our forest. I enjoy designing clean and graphic layouts as well as shabby layouts filled with flowers, inking and distressing. So I guess my style is eclectic. I find inspiration everywhere: photos, family, magazines, menus, photography web sites and in beautiful products. I have been crafty for as long as I can remember but scrapbooking gives me that soul sustaining creative outlet while enabling me to create something of real value for my beloved family.
Here is sketch # 50 that Kristie worked with

 and her fun take on it:

 Here are 4 more fabulous layouts from Kristie's gallery.

I asked Kristie to send me her all time favorite scrapbook
page and I can see why she couldn't choose between these two. They are both so beautifully decorated:

Besides being an awesome scrapper I know Kristie is an awesome mother! I just love how here layouts are filled with love for her family. And I'm amazed that she can ever get any scrapping done with 5 children. I'm thinking that she is one of those super women.

Thanks Kristie for sharing your talent with us. I'm sure we will see more of you in the future:)

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