tisdag 30 december 2014

Christmas wishes and December daily 13-18

I hope your Christmas has been happy, joyful and bright!

Mine was. We spent Christmas in our old school house / cabin situated in the beautiful region of Värmland. I happen to know for sure that this part of Sweden is the most beautiful one.

While Stockholm had a green, or rather, gray, Christmas Eve, we had Jack Frost visiting us and leaving a stunning crisp white countryside for us to enjoy in bright sun shine.  Actually, we also had a tiny bit of snow.


Before we left for Värmland I had the chance to finish days 13-18 in my December daily project.  

Project Life, Becky Higgins, Dies, Die cut,Blue, December Daily, Spellbinders
As you probably alreadyn know, I like my pages clean and simple. Again I have used my own freebeis.


Project Life, Becky Higgins, Dies, Die cut,Blue, December Daily, Spellbinders

This card is made with a Spellbinders dies, a white cs and two of my own frebies. I love this particular die.


Project Life, Becky Higgins, Dies, Die cut,Blue, December Daily, Gazelle

The skater is cut with my Gazelle and from a free font downloaded at Dafont.com.



Project Life, Becky Higgins, Dies, Die cut,Blue, December Daily, Gazelle

I hate my hand writing. Its not so much that it is ugly, which it is, it also would make the page so much less clean and simple. Instead I use the same font for every journaling entry and I try to make the journaling cards look a bit similar. I think this is a way to sort of tie the pages together without them becoming boring.  


Project Life, Becky Higgins, Dies, Die cut,Blue, December Daily, Gazelle


Project Life, Becky Higgins, Dies, Die cut,Blue, December Daily, Gazelle


Both the snow flake and the deer are cut with the Gazelle and a free font from Dafont.com


Gazelle, Boss Cut, diecut

And while I was playing with the Gazelle I tryed to make a fjow own designs. There are plenty more to learn I would say :)

 And finally, I would also like to wish you a Happy, Happy New year!!

söndag 14 december 2014

December Daily and a freebie in Swedish

Project life, pocket scrapbooking, december daily, spellbinders, Becky Higgins, Simple stories

So I am still working on my December Daily and I am still not getting to far after. I actually didn’t believe that I could keep this up for this long, so yeas I am a bit proud of myself.


Project life, pocket scrapbooking, december daily, spellbinders, Becky Higgins, Simple stories

Project life, pocket scrapbooking, december daily, spellbinders, Becky Higgins, Simple stories

Last week I spent a few days in Copenhagen on a business trip and I only took my mobile to take photos with. I used Instagram a lot so I decided to try some of the Simple Stories page protectors (left side). I didn’t realize until now that these pages are slightly bigger than the Becky Higgins ones. I don’t think I like that and of cause the perfectionist in me wants to change these to Becky Higgins. Does any of my readers know if she has this design?

Normally I would have had the same event on the same side of the album, as one spread. I guess the small size of this album, the December daily theme and the different designs of the protectors made it more logical to have the pics like this. 


And now a special message for my Swedish readers.

Jag har använt en liten digital dekoration på bilden av Allis. Genom länken här kan du ladda ner filen om du gillar den. Som png-fil har den naturligtvis genomskinlig bakgrund.



fredag 12 december 2014

Project Life, December Daily 7 - 8 December documented

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Today I´m sharing another two pages in my December Daily. And, a little freebie png-file if you like the style of my photos on this spread.

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As you might have noticed, I don’t have any dates on this page. That is because I just wanted to document our home now, instead of waiting till a day I don’t have photos. I am actually very proud that I up till know have been able to take at least one photo each day. Even though they aren’t al Christmas themed.

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I have used a Spellbinders embossing plate for the background of this card. I love the crisp white, but still it has some pattern. The decos are from my Christmas freebie kit that you can find on my Facebook page.



On this spread I wanted to write a little something about all the photos but I knew pretty soon that I would not have so much space for journaling. Instead I chose to write on the photo. 


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I thought you might want to have a freebie that you can use as a stamp on your photos or for a decoration. Download it here. 



project life, December Daily, 24 days of December, Christmas 2014, freebie, Spellbinders

I have a little confession to make. I have this thing with Christmas trees. On a normal Christmas… 
I manage to have at least two or three of them, all dressed up with as much ornaments I can find. Well… that would be just a few for you in the USA but a lot for us here in Sweden. J This little one is only the first of them. I love how it turned out this year with only my favourite ornaments in it. 

project life, December Daily, 24 days of December, Christmas 2014, freebie

project life, December Daily, 24 days of December, Christmas 2014, freebie

Again, decorations from my freebie kit. 

project life, December Daily, 24 days of December, Christmas 2014, freebie

söndag 7 december 2014

December daily with my freebies

Becky Higgins, Project life, December Daily, freebies, 6x8 inch, Spellbinders

As some of you might know, I have been doing pocket scrapbooking mostly by events, not to document every single day of life. But I have challenged myself with a December daily project. I chose a smaller size, 6x8, not only because I hope to do one page every day but also because I find the 12x12 size slightly too big to flip through comfortably.  Actually I don’t quite understand why the albums has to be so huge when opened up. To me it seems that the rings are place all wrong. My A4 albums rings are all placed in the middle which makes them at least 2 inches smaller when opened up. Maybe it´s just in my mind though. 

I have more or less only used my own freebies so far. 

Becky Higgins, Project life, December Daily, freebies, 6x8 inch, Spellbinders

All the freebies comes both with English and Swedish text. 

Becky Higgins, Project life, December Daily, freebies, 6x8 inch, Spellbinders

Becky Higgins, Project life, December Daily, freebies, 6x8 inch, Spellbinders

This card is made with a Spellbinders dies and star punch. I punched several stars and glued them together to get some dimension. 

Becky Higgins, Project life, December Daily, freebies, 6x8 inch, Spellbinders

The third of December was quite eventful here in Sweden. I chose to document it by making a collage of some of the newspaper headlines that day. As we all knew it would be an eventful day, I had the chance to take several print screens of the biggest newspapers headlines.

Becky Higgins, Project life, December Daily, freebies, 6x8 inch, Spellbinders
 The collage from Instagram is from that same day but from my daughters account.

Becky Higgins, Project life, December Daily, freebies, 6x8 inch, Spellbinders

On this card, only the number 3 is from my freebie. Unfortunately I can’t remember where the rest comes from. It is not a die, it’s a card I bought. 

Becky Higgins, Project life, December Daily, freebies, 6x8 inch, Spellbinders

This is also a Spellbinders die. I think it might be my all time favorite. I love how the 1 ½ inch circle fits perfectly in the middle.

onsdag 3 december 2014

Vintage bottles - DIY

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Original, vintage bottles,

Jag har alltid gillat de här flaskorna med vintage motiven. Självklart var jag tvungen att testa att göra en eller två. Jag är ganska säker på att det inte är sista gången jag gör dem heller.

De flesta som gör de här verkar använda någon slags metod med mod podge eller klister för att föra över motiven. Så har inte jag gjort. Däremot har jag som de flesta andra använt motiv från The Graphics Fairy.

I have loved these vintage bottles and jars from the first moment I saw them. I had to try to make a few of my own and I bet these arn´t the last ones I do.

I know most people use some sort of mod podge or glue to transfer the cute vintage images on to the painted bottle. That is not how I did it. I used motives from The Graphics Fairy.


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Original, vintage bottles,

Jag började med att måla mina flaskor två gånger med Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Original.

Jag skrev ut mina motiv på ett transferpapper från Slöjd-Detaljer. Det är kanske inte den bästa och billigaste metoden men jag gissade på att den skulle vara enklast. Och enkelt var det, när jag väl lyckades klura ut vilken sida som var den rätta att skriva ut på, för på instruktionen stod det bara att man ska vara noga med att skriva ut på rätt sida. Som väl är lyckades jag pricka den blanka sidan redan från början, som alltså var den rätta.

När utskriften var klar gjorde jag som i denna video.


I started with painting the bottles twice with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, color Original.

I printed my images on a sheet of transfer paper that I bought at Slöjd-Detaljer

It is probably not the best nor the cheapest method, but I thought it might be the easiest one. Apart from there being no instructions on which side of the paper to print (the shiny side), it turned out to be pretty easy, just as I suspected.  

After printing the image, I cut it out as close to the image as I could and then put the cut out peace of paper in a bowl of water for about two minutes. When I could feel it slide of the backing I took it out of the water, placed it on the bottle with the backing on it where I wanted it and then I sort of just slid the backing out from the back of the image leaving the image on the bottle. There is a little film clip you can see here. 

I dried of the image and made sure there was no bubbles and wrinkles on it. It took just a couple of minutes for it to dry.


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Original, vintage bottles,

Om jag förstått det hela rätt så är inte de här transferpappren riktigt avsedda för att sättas på så porösa material som två lager chalk paint blir. Det gjorde att motivet liksom rullade upp sig i kanterna när det torkat. Eftersom jag ändå skulle lacka färgen var det inte något problem. Jag lade genast på ett lager lack (Beckers klarlack matt) på motivet och tryckte ner det upprullade med en ganska tjock pensel tills det höll sig kvar. Sedan slipade jag flaskorna lite här och där och lade på några lager lack på hela ytan. Jag avslutade med Dark wax för att ge dem ännu lite mer antik känsla. 

These transfer sheets are originally made to be transferred on to surfaces that are a bit more shiny and smooth than the chalk paint is. This resulted in the corners of the image sort of curled up when it dried. Therefore I brushed on a couple layers of Beckers Clear Matte Lacquer on the image and after I sanded it on the entire bottle. I used a rather thick brush and sort of pressed down the curled up corners until they stayed down.

I finished it al of with a little touch of Annie Sloan Dark Wax to distress a bit more.  

fredag 28 november 2014

Project life and a wedding cake


Hey! I´ve got some huge news for you!

Last Sunday we actually got to see the sun!! As I mentioned in a previous post, we had two hours of sunshine here in Stockholm so far in November. TWO hours! But the sun was shining more or less the whole day on Sunday. That means at least like… eight hours of daylight in one day. We are all still in a state of shock.

Of cause the sunshine and beautiful daylight meant I could actually photograph my pages in their pockets and without having to spend too much time on trying to edit them.


I have now reached the end of August and the week when a dear scrapbooking friend of mine got married. She had the courage to let me bake her wedding cake!


Originally I was aiming for a three tier cake but as the wedding was held so far from us and the cake would have to travel more than an hour in a car I didn’t dare to risk it to get damaged during the trip. Instead I made three smaller cakes and of cause about a hundred sugar flowers in her choice of colors.



I wanted this page to be very soft and romantic with not to much colors. I printed all of the photos on a soft gray background, I hope you can see that. I used some papers from Kaisercraft and My Minds Eye. The decorations is from one of my own freebie kits, the one I called Vintage Gray. You can find links to download them on my Facebook page. 



onsdag 26 november 2014

NOEL - Annie Sloan Chalk paint

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, vintage, shabby chic, vintage living, DIY

Jag blev ingen stor fan av Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I alla fall inte när det gäller att måla möbler. Jag är nog alldeles för mycket av perfektionist för det. Men jag måste medge att jag är helt förälskad i de underbara effekter man kan skapa med färgen om man bara bortser från perfektionismen. Speciellt på mindre detaljer som de här bokstäverna, som förresten är köpta på Panduro. 

Jag ville ge mina bokstäver en slags driftvedskänsla fast utan att behöva slipa. Och tja... jag tycker nog faktiskt att det blev ganska likt det jag ville ha.

I didn’t become the biggest fan of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint when it comes to painting furniture. I am far too much of a perfectionist for that. But I have to admit, I am totally in love with the vintage effects you can create with this paint, especially on smaller pieces like these letters. 

I wanted them to look a bit shabby, sort of like driftwood. And I didnt want to sand. And well… I love the result. Without sanding.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, vintage, shabby chic, vintage living, DIY

Jag har använt ett antal olika färger, med Graphite som grund. Det bästa med den här färgen är att den torkar så snabbt. När jag avslutade den sista bokstaven var den första redo att målas igen. Det jag däremot inte gillar lika mycket är att den är ganska tjock och svårarbetad. När man späder den med vatten blir den inte fullt så täckande. 

I used a number of colors starting with Grapithe as a solid base. The best part of using this paint is that when I was finished painting the last letter, the first was dry enough to be painted again. The part that I don’t like quite as much is that the paint is thick and rather difficult to apply. I know I can make it thinner with some water but the times I have done that, I always felt it doesn’t cover that good. 

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, vintage, shabby chic, vintage living, DIY

Efter Graphite fortsatte jag med att torrborsta på färger i följane ordning; Louis Blue, Scandinavian Pink, Versailles och slutligen Original.

After Graphite I started dry brushing on the colors starting with Louis Blue, then Scandinavian Pink, Versailles and finally Original.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, vintage, shabby chic, vintage living, DIY


När alla färger torkat helt tog jag lite Metallic Lustre, Iced Espresso på ett finger och strök på lite här och där och avslutade sedan med lite ljus vax. 

When they dried I took a little Metallic Lustre, Iced Espresso on my fingers and added here and there. Last but not least, a little Light Wax and voila.

I give you NOEL.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, vintage, shabby chic, vintage living, DIY

Gotta love Annie Sloan.  
I might just have an other new addiction. 

måndag 24 november 2014

Project life freebie time!

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EDIT!!! IMPORTANT!!!
The previously uploaded files seem to be corrupt. You can see them from the screen but they will only print if you pen them in Photoshop. I have now uploaded new files in PNG-format. The links below are now correct. I´m so sorry about this!
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My Facebook page has finally reached 800 likers!!!

And as always, for every even hundred, I want to celebrate. This time it is with some more Christmas free printables. Hope you like them.

Download the Swedish files here

Download the English files here
Let me know if you like them or if you are having problems with the files.

lördag 22 november 2014

A little freebie and a project life spread

MME, MyMindsEye, freebie, png, download, Project life, PL, pocket scrap

I just bought a 6x8 album that I decided to do my December daily in. It’s a big decision for me, and I’m not only talking about the size. I´m also talking about actually doing this Project Life thing for real, as it was supposed to be. You know, documenting every day, not only the days when something happens or weeks when lots of stuff happens and I happen to remember taking photos and those photos happen to turn out good enough.

I have tried this a couple times before but I always lost the battle and ended up with the whole thing feeling more like a “have to” than a fun thing. So… I don’t high hopes of succeeding this time either but it is only for a month so maybe... Keep your fingers crossed.

In any which case, I am so excited to try out the new size and pocket pages. Maybee that is why I don’t seem to be able to make a spread that I really like in the “old” 12x12 size. 



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I have used a mix of my own freebies and a few papers from My Minds Eye. And of cause a lot of Photoshop. I honestly don’t know if I would survive if I couldn’t use that soft ware.

And while I was at it, I thought you might want a little freebie png that you can use as a stamp sort of file. It has a translucent background so yours dont have to be green like on the pic. You can just print it as is or put it on a photo similar to what I did on the right side of the spread. Hope you like it.



MME, MyMindsEye, freebie, png, download, Project life, PL, pocket scrap


A few close ups on the details. I love the layered look and trye to get it in to my pages. Again a mix of MME and my own design.

MME, MyMindsEye, freebie, png, download, Project life, PL, pocket scrap

MME, MyMindsEye, freebie, png, download, Project life, PL, pocket scrap


MME, MyMindsEye, freebie, png, download, Project life, PL, pocket scrap, teal

MME, MyMindsEye, freebie, png, download, Project life, PL, pocket scrap, teal