Anna 55

Another aunt of mine celebrated her birthday this year, she turned 55! I made this card for her after spending some time on pinterest looking for inspiration!

Lennart 84

My grandfather turned 84 this year and I made him a birthday card. He loves classy things and gold so I made sure to add a lot of that and some bling

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Mothers day 2015

I made a card for my dear mother on mother’s day, we celebrate it a bit later than in the US and UK (still in May tho, I just forgot to update my blog a bit, hehe). I did some browsing on pinterest for inspiration and ended up with a combination of two cards. The text says “Well done mom”

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Storage Sunday – Packing for a scrapbooking crop

Sunday again and its time for another Storage Sunday and this week I will continue with the same theme as last week. I’m a bit tired today after the scrapbooking crop yesterday and today’s biking and walking with my dad, brother, niece and her mother. It was a lovely day with lots of sunshine! The scrapbooking crop was amazing and so much more fun than I expected (I’m usually unable to create and get anything done at our smaller crops) and I managed to make three (THREE!) layouts, almost four! I was just as amazed as my friends when we were ready to pack up and go home again. We spent almost 11 hours at the fair! I think half time was spent shopping and eating but hey, how could we resist shopping when the area was filled with stores and pretty things?

Anyway, back to topic! I was not really as organized and well prepared as Jennie, but thanks to her packing list I did not forget anything essential. My plan was to work on an album and maybe make some simple birthday cards using only the things I brought (a few paper pads, a selection of stamps and some white card bases). When I’m going to a crop I always bring more than I use because I don’t know what I’m going to make or feel like doing. Sometimes I just want to sit and color for a few hours, sometimes I crochet and sometimes I make cards. I recently discovered that I manage to create most when I have everything planned ahead, like the card base and layout set for my Christmas cards or as for this album where I have all pages sketched out and the base paper decided. I just needed my project box with the coordinating paper I already selected and the box of matching decorations and washi tape. I also believe it is easier to make choices when the selection of options are more limited.

Except from the paper and decorations I also need some tools and adhesives;

  • Quick glue
  • Scissors
  • Pens and pencils
  • Foam tape and squares, double sided tape, glue dots and a tape roller plus refill
  • Cutting tools
  • Metal ruler (almost forgot it!)
  • Alphabet stickers
  • Border stickers (I will never get rid of these)

I brought some things only for the card making (just in case)

  • Mists and sprays
  • Punches
  • Ink pad
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Bone folder
  • Stickles
  • Paper pads
  • Card bases
  • Stamps

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imageI also brought a case to bring the finished pages home in, I would never have thought about this if it wasn’t for Jennie’s packing list! So clever!

This is, for me, a light packing for a one day crop. I was so happy it all fit in my dramaten (bag on wheels sort of thing), it was very full but I was able to close it! Unfortunately I did not leave any room for shopping so I had a harder time to get home than to get there but I managed, happy and exhausted! For next time I will not bring things to make “just in case” rather just decide exactly what I am going to create and follow that. It was a very good thing to plan ahead and have the layouts and paper sorted out. I will also make more room for shopping and, in worst case, just buy anything that I might have forgotten. Since the shopping spree got a bit out of hands I will try to limit my pre-fair shopping and go bananas during the fair instead, it was so much fun!

That’s it for me, I’m exhausted and in need of some beauty sleep. I will share my haul in the next haul post (in early May) and later on some pictures of the album I’m working on, I just need to finish it.

Leon 6

My cousin Leon turned six in April and I made him a card for his birthday. I got inspired by some cards and crafts on Pinterest and made this. He was very happy! I think I should come up with another theme for next year, his cards all look the same year after year ;) I also put a note inside the card saying that he could remove the heads and wear on a keychain.

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Dad 54

My dad turned 54 this year and he got this card on his birthday. My dad used to work as a card mechanic and he drove a car like this one when I was a baby, so it was fun being able to make a card that personal for him! The patterned papers are from the Dapper Dan collection by Glitz.

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