Use your 12×12 papers

In the classroom for Pocket Your Year (where I’m a creative team member) there is a challenge a day for a month going on right now. I hope you’re tagging along. Megan (the creator of PYY) is doing all of the challenges and team members do a couple of the assignments to give more variety to the subject. Well, we CAN do them all if we want to, but we’re not required to do so. As much as I love pocket scrapbooking I’m not sure if I’m up for 30 days in a row of top notch creative stuff.

Anyway, here’s my take on the assignment for using 12×12 paper instead of pre-made cards (they are so handy though).

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The right side is about highlights from the week, our daughter trying out stamps in her own Project Life album, I bought tickets to the Harry Potter studio tour outside of London for our trip later this summer, an unexpected successful dinner with a dear high school friend (she’s also my boss) and how my dear future husband forgot about Mother’s day and then totally made up for it. The left side is from an event with my awsome sister-in-law.

pyyaug23-3And the MEME with Alan Rickman is pure gold.

pyyaug23-2Stamps are all from Ali Edwards

And then of coarse there’s som Heidi shine!

Scrapbooking storage with Raskog

For three years I’ve been saying “Who needs a stupid little cart like that, you can’t even pull out the shelves, I don’t see the point, I’m never getting one of those”.

And then IKEA decided to discontinue the turquoise and gray ones, they were on sale, I went on a rant and George said “You say that every time we pass them, you obviously want one, just get one”. I fought back with “No I don’t, they’re stupid”.Β  Aaaaand… I got one. And I like it. A lot.

My rule is to not overload it with supplies. I don’t want to move anything to get to something else (because I’m lazy like that) so I don’t cram everything I own on to it. Easy access is the key here. I prefer pretty storage. I know plastic is super cheap and does the same job but I prefer metal, porcelain and wood and that is exactly what I got for this cart.

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The wooden boxes are from IKEA, they’re called Dragan (you find them in the bathroom section). They come in a 2-pack, a smaller and a bigger box and they both have lids. I use the lids as little trays instead. I use a flower pot (also IKEA) for scissors and such. Square porcelain plate is from IKEA (for candles I believe). Porcelain bowls (four small white ones and a big with a black pattern) are from Lagerhaus.

I only have things I actually use on here with a couple of things (as in not more than two) I would like to use more and therefor get reminded every time I look at the cart. If I haven’t used something in a while, let’s say a month, it gets replaced with something else. Tough life for the scrapbooking supplies. They’ll deal.

If you have a RΓ₯skog (yes, that is how you spell it in Swedish) how do you organize it?

NSD 2016

So for (Inter-)National Scrapbooking Day (May 7th), well I think the whole weekend sort of got dedicated to this awesome hobby, I joined dear Adele Toomey (aka InkieQuill) on her 12 hour live scrapstream. Since she’s in Australia the time difference was a bit tricky (she’s ten hours ahead of me here in Sweden, so she lives in the future) but I caught the last seven hours at least.

And how much did I get done you ask? Well let me tell you *drum roll* I managed to make one layout. I make about two layouts per year. This was the first one in the 8.5×11 format. Good format. Will probably do more in that size. I’m a true PL-lover and usually don’t see the point of making a layout (especially without journaling). But hey, never say never.

Anyway, Adele use the word “rad” a lot. Like, a lot. I happened to have some stickers I didn’t really know when to use since “rad” isn’t really in my vocabulary (who knows, it might start showing up) so I decided to make a layout of a screen shoot from the scrapstream. Scrapping about scrapbooking. Oh the levels this could go on.

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So most of my time I was just joining in to chat and comment on the streaming part. I definitely am more efficient when I scrap “alone” without distractions. Can’t watch a movie/YouTube. Sometimes I can listen to a podcast but not while I need to journal. Multitasking is not my thing.

Did you make anything for NSD?

My top 6 embellishments for Project Life

Alright, time to get back to the weekly posts. No more excuses.

So I’m a member of some scrapbooking groups on Facebook and yesterday the question came up about what my most used embellishments were on my spreads. I had a picture in my head of washi tape, wood veneers, labels and my Dymo (you know that type of label maker that makes embossed letters on a plastic strip). I inventoried all of my spreads for 2016 and I was so far off. Not one of those embellishments were on the top list. What?! How can I not know what I’m using?

Anyway, this turned out to be my most used embellishments for 2016 so far:
1. Stamps (never thought of myself as a stamper but I’ve used stamps on every single spread this year).
2. Tiny word stickers (pretty new obsession I would say but I might be surprised if I go back to older albums, I clearly have no sense for these things).
3. Color shine from Heidi Swapp (PokΓ©mon’s catch phrase Gotta catch ’em all apply here, although I mostly use black. And gold)
4. Stickers (good because I have quite a few in my drawers…)
5. Tiny attacher (the one from Tim Holtz – one of the best things I’ve ever bought)
6. Die cuts (the store bought ones, not the ones I punch out myself)

In my defense I used to use labels a lot more than I do now. What changed?

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And here is a sneak peak for April’s theme in the Pocket Your Year-class

Core kit influences desk storage

So how do you know if you are a Project Life-nerd? There are a bunch of signs but my latest one is that I bought a bowl to store scraps in on my desk and it totally matches my favorite core kit (Everyday from Becky Higgins). Yes. A bowl. With a similar pattern that matches little card stock cards. It’s all in the details. I’m not crazy, I’m sure I can’t be the only one who does this..? Right..? (Please tell me I’m not alone).

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Left and middle are from IKEA (a pot holder and a candle holder) and the right one is my latest addition from Lagerhaus.

Different album formats for Project Life

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One of the things to decided on pretty early in the process is what size of album you would like to work with. Where are you going to store them? Can you fit the big 12×12 albums in your bookcase? I store mine in IKEA’s Expedit/Kallax where yes , they fit both with the hight and depth but with the albums I have I can only fit 4 big albums and one smaller when it comes to width. I’d like for them to store 4 OR 5 big ones perfectly, now it looks a little wonky.

How big is your workspace? Can you fit a big album on your table or would a smaller size be better? Do you have friends/family members who can’t carry a big album? Huge albums can be intimidating (and heavy). Do you want a wide selection of options or do you like limitations? Do you like making your own solutions or would you prefer if everything was made for you and you could just go to a store and pick the standard option?

workspaceinseptember-4As you can see, Kallax fits 4 big albums and one smaller

To be able to make these decisions it’s probably good to know what’s out there so you know your options. Here we go:

12 x 12: The standard scrapbooking size, tons of albums and almost endless varieties among the page protectors. This is the size I use most of the time.

9 x 12: A pretty new size and people seem to love it. Harder to find albums and because of the math when it comes to the page protectors there are more limited options. Great for those who still want a bigger format but can’t fit the 12×12’s in a book-case. I use the page protectors as inserts in my 12×12 albums.

10 1/2 x 9 1/4: A pre-made mini album that I’ve only seen Becky Higgins carry. The page protectors are already sewn in. No customizing with your own choices. I’ve used them for gifts; a baby album for a friend and a “This was your house” when my mom sold my childhood home with old photos of all the rooms and different memories connected to them.

Letter size (8 1/2 x 11) or A4: Depending on where you live in the world these are standard sizes for normal printer paper. I’m sure there are some pretty albums in your local bookstore but there won’t be pocket page protectors for this size, just the normal big ones. Works as inserts though, I’ve used them multiple times.

8 x 8: Popular now with the Project Life-app. Limited selection of page protectors. Haven’t tried it myself.

6 x 8: Great size for smaller projects. I use it for December Daily and Freja (my 4-year-old daughter) has her own album in this size. She can pull it out, look and work on it without my help (her baby albums are 12×12 so she needs help pulling them out). Also good for other smaller projects such as vacations, One Little Word, Book Of Me , recipes etc. Good enough selection of page protectors. I love this size, it’s just not big enough for my yearly albums.

4 x 4: I think (correct me if I’m wrong) this was originally for Instagram-photos when the were just square. To me these are way too small to do anything with but that’s a matter of style I suppose. I know someone made an album of selfies in this format and I could see if you hade a theme of your feet or coffee cup or your cat or something. Not my thing, but then again then I’m probably not the targeted scrapbooker for it.

Let me know in the comments what size you prefer and why!

Week 3 for 2016

I had to try my kit from Gossamer blue but boy did I have trouble making it work. I loved my photos for week 3 but the cards that came with the kit didn’t really match up. I had even decided to re-make the whole spread. But. I left it alone for a few weeks and came back to it. Still didn’t like it but it wasn’t as bad as the first time around. With some embellishing I finally came to a point where I liked the result, at least more than when I started. Who knew it was going to be so difficult to use s pre-made kit? I’ve done it a hundred times with the cards from Becky Higgins.

I did make an insert for a trip to Denmark but that one is not finished yet so I’m leaving it out of this post.

Anyway, here’s the result for week three:

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febr-4The spread (without the un-finished insert)

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Tiny word stickers, can you have too many? I don’t think you can. So very cute and they work on every single page. I might over use them this winter but hey, I like them! A lot!