Tuesday, March 31

Back from PACS Italy...

...and I have to admit; a bit tired, but very, very happy and inspired. I had a great time, met SO many nice and friendly people, had awesome classes (eight in total), made new friends, the organizers worked their bottoms off and arranged fun challenges during the evening crops and little presents for everybody. On Saturday and Monday we enjoyed summer temperatures of about 25 degrees, Sunday was pretty awful with rain and storm. All the better that we had to stay inside and scrapbook. When I finally arrived on friday night, I met up with 6 other Norwegian girls, who I had never met before, but just after a few hours one could think that we had known each other for years. Takk Elin, Tove, Anita, Monika, Turid og Cathrine for en fantastisk helg! Var mye gøyere med dere der.....

My favorite teachers of the weekend were, without a doubt, the lovely Lory, the übercool Celine, the great Emily Falconbridge (with her cute family) and the very talented Manu. I did all of Lory's classes and now have 3 awesome projects to finish. It might take a while to finish them though, ehem... The only project I actually managed to finish was Emily's "Top ten" class, a cool album with my 10 all time favorite photos and I almost finished the layout from Celine's technique class. I look forward to finishing Manus pop-up family album as well. I didn't find time to upload my photos yet, but I can at least show the layouts that I made before hand for the challenges. I actually won two of the challenges, competing against 40 other great layouts. Kinda cool!!!!!!! And yes I was very happy. The first two layouts are the winning los. The first for the "glitter challenge" and the second for the "technique" challenge (we had to use gesso, acrylic paint, an old book page and fabric).





Friday, March 27

Getting ready for PACS Italy.....

This weekend is PACS Italy-time. 4 days of fun, scrapbooking, night crops, challenges, prizes and more fun and more scrapbooking. Can't wait to meet the other Norwegian girls that are going along with Elsie Flannigan, Emily Falconbridge, Lory, Celine Navarro +++

They have kept us busy with challenges and different assignments beforehand as well. Here are a few sneakies of some of the stuff I have been making the last weeks, a page about me for the guest book:

...some ATC (my first ones ever!!!) for my fellow Norwegian participants....

a name pin..
..my group (me and 6 other Norwegians) decided to make (knit or crochet) a bracelet with the colors of the Norwegian flag, red, blue and white as our "totem". I crocheted mine and it was the first time I crocheted in 20 years or so, lol. Here is mine (my grandmother made the flowers):
and here are sneakies of my layouts for the 4 different challenges:
I am counting the hours now. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 26

My studio on a thursday - part 2

Yes, it's thursday, and I promised you some detailed pictures from my studio. Today I'll show you a smart calender sollution and an idea for an inspiration board or photo displaying.

With my increasing work- and assignment load throughout the last months, I found the need for a big and accessable calender. I looked around my studio to find a place to put it, when I got the idea to use the door. Fortunately for me the door is painted with high gloss paint and therefore works perfectly as a white board. I took a big ruler and drew 2 black calender grids and filled in the different assignments with a red whiteboard pen. Every month I wipe out the red in the month that has passed and fill it with the up comming month's "todo's". Works perfectly and I didn't miss a deadline yet!

I also have a perfect place for all my "extra-photos". I painted the wall beside the door with magnetic paint, so every time I have photos left over that I like, I put them there and keep them in place with magnetic numbers. As you can see, it's getting a bit crowded....This would work perfectly as an inspiration board as well....


Hope these tips can help some of you reading this in some way. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions and tune in next thursday for more tips.

Wednesday, March 25

"Et lite ord #3" at ScrappeMania - Alltid/always

Today is March 25th, which means that we have a new word up at ScrappeMania. This months word was chosen by Camilla , and the word is ALWAYS/ALLTID. I just checked out the other girls contributions, and I can only say WOW!!!!! SO many great LOs, I am blown over. Totally! Here's my contribution, using maya ink and Label Tulips February kit, but really you HAVE to check out the maniablog.




Tuesday, March 24

Norwegian fidle on the way to Moscow...

Okey, so I am not a huge fan of the European Song contest. Too many bad songs and singers, and the songs I like never win. Still I have to admit there is some sort of entertainment factor, mostly in a funny way. When I heard the Norwegian contribution to this years competition, I couldn't help but like it from the very first tone. Seriously!. The singer, Alexander Rybak, is adorable and very convincing in his performance, and I LOVE the Norwegian fidle part. This is definately a song worth listening to. Feel free to judge for yourself.. (and I'm sorry all Dutch readers, but the Toppers really do not touch my heart like that....:))

Nå har jeg registrert meg på Bloggurat.

Monday, March 23

Workshops...

One of my goals for 2009 was to start giving workshops. I feel SO lucky to have been given the opportunity to teach 3 different workshops at Papirgleder in Bergen, Norway on May 9th and 10th. Since this is for Norwegians only I will continue the information in Norwegian....

...hei alle som bor i nærheten av Bergen. Jeg skal altså holde kurs på lørdag 9. mai og på søndag 10. mai. Det blir tre forskjellige kurs, ett minialbumkurs, ett teknikkurs og ett "dørhenger" kurs (en slags layout, men til å henge opp). Her følger litt informasjon om de enkelte kursene samt noen sniktitter av det vi skal lage. Vi skal bruke andre produkter enn det jeg har brukt på bildene, men dere får i hvertfall en idee av hva vi skal lage. Håper det er noen som får lyst til å komme.

Ferie journal

Nå er det snart ferietid og hvem kunne ikke tenke seg å ha feriealbumet ferdig nesten før man kommer hjem? Vi skal lage en journal uten bilder i første omgang, så limer dere inn bilder og andre memorabilia når ferien er ferdig. Den er i utgangspunktet ment for å vise ett favorittbilde for hver dag, men jeg skal lære dere noen triks for å få med flere bilder om man ønsker det. Når dere drar på ferie tar dere med journalen og skriver litt i den hver dag.
Papirgleder har gått til innkjøp av en utrolig flott og praktisk die cut, som vi bruker til basissidene i journalen. Vi skal bruke papir fra My little yellow bicycle traveler collection som har utrolig flotte farger og design som er enkel å bruke og lett å like. Vi skal male, distresse, stemple, klippe, lime og pynte. Dette blir en fleksibel og tøff journal som man kan personliggjøre som man vil. Dere må ha med basismaterialer som saks, papirkutter, lim ("all purpose" lim som tar stoff også - hobbylim er fint, men det må være hvitt ikke blankt), stempelpute til distressing, linjal. Det vil bli lagt ut en endelig utstyrsliste når kurset nærmer seg. Følg med på Papirgleders nettsider eller i bloggen min
Tidspunkt: lørd. 14 - 17
Pris: 450,-


Teknikkurs

Her lager vi en lay-out hvor vi bruker noen forskjellige teknikker. Vi skal lage egen bakgrunn, lære om bruk av spraymaling og maskering og lage egne tittelbokstaver (jeg viser tre forskjellige alternativer, dere velger hvilket dere vil bruke). Ta med bilde, gjerne av deg selv eller din kjære. Et fint bilde av go'ungen er også greit. Siden det er du som skal designe denne layouten, står du fritt til å bruke det bildet du vil. Størrelse kan være alt fra 10x15 og nedover (ikke større). Det er enklere å jobbe med mindre bilder. Passbilder er også fine å bruke, men da 2 eller 3 stk. Hvis du bruker 10x15 bilde, så velg et som kan kuttes ned litt. Og husk at på kurs som dette er det alltid lettere å jobbe med svart hvitt bilder eller bilder med litt nøytrale farger (ikke for mye farger og urolige elementer). Dere må ha med basismaterialer som saks, papirkutter, lim, papirkniv og skjærematte. Det vil bli lagt ut en endelig utstyrsliste når kurset nærmer seg. Følg med på Papirgleders nettsider eller i bloggen min
Tidspunkt: lør. 18:30 - 20:30
Pris: 350,-


Veggpynt/henger


Her skal vi lage en sommerinspirert lay-out til å henge på veggen eller døren (inne) som pynt, enten til å ønske velkommen eller rett og slett for å pynte opp i stua. For en gang skyld kan vi ha litt ekstra glede av all den jobben vi putter inn i designene våre og nyte det gjennom hele sommeren og år etter år. Dessuten er det jo gøy når besøkende også kan se hva man har laget. Vi skal lage et design med sommer som tema, fine, glade farger og selvlaget pynt og vi skal bruke nye papirer fra Fancy Pants. Ta med bilde(r) til dette kurset, helst svart hvitt (det åpner for flere krumspring i designet). Forslag til bildemotiv er et familiebilde eller et favorittbilde av go'ungen/ungene, som man gjerne vil henge på veggen og vise fram. Gjerne litt sommerlig, men det er altså ikke nødvendig. Størrelse som er fin å jobbe med er 15x10 liggende (regn med litt kutting) eller 13x9. Du kan evt. også ta med noen små bilder i passbilde størrelse, men dette er frivillig. Dere må ha med basismaterialer som saks, papirkutter, lim ("all purpose" lim som tar stoff også - hobbylim er fint, men det må være hvitt ikke blankt), stempelpute til distressing, linjal. Det vil bli lagt ut en endelig utstyrsliste når kurset nærmer seg. Følg med på Papirgleders nettsider eller i bloggen min.
Tidspunkt: søn: 10 - 12:30
Pris: 350,-

Jeg gleder meg masse, masse til mai og håper jeg kan bli kjent med noen av dere som leser bloggen min. Hvis det er noe du lurer på er det bare å maile meg på mariannehope@msn.com. Ha en fin uke!

I love spring....

The last few days have been absolutely perfect weather-wise. Sunny, dry and warm. It fills me with loads of energy, which I need to prepare for next weekend. Getting ready for PACS Italy.....

Thursday, March 19

My studio - on a thursday

I have been thinking about this for a long time, but never could find the time to do it. Thinking about what? First of all I was thinking about cleaning and re-organizing my scrapbook space. Secondly I was thinking about taking pictures of the room and all the little smart (in my opinion they are) sollutions. And the last thing I was thinking about, was to make a weekly serie about this on my blog. Well, a few weeks ago, I managed to finally clean up the space and re-organize big time. And I took lots of photos of it. So starting today, every thursday in the weeks to come, I will post about one thing from my scrap space, like where I keep my scraps, how I organize my papers, stamps, stickers, and so on. Hopefully things that you might like to hear about. Here goes first week's entry; images of my scrapspace. No detaile pictures today, just the hole thing. Gosh, it looks so nice cleaned up. Of course it only took me minutes to make a total mess again, and it certainly doesn't look like that anymore.....sigh!



Wednesday, March 18

Spring challenge at SIStv and Label Tulip kits

I've just started subscribing to a new monthly kit from Label Tulip. I love their contemporary style and especially their self-designed stamps. Awesomeness! I used the february kit to make this LO and two cards. I made one more LO, but that will have to wait till the next "little word" at ScrappeMania:). The LO and the card with the feather are also made for the spring green challenge at SIStv.






Tune in tomorrow for a new weekly blog serie I am starting....

Tuesday, March 17

Signs of spring.....

I love this time of year. Springtime! Today the sun was shining, the birds were singing, children were playing everywhere, flowers were peaking through the leaves in our garden, the hallway and guest toilet is almost finished, we got awesome reports about all three kids from school and child care. Happy times!

Monday, March 16

Back from Germany....

..and a surprise visit to my father in law. As far as we know, he was really surprised and happy about our comming, and we enjoyed the time together. Here are a few pictures from the inside of the mini album I made him, using vintage items, but staying true to my style and keeping it simple and straight to the point...




TFL! and have a great week.

Friday, March 13

Isn't this the cutest...

...little boy you have ever seen? Now, you might think that this is my little Jonas in his new pair of knitted "lederhosen", but then you would be wrong:) This picture was taken over 60 years ago. Can you believe it? Can you guess who it is? Well it is my father in law, and today is his birthday!

HERZLICHEN GLUECKWUNSCH ZUM GEBURTSTAG, WOLFGANG!!!!

I could watch this picture over and over again. It is SO beautiful. Back in those days pictures like these were rare, so this is a tresure no money can buy. His father earned money by taking pictures of neighbours and friends and took beautiful pictures of his little boy. He wasn't excactly a photgrapher, but in todays world he surtainly would have been. Anyway, today is Wolfgangs day. All the best from all of us!

And I did find the time to make this little book for his birthday. I found some older "My minds eye" papers (anybody remember "wild asparagus"?), which I still love and put together a little book about him. It is called "Du bist..." and describes his many sides in pictures and words. I wount show to much now, so it will stilll be a surprise....




Tuesday, March 10

scRapp #3 at ScrappeMania

Gudrun! you have been scRapped! We loved this layout about your good friend Lene, and it was SO fun to lift. Here is my version, and no doubt, this was a quickie, using a creative cafe die cut background (me like!) and a strip of paper from my late grandfathers old accounting book from his store (it's his handwriting on there) which I sprayed lightly with some spray ink and sewed on.

Monday, March 9

vintage findings and pictures from Amsterdam

Last saturday Till and I were lucky to have a babysitter so we could spend the day in Amsterdam, just the 2 of us (dankje Jitske!). It was SO nice! Amsterdam is not the kind of city where you voluntarely bring 3 little ones. The "enjoing-factor" is a LOT higher without them. So we DID enjoy ourselves. We had a peaceful lunch. I got to surf around on the vintage market and did some very cool findings. Like some wooden fabric stamps, that I will use to make art. The square one is 12 inch, so that is just perfect. Some vintage cards and loads of vintage books. I would have bought even more if Till hadn't gotten so cold and hungry and bored:)

And here are some of my favorite pictures from Amsterdam this time around. If you are interested in seeing more of this beautiful city, I did a post about it one year ago here.







This little "sanctuary" is just beside the busiest street of Amsterdam. A little piece of heaven.And I had to show this typical dutch bike. A double decker child seat and basket with flowers in the front. Love it! I don't think you will find something like this anywhere else in the world...and this is not a great picture (it was VERY dark), but isn't that the steapest pair of stairs you have ever seen? The narrow, tall houses are very beautiful to look at, but not the most practical when it comes to living in them....
..have a great week! Tomorrow we have a new scRapp at scrappeMania....