Wednesday, April 29

Images from my class at Gode Minner

We had a great time at Gode Minner in Tønsberg last Monday. We got messy with spray ink and all participants made beautiful backgrounds and layouts. Here are a few images from the happening. Unfortunately my camera card was unhappy and decided to delete or not record some of the pictures I took. Sorry about that. I had more pics of the layouts we made. I did get a few "action" photos though..

Here is Elin "in action", spraying her winter background (you can tell she is having fun, he, he)...


..and this is the result.. So cool!


Tove was not afraid to get her hands dirty..


Scrapbookers in deep consentration....




Tusen takk jenter! Dere er kjempeflinke!

Saturday, April 25

Et lite ord #4 - One little word #4 - akkurat/right

It's the 25th and that means we have a new word up at ScrappeMania. This time Kathrine picked the word "right" or "akkurat" in Norwegian. We were also lucky to get sponsored by Hambly this month, so this is my layout using loads of different hambly stuff and some Sausandesigns stiching stamps. The layout is about how Lotte is such a daddy's girl RIGHT now. I'm kinda hoping it's not going to be like that for ALWAYS, but RIGHT now I enjoy watching them and observing them together. So cute!



Close up of the small hambly sticker borders and the fake stiching stamps from Sausandesigns.

Friday, April 24

My first Sausandesigns layout!

I finally made time to play with the papers and stamps from Sausandesigns. I made some cool cookie bags for Lottes teachers (for their birthday celebration) last week, but they will be in the next Scrap-art-zine, the one and only German scrapbook magazine, so I can only show a little sneaky here. If you want to know more about them and how I made them, you will have to buy the magazine or wait till later. I'm sure I will show them here sooner or later. Here is the teaser...



..and I have one more teaser this time. This is a sneak of my layout for an upcomming article at Papirgleder by the end of this month, about using a sketch for cards AND scrapbooking pages. I just love those bright colored papers against the white flowers. And the stamps...mmmm....


...and finally a real share. This is my first layout made for Sausandesigns and the papers from her Funky Funky collection. I also used the flower stamps and the "fake stiching" stamps on this one. All the elements are cut out of different Funky Funky papers. The layout is about our little super-hugger, Lotte:)



This last picture show that the elements are not flat, but mounted with curled edges, which gives the layout more dimension and makes it more interesting.

Thursday, April 23

My studio on a thursday - part 4

It's Thursday AGAIN! Time flies by so fast, I could get scared or loose my breath or something... Last week I was so busy with assignments, that I totally forgot about my Thursday post. Sorry about that....

Today I wanted to share one of my absolute favorite storage solution's in my room; the mini cubes. I bought these at Target back in 2005. They are originally meant for Cd's, but I LOVE the size and use them to hold cards and envelopes, little pieces of colored card stock, stamps, small sticker sheets and other stuff that I want to keep within reach. I especially like the fact that they can be put together in any way I want. Each one is separate and stick together with magnets. If I want to change the structure, I can do that in no time. Just take them apart and put them together again in a different shape (f.ex. wider or taller). If you ever see something like this, I would advise you to buy it, they can be used for SO much, also outside your scrapbook room. You will not regret it....

First a close up pic:



...and here you can see how it is placed on my desk, all within reach from my space/chair.

Tuesday, April 21

Clean & Simple mini class at ScrappeHuset

The Norwegian online scrapbooking magazine ScrappeHuset has asked me to host a free mini class in clean & simple style this month. It went online today and it looks good:). Unfortunately the text is in Norwegian only, but you can use a translating gadget on your browser to translate it into your own language if you are interested. I just installed the toolbar on both my browsers (explorer and firefox) and use them a lot on foreign pages. It's a good thing. In the text of my article I explain about the use of design principles and how I use and incorporate them on my layouts. It was actually a very interesting process for me too, writing about it and I learned a lot about my own working process. Knowledge about the use of design principles helps a lot when you scrapbook, regardless of what style you use. I find that I am much more secure about what I do and work much faster since I got these rules and principles down. So please feel free to check it out and let me know what you think. You are always welcome to e-mail me if you have any questions. This is the layout I made for the class:

Saturday, April 18

Apres easter - just a few pictures....

I have a few additional favorite pictures of the kids since easter sunday . We had beautiful weather and went on a bike trip around the area, visited some friends on the way and stopped to eat dutch pancakes in a restaurant with a playground and a very photographic swing. Of course I snapped some shots of Lotte in it. Love the setting and the colors! When we came back, the easter rabbit had been to visit and the garden was full of chocolate eggs. Hmm... Mats, who is 8, told Jonas earlier that day that there is no easter rabbit for real - it's just mom and dad who hides the eggs he said. When we came back from our trip and the eggs were already there, he was surprised and admitted, there is an easter rabbit afer all. Jonas laughed and thought it was very funny that Mats actually believed that mom and dad hidd the eggs......lol! Anyways, below some images from our day...











Jonas' collection


Lotte is enjoying her chocolate egg... (I ran a 70's action on this picture, if you wonder about those weired colors)


..oh, those happy faces...

Tuesday, April 14

I will be teaching at Gode Minner....

...in Tønsberg on April 27th. Which is less than 2 weeks from now, iiik! I will be having a technique class where I will show different ways to use the fantastic Maya Mist, how to make your own masks and how to use them. We will be making 2 layouts, and the design will be all your own. So if you live close to Tønsberg and you are curious about this technique, I hope you will take the time to join us for some messy fun. Please contact Gode Minner for registration and feel free to contact me for any questions. Here are some samples of layouts and ATC's made using the maya mist:










Monday, April 13

Pencillines # 129

It has been a long time since I had the time to use one of the Pencil lines sketches, but last weeks sketch really got me going while working with my Label Tulip March kit. So I actually made 2 layouts based on the sketch. The first layout gets me smiling every time I look at it. Looking at my sad little Jonas. He really is the sweetest boy and most of the time very happy and smiling all the time. But, on photographers day at the creche (this is back in 2005 and he was 2), he got his best shirt on, they made a beautiful setting, but they just couldn't bring a smile on his face. And believe me, they tried. But when Jonas doesn't want to smile, he doesn't want to smile and nobody can make him. Needless to say, I did't put this picture in a frame and up on the wall, but I loved to make a page about it.



And then I made this page, which isn't really my style when it comes to papers, but I still like it in a way. It definately fits the picture, which is me and my baby brother back in 1978. We have just picked some spring flowers for mommy. Those outfits are just mindblowing, especially my brothers yellow and brown set, that my mother made and the perfectly matching hat, knitted by my aunty. And because of that very present picture and background paper, I couldn't bring myself to put a hole lot more embellishments on this layout. The wood part, is plastic film with wood pattern from the hardware store, the letters are american craft and the paper and border is sassafras lass.

ScRapp #4 at ScrappeMania

I almost forgot to post this months ScRapp at ScrappeMania, inspired by Mari's fantastic layout. I made this piece to hang in Lottes room. SO simple. I used corrugated cardboard and painted it with gesso. The different elements are cut out of some of the papers from the February kit from Label Tulip. Still love that kit, and I have loads of stuff over. The pictures on the LO are of DD and her lovely cousin, Jula. We have been sponsored by Glue dots this month, and will be using a lot of them thoughout April and beyond:). I love my glue dots, and really couldn't scrap without them. I used the dots to fix the paperflowers, but still with a 3 dimensional feeling (not all flat), as you can see in the second picture.




Thursday, April 9

the exciting news I was talking about is...

...this:



I am jumping for joy and SO prowd to be a part of Sausandesigns' new adventures. For those of you who wonders who Sausan is, she is an incredibly talented German girl, who has been designing funky digital scrapbooking products for a long time. She has quite a big name in the digital world, but now launches her first two analoge paper collections and 6 sets of übercool stamps. You can get a quick look here, and an even better look here. And if you like the design team presentation above and maybe also the cute little frames, you might want to check out her digital collection too..... As for the design team, she was looking for 4 to 6 designers but ended up with 8, some of them I already know from cyberspace, some I can't wait to get to know better. They are all amazing artists and I love what I have seen so far. Yoohoo!!!

My studio on a thursday - part 3 and the winner is......



which on my counting means Julia (not counting the not participating commenters). Julia said this:

Så moro! Gratulerer så mye!!

Jeg har vel sagt det før, men den LO`en som heter unique, den rosa med sirkel og bilde av prinsessa er bare så superflott!

Ha en fin dag!


..Which pretty much means that she prefers my layout Unique. That's actually my absolute all time favorite to. Thank you so much Julia for your kind words and also to everyone else that left me your happy and flattering comments. It's very, very appreciated and it was really interresting to see how everybody prefers different layouts. So Julia, congratulations, please send me your addie to mariannehope@msn.com, and I will send you your magazine asap. Now, on to my studio......

....and today I would like to show you my "layout-display-wire". I'm sure many of you have seen this sollution before, but for those of you who haven't; I LOVE my Ikea wire. It really is a wire to hang up curtains, but it can be used for so much more. For example to hang up your favorite layouts:). Whenever I get tired of a layout or I just get a new favorite, I just switch it. Done in a second. You can easily change a colorscheme in a room like this, or you could hang up seasonal stuff, like christmas layouts at christmas time, summer layout in the summer, and so on. You could also use it to hang up photos or cards or just stuff. And here are a couple of pictures to showcase the wire. I know, bad photos, I blame the light situation.....



Wednesday, April 8

just a few more hours left on the RAK...



...the deadline to leave a comment and win the March issue of Creating Keepsakes is today at 12 PM, so if you want a chance to win, hurry up. If you don't know what I am talking about, you can read about it here. I'll pick a winner tomorrow.

Also, I have some very exciting news to share one of the upcomming days.....hmmmm....maybe tomorrow

The picture above shows what I see everyday on my way to pick up Lotte from her Peuterspeelzal (kind of a daycare). I love it when the green is starting to show and all the little spring bulb flowers start blooming. This is something they are VERY good at in this country. Land of tulips.... (and after last weekend it's much greener than on this picture)

Sunday, April 5

Pictures from Italy...

...and I am sorry for the picture overload. I just thought it would be fun to share these with the rest of the participants and teachers. I managed to take our picture kinda last minute on sunday, before Monika and Anita were leaving. So here's the Norwegean group, seven crazy and scrapbooking addicted girls, Cathrine, Monika, Turid, Elin, Tove, Anita and me.



and here are some of them posing....



Cathrine and Turid posing even more....



and the beautiful Moni and Anita, ready for take off...


..oops, this is me in action...having fun as you can see


..some images of "downtown" Castellammare di Stabia, it wasn't what you would call a beautiful city, but I managed to find something interesting "photographic-wise" (yes, I did invent that word)...




..this funny Italian guy asked me to take his picture, lol


..olive market, should have bought some....


Turid is showing off her metallic covers that we all made in Celines class. Kinda hard to see, I know. Kinda hard to photograph you see...


Here's one of my favorite projects from the weekend, Lory's "me book" (this is Lory's sample, I still need to finish mine). It was such a fantastic project, using awesome hambly overlays and rub-ons, felt and masking tape +++++ and all with my absolute favorite color combination...



..and here's a sneaky of the wonderful Manu's family pop-up book, this is manu's own sample



me and the fantastic Lory (hugs Lory, if you read this)



me and Elsie....


and last but not least, the sweet Celine Navarro