Thursday, December 22

Teachers appreciation gifts


This years teacher appreciation and neighbors gifts:)  These are very simple selfmade cellophane bags, decorated with 3ndypapir Christmas papers and fabric ribbon:) I have made other variations of these gifts before and you can see them here if you are curious.

 



Saturday, December 17

Guest designer at Scrappehuset




























I'm a guest designer over at the Norwegian blog called "Scrappehuset" today, and all through December up until Christmas they've had and will have cute little tutorials from loads of talented, both national and international guests for you to enjoy every day. Although the text is written in Norwegian, I'm sure most of you non Norwegians can get a lot out of just watching the pictures.

Anyway, my tutorial is about how to make some cute mini gifts from chocolate bars, which is something I love to make and give as birthday treats, teachers appreciation or just a little gift for whoever. I have had a tutorial about this before that you can see here and another version here. It's a great way to use up older papers and stash that you don't know what to do with, so get started and get creative!!



Marianne:)

Wednesday, December 14

This years Christmas card

Just like last year, I made a digital design for this years Christmas cards. And like last year I used Sausan designs digital products. The background and the star elements are from the Jing-a-link kit. As I was running out of time in these hectic times, I kept it simple. Maybe not quite "less is more", but definitely a fast design. And like last year I ordered the cards at Postkaarten.nl. Received them in the post 2 days after I ordered them:):)


Marianne:)

Tuesday, December 13

Happy St. Lucia day!!

Yesterday we made Lussekatter, very yummy buns for the celebration of St. Lucia today. Here are some facts about December 13th and the St. Lucia day, and here is a movie showing how it is celebrated in Scandinavia. And if you want to make these delicious buns, here's the recipe:


Recipe for "Lussekatter" or saffron bread in English

150 g butter
5 dl milk
50 g dry yeast
1/2 ts saffron (not necessary)
150 g sugar
1/2 ts salt
2 ts cardamom
13 dl flour
1 egg and raisins for decoration

Grind saffron with a little sugar in a mortar and pestle. Melt butter, add milk and heat to 40 degrees (too hot to keep your finger in), add salt and saffron. Mix dry ingredients and gradually add the hot milk mixture. Knead the dough. Place in a greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let rise til twice the size. Knead again. Divide the dough into 30 parts. Roll into traditional shapes, add raisin decoration and place on a greased sheet. Let rise 15 minutes. Brush with beaten egg. Bake 7-10 minutes at 225 degrees.
Bon appetitt!

Marianne:)
 

Monday, December 12

A sneak peak and GIVE AWAY!!!!!


This is a sneak preview of my tutorial of something christmassy and fun over on the Norwegian blog Scrappehuset that will be published later in the month. They are having a guest designer and a tutorial/inspiration every day in December all the way up till Christmas, so it might be worth checking out, even if you don't understand Norwegian, you'll be able to "understand" the pictures:)

Also one more and last chance to win the christmas collection from 3ndypapir. Leave a comment here and visit the 3ndypapir blog and you're in (sorry European participants only). Double your chances by sharing on FB, blog or twitter. You have until Monday Dec. 19th and this is what you'll get:


Tuesday, November 29

Getting ready for December Daily 2011

December is almost here and for once I am ready. At least when it comes to this years December Daily (DD) project, a concept invented years ago by Ali Edwards. I came up with my own take on the concept last year, as I was doing DD for the first time. This is such a busy time of year for me, and I'm guessing also for most of you out there, so I needed to come up with something that wouldn't be too time consuming, but would stay fun all through December. I also wanted a book containing my favorite Christmas recipes, pages with our family traditions and sample of a Christmas card every year, a book that I could use and extend, and just change the DD pages every year. So, I decided to keep it simple and used a basic album and page dividers that I painted with gesso and pre-cut pages from Creative Cafe (Creative Imaginations). The DD pages are very basic, with a simple journaling stamp and a number of the day sticker, using scraps form different older alphabets. I plan to use iphone pictures, one or more per day and add them as I go, sometimes with design papers.


This is the front of this years set of DD pages. I used some old rub-ons, some cut out felt hearts and cut out a figure from 3ndypapir's "juleglede" paper











Some images of the empty pages in this years DD
Here you can see the dividers with the sections "recipes", "traditions" and "Christmas cards" at the back.

I painted the recipe pages with red paint on the top as background for the pictures and used little mini alpha stickers for the title.













The Christmas tradition pages I made a bit more playful and used scraps and different elements. I plan to add to these every year.
This is the front of the book, which I made last year.













I took out last years DD pages and made a book with them by adding 3 book binder rings.
One of the pages from last years DD...
...and one more from last year. You can see more from last years DD here.
















So, December 2011 can come! I'm ready:)


Marianne:)

Wednesday, November 23

Christmas papers, Christmas cards and a trendy give away:)

Trendy as in 3ndypapir. Would you like to win a pack of these romantic, Norwegian designed and vintage style scrapbook papers, designed by Gudrun Loennecken? If you leave a comment here and on 3ndypapir's blog you have the chance to win the hole christmas collection 2011. If you share this post on FB or on your blog you get a second entry to win, but you have to let me know about it here. You have until Nov. 30th to enter and I will announce the winner on Dec. 1st. As you know, Christmas is closing in on us, so I started the preparations by making a few Christmas cards using Gudruns papers. They work so well together, don't they? Have a wonderful week and enjoy these busy times as much as you can:)



Marianne:)

Tuesday, November 15

An iphone edit tutorial, using camera+, filterstorm and instagram


The making of a streetphotography in Eindhoven. The first picture is SOOC (straight out of camera), the second is edited in camera+ (shade in scenes + lo-fi in effects + commit edits). I then used the clone stamp in Filterstorm to clone out the little triangle to the right of the man (I'm a perfectionist and it bugged me, what can I say...:))


This is edited once more in camera+: cropped to a square, then flash in scenes + lo-fi in effects + round white border and saved to camera roll. I added the border to get the right crop in instagram with the earlybird filter and frame.
And this is how it looks after I added the earlybird filter and frame.
























This is an alternative edit and crop. Can't decide which one I like more:) This is the black & white filter in effects in camera+ on top of the color edited version of the picture.





















Good luck in experimenting with my favorite apps, camera+ and filterstorm.

Winnars of my Poppydesign giveaways are.....




















Which means Torill aka Screppa:) is the happy winner of the Poppydesign paper pack, while Wenche wins the stamps. Gratulerer jenter!! Håper dere sender meg adressene deres raskt, så skal jeg få sendt premiene til dere asap.


Marianne:)

Saturday, November 12

My iphone business cards are here!!

Yes!! I got something in the post!!! And it's the best set of business cards ever! I LOVE them! As I mentioned before, I ordered my business cards from Moo.com, (see post here) and you can design them yourself and have them all printed with different design/photos. This is my set of cards all made with iphone pictures and they look even cooler in real life than expected!! Very, very happy!








Thursday, November 10

I promised you more give aways.....

...so, here is some scrapbook goodness for whoever would like some unique and norwegian designed papers and stamps, all from Poppydesign and Vibeke Spigseth. There might be 2 lucky winners this time, one to win the papers and one to win the stamps. All you have to do is leave a comment here and on Poppydesigns blog and you're in. Only European residents though, sorry about that... You have until Nov. 15th. to participate.


And as you can see, I have had a little fun with the papers myself as well. Love those frames and plan to use them in a minialbum as well. Just need to find some more time first....




Monday, October 31

Who would have thought.....

...that little me would ever be in a big article like this? Check out Instagramers to know more:) Guess I have no secrets any more....

Have a great day!


Marianne:)

Sunday, October 30

Iphoneography tips - Big lens app

A short while ago I bought an app for my iphone called Big lens. It's an app to imitate shallow depth of field, but it also has some pretty cool filters to choose from. You can choose f-stop from f3.5 to f1.8 and you can choose what shape you want your bookeh to be. I find it a pretty good imitation of the real deal (being a DSLR with a good lens:)) and it can change an ordinary picture to something more interesting or even quite stunning. Definitely worth the price of 0,79 €. If you want to know more about the app and its functions, you can read all about it in this article. These are just some of my own try outs:



 

Wednesday, October 26

Coolest business cards EVER!!!!

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I dare say I just ordered the coolest business cards EVER!!! Many of you have probably already heard of Moo, but if you haven't, take a look at these. At Moo you can order business cards with a different photo or design on every card, you can choose rounded corners or not, orientation, photo on the text side or not, what paper to use AND they have mini cards as well, which you just have to check out for yourself on their site. So many creative ways to use this, and one of them is to show your best pictures as sort of a hands-on portfolio. I ordered one set of iphone cards and one set of picturely spoken cards:) I can't wait till I get these in my hands!!!


Marianne:)

Tuesday, October 25

Photography class - Notice the little things

I've been a photo-maniac since I was 14 years old, always noticing things and motives that most people don't even see or recognize. I see the world in rectangles or squares:) My photographic journey from photographing with my first analogue SLR at 14, to where I am today has been a long and interesting one. I am 100 % self taught and many many hours have been spent figuring things out, learning about the technical stuff, learning about composition, light, communication with my subjects and how to best enhance the pictures in Photoshop. There is so much to learn and know, and no matter how many hours you put in, there will always be new things to learn and find out about, especially in today's constantly changing digital and social media dominated world.


  


General photography class
No matter if you have a big DSLR camera with fancy functions, a compact camera or just a telephone, the possibilities of taking good and interesting pictures are there. It's all about seeing and noticing and that's what I want to talk about and teach in my classes. I will talk about the technical basics, but my main focus will be on the creative aspect of photography, composition and design rules, how to take better pictures by noticing the light and how it will effect the subject, or by just using a different angle. I will talk about seeing the beauty around you and in our every day life, how to treasure "the little things" and notice what a wonderful world we live in.

Price: € 40,- (must be payed ahead to secure the spot)

Iphoneography class
This class is meant for those of you who have an iphone, and would like to learn more about this new way of photographing. You will learn how to make best use of the camera function, how to take better pictures with it,  what to do in difficult lighting conditions and how to enhance your pics on the phone. I will talk about most of the things from my general class, but from an iphoneographers point of view. And I will talk about my favorite apps, how to use them and what they are for.

Price: € 35,- (must be payed ahead to secure the spot)


All classes will be small groups, not more than 8 participants, so you will be able to ask questions throughout.

For the coming weeks I have put up a list of possible dates for classes. I might not host a class on every date, but if there is enough interest I will. The possible dates are:

29. Oct.: 14:00-16:30
5. Nov.:  14:00-16:30
6. Nov.:  14:00-16:30
13. Nov.: 14:00-16:30

So, if you are interested in taking one of my classes, send me an e-mail (mariannehope@msn.com) indicating what type of class you are interested in, what times you would be able to join/attend, what kind of camera you have and how much experience you have. If you live in Amsterdam or other areas not too far from Blaricum, there is a possibility for holding a class there as well. Let me know if you are interested.

I will be posting some "behind the scenes" pictures from my other classes on my FB page, Picturely spoken, so check in later if you're interested:) 


Marianne:)
 

Monday, October 24

Article about instagramming in Het Parool

Read the hole article
I guess there are some milestones that are bigger than others. Having 5 of my pictures and being called an instagramcelebrity in a Dutch national paper Het Parool, Saturday Oct. 22. 2001, is definitely one of the BIG ones!!! The newspaper brought out a 4 page article about instagram, instagraming and the #instagramwalk020, and I just now finally saw the article myself. This definitely beats my only other mention in a newspaper ever, which was about a basketball match where I played well when I was 15!!!!! Haha! In a local Norwegian paper:)

And the winner iiiiis.........

...Fauve!!! As in Fauve van Maanen! Congrats Fauve! You are the winner of the cute little lunch bag from Poppydesign. Email me your address and you will have it to use as you wish asap:)

If you did not win this time, watch out for more giveaways from both Poppydesign and Gudrun Loennecken's 3ndyPapir.no later on.


Marianne:)

Friday, October 21

Picturely spoken
I finally did it!!! I made an official and professional facebook page, Picturely spoken!!! I'm a tiny bit proud today, after days of going very late to bed (3 am at the earliest!). So, if you like what you see, please take a moment to check it out and "like it if you like it":) Greetings from sunny (!!!!!) Holland!!


Marianne:)

Thursday, October 20

Iphone app for scrapbookers

I think many of you already know how much I love my iphone and the new hype iphoneography. I have spent a lot of time getting to know my iphone camera and quite a few of the many apps one can use to enhance them. Although the iphone camera can not in any way compete with a DSLR camera technically speaking, it has many other things going for it, such as size, easy handling and availability (one tends to always have ones telephone close by:)). The very biggest advantage however is all the amazing, incredible, inspiring and fun applications one can buy for very little money. It has opened up a hole new level of creativity for me when it comes to photography with 100s of different filters and effects to use and combine. And, the best thing is, I can take a picture and edit it on the spot, where ever I am, maybe while waiting for the dentist, or at the hair dressers or on the bus. I can use all those little moments to do something I really love. This post is about one of those apps, namely one that is perfect for scrapbooker: Notica (btw. I'm not being sponsored here, although I certainly feel I should after being the reason many of my friends and class participants took a liking to both the app and the iphone:))

So what is Notica? It's kind of a diary with pictures. The app allows you to make little cards like the ones you see here. You can take a picture with the app or upload one from your camera roll, use one of the 9 integrated filters, add text and geo tag and voila, you have a card like this. You can practically scrapbook as you go. Like the second pic above; I took the pic, edited it and made this little card while waiting for the train. The third card I made while waiting for my plane on Schiphol. Then, if I want to, I can upload the cards to facebook or twitter or I can e-mail it to a friend or I can upload it to my computer, print it out and scrap it:) Can you see the coolness of this? Btw. do you recognize the pic in the first card? It's the photo I used to make my new blog logo:)

I hope you will leave a note if you find this interesting or if you have any questions. Please let me know on mariannehope@msn.com if you have any technical issues with my blog or with leaving a comment. And don't forget my cute giveaway in my last blog. All you have to do to win is leave a comment:) Have a nice evening still!

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Marianne:)

Tuesday, October 18

NEW BLOG DESIGN! and a litle giveaway:)

I believe congratulations are in order! The last couple of days I have been designing, encryptioning, reading, googling, researching, re-organizing, deleting, HTML-ing, gadgeting and tearing my hair off, so that I could finally get my beloved, but oh so neglected blog up to date and looking loved again. Hope you like it too... I've followed my favorite motto "less is more", which was definitely not the case with my last design. And to celebrate this re-launch, and hopefully make me connect with most of you again, I am going to host a give-away, sponsored by the one and only, inspiring and ueber-creative Vibeke Spigseth and her Poppydesign. I actually have more give-aways coming in the following days and weeks, but first out I am giving away one very cute alternative to the regular lunch box. I guess you could call it a "lunch bag", home made, self designed and home sewn by Vibeke. I told you, she is creative:). As this bag is only being sold in Norway at the moment, this should be a unique opportunity for those of you not living in Norway. I'm sorry however, the give-away is for European residents only.

SO! To be entitled to win this lunch bag, you will have to leave a comment on this post AND on the Poppydesign blog (post of your choice). Also you can double your chances of winning by posting about this on either your facebook page, google+,  twitter or on your own blog. You have until Saturday October 22nd and I will be drawing a winner on Sunday 23rd.

Like I mentioned, I am planning to be more active here again, and I have more giveaways coming up so I hope to see you back soon:)


Greetings Marianne:)

Saturday, October 15

It's a socialmedia life and my trip to Austria

I'm a bad bad blogger!!!! I'm really struggling to find time to all the social medias, photography workload, family, fun and real life sociallife. I need to come up with some time effective way to do it all. Any suggestions???? The last months I have spent most of my time on photography related things, like iphoneography, Instagram, photoshoots and workshops. I assure you its all fun stuff, so I'm not COMplaining, just EXplaining:) I have learned more about photography in the 6 months I have been active on Instagram, then I have learned my hole life!! You can't beat that, can you? So, like I said; NOT complaining! One of the big things on this fun-filled list was my trip to Moerbisch am See in Austria to teach at "Designtage der Scrapqueens" a few weeks back now, and I wanted to show some of my favorite pictures from the workshops, and from the trip itself:

This is the hole group of scrapping and photographing ladies, flocking together on the stairs of "Galerie und Weingut Zentgraf"












From my photo workshop, demonstrating one of my favorite iphone apps, while talking about "The little things"












My co-teacher, Gudrun Loennecken, who is such a sweethart and who made the stay even more enjoyable:)












An evening walk by the Lake with hostess Karin and Gudrun













Paparazzi attack!! These are my students in action, during my "learning by doing" part of the photography class. I was teaching them about light, defined light and silhuettes.....











....and this is the subject or motive they were photographing:)













These are just some of my favorite pictures from the place.


























I think you may have guessed by now that I had a great trip! Thank you Karin for inviting and having me, thank you Gudrun for sociallizing and wining and dining with me and thank you to all participants for giving me this experience!!