31/07/2014

5 days in life of... (2)

I started posting what I did a week ago yesterday, challenged by Marsha. You can read the first post here (link). Today I continue with last Thursday, 24.7.

 

Hello Thursday! My shift started at noon, so I had a lazy morning. I took my time to get up from bed and then went to take a shower - it had been a hot night and a hot morning. Although I like sunny and warm weather, this +30 degrees Celsius hotness is getting to me. I need to remember to drink or otherwise I start feeling dizzy.

 
I made myself a pot of tea and then cleaned up after the creative night last night. Usually I put all my supplies back to their places right away, but as I knew that I would have some time to craft the following morning and even more because the kiddos weren't at home, I left some of the supplies lying.

  

I also took photos of the projects created last night and while doing so a friend dropped by. We were chatting and drinking tea until it was time to head for work. So no craftiness during the morning. Oh well!

Same as yesterday, I had the music playing while sitting in the tram. Then off to change the work clothes again and start my day. I had one break during my shift and then headed home.

   

My husband was away for the night, meeting some old colleagues so I had the place all to myself. Funnily that left me just running around like a headless chicken! I didn't get anything done! So I decided to call it a day and instead read the over 300 posts I had in my Feedly list. Oh, and I washed some laundry, too.

While reading the posts I also pinned some of the amazing creations I saw and added some links to my Facebook. I also did some of my commenting duties and cast my votes for the just closed Craft Stamper challenge. As the night before, I finished my day with some CSI commenting.

Thank you again for joining in! As I told yesterday, part of the challenge is to nominate someone every day to do the same - document five ordinary days. My second nominee is Tusia! I love her cheery, positive attitude and as the master mind behind my favorite scrapbooking paper company, 7 Dots Studio, it would be great to take a peek into her life!

Watching the birdie - My Details workshop


I had this amazing opportunity to get to the My Details workshop in the spring. It felt like a jackpot as I had just realized that making page about me could be a really good thing for the kiddies, too. So I felt so eager to start. And then life happened. I'm not sure what changed my schedule completely during last spring but after months I'm just now getting to the "normal" work rhythm again. Or should I say to my work rhythm as I'm a bit strange in that way... But anyway - I was so disappointed not to be able to do the workshop right then and also to support Kristin. Luckily the lessons weren't going anywhere, so I just could leave them for a while.

So better late than ever - last week I had the opportunity to take in the first lesson and be inspired by it! And oh boy, I found it so inspiring! I had tens of stories popping to my head. The workshop has a "then" and "now" theme, too, so I decided to use them both. Here's the first page I created, about now although the photo is taken last fall. The little black dot on top of the antenna in the picture is a teeny tiny owl. I just love seeing and watching the nature in the hood. We live almost in the city center but in a kind of oasis with little specks of forest and park. I love it here.


I started the page by applying some gesso in the paper and then misted a subtle chevron pattern there. On top I added some splashes of mist. Then I layered the patterned papers, added some embellishments and used letter stickers for the title. This was a really quick page but finally I got that tiny owl scrapped! Luckily before I forgot what the photo was of, as there's no telling from the shot what the little blob is. 

I'm tackling the workshop during my summer vacation so be prepared the topics of "My Details" popping in DT assignments and in other creations! Thank you for stopping by today!


Materials: Sodalicious, Tattered Angels, 7 Dots Studio, 3rd Eye, Prima Marketing, Studio Calico, Talens, Ranger, Design Memory Craft

30/07/2014

5 days in life of... (1)

Marsha challenged me to document five days of my life. Just ordinary, everyday days. I started documenting on Wednesday, the 23rd July. I really like the idea of documenting the everyday! Although I must say that the end of last week wasn't the most ordinary one... But anyway, here's what my Wednesday was like!

 

Yay! Just three work days and the vacation starts! Today I had a morning shift so I just got up, made myself ready and headed for work. It's going to be a hot day because it's already +25 degrees Celsius at 7.30 am. So I slip my summer dress on (it's black, like most of my clothes) and chose my gladiator sandals to go with it. 

I take the tram like I do every morning. While sitting there, watching the streets go by, I listen some music and check the Instagram and Twitter, too. This morning I also post a few photos to my account. Off the tram and off to chance to my work attire.

 

I'm at work early which is a good thing as I immediately notice the day isn't going to be boring by no means. There's a huge amount of work waiting for me. I work, I have a quick lunch break, and continue working. The clock ticks 30 minutes overtime when I check out. I leave myself a note what to do first when I'm back tomorrow. I've worked almost full time since last August, I currently have a 30-hour contract.

 

As me and my husband are working in July and the kids have time off the kindergarten, they are staying with my parents in their summer house. And as there's just two adults home, we don't cook. It's silly. Before we moved together we hardly ever cooked for ourselves but always for each other. Nowadays we don't cook when the kids aren't at home but just go out and eat or grab something quick to prepare. So I head to the store and pick a salad for myself and something for my husband, too (he doesn't care for salads). Then to home and after "how was your day" we both start working with our hobbies - he creates music, I finish my article for an upcoming number of Craft Stamper.

 

After finishing and proofreading the article, I then sent it away to Alix, the editor in chief. Then I timed a few blog posts and started editing photos of September projects. I usually tend to work at least a month ahead so if something unexpected happens, there's a time to get everything fixed before the deadline. I even got to cross one thing of my "to-do" list after editing the photo, adding it to the reveal post and Facebooking it. Wohoo! That's always such a joy!

As I had been sitting more or less put for quite some time in front of the screen I decided it was time to get moving, so I fetched my salad and decided to have a break eating it in front of the telly. When the kids are at home we never do that, but as it was just us two, we sat on the couch watching some series while eating.

  

After food I wanted to craft something, so I took out my acrylic paints and prepared one DT work for upcoming month. It was the last one I had for August. Now I only need to edit the photos and I can move on to September projects.

A thing I have been meaning to do a long time is to go through the "My Details" workshop. I mostly do pages about my two girls, but I've been trying to do more pages about me, too, so this workshop was perfect! A lot of ideas how to document me and history of me! I took the first topic and made a page about it, too. Loved all the ideas it spurred into my head!

 

As the night was still young, I started to go through the photos that had arrived - my order from Ifolor. I arranged them to different piles. We have three photo albums, or actually three categories of photo albums as there are quite a few filled with photos already. Both of the girls have an album of their own and then there's another for the family pictures. Then I actually have a fourth one, too, for the photos I plan to scrap. But as that album is in a constant change, I don't list is as an album but it's rather a way to store the photos for a while before they turn into pages. 

While I was going through the photos and even before that, we put Teema channel on. It's like this art / history channel with documents, interesting movies and music. This time it had an opera playing, "Isän tyttö" (Daddy's Girl) by Olli Kortekangas. What can I say - it was intriguing, very contemporary, interesting scenery and costumes and reminded me about Chekhov.

 

I finished the day with some CSI comments, tea and brie. When I was still on the CSI DT I missed some of the last files when comments in the gallery are concerned. I've kept those on my list and sworn that I get every single layout in those albums commented sooner or later. I finished a few albums with tea and lovely brie to keep me company.

Thank you for joining today! I hope you liked reading about my day! Part of the challenge is to nominate someone every day to do the same - document five ordinary days. So my fist nominee is Minna! She's done a swell job with the new blog and I think this kind of series of post would fit her perfectly!

Home - Canvas Corp Brands


Hello there! How's your day been so far? Today I'm sharing a layout I did for Canvas Corp Brands using mostly Canvas Corp and Tattered Angels products. The topic of the page is our neighborhood and how much I love the part of the city we live in.


I started by adding a piece of the striped paper to the script one. Then I took some Tattered Angels High Impact paint and using a sponge applied it through a stencil. The images aren't sharp, but the paint really creates a nice detail to the background. On top I then added some Glimmer Mist. I just sprayed directly some mist to the paper and let it pool. Then I took a small plastic cap and used it like a stamp, stamping circles across the page with the mist.  


Then started layering the papers. I used some textured, leather like paper, some dotty kraft cardstock and also cut a tag from a 12x12" sheet. I even included one burlap banner between the layers. For the embellishments I used a metallic corner, a sticker and also some chipboards and flowers. 

Thank you for stopping by! I wish this project inspired you!


Materials: Canvas Corp, Tattered Angels, 7 Gypsies, 3rd Eye, Prima Marketing, Teippitarha, Um Wow Studio

29/07/2014

Follow your dreams - Scrap365


Dreaming today, too! Yesterday I shared first layout for the article I did for Scrap365 magazine about dreamcatchers. The article was published in the April/May 2014 issue.  The first page was going big and this other is using just hints. 


There's a few details which have been taken from the dreamcatcher - like the arch, the feathers or the thread. I've also included small dreamcatchers in the page in form of stamping and chipboard embellishments. The photo in the page is of my older daughter but the idea applies to both of my girls - encouragement to have them follow their dreams. 

It was great to see you here today! Thank you! Please come again tomorrow for another DT creation!


Materials: Glitz Design, 3rd Eye, Tattered Angels, ColorConspiracy, Sodalicious, My Mind's Eye, Carta Bella, Prima Marketing, Epiphany Crafts, Cosmo Cricket, Crafter's Workshop, Wow! Embossing Powders, Ranger

28/07/2014

Dare to dream - Scrap365


Hi there! Dare to dream! This layout is done for an article I did for Scrap365 magazine. It was published in the April/May 2014 issue. In the article I shared some ideas how to incorporate the trendy dreamcatcher to a scrapbooking page. This was one of the projects there - a big modern dreamcatcher as the vocal point. 


The 'catcher is done with cardstock and twine with a few embellishmenst. The rim of the piece is embossed with white and gold embossing powders. The gold I used also in the feather chippies. The mesh part of the piece is interpret with a few pencil lines. Sequins and half beads act like the pearls in the weave. 

Thank you for popping in today! Tomorrow I will share another dreamcatcher inspired layout but if you want to know more, please grab your copy of the magazine and turn to page 72 or then get your own from the Traplet shop!


Materials: Sodalicious, Canvas Corp, 3rd Eye, Tattered Angels, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, K&Company, Talens, Design Memory Craft, Wow! Embossing Powders, Garn und Mehr, MT Masking Tape, Ranger


27/07/2014

By The Sea ATC cards - Canvas Corp Brands


Hi there! We're having a total heat wave here in Finland so I guess the beaches are quite crowded but oh, how I still wish I was there right now! To keep me dreaming I share these ATCs I did for Canvas Corp Brands using mainly 7Gypsies but there's also Tattered Angels mediums in there and also a touch of Canvas Corp in the form of the rope.


For the main images and most of the paper layers I used 7Gypsies' Maritime collection. Some of the images are cut from the patterned papers like the seashell or the fish and some are from the die cut ephemera pack like the compass. The base of the each card is made using a card from the Conservatory tag pack

I really loved the wavy print so I used that one in every card. Most of the patterned papers I used are from the 6x6" pad as their patterns are smaller and thus go better in the small size of the ATC.


I wanted the cards to have a water / beach like feel. For the water part I used Tattered Angel's Glimmer Glazes and Stained Glass to have the sheer, translucent feel of the water. I painted it in the cards randomly and added some splashes, too. 

For the beach part I mixed together Glimmer Glaze, High Impact paint, some glue and embossing powder. After drying the feel was quite what I was looking for! I also added a few touches of the Glaze as such to some of the cards. 


Like every time I make ATCs, I'd love to make a swap! One of the cards is already on it's way to a new home if not arrived already, but there's still three of them available if you wish to have or swap one. If so, please send me a mail! The address is on the blog's sidebar. 

Thank you for visiting today! Wishing you a pleasant Sunday!

Ps. I'm doing the happy dance here! I'm one of the GDT's for Epiphany Crafts! Yay!


Materials: 7 Gypsies, Tattered Angels, Canvas Corp, Sharpie, Wow! Embossing Powders, Design Memory Craft
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