lørdag 31. desember 2011

Happy new year!

I can't believe 2011 is over in a few hours. There has been some downs this year, off course, but I survived them all - and grew strength from them. And there has been opportunities, too - like every other year. I'm very excited to see what 2012 will bring!

As a farewell with the old year, I'm giving you the last layout I made this year (honestly, this is is not completely true, but it's the newest one I can share: you will get the other ones over the next  weeks). It's from Christmas Eveneing when all the presentents were opened and my kids cooperated to assemble their lates toys - Snow Scoots. For those who doesn't know what this is, it looks like kick bikes, but with skis instead of wheels.


My Scrapbooknook December Kit

Popm pom trim and pins from the Ad On Section

Another detail shot

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Here are a few things coming from MyScrapbookNook in 2012:


It has started shipping, I have it in my hand and it's lovely!!!!

A new Nook Crop:


You don't want to miss this! Stay tuned on the forum for more info!

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Finally, here is a sneak peak on tomorrow's sketch at Creative Scrappers, or actually a sneak peak of the layout I made with it. Please pay us a visit tomorrow to see the sketch and the DT members stunning examples!







I wish you all a happy new year - must 2012 be the best year ever for all of us!

torsdag 29. desember 2011

My top 10 creations in 2011

I'm sure I'll scrap a few more layouts this year, but I still dare to pick my ten favs for this year.

Picking just ten was as hard this year as any year. I love all my creations for one reason or another: it could be the photos, the design, the color combo, because it is an Out Of The Box creation - anything. But I have picked ten and here they are, in cronological order by when they were made.


Because of the splash of green on the black and white, and the mix of papers and embellishments

Beause I love the design

Just because it is too cute!

Becuase of the color combo and mix of embellies

Because I have used embellies I never use - and it looks good!

Becuase of the funky colors and fun kids!

Becuase of the simple design!

Because of the photo and that the embellies are huger than I normally use.

Because the page is still masculine even with flower patterned papers. And the design is cool.

Beacuse it's simple - but beautiful!




Thank you for taking time to stop by and look at my work. Did you find a favourite? Tell me which one and why and you will enter the drawing for a RAK from me. Dead line: January 3rd.


EDITED: I can't believe I forgot this one, may be my absolute favourites this year. I give you this as a bonus, as I can't decide on wich of the ten to remove:

Love how this busy background paper works so well with this design and photo!

onsdag 28. desember 2011

Christmas Traditions!


Merry Christmas, all of you!


Are you still hanging in there? And your kids, how are they doing now that the big excitement is over. Mine are doing well, but I sure wish we had some snow, so we could test our new presents, skis and Snow Scoots. You have never heard about Snow Scoots? Check it out here, it looks so much fun. I didn't get my own, but I'm sure one of the kids will let me try. Actually, I'm taking them up in the mountains the day after tomorrow so we can test it! And yes, I'm bringing the camera. You do want to see me hurt bad, dont you? He, he.




The weeks before Christmas was extremely busy at our house, with work taking too much time. It's hard to get the spirit when you have your nose far down in a pile of papers. But we still managed to do some of the things we do for preparations, like the Tree Hunt.


Hubby and RL Scoobie


This layout is my entry to the December 15th Challenge at Once Upon A Sketch. Please head over to their blog to see the sketch and the fab work from DT and sponsors!

I discovered too late that the Journaling Criteria was to scrap about Christmas Day traditions, but I like the way this layout turned out, so I give it to you anyway. And as the journaling is so small that you can't read it on screen, I could have lied and said the journaling was: "Christmas day: the smell of a fresh tree we have hunted ourself, makes you realise it's Christmas. A long brunch and just chilling, maybe trying out the new presents, that's our Christmas Day."

But as I don't lie, you get the true journaling...The journaling says "We counted and found out this is the seventh year in a road we gather kids and dogs and go tree hunting with Roger and Therese. You create your own traditions, right?". For the record, we hunt the tree in the woods, not on the mall parking lot *lol*





Detail shot

 

Papers: Echo Park Dots & Stripess



Thank you for taking time to stop by!



søndag 18. desember 2011

Creative Scrappers Sketch 187

It's up today, this way cool sketch by Kristine Davidson.




It might look a bit challenging at first sight, but I promise: as soon as you start working with it, it's pure fun - well balanced and great for three photo layouts. Actually, I have some more ideas for it, so I want to use it again - I just need some time to scrap. May be during the Christmas holidays? I'm taking a week off work, so there might be a chance :-)


Here is my take on the sketch, a layout about DS9's creativity. It might be in his genes, becuase he is a real master with paper. give him a pair of scissors, some papers and some glue and paper, and he is in heaven. On these photos he's making a 3D papers air plane.


Yes, those lolipop stickers are real :-)

Details - you can see the 3D foam under the letter stickers.

Have fun with the sketch. Don't forget to check out what the other DT members at Creative Scrappers did with the sketch, and to link back to the blog to get a chanse to win the prize from this month's sponsor, Niklin Designs.

torsdag 15. desember 2011

Christmas Carols

We celebrated the season with DS12's class out in the woods one late afternoon a few weeks ago.

Head lamp and Christmas Carols - the obvious combination *lol*


All materials from MyScrapbookNook December kit and ad ons, except black CS



Thank you for watching my boy singing :-)
What about you - have you sung any yet? Any favourite to share?

søndag 11. desember 2011

December

So far this winter have been unusually warm. I found this pansy blooming in the garden just three weeks ago. Since then we have had some colder days, and a tiny cover of snow, but it's looking like it's going to rain again later this week. Blah!



Papers from MyScrapbookNook December kit

T
his layout is my entry for the December 1th challenge at Once Upon A Sketch. If you go to their blog, you will see the lovely sketch they have provided us with. The Journalling Criteria/theme is: The thing I look most forward to in December.





My journaling goes like this: "December - the months which is too long for the children as Christmas never seem to come fast enough. For the adults Christmas often comes too quicly. But the December is also the month when the sun turns and we will head agains longer days again. But first we are going to have some lovely snow."





Thank you for taking time to stop by. What does December mean for you, btw?

mandag 5. desember 2011

Creative Scrappers Sketch #185

Sundays are sketch days at Creative Scrappers and yesterday Sketch #185 was released.




Here is my take on it:





The handsome young boy on the photo is my twelve year old, the 7th grader (hence the title).




Detail shots:





Papers from Studio Calico, the rest from here & there.



Please head over to the Creative Scrappers' blog to play along and to see the rest of the DT's stunning examples made with the sketch.
 
 
And thank you for stopping by :-)

søndag 4. desember 2011

Advent Calendars, an idea - and a winner :-)

Hi!

If you have followed the Nook Blog, where we are hosting a fab Advent Calendar, or mine, you might have noticed I show a new tag each day. Here is today's tag:


tag made with My ScrapbookNook December kit and ad ons


Actually, I'm making tags for my kids Advent Calender 2012! It feels great to be prepared for next Christmas already *lol*. I made calendars for my kids three years ago, but the drawers are so small, that it's hard to find items that fits. They get things they need in their calendars, like rulers and boxers, but even that kind of stuff doesn' fit. So I came up with the tag idea.

Tags are perfect because they are so versatile. You can attach them to items like paper bags and envelopes, or you can write messages on them: It could be that the gift of the day is something we'll do that day, not a toy! Tags are perfect because you can make them of scraps. I have a box full of Christmas related scrap supplies and I'm sure I could make more than one set of tags if I wanted to. Here is a few tips:

  • Make all the tags the same size for a uniform look. Mine are all 2 1/2" x 4".
  • Keep them simple. I have one basic design and to just some small changes for each tag. Reinventing the wheel every day will exhaust you
  • Don't make all 25 (or 24 for some of us) at once. You will get bored! Make like 5 at a time, take a break, and make another five another day.
So far I have made tags for the five first days of December, and I am going to sit down and make another five later today.

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My Scrapbooknook Advent Calendar winner, December 1th

Thank you all for participating in our Advent calendar. The entry for December 1th is closed and I let Random. org pick a winner:

Drumroll, please:
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The winner is: Steph Lee (Arty Carty)

Big Congrats. You can chose either the card kits as shown in the December 1th post, or I can scrap you photos. Please e-mail me your RL adress (have a look in the right hand bar for my e-mail adress) so I know where to ship kit or layout.
You have until midnight PST December 6th to claim your prize. If not claimed, I'll do a new drawing.

lørdag 3. desember 2011

My ScrapbookNook advent Calendar December 2th and 3rd

Hi.

Have you done with your Christmas shopping yet? I haven't even started....
And your Christmas decorations, are they up? Mine are not... Well, that said, In Norway most of us don't put up the tree until the last days before Christmas. Fresh trees shred and look awful at Christmas if you put them up too early.

But we do love advent calendars and most homes have more than one: one for each kid - and some times one for the hubby, too. I don't think I ever have hear of a man putting up one for his wife.... Urgh!
Let me tell you a secret: I have planned next year's calender for my kids already. In fact I have started making it. I'll do a post about it tomorrow.


The My Scrapbooknook Advent Calendar has gone live and every day one Nook friend has a giveaway on her blog. You can read more about it here.




I did the December 1th giveaway (Scroll down to see, you still have about 22h to enter).




On December 2nd it was Antenucci to host the calendar. Please go and have a look at her beautiful hand made Christmas decoration.




And today, on December 3rd, it's Danielle's turn to be our host. I've see a wonderful vacation mini album on her blog (among other lovely stuff), so head over if you need ideas.

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How would you like a free three months subscription to the Nook Kits? Or a december kit?
As part of our Advent Calendar, we will give away these two prizes to two lucky reader.
You can find the details here.


So what about you? Do you have advent calendars at your house?

torsdag 1. desember 2011

MyScrapbooknook Advent Calender Day 1

Every day from December 1th to 25th, one Nook friend will host a giveaway on her blog as part of the Nook Advent Calender. I admit I'm very exited about the whole concept, and how the Nook still is able to interact with their friends even when the MB is down due to technical difficulties.

There will be a post every day on the Nook blog where you will find a link to the host of the day. If you click on today's post you will be directed to....

... this blog *lol*

I am happy, and honored, to be the first on the list. Don't forget to check out every day on the Nook blog to see hwo the host of the day is, and to visit her blog to get some major inspration. Have I ever told you Nook friends are just incredible talented?

Off course I have a giveaway on my Advent Calendar Day. If you are the winner you have two options. You can chose:



1. to recieve these two card kits, one masculine
and one feminin



2. or you can me your photos and I'll scrap them for you - for free. Due to huge shipping expences when shipping 12x12" layouts from Norway, I'll scrap in Letter Size for you, but I'll add a three ring page protection with the layout, so you can fit it into your album.






Here is what you have to do to enter the drawing:
  • leave me a comment on this post (easy, right?).
  • If you FB about this advent calender with a link to the Nook Blog, not my blog, you'll get a second entry, just leave a new comment about it.
  • The same goes if you blog about the advent calendar.
Deadline: Saturday December 4th 11.59 pm PST. I'll do a drawing on Sunday and the winner will have three days to claim the prize. If not claimed, I will do a new drawing.

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So what have I been up to lately?
Fetching wood for the next winters!

So far this winter has been extremely mild, but remembering so well the previous two, and having fire wood  just enough for this one, I found it best to stock up. So last Sunday I brought the kids, the FIL, the hubby and the dog, and filled up a tractor trailer with ready chopped wood. Hard work, but so worth it. The wood is now drying up in a nice looking pile in our yard.


All materials from My Scrapbook Nook December Kit





So what about you? Are you prepared for next winter already?