Friday, December 29, 2006
Hope to continue to watch some more tomorrow as we have quite a few and it was a bit too many to watch in one go. Still, it was lots and lots of fun. I guess the scrapbooker in me made me enjoy it even more.
This is a LO that I made for the ATDML design team. Photo is taken in Sweden and the LO is made mainly using the kit I was sent.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
These are a set of 3 cards which I made for the ATDML design team (where I was guest DT member for December). At first I was a bit unsure what to do with the papers, but then I quickly got some ideas. The round (well, oval really) card was perfect for the paper. Unfortunately I don't have the papers here and I can't remember what range it is - sorry!
It's feeling very strange not working on my Christmas journal at the moment when I have done it for so many days in a row, but I am keeping up with my notes so I should get back on track quickly...or at least that's the plan...
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
These are the final things I made for the ATDML Christmas design team gallery. Again using Basic Grey Dasher. First a set of 3 ATCs. I have also used the Merry Grinchmas stamp set by Rusty Pickle and lots of Tim Holtz distress inks.
Then I made a different version of the card we have sent to people for Christmas this year. A tree template and then lots of strips of patterned paper, some ribbon and glitter glue. Pretty easy but also a bit fun with it being a different shape card.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
In about an hour we're off to my aunt, uncle and cousins. It's become a yearly Christmas tradition that they invite us all over for food on Boxing Day afternoon since many years back. Quite nice tradition to have because it's really the only time of year when we ALL meet in one place.
Monday, December 25, 2006
Even though everything else was very Christmassy yesterday, the weather wasn't. About 9 degrees and sun! How crazy is that?!? Must be the warmest Christmas Eve ever I think. Or certainly that I can remember. This morning we woke up to the lawn and the cars being white with frost. Slightly more Christmassy.
I think most of you reading this will be celebrating Christmas today, so ---> I hope you have a really nice day, eat some nice food, maybe get some nice presents and get to spend the day with the people you love.
Before I go for today I will share some items which I did for the ATDML Christmas gallery. I felt very honoured when I was asked to be their guest DT member for the month of December and not only that, but they also sent me a Christmas kit and asked if I could do something towards their Christmas gallery if I had time. This is just one (well 3 really!) of the items I did. Made with Basic Grey Dasher collection.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
My page is rather simple. I wasn't happy with it but I felt so stuck on how to change it. Maybe it was just one of those days when you can get nothing right when you scrap.
And tomorrow it's Christmas!! Yes the 24th is the day in Sweden when everything is celebrated. You have your special Christmas food, open the presents etc. So today is lots and lots of preparations for it. Later this afternoon mum will make the Christmas ham and we have one lot of Christmas candy to get done still.
I hope you all also feel like you are starting to get Christmas under control now and that you get a stress free and enjoyable holiday!
Friday, December 22, 2006
And since that was the subject of the day, I thought I might as well do it properly and make the whole page being covered by my photos. LOL! The chipboard is Queen & Co and some Making Memories Wordfetti finishes the page off.
Got all our presents wrapped yesterday so that feels good. Today is a rather wet and grey day so I think apart from a walk we'll stay inside. Will help mum make her special Christmas toffee and we also need to get some Christmas candy made this afternoon.
Tomorrow the Christmas tree gets taken in and decorated! Can't wait!! Also my sister and brother will turn up tomorrow so it's going to be a great day...
Thursday, December 21, 2006
My Christmas journal page (sorry!) has been made in Swedish for this specific subject (which I by the way wanted to have in my book so I didn't follow the prompt). The reason is that most of the ingredients are Swedish anyway and there would be no point in translating them as there might not be an English equivalent.
I find there's something so cosy with making your own Christmas candy. It's one of those days when you really feel that "Christmas is coming".
...and now I'm off to wrap all the presents!!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
And the creative challenge of the day was to include something with a picture of Santa. I'm keeping my letter to Santa secret though...
Sorry for short blogging - it's not ideal when you have a headache.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
I think (hope?) some of you might find it rather interesting to read about the Christmas food. Being Swedish, this is quite different to what's being served in most UK (or indeed US) homes so that should make a bit of a change to read about.
I think just like the Christmas tree and the presents make up a large amount of "what is Christmas", so does the special food. So I was very happy to see the subject being brought up to write about. I can see that the text in the close-up photo is still rather on the small side. So here's the journaling:
We of course have the traditional Swedish “julbord” (“Christmas table”) on Christmas Eve. In old times people could have hundreds of dishes on their Christmas table. Making their own sausages and cheeses etc. In modern days, each family has narrowed it down to their own favourites. We always have a few different types of marinated herring (yuck!), hardboiled egg halves, smoked salmon, Christmas meatballs, baby sausages (“prinskorv”), Christmas cheese, special cabbage called “brunkål”, Christmas bread (“vörtbröd”) and of course the Christmas ham! Everything is served with Christmas beer or Christmas drink called julmust and some spirit that dad adds the “malört” herb to, to create his special drink (“besk”).
Dad usually does the food shopping for Christmas and mum makes the ham on the 23rd. The rest of the food is prepared just before we eat and everyone helps making it ready. We usually end up eating quite late because the opening of the presents take so long. We also sit at the table for quite a long time enjoying the food and playing “games”... going around the table, taking turns to answer questions like “what was your best present and why?” and “what’s your favourite dish on the Christmas.
Monday, December 18, 2006
And it's not like the weather gets you in a better mood either. It's been soooo foggy and dark here all day that I have had to have the lights on inside to be able to see enough to do things. In fact, the way the sky looks right now you could almost think that it would snow. Though the temperature wouldn't agree with that of course.
...and another day from my Christmas journal. I knew straight away what to do this page about when I read it should be about "that special present". I've started knitting a bit and I decided to make a scarf for my mum for Christmas.
It turned out to be an even better present that I could have hoped for (and I'm saying that even before she's got it and knows what it is!! LOL!) Just read the journaling.
Oh and I hope the spelling mistake wasn't too obvious. Only noticed it myself after putting the page together. Typical...
Sunday, December 17, 2006
I have two pages from my Christmas journal to share with you today. First the subject for the 15th was to write about which people you spend Christmas with and who you see over the Christmas holidays. That was quite easy for me as we have a rather small family and always basically see the same people over Christmas.
We see about half of our family over the Christmas Days. We always have the tradition to go and visit my mum's sister's family on Boxing Day as she always invites us over for food. The rest of our relatives live a few hours away so we see them at other times instead.
Then it was the prompt for the 16th (yesterday). This was to write about what things you're grateful for. Quite easy really if you just sit down for a few minutes and have a think. Was a bit unsure what photo to use for my page so I just ended up with a bit of a close-up of the cosy tree.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Also I have baked a birthday cake today! Making a cake is a H-U-G-E problem. Well not the baking, but to make something that I can eat. Unfortunately I have some major intolerances to some very common ingredients (gluten, wheat, dairy products, eggs, almonds etc). Stop and think for a second about ingredients lists on packets and jars and how many foods contain these! It's not easy. Fortunately I can eat oats.
I have not been able to find a SINGLE cake recipe that I can eat and not get ill from afterwards. (I challenge anyone who can, to please - PLEASE - post in in the comments section!!) So it's taken me months to come up with the idea and invent a cake which is wheat, gluten (not counting oats), dairy and egg free. But I have done it - and not only that, but it's really, really nice too!!
Before I go, here's yesterday's page from my Christmas journal. Yet again I have ended up taking a very uneven photo - sorry. The subject of the day was Christmas music. Do you like it? Don't you like it? Any favourites? etc
And a little close-up of my journaling too...
Thursday, December 14, 2006
I said for the 13th I would not follow the prompt for the Christmas journal class. Instead I would pick my own subject which is very appropriate for the 13th if you're Swedish. I wrote all about Lucia which is celebrated on the 13th of December every year.
I tried to take a close-up photo of the journaling, but it wasn't very easy to read. So instead I will copy the text from the page here:
"Lucia is celebrated on the 13th of December in Sweden and is a very, very old tradition. Going back hundreds of years. It was considered the year’s longest night and each farm or village would dress a woman in white clothes with candles in her hair to brighten the dark night. They would have lots of celebrations including food and drink. The modern celebration sees the start of the Luciatrain (“Luciatåg“). A train of white dressed women (“tärnor”) holding a candle in their hand and the first woman (the “Lucia“) would have candles in her hair. You sing special Lucia songs and bring coffee and lussekatter (special saffron Lucia buns with raisins). Children would dress up and do this for their parents in the morning of the 13th of December. Every town vote for “their” official Lucia and has a Luciatrain. The same is done in schools and workplaces all over the country. Even the Swedish TV has their own official Lucia and a Lucia program which the Luciatrain showed early in the morning and in the evening of the 13th every year."
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Still, here's yesterday's page:
...and yes the page is even in real life - must have taken the photo at a funny angle. LOL! The subject was to write about past and recent Christmases and reflect on what's different between them.
And here's a close-up of the journaling:
And the second part:
Hoping I'll feel a bit more like blogging again tomorrow...
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
This is the page I made yesterday for my Christmas journal. I have not taken a close-up photo of the journaling because I figured it might be large enough to read anyway. The subject was all about Christmas trees and decorations, if you have a real tree etc.
I have already done today's page (you'll see it tomorrow) and I have THE perfect thing to write about on the 13th. I won't be following the prompt for that day (I just KNOW it can't be what I want to write about), but what I'm going to write about is the perfect thing for that day, so I have decided to go with that no matter what the prompt of the day is...
Monday, December 11, 2006
And I have made some of the presents so they fold down and reveal the journaling underneath. This page - it might not look like it - took me ages and ages to do because the little bows etc were very fiddly to make.
During the last few days I have received some questions in the "comments" section, so I thought I would try and answer them today. Here they are:
From Kat: Where do you store your inkpads? Well it might not be the best of things to use, but I like it. I have some of those little wooden drawers from IKEA which I have painted both with coloured acrylics and then with glitter acrylics (though this doesn't show very well in the photo).
They fit inkpads very nicely. Something like Staz'On etc fit perfectly width wise in the boxes. Also I love them for my Tim Holtz inks. Each drawer holds 12 inkpads - 3 piles of 4 - which is prefect since my complete set (24 inkpads in total) takes up exactly two of the little drawers.
From Heather: What is the little animal on the 3rd row of your Dec 8 Christmas journal entry? In Sweden it's very common to have straw goats (with red ribbon wrapped around them) for Christmas. They are called "julbock" and are a very old fashioned. I'm not quite sure where the tradition comes from but it's a very, very old tradition. Anyway, recently they have started making them in other shapes and dad got a straw pig for father's day once. Which has now become our "Christmas pig" and he lives under the tree at Christmas (the pig that is, not dad!! LOL!) This is a typical julbock:
From Lythan: What are the stamps used on the Dec 8 Christmas journal entry? I assume you mean the snowflakes. It's a "retro snowflake" set by Banana Frog. Hope that helps.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
I wrote all about the tradition our family has had since many, many years back of opening the presents. Again I have taken a close up of the journaling so I hope you can read it in the photos.
I also included a photo from last year of just some of the presents under the tree.
I have finished today's page too (think lots of presents made from paper and ribbon) but it's far too dark now to get a decent photo so that will have to wait until tomorrow.
Wow this weekend has gone fast!!! Though I guess it might have something to do with playing lots of games... Ross pre-ordered the new Nintendo console (Nintendo Wii) several weeks ago and picked it up on Friday morning when it was launched. I believe, because of pre-orders, it was pretty much sold out even before it went on sale.
Anyway, I have to say I'm really impressed with it. The controllers look like TV remotes and are totally wireless (sooo nice not to have cables dragged half across the room). You need to have lots of free space around you so you don't hit something or someone (!) but it's SO realistic. Imagine playing a tennis game where you "serve" and play forehand and backhand with your remote just like in real life!! The game that really had us giggling was one where you race some cows that look knitted! Sounds weird?! It was, but also lots and lots of fun!! I'm turning out to be a bit of a billiard professional...
Saturday, December 09, 2006
The result? It was actually really nice (she says who was rather skeptical at first!). And that even comes from a person who are not especially ham crazy. Got lots left over too so we'll have some for lunch tomorrow and then some more left over after that too. So I think it was worth the long cooking after all.
I thought I would share my Christmas journal page 8 with you also. This was all about what is typical for this time of year, what things you notice appearing, what things are changing etc. I didn't really follow this so much. Instead I did my own little thing using lots of squares.
Been suffering with a migraine the last few days so apologies for any spelling mistakes etc. I have to go back and change about every second word (and I'm not joking!!) as I type this because my brain just isn't functioning at all. Off to have a rest, this computer is not doing me any good...
Friday, December 08, 2006
I definitely do not like the queues in the shops. It gets me very impatient. LOL! And compared to what I'm used to from Sweden, the shops are so much more busy (and so much earlier before Christmas) in England than they are in Sweden. So we try our very best to get our Christmas shopping done early.
We actually bought the first present in early September (!!) but that was only because we ran into something good for my brother just by pure chance. Normally we don't start until mid October or so. Really struggled with some presents for dad as I was determind NOT to "get something just because", but I wanted something that really was good and that he needed/wanted. However I'm pleased to say that after 2 months (!!) of thinking we have finally come up with some things for him and the last one (mail-order) arrived here on Tuesday.
Back to my journal page... I have included a list of the presents we're giving, which is tucked in beind the photo. Handy to have for next year, so it might be something I will start doing ---> making a note every year what we gave everyone.
I have actually *just* finished my page for today too. Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to take photos yet. So that will have to wait until tomorrow. But I can tell you that it was lots of fun to do and there are lots of little squares involved...
Thursday, December 07, 2006
So therefore I changed the theme a bit to suit something that I could do. I wrote about something that really made us smile. When Santa returned! :)
Sticking with my same theme of Basic Grey Blitzen as my base card for the page. Lots of Making Memories rub-ons and my usual date stamp. I mounted the photo onto double-folded cardstock and the little ribbon tab is to pull the photo to one side to read the journaling hidden under the photo.
I have also nearly finished the page for today. But you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see that one...
I'm sitting here starring at a little pile of acrylic stamps (in their original packages) on my desk. You know, the Autumn Leaves clam shell packaged ones etc. Well my desk is so small that I just need to find a place for them. But a handy, easy to get to place, otherwise they won't be used. I've been thinking about this for over a week now (well I HAVE done other things too!! LOL!) and I'm really stuck for where/how to store them. I really like to keep them in their inividual packages. My little craft room is SO tiny, there really isn't much space...So please share with me in the "comments" section how you store yours. I need help please...
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Anyway I finally came up with an idea how I would fit my photos AND my journaling on yesterday's page.
I used the two photos as doors. Just like an advent calendar. Which was rather appropriate, since the subject for the day was about counting down to Christmas. So the photos made the doors and some jewelled Making Memories brads made perfect little "handles" on the doors with some embroidery thread to close them.
Inside is all my journaling. I wrote all about the advent calendar and the traditions from when I was little, the advent candle and the special Swedish 4 candle advent holder. I really enjoyed getting these traditions down on paper.
...and the visit to the Christmas market got postponed yesterday. The rain was pouring down like crazy all evening (and night too). So it was definitely the right decision. We said we'd go today instead. But after a whole morning of rain we have cancelled it for today too. Oh well! We can't go tomorrow, so we're hoping for Friday now...