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Maybe-not-really-20-something-anymore from Norway who likes to scrapbook and take photos documentarystyle and dreams of photojournalism when not working as a photojournalist and that's pretty much what this blog is about. And I like it this way.



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Been scrapbooking since late fall 2005. Currently fortunate enough to be a part of the design teams for Hambly Screenprints, Fancy Pants Designs and Pencil-Lines. ♥



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~~ Happiness is.. ~~

Posted by Ania On Thursday, January 31, 2008 4 lovely comments

A little everyday treat.
Got this totally gorgeous & ubercool necklace in the mail today. *swoon*
From Sighfoo/Starving Artist Bazaar on Etsy.

Decided it was about time to pimp me up. A little bit. :)

Have ordered couple other stuff on Etsy lately - but they're like, belated bdaypressies for my fam. I'm such a procrastinator (and hey not my fault they insist on having bdays so close to Christmas when I'm already broke and all that stuff :p) Ohwell. Don't think I should show off their links here cause they're like, watching this blog from time to time but there's no doubt there's a lot of pwetty little stuff on Etsy!! ;p

Anyways.. saw Juno last night. Been seeing people around on various blogs rave about this little nugget and decided it was about time to check it out for myself.... and boy it's so cute, sweet, witty, funny, quirky and all that :) Lots of talkin' - smart & funny talkin in that movie...yeah it might be a bit 'too smartass upbeat in your face' dialogue (reminds me of clerks in that sense actually..just not as uh "crude" :p) but it's really...a feelgoodmovie and well worth the entertainment methinks :)


Oh btw!! Check out Scrappedugnad!! Silje made us a totally cool tutorial involving linoleum and carving to make your own stamp! So awesome!

And tomorrow's Feb kit debut at Bad Girls - will post some of my layouts then I guess :)
Tomorrow's also the kids day off school/kindergarten, which normally woulda been nice & swell but I have an appointment at the hospital so I have to drag them along. Ugh! Ohwell. Promised them icecream when we were done :p
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~~ Note to self: ~~

Posted by Ania On Tuesday, January 29, 2008 6 lovely comments




Note to self: Don't ever let the kids play with the brand new bottle of shampoo when it's not even time to start wash the hair. Damn waste!

Ohwell.

I promised some peeks for the Bad Girl Feb kit earlier today but the camerabattery died on me before I got to upload them, so .. here they are :) I kinda started slow but in the end I actually got four layouts done in three days. Yay me!

Tomorrow's time for a lil crop! I both hate and love crops. Love peeking at the other gals stuff soaking in all the inspiration. Hate pre-printing photos and staring blankly on my own pages.

Ohwell. Right - the tag - um. Brain's mushy atm. Will think of something soon :D
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Round 2, Minnopol at Minneriket :)
Totally love Scenic Route :) :)


Oooooohhhhhh :D
Check this out!!
This is the cover of the Norwegian mag Vi Scrapper.... inc Feb 5th... I wrote a huge article for them about kitclubs.... check it out!! And check Scrappedugnad Feb 6th....there might be a fun giveaway or two there! Kinda! :D


I got a wonderful RAK in the mail yesterday.....sweet Tessa sent me a RAK some weeks ago including a totally lovely wonderful ribbon...I totally fell in love and asked her where she got that from... looks like it's hard to get more of this ribbon as she got it from a Scarlet Lime kit.... but....she got some extra and split what she had and sent me another yard + some lovely goodies! Aww *hugs* you're so sweet & kind and I'm so happy!! (And yeah - that ribbon's used on the above layout :) )

Nrgh. Dead camerabatteries. Sorry! Guess I'll have to wait with the rest of the BG Feb-peeks! :p
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~~ Pencillines & BG Feb peek! ~~

Posted by Ania On Monday, January 28, 2008 5 lovely comments


Yepyep - Pencillines went live last night - with Suzanne as our guest - she provided us with such an intricate sketch - I first thought!! But - after looking at how she and the other ladies did that one I have to admit it didn't look that hard as I first thought!! Dang! Once again - a perfect example on how I personally tend to over-complicate things!! Lol. I rotated the sketch ( a doublepager! ), squeezed the photos together and placed them like on the sketch - then shuffled the photos some to better fit my photos. See - my layout differs so from the sketch - yet it's inspired by it :)

I used two Daisy D papers of different red shades, some Cosmo Criket chipboards and yummy ribbons I got in a few RAKs at Minneriket, prima flowers and well, diff stuff :)

Been busy playin with my BG kit - I'm done with one (check out the peek - yeah - I played with stark spray haha) & in the middle of my 2nd one :) This kit is so beautiful and I'm seriously in awe re how much stuff Wendy put in these kits!! Seriously - I know the BG kit is slightly more expensive than the average kit out there but there's a reason for it - and to me it seem to be well worth it! :) (And BUGGER I hate it when lush shimmersparklestuff doesn't show well!! hrmf ;p)

Off to play more before Little Missus Pwincess is home and demands ....stuff. Like. Attention and stuff ;p

PS!! Check out what Tracie has made the last days (+ at this weeks Pencillines)!!! I suppose I'm not really objective but - *melts* ! Big Hugs to Tracie and safe travels!! :) :)

Ps2! Yes! I know I've been tagged! Will play very soon, promise! :D

Ps3! I forgot to mention in the earlier posts: there's a chance to win a free BG Feb for the winner of the Split Coast Stampers-challenge! Yey! :D
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~~ She's a star ~~

Posted by Ania On Saturday, January 26, 2008 8 lovely comments

Funny thing. I did a little quiz at Glassbooth to check who I'd support/share beliefs with if I was to vote for the US President Campagin. It was just a fun lil' tidbit as I do not have all the insights to how things are or work in the US - like the No Child Behind thing they asked about (just briefly looked at the resume at Wiki - the intentions looked good but good intentions are like, one thing - another is how it's actually executed and the consequenses...I guess.).. but... apparently if I was an American I'd be a Democrat and share 79% similarity with Mike Gravel (who??), 78% with John Edwards and 76% with Hillary Clinton. Right. But then again - if I was an American I'd probably have more and better insight when it comes to what the questions really was about and stuff and the results woulda seen a lil different..maybe? :)


Ohwell.
Letseee.
Scrappedugnad went live last night yep - with Amber Skolnick as our guest and this yummy challenge: use stars and paint in your project. I created this layout way back in November for this challenge - sometimes I'm too fast for my own good which means loooooads of waiting until I can finally show and by then I'm not happy about the layout at all (a typical trait w/me - I usually don't like layouts older than 2 weeks). Ohwell. I'm happy I made it though - it's me and Ingunn when we were in Stavanger for Papirfest :) When I got to know Ambers prompt I just HAD to make a layout like this - 'cuz Ingunn's a star ya know... true story! ;) *snicker* I joked with her that it'd be the first of many "star"-photos and layouts she'd have to endure lol ;p Right. The stars - yummy Lil Davis' stars painted w/ dabbers and smudged with vaseline and then repainted and then wiped. I like that technique - a very cool tip that originates from Emily Falconbridge. Papers used here are um, Making Memories and Sassafras Lass :)

Now. Off to take the kids down to watch a basketgame and do some grocery-shopping :)
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~~ How intriguing! ~~

Posted by Ania On Friday, January 25, 2008 3 lovely comments

I found this link through Candice Stringhams blog - a son shows off his moms photos from the 40s and stuff - complete with her own notes and stuff on flickr. His mom even is on flickr too, commenting the commenters. I liked this photo, love this one and the description and this story is so sweet and well, reminds me that old people were young too and had lives before becoming parents kinda (shouldn't surprise me ;p but I don't know if I'd tell about exes to my son and stuff..maybe when I grow really really old and it's all long gone and innocent?) and here's the whole set :) And I have to echo Candice - this really reminds us that simple photos and journaling can give so much to the future generation. I don't think I'll go running around staging everyday moments including myself in the frame now, but I'll certainly gonna give more thought as to how to show the children more of the personal me and daddy and our everyday life in the layouts. I think.

Right. I made this simple layout some weeks ago for a challenge I'm doing as a part of the Bad Girls team over at Split Coast Stampers forum - will be posting sometime today. I think my own challenge will just be, take an old photo and have a go at it - haven't quite decided yet. Tracie and I guested there this Christmas with the Pencillines-gals - now we're back w/the Bad Girls team :) And yes - that's me - celebrating my bday...I liked the thought of singing "happy birthday" to me on the layout *smile* Everything on this layout except the title-thickers and stamps are from different old Bad Girl kits. Used the last of the Prima-bling (dang! I *love* these!!) and am happy I finally got around to use the black filefolder. Inside the filefolder I've tucked a prima-journalingpad noting the things I remember from this photo - well - I don't remember the exact day but I find it amusing to note how I remember the furniture (note the posh green and yellow striped couch - we had that one for YEARS ;p), a little corner of the frames of moms oil-painting (horses in a valley - she was pretty good at painting - but always points out that she never got around to finish this painting - the horses are lacking their shadows :) ), the good old serveware that's still in use today when we get guests at home..ahh... those sweet little memories and connections that gives so much more value to a photo for those involved...
I have to say though - I struggled with this photo for three days!! Gah!! Seriously - I really really wanted to scrap this photo. Yet it was somewhat muddy and dark and well - clashy colours and stuff....so did not know how to scrap this. Whined about it on msn for at least two days to friends who wanted to hear (or maybe they just ignored the whine-part :p). Just didn't want to give it up. Went thru Daisy D and Scenic Route and whatev papers before I pulled out the old BG kits and settled for this. Ohwell. I think I pulled it together okay considering my headaches and the aestetic challenging photo.

Nuff boring talk.
I'm currently workin on future Pencillines-layouts and I have to say: YAY for Rouge de Garance! (Urbaine and Indigo. Beautiful stuff!) Two layouts feat RgD now and I remember why I loved RdG in the first place. So excited to see what's in store for CHA! And re. CHA, did you see the peek what's incoming from Prima?? (check the Scrappy Gourmet blog, "More CHA Sneaks!", at the end of the post) Woah! Looks like a mix of Scenic Route and RdG! I know I'm so excited to see if it's really as cool as it looks like!! Atm I think - yeah - I'm most excited about SR, Prima and RdG for CHA. The MAMBI peeks looked totally lovely and cool aswell and I love AC's thickers and MMs elegant and chick journalingspots!

Now. Check Scrappedugnad sometime today - there'll be a new challenge up there and I totally adore my own layout for that one ;) (oooh yeeyyy don't make your head explode now Ania :p)
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Piccies from yesterdays fun with Amalie! Me and Amalie had a girlie-day out hanging around McDonalds eating icecream and visiting her great-grandparents and oooh, exploring the very very cool areas around McDonalds..;) Alright. I might have evaluated the room for a perfect spot to sit & take piccies at. And I'm a sucker for cool backgrounds. Seriously. So when I spotted these containers from inside McDonalds I knew I had to drag Amalie along takin some more photos when done w/the icecream. So cool! And I made a nice discovery in RAW on how to edit those kind of outdoor-photos (basically drag brightness way up and counter with blacks and temperature, add vignetting & adjust the corresponding saturation/lumination) so they'll make a very nice foundation for the extra wrapup-punch in Photoshop :) I know. Color's so fakey...but oh, so yummy! :D Coudln't resist showing quite a number of them - sorry if they're loading slow! :)

I also have those layouts to show:


Pencillines featuring Sasha Farina....one of the faithful followers of PL and such a talented one...love her layouts, love that she's pretty much always doing the sketches and love the fact that she's our guestdesigner this week!! I used the january-kit from ScrapMuse (and a paper from an older kit from same kitclub).... cute K&Co and Making Memories papers...:)

Minnopol at Minneriket has started - first prompt was to make a layout about 10 things you didn't like. I did so - but kinda forgot one more thing I absolutely disliked (IV Antibiotics - I know - it's necessary & kinda lifesaver and stuff, but it doesn't mean I have to like how it's done!). Used a number of leftover papers I had lying on my desk - bits and pieces from various kits and SR papers. If youre able to check out the gallery at Minneriket do so - such fabulous layouts from these gals there!


Oh - I got a nice award from Tessa last night too!
A cute "You make my day"- award :) How nice - thank you Tessa! :D I have to say - you all make my day when you take the time to comment on my posts - I know a number are readin, but not that many compared actually comments - so - you who do - you make my day! :)
(No - I'm not tryin to guilttrip you readers - I'm happy people drops by and I'm guilty of slackin on commenting myself too *blush*)
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~~ Be still my heart!! ~~

Posted by Ania On Friday, January 18, 2008 14 lovely comments

Humtehum. I'm alive. Things are happening. I'm happy. :)

First, I'm currently planning and sceduling some future classes for this spring (and the rest of the year :p). I don't think I will be doing massive teaching when it comes to this spring - still have some personal things to wrap up first....but there are a few exciting & fabulous things lined up for sure...I'm not sure if I can tell right now but I will soon I promise :) Best of all? Most of the classes will be open for both sign-languageusers and hearing people.

I also got an amazingly freakin ...I'm almost speechless & was this .. close to fainting....news the other day...I know...I'm such a tease ;p) In a few weeks for sure =) I'm still blushing and almost fainting when thinking about it.

Right.
I was forced to do a selfportraitthingie the other day. You like? (no Anna Im so not gonna do this more than necessary!)


Har hatt et par spennende dager nå med noen gode nyheter... om alt går bra kan jeg avsløre noen av planene fremover, men inntil videre......må jeg bare si "ÅÅÅÅHHHHHHH" så kult og la dere vente (as if noen cares :p) Et par av de går ut på fremtidige kurs med meg denne våren...kurs som vil være åpne for både døve og hørende... jeg har ikke tenkt å kurse så veldig intensivt denne våren, men et par kule gigs greier jeg å presse inn - vi får se når ting forhåpentligvis blir 100% sikkert. Ohwell. Back til å fikse samples! *smile* *wink*

Ha en super helg! :D
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~~ Moar photos! And a layout! ~~

Posted by Ania On Tuesday, January 15, 2008 11 lovely comments

Alright. This Pencillines-sketch was made by the totally deadly talented Janine Langer. I'm so in love with her scrapping-style and she's been so lucky that she's been playing around in a studio twice with totally gorgeous results - have a look! (Eli! Ellen1!!!!!!!! LEIE STUDIO???????? PRONTO!!! :p) Our guest this time was Pam - also known as PamT on the forums..love all the layouts....we were so lucky to be sponsed by Fresh Pages this time - I got a totally yummy Scenic Route-kit - YEAH!! Oh, and in addition to a chance on this months prize at Pencillines (A kit from A million memories) Janine is also offering a RAK of her own to those who does her sketch and link it to her. Yay! And the sketch's in both 12x6 and 12x12.... no excuse to not do it! :)

Right. Mine's w/ the kids looking for blueberries..:)

Renée wondered what kind of filters/actions I used on my photos in this post.
First photo (wet log) was just me goofin around in RAW then doing finishing touches in curves & levels in photoshop for the extreme hues - I'm not that familiar with that kind of editing in RAW yet. (I'm doing all basic editing in RAW first tho, tryin to do advanced editing in raw too but usually end up doing that in photoshop). Photo no 2 (water-measurer) was done in RAW aswell and got its finishing touches with a lomo-action. The street-photo entirely in RAW w/some extra sharpening in PS when done. The two last photos (of the kids) - RAW & lil adjusting in photoshop next (soft light/screen++) . Oh and all resized and stuff for web in Photoshop.

For photosessions (like the recent one) I usually do basic stuff in RAW then adjust the levels if needed before running an action, like the Itty Bitty Actions. Love to do vignetting in RAW tho & extra vignetting w/ the burn tool in Photoshop if needed :)

Basically for my own "homephotos" I just goof around w/raw and photoshop playing & trying to learn more on my own. For the more "serious" sessions I tend to rely more on the precious actions when done in RAW - maybe because these kind of photos usually are more suitable for the actions I have, while the homephotos are of various quality (think bad home-lightning :p) *still waiting for my very first photoshop-books from Amazon!!*

Anyways. Leaving you with more favephotos..... some are a tad too blurry....esp cause they were like, cracking me up which is like, not too good cause like - intentional camera shake??? Tsktsk. Note to self: If you're laughing, stop taking piccies! Such a lousy photographer :p Howeveeeeer.....totally loved the chance to do a photosession with those tho and would love more chances to practice because I really do need that *smile*

Her kommer flere bilder fra fotosessionen med K&M. Ca litt over 200 bilder ble til litt under 100 bilder - CD kommer i posten om ikke alt for lenge! Fotosession er gøy - håper på flere sjanser for jeg trenger virkelig å øve meg ytterligere :)








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~~ Old friends = photosession! ~~

Posted by Ania On Saturday, January 12, 2008 9 lovely comments







Some piccies from todays photosession - met up with an old & dear friend & her sister. Done with the crude culling + editing, just had to fine-edit these before giving up - have to head to a party where I'll meet up with these + more tonight. Fun times!
(and yes Eli & Ellen I simply just LOVE LOVE LOVE that wall. Sooooo ♥♥♥xoxo!
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~~ Strolling ~~

Posted by Ania On Saturday, January 12, 2008 2 lovely comments

Right. First. For the scrappers out there. My layout to Scrappedugnads challenge re using "found objects" - given by Colleen from Cupcake Scrapshop. Who's by the way giving out a january-kit to the winner of this challenge so head over and check it out ;) This is Kine, one of the very first Norwegian scrappers I got to know through blogging...back then there wasn't that many of us Norwegians blogging kinda...*smile* My "found objects" here are a gameboard-chip she found at a backyardsale and challenged me to do something about....and her sweet Christmas-card...which I "found" on my table ;) Papers are Rouge de Garance, Hambly & KI...and a Scenic Route star :)

Now. I was strolling yesterday - out looking to take piccies and stuff...it was raining though...so I didn't snap that many photos...my precious cam and stuff...only when the rain paused for minutes kinda... anyways.... a few of my photos from yesterday. Hope to take more today - haven't really taken my "community" picture for the week yet - too much rain to plan any sensible shot kinda. But - am soon headed out to meet an old friend I haven't seen in ages...will snap some piccies along the way :)

Re. last post: Would still love to know more about you too!
And - Kathrine thought I should mention this: You get to be a paid SAHM for about a year for in Norway. Depends a lil about how long you've been working prior to the pregancy. Otherwise you get a one-time-payment. And she thinks Tromsø (Romsa?) will host the Winter Olympics in 2018. Well they can hope :p
Oh and the city I live in atm? It's best known for it's rain. As in. Always rainy. (Not really, but... :p)

A wet log :p

A water-measurer..

Met my kiddo at school..
Kiddo & his gf ;)
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~~ Time to learn a lil about Norway! ~~

Posted by Ania On Friday, January 11, 2008 10 lovely comments

Alright. There's an interesting thread over at Bad Girls where people tells a lil about their homearea.... I find it amusing and interesting reading about other peoples countries/areas...in their own words....I wrote this about Norway.....please don't take it for pure fact....this is my limited knowledge/experience.... I might have gotten the facts wrong some places....but I tried to write what came to my mind when telling about Norway....figured it'd be fun to share here too :p
And because I can't post without a photo of some kind; here's an old one from last february..one of the rare days when there was snow around..taken in my backyard/back of the garden at the old house..look! Flare!!

Funny :) Well, I live in Norway...I grew up in Oslo, the capital of Norway...actually I was born in South Korea but I was adopted when I was 7mo old so I have no memories from my time there....

Norway is a fairly large country really - slightly larger than Germany.... but because of the landscape (lots of mountains) there's not that many people living here.....close to 5million people atm... the density is 12/km^2 according to wikipedia...(to compare.....in England (England only, not GB) the density is 388.7/km^2 ...Germany..which's only slightly smaller than Norway in area's got 230.9/km^2.... quite a diff :)

Norway is part of Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark)..... lots and lots of fjords along the western coast....(According to A hithickers guide to the galaxy the creator of Norways fjords got a prize for them ;) )


Hm. Oslo.... I used to love the city...it was my city...despite what the papers wrote I felt safe there....I didn't mind walking home from the subway or nightbus after a night out.... now...Im scared and sad heh... I don't know if it's because I moved from Oslo when I was 18 or because I got children and another perspective on life....I think the latter....hm...I digress...


Oslo is the capital and the biggest city.... at the SEish part of Norway... about 500.000 people lives there I think...big concentration of foreginers... everybody moves to Oslo kinda...
I moved to Bergen when I was 18.. to study here and fell in love w/my hubs so I stayed here....it's at the western coast of NOrway... Bergen is the 2nd biggest city in Norway..I live about 10min outside of the city at an island with like only 30.000 people (hey correct me if Im wrong!)...

In Norway....there's a lot of wooden houses....I mention this because I know wood is kinda sacred at some parts of the world.... so some foreginers usually remark that there's a lot of wooden houses here.... esp outside the cities.... while there's a lot of "blocks" (not sure on the spelling? tall/large buildings where theres lots of apartments together) in the cities there's also a lot of people living in their own houses esp outside the cities...


The roads sucks here.....seriously.....we have had a number of swedes visiting lately....they all go wtf the road sucks once they get in to NOrway from Sweden... :p

We're a monarch...we got a king and stuff.... but he has no real power..it's mostly just name/tradition.... we have a parliament..democratic parliament....prime minister...

The religion...we have a state Church of Norway....everybody who's born are registered to this automatically....you have to tell them to not be in their lists kinda...according to wikipedia about 83% are members of Church of Norway.....which is lutherian btw.. only 10% attend church regulary though... and there's huge debates (but has been so for the last 20 years or so at least :p) about separating state and church....guess it'll go on for another 20 year :roll:

Hmhm more? *scratch* We have a nice health service...well.....it's being complained about at lot..but at least it's free when it comes to necessarities (sp?).... like.... someone in my extended family married a woman from South Africa...and she was amazed that giving birth was free....according to her they had to pay for all the controls during the pregancy and equipment and stuff used for giving birth at hospitals in SA (which in turn amazed me - please correct me if this is incorrect..I believe there's someone from SA here too?).

We don't homeschool... at least it's very very unusual that I know of. All children are required to attend school from 6-um... 15 I think... then the majority continues school (high school?) from 16-18...but it's not obligatory.... a large number moves on to college/university..more and more the last years..

Military...boys are required to serve the military for a year when they're 18...usually they're like, sent up north haha.... if they can't do the military due to various reasons they're to do community service instead (a lil longer than a year)...girls can apply but for now it's not obligatory for them...

Sports....soccer (which we call football) is the main sport no 1 I guess :p Skiing and stuff are popular too... oh yeah..we have snow...sometimes :p At the western coast (where I live) it's more usual having a much milder climate than north/east.


I'm contemplating taking part of a photochallenge that's about taking photos of your community once a week. I'll share the photos on my blog if anyone's interested in seeing how it is around here...havent started yet but fairly sure I will...:)

If you actually have read all this...and would like to tell me about your area...I'd totally LOVE to read! On the BG forum or your blog or in the comments whatever - just let me know and I'd really love to learn more :) Norwegians..feel free to correct me haha :p

Now. New dugnadschallenge coming tonight! Stay tuned cause it's seriously a cool one! :D

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~~ I made up my mind ~~

Posted by Ania On Wednesday, January 09, 2008 5 lovely comments

don't need to think it over
if I'm wrong I am right
don't need to look no further

(..)
should I give up?
or should I just keep chasing pavements

even if it leads no where?


Can't help but being mezmerised by the lyrics of Chasing Pavements by Adele.
Such a beautiful song...love her voice...

Photochallenges
Leaving you with photos of my fave cup used for tea (although Amalie seem to think it's her cup! Grr!). Bought when in Southampton on one of my visits to my hubby when he studied there. There's several new challengeblogs out there now, both for photography and for scrapping. I'm wary of committing myself to new weekly or even daily stuff though. Kinda feel like I stretched it with last years Designing With 2007-challenge over at Lifetime Moments (managed 49 out of 52 weeks yay! even won three of the months so it wasn't that bad all in all :) ). Hm. Digressing! Um right. Cup. Thought it looked interesting - Ashley Wrens lil challengething Overlooked. Think I'll follow the photoprompts, not sure about the scrapping part though. We'll see.

I was contemplating taking part of Anna's 365 Days challenge, but um, problem is I totally hate to take photos of myself. I did try but totally gave up after four or so fugly snapshots (I think it's the subject that's the problem, not the cam ;p). So. No. Can. Do. We'll see, I'm watching and cheering her up though, maybe I'll feel braver later this year. Do have a look though - I believe it definately makes you a better photog when you have to think of creative ways & solutions to take photos of yourself kinda.

The last photochallenge I was looking at is over at PhotoChallenge.org - there's this dude talking about taking a photo a week that tells you something about your community. Hm. I like the thought. Document your community throughout the year. Wonder if I'll be lynched or something like that if I keep standing outside my kids school or kidergarten taking photos for like, seemingly no reason? Taking a photo each quarter of the life outside these areas kinda sounds like a cool idea among other subjects to take photos of hmm.

Here's his simple rules:
  1. Shoot one great shot a week, each week in 2008.
  2. Try to plan out your shot.
  3. The goal is to document your community.
It really sounds cool. I really think I'll try this one. Shame the weather's so....grey & dark... these days...bleh.
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~~ Yes Miss ~~

Posted by Ania On Wednesday, January 09, 2008 2 lovely comments
Sometimes I feel like a marionette dancing in the oh too unpredictable strings of my daughter. "Oh! No! Do self! Oh! Mama!" Yes miss Pwincess anything else I can do or not do for you?

~sigh~

Chose your fights they say. Chose them wisely.

~doublesigh~

I am counting to ten.

At least she loves Gwen Stefani.
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~~ A doublepager!! ~~

Posted by Ania On Tuesday, January 08, 2008 6 lovely comments

YAY! Did you check out last sundays Pencillines?? (I'm always so slow at posting mine up here, really sorry bout that!!) Anyways - first Pencillines sketch for 08 and we got Stacey Julian aboard AND she did an amazing doublepagesketch1! When I first got it I was like "Yay doublepager how fun!" then "omg yikes you gotta be kiddin me, that many photos??" ...but the beauty with sketches is just that - you don't have to follow it exactly like it is - I mean cmon, it's your layout.....shake it up some, swap stuff, rotate it, mirror it, add, substract.... the most important part is that it gives you a kick off to start your own layout and that you feel happy about it in the end! I did have a number of very very similar photos that I loved and coudln't pick between so this was perfect for them...they were already printed out awaiting the Big Inspiration about how to scrap them.... the first time it snowed in here (for the 07/08 season anyways) it was such lovely lovely snow.....haven't seen the snow since ;p... the kids LOVED it....stayed out all day to play and make snowmen.....ofc I had to snap lotta piccies ;)

So this is my take on her sketch: Basic Grey, Scenic Route (one of the good old lines from 2005....looove), Crackle Paint along the edges, sewing, those ultracool Maya Road snowflakes paired with some teal embossing on them and with the lovely MM brads in the middle....and good ole Heidi Swapp for the titles :)


I also scrapped an old photo of my sis & me -love scrapping old photos, did I mention?? (um yea I guess...several times recently :p)...look at our dress....our grandparents bought them for us (and our cousin) straight from London....we used to dress alike when we were little (doesn't most sisters/brothers do?? Isn't a bit annoying?? Guess I'd be guilty of the same too if I had two kids close to age and stuff tho :p). Mom said she still has these dresses .... she said she'd check them out and Amalie and Tuva (her cousin) might get them this fall ... that'd be so sweet :)
I used papers from 3ndy Papir (Lene Solhaug), Basic Grey and Daisy D and embellished w/American Craft & Prima :) Oh and check out the cool brad in the middle - with ruby glitter on it :)

Veldig artig å scrappe en dobbelside - denne gangen etter skisse av Stacey Julian for Pencillines. :) Scrappet også et gammelt bilde fra 82 eller noe lignende til Minnerikets romjulskonkurranse :) Sjekk ut kjolene våres, mormor og morfar kjøpte de til oss jentene da de var en tur til London...mamma mener hun fortsatt har disse kjolene på loftet så hun skulle sjekke om de fortsatt var like fine sånn at Amalie og kusinen hennes kunne få de :)
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Posted by Ania On Sunday, January 06, 2008 7 lovely comments

Ok. I suck at titles and I'm listening to Green Day atm. YAY GO GREEN DAY! Don't you think eyeliners on boys are just so damn hot!? *crush on Billie Joe since the early nineties* ;)

I just signed up for Minnopol at Minneriket. COOLEST. GAME. EVER!! :D Do join! (ok, so this is pretty much for Norwegians only, but just look at the cool gameboard :D)

Right. On we go! Love this time of the month - when it's time for the Bad Girl kit layouts! And to be totally honest, I hate hate hate it when I get kits I just totally love. It's like I get petrified when having to represent the kit as best possible kinda... buuut I made it...after sorta ruining and trashing two early-stage-layouts..trashing a number of precious papers in the process....bleh! Good thing the Bad Girl kits always includes so many papers - kinda feels like they include more papers than the average kit (11-12 pp)! BUT. I did manage to come up with something still and I really adore the results! Which in the end counts no? :)

I really wanna elaborate a lil more about these layouts so please allow me to.....:)

My two year old is so good at drawing faces these days - seems like only a week ago she was just barely trying to draw circles...now she's doing faces complete with eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hair and legs...sometimes arms and body aswell....like a complete pro! The title reads "headfeet" in Norwegian. "Headfeet" is the Norwegian name given to a childs first drawings - kinda like stickmen drawings. I've scanned one of her first headfeets and put it in the middle of the layout :) *proud mama* :)


What more fun is there to toddlers than a huge dam of water?? She'd be staying at that spot forever if I didn't drag her away from there - after I was done with the shooting ofcourse ;) I embellished both brads and clear buttons with glue and lots of lovely glitter for this one, aswell as cut out the drops from one of these shiny sparkly KI papers. One of the Love, Elsie frames was cut in two aswell to contain the title.


I love my scrapping buddies - friends who totally get why I get so giddy about stuff like CHA and great glue and lovely mailmen...friends who joins me for photo sessions with the kids and hunting tiny pumpkins across the town, waiting patiently for me while I'm totally lost in the traffic (soso sorry haha)...this is one of the oldest and dearest *waves a lot* :) I painted the Love, ELsie cardstock at the area where my journaling would be at, and stitched the cardstock to the KI Lace paper. Embellished the Maya Road journaling spot with the title, cut down Love, Elsie frames and ribbon and adhered it upon some strips of Love, Elsie and KI paper.


I've watched some movies lately (gd writers strike - I miss my House M.D!!!!!!)..one of the more beautiful and funnier ones has been Stardust. Lovelovelove. Oh yes, Neil Gaimans presence's really noticeable here imo - love his wry sense of humor and ingenious imagination. And the actors really seem to get it - love the small displays of facial expression & stuff really showing off...(Just watch when Michelle Pfeiffer turns young again - her look in the mirror...priceless...or the look De Niro gives that blonde boy in the end of the movie..snicker :) ) Now. Really. Need. To. Read. The. Book!! Oh. And Charlie Cox's just darn cute. Now that's always a big plus :)

Btw. Have you heard this gal?? British Adele - she totally rocks. Love her - do listen to her Chasing Pavements. Really really lovely and her voice is pretty intriguing :)

Have a nice weekend - the kids are going to a Christmas Party at the lodge tonight - an annual tradition they got with grand-grandpa. :)



Ok, er ikke så flink til å skrive så ofte på norsk gitt. Men! Er du norsk scrapper så bare MÅ du bli med på Minnopol på Minneriket!! De er knallgode på å finne på kule konkurranser på Minneriket og denne er en av de kuleste ever :D Bare sjekk ut spillebrettet (øverst) - kul eh? :) Ifjor var det en del konspirasjoner og greier involvert og (taktikk er viktig her altså!), jeg vet ikke om jeg orker blande meg så mye inn i sånt iår - tror jeg personlig skal la spillet gå sin naturlige (??) gang *fnis* ....men seriøst - "kuleste spillet siden trekkspillet" reklameres det med og det er nok sant! Hihi.

Ellers viser jeg her noen LO'er laget til Bad Girls Jan kit..og så må dere sjekke ut Adeles "Chasing Pavements" - nydelig sang :) Fortsatt god helg - idag skal vi på juletrefest ...eller, ungene skal på juletrefest i losjen med oldefar mens vi damene skal på kaffe hos oldemor i mellomtiden :p
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