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About Me

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.



My Scrapbooking

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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~~ Get off the cross we need the wood ~~

Posted by Ania On Thursday, July 30, 2009 7 lovely comments

August is a popular month for weddings, and it's soon time for the first one - my husbands cousin & her french to-be-husband :) I made them a gift-box w/the gift inside..a plain box made of cardstock given lids from some leftover-chipboardbookpages from Maya Road (Im happy I saved two of them :) ) I decorated it with the Fancy Pants Designs "Splendid" - line- romantic and sweet and perfect for such a love-theme :)

Couldn't find letters that was just the right size for the box, so I painted some old ones (from the Fancy Pants earlier Christmas-line) - first w/gesso because the surface was so smooth, then w/red acrylic paint :)

I needed a card and I just love Hambly for creating elegant wedding-cards :)
Went for a simple one this time, letting the transparency & papers speak for themselves..


Had a quick rehersal-shot with the kids - making sure their clothes for the wedding was ok and stuff (going for a tougher look for Amalie, as this wedding isn't too formal)...

Have a nice weekend :)

Oh, and before I forget - I got an award from Vibeke "I like your style" - thank you so much!!! :)

There's a lot of people out there whose style I admire - on top of my head right now it's Jen Jockish (she makes it seem so easy! And fun! Every single time!), Sasha (mm yeah. don't let your head grow too big now sweetie ;p) and Nic Howard (love her work, they seem to have such depth and play of shadows always). Too chicken to pass on the award properly though, but have been looking for an excuse to mention people who inspire me sooooo thanks for that one :D


Title: "Big Wheel" - Tori Amos

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Still in the vacation-modus for a few more days...which makes me feel pretty lazy :p
Am trying to work my way down the todo-list though, and slowly feeling the mojo come back..babysteps...

Sharing my two Nikki Sivils July-stuff - once again with the "My sweet cherry pie"- line :)
I've become quite fond of mixing papers from the 12x12 and 6x6 paper-pads...did so both on the card and the layout :)



Oh and I finally got around to join the Pencil-Lines this week - it's been a while due to vacation & stuff :) We were guested by a Japaneese designer this week, Kaori Watanabe.. I used papers from Upsy Daisy & bits and pieces here...oh, and a quasi-swedish title ;p

Right. Moving on..

Title: "The princess bride"

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~~ Norwegian Grand Prix Arendal 2009 ~~

Posted by Ania On Thursday, July 23, 2009 2 lovely comments
Ahhh!!
Finally home again after close to two weeks on the road - first to my mom in Oslo to get rid of the kids (*wink wink*), then off to Arendal to volunteer for Norwegian Grand Prix, an offshore-racingthingie (which we attended last year aswell) along with hubbys basketball-team & friends, then off to Kristiansand to meet mom&the kids and to drop by Dyreparken (where we met another scrapbooker - LaTunata - who recognized the kids&me :D) and then finally back home.

I've got quite a large number of photos to share - pretty much 'cause I suck at the culling thing...splitting'em up some, below are the photos from NGP in Arendal...

By the evening..
And by night..
Our first day started off fairly dramatic - at the meeting-place our boss yelled to us "There's been a fire, follow me!!" and just drove off and we were like, "Uh, fire?? Eh? Really??"
When we arrived the firemen were leaving - the fire was extinguished, there were still some smoke and the smell was thick in the air - and we were promtly put to save the pallets of gear from the warehouse and into the awaiting truck.

Our basket-boss to the left - Per Morten - and our construction-boss at NGP - Giska - to the right. He was our boss last year too, so it was great to serve him once again this year :) Fun fact - he's also the prez of the bikerclub Freedom Hunters in Arendal. Cool!

Before we could start on some tents we needed to get rid of some cars which were parked in the middle of the area where the tents were supposed to be. After trying to get hold of the owners to no avail we decided to get them pulled away.....sooooo I sorta looked forward to that part, making myself comfortable in front of the whole scene prepared to snap photos of the pulling-away-part......but bummer - the owners showed up just in time (after like 45mins) to drive away themselves. *cough*
Some of the construction-stuff were shipped w/ship. Cool.

Per Morten making holes on the ground :p

Some of the guys were pulled away to help build the tribunes.

While others were building fences..

Linda and Hilde (to the left) were working in the food-tent (to feed all the workers) all week.

Sometimes we forgot to bring the ladder along..but that didn't stop us from keeping on working :p


Me and my hubby went for tapas one evening.....ice-cold beer - the glass had been in the freezer prior to being used (hm. I sure think I'm fascinated by beer-shots)...

The food was darn lovely!!! Totally totally recommended (Chaos & Tapas, Arendal)
(Afaik it's also a mixed gay meeting-place, for those who care about that)

Some of the guys taking a breather..


This was the VIP longue..

..and this was the VIP diner-room...

750 VIP-guests and only one washing machine & 2 (one of which didn't work half the weekend) for glasses etc)...mm fun - meant we had to work non-stop in between the meals to get everything ready for the next one..........

One of the boring tasks of the whole weekend was to make sure all the knives, forks&spoons were shiny.......before every single meal...*sigh*
Oh right. The main objective of the whole thing was the race :p

Jens..
Per Morten..
Simen..

Mmm and thats it from Arendal :)
I only have one thing to say...having a designated driver is great & very important, but next year it's totally so not gonna be me :p

Oh, and I wonder if I remember how to scrap now having been away for so long...

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~~ Beautiful Summer ~~

Posted by Ania On Sunday, July 19, 2009 4 lovely comments
Here's the rest of the July GGG over at twopeas - themed summer :)
Love the newish Prima-papers, and am glad I finally got a chance to play around w/them. Love the graphic yet whimsical look of this layout of my sister and niece :) And I looove the apron lace borderpunch from Fiskars!!!! :)
(and I love handcutting edges....no straight edges here no :p)

Another thing I love is to colorize my felt letters into the color I want...here's Jazz Blue, one of my fave colors from Glimmer Mist...(the letters are originally white)

And with my printer being &/%&¤%¤#%¤#%¤ I was lucky to find duplicates of summery photos I've printed (and scrapped) before - sigh - hopefully I'll get it fixed soon...it sucks how much I'm so dependant on the printer :(

Anyways - a fairly simple layout - I feel it's a bit....hrm..well..it's simple & plain (and boring) alright. Made with mostly Fancy Pants papers and rubons (from Summer Soiree, Delight and Celebrate) along with a tiny bit of 3ndypapir (the star), Shabby Chic Crafts (the round tag) and rhinestones from KaiserCraft for the final touch :)



And that's it for my July GGG stuffs :)
Wish you all a continued lovely summer :)

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~~ Shoes of '08 ~~

Posted by Ania On Wednesday, July 15, 2009 3 lovely comments
Finally got around to scrap my shoes from last summer! :)
I am going to blog about them too ala Xstine & Kine - just still need to get my lazy ass over to actually take photos of the rest of them (these pictures are from before last summer. Yeah. It took me this long to scrap'em :p)

I can share one small tidbit tho (cuz I'm sooo interesting *cough*) - it wasn't until I was pregnant w/Adrian that I started to realize I needed to have (&wear) some more..comfortable shoes than my beloved high-heels ;p And it wasn't really until last year or so that I finally started to use high heels more :p (sigh. I love high heels. I guess it's because I'm so small - 161/5.3ft :p)

This is one of the new layouts for the July GGG thingie (the midmonth garden) over at twopeas :)

Materials used: American Crafts
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~~ Photos from the summerplace ~~

Posted by Ania On Sunday, July 12, 2009 5 lovely comments
We spent the whole last week (well, close anyways :) ) out at the summerplace.
As usual I got home w/some photos mm..random selection inc..

Amalie and her beloved "diamond"-game.

Um yeah. I'm drawn to Irish beer.
Taken at 11pm, ISO 1250 and I love it =)

Adrian spent a good deal of the vacation at the pier fishing for crabs.
It's amusing listening to the kids convos about the finer art of fishing for crabs...and to see that Amalie now is old enough to do her share - she was the designated crab-food-fetcher (looking for blue mussels & opening them before handing them over to Adrian)

We did some regular fishing too (one day we caught six fish - w/me being responsible for four of'em. Yeap. ME! Hah! =) ). Amalie is letting me know when enough is enough when it comes to taking photos :p

Hubby preparing the fish :)

Did I mention how much I adore the kids? Esp when they're so lovely w/each others (oh sure, they can whine and tease each other like, eh, no other, but when they're good they're like, good :p) Here Adrian is reading a cartoon for Amalie..

:)
Hubby&his grandpa dragging another stump up behind the maincottage..the old one was rotten and there were lots of logs to be chopped for the winter :p


And I have to say...the cottage-life sure is nice but getting home and shower for the first time in like five days is awesome ;p
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