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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. ♥


~~ Bad Girls Summer Workshop is Live! ~~

Posted by Ania On Friday, May 30, 2008 3 lovely comments

The Summer Workshop just started over at Bad Girls!
My class, "Reclaim, Reuse, Recycle" was the first class opened - it's based on a Norwegian "technique" that's become widely popular among the Norwegian scrapbookers for the moment being thanks to Bibbi (Who's crazy talented by the way. Check her out.). It was suggested that I'd introduce this class by saying "As we all now, the Norwegians shit a lot....." (Thanks to you know who you are ;) ) but alas.....that introduction was edited out *grin* The reason for this intro? Well, it's a minialbum made out of toilet rolls. Empty ones. Clean ones. Duh. Here's mine - it's made using Bad Girls May kit - with lots of Fancy Pants, Prima & Melissa Frances stuff. Want to make one for yourself? Head on over to this thread on the message board - remember - there will be like 10 or 11 classes total and they're all FREE! :D Oh, and tomorrow is the Bad Girl June kit reveal day! Yay!

Want to know what else's free? The LUXE giveaway!! Luxe Designs has come up with such a fun start on this Sex and the City-weekend (the MOVIE ...based on the tv-series...based on the books...:p) Check out The Manhattan on the Luxe blog and jump over to the other blogs for a chance on "The Miranda", "The Carrie" and so on..:D

Personally I'm outta here soon - I'm hitting the theaters in an hour - no - not to watch SATC..... Indy here I come!!! =) Have an enjoyable weekend y'all!! :)

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~~ Honey I'm hoooomeeee ~~

Posted by Ania On Thursday, May 29, 2008 6 lovely comments

I know. It has been a while.
I've been gone - in Oslo at my dads place to work on my M.A. thesis. So much to do! When I went my husband told me it was fine as long as I "didn't even touch scrapbooking & worked hard". Well. I worked hard alright - day and night. And I DID NOT VISIT ONE SINGLE SCRAPBOOKING STORE!!! How 'bout that!! Dang. I wish I had but at the same time...I know this - full time away from the stash & stuff - was what I needed to get a kickstart - I can't go back to being a fulltime student right yet, but I will make an effort to work on stuff still.

Anyways. Am back home & indulging in stuff that's on my to-do-list. First out - a birthday-card (tag-card) for a young lady in our family. She's having a childrens party right now and Adrians with them - with this card and the pressie :) Love the Fancy Pants papers!! Used papers from different lines - Simplicity (gorgeous dreamy whitey paper - and it's got a totally kickass pink backside!), Daydreamer and Celebrate....and maybe some other lines aswell. The ribbons are all from Fancy Pants too, and the diecut aswell..I dressed the manilla-tags with more Fancy Pants paper on the back - some leftover scraps that I didn't use after all (don't you hate it when that happens? You arrange & stitch together papers and then you find out that this wasn't what you wanted after all...grr..well, I got to use them in the end!) The only things not Fancy Pants here are the letters (American Craft), brad (dressed in Doodlebug glitter & decorated with a pearl), stamp (cuuuuute! From Autumn Leaves) & the flowers (Prima).

Anyways. Must. Continue. Bad Girls is next on the to-do-list!

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~~ Pencil-Lines!! ~~

Posted by Ania On Sunday, May 25, 2008 5 lovely comments

Loved doing this sketch for Pencil-Lines!! Finally got to use some of the new Sassafras Lass papers I bought when I was in Stavanger some weeks ago - lovelovelovelove! That's me and my two cousins, I think I was fairly newly adopted then. Didn't seem to keen on a photosession, haa! Love the ribbon I got from Tessa, the tickets from Trude Julie and the film from Xstine. Thanks a bunches gals!! The title is AC alphas dressed w/vintage paper & sewn upon & some glossy love.

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~~ Lallaa ATCs ~~

Posted by Ania On Wednesday, May 21, 2008 11 lovely comments

Okay, the bags are..uh..oh wait, no, they aren't right yet - but will be soon - packed, that is. I am heading off to Oslo to my father to do some serious and much-needed studying. Well, as much studying as I am able to muster for the moment being, but I am getting better and better for every day and well, it's not like I'm gonna run a marathon or something like that so I am feeling pretty positive that this will be a good week. And since my mother is gonna visit us next weekend because of some senior-thingie she and my stephfather was gonna attend here in Bergen, I am going to travel back home with them, yay.

Actually, if this post has made it it means I am on the train as I am scheduling it and obviously would be home to edit/interrupt the sceduled post or something kinda :p

In the sharing a few ATC's I've made lately....I really really am starting to fancy the whole ATC thingie...such a great thing to send other scrappers instead of little notes or cards kinda. I think anyways :) (note to self: these atcs needs something extra - like more alphaletters on them. Ohwell. Will remember that for the next times :) )

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~~ Pencil-Lines

Posted by Ania On Sunday, May 18, 2008 13 lovely comments

Oh yeah. I couldn't stop using the gorgeous wedding-papers sponsed by Scrappers Choice. So I took a few more wedding-photos (lovelove weddingpreparations!) and some leftoverpapers lying around on my desk - like Daisy D, Prima, KI & Scenic Route papers, stitched them together and slapped them on the page for this Pencil-Lines sketch. The tree-tag is selfmade.

Did you see this by the way?? Fraggle Rock! Yay! :D

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~~ Happy Birthday Norway!! ~~

Posted by Ania On Saturday, May 17, 2008 1 lovely comments

Today is Norways Constitution Day - hooray!
The day is filled with icecream, waving flags and kids yelling "hooray" as loud as they can as they walk past in the Childrens Parade..swelling national music from the marching bands and cakes and playthings at the schoolground and well..lots of children all around. I just skipped the children outta the door - and am crossing fingers my husband will remember to take some pictures today... I am not well enough after the surgery to join them, so I'm staying at home to rest up & prepare some food for the guests arriving later today.

I made this layout last year - but I don't think I have shown it before, so today is a nice day to show it :p It's from last years Constitution Day - from morning to early afternoon. The papers are from Sassafras Lass and Rouge de Garance.

Ps. Luxe is continuing their giveaway on their blog - I can't wait to get my hands on Capri!! :D

Hurra for 17. mai!! Gratulerer med dagen alle sammen! Nå har ungene og mannen akkurat dratt ut døra - ungene høylytte og kjempespente og med en knippe selvlaga flagg på slep - de siste lagde de imorges mens de ventet på å kunne dra haha - og mannen drassende med påprakka kamera. Må jo ha noen bilder fra denne dagen selv om jeg ikke er med da!! Håper han kommer hjem med noen fine bilder :) Været er kjempenydelig - sol og blå himmel - Amalie er i den nye kjolen sin hun fikk til burdagen fra tante Pia & co, og Adrian i tøff hodeskallsskjorte og genser kjøpt fra farmor igår. Og mamma, om du leser dette - tusen takk for 17. maisblomsten vi fikk! Skal sende bilder av den og dagen i løpet av morgendagen tenker jeg. Tenker jeg skal ta og hvile meg litt før jeg vanner blomstene og lager eggerøre og gjør klar rømmegrøten - ferdiglaga rømmegrøt men like god for det! :) Ha en strålende dag alle nordmenn!! :)

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~~ Scrappers Choice ~~

Posted by Ania On Friday, May 16, 2008 6 lovely comments

I love what they have done with the übertalented Vibeke Spigseth as their main (??) designer - at least I love the direction they seems to have taken with her aboard - Scrappedugnad was so lucky to be sponsed by Scrappers Choice this time - a Scandinavian provider of scrapbook-stuff - their spring papers are mostly themed papers - something I normally don't do but hot darn, these are b e a u t i f u l for reals! I lucked out and got the wedding papers - ahh the quality of this paper and its structure is to die for and it's so beautiful... perfect for the weddingphotos I shot last fall of my husbands cousin. I wanted to make this simple - let the paper and photos take the mainstage while accenting it with sewing & a splash of color from Prima.. oh, and I almost forgot the challenge itself - use stamps - blush - uhm, right - this cute lil stamp in the middle there is cute eh?? Design Linda Mortensen - love it and love it even more that I got to use it - it's too underused!!

Come join the challenge - use stamps ;) - and you can get the chance to win some of these yummy papers & embellies for yourself too!

In other words. Age of Conan is launcing tomorrow. We have preordered so I guess we're ready to play tomorrow. I haven't been playing any MMORPGS in a good while now - longest break ever since I started playing such games at 16. The last game I played was World of Warcraft, and we kinda quit it a few months ago - in the end I was just raiding and it just wasn't enough. I do miss the big games though, the excitement, the cooperations, the people - I guess the game itself just grew..old? I haven't been missing playing too much - so I wonder how it will be playing Age of Conan. Will I get back on track playing hardcore or will I keep on carrying a laidback approach as I have the last year or so? Hm. We'll see. I kinda like having time to scrap in the evenings, but I do miss playing and experiencing&doing things with my husband in the games. Oh. And I'm also looking for D&D miniature sets for my kiddo - he seem to have taken a keen interest in these small figures when my husband came home from a D&Dgame with some friends. He really got it quick and tried really hard to learn the diff stats and stuff - cool. The nerd generation is safe. Sooo to keep him happy I'm looking for D&D sets on ebay...he is reeeeeally giddy about getting new figures and daddy keeps telling him to tell mommy cause it's mommy who's doin ebay! Right! I'm not even sure what I am looking for or what's a good buy or whatever. Hrm. Feel free to help out if you know :p

Ps! Luxe has just gotten quite a few new collections into their store and are celebrating the new lines with giveaways..check it out :)

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~~ Have you seen this?? ~~

Posted by Ania On Wednesday, May 14, 2008 3 lovely comments

The Bad Girls Summer Workshop!! YEAH!

Ten amazing & totally fabulous classes.
Challenges, contests & PRIZES. Chatting and fun.
And - we're using the May kit so you'll find TONS of inspo here if you have gotten the kit and not quite sure what to do with it. My class? I am showing a Norwegian speciality. Teeheeeeheeeee. If you don't have the kit - what the frak.... welcome anyways cause it's not like you HAVE to have the same kind of papers and stuff right? You can use whatever you have at hand...and these are superb projects and there will be supply-lists on the message board in advance so you can prepare..some are already out..

More info to come at the messageboard/blog so watch it..

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~~ Winner of the RAK + Pencil-Lines ~~

Posted by Ania On Monday, May 12, 2008 6 lovely comments

Yay! I got Adrian to help me after I had written all the names and cut them down into strips mixin' them up in the bucket, but Amalie caught us and insisted on helping out too! So. I guess we have two winners - the first winner (Adrian) will get the RAK I posted below here and the second winner (Amalie) will get a smaller RAK from me. Cause I can't disappoint my children displaying only one of them on the blog you know ;p So - congratulations to Aquarell (mainRAK) and Monica (small RAK)!! Email me your adresses please - my email should be located somewhere in the right sidebar :p And thank you all for partipicating!! :)

Today was a wonderful day - sunny and lovely - so my husband suggested that I took the children out for a walk to my mother-in-law while he's out playing badminton then some D&D. Right. Me + children + walk? uhm, lemme see, last time we did so we got totally lost. But this was like, well, we have driven there lots of times - how can we get lost when we're walking the same route?? Three words: Don't take shortcuts. Or. "Shortcuts". Hum it ended well with my husband finally locating us with his car on his way home from the badminton-thingie (just as my cellphone-battery died, yay!), drove us to mother-in-law and left us there mumbling something about us cutting in on his D&D playtime :p We got treated well - waffles and icecream and strawberries and then she took us to a gardenstore buying us plants and stuff - among them rosemary - yay! Now I have rosemary in my garden! Fresh herbs! Let's see how long this lasts :p

Yesterday we had Breanne Crawford guestdesign at Pencil-Lines - I totally ADMIRE that woman!!! LOVE her style! Mine is fairly uh, I dunno, square? Used Imaginisce-papers and some 7gypsies, fancy pants ribbons, prima and american crafts.

Have a nice week! And wish me one too...

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~~I ♥ colors! ~~

Posted by Ania On Sunday, May 11, 2008 19 lovely comments

I just had to test some new actions -- thanks to Jolene I found out that Totally Rad Actions actually have free samples of their actions for those on the fence about purchasing their actions. I have been drooling on their actions for what, a year plus now. Hmm. This sure makes me drool even more!! These photos are from today - Amalie was a bit sad because Adrian was going to a friend of his so I eased her mind promising we'd paint.. this is some paint from IKEA that supposedly will glow in the dark. I don't know if it works yet but darn I LOVE the neon-colors!!

I also gathered some of the stuff I will be giving away - one of my leftover class-kits from Prima, some Norwegian Vintage papers, ribbons, chipboard, flowers, rubons, embellishments and quite a few papers. I am sure I'll find even more stuff to add to this RAK so feel free to comment in this post if you haven't already - I will draw a winner from that list tomorrow (monday) :)

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~~ Goodies, post no 500 and a RAK ~~

Posted by Ania On Friday, May 09, 2008 61 lovely comments

Look what popped in my mailbox today! Such a sweet surprise - quite a few chipboards from Anam ...and not any chipboards, but Riff Raff chipboards - wow! They totally rock! And Anam!! You're too kind!! I'm very tempted to call them my babies - just look!! Hot darn, those dinos are too cute for words and the crown and wings and skull and mail....o.O Totally LOVE this!! Thank you so much!! And the quality really surprised me - so sturdy and solid and almost treelike...very clean and crisp cuts.. I was showing these chipboards on the net to some friends the other day and they thought it seemed a bit thin..but that's so not the case once you see it irl...I'm so happy!! It's even what I needed for a project I've had lying on my desk for days!! **hugs** I am definately buying more (Bad Girls stocking this!!)

In other words. I suddenly noticed this is my post no 500 on the blog. Shit! I had planned to do a lil RAK and all for my 500th post when I saw it was drawing near some weeks ago but it just snuck upon me and all so I'm kinda a bit unprepared...BUT!

Just comment in this post and I'll do a drawing on sunday or something like that - and yeah - anyone can comment :)
I kinda planned to take piccies of stuff I'd give away and stuff but ohwell - I'll update with a piccie later I guess :p It'll be scrappy stuff for sure ;p

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~~ Fabu-Luxed?? ~~

Posted by Ania On Thursday, May 08, 2008 18 lovely comments
Somebody kinda made the Luxe Designs DT.
I'm scared. And giddy. And excited. And a bit more scared.

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~~ An enjoyable photosession ~~

Posted by Ania On Thursday, May 08, 2008 10 lovely comments

Had a lil photosession yesterday - yay I got to take piccies of a yummy lil baby!!
Am not sure which ones of the hand-piccies I like best and I am aware the editing of the second last photo is a bit off (purple outline of the babys white body) - but all in all - I think I managed to get a few nice shots and it was a nice experience taking photos of someone else in their home (with that as the purpose) working with the environment we had at hand. Got loads more to learn - like trying to plan the cropping better at location and stuff - but hm, I'm still inexperienced as in I rather want to snap the photo like now instead of waiting for the right crop and the moment possibly gone. But all in all - a great experience :) Like 260 photos got culled down to 115 - well done self! And oh, this lil man had such a funny hair - it soo reminded me of my own Amalie when she was at his age - her hair was like, standing right up like a lil troll. Too cute!

For those curious - I brought both my 18-200 and 50mm lenses but only used the latter. Wish I whipped up the 18-200 one though for the groupshots, but ahwell. I love primelenses too much.

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~~ Photos ~~

Posted by Ania On Tuesday, May 06, 2008 5 lovely comments

All aprils photos are finally edited. I delete all the RAWs after editing. Totally SINful but totally necessary for me. Need. New. HDD. Besides. I've RARELY actually gone back to edit a RAW photo even though the style, preference & way I edit changes constantly. I cringe at photos from like three months ago because it's edited so horribly. Well. Not that bad, but you catch my drift. Anyways. 2.99GB. That's jpgs only. Imagine if I kept the RAW too. Eek. Damn that mommyhood clouding my better judgement making it *extremely* hard to delete even totally off-focus-photos of the children. Damn it! Miss my sister and nieces.

Oh by the way. Yesterday an old man (he probably couldn't see well :p) asked if Adrian was my little brother. Haa. Haa. Right! Off to do my backupduty!

Note to self: When taking photos of your oldest boy making waffles in the kitchen. Make sure you remove the whiskey-bottle FACING the camera in the background.

edited to add: Wohoo, D300 is now 12.499 at Yes I try to keep a close tab on the prices - from the initial what, 13.999 or whatever when Nikon launced this baby last year to 12.999 a few months ago and 12.989 a few weeks ago and now 12.499. Move down faster baby, faster!

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~~ Pencillines 83/Scrappedugnad w/Xtina ~~

Posted by Ania On Monday, May 05, 2008 6 lovely comments

Innocent days. Happy (?) family.
Made for Pencillines #83 w/ Debbie Jewells fab sketch and with Xtinas scrappedugnadchallenge in mind - to scrap vintage & use a non-scrappy-item or two in the layout. I glued the dress-pattern to the background using gesso.. it subdued the kraft-color of the pattern & made the paper look dreamy & stuff. All the stuff on this layout (bar the tags/pattern) is from the May Bad Girls kit. Lovely kit that one :)

Scrappedugnad is celebrating 6 month + NSD btw - come check out the free loot! =)

Not much to share about this week. Will have a little photosession on weds. Dreading for next week - yet another surgery. Oh the joy. So atm I'm basically just preparing scrappy stuff as I'll most likely be awol for a while following the surgery. Totally sucks goatballs. Or moose as you'd say in Norwegian. Sorry but it has to be said. Crossing fingers my stay at the hosp this time will only be 2 days and not 6. We'll see. Lucky me Blogger allows sceduling posts in advance now - yay. Might try it out preparing some posts for while I'm gone. We'll see.

Tilbrakte helgen ute på hytta - været spente seg fra oppholdsvær til sol - når det var sol var det fint og varmt, når skyene skygget for sola ble det fort kjølig. Ungene stortrivdes ute - selvsagt - Adrian fisket helgens første fisk og begge ungene spiste og likte fisk til middag. Yay. Ikke stort nytt herfra - neste uke er det på'n igjen med ny operasjon - hele greia suger elg. Jeje. Lurer på om jeg kommer hjem i tide før 17. mai og hvordan formen min da blir. Ohwell.

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~~ Bad Girls May Creations ~~

Posted by Ania On Friday, May 02, 2008 9 lovely comments

Aaaaand it's live!! Well..some of the stuff for BG at least..more to come..
And Scrappedugnad is 6 months old - hooray!! We just got a new challenge today and there's a fun questionaire running and there will be some FUN & GREAT stuff incoming tomorrow aswell!! Watch that space....

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