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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. ♥


~~ to slowly forget the past and the bandage ~~

Posted by Ania On Saturday, January 31, 2009 4 lovely comments

Love this picture of Amalie (ok strictly speaking the focus was/is on the bowl but I love the blurry peek of her behind it ;p) - as I was taking photos of some layouts she came up to me asking me if I was hungry. Um. yeah. Love her yummy plastic doughnuts ;p Just love the color of the bowl here, the little spot of blue paint on her finger and the headphones on her head :)

The last of my Fancy Pants layouts for January - with an image from the airport when we were going to Oslo for Christmas. The image itself ain't all that I guess, yet I love it - it features my kids duh :p Am really loving to use tulle these days - and combined with the brown paper (inspired by Kine :D) - looove :)

Fancy Pants stuff used: "Arctic Chill" & "Splendid", the "love" stamp is from the new clearstamps from Winter CHA ("On a whimsy") and the felt heart is from one of their older felt-stuff :)

Title: Hell no - Sondre Lerche & Regina Spektor

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~~ Now it's up to you ~~

Posted by Ania On Friday, January 30, 2009 4 lovely comments

I have scrapped - but I am such a slow scrapper these days - just finished an unfinished layout that's been lying around (and torn apart to make a new one :P) for a week or so - and have two more unfinished ones to wrap up before I kind feel I can dig into my loooovely FP stash wo feeling bad for the other layouts which have been lying around for weeks cough (yes the box arrived yesterday, yayyyy :D) Scrappingwise I got a nice mail yesterday - yay - excited :)

Anyways - peeks for the just finished layout - will post it on sunday or monday for Pencil-Lines :)

Time for another friday fave I guess..right Dena? ;)

  1. Glue Dots Pop Up
    What would I do without it??? Lovesit. Mine are in the size of 1/2" and gives the perfect dimension to my transparent stuff :)

  2. Jem
    A Welish singer who's amazing :) Love her tunes - "It's amazing", ultrasupercool "24", "They", "Come on closer"....

  3. Bad habits.
    Here's to bad habits. New Year is all about the shedding of these...well, I kind of might have gone the other way around. I've started drinking coffee. I prefer Cáfe Mocha, but as long as there's enough sugar and maybe even milk I'm fine.. might have picked up another bad habit but I am hoping that's only temporarily...well, apart from when I'm with my girls ;p

  4. Lenka
    Another new music-fave. "The Show" is too cute :) She's Australian afaik :) LOVE the visuals on her site!!!!

  5. Guinness
    Craving a beer (or two) with an old friend. Next weekend. Only a week to go.

Title: "It's amazing" - Jem

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~~ Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me ~~

Posted by Ania On Monday, January 26, 2009 7 lovely comments
Pencil-Lines #119 with the swiss ( you type it like that...a swiss person? uh..) & exciting Sabrina Bonnet - love her very cool style and the way she combined the sizes of the photos :) :) Myself - I cannot seem to scrap Christmas 08 - these are from 07 like the last (and only other) Christmas-layout I've done this year. Behind much? :p I've focused on my mom here (hi mom!) - using photos featuring her..

My style is all over the place atm and that's kinda the way I like it too :p

Materials include Hambly Screenprints papers & rubons and MM tiny alphastickers and 3dfoam for the circles. Oh, and thank you so much for the borrowing of the punches Eli ;p

Spent yesterday playing badminton with Adrian (and Amalie...she ran all over tryin to snag the shuttlecock and going eenie-meenie before giving it to the "winner" :P), whippin' out the camera again (had fun with the shuttlecocks above (why do I keep giggling when it comes to the english name?? :p) - playing with the apertures (@ f/8 I can clearly see the dustspecks on my sensor :/). The above is @ f/2.8 - I think I like it the best of the ones I took from f/1.4 to f/8.0 witht he latter as a close 2nd...wish I didnt do so much space above the shuttlecocks tho, but rather captured more of the mirrorimages on the table instead), drinking yummy café mocha and cheering Simen on (he played @ the local badminton-tournament). It's quite enjoyable watching him do something he really enjoys.

The punks sitting still (one of the few times they actually did) watching daddy play his of the time? All over the place.

Todays title: "Basket Case" by Green Day

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~~ in your head they're still fighting ~~

Posted by Ania On Saturday, January 24, 2009 8 lovely comments
Soooo I know it's technically saturday. Well, duh, it is.
Ms. Coe reminded me that I was still very much alive (I guess I am) and that I should get my ass back on track with FFF. A very much needed kick, thank you! (and I miss you too :) ) :D

  1. My kids. My silly kids. I haven't pulled the camera out as often as I would have liked lately. Which is just as well I guess, considering the unnecessary (???) space I usually spend on them on the disk :p And I hate the (lack of) light and stuff. But ohwell. Still. I need to be reminded how silly they can be at times. Like when Adrian claims that Amalie can fly with her butterflywings. And a little bit of help from him ;p Love you :)

  2. Wine.
    It's been a while since I purchased wine just for "fun". Like, a glass or two (or three) in the evenings at the weekend. Yum. Much needed!

  3. SO excited about the new Hambly stuff!! Check out the wings and little circles here!!! YESS!!!! Lovelovelove the old mod circles - but have secretly wished they would make some of the patterns into fullfledged patterns kinda like, in addition - and yay!

  4. One of my fave new stuff from Fancy Pants must surely be the Mixed Media books. Can't wait to play around with these myself! And Im so in awe and jealous of the fellow DT-girls who have gotten around to play with the new stuff already. Me wanna too!!

  5. World of Warcraft. Have really enjoyed playing more again lately. I do enjoy the pve-stuff, am not and have never been much for pvp..enjoying raiding and instancing with friends.. hope they'll put in some new instances soon :)

  6. Oh, adding a 6th - CHA is here and I love the peeks all around -- I haven't been following the new stuff closely as I have used to, but I did note that I surely would not mind most of what Sassafras, October Afternoon, Prima, Pink Paislee, Websters Pages and actually Basic Grey comes out with too (have a love-hate-relationship to their papers..but theyre really too darn awesome this time). Oh, and did you see the new Fiskars-punches?? Must-have!! Some KI aswell, and I simply love the boldness that is American Crafts :) *sighs*
So what else is new?
Not much.
Keep having the house full of kids - friends of Adrian dropping by all the time. Lots of noise. Cute boys and girls though, and Amalie loves to try and hang around them :)
Listening to the Cranberries atm. Enjoyed listening to Tori Amos all evening yesterday while sipping wine and raiding. I think I'll do No Doubt tomorrow. Waiting and longing for the new releases from Hambly, Fancy Pants and Luxe to arrive - the two first ones have been sent, while the latter will be sent next month. I'm so bad when it comes to waiting. Feels like I can't do much now when I know new stuff will be arriving soon :p And I need to get started with ordering new Prima-samples for future classes - but darn how am I supposed to be able to pick what I want to work with -- their new stuff is just amazing :D Got another mini-book picked up by Scrapbook Trends. Yay. Oh. And I spent 35minutes on Wii Fit yesterday, yay me ;p My tummy aches now tho *cough*

Todays title: "Zombie" by the Cranberries

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~~ You're so close to me, you're so far away ~~

Posted by Ania On Monday, January 19, 2009 10 lovely comments

Monday. Ugh.
Well. Baking focaccia should help. Having a friend over soon aswell (sharing is caring, blah blah ;p). Speaking of sharing, I'm supposed to post a Pencil-Lines layout today, but after much thinking and staring (can't help it, I'm supercritical) I decided to pull that totally sucked. Bleh. Ugh. Feel free to drop by the girls though, they did fab work as always and our guest today was Åsa Bergstrand, a superfab swede with LOTS of creativity in so many areas :)

So right, am gonna share a simple Luxe Designs card instead (fluffy cupcakesticker by MAMBI I think) - Adrians attended the bday of a close friend on Saturday and gave her a skull-light. She totally LOVED it tehee. (when she's visiting one of their fave things to do for the moment being is to turn off ALL the lights in the house and play with maglites and stuff...cough).

Todays title: "Come Closer" by Marit Larsen

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~~ Suddenly I'm back at the core ~~

Posted by Ania On Friday, January 16, 2009 11 lovely comments

Figured I'd share the rest of my Hambly layouts for january...taking pictures of transparencies ain't easy so I am sharing both images I shot of it..can't really decide which one displays it the better kinda...

Had a lovely time (ok, I might kind of have freaked out somewhat slightly when Sonjas bird decided to land on my head and stuff) yesterday with my cropping to see Maries Banglaalbum in real life (it's amazing!)!! And got great yummy food too, yay! ;p So glad to share this hobby with people I genuinely feel comfortable around aswell...almost finished a layout and started on a new one too!! :p

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  1. Lyrics.
    Lyrics and music. Or I guess it should be the other way around. Great comfort nevertheless.
  2. Kajania.
    Someone googled (for nailpolish natch) and found my old (first!) website....had it with a friend of mine. This has been a topic a few times before already - I do get the occassional mail about my past every now and then (Youths: take heed! what you do on the net like, stays on the net. Thank god I didn't do anything nasty ;p) I miss that girl. The carefree, silly, giggly girl (ok, gimme enough booze and I might turn into that girl for a few hours :p). Ah the good times..and speaking about the past..someone even googled and apparently found pictures of my secret(cough) Childrens Television-past...hmm....(mental note: remember to ask her where, cause I can't find them myself :p)
  3. Friends. Love you.
  4. The Legend of Drizzt Omnibus.
    Simen came home with it yesterday. I've almost forgotten everything I've read about Drizzt, but got flashbacks and looking forward to rekindle my love for fantasy - graphic-book-style :) I really ought to read more - both classics I've read and forgotten about (I once studied Literature after all..Virginia Woolf being one of my faves at that time...and reading plays were one of the things I loved aswell - even the absurd "Waiting for Godot"..not sure what or why but I really like this play, like absurdism as a genre), fantasy (I wanna familiarize myself with Terry Pratchett! And although Dragonlance was my first fantasy-love, I don't think I should reread them cause it's probably just silly and like, the pulp fiction of fantasy..hmm Kine?...but as a teenager they were amazing lol..I loved and felt like Lauralanthalasa while it's Kit I should be more like I guess) and sci-fi. And more Neil Gaiman. Can't get enough of Gaiman! :)
  5. Um. Just saw the Fancy Pants CHA-W stuff and ooooh I am so itching to get to play with the stuff (still enroute here..sigh..the disadventages of living abroad)!!!!! Not sure if I should say anything or but....looking forward to make minibooks....! *cough* Peeks starts next monday just started on their blog, and I believe Hambly also will start the peeks around then too...and Luxe already posted some of theirs :)
Time to clean up some.
And finish some layouts I guess.

Ps. Did you see? Bad Girls Kits is having a 2009-Design Team Call. Sweet :)

Todays title: Under the Surface by Marit Larsen

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~~ If a song could get me you ~~

Posted by Ania On Wednesday, January 14, 2009 5 lovely comments
Suppose I should share my last (well..latest - might not be entirely done with Christmas yet) Christmas-layout. Or well, it's just a cardholderthingie so I can make sure last years Christmas-cards won't be like, all spread out (I'm bad like that) and stuff.. and oh by the way, as the last few weeks has been such a blur - I've forgotten to say thank you to a few for the gorgeous and cute cards and photos I've recieved for apologizes and thank you so much if any of you who sent me cards are reading!! (Anette - LOVED the peacock!) :)

I made two big pockets - used a combo of sewing and thick and sturdy 3dfoam (used for framing) to make the pockets...I've used Fancy Pants Designs stuff here - the background is from their Arctic Chill line (LOVE this particular paper - perfect for backgrounds) and the rest is from the Happy Holidays line...I'm particulary fond and proud of the transparency ("Tis the Season") which is layered over the pocket-paper - loved this transparency but was so unsure of how to actually use it. Put together this layout (sans adhering/sewing) while scrapping with Eli - spent all day chatting and youtubing (haha) and like, an hour before I had to go we were like, uh, yeah, suppose we should get around to do what we were supposed to do...scrap?? :p Finished the layout a few days later :p Thanks for the time together :) And tomorrow's another day of scrapping with friends - looking forward to it! :)

Ps. Hate titles, so I have decided to use songtitles and part of lyrics from now on. Methinks. Will try to anyways.

Todays title from If a song could get me you - Marit Larsen.

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~~ Pencil-Lines #117 ~~

Posted by Ania On Monday, January 12, 2009 10 lovely comments

Last nights Pencil-Lines was guested by one of my fave people - Jeni Boisvert. Miss you girl!

2008 ended on such a horrible note for me. Which kinda didn't make the start of 2009 seem too bright. I am better now, still have a sore throat and stupid cough hanging left but well - at least I am starting to feel... somewhat ok.

Ps. Made the Scenic Route Monthly Challenge. Yay! So happy for this as SR is such an old love - totally feels good then. Lovelove.

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~~ Bad Girls January Kit Creations ~~

Posted by Ania On Thursday, January 08, 2009 15 lovely comments
The Bad Girls January kit hit the road just a few days ago - a really lovely kit which just seem so perfect for January - soothing and elegant and so perfect for the winter-y feeling of January.
Am totally in love with Jeni Bowlins incredibly smooth rubons!!! This is my niece -my oh-all-too-grown-up-niece. Sigh. Love her so much.

My son was looking forward to an evening at school and was so excited...just had to follow him around until he was ready to go ;p

This lovely gang...never manage to get everybody there 100% but we'll keep trying right ;p

Cookiejar! Darn I love making these, so fun turning a plain box/jar into something that it's see through so you can see the cookies inside kinda :)

I have a shoutout to Emeline and Oddbjørg - way to rock the gallery this month alongside the Bad Girls!!

Also - this was my last kit with Bad Girls - I made the decision to resign a few weeks wasn't easy (it never is) but I believe it's just the way life goes at times..I've been with Bad Girls kits since September 2007 and I have truly enjoyed my time there, always done my best month after month and I hope it has shown... :) I've had such great fun and learned so much with the Bad Girls - it's truly been a honor working alongside these gals and to experience...well, the whole experience...the joy of creating stuff from kits, the fun of sharing with others..all those workshops and contests which have been such a blast...but.. by the end I had to realize it simply just took too much time ...time away from the actual scrapping itself, which I truly enjoy and would prefer to focus my scrapping-time at, especially now when I am trying to be more structured with my time and how and maybe especially when I spend it..some priorities have simply just shifted... so yeah, it's sad closing this chaper of my scrappy life and I wish everybody at Bad Girls the very very best...:)

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~~ Scrap in Japan ~~

Posted by Ania On Monday, January 05, 2009 12 lovely comments

I was asked to guest the japaneese challengeblog "Scrap in Japan" a while ago... scrapbooking is on the go in Japan and that they even thought of asking me to guest - way cool - thank you so much!! :D

I made a sketch (see bottom of this post) and used Fancy Pants Designs gorgeous "Splendid" to create this layout of my son and his cousins monkey'ing up in front of the camera..such crazy, silly, gorgeous children...♥ As you can see you don't have to follow a sketch rigorously..I followed my sketch pretty close but chose to split the single photo into two and to add some embellishments not "mentioned" in the sketch. To me sketches are just startingpoints - guidelines you yourself chose to follow or not - as long as they at least get you started.

While all of the papers and diecuts are from "Splendid" collection, I also added this little cute filefolder from "The Daily Grind" and a transparent glitter-diecut.

I don't understand what the site is saying (but I guess I get the gist of it).. if you feel like playing along, do let me know! :) I will join the team over there to pick a winner by the end of January methinks.

Do come back tomorrow, I'll finally get to share the January-creations for Bad Girls kits (the kits will be revealed tonight!!) and I can't wait to see the creations of Emeline and Oddbjørg who will be guesting us this month!

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