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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. ♥


~~ Hot damn! ~~

Posted by Ania On Wednesday, February 27, 2013 0 lovely comments


Apparently I have a twelve year old in the house now (strictly speaking, in one and half hour from like, right now while writing, but still).


I’m like, one year short from being a mother to a teenager. Holy crap! (yep, it’s all about me ofc)



Love ya, Adrian!


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~~ Happy 60th ~~

Posted by Ania On Monday, February 25, 2013 1 lovely comments


Made a few boxes for someone turning 60. I suppose I should just have done one big box, but…it sort of looked better like this.


Added lots of Maya Road embellishments to the yellow box…


Love playing with glitter…even though it gets a bit messy…still…can’t let go of using glitter every now and then! And adding clear distress crackled paint to wooden pieces yields a subtle yet lovely effect methinks.


The second box was decorated using papers from ColorConspiracy, stamp from Craft Origine and embellishments from Prima, Crate Paper (that cute brad) and Jenni Bowlin (the tickets).


Every box had room for four of these French macarons (recipe by Banglamarie, in Norwegian. Give it a trry. Makes a few quite yummy macarons :) ). Just ask my coworkers, they seemed to like my Valentines gift this year:




The third box was the simplest one of them all. Simple, but elegant, if I may say so myself. Stamp by Craft Origine, patterned paper by Basic Grey (anyone recall that collection? Like, 2006 or so :) ).


Nevertheless. Give handmade gifts a try. Just make a simple box like this:


Hmm. Can’t recall the exact measurements I used, but it seems to be like, 5,5x11 inches..the main point is: Trace around your gift(s) and build your box accordingly...


When you have the basic box, just wrap another piece of cardstock around – then decorate the boxes as you please. Sucky explaination and sucky photos, but still – you get the gist..the idea was just to let you know – this is quite simple really :)


Right! Off to watch Corpse Bride with Amalie…we watched The Nightmare before Christmas last night, and she got so fascinated she wanted to watch “more movies like that” today. So pleased she seem to appreciate Tim Burton on her own! :)

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~~ Prima product picks ~~

Posted by Ania On Monday, February 18, 2013 1 lovely comments

It’s one of my favorite challenges around these days…Prima product picks…I think it’s quite fun to create stuff based on a color palette :)

here’s my January & February PPP :)






Cheers y’all :)

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~~ Visiting Octavia ~~

Posted by Ania On Monday, February 04, 2013 5 lovely comments


So. Here’s another minialbum created for the Maya Road CHA-W booth…love the mix of different fabrics here – canvas, burlap and tulle! And ofc…lots and lots of trinket pins! :) Stamping on the fabric was hm, interesting…I still have to perfect that technique! Or maybe it’s just luck…?? Nevertheless…seems like the archival stamp pads are the best for such purposes (out of the ink pads I own)…anyone out there w/better ink pad suggestions or tip on stamping on fabric?


The fun part about making minibooks are that they usually turn out like this….even though I try to minimize the layers….can’t help it – it’s so fun adding bits and pieces and tbh, stuffed minibooks are sort of fun just for the heck of it…looks so…fun! (Now, count the times I’ve used the word “fun” in this sentence :p I’m oh, so eloquent, I know!)


I used papers from SODAlicious for my chipboard pages…oh, and see that white doily behind the crackled bird/dove? It’s the new doily stamp set from Maya Road. Loves!


The mini’s about mine and Amalies trip to DNS (the Norwegian theatre)…it’s one of our dearest traditions…to attend plays together once or twice a year. I usually ask my oldest son to come along as well, but he keeps saying naah, not interesting enough, and I don’t want to force has to be something he actually feel like doing (and let’s face it…it’s darn expensive going to the theatre, so better not waste it on someone who doesn’t really want to…but once I find a play I think he’ll like…he’s so coming with! be fair… he’s been to Annie with us not so long ago.. :p)


Nevertheless…this time we went to see Octavia, the resident ghost of the theatre. She was an actress back when the theatre was new, and still roams the theatre… It was an interactive play where she showed the kids around the theatre, told about the different plays and characters she played when she was alive and showed the kids backstage and stuff…fun fun. Here we found a shoe in the stairs, and Amalie got to try it out..with help from Octavia..


Amalie thought it was hilarious when Octavia told them that the most boring character she ever played was Princess Vilikke (roughly translated to Dontwantto). She didn’t wanna do anything!

Notice the kraft butterfly? I stamped it with the peacock clear stamps in deep rose pigment ink (Maya Road).


Oy. Playing with homemade ombre & measurement ribbon!

I figured I’d add photos and kraft stuff to the chipboard-pages, and do a little more artsy stuff to the burlap-pages, btw.


More ombre…& popsicle blue maya mist…pwetty!


Fun coincidence: The play that was rehearsed on the stage while we wandered around was “Snow Queen” (Snødronningen, by H.C. Andersen)….which was the next play me and Amalie went to a few months later :)



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