Tuesday, January 19, 2010

a little artwork...

a new painting, and a 70-ies inspired drawing. the style is meant to be naive and imperfect. do you like them? (prints and also the original painting will be up in my etsy shortly)

Saturday, January 16, 2010


I've been scrapbooking today, this is one of the lay-outs I made, and so, since I was asked to do tutorials, I will try to show how this lay-out ended up the way it did. hope you enjoy it*

this is the supplies I use the most; big scissor, small scissor, glue stick, scotch,
glue dots and needles.
first, I pick my photo, then I start looking through my papers. that's really my most favourite part of scrapbooking!

I pick out different paper that I feel will fit the mood of my lay-out and the photo. (the mood is always the most important to me). then, I try them out, and decide which one is best. here, I chose the green one, as the red one was to bright and ate the photo, the the blue one was too light.
then, I start looking through what embellishments and fun stuff that might fit the page.

at this point, it's already time for a strawberry/banana smoothie:):)
I start my page by placing the paper and a few embellishments, the base of my page. here's some paper strips, lace and a piece of decorative tape. I'm a cluster scrapbooker at the moment, and here I create one cluster on top of the page, and a smaller one at the bottom. the photo will not be disturbed.

I thought I wanted some retro birds (to the right on the photo), but then suddenly I wasn't so sure anymore. I tried different things, and ended up with the great Marc Boutavant-stickers. aren't they just the best?

after attaching the little owl sticker, I feel there's time for a different structure, and buttons is the answer. then, I reach for my alphabeths...

and end up with these lovely October Afternoon letters***
your headline doesn't have to be big and bold, it can be incorporated in the cluster.
I also found these really old Heidi Swapp-chipboard, I think they were some of the first supplies I bought when I started scrapbooking. so happy to use them now!! I attach them with glue-dots, as any self adhesive glue is now gone lol
I like to put letters a little on top of each other. I didn't have more then one E, so I used a 3 instead.

so far so good. the bottom cluster is lacking something, so here comes my embroidery thread. I make the holes first, with the needle, then I just sew through the page. the thread is attached on the back with ordinary scotch.

still something is lacking though, I think a few rub-ons will look nice. I choose brown ones, as any other colour would look strange, even black would be to hard, the page is soft and dreamy.

I'm also attaching a bit of this insanely cool Tim Holtz filmstrip. (just use the glue stick, it won't show!)
below, my scrapbook table at this point:):)

almost there, but even though the paper is already distressed, one can never do enough distressing, so....I'm distressing a little more.
I roll the corners to create more life, and I use a sanded paper block to distress the edges. I place the paper by the edge of my table to get nice, straight distress-lines. (I also distressed my table...)
then, I finally ink the edges of the page with a brown ink pad. just a little, tiny bit, on this page it's important not to overdo it.

now it's just a few details lacking. a touch of colour, and some handwriting.

and the lay-out is finished:):)
did you enjoy it? please tell me if there's something you would like me to do again!!
(I will show you the other lay-outs I made later!)
the supplies used here, is: green paper - cosmo cricket, jack's world, brown paper - october afternoon, lighter brown paper - sassafras. film strip - tim holtz. letter stickers - october afternoon. alpha chip - heidi swapp. bird cage - hambly. fabric brad - basic grey.
other - decorative tape, sticker, lace, buttons

Friday, January 15, 2010


finally my etsy is back!! I have made a little collection to suit my retro-70ies-childrens mood right now. the link to my shop is to the left, promise to make a cute banner for it soon!

hope some of you may need a new pouch, a needle cushion or a bow to brighten up your grey winter!

Etsy'en min er tilbake fra de døde! har laget en liten retro-kolleksjon som passer akkurat til mitt 70talls barnebokhumør! håper dere trenger litt farge midt i grå januar! linken ligger til venstre:)

sløyfer til håret, eller til noe helt annet:) (for your hair, or something completely different...)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

lysene på Grünerløkka**

Jeg gikk fra jobb til hockeytrening i går kveld....og det var mørkt og kaldt og klart, og lys i butikkvinduene og over dørene...

Grünerløkka is one my favourite parts of Oslo. it has small shops full of atmosphere, it's one of the few places in town that still has this kind of enviroment. I was walking from work yesterday, to my hockey practice... and the air was very cold and clear, and the lights were so beautiful...