My boy Anders

Anders and Ada

One month and two days ago, on February 17th at 8:38 AM, I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy Anders. The world has been turned upside down and I feel like a different person. I’m so in love, I can’t even write this without tearing up. He’s the most amazing little creature.

I’ll tell you more about the experience at a later point. But for now please welcome baby Anders to the world.

Love, Nina.

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The Stitching Challenge | February #12in15challenge

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Hey paper nerd!

February is short and we’re already one third through it. So let’s get started on this month’s paper crafting challenge. Crazy intense is right! :)

For February we’ll be doing stitching which is one of my faaavorite things ever. Paper and thread goes together like mac and cheese.

Here’s this month’s video.


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Here are a few close-ups of the layout.

Love me a bit of messy stitching. :) I could never make it perfect anyway so I might as well embrace the messy.

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Bundled up thread that I stapled underneath the layers. A beautiful and effective little trick.

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I hope you feel inspired to join in this very short February challenge. Here are the deets…

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I love the Sodalicious art journals. They have amazing thick pages and are stark white. The perfect blank canvas for getting real messy. Also, the kraft covers with black type are perfection.

Have fun creating for this #12in15challenge and thanks for stopping by! :)

xo Nina

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I am Queen | Get Messy Art Journal + a non-tutorial

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Hey paper nerd!

I’m popping in to share a little bit of art journaling and a how not to. I’m serious.

This week I  saw this great tutorial on Lauren Hooper’s blog for making your own stamps and I wanted to give it a go. Except I had no self-adhesive foam (or any kind of foam for that matter). And since there aren’t any craft stores within range I decided to see what else I had in my stash that’s self-adhesive.

Enter cork sheets.

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I’m never gonna use up all this cork – it punches and cuts awfully, I’m sad to report. But I thought it’d make do for some custom stamps.

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So I drew my design with a black marker and cut it by hand. I actually layered two sheets of cork together to get more of a cushion effect.

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I mounted it on a clear block.

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… and proceeded to stamp on my page.

Not impressed.

It’s not like it’s awful. But it’s not like it’s very nice either.

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Luckily art journaling isn’t about perfection and once I outlined the stamped images with my black marker it actually worked out okay.

But I need to get my hands on some sticky foam. ;)

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I hope you enjoyed this non-tutorial and feel inspired to not go about making your own stamps like I did. :)

Thanks for stopping by.

xo Nina

This project is part of the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge.

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Birthday card for my guy | Making a Masculine Card

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Hey paper nerd!

Back in December my guy turned 30. That calls for a card!

I very rarely make cards and I it’s even more rare for me to share them here – but cards for guys are kind of special, so let’s explore that for a moment.

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The key for me is to keep it as non-cute and non-sentimental as I can. And it doesn’t hurt to stick with mostly “guy colors”.

I don’t ever go for dark, and I never ever go for guy-themed things like cars, mustaches or gears. That’s just way more literal than it needs to be, if you ask me.

I also believe that giving a card is not only about who receives it. It’s something I made for him so it needs to be true to my style – that makes it more special.

So yeah, I put a doily on it. :)

Do you have any rules for making a masculine card?

I hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far, friend. Thanks for stopping by.

xo Nina

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How I’m doing Project Life in 2015 | Free Page Planner Printable

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Hey paper nerd!

I’ve recently started my 4th year of Project Life and have hopefully found a way to approach it that I can keep up all year.

I wanna share my 2015 Project Life plan with you guys. I also want to share a free printable further down. You may skip to that or keep reading. Here’s what’s up. :)

Stuff I’m using

My opening page is incredibly simple. And I put it there because I’m not entirely happy with the title page coming right after. This way I don’t have to see that weird title page every time I open the album. :)

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I wanted to take a great photo of the three of us to put on the title page but I was sick for the last few days of 2014 and it just didn’t happen. So I grabbed a great recent photo of my two lovelies and called it a day.

I may change the title page at some point. I kind of think it’s over-embellished (yes, really).

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And so it begins. Week 1 of 2015. A few words and some photos. I was happy to include myself already. Kept it super simple, bright and colorful.

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See how the photo cards I made in Collect just makes everything look good? So good. And that confetti card makes me happy!

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My Project Life approach

As you can tell I’m not doing weekly spreads. I’m just putting the cards in more or less chronologically. I add a Week Number Card every time the week changes.

I’m also doing square corners only. I’m kind of pooped that I can’t use my Studio Calico cards, We R cards or Becky Higgins cards but I just can’t go for the round corners again. I so prefer the hard grid the squares provide.

So far I’ve been editing photos almost every day in PicTapGo and adding journaling to them immediately in Collect. As long as I have photos and journaling ready on my phone I won’t get too off track.

Every 2-4 days I’m printing photos and sticking them in pockets. It’s crucial for me to get to the actual physical creating stage. It keeps me excited and motivated!

In the very back of my album I’ve put some Pocket Scrap Planner Pages in case I fall behind. More on that below. :)

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Free Pocket Scrap Planner Pages

To help me catch up, if/when I’m gonna need it, I’ve created these simple Pocket Scrap Planner Pages.

Note: A5 versions are designed to print on a sheet of A4 paper, then cut down the middle so you get two copies. Halfletter versions are designed to print on a sheet of Letter size paper, then cut down the middle so you get two copies.

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The Pocket Scrap Planner Pages fit nicely in a 6×8 pocket. I’ve stuck a handful in the back of my Project Life album so they’re handy when I need it.

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When I’m missing a week I’ll simply take a full 6×8 pocket page and put the Pocket Scrap Planner Page as well as some photos and elements I want to use in it. I’ll then stick the pocket in the album where there’s a week missing.

I also discovered that the A5 Filofax hole punch makes the printables fit perfectly in 6×8 albums (at least my Simple Stories album) and 12×12 albums (at least my We R Memory Keepers album). See below. How cool is that!

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I’m really excited for Project Life this year. I may finally have boiled the process down to where I can keep it up. (And I’m so gonna eat my own words when baby arrives and everything is chaos – haha!) For now I’m feeling good about it.

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Let me know if you have any questions regarding Project Life. I’m always happy to share!

Have fun with your Project Life, if that’s your jam too. If not, have fun with Actual Life. ;)

Thanks for stopping by.

xo Nina

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