It keeps breaking | Get Messy Art Journaling


I haven’t been wanting to share my art journaling lately is it’s become very basic. And I finally accepted that that’s how it’s gonna be for a while. I just don’t have time to get very fancy with it these days – baby and all – so I’m pretty much sticking to my favorite super fast way to achieve the look and feel I want: Watercolor.

I also moved my art journaling out of my Kikki K. as I’m currently using it as a planner (and loving it!). Instead I just punched holes in my art journal paper pad and bound it with two creme colored rings by 7 Gypsies (can’t find them online – sorry).


If you’ve ever read one of my art journaling blog posts you know I them as an opportunity to share a bit of me. I don’t kid myself that everyone’s interested in my personal stuff so you may skip reading and just look at photos if you wanna. :)


As you may know I gave birth to little Anders on February 17th, two months ago now. And those who follow me on Instagram may be aware of our birth story and more specifically what happened after.

Long story short, we had an amazing birth. It was a little over 5 hours from the first contraction until he was out – tiny, slippery, warm and crying on my chest. It was early morning and we were exhausted, happy and ready to go home. Within a half hour of his birth we noticed him getting a little pale, even blue, and limp at times. They asked us to stay the rest of the day for observation.

Anders kept turning blue and our joy was quickly turned into fear when he was taken into the emergency room and they started to closely monitor his vitals. It seemed like he had trouble with his breathing. The monitors showed how bad a state he was actually in and it felt like the ground went out from under out feet. It’s the most surreal thing I’ve ever experienced.

He was rushed to another bigger hospital in an ambulance. Steffen and I were driven there by his parents. We weren’t sure what we were facing once we got there.

We found ourselves in the dark and foreign rooms of the NICU. There were more than a handful people standing around his tiny crib, looking and talking and noting things down on clipboards. They gave him oxygen and that helped him but it didn’t solve the underlying problem.

I’m going into way too much detail now but I don’t know how else to tell the story. When you’re living hour by hour every detail seems important.


At this point we thought we’d be in the hospital overnight, nothing more. So we got settled in a room just down the hall from where he was and basically just did everything we were told. Dinner’s at six. Pumped breastmilk goes here. Diapers and towels are there.

At 4AM we were told that he had suffered a brain hemorrhage – most likely at birth. To this day we still don’t know what caused it. Aside from the brain hemorrhage he’s perfectly healthy – a big, beautiful boy.

He started treatment which was a sedative to keep his activity levels down and thereby prevent stress on his wounded brain. This helped his breathing and at around four days old he started making huge improvements in his overall health. As they gradually took him off the meds he became much more active and soon he fed solely at my breast, eating like a champion.

I’ve never been more proud and happy in my life.

We’ve been to several checkups since we were released from the hospital at eight days old and he’s acing every exam. And they’ll keep checking on him. The hemorrhage has quite severely damaged his brain and we were told from the beginning that he will most likely experience some developmental and/or behavioral challenges. He may have disabilities.

My heart breaks for him all the time, but I’m also so happy. I’m forever grateful for him. For the doctors and nurses who literally saved us. For Steffen who is the best person I know, and for grand parents who helped us in ways they don’t even know and made an impossible thing possible to bear.

Yes, this is very sentimental for me. Perhaps it’s oversharing. But I like being transparent and so far it’s only been rewarding. I don’t feel anyone taking a distance or feeling awkward around us, only compassion.

I will likely be art journaling mostly about this for a while so bear with me. I hope you liked these simple pages.

xo Nina

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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


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


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.


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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