12 in 14 | Minimalistic

12 in 14 Challenge for September. Minimalistic scrapbooking layout #12in14challenge

Hey paper nerds, happy 1st of September!

This month we’ll be creating in one of my favorite styles: Minimalistic.

Being a graphic designer I’m very conscious of the whole less is more approach when putting a design together. That said, I’ve trained myself to play more freely when scrapping and very consciously not stripping my layouts down to the bare minimum. Scrapbooking has become my crazy, messy outlet. So yes, going minimalistic will be a challenge for me. :) But a fun one!

Here’s a video of my process this month, including tips on how I set myself up to keep things minimalistic. Enjoy!

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Let’s look at the layout!

12 in 14 Challenge for September. Minimalistic scrapbooking layout #12in14challenge

12 in 14 Challenge for September. Minimalistic scrapbooking layout #12in14challenge

I loved using one of the Best Thing cards to add a layer and a soft sentiment as well. For a minimalistic layout it’s important that every element adds to the overall message.

And dang, I missed stitching. It’s the perfect finishing touch!

Inspiration from my team

My good friend Katharina offers a fun take on a minimalistic layout on her blog as well. Go check it out!

Magdalena also created a wonderfully simple layout you have to see! She’s the queen of clean, unfuzzy scrapbooking. <3


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Wall art by Nina Christensen on Stromsvigt.etsy.com These are the three art prints you can win in September. Get minimalistic, baby!

And the August winner is…

Karina Beck! Big, huge congrats, Karina. It’s well deserved. I’ll be in touch regarding the prize. :)

Everyone, go see her lovely tags layout on her blog. That mix of patterns is the bomb!

I’m so pleased with all the lovely contributions to the August challenge. Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you had lots of fun.

Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck in September!
xo Nina

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Get Messy Art Journal | Count on me.

Get Messy Week 35 Art Journal Challenge

Hey gang.

This week’s Get Messy Art Journal spread is kind of a note to self.

Yesterday I had a really great talk with my midwife about my birth anxieties and I realized I’ve been way too focused on myself and this challenge ahead of me. When really I should’ve let Steffen be there for me. And participate.

I’ve been on this whole mission to conquer my fears alone when I should have let him stand by me. It’s scary for him too, and I didn’t even consider that.

Get Messy Week 35 Art Journal Challenge

It’s hard to count on somebody, though. I’ve experienced my share of broken relationships (and caused them too – I’m no saint). After a while it’s just easier to assume that you’re on your own for all the really tough stuff. You know?

Yesterday was such a breakthrough for me. Midwives are saints. Period.

I’m gonna practice trust. I owe it to everyone, really.

And because I’m in a sappy mood, here’s one of my favorite love songs. It makes me think of Steffen. <3

And for something completely different: If you’re into alpha stickers you probably know all about the amazing ones that Basic Grey makes. They’re just so classic and they stick really well. There’s nothing frilly or magic about them – they’re just awesome. I used these beautiful black ones and these colored ones from their Grand Bazaar collection in my art journaling spread this week.

Basic Grey Alpha Stickers

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.

xo Nina

This project is part of the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge created by Caylee Grey. You can join too! #getmessyartjournal

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30 Days of Lists| Sep ’14 Blog Hop + Mini Album preview


Hey paper nerds and fellow listers!

It’s almost September and almost time for a new round of 30 Days of Lists. I’m very excited ’cause it’s been a while since I did this challenge and it’s so much fun!

In the photo above I’m just sharing a little list I made from the #30lists March 2011 prompts. If you haven’t tried this list challenge before and is curious about the prompts you should definitely check the prompts from March 2011 out. They’ll give you a good idea of the variety of fun and interesting lists we’ll be making in September.

I’ve prepared for the September 30 Days of Lists challenge by making a simple little 3×4 album (see below). It’s so unfuzzy and easy! I know from past challenges that if I make my album too involved and too artsy I’ll have a much harder time completing it. So I’ve completely abandoned the notion that every list should be different in style and be an artwork in itself. For me it’s the prompts and my answers that are in focus.

I’m doing all my lists on these pretty paint chip style 3×4 cards that I’ve printed on my favorite white American Crafts cardstock. It’s textured, as you can tell, and not every pen is equally suited for writing on textured paper. I’ll be using the Zebra Fine brush pen (pictured in the first photo) for the prompts/titles and my trusty old Pigma Micron fine liner in 01 black. My experience is that writing super fast will look bad on textured paper and make the pen skip a bit, so keep that in mind if you’re going that route as well.

I could’ve totally just printed the cards on smooth paper but I ran out of Neenah Solar White cardstock… boo. And I’m so spoiled now that it’s the only kind of smooth paper I’ll print my digital designs on. #firstworldproblems You don’t want my troubles, man.


Doesn’t the textured prints look cute, though? I wanna eat ‘em.

(Is that weird?)


Be sure to check out the rest of the blog hop.

I hope to see you listing in September as well! I’ll be sharing my lists on YouTube and on the blog weekly. :)

Mad love!

xo Nina

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Currently | Week 34


Hey paper nerds.

This is a bit of a ‘blog and run’. I don’t have a lot to share about this week.

My sleep has been all messed up (sure, be wake up and wide awake at 2 AM, why dontcha?) so I’ve spent half the week napping and being a zombie. And other than it’s been pretty much business as usual –which I love. :)

I hope you’ve had a lovely week, friends!

xo Nina

Note: Currently Lists are my favourite way to document some of the most important things (big and small) from my everyday life. The precious details that we so easily forget. The Currently Lists Challenge is created by Kristin Tweedale of Rukristin.com. Check out Currently Lists on Instagram and the Currently Lists Facebook group. And join in with the free downloadable Original Currently Journaling Card. #currentlylist

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Honey I have something to tell you


Hey paper nerds. Or in this instance, hey honeys. :)

I have some special news to share with you – you may have guessed it already. I’m expecting a baby in February 2015!

And here’s my almost-16-week bump.
It still mostly looks like just blubber (especially when I sit down) but it’s here and I love it!


So far I’ve had very little nausea that seems to have disappeared already after lasting just a month. This is going even smoother than when I carried Ada. Fingers crossed I didn’t just jinx it.

The only real difficulty I’ve had is getting used to the thought of giving birth again. As I’ve mentioned before on the blog I ended up having an emergency c-section with Ada (See question no. 24. Don’t worry – nothing gross, just text.). It’s not even the c-section part that’s be traumatic. It’s mostly the ‘emergency‘ part, if you know what I mean. I had all kinds of ideas of how birth would be and – not to toot my own horn or anything – I think I handled the whole thing pretty gracefully. Even when the shit hit the fan.

But I still have trouble believing that one can actually push a baby out from inside their body. I tried. I did everything I was supposed to. And it didn’t happen.

I’m gonna talk to a doctor at the pregnancy clinic (not my regular doc) and to a mid-wife about these fears of mine. Talking about it helps a lot, I feel. I want to get all my questions answered about having a natural birth after a c-section. I’m especially intent on having less drugs and interference this time around. Last time I got the whole shebang and I pretty much felt like I was watching half the birth and not partaking like I should’ve.

So yeah. That was probably TMI for some but I could talk about childbirth for hours. I really want to hear your thoughts on this too. What’s your experience with childbirth? And if you have some comforting words, don’t hold back! :)

(And don’t worry, I’m super happy about being pregnant! That expression in the top photo is just my ‘bitchy resting face’. I can’t believe I used that term in this announcement blog post. Heh, moving on.)

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an amazing day! <3

xo Nina

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