What's in a name

Janine tagged me with a meme. Here's how it works:

1. Players must list one fact, word, or tidbit that is somehow relevant to their life for each letter of their first or middle name.
2. When you are tagged you need to write your own post containing your first or middle name game facts, word, or tidbit.
3. At the end of your post choose one person for each letter of your name to tag.
4. Don't forget to leave a comment telling them that they have been tagged, and to read your blog.
5. If I've tagged YOU (see below), please join in on the fun!

A - is for artist. I love expressing myself in different ways, in different kind of art forms. Music/performing is my biggest one of course, but writing, photographing, painting, and my newest form scrapbooking is also very important to me. Take one of these things away from me, and I feel lost. I need to express myself in all these ways or I will fade away...

N - is for New Zealand, my new home. I've lived here for over 4 years now, and I love this country. No one can say I/we will live here forever, but if I/we do, I know I will be fine.

N - is for NO. A word I have to use a lot at the moment, to teach my daughter what she can and can't do or touch. I don't like saying no all the time, but that's just the way it is at the moment. I try to be nice about it, but she is really testing my patience. I would like this phase of hers to end now... (I know, I'm dreaming.)

E - is for emotional. I am very much so... Ask my husband... :) I cherish all of my feelings; happy, sad, angry, surprised, love, disgust, pain, I can go on but you get the picture. I just like to live life to the full!

L - is for lucky. I feel very lucky to be where I am in life today. There have been many mountains to climb, many punches to rise up from, and I am still standing. I am a wife, I am a mother, but most of all - I am alive. This is something I am thankful for every day.

I - is for internet. I soooo need to sit down by the computer every day. I need to keep in contact with my friends and family all over the world, I need to find inspiration for all that stuff mentioned under "A", I need to know what's going on in the world! If I can't for some reason, I get restless and grumpy...

E - is for exercise. I am trying sooooooo hard to loose weight. I go to the gym at least three times a week, and that's it's a big thing for me to do. I am so disappointed though, because after three months, there is still no visible change. I will continue though, exercise is good for me. I know it is...

So - since my name has SEVEN letters, I now have to tag SEVEN people. Gosh... So, I tag:

(non scrapping blog)

Ladies, hope you feel like doing this. If not - that's OK!


Alright, now for my challenge #7 layout. I really loved doing this one. The challenge went like this:

Quote Me - Words form a huge part of our everyday lives so in this challenge we want you to create a layout that tells a story about a particular word that you use all the time, perhaps there is a quote or saying that you associate with someone you know, or maybe there is a quote that you try and incorporate into your life - page size is your choice, and just to make things a little more challenging - you must have your chosen word or quote as the title of your page!!!!

I actually did this one in Swedish! For you who don't know Swedish; in Sweden we have a saying: "kärt barn har många namn". :) This translates something like this; "a loved/cherished child has a lot of (nick) names". So on my layout I have presented all the nick names our girl Tova hears every day from her mum and dad!

("Tova" has by the way no exact meaning, but is from the viking time, so it's veeeeery old!:))

This is the last challenge in the competition. I'm gonna miss it! It was a lot of fun and very challenging to scrap outisde the box!

Challenge 7

And then another LO for Tova's album, I'm almost at her ONE year party!!! :) This is a mix of Swedish and Kiwi-lingo - min cuz å ja' ! (My cousin and me)

Min cuz a jag

'til next time! Thanks for stopping by!

Challenge #6

The gallery for this weeks challenge is up, so I can now show you my LO. That's about all I can manage today, I'm exhausted from two sleepless nights. My little tantrum darling who is now ONE YEAR AND ONE DAY OLD has got the flu, and doesn't feel like sleeping at night. Fair enough, with blocked nose and everything...

So, the challenge was this:

This weeks challenge is all about 'your technique'!!! Everyone has a favourite, mine is to use stamps on my creations - what yours???
It could be paper tearing, dry embossing, sanding, painting, using inks, there are so many!!!! So this weeks challenge is to create a single layout in any size of your choosing and use a technique - it has be to be clearly visible what the technique is and the DT are looking for originality, the use of the technique and how it fits the overall look of your page!!!

I found this VERY hard, as I feel like I have no technique at all. I just... do stuff! Anyhow, I remembered something I've seen on a blog a long time ago, about making a 3D effect on the photo, so I decided to try that. I printed the photo twice, and cut out a circle around the face, put it on 3D-cushions, and put a chipboard frame around it to enhance even more. I really like how the LO came together. All of the material is Scenic Route, and is from this months beautiful
Paper Pesto kit.

Challenge 6

Challenge 6 detail

The girl in the photo is my beautiful niece Jonna, and the journalling is about how it's a shame that Tova and her cousin live so far apart.

Now back to the snotty monster... Thanks for looking!!!

Just because

I've been scrapping! Not just for this weeks challenge (I can show you that LO on Thursday), but just because!!! I was very inspired, and had these great ideas, but somehow it didn't come out the way I thought... Anyway, I had fun doing it!

The first LO is about Tova playing so hard, almost falling asleep in the play pen. So cute...

Helt fardig

On the next one, I was inspired by
Janine, and I have used a few of Peterlina's beautiful clearstamps. The journalling is about how Tova loves to play "peek-a-boo", but sometimes I surprise her by saying "mum's darling" (mammas älskling). When I do, she laughs so hard she loses her breath!

Mammas alskling

Sorry 'bout the bad photo quality, don't know what happened there...

I have some cards to show you as well, but have lost my inspiration there somehow. It'll come back I guess!

Thanks for looking, and thanks for leaving a comment when you stop by!

Challenge #5

First I want to thank you all for your nice comments!!!! I am over the DT thing now - told ya!!!


The fact that I got the GORGEOUS monthly package from
Paper Pesto i the mail box seem to have helped me find my mojo as well. I've got several ideas in my little blond Swedish brain at the moment! Let's just hope the tantrum throwing terror goes to bed early, so I can start my creating...


The gallery for Challenge 5 is up on SE, so I can show you my LO. I am really happy with this one. I rarely do doubles, so that was fun. The challenge was this:

We want you to create a DOUBLE layout - size page is up to you but wait - there's more- after the dramas of yesterday with the site the theme of the layout is 'Challenges'!!! These could be everyday challenges you deal with, or perhaps a fear that you challenged head on - perhaps there was a time in your life when you faced a huge challenge which changed who you are - or maybe you are like me and some days are short on time to get things done!!!!

Challenge 5

Journalling reads:

"For over 4 years now, I've been living my life without my closest friends and family. It's a big challenge! Especially when you have a child. I miss them all so much... "


The three "winners" from my Pay it Forward draw was Lilo, Mrs Frizz & Morfen! I need you addresses now, so that I can send you something!


I've also recieved this little "award" from Lilo. THANK YOU!!!!


This means  - first in Swedish:

att jag ska skicka ett kort till någon inom 7 dagar och även att jag ska utse ytterligare 5 personer.

in English:

I am supposed to send a card to someone within the next 7 days, and "award" another 5 people who then shall do the same!


I know who I am sending the card to, but not telling - yet... I am challenging these 5 people:

Hannah - such an amazing scrapper. I'm sure she's awesome at making cards too!
Helena - an amazing cardmaker who also lives next door to my sister in Sweden!!!
Megan - she doesn't know it, but she's a big source of inspiration for my creations!
Peterlina - an awesome artist, nothing more needs to be said!
Fanny - another extraordinary talented lady!

So go on - make a card!!!


I haven't got much to show you today, four cards only. My mojo is TOTALLY gone. Got turned down for the DT I applied for. Very expected, but still. Always hoping... I don't know if I'm weird, but I see scrapbooking as an art, and even though I do this for mine and my family's benefit, I still want people to like what I do, and when they don't I just get a little bit down. I know I'll get over it, but have to sulk another few days...

Have finished my LO for this weeks challenge over at SE though, actually liking this one! I can show it on Friday. 'til then!