Monday, 6 June 2011

Feature at Once Upon A Sketch + new layout for OUAS + CCG 195 Paradise

Monday, 6 June is a bank holiday in Sweden so we are having an additional day off from work and an extended weekend. I say yay becuase it means I've had extra time for scrapping!

First I have to make a happy dance and share that my CCG 193 Mischievous

caught the eye of the DT over at Once Upon A Sketch and got an honourable mention and a blinkie to prove it. :)) Winner of the 15 May challenge was Vibeke Harila's gorgeously shabby layout

and Marianne Johansson's wonderful page was second runner up. Both girls are from Norway. Heja Norge!!

Now to the 1 June challenge that you can find HERE

Our JOURNALLING CRITERIA this time is to journal about a female. It can be ANYONE...your self, your best friend, your daughter,grandma, mum, sister, cat. ...As long as you write at least 2 sentences about the female in the photo (you can always create a CARD or ALTERED item based on this sketch and use a quote instead). Your journalling can be any type, i.e. typed, printed etc.

To help you with this I designed a feminine looking sketch for you.

I chose my mother in law as I think she is an amazing woman. My MIL had a twin sister who was the apple of her mother's eye. When my MIL was very very young, she was sent away from home into service at a mansion, never to return till she was an adult. Having a child of her own brought happiness and harmony back into her life.

And here's my page. All papers are K&Company Julianna, I love the old-world feel to them:

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I have fussy cut the yellow flowers, machine stitched the papers and used loooots of pop dots. A Prima bloom, a couple of Artisan Elements, a snipped off Prima jewel branch and some pearls.

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It was a vibrant summer palette nbr 195 that was released over at CCG on Friday, 3 June.

Hello everyone and welcome to a new challenge week! We are kicking off the month of June with great bold and bright colors! This week's Designer Challenge: Focus on Trends - Hot Air Balloons! Create a project - layout or card, using this latest product trend. If you do not have a hot air balloon in your stash, you can always use a stamp, download a digital image, or even make your own! The Designers made a fabulous job this week, I hope you are inspired!

I had already a photo in mind for my layout, unfortunately balloons don't fit in. My theme is still very typcial for Swedish summer and the holiday theme, as everything is geared towards water if you live in Stockholm. Scandinavian summer colours tend to be less "Miami" and more "Cannes".

We humans so often miss that which is staring at us right on our door step. DH and my summer paradise is here; with the soft rustling of the wind in the birches, the gentle lapping of our lakes and the Baltic, the soft greens of Mother Nature and the sweet scents of summer. The oh so bright night when it never gets dark and people live to the fullest to savour as much as possible before the dark autumn comes, all too soon.

So without further ado, here's my LO that I've called "Paradise".

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All papers are from Swedish designer Maja's line just hot-off-the-press called "Life by the Sea" and "Life in the Country". The papers have absolutely delish names, I've used; Island and Skerries + Nautic + Boat at the Bridge + Flower Meadow and Strawberries and Cream.

The letter sticker and the little stamp ditto with the scooter, are from K&Company.

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The tiny doilies under the BG buttons and the bright blue one on the right, are from Chip Chop Shop run by absolutely wildy talented Leeann Pearce.

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I've stitched red&white bakers twine around the border, unfortunately the cute little tassels that I left in the bottom corners don't show as I had to crop the photo. The red sticker alphas are BG.

I touched up here and there with white acrylic paint on my finger and voilà, there's Swedish summer for your!

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Thank you lovelies for staying with me this far and for wanting to have a peek at my pages! I treasure any comments you may want to leave, they mean the world to me.

Tomorrow is Tuesday and another working week begins! See you! till then - hej då och på återseende!

xoxoxox Eila


  1. MIL layout is stunning, she must love it, what a sad childhood made me think how lucky we are! Gorgeous CCG layout this week, how did you manage to fit that in, I think I need some advice on time management, finish all my course work this Friday can not wait to just do nothing but scrapping!!!! Speak to you soon x

  2. Lovely pages you made again and so many...congrats with your honourble cool!
    Lovely page of your mom great fussy work to.Cool page of your hubby great papers and details...much be for sale over here,,,lol,,

  3. Congrats on the honorable mention! Well deserved. Lovely layout about your MIL and the one about your hubby and Swedish summers, well, the Finnish summers are very much like that too. I love them... when it's not raining the whole time!


  4. Wow! what an amazing layout your paradise and such perfect colours ...they are very bright lol!!!
    Oh big congrats on the honourable mention for ouas it's well deserved and the page OMG the gorgeous layers which you do to perfection...

    When i saw your feature i was doing a happy dance as well derar friend ...hugs xo

  5. Firstly, Congrads on being selected over at "Once Upon A Sketch"...your LO is totally gorgeous with such lovely details, so I'm thrilled for you! The layout of your MIL is absolutely the fussy cut flowers, all the beautiful layers of papers, the stitching and the wonderful dimension. Your MIL's childhood sounds like it was an incredibly sad one. :( Super LO for CCG the nautical look of the page and all the lovely details..great pic of your DH looking really relaxed and happy. Have a wonderful week... :)

  6. Sounds like your MIL is a pretty amazing woman! Your page is just gorgeous and shows off that beautiful photo to perfection!

  7. like this pages... It is very diffficult to find K ans C° papers in France...Adore this papers!!!

  8. Eila, such beautiful layouts I love the colours and details of the first layout plus the journalling brought a tear to my eye what an amazing story...thanks so much for playing with us at Once Upon A ...Sketch!
    and as for the masculine layout love the colours!!!!!

  9. wow! those are some sweet layouts! love that large blue prima flower - looks like a gardenia! love the color challenge too! great colors and of course i love what you did with it!

  10. Such wonderful layouts Eila....That teal blue flower is gorgeous....Love the cluster's of pink flowers too! All are BEAUTIFUL....and a big congrat's on The Color Room!

  11. Congrats on the HM! well deserved!
    Lovely LO for this sketch...wish you luck!

  12. Dear Eila.

    I LOVE what you have done here, I am so glad you got a day off to scrap! THATS so wonderful isnt it? I really am loving your soft colours and clean lines with clusters that look superb. You add so much to our challenges at OUAS and LOVE to see you there dear girl.

    Hope work wasnt too hard on you today LOL! Take good care! Thanks for playing along again at Once Upon A..Sketch.

  13. Äntligen ville Blogger låta mig komma in på din blogg. Tackom och låvom för det ....Hur har du hunnit med allt detta kvinna,och dessutom vara på semester?
    Ett jättegrattis till Feature på OUAS, mycket välförtjänt och i DET sällskapet. Underbara "vintage BG som jag ochså har hoardat aldeles för lä!
    Your page about your MIL is a priceless gem. I am sorry to hear that she had such tough and ufair beginnings. You are the uncrowned fussy cutting queen, love all the lush detailing and that little white pearl daintily squatted on the one leaf. Awsome.
    I remember well the delights of Stockholm in summertime. I can just feel the warm breeze as I watch B sitting there enjoying life. I love what you did with those strips. So you mean they are from different pp's, or what... I will go and check in a little while.
    Hopefully Blogger will let me go to your previous post now or I say as Arnold Schwarzenegger " I will be back..."

  14. Oh dear I wrote such a long comment & lost it all when trying to get a closer look at one of your layouts - it logged into Flickr & when I came back my comment was gone! Love both of these layouts so much - thank you for treating us to such a lovely long post full of visual delight! I laughed out loud at your comment on my blog & can assure you that the kitchen is not my area of expertise & I do my best to leave it well alone :) Hubby is a wonderful cook & relieves me of my duties at least 50% of the time although I am always the lunch maker & the dish washer! Congrats on your feature - well-deserved of course, and I am loving both these masterpieces. The one of your mum-in-law is very touching & beautifully layered up around the photograph & the second one is a Scandinavian delight - so fresh & sophisticated. Great job! I do hope you are having a wonderful week!! So excited to see you participating at Once Upon a Sketch - yay to that & thank you!

  15. Først av alt må jeg takke for de utrolig koselige kommentarene du har lagt igjen i bloggen min. Skulle vært innom deg for lenge siden men det har vært litt hektisk her.
    Fantastisk nydelig layout av din svigermor. Nydelig bilde og så lekkert med det du har klippet ut.
    Og herlig layout under der også - de arkene fra Maja Design er bare knallstilige. Det var nesten så jeg fikk litt norsk følelse av den LOen - rødt , hvitt og blått :D

    Håper du har en flott uke!

  16. Eila, first of all BIG CONGRATS on the feature at OUAS!!!!! Your layout is totally inspiring and so, so beautiful! It`s great to have you there participating and showing your talent!
    Secondly, about your take on June 1st sketch....WOW...I just love it! Gorgeousness is the first word that comes to my mind.....Great journaling and pretty details!
    Thank you for playing along! ~Gerry~
    p.s. I still have to answer you a few questions and I feel guilty I didn`t do it so far. I`ll do my best to send you a personal e-mail asap! Hugs

  17. Oh Eila one word GORGEOUS, that LO about you MIL is just a dream, all those details lovingly cut, precious. And your vibrant sumission for CCG, awesome! And of course your feature of your awesome LO!

  18. Your LOs are so beautiful!

  19. Big congrat to you...well deserved my friend! BEAUTIFUL lo's!
    Thank you for the love that you left Jess...she was thrilled with your sweet words!
    Hugs, Sandi

  20. Just beautiful work!!!!I love your use of color and your style is gorgeous! Wonderful work!

  21. Eila, I want to thank you for your help. I contacted Bea and accepted my order ... I'm super happy. I'll finally have these papers so beautiful ... Thank you again.