Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Winter Sailing and Frozen Days - no challenges! just for my own pleasure

After a smorgasbord of sunshine and rain during Midsummer, the summer is officially inaugurated. Today saw almost mirages in the asphalt jungle of Stockholm, the mercury hovered at +35C (95F) at 4 p.m. when I got home - that's as hot as it gets here!

This week's palette over at TCR is absolutely lovely dovely, who doesn't adore Bright Red, Baby Blue, Lolly Pink and Buttercup Yellow?

I find it fascinating to see how different all pages look depending on what colour has been used as main. So many of the pages uploaded have used Crate Emma's Shop and Girls Paperie papers, I spent over a day pulling out papers and embellies without getting anywhere, so I just gave it a rest.

CCG are having a DT call, so no uploads in the gallery, only applications submitted. I wish all applicants really really good luck!

With a day to scrap at hand I simply dived in and played for my own pleasure. After a period of creating multi-layered romantic and shabby layouts, I really felt like doing something less elaborate but very Scandinavian. As I had the whole stack of papers from the brand new line from Swedish designer Maja almost untouched, the choice was rather easy peasy.

I used photos that were taken last winter together with the very summery maritime papers to remind me of how incredibly we long for summer when the snow piles up and lakes freeze over.

Here's the first one that I've called Winter Sailing. It's taken by my friend K and shows the marina with the jetties and red buoys that pop in the blue-white landscape.

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I had some anchor and star shaped charms in my stash that I used together with the rope- like white thick silk twine.

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Some pearls that I stuck in crackle paint and heated to get out the cracks, mimicing ice.

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A plexi star and papers with summery motives; sailing boats and red floats so typically used for leisurely summer angling.

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Here you can see the crackle paint again.

And the second page I called Frozen Days. It was the fluffy reed in the photo that made me go for the orange in the papers. Orange is by the way the colour most Swedish life wests have.

The photo is of people skiing and skating in the Stockholm archipelago. On a sunny, wind-still day it's really a wonderful experience, though I prefer to sit on shore having my coffee and sandwiches. Simply enjoying a glorious, peaceful moment in life doing absolutely nothing.

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The fluffy brownish/orangeish/creamish ribbon is just so touch-me-please yummie IRL. I had to rescue the reel from the cats several times while working on the layout. They loved it too!! Thank you sweet colourful Rebekah Krueger for the gift!

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Here you can see it close-up. White acrylic paint, both dry brushed and splatter à la Lindy. My DH said it looked like the stuff seagulls leave behind ... have to admit he's not entirely wrong ;)

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I used a Crafter's Workshop mask and misted with TA Gold + Lemongrass + Suede for the flowers that I also cut out. Some Stickles Cinnamon, white acrylic paint, iridiscent and white embossing powder on a cut-off Prima jewel branch that I zapped with my heat gun. Hoped to get a feel of snow and ice on a dry twig but it doesn't come across that well in the photo.

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Killed two seasons with one stone; winter and summer! Hope you enjoyed having a peek at what winter looks like over here. Really loved having you for a visit, thank you! Please do come again if you are in the neighbourhood.

xoxoxo Eila


  1. Hi Eila :) Firstly it has just dawned on me how amazing your English is considering that I presume it is not your fist language. Kudos to you for that! Secondly you are such a very interesting person that my heart skips a beat when I see that you have updated, because I know that there is going to be something fascinating for me to find here. Our lifestyles couldn't be more poles apart - physically & literally... yet we share the same timezone - I find that quite amazing. I don't read books because I read blogs instead & yours always transports me to a magical land. I have never been in snow - only seen it in the far distance in Switzerland when I was a child on holiday. Anyway, enough of that...onto these 2 great layouts! Don't worry about not getting to every challenge - I'm getting over that myself, we're human beings not scrapbooking machines. I agree TCR one is yummy this week but no time for me. Am going away soon so if you don't hear from me for a week you know why...I love all your arty effects on both of these layouts & how you pour your whole being into your creations! Amazing details & a great recording of Scandinavian life!

  2. Eila.. it is fabulous... what a gorgeous work....

  3. Hi Eila!!! good to see you update your blog as Helen says it's just amazing as we all are some many miles apart but one thing brings us together...i love you photos they are stunning and both the layouts are awesome especially the first love all the techniques you put on your pages ... when i first saw the TCR palette the colours are just screaming shabby and i'm not sure i will get it done either being the end of the month is always a busy time ...i saw the CCG is asking for some DT's i too wish everyone good luck ...
    have a good week Miss M
    lindy xo

  4. Gorgeous layouts, I absolutely love the design and colors of the winter sailing one!

  5. Both your layouts are so beautiful and your details are amazing! I love your nautical themed papers and embellishments...and I especially love the white rope and anchor charm. I also love the way you have placed your pearls in the torn paper opening. Both photos are so beautiful...and that "touchable" ribbon so effectively contributes to the theme of your layout.

  6. Først, lykke til med søknaden hos CCG! Oppdaget det nettopp jeg, etter å ha lest bloggen din så det ble litt sent for meg :D
    Så herlige LOer du har laget og jeg må si det ble spesielt - men flott med bruk av de sommerlige arkene fra Maja til disse vinterbildene. Utrolig lekkert med cracle på perlene forresten. Du er så kreativ og jeg er så glad for at jeg "fant" din blogg (eller det var vel du som fant meg :D )

    Ha en flott sommerkveld :)

  7. Hi, gorgeous layouts as always, I hope you submitted for the Design Team over at CCG as your work is always inspiring. Thought hubbies comment was hilarious and did laugh out loud! Snow, how can you even think of it after the Winter we all have had in Europe this year, get out in the sun with a Bacardi Mojito before you know it we will be snowed in again. I bet you are looking forward to finishing work in 2 days, although I have finished my course work still 3 more weeks of school before we break up for a long six weeks hols here and I for one cannot wait, so had enough! Well my friend enough of my ramblings and I will send you a looong email very soon, take care x

  8. Oh wow Eila, I have never been surrounded by snow, your pics are just amazing. I love, love, love the rope with the knots and the effect on the pearls peeking through! awesome work on both of them,
    Warm hugs as always

  9. OMG the photos are amazing so would love to see snow so thank you for sharing these. The layouts have turned out beautifully and I love all the texture you have created on them with the different fibres. Awesome work and thanks for sharing.

  10. Beautiful photos on both layouts! Such a fresh breeze the white with different shades of blue. I find it refreshing when someone scraps winter photos in summer or vice versa:)
    The texture in both is awesome and love the rope and the pearls with crackle paint in the first one.
    In the second one the painting (also the seagull "droppings":)) is fab. And I like how you used the fibers.


  11. Oh, my lovely friend, Beautiful pages and awesome photos. Love all the techniques that you applied
    love the rope touch. your photo description carry me to that lovely place, I can imagine myself sitting beside you drinking coffee and talking with you, lol! I've never been surrounded by snow, here is always summer all year and is very hot!!! Beautiful work, Dear!!! a Big hug!!!! Mwuak :D

  12. love the layouts! that ribbon/fiber is pretty yummy on this page! love seeing what you come up with

  13. WAUWWWWW cool pages you made love the pictures you can look hours at the pages and still find some tiny new detail!