friends & coffee | retirement sale

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while. And if you care about scrapbooking. My guess is that you’ve noticed that I’ve been on a couple of Creative Teams. The one I’ve been on the longest is the team working with Sweet Tomato Designs product, and I’ve loved my stay there. Sadly Cara, the designer, have decided to step down from designing. I’m really going to miss her and her bold colors! Luckily she doesn’t retire as an online friend :)

Here is a page done with her latest kit Fallish:

Friends & Coffee
(Click image for credits and journaling)

Right now she has a huge sale at her store, but there is only one day left(!)

Here are a few of my favorite kits:

Please run over to her store and give her a good goodbye sale! Thanks.

My Favorite Spot | Digital Scrapbooking

Summer Favorite | Hipstamatic

I just knew, that all the thinking and photographing of Favorites back in August, would be food for my scrapbook pages for months to come; in fact I made this one below after only three days of capturing – and I can feel a few more coming along as the fall sets into a new winter.

This first part of September have been rather busy as it always is when everything starts back up again. Lots of good conversations and plans in the making at work, though and lots of photos to share and memories to capture on digital (and traditional) scrapbook pages as the light day time gets shorter and the dark evenings gets longer here in the north. I’m so glad for belonging to a couple great Creative Teams and I get plenty of inspiration for my scrapbook pages from my fellow team members. Love that.

a favorite place to sit
credits: papers and elements from All About Me collab by Scrap Orchard Designers as part of The Digi Files for September 2011, font: Gimme Space

I have a favorite place to sit down. It’s the front step on the farm house back home. It brings back so many good memories from both my childhood and adult life. It makes me feel calmer and more at peace.

I’ve been sitting here talking with friends or members of our family more times than I can count. I’ve been sitting here in the morning with my coffee and a book, happy for a little time on my own.  I’ve been sitting here in the summer as the sun sets behind the mountain, enjoying the last few rays of sunshine. I’ve been sitting here gazing down over our fields, just letting the thoughts wander.

Today I barely had time to sit down and make MT take a photo of me before it got too dark. But I’ll be back one of these days preferably with a cup of coffee in my hand or a book to read. Trying to grab what’s left of the summer feeling.   [August 2011]

This time I used products from this month’s Digi Files, from The Daily Digi. I’ve been a follower of the site since it launched and love all the great information found there as well as the new products available each month. I’m now on the creative team for the site, and love it there!

If you want to get to know the owner, Steph, a little bit better you can listen to an interview she did with Tim Conley of the Foolish Adventure, or you can listen to the digi podcast she produces, The Digi Show. I love that show and can’t wait for new shows starting next week :D Feels like I’m talking to some good old friends about the passion we all share for scrapbooking. Off course, they can’t hear me talking to them, but still, I share plenty of laughs with them non the less.

So, where do you go for inspiration to feed your passion?!

If you aren’t already a subscriber to the digi files, check out the options here (click image):

Layouts to Share | The Daily Digi

It’s the last day of the month and I wanted to give a plug for The Digi Files from The Daily Digi. And to show off the layouts I made for July (off course). I’ll squish it in here in between all the Week In The Life stuff going on right now :D

MT were beyond thrilled about his new bike.


The Big Boy Bike
credits: template, papers and elements from A Day At The Beach by Lilypad designers as part of The Digi Files for July 2011 | font: Typewriter Scribbled and 28 Days Later

When I got there you met me with the usual: ‘What are you doing here so early?!’ I saw a little anger in your eyes, you really don’t want me to pick you up until the closing time. But this time I had to: ‘We’re going to buy you a bike’, I answered. Instantly you started smiling, from ear to ear and you started jumping around hugging you friends while shouting out: ‘I’m going to get a bike!’. And then we went out to the car and you were still bubbly happy. ‘I’m getting a new bike’. You’ve been waiting for this since your birthday in April, I think you might have worried that this day might never come. But today it did. Enjoy your new big boy bike my son :)

bought: Thursday June 9th 2011
put together: Friday June 10th 2011


first swim of the season (2011)
Credits: alpha, papers and elements from Summer Memories by Studio Rosey Posey as part of The Digi Files for July 2011 | font: Typewriter Scribbled, Scriptina and Herculanum

A good friend visiting. A little barbecue planned, by the lake. A beautiful, although slightly windy day. Some time to spend together. No reason not to dip your toes into the water. The two of you dipped your whole bodies, I might add, I stuck to the dipping my toes thing. It was a bit cold, but not too bad (again according to you brave guys, my toes felt a bit chilly…). This was an afternoon well spent! Hoping to do it again soon :D
(June 3rd 2011, Sandvatn lake, Telemark)


Summer Lists
credits: papers, alpha and elements from by Sahlin Studio as part of The Digi Files for July 2011

* go fishing, biking or bathing with MT
* read one good book (at least)
* take lots of photos
* have breakfast in the sunshine
* go visit or get visited by family and friends
* light candles outside on a warm summer night
* barbecue in the back yard
* do ‘week in the life’ with Ali Edwards
* enjoy long light evenings
* scrapbooking

* go fishing
* go bathing
* go biking
* visit Grandma and Grandpa
* be outside
* pick flowers
* play badminton
* eat ice cream
* celebrate a birthday
* buy a baseball bat

A lot of great digital products this month as usual. Remember this is the last day to purchase the July edition of The Digi Files. Tomorrow is a new Game on.

Layouts To Share | The Daily Digi

I wanted to put in a little plug for The Daily Digi since it’s the last day to purchase The [June] Digi Files. If you want to learn more you can check out The Digi Game for options for subscriptions and more; so you’ll never miss another set of files.

This month I’ve been a bad blogger and haven’t been sharing any of the layouts – but here we go:

A Wee Bit Of Wishful Thinking

Journal: I remember the day we went to the store to buy a new bike for you. Your 2nd bike. You were happy happy happy. I remember trying to get you to chose a big boy bike, but you refused. ‘It’s too big mama, I’m going to get hurt falling off’. So I gave in and we bought the bike you wanted. It took only a month before I started regretting not pushing you; when visiting our friends you rode a grown up bike with ease. And it took only a year before you started complaining that it was too small. (Sigh.)

Today I saw your big smile; borrowing your friend’s bike. I know, I know. Digging deep in my pocket as we speak. Ready for bike #3?!

speak bubble says:
‘Mama! I really want a new bike. You know how I’ve grown so much this year. I’m getting too big for this old little one now. And I want one with gears. 21 gears would be good. Can I? Pretty Please!’


Journal: Sometimes you just love making funny and silly faces, there is no point in denying that. I have plenty of evidence.
Love you goofball! Mamma

May Sundays

Journal: Notes from a rural pastor’s life | 2011 [What I see]

Spring equals Confirmant Services around here. Not that I haven’t been with the youths all year long. But in Early May (usually) the big service with family and friends are happening. And, wow, there are a lot off people gathering in church – and a lot of happiness as well. And nervousness too, to be honest. Mostly from the youths, but also from me.

It’s a bittersweet time for me. After following them throughout the year, this is a good bye of sorts. No more classes or gatherings. No more questions I have no answers for, silliness when they should be working or big smiles around the table because we shared a funny story.

I know there will be other youths coming along. Other smiles, questions and quest. But right now I’m just going to let it be all about them. I’m going to miss them, for sure. But I’m also happy to see them on this very special day. All dressed up, big smiles and with so much of their life before them.

We prayed for them in church. I told them to keep Jesus close at heart. To put their trust in Him. I also told them to never forget that they are more valuable than anything else, that they are like beautiful pearls. I hope they dare to believe that.

I’m keeping them in my prayers and thoughts. Wishing them all that is good including a relationship with God. A bittersweet day, but also such a happy day.

A  Heart For Fishing

Journal: As soon as the spring starts to turn into summer, as soon you start to ask the question: ‘Mama, can we go fishing today?’. You have yet to catch a fish, but you still love to walk down to the lake and spend a few hours preoccupied with the water, the bait and the floating platform. I don’t mind following you, as long as it’s not raining. One of these times, a beautiful Saturday evening, I snapped a few photos with my phone. I love how they captured the feel of the sunny evening, the peace and joy. I guess there will be many more fishing trips throughout the summer. Each of them a everyday happy moment.

So there you have it! Lots of layouts done with the June collection :) Thanks for looking – and reading!!

And, if you don’t already are a listener, please check out the digi show – a podcast all about digital scrapbooking. I love the conversation going on and can’t wait for another edition next week.

Layouts to share | CT

I have two new digital scrapbooking pages to share. I made them with Raspberry Limeade a new kit by Sweet Tomato Designs. It’s brand new today and you can read more about it on her blog – or jump right over to Funky Playground Designs where she has one of her stores.

ME + Spring | April
Stitched frame by Anna Aspnes

I always love the moment when the spring really takes over for the winter. When the snow is melted away and new sprouts are coming from the trees. That’s the time when I bring my cup of coffee with me outside. Licking some sun after the long and cold winter. And this spring, the spring of 2011, have been amazingly warm and sunny, so much that the birch already are green and beautiful a week before May even starts. I will enjoy this and keep spending some of my hours outside. The rain will come again , the chilly weather will be back. But right now the sun is here, the spring is in the making and everything thing wakes up to new life again. Even I can feel it.

Right now our spring is rather cold and cloudy. We could use some rain – to be honest, but I would like for it to come now and not at the weekend. Please?! After that I’m ready for warm spring weather again.

Spring has Sprung

I tend to spend a lot of my days indoors, due to a couple of things (mostly): First my working hours tend to be in my office or somewhere else inhouse. Secondly when I get back home, there are plenty of tasks to take care of, like laundry and dishes that needs washing, dinner in the making. But when spring finally comes around I run outside to soaking it all in.

Look for the Capture Your 365 blog hop tomorrow.

More digi goodness

I have a new layout to share with you. I made it almost a month ago, but today it’s the day for reveal of another contribution to The Digi Files @ The Daily Digi. I loved working with Sara‘s templates and had so much fun trying piecing together all the papers for this one. The papers are from designers from 9th & Bloom (also part of the files this month).

summer. flower. favorite
(click image for journaling + credits)

I love being on the team for The Daily Digi and feel so grateful for all the stories I get to tell by making layouts with the files each month (we work a month ahead, so right now I work on the May edition :) ). More good stuff to come!

Get Your Digi Game On

the Digi Game | subscribe to the digi files

I’ve been so eager to tell, and I finally can!  :)

Signs of Fall
Click image for credits

A few weeks ago I got asked to join the Creative Team at the Daily Digi. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was and how much I enjoy my first few days there at the team. As I type this I have still a hard time believing that it true. The Daily Digi is one of my favorite reads, when it comes to digital scrapbooking, I think I have read every single post since it got launched on January 1st 2009. To be a part of what’s going on there is just HUGE! Thank you Steph for taking a chance on me :D

The Daily Digi sells The Digi Files to support the site. The Digi Files are a great way to get a lot of digital scrapbooking supplies for a little price – and you might also discover new designs and designers without having to buy kits at full price. In each Digi File there are around 5-7 kits and 1-2 packs of templates. It’s a great deal and this month there is a subscription option as well; making it a lot easier to remember to get the files before the month is over (there is a new set of Digi Files each month). You can subscribe monthly or annually – read more about it in this post, or check the different options for subscription at the subscribe page.

Get Your Digi Game On

The scrapbook page ‘Signs of Fall’ (at the top of this post) is made with the first ever The Daily Digi Exclusive kit: ‘Story of Everyday Life’ – a kit jam packet with digital goodies, good for a variety of pages to scrap. I love the colors and the 365 themed templates included. The only way to get this is if you subscribe to The Digi Game. This is the first of several exclusive kits coming – each 4th month you are subscribing you’ll receive a new exclusive kit (depending on what kind of subscription you choose, though, so read more here).

Don’t forget that The Daily Digi posts new content each and every day – and it’s all free ;)

October is off to a good start | Look for a few more post from me soon. :D
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