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Blog Prompt: Today is Mutt’s Day. Do you prefer a mutt or a purebred animal? Why?
I wouldn't say I prefer a mutt or a purebred but when we got to the point where we started looking for a dog we both knew what was important was that we got a dog that was happy and healthy and since we had both seen quite a few purebred dogs with health issues we perhaps not knowingly looked for a mutt. Another thing that was important to us was that we wanted to give a dog that really needed a home a place to be. It breaks our hearts to see how some people buy dogs when then are cute puppies and then just give up on them once they've grown into size. A dog is a serious commitment. So we picked up our dog at a shelter or perhaps we should say that the owner picked out the dog for us. We went there with an appointment to meet another dog but once we had talked for a bit with the owner she recommended we met Fido. A cross between a Labrador and a Springer Spaniel. It was love at first sight and we took him home later that same day and have not regretted it a single time since. He is happy and healthy and everything we wanted and didn't know we needed in a dog.
Products: A Gypsy Tale 2 Page Kit by Nicole Young A Gypsy Tale Add On Pack by Nicole Young Gypsy Tale by Nicole Young Just Junky 2 Kit by Nicole Young

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Christmas Planner Draft

Webfrau from DSP has run a challenge this week as part of the Christmas in July celebrations to make a Christmas Planner and since I’m always behind around Christmas especially in the Christmas card department I jumped onboard hoping that I’ll be a bit more prepared this year. Well as it turned out I’m already behind and didn’t get to finish my planner before the week was over. Oh well – I guess December is still what 3 months away? So there’s still time to finish it.

I’ve used a regular A4 binder and divided it into six different categories: Calendar, Christmas cards (including an address index), Gifts, Economy, Recipes and Notes. The notes section is intended for a bit of daily journaling in December which will make the Christmas scrap album so much easier to do once December is over. I’m not completely satisfied with the look of the planner yet but I guess that’s just because I haven’t had time to tweak it as much as I usually do. I’ll be sure to remember to update here once I’ve got it done. Hopefully that’ll happen sometime before Christmas

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A digital must have: Plastic Pockets by Erica Belton

Every now and then I find new products in the digital world that I simply must have. Not because I know what I want to use them for right here and now but I know it’ll be something I’ll use over and over again.
Once I saw Erica Belton's new Plastic Pocket overlays I knew these were going into the category of must haves. Using them is probably the closest I’ll ever get to doing anything hybrid. They look incredible real and are so easy to work with.

She’s made nine different ones (and if you hurry you can get them on sale) and I got them all to make a mini album with photos from a recent trip to the Zoo. The album will practically make it self, be done in no time and look fantastic! I’m so excited about these and only wish that I had thought of them myself.

Get them all right here

I've used kits by Meryl Bartho for the Zoo layouts

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Dreams of Pasta Carbonara

Blog Prompt: Today is National Lasagna Day. Do you like Italian food? What is your favorite Italian dish?
When I was younger I lived just down the street from the best Italian restaurant I’ve ever been to. The atmosphere was always warm and inviting. The food was beyond delicious and the wines superb. Of course the company was always perfect as well. I went there with friends, first dates and various boyfriends over the years. I loved the place so much. When I returned to the town after living elsewhere for a couple of years I was very sad to see that the owners had sold the restaurant and the new cook was no where near the old standard and I never went back again. Somehow I didn’t want the memory of the good old days ruined by lousy food. Today the restaurant is turned into an ice cream bar.

But let’s step back to the food. The amazing Italian food, that got me into the restaurant in the first place. For some reason I always ended up eating the same thing; Pasta Carbonara. The yummiest dish of them all with the pasta, bacon and cream served with just a pinch of chopped parsley. Hmm, I suddenly know what I want to make for dinner tonight.

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A new side of scrapping ...

... at least for me. I'm terrible at getting my layouts printed. I keep telling myself I won't do it until I've finished a year, an special occation, a certain story or whatever it is I'm scrapping. I think that of all the layouts I've made so far I've only had around 1% printed. One of the main reasons for this was that I had to get it done at a store and somehow I felt like I couldn't be bothered getting the files uploaded (I know, it's no excuse!) So not long before my birthday I asked my husband to find a printer for me. Cheap to buy AND cheap to use; which isn't the easiest thing in the world. It wasn't exactly a b-day wish since I didn't want him to spend that much money on it but guess what he did.
Apart from being able to print my layouts now the printer has also opened an entirely different side of scrapping that I had yet to explore. Making cards! And this is my first attempt. Having to cut and fold reminded me why I'd never tried paper scrapping but I'm quite happy with the result.

Products: I've used various products by Nicole Young and Tina Chambers, both Digital Scrapbook Place

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Layout: Go Fish

Christmas in July began yesterday and I already feel like I'm hopelessly behind on the challenges. There are so many at DSP and the ladies there kept busy all day yesterday scrapping and filling up the gallery while I was celebrating my husband's 30th birthday. I woke up this morning feeling just a tiny bit hung over and figured I'd never get anything done today but after a lot of salt and sugar and a good nap I felt better. So this is my first CIJ challenge layout done.
I used Christmas Magic Page Kit by Meryl Bartho which is brand new at the DSP store and so incredible beautiful. I absolutely love all those flowers which might not be so Christmas like but combine it with a bit of glitter and a bit of ivy and you've got the look.

I hope to get to do many more challenges during the week long celebration but I'm short on time this week as well so we'll just have to wait and see.

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I'm so excited...

about how my Nordic Christmas kit turned out. Oh I love all the sparkly bits and the glass ball took me like forever to make but I'm really happy with the way it turned out.
Furthermore I was up the entire night writing which I haven't done in so long. I've felt so uninspired and was at a point where I couldn't even construct a sentence (I still can't in English but that's an entirely different story) And tomorrow is my husbands last day at work before 3 weeks of vacation. So there's plenty to be excited about.

We don't have many plans for the vacation. We are off to Germany on Tuesday for a bit of shopping for the birthday party next weekend and we've talked about taking a few days in our old hometown Aarhus. But apart from that I think we are just going to take each day as it comes. Perhaps catch up on a couple of movies, go to the beach and just relax.

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It's Christmas in July...

... or at least it will be soon at my favorite digital scrapbooking site DSP. There's already so many things planned for the week long celebration starting with a 24 hour chat. I hate to miss the chats and all the fun it usually is to be a part of but that particular day we are having guests all day celebrating my husband's 30th birthday. His birthday was in April but we haven't been able to find a free weekend until now. With me working every other weekend we rarely have a weekend with no plans. I knew when we set the date that it would take the focus away from my b-day which is next week but I had no idea that it would be completely forgotten. I'm not saying I expect gifts but no one has asked me what I want for my b-day. Not even my husband or my mother or my husband's grandmother whom I'm very close with despite that she talked about my birthday just earlier today. It is very, very weird and I can't shake the feeling that they are all up to something or perhaps they have just forgotten it. Time will show I guess.

Okay back to the whole Christmas in July thing. I'm usually very excited about the products the DSP designers make but I have yet to find a Christmas kit there (or anywhere else for that matter) that match my Christmas photos. Most Christmas kits are red, green and dark blue and my home is none of these colors around Christmas (apart from the green tree of course). That's the reason why I still haven't gotten my Christmas layouts from last Christmas done and let's face it - before we know it it's December again and a new set of photos will be taken.

It’ll be photos showing my favorite ornaments in soft blue shades, teal, purple and silver. So with this in mind I’ve started working on a new kit which for now is called Nordic Christmas.

I even listened to Christmas music yesterday as I started to work on it – just to get in the spirit. But I must admit that the kit isn’t the easiest I’ve done yet. Since I’m not traditional in my Christmas decorations I’m having a hard time deciding which things so go in the kit. So in many ways I’m back where I started. I still don’t have that perfect Christmas kit but at least I got one layout done with my Advent decoration (which was my first ever – seems to be the year of many firsts).

So if you have any suggestions for stuff to go in the kit or better yet know of a kit that might be suitable (think modern, soft almost pastel colors and lots of bling) give me a hint. I’ll greatly appreciate it.

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3rd place winner


Playing in the sunset , originally uploaded by Almhoej.

Exciting news to wake up to on another warm day in Denmark. My photo won a 3rd place in a Flickr group voting. The theme for contest was bridges over water. There were some incredible beautiful photos among the entries so I didn't really think I had any chance.

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El Hacienda

I've been super productive so far this week. I've made five layouts already and a kit. It's been a while since I've had so much work done.
It is hot, hot, hot in Denmark at the moment so I started working with a summer color scheme and somehow ended with this mexican theme. Just think about it, sitting there in the shadows, sipping cold margaritas. Beats working in the garden which was my alternative to designing.
For some reason it wasn't too difficult to decide on how to spend the afternoon.

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