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The main menu is up and working (fingers crossed). I have a couple of new post that are translated and I have begun the work of translating my way back. I still have a lot of the pages left I’m sorry to say. My first plan was to do all the pages to begin with and then one category with posts at a time, but I quickly find out that that doesn’t gonna work. For an example. To the left you see a couple of images under the heading Crafted by me. If you click on one of the images you are supposed to come to the post with the image. If I haven’t translated that post that isn’t gonna happend. So… what to do? Still translate all the post about my cats or translate thees post first, even if the post aren’t in the same category? Of course I translate a little bit here and a little bit there instead of being structured and have a plan.
So, on this date you find some new post (2), some old post (5), some pages, some menus and a little here and there. Hope you find something good 🙂


Wow, the first post is translated and live! It’s a little bit scary right now, it’s a lot of work behind it and I don’t feel totally safe with my new plugin just yet. All the work behind the scene is not finished yet, but I just had to give it a try 🙂 Back to the boring translation now 😉
Hope you still with me!


Step 1 is done in the fight with my translation plugin. All my old translations is gone and I have to start all over again. My new plugin is working in a different way, and it only showing post/pages/menus/tags… that are translated. Because of this, you wont be able to see any translations in awhile. I have to work my way from the inside and out, right now I’m translating all my categories and tags (and a lot of tags is thrown out of the window, what have I been thinking sometimes???)
Please bear with me, I try to work as fast as I can without stumbling on the way. I post my news here if you are interested in the progress…


Cover for my Nuuna

I have, right now, two different notebooks for Bullet Journal. One is a cheap with lined pages that I had laying around. This one is perfect to throw in my bag and I write everything in it, not always with my best handwriting. My second is a Nuuna with dotted pages that almost never leaves my home. Is this book I have all my pretty pages 🙂
Although I try to never take the Nuuna with me, sometimes I have to and then I want to protect it in my bag.

Cover with Nuuna notebook

I had looked at various sites on the net a long time looking for some time before I found this cover in a drawer at home. The book is not really A5, it is slightly larger, and it was that which caused problems for me. This case in leather suits are not perfect, but quite okey.

Cover with Nuuna notebook

I attach the books back cover in a pocket on the right side in the cover. It is secured and not in danger of falling out. There is also a pen holder, but my pens are to slim so I don’t use it.  It is better suited to a traditional ink pen.
On the left side there are three pockets which I have filled with various necessities.

Cover with Nuuna notebook

In addition to the pens I favor right now there is an old credit card that I have wrapped washi tape around, Post-it in two different sizes (the pink ones), tabs and small pieces of paper to write notes on.
I have sketches in the large pocket.I use the sketches as inspiration for corners, banners and so on that I can draw in my notebook.  These pages are drawn (they should be colored in with black ink) on dotted paper I have printed from Incompetech.

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Learn to color

I never really learned to coloring. I did not like the art in school and been happy if I could draw a straight line with a ruler.
I have been coloring when I made a card where I have used a stamp. It looked really bad in the beginning, but with practice it’s looking better and better . I got a friend who is a master of coloring, and she taught me some tricks. Thanks to that I got yet a little better at shadows and color combos. I was rarely satisfied, and never got the stylish tones. I don’t do that today either but I hope to get better.

Detail of christmas card 2007

Detail of Christmas card 2007

I encountered Kit and Clowder on Facebook more than a year ago. It’s a great bunch of people (10,000 members as of this writing) that everyone likes coloring, want to learn more, and are there for each other and support. Alyce, who runs Kit and Clowder, do all the classes herself and provides personalized feedback on everything you upload. She’s also in the Facebook group with tips, help and support.

I bought one of the classes, but have not really dared to start. I have learned a lot by just being in the group, but I would like to learn more, but cowardice and fear has prevented me. I managed to do the class Mindful Me. It felt just right in size and I had an idea of what to do with it at once.

Detail from Mixed Media 2016

Detail from Mixed Media 2016

Now, as part of the celebrations of 10,000 members, Alyce has released another class for free. Markers 101 provides basic knowledge of shading, tones, care of pens and much more. I have downloaded this class and it consists of a book (PDF) which you can print out and a couple of movies. I hope this basic class will give me the courage to start my purchased class (Skin & Hair) as soon as possible. I don’t want the lack of time prevent me from sitting for a little while. I have used that subterfuge too much, “I have so much else going on, so I do not have time to go through the entire course … at once ….”
There are also smaller classes that you subscribe to. Then you get a new class every month with a motives to put color on.

If you want to learn more about coloring, I think you try Kit and Clowder.
1. Become a member of Kit & Clowders Facebook group
2. Create an account at Kit and Clowder
3. Buy a class, or start with the two classes that are free (Marker 101, Mindful me)

Kit and Clowder



Personalize a box with vinyl

I bought a box with several small boxes that I thought could fit my niece. It was in two shades of purple and nothing more. I liked the size, but found it a bit boring.

Best solution to it was to decorate it yourself. I made it personal by making a monogram with her initial letter (here first name).

Box for things

On the boxes I put some text that can describe what’s in the box without being to specific. I had a long list of suggestions of things. (translation to the text: Big stuff, Bigger stuff, Small stuff, Tiny stuff, Other stuff, Important stuff)

I have been using Silhouette Studio to create cutting files. I started by drawing a rectangle as large as each box. In the rectangle, I could then place my text and see that the size was good.

Monogram with feather

On both sides I made this monogram. The feather is a file from Silhouette Store and the letter is made with an alphabet.

Everything is cut in white vinyl and I used a tape from the auto parts store to get it in place. The tape is cheaper than buying the transfer tape that is for vinyl. I also think it works better.

Material list:






10 Tools I can’t do without

10 tolls i can't do without


You can craft with almost any material and with almost any tool, but there are some tools that I just can’t do without. There are tools that facilitate my crafting, although I could certainly do without them. The cutter can easily be replaced with steel ruler and a scalpel, but it is slower and is, according to me, a good deal more difficult.

My 10 best tools are thees (no favorite, all are equally important):


1. Good scissors:
One to cut paper or cardboard
A small and narrow to cut small details
one to cut fabric, ribbon or thread

You can do with just a pair of scissors. I have collected more over the years, and to have a pair of scissors just for fabric, ribbons and lace are very good. Paper tear on scissors and after a while it becomes more difficult to cut ribbons nicely with the scissors.



2. Tweezers
I have three tweezers. Two that I always use and one that I always forget about (like in this photo). I like pointy tweezers, and I use them for everything from placing the little things on my creations to keep the bigger things when I glue them. They are also great to loosen something in the wrong place, or as an aid when I tie a bow of some thin ribbon. If you have a little longer nails, they are invaluable when sitting with something small that it is difficult to grasp.



3. Pricker
A sharp stick that I use when I want a little hole somewhere for a brad or similar. I often use a little thicker pricker to curl the wire of roses or other flowers.


cutting machine

4. Cutter
I am on my third cutting machine, and I have not worn out one so far. The one I use today (Fiskars) has newer models. I should change it because it’s difficult to pinpoint 16-17 cm on my present. But I feel comfortable with it and have not yet found a good reason to buy a cutting machine instead of paper 🙂
The cutting machine is a little more expensive investment than a pair of scissors, but I still remember the feeling when I used my first cutting machine for the first time. It went so fast and easy to get a piece of paper with straight edges.



5. Punches
Flowers, butterflies, shapes, circles, squares, borders, snowflakes. I have quite many punches and I always want more. They make it quick and easy to get a figure without using a die cutting machine. I use them mainly to get a lot of the same figures quickly. To get more butterflies of the same paper does not even take a minute.



6. Ruler
A good ruler makes things much easier. I have one in steel with cm on both sides that I like. I also have one where you find cm on one side and inch on the other. I would recommend both, especially if you love to follow descriptions in English.



7. Embossing gun and embossing powder
I count them as a tool, despite the fact that the powder actually is expendable. Certainly it is possible to melt the powder over a hot plate or toaster, but then you have to craft in the kitchen and I’m not. I also use my embossing gun to dry the paper or flowers when I sprayed them with glitter or paint.



8. Stamps
Text Stamps is something of a favorite, but I also have many background stamps. Many people will start with figure stamps and so did I. Today I have more stamps than I can think of, and it’s always fun to rediscover anyone I have forgotten. You can lift an entire creation with stamps, either through a nice text or by creating a custom background that really fits.


acrylic block

9. Acrylic block
Acrylic blocks is invaluable (almost in all cases, you can use a CD case or other plastic surface) if you use clear stamps or stamps mounted on EZ. I have several different sizes so that I always have someone that fits the stamp I want to use. Having a too large block makes it harder to get a stylish result and a too small block makes it impossible to stamp when the stamp does not fit on the block.



10. Die cutting machine
Even if I use many punches, my Cuttlebug is very dear to me. With a punch, you are pretty much limited to where you want to punch out your figure, but with a die cutting machine you can have the  figure anywhere, as long as your paper going into the machine. I use my machine most when I make cards with peephole in (place hole where you want it), but also a lot to figure punching.


(11. Silhouettes cutting machine)
I have to have a bubbler. I can live without this machine, but do not really want to do it. Then rather take away my Cuttlebug because I can use the Silhouette the same way.
I have one of the first cutting machines that came from Silhouette (QuicKutz). Today there are bigger and better models, and I’m going to upgrade mine eventually. The beauty of this is that despite an old machine I can still use the latest version of the software.


What’s your favorite tools?






Decorate your bag with fuse beads

I bought a bag that I really liked, apart from one thing that annoyed me more and more the more I used it. The label that sat on the bag was in the way so I replaced it with a butterfly.

Decorate your bag

The label was on the front of the bag and was not glued but sat with two small hooks. This meant that I got stuck all the time with the edges of the label. I was worried about destroying the bag and decided to peel the label off.

Holes in bag

Obviously there were two small holes, but I had anticipated that. I had the good fortune anyway that  I could bend the hooks open through the lining of the bag and coax the label off.

I used the mini fuse beads to get a more flexible butterfly. A stiff figure would not be able to bend with the bag and would come off easily.
To attach my butterfly, I used a fast dried-purpose adhesive suitable for both plastic and leather (although this is very much faux leather). The glue I chose is also flexible, again to bend with the bag.

I found the pattern for the butterfly on Pinterest.

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Plan your Blog posts

To write a blog requires a little planning times, especially if you write a creative blog that require you to have created something to blog about. To help myself a little bit along the way, I have a section in my binder for my blog. It contains my plans as well as a calendar. The calendar, however, was skipped very quickly, it’s easier to use a calendar in Google Calendar to schedule when and what I want to post.


I don’t do everything on this list every time I blog, but I have tried to cover all the bases. This list may not work for you, but hopefully you get inspired by it. Of course you can download my version (as a  file for Silhouette Studio or as a PDF) and using Washi tape to cover what’s not working for you.
I have used this a couple of months now, and have things I’ll change when I create the next one. I have among other things been adding something and I have things that are unnecessary.

What it says?

It’s hard to get inspired when you don’t know what it says, right?

Förberedelser = Preparation
Datum = Date
Material log
Posted in: Facebbok, Instagram, Pinterest
Last date to post
Schedueld postExtra material




Download for Silhouette Studio


Download PDF


Material List:

Bullet Journaling – My Way

I began to plan for my binder at the end of last year. I used an electronic calendar (Google Calendar) and infinite number of apps in my phone for quick notes, ideas and to-do’s. On my desk I had lots of notes and post-it notes. A website I wanted to remember, a list of things I must do today (which always ended up under some other note), things I should remember to buy next time I was in Stockholm and so on. I missed things, lost my lists and notes and drove myself to more stress than necessary.
I first tried to solve it by putting as much as possible in Google Calendar, but then I got panicked once a month would look like this:

Google Calendar

(This is May of this year, and it was a pretty crazy month without my own “patch” posted, but the feeling was the same last autumn)

Out of this chaos the idea that I wanted to have everything together was born. I didn’t whant all those notes everywhere, I wanted to be more organized so that I would have a chance to feel “on top of things”.
I do not know if it was so smart to start making pages digitally, but it was what I wanted right there and then. It takes time, but the advantage is that I can easily print more of the pages I need.

About two months ago I stumbled on something called Bullet Journaling (BuJo). After a little research I came to the conclusion that my binder in a big way was what BuJo was, though perhaps a bit more ….. designed. BuJo basically is a notebook and a pen. (To read more about Bullet Journaling I recommend Bulletjournal.com. The website shows basically the way it is supposed to work.) The beauty of the system is that you get your BuJo to work for you, not the other way around, which is usually common when buying a calendar.
Just like I create pages in my binder people create incredibly beautiful pages in different BuJo’s every day. There are a lot of people you can follow on Instagram and on Facebook there are several different groups with different orientations. (You find my list at the bottom of the post)

I’m very fond of my binder, and it is still growing, but it is heavy and there is no way that I put it in my bag. Therefore I have begun a BuJo in a notebook as a supplement. In it I can easily throw down ideas, I have a number of Trackers (one way to get an overview of what you have done/feel/what-you-want) and Collections (lists) which can be good to have when I’m on the go. Among other things, I have a collection of which buses I can take when I buy cat food (which is done once a quarter, and I never remember which bus I should take).

Combining my binder and my (small) notebook I have a pretty good idea of what happens in my life. The trackers I use allows me to have an eye on if I have taken a particular medicine today, when I did my work out last (a hole here gives me a bad conscience) or how I feel on the whole. I also get a connection when I see those together. I see that I have had several negative days so it is not surprising that I also had a headache for three days in a row. When I see the connections, it is easier to deal with what is happening, but also to plan ahead. If I have several negative days, it is perhaps time to review the calendar and see if I can move that meeting or cancel something.

Before I started this, I just tried to keep up, clenched my teeth and hoped that it would slow done before it became too much.

Suggested trackers

Medicines / Vitamins
– If you easily forget your medications or don’t need not take it regulary
Social Media – Check when you put a picture on Instagram, update your blog or similar
Training – It’s so satisfying to tick a box when you done it 🙂
Symptoms – Do you have an illness or do you get migraines? Sometimes it can be helpful to keep track of how often and how much
Emotions – Panic attacks or just PMS, sometimes it’s nice to see how often or rarely anything happens
Sleep – A nap of the day or bad night’s sleep.
The weather – Just because it’s fun and looks so nice with a lot of sunny days 🙂
Take care of yourself – When did you painted my nails last, and when did you do a face mask last time? (This works as well to check the last time you had some self-time or an evening out with friends)

Just as you get your BuJo to work for you, it will be the same with trackers, if you at all want to use trackers. You make one that works for you in the way you need it/want it. My suggestions above are what I use just this month. Next month I might have removed any that I never fill in or I’ve added someone else. How they look is also completely up to you. I have made a grid this month that I fill with one or more colors. You may want to use circles, flowers or other shapes? Or maybe just run super simple and write a number (date) on a line? It is entirely up to you how you want to do and that’s the beauty of the whole system.

You will find a lot of inspiration on Pinterest or Instagram. You have to find what’s right for and appeals to you. Do you want lots of color or do you want it super easy with just a black pen? There is inspiration for everything 🙂

Instagram & Facebook

Now someone might ask why I create pages to my binder that I already have in my BuJo? Why spend so much time on the whole? Firstly, I think it’s a blast 😉 It’s relaxing for me to design new pages or doodle in the little book.
The reason I have the same pages in both places (they differ, however, on design terms) is that I transfer information when needed (eg. Trackers, I have all the trackers in the same place in the binder, the book is scattered). I also have pages in the book that’s not in the binder and vice versa. The binder is my archive and a collection point for information that does not need to move around with me. For example, I use my Silhouette only at the computer, so that information does not need to be in the notebook. That is nothing I need to bring with me when I leave home, or sitting on the sofa in the evening. Movies I want to see, however, I often write down when I see a commercial on TV or in the subway. In this situation it is not functional if I have my collection for that information at home on the desk.

Bullet Journal - Movies I want to see



New pages to my binder: Notes, read books and Settings for Silhouette Studio

Today there will be a new small package of loose pages from my binder.

Notes and lists

The package contains one page for notes, one page to remember all the books you’ve read (with a little connection to Goodreads) and two pages that I use to get my Silhouette cutting machine to work optimally.


I use my pages of notes as a small notepad or notebook. Since my binder is always beside me at the desk, it is easy to write down things I don’t want to forget. The piles with notes that’s always have been all over my desk is now almost completely gone.


Sometimes my note is something I just need to remember right now before I write it where it belongs. I working on reducing my stress, but I don’t always have the time to write everything on its proper place. On those occasions I use a little note that I (washi)tape it into the note pages.

Books I've read

My annual list of books tend to be quite long, this year my Goodreads goal is 70 books. Usually I finish a book in the evening, and it’s not always the best time to put it on Goodreads (their app and I’m don’t totally agree). Moreover, it is great to stock up on the list when it is so visible 🙂
On these pages I fill in the title of the book, author and ISBN number. There is also space to record the date when I started the book, and when I finished it, and what kind of book it is (this makes it easier if I’m not already have the book in my library on Goodreads, and will have to look for it). I also try to give the book a rating and then there is a box to tick when I brought the information to Goodreads.


Last pages is about Silhouette Studio.One page holds the settings for the knife and the other page is a blank page for notes. I use the last to remember the little tricks and tips. I use the settings page when I try a new material. These settings do not always work, but they give a clue to what I usually use. It hangs very much on how much the blade is worn.

That was this package. I create pages faster than I can blog about, so I will package pages this way from know. There are going to be theme packages and mixed packages depending on how many pages I have to fit together.

The files are as usual available in a PDF so you can print out and put in a separate folder, or as a cut file for Silhouette Studio if you use the same type of binder as me.

Download file for Silhouette Studio

Download PDF


Materal list:

Character map with Silhouette Studio

Many of the most beautiful fonts that are popular today use more characters than we can easily get out of the keyboard. The fonts has extra squiggles and shapes that can only be found through the Character Map.
I’m going to show you how you most easily find these goodies and get them into the Silhouette Studio so that you can cut out that lovely saying you want on a pillow.

I use Windows 7. If you are using a different version of Windows it can be a little tricky, but patience will solve it I’m sure.

Character MapThe little program that can display some extra characters is Character Map and the icon is a small key with some mysterious signs on it. This program comes with Windows, so there is no need to install it.


Click the Start menu and in the box labeled Run, type Character Map. When you type in the word you will see several proposals pop up in the list so you do not need to enter the full name. Choose the right program and click on it so that it starts.
(You can also check manually on your start menu and then you will probably find it under Accessories  and then System Tools)

Also start Silhouette Studio and select the font you want to use (NOTE !! This works in the same way no matter which application you write in, try Photoshop, Word or another program, the approach’s the same)

Silhouette text

Enter your word and leave the text tool still active. Do not move your word or making any other changes. When you have released the Text tool you can’t change the word.
I chose the font Samantha Upright, and I want more squiggles in the text than what’s visible here.

Change programs and bring up Character Map on your screen.


Select the font you used in Silhouette Studio, and then scroll until you find the character you want to use (do not scroll with the mouse wheel at once, that change the font, instead use the scroll bar to the right)Character

Choose the various characters to better see how they look.


Once you find what you want, choose Select. The character will now appear in the white box. If you want more characters that will follow one another you can choose the next one right away. When you are done, click Copy (Don’t forget to erase the character in the white box if you want another.)

Silhuette Text

Go back to the Silhouette Studio. Move the cursor (via arrow keys) and erase the letter you want to change. Then press Ctrl + V to paste the new character. The above looks good and much more fun than the first version, right?

Character Map is also very useful if you have a font that’s a DingBat (all letters are a small image). It is easy to find just the image you want to use.

For all those things you got to remember

To make my very full head less messy, I write to-do lists. Lots of lists and then a couple lists to the lists. All these notes and papers are everywhere and I lose them. Not a great way to reduce the mess and stress.
These pages are now in my binder, and they help me a lot. I know where they are and they are not lost. I combine with the weekly planning and every Sunday I sit down and check the coming week and write down everything important.

To Do

I use the daily one to sort out what is important and what must be done in a day. I mix the cleaning with blogging and job tasks. I use the blank page when there are bigger things going on, a party, a trip or something that require a bit more tracking.

As usual, there are two files, one for Silhouette and one PDF that you can print.

Utskrivbar PDF:


SkÀrfil till Silhouette:

Do you write list and if so, what do you write down?

Materal list:



Fonts with a Twist

Fonts belongs to one of my secret passions (which is not so secret anymore). I can sit a long time and select the fonts I want to use, but I have my favorites that I use over end over again.
I love fonts with a added twist. It may be a detail on the letters or lots of lines and squiggles.

Here are my, present, favorites. Click on the image to see it bigger and below you find links and tips.

Fonts with a Twist

I don’t guarantee that the fonts will remain on thees links.

Yellow Daisy (From Silhouette Store, You need Silhouette Studio to buy this one. Use a character map to fins all the wonderful letters.)
Foglihten No4
Black Olives
Sverige Script (Use numbers 0-9 to get the extra line)
My Silly Willy Girl
Samantha Upright (You need to buy this font, use Google to find the best price. Use a character map to fins all the wonderful letters.)
Plates Napery
LDI Fancy Folk (From Silhouette Store, You need Silhouette Studio to buy this one.)
LD Dainty
Janda Celebrations Script
Anglia Script Enhancements
Branboll (Use numbers 0-9 to get the extra line)
Caroline (You find this one at The Hungry JPG. Right now they have in in a free bundel that ends  Mars 1 2016)
Delicios Curls
Brigent Script (You find this one at The Hungry JPG. Right now they have in in a free bundel that ends  Mars 1 2016. Use a character map to fins all the wonderful letters.)
Coca-Cola (Loki-Cola)
Sloop Script Three
Violet Bee (You find this one at The Hungry JPG. Right now they have in in a free bundel that ends  Mars 1 2016.)

Always be careful when you download fonts (and other files) from any free site. Make sure you click the correct button to download and not on any advertising. Often there is a text link to download the font and not a large button.


What’s your favorite font?


A lot of books and a cat

If anyone missed it; I like cats. If someone also have missed; I like books. A while ago I found the perfect pattern with fuse beads for joining the two.

Cat on books

I have used Hama midi beads to this and it’s two pegboards high.
I put it on the end of one of my bookcases.

Material list: