Trips in 2016: Vimmerby.

A couple of weekends ago we went on a little adventure to the northern parts of the county, where we followed in the footsteps of the famous Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. Our first stop was Astrid's childhood home Näs in Vimmerby which is now part of a museum about her life + work. On the first day we also stopped by the wooden church of Pelarne where her parents were married in 1905 and Sevedstorp, which is where her father grew up and where the films about the Bullerby Children were shot. We stayed in the most beautiful little cottage right by a lake, complete with our own jetty from which we could go swimming. We agreed it was the loveliest place we've ever spent the night in. The next day included a visit to the Rumskulla oak, the Norra Kvill National Park, Katthult where the films about Emil of Lönneberga were shot and Astrid's grave in Vimmerby. Astrid's books were my favourite as a child and her stories + the environments where they took place formed the setting for so many of my childhood fantasies. Visiting all the places that inspired her work all these years later was a truly special experience.

Project Life: May 2016.

Today I'm finally sharing my May spreads. Ten whole spreads, which says something about what a busy month it was. I actually finished these a while ago but since I included some cards from the new Hello Lovely Edition, which is released in digital format today, I've had to wait to share them. In any case, here they are at last.

First up is a spread about the month in general, as always. The calendar card is from the Project 52 2016 Edition (recoloured to all white) and the May stamp is from Paislee Press. The journalling card is from the Everyday Edition and the pink polka dot/right now filler card is actually two filler cards from the Inspire Edition stacked on top of each other. The stripy card is from the Southern Weddings Edition with the shade of pink slightly altered.

A spread about an outing we went on in early May, to the Trollskogen nature reserve on the north east tip of Öland. All the cards are from the It's A Man's World collection by the awesome Liz Tamanaha. It was my first time trying it out and I regret not doing so sooner because the green + blue shades are just perfect for documenting days spent outside. The "here we go" stamp is from Paislee Press, so it's a perfect match.

In early May we finally brought up the balcony furniture and went to the garden centre to get some lovely new flowers. We usually do it in mid or late April but it was still too cold this year. For this spread I used filler cards from the Sunshine Edition (recoloured) and a journalling card from the Everyday Edition (also recolured). I actually made another version of this spread when the beautiful Sunkissed Value Kit was released, but I think I will stick with the original for my album.

One of the many lovely days I spent close to nature in May. All cards from the Rain Edition except one which is from the aforementioned It's A Man's World collection. (As you can see I tried lots of new editions this month.)

About this outing. Cards from the Rain Edition.

One of our first picnics this year, on an ordinary Tuesday evening after work. Cards from the It's A Man's World collection and "happy place" stamp by Paislee Press.

A weekend spent visiting my sister in Malmö. Cards from the Moments Like These and Sunshine Editions (recoloured).

Celebrating a special little baby (photos blurred somewhat for privacy reasons). Cards from the Hello Baby Boy Edition by Stampin' Up!

A spread about this evening. Cards from the Hello Lovely Edition and Midnight Edition (recoloured).

A final spread about the month in general. Filler card from the Hello Lovely Edition with an Elise Blaha quote on top of it, and journalling cards from the Everyday Edition.

Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. Digital page protectors by Valorie Wibbens.

Outings: Vickleby forest.

My old blog posts have been invaluable as I've been catching up with my memory keeping in the past but now that I am up to date with my scrapbooking I'm finding that I feel less inclined to also share my photos online. I've decided that I might not share photos from every little outing we went on anymore but I still want to share some glimpses of what I've been up to here. For example, from an outing we went on last week, one evening after work. It was a beautiful sunny day so we decided to skip doing the chores and drive across the bridge to the island of Öland in search of lilies of the valley. We went for a walk in the woods but couldn't find any, even though it felt like just the type of environment where they would grow. Instead, we found lots of other kinds of flowers. Finally, just as we were getting back to the car, we found a whole patch of lilies of the valley and quickly gathered a little bouquet to bring back home. The divine scent filled our kitchen for days, a lovely reminder of how it pays off to be a bit impulsive sometimes, especially in the summer :)