Life Lately: June 2017.

Watching | We watched Despicable Me 3 and Kongens nei at the cinema. I was somewhat disappointed by the former because it didn't include the Minions enough. Kongens nei was very well-made and I enjoyed learning more about a part of history that I wasn't very familiar with. Other than that we've continued to watch The Office although our pace has slowed down because summer means that we're spending less time indoors. We are about to finish season 7.

Listening to | My summer playlist on Spotify (it's mostly filled with classic Swedish summer songs).

Consuming | Fresh strawberries as often as I can get the chance!

Reading | I finally finished The Zookeeper's Wife. I know many people think it is filled with too many irrelevant passages and descriptions, but I kind of liked it anyway? I have read several (fictional) novels about life in Warszaw during WWII in the past years and it was very interesting to compare them with a non-fictional story. Also, I liked the extra facts that the author provided about Polish Culture and customs. I realize that it's probably more interesting to me because of my Polish heritage though.

Visiting | Family in Stockholm.

Enjoying | Going to Stockholm for a weekend, celebrating Midsummer in one of my favourite places on earth, warm sunny summer evenings, taking Elsa (our kitten) out on longer outings, swimming in the sea, oh, and finally buying a house after four years of house hunting!

Making | Pages for my infertility album + 2017 Project Life photobook.

Looking forward to | I have a lot to look forward to right now, especially our upcoming summer vacation, going to Croatia for a week (including a daytrip to Venice!) and moving into our new house at the end of the summer :)

Infertility: My third ectopic pregnancy.

Last spring I wrote a bit about my struggle with infertility up to that point. In the most recent entry I shared my feelings about having to go through a bilateral salpingectomy (i.e. removing both of my fallopian tubes), and what it would mean for my future TTC journey. Here’s an excerpt:

Some studies suggest that a salpingectomy can increase the success rate of IVF for patients who have had repeated ectopic pregnancies. Moreover, it would prevent me from having another life-threatening ectopic pregnancy in the future.

This is what my doctors told me in 2015, and I fully believed them. When you’re struggling with infertility, you quickly learn more than just the basics about how babies are made, and you learn to question everything people, including doctors, tell you. However, with my understanding of the female reproductive system, it seemed logical that no tubes would equal no place for a pregnancy to get stuck, and I saw no reason to question what I was told in this instance. A year and a half later, I would learn the hard way how wrong this was.

Project Life: April 2017.

My intention is to finish documenting each month during the following month, when memories are still fresh on my mind, but this didn't really work out in March and April. The reason why I fell behind is that I've been focusing on some other projects and also because documenting March (especially the trip to Budapest) took longer than usual. Last week I finally finished documenting April though, so now I am almost back on track. I've already started working on my June spreads and I hope I can finish my May spreads before the end of the month. For now, I thought I'd share my spreads for April:

First up is a spread about the month in general. It's a bit busy because I documented several different events that didn't warrant their own spreads here, but I think the colours work okay together. This is why I could never be happy doing weekly spreads - I prefer not to mix lots of different events in just one spread (although sometimes it's impossible to avoid, even with the monthly format). The journalling cards are from the Everyday Edition and the calendar + filler card are from Project 52 Fresh.

A spread documenting a sunny day I spent out and about with Elsa in my boyfriend's hometown. Journalling card from the Everyday Edition, the rest is from the From Where I Stand kit by Paislee Press.

Documenting an outing we went on to Nunnedalen on Good Friday. I used the same combination of products as above.

The first of two spreads documenting Easter. All these cards are from the free Easter card collection by Persnickety Prints.

The second spread about Easter. Journalling card from the above Persnickety Prints collection, the rest is from the Memories In the Making Edition.

A spread about a work trip I went on to the west coast. All cards are from the Everyday Edition.

Finally, a spread documenting how we spent the 30th of April, i.e. the Swedish holiday Walpurgis Night. All products from the Good Vibes part 1 and 2 kits by Amber LaBau except the white one on the bottom right side which is from Weekend Vibes by Paislee Press.

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

Project Life: Budapest 2017.

Today I thought I'd share the spreads I made documenting my trip to Budapest in March. I filled up eight whole spreads, which might seem like a lot, but since I don’t make separate travel albums I want to document everything in great detail in my annual photobook. Not having to limit the number of pages I fill up is one of the main reasons why I prefer digital Project Life for my current memory keeping. At the end of the year it won’t matter if my book is 150 or 250 pages long, but it would have made a huge difference if I were using physical 12x12 albums.

To make the pages cohesive I tried my best to stick to one kit, and after trying out a bunch of different ideas I went with Sunny Days Ahead by Paislee Press. I threw in some cards from the Everyday, Midnight and Moments Like These editions and Weekend Vibes + an element (Go See Do) from Summer Manifesto. (Some items have been recoloured.) As you can see I also included some memorabilia which I scanned when I came home.

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

Life Lately: May 2017.

Watching | Believe it or not, we did not watch a single film in May! I don't if that has ever happened before. It says a lot about how many episodes of The Office that we watched throughout the month. We've made it up to season 7 by now :)

Listening to | I dusted off my summer playlist to get in the mood for summerrrr :)

Consuming | Nectarines that are finally in season.

Reading | Still The Zookeeper's Wife. Thank goodness my summer vacation is coming up so I can catch up on my reading. Haven't finished a book since March!

Visiting | Our parents + some other relatives.

Enjoying | Warm and sunny days, all the beautiful flowers that were in bloom, feeling close to achieving my dreams for a little while (until it all came crashing down, unfortunately).

Making | Project Life pages for my 2017 album + my (physical) infertility album. Also I added a second extension floor to my dollhouse so I spent a lot of time making plans for that :)

Looking forward to | Summer, especially our trip to Istria in July!

Trips in 2017: Budapest.

Life Lately: April 2017.

Watching | We watched The Beauty and the Beast at the cinema for Per's birthday. I was impressed by how beautifully made it was! Something that surprised me was how well I remember the 90s version, considering that I haven't actually watched it since the 90s. I recognized many lines + songs. It was my favourite Disney film growing up though, along with the Lion King, so I guess I must have watched it a hundred times :) Other than that we didn't watch many films in April, because we started watching The Office from the beginning. I was a huge fan of The Office back in the day - it's one of the TV shows I was the most invested in during my fangirl days (Jim and Pam will forever hold a special place in my heart!). Per had never seen it though and suddenly I felt like rewatching it so we started and he fell in love with it too. He actually asked why I hadn't shared it with him before in our five years together, "considering how many crappy films and TV shows I have made him watch" haha :) We've finished the first four seasons already so we have five more to go, which means we probably won't be watching much else anytime soon.

Listening to | Still the Moana soundtrack, on repeat. It's that great! Per decided that I can only listen to each song five times a day haha. But, we also listened to Lisa Nilsson a lot after seeing her in concert at the beginning of the month (she was amazing!).

Consuming | Easter food + more barbecue food.

Reading | I started The Zoo Keeper's Wife but I didn't finish it yet. Not because I don't like it but simply because I have been too preoccupied with other things to be able to focus on reading.

Visiting | My parents for Easter and Per's mother for Walpurgis Night + other occasions, and my cousin to celebrate her confirmation.

Enjoying | All the flowers, spending time outside with Elsa, sunny days and getting some extra days off for Easter.

Making | Project Life pages documenting the month of March and some pages for my infertility album.

Looking forward to | The weather turning warmer soon, I hope. SUMMER. Getting more time to work on my creative projects - April was filled with social + some work engagements that meant I had less time to spend on my projects than I usually do.

Project Life: March 2017.

This weekend I finished my spreads for the month of March. Only four this time, but that isn't the whole truth because I have yet to finish documenting our trip to Budapest and I expect that I will fill up about six spreads or so doing that. I will share those spreads + photos from the trip in separate entries later.

First spread of the month, a bit about the month in general + some major events in our lives. There was lots of journalling to include this time! The calendar card is from the Project 52 Fresh Edition, and the other cards are from the Everyday Edition and the Charming Edition. The Charming Edition was actually one of my favourite products of 2016 but I didn't get to use it as much as I would have liked to last year, so I am going to remedy that in 2017 :)

A spread about the beautiful spring days we had and taking Elsa out to experience her first spring. All products are from the Good Stuff Kit by Amber LaBau.

Documenting a lovely outing to the Vickleby Forest on the island of Öland, where we always go at this time of year. All cards are from the the Charming Edition. (The spreads about Budapest will go before this one.)

March was my last month at the workplace where I've spent the past two years, and it felt important to document that period of transition in my life. This is another spread where I mixed the Everyday Edition and the Charming Edition (some cards have been recoloured). Flair on the right side from the Everyday Flair Add On by Amber LaBau.

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

Project Life: My finished 2016 photobook.

Life Lately: March 2017.

Watching | Several great films, especially Moana, The Edge of Seventeen and Sameblod.

Listening to | The Moana soundtrack on repeat, especially How Far I'll Go, We Know The Way + You're Welcome. So catchy!

Consuming | The weather allowed us to have our first barbecue food of the season! Yum.

Reading | Det är något som inte stämmer by Martina Haag was my book-of-the-month. I liked it much more than I thought I would, it was both funny and heartbreaking at the same time.

Visiting | My parents and Per's mum like we seem to do at least once every month.

Enjoying | The lovely spring weather we had at times this month, and the fact that winter seems to be gone for real. Slowly shedding our winter layers and being able to spend more and more time outside + bringing Elsa outside more. Lighter evenings. Our wonderful long weekend in Budapest. Something super exciting that happened to a close family member.

Making | Project Life pages for February and taking plenty of photos throughout the month that I am looking forward to sharing and scrapbooking (sometimes I start the month's pages before the month is over but most of the time I wait until the next month).

Looking forward to | Warmer weather + seeing the world slowly turn greener and greener with each passing day. Getting some extra days off from work for Easter. Learning the ins and outs of my new job which I just started.

Project Life: Glimpses from 2008-2009.

Project Life: Glimpses from 2005-2007.

Project Life: February 2017.

In some ways February felt long but at the same time it went by so quickly! I "only" filled up five spreads this month but that's still one more than February of last year.

I started by introducing the month as usual... The journalling card on the left is from the Everyday Edition, everything else is from the Calendar card from the Project 52 Fresh Edition. I've changed the calendar card so the weeks are Monday-Sunday.

A spread about our first outing of the year - to a wintery Karlskrona. The cards are a mix of Project 52 Fresh and It's A Man's World (some items have been recoloured).

A spread that's mostly about Valentine's Day. Journalling card from the Everyday Edition, everything else from the A Love Story kit by Paislee Press.

A little more about the month in general + spring getting here.* Products from the Moments Like These Edition (recolured). "There's always tomorrow" stamp from the Say Yes To kit by Paislee Press.

Finally, a spread about an outing we went on to Aboda klint (just like last year in February). Products are a mix of Project 52 Fresh and the Goes With Everything papers by Paislee Press.

*If anyone's wondering why the sad event that I mentioned on Instagram in February doesn't seem to be included here it's actually mentioned in the journalling + I document that aspect of my life in more detail elsewhere.

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

Life Lately: February 2017.

Watching | I watched three new (to me) films in February - Tallulah, Loving and Manchester by the Sea. All were watchable but I found Loving the most memorable + moving. It's so hard to wrap my head around that this was the reality for many people not very long ago (and is for many in the LGBTQ community today, still). On TV we didn't watch anything very memorable other than my guilty pleasure show Sofias änglar.

Listening to | Nothing really stands out that I can remember. I spent a lot of time at home in February, but I preferred silence over music.

Consuming | My beloved semlas of course.

Reading | Nowhere's Child which was one of the books I bought on the annual book sale. I read it quickly because I was so curious to learn what would happen, but in the end I was a bit disappointed by it because I feel like there were questions that should have been answered and parts that were included that felt somewhat unnecessary. Nonetheless it was fascinating to read about an aspect of WWII that I wasn't very familiar with the details of beforehand.

Visiting | My parents, P's mum + my mum's godparents.

Enjoying | All the shopping I did. Most notably I bought a Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens which I've had my eyes on for quite some time. I haven't had the opportunity to try it out all that much yet, and I am looking forward to getting to know it better. Other than that I bought some clothes for spring, booked a weekend trip for March, bought some books on the aforementioned book sale + a whole lot of other things when my mum and I went to Ullared. Retail therapy, yes, and I don't feel the slightest bit guilty about it ;) Other than that I enjoyed the arrival of spring, the sunny days we had at the end of the month + the outings we went on.

Making | Little changes around our home + Project Life pages.

Looking forward to | Going to Budapest in March!

Project Life: January 2017.

At first I planned to make a separate post about my memory keeping plans for 2017 like I did for 2016. However, since I am not making any big changes compared to last year I decided to skip it. As was made apparent by my 2017 title page that I shared in January, I am sticking with the 12x12 size. I will also keep using mostly the same templates and the same font, and document monthly. What I will switch up is, of course, the products I use. Now that I'm not on the PL Creative Team anymore I imagine it'll be more of a mix between different designers than before. Just let me know if you have any questions about my memory keeping!

First up, a spread introducing the month. The calendar card is from the Project 52 Fresh Edition. I tried some different ones but thought this was the best fit in the end. It's not available in the Monday-Sunday format, but that was easy to change in Photoshop. The journalling card on the left is from the Everyday Edition and the Twenty Seventeen stamp is by Paislee Press. The rest of the products are from the Winter Day Collection by Sahin Designs. I recoloured both of the cards on the left side a bit to fit Winter Day.

A spread about one of the most magical winter days I've ever experienced. Products are a mix of Winter Day and the Say Yes To Kit by by Paislee Press.

About a day I spent with two of my sisters. Products are from the Project 52 Fresh Edition and the Everyday Edition.

Elsa's first time out in the snow! All products from the Say Yes To Kit (it was actually a kit that came out in the spring but I found that the colours work really well with winter photos too).

The first of three spreads documenting a long weekend in Stockholm. Products from the Winter Day Collection.

More about Stockholm and more Winter Day Collection. The journalling card is from the Everyday Edition though, and the sticker on the right by Sara Gleason.

The final spread about Stockholm. Products from the Say Yes To Kit, except for the Sunday label which is from Winter Day.

A spread about the month in our home. I am always better at documenting our home in the colder months, but I think it is very important. Journalling card from the Everyday Edition, everything else from Project 52 Fresh.

Finally, a spread about the end of the month when we celebrated my cousin's 15th birthday, among other things. Products from the Everyday Edition and Project 52 Fresh.

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

Project Life: 2016 album cover.

I finished this book in record time a few days into the new year and it arrived in the mail just a week later! I'm so happy with how it turned out. Because of the lack of daylight I haven't been able to photograph it yet, which means I can't share photos of the physical book with you just yet. In the meantime thought I'd start by sharing the cover.

I used a number template by Chelle's Creations just like I did for my 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 books. I replaced the "best of" with "a year in the life" this time though because I think it better describes what my memory keeping is about these days - not just including the best photos + memories but all the little details that make up my years. (For the spine I kept the old title which I realize is a bit inconsistent but I decided that I prefer that the books look consistent on the shelf.) For the back cover I used this template by Paislee Press, just like I did for my 2014 book, because I really liked the simpleness of it. I might just use it for this year's back cover as well. I also used some papers + an element from the Positive Vibes Kit by Paislee Press. Here are some close-ups:

When I choose the photos I want to include on the cover I try to pick a selection that represents what we did that particular year, the trips we went on and such, but at the same time I try not to overthink it. I usually put the covers together quite quickly once I've finished all the pages of the book.

I took more selfies than ever in 2016 because at the end of 2015 I finally found a spot in our little apartment that gets decent natural light, so I wanted to commemorate that on the cover somehow :)

Life Lately: January 2017.

Watching | We started the year out by watching Lion at the cinema and I loved it so much that I immediately wanted to rewatch it. It's the best film I've seen in a long time. Seriously, go watch it now! ;) Other than that we watched Keeping Up With the Joneses which I found really funny.

Listening to | Mostly various P3 documentaries.

Consuming | Blood oranges still :)

Reading | Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs which has been waiting on my bookshelf for years. It's okay but a bit slow so far.

Visiting | My parents, my sister + my cousin to celebrate her birthday.

Enjoying | The beautiful wintery days we were blessed with at the start of the month, finishing + seeing my 2016 photobook in print (photos to come!), noticing that the days are becoming longer again, bringing home bouquets of colourful tulips, our trip to Stockholm, doing my annual decluttering and making tentative plans for the year ahead.

Making | Project Life pages for my 2017 album :) And working on a 1SE video of 2017.

Looking forward to | Some potentially good news we're expecting, lighter days + hopefully more sunshine.

Project Life: December 2016.

I had grand plans to update this little blog of mine more frequently this month, but as usual life got in the way... With that said, I'm finally sharing my Project Life spreads for December. I would say better late than never but it might not be true in this case because I am sure everyone is over Christmas photos and documenting the holiday season at this point ;)

First up is the usual spread about the month in general. Calendar card from the Project 52 2016 Edition (recoloured to all white) and "December" stamp from Paislee Press. The journalling card on the left is from the Everyday Edition and the cards on the right from the Hello December Edition by Stampin' Up!

This spread is about our preparations for Christmas. Products from December You are My Fave No. 5 by Paislee Press.

The first of two spreads about Christmas (Eve + Day). Products from the Hello December 2015 Edition by Stampin' Up!, except for the "Merry Christmas" stamp on the left which is from the aforementioned kit by Paislee Press.

The second spread about Christmas. Products are a mix of Hello December 2015 Edition and December You are My Fave No. 5.

A spread about that beautiful sunrise I experienced at the end of the month. All products from the Positive Vibes Kit by Paislee Press.

The final spread of the year, documenting New Years Eve. Products are a mix of the Project 52 Fresh Edition, the Moments Like These Edition and the Positive Vibes Kit.

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