Saturday, 25 February 2012

TCR "99 Life by the sea - a double-pager

Happy glorious weekend to you all!

Yesterday I sent off my boss to Barcelona, Spain where THE major event of the year in our industry takes place next week. The week leading to her departure was insane, so many details to coordinate and to have confirmed before she left the office. Have only begun to breathe normally again and can actually eat a meal in a longer time than 4 minutes flat.

Today I am taking hubby out for lunch and later in the week we are both having a day off from work, just the two of us spending the day together without mobile phones or emails.

Am also so happy to say that my jury speech at the Office Professionals Award gala dinner last Monday went really so well. It was a magical evening with some top rate Swedish artists performing. I cried when one of the guys fell down on his knees before the winner and starting singing "Unforgettable" - the wonderful wonderful song that Nat King Cole used to sing. I just say GOOSEBUMPS!

Now on to the release over at The Color Room where we have reached our 99th palette! so next Friday is a milestone for sure.

It is the last week of Swedish Maja Design's sponsor month, and once again Marie has incredibly generously donated fabulous papers for the DT work with. The palette is based on the collection called "Life by the Sea.

We are working with yummie colours like Caramel Sand (pale orange), Sky Blue, Burgandy Beach Hut, Deep Sea Blue.

And here's the inspo photo and sweet sketch by Lydell Quin:

There is something deeply ingrained in the Nordic soul that makes us love and yearn for wide open space, for moments of solitude away from the crowds, watching the ever changing water of the sea and feeling the soft rounded cliffs of our shores.

Mother Nature has her firm grip on us so no wonder the papers of the collection really spoke to my Swedish-Finnish self and this is what I came up with.

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First the left page, and then the right page separately.

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I fussy cut the fish from a paper from KaiserCraft Hunt & Gather before mounting them on acrylic. The muslin was misted in 3 different blue colours and my hands were a colourful testimony for 3 whole days.

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These photos were taken by my friend K last summer and are from Sweden's east coast up north. The name of the fishing village is called "Rönnskär" which can also been seen above the pics.

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Shabby weatherbeaten banners, a very typical sight in the archipelago. The small compass is from Australian online store Meg's Garden.

I cut out triangles from linen fabric and then stapled the paper banners on top before sandpapering them and picking threads from the linen. 

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And then the right page:

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The photos were taken by my friend K and show the harbour of Rönnskär.

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A generous blob of stone glue and then finegrained sand poured on top. Let it dry completely before giving it a squirt of TA glimmermist in Sand.

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There's to give you a feeling of Swedish summer in the archipelago! many months to go before we can sit and drink our coffee to the sound of lapping water, seagulls soaring and the tug tug of fishing boats.

Lots of mundane things to be done today but somehow feeding the dish washer and going grocery shopping actually feel soothing this particular weekend, just normal every day stuff.

Enjoy your weekend wherever you are! take care of yourself and your loved ones. Toodelipip!

xoxox Eila


  1. Oh Eila, this is devine. So so many gorgeous details to view. My eyes just keep racing aroung the page looking at all this yumminess. I just adore that little banner with the canvas & I love what you have done with the chippie mesh too. Totally fabulous. Love it all. Cheers Di xoxo
    PS. Thanks so much for all your wonderful words of encouragement over on my blog too. Very much appreciated. xoxo

  2. Perfect photos for the theme and you have used the papers beautifully. Loving that banner. Gorgeous work and your day off sounds just wonderful. Enjoy!

  3. Wow! Love this! Wonderful use of those colors!

  4. Eila..I'm not sure what it is about this layout, but it really touched me. I'm not sure if my scandinavian heritage is affected by the photo or the colors...but I deeply connected with this. Thank you for creating something that affected me in this way! Hugs!

  5. wow eila your double page is so awesome,
    love the banners and the photos are fab for the layout, have a great day:)

  6. Love every tiny detail on these pages, Eila! The banner looks wonderful. The pictures are awesome. This is a FAVE!

  7. Eila, congrats on being on the Design Team for Meg's Garden, can't wait to work with you XXX

  8. WOW Eila ADORE your double page LO... so many fabulous layers and textures and your banner is gorgeous!!
    Huge congrats on making the DT for Meg's Garden.. so excited to be working alongside you!! hugs :))

  9. hey you clever girl you a double ???!!!!! and sooooooooooooo gorgeous too .. love the banners .. awesome work .. xoxo
    and congrats on making the meg's garden team ... hooray for you !! looking forward to our journey in the 'garden of delights ' big hugz x

  10. wow! just love what you've done with this layout! the color scheme is very inspirational almost patriotic for us American's (and with the political chaos going on with the election its nice to remember that we still love our red white and blue.. anyhow what i'm really saying is i'm always looking for great fishing layouts and new ideas.. and you added them all to this fabulous layout! there's always so many fishing pictures since we got our boat last year and this inspires me... maybe i'll do another fishing mini book!! using this color scheme... always love your work.. and miss our chats.

  11. great great great.. love this!

  12. Oh wow, now a double is so hard to pull off and yours is magnificent! So happy to be designing with you too!

  13. Wow Eila, what a wonderful, wonderful page. So much lovely nautical detail...I especially love that banner, just gorgeous. So great to have you on board at Meg's Garden too, we're on the same team, yah !!!! xx

  14. Beautiful Eila! So glad you can breathe now & have a good week ahead planned with a day off just to "chill" as my kids would say...I am in love with these Maja papers - in LOVE - they are ever so beautiful and you have done such a wonderful job with them, those banners are awesome...

  15. Aw, I love all the little details on your pages: the little fish, the tiny compass... And the weathered, distressed look is perfect for a nautical layout. Well done!