Sunday, November 30, 2014

New Life Layout

Hi everyone! A while ago I hinted that I had some news to share with you, and now is the time.

This is the first layout I made for our new little family member due next year, so the first news is that I am pregnant. Anton is very happy to get a sibling. Inside the pocket of the heart, there is another folder where I plan to place copies of the scans. I also wrote some journaling there. The title of the layout has two meanings, because my second news is that we are relocating to Stockholm, Sweden, with the move taking place in December. Because of that, things are going to be a little quieter on the blog during December. There are so many things to organise and get done.

The heart pocket is made with a new Sizzix die by Brenda Walton called Heart Pocket. I die cut the back of the heart from a piece of gelli printed paper, I like having a whole bunch of printed papers that I can reach for. The pocket was die cut from natural sticky back canvas, which was first adhered to cardstock.
The canvas was embossed in the pretty Songbirds folder and inked with brown Distress Inks, so that the embossing stands out better.
The small hearts were die cut from leftover gelli papers and patterned papers. They open up.
For the background, I embossed brown Core'dinations cardstock (4 x 4 in) in different shades and sanded. They were stitched to the background cardstock 

I die cut the title from mat board with the Block Talk Lowercase die. The accordion flower is also a part of the Notepad Cover die. The background paper watercolour paper coated with gesso, painted with Distress Paints and stamped.

The Notepad Cover inside the heart looks like this and was die cut from Prima patterned paper. I positioned the paper in such a way that the pencil would be at the bottom. It looks a little skewed on the photo, but not in real life.The butterfly is also part of the Notepad Cover die.

Inside the pocket, there is a little mini book meant for journaling and photos of the new little wonder.
There has been a couple of previous posts about these changes earlier on the blog, but I wasn't quite ready to tell yet, particularly these two: Changes layout and Vintage Rust art journal page.
Thank you so much for looking!!
Have a lovely day!
Surfaces: Sizzix: Little Sizzles Cream Mat Board; Tim Holtz Core'dinations color-core cardstock; Prima: Stationer's Desk A4 Paper Pad; Ranger: Natural Sticky Back Canvas
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Graph & Croc
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Tree Branch; Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs
Paint: Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap
Tools: Sizzix: Big Shot, Extended Cutting Pads; Gelli Arts: Gel Printing Plate 8 x 10


  1. Massive congratulations Anna-Karin (and of course family!!!) What incredibly wonderful news! And to arrange a move across the globe too is so much to be taking on. Crossing fingers and sending very best wishes that all goes to plan and that you remember to take care of yourself. Huge hugs, Jenny xxx

  2. Huge congratulations! Wonderful news!! I wish you and the family (and the little bean :)) the best of luck with the pregnancy and the move! Big hugs,
    Ingrid xx

    1. I got so excited a forgot to say how wonderful your layout is! Love all the embossed and sanded papers! The added die cuts are great! Love the pop of red.. X

  3. congratulations on your wonderful news xxx

    Your LO is a wonderful beginning to documenting this little one's story!

  5. a great big hug and congratulations to you, anna-karin! there is no better news than this! - vivian

  6. Ah, how lovely is that - many congratulations to you. My Mum always said - new house - new baby and I guess she is right! Do take care, with all you have going on. Your little booklet is beautiful too. Anne xx

  7. Many many congratulations what wonderful news . A gorgeous piece of art too. Hugs. Tracy x

  8. Congratulations! And a beautiful page, I love the embossed coredinations card stock :)

  9. This is the most wonderful layout and a huge congratulations on all your wonderful news! I love everything about this and how it celebrates your new addition / pregnancy!

  10. Congratulations!!!
    And this layout is so...awesome. I love embossed, soft color texture, wow, it represents everything you want to say right now...'New life'
    Take care, Anna- Karin

  11. I am so happy for you and your family Anna- Karin and hope that the moving is not too stressful with all you have going on. I love the layout and such a nice reason to celebrate! Do you know if it's a boy or girl yet? Anton will love being a big brother! Let us know how things are going once in a while OK?

  12. Congratulations Anna-Karin!! What exciting news! I will pray that everything goes smoothly for you on both fronts. I just love this layout too. All that embossing is wonderful.

  13. What a wonderful layout to share your fabulous news! BIG Congratulations to you and your family! Good for you that you will be slowly down take care! See you on the flip-side.

  14. Just so beautiful and wonderful in every single way, layout, and news!!!!

  15. I have been following your blog for only a few weeks and loving every minute of it. Good luck with your move and new addition. I look forward to pictures of your new home.

  16. Bless you and your family! May you enjoy an healthy, happy pregnancy. Thank you for all you do; looking forward to whatever you find time to post :D

  17. Congratulations on your growing family and such a clever way to share that news! Best of luck to you!!

  18. I wish you health and happiness for your family! That is a long way to move, I hope you will have help. Take deep, calming breaths :-)) Your layout is beautiful, I always get ideas from your work.

  19. Happy congratulations to yo Anna-Karin! Two very big life changes happening to your family - wishing you a smooth move!

  20. Congratulations, Anna-Karin! Love love your creation! :)

  21. I really like your layout! Congratulations on the move and the new family member....Good luck with both!

  22. Congratulations Anna Karin and family on your exciting news. How wonderful! It's so nice the big brother is excited about the new arrival as well. :)
    And then to be relocating on top of everything else. I do hope they take good care of you during all the shuffle.
    Your LO is such a beautiful way to announce the news. The embossing is so pretty and I like the browns and taupes with the pop of red. The heart pocket and the little photo holder are so sweet.
    Thank you for sharing your news and your lovely work! Take care!!! :)

  23. Congratulations Anna-Karin on your pregnancy and new home! Beautiful Layout too! Sending you hugs and well wishes!

  24. Congratulations! So much good news. A new baby and a move closer to your family. I'm so happy for you and your family.

    Oh, I almost forgot to say that your layout is wonderful.

  25. I've been behind on reading blogs the last week. Wow! I missed out on a LOT! CONGRATULATIONS! I'm SOOOO excited for you!

    I'm also quite amazed! I have no idea how you're doing all of this in your condition. Take care of yourself!!

  26. Huge congratulations, Anna-Karin - such exciting news on both fronts! I hope you are looking after yourself well, and taking all the time and rest you need in the middle of the stressful move. This is such a beautiful piece celebrating the wonderful changes on the way.
    Alison xx


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