Week in the Life 2013 Album

I took all those photos I took during Week in the Life and put together an album I’m really happy with and honestly love how it turned out! I decided to make my album a mix of 12×12 layouts and pocketed pages. I used a couple different styles of Project Life pages, and I had never used them before. I’ve scrapped with pocketed pages before, but not quite like this. It was sort of overwhelming at first and took me a while to figure out exactly what I wanted to do and which pictures I wanted to use. In the end it worked out better for me to use a couple different styles and to have some days have more pages than others. It worried me at first, but it looks totally fine.

I cut out some phrases, the days of the week, and a card for each day of the week with my Silhouette SD. I did a layout for each day with an 8×10 photo, plus one more layout for each day of whatever photo combination I felt like. I printed most of my photos at Costco and then printed the rest at home with my Selphy.

I used a Project Life Dear Lizzy album I bought 60% off at Michaels.

I made a cover layout:

The small stickers at the top say “a week in the life.”

Here’s the rest of the album There are 41 pages total!








I also made an end page:

I used only a few different embellishments, and the papers weren’t all the same line, but I thought worked together quite well: Dear Lizzy Neapolitan 12×12 paperEveryday Eclectic paper by Allison KreftToday’s Story collection kit by Allison Kreft, and We R Memory Keepers Albums Made Easy Simply Happy Journaling Cards. The colors worked really well with the photos!

This was a great project but I am relieved to be done. I think our family will appreciate this a lot in the future, especially Serena some day. 🙂

Thanks for looking at all of this, and let me know if you have any questions!


Week in the Life: Album Sneak Peek

This past weekend I worked as much as I could on my Week in the Life album. This is taking me a lot longer than I had imagined! I decided to do a mix of layouts and pocketed pages. I thought the pocketed pages would make things easier, but because of all the different photo orientations and the number of photos it has actually made it more complicated! I did buy some 4×6 and 3×4 Project Life type cards to use in the pockets as well and I’ve had fun selecting those, but it also took some time!

At this point I have all my photos printed and where I want them to go, and cards in the pockets. I also cut out a bunch of cards and words with my Silhouette that I am really happy with. I need to add all the journaling and embellishments and also make the 12×12 pages, and then I’ll be done! I’m hoping I will have more fun with all the stuff I have left to do. At this point after working with the pockets this way I don’t see myself ever doing Project Life. I like sticking with a majority of 12×12 pages with some pocketed pages mixed in here and there. I guess I could change my mind? It just flows so completely differently.

So….hopefully Serena will take some long naps this week and I can get this done! I’m pretty excited about it.

October Afternoon Warehouse Sale 2013

Last night my friend Becca and I went to the opening night of the October Afternoon Warehouse Sale! October Afternoon is one of our fave scrapbook companies, and they just happen to be located here in Minnesota. We’ve lucked out because for the past few years they have had a warehouse sale each fall and sold discounted products. Becca and I went to the sale together in 2011. Last year we planned to go, and the day we were going I was put on bed rest while pregnant with Serena because of high blood pressure, so I missed out! This year nothing was going to stop me! I knew it would be great deals and easy to fill up my “shopping box”, but I rarely buy scrapbook supplies anymore. Once upon a time I shopped every week or so! Now I basically scrapbook shop socially, or when I need a scrapbook or adhesive or something essential like that. So this was my big annual shopping trip and I can’t believe all that I got for what I spent!

The first night of the sale was from 6-9 and they asked we bring non-perishable food items for a local food shelf. Becca and I decided to meet each other there at 7, and we both showed up at around 7:10 or so. We stood in a line outside the warehouse waiting for our turn to shop. They only let a certain number of people inside to shop, and then as people left they would let more people in. People in the line actually cheered when they saw each person leave. Ha! Becca and I ended up waiting in line for over an hour. I’m not exactly sure what time they let us in. Maybe around 8:30? I think most of the people there were also planning on going to Scrapfest at the Mall of America. The people behind me in line had driven up from Kansas City for their 5th year in a row. I’ve actually never been to the event even though I live here…

Inside the warehouse we entered a small room to start out with some really great deals as well as some of the newer lines in collection packs. Then we entered into the bigger room packed full of product and people. It was a much bigger sale than the one I went to two years ago, but Becca said it was similar to last year. They had packs of paper that were 25 sheets all of the same paper raging in price from $1 to $9. I bought some of this and Becca and I also split some of the packs. They had lots of items 3 for $1, 5 for $3, etc. A few items were also buy x get 1 free. They also had one area of irregular sized paper that was 25 sheets for $1. I bought this last time (and this time as well) and used it a lot for cards or to cut out with my Silhouette. They had grab bags for $3 full of all kinds of embellishments so I bought one of those for fun and was happy with all that I got!

The line to check out was a long wait as well, and wrapped around the back of the warehouse so everyone was still shopping as they waited in the check out line. We didn’t get done until just about 10:00!

Here is my box of stuff before I checked out:

They had some people there who would write a list of what was in your box, and then they had 2 cash registers where they could ring it all up. Here’s looking back after I checked out.

If you spent $50 you got a Travel Girl 12×12 paper pack. If you spent $75 you got a Travel girl embellishment pack. I spent enough to get both of them and more.

Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for- what I got. I know I don’t NEED all of this, but the prices were so good and I love all their stuff! I bought a lot of Christmas stuff, Farm Girl and some Travel Girl stuff, and a mix of little things from many different lines. I know it will be easy to use with the photos I’ve been taking of Serena.  I use the mini market alphas all the time on almost every layout so I got lots of those.

Insane. I know. It’s awesome. :-)I spent about $100. Becca said when she reacted to how much she spent the woman at the register told her she was an amateur because she had seen someone spend over $1000 and another $600, etc.

And for those of you who are interested, the lines I saw most of that come to mind: 9 to 5, Sasparilla, Travel Girl, Cakewalk, Farm Girl, Woodland Park, Midway, Witch Hazel, and some Christmas stuff.

A closer look at some of the (2-sided, showing both sides) papers I got:

 I better find some time to scrapbook now. 🙂

Preparing for Another Project!

Maybe I’m crazy for thinking now is the time to start a project, but I’ve wanted to do this one for years! It’s called A Week in the Life, and it’s from Ali Edwards. In Ali’s words “A seven-day documentary project, Week In The Life is an annual opportunity to capture the simple everyday details of your life with photos and words.”

I’ve watched others blog about this project over the years and always thought it would be fun to try, and I imagined it would be especially interesting to do once kids are in the picture. Well, Serena is here (and 10 months old today!), and I have a couple cameras that are working well as well as an iPhone, and am home and not out somewhere traveling, so I think now is the time. It starts on Monday, September 9th. So, starting next week you’re going to see a bunch of posts and pictures about my/our daily life, and after that I will spend time making a book. Now that Serena is taking naps that are longer than half an hour I should be able to find some time to make a scrapbook or photo book, so I’m excited to put something together! I think it will be really interesting to look at as time passes, similar to how I feel about my Project 365 book.

I Print Photos.

Lately I’ve been taking advantage of Shutterfly codes and sales and stocked up on a bunch of prints after not printing any for quite a while. When I go some time without printing photos, it is always really exciting when I get my prints in the mail. I love having the photos in my hand. Some of them don’t look as good “in person” and others are just so much greater in person. I realize that printing photos is going out of style. I really think that most people my age do not print photos at all. When people find out I scrapbook they usually wonder how I find the time and a lot of people mention that they don’t even print photos.


For me, there is something really special about printed photos and about putting them somewhere and documenting what they are about and looking at them again. I don’t print every photo. I don’t print most of them. In the digital age you can take hundreds of photos at an event or on a trip, so I doubt anyone prints most of the photos they take. There are so many ways to share photos. Sometimes Facebook seems like a live scrapbook. People share photos and type up what they are, organize them how they want, etc. People are constantly documenting their lives now through blogs, social media, photo sites, and more. They just don’t think of it that way because a lot of it seems temporary or fleeting.

This is part of why I like to print photos, photo books, and why I scrapbook. I’m not always thinking about passing photos on for generations to come, but that is sometimes part of it. Who knows how technology will change. Who knows what could happen to the websites where I back up my photos. And if I don’t write about the photos, the people that see them in the future most likely won’t have any context for what they mean.

But the main reason I print the photos and make photo books or scrapbooks is purely for myself and the satisfaction I get. I love to take the photos, to then hold them in my hands, to put the photos together how I like them, to record the stories that go along with them, to find just the right papers and all the other stuff that goes with them. I love to remember, to see the people that are special to me, to remember the places I’ve traveled to, to see how my life has changed and how it’s the same, and to see what God has done in my life and how prayers have been answered.

I’m not saying everyone should scrapbook, but I do recommend taking the time to print some photos to put in frames in your home, or to make a photo book of a special event or trip. Having the photos in your hands really is different than looking at them on a screen. Maybe no one else will appreciate them like you do now, but maybe someday someone will. You never know!


Here are some other posts I read about printing photos that motivated me to share my thoughts:

Print for Your Children’s Children

10 Reasons Why People Don’t Print Their Photos Anymore

Let’s Talk About Scrapbooking



Customer service?

Another reason why I am happy I replaced my dead Cricut electronic cutter with a Silhouette SD:

When my Cricut died, I tried everything I could to see if there was something wrong that needed to be changed so I could get the power button to actually work. I then went to the Cricut website and found their knowledge base and tried each of those steps. I sent an e-mail to Cricut support, and even included the steps below my e-mail so they knew what knowledge base article I was referring to:


to: support@cricut.com

date: Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 7:06 PM

subject: My Cricut does not power on


My Cricut does not power on. I found an article in your knowledge base and I still can’t turn it on. My power button does not glow green. Nothing is displayed in the LCD. I pushed the power button several times, making sure I pressed it hard enough. The power adapter is plugged in to a live outlet. I tried other outlets as well. Both parts of the adapter are plugged together, and the adapter end is completely plugged in to the machine. There is a green light glowing on the face of the power adapter, so I know it is plugged in. I checked all of these things more than once, and my Cricut still does not power on. Do you have any other suggestions or is my Cricut dead now?


Karin Tungseth

Possible Solution 1 – Does the power button itself glow green? And are there just squares displayed in the LCD if so? If this is the case, the Cricut machine will need to be serviced.

Possible Solution 2 – Make sure the power switch has been firmly press.

Possible Solution 3 – Make sure the power adapter is plugged into a live outlet, both parts of the adapter are plugged together, and the adapter end is completely plugged into Cricut machine.

Possible Solution 4 – Check the power adapter is plugged in. There should be a green light glowing on the face. If not, it may be defective and needs to be replaced.


After I received no response for a couple of days, I finally just called their customer support number and talked to someone. I told her I had sent them an e-mail and had not received a reply. She had me check ONE thing, that there was a green light glowing on the power adapter, and then told me the only solution was to buy a replacement machine.

TODAY, 15 days later, I got the following e-mail:


date: Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM

subject: RE: My Cricut does not power on


Thank you for contacting Customer Support.

Due to the technical nature of your inquiry, we would recommend that you contact our Customer Service Department at: 1-877-727-4288.  Our hours are Monday through Friday 7am to 6pm MST.  We do apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thank you for your patience.

Have a wonderful day!

Customer Support


Thanks! And I’ll have a wonderful day using my Silhouette SD. Yes, I actually did send them a reply because I thought they should know what I think about their customer service. Here’s to hoping Silhouette’s customer service is better!

So, my Cricut died.

A couple of weeks ago, I discovered that my personal Cricut (electronic die cutter) died. My mom gave me the Cricut for Christmas a few years ago, and has given me many Cricut cartridges for gifts. I used my Cricut primarily for making cards, invitations, gift bags, and other projects. I did use the Cricut for my scrapbook pages occasionally, but not very often. I have a big love for American Crafts Thickers, so I rarely cut out letters/words with my Cricut, even though I had hoped to more.

Anyway, it was a handy little tool, so I was sad when it wouldn’t turn on. I checked everything possible and it wouldn’t work. I sent an e-mail to Cricut support, and after not receiving any response for a couple of days, I gave them a call. My Cricut, in fact, was dead, and the solution they gave me was buying a replacement one! “They have them on sale now at Walmart.” I had been wondering what to spend my Christmas money on, but I hadn’t planned on it being a replacement for a dead Cricut. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense to go ahead and buy a replacement while I had the funds readily to do so!

I took a few days and did lots of research online. In the past few months I had seen more and more people talking about the Silhouette SD, so I wanted to consider that as well (although I do not know anyone personally who owns one). Silhouette even has this handy comparison chart. I thought about buying a Cricut Expression because I heard you could get one at Walmart for around $200. The bad part about that is that I would have to step foot into a Walmart and then give them $200 of my money. I choose not to shop there unless necessary for various reasons, and around here in the land of Target  you have to really go out of your way to find one. Buying the Cricut would be nice because I could just keep using the tools I already have, including the cartridges. It also would be nice because it can cut 12×12. I’m not sure if I would ever find a reason to need to cut something that size, but it’s possible.

I had seen people mention the Silhouette because they liked the convenience of being able to download designs when they needed or wanted to. They didn’t need to buy a cartridge with a handful of designs they would use, but instead could download individual designs. Also, with the Silhouette, it is pretty easy to create your own designs, and you can cut any font you already have installed on your pc! Also, it’s not a stale shop of designs to download. It’s updated every week, and has a free design to download each week as well. The other big difference is that you use software on your computer to select the designs you are going to cut. The new model is an “SD” version, so technically you can put designs on an SD card and not have to have the Silhouette attached to your computer to use it, making it portable. It really works just like a printer, but cutting instead of printing.

In the end I decided on the Silhouette. Here are the big reasons why:

*Cricut is currently revamping and discontinuing a lot, including the Cricut Expression, the very model I was thinking about buying. When it comes to technology, buying a machine about to be discontinued isn’t very exciting.

*I saw a comparison of the two cutting out the very same thing. Silhouette did a much cleaner, sharper job.

*While I already have Cricut cartridges, I had a few on each that I really loved and that was it. I also only had a couple of font cartridges. The cartridges took up space. The little books were sort of annoying to have to page through to find what I needed. Choosing designs based on the tiny keys on the interchangable keypads was also frustrating. The little display on the Cricut and all the keys I had to push sometimes were frustrating to me.

*I discovered that I could purchase the Silhouette SD on overstock.com, only pay $2.95 for shipping, and use a 10% off coupon. It only cost me a total of $166.73. That’s less money than the Cricut Expression, and I didn’t even have to go to Walmart, or step foot in any store for that matter! It also came with a $10 card to use in the Silhouette store for downloads.

*With the Silhouette I can use the tons of fonts I have on my computer. I can also download designs that are very current, and create my own! I was able to download some American Crafts Dear Lizzie images! Also, it came with 50 images already.

*With the Silhouette I can use software on my computer and alter existing images, make them any size I want to use (within 8 1/2 x 39 inches and not limited by increments of 1/2 inch), and flip images around to fit everything onto the page the best way to efficiently use the paper. There are just many more options available to me working in this sort of format, and I don’t mind having to learn new software.

I’m excited to try some of the different things I can do with the Silhouette, like:

*Print and cut! First you print the image on your printer, then put it through the Silhouette and it cuts it out.

*Use pens in place of the blade to sketch

*Make vinyl wall decals

*Etch glass

*Use heat transfer vinyl on clothes and bags and other items

*And as usual, make more cards and scrapbook pages. 🙂

I received my Silhouette SD yesterday, and here are my very first scrapbook pages with Silhouette die cuts!

I cut out the trees and “Tungseth Tradition.” I know these aren’t the best layouts ever, but I was just playing around and experimenting to see what works. I “welded” some of the letters together, so they weren’t just cut out one at a time. Another bonus with the Silhouette.

I think these borders turned out pretty nice! I am amazed how well it cuts the intricate pieces. This font was not a winner! I have to keep trying to figure out what the Silhouette cuts best. Once again I “welded” these so they were cut out as words, not just individual letters.

These are the Dear Lizzy doilies. 🙂 I think they turned out pretty well, but I think I’d prefer their look on a smaller scale. They work pretty well on this page though.

That’s all for now. I’ll let you know what I think as I keep using it! Let me know if you have any questions.

More layouts :-)

Here’s a couple more of my fave layouts I’ve made recently:

This was pretty simple to make, but i like how colorful it is. 🙂

It was tough to narrow down what photos to use on this page! Lots of fun ones. 🙂 This also is pretty simple. Was able to use a scrap Hambly overlay.

I thought this paper was really fun! It’s K & Co. It worked out perfectly for my layout, as well as saving the score sheet. 🙂


Some more layouts of 2009, scrapped in 2010.

It’s been way too long since I’ve shared some scrapbooking pages, don’t you think? I took a little break from scrapping over the holidays and now I’m back to it. But I realized that I hadn’t taken photos of any of my layouts for months! Today I spent some time snapping photos of some of the layouts I made last Fall. So now you get to see them here. Yay!

I got a lot of ideas and some “scraplifts” from the Elizabeth Kartchner book, “52 More Scrapbooking Challenges.” It’s a really fun book with lots of great ideas. All of these did not come from that, but certainly many did that I worked on last Fall!

I used lots of scraps, and some Basic Grey and Sassafrass stickers. I also used a big EK Success edge punch. Love it.

I kept seeing these little pinwheel dealios everywhere so I thought I’d use them on a layout. I know I scraplifted this layout from a blog I saw but I am blanking on which one….Anyway, I think it looks cute, but it is way too thick in my scrapbook album. Sigh. I stamped the letters on and used buttons from my stash. Neato.

I am always using the K&Co. Amy Butler paper. What will I ever do when I run out? 🙂

Basic Grey, Amy Butler, and K&Co. Handmade. Martha Stewart punches.

Sometimes I am amazed how long I save programs and stuff to use for pages. I like how this one worked out.

And this one too:

This is actually Martha Stewart paper I bought on clearance. The flowers are from Big Lots, and the ribbon is American Crafts.

I like how this one turned out. MM Vintage Findings. Martha Stewart paper. It is getting harder and harder to chose which photos to scrap because I keep taking more and more! I’m sure we took hundreds during the Lehman wedding weekend, and i narrowed it down to just a few that I wanted to remember it by.

Ok, that’s enough for now. I’ll come back and share some more another day soon. There are so many more! I am currently scrapbooking Christmas 2009, which means I’m close to being a year “behind.” I am making the process more enjoyable by being more selective with the events and photos I scrap. If I don’t feel like scrapbooking it, I don’t! Once I am “caught up” I have lots of childhood photos and other random pictures to scrap, and I’m always taking photos anyway!

Two Months

I haven’t shared any scrapbook layouts in two whole months! I have been finding a day here or there to scrapbook and get a bunch done. I only do it when I’m totally in the mood or need the “therapy.” I really enjoy the time thinking about the memories and exercising some creativity. I’ve been trying to be a bit more selective about the photos I scrapbook. If I’m not feeling it, I don’t force myself to do it. Since the last time I posted, I finished scrapbooking my photos from 2008, and now I’m up to June of 2009! I’m still over a year “behind” but I am having a fun time with these photos. I finally got to the photos taken with our Cannon Rebel! I do think it is more enjoyable to scrapbook with the nicer photos. It might be a little bit harder to choose which photos to scrap!

Here are a few I took photos of to share with you.

For this layout I used some Making Memories Vintage Findings paper and then a random assortment of things I had stashed in a drawer, including a couple of clothing tags I had been saving! The photos are from our Valentine’s Day/ Kyle and Trevor’s birthdays outing with Kyle and Erin at the MOA. Fun times!

This layout is more Making Memories paper. The photos are from Easter last year in Sheboygan with my family. It’s pretty simple, but I like how it turned out.

For this layout I used Sassafrass paper and then some various tapes, and some K & Co. journaling spots. The photos are from the photobooth at Scott & Emily’s wedding reception April 2009. So much fun! More people should have them at their weddings. 🙂

For this page I used mostly Colorbok’s Heidi Grace papers. I love the floral and bird designs in this line. Very cute! I used my EK Success Bubble punch too. The alphas are Thickers and the flowers are leftovers I cut out with my Cricut. The photos are from when Betsy and I got to see our friends, the Snodgrasses, while they were visiting from overseas.

I used the Basic Grey Basics line on this page, as well as K&Co. Amy Butler. The photos are from a Tungseth get together with some relatives who visited from Norway.

Lastly, this layout was made with Cosmo Cricket paper, Martha Stewart stickers, and American Crafts Dear Lizzie chipboard. The photos are from the first Live on the Drive we went to, where we hung out with fun neighbors and enjoyed some live music!

Thanks for looking! Time to go put some more water in Cash’s water dish. I can hear him banging on it…