First – my Pencil-Lines layout for this week.

Our guest this week was Michelle aka MJM :)

Made with Fancy Pants Designs – Kraft Kuts (That Boy) & Rough & Tough. Added Distress Ink (faded jeans) & Glimmer Mist (Graphite & Patina) to this one, aswell as a blue cardstock as mat and paint on the edges of the pp & embellished it w/felt. Gems and ribbon from Prima, chipboard-letters from American Crafts.

I honestly can’t believe I haven’t scrapped these piccies of the kiddo before (I don’t think so at least??) – but – the boy lines from FP really matched these full-of-life&zest-piccies… I have the middle one as a large canvas at home by the way :)


Lots are happening over at Pencil-Lines right now – the BOOK is finally done and I can’t wait to get my copy in my hands (I totally love 80% of the layouts I did for that book at least..the rest..I hope she didn’t use them cough) – it contains 40 new sketches from Anna and several interpretations of these sketches by a design team of 11 different international designers – ie – there is sure to be something for everybody's taste in that book w/layouts made by:

Shimelle Laine,
Gigi Kennedy,
Michelle Filo
Sue Deacon
Anne Jo Lexander
Tracie Hudson
Iris Babao Uy
Christiane Muller
Carina Lindolm
Emma Trout
Annie Hafermann

And - maybe – in my humble opinion – the best of it all? The book is spiral bound (that one scored BIG points w/me – spiral-bound is sort of a must-be for craft books imo) and afaik it’ll be coffe-tableish in size (don’t quote me on that one – I’m positive I heard it would be a handy size for crafting but can’t find that info written down anywhere atm). You can preorder your copy here for £14.94 – wholesale-inquiries welcome – just email with “wholesale” in the subject-line. It’s expected to be delivered by the end of 2009 – hopefully in time before Christmas!


There’s also a Design Team Search over at Pencil-Lines atm!

I’ll just copy&paste what’s being said in the newsletter:

Design Team Search

Here at Pencil Lines we have sadly, said goodbye to Sue Deacon and Annie Hafermann . It now means it is time to look for some new DT members We have handpicked 2 new design team members and are now looking for 2 more members to join our design team!

1. Create a layout based on a sketch from Pencil Lines. Please label your layout with the sketch number and your name.; ie: AnnaBowkis _sketch101
Individual interpretation is encouraged, but the sketch must still be recognisable. Your layout must be made for this design call and cannot be uploaded to any blog or gallery, nor be previously published until after the design team call.
2. A link to your layout gallery
3. Full name, address and email
4. Blog link
5. A list of current DT's you are on
6. Link to resume/short bio
7. A twitter style 150 word , "Why you want to be on the Pencil Lines DT"
All entries must be 12 x 12 or 8.5 x 11. Please keep file sizes under 100kb.
Entries are to be emailed to

Please put Pencil Lines Design Team application in the subject line. Entries must be received by midnight EST on December 20th. The Design Team will be contacted by December 28th and will be announced on January 1st 2010.

* Your term will run from the January 2010 until December 2010 sketches.
*Each DT member will be required to submit 3 LOs per month. At the beginning of the current month, I will send you both new sketches for the following month and it will be due late in the current month.
* DT members are expected to remain exclusive to Pencil Lines Sketches for their DT period. We are not able to accept applicants who are current DT members for other sketch blogs / sites.
* DT members will occasionally have the opportunity to  work with product sent by our sponsors.
* Positions will be held for a twelve month period
*DT members should use the Pencil Lines blinkie and promote Pencil Lines where ever and when ever possible!
International scrappers may apply.
If you have any questions, please email them to me and I will answer them as soon as I can.
Look forward to receiving your entries.

Anna and the team

Next month we will announce 2 new members to be joining our team. I know you will love them!

Do apply! Pencil-Lines is well-known for it’s International cast, so being an International really is no disadventage for once!! :D

Gonna share quite a few photos, so suppose I’d show a card first for those who’s here for the scrappy stuff only sorta =)


Made this card for my grandmother-in-law but managed to forget the card at the office the day I was dropping by the hospital…ohwell..I’ll get it to her sometime I hope :p

Punched out butterflies w/my Martha Stewart-punches & used my scalloped scissors around the sticker. Paper&sticker from Pink Paislee, gems from KaiserCraft and letters from Adornit.



Back to the pictures…

Last night I finally got around to meet up w/some of the scrappy girls…it’s been a while!!

First I met up w/Marie, Eli and Ellen. We dropped by Moe, Udd & Tollefsen, who opened their own store at Bryggen. Nice little store & lots of people attending the opening. Cozy.



There were wine and snacks and Marie needed help w/the wine (srsly! ;p).

Then we detoured a bit & stood outside in the rain liek, just for fun – until someone had to lead people someplace & we ended up at The Scotsman. I think. The small, elegant pub next to the trad. doors to The Scotsman? Which looks totally different and way more chic and maybe it’s always been there & I’ve just been too drunk to notice/care. Like, years ago when I was young. *cough*

Anyways, they didn’t serve Guinness there until 10 (wtf! main reason we went there sniff..) so I opted for wine like the other girls. And sort of got fascinated w/taking piccies of the wineglasses.


Until someone had enough & threatened to grab their wines ruining my photos. Hello!!


Then we went to Egons & met up w/Ann Hedvig and Anki……soooo many people there and such great entertainment for those who had the view :p


Don’t look at me. Ellen and Eli decided to…refresh themselves or something.


♥ the whole evening, thank you so much for the great time gals…


Spent today w/the kids….


Visiting the Gingerbread Island at the local mall…so fascinating for the kids..♥


Adrian found this light-sphere fascinating..


…while I thought this part of the Island was most awesome. A replica of the AV-house (my workplace :D) in gingerbread….we’re located at the 2nd and 3rd floor :D Yes, the house is round. Yes the corridors goes around and round (like Eli learned last night :p). The bridge (connecting the island&mainland can be seen to the left, the boat to the right :p)


Then there was time for the Frost Princess to read out loud for the kids. Nice atmosphere.

Then we went home & started baking for Christmas :) Kakemenn! W/Hello Kitty! :D

Both kids helped ♥

Gonna make Bailey-balls (uh yeah) & try to get the honey&pecanmix wrapped up later today :)

ISO1600, 70mm, f/2.8, 1/40sec

I have to sheepishly admit that since I got my new camera (well, maybe not so new anymore as I’ve had it since winter) I haven’t really tested it at its highest ISO. Sure, I’m fawning over the fact that ISO640, even ISO800 works out wonderfully in most situations without really seeing that much loss of quality (bit garbled if nitpicky but situational). Compared to my old camera this new (D700) is heaven. It’s so much easier getting nicer pictures when working with better hardware - obviously. ISO1250 has sort of been the upper limit for me, things really are visibly garbled by then, so I’ve been sort of…..not afraid, but haven’t really seen the necessity/need to go higher than that even though my camera can go to ISO6400 and even beyond (uncalibred tho). Even not for just testing/playing around (I´m ashamed to say so out loud..). Anyways.

The above photo was taken one early morning on the way to work. Loved the dark blue sky, the beginning pink at the hilltops and this dude would make a cool silhouette I though, so I snapped a few exposures of him then walking quickly past before he could yell to me what the … I was doin :p. Anyways – fun thing is that when I got to work I learned that they needed a picture for a case on road lights (road posts?) and maintenance and this one fit just perfectly.

ISO2000, 24mm, f/2.8 1/15sec

We had a power-outage last week which forced us to use candlelight only for a while. The kids thought it was awesome, and I decided to see how well the camera would perform under these conditions (3-4 candles at most, NO other light from either the out nor inside). Please please ignore the ugly, close to death herb in the corner. Cough. It keeps threatening to die now that the weathers colder and less sun and stuff, and I keep tryin´to keep it alive just a little bit longer....

ISO6400, 24mm f/2.8 1/20sec

Aaaaahhhh ISO6400!! Usually I´d turn such photos into B&W, I think B&W pictures holds the higher ISO so much better than color ones, but - just wanted to share the camera in all its glory at this level.

Can you tell I love my baby? Maybe I should name it or something. Like, "my precccccioussss" :p

On a completely unrelated note - it´s soon Christmas (duh) and the kids are - ofcourse - into the whole thing. Amalie´s especially into the whole potential re. gifts, and has been eyeing what she wants for Christmas in a toy-catalogue the kids have been checking & double-checking for a while now.

So last night Adrian came to us asking us - "Mom, much money do I have in my bank account?" "Why", we asked him. "Well, I want to know if I have enough money for this ´Hello Kitty laptop´ Amalie wants for Christmas". Awwww.

No of course not, but he gets that all the time, which is exactly the reason we took our friend Christian and photographed him with intention of doing this. We thought it would be hilarious. It was.

Christian has cut his hair, shaved his beard but still makes awesome music with his band Vampire 9000. Check them out at Look out for something unusual we did for them on the blog.


  • Finally got around to scrap the photos of me & Tracie, taken by Dina – see below.
  • Pencil-Lines #162 – tada!:
  • Sweet Malin Dahlström guested us this week. For my layout I whipped up various old&new Hambly-stuff. Look how well the transparencies matches our outfits =)
  • Playing single-mom for the weekend + a day.
  • Am feeling both inspired and slightly bewilder-y about my choice of work atm. Inspired because I feel I’ve started to really see and learn about this genre & the kind of pictures I’d love to shoot & feeling more and more like “this is what I want to continue to do”. Bewildered because I’m not really sure where to start (when my time w/the local paper is over), how to really push me into that direction, how and where to really learn more, to move on past the stage in photography I’m currently at atm, how to get to evolve.
  • Feeling equally as torn because when shooting some cute kids the other day I felt a slight tug towards wanting to shoot portraits & candids of children, wishing to be a childrens&couples photographer, a portraitphotograper…oh, and my absolute favorite….do weddings!! But – again – no idea where or how to start there. And – when working for the local newspaper I do after all get to do a bunch of various kind of photowork, among them portraits etc and I love the variety I’m allowed to do atm.
  • Silently cursing myself for letting myself feel a bit whiney and stuff when overwhelmed by thoughts of my future.
  • Little one will be receiving her H1N1 vaccine later today. They are offering the vaccine in the kindergartens, so no need for us to drag her to some strange place having to queue w/lots of strangers. A good initiative methinks. I covered the first vaccination in the kindergarten for the paper last week, so at least I know what to expect and hopefully I’ll be able to prepare her enough to avoid the YELLING & CRYING that was pretty much constant during my visit to that other kindergarten :p
  • Baked the first batch of Christmas-cookies last night!!! (although it’s almost empty now – the cookies were too darn yummy *cough*)



Syg and Pol's wedding was a real test of stamina for the whole crew - and their guests. After solemn church ceremony at San Agustin, everyone transferred to Casa Manila for the Christian ceremony. We were treated to a fun night at the reception at Teatrillo where the couple danced and Pol, our funny groom, sang!

On another note, the prenup shoot is just breathtaking. The song we chose for their SDE was just perfect for the scenery. Plus, checkout Pol and Syg's sun-kiss that Joannie added in as a little bonus after the end credit!

Photos coming up!



Friedl and Mareesa put all the effort into their hand-made wedding and that is why it was so AWESOME! They chose a very special part of the country, somewhere we had not yet been, to hold this wedding made for photographing.

Held at the Oranje Guest House, not far out of Clarens in the Freestate in a mindblowingly beautiful area. Wide open veld, with weeping willows and lazy wheat fields nestled between sandstone cliffs - for as far as you can see. We fell in love with it immediately.

Though young themselves, Friedl and Mareesa took everyone back in time with vintage everything. From her wonderful dress, and (in their own words) his "sweet-jacket" to antique plates on every table. There is actually too much to mention so we'll stop there and leave room for another post later.

Take a deap breath - its a big post!


We set up a small portrait studio at the reception with a few props for people to have a laugh with - did they ever. We had the time of our lives shooting these. Click on them for a better view.

It did end well.