Project Life: June 2017.

Today I'm sharing the 26 (!) pages I made documenting the month of June. It was a busy summer month filled to the brim with beautiful memories and I think that's reflected in these pages. They are my favourite by far out of the ones I've made so far for my 2017 album. I ended up using a random mix of a great number of Paislee Press products as well as the kits that Liz Tamanaha has designed for the Becky Higgins brand. This is always a winning combination if you ask me :)

Around here: We're moving!

Project Life: May 2017.

During my vacation I was finally able to catch up with my 2017 Project Life pages. I finished documenting both May and June, which means that I am back on track again, working away on my July pages. Today I thought I'd share the pages I made documenting May.


Life Lately: July 2017.



Watching | We watched The Zookeeper's Wife since I had just finished the book last month. I found the film version rather disappointing what with all the unnecessary changes to the storylines and I had a hard time getting past the ridiculous accents (why not just use native speaking actors?). We also watched the Danish film Under Sandet which was infinitely better. Such a powerful story.

Listening to | Nothing that really stood out.

Consuming | Fresh strawberries and nectarines, all the ice cream plus lots of other delicious yet unhealthy food while being on vacation.

Reading | I read All the Light We Cannot See by the pool in Croatia. It's such a beautiful and moving read. I also read Glöm mig which wasn't the best but interesting enough to occupy me on my journey home from Croatia. Other than that I read The God of Small Things which is one of my all time favourite novels. I hadn't read it in a decade so it was about time I reread it.

Visiting | My parents, Per's mother and my aunt.

Enjoying | Being on vacation, going to Croatia and the awesome family reunion I helped arrange at the end of the month.

Making | Some real progress with my Project Life album for 2017. I finally finished documenting the month of May, as well as most of June. I'll be sharing the pages I made soon!

Looking forward to | Above all, moving into our new house in September! It makes me so much less depressed than usual about my summer vacation being over.

Project Life: Croatia 2015.

With our second trip to Croatia just behind us I thought I'd share my Project Life pages documenting my first trip to Croatia, in September + October 2015. I never got around to sharing them here back then (nor any photos from this trip for that matter), even though they were my favourite pages in my 2015 album. They were the last pages I made for the album and by then I had developed my style a bit more (2015 was my first year doing Digital Project Life). When I look at these it annoys me that I didn't think of adding drop shadows to the photos until after I finished this album ;)

I mostly used the Everyday Edition for these pages. It was brand new at the time and I found that the pink, gold and blue hues complemented my photos from Croatia really well. I also used a bit of the Moments Like These, Sunshine and Midnight editions as well as the Be Bright themed cards and the This & That value kit. This was my first time including (scanned) memorabilia in my pages.



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:


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.



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!