Art Journal Peek: Act as if…

Today let’s take another peek into my art journal, shall we? It’s just one spread but with a few photos of the details. You know I like to go in close and zoom in on the details, weather it is flowers in nature or words on a page.

Art Journal Detail: Act as IF and magic will happen by iHanna

I like that saying that proclaims that if you act as if, you will be become that way – in a positive way. That’s why I wrote it on this page, just as a little note to myself…

Act as if! Act as if you’re a wealthy [wo]man, rich already, and then you’ll surely become rich. Act as if you have unmatched confidence and then people will surely have confidence in you. Act as if you have unmatched experience and then people will follow your advice. And act as if you are already a tremendous success, and as sure as I stand here today – you will become successful.
Jordan Belfort

If you don’t believe it, here is a fact that might make you change your mind: When we are happy, we smile. However, the reverse also occurs: we smile, and so we are happy – because smiling literally increases blood-flow to the brain. I think that is something to think about.

I wish I could remember this quote every day, because then I would act as if I was super cool and had loads of money a lot more! ;-)

Here is the whole spread, where I have been using both acrylics and watercolors, and cut out a whole bunch of doodles from my other notebooks:

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Doodeling in the Ocean

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.
Peter Marshall

Patterns in the Sky or as we say Cloud Porn - photo by Hanna Andersson/iHanna

This small island is called Grinda, it has some rental cabins, a camping ground, two places to eat and one little shop/coffee place for boat tourists to stock up on frozen food and shampoo I guess. We went to a place called Backfickan, just on the water. I had a delicious hamburger, and then a coffee to go – because now it was time to explore…

Flowers in Grinda by iHanna of

Well, not explore really. Just walk around, snap photos, admire the swan family’s super cute kids , and to take a look at the beautiful fauna…

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Stockholm from the Waterfront

Asking ourselves, ‘Where am I right now?’ gives us a chance to step outside the internal dialogue for a moment of peace. Look around you, take a deep breath and notice what you see, hear and feel. Present moment awareness is the point of power and choice. It frees us from our compulsive thoughts.
Laura Harvey

Heading out to the Stockholm Archipelago

If you find yourself in the capital of Sweden on a hot summer day, I suggest you head out to the archipelago. Since Stockholm is built on water the archipelago is close and you can go with any of the ferries in the city. My goal for the past three years has been to head out there at least once each summer, more if possible. This year we hit a perfect day for it. Puffy clouds and sunshine, wind in my hair and time to document it with my camera…

Stockholm on water

After a quick walk through the city, you can enter a ferry boat and settle in with that feeling of boundless freedom that traveling always brings (even a short travel for about 2 hours gives me that feeling of letting go of all my troubles/compulsive thoughts) …

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Inspiration | 5 Pretty Craft Ideas

5 link love links collected and shared by iHanna

I kid you not, but I actually still love to do craft. I have a knitting project, a hexagon project and a few embroidery ideas here for sure, but most of all a whole slew of paper craft projects going on. It’s just not visible in the blog right now. Once my knitting project is finished, I will take photos and show you the wonders of it I promise.

I would love to sew more, marble, wood work and cook something up in the kitchen, hence a link collection for inspiration was curated and set up. It’s a small one, with only five great ideas – but all of them worth checking out if you ask me. I hope you find something new and fun that you want to try.

Let’s check the pretty craft ideas by others out today while I drink my coffee…
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Art Journal Peek: Endless possibilities

An art journal gives you endless possibilities to be creative. There are always new, blank pages that is waiting around the corner – waiting for us to draw, paint, collage, create art or mess up.

It’s a kind of magic that is always there for us when we need it, even on dark nights when only the stars are shining…

Art Journal Detail: Girl and Cat by iHanna

I like the messy pages just as much as the more artful ones.

Sometimes I leave what others would call “an art journal background” as is. I call it abstract. I call it finished because I feel like it. I call it a cloudy sky or the messy place where I feel most at home. Like this blue one, that liked “as is”.

Though now I enhanced it with a quote in photoshop:

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Book Review | All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland

July is here and I’m so ready for days of reading, crafting and basking in the sun… I want to dive into my pile of books too, so let’s. I’m starting of with this beautiful patchwork book that came out this spring. It’s so brand spanking new that you might not have seen it yet, but let me tell you, if you like hand sewing this is a book you should check out!

Book Inspiration: all points patchwork by Diane Gilleland

The title is All Points Patchwork – English Paper Piecing beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects! Over 200 pages of colorful inspiration, published by Storey Publishing and authored by Diane Gilleland.

Book cover image of All Points Patchwork - English Paper Piecing beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects So what is English Paper Piecing (EPP for short)? It’s cut paper templates in different shapes that you baste a small piece of fabric to. When you have several shapes you hand sew those together and create a larger piece of fabric that can become a coaster, a handbag or even a big quilt if you continue long enough. This might sound like tedious work, and it can be… But it is also super soothing on many levels. And once you master it it’s even fun, I promise!

My favorite thing with EPP is picking from my trash-stash of tiny bits that can’t become anything but a small hexagon, and finally using them. Pressing down with the iron and attaching it to the paper template transforms those wrinkly bits into something that could almost be a finished piece all on its own. Then you get to continue sewing, tiny stitches in a slow way, combining favorite scraps together into something new and exciting that grows under my fingers and can be displayed in your home… Yummu, right?

If you want a great bring-on-the-go quilt project EPP is it! If you need to de-stress, this just might be the thing that helps you the best in the long run. Anyway, back to the book, because the book is full of fun inspiration and pretty project pictures…
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Get Started Ideas for Creative Play – using the Phone

Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time…
Bill Gates

When there is nothing going on we pick up our smart phone and check what’s happening somewhere else. Through the many apps that constantly connects us to news flashes, friend updates, new e-mail messages, and incoming text messages we always have something to distract ourselves with. I hate when I notice how I use my phone to distract myself from working, moving forward or dealing with difficult situations. Mindfulness is the only thing that I know of that can help me notice this behavior and move away from it. But Mindfulness on the smart phone is really hard, so there’s an app for that too!

I don’t think that the phone is all bad, not as bad as many would like to make it. It’s a wonderful tool for connection, finding inspiration, love and sharing updates and photos with friends close and far – and it’s also a great tool for creativity!

The always accessible camera is awesome for play and documentation as I’ve written about before, and instagram is the best thing ever after sliced bread. But there are some other fun stuff that you can play with too. I’ve been trying out a few ideas and I’m gonna share some ideas today, just to give you an idea of what’s possible if you haven’t started playing yet.

For example, doodeling is always fun, even on a small screen – and with your finger.

Creative on the iPhone
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Inspired at the Haberdashery

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.
Steve Jobs

Have you ever been inside a really cozy Haberdashery Shop? The kind that you don’t want to leave. The kind where you wander around and touch materials. Where there are ribbons, buttons, thread, needles and similar sewing goods for all your needs and wishes.

When I was in Visby recently we found a vintage looking fabric and yarn store there, and had to stay for a while. And it was a haberdasher’s shop for sure! A friend called it overstocked and difficult to navigate. I called it beautiful and chock full of inspirational materials. I wouldn’t want to work there, but in the piles of embroidery thread boxes I see color combinations, new patterns, and magic.

Checkered button held and photographed by iHanna of

Today I’ll give you a glimpse of that magic, through the lens of my iphone…

I find such delight in always having my iphone camera with me these days. The pattern of what and when I photograph has changed since I got an iphone, especially as a tool to collect inspiration. Taking photos with my big girl camera is a lot about being artistic and/or documenting everyday life. But using the iphone is like snapping a mental picture, to remember something when you get back home.

Inspired by a vintage looking haberdashery - lots of awesome photos by iHanna of

At art exhibitions, flea markets and stores, and when out and about in town, I snap a tone of photos! And I share very few of them on Instagram (where I’m @ihannas) because I don’t have the time/energy to upload all of them when I’m on the go…

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A Beautiful Midsummer Weekend

Beautiful Swedish Midsummer Weekend 2015 blogged by iHanna

When it felt like summer was just about to start, there was Midsummer (this past Friday) – telling us that half of what we in Sweden call summer has already passed…

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Journaling - as it should always be (at the island of Grinda)

Enjoying: summer as much as I can, when ever I can. I’ve been having very low energy for days on end, but when I find energy I try to spend it outdoors. June has already provided two BBQ-dinners with family and some lovely excursions, so I can’t complain really. I have captured lots of photos along the way, and had wonderful creative times outdoors. There is few things better than a blanket in nature, a notebook and some pens or watercolors by your side! The above photo is from an excursion to Grinda, a tiny island in the archipelago of Stockholm.

Planning: a re-design of my blog! I haven’t changed the theme of my wordpress blog for several years, mostly because I’m so comfortable with this one and know where everything is. But it’s outdated and I really long for something new! I need a theme that will work better on a smart phone/tablet and in general give me a fresh start… I’m hoping to do a switch in July, and hope that you will take the time to give me some feedback when that day comes.

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