Flying Tiger Traveler’s Notebooks

Every time I’m in Stockholm I visit a shop called Flying Tiger Copenhagen. It’s a chain store of cheap but cute Danish design originating from Copenhagen. I first discovered a store in Gothenburg, but for a few years now we’ve had one in central Stockholm and a few others popping up around here in suburb malls. Yay!

New Flying Tiger Traveler's Notebooks blogged by iHanna #flyingtiger #flyingtigercopenhagen

I like it because they sell cheap, cute and fun designs for home decorating, kitchen, toys but best of all, they have a big variety of stationary and notebooks. Maybe it’s not the highest quality on some of their things, but I still like it. I always enjoy browsing through everything new there, and picking out a couple of pens or a pad of patterned paper.
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Making Postcards from Scratch – Part 2: Painting a Mixed Media Background

I am painting a colorful Mixed Media Background, join me as we continue with our postcards today. In this part 2 of Making Postcards from Scratch we’re going to create Mixed Media Postcard backgrounds, and I’ll also share some other fun Postcard Ideas to try. Read part one here if you missed it, and join me in making ten awesome postcard to swap out. I would be delighted if you brought out your paint brushes and joined me.

Painting Postcards - part 2 of Making Postcards from Scratch (A tutorial series by Hanna Andersson a.k.a. iHanna) #mailart

The gesso I added in part 1 of Making a postcard from Scratch is now dry, and I’m ready to start painting. I decided to paint my postcards this year, but there are many fun techniques and things you can do on a postcard. I’ve got a lot of suggestions you could try at the end of this post, if acrylics isn’t for your.

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Hello October, Time for Hygge and all things Cozy

Hello October, time for hygge, a blog post from iHanna #danish #swedish

Goodbye September, Hello October!
I hope you’ll be productive, happy & give me plenty of time for cut & paste, embroidery, making postcards for the swap & for painting. And dear October month, send some autumnal sunshine my way, thanks. I mean rain is great but we don’t need it every day, huh?! Also, time to imagine and dream…

Indulge your imagination in every possible flight.
Jane Austen

I’m avoiding my usual “fear of darkness” quite well this autumn, at least so far (I sometimes worry that it’s going to be a horrible, cold period coming, but when winter comes I also remember how beautiful the snow and cold can be).

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Get Started | Make a Postcard from Scratch

It’s time to make postcards, don’t you agree? Here I’m making a postcard from Scratch – Part 1: Getting started.

Making postcards is not difficult. Anyone can do it, and with a bit of effort, I think you’ll love the postcards you make yourself even more than store bought ones. They are more personal, more meaningful and more fun to send out because you’ve made them yourself.

Vintage Post Card backside (1 cent postal)

If you’re feeling lost on where to start when making postcards, I thought we could get started together. It always feels more fun when you’re creating along with other creative souls, don’t you agree?

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iHanna’s DIY Postcard Swap Fall 2017

Time to join iHanna’s DIY Postcard Swap Fall 2017! I hope you are interested in joining this fun, international, awesome swap of handmade postcards swirling around the earth once again, spreading rainbows, joyfulness and happy thoughts to the people joining.

Get your own pile of happy mail this fall - sign up for iHanna's DIY Postcard Swap Autumn 2017 #happymail

You make some postcards in your own style, and send them out, and then you get happy mail back in your inbox a few days or weeks later. If you haven’t tried swapping your own creations yet, now is the time! Please don’t feel you can’t because you’re a beginner at painting or making art, everyone is welcome. I believe everyone can make postcards and deserves some happy mail back.

If this sounds like something you would like to be part of, please read more on the information page and sign up ASAP!

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The Finishing Touches of Everything

Wanna make some happy mail with me this fall? Then stay tuned. A fun Swap Event is being planed in this moment, and you probably are gonna wanna join in. Or at least that’s my guess.

Happy Mail Art Pile / DIY Postcards I've gotten - Sign up now so you don't miss anything, at

It’s almost time to join the DIY Postcard Swap that I host here twice every year – but not just yet. I’m scheming and planning still, making some new graphics and hoping it will be the best swap so far! I will be sending out your invitation to join in autumn’s Best and most Awesomest handmade postcard swap very soon! Those on my newsletter will be the first to know, so Sign Up Now if you haven’t already.

But today I had to take a break from computer work, to do something rather different…

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Painted circles ad infinitum

I have painted circles, because I love circles. Love them! Well, I do love polka dots, spheres, and most any roundish pattern I find (or make), as you might know.

And painted circles can be done in a couple of thousand different ways. There is no end to a circle, and I don’t imagine there is any end to the many ways you can vary them. Think about this simple pattern, how it could be varied ad infinitum (forevermore).

Painted circles or Painting in circles, a page in my altered art book or Book of Paint, by iHanna

You can vary this particular pattern in size and color combinations, right? Or you could make it neater, or even messier. You could fill a wall with circles, or a little post-it-note. Thinking about it makes me want to paint all day, every day. Painted circles ad infinitum.

And part of that thought, that idea, is to write about one image like this, and consider it. What does it mean, what does this say to me? Can I use this in some way? Was it a one way experience to paint this page in one of my altered books, or it something I could return to?

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When you just HAVE to make something

You know that feeling you get sometimes, that you just have to make something? The creative urge hits, and you simply need to craft something together, anything. You just have to get to it ASAP.

Maybe you see a color combination, a fabric, a pattern, a flower that you want to draw, and inspiration strikes. You just have to make something, right now.

When you must make something, ANYTHING, just do it

It is a great feeling, when you have the time and room to sit down right then and there, and satisfy your need to make that thing. It’s horrible when you can’t, right? You just can’t stop thinking about sewing or gluing or baking that special thing.

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Falling in Love with the Traveler’s Notebook System

Today I’m finally sharing a Traveler’s Notebook Flip-Through. It’s a long video (about 20 minutes), but I had so much to share I wanted to be thorough. Personally I love drinking my coffee in the morning, visiting YouTube and watching a video on someone else’s notebook, and see all the cute details inside it, so of course I wanted to share it all with you guys!

Falling in LOVE with the DIY Traveler's Notebook System + flip through

If you are as into notebooks as I think you are, you’ll like this peek into mine. If you don’t have time to watch it right now, feel free to bookmark this blog post or the video on youtube and come back another time. When you have watched the whole thing, let me know below what you think of it and if you’d be interested in more peeks into my system. I’d love to hear your thoughts too.

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A Blog Checklist: 18 before 2018

Today I’m sharing a blog checklist with 18 things I want to get done before 2018. I’m writing a list of things I’ve wanted to get done and fix on the blog for a very, very long time. I could probably make it a one hundred list, but 18 things seams more doable, don’t you think? Writing the list is no guarantee that it will get done, but at least I’ll give it a try…

A blog checklist: 18 things to do before 2018 starts by iHanna

Sharing this list is very scary to me, since I’m pretty sure I will not get through the entire list even though these are things I need to do for myself, and want to get done! If I post it here, at least I will have to come back to my to-do-list and let you guys know what got done (if anything), and what still got pushed to the side – and why. Accountability baby, accountability.
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