Blog: Sweden

Action Today or … In My Art Journal Today


My wonderful friend Karen posted her quote on her facebook page and inspired me to create this journal spread:

“Be in action today to create the tomorrow of your dreams” – Karen C. Auld. There is so much truth in this- love it!


The colors were inspired by the flowers that are blooming again on my deck …it is crazy warm here for this time of the year!


I painted the background with different shades and tones of green and then used a spray painted stencil to create a reverse imprint on the spread. It was a quick page- but it felt good to get the hands messy and enjoy some beautiful colors.


the poor girl looks a bit pale- I think she needs some action ;) I used pencils and markers as well as some other pens for her.

I will post the supply list at the end!

—– On another note! I am coming back to Sweden – Stockholm for some workshops next year – May 27-29, 2016 – woot woot!!!! —-

Check out the announcement and classes here if you are in the area – I would love to see you!!!!


I taught at this event a couple years ago and it was amazing – I am looking forward seeing some familiar and also some new faces again!

…….and here as promised the supply list for the art journal spread –


I wish you a gorgeous day!

Comments (1)

  • Joi@RR


    What a neat project. I’m sure that my take is totally off the wall but here it is. The background is so light and airy and cheerful – so fun. But the figure is so much darker, grungy, hooded… stagnant looking. Then your sentiment…. tells me that there are opportunities and dreams to be had but only if we are not stagnant – only if we don’t lose hope… and for me… only if I dare to dream!!!!!! Great message here – thank you Nat!!! j.


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Stockholm Scrap & Pearl Event- Photos


I had such a wonderful time in Sweden, Stockholm last weekend at the Scrap & Pearl Event. Sofia and Peter organized this amazing event where about 1000 people came to crop, craft and have a good time. 21 stores were also making sure the shopping fun got included. Here is a photo of the place before the event – add some table lines to the left and you might get a little feel of how big it was ;).



It was massive and I have the biggest respect for Sofia and Peter putting this event together. They did an AWESOME job organizing it! I have never seen such a huge amount of goodie bags and since I am used to packing kits which takes FOREVER – I can only imagine how much time went just into packing these – well actually I know how long it took the two of them plus their kids to pack them…you don’t even wanna know!


I taught 3 classes that were all sold out – and I had so much fun with my super talented and fun Swedish students. We laughed a lot. Here are some pictures of my Be Awesome, Be a Book Nut Class which I taught two times.



And here are a few ladies I caught to take a picture off after my Portrait of a Lady class, I still have to get better at taking photos at workshops ;)



Another highlight was as always meeting many wonderful new and also some people I know. Here is one of my most loyal online students Anne Kristin. It was so wonderful to finally meet her in person!



And Sara, who shared her beautiful book with me where she played along with our The Whatevers! So much fun to see this !



Kattiz from K-Designs who creates wonderful paper- lovveeee it- and I will actually teach a layout class with some of her paper soon at the Ostsee Scrap Event. Wonderful personality too! I will share some work with her papers soon :)



Anna Björklund who was one of my super talented Jumpstarters in this year’s Creative JumpStart. She is wonderful and I am so happy I had the chance to spent some time with her at breakfast!



And Sofia of course who rocked organizing the event and who makes me laugh a lot :)



Many many other amazing people I loved to meet- including my sweet Danish Friends and Mia and Per- too bad we didn’t take a photo! It was wonderful to see you again!

And here is a picture of the yummiest sweetest gift I have EVER received by a student. This cake is to die for and my husband agrees…I have to hide it from him – LOL – Thank you so much Ulrika- you are AWESoME and I still think you should open a cafe with homemade cake…maybe with a little craft area? !

Also thank you Gerd for the wonderful book you gave me and Tammy for the yummy Chocolate! I am sooo spoiled – I have the best students EVER!



And I know by now you might be tired of my pictures…but I cannot leave you without showing you this picture of my loved ones while talking to them online from Stockholm….the look at our cat makes me laugh soooo much. Poor guy- he could just not comprehend where the voice was coming from -LOL



Wishing you a gorgeous day

huge hugs


In-Person Nathalie Kalbach In-Person Workshops
I teach in-person classes around the world on a variety of topics. Check out if I am near you.

Online Workshops – Über*Media
My Über*Media series is dedicated to techniques with different media.


Comments (15)

  • cal8007


    Looks like you taught some awesome techniques, Nath!!


  • andrenesmith


    That room is enormous… bet everyone had a great time!! Still waiting for you to come back to the east coast of the US! The photo of your cats face is priceless….my dog just glances at the screen and walks off like “whatever”! Gotta love ’em!!!


  • Laura S


    Hi Nathalie! I never get tired of seeing your pics. Quite the contrary, they make me want to see you more. Hopefully I will get to create with you one day. Sophia must be one organized lady to pull something like this together. Maybe we need her to run for office in the US?! Love your kitty. He is hilarious. Thanks for Always sharing.


  • Cathy Shackelford


    This looks like so much fun! I was at a convention last weekend too, here in the states. Maybe one day I will get to go to a scrap/crop in Europe. I certainly hope so!


  • Milagros


    Woww A spectacular view. Hughs


  • mjmarmo


    Looks like it was fun!


  • Sue Clarke


    Just look at the size of that room! I think that most that I’ve cropped with is about 300 in the room. I always enjoy seeing your pics Nat!


  • Ulrika aka LillBlomman


    It was so fun meeting you again sweets! And your cat got the biggest laugh at our class I think :) Awsome photo! And you know my secret dream? To have a café with a craft area and peaople can hang their art on the walls! See you in august! Hugs!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      You are totally the person to do it!!! Talented, creative AND the best baker!
      See you in August


  • AnnaB


    It was sooo wonderful meeting you again Nat! :)


  • Jackie


    Thank you for sharing Nat! I love reading about your adventures! and your kitty is hysterical! smiles!”)


  • scrapandpearl


    Thank YOU sweet Nathalie for coming and teaching!
    All the students was so happy and grateful!



  • Charlotte Hørdum Ravn


    It was so good to see you sweet girl. Hope we soon meet again, you are always so cool to hang out with! :) Big hugs to you :)


  • Michelle Guest


    My husband is always get the cats to talk to me on the cell phone when I am away from home…


  • MiaKL


    Yes Tooo baaad that we did not take a picture. It was so lovely to see you again!!!!


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Workshops in Sweden – Stockholm August 31-September 1, 2013

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Wohooo – so happy to come back to Sweden this year to teach at the Creative Moments Event organized by Scrap-Perra.

I will teach 3 workshops – here they are

Season Canvas: 
In this Workshop with Nathalie Kalbach, you will create a stunning and unique canvas that will be a wonderful home décor item.Learn how to create dimension and texture with tissue paper, items of daily life, acrylic paint, lace, burlap, and gesso.

Learn how to reveal the interesting and eye catching texture with acrylic paints and acrylic inks and add some fun stamping techniques on top.

We will be adding lots of layers and dimension to make this a spring, summer, fall or winter canvas… just as you like. All the techniques can easily be applied to future projects.

Classtime is 4 hours.

Über-Media Acrylic Paint: 
In this workshop you learn how to use Acrylic Paints in your Art Journal. This class shows all kinds of possibilities using Acrylic Paints with different media.We will start with the basics then make our way up to more advanced techniques. Everything will be taught in an art journal.

I will share with you my favorites, whether it be how to build up interesting backgrounds, resist techniques or incorporating other paint media for stunning layers. I will share with you why I’m doing things, how I got the idea, and what works and what doesn’t seem to work.

Join the uber-fun in this class!

Class is at least 4 hours.

Are you ready to dive into art journaling? Let’s sound a barbaric YAWP over the rooftops of the world and get ready for a lot of creative freedom. I will teach you how to create your own easy to create art journal using wonderful PanPastels.Learn mixing, blending, painting and drawing with those soft pastels. Learn how to get stunning results with different resist techniques and fun stamping tricks using embossing powders and other paint media.

You can easily apply all of the learned techniques to later projects whether it be art journals, mixed media and even scrapbooking projects.

Looking forward to yawp along with you in this 3 1/2 hour-long class.

I am so thrilled to teach with also my sweet friends Birgit Koopsen and Janna Werner and to meet Asa Danielsson.

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it is going to be lot’s of fun!

If you want to know where else I am teaching this year- you can check my in-person Workshop schedule! Hope to meet you!!!

Have a gorgeous day


Comments (6)

  • Eeva Hall


    I’ll see you there!!! Just waiting for the final dates and time of the workshops so we can book :-) .


  • Gunvor


    I’m so happy you’re coming to Stockholm again! Now, what course to go …


  • mjmarmo


    Looks like fun!


  • Gerd Andersson


    I’m really looking forward to this event and your workshops!




    I really hope I see you there! malin

    >—-Ursprungligt meddelande—-


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