Capturing a Constant Companion… My Cell Phone

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Time Capsule: Weekly Challenge #18… Extended

When I read the challenge, I immediately knew what I wanted to do. To put it this way, Norway’s population will soon be 5,000,000 people and everyone has a cell phone! Statistics even show that the coverage is more than 100%, that means that it’s normal to have more than one phone/number!

Margrethe's iPhoneMy phone has been important to me every since I got my first cell phone in 1998. I was 13 and that was my Christmas gift that year. I was ecstatic. I had just started junior high school and wanted a way to contact my new classmates after school hours.

Even though I love my phone and have an iPhone, I wouldn’t say that I’m cell phone crazy. Sure, I could have a much cheaper phone, but I like being able to effortlessly check my e-mail and Facebook when I’m not at home and have a decent camera at all times!

So, when the challenge was posted for the LYM Design Team, I knew that I wanted to make a layout that showed something about how I use my phone. I didn’t choose products, I chose an idea, a message. I screen-printed some of my texts, got them into a photo editing software and printed them. Then I cut around the different elements (the “text bubbles,” as I like to call them, the top and bottom of the screen, etc.) and placed the cut-outs (photos) on the page the same way they would be placed on the phone – resembling a text message conversation.

Although I love sketches, I don’t make my own. This layout was made using a grid, in a way. I always go for grids if I don’t know what to make. They’re clean n’ easy and work really well when you want a pure and graphic expression. Even though I didn’t use a sketch, I made sure the journaling would work and used a see-through ruler to mark it all up; I love straight lines!

I hope you enjoy the challenge and that you find a way to express your thoughts/feelings/memories about this topic!


Margrethe Aas Johnsen

I am 26 years old and have been scrapping since 2008. At the moment, I work full-time as a high school teacher while completing my MA and doing my teacher certification. Even though I love layouts that are elaborate and with many details, I lean toward the graphic style when I scrap. You’ll find my blog at I am also on Twitter (margrethe_) and Facebook (


Additional 2012 Design Team sample layouts for Weekly Challenge #18 may be found in this week’s Challenge Galleryif you complete this challenge yourself, please consider posting your project in the gallery as well so others may be inspired by YOU!

Coming Thursday on the Time Capsule blog… get to know this week’s sample layout artist through our Q&A-style interview.

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