Sunday, May 23, 2010

Scrappin' Recipes

As I continue with the National Scrapbooking Month theme during May, I'll show you a fun way to organize your special family recipes. Unless you're a Bush (from the baked bean company), then you'll want to add a lock and key to this idea. :) Since my recipes are not secrets, I like the idea of creating a pretty book and scrapping mini recipe pages.

I started with a 6x6 ring bound scrapbook. This is one of Stampin' Up!'s albums and I'm predicting it will be soon retiring, since it's Mellow Moss--a retiring color. So, if you want this exact album for your own recipes, order it now (105391) through my website! I chose a ring bound album so that I can add and rearrange my recipes easily. A post bound album would make that more complicated.

The cover is decorated with Decor Elements. The flower is a Demo sample. If you were to host a workshop with me, I could start the process of decorating your recipe album with one of these. Give me a call! The title was cut out using the Timeless Type Junior Sizzlits Alphabet Dies (115951) and a roll of Chocolate Chip Decor Elements sheet (114337).

Now for the pages. I used the From the Kitchen of stamp set (114964) for the recipe cards. The rest of the pages are decorated with card stock, designer papers and stickers from a Simply Scrappin' Kit. There is really no wrong way to do this. Treat your recipe like a photo and SCRAP IT! Since they're small pages (6x6), they are fun and easy to create. It would also be a great way to use up scraps you have leftover from other projects.

I will say that this Recipe Book only contains my very special recipes. They may not be secret, but they are definitely tried and true recipes that my family loves. Who wants to spend all that time and energy scrappin' a crappy recipe?! NOT ME!

Happy Stampin & Scrappin!

Friday, May 14, 2010

I'm Scrappin Again!

Since May is National Scrapbooking Month, I set a goal to get scrappin' again. Here's a simple page I recently completed:

It's hard to see in the picture, but I created a background paper with the Red, White & Blue Jumbo Wheel in the Summer Mini Catalog. I used an uninked cartridge filled with Versamark ink to create a subtle watermark look.

To create the title box, I used a combination of the Rough Type alphabet (Summer Mini), Calendar Alphabet & Numbers, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits Dies, Service & Sacrifice, Large Star & 1" Circle Punches and sponging around the edges.

I love using alphabet stamps on my scrapbook pages. There are so many styles to choose from! And, better yet, I never run out of letters!
So, tell me, have you been scrappin?!
Hope you're Happy Stampin & Scrappin!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

This will be a relatively quick post because my family is making me breakfast this morning and I don't want to miss out on a nice hot meal... that I didn't have to make! :)

The boxes that come with the Simply Adorned charms & chains just scream to be decorated. They are like little chocolate chip colored blank canvases. Here are a couple that I decorated--one for Mother's Day and one for a birthday gift:

Supplies: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Flower Designer Brads, 1 1/4 & 1 1/2 Square Punches, Tag & Small Tag Punches, Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon and Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper.

The belly bands were actually made to go around 2 boxes (one with the charm and one with the chain) side-by-side. The ribbon sort of hides that fact. Here's a peek at one of the charms:
The J is stamped with basic black craft ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I had to use tweezers to hold the small square while embossing it. I suppose it would have been a smarter idea to stamp and heat set it before cutting it into a 1" square. However, I did stamp & emboss a J on the opposite side which is a Tempting Turquoise pattern, so it's reversible.

Supplies: All Holidays, Simple Friendship, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die (from the Occasions Mini, which is still available to purchase), Big Shot, a retired designer paper that I had in my stash and the same punches as the other project.

I hope y'all have a wonderful Mother's Day!
Happy Stampin!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mini Post-It Note Journal Cover

As promised, I'm back with a project idea to share. This was a project we did at my Spring Fling class last month. Covering post-it notes is by no means my original idea, but I can say that I painstakingly figured out the measurements to this cute little journal-style post-it note cover:

I used half of a pad of mini post-it notes. The measurements can be adjusted depending on what size and the amount of post-it notes you use. Starting with a 5" x 2 1/4" piece of chocolate chip card stock, score the card stock at 1 1/2", 1 3/4", 3 5/16" and 3 9/16". Yes, the 16th's of an inch matters. I tried using more standard measurements, but the post-it note pad just didn't fit right. You really want it to fit snugly in the book.

So, once you've scored, then you fold it up like a book with the shorter of the 2 flaps on the outside. Like this:

If you'd like, punch the 2 outside corners with the Corner Rounder Punch. Add extra adhesive on the post-it note pad before attaching it inside the book so it won't go anywhere. To get the Velcro lined up just right, put the 2 sides together and attach the rough side to the flap. Then remove the backing for the other side and simply close the flap and press firmly to adhere in place.

I decorated the cover by cutting a piece of designer series paper to the size of the outside flap--about 1 3/8" x 2 1/4". BTW, I used the Sweet Pea paper from the Occasions Mini on this project, which is no longer available. The bunny is from the Forest Friends stamp set. He's punched out using the large oval punch and layered with a Scallop Oval.
These make wonderful little gifts and are a great way to use up some of your scraps. Be aware, once you start making them, they will multiply like rabbits!
Happy Stampin!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

May is National Scrapbooking Month

I can't believe a whole month has gone by since my last post... and that my last post was "just another" sale flyer. Please forgive me! I don't want you to miss out on the opportunity to get more free stuff, so I'm sharing the May promotion flyer:

Click HERE to see PDF version.
To take advantage of this promotion and see our entire selection of products, go to my website and then click on SHOP NOW.
As you may know, my hubby is in the Air Force. Well, we are getting ready for yet another move. Can you believe this will be my third move in my three years as a demo?! Last year's move was just a few blocks away... but when you have to go through the packing and unpacking process, a move is a move! Anyway, this time we'll be moving to Pensacola, Florida. As you may imagine, things have been a bit crazy with all our preparations for the move along with keeping life in Texas going as normal as possible. I can't promise I'll magically stop being busy, but I do promise that I will make time to post actual projects and share some of my creative ideas with you in the very near future.
Happy Stampin!