Monday, September 30, 2013

Project Life {August} with a Spin


I finally got my photos printed and I was even more excited to put together my August Project Life pages since I'd had a chance to try out my new Pebbles Roller Stamp. It has quickly become one of the favorite items and I can see myself getting a lot of mileage out of it!


I made a couple of spinners to add to journaling cards and finally had a chance to put one to use. I've added it to my other printables and you can download it HERE if you'd like. They can be used to describe a person, place, or event.


I didn't add a calendar page the way I had been, but instead listed the dates on a 4"x6" card. I goofed up when I went to stamp the title and so restamped it on a Kraft core kit card and glued it over my mistake. To maintain the look (and fear of messing up) I stamped all of the dates, cut them out, and glued them as well. I used a variety of cards as usual, but most came from the Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste mini kit. I'm really liking it more than I thought I would!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Scrapbook with a Sketch


This layout was done in under an hour, which is probably the fastest I've ever put together a layout. I usually have to mull over at least a couple of decisions before I'm ready to commit. I also will assemble (without adhesive) the majority of the layout and then affix all of the elements once I'm happy.

The sketch I used comes from the My Mind's Eye blog and is their second challenge for September. I used items from their new Cut & Paste line as well as a couple of their grey decorative tapes. Just as I did for my last challenge entry, I used an old, old My Mind's Eye overlay. I've also used a couple in my divided pages and it's so funny to see them making a comeback as Project Life continues it's popularity.

The sketch worked perfectly for what has become the title page to a series of layouts I'll be working on from some everyday adventures we had in August. I'll be journaling on those layouts, so didn't need to add any to this one.


If you have a chance, make a layout or a card and link it to the challenge, you have until the end of the day on Monday!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Working My Studio Calico Kit {July}


As it neared the time for the reveal of Studio Calico's July kits, I found myself much more excited than the previous two months of my subscription. I adored the papers that were selected in all of the kits, though I wasn't very keen on any of the embellishments aside from the cork Thickers.

As I finally got underway to scrapbook photos from my parent's 50th wedding anniversary, I pulled together the papers from the main scrapbook kit, the Maggie Holmes Flea Market ephemera pack, bits from my Freckled Fawn kit, and some gold Thickers.



I have been wanting to practice my sewing, and so stitched on almost every layout. I've also been admiring confetti shakers, and since I have a hard time using frames, I thought combining the two would be perfect.



I'm pleased with how the layouts turned out, but as I worked on them, I gave a lot of thought to my creative process and style. I have been much more liberal with embellishments than ever before, and there are some new techniques I've been trying, but it all got me wondering. Do I try too many different techniques and use too many different items to have a style, or is that my style? I know it doesn't matter deep down, because I love creating, it just got me thinking is all.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Rice Krispies Treats x 3


A while ago, one of my best girlfriends got married and I was fortunate enough to be in her wedding party. When we left town for the rehearsal dinner and wedding, I couldn't head up without bringing some sort of celebratory goodness. I needed something that would travel well and decided on Rice Krispies treats. I wanted to make a variety, since her wedding party alone consisted of 20 people. When I looked for a recipe, I found that there are so many with different ratios of marshmallow to cereal. I chose to slightly reduce the amount of cereal to allow for more marshmallow coverage. They were just gooey enough, but not sticky.

I decided to make strawberry, cookies and cream, and cake batter. The strawberry flavor was subtle, but the smell was wonderfully reminiscent of Strawberry Nesquik. The cookies and cream were not my favorite of the 3, but when you got a nibble of the Oreo cookie and filling, it was a nice surprise. I'd like to try it out with Nutter Butter cookies one day. The cake batter flavor was very faint, so I was glad I had topped them with some melted vanilla Candi-Quik and additional sprinkles. I loved the Candi-Quik topping, but next time I'll skip the cake mix.


I think that presentation and labeling goes a long way when it comes to making food gifts. Even simple ideas can provide a thoughtful touch as well as helping the recipients identify the goodie. For these, I cut the treats into about 2-inch squares and put three in each bag with homemade labels. I bought an inexpensive serving bowl that B could keep, and piled all of the treats in it.


Do you also feel compelled to bring food gifts when you visit with friends and family?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Downsizing My Space


I decided a while back that I would downsize my space and replace my 4x4 Expedit with a 2x4. I dislike clutter, and also wanted to be sure that I keep my scrapbook supplies to an amount reasonable for me. Also, reducing the size of my bookcase meant that I could rearrange my shared space and face a wall that has a window on it. Hooray for sunlight! I still need a new chair, just need to pick one out.

The lower left cube is all of my 12"x12" paper, a couple Studio Calico kits, and kits I put together for future projects. I dumped all of my sequins into larger containers, one for transparent and one for opaque. My stamps are in a Sn@p! album, within quick reach to help me use them more often.

I bought the Antonius plastic insert to store my Project Life cards, memorabilia, notes, and photos. Behind that is a container that has all of my paper embellishments, alphabets, and stickers. I also bought a larger Sterilite storage drawer unit which houses the rest of my supplies aside from my paper trimmer.


Now that I am used to the changes, I am really pleased with my consolidation. I haven't stopped buying products, I mean that's just crazy talk! I am just more productive with a small stash, and I try to use up items shortly after buying them. If it's looking like I won't use a product, no matter how cute, I am happy to pass it along to a new home.

Is your space a happy scrap place or would you like to make changes?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Project Life {July}


The album I had been adding to this year is full and so it was convenient that July began a new one. There wasn't a whole lot happening in July, just trying to make the most of my sister's visit and celebrating our parent's 50th anniversary.

I am still learning how to balance my pages with embellishment and color so they are cohesive, but still my style. I think it's harder when it's something you only have a chance to do once a month. Thank goodness there is a lot of great inspiration out there!


As much as others love working with just one size of divided page, I love the variety packs. Sure, I could use all the same size and just add filler cards, but mixing it up is fun, too! My journaling is split between handwriting and printing from the computer. It all depends on how much I need to get down.


Now I just need to send my August photos off to be printed so I can get cracking on those. I bought the Maggie Holmes and Amy Tangerine mini kits and love them more than I thought I would and am super excited to put them to use!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Jumpstart Your Mojo


It had been a couple of weeks since I'd last scrapbooked any photos. Even though I've been creative very regularly since April, I didn't stress about my rut. I didn't even feel guilty about all the happy mail that came to me. I knew I would feel ready to play with paper sooner than later.

Once I was ready to sit at my desk and do more than admire my recent purchases, I turned to a challenge as starting point. There are challenges galore, and I like trying out different ones for a variety of inspiration and also, to support those that provide the challenges.

I was inspired by the biweekly Stash Busters challenges. They can be found on the Two Peas in a Bucket forum and are hosted by ScrapNatya. She provides a variety of prompts to choose from and each project completed provides you an entry to a little prize!

I tackled Prompt #4 first, which was to use any of the 8 manufacturers listed. I used Basic Grey {What's Up} and American Crafts {Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste} and scrapbooked another baby photo of my hubs. I am still fighting with sunbursts, but followed the instruction from a guest post by Tomomi Hiramaru on Shimelle's blog a while back. In addition to the required manufacturers, I used items from Fancy Pants, and Pebbles and some brand new embellishments from Freckled Fawn and Crate Paper.


For prompt #3, I scraplifted a layout from the Stash Buster, Sassiescrapper. She has a wonderful, linear style that caught my eye straightaway. I also love the look of strips of journaling and hope to remember to do it more. Almost everything on this layout is from Echo Park's {Here & Now} with a couple brads and decorative tapes from My Mind's Eye.


If you've ever been in a rut and then find it's time to snap out of it, try your hand at a challenge!
Two Peas in a Bucket (both Two Peas sponsored and by thoughtful Peas)
• manufacturer blogs like My Mind's Eye, October Afternoon, and Studio Calico
DT Calls (provides not only Design Team/Pub call, but also challenges from all over the web)
Pamela's World of Scrap (just stumbled across her sketches, and wow!)
Life.Paper.Scrapbook. (an online magazine that also provides challenges and pub calls)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Lemon-Blueberry Drizzle Bread


I have about a dozen cookbooks, mostly about baking, but I don't often crack them open. If I don't already have a recipe, I usually hop on the internet and begin searching. That being said, I do have one cookbook that I go back to again and again.

I've made at least 10 things from Home Baked Comfort by Kim Laidlaw, and they've all been a hit. Most recently I made her Lemon-Blueberry Drizzle Bread and consider it another success. It was moist and lemony, not too sweet, and delicious with a cup of coffee (or tea). She has a note with the recipe for when blueberries aren't in season, to replace them with a tablespoon of poppy seeds. I'm sure that is equally tasty!

Lemon-Blueberry Drizzle Loaf
1-1/2 C all-purpose flour, plus 1 tsp
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 C sugar
1 T lemon zest
3 large eggs
1/2 C whole milk (I used 2%)
1 t vanilla extract
1 C fresh blueberries

for the syrup
3 T fresh lemon juice
3 T sugar

for the glaze
1/2 C confectioner's sugar
3 tsp fresh lemon juice


Heat oven to 350ยบ and butter and flour a 9"x5" loaf pan. Clean and dry the blueberries and then place them in a small bowl and toss with 1 tsp of flour.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and lemon zest. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the milk and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the flour mixture and blend just until incorporated. Gently fold in the blueberries.

Place batter in prepared pan and bake until lightly browned and a cake tester inserted comes out clean, about 45-55 minutes. Let loaf cool in pan on a wire rack for about 5 minutes, then turn out onto rack.

While the cake is baking, make the syrup. In a small saucepan over medium, dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice. Once the cake has been removed from the pan, poke holes in the top with a cake tester or thin skewer. Brush the lemon syrup evenly over the entire loaf.

While the cake is cooling, make the glaze. In a small bowl, mix the confectioner's sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Once the cake has cooled completely, you can drizzle the glaze over top.


Cut yourself a nice slice and enjoy!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Winner!


Thank you to all that played along to my little giveaway, and thank you for the kind words in your comments! I love that there is such a strong community within the world of scrapbooking and my giveaways are just one way I enjoy giving back.

A big, huge HOORAY goes to Lisa C.! Lisa, email me at craftylilgik at gmail dot com and I'll send your goodies straightaway!


Feel free to follow me on Blogger, Bloglovin', or Feedly to stay up to date with my latest creations. I'll soon be adding my Pinterest and the option to follow via email as well. Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

From My Stash to Yours


I think it's time for another giveaway. Hooray!

Along with the tin, I'm sharing some of the embellishments that came with my Freckled Fawn September kit, other beloved Freckled Fawn items, and some fun stuff from my Studio Calico {Double Scoop} scrapbook kit.


The contest is open until Thursday, September 12th, at 10 am EST. To enter, just leave a comment below and that will become your entry. I'll use random.org to select the winner and will announce it that morning. Check back on Thursday to see if you won. Good luck!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Album in a Flash


I have found that I can complete out an album rather quickly when it is focused around one event. When I work on just a single layout, I tend to try more artsy techniques, and sometimes have to let the layout marinate for hours at a time. As a final gift to my parents for their 50th anniversary, I made them an album from the photos my hubs took of their celebration. It took less than 2 weeks from start to finish.

Once my kit was assembled, the layouts came together very quickly and I found myself using go to designs. Shimelle Laine is a huge wealth of inspiration and I loved that I was still able to take her designs and work them onto a smaller canvas. I wondered if I would struggle with creating an album that was 8.5"x11" since it had been over a decade that I last worked with that size. It wasn't an issue, but I definitely don't miss having to cut down all my 12"x12" papers!


I went with aqua, teal, yellow, gold, and kraft for my color scheme. These were the same colors that I used for their invitations and decorations. To add a pop of color, I used orange/coral embellishments. When everything was done, I added tabs next to the photos so that my mom could write in the names of who is in each photo.







This was my desk towards the beginning of this project. As I went on, my workspace became smaller and smaller. From the supplies I used, the picture on the right is what's left. I also included some pages of blank cardstock at the back of the album for my mom to put the cards she received.

I'll be scrapbooking some of the photos for myself and will share once they're complete!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fall & Football Printables


While I am not ready for summer to be over, I have to say, I love me some football. There are actually many things about the fall that I enjoy, but it tends to get overshadowed by the fact that I have NO love for winter. Boots, scarves, and cozy sweaters are favorite apparel items while taking in warm drinks, crisp clear days, and the leaves changing color.

So that I have journaling and filler cards specific to the cooler days ahead, I created these and am happy to share them with you. You can download them here via Google Drive.


I already know how I'll be using the football cards for September's monthly spread!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Miles Apart


Even five miles can seem far away when life is busy being life. I've begun making cards on occasion, and with these, found more reasons as to why I like it. In addition to being able to provide a smile with a handcrafted card, I'm loving that items I'd bought (maybe impulsively) weren't going to make it on a layout once I'd actually seen them in person, but worked great for a card.

I'd recently bought a package of Fancy Pants {Trend Setter} buttons and when they arrived, they were so much larger than I'd been expecting. I had almost written them off until I was going through my stash and pulled them with some other supplies for the first card.

I had also thrown a package of Jillibean Soup {Happy Camper Stew} die cuts into my cart, solely because my sister LOVES squirrels. So onto a card they went! We're pretty nutty when we get together as only sisters can be, so I thought up a sentiment stating the same.


Do you ever shop impulsively, or not love an item once you see it in person?

Monday, September 2, 2013

Project Life {May & June}


When I gathered all of my supplies to begin Project Life, I bought a variety pack of divided pages and it is working really well for me. For both May and June, I used smaller divided pages with plenty of room to fit all of my journaling and highlight pictures.

The month of May went by in a blur and consisted of two primary events. The joy of adopting Pound Cake in April was quickly replaced by stress and anxiety of her getting sick at the beginning of May. Thankfully by the time I had to leave to help my sister move, Pound Cake was on the mend.



Most of the weekends in June were spent with family and friends. Since my sister was home for a visit, there were even more gatherings, all centered around good food.





July will be up soon, and then I'll be sharing these in a more timely manner!