Have you ever returned from a vacation with hundreds of photos? I have, and those fabulous photos tend to sit on my digital card or hard drive - never to been seen by family members.
When I saw this new "Record It" album - I knew it would be perfect for our 2006 vacation to Disneyland. The "Here is Happy" Record It Journaling Kit had just the right coordinating colors and theme. I was amazed that it has 108 cards in just one package!!
In fact, I cut out the back of the packaging to use as the "Here is Happy" title on my album cover - for the "Happiest Place on Earth". I embellished it with decorative tapes and enamel dots. This album came together very easily, I loved simply sliding cards and photos into the pockets. I even used two of the 8x10 word art prints for my pages.
I really liked the mixture of the various pocket page sizes and the heavy cardstock pages in the album. I used the 6x6 paper pad, a few solid pieces of paper, and tiny alpha/letter stickers to complete the pages.
My favorite products in the Journaling Kit are the transparency cards in 3x4 and 4x6 sizes. They were so fun to layer over photos, or use on their own in a page protector.
My favorite products in the Journaling Kit are the transparency cards in 3x4 and 4x6 sizes. They were so fun to layer over photos, or use on their own in a page protector.
Yay - I finally got those pictures off that hard drive!! Can't wait to complete another one of these "Record It" albums!
Supplies: Lost and Found Record It - Album Starter Kit and pocket pages;Record It-Here is Happy: Journaling Kit, 8x8 Word Art Pack, 6x6 pad, decorative tape, enamel dots; Chalk Studio II: Remember patterned paper, Word Soup patterned paper, smile patterned paper, 6x6 pad; Find Your Wings and Fly - Sky's the Limit and Up & Away - Alpha/Word stickers; Lost and Found 3 Ruby: decorative tape (gray); Lush: Blue chipboard letters; Misc: black pen, white letter stickers and chipboard, Mickey Mouse punches.
WOW!!! Tonight Nath and I took the girls to see "Les Miserables" at the Hale Centre Theatre. What a powerful and amazing performance! I enjoyed it even more than Broadway one. I can't believe the incredible things they did with their rising/rotating stage. The intimate “theater in the round” seating makes you feel like you are in the production. Afterward our girls were speechless. Some highlights:http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nxNWcin60lc
Today I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the amazing art exhibit “Sacred Gifts” at the BYU Museum of Art. It was incredible to see these gorgeous paintings in person. They truly glowed! There was a beautiful spirit present as I looked at these depictions of the Savior Jesus Christ’s life. I have seen so many of these paintings in prints throughout my life, but they were so powerful in person. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have them on loan from the various churches across Europe. If you will be in town or live in the area – GO!!! Tickets are free, you just need to reserve them online ahead of time. The show ends May 10th 2014.
A link to their website: http://sacredgifts.byu.edu/
After years of looking, I finally found a Mickey Mouse Waffler on Ebay. My kids were thrilled and enjoyed eating them for breakfast. Yum!! Now we can feel like we are eating at a Disney Resort anytime we want! :)I
I also found an awesome mini waffle make online after Christmas, it was on clearance at toyrus.com. It makes four 3 1/2” Mickey shaped waffles at a time. (You can also insert sticks). I like to make a big batch and freeze the extras for popping in the toaster on busy school mornings.
I am so excited about Scrapbook Generation’s new Digital Magazine – CREATE! This month, they featured layouts by our entire My Mind’s Eye Design Team.
I got the create a 2 page layout based on a fabulous sketch.
You will be inspired by the countless ideas, layouts, cards, and projects in this online issue (241 pages!!!):
Here is a sneak peek of my layout:
Our Valentine’s Day started of with our traditional breakfast of Belgian waffles with fresh sliced strawberries, whipped cream, and coconut cream syrup. The kids enjoyed drinking strawberry milk (our once a year treat) and a little box of chocolates from mom and dad.
Here is a photo of Desiree in her festive red outfit for the day. Our creative Jacob made a Lego Nuclear Facility for his classroom Valentine’s Day box. To deliver a valentine: place the valentine in the speed boat, then pick it up with the claw of the crane and drop it into the foil covered box. It was a HUGE hit in the classroom!
I made a bunch of these fun gift bags for friends and the ladies I visit teach. I LOVE the shiny red foil chevron paper. I filled them with heart chocolates and tied the chipboard hearts on with twine. I used decorative washi tape around the bottom and finished it off with these adorable enamel arrows. All supplies are from the MME Cupid’s Arrow Collection. It was fun to work on a project that wasn’t an assignment and they brought a lot of smiles.
Nath and I enjoyed a delicious dinner at Zupa’s Café – yum!! We also picked up these beautiful new dining chairs at Sam’s Club. I have been saving money for a few months and finally had enough for them – yea!! They look wonderful in my kitchen. Now I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can refinish my table.
This is Desiree’s special Valentine's Day 5 course lunch she made at her High School's Cafe for the teachers. She is in a culinary training class called Pro Start. We enjoyed fresh rolls with an herb compound butter, Ratatouille, herb roasted lamb, green beans, potato florets, lemon sorbet, and two amazing desserts. Yum!! Wish she could cook for me every day!! My sweet sister in law is a counselor at the high school, so I was able to attend the café as her guest - lucky me!
Valentine's Day is a special time of year for me. My husband and I met 20 years ago and fell in love right around this holiday. I thought this Cupid's Arrow collection was perfect to document the anniversary of our "First Kiss". Fun note: This photo was taken during our recent family portrait at the same location we had our engagement photos taken. Even though we have 4 kids (3 are teenagers) - I feel like my husband and I are still just a couple of crazy in love college students.
I love the blue background paper - it feels like the lines are radiating from the two of us. I matted the 5x7 Black and White photo with red paper and a black text paper from the 6x6 paper pad.
I anchored the bottom of the layout with a long strip of white patterned paper and two wonderful decorative tapes. I added the title, a beautiful red and white chevron chipboard heart with fabulous FOIL, a "Love is All You Need" circle sticker, and an enamel arrow.
I rounded the corners of the title card and some of the papers to give it the layout a more contemporary feel. The little red heart in "True Love Always Wins" title card is also in foil. I layered some banner stickers and a fun "Kisses" ticket under the right side of the photo.
I hope you have fun using this amazing "Cupid's Arrow" collection to document the relationships in your life.
Supplies: Cupid's Arrow: Confetti Heart patterned paper, Love Journal Cards Foiled patterned paper, Love You Foiled patterned paper, 6x6 paper pad, sticker sheet, decorative tape, chipboard hearts, enamel shapes; Misc: Black ink, pen, and thread, foam letters
I am sure enjoying my calling as a Primary Chorister. For the new year, I decided to create a “Primary Helper” can filled with large sticks with every child’s name. After I draw their name to help, I put it in a smaller pint sized paint can. After every child has had a turn, I dump them back in and start over. The kids were so excited about it today.
It was really easy to make, I just used my huge collection of decorative washi tapes by My Mind’s Eye. I got my paint cans from Home Depot for about $3 each. I even used some of my ribbon collection to decorate the handle.
Wow – what a MAGICAL and FUN family vacation!!! Can you believe it was our first family vacation in 4 years? Our last one was our 15th anniversary cruise to the Mexican Riviera with the kiddos. Since then, we have sold our house, build our house, finished two rooms in the basement, and finished the backyard. In other words, spent our money on other things. We were able to save this year and finally went on a fun trip.
Disneyland and California Adventure were so awesome!! It was fun to go with older kids. Victoria overcame her fear of heights and fast rides and went on every ride! The girls still loved getting pictures with the princesses and watching all the shows.
The day before we left, Michael slipped on a jersey some teenager had left on the high school floor while they were playing basketball in class. He twisted and tore off his patella AGAIN!!! Poor guy!! (His first knee injury was this summer, the first day with full pads at football tryouts. His knee got hit from the side and tore his patella and partially tore his MCL. He had just finished physical therapy and was finally able to run again. Ugh!!)
So, the morning we left on our trip – we had to drive downtown at 6:00 am for an MRI, then picked up a wheelchair for the trip. We even got a flat tire on the freeway. Fortunately we were able to leave on time just as the kids got home from school. They thought we were driving to California. We surprised them with flights on Jet Blue. Nathan had the fun idea of giving them a clue to their surprise by playing “Leaving on a Jetplane” – they were thrilled!!! It was a blessing in light of Michael’s knee injury too.
Well, it has been snowing here in Utah and getting very cold. So I figure if it can snow, I can put up Christmas decorations. I know there are naysayers that say you can not put up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. Well, I personally believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas go beautifully hand-in-hand. Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for you blessing from the Lord. And Christmas is all about celebrating the birth and life of our Lord. It also takes me a good week to put up all my decorations – so I want to enjoy them longer than 3 1/2 weeks.
Also, we leave in a week for Disneyland and southern California. Of course Disneyland will be decked out in magical Christmas décor and it would be so sad to come home to just a boring house. Besides, I don’t want to waste my Thanksgiving weekend decorating.
So – let the Christmas decorating begin!!
I saw an idea online a few years ago of hanging Christmas ornaments from the ceiling. I have never been brave enough to do it because I didn’t want to damage my kitchen ceiling. Well, I found these fabulous CLEAR mini hooks by 3M and they worked perfectly!! They hold up to 1/2 lb. each and come 6 or 18 to a pack.
Counting down the days until our greatly anticipated trip to Disneyland and Southern California! It has been 4 LONG years since we have seen the California sun and we are thrilled!!! I found this fabulous printable calendar online here. I punched out some black mickey shapes and the kids have loved taking turns putting them on each day.
I also love this layout of our very first trip to Disneyland 9 years ago. Jacob had just barely turned 2 and Desiree was only in 2nd grade. Now she is a Junior. Such a magical and memorable trip!!
If you live in Utah or Arizona – most likely you are familiar with the legendary Kneader’s “Chunky Cinnamon French Toast”. It is delightfully delicious and comforting. I have never dared count the calories, but it is a rare treat. Our family has a fun tradition of eating there after we volunteer to clean our church building on a Saturday morning. We often go there before or after morning Temple trips. Some people don’t realize that $4.99 includes “all you can eat” – but I barely can eat one of the two giant slices they give me.
This morning was General Conference Sunday (my favorite day of the year!), so we treated ourselves to this delicious breakfast. I also made Breakfast Casserole Muffins. I found a fabulous recipe for it at Favorite Family Recipes. Tip: Every Saturday night at 8:00 PM, Kneader’s discounts all of their breads and pastries 50% off. You will have to stand in line for 20 minutes or so – but it is well worth it for $2.00 a loaf and discounted treats for Sunday afternoon. I bought 2 loaves of bread so everyone would get 2 slices of French Toast.
Kneader's Chunky Cinnamon French Toast
Makes 8 servings – 2 slices each
For the French Toast
For the Caramel Syrup
Today’s layout for the MME blog:
My absolutely favorite season has always been Fall. Maybe it's because my birthday happens to be in October, or perhaps it is because I love everything pumpkin, the crisp cool air, the colorful leaves, sweater weather, warm soups, need I go on? I love so many things about Autumn, so I thought it would be fun to create a layout highlighting "My Fall Favorites". I even had this fun iPhone photo from my birthday lunch at the Thanksgiving Point "Harvest" restaurant (doesn't the name even sound like Fall?).
I used the fabulous new "Happy Haunting" collection - who says that it is just for Halloween? The orange glittered papers are so festive!
Who would guess that the black background paper had a huge "31" in the bottom right corner? I cut the "A" card for my title from the "Spooky/Scary" paper (perfect for an instant Halloween banner). I glittered it and black Lush chipboard letters for my title and finished it off "Chalk Studio" epoxy letters . I cut a strip of the Orange Damask paper, taking care to cut around the skulls. I cut the brown 6x6 paper from Chalk studio in half and hid the seam with a black label sticker. I replaced the "Happy Halloween" banner on the circle layered sticker with my own banner of "Thanksgiving Point".
I am so excited that it is finally October. Hope you enjoy everything wonderful about Autumn!!
Supplies: Happy Haunting: Spooky patterned paper, Skull patterned paper, Moroccan patterned paper, Thirty-First patterned paper, stickers, layered stickers; Chalk Studio: 6x6 pad, Label sticker, epoxy letter stickers; Lush: Black chipboard letters; Misc.: Black thread, ink, and pen.
The high school’s Halloween Dance is only 3 weeks away. Desiree and her group of friends are going a Disney Character couples. She is going to dress up as Minnie Mouse and wear the red tulle skirt I made for Victoria last Halloween.
She thought it would be fun to ask her date with a Mickey Pumpkin like the ones they have everywhere at Disneyland’s “Halloween Time”.
She found the perfect sized Pie Pumpkin at the grocery store and mini pumpkins the perfect size for ears. She used wood skewers and a rubber mallet to attach the them.
She wrote the letters of her name on the Reeses candy in the bag. Here is the poem:
Come to the Halloween Dance,
we can Groove to the beat.
“Piece” together my name
from the bag of Treats.
Tonight Jacob received his “Arrow of Light” Award and Webelos badge at Pack Meeting. I can’t believe his 3 years of Cub Scouts has come to an end. He worked really hard to pass everything off and really enjoyed the process. The ceremony was pretty cool: they painted some colors and symbols on his face and he got to walk over a wood bridge, then received this amazing plaque and arrow. He was thrilled! Congratulations buddy!!
Here is the layout I designed for the MME' Blog’s Double Page Layout Week:
I think double page layouts are PERFECT for vacation photos. I always take tons of photos and a single scrapbook page just doesn't have enough room for all the pictures I want to include.
I've had these photos sitting in my computer for 4 years - since our cruise to Mexico. (We celebrated our 15th anniversary with our 4 kids - our favorite anniversary gift!). When I saw the "beachy" colors of the new "Charm" Cut and Paste collection, I knew I had finally found the right papers for my photos. They coordinated so well with the golden sand and beautiful blue ocean.
I printed a large 5x9 photo to "anchor" my layout. It is also my FAVORITE picture of our whole trip and perfectly captured the picturesqe beauty we enjoyed. I re-sized the other 10 photo to 2" x 3". I tucked the journal card under the large chevron patterned paper,zig zaged over the seam, and accented it with a large brad and layered circle.
I like to use long horizontal lines on my 2 page layouts to draw the eye across the page and tie the two together. The title: "Footloose and Fancy Free - Carry Me Away" described our feelings as we played in the sand and the ocean waves.
I accented it with the awesome epoxy triangles and clustered two label stickers with them. I cut out the rust chevron pattern to mat my title. The decorative brad and arrow chipboard added the finishing touch to my layout.
Supplies:Cut and Paste-Charm: Spin patterned paper, Jovial patterned paper, Smile patterned paper, Trend patterned paper, Mellow patterned paper, Relaxed patterned paper, journal card, title, enamel shapes, brads, chipboard, label stickers.
I just love the start of a new school year: a fresh beginning, new teachers, friends, and experiences awaiting us. It is always nice to give your child's teacher a small token of your gratitude for the countless hours they will be spending with your child in the future months.
I had fun raiding the School Supply aisles at Walmart and found an adorable half-sized composition book and mini clipboard. I had the small lunch tin in my stash from a craft store.
The fabulous new "Chalk Studio" line with MME and Rhonna Farrer is perfect for teacher gifts - who knew a teacher's daily tools (chalk and blackboard) could create such wonderful works of art? I love the inspirational quotes and phrases printed on the papers and embellishments. They capture the spirit and generous gift of teaching - and made creating these projects a breeze!
For the Mini Composition book, I covered it with papers, using double stick tape. I cut around the edges of the "Believe in the Impossible" Quote. I matted the "Enjoy Everyone and Smile Everyday" layered sticker with pink paper and tied it around the cover with pink and blue striped twine.
For the mini cllipboard I used this fantastic quote from the 6x6 paper pad. Doesn't it describe a teacher's goal perfectly?
I trimmed the blue paper to go around the metal clip and mod podged the papers to the wood clipboard. I added a strip of thin pink striped decorative tape above the chevron paper. I wrote the teacher's name in chalk on the beautiful die cut label and attached the tag with a brad and twine.
TIP: Remember to apply the mod podge to the wood, then smooth the paper over it - NOT on the back of the paper (or your paper will warp and buckle).
Let dry, then finish with a coat of mod podge to to seal it.
For the Mini Lunchbox Tin, I rounded the corners of the blue background paper and stitched around it. I layered a scalloped circle and black chalkboard circle from the "Chalk Studio" Celebrate Banner Kit.
I cut a label sticker in half and slid the pieces under the scalloped edges. I added the "Love and Laughter" layered sticker with a strip of grey chevron paper, accented with pale pink brads.
I tied the "Create the JOY" tag to the handle with blue and black twine and filled the tin with mini Almond Joy candy bars.
Supplies: Chalk Studio:Lettered patterned paper, Chalk Talk patterned paper, Happy Day patterned paper, Best Day patterned paper, 6x6 paper pad, Banner Kit and chalk, decorative brads, lable stickers, twine, layered stickers; Decorative Tape Set: Pink and Charcoal; Misc.: Black ink, thread, and twice, pop dots, hole punch, corner rounder, metal lunch tin, mini clipboard, mini composition book. Almond Joy candy bars
Hope you enjoyed my teacher treats and that you're inspired to create something of your own.
Here is a fun layout of my kids and their cousins playing with sparklers at our family 24th of July Celebration (also called Pioneer Day in Utah, commemorating the founding of our state on July 24, 1847). It is almost as big as the 4th of July around here, complete with BBQ's and parades, and fireworks. I resized my photos into two "filmstrips" so I could easily fit 8 photos on my layout.
I wanted to capture the bursts of light emanating from the sparklers on my page. I used red, blue, and yellow spray inks to echo the look of sparklers and a celebration. I also hand cut the starburst shapes and the "24" out of the Collectable - Remarkable collection. I used glitter glue to accent the letters, starbursts, title, and "24".
I used decorative tapes along the side of my page. I used two strips of the yellow to create a wider chevron pattern. I layered the starbursts around my page to echo the sparklers.
Supplies: Collectable - Remarkable: Dates patterned paper, Adorable patterned paper, Daily patterned paper, brad, title; Collectable - Notable: journal card; Collectable - Unforgettable: decorative tape; Find Your Wings and Fly: sticker and alpha/letter stickers; Lost and Found 3 - Oliver: decorative tape (yellow and blue); All is Bright; decorative tape (red); Lush: red chipboard alpha; Misc: white cardstock, black ink, pen, and thread, glitter glue, red, blue, and gold ink spray from Studio Calico – Mr. Huey’s.
Here is a layout I designed to the MME Blog’s “Pinspiration Friday”. I was so inspired by this beautiful washi tape birthday card I found on Pinterest by Michelle Unruh. I really liked her mix of patterns and how she placed the decorative tapes at an angle.
Inspiration Piece: Michelle Unruh
For my layout, I wanted the decorative tapes to be the main focus and to create the "patterned paper" for my layout. I pulled the colors from the photos and used 3 different patterns of the 5 colors: black, blue, grey, red, and yellow. I placed the decorative tapes in a chevron pattern - it echoes the interlocking lego bricks in the photos.
Tip: Place the decorative tapes on a white piece of paper, overlapping the ends.Trim the excess with an Exacto knife and wrap the ends around to the back.
I LOVE the variety of tape colors and patterns that MME has created in their decorative tape sets. They coordinate with virtually every page!
I rounded the corners of the yellow paper - as Michelle rounded two corners of her card. I used a strip of navy blue chevron tape along the bottom of the page and provide a place to "anchor" the chipboard title.
Supplies: Decorative Tape Sets: Grey, Navy, Red, Black, and Yellow; Kate and Co.-Cambridge Court:Stripes patterned paper; Find Your Wings and Fly: "Up and Away": black enamel dots, "Happy" sticker, Collectable - Remarkable: label stickers, Lush: red chipboard letters; Misc: White and black cardstock, red thread, black ink and pen.
Here is a new layout highlighting our summer thus far. We are only 2/3 of the way through and I was amazed by the lengthy list our family made. We don't have the budget/time for a big family vacation, and I admit I was feeling like we've had a dull summer. But going through our photos and focusing on the fun events we've experienced have really helped me realize what a fabulous summer we've already had!
The fresh and summery colors of the MME "Find Your Wings and Fly" collection (by Rhonna Farrer) were perfect for this page. I resized my photos to 2" (in height or width), then it was easy to arrange them in a collage. I layered the chipboard, stickers, and letters for my title. I used enamel dots as "bullets" for our list.
I cut out the blue chevron paper and layered stickers with brads to anchor the bottom of my layout. Machine stitching added definition to edges of the papers.
I invite you to take time to write down the highlights of your summer and create a layout with all the photos you've been taking. And if you have forgotten to snap some photos, you still have a month of summer left! :)
Supplies: Find Your Wings and Fly "Up and Away": Krafty Floral patterned paper, Be Awesome patterned paper, stickers, chipboard, enamel dots, brads, alpha/word stickers: Find Your Wings and Fly "Sky's the Limit": Layered Ephemera patterned paper, enamel dots; Misc: Black ink, pen and thread, blue ink spray
Have you ever wanted a festive holiday centerpiece at the last minute, but don't have the time or means to run to the store? Well, I have a fabulous and easy decor idea: Decorative Tape Candles!
They are simple, colorful, and easy to make with supplies you may already have on hand. I also love that you can easily swap out the colors to coordinate with different events or holidays.
I used the fabulous turquoise and red MME Decorative Tape Sets. I love the teal blue for the 4th of July, it is such a bright and summery shade and really makes the red pop!
First step: Plan out your tape patterns and color scheme. That way you don't have to waste time and tape removing layers that don't look right. I simply prestacked my tape rolls in the order I wanted to place them on the candle. A made sure I staggered the dots and stripes so they weren't next too each other.
Second, start wrapping! Overlap the tape about 1/2" on the back side, trimming neatly with scissors. I used a white candle for neatrality and it makes the tape colors pop!
Third: Place the completed candles on candle holders and display. If you are going to be burning the candle, you may want to wrap the lower 2/3 or 3/4" of the candle.
I hope you enjoy wonderful Independence Day celebrations with your loved ones.
We just celebrated Michael’s 15th birthday. I thought the patterns of these papers, looks like a birthday celebration. I love how Michael wanted a huge slice of watermelon instead of cake for his birthday dinner. My ten year old even carved a happy face in it for him. :)
When I first saw 6x6 pads a few years ago I thought, "Hmm, what can I use these for?". Little did I know how amazing and versatile these pads of paper are. I love using them for mini albums, cards, gift tags, and especially layouts. Since the patterns are a quarter if the size as 12x12 papers, they work really well for small elements on layouts. I also like working with a smaller 6x6 size, much of the cutting is already done for you.
For this layout, I simply cut 4 pieces of paper from the 6x6 pad to 3"x4" pieces and printed 2 photos the same size. The smaller patterns are more subtle and complimented these photos perfectly. I cut the "15" from patterned paper
I added a double row of stitching around the border to frame my page.I then adhered a title, chipboard elements, and letter/word stickers to finish my page.
Supplies:Collectable- Remarkable: Dates patterned paper, 6x6 pad (Stripe, Stars), label sticker, decorative button chipboard, title, chipboard, brads; Collectable - Unforgettable: Moment patterned paper, tiny word stickers;Collectable-Notable: 6x6 pad (Yellow and Red), label sticker; Find Your Wings and Fly: Alpha and Word stickers; Misc: Red thread, black ink and pen, pop dots.
Here is the layout I designed for the MME Blog’s “May Challenge”.
I love this portrait of our family taken last fall (my my talented brother – thanks Stephen!). We are all united, in a big hug. It is the perfect symbol of our family unity. The title says it all: "Come What May, We Are a Family". No matter what challenges lie ahead, we will be okay and rise above it all because of the strength and love we share together. We are also excited about the future and the endless possibilities it holds.
The new Find Your Wings and Fly - Sky's the Limit collection by Rhonna Farrer seems like it was made to go with this picture. The aqua, gray, yellow, and coral color scheme coordinated beautifully. The positive captions: "Have no Fear", "The possibilities are endless", "the best is yet to come", "no limits" - were perfect!
For the title, I used the blue chevron chipboard pieces to draw your eye to across the page. I LOVE using the new Alpha letter stickers. I layered 6x6 papers to frame the photo.
I clustered chipboard elements and word stickers to accent to bottom of the photo. I used the fabulous chevron border sticker and grey decorative tape for the foundation of my layout.Supplies:Find Your Wings and Fly - Sky's the Limit: Tiled patterned paper, Look patterned paper, 6x6 papers, brad, stickers, alpa and word stickers, chipboard:Collectable - Unforgettable label stickers; Grey decorative tape; Misc: Grey chipboard, grey thread, black ink and pen.
A few years ago, I tasted my first gourmet cupcake at the Sweet Tooth Fairy, a local gourmet cupcake bakery (winner of Cupcake Wars). I never knew such happiness could come from biting into a delectable little bit of baked goodness. The frosting was heavenly, I could have just eaten it on its own. I dreamt of someday creating my own little bit of heaven.
After some research and experimentation, I learned how to create these culinary delights for my daughters' birthdays and family parties.
One of my favorite things about making cupcakes is sharing them with the ones I love. They always put a smile on your face and somehow make the day brighter.
I had fun creating a layout with some photos of the cupcakes we've made: Key Lime Pie, German Chocolate Cake, Blackberry White Chocolate, Red Velvet, Cookies and Cream, Strawberry Shortcake, and Almond Joy.
The Collectable Memorable line worked beautifully with these photos of my cupcakes.I wanted the color palette to be cheerful and bright, reflecting the honest to goodness happiness these cupcakes bring.
I created the title with the Collectable Memorable tiny word stickers, a layered "Happiness" banner sticker, glittered letters, and the new letter stickers from the "Find Your Wings" line (I am lovin' these!). I used the striped paper from the 6x6 pad because it had a smaller pattern that fit well with the title. I rounded the corners to match the journal card.
I trimmed the journal card to fit with the 3" photos and added word stickers. I inserted 3 epoxy brads along the right edge, echoing the row of 3 cupcakes on the photo. I created a border of colorful enamel dots along the left of the page.
Supplies:Collectable-Memorable: Cordial patterned paper, Flawless patterned paper, 6x6 pad (stripe), brads, layered sticker, tiny word stickers, enamel dots;Collectable-Unforgettable: Delight patterned paper, Fresh patterned paper; Find Your Wings and Fly-Up and Away: Alpha and Word stickers: Misc: Brown ink, pen, and thread, glittered letter stickers.
I was given a MME Blog assignment f creating a layout inspired by a layout from their Pinterest Board.
I was inspired by Katarina's fabulous layout pinned on the MME Pinterest board. I really liked the collage of elements and papers layered with her photos. The title and the little cluster along the right side drew your eye across the page. She was generous to grant me permission to use her fabulous page as inspiration.
Inspiration Piece: Katarina Damm-Blomberg
I am in LOVE with Rhonna Farrer's new "Find Your Wings and Fly collections. The colors and spirit of her "Up and Away" line worked perfectly with these photos of my daughter.I snapped these before school five years ago after I styled her hair with an idea she found online. My, how she has changed - she is 16 now and no longer asks me to do her hair (unless it is for Prom).
The "Bloom Where You Are Planted" scalloped layered sticker was the perfect title (since she was standing in front of our flower beds) and anchored my page. The spray of enamel dots add whimsy and movement.
For my second journaling spot, I used an array of the wonderful new letter and word stickers - there are 6 sheets of yummy colors in the set! As a finishing touch I layered decorative tapes, the "Smile" brad, and green enamel dots along the right side of my layout.
Thank you so much for the inspiration, Katarina!Supplies: Find Your Wings and Fly -"Up and Away": Krafty Floral patterned paper, Admit One patterned paper (blue tickets), 6x6 pad (pink and cream papers), layered stickers, chipboard, stickers, enamel dots, brads, decorative, tape, black, green and blue letter stickers: Misc: White cardstock, black thread, ink, and pen.
Today is “Teacher Appreciation Day" - a great opportunity to tell our fabulous teachers how much wonderful they are. Our school is celebrating it all week, so I made a couple of projects for my son's 4th grade teacher.
"Thanks for Making Me Such a Smart Cookie" Can
Who doesn't love cookies? For a unique cookie container, I used a half-sized Pringles can, rinsed well and dried. I cut a piece of plain white cardstock to the height of the can and covered it with layers of decorative tape. I wrapped the tape around the edges for a finished look. I adhered it to the can with strong red scrapbook tape. I trimmed the edges of the tag with tape and tied it with cheerful yellow and white twine. The best part - after the cookies are gone, this gift can be used as a fun pencil/pen holder for her desk.
Supplies: Collectable – Remarkable: Decorative tape (Green, Numbers, Stars), Notable: Decorative tape (blue); Unforgettable: Decorative tape (yellow); Girl Crazy: decorative tape (red); Indie Chic: yellow twine; Misc: White cardstock, hole punch, Small Pringles can
"M&M Teacher" Pail
A few years ago, I found this sweet M&M poem for teachers.
I had a clear pail in my stash from MME Glittered Chipboard letters. (You can also find them at scrapbook and craft stores, or a glass jar would work) I removed the packaging and decorated it with paper and decorative tape. I sorted my M&M's into different colors, so each colored layer showed separately in the clear pail. For the lid, I cut a circle out of yellow patterned paper and adhered the brad and diecut paper with pop dots. I sewed around the edges of the poem and used MME chipboard letters for the "M&M".
Supplies: Collectable - Remarkable: Delightful patterned paper, brad; Notable: Muse patterned paper, Adore patterned paper, Devoted patterned paper; All is Bright: twine; Lost and Found 2: Oliver decorative tape; Red striped decorative tape, Red and Black Lush chipboard letters; Misc: Black ink, red thread, acrylic pail.
GREEN is for the inspiration you give me each day.
BLUE is for your patience in showing me the way.
ORANGE is for your warmth and caring style.
YELLOW is for the way you always make me smile.
RED is for my life that you have touched this year.
You’re a very special teacher just like this jar, that’s clear.
You place knowledge in our children’s hands
and melt into their hearts and lives forever.
You’re a “Magnificent” & “Marvelous” teacher.
Thank you for being my M&M
I had so much fun using the new MME "Boy Crazy" collection - it seems like this line was made just for my son. He has an amazing imagination and is always on the go. Exactly a year ago, I looked out my window to find him racing a truck down our street at incredibly high speeds - powered by the strong wind blowing a Walmart sack. Fun note - he had raided my scraproom to find a piece of string to tie the sack with and I used the same yellow & white twine on my layout (appropriately tied to brads on the page). :)
The title "Powered by Imagination" was perfect for these pictures of his wind-powered invention. I cut the title out of patterned paper, rounded the corners, and sewed a border around it to add focus.
I used a lot of circle elements to echo the wheels and speed in the photos. I especially LOVE the stitched felt sticker - it added great dimension to the layout.
I cut a strip of the multi-colored chevron "Point the Way" paper, and placed it on the left edge of the page to give movement and draw your eye to the bottom of the layout. I anchored the bottom of the page with a strip of gray decorative tape and dove-tailed the end to echo the "GO" arrow sticker above it. I used enamel dots between the "3,2,1" countdown chipboard stickers.
Supplies: Boy Crazy: Stitched patterned paper, Point the Way patterned paper,Plaid patterned paper,Tags patterned paper, felt stickers, enamel dots, brads, chipboard, stickers; Collectable - Remarkable: Daily patterned paper, tiny word stickers, label sticker; Collectable - Notable: Petite patterned paper; Grey and red decorative tapes; Miss Caroline - Fiddlesticks: Twine; Misc: Black ink and pen, grey thread, pop dots.
When our family returns home from church on Sundays – everyone is STARVING and want to eat immediately. The crockpot has become a trusted friend and helper with our Sunday meals. Today I tried out a new recipe in our shiny new crockpot (2 weeks ago our 16 year old crockpot split into 3 pieces while cooking a ham and I came home to a 3 foot puddle of ham juice running over/under my stove and on my kitchen floor – not a fun clean-up). I have a new 7 quart crockpot from Walmart that seems to hold A LOT.
I tried out this amazing Paula Dean Potato soup recipe I found on Pinterest here. I doubled it so we could have leftovers and added a few touches so it tasted like our FAVORITE Chili’ s Loaded Baked Potato Soup. My family LOVED it and said it tasted even better than the restaurant’s. I loved that it was quick and simple to prepare – and deliciously creamy.
Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup
This is a double recipe, and fits on my 7 qt. Crockpot
Thaw hashbrowns in bag overnight, or in the microwave. Combine all ingredients in crockpot, except for cheeses and garnishes. Cook on low for 6-8 hours (or 4 on high), or until the onions are tender. Stir in the softened cream cheese and 3 cups cheddar. Top bowls with remaining shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, and diced green onions.
Here is a layout I designed for the MME “Die cut Challenge” on their blog today. I LOVE these photos of my girls from our Disney vacation 6 1/2 years ago. Where does the time go? Desiree was only 10 (Jacob’s age now) and little Tori was 6! They had such a great time with Cinderella. She was so sweet talking with the girls and giving them hugs. A special day!! Priceless photos!!
Some of my favorite MME products are their diecuts!! Their titles and journaling spots always add the perfect accent to my pages. Today I used 3 die cuts on my layout from the Collectable - Memorable collection. The soft blue, green, and pink color palette went beautifully with these magical photos of my daughters with Cinderella.
The "You are PERFECT just the way you are" title was the inspiration for my layout. The beautiful scalloped doily echoed the circles of their princess mouse ears and reflected the embroidery details on their clothes. I cut the floral pattern off the top and bottom of the "Life is Good" diecut title, so it would look more neutral with the busy doily shapes on my page.
Not only does MME have fabulous paper diecuts, but the have amazing chipboard and sticker diecuts! I clustered the chipboard and stickers together to anchor the bottom of my page. I used pearl accents from the "Miss Caroline" line, I cut the pink swirl in half to frame the cluster of accents.
I cut out more doilies from patterned paper and layered them with the die cut journal card. I tied a peice of pink lace around the pin and inserted it through the "together" sticker.
I love how the pink decorative tape from the Lost and Found 3 Ruby collection looks like a real lace border. I glittered the chipboard letters and the other elements to give the layout the magical "princessy" feel.
Supplies: Collectable - Memorable: Record patterned paper, Flawless patterned paper, Cordial patterned paper, Adventure patterned paper, journal card, label sticker, layered sticker, title, chipboard, pin, brads, sticker; Lush: Cream paper and blue chipboard letters, Lost and Found Ruby: Pink lace and decorative tape; Miss Caroline - Fiddlesticks and Dolled Up Pearls; Misc: Chipboard letter, glitter glue, pop dots, blue paint, black ink and pen, cream thread.
It is still winter, the snow keeps falling, and the temperature is freezing around here. My heart longs for the sunny rays of California. Since a vacation isn't financially doable right now - the second best thing is to scrapbook photos of warm sunny days at Disneyland. It doesn't matter that these photos were from a vacation 7 years ago, the photos still warm my heart.
Supplies: Collectable-Remarkable:Beam patterned paper,Daily patterned paper,label stickers,brads, layered stickers,chipboard,:Collectable - Notable:Petite patterned paper,Devoted patterned paper;Miss Caroline-Dilly Dally:Tickets patterned paper,Token patterned paper,label stickers,die cut title,wood die cut, pearl sticker;Indie Chic-Nutmeg:decorative tape;Misc:gray thread,black ink,pen.
I love how the large photo captures the golden rays of light and the joy on my little guy's face. I immediately thought of the pearl "Sunshine" accent from the "Miss Caroline" Dilly Dally Collection from last year. I layered it with the wood die cut and placed a layered sticker from the new "Collectable" Remarkable collection.
One of my favorite things about MME products is that the lines are so easy to intermix. The papers and embellishments work seamlessly together. This is good because MME comes out with new papers and emblellishments often. I have quite the stash of older MME that I still love and don't want to get rid of! Luckily older lines mix with newer MME lines very easily!
The"Miss Caroline" title "Our Many Adventures" was perfect for photos of the Disney California Adventure Park. I cut out the tickets from paper - adding to the amusement park theme.
The "Collectable" chipboard "sunburst" accents echoed the sun on the Ferris wheel in the photos and added to the warm, sunny feel of my layout. Another older product I love is the decorative tape from Indie Chic. I loved adding it to the layout.
As part of a blog tour, I am reviewing a fabulous new book!
I am so excited about a new book that just came out by author Stephanie Worlton: “Everything You Need to Know about Girls Camp”. It is such a wonderful, informative, and helpful planning guide.
A few years ago, I was called to be a YW Camp director only 4 short weeks before our camp. This would have been an invaluable resource for me! (and for the 5 other YW Camps I have helped plan over the years). I love how she heavily relies on YCL’s in this book (Youth Camp Leaders who are 16 and older). Giving them opportunities to plan and help lead camp is such a great way to give them leadership experience (and it is suggested in the LDS church handbook). I really liked her organization outline, menu planning, theme suggestions, and activity ideas. I especially am excited to try the delicious looking recipes in the back! You can tell that the author has excellent organization and planning skills and her witty sense of humor also makes this an enjoyable read.
So, if you (or someone you know) – are trying to plan a Stake or Ward YW camp, this is essential reading material.
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As part of the blog tour, Stephanie will be giving away two great prizes. Visit her Kreating Krazy author blog to enter for your chance to win a "Camp Leader Survival Kit" or a signed copy of the book.
Jacob had a great time decorating his BYU Basketball Valentine Box. A special thanks to Amber Packer for the idea. We were able to use items we had on hand: a box that came in the mail that day, an old hoop from the dollar store, cardstock, and pictures from the internet.
Thank goodness we already had everything because he remembered that he needed to make one at 9:00 pm the night before Valentine’s Day!!
I stepped a little out of the "traditional Valentine's Day box" and used a lot of blue, cream, and white on my page.
It also gives the page a more masculine feel, since Valentine layouts tend to be very feminine, pink and covered with hearts.
I think it is fun to scrapbook photos from years past. This picture was taken in 2007, but I pulled it off my computer and scrapbooked it as a Valentine layout.
I saw the hexagon stickers and knew that I HAD to use them on my page. I LOVE the fabulous and timeless MME Lush Chipboard letter stickers. I have a bunch in my stash and they seem to magically work with every paper line. I really like the velvet texture of the blue letters too.
I hand cut the blue chevron paper and layered it with the red chevron chipboard border. I then layered and clustered the journaling spot with chipboard labels and circle elements.
Supplies:All is Bright: Collage patterned paper, Linen patterned paper, Ephemera Frames patterned paper, stickers, chipboard, brads, and accessories pad; Blue and Red Lush chipboard letters; Misc: Red thread, black ink and pen.