Saturday, September 23, 2017

Happy Scrapbook Page

I decided to do the other September sketch challenge over at Stick It Down. Because why not? The more you enter, the better your chances of winning! So here's what I came up with for the two-page sketch challenge:

I used my new American Crafts Jen Hadfield Home + Made collection. It is very family themed, which was perfect for these pictures of my daughter with her grandparents.

I used foam stickers to make the hearts pop off the page, and I layered washi tape and a paper strip over the patterned paper.

The title was easy because it was a Thickers sentiment, so all I had to do was stick it down. And the golden flower was one of the embellishments from the collection, as was the journaling tag. I thought the words "Grateful Hearts" was appropriate, especially now, because my mom passed away a few months ago, so we were definitely grateful that my parents were able to come and visit for my daughter's first birthday party earlier this year.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Power Bowl Challenge

So this month I started participating in a 21-day Power Bowl Challenge through Healthy Habits Happy Moms. It's a free challenge, and it's all about committing to eating one healthy, balanced power bowl meal a day.

Just one. That's it.

(And if you can't get one in every day, like me, well, that's fine, too. The point is, you are doing SOMETHING.)

The HHHM ladies supply you with the recipes and shopping lists. You just have to go out and buy the ingredients and make the power bowls. You can make them in advance, store them in mason jars, and eat them throughout the week. And if you're not feeling any of the recipes that week, HHHM says to totally feel free to come up with your own power bowl recipes.

So far, I've done a chicken strawberry salad power bowl and a greek chicken power bowl. I have to admit, I thought I was going to have to grab take-out on my first day eating one of these because I really didn't have high hopes that it would be good.

But it was!

And I like that this is NOT a diet. It's just a simple and easy way to get some healthy meals into your breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

If you want to sign up, you still can! Just go here!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Take 2 Scrapbook Page

I discovered a new scrapbook challenge site! It's called Stick it Down, and they have three challenges per month: a card sketch challenge, a single-page sketch challenge, and a two-page sketch challenge. You can enter all three challenges if you want, and each entry is a chance at being a guest designer or winning a prize pack!

So here is my take on the single-page sketch challenge!

For this one, I used up old Sassafras Lass papers and sticker embellishments, plus some American Crafts Thickers and a feather rub-on that was in my stash.

I cut the circles using my Creative Memories cutting system.

And I used the thick side of my dual-tip acid-free pink pen to outline the picture because I felt like it needed something a little extra to help it pop.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Quick 2-Page Scrapbook Layouts

I have been trying to spend time every day to get at least one scrapbook layout done. So the other day I sat down, opened up Pinterest, and was all ready to start scrolling through my Scrapbook/Cards board for a seven-picture two-pager that I could scraplift when what did I see right there on my Pinterest home page?

A seven-picture two-page scrapbook layout.

And then the next day when I sat down to scrapbook a six-picture two-page layout, what did I see right there on my Pinterest home page? You guessed it!

How did Pinterest know just what I was looking for to make my scrapbook endeavors so much easier and less time consuming?

Here's the first one. For this one, I used a first birthday kit that I put together several months ago during a Michael's run. The papers are Recollections, which seems to be the only paper brand that Michael's carries. I can't remember who makes the dimensional stickers. The green ribbon is from my stash.

I also threw in some of the sparkly stickers from the clearance kit I put together a few weeks ago because some of the colors were similar. You can see the hearts below.

And now here is the second two-pager that I made.

I was all excited about having cake smash photos, but of course, I have the kid who doesn't start eating table foods until she's 15 months. Also, she had an ear infection on her birthday.

This layout used up some extra paper and embellishments from the clearance kit, some old Target $1 spot letter stickers, some of the 1st birthday stickers, and a glittery orange sticker embellishment that had been in my stash and stood in for ribbon.

You can see both of the original scrapbook pages in my Scrapbook/Cards Pinterest board and get a lot more inspiration there, too!

And if you were wondering, yes, I decided to extend the baby's third first year album by four extra pages so that I could include all of her first birthday. It was the right thing to do!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Twinkie Tradition Scrapbook Page

Sharing a layout that I made for The ScrapRoom September JumpStart Sketch Challenge! The challenge ends on September 30, so if you want to play along, you still have time. And you don't have to be a subscriber to The ScrapRoom kit club. (I'm not.)

For this layout, I used grey cardstock as the base, and then added a border of black-and-white washi tape. Inside that border, I put sleeping cloud-patterned paper from Recollections with solid black cardstock right behind the two pictures, plus heart patterned paper from the American Crafts Jen Hatfield collection.

I was really hoping to find some cursive letters so that I could spell out "tradition", but I didn't have anything like that in my stash. Instead, I used American Crafts Thickers and some old Making Memories mini letters to do the title.

I also used up the last two first birthday 3-D stickers on this layout. They worked with these photos because one photo is of me on my first birthday in 1984, and the other photo is of my daughter's first birthday. We tried recreating my photo with my daughter. It sort of worked. (She did not like the Twinkie, by the way.)

Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Tale of Two Pumpkin Breads

It's fall, y'all! And in my quest to make everything on my Fall Pinterest board, I tried two new pumpkin recipes. (Note: I did not make these gluten-free because my husband refuses to eat anything pumpkin-flavored. He is weird.)

The first one was your standard pumpkin bread recipe. The original pin was from A Kitchen Addiction who adapted it from Nancy Creative who adapted it from a cookbook. I used the Nancy Creative version minus the buttercream frosting because the baby woke up from her nap so I didn't have time to make it.

You guys, this pumpkin bread tastes JUST LIKE STARBUCKS PUMPKIN BREAD.

In fact, I think the next time I make it, I want to add toasted pumpkin seeds on top just like they do at Starbucks.

The next pumpkin recipe I tried was a bit fancier and maybe a bit healthier. It's Paleo Pumpkin Coffee Cake from Jay's Baking Me Crazy.

Surprisingly, I had all of the ingredients in my pantry already thanks to a gluten-free cake that my sister-in-law made at my mother-in-law's house, and then my mother-in-law gave all the ingredients to me.

It tasted very much like pumpkin pie with a coffee cake crumble topping. Not at all what I was expecting but not bad. While I think I prefer the classic taste of the pumpkin bread, at least with this coffee "cake", I can feel a little better about eating it knowing that it's paleo and sort of healthy.

So that's three things this month that I've made containing pumpkin. I am well on my way to enjoying this wonderful flavor of fall, and we haven't even reached the first day of fall yet!

Friday, September 15, 2017

My Guests Scrapbook Page

Can I make a confession? I am really struggling with where to put my daughter's first birthday party pictures. Do I add extra pages to her third first-year album (yes, third) or do I just put them all in our regular scrapbook album? I feel like they should go in her album and that it would be weird if they were omitted, but that album is already kind of stuffed and I'm not sure how many more pages I can fit.

Scrapbooker struggles, right?

Here is a page that I am definitely putting in her album. It's pictures of all the guests who came to her party. We were very lucky to be able to have the whole family attend.

If you saw my Instagram Story from a few weeks ago, then you saw my "store check" at Michael's where I purchased the papers and embellishments for this layout on sale! Don't you just love those pineapples?

I used my Spellbinders machine to cut out the circles, and the gold letters are American Crafts Thickers. I didn't have any "E"s left, so I had to turn a "3" around and pretend it was a cursive capital "E".

Scrapbooker struggles.

A lot of the embellishments on this were actually planner stickers that were on clearance, but the colors and design (pineapples!) fit so well with the papers that I had picked out. I'm so glad that I was able to easily (and cheaply) put together this page.

Thanks for looking!