Saturday, October 21, 2017

You Are My Sunshine Scrapbook Page

Because I still have supplies left in my The International Scrapbook Garden Garden Sunkissed kit, I decided to use it to create a layout for a challenge over at Lasting Memories Layout Challenges. There are a couple different challenges this month, but the one I am doing is to "Use children's artwork or journaling or be inspired by a children's book".

I decided to use a piece of artwork that my daughter created at daycare and include the pictures of her during the creation process. The artwork took up so much space that I ended up keeping things fairly simple on this one.

Because the artwork was supposed to look like flowers in the grass, I added some burlap flower embellishments in the corner and cut out a circle from some yellow patterned paper.

I then wanted to add what I hoped would end up looking like sun rays, so I sprinkled some Lindy's Magical Powder in Yodeling Yellow over the paper in the corners and on the yellow circle, spritzed on some water (with a misting fan because I'm classy like that), and then used a paintbrush to smooth out any powder bumps. It definitely gave the paper and the yellow circle some shine, but I'm not sure how well it shows up in a picture.

I ended up using the yellow circle (my "sun") for the journaling, and then I placed the Creative Embellishments chipboard embellishment on top to act as the title.

This was a fun challenge because it got one of Daphne's pieces of artwork out of a Rubbermaid bin and into the scrapbook. I know that I won't be able to keep all of the art she does throughout the years, so I'll have to come up with creative ways to save it. Picking special pieces to put in scrapbooks like this is a great idea!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Everyday Inspire Scrapbook Page

The International Scrapbook Garden Sunkissed Kit is the scrapbook kit that keeps on giving. So far I have made four scrapbook layouts and one project, and I still have some supplies leftover in the main kit plus a whole bunch of fun stuff to play with in the bonus kits!

Here is the fourth layout I've made using the kit. The picture is of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.

So see? I'm proving yet again that even with all of the butterflies and flowers, this kit is very versatile!

I kept things pretty simple on this one. I almost used the feather stencil, Magic Powder and paint to create a textured feather background, but the baby woke up from her nap before I had a chance to play around with it so I just went with what I had already decided to layout.

Supplies used from the kit: Lemoncraft Daydream 04 paper, Lemoncraft Daydream Buttons, Kaisercraft Paper Blooms Sea Breeze, Maya Arts Ribbon Fuchsia, Lemoncraft Ephemera Cards.

Supplies used from my own stash: Zig Writer in black, sticker from the museum visit

I love the simple elegance of this layout, and I think it fits really well with the quiet calmness exuded by the photo. I wanted to make sure there was a lot of blue on this layout to fit with the blue water from the fountain in front of the museum.

And I also thought that the sentiment on the ephemera card was very fitting for Jimmy Carter. He is my favorite president and a person who has always inspired people and continues to inspire others through his good works.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Believe - The International Scrapbook Garden Project

Because The International Scrapbook Garden has been challenging me to try new things in my scrapbooking, I decided to let it challenge me to do something that wasn't a traditional scrapbook layout. I even made a behind-the-scenes video about the creation of this project!

I took a small canvas that I had in my stash and decorated it using supplies from The International Scrapbook Garden Garden Sunkissed kit! And I just love how it turned out!

First, I sprayed the canvas with the Lindy's Flat Fabio Spray Hisbiscus Rose. Then, I decorated it with the Lemoncraft Ephemera Card, Petaloo Mulberry Flowers Love Potion, Kaisercraft Pearls, Lemoncraft Daydream Button, May Arts Wrinkled Ribbon Fuchsia, and Lemoncraft Daydream Feather.

I like the way that I tilted the card and didn't keep everything within the confines of the canvas' boundaries. It's going to make a nice little wall hanging for my scrap room - once I paint the walls and get everything organized in there, but that is another story. Like this project says, I just gotta believe, right?

This was a fairly easy project to complete because the canvas was so small. I'd say the only difficult thing was deciding which elements to use on it! There are so many great supplies in the Sunkissed kits. I wanted to use them all!

If you still haven't gotten your hands on one of these kits, do yourself a favor and get one! It has been so much fun working with it, and I'm still not done going through everything. You'll be seriously amazed at everything that comes in this kit.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Gluten-Free Fall Cooking

I've been doing a lot of scrapbooking. (Have you noticed?) But I've also been trying out a few new recipes, and there's more to come.

The other weekend I sliced my finger cutting up an orange bell pepper to make Ayesha Curry's Sloppy Joe-Stuffed Peppers. I was watching the episode of Ayesha's Home Kitchen where she makes these for her basketball player husband (Steph Curry) and his friends, and because the show involved a basketball player, my husband ended up watching with me.

"Those look good!" he said. "We should make those."

So instead of doing my usual opening a can of Manwich and calling it a day to make sloppy joes, I chopped up veggies and made sloppy joes from scratch. And sliced my finger with a knife.

I'd say I took one for the team because my husband liked this one and so did the baby. (Well, she liked the sloppy joes. I didn't even try to make her eat the pepper.)

And what's nice about this is that it's gluten-free! You don't even have to worry about finding gluten-free bread because the pepper is the "bread". Love it!

I also made a really good recipe for Cheddar-Apple Sausage Mac from Family Circle that I think would be perfect for all of those apples you picked at the pick-your-own farm. Or if you are lazy like me and don't own an apple corer/peeler, just buy a bag of pre-sliced apples. Worked good for me!

Although, when you tell your husband what the ingredients are (apple-chicken sausage, pasta, cheddar cheese, apples), don't be surprised if he says, "So this is going to kill me after I eat it."

It has apples in it!!!

I couldn't get my daughter to eat the chicken sausage. (Whose child is this??) But she did eat the pasta and my husband had seconds. Made for good leftovers, too.

And easy to make gluten-free. I just used gluten-free penne pasta. Easy peasy.

We've got some other new recipes on the meal plan this week, so hopefully I'll be sharing how those went with you soon.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Beautiful Day Scrapbook Page

Lest you think that The International Scrapbook Garden Garden Sunkissed kit is only for scrapbooking girly pictures, think again! I just used it to scrapbook these pictures from our 2015 road trip to Atlanta!

Because this kit is all about international scrapbook manufacturers and a design team made up of international scrapbookers, I figured it would be appropriate for me to use an international method of scrapbooking: my Lea France stencil! It's how the French scrapbook! I used the Stained Glass stencil to do the design of this one.

All of the elements on this page come from the Sunkissed main and bonus kits. We've got Creative Embellishments Beautiful Day chipboard, a Bo Bunny doilyScrapberry's Cherry Blossom Light Yellow, Lemoncraft Fresh Summer 01 paper, Lemoncraft Vintage Time 014 paper, Lemoncraft Ephemera card (cut up), and Lemoncraft Daydream 03 paper.

I knew those doilies would go quickly. I'm a sucker for using doilies on scrapbook layouts.

Because I used the stencil, this was super easy to put together. All I had to figure out was where to put the extra embellishments. I fussy cut the paper doily from the Lemoncraft paper and used it for the journaling, and to write the journaling I used my Zig Writer in Pure Pink.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Slow Down - Book Review

Many years ago, an old friend of mine sent me a CD from a Christian singer named Nichole Nordeman. I had never heard of her before, but I popped the CD into my CD player and gave it a chance.

It was life-changing.

And so is Nordeman's new book Slow Down: Embracing the Everyday Moments of Motherhood.

The book is based on a lyric video called "Slow Down" she released on YouTube a few years ago. She wrote it for her son who was graduating from elementary school, and it's all about how she wishes she could slow down time because he's growing up too fast.

If you didn't see the lyric video, you can find it on YouTube. And if you think, "Oh, I better not watch it because it will make me cry," well, the lyrics to the song are printed in the book. So be warned.

You might just want to keep tissues handy anyway.

I first saw this book posted on someone's Instagram and I immediately thought, "I need to add that to my to-read list!" And then I was perusing the available books to review on Booklook Bloggers and there it was! So I think this book was definitely meant to come into my hands. Right now I'm still a little green in my mothering experience to answer some of the reflection questions throughout the book, but it does give me something to think about for the future.

I certainly have moments right now where I'm tired or frustrated, and I think, "Oh boy, I'll be glad when this stage is over with." But this book reminds us to not be so focused on looking forward to the future. To not be so quick to want our kids to move on to the next stage or the next new thing they're supposed to be doing. Because as Nordeman writes, those are the moments we are never getting back. Don't rush through them.

Just as we eventually find ourselves wanting our kids to slow down growing, we also need to slow down and enjoy the moments along the way. All of them.

I like that this book isn't your typical book. It's got fun, colorful graphics and stylized pictures of little kids and babies. There is space for you to write your answers to the "big questions" at the end of each chapter. And sprinkled throughout are essays and Q&As with other famous Christian writers, singers, etc., such as Amy Grant, Shauna Niequist, and Jen Hatmaker.

If you're a mother and you've still got kids in the house, then you'll definitely want to add this book to your bookshelf. Or better yet, just keep it on your nightstand and refer to it regularly.

I know I will.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, October 9, 2017

October Scrapbook Challenges

Stuck in your scrapbooking? Need some help getting started? Let these scrapbooking challenges be your jumping off point! Some of them even have prizes you can win if you enter!

1. The Studio Challenges - This month's challenge uses a fall color palette. How will the warm colors of fall inspire you? The challenge ends November 5.

2. Scrap Our Stash - The Tic Tac Toe Stash Challenge this month requires the use of a pumpkin, so if you have one of those in your stash, then you're well on your way to completing this challenge. You have until October 29 to enter.

3. Challenge YOUrself - This challenge blog has a fall mood board, too, to get you inspired. Leaves, candy corn, and lots of warm colors. Don't forget to include a picture of yourself! You have until November 4 to enter!

4. Lasting Memories Layout Challenges - There is a great prize up for grabs at this scrapbook challenge blog this month. Each week a new challenge is posted, and you can enter one of them or all four! The theme for the month is Around the House, and the first two weeks are Fabric Scraps and Children's Artwork or Journaling or Be Inspired by a Children's Book.

Have fun scrapping! And if you know of any other challenges, post them in the comments!