Saturday, March 17, 2018

I Met Sam Scrapbook Layout featuring The International Scrapbook Garden

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I have never met any leprechauns, but I have met a hobbit. That's the theme of today's scrapbook layout featuring the Kisses and Snowflakes kit from The International Scrapbook Garden. And the layout is based on the March sketch challenge created by Heather over at Memory Lane Scrapbook Store.

I liked how the pink background in the photo matched so well with some of the pink in the 7 Dots Northern Lights collection, so that's primarily the papers and embellishments that I used on this. 

But I did add in some of the Prima Zella Teal ephemera, Scrapberry's Exquisite Embellishments Create Wonder, Prima Sunrise Sunset Paper Petals Silver Blue flowers, US Art Quest Prills in Plum Crazy, and Dovecraft Adhesive Gems Perfectly Pink. Then I splattered a little bit of the Shimmerz Vibez Grape Escape. I LOVE that color.

I had a lot of fun creating the cluster of embellishments underneath the photo. It gives the layout a lot of texture and dimension. But it does take forever to strategically lay everything out and make it look like all these embellishments just effortlessly fell there or something!

The story behind this photo is that Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings movies, was at a press event that I attended. (It was totally random that he was there, and I had NO idea why he was there at the time.) My co-worker, who didn't know who he was, told me she would take my picture with him, so we went up to the PR guy standing near him and asked for a photo. Once Sean was finished talking to someone else, the PR guy stepped in and said, "We have someone here who would like a photo." I walked up and said, "Hi!" We shook hands, Sean Astin smiled, and then he turned so we could take the photo, and then that was that. He never said a word to me. Not even a "hi" back! ??? It was so awkward.

But whatever. Out of the four hobbits, he was actually fourth on the list of hobbits I wanted to meet. Oops. 

Anyway, that's my story. Maybe someday I'll get to meet Frodo! 

Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Gluten-Free Ham and Cheese Scones

I went way back into my Good Morning, Breakfast Pinterest board for this next recipe. So far back, in fact, that the link for the Ham and Cheese Scones recipe from A Beautiful Bite isn't even valid anymore! Luckily, I did find it through a Google search on Tasty Kitchen, so I was able to make these savory scones for dinner the other night.

So basically, to make these gluten-free, I used Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour. And that was it! That was the only substitution I needed. The other ingredients are your basic butter, baking powder, salt, milk, shredded cheddar, diced ham, and diced onion.

I purchased my ham pre-diced at the grocery store. It was sold that way in a package in the meat section.

I also used half of a small onion, but honestly, I think I would use even less of the onion or cut out the onion entirely. But that's just my personal preference. Maybe less onion and more of the ham.

Because we were doing these scones for dinner, I served them up with tomato soup. So this was basically like a new riff on soup and sandwich.

My daughter didn't eat the scone, but my husband had two scones! And then we had scones left over for lunch, which was great!

Another note: I have a special scone baking pan that creates the perfect scone triangles. But you can just form your dough into a circle and bake it in that shape on a regular baking sheet. That's actually what the original recipe calls for.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sipp Sparkling Organics Review

I remember when Jones Soda first came out and it was so cool that there were other flavors of soda different from the regular cola and lemon-lime and grape and orange. Well, the world of flavored sodas continues to expand. And just like there are craft beers, there are craft sodas.

Sipp Sparkling Organics is one company that is making "sip-perior" craft soda, and they're doing it by mixing organic ingredients to create unique layers of blended fruits and herbs in a sparkling beverage. You can enjoy the soda on its own or mix it into a cocktail. It's up to you!

There are a variety of flavors, including Zesty Orange, Ginger Blossom, Mojo Berry, Lemon Flower, Ruby Rose, and Summer Pear.

I had the chance to try out one of the Sipp flavors, thanks to a free sample left for me by a PR agency, and I liked it so much I wanted to write about it for you. The flavor was Ginger Blossom: ginger, vanilla, and lime.

Now, let me be honest. My first few sips had me a little wary. The ginger and lime I was okay with, but the vanilla? I wasn't sure I was feeling the vanilla. Yet I persisted! And after a few more sips, the flavor mixture started to grow on me. It really did!

I thought it was quite a refreshing and unique sparkling beverage that made a nice alternative to plain water, which is what I normally drink. And because it's made with organic ingredients and only has 88 calories per can, it's a little healthier than a can of traditional soda. (You can also purchase these in bottles, and one bottle has 100 calories.)

You can find Sipp in a variety of stores, such as Whole Foods, Target, and Amazon. There is a store locator tool on the company's website to make it easy to find a store that carries Sipp products near you. (My local Target carries it!! Who knew??) Plus, there's a printable coupon on that page!

If you really like soda, but you need an alternative to all the sugar and calories, Sipp would be a good choice! And if you live on the East Coast, you'll be happy to know that it's made in Pennsylvania, so you'd be supporting local business by purchasing some! (I wonder if they do factory tours....)

Go on and have a Sipp!

Monday, March 12, 2018

2-Page Scrapbook Page Kits

I inherited a bunch of scrapbook stuff from my mom, and she was really into page kits. So she had a couple page kits already complete, but they didn't have any photos on them. They were summery page kits, and I had just the right photos for them: a summertime zoo trip!

This first one didn't specify where to put the pictures, so I just laid out the pictures however I wanted. I even had space to add in the brochure from the zoo.

The alphas are American Crafts Thickers from my own stash. I recently purchased those on sale at Michael's even though they are an OLD style. I remember using them YEARS ago, and I guess they are so popular that either American Crafts keeps making them and/or Michael's keeps selling them.

The only other thing from my stash that I added to this was a Sassafras Lass journaling sticker. It had a monkey on it, so I kind of figured it was perfect for a layout about a zoo trip.

The second layout DID provide instructions for what size the photos should be and where you should place them. That was very helpful!

And since this was just a continuation of pictures from that same zoo trip, I didn't add any journaling or another title. I thought the big "There are so many wonderful reasons to be happy" die-cut was a good enough title.

I basically just kept everything on this layout as is and added in the photos. Easy peasy.

So basically my mom did the hard work and I just added in the pictures. Thanks, mom!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Love Scrapbook Page featuring The International Scrapbook Garden

I've got another layout to share with you using The International Scrapbook Garden Kisses and Snowflakes kit. And because I had five pictures that I wanted to scrap, I created this one using my Lea France Stained Glass Stencil in order to get all five photos on one page.

This uses some of the Bo Bunny Winter Playground papers in Nippy and Picturesque, plus a few of the Winter Playground cut apart tags in the embellishment clusters. I thought those wintry papers would be just perfect for this layout about a very cold day at Six Flags Holiday in the park last November.

My embellishment clusters are made up of a word from the Creative Embellishments Love Day set (which also serves as my title), Kaisercraft Lucky Dip Wooden Snowflakes (which are very fragile, so be careful when working with them!), some leftover May Arts White Metallic Nylon String Ribbon, and the Prima Sunrise Sunset Paper Flowers Silver Blue with the Darice Finishing Accents Snowflake Brads in the center.

The top cluster has some of the Prima Zella Teal ephemera pieces and word stickers in it. And then I accented each cluster with the Kaisercraft Pearls in Teal.

Using the great embellishments in this kit and my stencil really made this one pretty easy to complete, and I like how it all came out! Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Fierce Faith - Book Review

Fierce Faith by Alli Worthington is the book you need to read if you've ever felt you weren't good enough. If you've ever felt rejected or betrayed. If you've ever been scared for your children. If you've ever been afraid of failing. If you've ever had FOMO (fear of missing out). If you've ever been afraid of what the future holds. And especially if you've ever feared that you can't trust God.

This book takes you through all of those fears and gives you battle plans for how to get through them so that you can live your life brave and unafraid instead of living a life frozen in fear. After all, there are so many Bible verses that tell us we have no reason to be afraid and that we have strength through Christ, but sometimes we fear (the enemy) makes us forget. Fierce Faith is here to remind us.

If you're reading this book on your own, that's great! But if you're reading it as part of a study group, there are discussions questions at the end of each chapter. Plus, there is a Battle Plan appendix with links to free printables so you can have some of the book's important mantras hanging up where you will always see them (my favorite spots: the bathroom mirror, taped to your car dashboard), and you get more space for writing out answers to some of the end-of-chapter questions.

To get really personal, this book is EXACTLY the book I needed right now. I saw another blogger (Polka Dotty Place) post about this book on Instagram, and I thought, "Ooo that looks good." So when I saw this book was available through the BookLook Bloggers program, I immediately requested a copy.

For years now, people have been doing the "one little word" thing where you pick one word to summarize what you want your upcoming year to be about. I usually don't really do it, but after reading this book, I think I want my word to be "fear". That might seem strange, but I definitely need help in overcoming fear, and I think that should be my goal for this year. Hopefully, the battle plans in this book can help me do it! I'm already thinking about either doing the end-of-chapter questions as scrapbook pages for my Book of Me or as a themed Traveler's Notebook. Stay tuned because I'm sure I'll be sharing more about it on the blog.

Oh, and the cover of the book is really shiny. SHINY.

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.”

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Lovely featuring Cheeky Studio

Happy Hump Day! I am so excited to share with you my first layout this month using my March design team kit from Cheeky Studio. I've also got a process video to share with you on my YouTube channel! Please check it out!

For this layout I used the Pink & Cream Bouquets collection that includes ephemera, sequins, and flair. It's all on here!

This is based on the March sketch challenge that Heather created. You can play along all month long in the Cheeky Studio Facebook group!

The Pion Design paper I chose for my background had pre-printed flowers in the corners, so it kind of fit right in with the sketch. I just added some extra Kaisercraft and Petaloo flowers to give the pre-printed ones some dimension, and then I added even more flowers with the flowers and feathers in the Pink & Cream Bouquets ephemera pack. Then I added one of the Pink & Cream Bouquets flair buttons into the Kaisercraft floral bouquet.

I used some of the Pink & Cream Bouquets sequins to add some shimmer and shine in each corner of the page.

And behind the photo, which is matted with a maroon patterned paper from Pion Design, I sprayed an old Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Harvest Orange that has been in my stash for years. YEARS. I'm surprised that anything even still came out.

The title is a Prima Amber Moon ephemera piece. I love when I can create titles without having to search through my letter stash.

I like how this one came out with the different types and layers of flowers, and I like how the Pink & Cream Bouquets went so well with the maroon and cream colors of the papers and other embellishments that I had in my stash. It's a really sweet collection that, as you can see, I've used for a wedding layout, but you could also use for Easter cards or summer layouts. I'm eager to see what the other design team members do with it!

Don't forget to visit the Cheeky Studio shop and use my discount code CookScrap10 to receive 10% off your purchase!