Wednesday, March 31, 2010

giggles

Today (and this whole week, actually) has been pretty poop-tastic. (Thanks goes out to the secretaries - I assume that's what they are - at Bank of America mortgage processing center for being helpful this afternoon. All I wanted was a quick status check and some questions answered. And they were the ones to do it.)

But what really lifted my spirits and gave me a hearty laugh at my desk was this: Paris Hilton scrapbooking supplies

Did you know that Paris likes to scrapbook? Oh, but she does. As her website so succinctly puts it, "I LOVE SCRAPBOOKING, BEING CREATIVE IS HOT!" (Use a period between sentences, Paris.)

I don't mean to diss on Paris or anything because for all I know she could have a zillion scrapbooks in her massive walk-in closet, and when she's not partying, she could be spending her free time scrapping. She could be a fan of the same scrapbook brands that I like, although I really can't see Paris Hilton shopping at Michael's.

It's just that, well... this endeavor doesn't make sense. Martha Stewart scrapbooking... YES! I get that. Paris Hilton scrapbooking... uhm, not so much.

I guess if you're really into bling and miniature dogs wearing crowns, then this collection is right up your alley. (You can also buy fabrics.) But I don't know. In the words of American Idol's Randy Jackson, "I'm just not feelin' it, dawg."

Sidenote: Have I fallen off the celeb gossip radar or has Paris Hilton? It's been a looooong time since I've read/seen/heard about her doing anything out in public.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Scenes from New York's Lower East Side

I can't wait to scrap these pictures.

One of the best places to get donuts in the U.S., according to the History Channel - Doughnut Plant

vanilla bean glaze with blackberry jam filling. and it was square.

Tenement Museum. We took the Piecing it Together tour about garment industry workers.

Christine and Matzo Ball soup

me and hard salami and swiss on cold club


we ate both of those things at Katz's Deli, where the famous scene from When Harry Met Sally was filmed. "I'll have what she's having."

Friday, March 26, 2010

"cuz I'm out in the club and I'm sipping that bub and you're not gonna reach my telephone"

There's nothing like a little bit of Lady Gaga (and Beyonce) to make an otherwise dumb day turn happy. (And a free lunch at Pret a Manger also helps. Man that brownie was good.)

There's also nothing like a new scrapbook technique to give otherwise ho-hum layouts a bit of razzle dazzle. And that newest technique for me is misting.

I kept reading about "misting" and seeing it used on layouts but I never knew quite what it was. Until I received a bottle of gold Shimmerz Spritz in the French Kiss Scrap for a Cure kit.

And now... well, I'm a little obsessed with it. I kind of want to go out and buy up a whole bunch of colors and just mist like crazy. There's so much you can do with it!

On this LO, I just spritzed part of a blank piece of white paper. The gold color isn't as deep as I want it to be so you can't really see it in this picture. But... it's there and I'm loving it.


This layout uses pretty much only stuff that came in the French Kiss kit and the design itself— well, it's my own. The picture is what my husband gave/made me for Valentine's Day.

Has anyone else used Shimmerz brand before? What other brands of misting sprays are out there? Any that you would recommend? And how do I keep the paper flat as the spray dries? My edges tend to crinkle in on me.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Things you can do with a tortilla

Or in our case, things you can do with a CORN tortilla because those are gluten-free. Flour tortillas are not. We found Mission-brand corn tortillas at our regular grocery store in the same section as the flour and whole wheat tortillas.

It might seem obvious, but Mexican-inspired foods are always good. Take for instance the cheesy chicken quesadillas we made last week. Super easy and delicious.


However, there are about a bazillion corn tortillas left in our bag. What to do with them? Quesadillas again?

I'm trying to get us to eat different things every night. I feel like we now have a handful of recipes that we just keep recycling because they are fast, easy, and don't require a multitude of ingredients that we then have to go out and buy.

So to change things up this week, we used the tortillas we already had with some cooked chicken in our fridge plus some lettuce that we bought awhile ago (just peeled away the browning outer lettuce for the stuff underneath... I'm sure it was fine) and gluten-free caesar dressing, which is always on hand. Chicken caesar salad wraps, people!

We did another corn tortilla dish this week, but it was totally different than the first two. I call it the breakfast wrap: scrambled eggs, hash browns (Ore Ida's frozen country style hash browns are gluten-free), and melted shredded cheese on top (we used Monterey Jack b/c it's what we had but cheddar or American cheese would also be good). To quote Rachael Ray - YUM-O!


Obviously in that picture, the breakfast wraps aren't wrapped (corn tortillas are really hard to manipulate without tearing) but I did wrap them before I ate. For all of these, heating the tortillas beforehand makes them better.

Next up - making our own tortilla chips!

What are your favorite tortilla recipes?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Scrap for a Cure French Kiss kit

Just thought I'd share with you some of the layouts I made using the Scrap for a Cure French Kiss kit. Lovely!




The 2-page LO "Lavish" is based on a LO by scrapper Mama2Ainslie.

(Thanks again, Danae!)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Origami Shoes

So many scrapbook challenges to enter, so little time. Here's yet another layout for yet another scrapbook challenge, this time a sketch challenge at The Story Matters blog. (The company also does cool monthly scrapbook kits, which, of course, I have only drooled over online. Man, I can't wait until we move and I can *fingers crossed* spend money again.)

This layout is titled "Hot" because, well, I do look pretty fab in those ginormous origami high heels. This picture was taken at Toy Fair in February. I had forgotten all about it until I went through my bag of Toy Fair goodies and saw it. Seriously, though, how could I have forgotten standing in oversized pink shoes?

I really liked this sketch because it was super simple. You can get straight to the point and really focus on the picture without being overwhelmed. I used SEI papers, American Crafts thickers, and some glittery chipboard pieces that I think are Making Memories. I've had them for so long I don't even remember.

In other news, I really want to watch Adventures in Babysitting tonight. But I have to get it out of the way before my husband gets home (he's running a bonfire for middle schoolers tonight) because that movie is, in his words, "poop on a stick." (He also says that about The Golden Girls. He's no fun!)

"No one gets outta here without singing the blues!"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Another scrapbook challenge

"You get what you get and you don't get upset." Wise words from a children's book. But aren't there some things in life worth getting upset over? Like how awful Ke$ha's performance was on last night's American Idol. Seriously. Why is she so popular? All she does is talk her lyrics in a nasal voice. A 5-year-old could do a better job. ANYWAY.

Here is a layout that I'm entering in the Sketchy Thursdays April Guest Design Team Challenge.
The challenge was:
1. to use the prompt "If I could ____, I would ___"
2. mist or paint in pink (I used pink nail polish)
3. use the sketch provided



You've still got time to participate if you want. Deadline isn't until Saturday, March 20 at 11:59 EST. The prize is a scrapbook kit from Pink Ninja Addicts!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Organization

You wouldn't know it from looking at my desk (or from talking to my mom about my childhood) but I really do like to be organized. I suppose, though, that I only like to organize things I like. Take scrapbooking for instance. All of my supplies are organized into Rubbermaid drawers - wedding scrapbook supplies, letters, rub-ons and stickers, embellishments, loose paper. I even have a supply caddy that holds my rulers, paper cutters, scissors, pens and pencils, stamps and stamp pads, adhesives, etc.

I also like to organize my scrapbook "thoughts," if you will. I'm still working on my wedding album but I know exactly what I want to do with each page. In fact, I drew out a page map for my wedding album!

There are just so many pictures from my wedding, the only way I could make sure I was using the ones I wanted was to create this map.

I've also organized my favorite sketches into a little notebook. You can pick up notebooks like this in the $1 bins at Michael's or Target. In it, I draw the sketches that I see while perusing Scrapbook.com or scrapbook blogs. I prefer to draw them by hand as opposed to printing out a picture of the original layout so that I don't focus so much on trying to copy what the original layout looked like and instead just let the basic idea of the layout inspire me to do something all my own.

I also like having my sketches in this handy dandy notebook (Blue's Clues, anyone?) because it's small enough to fit in my purse when inspiration strikes on the go. It's also very handy for those days when I'm too lazy to turn on my computer or if I'm going to a crop and don't want to lug my laptop with me.

I'm curious - what do you do to organize? It can be organizing anything - scrapbook supplies, kitchen utensils, your stamp collection. What are your favorite stores to shop for organization supplies? I'm quite partial to The Container Store. Yes, sir. I could pretend to live in that store for hours.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Simple and Easy

I love things that are simple and easy, don't you? That's why I'm sharing with you two things I made recently that were so simple and so easy and SO completely satisfying. First up is a layout I did using a sketch made by moi. Sometimes it's nice not to have a page filled to the brim with embellishments and tons of paper. All you need are three strips of the same or coordinating paper, some photos, letter stickers, and a small embellishment and you're good to go. This would be great for using up scraps, too! (And yes that is a "v" in the word "fun." So sue me, okay? I ran out of the letter "u". Just go with it.)

(The journaling reads: In every job that must be done, there is an element of FUN! You find the fun and SNAP! The job's a game! - Mary Poppins)

Next I have a delicious and easy dinner meal. These are gluten-free chicken nuggets. All you need are chicken tenders (they cook easier than chicken breasts), tapioca (or potato) flour, gluten-free "bread" crumbs, a little bit of baking powder, and an egg! You roll a chicken piece in the flour and baking powder mixture, douse it in a bowl of the beaten egg, roll it in the "bread" crumbs, then cook it in a frying pan filled with vegetable oil. SO EASY. You can even add different seasonings to the flour if you want to kick it up a notch. I went with just plain old salt. Exciting.

And of course, a meal is not complete without corn from Trader Joe's and yummy white rice.

You don't even have to make this meal gluten-free! Just use regular flour and regular bread crumbs and you're good to go!

So that's it! Simple, easy, oh yeah, and quick.

Side note: Did anyone else watch last week's Ugly Betty? Did anyone else [spoiler alert] cry when Hilda got engaged? I am way too emotionally invested in this show. Also, the song playing over that scene is "I Wished for You" by Jasmine Ash. *love*

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rainy Rainy Day

I never posted pictures from last weekend, so I'm posting a scrapbook layout of some of the pictures instead. This is me and my friends Lauren and Danae doing karaoke. The top picture I made in Picasa - three pictures are superimposed over each other. It seemed like a good way to get multiple pics onto the layout without taking up too much space with photos. I'm entering this layout into the Sketchy Thursdays 3.11 challenge.

I used some of the SEI papers that I won along with green American Crafts Thickers that came in the Scrap for a Cure kit. Everything else was random stuff that I had in my stash.

Today I went to the circus! Here's a pic:

I just love pachyderms.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Happy Mail!

I've gotten so much delicious mail this week - some expected and some total surprises!! First, I was notified via email that I had won two Allure magazine giveaways. One was for a body exfoliating cream from Yves Rocher, a natural beauty product company from France. I received that package early this week, but I haven't used it yet (it smells...interesting). Maybe this weekend I'll give it a whirl.

The second thing I won (and I had entered to win this back in September) was a fragrance from Victoria's Secret. Look at this cute packaging! YUM!

I also won a random giveaway over at My Paper View. Today I received these awesomely bright and fun SEI papers along with some cute embellishments. Can't wait to get started creating with them! (The papers smell so good... is that weird?)

And FINALLY, I received a very unexpected surprise in the mail. Talk about happy mail! I got home from work on Wednesday and there was a package for me from Scrap for a Cure. (Remember I blogged about them a few weeks ago?) Well, someone awesome named Danae, who is incredibly charity-minded, decided that not only was she going to help Scrap for a Cure donate to its charity of the quarter, but she was also going to help me replenish my scrap stock. Behold, the French Kiss kit from Scrap for a Cure purchased for me by Danae!

It's almost too pretty to touch!! But touch it I did. Here is one of the layouts I made using the kit (along with those luscious brown American Crafts Thickers). The layout is based on one of the sketches over at Twisted Sketches. The twist was stripes.

Thanks to everyone for all the wonderful mail! Now off to scrap!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New Twisted Sketches Challenge

The new challenge is up at Twisted Sketches! If you haven't been playing along or have never heard of this challenge blog, it's totally fun, so get on board! Every week there is a new sketch to interpret along with a fun little twist.

This week, I'm the guest designer because I won one of the previous challenges! Here's my take on the sketch and its twist - staples:

Head on over to the blog to see the sketch itself and even more interpretations of it! Play along for your chance to win!

(P.S. Don't you just love those Crate Paper papers? They came with the February Classy Coordinates Plush Pak. I need to get my hands on more of that stuff.)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

What a Week

I fully intended on posting more this week but, alas, I did not. My Firefox was acting up, or rather not acting at all. I couldn't get it to open! Turns out, one of my add-ons was not compatible with the version of Firefox that I have so I had to delete it (in Firefox Safe Mode... didn't even know that existed! Also, sorry if this tech-speak bores any of you or confuses you). Just glad I don't have to use IE8. ;)

Earlier in the week, the townhome that my husband and I LOVE LOVE LOVE came back on the market. Not sure why but we're hoping it stays on the market for just a few more days because... we've had an offer on our condo! We had to do some negotiating but we found out yesterday that the buyer accepts our terms and Monday the contract goes into attorney review. It's just possible that we could be out of here and into a new place (hopefully the one we LOVE LOVE LOVE) by May.

In other news, last night I attempted to see the Tim Burton exhibit at MoMA. The museum has free admission hours on Friday nights but by the time I got up there from work, the Tim Burton exhibit was sold out. Bummer. It's on my list of things to do this year, but I don't really feel like paying full admission price to see one exhibit. So I'll just mark it down as "I tried."

I also wanted to do some scrapbooking last night but I just wasn't feeling into it. I tend to get bored with it if I don't have all the supplies that I need (paper, embellies, the right letter stickers) and then I just give up and put it all away. I did get one thing done last night for two scrapbook challenges.

Scrap Outside the Box is hosting a challenge where you have to use shopping bags on your layout. I had just gotten some free underwear from Victoria's Secret (love those coupons and that they send them to me, to my husband, to someone named Lori who they think lives at my address, to my dad back home, to someone named Lori who they think lives with my parents) and knew that I should use their cute striped bags. So I cut out a side panel of the bag, twisted the tissue paper up, and cut out a triangle from the smaller side panel to make this!

It's also for the challenge at These are a Few of My Favorite Things, which is to scrap your Favorite Friends. I thought it would be fun to scrap my new "celebrity friends".

I also have been working on this layout for a few days, cutting stuff out and sticking it on as I go along. It's the cover page to my Book of Me (BOM, as it's called in the scrapping world).

I have a picture of America Ferrera that I want to put on there but I forgot to do so before I took this picture. But just know, I also love Ugly Betty and am sad that this is its last season. Oh and I meant to put a Project Runway picture on there, too. See... it's still a work in progress.

Enjoy your Saturdays everyone! I'm off to get my haircut and then have dinner and karaoke with the girls!