Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Inspiration from Susan

This is one of Susan's layouts from a few years ago. I had sketched it into my scrapbook sketchbook and decided to do my version of it for this week. Don't you love the swirl on this? That's what really drew me to it. I tend to do only straight lines, so it was nice to try something with a curve.

I was using 4x6 pictures that I couldn't crop down much smaller, so I had to revise the orientation of the three pictures. But I kept the swirl. You don't need a special template to do it. I just drew mine by hand on the cardstock and cut it out. Unlike straight lines, which I can't draw by hand if my life depended on it, swirls aren't supposed to be perfect. So go for it!

I'd love to see your take on Susan's "Mama's Boys" layout or any other layout by Susan. Leave a link in the comments section so everybody can check it out! And don't forget to visit Susan's blog and gallery, then come back Friday for some tasty cuisine.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Getting Scrappy With...

Welcome to this (very belated) Getting Scrappy With! The featured scrapper for this month is Susan Dupre, aka Scrappy Susan on Susan was one of the first scrapbookers I came across when I joined Her layouts are always so bright and colorful and fun! And her designs are always so unique. Susan is on several design teams ("My friends think I am crazy and tease me about the number of teams I am on," she says, "but I scrap so fast that getting my work done has never been a problem-unless my mojo has left me!") including Nikki Sivils, TaDa Studios, ATD-Momenta, and Really Reasonable Ribbon. You can find out more about Susan's design team work and see more of her great layouts on her blog, What the Scrap is That? But first, let's get to know Susan a little better, shall we?

click here to see this in Susan's gallery
What are your favorite scrapbook manufacturers? 
I adore American Crafts, My Little Shoebox and October Afternoon - that is just a few though - I have way too many to name!!

When did you start scrapping?
I started scrapping about three years ago and haven't looked back! I love scrapping! I used to do interior design. I started out scrapping as a way of keeping memories. It is still that, but it has branched out to be a creative outlet for me. For me, scrapping is art.

How has your style evolved over the years? 
I try to dabble in a little bit of every style, but I have to say I finally got down that negative space look. Still I love all styles and try to do them all.

How often do you scrap about yourself?
Very rarely, but I am trying to do it more often. I know it is important for my son to know about me too.

Where do you get your creative inspiration?
I would say I am most inspired by the amazingly talented scrappers out there. I love seeing the new ideas that come out. This inspires me to come up with my own new creative ideas.

click here to see this in Susan's gallery
Do you have a favorite technique that you use on layouts?
No I can't say I do, again because I try to do just about every style. I like to keep people guessing about what I will do next.

Where is your favorite place to scrap?
After we moved back to Texas, I was able to have my own scrap room. What was once a cute adorable space is now a total mess!

So is mine. Have you discovered any ways to tame the madness?
I have tried various ways of doing this. I now keep my papers organized by manufacturer. All my other supplies are separated by type, i.e. rub-ons together, chipboard together, flowers together, and so on.

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, Susan! I'm glad to have you as part of Cook Scrap Craft this week.

Come back tomorrow to see how Susan's work inspired me. Hopefully it will inspire you too!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Pictures to Scrap!

So many pictures to scrap! I'm getting behind! I had to make a list of all the pictures I need to print so that I don't forget. I promise I'll get the blog back on track soon. I owe you a Getting Scrappy With! But for now, enjoy this picture of the St. Louis skyline as taken from a plane.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Lack of Posts

Sorry for the lack of posts, but I was on vacation last week and we're having internet problems at home. I would post some pictures, but I can't because we need a new router and my computer won't hook up to the internet using an Ethernet cord. Why, I don't know. So I'm on my husband's computer, which does connect to the internet when using an Ethernet cord. Hopefully we'll be getting a new router today and hopefully it will actually work, unlike the other new router that we bought over the weekend. Good times.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


I've always wanted to join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) because I believe it's important to support local farmers (who aren't at the beck-and-call of the food industry) and get more fresh, in-season vegetables into our diet. However, there are some stumbling blocks along our path to actually signing up for a CSA. The first issue is price. There is a local farm nearby that provides a Veggie Box and CSA program. It costs $25 a week for a 25-30-pound box of vegetables. (Another roadblock is the pick-up times: Wednesdays between 12 and 7pm or by appointment any day BUT Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Oh... that's not helpful at all to us.) $25 a week doesn't seem that expensive, but you have to participate every week, so the total cost ends up being about $450-$550 through the harvest season. That's kind of a lot of money.

Especially considering (and this is another roadblock) I don't like most vegetables. Sure I eat carrots and broccoli (raw, never cooked - yuck!) and I like tomato sauce (just not tomatoes), but what the heck am I going to do with eggplant, squash, beets, and leek? Nor do I have the time to play experimental chef in the kitchen. When I get home at 7:00, I want to eat dinner. NOW. It's just easier for us on weeknights to stick with the easy staples, the stuff we know takes little time to prep and cook, the stuff we know my husband can make himself. I would hate to spend all that money on vegetables that will probably just end up going to waste every week. (Doesn't 25-30 pounds of veggies sound like a lot for only two people?)

What I really want to do is buy my meat from local farmers, instead of buying it at the grocery store through factory farms that pump their cows, chickens, and pigs with antibiotics and corn. But I have yet to find a local farm that provides meat. And I'm sure it would be crazy expensive, anyway.

I did find a local farm that sells gluten-free ravioli, among other amazing gluten-free items. We're going to have to try that out!

Do you belong to a CSA or have you ever belonged? What do you like about it? What do you dislike about it? What are some recipes you've made using the vegetables from your CSA box?

Friday, June 10, 2011


I have recently discovered (thanks to a coupon) Fig Newtons Fruit Thins. The only flavor I've tried so far is chocolate raspberry and OMG they are so good! They are thin and crispy cookies with real fruit baked into them. However, I have a hard time calling them "cookies" because to me cookies aren't thin like this nor are they crunchy. To me, Fig Newtons Fruit Thins remind me of something I used to eat (non-stop... it was an addiction) when I studied abroad in England. I had to do some research because I couldn't recall what they were called, but I'm pretty sure they were McVitie's Fruit Shortcake biscuits. They were so good, and they too had fruit baked into them. And that's really what the Fruit Thins should be called - biscuit - because that's what I think of when I eat them. Have you guys tried them yet? I think a trip to Tea & Sympathy is in order so I can get some McVitie's.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Our Last Night

Here's a layout that I did this week and managed to get a picture of. It's my husband eating dinner in our hotel room the last night of our Florida trip. I used popsicle sticks for the journaling. The rest is just scraps.

I still have our Wizarding World of Harry Potter pictures to scrap, but I saved those for last. I'm running low on supplies and wanted to make sure that I had good papers and stuff for the Harry Potter pictures.

How have you guys been doing scrap-wise? Are you getting all your pictures scrapped? I'm getting behind - gotta be honest. Yikes!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Meal Plan Monday 6/6

Sorry I've been a little MIA on the blog. I've been scrapbooking, but I just haven't had the time to upload photos and blog about it. When it comes to cooking, we haven't been that adventurous lately either. It's hard to be adventurous on weeknights. That said, here is a list of what we're eating this week:

Monday - breakfast wraps (scrambled eggs, diced ham and shredded cheddar cheese in a gluten-free rice tortilla)
Tuesday - leftover gluten-free shepherd's pie with leftover gluten-free garlic cheese biscuits
Wednesday - sausage and rice pasta in red sauce
Thursday - not sure yet, but it's amazing what you can come up with after staring into the fridge for a few minutes. That's how I came up with the breakfast wraps idea. :)

What are you eating this week?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

How do you say...?

I don't own a Cricut machine, but I'm confused as to how you say it. Is it "CRY-cut" or "cricket"?

And that's all I've got for you today.