Thursday, December 28, 2017

It's Pumpkin Season Scrapbook Page

It may not be pumpkin season anymore (there was snow on the ground when I went outside to snap the photos of this layout), but it hardly felt like pumpkin season when we went pumpkin picking at the beginning of October. Thank goodness the fall-themed Autumn Hayride kit from The International Scrapbook Garden is at least giving me all the fall feels.

Here's the latest page I made using the fun supplies from the kit:



I painted the Creative Embellishments chipboard piece with Prima Acrylic Paint Sparks Ginger Magic and the Lindy's Starburst Green with Envy Green. It's so shiny and sparkly!


What really made the layout were all those fun ephemera pieces from the Prima Amber Moon collection. I popped this one up on some kraft foam for added dimension, and I used a tag from the Pion Design Summer Falls Into Autumn Borders paper for my journaling.


I also used the Lindy's spray to do some mixed media on the background paper (which is the Pion Summer Falls Into Autumn October Harvest), and I did the "packaging technique" that I've seen so many other scrapbookers doing: spray some misting spray onto a piece of plastic and then press the plastic onto the paper.


I used my Creative Memories circle cutter to cut out my photo and two backing papers in the three sizes of circles. I backed the photo with Pion Design Summer Falls Into Autumn Autumn Meadow and Prima Amber Moon Into the Woods.


This was a fun one to put together! If you haven't gotten your own Autumn Hayride kit but you have Halloween/October and Thanksgiving pictures to scrap, this kit would be PERFECT! So head on over to The International Scrapbook Garden shop and get your kit today!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Gluten-Free Lasagna Soup

When I told my husband we were having Lasagna Soup for dinner, he gave me the weirdest look. But what is so weird about Lasagna Soup? Don't you just automatically know what it is by the name: meat, cheese, and pasta in a bowl?

And who doesn't like that?

I found this recipe on Pinterest from A Farmgirl's Dabbles, and it was very easy to make. It was also very easy to make gluten-free. I just subbed in gluten-free penne for the pasta and Kitchen Basics gluten-free chicken stock for the chicken stock.


I know it doesn't look like soup in this picture, but trust me. You will need a spoon. There is this cheesy goodness in the center (Parmesan and Ricotta cheeses), and as it melts, it adds to the broth and gives the soup a more liquid consistency.

The original recipe calls for Italian sausage. I used sweet Italian sausage, but you could use a spicier version if you like. Or if you don't want that much spice, just use ground beef. I also didn't use as much crushed red pepper flakes as the original recipe called for because I didn't want there to be as much spice. I was feeding this to my toddler, after all. (By the way, she loved it. But she loves anything with pasta.)

I also followed the original recipe's suggestion of cooking the pasta separate from the soup so the pasta didn't get soggy. Worked great for us!

It's a big recipe, so if you've got a family of three like me, then you'll have leftovers. Which is perfect for warming up on a busy weeknight! This was a winner in my household. I hope it's a winner in yours! Give it a shot!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Capital Gaines - Book Review

Chip Gaines. You probably know him as the contractor husband of the husband-and-wife home renovation duo on the HGTV show Fixer Upper. Now you can get to know him a little more in his new book Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff.

When I first discovered that this book existed, I immediately knew I wanted to read it. So then when I saw it was available to request from Booklook Bloggers for free as part of the review program, I immediately put in my request for it. I love watching Fixer Upper, though I was getting a little tired of hearing the word "shiplap" for a while there. And I wish that Chip and Joanna would come to my house even though I don't live in the Waco, Texas area.

And I know that Chip is a bit of a silly wild card, so I figured that with the subtitle of the book, he'd have some really interesting stories to share from his childhood and early adulthood, what with all of the businesses he's run. I figured this book would be inspirational, especially for aspiring entrepreneurs. It even seems that that's what it's supposed to be from the book's author's note.

Well, let me be honest. This book is basically just a telling of the story of Chip and Joanna and how Magnolia got started and some experiences they had with the business and with the TV show and why they decided to end the show after five seasons.

Sure, there are a few good "learn from me" stories in the book, mainly in the beginning of the book, but I didn't think it was all that inspiring and "go get 'em". I mean, anybody, not just Chip Gaines can tell me to pursue my passion. I know that. But I didn't feel like this book was any sort of blueprint for how to go about doing that.

I have also never read Chip and Joanna's other book The Magnolia Story, but I almost feel like some of the stories in this book might be a rehashing of stories in that book. I mean, it's basically the same story, right?

If you're a fan of Fixer Upper, then you might still enjoy reading the book. But if you're a hardcore fan of the show, then there might not be a whole not new for you to learn. And I don't know, but did anyone else who read this book think that some of the stories told by his assistant's in the back of the book were less endearingly funny and kind of annoying?

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, December 18, 2017

Mozaics Chips Veggie & Potato Chips Review

This blog post has been a long time coming. I'm so sorry that I haven't shared with you about Mozaics Chips sooner! I discovered these at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo back in October. These are organic popped veggie and potato chips. Aside from being gluten-free, what makes them different from traditional potato chips is that the main ingredient is peas.

Yep. PEAS.

What's also really cool about these chips is that you can see the peas embedded in each chip. That's kind of how the chips got their name. Each chip has a unique look, sort of like a mosaic. So the chips are called Mozaics.

And you guys, these are really good! Mozaics come in a variety of flavors, including Sea Salt, BBQ, Cheddar, Sour Cream & Onion, and Salsa. I received a nice goodie bag from the company at the Expo with a variety of samples inside, and I really liked Sea Salt and Cheddar. Salsa was a little too spicy for me.

And even my picky toddler liked these chips, so you know they're good!

Along with being gluten-free, Mozaics are made in a peanut- and tree nut-free facility. With the exception of Cheddar and Sour Cream & Onion flavors (milk), Mozaics are free from all Top 8 Allergens!

You can order Mozaics chips and try them for yourself at Deliciousness.com and Amazon! And definitely check out the Mozaics Chips website for more information about these awesome gluten-free chips.

These will have you saying, "Yes, PEAS."

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Lasting Memories Photo Challenge - Guest Designer

Hi everyone! I'm back this week with the fourth and final December challenge at Lasting Memories. This challenge will run for two weeks, and the challenge is to use up more than two photos, while still keeping with the winter/holiday traditions theme.

Here is what I came up with using up a bunch of pictures from last year's Christmas:


As you can see, I got FIVE pictures on this layout.

I made Christmas pages for the baby's first year scrapbook album(s), but I decided to use up some of the leftover pictures for my own general album. So this page is going in there.



Everything is just old stuff from my stash, except for the 3-D embellishment stickers. I bought those new this year, but I can't remember who the manufacturer is. Maybe Me & My Big Ideas?


Anyway, it's always a thrill when I get more than one or two pictures on a layout, especially a one-pager. This is definitely a design that I will use again, although it's kind of hard if you don't have pictures that you can cut down very easily.


Thanks for looking! And don't forget to play along at Lasting Memories! There is a prize up for grabs!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

December Daily 2017 - Day 1

YOU GUYS! I have EIGHT PAGES of my December Daily finished. That is crazy sauce for me. If you watched my December Daily YouTube videos, then you'll know that I am always finishing up my December Daily albums in January (and sometimes losing my mojo about it, too).

But this year I purchased a Hip Kit Club December Documented kit from 2015 for 70% off during the site's Cyber Monday sale, so that means I have supplies RIGHT NOW. So I've been working on my DD album RIGHT NOW.

I thought I would go ahead and share the first page from the album with you. (Don't worry. You'll get to see them all soon enough.)


The first day's photo challenge was "my view today", so I took a picture of my office's Christmas tree, which has a big printed picture of my face on it. It's kind of an inside joke.

I just love all the elements from this Hip Kit Club kit, and I really don't care that it's a 2015 kit. With the exception of one piece of flair that says "2015" on it, every other thing in this kit is usable for my December Daily. Even the tissue paper that the kit came wrapped in! I used that to back my picture.


I added the American Crafts ribbon on the tag and craft foam to back the "1" embellishment, but everything else came from the kit.


I am still using my Creative Memories 8x8 album for my December Daily album, and I am still using the December photo-a-day challenge to help me get at least 25 photos for my album. (That link takes you to the picture of the photo challenge on my Pinterest board. The original link does not work!!)

And because the kit only comes with 25 number cards, I think I'll just stick with doing 25 pictures and call it a day. Or an album.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging

I'm back again with another project using The International Scrapbook Garden Autumn Hayride kits. When I was going through the kits, there were so many cool embellishments that I just couldn't bear to hide away in a scrapbook. I knew I wanted to create some type of fall decor with them. So I ended up making a small fall-themed wall hanging.



The only things on this that are NOT from Autumn Hayride are the two mini clothespins. I had it in my head that I wanted clothespins on this to hold up a small photo or ephemera embellishment, which is what I ended up doing, and believe it or not, Walmart had the exact mini clothespins I was looking for in its craft aisle!


I covered the Prima Shabby Chic Treasures Leaves with the Prima Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance Wax Red Amber, painted the Creative Embellishments chipboard leaf wreath in the Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Metallique Plum Preserves, cut out a circle from the Pion Design Summer Falls Into Autumn Tags paper that was a little bit wider than the chipboard wreath, layered the 49 and Market burlap over the paper, and then started layering everything else on top of that.


I've also got the May Arts Jumbo Leaves Ribbon on here, and one of the Prima Flowers Butterfly Kiss Melody butterflies (gorgeous!), as well as some of the Prima Amber Moon Say It In Crystals and Amber Moon ephemera.

I was going to pin a small fall photo in the middle of this, but then I decided that not everything I do has to have a photo, so I created a little banner with three pieces of the ephemera and backed it with the Prima Amber Moon Into the Woods paper.

I backed the whole thing with cardboard for extra stability and added a burlap string hook for hanging. Can't wait to add this to my fall decor next season!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Lasting Memories Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Guest Designer

My guest designer stint at Lasting Memories continues with the third holiday tradition challenge. It's a Tic Tac Toe challenge. Here's the board:


All you have to do is choose one row vertically, horizontally, or diagonally and use the supplies in that row on your layout. I choose to do green, two types of alphas, and buttons.


As you can see, I've got a solid green background paper and some old green Crate Paper patterned paper. Plus, I used some Recollections green glitter glue.


My alphas are both older sets of American Crafts Thickers. I liked the sparkly silver ones because they felt very festive, but the burlap ones fit in nicely (I thought) because I tied burlap twine around my picture, which is of my daughter in front of the tree at Six Flags Holiday in the Park.


And then I also sprinkled buttons throughout the layout, treating them as I've been seeing people treat sequins. I liked that this button mix was red with some red-and-white striped buttons and some glittery red buttons. And they came in different sizes. It was perfect!


I also used some older Christmas embellishments from my stash to complete the layout. I really should have done a process video for this because it was a bit of a process and it was my first time using the glitter glue. But alas, I started working on it when I didn't actually think I would start working on it, so I didn't have a camera rolling.

I'd love to see what you guys create, so head on over to the Lasting Memories blog and link up your creations for a chance to win a prize!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Cheeri-UH-OH - The Studio Challenges Dec. 3 Sketch Challenge

If you thought my daughter couldn't be trusted around tissues, just wait until you see what she did to a container of Cheerios.

Here is my take on the December 3rd sketch challenge over at The Studio Challenges. I got to use my new Photoplay paper pack on this one.



I also added some old K & Company laser-cut paper to this one and painted some mini clothespins with Prima Ginger Sparks Acrylic Paint from my The International Scrapbook Garden Autumn Hayride kit.

Some of the other embellishments are old K & Company and just random stuff from my stash. The button stickers are part of the Photoplay paper pack.


So basically, the story here is that Daphne was interested in the Cheerios, so I figured that if I gave her some of them, she would eventually start eating them. But no. All she wanted to do was play with them and scatter them all over the floor. Why eat them when you can dump them out?

Thanks for looking, and if you play along, good luck!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cookie Exchange Cookies: Santa's Favorite Cookies

Last year for my company's holiday cookie exchange, I made cookies called Santa's Favorite Cookies. Now, I haven't talked to Santa about this or anything, but I'm pretty sure that he would approve. What makes these cookies so delightful? The inclusion of instant vanilla pudding mix.


Okay, and there are Christmas colored M&Ms. So chocolate is always a plus.

The original recipe comes from a website called Crazy for Crust, but I had to alter it a little because it calls for making balls of cookie dough that are 2 tablespoons large, but if you do that, there is no way you'll get the 24 cookies that the recipe is supposed to yield. Instead you'll end up with 12 crazy big cookies. So just keep your cookies to about 1 tablespoon.

(I actually use a Cake Boss cookie sheet that tells you what size dough balls to make and how far apart to spread them.)


I also used sugar sprinkles in place of regular sprinkles because it was what I had in my baking stash, so it just made sense to use what I had instead of going out and buying something else. The sugar sprinkles worked just fine.

I didn't make these gluten-free because nobody at the office is on a gluten-free diet, but I do think it would be easy to substitute a gluten-free all-purpose flour (like the one from Bob's Red Mill) and make sure you're using a gluten-free vanilla pudding mix.

If you like a nice soft cookie (which I do), then you will also be calling Santa's Favorite Cookies YOUR favorite cookies.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tissue Tearer - Stuck?! Sketches December 1st Sketch

A new month means new scrapbook challenges, and this month I am playing along with the December 1st sketch challenge at Stuck?! Sketches. This was the perfect sketch for using up washi tape in my stash.


The base of this started with the Elle's Studio Live, Laugh, Love collection from my June 2017 The Scraproom Doubleshot Kit. And then I just added a bunch of other stuff from my stash: EK Success chipboard alphas, random washi tape, Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio Spray Hibiscus Rose, and other random embellishments.


I'd say this is the first layout where I've really let washi tape do the talking. Prior to this layout, I really haven't used washi tape all that much. But I'm slowly getting more comfortable with washi tape.


I also backed my photos with tissue paper because I've been seeing a lot of other scrapbookers do that, and it also sort of fit with these pictures.

You see, my child REALLY likes tissues. Even to this day. But back in May when she was only 14 months old, all she did with them was tear them up in tiny shreds.


One day I left her alone in her room for, like, two seconds, and I came back and all the tissues had been pulled from the box and torn into tiny pieces. The lesson? My child cannot be trusted with a box of tissues.

So that's it! Thanks for looking. And good luck if you play along!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

So Hoppy Scrapbook Page

In the midst of fall- and Christmas-themed layouts, how about we take a trip back to Easter? Here is another layout I made using the circle sketch from Spiegelmom Scraps. You'll notice that this layout looks different from my previous layout using the sketch, and that is all part of the beauty of sketches!


You can also watch a process video I made for it on the CookScrapCraft YouTube channel here.


I used up a few items from my stash on this, including buttons, ribbon, and a Cosmo Cricket Easter sticker. I also used some new mint green chipboard alphas that remind me of the American Crafts Thickers I recently used up. I just love that color!


But the main papers and embellishments came from the Elle's Studio Live, Laugh, Love kit in The ScrapRoom June 2017 Doubleshot kit.


There were so many cute things in this kit that I had a hard time choosing which ones to put on this page.

I loved the chipboard elements, and I decided to paint the heart circle with some teal 13@rts acrylic paint to spiff it up a bit and match the teal colors in the patterned paper.


So that's it! Yet another way to use one sketch. I love this sketch and will definitely be using it again.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Lasting Memories Sketch Challenge - Guest Designer

There is another challenge over at Lasting Memories this week! You can play along with all four challenges or just pick and choose which ones to do. Each project you enter counts toward the prize drawing!

This week, we are playing along with a sketch! Here it is:



And here is my take on it:


As you can see, I took what was a three-picture layout and turned it into a six-picture layout. I am really pleased with how it turned out!


This used up more pieces from my The International Scrapbook Garden Garden Sunkissed kit, which I love because that means I made a Christmas layout without traditional Christmas papers and elements.


As stated last week, the theme this month is holiday traditions, so the pictures on this layout are pictures of my family on Christmas Day at my great aunt's house. I recently inherited these pictures because my great aunt moved out of her house, so I'm glad that I had them and could put them into a scrapbook album.

I used small number stickers to label the year each picture was taken. These were old ones from my stash and they just so happened to match the blues and pinks of the papers.


Don't forget to head over to the Lasting Memories blog for more inspiration and to enter your own scrapbook layouts for a chance to win a prize!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fall Scrapbook Page - Autumn Hayride Kit

Happy fall, y'all! Last weekend was Thanksgiving in the U.S., and it seemed like the perfect time to finally sit down and break out my BRAND NEW The International Scrapbook Garden fall Garden kit called Autumn Hayride. This kit is so awesome! Check out the unboxing videos for the main kit and the bonus kits to see all the goodies that come inside!

I had just the photo to scrap with the luscious fall papers and embellishments of this kit. Here is what I made using just the supplies in the main kit. 



And I even made a process video for you guys so you could get a better idea of how I used the Prima Rust Effect Paste and Prima Micro Beads Pollen on my Creative Embellishments chipboard and Kaisercraft Fallen Leaves background patterned paper.


I didn't get the full coverage I wanted on the chipboard with the beads, but I still think it turned out okay. And it was a fun way to dress up the plain chipboard.

I created some dimension with the 49 and Market burlap by folding it and hot gluing it in place behind my photo. I also created a cluster of the glittery leaves and fussy cut out a circle embellishment from the Pion Designs Tags paper to go behind the burlap.


I did another cluster of the leaves with one of the Prima Amber Moon ephemera pieces in the bottom righthand corner, and I wanted to bring the rust paste and beads down there, too, so I just swiped some of the paste down there with a paintbrush and covered it with the beads. You can't tell from the picture but they really do look super shiny on the paper.


And then I did another cluster of Prima Amber Moon word stickers on the other side of my picture. You can also see that I backed my picture with some of the leftover paper and inked the paper with the Ingvild Bolme Rusty Keys Chalk Ink.


There are so many fun tools to play with in this kit! Head on over to the shop to get your hands on your own Autumn Hayride kit today!!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

May Your Dreams Come True Scrapbook Page

My fall kit from The International Scrapbook Garden is in my scrap room and well on its way to being used, so stay tuned later this week for a page from that! Until then, here is a layout I made using more of my Garden Sunkissed kit.


This is a picture of my daughter walking around in our yard during her 18-month photo shoot. She loves to be outside, and she loves to be walking. I just knew that I had to scrap this as a stand-alone photo, and the Sunkissed kit was perfect for it!


I fussy cut the butterflies out of the Lemoncraft Vintage Time paper and added some glittery mesh fabric that I had in my stash to give the page more texture and, well, glitter.


I also used the 13@rts teal acrylic paint and the Creative Embellishments feather stencil to paint feathers on the background paper. It was already a feather pattern, but I thought that the paint would add more dimension and texture. I also wanted something a bit more solid. There was a lot of pattern and light colors.


I stamped the Kaisercraft clock on the 4x6 Lemoncraft ephemera card using a Stampin' Up stamp pad. There is a fussy cut dreamcatcher underneath the card acting as a tag because you can open up the card to read a letter that I typed up for my daughter.


I'm not going to let you read the whole thing, but here's a sneak.


I was really pleased with the way this turned out and that I was able to get the whole letter to my daughter on here without having to create a weird pocket of some sort.

I'm kind of sad that my Garden Sunkissed kit is basically gone, but I'm REALLY excited to share with you all the fun projects I'll be making with my fall Garden kit. So stay tuned! The fall Toolshed kit is already available in the store, so check it out!