Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Misc. Scrapbook Pages

My friend Amber and I have been scrapbook together as long as we have known each other (11 years).  It might be once a year, or...this year we have gone twice, in the past is was more monthly.  We are now having to drive 1 1/2 hours down the road to a shop with enough supplies to meet our needs, but the company is good and the shopping is fun, so no true complaints.  I have found as the scrapbook stores have left I've stopped printing as many pictures.  I had a lot of pictures I printed in the past I was planning to scrapbook that I never got around too, BUT I am now determined to get those in books, and then start printing again!  So...mission catch up.  
 When we go to the store we bring our own supplies, and I try to anticipate my paper needs in advance.  It's hard to truly travel with all you need, so there are some things I have to purchase, and some things I need to compromise about (do I want to pay 5 dollars for letters or just use what I have?).
 A lot of these pictures were from 2009!  Yikes!  But I also have tried to start printing some more recent events.  Instead of making multiple lay outs for events, I've made some mini albums I slip inside the pages.  Below is a little 'flip book' I made from this shower with pictures of all the details.
 In some case, I have made mini albums from small weekend trips, but I decided I wanted to put one photo to represent that occasion in my album, so below I have a photo from my trip last spring to visit my goddaughter.  Here is a link to the mini album I made from this trip.  Once I catch up, hopefully some time this year, I'm going to try to be better about documenting major events again.
 I feel like the internet is stealing our history.  Someday it'll be 'gone' from social media and our kid's kids kids won't get to flip through some of the events and things that brought us to that point.
 My cousin and his kids come about once a year to visit Texas.  For about three years in a row we went to the zoo.  Instead of making three different pages, I made another mini book with all the photos from the various trips.
 ...and speaking of vintage days.  A few years back we went to the circus.....with Wringling Brother's going out of business we won't be doing that anymore.  :O(  Afterwards, I had them over for circus foods at my house.
 ...and then there was that NKOTB concert-this was my second concert with some gals I work with.  Number 4 is coming up this May.
 I also like making pockets where I can tuck things I Picked up on trips, and here is a waterfall I created to put a bunch of photos from one weekend trip into a two page lay out.
The hope is to head back in April.....I've got about 20 more pages I'd like to do so I'm as caught up as I can be before I start try to get back to scrapbooking on a more regular basis in 'current times.'

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Easy Egg Gift Boxes

 I saw the idea to make little shabby chic egg containers here last year and decide to make these for place name tags for Easter.
I found some oval paper mache boxes at the craft store for less than a buck and I drew some designs with a white gel pen and then filled them up.  Easy and cute.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bible Journaling

One of my new adventures for the year is bible journaling.  My goal is to do at least one a month.  I may do more (knowing me) but I also don't want to rush the process or forget the reason behind the goal.  Every year I set some sort of goal for my faith journey, and this year was no exception.  I have been reading up on bible journaling over the last year and decided this was right up my alley.  I love anything artsy, and to be able to play around with that passion in the bible while I really marinate over verses is right up my alley.  My main hiccup is not to get lost in the criticism (my own).  This first page was a tough one b/c I struggled with criticizing my writing, playing around with pens, and second guessing where I wanted everything to be 'placed.'  I finally just made myself stop and go with what I had. 
I used some gems on this page.  My bible is actually the ESV version that uses the word jewels instead of rubies, but I chose the word rubies b/c it's my birthstone.  I think God and I are OK with that.  I washi taped a journaling card over the verse and wrote one of my quotes and a reminder....regardless of it all....I have a Father in heaven who things I'm precious and loves anything I offer up in His honor.  I won't make all of the pages this thick, but....I think this one needed a little bling.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Cadberry Dip

 I LOVE Cadbury eggs.  A lot.  I discovered that they sell a chocolate bar with Cadbury filling down the bar of chocolate.  I bought as many as I had pounds at the time, and I don't understand why they don't sell them here.  Why?  I read about this time here and I had to give it a go.  I brought it to a work event and I think we all agreed it's a keeper.  So, if you love Cadbury Eggs....give it a go.

Cadbury Egg Dip
Ingredients:  9 Cadbury Eggs, 8 oz cream cheese (softened), 1/2 c. butter (softened), 1/4 c. brown sugar, 3/4 c. powdered sugar, 2 t vanilla, 1 t. salt, chocolate graham crackers
Instructions:
1.  With a beater, mix cream cheese, butter, brown sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt until well blended.
 2.  Roughly chop up 8 of the eggs and stir them into the mix.  Place the 9th egg on top.
3.  Chill and serve with chocolate graham crackers.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Scrap Wreath


I saw a few wreaths made out of scraps on pinterest lately and I just so happen to have lots and lots of scraps....
 I adapted it a bit and used a foam wreath I had on hand from the dollar tree.  I found this little hello chipboard at Hobby Lobby (I used a coupon) and then I just started gluing fabric and tying on scraps of ribbon.
 Not too shabby for two dollars in supplies.  It's a bright little wreath in my craft room made with the remnants of projects past....see....I knew I need to save those scraps!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Honey Bunny

 Last year I needed a gift for multiple mentees at work.  The mentors decided to divvy up the months so we could surprise them each month.  I started the year, and got another turn in March that I split with one of my teammates.  We decided to put little coffee drinks and breakfast in their box.  I saw this cute ideas for packaging up honey buns.
 I typed up the message and printed it on tan cardstock.  I cut the inner ear shape on pink paper and then glued it to white, and I trimmed out the earshape so that they would poke above the card.
I glued the whole thing together and then attached each card to some honey buns.  You can staple them directly to the package, or put each bun in a cellophane package and add some cute ribbon.
 Incidentally, had there been an extra one and had I eaten it-I would tell you that they are really delicious if you pop them in the microwave for 15 seconds.  I'm not saying that happened, but if it did-that would have been advice I gathered in my experimental study.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Saint Patrick's Day Pinata


I made these little leprechaun hat pinatas this year.
I used toilet paper rolls and green construction paper, so....low budget for sure! 
I traced the circle on the paper, cut a little larger circle and then created a fringe I could fold down/glue onto  the tube. I then cut a fringe around the tube as well and added more green to cover the sides of the leprechaun hat.
At this point I filled it with treats and added a coin with a string tied/taped to it that would become my pull.
I taped the hat 'flaps down to another pieec of paper I cut to be the shape of the brim of the hat.
I took a second piece of the same width (that I cut a circle out of-tracing the width of the tube again) and placed this over all of my tape.
I decorated and added a 'pull' tag to my string.  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

No Bake Monster Bites


I needed something sweet....I use that term "needed" very loosely, but the struggle was real in the moment.  I didn't want to invest a lot of time, but I wanted something homemade.
These little monster bites are so easy to put together and they really are tasty without a ton of different ingredients.  I recommend chilling for an hour or so before eating, but they are really delicious straight from the spoon as well.  Whether they chill are not often depends on my craving.  I like to half the recipe (half makes about 10).
So, for my future self when I'm craving something quick, easy, and tasty and forget everything I ever knew in my pursuit of hunger quenching desserts-self, make these again.

No Bake Monster Bites
Ingredients:
1 1/4 c. quick oats, 1/2 c. peanut butter, 1/4 c. honey, 1/3 c. mini M&Ms, 1/3 c. mini chocolate chips
Instructions:  
Mix, Roll, Chill for about an hour (until the peanut butter is more firm).

Monday, March 13, 2017

Corn Casserole

I brought this to a Christmas Pot Luck last year.  I forgot to take a picture before, and....it was a popular dish.  It really was delicious and easy to throw together.  Is corn ever really a bad idea?  So....this one is a keeper in my book....a keeper and a repeater!
Corn Casserole
Ingredients:  2 cans whole kernel corn, 1 can creamed corn, 1 c. sour cream, 1 box corn muffin mix, 1 stick of butter
Instructions:
1.  In a bowl, stir together the 3 cans of corn, muffin mix, sour cream, and melted butter.
2.  Pour in greased 9x9 pan.
3.  Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees (or until golden brown).  Sprinkle with grated cheese and return to the oven for 5-10 minutes (until the cheese is melted).

Friday, March 10, 2017

Felted Heart Banner

 I became obsessed with felting these days.  I bought some packets of flt at a local dollar (50) store, but you can also find them at any craft store.
 I took out bundled....
 Unfolded and divided them into two pieces.
 I then spread apart the fibers.
 Next I folded one.
 I took the second piece and folded it around the first piece the opposite direction.
 I bought a felting needled (a special needed with barbs-again they sell them at craft stores) and I saved some Styrofoam (not necessary, but it prevents me from stabbing myself!)
 I started by stabbing the middle a bunch of times to create the v.
 It will look like this after about 30 stabs.
 Then I took the needled and started stabbing it around the sides.
 You just poke it to form the shape.  When it starts to get firm you can then thread it onto string.  I tied a knot, took some rubber cloves to 'pull' it through the hearts (it helps with grip).
Once I threaded the heart I tied a knot on the opposite side and then repeated until they were all strung off.