Monday, June 24, 2013

Sketch #12

I was doodling out some ideas the other day for a class and this was one of the sketches I came up with.  Since I chose a different sketch for the class I wanted to share it here for you.

I hope you enjoy it and I would love to see what you are inspired to do with it.

Just pretend the lines are straight . . . LOL!!


Sharon's Challenge #6


http://scrapourstash.blogspot.ca/2013/06/stash-challenge-4-all-about-our-guys.html

Sharon's Challenge #7


http://granddivasscrappyplace.blogspot.ca/2013/06/scrappy-friends-june-challenge-and.html

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Making your own textured paste

I spent a couple of years looking for textured paste because using stencils has always been one of my favourite techniques and I had run out.  Finally found some about a year ago in a fine arts store in London ON.  Well the technique is back in fashion again so textured paste is getting easier to find again . . . but . . . I just found a recipe to make my own paste if I ever run out again . . . and I'm sharing it with you.

http://gabriellepollacco.blogspot.ca/2013/06/a-tranquil-moment-with-new-websters.html

Monday, June 17, 2013

Using Printed Transparencies

How cute is this?

http://ellenhutson.typepad.com/the_classroom_new/2013/06/transparency-tricks-take-two-by-julia-stainton.html

Transparency-pocket-julia-s

The Art of Scraplifting

The Art of Scraplifting



To be an efficient scraplifter, you must first admit your addiction. I use to feel shame that my layouts were not nearly as inspiring or wonderfully designed as those seen in magazines, until I discovered that you could ‘borrow’ someone else’s brilliant design work. Here are a few tips that I have discovered:

Buy lots of magazines and use sticky notes to mark the pages that you feel a connection to. Visit the many websites available, and by right clicking on your mouse, save the picture onto your hard drive in a special folder you created just for scraplifted ideas. It is very helpful if you have a large hard drive to hold the many pictures you will collect. Join one (or more)of the many yahoogroups that are for scrapbooking addicts like me. Many of these also have lots of layouts to inspire you to ‘borrow’. You must also be a frequent visitor to your local – and favourite – scrapbook store. The store is a treasure trove of ideas, classes, and of course, supplies. Collect sketches whenever possible. Pagemaps offers free sketches each month. Get yourself a large binder to collect such goodies and refer to it whenever you feel stuck or just need some inspiration. Keep a notebook in your purse for when you see a design in a magazine, and you have no money to buy it, to make a quick sketch and write yourself notes so at a later date you can refer to it. Scour through yard sales for magazines that another avid scrapbooker is purging from stash. You won’t feel as guilty pulling pages out of magazines that you paid a dollar or two for, rather than your latest copy of Canadian Scrapbooker.  You can find my weekly sketch challenge at Scrapbooking with Sketches.

When you find a layout you like first you should decide what attracted you like the layout

o Is it the design of the layout? How can you incorporate it to the pictures you want to us?

o Is it the colours or paper used? You can usually find layouts with the newest papers you are stumped as to how to use

o Is it the embellishments? Often you can find out how to make your own embellishments that fit the layout you are working on

o Is it the journaling or title? Often a title pops off the page at you and makes you take a second look – go ahead and use it

o Is it the photograph? Can you take a picture similar and use it on a layout?

o Is it the number of photographs on the page(s)? It is sometimes a challenge to put more photos on a page and you can often find ideas that help with your layout

o Is it an idea for a layout you hadn’t thought about doing? Who would of thought of taking a picture of yourself driving your car and creating a layout on how busy Mom’s can be.

Once you have mastered copying someone else’s work, you will start to add your own take to the layout. You can change the size or number of pictures used, the number of papers you use may vary depending on your style, and the availability of the paper and embellishments that are shown. Once you stop feeling shame, you too will create amazing layouts that will have people oohing and aahing over your albums. And when they tell you how talented you are, you can smile and say “Thank You”.

The Art of Scraplifting



To be an efficient scraplifter, you must first admit your addiction. I use to feel shame that my layouts were not nearly as inspiring or wonderfully designed as those seen in magazines, until I discovered that you could ‘borrow’ someone else’s brilliant design work. Here are a few tips that I have discovered:

Buy lots of magazines and use sticky notes to mark the pages that you feel a connection to. Visit the many websites available, and by right clicking on your mouse, save the picture onto your hard drive in a special folder you created just for scraplifted ideas. It is very helpful if you have a large hard drive to hold the many pictures you will collect. Join one (or more)of the many yahoogroups that are for scrapbooking addicts like me. Many of these also have lots of layouts to inspire you to ‘borrow’. You must also be a frequent visitor to your local – and favourite – scrapbook store. The store is a treasure trove of ideas, classes, and of course, supplies. Collect sketches whenever possible. Pagemaps offers free sketches each month. Get yourself a large binder to collect such goodies and refer to it whenever you feel stuck or just need some inspiration. Keep a notebook in your purse for when you see a design in a magazine, and you have no money to buy it, to make a quick sketch and write yourself notes so at a later date you can refer to it. Scour through yard sales for magazines that another avid scrapbooker is purging from stash. You won’t feel as guilty pulling pages out of magazines that you paid a dollar or two for, rather than your latest copy of Canadian Scrapbooker.

When you find a layout you like first you should decide what attracted you like the layout

o Is it the design of the layout? How can you incorporate it to the pictures you want to us?

o Is it the colours or paper used? You can usually find layouts with the newest papers you are stumped as to how to use

o Is it the embellishments? Often you can find out how to make your own embellishments that fit the layout you are working on

o Is it the journaling or title? Often a title pops off the page at you and makes you take a second look – go ahead and use it

o Is it the photograph? Can you take a picture similar and use it on a layout?

o Is it the number of photographs on the page(s)? It is sometimes a challenge to put more photos on a page and you can often find ideas that help with your layout

o Is it an idea for a layout you hadn’t thought about doing? Who would of thought of taking a picture of yourself driving your car and creating a layout on how busy Mom’s can be.

Once you have mastered copying someone else’s work, you will start to add your own take to the layout. You can change the size or number of pictures used, the number of papers you use may vary depending on your style, and the availability of the paper and embellishments that are shown. Once you stop feeling shame, you too will create amazing layouts that will have people oohing and aahing over your albums. And when they tell you how talented you are, you can smile and say “Thank You”.

Sketch #11



Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Helen's Challenge #2

Sharon's Challenge #1

Helen's Challenge #1

Sharon's Challenge #2

June 12 Online Crop . . . Challenge #5

Challenge #5 is a colour palette challenge found at S.W.A.T.  I was pretty happy to see that several of the colours were in the Memories on Main St. (Lambeth, ON) June challenge kit so I used it as the base of my layout.


June 12 Online Crop . . . Challenge #4

I got a little carried away with Challenge $4 which is from ScrapMuch?  I had 10 leftover photos from scrapbooking my Ottawa-Toronto trip with Hal in the big truck.  This sketch was perfect to finish them off.



June 12 Online Crop . . . Challenge #3

Challenge #3 comes from Creating with Paper and More and here is my layout.


June 12 Online Crop . . . Challenge #2

Challenge #2 comes from Love To Scrap! and here is my layout.


June 12 Online Crop . . . Challenge #1

I'm hosting an online crop today at http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/crafting_made_simple/.

The first challenge just posted at 10 am.  I borrowed the challenge from http://createdbylisa.blogspot.ca/2013/05/i-hope-you-are-enjoying-my-kit.html .

Here is my finished layout.


Challenge #2 just posted.  See ya.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Online Crop on Wednesday . . .

Online crop tomorrow!!!!!

Okay for all you newbies to online cropping, here is how it is done . . . you need to join a yahoo group http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/crafting_made_simple/ 

Despite the fact I'm a computer idiot, if you have trouble joining I will try and help but it must be simple because I was able to do it. Starting at 9:55 am Wednesday the group will be posting some great challenges using sketches, math, embellishments, colours and I forget what all else . . . LOL . . .

Do as many challenges as you want. There is no winner here and no time limits . . . just the satisfaction of getting a little scrapping done.

Visitors are welcome in my studio. I may still be in my pyjamas and I don't guarantee that I will be wearing any foundation garments. My house may or may not be clean. Lunch is grilled cheese. I'm looking soooooo forward to some not-so-serious scrapbooking.

Enjoy!!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sketch #9

Scrapbooking With Two-Page Sketches

Scrapbooking with Two-Page Sketches is now available as an ebook.
You can load it to your Kobo or laptop for only $6.75


Today's sketch is taken from this book.





Enjoy!



Spaghetti with Snow Crab

from soscuisine.com

Serves 2
Preparation 10 minutes / Cooking 10 minutes
460 calories per serving

160 g spaghetti
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 shallot, finely chopped
1 tbsp Parsley and Garlic Base (see below)
2/3 cup canned diced tomatoes
2 snow crab legs, cooked, or Alaskan crab (I used 260 g of canned crab)
1/4 cup 15% cream
salt and ground pepper to taste

Start by cooking the pasta using package instructions.

Heat the canola oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Sweat the finely chopped shallot for 2-3 minutes, taking care not to let it burn.  Add the parsley and garlic base, then add the diced tomatoes and cook uncovered, with occasional stirring.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

While the sauce and pasta are cooking, shell the cooked crab meat, using a nutcracker (or can opener in my case . . . LOL).  Add it to the pan at the very last minute just to warm it up.  Add the cream.

Pour the drained spaghetti over the sauce and toss gently.  Serve in warmed dishes.

Parsley and Garlic Base

1 bunchItalian parsley, fresh 100 g
3 clovesgarlic$ 
9 tbspolive oil (enough to cover)$140 mL

Before you start

A small food processor will be very useful to chop the ingredients.

Method

Only the parsley leaves are used, since the stems are too hard. Wash and spin-dry the leaves. Finely chop them together with the garlic cloves. Put this mixture into a glass jar, cover with a layer of oil to prevent air oxidation, then put the lid on. (The oil quantity indicated below is for reference only). Put the jar in the refrigerator.
Important: Never let the jar stand at room temperature, to prevent any risk of food poisoning.

Remarks

Can be stored in the refrigerator up to 1 months; 3 months in the freezer. Remember to top up with oil every time you use it, to prevent oxidation and mould formation.

May 2013 Scrapbooking

Had some buddies in to scrapbook . . . the only serious scrapbooking I got done this month!
Anne, Sharon & Joyce (aka Mom)

In my studio . . . Deb, me and Connie











We are starting up our monthly page kit swap again.  This was my layout.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Barley Pilaf

from soscuisine.com

2 servings
Preparation 10 minutes / Cooking 30 minutes / Standing 10 minutes
210 calories per serving

1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/2 carrot, finely chopped
1/2 Tbsp. butter, unsalted
1/2 cup pearl barley
1 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup water
1 bay leaf
2 Tbsp frozen peas
salt and ground pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion, sprinkle with salt, then saute until the onion begins to soften, about 5 minutes.

Add the barley, then cook 3 minutes with constant stirring.  Pour in the broth and water.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, stir once, add the bay leaf and cover.  Cook until the barley just starts to become tender, about 25 minutes.  Add the carrot and peas, cover and cook until the vegetables are tender, 6-7 minutes.

Remove the saucepan from the heat, stir once, cover and let stand 10 minutes.  Discard the bay leaf, adjust the seasoning and serve.

The IT'S TOO MUCH rant

When did restaurants start serving meals on platters?  I don't remember when it started.  It just seems to have been a gradual thing.  So gradual that I didn't really notice until it was too late.

I've been to three different restaurants in the past few weeks and each time I was served my meal on a platter.  The prices were good, the food was good . . . but most of it was going home to live in my fridge or returning to the restaurant kitchen.  And that really annoys me to know all that food is going to be thrown out.

We were at Features of Stratford, which has painted on the window that they serve the best breakfast in town.  I ordered Eggs Benedict and Hal ordered a burger and fries.  Both meals came on platters.  My meal consisted of 2 pieces of french toast, 2 slices of peameal bacon, 4 poached eggs and a lot of hollandaise sauce.  The price was $9.79.  Hal's hamburger and fries also came out on a platter.  The burger was massive and the rest of the plate was heaped with fries for $8.99.  I had coffee which was awful that cost me $1.99 and Hal's Pepsi cost $2.79.  If I was a lumberjack I would be so pleased with all the food and the reasonable price.  My eggs tasted pretty good.  Hal didn't really enjoy his burger and took two of my eggs.

At Boston Pizza we have learned to order one salad, one entree and one dessert and extra plates.

We just tried Wimpy's Diner for the first time this past week because we'd heard pretty mixed reviews about it but we figured they would have all the kinks worked out by now.  Once again the meals were massive and served on huge platters.  Hal had the hot roast beef and half the cow went back to the kitchen.  He said it was quite delicious, just way too much food.   I had the chicken souvlaki.  Also on a platter.  There was enough salad on the plate for a family of 4, a huge bed of rice (which by the way was perfectly cooked) and tons of chicken.  The prices were quite reasonable.  The beef dinner was $11.99 and the chicken was $13.99.  The service was adequate.  There was a little too much fun happening in the kitchen which can be distracting because it makes you wonder what is so funny . . . what are they doing to the food . . . and other crazy thoughts . . . Most of the salad and rice went back to the kitchen.  I ate all the chicken first . . . LOL.

And we wonder why obesity has become such a huge problem in our culture.  If we have expectations of huge meals as normal how can we not become obese?  Perhaps if we went back to reasonable sized meals, the prices could be lowered and more families could afford to go out for supper once in a while.

So we won't be going back to Features because it wasn't as good as they claimed they were.  And next time we go to Wimpy's it will be one meal and two plates for us, thank you.


Top Movies of All Time according to IMDB ~ #17 Goodfellas (1990)

Apparently I love gangster movies.  Of course this another one that was shot back in the day when we didn't have to see all the gory...