if you have ever wondered what else you can do with your scrapbook supplies,
then this special issue is for you. the follow up to our successful 101
things to do with your scrapbook supplies, this issue features inspiring
ideas from creating keepsakes columnist jennifer mcguire and a team of talented
scrapbookers. they will show you how to go beyond the basics to use your
supplies in new ways to create unique page accents, backgrounds and more. with
budget-saving tips, easy techniques, ideas for leftovers and more, the useful
ideas in this issue will help you stretch your dollars and make the most of your
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
1) club ck is hosting tons of nsd activities today. you can read more about them in yesterday's post.
2) write. click. scrapbook. just launched their may gallery. one of my favorites this year! this month we all lifted a layout from the wcs flickr gallery. here's mine -- a lift of this fun page!
3) and did you know write. click. scrapbook. has some nsd festivities going on as well? i've been told there will be journaling prompts, photography prompts and scrapbooking prompts throughout the day, so check it out!
4) i'm in the final stretch of getting things ready for mike's birthday party. the mushrooms have been stuffed, the grocery store has been visited (4 times this week!) and now i'm cleaning. fun, huh?
5) since i'm not scrapbooking today, would you be so kind as to leave a comment telling me if you ARE or NOT? and, if you are, what you're working on? i'd love to live vicariously... ;)
Saturday, December 3, 2011
last week on food revolution, jamie and a group of talented students from marshall created this flash mob:
sometime last year i witnessed my first flash mob via you tube, like many of you. this was all over the internet -- so amazing!
and then today, a friend posted this cool flash mob video -- i just love glee!
of course there are others. and there always seem to be cameras around when they happen.
for your entertainment:
supermarket flash mob
michael jackson flash mob
t-mobile flash mob
Friday, December 2, 2011
(journaling reads: this little girl would go on to do great things. she would graduate at the top of her class. she would work in the white house under president johnson. she would be a loyal friend, wife and mother. and among her greatest achievements... she would be your nana.)
my mom passed away just a few short weeks ago, at the end of may. while it's been so very difficult losing her. Drug detox.. i am thankful for the many, many memories.
the other day, while my brother and i were cleaning out her things, we found a signed piece of artwork -- an illustration of the white house. synthetic urine best detox kit... it was signed by lbj and lady bird johnson. i don't know why mom never displayed it more prominently. :) we're still sorting through her things, remembering along the way...
Thursday, December 1, 2011
like many of you, we come home from church on easter morning and continue the celebration with a hearty brunch that leaves us full to the brim with yummy foods of all kinds. there are egg casseroles like this one (believe me, folks! it's worth signing up for the free trial!), cinnamon rolls like these, and fresh fruit. this year we will be visiting my mom for easter brunch, and i'm planning on taking this to share with the fun gal who (wo)man's the front desk where my mom lives.
6 c. oats
1 c. seeds or nuts (i use a combination of chopped walnuts and raw sunflower seeds)
1 c. whole wheat flour
1/4 wheat germ
1/3 c. canola oil
1/3 c. maple syrup
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. shredded coconut
combine all ingredients in a large bowl and bake on a cookie sheet at 300 degrees for 1 hour. be sure to stir occasionally to prevent browning. when cool, add 1 c. dried fruit (cranberries or dried apples are yummy!).
store in an air tight container for 2 weeks, or freeze.
wishing you and your family a very happy easter.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
since my kids began elementary school, i've let that tradition fade. i don't know why.
the other day my littlest found a joke book at the library. we read one joke after the next -- each one ending in a sea of giggles.
this got me thinking...
and i sat down at my computer and whipped up these sweet little things --
my daughter loves jokes even more than my son, so i'm sure they'll be a huge hit when she finds one in her lunch tomorrow. :)
in case you'd like a copy, download a sheet of 6 lunch jokes here. all you need to do it download the set of lunch jokes and save them to your computer and print. if you like, you can add a stamp, hand-drawn smiley or a sticker of your choice. i added a heart stamp on each of the ones you see above.
and if you're looking for more lunch-box note printables, help yourself to these, too. you can download them here. print on white cardstock and trim. :)
check out the ones stacy julian just gave away on her blog -- so cute!
and look at this. even lunchables is getting in on the lunch-note action.
lunch notes are everywhere!
enjoy. and happy tuesday!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
2) i scrapbooked. my desk was too messy to warrant getting out any new supplies, though i did get a really fabulous box of goodies from little yellow bicycle yesterday. in my laziness, i did a digital page, which really took more mental energy than paper-scrapbooking would have. it's not my first 100% digital page, but it's my first in a long while. this could be the start of something...
(supplies: dot and brown paper, journaling snippets: crystal wilkerson; stitching: katie pertiet; frame: paislee press; stamped letters: ikari; font: splendid 66)
3) yesterday, over breakfast, anna was telling us all about how jaguars. did you know:
- jaguars are a feline, but they sometimes eat wild dogs?
- they'll hunt animals up to 160 pounds!
4) did you see that beth is blog-hosting over at write. click. scrapbook. this week? i love beth. and i love her blog. last week beth posted about her daughter's first ever muffin-tin lunch. genius! here's our own version of beth's muffin-tin lunch:
(pears, annie's bunny crackers, cheese, & plain yogurt + homemade granola parfaits)
Saturday, November 5, 2011
i have more than a few projects that i started over break, but have yet to finish. here's the evidence:
in other random news:
... my daughter came home with a field trip form and a notice that we need to send in a check for $24. don't get me wrong, it's a COOL field trip, but doesn't that seem a little pricey?
... i made dinner last night in under 30 min. we had this, and this, and a spinach salad with this dressing. 30 minutes, people! that's a record for me!
... in addition to all the many, many unfinished projects listed above, i'm cleaning out my office, getting rid of some scrapbooking items i've yet to use and making room for some new stuff. leave me a comment by 8 pm pst telling me something you still need to finish (misery loves company, after all), and i'll draw a name to receive some fun mail. :)
... and in case you haven't popped over to write.click.scrapbook. yet this week, you're in for a real treat! jody's our hostess-with-the-mostest and you won't want to miss a single post!
Saturday, October 1, 2011
1) this tea. it's my (almost) nightly ritual. no caffeine and so soothing. goes especially well with #2.
2) this show. i know it's nearly over. so very sad about that. goes especially well with #1.
3) these shoes. i don't need another pair of sneakers. but whoa, these are cute! and purple! they make me want to run. and in case you want to be a runner like i want to (someday) be a runner, check out this "couch to 5k plan." and yes, i'm sitting on the couch as i type this. :)
4) and a notice. i'm blog-hosting over at write.click.scrapbook. next week starting on monday. stop by. i promise to post about something useful.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
congrats to you, dear! email your address and full name to me at mrsclaus09 at gmail dot com to receive your copy of 101+ creative ways to use your scrapbook supplies. it will come directly from creating keepsakes magazine.
sorry to keep you all waiting over the weekend. thanks for checking back!
woo hoo! and happy monday!
Friday, July 1, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
the other day i was searching for my grocery list notepad. the kind you buy at the store -- a couple bucks each, and always a little kitchy. it annoyed me that i needed to go to the grocery store to buy another grocery notepad. then it hit me. i could make my own, just like dad used to.
the boys were at a basketball game and my daughter was mulling around in the kitchen, looking for something to do. i quickly enlisted her help, and in under an hour with a few supplies we found around the house, we each had our very own custom notepads!
some of you may be thinking. well duh! i do this all the time! making notepads is sooooooooooo easy! :)
but some of you may be thinking, NO WAY! make your own notepads?! this i've gotta see!
if you're in the latter group, this tutorial is for you. :)
what we're making:
here's what you'll need:
- this download (or your own design, whichever you choose)
- chipboard sheet, 4.25x5.5 (you can use the backing of an old notepad, too)
- craft glue (this kind of elmers will work. so will this aleene's.)
- a small paint brush
- a trimmer
- binder clips like these ones (or any old chip-clips would work, too)
step 2: print 10 copies of the notepad file. trim it in fourths so that each sheet is 4.25x5.5 inches. this will give you 40 sheets.step 3: stack your notepad sheets with your chipboard at the back. tap the stack on two sides (top and left-hand side) in case your sheets aren't cut exactly to size (which mine often aren't!).
step 4: clamp the paper together on both the left and right side toward the top, shown here.
step 5: paint a thin layer of glue along the top. be sure to use enough to cover the top of the chipboard backing. let dry for 30 minutes, then add one more layer of glue.
while the glue is drying, add another binder clip along the very top, or sandwich the notepad between two books (being careful not to get glue on your books!)
step 6: tear off the top sheet if it has glue or markings from the binder clips on it.
step 7: tie with a sweet ribbon and pencil... voila!
are you going to try it? my daughter wants to make one for her teacher. cute!
enjoy! and happy thursday.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
(i'm skipping four on friday today but will stick to the plan next friday. some days you just have to change things up! ;))
the final days of school are happening NOW, and summer is actually in sight. i'm delighted! slower days with mornings spent in jammies, hanging out after swim lessons, vbs camp and family vacations.
usually, by this time, i'm prepared for summer. this year, however, i'm taking things one day at a time.
i've got some fun blog posts planned. posts about keeping kids' brains working over summer (and links to some fun ways to motivate them, too!), as well as some boredom busters for those days when summer's end can't come soon enough (how is it even possible? yet, it happens every year!).
all that to come within the week. today, however, i'm going to a party. ;) a hooray-let's-celebrate-because-our-kiddos-are-nearly-finished-with-kindergarten party. what should i wear?
Friday, March 11, 2011
- a layout sketch every hour from 9 AM to 6 PM (that's mst)
- page titles and free fonts!
- a photo-contest
- page-layout contests with randomly selected winners
- and some great prizes from here and here. (two of my favorites!)
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
i printed them on avery sticker paper and trimmed with my trimmer, though you could easily punch each one out with a circle punch (assuming you have the right size).
you can download the blue-birdie book plates here.
enjoy! and happy friday!