Happy Halloween!

Happy Friday! Though you wouldn’t know it here in Los Angeles (we’re still in the mid-70s F here!), it’s almost Halloween time. We went yesterday to get costumes for the dogs, mine’s still in my head and I still need to fish my other stuff out from storage. Still running a bit behind from the summer downtime 🙂

Last night though, I wanted to sit down and make a card for a friend of many years. I was shipping her a few things this week and thought, why not send along a nice card to go with? With the holiday right around the corner, Halloween seemed the perfect theme.

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This was a super easy card because I’d taken the few minutes online and grabbed a bunch of October Afternoon’s Witch Hazel collection from Ebay and other sources now that it’s out of print. The card base is a kraft base from Michael’s. After that I cut down an 8×8 piece of paper to use as a mat. After that, it was just adding all the little bits and bobs. October Afternoon has really turned me on to buttons. I never used them before the PAX spread and now I can’t get enough!

Week 35 – PAX Prime, Dita Von Teese and More!

I’d been so busy with real life, I just realized I forgot to finish posting up this week. So, without further ado, here’s the end of week 35. This spread completes our trip to PAX Prime and also covers a Girl’s Night Out trip to see Dita Von Teese and some pre-Dapper Day shopping in sweaty Burbank!

As with my last spread, I stuck with the Travel Girl collection from October Afternoon. All the stuff was already out and I had a good thing going! Plus, I tend to be a hoarder so the closer I can get to finishing off paper, the happier my husband is!

The big difference between this spread and the last one was that I’d started to run out of a few things, namely good labels and pictures. After a week of taking pictures, I’d started to slack off a bit when I got home. It didn’t help that my phone died right after I’d taken our VIP table tent photo upon arriving at Dita Von Teese (Dita also has a no photography policy so it wasn’t a huge deal!)

So, there’s a lot more creative uses of scrap paper in this spread than there was in last. I was glad I’d saved all those pieces of extra thick stabilizing cardstock I’d received back when Studio Calico shipped kits in brown paper bags. All of the kraft paper you see here is a few of those pieces! The tone of the stock went well with the colors so I ran with it.

You also see a lot more buttons. As I mentioned, I’d started to really stretch the kit and so there ended up being a lot of white space. Buttons, along with some enamel dots from a past kit, were perfect to fill that up.

The right side was a bit more difficult because it has that big red element in the lower left card. I wanted to include it because they’re actually tissue paper blossoms that exploded all over us at the end of Dita’s show. It was such a special moment, I wanted to make sure they made it into the album. Adding the bit of blue and red striped paper in middle there seems to have balanced it, along with the red in the girl’s bag.

Overall, I really love these pages. I feel like looking at them, I’ve seen my growth as a paper crafter which can sometimes be really difficult to see. I’m coming up on two years of this and I’m just finally getting to the point of putting together work I really love and that feels awesome!

Thanks for checking this out! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. Have a great day!

PAX Prime 2014 – Part One

This year, I was lucky enough to go to PAX Prime in Seattle. This is the first time I’d gone in several years, my first (other than my actual first time!) that I wasn’t working and the first I’d been a scrapbooker for. I spent a lot of my time there looking for cute little items I could grab to remind me of the places and people I’d seen and making sure I didn’t let my forgetfulness get in the way of later memory keeping.

Once I got home, I pulled out all of the things I’d kept along with my stash of October Afternoon’s Travel Girl. To my surprise, I had a bunch of the Doo-dads and Tidbits (that’s what they’re called!) but only one piece of 12×12 paper. I did have the 8×8 stack though, so that would do just fine. As long as I have that and my trusty Lawn Fawn stitched journaling card dies, I can deal with pretty much any project!

The logo on the first page was cut using my Silhouette Cameo. I grabbed a picture online of the logo and using their included program, I was able to make a cut file and cut it out of some colored card stock I had in similar tones to the Travel Girl papers.

The boarding pass card is actually a multilayer card I posted on Instagram:

If you have any questions about how I did any of this, please feel free to comment below and ask questions! I’ll be back with the final two days (Monday and Tuesday) along with a special girl’s night out trip soon!

Gluten Free at Disneyland: Carnation Cafe

THIS WAS EATEN IN AUGUST OF 2014. AS ALWAYS, PLEASE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THE DISH IS STILL MADE GLUTEN-FREE OR IS MADE SO FOR YOU BEFORE ORDERING!

I’m happy to report that I’ve just returned from my most recent trip to Disneyland after six weeks of being in a boot post-surgery! So, you know what that means, more eating gluten free at Disneyland! First up, our lunch on arrival at Carnation Cafe on Main Street USA.

My husband is a huge fan of their Baked Potato Soup which is sadly not gluten-free. However, if you’re missing it or just want a fantastic baked potato soup recipe, use this one from DisneyFoodBlog. I replaced the standard flour with Cup4Cup and it was fantastic! However, the texture changed overnight in the fridge so leftovers became more like mashed potatoes. Still fantastic, but definitely not soup!

Usually when I come to Carnation, I get the fresh catch of the day special which has always been awesome. Today, I was feeling like something a little heavier than usual (it was 3PM-ish and my first meal of the day!) so I went with the Sourdough Bacon-Cheese Melt on an Udi’s bun with fries:

Sourdough Bacon-Cheese Melt

As you can see, I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture when it arrived! The description on the site is “Angus Chuck Patty, Pepper Jack Cheese, Grilled Onions, Hickory-Smoked Bacon, and Spicy House Sauce on Grilled Sourdough served with your choice of fresh Fruit or Seasoned French Fries” and that’s what you see here. The sandwich, especially on the Udi’s roll instead of the sourdough, is massive. I have a big mouth and I decided to cut it in half first to conquer it. The onions are an awesome addition to the sandwich if you like grilled onions. The pepper jack cheese was good, but don’t expect to taste the spice. I didn’t even realize that’s what it was until I just went to get the description off the site!

I was only able to eat about 3/4ths of the sandwich before I had to tap out and that was even after leaving quite a few fries. I’d say the one thing it really needed was a kick of something else. The “spicy house sauce” also gets lost in the mix. I feel like it probably could of used something with a bit more oomph but that could have probably been done with some mustard or similar. 

I wasn’t sure how I was ever going to be ready for our next reservation at Carthay Circle in a few hours after eating that monster sandwich, but I found a way! That’s a post for another day however!

So, bottom line? Disneyland gluten-free diners, I would give a happy thumbs up to this dish right here with the addition of a bit of some other condiment. No tears dears over the lack of potato soup, you’ll need the room in your stomach for the massive sandwich. And if you’re feeling saucy and don’t have an issue with dairy (I always do and don’t have issues), enjoy a root beer float along side. Perfect complement to the cheesy greasy melt!


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Off topic moment: we arrived pretty much just in time for the new Elsa and Anna pre-parade float to go by. The float was gorgeous and sadly all I got was this picture of the back because I didn’t realize I’d forgotten the card for my DSLR at home until that moment! Oops! I wanted to catch more parades during this trip which didn’t pan out (I think I’m the only parade fan in our group!) but I did get to see the tail end of this gorgeous float. I love all the floats in the Soundsational Parade. For more photos, check out MousePlanet’s photos here!



 

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Visit Majestic Uldum!

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Another dear friend’s birthday has come and gone and that means it’s time for another crafting post! However, this one took an interesting turn.

Originally, I had intended to make something very different. Adriana and I both play World of Warcraft and she’d mentioned that Uldum was her favorite of the zones. She also dresses most frequently in 50s-style dresses. My original idea was to make something really fun and poppy with lots of polka dots, camels and sand dunes. Then a random thought popped into my head… what if I made her a vintage-style postcard instead?

This required me getting up out of my comfort zone, booting up Photoshop and seeing what I could come up with. Luckily there are several great tutorials to help you do this. Here are a few I used:

The fonts I chose were called Remachine Script (for the Greetings from) and, unsurprisingly, for the Uldum, I chose Vacation Postcard. I grabbed two great photos, the one for the background and one for the letters, and then started to work. It wasn’t too hard once I got started (if you know how to do clipping masks, you’ll be OK) but the colors and such took a lot of tweaking to get just right. 

The end result is something I’m really pleased with. I printed it out on matte paper, added a little mat trim of sunflower line dance from Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Polka collection and put it in a frame that reminded me of all the great mid-century modern furniture I see. 

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I pulled from the Let’s Polka and Hello Sunshine again to make a quick tag on my Cameo, attached it with some baker’s twine and it was ready for gifting! 

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I hope you like it as much as my friend did. Have a great day! 

How I Make a Fantastic Cup of Coffee

If you’re like me, your crafting, heck, your life is powered by coffee. I’m the person who got into coffee because I like the flavor of it so I tend to be a bit picky about what I drink. Sometimes, you have to go to Starbucks, but most of the time, I like to visit craft coffee places and try something new. 

I found that I’d been going with K-cups at home. While K-cups aren’t bad per se, they are kind of under the heading of “survival coffee” in my mind. This is the stuff you drink because otherwise you’re on the fast track to a caffeine headache. When I realized this, I knew it was time to step up my home coffee game. I asked a few friends and talked to some the friendly baristas at my favorite place (Elabrew in Santa Monica if you’re in the area!) Now I make coffee like this: 

Coffee Time!The concept behind it is the pour over method. You take the dripper, put it over your container and pour water directly over the coffee. It really can be that simple. I usually use a bit of water at first to wet the grounds, then fill it with water. Let it drip through, refill, repeat until out of water. It may not be the most precise way, but it works for me to make a great cup of coffee. 

For my system, I use: 

A Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder
The Bee House Large Ceramic Dripper
The Hario Range Server
The Bonavita 1L Kettle

If you really want to geek out on it, check this post from Prima. They go into all the details, including each of the different brands and types of drippers. I also just found this cool all porcelain one via that page that I may have to order to try out for myself!

If you have any other questions, comments or suggestions, leave them in the comments below! I’ll do my best to get to them and if I don’t have the answer, a friendly barista may!

 

This post does contain links to pages that will net me a small referral bonus from Amazon. Thanks for helping me stay drinking the good coffee! 

Posts from the Past: Weekend in Maui!

Slowly getting caught up on my Project Life album from 2013! This one’s from early November. My husband and I were lucky enough to get away on a weekend trip to Maui just after Halloween. It was our first real, non-working vacation together and we had a blast (despite both of us getting horribly sunburnt the first day!) To be honest, it took me a day or two to wake up and not feel like I had to go and take the dogs out! I’m such a (dog) mom!

For this one, I used:

Maui Full Spread

Once I got everything printed, this spread came together rather smoothly. Gerilyn’s printables are consistently fantastic and I abused my new Tiny Attacher to hold all the baker’s twine where I wanted it. This and the last spread were also journalling heavy, which is a bit odd for me. Usually, I lean on pictures to tell the story, but with these, I wanted to keep the specifics in there to look back on. 

I still have a couple more spreads to share from November and then it’s into December Daily! Yay! Getting caught up feels good!

Posts from the Past: My Teeny Halloweeny Party!

This year, I wanted to try my hand at a little party so I invited a few of my girlfriends over for a Halloween lunch and went all out, renting china and silverware, decorating the house, etc. We all had a fantastic time! Lunch was a butternut squash lasagna with a blue cheese spinach salad. I think it’s the most I’ve baked in a long time. The cake is a favorite of mine now. I love the pumpkin patch my husband helped me create on top.

For this PL spread, I leaned heavily on my favorite thing: glitter tape. I have a horrible obsession with glitter (as you’ll see in another upcoming post!) In addition, I used cards from:

Despite them being from different designers and in pretty different styles, they came together really well! 

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I hope you enjoyed this peek into my Halloween! I’ll have another post soon about a trip the husband and I took right after this!

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

welcome2014! I know it’s not even Christmas yet but I’ve already started thinking about my goals for 2014… In neon pink Sharpie, no less!

For a lot of people, it’s probably early, but one of my goals in particular is eating at me: Decluttering! 

IMG_0625As any of my fellow crafters know, it’s super easy for your hobby to take over not just your life, but your whole home. Papercrafting is my main hobby and I just recently had to cancel all of my Studio Calico subscriptions so that I could stem the rising tide of paper taking over my home. It killed me to do it since one of my favorite days of the month is SC Delivery Day, but I couldn’t keep bringing paper into the house unless it was purchased specifically for a project.

The top item there is probably most relevant for blog readers: I’d like to start adding a more diverse set of topics. Over the last year, the blog has become almost exclusively scrapbooking related, but I also love to cook, throw parties, decorate, etc. I want to start blogging more about those things and bring some of my awesome friends who are fellow bloggers onto the site and introduce you to them. In addition, I have quite a few vintage cookbooks and I want to help revive those recipes and share them with others so they don’t languish forever, never to be seen again. I have a recipe for a very authentic Chinese casserole that I’m sure is good for a laugh!

So, I hope you’ll stick around for 2014 and enjoy all the new things I have planned. And don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about 2013! I’m currently planning and decorating for my Christmas and New Year’s events, getting cards finished and so on, so there will be more here about that.

(and yes, that last one’s serious! After seeing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, I decided to learn Quenya!)

Love You to Pieces

I’ve really been struggling creatively lately. Since I had that big burst, I’d been having some sleeping issues and the moment I did, my creative juice went right along with my sleep!

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However, when I found this picture of my husband and Ruby again, I knew I had to take the time to make something of it. I took one of the sketches provided in the Toolbox class and went wild! This is another one of those times where I’m grateful that I have paper collections. This one’s all Daphne’s Closet from Lawn Fawn except for the 12×12 (which is some heavyweight card stock) and the label, which is from In a Creative Bubble’s Hello Summer Tags

I cut a bit off of a few pieces of 6×6 from the petite pad and layered them one on top of the other, glueing down each based on how I felt. I’m surprised I managed to get away with not using foam adhesive in this one. After that, I laid the picture on top of another piece of paper and added that to the top. Last for the photo was adding the tag.

Next, I used my 2″ round punch to make a few circles of more coordinating paper. I like the look of circles that go off the edge, so I cut a couple off. The other circles are stickers from the same collection. 

I’m very glad I was able to get over my creative block. More sleep is clearly the key!