Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cookbookin' September Sketch Challenge {Basic Grey: Nook & Pantry}

Cookbookin' has a new blog and Kristie gets to be in charge of the blog! She is VERY talented and I get tons of ideas (including the pinwheels from a few posts back) that aren't even all recipe scrapping related.

They are having a monthly sketch challenge - yay! September's challenge is to use this sketch: And this is what I came up with. This is an 8 1/2 x 11 page which I'm finding I like most for most of my recipes.
I haven't personally made these cookies yet but they are super delicious and sound super easy to make! Here's the recipe:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
1 chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 package of Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures

Mix the first three ingredients together until well blended. Mold cake mixture around the Reeses PB Cups and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 mins.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Grid designs {Cosmo Cricket: DeLovely}

I saw this layout: on Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine (Monday's challenge) and I just loved the grid design. I have been dying to use the Cosmo Cricket DeLovely paper so I broke it out for this. I also used this layout for the September CC challenge at This month's challenge was to use 2 or more lines of CC paper. Most of mine is DeLovely, but the sweet pea embellies, pear and yellow chipboard flower are from Garden Variety & Early Bird. I have to be honest....DeLovely was the only line I own that didn't flow really well with all of the others! It truly was a challenge for me ;)
And then I had this bright idea that when I like a sketch/design and I'm using a picture of only one of the girls, I should make another layout for the other one! Two layouts, one design...but totally different looks. Loved it!
This is using the same retired Stampin' Up! paper from my last post....

I love these little Scrabble letters and was so excited when I realized I had the right letters for her name! I'm really getting down to the end of those letters though :( Does anyone else use the same design for multiple layouts at one time? Any other tricks you can think of like this?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

August Project 12 (and July, too!)

Back in January, I started scrapping one {double page} layout per month as part of Project 12. I was so excited about the concept and it is making me feel a little better about being so far behind on my scrapping. I can't even scrap all the current photos that I want, much less scrap something from years ago!

I am very proud of myself for having kept up with Project 12 so far even though I've only shown a few here on the blog. And I've never submitted for a prize before because the prize for me is just getting the month done. They are not usually my most favorite pages...but I really cherish them for all of the details they hold. I love how they all have something similar yet look so different. In mine, I've used Kraft CS as one of the two base papers for every month.

So here is August and I've got to tell you there are several parts I'm in love with. One is the title "August" how it's all scrunched up. I'm normally VERY linear ;) The pattern papers are all from a retired collection of Stampin' Up! I've had for years and it felt so good to use some of my stash. Another part is this little owl and the rubons I mixed with it. I'm a rubon hoarder so I was glad to use some up. I'm also an owl hoarder...I have a whole separate section in my stash that is devoted to owl paper, rubons, embellishments, etc. I'm glad to finally be using some of that, too!You can see more rubons in the tree - the owl and 'shrooms. I stickled the heck out of the flower paper and the tree cut out. It's a very pretty LO in real life :)

One thing I wish is that I had stitched instead of doodled...but I'm just not comfortable enough yet to sew on a layout - especially a double pager!

Here is July, which I also finished this week...

My favorite part on this one is the little word stickers on the photos in the collage. I saw that somewhere recently and was so proud of myself for remembering to try it ;)
Whew, that was a long always, thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

My Mind's Eye Penny Lane/Croppin' Bug Contest

I entered this layout into a contest at one of my local stores, Croppin' Bug Scrapbooking. It's not the closest to me but I've started going there more often because they have a love for Basic Grey! So they gave me two sheets of paper, I purchased the transparency and added just a few things from my stash. I used Kristie's tutorial for making the pinwheels. SO easy!
Kayla found this quote for me...just perfect! I adhered the transparency to the paper (from the MME Breaking Free line) and then cut around it.
I couldn't resist adding a little stickles to the birdies and the pinwheels :)

IF I win, I'll get $150 in My Mind's Eye product - from a newly released line. I wish more of you lived nearby so you could go in and vote ;) It was interesting to see the other entrants...there was an altered mini birdhouse, a shadow box, gift basket and then the rest were 12x12 layouts.