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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Layout | Children are made Readers...

on the laps of their parents.  Darrin and I spend lots of time reading to the kids, and they spend lots of time by themselves reading and looking at books. As a teacher, it's something I greatly value. We snapped these pictures when Annaliese was little. I remember thinking at the time how intent she was looking at the book for such a little girl. Ian has always loved reading (and I'm happy to say that over this past summer, we started reading chapter books aloud to him and he is loving the Boxcar Children. I'm so glad I can share pieces of my childhood with him). 

I printed these photos in black and white because the lighting between the two photos really bothered me. One was really white, and the other was really yellow, and no matter how I tweaked it in PSE, it wasn't working to my liking.  They were sitting in my to-scrap stack when the challenge at Child's Pay rolled around to UNO.  I have no pictures of us playing UNO and couldn't think of how to incorporate them. Devra, the coordinator there, suggested using the color scheme on a layout, and that lead to this:


In real life, it's a black background with red, yellow, green, and blue strips of paper. Looks a bit off here.  I cut the title (a quote from Emilie Buchwald) out on the Cameo Silhouette. I don't own one, but I knew Archiver's would do cuts, so I designed it at home and headed there.  It gave me the chance to observe how well the silhouette worked to see if I want to add one to my Christmas list. There are definitely perks to having one, but I spent A LOT of time doing the title and having it cut (took three tries), and I probably could have gotten results that looked just as good with Thickers and tiny alphas. 

Come play along with us at Child's Play Challenge. I took inspiration from UNO and it turned into this. Can't wait to see what you'll turn it into. 

Supply list:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper, embellishments, date sticker: My Mind's Eye
Wood veneer stars: Studio Calico

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tomato Sauce | Take Two

Last summer I started making tomato sauces. I dislike fresh tomatoes, but I love sauce. The one I made last time was okay, but I wasn't close enough to my favorite jar kind (yes, I have a kind I love). So the search continued for something that was just as yummy. Cue the email to Darrin's Grandma and her recipe. It's yummy. The secret ingredient- beef buillon.

Between the time I was making sauce last year and now, I bought a food strainer. HUGE time saver. I can skip the steps of cooking the tomatoes first to get the skins off and squeezing the juices out; it does it all for me with cold tomatoes. And an even bigger time saver- having some cute assistants run it for me.



Once it's all separated, and the onions are softened, dump the tomatoes in, add the spices, give it a good stir, and let it simmer all day.  Since the strainer makes it so thin, I usually have cook down by almost half to get the thicker consistency I like.


Grandma's Spaghetti Sauce
10 lb tomatoes (about 12 large- I use roma, so it takes more)
2 cups onions
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
4 tsp instant beef bouillon (or 2 packets)
4 tsp dried basil (I use a combo of fresh and dried until my basil plant gets more prolific)
2 bay leaves
2 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano


Remove skins and seeds from tomatoes using preferred method. Saute the onions and garlic in the oil. Once soft, add in other ingredients, stir, and simmer.  To speed the process along, you can add up to 12 oz of tomato paste.








Saturday, August 17, 2013

Layout | Through Ian's Lens

Played along again over at CSI.  Here was the evidence file:



And here's the layout I created based on it:






During August of 2011, Ian loved to grab our dSLR camera and shoot pictures. I loved seeing what he would snap pictures of, as they weren't necessarily things I would snap pictures of. This layout worked perfectly for the challenge, as one of the pieces of evidence was grid design. I based this layout on a sketch from Scrapbook Generation.  My other evidence I used were circles.  To meet the testimony requirement, I stamped my journal block

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Layout | First Worst

I'm now designing layouts for the scrapbooking challenge site called "Child's Play Challenges".  Essentially, there is a picture posted of something from our childhood to use as inspiration.  This week's challenge is a doctor's kit.  Just hearing the word 'doctor' immediately made me think of the pictures I've had printed forever of Annaliese getting tubes on her first birthday, so while at Camp Wanna, I finally got them down on a layout.


We even brought some doctor kit supplies along with us to the hospital for her to play with while we were waiting. She was a champ through the whole thing. I remember seeing her wheeled in when it was all over, looking so tiny in the hospital bed.  The staff at Children's was fantastic. As we walked out, one of the nurses brought a Happy Birthday balloon down for her from the gift shop.  She ended up sleeping most of her first birthday.