Big Food Prep Day

Aloha!!

I am excited to share with you my first food prep video. Bare with me while I get camera angles and all that stuff fine tuned.

One Sundays my husband and I work together to food prep stuff for the week. This is a newer thing we have added to our process to streamline and make the week run more smoothly. I am a homeschool mom so having meals that are mostly ready to prepare is so helpful. This week we worked for about 4 and a half hours preparing things for the upcoming week, along with some extra things we wanted to make ahead.

We meal plan for the upcoming two weeks, so sometimes it just makes sense to make a few things ahead if we can. Sometimes though life happens and meals and plans change throughout the week. Preparing ahead of time helps this flow.

There are many things that we accomplished and here is a list of what we created along with links to where you can find the recipe.

Veggie Tomato Sauce (Homemade recipe below)

Fragrant Riesling Marinade (For Pork Chops)

Get Saucy by Grace Parisi  Page 184  

We added the Pork chops to marinade the night before we cooked the pork chops.

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Hoisin Five Spice Marinade  (for chicken that we will fry for Chicken and waffles)

Get Saucy by Grace Parisi  Page 184   

Risotto with Mushrooms and Leeks (for pork chops) Homemade recipe below

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Marinate Shrimp with a Thai Basil and Sweet Chili Sauce Packet (by passage to Asia)

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Cook Bacon (For BLT’s)

Lots of veggie prep

Homemade Veggie Tomato Sauce  (Recipe Below)

Carrot and Diakon Pickle

    Naturally Sweet Food  in Jars  by Marisa McClellan  page 114 

Tomatillo Green Chile Sauce

Naturally Sweet Food in Jars  by Marisa McClellan   page 44

Strawberry Rhurbarb Chia Jam (Recipe Below)

adapted from a recipe from The Toasted Pine Nut

Blueberry Chia Jam  https://thetoastedpinenut.com/blueberry-chia-jam/

Youtube  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWY7R-bfQ8iz6OqBVdc0JPQ

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Here below are the homemade recipes I made on my video,

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Homemade Tomato Veggie Sauce       (there will be a link below at the end of the blog so you can print of this recipe)

  Ingredients:

8 plum tomatoes, cut in half 

12 cloves garlic

1 red bell pepper 

Salt and Pepper to taste

Olive oil to coat veggies

1 red onion, small dice

1 zucchini small dice

5 baby portabella mushrooms small dice

2 Tbsp anchovy paste

2 small cans of tomato paste

2 cans 14oz Fire roasted tomatoes

1 14oz can full water

olive oil – couple of turns in pot

salt to taste about 2 tbsp

2 28oz cans crushed tomatoes

1 cup red wine – optional 

Handful each of Italian parsley, thyme, and basil

Salt and pepper to taste

crushed red pepper optional 

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              1. In a cast iron skillet arrange tomatoes, garlic and red pepper. 
              2. Coat with Olive Oil and Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
              3. Roast in oven at 375 for about 45 minutes, moving the veggies around a few times to help them not stick or burn to the bottom of pan. When the tomatoes start to brown and break down and the garlic has gotten some color, they are done. 
              4. Use food processor to blend veggies until smooth. Set Aside.
              5. In big sauce pot, add olive to coast bottom of pan a few times, turn on to medium heat. 
              6. Saute onion zucchini, and mushrooms for about 5 to 10 minutes, to get a little color on them. 
              7. Add salt and anchovy paste and stir in. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn.
              8. Add tomato paste and cook to darken the color. Stir while this happens so it doesn’t burn, I like to do this for about 10 minutes to get a really dark tomato color and deep flavor. 
              9. This is a good spot to add your red wine if adding it, cooking for another 5 to 10 minutes. 
              10. 10.Add diced tomatoes and a can of water (i mostly do this to get all the bits out of the can, so really how much you add is a personal preference. Stir occasionally and cook about 10 to 15 minutes.
              11. 11.Put this mixture in the food processor and blend until smooth. Add back to the sauce pot.
              12. 12.Add in the oven roasted veggies and stir to combine. Continue to cook on medium low. This is a good place to taste and add a little bit of salt. 
              13. 13.Chiffonade the basil and cut the parsley. Add these to the sauce with the thyme. If you leave the thyme on the branches just make sure you take those out when dividing up your sauce. 
              14. 14.Add crushed tomatoes to sauce. Stir to combine. I add a little more water to my cans and add this to the sauce. 
              15. 15.Season to taste and add any extra seasonings you like in your sauce, like crushed red pepper. Lower your burner on low.
              16. 16.I let my sauce simmer on the stove at least 30 minutes at this point but the longer if simmers on low the  better. After it is done simmering, take off heat and let cool down before portioning out. I usually get about 4 portions out of this pot, depending on how much sauce you like for a family portion. This recipe freezes really well and can be kept there for about 4 months. 

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Risotto with Mushrooms and Leeks

1 cup uncooked Arborio Rice

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp butter

1/4 cup red onion diced small

1 whole leek, sliced thinly

1 lb assorted mushrooms

3 cups chicken stock

Directions:

  1. Saute onions, leeks and mushrooms in olive and butter for 3 minutes.
  2. Add rice, stirring for about 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in 1 cup of broth, stirring and cooking on medium high until liquid is absorbed.
  4. Slowly stir in the broth 1/2 cup at a time, waiting until it absorbs before adding more. Make sure you are stirring the whole time, this will help add to the creaminess of the rice mixture.
  5. This makes 3 cups of rice, but a bit more because of the veggies.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Jam

Ingredients:

+3 to 4 pounds Strawberries, de stemmed and quartered (I used 2 lbs frozen and 1 and 1/2 lbs fresh)

+2 big stalks Rhubarb, chopped

+ 1/4 cup sweetener,  (I used 1/8 cup agave nectar and 1/8 cup honey)

+pinch of salt

+1/2 cup Chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Cook Strawberries and Rhubarb so it breaks down on medium heat. I found this took about 15 minutes, maybe a little more.
  2. Add Salt and turn burner down to low and continue to cook down until a thickness that you prefer. Do remember you are adding Chia seeds later so this will help thicken it a bit too.
  3. Add this mixture to the food processor with chia seeds and sweetener and pulse a few times.
  4. Add to mason jars. This jam can go right in the fridge to thicken, if you want to have it out, make sure you follow standard canning procedure. The recipes I used today were for about 10 to 15 minutes in a boiling water bath on the stove.
  5. This recipe made 3 full jars of jam plus a little more.

To watch all this prep here is the Youtube video I posted

Here are some links for the recipes in document form:

Homemade Tomato Veggie Sauce

Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Jam

Thanks for joining me here today!! I hope this inspired you to get into your kitchen and meal prep a bit. Be sure to join me this next week for a fun cupcake recipe using that amazing Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam.  Also this week I hope to sure more with you on my instagram about what we made meal wise with this and more meal prep additions!!!

Here are some fun places you can find me on social media:

Instagram (Food related posts): https://www.instagram.com/scrapcupcakes/

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsFOS-ppvPeFoExVzo-mO8Q

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Hannah-Makes-913171389015488/

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Something New

Aloha!!!

If you follow me on social media you may have seen that I am wanting to add to my youtube channel, and on social media. I mostly have used this space for my memory keeping. I have mostly used this blog to share all the things I was making in my scrap room. But originally when I started this blog I had actually really wanted a space that memory keeping and my love for food could meet.

For years friends would tell me to share all my creations in the kitchen with them and online. And even though I did go to culinary school after high school, I also saw myself as a home cook just like so many others. Not really special and not really seeing how my take on food would stand out.

So I’m doing something scary…. And I am going to start sharing what I am making in the kitchen. I still want to share my scrapbooking, this part of my life has really brought joy in my life. Food though really has always been something I am passionate about. I love finding ways to eat healthier. Find ways to take those flavors I eat, out in all the amazing places I have lived, and bring them into my home. I love being creative with cupcakes!!

I am finally seeing how I fit into this foodie world. I love making carb conscience, fresh and homey food that tastes good.

I hope you enjoy this new direction I am wanting to go. I really am excited about having memory keeping and food meet.

I am hoping to share recipes, (lots of cupcake ones), food prep type of videos, videos on how I make carb conscious choices in meal prepping, and hopefully some other food related types of videos and blog posts.

My goal is to blog/post videos on Monday – memory keeping/scrapbooking process videos, Wednesday- food related or Thursday- scrapbooking related and then Saturday – food related. I am hoping that sticking to three days a week and themed related days that will help you know and anticipate the types of videos you want to see. I did think about having two youtube channels, but decided to use my one youtube channel for both things, and then have a separate facebook page and instagram account too. I will be sharing some of the other things on both accounts but I’ll try to keep those more exclusive to it’s theme!!

I hope you are inspired!! I hope you have a great week, making the most with what you have!!

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Clique Kits Mixed Media Layout

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Aloha!! I feel like it’s been a while since I posted anything to Youtube. To say my life is busy is an understatement!!  Things are starting to calm down and the weather is starting to get cool and drizzly. All the sweater weather that is perfect for staying in and finishing all those to do scrapping things I have been meaning to do.

Today I am sharing a mixed media layout that I posted to the Clique Kits Youtube Channel. Here are some close ups of the layout. To see all the products in the Clique Kits store, check out my video and the description box for links.

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Here is a close up of the cut file and how I raised the inside of the file (the letters) on foam adhesive. I added the cut file right on top of the watercolor splatters I added to my background.

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I used one of the left over exclusive flair buttons from my Forever Fall mini album class. I layered it with a leaf cut file and some die cuts from the kits. Also tucked into the layers is a cut file that was made exclusively by Zinia to make this kit.

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Here is one last close up of the cut file and title of my layout. As you can see the mixed media peeks through the leaves on the cut file. I used my silhouette cameo to cut out this file from The Cut Shoppe.

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Here is a full look at just the layout. This Gather Kit from Clique Kits is perfect for documenting how gorgeous my tree looks this year.

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To watch my process video look below.

Thanks for joining me today!! I hope you have a wonderful day and stay inspired. Don’t forget to join the Clique Kits design team on Instagram tomorrow for the October Pep Rally and Kit Reveal.

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Aloha and updates


Aloha!!

As you know I have been sharing my work over at my other blog, scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com. In the next month I will be switching over to this blog again. I am trying to clean up some of my social media accounts and make things a bit easier for me. As blogs really isn’t how I share my work, and blogs aren’t as important as they were, I am thinking the cost of paying for a blog that was never meant to earn money this blog will do all that I need it to do to share with you all the pretty things I make and share on my youtube channel.

I will be trying to share more on my blog again when I make a post on my youtube channel or a youtube channel for my design teams.

I can’t wait to keep sharing with you all I am creating.

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Clique Kits Design Team Hop

Aloha!! I wanted to give everyone a heads up, that this site is no longer where I post all my current blog posts.

Today is a super special day because I am posting my first blog post as part of the Clique Kits Design Team. Because I don’t want anyone to miss out on that I hope you hop over to my newer (last year it was new) Blog site, which is, scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com.

Click here and it will take you right to the Clique Kits Design Team Post.

 

I am really excited to share with you the layout I made but also for you to get to know me 🙂

Have an awesome day!!!

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Aloha Reminder!

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!! I wanted to get on real quick and put out a quick reminder that I have moved my blog from WordPress.com to .com. If you have been wondering why I haven’t had any blog posts since the beginning of this year that would be why.

If you had over to scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com you can follow me over there and check out all the new things I am working on!!

Have an Inspired Week!!

Hannah

 

Art Party Friday at The Crafty Maven Getaway

Aloha My scrappy friends!!

Tis been hard lately, I am not gonna lie. The sunny is shining here in Hawaii and I have had no desire to create. I hate when that happens. Life is busy and at the end of the day, I am too tired to use my brain.

I am trying so hard not to punish myself for not wanting to scrap. We all have lulls. We all get busy, and we definitely all get tired.

Well this week I was up at The Crafty Maven getaway for Art Party Friday. I didn’t even know where to start to tell you the truth. I made a total of two layouts within the last 7 days. So I decided to do a technique I have done before and really like the way it turns out. It is easy. You splatter watered down paint on white cardstock, then use a paintbrush to dab the splatters. You end up with a pretty airy and artsy look. It also is really forgiving.

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I then used a stamp that had x’s for a little more something going on. I was also hoping the black would tone down the fact that I may have overdid it with all the different color paints I used. I really couldn’t help it though. I was inspired by the rich bright colors in the inspiration from The Crafty Maven Getaway.

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I love these colors I just didn’t want them so bold on my page, if I could go back I would have not added the orange paint, but in the end I really love how all the colors look on the back ground.

I decided to use the Maggie Holmes Bloom collection, for two reasons, the main reason, it’s brand new and I was hoping that would get my all excited. I love breaking into a new collection and cutting up new papers to layer on a background. this excitement really gets me excited about scrapping. I also really liked how the colors of this collection matched the splatters on my background. Sometimes when they seem to work you need to ride that train. I find thats when a layout starts to make itself.

To be honest that is really what happened with this layout too. I didn’t have the die cuts from this collection, which I am soo bummed about, but it made me have to dig into my stash and find embellishments that could match this collection and feel like they were meant to be together.

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I picked out some teal Color Cast Designs acrylic hearts. I picked out a gold glitter chipboard frame from the Maggie Holmes Shine collection. I also took a couple other chipboard pieces of that sheet as well. I grabbed some black and white puffy geo tags from the new Pink Paislee C’est La Vie collection out too. They just worked together, and fit like a glove.

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When I started working on the layers I knew I wanted them to not be so tight. Lately I have been trying to bring out my inner Jill Sprott and really use layers in a funky trendy way. I cut my layers in different lengths and sizes and almost fanned them out under my photo.

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I did stick to less colors in my pattern papers since I have so much going on in my background. I really also went for different textures and patterns that were bold, like in the inspiration piece.

I love how the chipboard looks tucked under the layers too!! It gives the layout some height which I always like. It helps let you see different angles of the papers and ephemera that maybe you would see if if was all flat.

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I also think it helps with the playful tone of the story that I journal about. This picture is my oldest daughter using a walkie talkie we gave her for christmas last year. We gave one to each of the girls, but the girls weren’t really interested last year at all. The other weekend the girls were cleaning their closest out and found them. They are really into the My Little ponies right now so to have another thing that had pines on it was really exciting. Then they realized they could talk to each other from different rooms, and boy they couldn’t get enough of these walkie talkies!! All weekend long all they did was try to talk to each other from other rooms, up stairs and downstairs, they even tried talking for outside too. It was fun watching them play with these toys, so simple but complex at the same time! I really wanted to tell this story, and put to paper this photo, this smirk of delight that Leilani has!!

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I am really glad I ended up keeping it pretty simple as far as embellishments goes. It really made me have to focus more on how to be playful with the layers. Also with a busy background it really didn’t need much more. I tend to not know how to stop, and I am glad I feel like I am really learning this concept, of less is more!!

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You can watch my process video, over at The Crafty Maven Getaway Channel.

 

Doing this layout, even though it was a technique that was simple and something I have done before really did help me feel like I am catching my mojo. I feel like I want to try another layout to see if that one makes me want to create more. I think that is how mojo works sometimes too. The more you use that muscle of art and creation the more you get that itch to create again.

I am ready to pull out another piece of white cardstock and see what journey that piece starts to take me. See where I end up with that piece of paper, what story I end up telling too. I think that is a good place to be when you end a layout, if you ask me.

Here is one last look at my layout.

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Have an inspired Day My Scrappy friends!!

Aloha, Hannah

Just Because You Plan it…

Aloha my scrappy friends!!

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It is getting closer to the end of January. How has your month gone so far? Have you been able to stick to the plan you thought up? or have you struggled to stay on top of all those goals you wrote down hoping to obtain?

I am slowly and sadly realizing that just because you plan it, it doesn’t matter that you can really keep up with all that you hope to do. Appointments have you tired early in the evening, the kids struggle with you get finish their school work, the dog keeps stealing shoes and the kid’s toys to get your attention, and so many other things that are just apart of life happen. It’s natural.

I keep thinking about my One Little Word I choose for my year, Intention. Are the things I am doing this month, now that it is the end of the month, acting on this word? What changes do I need to make for the next month so that I can fully live out this word, Intention.

It is hard for me, to be honest. I want so much for this year!! It’s only January and already things are changing tracks from what I even imagined could happen and in a good way. (One of these things I will be able to share coming up really soon!!) I hate to think that it is only one month in and I need to slim down what I had hoped to do, but also being honest, if I want to get more out of this year I need to be easy on my myself.

So want does that look like for my channel, remember that amazing list of days I shared that I would be sharing?! I do, it has been yelling at me all this week. YELLING!! I have been struggling to post everything I really want to, and I even wasn’t able to finish my Podcast Inspired Layout. It is started at least, but I don’t feel like that really matters.

I am thinking I really can only commit to posting on Youtube Three days a week. So I am going to be posting Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I am hoping to share the series that I planned to on those days. I may some weeks, when I have less DT stuff due, be able to post an extra layout or two. This week I do have a Midori PL video to share and a Bible journaling video too. Those will be posted this weekend, but my Scrap Bin layout may be late this weekend.

I know you scrappy fiends are happy with whatever I share with you, the pressure is very much the pressure I put on myself. And it’s strong, I want to give so much, that is just me. Though, I also need to be able to give to my family and myself too.

Today I signed up for Big Picture Classes, I really want to take some classes to learn more this year. The more I learn the more inspired to create. And that is a very good thing!!

Especially since I want to create a class this year too!!

I hope you are taking it easy on yourself and giving yourself grace to change your goals and plans this year to match what your life really needs. It is so necessary for us to do this on a regular basis.

I look forward to seeing you friends around this weekend!! I have a few things ready to share with you and I am excited to share them!!

Have a great and inspired Weekend!!

Aloha, Hannah

Mix It Up Monday On The Crafty Maven Getaway

Aloha Scrappers!! I have had a busy and fun weekend and crazy start of the week, it feels like it is Friday. It is only Wednesday however. I really need the weekend to come so I can relax and scrap to destress.

I want to share a project I made throughout last week and shared over at The Crafty Maven Getaway Youtube Channel. If you haven’t heard of The Crafty Maven Getaway yet, you need to check it out. There are so many amazing ladies over there. Everyday there is a new process video of crafting goodness.

On Monday for Mix It Up Monday I made some chore charts for my kiddos. We have been working on doing our on part in our family and giving the kids simple things they can do to help out. I wanted a fun way for them to see what their chores were. I am hoping that the cuteness factor will encourage them to actually be excited to do their chores. (This may be over wishing but a Mom’s gotta try, right?!)

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I used my December Clique Kit for much of this project. I really wanted them to match and look nice together but still wanted them to be different to match my kid’s personalities. The Pink Paislee Memorandum collection was a good fit, with it’s artistic feel but also that office or work feeling too. Plus I really liked the colors in this kit.

I bought mini clipboards at a local store and cut my patterned paper out to fit most of the board. I covered both front and back of the clip board.

I added my kid’s names to the back with the acetate from the kit. I embellished this back side a little with sequins from the kit, from Jilly Bean Soup. I also added hearts from the kit, and some Seven Paper too.

For the chores part, I used my Evolution die cut machine. I cut out some Dear Lizzy Flowers and some different size tags.

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I used the Bella Bvld letter sticker sheet from the kit and also used some smaller alpha’s from my stash. Then I added the chore flowers and tags to clipboards. I added an envelope to one clipboard and twine to another.

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These clipboards were so fun to make for my kids! As scared as I was to use a kit to make them, it was nice to see my papers and embellishments getting used in a cute project. It really feels like I got a lot accomplished when I finished.

I have a video on The Crafty Maven Getaway Channel showing the process of putting these clipboards together. You can watch it here below.

 

Cooking with Grammy

Aloha Scrappers!! How has your week been? Mine, very productive in real life stuff, but very little scrapping done. But that is life sometimes right?! And since I need to sleep, I figure I should just roll with it. Next week will be a new week.

I posted a new layout on my Youtube Channel that I want to share with you. I am trying to use up the last little bit of my November Hip Kit from 2015. It is christmas inspired, and since I still have christmas photos to scrap it makes me happy that I can use up old supplies.

These photos are your typical my kids baking christmas cookies. I really like to see how each year they grow a little older and bigger. These photos are actually a few years old, from 2012. So my girls look so little, especially Cayden. They were so happy when they were making these cookies too. My mom, dad, brother and his at the time girlfriend (who is now his wife) came to spend a christmas at our place. It was really nice. We hadn’t all been together in a few years and it was the first time I was actually meeting his girlfriend.

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The girls love baking, and really enjoyed baking with Grammy. My Mom of course was loving it and soaking in the chance to do something special with her grandchildren.

The triangle paper from Hip Kit really inspired me. I grabbed a small Amy Tan stencil with triangles. I pulled out some coral and copper paint and painted triangles on a diagonal across some white cardstock.

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I knew I needed to bring in some cool colors like mint or aqua. That guided me as I picked my papers for layering. I used two photos, one 4×6 and a 3×4 size. I almost didn’t use two, only because the color tone on them were different. One photo looks bright and has a cool color tone. The big 4×6 of Cayden has more of a warm tone to it. I am not sure if this happened from the printing process. I didn’t really edit these photos though. They were taken and edited by my sister in law with her very nice camera. I took that from my Facebook account.

I guess it’s time for a confession, I use old Facebook photos on my layouts a lot. over the years and before I scrapbooked I didn’t make the effort to keep digital copies of my photos. So most of our baby photos of all three of our children are only on Facebook. Sometimes the quality on Facebook is great. Sometimes its not, especially when the photos are older and not taken on good cameras. I wish I had saved my photos differently, but I didn’t and it is all I have, so I use them.

Back to the layout…

I built a cluster at the bottom, using the tags from the kit, a paper strip ( a thing I have been doing lately), glitter tape from the December kit, an envelope from my stash, and those adorable penguin and balloons from the PinkFresh Studios die cuts. I love how cute it looks.

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Now if I had thought things through better, thats where the stick it down and commit rule isn’t as nice. But if I was thinking, I would have added my cluster at the bottom with triangles. It isn’t horrible the way it is, but there is an awkward gap that could have been avoided but I didn’t think about that until after I glued down the penguin, and he was stuck!!

I needed to balance the top and I added a small cluster at the top of my layout. I used a gingerbread button I had from my stash and a Elle’s Studio banner from last christmas, that I cut down.

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I added Studio Calico wood grain sequins and blue crystal sequins to add a touch of blue throughout the layout more.

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I will admit I almost forgot to add a title, altogether. I have been bad about that lately. I think it is more about just wanting to finish up and then I remember that I really should have one. I used the PinkFresh Studios puffy alphas from the kit, I didn’t have enough for the whole title, so I spelled out Grammy. I used some copper cursive alphas from an old Pink Fresh Studios embellishment kit I had leftover. They are perfect, they really work well with the copper paint I used on the background. I also used some block Bella Blvd Faith Illustrated alphas in blue.

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I added my journaling around the outside of the layout. I really like the way this looks. It brings everything into the layout and it really is easy to incorporate the journaling unto the layout without looking really out of place.

Here is a look at the process video for this layout.

 

It feels really good getting through some of my older christmas photos, and using up my old kits. I still haven’t touched my January Hip Kit, and man it is so pretty!!

Have a great weekend my scrappy friends!! I hope you enjoy your time, whether you are crafting or not.

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Aloha, Hannah