Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Hoping I'll feel better tomorrow as it's the first day of the "My Word" class and I'm really excited about it. Journaling is something I would love to improve. I just wish my "trigger photos" would arrive. Ordered them a few days ago, but used a company I'd never used before because of a good offer. But they are not here yet and I now wished I had used somewhere where I could be sure to get my photos in 1-2 days. Oh well... I really, really, really hope they arrive with the post tomorrow.
Off to wrap myself up in a fleece blanket. I'm sooo cold and shivery...
***Edited - I seem to have got this confused. Always thought that the "MyWord" class started on the 1st...only to just discover that it's not until the 4th. LOL! Oh well, at least that should give my photos time to arrive...I hope!! ***
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
For a while now I have been wanting to make a layout with the background consisting only of photos. And today I decided to give it a go. I wasn't sure if the photos I picked were "too busy"when I started...but I think it worked out well in the end. Photos are taken in a "famous" little fishing village called Smögen on the west coast of Sweden. (So happy when I discovered two little dots on my Heidi Swapp chipboard alphabet sheet so I could create the Swedish letter "ö"!!)
...only 2 days left before the Big Picture "My Word" class starts. I'm ready...I have got my journal and my pen. My "trigger photos" are ordered (though I'm a little concerned if I will get them in time!) and I'm looking forward to the class very much!
Monday, February 26, 2007
Finally I got the "Notepad" stamp by Fontwerks that I had been after for a long time. In fact I was so inspired by my stash that, despite freezing so much I needed several layers of clothes, I started cutting papers and making a layout straight away.
Papers are from the new Metropolis range by Scenic Route, the words are glittery rub-ons by Li'l Davies, then my very much loved new "Notepad" stamp, some buttons and a chipboard arrow (by Heidi Swapp I think...). Photos are taken at the beach just a few hundred metres from my parents' summer house in Sweden.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Cooking boeuf bourguignon at the moment and the whole house is smelling like heaven! Really can't wait! It's a recipe that mum and dad sent to me last week and a recipe which I'm used to dad making on Sundays when I was little. So lots of nice memories! Haven't had it for years...
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Here's another layout for the Product Playground class using chipboard as part of the title. Cardstock is Bazzill and papers are Chatterbox. Sorry, layout looks horrible in this photo and not straight at all. To be honest I couldn't be bothered to re-take the photo...LOL!
Not too many days until the "My Word" journaling class on Big Picture Scrapbooking starts. I really can not wait!Hoping you all are having a great Friday...
Thursday, February 22, 2007
50 grams of rice flour
50 grams of potato flour
2 teaspoons of eggreplacer (I used the brand: Ener-G)
300 millilitres (=o,3 litres) of unsweetened soya milk
pinch of salt
Whisk everything together until you have a smooth batter. Let stand in the fridge for at least one hour (this is important for it to thicken to a good consistency!) Fry as normal. After some testing I would recommend doing your frying in oil. Soyabutter/margarine burns (and smells disgusting!) in the high temperature you need to fry good pancakes. Would love to hear how it goes for anyone trying this. :) Enjoy!!
...and today is a new week for the Product Playground class I'm taking. This week it's all about chipboard. I really, really loved last week and the buttons!! I do love working with chipboard too...but I still wonder if it can beat last week...
Anyway, here's a layout which I just made (see...I couldn't help sneaking in a few buttons too! LOL!) Papers are by Chatterbox. I can't make my mind up if it's a bit too bare and I should have added something more or not...in the end I decided not to. Still not sure though...LOL!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Does it contain dairy products?
Does it contain eggs?
Does it contain wheatflour?
Is it a pancake???
Yes, yeeees, YEEEEES!!!! *dances around the house in happiness* I really honestly never ever thought you could make pancakes without dairy products, eggs AND wheatflour. Swapping out one of the ingredients...yes, maybe you'd end up with something half decent. But all? Not a chance I would have said last week! However it took use three attempts and two days to reach this.
We started on Monday. The first batch of batter didn't smell very nice. We made one pancake and tasted it as the second one was cooking. OMG I thought it was horrible! So did Ross. In the bin it went with the rest of the batter. We washed the bowl and whisk and started on another batch. Now we were getting somewhere. It looked like a pancake (though slightly pale), it tasted like a pancake (though only a bit) and the texture was pretty okay...but quite chewy.
So yesterday we gave it another go. And guess what? It tasted sooooo nice!!! If you had served them to anyone and not said anything, I can guarantee they would not have thought anything about it and believed they ate "real" pancakes!!! That is incredible!!! I feel like the almost impossible has been achieved and I'm sooooo happy that I can eat pancakes again...
And before I go, for Michelle that asked: the clear buttons are by Hero Arts and I bought them from Happy Stampers. Hope that helps :)
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
And talking about Scarp-Room, I have done another layout with an old SR kit this morning. All part of the Product Playground class again (ie doing something using buttons). I have been covering (well, backing really!) clear buttons with patterned paper again and I really love this technique. Makes them so unique and original. Layout features my brother and the papers are by Chatterbox. Sorry about the light...the background looks really strange. It's just a textured sheet of Bazzill cardstock with charcoal chalking around the edges in real life. LOL!
Monday, February 19, 2007
We have a totally grey and boring day here today (but at least no rain so far!) so what better thing to do than making another button layout. I decided to pick some older photos to scrap and these are from Christmas 2005. I picked an old Scrap-Room kit and used papers by Paper Salon. I had 6 (!) photos that I wanted to fit on the layout so it took some time before I came up with a design that worked.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
On a happier note, I have just made another layout for the Product Playground class featuring buttons. Had lots of fun making this page and I was very pleased that I managed to use three 15x10 cm (6x4 inches) photos on an A4 page (yes I scrap true A4 - not 11x8,5 inches). Papers are Chatterbox and chipboard letters are by Heidi Swapp.
Friday, February 16, 2007
This is a scraplift from an old issue of Scrapbooks Etc. A layout which I really loved and put a post-it note on at the time as something I must try. The blue patterned paper is by Scenic Route, the others are backs of Chatterbox papers and then just lots of random little embellishments, including my made buttons.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Just created this card. Which will probably be my sister's birthday card. The centre buttons of the flowers are clear buttons backed with patterned papers. The stem is made using Banana Frog stamps and the whole card (paper and card) is made from scraps. Makes you feel soooo great when you do that. I challenge you to try just that (making something just using scraps) today and then let me know how you get on...
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
To Pauline who recently commented on an older post: that sounds very interesting thanks. Looking forward to hearing from you. Really appreciate it!
Looks like we might be going to IKEA tonight - very excited! Love the shop and love it even more to go in the "Sweden food shop" at the end - feels like home! LOL!
Okay back to cutting out flowers for my latest layout idea...
Monday, February 12, 2007
And having a bit of a sulk as my Scrapbooks Etc magazine hasn't turned up yet. Everyone else seemed to get theirs on Saturday. So I had big hopes for today. Did the postman bring my magazine? Nooooo...
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Unfortunately today it's not minus degrees anymore so the snow is rapidly disappearing and turning into slush - yuck!
This afternoon I have been making a Valentine's card for Ross. But since I know he reads my blog, I'd better not put up a picture of it!!
...and right now I'm experimenting by making a chocolate cake from a book I got for Christmas. It will be totally dairy, gluten, wheat, barley, rye and egg free (!!). When you cook like that, you kinda learn not to have too high hopes on things. However I can report that the cake mixture tasted incredibly yummy (YESSS!!!)...sweet and chocolatey and no-one could guess it's a bit "different". Let's see how the cake turns out...
Friday, February 09, 2007
The only suitable and quite small thing I could find was one of those standard ugly cardboardboxes (should have taken a "before" photo really, it was that ugly and full of brown tape too
I chose the Basic Grey paper for the outside as it's "cheery and happy" and it makes me smile. And when you're going to have something on display it's nice if it makes you smile...
Thursday, February 08, 2007
We've been recommended either the "Uni Power Tank" or the "Pilot Permaball" pen for the "My Word" class. Anyone know if you can get these in the UK please? Or something similar? I've been doing some searches but I'm pretty much stuck at the moment - so I'd really appreciate some help and advice here please.
...and talking about classes. Today was the second week of Product Playground, so it was time for a new item (or in this case itemS!) to play with. This week it's "frames and corners". Corners will be lots of fun! I like making my own corners from matching cardstock etc so I will have lots of fun playing with that. Now frames is something else...something I don't use very much...and indeed, quite often not really like either. But then I started thinking that a frame doesn't have to be the "typical rectangular" ones we normally associate it with. As long as it's FRAMING something, it has to be a frame no matter what shape it is. And once I thought of this, I really liked the idea. Especially since I discovered how much I enjoyed using my circles yesterday - they can be frames!!
Anyway, I have been sitting here in the snow (well not literally, but it's been snowing outside since nine this morning and still is - sooo cosy!!) working on my first layout for the class using corners. I used Basic Grey and Fancy Pants papers and well...it's pretty much a scraplift from a layout in the "Top Ten" Creating Keepsakes.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
This is made using Scenic Route papers and I got the idea for the circles from a recent copy of Creating Keepsakes. I'm starting to really get to like working with circles so I can see myself using a bit more of those in the future.
Exciting, exciting, exciting...what will tomorrow's new item be for Product Playground I wonder...
Okay I'm off to do some boring, but necessary, stuff like sorting out some washing, putting the machine on etc...
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
And this is what I came up with. (The background cardstock is actually white - even though on the photo it looks blue at the bottom!) I definitely passed on the 70% patterned paper (Chatterbox - both the striped and the blue) and using a colour I don't normally use (BRIGHT red on the title). As for the "part of title in bookplate" I guess you could argue if I really did that or not. I figured that putting some of the title in the bookplate would mean the title had to be very small. And it didn't really work for what I wanted. So I compromised and put the date in the bookplate instead.
Monday, February 05, 2007
I also make a "Happy Birthday" card using several squares with rounded corners to make the "background". Again, I set myself the challenge to only use scraps of paper and card to make these cards. It's soooo rewarding when you succeed and you see how much use you can actually get out of scraps (that is IF you use them in the first place, and not just keep saving them! LOL!) I decided to use a black pen and "dot" the bookplate to make it a bit more different and hopefully give it a more "designed" look.
By the way: Blogger seem to have had an ongoing problem for a week or so with showing photos (I know it's not only my blog that's affected). If a photo doesn't get displayed, RIGHT-click on it and choose "Show Picture" and it should appear. Hope that helps :)
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
I also finished my first layout for the Product Playground class yesterday. And I managed to use four bookplates on it so I felt pretty pleased that the goal had been achieved. Papers are by Scenic Route and bookplates are cut with my Sizzix, painted with acrylics and then Glossy Accents on top. Still trying to finish off my second layout...
Friday, February 02, 2007
Managed a quick bookplates project yesterday. (For those wondering: "grattis" is Swedish for "congratulations"). But I set myself a double challenge. Not only to use the bookplates (which was part of the Product Playground class I'm taking this month), but also to use nothing but scraps. Paper is by Chatterbox and everything is scraps...even down to the ribbon and the Bazzill that makes up the base of the card. Just shows you how useful scraps can be...!
I'm currently working on my first layout for Product Playground. Well I'm actually working on two layouts. One is nearly done. The other one I'm having problems with at the moment, I keep moving things around on the cardstock and I just can't seem to find anything I like (that's why I started on the second one). Time to browse some scrapping magazines for inspiration me thinks...