Meant To Be scrapbook layout (with process video)

As many scrapbookers do, I have TONS of photos that I want to scrapbook eventually.  I get caught up in the current photos (which I should so they don’t get added to the ‘to scrapbook’ pile), but every once in a while I pull out one of the old ones that brings back memories…

Meant to Be overall photo

From the very beginning Ernest and I knew we were meant to be for each other.  It sounds cheesy, but we really just clicked.  We instantly became best friends – even our 2 groups of friends became one big group.  This photo was taken by Jessi (my bestest) one day while hanging out at the mall.

Here are a couple more close-ups….

Meant to Be top close up

Meant to Be bottom close up

Meant to Be cluster close up

And here’s a video showing how I made it… (it came together pretty quickly, only taking 39 minutes to complete)

The supplies I used…

  • Papers:  base = American Crafts White (December Studio Calico kit), Basic Grey Piñata (December Studio Calico kit), and Cosmo Cricket 6×6 Mini Deck:  Baby Jane
  • Embellishments:  Freckled Fawn washi tape, 3×4 Sn@p Cards Everyday, Zig Writer in Pure Black, American Crafts Dear Lizzy Dreamy Days (from the Neapolitan collection), Studio Calico sequence, doilies from a local bakery supply shop, Hello Forever for Studio Calico label die cuts (December Studio Calico kit), My Mind’s Eye enamel dots Lost & Found Christmas collection, SEI rub-ons Black Orchid collection, and SEI rub-ons Poppy collection
  • Alphas:  Jillibean Soup Alphabeans in Whipped White and Simple Stories Sn@p letter stickers in red
  • Tools:  EK Success Postage Stamp edge punch

Thanks for joining me today!

Melody

Recipe: Pecan Chicken Salad

Recently we have really been trying to limit our eating out.  We can more closely monitor what we are eating this way (including what is in our food – like the amount of butter used, amount of salt added, etc) – and how much we are consuming.  It’s so easy to ignore that stuff when you are eating out a lot!

So… that one reason for the influx in recipe shares recently.  I’ve been trying out a few new things, as well as pulling out the old recipes from my recipe box – I’m only sharing the ones that work and taste good!

title Pecan Chicken Salad

I’ve actually been making this version of my Pecan Chicken Salad for years… and it is still super yummy.  The only thing that has changed is the type of chicken I use.

Here is what you need to get started…

what you need

  • about 3 cups of chicken
  • 1/2 cup of raw pecans (not salted or roasted or anything – just raw, Trader Joe’s has a good version of these)
  • 5 tablespoons of light mayo (I prefer Hellmann’s Light Mayo for this recipe)

Now I mentioned changing the chicken that I’ve used over the past few years – what I mean is that I used to use my own cooked chicken, but now I actually prefer to use a rotisserie chicken.  I get my rotisserie chickens from BJ’s and they are HUGE!  Generally what I do is buy one from there and on the same day take all the chicken off the bone, then refrigerate it overnight and work with it the next day when it’s nice and cold – the chicken chops better this way.

1.  Take your chicken and chop it into small pieces – I like to use my trusty Pampered Chef chopper (it’s glorious!)

chop chicken

2.  Now chop your raw pecans to be even smaller pieces than you chopped the chicken

pecans

3.  Mix pecans into your chopped chicken – mix with a spoon, fork, or spatula until well blended

mix pecans

4.  Now mix in your mayo – to ensure it is evenly disbursed I suggest adding 3 tablespoons, mixing, then adding your final 2 tablespoons and mixing again

mayo

Now serve and enjoy!

Serve

There are also many ways to make this to your specific liking.  For instance, if you prefer your chicken salad with a little more mayo just keep adding till you are at the point you like.  I also typically add a granny smith apple as well to the mixture – I add it after the pecans but before the mayo – this time I just wanted the base recipe to share with you all.

This is a great meal to make pita sandwiches with for a picnic.  Or to top on crackers as an appetizer at a family get together.  Or to pack for a quick lunch at work.

And when you are done… all you will have left is this…. :)

empty plate

Masterpiece layout (with process video)

Masterpiece YT title

Today I tried something different… an interactive fold-out scrapbook page with some of Calen’s first artwork.  When I was going through my January 2013 photos to put in my album and to complete the pocketed pages I have surrounding the layouts with photos from January 2013 I realized I didn’t have that many photos at all.  I barely had enough to fill in the pocketed pages for that month much less actual scrapbook pages.  I actually only have 1 layout I scrapbooked for that month’s photos.  So I looked elsewhere for things to put in there.

I came across the file folder I have all Calen’s artwork in… it’s busting at the seams now, but in January 2013 he was just really getting into coloring.  He had just turned 2 and was figuring out how to hold crayons and really scribble around.  So I pulled out a ‘masterpiece’ of sorts and scanned it in to my computer and printed a photo at Target’s photo center.  I wasn’t happy with that though, it just didn’t do it justice.  S

So I took the actual original artwork and tried to figure out how to make it work in my scrapbook… here’s what I came up with…

Overall photo

Close up corner

Close up top

Close up bottom

Opening 1


Masterpiece titleOpening 1b

Here’s the video on how I made it… enjoy!

The supplies I used…(I pulled out the Echo Park Paper Co A Perfect Summer collection first as my inspiration and jumping off point – I love the bright colors in this kit)

- Papers:  base – Echo Park Paper Co Chevron Lines (A Perfect Summer collection), Echo Park Paper Co Waves (A Perfect Summer collection), Echo Park Paper Co Big Dots (A Perfect Summer collection), miscellaneous white card stock, and Echo Park Paper Co Ice Cream (A Perfect Summer collection)

- Embellishments:  Echo Park Paper Co A Perfect Summer element sticker sheet, Echo Park Paper Co A Perfect Summer alpha stickers sheet, miscellaneous sequence, miscellaneous white ribbon, Pick Your Plum washi tape, miscellaneous vellum speech bubbles, Echo Park Paper Co Doily Multi paper which I cut apart (Everyday Eclectic collection), SEI frames and tags (Black Orchid collection), and My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots (Collectable collection)

- Stamp:  Studio Calico 2×2″ Stamp “Live Creatively” by Lindsay Letters

- Inks:  Stampin’ Up Baja Breeze and Zig Writer in Pure Black

- Other Tools:  Tim Holtz ruler

Thanks!

Melody

Tutorial: Making Superhero Masks

Today I’m excited to share a sewing tutorial with you!  It’s a quick and easy one, but very cool for kids.  It seems that all kids, girls or boys, like to dress up.  Since Halloween last year I’ve really been thinking a lot about this and making a few things for Calen here and there.

I made his Pirate costume for Halloween last year…

Pirate

… which he totally loved!  (And so did I!)

Tonight Calen and I were watching The Incredibles before bedtime and I thought “I can so make him a few masks”…. and thus, creativity ensued!

Mask Title

Want to make a few of your own for your children?  Keep reading…

My supplies…

supplies

  • felt
  • fabric scissors
  • pattern — you can print it here:  Mask Pattern
  • pens
  • elastic (I used 1/8″ width)
  • embroidery floss and needle and/or sewing machine with thread

Step 1:  Print and cut out the pattern templates – there are two of exactly the same pieces since you are going to be cutting 2 pieces of felt

pattern

Click on the photo below for the pattern to print…. (it will pull up a PDF file)

pattern

Step 2:  Cut 2 pieces of the mask from your felt (these are going to be exactly the same, but you will have chances to trim them along the way if your cutting isn’t exact)

cutTip:  to cut the eyes, cut a slit in the middle of each eye-hole with larger scissors then take smaller fabric scissors to cut around the eye-hole.

Step 3:  Layer the two pieces of cut felt on top of each other and trim any excess – you want them as close to identical as possible.  Pin the layers together to keep them in place.

layer trim

Step 4:  Take your embroidery floss and separate the strands to make the strand you work with 3-ply instead of 6-ply.  Then stitch around each eye hole (see photos).  Start and end your stitching on the inside of the layers, hiding your knots in-between the layers of felt.

Eyes

finished eyes

If you don’t want to hand-stitch, you can use a sewing machine to do this outline-stitching instead.

Step 5:  Cut your elastic to approximately 12″-14″ in length – use your child’s head to measure before you permanently attach it to the mask to be sure it fits comfortably.  For Calen, who has a ton of hair, I used a full 14 inches of elastic.  Pin the elastic to the felt mask between the layers.  You want the tightest part of the mask to be at the eyes so that the mask is held in place and doesn’t shift as much while your child is wearing it – so position the elastic ends beside the eye-holes on each side of the mask.

elastic

Step 6:  Take the pinned mask to your sewing machine and machine stitch around the perimeter of the mask – back-stitching over where the elastic is to make sure it is well secured.

sewing machine

Step 7:  Do one last trim.

last trim

finishedAnd then make lots more in many different colors!  You can even do one color on the front and another on the back to make a reversible mask.

Done

One note… this pattern is designed for children around the age of 3 or 4, so if you are making this for a younger child you will need to move the eyes to be closer together.  Likewise, if you are making it for an older child, you may need to move the eyes out further.

I do eventually make to make him a few capes to go with his masks… but that’s for another day.

:) Melody

College Days layout (with process video)

Hello everyone!

I have a quick layout to share with you.  I did this a few days ago, but just got it posted to YouTube last night.

College Days layout title

I’m very pleased with how this layout went.  I made it a point to thoroughly go through ALL my supplies before I even started to pull out anything that matched the color scheme I was going for – it really helped the actual creative process because it seriously limited the amount of rummaging I had to do while scrapbooking.

This photo is actually a postcard I received in the mail a few years ago from my college alumni association – I thought it was the coolest thing so it made it’s way into my scrapbook!

College Day side by side

Here’s the video on YouTube…

And the supplies I used…

- Papers:  background – Fancy pants Delilah (Country Boutique collection), Simple Stories Red Floral/Antique Dots (Harvest Lane collection), Studio Calico North Star (Studio Calico December Monthly Kit), and the border strip was from a manufacturer’s strip on a Studio Calico paper from a past month’s kit

- Embellishments:  mask – Hello Forever for Studio Calico Watercolor Diamond Die Cuts negative piece (Studio Calico December Monthly Kit), Pick Your Plum washi tape, Studio Calico Star Puffy Stickers (Studio Calico December Monthly Kit), miscellaneous white brads, Carta Bella Moments cut apart sheet (Happy Little Moments collection), miscellaneous epoxy alphas, Authentique Details sticker sheet (Celebrate collection), Chic Tags Spring Doilies, Echo Park Paper Co. Doily paper (For the Record 2 “Documented” collection), Studio Calico wood veneer, miscellaneous fabric flowers, Fancy Pants label stickers (Etcetera collection), and Jillibean Alphabeans in whipped white

- Stamp:  1×6″ Stamp Set by Studio Calico (Studio Calico December Monthly Kit)

- Inks:  Momento in Tuxedo Black, Mister Huey’s in Inky Black, and Zig Writer in Pure Black

- Tools:  Tim Holtz ruller, Stampin’ Up Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Set, and Fiskars 1 inch circle punch

And that’s all folks – thanks for joining me today!

Melody

Recipe: Chocolate Crescents

Hey everyone!

Today I have a great recipe for you!  These are so easy, but oh so yummy.  :)  They aren’t really healthy for you by any stretch of the imagination, so I’m not even going to pretend, haha.

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What you need… simply crescent rolls and chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet because that’s what I had on hand, but milk chocolate would work just as nicely)

ingredients

Pre-heat your oven to the temperature indicated on the crescent roll package – in my cake it was 375 degrees

Cook

Open your crescent rolls and lay them out – I did not flatten mine at all beyond just unrolling them with my fingers.

unroll

Sprinkle as many or as little chocolate chips as you want on the wider end of the unrolled crescent roll.

sprinkle

Roll your crescent roll starting at the wider end as you normally would, just roll it loosely to accommodate the chocolate chips.

roll

Pinch the ends closed to keep the chocolate in as it melts.

pinch

I also tried with a little bit of creamy peanut butter spread on the roll before I put my chocolate chips down just for a bit of variation!

peanut butter

Bake for 10-13 minutes – until they are nice and golden on top (but don’t let them get dark).

oven

And viola!  You have a tasty treat!  If you are serving these to guests, you can also sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar to top it all off.

Thanks for joining me today!
Melody

“Loved” Card (with a process video)

Hello everyone!

Today I have a card process video for you!  I haven’t been on the ball with my paper crafting as you could see in Friday’s video, but I’m on a quest to fix that.  So I have a card process video to share with you today.  I did do this card last week, but I couldn’t share it until after I gave it to Ernest.  :)

LovedThe video will be posted below as well as a list of all the supplies I used.

I really enjoy making cards this way – it’s really easy and quick.  Perfect for when you don’t have a lot of time, or if you just need something to kick-start your creativity.  Find a 3×4″ journaling or Project Life style card and use it to build the rest of your card around.  It also gives your card a clean finish.

Here’s the video… (this is one of the rare process videos I’ve actually narrated live, let me know if you like it or if you’d prefer a voiceover instead of in the action)…

The supplies I used are…

  • My Mind’s Eye card base
  • My Mind’s Eye Cupid’s Arrow No. 14 collection Love Journal Cards paper
  • Doily – Echo Park Paper Co. For the Record 2 Green Lace paper
  • American Crafts Dear Lizzy adhesive badges
  • Freckled Fawn washi tape
  • Gelly Roll pen in white

I hope you enjoyed it!

Melody