Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Around here today....

Hello, hello! I thought I'd have a little fun today and do something different - an 'around here' post to show you what my day was like as well as what most of my days are like. They're not very exciting, in fact most days especially in the winter, can be quite uneventful - but they're my days and I make the most of them. I look for my own excitement in each and every day here at home as I don't venture outside often during the winter. So without further ado, here are some photos I took today to share with you......
 Love the Downy Woodpeckers who frequent the suet cakes we hang for them.
 HSN had their craft show on the air today. No, I didn't order anything!
 I am loving my new Scentsy warmer. Today I am enjoying the scent of Cinnamon Bear.
 These are the shoes I wore while running up & down the stairs several times doing laundry today. They are Sketchers and one of my most favorite pairs of shoes EVER!
 I searched through all my handmade cards looking for birthday cards to send my brother for his birthday on the 24th and my daughter's boyfriend whose birthday is the 25th. I ended up finding some store-bought cards in another basket and picked 2 of them instead. Oh well, they're for men so the handmade ones aren't appreciated as much.
 Laundry - one of my favorite chores. NOT! Except in the spring & summer when I can hang clothes outside to dry.
 And here on the bench in the foyer sits 2 bags of clothes received for Christmas that need to be taken back to Boscov's for an exchange. It's only been a month - well almost!
This little glass bird sitting on the window ledge is pretty blue today. He seems to be watching & waiting for nice weather, too.

I actually did get a chance to play with some tags, stencils, inks and embossing powders today and had a ton of fun but forgot to put the photos into my laptop for sharing with you so stay tuned for another post maybe tomorrow. I'll show you what I made if I remember! ;)

That's it for today. I told you my days are pretty uneventful and here's the proof. Ha ha! But they're my days and I like them.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a good one!

~Carol

Friday, January 16, 2015

Have I told you lately......

...how much I am enjoying my new Heidi Swapp planner? My goodness, I never thought I would have so much fun with a planner! We're only halfway through this month and I am adding so much to it that I'm afraid I'll run out of space even before I get all the way through January - and there are still 11 more months to go - but wow, am I ever having a lot of fun with it!

I thought I would share a few pages with you so you can see for yourself how much fun I'm having + to also give you some creative ideas you may not have thought of for use in your own planner, if you are using one this year. So here goes.....

This is my planner! HELLO! Isn't it gorgeous? I know gold seems to be the 'in' color right now in scrapbooking/memory keeping but I have always been a silver girl so this is just my style! And I absolutely love this shade of green.
Here's the first couple pages where I attached 2 photos of myself that I took on the very first day of the new year. I'm not excited about this planner and a whole new year, though! Ha! I know you know that's a lie! I have never been so excited to start a brand new year than I am this year. 

As some of you may recall, last year at this time, I was still very much grieving the loss of my beloved dad who passed away the day after Christmas 2013.  So needless to say, the first few months of 2014 pretty much sucked! 

This year, however, is a brand new year and although I still miss my dad so very much, the pain of his death has lessened and life does go on for those of us left behind so we must do what we can to be happy. This planner helps to make me happy! 
 I stamped some circles and words from one of the Ali Edwards Story Stamp kits on the right page and love how it looks! Although the page is a pretty color by itself, it was lacking something so I put my own spin on it to perk it up. Love it!
 Now here is what I really wanted to show you. Isn't this a cool idea? To add the currently card right inside of the planner? AND put it inside of a Close to my Heart flip flap to protect it + have more space to write when it's flipped? I LOVE this idea!
 Here's where the flip flap is flipped over. Pretty cool, huh? Note to self: remember to flip the card over before writing on the back so the words will be upright when the flap is flipped. AND just look at those cute even littler 2x2 flip flaps? They are perfect for - you guessed it - 2x2 photos!
 Here's another way to incorporate a currently list in your planner: connect two attach-me tabs (from Basic Grey) to the side of a 3x4 card AFTER writing your words and making sure to line up the holes. Pretty cool, huh? I stamped the word currently at the top of this 3x4 card and the word watching as a prompt for my writing.
 Here's another peek inside my planner showing a couple of the inserts that come with taking the Capture 30 class with Heidi Swapp over at Big Picture Classes.
 Another currently card attached inside my planner. This 3x4 card was plain until I stamped it with some of the images from the currently stamp set by Kristin Tweedale over at rukristin.com. See the full stamp set below.
Here are 2 stamp sets that coordinate with the Heidi Swapp planner. I LOVE these stamps and plan to use them in my planner throughout the year.
 And here's the currently stamp set. Isn't it cool? You can totally stamp every one of the prompt words if you want or just stamp one or even two to write about as I did in the cards shown earlier in this post.

So that concludes my post about all the fun I'm having with my new planner and how I coordinate my currently cards inside it. If you are using a planner this year, I'd love to see what creative elements you are adding to yours. If you'd like to get your hands on a set of these awesome currently stamps, head on over to Kristin's shop.

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy planning and happy scramping!

~Carol


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year + One Little Word

I know, I know! I'm a tad bit late wishing you all a Happy New Year and I really have no excuse except for being busy as usual. I even bought myself a planner this year (one of those cute ones from Heidi Swapp) so I could try to stay on track and stick with a plan but I've already forgotten to do some of the things I wrote in it as reminders. I'm pathetic for sure! But I will plug along and do my best.

I want to STRIVE, that's my One Little Word for this year, to STAY more organized, WORK my business more, BE active and exercise more regularly, EAT healthier, BE a better listener, LIVE more in the moment instead of thinking of what needs to be done next, get over my FEAR of taking long trips as I'd love to drive back to Illinois this year again to see my grandchildren and I just want to ENJOY my days more! Is that too much to ask? I don't think so!

It took me awhile to decide first whether I even wanted to participate in One Little Word again this year (my word for 2014 was PURGE, as some of you may remember) and second, what that word would or should be. STRIVE came to me a couple days ago and as soon as it hit me, I knew I was going to join in Ali's class again. I had almost resigned myself to the fact that I wasn't going to do it this year but when STRIVE hit me, it hit me good and hard!

There are so many things I want to STRIVE for this year, some of which I noted above plus I'm sure I can think of many more, and I am looking forward to seeing where this word will take me in 2015. I love the fact that just one little word can have such an impact on my life and help me to live it more purposefully and with more enthusiasm. It gives me just one more reason to get my lazy bones out of bed every morning. Just the thought of knowing that it's a brand new day to experience no matter how mundane my life really is, gets me very excited and motivated to get up each morning with a purpose and a smile on my face!

If you'd like to participate in Ali's One Little Word project, it's not too late. Head over to her website and read all about it to see if it's something you may be interested in. It's not a huge endeavor, it won't take up a whole lot of your time and I promise you will truly enjoy it plus maybe even learn something new about yourself. What are you waiting for? Give it a try and see for yourself how fun and rewarding it can be!

Happy scramping!

~Carol

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sharing a Yummy Recipe

I have had so many people ask me for this delicious cookie recipe that I thought perhaps I would post it here to make it easier for everyone to get their hands on. So, feel free to print it out if you wish or share it if you like.


I do want to add that this is not one of my own original recipes. I found it in a magazine a long time ago and can no longer remember what magazine or even who to give credit to for this deliciousness! It was sooo long ago.

It is a recipe that I have made every Christmas since discovering it - no clue why I got in the habit of making them at this time of year only, maybe because pistachios are green or maybe because I found the recipe around this time way back when - but that really doesn't matter. It just seems to have become a tradition to make them at Christmas time and share the cookies and/or recipe with anyone who crosses my path at the time.

If you bake some, please let me know what you think! And if you do bake some, I know you will love them and not be able to eat just one so be sure to share some with family and friends because then you can't blame me for the extra pounds you gain by eating them all yourself! Enjoy!

Pistachio Chip Cookies

1 ¼ c butter or margarine, softened (I always use real butter for the best taste)
2 c packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 t vanilla
2 ½ c all-purpose flour
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
½ c old-fashioned oats
1 package (12 oz) vanilla chips
1 1/3 c chopped pistachios, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and oats; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Stir in chips and 1 cup of pistachios.

Shape into 1-in. balls (or drop by rounded teaspoonful, if you prefer not to roll them); place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheet. Lightly press some of the remaining chopped pistachios into the top of each cookie ball.


Bake for 8-10 minutes (9 minutes usually works) or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for a couple minutes before removing to wire rack. These are especially delicious eaten just slightly cooled! Yum!    YIELD: approx. 9 dozen depending on how big you make them.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Deal of the Decade!


You won't want to miss this month's Deal of the Decade! If your wish list for stamp sets is super long, this is the month to take advantage of a great sale and get them for just $10 each. Yep, that's right! Just $10! That's a savings of $3.95 - $7.95.

All you have to do is make a qualifying purchase of $50 and you are eligible to buy as many C- or D- size stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations 2014-2015 idea book for just $10 each, no limits! Sounds pretty awesome to me! 

And don't forget! With a $50 purchase, you also qualify for the December stamp of the month set - Cutie Pie - for just $5. That's a savings of $12.95!


This is a perfect time to stock up on some really great stamp sets or give as gifts to the scrapbooker in your life. Head on over to place your order before time runs out!

Have a great day and happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Totes To Go

Oh wow! These would surely make awesome gifts for that special scrapbooker in your life. Check this out! Isn't this rolling tote just perfect for storing and transporting all your scrapbooking supplies when you attend crops or other scrapbooking events? And the shoulder tote is totally awesome as a companion piece. These are both on my wish list for sure!

If you'd like to purchase either one of these great totes, give me a shout and I will notify you when they are available, which should be any day now. The first shipment of these totes has already sold out but more are expected soon so don't delay.

If you'd like a family member to buy one of these for you as a Christmas gift, have them contact me. You may also keep checking back at any time to peruse the awesome products that Close to my Heart has to offer while you are waiting for the arrival of the totes then you will be ready to fill them to the brim with goodies!

Enjoy the video! Happy scrampin'!

~Carol



Friday, November 21, 2014

My December Daily Project

Hey everyone! I'm taking a bit of a break from working on my Week in the Life album to share another album with you - my December Daily! Both of these album projects were invented - is that the right word? - by Ali Edwards. If you must know just one awesome woman in the scrapbooking world, it has to be Ali. She is amazing! She comes up with so many really cool ways for documenting life that I never know which ones to choose. Agh!

But since it is almost December - seriously, how did that happen? - I wanted to get a jump start on my December Daily album. Last year you may remember I used one of the display flip albums from Close to my Heart to document my December or to be more precise, the 25 days leading up to Christmas. If you're not sure what a December Daily album is - it's all about either taking a photo a day (for 25 days or the whole month if you prefer) or just writing a story each day or a little of both and it's a wonderful way to document this fun, festive time of year! There is no right or wrong way to document your December - it's however you wish it to be!

This year I wanted to do something different and almost went with this and kind of wish I had but I decided to go with this cute little album from We R Memory Keepers instead since I had bought it awhile ago and wanted to use it. So here is what I have done so far. I'm liking it, how about you?

These little albums come with 4x4 page protectors as well as ones with 4 - 2x2 squares so I am using some of both. I am using the Yuletide Carol paper pack from Close to my Heart along with coordinating cardstock. I stamped the numbers with the E1030 Handwritten Print Alphabet, the December stamp is from an old set and the cut outs are overlays from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge. Love how those overlays look! I will most likely be adding more as I complete the album.

Will you be documenting your December in some way? If so, I'd love to see so please share!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you are staying warm wherever you are!

Happy scrampin'!











Monday, November 17, 2014

A Week in the Life Album

I recently participated in the Week in the Life challenge over at Ali Edwards' website which ran the week of October 27 - November 2. I took photos each day - some days more than others - and have finally decided how I want to put them altogether in an album.

I am very Photoshop-challenged so I decided to play around with Microsoft Word instead to see what I could come up with and I like how it's turning out so far. It's not the best as I'm no expert at Word either but it'll suffice for now.

Here are the first 3 days - Monday thru Wednesday - and I hope to share the last 4 with you soon. I am using an 8 1/2" x 11" - 3 ring binder to store the printed pages which I am printing on white cardstock with my Canon printer. I still have some embellishing to do on the pages but they're basically done. Hope you enjoy them!




Super Simple Scrapbooking - part 2

Here's the next 3 layouts I created for the Super Simple Scrapbook Challenge class over at Big Picture Classes. I am having fun with this class and I'm so happy to be getting some scrapping done that I never would have done otherwise. Stepping out of my comfort zone from time to time keeps me inspired and motivated to keep trying new things. So without further ado, here's my latest creations:
 Challenge #4 - Crop 'em down
As some of you may know, I am a bird lover. Not a day goes by that I'm not looking out a door or window at all the birds that frequent our backyard birdbath and feeders. Every year at this time, we pick up our big order of bird seed and suet that will help our fine feathered friends survive through the long, cold winter months.
 Challenge #5 - Pick a number and make a list
6 current faves:

  1. Seasonal scented candles
  2. Birdwatching
  3. Delicious flavored teas
  4. Daily glass of wine
  5. Shorter hair
  6. Sonoma long sleeved top

Challenge #6 - Use your own handwriting
I had fun with this layout because I've never scrapped a photo of my 'young' self before. I really enjoyed it! It brought back some wonderful memories of my teenage years.

Hope you've enjoyed my layouts and that I've inspired you to get some scrapping done, too. Most supplies used are from Close to my Heart. If you'd like to shop for any of those products, you can go here.

Until next time....happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Super Simple Scrapbooking

Hey Everyone!

I wanted to share with you some layouts I've created for a class I'm taking over at Big Picture Classes. Yes, I am taking another one! What can I say? I LOVE their classes and find them so very hard to resist!

This class is called - Super Simple Scrapbooking Challenges - and I am so very happy I decided to join in. This is the third day and I have completed one layout for each of the first 3 days! It's a great feeling to be able to get some scrapping done so quickly! Well, somewhat quickly anyway.

The point of this class is to get as many pages done without spending a ton of time on them - keep it simple, people! I wish I could keep it simple and complete a page in under 30 minutes but it's tough for me to do! I tend to over-think things and run through so many different ideas in my head that I should just stick with the first idea that pops into my head and let it roll. I'm working on that!

I am pleasantly surprised that I have been able to get these 3 layouts done within a reasonable amount of time - like maybe an hour & a half each. Maybe by the halfway point of this class, I'll have shaved some time off each layout and can get them done more quickly. Not holding my breath though!

And without further ado, here are the 3 layouts I've completed so far. Hope you like them!

Challenge #1 - Build a block & fill in the gaps
Ben & his mommy

 Challenge #2 - Line it up & add a pocket
Fall sights around my home
Challenge #3 - 4x4 Forever
Scarlet & Aveney playing with the play doh from great grandma. Um, that would be my mother, not me! My photos are 3 1/2" squares instead of 4" because I already had them printed out at 3 1/2" x 5" and didn't want to reprint them. I still need to do the journaling yet.

All supplies used are from Close to my Heart - some current and some no longer available. If you'd like to shop for the current products, you can click here

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Monday, November 3, 2014

Last day of Week in the Life - Sunday

Rise & shine! It's time to get up and be creative!
Laundry & cleaning day - oh joy!
Love this shot out the sliding door. The star is supposed to give off a nice cinnamon-y scent when warmed by the sun shining on it so I am waiting for that to occur. 
We picked up our supply of bird seed and suet cakes from Stoltzfus because we love the birds that entertain us and help us get through the long, boring winter so we must take good care of them!
 Love this cute little mini album I created by following along with Amy Tan on Inspiration Live.
 My gratitude album for this year is a box from Close to my Heart that I decorated with the Pathfinding papers and which holds 30 - 3" x 4" cards inside where I will write something I am grateful for each day of November. Love doing this project! It's the third time I've made a gratitude album and it is so worth it!
 Back in January I started a 'month in review' album, thanks to Monika Wright. You can find her here. I loved the idea of creating a summary of each month's events in a simple mini album format. Photo collages are perfect for this!
 Going though some old layouts that have no photos on them and wondering why I have so many. If you know anyone who may be interested in obtaining some ready-for-photos layouts please let me know!
 It was time to sweep the floor in my scrap room. The little pieces of paper as well as the dust bunnies were beginning to take over so it was definitely time to sweep.
 I enjoyed a glass of red wine before dinner while in my scrap room  as it was 5:00 somewhere!
 After dinner, a cup of pumpkin spice decaf tea is a yummy beverage to sip.
 One last look out the window before lowering the blinds to get ready for bed.
 Watching 'Revenge' & relaxing in bed. I'm not a huge TV watcher but 'Revenge' is one of the very few shows I do enjoy watching. Have never figured out why really but I try not to miss it.

Well, that's the end of my Week in the Life photo-taking - it was fun! Next up is a mini album where I will showcase this one very uneventful but very important (because it IS my everyday) week of my life. I hope to share it with you soon so stay tuned!

~Carol


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