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Archive for September, 2007

Going digital (some more)

Using the freebie digital kit found at scrapartist.com, I created this page in under an hour.

Since I am so far behind on my current chronological scrapbook, and already have the pictures printed out and a decent amount of scrapbooking supplies, I will continue to do traditional scrapbooking until I catch up to June 2007. In the meantime, I will probably be going all digital, starting with my adoption album and our trip to China this past July. In fact, last night I bought two digital scrapbooking kits from theshabbyshoppe.com.

I’ll probably use the more colorful one for everyday, whimsical pages.

[ Smarshmallows ] 

This one below I will be using for my China album.

[ Organic ] 

The great thing is that once you purchase a kit, or even just a piece of paper, they can all be re-used and you don’t have to stick with what was in the kit – mix and match what you like! Oh, and I brought my first digital page to Staples and they printed it out for me on photo paper for around $2. It came out beautifully!

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Going digital

I love to scrapbook, but always seem so far behind and never able to catch up. Having two kids, the youngest who like to grab and try to eat every little thing laying around the house, doesn’t make it any easier. While meeting my mother at a bookstore this weekend, I picked up a digital scrapbooking magazine. After jotting down some suggested websites, I sat down this evening determined to make my first digital scrapbook page. 

I already have Photoshop CS on my computer, needing it for my graphic design classes, and found this very informative tutorial at The Shabby Shoppe website. After downloading the free Festival papers and embelishments from Shabby Princess, I got started. I am really pleased with the way this turned out and it was nice not to get my hands (or the top of my dining room table) dirty. I hope to actually print this out within the next few days and can’t wait to see what the quality is like. Who knows, maybe I’ll be staying up late over the next few weeks scrapbooking, rather than my typical blogging. 🙂

For more tutorials, check out Two Peas.

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Wordless Wednesday

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slow going

knitpink 001OK, so I might currently be considered the slowest knitter in the world. It’s not that I don’t want to knit. Each time I have a free moment and I am not reading the next pick for my book club, I grab the needles. But with two little rugrats kids running underfoot, free time is increasingly spare. Luckily with Leah now in half day kindergarten, there is a little break mid-afternoon while Maya naps.

The weather here in the northeastern part of the US has been cool the past couple days and I keep eyeballing the beautiful plump, juicy apples we bought at the farmers market today. Seems like I might need to get out the old rolling pin for some baking fun this coming weekend!

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I like to read

Veil of Roses

And if you do too, please stop by my book blog, The Written Word
to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a personalized and
signed copy of Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald!

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Lemony goodness, part 2

When I first started this blog, almost a year ago now, one of my first posts was for a recipe called Lemon Blossoms. I thought it would be fun to re-post this really yummy recipe, just in case anyone needs to bring a dessert to a Labor Day party. Have a great weekend!

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LEMON BLOSSOMS  This recipe makes 5 dozen mini-cupcakes:

Cupcakes:
18 1/2 oz package yellow cake mix
3 1/2 oz package instant lemon pudding mix
4 large eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil

Glaze:
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 lemon, zested
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray miniature muffin tins with cooking spray. Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs and oil and blend well with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour a small amount of batter, filling each muffin tin half way. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Turn out onto a tea towel.

To make the glaze, sift the sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice, zest, oil and water. Mix with a spoon until smooth.

Dip the tops of the cupcakes into the glaze while they are still a bit warm. Place on wire racks with wax paper underneath to catch any drips. Let the glaze set thoroughly, about an hour, before serving.

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