You can’t help but start having those feelings of gratitude at this time of year. Whether it’s Thanksgiving or thoughts on Christmas (which is also just around the corner), thoughts seem to linger on family and friends and just a gratefulness for life and good food. Man, I am so in the mood to cook a turkey dinner!!! And don’t get me started on this old fashioned apple cake that I ate last night at a church function. I am soooo getting that recipe and making it for Thanksgiving! (and yes, I’ll share it here. sorry about the weight watchers points guys. :) )
So when it came time to making the ‘Giving Thanks’ kit, there were just soooo many words in my head! Things that relate to family, to connections, to food, and all that good stuff. So needless to say, this baby is loaded with goodness that can be used for the holiday or any day.
Can ya just taste the turkey already? I’m soooo tempted to make a simple turkey dinner on Sunday. Like, with a turkey breast, not a full-on turkey. But stuffing, want stuffing. Sooooooo tempted….
Now how’d that Ray Conniff Christmas get started on my iTunes?
(shhhhh….don’t tell Dan)
Mmmmmm . . . this buttermilk syrup has got to be my new favorite syrup e-ver!
Have you ever had it?
It is divine!
We made this last night for dinner. Yes, french toast for dinner.
Hey, we had eggs and bacon too to make it a nice well balanced meal.
So I took a quick pic of my dinner so I could share this ever-so important syrup recipe with y’all.
You will love it. Just ignore what you put into it, k?
All the calories are removed when you boil it.
(hee hee snicker snicker snort)
Coconut French Toast
Sorry, I don’t have an official recipe for French Toast. We just combine eggs with a little milk, vanilla and cinnamon. There’s no rhyme or reason, it’s just a little of this and a little of that. But once you make your little concoction, put some coconut on a plate and you can either dab the milky bread on it or sprinkle coconut on the top of the bread once it’s in the pan. You definitely want toasted coconut. It’s the best.
2 cubes of butter (that’s 1 c. total)
2 c. sugar
1 c. buttermilk
Combine in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add:
1 T. vanilla
1 t. baking soda
Warning, that baking soda does make it foamy, but fun! :)
Live on the edge. Enjoy every drip and drop of that syrup.
You deserve it!
You know, sometimes I think it’s just crazy to think I’ve been doing this for over two years now. Seriously. Crazy!
I look back on some of those very first kits with fondness . . . with a memory of starting out on a new adventure. Could I really do this? Could I really start my own business?
It’s amazing to see how this little place has grown. The friends that I’ve made all over the world. You probably don’t know this, but every time I see an order or a comment from a new place in this wonderful world, it gets announced at my house. :) Places like South Africa, Vietnam, Iceland, and my most recent shout out . . . Poland.
So when I saw this page from our newest creative team member, Miss Naomi Atkins, it just brought back a flood of memories, how I’ve grown as a business and a person, and a deep appreciation for all of you. The ‘Round and Round’ kit was one of my very first kits and I loooove how Naomi uses it here!
[ Shapes | Round and Round (title) / Say What #1 ('this girl) ]
I think I have the same grin on my face that cute little girl right now.
Love the page Naomi!
And at the risk of sounding corny,
it’s all of you–around this beautiful world--that makes my life go round and round and round.
What a ride! :)
Love to you all!
The one thing I like about creating kits is when I can make things more universal, particularly so that even if you d0 . . . saaaay . . . have a cat and get the Here Kitty Kitty kit, you can still pull phrases and such from there to use on other pages . . . like our little Miss Laura did here!
[ Shapes | Here Kitty Kitty ]
How perfect is that title for that sweet little boy?!
Here’s what Laura has to say:
When Kerri first sent me her new Here Kitty Kitty kit, I honestly didn’t rush to check it out since I don’t have a cat. Lol. But just like her A Dog’s Life kit, there are titles in these kits that can be used for layouts that have nothing to do with pets. In fact, the “I’d really rather not be bothered, thank you” title would go great on a layout about myself and how I love my “me” time ;) When I first saw the title “Yes, I really am that adorable”, I immediately thought of my little daycare boy, Mateo. He’s super cute and we are constantly telling him “you are sooooooo adorable”, all day long. I knew I had to use it on a layout about him, using some of my favorite pictures of him.
FABulous Laura, just fabulous!
Yes, I am aware that it is November 2. I swear, I’m perpetually behind. I don’t feel like I can ever get caught up. And just when you think there’s a glimmer of hope, something else totally unexpected pops up as a giant obstacle in your way.
Why is that exactly?
I guess it just means we have to roll with the punches and take life as it comes . . . bumps and all. And, oddly enough, I have the song ’Come What May’ from Moulin Rouge playing as I’m writing this post. I guess it’s very apropos. You just gotta take life, come what may. Don’t worry about what’s not getting done, just keep moving forward. That’s all we can do . . . keep moving.
So even though it’s now November (what the french toast???), here is the kit that should have been up on October Thirty One. :)
Of course, there are a lot of words in there that can be used for projects besides Halloween. Candy . . . beware . . . wicked . . . party . . . and even bewitched for a love-themed page. You can even add your own word with the handwritten word–like ‘birthday’ with ‘party.’
And now, time to go scrap all those kiddos from Wednesday! :)
Is anyone else starting to make mental Christmas lists?
So in my previous post, I shared a closer look at the pages that we make in my Silhouette: Just Add Color class. And once I took senior photos of my baby, Jordan (what? she’s graduating???), I knew I wanted to show how to use those same techniques and shapes and color matching on a new page.
I’m not exactly a big fan of reinventing the wheel every time, so this was fun away to modify my wheel–rather than reinvent it. I like the idea of using the same elements over and over, but in a different way or in a different color scheme. Which leads me to today’s page:
[ Shapes from Store | Need Directions? (arrow) / inFORMS (report card)/ Summer Lovin' ('hello') ]
[ Shapes from Class | leafy branch, diagonal strip, 'ready for anything' banner, file folder tab ]
So, let’s see what we can chalk up to the class.
White background? ….check.
Creating a color scheme? ….check.
Similar layout? ….check.
Same shapes, different colors/words? ….check.
As you can see, within Studio you can design a page simply, pick your color schemes, alter your embellishments, change appearances . . . all right there within the program (this is all covered in class).
One of my favoritist (yeah, it’s a word) ways to scrap is to do it all by using Silhouette. You never run out of embellishments and you can customize them for your own needs. Keep it clean + keep it simple. Love the white background so that you can totally keep your *ehem* focus on those photos! And scrapping this way makes it go much faster so you can be done in a jif. Okay, so maybe this wasn’t so ‘jiffy’ for me this time. Lots of problems as a result of ‘the crashing hard drive’. I even had to reinstall Studio. Good grief. But it should have been a jif. :)
Oh, and one other thing to note. See that ‘hello’ on the page? I included it as a graphic element with my text. Just colored it red. These shapes ain’t just for cuttin’ baby! You could use the PNG or bring it into Silhouette and use the cut file, size it, fill it with color, and turn off the cut lines. Just a fun little twist. I love to maximize my shapes, ya know. :)
I thought that today might be a good day to share the full pages from my Silhouette class, Just Add Color. Each of the items you see here for these pages are made or modified all within the class. I also show you how to get colors to match your photos or to create fun new color schemes from different resources.
Basically, when all is said and done, this class is all about getting the most out of your shapes, your colors, learning how to create new shapes, using great fonts, and all sorts of good stuff! With the exception of the background paper in the ‘beautiful’ page, everything is created–or already made and can be modified–within Silhouette Studio.
I love me a lacy flower background! This image is part of the class and comes in both letter and 12×12 sizes.
And all those elements? Yeah, we make all of that!
One of my favoritist (yeah, it’s a word) shapes ever? A poloroid. And they are soooo easy to make in Studio! And see that ‘Genuine’ tag? Yeah, you get that and you can customize the colors in Studio to create a print+cut that fits your needs.
With this part of the class, I show you how you can create your color scheme using a background paper too.
More fun with this part of the class!
If you only knew what you could do with that amazing thing called color!
The things you can do in Silhouette to simplify your process? It’s crazy.
This class shows you many-a tips.
You’ll be coming away with a whole new appreciation for designing your own stuff!
Oh, and don’t forget this cute little set of freebies. :)
If you want more details on the class, you can read this post HERE or see what’s up on JessicaSprague.com.
Stay tuned for a page I’m making with Jordan’s senior pics using some of the stuff from this class. It’s just ever-so versatile.
And if you’ve taken this class? I’d love to hear from ya! :)
You know, I love having options for journaling. I like being able to use something beyond just the ordinary ‘type it up and print it out’ method. Combine that with my love for office supplies? Um yeah, this is what you get:
This kit is perfect for working with Project Life because the journaling cards come in 4×6 and 3×4 sizes. But of course you can use these for your pages, cards, projects…whatever floats your boat!
But wait . . . there’s more! (you know how I love to say that)
Not only can you use these as a PNG file in your photo editing software, but it also includes the cut files so that you can bring them into your cutting software and manipulate your colors there, change the corners to a rounded corner, or even add a fun edge border like from the kit On The Edge . . . like this.
You can put multiples on a page and run them off as print+cuts as well.
And wait….there’s even more! Because they are a cut file and created with lines and dots and all that good stuff, you can change the colors how you want them. Perhaps a girls’ game night would warrant a more girly colored score sheet journaling card, like this?
Now, if you have the Designer Edition of Studio, when you bring the SVG file into Studio, the image will be in color like you see above. If you have the Standard Edition, the DXF will all come in a that raw outline look–just lines, no color. What I would recommend doing is grab any text and turn it into a Compound Path (select the word/phrase, right click, choose Make Compound Path). That way it will change the text as it needs to be so that when you fill it with a color, it will do the right thing.
I might even recommend that you color them like you see and then save it as a STUDIO file and keep that one on file before adding it to your Library.
You may have noticed that there are some designs that I’ve made for kits like This+That in there. That’s because I loved the design so much that I thought it would be awesome to have it perfectly formatted in the 4×6 and 3×4 to make them easy to use. I also made the lines for these cards so that they are about the same as a piece of notebook paper so that you’ll have room to write.
Okay then . . . that’s all she wrote . . . so to speak. :)
With this kit, now you can now journal inFORMS.
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