Monthly Archives: February 2013


Confession: It’s hard for me to leave photos behind.

Especially the cute ones, even if several photos I’m including show the same expression or smile.

And I admit I’ll cram the blurry cute ones into a layout, even if it requires a bit of last-minute re-arranging.

Who can relate to this?

Since I have a feeling many fellow scrappers have experienced the same dilemma above – several times – I’ve captured a few examples of layouts I created last year for my brother Matt’s graduation gift. WARNING: Because quite a bit of cuteness appears on each page below, your eyes may need a slight adjustment before moving forward. (Please note it’s not too often I will refer to my brother as “cute.”)

I’m a fan of squares. Photo squares.

Make a full-page collage. This takes a little extra time to plan because not all photos will be cropped to the same measurements, but a full-photo layout is a great technique to use to place more focus on the photos you’re using and to create a break in your book from patterned paper, embellishments, etc.

Make a letter out of photos.

Make numbers out of photos. (“’01”)

And when you have A TON of great photos to use, create a spread. It’s just too hard to pass up so many cute and hilarious vacation photos!

Hope you’ve found these ideas useful! If you’re looking for more ideas let me know!


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Make Haste


Sometimes it’s necessary to create something cute and kind-hearted at 11 p.m. A few nice words can go a long way.

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February 18, 2013 · 11:09 pm



It’s been a long day, but I’m grateful it ended on a high note, thanks to our “Dekasana Posse,” good food, great yoga and fun stories.

All that chopping, roasting, simmering and blending last night paid off! The chowder added some variety to our black bean soup tastings, which were also very good.

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February 13, 2013 · 10:49 pm

New tastes

20130212-230439.jpgThis evening I tried a new soup recipe: Cooking Light’s roasted corn, pepper, and tomato chowder. Without a grill, corn on the cob and in-season tomatoes, I had to make due with two hot skillets, canned corn and four mediocre tomatoes from the grocery store. Needless to say, my dad wouldn’t approve; those pink-skinned tomatoes would appall him.

However, I tried a tiny taste of the soup with a spoon – just to clarify since hot liquid had already splattered all over me as I wrangled with the blender to purée it all together – and it wasn’t half bad. I look forward to hearing what my fellow yogis think of it tomorrow evening during our post-yoga soup tasting – I wonder if the crumbled blue cheese and chives I’m going to bring will add a lot to the flavor?

I love trying new things, but too often I don’t have the time to make a commitment.

This week, however, I joined a local fitness center – LifeCenter Plus in Hudson. As I toured the facility I became more excited to go there often – to run, my usual routine, but also to try new classes and machines. I love yoga but LifeCenter will provide me with those classes and so much more. And let’s be real, if I want to survive the Color Run in Cleveland this June, I need to get back in shape! Stow’s Great New Year’s Eve Race was most definitely a challenge, regardless of the snow, and to tackle more hills with fewer pants and desperate gasps for air, I’ll need to force myself to accomplish more than the occasional jog.

Let’s see how this goes.

What gets you going? What motivates you to try new things, in cooking, at work, or even while scrapbooking?

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For the Love of Simplicity

It was February 2007, my junior year of high school, when I recall an unexpected crafty lecture from my pre-calculus teacher.

Back then, numbers were more my thing, but a late afternoon lesson on formulas and processes I guarantee have escaped my memory ever since often failed to retain my interest and attention.

So, naturally, when my teacher digressed from mathematical equations to explain a simple method for making Valentines, I neglected my doodling and tuned in.

As monotone as his voice could be, his short demonstration intrigued me. How could my pre-calc teacher remotely know anything about handmade cards? By that time I had quite a few Christmas card designs under my belt, as well as countless birthday cards thrown into the mix, so clearly I knew what I was talking about when it came to paper crafting. But to a point, as it turns out, my teacher packed a few tricks of the trade up his sleeve as well.

Folded Heart Valentines

1. Grab a piece of red or pink paper. Fold it in half.

pink paper

2. Use a pair of scissors to cut a half-heart shape into the folded paper, starting and ending your cut along the fold. 

cutting heart shape on pink paper

3. Discard the scraps. Unfold your paper heart, sign your name and voila! Behold your simple Valentine and deliver it to your loved one.

folded heart card: "Happy Valentine's Day! Love, Lindsay"

I remember laughing about that “lesson” at the time, but also feeling relieved to enjoy a break from pre-calc on a random afternoon. Although my teacher’s Valentine idea was rather simple compared to handmade card designs I had created before, I’ve realized that sometimes simplicity is all you need to brighten someone’s day.

As Valentine’s Day approaches toward the end of this week, I look forward to my next visit to McKay Bricker to check whether my Valentine’s Day cards have been a hit with the shoppers of Kent. In the meantime, I’ll shamelessly indulge in The Bachelor‘s dramatic “love stories” this evening with some friends.

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