Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Here is a little stack of goodies that you might be able to use on some upcoming New Year 2007 or Holiday party type pages....We have for you
lots of free clip art sites appropriate for vintage or modern clip art needs for digital pages, cards, or printables for standard pages. Check them out, save the images and add to a page set....

Happy 2007 and may all your resolutions and goals come true with a little hard work and perseverance!

vintage look postcards

all kinds of New Years graphics

more black and white styles -use like rubber stamps

rubber stamps to buy

coolest of the cool for 2007 from SHABBY PRINCESS
I can see lots of these digital items on a New Years Party page set

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Here we are! This was our hoilday photo 2006 Dh and I are in center. My babies are sooo grown up. We look forward to the New Year and wish you lots of success in all you do!

I have the start of a very nasty throat cold today. Feels like a chest cold is next-- I am having trouble talking. Leave it to hubby and dear son to tease me and say that was a GOOD thing! LOL Big goobers.

Nite all

Sunday, December 24, 2006

January 1st- The Great Purge contest

artwork from

Ohhhhhhh let's ring in the new year by getting RID of the old one!

Purge all the old stuff you no longer want, use, or like and make room for the best of the best. Keep only what you LOVE. Your home and your life will feel so much more in control.
Purge the old stuff to charity, ebay, friends, new college students, or wherever you feel it needs to go that is OUT of your home. Start in the craft room and scrapbook area and work your way around the house. Let's start GATHERING UP STUFF for our great purge for 2007 RIGHT NOW!

Leave me a note here ( in the form of a comment) about what you are purging and YOU could win a $25 dollar value prize!!

This Great Purge Comment Challenge lasts until January 15th.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Scrappers Challenge Design Team Members: CONGRATS!

I am so very happy to present the listing of the Scrappers Challenge Design Team! Here they are...ready and willing to help make Scrapperschallenge even more inspirational and vibrant. They are such a wonderful, gifted and enthusiastic bunch. I love them already!

In no particular order: Here are the 24 winners!
Rebecca Murman
Sherin Miller
Geri Brown
Fran Kawakami
Faith Malazarte
Carolyn Winslow
Carrie Romero
Laura Weber
Kathyrn Stapleman
Allie Gower
Jennifer Roth
Cathy Lucas
Carol Paskovitch
Christina Castellano
Dianne Nelson
Jo-Anne Price
Kiria Martinez
Chelle Perry
Melanie Harris
Karen Bodie
Laura Roberts
Julie Van Der Pol
Gretchen Edwards
Dorothy McCarthy
Debbie (d10d7)
Dawn B


Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Love fresh flowers!

Don't you love fresh flowers? We have been seeing a lot of them around our home the last two months. Dd is taking a floral class and brings us creations on a weekly basis. We love the fresh flowers and the little lift they give us in spirit when we walk by. The only thing we don't like is the fact that the two cats have taken a definite liking to leatherleaf and statice! Maybe it smells like catnip or something? Dd has also been making silk arrangments for a client and those are all the winter whites and blues on the upper right photo on the long table. She does great work! The cornucopia is of course for Thanksgiving last week and below is one she did for Halloween.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Vintage Ribbons

Vintage ribbons and trims are a wonderful accent for a christmas page, heritage page or altered project . Heck i just love them because they look and feel so fantastic! I would rather spend time in a ribbon store than a candy store!

dolls and

Ribbon jar

french ribbons

JKMribbon has newer ribbons

retro 1960s

and Relient Ribbon has tons of selections

Simply beautiful! Rockester

Friday, November 17, 2006

$1.95 !! Chatterbox Dingbats for Holidays!

Wow! These are sooooooooo darling and timely and CHEAP! (One of my main criteria in online purchasing.) Look at all you get at for the $1.95 download fee:

mmmmm scrumptious!
This one is called CBX Celebrations
(Tell them Rockester sent you!)

NOV Scrap and Card Challenge: WINTER, CHRISTMAS, HOLIDAY themes

Here are some holiday card ideas (Not all are christmas and many can be adapted with change of sentiments)

Tearing and stamping

Drywall tapes! yes you heard me right...


dimensional small accents Vary the card size to fit your envelopes on hand!

pocket card for those wonderful family photos
(I plan to do a variation in the spring on this one for grad invitations/announcements!)

lots of themes

green buttons

circle punch

So pull out those holiday colors and the scrap bin (and some pop dots) and make some cards this long weekend. Instead of sitting around bloated ater thanksgiving, get moving on some cards! It will get you in the mood for that big shopping day on friday! :)

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Tiny clips for ribbon from Cropper Hopper

Ok gals help me out here.....
Where have I seen these kinds of shaped clips before and tossed them out???? On socks? when you buy a new pair??? LOOKS SO FAMILIAR... and bravo for Cropper Hopper for making something that will hold down the ribbon ends! Yeah!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

NOV Cards and Scraps Challenge; BIRTHDAY themes

Need another blast of creativity in the CARDMAKING department this week? How many cards did you make so far? Here we go again and the theme this set is for BIRTHDAY cards and Birthday projects with SCRAPS!

Take a peek. Get out the scrap bin and make a few spare cards to have on hand all year long or better yet make a dozen and give them as gifts!


snips and strips

templates and stamps

coordinating papers and punches

mini file folder

rub on leftovers

corner rounder and rubber stamped sentiment

circles and photo turns

one big flower and one big brad or button

enjoy! Let's get BUSY!!!!!!!

NOVEMBER challenge CARDS and SCRAPS for Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving card inspirations

vellum pocket and tags

stampled wording

dry embossing


stamped leaves


thanksgiving placecard for the table

watercolor pencil and labeler

tearing and twine

rafia and a flower

Saturday, November 04, 2006


(artwork by tia bennet for the susan komen foundation)

Today I was waiting for my daughter and her friend to get up from a very fun but very exhausting sleepover here at the house. I don't generally get up early on a sat. morning but hubby went fishing and I wasn't tired enough to go back to sleep so I made pancakes and bacon and chocolate milk and went to the laptop. Browsing blogs I see that a fellow scrapper webfriend Shel of my online friend kelly has just been diagnosed with a aggressive breast cancer. And she has two small children. I sincerely wish Shel the best even though she doesn't know me at all. Do what you can to support foundations that fight this disease like The Koman Foundation.

That brought to mind my own mom and her fight two years ago with the same illness. My mother was very fortunate. Early (but shocking) diagnosis and fast Mayo Clinic treatment (lumpectomy) along with radiation when she got back to the west coast helped my Mom. But you know it is not always so quick and easy. Do what you can. Check often, be healthy.

Another wonderful scrapbooker Tia Bennet has designed these items to help Shel's fight. Take a look.

I got this hoodie....and I will pray for Shel's future when I wear it...

.....and think of my mom with thankfulness for the extra time we have together.

Be thankful for those wonderful women in your life. :) Make it a priority.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Never Made a Card Before??

Wonderful helpful links to HOW TO for cardmaking even if you have never made one before. (It's not as hard as you might think!),2025,DIY_13889_2276835,00.html

You too can make wonderful cards. Give it a try this month!
and if you have questions, we can help.

NOV Scrap and Card challenge: Fall 6x6 card ideas

Fall Cards
Remember that cards for notecard sized envelopes are usually 4.25x5.5
inches but you can make 6x6 cards too. Some stores --especially
scrapbook stores-- carry 6x6 envelopes now but you can also make your
own envelopes. (More on making envelopes and FREE templates in the next

6x6 cards: haloween- love how she used the dymo labeler for her

use small punch for color blocks

use up some of those neons and stickers!

square punch and a few bean shaped simple cuts and pop dots

work in some normal pattern papers in the right color scheme and Quikutz

6x6 just scraps

Have fun!!

Fall and Halloween Cards

image credits:

I know you may have been working on halloween layouts and halloween cards or gift baggies this week. Let's use up some of those leftovers--and some from your stash--in our first set of inspirations. If you use browns, oranges, beige, tan, rust cardstock as a base and as blocky backgrounds you can easily slap on a leftover halloween theme tag, button, or pumpkin item. Heck just tie 2 or 3 different fibers around a 1x3 inch torn piece and poof you have a simple accent right there. Add wording (or not) and a card is done.

One tips I use is to make at least 3 cards in the same 'format' or layout at a time. It saves thinking up a new idea time after time and the people who GET the card don't know you made two other identical cards to send other people ...nor would they care! LOL

Halloween card inspiration and ideas seen at all these sights

quick and simple colorblocking and stickers. Love how she used smaller scraps and just printed mant sentiments at once on her computer on white cardstock

absolutely my style! Love the tear and chalk method

misc ideas

stamp your wording

or cut up one sheet of themed text paper-it makes many cards!

clip art pumpkins cut out

pet stamp repurposed for card

be unpredictable in how you lay out the elements (odd shape card with flap, sideways text, clear pocket with staples, sewn mat)

Use stripes and vintage art

Enjoy! And let's make some BOO-tiful cards with those odd scraps!!

November challenge: SCRAPS and CARDMAKING

Look at the differnet cards you can make! Use your scraps up this month! Photo by

Want to get a grip on all those scraps? Want some ideas for how to use
them up?
Would you like to give cards as gifts for the holidays or simply send
some homemade cards for once at LOW COST using up some of your stash?

Our November challenge on this loop (completely optional in case you are
new) is cardmaking with a highlight on using our scraps and odd
embellishments up!
So if you have a stack of 'somewhat boring' 8.5x11 cardstock, a file of
scrap papers (or 3 files or 10!!) and a bunch of embellishments.....lets
do it!
Sign up to do this challenge here
Just vote to join in the fun and you will be eligable for a prize at the
end of the challenge worth over $25. Participate and win!

Well, let's get it started in here! Make 20 or more cards this
month....some of you can do this in one day...I know you can! Making
more and more cards is certainly allowed too. It is great in fact! Then
you have even more cards to give as gifts during the holidays. :)

Grab those scraps and the first thing you should do is sort them by
color into an organizational sytstem of your choice....drawers,ccordian
files, hanging folders, zip lock bags, page protectors in a binder....I
don't mind what you use....just sort those scraps so that when we post
ideas you are ready to rumble! Ideas will be posted on the blog at the
link below as the challenge progresses. Our first set of links and ideas
for cards will be up friday and you can always go back to the blog to
see past posts for this challenge.
Start SCRAP-ing!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

October COOKBOOK challenge from pasta to vegies!

........ok on to the catagories this week...Let's get sorting and get DONE with this cookbook. this is our last set of catagories. Finish up your cookbooks and report back in your pogress! I want to hear if you have gotten them into a system you can use and enjoy!

* • Pasta

* • Quick & Easy 30 minutes or less

* • Salads

* • Soups

* • Vegetables

Lets finish these recipe files and books up so we can USE them and enjoy them.
Is yours made for a gift?? Let's get it done AHEAD of the season....

and lastly, this page looked so great I had to add it in --even if it is a dessert!--for inspiration!

best wishes

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Cookbook Challenge: International, Kids, Meat, and Menus

this darling recipe title card/page is made by jacquie at using SEI paper. Bravo!

Time for a few more catagories!
I was able to work on my little 2-up cookbook of my grandmother's recipes this morning for a few hours and added in a couple of the dimensional stickers from Daisy Hill at Walmart. Very cute. I basically added these at each tabbed dividor page. I made my own tabs with cardstock and darling brads also from Walmart that are shaped like pots, pans and rolling pins. When I am ALL done I will share some pics. I need to add rubber stamped wording to each dividor tab and cuten up some of the page cards with doodles.
Here is a idea shared at scrapjazz for an altered/homemade recipe book

another cute recipe box

Here are the next catagories to get finished this month:

* • International Favorites

* • Kids Cooking

* • Meat, Poultry & Fish

* • Menus for Every Occasion

Be sure to take a good look at the samples. there are so many cute ones!
get inspired and then get BUSY!


Saturday, October 21, 2006

October Recipe Challenge: dietary, grilling, eggs, and entertaining ideas!

Continuing on our october challenge posted below in previous posts here at the blog we are sharing tons more ideas for recipe cards and files and pages here....

more card Dividers

It is time to start sorting the next group of recipes including:

* • Diets for Special Needs

* • Entertaining

* • Eggs

* • Grilling and outdoors

* • Healthy Eating

Let's get these recipes into the books and get those loose recipes organized into something we can treasure and share!
We are bout halfway done with our catagories! Time for you to catch up if you are lagging! LOL
Here is the complete list

* • Appetizers
* • Beverages
* • Breads
* • Comfort Food
* • Desserts or Chocolate
* • Diets for Special Needs
* • Entertaining
* • Eggs
* • Grilling and outdoors
* • Healthy Eating
* • International Favorites
* • Kids Cooking
* • Meat, Poultry & Fish
* • Menus for Every Occasion
* • Pasta
* • Quick & Easy 30 minutes or less
* • Salads
* • Soups
* • Vegetables

Heat it up and let's get moving!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Friday, October 13, 2006

Cookbook Challenge: Appteizer and Beverage examples

Cookbook Challenge: Appetizer and Beverage examples

You might need more examples to get you going on your beverages and appetizer recipes. Let's get these two catagories sorted and filed in the next day or so. Great project for watching a movie over the weekend! I bet you have time for that! This really won't take long if you GET STARTED :)

recipe file folders

recipe lunchboxes

recipe box dividers

recipe cards

Beverage pages 12x12

And here is a great article on altered recipe file boxes by Missy Fortenberry of whose altered box is shown above.

Let's get busy!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Family Cookbook References page

Cut and paste these sections into your own format, use colored cardstock and pattern papers, and print out to make a page for reference in your cookbook. Or make several cards to fit your 2-up or 4up albums. You may not need all this info but you can pick and choose what to include for your use in your cookbook!

1 cup = 240 mL (milliliter)
1/2 cup = 120 mL
1/3 cup = 80 mL
1/4 cup = 60 mL = 4 tablespoons
1 tablespoon = 15 mL (= une cuillérée à soupe in French) = 3 teaspoons
1 teaspoon = 5 mL (= une cuillérée à café in French)
1 fluid ounce = 30 mL
1 US quart = 0.946 liter ~=1 liter

1 ounce = 28 grams
1 pound = 16 ounces = 454 grams

1 inch = 2.54 centimeters
1 foot = 12 inches = 30 centimeters

400° F = 200° C = gas mark 7
350° F = 180° C = gas mark 6
300° F = 150° C = gas mark 5

Volume-to-weight conversions

Note: Since the volume measurement of an ingredient depends on how you pack the measuring cup/spoon and on the ingredient itself (how it is cut, its density, its water content), the volume-to-weight conversions are not absolute: they are simply a reflection of my own experience.

Butter: 1/2 cup = 1 stick = 4 ounces = 113 grams
Butter: 1 tablespoon = 14 grams
Comté cheese, grated: 1 cup = 100 grams
Crème fraîche: 1 cup = 240 grams
Fresh cheese: 1 cup = 240 grams
Greek-style yogurt: 1 cup = 280 grams
Gruyère cheese, grated: 1 cup = 100 grams
Heavy cream: 1 cup = 240 grams
Light cream: 1 cup = 240 grams
Milk: 1 cup = 240 mL
Parmesan cheese, grated: 1 cup = 110 grams
Ricotta: 1 cup = 250 grams
Yogurt: 1 cup = 250 grams

Almonds, shelled, whole, blanched: 1 cup = 125 grams
Almonds, sliced: 1 cup = 70 grams
Almond meal (a.k.a. ground almonds): 1 cup = 100 grams
Cashews, shelled, whole: 1 cup = 130 grams
Chestnuts, shelled, cooked: 1 cup = 130 grams
Hazelnuts, shelled, whole: 1 cup = 120 grams
Macadamia nuts, shelled, whole: 1 cup = 125 grams
Pistachios: 1 cup = 125 grams
Walnuts, shelled, halves: 1 cup = 100 grams

Cacao nibs: 1 cup = 120 grams
Chocolate chips: 1 cup = 160 grams
Cocoa powder: 1 cup = 120 grams
Honey: 1 cup = 300 grams
Honey: 1 tablespoon = 18 grams
Sugar, brown: 1 cup (packed) = 170 grams
Sugar, confectioner’s: 1 cup = 130 grams
Sugar, granulated: 1 cup = 200 grams
Sugar, granulated: 1 tablespoon = 12.5 grams
Molasses: 1 cup = 280 grams

Flour, grains, etc.
Bulgur: 1 cup = 190 grams
Dried beans: 1 cup = 180 grams
Elbow macaroni: 1 cup = 150 grams
Flour, all-purpose or whole wheat: 1 cup = 120 grams
Polenta: 1 cup = 160 grams
Quinoa: 1 cup = 135 grams
Rolled oats: 1 cup = 100 grams

Fruits, vegetables, herbs
Baby spinach leaves: 1 cup (packed) = 30 grams
Basil: 1 cup (packed) = 20 grams
Blueberries: 1 cup = 190 grams
Fava beans, shelled: 1 cup = 120 grams
Mâche: 1 cup (packed) = 20 grams
Raspberries: 1 cup = 125 grams
Rocket: 1 cup (packed) = 25 grams
Strawberries: 1 cup (small strawberries, or large strawberries, sliced) = 125 grams
Young salad greens: 1 cup (packed) = 20 grams

Agar-agar: 1 teaspoon = 2 grams
Baby shrimp, shelled, cooked: 1 cup = 100 grams
Capers: 1 cup = 120 grams
Dried bread crumbs: 1 cup = 100 grams
Hibiscus flowers: 1/3 cup = 15 grams
Olives: 1 cup = 180 grams

Pans and dishes
10-inch tart or cake pan = 25-centimeter tart or cake pan
9-inch cake pan = 22-centimeter cake pan
4-inch tartlet mold = 10-centimeter tartlet mold
9-by-13-inches baking dish = 22-by-33-centimeter baking dish
8-by-8-inches baking dish = 20-by-20-centimeter baking dish
6-ounce ramekin = 180-mL ramekin
9-by-5-inches loaf pan = 23-by-12-centimeter loaf pan = 8 cups or 2 liters in capacity

Monday, October 09, 2006

Family Cookbook Contents Page

Time to get started on our cookbook projects. The poll revealed that most of you are happy with a 5x8 or 8.5x11 sized scrapbook style book with movable pages and page protectors. I will try to show lots of examples of this style when possible.

For our next assignmentin this month's recipe organization challenge, let's take a look at our recipes--rmember you have already pulled out your collection and finished tossing out the duds. Now let's begin on our table of contents.

Take an 8.5x11 piece of cardstock that will go through your printer and create a CONTENTS page. Depending on your recipes, it could have any of the following alphabetical catagories.
Pick and choose according to your recipe collection or add in some if needed. If you include a catagory it should have at least 5 - 10 recipes.

* • Appetizers
* • Beverages
* • Breads
* • Comfort Food
* • Desserts or Chocolate
* • Diets for Special Needs
* • Entertaining
* • Eggs
* • Grilling and outdoors
* • Healthy Eating
* • International Favorites
* • Kids Cooking
* • Meat, Poultry & Fish
* • Menus for Every Occasion
* • Pasta
* • Quick & Easy 30 minutes or less
* • Salads
* • Soups
* • Vegetables

When creating your pages, honestly I would not bother trying to type up all my recipes. I love the handwritten look. Just photocopy the backs of any recipe cards when needed and 'scrapbook both the real recipe card and the color copy back'side' onto your 8.5x11 background page.

If you have tons of recipe cards and prefer not to copy or glue down the oringinal cards at all, consider doing a 2-up or 3-up style album and that way you can just slip the cards into 4x6 slots. This is the style I am doing with my grandmother's recipe collection.

ANother great article on making your own cookbook scrapbook is found here

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

October Family Recipe Challenge: WHich project appeals to you the most to make this October with your recipes?

Recipe File box 4x6 size

Recipe File box 9x12 size

Photo Album style 2-up or 3-up cookbook

Altered cookbook using a real cookbook as a base

Altered cookbook notebook style with altered cover with real page protector 8.5x11 or 12x12 pages inside

A pretty file folder system for a filing cabinet drawer

A gift cookbook about 5x8 size with 20 recipe favorites

A gift cookbook about 8.5x11 with 20 recipe favorites

View Results

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Monday, October 02, 2006

OCTOBER challenge: Family recipes and cookbooks

Recipe File Box photo credit from seller "tina653" :

Photo Credits: Recipe easel by Catherine at Scrapease

Let's get busy on our October challenge right away ...No time to waste. Can you smell the apple crisp baking? Do you have Grandma's cider recipe at hand? And where did that great popcorn ball recipe go from grade school? What happened to all those cards and recipes over the years that you just tucked away for organizing later?

Well "later" is here and we want to create some great recipe files, cookbooks, or folders for your treasured recipes. Using scrapbooking supplies, you can create some wonderful containers for those recipes or duplicate and give the entire collection as a gift. But this will take a little organizing and we want to start NOW before the holidays are upon us and we get too busy.

Cookbook photo credit: Celia at

Decide first of all what kind of container system you like for your recipes. SOme people are used to file boxes but just need a larger one. Other people love cookbooks and flipping thru the pages is more comfortable way for them to find their recipes. Still others feel a need for speed so they make pretty file catagory folders and boxes for those folders. YOU DECIDE what kind of container you prefer that works for your system of searching for recipes. Most of us will use the same kind of system we have now but it needs to be expanded or enlarged or cull out the 'bad' recipes or the ones we don't use ever anymore.

Recipe page example

Your first task is to take out your recipe system and take a hard look at it. How big is it and how big is the job/overflow? Consider the space you have in the kitchen to store this too. How big/tall are your shelves? Don't plan to make a 12 inch tall file box if your cabinets are only 9 inches tall! See what I mean? Think it over. I am using a 2 up photo album for my Grandma Gramlich's recipe cards and my own friend and family recipe cards. I will be altering the album front a bit and personalizing it as well as making some accents for the section dividers and recipes.

Lunchbox recipe file

But you can choose any boxes, files, mini albums or cookbook style you prefer. Many people make 8x8 or 12x12 scrapbook pages for each special recipe. (Do this only if you are speedy scrappers!) Another fun idea is to take a garage sale or Goodwill sale hardback cookbook and alter THAT following their catagories.You could make a creative page set inside that framework and alter each section with your own recipe cards, photos, and embellishments.

Your second job is to cull out all the too-difficult, impractical, boring, or bad recipes you won't ever use. I don't care how pretty the photos are. If you don't have time to make a 12 step pot roast recipe from the New York Times, get rid of it. (Now if it is Grandma's pot roast recipe, keep it for heritage sake and journal why it is special!)

Try to whittle down the amount of paper you will be handling by being picky. Many of us toss in recipes from magazines for "someday" because they look yummy and pretty, but we won't every truly make them. And they are not CONNECTED to us or our family at all. My grandma often says, "Just Keep the Keepers." In other words, not everything is important to save.

But family recipes are keepers, even if you won't ever make them, keep the family recipes. Others may want to have those recipes down the line later on. That is the focus of this challenge.

Examples of cookbook altered projects can be seen here...Keep checking back....get inspired!

Get busy this week!!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Sept Challenge: Altered Clipboards

Jessica B at The Shabby Shoppe Gallery made this wonderful example:

Here is a great intro to these beauties,1789,HGTV_3255_4224856,00.html

and another article on them

You can either make them with photos and with lumpy elements and hang them up as a display piece or make them without photos and lumps for actual use to write on. I have made them both ways. One as a gift for actual use and one with more embellishments for display. You can also make them to hold 8.5x11 office calendars for the new year.

Use some papers, photos and embellishments that reflect the interests of the person you are giving it to.
These take about an hour to do with Mod Podge and overnight to dry. I usually try to make several at a time and minimise the time taken and the mess made! If using Digital artwork, make sure your printing ink is waterproof when using Mod Podge to decopodge over the top.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

September Challenge: Holiday Gifts

Using our scrapbook supplies to make holiday gifts is not only smart but economical! If you start now you have time to create your own handmade gifts that are truly special. Better yet you can use STASH up to do so and it will hardly cost a new penny!

You have seen here my Lunchboxes on Parade using side opening lunchboxes. Today I am going to share a little more on other kinds of boxes you can use, sources to look for them or buy them and some idea galleries. In later blog posts I will share a few more gift ideas like 2-up recipe albums, altered clipboards, journal jars, and altered school supplies. So stay tuned and check back often! I will also share tips with you for finding alterable items CHEAP. I consider it a form of earth-friendly recycling.

Check ebay for project inspiration. Some of the most talented scrapbook artists in the world sell there and boy are they creative! Our first task is to search under keywords SCRAPBOOKING and LUNCHBOX together in the search box and you will come up with hundreds of good ideas.

You can also look here in the gallery at Scrapjazz for "Lunchboxes" of varied types

I know there are awesome examples at
also. Search their Peanut Gallery (top green bar has a Search feature)

After you browse for ideas, make a list of the people you want to make gifts for this christmas. Think about THEIR interests. If Dad likes fishing, make him an outdoor tool box style altered metal box to put his very own snacks in! If Junior likes chess or football, make him one in that theme to put his winning ribbons, programs, memorabilia or letter patches in. If dear daughter loves to sew, make her a sewing kit with the newest funky fabric looking papers.

Make a list of who likes what. Then you can decide on your budget. If you can't afford to buy $15 lunchboxes new, don't fret! We will also discuss other options and containers to alter for your gifts. Some as cheap as 25 cents!!

But that is another blog entry.... for now browse ideas and make your gift list!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

WINNER and the winner of the Pioneer album is ...Jodie C

Jodie C ,

YOU are the winner of the Pioneer album! Let me know your postal details at
and I will ship your album out to you.

jodie c said...

Knowing that we are about half way down has given me a renewed energy. June is our celebration month! It was be a fun section to do.

10:07 AM

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

November and December UNIT BY UNIT challenge

If you cannot see the images on Blogger, check out this NOV-DEC UNIT link for the PDF version in WORD at Scrapperschallenge files home pages. Tinurl:

November and December Unit By Unit ideas and sketch by K. Aho (Rockester)

Here is a pic of the freebie download for the December Unit Challenge. I used part of the Shabby Princess HOLIDAY MAGIC .You can also use HOLIDAY SAMPLER set for this layout sketch in a Thanksgiving theme.

Here comes our Nov and Dec.unit. This SHABBY PRINCESS digital art HOLIDAY MAGIC set will be great for such a variety of winter photo pages! NOTE: for Nov, use the same sketch with the Thanksgiving art and title to create an entirely different page set! Rotate the layout upside down or a quarter turn right to gain a new sketch format idea.

Here is the sketch. (K. Aho)

And here is the December page sample made by ME! :)

Don't feel you have to have all this same stuff. IMPROVISE using papers and accents you have on hand. Not comfortable with digital? Don't get bogged down. Use real papers and accents in a similar way. Just do the page!
Need some accents or artwork?

To get the great artwork featured here, you will need to go to the SHABBY PRINCESS website and download the set SHABBBY HOLIDAY MAGIC Make a mental note of where you saved it to in your computer folders. It will be in ZIPPED format and you will need to unzip it. Use free trial versions of WINZIP or another program to do this. Instructions on unzipping files is found here.

Need a title?
Create your own Nov/December event layout pages using the downloaded pre-made holiday wording or a previous alphabet set from any other download from SHABBY PRINCESS. Or do your own thing with rub ons or sticker letters.
Need other titles? has a nice list for you here. You can create your title on a 4x6 card too. Just place your own chosen title wording in the format shown on the 4x6 card idea sketch below.






Just need a 4x6?
If you just need a 4x6 title card idea, use this format for the 4x6 slip in sleeve. Your choice of wording of course! See the links above for titles. Sketch by K. Aho.

Need a Journaling box?
Want a quick-to-print option? Check out all the FREE recipe cards online (that don't say recipe on them!) They are usually 3x5 which is perfect for matting on a 4x6 cardstock piece, they have the lines fro writing already printed on them, and they usually have wonderful clip art already sized and inserted! Here is one of my favorite spots for freebie 3x5 recipe cards for journaling boxes! Don't overlook the longer printable shopping lists and labels for the same purposes!
Country Clipart by Lisa

TIPS: Use what you have. Don't get bogged down. Try not to use what you see here unless you are stuck for ideas and supplies. Don't get stuck in details. If going digital is too hard, use what else you have! Do a great job but don't procrastinate over tiny decisions. We want to get September and the rest of your fall pics all finished up as soon as we can!
Start sorting!! Start scrapping!!

A Special thanks to Kristie of Shabby Princess at
for agreeing to share her digital freebie artworks with us. They are truly beautiful. Thanks Kristie! We can scrap even more photos into our albums with these beautiful accompaniments. This is our last UNIT in this challenge. I hope we helped you get more photos into viewable albums!

Leave us a comment!!! (….in other words is anyone reading this and did I do all this work for nothing? LOL)

Monday, September 04, 2006

Journaling Jar Challenge

example by Shannalamb of Two Peas in a Bucket

I sent a bunch of links like this several years ago to our Scrapperschallenge loop so I think it is time to do so again! The interest in making journaling jars as gifts or conversation jars for the supper table is popular to do for holidays as gifts. Cut and paste the questions to a word document and make sure each one has enough space below it so you can cut the questions into seperate strips with your paper trimmer. Alter a mason jar or a cookie jar to put the slips into. Decorate and gift it. Make one for your own family at the same time.

general instructions on how to do these jars

Links to questions for your jar

and here are pics of what they can look like

Make one just for yourself instead of a whole 'scrapbook about me'. Just to answer daily like a guided diary y237334

and my fave with a matching journal for noting the replies you want to save
This is our September challenge!
Make a journaling jar and post the pic to the PHOTOS section in the
JOURNAL JAR folder at the bottom of this page


Sunday, September 03, 2006

Lunchboxes on Parade

Something so UGLY can turn out so cute if you alter it! From Fairly Odd Parents....... to Finished and Oh So Pretty!