Thursday, January 31, 2013

Very Vintage!

Vintage Finds by Teresa Collins was the look I envisioned for this six page layout.  The six layouts are possible thanks to the panoramic fold out pages - so neat for when you have tons of pictures of one event.

Many years back, I found these history year stickers.  I thought it would be neat to use them to showcase the four generations of women in my family: my grandma, my mom, me and my daughter.  I finally sat down and chose some pictures (still need to add a few).  Looking back, I am glad that it took me so long to finally create this page.  I am happy with the outcome.

Materials used:

  • Panoramic Fold out pages - (if interested, I can order some for my store)
  • Teresa Collins Vintage Finds: Bingo
  • Teresa Collins Vintage Finds: Black Damask
  • Teresa Collins Vintage Finds: Flowers
  • Teresa Collins Vintage Finds: Orange Damask
  • Black and Cream Colored cardstock  (Butter Cream or Walnut Cream both match) - picture mats
  • Bazzill Cheddar cardstock
  • Stripe White on OrangeWashi Tape
(above items, except the panoramic fold out pages, are available at www.thememorynest.com and on sale)
Below you can see how the pages open to reveal each person's individual page.





 
 Love is free!  

My fave: cut from patterned paper!

 Clustering - accentuating the 4!

Happy Scrapping!
Leslie

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Circle of Friends!


The circle of friends layout was inspired by a layout that I saw on Pinterest.  I am thrilled with the finished product.  Items used:
- Bazzill Medium Sunflower
- Paper Cottage - Fine China
- Paper Cottage - Afghan
- Paper Cottage - Clothesline
- Baker's twine.

Basically I cut out different sized circles for the center of the page; matted all pictures in Medium Sunflower and White cardstock; cut smaller circles for the twine (some are folded over the twine others glued on top); added some yellow brads; cut letters out on the Cricut using white cardstock and the turquoise (from the Paper Cottage printed papers).

Items for this layout can be purchased at www.thememorynest.com .  Click on layouts and find Circle of Friends.  The products are listed right underneath the layout picture.

Happy Scrapping!
Leslie

P.S. Markdown on printed papers going on through February 5, 2013
*I don't feel comfortable posting other people's children so faces are blurred out .

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Word of the Year 2013!

I love the word of the year idea, but was having a hard time coming up with one for myself.

Low and behold, I was at a weekend crop hoping to get a lot accomplished (that was not happening).  I was started to get bummed about all the pictures I was not going to scrapbook, when I began to reflect on all the pages and mini books I created.  I realized  the finished product was how I envisioned them.  I turned to my girlfriends, who were also determined to complete a lot, and said, "quality not quantity!"

The light bulb went off.   QUALITY.  That is a word that I could live by for the year in many ways and facets in my life.
 I started thinking:  Quality...
...scrapbook and craft projects.  Ones that I am proud to share with all of you.
...time with my children and husband
...customer services for all my online store visitors
...PTO chairperson responsibilities
...mother, wife, friend, daughter, sister, aunt, Girl Scout leader all the roles in life
...scrapbook supplies carried by The Memory Nest.
(no particular order)

Need I go on?  I realized at that moment that life and work need not be a rush.  It is not how much you do but the QUALITY of the job done, time spent and person I want to be.

Do you have a word of the year for 2013?  Please leave a comment if you do and feel free to include a link to your blog post that contains your word.  I will be sure to visit and check it out.

Happy Sharing!
Leslie




Saturday, January 26, 2013

February Photo Challenge ~ 2013

Are you up for the challenge?  Here is what you need to do:

1. Post this list that I created in a place where you will see it (to remind you to take a picture everyday).
2. Make sure the pictures showcase what the month of February was like in your life.
3. At the end of the month, print the pictures (all or some) and showcase your work with a one or two page scrapbook layout including your February in pictures.

O.k.  So yes, this would have been a great challenge to start at the beginning of the year (January) but I just stumbled upon this idea and thought better late than never.

Here is a layout that I created using pictures that I took during the month of January.  You could go back and create a January one too.  It was so much fun to make and I am so happy with the way it came out.

At the beginning of March I will post my one or two page layout and would love for you to add yours!  Instructions on how to do this to follow.  Have fun and enjoy doing the challenge. (Leave a comment if you plan on trying this out).

Happy Picture Taking!
Leslie

p.s. My goal is to create a list for each month for the rest of the year.  At the end, whomever joins in will have a completed year in review.  A neat thing to look back on!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

All the Goodies!

Bonjour! 
Today I am sharing all the goodies and recipes from the Paris themed party. Enjoy!  Would love to hear all your "sweet" thoughts!

Cake Pops


This was my second attempt at making cake pops, and this experience was much better.  I used the Duncan Hines Recipe but not their products.  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cake-pops-by-duncan-hines/

The one thing that made it much easier this time was dipping the end of the lollipop sticks into the melted chocolate and then into the cake pop.  You must let the candy harden before you start dipping the rest of the cake pop into the chocolate for decorating.  The hardened chocolate forms a barrier so that the cake pop doesn't slide down the lollipop stick.  There were times when the cake pops would become to soft and would not slide down the stick by actually start to tear off.  I would just stick the pops (sticks and all) back into the freezer for a few minutes to let them harden back up. 

 Another thing to remember, is once you dip the cake pop into the melted chocolate let the excess chocolate drip off (but wait too long - you don't want the chocolate to set),before sprinkling your shots or nonpareils on top.  Instead of rolling the cake pop with the softened chocolate into the sprinkles, I just sprinkled them on with my fingers ~ and they stuck to the pop without a problem.

The drizzle was done with spoon.  Put some melted chocolate on a spoon and let is drip or drizzle onto the pop.  I used pink and purple chocolate melts. 

Cherry Cookies


My daughter loves cherries.  So when I found this recipe, I had to make it for her party.  I thought the pinkish red color went well with the theme and were different than what the guests would be used to.  I have included the Pinterest link and the link to the blog where the recipe was featured (there are other cherry recipes too).  Thank you for sharing the recipe.  They were a huge hit!
http://pinterest.com/pin/159666749260965877/  http://www.miscfinds4u.com/blog/2012/09/02/27-cherry-recipes-pie-cake-cupcake-cheesecake-cobler-and-cookies/
Recipe posted by http://www.thecurvycarrot.com/2011/03/04/cherry-chocolate-kisses/

Love the way the mixed cookie dough looked. Pics of the cookie dough and on the cooling rack.


 Eiffel Tower and Rose Cake


 I saw this cake idea on http://lets-explore.net/blog/2011/10/afternoon-in-paris-party/ .
From that site I was able to go to the tutorial on another site showing how to make the roses on the cake. http://iambaker.net/rose-cake-tutorial/ This was my first attempt at making a rose like this as well as decorating with buttercream frosting.  In the past I had just used the frosting in the containers from the store.  The buttercream is much better to work with.  The recipe used was: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Buttercream-Frosting-2 .

The Eiffel Tower was printed out from http://www.flickr.com/photos/taffeta/2421385245 and http://www.flickr.com/photos/taffeta/2421383049/ .  I originally saw this idea in the Afternoon in Paris post on the Let's Explore blog!  Thank you to Amy for sharing her birthday party ideas. 

heureux de cuisson
(Happy Baking)

Leslie










Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Posh Paris Party Decorations

Bonjour à nouveau (hello again)!
As promised, today I will share the ideas or techniques I used for creating the Paris themed party feel!

Birthday Sign
The birthday sign was created using the Cricut Storybook Cartridge.  I did a shadow of each letter in black and then did a regular sized letter for each using this pretty black and white paper pack I had.  I added grommets to each letter so that I could easily string the letters together and keep them from tearing at the same time.

Paper Rosettes
The rosette idea came at a perfect time in a post from Chickabug Blog. When the post arrived in my inbox, I knew I needed to use this idea for the Paris party.  I added 10's, Fleur de lis and Eiffel Tower pictures to the center of my rosettes to emphasize the theme.  I displayed the rosettes in front of the kitchen window and along the fireplace.
http://www.chickabug.com/blog/2012/12/how-to-make-paper-rosettes.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Chickabug+%28Chickabug%29
  

 Pictures of the Eiffel Tower
I am fortunate to have a friend who visited Paris in the fall.  She shared her picture files with me and I framed them using frames I already had or after Christmas finds (the chalkboard frame pictured below).
  

Paper Shoes
When I stumbled upon the paper shoe idea I was so excited because I wanted to try and make them, plus I thought they would go along great with the Paris theme.  I used two different templates to create the shoes.  I never finished adding details to them (especially the black one) but they still looked pretty displayed on the table.
Shoe template from: http://stacycohen.blogspot.com/2010/12/paper-shoe-template.html
The template for the black shoe was from http://www.skiptomylou.org/2008/10/28/paper-witch-shoes/ (the original idea was from: www.ellenhutson.com )

  
 
Other decor and party goods!
The paper lanterns, plates, napkins and cups were ordered from www.birthdayexpress.com .  I am always happy with the party supplies that I purchase from them!  My daughter used her Harumika dress forms to create some decor with style with fashions she designed. http://www.harumika.com/
 


The Eiffel Tower (last but definitely not least)
The  idea came from many images I saw of cardboard Eiffel Towers.  My husband and I have been creating birthday party decorations with cardboard boxes for years now. (castle for a princess themed party, Mr. Hooper's store for a Sesame Street themed party - her birthday is right after Christmas - there are always tons of boxes available).  I was determined to make an Eiffel Tower.
 1. Using some math, a yardstick and pictures of the famous structure, I began to draw it out.  There I am working on the masterpiece.  I also included a picture of the two parts sketched out (bottom and top).

 2.My wonderful husband cut out all the little pieces and then traced through to the other piece of cardboard ~ the other side of the box (we left the box intact).  He then cut out those pieces.  This gave us a front and a back to our tower.  
3. Now of course, I thought it would stand up, no problem.  My husband knew better and reinforced the structure with wood.  
4. We painted it black and then added lights for effect!  Voila ~ The Eiffel Tower!  Great as a prop for taking pictures!

Hope you enjoyed learning how I created our party decorations.  Comments are appreciated ~ would love to hear your "posh" thoughts. 

Happy decorating!
Leslie




Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Paris Party!

Hello and Bonjour.

 It has been too long since I last posted to the blog.  I have not had time with all this fabulous birthday party planning I have been doing to prepare for my daughter's 10th birthday.  That's right ~ double digits. I would love to share all the things I did to make it extra special. 

The decorated fireplace with a birthday sign created using the Cricut and paper rosettes using a technique that I will share in a near future post.  Feather boa and clear lights complete the look with pictures of the birthday girl, a pic of the Eiffel tower, a mini light up Eiffel Tower and a dress form!
 The cake and all the fun goodies to go with it.  Pictures of the Eiffel Tower were posted next to the cake.  I was fortunate to have a friend who recently visited Paris.  She shared her pics! 
 
More paper rosettes hanging in front of the window.

Lanterns purchased at www.birthdayexpress.com .

 The paper Eiffel Tower on the cake and my daughters dress form. 
She added the purple boa for a little extra flare.

A frame I found on clearance after Christmas that is surrounded by a chalk board, Pictures of my husband and I holding our precious little baby ~ 10 years ago!

Another amazing after Christmas find ~ Eiffel Tower ornament. 
Gave to the guests to take home!

A "shrine" of my daughter with more ornaments,
 paper shoes, and a 10 that was cut from the Cricut.

The Eiffel Tower my husband and I created out of cardboard boxes.  Was a huge
hit amongst the adults and a perfect picture opportunity for the small guests!

Happy 10th Birthday, Mademoiselle!

A la prochaine (until next time). Check back to see the details behind the goodies and the decorations!

Au revoir et 
faire la fête heureux!
(Goodbye and
Happy Partying)
Leslie
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