February 24, 2011
So congrats! A truly wonderful GSO.
Be sure to click on beckyroy's layout and leave her some gallery love. The image is linked, so one click'll do ya.
And keep posting those layouts. You never know who's will show up here next!
February 23, 2011
February 17, 2011
Shauna's lovely layout is linked, so be sure to click on it and leave her a little gallery love. After all, who doesn't like a little love. :) Shauna used Sugar Pie Scrap's kit entitled "My Love" for her loverly LO.
Keep scrappin' and keep posting. You never know who's LO will catch my eye next. It could be yours.
February 16, 2011
Contrast is something we have to be careful with...too much and our layouts can become overly busy or confusing to the eye...not enough and we are left boring and blah. Finding the happy medium takes practice. So to help you along your digi-scrapping journey I have included several examples of layouts (using SPS digi-kits;) that used contrast well and a description as to how contrast was used. Oh and don't forget to read a more in-dpeth discussion of contrast you can click on over to the Daily-Digi.
February 14, 2011
I'm going to share something very different with you today. It's not scrap related but it affects my ability to scrap, so it's important to me.
I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hyper-Mobility type. Now most of you have probably said "what the heck is that"? A few of you may have said "I actually know what that is". For the majority of you, I'm going to share. The easiest way to explain this is my tendons and ligaments act like taffy. Most everyone else's tendons and ligaments act like rubber bands. This means my joints are more likely to dislocate and be out of place. I am a chiropractor's nightmare. If you've ever heard the term "double jointed", it applies to me. People like me are the definition of double-jointed. I have a wider range of motion and the ability to twist my joints and limbs in ways that another person cannot. You know that scratch you can never reach on your back? I can.
I am a recently diagnosed ED patient. If it had not been for my daughter wanting to play basketball, we would have never known that not only did I have ED, but my daughter has it as well. It's good we're both diagnosed. Her early so she can prevent the damage that I've already done to my body. Me, because I now know why I've had certain health issues all my life and always had doctors looking at me like I'm a hypochondriac. I am an atypical patient, in that, I do not show symptoms very easily.
So, how does this affect my scrapping? My finger joints frequently pop out of place. It's pretty painful and frequent mouse usage does not help. My wrist and elbow joints don't usually dislocate but can become painful from overuse of a mouse and laptop. My neck is in a constant state of pain for various reasons. On a good day, I can scrap and be at the computer for most of the day. On a bad one, I'm lucky to be there for one hour.
There are many other “symptoms” I have that affect my daily life, but it would sound like a laundry list for whining if I listed them all here. Now that I’ve shared this with you, I’d like to also share some more information about the disease. There is also a “Spoon Theory” page, I’m going to share because it is very appropriate for someone like me. I hope I’ve been able to share something new with you and maybe helped you gain an understanding of why someone like me who is “always sick” is truly sick and not just “faking it”.
But You Don’t Look Sick, The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino
February 10, 2011
Now, I know... some might be inclined to complain. You've already seen this layout. But I can't help it if I'm not the only blog hostess who spotted this gem. ;) So you've already seen it, it's worth seeing again. LOL
That said, I'm happy to present you with this weeks GSO.
The image is linked, so be sure to click it and leave sidsymarie some love. After all, we all enjoy getting a little "gallery love" don't we?
Sidsymarie's LO "4 Months" was created using Sugar Pie Scraps' kit "My Sugar Pie", which was inspired by Crystals own little man. A perfect combination!
Well, that's it from me today. :)
Keep scrappin', and keep posting! You never know who's layout I'll snag next.
February 9, 2011
February 8, 2011
Howdy! This is Kerin here your blog hostess of the day!
I'd just like to quickly remind everyone of the awesome February Challenge!
Since it is February the month of Valentine's day and the air is filled with love, your challenge is to scrap about someone you love! If you'd like to use one of your Sugar Pie Scrap kits that would be great, but it isn't a requirement. You must scrap about a person and you must include a photo of the person. When Crystal first told you about the new February Challenge she reminded you about her awesome "My Love" kit, but don't forget she also has the super cute "My Sugar Pie" kit which would also be perfect for this challenge, but again it isn't a requirement. You can get them both over at Polka Dot Plum.
For inspiration, here are some layouts that the Sugar Pie Chefs have been busy working up over in the kitchen!
To enter, simply upload your entry to a gallery and post the link to it below in a comment. All entries must be received no later than 12:00am EST (midnight) on Monday, February 21st. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, the 22nd.
I personally cannot wait to see what everyone cooks up! I'll see you all next Tuesday take care.
February 7, 2011
The recipe I'm sharing is called Spicy Beans and Short Rib Stew. It's kind of a long name, but this is what it was called in the Good Housekeeping magazine it came from in the 1980s. Yes, it really is that old. My mom tore the recipe out of the magazine back then and it has been a family favorite ever since. One of these days I may even get a picture of the original recipe and scrap it as a keepsake.
Without further ado, here is the recipe, complete with my up-to-date changes.
Spicy Beans and Short Rib Stew
(from Good Housekeeping Magazine circa 1980)
1 pkg (16 oz) dry pink beans (I use 2 cans of pink beans)
3 tbsp oil
3 lbs beef chuck short ribs (I buy a roast and cut it into pieces)
2 tbsp chili powder
5 tsp sugar
4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 lb small white onion
1 cup tomato juice
1/4 cup cider vinegar
About 4 1/2 hours before serving: Rinse beans in running cold water and discard any stones or shriveled beans. In 8-quart Dutch oven or saucepot over high heat,heat beans and 8 cups water to boiling; cook three minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand one hour. Drain and rinse beans; set aside. In same pot over medium-high heat, in hot salad oil, cook beef short ribs, a few pieces at a time, until browned on all sides, remove short ribs to large bowl as they brown. Spoon off fat remaining in Dutch oven. Return beans and short ribs to Dutch oven; add remaining ingredients. Cook on high heat until done. Serve with rice and cornbread.
My variations: I cook this in a crockpot on low all day. I brown the meat and place it in the crockpot with all the other ingredients. I drain the canned beans, but it's probably not necessary. I adjust the amount of chili powder, my kids aren't too keen on spicy foods.
February 4, 2011
I don't know how many of you know this, but I have an adorable son named Landen. I have always called him Mommy's Sugar Pie...which is where I came up with my design name "Sugar Pie Scraps", because my Sugar Pie is my inspiration for scrapping. My Sugar Pie will be 2.5 on Valentine's Day and in honor of him I have created a fun, doodley, kid/boy friendly Valentine's kit. I am very proud of this kit because I actually made some of the doodles myself. I wanted it to be more boy oriented with no pink & purples...so I bring you "My Sugar Pie". You can get this kit at Polka Dot Plum & also at my brand new store opening today at Scrapable! The kit is 30% thru next Friday! Make sure you keep checking back at my Scrapable store. I will be adding more products throughout the week and they will all be 30% off!
February 3, 2011
For my first pick, I'm going in a different direction than I often do. I'm rarely a fan of the non-photo layout, but this particular LO is one that is so full of charm that it deserves our attention. Wonderful journaling, and a wonderful use of Crystal's Snow, Sledding, and Sweet's kit, earn this week's LO it's place on the GSO wall of fame.
Stop by http://www.polkadotplum.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=14270 to leave some gallery love for this wonderful layout.
See you all next Thursday with another great GSO. And keep posting. You never know where I'll find my next pick! It might just be yours.
Head Chef of the Sugar Pie Chefs, and proud Blog Hostess.
February 2, 2011
February 1, 2011
I am also very excited to be starting a daily blog post Monday-Friday. I have a new blog team that will be helping me out, Casey, Kerin, DJ & Jessica. I want to have topics that will be of interest to you the reader, so if you have any suggestions, don't hesitate to mention them to me.
The first Tuesday of every month we will have a challenge here on my blog. The last Tuesday in the month, the winner will be announced. The winner will be chosen at random & will receive a $5 coupon to my store!
Since this is the first challenge, I am keeping it simple. It's February which means Valentine's Day & Love. For this challenge I want you to scrap about someone you love. It has to be a person and there has to be a photo. I would love for you to use my products, but it is totally not a requirement. I do have a brand new kit that would be perfect for this challenge. It's called "My Love" and you can get it at PDP now & it will be available at Scrapable on Friday.
Please upload your layouts to a gallery and place a link to your layout in the comments section below. All entries must be received no later than midnight EST on Monday, February 21st. The winner will be announced on February 22nd.
I can't wait to see all of your beautiful layouts! And make sure to check back tomorrow for a sneak peak of Friday's new release.