Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Sneak Peek #5

October Sneak Peek #5: My Mind's Eye Jubilee Wild Berry
Today's layout comes from MME designer, Laurel Seabrook and the MME blog.
(Great bright colors to balance out our fallish-colored October Flavors of the Month Kit!)

Don't miss the full reveal of all of the October Kits tonight - and be sure to watch the blog and your inboxes for details about our 10th Anniversary Party!

Monday, September 29, 2014

October Sneak Peek #4

October Sneak Peek #4: Fancy Pants Designs True Friend
Today's layout by Fancy Pants Social Media Team Designer, Melanie Blackburn and featured on the Fancy Pants blog. (The die-cut embellishments that coordinate with this line are super cute - and you'll be receiving them in your October kits!)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

October Sneak Peek #3

October Sneak Peek #3: My Mind's Eye Jubilee Tangerine (DOUBLESHOT KIT)
Today's sneak peek shows off the first line in our October Doubleshot Kit and comes to you from MME designer, Missy Whidden and was first featured on the MME blog.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

October Sneak Peek #2

October Sneak Peek #2: Frankie & Friends from Simple Stories
Today's layout by Simple Stories designer, Allison from the Simple Stories Blog.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekend Inspiration: Scraplifting made easy!

It's Friday, and we're only hours away from a long-awaited weekend! We're interrupting our October Sneak Peek Week to bring you a little 2-page inspiration to carry you into the weekend! Hopefully you've had a productive week and are ready for some relaxation and play - and I hope you've carved out a little time to create a layout or two this weekend. We've made it easy to get quick-and-easy layouts done with our Flavors of the Month Kit and our Recipe Cards. It's like a "class-in-a-box" every time you get your monthly kits from The ScrapRoom. So, check out this month's Recipe Cards, print out the accompanying full-color and fully-formatted Recipe Card, and "get more pages done" this weekend!

Pebbles Jen Hadfield Homemade Recipe Card by Brenda Carpenter

American Crafts Shimelle Recipe Card by Rochelle Spears

Crate Paper Notes & Things Recipe Card by Brenda Ragsdale

WRMK Indian Summer Recipe Card by Tammy Harp

Thursday, September 25, 2014

October Sneak Peek Week Begins!

October Sneak Peek #1: Layout by Kelly Purkey for BasicGrey using her Second City collection. 
You're going to love this line; it's fresh and fun!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sketch-Inspired Weekend Inspiration

I'm hoping that you will be able to carve out some time this weekend to do a little scrapbooking. Even with only 30 minutes of time, you can create a quick page using this month's Sketch from www.pagemaps.com and one of your ScrapRoom layout kits. Our designers have given you a few ideas to get you started, so grab (1-3) photos and a layout kit and "get a page done!"

The ScrapRoom's September Sketch from Becky Fleck at www.pagemaps.com

layout by Brenda Carpenter: WRMK Indian Summer layout kit

layout by Brenda Ragsdale:  Pebbles Jen Hadfield Homemade layout kit

layout by Rochelle Spears: WRMK Indian Summer layout kit

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Off Topic with Tammy: Urban Camping

Today, I am working from the parking lot of a Chick-fil-A in Wisconsin. My mom, my son, some of his friends, and I are part of the "First 100" for this store's Grand Opening. We left the house at 4:00 am, hoping to be among the first 100, who are invited to camp in the parking lot for 24 hours. In return for arriving 24 hours early to be among their first customers, Chick-fil-A gives each of us a card, loaded with 52 chicken sandwich meals. Yea! 

Today is a beautiful day for "Urban Camping," as my husband likes to call it. We are enjoying the sunshine and cool breezes, and I'm loving the fact that Chick-fil-A is feeding us while we're here and then feeding my family 52 chicken sandwich meals over the course of the next year! Thank you, Chick-fil-A!

This whole "CFA Opening thing" is something that my son and I started doing together early this year as a fun way to connect and make a few special memories. This is our third opening and probably our last, as he is heading off to college in Missouri in January. I know it's strange, but I've loved sharing this strange activity with him. We call it "our thing." Having my mom join us this time around makes it extra-special - 3 generations to share this "Urban Camping" experience. It'll be something for the scrapbooks!

Daily Inspiration: Layout of the Day!

Layout of the Day by Rochelle Spears
Pebbles Jen Hadfield Homemade Layout Kit from the September Flavors of the Month Kit

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Project Life: Two Pics and a Sketch

As I was working on my September layouts, I realized that I had a strange mix of photos. For a couple of events, I had large quantities of pictures. However, there were some really random photos that I didn't want to leave out, but I didn't have enough random pictures to make a monthly spread. That is how I ended up with a page that only contains two pictures. Surprisingly, though, I like it. So, today I thought I'd share how I was able to stretch two small 3" by 4" pictures into a whole pocket page spread.

Lost Tooth

The first thing that made me want to create a whole page out of two pictures was the Simple Stories Boy Cards that came in the Project Life kit. The "Hot Stuff" one with the glasses is perfect for the picture of my little fella wearing his brother's glasses. And the "Hang Loose" card reminds me of the loose tooth that my son finally pulled. 

To complete the page, I grabbed a journaling card and an extra card for the sticker that was on my son's shirt when he got home from school the day he pulled his tooth. After those four cards were in the 3x4 inch slots, I knew I'd have to put the pictures in the larger slots. One of them fit perfectly over the journaling lines on the "What Ever" once I cropped it. I put the other one on a filler card.

For my title card, I cut out a large tooth and simple title on my Silhouette Cameo. The date was added with stickers from the kit. I used two washi tape stickers on the top and bottom of the green paper to add a bit more pattern. All those extra details helped the page feel full even though it only has two small pictures.

As a bonus, I created a sketch out of today's title card. I hope you like it and can use it. And I hope you won't let a limited number of pictures keep you from documenting your memories and getting more pages done!  See you soon.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Off-Topic with Tammy: Pinterest Inspiration: Olive Cheesy Bread

My husband and I have led a small group at our church for years and years. We love the opportunity to spend intentional time getting to know lots of different people with lots of different stories and ideas. Life Group is meant to give us an opportunity to encourage one another as we all attempt to grow in our relationships with Jesus. The large group setting of a traditional church worship service is great, but I have found that it's easy to come and go without making any significant connection. For me, this has meant that church can feel like a particularly lonely place. Being involved in a Life Group makes connections possible, and it is with this small group of people that I can truly be myself, faults and all. It can take a bit of time for people to gel and learn to trust and accept one another, and certainly some groups are easier than others, but the friendships are always worth the effort and the risks. It is these people who walk through the tough stuff alongside me.

We have been with our current Life Group for several years now. While we're always inviting new people to join us, we've had the same core for awhile. We take a break in the summer, and we pick it back up in the fall. This Sunday is our first meeting. As my boys like to say, "We're getting the band back together." For our kick-off, we're having an "Appetizer Potluck." Doesn't that sound delicious!!! This upcoming event found me turning to Pinterest to find something fabulous to make for my peeps, and Pinterest did not let me down. I found this recipe for Olive Cheesy Bread, and I will be making this on Sunday (and maybe Saturday night as well - because, you know, I have to make sure it is good before I serve it to the gang).

So, I'm sharing my Pinterest find with you all, and in this context, I'm also taking a minute to encourage you to join a Life Group (sometimes called Small Group) at your church this fall, especially if you're feeling a little disconnected from church and wondering how to get back into it. Commit to a group and be open to knowing a few people who you might not naturally choose to hang out with otherwise. You might be surprised at how much you'll learn about yourself, about other people and about Jesus through these new relationships. It will be worth the effort! (Oh, and the snacks served at Life Group are generally "the bomb"!)
Olive Cheesy BreadYield: Serves 10
  • 1 French bread baguette (or loaf of French bread)
  • 2 stalks green onions (about 1/2 cup), sliced into thin pieces
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/3 cups green olives, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups black olives, roughly chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups Monterey jack cheese, grated
Tip: If olives are too salty, soak them in the cold water for 15-20 minutes and then drain.
Place butter into a mixing bowl. Add mayonnaise and mix well. Add cheese, olives and green onions. Stir together until thoroughly combined.
lice the bread in half lengthwise (you can then cut each piece in half crosswise, they fit on a baking sheet that way).
Preheat oven to 325°F. Spread each piece of bread generously with the olive mixture (spread it all the way to the edges too).
Note: bread can be refrigerated or frozen at this point until you’re ready to serve it.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and browning. Cut into slices and serve.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Daily Inspiration: Layout of the Day!

Layout by TSR Designer, Rochelle Spears, using the Crate Paper Notes & Things Layout Kit from our September Flavors of the Month Kit

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September Kits are on their way!

It was a happy Monday here at TSR headquarters this week, as our September kits started on their journey to you. Boxes filled with brand new scrappin' goodies, perfectly coordinated to give you a "taste" of all sorts of different paper lines and fun embellishments should be arriving on your doorsteps within a couple of days, so if you live in the US, plan for some creative scrappin' time this weekend!

If you haven't seen our September Kits yet, take a peek here and be sure to visit our website to view the full list of kit contents... (Comment below to tell me what is your favorite featured layout kit this month!)
Crate Paper Notes & Things, American Crafts Shimelle, Pebbles Jen Hadfield Homemade, and WRMK Indian Summer

Project Life Dazzle, American Crafts Shimelle, WRMK Indian Summer & Simple Stories HIM Sn@p

SEPTEMBER EMBELLISHMENT KIT (coordinates with our September FOTM & Project Life Kits)

SEPTEMBER PATTERNED PAPER KIT (2 additional sheets of patterned paper to coordinate with each of the four paper lines in our Flavors of the Month Kit)

SEPTEMBER CARDSTOCK KIT (3 additional sheets of cardstock to coordinate with each of the four paper lines in our Flavors of the Month Kit)


SEPTEMBER STAMP SET: Weekly Review Stamp Set by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Get FREE Photos at Shutterfly TODAY Only!

Hey All! I got an e-mail from Shutterfly announcing an amazing deal on 4x6 prints - FREE! Get 101 FREE 4x6 prints at www.shutterfly.com using the coupon code LABORDAY101. I'm working on putting together an order of 2014 prints, and I'm so excited that they're going to be FREE! This it totally worth putting the laundry on hold for a few hours to get some fresh prints to scrap this month!