Wednesday, May 31, 2006

End of May means....

ROUNDUP TIME!

Mechanical Bull

Can you believe it is here already? Now before you go rushing off into June, take a few minutes and do a roundup of May. You can make it short and sweet - or go full out on details. If you have a blog and want to share your roundup with family, friends, or the whole world - go ahead!

I would really appreciate it if you linked to my blog and let others know where you got the idea.


And, I've been waiting all month to unveil the new "me" - a Katie the Scrapbook Lady Roundup Chick! I think I look good in boots, what do y'all think?



Just like my other little chickies, I ordered this one from Bless this Chick.
Ok, here's the deal. I created this roundup feature to keep myself in line and a little more organized. This way I don't wait forever to upload pictures, print out layouts and focus on keeping things in order. It is also a great way for me to get some important details down on paper (or blog) to use for future layouts.

These are the questions and tasks I try and complete each month:


What books and/or magazines did I read this month?

What movies and/or tv shows did I watch this month?

What special days did I celebrate and how?

What illnesses or health concerns did I have in May?

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?

What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try in May?

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

What were this month’s disappointments?

What were my accomplishments this month?

Any thing else noteworthy to record about May?

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Then I am going to be sure that at the end of each month I have done the following tasks:

Pictures & layouts:

Backed up all digital pictures to a cd

Back up all digital layouts to a cd

Print out any digital layouts created during the month and put them in albums.
Uploaded all digital pictures to 2 different sites. ( I use Sony Image Station & Costco photo center)

Send email links to online photo albums to your family or friends who might enjoy them or send a picture cd, or picture attachments. Share your memories!

Get your pictures printed out and put into simple photo sleeve albums.

If you use film, be sure you get all your pictures developed and file your negatives in a safe place. If possible, I would suggest you get a picture cd along with your developing.

Put finished paper scrapbook layouts in sheet protectors and albums to enjoy.

For bloggers - print out my blog entries to keep in a binder. My blog(s) really are like a journal and I was thinking that it would be nice to have hard copy to keep. I know some people back up their blog files which is probably a good idea.

Scrapbooking Supplies:


For digital scrappers:
download, unzip, and file all kits & fonts purchased. Save a preview image of each kit and keep it in a separate file for easy browsing. Back up all new purchases to cd or dvd in case of computer crash or to maximize your hard drive space.

For paper scrappers:

put away any new purchases. Do you still have stuff in sacks sitting around? I know some of you do! Put it away in an organized system.

For all scrappers:

Look through what you have purchased recently and decide what you want to use. At the first of the month set some goals for scrapping (hint – use this same list of ideas as a goal sheet for April)

Sort through old supplies that no longer appeal to you. Donate them to a friend who can use them or a charity. My older supplies go to my daughter who happily uses them to create many fun projects. I have also donated some to charity.

Look through what supplies you did use during the month and think about what it is about them that appealed to you. This will help you make smarter purchases in the future.

Clean up your area! Whether that is getting your computer in tip top shape, or clearing off the piles on a table where you can sit and work.

So consider this a little nudge with the old spurs from Katie the Scrapbook Lady. Don’t let this sit unfinished for too long, take a few minutes and write out your answers while the month is still fresh in your mind. You will be so glad that you did!

If you want to get really ambitious, have other family members fill this out (or help them with it) for an even richer memory resource.


Remember that I will post my own personal roundup notes here on my blog tomorrow.



Now Giddy Up and Happy Scrapping!

Mechanical Bull

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

June issue and quotes are done!



2 day sale of 50% off the ridiculously low price of $5.00
ONLY $2.50 through June 1st!!!






2 day sale of 50% the everyday (and incredibly low) price of $3.50
ONLY $1.75 through June 1st!!!



You can buy both of these in my web shop


OR

for all of those who have been asking if I could take credit cards and not just pay pal - I have some big news coming! I'm in the process of setting up a new shop with a wonderful digital scrapbooking website that will offer you more purchasing options. It could still take a few days to get everything set up there so rest assured that I will also hold the same usual 2 day sale there.

I will send out my newsletter when all systems are a "GO" at the new location so be sure you are signed up to receive messages from me at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/katiescrapbooklady/


AND...I'm offering a special challenge for this month only! You will have to read the first page of the June issue to find out more - but I will give you a hint: there is an easy way to earn a free issue!

I will be featuring a lot of fun pages here in the next week that show you how other scrapbookers have used the ideas in past issues.


Happy Shopping!

Sales Rack

Katie the Scrapbook Lady
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Monday, May 29, 2006

Happy Memorial Day!

This will be a short post today. I just wanted to be sure that you saw the added links to Saturday's entry - there are lots of amazing freebies and sales out there today!

But save a few dollars for tomorrow... the June issue of An Amazing Month of Memories is coming and I will have some surprises for you!


Have a wonderful day!

Memorial Day Salute

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Weekend Wamblings - edited to add (ETA) another freebie

Gina Miller has a great Memorial Day freebie on her blog - perfect for military pictures! Thanks Gina!


Found another awesome freebie that I thought you would all want to know about. It's on Meredith Fenwick's blog and it is gorgeous. She also has a sale going on this weekend at SBB.



I originally titled this post "Weekend Ramblings" but then I thought of Elmer Fudd for some reason so I thought it should be "Wamblings" instead. Too silly!

Just some odds and ends today.

Thanks for all the nice comments yesterday on Alex's favorite layout. I read all of them out loud to him and he felt pretty special so thank you if you left a post on this blog or on one of the gallery websites.

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A reader asked for advice on the best way to tie ribbon. This is actually something I am not very good at - I have never been able to tie pretty bows! Because this is a weakness of mine, I actually bookmarked a page on Martha Stewart's site with advice on this very subject. Go to Martha's website to see what the expert has to say.


Michelle Coleman is giving away "Good Karma" on her blog.


Lucky Bug Scrapbooking has a new look. Check out the state by state listing of stores!


Jen Caputo (one of my creative team members) has been sharing some awesome sketches on her blog (free download) - love this one!


There are some good sales this weekend on digi stuff so if you need a little enabling here are some links:

Ali Folendore's mini kits on sale for $1

Kristin Cronin-Barrow's designs at The Digi Chick are 30% off. I really love her new Petal Pack!

Andrea Burns at The Digi Chick is having a 40% off sale.


Holly McCaig has a coupon on her blog for 15% off.


And it's been awhile since I've done some of these...


You Belong in 1974

If you scored...

1950 - 1959: You're fun loving, romantic, and more than a little innocent. See you at the drive in!

1960 - 1969: You are a free spirit with a huge heart. Love, peace, and happiness rule - oh, and drugs too.

1970 - 1979: Bold and brash, you take life by the horns. Whether you're partying or protesting, you give it your all!

1980 - 1989: Wild, over the top, and just a little bit cheesy. You're colorful at night - and successful during the day.

1990 - 1999: With you anything goes! You're grunge one day, ghetto fabulous the next. It's all good!




You Are a Smiley Face Cookie

You're happy go lucky. So happy, in fact, it's a little past the point of normal sanity.
You usually make those around you smile ... when you're not creeping them out!


You Are Cream Pie

You're the perfect combo of simplicity and divinity
Those who like you life for understated pleasures




Ok, I think I have got all the important stuff covered now!


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I'll be back on Monday - taking tomorrow off.

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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Friday, May 26, 2006

Alex's favorite layout

The new theme on Photo Friday this week is "Home" which is just perfect for the pictures I have been wanting to scrap lately. I am having fun documenting my children's rooms through photos and I know these are memories they will cherish.

Been working on my son's room this week because I have had maps on the mind. I love his room because it is like a living scrapbook. Full of memorabilia and collections.

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Today we had a lot of fun taking inventory in my son's room! Check it out:



Posted at 2Peas and Scrapbook Bytes

Not sure if I should be publicly admitting the amount of OCD that is prevalent in our house! LOL! My son's large collections represent years of obsessions, gifts, and mostly rewards for all the point systems that have motivated him throughout the years. He loves all of this stuff and he and I had SOOOO much fun counting all of these things this morning. He is ready to do the rest of the house now! LOL!

Font is shorthand.

Thanks for looking - Alex is so excited about this layout because he helped me a lot with it. If you get a minute to leave a comment about it I know he would think that was really neat!

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Hope you all have a happy weekend!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Links & recipes!

Snappy

Want to see some really amazing photography? I just love photos of children anyway and this site has some really beautiful portraits! Check it out at http://www.ann-mariehensley.com/


Another one of my blog buddies has a great freebie up to share. This one is from Maggie and the colors are some of my favorites. Thanks Maggie!

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I had some requests for my recipe for chicken burritos so I thought I would share it here. It is not really a recipe as much as an ingredient list, but that is often how I cook. I have some VERY picky children so I need to make food that everyone can customize to their own liking. My daughter is a vegetarian. She's only 9, but she made the decision years ago because of her love for animals. I can't convince her to change and I respect her choice. However, she really is more of a "selectetarian" as we call her because she doesn't like much!

My son has textural issues (usually a part of autism) and won't eat anything creamy or mixed together. He is a lot easier to cook for than my daughter is though which I never thought would be the case. He doesn't eat a wide variety of food and he can't stand mexican food, casseroles, or other "suspicious" foods LOL! He LOVES pasta and could eat it at every meal. He never has sauce, just butter and parmesan cheese. Every time! He also is crazy about steak, bacon, and sausage so you can imagine how that goes over with the Veggie Chick! Could they be more different? Thankfully, he loves fruit and a lot of veggies so that helps.

Most nights I try to find a happy medium, but sometimes we have a meal that I know one of them will hate and they have to have something else like leftovers. Some people have the rule that you eat what is put in front of you or else, but I really can't see that working around here. My son would probably actually throw up if I forced him to drink milk and it would scar him (and us) for life! How do I know? We had an occupational therapist who made us push the point enough that I can vouch for it. It is important to try and get kids with textural issues to get past them so they can have a well-balanced life, but there comes a point where you also have to live in peace and some battles are not worth fighting every day for years on end.
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Bet you didn't know you would get all of this by asking me to share a recipe? I guess I'm a little chatty today or something.

So here's the rundown on the Chicken Burritos:

Diced or shredded cooked chicken breast. If I feel ambitious I grill it, or even slow cook it and shred it just before serving. Yesterday I decided to take the easy route and I used Louis Rich grilled chicken strips. They are good, but kind of expensive unless you buy a big pack at Costco (which I do.)

Flour tortillas

shredded cheese (we like cheddar and/or Monterey Jack)

Diced tomatoes

shredded lettuce

Fresh Pico de Gallo (I love this stuff! and I always buy a container of it in the produce section)

Rosarita Vegetarian Refried Beans

S& W San Antonio Style beans (yummy)

Guacomole

Sour Cream

Spanish Rice (I usually just use the Lipton instant packets)

Salsa

Everyone can lay out their own tortilla and fill with the meat, cheese, rice & beans of their choice. Then the plate goes in the microwave for about 90 seconds till it is all heated and bubbly. They get to add the other ingredients and roll into burritos. This is always a filling meal and there is very little cooking involved so it is nice on a hot day.

My favorite way to serve these burritos is to use pork instead. This is what I do for company (or I'll offer both options) and I served this to my in-laws on our vacation last week.

Put boneless country style pork spareribs in the crockpot in the morning with about 1 cup of water. Cook all day on low heat. Drain off excess liquid and shred pork using 2 forks just before serving. I don't use any spices but I'm sure you could jazz it up a bit if you wanted. This always gets rave reviews and the pork is so tender this way!

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So there you have it...one of the famous "build your own dinners" that we live off of. I will try to share more on the blog so you can hopefully get some recipe ideas. I know my worst task of the day is deciding what to have for dinner so maybe it will help inspire me if I share some details with all of you.

What's on tonight's menu? I have been in the mood for barbequed hamburgers ever since I wrote about BBQ month in the May issue of An Amazing Month of Memories. We love them with Famous Dave's BBQ sauce (yum!) and I bought a bag of the kids favorite potato chips (Lay's Dill Pickle- uugh!) and some corn on the cob also.

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Speaking of the month of memories.... June's issue will be ready on Tuesday the 30th. I usually try and have it published on the 25th which is today, but I fell behind this month because of my vacation and I thought it might be nice to get Memorial Day weekend out of the way first.

I'm sure you know by now that you want to be here the day it is published!

Good stuff in June's issue - I'm having a ton of fun putting it together!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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