Monday, June 29, 2009

Mini Sweets and Pink Ninjas

I had so much fun making these two projects. Probably because they're both for me. So I think maybe I gave myself more permission, if you know what I mean.


I mentioned earlier in the week that I'd started going through some of my Grandparents' pictures. I intend to get the pics all scanned and then scrapped properly. But, in the meantime, I think a tribute befitting of my Grandma would be a book of her beloved dessert recipes. Now, mind you, I was raised by my grandparents so I am all-too-familiar with dear ol' Grandma's cooking. Let me tell you, it wasn't that good. The woman could not shake two spice jars together to save her life. Blaaaaaaaaand. They were, afterall, from New England circa the Great Depression era. Enough said.

But, that being said, the woman could wield a mean pie pan (or muffin tin, or cookie sheet, get the picture). She made THE BEST chocolate chip cookies, a dreamy lemon meringue pie, and some of the most scrumptious quick breads you've ever wrapped your lips around.

So, here's the beginning of my Grandma's desserts cookbook. I say beginning because I only have in my possession 3 of the recipes I want to get in there. The rest are tucked away in Grandma's well-worn, overstuffed, goldenrod leather cookbook which is in my mother's possession so I have to make the trek over to wrest those away from her.

So far, all the papers are from the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird line. so befitting of a retro cookbook. I'm sure the majority of the rest of the pages will also be from this line, with a bit of other Cosmo Cricket papers sprinkled in as necessary. The chipboard button and tag on the first recipe page are also CC, from my aforementioned QVC kit.

The "wax seal" on the cover is actually about 8 or 9 layers of red embossing powder with a Crafty Secrets stamp imprinted in it. I've done this technique before, but there is currently a good instructional video for it by Jennifer McGuire over on the 2Peas forum.

I was inspired to make this minibook also by a mini made by Beth Perry over on Dirty Laundry HERE. Which, incidentally, is the June "jack" on Scrapjack!! I love Beth's work so it made it just that much more fun to jack this design.

As I add more pages to the book, I'll be sure to post them.


Another super fun online friend, Euphoria, recently turned me on to The Pink Ninjas site. So much fun and it's intended to be FOR YOU. Not for layouts of the kids, or the holidays, or whatever. It's to have fun with the paper crafts that you love making something JUST FOR YOU. Which, incidentally, has inspired me to make a scrapbook for kids allowed.

The Pink Ninjas posts prompts every Wednesday. Now, I know I'm a bit late on this one but it was so much fun that I couldn't pass it up. This one is from the 6/17 prompt HERE which asked, "What kind of Ninja are you?"

I think most people (fellow mommies, hubby's work friends, acquaintances, etc) think I'm a sweet, quiet, polite person. And, yes, I am. For them. But don't we all lead double lives? Well, most of us? I think some people might be shocked at some of the music I love (it's runs the gamut), or that I can channel my inner sailor like nobody's business, or how I've looked at times in the past. Which brings me to the lovely pic in this layout...

Now that I look at it in black and white and compare it to what some teens look like nowadays, it looks rather tame. But I assure you when this pic was taken (a drinking age ago!!) it was quite shocking. I mean, we all have skeletons in our past, right? I just happen to be wearing mine on my ear (can you SEE that?!) LOL! Quite a Flock of Seagulls look I've got going there, eh? (I am REALLY dating myself.) I actually took a pic of my yearbook picture - I like the way it came out all pixelated when I blew it up to 4x6. (Which reminds me, do you remember a lot of your high school years? I apparently don't. And, despite what I look like, I never did drugs so that can't be the reason and I was a really good student so it's not like I walked through the years in a stupor...when looking for this pic there were 2 page numbers listed for me in the yearbook: my mugshot and a group pic of the History Club. I have ABSOLUTELY no recollection of being in the freakin' History Club! Maybe I just dropped in for the pictures...)

So, I've titled my layout "Secret Double Agent Ninja". I love the juxtaposition of images and colors which are meant to symbolize the two sides to my personality. Sweet but edgy. Pink but black. You get the picture.

Don't you just L-O-V-E the barbed wire and chained-link fence diecuts? They're Silhouette diecuts. So intricately detailed. Those along with the butterfly are all cut out of gunmetal gray metallic paper. So pretty. And the pink paper behind my pic and on the skull & crossbones is more of that faux handmade paper I made using the SCS technique HERE.

My 5-y-o son just saw the layout and ask who was in the picture. I told him it was me a long time ago, when I was about 16 or 17. He asked how old I was now and he thought for a bit and said laughingly, "Wow, that really IS a LONG time ago." Gee. Thanks. Kids say the darnedest things, eh?

I had a really great time making this layout, though. It's probably the only one I've ever made of ME that I actually like. Probably because it doesn't really seem like me. Oh, well.

Details (recipe book): Paper - Cosmo Cricket, The Paper Company; Ink - VersaMark, Colorbox; Diecuts - Cricut, Silhouette; brads - Creative Imaginations, Stampin' Up!; 7Gypsies board book; Michaels ribbon; Joanns lace; Heart & Home Collectibles vintage buttons; Crafty Secrets stamp; Stampendous embossing powder; Dymo tape; SU! punches; SU! clip; American Crafts felt flower; Cosmo Cricket chipboard; Zig Millenium pen; unknown - twine, apple cookie cutter, green velvet ribbon.

Details (secret ninja): Paper - American Crafts, Best Occassions metallic, The Paper Company; Diecuts - Cricut, Silhouette; Making Memories paint; Diamond Glaze; Zig Millenium pen; unknown rub ons.

Thanks for stopping by today! I had fun sharing with you.



ally serrato said...

heidi ~ i looooooove your ninja layout ~ you secret ninja you!!! you know that i love the colors ~ theyre my all time fav!! and i love the zebra print!!! can i share it on the blog?? pleeeeease :-D
{xoxo} pink ninja ally

FibreJunky said...

Gotta love the 80s hair. If you're ever willing to share your grandmother's lemon meringue pie recipe, I'd love to give it a whirl. It looks like that album is going to be fabulous.

Diana Fisher said...

This is so great! I've seen Euphoria mention Pink Ninjas and never made my way over there. NOW I have to. Any site that inspires you to make these pages HAS to be great!

PS: LOVE the hair!!

Sweet Escape said...

OMG!!! Seriously your layout freaking rocks!!! I'm so happy that you played along with us!! It makes my day!! So excited..thanks girly!!

Gloria said...

Heidi...great ninja layout...You look so pretty in that picture I love it...thanks for playing along with us..Ninjas Rock

Euphoria said...

LOL!! Heidi, this rocks!! LOVE the desserts mini and your retro 80s ninja LO ROCKS!!!! You are too cute!

PS- thanks for the blog award, that was super sweet!!

Beth Perry said...

hahaha I lOVE that hair!! lol And you KNOW I love that recipe mini! THat wax stamp thingy is wicked cool!! :P

Emily said...

This is fabulous!! Thanks so much for playing with us!!

Ninja Em

laury55 said...

great all the decorations

BloomingPink said...

What an adorable mini book. It's going to be an awesome heirloom.

And I love the fab hairdo! We all need a step back in time - I remember the waitress at Shoney's where I grew up...her hair was literally 2 feet high! (she used hair pieces). She was notorious for that "do" and kept it until she retired.

~kelly marie~ said...

Very cool faux handpaper paper! I love it!

Thank you so much for (pre)-playing along with Everything but the Kitchen Sink! :)