Monday, June 29, 2009

Blueberry bran muffins

We tried these the other day and loved them. These have lots of fiber and use fruit instead of oil so it's a treat you can feel good about giving your children. (But, there is quite a bit of could try cutting the sugar in half but I haven't tried that yet.)

Low-Fat Blueberry Bran Muffins
1 1/2 cups wheat bran (I used a combination of wheat and oat bran)
1 cup nonfat milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (or you could use mashed banana)
1 egg
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup blueberries (I used frozen)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Grease muffin cups or use paper muffin liners.
Mix together wheat bran and milk, and let stand for 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, egg, brown sugar, and vanilla.

Beat in bran mixture.
Sift together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Stir into bran mixture until just blended.
Fold in blueberries.
Scoop into muffin cups.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly tapped.

Yum!! I hope you enjoy these!!!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sketchapalooza News!

We have some exciting news for our next Sketchapalooza class which starts July 13th! Our guest designer for the class is Tracy Kosofsky and she has agreed to make digital templates for each and everyone of our new sketches! Great news for digital scrappers and those that are just starting to dabble in digital!

Here is what you can expect during the Sketchapalooza Class:
  • A full FOUR WEEKS of class running from July 13th to August 10th
  • Detailed sketches made exclusively for you by our design team
  • A full 20 sketches (5 per week!)
  • New this class! Digital templates for each sketch
  • Challenges with prizes each week
  • Several double page spread sketches and more pictures per sketch
  • Plus tips and tid-bits to keep your creative juices flowing
  • Fabulous creative examples for each sketch by our talented design team
  • Paper and digital examples layouts for each sketch
  • A private class forum with lots of support and friendly conversation
  • Self paced class - do as much or as little as you would like
  • A PDF file including all the sketches from class for you to keep for future reference
  • Graduation crop with challenges, games and prizes
  • Plus a few surprises :)
The cost for this class month long class is only $25.00. You can sign up by going to the classes tab at the top, or on the main page in the column to the right. Hope to see you all there!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Sketch Fun

How about a very classic and clean page sketch? Great for a school photo or a photo that is perfect all on it's own.

My pages:

Hope you enjoyed this sketch and the examples! Can't wait to see your pages.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

We are gearing up for Sketchapalooza!!

The design team is working hard preparing sketches and samples for the upcoming Sketchapalooza. The class is July 13-August 10. You will be getting 20 *brand new* sketches along with samples during the class. It's a lot of fun and will help to motivate you to get those photos scrapped! (Oh yeah, and did I mention there are PRIZES??) Click on classes above or go here for more information and to sign up.

Here's a little sneak peek of one of my samples from a sketch I drew for you. I can't wait for the class to start!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Oven Baked Omelette

Today I am sharing a recipe that is just awesome if you are trying to watch your weight or just eating healthy. It taste great and you get a large portion! :)

Diet Oven-Baked Omelette

1 container of egg beaters
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup reduced fat cheese (any flavor)
3 cups of chopped veggies (your choice)
salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
2 TBS grated Parmesan cheese
Optional toppings: salsa, hot sauce or ketchup

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Saute veggies in non-stick cooking spray until soft and then add to a deep round casserole dish sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Add in egg beaters, milk, shredded cheese and seasonings. Mix well.

Place dish into oven and cook for 30 minutes. Carefully, pull out rack and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Continue cooking for an additional 20-25 minutes until the top has puffed and is firm to the touch. Allow to cool slightly before cutting then serve and top with optional toppings.

Makes 4 servings.
(1/4 of the dish is 140 calories, 3 g fat, 1 g fiber = 3 WW points)

So good! Enjoy :)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Something for everyone

Looking for some inspiration? Here a few fun sites to check out when you have a free moment. You just never know when you are going to stumble across the perfect prompt...

Stuck in a cooking rut? What about some yummy healthy recipes - I can't wait to try the crispy rice treats. Check it out:

What about a great quote to fire you up about your daily run?

Running Quotes

Need a how to crafty inspiration?:

How about inspiration for spreading kindness:

How about some inspiration to start writing - maybe to document you. Check out:

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Whatcha Readin?

Lazy summer days sipping some tea, reading a good book, in a hammock. Ahhh...sounds like a wonderful day.

What books are you reading? Or are you searching for some good books? Here are a few sources to get you started.

Good Reads - great reviews on books - see what your friends are reading. A great way to share just that - Good Reads!

Maybe your library doesn't have a lot of the books you like to read. Maybe you don't want to buy new books and maybe you have a lot of gently used books that you are willing to trade for new reads. How about trying one of these:

Paper Back Swap

Swap Tree

Friday, June 19, 2009

Multi photo pages

One of my favorite things to do when scrapbooking is to create pages with several photos. Sure, one large amazing photo is a lot of fun to create a page with, but realistically, most of my photos are not amazing and I tend to have a lot of them. So multi photo pages are my solution. Often, I will even print two or more pictures onto a single 4x6 sheet so I can incorporate more for less money and space. Here are some multi photo layouts created by the Feeling Scrappy Design Team:
Stacey Lokovic:

Jayne Jones:

Stacey Curry:

I hope these layouts inspire you to try using multiple photos in a page! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Welcome Tracy!

Tracy Kosofsky is starting her guest design team term here at Feeling Scrappy this month! You can read more about her here and see her awesome layouts on her blog Resistance is Futile.

Tracy is the most amazing digital designer I have seen! She will be designing for our up-coming Sketchapalooza class that starts on July 13th! Wait until you see her work!

Welcome to the team, Tracy!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Pink Lemonade Pie

YUM! This is my FAVORITE summer time treat.

You only need three ingredients:
1 graham cracker crust
1/2 gallon of vanilla ice cream (low fat works great)
1 can of frozen pink lemonade

Let your ice cream and pink lemonade sit of the counter to soften for maybe 5 - 10 minutes. Then add these two ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix until well blended. Now pour this mixture into the pie crust. (I will say this is a lot of filling - generally I leave out about 2 cups - and we eat it right away just as soft ice cream.) Replace the lid on the pie and place in the freezer for a few hours or until firm. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Changing the color of metal embellishments-part 2

Yesterday, I shared a technique to change the color of metal embellishments using Alcohol Ink. As promised, here is the card I made using the hearts I colored. I hope you will give this technique a try-it's easy and fun!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Changing the color of metal embellishments

This weekend, I have a fun tid bit for you to try using alcohol inks. Did you know that you can use alcohol ink to dye metal scrapbooking embellishments? I used little heart clips but try this with brads, eyelets or anything else you have that needs new life.

Alcohol ink
plastic baggie

Put the items into a platic baggie, add a few drops of ink and mix it around (squish the bag between your fingers).

Once covered, pull them out to dry (I used tweezers.)

**Tomorrow I will share a card I made using this technique...I hope you'll come back and check it out!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Three Photo Sketch

How about another sketch? Just in time for some weekend scrapping! If you use this sketch, please share your page with us by linking in the comments section. :)

Jayne's layout:

Stacey Curry's layout:
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Altered Formica Chip

Here is a super quick and super fun project that you can complete in about 15 minutes.
Formica Chip
Patterned Paper or Card Stock
Scissors or Sandpaper
Embellishments of your choice

My formica sample is 3 x 5

Cut a piece of paper just a hair bigger the the sample

Apply a lot of adhesive to your formica sample

Now distress your edges - this will make the paper "fit" exactly on the sample

Now you have a blank canvas for playing. Add what ever kind of embellishments you would like.

Here is my finished door hanger for my studio.

These make great little gifts for friends and families - or how about a teacher? Hope you enjoyed!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Bloody Mary Crock Pot Chicken

This is a super easy and heathy (yet yummy!) recipe. I hope you'll give it a try. Despite how it sounds, it's really not very "tomato-y" tasting. Even my kids like this.

Chicken breasts (up to four)
1 can cream of something soup (I usually use cream of celery or mushroom)
1 cup V-8 juice (I just use a whole can of V8)
3 cloves garlic-minced
dash celery seeds
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 dashes Tabasco
Diced celery (I have added carrots as well)
**Adjust the seasonings to your personal preference.

Combine ingredients in crockpot. Add chicken and cook on low all day. Serve over rice.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Shimmer, Sparkle & Shine Class

Our scrap tables look like Tinker Bell just flew over sprinkling sparkly dust along the way. The design team has been busy creating a few new class for you. "Shimmer, Sparkle & Shine" starts tomorrow so you are just in time to join us!

Bring on the bling! During this 10-day class we will be exploring all kinds of ways to add a little shimmer and shine to your pages! You will learn to add just the right amount of sparkle to infuse your layouts with fun! Are you ready to get sprinkled with fairy dust?

Here is what you can expect during this Class:
  • 10 full days of class running from June 8th until June 16th
  • Detailed step by step instructions of each technique with photos
  • Over 15 lessons
  • This a brand NEW class!
  • Tips and tid-bits to keep your creative juices flowing
  • Fabulous creative examples for techniques by our talented design team
  • A private class forum with lots of support and friendly conversation
  • Self paced class - do as much or as little as you would like
  • Plus a few surprises :)
You can sign up for class in the right sidebar of the blog or by clicking the classes tab at the top. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Time for a Picnic!

Photo from Google Images

The signs are all there - weather getting hot, kids finishing up school, pool opening and the ice cream man driving down through the neighborhood - summer is here. I know it isn't "officially" here but believe me it is here! :) One of our favorite things to do in the summer is to pack up a picnic and eat outside. So today I thought I would share a few picnic sites - filled with fun recipes and activities.

Picnic Recipes and Games

The Picnic Site

Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 5, 2009


One thing we look forward to when the weather starts to warm is WATER! The kids love to play and cool off in the water - in whatever form - sprinklers, slip n slide, pools, lakes, ponds, steams, rivers, OK you get the picture. We love water. Here are some fun pages of our loved ones enjoying the water.

Stacey C's layout

Stacey L's layout

Jayne's layout

I hope you and your loved ones get some fun water time in this summer! Don't forget to take lots of photos so you too can make some fun water pages!