Sunday, February 28, 2010

Olympic Inspiration

If your family is anything like mine you have spent every evening for the last two weeks in front of the television watching the 2010 Winter Olympics. I am in awe of every single one of these athletes. Their time and dedication to be one of the best in the world in their sport is beyond my comprehension. (Although, I definitely dedicate a lot of time to my scrapping hobby as well.)

Today, before plopping down to watch the closing ceremonies, pay tribute to these great athletes by going out and creating your own Olympic Game! Do you have snow on the ground? Challenge the family to see who can sled down a hill the farthest, or throw a snowball the farthest. No snow? How about heading to the local ice or roller skating rink and practicing your figure skating, speed skating or hockey moves (or if you are like me just attempt to stand in the skates!) Do you have your own rollerblades? Get them out and skate around the neighborhood. You get the idea. Use the Olympics and its wonderful athletes to inspire you to get out and do something as a family!

Remember to take photos and share them on our Facebook page!

Please post a comment here and share what you plan to do!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Looking for WARMTH!

I don't know about you, but I've been cold for far too long and I'm tired of winter. Though in my part of the world we haven't had much snow, it's been drab and I'm ready for summer! So, for a bright spot in your day, here are some summer layouts from last year to warm you - and if you're in the Southern Hemisphere, perhaps inspire you:

I had to add four layouts so all of my kids are represented :)

And, a bonus: after all, what colour can warm you more than a dose of YELLOW:

This last layout is based on a sketch from Sketchapalooza 5 held last fall right here at Feeling Scrappy. Have you signed up for Sketchapallooza 6? If not, what're you waiting for? Click here and join me, Becky and Jayne in all the fun! Don't miss out, sign up today! The course starts May 3rd and runs for four weeks - mark us in your plans for spring :)

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Back to Basics

The world of scrapbooking is filled with so many wonderful products. Products that fit every style imaginable but if you had to cut it down to the basics what would you choose? Today, I want to share my top five "basic" products. I reach for these product over and over again and they never fail me :)

1.) My Creative Memories tape runner. I have tried every adhesive under the sun and I always come back to this trust little blue darling. I find it to be the smoothest, strongest and easiest to use.
2.) We Are Memory Keepers page protectors. I changed over to these about 2 years ago and I have never looked back. Sturdy and strong, these protectors come in a variety of sizes and shapes and allow me freedom when I scrapbook which I love!

3.) American Crafts slick writer pens. In black thank you very much. I have a gazillion (literally) different colors and brands of pens but these are the ones I reach for most often.

4.) Bazzill cardstock. Love the colors. Love the texture. Love the weight. Love the line.

5.) Carl 12 inch personal rotary trimmer. This one may well be the biggest surprise on the list (I know it was to me!) I picked up this little baby about 8 years ago from Staples when I was heading to a over night crop because it was compact and cheap. I have tried many trimmers since that time but this is the only one that I have found that cuts straight time after time. I have a spare blade but have never had to change it yet and believe me when I say I have given this trimmer a good work out over the years.

So there you have it - my top 5 basics. What are yours?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Strawberry Spinach Salad

I was so excited to see fresh strawberries in the produce department this week I just had to make my family's all-time favorite salad. The measurements are just approximate as I tend to add things until it looks right. I hope you will give it a try and let me know what you think.

Strawberry Spinach Salad
1 package Fresh spinach
1/2 cup Sliced strawberries
1/4 cup Sliced almonds, toasted
1 Tablespoon Sesame seeds, toasted
1/4 cup Dressing (recipe below)

Dressing (makes approximately 1-1/4 cups)
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon poppyseeds
1 1/2 teaspoons minced onion
1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup canola oil

Mix ingredients and heat for about 5 minutes, then toss with salad ingredients. Dressing will keep in refrigerator. Reheat to use on future salads.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sketchapalooza 6!

Sketchapalooza 6
May 3rd to May 31st 2010

We have an all new Sketch Class in the works for you! During this class you will be provided with tons of brand new original sketches (5 per week!) with examples of finished pages from our talented design team during this month long course. This fast paced, exciting class is suitable for any level of scrapper and caters to both traditional and digital artists alike. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to get a tons of pages done and wants to have a ball doing it!

Here is what you can expect during this class:
  • A full four weeks of class running from May 3rd to May 31st
  • Detailed sketches made exclusively for you by our design team
  • 20 total sketches (5 per week!)
  • Digital templates provided for PS or PSE for each sketch
  • Tips and tid-bits to keep your creative juices flowing
  • Fabulous creative examples for each sketch by our talented designers
  • A private class forum with lots of support and friendly conversation
  • A gallery filled with layout examples
  • Self-paced class - do as much or as little as you like
  • A PDF file including all the sketches from the class for you to keep for future reference
  • Graduation crop with challenges, games and prizes
  • Plus a few surprises :)
The cost for this month long class is only $25.00.
Ready to sign up? Just click the "Buy Now" button below.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Designers!

I must first apologize for the delay in making this announcement. I am sincerely sorry to have kept you waiting! We are making a few changes here at Feeling Scrappy and I have decided to hold off on the guest design positions until a bit later this year (if you applied for a guest spot - I will be saving all the applications and contacting you at that time to see about your interest.)
Now on to the fun stuff!

Our two new Design Team members are...

Lee Currie and Becky Rico!

Many of you are familiar with these artists and I know you will be as inspired by their work as I am! We will be working as a team to bring you lots of fun new things on the blog and getting ready for a brand new class line up. I encourage you to visit their blogs to learn more about them:
Lee - Embrace Life
Becky - My Cre8tive Place

A little later this week you will get to see bios about both of them on our blog under the Design Team tab. Welcome Lee and Becky - we are thrilled to have you as a part of the Feeling Scrappy team!