Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


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Finished scrapbook!

I just finished my second scrapbook!

I had forgotten the second “s” and had to create a strawberry out of an “e.” 🙂

I started this scrapbook of desserts a few years ago when I first started scrapping.

In it I’ve placed all the dessert-related recipes I’ve collected over the years, including family recipes.

On this page I’ve got Mom’s “Cherry Crunch,” Nannie’s “Canned Apple Pie Filling”
and Chris’ Aunt Faye’s “Ginger Cookies.”

I had bits of pages and papers sitting in piles and in bags, getting wrinkled and torn. I figured if I were to ever use these treasures I better organize them for easy use and safe storage.

I’ve got plans for scrapbooks to house appetizers, drinks, soups and breakfast; beef and pork; and chicken and fish. But those books will probably be smaller than a 12″ by 12″ book.

The dessert book won’t fit in the closet with the other cookbooks! I could attribute that to poor planning, though I think the cookbooks were upstairs in our attic loft when I started this book. Oops! Oh, well. The book has currently found a home on a shelf on our small TV table.

Here’s a few of my favorite pages. Please excuse the dark spot on the pics. I can’t seem to get my Nikon cleaned. I think it’s time to get the body professionally cleaned. Oh, and get a new lens. After months of the glass falling out, the old wide angle finally fell apart this morning!

First page of an apple-themed spread.

Second page of the apple-themed spread!

This page has the pumpkin pie I make nearly every year. My family loves it and requests it often.

Pies, pies, all kinds of pies!

Next up will probably be our wedding album. I don’t have books for the other recipe books yet, but the wedding album is ready to go with photos, paper and mementos.

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National Scrapbooking Day

Last weekend a friend and I headed to Dobson, N.C., for a scrap to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day. I think I only worked on my scrapbooks once or twice since last year’s event. A shame, I know.

But I’m happy to report I completed six pages in my Desserts scrapbook!

I thought I’d be done after eight pages, but as the weekend wore on I kept adding more and more pages because the recipes I planned to showcase together wouldn’t fit on the same 12″x12″ page. So I’ve still got six more pages to complete!

Then I’ll finally, hopefully, begin working on our wedding scrapbook. (Our 3rd anniversary is Tuesday!)

Here’s some pics of my friend, Brenda, working on cards and the pages I completed:

Brenda working on a birthday card. She also made anniversary and Easter cards.

These photos rotate around the brads to reveal the recipe below (see next photo).
I added the words “Eat Cake” because the page looked empty without it.
I used Creative Memories Dual-Tip Pen in Pink.

This is probably my most favorite page of the weekend.
The flowers are from Creative Memories Doodling Templates Flowers and Swirls.
I could only find the templates through a Google Search. A photo is below.

This is the Doodling Templates Flowers and Swirls.
(This image is owned by Creative Memories and is only used for educational /demonstration purposes.)

If you look closely at this page you can see that I used a thinner marker (a dual-tip pen in purple) for the words and then traced the letters with a thicker marker because I didn’t like the initial result. It now looks sloppy. Haaa, haaa!
I also would have used more strips of ribbon, but that should have been done before placing the stickers!
This page didn’t come together so well, but it’ll do.

This is another page that I liked how it came together. Hearts are a Creative Memories shape maker.

Another page that didn’t come together all that well, but I really like the flowers and the brads in the bottom right hand corner.
The title “A Crusty Issue!” refers to the two pie crust recipes — traditional and crumb — on the page.

This page was missing something and I put it aside to come back to it later.

I later added dragonflies to the top.
The dragonflies were made using a Creative Memories shape maker.
The letter stickers show which order to make and assemble this recipe.

Besides yummy food and scrapping fun, the hostess held several games, giveaways and sales. I racked up on a lot of paper, stickers and embellishments!

I also bought a few things, including a Creative Memories Tag Maker, which I know will get lots and lots of use!


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Scrapping

I went to a scrapbooking session last Friday night with my friend, Brenda. It was my first scrap in more than a year.

In fact, the last scrap I attended was with Brenda when she first introduced me to scrapbooking.

I’ve put off scrapbooking for lack of time and space in my little house. And I spend most of my little free time keeping up with bills and laundry and pursuing other interests . . . crocheting, knitting and sewing.

Besides spending time with Brenda, I realized (or remembered) how much scrapbooking makes me happy. Well, any time spent creating makes me happy. I don’t really know why.

I spent time working on a small 5″ X 7″ book I had started over a year ago about my first trip off the East Coast — a visit to Chris’ hometown of Evansville, Ind. That was back in 2007. See how far behind I am? I haven’t even started on our wedding album yet (we’ve been married 2 years now).

Here are the 4 pages I completed:

On the way home, Brenda and I talked about how nice it would be to have a local scrapping club or get together in the Twin Counties. Last week’s scrap was in Dobson, N.C. Though close, still not close enough to participate in the club’s regular scraps.

I think scrapping clubs are the best way to complete albums. You get to spread out on large tables, spend hours of uninterrupted time working and fellowship with other like-minded people. Trying out new tools and winning drawings isn’t too bad either. 🙂

Maybe we should organize our own scrap. It would be nice to get some albums completed.