Monday, April 14, 2014

Heidi Swapp Meets Teresa Collins

If you have ever visited my blog, then you know I am a huge fan of
 Heidi Swapp and Teresa Collins!
 I love them both.
 They each have their own unique style and wonderful products but they are very different from each other.

This past Wednesday, Heidi Swapp posted a new video on My Craft Channel.
She added a new twist on the old "back to back" binding technique. 
She added more pages and then made a Mod Podge spine. 
 It was designed to be a cake stand piece.
Watch the video here.

Since you know I  have this terrible addiction to making mini albums, then
 of course,  you know I had to make one! 
I also needed to create one more design piece for this month to take to
Scrapping in the City.

I  only had one problem...
 Our Micheal's doesn't have any of the current Heidi Swapp paper pads. 
 Scrapping in the City usually has some Heidi Swapp product but
 they did not have any of her new paper lines.

 What they do have  is the brand new line
by Teresa Collins 
"Hello, My Name Is"

So, here is what you get when a Heidi Swapp idea meets Teresa Collins papers...

First, you get a big mess on my work table!!

Then, second,  you get a really cute mini album!

This mini is no where near finished,
 but I can't wait  to get busy fill it with tabs,
 stickers, photos and of course, lots Heidi Swapp of banners!

Oh and just so you know...

Stampin' Up ink color Cherry Cobbler matches the Teresa Collins red perfectly! 
It works great on Heidi Swapp's Color Magic ephemera set too,
 tying all of it together beautifully!

I really love the Mod Podge spine idea too.
 I may be doing this technique on all my back to back albums from now on. 
Even if I cover the spine, it seems to be stronger and it holds together beautifully!

So there you have it, another mini! 
I will post more photos of  the finished album later.

In the words of Heidi Swapp,

Go make pretty stuff!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Our Favorite Ham Casserole Recipe

This recipe has been our family's favorite for 28 years now.
 I started making this dish when Dale and I were stationed in Bossier City LA.
He was in the Air Force and we were newly married.
 I knew absolutely nothing about cooking or being a wife.
Fortunately, God placed us in an apartment complex with other
young military couples who were all in the same boat.
 They were all new to this marriage and cooking thing, just like me,
and we all shared recipes and learned from each other. 
I even had one sweet lady from Texas
(I can't remember her name)
invite me come to her apartment and let me watch her make
 chicken and dumplins from scratch!
You can find that recipe

The recipe I want  to share with you today is our all time
favorite recipe from our time in Louisiana.
I have made it at least once of month for the past 28 years.
 It's so simple, so good and kids just love it.
I love it so much because I am a pasta freak!
If I were ever limited to eating one type of food, I pray it would be Pasta!

Okay, here is what you will need...

                                             1 pkg Egg Noodle, cooked with salt and drained
                                             1 cup chopped Ham (any kind will do)
                                             1 8oz block Monterrey Jack Cheese chopped 
                                             3/4 cup milk
                                             2 cans Cream of Mushroom soup 

Mix all together in a 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 until bubbly, around 40 minutes.

This is so so simple and so good.
I hope your family loves it as much as mine!

Proverbs 31:15
" She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her handmaids"

Friday, April 4, 2014

Scrapbooking My Faith, A Challenge To Myself

Something you should know about me, if you don't already...

I am a follower of Jesus Christ.
 I've been a Christian since the age of 10.
 He is what my whole life is centered around or at least He is what it should be centered around.
I am not perfect at putting Him first, but that is the goal.

 What I didn't realize, until now,
 is how little of my faith ends up on my actual scrapbook pages.
That really surprised me.
Oh sure, I've done a few pages about church events, church plays and parties at church but
I have never really scrapbooked about my actual faith and
 I very rarely incorporated scriptures onto my pages.

That is about to change.
I have recently been inspired by a mini album,
created by my good friend Elizabeth.

She just finished the most beautiful December Daily album.
Definitely one of my favorites to date and
on almost every page she incorporated scripture for that day.

What a sweet gift to her future grandchildren.
Don't you just love seeing your grandmother's hand written recipes?
Imagine how wonderful it would have been if she left you hand written
scriptures and stories of her walk with the Lord.

 Isn't that what Scripture tells us to do in Deuteronomy 6:7-9.
It talks about teaching your children as you go about your day
and writing down the things God has done for you.
He never want us to forget His faithfulness.
Remembering His goodness grows our faith and helps us trust Him all the more.

Here are a few pictures of her album so you can see for yourself how
wonderfully she incorporated scripture into her scrapbook.
She put scripture right on the front cover and in her own hand writing.
(I could not get my camera to focus like I wanted to, but you get the idea)

On this page she listed their Christmas traditions.
 I just love that too.
I bet 20 years from now, her children will be so blessed to look back
 and be reminded of such sweet memories. I know I would love it!

So here is the challenge to myself, and to you....

 Begin incorporating Scriptures, family traditions and our daily
 walk with the Lord into our scrapbooks!

Another bonus to this challenge...
  by incorporating scripture onto our pages,
 we will be searching through God's word more and more.
Which is always a good thing.

The reality is that all good things come from God above and
I want to be sure I give Him all the Glory!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mini Albums and My Issues

Hello, My name is Jennifer and I am a Mini Album addict.
I just can't stop! Since learning the Back to Back Binding by Heidi Swapp and buying my Bind it All machine I have been out of control.
I did a count of all the Mini's I have made in the past year and the total is up to 14 finished mini albums! I would say that is a real addiction.

Last night I added to my addiction by trying a new kind of mini, Large Tag Mini Alums!

I made two in one night!

There are so many other things I should be doing....
I made this Tag Book of my grandbabies at Christmas.
I just love how it turned out.

I've decided I'm  going to take it to Scrappin' in the City later this week for them to use as an example in the store. I used all of the paper and embellishments from their new Christmas collection.

I love this two sided paper. It is from "We Are Memory Keepers" It is very heavy weight and
I love that I didn't have to double it for each tag.

I made the simple tabs from just a circle and tab punch and used stickers to embellish.
 I did double them and attached them under the photos.

I am now working on another Large Tag Mini for a gift.
For this one, I did have to glue two sheets of paper together because
 the paper I wanted to use was so thin.

These are just so fun and easy to make and would make a wonderful gifts.

As for my issues...
I think my big problem is videos!
When I get on Youtube or My Craft Channel, that is when I get in trouble.
I was scrolling through some old Teresa Collins videos on My Craft Channel  yesterday and
found this video on
Large Tag Mini albums.
I just had to give it a try!
I love them.