8/10/22

LorAnn Flavoring Variety Pack, Round 2

I've been obsessed with LorAnn flavorings for a while now. I've used them to flavor Twinkies for edible crafts (twice), make scratch-n-sniff drawings, flavor chocolates, glaze rolls, make minty milk, and make my own flavored sanding sugar for decorating cupcakes, just to name a few. My most frequent use it to add a drop or two to flavor water. Sometimes I add sugar if I want a sweet drink. Sometimes I add citric acid for a bit of sour. I now buy citric acid in bulk, as it is surprisingly versatile (affiliate link here and below).  

My mom gave me a fun variety pack of LorAnn flavorings and I've had the chance to use (and in some cases, use up) all of the flavors. Some were fantastic. My very favorites are Blackberry, Lemon, and Raspberry. I also love Cinnamon, Cranberry, Key Lime, Orange Cream, Pear, Pineapple, Pomegranate, and Tangerine. Some were fine, just not my favorites. These include: Blueberry, Cherry, Mango, Peach, Pina Colada, and Strawberry Kiwi. I'm not a fan of Grape, Green Apple, Red Licorice, or Tropical Punch. 

With most of my favorites gone or nearly so, I decided to order some new flavors. It's really handy to get exactly what you want with this 18-pack You Choose


I replaced my favorite flavors, then chose 14 new-to-me flavors to try. These include: Bubble Gum, Cinnamon Roll, Cran-Raspberry, English Toffee, Fruit Punch, Lemonade, Lime, Maple, Orange, Pralines & Cream, Root Beer, Strawberry, Tutti-Frutti, and Wintergreen. I'm eager to give them a go. Unfortunately, we're in the middle of a kitchen remodel, which means no cooking or edible crafts for me for awhile. I'm so eager to get a functioning kitchen back!

If you have a kitchen and are interested in trying out LorAnn flavorings, you can see a full list of the 100+ flavors here. I'll probably try them all eventually, even though there are some I know I will hate (I'm looking at you, Banana Cream and Watermelon). If you do buy flavorings, I highly recommend purchasing a set of disposable pipettes or silicone droppers as well.  

I have a couple of fun ideas for using my new flavorings, so as soon as I have a kitchen, I'll share the results of my experimentations with you!

8/9/22

50th Birthday

One of my scrapbooking pet peeves is that "Best Day Ever!" appears on so many papers, stickers, and stamp sets. How many best days can one person have? I know I'm more literal than the vast majority of scrappers, but I really wish they'd replace most of the "Best Day Ever!" supplies with "Such a Great Day!" or something similar. 

All this to say, if I use "Best Day Ever!" on a page, you know that means something. While my wedding day was the best day of my life, I feel comfortable using such a superlative sticker on the layout about my 50th birthday. It wasn't the BEST day, but it was definitely Top 5. 
 
50th Birthday (affiliate link)

I am in love with how this page turned out. Not only was it one of my Top 5 days, but I think this is one of my Top 5 layouts! Lots of photos and lots of journaling, yet it doesn't feel crowded. I love the fun colors and the smiling alligator and the background paper. This page makes me really happy. 

8/8/22

$1000 Art Supply Shopping Spree

In a recent video, Sarah Renee Clark spent $1000 on art supplies on Amazon following two rules: 
  • Don't purchase anything you already own
  • Each item needs to be a higher price than the item before it

It is a really interesting concept and super fun to see what she chose. Toward the end, she did "a cheeky little bit of maths" to make sure she bought the expensive things in the right order, which was a good way to get around the second rule. Sarah's video got me thinking about what I would choose, so I decided to do my own version of the challenge, with a few tweaks:
  • I can choose items in any order I want, but the total must be under $1000. (Sarah went over a bit). 
  • I'm not going to actually purchase the items. (Sarah had a sponsor, but I don't. Yet. I'm accepting applications, lol.)
  • I can't buy something I already own, but I can buy a larger set of something I have. 

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$1000 Art Supply Shopping Spree



I'm going to start with the big ticket items I want most: larger sets of the things I love the most. My first purchases are Prismacolor art markers, Prismacolor colored pencils, and Caran d'Ache Pablos in the largest sets I can find. After these large purchases, I have $476.64 remaining. 


I'm choosing my next items with the goal of trying them to address the problems I had with coloring a background for Sock Lion: Derwent Inktense, Gamsol, and Pan Pastels. I'm down to $278.91.


I've been wanting a stamping platform for awhile. I don't do a lot of stamping because I'm not good at getting clean images. So the Mini MISTI is my next purchase. I love WRMK tools, so next I'm choosing this versatile punch. And then some precision tip glue bottles. $177.39 left. 


Next, some items I've been wanting to play with for awhile: Pebeo Drawing Gum, rectangular silicone molds, and Faber-Castell's Perfection Eraser. I still have $155.32 left. 


I always need journaling pens and these Illustration Markers look awesome. With all the colored pencils and markers on my list, I want to try them on paper specifically made for each medium. So I'm going to try Strathmore Colored Pencil Paper and Strathmore Marker Paper. I have $119.53 remaining. 


I have to pause for a moment to say that I'm finding this shopping spree surprisingly challenging. Unlike in a brick and mortal store where I'd stroll up and down each aisle throwing dozens of things into my cart, it's much different shopping online. I have to know what I want in order to buy it. It's really unlikely that I'm going to stumble on something I didn't know existed, like I would in person. Amazon is not great for choosing open stock items, nor can I find much from my favorite paper crafting brands. Scrapbook.com is a much better choice for that. 

With one exception: Miss Kate Cuttables. I've ordered their stuff from Amazon before and it is really high quality. I think I'll pick up some themed die-cuts! But which to choose? I already have (and love) this travel set and this birthday set. I'll add a different birthday set and some fall die-cuts. And then some foam bunnies. Now I have $93.56 left. 


Now, what new Wilton goodies I can find? Edible glue?! Into the cart! Storing it will be a nuisance, but I can think of a lot of times I could use this Really Big Spatula. Oooh, edible paper! That sounds like fun. $70.81 to go. 


A lot of colored pencil artists rave about Posca Paint Pens, particularly for adding highlights. I'm adding a set of three sizes of white paint pens to my list. And I can always use word stickers for scrapbooking, so I grabbed these Tim Holtz word stickers and these by Fainne. We're getting close. Only $40.63 to go. 


Do I need a ruling pen for masking fluid? No. I barely know what it is. But would I enjoy playing with it? Probably. Into the cart! Ooh, and I remember trying linoleum carving once when I was like 12. That would be fun to do again. I'll get this starter kit! And one final purchase... edible pearl dust! Because, why not? It fits my budget, with $0.81 left. 



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That was a lot of fun and way harder than I thought it would be! Spending imaginary money shouldn't be that hard, but I tried to put a lot of thought into it. I'm already questioning a few of my more random purchases, but part of the fun of a shopping spree is getting stuff you aren't sure about. 

Does anything on my list interest or surprise you? Anything I should have gotten instead? What would you buy? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

8/5/22

Sixteenth Birthday

Trevor's 16th birthday fell on a Tuesday during Finals Week, so our celebration was low-key. Donuts for breakfast, school, presents (including the money gift inspired by Guy's Grocery Games), dinner at a teppanyaki restaurant, and homemade grasshopper pie with a candle on it. It was exactly what he wanted. 

Sixteenth Birthday (affiliate link)

For the layout, I used five pictures and one collection kit. The layout came together very quickly since all the papers and embellishments were from a single line. I used a wide border on the black cardstock to help the photos and journaling stand out against the background paper, but now I'm wondering if it would look better if I'd used the same narrow borders there as between the photos. I'm not sure. Doesn't matter - it's in the album and it's time to move on to the next page. 

8/4/22

Eagle Scout License Plate

Remember the Scout-themed license plate that Trevor and I designed for a session Trevor taught during a virtual Scout open house? Well, I took the same concept to design a license plate honoring Trevor becoming an Eagle. 


Did you decode the plate? ES is for Eagle Scout. 6/21/22 is the date Trevor became an Eagle. I found a place that prints very inexpensive custom vanity plates, so I'm going to order one as a surprise for him. (He doesn't read my blog unless I tell him to check out a particular post.) California requires vehicles to have front and rear license plates, so he won't be putting this on a motor vehicle, but I think he'll enjoy having it hanging in his room.