Friday, May 25, 2018

Picnic Day 2018: NSD Crafter's Choice Challenge

Picnic Day is an annual tradition in our family. We love visiting our old stomping grounds, letting Trevor explore all the different departments, try fun foods, and do the world's most horrifyingly awesome art project. Last year, I couldn't go because it fell during Snap Conference. This year, Steve couldn't go because he had a training he had to attend. We invited my mom to join Trevor and me. She hadn't been to Picnic Day since I was a college student many moons ago. Trevor has gone to Picnic Day and visited the UC Davis campus enough times that he was able to pretty much lead us around to all his favorite activities.  

Picnic Day (affiliate link)

I kept the layout really simple - just three photos (featuring Trevor in his UC Davis shirt), a title, journaling, a border sticker, and an embellishment. I wish I'd been in a photo to at least document that I was there, but I didn't think to hand over the camera. I was wearing a UCD Alumni shirt; why didn't I think to have Mom photograph Trevor and me together in our coordinating shirts? We even talked about getting her UC Davis Mom, UC Davis Mother-in-Law, and Future UCD Davis Grandma shirts. It would have been a fun picture having her pose with the various options for sale on campus. Oh well. I'm grateful for the photos I do have. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Grapefruit Sorbet

We have a new juicer and it is awesome. We've been enjoying fresh orange juice, courtesy of our extremely prolific orange tree, for months. When our neighbors gave us grapefruits from their extremely prolific grapefruit tree, we popped them right in the juicer, added simple syrup and a little zest, and put it into our ice cream maker. The result? The most delicious sorbet ever. 


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Grapefruit Sorbet




  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 1/2 cups grapefruit juice
  • grapefruit zest


Combine the sugar and water, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cool this mixture completely. Add the grapefruit juice and the zest to the cooled simple syrup and stir. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze until slushy (about 25 minutes). Transfer the slushy sorbet to a storage container or into popsicle molds, then freeze until it is firm (about 2 hours). Enjoy!



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Pastor Tim: NSD Crafter's Choice Challenge

Our church is in the process of finding a new pastor. For two years, Pastor Tim was our interim pastor, helping us and guiding us as we grieved the loss of our previous pastor, and helping us prepare to call the next pastor. We had to say goodbye to him in April, as he was reassigned to another church. We'd known all along that he was temporary and we tried not to get attached. But it was no use. Saying goodbye was really, really hard.  

Pastor Tim (affiliate link)

I chose the mint, peach, and grey colors to go with the banner and stained glass in the photos. What's funny is that the collection I used is called Date Night... the same one I used to scrap about my 13th anniversary. In other words, pretty much the last papers most people would reach for when scrapping about their pastor! But that's the beauty of B-sides. The pastel stripes that coordinate so well with the Easter banner give no hint of the date-themed papers hiding on the back.

I entered this layout in the National Scrapbook Day Crafter's Choice Challenge.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Inspirational Quotes

I used to have a notebook with a pink floral cloth cover, about 6" tall and 4" wide, that sat on a shelf in my living room. I used my favorite black pen to write quotes in it, using my tiniest printing. It meant a lot to me. It has been missing since 2004 when I got married and moved into the house we live in now. Did it get lost in the move? Could it possibly be somewhere in our house, 14 years later? If so, where could it possibly be? I don't have anything that's remained boxed up since we moved in. Could I have tucked it somewhere? I never would have voluntarily gotten rid of my notebook, but all these years have passed and it hasn't turned up. I did a bunch of cleaning this weekend and was really hoping it would magically show up, but no. 

My notebook was about 3/4 full the last time I wrote in it. Every time I added something new, I went back and reread everything that was already there. I loved going back through the quotes, remembering why various quotes had spoken to me when they did. The quotes were inspirational and thought-provoking, chosen to help me guide my young adult self toward the person I wanted to be. I'd love to look at it now from the perspective of my 46-year old self looking back at the girl in her 20's who started writing down things other people had said.

Back when I still had the notebook, I'd thought about doing some sort of project with my quotes. I never did. And now I don't have the notebook. But I decided that would not stop me. I'll never remember the hundreds of quotes I'd written down, but I do remember a few quotes that mean something to me. So I did something with them. Specifically, I created a basic template in PicMonkey and made these:







My plan is to create collages of four quotes, print them, and put them in a 4x6" photo album. It's not the same as having my notebook back, but the idea makes me happy, so I'm going with it. I'd love to hear any quotes you find especially thought-provoking, inspirational, comforting, or otherwise meaningful. Let me know in the comments!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Our Garden, 2017: NSD Crafter's Choice Challenge

We plant a vegetables every year and I like to document what worked and what didn't. This layout shows our most successful crops of 2017, along with the fabulous new raised beds that Steve built (which contributed significantly to the success of the garden). 

Our Garden, 2017 (affiliate link)

The background is my last sheet of Crate Paper's Lemongrass collection. I layered three die-cuts together to make the embellishment that holds the title. Lemongrass is one of my all-time favorite collections, but considering it is about 10 years old, it's about time I used it up! 

I entered this layout in the National Scrapbook Day Crafter's Choice Challenge.