I love the feeling I get when I start on a big, brand spankin’ new project. It feels fresh, it feels exciting, and it feels like the possibilities for inspiration and creativity are endless. It’s amazing how therapeutic scrapbooking is for me and how happy I feel when I’m in my zone and completely focused on cutting paper and arranging stickers on a page. I’m embarking on a new scrapbooking journey and all of you will be following me while I cut, snip, and paper punch away! The name of the game: cookies, cookies, and more cookies! I’m actually doing something completely out of my comfort zone because I’ve never scrapbooked any photos of my own baked goods. I know, I know, after all these years! I’ve made so many layouts and pages of the food spots I’ve visited as well as a few small themed food books (I made a cute little summer barbeque scrapbook two years ago), but never a baking one.
It’s been years since my last big themed project and it feels so refreshing to have this on my plate. The last time I worked on and completed a large scale scrapbooking project was over 3 years ago when I first started grad school. At the time, I was working on two: a Christmas themed one and a top-secret, special album for my best friend documenting 10 years of friendship to give to her for Christmas. I remember coming home from campus and sticking myself at my kitchen table for hours with paper, scissors, and sticker strewn everyone and I remember how much fun it was being so dedicated to those projects. Sure, I scrapbook food in general, but this new cookie and baking project is a little different because it’s solely focused on one central theme.
I’ll be creating a special cookie and baking scrapbook focused on the cookies, muffins, and baked goods I’ve made and it’ll be one of those continuing projects that won’t necessarily have a definitive ending. I have so many cookie flavour combination and recipe ideas and this will be such a fun way of documenting what I’ve done so far and what I hope to do in the future. I want to branch out, try new things, and just learn to be better. I was so excited about this new project that I went out and developed nearly 50 photos and went on an impromtu scrapbooking supply shopping spree at De Serres art store to supplement my current supply of goodies. And here are the photos of the loot I brought home!
De Serres (a Canadian art supply store) is one of my favourite places to browse and shop for scrapbook supplies. While their selection varies by store, their Yonge and Eglinton location is like a fairy wonderland for scrapbooking and I took full advantage of what they had to offer. I adore green and turquoise so when I found this gorgeous cardstock pack, I pounced on it. These rich, jewel tone shades are harder to come by, especially in packs where the colours are already matched up and preassembled. I picked up a few sheets of cute stickers and then came the fun part: choosing patterned paper!
De Serres has the most amazing selection of patterned paper and the best part? They carry a ton of cardstock and paper pads by my favourite scrapbook brand, DCWV! I was having the time of my life choosing pretty, colourful florals, dots, and stripes and of course, food and baking patterns! Just look at how pretty and adorable these patterns are! Oven mitts, cookies, pies, cupcakes, tools, and more. A lot of it came from TPC Studio’s line of “Let’s Eat” and “Let’s Bake” collections and I’m so happy I have access to these. They’re beautiful and as an added bonus, they’re double-sided!
It’ll be a little harder to find a 8×8 scrapbook album (the selection has sadly dried up at many of the Winners and Homesense stores), so my plan is to get a pack of album refill sheets and to bind everything together with metal binder rings. I’m very excited about making an online order for some themed baking and cookie stickers and I can’t wait to stock up on some more themed materials to use throughout this new project. Now that I have a whole bunch of photos developed and a very decent selection of paper, the next order of business is to get some more themed stickers and to make some cute cookies out of paper to use as embellishments. Let’s this scrapbooking party started!
De Serres serves 3 locations in Toronto, with one in the east end on Danforth, one in downtown on Spadina, and the other in uptown near Yonge and Eglinton. The uptown location is located at 124 Eglinton Ave. West, just a few blocks west of Yonge Street.