An Intro to Deb’s Tea Journal & Scrapbook & the Favourite David’s Tea List – The Ate by Ate Daily, Vol. 005

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I’m going to tell you all a story about my beloved Five Star coil-bound plain white paper notebooks, the ones I’ve used to create and house two very special scrapbooks.  It was the summer of 2003, the summer I graduated from high school.  Me, my best friend, and another high school friend were at the mall one lazy summer day when we decided to stop by Wal-Mart.  For whatever reason, we meandered into the stationery section where we stumbled on these plain and simple Five Star notebooks.  They had a sturdy dark green cover, a large metal coil, and the most luscious (yes, luscious) plain white perforated paper.  Pages of pure white, bursting with endless possibilities for all sorts of art projects.  We saw them and we knew we all had to get one.  They were just too perfect to pass up.  They weren’t lined, they weren’t too thick or too thin, they weren’t held together with staples or glue and the price was pretty darn decent at $3 a pop.  So there we were, 3 girls out of high school and university-bound, lining up at the cash single file waiting to pay for the exact same notebook.  When we left with our identical purchases, I asked my friend what she was going to do with hers.  “Fill it with memories, I guess.”

And that was the plan, to make scrapbooks that were uniquely our own, each telling our own special stories.  While my best friend and other friend never ended up using it for this purpose (I know, I asked out of curiosity), I went to town with mine, creating a personal, visual time capsule using photos and magazine cut-outs and stickers and stationery to tell the story of what high school was like, what my life was like, and everything that embodied what I loved and who I was at that point in time.  I poured myself into it, creating layouts of birthdays parties, prom, Christmas get-togethers, fun things that happened in high school.  It became a pet project near and dear to my heart at the tender age of 18.  I loved the notebook I used so much that I actually went back soon after to buy another one, this time with a dark teal cover.  And it is this 2nd notebook that now houses my new and beloved Tea Journal and Scrapbook.

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Check out how THICK the scrapbook has gotten!  The pages add up fast!

Check out how THICK the scrapbook has gotten! The pages add up fast!

I know it’s a bit of a departure from my blog’s namesake (hi 8×8 scrapbooking!), but I wanted to do something different and I wanted everything in one cohesive package.  Working on my latest scrapbook project, my tea journal and scrapbook, has been one of the best things in my life for the past few months.  It’s been so much fun and such an amazing creative outlet creating a gazillion layouts chronicling my afternoon tea adventures, teatime recipes from magazines, tea-inspired food, and my favourite teas and tea experiences.  And just like that first Five Star notebook scrapbook, I poured my heart and soul into it.  It’s a reflection of who I am (or at least part of who I am) and how deeply I have fallen in love with all things tea in the last 5 years.  It’s been so much fun that in hindsight, I should have bought 5 more notebooks!  I only have 5 more pages, front and back, left and still plenty of scrapbook layouts to do so I am on the hunt for another one (or three).

While I’ve plowed through a ton of photos and layouts, some pages are still a work in progress, but for good reason: these pages are growing lists of my favourite teas from different shops and brands!  I had a jolly good time adding a few more favourites to my David’s Tea layout recently and creating the layout in general.  I wanted it colourful and punchy so I used some bright and fun scrapbook paper that would stand out but at the same time be a good backdrop to plain white paper and text.  And to be resourceful, I punched out the teal circles and cut out the David’s Tea logo from an actual David’s Tea bag!  Here are some photos of my scrapbook cover page and David’s Tea scrapbook layout, as well as an updated list of my favourite teas!

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Deb’s Updated List of Favourite Tea from David’s Tea:

  • Baked Apple (herbal tea, Winter 2010/11)
  • Birthday Cake (rooibos tea)
  • Blueberry Jam (black tea)
  • Chocolate Rocket (mate tea)
  • Coco-Lemon Thai (white tea)
  • Coffee Cake (black tea, Winter 2013/14)
  • Creme Brulee (rooibos tea)
  • Fantasy Island (black tea)
  • Lime Gelato (green tea)
  • Long Life Oolong (oolong tea)
  • Mango Lassi (herbal tea)
  • Mom’s Apple Pie (green tea, Fall 2013)
  • Pink Lemonade (rooibos tea)
  • Red Velvet Cake (black tea)
  • Shooting Star Fruit (white tea, Summer 2014)
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait (herbal tea)
  • Toasted Walnut (green tea)
  • White Chocolate Frost (herbal tea, Winter 2013/14)

Tell the World I’m Coming Home, Let the Rain Wash Away All the Pain of Yesterday…

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It’s been a little over a month.  I know.  I wanted time away to work out my thoughts and everything going on in my life.  And writing just wasn’t cutting it for me during my time away so instead of trying to force it I redirected my creative energy into what I love most and got back to why I started Ate by Ate in the first place: scrapbooking.  Photos and colours.  With just a few words here and there.  And pretty paper.  That’s all I needed.  I started working on something very personal and close to my heart and while I wanted to keep it relatively private, I thought you all might like to see at least the cover page to see what I’ve been toiling away at during my time away:

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When I’m good and ready, I’ll be back, I promise.

Sweet Daisies & Picket Fences – Scrapbooking Sweet Delights from Sweet Bliss Baking Company in Leslieville

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The kitchen table turns into a flurry of snipping and pasting activity as a mountain (or maybe a paper puddle) of cardstock, paper scraps, punches, stickers, and scissors develops before my eyes.  Ah, an afternoon of the food scrapbooking.  These mornings and afternoons don’t come along quite as often as they used to so I take advantage of every opportunity I can, even if it’s only for a few hours.  A few hours means at least a 2-page scrapbook layout and that’s good enough for me at this point!  It felt really nice to dig into my archive of food photos since I’d been neglecting many of my old ones to focus more on the cookie and baking project.  I think I’m going to take a short break from the project to focus more on older photos, just for a change of pace and variety.  I’d love to do a cute layout of the grilled cheese photos I took from my first visit to The Construction Site and of course, more cupcake ones and a start-up collection of brunch ones. 

My newest one here is all sorts of sweet and pretty: sweet white daisies and vines, little picket fences, cupcakes and sweets, and lots of pink for my layout of Sweet Bliss Baking Company!  Sweet Bliss Baking Company makes scrapbooking so easy because you can go country chic, romantic and floral, a little vintage, or all out dessert-themed.  Or a combination of everything!  I wanted to go floral so I busted out the giant sparkly daisies embellishments, the white flowers and vines over top a little picket fence, and some floral patterned paper with some dessert stickers here and there.  I would love to expand this into a 4-page layout, but that will have to wait since I’d haven’t been back to the sweet shop to take more photos, but it’ll happen eventually because those bars, squares, brownies, and cupcakes have my name on them! 

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Scrapbook materals used: pale pink and bright bubblegum pink cardstock (Recollections); baking stickers (Sticko); shiny epoxy patterned aprons & baking stickers (Sticko); FancyGlitter Borders (white flowers, butterflies, and vines) but Forever in Time Scrapbook Collection; sparkly adhesive daisy embellishments (K&Company); cookie alphabet stickers (Martha Stewart crafts); black and white polka dot epoxy alphabet stickers (atd by Momenta); sparkly pink floral alphabet chipboard stickers (K&Company); green floral patterned paper (Let’s Eat Placemat by TPC Studio); scalloped edge decorative scissors (Provo Craft).

The Cookie & Baking Scrapbook Project – Sparkles & Crushed Oreos for Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Scrapbooking materials used: Fruit punch pink cardstock (Choco-Mod Patterns by Stemma); teal cardstock (Best Occasions); sky blue cardstock (Recollections); “Sugar” adhesive embellishment (Sweet Stack by DCWV), cooking and baking stickers (Sticko); cookie embellishments (handmade); alphabet stickers (Choco-Mod Patterns by Stemma); sparkly pink, blue, and lime green polka dotted ribbon (Celebrate It by Michaels); medium scallop circle paper punch (ek success); scalloped edge decorative scissors (Provo Craft).

Banana Buttons and Baking With Love – Squeaking Out the Last Layout for National Scrapbooking Month

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Scrapbooking materials used: powder blue, sky blue, pale yellow, buttercup yellow, cappuccino, and chocolate brown cardstock (Recollections); blue and brown patterned paper and green, brown, pale blue and pink circles patterned paper (Choco Mod scrap pad kit and stack by Stemma); baking stickers and embellishments (Jolee’s); chocolate chip cookie embellishments (handmade); sparkly banana button (De Serres art store); medium scallop circle paper punch (ek success); medium and small scalloped edge decorative scissors (Provo Craft); black fine point Sharpie pen.

Crazy for Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies! Apron Stickers & The Cookie Scrapbook Project Continued

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The cookie and baking scrapbook project continues on!  I posted my very first cookie scrapbook layout for the project earlier in the month to kickstart the actual scrapbooking process, and I’m here now with layout number two!  This is a two-page layout of the famous cranberry dark and white chocolate chip cookies I posted HERE, and I refer to them as being famous not because I think they’re actually famous among other people (although I’d like to think that one day they will be), but because the recipe for them snowballed into a gazillion other spin-off recipes I created afterward using different ingredients.  This recipe kickstarted so many cookie brainstorming sessions over the last 6 months.  They are genuinely some of my favourite cookies ever, so for that, I thank Food & Wine magazine a thousand times over for providing this recipe in their November 2011 issue. 

I am having SO much fun with this project.  Aside from having some key components to every layout, I have total creative freedom to go as colour and sticker crazy as I want.  Since the cookies themselves don’t always have colourful aspects to them, I don’t feel like I have to compete with an already busy colour scheme.  I can bring the photos to life by using colour schemes and patterns that I put together myself and that’s been the funnest part of the whole thing.  Each and every single layout has its own story, it’s own identity, and it’s own place in the album and project and by replicating certain aesthetics on each layout, I’m able to keep things coherent throughout the entire project.  

Scrapbooking workspace in action!

I’m keeping the project simple by limiting layouts to two pages each (every time you flip a page in the scrapbook album, you’ll be presented with a new layout and story!) and I’m also writing out the recipes and pasting them on the layouts.  I think it makes the scrapbook feel a little more like a miniature cookbook in a way as opposed to just photos jumbled together, and it makes it look and feel a little more personal since I’m handwriting them.  I’m keeping things consistent between layouts by writing out the recipes and tacking them on as “sidebars”, so to speak, anchoring and bringing the whole thing together.

I was so super excited to use my epoxy baking and sweets stickers for this one, especially since the colours were so rich and vibrant.  And the aprons!  CUTE AS A BUTTON!  Green, pink, and red is such a fabulous colour scheme and I went wild with the use of patterned paper, using some of the goodies I showed you all in THIS post.  I used green, two shades of pink, and red as primary colours, cappuccino and chocolate brown as secondary colours to balance out the brights, and a big expanse of solid white where I wrote out the recipe to absorb and counteract the busyness in the patterns.

Check out the Cookie & Baking Scrapbook Project from its beginnings by visiting these posts!

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Scrapbooking materials used: Bubblegum pink and pale pink cardstock (Recollections); green, pink, and red paisley patterned paper (“Green Paisley”, Divinely Sweet collection by Bazzill Basics Paper); red and turquoise floral patterned paper (“Sweet Daisy Cream”, Divinely Sweet collection by Bazzill Basics Paper); olive green floral patterned paper (“Placemat”, Let’s Eat collection by TPC Studio); lime green and pink leaf and butterfly patterned paper (Lime Garden by K & Company); chocolate chip and chocolate sandwich cookie embellishments (handmade); epoxy apron, sweets, and baking stickers (Sticko); scalloped decorative edge scissors (Provo Craft); black fine point pen (Sharpie).

May is National Scrapbooking Month! Filling Up the “Cookie Jar” For the New Cookie & Baking Scrapbook Project

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Scrapbook materials used: Goldenrod, emerald green, and lavender cardstock (Recollections); blue “party” patterned paper and violet star patterned paper (“Celebration” scrap pad kit and stack by Stemma); cookie embellishments (handmade using cappuccino, chocolate brown, and terra cotta cardstock, Recollections); medium scallop circle paper punch (ek success); small and medium scalloped decorative scissors (Provo Craft).