The Sweet Sight of Sprinkles, Frosting, Chocolate Chips, and…Cardstock?! Scrapbooking Paper Cookies

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Ah, the sweet sight of colourful sprinkles, frosting, chocolate chips, and…cardstock?!  Contrary to what this looks like, I did not, in fact, spend an entire day baking and decorating 7 different types of cookies!  Not real ones anyway.  To kickstart my new cookie and baking scrapbooking project, I got down to the nitty gritty (and I mean nitty gritty – I had glue residue stuck on all ten fingers by the end of all this) and created a “yummy” batch of paper cookie embellishments! 

I LOVE scrapbooking stickers and pretty adhesive embellishments as much as the next scrapbooker, but I wanted to incorporate some cute handmade things, both for fun and to cut down on the cost of materials.  I’m really excited to do an online order for some cookie and baking stickers in the next week or so, but making some of my own embellishments means a little less money spent and a whole lot of creative fun for me!  It was exactly like the time I created a giant paper s’more for one of my Prairie Girl Bakery layouts, and the time I made little sprinkled, frosted paper donuts for a Short & Sweet Cupcakes layout.  Recreating food out of paper has always been super fun for me since I was little.  Like I mentioned in a previous post last year, when I was 6, I took my very first pair of scissors (pink ones) and went to town on my very first pad of coloured construction paper making eggs, cheese, and ham!  

I used some of my new patterned paper as inspiration and came up with these cookie styles: frosted vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles, frosted chocolate cookies with sprinkles, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate peanut butter chip cookies, heart shaped frosted sugar cookies, star shaped frosted sugar cookies, and chocolate cookie sandwiches with vanilla cream.  I love how I talk about these paper cookies as if the ingredients and components were real, ha!  I used a pair of crinkle edged decorative scissors to achieve the look for the chocolate sandwich cookies and I used a single hole punch to create the circular sprinkles.  And yes, I glued down every single one of those tiny paper sprinkles one at a time, which resulted in some very sticky fingertips!  I’m going to continue this paper cookie making adventure throughout the duration of the scrapbooking project, but I just had to show you all the first batch I made.  I think they look good enough to eat.     

Inspired by a Red Scalloped Cake Stand – Scrapbooking Sweets From Yummy Stuff on Queen Street West in Parkdale

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Scrapbooking materials used: bubblegum pink, neon green, forest green, white, and cappuccino cardstock (Recollections); dessert themed cardstock (The Sweet Stack With Glitter by DCWV); patterned paper with giant rainbow coloured circles (Michaels); die cut pink “Sweet” cardboard embellishment (Winners/Homesense); “Spring” sticker embellishment (K&Company); pink metallic foil alphabet stickers (Recollections); flowers and tree foil stickers (atd momenta); red felt forest animals stickers (Friendly Forest by Colorbok); lime green wavy felt borders (Forever in Time Scrapbook Collection); medium scallop circle paper punch (ek success); corner rounder paper punch (ek success); scalloped edge decorative scissors (Provo Craft).

Embarking on a New Scrapbook Journey – Baking, Cookies, and Plenty of “Sweet” Patterned Paper!

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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!

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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.

Here Comes the Cupcake Bride! Scrapbooking The Wedding Cake Shoppe

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The new spring season means fresh new scrapbook layouts and a spring cleaning mentality!  I was so excited to do a layout completely devoted to bright pastels and best of all, I got to break out my sweet treat cardstock and matching stickers and embellishments by my favourite scrapbooking brand, DCWV (Die Cuts With a View)!  It was like stumbling on treasure when I found the sticker, embellishment, and rub-on set of cupcakes, candies, and sweet in a rainbow of colours during a random trip to Winners last year, and I’ve been holding on them for the perfect layout.  I haven’t purchased any new scrapbook materials in months and I’ve been doing a pretty decent job of using up my very large stash of scrapbooking goodies!  It’s always so tempting buying new things for future layouts, but it feels even greater using up things I already have and being forced to be creative with only those materials.

Cupcakes are always so much fun to scrapbook but this layout I did of The Wedding Cake Shoppe was special in a different way.  The Wedding Cake Shoppe is a visual representation of memories, the passing of time, and the documentation of milestones – in this case, weddings!  At this point in my life, there’s wedding fun and happiness (and yes, stress!) all around me as friends get engaged, plan and have weddings, and attend as wedding party guests.  Each person has their own unique way of memoralizing this new chapter in their lives whether its through photos, wedding favours, videos, cards, or memory boxes. 

The Wedding Cake Shoppe captures the essence of this through visual cues throughout their space.  In the shop, there are wedding magazines on magazine racks, dainty framed photos of wedding magazine covers and pages, past and present, in crisp white lacquered frames, and beautifully decorated wedding cakes in styles that span the decades.

What really warmed my heart though during that first visit was an entire bottom wall by the front window display solely devoted to, and covered in, wedding thank you cards from happy brides, newlyweds, and Wedding Cake Shoppe customers.  Each and every one of these special points of reference inside the wedding cake and cupcake shop tells a story, a story about the role weddings have played in our society at different points in time and the cultural significance in using food to celebrate and symbolically represent this occasion.  Finally, it demonstrates the joy we have in capturing and preserving special moments in our lives through photographs, scrapbooking, and decor, and sharing this joy with those around us.  

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Scrapbooking materials used: teal cardstock (Best Occasions); watermelon pink, lavender, pale pink and yellow, and powder blue cardstock (Recollections); dessert printed cardstock (The Sweet Stack with glitter by DCWV); cupcake, candy, and dessert stickers and embellishments (The Sweet Stack embellishment pack by DCWV); rhinestone embellishment (Crafts by Dollarama); pink scalloped lace heart stickers (Martha Stewart Crafts); vintage postcard patterned paper; black and white floral patterned paper; blue and white speckle dotted patterned paper; pink and blue plaid patterned paper; powder blue, yellow, and gold floral paisley patterned paper (Anna Griffin); wedding cake stickers (Sticko); brown twine; medium scallop circle paper punch (ek success).

The Wedding Cake Shoppe is located at 859 College Street, just west of Ossington Ave.  They are open 6 days a week (closed on Tuesdays) and their weekday hours are from 11am-7pm, weekend hours from 11am-5pm.  You can check out their official website here, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Committed to Food, Committed to Friendship – A Scrapbook Snapsnot of the Breakfast Club Girls

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Eating breakfast classics, drinking cups upon cups of tea and coffee, and catching up with friends during a weekend or holiday brunch is one of the best feelings in the world and making this breakfast scrapbook layout made me so happy.  I’ve been down in the dumps lately and even though I know how much I love to write, scrapbook, and design, it still catches me by surprise when both of these loving pastimes calm me down and give me a little piece of mind.  Writing and scrapbooking function as both my creative outlets and my stress relievers and they have been so therapeutic for me. 

This scrapbook layout served as yet another reminder of all the reasons why I love food, story-telling, and the time spent with friends.  I feel so lucky to have a sweet boyfriend who humours me, supports me, and is up for anything when it comes to my blogging and photography escapades, and I love having different friends with whom I can enjoy different food activities.  I have friends who love to go on sushi lunch dates, friends who are just as obsessive about cupcakes as I am, and friends who are my vegetarian and vegan partners in crime.  Finally, I have my group of breakfast and brunch girl friends!

Friends since our first year of high school (and beyond for my other three girls who have known one another since sandbox and playground days), the four of us have formed a lifelong bond and tradition over breakfast get-togethers and have coined ourselves Team Commitment as an ode to our friendship and our commitment to delicious food.  This year we celebrated our 5th consecutive year as a group (our 3rd here at T&T Bakery & Cafe!) and each and every single our breakfast club gets together, there’s always fabulous food involved!  Not only have we noshed on waffles, poached eggs, bacon, sandwiches, bagels, and French toast, but we’ve also exchanged food gifts.  I baked cookies for my dear Lindsay over Christmas, Laura surprised us all with chocolatey Tim Tams and hot cocoa two years ago, and Lisa shared some of her fabulous homemade caramel, nut, and white chocolate bark and homemade cinnamon sticky buns!  Even some of our non-edible gifts have been food-related! 

Food has quietly (or maybe not so quietly) played a starring role in our get-togethers over the years.  It has anchored us, giving us a little stability and a lot of excitment and anticipation.  Over tea and coffee and plates of food, we have celebrated graduations, weddings, break-ups and heartbreaks, new loves, new jobs, new schools, and even a new country to temporarily call home.  Every breakfast get-together is, simaltanously, a sign of change and growth on the one hand and comfort and familiarity on the other.  The scrapbook layout is a snapshot of several moments frozen in time of four very different young women who, despite having their own aspirations, dreams, and goals in life, always make the time and effort to eat, laugh, and cry together.  We look forward to our breakfast meals as we reminisce and catch up on each other’s lives and this scrapbook layout is my way of capturing the story of four girls who come together to celebrate food and friendship.

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T&T Bakery and Café is located at 35 Main Street Markham at the intersection of Highway 7 and Markham Rd., just north of Highway.7 and on the east side of Markham Rd.

Scrapbook materials used: Cornflower blue, watermelon pink, pale lemon yellow, and textured beige cardstock (Recollections); breakfast waffle patterned paper (MMMMM Waffles – Mom’s Diner by Recollections); blue journalling tags (Darcy collection by Anna Griffin); glittery breakfast pancake and waffle adhesive embellishments (Waffle Baking stickers by Martha Stewart Crafts); floral and garden gold foil stickers (atd by Momenta); strawberry sticker (Sticko); sapphire alphabet stickers (Recollections); circle paper punch (ek success); deckle edged decorative scissors (Provo Craft).

Underneath the Tiki Umbrella – Scrapbooking the Prairie Girl Bakery Pina Colada Cupcake

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I have always been fascinated with coconuts.  Let’s tick off all the reasons why I love this fuzzy ball of sweetness:

  1. I love watching people crack the fuzzy shells open!  Whether it’s whacking it with a butcher knife or a meat tenderizer (have you seen the episode of Iron Chef where Masaharu Morimoto breaks his meat tenderizer trying to crack his coconut open?!), it’s extremely satisfying seeing those shells crack in half! 
  2. I love the creamy white texture of coconut meat.  The white flesh is so bright, fresh, and clean and the exterior fuzziness of the shell is kind of cute!  Not to mention I’m a big fan of coconut water and juice and I’ve always wanted to drink coconut water straight out of the shell. 
  3. I’m crazy about coconut desserts and dishes!  Coconut is used in so many different types of cuisines and I marvel at its versatility in both sweet and savoury dishes.  One of my all-time favourite teas is the coconut almond tea from Steeped & Infused and just thinking about coconut cream cake, cupcakes, and coconut milk rice makes my taste buds all excited. 
  4. And finally, even though I’m somewhat of a wimp when it comes to hot weather, I can’t wait to take a beach or tropical vacation someday just so I can see a palm tree with coconuts clustered up top up close and in person.

As you can tell, I have a little big fruit crush on the coconut!  What better way to indulge my infatuation than with coconut themed scrapbook supplies!  I went batty when I found this giant tropical coconut drink scrapbook embellishment online on Ebay many moons ago.  I don’t remember exactly how long I’ve had it, but what I do remember is feeling giddy over the creamy looking coconut, pineapple wedge and cherry, and adorable pink tiki umbrella!  I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it on a layout and I’m so excited to see it sitting pretty on my Prairie Girl Bakery Pina Colada cupcake page.  I went full out tropical on these pages using bright juicy pinks, yellows, and greens, tropical patterned paper (flip flops and palm trees!), and cute tropical drink stickers. 

I stuck to a two-page layout this time around because I figured a 4-page layout featuring the exact same cupcake would be overkill (cupcakes? overkill?  Why, never!) and I really like the way it turned out.  Prairie Girl Bakery’s regular cupcakes and Treats of the Week cupcakes have given me so much fun inspiration to work with in my scrapbooking and I’m looking forward to seeing what the next layout will bring!

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Scrapbooking materials used: watermelon pink, buttercup yellow, pale yellow, and grass green cardstock (Recollections); palm tree patterned paper; summer flip flops patterned paper; tropical striped patterned paper; coconut drink adhesive embellishment (Jolee’s by You – ek success);  tropical drink stickers (Sticko); gold metallic alphabet stickers (Sticko); multicolour alphabet stickers; yellow ribbon with neon green polka dots (Dashes, Dots, and Checks); lime green daisy vine felt border (Forever in Time Embellishments by Multicraft Imports); 5-petal flower paper punch (ek success); scalloped edge decorative scissors (Provo Craft).

Snowflakes, A Winter House, and Veggie Orange Chicken – Scrapbooking a Winter Menu at King’s Cafe

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It’s been one crazy, topsy-turvy winter this season, but one thing is for certain: we can’t resist that silent, magical feeling we feel when we watch snowflakes gently fall from the sky and the breathtaking, picturesque scenes of pure white snow on pine trees and rooftops.  We may not enjoy shovelling, and we may mumble and grumble about winter under our five layers of clothing, but we all know that feeling of serenity that comes along with the winter season.

This is why I’ve enjoyed scrapbooking winter and holiday layouts so much over the past few months.  I didn’t think I’d love it this much because in reality, I’m not much of a snow bunny, but when I put scissors to paper and stickers to cardstock, winter is one of the most beautiful and versatile themes to scrapbook.  I love using winter themed stickers and embellishments (snowflakes!  mittens!  snowmen!  hot chocolate!) and I love how I can simaltaneously play up the cool, icy colours of winter (whites, grays, and blues) and bright spring ones, such as greens and pinks, all at once.  And scrapbooking winter comfort food is so much fun because you get to focus on all the things that make you feel warm and cozy.  The hot chocolate one I made for The Hot Chocolate Series is one of my favourite layouts to date because I put so much creative energy into piecing together a colour scheme and building a winter story out of it.

You’re probably wondering why some of the photos on the scrapbook layout look so familiar, especially the one of me (hint: the photo is from a page on my main toolbar), and that’s because those photos were featured in December 2010 (yes, 2010!) during my first month of blogging in my first King’s Cafe post.  It’s taken a little over a year for me to get around to, but I finally made a scrapbook layout for it!  Let it be known that there is no rhyme or reason to the order and sequence of scrapbook layouts that I create and post here.  Sometimes I’ll create and post things a little more strategically, but really, it’s about the amount of time I have to devote to a particular layout, idea, or set of photos and this set has been waiting in the wings for months!

This layout was so much fun to make.  The layout was entirely devoted to and inspired by King’s Cafe’s seasonal winter menu.  King’s Cafe has a winter menu that they put out every year for the season and there are special menu items featured in it that are not available during the rest of the year.  For example, to my knowledge, the meal I had (the orange veggie chicken with asparagus, fruit, and green salad) is exclusive to the winter menu, along with the amazing lemongrass fried rice and many other dishes.  Scrapbooking these photos made me realize just how much more I wanted another meal at King’s Cafe – I’ve been craving their delicious food for months!

Look at the adorable winter house!

I wanted to use the bright colours from my meal and the colours I was wearing that day to guide the colour palette, and the adorable winter house pictured in the winter menu as a focal point.  I knew right off the bat that I wanted to use gray as a base and bright colours to complement the melancholy, wintry shade.  The main colour palette was a mix of gray, white, bubble gum pink, and bright sky blue with pops of green.  I used the orange from the food photos and a bit of brown to warm everything up.  I was so excited to make my own little King’s Cafe winter house out of paper and cardstock and I think it turned out pretty darn cute!  The most fun I had was actually making the windows.  The bright blue jumps off the page, I got to use my old-school brown metallic gel-pen, and windows are just fun.  They were always my favourite Lego pieces to play with!

You all know how much I adore seasonal menus (especially fall and winter ones), so we’ll see if I can around to scrapbooking more winter meals (and maybe a Hot Chocolate layout, Part II!) before the weather gets really balmy and spring is here!

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Scrapbooking materials used: gray, white, bubble gum pink, emerald green, powder blue, beige, chocolate brown, and cappuccino cardstock (Recollections); bright sky blue construction paper; Green Pinstripe patterned paper (Recollections Basics); holiday patterned paper (Me & My Big Ideas holiday paper mat pad); holiday striped cardstock (DCWV holiday cardstock mat pad); cream and gold foil “circus” alphabet stickers (Recollections); Christmas ornament adhesive embellishments (Recollections); “Winter” adhestive embellishment (K&Company); holographic snowflakes; scalloped edge decorative scissors (Provo Craft); deckle edge decorative scissors; circle paper punch (Marvy Uchida).