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)
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Warming the Heart and Hands with a Cup of Tea – Ate by Ate’s Top David’s Tea Picks for the “Cup of Warmth” Charity Promotion

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Yes, that’s right, I keep all my tea menus!

In my world, every day is a day for tea.  Most of the folks in my life start their day off with a cup of coffee but for me, I start mine off with the kettle whistling and a tea cup or tea mug raring to go.  And with January being National Hot Tea Month, the weather being so cold and David’s Tea promoting their Cup of Warmth local hunger relief charity donation, there’s never been a better time to grab and enjoy a cup of warm and soothing sweet loose leaf tea while making a difference at the same time.

On January 15, David’s Tea began their Cup of Warmth promotion nationwide, even tapping into several cities across the border, donating the loose leaf tea equivalent for every single cup of tea purchased and every single social media share of the event to a local hunger relief charity and/or food bank in every province in the country and 4 cities in the US (Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco).  For us here in Ontario, David’s Tea has linked hearts and arms with Second Harvest.  Buy a cup, give a cup.  It’s that simple.

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Their goal is to reach 150 000 cups by the end of January 28 so if you happen to be out and about and around a David’s Tea this weekend, grab a cup of your favourite flavour or try a new one to help contribute to the rising total!  And if you can’t get out to a shop, you can still get involved and help out by tweeting about it on Twitter @DAVIDsTEA and sharing it through Facebook.  Goodness knows I’ve done my share of tea drinking over the last week, trying out some new flavours and ticking them off in my current David’s Tea tea menu!  If you need some recommendations, here are my top David’s Tea picks (in no particular order!) that will warm you up and keep you toasty!

Ate by Ate’s Top David’s Tea Picks

  1. Toasted Walnut (green tea)
  2. Lime Gelato (green tea)
  3. Long Life Oolong (oolong tea that tastes like Fuzzy Peaches candy!)
  4. Birthday Cake (rooibos tea)
  5. Red Velvet Cake (black tea; quite possibly even better than red velvet cake itself)
  6. Blueberry Jam (black tea)
  7. Chocolate Rocket (mate tea; tastes like a delicious chocolate raspberry almond cake)
  8. Coco-Lemon Thai (white tea)
  9. Mango Lassi (herbal tea)
  10. Fantasy Island (black tea; the most perfect combination of raspberry and coconut, my latest favourite!)

And as for seasonal honourable mentions, try the Choconut Oolong, Coffee Cake and White Chocolate Frost from their Winter collection, they’re terrific!  Out of all the teas I’ve tried so far from David’s Tea’s permanent menu, these are my absolute favourites and I’m always finding myself wanting to default to the list of 8 teas up top.  There are so many others I need and want to try though (including Kiwi’s Big Adventure, Ceylon Star, Jessie’s Tea, Orange Blossom and their latest addition, Mint to Be!) so I have no doubt that list of 8 will grow to 10 or even 12.

Honestly, I look at my growing tea collection in my room and it makes me happy (and leaves my brother in a state of awe.  After walking into my room to pick out a tea to drink one morning, he stopped dead in his tracks and said, “oh my goodness, it’s like walking into a David’s Tea in my own house!”).  So much of my life now revolves around it (trying out recipes that would go great with a tea party menu, eating and drinking my way through afternoon tea spots in the city with my best friend and boyfriend, reading tea literature, learning about tea history, the list goes on) and it’s remarkable just how much joy it’s brought me.  Knowing this makes paying it forward, even if it’s only one cup of tea at a time, that much more meaningful.