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).

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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.

Scrap Happy!

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I hope everyone who celebrated Christmas yesterday had an amazing, fun, happy day!  I’m happily preparing myself for days and days of scrapbooking bliss and I’m realizing that after all this time (well, alright, it’s been less than a month, but since I started this blog!) I’ve never shown you all my stuff and how my little scrapping workshop rolls.  I like to think of myself as a little elf, churning out food pages all year long 😀

I really wish I had my own craft room to go bananas in, but I don’t so all my scrapbooking is relegated to the kitchen table and every scrapbooking stint of mine requires lots and lots of running, up and down the stairs, to fetch materials, and it’s ridiculous watching me do it because I’ll run up to my room for some stickers.  Then I’ll run back up for 3 more colours of cardstock.  And then another time for a paper punch.  And sometimes I will run up, get distracted, forget why I’m there, and go back to the kitchen without whatever it is I went upstairs for.  I’m a silly willy.

There's a method to my madness. I swear.

The goodies drawer! Stickers and ribbon and journalling tags and alphabets and, and…yeah.

I admit that I am totally anal with my scrapbooking habits.  I’ll make a hoopla of new pages and won’t put them into albums for ages.  I like it that way.  It makes me feel accomplished seeing a growing pile of new pages, ha!  I have a pile of pages that is currently sitting at over a foot tall that has yet to be organized and I just go on with my days, fa la la, in no real rush to tuck them into their respective plastic sleeves.  But when I do, does it ever feel awesome putting pages into an album, making it nice and full and fat! 😀 

The first 8×8 album I ever bought was 2 years ago at Winners/Homesense and I’ve never bought an album anywhere else.  Not Michael’s, not Wal-mart, not any other craft store.  Winners/Homesense is my holy grail for scrapbook albums because 1) they are CHEAP!  I’ve scored so many of these babies for around $5-$7 when they normally ring in at other places for well over $12, and 2) they are BEAUTIFUL.  I am absolutely obsessed with the brand DCWV (Die Cuts With a View) because they produce the most gorgeous albums and paper pads and I cannot get enough of them.  The stock at Winners/Homesense is constantly changing so sometimes I’m rewarded with new loot and sometimes I’m not, but I hunt these down like a vulture and it makes me so happy each time I snag a pretty one!

And speaking of DCVW, I am so giddy right now because I just scored myself a fabulous new pad of patterned cardstock from Michael’s today for over 50% off, OH MY LORDY!!  It helps that today is Boxing Day.  I got a sale on top of another sale, which allowed me to skipped out of the store with a yummy pad of paper that is so pretty it makes my heart all sorts of happy.  You’ll understand why:

The GREEN TEA STACK!!!! ❤  *bounces*  How perfect!  It’s like it was meant to be!  And before you get all, “hey, you don’t scrap in 12×12!” on me, this was a damn good deal and besides, I cut up my paper for multiple uses anyway.  Although I have a ton of existing pages and layouts I want to show you guys, I have a huuuuge backlog of photos (some of which I developed today) that haven’t been scrapbooked yet and I’m real excited to dig into some new stuff.  I take pictures faster than I can scrap them, but it’s kind of nice that way because I know I’ll always have new ways to get creative and there will always be something to make you all drool over, ha!  It’s going to be a fan-freakin’-tastic week of scrapping!