Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Barefoot Lunch

This past June one of my neices Meghan and her friend Kate came to Boston and we had lunch together at my house. Not just any lunch mind you. We had a BAREFOOT CONTESSA lunch! Oh yeah!
I learned a few years ago that my neice shares my passion for all things Barefoot and as it should be with any friend so does Kate. So when they agreed to come to lunch I made a Barefoot inspired lunch not just some average Joe lunch no sir not for my girls. Everything we ate was made out of her cookbooks. I even went in hot persuit the day before for the perfect wine know the ones she uses that don't look like your average wine glass. What. You don't?

The table was set in Barefoot fashion (without said wine glasses). We started with guacamole, chips and wine then sat down to burgers with arugula, tomato and blue cheese and wine. Oh my stinkin heck those suckers were delicious...the burgers that goes without saying. I made a side of corn salad which could have used some work. My fault not Ina's. She said NOT to use frozen corn but I thumbed my nose at her advice and it did it anyway. DO NOT ignore the Barefoot advice!

I took some pictures before the girls got here knowing full well I was going to do a scrapbook page of the day but forgot to take one of the girls when they were here! I had to shanghai a picture from Meg's Facebook page (although it happens to be one of my favorite pictures of the 2 of them). My Meggoo is on the left and adorable Kate on the right. The page is a hybrid page. Mostly done on computer but mounted on card stock. I love these kind of pages as they are easy to get done. I had the pictures, I had a template and Lord knows I have plenty of card stock.

So yet another day in the life scrapbooked for no one other than me. Blogged for the 2 people who read my know who you are.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What I did on my summer vacation

Arrived home this past weekend from Bridgton Maine. Third year we have stayed at the cottage on Highland Lake. I took this week off just to get stuff done at make some scrapbook pages, and update my blog.

If you are reading this (and you 2 know who you are) then you know I have already updated the blog. Filled up a full paragraph with the what, where and when. Now for the how......

The idea for this page came from Nichol Magouirk . I used the same layout and ideas but tweaked it just a bit. She used rubber stamps, I used my Silhouette to do print and cuts. I also purchased the This and That Summer kit from Kerri Bradford This and That Summer . I love her designs and had to have the Adirondack chair as that is where my butt was parked most of the week while I was away. Except for when I was floating on the lake in my Day Dreamer! Thank goodness the photo is blurry when you see it.

The dragonfly's are added because if anyone has EVER gone to Maine's lake regions they know that those suckers are everywhere! They eat the mosquitoes though so we love the dragonfly's.

Here are some of the details on the page:

I cut the Adirondack chair and the flower vine from the This and That: Summer kit using my Silhouette machine. The background paper for the non-photo squares is from the Basic Grey Urban Prairie pack. I stamped a water glass stain using my Inkadinkado rubber stamp in Stampin Up ink Sahara Sand. Phew that was a mouth full of product information for one little square!

This square was done as a print and cut. I opened the design in the Silhouette but instead of cutting it I simply made it a print and cut by outlining the design then printing it out. I also used my water glass stain stamp on this square as well. I used the same technique for the {get away} square on the top right.

The center was done using a 6x6 square of kraft cardstock. I mixed up some acrylic white paint and water in a mister and sprayed the square. I then ran it through my printer to add the word "destination". "Summer Vacation" was purchased from Silhouette. I added a simple banner with Bridgton on it and the date. The piece was then framed with a 6.25x6.25 piece of white card stock. I used dimensional adhesive to adhere the square to the page.

Each picture is 3x3. I cut each one out separately but if I did this again I would group them in PhotoShop for less cutting. Lastly the dragonfly's were done as a print and cut again with my Silhouette.

OK so there  you have it. What I Did On My Summer Vacation....floated in a lake in a big blue and white tube....with a drink in the cup holder!