Thursday, April 29, 2010

Photo Journaling Video Tutorial

There are so many things to consider when taking photos of an occasion. Most of the time we're so worried about getting our camera settings and focus right, we forget about composition. Invariably we come home without that elusive shot. The title, "Photo Journaling" is scrapbook-speak for photo journalism. In this lesson I give you a valuable formula on how to always come home with the perfect shot so that you can tell your story in pictures without the need for a detailed written description. Let's face it. Some of us are just not writers.

There are only a few more days, as a Premier Member, to download this and 3 other video lessons before they disappear into the store at the normal price. Premier Members receive a 70% discount. Click on the Scrapper's Guide blinkie at the top of this blog to join up NOW to take advantage of the huge savings on the current Premier downloads. If you're wanting to take your scrapbooking skills to the next level, then Premier Membership is a "must have".

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Blueberry Muffins

I know the recipe says Blueberry Muffins. But you'll probably detect other berries here as well. Yes, you can also use mixed berries instead.
In New South Wales, where I live, fresh berries are very expensive. Our climate is just too warm. So I usually buy Creative Gourmet frozen berries and they work very well in this recipe and are about one quarter of the price.
This is another of my fail-safe, totally delicious and very moreish recipes that I'm sharing with you in the month of April. Click on the recipe card to see a larger image.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ginger Sponge Cake

Now this is a really delicious sponge cake. For those who are mystified by Golden Syrup, it's like Treacle but not quite as dark or as thick. Here's the Wikipedia explanation if you want more information. Mixed spice is another ingredient that might stump you but you'll find that it's just a mixture of common spices. This cake is rich and moist and although it's yummy when it's freshly made and still a little warm, it does become even more moist the next day.
Don't even go there if you're on a diet. But this is a party!

By the way, this is another recipe page from the Sentimental Sweets Template Album which you can purchase at Scrapper's Guide.
Just click on this page to get a larger view to copy and paste to your computer.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Cute Cutouts Video Tutorial

It's Party Time at Scrapper's Guide. This month's Mother's Day Recipe Album, called Sentimental Sweets, is full of cute shapes. There are lots of teapots, coffee pots and cookie jars. In this video I teach you how to create your own cutouts using Mary's doodles as a guide. Shapes make great journaling mats. So click on the blinkie at the top of this blog to join Digital Scrapper Premier so you can download this and three other videos. The videos will be available in the store but it's much cheaper if you purchase a membership. We're having a recipe exchange and a huge competition where you can win a free Shutterfly Album of your favorite recipes. You only have two weeks as the competition closes at 9am on May 1st. Read all about it HERE!
Kit: Sugar and Spice Kit by Digital Scrapper Designs.
Fonts: Brandy Wine and Cochin.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Chocolate Coconut Slice

Since this month is all about favorite family recipes I made one of my favorites yesterday called, Chocolate Coconut Slice.

If you click on the scrapbook page it will be big enough for you to read the recipe and copy and paste it to your computer.

Mary Newman and I had a lot of laughs about the differences in how recipe instructions vary between the USA and Australia. She's American and I'm Australian and we're both on the Digital Scrapper Design Team at Scrapper's Guide. Mary drew all the beautiful doodles in this month's kit.

When she started reading my recipes in the album the questions really started coming. What's Icing Sugar, Desiccated Coconut, Caster Sugar etc? We realized that some people would have absolutely no idea what these ingredients are.

So here are a few translations:
Icing Sugar = Powdered Sugar
Icing = Frosting
Method = Instructions
Desiccated coconut = Finely shredded coconut.
Caster Sugar = White sugar but the grains are much finer.
Self-Raising Flour = All purpose flour with 3 teaspoons of Baking Powder added.
This is a recipe my mother used to make for us when we were children and I still make it regularly today. It contains no eggs, and is very quick an easy to make if you have unexpected visitors. We make a lot of these slice style biscuits in Australia and I'll share more with you in the coming weeks. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Mother's Day Recipe Book Album

This is a huge month for me. At Scrapper's Guide we created a collaborative kit by the Scrapper's Guide Design Team and a beautiful Mother's Day Recipe Book Album. Although Mother's Day isn't till May, this will give you a whole month to create the album with your favorite family recipes. There will still be time to have it printed by Shutterfly to give your mother or grandmother on the special day.
There has never been a better time to join Premier at Scrapper's Guide. Click on the blinkie at the top of this blog to grab this mega kit and a 16 page album including front and back cover. You have the choice of flattened png quick pages or our usual layered quick pages to give you more flexibility with design.