Thursday, January 28, 2010

Zoom in on my photoless layout?

Last night Andrew and I (Leila) were lucky enough to see RENT: The Broadway Tour here in Madison. We'd seen it before, down in Chicago last spring, but were quite geeked to have that opportunity again before the tour comes to an end on February 7. So when we purchased our tickets back in August, we had nothing but great expectations for a nice evening out while the boys stayed home with the babysitter. It never once entered our minds that there might be another event on that long-awaited night. Sometimes though, life throws that proverbial curve ball and you have to do your best to hit it out of the park. (Oh jeez, baseball metaphors? I think I need an intervention.) So, while Andrew and I were enjoying a night on the town, JP and Devin went with a friend to the church where JP participated in his first ever Pinewood Derby. To be honest, we didn't expect much from the event. I mean, we knew that the boys would have fun, but when you consider that JP's car was hastily built this past Saturday morning; well, you get the picture! Much to our very pleasant surprise and delight, our friend told us that JP's little pick-up truck had surpassed the previous track speed record (that had been made three years prior) in the very first heat of the night AND that he'd placed second overall for the event. Not bad for a last minute entry!

Ok, so enough ground work! All of the above leaves me with a dilemma: I have no pictures from the Derby!! I have this completely amazing absolutely must be scrapped moment in my 10 year old's life and I. HAVE. NO. PHOTOS!! So what's a scrapper to do in that situation? Oh, I am sooooooooooo glad you asked! You see, I love a good photoless layout. I love an opportunity to tell the story and have the STORY be the star, not the photos. Sometimes words need to be the forefront of a page. While I can admit that this situation would probably be better with photos, I'll make it work without.

Now, PHOTOless doesn't mean IMAGEless. Pft, I know--semantics. Photos are always images, but dear readers IMAGES are not always photos. Stay with me here, I'm getting there, I promise. There are ways to create a photoless page that isn't just the words (and yet it is...)

My first favorite thing to do is find graphics in kits that can represent the missing photos. A while back I did a page about my sons' laundry and it's ability to reproduce. I had no pictures of the laundry, but the kit I used had lots of pieces of clothing in it with which I was able to create a mountain of dirties. More recently, I used graphics to display a favorite line from a song because I sure don't own a green dress. ;)

Another option is to scan in memorabilia that you might have to represent the event or subject you're looking to scrap. JP came home from the Pinewood Derby with a certificate proclaiming him the fastest car and a little paper ribbon with a '2' on it for his second place finish. I've decided that my best option for scrapping this event is to scan those items and use them on my page as you can see below:


Of course, you could just use words. A lot, a few. Whatever floats your boat! Photoless pages can be fun, therapeutic, cathartic, whatever you want them to be. I'd love to see some of the pages you all have created or do create after this. Post a link in the comments for me to check them out!!

~Leila

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Do You Have Rough and Tumbly Boys???

Then I have a kit for you! Check out my new release today at Polka Dot Plum: Grab this kit today for 20% off! The Quick Pages are FWP through next week, so be sure to stop by and grab them!

Happy scrapping! ♥



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Winner!

Thanks to everyone for playing, this was a fun contest!




The name of the kit - Rough & Tumble!



You'll see a full preview in the morning, but here is the winner to the contest...



Jennifer (not Fox, I hope! lol) - congrats girl! E-mail me at slurpeegirl13 (at) hotmail (dot) com to get your coupon code!

Rumor has it that there is a FREE WITH PURCHASE offer on this kit, too! Stay tuned for more details!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Win with JFD!

Hi all! Trina here with your sneak peek for this week. Jennifer has amazed us again and let me tell you the pages coming from the CT for her newest kit are just gorgeous! This kit is so easy to work with, and the color scheme is great! So what is the kit? Well, you'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out (I'm such a tease!) But here is a sneak peek - and yes, that gorgeous metal rimmed alpha is included in the kit!



Now how would you like to win? It's very definetely 'boy' themed, and I thought I'd throw out some titles you could use with this kit. One of them happens to be the name of this kit. Guess the name of the kit right, and 1 of the correct answers will win a $5 coupon to Jennifer's store!


Here are some great titles to scrap about Boys:


A little dirt won't hurt


No girls Allowed!


Just like Dad


A little dirt won't hurt!


No girls allowed!


Boys R' Us


You are my 'son' shine


Rough & Tumble


Dirt Magnet


Little Prince


That's my Boy!


Wild Thing



Post your guess here in the comments section by midnight EST (9 PM PST if my math is right) for a chance to win a $5 coupon to Jennifer's store! Winner will be announced tomorrow.


Don't forget to leave us some way to contact you in case you win!

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Thursday Tidbit...on Sunday


Hey all, Alix here (better late then never right?). I was racking my brain trying to decide what to post when I began day dreaming about the delicious brunch I had today...mmmm...


For you to fully appreciate the deliciousness of my breakfast you have to know a little back story...we've gone to Disney in January for a while now, in fact this was the first year we haven't been able to go due to budget and the girls starting in a new school. Well, I have been missing the mouse like crazy and all the fun the girls had when we'd go made the stress and exhaustion from the trip well worth it. One of my favorite things to do when we are there is to have breakfast at the Crystal Palace. The food there is amazing and Winnie the Pooh and friends were always a favorite of mine. If you have ever been there then you *have* to know about Pooh's Puffed French Toast, which is you ask me tastes more like a churro then french toast. It looks like this (picture courtesy of our 2007 trip)




Yeah, see what I mean? Anyway, guess what? I found a recipe that I can make at home which tastes very similar to the Disney version. And the best part? It's fat free. Okay, well it's not, but it doesn't matter it's soooo good you won't mind the extra 4 hours on the treadmill you'll spend working it off ;). Here is the recipe in case you are in the mood for yumminess beyond imagination...

What you'll need:
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2-1/2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 12 slices bread, cut in half diagonally (I read somewhere Disney uses Challah bread, but I use regular old country white)
  • cinnamon sugar mix (4 tsp. cinnamon + 3/4 c. granulated sugar) <----you may want to make a little more then that I found I ran out.

What you do:

  • Mix eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla, and milk until blended.
  • Slowly add flour and baking powder, mix until smooth.
  • Dip bread in batter.
  • Fry in hot skillet with 1" oil until browned.
  • Drain on paper towels, and roll in sugar mix.
That's it! Eat and enjoy! It turned out fabulously, I wish I had taken a picture before it got gobbled up. Next time for sure! Let me know if you give it a try and if you do anything differently! I added sliced fresh strawberries and bananas on top and my dds put whipped cream on top. It would be extraordinary as a dessert too, with vanilla ice cream on top!

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

In the Spotlight...

Hello fellow digiscrappers! This post is coming to you a day early, but that just gives you an extra day this weekend to scrap because I know you're going to LOVE this kit so much, that you'll go grab it today if you haven't bought it already! :)

Stephanie (schock77) here to shine the spotlight on the blog today. With so many WONDERFUL products in store, it's hard to pick just one! But with Valentine's Day right around the corner, I wanted to show off one of Jennifer's most recent kits: I {Heart} U.




I used this kit to scrap my husband and I for once instead of the kids! Here's my layout: True Love.


And here's some more that caught my eye in the gallery:
Sassynsweet (alix)- Trust


Leila - Crazy Love


Eranslow - Love


Happy Scrapping! :)

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Friday, January 22, 2010

It's still Friday...that means it's time for a Freebie!

Hey all! Laura here and I apologize GREATLY for my delayed post today! If you haven't seen Jennifer's latest kit I {heart} you, you neeed to check it out. It's absolutely gorgeous and well, you need something to match the freebie I've got for you today!


you can grab this puppy here. I hope you all have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Releases--Jan. 20, 2010















All New Releases are 20% Off TODAY ONLY!!! Happy shopping! ♥

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sneak Peek Tuesday

Lots of new stuff coming to Polka Dot Plum tomorrow! :)

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Template Freebie!!

Kate here! Well what a month! Trying to get back into a routine is about to kill me. To help you scrapbook this month, I have a template freebie for you. Hope this starts some inspiration for you. Have fun and enjoy!
Here is the template:

And here is my layout I made with it!! I used Jen's and Nikki Epperson's Funkalicous Fall.

Have a great week and get digi scraping!!!

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Look!

Pardon the mess as we give the bloggie a makeover! :)

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Freebie!

Hello, digiland! It's Mandy with a freebie for you. I made this layout using Jennifer's Cuppycakes kit. I thought it was so fun, I decided to make it into a quickpage for you.


Just click the image or right >here< to download. Enjoy!

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

What's For Dinner?

I ask myself this question everyday! Obviously, I'm not the organized little homemaker who has her meal plans all in order. I wish I was...and I've tried...but for me it's unrealistic.

So yesterday I was thumbing through a new cookbook I got recently, Grain-Free Gourmet by Jodi Bager and Jenny Lass, and decided to try a new recipe for dinner! It took me two hours to make this so start it early, but it was so worth it! It was delicious!

This recipe is gluten free, egg free, nut free, and dairy free so if you are on a restricted diet this recipe is great for you. But even if you aren't, you and your family are really going to enjoy this healthy meal! My 4 year old gave this one a thumbs up!


One-pot Chicken and Sausage
Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
salt and black pepper
oil for browning
4 spicy sausages
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
6 cups chopped napa cabbage
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp dried basil
15 mini white button mushrooms
(or very coarsely chopped larger ones)
2 cups baby spinach

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees

2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a little oil in a large pot and brown the chicken in 2 to 3 batches.

3. When the chicken is browned on both sides, remove and place in a large casserole dish with a lid.

4. In the same pot, brown the sausages. Slice each sausage into 4 or 5 pieces and add to the casserole dish.

5. Add the onion and garlic to the pot and cook until translucent.

6. Add the tomato juice and bring to a boil.

7. Stir in the cabbage, rosemary, and basil.

8. Cover and bake for 40 minutes.

9. Remove from the oven and turn the oven to broil.

10. Add the mushrooms and spinach to the casserole dish and stir to combine.

11. Return to the oven and continue baking uncovered for 5 minutes.

12. Remove from the oven. Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary before serving.


Enjoy!!!

**One bit of advise though, our meal was a bit crispy because I thought I had 5 minutes while the casserole was on broil to scrapbook. Not a good idea!!! Keep an eye on it in the oven on broil because it may not need a whole 5 minutes. Your husband will probably let you know if he smells it burning but he won't go and get it out of the oven for you!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January Template Challenge!!

I'm so excited to share with you today our very first Template Challenge!! You've probably heard or maybe participated in one of these before. It's really easy, simple, and tons of FUN!!!

I created a template, based on layout I did with Jennifer and Nikki's Warm Winter Wishes kit, for you to download. All you need to do after you download the template is load it up with lots of Jennifer's goodies! Leave us a comment here with the link to your page and ... you could WIN a $7.00 gift certificate to Jennifer's store!!!!! Woohoooo!!

Click the image to download!!

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My original layout

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Leave us a link by January 27th! And please respect Jennifer's terms of use. Please do not claim as your own and please do not distribute. Thank you!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Impromptu Challenge for 1/12

Hey out there! Sprauncey1 (Kim) here with a special Tuesday post...

Since Jennifer is still recuperating from her injury and doesn't have anything new coming to her store this week, I decided to put together a little challenge for myself and for any of you all that want to play along. I'm not one to make "resolutions" every year. I have things I would like to work on, but I don't put pressure on my self to complete a list for the year. But looking back on last year, I realized how much unexpected things changed me and the way I think, or live, or look at the future. So I created a scrapbook page to remind myself of those pivotal things....and I made a template for you all to use as well!

I used Jennifer's A Flower In My Pocket because it is very cheery and springy, and everything on my list last year was good things (other years I might have chosen other colors to reflect that mood). Plus the happy flowers are just the thing to brighten my January Monday! Check it out in her store, it really is a very versatile kit and super cute too! Its on sale right now!! (30% reduction shown in cart)

And so I put together this LO using the kit and various pictures I took throughout last year. A little journaling and a fun hap-hazard title and it was done! And years from now, I will look back and say "oh yeah that was when I started...or I can't believe I used to...and "how much have I changed these last few years!" Or whatever...who knows, but for now...these are what impacted me:

So to get you all started...I made a template out of my LO. Change it as much as you want, just get those memories down before you forget!!

Download template here.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Gallery Standout

Hi everyone, Rebecca aka Mamabee, here with my very first blog entry for Jennifer Fox. It's been super cold, here in the Midwest (and most of the nation) and since I don't want to brave the elements, it's the perfect excuse to scrap!! Boy, I wasn't disappointment in what I found with what you've done with Jennifer's designs. Her kits just knock my socks off... so enough yapping, lets see some awesome layouts!!!

30 - MrsGriff
Wow... double spreads is an area that I need to work on... and mrsgriff did an amazing job with her layout, 30! Using CuppyCakes kit, it is just perfect to document this milestone... and since I'm only 29 (yeah... like 5 years ago *wink*)... the 30th birthday party looks like a blast!



Fun In the Snow - uinthas
This layout is stunning! I love how she used the diangle design to show off pictures of sledding... genius! And the snowflakes are placed perfectly... excellent use of Jennifer's kit with Nikki, Warm Winter Wishes!



Winter 09 - Giseli Freitas
Gorgeous... that is simply the word to use... The lacing edging is such a finishing touch on an outstanding layout... even if I didn't already have this kit, I'd be dropping EVERYTHING to run to get this kit... Warm Winter Wishes, Jennifer Fox and Nikki Epperson.



Wow... I don't know about you... but I'm inspired to get some scrapping done! And don't forget the HUGE sale going on right now!! Be sure to link us up to your layouts using Jennifer Fox Designs so that we can leave them love, that they so much deserve... and you also have a chance to be featured in Gallery Standouts!

{{Hugs}}
Rebecca aka MamaBee

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Hybrid Heaven-JiffyPop

Hi all, it's Rach here....Ok are you ready for a super fun and EASY project?! SURE you are! Since Jennifer is Out of Commission, I am taking over the blog! shhhh...don't tell her.


I needed a small little gift for my son's friend who fell today and broke his arm while rollerskating. Poor kid. I thought this might come in handy (no pun intended) for a nice snack while he's home resting. It's JiffyPop popcorn! Just pull back the metal rim and place your 7" printed circle inside, close the rim...DONE! You could tie some neat ribbon on the handle of the popper if you wanted also. I think that's what I am going to do. Just make sure it is removed BEFORE popping so there's no fire hazard. Gosh I don't want to be responsible for that mess!
From this to this!

I used the kit Winter Wishes by Jennifer and Nikki. It's a great kit with lots of fun elements. The colors are just amazing too. ENJOY!!!

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Friday, January 8, 2010

SALE, SALE, SALE!!!



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Winter Injury Sale!! & Freebie Friday

Hi everyone! Erin here bringing you the news that Jennifer is having a Winter Injury Sale! Yippee!! From 1/8 to 1/15 everything in her store is 30% off! So check it out!! (fyi - discount will be shown in cart)

She is also retiring her Let's Date: Date Stamps. Which are great for all your 2009 pics! Get them now before they are gone!
Last up is your Freebie for today! I created a template that you all can use with your goodies from Jennifer's store!
click image to download
Here is a page created by Leah (girlygirl) using the template and Warm Winter Wishes by Jennifer & Nikki Epperson.

And a page by me using Lil Dude by Jennifer, Nikki Epperson and Melissa Bennett.

I would love to see any layouts created with the template so come on back and leave a comment with a link to your layout!

And don't forget the Winter Injury Sale!! Now until 1/15 all goodies in Jennifer's store are 30% off!

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Product Spotlight: Warm Winter Wishes

Hey all! Kat here. Hoping everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!!! I know I did!!! We took our kiddos to visit Santa at the Fire Station in mid-December and my youngest is enamored with Santa. That's all he can talk about - even now. LOL!!! While I was off for a few days I decided that Jennifer and Nikki's new kit WARM WINTER WISHES would be perfect for scrapping an adorable picture I got of my little man telling Santa what he wanted for Christmas - he wanted "Santa" to come home with us - permanently!!! :) And for a 2 year old,



So, if you haven't had a chance yet, run on over to Polka Dot Plum and pick up Jennifer's newest kit. It's wonderful for showcasing all of those wonderful winter memories! I'll leave you with a few more CT layouts for a little inspiration!

Erin:


Leah:


Mandy:


Heidi:

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Friday, January 1, 2010

January Desktop Freebie

Happy New Year!

Kim (sprauncey1) here with a new desktop freebie for the month! It uses Jennifer Fox's newest collab with GSD by Nikki over at Polka Dot Plum called Warm Winter Wishes. These colors were just so fun and happy and perfect for cheering up a drab January day!
And here's the desktop freebie. Just pop your photos behind the image in your favorite scrapping software and have fun enjoying it all month. The downloads include 3 different sizes for different sized monitors. Enjoy!


PC Versions
Mac Versions

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As a creative team member for several digital scrapbook designers, I have received their products for free in return for creating and posting projects (digital layouts, hybrids projects, etc). Many of the layouts you see here were done in conjunction with requirements for these creative teams. Please be advised that the products used were indeed received for free.
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