Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tidbit Tuesday - An Acronym Guide

Hi, it's Kate here with your weekly tidbit. Actually, today's is more of a mouthful. Digital scrapbooking has a vocabulary all it's own. I was in the Army for 22 years and am well-versed in Army-speak, but I had to learn a whole new language when I started digital scrapbooking. I thought it would be helpful to compile a list of common digital scrapbooking terms and acronyms in one place. You may want to bookmark this post!

AAM – All About Me. Layouts or albums made about a person.

ACTION – A saved set of steps performed in Photoshop that are run together.

ATC – Artist Trading Card. A small card, typically 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches that are traded with other artists and collected.

BLINKIE – A small animated graphic that usually advertises a site or designer.

BOM – Book of Me – An album that a scrapbooker makes about one person, usually themselves.

CLUSTER – A grouping of embellishments.

CREDITS – A list of the materials used to create a layout or hybrid project.

CT – Creative Team. A team of digital scrapbookers and/or hybrid artists that create for a designer or store to highlight their products.

DESIGNER – A person who makes digital scrapbooking kits and other products for digital scrapbooking.

DIGI/DIGISCRAPPING – Digital Scrapbooking.

DPI – Dots per Inch. Measures printing resolution. The standard for digital scrapbooking is 300 DPI.

EHD – External Hard Drive. A hard drive that is outside of your computer and usually plugs in with a USB or firewire cable. These are great for digital scrapbooking since the files for kits and layouts can get quite large. They are also wonderful for backing up files.

ELEMENT/ELLIE/EMBELLISHMENT – A digital scrapbooking item that is not a paper and is used to dress up a layout.

FREEBIE – Something that is given away for free.

HYBRID – A layout or project made with digital products that are printed out and attached.

JPG/JPEG – A file format for saving graphics. This is the format that most galleries require for images that are uploaded.

LO – Layout.

LOTD/LOTW – Layout of the day/week. Sites will sometimes pick one layout a day or week to be highlighted.NSBR – Non-scrapbooking related. A topic that is not related to scrapbooking.

P365 – Also known as Project 365. The challenge of taking a picture every day of the year. Scrappers will sometimes make these into an album with the pictures for each week on a page or a double-page spread.

PIXEL – The smallest piece of a digital image.

PNG – Portable Network Graphics – A file format for saving images. Images in PNG format can be saved with a transparent background.

PS – Adobe Photoshop. A software program that digital scrapbookers use to make layouts.

PSD – The file format that Photoshop and Photoshop Elements use to save layered files.

PSE – Adobe Photoshop Elements. Another software program that digital scrapbookers use to make layouts.

PSP – Paint Shop Pro. A software program by Corel that digital scrapbookers use to make layouts.

QP – Quickpage.

QUICKPAGE – A layout that is complete except for the pictures and journaling and is saved in a flattened format.

RAK – Random Act of Kindness. Generally refers to someone giving something away for free.

S4H/S4O – Scrap for Hire / Scrap for Others. Scrapping for someone other than yourself. The difference between the two is that Scrap for Hire is paid while Scrap for Others is a gift.

SCRAPLIFT – Using another scrapper’s layout as inspiration. It is important to credit the original layout in the credits of the new page.

SWAG – Something We All Get

TIFF – Tagged Image File Format. A file format used for saving graphics files in layers.

TOU – Terms of Use. Each digital kit and most freebies come with the designer’s Terms of Use which explain how the product may be used.

TUT – Tutorial. A set of step-by-step instructions on how to achieve a desired effect. Tutorials can be in written or video format.

UNZIP – Extracting the parts of a ZIP (compressed) file, which is how most digital scrapbooking supplies are packaged.

I'm sure this list isn't comprehensive. If I've missed any that you know or want to know, feel free to leave a comment and add to the list :)

Thanks & happy scrapping!

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Monday Meals in Minutes

Hi there!  This is Alli here ready with a great quick & easy Monday night meal complete with dessert.  Since I just moved from Texas to California there is still quite a bit of stuff packed away in boxes.  This includes my cookbooks.  There is a great Rachel Ray 30 minute meal recipe for spanakopita that I really wanted to make one night last week but I couldn't get to the exact recipe.  I thought for sure I could replicate it anyway so off I headed to the grocery store to get the ingredients.  I ended up with a few wrong items and kind of mixed things together as I cooked but the dinner turned out yummy anyway!


Ingredients:
1 box of frozen puff pastry dough
1 box of frozen spinach
1 cup shredded mozeralla cheese
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
a pinch of dried basil and oregano and salt and pepper (it's okay for it not to be exact)
1/2 cup of ricotta cheese
1/4 cup chopped onion sauteed in olive oil

Directions:
1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
2.  Chop and saute the onion in olive oil in a skillet
3.  Defrost the spinach in the microwave then drain it well
4.  Combine the ricotta cheese, spinach, onion, parmesan cheese and spices in a food processor 
5.  Roll out the dough on a cookie sheet and add the spinach mix to each piece of dough (I usually cut it into 6 pieces to make 6 servings) then top it with some mozeralla cheese
6.  fold over the dough & put in oven to cook for about 14 minutes

Pull it out when it is browned on top, let cool, and serve with some marinara for dipping if you like!



The night I made these my son wanted to make strawberry milkshakes which was perfect timing to use the remaining strawberries we had from the farmer's market.

Ingredients:
milk
vanilla ice cream
strawberries
sugar
vanilla extract

Directions:
1.  Mix together the cut up strawberries with 2 tablespoons sugar & 1 teaspoon vanilla extract then let sit while you eat dinner


2.  Mix the strawberries, milk, and ice cream in the blender



3.  pour into a glass & enjoy
...sorry there is no photo for this step but we were ready to drink them!

I hope you have a wonderful time cooking a quick & easy Monday night meal!

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Back To School Sale at The Digichick!!!

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Sunday Spotlight!

Happy Sunday morning everyone! Erin here this beautiful morning to spotlight one of Jennifer's fantastic summer kits: Down By The Seashore! But before we get to the kit and layouts - I just want to make sure everyone knows about the fabulous sale going on at The Digichick!


What a fabulous sale!! Be sure to check out LOTS of Jennifer's goodies while you are shopping! And while you are looking at Jennifer's store - why don't you pick up Down By The Seashore?! Look at these fabulous projects that were created using it!

Isn't this a fun card by Jackie? I love the stitching and that cute little crab!


I love the corner cluster on this page by Laura:


And the composition of this page by Trina is beautiful! Love all the journaling too!



That's it for today! Be sure to check out the sale at The Digichick & load up on Jennifer's goodies!

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Friday, August 27, 2010

September Desktop Freebie

Happy Friday everyone! You know what friday means? Freebies! And with the end of the month (!) it's just about that time to change up that desktop. So here you have it. September's desktop created with Jennifer's fabulous kit School Days

I hope you enjoy! 


Heather. 

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August Hybrid Inspiration

Hi everyone!  Jackie here with today's post.  I perused through Jennifer's gallery at The Digichick and found some amazing inspiration and ideas for crafty projects for that special teacher in your life and the upcoming school year.


Card and Envelope by Sarahbhb

Teacher Desk by joana1n

Make sure you upload your project to Jennifer's gallery - you never know if you'll find it featured here on the blog!

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tidbit Tuesday - Phat Straps

Hi everyone!  Trina here with your tidbit Tuesday.  I don't want to shock you, so you better sit down.

Christmas Eve is 4 months from today.

EEK!  I love Christmas and I love trying to find personable gifts for people, but if you don't start early, that's hard to do.  So I have started looking around for Christmas gifts already, and I found something that I want to add to my own Christmas wishlist (I'm sending my dh a link to this post, by the way!).

The website - Phat Straps, provides customizable camera straps (and dog collars!) for both DSLR's and smaller wrist straps for your Point & Shoot camera.  You can get them in all colors and varieties, and you can evern get them embroidered!  The website says they are all handmade and require 6-8 days for production.  My mother-in-law just opened her own photography business after being in a studio for a few years, so I am going to get her one of these with her business name embroidered on it.  For about $30, that's a steal of a deal!  You can also get longer straps, and of course with the minky (soft fuzzy material) backing. 

This is the one I think she'd like - we'll splurge for the minky for her too - it's called Groovy Glamour:


For me, I love this one, called Preppy Argyle


Here are some other great ones - there aer 15 pages, make sure you check out the site to see them all!




So what are you waiting for?  Get some of your Christmas shopping done and provide a personable gift that they'll remember was from you

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Meals In Minutes

Hey guys! Kat here with another quick and tasty recipe to help you get the new week started off without feeling overburdened. I know Mondays are madness around my house so I usually try to throw something quick and easy together for dinner that the whole family loves. One of my go-to recipes is a stir-fry because they are so versatile. Here's one of my favorite recipes:



Chicken Stir-Fry

Ingredients

* 4 (4 ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast halves
* 3 tablespoons cornstarch
* 2 tablespoons soy sauce
* 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
* 3 tablespoons cooking oil, divided
* 2 cups broccoli florets
* 1 cup sliced celery (1/2 inch pieces)
* 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
* 1 small onion, cut into wedges
* 1 cup water
* 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules

Directions

1. Cut chicken into 1/2-in. strips; place in a resealable plastic bag. Add cornstarch and toss to coat. Combine soy sauce, ginger and garlic powder; add to bag and shake well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. In a large skillet or wok, heat 2 tablespoons of oil; stir-fry chicken until no longer pink, about 3-5 minutes. Remove and keep warm. Add remaining oil; stir- fry broccoli, celery, carrots and onion for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add water and bouillon. Return chicken to pan. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.

I hope you all enjoy this wonderful recipe! Take care and have a great week!!!

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Spotlight Sunday

Its Heather here with your Spotlight Sunday and I thought I would show you some of the awesomeness in Jennifer's gallery at digichick.

First off this layout just popped out at me. I love the clustering. Its amazing.

 by yogovonne

And this one just took my breath away too. The blending is amazing and everything about it. 

by emmasmommy0728

And this one by one of my absolute favorite scrappers (i call her my scrap idol) caits




So post and leave me a link to your layouts with Jennifer's products. I know you have them now show us!!

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Saturday School - making your first digital layout!


Hi, it's Kate here with a tutorial on making your first digital scrapbooking layout in Adobe Photoshop. If you're already a digital scrapbooker or use another program, please stay! There will be stuff here for you, too!

So what do you need to get started? Generally a digital scrapbooking layout has several "ingredients" - a picture or pictures, a digital scrapbooking kit, and the story behind your pictures. You'll also need a computer program to put it all together. This tutorial is written for Adobe Photoshop (I use CS4), but the process is the same regardless of the program you use. If you don't have a program yet, you can go to the Adobe website and download the free trial version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

Once you have your program installed and have picked a picture or two, you'll want a digital scrapbooking kit. There are many options available depending upon your scrapping style. There are a ton of freebie kits out there that you can download to "try it out" as well as a variety of stores with different styles of kits. I have two pieces of advice to offer here... The first is don't get carried away collecting the freebies like I did. Download a few to figure out your style, then invest in a few good quality kits. One of the wonderful things about scrapping digitally is that you can use the same piece of paper or element as many times as you want. Your kits never get used up! My second piece of advice is to find a site that you enjoy hanging out at that sells good quality kits. Digital scrapbooking can be so much more than just recording your memories; there's a whole community of scrappers out there that share pieces of their lives with each other. Being part of a good digital scrapbooking community can be very rewarding. Check out the DigiChick forums to see what I mean. There's a lot of "scrap chat", but also a lot of chatting about life in general.

One good way to find your style is to browse through the galleries looking at other people's layouts. That's also a good way to find inspiration when you're ready to make a layout. I browsed through Jennifer's designer gallery and found this layout by Jackie (tettletop20) that I loved using Jennifer's kit "Won't You Tell Me Your Name".


I am going to use this layout as inspiration for my layout. In scrapping terms, I am going to "scraplift" this layout; which means I'm going to make a similar layout. It is considered good "scrapbooking etiquitte" to credit the layout that is scraplifted in the online gallery.

I've decided to use the kit "Tell Me Your Name" for my layout. After I purchase the kit in the store, I have to download it to my computer. Most kits are packaged into several ZIP files, so once I've downloaded the kit, I have to "unzip" the downloads so that I can use the files. In Windows XP I can 'right click' on the zip file and choose the unzip option. Then I'll have several folders with papers and elements. There are many ways to organize digital scrapbooking supplies. I keep it simple - I have a folder for each designer into which I put a folder for each of that designer's kits. I put all of the papers and elements into the kit folder, some choose to keep them separated into sub-folders for papers and elements. If there's an alpha, I keep it together in it's own sub-folder.

Now I have Photoshop open and the kit unzipped in it's folder and my pictures picked out. It's time to get scrapping!

The first step is to open a new document in Photoshop. Since the papers are sized at 12x12 inches at 300dpi, those are the options I'll choose when I open the new document. Keeping it this size will make it easier to scrap the layout and will give you the option to print it out at any size square up to 12x12 inches. This is what the dialog box looks like
and this is what your document will look like when you first create it. (If you're not using CS4 your screen will look a little different.)

I've chosen the two papers I want to use for my background, so I have to get them into my document. First, I open each paper in Photoshop. There are several ways to do this; I 'left click' on the thumbnail in the kit folder, drag it onto the photoshop tab on the bottom of the screen. Photoshop will then become the active window and I drag the paper up into Photoshop and release the mouse. This is what the screen looks like when I finish opening the two papers. If you look just above my document, you can see the three windows open in Photoshop - my new document and the two papers. The active window is highlighted.

Making sure the "move tool" is active (the arrow icon on the upper left), I'll 'left click' on the paper and drag it to my layout window and release the mouse button, which will copy the paper onto my layout. If you hold down the 'shift' key when you do this, the paper will be centered on your layout when you release the mouse button. This is what it looks like with the two papers on the layout (and the individual papers closed). You can only see the top paper now because the second paper is layered underneath it. You can see the layers with a thumbnail in the 'layers pallette' in the lower right. I am going to rename the layers by double-clicking on the names in the layers palette. As you can imagine, if you have more than 4-5 layers in a file it could get very confusing to have all the layers named "layer 1", "layer 2" and so on. I'm also going to delete the bottom layer by clicking on it and dragging it onto the trash can icon at the bottom right of the layers palette.

Now I'm going to resize the top paper to get the framed effect from Jackie's layout. Sometimes I'll do this with a clipping mask and other times I'll resize the paper. I like the edge of this paper, so I'm going to resize the paper so I don't lose the edge (I'll explain clipping masks in a bit). To resize the paper, make sure the 'move tool' is still selected, then click on one of the little boxes in the corner of the paper and drag it to where you want corner of the paper to be in your layout. Once you have done this with two opposite corners and have the paper the size you'd like, click the check box in the upper right of the screen. If you want to start over, check the circle with the line through it and your paper will go back to the way it was before you made any changes.

Now comes the fun part... putting the embellishments on the paper! I'm going to drag a few embellishments from the kit folder onto the layout the same way I did for the papers. I'm just getting them on the paper now, I'll move them around later. You can see that the layer "word art - it's perfect' is highlighted in the layers palette and it's outlined on the layout. That's the active layer.

I want to make some changes now. First I want to duplicate the wire since I want two on the page. I'll click on that layer in the layers palette and drag it to the 'new layer' icon (next to the trash can icon). Now there are two wires, one right on top of the other. Next, I want to resize the circles. It's okay to make something smaller on a layout, but you generally don't want to make it bigger or it might not look good when it's printed. Since I want all three circles to stay the same size, I'm going to resize them together. To select multiple layers, click on one layer on the layers palette, then hold down the 'ctrl' key and click on the other layers you want to select. All of the selected layers will be highlighted in the layers palette. Then simply click on one of the little boxes in the corner and resize all the selected elements together. To keep the elements in the same shape, hold the 'shift' key down while you're resizing.

Now I'm going to do a bit more resizing and moving things around on the layout until I get the look I want. To move an element on the layout, highlight it in the layers palette and then click and drag it on the screen. Make sure when you do that the cursor looks the same as it does for the move tool (cursor with the 4-way arrow) or you'll resize or rotate the element instead of moving it. To change the order of the layers, just click on the layer you want to move in the layers palette and drag it up or down. I want my picture cut out in a circle shape framed by the middle circle. What I'm going to do is duplicate the middle circle and resize it to the size I want the picture, then center it on the middle circle. Now I'll open up my picture and move it so that it's the layer above the top circle and I'm going to clip it to the circle. To clip the picture to the shape under it, right click on the photo layer in the layers palette and select 'create clipping mask'.

This is what it looks like after it's clipped. Cool, isn't it? Clipping masks are a powerful tool in digital scrapbooking. They're the secret to templates being so quick and easy to use. If you want to learn more about using templates, there's a good one on Jennifer's blog here and another one here - with free templates to download!

Now I can move the picture around and resize it to get it the way I want it in the frame. I'm almost done with the layout. Next, I need to add my text. To add the text, select the text tool (the 'T' in the menu on the left), click the 'new layer' icon in the layers palette, click on the layout, and type. You can change fonts, font size, and color and a few other things at the top of the screen. I want to put a text block on my page, so I'll make a new layer and with the 'text' tool selected, I'll click on the layout and drag the cursor to make a text box. Release the mouse button when the box is the size you want it, then click inside the box and start typing. Your text will fill the box. If the text isn't exactly where you want it, you can select the 'move' tool when you're done typing and move the text the same way you'd move any other element.
Now I'm really close to being done. You can see that the layout looks pretty "flat." I'm going to add some shadows to the layout. You can read about how to do the shadowing in this tutorial.

Looks much better, doesn't it? At this point, you could add additional elements if you wanted or move things around a bit more. I'm going to tweak it a bit, then call this layout done. Save the layout with a descriptive name. Actually, this really should have been the first thing I did and I should have saved periodically along the way. I've lost a few layouts because Photoshop has crashed. You'd think I'd have learned my lesson by now.
Okay, my page is done! 'What do I do with it now?', you might be wondering. Most digital scrapbookers either print out their layouts individually on their home printer or through a photo printing service and put them into albums with page protectors or wait until they have a complete album and have a photo book printed with all the layouts. There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods and that's probably the subject for another day. Many digital scrapbookers also like to upload their pages to galleries so that they can share them with their friends and family and other digital scrapbookers. You want to save the file as a 600x600 pixel JPG file before uploading to a gallery. Just make sure you keep the layered file so you have it to print out the layout later.

One final note: this are some of the very basic things that Photoshop can do and I only showed you one way to do them. There are usually several ways to get the same effect. There are also all sorts of tools that can make things quicker and easier. Spend the time to learn the software. You'll be glad that you did!

I'd love to hear what you think about this tutorial. Was it useful? Is there anything you'd like to know that I didn't cover? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Freebie : Template

Well, Friday again already and the week went missing on me! (Katharyn here). Where it vanished nobody knows, but here's hoping the weekend will bring us all some quiet time to scrap about the little joys of having school-aged kiddies, or the pleasant memories of our own school days.

And if you're anything like me, you'll want to record all the other parts of school life - like catching the bus, afternoon snacks that last right up until dinner time, and maybe the bad stuff like bullying and how it's affected you personally (some little person reading it may just be able to relate and learn from it). I kid you not, my 5-year-old son got his elbow fractured on the bus this week because a 12-year-old was pulling him out from under a chair and snapped it. Oh, the drama! Which reminds me, I'd better take a photo of his sling ....



Download here.

So get your skates on and head over to The Digichick to grab Jennifer's latest kit, School Days.


Enjoy!

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Release Thursday!

Welcome back everyone! Today Jennifer has TWO new releases for you. One is a solo kit at The DigiChick and the other is a collab with the fabulous Michelle Batton at Funky Playground Designs! Check them out below, and enjoy some inspiration from Jen's amazing CT!


Last but not least, Mr. Random Generator chose #12 as the winner from yesterday's comments. Erin--email Jennifer at jenniferfoxdesigns@yahoo.com so she can hook you up with Back to School!!! Congrats!!!

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Ready for school?

Hi all! Donna here bringing you hybrid Wednesday again :)
Jennifer will have an awesome kit coming out tomorrow ("School Days", August 19) at The DigiChick and that is what I used for my hybrid projects that I will be showing you today.

I decided to alter some school stuff to make it more fun and colorful. First project is an Altered pencil case (tin case).

First you have to measure the front cover. This will be your basis on your base document. After editing and selecting the elements and resizing to size, print and cut.













Trace the front cover of the pencil case and cut.













Adhere on the front cover.
*Slightly sand the surface before adhering the paper, it will stick better. Just my preference :)














Decorate the front cover as desired. I used alphas from In My Life kit by Jennifer Fox.












As well as the inside of the pencil case (hmmm never mind the number in the image heehee)















Notice the name tag inside the pencil case? I also made one, size is 2x4. It's flat and the other/reverse side has the surname of my niece. I just forgot to take a picture :D













You can use a string or this one below... perfect for bags, lunch boxes or even as a bookmark....
*Much better if this will be laminated so it's sturdier. Add the eyelet after lamination though.












Oh and I also altered the cover of this notepad (this is actually mine so it's just a simple "NOTES" pad)... The size of the notepad is 5x8.25in. I just used that as my document base in my editing software. Printed, cut and adhered on the notepad's front cover.


















Hope you liked my project sharing today, happy crafting! :)

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Sneak Peek Time--and Win It Before You Can Buy!!!

Hey everyone! Jennifer has TWO new kits releasing this week! One is a solo kit that will be at The DigiChick tomorrow and the other is a collab with the fabulous Michelle Batton, that is also releasing tomorrow at Funky Playground Designs! Here are your sneak peeks!



Don't forget to come back tomorrow for the full reveals and some inspiration from Jen's CT!

Before then, if you'd like to win the solo kit BEFORE you can buy it, comment here with something school related. I'll be back before midnight EST with one lucky winner!!!

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tidbit Tuesday!!

Heather here with our tuesday tidbit. I haven't been around much in the digi world and its been killing me. But the reason is I got a job at a local indoor playground. Its a great opportunity for parents because its all enclosed, padded, and you can sit back and read, play on the computer, etc while your kids play. Or of course you can play with your kids. You should look into something like that in your town, they are very popular. We also have a lot of special needs kids that come because it is a safe environment and also because there is always play assistants so sometimes the parents can get a little break. (I am a play assistant).

Through work I have really enjoyed getting to know the special needs kids. Especially a couple of boys with autism and a couple of the sweetest girls you will ever meet with Downs Syndrome. So I was talking with a friend of mine about how it has been really put on my heart to maybe be a foster parent because there is such a need. And she showed me this website: http://reecesrainbow.com/ I had never seen it and thought I would show you too. What's on your heart? What are your passions?

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Meals in Minutes Mondays!

Hey everyone, Stephanie(schock77) with a Meals in Minutes Monday for you! I'm a teacher that has enjoyed playing SAHM over the summer break, but today marks my first day back to work and after a LONG break, the last thing I want to do is cook a big meal for my family! It takes some time to get back into the routine of balancing work and home, so in the meanwhile, I need quick and easy (but still yummy!) So here's a great slow-cooker recipe that fits all three of my criteria!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Ingredients

* 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
* 1 onion, finely diced
* 2 (10 ounce) packages refrigerated biscuit dough, torn into pieces
* (optional) I dice celery stalks and carrots and throw them in too.

Directions

1. Place the chicken, butter, soup, and onion in a slow cooker, and fill with enough water to cover.
2. Cover, and cook for 5 to 6 hours on High. About 30 minutes before serving, place the torn biscuit dough in the slow cooker. Cook until the dough is no longer raw in the center.

Yep... that's it!!! Easy peasy, right? Perfect for busy working mamas like me who still want the taste of "home cooking" but are lacking the time and/or energy to make it! Hope you enjoy this recipe when you're looking for quick and easy too!

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Spotlight on August CT Guests!

Hi, it's Kate here and it's my pleasure to shine the spotlight on two of Jennifer's awesome August CT guests - Tara (taracotta7) and Jenn (jk703).

Tara was a paper scrapper who got into digiscrapping in 2008 through a digiscrapping friend. She scraps on a PC with PSE8 and loves to scrap late at night or early in the morning. She's been married for 12 years and has 2 step daughters and four adopted children ranging in age from 5-20 years old. Add two grandchildren into the mix and it's no wonder that Tara likes to scrap when the kids are sleeping! She says that she is mostly inspired to scrap by the photos, although sometimes she finds a kit that she absulutely has to use :).

I'd like to show you a couple of Tara's wonderful layouts. The first is with one of her favorite Jennifer kits, 'Won't You Tell Me Your Name' and 'Scraps to go, vol. 7'.


The next one is an adorable layout of her granddaughter using her other Jennifer favorite, 'Sweetiekins,' a collab with Shawna Clingerman.


Next, I'd like to introduce you to Jenn. A paper scrapper since 2004, she's only been digiscrapping for five months (I'd have never guessed - her layouts are awesome!!). She scraps with PSE8 on an iMAC and loves to scrap late at night - sometimes very late! She's happily married to a guy she met at a college frat party and they have 2 boys who are 2 and 5 years old. She says she's inspired by photos colors, and techniques she wants to learn. The most challenging part of digiscrapping for her is clustering.

Jenn's galley is full of beautiful layouts and I'd like to show you a couple of them. First up is a layout she made with her favorite Jennifer kit, 'Tomorrow's Another Day.'


Next is a very summery layout made with Jennifer's kit 'Down by the Seashore.'


Please stop by Tara's gallery and Jenn's gallery at The DigiChick and leave them some well-deserved love!

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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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