Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Son Who Loves School Lunch (plus 30% off)

If you've been around Scrap Girls (or this blog) even a short while, you'll know that in addition to loving digital scrapbooking and designing, I also love cooking and baking - all the better when I can combine those loves together! These days, one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is whip up my son's school lunches. It's become so important that Noah have yummy (but healthier) lunch options during the school year that I recently started a weekly series about it on my food blog: The Girl with a Whisk.

I have to admit, I used to hate packing school lunches. One morning I was super tired after not having slept well, and I was rushing to throw together something edible in his lunchbox. I was aggravated, but then something dawned on me. It was easy to hand him a few dollars each day to buy lunch, but I'd stopped doing that quite a while ago. And there was an important reason why I had stopped doing that - one I needed to remind myself of in this moment of complete annoyance. After having spent countless lunch periods with our son in elementary school, I'd tasted one too many pieces of cardboard chicken or rubbery cheese sauce. I knew I could do better. I knew I wanted to. Hence, the morning ritual of packing school lunches began.

In the midst of that one morning of aggravation, I needed to get back to the basics. I realized I hadn't put my best foot (or fork) forward. I started doing a lot of research on nutrition and healthier food options. I started planning lunches ahead of time so there wouldn't be any mid-morning surprises ("Yikes, we're out of milk and it's 6:00 a.m.!"). I also looked around for containers that would bring it all together, while also cutting down on paper waste.

I like to mix things up. Sure, the kid still gets sandwiches and chips here and there. Leftovers from meals are often revisited, and I like to throw a curve ball in there at least once a week (something he hasn't tried yet). I quickly learned that he'd eat almost anything that didn't contain cucumber or fresh tomato. That gave me tons of options! Over time, we've had some misses, though mostly hits.

When Noah started middle school, kids at his lunch table started making remarks.

"What is that?! What the heck is quiche?" they'd ask.

Or sometimes they'd just give funny looks and giggle. I asked Noah if that bothered him.

"Not at all," he said, rather matter of factly.

And then I asked, "Which do you like better: buying your lunches or having mommy's lunches?"

Without a second of hesitation, he blurted out, "That's a no brainer! Your lunches, of course!"

So I said, "But what about when they think your lunches are weird sometimes?"

He simply smiled and said, "I don't care a bit. They just don't have an awesome mom like I do."

And that was really all the reason I ever needed.

Layout Inspiration

Favorite Product I've Designed:

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"I love anything cooking or baking-related and since I originally majored in French in college,
I also love most things French. I gave Bon Vivant, a cooking-themed digital scrapbooking kit,
a bit of vintage and French panache. Bon app├ętit!"

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Win 1 of 2 Wacom Intuos Pro Pen & Touch Tablets!

The first Saturday in November we celebrate Digital Scrapbooking Day at Scrap Girls. This year in honor of the festivities, we're giving away T-W-O Wacom Intuos Pro Pen & Touch Tablets! I've had a Wacom tablet for years and couldn't imagine scrapbooking or designing without it. It's like an extension of my left arm when I'm tinkering away on the computer.

So how can you win this great prize? We've created several opportunities for you to enter the drawing. Here's all the details:

Enter on our Forum/Gallery! Every layout you complete as part of our 9 layouts challenge will count as one entry into the drawing for the Wacom tablets. To enter, just upload your finished layout into the Digital Scrapbooking Day gallery by midnight ET on November 3rd.

Enter on our Blog/Facebook! We've created a fun contest that involves decorating the unofficial mascot of Scrap Girls - a little purple pig we like to call Piggie Pie. Give Piggy Pie a makeover and upload your masterpiece. Every pig counts toward one entry into our drawing. You can find the details and Piggy Pie Freebie HERE.

Enter on our Google+ Page! A quick way to enter is by stopping by our Google+ page and answering this questions: "What is your favorite thing about Digital Scrapbooking Day?" Your comment will count as an entry to our giveaway.

Good luck everyone!

Monday, October 21, 2013

New Digital Scrapbooking Mini Kit & DIY Photo Cards

Ack! I haven't posted in awhile. I usually like to post about my new products on Fridays (the day following their release), but the Weaver household has been super busy these past weeks with family visiting and other things. Hence, I've gotten behind on more than just my blog.

Just recently I released this super cute mini kit for digital scrapbooking. Once a year at Scrap Girls, in honor of our awesome and dedicated customers, we have special events and sales just to say "thank you". You're the Best Collection Super Mini was designed as a freebie with purchase during that time. While the freebie with purchase option isn't available anymore, you can still nab the kit from the Scrap Girls boutique here. For a super mini, it's chock full of embellies. I love the muted mustard color and how it pairs with cherry red, robin's egg blue, and teal for fall.

And then because it's never too early to start putting together those holiday cards - I released ScrapSimple Card Templates: 5x7 Happiest Holidays Mini. Each photo card comes in both JPEG and PSD formats. This is a great ScrapSimple product for those who want to decide for themselves what color palettes and/or embellishments to use.

Very soon I'll be releasing the commercial licensed version for this set, as well as a pre-designed version (regular & commercial). So stay tuned . . . 

PS:  Special thanks goes out to both Omar Franc & Simona Balint Photography for their beautiful family shots.

Have a great week,

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Digital Scrapbooking Paper Freebie

I l-o-v-e freebies (giving and receiving), so now through the next few days you can grab this digital background freebie. Whether you're a die-hard digital scrapbooker, traditional paper scrapper, or a hybrid crafter - this flocked cherries paper will make a nice addition to your stash. It coordinates with my ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Kitchen Kitsch.

Hybrid Craft Idea:

"Cherry Pie" recipe card uses the following products:

Enjoy the freebie & have a great day!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pocket Life Journal Card Kit FREE with Purchase!

Now through August 10th Scrap Girls is giving away this Pocket Life Mini Kit of mine with any boutique purchase of $15 or more. Pocket Life products are specifically designed to work as a journal card system, but are completely adaptable so you can decide if you want to use them digitally, printed, or both!

Get this Pocket Life Mini Kit while you can, because after August 10th it will disappear forever. Note: This Mini Kit coordinates with my Bon Vivant Collection Biggie.

Digital scrapbook layout by Carla Shute

"American Girl" digital scrapbook layout by Carla Shute uses the following products:
Hope you're having a great week!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Inspiration and the Design Process

Today I'm guesting over at the Scrap Girls blog, where I share a bit about the inspiration and design process involved with the ScrapSimple Club release. To read more about it, you can click here . . .

And as the days of summer are winding down, I'm anxious to finish a swimming-themed collection I've been working on for awhile. It should be available very soon. I hope you have a super weekend!


Friday, July 26, 2013

New Collection - Pocket Life: Time For School Mini

Much to Noah's chagrin, we've started preparing for the new school year. So while I was already in the spirit, I created a mini digital scrapbooking kit - Pocket Life: Time For School Mini Kit.

Since life with kids is always hectic and busy - meaning there's less time to sit, plan, and put together a full scrapbooking page - this mini kit is more of the "Pocket Life" variety. All you have to do is print & cut your cards, pop them into a scrapbooking page protector with your images, scribble some journaling . . . and that's it! Page done!

If you love a sale, head over and grab the mini kit while the going's good during the annual Scrap Girls Staycation event. More goodies coming soon . . . 

Have a super weekend!