Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hostess with the Mostess

Technically, “mostess isn’t really a word. It's what you would call taking literary license for the sake of entertainment. I am using it here to refer to the most indecisive hostess ever – ME! Seriously folks, I drove poor Roxy crazy as I tried to create a simple swap on YourPaperPantry that kept on getting more and more complicated.
An example might be Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff from the book Wuthering Heights. (Check out the VIDEO I MADE HERE of what I might send my partner if she had chosen WH.) 

To help you and your partner create something you both will love, I have a questionnaire that I will post on YPP. Here’s mine:

1. Name of your character(s):  Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff

2. Where are your character(s) from? The book Wuthering Heights by Emilie Bronte. 

3. Can you tell me why you love your character(s).  Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite books of all time because of the tragic love story of Heathcliff and Catherine. The fact that it was written by a woman who never knew romantic love makes it all the more extraordinary. 

4. Is there anything you want in the journal? I want lots of blank pages and tags. 

5. Is there anything you don’t want in the journal? Interactive pages.

The ONLY requirement of this swap is that you make a journal that is BIG, FAT and FABULOUS!  
I will assign partners on August 5th on YourPaperPantry.  TPP is not an ordinary swap site. You need to become a member but it is easy peasy. There is a cost - $1.00 a month - but that is a small price to pay to have the privilege of swapping with these talented ladies. You will have until the first week of September to complete the swap. QUESTIONS? Just leave them here or on YPP and I will answer them ASAP. No indecision here - I promise you this will be a very fun swap!

Monday, July 15, 2013

No Missing Ingredients

I have never done a tutorial because I am not a teacher at heart. My younger sister taught for 30 years and loves it. Me, although I once taught a 6 week vegetarian cooking class that was so popular it was featured in the local paper, I am actually the kind of gal who flies by the seat of her pants. I hate writing down measurements so rarely do my homemade dishes ever taste the same.

So why did I film a tutorial now you might ask? It’s because of the urban myth of the infamous missing ingredient. According to the legend, a homemaker used to make fabulous pies and everyone wanted her recipe, which she willing gave out to anyone who requested it. Hundreds if not thousands of folks attempted to duplicate her tried and true recipe and yet not one person succeeded in making a pie as delicious as hers. There was always something missing but no one could ever figure it out.

Have you figured out why? It’s because she left out one key ingredient…no, it wasn’t a mistake on her part, it was deliberate.

Here is my tutorial on how to alter a mini composition book, including my key ingredients:
Sandpaper and Wax Paper

Add 1 mini composition book and sandpaper cover.
Slip in wax paper and slap on mod podge. 
Cover with Garden Carnival  digital paper from Ephemera's Vintage Garden.
A feather, seam binding, stamp, cabinet card and a pinch of Stickles
Mix together well

Decorate with Circus Journaling Cards and enjoy!!

See, I told you I wasn't much of a teacher. To see a slightly better tutorial on how I make my mini composition books, with the secret ingredients, watch my tutorial HERE. Let's talk tutorials. Do you make or watch them on YouTube? Who are your favorite teachers?