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What, Me Cook? Yea right!

That is totally what my husband would tell you I would say if you asked him. Lately it has become tradition that either on Saturday or Sunday evening, I cook a brand new meal for us to eat after he gets home from work. It totally makes me feel good to know that I am doing something to help around the house on the weekend’s while he is out working. Over the course of the past month or so we have tried: Chicken Pot Pie Casserole, Baked Potato Soup, Mexican Casserole, and Cowboy Stew. I will say that some have turned out great while others were total flops.

This layout started with my favorite Kraft cardstock that I added some splatters of white paint in the top right and lower left corner.

The next step was to grab my papers and cut them down to size. I had 8″ of photo so I cut each of the background strips to 2 1/2″ x 6″ and then rounded opposing corners. I cut the strops for the top and bottom to 3/4″ x 12″.

Next up was to adhere the basics down to the background of the layout so that I could then pile on top.

Now you can see it is shaping up. The next thing I wanted to do was to get out my American Crafst Fabric Delight Thickers and paint them to match the layout. I used a water pen and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink to get the achieved color. More water would have made it a lighter color but I like what I ended up with.

Now time to embellish various areas. I added a piece of a tag that I inked in Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and a 3×4 Journaling Card that looked like a ticket to house all of my journaling. I added a few embellished buttons atop the journaling and called that area done.

Next up was the bottom corner as I felt it just needed something. I decided to add in a piece of ledger paper that I had punched and sitting in my stash waiting for the right time. Guess what, it was now! I added a Tim Holtz Vial Label to the top of it and used some My Mind’s Eye Mini Alphabets from the Lime Twist collection to add the word YUM! and then some more buttons. I also pulled out my Orange Letraset marker to add some extra oomph!

I still didn’t think it was quite done so I pulled out my Sassafras stitches clear stamp set and using Brushed Corduroy, I went along the two orange strips at the top and bottom to add some extra dimension to the polka dots.

And with that, I finally called it done and was ready for it to go into my album! I will tell you that my albums sure are shaping up. I am up to a total of 28 layouts done for the year which puts me ahead of my goal of 144 in the course of 2012. Where are you at on your goals? I would love to help motivate you to reach them, so please, leave a comment and let me know! 🙂

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