Saturday, March 3, 2012

Our Favorite things

Welcome to the Our Favorite Things Blog Candy Extravaganza! You should have just come from  Dena's blog. If you are just joining the hop and want to start from the beginning, please start at Dena's blog  Dena.This is going to be an amazing event!  Many of you are familiar with Oprah Winfrey's famous "Favorite Things" show where audience members walk away with an array of fabulous gifts.  It was always so fun to see how excited the audience members got with each giveaway.  Well, if you've always wished you could sit in the audience of one of those show tapings, we have the next best thing for you!

Each participant in this hop is going to share a favorite of hers.  It could be a craft-related item or a non-craft related item.  In addition to that, each blogger is giving away blog candy!  This means you have a chance to win at every stop!

Each blogger has her own rules for winning her blog candy, so please be sure to read the rules on each blog for a chance to win.

Without further ado, here is the project I created for this hop:

I have become a "regular" in my kitchen. Sounds funny, but growing up, I had NO desire to cook. It always seemed like a CHORE, what a dirty word! LOL! Anyway...In the past 12 months, I have really become creative in the kitchen. So much so, I started my own little candy business. So, I thought, for this hop, I should make an altered notebook and turn it into a Recipe Book, something you can hand down to your kids or just compile a bunch of recipes (hand-written or clipped from newspapers or off the internet) and give to a friend. (Someone like a 1st time parent, newly single, college student, or even just your average friend who doesn't know how to cook other than from a box.)

Below are the majority of the items I used for this project. I added a couple after taking this picture.

  • Standard notebook
  • One 12 x 12" sheet of printed paper and a coordinating plain piece of cardstock. My sheets both came from DCWV's "Prints for the Year Ultimate Stack" that I found at Michael's on clearance.
  • Tim Holtz's Distress ink pad in "Tea Dye" and "Black Soot", as well as the blending tool
  • McGill's large tab punch (2 1/4" wide)
  • ProvoCraft's "Happy Haunting's" cartridge using the Vampire font in 0.75"
  • Sparkle Glitter pens by MultiCraft Imports to line each letter
  • Martha Stewart writing pen in "Sepia"
  • Scotch brand Scrapbooker's 2-way glue
  • Mini glue dots (to apply the vellum)

Cut the printed sheet in half. Line up the edge of the paper to the outside edge of the notebook. Make sure to line up images so as to not cut off too many faces. Adhere.  Repeat on back cover. Once you've got the cover sheets glued in place, THEN trim off the excess. (I learned this the hard way.)  Decide how wide you want your spine cover to be and make sure it overlaps the printed paper slightly.  Use your trimmer. (I can't give you measurements on this as it seems each notebooks varies ever so slightly.  This one measured out to be 3.25" x 9.75". Ink up the edge of the spine cover.  Mold the spine cover to the notebook itself, BEFORE adhering, this helps a lot!  Apply glue to spine COVER and then carefully align to the spine of the notebook. Make sure to line up the edges of the paper (front and back) at both the top & bottom of the notebook, this makes it look more clean.  Also, flatten the spine against your work-space to make sure that their are no unnecessary gaps.

Using the Cricut Expression, cut out your letters.  I used the same plain card stock. However, since this was too close to the printed paper, I inked the letters in "Tea Dye" and "Black Soot". It was still a little too similar, so I adhered the letters to the vellum to give some contrast without taking away from the cute paper. To show where the vellum ended, I added the faux stitching lines with the Sepia pen. Adhere the vellum sheet to the notebook with mini glue dots. I placed one at each corner of the vellum and then placed more randomly behind the letters to help ensure it would stay. (I had already rounded the 2 corners by this point.) Ink up the edges of the notebook with "Tea Dye".  The letters write out: "Monster Chow".

 Using the gold sparkle glitter pen, I edged the letters and filled in the "drippings" to add that extra something.   I also took random glitter gel pens on hand and colored in the eyes of the monsters.  Using "Blush-R20" Copic marker I added cheeks to one monster and to the empty heart of another.

For my blog candy, the winner will receive this altered notebook.  I have already cut 7 of the large tabs out for you to fill in and adhere where you want.  To enter to win this fun notebook, please leave a comment below with a way to reach you (ie. email).  I will choose a winner on Tuesday, March 6th. I will announce here on my blog the winner's name and I will also message the winner.  I will then ship out this notebook to him/her.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed what I shared with you today. Please be sure to hop on over to Ashley's  blog (insert link to blog stop that follows yours on the hop) to see what she has to share with you and for more blog candy fun! Happy hopping and good luck to you!
Below is the entire blog hop lineup in case you lose your way:
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Lisa L.-

Ashley -
Jennifer -
Paula D.
Cely -
Jamie -
Ellen -
Shannon -
Liz -
Wendy -
Robin -
 Ashley W.--


  1. I love cooking so this would be perfecct for me!! I am always looking for new recipes!! Love how you have altered this notebook!! Hugsxx

  2. Very cool idea!! My mom hand wrote all of my favourite recipes that she makes and gave them to me as past of my wedding present in a cute little recipe box. Love the note book idea!! I am a new follower
    sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

  3. That is an adorable altered notebook, Lisa! I admit I'm not much in the kitchen these days, but I occasionally rip a recipe from a magazine to try. So far, I've been putting them in a drawer so they eventually wind their way into a binder with sheet protectors. I've done this for years.

    Thank you for sharing. And of COURSE I'm a long time follower!

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  4. Lisa, what a fun recipe book! I love the title you chose, it is perfect for the paper! I have made two of these books, but never thought about giving them as a gift. I think I will do just that for my daughter who has a little file box with recipes. Thank you for that idea! Already a follower. tfs Tami
    tambo1010 at comcast dot net

  5. Super Cute Lisa!!! I've been meaning to do something like this as well. Great project!
    Puppy Hugs,

  6. Hi, great minds think alike... My project it is an altered notebook as well..
    Love those little monsters on there.

  7. I am hopping through today. I just became a follower of your blog. My favorite thing is Scrapbook Paper!! LOVE it and can't get enough! LOL!! Your altered journal is AWESOME! Thanks BUNCHES for the chance to win. Have a GREAT Day,
    Me-Ma Kim
    kimnsammy at gmail dot com

  8. What a great project :)

    pruttybird at comcast dot net

  9. Great notebook. I favorite thing (today at least) is using flowers on layouts.

    vwilson577 at

  10. What a cute recipe book. I love this idea.


  11. Great ideal to make a notebook for favorite recipes. Thanks for sharing. I had thought this would be good to do for my niece. Edwina Brown

  12. I LOVE this paper-so cute! I'm a new follower from I hope you'll follow back! Thank you-

  13. How absolutely adorable! I would be honored to have it ;-)
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  14. Such a fun hop!!!! Love your came out adorable!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. What a great idea! I love altering notebooks and that is a great idea that I may just have to try! Thank you for the inspiration!
    Blessings and hugs,

  16. I also love altering notebooks but always give away...this would a be a great idea to add to that...tfs!

  17. I love this notebook! SO CUTE! Thanks,

  18. Totally cute!! Awesome project!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  19. Wow, what a great idea. And, a great project to make for my sons so they will have my recipes. I love your creativeness and inspiration!

    Thank you for a fun blog hop today, and for sharing your amazing project!

    I have been a follower of yours.
    I love your site.

    Thank you!

  20. What a cute altered notebook! I LOVE making projects like this! Thanks for the chance to win!


  21. this is such a good idea. and so handy for giving to someone. Thanks for the chance to win!

    jonder at frontier dot com

  22. What a great idea for a gift. Thanks for the chance for winning.

  23. I love altered journals and what a great one you shared. Good luck on the candy visit

  24. so so cute lisa! :) love the creatures. :) cely_rohr at hotmail dot com

  25. What a fun journal! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win :)

  26. Fabulous recipe book--I love the title!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  27. Great idea, and super cute too. Thanks

  28. Cute book!!!! I am definitely NOT Martha Stewart in the kitchen so need recipes to make everything taste good. I hope my kids don't get my cooking genes (or I'll never have anyone to cook for me). Maybe I'll get the reipe book and I can start filling it with my favourite-yet simple--recipes. Thanks for sharing.
    gaudet5 at rogers dot com

  29. I'm a new follower and just love your blog. I too love altered journals. Such a special way to show someone you care. Kinda like a 2 in one gift!! Thanks for the opportunity to win.


  30. what an awesome altered notebook!! Love the designer paper!

  31. What a beautiful altered notebook! Love the dps and it's a very special gift for that special person whom I'm sure will love it!

  32. Love this project!! Great idea! New follower. TFS!
    erinrbullock at hotmail dot com

  33. Hi Lisa, this is a really fun notebook. I love altering notebooks. Your cookbook title is darling. Happy to already be a follower.
    Jessica Shelton

  34. Love the paper you used on the notebook! Super fun. I'm a new follower:)

  35. What a fun project - and great idea!!! This is certainly a fun hop! I'm a new follower!!!

  36. Great idea, love the book. TFS I am a follower.

  37. What a fun recipe notebook!! :) I love the paper you used!! :) Definitely a follower!!

    Amy :) at
    scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

  38. Already a follower. Great idea to have a recipe cookbook since I always seem to misplace my random recipes!
    craftycardgallery at

  39. What a fun project :)

  40. Fun fun fun...great it. tfs
    kimbob27 at hotmail dot com

  41. Such a cute notebook! Thanks for sharing.

    missstamper (at)

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  43. ADORABLE altered notebook!! I LOVE the monsters!!

    sillyscrap@aol dot com

  44. adorable book I wouldn't use it for recipes because unfortunately for my DH, I don't enjoy being in the kitchen ;-)

  45. Love the recipe book!

  46. I love The Doctor, Doctor Who?

  47. Love your alter note book!

    plese.cathy at yahoo dot com

  48. cute project
    scrtspal at yahoo dot com

  49. What a cute altered notebook.
    this is a great idea.

    scrapdiva2011 @ gmail dot com

  50. Supper Cute notebook thanks for the chance to win.
    Iam a Follower

  51. I love doing altered notebooks! So fun and this is adorable! Love the paper! TFS CallyAnn
    PS Love my ATG GUN!

  52. Love your recipe book! Thank you for sharing!

    amanbains1 at gmail dot com

  53. Such a cool recipe book. I'm not really into the kitchen but I'm getting into baking. Love the bright colors. Nice being in the hop with you.

    1. Ashley, I HATED being in the kitchen too! But, now I find it therapeutic! I actually started my own lil biz of creating truffles/sweets. I started off with baking. It would be 90+ degrees out and I would be inside baking cheesecakes or bread for my co-workers, just for the fun of it!

  54. What a darling notebook, thank you for sharing how you made it.
    joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

  55. Great book for storing saved recipes.
    Katsews at Gmail dotcom

  56. The book is so adorable with all the cute and wacky monsters. It is great for a kid.
    Loving Scrapper 101

  57. I love crafting or at least learning various crafts. Your design is wonderful. I have been researching about altered notebooks so that I could make some for Christmas and include recipes and pictures.
    Diane (Hawaii)

  58. what a cute notebook, thanks for sharing "recipe" and instruction:)
    mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

  59. Very cute idea! And a useful place to put those odds and ends recipes that we all cut from magazines and then wonder where we put them! :)

  60. Creative way to file those receipes that are all over the place. Already a follower on gfc. contact@neatthings-boutique .com ~ Thanks!

  61. Love your project...super cute!! TFS!


  62. Very creative and great idea! So cute!! :)

  63. What a neat idea! :)

  64. What a totally cute notebook!!! You should add in a few of your recipes before you send it out!!

    amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

    1. Hi, Lisa! Thanks so much for joining my hop! I love seeing your posts about your candies. I wish I had more time to do something like that, but the toddler gets in the way too often. Hopefully, when she goes to preschool, I'll have more creative time! =)

      Such a fun project, though! I like girly things, but I also love whimsical, humorous designs, too! DIY projects are so cool!

      Thanks again!

  65. Lisa: I like recipes! This is such a cute idea; I have several friends who have been making them. Thanks for including the instructions.

    Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the blog. ~Beth

  66. Congratulations on your new business! My husband is thinking about starting a bbq business and this notebook would make a wonderful gift for him! So cute!

  67. This little notebook is adorable, I love that monster pp and the way you embellished it!
    kladd94803 at aol dot com

  68. This is super duper cute! What an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win it! :0) I'm a new follower.

    XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

  69. I love your project, super adorable. Its been a pleasure hopping with you girl...


  70. Love this notebook, what a great idea! Thanks for being willing to part with it for one of us :) Love the hop, thanks again!

    Ciska (