Thursday, April 17, 2014

Color Dyed: An Easter Digital Layout



Just a quick post for you today.  Since I totally forgot that Easter was this coming Sunday I though I'd share with you an Easter layout I created using some of the elements from the Easter kit that I created. I knew Easter was late this year and it was in the back of my mind that things needed to get done but with everything going on at the moment, it totally slipped my mind until Tuesday of this week when I received a message from a coworker about what hours I wanted to work. (Thanks Diane!) I hadn't even gone shopping for Jacobs Easter basket. I'm a bad Easter bunny this year.


 I honestly never though that I'd get in to digital scrapbooking. I know I probably shouldn't admit that since I do create digital scrapbook stuff now. :) But I really am beginning to love it. I still love regular scrapbooking, but I will be adding more digital layouts to my albums from now on. The things I love about it are:

  • you can use your supplies as many times as you like
  • you can alter your supplies with the click of a mouse to match exactly to your design
  • it's more forgiving and if you make a mistake you can just 'ctrl+z'.
  • the possibilities are endless
 
I think the only con I have with digital scrapbooking is it doesn't have the same feel/texture as regular scrapbooking. That won't stop me though. I like the variety. Digital scrapbooking reminds me so much of my Advertising Design class I took when I was going to school, which actually was my favorite class. Scrapbooking as whole, not just digital scrapbooking reminds me a lot of the graphic design classes I took. That's probably why I love it so much.

How about you? If you scrapbook, do you like both or do you lean more towards traditional or digital?

ps. If you're interested in this kit you can find it in my store. You can go there by clicking the link above in the tool bar or click here


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Two Bean Tacbrito


Happy Wednesday! The week is almost over. Thank goodness. Then April Vacation starts Friday. Jacob and I both are looking forward to sleeping in. Yay. Then Easter is on Sunday. With everything going on right now, I hate to admit it, but I totally forgot about it until someone mentioned it the other day. After that reminder, the Easter bunny had to go shopping….Whoops!

Okay, so here is the recipe I hinted at the other day when I posted the refried beans.  Since being on a very tight budget and not wanting to skimp on nutrition , I'm always trying to come up with  for meals that a cheap but nutritious and filling. This one you eat like a taco but the filling is similar to that of burrito. I wasn't sure what to call it so I came up with a 'Two Bean Tacbrito'. Feel free to call it whatever you'd like, it's still going to taste the same. 



1 onion, sliced
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup cooked rice
1 1/2 cup refriedbeans (or 1 can)
1/2 can green chilies
1 package of taco seasoning or make your own
1/2 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil
*optional* Sour cream, salsa, hot sauce, lettuce, diced tomatoes, olives, shredded cheese

Sautee onion and pepper in oil until tender.  Add refried beans, rice, water, fajita seasoning, chilies and black beans. Stir to combine. Simmer on low until water is dissolved, stirring occasionally.

Spoon into warm tortillas and serve with topping of your choice.

Makes 8-10 depending how much you fill your tortillas.



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dream Job Scrapbook Layout


Hey there! I hope you all made it through Monday. If you didn't…well…my sympathies to you. I hope you have much better days ahead of you.

:)

If you've been a follower of this blog for a while, you'll notice that my header has changed.  I didn't even intend on changing it, I just opened the file for the heck of it and started playing around until I came up with a simple design I liked. What do you think? Also, I'm working on a Facebook fan page. If you look slightly to the right, at the top, there is a link for you to click on an follow if you'd like.

Since work has been the theme of some of my previous posts I figured I'd share a layout with you that I made a while ago.. I don't think I've shared this layout with you guys yet. If I did, sorry! I've added something to it though. The inspiration for this came from a question I saw posted…probably on Pinterest….I feel like I live there some days. It's so addicting!



'What is your dream job?' was the question I wanted to document.  Hmmmm…Mine is certainly not what I'm doing now. If you scroll down a bit you can read what mine is.



 Here is a close up of the title. One of the things I find when I'm scrapbooking is I use a lot of colors and patterns. For some reason mixing patterns is easier for me than mixing plain cardstock. To make the pink foam letters pop, I used a fine tip marker to make a dotted border.



Of course I had to add a photo or two of work. Of course though, I had to do something to emphasize that they were not any indication of my dream job. I think I achieved it.



On the bottom I added a blurb about what my dream job would entail.

Do you have a dream job?


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Homemade Refried Beans


Happy Monday morning to you! I hope it's going well so far. I know how Monday's can be….I'm having one of them myself but I'm trying not to dwell. You know what takes my mind off the crazy stuff? Crafting and cooking! Today I'm sharing with you, an easy slow cooker refried bean recipe. Since I've been trying to stock up my freezer with staples, this is a simple effortless one to make. And for the price of a bag of dried pinto beans, you get about 6-8 cans worth of refried beans. Who doesn't love savings??



Here's how you make them.

1 lb bag of dried pinto beans, rinsed and sorted*
1 onion, peeled and quartered
4 cloves of garlic, minced.
5 tsp salt(to taste, add more or less according to your taste)
1 tsp pepper (to taste, add more or less according to your taste)
1 tsp. cumin
8 cups water

Place all ingredients, except water in a slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cover with 8 cups of water. Cook on high for 8 hours until soft.

When the beans are cooked, let cool for about an hour after turning off the heat. Drain but reserve the liquid. Mash beans with reserved water to attain desired consistency. Divide in 1 cup portions a place in a freezer baggie or container of your choice. Freeze until ready to use.


*you can soak your beans overnight before adding them to the crock. I do it sometimes, but I've never had a problem not soaking them either. Do what you feel is best*

See, wasn't that simple? Now you've got another staple to stock your fridge with. Notice a theme? Tortillas, refried beans? This may be leading up to a recipe….Hmmm, I guess you'll just have to stick around and see.

Before I go….



I added a new digital paper pack to my store. Here's a peek.  If you want to see what else I have in store, check out the link above in the heading of click here.  This set I just added is perfect for scrapping those beach memories.

I will be adding more things, so be sure to check back frequently. Thanks for the support!

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Time to sparkle -What's in the gunny sack



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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ramblings and a Digital Layout


Okay. So I pretty much know the changes going on at work. There are good points and bad points. On the plus side:

NO MORE NIGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hours are pretty much 9-1 (give or take) which work out perfectly.

On the downside:
A lot of our tasks were taken away and given out to the district level which means, even though hours are 9-1, we went from having 78 hours for the week, divided by 3 office associates to having 33 hours a week divided between 3 office associate…
We still have to work weekends.

But......

 NO Nights anymore! You think I'm excited???!!!??

I'm essentially in charge of payroll for 100+ employees. I'm assuming since I've been doing it and they have yet to train anyone else I do basics - fix missed punches, move hours, misc adjustments, and commit it weekly. Anything more advanced or previous week adjustments get put in at a district level

This means I'll have more time for blogging and focusing on my Etsy store too. I haven't sold anything, as I haven't expected to yet since I haven't really promoted it much, plus I don't have much in it yet.  I am working on it though. I'm working on some summer themed things. Bright and fun. 



Speaking of Bright and Fun. Since I am creating elements and kits for digital scrapbooking, it only makes sense that I create some digital layouts myself to showcase how to use them and give ideas, right? Never in a million years did I think I would like digital scrapbooking but things have just led to that. I still love regular scrapbooking, but because of budget reasons I'm not able to print out photos at the moment, so I haven't scrapbooked an actual page in some time, so then I started getting back to my roots of graphic design and decided to create some digital kits --It's like one big crazy cycle. At least now, I'm creating. And not getting discouraged that I have no pictures to create with. When I can, I will get all my layouts printed in one swoop.

This layout I just threw together quickly, using everything available in my etsy store VoonboosoidCreates. I wanted to showcase that just because a collection has a certain "theme" or title, it doesn't mean that those elements can't be used for something else. For this layout I used elements from my Easter kit, washi tape from my fun times paper collection, and washi from my spring washi collection - all for a page about my daily dose of Dunkin Donuts coffee.

This is just a simple layout. The more I create and the more stuff I make, my digital layouts will get more in depth. What do you think?





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Monday, April 7, 2014

Soft Flour Tortillas


Good Monday to you! How was your weekend? Mind was pretty good. We all seemed to get hit with the stomach flu but thankfully it's finally on it's way out the door!  Speaking of doors, It's so nice out! I think that spring is officially here! I'm sitting here typing this post with all the window and doors open to let in the fresh spring air. It's a little chilly, but I don't care. It feels so nice to let all the stuffy winter air out and let all the spring air in. Someone in the neighborhood is even burning wood. Ahh, it smells amazing!

So what have I been up to? Pretty much working. In between I've been doing some freezer cooking because I haven't had too much time to cook on a daily basis. I miss it, honestly but you have to do what you have to do. I've been trying to stock up the freezer with staples so meals are easy to throw together so we're not resorting to fast food or takeout all the time.  One of the main staples we use a lot are tortillas. Flour tortillas are one of the easiest cheapest things to make. They taste so much better too, in my opinion. :)



I know I posted a recipe here before when I first started this blog, but this recipe is Amazing and they are more similar in texture to the store bought ones that we are all used to. Here's how to make them.

Soft Flour tortillas
 3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup warm water.

In a food processor, pulse together the flour, salt, baking powder and shortening until crumbly; Add the water and pulse until a ball forms. Remove from food processor and knead for a minute. Let rest, covered, for 15 minutes.

Divide dough into 8-12 equal sized pieces. Roll out as thin as possible. Heat a skillet on medium heat. Cook tortilla for around 30 seconds until starts to bubble and brown slightly, flip over and cook other side for a few seconds more. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

Serve warm or cool completely and place in a freezer bag and store in the freezer until ready to use.



Can I say something about shortening? I very rarely will cook with shortening. I think it's gross. Maybe it's a bad experience I had as a kid when my mother tried to convince me that it wasn't frosting, but I just couldn't believe her. Haven't we all done that?  Well, I found a shortening on Amazon a few months ago. Spectrum Organic Shortening. Since I try to buy Organic or Natural whenever I can, I figured I'd try it;  it couldn't be worse than "regular" shortening. Well, once it came in the mail, the kid in me had to see for myself if there was a difference in taste. I HAD to know the difference. I was pleasantly surprised. It tasted like nothing. There was no flavor to it whatsoever. It's definitely something I will keep in the house for those recipes that just don't taste the same when butter is substituted. It takes a nice tortilla too ;). You should try it if you don't want an icky tasting shortening.





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Thursday, April 3, 2014

It's official! My shop is open!


Hello!!!!!!! I am very excited to announce that my Etsy store is officially opened! Whooo Hoo! I know I'm going against all marketing standards, but the name is different than my blog. I didn't intend for it to be that way, but everything with a similar name was taken, so I came up with something unique….


I know what you're thinking….wth is voonboosiod?????!!! I'm actually kind of embarrassed because I HATED this name.. Well, since this is the name of my store, I might as well explain it to you. When my oldest sister was in 8th grade, she was in this weird phase of creating her own language. Well, since she had her own language, she needed to create names for the family that coincided with this said language. My siblings and I all received a name. Well, eventually she grew out of the phase and everyone's name  faded away except for mine which was Voonboosioid. It just kind of stuck and was catchy. Every once in a while the family will call me that, or one of the nicknames of the nickname which are Voon or Voony.

I cringe, but it's part of who I am so I figured I'd embrace it, and figured no other person on the planted would name their Etsy store or anything for that matter Voonboosoid. Only a few friends plus family know of the name, but now I'm announcing it to the entire world. So there you go.

If you're in to digital scrapbooking. I only have a few items there at the moment but I wanted to get it launched and I am always going to be creating new stuff, so stay tuned! I'm actually working on some summer paper and a summer digital kit at the moment. If you're in to digital scrapbooking please take a minute to check it out here

He're a peek of some of the kits I've been working on.




I've got a lot going on between this, my normal every day job, looking for a new everyday job, family, my store,  friends, etc but now that I've got the opening of this out of the way my time should be a little bit more manageable so I should be around for a few more days rather than just once a week.

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