Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without…Scrapbooking

Hello Friends,

I’ve noticed lately that a couple of my friends are using the phrase, “I’m a user not a collector.”  Many of us who like to scrapbook, whether it be Creative Memories or an eclectic style, like to collect supplies.  There’s always a new set of paper that would be just right, a cute sheet of stickers, a new gadget we want to try.  It can really be quite expensive.

I’ve had a few really tight years financially lately.  I have found that I truly am a “user” when it comes to scrapbooking supplies.  My family albums are all Creative Memories.  In the beginning, I was just too scared to use anything else.  Good marketing, eh?  I expect that I will continue to use their albums for my family albums.  I’ve been out of pages for my books for some time.  They’re rather expensive to buy.  So, when a friend asked me to come scrapbook with her, I thought of another thing to do. 

I have tons of leftover photos that were either duplicates or just didn’t make it into the CM albums.  I also needed some nice Christmas gifts for my mother-in-love and my kids.  So, off to Wal-Mart I went.  I bought acid-free cardstock, acid-free page protectors, and acid-free craft glue stick.   Then, I got busy making pages!  

I already had most of the photos separated by event or at least in chronological order in envelopes or in my big CM file box.  I just took out a file, whatever I felt like working on that night, and separated the photos into four or five piles.  Then I would make a page with whatever pretty stickers or paper I had on hand, for each of my children and/or my mother-in-love.  If I didn’t have enough photos, I’d just decide who I thought would enjoy them most and make pages for those people.  I didn’t sweat the small stuff.  I just worked quickly, with love, and enjoyed it so much: because, it didn’t have to be perfect!!!!!!!!

I journaled or put Bible verses on each page.  I then finished the pages by putting the recipient’s name and the date of the pictures on the bottom.  That way, I can do them in whatever order I want and put them in correct order later.  Freedom!!!!!!!

Lastly, all the pages went into a file folder together, in random order, until I got page protectors and notebooks to put them in.  I used 1 1/2 inch nice quality white notebooks.  They have a cover that allowed me to slide in a 10×13 photo; so, each child has an album with his or her photo on it!  Now I finally have a use for 10x 13 photos!

Shortly before Christmas, I put the books together using the acid free page protectors that you can buy in the office section of Wal-Mart.  They turned out great.  I’ve been using the same method to add to the books ever since.  I’ve already had to move one child’s pages to a larger book!  Naturally, the older ones have more photos because they’ve been alive longer!

What’s the point of telling you all of this?

FREEDOM!

I now feel free to be creative even if I don’t have the “right stuff”.  These albums may not last a hundred years; but, they are blessing my family right now.  I was putting off putting things into albums because I couldn’t do it “right”.  In the meantime, the kids were forgetting.  I don’t want to do that anymore.

So, when things get better, I expect I will continue my Creative Memories albums.  They really do have a superior product.  BUT I am not going to let my perfectionism get in the way of making wonderful memory reminders for my children NOW. 

Making do!

Just Something to Think About…

Laura

Happy at Home

Hard Times, Making Do and Doing Without…Old Fashioned Biscuits

Awhile back I wrote that you can survive if you have a few basic ingredients in your house.  I thought I’d share our family’s favorite biscuit recipe.  We literally survived on these during a couple of hard times in our life.  I have since started converting recipes to whole wheat; but, I want you to know how we did it when we were doing without. 

Old Fashioned Baking Powder Biscuits

This is my family’s favorite biscuit recipe!

 

4 c all-purpose flour

3 T baking powder

2 t salt

4 T canola oil

1 ½ – 1 ¾ c milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Begin with a large bowl. Sift all the dry ingredients into the bowl and then mix it all together well with a big fork. Combine 1 ½ cups of milk with the oil. Pour it all into the dry ingredients at once. Stir until it’s all mixed in and all the flour is moistened. Add the extra ¼ cup of milk if the dough is too dry.

Now, take all the dough in your hands and put it on a baking sheet. Pat the dough into a large rectangle, keeping in mind that you want the dough about an inch thick and you’ll be cutting it into 12 equal pieces.

After you cut the dough into equal pieces, separate the biscuits by about ¼ inch. Then put them into the oven for 15 minutes. Brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter and put them back into the oven to bake until they’re golden brown on top. Makes 12 big biscuits.

May God bless you as you are making do!

Laura

Happy at Home