Thursday, March 31, 2011

Project 12 Share

Here are my Project 12 layouts as promised.  What's Project 12?  I blogged about it HERE but in a nutshell it's a easy monthly sketch challenge that will result in a complete “year in review” album at the end of the year. Here is my January 2010 layout...

February 2010 layout ...

and March 2010 layout ...

I'm looking forward to seeing your layouts.  Leave a comment with a link or send me an email with the layout attached.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Siewleng's April Scrappy News

Good Morning all!
I know it’s not quite April yet but I am going to be away at Cool Crops Portland on April 1st and wanted to get a jumpstart.  I have been scheming and plotting for a month and am bursting to tell you guys all about it.  Are you ready for it?...*drumroll please*...Jean and I are hosting a...
Just Scrappin' WEEKEND CROP 
September 9 - 11 at The Doubletree Inn, Westboro, MA

For more info, email me (

Now back to the regularly scheduled program...

1.  I have one class at the Holden Rec Center this month.  A sneak peek of the class can be found HERE.
April Showers Card Class
Let’s create 5 unique all occasion cards using paints and mists.  Be prepared to get your hands dirty.
Class date: 4/14 (6:30 – 8:30pm)                Cost: $20

2.  Bazzill Bulk Buy
10 colors, 5 sheets of each = 50 total for a great price of $23.00.  Deadline to order is Monday, April 4 at noon.  Colors are Evening Surf, Mexican Poppy, Lime Sherbet, Maraschino, Cashmere, Citrus, Smokey, Cream Puff, Dawn and Impatiens.  More details can be found HERE. 
3.  Just Scrappin' in Sturbridge
Our next crop is April 9 and there are limited seats left if you'd like to attend.  $40 gets you a seat, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, a welcome gift, as well as awesome games with prizes to be won.  Future dates are May 14 and June 4.  Contact me for more info.

4.  Special Requests
This month, I can be found at two Cool Crops events, Portland and the Cape.  I will also have my store at our Just Scrappin' event in Sturbridge and at the Scrappin' Sistas crop in Plymouth.  If there is anything you need or would like to have, feel free to email me and I can get it for you or have on stock for you for that event.  Not attending any of these events?  Stop by to say "HI" if you're in the area.  

5.  Last but not least, if you haven't yet head over to Facebook and like Time2Scrap.  We'll have a fun giveaway when Time2Scrap reaches 100 likes!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spotlight: Bazzill Matchmaker

What do you grab first when you start a layout?  For me it's the photos, then the patterned papers and then the difficult process of finding cardstock that matches my patterned papers.  Lately, I've started adding cardstock to the paper packs I carry to make it a little easier and time-saving for you, my customers.  After all, I am all about maximizing your scrapping time.  This week's spotlight is a website by Bazzill (my all-time favortite cardstock manufacturer) called BAZZILL has (almost) all the paper lines and their matching cardstock colors!!!  You read right...the paper lines and their matching Bazzill colors.  Check it out and let me know what you think!  And if you have to have a certain color, let me know too and I'll add it to my bazzill stash.

And if you haven't had enough of Bazzill, I am taking orders for my next Bazzill Bulk Buy.  Here is a pic of the colors
and here is the nitty gritty...
A Bazzill Bulk Buy is an opportunity to stock up on Bazzill paper at a reduced price.
  • The cost of this quarter's buy is $23.00
  • The colors are (see photo)...
    • Evening Surf - blue
    • Cream Puff  - neutral
    • Maraschino - red
    • Dawn - pink
    • Lime Sherbet  - green
    • Citrus - orange not shown in photo
    • Impatiens - purple not the sample shown in photo, it's a lighter purple (almost sorta like the one next to the red sample)
    • Mexican Poppy - yellow
    • Cashmere -brown
    • Smokey -grey
  • You will receive 50 sheets of Bazzill cardstock in 10 different colors. 5 sheets of each color.
  • Price includes shipping to me and tax.
  • Price is for local hand delivery only - It does NOT include shipping to you. We can meet up or deliver at an event (check my schedule here). Mailing from me to you is an additional $7.50 via USPS.
  • Order Deadline is noon Monday 04/04/11.
Email me ( to purchase.

Monday, March 28, 2011

April Classes at the Holden Rec Center

A busier month this month so only 1 class, but it's one you don't want to miss.

April Showers Card Class
Let’s create 5 unique all occasion cards using paints and mists.  Be prepared to get your hands dirty.
Class date: 4/14 (6:30 – 8:30pm)                Cost: $20

The Fine Print
  • All classes are taught at the Holden Recreation Center in Holden, MA.
  • You have to call them at 508-829-0263 to reserve your seat.
  • If there are not enough students, the classes will be canceled.  So make sure you bring some friends with you ;)
  • Space is also limited, so call and register early.
  • Please bring adhesive (tape runner is preferred), mini glue dots, 12’ paper trimmer and scissors.  All other materials and tools will be provided.
  • Question?  Leave a comment and I will reply in the comments section.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What's Cooking?

Stuffed Shells...a freezer meal that has become a fave of ours.  I found the recipe at "A Bear in the Kitchen" blog a while back after hopping from blog to blog.  I love that I spend an hour in the kitchen prepping the shells and get TWO meals out of it.  Enjoy!

Stuffed Shells (Freezer Meal)

1 package of jumbo shells (40)
4 cups or 2 lbs small curd cottage cheese (or ricotta)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan
2 eggs
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 jars spaghetti sauce - one now, one for later

Cook jumbo shells for half the recommended time on the package, until just limp. Drain and cool in a single layer on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.

Combine cheeses, eggs, parsley, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; scoop mixture into a ziplock bag and snip one of the corners off the bag and use like an icing bag to fill each shell with about 2 tablespoons of filling. Lay shells back on wax paper covered cookie sheets and freeze. Once shells are frozen put into ziplock bags (2 bags with 20 shells is how I portion it out).

Cooking Instructions:
Thaw shells and spaghetti sauce in the fridge overnight. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1/2 cups sauce on the bottom of the dish. Arrange shells on top of sauce and pour remaining sauce evenly over the shells. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Uncover and if desired sprinkle with some shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan; return to oven for a few minutes until cheese melts. Remove from oven and allow to stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

- to cook from frozen, follow directions as above (just using frozen shells instead of thawed) and increase cooking time to 1 hour.
- this recipe either makes 1 or 2 meals depending on your family size. I do 20 shells in a 9x13 pan with 1 jar of sauce for my family of 4 served with garlic bread and fresh salad.
- perfect for meatless Mondays and Fridays

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Beyblade Birthday Party

As requested, here is the nitty gritty of my little guy's Beyblade Bash to celebrate his 9th birthday.  The details for the invite are HERE.  Armed with this handy dandy rule book and with the help of my boys we came up with the coolest party ever, if I do say so myself ;)
We set up our living room with the 3 battle arenas they had, and hung up streamers with Arena 1, 2 and 3 labels on them so the competitors would know where to go.  I stayed with the primary colors, red blue and yellow.
 The boy and I spent over an hour coming up with the battle schedule.  We had a regular season - everyone battled each other, followed by the playoffs and ending with a championship game.  The regular season was spread out over the 3 arenas.  Each contestant battled in an arena no more than 3 times.  Each battle also had a referee...contestants that didn't have a battle at the time and a Dad where needed.  Battles in the same slot started at the same time so those that finished early could watch the other battles.  AND each battle was best of 3 to make it more interesting.  Here is my master schedule with the referees handwritten in on the side.
To make it smoother and easier for the contestants, each one also received a laminated copy of their schedule.  Laminating was done using the Xyron 510 machine and its laminating cartridge.
Battle Schedule
Playoff brackets
The cake - the Bakugan colors were perfect so I had the bakery at Walmart make me a cake following the Bakugan theme without the toys and added my own.  I cut out the Beyblade logo from a Beyblade toy package and added a real Beyblade on the cake. 
 Last but not least, I bought a trophy from Target's dollar spot and decked it out with a Beyblade print.
For more on the party, go HERE.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spotlight: Page Maps

The spotlight of this week is one my all time favorite sites to head to for sketches.  I have been reading/using the sketches from this site from way back when.  If you haven't heard of the website or blog, I'm sure you've seen their books.

Head on over to the Page Maps website and check out all of their cool free sketches.  They also have a Page Maps blog that has contests all year long.  Here is an excerpt from their welcome page...

Yo sketch dawgs! Welcome to PageMaps, a sketch resource for scrapbookers and page artists. We all hit a creative wall from time to time, staring at piles of photos, papers and embellishments, wondering how to put it all together. (For me, it's usually a double semi truck and I don't stand a chance.)
But with a click of the mouse, inspiration is yours to find among the many sketches found here at PageMaps—from graphic and shabby to linear and asymmetrical—there's sure to be a map that fits your style. And hey, if there isn't, just turn one of those suckers on its side or upside down! Cardmakers will also find a collection of designs just in time for that last-minute birthday card. After all, does Hallmark really need your hard-earned $3 bucks? Personally, I'd rather buy a latte (double shot, hold the foam, please).
PageMaps are free for you to download and print for your personal use, but please read the {yawn} Terms of Use to make sure I don't have to send one of my friends after you for map violations. I know this dude, Guido, and he's running a special on knee caps this month...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Project 12 update

There are ten more days to the end of March.  How are you doing on your Project 12 challenge?  Anyone decided to jump on the bandwagon with me on this?  I have January and February done.  Planning on working on March and maybe even April at an all day crop* at the Greendale People's Church this Saturday.  If you haven't started, there's still time to get on board.  I'd love to see what you have :)

*side note: there are seats available at this no-frills all day crop.  Interested? Email me for more info!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spotlight: Jillibean Soup Blog

Got in my order from Jillibean Soup just this week and their stuff is so much better in person!!!  I am desperately trying to carve out some time to play with their new line Spotted Owl.  My spotlight for this week is their blog, aptly named Bean Talk, that is filled with ideas and inspiration for layouts, cards and more.  The following images are from the Jillibean blog.   Love love the simplicity of this layout.  I am so scraplifting this...
and this one.
My little guy is turning 9 on Friday...I think I may have to burn the midnight oil to make one of these for him!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

What's Cooking?

Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast...another slow cooker family favorite.  Something that takes 30minutes prep in the morning, delicious smells all day and another 30 minutes to make the sides.  A recipe from the All Recipes website.  Enjoy!

Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast


  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 5 1/2 pounds pot roast


  1. In a slow cooker, mix cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix and water. Place pot roast in slow cooker and coat with soup mixture.
  2. Cook on High setting for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low setting for 8 to 9 hours.  
1.  I sometimes use a combo of cream of chicken and cream of all depends on what's in the pantry.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


That would be me here in my scrap cave.  Positively beaming!  I've been messing around with Photoshop Elements for a while, learning through tutorials and trial and error.  Today my little guy decided he had to have a Beyblade themed birthday party...and if you have a 9 yr old boy around, you know it's all the rage but there are no easy party supplies out there.  Challenged with that, I decided to photoshop an invite, using images I copied off of their website.  I'm pretty sure that's kosher as long as I am not selling the invites.  I grabbed the background, an image (that I had to tediously cut out from the background), added some text and voila!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Spotlight: Ella Publishing Co.

Ella Publishing Co. is a website that has "Scrapbooking ideas, photo tips, journaling help, and more—it’s all right here! You’ve found the world’s top source for scrapbooking eBooks, which you can read on your computer or iPad or print for your inspiration collection. Also enjoy our FREE weekly eZine and daily blog."

They also have a blog that has great tips and ideas.  This post, I'd like to highlight a series of posts about stitching on layouts.  There are ideas and how-to's on machine stitching, hand stitching and faux stitching.  I personally have tried them all and find that faux stitching is the easiest method although I do like the look of hand stitching and machine stitching.  Here are some layouts that I've done using the three different techniques.

Machine stitching around the border
Faux stitching
Hand stitching on a title page to show our flight path :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

What's Cooking? Chicken Spaghetti

In an effort to make more time for scrapping and making memories, I started using my slow cooker/crock pot more.  I haven't quite learned to adapt recipes for the slow cooker but I have found some really great ones online and in recipe books.  It occurred to me that maybe I should share these finds with my readers..I do get lightbulb moments once in a blue moon.  I can't guarantee that I'll have a new recipe share every week as I tend to head for my go to recipes quite a bit.  And to make it easier to find these recipes, I will add a page (see top of the page) that will have them all linked.  Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chicken Spaghetti - found over on the Clover Lane blog

 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup water
1 packet of dry Italian dressing
1 can of cream of chicken soup (I use the 98% fat free kind)
1 bar or container of cream cheese (I use 1/3 fat free cream cheese)
1 box of pasta (I prefer thin spaghetti)
In crock pot:
Pour water, dry Italian dressing mix and cream of chicken soup into crock pot.  
Stir together to mix.  It will be lumpy, don't worry about it.
Add in should land at the bottom of the pot.
Add in cream cheese...I leave the whole block sitting on the top of everything.
Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
30 minutes before chicken is done, cook a box of thin spaghetti pasta.
Spoon chicken mixture over top on individual plates, serve with garlic bread and salad.  Enjoy!

 I've used less than a whole bar of cream cheese, even down to half and can't tell the difference.
Cook pasta ahead and rinse in hot water (from tap) just before serving.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Spotlight: Scrapbook & Cards Today

Scrapbook & Cards inspiration-filled free magazine.  I don't know if there is a print copy but this e-magazine is definitely inspiration filled.  Their editor is Becky Fleck, creator of Page Maps ie the queen of sketches.

I am in love with their Project is "an easy monthly challenge that will result in a complete “year in review” album at the end of 2010. It is so easy!"  I think it will be a great way to start my family scrapbooks.  Currently I have scrapbooks for each my boys, a yearly album from birthday to birthday, and vacation albums.  No family albums *gasp* easy will it be to complete 12 layouts for each year?  Plus some big trips/special occasion layouts included.  Anyone want to join me?  I will share my layouts here at the end of the month...3 layouts (Jan, Feb n March) by the end of this month and then 1 a month until the end of the year.  I got my pictures in yesterday and sorted them out and am raring to start :)  See for yourself...

ps.  I will be using the Project 12 sketches 2010.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March Scrappy News

It's cold with a drizzle of freezing rain here in the New England.  I'm so so ready for about yourself? 

A shout out to the girls I met at the Andover Cool Crops weekend as well as Beth n Theresa's crop in Westoboro.  Welcome to my mailing list!  I try to keep them short and to the point as well as sending out an email only once a month.  All other communication is via my blog or facebook (If you haven't yet, make sure to "like" Time 2 Scrap). 

A few things going on for March...

1.  Card and Layout classes at the Holden Recreation Department.
I have been teaching at the Holden Rec for over 2 years now.  The place is great, easy to get to from I-190 and the people in the office very helpful.  If you've been thinking about taking a class with me there, please do not hesitate.  If you would like more info on the classes, feel free to contact me.  Go HERE for a sneak peek of the classes.

Spring has Sprung Card Class
Come play with ink, glitter and embossing powders to make 5 beautiful all occasion floral cards. 
Class date: 3/10 (6:30 – 8:30pm)                Cost: $20

Spring Fever Layout Class
Join me as we put together two very sporty layouts that will highlight your T-ball/baseball/softball photos.  From T-ball to Major League, your photos will be scrapped in no time at all!  We will be using Cricut die-cuts, chalks, inks and more.
Class date: 3/24 (6:30 – 8:30pm)                Cost: $20

2.  Pre-order Sketches for Scrapbooking
A while ago, I highlighted a blog called Sketch Support.  If you haven't checked it out, run don't walk over to it.  They highlight a sketch a week and then show you how to use them by posting tons and tons of layouts.  On top of the blog, they have published seven sketch books.  I own volume 5 and 6...and have to say they are the best.  This is a pre-order for Sketches for Scrapbooking Volume 7.  Your cost is $12.75, includes tax.  It does not include shipping to you but as always, I can meet up with you or deliver at an event.  Deadline to order is midnight Thursday, 3/3.  See my blog for upcoming events.

3.  Just Scrappin' Crops in Sturbridge, MA
Our next crop is March 12 and there are a four seats left if you'd like to attend.  $40 gets you a seat, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, a welcome gift, free Make n Take as well as awesome games with prizes to be won.  March's Make n Take is a 2 page winter layout, if you would like to bring photos for the layout, you will need 6 4x6 photos - 4 horizontal and 2 vertical.  Future dates are April 9 and May 14.  Contact me for more info.

Have a wonderful day!