So much is going on here at Pixel Scrapper! Here's a wrap up in case you missed something.
Time for a new survey! We're still trying really hard to improve Pixel Scrapper, and we need your help! Read more here.
|March Survey Results
Thanks so much to everyone who filled out our March survey! Read more here.
More Site Updates
- Now you can page through "what's new." Read more here.
- New help page. Please leave feedback. Read more here.
- Bundle downloads now available for everyone. Read more here.
- Filter design results by designer. Read more here.
Uploads and Downloads
A few assets for this bundle have trickled up, and more will be coming next week. But you can get the kits now! Read more here.
|Color Basics Bundle
All my assets for this bundle are up and Brooke plans to to finish her's up in the next week or so. Don't forget that these colors coordinate with the sports and grad kits below. Read more here.
I'm a bit behind and none of these assets are up yet; they'll be coming next week. But you can download the kits now! Read more here.
All the assets for this kit are up! So check out what you're missing. Read more here.
All the assets are up for this bundle too! What sport would you like to see next? Read more here.
More Kits You May Have Missed...
In the Forums
|April 2013 Blog Train
Have you been keeping up with the tremendous parts for this month's blog train? Read more here.
|Paper a Day Challenge
Some great papers are being made every day! It's not too late for you to join us and make some beautiful papers too! Read more here.
Join us for a weekly challenge to get those ideas flowing. This week we're doing a scraplift. Read more here.
Some More Threads You May Have Missed...
- Interested in a photography challenge?
- Get a Hello Kitty email address.
- Help me find grouped templates and earn yourself some DC.
- Do you have difficulties with search on this site? Let us know.
On the Blog
|New Music Giveaway: Carinthia
There's still a chance to win this great album! Read more here.
|Banana Bread Biscotti and Recipe Organization
A simple solution using Pinterest and Evernote to keep track of your recipes. Read more here.
|Layout Critique #5
Please leave some useful comments for this week's layout. Read more here.
So many beautiful layouts are uploaded here everyday. Here are just a couple. Read more here.
Sneak Peak into Next Week
- New Bundle Release: An oldy but goodie. More travel elements and "fall colors." Can you guess which European city it might be?
- New Tutorial: I'll show you some secrets behind my own assets and templates.
- On the Blog: I'll give you some tips for using Evernote and show you around Jordan a little bit more.
- Plus the contest winner for our new music giveaway!
Did this review help you with what you missed this week? Did I miss anything?
There are so many wonderful layouts being posted to the gallery, I thought I'd take a minute to highlight a couple.
Jordan and I have been thinking about what would make the gallery more valuable. What makes a gallery good, and how do we encourage that? Please share your thoughts here.
Over the weekend it became apparent that I was going to have to do something about the banana situation on the counter. Not even the ants were going to take them away (although the ants seem quite impressed with our honey despite the fact that they can't get out of it). I like banana bread, but not really enough to eat a loaf of it, and since Jordan and I are only living with animals right now, this didn't seem like the recipe to make. I made muffins a few weeks ago, so that wasn't going to cut it either. Luckily this is not 1950 and I do not have to rely on the limited recipes in my brain or on my shelves.
Thanks to Pinterest I found a recipe for banana bread biscotti, which was just perfect since what I wanted to make was biscotti, but I was feeling pressured by the bananas. Biscotti is a slight pain since you have to keep baking it and cutting it and rotating it and then frost it, but it also has the bonus of being a low pressure food. As in, I don't feel pressured to eat it immediately because it's going to go bad. Unlike the original bananas, biscotti lasts for a while, so I can relax and enjoy it when I feel like it. Here's the recipe if you're interested.
The real truth behind it not being 1950 has only recently infiltrated my recipe organization. This is due mostly to the fact that I don't cook and so I don't think about it. However, I have lately been cooking more and even if you cook very rarely, you are still cooking rarely, and in some cases this means your need for a helpful system is even stronger. So I'm going to share mine. It now seems rather obvious to me. However, I haven't always done it this way, so apparently it really wasn't obvious.
There are a confusing number of things out there on the internet to help you with stuff. This makes life complicated. I like to focus on the things I use frequently and try and tweak them to do new things. So my recipe storage method uses Pinterest and Evernote. I use both these applications for multiple purposes. There are a few main differences which can help you to decide what tasks to use them for:
- not super permanent
- not super easy to find something specific
- more text based, although you can save images as well
- permanent and in your control
- taggable and searchable
Once I thought this through it became clear what to do with recipes. I use Pinterest as a cookbook. I pin anything that looks slightly interesting. Then, when I'm looking for kitchen inspiration I can browse through the different categories to find something interesting.
Once I have made a recipe and determined I like it, then I save it to Evernote. This way I can find it easily when I need it and also I don't have to worry about the online post being deleted or lost. I've also slowly been collecting family recipes as I've needed them and added them as well (sharing is possible through Evernote, but you have to subscribe so I haven't used that). Now if I'm looking for a recipe I've made, I know exactly where it it. My old laptop has been demoted to cookbook status. I just leave it in the kitchen. It also has the useful feature of running as many timers as I want.
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I love digital scrapbooking. I also love to read and bake cookies. Especially while drinking tea. I've lived around the world, and love to travel, which is usually the theme of most of my scrapping projects.