Monthly Archives: April 2012

an inspired book

I recently finished this simple little project that I love and would recommend making one to anyone!  It is a notebook/journal of sorts to specifically keep thoughts and ideas that inspire you.

Materials I used:
a variety of fun scrapbooking papers and pens
scrapbooking tape and spray adhesive
papercutter
hole punch
binder rings (these are cheap at office supply stores or you could use ribbon or other items)
8×8 chipboard book board (I had this on hand, but it could be easily done with cardstock or something like that)
a personal collection of inspiring things

The Process:
I will be the first to admit that I made this much more complicated than it needed to be, but I loved every minute of it so I really dont care!
1.  Select and organize papers for pages.  This is where I only made my life more challenging and fun.  My chipboard was 8×8, but I mostly had 12×12 paper, so I selected the ones I wanted, put them in the perfect order and then measured and cut each one down to 8×8.  A normal person would have gone to the store and purchased 8×8 papers.  Whatever. Moving on.
The following two steps aren’t needed if you decide to use hole-punched page protectors, which of course I did not.  If you are less awesome smarter than me, skip to step 4.
2.  Stick together.  Because I wanted to create a book where I use both the front and back of pages and I did not want every other page to be white, my next step was sticking pages together.  I laid everything out and flipped through it to make sure it was in the right order.  Then, I used both scrapbook tape and spray adhesive to attach the pages.
3.  Hole punch time.  My next step was to hole punch all of the pages.  I used the already hole-punched chipboard and a piece of cardstock to mark the hole placement, punched the holes in the cardstock and then used it as a guide to hole punch the rest of the pages.  (Of note, probably also a little more complicated than needed, but, um I only had a single hole puncher…just trying to keep things simple here people)
4. Cover Creation. This part was really fun.  I wanted my cover to be colorful and unique, so I glued a beautiful piece of scrapbook paper to the chipboard and then used letter stickers (different style and color for each letter) to spell out “inspired”.  There is so much room for creativity on the cover!!  I wanted to be sure that I wanted to pick it up when I saw it. 🙂
5. Putting it all together. The next step was collecting the book and cover together and getting it all lined up.  Then I worked binder clips through the holes and, voila, the book had been created!

Of course, filling in the content is the last part of the process, which for me will be continual as I am treating it as a journal and book.  However, I have used each page differently so far.  Some I have handwritten.  Others are more artsy.  For some, I printed out content and attached it.  My goal is to make it as inspiring to me as possible.

I hope you enjoy this idea!  Please feel free to share ideas or photos if you make or have your own. 🙂

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finding peace

My heart is simply not at rest lately.  This helped.

wahclella falls

Recently, I took a quick trip with friends on a new hike in the Columbia Gorge.  Sometimes I wonder if it is even possible to see all the waterfalls in the gorge. (I’ve heard there are at least 100 on the Oregon side)  We visited several falls that day, but the only real hike was to Wahclella falls.
The trailhead for the falls is located near exit #40 off I-84, which is just under 10 miles east of the very well known Multnomah falls.  The parking lot is just to the south of the exit (look carefully for signage) and does require a permit (NW Forest Pass and National Parks Pass both work) or you pay a $5 parking fee on site.
The hike itself is pretty easy and family friendly, only about 2 miles roundtrip with minimal elevation gain (300 feet or so).  The trail has a junction as you near the falls and it simply makes a loop.  I recommend merging right at that point, but either way gets you to the falls.
The falls itself is beautiful with the lowest tier falling up to 70 feet into the pool below.  The upper part of the falls can actually be either one or two additional falls depending on the season.
This was a simple, beautiful and fun hike in the gorge and I will definitely visit again!

a portrait

So, I am part of a new blog called blARTog, which exists to challenge people to be creative and share art. The first project was a self-portrait.  I had an idea for the portrait for weeks, but when I sat down to do it, it turned into something completely new and different and actually opened my eyes a bit.  You can read more about my process right here on the blog, but what I suddenly realized through this was how easy it is to know someone without actually knowing them.  We have these worlds that we live in online via social networking sites like facebook and twitter as well as through photo albums, e-mails and online chats, basic accessible information, videos and profiles of all sorts.  (And here I am sharing this all on a blog!) I awkwardly became an observer of my own life as I scrolled through this online life.  I did not feel that anything I saw or read was untrue to who I am, but a loneliness set in as I realized that anyone who knows “online me” doesn’t fully know ME.
This realization inspired me to do a few things:
1. Create this piece of art.

2. Take some time to become an observer of my “real life”.  How?  I literally came face to face with myself and considered where/who/how I am.  What am I feeling passionate about?  What am I struggling with? How do I feel?  It was humbling. I have a lot to ponder and change.
3. To try not to judge people solely based on a picture or comment I see online.
4. To remember to nurture and cherish my real life relationships.  In reality, it is not that hard to stay connected to those you love, whether it is through a phone call, letter or card or an actual one on one over coffee or a walk.  If it is truly important, time can be found.

I never imagined a simple portrait would teach me so much and I am so thankful.

wild salmon (maple salmon)

Three reasons your body will love you for eating wild salmon:
1. Omega-3 fatty acids.  These acids are so important because the body cannot make them on its own.  They improve brain function, boost “good” cholesterol, guard against inflammation, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease!
2. Vitamins D and B12.  Vitamin D is hard to find in food and, unfortunately, deficiency is common.  One role it plays is to help our bodies absorb calcium.   Vitamin B-12 is important for red blood cell production and proper nerve function.
3. Selenium.  It is a mineral that we need for thyroid function and is a very powerful player for our immune system.

MAPLE SALMON
Made this for dinner last night with fresh salmon and it was delicious.  I was honestly a little apprehensive about the sweet and salty flavor mix, but it balanced out quite nicely.  Will definitely make it again!

Ingredients:

1 pound Salmon

1/2 cup Maple Syrup

3-4 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

2 Garlic Cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

Fresh Ginger, to taste

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, combine maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic and pepper.
2. Place salmon in glass baking dish and coat with syrup mixture.  Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, turning at least once.
3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
4. Remove salmon from fridge and top with ginger.  Place baking dish in preheated oven and bake, uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until salmon is slightly opaque and easily flaked with a fork.

I paired it with roasted red potatoes, my favorite salad (spinach, strawberries, feta, almonds), fresh bread with honey butter and a crisp white wine.  Yum Yum!

Found the original recipe here.

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