Binder Decorating!

Hi friends! It is that time again. School is about to start. Some of my friends are starting in only six days! This summer has passed so quickly. Sigh.

Anyway, school starting means that I have to gather all the binders and notebooks I am going to use. I found this plain brown binder and started looking for some cute ideas. I found one with mountains and snow, and I tried it, but it looked like the ocean with white islands scattered everywhere. So I decided to try a similar idea. Layers of mountains.

With my darkest color of paper, and a nice template I found on the internet, I cut an obvious mountain shape with more defined ups and downs than the other ones. (If that makes any sense.) I didnt get a picture of that layer on its own before I glued the second layer to it, but here is a picture.

The second layer (the lavender one) is less “jagged” than the dark layer. The further away each layer is, the less defined it is.

Now the third layer. I dont really like the color of this one, but I didn’t really have any other options. This one was pretty straight accross the top. Then I glued that one behind the others.

I wrote a quote accross the top. (More like traced, since I used stencils)

And glued the mountains on!

And thats it!

~Joy

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Book Idea Jar

Hi,

So, I know in my last post I said that I would post more about the caramel sauce, but I forgot to take pictures, so I have something else today.

This was a fun idea I saw on Pinterest.  A jar filled with slips of paper with books that you want to read on them. So, if you get a book recomendation, you can just scribble it on the paper and throw it in the jar!  That way you won’t forget about it, like I usually do.

I used the same jar from my post about the Painted Mason Jar.

That’s it; a short post today.  Enjoy!

~Joy

Salted Caramel Sauce

Hi guys,

Today I have a salted caramel sauce, and it is really good!  I’ve made it twice, and it has turned out great both times.  It’s pretty easy, too.

You can find the recipe and instructions here.

To start, I would lay out all your ingredients.  That way you can keep stirring so it doesn’t burn as easily.

First, the sugar.  Melt it on medium heat; it will form clumps then slowly melt.  Keep stirrng it!  You don’t want it to stick to your pan, ’cause that’s a huge pain!

The pictures aren’t very good, but you get the idea…

Next comes the butter.  I put the cubes in one at a time so there wouldn’t be too much splattering.  Like the recipe said, I used a whisk to try to mix the butter in with the sugar.

After the butter is completely melted and fairly well mixed into the sugar, add the cream.  I will warn you, you will want a spoon with a long handle!  It splattered a bit and the steam was quite hot.  However at that point I had already put my wooden spoon in the sink and did not feel like washing it and I didn’t want to burn, so I had to suck it up.  This picture is a little after the splattering had lessened.

Let it boil for about one minute, then add the salt and remove from the heat.  I (very messily) poured mine into a jar to cool.

There you have it!  Yummy salted caramel sauce!  In my next post, I’ll have how I used it, other than on top of ice cream, of course!

~Joy

Clipboard

Hey guys, 

Today I recovered a clipboard, and it went well, so I shall post about it.  😛

It was really easy, once I removed the paper that was previously covering it.  First, I covered it with a piece of cardstock.  It is a bit hard to see with the bad picture, but I did have to glue an extra sliver on the left side.  However, I did not bother to do the very top.

Then I did the same on the back, though I covered the whole thing.

Next, I covered it in contact paper.  I didn’t have a big enough piece, so I did have to piece it together a bit.

And some gold washitape on the bottom…

…and on the clip.  I traced the shape on the tape, then cut it out and used Mod Podge to glue then on.

And that’s it!

I hope you guys like it!

~Joy

After reading through this post, I realized that I am writing a little more formally.  I never use the word ‘shall.’  It’s because I’m reading a book set in the midevil times, and the more formal language is starting to make an impression! 😉

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

Hi,

A while back, I made these cinnamon and sugar pretzels, and with a few adjustments, they were good!

Here’s a link to the recipe below.

http://lifestooshorttoskipdessert.blogspot.com/2010/12/yummy-cinnamon-sugar-pretzels.html?m=1

So the adjustments I made were adding more cinnamon and sugar.   I probably added about a quarter cup of sugar, but I don’t know how much cinnamon.  Something I would like to try is to use butter instead of the oil. (If anyone tries it, let me know how it turns out.)

That’s it, sorry it is a short one.  Hope you guys like it!

~Joy