Mojo Busters

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!!

Have you heard?! Some youtube friends (Christy’s Beautiful Life, Crafty Meggy, and Katty Miranda) and I are going to be starting a new youtube series called Mojo Busters starting next Friday, November 4th. This is going to be a five part mini series, where we are going to be tackling this concept about the lack of creativity in our craft room.

Many of us go through periods in our year, where we are too tired, too busy or lack the motivation to scrap. Worse yet, sometimes we spend all this time creating and don’t love what we make. It happens to all of us at some point in our live, maybe more often than we like. But the key is to figure out quick and fun solutions to help us when we feel this way.

I hope you join us on this journey of sharing some fun challenges we like to do to help spark that creativity to create.

Here is a video explaining my take on this series, and what I hope to focus on.


Until next time, Stay Inspired!!


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Homemade Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!! I thought it would be a fun idea to share my recipe of Pumpkin Soup since earlier I shared a layout I made about this yummy bowl of Autumn goodness.

This soup may have started from an actual site, but over time I have kinda tweaked it to my family and my preferences. Little things like adding Ground Smoked Chipotle powder add a nice smokiness that mixes well with the smell of crisp and fallen leaves.

Adding farm fresh roasted Butternut Squash is a newer addition and really helps enhance the pumpkin flavor. I love using fresh ingredients to my families meals to help keep the costs down, but also support local businesses and farms in my area.

Here is a reminder of what this yummy soup looks like all done.


Here is the recipe, which makes a nice big pot full. ( On a side note when I made this the other day, per cup, so 8 oz, this bowl of soup has about 10 grams of carbs. This is a very healthy soup with tons of vitamins and fiber and little sugar.)

Pumpkin Soup

1 TBSP Coconut Oil
2 TBSP Butter
2 Celery Stalks, finely chopped
1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
3 TBSP AP Flour
2 TSP Poultry Seasoning
2 Tsp old bay seasoning
2 fresh Bay leaves
Salt to taste
Papper to taste
About 28oz can Pumpkin Pureed (plain pumpkin)
2 Tsp Hot Sauce (Chipotle Chili powder 1 Tsp) (Optional)
6 cups Chicken Stock (I also like a 1/2 chicken, 1/2 beef broth mix)
2 cups Heavy Cream (or milk)
1/2 Tsp Nutmeg
Optional 3 cups pureed Butternut squash

1 apple chopped
1/4 red onion finely chopped
2 TBSP lime juice
pinch of Lime Zest
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/2 Tsp ground Cinnamon
1 Tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
2 TBSP honey
1.  Heat Soup pot to med high Heat, Add oil and butter.
2. Add and saute onion, celery and carrot. Add Bay leaf and Saute for about five or so minutes.
3.  Season Veggies with Salt and Pepper. Add Poultry seasoning, Old Bay, Chili powder and hot sauce. Cook for another 5 or so minutes until veggies are tender. Stir often from sticking.
4.  Add flour and cook for a couple of minutes. You want the flour to get a little color. This helps develop flavor.
5.  Whisk in Chicken Stock and Bring to a boil.
6.  Whisk in Pumpkin puree in large spoonfuls (If you are adding roasted Butternut Squash puree add it here like pumpkin.) Incorporate Pumpkin really well.
7.  Simmer soup for 10 minutes to thicken.
8.  Add Cream and Nutmeg.
9.  Reduce heat to low and keep warm until ready to serve.
10. Make relish. Combine all relish ingredients and mix. Add relish to the top of the soup in bowl.

If you want to take a look at the layout I made about this soup you can read about it on the SpiegelMom Scraps Blog.  This upcoming month of November I will be sharing quite a few layouts and recipes that I make to full comfy and cozy in the Autumn and Winter months.

Have an inspired day!! And  cozy one too!!


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SpiegelMom Scraps What About Wednesday: Pumpkin Soup

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!!!

I hope you October has been going well? Mine has been flying by, I feel this way every year. The days fly by and before we know it, it will be Christmas :0

In hopes of slowing down I am still scrapping Autumn. Plus I just can’t seem to get enough of all the cool tones, glittering frost, and cozy fussy socks. I may be over scrapping Autumn this year but I am loving every minute of it!!

This week I am sharing a new project I am starting over at the SpiegelMom Scraps Blog.

I am making a Cozy themed 8 1/2 x 11 album, where I am making layouts of Autumn and Winter things that center around cozy. I am adding recipes and other traditions we have at our household that we mainly do in the Autumn and Winter months.

My first entry I share today over at the SpiegelMom Scraps blog. I hope you check it out. Also don’t forget that if you use my code Hannah15 in the SpiegelMom Scraps Store you can get 15% off of your order.

Here is a little sneak of my layout!!



Stay inspired until next time,


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Double Vision: Day In The Life Part One


Double Vision Series is a scrapbooking process video series where I scrap double page spreads in my own style. I use different kinds of inspiration to start the spread, to make it a little unique.
I am making a time line of my Day In The Life I joined in on on July 2016. I am taking all my photos and arranging them on a multi page spread to create a time line that you can see and follow.

Day In The Life is a way of documenting a day. It was started by Ali Edwards. You can read more about this project at her site here,

I am really excited to document my day for this round of Day In The Life, because it is the first full day in our new house. I know in years to come this will be really fun and cool to look through. Especially since many of the moments from that day and the days surrounding it were super crazy and busy.

I decided to share my layout spread in two videos. This first video goes through my first page.

This is the second process video for the second page of this spread.

Next Saturday I will share the last two pages. I will also share next week on my blog a run through of all my pictures from that day so you can see better pictures of my day than just what you see with my process video. (I know sometimes it’s hard to see all the images on layouts in a process video, especially with all the photos I have on my spread.)

I am really glad to share this especially with a new Day In The Life date this week coming up. How are you planning on documenting your Day In The Life this time if you are doing it? I still haven’t decided exactly the focus I am doing. I think maybe focusing on the senses since so many things are still so new around here, that might be kind of fun. Things like the smell of the fireplaces smoke in the morning from our neighbors’ houses. Or the taste of salty peppery sausage in creamy gravy on dinner.

Stay Inspired Until next time,


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Double Vision Series: Strong Women


Aloha My Scrappy Friends!!

For a little over a month I have been doing a double page layout series on my Youtube Channel. I have never been big on doing double page spreads. Doing this series, has helped me to focus differently on my layouts. To think ahead of time instead of just go with the flow.

This week I wanted to make a layout where I could focus on journaling. With the double page spread as my canvas I knew that would be a great space to have lots of journaling.


A while ago I did a double page layout where I had a huge title, I took that as my inspiration. I loved how it looked to have a long title that was a poem quote in many different kinds of fonts. I knew that would look cool on this layout combined with lots of journaling.


Since I do lots of ancestry research I love seeing what someone looks like on paper, through documents. But it is sometimes hard to really know their true motives behind all the decisions these papers show. The places they lived, the jobs they had, these are all part of the story, but why they do things is really the true meaning behind the story. t’s these stories that I want to tell on my pages. I want my kids and grandkids to one day look back and see all the traits of the people in our family!!


That is how the idea got started for this double page spread. A spread about my grandmother and the strength she has passed down. A trait I am positive she had gotten from her mother too.  That has been passed down to me. I want my kids and grandkids know that this is such a great a positive trait to be given!!




I hope you check out my Youtube Video process and see how i created this layout.

Have a great weekend!!


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Aloha My Scrappy Friends!!

I am sitting at my dining room table this morning. The kids are eating breakfast and watching Teen Titans, btw the theme song makes me want to watch Freaks and Geeks. That makes me chuckle.


I am eating my current favorite breakfast of toasted english muffin with peanut butter (I would rather have almond butter but we are too poor to buy that right now) and Tillamook Farmstyle Greek Yogurt with my coffee with eggnog. Yes, it’s eggnog season here now. And that means everything in my household. I think my family could live on Eggnog. The minutes it leaves the store after the holiday season it’s a sad day and the kids are asking when it is Thanksgiving again. (Because in Hawaii you really can’t get eggnog until the week of Thanksgiving)

My fingers are freezing, from taking the puppy outside this morning. It is currently cloudy, just finished raining and chilly outside. Autumn is really here. It is time to put away the shorts tank tops and flip flops. We aren’t in Hawaii anymore.

(Inserted a beautiful picture of Hawaii that makes me wish we didn’t leave. )


But then I look around and my kids are happy (and not fighting with each other, which means something in this house!!).  My coffee is hitting the spot, how could it not with eggnog in it?!

I peak at my beautiful scrap room (even though at the moment it is warming up) with fresh cut flowers from my years. I can’t believe that my Dahlia’s are still blooming. I cut three yesterday and there are about 6 or 7 that are almost ready.


The sight of my room makes me smile. It is my happy place. I really should think about playing in there in a minute. Especially since no one needs me.

But I am really just thinking about how Thankful I am this morning. Thankful for trees that have beautiful colors on them.


It has been 7 years since I have been able to enjoy the things I love the most about Autumn.

I am Thankful for food in our fridge, and heat that is coming from our vents. I am thankful for a Husband who works crazy hours and long hours so we can have all the things we need and some things I just want for fun.

I am Thankful for Friends, and waking up to Vox messages to listen too. And chatting with friends on Facebook. Friends from all over the world.

I am thankful for this beautiful house we house we own, (well technically the bank owns it until it’s paid off). Thankful for a yard my kids can run around in and my puppy can dig holes in. A yard I can plant all the flowers and Apple trees I want to in.

(Insert cute puppy picture, in which the puppy is doing something mischievous)


I am just Truly Thankful this morning!! This life I have isn’t easy, it’s not perfect. There is a lot we don’t or can’t buy (buying a house definitely pushes the budget). But We have all we need and I know God has been faithful to my family. He has provided all we needed. All we need to have a delighted heart and soul.

So even though I need mittens to take the puppy out in the mornings now, and this is a true shift and change for me. I don’t mind. I like that I was pushed out of the comfort of what I had become used too. Pushed to remember things I grew up with. Reminded of how much I really enjoyed that stuff I grew up with.

The country slower pace of life. The fresh air without being in the midst of bustling city life, (though I am glad I can drive less then ten minutes and have that stuff!). The beauty of a different type of nature.

I truly love where we live now. It’s not Hawaii for sure. I know I will dream of being back on the beaches, smelling the salty air and floral notes blowing in the trade winds. I really can see us being here and settling roots here for a while. That makes me thankful.


I hope you have thought a little about what makes you thankful today!! I think counting our blessings truly uplifts our soul.



P. S.

I want to give a bit of a shout out, to a dear friend that I am grateful and thankful to be back into the company with here in Washington. She just started a blog. She is such a great writer and she also has fallen in love with scrapbooking (I know that was a God thing bringing us together , he knew we both needed good in person scrappy friends to hang out with). She has just started blogging, and I wanted to share her blog site with you. Check it out!!

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What About Wednesday: Laura’s October Sketch Challenge

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!!

It’s officially Autumn, I have had a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte and this week I made pumpkin soup. I make this soup every fall. It doesn’t feel like fall without it. Boy, did it taste so delicious too. Perfect for the chilly and cloudy days we have been having this week.

I want to share with you the layout I made for the SpiegelMom Scraps Blog. I am tackling Laura’s October Sketch Challenge. I hope you check it out. You can see the sketch over at the SpiegelMom Scraps Facebook Group.

I should have a process video for this layout later this week too!!

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I hope you are having a great week!! I will be around later this week sharing some more layouts and I am thinking I am going to have an update blog post too. One where I just gab away, because you all know how easy that is for me!!



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The Crafty Maven Getaway Stash It Monday


It’s definitely feeling like Autumn here this week. low to mid 60s during the day, lots of clouds are rolling in and the leaves in my yard are really start to change their color. It is so nice to have this season changing, but it is also hard to get used too as well. There are moments i sit and think, it wasn’t all that long ago that I was in Hawaii. Not Cold!! I have a feeling I will have that feeling many times this season and next!!

I wanted to get on real quick today and share with you the layout and video I posted for Stash It Monday.

I love looking at all my scraps!! They are just so pretty. Sitting in the drawer that is overflowing. I pulled out a few pieces that I thought went with the pastel inspiration piece.

I pulled some older Dear Lizzy and some scraps from a past scraptastic kit and went to town.

Here is my layout.


If you head over to The Crafty Maven Getaway Youtube channel you can watch it over there.


I hope you have an inspired Week!!


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World Card Making Day Inspiration Blog Hop For SpiegelMom Scraps


Aloha Scrappers!!

It is World Card making Day today. I hope you grab some cardstock, patterned paper, die cuts and cute embellies. Make some cards as you hop along with the SpiegelMom Scraps design team today. We are all making some cards to inspire you. I hope you enjoy it.

Also use the hashtag #smswc2016 on instgram sharing the cards you are making for world making card day and you will be entered to win a prize.

You should have come over from Sarah’s blog. Isn’t her cards so beautiful?!! If you came to visit my site welcome and enjoy. You can follow the hop by either clicking on the link in the hop list (at the end of my post is a list of blogs in the hop) Also by clicking Khristina’s name after you have read through and looked at my cards.

I normally don’t make cards often. I love the way a homemade card looks when they are all done and ready to send out. Who doesn’t love getting something in the mail too?! I love the thoughtfulness of what a card means too. Yet I still forget to make them often. Thank goodness for a day like World Card Making Day to remind me to pull out some scraps and make a few extra special cards for some extra special people in my life!!

To get started decided to use a creative scrappers sketch. I thought it would be fun to use a sketch for a card. Especially since I don’t think I am really all that great at making cards. Using sketches or pinterest are such a big help. They get my creative juices flowing and I enjoy the process of making cards so much more.



Because this sketch is designed for a layout I did tweak it a bit to fit a format for a card. I also left out the journaling and replaced the photo with paper.

Here is a look at the finished card. celebrate-delight-resize

I added a big leaf cluster to the middle square.   Added some cork hearts. Stamped Celebrate above instead of below and added lots of Autumn Joy Sequins from the SpiegelMom Scraps store.  This card just screams Autumn doesn’t it?!

Here are some close ups.


This leaf I cut with my Cameo. and I love the added texture this hemp twine adds under the leaf. I also couldn’t resist adding some staples to hold the hemp in place.


I used pumpkin spice ink to stamp both title areas. One is on white card stock, to add a pop with all the darker colors on the card front. It’s not perfect stamping but I think it adds to the rustic look I was going for.


I wanted there to be a little something in each box. This box just got a bigger cork heart and some sequins. I love the colors in this sequin pack!! Perfect!!

For my next card I decided to spray some of my new Shimmerz Vibez spray over top some leaves from my yard. I had been playing around with them earlier that day, trying to take some fun fall photos. (I am in love with autumn this year. It is my first year in 7 years seeing a true autumn season since we have been in the military. I just can’t get enough of it!!) The colors I used were Eggnogin’ and Razzleberry. I really love how this gold and red almost purple color look together.

When I took the leaves off there was a spot from the leaves. Really subtle outline of the leaves. It looked really cool. I then pulled out my manual die cut machine and my one embossing folder. It had stitched hearts from the Amy Tangerine Stitched line and it was perfect for that cosy Autumn feel I wanted for my cards.


Again, I used some more Silhouette cut leaves, a half doily, some glitter paper cut into a banner. I used more hemp twine too. It just screams fall time.


This time I used Mocha Mint Dreams Sequins (which was designed to match the Reset girl line from Simple Stories).  I kept this card really simple.


Here is my last Autumn themed card of the cards I made.


I was inspired by this green striped watercolor patterned paper by WRMK Wildflower collection. I had also cut out that Autumn cut from  my Silhouette Cameo. I backed it on some really pretty star vellum.

I used a full doily on the front of the card. Layered in some blue star patterned paper from Dear Lizzy Serendipity. I love this faded green and dark blue color combo with the gold.


I looked through some of my Maggie Holmes ephemera for pieces that would work for an Autumn themed card. I still had this XOXO piece, and it is perfect for  the more feminine feel this card has. I also grabbed a small tag. I knew I wanted something tiny that could be held by with the clothespin with a button that I had. I added some natural twine in there too for texture.


I scattered some Razzleberry sequins, Falling Leaves sequins and some gray Heart Felties throughout the card.  I backed the XOXO Maggie Holmes piece with a light subtle paper from the Stitched collection by Amy Tangerine.

This card is my all time favorite. Just gorgeous!!

Here is the last card I am sharing with you tonight. I used a file designed by SpiegelMom Scraps design team member Laura Rumble. All the tiny hearts are so adorable.thinking-of-you

I backed the heart cut white card stock with a scrap piece of WRMK patterned paper. I love the pop of the teal paper looks as the next layer then backed by a dark grey and white striped paper.

I used all scraps to make this card. I love picking through all my favorite patterns and designs and adding them on a fun card. I used that thinking of you scrap as my sentiment.

I layered a tag under the sentiment and a circle punched scrap of patterned paper. I then scattered some dove gray heart felties and some cork hearts.


I used the Let’s Be Mermaid’s sequins to keep this card fresh and fun. I really kept this card simple.


I finished with some Millie & June puffy stickers with sequins.

I hope you were inspired today!! Even more I hope you grab some scraps and make a card to send to someone special. Enjoy the rest of your World Card Making Day!!

Don’t forget to stop over to Khristina’s blog and see what she made for World Card Making  Day.

Here is the line up for the hop today if for some reason you lose your place.

SpiegelMom Scraps World Card Making Day Hop List

SMS Blog
Lisa Kingston
Christy Harriman
Sarah McClellan
Hannah Lemieux  <<<< You Are Here
Khristina Sorge  <<<<<<<<<<<<< Click Here to Follow Hop
Sara Scraps
Katty Miranda
Evi Cortes
Rachel Stewart
Laura Rumble
Felicia Young

Happy World Card Making Day my Scrappy Friends!! Have an inspired weekend!!


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