What Can a Scrapbooking Community Do For You?

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We all know scrapbooking is a very rewarding hobby. Every page you create is a page that will be treasured by family and friends for years to come. However, have you ever thought about joining a scrapbooking community?

As the popularity of scrapbooking grew within the last several years, so did the number of resources and supplies. Knowing what to do with all those supplies, and finding specific items, can be somewhat challenging. This is where a scrapbooking community comes in.

Scrapbooking communities can help you in many ways. At a friendly, community message board designed for scrapbookers, you can do a number of activities. These activities are:

– Share Ideas
Do you have the perfect idea for a Thanksgiving page? Have you come up with something creative to do with your extra supplies? Do you need some help with an odd page? Sharing ideas is possibly the best benefit of a scrapbooking community. Even if you feel you may not be a big help to some, you may just surprise yourself with your creativity on certain subjects.

– Share Layouts
If you are dying to show off your newest page to others you know will appreciate it, a scrapbooking community can be a great place to do just that. Furthermore, you can connect with others that are showing their layouts and latest designs. You may get some ideas, just by viewing creations by others.

– Find & Share Supplies
If you need just one specific product, which seems impossible to find, a scrapbooking community can help point you in the right direction. You can share product reviews, as well, so you can get a better idea of where the best place to find scrapbooking supplies are. This alone will save you time, so you can get back to work on what’s important.

– Make Friends
Get to know others, like you, who are involved in scrapbooking, and you could be making life-long friends. This, too, is one of the greatest benefits of a scrapbooking community. It draws people with similar backgrounds and interest into one place.

There are many different scrapbooking communities online which you can join (such as CafeMom, which has groups you can join, and WeScrap!). Be sure you take time when looking for your new community, so you choose the best one for your personal needs.

Natural Face Cream Recipe

Making bath and body products is a passion to many, thus why we are lucky to have a reader share their natural face cream recipe!

Below you will find the details of this recipe, as well as a link to their blog for more information.

Angela’s Hand and Face Cream

1 oz beeswax (by weight)
4 oz almond oil (by volume) 
4 oz grapeseed oil 
2 tbs aloe 
4 tbs distilled water or rose water 
5 drop vitamin E oil 
15 drop lavender essential oil 
2 drops tea tree oil 
optional: a pinch of citric acid   

Melt beeswax and oil in pan or double boiler. Warm water and aloe in seperate pan to no hotter than 100 degrees. Add a pinch of citric acid, use gloves (optional). Pour oil mixture into blender (or bowl if you have a hand mixer) Let cool for a few minutes. Start blender or mixer and slowly pour in the water mixture. Blend until creamy making sure not to over do it. Add essential oils and vitmain E and quickly blend in. With a clean spatula, scoop into clean glass jars before it cools. This recipe should last about 6 months. Refrigerate to preserve longer. 

ENJOY!  

Learn about the chemicals in commercial bath and body products at http://avoidingchemicals.blogspot.com/ 

If you have your own natural face cream recipe to share (or any other recipes), please be sure to click on the “blogger” link at the top for details on how to submit your information.

Easy Lasagna Recipe

This is quite possibly the easiest lasagna recipe you’ll come across, and something we came up with based on our own experiences with easy lasagna recipes and our own preferences for ingredients.

Let me warn you though – this recipe for lasagna does NOT include cottage cheese, or any other type of fancy cheese. Just regular shredded mozzarella cheese. Why? Because we don’t care for any other kind.

So let’s get down to the lasagna recipe….

Easy Lasagna

1 pound ground beef, cooked
1 medium jar spaghetti sauce (your choice)
1/2 package lasagna noodles, cooked
1-2 bags mozzarella cheese, shredded

Cook your noodles and hamburger (separate, of course). Grease a large baking pan and layer it with noodles. Spread about half your spaghetti sauce over the noodles. Sprinkle ground hamburger on top. Sprinkle cheese over hamburger to completely cover. Repeat with another layer. On your last layer, you should have just noodles and cheese.

Bake at 350* until cheese is golden brown (about 45 minutes).

 

Lasagna

Nom.

The kids absolutely LOVE this lasagna, and it’s about the only type they’ll eat. Sometimes less is more, and that’s for sure the case with this particular recipe. Nothing fancy, and even some “normal lasagna” ingredients excluded to please everyone.

Enjoy!