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Help Me Flourish Answers to your digi scrap questions

Home of my Heart

Our featured designer shares her exclusive new kit

Summer Recipes Recipes to round out your summer

September's Inspiration Home gallery picks to inspire your scrapping

Issue 15: September 2010

OWNERS Traci Murphy Gina Miller EDITORIAL Managing Editors Traci Murphy Gina Miller Editor Joy Kuoha DESIGN Joy Kuoha STAFF WRITERS Gina Miller Traci Murphy Joy Kuoha ADVERTISING Lori Martin

3 HELP ME FLOURISH COLUMN By Yours Truly 4 INTERVIEW WITH FEATURED Designer Lisa Hankins of Studio Gypsy By Traci Murphy 7 Exclusive free download Get your “Home of my Heart” Kit For Flourish Subscribers Only 9 FEATURED SCRAPPER By Gina Miller 11 SUMMER RECIPES By Joy Kuoha 13 Gallery Picks August’s Inspiration: Back To School cover layout:

“Home Is Where the Heart Is” by JenJ

credits: Fancy Schmancy Frames by Valorie Wibbens, papers from Inspire Me by Valorie Wibbens, Gettin Krafty by Valorie Wibbens, Home Sweet Home by CD Muckosky, Stitch Bits by Brandi Sutherlin Designs

We welcome your feature-worthy layouts and ideas for articles. Please send your submissions and suggestions to: If you would like assistance with your subscription to Flourish, please email to: Advertising Inquiries can be sent:

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Dear Flourish, I am new to digital scrapbooking and don’t know which software to purchase. What are the choices for a low-budget and the learning curves for each? Rookie Scrapper Dear Rookie, There are as many digital scrapbooking software choices as there are styles. Most scrappers choose their software by familiarity. If you have digital photo editing software already installed on your computer, that is the best place to start. Some computers come with photo editing software installed when they are new. Some of these could be: Photoshop Photoshop Elements CorelDraw Microsoft Digital Imaging PhotoFusion PhotoPaint Other software already installed on your computer might be layout software and could include: Microsoft Publisher Creative Keepsake’s Scrapbook Designer etc. If any of these sound familiar and you might know how to use it, start there. This will get you up and going faster than learning a new program. You can also use free software available online such as Gimp, Google Sketchup, PhotoScape, Artweaver, and Aviary. Google these and see which one looks like the one for you!


Creativity and inspiration come from many different places - changing seasons, colors, advertisements, photos, and events. This season-changing month brings so much inspiration into our lives with the summer closing and the fall opening new doors of color, festivities, and love. The fall season brings cooler temperatures, but warmer colors that tie the season’s events all together. I love to reminisce about this season’s past memories as we look through scrapbooks and old photos. This is what we do on lazy afternoons and evenings by the fireplace... and the memories bind us together stronger as a family. This season, let’s make new memories and capture them with photos and scrapbook pages that will last through the years and keep us warm. Check out the fabulous new exclusive kit by our feature designer, Lisa Hankins of Studio Gypsy. The colors are rich and warm, and the textures are so amazingly homey - you will want to use this kit over again as you create your new memories and layouts. Have a great month! Joy Joy Kuoha is a graphic designer, writer, and amateur photographer. She has 5 amazing children and 3 adorable grandchildren.

Yours Truly







facebook, and scrabble. When she is not sitting in front of her computer, you can find her in the garden cutting roses or at the beach soaking up the sun.

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Find Lisa. . . Studio Gypsy Shop Design blog

Lisa Hankins

Designer at Scrapbook Graphics By Traci Murphy Lisa sure has a way with color, and her kits really show it. All Lisa’s kits have fantastic themes and bold colors. Lisa creates under “Studio Gypsy” and sells at Scrapbook Graphics. We asked Lisa a few questions about herself, and this is what she had to say...

Q. What would I find in your refrigerator right now? A. Coke Zero, apples, peaches, eggs, salad, coke zero, V-8, coke zero, get the idea? lol Q. What is your favorite color? A. P-p-p-purple! Q. What is your favorite drink? A. I bet you have no clue!

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Q. What is the last book you read? A. Sailing by James Patterson Q. If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be? A. Agent Lacy Sherlock from Cathrine Coulter’s FBI Series! She’s feisty, fearless and has great hair! Q. What did you want to be when you were little? A. A writer. My mom used to let me play with her Underwood typewriter and has photos of me from the time I was 3 just pecking away. Q. What is your favorite song? A. Of all time, Witchy Woman by the Eagles. Of the moment, Lemonade by Coco Rosie Q. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself? A. I’m a certified crazy cat lady! I have 3 furbabies right now and that seems to be a good number for me. They keep me company, are constant entertainment and rarely complain when I steal the covers. Q. Do you have a favorite color scheme? A. Fall colors make me swoon! They are so lush and comforting to me. Q. What is your favorite type of product to design? A. Big, bursting at the seam, jam packed kits! Featured Designer (continued)

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Q. Can you tell us about your creative process? A. I see inspiration all around me so at any one time I have dozens of ideas bouncing around in my head. Once something really strikes my fancy, I start making notes and choosing colors. Once I start designing I let the creativity lead me and it’s always fun to see where I end up! Q. How did you get into digital scrapbooking and designing? A. I started paper scrapping in the mid 90’s and kept that up until 2003. By then I needed a change and a friend brought me into the world of paint shop pro and msn groups. A few years later when I saw digital scrapbooking I was interested and started teaching myself. Of course that didn’t last very long because I’m one of those people that always says “I can make that”! In 2005 I was asked if I’d like to start designing and join a store that was being opened and I jumped on it. The rest is history!

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Just for the valued subscribers of

We want to express our appreciation to Lis Hankins of Studio Gypsy for sharing this fantastically fun kit, “Home of my Heart!”

Click below to download

“Home of my Heart” Alpha Elements Papers

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Featured Scrapper: Tali Vander Stouwe (t_a_l_i)

Q. What is the one household chore you secretly enjoy doing? A. Folding towels. Q. Who is your celebrity crush? A. Mark Salling (Puck from Glee) Shooooweeee! Also, I love Mark Wahlberg.

Supply List: You Are Here - collab from Paislee Press Designs + Queen of Quirk at Oscraps and, Font is CK Mama OSahlin Studio: Sunshine and Daffodils

Q. If you could eat one food for the next 7 days, what would it be? A. Chips and guacamole. With a side of chocolate layer cake. Q. What is your favorite article of clothing from your closet? A. A pair of well-broken in Silver jeans that I’ve had for a few years.

Supply List: Template: Memories ... Captured site collab by the 9th & Bloom designers, Kit: Mojito by K Studio

Q. Do you have any other hobbies aside from scrapbooking? A. I just took up running and I love it! I’m running my first 5k on September 12th in honor of our twins. I’m nervous but super pumped! My Scrapbook Art Page 9

Q. You’re obsessed with...? A. Finding the ultimate pound cake recipe. If you have the best, send it my way, yo! Q. What type of car do you drive? A. Black GMC Envoy XL Q. Color of your manicure right now. A. Is dry skin and torn cuticles considered a color? Q. When was your last ME day? What did you do?

A. I kinda had one yesterday - went shopping with my mom, sister and daughter for wedding dresses (my sis is getting married next year). Had an awesome lunch at a gourmet grilled cheese shoppe, and did some shopping at Target (LOVE) and bought some new running shoes. :) Q. What’s your current FB status update? A. Tali Vander Stouwe is employed. (I just got a job - going back to work after being home with our kids for 3 years!) Get to know Tali! I’m the big 3-0. I live in middle of nowhere in South Dakota with my fantastic hubby Eric and our trio - Ella is five and just started kindergarten, and Jacob and Boden are three and are starting preschool tomorrow! I love movies, reading, TV, running, cooking, and scrapping, natch! I am returning to work next week after being a stay-at-home mom for the last 3 years. I scrap nearly every day - usually while my boys are napping and sometimes at night. It takes me about 2-3 hours to complete a page. I always start with the photo and move on from there. I’m a onephoto scrapper for sure. Templates are my bff when I can’t get a page cookin’ on my own. Love them! I started paper scrapping in 2005 and switched to digi in 2007. I started scrapbooking after picking up an issue of Creating Keepsakes after our daughter was born. After our twins were born in 2007 I just didn’t have the time to scrap traditionally any longer, and finally decided to break into the PSE 4 that had been sitting in my desk forever. Haven’t looked back!

Supply List: Template: Kooky Cutouts collab from Fizzy Pop, Designs and Crystal Livesay at 9th & Bloom, Kit: What Do You See by One Little Bird at Oscraps. Stitches (swirl): Stitches 1 from K Studios at Catscrap, Stitches (straight): Straight Line Stitches 1 by Anna Aspnes at Designer Digitals, Date: Quirky Dates by One Little Bird at Oscraps

I’m so proud to create for Fizzy Pop Designs, creashens, Paislee Press Designs, zinnias and swallowtails, One Little Bird, and guesting for K Studios.

Tali’s Gallery at My Scrapbook Art Tali’s Facebook Page

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Late Summer Recipes

Here we are at the end of summer in the northern hemisphere, and it’ too hot to think about turning on the oven inside our house... It’s too dang hot outside and all we want to do is stay in the pool! This is the first year we have had a swimming pool and patio in our backyard, so we celebrated our son’s graduation party by the pool this year. Our menu included traditional Hawaiian Luau food and we made it all ourselves! Summer cooking should be all about E.A.S.Y… and I have come up with a fabulous, easy summer BBQ menu that you can try this week! I made these recipes into little scrapbook recipe cards for you, too. Enjoy! • • • •

Teriyaki Chicken Sandwiches Macaroni Salad Fruit Skewers Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Let’s start with the chicken… Teriyaki chicken sandwiches 1-1/2 cup soy sauce and 1/2 cup water 1 cup dark brown sugar 1 tsp. finely grated ginger 1 tbsp. finely diced cilantro 1 clove chopped garlic 1/2 cup chopped green onions Cook soy sauce, water and brown sugar over medium heat in saucepan until all the sugar dissolves. Let cool. Mix in all ingredients together. Pour over bonelessskinless chicken thighs in large zip-lock baggy and refrigerate overnight. Grill chicken outdoors

or bake in oven at 350 for 45 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns or King’s Hawaiian rolls with grilled pineapple rings and your choice of condiments. If you want to eat this in a more formal way, just serve it over steamed rice! Macaroni Salad 1 bag of salad macaroni (ditalini) 4 stalks of celery washed 1 jar of green olives with pimentos 2 large tomatoes 1 bunch of green onions 2 cups mayonnaise Salt & pepper to taste Cook macaroni in boiling water until tender, but not mushy. While that is cooking, chop up the celery, green onions, and tomatoes into small pieces. Slice green olives sideways into 3 pieces per olive. Place all veggies into a really large bowl. Add drained macaroni, mayonnaise, salt and pepper and stir until combined. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Fruit Kabobs 1 pound strawberries 5 green apples 6 ripe bananas 1/2 pound blueberries 1 whole watermelon 1 package of skewers Cut up all fruit, except watermelon, into bite-size pieces. Pierce a skewer through the middle of each fruit, making a pattern using 2 of each fruit, for a total of 6 pieces per skewer. Poke the sharp ends of the skewers into the top of the watermelon to make a great centerpiece!

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Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade 6 lemons 1 to 1-1/2 cups simple syrup (recipe follows) 1 (16 ounce) container strawberries, hulled and halved 1 quart sparkling water ice cubes mint for garnish Roll the lemons back and forth a couple of times on the counter to release the juices. Cut the lemons in half and juice into a bowl. Remove any seeds that may have fallen into the juice. You should get about 1 cup of lemon juice. Using an immersion blender or regular blender, blend the strawberries with the 1/2 cup of the simple syrup, until smooth. Pour lemon juice, strawberry puree, 1/2 cup simple syrup and sparkling water into a pitcher. Add more simple syrup if you want a little more sweetness. Add ice cubes. Chill until ready to drink. Place more ice cubes in a glass, pour in chilled lemonade, garnish with mint sprig. Enjoy! Simple Syrup 1 part sugar 1 part water Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Cool completely.

(Credits: Recipe Brag Book & Alpha by Ruby Rynne, Lemonade recipe from

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