Ian Axel LO

Hello stickers. Not until this page was done when I realized how many sticker elements I used. Alpha stickers, labels, and 3 long ‘banner’ embellishments. The mix of types of stickers doesn’t make it seem like ‘sticker overload!’ The tickets are even craft paper like so it gives off an appearance that it is a paper embellishment I taped down.

I admit that it has taken me some time to let loose and not go THEME THEME THEME on my pages. When I first started scrapbooking my page would have been musically inclined being that it is about a concert, but I have realized (?) that it not ciritcal to be literal. Ian was wearing a blue shirt and Chad was wearing jeans so I wanted to pick up on the blue in the photos so I picked a paper to use, then I picked accents that went with that tone. For example, the yellow and cream on the paper was picked up in the yellow arrow tag, blue and yellow shaped sticker.




Techmunch: Top 5

I attended Techmunch in Boston on Sunday. It is a food blogging conference hosted by the site Bakespace. The conference consisted of several classes that focused on such things as marketing, making connections with Brands, and SEO.


meeting people at the mixer after all the classes/ a caramelized onion & goat cheese tart

I took a lot away from Techmunch. I could talk and blog for hours about it.

But I leave you with this:

1) Be yourself! 

Don’t tailor your blog to fit into something you are not. Find you passion and your voice. It will make blogging easier and a lot more fun. You will connect the people because you are being real.

2) You photos need to say ‘eat me’.

Take a step back and look at your photos. If you saw them, would you want to eat the thing you are looking at? There are simple tips and tricks to folow that will help you. Stobist was suggested as a site to learn food photography.

3) It takes time. 

Be patient. Things take time. The people that have successful blogs took their time, learned from their mistakes, and improved things from writing, layouts, graphics, and photography to get where they are today. They are passionate about what they do, if you are and you stick to it then you will find your own degree of success.

4) Traffic isn’t the end all and be all in sponsors.

While you can worry about your site traffic all day long it won’t be thing ONLY thing that sponsors look that. Absolutely, sponsors are looking to pay you for reviews or host giveaways if you have a lot of traffic, but there are other factors in place. Are you a good fit for their brand? Are you just generally a nice person? Is there potential?

Additionally, you can’t just agree to all sponsorship. You should not host giveaways or write reviews if it doesn’t fit you (see #1). Does it make sense for you to give ________ away? Is there a conflict of interest because you are supporting another brand?

And last but not least…

5) SEO! SEO!! SEO!!!

There are things you can do on your blog to make your site come up in searches a lot easier. They are fairly simple. They are kinda obvious once you think about them. Do them! You can refer to this PDF for some help.


books to win through Harvard Common Press/ Sharon Sprague and Justin Ide chatting

I had a wonderful time on Sunday.

Thank you Babette and the rest of the Bakespace team

Thank you Kitchenaid for giving away a variety of kitchenwares. I won a hand mixer!

Thank you Harvard Common Press for giving away books. I am enjoying the Dark Spirits book already.

Julie, Rachel, and myself

7.22-24: How Martha Were You?

How Martha Were You?


Friday Night-

Price and I both worked a bit late

I had left over pasta for dinner and Price made himself a burger

I did 2 loads of laundry

Since I’ve been reading the Sookie Stackhouse books we started the True Blood series


We did our weekly trip to Haymarket

Once home I did a blog post for Mexican Style Hot Dogs since it was National Hot Dog Day


We spent the day visiting Monica and my mom at Steve’s house

I made Jalapeño Popper Dip and Guacamole


The afternoon was spent relaxing swimming, and cracking up at the Yahtzee game. I finished the 3rd Sookie Stackhouse book, Club Dead

Price and I stopped at Wrentam Outlets for a pair of sneakers and flip flops for me before heading back home

I gave myself a duo color French manicure while watching episode 2 of season 1 of True Blood


Pretended that the alarm was not going off at 6 am

Griped about getting up early until I remembered TECHMUNCH!!!

Enjoyed some TV, made breakfast and then I was on my way to Techmunch

9.30-6.30 Techmunch conference- very excited to finally meet Rachel since we tweet each other every day!

Price picked me and Amanda up, dropped Amanda off, and then I got to fill Price in on everything I learned. (holy crap SEO is a big thing to figure out)

dinner of gluten free Mac and Cheese

checking out some blog stuff I learned, updating my google reader, photo editing,


During Morning Living on Martha Radio, the hosts hold a segment called How Martha Were You? every Monday morning where you recap your weekend’s activities.


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Mexican Style Hot Dogs

I have a love hate relationship with hot dogs.  Love them grilled or off a griddle. Put them in a pot of water and we are no longer friends. However, hot dogs from the carts in NYC are classic and I will tolerate them from fresh from a hot bath. You can not argue with dirty water dogs.



When I went to the BAC I used to run over to Spike’s Junkyard Dogs down the road to grab some dinner between classes. They are one of my favorite hot dog places in Boston, the bread they use for their bun is amazing. That being said, I started to love Chicago Style Hot Dogs because of the unique combination of toppings. I loved getting my hot dogs ‘dragged through the garden’.

Since being done with the BAC and farther away from Spike’s, I have started to experiment with building my own ‘extreme’ hot dogs. I love loading hot dogs to the point that a complete meal. Skip the sides and just slap it all on top of the hot dog. So I began to wonder how can I make an amazing, different hot dog that would include some of my favorite summer time ingredients. I ended up creating a Mexican Style Hot Dog. This is topped with some of your favorite Mexican things like fresh corn salsa and avocado.

July 23rd is National Hot Dog Day so it is the perfect day to make this, but really any day is a great day for a hot dog.


Mexican Hot Dogs

8 hot dogs
8 top split hot dog buns
2 ears of corn
1 cup of black beans
handful of cilantro, chopped
1/4- 1/2 a jalapeno pepper, optional
juice of 1/2 a lime
2 tomatoes
1 avocado
1 cup of sour cream
salt and pepper

Grill or cook hot dogs on a griddle.  Lightly toast the buns.

While the hot dogs are cooking, remove the corn from the cob. Toss the corn, beans, cilantro, jalapeno, and lime juice together in a bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.

Halve and slice an avocado. Slice a tomato. Keep both of the avocado and tomato slices very thin.

When hot dogs are cooked to perfection, lay them in the bun to begin topping. First layer the salsa, and then add the slices of avocado and tomato. Lastly, dollop or pipe sour cream on top. Enjoy!


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Summer Lovin LO- 6.26.11 Studio Calico Sunday Sketch


I looked up when was the last time I posted a scrapbooking layout… April 25th! That is so damn horrible. I can’t believe it. But sadly that is the way things go. I have to prioritize packing all my stuff in May so craftiness was shoved aside. Then June was all about unpacking. But alas, packing is (almost) complete so I have some free time now to scrapbook.

Getting to create a space for my scrapbooking (to be blogged about at some point) took some time but it feels right. I feel comfortable using the desk station. I really see a lot of scrapbooking occurring there. I have already whipped out a few pages, one of which I am sharing now.

This layout is from a photo I took on the first day of summer. Out of all the photos we took this was the one that i loved the most. It was such a great night with Price that I wanted to feature him. (Plus the picture of me were crappy). The layout the sketch is based off of used a portrait photo but I just used a landscape one because, as always, a sketch is a jumping off point.


I love having all my supplies right at hand now. Because everything is in my face I took care in examining my supplies and using a wider variety than I typically would. I used quite a bit of supplies form my Studio Calico kits, such as paper and alpha stickers, as well as Stampin’ Up! paper and brads. The flag sticker is from Sassafras and the grasshopper ‘paper’ is the back of a business card from SC.