The Notebook

This not the romance between two persons, but my love of pen/pencil on paper. My best form to capture idea is to draw sketch. Tablets and phones now have the capabilities to draw on, bu there is nothing like the feeling of a pencil/pen pressing onto paper. I like to keep a notebook with me at all times. I typically buy small ones that I can keep in my purse  but now I make them.  Notebooks are great for anyone, not just graphic designers or creatives.

DIY Sketch Books

How to make a Notebook

Step 1: Gather Materials: thin chip board or a thicker cardstock, copy or graph paper, stapler, exacto knife, and a ruler.

DIY Notebook
Sketchbook Tutorial

Step 2: Decide what the size you want your notebook to be. You will want the cover to be at least .125in on all sides. Cut the paper down to size.

DIY Sketchbook
DIY Notebook

Step 3: Score! So that your notebook folds more evenly you will want to score your cover and pages separately down the middle where you want the spine to be. You can do this by using a ruler and running a bone folder or the back of an exacto blade along the edge of ruler.

Step 4: Once all of the pages have been scored you can put the pages together and fold over and trim the overage.


Sketchbook Tutorial

Step 5: You just need to align your interior sheets evenly over the cover sheet and staple 2 to 3 times depending on the length of your spine. I make small notebooks so I only use two staples.

Step 6: Get Creative! Now is the time to use your new notebooks. Make something fun!

How to make your own sketchbook

For Some Inspiration:

These make perfect gifts for the holidays.

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Creamy Sundried Tomato Pasta

I know the photo isn’t the best, but the creamy tangy flavor of this pasta dish is sure to be a family favorite.

Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Sauce

2 Tb Olive Oil
2 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 cup diced sun-dried tomatoes
I can petite diced tomatoes (Drained)
1 Tb Italian Seasoning
1/2 Tb Brown Sugar
1/2 package of cream cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Salt & Pepper

Box of fettuccine

In a saucepan add the olive oil and the garlic, and cook until fragrant. Add in dice tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, Italian seasoning and brown sugar. Cook on 3 or 4 setting until flavors have combined at least 10 minutes. Stir  occasionally.

Once flavors have blended, remove from heat, use a blender (traditional or a stick blender would be best) and blend to smooth. Put back to heat, add cream cheese, and Parmesan. Cook until cheese is melted and the sauce is blended.

Now cook the fettuccine to instructions of the box. Drain pasta. Toss pasta in the sauce and serve warm.



Judging by a Label: Rum Edition

Sometimes I just like to judge a bottle of liquor by its label, sometimes it works out, and other times not so much. My household loves a variety of liquors and there is nothing quite like the smooth flavor of rum. I typically prefer spiced, but white can be great to throw in a mix.

Deliciously spiced Kraken Rum
3 Howls Rum from Seattle

The Kraken has to be one of my favorite rums right now, just the design, illustration, but the flavor is perfect for sipping or mixing into a cocktail.  I have not tried the 3 howls rum yet, but it looks like something right up my alley for a mix in for a cocktail.

Sugar Island Rum
Sailor Jerry Rum
Sugar Island Rum looks a lot like Sailor Jerry, and while the design is more refined I like the flavor of Sailor Jerry more. I haven’t tried the coconut yet, but I would love to try that in a Mojito.


All this rum has me craving a rum and Coke. Hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!