You Are the Inspiration!

What a wonderful time we had at the Scrapbook USA Expo last weekend. So many smiles, inspiring stories, and celebrations that we shared with all of you! Some highlights for us were finding out the techniques needed to win a ShadowCase at the ice cream eating contest--a brain freeze was worth it! We also enjoyed hearing the beautiful voice of our new friend singing in the "American Idol" competition to win another Designer ShadowCase Kit. That melody still floats through our minds as we smile and think back on 24 fun-filled hours of meeting and being inspired by all of our new friends stopping by the booth.

We hope to hear how your ShadowCase designs come together, and we look forward to bringing you new and exciting products at the Scrapbook USA Expo in September!

With memories in mind,
Ruth and Rose

Thoughts On Glass

Dear Friends,

While working on our latest ShadowCase project, we fell in love with a new design element we want to share with you - words on glass. It can be anything, an inspiring quote, a name, a date, or a fun title.

One of our favorite recent projects was to create a set of wedding ShadowCases, capturing generations of love and romance in a simple display. A wedding date at the bottom of each glass frame in vinyl lettering finished them off beautifully.

It is simple do do this with your own ShadowCase. Vinyl lettering is affordable and easy to apply. You can create it yourself with a Cricut machine, or look for a local vinyl lettering business in your town. We would love to hear how your project turned out!

So don't forget the glass, the last element to your ShadowCase - it may be the most inspiring.

With Memories in Mind,
Ruth and Rose

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Dear Friends,

Thanks to you and all the great feedback from our opening event, we're coming up with some new designs for Spring. First is a ShadowCase StoryBoard in a lovely sage green- Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's warm and neutral too - should blend easily in your home. We're excited about it, please let us know what you think. We've decided to call it "Adaline" - after a grandmother, not Irish, but beloved all the same. So keep those creative ideas coming--we love to listen to our readers!

With memories in mind,
Ruth and Rose

Golf Shadowbox

We wanted to remember his day on the links. No matter what the scorecard said, he still cherished the memory!

Recipes From Around the World

Dear Friends,
Even if you cannot afford to travel around the world, you can still take a memorable journey with your taste buds. A recipe we will never forget comes from the home of a wonderful Afrikaaner woman in South Africa. The taste of her "Milk Tart" transports you to another part of the world, and the warm aroma of cinnamon and pastry makes any dwelling place feel like home. We especially like this recipe because the ingredients are kitchen staples--easy to make at the last minute for unexpected company. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we have!

Milk Tart
1/4 lb. butter
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg
1 3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
pinch salt
Cream together butter, sugar and egg. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in separate bowl, then combine with first mixture. Press into 2 pie plates. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 min. or until light brown.
4 c. milk
4 T. butter
4 eggs
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 T. flour (heaping)
2 2/3 T. cornstarch (heaping)
pinch salt
1/3 c. cold water
1 t. vanilla
1 t. cinnamon
Heat milk and butter in saucepan. Beat eggs and sugar until fluffy, and flour and cornstarch. Pour hot milk into egg mixture and beat until smooth. Pour back into pot and beat while bringing back to boil and mixture is thickening. Remove from heat and add cold water and vanilla. Pour into baked shell and sprinkle with cinnamon. Best eaten slightly warm.

With memories in mind,
Ruth and Rose