March 15, 2012

An Homage to H.B. Reese

Who is H.B. Reese?  WHO IS H.B. REESE???  Just the most brilliant confectioner of the 20th Century, or, dare I say, of ALL TIME!!  Harry Burnett Reese,  the inventor of the famed Reese's Peanut Butter Cup!  My hero!  My... I'm not afraid to say it LOVE!

In following a creativity prompt issued by my local scrapbooking store I was pondering the phrase, "My favorite..."  Well, I am a lover of a lot of things.  Many genres of music co-habitate my iPod.  When I speak of books or movies, my favorites are usually relegated to a somewhat amorphous "top 5".  I thought about my favorite season, holiday, time of day, place to relax, my favorite shoes, jeans, sweater.  I even considered putting all the bickering to an end and finally picking a favorite child.  (Just kidding.  They don't bicker about it.  They know which one I like best.  Again, just kidding!)

Then I went a little further back in my personal history.  What has been a long standing, unchallenged, steadfast in my list of favorite things?  It came down to two things:  the song "Tell Me Something Good" by Rufus, or Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  With no pictures to document my gettin' down wif da funk, I decided an homage to Mr. Reese would make a lovely scrapbook page.

Papers: Cocoa Daisy January and February 2012 kits; Tape: Amy Tangerine and K&Company Smash;
Embellishments: Sassafras/Cocoa Daisy and handmade by me! ;)

Oh, and I'd better get this disclaimer out in the open right away:

Many Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were harmed/consumed
in the making of this layout.

I had such a blast creating embellishments for this.  I colored the tag with Distress Inks, wrapped a candy wrapper around it and used a paper piercing tool to poke around the Reese's logo.  Then I used brown embroidery thread to stitch it, and added a hand cut peanut butter cup silhouette to complete my title.

This Reese's wrapper rose was a bit of a challenge, as the paper is wax coated and even my heavy duty double-sided tape wouldn't stick to it in order to coil around the petals.  Tombow Mono liquid adhesive did the trick for me.  The leaves were easy to form from mini Reese's foils, and the little flowers there were pretty simple to create.

I painted a couple bottle caps to mimic the brown wrappers, hammering the edges out a bit to widen them up, and glued in a paper cut out to coordinate with the Sassafras patchwork flowers.

I have a specific way of eating a regular sized Reese's.  The third bite (step 4) is pivotal to proper enjoyment, getting as close to that ridged edge while maintaining the integrity of the curve is crucial.  More often than not there is breakage.  Thankfully, there are two tries per package. (And Von's is currently running a sale, Buy 2 Get 2 Free.  They may still have some in stock.  Please refer to above disclaimer.)

I took photos of each step, and used PhotoScape to turn them into pencil drawings.

So there you have it!  A page about one of my favorite things!  And, as luck would have it, the day I finished this layout, Challenge Me Happy posted their latest which happens to be "Make Your Own Embellishment"!  Perfect!  So happy to be playing along! :)

Thank you for visiting!


  1. Lisa, what a cool layout! I love all your handmade embellishments and I'll have to try that trick of converting photos to pencil drawings.
    This is my first visit to your blog and I love your writing style. I'll come back another day.

  2. Thank you so much, Francine! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I love your lay out! I enjoy reading the process of putting it all togueter. I miss you! I will only get you some reese's from now and on...Maybe that is how I may get to see you sooner.

    1. Haha! Now you know my weakness, Karina! I miss you, too!

  4. Wow! I knew there was something really special about you! You're a peanut butter lover, too. Great layout! Cool embellishments! Love your blogs!! Love, Terry

    1. Thank you, Terry! Love you! We need to touch base!

  5. this is delightful lisa! definitely brought a smile to my face :)

  6. Hi Lisa! Somehow I missed are so funny! Love your writing style and what a cool page! I love me some Reese's as it is but leaves made from the foil?! Brilliant! Very cool tag too:) Oh yes, I'm sure many Reese's were 'harmed' in the making for this page;)

  7. Well Lisa, let me first say that I followed you here from Jenny's blog ( and I am so glad I did! I LOVE your play on the word piece/peace for the title of your blog. So clever lady! Of course who knew that the first entry I read is about my favorite chocolate treat! Reeses! So cool! I love the tag and your craftmanship is outstanding. Your local scrapbooking store should give you props or maybe a job. haha Take care and have a great day! 8)

  8. OMG! I LOVE this!! SOOOO creative! And guess daughter's name is REESE, so this is something I just have to do! LOVE IT! Thanks for playing with us at CMH!


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