Boy-Themed Layout with Bonus Video

Boy Themed layout with Bonus Video by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #americancrafts #processvideo #beckiadams

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here, for another edition of Inspiration Station. Today, I have a fun boy layout to share with you that I created with a collection that has a spontaneous beach theme. I created this layout with the On A Whim collection by Amy Tangerine and American Crafts.

When I was gathering supplies for this layout I simply went through the On a Whim collection and pulled out anything that was green or blue. After I had a pile of all the blue/green supplies, I got started. I chose the green grid patterned paper as my background.

I also added a pop of black in the title, a few embellishments, and splatters of black ink. I wanted the black accents to coordinated with the black shirt my son is wearing in the photo.

I combined two types of letter stickers to create the title on this layout. I love combining fonts to make interesting titles. I always reach for a block font and a script font when combing fonts. By combining those two types of fonts you’re guaranteed an eye catching title.

Would you like to see how this layout came together? As a fun little bonus, I created a process video over on my YouTube channel of this layout. I’d love it if you stopped by.

Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog today. I’ll see you again next Thursday, happy crafting!



Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Nathalie DeSousa


Nathalie DeSousa’s use of patterned paper, color, and cut files is truly inspiring and I am so excited to share some of her work with you today!

Name: Nathalie DeSousa
Location: Toronto, Canada
Instagram: @tachita55
YouTube: NathalieDeSousa
Pinterest: @tachita5005

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: Hi there, my name is Nathalie but I think I have been called Tachita since the day I was born! I am a 40 something stay at home wife and mother of two teenagers and a Boston Terrier who believes he is our baby! I was born and raised in beautiful Ecuador, but moved to Canada over 20 years ago. My love for arts and crafts comes from my mom, who taught us that homemade is always better and made sure we learned and practiced our crafty skills. I have loved journaling, pretty paper, stationery, and photography for as long as I can remember. My mother was always photographing us when little, unfortunately we lost a large number of these memories when we moved to Canada. Once I became a mom I searched for ways to safe keep my kids’s memories and discovered the wonderful world of scrapbooking. The scrapbooking community, and the art behind each page, is what hooked me to this hobby, and now that my kids are older I dedicate a lot of my free time to it. My projects are always about trying to recreate a small moment of my everyday life through color, paper, and story telling. This has led me to some incredible adventures as part of different design teams and now I get to share my work with you all. I can say I am truly blessed!

Favorite thing to create: I have kept a journal since I was a little girl and I continue to do so nowadays. I mostly use the traveler’s notebooks to doodle, art journal, and my bible journals. However, I love 12×12 scrapbook layouts as it gives me plenty of space for my imagination to go wild.

What do you love about this hobby? I think creating a layout is just the beginning of the journey in scrapbooking. It is the joy of sharing that page with your family, friends, and the community what makes it so rewarding. I love to see how our life has transformed through the years and scrapbooking has allowed us to share our every day adventures in an artistic way with everyone.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. Have I mentioned I love black coffee and dark chocolate? The darker and more bitter the yummier it is for me!
2. I have a degree in Chemical Engineering and also went back to school to become a Professional Baker. I love to learn!
3. Even after 20+ years in Canada, I have not lost my Spanish accent. I think it is all the novelas (Latin soap operas) I watch daily with my mom and kids. That is why my YouTube videos have pretty music!
4. I don’t drive! It is my greatest fear, though I am walking GPS – or so I have been told.
5. I love baking intricate cakes for my family and friends. My carrot cake (my favorite cake ever) is pretty awesome, you can ask all my friends and their friends.

Here is the STUNNING layout Nathalie made for her feature (seriously though, it’s gorgeous!):

SMILE by Nathalie DeSousa

This layout is full of my favorites: a cut file from the Cut Shoppe, both of Paige Evans’ collections, vellum, lots of hand stitching, and my beautiful God daughter. I tend to add a lot of dimension to my work and having the butterflies with their wings raised gives the page a sense of freedom and happiness, just like the little baby’s smile. 

DONUT DELIGHT by Nathalie DeSousa

I love paper piecing! This layout created for Clique Kits is one of my favorites. I enjoy combining techniques, paper, and stitching to recreate a known shape. This page is fun, cute, and my little nephew shines with his nose full of sprinkles.

FABULOUS by Nathalie DeSousa

This layout was a labor of love for my daughter! I created this layout for Maya Road using one of my favorite dies and the beautiful Take Me Away collection by Paige Evans. I love all the patterns and textures the die creates with the papers. This layout now sits as a decoration piece in our home.

FALL SNUGGLE by Nathalie DeSousa

This is one of my favorite layouts ever. I enjoy working with cut files, especially when I can combine a few or manipulate them to create a totally unique piece. On this layout I combined three different cut files from the Cut Shoppe and the super beautiful and colorful Oakley Avenue collection by Ashley Horton to frame a picture of me and the love of my life (my hubby).

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU by Nathalie DeSousa

Life is all about little moments, some good, some bad, but all memorable. This layout is the perfect example of what scrapbooking is all about to me! It brings to life the colorful and happy feeling (watercolor background) of a failed New Year portrait (hence the title) of my kids and the little cousins.

Thank you for stopping by today and getting to know Nathalie DeSousa! I hope you walk away feeling inspired! See you again soon!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Half Circles


One of my favorite techniques is to punch shapes from LOTS of patterned papers (the more patterns and colors on a layout I can use the better I say!) and then cut those shapes in half! Today I am featuring half circles!

WILD SMILE by Paige Evans

On this layout I punched 1″ circles from all three of my Pink Paislee collections (Fancy Free, Take Me Away, and Oh My Heart) and then cut them in half. I arranged the half circles into concentric rings on a pink paper background and sewed them in place.


On this layout I created banners by punching 1″ circles, trimming them in half, and then arranging them into curved rows. To emphasize the banner effect, I sewed along the tops of each row and then bent up the half circles for dimension.

BRAND NEW by Paige Evans

I spent some time punching circles from a lot of different scrapbook collections, cut them in half, and then layered them to create a sort of floral effect!

KERRY PARK by Paige Evans

Similar to the first layout shown in this post, I created concentric circles from lots of half circles and sewed them down so they’ll stay put forever and ever. 🙂

VENICE CANALS by Paige Evans

Here I used a similar technique but used a square instead of a circle and then arranged them into rings around a central photo. I love stitching the small papers in place and then bending up the papers to create dimension!

I hope you are inspired to try this easy and fun technique. Once you start, you won’t want to stop!

Scrapbooking with Poor Quality Photos

Scrapbooking with a Poor Quality Photo by Becki Adams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #ScrapbookExpo #BeckiAdams #CratePaper

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here, for another edition of Inspiration Station. As scrapbookers, we’ve all got them, poor quality photos. I have such a hard time working with photos that aren’t bright, clear, and well composed. I’ve realized that by not using the poor quality photos I have I’m not telling some important stories. And missing out on important stories because of a silly little thing like the quality of the photo is NOT okay with me. Scrapbooking with a Poor Quality Photo by Becki Adams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #ScrapbookExpo #BeckiAdams #CratePaperThe photo I’m working with today was taken in a middle school gym, at night, when there were a lot of people around after a concert. If you’ve ever tried to take a photo at an event in a school gym, you know this is a recipe for disaster. Especially if you’re trying to take a photo with a phone (which I was). The worst problem with this photo is that the coloring was off (the photo was too yellow) and that it was too dark. I lightened the photo a little bit, changed it to black and white, and printed the photo on matte photo paper. By printing on matte photo paper, the details are still in the photo but the imperfections aren’t highlighted by glossy paper.Not only was the coloring in this photo off but so was the composition. I don’t know why my daughter’s friend was partially cut out of the photo but she was. There wasn’t much I could do to fix how the photo was composed but I could place embellishments at the edge of the photo to balance the composition of the layout.Scrapbooking with a Poor Quality Photo by Becki Adams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #ScrapbookExpo #BeckiAdams #CratePaperAnother way I brightened up the layout and make this poor quality photo shine, was to add a pop of gold (on the title and a few embellishments). That little bit of glimmer catches the readers eye and guides it around the page so it lands on the photo. Scrapbooking with a Poor Quality Photo by Becki Adams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #ScrapbookExpo #BeckiAdams #CratePaperOverall, I was able to make the photo a better quality photo but most importantly, I didn’t let a poor quality photo stop me from documenting an important memory. By using these tips and tricks I hope that you won’t let a poor quality photo stand in your way of documenting your important stories.

Note: I used the new Chasing Dreams collection by Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper to create most of this layout.

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Claudia van Rooijen


Hello and welcome to another Designer Spotlight! Today I am excited to help you get to know Claudia van Rooijen and see her lovely 12×12 layouts!

Name: Claudia van Rooijen
Location: The Netherlands
Instagram: @claudiavanrdesigns
YouTube: ClaudiavanR
Pinterest: @cvrooijen93
Facebook: claudia.vanrooijen.3
Etsy: ClaudiavanRDesigns

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: Hi! My name is Claudia, I am 23 years old and I live in the Netherlands. I’m an aspiring graphic designer and love scrapping. Besides that I also love being outside or playing games on a rainy day (or any day actually). I got into scrapbooking because of my mom who was a scrapbooker at that time. I just loved all the pretty embellishments and thought it would be a fun way to document memories. That was back in 2005 but I lost interest in it shortly after. It wasn’t until 2013 that I fell in love with it again and have been doing it pretty much daily ever since!

Favorite thing to create: 12×12 layouts! It’s what I started with and what I enjoy most. I enjoy making a card every once in a while too.

What do you love about this hobby? There’s so many things I love about it, I think it’s a lot of fun to create a layout and it helps me relax (I will admit that there are moments of frustration every now and then, but that’s normal right? 😛 ). I love being creative and with scrapbooking you can create whatever you want, there’s no right or wrong. I also love the community behind it, ever since I started my YouTube channel I’ve met so many lovely people. It’s really great to see what everyone else is creating – it’s very inspiring!

5 fun facts:
1. Waterparks are my favorite place in the world – they’re so much fun!
2. I don’t really like shopping – I prefer buying things online.
3. I have never been good at any type of sport.
4. When I was 13 I used to make websites for people.
5. I love singing and actually posted a few videos online in the past.

Here is the lovely layout Claudia made for her spotlight:

LOVE YOU by Claudia van Rooijen

I don’t own a Silhouette but sometimes I try to replicate a similar look on my layouts. For this one I took a leaf ephemera pieces,  selected some patterned papers, and traced and cut it manually. This took me quite awhile but I love the end result. Embellishing is everything to me, I love playing around with the positioning of things until it looks good in my opinion.

HAPPY by Claudia van Rooijen

This is a photo that is very dear to my heart so I wanted to create a very soft and simple layout. I have this one up for display in my room.

SWEET LIFE by Claudia van Rooijen

This is a recent layout where I used this lovely hexagon paper and embellished some of those hexagons for interest. I love doing lots of layering behind my photo so I can tuck little bits and pieces in between.

HAPPY HEART by Claudia van Rooijen

For this one I wanted to use up a lot of branding strips so I used my crafting knife to cut out some hearts in the background and then placed the branding strips underneath.

WINTER SNOW by Claudia van Rooijen

I cut out a lot of stars and put some random letters on some of them to make them look a bit more interesting. I mounted some patterned paper behind the wood veneer letters – I love the texture of wood veneer pieces.

Thank you for stopping by today – I hope you have enjoyed seeing Claudia’s lovely creations and will stop by her blog and YouTube and more to see lots of her beautiful projects!

Scrapbooking Process Video “Segway Love”

Scrapbooking Process Video "Segway Love" By @jbckadams for @scrapbookExpo #scrapbooking #BeckiAdams #scrapbookingprocessvideo #SSE2017

Hey friends, welcome to Inspiration Station! I’m Becki Adams and last week I shared an everyday layout with you (you can find that post HERE) telling a story of my son and his favorite stuffed animal. This week, I’m sharing a layout I created that has a little more of a “special occasion” feel to it. This one is called “Segway Love.”

This layout tells the story of my daughter riding a segway for the first time at a school competition. I only had one photo to tell this story with, and it was a photo that came in a text message from my husband that wasn’t the best quality. I wanted my daughter to tell the story in her own words so while I was gathering supplies for the layout I handed her a journaling card and a black pen so she could write her own story.

I used the Posh collection from Simple Stories to document this story. I chose this collection for two reasons. First, I loved the color palette. It has a pop of navy blue along with a mix of yellow, coral, and a lighter blue, perfect for a girly layout without overwhelming the story with pink and purple. The second reason I chose to work with this collection was that it had a more generic theme (meaning it wasn’t a specific theme as a Christmas, birthday, or summer collection).

I mixed LOTS of patterned papers together with plenty of machine stitching around the borders of the patterned papers. A white cardstock background isn’t a base that I typically start with but I love how it worked into this layout.

You can see how the layout came together in this process video:

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When you sit down to create, what collection do you always reach for? I’d love to hear what your favorite products are. Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog and I’ll see you again soon!


Documenting Everyday Memories

Documenting Everyday Moments by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #scrapbookexpo #cratepaper #beckiadams

Hey friends, Becki here. Do you have a specific theme, holiday, activity, or topic that you love to scrapbook? I do – it’s everyday moments. I LOVE taking those little moments that happen everyday, creating beautiful layouts for my family’s albums. The moment I documented on the layout I have to share with you today is about my son and his stuffed puppy “Duke”. When we went on a road trip to see my brother and his family this fall we accidentally left Duke at my brother’s house. My nieces found Duke a few hours after we left and quickly packaged him and sent him to my son. My son spent a VERY long week waiting for Duke to land on our doorstep. When Duke finally arrived, I snapped a quick photo and sent it to my brother’s family thanking them for sending Duke to us. This is not a huge event, a holiday, or a birthday. But, it is a memory that would probably be forgotten if I hadn’t taken the photo and written the story. This is why I scrapbook. I want to preserve these little moments and memories that happen daily in our little family.

Documenting Everyday Moments by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #scrapbookexpo #cratepaper #beckiadams

I used a basic design with one photo to create this layout. I reached for the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection. This is my favorite boy themed collection (as evidenced by THIS project, and also THIS project).

Documenting Everyday Moments by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #scrapbookexpo #cratepaper #beckiadams

I combined a three letter sticker fonts to create the title to the left of the photo. Three embellishment clusters surround the photo to make the photo the focal point on the layout.

Documenting Everyday Moments by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #scrapbookexpo #cratepaper #beckiadams

The embellishments I chose support the story told on the layout. The puppy sticker, the map sticker, and the puppy die cut all help tell the story of Duke being left behind.

Documenting Everyday Moments by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #scrapbookexpo #cratepaper #beckiadams

I printed the journaling and cut it into small strips that fit into the striped patterned paper.

Documenting Everyday Moments by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #scrapbookexpo #cratepaper #beckiadams

What are your favorite types of memories to document – a specific theme, holiday, activity, or topic? I’d love to hear about it, so please let me know below in the comments!

Happy creating my friends, I’ll see you again next Thursday.