Weekly Scrapper Presents: One Sketch, Three Ways by Becki Adams

Hey friends, Becki here for a special edition of Inspirations Station. I say special edition because I get to tell you about a special project that I have been working on behind the scenes for a few months. I’m am SO excited to be teaching two of my own classes at four Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shows later this year. The first Expo I will be teaching at is in Schaumburg, Illinois on August 18 & 19. I’m teaching two classes on Friday and two classes on Saturday. One of the classes I will be teaching is “One Sketch, Three Ways”. Today I wanted to give you a little sneak peek into this class by creating a layout using a sketch.

I created a video to go along with this blog post because I wanted to tell you all about this class and share a layout with you that I created using a sketch. Creating with sketches is so easy and SO fun! To create this layout I used a sketch that I found on Pinterest. Sometimes I create my own sketches and sometimes, I find sketches online. Even though I used a sketch that someone else created, I made this layout my own and changed a few things so I could tell my story. That is the beauty of using a sketch, you don’t HAVE to follow every detail of the sketch you can use the sketch as a starting point and adapt it as you create. As I’ve created hundreds of layouts over the years, I’ve found that I use the same sketches over and over. In my “One Sketch, Three Ways” class, I’ll teach you how to adapt some of your favorite sketches to create unique layouts, again and again using the same sketch!Come watch the video where I share more details about the class and create a layout. AND you’ll also learn the story behind this layout! Let’s just say, it was one of my most embarrassing moments ūüėČ

Using a sketch as inspiration, this layout only took me a few minutes to put together. I love it when my crafting projects come together easily and quickly.If you’re in the Schaumburg area, I would be thrilled to have you in my class. You can sign up for this workshop HERE. Make sure to let me know that you’re a blog reader!¬† There are two time slots available for this class, Friday at 10:00am and Saturday at 10:00am. As I mentioned in the video, I’ll be teaching workshops in Denver, Sacramento, and Ontario, as well. Make sure you’ve joined the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Facebook groups by location, so you’ll know when workshop tickets are available in those areas (Facebook Groups by show location).Thank you for stopping by the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo blog, I’ll see you in class!




Double Page Multi Photo Layout with Video Tutorial

Double Page Multi Photo Layout with Video Tutorial by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #ssbe2017 #beckiAdams #scrapbooking

Happy Thursday Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here to share a double page multi photo layout with you. This layout also comes with a video tutorial. While the majority of my scrapbooking is single page layouts, I do enjoy creating double page layouts as well. Earlier this year, I shared a video sharing my top 5 product picks from Creativation 2017. (You can find that post HERE and that video HERE.) My favorite patterned papers from Creativation are from the Little by Little collection from Shimelle and American Crafts. I’ve used a lot of these patterned papers already but oddly enough, I neglected to use my favorite patterned paper from that collection. That all changed with this layout. I finally used my favorite patterned paper!¬† As I often do, I used the visual triangle design principle to create embellishment clusters around the layout. With such a bold line of photos the visual triangle of embellishments keeps the readers eye moving around the layout.This layout features four 4×6 photos. These photos of my kids were taken on the first day of school 2016. I love taking photos at the same time of year, year after year. It’s so fun to watch how we all grow and change.Come see how this layout comes together in the process video over on the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo YouTube channel.



Do you have a patterned paper(s) that you LOVE but you haven’t used on a project? Consider this a challenge. Get those beautiful papers out of your stash and into your albums!!Now, when you’ve created a project using your favorite patterned paper, make sure to tag me (@beckiadams) on Instagram AND Stamp & Scrapbook Expo (@scrapbookexpo).¬† We always love to see what you’re creating!Double Page Multi Photo Layout with Video Tutorial by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #ssbe2017 #beckiAdams #scrapbooking I’d also love to hear if you prefer to create single page layouts or double page layouts. Also, do you like to put lots of photos on your layouts or do you prefer to make one photo shine? My hope is that you’ll be inspired to create your own double page multi photo layout WITH your favorite patterned paper. I’ll see you again next Thursday with another edition of Inspiration Station. I DO have a special suprise for next week’s post. Make sure you come back to visit. ūüėČ Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog.


How to Use the Fringe and Score Board

How to Use the Fringe and Score Board by Becki Adams for @scrapbookexpo #SSBE17 #scrapbooking #papercrafting #WeRMemorykeepers

Hey everybody welcome to another edition of Inspiration Station with Becki Adams. Today I have a unique technique to share with you using the Fringe and Score board from We R Memory Keepers. This fun tool makes this paper weaving technique a breeze. With this tool, you can score or cut 4 lines with one swipe of the blade. How cool is that? To create the woven background on this layout, I simply cut slits into the teal patterned paper with the Fringe and Score board. Then I used the Fringe and Score board to cut strips of 1/2″ patterned paper. The weaving technique is easy. You simply weave patterned paper in and out of the base strips. This technique is so fun! I remember doing this technique in grade school with strips of construction paper. Now, I have a fun tool to play with so I can use the same technique in my paper crafting and scrapbooking projects. The patterned paper and embellishments on this layout are from the Little By Little collection from Shimelle and American Crafts. Because this is a layout about my son and his grade school field trip, I thought the bright colors and fun paper weaving technique worked perfectly on this project. While the bold woven background is the main embellishment focus on this layout, I wanted to spread color in across the layout to the bottom right corner. I was able to add a few sprinkles of color with some confetti. I used the confetti punch from We R Memory Keepers to punch a few sprinkles of confetti from scraps of patterned paper laying on my desk. Using a strong liquid adhesive is important when adhering confetti. I love how having a few tools on my desk can make creating scrapbooking layouts so fun. This technique is so easy, I hope you’ll try this paper weaving technique too. Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you again soon!

Simple Summer Layout with Process Video

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here with another edition of Inspiration Station. This week I have a fun Summer layout to share with you. Even though we’re still waiting for warmer weather here in Idaho, I know that Summer is right around the corner because the snow is finally GONE. I chose to work with the brand new Summer Fun collection from Echo Park Paper.This collection has such an awesome color palette. My favorite thing about this collection is the pop of black that’s found throughout the collection. Typically black isn’t a color I think of when I think of a Summer color palette. I think the pop of black makes this collection shine!This is a very simple layout that features 3 photos telling the story of my nephew eating raspberries out of Grandma’s garden. I print my photos at home so I was able to print the two photos of my nephew larger than the photo of the raspberries. Although the photo of the raspberries tells the story and is an important part of the layout, I wanted the focus of the layout to be on the photos of my nephew.

Because this layout is on the simple side, I wanted to add a few special unique touches. My favorite detail of this layout is the hand stitching on the title. I love the added texture it gives to the title. It makes the title shine a little bit more than it would have had I not stitched the letters in place. Stitching the letters into place was actually an after-thought. I was almost finished with the layout before I decided to add that special finishing touch of hand stitching.You can see how this entire layout came together in the process video over on my YouTube channel.

You might want to find the Summer Fun collection by Echo Park paper so you’ll be ready to document all of your Summer memories. Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you again next Thursday with another fun video.

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!



Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Process Videos


I have spent the last few months making more process videos! I know I love to watch how other people create layouts and projects from start-to-finish so I thought, why not make some myself too?¬†It’s been a great learning opportunity for me and I hope you enjoy seeing how a few of my recent pages came together!

LOVE YOU by Paige Evans –¬†This is one of those layouts that did a 180 on me and looks nothing like I had pictured in my mind’s eye at the beginning – and that’s OK! I thought about using the big and beautiful flowers from Paper 02 in the Moonstruck collection, but changed my mind mid-way and went with the hearts from Paper 06.

LAUGH AT THE LITTLE THINGS by Paige Evans –¬†Challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone sometimes leads to new techniques that I find out I love! I think this is one of those instances. I don’t consider myself a huge stamper, but after playing with the stamp set in Oh My Heart, let’s just say I’m a convert! In addition to the Oh My Heart stamp set I also used a few die cuts, chipboard stickers, puffy stickers, paper stickers, washi, and of course some hand and machine stitching.

OH MY HEART MINI ALBUM by Paige Evans –¬†I fell in love with the clever cut file designed by Bea Valint from My Shiny Studio (http://myshinystudio.blogspot.de/2016…) which creates the foundation for an entire mini album from a single sheet of paper or cardstock. So fun and unique! Click on that link above to go to her blog post and download the cut file and get started adding photos, embellishments, stamping, journaling, and more! Note: for these albums I altered the cut file a bit and removed the flower shaker window. I made one album using my newest collection with Pink Paislee called Oh My Heart and another one using the stunning Moonstruck collection.

SNUGGLE BUDS by Paige Evans –¬†In this video I share¬†how I’m using my Oh My Heart collection to create pages for my son Fox! One of my favorite shapes to use for little guys is STARS! They’re so versatile and simply fun to use. I created three rows of various sized stars made from various materials (cardstock, patterned paper, and vellum) and stitched them down over a mixed media background. I hope after watching you are inspired to give this technique a try!

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out a few of my process videos which use some of my favorite techniques!

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
Blog: tachita55.blogspot.com
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‚Äôs 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‚Äôt drive! It is my greatest fear, though I am walking GPS ‚Äď 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‚Äôs 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!