Latest & Greatest: Card Making with American Crafts

Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

Our next show is in Grapevine, Texas on March 31st – April 1st! Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with one from our Card Making workshop: American CraftsCreative Zen Coloring Cards & Markers.

I love that coloring has become a cool thing to do again. It definitely takes me back to when I was a kid. I would spend hours with my coloring books, crayons, markers, and colored pencils. It is just so relaxing and it is something that I really enjoy.

I started with the Floral 2 Thank You card pack, the Jewel coloring markers, and some coordinating colored pencils.

I outlined the flowers and leaves with the markers and used different shades of colored pencils to fill in.

To finish, I added some rhinestones to the small flower centers and added a bow to highlight the sentiment.

I haven’t colored in a long time, so I am sure there are techniques that I missed for getting better blends. But it was just so much fun working with these products that I can’t wait to play some more and improve my coloring skills.

This Card Making workshop featuring American Crafts’ Creative Zen Coloring Cards & Markers will also be taught at our shows in Anaheim CA, Milwaukee WI, Orlando FL, and Puyallup WA. We hope you can come join us at one of these shows. We would love to see you there!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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!



Latest & Greatest: Cool Tools with We R Memory Keepers

Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

Our next show is in Grapevine, Texas on March 31st – April 1st! Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with one from our Cool Tools workshop: We R Memory KeepersTab Punch Board.

We R Memory Keepers is the one of my go-to companies for craft tools (along with their other amazing products) and the Tab Punch Board is no exception. It is easy to use and perfect for so many types of projects. You can learn more about it HERE.

I used my Tab Punch Board to create this mini album:

First, I started with the Tab Punch board and some white cardstock.

I wanted the my mini album to be 4 x 6″ (excluding the tabs) so I cut each piece of cardstock to 6 x 9 1/2″ and scored each panel in the center.

I placed the Tab Alignment Bar in the Side Tabs position and punched the corner of my cardstock panel.

I then removed the Tab Alignment Bar, flipped the cardstock panel over, lined up the punched tab with the tab size I was creating (medium), and punched the other end.

I placed the cardstock under the Cutting Track and trimmed off the excess cardstock with the Cutter to create my tab.

To create my center tabs, I lined up the edge of the cardstock in the 6″ medium tab position (the length of my page and the size of my tab) and punched the cardstock. I flipped the paper over and repeated this step for the other side.

Then, I trimmed off the excess with the Cutter and Cutting Track.

I created two panels with side tabs on both ends that were diagonal from each other and one panel with center tabs on both sides.

I layered the panels together and punched holes along the scored lines with my Crop-A-Dile.

Then I decorated my mini album. I chose papers and stickers from Bella Blvd‘s Addison and Alex collections, a chipboard sentiment from Pink Paislee‘s Take Me Away Wild Heart Thickers pack, and some ribbon to bind it all together.

And here is a tip for decorating your tabs: I used border stickers cut into smaller strips, attached them to the tabs, then used the punch on the Tab Punch Board to trim off the excess sticker. So quick and easy!

This Cool Tools workshop featuring We R Memory Keeper’s Tab Punch Board will also be taught at our shows in Anaheim CA, Milwaukee WI, Orlando FL, and Puyallup WA. We hope you can come join us at one of these shows. We would love to see you there!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!



Top 5 Products from Creativation 2017

Top 5 products from Creativation 2017 #Stampandscrapbookexpo2017 #creativation2017 #BeckiAdams #top5

Hey Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here. Last month I was able to attend the Creativation Show (formerly CHA). I absolutely loved every minute of the show and wished I could have stayed for the entire show. While I was there I picked five products to put at the top of my “must have” list. I don’t know about you, but for me, having a “must have” list helps me from buying everything when it hits the store shelves.

The first product on my “must have” list is: patterned paper from the Little By Little collection by Shimelle and American Crafts. There is one particular paper that caught my eye and I fell in love with it right away. (I share all those details in the video below.)

The second product on my list is DecoFoil Gel by Thermoweb. If you love the foiled look, this is a product you’ll want to have in your craft room. I can’t wait to try this stuff!

Number three is inflated ephemera from American Crafts and Amy Tangerine’s new On A Whim collection.

The fourth product I want to share with you is washi tape. That might not sound very new but this washi tape is a little bit different because you can color it. This washi comes from the new Dear Lizzy collection, Lovely Day

Last but certainly not least Bella Blvd released a new line of acrylic words. I love the script font and can’t wait to use all of the words. Aren’t they adorable?

In this video I show you a little bit more about each of these products:

What new products are on the top of your “must have” list? Do you limit yourself of just shop until you drop?

Valentine’s Treat Box

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo fans, Becki here. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I’m getting ready by creative cute little Valentines treat boxes for my kids. I made this one for my daughter using the brand now Dear Lizzy collection by American Crafts (Lovely Day). This collection is gorgeous and full of great pastel colors and elements. I started with two pieces of patterned paper and cut out the base of the box with my Silhouette using THIS cut file.

This box only has two pieces to cut out (the outside of the box and the slider portion). It’s easy to assemble with just a tape runner or even a glue stick. There is also a heart as a part of the cut file that you can use, if you’d like to. I chose to embellish my box with elements from the Lovely Day collection.

The  first layer of embellishment is the white paper doily. Then I added a large floral sticker. On top of the sticker I tied a teal ribbon around the entire box. On top of the bow I added a green button tied with floss. The finishing touch to this box is a few enamel dots and the “i love you” sentiment.

Last but certainly not least I added some chocolates to the inside of the box. With that, this cute Valentines treat box is finished. Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day. I’ll see you again next Thursday for another edition of Inspiration Station.

Multiple Stickers Card

Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing how I created a card by easily applying multiple stickers at once.

First, I started with a ruler and the Pond patterned paper and Puffy Stickers from the Shimelle Go Now Go collection from American Crafts.

I cut the patterned paper to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ and cut down the package of stickers to the length of the panel.

I cut the sheet of stickers into four strips. I then slid my ruler along one side of a strip between the sheet and the stickers.

Once the stickers were attached to the ruler, I removed the backing sheet.

I placed the exposed stickers onto the patterned paper panel and removed the ruler.

I repeated these steps three more times to apply all of the stickers.

I then decorated the edge of the panel with a strip of the Walk patterned paper and chipboard from the Chipboard Stickers and Adventure/Multicolor Thickers packs to finish.

It was a quick and easy application, and it saved me a lot of time from lining up each and every sticker by hand.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!



Sundays With Lorraine


Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper.  I’m honored to have the opportunity to share the following projects with you, so sit back, relax, and enjoy – it’s time to get those creative juices flowing!

Creating a Layout with Oh Happy Life

Scrapbooking our journey through life is what we do, right? I fell in love with the simple design and soft colors of this sweet layout. It has all the components of the perfect page: precious photos, journaling, and a great background that complement the photos versus compete with them. Nancy used the Out and About paper from the “Oh Happy Life collection” by Amy Tangerine for the background and I love how the detailed white designs create a pretty frame around the photo.

Creating a Layout with Oh Happy Life

I hope you’ve been inspired by this sweet layout designed by the very talented Nancy Damiano. For additional details on how this adorable page was created, just click here and I’ll take you over to the American Crafts blog for a visit. Happy scrappin’!

Mixed Media Morsels Technique Doodles Video by Eleni

If you don’t think of doodling as a serious art form, then think again! When I discovered this very creative video on youtube I immediately knew I had to share the inspiration. Would you believe this adorable work of art was created with a few contrasting scraps of patterned paper, a circle punch, and some simple doodling?

doodles video

Doodling is a great, fun way of expressing yourself, but it’s often underrated as an art form. Yet simple doodling can help you learn how to draw and makes a great addition to your design portfolio – as shown by this fun design shared by Eleni. Combining child-like doodles with expressive illustrations shows how doodling can be used to create beautiful and arresting designs. I hope you give this fun technique a try on your next project.

The Art Of Possibility By Nika Rouss

This fun piece of art automatically made me smile. The whimsical stenciled images highlighted with the hand drawn doodles and the gorgeous burst of bright color is absolutely gorgeous. I’d like to send out a virtual hug to Nika for sharing the inspiration.

Mixed Media Bird By Nika Rouss

I highly recommend stopping by Donna Downey’s blog to check out the video that Nika prepared. You will be in awe when you see how easily this beautiful piece of art comes together.

Pallet Project for Small Space Storage

Wooden pallets by themselves are not particularly attractive, but with a little effort, you can transform them into a creative way to store and organize your precious crafting supplies. What’s not to love? They’re inexpensive (if not free), they can be customized to fit your personal needs, and they look wonderfully distressed and shabby chic. 😉

Pallet Project for Small Space Storage

If you’d like to see some additional ways to recycle those disregarded pallets, click here and I will escort you over to a great site that I discovered called 101 Pallet Ideas. You’re going to love it! They have everything from a whimsical birdhouse bench to making a rustic coffee table. Have fun, my crafty friends!

Chicken Fajita Pasta By Kevin & Amanda

I have another tasty dish to share that I discovered on Kevin & Amanda’s amazing food blog. You will love this!  It’s loaded with crispy chicken, fresh veggies, and a wonderfully spicy, creamy sauce.

Chicken Fajita Pasta

You know me, always on the hunt for recipes that will get you out of that hot kitchen in under an hour and back into your craft room where you belong! With Kevin & Amanda’s help, this tasty dish can be on the table in about half an hour.  Click here and I will be happy to take you over so you can print out the recipe. While you’re visiting, make sure you check out the recipe for the homemade taco/fajita seasoning that was originally found on the Picky Palate Blog. It’s a keeper. Enjoy, my hungry friends!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderfully creative week ahead of you. Feel a hug and I’ll see you next Sunday on the Weekly Scrapper. If you happen to be in the Marlborough, MA area next weekend (September 9th & 10th) I’d love to share a free make & take with you at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo; I’ll meet you in the Creativity Center!