How to Use Thicker Alignment Guides

How to Use Thicker Alignment Guides by Becki Adams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #cardmaking #americancrafts #cooltools

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here. Today, I’m so excited to share a tool with you that is featured in a few of our Latest & Greatest workshops, Cool Tools. Ever since this tool was announced by American Crafts, I’ve been dying to get my hands on them!!! Thickers Alignment Guides are SO cool!!  I LOVE letter stickers and use them on almost everything I create, scrapbook projects, cards, home decor… I love using letter stickers.

When I used the Thicker Alignment Guides, this card went from being okay to being eye catching and unique with a curved sentiment. Come see how easily and quickly this card came together with the Thicker Alignment Guide in this video:

See how easy it is to create a fun whimsical title or sentiment!

My favorite thing about the package of Thickers Alignment Guides is that they come in two sizes (all in one package). So they’re perfect for card making AND scrapbooking.

Stay tuned for more projects using this awesome tool in upcoming editions of Inspiration Station.

Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you again next Thursday. Make sure you sign up for a Latest & Greatest workshop HERE at a Scrapbook Expo near you! We’ll see you at the Expo!

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!

 

 

Mother’s Day Tags

Mother's Day Tags created by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #SSE2017 #papercrafting #mothersday

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here. Last week, I shared with you three cards that I created using products from our Latest & Greatest Card making workshop. Today I have two fun Mother’s Day tags to share with you.I created these tags from products found in the sampler kit from the Card Making workshop. I used patterned paper and stickers from Paper House productions.  The papers and stickers in the kit are from the “One Big Happy Family” collection. I created the base of both tags from patterned paper and used 3×4 cards for both sentiments. This first tag has a LOT of dimension with the gorgeous pink flowers from Maya Road. The second tag I created is very similar. I love using those 3×4 cut apart cards as sentiments. It makes creating these tags SO much easier. I added a few stickers to the edges of the tag (with foam adhesive).By adding just a little bit of foam adhesive it gives the tag dimension and a little bit of a shadow.I know Mother’s Day is still a couple of months away but now I have cute tags that I can add to a Mother’s Day gift or even to the front of a Mother’s Day card.

If you haven’t signed up to take one of our Latest & Greatest workshops, you can do that HERE. Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you again next Thursday.

 

 

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?

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.

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.

Handmade Cards from 3×4 Cards

Handmade Cards from 3x4 Cards by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #cardmaking #JillibeanSoup #handmadecards

Hey there, Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans! Welcome to Inspiration Station, I’m Becki. Today, I have two cards to share with you that I created out of 3×4 cards. I made birthday cards with the brand new Souper Celebration collection from Jillibean Soup. I love to create and have a few birthday cards in hand. When a few bits and pieces from the Souper Celebration collection landed in my office, I knew I was going to pull together some birthday cards.

The first paper I fell in love with from this collection was the Souper Celebration Bite Sized Bits. This paper has 12 adorable 3×4 cards on it. I thought that these 3×4 cards would make adorable cards. I chose two of my favorite cards, and got to work.

All I added to the “you still got it” 3×4 card was three scraps of patterned paper that I cut into banner shapes, two small stickers and three enamel star shapes. By using a 3×4 card as the main focal point on this card, I was able to have this card finished in just a few minutes.

The second card I created has a 3×4 card that had a lot of text. This made it even easier to finish the card in only a matter of minutes. The only embellishing I did to this 3×4 card is the file tab sticker at the top and a few more enamel stars.

By using 3×4 cards I was able to create two adorable birthday cards within just a few minutes. I love it when paper crafting is this much fun and also quick and easy! Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you again next Thursday.