Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Lorraine here, ready to share some fun projects on this beautiful fall day, so grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy a little crafty “me” time. You deserve it!

Adding Color to Black & White Elements by Missy Whidden

There is nothing like a beautiful watercolored background to make a black & white photo just pop. Missy used the Faith > Fear Collection by Illustrated Faith on this layout. The collection is entirely black & white which leaves your color options wide open. I love the contrast of this black & white collection. Click here and I’ll take you over for a peek of all the pieces that are available.

For more details click here and I will be honored to take you over to the Bella Blvd blog so you can follow along as Missy shares many tips and tricks on how easily this adorable layout comes together. Happy scrappin’!

You Are Amazing By Yoonsun Hur

Since we already have the watercolors out, I thought you might enjoy this sweet card designed by the very talented Yoonsun. Have you had the opportunity to play with Altenew multilayer stamps yet? They really take the guesswork out of creating a beautiful bold contrast, or you can use your favorite coloring medium for a soft and subtle look.

No matter what your style is, you are sure to fall in love with all the possibilities. Yoonsun stamped the image using Versa Fine Onyx Ink than watercolored the flowers with Distress Inks, but feel free to use what you have on hand. Have fun experimenting with different coloring mediums to alter the finished piece.

Mini Album By Suzz

What’s not to love about mini albums?  They are the instant gratification of scrapbooking, not to mention they make the perfect gift for those special people in your life.  With a little guidance from our crafty friend Suzanne, you, too, can whip up several of these little works of art for the holidays. Add a few photos and some meaningful sentiments and you have a gift that will be treasured for years to come. The large house in the set measures approximately 5″ tall by 3 5/8″ wide, which can easily handle of few carefully cropped pics and lots of stamping. After all, there is no better gift than the gift of memories, right?

I couldn’t resist sharing a 2nd photo of the inside. Be sure to stop by the Funkie Junkie Blog to check out the album in its entirety. You’re gonna love it!

I love the fact that Suzanne created her own mini album using the Tiny House Die by Tim Holtz. What a creative way to use the die. I must confess, I loved the die before but I haven’t purchased it yet. I was on the fence thinking how many little houses can one make, but when you add in mini albums – well that’s another story!  After seeing what Suzanne did with this project It’s now on my list to purchase at our Sacramento show in a few weeks.

Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken Piccata

It’s lemon time in my neck of the woods (sunny southern CA) so I am on the hunt for ways to use them. My family and friends love this creamy chicken over pasta, but a piccata can be served over anything: rice, zucchini noodles, steamed vegetables, or anything else you can think of. Have fun making this dish your own.

Be sure to stop by and visit with Karina on her amazing food blog Cafe Delites; you and your family will be glad you did. Big hugs to Karina for helping us kick things up a notch or two in the kitchen. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by, have an amazing week, and I’ll see you next Sunday with some really fun projects to get you in the fall spirit. If you happen to be in Sacramento, CA the 3rd weekend of Oct (10/20 – 10/21) or in Ontario, CA the first weekend in Nov (11/3 – 11/4) we would love to have you join us at our last two shows of the year! I will meet you at the Creativity Center and we can create something beautiful together.



How to Use Stick-it Adhesive

How to use Stick-it Adhesive by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #beckiadams #ssbe2017 #scrapbookexpo #weeklyscrapper

Hey Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, it’s time for another edition of Inspiration Station with Becki Adams. Today I’ll show you how to use Stick-it adhesive sheets. Stick-it adhesive sheets are just one of the products that Latest & Greatest Cool Tool attendees will go home with. If you haven’t heard of this fun new product you can find more information on the Ken Oliver website. I used the stick it adhesive sheets to create a layout with LOTS of die cuts.

I used patterned paper, die cuts, and stickers from two Bella Blvd collections to create this layout (Popsicles & Pandas and Secrets of the Sea, Boy). Both of these collections are perfect for documenting all of your Summer memories. If you’d like to see how this layout came together using Stick-it Adhesive, watch the process video below:

My favorite way to use the Stick-it Adhesive is to adhere the large acrylic word “play”. I really love acrylic embellishments but adhering them can be tricky. I’ve found that some types of liquid adhesive don’t work well with acrylic. The Stick-it Adhesive worked great! Now I know I won’t find that acrylic word floating at the bottom of my page protector the next time my kids look at their albums. Stick-it adhesive also worked perfectly for my die cut embellishments. On occasion I found little bits of adhesive on the edges of my die cuts. In the video you’ll see that I used an adhesive remover (eraser) to remove the little bits of adhesive. The adhesive pick up square from Thermoweb is a tool I reach for all.the.time! I love how this project came together. I’d love to know if you’ve tried Stick-it adhesive. (Let me know in the comments below). If you haven’t tried this type of adhesive you’ll want to take our Latest & Greatest Cool Tools workshop at our shows in Chantilly, Duluth, Kansas City, Santa Clara, Edison, and Schaumburg. We would love to see you there!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s edition of Inspiration Station with Becki Adams, “how to use Stick-it adhesive”. I’ll see you again next Thursday!

Latest & Greatest Card Making AND Stamping

Latest & Greatest Card Making and Stamping by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #cardmaking #ssbe2017 #scrapbookexpo #beckiadams

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here to share with you a card that I created using products from the Latest & Greatest Card making AND Stamping workshops. This fun card came together within minutes. I started by trimming a piece of pink patterned paper from the Make Your Mark 6×8 paper pad from Bella Blvd. (If you took our Latest & Greatest Card Making workshop earlier this year, you received products from this collection.) Sewing around the edges of this piece of patterned paper was my next step. I love adding a little bit of texture with my sewing machine. It makes the card have a handmade feel to it as well. The main element of this card is the large fringe heart. I started by hand cutting a heart out of white cardstock. Then I cut 6 strips of patterned paper from the Make Your Mark 6×8 paper pad. Fringe scissors made the next step so easy! I cut each strip with fringe scissors. Use caution when cutting the strips! Make sure you don’t cut all the way through the strip. You’ll need to leave about 1/4 at the top of each strip so the fringe doesn’t fall apart. Then, I adhered each strip (starting at the bottom) to the white cardstock heart. When I had all the fringe adhered, I trimmed the excess fringe from around the heart. When I adhered the heart to the card front, I used foam adhesive to make the heart pop off of the page a little bit. At the bottom of the heart, I used black stamping ink and the Friends and Family stamp set from Sunny Studio Stamps to create the sentiment. (If you were in our Latest & Greatest Stamping class, you received this stamp set.)The finishing touch on this card is a few sprinkles of gold spray ink. I love the shimmer that the gold ink gives to the card. I can’t wait to share this card with a sweet friend of mine.

Now, I’m sure you’re all wondering who won last weeks special giveaway from Creative Scrapbooker magazine. I won’t delay any longer… 😉 Congratulations….Lori Geise!!! Lori, please email becki@scrapbookexpo.comto claim your prize.

Thank you, all for playing along with this special giveaway. Make sure you stop by the Creative Scrapbooker blog and say hello. Thank you for stopping by for this edition of Inspiration Station. I hope you were inspired by the card I created with products from Latest & Greatest Card Making and Stamping. If you haven’t done so already make sure to sign up for a Latest & Greatest workshop at an expo in your area. I’ll see you again next Thursday for some stamping inspiration.

Latest & Greatest 5×7 Banner Card

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here. Today I have a fun card to share with you using products from the Latest & Greatest card making class. I chose to create a 5×7 banner card with a 6×8 paper pad and tag set from the Illustrated Faith/Bella BlvdMake Your Mark” collection.

This card is so easy to make yet makes a big impact with all the colorful banners. The two gold foiled banners came in the tag pack. The floral banner is also from the tag pack but I altered it from a traditional tag into a banner by trimming the top and bottom. The other papers are cut from the 6×8 paper pad.

I added two heart stickers and a white string bow as embellishments on this card. As a finishing touch I sprinkled some gold spray ink drops in the top left and bottom right corners of the card.

After the gold ink was dry, I gently gave the banners some dimension by curling them with my fingers.

If you haven’t signed up for a Latest & Greatest workshop at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo near you, make sure you sign up HERE.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you’ll be inspired to create some fabulous cards using products featured in our classes. I’ll see you again next Thursday for another edition of Inspiration Station.

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!



Latest & Greatest: Card Making with Bella Blvd

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

Our first show of 2017 in Pleasanton, California is over. I hope all of our Northern California guests had a great time shopping, cropping, and learning this past weekend. Now Expo staff is preparing for our next show in Grapevine, Texas on March 31st – April 1st! Will you be attending?

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: Bella Blvd‘s Make Your Mark collection.

If you are able to attend the Latest & Greatest: Card Making workshop, you will receive this awesome sampler kit with the 6×8 Paper Pad, Gift Tags, and Fundamentals Sticker Sheet from the Make Your Mark collection.

It is an amazing collection with bright, vibrant colors, gold accents, and a truly unique and artistic feel.

With all of the beautiful gold accents, I decided to alter my paper to give it a little bit of shimmer. I used a solid paper from the 6×8 Paper Pad, Tonic StudiosEmbellishment Mousse in Mother of Pearl, and a coffee filter.

I just wrapped the coffee filter around my finger, dabbed it in the Embellishment Mousse, and spread it in circles around my paper panel.

It dried almost immediately and gave the paper a distress, weathered look with a metallic shimmer.

I then used it for the base of my card, adding fussy-cut patterned paper, a tag, and stickers to finish.

This Card Making workshop featuring Bella Blvd’s Make Your Mark collection 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!


Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  I hope you’ve enjoyed the sneak peeks of the projects that you can be creating at  Stamp & Scrapbook Expo’s Creativity Center. Things are back to normal with my regular Sunday posts and the scrapbook season has officially begun for me, so I’m back on the road and heading your way!  I hope to see many of you at the shows – I have so much to share with you so be sure to stop by the Creativity Center and say hello.

Lovely Layout By Missy Whidden 

Missy had me at a watercolored background and using your scraps!  I have been in the paper crafting industry for over 15 years and I’ve yet to meet a scrapbooker that doesn’t own a healthy stash of scraps. Like fabric is to a quilter, paper scraps are to a scrapbooker/card maker. With that said, I hope you’ve been inspired to break out those treasured scraps and transform them into a beautiful scrapbook layout.

I instantly fell in love with what Missy created using some of her favorite Bella Blvd scraps. How creative to have the butterflies look as though they are about to fly off the page.  I also love how it appears as though the person in the photo is looking at the butterflies. Way to go Missy, hugs to you for sharing the inspiration! It’s the fine details that take your scrapbooking to the next level. Now that you have fallen in love with this adorable layout, I highly recommend stopping by the Something Beautiful blog so you can follow along as Missy’s shares step by step instructions on how this layout comes together. Happy Scrappin my friends!

Miss You By Debby Hughes

We all love our trusty foam applicators to apply inks/various water-based coloring mediums – but have you ever used a brush to apply ink? I just discovered these Inkylicious Ink Dusters – they are blending brushes which allow you to create fantastic inky effects on all your paper crafts. Ink Dusters™ can be used with many different coloring mediums – ink pads (Dye, Pigment, Distress, Pearlescent etc.) and also used with liquid inks, mica sprays, all other paints or any water-based mediums, along with chalks and pastels, to name a few.

Now that your very creative mind is spinning with ideas on how you are going to make magical backgrounds with these must-have brushes, click here and I will take you on a little field trip over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog, and then onto Lime Doodle Designs so you can follow along as Debby shares how she created this elegant card. Stamping has come such a long way and the techniques are so varied, a constantly evolving craft which can incorporate much more than just an ink pad. I hope you’ve been inspired to give Debby’s techniques a try.

Easter Mason Jars Craft

How cute are these easy to make Easter accessories?! Can’t you see these cute little guys holding your flatware during Easter brunch or holding some beautiful spring flowers? 😉

Melissa used spray paint to color the outside of the jars for a quick & easy craft.  However, you could also use acrylic paint on the inside if that’s what you have on hand. Click here and I’ll take you over to the No. 2 Pencil Blog so you can follow along as Melissa shares just how easily this project comes together.

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

I have a soft spot for shrimp and pasta so when I discovered this yummy recipe on the My Incredible Recipes blog, I knew I had to share the love. As if you need any more convincing, I want you to know that with a little help from your creative friends over at My Incredible Recipes, you can have this tasty dish on the table in under half an hour.

I gave this recipe a try and my family liked it so much they had me cook it twice in the same week!  I did try it with both chicken and shrimp – I will say I preferred it with the shrimp but it’s up to you. I highly recommend stopping by My Incredible Recipes blog and printing out a couple of copies of the recipe. I guarantee your friends and family will be asking how you made it. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by – have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next Sunday.