Saturdays With LeAnn

Gift Bags

Happy Saturday my friends, and thank you for joining me today!  I want to share some fun projects created by fabulous designers, and of course a yummy dessert for your summer gatherings!  I hope you can take some time to sit back and enjoy the inspiration.  Enjoy!

Pocket Pages By Amy Little

It has been awhile since I shared pocket page ideas.  This past week I went on a fabulous vacation with my family.  I decided I was not going to put these memories in an envelope and hope to scrapbook them one day. The next day I printed some photos (well, a lot of photos) and decided to make a Pocket Page album.  This was so much fun and got me excited to share some ideas with you today!  Whether you are going on a dream vacation or exploring where you live, be sure to take lots of photos to document your adventures!

Pocket Pages

Today I want to share three of my favorite items for creating my pocket pages.  My first one is Pocket Life Cards.  These contain cards like “Places” and “Today” and can help focus your vacation journaling.  Second would be cut apart pages. These are great for your pocket layouts.  You can fussy cut and layer so many different pieces to create a one-of-a kind masterpiece!  Third, wood veneers or chipboard pieces.  What a great and fun way to add some layering, dimension, and personality to your layout.  Take time to record your feelings and thoughts about your photos in that moment so you will always cherish that special time.  Let me take you over to BoBunny where Amy has created this adorable pocket page.  She will give you some tips in creating this page, along with a list of all the supplies you will need to get started.  Thank you, Amy for your fabulous inspiration!

Shaker Over A Colored Image By Nina-Marie Trapani

The sizzling hot shaker trend shows no signs of cooling down anytime soon.  That is good news for me because I love this fun technique.  Today I want to share a new shaker card inspiration.  Yes, let’s add a colored image underneath the fun sequins!  I always look for some unique and different ways to create shaker cards.

Shaker Over A Colored Image

There is nothing better than receiving a handmade card in the mail!  The cards that leave a lasting memory in my mind are always interactive in some way.  This is truly one of those cards that will forever be cherished.  I highly recommend stopping by the Simon Says Stamp blog where you can see some step-by-step instructions by Nina-Marie on how to create this beautiful card.  You will learn so many new techniques for watercoloring along with adding some magical effects to the card using clear sequins.  This is one technique you don’t want to miss out on!  Have fun creating!

Gift Bags By Riikka Kovasin

These sweet bags are not only adorable but can be used for multiple purposes; they are perfect for Thank You, Get Well, Happy Birthday, Just Because, or just about any occasion you need it for. Basic brown bags can make the prettiest bags for gift giving.  How fun to personalize each one, and then adding a tag is such a bonus!

Gift Bags

These stamps offer fun and unique designs that will be a great addition to any occasion for your bags or paper project.  Don’t hesitate to start playing with these fun stamps and see what great designs you can come up with!  Riikki used the Prima Cling Mounted Stamp Doll with Ruffle Dress to create her bag.  I hope you have been inspired to start your own adorable gift bags!

Chocolate Cheesecake Dessert By Tonia Larson

Chocolate cheesecake is one of the ultimate desserts.  With so many recipes, you will find that this one is just right for you!  When the occasion calls for an extra-special dessert, this creamy, rich, chocolaty cheesecake is the one you will want to serve!

Chocolate Cheesecake Dessert

This four-layer chocolate cheesecake dessert is the ultimate way to serve chocolate.  It is also way easier than it looks. Click here for a full video on how to make this scrumptious dessert.  Your family and friends will love this one!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope this gives you some inspiration and great ideas for a fun summer crafting day!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you back here at Weekly Scrapper next Saturday.

Hugs to all,





Saturdays With LeAnn

Photo Display


Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper, my friends.  On this beautiful fall day, it is my desire to share some fun projects that I hope will bring you some inspiration for your own creating.  I hope you will pull out your fun projects and begin to create things that will make you feel happy and accomplished.  I hope you have a beautiful, relaxing, and creative Saturday!

Photo Display By Gina Lideros

Wood pallet projects are very popular, but have you ever considered combining wood with paper and photos?  This clip board idea is fabulous, fun to work with, and versatile, making it easy to change out projects for the seasons and holidays.


Photo Display

This is certainly a fun way to display some of your precious photos, along with using a few of your favorite scrapbooking supplies. Gina found these wood pallets in the dollar section of Target, and it was the perfect size to turn into a photo frame.  This is certainly something I want to try!  Thank you, Gina, for wonderful inspiration and a beautiful project.  Take a few minutes and visit Gina at Crate Paper Blog.  You will see step-by-step instructions on how she put this fabulous project together.  Have fun creating!

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice By Autumn Clark

I also want to share this adorable card by Autumn Clark.  Autumn used the Tim Holtz On The Go Embossing Folder.  How stunning is this card with its amazing colors?!  This is a perfect all-occasion card for fall.  Can you just imagine the warm feeling that will come to the person who receives this card in the mail?

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

Autumn really has a gift for amazing coloring skills along with skill with inked backgrounds.  She used Distress Inks and added some water flicks to give the card a grunge look.  Autumn added some die cut leaves and vintage seam binding for a fun, simple card.  Don’t you just feel the inspiration from this card?  Let’s pop on over to Sew Paper Paint blog where you will find many more of Autumn’s fabulous projects.

Quilling Friendly Ghost By Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Since it’s October, it’s time for some spooky fun!  This fun, festive card was created using the quilling technique.  Quilling consists of rolling, shaping, and arranging narrow strips of paper into fabulous designs.  What an outstanding embellishment to give your card a pop! This is such a fun card that really portrays the spirit of Halloween.

Quilling Friendly Ghost

Anna-Karin did such a fabulous job using the Pensive Alphabet cling stamp set for her background.  Don’t you just love those cute little ghosts against the Halloween colors in the background? The detail on this card just takes it up to another level.  Such lovely work by Anna-Karin! This is a perfect card to send out this Halloween season.  If you want to learn more about how this card was made, click here and I will take you over to Layers of Ink, where Anna-Karin will share the steps to make this outstanding Halloween card.

Recycled DVD’s By Debbie Thompson

Do you have a lot of old DVD’s laying around that you really don’t use anymore?  You just don’t know what to do with them but don’t want to throw them away?  Let’s recycle them and turn them into something beautiful!  Yes, that’s right, you can create this beautiful Mosaic Tile Birdbath just by using cast-off DVD’s.

Recycled DVD's

Another reason to use recycled contents is not only creating something beautiful, but also products do not end up in a landfill.  Gather up all of your old DVDs that you don’t use and begin to create something beautiful for your home.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle By Glory Albin

I love the traditional fall flavors of apple, cinnamon, and pumpkin, but I think my very favorite fall flavor is pumpkin.  This simple no-bake pumpkin cheesecake is sweet, creamy, and crunchy.  It is fall perfection! If you are looking for the perfect treat for fall you will for want this easy and yummy recipe.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle

I just love recipes that look like they take a lot of time but are really quite simple to make.  This Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle recipe can be made in under 30 minutes, and then be enjoyed by all. Make this in one large casserole dish or into individual servings.  I know those taste buds are watering, so let me get you the recipe just by clicking here.  Gloria will give you all of the ingredients along with her easy no-bake recipe.  Have some friends or family over to share this delicious, layered crunchy crumble cheesecake with fresh whipped cream!  Hope you enjoy every bite!

I hope you have enjoyed every minute of today’s Weekly Scrapper.  I always enjoy you stopping by on Saturday and sharing a bit of your time with me.  I hope you will get to those crafting ideas and begin having some fun creating beautiful projects.  Have a wonderful week ahead and I will see you back next Saturday!



Saturdays With LeAnn

Hello Friend


Happy Saturday, my crafty friends!  I hope this Saturday brings a ray of sunshine to your day!  We are approaching a new week, and with it comes a chance to start over and try new things.  Today’s inspirations will certainly give you some creative and inspiring ideas!

Amazing Moments By Lisa Gregory

Today I want to share this exquisite layout by Lisa Gregory.  Lisa added several different mediums which combine to make this layout very striking!  She started by adhering paper to a piece of corrugated cardboard along with using texture paste.  I am so impressed with her layering techniques that really give her layout a pop!

Amazing Moments

Lisa added some beautiful flowers, giving it a lovely shabby chic look. This also gives the layout a fun girly feel with fabulous dimension. I hope you are as inspired as I am – grab your photos and get started!  To see more how Lisa put her layout together, come along with me over to What A Beautiful Mess.  Lisa will surely inspire you!

Out On A Limb By Keisha Campbell

Sometimes we just need to create something simply adorable! You can create this card by using two new products, the I’m Tweet on You stamp set and die-namics by My Favorite Things.

Out On A Limb

Keisha truly has such talent for card making! Take some time and visit her blog A Bit East-Coast to see more of her outstanding projects – you will be so happy you did!  Cards are always such a great way to let those you care about know how special they are to you.  Take the time today and create a unique card and mail it out to a special person.

Hello Friend By Debbie Olson

Who would have thought that these beautiful tulips are a digital stamp set and colored with copic markers?  When using a digital file, you can print and color immediately.  I just love the bright color and ray of sunshine this design brings.  This is a card that has such rich, exquisite, and beautiful coloring.

Hello Friend

This digital stamp set is called Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher by Power Poppy.  This is one of those cards that you could give for any occasion, and with Mother’s Day just around the corner, what a beautiful card for a special mom.  Break out your markers or even your colored pencils.  You will have so much fun creating your card with this digital image. Click here and I will take you over to Thinking Inking, where Debbie will give you step-by-step instructions on how she created this beautiful card. A big shout of thanks to Debbie for sharing her wonderful talent!

Watercolor Wall Art By Debbie Hayes

Sometimes your beautiful creations should be displayed in your home for not only you to enjoy, but also for your family and friends.  This is certainly one of your masterpiece projects that you could frame and hang on your wall.

Watercolor Wall Art

This gorgeous watercolor art technique is amazing and Debbie uses stencils to create patterns into artwork on watercolor paper or on a canvas.  Be sure to click here for a step-by-step tutorial and supply list to create this outstanding watercolor.  If you would like to see more of Debbie’s beautiful projects visit her blog Paint And Pattern.

Lemon Cheesecakes By Kellie Grammer

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and these beautiful mini cheesecakes would be the perfect way to celebrate the day.  I know moms would love them! 🙂

Lemon Cheesecakes

I love individual desserts.  They are not only super cute, but they also give you portion control, which is definitely a good thing when it comes to desserts!  These are not just yummy but very pretty to serve.  Click here to get your recipe by Kellie Grammer at Tea Time.  I promise this is one that you will serve more than just once!

I have given you some things that will keep you busy until we meet back again next Saturday.  Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the week ahead!

Saturdays With LeAnn

Everything Is Going To Be Okay


Hello, my friends. It’s hard to believe that it is September already! Where did our summer go? Kids are back in school and the weather is cooling down a bit. This is a great time to pull out your products and begin some crafting. I recently got home from an amazing Scrapbook Expo in Chicago and I am filled with so much excitement about the creative process. I love meeting fellow paper crafters at our Expos and they always inspire me. And I can’t wait to share some fabulous projects with you today!

First Day by Melinda Spinks

With the kids going back to school, why not capture and scrapbook their first day of class? I love this great layout, and especially the fun way that Melinda added her journaling.

First Day

Sometimes it is hard to find a cute way to scrapbook that first day of school. Melinda Spinks is so creative and shows you a fun way of using embellishments, along with a creative way to scrapbook that back-to-school photo. Don’t you just love the apple shape?  Such a clever and organized way to pull embellishments together. Pop on over to The Scrap Farm where you will find step-by-step instructions from Melinda to showcase your own school photos.

Everything Is Going To Be Ok by Karen Letchworth

A black and white color scheme is so timeless and this background paper looks fabulous with the beautiful bow and encouraging sentiment. Reasonable Ribbons has so many fun ribbons to choose from in every color you can imagine. This darling card was created by Karen Letchworth and made for the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop.

Everything Is Going To Be Ok

Come with me over to My Cup Runneth Over to see how you can create your own darling card. Black and white is a popular trend right now; you can also pop in a little bit of color and, wow, what will you come up with?!  Bring all your elements together to create your own inspiring card.

Fabulous Day by Michelle Pearson

One of my favorite background techniques is using embossing. Take it a step further and add some heat embossing, spray misting, gelatos, etc. Let your imagination run wild! Have some extra time? Stamp and color a variety of images, fussy cut them, and stick them in a drawer. You will be so surprised how often you pull one of them out for your next project.Fabulous DayPull out your old favorite stamps and rediscover some of your favorites. This card was created by Michelle Pearson using fun stamps from Prickley Pear. This darling card is fast and easy, and what a great way to brighten anyone’s day.

Alphabet Embossed Necklace by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

It is time to do something for yourself! Today you will learn a great technique on how to create a fun necklace just for you, and also how to make metallic embellishments to use in your scrapbooking or cardmaking.

Alphabet Embossed Necklace

Use the Deco Embossed Uppercase Typewriter die to create this adorable necklace in no time. This is also a very fun folder for making your own embellishments. Click here and I will take you over to the Sizzix blog where Anna-Karin will give you instructions.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake by Maryanne Cabrera

There are all sorts of occasions that call for chocolate covered strawberries, such as Valentine’s Day, weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, and many more. What a surprise when you bring out the yummy chocolate covered strawberries on top of a small piece of cheesecake!

Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

Buying chocolate covered strawberries can cost an arm and a leg for such goodness, but today you will learn how to make your very own perfect chocolate covered strawberries right in your own kitchen. Then take it one step farther and add it to a piece of yummy cheesecake. Your guests will be in heaven. Click here and I will take you over to The Little Epicurean where Maryanne will give you the ingredients and directions for a fabulous dessert!

Thank you for taking your time today to stop by. Enjoy your weekend and I hope to see you all back next Saturday.

Saturdays With LeAnn



Welcome back, my crafty friends! With all of this hot weather going on I hope you can escape to a cool room, enjoy some time for yourself, and get some crafting in this weekend. Today I think you will be inspired with the fun projects I have to share.

Make A Wish by Riikka Kovasin

I just love to create a colorful background using stencils, along with colored pencils and mists, on my layouts. It’s such a great way to help your pictures pop on the page. Never hesitate to step out of your comfort zone by trying something different. You will be amazed at how creative you can be, and how fun your project will turn out.

Make A Wish

This darling layout was created by Riikka Kovasin. Click here and come with me to see more of Riikka’s fabulous projects, along with step-by-step instructions on how to create this adorable layout. You are sure to learn a tip or two from Riikka’s instructions.

Thanks by Mona Pendleton

Don’t you just love Prima products? This is certainly a card you will fall in love with and enjoy every step of creating it. Have you ever used Modeling Paste, Acrylic Glaze, Gesso, or even Glass Glitter? Sometimes it is just fun to try some new products and let your imagination run wild. It will be a real treat for you to follow Mona Pendleton today as she gives directions for creating this fabulous card.


When you are finished you will have created a card with beautiful color, wonderful textures, and striking elements. This is such an eye catching card. Hmmm, who of your friends will be the lucky one to receive this card when you’ve created it? Come with me to Cupcake’s Creations where you will find so many inspirational ideas from Mona Pendleton.

Take Time by Annette Green

I fell in love with the bright colors along with the fun stamps that Annette used in this charming card, along with all of the beautiful details she has created.

Take Time

It is time to create one of those handmade treasures, so let’s pull out your stamps and dies and get started. Click here and I will take you over to Annette’s Creative Journey will you will find step-by-step instructions on how to create this fun card; its sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Have you ever created a card using the Peony die by Susan Tierney Cockburn? You can also find a series of wonderful videos on how to create different flowers for each die by Susan; just click here.

Recipe Holder by Kathy Clement

I have a few cherished hand written recipes that were my mother’s; this recipe holder is such a fantastic way to display her recipes. I happened to bump into this vintage recipe holder and could not wait to share this with you. Can you just imagine giving one of these at a bridal shower with your favorite recipes, or even to give to a special person for her birthday?

Recipe Holder

What a stunning project with so much detail and fun, fun embellishments. This is such a wonderful inspirational piece and will look adorable in your kitchen.  Click here and I will take you over to Kathy by Design where you will find step-by-step instructions and a list of products to create your own recipe holder.

Philly Brownie Cheesecake by Kraft

Here is a recipe for all of you brownie and cheesecake lovers. Who would have thought to combine the two together? You can have the best of both worlds combined into one single dessert. Such a fun summer treat!

Philly Brownie Cheesecake

This yummy dessert is so easy to make and will be enjoyed by all. They come out looking amazing like something you would buy at an upscale bakery. I guarantee you will not have any leftovers with this dessert. Stop by the Kraft blog so you can print off the recipe and directions. This will be one of those recipes you will make over and over again. Hope you enjoy making these for your summer parties!

Thank you for stopping by today. Be sure to visit next week; I know you will love what I have to share with you next Saturday. Have a wonderful week!

Saturday’s Inspiration: Beautiful projects and Valentine’s Day creations

Love Love Love


Good morning, my crafty friends! I hope you are enjoying a nice relaxing weekend. Valentine’s Day is approaching rapidly so here are a few love-themed projects I wanted to share with you.

Love Love Love by Amy Sheffer

What’s not to love about this adorable heart card designed by Amy Sheffer? This is such a perfect card for Valentines Day, plus it is one of those cards you can use anytime to just say “I Love You.” Don’t you just love the textured background along with the fluttering hearts? Share the love by creating beautiful Valentine cards to give to those who are so special to you. You still have plenty of time to get them done! I fell in love with this card, featured on the Taylored Expressions blog.

Love Love Love

Amy used the Hearts A Flutter Cutting Plate and Heart Stacklets from Taylored Expressions to create this beautiful card. Amy has so many wonderful projects you don’t want to miss out on, so be sure to visit her blog Pickled Paper Designs. You will have endless inspiration for your week!

Beautiful Days layout by Shellye McDaniel

This lovely layout brings a breath of fresh air. (I don’t know about you but I am ready for it to be spring.) I love how these pretty papers make it so easy to create a scrapbook page with nothing else but papers. Add a few elements and you have everything you need to create something truly beautiful.

Beautiful Days

Shellye is on the design team for Authentique. I would like to say thank you to Shellye, author of Papered Cottage, for her outstanding layout – this is one of those designs you can’t wait to create. The Classique Beauty Collection is a must-have. There is something about yellow… it is such a happy color!

With Love created by Lols

It is time to pull out your colored pencils, markers, and even your chalks to have some fun creating this delightful card. The beauty of stamps is that you can color the image with any of your favorite products. The possibilities are just endless! This is one of those wonderful stamp sets that is so versatile you can create a card for any occasion.

With Love

Be sure to stop by Lols’ blog Lorraine’s Loft where you are going to find so many more of Lols’ wonderful projects, along with tons of inspiration.

Lace Makeover by Kelli Johnson

Who would have ever thought the technique of using lace and spray paint would turn an old dresser into something so beautiful? When I came across this dresser on the Design-Innovate-Create blog it was definitely a “WOW” project. I immediately called my daughter and she and I got together and tried this technique. Can I just say our project turned out so charming?

Lace Makerover

You don’t even have to buy new hardware. Spray the old hardware with metallic paint to spice it up. This is a home project that is so simple and yet so elegant. Don’t be afraid to give it a try – I promise you will love the end result!

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

This is a great way to fancy up a cheesecake. This yummy and also attractive cheesecake really is very simple to make and it looks like you spent hours on it.  Do you want to make something special for your sweetheart, a good friend, or even your family? This would be a great gift to either give or receive on Valentine’s Day.

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Be sure to visit  the Cooking Classy with Jaclyn for more of her wonderful recipes. She will be such an inspiration to you in your kitchen. Not only does she have the best desserts, but you will find yourself making many of her wonderful dinners as well.

I hope I have left you today with a smile on your face and full of wonderful inspiration. It is always such a blessing for me to be able to share fun and creative projects with you each Saturday. Enjoy your weekend and I will see you back here next week!

No Bake Red Velvet

This Red Velvet No-Bake Cheesecake is rich, creamy and colorful.  It is such a great dessert to make for any celebration.  Red Velvet is full of chocolate flavor and is traditionally topped with cream cheese frosting.  This no-bake red velvet cheesecake has the rich red velvet and cream cheese flavor all in one little dessert.  We found this deliciousness on the blog Jelly Toast.  Go on over an take a look, I’ll bet you’ll find more wonderful recipes to enjoy!

No Bake Red Velvet

These are perfectly proportioned for mini desserts.  So go ahead give them a try.  You will be surprised how easy and yet how yummy these little mini desserts can be.


  • 16 double stuffed chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed into crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 – 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 8 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red food color
  • 1 – 8 oz container whipped topping, thawed (extra creamy)


  1. In a small bowl, mix together cookie crumbs and melted butter.  Spoon cookie mixture evenly into small dishes and press to form a crust.  Set aside
  2. In the bow of a standard mixer, beat together cream cheese and confectioners sugar until light and blended.  Add melted chocolate, pure vanilla extract and red food color and beat until evenly blended.  Fold in whipped topping.
  3. Spoon cheesecake mixture int prepared cups.  Alternately, transfer cheesecake mixture into piping bag and pipe into cups.  Serve immediately or refrigerate cheesecakes until ready to serve.  Top with vanilla whipped topping and chocolate shavings.

Optional Topping:

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract into 1 8oz container of thawed whipped topping.  Top Red Velvet No Bake Cheesecakes with a dollop of vanilla whipped topping and chocolate shavings.