Creative Scrapbooking with 6×6 Paper Pads and Crate Paper

Hello Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here to share a layout with you. As you’re reading this I’m traveling to the Sacramento Expo. I’m SO excited to be teaching 4 workshops in Sacramento. Two of those workshops are “Creative Scrapbooking with 6×6 paper”. If you’re in the Sacramento area, I’d love to have you in my workshops! The layout I’m sharing with you today is created with the 6×6 paper pad from the Snow & Cocoa collection by Crate Paper. If you’re not familiar with that collection, it was one of my favorite things from the SPC trade show in Salt Lake City last Summer. (You can find more details about this collection HERE.)The base of this layout is a piece of white 12×12 textured cardstock. On both sides of the layout I added strips of patterned paper. These strips are all from the Snow & Cocoa 6×6 paper pads. These strips are actually just scraps that I had from another project. I trimmed those strips into thin strips of various lengths and widths. On the left side of the layout, I created four patterned paper strips. To balance the layout, I added one strip of patterned paper on the left side. When I placed the strips on the layout, I used a tiny dot of adhesive just to hold it in place until I could get to my sewing machine to stitch them in place. After stitching the strips in place I gently bent the edges of the strips up slightly to create a little bit of texture. Once I had the strips from the 6×6 paper pad in place, most of my layout was complete. I added my photo, a simple title, and my journaling to complete the layout. To add a little bit of sparkle, I added a few little gold snowflakes and chipboard pieces. I’m thrilled with how this layout came together. Creating layouts with 6×6 paper pads is SO easy and so fun! I love finding new ways to use all of those 6×6 paper pads that are sitting in a cute little basket next to my desk. Who doesn’t love using their paper crafting products to document memories. Thank you for stopping by the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo blog. My hope is that you’re inspired to create with your 6×6 paper pads. I’ll be back again next week with another edition of Inspiration Station. I’ll see you next Thursday. Happy scrapping friends!

Latest & Greatest Card Making with Crate Paper

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here, to share some Christmas card ideas with you. Our show season is quickly coming to an end which means the holiday season is right around the corner. We wanted to make sure that our Latest & Greatest card making attendees had some fun Christmas products in their hands to create their 2017 holiday cards with. If you’re able to attend the Latest & Greatest card making workshop in Denver, Akron, Sacramento, or Ontario, you’ll be going home with a few products from the new Falala collection from Crate Paper. With only a few products I was able to create these two cards in a few minutes. I used a similar design for each card to make the creative process much quicker. Each card has two patterned papers and a few stickers.

My favorite part about creating this card is the sticker sentiments. Stickers make adding sentiments to cards so easy!

It’s been a while since I created my last card making video. I thought you all might enjoy watching how these two cards came together. I’m sure a lot of you are better at planning ahead and have already started creating your Christmas cards.

I’d love to know if you’ve started creating your 2017 Christmas cards and how many are you making. Let me know in the comment section below. AND if you’re in the Sacramento area or the Ontario area. We’d love to have you in our Latest & Greatest workshops. You can find all the details HERE. Thank you for stopping by today. I’ll see you again next week for another edition of Inspiration Station. Have a great week!

Latest & Greatest: Stamping with Brutus|Monroe


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

Our next show is in Denver, Colorado on September 29th-30th. Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. Today I am going to be creating with a new product from our Latest & Greatest: Stamping class: Brutus|Monroe 4×6 Stamps.

We will have a different stamp set at each location. Today, I am going to be creating with the Fancy Borders set.


I used the largest border in the set to create a design element on this card:


I started with the Fancy Borders stamp set and my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform from Tonic Studios.


I used navy ink from the ColorBox® Petal Point® Primary Pastels Chalk Ink in to stamp the image onto white cardstock.


I’m not the best stamper, so using the Stamping Platform made stamping a clean, crisp image so much easier. I was able to stamp the image several times until I got it just right.

Because I stamped on bright white cardstock and the paper I planned to use had a vintage feel, I used a sponge and an old brown ink pad to distress the image just a bit.


I then framed the stamped border with a denim print patterned paper from Crate Paper‘s Random collection. (It’s an older collection I had in my stash.)


I finished with stickers and embellishments (from the same collection) to highlight my stamped image.


I just love the patterns in this Fancy Borders stamp set, and I know I will be using the set again and again!


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

Scrapbooking with a 6×6 paper pads

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here to share a scrapbooking with 6×6 paper pad video and layout. Tomorrow is the day! I’ve been counting down the days to the Schaumburg show for weeks, and it’s finally here. At the Schaumburg show, I get to teach the two classes that I have been working on for months. Today, I’m telling you a little more about my Creative Scrapbooking with 6×6 paper pads workshop as well as sharing another fun technique for scrapbooking with 6×6 paper pads. (This class is SOLD OUT in Schaumburg but will be available in Denver, Sacramento, and Ontario later this year.) In the Creative Scrapbooking with 6×6 paper pads workshop, I share my favorite tips, tricks, and techniques for creating layouts with 6×6 paper pads. At the end of the workshop, attendees go home with 3 finished layouts created with 6×6 paper pads. Today, I’m sharing a bonus technique in the form of a video. The video is available on the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo YouTube channel.

In the video you saw that I created the scalloped border with a circle punch. This is a really easy and fun technique. It would also be a fun technique to do with squares or triangles to create a more masculine layout. I created this layout with the Bloom collection by Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper. This collection is gorgeous but this technique can be used with any 6×6 paper pad. Around the edges of the layout, I added some machine stitching to make sure the scallops stayed in place. The We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy sewing machine is perfect for this technique because it stitches through several layers of paper. This layout was SO fun to create! What is your favorite technique for using 6×6 paper pads on your layouts? Let me know in the comments below. I love hearing from you! Also, if you’re in the Schaumburg, Denver, Sacramento, or Ontario area, I’d love to meet you and have you in one of my workshops. You can find all the information HERE. Thank you for stopping by, I’ll see you at the Expo!

Mixed Media Trade Show Event Favorites (Part 2)

Hey friends, Becki here with a special edition of Inspiration Station and what’s more inspiring than brand new products??? On Tuesday, I shared a post about the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo team’s favorite new products at the Mixed Media Event in held Salt Lake City last week. (If you haven’t had a chance to read that post, you can find it HERE.) Today, I’m sharing my favorite products along with my sweet friend Roree. I’ll share Roree’s picks first 🙂

We all had such a great time in the Lawn Fawn booth. The entire team was able to take home a lot of fun Lawn Fawn projects that we made at the show. Roree fell in love with the new shadow box die. You guys, this is seriously a must have die! The possibilities are endless. We all made this cute polar bear card.

You can see how this die works in this video. The photos just don’t do it justice!

It is July but Christmas will be here before you know it. Roree loves the “A Very Merry Christmas” collection by Carta Bella Paper. She loves the bright vibrant colors combined with the vintage images and theme.

You can see this video in much closer detail on this video:

Tonic Studios made it to our top picks again with their handmade cotton paper. Roree’s favorite thing about this product is that it won’t lose it’s texture when you die cut it with a manual die cutting machine. It also has and amazing metallic finish.

Now, I have three favorites of my own. First, I have to say that it was REALLY hard to choose only three items. There were so many amazing products at this show. I did limit myself to three choices. The first thing I found that I was SO excited about was that for the first time in the history of American Crafts they are re-releasing a collection. The Snow and Cocoa collection from Crate Paper debuted in the Summer of 2016. It sold out so quickly and there were so many complaints that consumers couldn’t find the products that American Crafts decided to bring it back for another season. The patterned papers are the same, some of the embellishments are the same but they also have some brand new embellishments that will be hitting the stores in August. I missed out on this collection the first time it was on store shelves. I’m so excited to get a second chance at playing with this collection. There was a brand new manufacturer on the trade show floor for the first time. Some of you may be familiar with the Felicity Jane kit club. And if you haven’t heard of Felicity Jane, you NEED to see their products! This is their gorgeous, Kate collection. Isn’t it beautiful!?!?!? The owner of Felicity Jane is the sweetest. We loved meeting her and learning about her company. I wish all of you could have visited this booth with us. It was so elegant and well done! Last but definitely not least, the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo team deemed the Doodlebug Designs booth the happiest place on the showroom floor. They even served milk and cookies at their booth. How cute is that?!? Doodlebug is known for their amazing color palette and adorable designs. Now, they’re going to be well known for their awesome albums! I am picky about albums and I can tell you that these are the best quality albums I’ve ever seen! They come in all the signature Doodlebug colors and in two sizes (8×8 and 12×12). Just looking at the row of gorgeous albums makes me happy. I’m sure I need two or three albums in each color.

Whew, that’s it! We had an amazing time at the Mixed Media event 2017. We hope you enjoyed seeing some of our favorite products. Thank you again for stopping by the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo blog. I’ll see you again next week. Have a great weekend, my friends!

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.

Documenting Everyday Memories

Documenting Everyday Moments by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #scrapbookexpo #cratepaper #beckiadams

Hey friends, Becki here. Do you have a specific theme, holiday, activity, or topic that you love to scrapbook? I do – it’s everyday moments. I LOVE taking those little moments that happen everyday, creating beautiful layouts for my family’s albums. The moment I documented on the layout I have to share with you today is about my son and his stuffed puppy “Duke”. When we went on a road trip to see my brother and his family this fall we accidentally left Duke at my brother’s house. My nieces found Duke a few hours after we left and quickly packaged him and sent him to my son. My son spent a VERY long week waiting for Duke to land on our doorstep. When Duke finally arrived, I snapped a quick photo and sent it to my brother’s family thanking them for sending Duke to us. This is not a huge event, a holiday, or a birthday. But, it is a memory that would probably be forgotten if I hadn’t taken the photo and written the story. This is why I scrapbook. I want to preserve these little moments and memories that happen daily in our little family.

Documenting Everyday Moments by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #scrapbookexpo #cratepaper #beckiadams

I used a basic design with one photo to create this layout. I reached for the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection. This is my favorite boy themed collection (as evidenced by THIS project, and also THIS project).

Documenting Everyday Moments by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #scrapbookexpo #cratepaper #beckiadams

I combined a three letter sticker fonts to create the title to the left of the photo. Three embellishment clusters surround the photo to make the photo the focal point on the layout.

Documenting Everyday Moments by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #scrapbookexpo #cratepaper #beckiadams

The embellishments I chose support the story told on the layout. The puppy sticker, the map sticker, and the puppy die cut all help tell the story of Duke being left behind.

Documenting Everyday Moments by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #scrapbookexpo #cratepaper #beckiadams

I printed the journaling and cut it into small strips that fit into the striped patterned paper.

Documenting Everyday Moments by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #scrapbookexpo #cratepaper #beckiadams

What are your favorite types of memories to document – a specific theme, holiday, activity, or topic? I’d love to hear about it, so please let me know below in the comments!

Happy creating my friends, I’ll see you again next Thursday.