Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It makes me smile knowing that even with your crazy, busy schedule that you’ve found some time to be creative.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy a little creative therapy – you deserve it!

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Marla Thrall

Digital scrapbooking is a form of scrapbooking that is done using a personal computer, digital or scanned photos, and computer graphics software. For many of us seasoned scrappers digital scrapbooking was a little hard to swallow at first. My only concern was what would happen to all the treasured supplies that I have been collecting for the last 15 years!? Not to worry, there is room for both; I call it going hybrid. It is totally fine to have some traditional scrapbook layouts mixed in with your digital layouts. Remember there are no rules, just have fun with your art!

Digital scrapbooking can be a beautiful thing as you can see by this adorable layout designed by the very talented Marla Thrall. Whether you are a seasoned professional with computer graphic skills or are just getting your feet wet, I highly recommend spending some quality time with Maria as she shares how quick and easy it is to create the perfect digital scrapbook layout. 

Hello Friend By Lynn Put

One of my favorite types of cards to make are friendship cards. Growing up in New York and then moving to California as an adult, I appreciate the importance of keeping in touch across the miles. What better way to let those special friends in your life know how important they are to you than to send a handmade card, right?

I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite watercolors and create something beautiful. On this sweet card, Lynn used Distress Inks to create the gorgeous backgrounds, but feel free to use what you have on hand. For a complete supply list click here and I’ll escort you over to The Queens Scene Blog so you can check out how easily this heartfelt card came together. Keep up the great job you’re doing by sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time.

Butterfly Gift Card Box By Marjie Kemper

With gift cards being available everywhere, they have quickly become one of my go-to gifts, but I sometimes harbor a bit of guilt – that it wasn’t personal enough. A handcrafted gift card holder like this one adds that personal touch back into the gift so in my world that erases the guilt. 😉 Who wouldn’t love to see their favorite store gift card peeking out of this adorable gift card box handcrafted by you. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t have any problem walking into my favorite store and picking out exactly what I want with my gift card, do you?

Marjie paired Eileen’s Hulls Recipe Box die with Tim Holtz’s Detailed Butterflies die to create this custom gift card holder.  These are wonderful to have on hand whenever you need a gift card holder, they also make great party favors, a place to house your business cards etc. Click here and I will be honored to take you over to Eileen’s blog so you can follow along as Marjie shares how this darling project was created.

 30-Minute Caprese Chicken Recipe By Heidi

It’s that time again when everyone is asking what’s for dinner but not to worry, I have your back on this one. I discovered this easy to make Chicken Caprese Recipe on one of my go-to food blogs Foodie Crush and knew I had to share the love. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this tasty, one-pan chicken breast dinner in under 30 minutes.

Big hugs to Heidi for sharing this delicious Caprese Chicken recipe! Click here and I’ll take a stroll with you over to her blog Foodie Crush so you can print out the recipe. You all know how I love to share those amazing recipes that can be on the table in under an hour, and with a little help from our culinary genius Heidi – you too can have this dinner serve in about 1/2 an hour. Bon appetit my friends!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you!

I Love You

Do you digital scrapbook? I have to admit that I have been a traditional scrapbooker for over 15 years now & I haven’t taken the plunge. But when I see a gorgeous layout like this one that I discovered on The Designer Digitals, I am called to give it a try.


This layout has all the beauty & visual interest of a traditional scrapbook layout without all the bulk. I love the layers. You even have the shadows behind the embellishments. What’s not to love?

I hope this adorable layout has inspired you to give digital scrapbooking a try. Maybe take some baby steps, like going hybrid. I highly recommend stopping by the Designer Digitals Blog for some great tips, tricks, and even Digital Workshops. Have fun exploring the wonderful world of Digital Scrapbooking.

Thanks for visiting & have a very creative day!



Designer Digitals maybe Tomorrow Solids Paper    Designer Digitals Vintage Press Blush Solids Paper    Designer Digitals Botanist Workbook No 1


Designer Digitals Striping Stamps    Digital Designers Vintage Press Blush Elements    Designer Elements Stamped and Stitched Photo Masks


Digital Designers Wood Veneer Hearts No. 1    Designer Digitals Vintage Photo Frames No. 31    Designer Digitals Blendable Journaler No. 1

Designer Digitals Color My Love Elements Pack    Designer Digitals Sweet Rose Bay Elements    Designer Digitals Wooden Words Love No. 1

Product Used (Not Shown):

Kit Club With a Kick from Avocado Arts

aa_logo-newEver thought about joining a monthly kit club but don’t know where to start? Well if you enjoy stamping then you’ll definitely need to check out Avocado Arts!

Not only do they manufacturer high quality clear and photopolymer stamps right here in the USA but they also offer a monthly stamp kit club with so many added value bonuses that you really can’t go wrong.

I had the pleasure of recently interviewing Michelle Ogdahl, Owner of Avocado Arts. She explained what makes Avocado Arts so unique: The ability to coordinate their Michelle_Pic2_copy_edited-1monthly stamp sets with each other and provide additional complimentary products to their customers each and every month.

I was very impressed by the fact that each set they release builds upon and coordinates with their previous sets. This allows their customers to stretch that stamping dollar even further. Something that is very important in today’s economy.

Avocado Arts newest April Release, Perfectly Planted, is no different.

Perfeclty_PlantedF_cropped     Perfectly Planted

This 4×6 set features perfectly coordinating garden accessories and very versatile sayings.

You also have the option of taking your creativity one step further by purchasing one of the many add-on kits available such as:


Avocado Arts Pattern Paper Exclusive

This paper is designed to match perfectly with the monthly stamp kits and comes in two different pattern sizes. One that works well for smaller projects such as cards and the other that works well with larger layouts or home decor projects.

You can choose the size you’d like to fit your next project. Plus have the additional luxury of being able to use the digital file over and over again. Now that is added value!


Avocado Arts Paintables

Another great new coordinating product from Avocado Arts is their new Paintables line. Now this definitely peaked my interest.

With this great add-on you have even more flexibility! You can customize your paper to whatever color scheme you’d like while still coordinating perfectly with the stamp kit of the month.


You can use your Copic markers, acrylic paints, stains, etc. You can even get the kids involved with this product!


Digital Die Cuts

If that wasn’t enough to convince you of how great this product lineup is than maybe their Digital Die Cut Kits will entice you.

The digital die cut kits allow you to pull all the other products together into one great project. This month’s kit comes with three digital die cut files. You’ll receive a Seed Pocket Card, a Garden Tool Frame, and a Daisy Bunch. Now it will take no time at all to create a beautiful card in no time.


Sunflower Printable

In a hurry? Let the Avocado Arts Card Kit Printable take the work out of card creating. Just open, print, cut and go! You can make a card in just minutes. This kit takes the guess work out of designing but have all the elements placed for you. Just get your printer ready and you are well on your way.

Design Team Samples using these great projects:

Altered Canvas by Lisa Hetrick      Avocado Arts Friends Card

friends-card-tenianelson    juliemasse

friends-ashleyharris    Digital-Die-Cut-Kits~~element4

For more details on The Avocado Arts Monthly Kit Club be sure to visit their website and blog for great project ideas.


Avocado Arts offers high-quality, clear, photopolymer stamps made in the USA. Each month a new 4 x 6 clear photopolymer set is released with images that are interchangeable from month to month, giving you endless possibilities in stamping.

Avocado Arts

Little Sweet Tweeter

 Today, I want to share with you a wonderful inspiration from Simonne Clay.  Be sure to visit her blog SemSee’s Sparkly Scribbling for more of her wonderful creations.  A big Thank You Simonne for sharing this with us.

Little Sweet Tweater

The bird cage is used as the focal point of this card, coordinating the background paper, chipboard die, and the stamp from Whimsy Stamps all together.  What a great complement of each other. The leaves were die-cut from my Whimsy Stamps Vines Die Set.

I really love how versatile this set is! I love the colors, and to top it off the arrangement of flowers just complete the elegance to this card.  Hope you enjoy this sweet card as much as I did, and it will be a great inspiration for you.

Thank you for visiting us today.  Enjoy your day creating.



Porcelain Collection 6x6 Paper Pad from Basic Grey      Core-dinations ColorCore from Darice     Kraft Classic Cardstock from Bazzill


Little Sweet Tweeter Stamp from Whimsy Stamps


Toffee Crunch Dew Drop Ink from Tsukineko     Memento - Tuxedo Black ME-000-900 Tsukineko      Copic Markers


Comtempo Cage Die from MFT      Vine Die from Whimsy Stamps


Earth tone Mulberry Flowers from WOC   Cottage Roses from WOC

Product Used (Not Shown):

  • Ribbon
  • Pearls
  • Sewing machine, White Thread
  • Die-cutting Machine

You’ll Be Sitting Pretty With This Digital Design

Wow.. doesn’t this layout just speak out to you?  I found this gorgeous layout on Sweet Shoppe Design.  This digital layout was created with Cindy Schneider’s Layered Templates.  Everything is perfectly placed, perfectly shadowed, and the color scheme is beautiful as well!  These wonderful digital templates will help you save time and create your own beautiful layouts.

The awesome thing about these templates is that they can be used over and over.  Change your papers, photos and embellishing to get a unique layout each time you use them!  What more can you ask for?

Hope you have a wonderful and creative day!!


Digital Paper:


Scrapbooking Layers of Gratitude

Anytime is a good time to create a layout about gratitude, don’t you think?

This is a digital layout, and I love all the layers and details.  Plus, with digital scrapping, it’s so easy to journal more than a few words.

I like a “story” with a page.  I’m afraid when I’m old, I won’t remember the story 🙂

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Digital Scrapping Pinspiration – New Blessings

Look at this gorgeous layout that I found on Pinterest.  This wonderful job is done by using Digital Scrapbooking.

I just love to explore different options for scrapbooking on Pinterest.  For some crazy reason my eyes always get glued to the beautiful layouts of digital scrapbooking even though I am not a digital scrapbooker.

Digital scrapbooking really intimidates me.  I decided to give it a try since this has drawn an interest to me.  I  joined a fun digital website called Gotta Pixel.  They have such great digital kits, paper, and fun ideas.   I found out that this wasn’t extremely hard, and actually really fun!  One thing that I really enjoyed as I was trying out the digital scrapbooking, is knowing that all of my scrapbooking products can still be used.

Have you ever heard of Hybrid Scrapping?   This is a combination of Traditional Paper Scrapbooking and Digital Scrapbooking.   What is so awesome about this is you have the best of  both worlds.  Creating a digital page then adding your embellishments really makes scrapbooking a fun hobby.

I, myself will probably continue to do Traditional Scrapbooking since I literally have a store of my own in my home that I have collected over the last 15 years of scrapbooking.

Go ahead try this if you haven’t already!  See if this is something you will love!!