Latest & Greatest Card Making with Echo Park Paper

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here to share a card with you that I created with fun products from Echo Park Paper that were featured in our Latest & Greatest Card making classes. I love creating wedding cards and having them on hand for when the occasion arises. This is one of those cards. I don’t have a wedding to attend in the near future but now, I do have a wedding card ready to go for the next time I need one. The pink and black color scheme in the Echo Park Paper Wedding Bliss collection is so pretty. I used a few die cuts, some patterned paper and some black and white ribbon to create this card. The patterned paper in 6×6 paper pads is perfect for card making. I love the smaller scaled patterns and smaller pieces of paper for creating cards. One of my favorite ways to add texture and a homemade look to my cards is with machine stitching and ribbon. Those two elements make cards have a much more “finished” look to them. I’d love to know, do you create cards ahead of time or do you create a card when the need arises? Let me know in the comment section below, I’d love to chat about card making with you. Thank you for stopping by the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo blog. I’ll see you again here next Thursday. Have a great week!

How to use a GIANT Circle Punch

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Hello Stamp & Scrapbook friends and fans, Becki here to share a layout with you that I created with a fun punched circle technique. Recently I ordered a HUGE circle punch. How to use a giant circle punch by @jbckadams for @stampandscrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #papercrafting #SSBE2017 #ssbe #ScrapbookExpoThis punch is gigantic and SO much fun to play with. It punches 3 1/2 inch circles. To create this layout I used the Summer Dreams collection from Echo Park Paper. The memory I wanted to document using this collection and this technique is a memory about taking my nieces to get snow cones on a hot summer afternoon while they were visiting us. I thought this color palette/theme was perfect for this project.While I used white cardstock for my background there is still a LOT of patterned paper on this layout. I chose several pieces of patterned paper and punched a few circles. (This technique can be done with any size of punched, die cut, or hand cut circles.) To create this row of dimensional circles, I scored and folded the circles at the top and bottom of the circle. Then, I adhered them along the left side of the layout. My favorite thing about this technique is that you can see both sides of the patterned papers. The photo is adhered to the left of the circles. I added the title below the photo and journaling above the photo. To continue with the circle theme of the layout, I added a few sticker embellishments and ink droplets.How to use a giant circle punch by @jbckadams for @stampandscrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #papercrafting #SSBE2017 #ssbe #ScrapbookExpoDo you incorporate circles into your paper crafting projects? I’d love to see what you’re creating and what techniques you use for adding circles into your designs.

Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you here again next Thursday! Have a great week.

Buttons Inspired Mother’s Day Card

Button Inspired Mother's Day Card by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #mothersday #cardmaking #ssbe2017

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here to share with you a card I created for Mother’s Day. This buttons inspired Mother’s Day card is easy to create! All you need is two circle punches (or circle dies). The circle punches I used are 1 1/2″ and 1″. These gorgeous patterned papers are from the new Wedding Bliss collection by Echo Park Paper.

I punched nine circles from several pieces of the 6×6 patterned papers. I layered them together with coordinating but not identical patterns. The circles fit perfectly into a 3×3 grid. I used just a small bit of adhesive to stick the circles on the card base because I knew I would be stitching the circles into place. Then the circles were layered and adhered onto the card front, I used my paper piercer to poke holes for the stitching. By poking four holes in the middle of each circle and stitching an X in the center. The circles now look like buttons.After stitching all the circles in place. I stamped the sentiment on scraps of patterned paper, cut them out, and adhered them to the front of the card. (The stamps are also from Echo Park Paper.)

I love this card and I’m thinking that my mom (who is a quilter) will love it as well. My hope is that you’ll be inspired to create your own Button Inspired Mother’s Day Card. Have a great Thursday! I’ll see you again next week.

Here’s another Mother’s Day project that you’ll love.

Simple Summer Layout with Process Video

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here with another edition of Inspiration Station. This week I have a fun Summer layout to share with you. Even though we’re still waiting for warmer weather here in Idaho, I know that Summer is right around the corner because the snow is finally GONE. I chose to work with the brand new Summer Fun collection from Echo Park Paper.This collection has such an awesome color palette. My favorite thing about this collection is the pop of black that’s found throughout the collection. Typically black isn’t a color I think of when I think of a Summer color palette. I think the pop of black makes this collection shine!This is a very simple layout that features 3 photos telling the story of my nephew eating raspberries out of Grandma’s garden. I print my photos at home so I was able to print the two photos of my nephew larger than the photo of the raspberries. Although the photo of the raspberries tells the story and is an important part of the layout, I wanted the focus of the layout to be on the photos of my nephew.

Because this layout is on the simple side, I wanted to add a few special unique touches. My favorite detail of this layout is the hand stitching on the title. I love the added texture it gives to the title. It makes the title shine a little bit more than it would have had I not stitched the letters in place. Stitching the letters into place was actually an after-thought. I was almost finished with the layout before I decided to add that special finishing touch of hand stitching.You can see how this entire layout came together in the process video over on my YouTube channel.

You might want to find the Summer Fun collection by Echo Park paper so you’ll be ready to document all of your Summer memories. Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you again next Thursday with another fun video.

Freebie Friday – Echo Park Paper

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Freebie Friday with Jen Walker

Hooray … It’s Friday! I am looking forward to spending the weekend baking cookies and finishing (or should I say … starting) my Christmas wrapping. The weather here is very cold and snowy so I bet I will be enjoying a mug of hot chocolate as well.

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by our friends at Echo Park Paper. They have a number of wonderful new collections being released in January and one lucky EXPO friend is going to win one of the brand new collections. Before I share with you which collection you can win, here are a few of projects from the Echo Park & Carta Bella design teams.

Echo Park Ornament by Tegan Skwiat

Christmas Ornament by Tegan Skwiat – Pin this ornament

Birdhouse Christmas Tree Ornaments by Anya Lunchenko

Birdhouse Christmas Tree Ornaments by Anya Lunchenko – Pin this ornament

Paper Ice Skates project by Jana Eubank

Paper Ice Skates project by Jana Eubank – Pin this project

Christmas packages by Kimberly Crawford

Christmas packages by Kimberly Crawford – Pin this project

Snowman card by Kimberly Crawford

Snowman card by Kimberly Crawford – Pin this card

There are hundreds of inspirational projects on the Echo Park Paper blog and they are always adding new projects to keep you coming back for more inspiration! Be sure to stop by!

Friends of Scrapbook Expo

The Echo Park Paper team is giving the Just Be You Collection Kit to one lucky Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friend!

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Learn more about Echo Park Paper here:

For your chance to win an amazing prize pack from our friends at Echo Park Paper, leave a comment on this blog post. This giveaway runs until midnight on Thursday, December 22nd.

Last week’s Freebie Friday post was sponsored by Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. Thank you to everyone who commented on last week’s blog post! The giveaway was for a copy of the Winter 2016 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine as well as their just released 2017 Creative Planner.

The winner is  … Samantha Coleman!

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Congratulations, Samantha! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker (jen@scrapbookexpo.com) and include ‘SCT Magazine Giveaway winner’ in the subject line.

Thanks for joining me this week. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Don’t forget … if you want a chance to win the Just Be You Collection Kit from Echo Park Paper, you need to leave a comment on this post.

If you are looking to be inspired, join Scrapbook Expo on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook.

When you are relaxing this weekend, remember you can visit the Scrapbook Expo YouTube Channel for lots of amazing videos filled with tips and inspiration.

~ Jen

Fall-Themed Thank You Card

Becki-Adams-headerHey friends, Becki here! While I’m getting ready to teach some workshops at the Akron, Ohio Stamp & Scrapbook Expo (YAY!!), I have a fall-themed thank you card to share with you. As you already know, I LOVE fall so naturally I fell in love with the “I Love Family” collection from Echo Park Paper and Lori Whitlock. This collection is full of gorgeous rich fall colors (reds, browns, yellows, and a pop of teal). I used lots of die cuts and a sentiment stamp to create this card.

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6×6″ paper pads are my best friend when I’m creating cards. The smaller scaled patterns are perfect for card making. I used lots of different patterns and colors to create the flowers and greenery for this card.

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I gently curled the edges of the flowers and leaves with my fingers to create texture and a bit of dimension. I clustered the flowers together on the left side of the card.

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In the center of a few of the flowers I adhered a button and some enamel dots. Enamel dots are a quick and easy way to add a little bit of color and texture.

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I stamped the sentiment with a dark brown ink and a “thank you” sentiment stamp. After tucking the sentiment into the cluster of flowers, the card was finished. I love this fall-themed thank you card. Do you have the “I Love Family” collection? If not, grab the 6×6″ paper pad, some die cuts, and get creating! Thanks for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog, and I’ll see you again next week.

 

Halloween Treat Bags

Halloween treat bags by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo using the Halloween collection by @echoparkpaper #halloweencraft #halloweentreatbag #papercrafting

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Hey there friends, Becki here. I’m excited to share two Halloween treat bags with you for another edition of Inspiration Station. Last month, I created a set of Fall Treat Bags. (If you want the cut files for these treat bags you can find them in the Fall Treat Bags blog post.) I guess you could say that I’ve become a little obsessed with treat bags. The Echo Park “Halloween” collection is one of my favorite Halloween collections.

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I used the coordinating foiled dots collection to create the base of the large bag. The black dots are foiled. (I wish the foil of the dots showed up better in photos.) They’re so shiny and make this treat bag that much cuter. I embellished the front of the bag with a 3×4 journaling card and a sticker. I added lots of foam adhesive for dimension. I added fringe (cut with fringe scissors), some twine, sequins, and a couple of buttons.

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The second Halloween treat bag is in the shape of a milk carton and much smaller than the first. I used much of the same techniques on this one. I love the big orange bow on the top of this one. The front of this bag is slightly different but uses the a few of the same techniques. This one has added dimension with foam adhesive, fringe, and sequins.

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I adore these little Halloween treat bags. What Halloween crafts do you have planned? I’d love to see what you create!