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,





Tip of the Day: Making Cute Gift Bags from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo


Diana from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo is here today to show us how to use items we already have on hand to create an adorable gift bag or to take letters up a notch. Quick and easy, and yet oh-so-cute. I love it when we can use our craft supplies to bring a smile to someone’s face by making a gift or note extra-special. And while you are making your Christmas cards this year, leave out your supplies and use the leftovers to create some darling holilday-themed gift bags, too!

We’d like to thank Diana for her tip – here’s to adding that extra touch to make gifts more attractive!


Sundays With Lorraine


Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! Now that we are into December it’s time to kick things up a notch with our holiday preparations. Not to worry, with a little help from your fellow paper crafting peeps you can still crank out some of your famous handmade treasures.

Merry & Bright Layout By Emmy

What’s not to love about this adorable layout that Emmy designed with Bo Bunny’s new Merry & Bright collection? To create a dimensional layer and add visual interest to the layout, Emmy used a polka dot mask and some red glitter paste to create the perfect background for her priceless photo.

Merry & Bright Layout

If you’d like to see exactly how this sweet page came together, just click here and I will be happy to escort you over to Bo Bunny’s Blog so you can follow along as Emmy shares many more tips and techniques.

Holiday Gift Bags By Lols

These unique little gift bags are the perfect solution for gifting and presenting your holiday treasures. Lols used Lawn Fawn’s must-have Goodie Bag Lawn Cuts Die to create the cute bag, then embellished the bag with the Tim Holtz adorable Mini Dog and Cat Stamp & Die Set.

Simon Says: Treat Bags/Boxes

Thanks to Lols you can crank out all kinds of gift bags in no time. Simply click here and I will bring you over to Lorraine’s Loft so you can jot down the supplies you’ll need.

DIY Art Coasters found on Kelly’s Korner

There is nothing that is more well received than a handmade gift; it really shows how much you care when you take the time to create a gift from the heart. How about a nice bottle of wine and a set of these darling Art Coasters?

DIY Art Coasters

Kelly used Spellbinders stamps designed by Tammy Tutterow to creative the festive image on some inexpensive coasters that she purchased at the Dollar Tree Store. Have you hopped on the crazy and fantastic coloring trend yet? If not, you’ll soon be hooked! For additional details on creating these fun coasters, click here and I will take you over to The Urban Scrapbook Inc Blog so you can follow along with Kelly as she shares step-by-step instructions.

Seafood Cioppino Recipe

If you’re looking for a great seafood recipe for your slow cooker, this classic fish stew is just the ticket. It’s easy enough to make for a special week night family meal and showy enough to make for company during the holidays.

Seafood Cioppino Recipe

It’s not dinner in under an hour, but it’s definitely worth the effort. This amazing dish only takes about 20 minutes to prepare, then it’s into the crock pot for about five hours, leaving you plenty of time to check off some of your holiday to dos. Click here and I will happy to escort you over to the Taste of Home Blog so you can print out the recipe. Bon appetit!

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



Valentine Tags and Treat Bags


Hi everyone! Roree here, and I just want to start off this all-new “Make It! Monday” series of posts on the Weekly Scrapper blog by letting you know how excited I am to be here! I absolutely love to create and I love to share my creations, so it really is a match made in heaven for me. Every Monday, I will be stopping by to share a new project with you. There will be cards, layouts, party ideas, and more!

So on to this week’s project…

With Christmastime over, our next major holiday is Valentine’s Day. The stores are already overflowing with pink, red, and hearts everywhere. I don’t really mind though, because I love Valentine’s Day. What’s not to love about a holiday dedicated to love, jewelry, and candy?! One of my favorite candies for Valentine’s Day are conversation hearts.


They are so sugary sweet and you get a message with each and every bite. Yum!

For my first project on the blog, I was inspired by these adorably cute candies to create my own conversation heart tags:

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They are so quick and easy, and I love that you don’t have to be a master stamper to create them. They are perfectly imperfect!

Here is what you will need to create them — an alphabet stamp set, a pink/red ink pad, some colorful paper, and a die cut machine or heart-shaped punch.

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For my hearts, I used my Cricut Explore® machine and a heart from the Heart Flower shape on the Paisley cartridge to cut out multiple colorful hearts at 2 1/4″ using K&Company’s Color Basics Radiant paper pad.

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Next was adding the messages to the cuts with Graphic 45’s Antique Typewriter Wood Stamp Set and Memento’s Rose Bud ink pad.

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Voila! It really was that simple!

You can add them to gift bags, candy tubes, boxes, and so much more. The possibilities really are endless!

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Here are a few things about me, so you can get to know me a little bit better:

I live in Daphne, Alabama with my husband David, our two daughters Grace and Harper, our dogs Hank and Phoenix, and our cat Ninja. I started paper crafting in 2005 when I decided to make my daughter’s 5th birthday invitations instead of buying them, and my love for this hobby took off like a rocket from there. Most people know me as a card maker, but every once and a while I do a little altering or put together a page or two. I consider my style clean and cutesy, and I love adding lots of little details and some form of hand or machine stitching on most of my projects. (I actually learned to sew because of paper crafting!) You can see more of my work on my personal blog:

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I look forward to seeing you next week!

Spring Purse Gift Bags

Ok, these are adorable, and not only that, they are gift bags too.  Soooo cute.  I think people are either into making paper accessories like candy holders, gift bags, party favors or not.  It’s like a love/hate thing.  I personally like these little gifty things.  Not too many of my friends do however, so I don’t make them that often.  I guess I’ll just have to gift my nieces to death and maybe they will catch on!

Spring Purse Gift Bags Graphic 45

Guest designer Kristin Wilson created a tutorial for Graphic 45 using their Botanical Tea Collection.  Kristin shared this about her projects, “These darling petite purses make the cutest take home bags for several party ideas. These would be precious when used as a take home bag for a little girl’s glamour party. Simply fill with a few lip glosses, eye shadows, and nail polish for the perfect reminder of all the fun. These purses are great for a little girl’s birthday party, tea party, or as a gift to a special friend. Since the bags used in this project are brown paper bags you can fill them with tasty treats as well.”

Take a look at the entire step by step tutorial here, on the Graphic 45 blog.  And then make sure to share some love over on Kristin Wilson’s blog too.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!


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Supplies Used (Not Shown):

  • Glossy Accents
  • Brown Paper Bag
  • Ribbon
  • Twin
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Scallop Punch
  • Small Hole Punch
  • Scotch Tape
  • Sticky Velcro

Washi Tape Twist Tie Tutorial

Say this 5 times fast!  Washi Tape Twist Tie Tutorial – Washi Tape Twist Tie Tutorial . . . LOL.  This is the easiest thing, and genius too.  These are the projects I like.

Washi Tape Twist Tie Tutorial Queen & Co

Take some plain wire, and put it between two pieces of Washi tape.  Done 🙂

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I do need to give credit to Ginger Williams and Queen & Co for sharing this fabulous idea!

Thanks for checking in with us and have a wonderfully crafty day!

Why You Need Doilies in Your Stash

On today’s Tip Of The Day we have Susan with SRM Stickers here to share a few ways to incorporate their very versatile doilies into our crafting projects.

Susan is right I think we all need to have some doilies in our stash. 🙂 Be sure to check out the SRM Stickers website & stock up on their fun paper crafting treasure.

Thanks for visiting & I hope you have a happy creative day.