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

Mixed Media Canvas


Thank you for joining me on this wonderful Saturday! I am so excited to share with you some great projects that I discovered this week on several blogs. I found this quote by Natalie Chanin that I just had to share with you before we begin our projects. “When you spend time making something with your two hands, you impart love in a way that buying something never can.”  How true is this? Your handmade projects touch people in so many different ways, and I hope today you will be inspired with the projects I have to share.

My first project today is a beautiful layout created by Di Garling. I fell in love with the vibrant colors and the vintage charm of this layout. Even though there are so many details and dimension to this layout, the photo is still the first thing your eyes are drawn to. After all, isn’t this the reason we scrapbook; to preserve those special photos?

Sweet Girl

Di has used several pieces of chipboard from 2 Crafty Chipboard on her layout, along with some beautiful flowers of different sizes, colors, and shapes. Don’t be afraid to color your chipboard to create some beautiful colors to add to your page, along with adding your embellishments to get that perfect look for your photos. Just have fun and remember there are no set rules when it comes to creating your layouts. I am always inspired when I visit Di’s blog, Di’s Creative Space, and you will be, too.

This fun and simple card is perfect to share your love on St Patrick’s day, which will be here before we know it. This beautiful card, created by Birgit Edblom, is not only for St Patrick’s day, but is also a versatile card you can use throughout the year.



I just love the deckle edged frame with the embossed lettering. Birgit used the small shamrock die set Leaflets by Penny Black, along with the word love heartfelt die. Give your project dimension by adding foam adhesive behind the shamrocks. So stunning and inspiring! Who wouldn’t love to receive this adorable card? Visit Birgit’s blog for even more of her beautiful creations.

I love sharing mixed media projects with you; they are so popular and applying texture is a lot of fun to do. Sometimes it is hard to get into the grove of having a messy project, but that is OK; you can still create mixed media in a more simple and clean way. Today’s mixed media project is on the cleaner side, yet still portrays a beautiful, textured look.

Mixed Media Canvas

Megan Gourlay is a fabulous designer for Bo Bunny. She created this outstanding mixed media canvas wall decor using several of the new products from Bo Bunny. If you will hop on over to Bo Bunny’s blog you will see a full tutorial how to create this beautiful masterpiece, along with a complete list of supplies needed. Who doesn’t need a little extra color in their world? I hope you will be inspired to give this a try. Remember that creativity involves in breaking out of your traditional style. Never hesitate to try something new.

Sentiments can be very important when creating a project, and this darling card couldn’t have said it any better. Kraftin Kimmie Stamps has a new release by artist Becky Pearce. This set is called Words of Inspiration and features nine thoughtful quotes. Stamps are so fun to use when creating scrapbook layouts, cards, or any type of crafts. Sentiments can be used as the focal point of your project, in combination with an image, or as the finishing touch on the inside of cards, journal pages, and tags; there are so many possibilities.

Words Of Inspiration

Whether you keep your card simple or very detailed, your sentiment will always stand out. Cards may be small but they are packed with so much inspiration. I challenge you today to send out a card to a loved one who you may have not been in touch with for some time. Just think how happy it would make that person to receive a surprise card in the mail.

OK, my crafty friends, it is time to take a break and go into the kitchen and whip up a yummy dessert for your weekend. This Banana Caramel Cream dessert is one that everyone is going to love.  A layer of pastry cream, fresh bananas, whipped cream, caramel sauce, and graham cracker crust – how much better can it be?! Layer these all together and you will create a pretty amazing dessert.

Banana Carmel Cream Dessert

This looks so yummy that I am definitely going to give this one a try. Let’s pop on over to Glorious Treats to get our recipe from Glory Albin.

I look so forward to being with you on Saturdays. I hope you have a very relaxing weekend and a wonderful week coming up!