Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Do you like the summer heat or do you spend most of your time in the comforts of your cool, air-conditioned craft room? Either way, I hope that you are experiencing a wonderful summer day and now that you’ve arrived we can begin our creative therapy, so sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Mixed Media Passport Mini Album By Pam Bray

You all know how much I appreciate a unique mini album and this one is no exception, even the book is handmade using Sizzix XL Passport Book Die. I’m thinking this is definitely one of those “need it in your life” dies. Think of all the possibilities! You can click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Sizzix site so you can order your own or if you happen to be at one of our Stamp & Scrapbook Expos, you might want to stop by and visit Maria B at the It’s Cheaper Than Therapy booth; she always has an amazing selection of Sizzix products.

You will find all kinds of inspiration from Pam Bray on her blog Scrapbook Flair. I hope that you’ve been inspired to get those precious photos off your phone and into a mini album. Have fun and stay crafty, my friends.

Just Breathe By Kim Van Diepen

In celebration of the beginning of summer, I thought you might enjoy this simple summer-themed card. What a perfect card to send someone that needs a little encouragement. Let’s face it – life can be hectic at times and we need to be reminded to take a deep breath and say out loud “This, too, shall pass.” I love the simple carefree feeling that this sweet card brings to the table and I’m sure the recipient will feel that way, too.

This is one of those cards that most people will leave out just because It makes them feel happy and loved. It brings me back to the beach on a beautiful summer day. I hope you’ve been inspired to send one of your handmade treasures to someone special today. Click HERE to stop by and spend some creative time with Kimberly; you’re sure to pick up some handy tips and techniques.

Stamped Sachets By Tamera

Do you use your die cuts on materials other than paper? I hope so! I love how Tamera created these adorable sachets using the Sizzix Alterations Postage Stamp Frame Die to cut out some muslin and linen.  Not to worry, if you don’t have a field of lavender to fill the sachets, you can use any store bought potpourri and or essential oils for your sachets. The lavender images were stamped on the fabric using distress paints. I love stamping on fabric – it’s another way to use our precious stamps and stencils. I am currently teaching a Make & Take at the Creativity Center where we stencil on a flour sack dish towel using archival inks and that class is such a hit! I hope you’ve been inspired to step outside the box and give this technique a try.

With a little help from our creative friend Tamera, you can have a set of these wonderfully fragrant sachets in no time. Wouldn’t these be perfect to put in your drawers,  in the linen closet, the car, or even if you need a little gift? Click HERE and I will take you over to Tamera’s blog Plays Well With Paper so you can follow along with the easy-to-follow instructions.

Grilled Salmon Skewers with Garlic and Dijon

There is nothing like salmon on the grill to kick off those summers BBQ’s. These take less than 30 minutes to make and you end up with such juicy, flaky, and flavorful salmon – everyone will be asking for seconds! What’s not to love?

If you’d like to give this world famous recipe a try, click here and I will be happy to take you over to Natasha’s Kitchen so you can print out the recipe.This is one of those delicious meals that will get you out of the kitchen (and back into your craft room where you belong) in no time! Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by; I always enjoy our creative time together! It’s show time for me and Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. The marathon of shows has begun and with 19 shows around the nation, the question is not what show you should attend, but rather how many shows you can attend! I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center and we’ll make something beautiful together. I do hope you will take a minute or two to visit the individual blogs I have shared today so you can see more details on these wonderful projects. Hugs to all who have shared the inspiration for today’s post.

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It’s time for today’s creative therapy session so sit back, relax, and enjoy a little me time – you deserve it.

Love You Mini Album by Karen Letchworth

You’ll often hear me say that mini albums are the instant gratification of scrapbooking. Don’t you just love it when you can complete an entire album in one sitting? They are the perfect gift for any occasion and who wouldn’t appreciate receiving a handmade mini album full of priceless memories? To create the actual book itself Karen used a small glassine bag that she folded over, covered with inked patterned papers and embellished with lots of ribbons that you can find over at Really Reasonable RibbonsClick here and I will take you over for a visit – they really have an amazing selection.  You can never have too much ribbon in your stash, right?  😉

With a little help from our creative friends Karen and Really Reasonable Ribbons, you, too, can put together an adorable mini album in no time. Kudos to you for keeping those memories alive one page at a time. Happy scrapping, my friends!

Dandelions In The Wind By Tracy

I have a thing for dandelions; they just make me smile. We all have those fond childhood memories of blowing Dandelions into the air while making a wish. I love how Tracy incorporated that sweet memory into the theme of her card. Who wouldn’t be smiling from ear to ear after finding this handmade treasure in their mailbox?

For all you dandelion fans, here are a few pieces of trivia for you. Did you know that there are 250 different species of dandelion? There are many folklore superstitions that have been attached to dandelions over the years.  In addition to granting wishes, many people believe that dandelion seeds will carry your thoughts and dreams to loved ones when you blow them into the air. I love the fuzzy behind that possibility, I hope you’ve been inspired to send a few wishes to someone you love today. Hugs to all!

Lunch Sack Card Pouches By Becky Roberts

I love how Becky transformed a plain brown paper bag into an adorable gift card holder. This is one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments. Think about it, if you sew up a bunch of these at one time you’ll have them all ready whenever you need a gift card holder. All you have to do is add a few embellishments and a sentiment and you are good to go. Big hugs to Becky for sharing the inspiration.

As you can see by Becky’s adorable card, paper bags are the perfect base for a gift card holder. With a few simple straight stitches, you have a perfect pocket to hold a gift card or two. It’s a real bonus that the kraft colored lunch sacks are so inexpensive and easy to find. You can even pick them up on your next trip to the grocery store. Have fun with this project; the possibilities are endless.

Pork Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork) by Dinner At The Zoo

One of my favorite things to order at a Mexican restaurant is the Pork Carnitas. Now, thanks to Sara’s blog Dinner At The Zoo you, too, can have this restaurant quality meal in the comforts of your own home. It does take a good three hours to cook but it is so well worth the effort. Click here and I will be happy to take you over so you can print out the recipe.

Still hungry? I highly recommend following Dinner at the Zoo for more great recipe ideas, you and your family will be glad you discovered this amazing food blog! Kudos to Sara for taking the guesswork out of making the Perfect Pork Carnitas.

Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy our creative time together. It’s show time for me and the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. The marathon of shows has begun and with 19 shows around the nation, the question is not what show you should attend, but rather how many shows youCAN attend! I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center. Hugs to all!

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I recently returned home from our  Anaheim, CA show, three days of non-stop make & takes with some of the most talented paper crafters on earth – it was a sure fire way to get those creative juices flowing. I hope you enjoy today’s creative therapy, so sit back, relax and enjoy a little me time, you deserve it!

Vintage Mini Album By Tati Scrap

I instantly fell in love with this adorable shabby chic mini album that Tati has designed using Graphic 45’s new Vintage Hollywood Collection. Mini albums are the instant gratification of scrapbooking and with a little help from Graphic 45 and their amazing designers you, too, can complete an entire mini album in no time. How creative to add those interactive flaps and folds, they really add a touch of whimsy and delight to your albums.

The gift of memories is priceless, so why not create an album to give as a gift at the next baby shower, birthday or any special occasion? Click here and I will lead the way over the Graphic 45’s blog as Tati shares some great tips to creating your own stunning vintage inspired mini album.

I Adore You By Barbara Anders

With handmade shaker cards being all the rage right now, I thought you might be inspired by this adorable card designed by Barbara Anders. There is something about all those shiny sequins and beads shaking around that adds such a sparkly, festive feel. Barbara cut her shaker window with Die-namics LJD Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows, which as you can see creates the perfect window for a shaker element and/or frame. If you’re thinking the same thing I’m thinking (this is one of those need it in your life dies), then  click here and I’ll take you over to the site so you can order your own.

 

With a little help from our friend Barbara and a few simple supplies, you too can create these fun & festive shaker elements. Click here & I’ll take you over to the Paper Pursuits blog and you can follow along as Barbara shares just how easily this sweet card came together.

DIY Twine Dispenser By Angie Chavez

You know how I feel about glass jars, big or small I love them all. If you are a twine-lover too, this project is for you! They are a great way to store our ever growing stash of craft supplies while also helping to reduce the amount of trash that goes into our landfills. I will admit that I”m a bit of a twine junkie, we have bakers twine, cotton twine, hemp twine etc., all of which are great for adding texture and visual interest to our paper crafting projects.

Thanks to Angie you too can have your craft supplies organized and looking good. Click here and I will escort you over to her blog Knick Of Time where you can print out some of her free antique graphics to decorate your jars. A well-organized craft room makes crafting so much more enjoyable.

Waterslide Paper Technique By Dreams Factory

Spring is in the air and I was thinking it might be a good time to do a little spring cleaning/organizing in our craft rooms. How adorable are these shabby chic containers? I already have a chalk pen in hand – ready to label the contents! 🙂  Have you had the opportunity to play with Waterslide decals also known as slip decals? As you can see they make the perfect embellishment for just about any project. Until recently, water slide decals were professionally printed and only available in supplied designs, but with the advent of printable decal paper for color inkjet and or laser printers and a little help from our crafty friends over at Dreams Factory, we can create our own waterslide decals.

 

I hope you’ve been inspired to give this fun technique a try. Now that I have your attention ;-), click here and I will lead the way over to the Dreams Factory Blog where Diana shares all you need to know about Waterslide Decal Paper Transfers. Happy organizing my crafty friends.

Sheet Pan Cheesy Hasselback Ham, Potatoes and Asparagus

Move aside winter, spring is here and what tastes more like spring than ham and asparagus? This sheet pan recipe uses one pan and gets the whole feast on the table in a little over an hour.

I highly recommend stopping by the tbsp. blog anytime you need to kick things up a bit in the kitchen. If you’re a visual person, they even have a little 1-minute video sharing how easy this recipe is to prepare. Bon appetit my hungry friends!

Thanks for stopping by and I’d love to see you at an upcoming Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center! Hugs to all!

 

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Exploding Box Mini Album

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I recently taught a class in Prague and together we made exploding box mini albums! I filmed the process so you can make one, too!

This kind of album is so fun to open and flip through – all of the interactive elements, pockets, and dimension work together to make it a box of joy!
Since there is so much space you can really add on and layer the embellishments more than usual to make it chunky – I love all the lumps and bumps! 🙂
I made my album about things I love using mostly 2″ square Instagram photos.
Everything you see (except small things like staples, baker’s twine, and the journaling pen) are from my Oh My Heart collection with Pink Paislee.
I had a few extra photos so I made a pocket to store them.
Best of all, it came together FAST!
Here is the start-to-finish tutorial showing exactly how you make one of these!


I would looooooove to see if you make one; add your link in the comments below!

Latest & Greatest: Cool Tools with We R Memory Keepers


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

Our next show is in Grapevine, Texas on March 31st – April 1st! Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with one from our Cool Tools workshop: We R Memory KeepersTab Punch Board.

We R Memory Keepers is the one of my go-to companies for craft tools (along with their other amazing products) and the Tab Punch Board is no exception. It is easy to use and perfect for so many types of projects. You can learn more about it HERE.

I used my Tab Punch Board to create this mini album:


First, I started with the Tab Punch board and some white cardstock.


I wanted the my mini album to be 4 x 6″ (excluding the tabs) so I cut each piece of cardstock to 6 x 9 1/2″ and scored each panel in the center.


I placed the Tab Alignment Bar in the Side Tabs position and punched the corner of my cardstock panel.

I then removed the Tab Alignment Bar, flipped the cardstock panel over, lined up the punched tab with the tab size I was creating (medium), and punched the other end.


I placed the cardstock under the Cutting Track and trimmed off the excess cardstock with the Cutter to create my tab.


To create my center tabs, I lined up the edge of the cardstock in the 6″ medium tab position (the length of my page and the size of my tab) and punched the cardstock. I flipped the paper over and repeated this step for the other side.


Then, I trimmed off the excess with the Cutter and Cutting Track.

I created two panels with side tabs on both ends that were diagonal from each other and one panel with center tabs on both sides.


I layered the panels together and punched holes along the scored lines with my Crop-A-Dile.


Then I decorated my mini album. I chose papers and stickers from Bella Blvd‘s Addison and Alex collections, a chipboard sentiment from Pink Paislee‘s Take Me Away Wild Heart Thickers pack, and some ribbon to bind it all together.


And here is a tip for decorating your tabs: I used border stickers cut into smaller strips, attached them to the tabs, then used the punch on the Tab Punch Board to trim off the excess sticker. So quick and easy!


This Cool Tools workshop featuring We R Memory Keeper’s Tab Punch Board will also be taught at our shows in Anaheim CA, Milwaukee WI, Orlando FL, and Puyallup WA. We hope you can come join us at one of these shows. We would love to see you there!

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

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Saturdays With LeAnn

All Is Calm All Is Bright

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Welcome back, my dear friends.  I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and spent some quality time with your family and friends!  This time of year is such a great time to focus on our blessings and our relationships with those we love. I am truly grateful for each one of you and feel so blessed to spend part of my Saturdays with you.  I hope to inspire you today with more fun projects from outstanding designers.  So sit back and enjoy!

December Daily Album

It is no secret that I love to make little mini books full of pictures and memories.  This little mini album will be extra special to make; it is all about your fun day-to-day memories made in the month of December.  This is a great way to put in some of the fun activities you want to do with your family.  December is such a busy month, so prepare your album now and have it ready to go for December.  As you do your daily activities, jot down the memories and activities of that day.  Just think when December is over – all you have to do is add your photos and you instantly have a completed mini album!

December Daily Album

You can make all kinds of secret flaps and fun pockets and the best part is that there are no rules. Creating mini albums it is also a great way to try out ideas that you might use down the road in your scrapbook page layouts.  Creating is even more magical when you savor every moment and memory of an outstanding holiday.  Let me take you over to Time to Create where you can follow a video created by Alicia McNamara.  She will show you how she created her darling December Daily Album.  A big shout out to Alicia for her inspiration and her fun idea for the month of December!

All Is Calm All Is Bright

Die cutting is a wonderful element to add to your paper crafting  The creative possibilities are endless.  Using die cuts will give you the little extras to expand your creativity.  Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Christmas doesn’t always have to be done in the traditional colors of red and green. Try something a bit different in your cards this year!

 

All Is Calm All Is Bright

Melissa Phillips shares a video that shows you another fun way of using die cuts. You won’t want to miss out on all of the great tips used in this video.  Come with me and I will take you over to Lilybean Paperie. You will also find so many more of her wonderful projects.  Take a few minutes and look around her blog, I promise you will be very inspired by Melissa’s talent.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

This whimsical card will really put you in the mood to start creating your Christmas cards.  Don’t you just love these vibrant, fun colors?  The different shades of green and aqua, along with the pop up snowflakes, really put a smile on my face. You can create such amazing backgrounds just using stamps and distress inks.

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

This fun card is sure to brighten anyone’s day.  This is surely one of those cards that will be fun to receive at Christmas time – there is nothing like a handmade treasure.  Are you ready to get started?  Click here and I will take you on over to Double Stick Heaven where you will find a full list of supplies used on this card. Thank you, Laura Bassen, for truly being an inspiration to all of us crafters.  Don’t forget to look at more of Laura’s fabulous creations while you are visiting her blog.

Advent Calendar Shadowbox

Can you believe it is almost Christmas?  Time to start thinking about Christmas crafts!  This is a fun Advent Calendar to count your days down ’till Christmas.  Your children or grandchildren will have a blast peeking inside each little individual drawer to see what prize is awaiting them!  Last year I decided to take a twist on my advent calendar and have a count down of 25 acts of kindness so we could serve others.  My grandchildren got a kick out of this; they could hardly wait each day to find out what we were doing to put a smile on someone’s face.  It was so much fun and a great way to teach them how to serve others.

Advent Calendar Shadowbox

This adorable advent calendar is a bit detailed so you may want to get started on it right away!  Let me take you on over to Scraps Of Life where you will see how Gloria Stengel created her darling shadow box.  She will give you some step-by-step instructions to make your project come together a bit easier.   Be sure to pull out some of your extra Christmas embellishments and just have fun creating!

Gingerbread Roll Cake

If you have never made a roll cake, it is time to change that! You should not be afraid, just follow a few simple steps and in no time you will have the most beautiful swirl cake.  I have to mention that these are surprisingly easy to make.

Gingerbread Roll Cake

This moist gingerbread roll cake filled with spice creamy filling is a delicious traditional Christmas gingerbread cake, and your family will love it!  Having a family Christmas party?  This will be the treat everyone will go for.  For those who don’t love gingerbread, then make a pumpkin roll, or even a vanilla roll cake.  These are the perfect dessert for Christmas parties! One bite and you will understand why.  Let me escort you over to A Treats Affair where you will get all the recipes from Roxana.  You will be way ahead of the game for the hollidays!

I hope you have enjoyed today’s post and have been inspired to give these lovely projects a try.  I know you will have fun creating them.  Thank you again for sharing some of your weekend with me; as always I look forward to having you return next Saturday.  Have a fabulous week!

~LeAnn~

 

 

Sundays With Lorraine

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Hello and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I’m hoping today finds you all enjoying a carefree summer day.  I’m honored to have the opportunity to share the following projects with you, so sit back, relax, and enjoy – it’s time to partake in a little creative therapy!

Revisiting Punches With Missy

It’s time to dust off those punches that we haven’t used in a while and create a fun layout. I know we all love our die-cut machines, but we still have all those fun punches that we have collected. We’ve all done those over-the-top over $20 layouts, but it’s so refreshing to create a layout this adorable for next to no money at all; it”s a beautiful thing.

Revisiting Punches With Missy

What a great way to use up our treasured scraps, right? Between the priceless photo and the handwritten journaling against the coordinating background, this layout has it all. It automatically puts a smile on your face; what’s not to love?

Hello Card By Tracey McNeely

I instantly fell in love with this sweet card that I discovered on the blog In My Creative Opinion. I think it was the gorgeous summer palette that first drew me in and I knew I had to share the inspiration. Upon further inspection, I noticed that Tracey heat embossed in white onto watercolore paper and colored the beautiful flowers using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  Heat embossing images before water coloring is one of my favorite techniques. The embossed edges of the stamp resist any watercolor so it makes it super easy to paint quickly.

Hello Card

I loved the look so much that I purchased a set of the Zig Markers at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo last weekend in Duluth, GA and I can’t wait to play with them. If you are as inspired by Tracey’s coloring with the Zig markers as I am, I also saw them on Simon Says Blog. They also have that MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die set that Tracey used to create that oh-so-cute hand stitched look. Click here and I’ll take you over. Don’t you love it when a card this cute comes together so quickly?

Beautiful Beginnings By Kristina Werner

I am so excited to share yet another amazing card using the same technique of heat embossing in white and using the Zig Markers to color your images. The bright vibrant colors perfectly blended create the illusion that you actually hand painted this piece of art. What’s not to love?

Beautiful Beginnings By K Werner

I know there are wants and there are needs when it comes to purchasing our craft supplies, but I’m thinking these Zig Markers are one of those needs! Just in case you missed the link in the previous post, you can find these markers on the Simon Says Stamp website. Click here and I will be happy to take you over so you can purchase your own set. Or if you happen to be near one of our shows, we’d love to have you stop by. click here and I’ll take you over so you can check out our many locations.

Vintage Style Camera With Mini Album By Kirsten Hyde

Talk about being creative, I instantly fell in love with this vintage style camera that houses an adorable mini album. Talk about thinking outside the box!  Would you believe that the vintage camera and the mini-album were both made totally from scratch? The camera opens at the top and reveals the mini-album – so clever!

Mini Album

I’d like to send out a huge note of thanks to Kirsten for sharing this amazing project with us. You can click here and I will be honored to take you over to her blog My Craft And Garden Tales where she shares how to create your own vintage camera and album. This is one post you definitely don’t want to miss; not only does Kirsten share step-by-step instructions but she also has tons of photos along with a video tutorial. Have fun with this one, my crafty friends!

The Slipway Crab Roll

If you’re a crab lover like me you’re going to love this quick and easy Crab Roll/sandwich. As stated on the Bon Appetit Blog  “The whole point of a crab roll is the crab—get the best you can find, and don’t mess with it too much” .

The Slipway Crab Roll

You’re just a few simple ingredients away from a really tasty summer treat. How perfect would this be served to your peeps at the next scrapbook day? Click here and I will take you over to the Bon Appetit Blog where you are sure to find some delicious recipes.

Thanks for stopping by; have a great week and I look forward to seeing you back next Sunday. I’m off to the next Stamp & Scrapbook Expo and hope to see you there!