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

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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!

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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!

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Caylee Grey

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Welcome to another edition of the Designer Spotlight! Caylee Grey is the artist I am featuring today and I am sure you are going to love her style and lovely mini albums!

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Name: Caylee Grey
Location: Germany
Blog: cayleegrey.com
Instagram: @cayleegrey
Facebook: Caylee Grey

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I’m a South African living in Germany as a full time artist and online teacher. I’m here with my husband and tiny pooch. In 2013 it was literally illegal for me to work in Germany and so I spent my time recording our adventures and travels and I fell in love with the process. In 2014 I discovered art journaling and it really leveled up my creativity and process.

Favorite thing to create: Mini books and art journals

What do you love about this hobby? My absolute favourite thing is the results of documenting memories. Not only do I have a library of memories to look back on, but I am actively searching for adventure so that I can document it. Instead of staying home and watching Netflix, I think of how I can explore a town close by and document it.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. It’s practically impossible for me to cook something without garlic in.
2. I am terrible at clothing, and wish we could be like cartoons and have one outfit every day.
3. My personal style would probably be called “granny chic.”
4. I spend half my time in the forest in our backyard with a Moleskine and my dog.
5. I love singing along to songs, but am terrible at listening to lyrics so I just make up my own.

Here is the lovely mini album Caylee made for her spotlight:

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WEDDING by Caylee Grey

It wasn’t intentional, but I’ve created a mini book for each wedding anniversary. I don’t think I will ever tire of my wedding photos. They still bring back such strong memories and make me feel all warm inside. 

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ARTIST by Caylee Grey

A recent art journal spread in a handmade mini book. It’s about how difficult it is calling myself an artist and how it feels like a four letter word. I create art. I am an artist.

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BLOOM by Caylee Grey

A hybrid mini I made to document my love for German spring and all the new flowers I am being exposed to. The cover has some watercolour over it and some lace. http://cayleegrey.com/portfolio/bloom/

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CHARLOTTE by Caylee Grey

After building a collection of those too-cute 4×4 inch albums, I finally made a baby book for a dear friend and her sweet baby.  http://cayleegrey.com/portfolio/charlotte/

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PARIS TRAVELOGUE by Caylee Grey

A handbound mini that I took along with me on a weekend to Paris. Made with only found materials, pen and paint, and paper ephemera. http://cayleegrey.com/portfolio/paris-travelogue/

How lovely are all of Caylee’s albums?! Check out her blog and other sites to see more of her incredible work!

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Zsoka Marko

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Today’s spotlight is on Zsoka Marko, another talented scrapbooker I’ve had the pleasure to meet whose work inspires me!

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Name: Zsoka Marko
Location: Neu-Isenburg, Germany
Blog: apocketfullofscrap.blogspot.com
Instagram: @zsokamarko
Pinterest: @ZsokaMarko6

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I’m Hungarian but I’ve been living in Germany for over 11 years. I live with my Dutch boyfriend and our 7-year-old son in the old center of Neu-Isenburg, a small town next to Frankfurt. I’ve been crafting all my life! As a kindergarten kid I was very good at drawing so I did all sorts of competitions. As I got older I lost interest in it… I wanted to study arts but my parents said one could not make a living with it and that art was just a hobby, so I focused on languages instead. Crafting really came back after I finished my first degree and started working. I did everything from silk/glass/porcelain painting to mosaics and anything in between. I quit mosaics when my son was born because I was not able to cut glass safely in our small place without worrying that he would crawl into glass splinters.( I still want to get back to this but I need a craft room first!) Then came cookie and cake decorating… I loved it so much! But then I faced health issues and lost my mojo. After my surgery in early 2015 I needed something to keep my mind off of the constant pain. I always wanted to try scrapbooking so it felt like the right time to start! I was at home for a long time so I had all the time in the world! As opposed to baking, I could do just half an hour and if I had no strength for more, I could stop then and continue a day or a week later if need be! I very quickly got addicted and I do hope this craft will stay with me for good! I am honored to be a DT member at Scrapbook Werkstatt, The Cut Shoppe, and Scrap Our Stash. I was also lucky enough to guest design for Pink Paislee and Shimelle; the proudest moments of my life, I think!

Favorite thing to create: I mostly create 12 x 12″ layouts and the occasional mini album. Lately I also started making cards when I want a bit of change.

What do you love about this hobby? Hard to tell! The art, the beautiful designs… and of course the main reason I started was to document my son’s life. I don’t have many photos from my childhood and I really wish I did.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I am a series junkie. There. I said it. I always have a tab open on my desk while scrapping!
2. Since I started scrapbooking I can count on one hand how many pairs of shoes I bought (or clothes for that matter). And I used to be known to wear different shoes every day!
3. I’m addicted to sweets, especially Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream. Unfortunately you can tell.
4. I never use make-up, only mascara. I don’t even know how to apply it!
5. I passionately hate cooking. I have no idea where this came from because I used to like it and also in my family every body cooks well. Thank God my boyfriend loves to cook! When he is away for work, though, we live on toast. Bad mom!

Here is the special mini album Zsoka made for her spotlight:

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MINI ALBUM by Zsoka Marko

I decided to make a mini album because I just received a lot of the Pink Paislee Fancy Free collection and I wanted to use everything right away! I am very bad at making decisions, so selecting only a few items for one layout?! Just no. 🙂 We had recently gone for a day trip and I thought this would be a nice way to document it. This is actually the first mini album I made for us, so far I have only made them for family and friends. Last year I watched Ashley Horton’s class “Mini Made Easy” at Big Picture Classes and I found it so inspiring I made my first mini. Ever since I use the same technique: extra cardstock between the two layers of patterned papers and stitched all around – because I want my albums to stand the test of time. Don’t get me wrong, I like the look of those messy tag minis, but I feel these are more sturdy, especially when little fingers flip through them a lot! I also incorporated a lot of cut files from various shops, The Cut Shoppe, Just Nick, some freebies from Nicole Nowosad for Scrapbook and Cards, and also from the Silhouette store. Then I added a whole lot of embellishments, ephemera, buttons, tags, wood veneer, puffy stickers, and chipboards, mainly from the Fancy Free line and the odd stuff from my stash. I also hand stitched one page because lately I do that a lot again. I had a phase last year where I did a lot of hand stitching. I really enjoy working on minis; this was definitely not my last!

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DIRTY LITTLE FINGERS by Zsoka Marko

This is one of my most fave layouts ever. You know when you don’t actually plan something, it just happens? This was that case. I was playing with my new stamps, white embossing powder, and watercolor, and once I fussy cut the leaves I just put them down in a circular shape. I loved them and I thought they would look neat on a layout! I love, love, love the colors in this.

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LEEUWARDERN by Zsoka Marko

This was a recent DT layout for my chipboard team, I Kropka. I really love their products! While I do a lot of different style pages, this is one that I do most, cut files, circles, and patterned paper! And blue. I learned to like boyish colors because there’s man power at home and we need to compromise. I do sneak pink in, too, now, as long as my son is not a teenager I guess I’m allowed to, lol!

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BEST SMILE by Zsoka Marko

This was also a recent DT layout, with the June kit at Scrapbook Werkstatt. Again, it shows my love of circles, patterned paper, and cut files. This kit was very fresh and summery so all my layouts turned out to be very white! I generally go for patterned papers for backgrounds so it was a bit unusual to use so much white. Out of the six layouts I made with this kit, this has the most color in the background.

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HAPPY FAMILY by Zsoka Marko

This photo was taken on my birthday; we went to Strasbourg for the day (that is what my mini album is about!) and my present was a clothes shopping spree! Yes clothes, not scrap supplies, lol!  I really was in need of those! Anyway, this layout was just for fun, using strips of papers. Gosh, I really seem to love my circles! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Be sure to visit Zsoka’s fantastic sites to see more of her incredible and colorful work!