Tip of the Day: Creating Photo Templates from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo


Lorraine from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shows us how to create our own templates for cutting photos and papers into the exact size we need. By using these clear templates, we can easily see where to cut and get the image that we want to scrap. Lorraine also shares a great tip for working with the templates, so enjoy watching her demonstrate a no-stress approach to making cuts in the size you need.

You can find Lorraine in the Creativity Center at Stamp & Scrapbook Expos helping scrappers learn new techniques and nurture their own creativity. She’d love you to stop by and say hello, grab a seat, and create a project with her! Visit scrapbookexpo.com to find an Expo near you.
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Tip of the Day: Instax Album Made Easy from Becky Higgins


Who doesn’t love the instant gratification of those darling Instax photos?  Kari Holt with Becky Higgins shows how to put together a beautiful album with your Instax photos. These albums come together about as quickly as you get your photos! Fast, darling, and so much fun!

You will love these Instax products as much as the other fabulous Project Life lines, so check them all out at beckyhiggins.com. We’d like to thank Kari for sharing this very adorable album!

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Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Olya Schmidt


Hello and welcome to this week’s Designer Spotlight! Today I’m featuring the vivacious and talented Olya Schmidt!


Name: Olya Schmidt
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Blog: Olya Schmidt
Instagram: @paintpaperstudio
YouTube: Olya Schmidt
Facbook: Pisces Creativity
Pinterest: @olyaschmidt
Twitter: @piscesolya

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: Hi there, I’m Olya, watercolour artist by day, scrapbooker by night. I live in the beautiful Vancouver, BC with my husband Karl and our bunny Daisy. I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. It was my favorite way to play and I could entertain myself for hours on end as a child. The first time I heard of “urban” sketching, where people draw and sketch live on location, was in early 2012. I was feeling inspired after seeing gorgeous photos of artists’ sketchbooks around the world and decided to try it out myself. I haven’t stopped sketching since.

Favorite thing to create: Hmm, that’s a tough choice… I’d say between scrapbooks and illustrations, it’ll probably have to be travel sketchbooks because I can combine both urban sketching and memory keeping in one place.

What do you love about this hobby? I love that I get to play with pretty paper, paints, and embellishments while preserving memories and creating keepsakes for the future. I also love this amazing crafty community and all the wonderful and inspiring people I’ve had a pleasure of meeting, both online and in real life.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I have a total of 8 pairs of shoes (that includes gumboots and runners) yet a full room of scrapbooking supplies and stationery.
2. My coffee/milk ratio is always 50/50.
3. I cry at 98% of all the movies I go to see. That includes the preview trailers and the movies I’ve seen more than once. I’ve learned to always pack mascara, a bottle of water, and Advil for post-movie recovery.
4. When I was in high school I used to work full time as a deli clerk (grade 11 through college) so I could support myself and my mom. I didn’t mind one bit and would do it again in a heartbeat.
5. I still watch my favourite childhood cartoon show from the early ’90s called “Chip ‘n Dale, the Rescue Rangers” semi-daily and love it (almost) as much as I did when I was little.

Here is the super cute’n’clever project Olya made for her spotlight:



Since many people know me for watercolors and my mad love for bunnies, I decided to combine my two signatures styles and create a little watercolor sketch of the Scrapbook Expo logo, painted by a bunny 🙂

Here are a few more of Olya’s favorite projects to share with you today:



The simplicity and color use of the Project Life pages is something that came to me slowly and with time, but once I found my story-telling style and the rhythm, I was forever hooked on this memory-keeping process.


ART JOURNAL by Olya Schmidt

I first heard of and tried art journaling in 2011. Soon I was hooked and within a year I filled a big notebook, busting at the seams. Five years later I’m on my 3rd art journal, enjoying that creative outlet more than ever.



The sketch I did of downtown Denver is one of my favorites to date. I can still recall the street sounds, warm temperature, and friendly atmosphere of that day. I find that a sketch can bring back so many more memories and details than a quick photograph I took.



At the beginning of this year I set out to document 2016 one illustration a day. 100+ days in, I’m still going strong and loving this project. (instagram.com/illustratedproject)

Thank you so much for joining us today Olya – keep up the amazing work!

Saturdays With LeAnn

Coconut Macaroon Tart


Welcome back!  I hope you have had a fabulous week!  I have collected another batch of lovely projects for your crafting inspiration, and I hope you will find plenty of time this weekend to enjoy being creative.

Moments Like These By Azzari Jarrett

I have shared several different types of pocket pages over the last few months.  Today I want to share how to create some of your own pocket cards using some of your favorite stamps, rub-ons and embellishments. Head on over to your scrapbook supplies, dig deep, and pull out some of those treasured supplies you have been waiting to use.  This is the project where your products will come in very handy, and you will have a lot of fun working them into your pocket pages.

Moments Like These

Moments Like These

For you new mommies out there, this is a great way to create your baby album.  You will be able to add your favorite photos, document favorite memories of your child, and add in your journaling.  Pictures tell most of the story but adding cards that complement the photos will complete a darling baby book for your children.  A big thank you goes out to Azzari Jarrett for sharing her beautiful pocket pages with us.

Thanks By Amy Rysavy

Are you looking for a new technique?  Today I would like to introduce you to Amy Rysavy, who will share how she created this beautiful masterpiece.  I just love the vibrant colors, don’t you?  This sure makes me ready for summer!


Amy created this darling card using Ranger Distress Crayons, Mixables Plates, and Embossing Paste  I am sure you are eager to try this new technique so click here and I will take you over to Amy’s video where you will be able to follow her step-by-step instructions. I am sure this will be one of those techniques you will use over and over again.  Be sure to stop by Prairie Paper & Ink where you will find many more of Amy’s inspirational projects.

Rain Or Shine By Amy Sheffer

April Showers bring May flowers!  This is a watercolored card you will definitely want to make on a rainy day!  The soft watercolors and heat embossing come together quickly, and you will just love the end results!  Watercolor is such a forgiving medium for backgrounds, especially one that is suppose to look wet and rainy! 🙂

Rain Or Shine

Cheer someone up on a rainy day by sending them this adorable card.  You will brighten their day and let them know just how much you care.  Please come with me over to Reverse Confetti Design where you will see how Amy Sheffer created her darling card, and find all the supplies you will need to create your own.

Do It Yourself Hanging Chalkboard By Ashley Turner

Chalkboards are such a fun way to decorate, plus you can infuse a little inspiration to everyone who reads them.  Chalkboards are also a great way of having a to-do list for the family.

DIY Hanging Chalkboard

Chalkboards have been the craze for a few years and they have all sorts of creative uses in the home.  Using chalkboard paint, chalk ink markers, or just writing with regular chalk will get you started on your own projects. This hanging chalkboard is a perfect project if you are a beginner because the steps are very simple.  Come with me over to Shanty 2 Chic where you will find step-by-step instructions on how to create this fun hanging chalkboard.  Thank you, Ashley, for sharing this fun and simple project with us.

Coconut Macaroon Tart By Elizabeth LaBau

This beautiful tart looks like spring itself!  This will become one of your favorite desserts!  It is crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and makes a wonderful dessert choice for anyone gluten free.

Coconut Macaroon Tart

This gorgeous looking tart will definitely make your mouth water and I’m sure you are excited to try this one.  Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and what a great treat to make for your special mother!  Click here and I will take you over to Sugar Hero blog; Elizabeth will give you the recipe and instructions to get started on your beautiful tart.

Once again, thank you for stopping in. I hope you have felt some inspiration today and will be able to spend some great quality time doing the things you love to do.  Enjoy your week, and I will see you back next Saturday!

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Beshka Kueser


This week I’m excited to introduce you to talented pocket scrapper, Beshka Kueser!


Name: Beshka Kueser
Hesse, Germany
Blog: bckueser.com
Instagram: @bckueser
Pinterest: @bckueser

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: Hello there, I am Beshka – wife, mom, and maker of things. I currently live in Europe with my little fam and when we are not traveling or going to soccer practice, I am in my studio creating things! I have been making things ever since I can remember and I don’t see the desire to do so wavering any time soon. I spend most of my creative time creating pocket pages but also enjoy creating mini albums, playing with watercolors, and monoprinting.

What do you love about this hobby? The people – I love interacting with other like minded individuals who love making things as much as I do. The creative community is so very supportive and inspirational – I love that.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I am a pen + pencil addict. I have 3 large pouches, 2 pencil cups, and a pot (which should hold a plant but doesn’t) full. And I may or may not have (if the hubs is reading this) just ordered a few more over the weekend.
2. I have been using planners since the 9th grade (when I got my first one). My BFF used to make fun of me – more because I created legends for my planner than the planner itself. Today we laugh at how popular they have become – she now concedes that I knew what I was doing and that I was just ahead of my time.
3. I could eat Tex-Mex every single day and it may be the only reason I move back to the states. Eventually. 😀
4. I dream of owning a flower farm where I grow peonies or anemones. I have a black thumb and know very little about these flowers except that they are pretty – but I can dream.
5. And I don’t know if this is fun really, but I love everything that the tomato can be – salsa, ketchup, tomato sauce, marinara, etc – but I cannot stand tomatoes as themselves. Ick.

Here is the spread Beshka made for her spotlight:


Some weeks are not super exciting but they always have something worth documenting, even if that something is only something to you. Does that make sense? This wasn’t our most exciting week, although we were pretty stoked to get a Starbucks on base and I finally cleaned my office – two very noteworthy things if you ask me!


In Europe during January the days are often grey so I really love creating spreads with lots of color – helps brighten up my day.


Don’t let these cute kitties fool you, they are trouble! Of course we still adore them and so I created this little insert for my album, using a digital kit from One Little Bird, that documents their cuteness and reminds me that they are not always trouble.


The ‘I like pretty things’ statement is true! I also like to create pretty and colorful pages – I really enjoyed mixing colorful patterns on this spread.


This page makes me so happy because we went on an outing and for whatever reason my teen was not only totally willing to let me photograph her but she smiled anyway. It was a moment indeed!

Thank you for sharing your talent with us, Beshka!

Sundays With Lorraine

Sundays-with-LorraineHello and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I just returned home from the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Pleasanton, California and I’m happy to report that a fun time was had by all. Those California scrappers are amazing; they are so fun and full of inspiration. Throughout the show I had numerous requests for more information on Pocket Scrapbooking, so here we go. As if Pocket Scrapbooking wasn’t amazing in itself, Becky Higgins has taken simplicity to a whole new level with her Project Life App..

Lets start out with a little inspiration from the Becky Higgins digital creative team. This adorable layout features the Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Mini Kit, Digital Template Design U, and Big Shot Template 9. Scrapbooking on the go has never been this easy. “Ya gotta love it!”

Digital Layout by Aggie Aviso.

If the chalkboard look is your thing, check out this beautiful layout filled with great pics and lots of journaling all tied together with those trendy chalkboard accents. This layout features the Chalkboard Value Kit and Digital Template Design A.

Layout by Kelly Sill

I hope that you’ve been inspired to stop by the Becky Higgins Blog and let the Project Life Creative Team show you how easy it is to tell your story with words and your priceless photos.  Who said easy and fast can’t be amazing? Digital Pocket Scrapping is like the instant gratification of scrapbooking. Just think about it, the next time you are waiting at a medical or dental office you could be scrapping on your phone. I know  – “get out”!

Good Luck designed by Barbara Anders

With Saint Paddy’s Day right around the corner, I thought you would enjoy this sweet handmade shaker card designed by the very talented Barbara  Anders. Who wouldn’t feel lucky after receiving this sweet card in the mail? If you are like me and enjoy a good shaker card, click here and I will be happy to take you over to the My Favorite Things site so you can check out the two pages of shaker card components. I’m serious, they have everything from clear foam tape to a “holy cow” selection of sequin kits, glitter, micro-beads, and prills to fill your shaker card. Have fun shopping! 😉

Good Luck by Barbara Anders

I’d like to send out a virtual hug to Barbara for sharing her beautiful design with us. I highly recommend stopping by her blog Paper Pursuits anytime you’re in need of some serious inspiration. Keep up the good job of sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time.

Sorry You’re Under The Weather designed by Heather Hoffman

It looks like this post highlights the very popular shaker card trend. Shaker cards really have stood the test of time and have come a long way. One thing that always catches my eye about shaker cards is all the moving pieces inside. With companies like Pretty Pink Posh offering gorgeous selections of sequins mixes, prepackaged confetti, seed beads, etc., it’s almost impossible not to catch the fever! They are so showy!

Sorry You're Under The Weather designed by Heather Hoffman

This darling shaker card is sure to lift anyone’s spirits. Thank you, Heather, for sharing this adorable card with us today; you really are an inspiration to your fellow paper crafters. Now that you have fallen in love, click here and I will be honored to take you over to Pretty Pink Posh blog so you can jot down the supplies need to recreate your own fun shaker card.

Home Decor Letter Box By Clear Scraps

As many of you know, I have been traveling with Stamp & Scrapbook Expo for over 15 years and I still shop the floor like I have never been there before! So you can imagine what my stash of treasure is like. 😉 My biggest challenge is how to store everything! I want it to look nice, but at the same time it needs to be organized so I can find everything. I know many of you are also collectors, so I thought you would enjoy this adorable Letter Box which is perfect to hold those tools that you use all the time and want close at hand.

Letter Box by Clear Scraps

Thanks Connie and Clear Scraps, for sharing this great project. Click here and I will be happy to take you over to the Clear Scraps blog so you can check out the other clear boxes that can be used for so many different things like home decor, gift giving, and of course, to keep us organized. Each box comes un-assembled with step-by-step DIY instructions to create some beautiful pieces. Have fun!

Healthy Chicken Salad with Apples & Cranberries

This delicious salad reminds me of a classic Waldorf salad – only lighter – and with chicken. Who says we can’t have it all when watching our weight? For all you Weight Watcher fans, you’ll be happy to know that each serving is a mere four smart points.

Healthy Chicken Salad with Apples & Cranberries

I love Martha’s short cut, if you use left over chicken or purchase an already cooked rotisserie chicken at the market, you can have this delicious salad ready in about 15 minutes. Click here so I can take you over to Simple Nourished Living Blog so you can print out the recipe. This is one recipe that we can enjoy without guilt .

Thanks so much for stopping by—see you soon! If you happen to be in the Anaheim area on April 7th, 8th or 9th stop by the Expo so we can enjoy a free make and take together; I’ll meet you in the Creativity Center. Have a great week!

Saturdays With LeAnn

Vintage Tags


Welcome back, my dear friends!  I hope you all had a great week and a wonderful Valentine’s Day last Sunday!  Sit back and enjoy the projects that I have to share with you today – I hope they will get those creative minds of your going, and that you have some enjoyable crafting time this weekend.

Colorful Pocket Pages By Nancy Damiano

Pocket pages are a simple and stylish way to tell your story; this is a great solution for getting your photos off your phone and computer. Are you one that has a lot of pictures in boxes?  You can get those into an album in no time. This is a great way of completing your albums without spending hours on only one page.

Colorful Pocket Pages

There are so many different types of themed card inserts that will give you no more cutting, pasting, or even having to buy oodles of supplies. It is simple, fun, and then you are done!  This fun and colorful pocket page was designed by Nancy Damiano. Be sure to visit Nancy at the American Crafts Studio blog. It is inspiring to see how Nancy creates unique and fun pocket pages. Pocket scrapbooking provides endless possibilities! Don’t hesitate to try this fun technique; there are so many different varieties to create that you won’t want to leave your craft room! It is the instant gratification of scrapbooking!  I know you will be hooked once you try it.

Vintage Tags By Marta De 

Today I would love to share some beautiful tags created by Marta De. Tags can be used in a variety of ways and take a package from ordinary to something really beautiful and special. These lovely tags were made using wood embellishments and fabulous mediums to give the wood great color and texture.

Vintage Tags

Notice the beautiful layering, along with the wonderful texture created by using Sandstone Stone Effects on the wood clock. These beautiful tags are so versatile – use them on a package, a layout, a card, or even as an invitation to a party. They give such a beautiful and vintage flare. Click here and you will see a video tutorial to show you how to create your own.

Sincere Thanks By Yoonsun Hur

I hope you will be inspired today to send out one of your beautiful handmade creations in the form of a lovely card. They are so much fun to make and such a joy to receive.  It is a great way of letting a special person in your life know just how much you care.  Who wouldn’t love to receive such a fun surprise in the mail?

Sincere Thanks

This bright, whimsical card was created by Yoonsun Hur. The roses are from Clearly Besotted Merci Beaucoup set with some red and black ink splatters. What a cheerful card!  Yoonsun also used the Storybook 3 Dies to add some dimension.  Come with me over to Rejoicing Crafts where you will find how she created this fun card with all of the supplies you will need to get started.

Dresser With Fabric Inlay By Christy James

Do you have an old dresser hanging around that you don’t want to get rid of because it has been in the family for a long time? Today I want to share a fun way of keeping that dresser and changing it into something beautiful. Once you restore this piece of furniture you are going to have a great appreciation for it since it will no longer just be sitting in a storage area! If you love this project but don’t have a dresser, you can always pick one up very cheap at a garage sale or thrift store.

Dresser With Fabric Inlay

Your dresser with a fabric inlay can be so charming and add a special flare to your room. The fun part of this is that you can use any fabric of your choice, along with painting the dresser a custom color to match your décor. Can you just imagine what you would have paid for this at a furniture store?  Let me take you over to Confessions Of A Serial Do It Yourselfer where you will receive step-by-step instructions from Christy James.  You will love her blog and be inspired by the fabulous projects she shares with you!

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes By Alyssa

With spring just around the corner, these cupcakes just scream for warm weather. What a great treat for spring parties! These are the perfect individual desserts that will be sure to put a smile on your family and friends’ faces.

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

These yummy Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes are bursting with vanilla, fresh blueberries, and a hint of lemon. They are piled high with a delicious lemon buttercream frosting.  Don’t forget to add your sprinkles; it wouldn’t be a cupcake without them!  Let’s pop on over to The Recipe Critic to get your recipe and ingredients; this is a recipe you don’t want to miss out on! 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed today’s projects and that you have been inspired to begin your next one. I am looking forward to sharing some more fun things again with you next Saturday. Have a wonderful week!