How to use a GIANT Circle Punch

How to use a giant circle punch by @jbckadams for @stampandscrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #papercrafting #SSBE2017 #ssbe #ScrapbookExpo

Hello Stamp & Scrapbook friends and fans, Becki here to share a layout with you that I created with a fun punched circle technique. Recently I ordered a HUGE circle punch. How to use a giant circle punch by @jbckadams for @stampandscrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #papercrafting #SSBE2017 #ssbe #ScrapbookExpoThis punch is gigantic and SO much fun to play with. It punches 3 1/2 inch circles. To create this layout I used the Summer Dreams collection from Echo Park Paper. The memory I wanted to document using this collection and this technique is a memory about taking my nieces to get snow cones on a hot summer afternoon while they were visiting us. I thought this color palette/theme was perfect for this project.While I used white cardstock for my background there is still a LOT of patterned paper on this layout. I chose several pieces of patterned paper and punched a few circles. (This technique can be done with any size of punched, die cut, or hand cut circles.) To create this row of dimensional circles, I scored and folded the circles at the top and bottom of the circle. Then, I adhered them along the left side of the layout. My favorite thing about this technique is that you can see both sides of the patterned papers. The photo is adhered to the left of the circles. I added the title below the photo and journaling above the photo. To continue with the circle theme of the layout, I added a few sticker embellishments and ink droplets.How to use a giant circle punch by @jbckadams for @stampandscrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #papercrafting #SSBE2017 #ssbe #ScrapbookExpoDo you incorporate circles into your paper crafting projects? I’d love to see what you’re creating and what techniques you use for adding circles into your designs.

Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you here again next Thursday! Have a great week.

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Never Give Up

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There is a story behind this layout!

Like I mentioned a couple weeks ago, when we go on road trips I like to take stitching projects with me – I don’t get carsick so it’s a great way to pass the time between points A and B! Last July I taught a class in The Netherlands which involved a 14 hour drive there and back so I brought along this floral design to stitch. Once I finished, I just wasn’t in LOVE with it! I can’t explain. So I tried to fall in love with it and used colored pencils to fill in the flowers. Still, nothing. At that point I put it in my big box of “flea market” items to bring to classes and tried to sell it. I think I brought it to 6 or 7 classes and no one purchased it. (That’s okay, I was probably asking too much, haha!)

I decided to give the layout one more chance instead of tossing it. I used acrylic paint inside the flowers and instantly the layout looked 1000% better. The colors really popped! At the same time, I was working on a separate project involving printing and die cutting lots and lots of flowers. I had a few minutes to spare one morning and put a few die cut flowers on the stitched flower centers and the rest of the layout came together really quickly. Almost a whole year later!

Moral of the story: don’t give up on layouts! Sometimes they may take days or even months to finish, but in the end, it’s worth it and memories are being preserved and recorded!

Now I’m glad no one bought this stitched background. 🙂 I’m happy with the way it turned out!!

How to Use the Fringe and Score Board

How to Use the Fringe and Score Board by Becki Adams for @scrapbookexpo #SSBE17 #scrapbooking #papercrafting #WeRMemorykeepers

Hey everybody welcome to another edition of Inspiration Station with Becki Adams. Today I have a unique technique to share with you using the Fringe and Score board from We R Memory Keepers. This fun tool makes this paper weaving technique a breeze. With this tool, you can score or cut 4 lines with one swipe of the blade. How cool is that? To create the woven background on this layout, I simply cut slits into the teal patterned paper with the Fringe and Score board. Then I used the Fringe and Score board to cut strips of 1/2″ patterned paper. The weaving technique is easy. You simply weave patterned paper in and out of the base strips. This technique is so fun! I remember doing this technique in grade school with strips of construction paper. Now, I have a fun tool to play with so I can use the same technique in my paper crafting and scrapbooking projects. The patterned paper and embellishments on this layout are from the Little By Little collection from Shimelle and American Crafts. Because this is a layout about my son and his grade school field trip, I thought the bright colors and fun paper weaving technique worked perfectly on this project. While the bold woven background is the main embellishment focus on this layout, I wanted to spread color in across the layout to the bottom right corner. I was able to add a few sprinkles of color with some confetti. I used the confetti punch from We R Memory Keepers to punch a few sprinkles of confetti from scraps of patterned paper laying on my desk. Using a strong liquid adhesive is important when adhering confetti. I love how having a few tools on my desk can make creating scrapbooking layouts so fun. This technique is so easy, I hope you’ll try this paper weaving technique too. Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you again soon!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Hand Stitching

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Hand stitching is one of my favorite techniques and has been for a couple years now – I can’t stop, won’t stop hand stitching on my pages 🙂 I LOVE the texture it adds and how it helps define the edges of patterned papers. Here are four layouts I’ve made recently incorporating hand stitching!

GATHER MEMORIES by Paige Evans

I made this layout for the Spring 2017 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine featuring hand stitched flowers that I then filled in with watercoloring to help bring out the thread color.

4TH OF JULY by Paige Evans

This entire layout was inspired by a star die cut in the ephemera die cuts pack from the new Sweet Freedom collection by Pink Paislee. I enlarged the shape and created a focal element – and of course added hand stitching to each piece!

YOU ARE MY BRIGHT SIDE by Paige Evans

A little stitching can go a long way as seen on this layout – over strips of washi tape placed in a large “X” I added stitching to help define that border and create wedges for embellishing or leaving empty for contrast.

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE AND RAINBOWS by Paige Evans

On this layout I stitched color-on-color over the rainbow pieces and then hand stitched white-on-white around the cardstock clouds. I even added a bit of machine stitching to help keep the title in place permanently.

I hope you give hand stitching a try on your layouts – it’s always worth the extra effort!

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!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Half Circles

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One of my favorite techniques is to punch shapes from LOTS of patterned papers (the more patterns and colors on a layout I can use the better I say!) and then cut those shapes in half! Today I am featuring half circles!

WILD SMILE by Paige Evans

On this layout I punched 1″ circles from all three of my Pink Paislee collections (Fancy Free, Take Me Away, and Oh My Heart) and then cut them in half. I arranged the half circles into concentric rings on a pink paper background and sewed them in place.

1ST PASSPORT PHOTO OUTTAKES by Paige Evans

On this layout I created banners by punching 1″ circles, trimming them in half, and then arranging them into curved rows. To emphasize the banner effect, I sewed along the tops of each row and then bent up the half circles for dimension.

BRAND NEW by Paige Evans

I spent some time punching circles from a lot of different scrapbook collections, cut them in half, and then layered them to create a sort of floral effect!

KERRY PARK by Paige Evans

Similar to the first layout shown in this post, I created concentric circles from lots of half circles and sewed them down so they’ll stay put forever and ever. 🙂

VENICE CANALS by Paige Evans

Here I used a similar technique but used a square instead of a circle and then arranged them into rings around a central photo. I love stitching the small papers in place and then bending up the papers to create dimension!

I hope you are inspired to try this easy and fun technique. Once you start, you won’t want to stop!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Hexagons

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Hexagons are such a great and versatile shape that can be used for pretty much any subject and theme!

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JANEY GIRL IN A BOX by Paige Evans

On this layout I used a hexagon punch to make a whole bunch of hexagons and then lined them up at an angle. I even punched my small photos into hexagons!

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SAY CHEESE by Paige Evans

I used the same hexagon punch on this layout as above – the punch comes with two sizes of hexagons so I had fun layering the papers together with dimensional adhesive to create a little “pop!”

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TOMMY BAHAMA BABIES by Paige Evans

Hexagons remind me of beach umbrellas so it was the perfect shape for a layout about chillin’ at the beach!

Have you tried hexagons on a layout? I’d love to see the results! See you again next week!

Paige