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!

Saturdays With LeAnn

Oh Happy Day

Hello, my friends!  Welcome back to another inspirational day here on Weekly Scrapper.  I have been collecting some really fun projects to share with you today.  I hope you can find some time this weekend to create some of your own.  Thank you for sharing a part of your Saturday with me, and enjoy the inspiration!

Oh Happy Day By Mona Pendleton

If you love Mixed Media then you will love today’s inspiration.  I fell in love with the mixed media influenced background, the subtle textures, and the beautiful colors on this layout. They really complement this precious photo. What a gorgeous background that these different mediums created on such a lovely layout.  Mona gives a perfect example of how to include the artsy mixed media style without overpowering her precious photo.  This piece of art is all about texture, technique, and a whole lot of imagination.

Oh Happy Day

This layout was created using clear gesso, then allowing it to dry to create a lot of texture. Mona used texture paste along with the memory box Texture Chicken Wire Stencil. After the gesso was dry, Mona randomly applied various colors of paint to give it a watercolor look.  She created such a masterpiece!  Let me escort you over to  Poppy Stamps blog where Mona will give you a tutorial on how she created her layout.  Be sure to visit the  Cupcake’s Creations blog where you will be over-the-top inspired by Mona.  You won’t want to miss out on any of her fantastic projects.

Happy Easter By Cindy Lawrence

Have you tried digital stamping yet?  Digital stamps are becoming increasingly popular.  They present a stamper with a whole new range of crafting opportunities.  Today I would like to share this darling Easter card created by Cindy Lawrence.  Cindy really has a talent with her coloring technique using Copic markers. The fact that this image is a digital file, you can print it as many times as you desire.

Happy Easter

One of the attractions of a digital image is that the images can be resized, flipped to create a mirror image, or manipulated in other ways before printing it.  You can color it in the same way that a rubber stamped image is colored.  This will give you a new design opportunity.   Click here and I would love to take you over to The Creative Closet where you can see the different colors of markers that Cindy used to create her masterpiece.

Spring Planter Box By Mariah Lesson

A porch is one of the first things that welcome guests to your home.  The first impression of your home is the beauty of the outside and the porch is the first thing that will welcome your guests to your home.  You will also enjoy nonstop color all season long with fun Spring Planter Box.  A well-planted container looks great on its own.  A colorful mix of pansies, violas, and lobelia will bring a lot of interest to your planter.  This will definitely add some cheer to your porch!

 

Spring Planter Box

You will love how simple this Do It Yourself project is.  It will add some color and brighten up your porch or patio.  How fun would it be to even make two or three!  Let’s pop on over to Gliggles Galore where Mariah will give you some step-by-step instructions how you can start to create your own.  Have fun crafting!

Carrot Patch Dirt Pudding Cups By Erica Piter

These easy Easter Carrot Patch Dirt Pudding Cups are so cute and the kids will love them. Your family will think you are the coolest mom or grandma in the world!  Turn your strawberries into carrots by dipping them into orange chocolate candy melts.  You can also put them in mason jars and you will have the most adorable Carrot Pudding Cups you will see this spring!  Crush up some Oreo’ to make the dirt and you will have a perfect Easter treat.

Carrot Patch Dirt Pudding Cups

These will be so cute on an Easter dessert table, and the individual cups make them so handy.  Let me take you on over to the Sweet Tooth to get your recipe and ingredients.  These would be so cute for an outdoor party!  Have fun baking and happy spring, my friends!

I hope you have been inspired with today’s fun projects!  Always remember that creativity involves breaking out of your traditional style, so never hesitate to try something new.  I will look forward to seeing you all back here next week so I can share some more fun and crafting inspiration!  Have a wonderful week!

LeAnn

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

Love You So Much

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

Life Is Lovely By Gail Lindner

Scrapbook pages are always such a great reminder of all that is special to us; they are a record of your journey through life.  As we scrapbook, it is our responsibility to gather these precious photos and add them into our scrapbooks.  Don’t tuck them away in a drawer! Bring them out and add some enjoyment to your life.   As you scrapbook your photos, take the time to reminisce about those precious photos.

Life Is Lovely

Gail Lindner is a fabulous designer for American Crafts.  I would like to send out a big thank you to Gail for sharing her masterpiece of inspiration with us today.  Click here to receive some step-by-step instructions on how Gail put her layout together.

Love You So Much By Debby Hughes

I’m a sucker for bicycles and I just love the balloon tied to the handlebar. I love cards that pour out love, and you really feel that with this adorable card.  Is there anything more classic than a bike with a balloon?  Another wonderful inspiration from Debby Hughes!

Love You So Much

I love how the bicycle was stamped and colored on kraft paper.  It portrays a classic, old-fashioned look. Whether you keep your card simple or very detailed, your creation will always stand out and be remembered.  Click here and I will escort you over to spend some time with Debby Hughes.  You are sure to love her blog and will certainly be inspired by all of her beautiful projects.  What a choice card to brighten up someone’s day!  I hope you will be inspired to give this one a try.

Chic French Jars By Diana

These outstanding Chic French Jars are perfect to put some spring decorating into your home.  Be sure to keep some of those mason jars or decorative jars that you would normally just throw out.  Using different shapes and sizes will create depth, height, and add some texture to your home decor.  Add some fresh flowers, or any type of greenery, to give your home a fresh and clean look. These fun jars will be so fabulous in your home and will add something that not everyone has!

Chic French Jars

Use the Chic French jars as vases or use them to hold your kitchen utensils, pencils, makeup brushes, etc.  The possibilities are endless!  Let me take you on over to Dreams Factory where you will find a full tutorial and supplies on how to create your own jars.  Look around your home and you will find the most amazing jars right under your nose.  These jars are truly versatile and you will find many reasons why you will love them so much!  Have fun creating!

Rocky Road Brownies By Camille

Remember old-fashioned rocky road ice cream?  Anyone who likes rocky road ice cream will like these moist, fudge brownies.  Get that same delicious chocolate, marshmallow, and peanut taste all in a rich, fudgy, yummy brownie!

Rocky Road Brownies

Rocky Road Brownies are amazing.  Feeling crazy for a sweet treat?  Come with me over to Six Sisters Stuff where you can get your recipe to make some for tonight’s dinner or a weekend treat!  A big thank you to Camille for sharing her wonderful recipe with us.

I hope you have been inspired today.  I will be at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine on March 31st and April 1st.  If you are attending our show, please stop by the Registration Desk and say hello, I would love to see you!  I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

LeAnn

 

Scrapbooking Process Video “Segway Love”

Scrapbooking Process Video "Segway Love" By @jbckadams for @scrapbookExpo #scrapbooking #BeckiAdams #scrapbookingprocessvideo #SSE2017

Hey friends, welcome to Inspiration Station! I’m Becki Adams and last week I shared an everyday layout with you (you can find that post HERE) telling a story of my son and his favorite stuffed animal. This week, I’m sharing a layout I created that has a little more of a “special occasion” feel to it. This one is called “Segway Love.”

This layout tells the story of my daughter riding a segway for the first time at a school competition. I only had one photo to tell this story with, and it was a photo that came in a text message from my husband that wasn’t the best quality. I wanted my daughter to tell the story in her own words so while I was gathering supplies for the layout I handed her a journaling card and a black pen so she could write her own story.

I used the Posh collection from Simple Stories to document this story. I chose this collection for two reasons. First, I loved the color palette. It has a pop of navy blue along with a mix of yellow, coral, and a lighter blue, perfect for a girly layout without overwhelming the story with pink and purple. The second reason I chose to work with this collection was that it had a more generic theme (meaning it wasn’t a specific theme as a Christmas, birthday, or summer collection).

I mixed LOTS of patterned papers together with plenty of machine stitching around the borders of the patterned papers. A white cardstock background isn’t a base that I typically start with but I love how it worked into this layout.

You can see how the layout came together in this process video:

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When you sit down to create, what collection do you always reach for? I’d love to hear what your favorite products are. Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog and I’ll see you again soon!

-Becki

DIY Valentines Home Decor

DIY Valentines Home Decor by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #ValentinesHomeDecor #DIY #ValentinesDay

Hey Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends, Becki here. It’s January which means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I have a fun and easy DIY Valentines Home Decor to share with you today. It’s easy to create and only takes a few supplies.

I used a mixed media burlap canvas from Jillibean Soup, lots of red and pink buttons from Buttons Galore, and adhesive Zots from Thermoweb. The first thing I did was cut a heart template out of plain white typing paper.

Then I traced around the heart with a pencil. After tracing around the heart, I started adhering the buttons. The one tip I learned from this project was to start adhering the big buttons and fill in with the small buttons.

This project is much easier than I thought it would be. Start to finish, it took me less than an hour to complete the entire project.

These buttons are SO cute and make a huge impact on this DIY Valentines home decor project. I think this framed canvas looks lovely in my living room. Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog, and I’ll see you again next Thursday!

Saturdays With LeAnn

Foxy Blessings

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Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper, my dear friends.  I am so blessed to have the opportunity to share the following projects with you today.  I hope you will take some time for a bit of creative therapy.  You deserve a little “ME” time after the busy week you just put in.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Fall Is Here

Have you ever tried working with clear acrylic?  I encourage you to play with your supplies to add different techniques to the acrylic. Embossing and inking, alcohol resist technique, or adding your own fussy cutting and adhering to the acrylic sheet are also great possibilities.  Leah Crow fussy cut leaves out of different patterned paper and adhered them to her acrylic sheet. This is a perfect time to use up some of those scraps you’ve been saving. Add a touch of color and you will create a beautiful look on your next project.

Fall Is Here

I love how you can go from elegant to whimsical just by the different techniques and paper that you use on acrylic.  How special would it be to add a photo of you and your loved ones?  Once you bring out all of your embellishments, the magic begins!  Be sure to stop by the Clear Scraps blog so you can write down what materials Leah used to create this wonderful acrylic layout. Have fun crafting!

Foxy Blessings

I just fell in love with this adorable little guy, how about you? And what’s not to love about this reverse masking technique?  The blues really allow the little fox’s color to pop. If you are not familiar with the term “reverse masking” it involves cutting out a shape with a die-cutting machine, punches, or scissors and then using the negative of the cut shape as a mask to cover up parts of the cardstock you don’t want inked, leaving the shape revealed to stamp and sponge.

Foxy Blessings

There are so many different products you can incorporate in your projects; Embossing Powders, Gelatos, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst are just a few.  To learn more about the reverse masking technique, click here and I will lead you on over to a wonderful tutorial.  You will see step-by-step instructions of this technique.  The possibilities are endless and you are going to love it.  I hope you have been inspired to give this fun technique a try.  A big thank you to Judy Rozema for her fabulous inspiration!

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Don’t you just love it when a beautiful card comes together so quickly?  I love how Lols added depth and dimension to this card.  The different layers really add to this card, along with making the flower very showy. Just by changing up the sentiment this can be a card made for any occasion.

Thankful

What a fabulous background made using the Woodgrain Background Stamp and Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  Lols also used a dot fade stencil and embossing paste to create some texture. While the paste was still wet she sprinkled it with Vintage Platinum Distress Dust.  By using this same background you can create several totally different cards, or crank out several of the same in no time. With the holidays fast approaching, you could create a poinsettia instead of the flower to make it into a Christmas card. Now that you have an idea for your holiday cards, you can get started on them before the big rush of the season.  Let me take you over to Lorraine’s Loft so you can see all of the supplies you will need to get started.  Have fun, my creative friends!

Book Clocks

I love having things in my home that are a bit different from the norm, so when I came upon these fun book clocks I knew I had to create them.  I made a gallery using several of my favorite books for my craft room, and can I say “WOW!” My wall turned out so great!  I knew I absolutely had to share this tutorial with you.
Book Clocks

If you don’t have any books that you want to cut up, there are many flea markets or thrift stores where you can purchase these at very inexpensive prices.  You can place your clock hands anywhere on the book that you desire.  If you are doing several for one wall, I suggest creating each differently to give your wall some interest.  You can also set your clock on a table to create a fun home decor piece.  These make wonderful gifts as well.  For step-by-step instructions, I’ll take you over to Woonblog where you will be inspired by Tom and his many creations.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches 

I love, love, love pumpkin ice cream and cookies. They are some of my very favorite treats, so with the two combined life couldn’t be better.  I was so happy when I came upon this idea.  What a fun treat to serve to your family this fall.  This is a great treat that doesn’t call for a recipe and is super quick and easy to make.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

Make your own cookies or use store-bought cookies if you are in a hurry.  This is a dessert you could use any flavor of your favorite ice cream and cookies.  This festive fall treat will create many smiles and bring many compliments. Come with me over to Eighteen 25 to see how easy it is to make these!  I hope you enjoy every bite! 🙂

Thank you again for stopping by today.  I will see you back next Saturday with more great projects to inspire you throughout your week. I hope you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your family and friends, and create fun memories that you will forever cherish!

LeAnn

Saturdays With LeAnn

Pumpkin Pie Cake

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Welcome back, my friends, on this lovely and cool fall day.  The weather here in Utah has become chilly, and with days like today I really enjoy staying inside and working on some crafting.  I hope you will be able to spend the day to create some of the things you have on your list.  My hope is that you will be inspired by today’s projects and will enjoy our today’s Weekly Scrapper post.

Stay Wild & Sweet

This adorable layout has multiple photos with an interesting background.  These two things are not always so easy to pull together.  The desired end result is to have your photos take center stage and everything around them should only be there to complement your photos. This layout is a perfect example of just that.  The beautiful background colors really complement the photos, instead of competing for your attention.  You automatically have your eyes drawn to the precious photos and then you take in the rest of the design. This makes for a perfect layout!

Stay Wild & Sweet

This is simply stunning!  The twine accents as well as the embellishment groupings are very tastefully done.  For an easy-to-follow tutorial with a lot of great photos, click here and I will take you over to the Soaring blog where you will be inspired by Jinny Newlin.  Have a fun time crafting!

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins

This is one of those fun cards you can whip up so quickly.  I know so many of you have a large stash of supplies in your craft room, and I am almost positive you could come up with many fun items to make this Halloween Pumpkin card.

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins

Pam Bray created this fun card using the Stampers Anonymous Pumpkin Stamp, and the Tim Holtz Halloween Paper Pad.  Don’t you just love the layers, distressing, embellishments and even the spiders?  This fabulous whimsical card with the paper pieced pumpkin is sure to put a smile on someones face.  Besides the smile, you will have a blast creating this one!  Change up the papers, eliminate the spiders, and you can change this into a wonderful fall or Thanksgiving card.  Thank you for sharing your talent with us Pam.  To see more of Pam’s beautiful designs, you can visit her blog Scrapbook Flair.  I hope you have been inspired to put one of your handmade treasures in the mail today!

Thankful

I just love making cards!  Whether they are simple, detailed, any occasion, or seasonal they are just so fun to make.  I think the one thing I love most about cards is taking the time to share the finished product with those who I care about and love.  I often think of how blessed I am in my life to have such great friends and family and so I need to send out more cards as this one created by Debby Hughes.

Thankful

I just love the warm tones Debby uses in her card, along with her beautiful watercoloring details.  Click here and I will escort you on over to Lime Doodle Design where you can find the links to the supplies that Debby used for this fabulous card.  I hope you will be inspired today to pull out your watercolors and begin some beautiful fall projects.  Happy crafting!

Hanging Wall Planter

If only walls could talk!  This fabulous hanging wall planter will liven up and utilize a blank wall space of your home.  Wall planters are the perfect option for accenting your home decor!

Hanging Wall Planter

Wall planters are the perfect choice to turn any empty wall space into a living wall filled with the vibrancy and elegance of your favorite flower or plant.  These unique planters will effortlessly make any wall come alive, and add a perfect addition to your home.  With just one click here I will take you over to Shanty 2 Chic where you will have a full tutorial by Ashley Turner how to create this fun wall planter.  With Christmas being right around the corner this could be a great gift for those that have everything or are just plain hard to buy for!

Pumpkin Pie Cake

This is definitely the time of the year for that wonderful fall flavor of pumpkin spice.  If you like pumpkin pie, you are going to love this pumpkin pie cake!  This delicious cake gets you the satisfaction of a pumpkin pie without having to deal with rolling out a crust.

Pumpkin Pie Cake

This is one of those perfect desserts to make for Thanksgiving or any fall gathering.  It is not only delicious, but it is absolutely beautiful!  If you are not a confident pie-maker you can not fail with this outstanding recipe.  It is very rich and moist and will feed a crowd!  I am sure you would like this recipe so click here and you will have the perfect instructions by Sam Henderson how to create a cake of your own.  Enjoy!

Thank you once again for sharing a part of your Saturday with me.  I hope this beautiful fall day will find you some time to create all of those wonderful projects you desire to make.  I hope you have a wonderful week and I will look forward to seeing you back soon.

LeAnn