Saturdays With LeAnn

Spread Your Wings

Welcome back, my friends!  What better way to round out the work week than with five amazing projects from some wonderful designers?  I hope I can give you some great WOW inspiration today from these wonderful projects and a yummy dessert!  Kick off your shoes, relax, and let’s get started!

Traveler’s Notebook By Nancy Damiano

There is no better place to keep your memories than a “Traveler’s Notebook.”  You can personalize and build your own notebook that fits your lifestyle.  It is a keepsake you will look back on for years to come.  You can tell your story from beginning to end in just one craft session, and that’s the beauty of one of these special notebooks.

Travelers Notebook

Whether you’re using it to record memories, keep track of travel itineraries, or jot down random observations while on the road, this would be an excellent companion to make ahead of your vacation to bring with you wherever you go.  A Travelers Notebook will be instant gratification and with some help from Nancy Damiano you will be able to complete your notebook in no time.  Click here and I will lead to on over to American Crafts Studio where Nancy will share some great tips on creating your own, personalized Travelers Notebook.

Spread Your Wings By Tara Godfrey

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it isn’t too late to create a special card for your special mother.  This card is filled with fun stamping and inking techniques.  Whether you keep your card simple or detailed, your creation will always stand out and be remembered.  Cards may be small but they are packed with so much love and inspiration.

Spread Your Wings

Today we have a fabulous card created by Tara Godfrey using the fun Tweetie Birds Stamp by Kraftin Kimmie.  Such a whimsical and inspiring stamp!  I love how these wonderful stamps give endless possibilities for being creative.  Don’t you just love the beautiful colors, layers that give great dimension, and fantastic coloring?  Come with me over to Inking On The Edge for step-by-step instructions.  You will be able to follow along on how to create your own fun card, along with a complete list of supplies needed.  What a choice card to brighten up someone’s day!  I hope you will be inspired to give this one a try.  Have fun stamping, my crafty friends! 🙂

Designers Pillows By Michelle Zakk

Looking for a quick and easy DIY designer pillows?  You need to look no further!  Stenciled pillows are a quick home decor project that are a great alternative to store bought pillows.  Stenciled patterns are the perfect accessory to any room and any style and are also great for the budget.  What a great way to even change up your style throughout the year, including the holidays.

Designer Pillows

Finding the right pillows for your rooms in your home can sometimes be a real challenge.  This is where creating your own will be such a joy, along with being so much fun!  You choose the style of stencil, paint color, and even fun embellishments such as tassels, studs, and jewels.  The whole thing from start to finish will be a joy.  This would be a great girls’ night, with good friends coming together as a group and bringing a whole lot of creativity!  Check out these stenciled pillow ideas to get your creative ideas flowing by coming with me over to The Cutting Edge Stencils where you will see a full tutorial on how to create some of your own.

Snickerdoodle Bars By Julie Gransee

Being a big fan of Snickerdoodle cookies, I knew the moment I saw these I had to give them a try.  What impressed me most about this recipe is that it is super basic, so no need to run out and buy anything special, just raid your fridge and pantry and bake away!  These are super easy to make and will have your house smelling fabulous in just 10 minutes.

Snickerdoodle Bars

It is time for you to get obsessed with these yummy bars and get to baking!  My hats off to Julie Gransee who I got the recipe from and baked some for my family and friends.  I now get asked quite often for the recipe.  So let me take you on over to Lovely Little Kitchen where you will find this yummy recipe and you can warm the hearts of your family and friends!

I hope you have been inspired today and will feel the joy of being crafty.  I will be at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Orlando this weekend, May 5th & 6th.  Please stop by the Registration Desk and say hello, I would love to see you!  I hope you have a fabulous weekend, and I will see you back next Saturday with more fun projects and inspiration!

LeAnn

 

 

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!

Thankful

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