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!

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

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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: Transferring Pictures to Wood from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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Pauline Steffensen, one of the talented instructors you’ll find at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, demonstrates how to transfer your own image to a wood surface. With a few very basic supplies and your own picture, you can create a treasured décor piece. This process creates a beautiful and unique way to display photos!

Visit scrapbookexpo.com so you can plan to create with Pauline – you’ll be so glad you did!

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Tip of the Day: Cutting Perfect Wafer Thin Dies from Nicole Petersen

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I love designs that come with coordinating dies; they are so much fun to create with! We’re happy to have Nicole Petersen join us today to share a tip on how to easily position those thin dies so you get a perfect cut every time. You are sure to use and appreciate this tip.

Make sure to check out all the workshops at upcoming Stamp & Scrapbook Expos for all kinds of tips and techniques; you’ll be so glad you did!

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Tip of the Day: How to Make Your Own Paper from Gel Press

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Sally Lynn MacDonald from Gel Press demonstrates how to use the Gel Press Mono Printing Plates to create your own gorgeous papers. Sally shows how to use multiple colors along with techniques to create texture on the paper. You will be amazed at the beautiful papers you can create that are uniquely your very own!

Stop by gelpress.com for more information, along with their blog at gelpressblog.com for lots of project inspiration.

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Sundays With Lorraine

Elizabeth Crafts card

Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! Today’s post is the 3rd in a series of four where I am sharing a peek of what you will be making in the Creativity Center at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in 2017.  As you can see I have many top-notch projects to share with you so be sure to stop by, say hello, and we’ll create something beautiful together..

A To Z Scrapbooking & Quick Quotes

A To Z Scrapbooking and Quick Quotes have been long time sponsors of the Creativity Center and many of you have come to love their easy-to-assemble layouts. Quick Quotes kits really take all the guesswork out of designing the perfect layout. We’ll be playing with the amazing Powderpuff Chalk Inks which are perfect for distressing your paper and embellishments…

You’ll also be using Simple Stories Photo Flips on your layout.  I love using these on a layout; they’re a great way to add some hidden journaling or an extra photo without overpowering your layout. I look forward to seeing you at the show & be sure to stop by the A To Z Scrapbooking booth to see what other new treasure that they will be sharing this year.

Heartfelt Creations

Heartfelt Creations truly is art from the heart. One of the many things that Heartfelt Creation is known for is their dimensional florals. In the Creativity Center, we’ll be using one of their must-have floral dies along with their magnetic stylus and I’ll be demonstrating just how easy it is to transform your dies into a dimensional work of art.

I will warn you, once you’ve mastered this technique, there is no turning back.  You will be roaming the house looking for something to put a flower on!  I’ve added dimensional florals to scrapbook layouts, cards, and tags, plus they are perfect to incorporate into your gift wrapping just to name a few ways I use them. Being the creative person that you are I’m sure you can think of dozens of ways to use your beautiful florals.

Elizabeth Crafts

Who doesn’t need a little sparkle in their lives, right? Well, you’ll be happy to know on this gorgeous card we’ll be playing with Elizabeth Crafts Silk Microfine Glitter, one of her newly released dies “Lovebirds,” and a few other must-have supplies that for now, I will keep a surprise.  

Elizabeth Crafts card

You’re going to be blown away when you discover just how detailed you can be with these amazing glitters, and combined with their double sided tapes, it is absolute magic!  I had the privilege of sharing a make & take with you last season (remember what we did with the lace, glitter, and tape?) and it was a huge hit. I also have many tips that Els herself has shared with me and I can’t wait to pay it forward by sharing them with you. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center and I’ll have your souvenir button and some chocolate waiting for you. 😉

Honey Chilli Garlic Tiger Prawns

This is one of those shut the front door, ready in 10 minutes recipes. Yes, I did say 10 minutes from start to finish. With a little help from Richa, hostess of the amazing food blog My Food Story, you too can have a delicious meal on the table in no time.

Not only are these tiger prawns oh-so-tasty but they only need a sprinkle of this and a spoonful of that and before you know it, dinner is on the table. What I like to add is some lo mien or rice and you’re good to go. If you happen to have a Costco in the area, they have these yummy vegetable stir fried noodles and they only take three minutes in the microwave and they’re perfect. If you’re ready to kick things up a notch in the kitchen, just click here and I will lead the way over to My Food Story so you can jot down the recipe and while you’re in the neighborhood be sure to check out Richa’s other quick and easy recipe

Thanks for the visit and allowing me to share a little preview of what we’ll be creating together at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. We currently have 19 shows scheduled for this season, so it’s time to start planning that special weekend with your creative peeps. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center. Fun times and memories await us all!

Have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next Sunday with my final post on the Creativity Center.

Lorraine

Saturdays With LeAnn

Hands Of Time

I hope today you are taking some time to relax and enjoy your weekend.  Since it is cold outside, go grab yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or even a good old mug of hot chocolate.  I want you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the inspiration I have to share with you on this beautiful Saturday!

Dream Passionately By Cathy Cafun

How do you come up with your ideas to start layouts?  For me, inspiration usually comes from sifting through photos, which I love to do.  When I stumble across the ones I want to use, I usually come up with some quick ideas for starting a layout.  One of my favorite go-to ideas is using chipboard; its a great way to add some dimension to your layout.  This ultra-sweet layout was created by Cathy Cafun using some Dusty Attic chipboard. Using frames is a great way to draw the eye to your photos.  Other favorite techniques of mine when using chipboard include painting along with adding glitter, stickles, texturizing elements, and so much more.

Dream Passionately

What a wonderful design Cathy created, and her details are perfect.  Don’t you just love how she tied all the chipboard pieces together using flowers?  Cathy’s combination of pastels are glorious and makes us hopeful that spring is not that far away.  Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the blog “Cathy Can’t Help Herself” where you will be thrilled with all the inspiration! While you are visiting Cathy’s blog be sure to check out all of the other beautiful layouts she has to share.

Hands Of Time By Brenda Brown

This beautiful masterpiece can be used for a home decor piece or a beautiful card to brighten up someone’s day.  I love the texture that was created using gesso, modeling paste, and your favorite stencil.  You can always create a spectacular background by spritzing with ink sprays, mists, or color wash.  You know me, I am a big fan of creative and different backgrounds.

Hands Of Time

Brenda created this on a 5 X 7 canvas board.  There is nothing more exquisite than a handmade decor piece for your home.  This distinctive canvas is definitely the proof of what one can do when you open up your imagination.  I would like to send out a big thank you to Brenda Brown for sharing this beautiful and unique masterpiece with us.  Let me take you over to Bumblebees And Butterflies where you can find a list of supplies along with the steps of how Brenda created her canvas.  Be sure to stop by her blog anytime you need a burst of inspiration.

Headboard To Chalkboard By Christy James

Chalkboards are a versatile tool that come in so handy at home.  They can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to fit the needs of multiple users.  Today I have to share with you one of the most unique and fun chalkboards I have ever seen.  I totally fell in love with this and so will you.

Headboard to Chalkboard

Christy found this fun old headboard at a thrift store for only $10.00.  It is amazing how you can find great treasures at the thrift store; and so inexpensive as well.  Who would have ever thought of a headboard turning into a useful chalkboard?  I also love the added hanging hooks to add a little more function.  This is one project I can’t wait to get started on.  I have the perfect spot in my home for it.  I know you are dying to make this as well, so come with me over to Confessions Of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer where you will get step-by-step instructions by Christy.  You will want to jot down some notes and what supplies you will need.  With a little help from Christy, you will be able to create this adorable chalk board in no time. This will be one fun project to create!

Chocolate Toffee Buttercrunch By Christy Denney

The sweet crunch of this delicious Buttercrunch Toffee pairs chocolate and pecans for a winning combination.  This recipe requires very few ingredients and little effort, but the result is superb, making it appear as if you had slaved over a hot stove all afternoon.

Chocolate Toffee Buttercrunch

I don’t know about you, but just looking at this photo makes my mouth water.  It looks so yummy!  I can’t wait to give this one a try.  What a fun treat to have when family or friends pop over.  Let’s go on over to The Girl Who Ate Everything so you can print out your recipe from Christy Denney.  I bet this will become one of your family’s favorites!

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

LeAnn