Saturdays With LeAnn

Easter

Saturdays-with-LeAnnWelcome back this beautiful Saturday morning! The weather here in Utah has been so lovely. With a new season comes more sunshine, and lots of pretty flowers. This is a time to shake off the winter and tackle some new projects. Just around the corner is Easter, so I hope to bring you some Easter inspiration to create for your special day.

Today’s layout showcases beautiful florals with a touch of gold. This is one of those designs where all you have to do is fit in one of your favorite photos. Along with the photos, there is nothing that is more important than journaling. The rule of thumb for journaling is three-fold:

  1. Name of the person(s) in the picture
  2. Include the date the picture was taken
  3. Tell the story of the photo. If you don’t love to have your journaling on the front of your layout, just flip it over and write on the back; it is just important to have it with the layout.

Hello Sunshine

 

This layout was created by Jen Evans for Heidi Swapp Inspirations. Jen used the new Wanderlust Collection and Heidi’s Minc to create her layout.  To create these beautiful flowers, Jen placed the dies on the Minc’s carrier sheet, added the foil on top, closed the carrier sheet and ran it through the Minc. Done! It doesn’t get much easier than this. Jen curled the edges of the flowers to give them more of a realistic look. She also added the new Butter Color Shine to the large veneer word and add a bit of yellow ink to the flowers. How simple and yet so gorgeous. To find more inspiration on Heidi’s newest products visit Jen at Create Well Create Often blog. You will be so inspired with her talent and creativity.

There is nothing sweeter in my eyes than a vintage style card. This card brings back so many memories of my childhood. (I guess I just aged myself with that one!) These adorable Easter Button cards are full of beautiful details, plus they are a digital download, which makes them so easy to get. What a wonderful way to take the time to express your love and affection to both family and friends on such a beautiful day. These cards can also be used for scrapbooking, any type of crafting, tags for gifts, a label on a homemade treat, or just add to your seasonal decor.

Easter

Ginny Nemchak created this adorable Easter card using layers of patterned papers, images from the Easter Kids Button Card Digital Collage, and fun embellishments. To finish her card she add a bow using Chevron Striped Twill, and Forsythia Seam Binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Thank you Ginny for your inspiration along with sharing such an adorable Easter card. You can visit her blog Polly’s Paper Studio for more of her wonderful projects.

I just love how this design is one of the latest trends.  Combining a stamp with a coordinating die set is so fun to do. And don’t you just love the watercolor wash over the background? Once the watercolor wash was dried, Laurie spritzed on some light aqua spray, then added some messy stitching to her background. This gives the card some added color, along with giving it that fun mixed media look.

Love You More Than Jellybeans

I am always amazed by the new, inventive ways to find embellishments on a card or a project. For these adorable stamp sets with the coordinating die sets visit Reverse Confetti. Laurie Schmidlin has out done herself again with this adorable card. Be sure to pop on over to see her wonderful projects on Just Give Me Stamps.

Who would have ever thought to decorate Easter eggs with paper napkins? Are you ready to try something new this year? This is a less messy alternative to dying eggs. You may want to try this fun technique to decorate hardboiled eggs this Easter.

Easter Eggs Decorated with Paper Napkins

This will be so fun and easy for your children, grandchildren (or even just you!) to create. You will have your family members blown away at the beauty of these eggs. Give it a try you will love the end result! These were created by Sandeea Cocina — click on over to her blog la receta De La felicidad for instructions on how to create these special eggs, plus more wonderful ideas. Let your imagination run wild!

Last but not least today I have a cute Easter desert that will be so fun for your Easter dinner. These yummy Pineapple Carrot Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting will definitely make your family ask for seconds. You can enjoy your fruits and veggies all in one serving of cake!

Pineapple Carrot Cake

The little carrot cakes are very moist with a dense texture, and the full flavor of pineapple and carrots. So different and very fun for Easter! You will hear nothing but wonderful comments as you bring these to the table! To find more fun recipes go to Just a Taste with Kelly Senyei. You will be amazed at her talent in the kitchen!

I hope today has brought you some fun Easter inspiration, and that you are feeling excited and ready for Easter Sunday! Thank you for sharing your time with me today. Happy Easter to you all!

Freebie Friday – Fancy Pants Designs

Fly by Jen Walker

Freebie Friday with Jen Walker

 

Good morning everyone! My apologies that our Freebie Friday is going live on Saturday morning. I was having internet troubles that kept me from finishing the post.  I hope everyone has had a wonderful week. I was hoping that spring would bring slightly warmer temperatures here in Toronto, but I guess we will have to wait a little longer.

This week, we are highlighting Fancy Pants Designs. All I can say is WOW, when I received their new collections Office Suite and Flutter so many projects came to mind. These collections are so versatile. And their new textured papers could not be cooler! Love the looks and feel of these papers. Whether you are creating a project from all of your Instagram photos or a mini layout to hang on their 8×8 clipboard, Fancy Pants has a product for you. Their collections also include lots of brag cards that are perfect for pocket pages.

Fly by Jen Walker

 

The Flutter collection includes both gold and chalkboard pieces. As soon as I saw the butterfly pieces in both gold and black, I knew exactly what I wanted to create.  The word ‘Fly’ in gold has so many options. I thought of both layouts and cards that this ‘Fly’ work would be perfect for. I can’t wait to write a message to my daughter in this beautiful card!

 

Love layout by Jen Walker

 

Haha .. This image of my layout makes me laugh. Just know that the layout is actually straight and the edges are all square and proportional. I am not sure what really happened with this photo. The papers in the Office Suite sweet are wonderful for baby photos, kids and so much more. And the alphabet letters, I love all the different colours and patterns.

 

Fancy Pants cards by Jen Walker

 

These cards were created for future layouts and pocket pages. I had a lot of fun using the brag cards, ephemera pack, and insta pack to create these cards. I look forward to using them on future projects.

 

Real Life Album by Jen Walker

 

The insta-album is a wonderful little album for 3×3 photos. With a thick cover on the front and back, it is a highly customizable brag book. This little album will be for my daughter’s selfie collection.

 

Gold Pinwheel by Jen Walker

 

The gold paper makes for a fun pinwheel. It is gloriously thick and holds it’s shape well.

 

If you are a fan of Fancy Pants Designs take a look at the inspiring design team projects, videos, weekly challenges and more. Follow Fancy Pants Designs in the following places:

 

Friends of Scrapbook Expo

 

 

For this week’s giveaway, Jodi from Fancy Pants Designs has graciously offered a prize pack of new goodies to one lucky Scrapbook Expo friend. The lucky winner will have a fun surprise when their prize arrives at their front door! Thanks, Jodi!

 

Fancy Pants Giveaway

 

For your chance to win a prize pack from Fancy Pants Designs, leave a comment on this blog post telling us how you use brag cards – is it on layouts, cards, pocket pages or on them all. The giveaway runs until 6pm EST on Thursday, April 2nd. While you are at it, why not show Fancy Pants Designs some love and leave them a comment on their Facebook page and let them know that you saw this blog post.

Last week’s Freebie Friday was sponsored by our friends at Paper Smooches. Thank you to everyone who commented on last week’s blog post!  The lucky winner of the $25 Gift Certificate is … Tammy W.

 

Paper Smooches Winner

 

 

Congratulations Tammy W.! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker and include ‘Paper Smooches winner’ in the subject line.

Would you like a chance to win two single day passes to a 2015 Scrapbook Expo event of your choice? You can learn more about the #IWannaGoSBE giveaway here. Use the hashtag on your posts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win two admission passes to a Scrapbook Expo event of your choice.

Don’t forget … If you want a chance to win the Fancy Pants Designs prize pack, you need to leave a comment on this post.

Thanks for joining me this week! See you next week! Until then, have fun getting creative. Don’t forget to visit the Scrapbook Expo YouTube Channel for lots of amazing videos filled with tips and inspiration.

~ Jen

 

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Love Background Stamped Card

Love-Stamped-Video-Card-Thumbnail-Image-by-Jen-Gallacher

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Welcome back to this week’s “Inspiration Station” tutorial blog post. You’ll be glad you stopped by because this week’s tutorial includes a start-to-finish card making process video. Here’s the card we are going to be creating:

Love-Stamped-Video-Card-by-Jen-Gallacher

You can watch the video HERE on our Scrapbook Expo Youtube channel or below:

And here’s a close-up view of the card.

Love-Stamped-Card-Close-Up-Photo-by-Jen-Gallacher

You can see how layering items from ephemera packs works so well with a subtle background stamped card. Look for background stamped cards in sizes that fill your favorite card size. Many manufacturers offer them. The next time you’re at a Scrapbook Expo, be sure to ask your favorite vendors if they carry background stamps. Then give this card technique a try!

Tip of the Day: Kuretake Introduces The Wink of Luna Pens

Kuretake_Wink of Luna

With beautiful watercolor techniques being all the rage, I know you will enjoy today’s Tip of the Day. The popular Wink Of Luna pens are water-based Metallic Brush pens that produce fabulous results.

These pens are just so much fun to work with! Be sure to stop by the Wink Of Stella or the Kuretake websites and check out their nine gorgeous colors.

Thanks for the visit and I hope you have a very creative day.