Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Lindsay Bateman

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Lindsay Bateman is a gorgeous gal inside and out! Her heartfelt pages and epic planner spreads will make you want to get crafty NOW!

Name: Lindsay Bateman
Location: Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada
Blog: simplereflectionsofmyeveryday.blogspot.ca
Instagram: @lindsaydawnebateman
YouTube: Lindsay Bateman
Pinterest: @lindsaybateman
Facebook: Lindsay Bateman

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I am a (soon-to-be) mother of 2, to a boy AND a girl (STILL so surprised over that as she will be making her debut mid June) and I have been married to my husband for 9 years this September. I love taking photographs and documenting my life. Lately I have found myself obsessed with using my planner as my main memory keeping tool but I love to create scrapbook pages and mini albums whenever I can. I started crafting in University when I was struggling with the demands of school, being away from family, and trying to now navigate life as an “adult”. Scrapbooking became my place of solace, and truly my form of therapy when I was feeling very sad and depressed. It helped pull me through some dark times and for that reason I will be forever grateful. Creating art for me has been such a therapeutic tool, both in the past and at present. I am very grateful for this hobby as it has also presented some amazing opportunities for me such as being a member on Heidi Swapp’s Media Team. I have had some incredible experiences because of that team and have met some of the most amazing people ever. I am so grateful for each and every day and the opportunities that present itself all because of scrapbooking! I am always loving to share, inspire, and BE inspired!

Favorite thing to create: I absolutely love creating mini albums and working in my planner. I have always been a journaler at heart.

What do you love about this hobby? I just love being able to lose myself in photos and stories. I love seeing my life looking back at me. It is such a huge blessing and very fulfilling to see. No matter how crazy life can feel and get, spending time in my scrapbook room always makes everything so much better. I also love all of the other amazing artists and paper crafters I have had the honour of meeting and becoming friends with. Some of the most beautiful people I have ever met. This is such an inspiring industry and it has impacted me in the most powerful and positive ways.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I love to travel. Currently NYC ranks #1 on the places I have visited. Strolling through the streets in Greenwich Village is one of my best memories.
2. I am obsessed with Instagram. I love being inspired by all of the amazing artists out there sharing their hearts.
3. Ever since I was a child I have always loved pens, paper, notebooks and anything related to stationary!
4. I love reality TV, especially Dancing With The Stars and The Bachelor/Bachelorette.
5. I am such a disorganized person, yet I still know where everything is!

Here is the lovely layout Lindsay made for her spotlight:

THIS IS US by Lindsay Bateman

I love using Instax photos on my layouts. I had so much fun pairing them with the Heidi Swapp Magnolia Jane collection. I really wanted to tell the story behind these photos so I used my We R Memory Keepers Typecast to add the vintage type text directly onto my page. I love how they have different colours of ribbon because the brown vintage-looking soft text is exactly the feel I wanted to tell my story.

LAUGH by Lindsay Bateman

This layout is one of my favourites because it incorporates the MINC mediums. I am not much of a mixed media girl, but when I do play with Mixed Media products I always fall in love. This entire page background was created with an art screen and reactive mist using MINC foil. It is hard to believe that this once was just a plain white piece of 12×12 paper.

HAPPY by Lindsay Bateman

This hybrid layout has always been one of my favourites. I love incorporating hybrid pieces onto my page to create “custom” embellishments. The phrase circles are Ali Edwards digital art that I simply printed out and then circle punched. I thought they added such a fun element to this layout.

OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY by Lindsay Bateman

For me this layout is all about the photo. I love how photographs capture some of the most precious moments of our lives. I really kept this one simple to let the photo speak for itself.

PLANNER SPREAD by Lindsay Bateman

This is one of my recent planner spreads. I really love how my planner pages come together because it honestly just happens! I do not really “plan” my planner pages. I just go with the flow and they often end up always being a favourite. Life notes, photos, stickers, washi… how can you go wrong?

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today and getting to know designer Lindsay Bateman!

Tip of the Day: Cutting Detailed Dies from It’s Cheaper Than Therapy

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Detailed dies add so much beauty and interest to our projects! If you have ever wondered how to get them cut precisely, Maria B, the Sizzix lady from ItsCheaperThanTherapy.com, is here to teach us how. Maria demonstrates how to use the precision base plate, along with the die brush and foam pad set. Using her tips makes creating these intricate dies quick and easy.

Stop by ItsCheaperThanTherapy.com (Your Sizzix Superstore & More) to see all their great products. Thank you, Maria, for your helpful tips!

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Tip of the Day: Emboss Resist Technique from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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Diana from the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo team shares one of her very favorite techniques. You’ll enjoy watching Diana’s step-by-step tutorial on how to use an emboss resist technique. The projects created using this technique are eye-catching and stunning, so it is amazing how surprisingly quick and easy this process actually is.

Thanks, Diana, for sharing your tip with us today!  Stamp & Scrapbook Expo has so many techniques to share with you at their workshops, so make sure to find a show near you. You’ll be able to enjoy workshops, crops, make and takes, fabulous shopping, prizes, and much more. It’s the perfect weekend get-away to nurture your creativity!

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Latest & Greatest: Card Making with Fancy Pants Designs


Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

Our next show is in Orlando, FL on May 5th-6th! Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with a products from our Card Making workshop: Fancy Pants DesignsJoy Parade collection.

In class, each student will receive a Joy Parade sampler pack which includes: a 6×6 Paper Pad, Design Puffy Stickers, and Tags & Labels pack.


Using those items, I created this card:


A lot of layering went into this card and the step-by-step is pretty self-explanatory. But I do want to share how I created the tab.


I started with a 1 1/2 x 3″ strip of patterned paper from the 6×6 Paper Pad and the We R Memory KeepersTab Punch Board. (This is a tool from the Latest & Greatest: Cool Tools workshop.)


I folded the paper in half and inserted it under the Side Tabs punch.


I punched one end, then I flipped the paper over punched the other end on the small tab setting.


This is such a quick and easy way to add tabs to any project!

I layered patterned papers from the 6×6 Paper Pad, two tags and two labels from the Tags & Labels pack, decorated the tab with heart sticker from the Design Puffy Stickers pack, and added ribbon, baker’s twine, and a couple of foam Thickers to finish my sentiment.


I just love this paper collection. It is so bright and fun, and it is perfect for projects celebrating any happy occasion!

This Card Making workshop featuring Fancy Pants Designs’ Joy Parade collection will also be taught at our show in Puyallup WA. We hope you can come join us at one of these shows. We would love to see you there!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tip of the Day: Glitter Twine from Sparkle N Sprinkle

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Demo Donna from Sparkle N Sprinkle shows how to create your own customized glitter twine. Would you believe that you can create twine using Tear-ific Tape? You can then create any color of glitter twine you’d like – customized for any project!

We’d like to thank Donna for this tip; make sure to visit sparklensprinkle.com and also their blog for lots of fun inspiration!
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Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I recently returned home from our  Anaheim, CA show, three days of non-stop make & takes with some of the most talented paper crafters on earth – it was a sure fire way to get those creative juices flowing. I hope you enjoy today’s creative therapy, so sit back, relax and enjoy a little me time, you deserve it!

Vintage Mini Album By Tati Scrap

I instantly fell in love with this adorable shabby chic mini album that Tati has designed using Graphic 45’s new Vintage Hollywood Collection. Mini albums are the instant gratification of scrapbooking and with a little help from Graphic 45 and their amazing designers you, too, can complete an entire mini album in no time. How creative to add those interactive flaps and folds, they really add a touch of whimsy and delight to your albums.

The gift of memories is priceless, so why not create an album to give as a gift at the next baby shower, birthday or any special occasion? Click here and I will lead the way over the Graphic 45’s blog as Tati shares some great tips to creating your own stunning vintage inspired mini album.

I Adore You By Barbara Anders

With handmade shaker cards being all the rage right now, I thought you might be inspired by this adorable card designed by Barbara Anders. There is something about all those shiny sequins and beads shaking around that adds such a sparkly, festive feel. Barbara cut her shaker window with Die-namics LJD Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows, which as you can see creates the perfect window for a shaker element and/or frame. If you’re thinking the same thing I’m thinking (this is one of those need it in your life dies), then  click here and I’ll take you over to the site so you can order your own.

 

With a little help from our friend Barbara and a few simple supplies, you too can create these fun & festive shaker elements. Click here & I’ll take you over to the Paper Pursuits blog and you can follow along as Barbara shares just how easily this sweet card came together.

DIY Twine Dispenser By Angie Chavez

You know how I feel about glass jars, big or small I love them all. If you are a twine-lover too, this project is for you! They are a great way to store our ever growing stash of craft supplies while also helping to reduce the amount of trash that goes into our landfills. I will admit that I”m a bit of a twine junkie, we have bakers twine, cotton twine, hemp twine etc., all of which are great for adding texture and visual interest to our paper crafting projects.

Thanks to Angie you too can have your craft supplies organized and looking good. Click here and I will escort you over to her blog Knick Of Time where you can print out some of her free antique graphics to decorate your jars. A well-organized craft room makes crafting so much more enjoyable.

Waterslide Paper Technique By Dreams Factory

Spring is in the air and I was thinking it might be a good time to do a little spring cleaning/organizing in our craft rooms. How adorable are these shabby chic containers? I already have a chalk pen in hand – ready to label the contents! 🙂  Have you had the opportunity to play with Waterslide decals also known as slip decals? As you can see they make the perfect embellishment for just about any project. Until recently, water slide decals were professionally printed and only available in supplied designs, but with the advent of printable decal paper for color inkjet and or laser printers and a little help from our crafty friends over at Dreams Factory, we can create our own waterslide decals.

 

I hope you’ve been inspired to give this fun technique a try. Now that I have your attention ;-), click here and I will lead the way over to the Dreams Factory Blog where Diana shares all you need to know about Waterslide Decal Paper Transfers. Happy organizing my crafty friends.

Sheet Pan Cheesy Hasselback Ham, Potatoes and Asparagus

Move aside winter, spring is here and what tastes more like spring than ham and asparagus? This sheet pan recipe uses one pan and gets the whole feast on the table in a little over an hour.

I highly recommend stopping by the tbsp. blog anytime you need to kick things up a bit in the kitchen. If you’re a visual person, they even have a little 1-minute video sharing how easy this recipe is to prepare. Bon appetit my hungry friends!

Thanks for stopping by and I’d love to see you at an upcoming Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center! Hugs to all!

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

Welcome Little One

Well, another week has flown by and I do hope you have all had a wonderful week.  It is so fun this time of year to start planning some spring and summer projects, so sit back, relax, and enjoy.  It is time to show you some fun projects that will bring a lot of creative inspiration to your day!

Happy Summer Days By Amanda Baldwin

I would like to share with you this exquisite layout by Amanda Baldwin.  Amanda has added a delicate watercolor splatter base, as well as using the Colour Me Happy cut files to add some interest and draw your eye into her image.  She has stitched some pattern papers together and used cotton floss around her embellishment clusters.  What a beautiful way to preserve a special photo! Look at all the beautiful layering that Amanda achieved.  I am so impressed with her skilled techniques and they really give her layouts a pop.

Happy Summer Days

Amanda added fun flare and wood buttons, some enamel shapes, and a few flowers to give it a girly feeling along with adding some wonderful dimension.  Grab your darling photos and get started! You will be so inspired by Amanda and her impressive talent, so be sure to pop on over to Happy Arty Days where you will find many more of her fabulous projects and lots of inspiration!

Welcome Little One By Laurie Schmidlin

There are so many incredible opportunities to let your imagination run wild when you are creating handmade cards.  Today I want to share a darling baby card created by a very talented designer, Laurie Schmidlin.  This card can be used for any occasion just by changing out the sentiment.  What a sweet card that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Welcome Little One

Whether you keep your card simple or very detailed, your creation will always stand out and be remembered.  Cards may be small but they are packed with so much love and inspiration.  Click here and I will escort you over to spend some time with Laurie Schmidlin.  You are going to love her blog and will certainly be inspired by all of her beautiful projects!

Enjoy By Sara Barker

This beautiful masterpiece can be used for a home decor piece or a beautiful card to brighten up someone’s day.  Can’t you just see this on a canvas board and sitting on an end table?  I just love the texture that was created on this beautiful project.  You can always create a spectacular background using all kinds of different mediums.  You know me, I am all about creative and different backgrounds!

Enjoy

There is nothing more exquisite than a handmade decor piece for your home.  One of my favorite projects are the ones you can use it in many different ways, and wow, this would make an awesome card as well.  I would like to send out a big thank you to Sara Barker for sharing this beautiful and unique masterpiece with us.  Let me take you on over to Sarascloset where you can find how Sara created this beautiful card.  Be sure to stop by her blog anytime you are in need of a burst of inspiration.

Three Ingredient Coconut Macaroons by Kelly Senyei

My husband’s favorite cookie ever is a coconut macaroon and when I found this wonderful recipe I was so ecstatic because they are very easy to make!  Just think – only three ingredients and I think you will agree that this is a scrumptious recipe!