Tip of the Day: Custom Button Embellishments from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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Pauline Steffensen from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shares how to create your own unique and creative button embelllishments. By shopping in your very own stash, you’ll soon be creating some darling buttons of your own. Pauline demonstrates how easy it is to have that epoxy look without spending a lot of money.

Pauline is a talented and dedicated crafter who teaches workshops at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. Make sure to visit scrapbookexpo.com to find an expo near you, and sign up for one of Pauline’s workshops; you’ll absolutely love crafting with her!

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Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Audrey Yeager

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I have been a longtime fan of Audrey Yeager’s scrapbook layouts, among other talents!, and I am so excited to feature her today and show you a brand new layout she made just for her spotlight!

Name: Audrey Yeager
Location: Fayetteville, NY
Blog: audreysreflection.blogspot.com
Instagram: @audreykit1
YouTube: audreykit1
Pinterest: @audreykit
Flickr gallery: audreykit

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I am a SAHM working part time as an AP Biology teacher. My kiddos are 8 and almost 6 and are the subjects of most of my pages. I started scrapping in 2005. I had a big Halloween party and I wanted to make an album of all the fun costumes and events and that was the first scrapbook album I made. Since then I have been on several design teams, kit clubs, and manufacturer teams and I even owned my own online scrapbook store for about 2 years. When I am not scrapping, I like to quilt, play volleyball, spend time outdoors, and binge watch Netflix and other TV shows.

Favorite thing to create: I love to create single page layouts about everyday events and fun memories about our family.

What do you love about this hobby? I love the outlet it provides as a stress relief and I love that it helps me capture memories and moments that I want to remember forever. I also love meeting new people and the support that both the online and real-life scrapping community provides. I have met so many people through this hobby!

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I’m a heavy metal/hard rock kind of girl! My favorite bands are Metallica and Tool.
2. We do a little bit of “homesteading” at our house including raising chickens, planting lots of vegetables, and making our own maple syrup.
3. When I was about 12, I used to catch garter snakes at my house and sell them to my local pet store for $1 a foot. They would use them to feed other snakes or sell the bigger ones. I have no problems picking up snakes even to this day!
4. I’ve taught students in almost every grade, Kindergarten through graduate school.
5. I have a brother who is 18 years younger than I am and when he was born (and all throughout my 20’s) people used to think he was my child.

GOOD BOOK by Audrey Yeager

My daughter is really into this series right now, and I love reading with her. The books in the “Oh My Heart” by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee collection were perfect for this page. I tried to recreate the look of a book using lightweight media sheets and embellies to look like book marks (and I even dog-eared the corner of the “book”).

COOL DUDE by Audrey Yeager

I used a fun cut file for the background on this page and played with the design of the squares. I also love this color combo for a boy page!

THIS TREE by Audrey Yeager

For the journaling on this page, I used a combination of stamping and handwriting to tell the story of this tree in our backyard that we loved but had to cut down.

CHORES by Audrey Yeager

I used the Simple Stories Domestic Bliss collection to document the chores I hate doing (and those that I don’t mind doing). The die cuts were perfect for this theme!

UNDER THE INFLUENCE by Audrey Yeager

I wanted to go grunge this this page about my brother and I listening to loud music. The title has both a literal and a figurative meaning for me on this page!

Thank you so much to Audrey for taking the time to answer my questions and creating a new and stunning page for her feature! See you again in a couple weeks with a new spotlight!

Tip of the Day: Color Burst Frame from Ken Oliver

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Ken Oliver shares a very fun stenciling tip using Color Burst. Just watch to see the absolutely beautiful photo frame Ken creates in only a couple of minutes. If you have not worked with Color Burst before, you are sure to be amazed at the process!

Make sure to visit Ken’s blog at kensworldinprogress.com for all kinds of Color Burst inspiration!

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Tip of the Day: Swing Fold Card by Art Impressions

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Art Impressions always has fabulous projects, and we’re happy to feature Kate Swanson demonstrating how to create a beautiful Swing Fold card using the Art Impressions mini tri-fold stamps. These cards are impressive and intricate, and yet they are surprisingly easy to create with Kate’s step-by-step instructions.

These cards have so much “wow!” factor! Make sure to stop by artmpressions.com to view all their products, and sign up for one of their amazing workshops at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo near you!

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Latest & Greatest: Cool Tools with American Crafts


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

Our next show is in Puyallup, WA on June 2nd-3rd. 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 products from our Cool Tools workshop: American CraftsThicker Alignment Guides.


With the small Wave Guide, I created this card:


I used the guide as template to cut a decorative edge with my patterned paper.


(For this card, I chose items from Bella Blvd‘s Make Your Mark collection, specifically the 6×8 Gold Foil Paper Pad, 12×12 Fundamentals Gold Foil Stickers, and Gold Foil Gift Tags that are being featured in the Latest & Greatest: Card Making workshop.)

I then used the guide to place the “Birthday” sentiment after stitching along the waves to enhance the decorative edges.


I finished by adding clusters of embellishments in the open areas above and below the waves.


It is a fun tool that I know I will be using again and again!

This Latest & Greatest: Cool Tools workshop featuring American Crafts’ Thicker Alignment Guides and the other products I have spotlighted over the last couple of months will end in Puyallup WA. We would love to see you there!

Starting at our show in St. Paul, MN, we will have a new selection of products for you to learn about and play with.

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

Tip of the Day: Vellum Receipts from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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You know Dave as the fabulous host of the crops at Stamp & Scrapbook Expos. Dave is also a dedicated and talented scrapper, and he shares a great tip for saving memorabilia.

Stop by scrapbookexpo.com to plan a weekend to crop and create with Dave. You’ll have a blast!

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Sundays With Lorraine

Good day to all my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  I hope you are enjoying a nice, carefree weekend and I’m glad that you’ve found your way into your craft room. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to share a little inspiration from some of the most talented people in our industry, so sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s creative therapy!

DIY Journaling cards By Nicole Nowosad

Most paper crafters have a nice selection of scraps, so why not put them to good use? I love how Nicole created her own unique journaling cards using pieces of this and parts of that. What a sense of accomplishment you will feel when you walk away with a dozen or so pocket cards and embellishments using nothing but scraps. You can use these cards in your pocket page albums as well as on your cards, tags, planners and traditional scrapbook layouts. The possibilities are endless.

I hope you’ve been inspired to break out those treasured scraps and create some of your own one-of-a-kind embellishments. How creative of Nicole to alter some premade cards as well as cutting her own 3X4 cards and starting from scratch. I love purchasing premade cards but the sentiments or phrases don’t always fit my projects. I love Nicole’s solution which is to alter them with washi tape – cover up what you don’t want and add what you need. Big hugs to Nicole for being such a constant inspiration to her fellow paper crafters.

Miss You By Melissa Phillips

Paper piecing is an inexpensive yet creative way to add visual interest to your paper crafting projects. Paper piecing is a technique used in both quilting and paper crafting that involves cutting and layering small paper shapes together to create customized embellishments. It’s also a great way to use up some of those scraps that you’ve been collecting.

Back in the day (LOL) we used to fussy cut all those tiny pieces and that is still an option but not necessary.  On this sweet card, Melissa used the new Up In The Air Stamp & Die Set by My Favorite Things to paper piece the hot air balloon. Paper piecing is a fun way to take your stamps and dies to the next level.  I hope you’ve been inspired to give this technique a try, you’ll be glad you did. Who wouldn’t be smiling from ear to ear when they opened the mailbox to find this handmade treasure?

Believe In Magic By Suzanne

Suzanne was challenged to design a vintage or shabby chic project without using any patterned/designer paper. That’s a tall order. I think it’s safe to say that she definitely stepped up to the plate with this gorgeous Art Journal.  This work of art has really inspired me to step outside my box. I love how Suzanne incorporated bright, warm colors while retaining the vintage/shabby chic style. I have to admit, I tend to stay with more neutral tones like cream, tans, and pastel colors (how boring of me). Big hugs to Suzanne for sharing the inspiration.

I know you’re probably scratching your head thinking “how did she do that”? Not to worry, click here and I’d be honored to escort you over to Suzz’s Stamping Spot so you can follow along as she takes us step-by-step on how the journal came together. Be prepared to take notes she has some great tips and techniques to share.

Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken Cutlets By Simply Recipes

With a little help from our friends over at Simply Recipes you, too, can have this yummy Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken on the table in less than 1/2 hour. It takes longer than that to order pizza! By using chicken cutlets (thin sliced chicken breast)  along with canned diced tomatoes doctored up with a bit of olive oil, garlic, and Italian seasonings, it cooks in about 15 minutes.

All that’s left is to click here and I will lead the way over to Simply Recipes so you can print out the recipe – you probably have all the ingredients you need on hand.  I like to serve this with a simple salad and some french bread and my family are happy campers. You can’t go wrong adding a side of pasta if you have a hungry group. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you. I’ll see you next Sunday with more great projects to inspire you throughout the week. I’ll be at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Puyallup, WA next week June 2nd & 3rd and would love to meet you in person. It’s gonna be a great show so if you’re in the neighborhood we would love to see you there. I’ll meet you in the Creativity Center and we’ll make something beautiful together!