Sundays With Lorraine

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Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! Can you believe that we are almost into October; what happened to the year? It seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye. With that said, I’m thinking we need to get a handle on our preparation for the upcoming holidays. This is the year that we have things under control and we’re gonna be sipping eggnog by the fireplace on Christmas Eve NOT running around finishing last minute gifts, right?  Not to worry, if it’s too early for you to start your holiday crafting, just pin the ideas for when you are.

Live Your Adventure

Getting ready for the holidays doesn’t have to mean red and green. Have you thought about giving the gift of memories to someone special this year? When I discovered this amazing work of art on Trudi’s blog, I fell in love with the grungy-mechanical-steampunk design. With my mind creatively spinning, I thought wouldn’t this be adorable in a frame to gift to one of my friend who lives 3000 miles away and doesn’t get to see my daughter very much?  Then much to my delight, I went onto to the Michael’s website to see what 12 x 12″ frames were available and I found this 12 x 12″ ArtMinds™ Chicken Wire Frame for only $7.99  Can you believe it?

Live Your Adventure

Can you see where I’m going with this one? Now our framed scrapbook layout turns into a one-of-a-kind jewelry holder. I can see Brighton earrings hanging on it as we speak! 😉 You can also use it as a memory board or photo display. Use your own miniature clothespins to display photos, kids’ art, notes, memorabilia, and much more. Stain or paint the wood frame to match your décor. If you’d like to follow along as Trudi shares just how easily this work of art comes together, click here and I’ll escort you over to her blog. The gift of memories, as they say, priceless!

Gift Card Holders

We all need gift card holders – right? I discovered these adorable and oh-so-versatile gift card holders over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog and I immediately knew I had to share the love. Not only are there three different designs but the bonus is that we don’t have to purchase any special dies because the creative girls over on the blog have provided a template for not only this one, but also two others.

Giftcard Holder found on Frilly and Funkie

Check out how cute the inside looks. Who wouldn’t love a little shopping spree on you!

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Hugs to the amazingly talented design team over on Frilly & Funkie for sharing their holiday inspiration. I hope you’ve been inspired to create your own gift card holders, then all you have left to do is spin the rack at the grocery store and pick their favorite gift cards. Handmade cards really add that personal touch!

Christmas In A Jar – Mulling Spices By Kellie

Are you looking for a nice little pishky (gift) that’s so easy and also inexpensive to make? How about these adorable Mason Jars filled with the smells of Christmas?  Every season has its definitive, nostalgia-inducing scent and these mulling spices definitely smell like Christmas. Holiday scents can help combine both the past and present memories while evoking a warm and cozy, homey feeling.


This idea may not be new to many of you, but what Kellie’s done is to make this really easy to give as gifts.  Whether you need a hostess, teacher, Sunday school, or co-worker gift – this is the perfect pishky and if you click here I will take you over to Kellie’s blog Nest Of Posies so you can print out her free printable labels that fit perfectly in the lid of the ring. You might want to make a few extra to keep on hand in case someone unexpected drops by. 😉

Stained Glass Technique with White Embossing on Vellum

Ok, let’s step away from the holidays for a bit. While spending some quality time on Catherine Pooler’s blog I discovered this beautiful card and I absolutely adore this technique! I love it when something this gorgeous comes together so quickly – don’t you?

Stained Glass Technique with White Embossing on Vellum

Click here and I will lead the way over to Catherine’s blog so you can watch the step-by-step video that she put together sharing this fun stained glass technique – you’re gonna love it! Be prepared to have your mind blown when you see how forgiving this technique is.

Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls

Are you looking for a yummy appetizer for those upcoming holiday events? Then you are going to love these easy to make Ham & Cheese Party Rolls. The inside is soft, gooey, and cheesy. The outside is browned and crispy, they are sure to be a hit with your guests, so sit back, enjoy and let the compliments roll in! 😉

Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls

These tasty morsels are perfect for your next scrapbook event or family party because you can assemble everything the night before (even with the glaze!) and bake them the next day so that leaves more time for you to enjoy your guests.  Be sure to stop by Kevin & Amanda’s Blog so you can print out the recipe and most likely, pick up a few more easy to make goodies for the holidays.

I still can’t believe that there are only three more Stamp & Scrapbook Expos and our 2016 season comes to an end, that means I’m not flying anywhere for three months and I’m so excited to start my holiday crafting as well as preparing for an exciting 2017 season of new projects to share with you in the Creativity Center. So now you know why I’m chomping at the bit to get my holiday craft on, I promise not to break out the holiday music until mid-November! LOL



Saturdays With LeAnn



Welcome back, my friends.  What a better way to round out your work week than with five amazing projects from four wonderful designers, and then add to it some yummy cookies!  I hope these will be some projects that you want to create yourself.  So kick off your shoes, relax, and let’s get started!

Heritage Portrait By Delaina Burns

I am delighted today to share this beautiful layout designed by the very talented Delaina Burns.  The astonishing moments with our family are not only to be cherished, but are so very important for us to scrapbook.  I love Delaina’s layout and how she added the vintage flare to set off her old photo.

Heritage Portrait

Delaina created her beautiful page using a stenciled background along with the Artisan Powder from Prima. She also added lots of layers by mixing papers, flowers, and metals.  Don’t you just love this soft, vintage look?  All of her embellishments are a perfect match to complement her layout.  Click here and I will be happy to take you over to her blog, Delaina’s Embellished Memories, where you will find the steps to creating this page.  This is one design I am sure you will want to use again.  A big thank you to Delaina for sharing this outstanding layout with us.  Enjoy creating one of your own!

Thanks By Inge Groot

I know many of you (like me) are enjoying the shaker-card trend that is going on right now, and I hope you will be inspired to make one of your own. I would like to share this darling shaker card that was created by using the Gift Box Cover-Up-Die-namics windows.  Adding beautiful colored sequins to your card will immediately add color to your background of your card.  Step it up a notch and add a coordinating envelope to your card.  What a sweet surprise when the recipient opens the envelope to find such a fabulous card inside.



Whether you have made dozens of shaker cards or if this is your very first, I highly recommend you stopping by the Patterned Paper blog where Inge will share the supplies needed and how she created this adorable card.  You will love how she used this window die to create a shaker card with a beautiful floral arrangement!  Thank you, Inge, for your inspiration!

Well, Hello By Cindy Lawrence

Today I would like to also share this fabulous card created with a new digital stamp set from Power Poppy called Well, Hello Dahlia.  My favorite part of this card is the fact that it is a digital file, and the best part is that you can print it as many times as you desire.

Well Hello

Digital stamps are becoming increasingly popular.  They present a stamper with a whole new range of crafting opportunities.  One of their attractions is the fact that the images can be resized, flipped to create a mirror image, or manipulated in other ways before printing it out and colored in the same way that a rubber stamped image is colored.  This gives you a range of new design opportunities.  Cindy shows us her beautiful coloring skills using Copic markers.  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 this masterpiece. Have fun creating! 🙂

Wire & Felt Flowers By Anna-Karin Evaldsson

These unique flowers are so fun to make and look great in a vase together, or just one flower on its own in a glass jar becomes a great little gift.  The flowers look very nice and decorative, and can be used for different things like gifts, napkins and many other items.  Don’t you just love the look of the twisted wire for the stems?  No need to cover them up with florist tape.  The mixed metals really step up the style.  Try making your flowers from other materials, such as printed paper, old book paper, leather, matte board, or any kind of surface that you can die cut.

Wire & Felt Flowers

So you are probably wondering how you make your wire twists, right?  There is a new tool out is called Twist & Style.  This exciting twist tool quickly and easily twists wire with other materials, including ribbon, raffia, cotton cording, plastic cording, embroidery floss, and fabric strips. The results are so amazing!  Click here to learn how to use this amazing tool. This video will show you step-by-step instructions and you will find yourself having so much fun creating with this tool.  A big thank you to Anna-Karin for another wonderful inspiration.  Have fun crafting, friends!

Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies By Ali Ebright

You have got to try these!  If you are looking for a cookie that will make you look like a professional baker, these are the cookies for you.  Not only are they so tasty but very appealing as well.  These are full of fresh lime, coconut, and buttery flavors, and topped with a light lime glaze.  They will become one of your all-time favorites!

Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies
You absolutely can’t go wrong with these.  I highly recommend making a double or triple batch, then you will have extras to give away or even to freeze for later.  Let me take you over to Gimme Some Oven where Ali has the recipe and ingredients for you.  With the days starting to get cooler, it is a great time to spend in your kitchen and do some baking.  Enjoy!
Thank you for sharing a bit of your Saturday with me.  I hope you have enjoyed today’s projects and you have been inspired to begin some of your own.  I am looking forward to sharing some more fun things again with you next Saturday.  Have a wonderful week ahead of you and enjoy this beautiful fall season!

Freebie Friday – Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine – Fall 2016

SCT Magazine Fall 2016

Freebie Friday with Jen Walker

Happy Friday! I hope you all have had a wonderful day and are looking forward to an even better weekend. It is finally starting to feel like Autumn here. This is my favourite time of the year when the air is crisp and the early morning grass is crunchy under foot. I love it!

With the change of seasons comes the release of a new issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. The Fall 2016 issue was launched this morning. I don’t know about you, but I love to pick up a magazine and feel the crisp new pages between my fingers, and reading this magazine sure makes me happy!

Scrapbook & Cards Today - Fall 2016

Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine is available in print as well in a digital format. The digital format is available for viewing online or downloading for free. You can also view all of the artwork from the issue separated by article as well as download the individual articles themselves. View the issue online here:  All back issues are also available for viewing online.

Here are a few of my favourite projects from this issue:

Here by Vicki Boutin for SCT Magazine

Here by Vicki Boutin

Hello Darling by Nicole Nowosad for SCT Magazine

Hello Darling by Nicole Nowosad

Sunshine by Laureen Wagener for SCT Magazine

Sunshine by Laureen Wagener

With each issue, they also provide free sketches, cut files, and printable files. Each issue has a full series of bonus items that will inspire scrapbookers, card makers and paper crafters everywhere! Here are a couple of my favourites:

SCT Bonus Files

SCT Fall Card Set

You can also find hundreds of free sketches, and other free downloadable cut files and printables on their website.

Friends of Scrapbook Expo

To celebrate the release of the Fall 2016 issue, Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine would like one lucky Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friend to have a one-year subscription to Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine.

SCT Magazine

Learn more about Scrapbook & Cards Today:

For a chance to win a one-year subscription to Scrapbook & Cards Today, leave a comment on this blog post. The giveaway runs until midnight EST on Thursday, September 29th.

Last week’s Freebie Friday post was sponsored by Maya Road. Thank you to everyone who commented on last week’s blog post! The giveaway was for a Follow Your Bliss Card Kit.

The winner is Lynette!

Winner Lynette

Congratulations, Lynette! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker and include ‘Maya Road Giveaway winner’ in the subject line.

Thanks for joining me this week. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Don’t forget … if you want a chance to win a one-year subscription to Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, you need to leave a comment on this post.

If you are looking to be inspired, join Scrapbook Expo on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook.

When you are relaxing this weekend, remember you can visit the Scrapbook Expo YouTube Channel for lots of amazing videos filled with tips and inspiration.

~ Jen

Cute Cut Files: Thank You So Much

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Hi friends! Today I’m sharing a thank you cut file (you can never have enough thank you cards, right?) and a few process shots of putting the card together.

To start with, here is the file to download: Thank You So Much. I use my Silhouette to cut out the card front, so those are Cameo files, but you’ll find a high-contrast black & white image in there too, that you can use in other design programs.

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To start with, I chose papers in the color scheme I wanted to use – greens and blues with a touch of mustard yellow. No particular reason, those just looked nice to me today. (I almost always have some kind of pink in everything I make, but I guess today was the exception!) I started with just two papers, then held them up against other papers in my stash to find ones that looked good together.

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Once you’ve got your papers chosen, cut them into strips that are about 1/4″ higher than your letters. Snip off little rectangles, these will go behind the letters. Start with one pattern and place it behind several of the letters.

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Continue with another color, then another. I tape these in place as I go along – I just use regular gift-wrapping tape, washi tape, or what ever’s handy. It tends to peel off pretty easily if I need to rearrange. The key is to help each pattern of paper get distributed fairly evenly around your design. Arranging three pieces of a strong color into a triangle is usually a safe bet, like with the green paper here. Here’s what the back looks like.

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And the finished front.

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Thanks for visiting, I hope you’ve liked this card! If you make a card using this cut file, we’d love to see – share your creations in the comments, on our Facebook page, or in our Flickr group. Thanks for stopping by!


Pocket Page Scrapbooking Process Video


Becki-Adams-headerHello Weekly Scrapper friends and fans, Becki here, with another edition of Inspiration Station. This is my favorite week of the month because I get to share a video with you. Today I have a pocket page scrapbooking process video to share with you.

becki-adams_first-grade_1I used the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection to create this layout. This collection is perfect for creating boy themed layouts. This pocket page layout features nine 4×4 pockets that are boy/back to school themed.

becki-adams_first-grade_3This layout is all about my little man’s first day of first grade. Come watch how this page came together in just a few minutes.



Do you have your kids (or your) back to school memories documented? If not, you should try pocket scrapbooking. I think you’ll love it!

Tip of the Day: How to Create Fold-a-Long Cards from Its Cheaper Than Therapy


Maria B, the Sizzix lady from, is here today to show us how to cut and fold the Fold-a-Long cards by Sizzix and Jen Long. Maria walks us step-by-step through the process and makes it simple to create these beautiful and impressive cards.

Make sure to stop by for all kinds of great products! Thanks, Maria, for stopping by to share this tip with us; happy card making, everyone!

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Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Monochromatic

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Up for a fun challenge? Try scrapping with just one color! Don’t worry, it’s actually not as hard as it may sound once you bring in all the embellishments and different tints, tones, and shades of a single color – they all work together to create a stunning monochromatic layout!

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ADORABLE by Paige Evans

Yellow, yellow, and more yellow! I started with a sun-rays background and then filled in every other ray with a bunch of yellow embellishments!

Hello Jane

HELLO JANE by Paige Evans

Here I punched a bunch of squares from all kinds of pink patterned papers, cut them in half, and pieced them together to make a quilt-like background. Then I had fun filling in-between and embellishing with lots of pink things!

Me & My Girl by Paige Evans

MY GIRL by Paige Evans

I was surprised by how many mint green things I had in my stash collected over the years so once I pulled all of those bits and pieces out this layout came together in a snap!

Princess Paige


Another pink layout, because pink is my absolute favorite color! Gather everything on the bottom section of your layout and leave the top half mostly empty to create balance.

What do you think? Do you want to give this technique a try?! It’s fun!