Circles, Circles, and more Circles!

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Hello, Weekly Scrapper friends! Welcome to Inspiration Station with Becki Adams; I’m so happy you found your way here. I get to share a video with you today that’s all about circles! I love using circles in my designs because I find they are so fun and easy to work with. For this layout I’m using the Let’s Party collection from Simple Stories.

To get ready for filming the process of this layout, I stitched around all the circles with my sewing machine. By stitching around the edges of the circles they stand out a little bit more against one another.

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Come see how this layout came together with LOTS of circles. I’d love to have you come create along with me!

Do you create with circles? If you haven’t, you need to give it a try. I think you’ll like it!

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I’m so glad you could join me today! Thanks for stopping by, I’ll see you next Thursday. Stampers – get ready because I’ve got a project you’ll LOVE.

Tip of the Day: Photo Booklets from Simple Stories

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Don’t we all have lots of photos we’d like to get into our scrapbooks? I sure do! I’m always looking for great ways to add more of them into my scrapbooks, so I am excited that on today’s Tip of the Day, we have Layle Koncar from Simple Stories share their fun photo booklets. By adding some simple embellishments, these booklets give you a beautifully simple way to add lots more photos to your scrapbook layouts and mini albums.

Thanks, Layle, for sharing your tip with us today! Make sure to visit Simple Stories to see all of their fabulous products.

#WeeklyScrapper #ScrapbookExpo

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Olya Schmidt

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Hello and welcome to this week’s Designer Spotlight! Today I’m featuring the vivacious and talented Olya Schmidt!

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Name: Olya Schmidt
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Blog: Olya Schmidt
Instagram: @paintpaperstudio
YouTube: Olya Schmidt
Facbook: Pisces Creativity
Pinterest: @olyaschmidt
Twitter: @piscesolya

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: Hi there, I’m Olya, watercolour artist by day, scrapbooker by night. I live in the beautiful Vancouver, BC with my husband Karl and our bunny Daisy. I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. It was my favorite way to play and I could entertain myself for hours on end as a child. The first time I heard of “urban” sketching, where people draw and sketch live on location, was in early 2012. I was feeling inspired after seeing gorgeous photos of artists’ sketchbooks around the world and decided to try it out myself. I haven’t stopped sketching since.

Favorite thing to create: Hmm, that’s a tough choice… I’d say between scrapbooks and illustrations, it’ll probably have to be travel sketchbooks because I can combine both urban sketching and memory keeping in one place.

What do you love about this hobby? I love that I get to play with pretty paper, paints, and embellishments while preserving memories and creating keepsakes for the future. I also love this amazing crafty community and all the wonderful and inspiring people I’ve had a pleasure of meeting, both online and in real life.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I have a total of 8 pairs of shoes (that includes gumboots and runners) yet a full room of scrapbooking supplies and stationery.
2. My coffee/milk ratio is always 50/50.
3. I cry at 98% of all the movies I go to see. That includes the preview trailers and the movies I’ve seen more than once. I’ve learned to always pack mascara, a bottle of water, and Advil for post-movie recovery.
4. When I was in high school I used to work full time as a deli clerk (grade 11 through college) so I could support myself and my mom. I didn’t mind one bit and would do it again in a heartbeat.
5. I still watch my favourite childhood cartoon show from the early ’90s called “Chip ‘n Dale, the Rescue Rangers” semi-daily and love it (almost) as much as I did when I was little.

Here is the super cute’n’clever project Olya made for her spotlight:

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SCRAPBOOK EXPO LOGO by Olya Schmidt

Since many people know me for watercolors and my mad love for bunnies, I decided to combine my two signatures styles and create a little watercolor sketch of the Scrapbook Expo logo, painted by a bunny 🙂

Here are a few more of Olya’s favorite projects to share with you today:

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PROJECT LIFE PAGE by Olya Schmidt

The simplicity and color use of the Project Life pages is something that came to me slowly and with time, but once I found my story-telling style and the rhythm, I was forever hooked on this memory-keeping process.

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ART JOURNAL by Olya Schmidt

I first heard of and tried art journaling in 2011. Soon I was hooked and within a year I filled a big notebook, busting at the seams. Five years later I’m on my 3rd art journal, enjoying that creative outlet more than ever.

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DOWNTOWN DENVER by Olya Schmidt

The sketch I did of downtown Denver is one of my favorites to date. I can still recall the street sounds, warm temperature, and friendly atmosphere of that day. I find that a sketch can bring back so many more memories and details than a quick photograph I took.

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ILLUSTRATED PROJECT by Olya Schmidt

At the beginning of this year I set out to document 2016 one illustration a day. 100+ days in, I’m still going strong and loving this project. (instagram.com/illustratedproject)

Thank you so much for joining us today Olya – keep up the amazing work!

Tip of the Day: Creating a Cork Coaster from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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Pauline and Lorraine from the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo team are here today to share how to create a lovely cork cup holder. It’s a great way to use those vintage lids from everyone’s favorite classic Mason jars!

You’ll find both of these wonderful women ready to share lots of inspiration at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. Lorraine will help you create fun projects in the Creativity Center, and Pauline teaches the Latest & Greatest Workshops where beautiful projects are made. Both of them specialize in nurturing your own creativity while having a great time!

#SSBE2016 #WeeklyScrapper #ScrapbookExpo

Vellum Shakers

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Happy Tuesday, and welcome back to another Creative Cardmaker post! First, I should probably apologize for yet ANOTHER butterfly card! I guess butterflies and I go together like peanut butter and jelly. Ha! I started creating, and this is what I came up with: a card with a sewn vellum pocket that acts like a shaker. Let’s get started!

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I’m using Gossamer Blue’s Gramercy Road line of papers, die cuts, stickers, and stamps today, along with Papertrey Ink’s Cover Plate: Bitty Butterflies. Actually, I had cut some butterflies out yesterday for THIS card and had the negative of the butterfly piece left over. I thought I should put it to good use! I wanted to layer a few leaf die cuts over the top, then cover them with vellum to create a shaker pocket.

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Here is what the “shaker” will look like! All I have to do is stitch or adhere the edges of the vellum. I attached the butterfly background to the striped cardstock and layered a chipboard flower over the top. I love the dimension and all of the layers peeking through. Next, I want to stamp a sentiment onto the vellum. Although the stamps are meant for fall, I think they are pretty for spring, too!

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I stamped and embossed the “hello” over the vellum and some leaves up in the corner as well. This adds yet another visual layer, without adding bulk!

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Will you be trying vellum shakers on your next card? You can fill them with sequins, or balloons for a birthday card, or stars… the sky is the limit! I would love to see what you are making also, so please say hello and leave a link to what you are currently working on!

Have a great day,

Danielle

Tip of the Day: Creating a Washi Tape Pen from Little B

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Dale from Little B is here to demonstrate how to take a standard pen and turn it into something exciting. The next time you pull a pen out of your purse, you’ll have a very fun one that showcases your flair for being creative.

We’d like to thank Dale for her tip, and invite you to visit Little B at their web site for lots more products, along with videos and step-by-step project instructions.

Stamped and Paper Pieced Thank You Card

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Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing a card I created by paper piecing stamped images from Sunny Studio Stamps.

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Sunny Studio Stamps has some fun new-release stamps out right now. For my project, I used the Woo Hoo Stamps for the owl and tree limb and the Stars & Stripes Stamps for the sentiment. I also gathered together a handful of colorful cardstock and some black ink.

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I stamped out the images onto the different pieces of cardstock.

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I cut out the images I wanted to layer with some detail scissors.

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I layered and adhered the pieces together onto a tag with the stamped sentiment.

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I added a couple of black gems for the eyes and a couple of epoxy heart stickers around the sentiment. I then added the tag to a card to finish.

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These stamps are so adorable and super easy to use. They are great for coloring and they have coordinating dies available, too.

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