Saturdays With LeAnn

Happy Birthday

Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper.  I am so excited to share some outstanding projects from a few wonderful and very crafty ladies.  Go grab your favorite drink, sit back, relax, and let’s get started into our creative world of crafting!

Love You Everyday By Jill Keller

If you are one that loves mixed media, then you’ll love the inspiration you will receive today from this beautiful layout.  I totally fell in love with the mixed media influenced background, the subtle textures, and the gorgeous colors that Jill used in her layout.  What a great way to complement her precious photo. For the background, Jill has added lots of watercolor, paste, and stitching mixed in with pretty elements of the collection.  She really draws your eyes into her image.

Love You Everyday

What a beautiful way to preserve a special photo!  Jill also gives a perfect example of how to include the mixed media style without overpowering her precious photo.  I just love all the beautiful layering that Jill also achieved.  She really has the skills and techniques to give her layout a pop.  Her layout is a piece of art that is all about texture, techniqu,e and a great imagination.  A big shout out to Jill for an outstanding job on this layout!  I am sure you are curious about what products she used, so click here and I will take you on over to Pretty Little Studio where you can write them all down.  While you are there be sure to check out her other fabulous projects.  You are going to be so inspired!

Happy Birthday By Amy Sheffer

Giving money to someone special can be a great present, but wrapping it inside an adorable money holder birthday card makes it even better!  I don’t know about you, but there are so many times when I run out of gift ideas for what to get others, or I have those hard to shop for people on my list.  Sometimes it just works out to give them some cold hard cash.  Here is a fun trifold money holder card project that I think you will enjoy!


Happy Birthday

Amy used bright colors, fun patterns, and gift shaker elements to give her card some fun appeal.  Shaker cards are so fun to make and very impressive to receive.


Happy Birthday

Queen & Company has a new kit called Pretty Presents that is available in stores now.  So with that in mind, create a fun trifold money folder!  Let me escort you over to Queen & Co. where you will see how Amy put together her fun birthday card.  Be sure and see the other designs she made using the same supplies.  Have fun creating!

Mason Jar Gift By Tonia Larson

Make a special gift just by gathering some fun items and packaging them in pretty jars.  Need a gift for the breakfast lover on your list?  Give the gift of a good morning with a “Rise and Shine” mason jar gift filled with everything to make a delicious breakfast for two.  It will serve up plenty of smiles.

Mason Jar Gift

Gifts in a Jar recipes are always so fun to make… and we all know mason mar gifts are always so fun to receive! Spoil your sweetheart, friends, family, or teachers this year with some sweet homemade gifts made with love.  Grab some mason jars and get started.  Who wouldn’t love to receive this fun gift?  For step-by-step directions, let me take you on over to The Gunny Sack where Tonia will walk you through on how to make your Rise and Shine gift.  Your imagination can run wild and I can’t wait to see some of the things you come up with!

Chocolate Turtle Brownies By  Christy Denney

Chocolate Turtle Brownies are a perfect brownie treat with nuts, topped with chocolate chips, and drizzled with caramel.  They make one amazing dessert!  You will love using this recipe for family treats or casual entertaining. Your guest will love these and I guarantee they won’t just eat one!

Chocolate Turtle Brownies

Are you ready to make these for your fun summer outings?  Click here and I will be happy to take you on over to The Girl Who Ate Everything so you can print out the recipe and get started baking.  Enjoy!

Once again, thank you for taking some of your precious time out of your schedule to be with me today.  I hope you will be able to check out more on these fabulous projects and enjoy the inspiration of these individual blogs.  Have an amazing week ahead and I will see you back next Saturday.

Hugs to all,



Freebie Friday with Craft Fantastic

It’s FRIDAY!! I’m Becki Adams, your Freebie Friday hostess. Today I get to share another awesome giveaway to share with you. This week, Craft Fantastic is our sponsor. I’m sure most of you have met the Craft Fantastic team at one of our shows but if you haven’t here’s what you need to know: Established in 2008, Craft Fantastic is a craft supply company specializing in photo jewelry components to create necklaces, bracelets, earrings (and more) showcasing family photos, original artwork and Fantastic Art Images. We pride ourselves on providing thoughtfully curated, designed, easy to use contemporary craft products that bring out the artist in everyone. We know your memories are important to you. Let us help you turn them into timeless keepsakes!This prize package is a sampling of the newest designs added to the Craft Fantastic family of products! The winner will receive over $75 in trays, glass cabochons, images and findings! Enough to create 20 pendants! If you want to be entered for your chance to win this amazing prize all you need to do is comment on this post BEFORE June 29th, at 11:59pm EST. Yes, it’s that easy!Have you connected with Craft Fantastic on social media? If you haven’t you’ll want to do that today!

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Sign up to receive the Craft Fantastic monthly NEWSLETTER and have exclusive information regarding sales, discounts and product peeks delivered right to your inbox! Did you know that one lucky subscriber is randomly selected each month to receive a $100 shopping spree???!!! Sign up and see if next month’s winner is you!Love Craft Fantastic and want even more?! Every month Craft Fantastic puts together a special kit featuring your favorite pieces to create a beautiful jewelry ensemble at a significant discount! Visit the KIT-OF-THE-MONTH page in the Craft Fantastic shop to see the latest and greatest kit!Dallas/Ft. Worth Craft Fantastic Road Show Join Craft Fantastic August 5th, 2017 for the Dallas/Ft. Worth Road Show featuring 4 amazing workshops and a day filled with fun and creativity! Visit the ROAD SHOW section of the Craft Fantastic website for more details!

Now, I’m sure you’re all wondering who gets to take home the awesome watercolor prize from Melissa Frances. The lucky winner is…..

Congratulations Kim Martin, this awesome watercolor prize pack will be on your doorstep soon! Please email to claim your prize.

Don’t forget that even when you are not attending a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, you can always join us online.

Thanks for stopping by for another Freebie Friday. Don’t forget to leave a comment below if you want a chance to win the Craft Fantastic prize pack. I’ll be back next Friday to announce the winner AND I’ll have another awesome prize up for grabs.

Latest & Greatest Pocket Scrapbooking with Fancy Pants

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here to share pocket scrapbooking page that I created with products from the Latest & Greatest Stamping workshop. Last week, I shared a card that I created using products from the Fancy Pants Family & Co collection  (you can find that post HERE). For this week’s post I decided to create a pocket page layout using the same products. I used a lot of stamps from the Family & Co collection to create this layout, including the title and a few of the embellishments.

All of the patterned paper in this project came from the Family & Co 6×6 paper pad, tags, and 4×4 stamp set. I started this project by printing photos and cutting all the patterned paper cards to go in the pockets. The photos are printed in both black and white and color. I LOVED all the photos I took on this particular event and wanted to use them on this project but the two portrait photos were taken at night and the color was off. When I have photos that aren’t the best quality, I like to print them black and white instead of color. By printing the photos in black and white it makes it less noticeable that the photos are imperfect. The Family & Co.4×4 stamp set that attendee’s receive in the Latest & Greatest Stamping Workshop is adorable. I wanted to use it for more than just the title. By stamping with the star stamps on patterned paper and cutting them out I had the most adorable embellishments to go on my project! The finishing touches on this pocket page layout are a few enamel dots and a few buttons. The buttons and enamel dots added a bit of texture without making the cards too bulky. This Latest & Greatest: Stamping workshop featuring Fancy Pant’s Family & Co. collection will be taught at our shows in Chantilly, Duluth, Kansas City, Santa Clara, Edison, and Schaumburg. We would love to see you there!Thank you for stopping by for another edition of Inspiration Station. I’ll be here next Thursday with a video tutorial. I’ll see you then!

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Mandy Melville


I was browsing through the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog and came across projects by Mandy Melville and instantly became her newest biggest fan! I am excited to introduce her to you today and share a brand new project and a few of her favorite creations!

Name: Mandy Melville
Location: Sydney, Australia
Instagram: @mandy1980
Pinterest: @mandymelville
Facebook: Mandy Melville

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I live just north of Sydney on the beautiful Central Coast of New South Wales in Australia. I’ve been married to Andrew for almost 15 years and together we have three kids… Abigail, who is nearly 13 years old (eek, a teenager, how did that happen!), Isaac who is nearly 10 years old, and Eleanor who is 2 ½ years old. We also have a kitten named Sasha. As well as looking after my family, I work one day a week at my local scrapbooking store, which is so much fun! I’ve been scrapbooking for about 12 ½ years, since my oldest was a baby, and my love for the craft has just grown stronger over the years! I was introduced to scrapbooking by Mum, who had been to a few Creative Memories parties, and I was instantly hooked! We still enjoy crafting together, and now my eldest daughter joins us as well! I love that I get to share this hobby with both my Mum and my daughter! Over the past couple of years I’ve been super lucky to be on some amazing design teams and I’m so thankful for these opportunities!

Favorite thing to create: I love creating 12×12 layouts, as well as traveler’s notebook spreads!

What do you love about this hobby? What I love most about this hobby is that I’m preserving my family’s precious memories! I know that if I didn’t record all of the little details, they would be forgotten. I love seeing my kids flip through the scrapbook albums that I’ve created. They love looking at the photos, but possibly even more so, they love reading the stories that I’ve recorded through the journaling. What I also love about scrapbooking is the creative outlet that it provides. As a Mum, it can be very easy to fill the hours in the day taking care of everybody else, so I really appreciate the little pockets of time in the day when I can slip away to my desk and get creative. It’s so therapeutic and relaxing! And lastly, I love that this hobby has brought so many new friends into my life – both online and in real life. I love how supportive and encouraging the scrapbooking community is and the way that we are all inspired by one another.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I married my high school sweetheart. We started dating when we were 17, got married when we were 21, and this year we are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary!
2. I love Paris! I was lucky enough to visit Paris in 2009 and would LOVE to be able to go back there again one day.
3. I have a Bachelor of Commerce and 15 years experience as a trained accountant (but at the moment I’m enjoying a change of pace working one day a week at my local scrapbooking store). I think some people find it funny that I’m an accountant that loves to scrapbook, but I guess I’m not your typical accountant!
4. I really don’t enjoy cooking AT ALL and would happily hire a personal chef if I could afford to do so!
5. Two things I couldn’t live without are coffee and chocolate! Thankfully my husband is pretty good on a coffee machine!

DREAM BIG LITTLE ONE by Mandy Melville

I adore this photo of my youngest daughter sleeping and because I really wanted to do the photo justice, I’ve been waiting for just the right time to scrapbook it (does anybody else do that?). When Paige asked me if I’d like to be featured on the Scrapbook Expo blog, of course I said yes, and I knew that this would be the perfect opportunity to document this special photo. I’ve combined a few different collections on this page, including the American Crafts ‘Little by Little’ collection by Shimelle, the Cocoa Vanilla ‘Wild at Heart’ collection, and the Felicity Jane ‘Sophie’ kit. I love that these collections came together so beautifully and that they created such a soft and dreamy colour palette! I’ve also used a cut file from the Silhouette Design Store to create my title. One of my favourite techniques for creating an eye catching layout is to cut out a large feature title using my Silhouette Cameo.

HAPPY by Mandy Melville

This layout was based on a sketch designed by Laura Whitaker for Stuck?! Sketches. I love using a sketch as a jumping off point for a layout, particularly when I’m stuck for design ideas. And a grid design is always a winner in my books! This page features photos of my youngest daughter and my nephew. They are the best of friends and I love documenting the special relationship that they share. I used the Shimelle ‘Little by Little’ collection to create this page. With lots of cute embellishments, and lovely colours, it was the perfect collection for documenting these photos! I also included a handmade star embellishment from Charms Creations, as well as a rubber charm and a flair button from Felicity Jane. I had a lot of fun creating this cute and whimsical page!

CARNIVAL FUN by Mandy Melville

This layout features photos from when we took our kids to a local carnival earlier this year. My parents joined us too, and we had so much fun going on some rides and eating ice cream cones! I really wanted this page to have a carefree and fun feel to it to match the photos, and the Paige Evans ‘Take Me Away’ collection was just what I was looking for! The colours in this collection are divine and the gold foam Thickers really add that extra pop! I decided to print my photos in black and white so that I could include lots of those beautiful colours in the collection on my page. Once again I created a large title, this time using a cut file from The Cut Shoppe. I decided to tilt all of the elements on the page, which I think adds some extra fun to the layout!

HAPPY EASTER by Mandy Melville

To create this layout, I dug into my stash of Cocoa Vanilla goodies, and used six different collections on this one page. I documented a couple of cute photos of my youngest daughter enjoying her very first Easter egg. I decided on using soft, pastel colours, as these really remind me of Easter. I love to create lots of dimension on my pages, so I added foam tape underneath some of the elements on the page to give them added height. I love all of the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla papers and embellishments on this page and how well they all work together to create a soft and pretty layout.

LET’S GO by Mandy Melville

Towards the end of last year I discovered traveler’s notebooks, and now I’m completely hooked! I love scrapbooking in my notebooks and the smaller size makes it quick and easy to put a layout together. I’m using this particular notebook to document photos from a cruise that we went on last year. This photo of my eldest daughter was taken just before we set sail from Sydney. The view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was amazing! I used a combination of the Bella Blvd ‘Secrets of the Sea’ (Girl) collection along with the Cocoa Vanilla ‘Hello Sunshine’ collection on this spread. I also used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe to cut the phrase ‘Let’s Go’, which was the perfect title for this page. I love the fresh and vibrant colour palette on this spread and those florals from the Cocoa Vanilla ‘Hello Sunshine’ collection are totally swoon-worthy!

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Mandy Melville today! Be sure to check out more of her amazing creations on her blog and instagram and such (all listed at the top of this post!) See you again soon!

Tip of the Day: Ribbon Flowers from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo


Pauline Steffensen, lead instructor at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, is here today to demonstrate how to create beautiful flowers from your favorite ribbons. Custom flowers can be yours in just minutes!

Pauline teaches the Latest & Greatest workshops at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo and if you get a chance to take a class from her, you’ll be very happy you did! Visit to find an Expo near you and plan your own creative weekend getaway!

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Card Swappin’ with Dave Gordon

Hello everyone, we are so excited to be able to announce a new feature here on Weekly Scrapper called “Card Swappin’ with Dave Gordon.”  If you’ve attended a Crop or a Card Swap at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, you’ve already been charmed by our wonderful Dave Gordon. He always takes an event up a big notch and turns them into a delightful occasion full of fun. You really haven’t experienced the complete Expo until you Crop or Swap with Dave! In his posts on Weekly Scrapper, Dave will share all of the great happenings from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Card Swaps. Today is Dave’s first post, so we’ll turn the time over to him!

Card Swaps are packed with inspiration and ideas for creating fabulous cards and also sharing them with other crafters.  Maybe you have been making cards for years and need to get some fresh ideas. Or maybe you are new to card making and want to get connected with other card makers who share your new passion. I can say one thing, once you make that first card you are sure to be hooked and will be looking forward to creating your next one!

Card Swaps offers many fresh and new ideas for card making. In the swap, I encourage guests to share their inspiration about why they enjoy card making. Maybe the participant likes to use flowers, buttons, or bling on their cards. Some are great at using their “scraps” for making cards. (As you and I know, there is nothing “scrap” in our creative world! We always find a use for even the smallest piece of paper or embellishment.)  Making and sending a handmade card means as much to me as it does to the special person who is receiving it.

Each guest that attends a Card Swap receives 15 unique cards made by other swappers in the room. How fabulous is that?! We even have a “traveling card box” filled with cards from other shows for your inspiration. The ideas you will receive are endless!

Look at this card full of birthday celebration created by Chris Zelnick. This card was made using a dot style embossing folder for the background and die cuts for the balloons and balloon strings. I love the bright shining colors used in making this special card

Everyone likes a little elegance and this next card is simply perfect. The sweet flamingo is for that special someone who needs a soft touch of kindness. This card, created by April Smith, features a flamingo die cut, bling, ribbon, and a charm.

Now that you’ve been inspired to start swappin’ cards, check out this Card Swap group on Facebook “Card Swap Pals.”  What a great way to reach card makers both around the corner and across the country.

This series of posts, along with all the Card Swaps at Stamp & Scrapbook Expos, are designed as a great way for you to be inspired to create beautiful cards. Join me each time for “Card Swappin’ With Dave” because the fun has just begun! To attend a Card Swap in person, make sure to check out the schedule for Scrap & Scrapbook Expos across the country and plan for a fabulous weekend crafting, cropping, shopping, and swappin’ with friends!


~ Dave

Tip of the Day: Creating Watercolor Décor from Prima Marketing


Sharon from Prima Marketing shows how to create beautiful home décor using oil pastels and watercolor panels. It’s quick and simple to create a lovely watercolor background that is perfect for adding photos, stickers, flowers, and other embellishments. Customize the oil pastel colors to match your home and you’ll have a pretty décor piece in just a short time.

Stop by to view all their gorgeous products and their blog at for all kinds of inspiration!

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