Freebie Friday: Taylored Expressions

Taylored Expressions cards by Jen Walker for Weekly Scrapper

Freebie Friday with Jen Walker

Welcome to Freebie Friday! I am very excited to be visiting you each and every Friday to show you one of the latest and greatest products to hit the scrapbooking and paper crafting world. I will also share with you a few projects I have created with these products and then give you the chance to win the products for yourself.

Are you ready? Let’s get started …

This week, I created cards using the following products from Taylored Expressions – Chemical Reaction die set, Beaker Buddies stamp set, TE Sequins – Formula for Love, and Matched Kit – Formula for Love. I had a great time working with these products. I absolutely love the dies and the papers.

Valentine's card by Jen Walker

Valentine's Day card by Jen Walker

The grey beaker die cuts on this card were cut and then inserted into the white cardstock. The top layer was then raised on foam dots for added dimension. It allowed me to leave the beaker empty (except for air 🙂 ) but still place the heart stir stick in the open space of the beaker.

Valentine's Day card by Jen Walker

Tip: When you receive clear plastic packaging, save it. I cut out a beaker in plastic packaging and used it to hold the sequins on this shaker card.

Valentine's Day card by Jen Walker

 Friends of Scrapbook Expo

Would you like to win these love-themed Taylored Expressions products?

Taylored Expressions products

For your chance to win these products, leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you love about scrapbooking and/or papercrafting. The giveaway runs until 6pm EST on Thursday, January 22nd. While you are at it, why not show Taylored Expressions some love and leave them a comment on their Facebook page and let them know that you saw this blog post.

Today, I am also excited to share with you one of our new promotions. I am asking you to use the hashtag #IWannaGoSBE. We want you to shout it from the rooftops that you ‘Wanna Go’ to Scrapbook Expo!

  • Why not share photos on Facebook from last year’s event and tell us you can’t wait to return next year and tag it #IWannaGoSBE?
  • Tweet to your family and friends that #IWannaGoSBE and are hoping they purchase a gift certificate for you to use for classes or a crop at the event.
  • Post a photo to Instagram of the goodies you purchased at Scrapbook Expo in 2014 and that you can’t wait to get shopping again and tag it with #IWannaGoSBE.
  • Post a photo to Pinterest of the card you completed in a class and cards you have made since then using that technique and tag them with #IWannaGoSBE.

We want to know that you ‘Wanna Go’ to Scrapbook Expo.  At this point, you are probably asking yourself “what’s the catch?” Well, you are going to LOVE the catch! Every once in a while, I am going to search out all of the times people have used the hashtag #IWannaGoSBE on the various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram) and… wait for it … I am going to give you two – single day passes to a Scrapbook Expo of your choice. How cool is that?! So basically, you tell us you are excited to go to a Scrapbook Expo and in the process you are entering for a chance to win two passes; one for yourself and one for a friend. Doesn’t that sound great? The more you share, the more chances you have to win! Go ahead – start using the hashtag #IWannaGoSBE and you may win your passes for the 2015 show of your choice!

Thanks for joining me today! I’ll see you back here next week when I will have another giveaway for you! And in the meantime, here’s a little bit more about me:

Growing up, I was always a very creative person. I can remember spending endless amounts of time doing crafts for friends and family. Any kind of activity was good for me as long as it allowed me to express my creativity. After I started my own family, I began to take hundreds of pictures of everything and everyone. With all these pictures to look at, the average photo album had lost its pizzazz. I needed a new medium for presenting our most memorable moments. I wanted my kids to have something they could look at that would make our special moments feel real again.

Enter scrapbooking. Scrapbooking has allowed me to present photographs in a new way, to include a curl of hair from my son’s first haircut, to record my kids handprints and footprints at various stages of their growth, to preserve the artwork that helped them realize how fun a little paint could be, to keep the ticket from their first adventure to the movie theatre, and to preserve the green and red leaves they collected when they first realized that trees change colours every year in the fall. The possibilities are truly endless.

I hope you will join me on this adventure into creativity!

~ Jen

82 thoughts on “Freebie Friday: Taylored Expressions

  1. Rebecca Yahrling says:

    I love making cards for my entire family because they are genuinely thrilled to receive a handmade card from me. And it’s just plain fun and relaxing, too.

    • Anna Cruz says:

      Making a card or scrapbooking is my stress reliever. I forget about everything and enjoy putting all my creativity to use:)

  2. Meredith Renner says:

    I love card making – it’s a different type of creative outlet from scrapbooking and although I’m never sure how the recipient may feel about a handmade card, I’ve been assured that the fact that it’s very personal means a lot!

  3. rebecca says:

    Love mixing papers and embellishments to create something unique to display pictures of those I love.

  4. c davis says:

    I love scrapbooking and papercrafting because it brings out my creativity and allows me to make memories for my children and grandchildren.

  5. Nicole says:

    Great Giveaway, I love scrapbooking because it allows me to express myself. I love capturing the moments of our lives and then going back to them at a later date.

  6. Sheila B. says:

    I enjoy making hand made greeting cards for my friends and family as a creative outlet. I am always on the lookout for samples and inspiration, and find so many beautiful examples of cards other people have made.

  7. Heather Thompson says:

    This is very awesome Jen, I totally want to go to the expo, I will be at one at least. What great cards today on the blog and I love the new site!!

  8. Blue Rose says:

    Love the cards…too cool. I would love to know where your printed paper is from…it’s awesome. What I love about paper crafting, the ability to create things of beauty that will bring a smile to someone’s face…the best reward for me.

  9. melita says:

    cute cards! i love scrapbooking because it allows me to be creative in a way that i do not get the chance to be during the normal course of my day.

  10. Juli C says:

    Wow! Awesome card! I really like the beaker one
    I love paper crafting because I get show my creative side!

  11. Lauren S. says:

    I love scrapbooking bc it makes my memories beautiful. It’s a fun way to showcase the things I love in life. The cards you post are always so pretty, so are the Taylored Expression supplies used. I’ve bought stuff to make cards but haven’t tried yet. You give me some awesome ideas!

  12. Linda Chidster says:

    I’m a NEWBIE to Scrapbooking!!!
    My BFF got me started in this New Hobby of Mine!!!
    Soooo many things to learn and have met a lot of Nice people here on FB along the Way!!!
    THANKS for the Chance to WIN!!!

  13. Lynnette Hallbick says:

    I love that cards are usually pretty quick and a a great creative outlet that can be shared., but you can also do some really fancy jaw droppers that take more time.

  14. Janet Cobb says:

    I love making cards for family and friends. I am a Senior Caregiver and it is my major stress reliever! I also make cards for Operation Write Home as a way to say “thanks” to our troops for their service!

  15. Regina Furman says:

    I enjoy paper crafting (mostly quilling and card making) because it gives me the opportunity to take a piece of paper and by embellishing it (die cutting, stamping, embossing, rolling up and shaping, etc) to create something totally unique and beautiful, that I just KNOW is going to make someone’s day a little bit happier! And in that process I find contentment, relaxation, fun and happiness for myself!

  16. marylouh says:

    I make greeting cards and do other mixed media projects. I enjoy this form of expression because it is portable (easy to pack up and do), you don’t have to have a lot of fancy brushes and paints (some adhesive tape, scissors, paper are the basics needed), you can create anyplace (at home or at a friends), and you can relieve your creative urge at any time. You end up with a project that you can share. Sending a card to a friend or member of the family lets them know that I really love them as you’ve spent time making something just for them.

  17. Debby J says:

    I love making cards for either Operation Write Home or my family and friends. I know that all who receive them are happy to have a card that was made with love.

  18. Pat says:

    I LOVE scrap-booking, it lets you relive the trip, the fun, memories etc. as you scrapbook them. Your imagination can go in so many directions.

  19. Denise Ward says:

    I love scrapbooking because it captures the memories as well as the pictures! It is a keepsake for all of the family to enjoy and treasure! As for cards, a handmade card (whether simple or fancy, with mistakes or perfect) shows the receiver that they mattered enough for time to be spent crafting the card. A handmade card always carries just a little extra thoughtfulness and appreciation for the recipient!

  20. Tammy Davis says:

    I am really starting to enjoy making the handmade cards – especially with all of the inspiration that is out there. My real love with paper crafting is making scrapbook pages. I guess I am just obsessed with all things paper! I love your card! Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Jennifer Leicht says:

    I love that NOTHING is off limits when you scrapbook. I am in love with my dies though. Besides my Copics, my dies and machine are my V.I.P.s ( Very Important Products). I’m REALLY hoping to go to the Scrapbook Expo this year!!! -will be my 1st time. #IWANNAGOSBE

  22. Windy R. says:

    Card making/ scrapbooking is my ME time. I hear it all the time. “You’ll be a better mom and wife if u remember to give yourself some you time.” I’ve found my relaxing and enjoying crafting time. Weather it’s At night with a glass of wine or a weekday at a card making class. My goal this year is to not forget about me in the choas of surviving raising 4 kids. To me it’s like meditating.

  23. rosemarie c says:

    I have crafted all my life. A friend invited me to a scrapbooking class 16 years ago. Have been in love with paper ever since. The fun of creating. ..then to see the face of the recipient. ..makes my day!

  24. Melynn says:

    What I love about paper crafting, especially card making, is that you can create little works of art and then share them with someone who matters to you!

  25. Carla Hundley says:

    I love scrapbooking and
    I have made cards for 20
    years! I love to use paper crafting
    for making everything! Wonderful
    blog you have here.
    Carla from Utah

  26. Jean Marmo says:

    I love preserving memories for my children who are now grown. I hope they will look back on these albums with love. I also love making cards to thank people!

  27. barb macaskill says:

    I started out as a card maker and have moved on to mixed media, altered art and home décor to name a few. My passion is still making cards because I love the joy of knowing that the recipient is going to smile when they receive something that I made especially for them with my own hands! Even when finances are tight a handmade card is an easy and cost effective way to make someone feel special. Whether it is a Birthday, Holiday or Just Because card it is sure to bring lots of joy! Sometimes a very simple card using only a sheet or two of paper is more special than a really elaborate card.
    LOVE these adorable cards and would love to be the recipient of these yummy goodies! Thanks for the chance to!

  28. Naomi says:

    I love scrapbooking because it allows me to take a photo of a special event and add an extra meaning to it by customizing it for others who enjoy it later.

  29. Nina Oelke says:

    I enjoy scrapbooking because everytime I look at a picture I am using in a layout, it brings back memories of when the picture was taken. I love the fact that these layouts will be treasured by my children, grandchildren and future family. I love to create and in doing so I am making memories as well. I thought the cards above were really nice, fresh and different. I enjoy Taylored Expressions 🙂

  30. Snazzy JJ says:

    Great new site. I do not social media (except visiting a few blogs) I’m too busy crafting, but I still #IWannaGoSBE !!!! Love it when you visit us in Minnesota!!! (Dare you to come now in Jan.) Great to see some familiar faces too. Looking forward to your weekly ideas – I really value them. I absolutely love your Taylored Expressions cards, Jen!

  31. Melissa says:

    I LOVE the paper rafting community and the inspiration that others provide so that we can all learn new things and have fun!

  32. Kate Scott says:

    I love to make cards and mini albums because it makes others soooo happy! Last summer, my Grandson came to visit and we went to Yosemite. For Christmas, I made him a small scrapbook of the trip. He cried with happiness. What could be better?

  33. sherry butcher says:

    I love making handmade cards and sharing them. There is so many places to send in cards for others like Hospitalized Kids, Operation Write Home and Send a Smile 4 kids I never get tired of making cards for challenges and using them for others.

  34. Sandy says:

    I’ve always loved handmade gifts& adding a handmade card just adds 1 more personal touch! I love getting together with my bestie to create together!

  35. Tracey Wesstrom says:

    I love scrapbooking because it let’s me socialize with other people with similar interest while I document our memories for future generations to treasure as much as we do. These books that were a joy to make will be passed down and their stories along with them.

  36. Tina says:

    Fabulous giveaway . Our monthly scrapping friends would definitely love sharing these prizes. Can’t wait to try so many new project ideas from the week. Thank you !!

  37. Pat A says:

    I love the chemical reaction flasks. It brought back memories of when I taught chemistry classes before I retired. I would love to use the die cuts for cards and for scrapping my teaching years. In fact that is what I love about scrapbooking, is the chance to relive great memories as you create the pages and cards, and then again when you look at finished albums.

  38. Vinnie says:

    I love this set! I am a laboratory analyst at an environmental lab and I could definitely use this set in personalizing my handmade cards. That’s what I love about scrap booking and card making: custom personalization for both giver and receiver!

  39. cathy says:

    I never felt I had any artsy side till I got into papercrafting. Luv, luv, creating with colors, sketches, and tutorials all over the internet.

  40. Sharon Gullikson says:

    I like many things about paper crafting. I like to make others happy—recipients. I love the gorgeous things I use to make them. I like how relaxing and creative it is. ETC!!

  41. Marta Tapanes says:

    What I like about scrapbooking is that while I satisfy my need for a creative outlet, I am also leaving a legacy for my family and friends.

  42. Penny Kitzmiller says:

    I love anything to do with paper. I love to touch it and smell it, can’t get enough of it!! Scrapbooking allows me to tell the story of my life. All the memories left for my future generations. It completes me to finish a page knowing that one day someone will just SMILE : )

  43. Karen says:

    I love paper crafting, I love that it allows me to be creative, preserve memories, and create wonderful things for my family,

  44. Phyllis Damon says:

    My BFF got me started 10yrs ago, we went to workshops together & scrapbook expos too. Even though she has since moved out of state, we keep constant contact with each other especially with all our new “TOYS”, who has who & what’s the latest tips and newest products out there. like making cards the most & all the ohs & ahs you hear when someone reacts to that special card.

  45. Brenda Davis says:

    I am mainly a card-maker and really enjoy being able to make a specially designed item for each person, no two are ever alike. It is a pleasure to work with paper and to create something special that someone might want to keep. It is so much better to do this than to go out and purchase an item or trinket for someone who may or may not like the item. I have yet to hear anyone say they did not like their card.

    I am currently working on creating a card for my Great Niece using the theme of “Frozen” that she is using for the parties theme.

  46. Colleen Howell says:

    I adore making cards, scrapbooks, and all kinds of other crafts. I started in 1997 when I went to a Creative Memories class with a co-worker I made a page of my son playing in the snow. I fell in love and it has gone viral since then, lol. I enjoy doing it and when feeling down it can take that away and fill it with fun.

  47. Muffin Sewell says:

    I love the freedom of expression that scrapbooking allows. There are so many styles that fit so many moods. And I love the creative process in general, plus ending up with a finished product.

  48. Denise Sullivan says:

    I would love to go to one of your events Why don’t you have a date in Oregon??? Your papers are really cute I love making cards. Valentines Day cards are my favorite because I love using lace and ribbons etc. Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. karenajo says:

    I love making cards – it is my ‘therapy’. It is so fun to think of the person I am making the cards for and I think it is a day brightener to receive some thing ‘homemade’ !!!!

  50. Jackie Edwards says:

    I love scrapbooking and preserving memories for my grandchildren! They love to browse their albums when they visit and they will be theirs one day!!
    Super giveaway…thank you for the chance to win!!

  51. Patricia Zukowski says:

    I love to scrapbook cause my grandchildren love to look through the albums and see things from years past and how everyone looked years ago. Thanks for the chance to win.

  52. Michele says:

    I love scrapbooking with my friends. I also love making cards to brighten someone’s day. it’s amazing how a card can change someones day for the better.

  53. Joan Howard says:

    For years I collected supplies and took card classes so that when I retired I could make millions of cards! I’m well on my way! I love the beaker!

  54. Dawn says:

    I love being able to express my creative side, while at the same time showing friends and family how much I love them.

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