Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. I just returned home from our last show of the year and hugs to all of you creative people that I had the privilege of meeting in person. The Ontario show is always a little bittersweet for me; it’s our last show of the season and I miss you guys already! However, it also makes me smile as it marks the beginning of my holiday crafting so I will have lots to share on my Sunday posts.
One of my favorite things to do on a good road trip is to take photos documenting our adventures. I hope this post inspires you to print out some of those precious photos from your phone and create a fun little mini album. Karan used Heartfelt Creations’ new Young At Heart Collection as inspiration for this adorable mini album. Retro in style, this fun and playful transportation-themed assembling of designer papers, cling stamp sets, and coordinating dies will have you reminiscing and reliving past road trips with family and friends. Don’t you love how those dimensional florals add lots of visual interest to the cover?
You know how I feel about mini albums – they are the instant gratification of scrapbooking. Don’t get me wrong, I love my 12X12 albums but they are a work in progress; creating an entire album in only one day truly puts a smile on my face. Let’s not overlook the fact that they also make the perfect gift around the holidays, the gift of memories is priceless. “I don’t want a beautiful scrapbook filled with memories,” said NO ONE EVER! 🙂
Are you familiar with Scraplings? Scraplings are a small card or tag that measure 1.5″ x 4.5″ and made up of mostly leftover scrapbook papers and ephemera. If you’re on Pinterest, you can search for Scraplings (or Skraplings). Your search will ignite all sorts of ideas including beautiful, whimsical, hand-painted, detailed, and fantastic creations. Be prepared to be amazed at how much scrapping you can do on a tiny card.
How sweet are these Christmas Scraplings that I found on Pinterest? I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Wouldn’t they be perfect for your holiday gifts or even as a cute magnetic bookmarker?
I must warn you, once you get the fever there is no turning back, and you will be saving all your tiniest of scraps as they now are more precious than ever. Here I go again with the instant gratification, but I can’t help it, Scraplings are so quick and easy to make so what’s not to love? Are you up to the creative challenge of making something beautiful out of nothing but scraps and the tools that you already have?
Check out this sweet Scrapling created using nothing but stamps, Ink, a charm, and a piece of twine.
Scraplings are a fun and creative way to use up even the tiniest of scraps. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out those new toys you bought at the Expo, dive into your scraps, and maybe even invite your creative friends over and have a Scrapling exchange during the holidays. One can never have enough crafty time with your peeps, right?.
Who doesn’t love a good trash to treasure story? It truly makes my heart sing when I spot that ugly duckling at the thrift store and the lightbulb goes off. Many crafters have the gift for seeing the future of what could be beyond the original not-so-attractive surface. It drives my husband crazy when I drag another antique window or beat up old ladder into the house, but in my defense, what kind of crafter would I be if I walked away from those hidden treasures? This recycled chalkboard is a perfect example. I believe Christy paid around $5 for the original mirror at a thrift store and you can imagine what you would pay for it at a boutique. Wouldn’t it look adorable in your kitchen and/or scrapbook room?
Christy truly has a gift for seeing the beauty in all things. If you enjoy a good trash-to-treasure project, I highly recommend stopping by the Confessions Of A Serial DIYer Blog – you’ll be glad you did. It’s next to impossible not to be inspired by Christy’s creative makeovers.
The weather has been a bit crazy lately but the nights are cooling off and it finally feels like fall has arrived. With that said, who doesn’t enjoy a toasty warm homemade soup when it’s chilly outside? Pick up a loaf of your favorite bakery bread and you have a cozy dinner with plenty left over for lunch tomorrow.
I love it when you can cook once and have several meals – less time in the kitchen means more crafting time for us. Not only does Casey share some really great recipes but she also shares some great times on how to stretch your grocery dollars. Click here and I will be happy to introduce you to your new best friend in the kitchen.
Thanks for sharing a little bit of your busy day with me. I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you and I look forward to spending some creative time with you next Sunday. Hugs to all!