Sundays With Lorraine

Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to another week on the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Blog.  I hope you are enjoying a beautiful Sunday and that you are ready for today’s creative therapy. After the busy week that you’ve just survived, you deserve a little creative time to unwind.

2018 Calendar by Sandra Dietrich

I know its February, but it’s not too late to create your own handmade 2018 Calendar. With a little help from our creative friend Sandra and Crate Paper’s Here + There Collection you can create your own customized perpetual calendar in no time.

Sandra used a bookbinding tool and some gray board for the back to make this nice little desktop accessory.

I hope you’ve been inspired to make one (or two) of these fun calendars, they are sure to come in handy. This is a great project to use up some of your smaller scraps and some of those new planner accessories you just bought. Have fun and be sure to stop by the Crate Paper Blog and check out the entire calendar.

DIY Small Space Storage Shelf by Angie Chavez

Real estate in the craft room is precious and every inch counts.  If you’re like me all the floor space in my craft room is accounted for, so why not bring it to the walls? Even the tiniest room should be able to accommodate this adorable yet oh–so-useful shelf. The best part is that this project won’t cost you much if anything because you can find these pallets all over.  I have two that I picked up at the last show for this very project.

What’s not to love?  They don’t take up much wall space, they hold lots of containers, and cost next to nothing to make. You’ve just created space for more craft supplies – go you!  Click here and I will lead the way over to Angie’s amazing blog Knick Of Time so you can see how easily this project comes together. Big hugs to Angie for being such a constant inspiration to her fellow DIYers.

Love You To The Moon Card by Yana Smakula

Who wouldn’t be thrilled to find this sweet card in their mailbox? The beautiful watercolor background is the perfect way to show off those dimensional die cuts. Yana added double sided sticky sheets onto both sides of white fun foam and die-cut identical shapes out. I love all the texture and visual interest that this brings to the card and it’s still flat enough so you can put it in an envelope and mail it.  “I don’t like receiving a handmade card in my mailbox” said no one ever!

Not only is Yana Smakula an extremely talented paper crafter but she also takes great photos, I highly recommend stopping by her blog and be sure to check out the tips and tricks for photographing your projects. By the time I finished reading her post, I couldn’t wait to break out my camera and start retaking photos of some of my projects.

Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Chipotle Slaw

I’m sure it’s been a busy day for you, so I thought you might be in need of a little help answering the dreaded question “What’s for dinner tonight?” Not to worry, with a little help from the culinary masters over on the Food Network Blog you can have these delicious shrimp tacos on the table in about 15 minutes. If shrimp isn’t your thing, there is also a 15-Minute Stir-fried Steak Tacos recipe you might want to try. 

Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to stop by. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you and I’ll see you next Sunday.  Stamp & Scrapbook Expo is on the road as we speak and I hope to see you in person at any of the shows. With 19 shows this year, there are lots of opportunities to gather up your creative peeps and come join the fun. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center!

14 thoughts on “Sundays With Lorraine

  1. auntie em says:

    Great projects this week! The little shelf is so cute! It would be fun for to displaying those pretty little tubs of paints and ink. The little calendar is a great way to use up those little scraps and pretty embellishments you just can’t bear to toss aside. I am quite taken with your card. The watercolour background is just like the skies you get to admire when out camping,
    Thank you for sharing all these great ideas and a yummy recipe too! 🙂

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