Saturdays With LeAnn

Hey There

Hello, my friends!  I hope you have all had a great week and that you will have a relaxing weekend ahead. Today I want to share some fun projects that are sure to give you a burst of inspiration. Grab a drink (and maybe even a treat), sit back, relax, and let’s get started.  Hope you enjoy this day!

French Country Journal By Kathy Clement

I want to share this super fun XL Journal Die designed by Eileen Hull.  I just love the versatility of this die!  Who wouldn’t love to have all your favorite recipes organized?  This is such a priceless keepsake and a great way to preserve your family heirloom recipes.  This is absolutely adorable both inside and out.  The cover is expertly adorned with Graphic 45 French Country papers and Petaloo Burlap Textured Flowers with yellow buttons, along with fun Tim Holtz Idea-Ology silverware and keys.

French Country Journal

This would make a perfect gift and with the holidays not too far away, (scary, right?) it is a great time to start making your gifts now.  Kathy has some great step-by-step instructions and tips to share, so be sure to check out her video by clicking here.  You can also click here to see her step-by-step instructions.  Kathy shares ideas for using the journal, tips for creating interactive elements, and lots of great techniques that you can use in your own crafting. This beautiful piece of artwork can be set out on an easel to add some charm to your kitchen.  How fun to take these same techniques and make up some cards or even a layout.  A big thank you to Kathy for sharing this stunning creation.

Hey There By Cindy Lawrence

This is one stamp set you will want to get right away and start creating!  Cindy always does such a fabulous job with her coloring skills and brings her images to life.  Cindy shares some fun tips and how she colored her glass cloche with an easy and effective way to create the look of glass with your Copic markers.  It is always fun to incorporate your stamping along with die cuts. Handmade cards are always so loved and treasured when received.

Hey There

Are you ready to begin?  Let me escort you over to The Creative Closet blog where Cindy will give you the directions how she created her beautiful card.  You will be over-the-top inspired by Cindy and you won’t want to miss out on any of her fabulous projects!  Enjoy creating, my friends!

Microwave Flower Press BY June Olsen

Are you one who loves to preserve and press flowers?  It can be so discouraging waiting for the flowers to dry before you can create with them.  Pressing flowers is a wonderful way to preserve their beauty, and the process couldn’t be more simple.  Today I will share a fun technique that will only take minutes.  Who would have ever thought to use a microwave?  Microwave flower pressing really preserves the colors and hues of the flowers and foliage much better than traditional flower pressing.  Microwave pressing flowers offers a wonderful way to savor the beauty of summer long after it’s blooms have faded from the garden.

Microwave Flower Pressing

Adding your flowers to a beautiful frame is a great way to display the flowers and enjoy them each day of the year.  These will make wonderful gifts!  I am thinking about making a few extra for the holidays.  I know many of my friends and family would love this.  I always have extra frames on hand, so this would make a beautiful gift and almost a free project. Be sure to hop on over to the Hometalk blog where you can see step-by-step instructions by June Olsen.  You will love this project!

Pineapple Upside Down Trifle By Lisa Jorgensen

This recipe is Incredible!  Layers of cake, glazed pineapple, and cream… it is sure to be a hit whenever you serve it!  This dessert will taste just like paradise.  It is colorful and pretty in the little jars.  The best part is that it is so easy that when you feel like something delicious, you can just whip this up quickly!

Pineapple Upside Down Trifle

I hope you give this delicious dessert a try; I know you’ll be so happy you tried it!  Be sure to stop by Making Life Blissful for a printable recipe and ingredients list, and while you are there be sure to check out more wonderful recipes by Lisa Jorgensen.

I hope these projects have given you some inspiration today.  One of the things I appreciate most about my work is connecting with crafters.  I thoroughly enjoy being able to share projects from so many talented designers.  I love working at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo shows, and hope if you attend any of them that you will stop by the Registration Desk and say hello to me.  I would love to meet you in person!  If you haven’t attended any of our shows, visit our Stamp & Scrapbook Expo website for a complete listing of events.  You will enjoy a fun-filled weekend with us!  in the meantime, I’ll see you back here next Saturday!




Sundays With Lorraine

Good day to all my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  I hope you are enjoying a nice, carefree weekend and I’m glad that you’ve found your way into your craft room. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to share a little inspiration from some of the most talented people in our industry, so sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s creative therapy!

Sanctuary Layout By Jan Hobbins

Have you had the opportunity to play with the new Sizzix 3-D Embossing Folders? I love all the added texture that they bring to this amazing layout. 3-D Embossing Folders are a bit thicker than your traditional embossing folders and leave a deeper, more pronounced 3-D effect. A little something I picked up from Jan that I’d like to share is that when you’re using these embossing folders, you will need to adjust your plates (Sizzix Sandwich) before you run it through your die cut machine. Instead of using two cutting plates you will only need one to compensate for the thickness of the embossing folder.

If you’d like more information along with a complete supply list, click here and I will be happy to take you over to Jan’s blog In My Own Imagination so you can follow along as she shares step-by-step instructions along with some great pics on how this gorgeous layout came together. I hope you’ve been inspired to sit down and create that next page in your scrapbook.

Mr & Mrs. Card By Natalia Valkovskaya

How clever of Natalia to die cut her own flowers out of Inkadinkado’s masking paper to create this soft, elegant background. The masking paper is perfect for creating dimensional and resist effects with your stamps and as you can see, is the perfect tool for masking techniques. Don’t you love it when a card this beautiful comes together so quickly? Think of all the wonderful dies you have! This technique really opens up all kinds of options.

I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite dies and inks and create your own unique background papers. What a great way to get a little extra mileage of your precious dies and stamps! Big hugs to Natalia for sharing this great tip.

Ombre Toolbox Tutorial By Anna-Karin

I absolutely fell in love with what Anna-Karin created with the Sizzix Scoreboard Toolbox Die! This puppy is on my wish list to purchase at our Texas Stamp & Scrapbook Expo this weekend. 😉 I just checked and It’s Cheaper Than has it on sale for $31.99 online. In case you’re wondering, the design dimensions of the toolbox are 9 5/8″ x 4 3/4″ – 1 1/2″ x 1 1/8″. How perfect to fill with a little pisky (gift) or some sweet treats. This is one die you will really get some use out of. 

I’d like to send out a virtual hug to Anna-Karin for being such a constant inspiration to her fellow paper crafters, she really has outdone herself on this adorable toolbox. I highly recommend stopping by the Layers Of Ink Blog so you can follow along as she shares step-by-step instructions on how this project came together. Be prepared to take notes – she has lots of tips and techniques to share and I’m pretty sure you’re going to be introduced to some must-have supplies that you might not have seen yet, like the Eileen Hull Blends by ColorBox and those amazing stamps by Darkroom Door to name a few.

Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu with Creamy Dijon Sauce

If you like Chicken Cordon Bleu but not all the fuss it takes to prepare it the traditional way, then you’re going to adore Jaclyn’s simplified version. I love that it only uses one pan for the chicken and the sauce! Less time spent cleaning up means more time in our craft room.

Click here and I will take you over to the Cooking Classy Blog so you can print out the recipe. I recommend printing out several copies because your friends will want to know how you made it. By the way, while you’re visiting Jaclyn be sure to check out her fabulous drink recipes; they are truly amazing. Big hugs to Jaclyn for helping us spice things up in the kitchen.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you. I’ll see you next Sunday unless I’m lucky enough to see you in person at one of our 19 Stamp & Scrapbook Expos. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center and we can create something beautiful together. Hugs to all!

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It makes me smile knowing that even with your crazy, busy schedule that you’ve found some time to be creative.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy a little creative therapy – you deserve it!

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Marla Thrall

Digital scrapbooking is a form of scrapbooking that is done using a personal computer, digital or scanned photos, and computer graphics software. For many of us seasoned scrappers digital scrapbooking was a little hard to swallow at first. My only concern was what would happen to all the treasured supplies that I have been collecting for the last 15 years!? Not to worry, there is room for both; I call it going hybrid. It is totally fine to have some traditional scrapbook layouts mixed in with your digital layouts. Remember there are no rules, just have fun with your art!

Digital scrapbooking can be a beautiful thing as you can see by this adorable layout designed by the very talented Marla Thrall. Whether you are a seasoned professional with computer graphic skills or are just getting your feet wet, I highly recommend spending some quality time with Maria as she shares how quick and easy it is to create the perfect digital scrapbook layout. 

Hello Friend By Lynn Put

One of my favorite types of cards to make are friendship cards. Growing up in New York and then moving to California as an adult, I appreciate the importance of keeping in touch across the miles. What better way to let those special friends in your life know how important they are to you than to send a handmade card, right?

I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite watercolors and create something beautiful. On this sweet card, Lynn used Distress Inks to create the gorgeous backgrounds, but feel free to use what you have on hand. For a complete supply list click here and I’ll escort you over to The Queens Scene Blog so you can check out how easily this heartfelt card came together. Keep up the great job you’re doing by sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time.

Butterfly Gift Card Box By Marjie Kemper

With gift cards being available everywhere, they have quickly become one of my go-to gifts, but I sometimes harbor a bit of guilt – that it wasn’t personal enough. A handcrafted gift card holder like this one adds that personal touch back into the gift so in my world that erases the guilt. 😉 Who wouldn’t love to see their favorite store gift card peeking out of this adorable gift card box handcrafted by you. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t have any problem walking into my favorite store and picking out exactly what I want with my gift card, do you?

Marjie paired Eileen’s Hulls Recipe Box die with Tim Holtz’s Detailed Butterflies die to create this custom gift card holder.  These are wonderful to have on hand whenever you need a gift card holder, they also make great party favors, a place to house your business cards etc. Click here and I will be honored to take you over to Eileen’s blog so you can follow along as Marjie shares how this darling project was created.

 30-Minute Caprese Chicken Recipe By Heidi

It’s that time again when everyone is asking what’s for dinner but not to worry, I have your back on this one. I discovered this easy to make Chicken Caprese Recipe on one of my go-to food blogs Foodie Crush and knew I had to share the love. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this tasty, one-pan chicken breast dinner in under 30 minutes.

Big hugs to Heidi for sharing this delicious Caprese Chicken recipe! Click here and I’ll take a stroll with you over to her blog Foodie Crush so you can print out the recipe. You all know how I love to share those amazing recipes that can be on the table in under an hour, and with a little help from our culinary genius Heidi – you too can have this dinner serve in about 1/2 an hour. Bon appetit my friends!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you!

Saturdays With LeAnn

Paper Flower Mini Album


Hello, and welcome to another inspirational day here at Weekly Scrapper!  I am so happy you have found your way here. I hope you will enjoy the fun projects that I have to share with you today.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy some down time for yourself.

Paper Flower Mini Album By Pam Bray

One can never have too many mini albums!  They make a perfect gift for any occasion.  Mini albums bring a smile to anyone’s face by sharing memories that have so much love and meaning. Not only will this be a fabulously warm and fuzzy gift, but they don’t have to take that much time to create.  What an instant enjoyment for you, and especially the one receiving the album.

Paper Flower Mini Album

This incredible mini album was created by the talented Pam Bray.  Click here and I will take you on over to her blog, Scrapbook Flair.  Pam shares all of the materials she used to create her album, along with the pictures of the inside pages. This is one mini album you will want to take the time to create.  It is absolutely adorable!  Thank you, Pam, for sharing this wonderful mini album.

Faux Tile Background By Michele Kovack

Sometimes creating backgrounds for cards and/or layouts can be mind-boggling.  Do you ever sit and stare at your project and rack your brain trying to come up with something new? I know I sometimes do! Today I would like to share these Faux Tile backgrounds!  Would you believe that these are created using 3D foam pads?  You can create any color that you desire, and they can be either masculine or feminine. Such a great way to think out of the box!

Faux Tile Backgrounds

This technique is not only very beautiful, but it also adds a lovely touch of dimension and texture to your project.  Who says that adhesive is just for adhering?  I bet you are dying to know how these beautiful Faux Tiles are created, aren’t you?  Click here for a full step-by-step tutorial by Michele Kovack. This is such a great way to use your favorite glitters.  I hope you enjoy creating your own Faux Tiles!

Fabric Flowers By Shari Carroll

This darling card has such a clean and elegant design.  It can be used for any occasion just by changing out the sentiment. What a sweet card that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Fabric Flowers

These flowers are so whimsical with their frayed edges and crumpled fabric. This is such a great way to create some texture on your card.  I would like to take you over to Simon Says Stamp blog where you will learn some wonderful techniques from a YouTube tutorial by Shari Carroll on how to create your flowers. This is such an eye-catching card – I bet you can’t wait to get started creating your own!

Rope Wrapped Terra Cotta Pots By April

Summer is one of my very favorite times of the year.  I love having flowers planted in my yard and my patio full of potted plants.  I like to have different types of pots so it gives my patio some personality.  I came upon these fun Rope Wrapped Terra Cotta pots, and “wow!” did they give some character to my patio.  Do you have Terra Cotta pots sitting around in your garage?  Pull them out because I know you will have a lot of fun creating these pots.  These are also great for an outdoor table centerpiece!

Rope Wrapped Terra Cotta Pots

Using a standard paint brush with your choice of paint, you can add a touch of color to the base of the rope wrapped pot.  Just add a few colorful flowers and you will have created an easy and inexpensive project that will add a touch of texture and interest to your patio or table.  Come with me over to House By Hoff where April will give you step-by-step instructions on making your own Terra Cotta Rope Wrapped pot!

Red, White and Blue Dessert By Kelly Senyei

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, it is time to start thinking of a fun, yummy dessert for your get-together with family and friends.  This adorable red, white, and blue dessert will certainly catch the eyes of those you are celebrating with and makes a great finale to your festive feast. And its guaranteed to set off the flavor fireworks!
Red White & Blue Dessert

Try sharing this buttery shortbread cookie cake with your family and friends in July.  I guarantee they will go back for seconds!  Click here to print off your recipe from Just A Taste. You will want to add it to all of your other favorite recipes.  Enjoy!

I appreciate being able to spend some time with you today.  I hope you have been inspired and excited to start on your own projects.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a wonderful week ahead of of you. I will see you back next Saturday!


Sundays With Lorraine

Me Documented designed by Kat Benjamin


Welcome to the weekend, my artsy friends. Today’s post goes out to everyone that loves color and getting all inky. (Doesn’t everyone?)

Me Documented designed by Kat Benjamin 

I’m a firm believer that it’s important to step outside your comfort zone and mix things up on occasion; if you don’t, you will never know just how creative you really are. This is one of those fun layouts where you just dive into your treasured embellishments – paper, dies, ribbons, and bling, and create a rainbow of color. As you can see, a nice black title works well to keep things balanced.

Me Documented designed by Kat Benjamin

I sheepishly confess that I can count on one hand how many layouts that I have created about myself and I’ve been a scrapbooker for over 15 years (ouch). It’s important to include yourself in your scrapbooks, after all, you are a very important part of your journey. I hope you, too, have been inspired to include yourself more often in your scrapbooks. Don’t forget to journal your thoughts, favorite things, emotions, etc. – these are all things that describe YOU. Check out how Kat typed out her thoughts, cut them in strips, and layered them on the layout – easy and adorable. Happy scrappin’!

Hey You designed by Chris

I have a thing for inky backgrounds and when you layer a black silhouette image, it’s magic! A real eye catcher, don’t you think?

Hey You

Don’t you love how the gorgeous sunset looks framed in white? Very showy. What a perfect card to let someone know that you’ve been thinking about them. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your distress inks and create one of your inky handmade treasures. You can click here and I’ll take you over to Cris’s blog My Inky Corner where she shares some great tips and tricks along with a complete supply list.

Do More Of What Makes You Happy by Angel Rivera

Since you are feeling all artsy and fearless and you’re surrounded by your favorites inks, I thought you might enjoy this cheerful card designed by Angel Rivera. One of my favorite background techniques is stamping and heat embossing. It’s a technique that can be used as a resist with color blended on top, or in this case, Angel stamped with Versamark over the inky background in a gorgeous silver pearl EP. I’m in love with the subtle shimmer that it adds to your projects.

Do More Of What Makes You Happy

This sweet card is a perfect example that sometimes less is more. Who wouldn’t feel the love when they receive this heartfelt treasure in the mail? Here I go enabling again (sorry) but if the sentiment makes you totally happy like it did me, you can find the Totally Happy Stamp Set on Butterfly Reflections Ink by clicking here. Keep up the good work spreading those smiles one handmade card at a time.

Home Tweet Home by JoAnn Nehme

This is a true trash-to-treasure story; would you believe this adorable birdhouse started its life as recycled cereal boxes. Ya gotta love it! The materials were die cut using Eileen’s Hull cookie box die. If you like to get a lot of mileage out of your dies, this one’s a keeper; you can use it year round.

Home Tweet Home

Be sure to stop by Eileen Hull’s blog for complete step-by-step instructions.

Salads In A Jar

This isn’t something new, but it’s one of those slap yourself on the forehead, thinking “why haven’t I done this before?” moments! I love the fact that it’s so portable, looks very appealing, and you can customize each salad to your family’s favorites.

Salads On The Go

One of the beautiful things about mason jar salads is that you can make them up ahead of time and then it’s grab and go from there. No more worrying about what’s for lunch today. Stay healthy, my friend!

Thanks for the visit. I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you.



Sundays With Lorraine

Sundays-with-LorraineHello, my artsy friends, welcome to the weekend! Sundays were meant to be relaxing, so sit back, enjoy, and let those creative juices flow.

Be so happy by Birgit Koopsen

This fun journal page designed by Birgit Koopsen has it all, a fuzzy inspirational title/phrase and gorgeous bright fun colors along with lots of techniques and imagination. It truly does make me happy; I hope it does the same for you.

Bee Happy! designed by Birgit Koopsen

This stunning page looks complicated but when you use your creativity and imagination and take it one layer at a time, you will be surprised at what you can do. Be sure to stop by and visit Birgit while she shares her love of layering and breaks it down step-by-step. You’re gonna love it!

What A Beautiful Day designed by Anna-Karin

Have you ever created a card using acetate? I fell in love with the whimsical feel that the circle die layered over the clear acetate created. And combined with the soft neutral color scheme, this card is sure to bring a smile to anyone.



Anna-Karin shares some great tips and tricks, so click here and I will take you over to her blog Layers Of Ink so you can take notes. It’s time to break out your favorite dies and stamps and create one of your own handmade treasures!

You Are card designed by Betty Wright

Would you believe that this adorable card was designed using no patterned paper whatsoever? This one is all about the stamps! I love how Betty stamped the front of the base with berrylicious ink using a striped background stamp on white paper and then stamped the berrylicious tag with a Swiss Dot background stamp on berrylicious cardstock and Sweet Tooth pigment ink.

You Are Fabulous

Now that you, too, have fallen in love with this beautiful card, just click here and I will take you over to visit Betty where she shares step-by-step instructions. Keep up the good work spreading those smiles one card at a time!

Vintage Inspired Luggage Tags

Maybe it’s all the traveling that I do with Scrapbook Expo that attracted me to these cute vintage-inspired luggage tags. After all, shouldn’t our luggage be properly embellished? 😉

Vintage Inspired Luggage Tags

On the practical side, if your bags are misplaced, you’ll have these adorable name tags to identify your luggage. If you have a common black suitcase, these will really make your bags easy to identify. For complete step-by-step instructions along with lots of tips, tricks, and a supply list, click here.

Honey Lemon Chicken from Carlsbad Cravings

Looking for a change of pace in the dinner rotation? If you’re like me, I tend to repeat the same dinners over and over. This meal is not only delicious, it’s on the healthier side and can be on the table in 30 minutes or less. That means more time for crafting. 😉

Honey Lemon Chicken

This recipe is not only bursting with flavor, it looks oh so impressive and is sure to leave your family and friends doing the happy dance. What more can we ask? Stop by the Carlsbad Cravings blog so you can print out the recipe, as you will sure to want to make this one again and again. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit, I’m looking forward to seeing you back soon. Wait until you see what I have to share with you next Sunday! 😉 Have a beautiful week.

Latest & Greatest: Exciting New Designs From Sizzix

For our Latest & Greatest feature today, we have Deena from Sizzix sharing several of their exciting new designs.

In our first video, Deena shares the designs of three favorite designers. Eileen Hull loves to create projects using the scoreboard and she has designed some fabulous flat dies that make 3D boxes. Lori Whitlock has created beautiful new box dies that coordinate with 3 x 4″ cards for your pocket pages. And speaking of the ever-popular pocket page systems, Rachael Bright has created some fun dies that work perfectly in them, along with card bases such as the easel card and box cards.

In our next video, we are showcasing two very talented ladies sharing what they do best.  Jen Long has created fabulous dies with graphics, fonts, quotes, and layering pieces. You’ll always be happy to have her new products in your scrapbooking supplies.

If you love mixed media, Stephanie Ackerman is a wonderful mixed media artist for Sizzix. Stephanie loves to “make things from things,” including cutting, layering, and painting techniques.

Sizzix has a delightful supply of die cuts ready for all occasions! Deena shows us two of their talented designers’ newest releases. Marissa Pawelko is a modern surrealist and has new designs for teenagers who love to decorate their room and locker. Just by adding some bright colored pieces from these fun die cuts, you’ll easily give that room décor or locker a fun flare. Also available are some delightful jewelry pieces. And Susan Tierney has a beautifully realistic flower die that allows you to create a flower from paper that looks like you just picked it right out of your own garden.

Don’t you just love it when you purchase products that will give you several different options to use them? Today we have new Sizzix Triplets from Stephanie Barnard that include framelits, thinlits, and a shadow piece. These are simply wonderful and will give you up to 30 different project possibilities! The step-up card release is an accordion card with three different designs to give your cards a fun new look.

When I think of autumn, I think about canning, baking, and all the beautiful flowers that are still at their best bloom. Deena is going to share with you fun dies created for their “Where Women Cook” line for food packaging, such as tags, jar tops, and containers for baked goods, all created by the talented Jo Packham.

Brenda Walton has applied a romantic style to create a pretty peony die to layer flowers from tissue giving them the fullest bloom. They’re lovely!

It is hard to believe the the holiday’s are just around the corner. You know that means it’s time to get busy creating some fun projects! Today we have three different holiday collection releases from Sizzix. The Basic Grey holiday line “25th and Pine” has fun layering pieces and beautiful die cut fonts. Rachael Bright has created a wintertime line that has fabulous pieces that take you through the holidays and also beyond. And Tim Holtz has some beautiful new design releases including Shadow Press Words, Layering Snow Flake pieces, and wonderful Drop Out Word pieces. Each of these lovely new collections will give you some wonderful options when creating your fun holiday and wintertime projects.

We are very grateful to Deena for stopping by and sharing all these exciting new products from Sizzix. Be sure to visit the Sizzix website to see these great items, and many more.

I hope your day is wonderful – thank you for taking your time to stop by!