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Our first Online crop!

Join Kristy, Melodee, Jana and lots of other ScrapbookSteals fans at our first online crop!

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Below are descriptions of some challenges tonight. What does that mean? You create a layout/project using the criteria of the challenge.

Challenge 1: ‘You Spin Me Round’. That’s right! Let me see a layout using circles of some sort. You can cut your photo into a circle, your paper…..you can add buttons or flair! Let’s see what you can create with a circular theme!

Challenge 2: ‘Gimme 4 or More’. To be honest, this challenge is mostly for lil’ ol’ me! I’ve been in such a one photo layout rut, and ♥ when I create a multi photo layout. The only other catch is that this layout MUST HAVE JOURNALING!… See MoreSee More

Challenge 3: ‘Use What You Can Grab': Okay, have to be honest, this challenged is inspired by our own Lisa Smith Mack. See if you can create a layout using only product that you can reach from your seat. That’s right. You get the heads up for this one, so make sure you have some delicious items ‘handy’.

Challenge 4: ‘Be My Valentine': Can you believe Valentine’s Day is only 2 short weeks away! This challenge is to create a layout about your significant other/BFF OR create that special person a Valentines card. I know it’s great to scrapbook about our kiddo’s, but it’s also important to document the love we have for that special ‘grown up’ person in our lives.

Come on in! Then check out our Facebook page here to share and view photos, layouts, and of course chat! Submit your challenges by Monday at 9am!

Featuring Guest Designer Cari Locken!

Hello everyone!  Today I am SOOOO excited to bring to you a very dear friend as our 2nd Guest Designer of 2010.  For all of you Canadians out there that don’t know Cari, you will be excited to learn that Cari is a Canadian too!

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Cari lives in Langley, British Columbia with her husband, Tim, and three children (Kailyn (9), Ryan (7) and Jayden (5)).  She has been scrapbooking since 1997 and her love for this craft has grown immensely over the past few years. She is a designer for Canadian Scrapbook magazine, Imaginisce and Core’dinations Cardstock.  She loves teaching scrapbooking classes at her local scrapbook store and at various retreats and conventions throughout  the year.  When she’s not scrapbooking Cari is either taking the kids to swimming lessons, doing laundry, driving the kids to & from school, playing the piano, nibbling on chocolate and then running, wasting time on the computer or making meals for everyone!  Yes, a very exciting life indeed! Cari is not only an amazing friend, wife and mother, but as you will see she is an AMAZING scrapper as well.  I’ve been very fortunate to work closely with Cari in the past and there wasn’t a project that went by were I wasn’t completely amazed and inspired by what she created. I asked Cari to use today’s kit, the American Crafts Backyard Collection.  I think you will agree that she did a fantastic job!
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I absolutely LOVE on her ‘Cool Treats’ layout how she was not afraid to add dimension by adding the adorable pin wheels to her page.  Such a great idea for something fun and unique to hang on your wall!

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I also love in her ‘Fun in the Sun’ layout, how she put the kit to the test by pretty much mixing up all of the different elements that come with the kit!
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If you want to be further inspired by Cari’s incredible talents, then be sure to check out her blog.  http://myandmythoughts.blogspot.com/

Oh!  I also wanted to give you the heads up about our first ScrapbookSteals online crop TONIGHT!  What does that mean?  It means we all get ‘together’ and scrapbook.  Okay, not physically together, but we connect via our computers. We share what we create via our Facebook page so everyone can take turns oooohing and ahhhhhhhing.  We will be chatting and scrapping it up!  And who knows….there may even be some giveaways involved!  WHO doesn’t want free stuff?  Be there at 6PM MST, or be square, or circle, or scalloped, or……………….  :) Come here or on Facebook for the link to join us!

Until next time guest designer day, where we will be treated by not only an amazing scrapper but a Scrapbook Steals customer as well!  (You just never know what will happen when you attach a link to your crafty blog in an email to us!)

Happy Scrappin’!

Lovely, lovely CHA

We just returned from a wonderful trip to Anaheim for the Craft and Hobby Association expo! We had so much fun scoping out the latest and greatest in the Scrapbooking world and everything was just so lovely. We can’t wait to share what we found for you over the coming year! For now, we’ll show you some of the fun photos we couldn’t resist but share. (These photos have nothing to do with upcoming features; just a few things that inspired us! Sorry for the dark iphone quality photos)

I have an obsession with cupcakes…can you tell which ones are real and which are fake?

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We HEART Cosmo Cricket!

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Is this inspiring or is it just  me?

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Provo Craft has a new amazing Cricut called the Cricut Cake. Yes, it cuts out fondant to decorate your cake. Seriously.

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again- the boys at Fancy Pants are so much fun. Madison, this one is for you! (inside joke)

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My Mind’s Eye LOVE

I had the BEST time creating with today’s kit.  The My Minds Eye LOVE kit is filled with a huge variety of patterns.  The beauty of this kit is that it doesn’t necessarily tie you to a “Valentines” theme.  In fact, when I saw the Love Me Do kit a few weeks back I IMMEDIATELY thought of using the fun, cheery colors to create a layout about my baby who is SUCH a handful.  In fact the kid runs me ragged every day, but when I get frustrated with him, all I have to do is really focus on his sweet little face and realize that there is SO, SO much to love about him!   The fact that I must burn an extra 500 calories a day by chasing him all over doesn’t hurt either!!  More chocolate for me!  ;)
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While the Be Loved collection does ring a little more “Valentin-ey” to me, it’s a perfect collection for any girly, girl layout.  The soft colors were prefect for this layout about my Sarah, cause she truly is a girly, girly, girl!
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Now lets talk briefly about scraps!  Don’t waste em!  In fact don’t even put them away, because odds are they will never see the light of day again.  Put your creative mind to work and make a card or two!  I mean who doesn’t need a ‘Thank You’ card or a ‘Birthday’ card at the ready.  I’m just excited because I actually got my hunny’s Valentines card done already!  No mad dash on Saturday night to whip something up!
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Yup.  I L-O-V-E, LOVE the My Minds Eye Love collections.

Happy scrappin’!

Fun at CHA!

Yep, you guessed it, we’re at CHA in Anaheim! If you’re not sure what we’re talking about, it’s the Craft and Hobby Association Expo! I’m having so much fun – tons of super cute stuff!  I’ve already placed orders for some great new things and some old favorites………

Here’s me and my friends at Imaginisce with one of my all time favorite tools – the i-top!

cha imaginisce….and this blog wouldn’t be complete without a photo of Madison from Fancy Pants! I’m in trouble now!

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