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My Little Shoebox Giveaway!

My Little Shoebox encourages people to take their precious photographs out of their “little shoeboxes” and turn their personal memories into creations that will endure for generations. Their goal is to make scrapbooking simple, quick, uniquely personalized, and most importantly, beautiful. Inspired by beautiful fabrics, laces, ribbons, and buttons owner, Helen Chu, was surrounded by in her parents’ garment factory, her collections are so gorgeous you’ll want to wear them. Be sure to check out their blog and Facebook page, which are both full of inspiration.

We are giving away six collections to six lucky winners!

  • 2 sets of Trick or Treat
  • 2 sets of Destination
  • 1 set of Playtime
  • 1 set of Audrey.

To enter, check out the new collections at the My Little Shoebox website, then come back here to tell us, what is your favorite new release collection?


Contest ends Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 11:59pm MDT. Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with random.org. The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. Click here to read our full privacy notice. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person.

American Crafts, The Classics | Monday Card Madness #50

Every now and again I like to shake things up on a Monday and have a guest create the Monday Card Madness. Today you’ll find that one of my “go-to” girls, Misty Buck has not only created an amazing and unique style of card, but she has totally made today’s steal, the American Crafts, The Classics Collection shine.

I admit that I’ve never seen a kick stand design of a card before. I love the sketch and can’t wait to try it out myself.

I love the variety of patterns and rich colors of today’s steal. Misty’s has done such an incredible job putting together the papers and embellishments to create these gorgeous cards.

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Thanks so much Misty for sharing your amazing talents with us yet again!

If you’d like to be eligible for our next monthly drawing, your cards will need to be posted and linked by Friday, September 30th, at 11:59 pm MST.

Now for those of you that have been anxiously awaiting our next card swap, here are the details.

  • This particular swap is a Holiday themed swap.
  • Create 10 cards following a Christmas, Holiday or Winter theme. (*Please leave me a note if you have a preference of Christmas or Holiday cards and I will do my best to sort accordingly).
  • All cards must include envelopes
  • Cards must be received at the Scrapbook Steals warehouse by November 7, 2011. (Scrapbook Steals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California Ave., #400, SLC, UT  84045)
  • Once your cards have gone postal, be sure to send an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com letting me know they are on their way.
  • Lastly wait patiently for 10 amazing creations by different artists to find their way back to your door!

Can’t wait to see what amazingness will shortly be passing through my fingers. :)

Be sure to check in tomorrow for a fantastic How To’sday tutorial by Becci Manies.

We R Memory Keepers Corner Chompers

You know, sometimes it truly *is* the little things that make the project. In fact the little zip that today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers, Corner Chompers, can add to your project is really quite huge!

If you are familiar with the big brother of the Corner Chompers then you know the Crop A Dile, and you know the incredible power and ease of the tool. The Corner Chompers have every ounce of strength, yet absolute ease of the Crop A Dile.

I’m sure many of you have experience frustrations with corner rounders either not punching properly through material or often leaving little notches of paper so that it’s not a smooth curve. Not with the Corner Chomper! Every corner cut is a dream. And get this, not only do you get one design in your tool, but two since all of the tools contain two different dies for making your corners as snazzy as can be!

I love what a difference adding a nice rounded corner can do to a project. Such a simple way to create a whole new look and with the yellow handled tool you have the option for 1/8″ or 3/8″ curve and with the blue handled tool you have 1/4″ and 1/2″ cutting capabilities.

If you haven’t had the chance to experience the media munching power of the We R Memory Keeper tools then you’ll be delighted to know that the Corner Chompers can cut through multiple layers of cardstock, chipboard, thin metal and even craft foam like I did on this card. I was pretty excited to incorporate some of my kids’ crafting supplies onto a card and get such a nice clean cut with the purple handled “scallop” cut.

On this card I jazzed up the corners by using “cloud” side of the purple handled tool. Small change but such a unique twist to “normal”.

If you are a lover of photo corners then you will love the pink handled tool. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to make photo corners with greater ease! And to think of the huge array of media that you could use to make custom corners is pretty exciting.

With Thanksgiving creeping up right around the corner I thought it would be fun to use the green handled tool and combine the “stub” and “deco” cuts to create table place cards.

I hope you have a great day and that you can find a way to take a chomp out of your projects in at least one of 10 different designs.

See you on Monday with a special treat for Monday Card Madness.

Lily Bee Lovely | Mid Week Mojo

Topaz Club — Layout 8

When I first saw today’s steal, the Lovely Collection by Lily Bee, I immediately picked up my phone and plead with Lisa to schedule the steal for a Wednesday so that I could work with it. I had all sorts of visions of lovely little girl layouts running through my head. Imagine my surprise when I sat down to create and all I could think about was scrapping photos of my lil’ hunny —a boy! I knew the exact photos I wanted to use and was thrilled that the Lovely collection could compliment them so beautifully.

I am so smitten with the lovely prints and patterns. And the fact that such a girlish kit could work so fantastic with a boy page and not even make you think twice that it wasn’t meant to be for a boy page is just icing on the cake!

I love the big die cut tags that come with the collection and figured that it would work great for my journaling block. I even had to give the recent twine technique that Brenda Smith showed us last Friday on the blog a spin. I love how it all came together!

The rubons that come with today’s still, simply put, make me happy! In fact it was the rubons that inspired my entire layout.

It’s been such a great week seeing all of the interpretations of Charissa’s amazing Topaz 7 sketches. This week our lucky random winner is Brettany Quinton! It’s been so much fun to see Brettany jump into scrapbooking when she never imagined that she would be a layout maker. It’s fantastic to me to see how amazing her pages are after only scrapping for a few short months!

Brettany, if you can please send us an email to service@scrapbooksteals.com we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

Remember that you have until next Monday, September 19th at 11:59 pm MST in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing. For those of you that have questions regarding our Mid Week Mojo, you can find all of the details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

How To’sday | Felt Flowers

I don’t know about all of you but I. Love. Flowers. If I’m ever looking at a layout, thinking that it needs just a lil’ something, my go-to is flowers. I love this technique which Julie Koets has been so kind to share with us for this week’s How To’sday. Not only would paper versions of these flowers be spectacular on a layout or card, but they are certainly the highlight of Julie’s beautiful head bands.

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I love the texture and simplicity of felt flowers and decided to try my hand at making my own.  I am making a headband for my beautiful niece and decided to create a few simple flowers to adorn it.  All you need is some felt (I purchased mine at my local craft store for 25 cents a sheet), scissors, and a glue gun.

To make a “loopy” flower,  I cut a strip of purple felt approximately 9 inches by 1.5 inches and ran a line of hot glue along one edge.

If you don’t have a glue gun, you could use fabric glue, but I don’t have the patience to wait for things to dry.  After running your strip of glue, fold the felt in half, sealing the edges together.

Using a good pair of sharp scissors, make snips from the folded end every quarter of a inch, stopping a quarter inch from the bottom so as not to cut into the glued area.

Then start rolling the felt strip tightly, adding a drop of hot glue every couple inches to keep the felt wound tight. Secure the end using more hot glue.

Fluff out the loops of your finished flower, which is now perfect to add to a layout, a hairband, or whatever strikes your fancy.  You can make the flower larger or smaller by adjusting the width and length of your felt strip.  This finished flower turned out to be about 2 inches in diameter.

You can also make a similar fringed flower, using just a single layer strip of felt and making snips every quarter of an inch or less to make a “fringe”.  I used a strip of pink felt which measured approximately 9 inches by 1 inch.

Once fringes are cut along the entire length of felt, roll the felt into itself, securing with a drop of glue every so often as you go.

Fluff out your fringes and snip off the ends of any fringes that are sticking out too far.

Lastly, I made a rolled felt flower by cutting out a circle of felt 3 inches in diameter and cutting a loose spiral pattern into the felt.

Starting with the outer edge, start rolling the felt and secure it every so often with hot glue.

Finish it off by gluing the end (the center of the original spiral) to the base of the flower.

I glued all three of my flowers onto a fabric headband that I picked up at my craft store.  I’ve also used these flowers on a shadowbox layout that I made for a friend and I think they’d look darling as a brooch by gluing  or stitching a simple pin to the back.

I can’t wait to see how pretty this looks on my beautiful niece! I tried to get one of my boys to model it for me, but seeing my camera in hand, they wisely refused. Instead, I had to use our favorite stuffed puppy to model my handiwork.

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Thank you so much Julie! I know my girls, as well as myself, will be eager to put this new technique to use.

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us for a How To’sday tutorial, don’t be shy! Send your photos and text to kristy@stealnetwork.com, and you may be the star of our Tuesday tutorial.

Have a great day!