My Little Shoebox | Mid Week Mojo

Opal Club — Layout 5

I positively love guest sketcher Wednesdays because I have the chance to see the amazing creations that come from one of you. Today we are honored with some pretty fantastic creations from one of our favorite Canadian friends, Cathryn Hanson.

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I was on the computer one day when Kristy popped up in my chat window. “I’m dying here!” she said, then asked me if I had checked my email lately. I said I had. We were both confused! Some how the email she had sent asking if I would like to be a guest sketcher had disappeared. Needless to say, my answer was yes, yes, and YES!

Like previous guest sketchers I was thrilled and excited, but also a little worried. But when I found out I would be working with today’s steal, My Little Shoebox Harmony and Summer Breeze my mind was instantly racing with ideas. I love MLS! Both of these whimsical collections of scrappy goodness are adorable, and can be easily used for many different themes. After thinking about sketches and layouts I quickly started thinking about how perfect Summer Breeze would be for my granddaughter’s birthday theme because she loves birds. I remembered these cute little wooden bird houses I had come across while shopping for wedding décor with our dear friend and fellow scrapbooker Elizabeth. So, with all of that in mind, this is what I created.

Summer Breeze Collection

  • “So Smoochable”

  • Birdhouse Party Favors filled with Jelly Beans

  • Birthday Girl Picture Frame

  • Decorated Words

Not my original idea. I spotted these on the MLS website and couldn’t resist making them!

  • Congratulations  card

Harmony Collection

  • “You Amaze Me”

  • Konichee Wa!

I hope you will have as much fun with these incredible collections as I did. From the clear stamps to the mini alphabets and everything in between you can’t go wrong. Enjoy!

Thank you Kristy Lee, Lisa Mack and the Scrapbook Steals community for your inspiration every week and allowing me to share my creations. I am very excited to see how everyone makes these sketches their own.

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Cathryn, you have truly done an unbelievably outstanding job as this months guest sketcher and I can’t thank you enough. What a wealth of inspiration you’ve given us!

Now for that exciting moment of announcing this weeks Mid Week Mojo winner. Way to go Michelle Beaudry.

Michelle, if you will please send our service department an email at, letting them know you are this week’s winner, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

If you would like a chance to win this week’s random drawing, you will need to have your sketch posted and linked to this blog posting by 11:59PM MST on Monday, November 7th. Also if you are new to our Mid Week Mojo challenge or have any particular questions, you can find all of the details here. As we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Now go get scrappin’ with all of this inspiration at your fingertips!  :)

How To’sday | Silhouette Trace Tool

For you Silhouette owners that haven’t had the chance to explore your options much beyond basic cutting then today you are in for a treat!  Stephanie Umpleby shows how to use the Trace Tool feature opening up an entire new way to use your beloved Silhouette machine.

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So, you have a Silhouette.  And you have an image in your head that you want to cut.  But, you can’t find it in the Silhouette store.  What do you do?  Well, it turns out you can trace almost anything and then have the Silhouette cut it!  You can open any image into the Silhouette, and then use the trace feature to make it something the Silhouette will cut (or cut and draw).  Here is how!

First you have to find and save the image onto your computer.  I normally save things as .jpg as it is opened by almost any program.  Then you have to open that file in the Silhouette.  The “default” is only to open Silhouette files, but you can select “All Files” from the drop down menu.

Once you have opened the file, you need to open the trace menu.  Trace is one of the buttons on the top right of the screen – to the right of offset.

Once you have the menu open, you need to click on the “Select Trace Area” button.  This will allow you to “grab” the image you want to trace.

When you select the area to be traced, the trace lines will show up in yellow.  If everything looks good, then select “Trace.”  In this case, I don’t want “trace outside edge” because it would only trace the rounded square and not the swimmer or wave.  You can do the “detach” option, but normally it isn’t any more work to just do Trace.

Since I just did trace, the next thing I had to do was slide the original image over and check to make sure I liked the result.  Once I confirmed I was done with the initial image, I deleted it.

In this case, I wanted to edit what was traced.  There were extra pieces I didn’t want to cut, so I need to “Release Compound Path.”  Once I did this, I was able to select the extra pieces and delete them.

Then I used the Silhouette to sketch out my page.  I like to do this because it helps ensure that I have the right size for everything.  Here is the finished sketch and finished page.

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Stephanie, thank you for sharing your tutorial with us on this lovely How To’sday.

Don’t forget if you have an idea that you’d like to share, whether it be easy or hard, big or small, we’d love to feature you on a How To’sday. Please send your idea with photos and images to, and we will add you to the line up!

Have a great day and be sure to check in tomorrow for our November guest sketcher. Hmmmm. Who will it be? :)