How To’sday | Helmar Zapdots

You’ve seen them. You either have them and love them or wonder what on earth you’d do with foam pop-up-adhesive. Let Becci Manies show you some excellent ways to use today’s steal, Helmar Zapdots.

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Zapdots are perfect for:

  • Making layered gift tags and monograms.

  • Black Zapdots: Great for backgrounds

  • Adhering large embellishments.

  • Reverse cutout cards.

  • Use to elevate large pieces (tan background).

  • Clear Zapdots work great with delicate ribbon; larger Zapdots on the tag.

  • Cute packaging! (Zapdots used under flag)

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Becci, thank you so much for taking on the challenge of combining ideas for a How To’sday as well as being a guest blogger featuring our steal of the day! That’s talent right there for ya. :)

Be sure to check out Becci’s blog for lots of other inspiring ideas and further information about today’s projects.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow!

American Crafts Amy Tangerine Thickers | Monday Card Madness #63

Ahhhhh Thickers. I love that word. I love the visual it brings of rainbow and sparkles, fonts and textures. In short, I love Thickers and my guess is that you do too! And if you haven’t yet seen the designs in today’s steal, the American Crafts Amy Tangerine Thickers collection then you are in for a treat. The designs, the faux stitching, the fonts, the different mediums mixed with the variety of colors, well, it makes me go weak in the knees!

I kept this week’s sketch pretty basic because I wanted to keep the focus of the design on the block for the Thickers.

Don’t you agree that the Amy Tangerine Thickers, totally make these cards?

Don’t forget your challenge of sending out joy! I know it makes me so happy when I receive some good old-fashioned, handmade, snail mail. It’s such a great way to brighten someones day and put your creations to use as well!

Lastly, if you’re interested in participating in our current card swap, here are the details:

  • This card swap will not have any particular theme.
  • The only requirements is that you send ten cards with envelopes to be received at the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by February 16th.
  • Cards can be sent to this address:

ATTN: Card Swap
2181 California Ave., #400
Salt Lake City, UT  84104

  • After sending your cards please send me an email to, letting me know to be on the lookout for your cards.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Also, if you’d like to be eligible for the December random drawing for Monday Card Madness, all you need to do is complete any (or all) of the Monday Card Madness sketches, post your creation to our fan page or your own personal blog, then leave a link on this blog to that creation no later than 11:59 PM MST on Friday, December 30th, 2011.

Enjoy your day!

Xyron 2.5″ Create a Sticker

Now gather around and pay attention. If you don’t already have one of today’s steal, the 2.5″ Create a Sticker maker by Xyron, then pause what you are doing right now and steal this baby. As a crafter of 15+ years, this tool is a necessity in my work space. The ability to turn pretty much anything flat into a sticker is won-der-ful. There are times when it’s just so much easier to slide your delicate pieces, title letters, ribbons, flowers, die cuts…you name it through the machine providing instant stickage, rather than having to deal with glue pens, adhesive dispensers or glue dots.

Every year my 11 year old hints that she’d really like the Christmas gifts to be wrapped with bows and tags added. Reality is that I feel pretty accomplished slapping on the name of the recipient with a sharpie marker. :) I decided to make a better effort this year and made some gift tags using my Silhouette machine and the glorious 2.5″ sticker maker.

First I cut out all of my gift tag pieces.

Next I ran them through my 2.5″ Create a Sticker maker.

Then I assembled the pieces together, lickety split. Seriously. Fast. Then I ran the entire tag back through the sticker machine and they are ready for when I finally get around to wrapping gifts! Hooray for my 11 year old. Presents with tags on them. I feel so accomplished. :)

While I adore my Xyron “X” sticker maker, the extra space provided with the 2.5 is wonderful. In fact of all of the Xyron machines that I own, the 2.5 is my “go to”.

Because of the extra space to work with, I decided to sparkle a piece of chipboard by running the chipboard through the machine face down.

Next I added glitter to the front on top of the adhesive…

…removed the excess then put it together in a very simple and quick card.

Lastly I remembered that I have yet to make “teacher gifts” and the last day of school is today! Eeek!

I ran some strips of paper through my machine, stuck them to the front and backsides of these clothes pins, added some super strength magnets and ended up with these cute clips.

So there you have it! The 2.5″ Create a Sticker machine by Xyron really is love!

Have a great weekend.

Helmar Adhesives Giveaway

Here’s something even stickier than the snow outside — Helmar Adhesives! We are giving away this set to keep those gorgeous photos, papers and embellishments stuck just the way you want them.

Use the Zapdots in white, black or clear to add dimension to cards, scrapbook pages and more! Zapdots bond to most surfaces including paper, plastic, metal wood, foam and textiles.

Helmar Quick-Fix Adhesive Runner is acid-free, archival and photo safe and ideal for scrapbooking, craft, school projects and office and home use. The roller tip design ensures runners dispense an even layer of adhesive onto the application surface. They also have a unique built in gear to stop our runners being used in the incorrect direction which will prevent your glue runner from unraveling. The Helmar Permanent Adhesive runner will allow a limited time frame for repositioning before becoming permanent.

Finally, Helmar Acid Free Glue is specifically designed for memory albums, book binding, mounting photographs, preserving old or precious books, documents, scrap books, most craft projects, etc. Featuring excellent adhesion to dense papers, high flexibility and long term life of the bond. Sets clear, dries quickly and will not yellow with age. This non-wrinkling, acid-free glue has a neutral pH level, which means your photos and papers will be protected for years to come.

Head on over to the Helmar Adhesives page and tell them ScrapbookSteals says hello!

We are giving away a set with Zapdots in white, black or clear, Helmar Quick-Fix Adhesive runner, and Helmar Acid-Free Glue to three lucky winners!

To enter, tell us what Helmar product would you like to try from the Helmar site by filling out {this form}.

Contest ends December 18, 2011 at 9:00am MDT.Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with 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.

We Ship Same Day for the Holidays

Is Santa’s stash ready? Worried the elves won’t deliver in time? Click here for the recommended ship dates for 2011.

We pride ourselves in our fast shipping and send your orders same-day Monday through Saturday, even during the holiday season. Our shipping crew works extra hard this time of year, just stopping short of dressing in red and delivering them to your chimneys.

Want to track your package? Watch the video below to learn more about our holiday shipping or read our shipping FAQs.

As always, happy stealing!