How To’sday | Faux Pleating

Good morning everyone! It’s happy How To’sday once again and today our rockstar friend and fan Erica Bass treat us to a tutorial Faux Stitching.

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Don’t you just love the look of the pleated paper embellishments? I know I do but it costs an arm and a leg to buy it pre-made and is kind of a pain to make yourself. Don’t worry — I came up with the perfect solution!

With a few basic supplies you will be able to create this look with ease.


  • scrapbooking adhesive
  • paper
  • paper cutter
  • foam adhesive

Step 1: Cut two strips of paper that are the size you want your pleated accent to be. My sample strip of paper is 12 x 2
Step 2: Cut the second strip into the width you want your final pleats to be. Here my final “pleats” are 2 x 1 1/4
Step 3: apply foam adhesive to the bottom side of your pleats

Step 4: I applied a long line of adhesive to the top edge of my base piece of “pleating” then once the pleats were placed I rubbed off the excess adhesive. If your adhesive isn’t the type that will rub off, simply put some adhesive on the opposite end of the foam on the small pieces of paper before you glue them down.

Step 5: if you like a finished edge at the top position some ribbon so it overlaps the top edge.

side view of finished product.

Another sample of faux pleating used on a card.

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Erica, thank you so much for sharing your idea with us. I know I for one am excited to give this a try! I may even have to incorporate it into my next Mid Week Mojo. :) And speaking of Mid Week Mojo, be sure to check in tomorrow for our February Guest Sketcher.

Have a great day!

Bo Bunny Crush | Monday Card Madness #69

Love is in the air and what better way to craft those lovey moments than with today’s steal, the Bo Bunny Crush collection!? I mean what’s not to love about pink, black, white and red? Oh and the little blossoms and birds — well, it just doesn’t get cuter than that! Except it does. Add the trims and brads and all of the other fantastic embellishments and your Valentine’s day crafts and love projects are bound to be perfect.

Even though Valentine’s Day is still a few weeks out, today’s steal came in perfect timing for me. I spent the weekend in California teaching a class at the Craft and Hobby Association show (CHA) and thought it would be nice to leave little love notes — one for my kids, one for my husband who happened to have a trip to Texas overlapping with mine and one for my dear mother in law who volunteered to help wrangle the kids this past weekend in our absence. Who says it needs to be Valentines day to tell someone you love that you love them? :)

So sadly these cards will not be a part of the current card exchange, but I promise that I will be contributing some fun ones!

If you’ve missed out on the info for the current card exchange, here are the details:

Here are the details just in case you missed them.

  • 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 January 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, February 3rd, 2012.

ScrapbookSteals Steal Crazy!

Imagine a dream world where your favorite scrapbooking products rained from the sky one after another; where lucky crafters grabbed as fast as they could; and where smiles and excitement spread as fast as sunshine. Well we are about to make that dream come true with our first ever ScrapbookSteals Steal Crazy — one steal after another all day!

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~ Announcing ~

Who: You, your crafty friends, and anyone that wants to buy you scrappy love (guys, Valentine’s day is in two weeks after all…*wink wink*)

What: ScrapbookSteals Steal Crazy! One steal after another until it sells out. Once it’s gone, it’s gone and the next steal pops up, ready to be sold to scrappy homes.

When: Friday, January 27, 2012 — be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 9am, ready to shop until the last steal appears at 9pm.

Where: Right here of course! At

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Can’t wait to show you all the scrapbooking goodness we have to share! Spread the word — invite your friends to come. Just click the share buttons below.

Pink Paislee Mistables | Mid Week Mojo

Garnet – Layout 7

So you’re kind of in a funk, feeling like all of your scrappy products are the same and you’d really like to shake things up by trying something new — well then, don’t delay in today’s steal, the Mistables collection by Pink Paislee. Not only are these papers a super fun vintage and shabby, but you get to customize them to the color palate that you want! Add the mistable embellishments and you have the workings for a one of a kind artistic creation.

I had a lot of fun manipulating the papers and trims to create this layout for one of our fans, Melanie Henderson. Isn’t her family simply gorgeous?

It was pretty amazing to me that I could turn the base paper from a basic white script to a custom colored paper that worked to perfection with Melanie’s photo.

I also loved how well the muslin trims and flower received the mist colors as well as the flocked stickers and chipboard letters. The little bit of resist pattern adds the perfect touch! I also wanted to demonstrate how much fun the mask template that is included in today’s steal can be. If you look closely on the muslin trim on the layout you can see that I used it to mask the trim and make it multi-toned.

You can also use the mask on regular paper. I turned this sheet of plain white cardstock into a cute card in just a few steps!

Thank you so much Melanie for letting me scrap a photo for you. I hope you like it! I will get it sent on it’s way soon.

It’s always so exciting to figure out who the lucky weekly winner is for our random drawing. We had a ton of submissions this past week so it was even more exciting! This week our lucky winner is Melanie Carey.

I love the twist that Melanie put on her sketch and how she made it truly her own! Melanie if you would please send an email with your address to, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

If you are new to our site and want to join in on the fun we would love to have you!

If you would like to be eligible for this week’s random drawing, be sure to have your layout created and posted somewhere online, as well as linked to this blog posting by Monday, January 30th at 11:59 MST.

If you have any other questions regarding our Mid Week Mojo series, you can find all of the fantastic details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Oh and we also have one more exciting piece of news  for you! Be sure to save the date for our next on-line crop. Mark your calendars for Friday, Feburary 24, 2012 from 6-10 PM MST. We will be up to our usual fun, games, challenges, giveaways and video chats! For those of you that are local, we would love to have you participate in person.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask!

How To’sday | Tips for Using Transparencies

I love How To’sday. It’s sort of like a little crafty Christmas every time I open up an email from one of you talented crafters, sharing your tips. Today’s tutorial is simply put, amazing. Charity Hotrum Becker shows us some tips for using those transparencies that are in our stashes that tend to just sit there because we aren’t quite sure what to do with them!

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Okay, who can even spell that word? No wonder transparencies are so intimidating! But, I’ve got a few tips that cut them down to size. Specifically I’ll illustrate their use as flowers, pockets, and good ‘ol frames.
Flowers first!

Transparencies come in various sizes, colors, prints and pre-designated uses. For handmade flowers I use the transparencies with an all over print. You will also need a jeweled brad, a pair of tweezers, a heating tool, and a paper trimmer or pair of scissors.

First cut 4 strips measuring 2 ½ by ½ inches. Pierce each strip at the center. Thread each strip onto a brad so the arms spread out like an asterisk.

Using tweezers, grasp the brad by the “feet” and hold it upside down. Turn on the heating tool and warm the transparencies for 5-10 seconds. It will quickly become pliable. Use your fingers to mold the strips into a curved shape, bent toward the brads jeweled center. The strips may need reheated a few times to get the curve you have in mind.

To make a smaller flower try cutting strips that are 1 ½ inches by ½ inch. Give the strips a shallower curve so the flower has a more open appearance.

What’s a scrapper to do if a heating tool is nowhere to be found? Here’s a second flower option. For this one you’ll need a print transparency, a jeweled brad, and a paper piercer.

Cut 4 strips 3 ½ by ¼. Pierce each strip in the middle and ¼ inch from each end.

Thread a strip onto the brad using the center piercing. Bend one side of the strip in and thread it onto the brad, bend the other side in and thread it onto the brad. Repeat this process for all four strips, taking care to turn each strip so that the flower petals form an asterisk.

These flowers are lots of fun to add to any crafting project, but look especially snazzy on gift tags!

After you have completed your flower cut a 3 inch circle from card stock. Pierce the center and insert the transparency blossom. Fold the brad back securely. Punch a small hole ¼ inch from the side and thread about 6 inches of twine through in a slip knot.

Many Transparencies are designed to frame a photo. This is a wonderful addition to a page, but what if your transparency doesn’t show up when placed over your photo…what good is THAT! Trim your picture to fit inside the colored portion of the frame. Choose a contrasting paper, and cut a photo mat that will extend beyond the edges of your transparency. Ink the edges to give your mat definition and adhere photo and frame to mat.

Still not sold on these bits of “sheer fun”? Here’s one more idea to get transparencies out of your stash and onto your page. Journaling pockets made from transparencies take advantage of their transparent nature. How fun to bling out your journaling card and slip it in a clear pocket! Embellishments look great inside these little pockets also. It’s a fab way to fill up those spots in a sketch that call for little photos.

Thanks to Cathryn Hanson for the amazing sketches I used on these layouts and to Kristy Lee for the delightful card sketch, and of course to Steal Network for letting me showcase my talent. It’s kind of fun to see my name up in lights!

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Charity! Unbelievably amazing tutorial. Thank you for taking the time to share your talents with us. I know I’ve got some transparencies that I’m dying to try some of your techniques with. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

If you have an idea that you would like to share on a How To’sday, don’t be shy. We’d love to see what ideas you have up your crafty sleeve. You can send photos and directions to

Hope you have a great day. I’ll see you tomorrow for another Mid Week Mojo.