Garnet – Layout 4


Happy 2012 and new year of guest sketchers! Today I’m so pleased to be bringing to you one of our amazing friends and fans who nails vintage-shabby like no other, Charity Becker! Today Charity does an amazing job with today’s steal, Restoration by Crate Paper.

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Ever get the feeling things just can’t get any better and than they do? Yep, me too! That’s how I felt back in November when I got that coveted e-mail from Kristy Lee. After squealing (quite loudly) I quickly replied that I would be honored to be a guest sketcher. Then Lisa suggested I create the first Mid Week Mojo of 2012 with Crate Paper, Restoration. My shabby chic diva self went into spasms of excitement. Sit down, strap in, and prepare for a fussy cutting fest, ‘cause Crate Paper and I―we had us a good time!

The first thing I did was fussy cut an entire sheet of doilies. There was just no question that these delicious shapes were going to figure largely in my projects. Then I got down to business and came up with this sketch.

I needed to fit four photos on the same page so I arranged a 7×7 block of photo sizes to accommodate my ideal. Of course, I scattered fussy cut and finger crimped doilies around the page.

My daughter’s third grade class has pen pal partners at a local assisted living facility. They write them letters regularly and once a month they load up the bus and take the kids to Tufte Manor for a party. They take pictures at each event and both the children and the pen pals get copies. I threw together an envelope album for Lori’s pen-pal to keep her letters in and display their pictures.

After trimming and tea staining four Open End Catalog Envelopes (instructions found here) I punched holes and used prong fasteners from Office Max to hold the envelopes together. Then I used this sketch to create the album pages.

Here is the front cover:

And here is the back:

To view the rest of the pages please visit my blog:

To finish up I created some sweet little ATCs. Here are three of them.

This paper pack was fabulous to work with. The designs are so much fun and the paper has a wonderful textured finish on one side. What’s more, after all that creating I still have five full sheets left! Thanks Scrapbook Steals for this thoroughly enjoyable opportunity. Now get yourself over to the steals page and buy yourself some Crate Paper, Restoration. I can’t wait to see what you create with it.

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Thank you so much Charity for being such an amazing guest sketcher. You are always so inspiring with your “fussy cutting,” and truly take the art of scrapbooking to a further level.

Now it’s time for our weekly random drawing.

This week congratulations are in order for Liz Martinez.

Liz, if you will please send an email to customerservice@stealnetwork.com with your address we will be happy to send a prize out to 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 9th at 11:59 MST.

If you are new to 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.