Basic Grey 6×6 Paper Pads | Monday Card Madness #68

So if you’ve ever asked yourself what is “basic” about Basic Grey, then you’ll agree with me when I say that there is nothing at all basic at all, and today’s steal, the Basic Grey 6×6 paper pads is proof!  The mere fact that today you have ten different paper collections to choose from is sure to strike the needs and fancy of every scrapper out there. (Yes. We all know that paper is a need!)

I love the diversity of 6×6 pads and their mini prints for creating cards. I wanted a fun design this week that would show off a combination of three different prints in an easy way, so I came up with this sketch.

I have to admit. It was really. really. really hard to decide which papers to use for my cards this week, but finally settled on three of the collections.

I am absolutely drawn to blues, browns and greens so I created my first two cards using the Marjolaine paper pad.

Next I decided to get a little classy and used the Little Black Dress collection.

From there I decided to “elevate my IQ” by playing with the Oxford collection.

I rounded out my evening of card making by creating two cards using the Picadilly line.

I do love me some Basic Grey. Such a great zesty collection of papers to create that perfect card.

I have absolutely loved seeing more and more of the interpretations of the Monday Card Madness sketches popping up on our Facebook fan page.

If you haven’t been sharing your cards, we’d love to see! Oh and want to take the sharing up a notch? Why not participate in our current card swap.

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.

Silhouette Advent Calendar — Love Style

Can you believe that Valentines Day is just barely over 25 days away? (26 if I’m counting right!) If you’re like me and just barely thought about putting away your Silhouette Advent Calendar from Christmas, think again! Why not turn it into a work of love? Don’t have one yet? Then today is your chance to pick one up and get creating a countdown to the day of hearts and kisses.

One of our good friends Staci Jones, recently converted her Silhouette Advent Calendar into a darling creation to give to her husband to count the many ways that she loves him. Granted I’m not exactly sure what Staci has hidden in those drawers for her hunny, but the display is something that would make anyone’s heart melt!

I’m so inspired by her creation that I figure I’d better give my calendar a face lift too!

Not sure what to put inside of your drawers?  Well, if you’re creating your advent for a significant other, then here are a few ideas that you may be able to tuck inside with a little kiss of chocolate.

  • A pass for a free massage
  • An invite to share a bubble bath
  • A love letter
  • A poem, written by you
  • A candle to burn later on
  • Movie tickets
  • Invite to dinner at his favorite restaurant
  • Create a custom crossword puzzle with clues that pertain to your relationship
  • A picture of a tulip with a note saying “I’ve got two-lips waiting for you”
  • A picture of wildflowers with a note saying “for my wild man”
  • A gift card to your favorite ice cream parlor
  • A garter with a special note attached
  • Love coupons
  • A copy of your wedding vows
  • A verse from a favorite song attached to an iTunes gift card
  • A tiny teddy bear with a note attached saying “I can’t bear being away from you”
  • A little monkey with a note attached saying “let’s monkey around”
  • A note telling him how much you appreciate the work he does
  • A gift card to a lingerie store — see what he brings home!
  • A small vile of massage oil
  • A Chinese fortune cookie with the fortune replaced with something romantic

Want to gear your advent toward your children? Attach reasons why you love them and special things that make you smile.

Whatever it is that you decide to do, the Silhouette Advent Calendar is a sure way to make the countdown to any celebration or holiday just that much more special.

Have a great weekend! I’ll see you Monday with another Monday Card Madness.

Today’s Steal App Notifications with the iOS5 Update

Having trouble getting notifications at steal time? With the new iPhone update, you may have noticed your notifications settings automatically changed. Here’s a quick video with tips on how to change your settings so you never miss a steal.

Happy Stealing!

My Mind’s Eye Good Day Sunshine | Mid Week Mojo

Garnet – Layout 6

I don’t know about you but at this time every year, when the winter blahs set in, I’m always looking for something, anything, to get me out of the winter blues. Today’s steal, Good Day Sunshine by My Mind’s Eye, was the perfect break from the dreary world.

When I was trying to decide what photos to scrap, I thought of one of our friends and wonderful customers, Michelle Beaudry, who recently added a bit of sunshine to the dreary winter world, and asked her if I could use photos of her new little princess for this week’s Mid Week Mojo. Even though these papers aren’t typical “baby,” I thought the collection worked delightfully with these sweet sleeping photos of baby Alexis.

The Good Day Sunshine collection comes with some great die-cut pieces which make adding the finishing touches to a layout a snap!

Thank you Michelle for letting me preserve a little piece of your family history. I will get this layout out to you soon!

Now it’s time for our lucky weekly winner.

This week congrats are heading out to a lucky first time Mid Week Mojo Participant, Heather Wilson.

Heather, I love that the powers picked you since you are new to the fun.  If you will please send an email with your address to, letting them know you are this week’s winner, we will be happy to send a prize 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 23rd 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.

How To’sday | Kid Interview Mini Album

If you’ve got the itch to make a mini album, today Jen McDermott shows us one of the cutest ideas I’ve seen in a long time! With time slipping away, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day will be here before we know it! This how to on creating a “kid interview” mini-album may be just what you need.

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If you’re looking for a great gift idea that not only preserves sweet memories, but is relatively quick and is sure to be a hit with parents, grandparents, and more, then I have an idea for you! For the kid interview mini album, you ask your child(ren) fun questions about their family member or other important grown up in their life, then record their answers in their own words. Not only will it look cute displayed, but the recipient will love to read what your little one has to say about them. It’s pretty simple and can be dressed up or down however you choose.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • A couple of 12×12 sheets of chipboard
  • A 6×6 paper pad
  • 3 jump rings (I only used two in my example, but three would be sturdier)
  • Cropadile or heavy duty hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Alphas/Tiny Type/Embellishments of your choosing
  • Paper trimmer
  • Optional photos of your child with the subject of the album
  • Basic scrapping necessities (ink, adhesive, markers)

Before you get started, sit down with your child and ask them a few questions about the subject of the album.  I asked my son fun questions about his dad like “If Dad had a super power, what would it be?”, “What does Dad do at work all day?”  “How does Dad show you that he loves you?” “What’s your favorite activity to do with Dad?” Then, I jotted down the answers in his own words. Once you’ve interviewed your child, you are ready to create the album.

First, using your paper trimmer, cut your chipboard into 6×6 squares. You will need one square for each question and answer. Then, start adhering your 6×6 paper to the chipboard squares. Once your paper is covered, you are ready to start writing in the interview questions and answers.

I put each question and answer on the right side of the page, then used the left side for matching embellishments and photos.

After you’ve recorded the questions and answers and decorated the pages with matching embellies, ink the edges of your pages, preferably with a dark ink, to help hide the edges of the chipboard and paper.  Then, use a Cropadile or other heavy duty hole punch to punch three holes into the side of each page. Make sure each page is facing the correct way in the book before punching the holes. Then, assemble the pages, and bind together with jump rings and decorate rings with ribbon. Create a title and a decked out cover, and you’re all done! Be sure to include the date it was created, too.

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Jen, I love it! Little kids are especially fun to document and I think this is such a fabulous idea! I see some interview mini-albums in my future for sure!

Thank you so much for sharing your talents and ideas with us.

If you have an idea that you would see featured on the How To’sday here at ScrapbookSteals, please send your directions and photos in an email to

I’ll see you tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo. :)