Studio Calico Take Note

Take note everyone! Today we have a mega super scrapper Jana Eubank as our guest blogger. Today she takes the Studio Calico Take Note Collection to a whole new level. If the sunny combination of oranges, greens, greys, blues  and yellows weren’t enough alone to convince you that you need this collection then one look at Jana’s projects and you will be pulling out the “it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission” reasoning, I’m sure.  Plus if it keeps you happy and gives you the perfect collection to scrap those summer photos then why not, right?! :)

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Hello Scrapbook Steals Fans! Jana Eubank here. I was so honored when Kristy emailed me asking if I would like to create a few projects for the Scrapbook Steals Blog using the Studio Calico Take Note collection. Wow! What a gorgeous and eclectic mix of papers, alphabet stickers, and confetti garland! I love the mix of modern prints, with the florals, woodgrain, and classic polka dot patterns. I knew these papers would be perfect for any type of photo.

For this first page, I pulled some pictures from Memorial Day last year. Each year we get together as a family to visit the cemetery to place flowers on the graves of our loved ones and ancestors. It has become a family tradition that my kids and their cousins look forward to. We always snap lots of pictures of the kids together and it’s fun to see how they grow and change each year. On this particular trip, the kids were all sitting in the back of the car with the flowers are started to pull a bunch of silly faces. Of course I started snapping away and was happy to capture their personalities. . . what a bunch of characters.

I used a blend of papers on this page, and added the information for the pictures on one of the journal cards cut from one of the sheets of patterned paper. I used a butterfly punch to create a negative space in the open space above the label shape and added a trail of butterflies punched from the 6 x 6 papers. I used the confetti garland as a scalloped border along the bottom of the smaller photo strip.

For this next page, I wanted to capture the before and after shots of my daughter deciding to change up her hair color at her last hair appointment. I had to giggle when I read the “from sunrise to sunset” phrase on one of the papers because it reminded me her color change . . . sunrise for blond, and sunset for the red. Imagine that!

I cut out the banner shape from the blue and white patterned paper to use for part of my title. On the second part of my title I used the woodgrain pattern from teh 6 x 6 paper pad to back the open spaces in the Thicker letters.

Next, I created my own journal block by die cutting an artisan label shape from the green ledger paper. Gotta love having lines on a paper to help you keep your journaling straight! I also used the mini papers to create my flowers, leaves, butterfly, and heart embellishments. They are the perfect scale for using with die cutting machines. I also cut the labels from the mini journaling papers and stamped the words “Before” and “After” to place on each photo. Finally, I added a length of the confetti garland to the bottom of my design to act as a funky scalloped border like I did on my first page.

I love how fun these papers were to play with! I can’t wait to pull out some more photos to put this collection to good use. I think I’m going to hit my pile of Easter photos next.

Thanks again for letting me join you here on the Scrapbook Steals blog today! Happy Stealing!

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Jana, thank you so much for being our guest today! It was a true honor and delight to feature you here at ScrapbookSteals and wow—such amazing projects!

I hope everyone has a perfect weekend and I will see you next week for a pretty amazing lineup!

Monday—Monday Card Madness

Tuesday—An awesome Design Team, which I cannot divulge. 😉

Wednesday—Guest Sketcher Mid Week Mojo

Thursday—A sparkly guest blogger

Friday—BLOG HOP!

New Site Coming — Win a $50 Shopping Spree!

If you haven’t already heard, we have a new sister on the way! A new Steal Network site has been in the works for over a year now. It will surely be your newest addiction!

The name is still *top secret* and locked in our vault, but stay tuned because we will be announcing the name and launch timeline within the next week! 😉

First we have something to get your imagination flowing. We are giving away three $50 gift codes to our new site!

To enter, tell us in your dream world, what would you like the site to be? Fill out {this form} to submit your entry.

Please note: the same giveaway is running on BabySteals, KidSteals and ScrapbookSteals, so please only enter once. Good luck!

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My Mind’s Eye Indie Chic Nutmeg | Mid Week Mojo

Turquoise – Layout 5

I squealed a little knowing that I’d be creating today’s Mid Week Mojo with today’s steal, the My Mind’s Eye, Indie Chic Nutmeg Collection. My very favorite of the Indie Chic designs! With a crazy 4-year-old fellah filling up so much of my day I’m always looking for a great collection to scrap his photos. But the bonus of this collection is that it is deliciously feminine at the same time! All you need to do is pick the right papers and you can have a completely “dude” layout, or something for even the sweetest little girl. Now that’s a good bang for your buck!

Today I’m going all boy. And boy am I glad I scrapbook so I can have the “See son! It’s payback time now that you’re a dad!” fuel in the future. This week it’s feet. Very, very dirty feet. (Not for my lack of trying to keep shoes on the boy!)

I love the simplicity of the embellishments in this collection. The banner made the perfect addition across the center of my layout, and the banner stickers finished things up perfectly!

And of course I couldn’t help but add some of the washi tape that I picked up when it was featured on National Scrapbook Day!

Wow! Can you believe that we are already half way through another gem series? That means it’s time to have another weekly random drawing. This week a little scrappy swag goes out to Kristy MacKeen.

Love the layout Kristy and huge snaps to you for scrapping a party! One of the things I fear most.  😉 Kristy if you will please send an email to letting them know you are this weeks winner they will be happy to send out your goods.

For those of you just joining us now is a great time to jump in on the fun. Each Wednesday we provide a new sketch and you have until the following Monday at 11:59 MST to have your creations posted to the internet and linked to this blog posting.

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.

Can’t wait to see the interpretations of this week’s sketch start popping up on our Facebook fan page. If you haven’t already “liked” us, stop by. We truly have a great time!

Paper Weaving | How To’sday

Today’s How To’sday takes me back to my carefree days of childhood and paper weaving art projects in grade school. Today’ Venetia Holbrook shows us step by step how to integrate paper weaving into a stunning design idea for scrapbook pages.

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I am so excited to get to share a How To’sday tutorial on ScrapbookSteals! Let’s weave some fun into a couple of layouts!

First Weave Idea–

  • Grab three pieces of cardstock. Two to weave and one to use as a base.

  • Cut the same size strips of your weaving cardstock. I did one inch, but any size works.
  • Gently tack down the very edge of a set of your strips, alternating the end you tack down.

  • Start to weave the other card stock over the tacked down piece and under the loose piece. Then alternate the over under and continue across the page. You need to tighten your weave as you go.

  • Once you’ve finished, tack down your loose ends and trim the edges if needed.

  • Cover the top edge with a border and design your page!

Second weave idea-

Every little kid has done this, but a redo is great for a hidden journaling element on a page.

  • First, cut two rectangles.

  • Next fold them in half and trim the edge to a half circle.

  • Cut even size strips from the bottom fold to just past the width of the paper when laid across at 90 degrees. I cheated an used a pattern paper with lines so I could free hand the cuts. I stacked my papers so the cuts would match.

  • This part is hard to explain. Think of the bands of paper as arms, and they’re giving bear hugs, (you know when someone grabs you around the arms and you can’t move?) alternate the bands around and through each other. As you go, it gets tighter, so be patient.

  • When you’re done, you should have a hear basket that you can punch or cut hearts into for a hidden journal pocket.

I hope you loved my weaving magic!

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Venetia! What a brilliant tutorial. Such a fun and fresh idea to incorporate into scrapbooking! Thank you so much for sharing.

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on our blog as a How To’sday tutorial be sure to share! You can send your photos and text to

Have a lovely day and I’ll see you tomorrow for a little Mojo!

Authentique Free Bird Cardmakers Mega Dream Bundle | Monday Card Madness #86

Mega. Now there’s a word that packs a punch. I mean don’t we all secretly love our trips to the warehouse bulk stores to buy ginormica packages of our favorite things? Well today is any papercrafter or cardmakers as ScrapbookSteals brings the mega to your door with the Authentique Free Bird Cardmakers Mega Dream Bundle. Add to the mind-boggling mega fun is the fact that today we have seven lovely ladies that have taken on the challenge of splitting up one of the mega dream bundles to show you just how many cards you can make with this steal.

To kick off the fun I asked our design team member, Cyndee Kawa to come up with the sketch for the rest of the girls to use as inspiration.

Look at the mega awesomeness that came flooding in, mind you, from ONE STEAL!

Cyndee Kawa kicks off the lineup with these these awe-inspiring creations. Nineteen to be exact!

Next up Melissa Dehne rocks the house with eleven cards.

Now we have Staci Jones who stuns us with fifteen amazing works of art!

Jen McDermott stupefies with sixteen cards. And yes! This is still the same kit!

Minousha Bari blows it out of the water with twenty two incredible cards.

Now we have Karen Weingartner who also took a stab at creating from this single kit. Her take on the sketch is fantastic with fourteen awesome cards.

And now we finish up the fun display of today’s steal with cards from Erin Schultz. Twenty-five inspiring cards to be exact!

Wow. Can you believe that? One-Hundred-Twenty-Two total cards from ONE MEGA STEAL! And to think, I’m sure they could have each squeezed out a few more! Be sure to swing by each of their blogs for more inspiring ideas and maybe even a few more cards using today’s Authentique steal.

Now it’s your turn to cash in on a little fun as it’s the last chance to play for a random prize from  All you have to do is complete any of the Monday Card Madness sketches for the month of May and have them posted somewhere on line then linked to one of the Monday Card Mandess blog postings. The more cards you create, the more chances you have to win! And let me tell ya, we are known for sending out some pretty sweet swag!

Be sure that your card is posted by this upcoming Friday at 11:59 pm MST to be eligible to win.

Have a great day and make sure you pop in tomorrow for another great How To’sday! Just because the kids are out of school doesn’t mean we need to let our crafty brains go to mush.