October Afternoon 9 to 5

Fun! That’s today’s steal, the October Afternoon 9 to 5 collection, in a word. While not all of us may feel like working 9 to 5 is particularly fun, I think this darling collection is lively and fun-loving and makes me wanna scrap! Given the fact that today we have an exuberantly talented designer, Megan Klauer, it makes me wanna get my scrappy on even more! Lucky for me, scrapping is my job. Yeah. Don’t hate me. :)

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I am so honored to be sharing a few layouts with you guys today. October Afternoon has long been one of my favorite manufacturers and the 9 to 5 collection is no exception to their awesomeness! Their colors and combination of vintage with modern patterns are perfection.

I set out to create layouts that show the use of the collection beyond the “office” theme. I started first with a baseball page about my oldest son: You are a Super Baller.

For the journaling piece I actually used the packaging from the buttons. Use every bit; that’s my motto!

My second page uses a simple design that can be recreated with any theme.

A black & white photo pops against the vibrant colors of the 9 to 5 collection & the ledger paper is the perfect place for your journaling to land.

My last page shows a simple yet effect way to turn your buttons into a fun confetti like design on a page or a card.

I love creating a page like this. It’s not about a special event, but rather about something that happens every day at our house. Something that may get forgotten if not recorded with paper and glue.

And last but not least, a simple card: Miss You – The perfect way to reach out to a friend you haven’t talked with in a while.

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Megan! Word cannot express how much I love your projects, and your handwriting, and your topics, and your ability to take a themed collection and make it work for everyday use! However, my husband may not love the fact that thanks to your stunning talents I will be stealing today. There’s always room for more paper, right?

Thank you SO Much. If you haven’t already treated yourself to a visual delight, stop on over to Megan’s blog for some extraordinary eye candy!

Make sure you swing by tomorrow as our Princess of the PM, Cyndee Kawa delights our 9AM time slot with her farewell design team posting. You will not want to miss!

Crate Paper Pretty Party | Mid Week Mojo

Turquoise – Layout 8

Since we all have party on the brain after yesterday’s spectacular steal, why not carry on the celebrating with today’s steal, the Crate Paper Pretty Party collection? While this collection isn’t “birthday” per se, I decided that I wanted to create a layout for this week’s Mid Week Mojo with a photo taken last Sunday on my entry into “the club.” Yup. It’s the big 4-0 for me and I love how perfectly this collection helped me to capture my thoughts at this milestone in life. Even if I did have to share my entry into the club with Father’s Day.  😉

I love how fresh this collection is. I love that the greens and strawberry colors just happened to work perfectly with my photo.

I love the subtle “birthday” flair included in the collection which is so perfect for a grown up birthday layout.

I also love the chipboard banner that adds such a feminine finishing touch to my page.

I genuinely cannot wait to put the rest of this amazing collection to work! Well done, Crate Paper, well done!

And now I have to congratulate Andrea Taylor for a job well done on last week’s Mid Week Mojo sketch. She is our lucky weekly random winner!

Andrea, if you will please send an email to service@stealnetwork.com with your address we will be happy to send a little scrappy goodness your way.

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 somewhere on the internet and linked to this blog post. 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.

Have a great day and hope you have a little time to get crafty! Be sure to check in tomorrow for an awesome guest blog posting from Megan Klauer!

Fancy Pants Designs Chipboard Banner Sets | How To’sday

What party doesn’t need that little extra something? What home doesn’t need that little extra splash of decor? Well,  Fancy Pants Designs Chipboard Banner Sets are a great place to start! What’s not to love about a sturdy, high-quality chipboard banner that can be decorated to stand the test of time? Just think of the options! Birthday parties, baby showers, summer, 4th of July… Sheesh, I think I’d even like to create a fun Halloween themed banner!

Today we are thrilled to have Becci Manies, the banner queen herself, show us how to make a cute summer banner with today’s steal.

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First, I gather a variety of products to place on the chipboard banner pieces, both large and small, hard and soft, flat and dimensional. I like to gather most of my products before I start my project, then I choose from the pile to create each banner piece.

I prepare the elements that I am going to use by inking, sanding, tying twine on or assembling die cuts as needed.

I like to layer everything on to the banner piece before adhering any of the layers together.

I like to curl pieces (as shown) to make the parts stand off of the banner piece and add dimension beacuase I don’t like everything to look flat.

I layer and tuck the elements together until the piece looks pretty full.

Here are all of my elements layered together on one banner piece.

I decided to ink the edges of the flower print scallop circle. Then I was happy with the banner piece and I started to glue the items together.

I use a mixture of foam adhesive, Tombo glue, and Zots glue dots to arrange the elements at different levels.

I prepared each letter by sanding the edges and tying a piece of twine around it.

After you arrange and layer each banner panel you string it together with a piece of ribbon and you have a completed banner!

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Thank you so much Becci. Your banner is beautiful!

If you have a great idea that you would like to see featured as a How To’sday at ScrapbookSteals.com please send your text and photos to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow for a little Mid Week Mojo! :)

Martha Stewart Edge Punch | Monday Card Madness #89

I’m gonna punch you!” Sadly, that’s a phrase I keep hearing exchanged between my boys now that summer is here. Won’t they be surprised when they hear “I’m gonna punch you” coming from my workroom? Granted, I’ll be talking to my paper, but that’s okay, right? With today’s steal, the Martha Stewart Edge Punches, I will be happily spouting off that phrase because I love border punches. What a snazzy and simple addition to cards and layouts alike! I truly cannot wait to steal them! Especially that Double Linked Trim.  Swoon!

Today we are in for a special sneak peek at the talents of upcoming summer design team member Kerys Sharrock.

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I was so excited when Kristy asked me to make the cards for this week’s Monday Card Madness and even more excited when I saw what product she wanted me to use! Who doesn’t love Martha Stewarts punches?! I was given two double edge punches (I must admit to never having worked with these before – only the border and standard punches) and was told to create! They were so easy to use and I came up with endless possibilities following this week’s sketch.

The first card I made was using the daisy chain trim and the linked trim. I decided that the linked trim looked a little like a fence, so I paired it up with an image from The Paper Shelter (I must admit I didn’t color this one – when you purchase the digi from the shop you get both a colored and non-colored image – perfect when you are in a rush!) I added pink cardstock behind the punched border to make it stand out more and then highlighted the whole thing with green cardstock. I used the daisy chain trim both in the corner, and also cutting an individual flower to add to the twine. The papers are Echo Park’s Victoria Gardens collection.

I then made a card using Simple Stories Fabulous collection. I used the daisy chain trim for the border and then cut some more of the flowers from the border and popped them up on foam dots.

Getting completely carried away – I made two more cards! The first was using kraft and general cardstock, a variety of stamps and bling! I used the daisy chain trim with bling and cut out some of the individual flowers to highlight the stamped images.

And lastly, I love to make rosette flowers. I often use the border punches for a bit of variety and decided I would see how it came out using a double-edge punch. The answer – perfect! They are so easy to make and just adds a bit more dimension. I used basic colored cardstock, and by adding different widths of the brown over the border strip, you get a number of different effects.

The Martha Stewart punches are so versatile and easy to use, they make crafting a piece of cake! As you can see, they can used in a variety of ways, from making borders, making rosettes and flowers, using individual sections of the borders for embellishments, the list is endless. Just use your imagination and have fun!

Thank you so much Kristy and Scrapbook Steals for asking me to use these products. MS punches are definitely on my wish list now!

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Kerys, your cards are truly exceptional! What a great pre-design-team treat. Thank you! And now I’m going to go hit that steal button because those edge punches are must have!

Don’t forget that we are currently teamed up with We R Memory Keepers Operation Write Home card drive for a fantastic giveaway. We have a lovely Red White and Blue Stack Pack that will be given to one random winner who participates in the Operation Write Home Card Drive.

To enter to win:

We will have a random drawing from all of the card drive participants. The winner will be announced on our July 30th Monday Card Madness blog post. (Don’t forget! Post your cards to a regular Monday Card Madness blog post by June 29th in order to be eligible for our regular monthly drawing.)

Let’s do our part to help collect 50,000 cards!

Good luck!

Bo Bunny Vicky B.

Hasn’t this week been absolutely amazing here at the ScrapbookSteals blog? Yeah, I think so too! And it’s not over yet. :) Today we have another spectacular guest blogger in the line up. Today Chris Gardenier takes us on an inspirational journey with today’s steal, the  Bo Bunny, Vicky B. collection.

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Good morning everyone. This is Chris from Get Inspired With ChatterScene. I am so excited to be a guest designer at ScrapbookSteals!

For today’s blog post I was able to work with the Bo Bunny, Vicky B collection. I had so much fun working with it. I am used to using more masculine sets when I scrap because I have three boys, so it was a fun challenge trying to step out of my comfort zone and do something more feminine. I used this opportunity to scrap some pictures of me and my kids.

I had so much using the dimensionals that came with the the fun Vicky B kit I did two scrapbook pages!

And because I’m addicted to card making, I couldn’t resist throwing together two cards using this awesome set too. I wish I had time to do more.

I hope you enjoyed what I had to share today!

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Chris, thank you so much for being our guest designer today! You truly rocked the feminine especially given the fact that you are a more masculine scrapper. Way to go!

Well, that’s it for me this week ScrapbookStealers! I hope you have a great weekend. I’ll be living it up as my last two days of a “thirty something” by running a 195 mile relay race! Layout to come I’m sure.

Have a great day.