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Doodlebug Designs Striped Buttons

I am SO excited today to be bringing to you the ScrapbookSteals Summer Design Team and their amazing craftiness. They have totally rocked the house with today’s steal, the Doodlebug Designs Striped Buttons. As their projects came flowing in my jaw kept dropping just a little bit more. I’m telling ya, you are in for a treat, so enjoy!

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First off, let’s take a little stroll through the project from Katrina Hunt. Katrina shows how versatile these buttons are. She used the solid backside of one to complete her bow.

I love how she created the “seed packet” with the buttons. So fun!

And then there is this amazing creation that makes me grin from ear to ear. GORGEOUS! (And maybe if she loves me she will send it to me.) ;)

Next, we have these lil’ beauts from Regina Mangum. Using the buttons for the tires on the bicycle is pure genius!

Another great use is to make the buttons the heads of flowers. I know anyone would be thrilled to get this card.

Now we finish up with project from the amazing Kerys Sharrock. She made another twist on a flower, using the button as the center. One of my favorite uses for a button!

And this little “balloon” gift bag is wonderful!

As you can see we are in for an absolute treat for the next three months as these talented ladies bring to you inspiration. Be sure to check out their blogs for lots of amazing ideas! Also be sure to check in tomorrow for our blog hop! We are a week early this month so don’t forget!

Totally Turquoise

To enter to win the Turquoise series grand prize valued at $95.00 from We R Memory Keepers here is what you need to do:

  1. Complete all ten layouts from the Turquoise Mid Week Mojo series. (You can reference this page for a link to the Mid Week Mojo sketches).
  2. Make sure that all 10 of the Turquoise series layouts are posted somewhere online (like Facebook or a personal blog) and linked in one comment on the THIS blog posting no later than 11:59 pm Monday July 9, 2012
  3. Winner will be announced on Wednesday July 11, 2012 in the Mid Week Mojo blog posting.

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.

Good luck everyone!  :)

Studio Calico Memoir | Mid Week Mojo

Turquoise – Layout 10

Happy 4th of July everyone! I love that today’s steal, the Studio Calico Memoir collection, happens to be on this day of celebrating. You might be asking what a beautiful collection of purples, yellows, blues and greens has to do with the day of red, white and blue. I’ll tell you! For me, it means the last 4th of July I’ll be able to celebrate with my brother and his family before they move to New Zealand. This collection could not be more perfect to scrap a photo we recently took with my entire family.

I absolutely adore Studio Calico. In fact, I dare say it could easily be competing for my number one favorite manufacturer. I love the graphic feel that is meshed with such a clean feel.

I had a lot of fun pulling apart the different elements included in the collection.

I knew I wanted to add a little bit of misting to my project so I flipped over the die cut paper that comes with the collection and used it as a mask on my background paper. I then cut up the same piece of paper and use it as the frame for my photo to continue the feel of the design.

I had fun doing a little fussy cutting and cut out some of the cog shapes and circles to create my embellishment cluster.

I added some of the ingenious “Scraps” and some of the chipboard for my title and my layout was complete!

I love that the Memoir collection helped me to preserve this photo. It realistically could be the last time that we are ever all together, as my dad suffers from poor health. So just a little reminder to you all, don’t hesitate to take photos, even if your son ends up pulling a silly face like mine did. ;)

Now it’s time to announce the lucky winner of the Turquoise 9 Mid Week Mojo. Jennifer  Blomquist, it’s a good thing you decided to get scrappy again! Random.org chose you as this week’s lucky winner.

I can’t believe how big Caitlin has gotten! Jennifer, please send an email with your address to service@stealnetwork.com and we will be happy to send out a little scrappy goodness to you!

Can you believe this is it? The end of another 10 week series. To enter to win this week’s prize complete this week’s sketch (Turquoise 10) and have it posted somewhere online by 11:59 PM MST Monday July 9, 2012. Leave a comment on this blog post with the link to your Turquoise 10 creation.

We are so excited that the Turquoise series grand prize is being sponsored by  We R Memory Keepers! If you are scrappy gung ho and interested in winning a grand prize with a retail value of $95.00 featuring the 815+ piece Down the Boardwalk Paper Pack,  the Retro Scallop Lucky 8 Punch, a Classic Leather Wine 12×12 Album, and a package of Photo Sleeves then here is what needs to happen:

To enter to win the Turquoise Series Grand Prize:

  1. Complete all ten layouts from the Turquoise Mid Week Mojo series. (You can reference this page for a link to the Mid Week Mojo sketches).
  2. Make sure that all 10 Turquoise series layouts are posted somewhere online (like Facebook or a personal blog) and linked in one comment on the TOTALLY TURQUOISE blog post no later than 11:59 pm Monday July 9, 2012

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.

Good luck everyone!  :)

We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter and Brads | How To’sday

I love a good tool and I think any paper crafter knows We R Memory Keepers definitely has some pretty amazing crafting tools. Today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter, is no exception. Add the bundle of sparkly mini brads and you’ve got the makings for some happiness that would rival Bob Villa with a new power tool.

Today Cristine Redmond shows us some fantastic uses with the brad setter and brads.

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How many of you can relate to this scenerio:  You want to put a brad on your project so you pierce a hole, put the brad in, flip over the project, then continue to poke and prod the tender spots under your nails as you try to set the brad.  Am I the only one?  I didn’t think so.  That is why I absolutely LOVE the We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter.  This has to be one of the best scrappy inventions out there.  Plus, it’s so easy to use I put my 5 year-old to work using it (supervised, of course!).

My biggest is getting to the age where she pretends she knows how to tell time.  Everything ends in “30″ (it’s always 5:30 or 12:30, etc.).  I thought I would help her make a clock so we can work on learning to tell time.  She is already excited to tell her teachers that she knows how to tell what time it is—and school doesn’t start for almost two months!

Here are the supplies we used:

I adhered the scalloped paper to the thick cardstock-y thing that comes with new calendars using rubber cement.  Then I marked the center spot and my daughter used the Brad Setter to pierce a hole.

We added some numbers to the page using Thickers, then used the Brad Setter to pierce a hole in the clock hands.  My biggie inserted the brad into the clock hands, then into the clock page itself and flipped it all over.  Using the other side of the Brad Setter, she pushed down to separate the brad legs (or tongs or whatever they are called).

Once they were separated, she used the head to push down the legs.

Seriously, I didn’t have to help her at all.  This tool makes it SO easy!  Here is a picture of the finished product:

Cute, right?  I thought I’d put the Brad Setter to use on a different kind of project…a card.

After I tied the bow on the card, I used the piercer to make a hole through the knot of the bow.  Then I put a brad in and used the other side to set it.  Seriously, you need this tool if you don’t have one.  I know you’re thinking, “But why would I spend money on this when I have perfectly good fingers to use?”  I thought the same thing, which is why I put off buying this tool forever.  You only need to poke the tender skin under your fingernails so many times before you begin to wonder if there is an easier way—luckily, there is!

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Cristine! I love it! I also love that you were able to get your biggie involved in some paper crafting with you. So much fun.

We have a pretty great lineup for the rest of the week, so don’t forget to stop by each day. Tomorrow is the final installment in the Turquoise Mid Week Mojo series, Thursday we are treated to a triple whammy from the Summer Design Team and Friday will be this months Blog Hop!

Have a fantastic day!

Meet our Summer Design Team!

Wow. Where do I even begin? I am so crazy excited about our Summer Term Design Team here at ScrapbookSteals! I’ve had the extreme pleasure of getting to know these ladies and I have to admit I’m kind of a little bit scrappy stalker in love with them! Their personalities and their talents are top notch!

I can’t wait for the unveiling of their projects over the next three months. Each Friday, with the exception of Blog Hop Friday, you will be treated to an amazing round of eye candy from one of our designers and on occasion you will be treated to a triple whammy!

Without further adieu, here is the official introduction of our Summer Design Team.

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Regina Mangum

Where do you live? San Francisco, CA

What is your favorite thing to make? I love to make layouts, cards, and gifts for friends and family.

Do you have kids? I have one little boy (he’ll be 5 this fall) with one gigantic personality. He’s the light of my life and the source of all my insanity! He is also the star of all my layouts (though my hard-working husband appears in the background chasing him around, too.)

If you could travel anywhere (and scrapbook it) where would you go? I’ve been fortunate to have traveled extensively before my son was born, including to countries in South America, Asia and Europe. Now that I have my rugrat, frankly I’d love to go to Disney World and scrapbook the look on his face!

What is your favorite scrap collection? Yikes! That’s an impossible question for me to answer because it seems to be whatever I’m using at the time — but, I love everything by Imaginisce, American Crafts, Pebbles, Echo Park, Doodlebug, Little Yellow Bicycle, and My Mind’s Eye.

If you were locked in a room and forced to scrapbook, what tool would you have to have and why? “Forced” to scrapbook actually sounds pretty good to me, LOL! If I could only have one tool, it would have to be a sharp pair of scissors. I love to paper-piece and create little scenes in my work. But, a very, very close second would be my die-cutting machine. I think I use it for just about everything I make, but I would also need all my dies (would that be considered cheating?)

Katrina Hunt

Where do you live? Springfield, MO

What is your favorite thing to make? What don’t I like to make? Layouts and altered items are some of my favorites to do.

Do you have kids? I have dogs that are like kids to me and you will see a LOT of them on my projects! They are all Cardigan Welsh Corgis, the corgis with a tail. In order of age and appearance in the household: Higgins, Ella, Jetson, and Sheldon. Higgins and Ella are pet therapy dogs and go to visit nursing homes, etc. We used to do agility, but they kind of like being couch potatoes or chasing squirrels in the backyard instead!

If you could travel anywhere (and scrapbook it) where would you go? Hard one… I would have to say London, England or Italy. I would LOVE to meet the Queen! And I love Italian food… so either would be a win for me.

What is your favorite scrap collection? My ALL TIME favorite is Little Yellow Bicycle’s Fresh Print Clothesline. It is one of the very first collections I ever bought and I still would by it today in a heartbeat.

If you were locked in a room and forced to scrapbook, what tool would you have to have and why? Uh, only ONE tool?? I love my tools! Ok, I would say my Cutterbee scissors. They cut details so easily.  But if the basics were already provided, then I would have to say a border punch please! Love my border punches. Although… I could say my Cameo then I would have everything! Ok, I can’t narrow it down.

Kerys Sharrock

Where do you live? Park City, UT

What is your favorite thing to make? Layouts.

Do you have kids? 3 kids.
A son, age 12. My quiet, shy boy who’s hitting those teen years FAR too quick! And he’s taller than me too – really not fair!
A daughter, age 8. My confident little extrovert who talks 24/7.
My husband, age **. The worst of the lot!

If you could travel anywhere (and scrapbook it) where would you go? Back to the UK – I miss photographing so many people and places when we lived there! Although I’d quite happily take ANY vacation right now! :)

What is your favorite scrap collection? Too many to choose from! I’m obsessed with them all. I think maybe Imaginisce ‘Sole Sisters’ – love the bright colors and patterns! But then anything Echo Park or MME is good too! Along with BoBunny, American Crafts, Jillibean Soup, Bella Blvd……etc etc!

If you were locked in a room and forced to scrapbook, what tool would you have to have and why? I would just LOVE to be locked in a room and forced to scrapbook! That would be my type of heaven! Somebody – please find a room, lock me in it and force me to scrap!

I think the tool I would like to have the most is my paper piercer – I just LOVE to add twine and stitching to almost all of my layouts and projects, although my cutter would also be a possibility- I can’t cut paper straight to save my life!

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So there you have it! The ScrapbookSteals.com Summer Design Team. Bring on the summer and bring on the fun!

<3 Kristy