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Studio Calico Heyday | Mid Week Mojo

Pearl – Layout 6

Okay, not gonna lie — I’ve been counting the days until today’s steal, the Studio Calico Heyday collection. Kids count down to birthdays and I count down to days when I get to play with some of my favorite colors, designs, mists, and hexagons.  I tell ya! Forget about birthdays, because Heydays are much, much better. Well, unless you were given Heyday for your birthday. :)

Today’s collection is so packed you don’t even have to be nervous about cutting into the papers. But as much as I am crazy in love with this collection I thought I’d give you girls a break this week and stick with one sketch.

I am in love with 4×4 Instagram prints right now (aka too lazy to pull out the big camera) and hexagons, so I went with a single photo and used the hexagon mask as the drive for this week’s layout.

I used the hexagon mask as well as the Mint Julep and Sherbet Mr. Huey’s to create a custom photo frame for my photo. I absolutely adore using the Mr. and how easy it is to create a truly unique piece for a project.

To create the background of my layout I carried over the hexagon mask theme and used my Cameo to cut out a background. I then used the reverse side of the cutouts to place back in some of the open spaces. I also misted a few of the cut out hexagons and randomly replaced them as well.

The papers in this collection are so amazing. I love that it’s a great mix of papers for both feminine and masculine layouts. I wanted to include a bunch of the prints without overwhelming the page so I added some of the full sheets of 6×6 papers layered behind my main photo, then added a smattering of the chipboard dies along with some cuts from my Silhouette. I love how it turned out!

Ahhh. I love it. Heyday, you have my heart.

I loved seeing the interpretations of both sketches last week. You girls are really on fire and I’m hoping with school coming up that some of you will find a little extra time to get some crafty on. I’m kind of beside myself with excitement over the fact that my baby goes to Kindergarten! I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with myself for three hours of solitude every day!

Anyhow, you all rocked it last week and I’m pleased to show off our random winner. Congrats go to  Jessica Laureano who did a great job with the Pearl 5b sketch. I’ve sooooo missed seeing your work girl! Welcome back! :)

Please send an email to service@stealnetwork.com with your address and we will be happy to send a little scrappy fun 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 online and linked to this blog post. You can find all of the 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.

Perfect Fork Bow | How To’sday

I have to let you in on a secret… Even after 17 years of scrapbooking, I still don’t know how to make a good bow. Occasionally I’ll get a compliment on how nice my bow looks (which is a total crap shoot), so I graciously smile and say thank you as if it’s something that I can do in my sleep, and then quickly change the subject before anyone can ask how I do it.

Thankfully today Jennifer Blomquist will teach us all how to make a perfect bow using a fork. I’ll be busy mastering this technique so the next time someone asks I can whip out a fork (since I’ll be carrying one at all times now) and I can show them just how easy it is. :)

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I don’t know about you, but I love the look of bows on cards. However, I know it can be challenging sometimes to get a cute little bow to look just right; which is why I love this technique for creating a perfect bow everytime! It is super easy to do and is especially great for tying those little tiny bows. All you need is some ribbon and a fork! (The bigger the fork, the bigger the bow.)

Start with a piece of ribbon and wrap it around the outside of the tines of a fork so that both ends of the ribbon are on the same side and the front of the ribbon is “above” the ribbon in the back.

Next, take the ribbon that is going across the front of the fork and wrap it around to the back. Bring the ribbon across the ribbon piece in the back and pull the end between the middle tines of the fork so that your ribbon end is back in the front of the fork again.

This is what it looks like when you turn your fork over and look at it from the back.

Take your ribbon end that you pulled through to the front of the fork and pull it over the ribbon stretched across the fork. Bring it through the middle tines to the backside of the fork again.

If you flip over your fork, it should look like this.

Now, both ribbon ends should be on the back side of the fork.  So, just tie your ends together in a knot and pull the ends out to the sides.

Here is what it looks like from the front.

Slide your bow off the fork, trim your ends, and you are done!

Then you can use a glue dot or your favorite adhesive to adhere your bow to your finished project like this card here.

I’ve done this with different sizes of ribbon and forks, so experiment with what you have and I’m sure you’ll find a style you love!

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Jennifer, your tutorial is positively fantastic! Don’t mind me, I’m off to master this technique right now! But before I go I’m so happy to announce the winner of the $20.00 gift code from the August Blog Hop. Megan Smith, you are our lucky winner! I have already given your email address to our marketing department so they will be emailing you soon with your code to use in the ScrapbookSteals.com store. Have fun shopping.

I’ll see you all tomorrow for a little Mid Week Mojo! :)

Martha Stewart Edge Punches | Monday Card Madness #97

So you think there are enough punches in your stash to last a lifetime? Well, I’m pretty sure if you took 2.3 seconds to play with today’s steal, Martha Stewart Edge Punches, you’d be seriously reconsidering your thoughts about just how long a lifetime is. They come in timeless designs and fold up perfectly for storage. Yeah, I’m in love!

That Martha. She’s pretty much the bomb salad of punch making. (That’s a good thing!)

Given the fact that I was working with punches for cards this week I had a hard time going with a particular sketch. Punches are just perfect to modify ideas on a whim!

I used the Blossom Eyelet punch to create a trim to go down the length of my first card.  I then added a little washi and some embellies.

Next, I wanted to create a double border of eyelet blossoms so I punched down both sides of a strip of paper. I then got a little crazy with my washi collection and taped random colors beneath the flowers punch outs to create a subtle splash of color. I think this is one of my favorite washi uses yet!

I then used the same punch to create the edge of this card so that the inside pattern of the paper can peek through to match the strip on the left hand side. (I kinda really like this one!)

Then I switched gears to the Laurel Leaf edge punch. I’m gonna be honest — I think this is one of my very favorite punches to date! Such a great addition to so many projects!

I went simple and used this punch to make a basic border running the length of the card.

Then the crafty gears got spinning and I thought it would be fun to punch so that the leaf trim didn’t come completely unattached, but rather keep it attached to the paper I was punching from.

I then applied the same method to the base of this card and loved it so much that this is the official card for this week’s sketch!

Yup. I’m pretty pleased that these punches are now taking up minimal space in my crafty room. A great purchase indeed!

For those of you that don’t know already, we love to give things away here at ScrapbookSteals.com!

If you’d like to enter to win our August Monday Card Madness swag package:

  • Create any or all of the weekly Monday Card Madness sketches.
  • Post the card to our Facebook fan page, or any other online location.
  • Leave a comment on one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts with a link to your card no later than 11:59 pm, MST on Friday, August 31st.

Pretty easy, don’t you think?

Studio Calico Mr. Huey’s Mists | August Blog Hop

Eeek! I am so excited about Studio Calico Mr. Huey’s Mists. There are so many delicious colors in today’s steal! And since today is this month’s blog hop we have seven talented designers showing what you can do with a little bottle of misty goodness.

If you’re not familiar with how the Blog Hop works, it’s easy-peasy and lots of fun! After drooling over the dazzling painty sneek peeks, visit each of the designers’ blogs and leave a comment at every stop to enter for a chance to win a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code.

It’s super simple and definitely worth the time it takes to feast on some exceptional eye candy. This month’s random winner will be one lucky person who leaves a comment on one of the eight blogs! So without further delay, here’s the line up:

  1. ScrapbookSteals (You are here—leave a comment!)
  2. Rebecca Keppel – My Cluttered Corner
  3. Joan Borgelt – The Gov’s Place
  4. Dana Tatar – They Call Me Tartar Salad
  5. Laurel Geisbush – Laurel Lane
  6. Rebecca Ednie – Eclectic Endeavours
  7. Julie Odil – Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers
  8. Patricia Flores – Harmony, Health and Faith

Have fun hopping, and remember you have until Sunday at 11:59 PM MST to drool over the creations and leave your comments. A winner will be selected and announced on Tuesday in our How To’sday blog post. If you have interest in participating as a designer in an upcoming ScrapbookSteals Blog Hop, please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com, with Blog Hop in the subject line.

If you aren’t already joining in on Facebook, be sure to “like” us so that you don’t miss out on any of our fun!

Happy hopping and good luck!

Bo Bunny Mama-Razzi | Mid Week Mojo

Pearl – Layout 5

I think any of us scrapbookers that are also moms probably fall into the “Mama-Razzi” category. I mean, our kids are the cutest ones on the planet, right? And if they are the cutest then why not take 10 gajillion photos of them? My kids are pretty well trained to sit, pose, and show off for the never-ending clicks from this Mama-Razzi’s camera. Thankfully today’s steal, the Bo Bunny Mama-Razzi collection, is the perfect companion to make your little superstar shine!

Lucky for you and your shutter bug, I was a little ambitious and cranked out two sketches this week! I had a hard time choosing which photo to work with so I decided to do them both. The first layout I created was very much embellishment driven by this packed collection.

This collection is so bursting with chipboard, stickers and gems that I certainly wasn’t lacking for choices when creating. I also love how the blues and greens in this collection work perfectly with the photo of my silly dude and his watermelon head.

The second layout I created is light on the embellishments since this collection has enough distressing to hold its own.

One day we came home from a lunch date and found our “babysitter” having a little break! :) Good thing the kids are getting old enough to not be under sister’s watchful gaze at all times.

And guess what? I still have a ton of embellies and enough paper left to make at least a few more layouts. Guess I’d best get my mama-razzi on and start snapping more pics!

If you didn’t have a chance to swoon over all of the dazzling interpretations of Jen McDermott’s amazing sketches last week you should swing by our Facebook fan page and check out a few.

At least check out this week’s winners — Congrats to Michelle King Beaudry, the random winner of the Pearl 4a sketch! I love how she duplicated the sketch to create a 2 pager.

Monica Sigmon, you are the lucky random winner of the Pearl 4b sketch! I love the colors and the fact that you scrapbooked a little piece of older history!

If you two lovely ladies would please send an email to service@stealnetwork.com with your addresses we will be happy to send a little scrappy loot 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 online and linked to this blog post. You can find all of the 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.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for this month’s Blog Hop happening Friday through Sunday! The projects the designers have made are stellar.

Have a great day!