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Hexagon Frames | How To’sday

If you’re craving a unique crafting experience, today’s tutorial by Charity Becker might be just what you’re after. Charity is absolutely ingenious and joins us again with a great tutorial on how to make hexagon frames for all sorts of different uses!

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Hexagon Frames

Supplies:

  • patterned paper
  • craft knife
  • compass
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • hexagon pattern.
  • Choose patterned paper with hexagons or do an internet search for  a printable hexagon pattern.

Trace hexagon onto back of patterned paper.

Position the compass at about 3/8 inch. Line the ruler up with the edge of the hexagon and trace a line that extends on either side of the hexagon. Do this for all six sides.

Using the craft knife cut the center hexagon out. Use scissors to cut the outer edge of the frame.

Trace the frame onto an alternate patterned paper, cut slightly smaller than traced lines.

Using hot glue or other dimensional adhesive adhere the frame to the second hexagon.

Place this design element anywhere you would normally put a shaped piece of patterned paper. I used these hexagon frames for my Amethyst #5 layout.

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Charity, you are so unbelievably talented! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your ideas with us!

And now for one important matter of business! I’d like to shout out one more huge thank you to the participants of this months blog hop. Your projects were spectacular and I’m just sad that I was busy doing the retreat thing and didn’t have a chance to steal! At any rate, the lucky winner of this months $20.00 gift code is Linda Marvin! Linda, our superstars at ScrapbookSteals will be in touch with you regarding your gift code. Have fun shopping.

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured as a How To’sday please feel free to send your directions and images to danielle@steals.com.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo.

Pink Paislee Prairie Hill Collection | Monday Card Madness #106

Okay ladies, not going to lie. When I first heard the name of today’s steal, the Prairie Hill Collection by Pink Paislee, I was immediately whisked back to the 70s when I would rush home from school to watch Little House on the Prairie. Luckily for us, Pink Paislee captures the color tones of the 70s in this collection with a beautiful modern twist. And since there are no bell bottoms or bangs feathered a mile wide, this collection is definitely a win!

I had such a blast working with the Prairie Hill collection that I found it a little hard to narrow down which direction I wanted to run with the card design. I wanted to incorporate the tags like I did last time we featured Pink Paislee, but I didn’t want to duplicate the look too closely so I got busy chopping up the gorgeous tags. Eeek!

On the first card I made I took the tag, chopped it and added matching corner edges to the bottom side of the tag and then finished things off with one of the cute 3D embellishments.

On the next card I took the same idea but placed the tags a little differently.

For the next two cards I flipped the sketch and tweaked it a little so that my chopped up tags would look the best!

On the final card I made I used the leftover scraps from two different tags that I cut up, added some buttons and washi and came up with a completely new design.

Creating with Prairie Hill? Way less painful than watching re-runs of Little House on the Prairie. In fact, not even painful at all!

I can’t believe the month is half over. If you love card-making and love free stuff then boy have we got a deal for you!

If you’d like to enter to win our October 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, MT on Thursday, November 1st.

Have fun creating cards this week!

Love My Tapes Fabric Tape | October Blog Hop

I can’t think of a better blog post to have today as we are currently having our 2nd annual Scrapbook Steals retreat in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Jealous? Yeah. You should be. ;) ) While we are having fun scrapping it up for two solid days with rockstar manufacturers in the industry, all of you can join in on some fun in a virtual way with this month’s Blog Hop. Today our six talented designers rock the house with today’s steal, the Love My Tapes—Fabric Tape.What does this mean for you, aside from awesome ideas? You have a chance to win a $20.00 gift code to ScrapbookSteals.com!

If you’re not familiar with how the Blog Hop works, it’s super easy and lots of fun!

If you’d like to enter to win a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code:

After checking out the sneak peeks, visit each of the designers’ blogs and leave a comment every stop along the way (including this post). This month’s random winner will be one lucky person who left 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. Heather Conklin – Goldiecar Designs
  3. Robin F.M. Jones – Custom-Comforts
  4. Gloria Stengel – Scraps of Life
  5. Kat Ancheta – Create-w-Kat
  6. Teresa Fenstermacher – Teresa J is Here to Play
  7. Katherine Shamel – Delightful Design

Remember, you have until 11:59MST on Sunday, October 14th, to leave your comment. Have a great time hopping and incredible ways to use fabric tape!

 

Lily Bee Design Hand Made | Mid Week Mojo

Today’s steal, the Lily Bee Design Hand Made collection, came at the perfect time! Last week I coerced my two oldest daughters and their BFFs to go to the lake for a photo shoot. Without any coordinating on their part, they all managed to wear clothing that works perfectly with Hand Made! Gotta love when that happens! It was such a fun evening and these papers are so perfect to preserve this amazingly fun, complicated, carefree, and silly time in their lives.

The Hand Made collection was such a pleasure to work with. I have always loved the Lily Bee collections for their bright, happy and clean designs, and I really love how this week’s Mid Week Mojo layout turned out!

I wanted to make this layout super girly, without overbearing the fun photo of these sweet girls. To achieve that effect, I used my Cameo to cut out a flower lace background. I didn’t want it to overwhelm, so I used the same paper as the background and layered it on top to create a subtle floral design. This same idea could easily be achieved by using a die cut as a mask and misting the background paper. I then used some strips of the fun papers and added some of the die cut embellishments to all a little color and design.

I absolutely adore the note card embellishments that come with today’s steal. They worked out perfectly to create my title block.

One of the note cards also worked out perfectly for my journaling block.

Well done Lily Bee! I have already used up scraps of this collection to create another layout from this fun night. Such a fantastic collection!

It’s been another great week of inspiration at ScrapbookSteals! Our Facebook fan page has been exploding with amazing interpretations of Lori’s sketches last week. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by be sure you do!

This week our lucky random winner happens to be Marisa Torp!

Such a fun layout and interpretation of Lori’s sketch!

Marisa, if you will please send an email to service@steals.com letting them know that you are this weeks winner, we will be happy to get some scrappy swag headed your way.

For those of you that are new to our site, 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.

Also be sure to stop by on Friday for this months Blog Hop! So many fun ideas.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Octagon Gift Card Holders | How To’sday

With the holidays upon us, today’s How To’sday by Charity Becker comes at a perfect time. This crafty genius has come up with a way to create a darling octagon gift card holder using transparencies.

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Octagon Gift Card Holder

As the holidays approach I begin my Christmas gift planning. With relatives in so many different states it is more economical to send gift cards than wrapped packages. But how does a dedicated gift wrap artist endure the hideous look of plastic cards jammed into an envelope? WELL! Have I got an answer for you! Follow these instructions and you too will ditch the high cost of package shipping for the fun of papercrafting!

Supplies:

  • 5 sheets patterned cardstock
  • 3 transparencies at least 4×4 inches in size
  • 3 pieces of twine, cut into 15 inch lengths
  • 12 mini brads
  • 12 inches dimensional foam adhesive, cut into 2×1/4inch strips

Tools:

  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scorer
  • Paper Piercer
  • Ruler

Pages

Step 1) Cut 6 4×4 inch squares from patterned cardstock. For best resultes choose 1 dark color and 1 light color, and cut 3 squares from each.
Step 2) Cut 3 transparencies into 4×4 squares.
Step 3) Choose a corner and mark the square 3/4 inch in on either side of the point. Connect these marks with a diagonal line and cut off the resulting triangle. Repeat this step for each corner of the 6 cardstock squares and 3 transparency squares.
Step 4) Turn the 3 dark octagons over and mark a line 1/2 inch from all 8 edges. Highlight the inside lines as shown in the following photo. Cut along this line with a craft knife. This will be the frame for the transparency.

Step 5) Adhere frontside of transparency to backside of frame then add brads at top corners for stability.
Step 6)Place one strip of foam adhesive on either side of the transparency at the back, just below the top brads.

Step 7)Place one strip of tape runner adhesive along the bottom edge of the transparency at the back.
Step 8) Place backside of transparency over light colored octagon. Add brads to lower corners for stability.

Hinge

Step 1) Cut 6×12 inch piece of cardstock. Score at 3inches from each side, then at every 1/2 inch inbetween. There will be 13 score lines total.
Step 2) Fold cardstock so that there are 6 ridges on the top side.
Step 3) Pierce the ridges 1/2inch in from each edge then at every inch inbetween. There will be 6 piercings total.

Step 4) Sew the first two ridges together, adding page one at the second and third holes. Lace the twine up and back down so that there is a solid line of stitches on either side.

Step 5) Sew the second two ridges together, adding page two at the third and fourth holes.
Step 6) Sew the third two ridges together, adding page three at the fourth and fifth holes.

Cover

Step 1) Cut a 7×9 inch piece of cardstock. Score at 4.25 inches from each end.
Step 2) Score 1/4 inch line around the perimeter of the piece of carstock. Fold each edge in.

Step 3) Adhere completed hinge to inside center of cover.
Step 4) Cut 2 pieces of cardstock 6.25×4.25inches. Adhere to inside cover on either side of the hinge.
Step 5) Fold scored edges over these pieces of cardstock and adhere.

Embellish front and inside of gift card holder.
Place one or more gift cards in each page and ship to your astounded relatives!

Please stop by my blog and take a look at how I embellished my gift card holder and leave me a comment. I’d love to know you visited.

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Charity, you honestly blow my mind. I’d love to take a little crafty vacay in your brain and see what makes you work! Or I’d like to be one of your relatives. ;)

Thank you so much! If you have an idea that you’d love to see featured on the ScrapbookSteals blog as a How To’sday, we’d love to see what you have. Please send photos and text to kristy@steals.com.