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My Mind’s Eye Winter Wonderland & All Is Bright | Mid Week Mojo

Jade – Week 1 of 10
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Today’s steal, the My Mind’s Eye Winter Wonderland & All is Bright, is one of my all time favorite Christmas collections! The kits are jam-packed with fun papers, embellishments, stamps and so much more – there is everything you could possibly need!

I  love how today’s guest designer, Jessica Arrant, shows us how to use this collection and gives you not one, but TWO sketches to use as well!

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Words can’t explain how excited I was to be asked to play here today. I danced around the house for a week. And when I found out it was My Mind’s Eye All Is Bright? I died and went to heaven. Seriously a new favorite line from one of my favorite manufacturers!

My first thought was to highlight some of the awesome Christmas graphics by fussy cutting them out of the various papers and layering them onto the same page. I also wanted to show off the subtle prints in this kit by mixing as many of them as I could. Gotta love the chevrons and polka dots. Here is the sketch I created:

And here is my layout:


I know many of you like to design two pages at the same time, so if you head over to my blog you’ll see how I had a little bit of fun with the facing page.

Here is my second sketch:

I love the use of blue in this collection! As prevalent as the Christmas theme is, it is also an incredibly versatile kit with more than enough papers to make a couple non-holiday pages with leftovers. I took this picture on Halloween! How’s that for non-traditional colors?

And how about a card, just for fun?!

I hope you all enjoy the sketches and I can’t wait to see all the awesome interpretations. You are all so inspiring!

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Thank you so much Jessica! I love how creative you were using this collection for a non-traditional Christmas layout shows us how far you can really take collections! You’ve definitely made me want to ‘steal!’

Now it’s time for our weekly winner, our series winner, and a big announcement about Mid Week Mojo entries! The winner of last week’s Mid Week Mojo Coral #10 is…

Charissa for her adorable interpretation of Coral #10!

Now, without further ado, I’d like to congratulate the winner of the amazing My Mind’s Eye prize package valued at $141! The winner of the 10-week Coral Series is…

Sara R! A huge congratulations to you! This particular layout was one of my favorites of yours over the past series. Charissa and Sara, please send an email with your name, address, and which winner you are to service@steals.com and we will be happy to send you your prizes!

I would like to thank everyone for participating in another awesome 10 weeks of Mid Week Mojo. You should be so proud of yourselves and your accomplishments – being able to complete all 10 layouts is amazing! Those books must be expanding rapidly!

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Now we start a new series! 

Please note we have changed the rules! *updated*  We’ll provide a new sketch each Wednesday and you have until the following Monday at 11:59 PM MT to create a layout using the sketch. Upload a photo of your layout somewhere online (ie, Facebook, Flickr, your blog, etc) and include a link back to the sketch post in the caption. Then leave a comment on our blog with a link to your photo  and you’ll be entered to win!

You have more chances to enter! *updated* For two possible additional entries, post a picture of your project to Instagram or Pinterest! Tag @scrapbooksteals and include the hashtags #midweekmojo and #scrapbook. Let us know you completed these entries by leaving a second or third comment on our post simply saying “Pinterest” or “Instagram.” These profiles must be public so we can verify entries.

You can find full details here. Bookmark this page to keep track of the entire series as we go!

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Have a great Wednesday and don’t forget to check back in with us on Friday to see what the ever so talented Liz Qualman has in store for us!

Lifestyle Crafts Box Dies | How To’sday

I’m here today to show you just how easy and fun the Lifestyle Crafts Box Dies really are! I have two examples to show you that can be used for any theme imaginable!

First up – the treat carrier cutting die:

Step 1. Cut out 2 of each of the box shapes.

Step 2. Add extra stong double sided adhesive tape onto the flaps of the base cut out.

Step 3. Attach the base cut out (as shown below) – you need to make 2 of these.

Step 4. Add extra stong double sided adhesive tape to the back of one side of a treat box, and stick together.

Step 5. Use the smaller die cuts in the pack to make the decorative banners and sentiment pieces for your treat carrier.

You are now ready to decorate! I went for a snowman soup theme :

The next box file I was given to play with was the popcorn box:

Step 1. Cut out box using die.


Step 2. Add extra strong double sided adhesive to the flap on the right hand side:


Step 3. Fold in the bottom flaps as shown below:


Time to have fun and decorate! These boxes are so quick and easy to make – you could use them as party favors, baby shower gifts, teacher presents….the list is endless! Here are a few more of my examples:

I hope I have inspired you to hit that ‘steal’ button! These box dies really are super simple and fun to use, with endless possibilities.

If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To’sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for our next installment in the Mid Week Mojo Jade series with Guest Designer Jessica Arrant.

Inkadinkado Embossing Powders | Monday Craft Madness #3

The Inkadinkado Embossing Powders are SO much fun for crafts big and small! The colors are fun and bright, and there are endless possibilities with these. I’ll show you just a few, which brings us to this week’s Monday Craft Madness theme:

Embossing Powders!

I was given green, red and white embossing powders – so, of course, I had to go with a festive theme! These powders worked great for jazzing up Christmas gifts for my daughter’s teacher.

I started off thinking about a gift. I have seen altered candle holders on Pinterest and really wanted to give this a try. I used a Versamark watermark stamp pad and simple snowflake stamps. Then I sprinkled on the embossing powder, used my heat embossing tool, and voila!

Next I needed something to put the gift in! I found an old box, painted the edges in green metallic paint, and then set to work with the decorating. I love to use embossing powders with background stamps, so the top of the box is decorated with a heat embossed background stamp and the embossed sentiment stamp. I used a dry embossing folder for the plain cardstock pieces around the sides of the box, which I then went over with my stamp pad and embossing powder. I then heat embossed it all. A very simple, yet effective decoration.

Of course, with every gift you need a gift tag! Something else I spotted on Pinterest was using one stamped image and carefully ‘painting’ with the powders. Basically, you carefully place each color where you want it on the image and then heat emboss it all together. I must say, this was very fiddly but fun!

Lastly, I needed a card to finish off the set. I used the embossing powders on a stocking stamp, cut them out, and then ‘popped’ them up! I also embossed the sentiment. Such a simple, yet effective, card made in under 10 minutes!

I love these embossing powders! I think the 48g pot I have of each color is going to last me a life time! Looking at it, you wouldn’t even know I had used it! I hope I have inspired you to join in this week’s Monday Craft Madness challenge – using embossing powders!

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Now we are into a new month, that means we can announce the winner of November’s Monday Craft Madness. First, I want to thank you all for joining in the new challenges – I hope you are finding them fun!

Congratulations go to… Deb Routledge. You are our lucky November winner!

Please email service@steals.com and we will be happy to send a little cardmakin’ swag your way!

If you’d like to enter to win our December Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires!) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the last Thursday of the month to create your project and leave a comment on with a link to it on our blog. We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code at the end of the month!

Just note that this is separate from Mid Week Mojo, so you’ll have at least two fun projects a week you can dive into. :)

Don’t forget to check back in with us tomorrow for a fun How To’sday post!