How To-sday | Gift Magnet Boards

Today’s How To-sday by Winter Design Team member Lisa Spiegels is a such a cute gift idea! I love how it can be adapted for whomever and whichever occasion you choose. And for an added bonus, you can use up all those scraps you have lying around! I love the My Mind’s Eye ‘Follow your heart’ collection and the way she mixed and matched products.

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Hello everyone!  I am so excited to have my first post here on the Scrapbook Steals blog!   I’m Lisa Spiegel and I am thrilled to be sharing my scrappy creations here for Scrapbook Steals.
Today I’d like to share with you one of my favorite “scrap” projects.  I’ve made many of these sweet little magnet boards for gifts..they come together very easily and are perfect for the “scraps” from your last project.  They are a great size for Instagram, Polaroid or Fuji pictures, too!
Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet board gift
It’s fun to make them themed, for teachers gifts, hostess presents, teen presents, and more!  In this case, I had some leftovers from My Minds Eye Follow Your Heart products, some flowers I just picked up at Michaels, and some Cosmo Cricket phrases.
Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet board gift

Step 1. I have a stash of this stuff, it’s called Metal Flashing and they sell it at Lowes and OSH in the square size, which is what we are going to use for our project. Flip your paper over and trace the flashing onto the paper, then cut it out. I prefer to keep my paper just inside the edges of the flashing so that I don’t have to sand it off.  I also think the little bit of flashing showing gives it a finished look.

Step 2. Round corners of your paper if desired and glue the paper to the flashing using glue stick. Then, using a Cropodile, punch holes 1/2 inch from the top and 2 inches in from each side.

Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet board gift
Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet baord gift

Step 3.  Create some cute layered embellishments using lightweight cardboard or cardstock and your “scraps”.

Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet board gift

Step 4. Add magnets to the back of each.  I used these by Basic Grey, but you can find them easily at Lowes, OSH or Michaels. Since you are only using one side, it doesn’t matter if it’s positive or negative.  These happen to be self adhesive, so just stick them on the back of your embellishment clusters and voila!  You now have magnets!

Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet board gift

Step 5. Decorate the bottom of the board how ever you wish..

Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet board gift

Step 6. Add some twine to the top to hang it…(maybe I should add get a manicure, too!)

Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet board gift
And there you have it!  A cute little magnet board to give or to keep!
Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet board gift
I hope you’ve enjoyed this How To-sday project.  If you create your own, be sure to link us up in the comments so we can leave you some love!
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Lisa, thank you so much for sharing with us today! I love this gift board! Such a cute idea. I can see what I will be making for upcoming birthdays! Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

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Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo sketch Jade #6!

Scrapp’n Supplies Rhinestone Bundle | Monday Craft Madness #9

The Scrapp’n Supplies Rhinestone Bundle are so much to use and add just the right ammount of BLING to your projects. Whether you want a lot or just a little, the rhinestones are all individual so you can add as many as your heart desires! Which means this week’s Monday Craft Madness theme is:

Bring on the bling!

I created a number of themed projects to show you just how versatile they can be. They are not just for the girls – you can even add them to a masculine project as I did in my first card.

The next card I made using the heart shaped rhinestones – again  -another quick and easy card!


And just to show you how easy they are to use on a layout too – here is a layout I made using the rhinestones to create a butterfly swirl.

As the rhinestones are all individual, you really can create any pattern you want – from flourishes and flowers, to stars and stripes – the possibilites are endless!

I hope I have inspired you to ‘bring on the bling’ this week! Just remember to have fun! :)

If you’d like to enter to win the January 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 upload a photo of it somewhere online. Just include a link to this post in your photo’s caption. :) To enter to win, simply leave a comment on our blog with the link to your project ! We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 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 by Design Team member Lisa Spiegel!

We R Memory Keepers Mini 8 Punch Surprise Steal!

We’ll be spending an eventful weekend at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) trade show finding the best products at the best prices for your stealing pleasure. Let’s kick it off with a bang for everyone unable to attend the event — a *surprise* for you to enjoy!

Great things usually come in small packages, which is definitely the case here! Don’t let the size fool you, these crafting tools pack a mean punch.  The We R Memory Keepers Mini 8 Punch is perfect for designing small layouts, mini albums, cards, and decor. Now you can easily transform paper in as little as eight punches around the page. Kick start your creativity with these unique designs, and impress friends, family, co-workers alike with just a few easy punches.

Hurry — We R Memory Keepers Mini 8 Punch *Surprise Steal!*

We R Memory Keepers Mini 8 Punch

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Simple Stories Happy Day Collection

It’s the start of a new Design Team, and first up is Cristine Redmond! I love what she has done with today’s steal, the Simple Stories Happy Day Collection! I love the patterned papers and colors in this collection – perfect for boys and girls. Cristine really shows us how to use it with great effect!

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I really enjoy working with Simple Stories’ Collections, so I was excited when I found out I would be working with the Happy Days Collection for my first project.  Today’s steal is a very nice sized kit.  I ended up creating two layouts and two cards from the scraps and I still had a lot left.
Simple Stories Collections work great in Project Life-type photo sleeves, but for this layout, I did a lot of fussy cutting, using elements from different parts of the patterned papers.
I loved the fun banner that was printed on one of the half sheets, but just wanted that element alone, so I fussy cut it to use as a border across the page.  I also cut the two banners and the photo tab out of more solid-printed sections.  The journaling piece worked so well for everything I wanted to say.

I had fun pulling different embellishments from my stash that went well with the muted color scheme of this collection.

I used some of the fun stickers which are included on the alpha sheet on the pennants.  I thought they added a bit more without being too overwhelming.

For my first card, I did more fussy cutting, using the “happy day” phrase from one of the cards and cutting the pennants from solid pieces in different cards.

I don’t have any of the Project Life-type photo sleeves, but I decided to make a layout using the same theory to show how easy a layout can come together using this collection.

I used one of the border sections on the bottom of the page, then put another border on top of it, then I cut out two of the 4×6 cards, which happened to look very similar, and placed them in the upper and lower corners.  I cut one of the more solid-colored sheets to fit the other two 4×6 sections, added some embellishments and voila!  I was done!  This layout seriously took me about 20 minutes to throw together.  And it would have gone even faster if I had the photo sleeves to just throw the pieces into.  So easy!

For my second card, I just cut out one of the 3×4 cards, used the tiny alphas for a greeting, cut a border, and added some washi tape.  Again, super easy!

This collection is so versatile for people who love using the photo sleeve system or people who want to just throw their own layout together.  I’m glad I could help showcase both ways for you all!

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Thanks Cristine! A great start to the new Design Team! I can’t wait to see what the next three months bring!

Thanks for stopping by everyone and be sure to tune in again on Monday for a new Monday Craft Madness!

Simple Stories Year.o.graphy Collection | Mid Week Mojo

Jade – Week 5 of 10
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The Simple Stories Year.o.graphy Collection has so many great papers and patterns, stickers and quotes for all year round you really won’t know where to start! You can document the whole of your year with just this one collection. All the big holidays are contained in this collection – I had a hard time choosing which one to document! As it is coming up to Valentine’s Day, I decided I would scrap the pictures from last year.And because there are so many great elements, I decided to do a double page sketch for you for a change! Here is this week’s sketch. Hope you like it!

And here is my layout:

You girls totally rocked the sketch last week. Thank you to Michele for creating such an inspirational sketch! Our lucky random winner for the week is Heather Gray! Heather – I love the color combination you have used, and the date ticket is cute! Please let our customer service know you are this week’s winner in an email with your address to and we will be happy to send some sweet swag your way!

If you’re new, we’d love to see you join in! Each Wednesday we provide a sketch and you have until the following Monday at 11:59 MT to leave a comment on this post with a link to your creation. 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.

Don’t forget to come back on Friday for some great inspiration from our new Design Team member Cristine Redmond! I’ve seen a sneak peek of all the fantastic projects and believe me – you’re not going to want to miss this one!