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How To’sday | Folded Chevrons

Today’s How To’sday by Winter Design Team member Bev Code is a great, quick and easy, technique to make one of the hottest trends for your scrapbook page or card without all the thinking!

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I am sharing a Folded Chevron which was inspired by my friend Nicole and Georgia Heald. Since viewing their tutorials I have been adding these easy, folded chevrons to many of my pages. When I had to hand cut so many pieces I found I didn’t do it that often, but now with this simple method I am hoping you will use them more often also!

In this close up you can see the detail of the folded chevron.

I added some some fun clustered accents on the chevron border. Some ribbon, punched ticket with stamps added and a brad.

Now for the tutorial section of the post.

Step 1. Cut strips 12″ x 2″ (for a full layout border). Adjust if making a card. On the backside, draw a line through the center.

Step 2. Using a sectioned off mat draw 1″ lines the full length of the strip. If you don’t own a mat the secret is 1″ squares.

Step 3. Starting at the center cut every second line on one side of strip. On the other side you will cut every second, but use the alternating lines. Both are marked on my sample to show you.

Step 4. Starting at the centre where you have the 2″ span, fold as above folding the tip (corner into the line ). Every section of 2 folds into each other ( as above). Finish the full side.

Step 5. Now that one full side is done .. flip it over and repeat the same but it will be at alternated points.

Step 6. This is the back when all folded.

Here is the last close up corner showcasing yet again the folded chevron border with some added accents like washi tape, cut and popped up circle with chipboard centre and the stitching pops in this view also.

 

So glad you could join me today! Be sure to check out weekly what the other Design Team ladies have to share with you. Have a great day!

Supply List:

  • Paper: from my stash
  • Stickers and chipboard: EP for the record 2
  • Punched tag: Tim Holtz Matchbook Notepad Bingo
  • Stamps: Heidi Grace and Misc
  • Brads: My Minds Eye Lush
  • Other: paint, stitching, ribbon, washi tape
  • Tutorial Inspiration: Nicole MSW
  • Scraplift Inspiration: Georgia Heald

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Bev, thank you so much for sharing with us today! I love your layout! I love love how simple it is to make a chevron border.

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.

Now it’s time to announce the winner of the January ScrapbookSteals.com Blog Hop! This was the most entries we have ever had on a blog hop – thank you all SO much! Our lucky random winner is from the blog of Andrea Eason. The random winner of the $20.00 gift code to the ScrapbookSteals.com store is Shelley! Congrats Shelley. Please email angie@steals.com and we’ll send you your code. We hope you have fun doing a little shopping and that you will share what you create!

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo sketch Jade #5!

Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Dies | Monday Craft Madness #8

The Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Dies are so easy and fun to use. They’re perfect for cards, layouts and gifts. Even my daughter loves to create using them! Now that the holidays have been and gone, what is the next big event we Papercrafters create for? Valentines Day! Which means this week’s Monday Craft Madness theme is:

Valentines!

I chose to use the Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Lace Hearts for my projects. They are so versatile. There are 5 dies from 1″-5.8″ -  you really can make whatever you want!

The first thing I always have to make is a Valentine’s Day card for my loved one! I went plain and simple with my card, using the 1″ die to cut out 15 white and 1 red heart. Arrange them in a grid formation, add a simple rub-on sentiment, and voilà! A card in under 30 minutes!

 

Next I thought about all the gifts given out at school. I started with the teacher gift. This phrase (‘Mrs Kreuger rules’) is something my daughter often writes to her teacher on her the back of her work when she has finished!

 

And lastly – it seems they all have to give each other gifts too (this is so different from the UK!). Here are the gifts for the girls in her class (the boys gifts will appear on here sometime in the future!) – mini loveheart treat bags. The die cut hearts make the perfect labels!

I hope I have inspired you to start work on your Valentines projects 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 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 by Design Team member Bev Code!

Kiwi Lane Designs Borders | January Blog Hop

It’s that time again to be inspired by our amazing blog hop designers! They’ve taken today’s steal, Kiwi Lane Designs Borders, to the next level! If you’ve ever wondered what these borders are all about then sit back, relax and be inspired.

Enter to win a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code:

Visit each of the designers’ blogs and leave a comment at every stop along the way (including this post). Be this month’s random lucky winner by leaving 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. Stacks of Scraps – Lanette Erickson
  3. Northwest Stamper – Jennifer Blomquist
  4. Through the eyes of Rochelle Spears – Rochelle Spears
  5. Handmade by Laurie – Laurie LaRiviere
  6. Mojo’s and More – Marisa Torp
  7. Scraperie – Andrea Eason
  8. Pieces of me – Amber Sheaves

We are also joining forces with the Kiwi Lane Design Team who are having their own blog hop – keep hopping onto their blog for a chance at winning a $25 gift certificate to their shop!

You have until 11:59pm MT on Sunday, January 6th, to make your comment. Have a great time hopping!

If you would like to take part as a designer in one of the Scrapbook Steals blog hops, please contact Kerys at Ksharrock@steals.com.

 

Welcome ScrapbookSteals.com Winter Design Team!

I am so excited to announce the lovely ladies that will be our Winter Design Team!  The decision was not easy, but I think you’ll agree we’re in for a treat as we receive inspiration from the amazing Lisa Spiegel, Cristine Redmond and Bev Code!

Please join me now for a little meet and greet with these creative, crafty geniuses! I asked each of the ladies a few questions to help break the ice so we could get to know each of them just a little bit more.

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First off let’s meet Lisa Spiegel. Lisa comes to us from sunny California. I wish I could be there right now, rather than here in the cold!

I’m Lisa Spiegel and I live with my hubby of 20 years and our three girls ages 17, 15 and 10.  I have been scrapping in some form since I could write, but the “safe” way since my oldest daughter was born.  When I’m not scrapbooking, I’m a Girl Scout leader and Lamaze Childbirth Educator, but I am usually scrapbooking, talking to others about scrapbooking or finding inspiration for scrapbooking- I think it’s safe to say I’m a little obsessed with scrapbooking. :)  I’m so excited and delighted to be on the ScrapbookSteals.com Winter Design Team and look forward to sharing all I love of this hobby.

1. Who is your favorite manufacturer?

It is always such a hard question, and I’m always hard pressed to pick just ONE manufacturer to be my favorite…but I can narrow it down to two! My Mind’s Eye and Basic Grey are just the BEST.  I just love how easily everything comes together when I’m working with their products. I never get tired of working with them and I am just in awe of how they always seem to out-do themselves with their new releases!

2. Why do you scrapbook?

>I scrapbook for several reasons, but the most important one is to preserve my family’s memories.  The *real* reason, though, is I just love it.  I love being crafty, I love taking photographs, I love capturing little bits of life and telling our stories with a less than obvious event style history.

3. What is your go to treat for scrapping?

I don’t often eat while I’m scrapbooking, but if I did, it would have to be Swedish Fish.  They don’t get my fingers sticky and they are so yummy!

 

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Next up is  Cristine Redmond. If you are a regular on the Scrapbook Steals Blog or have attended the Scrapbook Steals Retreat, then you will know Cristine and her amazing work! She joins us from the Kansas City area.

When Kerys emailed me to say that I had been chosen for the Winter Design Team, I kind of felt like I had come full-circle in the world of ScrapbookSteals.com (as much as one could without actually working there).  I have been a fan of ScrapbookSteals since purchasing my first steal of Pebbles Chalks in January of 2010.  I have met many amazingly talented women through the SS Facebook page and feel blessed to call them my friends.  And I was lucky enough to be able to attend the ScrapbookSteals Crop this past October and meet the wizards behind the curtain.  :)  I feel truly honored to have been chosen and I hope I do this team justice!  No pressure, right?!

I am a stay-at-home mom to my two precious red head girls (6 and 3.5) and I love my job.  I have been paper crafting for about seven years, but seriously for about three years.  I started out doing mostly scrapbook layouts, but have recently ventured into the world of card making in the last year and a half or so. I would describe my style as classic-chic.  I always try to be as genuine and authentic as possible.  I am an honest scrapper and take pride in scrapping my family’s memories.  I might not do things the “right” way or the way everyone else does them, but I always give my projects my heart and soul.

1. Who is your favorite manufacturer?

I seem to grab a lot of My Mind’s Eye from my stash.  Especially from their 6×6 paper pads because they are so versatile and great for card making.

2. Why do you scrapbook?

My sole motivation for crafting has to be because I love what I do.  Looking through a scrapbook is a lot more interesting and personal than thumbing through a photo album.  Handing someone a handmade card is lot more personal than running out and buying the first card you look at.  It makes me happy to put memories on paper and to send someone a heartfelt, personalized card.  You just don’t get these kinds of highs from other jobs.  Or at least I haven’t. :)

3. What is your go to treat for scrapping?

Anything sweet or chocolatey.  I’m not picky.  More often than not it is plain m&m’s.

I am so happy to be on the Winter DT and can’t wait to get started!

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Lastly we have the ever so talented Bev Code as a part of our Winter Design Team. Bev is the ‘Jack-of-all-trades’ – she scraps, she crafts, she does it all! Bev joins us from the hot and sunny Florida shores, although she can also be found in Ontario, Canada!

Hi, I am so excited to be part of this amazing team at ScrapbookSteals! What a wonderful opportunity. My name is Bev Code and I have been scrapping for about 4+ years. I am a wife, mother and gramma that loves being retired and now have time to scrap to my heart’s content. I live in Conestogo, Ontario and spend some time in Florida where I take my scrapping with me for the extended time. Family and friends are the subjects of my creativity whether it be an album page or a gift that I made for them.
1. Who is your favorite manufacturer ?

OK, bad question because I don’t have just a few – I love them all. It’s only recently that I have had the opportunity to use more up-to-date product and matching accents and I am in awe of all of them. There isn’t too much affiliated with this craft that I don’t like.

2. Why do you scrapbook?

I want to preserve our memories for the future generations. I don’t have that from my past except a few photos and so many without names. So my scrapping will share all that I remember from my timeline and slightly before to my great greats down the road. It is fun and relaxing and allows my creative mojo to flow to my pages.

3. What is your go to treat for scrapping?
Am I only allowed one? I love lots of go-to treats but depends what is available at the time. Red licorice, bridge mixture, coffee and a donut, or coffee and a cookie… need I go on? Just have to be careful not to spread it over my pages.

Looking forward to meeting you all and getting to know you better.

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I’m so excited to have the pleasure to work with you ladies! I cannot wait to see what amazing creations you come up with. Be sure to check in on Friday 11th January as Lisa kicks things off with the winter term.
Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for our January Blog Hop with Special Guests! In short – amazing!

Lawn Fawn Bright Side Collection | Mid Week Mojo

Jade – Week 4 of 10
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Today’s steal, the Lawn Fawn Bright Side Collection, is so bright and colorful it really makes you think of spring and summer! The double-sided papers have such cute patterns and colors perfect for little girls everywhere!

Today’s guest designer, Michele Duffy, shows us just how super cute this collection is, with a great sketch to inspire us all!

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I’ve got a little confession to make.  I consider myself more of a cardmaker than a scrapper.  I’m working on that, though.  With the help of MWM sketches I’ve filled up two albums in the last year and a half!  So when I started to think about what kind of sketch I might create this week in order to inspire some true scrappers out there, I actually started with one of my cards.  Here’s one of my go-to card layouts, adapted to a 12×12 layout.  I think you could easily use one photo or several clustered together, up to you!
I got to create with Lawn Fawn’s lovely “Bright Side” paper collection.  I own several Lawn Fawn stamps, but this was the first time I used their patterned papers.  I love the tone-on-tone prints and bright colors in this collection. “Bright Side” definitely lives up to its name!
Here’s my layout, I used one 4×6 print trimmed down a little bit.
Now, I like pre-made embellies just as much as the next girl, but when working with this steal I was reminded that my love of paper crafting is really about one thing: the paper! I layered strips of paper along the left edge of the paper, using a border punch to make some pretty scallops.  I repeated the scallop border along my photo and journaling.  I then used some easy techniques to turn patterned paper into embellishments.  For instance, I punched these butterflies from the pink and turquoise papers for a quick corner embellie.
I also stamped and fussy cut some flowers to add some color by the title.
And fussy cut a tulip from the ‘smell the roses’ sheet of patterned paper to dress up my journaling block.
Most of the Bright Side prints are small and perfect for cards.  So let’s put that ‘layout’ sketch to work on some cards!
I gave this next card a less feminine and flowery look by using the green and blue papers on a kraft cardstock base.  (This is the back of the ‘jump for joy’ paper included in the collection.)
That’s it for me today!  Thanks so much for having me as your guest sketcher and I look forward to seeing your layouts this week!
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Thank you so much Michele! Your daughter is just adorable and this collection works just perfectly for her! I’m hitting that ‘steal’ button today!

The winner of last week’s Mid Week Mojo Jade #3 is…

Stephanie U for her awesome interpretation of Jade #3!I love the way you rotated the sketch and used photographs that your child had taken! Please let our customer service know you are this week’s winner in an email with your address to service@stealnetwork.com and we will be happy to send some sweet swag your way!

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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 tomorrow for the announcement of the new ScrapbookSteals.com Winter Design Team – you may just recognise a few faces!