Basic Grey PB & J | Mid Week Mojo

Amber – Week 2 of 10
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The Basic Grey PB & J is such a bright, fun collection, with colors and patterns perfect for any boy or girl. It’s fun chipboard elements, stickers and metal flowers really make you look forward to Spring! I had so much fun with this collection – here is the sketch:

 Mid Week Mojo sketch challenge Amber #2

And here is my layout. I loved the blues and reds in this collection, and knew they would work perfectly for my photos!

Scrapbooking layout using Basic Grey PB & J

I used the navy chipboard alphas for my title, and the small spots are actually the centers of the letters that I would normally throw away. They just landed on my page as I was doing the title – and I quite liked them! Again I hand stitched around the circle, just to add a little more interest to the page, and used a star punch to break up the line of the circle.

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts

I mirrored the element cluster on the bottom of the circle, and added these fun chipboard rectangles to the bottom corner as it looked a little bare.

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts

I hope I have inspired you to create your own layout from this sketch!

Our lucky random winner for the week is Melanie Carey! Such a great layout! One of my favorite Echo Park Collections. 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!

MWM sketch challenge Amber 1 winner

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 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 this month’s blog hop! I’ve seen the sneaks! You don’t want to miss it! :-)

Scrapbook Steals Spring DT Open Call

Surprise! Due do today’s archive sale we’re postponing Mid Week Mojo until tomorrow. In the meantime, we have an exciting opportunity! If you follow our blog then you’re probably familiar with our amazing Winter Design Team members, Cristine, Lisa and Bev. Maybe the thought has even crossed your mind that you’d like to fill one of our Design Team positions. Well, now is your chance to show off your talent!


It’s open call time for the Spring Design Team! The Spring term will run from April 1 – June 31, 2013. Each design team member will create one project per month with provided product,  make one How To’sday post per month, create one Mid Week Mojo sketch during their term, and maintain a presence on our Facebook Fan Page.  You can hardly call that work if you ask me!

If you want to throw your hat into the ring, send all of the following items to ksharrock[at]steals[dot]com by March 10th, 2013 at 11:59PM MT. Late applications will not be accepted.

  • Five of your favorite creations showing a variation of what you can do. These images must be attached and fit in one email.
  • A link to your blog.
  • A brief paragraph about why you would be an asset to the Spring Design Team.

That’s it!  I’m looking forward to seeing what you can bring to the table. :)

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for this week’s Mid Week Mojo – a day late! 😀

How To-sday | MistScape

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from our fabulous guest designer Charity Becker. Charity shows us a great technique for using your misting sprays to create a background that’s full of dimension with a dreamy quality! Super cool and easy to do – I just need to dig out my sprays now.

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Misting Sprays for scrapbooking are a great way to altar the look of patterned paper without obliterating the original design. Layering those mists creates dimension and a dreamy quality to the layout. Follow the steps below to create a landscape that will let your photo take center stage.


  • 3 sheets of 12×12 cardstock (2 to rip, 1 for the base of your layout.)
  • 4 colors of scrapbooking mist, (light blue, light green, dark blue, brown)

Step 1: Rip one 12×12 sheet of cardstock in half. Rip a 3 inch strip off of one sheet of cardstock. Rip slowly so that you get several “ripples” in the edge of your paper.

DIY handmade tutorial on layered misting on

Step 2: Lay the 9 inch piece of ripped cardstock over your cardstock base so that the bottom portion is uncovered. Spray with brown mist.

DIY handmade tutorial on layered misting on

Step 3: Lay a 6 inch piece of ripped cardstock over the cardstock base, again leaving the bottom portion uncovered. Spray with light green mist.

DIY handmade tutorial on layered misting on

Step 4: Lay the 3 inch piece of ripped cardstock over the cardstock base, leaving the bottom portion uncovered. Spray with light blue mist.

DIY handmade tutorial on layered misting on

Step 5: Lay the remaining 6 inch piece of ripped cardstock over the base so that the middle portion is covered. Some light blue and some brown should show on either end. Spray with dark blue mist. The resulting piece of cardstock will have bands of color that resemble a grassy hill and a sky fading to twilight.

DIY handmade tutorial on layered misting on

Step 6:: Lay the base between 2 sheets of paper towel, inside two sheets of wax paper, and set under a stack of large books or heavy cutting boards. The paper should be completely covered by the books. Leave the base to dry for 24 hours. The weight will keep the paper from warping too badly.

Step 7: Remove all water from a clothing iron, set to a medium temperature, and iron the base cardstock to get any kinks out. Lay it under the stack of books to cool for an hour.

Step 8: Create a masterpiece and proudly display!

DIY handmade tutorial on layered misting on

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Charity, thank you so much for sharing with us today – it’s good to see you back! I am definitely going to be trying this one out! Thanks for the tips.

If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To-sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo sketch Amber #2.

Imaginisce Giveaway Winners!

Nothing is more exciting than testing out your latest crafty gadget, and Imaginisce tools are always the hottest commodities! Whether you want to add a flourish with ribbon, glitter glue, or some snazzy bling, Imaginisce has a tool perfect for you.


The winner of the i-magicut Ribbon Cutter and Sealer bundle is Deborah Feletti!

The winner of the i-bond Glue Gun bundle is Helen Nakamoto!

The winner of the i-rock Heat Setting Tool bundle is Amber Sheaves!

Congratulations to our winners and thanks for participating! If you won, check your inbox! If you didn’t win, you can still snag some Imaginisce products at a steal on today!.

Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. 

Imaginisce i-bond and glue sticks | Monday Craft Madness #15

The Imaginisce i-bond and glue sticks bundle on today’s steal are a must for any serious crafter. It is super easy to use, and with no electric cord (it’s battery operated), it is the perfect tool to take with you on crops and retreats! Whether you are making a card, a layout, mini album, or altered project, it has the power to stick down any size and weight of embellishment. Which is perfect for this week’s Monday Craft Madness


Make a handmade rosette on your project!

I love to make rosettes and use them on all different projects imaginable – they are so versatile. They are so easy to make too! Here is a quick tutorial:

DIY handmade rosette tutorial

1. Cut strips of paper using a variety of different border punches. The strip needs to be 12″ in length and no more than 2′ wide. Only have 6×6 paper? Stick 2 pieces together. Want bigger rosettes? Stick two 12″ strips together!

2. Score your strips every 1/2″.

3. Concertina fold your paper strip.

4.  Use your glue gun to add hot glue to one end of the strip. Stick to the other end (making a kind of loop.)

5. Fold the strip towards the center – it should automatically fold inwards and make the rosette shape.

6. Some people just add hot glue to the back side of the rosette and hold into place. I like to use a scrap circle and stick it to the bottom for more support.

7. Hold the circle in place and flatten until set.

8. The finished rosette! Easy peasy! :)

I have made a layout, a card, a gift box embellishment, and an altered letter to show you just how effective they are.

First, the layout. I actually used ‘ready cut’ rosette pieces from the paper collection, so all I had to do was glue them together. I have tried many different glues with rosettes, but have always found that they come apart after time. The i-bond sets quickly and holds them firmly in place.

Scrapbooking layout using Imaginisce i-bond

I wanted a more textured and ‘woody’ feel to this page as the photo was taken in the park. The i-bond was perfect for gluing the small wood pieces to the page – they are reasonably heavy and so any other glue would have struggled to hold them in place.

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts

I used the same collection to alter a large wooden letter for my daughter’s bedroom. The i-bond was, again, essential for gluing the flowers, rosettes and even the ribbon firmly in place.

DIY handmade altered project on

DIY handmade altered project on

I love to use rosettes on cards and gifts too. I wanted to make a matching card and gift set, but unfortunately the only paper I had that coordinated with the gift box was a 6×6 pad. I, therefore, cut out the 6″ strips and stuck them together to make a 12′ strip, and made the rosettes the same way.

DIY handmade card using rosettes

I used a straight edge strip for one of the rosettes and then used a scalloped border punch for the other. You can use different border punches for different ‘looks’ to your flowers – just play around with them and see some great results!

Adding dimension and texture with rosettes to handmade cards

The matching gift box uses the same color combination and matching rosettes.

DIY handmade rosette embellishments

A fun little embellishment to add a little ‘pop’ to a normally plain box.

DIY handmade rosette embellishments

I hope I have inspired you to start work on your rosette projects this week. Remember, they can be any project you like – there are so many possibilities!

Don’t forget – previous Monday Craft Madness themes for February are #12 ‘You are…’, #13 ‘White+1′, #14 ‘Citrus color combo’. This is the last MCM for the month of February – you have until Friday 1st March to get your entries in.

Just remember to have fun! :)

If you’d like to enter to win the February 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 Friday after the final theme is posted to create your project and upload a photo of it somewhere online with a link to this post in the 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 prize pack from 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 guest designer Charity Becker!