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My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender Collection

Winter Design Team member Lisa Spiegel is back with us today for another awesome reveal! Lisa got to work with the My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender Collection. This collection consists of soft, delicate patterns and colors – very similar to the old Stella & Rose collection from a few years ago. The sentiment stickers and title cards have such adorable wording, and pair them with the crocheted flowers and other embellishments, you have the perfect ‘girly’ page!

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Happy Friday everyone! I was thrilled to have my favorite manufacturer and my favorite of their recent release to work with, My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender Collection. The pastel colors mean my photos and stories just pop off the page..and that because it’s My Mind’s Eye, everything comes together SO easily!

I created three layouts and a card to highlight this collection. For this first layout, I cut a title from my Cameo and pop dotted it up…it is called “Leap of Faith”.

Scrapbooking layout using My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender Collection
I love how the little banner I made under the sun button (which I sanded a bit to tone it down) looks like little sun rays! Here’s a close up of the title…

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts
Next, this layout of my oldest DD using a black and white photo (a rarity for me!).

Scrapbooking layout using My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender Collection
This has to be my favorite paper of the collection..I love how it does much of the work of the layout for me. I created this one in less than 30 mins but it looks like it took a lot longer! The premade layered stickers are AMAZING…they also make the work easy! And how cute is that little crochet flower? I just added a brad to the center of it.

My last layout was actually the first I created. I used an instagram photo of my youngest daughter with our newest cousin…it was such a sweet and tender moment..love that the papers can reflect that, too!

Scrapbooking layout using My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender Collection
I added a heart shaped doily under the layers of paper..and the cluster at the top..and actually cut the title of the paper off the UPC edge and used it as a tab because I loved the name of the line and it worked so well with my photo.

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts

Lastly a little Thank You card that came together in a matter of minutes because of the premade layered stickers..

DIY handmade card using My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender Collection
I added Cameo Cut leaves and a chipboard flower and buttons and some of the enamel stickers, too…how cute, right?! Such a wonderful collection to work with, you won’t want to miss this steal!

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Thank you so much Lisa! Your layouts and card are just adorable! I love the soft colors and how you used all the embellishments and patterns! A great job as always. :-)

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

Imaginisce Giveaway!

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. Sound like a dream come true? You’re in luck!

We’re giving away three Imaginisce prize packages!

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One winner will receive an i-magicut Ribbon Cutter and Sealer and i-magicut Replacement Wires, and assorted ribbon. One will receive an i-bond Glue Gun and i-bond Mini Glitter Glue Sticks. One will win an i-rock Heat Setting Tool, i-rock Accents, i-rock Stencil Kit, and two Glam Rock sets.

To enter, tell us what you love crafting most by filling out {this form}.

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Contest ends Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59pm MT. Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with random.org. The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. Click here to read our full privacy notice. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person.

My Mind’s Eye Collectable Notable & Memorable | Mid Week Mojo

Amber – Week 1 of 10
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Welcome to a new Mid Week Mojo Series! Get ready for 10 weeks of inspiration and chances to win!

The My Mind’s Eye Collectable Notable & Memorable Collections are everything you would expect from My Mind’s Eye! The Notable collection is full of vibrant blues, greens, yellows and oranges, with fun label stickers, layered stickers and title cards to match! The Memorable collection is a much ‘Springy’ collection, with soft patterns and color combinations. It’s perfect collection to make you wish for warmer weather and blooming flowers!

Here is this week’s sketch:

Scrapbooking inspiration sketch challenge using My Mind's Eye Notable Collection

I just love the vibrant colors of this collection – the mix of patterns and colors just scream ‘fun!’ to me, so I wanted to create a fun layout!

Scrapbooking layout using My Mind's Eye Notable Collection

The first thing that jumped out at me in this collection was the bright orange photo frame sticker! I just love this and decided to use it highlight one of my photos. The photo inside the frame is 2.5″ x 2.5″ which fit one of my photo’s perfectly!

Scrapbooking layout using My Mind's Eye Notable Collection

I wanted to use as many of the colors and patterns as I could on this layout, but didn’t want it to look too fussy. Instead of adding layers to the layout, I decided to use a more haphazard grid formation. I used the banner and stitching, along with some ‘popped’ up stickers, for more texture and interest than the basic plain grid.

Scrapbooking layout using My Mind's Eye Notable Collection

I used one of the title cards for my own title, but removed the orange sunburst from around the outside. Instead I hand stitched a chevron design in a lighter color, to highlight the title but not over-power it.

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 Jade #10 is Krista Cook! Such a great layout! I love the color combo and the gorgeous die cut heart! Such an adorable photo and memory too!

Mid Week Mojo Jade #10 sketch challenge winner on scrapbook.steals.com

Now, without further ado, I’d like to congratulate the winner of $50 to spend at ScrapbookSteals! The winner of the 10-week Jade Series is…

Mid Week Mojo Jade sketch challenge winner on scrapbook.steals.com

Marisa T! A huge congratulations to you! Here are just a few of Marisa’s adorable layouts! Krista and Marisa, please send an email with your name, address, and which winner you are to service@stealnetwork.com and we will be happy to send you your prizes!

I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone for joining in this latest series, and for those of you who couldn’t manage them all – the new series starts today! I hope to continue to inspire you with some great products and sketches.

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 on Friday for Winter Design Team Member Lisa Spiegel’s ‘super sweet’ inspiration.

How To-sday | Making a bead necklace

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Cristine Redmond. Cristine shows us how to make a super adorable necklace using ribbon and beads! Such a cute gift for her daughters for Valentine’s Day!

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I was browsing on Pinterest one day when I saw the cutest “gumball” necklaces ever.  They were made with actual gumballs, which, as a parent, seemed CRAZY to me because if those things get wet they would leave colors all over the place.  I decided to go a different route.  I found some large beads at my local big box store and some pretty ribbon and decided to make a couple necklaces for my daughters.This is all you need:

DIY handmade tutorial on making a bead necklace

I used one of the needles that came with my Sew Easy because the eye was wide enough to thread some of the ribbon through.  I wrapped the ribbon around the needle a bit so it wouldn’t slip going through the hole of the bead.

DIY handmade tutorial on making a bead necklace

Now, once I got started, I realized immediately that a plain, satin ribbon would have worked better because it would have been the same color on the top/bottom.  The ribbon I chose had white on the back, so I had to make sure I threaded it and tied the knot right so that none of the white side showed.  I threaded it so the pattern was facing up.
DIY handmade tutorial on making a bead necklace
Once I got the first bead in the the right place, I tied a knot on the longer side.  I left a bit of length on the other side so I could tie it all off at the end.
DIY handmade tutorial on making a bead necklace
This is what it will look like as you continue on.
DIY handmade tutorial for making a bead necklace
And this is what I will look like when it’s finished.
DIY handmade tutorial on making a bead necklace
I put some fabric glue in the knot of the bow to hopefully keep the whole thing from coming apart. Now, how many beads you add is completely up to you.  If you want to make the beads go all the way around the necklace, that totally works, too.  Here is another necklace I made:
DIY handmade tutorial on making a bead necklace

I can’t wait to see my girlies’ reactions when they get these necklaces!

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Cristine, thank you so much for sharing with us today! I’d love to hear your daughter’s reactions to the necklaces! 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 an all new start to the Mid Week Mojo series and sketch Amber #1! Also, tune in to find out who is the winner of the Mid Week Mojo Jade series with $50 to spend in the store!

Echo Park For the Record 2 | Monday Craft Madness #14

The Echo Park For the Record 2 collections are full of fun colors and patterns they are perfect for any occasion! We also have a guest designer for this week’s Monday Craft Madness, so please welcome Cathryn Hanson!  Cathryn got a chance to play with For the Record 2 Tailored collection, and chose this week’s Monday Craft Madness theme:

Citrus color combo!

Color combo challenge using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

Use the color combo above to create your project – from a layout to a card, a mini album to an altered project – have fun!

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Wow! I am so happy to be back here at ScrapbookSteals to share some of my scrappy creations.  When I opened up my goodies, I was thrilled to find that I would be working with Echo Park’s For the Record 2 Collection.  Up here in Canada we have some pretty long, cold, and gloomy winters!  This gorgeous collection is just what I needed to beat the winter blues.  The colors are simply pure sunshine.  It is also and incredibly versatile, and could be used for many different themes.

For my first project I decided to make this little “Dates to Remember” mini book.  It’s the perfect size to carry around, so while out shopping, it’s quick and easy to check out who you need to shop for.

DIY handmade mini tag album using Echo Park For the Record 2
DIY handmade mini tag album using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

My next creation is a layout of my darling granddaughter Blake.  A few weeks ago I spotted this amazing layout on Pinterest and knew it was the perfect inspiration for the photo I wanted to use.  I have always wanted to ‘doodle’ on a layout but could never get it to look right.  But I decided to jump in and give it a try and I am super pleased with the way it turned out.

Scrapbooking layout using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

Scrapbooking layout using For the Record 2 collection

Because the colors in the collection are so rich and cheerful I wanted to use them to brighten up my scrapbook space.  I like to keep a ‘catch-all’ box on my desk to throw the supplies I am using in, until I finish a project.  So this clear little bin I had was transformed into a little piece of art.  I also just couldn’t resist decorating a jar to match. It’s perfect for pens, markers etc.

DIY handmade altered box using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

DIY handmade altered jars using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

Lastly, I made this sweet little card.  For The Record 2 comes with stunning Element Stickers and letters, Chipboard Accents, Layered Chipboard, and Decorative Brads.  They make creating cards super easy and fun fun fun!

DIY handmade card using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

Thank you Kerys and ScrapbookSteals for this opportunity to share my projects with you.  ScrapbookSteals is like a second home to me <3

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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 ScrapbookSteals.com 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 Cristine Redmond!