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American Crafts Buttons

Winter Design Team member Bev Code is back with us today for more fun on the blog! Bev got to work with today’s steal,  American Crafts Buttons. She has created some fun projects to inspire us all. I’m definitely going to try out some of her ideas for embellishments and key chains!

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My Design Team reveal this month at ScrapbookSteals is using American Crafts Buttons.

I thought I’d share a few ways I use buttons on my projects.

I made lots of fun accents to use. On the top left I made a homemade flower and added a button with twine bow. Working your way across the top line next up is a single button with double twine bow and finishing the top line I using a paper clip I added a button with  twine bow. Starting the bottom left row the next piece is a ribbon loop with an added button with twine bow followed by a tied a ribbon bow and added a button with twine bow and lastly a Layered Prima flowers and topped off with a button with twine bow. This is only a few ideas of embellishments that can be made using buttons.
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The layout below shows how I used some of the above accents. I used three embellishments from above on this page.

Scrapbooking layout using button embellishments

On this cute tag I used the looped ribbon accent to top off the tag and added another button accent below.
DIY handmade tag using American Crafts buttons
Next up is my layout making a button tree. It was perfect for this cute boy page about two brothers. So whether you Cricut cut a tree, freehand cut a tree, or even just use some single branches, the button accents are perfect.
Scrapbooking layout using American Crafts buttons
On this last project I used picture frame wire and started with a U shape. I then feed the wire through two of the four holes. At the bottom of the U, I left just a little wire and twisted it to make like a knot on the bottom. After adding the buttons I twisted the wire at the top of the buttons. Move up the wire about 1/4 to 1/2″ and twist again - this space is where I added the many tied ribbons. Next up is to find some small circular object, jar – anything small and circular (eg. a pin bottle). Wrap the wire around a few times and finish off twisting ends around the wire so they don’t come undone.
This cute accent I have seen done in Christmas colors and hung on the Christmas tree. I also think it’s a cute accent for any gift you wrap. Another idea I thought it would be perfect to put on the rings of the mini albums when you make them.
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Thanks for stopping by today. I enjoyed spending time with you.

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Thanks Bev! These projects are super cute – thank you for sharing!

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

Basic Grey True Love Collection | Valentine’s Day Inspiration

The Basic Grey True Love Collection is the perfect collection for Valentine’s Day! It has an adorable color palette and patterns to match. It is packed full of paper, stickers, brads, envelopes, buttons and more. The paper designs just blew me away, and I really didn’t know where to start! I wanted to put everything in the collection on the layout! I didn’t manage it, but there is so much left over I can scrap the events of the day too!

Here is my layout:

Scrapbooking layout using Basic Grey True Love Collection

My favorite part in this collection has got to be the envelopes! I knew I just HAD to put one on my layout somewhere! They are beautifully decorated and come in both the soft blue and cream. I added a brad to the envelope as a fastener – the flap just tucks behind it to keep it closed. A few of the coordinating buttons adds a little more dimension to the page – this cluster is mirrored in the opposite corner.

Scrapbooking layout and embellishments using Basic Grey True Love Collection

They all come with a small journalling card inside too! One less thing to think about and I love the fact that my journalling is hidden.

Scrapbooking layout and embellishments using Basic Grey True Love Collection

I also love that the collection includes a 4×6 journalling pad. There are so many fun quotes to use and elements to fussy cut. I fussy cut the quote “thinking of you , always makes me smile” and the small banners from the pad just to add a little more interest to the page. I also used my white pen to add some faux stitching and ‘break up’ the plain paper edges.

Scrapbooking layout and embellishments using Basic Grey True Love Collection

I hope I have inspired you to steal this collection – perfect for many themed layouts – but a great ‘steal’ for scrapping the memories from tonight!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Winter Design Team Member Bev Code’s Friday projects!

Joyously Jade

To enter to win the Jade Series Grand Prize:

  1. Complete all ten layouts from the Jade Mid Week Mojo series. (You can reference this page for a link to the Mid Week Mojo sketches).
  2. Leave one comment with links to all 10 of your layouts on this blog post no later than 11:59 pm Monday February 18th, 2013.

This time our fab prize is $50 to spend at ScrapbookSteals!

So exciting! If you’re new to our Mid Week Mojo series, 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.

Carta Bella Paris Girl | Mid Week Mojo

Jade – Week 10 of 10
New to Mid Week Mojo? Get started here!

Today’s steal, the Carta Bella Paris Girl Collection, is perfect for this time of year! It has all the colors and patterns for capturing your favorite Valentine’s Day photos. It is also perfect for those little (and big) girls out there. Today’s guest designer, Kassandra LePage, shows us just how super cute this collection is, with a great sketch to inspire us all!

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When I was asked to be a guest sketcher at first I was shocked then so thrilled! Then came the ‘can I do this?’ There have been so many amazing scrapbookers on here, I didn’t think I could compare. But I got to thinking everyone has such different styles and strengths, what did it really matter?
When I found out I got to work with Carta Bella’s Paris Girl, I was even more excited because this line is so gorgeous. When I got it in the mail I was even more amazed with the texture and quality of the paper. So I really wanted to feature the paper in my LO. So here is what I came up with.
Mid Week Mojo Jade#10 layout using Carta Bella Paris Girl
And here is the sketch:
Mid Week Mojo sketch Jade #10
I titled it ‘My Love, My Valentine’ and put the letters on all the rosette’s i made. Let me tell you, making all those rosette’s took along time but I think they really show off the paper well.
DIY handmade rosette embellishments
I love doilies and they always remind me of Valentines, so I wanted to add one in.
DIY handmade embellishments on scrapbooking layouts
I thought the ticket stickers that came with the set had such cute sayings on them, that I just had to use them as well.
DIY handmade embellishments on scrapbooking layouts
The 6×6 pad of paper is the same quality, and is also stunning! I just had to make a card with it! Here’s what I came up with.
DIY handmade card using Carta Bella Paris Girl collection
So that’s it for me, thanks for having me as a guest sketcher, I had so much fun working with this paper. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!

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Thank you so much Kassandra! The rosettes and sketch are just adorable! I’m going to try my hardest to join in with this one.

The winner of last week’s Mid Week Mojo Jade #9 is…

Mid Week Mojo Sketch Challenge Jade9 winner on Scrapbook.steals.com

Lisa Moen for her awesome interpretation of Jade #9! I love the October Afternoon collection you used – the papers are so bright and fun! 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!

Can you believe we are nearing the end of another 10 week series? It seems like we just started on the Jade mojos. To enter to win this week’s prize, complete this sketch (Jade #10) and have it posted somewhere online by 11:59 PM MST Monday February 18th, 2013. Leave a comment on this blog post with the link to your Jade 10 creation.

To enter to win the Jade Series Grand Prize:

  1. Complete all ten layouts from the Jade Mid Week Mojo series. (You can reference this page for a link to the Mid Week Mojo sketches).
  2. Leave one comment with links to all 10 of your layouts on the Joyously Jade blog post no later than 11:59 pm Monday February 18th, 2013.

This time our fab prize is $50 to spend at ScrapbookSteals!

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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 on Friday for some more great projects from Winter Design Team Member Bev Code!

How To-sday | Valentine’s Canvas

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Lisa Spiegel. Lisa shows us how to make an adorable altered canvas just in time for Valentine’s Day! She has rocked it yet again!

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Happy How To-sday!  Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on us and in honor of our day of love, I created a canvas for my mantle using my scrapbook supplies.  It’s really easy to do but makes a big impact and can help you set the tone for a little Valentine’s Day décor in your home. DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day Canvas

 Here’s a peek at the products I used to create this..

DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day Canvas

A canvas (I got mine for under $3 at Big Lots), three different scrapbook papers (I chose to use some My Mind’s Eye and the punch outs from the Love Me collection), a heart punch, Thickers, a doily, and some Heidi Swapp Color Shine.

To create the canvas, I unscrewed the cap from the Color Shine and splattered the canvas with the product instead of spraying it.

DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day Canvas

I really like the subtle glimmer of the Color Shine without it covering too much of the canvas.  Next, I punched out 6 hearts out of each of the three papers.  I layered each heart with two hearts and folded the top heart in the middle so it popped a bit. I used my sewing machine to adhere the layers but it isn’t necessary if you don’t have a sewing machine.

DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day CanvasI then layered the doily, the seven hearts, and the Thickers I and U, a sprig of leaves I die cut with my Cameo, and a little flag from the MME die cut sheet to create my little cluster. DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day Canvas

For the embellishment cluster at the top, I used two die cut strips, the two last hearts and a couple of die cut hearts, too.

DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day Canvas

I adhered everything to the canvas using Zip Dry adhesive and in 30 mins, I created the backdrop for my mantle display.

DIY handmade turorial for altered Valentine's Day Canvas

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little How To’s Day tutorial!  Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with the people you love!

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Lisa, thank you so much for sharing with us today! You have such great ideas for projects and you make them all look so easy. 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 Mid Week Mojo sketch Jade #10! You are in for a special treat, as we have Guest Designer Kassandra Lepage sharing an adorable collection and sketch with you. :-)