ScrapbookSteals 2013 Retreat Tickets Now Available!

We are so excited to announce the ScrapbookSteals 2013 retreat!

ScrapbookSteals Retreat 2013

It’s your turn to leave the hubby, kids, and responsibilities behind for a fun-filled scrapbooking weekend. Enjoy 48 blissful hours of scrapping with your girlfriends and meeting new crafty gurus.  We’ll have classes taught by some of your favorite manufacturers as well as make and takes, crop time, goodies, prizes, and more! Take this opportunity to meet your ScrapbookSteals sisters from all across the country and from the arctic north. This event is always a blast — you won’t want to miss this time around.

Space is extremely limited and wont last long, so don’t think too much about whether or not you want to join in on the fun or spend a weekend merely wishing you were with the ScrapbookSteals crew in the mecca, doing what your crafty soul loves most—scrapbooking!

Click here to sign up to find out all of the details and purchase your space for some pretty great times!

Photos from 2012 Retreat

ScrapbookSteals Pinspiration Giveaway Winner!

March is National Craft Month and we loved celebrating with you! We hope you were pinspired with our favorite ScrapbookSteals blog projects. Be sure to follow us on Pinterest to keep the crafty inspiration coming! We have a winner for the Bo Bunny prize package with TEN fabulous paper collections, valued at over $140. The winner is…

ScrapbookSteals Pinspiration Giveaway

Angie Cortes!

Angie, congratulations and check your inbox. Thanks so much for entering and stay tuned for more projects, announcements, and chances to win on the ScrapbookSteals blog!

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 or Pinterest. 


Pebbles Walnut Grove Collection | Mid Week Mojo

Amber – Week 6 of 10

New to Mid Week Mojo? Get started here!

Pebbles Walnut Grove Collection is such a bright, fun collection perfect for boys and girls! There are flowers, chevrons, plaid, and woodgrain patterns in a rich combination of reds, blues, yellows, pinks and grays. Mix and match the papers for whatever theme you want! The embellishments are pretty cool too! SO much fun to use – a great steal for everyone!

Here is this week’s sketch:

Mid Week Mojo sketch challenge Amber #6

And here is my layout.

Scrapbooking layout using Pebbles Walnut Grove Collection

I love all of the brightly colored embellishmenats that come with this collection. There are lots of banners with title phrases on them, dimensional flowers and washi tape stickers. I switched out the button on this flower so that it would coordinate with the colors on my layout. That’s something I often do to ready-made embellishments – it just personalizes your layout at the same time.

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts

Again, I used a dimensional flower in the opposite corner for some symmetry, and more washi tape stickers. Some of the washi tape has sentiments and phrases on them, which is perfect for adding that extra note.

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts

I also used two of the tags in the collection I removed the top part of the tag and used them as the banner, along with two more dimensional stickers that I took apart! Makes for a cute banner, with some added faux stitching!

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layoutsI hope I have inspired you to create your own layout from this sketch!

Our lucky random winner for last week’s Amber #5 is Kathy T! What a great idea to flip the sketch.  Beautiful job and don’t we all love when our babies are sleeping?  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 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 the final Friday project from Winter Design Team Member Lisa Spiegel!

How To-sday | Gesso It!

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Guest Designer Kristina MacKeen. Kristina shows us what Gesso is all about! It’s certainly opened my eyes to a fun, new technique – I’ll definitely be giving this one a try! Perfect for layouts, cards, altered projects, mini albums – you name it, you can gesso it!

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Hi! Kristy MacKeen here with a quick How’s To on using gesso with a mask. I love masks. They can be used in so many ways – with ink, with chalk, and in this case, with gesso. Gesso was used to make the sunburst pattern of my MWM-Pearl 4 layout.DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a maskWhat is gesso, you may be asking? Gesso is a base coat with a slight texture. It is ideal for priming canvas, wood, metal, plastic, chipboard, paper and fabric prior to painting. Gesso adds subtle texture (called “tooth”) when applied, allowing a surface to accept paint and other mediums more easily.I decided to use gesso as a masking agent because I wanted some texture in the white spaces. Also, it allowed me to ink over the outer edges of the gessoed area to give the final product a glowing look.

For this project I gathered the following items and got to work:

DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a mask

For this project, I *should* have used washi tape to hold down my mask, if not, be prepared to get your hands a little messy.

DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a mask

Using a sponge brush, I applied the gesso over the mask. I tried using a standard paint brush, but found it left bristles in the gesso. Now admittedly, I don’t have the highest quality brushes, so that could have been part of my problem. 😉 But the sponge brush gives you full coverage, very quickly

DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a mask

After pulling up the mask and letting the gesso dry fully, I grabbed my inks and sponge and started layering the colors over the areas covered with gesso. I allowed the inks to overlap to give the shading affect. The advantage of using this method over spraying the mask with mists, or inking directly on the mask, is the ability to go beyond the edges of the mask.

DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a mask

After I was done inking, I wiped the ink of the gesso using a baby wipe, leaving it white once again.

DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a mask

As quick and easy as that, you have a fun background for your project. And any imperfections can be covered with your picture or other embellishments. But I live by the motto that the imperfections are just a sign that something is homemade.

Give this a try! Let me know what you think!

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Kristina, thank you so much for sharing with us today! I can’t wait to get started on a gesso project! 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 my last Mid Week Mojo sketch – Amber #6!

Fancy Pants Designs Time for Spring Collection | Monday Craft Madness #19

The Fancy Pants Designs Time for Spring Collection is such a super cute collection, I loved creating this week’s projects. The collection is girly with lots of fun flowers and teapots in pinks, browns, blues and creams. There are adorable die cut words, flowers and frames, and coordinating alphabet stickers that finish off this collection perfectly. This week’s Monday Craft Madness theme…

Tea for Two!

Use the tea party/picnic theme, or use the number two as part of your title/sentiment  on your projects!

DIY handmade tea party crafts

The first thing you need for the tea party is an invitation! I decided to cut out a teapot shape on my Silhouette and use this for the front of the card.

DIY handmade party invitation using FP Time for Spring Collection

The papers are just perfect for  cute little teapot, and I love the word and flower die cuts for a little added decoration.

DIY handmade party invitation using FP Time for Spring Collection

I then decided to make a cute little ‘teabag’ gift bag.

DIY handmade teabag gift bag using FP Time for Spring Collection

Again, I used my silhouette with the matching papers and embellishments. This is definitely MY cup of happy!

DIY handmade teabag gift bag using FP Time for Spring Collection

And lastly, you can’t go to a tea party without cakes! I decided to cover this plain white cupcake box with the same papers.

DIY handmade cupcake box using FP Time for Spring

I first used a brown ink pad to ink around all of the edges of the box, so that there were no white edges showing after I had covered the box with papers. I then just measured each side, inked the edges of the papers and stuck them on!

DIY handmade cupcake box using FP Time for Spring

The die cuts were then added to the front for decoration and to tie all the pieces together.

DIY handmade cupcake box using FP Time for Spring

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

And in case you haven’t had a chance to join in with the Monday Craft Madness themes this month, don’t forget you have until 29th March to play along. Here are the themes:

MCM #16 – Stamp It!

MCM #17 – Shades of Green

MCM 18 – A World of Washi!

Just remember to have fun! :)

If you’d like to enter to win the March 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 a How To’sday post by Guest Designer Kristina MacKeen!