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My Mind’s Eye Chalk Studio II | Monday Craft Madness #29

In a few months I will be celbrating my 20th wedding anniversary. (I know it’s shocking as I seem so young.) I have been wanting to work on a project as a gift for the hubby and when I saw Steal Name It was the perfect collection for a little journal album I can give my husband. Today for Monday Craft Madness I started a mini remembrance album….. So today’s theme is:

Mini Album

Create something mini or show us your favorite mini album. Here’s what I created:

I found a little mini album with a chipboard storage box in my stash. I covered the box and the mini album with the B-sides of the 12×12 papers. I love how they are chalkboard on the front and bright bold colors on the back.


Inside the little 3×3 sheet protectors are the perfect size to add little love notes I have collected over the past 20 years. I am excited to fill the album with those notes…now to just remember where I hid them.


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This is a new round of our monthly Monday Craft Madness, you have until August 29th to play along.

If you’d like to enter to win the MONTH Monday Craft Madness prize, fill out the form below!

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At the end of the month, we’ll go through all the entries and pick one winner who will receive an awesome scrapbookSTEALS swag bag full of goodies!

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Now for the winner from our last month’s Monday Craft Madness. Congrats to: Holly Stoddard! TEXT.

Holly, please send an email to and include your address and tell them you are our Monday Craft Madness Winner and we will send some scrapbook swag your way!

How To’sday | DIY Mother’s Day Flowers

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we have created a short How To-sday tutorial on how to make your Mom the best flowers she will ever receive!


Craft Supplies:
Paper (we used 2 sheets of 12×12 scrap paper)
Pipe cleaners (or a straightened wire hanger)
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks (low temp)
Wire cutters (if using a hanger as stem)


Step 1: Gather your materials. If you are using thicker paper (like cardstock) make sure it is still flexible enough to curl with your fingers. Be sure you are using low temp hot glue because you’ll be able to feel it through the paper as you work – don’t want to burn yourself!

Step 2: Cutting. You will need quite a few petals of each of 5 different sizes, ranging from about ½ inch to 3 inches wide. For each flower you will need at least 4 petals of each size. So that each petal is unique and organic feeling, cut them out by hand and avoid using templates. Make them different: some can be pointy, others can be rounded. Make more than you need.


Step 3: Shape your petals. Roll the edges of each petal back, and pinch the middle of the base slightly. Don’t worry if they don’t all come out the same. This will just add character to your flower.


Step 4: Make the center of your flower. For this you will need one piece of your paper about 2½ inches long, with a rounded tip. To shape this piece, roll it into a tube. Unroll it and put hot glue along the inside. Then re-roll it around your pipe cleaner (or coat hanger). Add one more dot of glue to secure it in place.


Step 5: Attach your petals. Beginning with the smallest petals, apply hot glue at the bottom of the petal to attach it to the stem. Your second petal should over lap your first. Continue adding petals to your flower, moving to larger sizes of petals.


And voila! You have the perfect flower for your perfect mother!



Provo Craft New Cricut Explore

We are so excited to have the new
Provo Craft Cricut Explore today. The machine that combines an electronic cutting machine with Cricut Design Space, you can even use your existing Cricut Cartridges. Saying the possibilities are endless is actually true with this awesome machine.

I was able to meet Desiree Moss from Provo Craft about a month ago at a local Scrapbook Expo. Not only is she an awesome girl, but she is a fashion designer and made three magnificent dressing using the new Cricut Explore with her co-worker Anna Rose Johnson.  Check it out.

Butterfly Dress

Designed and built by Desiree Moss


I used the bodice pattern without the bow from vogue pattern v1102 with a thin lining material.


I took the measurement of the waist and gathered yards and yards of tulle into a circle (estimate: 30 yards). I used 5 different types of tulle to get the perfect amount of poof and color.


First I used the Cricut Explore to cut 180 butterflies. This was about 20 sheets of paper.

After the skirt was sewn to the bodice I used Mod Podge to glue gold metallic paper butterflies (cut out with Cricut Explore) flat onto the bodice in a checkerboard pattern. In the blank spaces of the bodice, I hot glued a butterfly with wings bent at different angles to give it a 3D effect. After the bodice was filled butterflies, I moved down to the skirt. On the skirt I positioned and glued the 3D butterflies heavy around the waist and hips, fading out down to the hem on one side of the dress. On the bare side of the skirt I glued a few butterflies under three layers of tulle.

To add a finishing touch, I made a beautiful beaded collar necklace. I cut the necklace base out with Cricut Explore out of wool felt. Then glued two ribbons to the side to tie around the neck and make a nice bow. To embellish I used all types and sizes of beads to make it look intricate and glitzy. It was the perfect finishing touch to the dress.



Leather Triangle Dress

Designed and built by Desiree Moss and Anna Rose Johnson

Annarose cut hundreds of leather triangles using the Cricut Explore. Then we glued them onto a  pre sewn dress. Then I sewed all of the triangles together so it looked like one solid fabric. If you look up close you can see they are all tiny pieces triangles sewn together.

Maroon Flapper Felt Dress

Designed and built by Anna Rose Johnson

Wool felt circles cut out using Cricut Explore. Layered and adhered to form the dress. The fringe is paper circles sewn together to make garland. Finished with some gold trim.





Earth Day | How To-sday Make a Toilet Paper Roll Album

Today we have a treat to help celebrate Earth Day. Emily from Authentique Paper has created a how-to on using toilet paper rolls and creating a beautiful mini album.

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We are all looking for a new way to create a mini album, now you will know how to make your own album out of recycled toilet paper rolls. A few people have even asked  “where’s the toilet paper rolls?” That’s why these make such great gifts… no one will ever know what they are made of and when they find out, they will be surprised

Here’s the little album created with  Authentique’s “Glowing” line.



Here’s a little step by step on how you can make one for yourself (start saving those tp rolls now, these can be addicting to make.)

First, gather up some supplies. I find that for these, 6×6 is the best to use since the patterns are smaller. You will need at least 4 empty toilet paper rolls, acrylic paint (if you want to paint yours), paint brushes or sponges, embellishments, ribbons, binding rings, and some coordinating cardstock.

Now take your toilet paper rolls and make them flat. You can use your hands, but I find it easier to use a bone folder to crease the edges. Once you’ve done that, you can paint your rolls.

Cut at least 12 pieces of patterned paper, mine are 3.75 x 2 inches, but you might want to measure your rolls first, sometimes they are different in size. For the mats I cut them at 4 x 2.25 inches. After they were cut, I inked the edges of my patterned paper.

Glue your patterned paper to your cardstock mats.

This step is optional, but I like to stitch the ends of my toilet paper rolls once they are dry, just so the little inserts have a little stopper when you stick them in the sides.

Punch 2 holes and add 2 little binding rings.

Add ribbons to your binding rings and then glue down your mats to the album base. Also, use the 4 extras to stick into the little side pockets for hidden photos our journaling.

Now for the fun part… time to embellish!!! If you have any of the matching Authentique Excerpts or Notables, these are great to add throughout the album!

And that’s it! Simple, right?


Here are some other samples of toilet paper roll albums that I’ve made with other Authentique papers. The possibilities are endless with these.

How To’sday | DIY Magnetic Die Storage

Today we have a treat. The fabulous Heather Conklin is showing us her genius way to store her metal dies. I love this so much that I may make it just for a fun.

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Good Morning!! I wanted to share with you a super quick and easy way to not only store your metal dies, but also display them. I started with a piece of magnet paper. You can buy this in various forms, but since I didn’t want to spend any money, I just used what I had on hand, which was the Silhouette Adhesive Magnet Paper. There are printable versions and rolls that you could also use for this.

I wanted to maximize the storage space for my dies, and put some 8″ x 10″ photo frames I had laying around to use.

Use the back of the frame, or the glass to figure out the correct size for you magnet paper. Sometimes the size of the photo that goes in the frame is just a tad smaller than the magnetic paper, so you may need to do some trimming.

You want to lay out your materials in this order: backing (foam or cardboard-whatever was in the frame if you need it for cushioning), the paper that comes with the frame to double check the size, glass, THEN your magnet paper.

Once the magnet paper is in, it covers the glass and you can start placing your dies on it.

This is how the frame looks with a few dies on it.

I really like using easel frames for this, as once I take them off of the wall, I can stand them on my craft desk.

And when I’m not using my dies, the frames can add a bit of interest to my walls!

You can also attach adhesive magnet to your furniture or wall. This is my mother-in-law’s amazing craft room, and she attached roll magnet to her craft desk. AMAZING!