Teresa Collins Summer Stories | Monday Craft Madness #13

I have been lucky to play with today’s steal  Teresa Collins Summer Stories in the past. I loved it so much I am thrilled to be able to create with this collection again for today’s Monday Craft Madness. This collection brings out feelings of love and family. I decided to create a little something I could hang on the wall to celebrate the love I have for my family…. So today’s theme is:


Create something for someone you love, about  someone you love or a project that you love. Here’s what I created:

With these dollar wooden frames from a local craft store, I was able to add the beautiful Summer Stories papers to create art to put in my daughter’s room.  I used some stickers, buttons, chipboard and of course pop dots to add a little to each frame.  Here are some close ups:

This whole project took me only a couple of hours and I am kind of in love with it.

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This is a new round of our monthly Monday Craft Madness, you have until May 2nd to play along. Join the fun, entering is easy!

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!


Farmhouse Paper 302 Collection

Today we have the awesome Sara Case Strickland with us to show off the project she made with Farmhouse Paper’s 302 Collection. Her enthusiasm about this collection is contagious, I am almost sorry I sent it along and didn’t keep it for myself.

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When the box of Farmhouse product showed up on my doorstep, I was thrilled and immediately had two ideas pop into my head. As I pulled everything out and started working with it, I was even more in love with it! Unfortunately, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to make all the projects I want to make! Today I’ll share three with you, but keep an eye out – I’m sure there will be more!

The chipboard pieces in this collection are super fun and vintage, and I want to use them all! As soon as I saw the clocks, I knew I had to make a layout they would fit into.

Aren’t they perfect? A great embellishment without being too big or taking away from the pictures.

These little words are part of the chipboard as well, and worked great on a label I trimmed into a flag:

I love, love, love Farmhouse sticker packs – you get a ton and they’re always great images! To me, the labels and days of the weeks were just begging for a mini album.

Once I had all the labels attached and noticed how much the pages looked like a file folder, I had to bind the album at the bottom, letting the pages fan out on top. I kept it simple inside, adding a one photo a day from last year’s Week in the Life project with Ali Edwards.

It’s a great way to have a quick overview of the week and still make a tiny album that my daughter can take with her.

Finally, I loved the pop of yellow in the BTW paper pack but it’s not a colour I would normally use. Luckily for me, my best friend has a daughter who loves that colour! I had a large wooden initial purchased for her that I hadn’t gotten around to altering yet and decided that now was the perfect time.

I punched hearts from the yellow patterned paper in the FYI paper pack and added more chipboard at the bottom, keeping the whole thing pretty simple.

Now I just have to do a letter for her sister, my god-daughter, before it looks like I’m picking favourites!


How To-sday | Alter Your Clip It Up

Our Summer/Fall Design Team is winding down and we are preparing to choose a new team. We are looking forward to a new team and a new set of How To’s each week. While we are waiting for that, I have gathered some ideas for using your Clip It Up Organizational Units. We all love these organizational units to store our embellishments, especially our Thickers, but check out how some of Clip It Up’s design team have altered theirs.

Altering items is always fun, I have only altered books and frames and such. Misty from the design team over at Clip It Up altered hers to create a show piece to honor her grandmother.

Audrey from the Clip It Up Design Team altered hers to celebrate her daughter’s birthday.  It ended up being a great place to hold the cupcakes and party favors.

Now get your Clip It Up and use it for something different.

October Afternoon Witch Hazel | Monday Craft Madness #38

Don’t look now, but the end of summer is near. For some of us, school is about to start and the guilt to help in class starts. I am lucky that my kids’ classes do not need many volunteers, but I remember the days I felt I had to help with the class parties. Well, today I am helping you plan ahead. I would always volunteer for the Halloween party. Seeing the cute kids all dressed up would make me smile, and eating all of the candy never hurt. 😉 Today for Monday Craft Madness I used October Afternoon’s Witch Hazel Collection to create some party decor for my fake Halloween party. So today’s theme is:


Create something that you can put out for show. You can make a wall hanging, a wreath, whatever strikes your fancy!  Here are the decor items I created:

I started by making a few coasters. Using light-weight wood rectangles from my local craft store, I decoupaged the post cards included with the embellishment kit. Super easy and now ready to use.

I then created some jars that can be used for table decor as well as smuggling treats. I found some mason jars and added a few embellishments. This project took only about a half an hour, now all I need to do is find candy to fill them all up!



The last project I made was this little tree. I am not very handy with a spray paint can, so I was thrilled to find these branches at the local craft store already painted black. I hung the little pieces of chipboard included in the embellishment kit.

The base box is just a tissue box cover flipped upside down. I added some paper from the 8×8 paper pad and some stickers (with pop dots of course). I think I will use the same base for multiple holidays just by adding paper to the other sides.

I wanted a few more ornaments so I created little blocks of embellishments to add some variety.

I still have plenty of paper and embellishments left to create more projects. Maybe I kind of miss being forced to volunteer for class parties…

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For this round of our monthly Monday Craft Madness, you have until August 30th to play along. Here are the links to the previous themes:

Monday Craft Madness #37 – Cards

If you’d like to enter to win the May 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. :)

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Now for the winner from our last month’s Monday Craft Madness. Congrats to: Annette Hindes! You were randomly picked when you posted on our July 8 Monday Craft Madness – Celebrate theme. The mini album you created to celebrate your first year of marriage is quite spectacular. Check out the whole album on Annette’s blog here.

Annette 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!

It seems I also forgot to announce the winner from our August Blog Hop.  So, without further ado…the winner is:  Megan Hebel.

Megan commented on Lisa Kitzke’s blog post.

Megan Hebel August 2, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Great job, Lisa! Marissa is so cute! Miss her!!

Megan please also send an email to and include your address and tell them you are our August Blog Hop Winner and we will set up your $20.00 gift certificate!

Wood Block Photo Holder with Teresa Collins Notations

Today I’m so excited to bring to you some pretty sweet crafty decor ideas from the ever-so-talented Brie Pinales. She has a stellar project to show using today’s steal, the Teresa Collins Notations collection. I’m now headed to the hardware store to pick up some wood to create this awesome project! Can you say perfect idea for Mother’s Day gifts?

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Hey everyone! I’m Brie Pinales and I’m beyond excited to be posting here for! Especially since I get to use one of my most favorite lines from one of my most favorite people, “Notations” from Teresa Collins.

A little about me, I am one of the in house graphic designers for My Mind’s Eye, and I also do design work for Teresa Collins. (I’m pretty sure it was a coincidence I got the Teresa Collins kit, I promise!) Over on my blog, Classic Couture, I post about photography, crafts, design and decor. I also share my love of healthy living and training with tips, reviews, recipes and training guides and tools, and I throw in the random giveaway now and then. 😉

The project I created is a different take on a frame. I am addicted to frames! As a photographer, I love finding unique and different ways to display my photos. I put together a little how to for one of my favorite ways to do so, I hope you enjoy it!

Brie Pinales
Materials Needed:

  • Wood block (I bought a 10′ x 8′ x 2′ length of wood from Lowe’s and had them cut it in 11” lengths. I think it’s about $6 for the wood. Some locations charge 25¢ a cut, with the first two cuts free.)
  • Wood mini candlestick (I found a pack of 3 or 4 at Michaels for less than $2)
  • Wood bead (totally optional, but I like how it finished my little “finial”)
  • e6000 glue
  • Magnetic clip (Walmart sells them in packs of 4 for under $2)
  • Acrylic paint (spray paint works wonderfully as well!)
  • Foam brushes (if you’re not using spray paint.)
  • Mod Podge
  • Teresa Collins “Notations” Alphabet paper (NO2511)
  • 1” black ribbon

Brie Pinales

First you’ll use the e6000 and glue your wood pieces together. Once the glue is dry, if you’re spray painting, you can just spray the whole thing. I decided I wanted my finial a different color, so I painted it all before gluing the finial to my “base.”

The thing I love about the Alphabet Paper is that it’s all perforated so it’s super easy to get your letters, without having to cut them individually. Next, punch out your letters and arrange them how you want them on your base. Apply an even layer of Mod Podge to one side of the base, then apply your letters. You’ll definitely want to lay them out before you start Mod Podge-ing them to make sure you get the right fit to your board.

Once they are all applied, brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top to seal it all in.

Brie Pinales

Then I wrapped my ribbon around the base and glued it into place. (I think it would be fun just as a decor piece like this, too!)

Brie Pinales

Then glue the magnetic clip with the e6000. You can use it to clip pictures, a recipe in the kitchen, a to do list, etc. Whatever you want to use it for. On a side note, that picture is my daughter and I when she was one. I can’t believe that was 8 years ago! GAH!

Brie Pinales

Another way to make your photo holder is to glue a wood napkin ring to a base and then glue it to the wood board. The wood napkin ring and base I found at Hobby Lobby. The bases come in different shapes and are 50¢ each. You can also sand it, giving it that “shabby chic” aged feel.

The beauty of this project is you can make a bunch of them for under $20 and give for gifts! It’s super cheap, and easy, but looks like you spent hours and tons of money on it! (I’ll keep your secret, no worries.)

I hope you enjoyed that project! Enjoy your Notations paper from ScrapbookSteals and Teresa Collins!

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Wow. Wow. WOW! Thanks Brie. You have definitely inspired and have given me the itch to get off the page crafty. If you haven’t already, be sure to stop by Brie’s blog for all sorts of fantastic inspiration, ideas and inspiring posts. I mean it’s not everyone that is willing to give up a vehicle to better their lifestyle. Like I said. Inspiring. :)

Be sure to pop in tomorrow for another amazing blog hop and your chance to win a $20.00 ScrapbookSteals gift code.