Design Team

scrapbookSTEALS Design Team Open Call May 2014

If you follow our blog then you’re probably familiar with our amazing  Design Team members Sara, Charissa, Kristy, Jessica and Wendi. They have been an awesome team and I have been honored to work with them. Maybe the thought has crossed your mind that you’d like to fill one of our Design Team positions. Now is your chance to show off your talent!

It’s open call time for our new Design Team! This term will run from June 1, 2014 – November 30, 2014. Each design team member will be required to create one project per month with provided product, create one  How To-sday per month, and maintain a presence on our Facebook Fan Page.  You can hardly call that work if you ask me!


If you want to throw your hat into the ring, send all of the following items in one email to by May 26, 2014 at 11:59PM.

  • A brief paragraph about you and why would be an asset to the Fall Design Team.
  • Five of your favorite creations showing a variation of what you can do. (These can be attached or embedded in the email, but cannot be sent in multiple emails.)
  • A link to your blog.

That’s it!  I’m looking forward to seeing what you can bring to the table. :)

Design Team Pick Week Recap

Did you miss a few steals during Design Team Pick Week? Not to worry. We’ve got a full recap right here!

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Steal some rays, and say “bon voyage” with two summer-ready collections: Echo Park Paper’s Getaway and Summer Bliss Collections, brought to you by Jessica Arrant. See the mini album made with Getaway!


Let the bright vibrant colors and unique designs of Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions Mists and Stencils bring out your artistic style, brought to you by Sara Case Strickland. Here is some inspiration she designed.


Get creative and chalk it up with gorgeous scrapping supplies from We R Memory Keepers Chalkboard, brought to you by Kristina McKeen. Take a gander at the adorable layout she created with it.


Add new fonts and colors to your thickers stash and get it organized too with American Crafts’ Thickers and Thickers Storage, brought to you by Charissa Miller. See the informational video.


Add fun pops of color to your projects with My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots and Shapes, brought to you by Wendi Robinson. She added these fun embellishments to cards and a layout.


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Hurry… things sell out fast around here. Happy Stealing!

My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots & Shapes

Rounding out our Design Team Picks week, we have the awesome Wendi Robinson showing us some of her creations today. Enamel dots and shapes are on the top of all of the top picks lists out there, I personally am kind of in love with them.

Check out what Wendi created with these My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots & Shapes. There are so many possibilities with enamel dots & shapes, here are a few ideas.

Add them to a layout in the white space to add visual interest.  Also, how cute are those enamel quotation marks on this layout?

I love how Wendi used the dots to fill the holes in her punched border on this card. They fit so perfectly, they were meant to be!

A splash of color from these enamel shapes help focus your eyes on this card. I love the bright geotag and triangle pointing to the sentiment.

I am using enamel dots and shapes more and more in my projects, what is your favorite use for them?


We R Memory Keepers Chalkboard | Mid Week Mojo Rose #8

Rose – Week 8 of 10
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Today we are super lucky to have our design team member Kristy Mackeen create a layout with We R Memory Keeper’s Chalkboard collection for today’s Mid Week Mojo

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Hi! I’m so excited to be here today with the Rose 8 Mid Week Mojo sketch, featuring We R Memory Keeper’s Chalkboard collection – and a few of those wonderful WRMK tools. 😉

Here is the sketch:

I love the variety of colors to go with the Chalkboard collection. The chalkboard designs are fun and original…and the colors and patterns they included in this collection are amazing. I have heard time and time again that the papers with the “corner designs” are hard to work with (heck, I’m one of those people who have said this!), but the design on the Blackboard paper was actually really easy to incorporate into my design.

As I was creating this layout, I wanted to play with some of my WRMK tools (which are always on my desk anyways, but I thought it would be a fun way to feature some of them too – and most of them are courtesy of previous Steals!). To start I grabbed my Sweetheart Distressing Tool. I love that this has both a sander and blade to distress your paper with. No need to have 2 tools on your desk to do the job. I used the blade in this case, to distress the edge of the paper, then after adhering the strips to the background paper, I used my Sew Easy Tool to add a little hand stitching to my layout. The beauty of hand stitching is that you can adjust the thickness of the thread to what you want to use. In this case, I used 3 strands.

Don’t you love the colors and patterns in this collection?!? And I loved the gold letters. I just wanted a little more “bling” to keep with the warm golden feeling, so I added a few WRMK brads, using the Brad Setter and Piercing Mat to attach them.

I used the Corner Chomper and Tab Punch to add those final touches to the page.

Can you see why I was excited to pick WRMK as my Design Team Pick?!? I can’t wait to see your take on this sketch!

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A big congrats to Staci Jones, you are last week’s winner!

Please send an email to and include your address and tell them you are our Mid Week Mojo Winner and we will send some scrapbook swag your way!

To enter to win this week’s prize, complete this sketch (Rose #8) and have it posted somewhere online by 11:59 PM MST April 7th. Leave a comment on this blog post with the link to your Rose #8 creation.

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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 details here. 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.

Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Mists

Today we have a special Tuesday post from our design team member Sara Case Strickland.To continue our Design Team Picks week, Sara chose Dylusions Sprays from Dyan Reaveley. Check out how she uses them on her projects.

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It’s always fun when you get to play with some of your favourite products. And when you’re asked to play and then share your love for said product, it’s even better!

My love for Ranger Industries knows no bounds – if they sell it, I will buy. I say that without hesitation because I know what they make will always be top of the line in terms of quality and value. One of my favourite lines from them has to be Dylusions, by Signature Designer Dyan Reaveley.

Her Ink Sprays are, in my opinion, a must have tool. Not only do they spray mist, but they splat, paint, stamp, react with water, and are super bright and fun. What’s not to like? When paired with her amazing stencil designs, they really are the mist to own.

I had a blast simply playing in my Art Journal for this first project:

I misted through a stencil with white, and then flipped the stencil to stamp with the leftover ink:

I also used one of my favourite techniques, based on the water reactivity of these sprays, and did a bleach-out effect on the leaves:

After playing mixed media style, I went back to basics with a LO where I simplely misted through one of the new Dylusions stencils:

I love how the colours mix and blend! And because of the way the stencil is shaped, I got some fabulous overspray:

I went back to a bit more mixed media on the final layout and smeared white gesso over another new stencil. Once that dried I misted Ink Spray over my craft sheet, misted that with water to blend the colours and then pressed my paper into the ink puddles:

The best part about using the gesso is that you get the intense ink colours on the raw paper; muted, more pastel shades over the gesso; and then little bubbles and splats of ink from pressing the paper into the mist:

I love getting all that texture and dimension with no work – awesome!

All those different looks and I still haven’t come close to all the different things that Dylusions Ink Sprays can do. I guess that means it’s time to go play and experiment some more! Who wants to join me? Go grab some new colours and let’s see what you make with all those fun sprays!

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Thanks Sara, great pick! Come back tomorrow for the next installment of our Rose Mid Week Mojo!