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Simple Stories Cozy Christmas | Monday Craft Madness #33

While all of Simple Stories’ collections are perfect for preserving memories, both in the traditional 12×12 format and the pocket page style, I noticed something fun about  Simple Stories Cozy Christmas  The pages, cards and other embellishments are perfect of other projects. One of my co-workers, Kerianne, has an adorable son, Mason. If you frequent any of the Steals.com websites you have probably seen his happy face. I decided to help him a little bit with his letter to Santa for this year. I can’t imagine Santa refusing Mason’s requests if he receives an entire mini album. So for today’s Monday Craft Madness I created a mini album letter to Santa…..  today’s theme is:

Mini Albums

Create an interesting twist on a mini album, like a letter to someone you love. Here’s what I created:

I love how the 6×8 pages included in this collection are all sorts of sizes and shapes. It offers a kinds of dimension and texture when you first look at the album. I added a few of the bits and pieces die cuts and enamel dots to the cover.

We figured a photo of mason will help santa remember who he is.

The chipboard pieces match up with the designs beautifully.

The die cut pages add a little bit of interest as you thumb through the album.

We used one of the 3×4 journaling cards for Mason’s present request list.

 

Santa can also keep track of where Mason will be all through December, just so they don’t miss each other.

And finally, Mason’s letter to Santa. It’s important to list all of the good things you have done throughout the year to get on Santa’s good side.

There’s room in this album to add more items, we are going to add lists from other members of Mason’s family. I just love the idea of sending a letter to someone you love in a mini album format. All of the care and love can flow through your creativity.

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This is a new round of our monthly Monday Craft Madness, you have until September 26th to play along.

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

That’s right, we have an all-new way to enter to win our Monthly Craft Madness Prize! Fill out the form each week and get easy entries for being our fan on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or sharing the inspiration photos on Pinterest. You get to pick and choose how you want to enter! Create a project (card, layout, altered project, etc) following the week’s themes for a huge chance to win — 10 entries for each project!

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: Annette Hindes!

Annette, please send an email to giveaway@steals.com and include your address and tell them you are our Monday Craft Madness Winner and we will send some scrapbook swag your way!

Sneak Peeks From Our Favorite Brands

Last week I was able to go to a little trade show, right here in Salt Lake City. I have been in and around the crafting world for over a decade and this is the first time I was able to attend a show without boarding an airplane first. This was a small show and closed to the public, so I thought I would show a little of what I was able to see from some of our favorite brands. (Please excuse some of my iPhone photos)

My Mind’s Eye

Bo Bunny

Echo Park & Carta Bella Paper

Silhouette - I’m loving what they are doing with fabric.

Graphic45

Lawn Fawn

Simple Stories

And last but definitely not least…

Teresa Collins

I have been trying to pick a favorite for days now, but I just can’t.  Do you have a favorite? Let us know!

 

Simple Stories December Documented | Monday Craft Madness #28

There’s nothing like planning ahead, or even just planning sometimes. Being able to get started on my December Daily album in July is somewhat of a luxury for anyone. I was lucky enough that today’s steal is  Simple Stories December Documented This collection is perfect for a December Daily project so for Monday Craft Madness I got started on my album…. Today’s theme is:

Mini Album

Create a mini album or share with us your favorite mini album. You could even get ahead and start your own December Daily album. Here’s what I created:

 

I was able to use some of the embellishments from My Mind’s Eye Mistletoe Magic collection as well, the colors and tones matched perfectly with this Simple Stories collection.

The 3×4 cards included in this collection are perfect for this project. I love that there are cards with numbers 1-25 to help move the process of this album along easily. Check out some more of the pages:

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For this round of our monthly Monday Craft Madness, you have until August 1st to play along. Here are the links to the previous themes:

Monday Craft Madness #27 – Tags

Monday Craft Madness #26 – Cards

Monday Craft Madness #25 – Embossing

Monday Craft Madness #24-Inspiration

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

That’s right, we have an all-new way to enter to win our Monthly Craft Madness Prize! Fill out the form each week and get easy entries for being our fan on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or sharing the inspiration photos on Pinterest. You get to pick and choose how you want to enter! Create a project (card, layout, altered project, etc) following the week’s themes for a huge chance to win — 10 entries for each project!

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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Simple Stories Charmed Life | Mid Week Mojo Daisy #8

Daisy – Week 8 of 10
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When I saw the  Simple Stories Charmed Life collection, my heart skipped a little beat. The colors and patterns of this collection make it perfect for any project; boys, girls, men, women – whatever.I was excited to use it for today’s  Mid Week Mojo and this photo of little Liam in his plaid shirt worked perfectly.

Here is the layout:

Here is the sketch:

So many of the 12×12 papers in this collection are sectioned off not only into 3×4 or 4×6 cards, but 6×12, borders, 6×6 pieces and more. I loved these two 6×12 pieces and wanted to turn them into the background of the layout. I then used three of the 3×4 cards on the layout as well.

All of the die cuts, stickers and chipboard pieces leave endless possibilities to create dimension and interest on your projects.

With so many pieces in this collection, I can make dozens of more projects and I can’t wait to do so.

I created the title out of one of the die cut pieces and some of the alphabet/number stickers.

A big congrats to Kristy Mackeen, you are last week’s winner!

Please send an email to giveaway@steals.com 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 (Daisy #8) and have it posted somewhere online by 11:59 PM MST Monday June 19th. Leave a comment on this blog post with the link to your Daisy#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.

Simple Stories 24/Seven | Mid Week Mojo Iolite #8

Iolite- Week 8 of 10
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Simple Stories is known for their quick and easy Sn@p! style of scrapbooking. I am thrilled to report their products lend themselves to original 12×12 scrapbooking as well.  Now we all have old photos we haven’t scrapped yet. I seem to have dozens of pics of my kids’ field trips to the zoo. Simple Stories 24/Seven collection  was the perfect collection for this first grade zoo trip (yes this child is now a junior in high school, I am so on the ball). This  Mid Week Mojo made me very nostalgic. My kids have grown up way too fast.

Here is the layout:

Here is the sketch:

I love the layered stickers and how easy it is to use them to make a banner. The alphabet stickers included in the collection kit are so great with four different alphabets and three different sizes.

The decorative brads include die cuts behind them to add extra interest.

Here are more of those awesome alphabets. Perfect to create the title for this page. (shhh, don’t tell on me for how long ago these pictures were taken)

I love the patterned papers included in the collection kit, with the designs already printed in different places on the pages, it fills up your layout easily.

Supplies used in this layout:

Simple Stories 24/7 Collection Kit, Simple Basics Kit, Layered Stickers, and Decorative Metal Brads.

A big congrats to Kymberely Machamer, you are last week’s winner!

Please send an email to giveaway@steals.com 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 (Iolite#9) and have it posted somewhere online by 11:59 PM MST January 28. Leave a comment on this blog post with the link to your Iolite#0 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.