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How To’sday | Altered Dry Erase Boards

Howdy How To’sday! I’m so over the moon thrilled about today’s project by Nancy Roth. I’m truly a horrid home decorator and her altered dry erase board project looks like something that even I could accomplish with ease! It would truly make my home just a little more organized and cuter! What’s not to love about that?

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I am a fan of meal planning. It cuts down on food prep time if you know that all the ingredients are in your house. Also, you don’t have to spend several minutes with the fridge open trying to figure out what to make with what you have left.

My solution was planning out a week’s worth of meals on a dry erase board…scrapbook style!

The supplies for this project are minimal. You’ll need a photo frame with glass (I got this one on clearance at Michaels for $2), printed paper, cardstock or stickers, adhesive and a dry erase pen.

First, adhere your patterned paper to the frame backing. If you have a 12 x 12 frame or smaller, one piece of paper will do. I used an 11 x 14 frame, so I needed 2 different pieces to cover the backing.

Next, create and adhere labels to suit the purpose of your board using your die-cutting machine or stickers. For my meal planner, I used my die-cut machine to create the days of the week.

Frame your creation, and embellish as desired.

You’re done! Not only is it useful, but it is a piece of art on your wall! Make sure you use a dry-erase marker on the glass, and it will wipe right off!

Don’t want to plan meals? No problem. This project can be modified to suit any purpose.

I made one for my 4 year old to keep track of his chores:

And this one is for general lists, notes or reminders:

It was a quick, fun and inexpensive project. I hope you enjoy making your own and find it as useful as I do!

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Thanks so much Nancy! I can’t wait to make these and think I’ll even make a few as Christmas gifts.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for not only the first sketch in our Opal Club series, but two amazing layouts from our October guest sketcher!

Have a great day!

Bella Blvd | Monday Card Madness #52

We have something pretty fantastic to offer you today, another new addition to the amazing ScrapbookSteals lineup, this time Bella Blvd.

I honestly loved working with today’s product.

When I was creating it was my son’s birthday, so I decided to use the “Super Stud” collection and make him a birthday card. Yeah! I’m on top of at least one aspect of his birthday. ;)

I had so much fun with that collection that I decided to make my husband a card to tell him how proud I am of him and his current training for a 50K race that he will be running in a few weeks. I figured a little note of encouragement can go a long way during these last weeks of high mileage training. Simply put, he is kind of awesome.

I couldn’t help myself and had to dabble a little in the other collections that are being offered today. Here are the cards that I made with the Flirty and Plastino collections.

And lastly here is a card that I made with the Hello Beautiful kit.

I honestly can’t wait to put those papers to use on a layout. So. Much. Fun!

Don’t forget the challenge to send out joy! Put your lovely creations to work by touching someones day. I know I’ve got a lovely stack of cards that I plan on sending out this week. I can’t wait!

If you missed the details on our current card swap, here they are:

  • This particular swap is a holiday-themed swap.
  • Create 10 cards following a Christmas, Holiday or Winter theme. (*Please leave me a note if you have a preference of Christmas or Holiday cards and I will do my best to sort accordingly).
  • All cards must include envelopes.
  • Cards must be received at the Scrapbook Steals warehouse by November 7, 2011. (Scrapbook Steals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California Ave., #400, SLC, UT  84045)
  • Once your cards have gone postal, be sure to send an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com letting me know they are on their way.
  • Lastly wait patiently for 10 amazing creations by different artists to find their way back to your door!

Have a great day and be sure to check in tomorrow for a brilliant tutorial. One which I can’t wait to make!

Bo Bunny Winter Joy

Can you believe that the holidays are creeping up upon us? Today’s steal, the Bo Bunny Winter Joy Collection is positively amazing. It’s such a beautiful collection in purples, blues and greens.

These papers would be great for a myriad of holiday-themed layouts and projects, but I thought I would show you how to make a quick and easy dimensional snowflake which you could make to put a homemade touch to Christmas tree decorations.

My girls have made these snowflakes for years and have had them hanging all over their room.  I’ve never learned to make them so I sat my Sarah down for a little crafty time to teach me!

Here are the basic directions.

  • Cut paper into squares. For our snowflake we used 6×6″ pieces of paper. Fold the paper in half one way, and then again in the opposite direction. Fold in half and then in half again so that you have a triangle like this.
  • With the point of the triangle pointed upward, cut strips across the width of the triangle starting from the side of the paper which is folded. Do not cut all of the way through to the other side.

  • Open your folded paper and it should look like this.

  • Beginning with the inner most cuts, fold together and staple or secure with a glue dot. Flip the paper over and do the same with the next two cuts. Flip the paper again and repeat the process until you reach the outermost cut.

  • Your completed square of paper should look like this.

  • Repeat this process five times for one snowflake. You can use the same papers or different papers for variety.

  • Once all of your snowflake arms have been completed, staple two of them together at the tip.

  • Next staple the remaining four arms to the middle of the neighboring snowflake arm.

  • Once your chain of snowflake arms have been stapled together, begin stapling the bases of the tips together one by one.

  • Your completed snowflake should look like this.

We added a scalloped circle to the middle of the snowflake with a piece of chipboard embellishment to finish it off.

These snowflakes can be made in any size and would truly make the cutest decoration for a tree.

Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday!

Jillibean Soup, Cream of Mushroom | Mid Week Mojo

Topaz Club — Layout 10


Wow! Another ten weeks have whisked by and here we are at the final installment of our Topaz Club series. To celebrate we have a new manufacturer to the ScrapbookSteals family once again — welcome Jillibean Soup! I love today’s steal from the Jillibean Soup, Cream of Mushroom collection.

This collection is so rich and fun and perfect for fall. I was so excited when I realized how perfectly it would work with some very recent photos that I took of my son on one of our day dates.

I absolutely adore the trims that come with this collection. They make the perfect addition to the page along with the Journaling Sprouts.

I’m quite certain that this is one collection that I will be excited to pull out and use again.

Now before I get into the details of the exciting Topaz prize which has been brought to us by Kiwi Lane Designs, I will announce the winner of the Topaz #9 random drawing.

This week’s lucky winner is Kassandra Missen. Not only do I love this layout but I am incredibly touched that the sketch inspired her enough to create a page out of chronological order.

Kassandra, if you will send an email to customerservice@stealnetwork.com, we will be happy to send a prize out to you!

Now for the scoop on the big Topaz prize.

Kiwi Lane Designs has graciously sponsored the Topaz prize by sending us these three templates to give to one of you!

  • Tiny Sweetheart
  • 12″ Abbie Road
  • Wildflower

To add a little fruity kicker to the combination we are throwing in a combination prize pack of Lime Twist by My Mind’s Eye for an approximate total prize value of $60.00! What better combination than to use a little Kiwi Lane Design love on some brand new My Mind’s Eye papers? Right. I didn’t think there was a better combo!

In order to win this amazing prize package here is what you need to do.

  1. Complete all 10 topaz layouts. Don’t forget that Topaz #10 must be completed and posted by 11:59 PM MST on Monday, October 3rd.
  2. Make sure all 10 topaz layouts are posted somewhere online.
  3. Provide a link to your creations in the “Totally Topaz” blog post. This can be a link to a gallery hosting all of your creations, or individual links. Just make sure that everything is listed in one post.

If you are new to our Mid Week Mojo series, you can find all of the fantastic details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Good luck everyone! May the scrappy mojo be with you.

Totally Topaz

In order to win this amazing prize package here is what you need to do.

  1. Complete all 10 topaz layouts. Don’t forget that Topaz #10 must be completed and posted by 11:59 PM MST on Monday, October 3rd.
  2. Make sure all 10 topaz layouts are posted somewhere online.
  3. Provide a link to your creations in this blog post. This can be a link to a gallery hosting all of your creations, or individual links. Just make sure that everything is listed in one post.

If you are new to our Mid Week Mojo series, you can find all of the fantastic details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Good luck Mojo makers!