How To’sday | Tips for Using Transparencies

I love How To’sday. It’s sort of like a little crafty Christmas every time I open up an email from one of you talented crafters, sharing your tips. Today’s tutorial is simply put, amazing. Charity Hotrum Becker shows us some tips for using those transparencies that are in our stashes that tend to just sit there because we aren’t quite sure what to do with them!

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Okay, who can even spell that word? No wonder transparencies are so intimidating! But, I’ve got a few tips that cut them down to size. Specifically I’ll illustrate their use as flowers, pockets, and good ‘ol frames.
Flowers first!

Transparencies come in various sizes, colors, prints and pre-designated uses. For handmade flowers I use the transparencies with an all over print. You will also need a jeweled brad, a pair of tweezers, a heating tool, and a paper trimmer or pair of scissors.

First cut 4 strips measuring 2 ½ by ½ inches. Pierce each strip at the center. Thread each strip onto a brad so the arms spread out like an asterisk.

Using tweezers, grasp the brad by the “feet” and hold it upside down. Turn on the heating tool and warm the transparencies for 5-10 seconds. It will quickly become pliable. Use your fingers to mold the strips into a curved shape, bent toward the brads jeweled center. The strips may need reheated a few times to get the curve you have in mind.

To make a smaller flower try cutting strips that are 1 ½ inches by ½ inch. Give the strips a shallower curve so the flower has a more open appearance.

What’s a scrapper to do if a heating tool is nowhere to be found? Here’s a second flower option. For this one you’ll need a print transparency, a jeweled brad, and a paper piercer.

Cut 4 strips 3 ½ by ¼. Pierce each strip in the middle and ¼ inch from each end.

Thread a strip onto the brad using the center piercing. Bend one side of the strip in and thread it onto the brad, bend the other side in and thread it onto the brad. Repeat this process for all four strips, taking care to turn each strip so that the flower petals form an asterisk.

These flowers are lots of fun to add to any crafting project, but look especially snazzy on gift tags!

After you have completed your flower cut a 3 inch circle from card stock. Pierce the center and insert the transparency blossom. Fold the brad back securely. Punch a small hole ¼ inch from the side and thread about 6 inches of twine through in a slip knot.

Many Transparencies are designed to frame a photo. This is a wonderful addition to a page, but what if your transparency doesn’t show up when placed over your photo…what good is THAT! Trim your picture to fit inside the colored portion of the frame. Choose a contrasting paper, and cut a photo mat that will extend beyond the edges of your transparency. Ink the edges to give your mat definition and adhere photo and frame to mat.

Still not sold on these bits of “sheer fun”? Here’s one more idea to get transparencies out of your stash and onto your page. Journaling pockets made from transparencies take advantage of their transparent nature. How fun to bling out your journaling card and slip it in a clear pocket! Embellishments look great inside these little pockets also. It’s a fab way to fill up those spots in a sketch that call for little photos.

Thanks to Cathryn Hanson for the amazing sketches I used on these layouts and to Kristy Lee for the delightful card sketch, and of course to Steal Network for letting me showcase my talent. It’s kind of fun to see my name up in lights!

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Charity! Unbelievably amazing tutorial. Thank you for taking the time to share your talents with us. I know I’ve got some transparencies that I’m dying to try some of your techniques with. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

If you have an idea that you would like to share on a How To’sday, don’t be shy. We’d love to see what ideas you have up your crafty sleeve. You can send photos and directions to

Hope you have a great day. I’ll see you tomorrow for another Mid Week Mojo.

Basic Grey 6×6 Paper Pads | Monday Card Madness #68

So if you’ve ever asked yourself what is “basic” about Basic Grey, then you’ll agree with me when I say that there is nothing at all basic at all, and today’s steal, the Basic Grey 6×6 paper pads is proof!  The mere fact that today you have ten different paper collections to choose from is sure to strike the needs and fancy of every scrapper out there. (Yes. We all know that paper is a need!)

I love the diversity of 6×6 pads and their mini prints for creating cards. I wanted a fun design this week that would show off a combination of three different prints in an easy way, so I came up with this sketch.

I have to admit. It was really. really. really hard to decide which papers to use for my cards this week, but finally settled on three of the collections.

I am absolutely drawn to blues, browns and greens so I created my first two cards using the Marjolaine paper pad.

Next I decided to get a little classy and used the Little Black Dress collection.

From there I decided to “elevate my IQ” by playing with the Oxford collection.

I rounded out my evening of card making by creating two cards using the Picadilly line.

I do love me some Basic Grey. Such a great zesty collection of papers to create that perfect card.

I have absolutely loved seeing more and more of the interpretations of the Monday Card Madness sketches popping up on our Facebook fan page.

If you haven’t been sharing your cards, we’d love to see! Oh and want to take the sharing up a notch? Why not participate in our current card swap.

Here are the details just in case you missed them.

  • This card swap will not have any particular theme.
  • The only requirements is that you send ten cards with envelopes to be received at the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by February 16th.
  • Cards can be sent to this address:

ATTN: Card Swap
2181 California Ave., #400
Salt Lake City, UT  84104

  • After sending your cards please send me an email to, letting me know to be on the lookout for your cards.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Also, if you’d like to be eligible for the January random drawing for Monday Card Madness, all you need to do is complete any (or all) of the Monday Card Madness sketches, post your creation to our fan page or your own personal blog, then leave a link on this blog to that creation no later than 11:59 PM MST on Friday, February 3rd, 2012.

Silhouette Advent Calendar — Love Style

Can you believe that Valentines Day is just barely over 25 days away? (26 if I’m counting right!) If you’re like me and just barely thought about putting away your Silhouette Advent Calendar from Christmas, think again! Why not turn it into a work of love? Don’t have one yet? Then today is your chance to pick one up and get creating a countdown to the day of hearts and kisses.

One of our good friends Staci Jones, recently converted her Silhouette Advent Calendar into a darling creation to give to her husband to count the many ways that she loves him. Granted I’m not exactly sure what Staci has hidden in those drawers for her hunny, but the display is something that would make anyone’s heart melt!

I’m so inspired by her creation that I figure I’d better give my calendar a face lift too!

Not sure what to put inside of your drawers?  Well, if you’re creating your advent for a significant other, then here are a few ideas that you may be able to tuck inside with a little kiss of chocolate.

  • A pass for a free massage
  • An invite to share a bubble bath
  • A love letter
  • A poem, written by you
  • A candle to burn later on
  • Movie tickets
  • Invite to dinner at his favorite restaurant
  • Create a custom crossword puzzle with clues that pertain to your relationship
  • A picture of a tulip with a note saying “I’ve got two-lips waiting for you”
  • A picture of wildflowers with a note saying “for my wild man”
  • A gift card to your favorite ice cream parlor
  • A garter with a special note attached
  • Love coupons
  • A copy of your wedding vows
  • A verse from a favorite song attached to an iTunes gift card
  • A tiny teddy bear with a note attached saying “I can’t bear being away from you”
  • A little monkey with a note attached saying “let’s monkey around”
  • A note telling him how much you appreciate the work he does
  • A gift card to a lingerie store — see what he brings home!
  • A small vile of massage oil
  • A Chinese fortune cookie with the fortune replaced with something romantic

Want to gear your advent toward your children? Attach reasons why you love them and special things that make you smile.

Whatever it is that you decide to do, the Silhouette Advent Calendar is a sure way to make the countdown to any celebration or holiday just that much more special.

Have a great weekend! I’ll see you Monday with another Monday Card Madness.

Today’s Steal App Notifications with the iOS5 Update

Having trouble getting notifications at steal time? With the new iPhone update, you may have noticed your notifications settings automatically changed. Here’s a quick video with tips on how to change your settings so you never miss a steal.

Happy Stealing!

My Mind’s Eye Good Day Sunshine | Mid Week Mojo

Garnet – Layout 6

I don’t know about you but at this time every year, when the winter blahs set in, I’m always looking for something, anything, to get me out of the winter blues. Today’s steal, Good Day Sunshine by My Mind’s Eye, was the perfect break from the dreary world.

When I was trying to decide what photos to scrap, I thought of one of our friends and wonderful customers, Michelle Beaudry, who recently added a bit of sunshine to the dreary winter world, and asked her if I could use photos of her new little princess for this week’s Mid Week Mojo. Even though these papers aren’t typical “baby,” I thought the collection worked delightfully with these sweet sleeping photos of baby Alexis.

The Good Day Sunshine collection comes with some great die-cut pieces which make adding the finishing touches to a layout a snap!

Thank you Michelle for letting me preserve a little piece of your family history. I will get this layout out to you soon!

Now it’s time for our lucky weekly winner.

This week congrats are heading out to a lucky first time Mid Week Mojo Participant, Heather Wilson.

Heather, I love that the powers picked you since you are new to the fun.  If you will please send an email with your address to, letting them know you are this week’s winner, we will be happy to send a prize out to you!

If you are new to our site and want to join in on the fun we would love to have you!

If you would like to be eligible for this week’s random drawing, be sure to have your layout created and posted somewhere online, as well as linked to this blog posting by Monday, January 23rd at 11:59 MST.

If you have any other questions regarding 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.