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My Little Shoebox | Mid Week Mojo

Opal Club — Layout 5

I positively love guest sketcher Wednesdays because I have the chance to see the amazing creations that come from one of you. Today we are honored with some pretty fantastic creations from one of our favorite Canadian friends, Cathryn Hanson.

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I was on the computer one day when Kristy popped up in my chat window. “I’m dying here!” she said, then asked me if I had checked my email lately. I said I had. We were both confused! Some how the email she had sent asking if I would like to be a guest sketcher had disappeared. Needless to say, my answer was yes, yes, and YES!

Like previous guest sketchers I was thrilled and excited, but also a little worried. But when I found out I would be working with today’s steal, My Little Shoebox Harmony and Summer Breeze my mind was instantly racing with ideas. I love MLS! Both of these whimsical collections of scrappy goodness are adorable, and can be easily used for many different themes. After thinking about sketches and layouts I quickly started thinking about how perfect Summer Breeze would be for my granddaughter’s birthday theme because she loves birds. I remembered these cute little wooden bird houses I had come across while shopping for wedding décor with our dear friend and fellow scrapbooker Elizabeth. So, with all of that in mind, this is what I created.

Summer Breeze Collection

  • “So Smoochable”

  • Birdhouse Party Favors filled with Jelly Beans

  • Birthday Girl Picture Frame

  • Decorated Words

Not my original idea. I spotted these on the MLS website and couldn’t resist making them!

  • Congratulations  card

Harmony Collection

  • “You Amaze Me”

  • Konichee Wa!

I hope you will have as much fun with these incredible collections as I did. From the clear stamps to the mini alphabets and everything in between you can’t go wrong. Enjoy!

Thank you Kristy Lee, Lisa Mack and the Scrapbook Steals community for your inspiration every week and allowing me to share my creations. I am very excited to see how everyone makes these sketches their own.

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Cathryn, you have truly done an unbelievably outstanding job as this months guest sketcher and I can’t thank you enough. What a wealth of inspiration you’ve given us!

Now for that exciting moment of announcing this weeks Mid Week Mojo winner. Way to go Michelle Beaudry.

Michelle, if you will please send our service department an email at, letting them know you are this week’s winner, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

If you would like a chance to win this week’s random drawing, you will need to have your sketch posted and linked to this blog posting by 11:59PM MST on Monday, November 7th. Also if you are new to our Mid Week Mojo challenge or have any particular questions, 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.

Now go get scrappin’ with all of this inspiration at your fingertips!  :)

How To’sday | Silhouette Trace Tool

For you Silhouette owners that haven’t had the chance to explore your options much beyond basic cutting then today you are in for a treat!  Stephanie Umpleby shows how to use the Trace Tool feature opening up an entire new way to use your beloved Silhouette machine.

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So, you have a Silhouette.  And you have an image in your head that you want to cut.  But, you can’t find it in the Silhouette store.  What do you do?  Well, it turns out you can trace almost anything and then have the Silhouette cut it!  You can open any image into the Silhouette, and then use the trace feature to make it something the Silhouette will cut (or cut and draw).  Here is how!

First you have to find and save the image onto your computer.  I normally save things as .jpg as it is opened by almost any program.  Then you have to open that file in the Silhouette.  The “default” is only to open Silhouette files, but you can select “All Files” from the drop down menu.

Once you have opened the file, you need to open the trace menu.  Trace is one of the buttons on the top right of the screen – to the right of offset.

Once you have the menu open, you need to click on the “Select Trace Area” button.  This will allow you to “grab” the image you want to trace.

When you select the area to be traced, the trace lines will show up in yellow.  If everything looks good, then select “Trace.”  In this case, I don’t want “trace outside edge” because it would only trace the rounded square and not the swimmer or wave.  You can do the “detach” option, but normally it isn’t any more work to just do Trace.

Since I just did trace, the next thing I had to do was slide the original image over and check to make sure I liked the result.  Once I confirmed I was done with the initial image, I deleted it.

In this case, I wanted to edit what was traced.  There were extra pieces I didn’t want to cut, so I need to “Release Compound Path.”  Once I did this, I was able to select the extra pieces and delete them.

Then I used the Silhouette to sketch out my page.  I like to do this because it helps ensure that I have the right size for everything.  Here is the finished sketch and finished page.

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Stephanie, thank you for sharing your tutorial with us on this lovely How To’sday.

Don’t forget if you have an idea that you’d like to share, whether it be easy or hard, big or small, we’d love to feature you on a How To’sday. Please send your idea with photos and images to, and we will add you to the line up!

Have a great day and be sure to check in tomorrow for our November guest sketcher. Hmmmm. Who will it be? :)

American Crafts Nightfall | Monday Card Madness #56

Wow! Can you believe it’s already Halloween? What better way to celebrate than with today’s highly functional and multi-purpose collection Nightfall by American Crafts?

I truly cannot say enough praise about the fantastic job that American Crafts has done on this collection.

Single-handedly this collection can meet the needs of Halloween.

Fall fun projects.

And even generic as can be!

This collection even comes complete with a set of the chalkboard journaling tags, which are so much fun!

So if you’ve been waiting for that perfect fall/Halloween collection to come your way, then I’d have to say that the wait is over.

You have until Friday to complete any of the October Monday Card Madness sketches in order to be eligible as our October Monday Card Madness winner. All you need to do is have your card creation posted somewhere online and linked to one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts by November 4th at 11:59PM MST.

Also we are closing in on the deadline for the current card swap.

Here is this week’s reminder with info:

  • 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 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 our next How To’sday tutorial.

Authentique Glowing

You’ve seen it. You’ve longed for it. You’ve waited and waited and finally the wait is over — today is the day! If you are looking for the paper deliciously perfect for Halloween or fall, then today’s steal, Glowing by Authentique is the answer.

Rather than trying to show the endless possibilities of this paper collection myself, we decided to as the Authentique design team to strut their stuff and show us what can be done.

Take it away A-Team! (For further inspiration from these talented ladies, be sure to click on their names to link to their blogs).

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Check out these spooktacular Halloween decorations by Janeen Shember.

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Looking for a darling Halloween wreath tutorial or a Halloween party invite? Look at these ideas by Emily Lanham.

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Brenda Smith created this darling layout which makes the embellishments shine!

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Misty Buck does a delightful job showing how perfectly Glowing works for cards or a layout about your trick-or-treaters!

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Cristine Redmond created a bootiful layout with Glowing using  ScrapbookSteals very own Mid Week Mojo Opal 1 sketch by Van Nguyen as inspiration.

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Want a gorgeous card which isn’t necessarily Halloween-related, or a Halloween decor banner which is sure to be a favorite decoration for years to come? Then check out these ideas by Tiffany DeGough.

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Heather Conklin treats us to a fun twist on the Halloween papers by creating these darling table cards for Thanksgiving dinner.

She also made this darling Halloween mini-album! Be sure to check out her blog for additional images.

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I’d like to issue a huge thank you to these ladies for sharing their amazing Authentique talents with us today.

Echo Park Little Boy | Mid Week Mojo

Opal Club — Layout 4

Whether you have an adventurous little boy or a darling little girl in your life, you will be completely smitten with today’s steal, Little Boy or Little Girl by Echo Park. I have to say that I was smitten when I saw the photos of the new addition to one of our ScrapbookSteals fans, family. I asked Peggy Spencer if she’d mind if I used photos of her sweet new baby to create a layout for her for this week’s Mid Week Mojo.

I love how the Little Boy collection not only works for boys of all ages, but for babies straight from heaven!

Peggy was funny. When I asked her if she would send journaling for the layout she replied that journaling was not her strong point and gave me a few brief sentences with the statistics of little Jeremiah. Then she proceeded to tell me a little about how things were going and how happy she was to be given a second chance at being a mommy. The words written directly to me were so heartfelt and touched me deeply. I took her words and changed it into journaling written to her son, because if Peggy could tell those things to me, a friend via internet, then those words most definitely hold true to her son. Peggy, don’t underestimate your journaling abilities girl. You have it from the heart!

The stickers in today’s collection made for a snappy title and a little extra embellishment to the page.

Thank you so much Peggy for allowing me to share your sweet lil’ man with everyone for this week’s Mid Week Mojo.

It’s kind of exciting. was definitely shining on some beginners luck this week! Congrats are in order for Deb Routledge, our lucky winner of this week’s Mid Week Mojo. I was fortunate to get to meet Deb at the recent ScrapbookSteals retreat where we got her hooked on creating Mid Week Mojo! (Or at least I hope she’s hooked!) ;)

Deb if you would be so kind as to send an email with your address to, letting them know that you are this week’s winner we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you!

Don’t forget that this sketch will need to be posted and linked to this blog posting by 11:59PM MST on Monday, October 31st. Also if you are new to our Mid Week Mojo challenge or have any particular questions, 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.

I hope you all have a lovely day. <3