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American Crafts Slick Writers | Monday Card Madness #44

If there’s one thing that every crafter should never have to live without, it’s a fantastic set of pens. Today’s steal the American Crafts Slick Writers are just that! Not only are these particular pens fantastic for journaling, they are also the very best pens for writing on slick surfaces. This means no more smearing when writing on overlays or even glass.

Aside from the American Crafts Slick Writers, I happened upon another pretty incredible crafting tool to create my cards for this week. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of the card layering templates from Kiwi Lane Designs. In fact, I have to pretty much credit this week’s sketch to the inspiration provided in the packaging of the card layering templates.

The American Crafts Slick Writers were the perfect addition to add a little extra something to my cards this week. I used them for adding some lines around the edges of the front of my cards to give them a little more dimension.

Now it’s time to announce the winner of our July Monday Card Madness random giveaway.

Congrats to Bless Lamontagne. You are our lucky winner!

Bless, if you will please send an email with your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com, we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

Don’t forget to keep posting your Monday Card Madness creations. August cards will need to be posted by Friday September 2nd at 11:59pm MST in order to be eligible for our monthly drawing.

I hope all of you are busy making cards for our 3rd ScrapbookSteals card swap!

If you missed the details here they are:

  • Create 10 cards. They can all be the same or each can be different.
  • All cards must include an envelope.
  • Cards must be received to the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by August 31st. (ScrapbookSteals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California, #400, SLC, UT  84104)
  • Once your cards have been sent in the mail, please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com, to let me know that I need to be on the lookout for your amazing creations. I will then randomly re-distribute the cards and mail back 10 different cards to each participant.

Oh and for those of you that are intrigued about the Kiwi Lane Designs layering templates, you may just want to check into the blog later on today. We just may have some to giveaway. ;)

Sassafras Paper Whimsies

It’s that time of the week where I get to nurture my crafting side. Today’s steal, the Paper Whimsies by Sassafras offered me such a fun array of crafting ideas.

I know most mommies are always struggling with finding ways to keep their kiddos motivated for one thing or another be it potty training, doing jobs or my current challenge with my 4-year-old to flush the toilet. Reward charts are a great way to keep the incentive going to accomplish a task or to form a habit.

In  the past I’ve often gone with a basic sticker chart with 25 spots to fill in. This allows enough time for a habit to be formed and then a prize can be awarded. However, seeing a chart with 25 empty spots can seem a little intimidating to any short person I’m sure. That’s why I decided to make a garden incentive chart with five flowers. When the garden is fully planted by accomplishing a task then the “one” card is put into place across the top. Plant the garden again by accomplishing tasks, then the “two” card is put into place. Once the garden is planted five times then it’s reward time! The Paper Whimsies were perfect for creating this simple chart.

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Craft foam measuring 18 x 12″
  • Spray adhesive
  • Paper Whimsies
  • Magnets (such as Basic Grey magnet snaps)
  • Scrap paper
  • Ribbons and buttons to embellish

Step 1:

Cut out grass to go across bottom of foam. Use spray adhesive to attach paper to the bottom of the foam.

Step 2:

Cut out flower stems. Attach in the grassy area with spray adhesive.

Step 3:

Cut out a library card style pocket 4×6″ to hold the flowers and numbers when not in use. Adhere to the left side of the foam at the bottom using spray adhesive.

Step 4:

Cut out pieces of paper measuring 2 1/4 x 3 1/4″.  Round the edges and adhere to the top of the foam.

Step 5:

Attach either the positive or negative magnet to the top of the flower stems and attach the opposite to the backside of the Paper Whimsie flowers. Do the same process in the center of the paper rectangles at the top of the chart and the backsides of the Paper Whimsie number cards.

Step 6:

Cut out a sunshine and adhere to the upper right hand corner of chart.

Step 7:

Embellish project as desired.

You can then attach magnets to the backside of the chart and place on the front of your refrigerator or simply place in an area which will maintain interest for your child.

I then decided to create a girls’ room wall hanging using some of the Paper Whimsies rectangle cards and a flower. All I needed for this project was the Paper Whimsies, spray adhesive, a canvas and some buttons. I simply arranged the Whimsies how I liked and glued them down. This project took me no more than 10 min. and would make a fantastic baby shower gift.

I’ve gotta hand it to Sassafras! Well done on another product!

We’ll see you Monday for some Monday Card Madness.

Bo Bunny Sun Kissed | Mid Week Mojo

Topaz Club – Layout 2

What a spectacular start to our Topaz Club series and what a treat it was to see all of your beautiful creations from you seasoned Mid Week Mojo-ers as well as some new friends. I think that you’ll agree with me that today’s steal, the Bo Bunny Sun Kissed collection is the perfect drive to get you wanting to scrap our second sketch in the Topaz Club series as well as those summer photos that you’ve been snapping over the past few months.

I was having that itch to scrap a layout for one of you again so I asked Jessica Laureano if she would let me scrap some fun water pics of her handsome little fellah. I have to say that I couldn’t have handpicked a better collection to showcase the fun of this happy summer day. I love the brightness and combination of colors, the movement and embellishments are top notch.

I had so much fun working on summer photos that I couldn’t resist doing one more just for fun, for my sweet friend Misty.

I hope these girls like their layouts. Thank you to both of you for allowing me to scrap some of your family memories.

And now it’s time for our lucky random winner of the first layout in our Topaz series. Erin Schultz, you are our lucky winner!

Erin, if you’ll send your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com, we will be happy to send a little scrappy goodness your way.

For those of you that have questions on what Mid Week Mojo is and wish to join in on our fun, you can check out all of the rules and details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Remember to have this weeks sketch posted by Monday, August 8th at 11:59pm at midnight in order to be eligible for next weeks random giveaway.

Hope you all have a delightfully happy Mojo Day!

How To’sday | Hidden Journaling by Cyndee Kawa

Today’s tutorial by Cyndee Kawa is the perfect solution for those scrapbook pages when there is just so much story to be told, but not enough room on the page to tell it. I love how Cyndee shows a fabulous technique so that we can keep those wonderful memories documented for future generations.

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Need a little extra room for your journaling or space for an extra photo, without sacrificing title space? Try hiding your journaling or photo under a flap! It’s like putting your photo inside of a card, right on your layout.

Step 1: Start with a piece of double sided cardstock that you’ve cut to be twice as tall as your photo and with some extra space along the sides.

Suggested measurements for a 4×6 photo:

Horizontal photo – 6 ¼ x 8 ½ inches

Vertical photo – 4 ¼ x 12 inches

Step 2: Fold it in half, putting a good crease in it.

Step 3: Check that your photo fits as you’d like it to:

Step 4: Now it’s time for the fun part — glue your photo down, add any journaling that you would like and then glue your hidden photo/journaling spot right onto your layout! Once you have your hidden spot glued down, you can start to embellish it.

Step 5: Once your layout is complete, you’ll want to alter your page protector, so you can still see your hidden photo/journaling. Slide your layout into the page protector, with the hidden flap OPEN and up – so you can see the photo and journaling.

Using a bone folder, popsicle stick or even your finger nail, gently score the page protector along the fold.

Take your layout out and cut along the score mark, creating a slit in the page protector. Now you can slide your layout in, while keeping the flap outside/on top, allowing you to view your photo and journaling.

You can use this idea on either a horizontal or vertical photo, as long as your fold is horizontal or along the top. This will make it easier to slide it into your page protector.

Some additional ideas to lift your hidden photo with:

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Cyndee, thank you so much for taking the time to share your awesome idea with us!

If any of you have any ideas at all that you’d like to share with us please send them along with steps and photos to kristy@stealnetwork.com and you will soon be the star of How To’sday.

Have a great day!

Hampton Arts Design Adhesives | Monday Card Madness #43

If you missed them last time, you’re not going to want to miss today’s steal, the Hampton Arts Design Adhesives. Not only are these designs absolutely amazing for sprucing up everyday household items (like Staci Jones did recently the blog post found here) but they are equally as amazing for using on your everyday paper crafting projects.

For this week’s Monday Card Madness sketch I kept the design very basic so that the focus could be on the brilliance of the Design Adhesives.

On the first card I made I decided to use some flocking on the border. I love not only how it looks but the added tactile touch to the card is a lot of fun. I then finished up the card by adding some glitter to a circular design to create my flower.

I love the elegance of the corner designs.

And the multiple options to create a birthday- or celebration-themed card are so wide that the hardest part of making this card was settling on which designs to use.

Don’t forget to keep posting your Monday Card Madness creations. We will announce the winner for our July cards next Monday. August cards will need to be posted by Friday September 2nd at 11:59pm MST in order to be eligible for our monthly drawing.

I hope all of you are busy making cards for our 3rd ScrapbookSteals card swap!

If you missed the details here they are:

  • Create 10 cards. They can all be the same or each can be different.
  • All cards must include an envelope.
  • Cards must be received to the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by August 31st. (ScrapbookSteals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California, #400, SLC, UT  84104)
  • Once your cards have been sent in the mail, please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com, to let me know that I need to be on the lookout for your amazing creations. I will then randomly re-distribute the cards and mail back 10 different cards to each participant.

Have a great day and we will see you tomorrow for another fantastic How To’sday. This time brought to us by Cyndee Kawa. Believe me! You will not want to miss it.