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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.

Happy Go Lucky Flower Topiary

I wandered down the aisles of one of my favorite stores and there it was — a lovely flower topiary. At that exact moment the idea for a Fantastic Friday project was in the works. I snapped a quick photo with my phone and then hit the craft store for a foam base and ball to create on.

Today’s steal, the Pebbles — Happy Go Lucky collection was the perfect set of papers and embellishments for re-creating the flower topiary that I fell in love with at the store.

Here are the supplies that I used for my creation.

  • Pebbles Happy Go Lucky Collection
  • Styrofoam ball and cone from craft store
  • Hot glue gun and lots of glue sticks.
  • Ribbon
  • Random buttons and brads

Step 1:

I began by cutting out swirly circles on my Silhouette machine. If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can cut out 4″ diameter circles then cut in a spiral shape until you reach the center of the paper, leaving a circle in the middle of paper about 1″ across.

Step 2:

The paper flowers are created by twisting the paper loosely around a pencil from the outer coil to center of the circle. You can determine the tightness of the flower by how tightly you coil the paper around a pencil. Add a reasonable amount of glue to the core of the paper, press down and your flower is ready for embellishment.

Step 3:

Add buttons, brads or other miscellaneous embellishments to the center of each flower.

Step 4:

Paint the outside of foam ball in a color that coordinates with your papers.

Step 5:

When paint is dry begin gluing finished flowers and embellishments to the outside of the ball in random patterns. You can fill in any holes with brads or buttons.

Step 6:

Next begin covering the base of the cone with rows of ribbon.

Step 7:

Once the base and the ball are covered, insert a dowel into the base of the ball. Gently insert the other end of the dowel into the top of the cone.

Step 8:

Admire your gorgeous creation!

The only thing I have left to do is head back to the craft store to find the perfect purple ribbon to tie around the base of the ball.

I hope you all have a spectacular weekend! Check in on Monday for our next Monday Card Madness and the winner of our July card creations!

Stella and Rose | Mid Week Mojo

Topaz Club – Layout 1

Happy Wednesday! Are you all ready to start in on our next year of Mid Week Mojo? It’s been a spectacular year and we at ScrapbookSteals are so thrilled at the growth that we have seen in each of you over the past 52 weeks. I’m so excited to start our second year and cannot think of a better company and collection to kick off the new year of sketches than Stella and Rose by My Mind’s Eye.

I’m so in love with both of the Hattie and Hazel collections that I had to make a page with both of them.

I started with the Hattie collection since I wanted to scrap a photo of my little guy. Sometimes he makes me so crazy that I have to find a photo and create a page so that I can focus on the happy moments rather than the stick of butter smeared across the kitchen floor type moments. The Hattie collection truly makes this layout shine.

I couldn’t resist working with Hazel so I asked one of our friends and fans, Lisa Zubritsky if I could scrap a photo of her little lady. I cannot believe how perfect the papers work with the photo. It’s as if the Hazel collection was created just for this layout!

I hope that Lisa likes it and after she receives it she can add the journaling to tell the story of why KK was so sad. :)

I know you all are rather anxious to find out who this week’s random winners are. Drum roll please…

The winner of Mid Week Mojo #52 is Dilnaz Heckman.

Dilnaz, I love your digital interpretation of Erin’s sketch. The colors and photos are spectacular! If you’ll send your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com, we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

And now for the lucky winner of your $52.00 ScrapbookSteals spending spree! We had 31 ladies complete all 52 weeks of sketches –that’s absolutely amazing! I’m so glad that I didn’t have to choose our winner because you are all winners to me!

Kendra Klinker, you are our lucky girl!

Kendra, if you’ll email service@scrapbooksteals.com, they will get you set up with your store credit. You just have to promise to share photos of what the creations you make with your winnings! Congrats again. :)

Thank you for such a great year.  I’ve been so inspired by not only the creativity and the memories which have been preserved but by the lifelong friendships that have been formed. I’ve absolutely loved having a peek into your lives and can’t wait to get to see your families grow over the next year.

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.


ScrapbookSteals.com Gold Club
We have one more exciting piece of news. There is now a blinkie for those of you that are members of the Gold club. You can find your blinkie here. Feel free to dress up your blogs and show off your status.

Remember to have the first layout in our Topaz series posted by next Monday at 11:59 in order to be eligible for next weeks drawing.

Have a great day and happy scrappin’!

How To’sday | Dimensional Flower Embellishments by Melissa Dehne

Tuesdays have quickly become one of my favorite days of the week. I absolutely love seeing all of the different tips and techniques that you girls incorporate into your crafting. Today’s tutorial by Melissa Dehne is such a simple and fantastic idea which can add some customized flair to any of your paper crafting projects.

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Happy How To’sday! Sometimes when I don’t have the exact size or color embellishment that I need, I will make some to meet my needs. I discovered how to make these dimensional flowers last fall and thought I’d share it with you today. It is really easy and quick when you need that little extra something on your layout.

Dimensional Flower Embellishements

Supplies:

  • Circle punch (or any other circle maker)
  • Two sided paper or cardstock
  • Small stapler
  • Coordinating button

Step 1
Punch out four circles any size. The larger the circle, the easier it is to work with. My circles are 1 1/4 inch.  I like to use double-sided, heavier paper/light cardstock.

Step 2
Fold each circle in half.  You can choose which way to fold them.  I like to keep mine with the same print on the top.

Step 3
Begin to overlap the folded circles (as shown).

Step 4
The last folded circle should fit in the slit right at the top (as shown).

Step 5
Carefully slide the paper circles into the stapler and staple right in the center. It doesn’t have to be perfectly centered since you will be covering the staple with a button. Just be sure that your staple holds all four circles together. Sometimes I will make an “x” in the center with the staples to secure all of the circles.

Step 6
Stapled circles should look like this.

Step 7
Use a glue dot to adhere a button to the center of the embellishment.

Step 8
Using a pen, scrapbook tool or other pointy object, gently lift the edges to provide dimension to your embellishment.

Step 9
The final product should look something like this.

Step 10
The side of the embellishment should look like this with the layers all separated.

I hope that this gives you an easy alternative when you can’t quite find the perfect embellishment. Here are a few examples of projects that I have used these flowers on.

Maybe I will see some of these on your layout in the future ; )  Thank you for letting me share today!

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Thank you so much Melissa for your tutorial! I can’t wait to give these flowers a try.

If you have an idea which you would like to see featured on a How To’sday blog posting please send it along to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for our first layout in the “Topaz” club series as well as to find out who the winner of our $52 ScrapbookSteals spending spree will be!

Have a great To’sday!