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My Little Shoebox | Refrigerator Magnet Fun

I love when we have new manufacturers join our ScrapbookSteals lineup. We are so excited to welcome My Little Shoebox to our Steals family, and today’s choices,the Simple Life and Sunday Market collections certainly get our relationship with them off to a bang!

When I was contemplating what “off the page” type project to make with one of today’s steals I thought I’d consult with one of my crafty friends for a unique idea. Heather Conklin suggested that I make a magnet travel kit with the Simple Life collection. I took that idea and decided to make it into a refrigerator play set. Most of us with small children have discovered that our refrigerators turn into the trophy case of little people artwork, so why not turn it into a play zone too!

I wanted to turn an entire sheet of paper into the background to build a farm on, so I went to my local craft store and picked up a sheet of magnet paper which would work with my 12×12 paper.

I used spray adhesive and attached my 12×12 paper to the top of the sheet of magnet paper. I then used my rotary hand trimmer to cut off the extra.

With the remaining portion of magnet paper, I cut out elements from the paper collection which could be used to build a farm. I used my spray adhesive to adhere the sheep, tractors and trees to the magnet paper.

I then used my scissors and trimmed off the excess areas, inked the edges and then ended up with the play pieces.

I set up the farm on my refrigerator and was greeted by a very happy 4-year-old.

This collection even inspired me to stamp! That’s saying something. (Just promise not to laugh at my novice stamping skills). :)

Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday for another week filled with inspiration!

Girls Paperie Vintage Whimsy | Mid Week Mojo

Topaz Club — Layout 9

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I love my job. A lot. I love that I get to work with fantastic paper product like today’s steal, Vintage Whimsy by Girls Paperie. But even more than that, I love the friendships that I’ve made through this wonderful thing called Mid Week Mojo. Not only was I able to meet in person one of our local fans, Staci Jones, but have actually been blessed to become pretty good friends with her. Recently Staci added a precious little bundle to her already amazing family. Meet Eloise.

When Staci asked if I would do a newborn photo shoot for Eli, I was thrilled. How could I resist getting to snuggle on such a beautiful baby and capture these very early moments of her life. Of course I couldn’t resist taking a few of my favorite photos to create this week’s Mid Week Mojo and the Vintage Whimsy collection could not have been more perfectly matched to these photos.

I love the timeless and vintage feel of this entire collection. The hardest part was deciding which embellishments to use as the Whimsy collections are packed!

I am particularly fond of the die cut flowers, the buttons and trim.

Thanks so much Staci for letting me create with this gorgeous photos. You and your hunny certainly did a good job with this one!

Now lets get on to our weekly drawing business! Our lucky random winner for this week is Brenda Smith! Brenda has been such an amazing part of our Mid Week Mojo family and a regular participant right from the very beginning! Congrats on your long awaited random win! Brenda, if you will send an email to we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

Can you believe that we are nearing the end of our Topaz series? If you have any questions as to what Mid Week Mojo is 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. Be sure to have Topaz #9 posted somewhere on line by next Monday, September 26th at 11:59 pm MST with a link here on this blog posting in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing.

Have a great day! Now go get scrappy!

How To’sday | Homemade Fancy Tape

Every Tuesday is such a treat here on the ScrapbookSteals blog. I am positively smitten with today’s How To’sday by Becci Manies on creating your own “fancy tape.”

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I love the look of trendy decorative tapes and I can hardly resist a cute tape – though sometimes at $6+ a set, sometimes I have to pass it up! I came up with an easy and inexpensive way to make cute “fancy” tape at home!

Step 1: These are the materials that you will need for this tutorial:

  • Masking Tape
  • Stamps (acrylic or rubber)
  • Ink for stamping
  • Sheet of parchment paper
  • Scissors (for trimming)

Step 2: First, tear off a sheet of parchment paper, this will be your workspace and storage method for your fancy tape. I have used other types of papers and surfaces, but this is the easiest to trim to a good size for storage and to peel the finished tape off of.

Step 3: Tear off strips of masking tape, my strips shown here are roughly 4″ long. Line them up so that they are close to each other but not touching.

Step 4: Get your stamps and inks ready and start stamping: I recommend starting with the lightest color that you will be using to avoid colors smearing and messing up your ink pads. Stamp all over the tape, either randomly or in a pattern.

Step 5: Between colors of stamping I like to have a damp paper towel handy to quickly  blot my stamps and continue working.

Step 6: You can layer lots of colors, as shown here, or just one color. I like to stamp right off the edge so that all areas are colored.

Step 7: Here is your finished product. It takes mine 24 hours to dry, though you can experiment with a hair dryer if you would like. :) Once it is dry, you can trim these sheets into smaller sizes so that they are all uniform and can stack and be stored neatly together.

Here are some more ideas for making your own fancy tape:

  • Sentiments! I love to add this tape to handmade cards, to gift wrapping, to the back of envelopes when mailing!

  • Coloring your own fancy tape. I use brush markers for this and after it’s dry you can also stamp on top of it! I like to coat the tape evenly, all on one direction. Then I go around the edges to make them a little more dark. For this technique, I like to tear off the tape into the size bit that I will be using for my project.

Here are my own washi tapes in use!

  • Giving as a gift with a Smash book to a friend.

  • In my own Smash book.

  • On a card.

Thank you for learning about my technique for homemade fancy tape. I hope you have a splendid day! :)

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Becci, all I can say is W-O-W! You have truly inspired me to get putting some of my dusty stamps to use and create something with the brand new roll of masking tape which I just happened to buy. Perfect timing!

Thank you SO much for your willingness to share your ideas with us. We have all broadened our crafty range of abilities thanks to you!

If you have an idea which you’d like to share with all of us to help broaden our crafty talents, be sure to send them my way and I will add you to the line up. You can email your directions and photos to

Be sure to check in tomorrow for this week’s Mid Week Mojo.

My Little Shoebox Giveaway!

My Little Shoebox encourages people to take their precious photographs out of their “little shoeboxes” and turn their personal memories into creations that will endure for generations. Their goal is to make scrapbooking simple, quick, uniquely personalized, and most importantly, beautiful. Inspired by beautiful fabrics, laces, ribbons, and buttons owner, Helen Chu, was surrounded by in her parents’ garment factory, her collections are so gorgeous you’ll want to wear them. Be sure to check out their blog and Facebook page, which are both full of inspiration.

We are giving away six collections to six lucky winners!

  • 2 sets of Trick or Treat
  • 2 sets of Destination
  • 1 set of Playtime
  • 1 set of Audrey.

To enter, check out the new collections at the My Little Shoebox website, then come back here to tell us, what is your favorite new release collection?

Contest ends Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 11:59pm MDT. Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. Click here to read our full privacy notice. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person.

American Crafts, The Classics | Monday Card Madness #50

Every now and again I like to shake things up on a Monday and have a guest create the Monday Card Madness. Today you’ll find that one of my “go-to” girls, Misty Buck has not only created an amazing and unique style of card, but she has totally made today’s steal, the American Crafts, The Classics Collection shine.

I admit that I’ve never seen a kick stand design of a card before. I love the sketch and can’t wait to try it out myself.

I love the variety of patterns and rich colors of today’s steal. Misty’s has done such an incredible job putting together the papers and embellishments to create these gorgeous cards.

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Thanks so much Misty for sharing your amazing talents with us yet again!

If you’d like to be eligible for our next monthly drawing, your cards will need to be posted and linked by Friday, September 30th, at 11:59 pm MST.

Now for those of you that have been anxiously awaiting our next card swap, here are the details.

  • 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!

Can’t wait to see what amazingness will shortly be passing through my fingers. :)

Be sure to check in tomorrow for a fantastic How To’sday tutorial by Becci Manies.