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DIY BBQ or Pool Party with American Crafts Heat Wave

DIY BBQ or Pool Party with American Crafts Heat Wave

I don’t know about you but for me the countdown to summer is ON. There are 17 days left until the bliss of summer vacation is upon us, which means lazy, lazy and more lazy. (I know, who am I joking, right? It’ll be as busy as ever!) Anyhow, today’s steal, the American Crafts Heat Wave collection has got to be one of the most fun summer collections I have ever seen.

I thought it would be fun to create a BBQ or pool party kit for my girls to celebrate the last day of school with their friends. It has become a tradition for us to grill up some hot dogs and have friends over and this year we will be doing it Heat Wave style.  :)
First, every party needs an invite. I love the amazing array of papers to choose from to create the perfect invitation. Today’s kit comes with four sheets of each paper, so you can knock out multiple invites without running out.

Now what kind of party would be without something to cool you off when that heat hits. I hit the dollar store and found a few treasures to blast with some Heat Wave, including this cute little ice bucket and some good old-fashioned root beer.

I simply added some of the fun chipboard pieces and stickers from today’s steal to the outside of the bucket. I also dug in my stash and found some cute blingy letters to add. Anticipating condensation, I made sure to attach the letters with dimensional foam squares and add some glue dots to the stickers.

Next I made a fun wrapper for the bottle of root beer. While this won’t be able to chill in the bucket of ice, it will sure look cute on the table next to the cups which the guests can fill with ice.

Speaking of cups, it seems like a never ending battle to remember whose cup is whose. While an easy answer is simply adding names with a sharpie to the outside of the cup, I decided to take it one step further and create dangly name tags for the guests.

To attach the name tags to the side of the cup, I simply took my Crop A Dile and punched out two holes, about 1/2″ apart, in a vertical line on the side of the cup at the top. Next, I added an eyelet to a piece of the Heat Wave chipboard. I threaded a piece of ribbon through the two holes of the cup, starting from the outside of the cup on the top hole. Next I threaded the chipboard piece through the bottom piece of ribbon and then finished things up by tying a quick knot. I used my label maker to create personalized names, and now our guests will have their own unique cups.

For centerpieces of the tables, I found some metal buckets. I added stickers, chipboard pieces and ribbon to the handle to decorate.  You can use the buckets to hold utensils wrapped in napkins.

Then you can even add an extra Heat Wave touch by creating napkin rings to hold the untensil kits together.

When the sun sets and the party is still raging on, you can add some citronella candles inside the buckets to help keep the mosquitos at bay. Just be sure to flip the handle down so that your ribbon doesn’t catch fire!

I couldn’t resist dressing up some plain ketchup and mustard bottles. I simply wrapped the bottles with paper, added a ribbon around the middle and added some yum.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t resist a cupcake and this party isn’t complete without them! To make the cupcake toppers I cut out some circles using my Silhouette, then added chipboard pieces to the centers of the circles.

And of course, I didn’t want the guests to leave without a little thank you. I filled some clear bags with watermelon candies and created a little tag to finish it off.

Simple. Cute. Fun.

And now…the countdown to summer  is on!

Save the Date: June Online Crop

Save the Date: June Online Crop

Announcing our next online crop – get inspired with the ScrapbookSteals crew and join in the fun online!

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Save the Date: June 24
online crop chat from 7-10pm MDT, live video portion from 8-9pm MDT

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We will issue challenges that morning and will be giving random prizes to those that participate. Also, stay tuned for our special mystery guest! You’ll get to chat and have your questions answered live by one of your favorite manufacturers. Meet up with fellow scrappers all over the U.S. and Canada. Even invite your friends to join the fun!

Utah locals, we invite you to join us at our office to scrap and chat with our guest.

Mark your calenders — we can’t wait!

Sew Easy | Mid Week Mojo #42

Sew Easy | Mid Week Mojo #42

Ahhh — what’s not to love about today’s steal, the Sew Easy by We R Memory Keepers. I know so many of you out there have been waiting ever so patiently for its return, and let me tell you — it was well worth the wait! The new stitching heads are positively amazing.

I had so much fun working the “Lazy Daisy” stitching head into the focus of this weeks Mid Week Mojo sketch.

I have always been an admirer of the fancy stitches in needle work, but it’s just not a talent that I possess. I guess I should figure if I’m still struggling to finish a Christmas piece that I started in 1994, that maybe needle work isn’t my thing.  ;)

Having the Sew Easy made it easy to make some of those fancy stitches on this layout about my recent meet up with some of our North Western ScrapbookStealers!

The straight stitch is one of my favorites. I love getting the perfect size of stitch with a simple roll of the tool. Brilliance, I tell ya—brilliance!

Now it’s time for the much-anticipated random winner of last week’s amazing sketch by Sheryl. Our lucky winner this week is Stephanie Umpbleby.

Stephanie has treated us week after week after week with layouts featuring a trip that she had to Europe. I’ve loved seeing a peek into her travels and am so happy that we will be able to supply her with a little something extra to keep those pages coming. Stephanie, if you’d like to send your address to, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

I hope your day is absolutely scrap-tastic! Now if I could just head back to Washington so I could hang out with these wonderful scrappy sisters some more. That would be fantastic.

How To’sday | Make Your Layouts Pop on a Dime by Charity Becker

How To’sday | Make Your Layouts Pop on a Dime by Charity Becker

Tuesdays have quickly become one of my favorite days of the week. I love seeing all of the different ideas that you have to offer. I’ve been a fan of  the art of Charity Becker since the first time she posted on our Facebook fan page. I was delighted when she sent in a tutorial for today’s How To’sday.


Here are three inexpensive techniques that will make your pages pop!

Add Dimention to Photos


  • ¼ inch cardboard (the type used to package calendars)
  • glue stick or adhesive

The first technique is the easiest. The photo on the layout stands ¼ inch off the page without sagging or the use of millions of pop dots. Simply cut a piece of cardboard ¼-½ inch smaller on all sides than the photo.  Adhere photo to cardboard, adhere cardboard to page.

Protect Your Rub-ons


  • glue stick
  • rub-ons

The second technique uses another common household item — a glue stick. If you like rub-ons you know they stick to page protectors easily. Carefully rub a glue stick across the surface of any rub-on and let dry. A matte finish will result and page protectors will quit stealing the glory of your layers of rub-ons.

Make Handmade Paper Embellishments


  • ink or chalk
  • patterned paper with well-defined images

The third technique is a great way to create an outstanding border or frame and creates dimension for handmade paper embellishments.

I call this technique finger crimping. It requires ink or chalk, and patterned paper. Cut a design from patterned paper (fussy cutting) or stamp images onto card stock and cut out. Ink or chalk the edges (front and back) of the image. This will make the paper pliable and create definition.

Place thumbnail a couple millimeters from the inked edge and press the paper up with your finger tips.

Press down on this edge so that it curves up and toward the center of the image. Repeat around all the edges.

The image below shows half a flower petal pressed up (step 1) and the other half curved toward the center (step 1 and 2).


Charity, thank you SO much for such an amazing tutorial! I’ve been scrapping for 15+ years and learned something new today.

If you have a great idea that you’d like to see featured on our How To’sday then please send it along to Don’t be shy! No idea is too big or too small. We want to learn from you.

We’ll see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo!

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You might be wondering if we’d ever consider asking bloggers to help us spread the word. We have!

Many of you have made good friends through our Facebook pages and wish there were a way to easily meet up with fellow Steals fans. There will be!

We’re looking for your insight on how best to continue sharing the joy with your friends and organizing group get-togethers, Steal Network style.  Consider this your virtual suggestion box on sharing the joy and gathering with your stealing friends. Thanks for taking the time to give us your best ideas.

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