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I’m Sapphire!

I’m Sapphire!

Hooray for being part of our Sapphire Club!

Please enter the names and links (if you have them) to all of your Sapphire Club sketches (#’s 31- 40). If you are unable to leave a comment on a closed blog posting then please email your links to kristy@stealnetwork.com. I will be verifying all entries of the lucky winner!  :)  Also, if you are also a member of the Diamond, Emerald, and Ruby Clubs then be sure to leave separate comments with the names and links (if you have them) of your previous “club” sketches so that you will have additional chances to win our incredible Sapphire Club prize.  (In short, if you are a member of all four clubs, make sure you leave four separate comments).

Martha Stewart Storage | Mid Week Mojo #40

Martha Stewart Storage | Mid Week Mojo #40

Wow! Can you believe it — forty weeks of inspiration with our Mid Week Mojos? It’s time to add another gem to our list of Mojo clubs. With sketch #40 comes the potential to be a part of our Sapphire Club.

I am so excited about today’s sketch. Some time ago one of our fans, Joanna Alcock approached me asking if we could do something to help celebrate her dear sister, Nicole Radawetz’s birthday. Nicole has been such an important part of Joanna’s life, for many reasons amongst turning her to the passion of scrapbooking. These girls are both such a wonderful part of ScrapbookSteals so I was thrilled to help Joanna prepare a sketch to hold photos from their childhood.

I had a great time using today’s steal, the Martha Stewart Filled Storage Box to create this week’s Mojo. Even though the patterned papers in the collection were Halloween-themed, I thought they worked perfectly with these photos of my son sleeping.

I love how today’s steal comes such a delicious array of solid cardstock. It worked perfectly for printing out journaling strips and for cutting out flourishes for my layout.

And now for Nicole’s birthday surprise!

“In order to show my sister how much she means to me, how much I appreciate that she got me into scrapbooking, and how glad I am that she is my best friend, I recruited Kristy to help with a most special birthday surprise for her.  Happy Birthday Nicole!” ~ Jo

We had another great week filled of inspiration. Our lucky random winner for sketch #39 is Nancy Roth!

Thank you Nancy for sharing such an important part of your mommyhood with us. Please send us an email to service@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get your prize sent out!

Now I know you’ve all been anticipating what the next big prize for Sapphire Club will be. No need to wait any longer to find out. Melodee worked her magic and came up with this amazing card kit by Creating Keepsakes.

If you are interested in being the proud owner of this amazing card collection, then here is what you have to do.

  • After you complete MWM #40, enter your comment on this blog post with a link to your layout from our Facebook fan page or your own personal blog. The regular weekly winner will be selected from this posting.
  • If you are a Sapphire Club member (meaning that you have completed sketches #31-40),  please make a comment on the “I’m Sapphire” blog posting listing the titles and/or links of all ten of your layouts. Note: if you are catching up on Mid Week Mojos prior to the past three weeks and are unable to leave a comment with a link on a former blog posting, simply send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com with the links.
  • If you are a Diamond, Emerald Ruby and Sapphire Club member, you have four chances to win.  You will need to make separate comments on the “I’m Sapphire!” blog post listing each of your “Club” creations.  You will need to list the names of your Diamond Club layouts (#’s 1 -1 0) in one comment, the names of your Emerald Club layouts (#’s 11 – 20) in second comment, the names of your Ruby Club layouts (#21 – 30) in a third comment, and finally your Sapphire Club layouts (#’s 31 – 40) in yet another separate comment.  If your layouts are all listed in the same comment it will only be counted as one entry.

Also, for those of you wishing to catch up, here is an easy reference link to the sketches for the  Diamond Club Layouts, the Emerald Club Layouts , the Ruby Club Layouts, and the Sapphire Club Layouts.

Now are you ready for one more exciting thing? Our wonderful graphic designer has worked her magic and has created some blog blinkies for each of the clubs. Now you can dress up your blog and strut your Scrapbook Steals stuff — you deserve it! If you are a member of any of the four existing clubs then you click here to find your Diamond, Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire Club blinkies.  Simply scroll down to find the size and type of blinky that you are after!

Good luck girls!


How To’sday | Washer Pendant Necklace by Brittany Perry

How To’sday | Washer Pendant Necklace by Brittany Perry

We all have them — that staggering supply of paper scraps. Let Brittany Perry show you a fun way to not only dress up some of those overwhelming scraps, but dress up yourself!

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We all love our scrapbooking paper and we are certain to have scraps left over after doing a layout. One thing I like do with some of my favorite scraps is turn them into a necklace.

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • Patterned paper
  • Large metal washer
  • Mod podge
  • sponge/brush
  • Pourable acrylic resin with a high gloss finish (found at most big craft stores)

Step 1: Trace the washer onto the back side of your paper, then cut the circle and it’s center out using small scissors.

Step 2: Apply mod podge to the washer and the back side of your cut out circle and adhere it to the washer. Then apply mod podge to the front of the paper. This helps seal the paper so that the next step doesn’t turn the paper transparent. Let the mod podge dry completely before moving on (15-20 minutes).

Step 3: Prepare the acrylic resin according to the manufacturer’s directions. Mine says to mix equal parts of the resin and hardener. You also want to make sure it is mixed well, otherwise it won’t set up correctly, and it will always remain sticky/tacky. To prepare it, mix it in a plastic cup and use a plastic spoon so that your can just throw them away when you’re done. This stuff doesn’t come off most surfaces easily, and it’s a pain to try to clean. Also, don’t mix it until right when you are going to use it, or else it could begin to harden before you are ready for it!

Step 4: After your acrylic resin is mixed well (it will probably be a little bubbly), use the plastic spoon and drizzle it over the paper/washer. I use the spoon to sort of nudge and guide it to the edges of my surface. If you put too much, it will spill over the edges, but once it dries and hardens, you should be able to remove it by sanding it down. You’ll want to do this step on an old pie tin or a cookie sheet. I cover mine with tin foil, again, so that I can just throw it away when I’m finished & I don’t have to worry about ruining any table tops or anything.

Step 5: Let the washer dry completely. It can take up to 12 hours. If it is still sticky after this amount of time, it probably means that it wasn’t well mixed enough, and in this case, it won’t ever set up! Once it is dried, it gives a hard, glass-looking, shiny finish!

Attach the pendant to a necklace/chain! You can find lots of options at most craft stores.

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Amazing tutorial Brittany! Thank you so much. I for one can’t wait to hit the craft store to pick up some supplies so I can get started on making some pendant necklaces for me and my girls. Be sure to check in next How To’sday for another amazing tutorial, this time from Melissa Dehne.

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us, please send it to kristy@stealnetwork.com. We want to keep your ideas coming.

Be sure to check in tomorrow morning for Mid Week Mojo.

Border Punches | Monday Card Madness #30

Border Punches | Monday Card Madness #30

Wow! Can you believe that we have completed 30 weeks of card making? If you haven’t joined us with our weekly sketches, then today’s steal, the EK Success Basics Sale, is all you need to get you pointed in the right direction for card making.

For this week’s card sketch I wanted to focus on the beauty of the EK Success border punches. The card is a standard A2 size card with about 1″ of the bottom of the top flap cut off, allowing the inside of the card to show through.

I adore the border punches and how they make such a classy finishing touch to a pretty quick card.

I thought this particular border punch was so fun for a homey card. You could even use the punched out chicken, heart, pumpkin and flower shapes as “confetti” to include inside an invitation to a barbeque.

If you haven’t had a chance to use chalks yet, then the chalk set in today’s steal is the perfect answer for trying them out! Chalks lend such a fun addition to any of your paper crafting projects. They are fantastic for adding color to embossed images or simply adding dimension to edges of paper like I did by adding yellow chalk to the flower on this card.

The cards being posted to our Facebook fan page and blogs are spectacular as ever. I particularly enjoyed this card from last week by Amy Williams with how she created a flower out of buttons.

I was able to send out a little joy this week by distributing the cards of the first Scrapbook Steals card swap. Everyone’s creations were positively amazing and we had such an amazing response to the swap that we are going to have another one soon!

After creating your cards, post them to our Facebook fan page or personal blog then leave a link with your creation here on the blog in order to be eligible for our monthly drawing for a little scrappy goodness. You have until May 6th at 11:59 pm MST to have your creations posted in order to be eligible for our monthly drawing.

Be sure to check in tomorrow at 9am for another fantastic How To’sday, this time brought to you by Brittany Perry.

And in case you haven’t heard all the ruckus going on a couple doors over, our sister site, BabySteals.com is turning three on Thursday and we’re partying all week! Don’t miss out on all the fun — head over to the BabySteals blog or Facebook page or follow us on Twitter and join the sweet celebration.

Contest ends Friday, May 6th at 11:59 pm. Winner announced upon notification. 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.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with Artsylicious Mini Albums

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with Artsylicious Mini Albums

Can you believe it’s almost Mother’s Day? If you’re still contemplating what to get the mom in your life then today’s steal, the Chatterbox Artsylicious albums and embellishments may be just what you are looking for!

Now you may remember that my mother is more along the practical side of things, yet I really wanted to do a mother’s day album, so I decided to put a very special twist on it. I decided to create an album for my oldest daughter for Mother’s Day, expressing to her the joys and hardships of motherhood. Even though she is only a mother-in-training at this point, I think it’s important for our children to know the feelings of motherhood and this album is sort of a journey of my feelings from the point of her birth to now. It’s something I can add pages to over the years and will finish up with a page of her as a new mother.

The papers and embellishments of the Artsylicious collections truly made this album.

While I was in mini album mode, I decided to get a jump start on another mini album for my father-in-law’s Father’s Day gift. (Eeek! I hope this doesn’t ruin the surprise, since he actually does peek at the blog!)

I decided to make an album featuring a photo and small sentiment from each of the kids, their spouses and grandkids. It’s a good thing I still have time to get this completed!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend! May the crafty vibes be with you. See you Monday!