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Challenge #5 by Melissa Dehne: Bonus Sketch!

Challenge #5 by Melissa Dehne: Bonus Sketch!

Bonus Sketch!

We all love sketches.  Here is a bonus one by Melissa Dehne.

All challenges will need to be completed by Monday, June 27th at 11:59pm MST. All layouts will need to be uploaded to our Facebook fan page or personal blog in order to be eligible. A link will need to be provided on this blog posting for Challenge #5 in order to be eligible for the random drawing.

That’s it for challenges!  Now go get to work.  :)

Get Ready, Get Set, CROP!

Get Ready, Get Set, CROP!

We are SO excited that it’s that time again for another ScrapbookSteals online crop. Tomorrow night we will be joining together as scrappy friends all over the internet to chat, play games and scrap it up! We will be coming together from 6 to 10pm MST via Ustream. Tomorrow we will post a link to our chat so that you don’t miss out! We are so excited that Madison Parker and Jody Hunt from Echo Park will be joining us for our video chat which will happen from 6 – 7pm MST.

As always one of the favorite parts of the crop is the challenges. This time we decided to do something a little different and turned to our fans for the additional challenges for the crop.

Here are your challenges:

Challenge #1: Mid Week Mojo #48

Challenge #2 by Amber Sheaves: Number Recipe. Use 1 die cut, 3 colors of spray mist (or inks), 5 patterned papers, 7 brads and 9 buttons.

Challenge #3 by Nichol Tran: Summer Fun. This challenge is to use this image as an inspiration piece and create a layout however it inspires you.

Challenge # 4 by Brenda Smith: Gender Swap. This challenge is to create a layout for either a boy or a girl using products that are of the opposite gender. In other words, create a boy layout using girl product or create a girl layout using boy themed product.

Challenge #5 by Melissa Dehne: Bonus Sketch! Create a layout using this amazing sketch.

All challenges will need to be completed by Monday, June 27th at 11:59pm MST. All layouts will need to be uploaded to our Facebook fan page or personal blog in order to be eligible. A link will need to be provided on the appropriate blog posting for each challenge.

Challenge 1 can be found here.

Challenge 2 can be found here.

Challenge 3 can be found here.

Challenge 4 can be found here.

Challenge 5 can be found here.

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The Girls’ Paperie | Mid Week Mojo #48 | Crop Challenge #1

The Girls’ Paperie | Mid Week Mojo #48 | Crop Challenge #1

One of our friends, Liz Martinez, approached me for help with a photo from the day that she gave birth to her twin baby girls. I don’t think that today’s steal, The Girls’ Paperie could have been handpicked in a more perfect way to document the memory of such a blessed moment.

I truly love the collection of paper designs, colors, embellishments and ribbons. All of the product works in harmony, yet is subtle enough so as to not overwhelm a creation.

One of my favorite parts of the collection are the little die cut pieces and the fabric flowers.

I also love the mini-stickers with words for just about every occasion imaginable!

Thank you Liz for letting me create a layout for you about this wonderful moment of growing your family.

And now it’s time for our lucky weekly winner. This week our random winner is Kyla Norris. I genuinely laughed out loud when I saw the layout as I think all of us married women have our “loophole,” although I am more of a Sayid girl myself.  ;)

Kyla, if you’d be so kind as to send us your address to, we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

Enjoy this week’s sketch. Remember that you have until Monday, June 27 at 11:59pm in order to have your creation posted to our Facebook fan page or your own personal blog with a link provided here in order to be eligible for our next weekly drawing.

Happy Mojo day! Now get scrappy.  :)

How To’sday | Paper Flowers by Julie Koets

How To’sday | Paper Flowers by Julie Koets

Happy How To’sday to you! I love this day every week when we are treated to a variety of different ideas and techniques brought to us by one of you. Today’s amazing creation is a tutorial on a unique type of flower making from our friend Julie Koets.


I don’t have a lot of embellishments so I was excited to find a way to make my own dimensional flowers out of scrap paper. After all, who doesn’t have tons of scraps? It’s the perfect way to use up some of those little pieces of pretty paper that you can’t bear to throw away. I made this flower for my recent Mid-Week Mojo:

Start by cutting 12 strips of paper. I used strips from the same piece of striped patterned paper, but there’s no reason you couldn’t mix things up a bit and use lots of different patterns. I don’t have exact measurements, but my strips were roughly three inches by 1/4 inch.

Next, take two strips and form an “x” and then place a third strip right down the center. Pinch the three strips together and use a staple to secure them together.

Repeat this process three more times until you have four groups of stapled strips.

Next, layer your stapled groups over one another, in an alternating pattern so the strips aren’t all going the same direction. Use a glue dot or super sticky adhesive between each group of strips.The staples between the layers will give your layers some dimension.

To finish things off, add a button or a sticker or cut out a circle of paper to hide the center staple. You can also ink the edges of the strips before you staple them, and use your fingers to curl the edges up slightly for more dimension.  For another look try cutting your strips of paper using pinking sheers or other decorative edge scissors. The possibilities are really endless.


Thank you Julie for your unique and amazing tip! I love figuring out ways to use up scraps because you’re right—it’s such a shame to see beautiful scraps go to waste.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for our next edition to Mid Week Mojo.

Have an amazing How To’sday!

You Sent Joy

You Sent Joy

I know you’re likely looking for a sketch for this week’s Monday Card Madness, but I wanted to take a break today to share with you something that you’ve given me. Happiness. Tears (in a good way). Inspiration. In short, joy.

One of our amazing ScrapbookSteals friends and fans took it upon herself to organize a secret little project to send me birthday cards and an amazing gift from so many of you dear friends whom I’ve been blessed to “know” and have grown to love as true sisters.

Each week I genuinely look forward to and love being able to provide creative inspiration for you. It’s one of the highlights of every day to see how a simple sketch can be interpreted into so many wonderful ideas. However, I have to tell you that the “joy” package sent to me is by far, the greatest payday that I’ve ever had in the 18 months that I’ve been here to help inspire you. You will never know the impact that it’s had on my life, and I thank you.

It took quite some time for me to open and read all of the cards as there were many tears and I wanted to relish in the thoughts and design of each one, taking them truly to heart. I just wanted to share with you a portion from one card which truly touched my heart (and soaked some tissues) and brought to realization that the vision which we at ScrapbookSteals, have had for our community, is real.

I can’t even begin to express what it means to be a part of such a fantastic community of girls. I feel like I have spent half my life searching for a sense of belonging, and I never would have imagined that I’d find it online with people located all across North America. There are no words that can adequately express my gratitude for the community at ScrapbookSteals and for the effort you put forth to show us how much you care about us. I know of no other business that would give so much of themselves to their customers.”

I want to take a quick moment to invite any and all of you that have been quietly lurking in the shadows to come forward and introduce yourself. There is always a warm seat just waiting for you to come and fill it up! You will be blessed with not only ideas and inspiration from so many talented artists, but I can only imagine that you will find some pretty fantastic, lifelong friends as well.

Thank you again to each and every one of you. You’ve touched lives.

My challenge for this week remains the same — send out joy. If you provide even a fraction of the positive impact that you’ve had on my life, this world can’t help but become a better place.