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Getting Inspired with SEI Boxed Albums

We featured some of Kristy’s fabulous creations with today’s steal, SEI Boxed Albums, a while back, but since these kits are so cool, I thought we’d share some of her ideas again.

One of the coolest things about these is whether you have creativity coming out your ears or you don’t have a creative bone in your body, these kits are easy to use and so versatile in possibilities. The kit comes with detailed, color photo instructions, as well as clearly marked elements as to which pieces go to which layout. You can choose to put it together as they suggest or change it up for your own style.

These make fantastic gifts! How cute would these be for Grandma or Grandpa with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up? Or with these gorgeous floral patterns and springy colors, this is a great kit to document the sunny days ahead. Find a few photos, drop them into the layout and you have an adorable keepsake to cherish for you or a loved one. Check out the adorable album Kristy made with this kit below.

One of the coolest additions of this kit is that it comes with digital scrapbooking software. Don’t let digi scrapbooking scare you. The software is easy to use and navigate and so much fun to play with. Not to mention, you can change around layouts, photos and designs with just a few clicks—totally something right up my alley.

The scrapbooking software comes with the ability to recreate the physical album kit. This means that you can easily re-produce the same album to give to a loved one. You heard that right—you could use the hard copy as a gift and print a digital scrapbook to keep yourself.

The software is also filled with lots of other fun things that you can explore like calendars and page layouts with so many different templates to choose from. Recreate your design or make scrap pages from scratch! Search through hundreds of papers and embellishments to create a design you love.

Just send your digital scrapbook layout to print, cut to size and add to an album.

The best of traditional and digital scrapbooking comes all together with this kit—with all the scrap potential included, this is definitely a steal!

Welcome Guest Sketcher Brittany Perry! (Mid Week Mojo #32)

Welcome Guest Sketcher Brittany Perry! (Mid Week Mojo #32)

It’s already the first Wednesday in March, which means it’s guest sketcher time again!  I positively love guest sketch weeks as it’s so much fun to see different amazing scrap talents enrich our blog.  I’m so excited to be able to present to you one of our local friends, Brittany Perry.

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I was so, so, so excited when I got Kristy’s e-mail asking if I would like to be a guest sketcher! Me? Really? At the same time, I felt a little nervous, considering all of the awesome guest sketchers who preceded me, not to mention Kristy’s amazing sketches. Of course I wanted to do it, I just hoped I could come up with something that people would enjoy recreating!

Initially, I was going to work with Piggy Tales’ Twinkle Twinkle collection, but then Kristy suggested that I might like to work with the Imaginisce Enchanted collection.  Apparently, she knows my scraping preferences well since it is right up my alley!  I love to scrap pictures of my kids and it seems like most often it ends up being my two-year-old daughter!  And with a little girl who loves to dress up like a princess (and I mean daily), these papers were absolutely perfect for so many of my pictures.

After finishing my sketch and initial layout, I wondered if I could use this kit for boys as well.  As I thumbed through my pictures, I came upon some Easter pictures and thought they’d go great with some of the more neutral papers.  They have great springy, pastel colors!  I used the same layout, but made it a one-pager, and I think it worked great with my boys’ pictures as well!

I did a third layout, somewhat related to my sketch, because again, they were perfect for my pictures!

I also love that this kit comes with a matching 6×6 pad!  Those are my favorite for creating cards!  My niece just had a birthday, and I couldn’t resist making her a card with some of the 6×6 papers and the cute stamps that are included (I also got to use my American Crafts stamp markers for the first time on this card).

I hope everyone likes the sketch, and I can’t wait to see all of the layouts!
Thank you, Melodee & Kristy, for inviting me to guest sketch, and for such a fun kit to work with!  The whole experience really was Enchanting!

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Thank you, Brittany!  Your talents are truly inspiring and I think we are in for a fun week of creations from your sketch.

Now for our lucky weekly winner.

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A huge congrats outs out to our winner…

Jaclyn Tant!

I have loved seeing Jaclyn’s layouts about her wedding each week and the peek at her fun and sunny personality which it has given us.  Jaclyn, please send us your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get your prize sent out to you.

Comment on this blog post with a link to your photo of this week’s Mojo page (a link to a photo from our Facebook fan page or personal blog) no later than Monday, March 7 at midnight in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing.

Happy Mojo-ing!

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. One entry per person. Winnings are not for resale.

How To’sday: Spinner Wheelie by Becci Maines

How To’sday: Spinner Wheelie by Becci Maines

Have you ever wanted a unique, interactive embellishment added to your scrapbook page? Becci Maines has the perfect solution with today’s how to. Here are some fantastic step-by-step instructions so that you can create a spinner wheelie.

Here are the supplies that you will need:

  • Circle cutter/die-cut machine/Cricut or good old scissors
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Ruler
  • 1 brad
  • Ink pad (optional)

1. Shapes to cut:

  • 1 top circle (5”)
  • 1 bottom circle (5”)
  • 1 scalloped circle (4.66”)

2. From the top circle, cut out a triangle (mine is 1.48”x1.81” to be exact). Save the triangle piece that you cut out.
3. Cut out half circle from the side of the top circle piece. You can also use a circle punch for this if you do not
have a machine.
4. With the triangle scrap that you have, trace it around in a circle as shown, using a pencil. Do not trace all the
way to the outer edge.

5. Fill in the spaces with cute sayings.

6. Mark the center of the circle. I recommend measuring each piece separately and marking with a pencil. I
have marked with a pen so that you can see the marking.

8. Layer all three punched pieces like an Oreo cookie.

9. Place large brad through the holes. Tip: if you do not want to see the scalloped edges through the window,
you can make the window smaller.

10. This is optional, you can also ink all the edges, including the window and side notch.

11. Finally, glue around the edges all the way around. Be careful not to catch the scalloped circle in the glue. Lay
flat to dry and allow to dry before spinning.

Thank you so much Becci for sharing your amazing idea with us.  I can totally imagine using this on a layout of my little guy as his mood changes within the minute, so it would be fun to have an interactive embellishment to display all of his moods.  I think this would also be great fun for the front of a card.

If you’d like easy printable instructions click here.

Remember to keep your ideas coming!  If you’d like to see your how to featured on an upcoming How To’sday, you can email directions and photos to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Check in tomorrow for our March guest sketcher!  She did a fantastic job and I can’t wait so show you.

Let out a Dino Roar! It’s Monday Card Madness. (Week #22)

Can you believe that it’s Monday again? I have to admit that Monday’s have been a little less painful for me since the beginning of Monday Card Madness. Today is even a little more exciting as today’s steal, the Dino Roar Collection by Imaginisce, is almost too fantastic for words.

Today’s sketch is a simple one.  I really wanted to create a design which would let the patterns of this amazing collection take the stage.

The first two cards that I made are “little boy” through and through.

I have to hand it to Imaginisce as the sign of a great collection is being versatile enough to also be able to create a “girly” card.  I flipped the sketch and made this one to send out to someone to spread a little joy.

Please keep sharing your Monday Card Madness creations on our Facebook fan page or your personal blog. Leave a comment here with a link to your creation and you will be eligible for our monthly drawing of a little scrappy prize.  You have a few more days to create any of this month’s sketches to be eligible for our February drawing.  The cutoff will be Friday, March 4th at midnight MST.

Also remember the challenge to send what you create out to others to brighten someones day!  Lives can be touched as our wonderful friend Sheryl Kloke experienced this past week when she received “24 little pieces of happiness” from some of her ScrapbookSteals sisters.

Be sure to check in tomorrow afternoon for a great how to from Becci Maines.

Have a wonderful Monday!

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. One entry per person.

Want to Trade? Come Check Out Some ATCs

Want to Trade? Come Check Out Some ATCs

What’s an ATC you ask?  It’s an Artist Trading Card and today’s steal, the 7 Gypsies Artist Trading Card Carousel Kit is the perfect steal to get you started with creating and trading in one of the hottest trends  in the scrapbooking world. An ATC is a small index card that is altered and then traded amongst creative friends!  Think of it as the woman’s world of baseball card trading.

Traditionally ATCs are very eclectic, vintage and full of stamping.  My amazing stamping friend Megan Nelson has the perfect example of a traditional ATC on her blog.

I also asked our favorite stamping friend Misty Buck to share a few examples of a traditional ATC.

Heather Conklin was also kind enough to share an art teachers take on an ATC.

Any of you that know me, know I am not a stamper or artist per se, however I had a great time mixing up embellishments to create that eclectic layered look of an ATC.  I decided that I want to fill my carousel with little cards about things that I love, right down to my Diet Dr. Pepper and Cake (the band, not the dessert, although I’ll take that too!)

The thing I positively love about creating an ATC is that it is such a small time commitment, yet fulfills that desire to create, not to mention it’s an excellent use of scraps and leftover embellishments.

Now comes the best part of an ATC—the part that the “T” stands for—trading! Think of it as your own personal showcase of a little bit of lots of different friends artwork.

If you’d like to be part of a Scrapbook Steals ATC swap, send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will send you out details!  Think of how great it would be to have a display of artwork from some of your favorite scrappy sisters.  Also, a quick reminder for those of you participating in our first Scrapbook Steals card swap, cards are due to the warehouse by March 31st.

I hope your weekend is amazing and filled with creativity.

Happy scrappin’!