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.

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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.

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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.

<3

Canadian Stealers Won’t Miss Out!

Hey Canada! We don’t want any of you to miss out on your Steals fix just because of the lockout — so, we have a solution! We’re holding a portion of inventory from each steal for a super steal for Canadians when the lockdown is over. Not only will you have a chance to purchase the upcoming steals, but you can also save with combined shipping for anything you buy. Stay tuned — as soon as shipping resumes, we will let you know where to go.

Believe me when I say how much we value your business. We certainly don’t want you to miss out on the excitement because of something out of all of our control. We send joy to our amazing fans up north and hope you are back to stealing like normal soon!
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Cross posted on KidSteals and BabySteals.

How Can You Dress Up Grungeboard?

How Can You Dress Up Grungeboard?

Today’s steal, the Tim Holtz Grungeboard sets, have got to be one of the most unique, fun and innovative scrapbooking products available.

You may be asking yourself, “what do I do with Grungeboard?” Well, if you can dream it, you can do it! One of the beauties of Grungeboard is the sturdiness of it. Being as it is “a compressed, flexible sheet of dingy material that can be painted, inked, sanded, hammered or grunged,” your creative options are pretty wide open.

One of the easiest ways to dress up the Grungeboard to match your project is with ink. Simply take the ink pad and brush it along the top of the Grungeboard piece until the desired color is achieved. While you could use any type of ink pad, the pigment ink is a little richer and tends to color easier. Just be sure to allow drying time.

One of my favorite techniques to do to anything is to add glitter. I love the little spritz of shimmer and shine it adds to a project and glitzing up Grungeboard with a little sparkle is no different. To adhere the glitter to Grungeboard you can either use a glue pad or use spray adhesive to coat the topside of the Grungeboard and then sprinkle with glitter.

Another fun technique is to cover the Grungeboard with flocking. You can do this in the same fashion as glitter, but sprinkle with flocking instead.

I decided to see how Glimmer Mists would work with the Grungeboard. They are moisture resistant so I wasn’t quite sure how it would work out. I had to use my heating tool to help speed along the drying process, but quite liked the look of the “grungy” final product.

You could also stitch Grungeboard or add eyelets or it even looks great left raw.

Here is a layout that I created awhile back and thought the Grungeboard skull was the perfect finishing touch for my page.

Have a fantastic weekend! See you on Monday for Monday Card Madness.

It’s a Garden Party | Mid Week Mojo #47

It’s a Garden Party | Mid Week Mojo #47

Imaginisce has totally outdone themselves once again with the dreamy summer colors and fantastic embellishments in today’s steal, the Imaginisce Garden Party Collection.

I was so thrilled when I asked for photos from one of  fans to scrapbook for this weeks Mid Week Mojo and realized just how perfectly the photos coordinated with today’s steal. For today’s sketch, I couldn’t decide which of the darling photos of Miss Akiha so I decided to use them all and make a two-pager.

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I couldn’t have asked for better embellishments to work with to add the finishing touches to the layout, including chipboard stickers, die cuts, brads and some pretty amazing ribbon!

I also love the story that Charissa shared about her daughter and her pool loving adventures, so made sure I left adequate journaling space to tell all of the details.

Thank you so much Charissa for letting me scrap a little piece of Miss Akiha’s life. :)

Now it’s time for our lucky weekly random winner. A huge round of applause goes out to Andria Dekker and her fabulous take on last week’s sketch.

Andria, if you would please email your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

As for this week, be sure to get your layouts posted to our Facebook fan page, or personal blog by Monday, June 20th, at 11:59 pm, in order to be eligible for next weeks random drawing.

Also, don’t  forget about our next online crop on June 24th.

Have a happy Mojo day!

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