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How To’sday | Button Borders by Melissa Dehne

How To’sday | Button Borders by Melissa Dehne

I don’t know about you but after seeing Jana Paddington’s button project, I have a new found love for buttons and can’t seem to have enough! I love this tutorial by Melissa Dehne, showing a fantastic way to use buttons as borders on a scrapbook layout.

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Hello Everyone! Happy Tuesday, another one of my favorite days at ScrapbookSteals! My How To’sday today is more of a technique — fun way to use some of the buttons in your stash. I had seen this done in one of the too many blogs that I follow and loved it.

Step 1: Chose your paper (I used My Little Shoebox “City by the Bay” <3) and get a general layout organized with one of the pictures a little separated from the rest. At this point, everything should be adhered to the page.

Step 2: Go to your button stash and choose the colors that go with your layout.

Step 3: Line up buttons to see the color combinations together.

Step 4: Finally, arrange the buttons around the picture in the shape you like. After they are arranged, lift each button and place an adhesive dot to the back and stick it to the paper. I put the glue dot a little off center so it wasn’t covering the holes on the back and so that if I chose to, I could go back and thread each of the buttons without having to push my needle through a sticky dot.

I added my title and embellishments and my layout was complete! I hope that this gave you an idea to use some of the buttons that you have in your scrap supplies. I have also included another idea for using buttons (and some brads) and a sketch for those of you who like to use sketches too.

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Thank you Melissa for that fun technique on using buttons. I positively adore buttons and cannot wait to try this out!

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. No idea is too big or too small. We want to be inspired by you.

Stamped Backgrounds | Monday Card Madness #31

Stamped Backgrounds | Monday Card Madness #31

I had fun using stamps for today’s Monday Card Madness. In fact I enjoyed it so much that this week I’ve decided to ditch the sketch and issue a challenge to use stamps as a background for this weeks Monday Card Madness. If you don’t have any stamps or are always on the lookout for new ones, then today’s steal—the KI Memories Icon Stamp Kit would make a lovely addition for your crafty collection.

For this week’s cards, I turned to my stamp stash and had fun custom making the backgrounds of these two cards.

I used a simple flower stamp and stamped randomly on a white piece of cardstock in different colors of ink. It turned out completely happy, don’t you think?

For the next card I took a slightly more elegant approach. I decided to use a darker color scheme, but repeated the same process of randomly stamping the image onto white cardstock, using three different colors of ink.

This week I want to give a shout out to Sarah Mattern. I love her card and the purple and green color combo.

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 for April 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 Melissa Dehne.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Mini Albums—Half Pint Style

Mini Albums—Half Pint Style

Mini albums—that spectacular creation for either a heartfelt gift or a low time commitment project. I love them! I particularly love today’s steal, the Half Pint Albums by We R Memory Keepers, because they are just like working with a full scale album—but smaller. And let’s face it, small =’s cute! I love the freedom of creating my own pages then slipping them in a page protector. It truly results in unlimited creative freedom.

If you’ve never created a mini album the ideas are endless. Here are a few to get your creative ideas flowing.

  • Baby shower or bridal shower gift
  • Wedding gift
  • Wedding reception registry book
  • 12 month overview of your child
  • 1st day of school overview (create a spread for grades K – 12)
  • A “happy thoughts” book
  • Recipe holder
  • Vacation album
  • Teacher gift (have all of the kids in the class draw a picture then drop them in the page protectors)

For today’s blog post I decided to create two different albums.

First off I decided to make a recipe book for “My Sugar Girls.” My two sweet teenage daughters have started their own baking business in an effort to raise all of their fees for marching band. I’m continually finding the recipes spread around the kitchen and slopped with baking ingredients. I thought it would be nice and helpful for them (as well as a sanity saver for me), to have all of their favorite recipes in one convenient album. It will be nice for them for quick reference and will also make a great keepsake down the road when they have families of their own to bake for.

For my second album I couldn’t resist creating an album to document all of the wonderful ScrapbookSteals sisters that I have had the pleasure of meeting since being a part of the ScrapbookSteals family. So many of you have touched my life so greatly and I can’t wait to add more to my album (including photos with those of you that I have met but don’t have photos of). I’m so excited that I will actually have the opportunity for a little girly time this Sunday when I will get to meet up with six more of these wonderful women after my 1/2 marathon! Just wish you could all be there.

I hope you have a great weekend. I know I will! :)

See you Monday!

Happy Birthday BabySteals Surprise Steal!

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Craft the invitations, di-cut the cupcake toppers, and cover the favor bags in glitter because our sister site, BabySteals.com is turning three! Without our big sister who started it all, we wouldn’t be here to bring you all the scrappy steals for your crafting and scrapbooking needs. It’s almost time to blow out the candles, but what would a party be without a little surprise?

Let’s celebrate! Surpriseit’s steal time!


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I’m Sapphire!

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