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How To’sday: Homemade Glue Spots by Heather Conklin

It’s that time of week again where one of our wonderful friends brings to you an awesome idea for crafty needs.  This week we are treated to an amazing, money-saving idea by Heather Conklin. Heather is one crafty girl that has figured out how to make homemade glue spots.


Supplies needed:

  • Aleene’s Tack-It Over and Over glue
  • Parchment Paper

1. On a piece of parchment paper, add dabs of glue  in any size from very small to very large.   For larger dots simply draw a circle on cardstock, then cover with parchment paper and fill in the entire area with glue. You can tape the parchment to the back of the cardstock to stabilize it.

2. Let the glue dry until it is completely transparent. This may take a day or two before they are ready to use.

3. To store your glue spots simply pre-cut your parchment papers to fit into whatever container you wish to store them in.  They are easy to roll or stack on top of each other too!  Just be sure you do NOT stick your glue spots onto actual plastic, such as the protector sheet of a Cricut or Silhouette cutting mat, as the glue dots are incredibly sticky and will not come off.


Be sure to check in next week to see how Heather used the large glue spots to create some ribbon flowers that are the perfect addition for a number of crafty projects like cards, layouts and even a headband.

We will see you tomorrow at 9am sharp for our next Mid Week Mojo sketch.

Happy How To’sday!

Look at the Glimmer! | Monday Card Madness #24

What girl doesn’t love some glimmer and shimmer? Today’s steal, the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists sets are the perfect tool to add a little sheen and bling to your crafty projects. In fact, I have had so much fun playing with my glimmer sprays that I’ve used them on every single project for the blog over the past week! Coming from a girl that has a pretty good stash of stuff, these Glimmer Mists would definitely be on the top of my list of must haves.

For those of you that have never used a glimmer mist, let me take you on a quick walk through of how they are used.

They can be used in multiple ways such as:

  • enhancing colors of papers
  • adding shimmer
  • masking
  • layering
  • customizing white papers to make a project completely unique

My first experience ever with spray mists of any sort with these projects and I found them to be very user friendly and most of all fun!

Here are a couple of examples of how you can use the mists with a mask to create a unique and customized project.

On this example, I cut out flower shapes and laid them on top of a white piece of cardstock.

I added some of the Cranberry Zing, Graphite and Spring Violet mists, layering them for a unique look.

Next I removed the flowers and sentiment and ended up with a completely original background for a scrapbook page.

I also put the mask pieces to work on cards.

Another fun idea for a mask is to add letter stickers to your project prior to spraying it with Glimmer Mist.

After carefully removing the letter stickers this is what I ended up with.

You could even get creative and layer masks and mists. If you do, just be sure to start with the lightest color first.

For this weeks card sketch I wanted to create cards that would let the glimmer shine.

I took two sheets of craft paper and made them completely different by using the Creme de Chocolate and Spring Violet mists.

Isn’t it great what a little shimmer spray can do?

Here are my finished cards.

For additional examples of Glimmer Mist in action, check out the background of my layout for Mid Week Mojo #33 and the flowers on the Journaling Jumpstarts box.

Don’t forget our challenge to send out joy! Don’t let your wonderful creations sit around collecting dust–send them to someone to brighten their day.

Also remember after creating your cards to post them to our Facebook fan page or personal blog then leave a link with your creation here on our blog in order to be eligible for our monthly drawing for a little scrappy goodness.

Hope you have a fantastic 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.

Fantastic Friday | Fancy Pants Artist Edition Crafting Kit

Fantastic Friday | Fancy Pants Artist Edition Crafting Kit

If there is one word for today’s steal, the Fancy Pants Artist Edition Crafting Kit, it would be inspiring.  If you truly think about the essence of scrapbooking, it’s the importance of telling the story, and today’s steal is the perfect collection to enable your inner writer to shine with page after page of journaling-inspired designs.

The options to create with the Artist Edition papers are pretty outstanding. You could do anything from turning the bound book of papers into an inspiration journal or make a mini album into the perfect journaling block for whatever layout you are working on.

I chose to feature the papers in a way that supports the very core and basics of why we create, telling the story.

I knew I wanted to create some sort of a “journaling jar” to hold ideas to spark inspiration for when your ideas have gone astray (let’s face it, it happens to the best of us). I wandered around the store until I found something that I thought would be fun to alter and found the perfect piece in the sporting goods section, a tackle box.

A couple of hours later this is what I transformed my “manly” organizational piece into, a journaling jumpstarts box.

A journaling jar is typically a mason jar filled with random topics to ignite ideas. The thing I loved about the box though is the dividers. I like the thought of being able to print out ideas on paper and add additional strips where I can jot down ideas when they come to me. It’s a great place to keep those fantastic potential layout ideas organized and in one location.

You have to admit it, these amazing Fancy Pants papers have probably got you itching to get journaling and creating something.  Right?

Give that journaling inspiration a jump start by leaving a thought on this blog post about what your favorite journaling topics are.  Leave your comment by Monday, March 14th at midnight and you will be entered into a random drawing to win this journaling jumpstarts box I created. I will announce the winner of the box along with our lucky April guest sketch desginer on St. Patrick’s day.

Have a fantastic weekend!  Scrap happy!

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.

Let’s Have a Surprise Party!

Wishing a very *happy birthday* to our owner, Jana. What is a birthday with a few surprises? We are throwing a “surprise” party with Surprise Steals on all three sites.

Though it may not seem like it, soon we will be officially saying goodbye to winter and gladly welcoming the warm days of spring. You can start getting inspired with this colorful, springtime kit from Echo Park.

Hurry, get one while they last!

~ Echo Park Springtime Collection Kit Surprise Steal ~
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When you’re done, check out the surprises over at BabySteals and KidSteals too!

What’s Your Destination? | Mid Week Mojo #33

What’s Your Destination? | Mid Week Mojo #33

Today’s steal, the Heartfelt Travel Collection, by TPC Studios totally marks the spot on a travel collection.  While this collection would be great to scrap vacation photos, I was inspired to use the papers for a different purpose—to create a layout about my latest addiction, Words With Friends.

As soon as I saw this collection I knew it would be perfect to create a layout about my game and my friends that play with me.  The sign of a great collection of papers is one that inspires creations beyond those of its intended purpose.  It’s sort of like winning the lottery with scrapbook papers. It was the postcard art and the map paper that initially sparked my idea for my layout.  Once upon a time the world shared written words only via mail service, but now we can share words via cell phone.

My layout this week is really packed with photos, which can be quite a challenge, so I decided to make the “official” sketch a single pager, with the option to expand if desired.

I love the Heartfelt Travel collection for its whimsical and vintage feel, which truly inspired the non-linear design of my layout.

The collection is absolutely packed with goodness.  There were so many embellishments to choose from, but I had to force myself to save my favorite travel-themed elements for a trip that I will be taking to the Northwest in a couple of months.

I did however, splurge with the self-adhesive gems and the velvety ribbon.

The Heartfelt Travel collection would also be fantastic for creating

  • heritage layouts
  • family vacations
  • recipes passed from generation to generation
  • a layout about your special someone
  • cards
  • altered trading cards (get that vintage look without the work)
  • Americana projects

Now our travels turn to our Canadian friend, Joanna Alcock, who is the random winner of Brittany’s amazing sketch #32.

Joanna, please send us your address to and we will get your prize sent out to you.

Good luck with this week’s sketch. Remember to 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 14 at midnight in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing.

Have a great week in your travels and scrap happy!

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.