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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, So Sophie Style

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, So Sophie Style

Mother’s Day is just around the corner so today and next Friday we’re highlighting some fun do it yourself gift ideas for that special mother in your life.

Today’s steal, the My Minds Eye So Sophie, Clever and Charming collections, were perfect to create two of my gift ideas with a heartfelt touch.

My mother-in-law is truly into all things that smell good. This year I decided to put a twist on the ordinary and alter the bottles of smell good stuff and add a wrap around a candle.

These turned out so cute and are so easy to add a personal touch to. I used photo tape to adhere the papers to the bottles since regular adhesive wasn’t quite strong enough.

Now my mother is quite the opposite. She does not like scented things, unless they are the flowers in her yard. For her I thought it would be fun to pretty up a little gardening set. While this gift is a little more frilly and not quite as functional as she is, I’m sure that she will appreciate the thought of having something cute for Mother’s Day.

I hit the dollar section at one of my favorite stores and found the perfect items to alter along with a big bag of wild flower mix.

I think she will love it!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Scrap happy and be sure to check in next Friday for a great Mother’s Day and Father’s Day idea.

Welcome Guest Mojo Maker, Staci Jones! | Mid Week Mojo #37

Welcome Guest Mojo Maker, Staci Jones! | Mid Week Mojo #37

I love guest sketcher week for Mid Week Mojo because I it’s fun seeing different ideas. I literally had to de-trance myself when I saw the amazing projects from Staci Jones, our amazing guest sketcher for the month of April. Staci is incredibly gifted and has a thing for Fancy Pants, so we figured that today’s steal, the Fancy Pants Happy Together collection was the perfect fit for her! I think you’ll agree that perfect is an understatement.

Staci , take it away!

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When Kristy emailed me in February to let me know I’d be the guest sketcher for April I was ecstatic. I told my husband that being a guest sketcher was like him getting a promotion at work. He just laughed at me. As the weeks went on, I started to get nervous. Kristy has had so many fantastic sketches lately that it’s hard to not be intimidated by it all. I had a couple of sketches floating around my head, but when Kristy told me I would be working with Fancy Pants Happy Together I knew exactly which sketch I was going to use.


Happy Together is a fantastically versatile kit. The colors and patterns are fantastic for adult, boy, and girl pages. I loved the stripes so I chose to use it for a layout for my little boy.

Additional projects by Staci using the Happy Together collection


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Thank you so much Staci for sharing your amazing sketch and additional ideas with us! You truly inspire.

I think we were also all inspired by last weeks interpretations of the “graffiti wall.” It was great to see how many different ideas were created and posted to our Facebook wall. We’d like to congratulate Ashley Hickam, our lucky random winner for last weeks sketch.

Ashley, please send your address to service@scrapbooksteals and we will get a 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, April 11th at 11:59 pm MST in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing.

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 | Monogram Button Frame by Jana Paddington

How To’sday | Monogram Button Frame by Jana Paddington

Here’s a fun how to post from the talented Jana Paddington. This would be a stunning addition to baby nursery, your kids room decor, or even a unique way to display your monogram in your home.

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I am so in love with this idea and as soon as I saw it, I just had to share with Kristy to see if she thought it might be appropriate for a How To’sDay! Although I wish I were the one who had dreamed up this adorable framed monogram idea, I must confess that I actually saw on the blog of an incredibly-talented shoe designer’s blog that I follow (just for little girls…be still my heart). In case any of you missed it, here’s my take on this adorable idea!

My daughter’s bedroom walls are completely bare. I know, it’s embarrassing, but she didn’t even have a room ready for her until she was six months old, so I figure it’s great that she at least has her very own walls to be bare in the first place! When I saw this fun project, I nearly fell out of my chair. Perfect! Something crafty that I can customize for her bedroom that’s oh-so-cute, not to mention, I have enough buttons and brads to last a lifetime. What a great way to use up my stash (ahem, Melodee, now I could use some more)!

Materials needed:

  • Computer
  • Printer (& plain ol’ paper)
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Glue dots or your choice of adhesive
  • Buttons
  • Brads
  • Stick-on gems and pearls (I used tweezers to apply these)
  • Frame or shadow box

I started off by jumping into Word and printing out the capital letter J in a font style and size that was going to work with my frame. I had purchased this 8×10 frame about two years ago, so it’s about time I found a use for it. A shadow box would work great too, as I had to actually frame the finished product without the glass.

The font I chose was Cooper Black, and if you can believe it, size 800. I printed out the J and then cut it out so that I could trace it onto my white cardstock. Be careful if you use black ink to print out your letter as it may smudge. Next time I’ll pick a lighter colour. :)

In retrospect, I wish I had dotted the line as the solid pencil line that I did took an extra long time to hide with the gems, etc. Once you put the buttons and brads onto the project, it’s tough to get in there with an eraser.

Next fill your traced letter in with your choice of buttons, brads, gems and/or pearls. I started with the biggest buttons and then filled in all the blank spaces around them with smaller buttons until there wasn’t any more room to stick a button. Then I went to town with my brads. Basically, wherever there was a spot to stick a brad in, I stuck it. Lastly, I went around the edges and did my best to cover up my pencil line with self-adhering gems and pearls that I applied with tweezers (it really made it easier to place them properly).

Once I was satisfied that I had filled in all the spaces that needed to be filled, I removed the glass and framed my finished product. I just love how it turned out!

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Jana, thank you so much for sharing this amazing idea with us! I think this is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen and I can’t wait to create one for each of my girls.

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. Don’t be shy! We want to be inspired by you.

Be sure to check in tomorrow morning for Mid Week Mojo hosted by the amazing Staci Jones.  I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve for all of us.

Have a great day and scrap happy!

Designer Card Kits | Monday Card Madness #27

Designer Card Kits | Monday Card Madness #27

We all have those times, where we’d love to be creative and crafty and that darn mojo has gone on vacation! Well today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers, Designer Card Kit Collections are the perfect answer for when you want to play with paper and don’t know what to do.

It’s pretty fantastic that each kit comes with step by step instructions for all eight cards.

I have swooned over the Fun Fetti papers ever since I first saw them, so of course I had to make some of the birthday cards.

The fact that I have a stash of birthday cards on hand that I didn’t have to lose a creative brain cell over makes me smile.

I love the color combination of the Maple Grove card kit.

I also love how easily you can add a personal touch to a pre-designed card to make it a little more unique. You can see where I added Thickers and stitching to make this card more my own.

I added a little bit of ribbon to this card and a different rub-on sentiment to make a darling birthday card for someone that celebrates their birthday in the fall.

I loved the cards in this collection so much I decided to base this week’s card sketch off of the gratitude card from the kit.

I made the card a little more generic by changing the sentiment.

Then I had fun creating a card for this week’s Monday Card Madness without an ounce of creative stress.

Even though it’s not Halloween, I couldn’t help but get a wee bit excited over the bewitching patterns of the Heebie Jeebies card collection. I’ve never sent out Halloween cards before, but I think with this collection that will change, beginning this year!

Can you believe it’s been another month filled with card making? I’ve filled my month sending out joy. In fact, my girls and I have even been the recipients of a little joy, which truly brightened our day. Thanks to you lovely ladies that have touched our hearts.

Now for our lucky monthly winner. A huge applause for Van Nguyen, our random winner for the March card sketches.

Van, send your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com then we will be happy to send out a little something to you to keep that card crafting going.

If you’d like your chance to win our drawing for April, post a photo to our Facebook fan page or personal blog, then leave a link with your creation as a comment on our blog to be entered into our monthly drawing for a little scrappy goodness. You have until Friday, May 6 at 11:59pm to post your April cards to be eligible for our drawing.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for another great How To’sday, this time brought to you by Jana Paddington.  It’s seriously cute as a button!

Contest ends Friday, May 6 at 11:59 pm. 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 | Baby Boy Nursery Decor

Fantastic Friday | Baby Boy Nursery Decor

If you’re looking for a fantastic collection to create some darling baby boy nursery decor, then today’s steal the Piggy Tales, Steadfast Tin Soldier collection is the one for you!

After creating girly-girl last week I was excited to shift gears and create something totally boy. I hit my new large chain craft store looking for items to alter. Knowing that I wanted to create bedroom decor, I hit the jackpot and for $5.26, I found a paper mache letter, a wooden train and a door hanger.

I started with the door hanger and covered it with a solid paper since I wanted to keep it a little less busy. To cover the hanger, I simply traced the hanger onto the paper and adhered it to the front using photo tape. Another great alternative for adhering paper to wood is ModPodge, and it also seals the paper making it a little more durable.

After covering the front of the plaque, I added a small wave of patterned paper, some ribbon and one of the super cute window embellishments that come with the Piggy Tales collection. I added a photo of the the baby in the window. Some inking, a few buttons and little bling later, my door hanger was complete.

Next, I altered a paper mache letter for sitting on top of a dresser or shelf.

First I spray painted the sides and back of the letter then turned the letter upside down onto paper to trace. After cutting out the paper for the top of the letter, I ran it through my Xyron machine and adhered it to the front of the letter. I inked the edges of the paper and then cut out some circles on my Silhouette. I inked them and adhered them to the front of my letter using 3D foam squares to give a little dimension, then I added some of the ribbon from the Piggy Tales collection.

I finished things up with a little Wooden train which will look fantastic sitting on the shelf next to the altered letter.

I really wanted to cover the train in patterned papers so I carefully broke off the moving wheels and then painted the sides and back of the train with spray paint.

I traced the train onto patterned paper and solid paper and cut it out using some precision scissors. I ran the train cutouts through my Xyron and adhered it to the front of the wooden train putting the patterned papers on the bottom and the solid on the top. I added a thin border of blue across the middle and added some buttons and ribbon for decoration.

I used my Silhouette to cut out some rims for the train wheels. I then secured the wheels to the train using 3D foam dots to add a little dimension.

I think it turned out quite cute!

This idea of nursery decor would be so fantastic to give a new mommy as a baby shower gift. Definitely something unique and from the heart!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Be sure to check in next week for all sorts of fabulous ideas.