Doodlebug Butterflies

It’s no secret, I love to alter things. I love to take a piece of chipboard and make it my own! Today’s steal the Doodlebug Butterflies made the springboard for creating so easy. With so many different color combinations to choose from, the possibilities are outstanding!

I have to admit, once again it’s as though the manufacturer created a product just for me. Just a couple of weeks ago, we decided to do an overhaul on my teenage girls bedroom. The papers in one of the collections were perfect to match their new paint, so I decided to make them each a butterfly to bling up their message boards.

I’ll walk you through the step by step process of how I created my butterflies.

Step 1: Select the papers you would like to use to cover your butterflies and trace the shape onto the paper and then cut out. Note: while these butterflies are designed to be individual altered pieces, I thought it would be fun to layer them for added dimension.

Step 2: For added dimension, in the edges of the cut out shapes with a coordinating ink.

Step 3: I thought it would be fun to add a little heat embossing around the white edges of the butterfly. Simply brush the edges of the butterfly across a Versamark or other pigment ink pad, add desired color of powder and heat.

Step 4: I wanted to add a little more glimmer to my butterflies so I added a coating of “Old Lace” glimmer mist.

Step 5: Next I used my piercing tool and added holes around the edges of the smaller butterfly so that I could add some stitching.

Step 6: The fun part…embellish as desired!

Step 7: In order to add a little extra bit of dimension, I used a strip of pop foam to adhere my butterflies together.

Step 8: Firmly press the smaller butterfly into place on top of the larger butterfly.

Step 9: To create the wire base for the butterfly beads, I folded the provided wire in half and then used some wire crafting pliers to create a little twist at the fold of the wire, so that the beads wont fall off.

Step 10: You know me and my love of bling. I wanted to add some sparkle to the beads so I coated them with spray adhesive then rolled them through some Doodlebug Sugar Coated Glitter.

Step 11: Next I used my hot glue gun to adhere the body of the butterfly to the wings. All done!

Now I have to admit, while I was sitting at my work desk stitching the butterflies I thought how fun it would be to create some “lacing cards” for a child to have. Bet you couldn’t guess that I couldn’t resist and had to make some! I pulled out my ModPodge and my stash of eyelets and set to work.

I thought it would be fun to combine a lacing card and matching card into the larger butterfly so I used some of my Sassafras Paper Whimsies and decoupaged one set onto the butterfly and have the other set for a small child to use as a matching game. You could even add a small piece of velcro to the base as well as the backsides of the shapes to make storage easier and eliminate the possibility of losing the shapes. Add a bit of yarn and a large plastic craft needle and your kids have got a great educational game to occupy them for awhile.

I think it’s time for a giveawayso if you’d like to have your chance to win these lacing card butterflies, simply leave your comment here by Monday at 11:59 MST and I will choose a random winner to send these butterflies to.

I hope you have a great weekend and find some time to get crafty!

Teresa Collins Sports Edition | Mid Week Mojo

Topaz Club — Layout 4

Wednesday! I love Wednesdays, and I love the timing of today’s steal the Teresa Collins Sports Edition collection. It just so happens that this week my girls are participating in their 12 hour a day band camp followed by a football game on Friday night where they are performing. I think that the sports collection coming to ScrapbookSteals right now was meant to be for all of the sports enthusiasts out there.

Now most people don’t think that Marching Band is a sport, but yes indeed it is! The kids follow all of the athletic requirements for the school and also compete against other schools. I thought it would be fun to use the collection for a somewhat non-traditional sporty layout and thus the sketch was born!

I popped over to the band camp at the end of their first 12 hour day and snapped off a bunch of shots of the tired bandlings.

The Teresa Collins collection offered a great variety of prints and designs so that I could complete my layout.

Props to Teresa Collins for designing a sports themed collection which worked to perfection with band photos.

Now it’s that time we all look forward to each week—our random drawing for a little scrappy goodness. Congrats goes out to Heather Young and her amazing interpretation of Kristy Mackeen’s Topaz #3 sketch.

Heather, if you’ll send your address in an email to, we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

Be sure to have this weeks layouts created, posted and linked to this blog no later than Monday, August 22nd at 11:59 PM MST.

For any of you that have questions regarding Mid Week Mojo you can check out all of the rules and details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Have a very happy Wednesday!

How To’sday | (Scrap) Book Card by Elizabeth Martinez

We all have them — scraps! I love learning of new ways to use them up. Elizabeth Martinez has a great tutorial today to show how to put some of those scraps to great use.

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First off, I would like to say that becoming part of the ScrapbookSteal’s family is one the best things that has happened to me. I’m very blessed to have made many new friendships because of ScrapbookSteals.  The friendships I have made are very supportive, encouraging and kind and I love them all. I will treasure these friendships always.

Here is a fun project which I recently made during National Scrapbooking Weekend.

(Scrap) Book Card

Designer Paper Cardstock

2 1/4  x  5                 spine                   5 x 8
3 3/4  x  2 1/4        page 1                 4  x  2 1/2
4  x  3 1/4                 page 2                 4 1/4  x  3 1/2
4 3/4  x  3 1/2        page 3                 5  x  3 3/4
5 3/4  x  4 3/4        page 4                 6  x 5
– with cardstock “spine” paper fold the 8″ length in 1/2 and 1/2 and 1/2 making it into an accordion.
– score spine designer paper at 1″ and 1 1/4″
– glue designer paper on outside of accordion spine and glue each cardstock page onto each accordion fold.
– embellish as desired
– great for quick gifts and a great way to use up your scrap paper


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Thank you Elizabeth for your How To’sday tutorial! What a fun way to use scraps and a great idea for a simple gift.
If you have an idea that you would like to see featured as a How To’sday tutorial, be sure to send them our way! You can send your email with directions and photos to
Be sure to check in tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo. :)

Cosmo Cricket Mega Packs | Monday Card Madness #45

If today’s steal, the Cosmo Cricket Mega Packs aren’t the perfect smorgasbord of papers to play with, I don’t know what is! The folks at Cosmo Cricket certainly know how to create a print and design to tickle the taste of every scrapper, and the best part of today’s steals … you get a little sampling of so many different collections without committing to the entire line!

I had a great time creating cards for this week with the Cosmo Cricket papers. My design tended to evolve from one card to the next, but this is the general idea for this weeks sketch. (Feel free to choose from the variety of cards to base your design off of. 😉 )

I started with the boyish collections and created these two cards.

Next I made a few cards with the girl-ish collections.

Now if you have missed out on our challenge this year to send out joy, you should jump in on the fun! Don’t let those beautiful cards you create sit around collecting dust. Throw a stamp on an envelope and send it to someone to brighten their day. I know it’s been so much fun for me being able to surprise some of our ScrapbookSteals fans with a little happy mail.

Also don’t forget to keep posting your Monday Card Madness creations to our Facebook fan page or your own personal blog.  Leave a link here on our blog for the August cards by Friday September 2nd at 11:59pm MST in order to be eligible for our monthly drawing.

One more thing, if you get so busy scrapping up a card storm and don’t know what to do with all of those extras, (after sending out joy of course 😉 ), then you should participate in our current ScrapbookSteals card swap. If you’ve missed the details, here they are:

  • Create 10 cards. They can all be the same or each can be different.
  • All cards must include an envelope.
  • Cards must be received to the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by August 31st. (ScrapbookSteals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California, #400, SLC, UT  84104)
  • Once your cards have been sent in the mail, please send me an email to, to let me know that I need to be on the lookout for your amazing creations. I will then randomly re-distribute the cards and mail back 10 different cards to each participant.

I hope you all have a fantastic day! Be sure to check in tomorrow for our next amazing How To’sday tutorial!

Kiwi Lane Designs = Framing Bliss!

I sort of wish it were me heading back to school next week so that I could head to English class and learn vocabulary that could express my love for today’s steal from Kiwi Lane Designs. I have not had so much fun or been so inspired to keep creating layouts in a very long time. I attribute it wholeheartedly to the whimsical designs and creative freedom which using the framing templates from Kiwi Lane Designs provides.

If you missed out on my cards from Monday, I was able to use the card templates which are being offered today as a steal. I put a slight twist on the sketch which was provided with the packaging and came up with these cards.

Of course I had to create one project with each of the sets being offered today. With the Wildflower Combo, I made this fun summer layout. I’ve always been so in love with flowing cascades cut from paper but never in my life imagined it would be so easy to create them and have them look perfect! No more free handing hoping that things will look right in the end.

I love the big floral templates, and of course what is not to love about brackets! No more having to lug around a big electronic die cutting machine to crops. The Kiwi Lane Designs templates are compact and easy to just toss into your crop bag.

Next I created a layout with the Playtime Combo templates.

I love circles. I love how easy it was to cut out a circle to frame my photo and the 12″ borders in this set are so fun for anything from children to travels. The shapes set included in this set were also the perfect elements to finish of my layout about my little boy and wondering what he dreams about. Could it be superheroes, or playing cars? (Really, I’m sure they’re all about what kind of trouble he can get in to!)

Lastly I created a layout using the 8″ Mini Combo templates. I completely owe the fact that this is my favorite layout that I’ve made in a very long time either to the subject matter (handsome husband!), or to the templates. Maybe a little of both.

To create this layout I simply took the templates, cut out random shapes in varying patterns, trimmed some so they weren’t quite 8″ and then layered them until I found a framing for my photo which was visually pleasing.

I seriously cannot say enough good about Kiwi Lane Designs and their product. Now if I turn up missing, you’ll know where to find me. I’ll be in my craft room framing it up!

Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday…unless I get lost in my templates. 😉