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Let’s hear it from YOU!

Let’s hear it from YOU!

So I was just sitting down to start creating Mid Week Mojo for tomorrow and realized how full of ideas I am and want to share with you all.  I’m not sure if it’s because it’s the beginning of the new year or if  it’s because we are so utterly thrilled with the amazing growth that our wonderful community has experienced, which in turn makes me want to find further ways to inspire you all, or quite what it is….the problem is, I have so many ideas I’m just not sure what direction to channel them.  So here is where I’d love to hear from YOU!

What would you like to see on our blog for 2011?  Of course we will continue with our Monday Card Madness, Mid Week Mojo and most Friday’s a fantastic project of some sort (speaking of, you will NOT want to miss a guest on this upcoming Friday!)  I have some other ideas which I will keep secret for now, as I’d love to hear first from you what you’d like to see!  Is what we have enough?  Are you always looking for more ideas?  Too overwhelmed as it is?  Dying for more tips?  Let me know!!!  :)

Also, we’ve had such a great response to the card swap that I will be getting in touch with all of you with the details.  If you missed out on the card swap idea, please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com so that I can send you the scoop!

Oh another thing!  I loooooooooove being able to plan the Mid Week Mojo’s around a page design that is stumping you!  If ever you need help with a particular layout feel free to email me your request for how many photos and what orientation they are as well.

Have a photo that you’re dying to have scrapped for Mid Week Mojo?  Send those along too.  Most of the time I have plans in place for product and sketches, but there is that rare occasion where I need to pull from an ‘emergency’ photo stash if I don’t have what I need.  Plus sometimes it’s just nice to do something for someone else anyway.

So there you have it.  I’m all ears!  Tell me what you’d love to see and I’ll see what I can do to bring you the best this year!

Here’s a new challenge for you. Let’s send joy…. MCM #15

Here’s a new challenge for you.  Let’s send joy….  MCM #15

So there it was…taped to my bedroom wall waiting for me and my husband, right before we went to bed this past Saturday night.  A card from our oldest daughter.

I couldn’t help but giggle, smile, shed a tear and be a little in awe of her creating abilities when I read the card.

She would be mortified if she knew I was sharing what she wrote with my husband and myself, but it truly ignited a fire for me.  (Not to mention that I’m truly thankful for what an amazing 16 year old I have!)

She made me realize how important it is that we actually share with others, a thought of encouragement, a kind word, or in short….spread  joy.

I decided then and there on Saturday night, that my new challenge this year for Monday Card Madness is that we not only make the cards, but send them out.  Send them to a family member, your husband or boyfriend, your child, a great friend that you haven’t talked to in awhile, someone that has touched your life, an on line friend.  Really the options are limitless!   Just think of how such a simple action could brighten someones day!  (Plus, it’s always nice to get some ‘happy’ mail, rather than bills, right?)

So what that means for now is that we will still hold a monthly drawing for MCM participants, but rather than winning the cards that I create (since I do plan on sending them out!), we will send out some scrappy supplies that can be used on cards.  :)  That’s probably a better deal anyway.  :)  Just remember to have your card linked to the blog by the 6th of February to be eligible for the monthly drawing.

I was so inspired by the design of the card that my daughter gave us that I based this weeks sketch off of it.

Today’s steal, the Doodlebug Valentines Ribbon and Embellishments, were absolutely so much fun to work with.  Not only was I able to create a traditional ‘Valentines’ card (which I will be giving to my hunny), but I was able to make a couple of ‘thinking of you’ cards which I will be sending out this week!  And the ribbon?  Well…can one ever have enough?  Yeah.  I didn’t think so.

I would also love to put out a feeler to see what everyone thinks about participating in a card swap.  Basically what it means is that each person would complete 10 cards and mail to us at ScrapbookSteals.  We would then redistribute them to the participants and they would each receive 10 cards back from other creators.  So you’ll get back 10 cards from 10 different people for you to have on hand to send out so you can keep spreading joy in 2011!  Send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com if you’re interested, and if there is enough interest I will organize a swap!

Have a lovely day!

Adesso – Now

Adesso – Now

Italian.  What a magical language.  One that my husband is fluent in, yet can I get him to speak it for me?  Nope!  So what does Adesso mean?  It means – Now.  I’m sooooooooooo excited to share with you what I created to remember the NOW with the amazing Adesso albums which are today’s steal.

The original idea of these albums are to present at weddings or receptions for guests to sign.  Back in *my* day the guests would sign a pretty lame book with nothing more than a line to sign a name.  Then times progressed to the fun photo frames where guests could sign the matt board.  While I do like that idea I figure the odds of a wedding photo being hung in a home *forever* is pretty slim.  That’s why I *love* the idea of the Adesso albums.  There is room for LOTS of photos and the guests have plenty of room to leave a thought.  Plus the book is beautifully bound and simple to keep on a coffee table or book shelf to look at, at any point!

When Melodee first showed me the albums my mind was swirling with ideas.  Aside from the obvious, weddings, showers, etc., here are a few that I thought of.

* A one year overview.  Begin in January, use 1 page spread to remember each month of the year.  There are also several extra pages where you could highlight birthdays or special events.   Begin in January and by December you have an amazing Christmas gift already done for the grandparents!  :)

* School Overview (One or Two page spreads for each year of education)

* Recipe book.  Take a photo of your favorite dishes, add a recipe card!  Simple.  Perfect gift as well for a new bride!

* Are you the room mom of your childs class?  Make a teacher gift including a photo of each child in the class and let the kids draw a picture or write a letter to add to the blank space on the page.

* Create a pre-made ‘first year’ album to give a new mommy at a baby shower.  One side of the page can be have a pre-printed spot for stats, and the other side of the page can have a journaling block for the mom to quickly record highlights of the month.

While these are all fun ideas, what I really wanted to do was to create a gift….from you, our wonderful Scrapbook Steals fans and more importantly friends, for three amazing people who are the heart and soul of ScrapbookSteals.  Without these 3 key people, you would not have all of the goodness brought to you each day that you do.

So without further delay, ….Melodee, Aleta, Scott…..if you ever questioned before how much you are loved by our friends, question no longer.

And it sort of goes without saying that I love you all too!  (That goes for the 3 amigos as well as all of you wonderful women!)

A huge thank you to each of you that replied to my plea for help on Facebook.  You will definitely touch lives today.

In no particular order……

PS – I know my husband always gets after me for apologizing, but PLEASE forgive me if I messed anything up, missed anyone that wanted to participate *and* for the crummy photos!  2AM isn’t really conducive to photography.   Maybe I should tell him that he can get after me in Italian and then maybe I will start listening.   Hee hee!

PPS – Pepper, I just realized I added the incorrect journaling block on your page!  It’s missing the first line.  I’ll fix it.  :)

PPPS – If there is anyone that didn’t have a chance to participate I’d LOVE to add you to another book.  I can’t believe this one is all full up!  :)  Just let me know if you want to play.  :)

<3

Stealing…There’s An App For That!

Any scrapbooker that has been around Steal Network for long knows just how addicting it is. If you’re a scrapper on-the-go, that means you need to be able to steal wherever you are whether you’re at a doctor’s appointment, your kid’s soccer game or even the birth of your child (yes, we have heard about this). Well we have a solution for you–the Today’s Steal iPhone and iPad app! Watch this quick video to show just how simple stealing really is!

You can download and view the app here or it’s always available in the app store when you search “ScrapbookSteals.”

* Please note, there is a known bug with Google Checkout that can change the shipping method for mobile device users. If you order from a mobile device and select a shipping option other than the first option listed, Google Checkout will change to the top option, regardless of what you choose. Please check your order confirmation email and confirm the shipping method is correct. If it’s not, email us at orders@scrapbooksteals.comimmediately so we can correct your shipping method.

New Year, New Sketch, New Guest Designer! Welcome Jana Paddington! (MWM #24)

New Year, New Sketch, New Guest Designer!  Welcome Jana Paddington! (MWM #24)

Oh my goodness, I am sooooooooo over the moon excited about today’s guest sketch designer, Jana Paddington.

It seems like an eternity ago that I approached her to see if she would like to be our first guest designer of 2011.  I always have a wee bit of anxiety asking, in fear that someone will say no, but thankfully Jana said yes!  You’ll be thankful too when you see the amazing projects that she has created using today’s steal, the American Crafts, Letterbox collection.

Of course I wasn’t going to let Jana off the hook without sharing some insight on her experience with us:  :)

Somebody pinch me!  Am I dreaming?

When Kristy asked me to be a guest designer…I was BEYOND excited!  I’m not worthy!  Let’s face it, I’m pretty new to these scraptastic adventures (relatively speaking)!  I’m coming up on my two-year anniversary of scrapping…I just needed a “subject” to get me started (enter my 21 month old little girly)!  While I’ve loved every minute, thank goodness for Scrapbook Steals (Kristy, Melodee and all the amazing fans) to help guide me along the way!

After I asked Kristy if she was sure…(I mean, really, you’re serious?), I didn’t think scrappy life could get any better!  AND THEN Kristy let me in on which kit they might be sending me…I nearly passed out!

While I flipped through the awesome-ness of this kit, I was pretty sure that I was going to do a couple of layouts for Joely…I mean, it’s got a pretty girly vibe.  After a second look, nuh-uh, no way…I was totally going to use my sketch to do a layout for each of my little monkeys!  There is some serious boy potential in this kit!

For Joely’s layout, I wish, wish, wish I had put her in a pink shirt this day, but instead she’s wearing her ridiculously cute Andee Lew bright RED shirt from kidsteals.com (super cute shirt, not a great match for my layout)!  I could have chosen another photo (I mean, let’s be serious…every little girl has a billion photos featuring pink clothing), but I’m madly in love with this photo, so black and white was my solution!  I think it turned out great.  The only add-ons that I used that aren’t included in the kit were the two pieces of ribbon (also American Crafts), Martha Stewart inks, and the Sew Easy floss (ahem, all three were previous steals)!

Little Owen’s layout…this little dude gets cuter and cuter every day (I’m not even biased…)!  We were so lucky to get his coy little smile on camera…this was one photo that wasn’t going to sit in my scrappy space unscrapped for long!  I can’t believe how well the colours all worked for this layout!  For those of you looking for some neutral, un-girly pages…rejoice!  It just goes to show the versatility that this collection has!  The add-ons again include the AC ribbon, MS ink, Sew Easy floss and Basic Grey buttons (which I can NEVER get enough of)!

(Jana’s amazing photo frame)


I have had soooooooooo much fun with this kit…a huge thanks to Kristy and Melodee for giving me this fantastic opportunity!  I can’t WAIT to see what all you awesome ladies come up with!

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy this kit once you get it!  It’s so stinkin’ cute!  I might have to steal a second one! <3

Seriously Jana, thank YOU for being such a fantastic guest sketcher!  I too cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with when creating.  The Facebook page is going to be amazing this week!

Now for our first weekly winner of 2011.

Congratulations goes out to Charissa Miller.

What a fantastic layout that Charissa made!   First off, I LOVE the fact that she actually scrapbooked Christmas…a feat I rarely accomplish, and I also love that she documented such a sweet memory for her kiddos.   Charissa, please send us your address to orders@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get something sent out to you!

Well, there ya go girls!  First MWM of the year.  I know I can’t wait to see your interpretations of Jana’s amazing sketch, and I’m sure that she is equally as excited.

Don’t forget that you have until next Monday at midnight to post your creations to our Facebook fan page with a link to this blog posting in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing.  Also don’t forget our challenge this year to reach 7,000 fan photos….and what better way to accomplish that than to share, share, share!  I KNOW you can do it.  :)  The offer still stands, if we reach 100 shares in a week then we will have two weekly drawings.

Thanks again Jana!  I always look forward to our guest sketchers….speaking of….you will not want to miss a fun little twist that we will be announcing along with our amazing guest that we have lined up for next month!

See you all on Friday!  I know I already need my tissue box handy to wipe my tears.  It’s going to be an amazing project, thanks to all of YOU!  :)

Scrap happy!