Hey Canada! We don’t want any of you to miss out on your Steals fix just because of the lockout — so, we have a solution! We’re holding a portion of inventory from each steal for a super steal for Canadians when the lockdown is over. Not only will you have a chance to purchase the upcoming steals, but you can also save with combined shipping for anything you buy. Stay tuned — as soon as shipping resumes, we will let you know where to go.
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 17, 2011
Today’s steal, the Tim Holtz Grungeboard sets, have got to be one of the most unique, fun and innovative scrapbooking products available.
You may be asking yourself, “what do I do with Grungeboard?” Well, if you can dream it, you can do it! One of the beauties of Grungeboard is the sturdiness of it. Being as it is “a compressed, flexible sheet of dingy material that can be painted, inked, sanded, hammered or grunged,” your creative options are pretty wide open.
One of the easiest ways to dress up the Grungeboard to match your project is with ink. Simply take the ink pad and brush it along the top of the Grungeboard piece until the desired color is achieved. While you could use any type of ink pad, the pigment ink is a little richer and tends to color easier. Just be sure to allow drying time.
One of my favorite techniques to do to anything is to add glitter. I love the little spritz of shimmer and shine it adds to a project and glitzing up Grungeboard with a little sparkle is no different. To adhere the glitter to Grungeboard you can either use a glue pad or use spray adhesive to coat the topside of the Grungeboard and then sprinkle with glitter.
Another fun technique is to cover the Grungeboard with flocking. You can do this in the same fashion as glitter, but sprinkle with flocking instead.
I decided to see how Glimmer Mists would work with the Grungeboard. They are moisture resistant so I wasn’t quite sure how it would work out. I had to use my heating tool to help speed along the drying process, but quite liked the look of the “grungy” final product.
You could also stitch Grungeboard or add eyelets or it even looks great left raw.
Here is a layout that I created awhile back and thought the Grungeboard skull was the perfect finishing touch for my page.
Have a fantastic weekend! See you on Monday for Monday Card Madness.
Jun 15, 2011
Imaginisce has totally outdone themselves once again with the dreamy summer colors and fantastic embellishments in today’s steal, the Imaginisce Garden Party Collection.
I was so thrilled when I asked for photos from one of fans to scrapbook for this weeks Mid Week Mojo and realized just how perfectly the photos coordinated with today’s steal. For today’s sketch, I couldn’t decide which of the darling photos of Miss Akiha so I decided to use them all and make a two-pager.
I couldn’t have asked for better embellishments to work with to add the finishing touches to the layout, including chipboard stickers, die cuts, brads and some pretty amazing ribbon!
I also love the story that Charissa shared about her daughter and her pool loving adventures, so made sure I left adequate journaling space to tell all of the details.
Thank you so much Charissa for letting me scrap a little piece of Miss Akiha’s life.
Now it’s time for our lucky weekly random winner. A huge round of applause goes out to Andria Dekker and her fabulous take on last week’s sketch.
Andria, if you would please email your address to firstname.lastname@example.org, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.
As for this week, be sure to get your layouts posted to our Facebook fan page, or personal blog by Monday, June 20th, at 11:59 pm, in order to be eligible for next weeks random drawing.
Also, don’t forget about our next online crop on June 24th.
Have a happy Mojo day!
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Jun 14, 2011
There is something so satisfying about taking a basic object and turning it into art. Lori Burton did just that with today’s How To’sday tutorial, an altered clipboard.
- Sponge brushes
- Patterned Paper
- Mod Podge
- Note Pad (optional)
- Adhesive (liquid or tape)
Step 1: Paint the top part of the clipboard. You only need to cover the area around the hardware down to just past where you want the paper to begin. Allow time to dry.
Step 2: Cut printed paper to the width of the clipboard and the length you want covered. You can use on paper, mix and match, or (as in the example) use two papers with a strip of paper covering where they meet. I used a corner rounder to cut the bottom piece to fit nicely with the rounded clipboard corners. I also used the same corner rounder (with guide removed) to create the scalloped border on the top and on the strip of paper.
Step 3: Use a sponge brush to apply a thin coat of mod podge to the back of the papers and smooth them onto the clipboard. Be sure to gently push any air bubbles out so the paper doesn’t have any ripples. Allow time to dry. Use the same technique to apply any punched shapes or additional paper embellishment.
Step 4: After all of your papers are on the clipboard, apply a thin coat of mod podge to the entire front of the clipboard and let dry. If you want, you can add more coats, just make sure to allow sufficient dry time between coats.
Step 5: For the butterfly on my example, I added some Distress Stickles to make the body of the butterfly. I also put a little of the same on the corners of the clipboard.
Step 6: To add the ribbon, cut 4–5″ pieces and tie them to the hole at the top of the clipboard. It might be a good idea to seal the ends of the ribbons to prevent fraying. You can use a fray stop liquid, a lighter, or your iRock tool.
Step 7: If you want to include a note pad, you can coordinate it to the clipboard just by taking a piece of patterned paper (as wide as the note pad and thick enough to cover the front and fold over to the back side) and glue it down. Make sure you use a strong adhesive so it doesn’t pop off.
Lori, thank you so much for your tutorial on altering clipboards. I know I have a few clipboards hanging around here that could use some dressing up! Maybe I’ll even make a clipboard to hang my kids’ summer jobs on. It may make doing jobs just a little more fun.
Be sure to check in tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo. Have a great day!
Jun 13, 2011
I have to admit that my heart skips a beat when I even catch a glimpse of today’s steal, the Lost and Found Collections by My Mind’s Eye. I was beyond delighted when I knew that I would be able to make cards for today’s Monday Card Madness using the Union Square and Madison Avenue collections. Because of the elegance of the papers, I decided to keep with a very simple design for the cards.
One of the first things that I think of when I see these papers are a cute little bistro or pastry shop, so I wanted to duplicate the look of a little store awning for my cards by layering three rows of scalloped edge paper.
The embellishments that come with the collections finished of my cards with that little touch of vintage flair that I was seeking.
The cards that you have all been posting on our Facebook fan page are simply gorgeous. Be sure to take the time to send someone a little joy in the mail by mailing out one of your beautiful, heartfelt creations.
In case you’ve missed it, here’s another reminder regarding our current card swap.
Card Swap Details
- Create 10 cards of any variety, signed on the back (we all want to know who made what).
- Cards must include envelopes.
- Mail the cards to our warehouse, to be received no later than June 3oth. (ScrapbookSteals, ATTN: Card Swap, 2181 S. California Ave., #400, Salt Lake City, UT 84104).
- Email me at email@example.com once your cards have shipped so that I know whose cards to be on the lookout for.
- I will then swap the cards and return cards from ten different artists to you.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Have a wonderful Monday and we will see you tomorrow for How To’sday!