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How To’sDay:Valentine Project by Charissa Miller

How To’sDay:Valentine Project by Charissa Miller

Happy To’sDay everyone!  Have you been thinking what on earth you might give your significant other for Valentines day?  Let’s face it, we are all creative minds, so odds are pretty high that something handmade is on the agenda.  When I saw the darling project that Charissa Miller made using her iTop, I asked her if she would mind sharing a How To with us.

Thank you Charissa for sending us your fantastic How To.

I-Top Gift

I saw this idea on the Imaginisce blog not that long ago, and though it was awesome.  So I took that idea thought about it a bit and made it my own.  My version is a Valentine’s Day gift for my darling husband. I honestly have just started branching into the wider world of paper crafts and this was the first non-scrapbooking paper crafting project I have completed!

The first step is to make the brads.  I chose to use all three sizes of brads for this project, but you could certainly do it in all one size.  If you did only the small ones, you could get more complete coverage of your shape.

The I-Top is pretty easy to use.  You put your brad top on the corresponding size metal half of the tool.  Then you place your paper on top and press both into the pink rubber headed side.  Push down the edges of the paper so they will be hidden away inside of the brad head.  From there, put your brad daddy back into the metal half and push it into the rubber half that still contains the now covered brad top.   Pop the now completed brad out and then rinse and repeat.

Paper folded over the brad top.

Attaching the brad backing.

Be patient when using this tool.  Make sure your paper is lined up as much as you can so it folds over evenly in the back.  Also, use the pink rubber heads.  They are fantastic for shifting the brad head slightly if needed before applying the back and for helping to get the paper folded down.  There is no “click” when you have successfully attached the brad backing, but you can definitely “feel” it.  If you don’t feel it, try again.  If it still doesn’t work, check your brad head.  If it is bent or warped at all, it will not grab the backing.  I had a few of those and just had to toss them and remake those brads.

When I did this, I initially made less brads than I thought I would need.  I think I started with one box of each small, medium, and large.  I knew that wouldn’t be enough, but it made sense to make more as needed.  So once I ran out, I just made a few at a time until I finished.

To assemble the project you will need your completed brads, a piece of chipboard cut to whatever size and shape you want your project to be, paper and embellishments and I also used my brad setter to save my fingers after placing all of those brads.

1)      Adhere your background paper to your chipboard.  From this point you have some options.  I chose to cut out two hearts – one for adding brads and another for journaling.  You could simply trace a shape onto your background paper to fill with the brads.  This would eliminate the issue of seeing the edge of your shape if that is something you want to avoid.

2)      I inked both shapes.  Since I used black paper is doesn’t matter as much, but I still think it helps.  Then I chalked the big heart that was getting the brads.  This made it match the project better since I cut the heart in plain white cardstock.  Then I stuck down my journaling heart.

3)      At this point, the brad-ing began.  I would use each brad to mark where I was going to make my hole.  Then I would use my brad setter to actually poke the hole and then spread out the prongs on the back . The chipboard does make this a thicker project, so the small brad daddies in particular don’t come through as far as the larger brads.  It still works and I think that the chipboard gives the project extra sturdiness since after placing the brads there are a ton of holes in the chipboard.

4)      After getting my brads in, I just started embellishing.  I used Martha Stewart sparkle glitter glue to emphasize the edges of the journaling heart.  I added stickers from my wonderful Echo Park Be Mine kit and then made the pink swirls by stamping the project with my Hampton Arts Glue Pad and used the new Hampton Arts Flocking Powders I got from ScrapbookSteals.

While my project and the Imaginisce blog project both were hearts, I see so many options here.  You could do a star, a circle, or just about any shape you could imagine.  I had a great idea of doing a birthday cake that could actually be decorated using the different size brads (Akiha’s 2nd birthday in October may involve such a project).  And, of course, color choices, paper choices, and embellishment choices give this project an endless variety of options.

I look forward to seeing others give this project idea a try!

Charissa, thank you SO much for sharing your amazing project with us.  It’s truly fantastic and your husband is one lucky man to be receiving such a lovely, heartfelt project from you for Valentines Day.

If you’d like to see your how to idea featured on our How To’sDay blog post please send me an email with directions and photos to  I think if we all put our creative heads together and share our ideas that we can make this the best outlet for creative reference on the planet!

Make sure you check in next week for part one of our two part How To’sDay series on scrapbook space organization.  If you have a great tip you’d like included please be sure to send me your ideas along with photos.

Well, I guess that’s it for this weeks how to!  I’ll see ya tomorrow with our next Mid Week Mojo!  One step closer to Ruby!  :)

Have a wonderful day.

Say it with Stickers! KI Memories Gel Candy Epoxy Stickers. (MCM #18)

Say it with Stickers!  KI Memories Gel Candy Epoxy Stickers. (MCM #18)

I love today’s steal.  You know, I feel like I say that just about every day, but I do!  I’m like a kid in a candy shop whenever Melodee brings me new product to shoot for the page, and today’s steal, the KI Memories, Gel Candy Epoxy Stickers is of no exception!

They truly take me back to my childhood, to a time when I was pretty in love with collecting stickers.  Smurf stickers, Holly Hobbie, Scratch and Sniff, and of course,  I  always loved when I was able to add an epoxy sticker to my collection.   (Yes…they were few and far between wayyyyyyyyyyyy back then!)

For this weeks Monday Card Madness, I decided to not to have a set sketch but more of a challenge.  Your challenge is to use stickers. (Although by all means, feel free to use my cards to copy!)

I had so much fun putting to use some of the stickers in the Gel Candy collections as well as the Love Elsie collections.  I love the fresh colors as well as the slight demension that an epoxy sticker gives to a project.

The first two cards that I made each have a sticker from the Love Elsie collections.  I’ve always loved Elsie Flannagans whimsical, doodling style.

On the second card I wanted to keep the soft feel of the design of the cards and used my corner rounder on the sticker to take away the sharp edges.

I was honestly a little stumped as to which Gel Candy stickers to use for my other cards, because there are SO many to choose from.  KI Memories named their product well, as it truly is like being in a candy shop trying to decide what to use.  :)

I loved the pink stickers, so I used an assortment of them to create the design of this card.

I also loved the round circle from all of the sets and started using a bunch of them, but settled on one from the pink set for this card.  I added some rubons on top and was able to create a unique sentiment.

So how have you done on sending out joy?  I hope that we are starting to see cards surfacing all over the continent, to brighten someones day!

We will have the first Monday Card Madness drawing of the year next Monday.  You have until Sunday night to get your cards posted to our Facebook Fan Page with a link to the blog in order to be eligible for the drawing.  The winner will receive something great from our prize closet that will help in the creating of MORE cards!  :)

Be sure to check in tomorrow as we have another fantastic How To’sday, in the works!  One you will not want to miss.

Have a great day!  As always.  Scrap happy!  :)

Alphabet Soup? Please Pass Some To Me!

Alphabet Soup?  Please Pass Some To Me!

Oh.  My.  Goodness.  I about flipped when I saw how unbelievably cute Today’s Steal, Alphabet Soup by My Minds Eye is.  After I got over my moment of shock, cleaned up the drool and took photos of the product, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to make with the ‘Playing Cards.’  I figured that I may use one or two cards on layouts and then I’d have a ton left so I wanted to put them all to use, because they are SO cute!

I’ve so often seen these great ‘quiet books’ made out of file folders that moms have made for their kids to keep them busy during church or while waiting in a doctors office.  I wanted to make an Alphabet Match Game using the same concept as I’ve seen others do.

It was truly worth the effort.  This is the face that greeted me when I showed my little guy what I’d made for him.  No joke!

Here’s how I did it.

1 – I found a couple of old file folders kicking around.  I would like to think that I’m organized in my regular life…but using file folders this way is SO much more fun!

2 – Next I covered the front and backsides of the file folders.  I used regular tabs for this part, but I would highly recommend using photo tape.  There were a few spots on my files, after laminating that came opened…even though I was assured that the laminate I chose was able to be cut right to the edges.  Using photo tape will ensure that the papers don’t lift up and will help the laminate to stay in place.

3 – Next I laid out the first set of cards across the two file folders.  When I found the spacing I liked I adhered them to the paper.  Using photo tape to secure isn’t as important for this step as the cards are entirely covered by laminating.

4 – I then decorated the front of the first folder.

5 – The next day I hit the office supply store for laminating.  Be sure that no precipitation reaches your project!  (Mine was snowed on as I entered the store).  It can cause the laminating to bubble and separate.  Also when trimming, I think it’s best to leave a small margin of plastic.

6 – After my file folders were laminated, I used photo tape to stick the first folder to the second folder so that it turned into a ‘book’ format.

7 – Originally I had planned on using Velcro to stick the ‘match’ cards to the file folders, but I found these Reusable tabs made by Scotch at the office supply store.  I *really* like how these work.  Some may find them a little frustrating as the tab either sticks to the card or the folder but not both.  At first they are SUPER sticky but with a few ‘removals’ from the folder they are just about right to the point where my son can work them himself.   I also really like that they are see through.  It’s just a little more visually pleasing.  Plus I have seen some of the file folder games made with velcro and over time the velcro tends to peel off of the project.  If these tabs lose their stick, a simple run under hot water will return the sticky power!

8 – Of course I can’t help but make things just a little more ‘scrappy’.  This step is absolutely unnecessary.  I just figured that it would make it cute (for my benefit! :) ), and it wouldn’t hurt to have a way to keep it closed when not in use.

9 – Enjoy the finished project!  :)


I can’t wait to hear who makes their own Alphabet Match Games and how your kiddos enjoy it!

Have a happy and safe weekend!  We’ve got LOTS of great things in store for next week.

Scrap Happy!

Cheers for 13,000 Fans!

Cheers for 13,000 Fans!

We are SO excited that we’ve reached another great milestone with our community on our Facebook Fan page.  13,000 fans!  It seems like only yesterday that we were so excited we reached 5,000 fans!  Who do we have to thank for that?  YOU!  YOU are what makes our community the best on the planet.  YOU bring to the table such fantastic inspiration.  YOU are there to offer advice or a pick me up when someone is needing a little help.  YOU, simply put, are THE BEST and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of our lives!

We feel like it’s cause to celebrate  and in true ScrapbookSteals style we are going to have a random drawing for a scrappy goodness giveaway!  Truth be told, I’m not 100% sure what that give away will be as Melodee is off to the lands of CHA, where she is going to try and work her Rock Star magic for some sort of fantastic prize!

So what do you have to do to qualify?  Simply leave a comment on this blog posting.  Tell us what you love about our happy Scrapbook Steals family.  (Yes.  You are all family! :) )  You have until Monday, January 31, 2011 at midnight MST to leave your comment.  Winner will be announced on the blog next Thursday.

Keep sharing with your friends…keep inviting others to join our family!  We welcome one and all.  See that seat right next to me?  That one is being saved….just for you!  <3

MWM #27 with a little We R Memory Keepers Stitched Cardstock

MWM #27 with a little We R Memory Keepers Stitched Cardstock

Every once in awhile Melodee asks me what she thinks would be a good steal to offer.  I begged her for weeks, politely suggested that today’s steal, the Stitched Sardstock from We R Memory Keepers would be a fantastic steal.  Not only is cardstock a necessity for us scrappers, but the fact that it comes in delightful colors and is pre-stitched, simply put, rocks my world.  I LOVE the look of machine stitching on a layout, and yes, I’ve been known to do it, in fact bought a sewing machine just FOR scrapbooking, but wow…this is so much easier.

I wanted to keep the sketch simple this week so as to let the design of the cardstock shine.

I honestly drew this sketch out in about 45 seconds while I was waiting to pick my daughter up from school.  I knew I wanted to have a splash of different patterned papers and then let my embellishments take the stage along with the cardstock.

The problem was I didn’t know which photo to scrap.  So I looked to my ‘emergency’ stash and found this cute photo of our wonderful Facebook friend, Nicole Radawetz’s daughter.

This layout came together in less than an hour.  It must be a RECORD for me!  :)  I cut circles in various sizes, inked the edges and was done!  I did have a bit of a hiccup with the journaling however, because I had more that I wanted to say than the sketch allows, so I moved it to the upper left hand corner where it seemed to flow better.

I LOVE how well this papers works for combining all sorts of different embellishments.

I decided to create another layout following the horizontal photo format so that everyone can see the different ways that the sketch can be adapted.  I did this layout of my hunny.  It came together equally as quickly.

Again, I had a blast mixing up embellishments from different manufacturers to compliment the layout.

We can’t wait to see what you create with this weeks sketch!  Remember we are a few short weeks away from our next big drawing, which I must say is absolutely spectacular.  It hasn’t even hit the streets yet!

And now for this weeks lucky winner!  Random.Org, selected the 1st layout posted to last weeks blog post…Sheryl Kloke

Thank you Sheryl for being such an amazing part of our community.  Your enthusiasm for getting right to it and getting those mojos done paid off for you this week!  Cheryl, will you please send me your address to, and we will get a prize sent out to you!

Don’t forget to post your MWM #27 layouts to our Facebook Fan Page or personal blog and link them to this blog posting for your chance to win next weeks drawing.

Now get to it!  Scrap happy!  :)