Blingage! | Mid Week Mojo #43

Blingage! | Mid Week Mojo #43

Bling. It’s something that most of us girls just can’t live without, and today’s steal, the Teresa Collins Blingage collection is one that you definitely do not want to pass up. Not only are the elements of today’s steal perfect for adding a special touch to your crafting projects, but so many of them are perfect to bling up yourself! The big flowers and two of the big gem bobbie pins in today’s steal have already found their way into my girls’ hair stash. Oh, and in case you didn’t realize it, you also had a sneak peek to today’s steal with the cards that I created on Monday.

I had such a great time with last week’s single page sketch that I decided to take another stab at a one pager.

I knew I wanted to create a layout about my sweet and thoughtful husband and figured while typical bling wasn’t the feel I wanted for this layout, the bling gems would make a perfect accent to tie together the entire purpose of my page.

I love the little splash of pizazz that the gems give to an otherwise relatively non-girly layout. I adore my new shoes, but they are on the opposite spectrum of girly girl. By adding the blingage to create my arrow, I tied together two things that I absolute love — my new running shoes and my love of bling. Who knows, maybe I’ll even add a little bling to my new shoes to really put my soul at peace. 😉

We loved all of last week’s creations that were posted on our Facebook fan page. Our lucky random winner for sketch #42 is Carrie Labani.

Congrats Carrie! If you could please send us your address to, we’d be happy to send out a prize to you.

Remember to have this week’s mojo completed and uploaded to either or Facebook fan page or your own personal blog, by Monday, May 23 at 11:59pm in order to be eligible for next weeks drawing.

Have a great day! I know I will. I think I’ll go for a run! ?

How To’sday | Sketch Titles with the Silhouette Machine by Melanie Carey

How To’sday | Sketch Titles with the Silhouette Machine by Melanie Carey

For those of you that have the amazing Silhouette machine, and haven’t explored a lot of the incredible capabilities, today’s tutorial by Melanie Carey will get you excited to try some new things out. And for those of you that are still on the fence about the Silhouette, this tutorial will help you realize what a fantastic tool the Silhouette machine truly is.


This tutorial will show you how to use sketch pens to create a title or outline an image to be cut out.

After creating your image in the Silhouette Studio you’ll want follow these instructions.

Note: If you want to add an outline to sketch around an image that you will cut out later you can use the offset feature.

Step 1: Select Objects to be Outlined

  • Click on the object you want to outline.
  • Go to the menu bar and select “object” then “offset.” On the right hand of your screen you will see the offset menu displayed.
  • Click on “offset” then change your offset distance to what you are happy with.

If you do not wish to add an outline to sketch around an image begin with this step:

  • Click on the “open the cut style window” icon.

Step 2: Deselect Items Not Included In Sketch

  • To outline your text with the pens, select all the items to be cut and make sure they are not included in the first pass through the Silhouette as the sketch pen instead of the blade will be installed.
  • Select the item(s) not included in the sketching. In my case I’m starting with the two rectangles on the outside. Note: to select multiple lines press the shift key at the same time you click on the lines.
  • Select “no cut.”

You will notice those lines are now a faint red color. In order to have the outline (which was automatically included as part of this font) separated from the text, you need to first release the compound path. This will allow the ability to create the outline with the sketch pen and then later cut the text with the blade.

To do this:

  • Select the text then right click and select “release compound path.”

  • Select the part  to be cut (i.e. the text).
  • Choose “no cut” from the Cut Style menu. Notice how just the parts to be sketched are in bold red.

Step 3: Select Media Type

Next in the Silhouette Cut Settings select “Silhouette Sketch Pen” as the media type.  If you want to make sure that you have a dark sketch line then select the double cut option.

  • Switch out the Silhouette blade for the sketch pen.
  • Select “send to Silhouette.”
  • Select “cut page.” Even though you are selecting cut page, it will use the sketch pens.

You may need to run it through more than once depending on the color of ink and paper you are using.

Step 4: Cut Out Your Shape

  • Switch out the pen for the blade
  • Go back to the Cut Style window, select all the lines just sketched and choose “no cut.”
  • Select the lines to be cut with the blade and selected “cut.”

  • Go to the “Silhouette cut settings.”
  • Select media type then “send to Silhouette.”
  • Select “cut page.” This time it will actually cut since you have the blade installed.

Step 5: Create a Background

  • Move all the other shapes off the page, select “background rectangle” and select “cut.”
  • Select “send to Silhouette.”
  • Select “cut page.”

Here is the final product. Enjoy! :)


Thank you Melanie for a great tutorial on expanding our abilities with the Silhouette.

If you have an idea that you’d like to see featured on our How To’sday, please don’t hesitate to share. You can send your idea along with separate image attachments in an email to

Have a great Tuesday and we will see you tomorrow for some mojo!

Deja Views Contain Its | Monday Card Madness #33

Deja Views Contain Its | Monday Card Madness #33

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and that you were able to find a little creative time for yourself.

I managed to squeeze in a little crafty time for this weeks Monday Card Madness.

Usually I turn to whatever product we are featuring for the day to make my cards. While I love today’s steal, the Deja Views Contain Its, I didn’t figure they’d look so great on the front of a card. They were however, the perfect answer for holding one of my new favorite additions to my stash—the Teresa Collins Blingage.

These little containers are perfect for so many uses, just like keeping my new blingy blings all organized and at my fingertips!

Because my Blingage was so organized and handy, thanks to the Contain Its, I found them so easy to use for blinging up all of today’s cards.

As always, the cards that you create and post to our Facebook Fan Page are always exceptional.

I loved this card made by Jane Daun—especially the trim!

Here are a few reminders for you regarding Monday Card Madness.

  • Don’t forget our challenge to send out joy. Don’t let those cards collect dust and be forgotten. I promise it will brighten someone’s day.
  • To be eligible for this month’s card drawing, your creations will need to be posted to our Facebook fan page or personal blog no later than Friday, June 3rd at 11:59pm MST. Post a link to your creations on the applicable blog post if possible.
  • We’d love for you to participate in our 2nd ScrapbookSteals card swap. Here’s the full scoop.

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, SLC, UT  84104).
  • Email me at 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 great Monday and be sure to check in tomorrow at 9am for another great How To’sday!

Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. Click here to read our full privacy notice. Winnings are not for resale. 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.

DIY BBQ or Pool Party with American Crafts Heat Wave

DIY BBQ or Pool Party with American Crafts Heat Wave

I don’t know about you but for me the countdown to summer is ON. There are 17 days left until the bliss of summer vacation is upon us, which means lazy, lazy and more lazy. (I know, who am I joking, right? It’ll be as busy as ever!) Anyhow, today’s steal, the American Crafts Heat Wave collection has got to be one of the most fun summer collections I have ever seen.

I thought it would be fun to create a BBQ or pool party kit for my girls to celebrate the last day of school with their friends. It has become a tradition for us to grill up some hot dogs and have friends over and this year we will be doing it Heat Wave style.  :)
First, every party needs an invite. I love the amazing array of papers to choose from to create the perfect invitation. Today’s kit comes with four sheets of each paper, so you can knock out multiple invites without running out.

Now what kind of party would be without something to cool you off when that heat hits. I hit the dollar store and found a few treasures to blast with some Heat Wave, including this cute little ice bucket and some good old-fashioned root beer.

I simply added some of the fun chipboard pieces and stickers from today’s steal to the outside of the bucket. I also dug in my stash and found some cute blingy letters to add. Anticipating condensation, I made sure to attach the letters with dimensional foam squares and add some glue dots to the stickers.

Next I made a fun wrapper for the bottle of root beer. While this won’t be able to chill in the bucket of ice, it will sure look cute on the table next to the cups which the guests can fill with ice.

Speaking of cups, it seems like a never ending battle to remember whose cup is whose. While an easy answer is simply adding names with a sharpie to the outside of the cup, I decided to take it one step further and create dangly name tags for the guests.

To attach the name tags to the side of the cup, I simply took my Crop A Dile and punched out two holes, about 1/2″ apart, in a vertical line on the side of the cup at the top. Next, I added an eyelet to a piece of the Heat Wave chipboard. I threaded a piece of ribbon through the two holes of the cup, starting from the outside of the cup on the top hole. Next I threaded the chipboard piece through the bottom piece of ribbon and then finished things up by tying a quick knot. I used my label maker to create personalized names, and now our guests will have their own unique cups.

For centerpieces of the tables, I found some metal buckets. I added stickers, chipboard pieces and ribbon to the handle to decorate.  You can use the buckets to hold utensils wrapped in napkins.

Then you can even add an extra Heat Wave touch by creating napkin rings to hold the untensil kits together.

When the sun sets and the party is still raging on, you can add some citronella candles inside the buckets to help keep the mosquitos at bay. Just be sure to flip the handle down so that your ribbon doesn’t catch fire!

I couldn’t resist dressing up some plain ketchup and mustard bottles. I simply wrapped the bottles with paper, added a ribbon around the middle and added some yum.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t resist a cupcake and this party isn’t complete without them! To make the cupcake toppers I cut out some circles using my Silhouette, then added chipboard pieces to the centers of the circles.

And of course, I didn’t want the guests to leave without a little thank you. I filled some clear bags with watermelon candies and created a little tag to finish it off.

Simple. Cute. Fun.

And now…the countdown to summer  is on!

Save the Date: June Online Crop

Save the Date: June Online Crop

Announcing our next online crop — get inspired with the ScrapbookSteals crew and join in the fun online!

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Save the Date: June 24
online crop chat from 7-10pm MDT, live video portion from 8-9pm MDT

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We will issue challenges that morning and will be giving random prizes to those that participate. Also, stay tuned for our special mystery guest! You’ll get to chat and have your questions answered live by one of your favorite manufacturers. Meet up with fellow scrappers all over the U.S. and Canada. Even invite your friends to join the fun!

Utah locals, we invite you to join us at our office to scrap and chat with our guest.

Mark your calenders — we can’t wait!