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Welcome to ‘How-To’sday’

Okay, I know….kind of a silly name, and my husband thought it was flat out cheesy, but hey….we’re scrappers, right?  We like those cheesy kinds of things!  (Well, I’m going to continue to tell myself that I think it’s pretty clever.  ;) )

Last week I asked what you wanted, and I’m going to do my best to deliver.  Each Tuesday (or most of them anyway), from hereon out will be our ‘how to’ day.  Thus the ‘How-To’sday’ is born!

Now you may be asking yourself how on earth will I find time to get it all done?  Well I’m going to be honest and tell you that by myself, I don’t think I can!  However, I really want to give you all the best how-to, go-to, inspirational, motivating, creatively filled blog on the planet, and I figure that I’m one measly person and I have such limited knowledge and ideas that I may as call in the backups (YOU) and if we put our heads together, we can make How-To’s day fun and informative, fresh and unique!  What can be better than that?….a go to place with ideas and reference from some of the craftiest brains on the planet that I know!

Here’s what I think we’d all love to see:

* Tips and Tricks; ie: Misty’s amazing tip with Versamark ink in stamping on last Friday’s blog! <3

* Technique

* Design

* Video

* The most simple of basics to more challenging ideas

* (insert your great idea here!)

Sometime last October, I was browsing through our wonderful Facebook Fan Page which always absolutely amazes me and inspires me, and I came across an awesome layout by Judy Stech.

I was absolutely in love with her layout and the flower embellishments and asked her if she would send directions that I could one day feature on the blog.  I’m so happy to have her ‘how to’ as our introductory ‘How To’sday blog post!!

I love adding flowers to layouts, but sometimes flowers from my flower stash don’t quite match the papers I am using in a layout.  Luckily, I always have plenty of scraps and can make paper flowers for my layouts.

You need:

  • 3 paper circles – varying in size (2 inch, 1.5 inch, 1 inch)  I usually hand cut with no guide.
  • A brad
  • A wet paper towel or a spray bottle with water

1.        Gently wet one of the paper circles using the paper towel or a quick spritz from the bottler.  The paper should not be soaking wet; otherwise, the paper will tear.  (Trust me; I’ve torn quite a few).

2.       Crumple the wet paper circle into a small ball.

3.       Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the other two circles.

4.       Carefully, un-crumple each circle.

5.       Layer circles smallest to largest, top to bottom.

6.       Poke the brad through the three layered circles.

7.       Now you can add more texture by tucking the edges under or crumpling the layers more.  Give it some character!

8.       Let the flower dry.  I usually let them dry overnight.  These flowers are really stiff once they dry.  Perfect for adding chalk or ink to the crevasses or edges.

9.       Add to page.

I also like using these flower techniques found in this blog post on Miss Fancy Pants’ blog.

Thank you Judy for sharing your amazing ‘How To’ with us.



If you would like to see your idea featured on our ‘How To’sday’ post, don’t be shy to send in your ideas!  You can submit your step by step with photos if possible to kristy@stealnetwork.com.  Please include “How To’sday” in the subject line.  We’d love to feature you and your amazing ideas!

Let’s put our heads together and share our ideas!  I can’t wait to learn from you and I hope that I will also be able to help inspire you!

If you have a chance to use Judy’s technique, be sure to share with us!  We’d love a comment or a link here on the blog letting us know how it turned out.

Hope you have a very happy To’sday!

Who’s ready to ditch winter? I know I am! (MCM #16)

Who’s ready to ditch winter?  I know I am!  (MCM #16)

January.  I’ll be honest.  It fills me with the blahs.  The holidays are over, the world is covered in snow, I can’t run outside because I’m a whimp the air quality is so yucky, and spring seems SO far away!  That’s exactly why I LOVE escaping the winter blahs with paper crafting, and what’s even better is adding a little ‘spring’ to my creating.  That’s why I decided for this week’s Monday Card Madness that I wouldn’t do a sketch, but rather create a challenge to use flowers.  Today’s steal, The Prima Marketing Flower Power and Awesome Blossoms kit’s are perfect for adding a little spring into the dreary winter months!

Here are 3 cards that I created using various flowers from the Prima collections.

The first I made, I used the ‘cork board’ flowers.  I love how they are earthy, slightly less feminine yet add such character to a project!

I next made a card that is packed with spring!

And lastly, I made a card showing that you can still make a masculine card and add flowers.  :)

So how did last weeks challenge of sending out joy go for you?  I have to admit, I immediately sat down and wrote out my cards, addressed them and took them out to the car to hit the post office, but I still haven’t made it *in* to the post office yet.  :)  No worries….I now have 3 more to add to the list to send out and that will give me even more reason to make it happen!

Hopefully some of you were able to send out your cards and touch the lives of someone else.

Remember we will hold a drawing at the beginning of February for anyone that has taken part in the MCM challenge!  Be sure to show us what you’ve created by either posting your projects to our Facebook Fan Page or your personal blog, with a link here on the Monday Card Madness blog for your chance to be eligible for the drawing.

Also, we’ve had a great response for the first ever Scrapbook Steals card swap.  If you missed out on the info and would like to participate, please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

One more thing!  Be sure to tune in tomorrow for the 1st new addition to our weekly blog line up.  :)

Have a great day!

American Crafts Stamp Markers and Stamps! Let the Pro Show You How!

American Crafts Stamp Markers and Stamps!  Let the Pro Show You How!

Misty Buck.  Even though she denies it, there is one name that definitely has professional stamper attached to it.  When Melodee told me that we’d be featuring the American Crafts Stamping Markers and Stamp Sets I knew that she was the go to girl to give us a fantastic blog post on how to use the markers!

You all know how much I love stamping ;) ;), so I will turn you over to the pro herself!

Can I tell you how excited I am to be guesting on Scrapbook Steal’s blog!!!???

When Kristy asked me to stamp something up for you all I wholeheartedly accepted, but before we start you have to know that I am no expert. I have always loved art. I started scrapbooking back in 1993 when I was still a highschooler. I remember conserving every last bit of paper-before there were aisles of it! I went on to earn my BA in Architecture in 1999 and worked in the field for a few years before starting our family. Now I stay at home/work from home and use scrapping and stamping as my creative outlets

Without further ado here are a few projects I’ve whipped up using American Crafts clear stamps titled “Wishes”, “Laughter”, “Fun”, “Rascal”, and “Birthday” along with AC stamping markers. First, I’ll begin with a short tutorial on how to get started.

You’ll need an acrylic block to mount your clear stamps on. They cling to the block without any kind of adhesive. These American Crafts stamps hold AMAZINGLY well.

I like to ink up my clear stamps in Versamark watermark ink first. I think it helps the stamp grab the ink. Below is a picture of a stamp I colored without Versamark and then with. See the difference?


After inking up the image with Versamark color it directly with your markers…choosing colors as you go along that compliment each other.

When your image is all colored turn it over and press it onto your paper. I chose a heavier, watercolor, type paper because I knew I’d be using water on my images. Blend the marker inks by using a water brush or a small paintbrush.

Because these markers are water based they’re perfect for this technique. You can also go back in and add other colors as highlights and blend again. I added in a little yellow on the frosting. Using a heavier paper is key in getting good results.

I hope this helps you on your journey to finding joy in stamping and being able to use them on more of your projects.

Check out the other amazing projects that Misty made using stamps from Today’s Steal!

Rocket Card featuring Rascal Set

Deer Card featuring Laughter Set:

You Make Me Happy card featuring Fun Set:

Princess Layout featuring Wishes Set:

Misty, I truly cannot thank you enough for sharing your amazing talents with us!  You know, I may actually give stamping a second chance after reading your Versamark tip!  Definitely something to think about!

If you’ve enjoyed seeing today’s ‘how to’ by Misty, be sure to check in next week as I’d like to introduce my new ideas for the New Year and the blog!  Start your wheels turning if you think you have a ‘how to’ that you’d like to share with all of us.

I hope your weekend is fabulous!

As always!  Scrap Happy!

MWM #25, Let’s Have Some Fun-fetti!

MWM #25, Let’s Have Some Fun-fetti!

Oh how I love We R Memory Keepers!  I have been lucky enough throughout my scrapbooking journey to have a long history with them.  (A good history too!.  :))  In fact, because of my time designing for We R Memory Keepers, I was introduced to the wonderful Melodee and as a result I’m now here, creating mojo’s for you!  So yeah…I have a soft spot in my heart for We R!

I’m here to tell you that it was fate that we have the Funfetti collection for today’s steal.  I received a request from our fan Shana Charpentier to create a layout housing 6 photos so that she could finish up her son’s BIRTHDAY CAKE layout!  I kid you not!  I was sooooooooo excited when I realized that I would not only be able to create the design for her but let her imagine her layout using some of the cutest birthday papers and embellishments on the planet!

I decided that I would do a layout of my daughters 16th birthday party.  I’m quite proud of myself that I actually scrapped birthday since it’s not something I normally do.  How could I resist when the papers worked to perfection with the photos of the bowling balls?  I couldn’t!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how We R Memory Keepers always creates the most darling embellishments to accompany their papers.  I love their layered chipboard tags which add dimension to the page without any effort!

I also love patterned paper that lends to hand journaling.

Then of course there are the blingy brads.  **sigh** Bling.  You just can’t ever have enough, can you?

And the smiley stickers….. I seriously had to hide them from my 6 year old and use them before he could!

Shana, I hope the layout will work out for you!  I can’t wait to see the photos of Brycen scrapped!

If you are new to our blog, be sure to check out our Facebook Fan Page.  As of last night, there are 2,547 photos of inspiration from you!  Our wonderful friends and fans!

Now for our weekly winner…the best part of MWM, don’t you think?

This week our lucky winner is Michelle Bryden.

I look forward each week to the splash of digital scrapbooking that Michelle brings to our midst!  I’m always in awe of her talents.  Michelle, please send us an email to orders@scrapbooksteals.com with your address and we will get a prize sent out to you!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with this week.  Be sure to share your creations with us, be it via the Facebook Fan Page or your own personal blog and leave a comment with a link to your creation on this post by next Monday at Midnight in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing.

You guys did awesome with the ‘shares’ last week.  We hit 60!  Remember the deal…we hit 100 and we will have 2 drawings!

Happy scrapping everyone!  <3

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!