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I <3 Wednesday, cause it’s MOJO time!

Can you believe it’s time for Midweek Mojo #5?  I honestly am a little stunned at how quickly time flies!  I love, love, love Wednesdays now and love the fact that I’m actually accomplishing completing some scrapbook pages, which otherwise would not be done!

As soon as I saw today’s steal I actually asked Melodee if she would move around the calendar so that I could use it for today’s Mojo sketch.  I know it’s not Valentine’s day, but that wasn’t going to stop me from using the super cute love papers to do a layout about my kids…..cause well…..I love them and the papers were just too perfect not to use!

:-) <————- (Me….in <3 with the American Crafts “I Heart You” Kit)

One of our very loved Facebook Fans, Jennifer Collins was commenting about last weeks sketch and how it was going to be tough for her, because it was a one photo layout and she takes a gajillion photos (just like me), so I promised her a multi photo layout.  Another loved Facebook Fan, Stephanie Umpleby also commented that she loves doing 2 page layouts, so I upped the ante and decided to deliver a sketch that filled both of those requests!  So here you have it…..this weeks Mojo sketch….5 photos, 2 pages!

I think I knew right after I promised a multi photo, 2 pager, that I wanted to do a layout about the things that I love about my kids, especially after seeing the perfect “love papers”.  I haven’t done a layout featuring all of my kids for a very long time, so it was fun to make lists of the things that I love about them….right now.

I didn’t have the time or the ability to have all of my kids in the same place to take photos of them in coordinating clothing, or with a matching background, so I did the best thing that I could to eliminate the chaos of wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too many colors, and that was to simply change the photos to black & white.  This is such a great trick to use, if there are certain papers that you are positively dying to work with, and your photos just aren’t groovin’ with them, or in my case, where it would have looked like someone had an explosion with finger paints!

Not only do I love the linear design of this weeks sketch, which makes it very easy to scrap 5 – 3 x 4.5″ photos, but I love the ample amount of journaling space.

This would be a great sketch to do a layout about things you love (like I did), or a vacation page or even a birthday!

As always we love, love, love seeing your work on our Facebook Fan Page, and we love getting to get to know each of you through our community interaction.  It’s kinda like a big group hug!  We love our fans and we also love Random.Org, for selecting the winner for our Mojo #4.  Donna Zerber is our winner and has been such a wonderful addition to our community.  She always has great ideas to offer and our family wouldn’t be the same without her!


Donna, please send us your address to orders@scrapbooksteals.com and we will be sure to send you out a little scrappy goodness.

I truly look forward to seeing what you girls will create this week!  Remember, the sketch is nothing more than a springboard for an idea!  If you don’t love the heart, by all means….shake it up and make it your own!

Happy scrappin’!

10,000 Fan Surprise Steal!

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Journal it!

Hello to all of my scrappy friends!  Let’s all get comfy and talk a little bit about JOURNALING.  I know that any of you that know me, KNOW how much I am obsessed with journaling.  I love telling the story.  I love documenting the rare moments in life, the fun times and even the hard times.  Our Facebook Fans have probably noticed that I’ve been a little MIA lately and I can attribute it to the fact that life right now is kicking me in the pants.  But you know what?  It’s been quite character building and thankfully I have come out of things a stronger person.  (Well, I hope anyway!)

I knew that I wanted to document not only *my* feelings right now, but the feelings of my sweet husband, at this time in our life.  He was a champ and wrote up his thoughts, which of course caused me to grab the tissues.  I love that man!  I’m so thankful for this fantastic hobby, which truly has become my visual journal.  I know that I don’t ever want to forget what we, as a couple, have managed to conquer and what we have gained from lifes trials!

I also love that I have documented for our posterity, exactly what my husband feels for me and what I feel for him.  Life gets so busy that I know if I didn’t take the time to make an effort to preserve our thoughts on paper, that our great, great grandchildren may never have an idea of what we really felt for each other.

I really wanted this layout to be a peek into our souls, and loved the photo that I took of my husband where you can see my reflection in his sunglasses and thought that it would portray the theme of my layout about what we see in each other.    I also love how perfectly today’s steal complimentes the feel of the layout with the rich colors.

My challenge to you is to take some time next time you are wanting to create something, to choose one thing that will really capture what you are experiencing right now….whether it be the challenges that you face as a mother, (cause let’s face it…..motherhood ain’t all peaches and cream!), the feelings you have for your significant other, the trials that you are currently facing, or even the current way that you feel about yourself!  Scrapbooking is such a treasure.  It’s real.  It’s theraputic.   It can be a great peek into who you really are.

Also don’t forget that we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE seeing what you create!  Either share a link with us here, or post them to our Facebook Fan Page.

Wishing you all of the best in creative mojo!  Oh and don’t be surprised to see another journaling challenge coming from me soon!

BOO! Did I scare you? :-) It’s time for MID – WEEK MOJO!!!!

Can you believe it’s Wednesday again already?  I am here to tell you…this week has been quite the workout for me!  I’m also here to tell you how happy I am that I had Mid Week Mojo to put a little bit of consistency in my life and allow me a little time to do something that I love!  I hope you girls all look forward to finding a little time for yourselves as much as I do, cause as we are such busy women and mommies, it’s so important to take some time to fill your own personal well!

I simply cannot believe how incredible the layouts from last weeks sketch are.  If you haven’t had a chance to see them, be sure to check out our Fan Photos on Facebook.  I love so much how each of you are able to take the sketch and make it work for you!  I have absolutely LOVED reading the stories behind the layouts as well.

This week our random winner for the Mid-Week Mojo drawing is Lisa Zubritsky.

Did you know that this is Lisa’s first Mid-Week Mojo?  I was so excited when I read that!  I love how Lisa pretty much stuck to the sketch and included photos of not only her hunny and their peanut, but a photo of herself as well.  I think it’s so important that our children know what we looked like throughout our phases in life!  Lisa, be sure to send us an email to orders@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get a little something sent out to you for participating!

This weeks sketch is a pretty simple one photo page, with a tiny spot for journaling and a little room for some embellies.  (Note, please overlook the incredibly dried out sharpie marker.  Another piece of evidence at the week it’s been!  But hey…makes me a little more ‘real’, right?)

I have to be honest, I’m a sucker for Halloween.  I mean after all, it *is* the day that I met my husband, nearly 21 years ago now.  (Oh my word, that makes me officially OLD!)  When I saw that today’s steal was Halloween themed, I had to use it!  I love, love, love the My Minds Eye kits as it’s so easy to complete an entire layout using the product.

I love how adding a little bit of ink to the edges of the papers made for the perfect touch to this Halloween layout!

So there you have it!  Hopefully you can find some time to create!  I know I’m needing some more therapy, so I’m glad that I have an absolutely fantastic kit to work with for Friday!

Be sure to add your layouts to our Facebook Fan Page, or post them on your own blog, and leave a comment here telling us where we can find them!  Make sure they are posted by next Monday at midnight in order to be considered in our random drawing!  We loooooooooooooove to see your comments and to hear what you think about everything!

Until next time, happy scrappin’!

An SoS Slumber Party!

Would you say you’re ADDICTED to ScrapbookSteals? It’s okay because we have your therapy.

? you are invited ?

to a Steal Network SoS party!

What is SoS? Society of Stealers (SoS) is 12-step (once a month) program with a group of women banded together by one commonality…stealing. Check out more info on the group here. Step 1: admit you have a problem. Many of you did that last month. Step 2: find a support group! Time to find local Steals addicts who will call you when you slept through your alarm; steal for you when you can’t; even steal with you so you can share shipping! Ladies, it’s time to form your local SoS chapters! Go to the Facebook fan page discussion board and set up your own local chapters for our next meeting or join some already created on BabySteals. The chapter with the most members will get a special treat! You don’t want to miss out!

Who ? Society of Stealers

What ? Steal Network *slumber party* ! Okay, all the girly activities, minus the slumber. We aren’t actually going to spend the night. ;) Locals, join the Steal Network crew in your jamies for some slumber party-themed fun! Did I mention there will be chocolate? Everyone else join us for a live chat! Create your own local meet-ups and video in or send photos.

When ? Thursday, August 26, 2010, 7 pm MST

Where ? Salt Lake City, Utah or cyberspace

Why ? Because you need your Steals fix!