Who wants to be part of the Emerald club?!?! (MWM #20)

Who wants to be part of the Emerald club?!?!  (MWM #20)

Holy smokes girls!  Can you believe it?  We have arrived at the next milestone for Mid Week Mojos, #20!  What does this mean?  If you have completed ALL of the sketches 11 – 20 then you will be an Emerald Club member!

Let’s take a quick peek at what I created for this week.

Our amazing fan Stephanie U., requested some help with a 5 landscape photo layout.  Here’s what I came up with.

It’s kind of funny, because I was looking at Christmas trees posted on Facebook and came across another fan’s photo.  It was like a lightning bolt hit me and I knew I wanted to created a layout about my holiday decorations.  I set about snapping all sorts of landscape photos when it occured to me that I didn’t know what product I would be using.  Imagine my complete joy and surprise (yup…my own little Christmas miracle), when I found out I’d be working with today’s steal the Reminisce Christmastime Collection.

These papers are SO pretty.  I felt like I was creating with some pretty high end product!  The glimmer and shimmer reminded me so much of fancy envelopes that you see during the Holiday season.  This collection was absolutely perfect for what I had in mind.

I tweaked my sketch just a little bit allowing for use of the darling Christmas tree sticker.  There was no way I was going to let that one get past me.

I love the snowflake stickers that come with the set.  They really added the perfect touch to my page.

I also had to go with the hanging ornament theme which I have seen popping up on our Facebook Fan Page.  It’s always a favorite for Holiday pages!

After I had completed my layout, you know me….I couldn’t stop without creating a card or two, and like I said, I felt like I was making wedding announcements for the Duchess of York!  These papers are so amazing!

Now lets talk just a little bit more about our Emerald Club.  :)

To celebrate Melodee has worked her magic yet again and has secured an amazing prize package for the random winner of our Emerald Club drawing.  We would like to shout out a HUGE thank you to Echo Park Papers for providing us with our next milestone prize.  One lucky winner who has completed all 10 weeks worth of sketches will be the proud new owner of FOUR amazing Echo Park collections; Be Mine, My Boy, A Walk in the Park and Life is Good.  I don’t know about you, but I think that life would be GREAT to be the owner of all of those delicious papers.


So what exactly do you need to do to be eligible to win?  Simply have all 10 weeks worth of sketches posted to our Facebook Fan page or other online source such as a personal blog, no later than next Monday night, at midnight.  For some of you this will be really easy, and maybe have only this weeks mojo to complete.  For others of you we certainly encourage you to give it a shot and get scrappy happy for the next few days.  Now if you remember, there is an added bonus for you Diamond Club members.  If you have completed all MWM’s 1 – 20, you will be entered TWICE into the random drawing for the fabulous Echo Park goodness.  Also, don’t fret if you have won a regular weekly drawing already….this drawing is for everyone!

Here’s how this will happen in order to assure that I don’t miss out on anyone having a chance to win big.

* After you complete MWM #20, enter your comment HERE on THIS blog post with a link to your page.  I will select the regular weekly winner from this posting.

* If you are an Emerald Club member, meaning that you have completed sketches 11 – 20,  please make a comment on the “Yes!  I’m part of the Emerald Club” blog posting listing the title of all ten of your layouts.  I *will* be verifying all creations.  After all this is too great of a prize to not give away to a rightful owner! (*note, if you are catching up on MWM’s prior to the past 3 weeks and are unable to leave a comment with a link on a former blog posting, please simply send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com with the link.  Thanks!)

* If you are a Diamond Club member, don’t forget that you have TWO chances to win.  You will need to make a SEPARATE comment in the “Yes! I’m part of the Emerald Club” blog posting.  You will need to list the names of your first 10 layouts that you created.

Please let me know if that doesn’t make sense!  :)

Also for those of you that want to get crazy scrappy this week and would like an easy reference for the sketches 11 – 20, click HERE.

Now for the winner of this weeks random drawing…

April Fraley!  You are our lucky winner.

April, I love how you turned Chloe’s amazing sketch into a 2 pager.  I’m so in love with the beach photos and think that the color scheme compliments them to perfection!  April, please send us your mailing address to orders@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get a little something sent out to you!

One more thing!  Take a minute to SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!  We love having new fans and new friends to help inspire our creativity.  Let’s see if we can hit 100 shares this week!

Congrats on all of your hard work girls!  Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!  Here’s to Emeralds!

Mini’s, Matchbook Making Mania & Monday Card Madness! Wow that’s a lot of mmmmmmmmmm’s…..

Mini’s, Matchbook Making Mania & Monday Card Madness!  Wow that’s a lot of mmmmmmmmmm’s…..

…..and I’m tellin’ ya straight up that Today’s Steal, the DCWV Matchmaker and Textured Card Kits are FANTASTIC!   I know it’s that time of year where you start to question ‘do I need this, or my Starbucks (or for me my Diet Dr. Pepper!), or stocking stuffers for my kids.  Guess what.  You NEED this.  I haven’t had this much fun card creating in positively AGES!  My kids would keep coming into my work room and there I sat with this perma-cheesy grin on my face.  Yeah.  They thought perhaps I was enjoying myself just a little *too* much, but you’ll see why.

When I saw the adorable little cards I immediately though ‘GIFT TAGS’.  Seriously.  How perfect to have a pre-made…itty bitty 3×3 card WITH an itty bitty envelope!  (Why oh why does itty bitty = cuteness?)  Hee hee!  Let me show you the first round of gift tag cards that I made.  Of course I can’t seem to break away from the Holiday mode right now, especially since I was singing along to my new Glee Christmas album at the top of my lungs while creating these!

Do you want to know the thing I LOVE about these little cards?  It’s how little product it takes to actually make something stunning.  Not to mention you get the chance to use up odds and ends that otherwise would have been collecting dust!  Take for instance the green card with the red snowflake.  I bought that snowflake set to finish off a layout 14 months ago.  I only used one on the page, so it’s been nice to have little projects to use up the rest of my stash!

I realize that it’s not always going to be the Holiday season (which I’m sure my kids are grateful for as I’m not entirely sure how much singing from their mother they can take), so I decided to make a couple of birthday tag cards…

…a thank you card…

…and a congrats card!  All using up bits and pieces of my stash.

Now that particular card kit isn’t only filled with darling mini’s but matchbook style cards.  We had so much fun making gatefold cards, that I decided that would be the format of this weeks card sketch.

(To create your own matchbook card, if you just can’t stand it and want to make your MCM TODAY, cut a piece of paper measuring 11.5 x 4.25″.  This will allow you a small margin for cutting scallops.  Make one fold 4.25″ from left hand side of card, and the smaller fold 1.5″ from right hand side of card).

For some reason these cards kind of screamed girly to me with the scalloped edges, so I went with it.  I made some frilly, ribbony, flowery cards for this weeks sketch, which will work so great for so many different occasions.  Thank you, thinking of you, wedding, birthday, shower….you name it!  You just may want to think once or twice before giving your hunny a flowery, ribbony card, because odds are, he may not appreciate the thought quite as much as a manly card!  :)

Well, now that it’s December it’s time to pick a random winner of all of the MCM cards that I made during the month of November.  Our lucky winner is Linda Hernandez!  Here is her lucky card that was the Random.Org winner!

I absolutely adore the color scheme on this card.  LOVE me some pink and brown and the little pops of green in the flowers are perfect!

Now get creating girls!  It’s always such a joy to see what you create.  I know I’ve told you before, but you all inspire me so very much.  If ever I’m feeling like creating is the last thing on earth I’d like to do all it takes is 5 min. of pouring over your wonderful creations on our Facebook Fan Page, to want to toss my short boy a box of Cheerios and a case of Capri Sun to keep him entertained for a bit.  😉

Remember you have ALL MONTH LONG to get the December card sketches created and posted to our Facebook Fan page, or your own personal blog, with a link provided on the appropriate blog posting to be eligible to win all of the cards that I make for sketches during the previous month.  One note to keep in mind however, is that comments automatically close 3 weeks after the posting date, in order to help control our insane amount of spam.  If for whatever reason comments are closed, I give you permission to post the link on one of the open MCM’s with an explanation that it’s really for a different sketch number.

Hope you weekend was great!  Now to start thinking about MWM, although I have to admit…..I’m a little intimidated after Chloe’s amazing sketches last week.  😉

Happy scrappin’.

SEI Boxed Albums – AKA Holiday gifts in a SNAP!

SEI Boxed Albums – AKA Holiday gifts in a SNAP!

Can you believe it’s only a mere 23 days until the biggest gift giving day of the year!  I am certain that life is equally as busy for all of you as it is for me at this time of year so I was THRILLED when I found out that we’d be featuring today’s fantastic steal, SEI Boxed Albums.

I always struggle with what to give my parents as they have been around long enough that they pretty much have it all, or go ahead and get it if they want it.  :)  However, they do *not* have a crafty bone in their bodies, and also don’t ever look at my creations on line, so luckily I am safe with sharing my Christmas gift to them…with you!

I have never created a ‘kit’ album before, but am here to say that I loved the ease with which this album came together.  I love how the kit comes with detailed, color photo instructions, as well as clearly marked elements as to which pieces go to which layout.  (On the backside of the pieces!)

I sat at my kitchen table with my son while he was coloring and pieced together my album in no more than an hour and a half, and that included inking the edges of the papers!

When I was done piecing together the pages this is what I ended up with for extras to use in the other albums that come with the kit.

It then came time to add the photos.  I added a few embellishments and other chipboard letters to more or less finish off the album.  I still have a few photos I want to take, but all in all my parents Christmas present is DONE!  D-O-N-E, DONE!  And it’s not even December 23rd!  This brings me much, much happiness!

Now I have a confession to make….you’ll probably have noticed that this kit comes with some digital software.  Digital scrapbooking SCARES me!  It’s true!  I wasn’t going to explore the software as I’m such a tactile and hands on person and LOVE the physical aspect of creating, but the software just sat there…beckoning….winking at me from across the room….just begging for a little attention.  I couldn’t help myself.  I had to play.

WOW.  Now I’m not saying I’d ever go digi, but I sure had fun poking around the software.  SEI and FotoFusion did an incredible job with creating some software that was easy to navigate.  I was also impressed with the visual aspect of everything.

I LOVE that the digital software comes with the ability to RE-CREATE the physical album kit.

This means that you can easily re-produce the same album to give to a loved one.  Yup!  That’s right…while I will be giving my parents the hard copy of what I made, I get to keep a digi copy for myself.  Here is the first page of the album!

The software is also filled with lots of other fun things that you can explore.  Calendars are always a favorite of mine.  There are quite a few different templates to choose from!

Then of course there is the ability to create from scratch!    I didn’t read any instructions at all and was actually able to figure my way through a simple 8×8 page.  The hardest part for me was trying to decide which of the literally 100’s of free papers and embellishments to use!!!   I can only imagine the potential that the software has for when I actually learn it!

I sent my digi layout to my printer to print….

Cut it to size, and inserted it into one of the albums in the kit!

Amazing…amazing…amazing.  That’s all I have to say about today’s steal, and at the steal of a price it’s being offered at, you should definitely set yourself up with some snappy holiday gift giving.

Have a wonderful weekend!  We’ll see you on Monday!

Welcome Guest Sketcher Chloe Slaerno! Mid Week Mojo #19

Welcome Guest Sketcher Chloe Slaerno!  Mid Week Mojo #19

What an exceptional treat it is to bring to you this months Guest Sketch Designer, Chloe Salerno.  It’s always a blast approaching one of our fans to see what they think about being our guest  Mid Week Mojo sketcher, and Chloe was as excited as ever!

I asked her to share a little bit about herself  and the creative process of designing for us this week and here is what she wrote:

To say I was excited when Kristy asked me to be a guest designer is a major understatement! I was thrilled & honoured! I won’t lie, I was also a little nervous. Okay, a lot nervous! I just started scrap-booking this spring when my daughter was about 6 months old. I wanted her to have a record of her childhood that she would cherish forever (or so I hope!). So far, I’d say 90% of my pages have been about her. So when I found out that the fabulous Melodee was sending me the Sweet Love kit by Little Yellow Bicycle, I was excited to scrap something other then my baby girl. Not that I don’t love to scrap her, but I really wanted to get started on my wedding album, and this kit was the perfect place to start. It’s a Valentine’s kit, but can be used for SO much more then just Valentine’s Day!

Okay, seriously? When I saw how much stuff came with this kit, I couldn’t believe it! I made a single page layout, a double page layout, 6 cards, and *barely* even made a dent in it! When I have more time, I plan on making some more cards, a garland, and a love coupon book for my hubby. Not to mention there is an entire matchbook album AND a decorative edged tablet that I LOVE!

For my first layout, I knew immediately which pictures I needed to use. I had these little photo booth pictures of my husband and I from when we first met 11 years ago. I scanned them, blew them up, and printed them out! Then I asked myself a question. What comes first? The layout, or the sketch? Well in this case it was the layout. I made it able to accommodate a single 5×7 photo or two 3×5 photos. I’m SO happy about how this one came together. I didn’t even really have a plan in my head. I just started cutting paper! This will be the perfect first page for my new album of the story of *us*.

I had a little more trouble coming up with a plan for my two pager.

I had these great photos of my husband and I in our  Bride & Groom hats that I really wanted to use.

They were taken at a bridal shower only a few weeks before our wedding, and they are the only photos of us wearing our hats. Basically, what I did was just lay the photos out across 2 pages, and thought, hey, this looks alright. I really wanted to use my new butterfly & heart punches, so I went to work punching! I thought they’d make a cute border instead of just using a border punch. At first I wasn’t sure if I liked this layout, I am, like many, my biggest critic! I had to step away SO many times and come back and examine it. In the end I’m pretty happy with it :)

Chloe’s amazing cards….

I can’t thank Kristy & Melodee enough for choosing me to be a guest designer, I had so much fun with this project!

Actually Chloe, we can’t thank you enough for going above and beyond as our Guest Sketch Designer.  I’m seriously wowed by your creations and am a little shocked, still….that you have been scrapping for less than a year!  Oh and just a note of clarification, you get to choose which sketch you’d like to do for MWM #19.  You only need to create one to be on your way to the Emerald Club!

Remember to post your Mojo’s to our Facebook Fan Page, and provide us with a link here on the blog to be eligible for next weeks drawing.  Also just a reminder that we have a big drawing planned for those that will have completed sketches 11 – 20 and become a part of our Emerald Club.  There will be instructions coming on how to enter for the big drawing!

For now I will leave you with the random winner of our last Mid Week Mojo.

Congrats to, Kristy MacKeen!

I absolutely adored Kristy’s layout using the Grease Monkey papers.  Such a perfect collection for the photos of her and her boys changing the oil in the car!

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited to see what you girls come up with for this weeks choice of sketches.

Monday Card Madness #9

Monday Card Madness #9

Hello everyone!  How was your weekend?  I had such a lovely weekend celebrating Thanksgiving and my oldest daughters 16th birthday!  I pretty much steered clear of my work room all weekend so when I sat down to create today it was bliss!  I have to tell you!  I kind of love this weeks card sketch!  So much that I couldn’t stop at just one card but made 4 of them!  Honestly I wanted to keep going, but I figured that you all would like to have the sketch so that you can start working on some cards if you’re ready!

This weeks sketch is a simple standard size card that can be worked into any size card that you’d like quite easily.  It is a layered patterned paper card with 3, 1.5 x 1.5″ squares across the front, and a ribbon hanging the center square from the top of the card with a bow.

Because I am in full swing Holiday mode right now, I went for some scraps still sitting on my table from my projects last week, some of my perfectly organized winter papers to create this weeks card.

Of course I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to use some of the Thickers from today’s amazing steal of a steal. The sketch worked perfectly to spell out ‘joy’.

I then closed my eyes and grabbed another kit of papers and came up with some Fancy Pants to create this thank you card.

Next I decided to use some fun papers to create an ‘I <3 U!” card.  Once again….Thickers to the rescue!  :)

I had to force myself to stop at 4 cards and ended up with this fun ‘Thank You’ card with a slightly modified version of the sketch.

I love how perfectly this bird from one of the Thickers sets being offered today finished off my card!

I can’t believe that we have finished up another 4 weeks of Monday Card Madness!  We have loved seeing what you create.  Our Facebook Fan Page is absolutely jam packed with inspiration.  If you haven’t had a chance to take a peek please do!

Usually we would have our drawing for cards today, but being as we have 5 Mondays in November this month, you have one more week to have a crack at winning all of the cards that I have made this month!  :)

Remember to post your cards to Facebook or your own personal blog by next Sunday at midnight, with a comment and link left on the coordinating card blog posting and I will announce the MCM winner on our post next week.

Be sure to check in on Wednesday as we have an amazing guest sketcher lined up for this week!

Happy scrappin’!