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 orders@scrapbooksteals.com, 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!  :)

How To’sDay – Altered Paint Cans by Julie Koets

How To’sDay – Altered Paint Cans by Julie Koets

I’m so excited about How To’s Day!  I love all of the creative ideas that we can share if we put our heads together collectively.  I’m sure you will love today’s How To just as much as I do!  Thank you Julie Koets for providing us with such an amazing, step by step project!

Who wants to give another gift in a boring old gift bag? One way to guarantee that an exciting (or ordinary, or even a boring) gift is well received is to wow the recipient with a super cute personalized gift can, made with scrapbooking supplies! Here’s a look at the finished product, with step by step details to follow:

Just get a clean, unused gallon paint can and some of your favorite scrapbooking papers, trims, and mod-podge! I’ve found the cans in hardware stores (at the major home improvement chains, and my local neighborhood hardware store for about half the price!) You’ll also need approximately two 12×12 pieces of scrapbook paper and a 5-6 inch circle of paper for the lid.

I measured my can and cut my paper to fit. You’ll need two strips approximately 4″ x 10.25″ to go around the bottom of the can, and two strips 3.5″ x 10.25″ for the top of the can. Working around the handle is the tricky part. After lots of trial and error, I found that it’s easiest to use a 1″ circle punch to make a cut out for the handle (approximately 1.5″ from the top of the strip. Before I had a circle punch, I actually traced my half circles using the lid of a water bottle and cut them by hand.

Next cut a circle approximately 5.25″ in diameter to fit the lid. I recommend doing all of the cutting before you start adhering pieces, and do a “dry fit” to make sure they’re right before you bust out the mod-podge. Using a foam brush, coat one section of the can with a thin layer of mod-podge (the kind with matte finish, not glossy) making sure not to goop too much on (or you’ll wind up with bubbles under your paper)

Coat the backside of your paper with a thin layer of mod-podge and stick it on the can, lining up the paper with the bottom of the can, smoothing out air bubbles as you go and using a towel to wipe off any mod-podge that oozes around the edges.

Do the same thing for the top half of the can, fitting your half circle cuts around the handle. Keep smoothing out air bubbles as the papers dry, and wipe away mod-podge that oozes at the seams. Hint: Those sneaky little air bubbles are less noticeable when you use a patterned paper and less likely if you use cardstock than with regular weight paper. (Also, don’t fret if you do have a few bubbles initially, as they tend to deflate as the ModPodge dries.)

Glue the paper to the can lid the same way, smooth away the bubbles, and embellish the lid anyway you like. This is a great place to add personalization, die cuts, etc.

Break out your favorite trims to hide the seams around the middle of the can. You can use just about anything for this step. I’ve used ric-rac, ribbon, or just another strip of patterned paper. If your trim is a heavy one (like my sequined fabric) it’s best to use a hot glue gun or super sticky adhesive.

If your trim doesn’t quite go all the way around your can, you can add another embellishment in the center to hide gaps or seams.

Start tying ribbon onto the handle, using as little or as much as you want. You can skip the ribbon all together if you’re doing a masculine can, or try wrapping the handle with rope, leather, or anything. Some cans have handles that can be removed, making it possible to slide beads on the handle instead.

Don’t forget to ask for a “paint can key” when you purchase your can. I’ve been able to get them for free most of the time. Tie some ribbon to the key and tie it to the handle of the can so it can be used to open the gift.

You can also use leftover paper to make a gift tag to tie to the other side of the can.

Now your project is complete and ready to be stuffed with just about anything and given away (or kept for yourself to organize your crafty space)! By the time the recipient gets done oohing and aaahhhing over the can, they really won’t care what’s even inside. And this is one gift bag that won’t be thrown away or “regifted”.


The possibilities are truly endless with a project like this. The cans can be themed for kids, sports, hobbies (fishing, golf, gardening), baby, teachers, etc. and used for all sorts of things. How fun to fill with homemade baked goods, teacher supplies, scrapbook goodies, kitchen gadgets or mixes! They are even good for a bachlorette party or wedding gifts and can be used later to store keepsakes and momentos from the big day.

Julie, THANK YOU for sharing your amazing paint can with us.  You definitely got my mind spinning and I thought how fun it would be to make them and fill them with Valentine sugar cookies and go doorbell ditching the neighbors and leave them not only a wonderful treat, but a fun decoration for the home!

If you’d like to check out more of Julie’s amazing creations, be sure to check out her blog, where you can find all sorts of fun and crafty projects.

Also if you have a fun ‘how to’ which can truly be anything your heart desires, don’t be shy to email it to me at kristy@stealnetwork.com.  We would truly LOVE to give you a day in the spotlight and also help share those great ideas with others.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo!

Scrap happy!  :)

Send Joy Cosmo Cricket Style – MCM #17

Send Joy Cosmo Cricket Style – MCM #17

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope your weekend was well and filled with craftiness!  I have been absolutely blown away by our Facebook Fan page and all of the wonderful creations that you all are sharing!  In fact, I sat down on Saturday night to take a little stroll through the gallery of photos and couldn’t help but want to create myself.  I was delighted to find out that I’d be working with Today’s Steal, the Cosmo Cricket Mini Deck Creative Kits.

I LOVE these collections by Cosmo Cricket.   I don’t know if it’s the fact that the 6×6 pads are all mini print or if it’s the great colors or fun chipboard, but I do know that they are brilliantly fun to work with….especially for creating cards.

Generally I will make a card…or two, but I was having so much fun making cards with the Cosmo Cricket collections that I had to make two for EACH collection!

I wandered through my Silhouette card designs and settled on a basic sketch for this weeks MCM, with a pocket on the front and a pull out tag, which should be easy to duplicate even without a die cutting machine.

I love how versatile a card like this can be.  In fact this type of card you could leave blank or you could add a sentiment to the pocket or tag as the need arises.

If there is any one of these Cosmo Cricket collections that screams spring to me it’s the DeLovely papers.  It gives me hope that the world *will* warm up!

The chipboard that comes with the DeLovely collection are beyond cute.  Look at what a fun and simple card I made using some of the chipboard pieces.

The Material Girl Mini Deck and Chipboard pieces were equally delightful to create with.  The mix of patterns and prints are truly inspiring!

The last collection offered today is the ‘Wanted’ Mini Deck and Chipboard pieces.  I didn’t do a card using the sketch for this week as I didn’t see that it really fit the papers and theme of this kit.  Good news is that these papers, just like the other collections made for some incredibly simple and fun cards!

My little guys were never into the whole ‘Cowboy’ theme, but using these papers sure makes me wish that they had been!  At least I will be able to send along these cards to some little Cowboy to brighten his day!

So how has the challenge of sending out cards gone for you!  Leave a comment to let us know how it’s going!  Just think of the joy that you can bring to someones day!

Also, don’t forget to post your creations to our Facebook Fan Page!  It’s got to be one of the best sources of creative inspiration on the Facebook planet….all thanks to YOU!  Post a link to your project here and you will be eligible for our monthly drawing.

Oh and make sure you check in tomorrow for our How To’sDay, brought to you by Julie Koets!

As for today!  Enjoy your Monday and scrap happy!

Fancy Pants Multi-Media album is a FANTASTIC album for Multi-Friends! :)

Fancy Pants Multi-Media album is a FANTASTIC album for Multi-Friends!  :)

I.  Love.  Today’s.  Steal.  In fact, LOVE may be a wee bit of an understatement as to how I feel about the Fancy Pants Multi Media Mini Album. I remember the first time I saw it was when Dan, the Fancy Pants Man was hanging out with us at a local crop.  I begged Melodee to try and arrange for us to have it as a steal.  I had to squeal just a little bit when I realized I would get to work one up for a Friday blog post.  As I sat thinking about what I wanted to create, it dawned on me how fun it would be to introduce you to or remind you all of how much fun a circle journal is to create, and honestly the Fancy Pants Multi Media Mini Album could not be a cuter album to work with!  The variety of textures and mediums definitely makes for a creative canvas!

So what is a circle journal you ask.  More or less it’s a traveling mini-album which is collectively created between a certain number of friends.  Here’s the jist of how it works….

Each person in a ‘circle’ creates the cover, sign in page, and theme page of what their mini album is about.  Usually these albums are somewhat ‘All About Me’ based, after all it’s a great chance for long distance friends to get to know each other a little better!  After creating the cover, sign in page and theme page, the album is packaged up and sent in the mail to the next person in the circle.  That person then creates the next page in the album, interpreting the theme how they wish and then they send it along to the next person in the circle.  The process is repeated until the album ends up returning to the original owner completed!

I decided to do a ‘thankful’ theme for my circle journal and talked a little bit about one of my not so obvious blessings, which is the blessing of having ‘scrappy sisters’ in my life.  Not having been blessed with a sister of my own it’s so nice to know that I have many ‘sisters’, although not biological, which fill that hole!

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love the cover of this album.  I love working with see through media, and love that I was able to use my Silhouette and cut out vinyl to put on the front and backsides of the cover and have it show on both sides.  :)

The felt pages were my favorite so I created my theme page on one of them.

I made my *sign in tags* out of little hearts that I attached to the jump ring.  As each participant in the circle journal receives the album, they can sign one of the hearts and decorate it if they desire!

I can’t wait to see how the rest of the pages in my album turn out, and how the different forms of media are interpreted!

Well, you know me…sometimes I can’t seem to help myself and want to show lots of great examples of how to do something, so I asked around and found some willing participants to show their interpretations of a circle journal.  In fact, I even got Melodee to FINALLY create something for us.  There was no blackmail involved in the creation of this album.

Melodee took a great approach to a theme in ‘journey’.

I was even able to convince some of our Facebook Friends to create an album to show you how many different varieties a circle journal can take on.

Heather Conklin

Melissa Dehne

Jana Paddington

Brenda Smith

Chloe Salerno

Aren’t they positively fabulous?!?!

I don’t know about these girls but I’m excited to think about the adventures that my album will take on, wherever it may end up going, and what a thrill it will be to see it return completed!

Thank you girls for being willing to share your talents with us to give us ideas!

So now you’re thinking this sounds fun and that you’d like to participate in a circle journal?  Check out our Circle Journal Discussion on Facebook and add your input to creating a group!  And while you’re at it….pick up one of today’s steals to use to create your circle journal!  :)  You wont be disappointed!