Welcome to Mid Week Mojo #30 aka as RUBY CLUB TIME! (Online Crop Challenge #1)

Welcome to Mid Week Mojo #30 aka as RUBY CLUB TIME! (Online Crop Challenge #1)

I think you’re all with me when I say that it’s pretty Rock Star that we’ve reached THIRTY weeks of Mid Week Mojo’s.  Today’s Steal, the  Twinkle Twinkle Little Star collection by Piggy Tales couldn’t portray the Rock Star factor of our milestone in any more perfect of a way!

What is even more Rock Star for me is that I was given a challenge for this weeks Mojo.  Our friend Chloe Salerno asked me if she could challenge me with a sketch.  Truth be told, I looooove my weeks when we feature a Guest Sketcher and use that time as a much needed brain break, so I’m delighted and thrilled with the idea of being given a sketch from one of you, to see how I interpret it.

Here is the sketch that Chloe gave me.

As I sat contemplating the design and the theme of the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star papers I decided that I wanted to do a layout about my uncle who is a huge Rock Star figure in my life.  I used the grid design of Chloe’s sketch to inspire the design of what I created for this week.  I kept the nine square “quilt design” but replaced the embellishment blocks with photos since I had so many that I wanted to include and also opted for stars as my theme embellishment.  I used Photoshop to morph all of the photos into one block and even typed the journaling as part of the big “picture”.

The Twinkle Twinkle Little Star collection has sooooooo much potential not only for little boys and of course those infamous photos of playing Rock Band, but would work great for layouts like I did as well as photos of a little girls dance concert or even photos of your daughters crush on Justin Bieber! 😉  I love a collection that has so much versatility.  I also love the backsides of these papers…especially the silver one.  I know the photo doesn’t do justice, but the silver backside has almost a shimmery look to it.  So much fun for making stars!

I also love the big chipboard pieces that come with this collection.  Rough up the edges a little and the Rock Star layout is a rockin’!

So if you’re after a collection that can rock your world with potential then today’s Steal is it!  Thank you Chloe for such an amazing sketch.  That was truly so much fun for me to create something based off of the ideas of someone else.  Maybe I ought to try those guest designer sketches one of these weeks after all.  😉

Each week it’s truly a joy to see what you girls create and upload to our Facebook Fan page.  I have loved seeing all of the interpretations of Brenda’s amazing sketch.  I must say that I loved the layout by this weeks lucky random winner Cristine Redmond!

I love how beautifully the Thickers look with the papers that she chose and of course I love that she was able to preserve such a wonderful memory of three generations.  Cristine, will you please shoot us an email at orders@scrapbooksteals.com so that we can get a prize sent out to you.

Now  here is the part where you have to pay close attention.  :)  This weeks sketch makes #30 which means we have reached Ruby Club giveaway time.   Are you ready to see what the fantastic prize is?  I know I’m ready to show you!

If you are interested in being the proud owner of this ROCK STAR giveaway of every one of Bo Bunny’s brand new paper collections which have just barely hit the streets, then here is what you have to do.

* After you complete MWM #30, enter your comment HERE on THIS blog post with a link to your layout that is posted on our Facebook Fan Page or your own personal blog.  I will select the regular weekly winner from this posting.

* If you are a Ruby Club member, meaning that you have completed sketches 21 – 30,  please make a comment on the “I Made it!  I’m RUBY!” blog posting listing the titles of all ten of your layouts.  I will be verifying all creations of our lucky winner.  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 links.  Thanks!)

* If you are a Diamond, Emerald and Ruby Club member, don’t forget that you have THREE chances to win.  You will need to make SEPARATE comments in the “I Made it!  I’m RUBY!” blog posting listing each of your “Club” creations.  You will need to list the names of your Diamond Club layouts (#’s 1 -1 0) in one comment, the names of your Emerald Club layouts (#’s 11 – 20) in another and finally your Ruby Club layouts (#’s 21 – 30) in yet another separate comment.  If your “Club” layouts are all listed in the same comment it will only be counted as one entry.

Also, for those of you wishing to catch up, here is an easy reference link to the sketches for the  Diamond Club Layouts, the Emerald Club Layouts and the Ruby Club Layouts.

Good luck girls!  GO RUBY!

Now for a quick reminder about our online crop this Friday night from 6 – 10 MST.  We will be chatting via UStream beginning around 6PM and will have the video portion of our chat around 8PM.  We have one of our favorite manufacturers lined up to come and play with us so you will NOT want to miss out!  As always..challenges, prizes and lots of giggles!

Check in tomorrow for the crop challenges to be posted here on the blog.

Now get rockin’ that scrappy business!  :)

How To’sday: Scraproom Organization, Part II

How To’sday: Scraproom Organization, Part II

Good morning everyone!  I’m so thrilled about part II of our scrap space organization series.  I have had such a great week trying to incorporate some of the fabulous ideas that were shared with us last week and I can’t wait to keep improving the flow of my working space by implementing some of this weeks ideas.

This week we will start off by taking a peek into Heather Gray’s working paradise and the ideas that she has to make our work areas more effective.

Heather Gray

Here are some photos of my craft room.  I have the Expedit shelves from Ikea with cubbies for organizing paper, albums, stamps, and embellishments.

I just added the over the door shoe organizer for my punches because I now have too many to just sit on the desk!

I have a couple different ways to organize my ribbon.  In the closet, my husband took out the regular bars and put in small dowel rods to hang the ribbon on.

But now that I have *more* ribbon, I bought some pants hangers to put spools on.

And the ribbon that is not on a spool goes in one of the cubbies.

I created some cheap stickle storage out of a cardboard box.

Joanna Alcock

My husband and I built my scrap space out of closet storage components from Home Depot and white melamine-coated MDF. It’s fantastic, as all of my supplies are at hand.

I love the little cubby cabinet and I sort all my brad’s into the plastic nesting jars, which were $1 each at our local dollar store.

It was a lot of work, but we were able to keep it low budget by building most of it ourselves.

Thanks for letting me share!

Julie Koets

Here are some photos of how I organize my scrappy stash.  The first photo is my favorite feature of my scrappy space—my peg board wall installed by my wonderfully handy hubby.  I love organizing my stash and can’t wait to fill it up!

I use an IKEA curtain wire to hang stickers, embellishments, etc.  I don’t have space for a clip-it-up, so this is the next best thing.  It’s so much easier to be crafty when I can see my supplies!

Just remember when installing peg board, don’t put the board directly onto the wall, but put 1″ strips of wood behind it to set it away from the wall to make room for those little pegs/hooks to go in.

My other organizing system involves ribbon.   I must say that clothespins are the way to go!  I found 100 old fashioned clothespins for $10 and spent an evening in front of the television transferring my ribbon from bulky spools to these neat little pins.  Just secure the end with a little straight pin and you can dig through your stash without having all of your ribbon unwind.  My bin wouldn’t even hold all the tangled spools that I had, but now that they are on pins, I have plenty of room and may just need to “steal” more ribbon!  Now I’m thinking my storage bin doesn’t do all these beautiful ribbons justice and am thinking about putting them in a big apothecary glass jar!

Karen Weingartner

Some of my tips:

-I am a clean freak and don’t like clutter so I try to keep most of my stuff in my drawers or bins.

-I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my label maker and label the outside of every drawer and bin in my craft room.

-I love the storage containers I use for my brads, buttons, and other small embellishments. They hinge from the bottom-up (which prevent spills when opening), are easy to open, and close securely.

-I love the recessed surface of my desk with the glass top. I keep “work in progress” under the glass- easy to see and protected from dust.

Most of my furniture is from IKEA. My storage items are from IKEA, Target, and The Container Store.

Kristen Carter

So I have LOTS of ideas for organizing, but my biggest was getting my paper sorted by color. I had my step dad make boxes for me with shelves in them to stack and sort my paper. The boxes fit perfectly in my goodwill store find metal cabinet (paid $2 for the cabinet and another $6 for the aqua spray paint).

I’m the type of scrapper that goes by color not manufacturer, so as soon as I bring something new home, it gets opened and sorted. All my buttons & brads are in jars & containers in the windowsill, all my chipboard goes in a shoebox on the shelf and ribbons are in a basket that pulls out of one of the shelves you see on my craft table (also built by my step dad and painted by me).

The last photo is how I store all my alphas & stickers. I bought a catalog rack on ebay and put 8 1/2 x 11 page protectors & baseball card protectors inside it then stacked my alphas by color also. There are dividers between sections and I know when I’m running low on particular colors just by flipping through the rack. My stickers are also sorted the same way by theme.

I don’t have a photo of it, but another thing that I do to scrapbook faster is as soon as my photos come back from shutterfly or costco, I sort them according to page layouts and write my journaling on an index card. Photos and card get slipped inside a small envelope and they’re put in a photo box ready to scrap when I am. If I have a few extra minutes one day and no new photos, I’ll pull out a few envelopes, sketch a quick layout plan or drop in one that I’ve printed (a MWM perhaps) and put it back in the box. A few minutes here & there and all I have to do when I have an actual block of scrappy time is pull some paper & embellis and put the layout together. A HUGE timesaver!

Lisa Anderson

Here are close ups of how I like to keep things sorted and organized.

Thank you ladies for sharing your amazing tips with us!  We have six more creative spaces lined up to take a peek at next week.  If you haven’t had a chance to send in your ideas and would like to see your tips featured in our final week of Scraproom Organization How To’sday tips then please feel free to send them along to kristy@stealnetwork.com

Be sure to check in tomorrow at 9AM for the final sketch installment in our Ruby Club and to see what the amazing prize is that will be up for grabs to one lucky Ruby Club member.

Have a happy How To’sday!

Happy Valentines Day! Let’s Make Cards (MCM #20)

Happy Valentines Day!  Let’s Make Cards (MCM #20)

Happy Valentines Day everyone!  I love this holiday.  Not so much for the typical aspects of it, because truth be told I’m a fairly frugal one and I just can’t see the point in spending lots of money on flowers and candy.  However I do love something about Valentines Day cards.  I always have.  Even back in grade school Valentines Day was my favorite holiday to celebrate at school.  I loved picking out the perfect note for the perfect person and delivering it to their Valentines Box….or….lucky Mr. Christopher Anderson in 5th grade….he got the special homemade Valentine from me, his secret admirer.  Hmmm…I wonder if he ever figured out who that was from?  :)

Anyhow, today’s Steal, the Die Cuts With  A View Card Kits, are the perfect “go to” when making cards.  Hands down I cannot say enough good about having these cards on hand.  I love that they are pre-cut to the perfect size and have an envelope included.  No more cutting down expensive sheets of cardstock that could be used on a layout, in order to create a card!

For this weeks Monday Card Madness, rather than providing a sketch, your challenge is to create a Valentine for a loved one and let them know how important they are to you.

I took a stroll through our Facebook Fan Page, and gathered up all of the Valentines / Love cards that I could find as of recent to share with you here to use as inspiration.  (Just hover over the card to see the name of the talented designer.)


Now I know that you are all waiting on pins and needles to find out who the lucky winner of the We R Memory Keepers Cinch Bundle giveaway is.

Our lucky winner is comment poster number 12.

Kyla Dawn Norris!

Congrats Kyla!  If you will send your address to orders@scrapbooksteals.com, we will get it sent to our wonderful friends at We R Memory Keepers and they will get your Cinch sent out to you.

Just a reminder to make sure you post your creations to our Facebook Fan Page or personal blog, along with a link here in the comments in order to be eligible for our monthly Monday Card Madness drawing.

Also be sure to check in tomorrow for part two of our amazing organization How To’sday!

Happy Valentines Day.  <3

Surprise! The Silhouette is BACK!

Can you believe it?  I don’t want to ruin any surprises for tomorrow morning, but I just can’t hold it in any longer.  The Silhouette is BACK.  And get this….Melodee rocked her amazing buying powers and guess what WE have for you?  Not only the amazing Silhouette bundle that we offered last time, but we’ve got a huge vinyl kit, an awesome “tool” kit, a heat transfer kit with glitter and flocked transfer material………..and………..the brand NEW heat transfer fabric interfacing that was just released TWO weeks ago!  Can you believe that?  I know!  I’m still trying to wrap my head around it as well.  :)  Melodee, you deserve a big chocolate cake for that one.

Well you know me, I had to play with the new products that we will be offering tomorrow.  I mean, what’s a girl to do, when this fun new stuff is just begging to be used?  Let me show you what I’ve had fun making this week.

To begin, I told my 13 year old that had just bought some *boy* sweats on clearance for $3.00 that she needed to let me make them pretty for her.  I turned her loose and had her choose a font and a design from my Silhouette library that she’d like to have on the leg of her pants.

She chose a basic font which I welded together using the Silhouette software.  Don’t forget if you are transferring letters to your project to flip them horizontally prior to cutting so that they are correct for applying.

The key to making the heat transfer work without a hitch is to really apply some pressure when ironing the image.  The backing should peel off without any trouble.

We cut out a layered flower using  smooth glitter, smooth purple and the flocked white heat transfer.

We started with the purple layer and then added the glitter layer on top.

We then added the center of the flower which was cut from the same flocked white as we used on the letters.

She was a hit at school and had a lot of compliments.  :)

Another daughter was feeling a little left out of the heat transferring fun so we added her name to her back pack.

I wanted to make something for myself as well, since I truly love the look of the glitter heat transfer material.  I decided to make a new running shirt for myself, to hopefully inspire me to actually get running.  (Why is it that new clothes seem to make life a little more exciting all around?)

I even added some wings on the back of my shirt.  I may need a little help to fly since tomorrow I’m signing up for a half marathon which is next month!  Eeek!

After having an absolute blast making some “custom designed” clothing I had to play with the fabric interfacing.  Oh.  My.  Word.  WHAT A DREAM!  I cannot say enough good about this product and the unlimited options that it has brought to the Silhouette.  I’ve never been a quilter, but I can only imagine the fun it would be to cut out shapes and make a quilt.  But I get ahead of myself…..

I had so many ideas, and let’s face it….not enough interfacing.  :)

My original thought was to make a St. Patty’s Day wreath for my front door.  I ended up running out of fabric mid-project, but I still want to show you the photos of how the process works.

First you iron the appropriate size of interfacing on to the back of your fabric.

Next you cut the fabric back to the edge of the interfacing.  Cut the fabric to the appropriate size of your design and then remove the paper backing.  Apply the fabric to the Silhouette cutting mat, and send to cut.  I did a double cut on all of my fabric designs and it worked like a charm.

I cut a layered design out of another fabric then ironed the two pieces together.  The adhesive on the back of the interfacing gives the fabric a temporary hold to allow you to either hand or machine stitch the pieces into place, thus my incredible urge to learn how to quilt!

Now I just need to get some more fabric so I can finish my project.  😉

When I was thinking of innovative ways to combine some of the products I thought of how much fun it would be to cut flowers out of fabric and adhere them to my wall in combination with some vinyl.

I cut out three flowers, each with three layers.

I love this design because when sewn together they are 3 dimensional, rather than flat.

I alternated the patterns of fabric on each of the layers so that the three flowers are all a tad different.

I must say….it’s LOVE!

I had to create one more thing, combining the fabric interfacing and the heat transfer kits.  I wanted to make a little something special for a special little girl.

A blingy cuppy cake purse for none other than the face of KidSteals….Miss Jane!

If you’re curious of some other projects and ideas that are made with the Silhouette, be sure to check out the blog post that I made last time we featured the Silhouette.  You can find it here!

Good luck Stealing tomorrow!  May all of your Silhouette dreams come true.  <3

Welcome Guest Sketcher, Brenda Smith! (MWM #29)

Welcome Guest Sketcher, Brenda Smith! (MWM #29)

I LOVE guest sketcher week.  Not only do my brain cells get a much needed rest, but we all get treated to a fresh set of ideas.  I was beyond thrilled when Brenda Smith agreed to be the guest Mojo sketcher for February.  I think you will love seeing how Brenda put the perfect twist on today’s Steal, the Out and About collection by We R Memory Keepers. I know we are all treated each week by seeing Brenda’s girly girl layouts so what an added bonus it is to see her step out of her “norm” and use a more boy-ish collection.

Brenda….take it away.  :)

To say that I was thrilled to be asked by Kristy to be a guest sketcher would be a vast understatement. I was ecstatic, downright giddy. I marked the very beginning of my scrapbooking journey with Scrapbook Steals and MWM #1 and 28 weeks later, I have done a total of 48 layouts, 7 cards, 1 mini book, and 3 altered projects (a printer’s tray, a notebook, and an embroidery hoop)! How lucky I am that I get to guest design for the blog that has meant so much to me and my development as a scrapbooker!

I must admit, when I was given the choice to work with either Out and About or another kit, I was a little intimidated by the idea of using a travel-themed/boyish line on layouts about my daughter. In the end, I decided the challenge would be good for me, and so Out and About it was. Once I saw the papers in person, I realized this line is so much more than just travel-themed. A lot of the patterns have sort of a 60s/70s retro feel, which I completely love.

The layout I chose as my sketch was inspired by the fabulous layered and flocked stickers included in today’s kit. When I saw the “Let’s Go” sticker, I knew it would be perfect for the pictures I have of my daughter standing up.

I cut out the car portion of the sticker to make it more appropriate for the subject matter. I also felt inspired to use the two different kinds of die cuts. The first one is the bracket-shaped one at the top, and the second one, I cut the scalloped edges off to use as borders on the top and bottom. Behind the picture on the right, there is an envelope which contains a hidden letter to my daughter.

I simply glued the underside of the envelope to my photo, and then glued the photo to the layout.

Another thing I love about WRMK? Their tiny brads, and in this case, glitter brads! They add the perfect, subtle touch to any layout.

I did a couple additional projects with Out and About because it was just so fun to work with. This layout, “We Laugh in the Face of M.S.R.P.” is about how I hope to teach my daughter to never full price for anything, prompted by the clearance stickers on the scrapbook supplies in the background of the photo. I am an expert bargain-hunter, and with any luck, my daughter will be too! I stitched a pocket into the cardstock and have hidden journaling on a tag.

I also did an altered embroidery hoop.

I cut the orange dotted paper into a circle and glued it to the inner hoop. Then I inked the outer hoop with Martha Stewart pigment ink and attached Fancy Pants pom pom trim. I put the hoops together, put my picture, papers, and other embellishments on, and tied a ribbon to the top to make a wall hanging. Done in 20 minutes, very easy!

Lastly, I made a card for my 9 year old nephew.

I really love how versatile this line is. It really works with all sorts of themes and projects

I am so excited to see what you girls make this week!

Brenda, I can’t thank you enough for being our Guest Sketcher for this month.  You are truly gifted and amaze all of us with everything you create!

I’m also amazed with this weeks Random.Org winner.

Melanie Carey

Not only am I amazed at how lovely of a job she did with this page, but I cannot get over how FANTASTIC she looks for being on the way home from just having had a baby!

Congrats Melanie.  :)  Please send your address to orders@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get something scrappy sent out to you.

We want to thank We R Memory Keepers for their generosity in providing us with an amazing Cinch package for a giveaway.  The contest is now closed, but be sure to check in Monday morning to see who the lucky winner is!

Do you think you can handle one more *amazing* thing?  How about a little twist on our monthly Guest Designer?  Would *you* like to be featured?  Well if you’re feeling the urge to create a sketch for us, and you’re feeling lucky, simply add a comment to the blog post following this one.  I will select a random winner using my favorite, Random.Org, and we will announce the winner of the random guest spot on St. Patrick’s Day!   Our random designer will be featured on the first Wednesday in April, since our guest for March is already busy designing away.  Hurry though!  You only have until tomorrow morning to let me know that you’re interested.

Be sure to share your amazing takes on Brenda’s sketch.  Remember to post your creations to our Facebook Fan Page or personal blog with a link provided here in the comments in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing.  Also next week will be the last sketch in the “Ruby Club” series.  I’m so positively in love with the prize that Melodee wrangled up for this milestone.  Just a referesher that if you have completed layouts 21 – 30 you are eligible for the Ruby Club drawing.  If you are also a member of the the Diamond Club (sketches 1 – 10) and Emerald Club (sketches 11 – 20) you are eligible for one additional entry in the Ruby Club drawing for each “club” you are a member of.   So in short, if you’ve done all 30 sketches, you will have 3 entries into the drawing.  Just be sure to start gathering either names of your previous layouts or links to them to provide as a part of your entry.

Well, that’s probably an information overload so that’s enough from me today.  :)

Now it’s time to be happy and get scrappy.