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Favorite Finds From Our Favorite Manufacturers

So I thought I should give an “official report” from CHA since I finally feel like I have recovered a little bit. We were able to see such wonderful products and meet many new Vendors. We are very excited about the upcoming year!

Now I have to make a disclaimer here. Well, two actually. First of all my photography skills need some work for sure so please understand these photos are iPhone quality with low lighting! Secondly, just because we are showing you these favorite products does not mean anything except that we LOVE them. We are not hinting in any way that they will appear soon on Scrapbooksteals!  And to all the manufacturers I love so much, these are in no particular order!

First at the Imaginisce booth we got to see a very cool tool that will be coming out later this year. The i-rock tool will heat attach super cute gems on anything from paper to denim! Now you can fancy up your girl’s jeans!

Imaginisce i Rock I rock Project

Next at the Pink Paislee booth I just had to take a picture of their display. This is the first collection I have seen from Pink Pailsee with very little pink, but oh how I love it. Makes me want to get their designers to decorate my house.

Pink Paislee Display

We had so much fun at the Cosmo Cricket booth we just had to show you a peek of one of their most popular new collections. Maybe I can organize my gardening supplies, well maybe not.

Cosmo Cricket Cosmo Project

We already showed you Madison Parker at the Fancy Pants Booth, how much fun those boys are. I fell in love with two of their collections this year. The Family collection and the Rusted Sun collections can be used for so much. My favorite part of those collections? The new cardmaking packs.

Fancy Pants Rusted Sun Fancy Pants Family Fancy Pants Family Cards

Over at the We R Memory Keepers booth we got to see the new Cinch. Now you can make your own mini albums out of just about anything. We R offers all sizes of chipboard covers and pages and also spiral binding to finish any of your projects.

We R Cinch

I also wanted to show a pic of the fun staff at Doodlebug Designs. They ROCK, and so does all of their products!

doodlebug friends

I do have to say that probably my most favorite collection I saw at CHA was at the My Mind’s Eye booth. Their new Lush collection is basic and beautiful. Papers covered in Flock, Beautiful Brads, Chipboard Alphabets and Very Cool Bracket mini albums (also covered in flock)

MME Project MME

All in all it was a fantastic trip and I can not wait until the next one!!!

Our first Online crop!

Join Kristy, Melodee, Jana and lots of other ScrapbookSteals fans at our first online crop!

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/babysteals-live

Below are descriptions of some challenges tonight. What does that mean? You create a layout/project using the criteria of the challenge.

Challenge 1: ‘You Spin Me Round’. That’s right! Let me see a layout using circles of some sort. You can cut your photo into a circle, your paper…..you can add buttons or flair! Let’s see what you can create with a circular theme!

Challenge 2: ‘Gimme 4 or More’. To be honest, this challenge is mostly for lil’ ol’ me! I’ve been in such a one photo layout rut, and ♥ when I create a multi photo layout. The only other catch is that this layout MUST HAVE JOURNALING!… See MoreSee More

Challenge 3: ‘Use What You Can Grab': Okay, have to be honest, this challenged is inspired by our own Lisa Smith Mack. See if you can create a layout using only product that you can reach from your seat. That’s right. You get the heads up for this one, so make sure you have some delicious items ‘handy’.

Challenge 4: ‘Be My Valentine': Can you believe Valentine’s Day is only 2 short weeks away! This challenge is to create a layout about your significant other/BFF OR create that special person a Valentines card. I know it’s great to scrapbook about our kiddo’s, but it’s also important to document the love we have for that special ‘grown up’ person in our lives.

Come on in! Then check out our Facebook page here to share and view photos, layouts, and of course chat! Submit your challenges by Monday at 9am!

Featuring Guest Designer Cari Locken!

Hello everyone!  Today I am SOOOO excited to bring to you a very dear friend as our 2nd Guest Designer of 2010.  For all of you Canadians out there that don’t know Cari, you will be excited to learn that Cari is a Canadian too!

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Cari lives in Langley, British Columbia with her husband, Tim, and three children (Kailyn (9), Ryan (7) and Jayden (5)).  She has been scrapbooking since 1997 and her love for this craft has grown immensely over the past few years. She is a designer for Canadian Scrapbook magazine, Imaginisce and Core’dinations Cardstock.  She loves teaching scrapbooking classes at her local scrapbook store and at various retreats and conventions throughout  the year.  When she’s not scrapbooking Cari is either taking the kids to swimming lessons, doing laundry, driving the kids to & from school, playing the piano, nibbling on chocolate and then running, wasting time on the computer or making meals for everyone!  Yes, a very exciting life indeed! Cari is not only an amazing friend, wife and mother, but as you will see she is an AMAZING scrapper as well.  I’ve been very fortunate to work closely with Cari in the past and there wasn’t a project that went by were I wasn’t completely amazed and inspired by what she created. I asked Cari to use today’s kit, the American Crafts Backyard Collection.  I think you will agree that she did a fantastic job!
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I absolutely LOVE on her ‘Cool Treats’ layout how she was not afraid to add dimension by adding the adorable pin wheels to her page.  Such a great idea for something fun and unique to hang on your wall!

cool treats (small)

I also love in her ‘Fun in the Sun’ layout, how she put the kit to the test by pretty much mixing up all of the different elements that come with the kit!
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If you want to be further inspired by Cari’s incredible talents, then be sure to check out her blog.  http://myandmythoughts.blogspot.com/

Oh!  I also wanted to give you the heads up about our first ScrapbookSteals online crop TONIGHT!  What does that mean?  It means we all get ‘together’ and scrapbook.  Okay, not physically together, but we connect via our computers. We share what we create via our Facebook page so everyone can take turns oooohing and ahhhhhhhing.  We will be chatting and scrapping it up!  And who knows….there may even be some giveaways involved!  WHO doesn’t want free stuff?  Be there at 6PM MST, or be square, or circle, or scalloped, or……………….  :) Come here or on Facebook for the link to join us!

Until next time guest designer day, where we will be treated by not only an amazing scrapper but a Scrapbook Steals customer as well!  (You just never know what will happen when you attach a link to your crafty blog in an email to us!)

Happy Scrappin’!

Lovely, lovely CHA

We just returned from a wonderful trip to Anaheim for the Craft and Hobby Association expo! We had so much fun scoping out the latest and greatest in the Scrapbooking world and everything was just so lovely. We can’t wait to share what we found for you over the coming year! For now, we’ll show you some of the fun photos we couldn’t resist but share. (These photos have nothing to do with upcoming features; just a few things that inspired us! Sorry for the dark iphone quality photos)

I have an obsession with cupcakes…can you tell which ones are real and which are fake?

cupcakes

We HEART Cosmo Cricket!

cosmo cricket

Is this inspiring or is it just  me?

flowers

Provo Craft has a new amazing Cricut called the Cricut Cake. Yes, it cuts out fondant to decorate your cake. Seriously.

cricut cake

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again- the boys at Fancy Pants are so much fun. Madison, this one is for you! (inside joke)

madison and jana

My Mind’s Eye LOVE

I had the BEST time creating with today’s kit.  The My Minds Eye LOVE kit is filled with a huge variety of patterns.  The beauty of this kit is that it doesn’t necessarily tie you to a “Valentines” theme.  In fact, when I saw the Love Me Do kit a few weeks back I IMMEDIATELY thought of using the fun, cheery colors to create a layout about my baby who is SUCH a handful.  In fact the kid runs me ragged every day, but when I get frustrated with him, all I have to do is really focus on his sweet little face and realize that there is SO, SO much to love about him!   The fact that I must burn an extra 500 calories a day by chasing him all over doesn’t hurt either!!  More chocolate for me!  ;)
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While the Be Loved collection does ring a little more “Valentin-ey” to me, it’s a perfect collection for any girly, girl layout.  The soft colors were prefect for this layout about my Sarah, cause she truly is a girly, girly, girl!
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Now lets talk briefly about scraps!  Don’t waste em!  In fact don’t even put them away, because odds are they will never see the light of day again.  Put your creative mind to work and make a card or two!  I mean who doesn’t need a ‘Thank You’ card or a ‘Birthday’ card at the ready.  I’m just excited because I actually got my hunny’s Valentines card done already!  No mad dash on Saturday night to whip something up!
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Yup.  I L-O-V-E, LOVE the My Minds Eye Love collections.

Happy scrappin’!