Online Crop Challenge #2: 1,2,3,4,5

Online Crop Challenge #2: 1,2,3,4,5

For this challenge you will need to create a layout using different numbers of elements!

1  sheet of shaped paper

2  photos (no more, no less)

3  words in your title

4  chipboard embellishments and / or flowers

5 sentences in your journaling.

Post your layout to our Facebook Fan Page, or other online source such as a blog, by Monday, November 1st at Midnight,then leave a comment on this blog post with the link to your creation to be elligible for a chance to win the drawing for a little scrappy goodness.

Mid Week Mojo #15 with a shiny new look! (Also Online Crop Challenge #1)

Mid Week Mojo #15 with a shiny new look! (Also Online Crop Challenge #1)

Wow.  Do you like the new look of our blog, or what?  Our Creative Genius Emily has been busy, making our blog a little more organized.  Take some time, and click around.  Hopefully you will find yourself right at home, because I have your seat waiting and a nice warm cup of hot cocoa waiting for you!  (Yes.  Can you believe it is snowing in Utah.  Ick!  Oh and stay tuned for a VERY exciting feature to our blog that should be popping up soon!)

I am SO excited about Today’s Steal, the Echo Park Halloween Collection.  That’s right.  ECHO PARK!  Can you believe that Miss Melodee worked her charm and brought to us the ever amazing and oh so sought after, Echo Park.  Yup.  She gets a high five, a star on her forehead and a 44 oz. Diet Mt. Dew for that one!

I know we have seen our fair share of Halloween goodness around the halls of ScrapbookSteals, but MMMMMMMMM….. I am totally in awe of today’s kit.  I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to scrapbook for this weeks Mojo, and was going to do a one pager.  However, these papers were screaming so much fun to me that my one pager turned into a 2 page, 6 – 4×6 photo layout.

I LOVE the patterns of the Echo Park Halloween Collection.  I admit, I’m deathly afraid of scrapping with nothing but patterned prints, yet the small prints on this collection didn’t seem to overwhelm my simple style.  Of course I am so in love with the dots, stars, webs, stripes, skulls and witchy boots that it was really hard to decide what to use.  I finally settled on a mix of 6 different sheets of paper.  (Did you catch that…*I* used SIX different sheets of patterned papers!)

The stickers that come with this kit are so much fun.  I think that Echo Park is BRILLIANT for combining small letter stickers and large letter stickers on the same sheet.  I mean how often are you looking for a small letter sticker to coordinate with a larger letter sticker.  No more need to search!  It’s all at your finger tips!

The other stickers in this collection are so much fun and the perfect addition to spice up a spooky layout.

Do you know what another absolutely FUN use would be for this kit is to create a ‘milk box’ haunted house.  I’ve never seen one of these done before, but while I was taking a stroll through our Facebook Fan Page one night I came across this DARLING Halloween House made by our talented friend Tara Gross.

Can you not imagine how cute one of these houses would be using the darling skull paper in the Echo Park kit?  Tara was kind enough to share more detailed images on her blog. Click here to see other amazing Halloween Craft decorating ideas from Tara.

Now for the exciting part of the MWM blog post.  Our winner from last week!

Brittany Perry was the lucky winner chosen by Random.Org.  It’s a good thing she remembered to comment!

I love how Brittany turned her MWM #14 into a 2 pager and made the wavy lines a sidewalk.  Seriously too cute!

Now don’t forget that this upcoming Friday is our on-line crop from 6 – 10 MST.   We will be having lots of fun, challenges and of course prizes.  In fact, MWM #15 is your first official challenge for the online crop.  Tomorrow I will post the additional 3 challenges so that you can get your scrappy caps on!

The rules for being eligible for the drawing remain the same.

* Layouts must be posted on our Facebook Fan Page, or personal blog by Monday, November 1st at Midnight.  (The midnight that comes at the end of the day.)

* You must return to THIS blog posting and leave a comment with a link to where your layout is posted.  I will be selecting a random winner from the comments posted on THIS blog post.

* Share, Share, Share!  If we hit 100 shares then we will have 2 random winners next week.  I know we tried hard last week, and sadly our share counter was having some problems, so this week is your chance to hit that 100!

Have fun scrapping!  Can’t wait to ‘see’ you all on Friday night during our video chat.  Well.  You can see us crazies in the warehouse.  Wish we could all be together!

Monday Card Madness #4

Monday Card Madness #4

Hey everyone!  Are you ready for some card making fun?  If you were lucky enough to be one of the ‘thieves’ to ‘steal’ today’s card kit from Die Cuts With A View, then you will be ready to roll with this weeks MCM sketch.  If you weren’t able to steal today, no worries!  I will give you measurements on how to make a gate fold card so that you complete this weeks sketch.

I am the first to admit that I have always thought there is something truly special and almost magical about a gate fold card.  I’m not sure if they seem just a little bit fancier, or what, but they make me smile and they are absolutely fun to create!  My favorite is to add a ribbon closure.

If you don’t have pre-made gate fold cards to work with, it’s really easy.  Simply cut your piece of cardstock to 11 x 5 1/2″.  Make a score mark 2 3/4″ in from each edge.  Fold the ‘doors’ shut.

I love the addition of ribbon to the gate fold cards.  Here is how I attached the ribbon.

Step 1: tape a piece of ribbon to the front of the left hand ‘door’ in the center.  This piece of ribbon will measure approximately 14″ long.

Step 2: Cover this piece of ribbon with a piece of patterned paper.  Then tape the another piece of ribbon to the top of this side of the card.  This piece of ribbon will measure about 9″ long.

Step 3:  Now use an embellishment to cover over the area where the ribbon is taped to the front of the card.

Note:  I added a little piece of tape to the back side of the circle to help keep the ribbon in place.

Step 4:  Tie the ribbon closed!  Super easy!  Super cute!  And such a fun way to dress up a card!

We have all loved seeing your creations posted to our Facebook Fan Page.

Remember if you’d like  a chance to win all of the cards that I have created this month for Monday Card Madness, then simply create a card, post it on our Facebook fan page (or other online area),  leave a comment on which ever blog post pertains to the card that you created.  You have until next Monday, November 1st, at midnight, to post your entries.  I will then draw one random winner from all of the comments made.

Until Wednesday…happy scrappin’!

Zinnia Scrap MADNESS!

Zinnia Scrap MADNESS!

Stunned.  There really isn’t a better word to describe what I thought when I saw Today’s Steal, the Zinnia Collection by Little Yellow Bicycle.

I was honestly floored when I saw everything that came in the kit.  Endless is a pretty good word to describe all that it contains!  :)  I grabbed my phone and called up Melodee and kind of kept gushing about how great the kit was….and that’s when the challenge was issued!

Melodee thought it would be fun for me to create just as many things as possible using nothing but the kit and cardstock as needed.  The challenge was ON!

Not only did I complete 3 cards, 9 layouts and a mini album….but ended up with no more time and LOTS of left overs!

I decided I would have a little fun with this challenge and create everything I made for someone else!  I set out asking a few of our Facebook Fans as well as some of our Steal Network employees for photos of their little ladies to get creative with.  Now typically I’m a bit of a sluggish scrapper, over analyzing and over thinking everything, but I’m here to tell you…either having an amazing array of photos to work with or the fact that this kit is so inspiring with its abundance of embellishments and delightful papers in such gorgeous colors, made these projects come together in a snap!

So without further delay, here are the projects that I created!

Layout #1:  This layout features the beautiful face of the StealNetwork…Jane.  Daughter of the amazing Jana Francis.  I about passed out when Janes grandma emailed me this photo as it works so well with the papers!

Layout #2: This layout features the daughter of our CFO, Melanie.  Love little Ellis and her big bear!  I left Melanie a little journaling block so that she can add a thought about the day after she receives the layout.

Layout #3: I couldn’t resist this photo of the daughter of ‘EmJ’, the ‘Partner in Crime’ for the Baby Steals team. I tell ya…I had my girls about 10 years too early as none of these super cute clothes were in existence back then!  This layout also allows a small journaling area for Emily to record her thoughts.

Layout #4: Oddly enough I felt that this particular layout was better without Journaling.  This photo of London, the daughter of Jessica, another StealNetwork employee, basically speaks for itself.  I can truly imagine this layout framed and hanging on the wall.

Layout #5:  I wanted to do a few layouts for some of our local ‘stealers’.  I haven’t had a chance to meet these fine ladies in person, and hope that one day I will!  This layout features the daughter of Brittany Perry.  I laughed when I saw the photos of her daughters hair, only because we had an all too similar experience when my now almost 16 year old was the exact same age.  (Shhhhhhhhh…I did have one little cheat and added a Thickers ‘?’ to finish off my title.)

Layout #6: This layout was done for Staci Jones.  I had such a hard time choosing from the amazing photos that she sent, but loved the innocence of this particular photo.

I also did a few layouts for some of our distant ‘Stealers’.  I had such a hard time narrowing down who I would ask for photos to scrap, so decided to randomly wander through the ‘Fan Photos’ on our Facebook page, to find friends with girls.  I was delighted and honored that the following three moms would let me create for them!   (And truly…if anyone ever has a photo they’d be kind enough to allow me to play with I’m always up for creating for others!  It’s so satisfying!)

Layout #7:  This layout was done for Lisa Zubritsky.  There is nothing quite as precious as a sleeping baby and loved being able to scrap this layout of her little “KK”.

Layout #8 was made for our fan Mary Margaret.  Her daughters remind me so much of my 3 oldest, which are all girls, and makes me wonder if her girls are as great of friends as mine are.  Judging by the photo I’m likely to think so!

Layout #9:  Last but not least this layout is for our fan Stephanie Umpleby.  I love her precious little lady having fun on the farm at Grandma and Grandpa’s house!

Now I will be honest.  I’m not much of a mini-album girl as I feel like I never do a great job with them, but I am SOOOOOO excited to surprise Jana with this sweet little memory book of her darlin’ Jane.  Jana, enjoy!  (And thank you Janet, for providing me with these absolutely delightful photos to work with!)

After making so many layouts I had a lot of scraps.  What better use for scraps than to make cards?  Actually my cute Sister In Law Jana made the two cards on the white bases.  Aren’t they darling?

Now would you believe even AFTER creating all of those projects, I still have all of this product left over!

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure that had time of allowed, I could have created at least a dozen more cards and a layout or two.

Yup.  I have to tell you.  This project / kit / steal = Love!

MWM #14 and today’s steal is ‘TOTE’ally Awesome!

MWM #14 and today’s steal is ‘TOTE’ally Awesome!

Hello scrappy divas!  It’s that favorite day of the week!  None other than Wednesday, which means its time for some Mid Week Mojo!

This weeks sketch was by request of one of our Facebook Fans, that wanted a little help with a 2 – 4×6, portrait style layout.  I hope it works for what she has in mind!

I have to be honest that I swoon over Doodlebug product.  Today’s Steal, the Doodlebug Designs Flutterby FIlled Tote is of no exception. The colors are so bright and cheery and paired with the darling brown tote, is almost too much for me to handle!  (DID YOU SEE THAT CUTE BROWN TOTE!  You can only bet I’m ‘tote’ally having to fight my girls to be the one to keep it!)

I wanted to do a girly, girly layout with this weeks sketch, because these papers just scream ‘little lady’ to me.  I was fresh out of ‘little lady’ photos so I asked on of our fans, Kristy MacKeen, if I could scrapbook a layout for her of her sweet little 6 month old.  I was beyond thrilled when I saw the photos and realized how perfectly they would work with the Doodlebug papers.

One of my favorite aspects of the Doodlebug company is the fact that their product blends so well with other companies.  This not only gives you the ease of using product from Doodlebug, but the option of mixing in other manufacturers with ease.  In fact, on this layout, I figure that I incorporated bits and pieces from either 6 or 7 previous steals!  Now how’s that for a fantastic way to not only get some fun new product, but to put to use your ‘stash’ as well!

I am so over the moon in LOVE with the Doodlebug gems.  Long before creating for ScrapbookSteals, I had every color, except brown, and used them on almost every project.  Imagine my excitement when I found that today’s steal included the brown jewels.  Next to hot pink, brown is my favorite color to wear…and now my Jewels collection is complete!  (For a few more layouts anyway!)

Another favorite of mine, of the Doodlebug company is their font.  I  love the whimsical letter stickers included with the kit.  Such a perfect and easy way to make a title for a page!

Hopefully our new system for becoming eligible for the MWM drawing hasn’t been too difficult to follow.  I know it’s been great to have a one stop shop to find all of the layouts that were created using Cristine’s amazing sketch from last week.

I used the trusty ol’ Random.Org and found our winner for MWM #13

I love how Kelly Marks interpreted the sketch, and I absolutely adore the photos of her kiddos.  (And hey!  Added bonus!  It even color coordinates very nicely with today’s blog post.  Hee hee.)

I also used Random.Org to pick the winner of the Recipe Magnet Board that I made for last Friday’s blog post, and the winner is Cyndee!  Here is her comment:

Cyndee October 18th, 2010 at 11:37 am – #10898   edit

Absolutely beautiful and totally inspiring, as always! :)

Kelly and Cyndee, send us your address and we will get your prizes sent out to you!

The rules for this week’s mojo will remain the same as last week.

1. Projects must be posted on line no later than midnight on Monday.  (The midnight at night time.  :) )
2. A link to your project must be provided on THIS blog posting if you wish to be included in the random drawing.
3. SHARE!  Every week we are closer than the week before to hitting 100 shares!  If we hit 100, I will draw TWO random winners next week.

Can’t wait to see what you create, and oh…a little heads up for Friday!  I’ve been a very busy girl.