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Imaginisce i-bond and glue sticks | Monday Craft Madness #15

The Imaginisce i-bond and glue sticks bundle on today’s steal are a must for any serious crafter. It is super easy to use, and with no electric cord (it’s battery operated), it is the perfect tool to take with you on crops and retreats! Whether you are making a card, a layout, mini album, or altered project, it has the power to stick down any size and weight of embellishment. Which is perfect for this week’s Monday Craft Madness


Make a handmade rosette on your project!

I love to make rosettes and use them on all different projects imaginable – they are so versatile. They are so easy to make too! Here is a quick tutorial:

DIY handmade rosette tutorial

1. Cut strips of paper using a variety of different border punches. The strip needs to be 12″ in length and no more than 2′ wide. Only have 6×6 paper? Stick 2 pieces together. Want bigger rosettes? Stick two 12″ strips together!

2. Score your strips every 1/2″.

3. Concertina fold your paper strip.

4.  Use your glue gun to add hot glue to one end of the strip. Stick to the other end (making a kind of loop.)

5. Fold the strip towards the center – it should automatically fold inwards and make the rosette shape.

6. Some people just add hot glue to the back side of the rosette and hold into place. I like to use a scrap circle and stick it to the bottom for more support.

7. Hold the circle in place and flatten until set.

8. The finished rosette! Easy peasy! :)

I have made a layout, a card, a gift box embellishment, and an altered letter to show you just how effective they are.

First, the layout. I actually used ‘ready cut’ rosette pieces from the paper collection, so all I had to do was glue them together. I have tried many different glues with rosettes, but have always found that they come apart after time. The i-bond sets quickly and holds them firmly in place.

Scrapbooking layout using Imaginisce i-bond

I wanted a more textured and ‘woody’ feel to this page as the photo was taken in the park. The i-bond was perfect for gluing the small wood pieces to the page – they are reasonably heavy and so any other glue would have struggled to hold them in place.

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts

I used the same collection to alter a large wooden letter for my daughter’s bedroom. The i-bond was, again, essential for gluing the flowers, rosettes and even the ribbon firmly in place.

DIY handmade altered project on

DIY handmade altered project on

I love to use rosettes on cards and gifts too. I wanted to make a matching card and gift set, but unfortunately the only paper I had that coordinated with the gift box was a 6×6 pad. I, therefore, cut out the 6″ strips and stuck them together to make a 12′ strip, and made the rosettes the same way.

DIY handmade card using rosettes

I used a straight edge strip for one of the rosettes and then used a scalloped border punch for the other. You can use different border punches for different ‘looks’ to your flowers – just play around with them and see some great results!

Adding dimension and texture with rosettes to handmade cards

The matching gift box uses the same color combination and matching rosettes.

DIY handmade rosette embellishments

A fun little embellishment to add a little ‘pop’ to a normally plain box.

DIY handmade rosette embellishments

I hope I have inspired you to start work on your rosette projects this week. Remember, they can be any project you like – there are so many possibilities!

Don’t forget – previous Monday Craft Madness themes for February are #12 ‘You are…’, #13 ‘White+1′, #14 ‘Citrus color combo’. This is the last MCM for the month of February – you have until Friday 1st March to get your entries in.

Just remember to have fun! :)

If you’d like to enter to win the February Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the Friday after the final theme is posted to create your project and upload a photo of it somewhere online with a link to this post in the caption. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on our blog with the link to your project! We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 prize pack from at the end of the month!

Just note that this is separate from Mid Week Mojo, so you’ll have at least two fun projects a week you can dive into. :)

Don’t forget to check back in with us tomorrow for a fun How To’sday post by guest designer Charity Becker!

How To-sday | Valentine’s Canvas

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Lisa Spiegel. Lisa shows us how to make an adorable altered canvas just in time for Valentine’s Day! She has rocked it yet again!

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Happy How To-sday!  Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on us and in honor of our day of love, I created a canvas for my mantle using my scrapbook supplies.  It’s really easy to do but makes a big impact and can help you set the tone for a little Valentine’s Day décor in your home. DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day Canvas

 Here’s a peek at the products I used to create this..

DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day Canvas

A canvas (I got mine for under $3 at Big Lots), three different scrapbook papers (I chose to use some My Mind’s Eye and the punch outs from the Love Me collection), a heart punch, Thickers, a doily, and some Heidi Swapp Color Shine.

To create the canvas, I unscrewed the cap from the Color Shine and splattered the canvas with the product instead of spraying it.

DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day Canvas

I really like the subtle glimmer of the Color Shine without it covering too much of the canvas.  Next, I punched out 6 hearts out of each of the three papers.  I layered each heart with two hearts and folded the top heart in the middle so it popped a bit. I used my sewing machine to adhere the layers but it isn’t necessary if you don’t have a sewing machine.

DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day CanvasI then layered the doily, the seven hearts, and the Thickers I and U, a sprig of leaves I die cut with my Cameo, and a little flag from the MME die cut sheet to create my little cluster. DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day Canvas

For the embellishment cluster at the top, I used two die cut strips, the two last hearts and a couple of die cut hearts, too.

DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day Canvas

I adhered everything to the canvas using Zip Dry adhesive and in 30 mins, I created the backdrop for my mantle display.

DIY handmade turorial for altered Valentine's Day Canvas

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little How To’s Day tutorial!  Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with the people you love!

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Lisa, thank you so much for sharing with us today! You have such great ideas for projects and you make them all look so easy. If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To-sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo sketch Jade #10! You are in for a special treat, as we have Guest Designer Kassandra Lepage sharing an adorable collection and sketch with you. :-)

Authentique Glory

I love Fridays! Not only does it mean the weekend is upon us but it also means we are treated to the talents of one of our amazing Design Team members. Today Kerys Sharrock absolutely nails to perfection the many ways to use today’s steal, the Authentique Glory collection.

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It’s my turn again to post on another awesome collection! The awesome Brittany Perry and Kristy Lee gave me another awesome steal to play with, the Authentique ‘Glory’ collection, with the instructions “non-patriotic!” This was easy as we have only lived in the USA for 2 years and I don’t have lots of “patriotic” photos to scrap.

It just so happened that my daughter has begun gymnastics, and of course you know girls, they just have to have the best leotard! The one she chose matched perfectly with this collection. I used Authentique’s current sketch challenge for the layout, and added the stickers and quotes from the 12×12 detail sheet. As you can see, the quotes and stickers don’t just have to be for the 4th of July celebration—they can be adapted perfectly for any situation.

The next thing I decided to make was an altered birdhouse. I love these things and they have become a bit of an obsession for me! Once I looked through the Glory collection, I decided that the reds and creams gave me a feeling of Christmas, so I went with the Christmas theme. Again, I used the papers and border stickers from the collection—the “holiday cheer” I thought was perfect and comes from the individual word stickers found in the collection. A touch of holly and snow, and voilà!

And last but not least, this is definitely my favorite altered project to date! I decided to alter a drawer set. You know the plain wooden ones you get from the craft store? I painted it, crackle painted it, went over it with some distress ink, and then went to town decorating it with the Authentique papers. There are so many different patterned papers in this collection it was hard to choose. I kept it quite simple, inking the edges of each paper and then finishing it off with the “be creative” title on the top. This is going to be sitting on my desk for inspiration. I even used a couple of the stickers from the collection on the ends of the spools. Cute!

Thank you so much Scrapbook Steals, Brittany, and Kristy for allowing me to be on the Summer Design Team! I’ve had such a blast and will miss it greatly. I hope I’ve managed to inspire a few people along the way!

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Kerys, your projects are beyond amazing and I’m telling you straight up right now, if you find your drawers missing you may want to come and check my craft room. 😉 It’s been a joy having you as a part of the team and I tell myself I’m not going to cry when it’s done, but I’ve already shed a tear or two! Good thing is we will be treated to one final hoorah in a triple whammy from the entire design team next Friday! You wont want to miss it at all.

I hope you all have an exceptional weekend! I know I will. Tomorrow is the Color Run for me so be on the lookout for some very colorful photos coming up in a Mid Week Mojo soon!

American Crafts Flower Shoppe

Are you ready for another amazing Design Team Friday project? I sure hope so! Today Regina Mangum takes the stage in a bounty of blossoms as she makes today’s steal, American Crafts Flower Shoppe, flourish with fabulousness!

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I got to play with a plethora of posies from the American Crafts Flower Shoppe line of decorative flowers and I am so glad I get to share them with you for my first official design team post! These flowers are stunning and the colors range from bright and fun to soft and subtle.

I love trying to keep up with my rugrat’s scrapbook when I can, but I have to admit that when I saw all the flowers I didn’t think I could really incorporate them into a page for a boy. But I remembered a recent trip to a very cool garden, and one particular photo I loved. I had been meaning to scrap it and wondered if they would go together—and I was glad I paired them up!

I used the largest of the decorative flowers and these blooms turned out to be just perfect to help me create a “frame” for my photo. I didn’t do it here, but the pearls on the flowers are actually removable brads and can be replaced with something else if desired.

Next, I created a sweet and simple little canvas bag “no sew” project. I simply adhered some ribbon onto the bag with some scor-tape, adhered the cute flowers in rows with glue dots, and voila! I have a nice little bag large enough to hold a water bottle or some necessities.

Lastly, I created a clean and simple card using some bright and fun patterned paper. This quick and easy card is bright and cheery. I simply pierced lines below each bloom to create stems. Easy-peasy, yes?

I hope you enjoyed my Flower Shoppe projects today as much as I enjoyed creating them. Thanks so much to and Kristy and Brittany for giving me this wonderful chance to create with such a terrific product!

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Regina—amazing. I simply adore how you added the flowers to a “boy” page. Having two boys after three girls I’m always finding myself adding a little floral fun to my boy pages. Yours is true perfection!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend! Hope you also find some time to get scrappy. :)

Doodlebug Designs Mono Buttons

Gosh, I love a good button. It’s the perfect itty-bitty embellishment that can take any project to the next level and is my definite “go to” in paper crafting.  Today our lovely design team member Cyndee Kawa rocks the house in her farewell design team project using the Doodlebug Designs Mono Buttons.

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Who doesn’t love a versatile embellishment? You’re in luck, because today’s steal, Doodlebug Mono Buttons, are exactly that! Doodlebug buttons come in bright, happy colors that coordinate and compliment so many paper collections and manufacturers. As soon as I got the buttons in my hands (and promptly hid the pink ones from my daughter), the ideas started coming!

Doodlebug buttons are one of those perfect embellishments that you can use for boys or girls, dress them up or leave them plain, make them the focus, or use them to enhance. The crafting possibilities are truly endless! And have I mentioned that there are GLITTERY and POLKA DOT buttons?

I thought I’d start out ‘simple’ and use buttons as so many of us do – the center of flowers. So sweet, and with the addition of a little twine, the perfect finishing touch to a layout (or card).

I’ve been wanting to scrap these photos of my daughter being fascinated with Daddy blowing bubbles. The pink buttons were the perfect way to highlight and represent the bubble gum color and bubbles themselves.  (Note the polka dots and glitter – love!) Buttons also make great borders and banner additions.

When I received the variety of button colors, I instantly thought RAINBOW! I dug through my paper scraps, and created this happy card.

After having two opportunities come along this spring (that I’d never imagined), I decided I needed to jump on the bucket list bandwagon, so I created a layout about it! And buttons are the perfect thing to fill your bucket with!

For my final Design Team project, I thought I’d make my sweet girl a little something for the upcoming 4th of July. She *loves* to get all dressed up in red/white/blue for it, so what better addition to her outfit, but a hair clip! She caught me while I was gluing it all together, and managed to walk off with a few more of the glittery buttons – for HER scrapbook stash…

If you’re looking for a little more inspiration, come check out my blog for some close ups of my layouts and an additional project or two!

A HUGE thank you to Kristy and ScrapbookSteals for giving me this amazing opportunity of being on the Spring Term Design Team. It’s been so much fun, and working with Kristy is always a treat! I loved coming up with ideas, and hopefully gave some inspiration along the way! Now head back to and steal yourself some Doodlebug Mono Buttons!

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Cyndee, I’m actually teary that your term has come to an end. I cannot thank you enough for being such an amazing premiere design team member here at! I wish on behalf of all of us that I could squeeze through the interwebs and give you a big ol’ hug for being willing to share your time and talents with us! Thank you, thank you and thank you again!

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you on Monday for another round of Monday Card Madness inspiration.

<3 Kristy