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Fantastic Friday | Baby Boy Nursery Decor

Fantastic Friday | Baby Boy Nursery Decor

If you’re looking for a fantastic collection to create some darling baby boy nursery decor, then today’s steal the Piggy Tales, Steadfast Tin Soldier collection is the one for you!

After creating girly-girl last week I was excited to shift gears and create something totally boy. I hit my new large chain craft store looking for items to alter. Knowing that I wanted to create bedroom decor, I hit the jackpot and for $5.26, I found a paper mache letter, a wooden train and a door hanger.

I started with the door hanger and covered it with a solid paper since I wanted to keep it a little less busy. To cover the hanger, I simply traced the hanger onto the paper and adhered it to the front using photo tape. Another great alternative for adhering paper to wood is ModPodge, and it also seals the paper making it a little more durable.

After covering the front of the plaque, I added a small wave of patterned paper, some ribbon and one of the super cute window embellishments that come with the Piggy Tales collection. I added a photo of the the baby in the window. Some inking, a few buttons and little bling later, my door hanger was complete.

Next, I altered a paper mache letter for sitting on top of a dresser or shelf.

First I spray painted the sides and back of the letter then turned the letter upside down onto paper to trace. After cutting out the paper for the top of the letter, I ran it through my Xyron machine and adhered it to the front of the letter. I inked the edges of the paper and then cut out some circles on my Silhouette. I inked them and adhered them to the front of my letter using 3D foam squares to give a little dimension, then I added some of the ribbon from the Piggy Tales collection.

I finished things up with a little Wooden train which will look fantastic sitting on the shelf next to the altered letter.

I really wanted to cover the train in patterned papers so I carefully broke off the moving wheels and then painted the sides and back of the train with spray paint.

I traced the train onto patterned paper and solid paper and cut it out using some precision scissors. I ran the train cutouts through my Xyron and adhered it to the front of the wooden train putting the patterned papers on the bottom and the solid on the top. I added a thin border of blue across the middle and added some buttons and ribbon for decoration.

I used my Silhouette to cut out some rims for the train wheels. I then secured the wheels to the train using 3D foam dots to add a little dimension.

I think it turned out quite cute!

This idea of nursery decor would be so fantastic to give a new mommy as a baby shower gift. Definitely something unique and from the heart!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Be sure to check in next week for all sorts of fabulous ideas.

Fantastic Friday | So Sophie

I have a little confession to make. I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but when I was taking photos of today’s steal, the My Minds Eye, So Sophie, Graceful and Savvy collections, my eyes got a little misty. Okay, a tear dropped…it was just one of those days. Yeah, that’s my excuse.

Why would I get so emotional about a scrapbook product? Simply put, it’s gorgeous. It has been a long time since a product has moved me so profoundly before even creating with it.

I went to the store looking for something fun to play with and $3.00 later I settled upon these wooden plaques to alter.

I picked out a few of my favorite sheets of papers and turned to my Silhouette for some fun shapes to cut out. I also had to use some of the amazing stickers and die cuts that come with the So Sophie collections and satisfied my Glimmer Mist addiction and with a little Old Lace to everything.

How to make wooden plaques How to make wood pictures Wood plaque projects

I love how these turned out. Who knows, maybe I even shed a little tear of happiness because they were so fun to make—but that will forever be my secret.  ;)

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Want to Trade? Come Check Out Some ATCs

Want to Trade? Come Check Out Some ATCs

What’s an ATC you ask?  It’s an Artist Trading Card and today’s steal, the 7 Gypsies Artist Trading Card Carousel Kit is the perfect steal to get you started with creating and trading in one of the hottest trends  in the scrapbooking world. An ATC is a small index card that is altered and then traded amongst creative friends!  Think of it as the woman’s world of baseball card trading.

Traditionally ATCs are very eclectic, vintage and full of stamping.  My amazing stamping friend Megan Nelson has the perfect example of a traditional ATC on her blog.

I also asked our favorite stamping friend Misty Buck to share a few examples of a traditional ATC.

Heather Conklin was also kind enough to share an art teachers take on an ATC.

Any of you that know me, know I am not a stamper or artist per se, however I had a great time mixing up embellishments to create that eclectic layered look of an ATC.  I decided that I want to fill my carousel with little cards about things that I love, right down to my Diet Dr. Pepper and Cake (the band, not the dessert, although I’ll take that too!)

The thing I positively love about creating an ATC is that it is such a small time commitment, yet fulfills that desire to create, not to mention it’s an excellent use of scraps and leftover embellishments.

Now comes the best part of an ATC—the part that the “T” stands for—trading! Think of it as your own personal showcase of a little bit of lots of different friends artwork.

If you’d like to be part of a Scrapbook Steals ATC swap, send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will send you out details!  Think of how great it would be to have a display of artwork from some of your favorite scrappy sisters.  Also, a quick reminder for those of you participating in our first Scrapbook Steals card swap, cards are due to the warehouse by March 31st.

I hope your weekend is amazing and filled with creativity.

Happy scrappin’!

How To’sDay:Valentine Project by Charissa Miller

How To’sDay:Valentine Project by Charissa Miller

Happy To’sDay everyone!  Have you been thinking what on earth you might give your significant other for Valentines day?  Let’s face it, we are all creative minds, so odds are pretty high that something handmade is on the agenda.  When I saw the darling project that Charissa Miller made using her iTop, I asked her if she would mind sharing a How To with us.

Thank you Charissa for sending us your fantastic How To.

I-Top Gift

I saw this idea on the Imaginisce blog not that long ago, and though it was awesome.  So I took that idea thought about it a bit and made it my own.  My version is a Valentine’s Day gift for my darling husband. I honestly have just started branching into the wider world of paper crafts and this was the first non-scrapbooking paper crafting project I have completed!

The first step is to make the brads.  I chose to use all three sizes of brads for this project, but you could certainly do it in all one size.  If you did only the small ones, you could get more complete coverage of your shape.

The I-Top is pretty easy to use.  You put your brad top on the corresponding size metal half of the tool.  Then you place your paper on top and press both into the pink rubber headed side.  Push down the edges of the paper so they will be hidden away inside of the brad head.  From there, put your brad daddy back into the metal half and push it into the rubber half that still contains the now covered brad top.   Pop the now completed brad out and then rinse and repeat.

Paper folded over the brad top.

Attaching the brad backing.


Be patient when using this tool.  Make sure your paper is lined up as much as you can so it folds over evenly in the back.  Also, use the pink rubber heads.  They are fantastic for shifting the brad head slightly if needed before applying the back and for helping to get the paper folded down.  There is no “click” when you have successfully attached the brad backing, but you can definitely “feel” it.  If you don’t feel it, try again.  If it still doesn’t work, check your brad head.  If it is bent or warped at all, it will not grab the backing.  I had a few of those and just had to toss them and remake those brads.

When I did this, I initially made less brads than I thought I would need.  I think I started with one box of each small, medium, and large.  I knew that wouldn’t be enough, but it made sense to make more as needed.  So once I ran out, I just made a few at a time until I finished.

To assemble the project you will need your completed brads, a piece of chipboard cut to whatever size and shape you want your project to be, paper and embellishments and I also used my brad setter to save my fingers after placing all of those brads.

1)      Adhere your background paper to your chipboard.  From this point you have some options.  I chose to cut out two hearts – one for adding brads and another for journaling.  You could simply trace a shape onto your background paper to fill with the brads.  This would eliminate the issue of seeing the edge of your shape if that is something you want to avoid.

2)      I inked both shapes.  Since I used black paper is doesn’t matter as much, but I still think it helps.  Then I chalked the big heart that was getting the brads.  This made it match the project better since I cut the heart in plain white cardstock.  Then I stuck down my journaling heart.

3)      At this point, the brad-ing began.  I would use each brad to mark where I was going to make my hole.  Then I would use my brad setter to actually poke the hole and then spread out the prongs on the back . The chipboard does make this a thicker project, so the small brad daddies in particular don’t come through as far as the larger brads.  It still works and I think that the chipboard gives the project extra sturdiness since after placing the brads there are a ton of holes in the chipboard.

4)      After getting my brads in, I just started embellishing.  I used Martha Stewart sparkle glitter glue to emphasize the edges of the journaling heart.  I added stickers from my wonderful Echo Park Be Mine kit and then made the pink swirls by stamping the project with my Hampton Arts Glue Pad and used the new Hampton Arts Flocking Powders I got from ScrapbookSteals.

While my project and the Imaginisce blog project both were hearts, I see so many options here.  You could do a star, a circle, or just about any shape you could imagine.  I had a great idea of doing a birthday cake that could actually be decorated using the different size brads (Akiha’s 2nd birthday in October may involve such a project).  And, of course, color choices, paper choices, and embellishment choices give this project an endless variety of options.


I look forward to seeing others give this project idea a try!

Charissa, thank you SO much for sharing your amazing project with us.  It’s truly fantastic and your husband is one lucky man to be receiving such a lovely, heartfelt project from you for Valentines Day.

If you’d like to see your how to idea featured on our How To’sDay blog post please send me an email with directions and photos to kristy@stealnetwork.com.  I think if we all put our creative heads together and share our ideas that we can make this the best outlet for creative reference on the planet!

Make sure you check in next week for part one of our two part How To’sDay series on scrapbook space organization.  If you have a great tip you’d like included please be sure to send me your ideas along with photos.

Well, I guess that’s it for this weeks how to!  I’ll see ya tomorrow with our next Mid Week Mojo!  One step closer to Ruby!  :)

Have a wonderful day.