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Echo Park Hello Summer Banner

That’s it. After seeing what today’s amazing guest blogger Shanna Vineyard has created with today’s steal, the Echo Park Hello Summer collection, I am officially boycotting turning on the heater, wearing jackets and folding socks. The happy rainbow of hues in Hello Summer make me actually long to hear the tinkling of the ice cream man making his rounds. At least the for the first time. 😉

Just wait until you see what Shanna has created and you’ll be longing itching for summer too!

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I am so excited to be a guest blogger today!  I have to admit I was even more excited when I ripped into my package of goodies and saw what line I was lucky enough to be working with.

I’m a huge Echo Park fan like so many others of you out there. But their “Hello Summer” line is for sure in my top three favorites! I’m a sucker for the color palette they used and all the happy and bright images that can’t help but make your projects fun!

For my main project I chose to create a fun summer banner that I cut out of ¼” wood then altered.  The sweet little banner border sticker in this set was what inspired me!  Once I cut five banners from wood using my scroll saw, I drilled the holes to thread the twine through and painted them white. Next I covered the fronts with some of the fabulous papers from “Hello Summer” and then went to work adding all the fun embellishments. Last I threaded the dark brown hemp/jute through the banners to pull it together and make it hang. This was a super fun and easy project. Be sure to check out my blog for further details on the banner.

I’m a big fan of cardmaking too!  I couldn’t help but create a few sweet summery greetings with this line as well.  Hope these make you smile!

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Shanna! I love your projects. They definitely make me want the summer weather here to stay and be done with this jacket wearing hooey.

One last reminder to join in tonight for our online crop. We will be chatting via ustream beginning around 6PM MST. You can check our Facebook fan page for the link this evening. Our video portion will be happening around 8PM MST.

Good luck with your National Scrapbook Day online crop challenges and have a wonderful National Scrapbook Day! On behalf of everyone at I want to personally thank you for being a part of our happy family. Now go get scrappy!

My Mind’s Eye 6×6 Paper Pads

Good evening scrappy peeps! We are so excited to be bringing you a the first official assignment from our Design Team member Cyndee Kawa using tonight’s steal, the My Mind’s Eye 6×6 Paper Pads.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a little inspiration from our Princess of the PM!

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Hello and welcome to the first ever ScrapbookSteals Design Team blog post! I was so shocked and surprised when Kristy Lee asked me to be the first member of the Design Team, and WOW do I feel honored!

Once I got over my initial shock, Brittany and I got to talking about what I could work with. And she said the magic words “My Mind’s Eye” – seriously one of my favorite companies and love the smell and weight of their papers. So, without further ado, here’s what I created with the My Mind’s Eye 6×6 Paper Pads:

I love that the My Mind’s Eye 6×6 pads are so versatile and those super cute mini versions of the prints are great for smaller projects. And in case you can’t bear to have only 1 sheet of a print, the pad comes with 2 of each!

First I wanted to create a layout highlighting a number of the sweet patterns available in the Fine & Dandy Girl paper pad. There’s such a variety and they coordinate so perfectly. Just because this is a 12×12 layout, that doesn’t mean you can’t use a 6×6 pad, and still have it look like a bigger sheet of paper! Instead of having the strips of patterned paper go behind the photo, they end right under the edges. And that turquoise chevron paper at the bottom – can you spot where I covered up the edges meeting? Gotta love some well-placed embellishments!

6×6 pads are always perfect for adding embellishments to a layout – they’re already a smaller scale print, so they won’t overwhelm and are totally suited to add that extra little something.

Since I have a tendency to be a little behind in scrapping my photos (can you say 2008?), I thought it might be a good idea to have somewhere to journal about the photos – as soon as I take them. Then there’s no need to wrack my brains trying to remember the little details when I get around to making a layout – next week or next year.

I had picked up some plain 4×6 lined notebooks at a big box store and the 6×6 papers were perfectly sized to alter them. I had a cute little journal in no time! I didn’t over- embellish, since this will probably get tossed in my purse or in my camera bag – ready to journal the funny/crazy things my kids say or document the details for the next set of photos taken.

The Fine & Dandy girl collection screams of my little girl, with the sweet combination of pink and brown patterns. Since we plan on painting her room this summer, I thought a little bit of wall decor would be a great way to get the decorating started!

Using my Silhouette, I planned and cut out the letters and pennants. The smaller scaled patterns lend themselves to making smaller cuts, which was perfect for this 8×8 shadow box. With the addition of some sparkle and bling, it’s now ready for her room!

And my final project, which was totally based on necessity… We *had* this magnet on our dishwasher that would prevent hubby and I from constantly asking each other “Are the dishes clean or dirty?” And now we have a cute replacement that matches the kitchen and that we don’t need to worry about knocking and breaking! It was super easy to make and just required some laminating…

Thank you for taking a look at all the fun I had using the My Mind’s Eye 6×6 paper pad! I hope you found some inspiration and enjoyed the first ScrapbookSteals Design Team post! Now go steal some 6×6 pads, if you haven’t already!

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Cyndee! You totally rocked your spot on the team this month! LOVE your projects and I think I have a “clean/dirty” project in my future. The never ending dilemma in our home as well.

Now if you are wondering how to go about applying for the “Summer Term” of the PM Power Design Team here is what you need to do.

  • Choose 5 of your favorite projects sized NO LARGER than 300K each. (We love to see a variety of projects showcasing what you can do!)
  • Provide a link to your scrappy related blog
  • Send info to by Monday, May 7th with PM POWER TEAM in the subject line. No late applications will be accepted.

My team and I will then select three members to make up the Summer PM Power Design Team which will run from June – August.

Good luck! I look forward to seeing the applications roll in. :)

Imaginisce iRock Tool and Gems

If your Tuesday doesn’t rock then don’t despair as today we are delighted to be bringing uber talent from the Imaginisce Design Team as they show us lots of different ways that today’s steal the handy dandy, iRock Tool and Gems can be used.  Due to the outstanding talent found in today’s blog post you have permission to hurry and steal, get the kids happily occupied, grab a fresh cup of coffee, then enjoy. A quick word of warning however. After reading this post you may find yourself wanting to bling up just about everything in sight! I know I do.

From paper shoes to perfect cards, monogram letters to springy home decor, enjoy these amazing creations from eight talented designers, and be sure to click on their names to visit their blogs for lots more inspiration! Also be sure to stop by the Imaginisce Facebook Page and give them a little shout out and tell these girls thanks for being the guests today at

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Rebecca Keppel

Shellye McDaniel

Rô Philippsen

Regina Mangum

Rhonda Van Ginkel

Guiseppa Gubler

Ilene Tell

Adora Concepcion

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Thank you so much ladies for sharing your talents with us. If you need me I’ll be blinging something up! My son had better watch out. 😉

I’ll see you tomorrow for the final installment in the Amethyst Mid Week Mojo series, and for those of you wanting a heads up on photos, it’s 1-4×6. I thought I’d make it easy on ya since once you see the prize being offered you will want to catch up if you’re behind at all.

Have a great day!

My Mind’s Eye Kraft Funday Happy Days

For those of you that were swooning when we featured the Kraft Funday Everyday Fun kit by My Mind’s Eye, but were secretly hoping and waiting for the Kraft Funday Happy Days Collection, today is your lucky day! Today we are honored to be featuring designs from the My Mind’s Eye Design Team showing us just how fantastic that little splash of color combined with kraft can be.

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Fun, fresh, and freakin’ fantastic describe this layout by Amber Packer. I love how perfectly the ticket stub border goes with the photos of her family trip to Disneyland. Add the stitching and the button clusters and I’m pretty sure that a happy day memory has been preserved to perfection.

Next up is Jana Eubank who shows us once again how fun the ticket stub border can be. I think I want to do something nice for Jana just so I can be the recipient of one of her amazing cards!

And if that weren’t enough to make you go wild over this collection check out the fun ornaments she made using Happy Days.

I have to hand it to the My Mind’s Eye designers. The circle garland that Tamara Jensen used on this stunning layout makes me want to pretty much set the kids in front of the TV on a continuous loop of cartoons or maybe even be nice and whip out the lincoln logs and bust out my crafty supplies.

And lastly we are treated with a simple yet stunning card by Anam Stubbington. I love a collection that makes creating something so gorgeous such a breeze! In short I love My Mind’s Eye. <3

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I would like to shout out a huge thank you to the entire My Mind’s Eye crew and design team for always providing such amazing products and inspiration. Be sure to do these girls all a favor by stopping by their blogs to leave them a little love! (Oh and while your there drink up the inspiration! Amazing!)  If you haven’t already “liked” the My Mind’s Eye page on Facebook, be sure to stop on by and give it a like! Keep up to date on the latest and greatest from one of the best companies out there!

Have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you Monday for another round of cards.

Wood Block Photo Holder with Teresa Collins Notations

Today I’m so excited to bring to you some pretty sweet crafty decor ideas from the ever-so-talented Brie Pinales. She has a stellar project to show using today’s steal, the Teresa Collins Notations collection. I’m now headed to the hardware store to pick up some wood to create this awesome project! Can you say perfect idea for Mother’s Day gifts?

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Hey everyone! I’m Brie Pinales and I’m beyond excited to be posting here for! Especially since I get to use one of my most favorite lines from one of my most favorite people, “Notations” from Teresa Collins.

A little about me, I am one of the in house graphic designers for My Mind’s Eye, and I also do design work for Teresa Collins. (I’m pretty sure it was a coincidence I got the Teresa Collins kit, I promise!) Over on my blog, Classic Couture, I post about photography, crafts, design and decor. I also share my love of healthy living and training with tips, reviews, recipes and training guides and tools, and I throw in the random giveaway now and then. 😉

The project I created is a different take on a frame. I am addicted to frames! As a photographer, I love finding unique and different ways to display my photos. I put together a little how to for one of my favorite ways to do so, I hope you enjoy it!

Brie Pinales
Materials Needed:

  • Wood block (I bought a 10′ x 8′ x 2′ length of wood from Lowe’s and had them cut it in 11” lengths. I think it’s about $6 for the wood. Some locations charge 25¢ a cut, with the first two cuts free.)
  • Wood mini candlestick (I found a pack of 3 or 4 at Michaels for less than $2)
  • Wood bead (totally optional, but I like how it finished my little “finial”)
  • e6000 glue
  • Magnetic clip (Walmart sells them in packs of 4 for under $2)
  • Acrylic paint (spray paint works wonderfully as well!)
  • Foam brushes (if you’re not using spray paint.)
  • Mod Podge
  • Teresa Collins “Notations” Alphabet paper (NO2511)
  • 1” black ribbon

Brie Pinales

First you’ll use the e6000 and glue your wood pieces together. Once the glue is dry, if you’re spray painting, you can just spray the whole thing. I decided I wanted my finial a different color, so I painted it all before gluing the finial to my “base.”

The thing I love about the Alphabet Paper is that it’s all perforated so it’s super easy to get your letters, without having to cut them individually. Next, punch out your letters and arrange them how you want them on your base. Apply an even layer of Mod Podge to one side of the base, then apply your letters. You’ll definitely want to lay them out before you start Mod Podge-ing them to make sure you get the right fit to your board.

Once they are all applied, brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top to seal it all in.

Brie Pinales

Then I wrapped my ribbon around the base and glued it into place. (I think it would be fun just as a decor piece like this, too!)

Brie Pinales

Then glue the magnetic clip with the e6000. You can use it to clip pictures, a recipe in the kitchen, a to do list, etc. Whatever you want to use it for. On a side note, that picture is my daughter and I when she was one. I can’t believe that was 8 years ago! GAH!

Brie Pinales

Another way to make your photo holder is to glue a wood napkin ring to a base and then glue it to the wood board. The wood napkin ring and base I found at Hobby Lobby. The bases come in different shapes and are 50¢ each. You can also sand it, giving it that “shabby chic” aged feel.

The beauty of this project is you can make a bunch of them for under $20 and give for gifts! It’s super cheap, and easy, but looks like you spent hours and tons of money on it! (I’ll keep your secret, no worries.)

I hope you enjoyed that project! Enjoy your Notations paper from ScrapbookSteals and Teresa Collins!

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Wow. Wow. WOW! Thanks Brie. You have definitely inspired and have given me the itch to get off the page crafty. If you haven’t already, be sure to stop by Brie’s blog for all sorts of fantastic inspiration, ideas and inspiring posts. I mean it’s not everyone that is willing to give up a vehicle to better their lifestyle. Like I said. Inspiring. :)

Be sure to pop in tomorrow for another amazing blog hop and your chance to win a $20.00 ScrapbookSteals gift code.