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Upcycle Cereal Box Mini Album | How To’sday

If you think cereal is just for keeping tummies happy then you are in for a truly unique, super cool treat for today’s How To’sday tutorial. Today Amanda George shows us how to upcycle a cereal box into a project that will keep your crafty taste buds tingling with happiness too!

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One of my favorite things about mini albums is that there are so many different ways to make them. There are paper bag minis, toilet roll minis, chipboard albums, and the list goes on! I’d like to share how you can make a mini album by upcycling your cereal boxes! I like this because the pages are thinner than the heavy chipboard but still sturdy. Plus, you get more for your money. I buy the chipboard mini albums when they have them for $1 at my local chain craft store and they come with several pieces of chipboard= lots of minis out of 1 pack!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2-4 Cereal boxes (depending on the box size and number of pages you want to create. I used two regular/small boxes and one “family size” box not pictured and was able to get eight pages)
  • 6×6 solid or patterened cardstock (I used both)
  • Krylon Spray Adhesive (or other strong bonding adhesive, non water-based!)
  • 2 pieces of pre-cut chipboard (optional)
  • 1-3 jump rings (depending on how you prefer to bind your album)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch (or Crop a dile)
  • Ink
  • Xacto knife
  • Newspaper/ plastic- or something to keep your surface clean from the spray

The first thing to do is to take a piece of your chipboard and trace it onto the inside of your cereal box. Remember to trace the holes as well! The two pieces of board you have are for the covers. (You can omit the chipboard all together and use your own cardboard  template from the box if you wish). Don’t forget to save your box tops ;)

Depending on the size of your box and your chipboard you may be able to get 2-4 pages out of your box. You can see here I only had room for two pages as it was a small box. DO NOT FRET! You can use the extra cardboard for sturdy pockets, framing, tags or pull out photo cards! It’s up to you, but you don’t have to feel like it’s a waste. I stop at the creases because I’m afraid it will be bumpy, but you can certainly break the rules if you want!

After you’ve traced, use your scissors to cut out your pages. I recommend using smaller scissors to get a more precise cut than the longer utility scissors.


After you’ve cut, decide how many rings you’d like holding your album. I started with just one and decided I wanted more later. Use your hole punch where you’ve already traced or line up your holes now, or you could use your Crop-a-Dile if you have one and reinforce the holes with eyelets. I would do this after you adhere cardstock.

After you’ve got all your pieces cut and punched its time for adhesive! When you’ve decided which side of the paper you’d like to use turn it good side down. Spray the paper with your spray adhesive and let it set for almost a minute. This will get your surface nice and tacky and make for a stronger bond. You don’t have to worry about it drying on you because as it dries it gets tackier. I just want to say I really love Krylon Spray adhesive because it doesn’t warp your board. I’ve tried other methods in the past and my boards started to fold and separate.

Another side note: Because one side of your board has bold colors/print I would not recommend using less-expensive, thin paper because the colors will most likely show through.

Now carefully line up your piece and place on top of the tacky surface. Be careful not to let your cardstock stick to the newspaper like I almost did. Use your craft knife to cut off excess paper. If you find some edges of your board aren’t completely covered it’s okay. You can use your ink later to fill it in.

Punch out your holes again!

Repeat this process on the opposite sides.

After both sides have cardstock adhered you can ink. It makes it look a little smoother IMO. As you can see I don’t have the best Xacto skills :/

Finally, place your jump rings!

Obviously this isn’t the final final product! You still have embellishments to add! Time to get creating! I like to use twine, buttons, embossing, ribbon/fibers, bling, feathers, pom poms, anything you’d like! Remember you can use that extra cereal box space for flip up pieces, pockets, pullouts, tags, etc! You could also make a frame by cutting out the middle of one page and gluing it onto another, allowing space in the middle for a photo and enough edges to frame it nicely. Those are just some ideas I have. There are tons out there! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

P.S. The I used MME Lime Twist for my papers and coordinating solid cardstock. The ink is Tim Holtz Distress in Seedless preserves and the nifty inking tool is also Tim Holtz/Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool

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I love it Amanda! Thanks to your fabulous idea I wont feel so bad that I shamelessly ate two big bowls of Lucky Charms out of the “Family Size” box for breakfast. I need to put that cardboard to use!

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on a How To’sday, please send photos and directions to kristy@stealnetwork.com. No idea is too big or too small! We want to feature them all.

I’ll see you tomorrow for a blissful Mid Wee Mojo! Always the highlight of my week.

American Crafts Summer Ribbon | How To’sday

Hello everyone! Happy How To’sday to ya! Today we have a super summery treat as Jen McDermott does an amazing job showing what you can create with today’s steal, American Crafts Summertime Ribbons.

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Good morning, fellow Stealers! I am so excited to be bringing you a fun How To’sday today, featuring American Crafts Summertime ribbon! I jumped at the chance to work with such a fun product, as I have always loved playing with ribbon, especially the super cute prints from American Crafts.

Today I’d like to show you how to make some cute ribbon hair clips. And with summer around the corner, the prints from today’s Steal are perfect!

First, you’ll need some 1.5” alligator clips, a hot glue gun, and ribbon cut into 4”, 2.5”, and 1” pieces.

  1. Run a bead of hot glue along the inside top of the clip (the top of the clip is the side that is at a bent angle at the hinge). Stick your 4” piece of ribbon to the glue, making sure to center it on the clip. (Just a PSA: Hot glue is HOT. As in, burn-your-fingers-hot. Be careful when squeezing the ribbon on the clip that the molten lava glue doesn’t squirt out the sides and burn your fingers.)
  2. Run a bead of hot glue along the top outside of the clip and smooth the ribbon on top.
  3. Flip the clip over, and dab a little bit of glue on the bottom of the clip, then stick that last little bit of ribbon down.
  4. Take your 2.5” piece of ribbon, and glue the two ends together, making a circle.
  5. Glue the little circle to the top of your clippie.
  6. Take your 1 inch piece of ribbon and glue one end of the piece on the inside top of your clip, right underneath the ribbon circle. Wrap it around the top (pinching the circle down in the middle) and glue the remaining end back in the inside of the clippie.

Voila! You now have a super cute summer clippie. And, since the prints and colors from the American Crafts ribbon match each other so well, making a million of these coordinating pretties is super easy. They also make a wonderful handmade gift, and if you want to spruce up the presentation, just add them to a homemade card.

If you’d like these cute clips for yourself, head over to my blog, wonkywares.blogspot.com, and you just might find a little giveaway!

A fun way I like to use ribbon is at parties: to jazz up boring plastic ware, and to pretty up plain stemware. Using ribbon to decorate the elements you already have saves you money, since you can use what you have in your cabinets, and just use a ribbon print to tie in the theme of your party. Today’s steal just screams summer barbecue to me, so I gathered up some supplies from my pantry, and got started!

At your next barbecue, instead of just laying out piles of utensils and napkins, try wrapping them up in a printed napkin and tying a coordinating American Crafts ribbon around them. It is such a quick way to take boring forks and spoons and make them pretty. (and keep it all from blowing away outside!) How cute are those popsicles?!

Here, I fancied up a plain glass by adding a ribbon bow to the stem, and using my Cameo, I cut a butterfly to rest on the rim. (You could use the butterfly as a place card, too. Just write the names of your guest on the side) Punch just tastes so much better when drinking it from a fun glass, don’t you think?

I needed to switch out my drab winter wreath, so I broke out my hot glue gun again, and made this squiggly, loopy ribbon wreath for the inside of my front door. I love how cheerful it is, and how the different patterns of ribbon blend so well.

I was inspired by a past How Tosday by Julie Koets and made this altered paint can for my son’s preschool teacher. I’m going to fill it with homemade caramel corn, and give it to her for an end of the year teacher’s gift. I cannot get over all of the cute patterns that come with this set.

Seriously, there is so much ribbon included today, that you will have enough for several projects. Thank you so much, Kristy, for allowing me to play with such a fun product!

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Thank you Jen! Your projects today are amazing and you make me even that much more excited for summer!

Have a great day and be sure to check in tomorrow as we reveal another amazing guest sketcher and TWO fun sketches for your Mid Week Mojo enjoyment!

American Crafts Dear Lizzy, Neapolitan

Isn’t it the best when we have a surprise Thursday guest blogger? Nothing like adding a little scoop of crafty inspiration to your otherwise possibly “vanilla” sort of day. For grins and giggles let’s just add a scoop of strawberry and chocolate to that vanilla and make it a Neapolitan.

Take a peek as the incredibly talented, and oh so amazing to work with Katrina Hunt, takes us on a flavorful tour with today’s steal the American Crafts, Dear Lizzy-Neapolitan collection.

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Hi, I am Katrina Hunt from “Paper, Scissors and Glue.” I am so happy to be blogging on the ScrapbookSteals blog today! When I heard that I was going to get to work with today’s steal, the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neapolitan  collection, excitement doesn’t even begin to describe it.

I have created three projects for you today, two layouts and a banner. I still have a lot of product left over to create more projects with. This is definitely a steal.

A friend of mine had a puppy party to socialize her litter of puppies and I had to take my camera for pictures. The colors in this collection are soft and muted, so I thought they would be perfect to create a layout with one of the pictures I took at the party.

I actually started the idea of both my layouts with the title. I knew I wanted to use the Phrase Garlands in my titles. The neat thing about them is that you can adjust the letters, which I did on both of my layouts. Then I trimmed the ribbon off and reattached the bows.

I also used my Silhouette Cameo on my projects. I cut the “puppy breath” phrase above and here is a close up of the heart row at the top.

My next layout, as I said before, started with the title. I wanted to show that you can use the busier papers in the collection, you just need to combine them with more subtle papers, which this collection has plenty of!

I love dimension in my projects and these little flowers have them! The best part is you can adjust those tags to how you want them laying. I ended up cutting out the camera from the 12×12 sheet of paper it came on, trimmed it down and then slid it into my flower bloom. I love that it added a little extra.

My last project today is a banner that I decided to create at the last-minute after I had my two layouts done. I just wanted to keep playing with this collection! I cut my banner base on my Cameo out of American Crafts cardstock and just used two different shapes. I then sewed, a couple of different papers on each panel. I added on of the flower blooms in the center with some left over banner pieces I had and then one of the pinwheels from the collection on each end. I wanted to add a little something to the end panels, so the wooden buttons were the perfect little touch.

I hope you will stop by my blog, Paper, Scissors and Glue. I will have close ups of each of the banner panels on there!

Thank you ScrapbookSteals for letting me create with this wonderful collection and to guest blog today!

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Katrina, your projects are stunning! And now I have a sudden urge for some ice cream. :)

Thanks so much for joining us today. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you Monday with a regular Monday Card Madness sketch to accompany yet another great steal.

Detailed Matting | How To’sday

Happy How To’sday everyone! Today we are treated to a fun tutorial by our regular crafty contributor, Charity Becker.

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Detailed Matting
Fussy cutting introduces a striking design element to any project. When adding a large fussy cut image to a project you can step up the drama by matting it, but getting all those curves exact is difficult. I rummaged in my husband’s wood shop for a compass with a screw adjustment.

Adjust the compass to the desired width. Hold the compass gently in your hand so that the point is at the edge of the design element. Gently trace the edge of the design with the point of the compass, pressing lightly so that the point does not damage the cardstock. As you trace the design the pencil end will translate that design onto the cardstock at the desired width.

Trim the matting along the pencil line. Erase any stray pencil marks. Adhere to layout or project.

I used this technique for a layout about my scrappy space for the February online crop at ScrapbookSteals.

This one features tiny Mickey…he loved watching me scrap. I call him my muse.


~ Charity Becker

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Charity, I have to say that you are the Queen of the fussy cut! I love that you’ve figured out a way to make that fussy cuttin’ just a wee bit easier.

Thanks again for sharing your amazing talents. You are wonderful!

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on How To’sday, don’t be shy! No idea is too big or too little. Share us your tips from scrappy to crafty. We. Want. To. Know!

You can send your directions and photos to Kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a lovely day and I’ll see you tomorrow for a little mojo!

American Crafts DIY Thickers + Itzy Ritzy Cans

If you look anywhere on the Internet these days, you’ll see that the world is filled with DIY projects. Heaven only knows my basement is filled with eternal, never-ending, do-it-yourself, aka: bathroom building. But who wants to get messy with do-it-yourself bathroom building when there is a far funner and craftier way to get messy? You can get your crafty on with today’s steal, the American Crafts DIY Thickers. You can spice up those babies with just the right amount of color and texture to make a perfect project. Pair it with today’s steal the Itzy Ritzy Craft Cans and you have the makings for a perfect project.

I have to admit. Making these cans were FUN! I thought it would be fun to turn my canisters into a little Easter decor (or would it be an emergency snacky stash). I went to the store, picked up some paper Easter grass, a few different colors of marshmallow bunnies and I was set.

Then came the fun part—dressing up the letter stickers! (As if glorious rows of beautiful bunnies weren’t enough!)

DIY Thickers = SUPER easy.

First, choose your decorating medium. Either micro beads (Pop!), chunky glitter (Wow!)  or tinsel type stuff (Spark!)

Next peel off the top white sheet on the Thickers letter that you are using.

Dump on your choice of Pop!, Spark!, or Wow!

Then peel up from the backing. Voila! A DIY letter, customized to match your project. :)

Splap those babies on your creation and you’re done! DIY that doesn’t take going on 6 years, like my basement bathroom.

Believe me when I say that the DIY American Craft Thickers are…..

Have a great weekend and set your alarm for Monday because we have a guest blogger that you do NOT want to miss!