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Xyron 2.5″ Create a Sticker

Now gather around and pay attention. If you don’t already have one of today’s steal, the 2.5″ Create a Sticker maker by Xyron, then pause what you are doing right now and steal this baby. As a crafter of 15+ years, this tool is a necessity in my work space. The ability to turn pretty much anything flat into a sticker is won-der-ful. There are times when it’s just so much easier to slide your delicate pieces, title letters, ribbons, flowers, die cuts…you name it through the machine providing instant stickage, rather than having to deal with glue pens, adhesive dispensers or glue dots.

Every year my 11 year old hints that she’d really like the Christmas gifts to be wrapped with bows and tags added. Reality is that I feel pretty accomplished slapping on the name of the recipient with a sharpie marker. :) I decided to make a better effort this year and made some gift tags using my Silhouette machine and the glorious 2.5″ sticker maker.

First I cut out all of my gift tag pieces.

Next I ran them through my 2.5″ Create a Sticker maker.

Then I assembled the pieces together, lickety split. Seriously. Fast. Then I ran the entire tag back through the sticker machine and they are ready for when I finally get around to wrapping gifts! Hooray for my 11 year old. Presents with tags on them. I feel so accomplished. :)

While I adore my Xyron “X” sticker maker, the extra space provided with the 2.5 is wonderful. In fact of all of the Xyron machines that I own, the 2.5 is my “go to”.

Because of the extra space to work with, I decided to sparkle a piece of chipboard by running the chipboard through the machine face down.

Next I added glitter to the front on top of the adhesive…

…removed the excess then put it together in a very simple and quick card.

Lastly I remembered that I have yet to make “teacher gifts” and the last day of school is today! Eeek!

I ran some strips of paper through my machine, stuck them to the front and backsides of these clothes pins, added some super strength magnets and ended up with these cute clips.

So there you have it! The 2.5″ Create a Sticker machine by Xyron really is love!

Have a great weekend.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch

I think it’s pretty much going to be a cinch to convince you that you need today’s steal, the Cinch by We R Memory Keepers, especially when you see the projects by two exceptionally talented crafters, Kyla Norris and Amber Sheaves.

If you are wondering what the Cinch is, it’s a home binding system. No more having to run to the store to buy mini-albums for this project or that, since the Cinch is a one stop, do it all! And guess what? It really is a cinch. (I had to try it out for myself!)

I admit I was a little intimidated by the sparsity of the directions. Luckily there is a little thing called the Internet, which is filled with video tutorials and after watching a couple of videos I was ready to roll.

For those of you that aren’t video watchers, Amber does an amazing job with some step by step photos on how to create your own mini-albums using the Cinch.

Step 1 – Insert your paper into the machine and press the handle down to punch.


Step 2 – If your paper is longer than 6 inches you’ll then need to slide the guide out and move the paper all the way to the left. Press down the black alignment peg on the side to hold the papers in place . Pull out the first peg after the end of the paper. In this case it is peg 5. Press the handle again to complete the punching. Pull up the alignment peg and push back the peg.

Step 3 – Repeat the above steps for your cover.

Step 4 – Place the binding wire on the hooks to the right of the machine. Place sheets onto hooks, followed by the front cover, and then the back cover. Placing the back cover on top will help to hide the seam of the wire when you are done. Remove the wire and pages and place them at the back of the machine under the cinching bar. Make sure you set the dial with the correct wire size. The opening of the wire should be against the machine. Slowly press down the handle to close the wires. Slide the book and repeat if the book is longer than the cinching bar.

Step 5 – Snip off any remaining wire. You just made a book!

Now look and see the amazing creations that Amber made!

Kyla also has some pretty great tips and things to avoid when first learning how to use the Cinch.

  • Decide which side of the page you are binding and then leave about a half inch gap without any embellishments or words or you risk punching holes though them. I had to rearrange, un-stick and re-glue a couple of my pages so that only the base patterned paper was hole punched.
  • Make sure when punching the holes to have your paper pushed back into the Cinch as far as it will snugly go.  If not you end up with an edge with half holes

  • Be confident in your hole punching and make sure the pages stay in place while you are punching, or you end up with a page with double punched holes. It’s no big deal, you can still use the pages but it helps to push the lever down smoothly, fairly quickly and confidently.

  • When binding, go slow! I found the slower I pushed the bindings together the more circular in shape they stayed. When I went too quickly they would turn out more oval looking, which is also great if you’re looking for a more oval binding. :)

Kyla made an festive advent calendar to help count down the days until Christmas.

I have to admit, I was so inspired by these girls’ creations that I had to give the Cinch a go for myself. I made a little “Dear Santa” journal for a friend for her to document the wish lists of her kiddos over the years. I think it would be so much fun to have as the time passes to see what was once upon a time the “must have” item. Now all I have to do is make the pages and send it on its way.

Really and truly the Cinch is an amazing tool and addition to any crafters collection. Not only can this tool be used to bind mini albums, but it’s great for

  • calendars
  • recipe books
  • office presentations
  • school projects
  • journals
  • any binding project your lil’ mind can come up with!

Thanks again to Amber and Kyla for making today’s blog post such a Cinch!

How To’sday | Perpetual Calendar

Nancy Roth has done it again! Today’s How To’sday is another amazing tutorial from her, this time on how to make a perpetual calendar. Not only is this a fabulous idea to keep your life organized, it’s a great holiday gift idea for a teacher or anyone else in your life that loves keeping track of things.

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Spread Joy. That is Kristy’s #1 commandment in card-making. Sending and receiving cards blesses not only the one who receives it, but the one who sends it as well.

I don’t know about you, but there are so many card-worthy events to keep track of. I dread getting out the next year’s calendar at New Year’s to write all the birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions on it. I often forget to send cards because I don’t have a visual reminder at my scrapbook table. So I created a perpetual to solve these problems.

Here’s how to make your own.

1. Make 12 text boxes in your computer’s word processor that are 7.25” x 3.25”. Add the numbers for each month.
Months with 29 days – February
Months with 30 days – April, June, September, November
Months with 31 days – January, March, May, July, August, October, December

2. Print on white cardstock, and cut.

For each month, follow these steps:

3. Cut a 4”x10” rectangle of printed paper, and 4”x10” rectangle of cardstock. Adhere together.

4. Cut a 7.5”x3.5” rectangle of solid cardstock, and mount the white calendar onto it.

5. Adhere the calendar onto the printed paper.

6. Put the month title on using anything you desire (Thickers, stickers, stamps, etc). I used the Designer’s Calendar Cricut Cartridge.

7. Embellish as desired. I inked all the edges, put ribbons on the sides and used glitter glue for accents.

8. For months where there are special occasions that are not always on the same day every year (eg, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, teacher’s cards for the last day of school), I added an extra box, and adhered it with a brad. That way, you can rotate it back in when the month is over (see below).

9. Punch a hole in the top of all the pages and put together in a ring.

There — you will never forget to send a card again!

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Nancy, this is such a great idea. I also love that you fully understand the first commandment of card-making. ;) Thank you so much for sharing your time and talents with us.

If you have an idea you would like to see showcased on a How To’sday, please don’t be shy! Send your photos and instructions to kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will add you to the lineup.

Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow for a little Mid Week Mojo.

Silhouette Advent Calendar

I have to say that I’ve never felt the need to have a countdown calendar to count down the days until December 1st, so that I can begin using my creation of today’s steal, the  Silhouette Advent Calendar. I have to admit that I really had no idea what the huge buzz over the Silhouette Advent Calendar was until I found out we’d be featuring it here at ScrapbookSteals. The moment I saw it, I finally understood what they hype was about and I was giddy as ever, thinking about how I wanted to create mine.

Obviously with Christmas right around the corner, I decided to make my first rendition of the advent, a Christmas one. I selected papers from my collection from several different manufacturers and lines. I even ended up using some papers that I have had in my collection for over six years! Geesh I love a project that allows me to use up the “stash” so that I can justify making room for more.

Silhouette makes this project easy as ever! There are two different choices for each cubby hole. You can either cut out a decorative box or a drawer for each slot. The Silhouette download card comes with the options of both!  While I preferred the flush finish of the drawers, my son was over the moon about the different shaped boxes so I decided to mix it up and do a little of both. I really love how it turned out.

I have three tips for you.

Tip #1: Your download card may have a slight hiccup like mine did. Silhouette customer service is total rockstar and they helped me out right away. Here is what you need to do if your card doesn’t appear to be working.

1. Open the Silhouette Studio software – If you do not already have the latest version of Silhouette Studio, please visit http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/software.aspx to install it. Now re-start your computer prior to running.
2. Click on the “Silhouette Online Store” button (the one that looks like a mouse in the lower left-hand side of the screen)
3. Log into your account
4. Go to the “My Account” options and visit the “My Download History” link, or if recovering everything you may use the “Recover All” option
5. Select the order number that you need to recover (if recovering specific orders only) and click on the “Recover Order” button
6. Once you have submitted your password, your images from the selected order will be downloaded to your library.

Tip #2: Make sure you have a sharp blade and one or two cutting mats with good stick! To expedite my cutting process, I used two cutting mats. While one was in use, I was getting the second one ready.

Tip #3: Use a good adhesive! I found that photo tape worked best. After all, if you put the effort into creating something so amazing, you don’t want your boxes to start popping apart!

I’m so excited about the possibilities of what can be put inside of the boxes to help count down the days until Christmas.

  • Christmas candies
  • Small toys
  • Daily activities
  • Service project ideas
  • Christmas stories

I’m still not quite sure which route I will take with mine, but I’m toying with the idea of making a “treasure hunt”, having a different clue each day, with the final prize being a new tradition of a mini album where my husband and I will write an annual letter to our children. Oh and there will be candy at the finish of course, for our short peeps who will be less than thrilled with a gooshy letter from mom and dad!

Whatever we end up doing, I know it will bring a smile to my kids’ faces and make the count down to Christmas just a little more exciting!

Oh and you can better believe that once Christmas is over I’ll be making a countdown for the next big event! The possibilities are endless.

  • Birthdays
  • Easter
  • Summer Vacation
  • Family Trip
  • Halloween
  • Birthdays

Or you can even just leave it as a darling decoration for a shelf!

Whatever you decide, we’d love to see what you create! Feel free to post your creations to our Facebook fan page for all of us to oooh and ahhh over.

Have a happy Black Friday and wonderful weekend!

My Mind’s Eye | Dear Santa

I thought I’d have a little fun today and call upon a scrappy friend, from when I had my very first scrapbooking gig almost eight years ago. Sharyn Tormanen is one crazy-talented, super-crafty girl and does a stellar job at showcasing today’s steal, Dear Santa by My Mind’s Eye.

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When I received Dear Santa in the mail, I had several thoughts.  1. I don’t think I can ever have too much Christmas paper and 2. I love Cardinals!

I’ve also been recently addicted to the smaller pads of paper, so I’m loving the 8×8 pad. While I scrapbook in 12×12, I love the challenge of using the smaller paper for my pages.

I also loved using it here to cover my 9×9 album.

Each year I create an album for our Christmas cards. Each year is a different size, and each year is unique. It’s also my goal to get last year’s cards “booked” before this year’s cards start arriving. An admirable goal, I think. *wink*

So for this album I started with some 9″ square chipboard and covered it with Mod Podge and paper from the Dear Santa set.

Since the paper is just 8″ and my book is 9″, I hid the seam along along the bottom edge with the circle embellishment.

And because the chipboard sticker didn’t come with numbers, I lucked out and used the l and the o to create the number ’10 to represent the year.

I used The Cinch to bind my book together.

Still hooked on the paper and the colors, I made a few quick and easy cards of my own.

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Thank you Sharyn! It’s never occurred to me to create a mini album using the holiday photo cards that are sent each year. What a great idea and now the Cinch is definitely on my list of must-haves!

Be sure to check out Sharyn’s blog for further creative ideas, amazing photography and, well, some pretty great humor! Thanks Sharyn for being our guest at ScrapbookSteals today.

Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday with some pretty cute cards that you will not want to miss!