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Fantastic Friday | Fancy Pants Artist Edition Crafting Kit

Fantastic Friday | Fancy Pants Artist Edition Crafting Kit

If there is one word for today’s steal, the Fancy Pants Artist Edition Crafting Kit, it would be inspiring.  If you truly think about the essence of scrapbooking, it’s the importance of telling the story, and today’s steal is the perfect collection to enable your inner writer to shine with page after page of journaling-inspired designs.

The options to create with the Artist Edition papers are pretty outstanding. You could do anything from turning the bound book of papers into an inspiration journal or make a mini album into the perfect journaling block for whatever layout you are working on.

I chose to feature the papers in a way that supports the very core and basics of why we create, telling the story.

I knew I wanted to create some sort of a “journaling jar” to hold ideas to spark inspiration for when your ideas have gone astray (let’s face it, it happens to the best of us). I wandered around the store until I found something that I thought would be fun to alter and found the perfect piece in the sporting goods section, a tackle box.

A couple of hours later this is what I transformed my “manly” organizational piece into, a journaling jumpstarts box.

A journaling jar is typically a mason jar filled with random topics to ignite ideas. The thing I loved about the box though is the dividers. I like the thought of being able to print out ideas on paper and add additional strips where I can jot down ideas when they come to me. It’s a great place to keep those fantastic potential layout ideas organized and in one location.

You have to admit it, these amazing Fancy Pants papers have probably got you itching to get journaling and creating something.  Right?

Give that journaling inspiration a jump start by leaving a thought on this blog post about what your favorite journaling topics are.  Leave your comment by Monday, March 14th at midnight and you will be entered into a random drawing to win this journaling jumpstarts box I created. I will announce the winner of the box along with our lucky April guest sketch desginer on St. Patrick’s day.

Have a fantastic weekend!  Scrap happy!

Winner announced upon notification. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person. Winnings are not for resale.

How About a Sneak Peek? Ready, Set…Chipboard!

How About a Sneak Peek? Ready, Set…Chipboard!

Every once in awhile there’s a weekend steal that is just begging to be shown on the blog (I have way too many ideas for weekdays only).  Since we don’t have weekend blog features, I asked Melodee if we could have a sneak peek afternoon posting of the goodness that will be coming your way tomorrow, the Cosmo Cricket Ready Set Chipboard Kit.

One of the things that I love about tomorrow’s steal is the wide variety of projects that can be created with one kit.

I figured I would do my best to entice Mother Nature to deliver warmer weather by creating a cute shadow box decoration and a card using the “Togetherness” chipboard collection.  Nothing says spring like bunnies, pinwheels and birds.

I am always looking for inexpensive items to alter and make cute.  A trip to the dollar store for a photo frame, some patterned paper and a little paint yielded this cute decoration for my girls’ room using the “Pixielicious” chipboard set.

Look at how perfectly the butterfly flourish worked to complete this card.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’m pretty tired of winter, but look how darling these wintery projects turned out with pieces from the “Mitten Weather” collection.

You’ll also get a set of “Lavender Bling” letters as part of tomorrow’s steal. Can’t beat that and can’t beat the price either! You will just have to check in tomorrow at 9AM to see about that. ;)

Have a great weekend!

How To’sDay – Altered Paint Cans by Julie Koets

How To’sDay – Altered Paint Cans by Julie Koets

I’m so excited about How To’s Day!  I love all of the creative ideas that we can share if we put our heads together collectively.  I’m sure you will love today’s How To just as much as I do!  Thank you Julie Koets for providing us with such an amazing, step by step project!

Who wants to give another gift in a boring old gift bag? One way to guarantee that an exciting (or ordinary, or even a boring) gift is well received is to wow the recipient with a super cute personalized gift can, made with scrapbooking supplies! Here’s a look at the finished product, with step by step details to follow:

Just get a clean, unused gallon paint can and some of your favorite scrapbooking papers, trims, and mod-podge! I’ve found the cans in hardware stores (at the major home improvement chains, and my local neighborhood hardware store for about half the price!) You’ll also need approximately two 12×12 pieces of scrapbook paper and a 5-6 inch circle of paper for the lid.

I measured my can and cut my paper to fit. You’ll need two strips approximately 4″ x 10.25″ to go around the bottom of the can, and two strips 3.5″ x 10.25″ for the top of the can. Working around the handle is the tricky part. After lots of trial and error, I found that it’s easiest to use a 1″ circle punch to make a cut out for the handle (approximately 1.5″ from the top of the strip. Before I had a circle punch, I actually traced my half circles using the lid of a water bottle and cut them by hand.

Next cut a circle approximately 5.25″ in diameter to fit the lid. I recommend doing all of the cutting before you start adhering pieces, and do a “dry fit” to make sure they’re right before you bust out the mod-podge. Using a foam brush, coat one section of the can with a thin layer of mod-podge (the kind with matte finish, not glossy) making sure not to goop too much on (or you’ll wind up with bubbles under your paper)

Coat the backside of your paper with a thin layer of mod-podge and stick it on the can, lining up the paper with the bottom of the can, smoothing out air bubbles as you go and using a towel to wipe off any mod-podge that oozes around the edges.

Do the same thing for the top half of the can, fitting your half circle cuts around the handle. Keep smoothing out air bubbles as the papers dry, and wipe away mod-podge that oozes at the seams. Hint: Those sneaky little air bubbles are less noticeable when you use a patterned paper and less likely if you use cardstock than with regular weight paper. (Also, don’t fret if you do have a few bubbles initially, as they tend to deflate as the ModPodge dries.)

Glue the paper to the can lid the same way, smooth away the bubbles, and embellish the lid anyway you like. This is a great place to add personalization, die cuts, etc.

Break out your favorite trims to hide the seams around the middle of the can. You can use just about anything for this step. I’ve used ric-rac, ribbon, or just another strip of patterned paper. If your trim is a heavy one (like my sequined fabric) it’s best to use a hot glue gun or super sticky adhesive.

If your trim doesn’t quite go all the way around your can, you can add another embellishment in the center to hide gaps or seams.

Start tying ribbon onto the handle, using as little or as much as you want. You can skip the ribbon all together if you’re doing a masculine can, or try wrapping the handle with rope, leather, or anything. Some cans have handles that can be removed, making it possible to slide beads on the handle instead.

Don’t forget to ask for a “paint can key” when you purchase your can. I’ve been able to get them for free most of the time. Tie some ribbon to the key and tie it to the handle of the can so it can be used to open the gift.

You can also use leftover paper to make a gift tag to tie to the other side of the can.

Now your project is complete and ready to be stuffed with just about anything and given away (or kept for yourself to organize your crafty space)! By the time the recipient gets done oohing and aaahhhing over the can, they really won’t care what’s even inside. And this is one gift bag that won’t be thrown away or “regifted”.


The possibilities are truly endless with a project like this. The cans can be themed for kids, sports, hobbies (fishing, golf, gardening), baby, teachers, etc. and used for all sorts of things. How fun to fill with homemade baked goods, teacher supplies, scrapbook goodies, kitchen gadgets or mixes! They are even good for a bachlorette party or wedding gifts and can be used later to store keepsakes and momentos from the big day.

Julie, THANK YOU for sharing your amazing paint can with us.  You definitely got my mind spinning and I thought how fun it would be to make them and fill them with Valentine sugar cookies and go doorbell ditching the neighbors and leave them not only a wonderful treat, but a fun decoration for the home!

If you’d like to check out more of Julie’s amazing creations, be sure to check out her blog, where you can find all sorts of fun and crafty projects.

Also if you have a fun ‘how to’ which can truly be anything your heart desires, don’t be shy to email it to me at kristy@stealnetwork.com.  We would truly LOVE to give you a day in the spotlight and also help share those great ideas with others.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo!

Scrap happy!  :)

What Can *You* Do With An Envelope?

What Can *You* Do With An Envelope?

I have to tell you, I’m crazy excited about my projects for this week.  In fact I secretly want to set the blog to post RIGHT NOW so that you can have a sneak peek of what we will be featuring next!  However, I will be good and set it for 9AM sharp!  So what does today’s steal mean for you?  It means that you too can have fun crafting with envelopes, and Today’s Steal…the DCWV Cards and Envelope kits are the PERFECT option for having a little ‘out of the box’ fun.

I don’t know about you, but the closer we get to the Holidays, the more and more I think that I may brave it this year and make cards to send out.  The 5.5 x 5.5 sized cards included in today’s steals are a wonderful palate for creating.  I love that these kits include the envelopes and there is no need to go cutting in to a delicious (and let’s face it….EXPENSIVE) piece of cardstock to make the base of a card.  Why not take the expense and time out of creating Holiday cards by using the pre-made bases!

I fished around for some scraps and this is the card that I came up with!

Now you may be asking yourself if  you purchased today’s steals, what on Earth you would do with some long letter sized envelopes.  Here is where the fun, fun, FUN part comes in.  :)  Let me show you!

I had such a blast with these glorious stacks of colored delight trying to think outside the box as to what they can be used for.  I mean the obvious is a given…you can send your bills in them.  Seriously.  What person wouldn’t want a little happy colored mail to open and hey…if we have to send our money away, we  may as well allow it to travel in style.  ;)

I then thought to the next most obvious use for envelopes and that would be Holiday cards.  It’s that time of year where so many of us take the time to write an annual update to send along to our friends and family.  Why not add some stamping to the outside of the envelopes so that they are filled with just a little extra holiday cheer!

You can even create a coordinating card to go with an envelope.

I even got a little creative with my Silhouette and cut out a shape on the front of the envelope and inserted a scrap of patterned paper to the inside of the card to show through the window!

My next thought was of how fun it would be to create a ’12 Days of Christmas’ gift book for my husband.  I’m so beyond excited to give this to him that I can hardly stand it!  The colors of the envelopes, mixed with the ability to seal shut the daily ‘gifts’ is SO fun!

I first chose 12 envelopes (3 different colors) and added eyelets to each one for reinforcement.  I bound them together using jump rings.

I decorated each page in an identical fashion, simply to make the process super easy and fast!

I created little ‘coupons’ to insert into each envelope.  (Granted, I’m a little afraid of what I may be getting myself into!  Hee hee!)

I added ribbon to the rings to finish it off!

I then sat staring at the other divine colors of envelopes and my creative wheels started churning again.  I’ve seen cute envelope books before, perfect for storing receipts or coupons or even for budgeting money!

I however, thought it would be fun to make a little ‘annual’ pocket album for a baby.  Somewhere to keep memorabilia, growth charts from checkups, ticket stubs from special events, hand prints, foot prints, you name it…..

I know I didn’t put the book together in the traditional fashion, but wanted to have a working area to put a photo from each  month.  Here is how I put it together, sticking the flap of one envelope to the lower backside half of another one.  I put together enough envelopes to have a different pocket for each month of the year.

I then decorated the front…

….and the backsides of each envelope, using a circle punch to punch out a new opening tab for the pocket. (Just remember not to put adhesive across the top of the paper, but only where the envelope makes contact with the patterned paper, or you will seal off your pocket!)

I also included an additional pocket by adding a rectangle of patterned paper to the lower half of the left hand side of each ‘page’.  I  didn’t use adhesive at the top, and simple enough…another pocket.

I also included a photo matt on the right hand side of each page for a monthly photo….

I finished it up by adding a little ribbon to keep it closed.  Seriously.  So.  Much.  Fun!

What is also fun is being able to announce the winner of our 12,000 fans blog post!  All of us at ScrapbookSteals are so touched by your kind comments and words.  Melodee and I discuss daily how lucky we are to have each of you in our lives.  You are simply the best!

Our lucky random winner of the Prima kit is commenter number 202, Kelly Marks.

Kelly says:

I love the MWM’s! They have inspired me to start my scrapbooking again. And looking through the photos is also great inspiration! I love how everyone is so encouraging! And you can’t beat the prices on the amazing products!

Congrats Kelly!  Send us your address to orders@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get this lovely Prima collection sent out to you!