We R Memory Keepers Mini 8 punches | Monday Craft Madness #2

Great things can come in small packages and this is definitely the case with one of today’s steals, the We R Memory Keepers Mini 8 punches. (Check back later today– you don’t want to miss our Cyber Monday fun!) I tried a few at the ScrapbookSteals retreat and LOVED them! There are so many great designs it was hard to pick just one. Which brings us to this week’s Monday Craft Madness theme:


I decided to use the Snowflake Mini 8 punch to make a winter mini album. I love mini albums with a mixture of shaped pages – I find them far more interesting and fun to look at.

I decided to use the punch for the regular snowflake circle background. I also punched vellum, folded it in half, and then stitched around the outside to make a pocket for the mini snowflakes that were punched out during the cutting of the large snowflake circle.

You don’t have to punch out the whole circle. I only cut out half of the circle to add a different shaped page to my album (which you can see in the bottom page of the photo below).

Here are the photos of the rest of my mini album:

I just love these punches and I am definitely going to be ‘stealing’ more! I hope I have inspired you to join in this week’s Monday Craft Madness challenge – using punches!

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Don’t forget the rules! We give you a theme/sketch each week and allow you to create any project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires!) as long as it fits the theme. You have until the last Thursday of the month to create and share your project using any of the themes or sketches we provide. We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 gift code at the end of the month!

Just note that this is separate from Mid Week Mojo, so you’ll have at least two fun projects a week you can dive into. :)

Don’t forget to check back in with us tomorrow for a fun How To’sday post!


Authentique Glory

I love Fridays! Not only does it mean the weekend is upon us but it also means we are treated to the talents of one of our amazing Design Team members. Today Kerys Sharrock absolutely nails to perfection the many ways to use today’s steal, the Authentique Glory collection.

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It’s my turn again to post on another awesome collection! The awesome Brittany Perry and Kristy Lee gave me another awesome steal to play with, the Authentique ‘Glory’ collection, with the instructions “non-patriotic!” This was easy as we have only lived in the USA for 2 years and I don’t have lots of “patriotic” photos to scrap.

It just so happened that my daughter has begun gymnastics, and of course you know girls, they just have to have the best leotard! The one she chose matched perfectly with this collection. I used Authentique’s current sketch challenge for the layout, and added the stickers and quotes from the 12×12 detail sheet. As you can see, the quotes and stickers don’t just have to be for the 4th of July celebration—they can be adapted perfectly for any situation.

The next thing I decided to make was an altered birdhouse. I love these things and they have become a bit of an obsession for me! Once I looked through the Glory collection, I decided that the reds and creams gave me a feeling of Christmas, so I went with the Christmas theme. Again, I used the papers and border stickers from the collection—the “holiday cheer” I thought was perfect and comes from the individual word stickers found in the collection. A touch of holly and snow, and voilà!

And last but not least, this is definitely my favorite altered project to date! I decided to alter a drawer set. You know the plain wooden ones you get from the craft store? I painted it, crackle painted it, went over it with some distress ink, and then went to town decorating it with the Authentique papers. There are so many different patterned papers in this collection it was hard to choose. I kept it quite simple, inking the edges of each paper and then finishing it off with the “be creative” title on the top. This is going to be sitting on my desk for inspiration. I even used a couple of the stickers from the collection on the ends of the spools. Cute!

Thank you so much Scrapbook Steals, Brittany, and Kristy for allowing me to be on the Summer Design Team! I’ve had such a blast and will miss it greatly. I hope I’ve managed to inspire a few people along the way!

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Kerys, your projects are beyond amazing and I’m telling you straight up right now, if you find your drawers missing you may want to come and check my craft room. 😉 It’s been a joy having you as a part of the team and I tell myself I’m not going to cry when it’s done, but I’ve already shed a tear or two! Good thing is we will be treated to one final hoorah in a triple whammy from the entire design team next Friday! You wont want to miss it at all.

I hope you all have an exceptional weekend! I know I will. Tomorrow is the Color Run for me so be on the lookout for some very colorful photos coming up in a Mid Week Mojo soon!

American Crafts Flower Shoppe

Are you ready for another amazing Design Team Friday project? I sure hope so! Today Regina Mangum takes the stage in a bounty of blossoms as she makes today’s steal, American Crafts Flower Shoppe, flourish with fabulousness!

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I got to play with a plethora of posies from the American Crafts Flower Shoppe line of decorative flowers and I am so glad I get to share them with you for my first official design team post! These flowers are stunning and the colors range from bright and fun to soft and subtle.

I love trying to keep up with my rugrat’s scrapbook when I can, but I have to admit that when I saw all the flowers I didn’t think I could really incorporate them into a page for a boy. But I remembered a recent trip to a very cool garden, and one particular photo I loved. I had been meaning to scrap it and wondered if they would go together—and I was glad I paired them up!

I used the largest of the decorative flowers and these blooms turned out to be just perfect to help me create a “frame” for my photo. I didn’t do it here, but the pearls on the flowers are actually removable brads and can be replaced with something else if desired.

Next, I created a sweet and simple little canvas bag “no sew” project. I simply adhered some ribbon onto the bag with some scor-tape, adhered the cute flowers in rows with glue dots, and voila! I have a nice little bag large enough to hold a water bottle or some necessities.

Lastly, I created a clean and simple card using some bright and fun patterned paper. This quick and easy card is bright and cheery. I simply pierced lines below each bloom to create stems. Easy-peasy, yes?

I hope you enjoyed my Flower Shoppe projects today as much as I enjoyed creating them. Thanks so much to and Kristy and Brittany for giving me this wonderful chance to create with such a terrific product!

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Regina—amazing. I simply adore how you added the flowers to a “boy” page. Having two boys after three girls I’m always finding myself adding a little floral fun to my boy pages. Yours is true perfection!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend! Hope you also find some time to get scrappy. :)

Doodlebug Designs Mono Buttons

Gosh, I love a good button. It’s the perfect itty-bitty embellishment that can take any project to the next level and is my definite “go to” in paper crafting.  Today our lovely design team member Cyndee Kawa rocks the house in her farewell design team project using the Doodlebug Designs Mono Buttons.

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Who doesn’t love a versatile embellishment? You’re in luck, because today’s steal, Doodlebug Mono Buttons, are exactly that! Doodlebug buttons come in bright, happy colors that coordinate and compliment so many paper collections and manufacturers. As soon as I got the buttons in my hands (and promptly hid the pink ones from my daughter), the ideas started coming!

Doodlebug buttons are one of those perfect embellishments that you can use for boys or girls, dress them up or leave them plain, make them the focus, or use them to enhance. The crafting possibilities are truly endless! And have I mentioned that there are GLITTERY and POLKA DOT buttons?

I thought I’d start out ‘simple’ and use buttons as so many of us do – the center of flowers. So sweet, and with the addition of a little twine, the perfect finishing touch to a layout (or card).

I’ve been wanting to scrap these photos of my daughter being fascinated with Daddy blowing bubbles. The pink buttons were the perfect way to highlight and represent the bubble gum color and bubbles themselves.  (Note the polka dots and glitter – love!) Buttons also make great borders and banner additions.

When I received the variety of button colors, I instantly thought RAINBOW! I dug through my paper scraps, and created this happy card.

After having two opportunities come along this spring (that I’d never imagined), I decided I needed to jump on the bucket list bandwagon, so I created a layout about it! And buttons are the perfect thing to fill your bucket with!

For my final Design Team project, I thought I’d make my sweet girl a little something for the upcoming 4th of July. She *loves* to get all dressed up in red/white/blue for it, so what better addition to her outfit, but a hair clip! She caught me while I was gluing it all together, and managed to walk off with a few more of the glittery buttons – for HER scrapbook stash…

If you’re looking for a little more inspiration, come check out my blog for some close ups of my layouts and an additional project or two!

A HUGE thank you to Kristy and ScrapbookSteals for giving me this amazing opportunity of being on the Spring Term Design Team. It’s been so much fun, and working with Kristy is always a treat! I loved coming up with ideas, and hopefully gave some inspiration along the way! Now head back to and steal yourself some Doodlebug Mono Buttons!

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Cyndee, I’m actually teary that your term has come to an end. I cannot thank you enough for being such an amazing premiere design team member here at! I wish on behalf of all of us that I could squeeze through the interwebs and give you a big ol’ hug for being willing to share your time and talents with us! Thank you, thank you and thank you again!

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you on Monday for another round of Monday Card Madness inspiration.

<3 Kristy

Fancy Pants Designs Chipboard Banner Sets | How To’sday

What party doesn’t need that little extra something? What home doesn’t need that little extra splash of decor? Well,  Fancy Pants Designs Chipboard Banner Sets are a great place to start! What’s not to love about a sturdy, high-quality chipboard banner that can be decorated to stand the test of time? Just think of the options! Birthday parties, baby showers, summer, 4th of July… Sheesh, I think I’d even like to create a fun Halloween themed banner!

Today we are thrilled to have Becci Manies, the banner queen herself, show us how to make a cute summer banner with today’s steal.

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First, I gather a variety of products to place on the chipboard banner pieces, both large and small, hard and soft, flat and dimensional. I like to gather most of my products before I start my project, then I choose from the pile to create each banner piece.

I prepare the elements that I am going to use by inking, sanding, tying twine on or assembling die cuts as needed.

I like to layer everything on to the banner piece before adhering any of the layers together.

I like to curl pieces (as shown) to make the parts stand off of the banner piece and add dimension beacuase I don’t like everything to look flat.

I layer and tuck the elements together until the piece looks pretty full.

Here are all of my elements layered together on one banner piece.

I decided to ink the edges of the flower print scallop circle. Then I was happy with the banner piece and I started to glue the items together.

I use a mixture of foam adhesive, Tombo glue, and Zots glue dots to arrange the elements at different levels.

I prepared each letter by sanding the edges and tying a piece of twine around it.

After you arrange and layer each banner panel you string it together with a piece of ribbon and you have a completed banner!

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Thank you so much Becci. Your banner is beautiful!

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Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow for a little Mid Week Mojo! :)