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Doodlebug Designs Glitter Alphas

Sparkle. Shimmer. Glimmer. Bling. Don’t those simple words put a smile on your face? I personally don’t think this world can have enough bling! But if the thought of glitter doesn’t have your face grinning from ear to ear then just wait until you see what guest blogger Sarah Eclavea has done with today’s steal, the Doodlebug Designs Glitter Alphas. Clever, crafty, innovative, fresh, fun and DARLING if you ask me!

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Hi everyone! I was so honored to be asked to guest blog here on Scrapbook Steals. Then to make things even better I found out I was going to be working with these Doodlebug Glitter Alphas. I thought I liked them when I saw them online, but I knew I loved them when I saw them in person! These are just too cute to stuff away in an album somewhere so I decided to put them on display for all to see. I created three pieces of wall art that are now hanging in my daughters’ bedrooms.

This first one is for my daughter Isabel’s room. I trimmed a piece of patterned paper to 8 x 10 inches focusing on the pattern and leaving room for her name. I layered some stickers and chipboard with foam tape and added some jewels and pearls. Super cute and super quick!

For this next one I trimmed four different patterned papers into 2 x 2 inch squares. I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to 8 x 10 inches and then adhered the squares to it. Add the glitter alphas and done!

Now I couldn’t leave my daughter Frances’ walls bare so here is one for her too. I trimmed a piece of patterend paper to 8 x 10 inches, layered and added the Doodlebug glitter alphas.

These three pieces took just one night and I have lots of letters left for all my other projects. Next up will be a N – Z wall hanging to match my A- M one above. And lots of scrapbook pages of course!

Thanks for letting me share these projects with you today!

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Sarah, thank you! I’m soooo in love with your projects. I think my scrappy room needs a facelift and your wall art would be something fun to use as inspiration. Also be sure to stop by Sarah’s blog for a lot more inspiring ideas.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for our June Blog Hop here at ScrapbookSteals! You will die when you see what the artists have created. SO CUTE!

Have a perfect day!

Paper Weaving | How To’sday

Today’s How To’sday takes me back to my carefree days of childhood and paper weaving art projects in grade school. Today’ Venetia Holbrook shows us step by step how to integrate paper weaving into a stunning design idea for scrapbook pages.

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I am so excited to get to share a How To’sday tutorial on ScrapbookSteals! Let’s weave some fun into a couple of layouts!

First Weave Idea–

  • Grab three pieces of cardstock. Two to weave and one to use as a base.

  • Cut the same size strips of your weaving cardstock. I did one inch, but any size works.
  • Gently tack down the very edge of a set of your strips, alternating the end you tack down.

  • Start to weave the other card stock over the tacked down piece and under the loose piece. Then alternate the over under and continue across the page. You need to tighten your weave as you go.

  • Once you’ve finished, tack down your loose ends and trim the edges if needed.

  • Cover the top edge with a border and design your page!

Second weave idea-

Every little kid has done this, but a redo is great for a hidden journaling element on a page.

  • First, cut two rectangles.

  • Next fold them in half and trim the edge to a half circle.

  • Cut even size strips from the bottom fold to just past the width of the paper when laid across at 90 degrees. I cheated an used a pattern paper with lines so I could free hand the cuts. I stacked my papers so the cuts would match.

  • This part is hard to explain. Think of the bands of paper as arms, and they’re giving bear hugs, (you know when someone grabs you around the arms and you can’t move?) alternate the bands around and through each other. As you go, it gets tighter, so be patient.

  • When you’re done, you should have a hear basket that you can punch or cut hearts into for a hidden journal pocket.

I hope you loved my weaving magic!

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Venetia! What a brilliant tutorial. Such a fun and fresh idea to incorporate into scrapbooking! Thank you so much for sharing.

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on our blog as a How To’sday tutorial be sure to share! You can send your photos and text to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

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

My Mind’s Eye Journaling Tags | May Blog Hop

That’s right everyone! It’s time to feed the crafty soul with another amazing ScrapbookSteals.com Blog Hop! Pull up a chair and take a virtual journey to seven talented designers as they show some very unique and down right clever ways to use today’s steal, the My Mind’s Eye Journal Card Kit. Leave a comment at each blog and you increase your chances of winning a $20.00 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code to nourish your crafty soul even further!

Here’s the skinny on how to play. Stop by each of the designers’ blogs making sure to leave a comment at each stop along the way. One lucky person leaving a comment on one of the 8 blogs (this includes this ScrapbookSteals blog posting), will receive a $20 gift code to use in the ScrapbookSteals.com store! Not a bad reward for filling up the creative well.

So without further delay here’s the line up:

  1. ScrapbookSteals
  2. Becci Manies (GO HERE NEXT)
  3. Katrina Hunt
  4. Brett Quinton
  5. Chloe Salerno
  6. Erin Colby
  7. Deborah Johnson
  8. Michelle King

And now for some sneak peeks to whet the appetite as to what is in store!

Have fun hopping, and remember you have until Sunday at 11:59 PM MST to drool over the creations and to leave your comment. A winner will be selected and announced on Tuesday in our How To’sday blog posting.

Oh and if you aren’t already our friend on Facebook, be sure to “like” us so that you don’t miss out on any of our fun!

Happy hopping and good luck!

P.S. If you have interest in participating as a designer in an upcoming ScrapbookSteals Blog Hop, please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com, with Blog Hop in the subject line. Have a lovely weekend. :)

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 ScrapbookSteals.com 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 ScrapbookSteals.com 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 kristy@stealnetwork.com 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. :)