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Silhouette Advent Calendar — Love Style

Can you believe that Valentines Day is just barely over 25 days away? (26 if I’m counting right!) If you’re like me and just barely thought about putting away your Silhouette Advent Calendar from Christmas, think again! Why not turn it into a work of love? Don’t have one yet? Then today is your chance to pick one up and get creating a countdown to the day of hearts and kisses.

One of our good friends Staci Jones, recently converted her Silhouette Advent Calendar into a darling creation to give to her husband to count the many ways that she loves him. Granted I’m not exactly sure what Staci has hidden in those drawers for her hunny, but the display is something that would make anyone’s heart melt!

I’m so inspired by her creation that I figure I’d better give my calendar a face lift too!

Not sure what to put inside of your drawers?  Well, if you’re creating your advent for a significant other, then here are a few ideas that you may be able to tuck inside with a little kiss of chocolate.

  • A pass for a free massage
  • An invite to share a bubble bath
  • A love letter
  • A poem, written by you
  • A candle to burn later on
  • Movie tickets
  • Invite to dinner at his favorite restaurant
  • Create a custom crossword puzzle with clues that pertain to your relationship
  • A picture of a tulip with a note saying “I’ve got two-lips waiting for you”
  • A picture of wildflowers with a note saying “for my wild man”
  • A gift card to your favorite ice cream parlor
  • A garter with a special note attached
  • Love coupons
  • A copy of your wedding vows
  • A verse from a favorite song attached to an iTunes gift card
  • A tiny teddy bear with a note attached saying “I can’t bear being away from you”
  • A little monkey with a note attached saying “let’s monkey around”
  • A note telling him how much you appreciate the work he does
  • A gift card to a lingerie store — see what he brings home!
  • A small vile of massage oil
  • A Chinese fortune cookie with the fortune replaced with something romantic

Want to gear your advent toward your children? Attach reasons why you love them and special things that make you smile.

Whatever it is that you decide to do, the Silhouette Advent Calendar is a sure way to make the countdown to any celebration or holiday just that much more special.

Have a great weekend! I’ll see you Monday with another Monday Card Madness.

How To’sday | Kid Interview Mini Album

If you’ve got the itch to make a mini album, today Jen McDermott shows us one of the cutest ideas I’ve seen in a long time! With time slipping away, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day will be here before we know it! This how to on creating a “kid interview” mini-album may be just what you need.

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If you’re looking for a great gift idea that not only preserves sweet memories, but is relatively quick and is sure to be a hit with parents, grandparents, and more, then I have an idea for you! For the kid interview mini album, you ask your child(ren) fun questions about their family member or other important grown up in their life, then record their answers in their own words. Not only will it look cute displayed, but the recipient will love to read what your little one has to say about them. It’s pretty simple and can be dressed up or down however you choose.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • A couple of 12×12 sheets of chipboard
  • A 6×6 paper pad
  • 3 jump rings (I only used two in my example, but three would be sturdier)
  • Cropadile or heavy duty hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Alphas/Tiny Type/Embellishments of your choosing
  • Paper trimmer
  • Optional photos of your child with the subject of the album
  • Basic scrapping necessities (ink, adhesive, markers)

Before you get started, sit down with your child and ask them a few questions about the subject of the album.  I asked my son fun questions about his dad like “If Dad had a super power, what would it be?”, “What does Dad do at work all day?”  “How does Dad show you that he loves you?” “What’s your favorite activity to do with Dad?” Then, I jotted down the answers in his own words. Once you’ve interviewed your child, you are ready to create the album.

First, using your paper trimmer, cut your chipboard into 6×6 squares. You will need one square for each question and answer. Then, start adhering your 6×6 paper to the chipboard squares. Once your paper is covered, you are ready to start writing in the interview questions and answers.

I put each question and answer on the right side of the page, then used the left side for matching embellishments and photos.

After you’ve recorded the questions and answers and decorated the pages with matching embellies, ink the edges of your pages, preferably with a dark ink, to help hide the edges of the chipboard and paper.  Then, use a Cropadile or other heavy duty hole punch to punch three holes into the side of each page. Make sure each page is facing the correct way in the book before punching the holes. Then, assemble the pages, and bind together with jump rings and decorate rings with ribbon. Create a title and a decked out cover, and you’re all done! Be sure to include the date it was created, too.

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Jen, I love it! Little kids are especially fun to document and I think this is such a fabulous idea! I see some interview mini-albums in my future for sure!

Thank you so much for sharing your talents and ideas with us.

If you have an idea that you would see featured on the How To’sday here at ScrapbookSteals, please send your directions and photos in an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

I’ll see you tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo. :)

How To’sday | Custom Alphabet Stickers

So your sweet husband/boyfriend/special other decided to take it upon himself to do a little scrappy shopping for you for Christmas and decided to get you Thickers. A bunch of Thickers. Only problem is he decided to get you a lifetime supply of white ones figuring they would go with anything. Well guess what — he was right. :)

Today Misty Buck shows us how to take those basic white foamy alphabet stickers and alter them to suit any crafty color need.

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Supplies:

  • foam alphabet stickers
  • ink pad
  • heating tool
  • rubber stamp

Step 1: Choose letters to alter and place them on a ink-proof surface.

Step 2: Cover the surface of the letters with desired color of ink.

Step 3: Gently heat surface of inked stickers until foam softens. “Stamp” surface of letters with a rubber stamp to create texture.

Step 4: Use custom colored and textured letters on project of your choice!

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Misty, thanks so much for sharing your fun idea with us. Now all of those white stickers can be dressed up to suit your every need. :)

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us for a How To’sday tutorial then don’t be shy! We’d love to see what you have up your crafty sleeve. You can send photos and text to Kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will add you to the lineup.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for our first guest sketcher of the new year! It’s a day you do not wish to miss.

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.