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3 Bugs in a Rug, Dawson | Mid Week Mojo

Opal Club — Layout 6


Hello Wednesday! What do you have in store for us today? Well, that would be a little Mid Week Mojo featuring today’s steal, the Dawson collection by 3 Bugs in a Rug. While we’re a little past the “little boy” stage in our family, today’s collection proved itself as being very versatile not only for baby boy type creations but for big boy creations. Oh, and there is absolutely no reason I couldn’t have used these exact papers on a layout of my biggest 40 year old boy too!

I was thrilled when I realized how perfectly the color scheme of the Dawson collection worked with some recent photos which I took of my son a couple of weekends ago on a trip to Southern Utah.

The collection came with some fun stickers and die cut embellishments which made some fun additions to my layout.

I also love how perfectly these colors worked with some embellishments that I already had on hand! Nothing beats a collection that works well with your stash.

So there you have it, Opal #6. (Phew! It’s always a pretty tough week to follow guest designing amazingness. ;) )

Now my favorite part of the blog post, announcing who our lucky random winner is. Congrats are in order for Karly Auvinen.

Karly, if you would please send an email to our service department with your address we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you. That email address is customerservice@stealnetwork.com.

If you would like a chance to win this week’s random drawing, you will need to have your sketch posted and linked to this blog posting by 11:59PM MST on Monday, November 14th. Also, if you are new to our Mid Week Mojo challenge or have any particular questions, you can find all of the details here. As we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Have a great day!

Fantastic Friday | Baby Boy Nursery Decor

Fantastic Friday | Baby Boy Nursery Decor

If you’re looking for a fantastic collection to create some darling baby boy nursery decor, then today’s steal the Piggy Tales, Steadfast Tin Soldier collection is the one for you!

After creating girly-girl last week I was excited to shift gears and create something totally boy. I hit my new large chain craft store looking for items to alter. Knowing that I wanted to create bedroom decor, I hit the jackpot and for $5.26, I found a paper mache letter, a wooden train and a door hanger.

I started with the door hanger and covered it with a solid paper since I wanted to keep it a little less busy. To cover the hanger, I simply traced the hanger onto the paper and adhered it to the front using photo tape. Another great alternative for adhering paper to wood is ModPodge, and it also seals the paper making it a little more durable.

After covering the front of the plaque, I added a small wave of patterned paper, some ribbon and one of the super cute window embellishments that come with the Piggy Tales collection. I added a photo of the the baby in the window. Some inking, a few buttons and little bling later, my door hanger was complete.

Next, I altered a paper mache letter for sitting on top of a dresser or shelf.

First I spray painted the sides and back of the letter then turned the letter upside down onto paper to trace. After cutting out the paper for the top of the letter, I ran it through my Xyron machine and adhered it to the front of the letter. I inked the edges of the paper and then cut out some circles on my Silhouette. I inked them and adhered them to the front of my letter using 3D foam squares to give a little dimension, then I added some of the ribbon from the Piggy Tales collection.

I finished things up with a little Wooden train which will look fantastic sitting on the shelf next to the altered letter.

I really wanted to cover the train in patterned papers so I carefully broke off the moving wheels and then painted the sides and back of the train with spray paint.

I traced the train onto patterned paper and solid paper and cut it out using some precision scissors. I ran the train cutouts through my Xyron and adhered it to the front of the wooden train putting the patterned papers on the bottom and the solid on the top. I added a thin border of blue across the middle and added some buttons and ribbon for decoration.

I used my Silhouette to cut out some rims for the train wheels. I then secured the wheels to the train using 3D foam dots to add a little dimension.

I think it turned out quite cute!

This idea of nursery decor would be so fantastic to give a new mommy as a baby shower gift. Definitely something unique and from the heart!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Be sure to check in next week for all sorts of fabulous ideas.