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Doodlebug Designs Striped Buttons

I am SO excited today to be bringing to you the ScrapbookSteals Summer Design Team and their amazing craftiness. They have totally rocked the house with today’s steal, the Doodlebug Designs Striped Buttons. As their projects came flowing in my jaw kept dropping just a little bit more. I’m telling ya, you are in for a treat, so enjoy!

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First off, let’s take a little stroll through the project from Katrina Hunt. Katrina shows how versatile these buttons are. She used the solid backside of one to complete her bow.

I love how she created the “seed packet” with the buttons. So fun!

And then there is this amazing creation that makes me grin from ear to ear. GORGEOUS! (And maybe if she loves me she will send it to me.) ;)

Next, we have these lil’ beauts from Regina Mangum. Using the buttons for the tires on the bicycle is pure genius!

Another great use is to make the buttons the heads of flowers. I know anyone would be thrilled to get this card.

Now we finish up with project from the amazing Kerys Sharrock. She made another twist on a flower, using the button as the center. One of my favorite uses for a button!

And this little “balloon” gift bag is wonderful!

As you can see we are in for an absolute treat for the next three months as these talented ladies bring to you inspiration. Be sure to check out their blogs for lots of amazing ideas! Also be sure to check in tomorrow for our blog hop! We are a week early this month so don’t forget!

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 ScrapbookSteals.com 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 ScrapbookSteals.com! 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

ScrapbookSteals Blog Hop!

Button, button, whose got the button? Well let me tell you how excited I am to tell you that today seven incredibly talented designers have got the Basic Grey Buttons and Brads which are today’s steal here at ScrapbookSteals.com.

Join us now as we embark upon the first ever ScrapbookSteals blog hop!

Here’s the skinny on how it works. Stop by each designers blog to see what fantabulous creations they’ve made using the Basic Grey Buttons and brads. Be sure to leave a comment at each stop along the way, since one lucky person leaving a comment on one of the 8 blogs (this includes this ScrapbookSteals blog posting), will receive a $20 gift certificate to use in the ScrapbookSteals store! Not a bad reward for taking a little time out to fill the creative well with some amazing inspiration.

So without further adieu here’s the line up:

  1. ScrapbookSteals Blog (YOU ARE HERE!!! Leave a comment! :) )
  2. Kristy Mackeen (GO HERE NEXT!)
  3. Staci Jones
  4. Amber Sheaves
  5. Cristine Redmond
  6. Venetia Holbrook
  7. Charity Becker
  8. Van Nguyen

Just for fun here are some little sneak peeks of the projects that you are about ready to see!

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 Monday in our Monday Card Madness blog posting.

Happy hopping!

P.S. If you have interest in participating in an upcoming ScrapbookSteals Blog Hop, please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com, with Blog Hop in the subject line.

How To’sday | Button Borders by Melissa Dehne

How To’sday | Button Borders by Melissa Dehne

I don’t know about you but after seeing Jana Paddington’s button project, I have a new found love for buttons and can’t seem to have enough! I love this tutorial by Melissa Dehne, showing a fantastic way to use buttons as borders on a scrapbook layout.

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Hello Everyone! Happy Tuesday, another one of my favorite days at ScrapbookSteals! My How To’sday today is more of a technique — fun way to use some of the buttons in your stash. I had seen this done in one of the too many blogs that I follow and loved it.

Step 1: Chose your paper (I used My Little Shoebox “City by the Bay” <3) and get a general layout organized with one of the pictures a little separated from the rest. At this point, everything should be adhered to the page.

Step 2: Go to your button stash and choose the colors that go with your layout.

Step 3: Line up buttons to see the color combinations together.

Step 4: Finally, arrange the buttons around the picture in the shape you like. After they are arranged, lift each button and place an adhesive dot to the back and stick it to the paper. I put the glue dot a little off center so it wasn’t covering the holes on the back and so that if I chose to, I could go back and thread each of the buttons without having to push my needle through a sticky dot.

I added my title and embellishments and my layout was complete! I hope that this gave you an idea to use some of the buttons that you have in your scrap supplies. I have also included another idea for using buttons (and some brads) and a sketch for those of you who like to use sketches too.

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Thank you Melissa for that fun technique on using buttons. I positively adore buttons and cannot wait to try this out!

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us, please send it to kristy@stealnetwork.com. We want to keep your ideas coming. No idea is too big or too small. We want to be inspired by you.

How To’sday | Monogram Button Frame by Jana Paddington

How To’sday | Monogram Button Frame by Jana Paddington

Here’s a fun how to post from the talented Jana Paddington. This would be a stunning addition to baby nursery, your kids room decor, or even a unique way to display your monogram in your home.

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I am so in love with this idea and as soon as I saw it, I just had to share with Kristy to see if she thought it might be appropriate for a How To’sDay! Although I wish I were the one who had dreamed up this adorable framed monogram idea, I must confess that I actually saw on the blog of an incredibly-talented shoe designer’s blog that I follow (just for little girls…be still my heart). In case any of you missed it, here’s my take on this adorable idea!

My daughter’s bedroom walls are completely bare. I know, it’s embarrassing, but she didn’t even have a room ready for her until she was six months old, so I figure it’s great that she at least has her very own walls to be bare in the first place! When I saw this fun project, I nearly fell out of my chair. Perfect! Something crafty that I can customize for her bedroom that’s oh-so-cute, not to mention, I have enough buttons and brads to last a lifetime. What a great way to use up my stash (ahem, Melodee, now I could use some more)!

Materials needed:

  • Computer
  • Printer (& plain ol’ paper)
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Glue dots or your choice of adhesive
  • Buttons
  • Brads
  • Stick-on gems and pearls (I used tweezers to apply these)
  • Frame or shadow box

I started off by jumping into Word and printing out the capital letter J in a font style and size that was going to work with my frame. I had purchased this 8×10 frame about two years ago, so it’s about time I found a use for it. A shadow box would work great too, as I had to actually frame the finished product without the glass.

The font I chose was Cooper Black, and if you can believe it, size 800. I printed out the J and then cut it out so that I could trace it onto my white cardstock. Be careful if you use black ink to print out your letter as it may smudge. Next time I’ll pick a lighter colour. :)

In retrospect, I wish I had dotted the line as the solid pencil line that I did took an extra long time to hide with the gems, etc. Once you put the buttons and brads onto the project, it’s tough to get in there with an eraser.

Next fill your traced letter in with your choice of buttons, brads, gems and/or pearls. I started with the biggest buttons and then filled in all the blank spaces around them with smaller buttons until there wasn’t any more room to stick a button. Then I went to town with my brads. Basically, wherever there was a spot to stick a brad in, I stuck it. Lastly, I went around the edges and did my best to cover up my pencil line with self-adhering gems and pearls that I applied with tweezers (it really made it easier to place them properly).

Once I was satisfied that I had filled in all the spaces that needed to be filled, I removed the glass and framed my finished product. I just love how it turned out!

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Jana, thank you so much for sharing this amazing idea with us! I think this is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen and I can’t wait to create one for each of my girls.

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us, please send it to kristy@stealnetwork.com. We want to keep your ideas coming. No idea is too big or too small. Don’t be shy! We want to be inspired by you.

Be sure to check in tomorrow morning for Mid Week Mojo hosted by the amazing Staci Jones.  I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve for all of us.

Have a great day and scrap happy!