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How To-sday | Making a bead necklace

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Cristine Redmond. Cristine shows us how to make a super adorable necklace using ribbon and beads! Such a cute gift for her daughters for Valentine’s Day!

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I was browsing on Pinterest one day when I saw the cutest “gumball” necklaces ever.  They were made with actual gumballs, which, as a parent, seemed CRAZY to me because if those things get wet they would leave colors all over the place.  I decided to go a different route.  I found some large beads at my local big box store and some pretty ribbon and decided to make a couple necklaces for my daughters.This is all you need:

DIY handmade tutorial on making a bead necklace

I used one of the needles that came with my Sew Easy because the eye was wide enough to thread some of the ribbon through.  I wrapped the ribbon around the needle a bit so it wouldn’t slip going through the hole of the bead.

DIY handmade tutorial on making a bead necklace

Now, once I got started, I realized immediately that a plain, satin ribbon would have worked better because it would have been the same color on the top/bottom.  The ribbon I chose had white on the back, so I had to make sure I threaded it and tied the knot right so that none of the white side showed.  I threaded it so the pattern was facing up.
DIY handmade tutorial on making a bead necklace
Once I got the first bead in the the right place, I tied a knot on the longer side.  I left a bit of length on the other side so I could tie it all off at the end.
DIY handmade tutorial on making a bead necklace
This is what it will look like as you continue on.
DIY handmade tutorial for making a bead necklace
And this is what I will look like when it’s finished.
DIY handmade tutorial on making a bead necklace
I put some fabric glue in the knot of the bow to hopefully keep the whole thing from coming apart. Now, how many beads you add is completely up to you.  If you want to make the beads go all the way around the necklace, that totally works, too.  Here is another necklace I made:
DIY handmade tutorial on making a bead necklace

I can’t wait to see my girlies’ reactions when they get these necklaces!

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Cristine, thank you so much for sharing with us today! I’d love to hear your daughter’s reactions to the necklaces! If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To-sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for an all new start to the Mid Week Mojo series and sketch Amber #1! Also, tune in to find out who is the winner of the Mid Week Mojo Jade series with $50 to spend in the store!

Echo Park For the Record 2 | Monday Craft Madness #14

The Echo Park For the Record 2 collections are full of fun colors and patterns they are perfect for any occasion! We also have a guest designer for this week’s Monday Craft Madness, so please welcome Cathryn Hanson!  Cathryn got a chance to play with For the Record 2 Tailored collection, and chose this week’s Monday Craft Madness theme:

Citrus color combo!

Color combo challenge using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

Use the color combo above to create your project – from a layout to a card, a mini album to an altered project – have fun!

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Wow! I am so happy to be back here at ScrapbookSteals to share some of my scrappy creations.  When I opened up my goodies, I was thrilled to find that I would be working with Echo Park’s For the Record 2 Collection.  Up here in Canada we have some pretty long, cold, and gloomy winters!  This gorgeous collection is just what I needed to beat the winter blues.  The colors are simply pure sunshine.  It is also and incredibly versatile, and could be used for many different themes.

For my first project I decided to make this little “Dates to Remember” mini book.  It’s the perfect size to carry around, so while out shopping, it’s quick and easy to check out who you need to shop for.

DIY handmade mini tag album using Echo Park For the Record 2
DIY handmade mini tag album using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

My next creation is a layout of my darling granddaughter Blake.  A few weeks ago I spotted this amazing layout on Pinterest and knew it was the perfect inspiration for the photo I wanted to use.  I have always wanted to ‘doodle’ on a layout but could never get it to look right.  But I decided to jump in and give it a try and I am super pleased with the way it turned out.

Scrapbooking layout using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

Scrapbooking layout using For the Record 2 collection

Because the colors in the collection are so rich and cheerful I wanted to use them to brighten up my scrapbook space.  I like to keep a ‘catch-all’ box on my desk to throw the supplies I am using in, until I finish a project.  So this clear little bin I had was transformed into a little piece of art.  I also just couldn’t resist decorating a jar to match. It’s perfect for pens, markers etc.

DIY handmade altered box using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

DIY handmade altered jars using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

Lastly, I made this sweet little card.  For The Record 2 comes with stunning Element Stickers and letters, Chipboard Accents, Layered Chipboard, and Decorative Brads.  They make creating cards super easy and fun fun fun!

DIY handmade card using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

Thank you Kerys and ScrapbookSteals for this opportunity to share my projects with you.  ScrapbookSteals is like a second home to me <3

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If you’d like to enter to win the February Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the Friday after the final theme is posted to create your project and upload a photo of it somewhere online with a link to this post in the caption. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on our blog with the link to your project! We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 prize pack from ScrapbookSteals.com 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 by Design Team member Cristine Redmond!

American Crafts Buttons

Winter Design Team member Bev Code is back with us today for more fun on the blog! Bev got to work with today’s steal,  American Crafts Buttons. She has created some fun projects to inspire us all. I’m definitely going to try out some of her ideas for embellishments and key chains!

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My Design Team reveal this month at ScrapbookSteals is using American Crafts Buttons.

I thought I’d share a few ways I use buttons on my projects.

I made lots of fun accents to use. On the top left I made a homemade flower and added a button with twine bow. Working your way across the top line next up is a single button with double twine bow and finishing the top line I using a paper clip I added a button with  twine bow. Starting the bottom left row the next piece is a ribbon loop with an added button with twine bow followed by a tied a ribbon bow and added a button with twine bow and lastly a Layered Prima flowers and topped off with a button with twine bow. This is only a few ideas of embellishments that can be made using buttons.
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The layout below shows how I used some of the above accents. I used three embellishments from above on this page.

Scrapbooking layout using button embellishments

On this cute tag I used the looped ribbon accent to top off the tag and added another button accent below.
DIY handmade tag using American Crafts buttons
Next up is my layout making a button tree. It was perfect for this cute boy page about two brothers. So whether you Cricut cut a tree, freehand cut a tree, or even just use some single branches, the button accents are perfect.
Scrapbooking layout using American Crafts buttons
On this last project I used picture frame wire and started with a U shape. I then feed the wire through two of the four holes. At the bottom of the U, I left just a little wire and twisted it to make like a knot on the bottom. After adding the buttons I twisted the wire at the top of the buttons. Move up the wire about 1/4 to 1/2″ and twist again – this space is where I added the many tied ribbons. Next up is to find some small circular object, jar – anything small and circular (eg. a pin bottle). Wrap the wire around a few times and finish off twisting ends around the wire so they don’t come undone.
This cute accent I have seen done in Christmas colors and hung on the Christmas tree. I also think it’s a cute accent for any gift you wrap. Another idea I thought it would be perfect to put on the rings of the mini albums when you make them.
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Thanks for stopping by today. I enjoyed spending time with you.

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Thanks Bev! These projects are super cute – thank you for sharing!

Thanks for stopping by everyone and be sure to tune in again on Monday for a new Monday Craft Madness!

How To-sday | Valentine’s Canvas

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Lisa Spiegel. Lisa shows us how to make an adorable altered canvas just in time for Valentine’s Day! She has rocked it yet again!

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Happy How To-sday!  Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on us and in honor of our day of love, I created a canvas for my mantle using my scrapbook supplies.  It’s really easy to do but makes a big impact and can help you set the tone for a little Valentine’s Day décor in your home. DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day Canvas

 Here’s a peek at the products I used to create this..

DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day Canvas

A canvas (I got mine for under $3 at Big Lots), three different scrapbook papers (I chose to use some My Mind’s Eye and the punch outs from the Love Me collection), a heart punch, Thickers, a doily, and some Heidi Swapp Color Shine.

To create the canvas, I unscrewed the cap from the Color Shine and splattered the canvas with the product instead of spraying it.

DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day Canvas

I really like the subtle glimmer of the Color Shine without it covering too much of the canvas.  Next, I punched out 6 hearts out of each of the three papers.  I layered each heart with two hearts and folded the top heart in the middle so it popped a bit. I used my sewing machine to adhere the layers but it isn’t necessary if you don’t have a sewing machine.

DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day CanvasI then layered the doily, the seven hearts, and the Thickers I and U, a sprig of leaves I die cut with my Cameo, and a little flag from the MME die cut sheet to create my little cluster. DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day Canvas

For the embellishment cluster at the top, I used two die cut strips, the two last hearts and a couple of die cut hearts, too.

DIY handmade tutorial for an altered Valentine's Day Canvas

I adhered everything to the canvas using Zip Dry adhesive and in 30 mins, I created the backdrop for my mantle display.

DIY handmade turorial for altered Valentine's Day Canvas

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little How To’s Day tutorial!  Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with the people you love!

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Lisa, thank you so much for sharing with us today! You have such great ideas for projects and you make them all look so easy. If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To-sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo sketch Jade #10! You are in for a special treat, as we have Guest Designer Kassandra Lepage sharing an adorable collection and sketch with you. :-)

Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folders | Monday Craft Madness #13

The Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folders are super easy to use, and with endless possibilities you can never have too many! Whether you are embossing a card, a layout, using it as a frame or tag, there is something for everyone in today’s steal. Here is this week’s Monday Craft Madness inspiration and theme:

White + 1

Use white plus one other color only on your project! I have used white+pink and white+blue for my projects.

I decided to make a traditional embossed background card for my first project.

DIY handmade embossed baby boy card

I wanted to highlight the embossing as much as I could and so used a sponge with my inks to gently rub over the embossing. I love the way it highlights the edges of the embossing – giving so much more dimension to the background.

DIY handmade embossed baby boy card

I added stitching and a button to the title card for a little more interest and to emphasize the white+1 theme.

DIY handmade embossed baby boy card

Next up, I wanted to show you how easily the embossing folder could be used as a frame. I’m not sure why I ended up with another baby themed project – it just happened! I was looking for another white+1 and just happened upon pink!

DIY handmade baby gift

I embossed some plain white card stock and fussy cut the frame.

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I put this onto a plain pail and used vellum behind the frame to give it a little more interest. The pink and white flowers were added along with the pearl bling and the word ‘cherish.’ It makes a great gift – baby or other!

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I hope I have inspired you to start work on your ‘white+1′ projects this week. Remember, they can be any project you like – there are so many possibilities. Just remember to have fun! :)

If you’d like to enter to win the February Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the Friday after the final theme is posted to create your project and upload a photo of it somewhere online with a link to this post in the caption. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on our blog with the link to your project! We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 prize pack from ScrapbookSteals.com 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 by Design Team member Lisa Spiegel!