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Urban Swank Urban Lily Paper Craft Collection

Winter Design Team member Cristine Redmond is back with us today, for another awesome reveal! Cristine got to work with a brand new product – which I must say I have fallen in love with! The Urban Swank Urban Lily Paper Craft Collection is just SO super cute that I know I won’t be able to resist stealing today. Cristine has really showcased this product to it’s full potential with some adorable projects – I dare you to resist the steal!

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When Brittany told me what I would be working with for today’s blog post, I honestly had no idea what to expect.  I had never heard of Urban Swank or Urban Lily before.  But once I got my product in the mail I. Was. Pumped!  Being able to see the board book up close allowed me to think of about a million and one ideas for what I could do with it.  If you are on the fence as to whether or not you should buy the Urban Swank Urban Lily Paper Craft Collection, stick around!!
The board book is SUCH a fantastic concept.  As I mentioned in my last How-To’sday post, I am intimidated by mini albums.  But this board book makes it SO EASY!  You can use it as-is and just add some pictures and/or small embellishments or you can completely recover the whole thing, as I did, and make it your own!  Plus, with the hidden journaling pull-outs, you could put your thoughts in the book and “hide” them.  This would make a great Valentine’s gift for the hubby or even the kids.  Tell them how special they are to you or what you love about them.  Or make one for the new mom-to-be.  Or grandparents!  I could go on, but I think I’ll show you what I did with mine instead.
DIY handmade board book
DIY handmade mini board book
I decided to make this album about myself.  We wear many hats as women and I wanted to write down what I thought about all of the hats I wear.  (Side note: one thing I found when looking for pictures to put into this album was that I am never IN FRONT OF the camera.  I am always behind it.  I need to change that!)
Here are the pictures of the inside of the album:
DIY handmade mini board book
DIY handmade mini board book
DIY handmade mini board book
DIY handmade mini board book
DIY handmade mini board book
DIY handmade mini board book
I loved how I could hide my journaling for each aspect of my life in the pull-outs.  You could always add extra pictures or even small souvenirs in them.
I was also able to work with the ATC’s that are a part of today’s steal.  These are SO versitile!  They can be used to back pictures, as I used them.  Or as journaling cards.  Or as a cute flash card project for your littles.  Here are close-ups of how I used them in my album:
DIY handmade mini board book
If you are intimidated by altered projects or albums like I am, don’t hesitate to steal today!  This is truly one of the best things I’ve ever made and I’m so excited to steal today so I can make more!  Have fun with it!

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Thanks Cristine! This album is just awesome! Great photos and love those papers you chose. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful project!

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

How To-sday on Thursday! | Hearts Galore Part Two

Today’s How To-sday on Thursday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Bev Code! Are you ready for part two of her very own mini series? She’s back with more cute ”Hearts Galore” ideas to freshen up your scrapbook layout, cards, mini albums and projects!

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Hi there! I’m back for part two of my ”Heart Galore” post. Next up is Iris Folded Heart and I made it into a card.
DIY handmade Iris Folded card for Valentine's Day
Here are the detailed instructions on making Iris Folded images of so many shapes. It also shows you how to make these using paper (folded over). I have made the paper ones and thought that single runs of ribbon not folded would also work, so that’s what I did for this one. I started with the heart drawn above and cut the shape out.
DIY handmade Iris Folded card for Valentine's Day
I then followed the design in the link and taped down my ribbons as you can see below. Just remember to leave space around the outside to trim and finish your project.
DIY handmade Iris Folded card for Valentine's Day
When finished, turn over your project, trim it, and decide how you want to use it. I put this on my finished card above but it would make a great framed piece on a layout also.

DIY handmade Iris Folded card for Valentine's Day

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Last up is this fun card I call a Diamond Folded Heart.
DIY handmade Diamond Folded card for Valentine's day
I got the idea when I saw it at Christmas with the shape of a Christmas tree. That shape was really easy to figure out. After much playing with the heart pattern I made the stencils for you to make one too.

Print this sheet at 8 1/2″ x 11″ and it should work to follow along and make yours. The cut lines are solid and the dotted lines are the folds. It also is best to do the main piece out of a print with a white back side. The heart is sized to cover the other folded diamond heart.
DIY handmade Diamond Folded card for Valentine's day
Start by laying the pattern above on the print paper with white backside. Using a ruler and exacto knife cut only the solid V lines. Then fold the coloured side forward to white side.
DIY handmade Diamond Folded card for Valentine's day
Mat the backside of the diamond shaped heart with an accented colour. Tape it to the back to hold it in place. Also using the stencil cut the heart shape frame piece. I used white but you can make your heart any colour combo you feel you’d like.
DIY handmade Diamond Folded card for Valentine's day
 This photo shows my white frame and the solid piece is my card base.
DIY handmade Diamond Folded card for Valentine's day
After all this is organized I then cut another heart frame to accent and added other accents, a sentiment, some bling and even added a stamped bird.

DIY handmade Diamond Folded card for Valentine's day

Thanks for joining me today. I really had a great time creating these HEARTS GALORE to share with you.
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Bev, thank you so much for sharing with us again today! More cute ideas for Valentine’s Day! :-)

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 more from Winter Design Team Member Cristine Redmond – such cute projects – you won’t want to miss them!

How To-sday | Hearts Galore Part 1

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Bev Code! Bev created so many cute heart techniques that we just had to make the post into a mini-series! You can find part 2 on the blog on Thursday.

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Hi and welcome today to Hearts Galore with me at ScrapbookSteals How To-sday. I am going to share lots of fun crafts using hearts of different sizes, shapes and textures. I am starting with the layout below.

DIY tutorial to make handmade heart embellishments

Misting the background is done by Cricut cutting a heart and adding 2 other plastic mesh hearts that are bought at the craft store that are used for needlepoint. They make a great cluster to mist through.

DIY tutorial to make handmade heart embellishments

In this close up you can see the misted cluster and I added a dollar store felt accent on a wire stem with bow. I also started with layers of papers from Echo Park Yours Truly collection. With the layers you also see brads, and a chevron border. I added a title and some gem stones.
DIY tutorial to make handmade heart embellishments
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Here is a really cute weaved heart tag. Here is the detailed link with instructions.
DIY tutorial to make handmade heart embellishments
You start with a 3×9″ strip that you fold in half and round the corners. You do this with two coordinating papers. I used one plain and one polka dots.
DIY tutorial to make handmade heart embellishments
Using my cutter I marked the 1″ and 2″ on the 3″ span and cut from the upper edge near but not at the top of half circle edge down to the bottom. If you weave at all. it’s easy to weave the 2 together — over and through the center — over and under alternating rows. The link above gives more details for the beginner.
DIY tutorial to make handmade heart embellishments
I hope you’ve liked part one of my “Hearts Galore.” Come back on Thursday to see two more ideas.
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Bev, thank you so much for sharing with us today! They are some cute ideas for using on both my Valentine’s Day cards and scrapbooking layouts. I can’t wait for more inspiration on Thursday. :-)

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.

Now it’s time to announce the winner of the February ScrapbookSteals.com Blog Hop! This was such an inspiration to me – I have discovered how to use flowers in SO many ways! Our lucky random winner is from the blog of Abbey Colbert, comment #27. The random winner of $20.00 to ScrapbookSteals.com is Scrappin’ Diva! Congratulations! Please email danielle@steals.com and we’ll send you instructions. We hope you have fun doing a little shopping and that you will share what you create!

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo sketch Jade #9!

Prima Marketing Flowers | February Blog Hop

It’s that time again to be inspired by another group of amazing blog hop designers! They’ve designed some adorable projects using today’s steal, Prima Marketing Flowers, you won’t want the hop to end! I hadn’t realized there were so many different ways to use flowers. Grab your drink and cookies and sit back and relax and prepare to be inspired!

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Enter to win a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code:

Visit each of the designers’ blogs and leave a comment at every stop along the way (including this post). Be this month’s random lucky winner by leaving a comment on one of the eight blogs! So without further delay, here’s the line up:

  1. ScrapbookSteals (You are here—leave a comment!)
  2. Akiha’s Momma Scraps! – Charissa Miller
  3. Scrap Happens – Catherine Povec
  4. Grand Diva’s Creative Corner – Brenda Ragsdale
  5. Scrapbookista – Abigail Stoops
  6. The “Divine” Hand – Candice Elliott
  7. The Other Sink – Abbey Colbert
  8. Mama’s Sanity – Kristina MacKeen

You have until 11:59 PM MT on Sunday, February 3rd, to make your comment. Have a great time hopping!

If you would like to take part as a designer in one of the ScrapbookSteals blog hops, please contact Kerys at Ksharrock@steals.com.

How To-sday | Easy mini albums

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Cristine Redmond! This is a super cute mini album, and so easy to make! I loved making these at the ScrapbookSteals retreat last year – and they make a perfect gift too!

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DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album
Anyone else super intimidated by mini albums?  I definitely was until I went to the ScrapbookSteals Crop in October.  We created an easy mini album in one of our classes and I decided to make another one to show how truly easy it is to make a cute little album.
Here are the supplies you need:
- 2 pieces of cardboard, cut to 4.25″ x 6″
- one piece of 12×12 plain cardstock or patterned paper
- one ribbon, about 24″ long
- other patterned papers and embellishments

Step 1. Take your 12×12 piece of cardstock or patterned paper and cut it in half.

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 2. Using a score board or bone folder, make creases ever 3 7/8″ on both halves.  This will give you three big sections and one 1/8″ section.

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 3. Cut four pieces of patterned paper to 4.25″ x 6″.

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 4.Cut the ribbon in half and adhere on one of the cardboard pieces as shown below:

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 5. Once the ribbon is glued down, cover with one of the trimmed patterned papers as shown below:

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 6. Cover the remaining sides of cardboard with the rest of the trimmed patterned paper pieces.  Take the scored cardstock and adhere so that there are six of the 3 7/8″ sides showing.  (Overlap the 1/8″ flap over the other 1/8″ flap to do so.)

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 7. Put adhesive on the back of one of the edges and adhere to the backside of one of the covered cardboard pieces.  (Note:  The cardboard piece with the ribbon attached will be the backside of the album, so this step needs to use the ribbon-less piece.)

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 8. Do the same as above, attaching the other side of the cardstock accordion to the cardboard with ribbon.

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Now you’re all set to decorate your mini album to your heart’s desire!  This is a picture of my completed album, completely opened up:

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

And here are the close-ups:
DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

I hope you find this album to be as easy as I did!  Thanks for stopping by today!

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Cristine, thank you so much for sharing with us today! That was such a great class at the retreat – thank you for sharing it with everyone who couldn’t make it. Just have to say, gorgeous photos and paper collection!

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 #8!