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Fancy Pants It’s the Little Things | Mid Week Mojo

Amethyst – Layout 3

You’re working on that perfect scrapbook layout and it’s just not coming together how you’d like. You’ve tried a little of this and a little of that and still aren’t quite happy. Well maybe it’s time you try out today’s steal, Fancy Pants, It’s the Little Things, because sometimes it is the little things that make a project perfect! And today our astonishing guest sketcher, Melissa Dehne, shows us just how perfect the little things can be.

Rockstar Guest Sketcher

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Yes! Oui! Ja! ¡Sí! It doesn’t matter which language you say it in, when Kristy asked me to be the guest designer for March, I knew what my answer was ― a resounding YES! I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity. ScrapbookSteals has truly what have inspired me to create over the past three years. The community that has been built here is one that I will be forever grateful for! So, it is with deepest appreciation that I say thank you for leading me on my scrapbook journey, it has been such a fun ride so far!

I had the privilege to create with this incredible collection by Fancy Pants called It’s the Little Things. What a treat! This kit was loaded with embellishments and the double sided papers made it very hard to choose which side to use. I really wanted to create a few things that showcased the gorgeous colors and tones of the collection along with the extraordinary (and plentiful) embellishments.

To start with, I created a layout using a photo of my sweet daughter who is by far, my most willingly photographed subject in the house.

Melissa Dehne

I took this photo in the middle of  January in Wisconsin. Our lack of snow has made for some great outdoor winter photos, minus the snow of course! I changed the tone of my photo to a more antique look because I really wanted the papers to shine on the layout. I love the papers and how they all coordinate together. It is impossible to go wrong when mixing any of them together, they are all so complimentary. It was also fun to choose which embellishments to highlight for this project. As I said, it comes fully loaded! The kit comes with a variety of chipboard banner shapes but I chose to use some of the smaller chipboard shapes to create this banner. The pack of three kinds of ribbon is fun in that each of the three ribbon is made from a different texture which really adds some depth to your project. The glitter cuts were an added bonus that I really loved as well. They were so cute and easy to use. Additionally, I’ve created a sketch (utilizing my amazing Silhouette machine) for you to use if you’d like to give the Mid Week Mojo a try this week!

Mid Week Mojo

Since the kit was just too fun to make just one layout, I made one more! I also wanted to show you that the kit is really versatile for either gender.

Melissa Dehne
The border strips were one of my favorite features on one side of the paper. I made sure to use a few of them on this quick layout I made of my son reading. Here is a sketch for this layout as well if you are interested.

Melissa Dehne

Lastly, although I am not a huge card maker, I thought I’d put together some cards to show some of the additional papers as well as the gorgeous transparency which is included in the kit! On this card, I created a tag using the transparency and some glitter cuts and then attached it to the little notecard using some twine.

Melissa Dehne

Here are the final two:

Melissa Dehne Melissa Dehne

Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity to create, especially during one of my favorite months of the year (which just happens to be my birthday month). I celebrate all month long once we hit March 1st! Please stop by my blog today. Since it’s my birthday month, I’d like to have a giveaway and give a gift! So, come over and celebrate with me!

Scrap Happy- Melissa

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Melissa, what a true delight it has been working with you this month, being able to feature you as the guest Mid Week Mojo sketcher here at ScrapbookSteals. Thank you so much for accepting the invitation and for providing us with such mind boggling inspiration!

Now it’s time for our weekly random winner. This week the shout out goes to Brittany Morgan!

Brittany, thank you so much for playing along! Your layout is absolutely spectacular. If you can please send an email to customerservice@stealnetwork.com, we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

If you are playing along with our weekly Mid Week Mojo sketches and would like a chance to be this weeks winner, be sure to have your layout(s) posted and linked to this blog posting by Monday, March 12th at 11:59 PM MST.

If you have any questions regarding Mid Week Mojo you can find all of the fantastic details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Have a great day everyone!

Fancy Pants Love Story | Monday Card Madness #71

We all have a love story. Whether it be your husband, boyfriend, friend, parent or child, there is someone special in each of our lives and today’s steal, Love Story by Fancy Pants is an amazing collection of love-themed scrapbooking papers where graphic meets fancy and whimsy meets unique. This collection is filled with something for everyone on your love story list.

With Valentine’s Day upon us, rather than a providing a sketch, this week’s challenge is to simply create a Valentine. That way not only will you be one step ahead of the game tomorrow but you will be increasing your chance to win this month’s Monday Card Madness drawing! (If you follow the directions below).

I had an amazing time creating with the Love Story collection and was pretty shocked at the end of my Valentine making binge that I had six completely different looking cards. Oh how I love me a collection that is so versatile!

With the first card that I made, I honestly couldn’t decide which papers to use, so I decided to create a heart window and fill the hole with small strips of different sheets of paper.

Valentine

Next I couldn’t resist using some of the trim and rubons in combination with the stickers. Oh, and I even pulled out my deco scissors circa 1996! I actually love the little addition to the heart and it felt great putting my old tools to work.

Valentine

A favorite part of any Fancy Pants collection is the sheet of “cards” that are easily cut up to finish off a card quite nicely.

Valentine

Then of course you can’t dismiss the darling rub-ons. I think this particular Valentine will be given right to my little 4-year-old snuggle bug.

Valentine

The Fancy Pants transparencies are always amazing as well. One card I used the hearts transparency die cut as the focus of the card, while another card I actually cut a transparency sheet to card size and it became my card.

Valentine Valentine

If you haven’t made your Valentines for tomorrow yet, then now is your chance! Lots of ideas to help you springboard your own creation and of course we’d love to see what you create.

As far as being eligible for the February random Monday Card Madness drawing, all you need to do is complete any (or all) of the Monday Card Madness sketches, post your creation to our fan page or your own personal blog, then leave a link on this blog to that creation no later than 11:59 PM MST on Friday, March 2nd, 2012.

And now for the final reminder about our Quarter 1 card swap.

Here are the details just in case you missed out:

  • This card swap will not have any particular theme.
  • The only requirements is that you send ten cards with envelopes to be received at the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by February 16th.
  • Cards can be sent to this address:

ScrapbookSteals
ATTN: Card Swap
2181 California Ave., #400
Salt Lake City, UT  84104

  • After sending your cards please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com, letting me know to be on the lookout for your cards.

Have a lovely day everyone! And may your Valentine’s day be filled with love! I know mine will be because I love a great How To’sday, and tomorrow we have yet another great tutorial from one of you!

Fancy Pants Notebook Journals

Fancy Pants Notebook Journals

If you haven’t ever seen today’s steal, the Fancy Pants Notebook Journals, then you are in for a treat! These little goodies are great for so many different uses.

First of all they are fantastic for using as journaling blocks on your scrapbook pages. Simply rip the perfect journaling tag out of the notebook, jot down your journaling, attach to your layout and voila — your journaling is done! You can see some fantastic examples from some of our ScrapbookSteals fans as to how they used the journaling tags on these layouts by Staci Jones, Charissa Miller, Chloe Salerno and Cristine Redmond.

Now if you’re wondering what you’d do with multiple journaling tag books here are some additional and easy ideas for you. I decided to make myself a “happy stuff” book. I left all of the journaling tags intact and simply made each tag into a different happy page.

Now I can put my happy stuff on a shelf in my scrappy room and always have a visual reminder of the simple things in life that bring me joy, when life seems to get me down.

I also thought it would be fun to create an advice album for a friend that recently found out that she is expecting her first baby. We have common friends all round the continent so I’m going to mail send out the advice album circle journal style and by the time my friend is holding her sweet bundle of joy, she should have a lovely advice album filled with tips from those that she loves.  :)

I hope you girls all have a wonderfully crafty weekend! Be sure to check in on Monday for our next Monday Card Madness.

Fancy Pants Mega Paper Kit | Monday Card Madness #39

Fancy Pants Mega Paper Kit | Monday Card Madness #39

Happy  Monday and 4th of July everyone. Hopefully today will be filled with fantastic celebrations for you. Today’s steal, the Fancy Pants Mega Paper Pack is the perfect way to get your celebrations off to a bang.

This week’s card sketch is based off of the incredibly darling birthday card that Chloe Salerno sent to me. And since it’s the first official day of ScrapbookSteals birthday week, it is more than appropriate!

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The “cut down” sheets in today’s steal work perfectly to create the center accent of the card.

Thank you Chloe for your amazing inspiration.

I’d also like to thank all of you that participated in our most recent card swap.  The cards will be heading out soon.

We’d like to congratulate Jane Daun, the random winner of the June card sketches. Her awesome card for Monday Card Madness #37 is what landed her as our lucky winner.

Jane, please send your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get your prize sent out to you.

Don’t forget to have this week’s card sketch posted to our Facebook fan page or your own personal blog by
August 5th at 11:59 pm in order to be eligible for the July random drawing.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July and be sure to check back for the first giveaway later today. You will have all week to enter.

How To’sday | Paper Flower Wreath by Kara Anderson

How To’sday | Paper Flower Wreath by Kara Anderson

Inspiration is such an amazing thing. I love when someone posts a project on our Facebook fan page, which creates a buzz and has multiple requests for a “How To’sday” tutorial. Today’s wreath project by Kara Anderson is one of those requests!

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Paper Flower Wreath

I can’t take credit for the creative genius of this gorgeous paper flower wreath—it’s originally from the Fancy Pants Designs blog and was created by Ronda Palazzari. It is gorgeous. For Christmas last year I decided to make one for mom and one for myself using the Fancy Pants Christmas Magic paper. I absolutely love it — so much so that it’s still hanging in my house. I thought it would be nice to reserve that one for fall/winter and make another one for spring/summer, so I found some bright, springy paper and made another one. Here are the instructions so you can brighten up your home with one too!

Materials Needed:

  • Patterned paper (I used WRMK Hippity Hoppity for this one and Fancy Pants Christmas Magic for my fall/winter one)
  • Tape runner
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Foam floral ring
  • T-pins
  • Buttons and beads

Instructions:

It is best to do this like an assembly line. I started by cutting all of my strips of paper, then folded them all, then cut, etc. Some of the steps can be done while watching TV!

1.      Cut your paper into strips. You need three strips per flower and you’ll need 2 different sizes of flowers.

  • For the larger flower cut your paper into 1.5 inch x 4 inch strips.
  • For the smaller flower cut your paper into 1 inch x 3 inch strips.

2.      Fold your strip in half from top to bottom. Then fold it in half length wise.

3.      Using your scissors, cut in an arc from the outside to the fold part. This makes the point of the flower.

4.      Unfold the pattern paper and you’ll have a squished oval shape.

5.      Now fold this oval in half top down, you will see the backside of the patterned paper.

6.      Fold part of one side back up.  Then flip it over and do the same thing on the other side other side.

7.      Fold in half again.

8.      Holding the center, run your finger underneath each petal to pop it out.

9.      You will need 3 petals for every flower.

10. Once you have the petals all popped out, take your tape runner and put a little dab of tape/adhesive in the fold and pinch the petals together.

11. Now you are ready to assemble your flowers. Cut small circles out of the scrap paper for the base.

12. Take your glue gun and add a good sized drop of hot glue on the center of the base.  Put all three petals of the flower side by side on the hot glue.  While the glue is still soft, pick up your flower while holding it in the center and fluff the petals so it looks nice and full.  Then let the glue harden and voila!  A beautiful paper flower! Repeat until you have enough flowers to fill up your wreath.  I used approximately 15 large flowers and 25 small flowers.

13. To build your wreath, take your flowers and place them randomly around the floral ring using T-pins to secure them in. Keep building around until your wreath looks full. I started with the larger flowers and then filled in the spaces with the smaller ones.

14. Then add buttons or beads to the center of each flower using your glue gun.

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Kara, can I say how much I love your project! Your step by step instructions have made it look so easy. I’m thinking a cute 4th of July wreath will be in my near future.

If you have a great idea for a How To’sday tutorial and would like to be featured on our blog then please send your idea with images and instructions to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a fantastic day and we will see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo!