Friday Project

Carta Bella Alphabet Junction

I love what Fall Design Team member Liz Qualman has done with today’s steal, the Carta Bella Alphabet Junction collection. This collection is bright and colorful, and comes with so many papers, chipboard embellishments, and brads. She definitely rocked it!

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Looking for some adorable children’s scrapbook collections at an unbeatable price?  You need to check out the Carta Bella Alphabet Junction collection at today!  It has the most wonderful textured cardstock and patterns that are perfect for the little guys and girls in your life.  I made this fun, bright page about my little guy.

There are super cute sentiments and fun patterns to document your memories like this preschool photo of my son.  I really liked how there were plenty of places to hand write my journaling and how the texture of both the paper and the chipboard helped me avoid smudging.   The miniature stitching on this sticker is a wonderful detail.

I especially love how coordinated the cardstock stickers, chipboard pieces and patterned paper are in this collection and how they work together in clusters.  I used the alphabet stickers to make the title and then continued the sentiment with the cardstock sticker phrases.

It’s fun to use banners as a design element and make each of the embellishments part of the effect.  I cut banners out of some of the cardstock paper and then I snipped the ends of the cardstock sticker phrases to complete the banner look.

I thought it would be fun to use the Alphabet Junction patterned paper and stickers to create a more mature card.  This Delightful Stripe patterned paper used on the flip side with the XO pattern made a great focal point for the design of this romantic card.

The cardstock stickers are from the Carta Bella collection, but the clear stickers are from Little Yellow Bicycle.  I used two of my Martha Stewart punches to make the border and leaves.

This card took very little time and is focused around one of the alpha cards.  I added the chipboard title and the cardstock banner sticker to pull it together for a fun everyday card.

Love how the chipboard pops off the card and the light pink is such a fun color and contrast to the darker pinks in the papers.

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Liz – I love all of your projects! You make it look so easy! You have certainly inspired me to ‘steal’ today! I just want to say a hugethank you to Liz for being a member of our Fall Design Team. I have loved seeing each and every one of your projects – you are such a talented lady. Liz will be posting one last project on How To’sday on CHRISTMAS DAY! Be sure to check back in!

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

October Afternoon Sasparilla Collection


Howdy ladies! Today is all about October Afternoon’s Sasparilla Collection Kit – country fairs, cowboy hats, and lots of “giddy up” fun! Fall Design Team member Julie Koets shows us a cute way to turn today’s steal into adorable, fun layouts – and she’s also thrown in a few cards to inspire you too!

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When I learned  that I’d get to work with the Sasparilla collection from October Afternoon, I think I may have let out a “yee haw!”  I am a cowgirl at heart and was thrilled to dig in to this fun collection.  Obviously, these papers and embellishments work well with all of your “typical” cowboy and western style photos (horseback riding, pony rides at the zoo, wild west adventures).  I think they would also be great for a cowboy themed party or make adorable nursery decorations for a little buckaroo.  I love the denim paper, little flyers, and the chip n’ stick embellishments that I showcased on this layout:



And if you’re not a cowboy or cowgirl, have no fear. The earthy home style prints work perfectly for lots of other events.  I used the alpha stickers, fun trims from the wrap pack, and lots of journaling cards to document a family trip to the fair:



While some of the prints are definitely western themed, the “b sides” are super versatile and can be used for so much more. I just had to put together one more layout using the fun teal and gray papers.  I fussy cut the cloud from a piece of patterned paper and layered up some flower sack embellishments for this laid back layout:



For all of you card makers, these prints are fun and bold and can be great for masculine cards.  I used some of my scraps and threw together these simple cards:



Thanks so much for checking out my design team projects this month!

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Julie – I just love your layouts! The papers and embellishments are so much fun, and I love how you have shown their versatility. The cards are super cute too! I love the masculine feel to them and just wish I could throw together such great cards like this.Thanks for stopping by everyone and be sure to tune in again on Monday for an exciting spin on MCM!

Wood Block Photo Holder with Teresa Collins Notations

Today I’m so excited to bring to you some pretty sweet crafty decor ideas from the ever-so-talented Brie Pinales. She has a stellar project to show using today’s steal, the Teresa Collins Notations collection. I’m now headed to the hardware store to pick up some wood to create this awesome project! Can you say perfect idea for Mother’s Day gifts?

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Hey everyone! I’m Brie Pinales and I’m beyond excited to be posting here for! Especially since I get to use one of my most favorite lines from one of my most favorite people, “Notations” from Teresa Collins.

A little about me, I am one of the in house graphic designers for My Mind’s Eye, and I also do design work for Teresa Collins. (I’m pretty sure it was a coincidence I got the Teresa Collins kit, I promise!) Over on my blog, Classic Couture, I post about photography, crafts, design and decor. I also share my love of healthy living and training with tips, reviews, recipes and training guides and tools, and I throw in the random giveaway now and then. 😉

The project I created is a different take on a frame. I am addicted to frames! As a photographer, I love finding unique and different ways to display my photos. I put together a little how to for one of my favorite ways to do so, I hope you enjoy it!

Brie Pinales
Materials Needed:

  • Wood block (I bought a 10′ x 8′ x 2′ length of wood from Lowe’s and had them cut it in 11” lengths. I think it’s about $6 for the wood. Some locations charge 25¢ a cut, with the first two cuts free.)
  • Wood mini candlestick (I found a pack of 3 or 4 at Michaels for less than $2)
  • Wood bead (totally optional, but I like how it finished my little “finial”)
  • e6000 glue
  • Magnetic clip (Walmart sells them in packs of 4 for under $2)
  • Acrylic paint (spray paint works wonderfully as well!)
  • Foam brushes (if you’re not using spray paint.)
  • Mod Podge
  • Teresa Collins “Notations” Alphabet paper (NO2511)
  • 1” black ribbon

Brie Pinales

First you’ll use the e6000 and glue your wood pieces together. Once the glue is dry, if you’re spray painting, you can just spray the whole thing. I decided I wanted my finial a different color, so I painted it all before gluing the finial to my “base.”

The thing I love about the Alphabet Paper is that it’s all perforated so it’s super easy to get your letters, without having to cut them individually. Next, punch out your letters and arrange them how you want them on your base. Apply an even layer of Mod Podge to one side of the base, then apply your letters. You’ll definitely want to lay them out before you start Mod Podge-ing them to make sure you get the right fit to your board.

Once they are all applied, brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top to seal it all in.

Brie Pinales

Then I wrapped my ribbon around the base and glued it into place. (I think it would be fun just as a decor piece like this, too!)

Brie Pinales

Then glue the magnetic clip with the e6000. You can use it to clip pictures, a recipe in the kitchen, a to do list, etc. Whatever you want to use it for. On a side note, that picture is my daughter and I when she was one. I can’t believe that was 8 years ago! GAH!

Brie Pinales

Another way to make your photo holder is to glue a wood napkin ring to a base and then glue it to the wood board. The wood napkin ring and base I found at Hobby Lobby. The bases come in different shapes and are 50¢ each. You can also sand it, giving it that “shabby chic” aged feel.

The beauty of this project is you can make a bunch of them for under $20 and give for gifts! It’s super cheap, and easy, but looks like you spent hours and tons of money on it! (I’ll keep your secret, no worries.)

I hope you enjoyed that project! Enjoy your Notations paper from ScrapbookSteals and Teresa Collins!

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Wow. Wow. WOW! Thanks Brie. You have definitely inspired and have given me the itch to get off the page crafty. If you haven’t already, be sure to stop by Brie’s blog for all sorts of fantastic inspiration, ideas and inspiring posts. I mean it’s not everyone that is willing to give up a vehicle to better their lifestyle. Like I said. Inspiring. :)

Be sure to pop in tomorrow for another amazing blog hop and your chance to win a $20.00 ScrapbookSteals gift code.

Crafting and Card Authentique Uncommon

I think you’ll most likely agree with me that there is absolutely nothing common about today’s steal, the Uncommon collection by Authentique. Not only are these papers deliciously textured, a perfect weight but the combination of patterns and colors are definitely the motivator behind the name―uncommon. A refreshing and unique twist on the ordinary. What a treat we have in store today as the Authentique design team shows us just how to put the beautiful Uncommon collection to use in some common as well as very uncommon ways. One of my favorites? A mini album made out of toilet paper rolls by Emily Lanham.

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First off we are treated by some stunning creations from our very own friend and fan, Misty Buck.

Heather Conklin shows an example of an astonishingly cute Valentine’s Day favor or party favor combo.

Next up we have a couple of exquisite projects by Cristine Redmond.

And lastly we have that little gem of an Uncommon mini-album by Emily Lanham made from none other than a toilet paper roll! How’s that for up-cycling.

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Thank you A-Team! I absolutely am uncommonly smitten with each and every one of your creations. Now I know what to do with all of those toilet paper rolls we go through at our home. :)

Be sure to click on each of these talented ladies names to check out oodles of additional inspiration on their blogs.

Have a great weekend. Be safe and scrap happy!

Xyron 2.5″ Create a Sticker

Now gather around and pay attention. If you don’t already have one of today’s steal, the 2.5″ Create a Sticker maker by Xyron, then pause what you are doing right now and steal this baby. As a crafter of 15+ years, this tool is a necessity in my work space. The ability to turn pretty much anything flat into a sticker is won-der-ful. There are times when it’s just so much easier to slide your delicate pieces, title letters, ribbons, flowers, die cuts…you name it through the machine providing instant stickage, rather than having to deal with glue pens, adhesive dispensers or glue dots.

Every year my 11 year old hints that she’d really like the Christmas gifts to be wrapped with bows and tags added. Reality is that I feel pretty accomplished slapping on the name of the recipient with a sharpie marker. :) I decided to make a better effort this year and made some gift tags using my Silhouette machine and the glorious 2.5″ sticker maker.

First I cut out all of my gift tag pieces.

Next I ran them through my 2.5″ Create a Sticker maker.

Then I assembled the pieces together, lickety split. Seriously. Fast. Then I ran the entire tag back through the sticker machine and they are ready for when I finally get around to wrapping gifts! Hooray for my 11 year old. Presents with tags on them. I feel so accomplished. :)

While I adore my Xyron “X” sticker maker, the extra space provided with the 2.5 is wonderful. In fact of all of the Xyron machines that I own, the 2.5 is my “go to”.

Because of the extra space to work with, I decided to sparkle a piece of chipboard by running the chipboard through the machine face down.

Next I added glitter to the front on top of the adhesive…

…removed the excess then put it together in a very simple and quick card.

Lastly I remembered that I have yet to make “teacher gifts” and the last day of school is today! Eeek!

I ran some strips of paper through my machine, stuck them to the front and backsides of these clothes pins, added some super strength magnets and ended up with these cute clips.

So there you have it! The 2.5″ Create a Sticker machine by Xyron really is love!

Have a great weekend.