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DIY Corner Bookmarks | How To’sday

Just because school is nearing it’s end doesn’t mean that our weekly tutorial lineup is taking the summer off. Today we have a perfectly timed tutorial for those that love to get their book reading on in the summer. Stephanie Umpleby shows us how to make darling corner bookmarks using those scraps of paper that we all have laying around.

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Many of you saw my corner bookmarks on the April Blog Hop, and I know some of you are wondering how to make your own. Well, look no further!  Here are the simple instructions to making your own.

1. Start with a square piece of cardstock – somewhere between 3×3 and 4×4.  I used solid cardstock, but you can use anything you have.

2. Mark the middle of three sides.

3. Score diagonal lines connecting the marks.

4. Fold along the score lines.

5. Start decorating! You can either start with a triangular piece of paper the size of your “roof” or just glue onto the “roof” like I did. Just make sure you can still slide some paper between the back and the “roof” for the bookmark to work. You can also decorate the bottom and the back. Let your imagination take you away!

6. Use it!

I am using this one in my daughter’s Phonics workbook. The quote will hopefully remind me that teaching her to read is one of the most important things I can do.

Here is the link to the ones I made using Miss Caroline as part of the blog hop.

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Stephanie, thanks for sharing your tutorial with us today!

If you have a crafty idea or scrapbooking tip you would like to share, please send your photos and ideas to

Have a great day and I’ll be back tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo.

Craft and Washi Tape | How To’sday

Ahhh Tuesday! It has such a lovely ring especially when accompanied by a How To’sday by the queen of tutorials, Charity Becker. Today Charity treats us with some fun tips on how to use those glorious spools of Washi tape that are adorning our scrappy collections.

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Washi tape is a fun new craze and I’m having loads of fun playing with it. The bright colors make it a natural accent for craft paper. For this card I choose a sheet of craft paper with printed designs, but it would be just as easy to stamp designs onto craft paper with black ink.

Step 1: Using a craft knife cut out portions of the printed images.

Step 2. Trace the edge of the patterned paper onto a white piece of cardstock, then trace the cut-out areas.

Step 3: Place washi tape over the coresponding areas on the white cardstock. If the pencil makings are too dark, lightly erase so that they won’t show through the tape.

Step 4: Cut the white cardstock so it fits completely behind the patterned paper. Embellish bits of the design with floss or twine. Adhere the white cardstock to the patterned paper.

Adhere patterned paper to a card blank. Wrap the edges of the card with a corresponding color of washi tape.

I made several of these cards as end-of-year thank you notes for my children’s teachers. The inside reads, “You brighten so many lives.”
<3 Charity Becker.

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Charity, you blow my mind. I love having peeks into your crafty brain, because you have some incredible ideas that would never in a million years have crossed my mind!  Love it!

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on a How To’sday tutorial, please send your photos and text along to We’d love to see what ideas you have!

Now it’s time to announce the winner of the recent blog hop. Sam Barnes! You were our first commenter, and the powers choose you! Angie will be getting in touch with you regarding your $20.00 gift code to spend at Now you have the hard or easy part, whichever way you look at it, deciding what to buy! Congrats!

Just a heads up to mark your calendars now for our June Blog Hop. It will be running from June 8th – 10th and a product that is pretty darn fantastic.

I’ll see you tomorrow for a little Mid Week Mojo!  Have a great day.

We R Memory Keeper’s Twine Spools | How To’sday

Who doesn’t love one of the hottest embellishments in the industry right now—twine?! I adore my twine collection. My kids do too! That part I don’t adore so much, but I guess I can be nice and share. Especially when I’m able to snag up such great deals on amazing colors and the perfect amounts with today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers Twine Spools.

Now if you want to do a little more with your twine collection than simply admire how pretty it looks on the spools then today’s guest blogger Ilene Tell shows us some pretty spectacular uses for twine that will definitely get the ideas flowing.

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Hi everyone, Ilene here, and I’m so excited to share my project with you guys today! I got to work with two really gorgeous colors of twine from We R Memory Keepers — Aqua and Orange. The spools are enormous and they will last me a really long time. I used a lot, but I barely made a dent. I decided that it would be fun to make a card. On such a small canvas, the impact of the twine is very evident. Here is my card, using the new My Mind’s Eye paper.

In order to make the border, I added a thin line of glue. I used Beacon Adhesives “Fabri-Tac” glue, since it works so well, especially on cloth (and in this case, on twine). Then I added a twisted, haphazard border all around using the Orange twine. You could stop there, and have the one layer, but I decided to do a double border. I used a paper piercer and my Tim Holtz ruler to poke holes all around the edge, and then hand-stitched a border with the Aqua twine. On its own, this would have allow made an attractive border, but I really like the effect of the double border, since you have the more haphazard layer that looks like it has been stitched down by the more orderly layer. This is a great example of a couple different ways of attaching twine to your layouts.

For the dress forms, I used my Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Sizzix “Mini Sewing Room” die. I cut 3 dress form out of chipboard. I then cut two pieces of cardstock about the size of the body of the dressform and covered them with Fabri-Tac glue. I added a layer of twine by gluing it to the cardstock in layers going back and forth. Then I simply die cut the covered cardstock with my die again, and glued to the chipboard dress forms. This is an easy way to create handmade twine embellishments that gives your project a lot of texture. For the third dress form, I covered the body with some matching paper, and then finished it off with Glossy Accents for more dimension. As a last step, I finished off the inside of the card with more paper from the collection, and a Tim Holtz stamp.

I hope you guys liked my card and got an idea or two on how to make the most of your twine!

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Ilene, your card is darling! I can’t wait to put my twine to use in a way other than my girls making friendship bracelets with it! Love it!

If you love today’s project also be sure to stop by Ilene’s blog and check her oodles of other inspiring ideas.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for another awesome Mid Week Mojo as well as the winners of our online crop challenges and again on Friday for another awesome guest sketcher! We just love to keep the ideas a-flowing around here!

Have a lovely day!

Washi Tape Flower | How To’sday

You all know how much I love How To’sday. You know how much I love the creations of Misty Buck. You may or may not also know how much I love Washi Tape! Imagine my delight when How To’sday is combined with Misty Buck and Washi Tape! Today Misty Buck takes How To’sday to a whole new level with video! Sit back and enjoy this fun and easy technique on using one of the hottest products in scrapbooking right now, Washi tape, to make a darling flower embellishment for your crafty projects.

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Now check out these darling projects that Misty created using the Washi Tape flowers.

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Misty, you are wonderful! Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to create a video for ScrapbookSteals for How To’sday! I can’t wait to get my hands on some more Washi and put your technique to work.

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured at ScrapbookSteals as a How To’sday I would be happy to feature you! No idea is too big or too small. Simply send your photos and text (or video) to

And now it’s time to announce the winner of this past weekend’s April Blog Hop. Ironically the winner comes from Misty Buck’s blog. loves her too!

The lucky winner is Cathy R. who is commenter #6 on Misty’s blog.

Cathy, check your email for on instructions for your $20.00 gift code to Hope you have some fun shopping!

Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo.

Upcycle Cereal Box Mini Album | How To’sday

If you think cereal is just for keeping tummies happy then you are in for a truly unique, super cool treat for today’s How To’sday tutorial. Today Amanda George shows us how to upcycle a cereal box into a project that will keep your crafty taste buds tingling with happiness too!

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One of my favorite things about mini albums is that there are so many different ways to make them. There are paper bag minis, toilet roll minis, chipboard albums, and the list goes on! I’d like to share how you can make a mini album by upcycling your cereal boxes! I like this because the pages are thinner than the heavy chipboard but still sturdy. Plus, you get more for your money. I buy the chipboard mini albums when they have them for $1 at my local chain craft store and they come with several pieces of chipboard= lots of minis out of 1 pack!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2-4 Cereal boxes (depending on the box size and number of pages you want to create. I used two regular/small boxes and one “family size” box not pictured and was able to get eight pages)
  • 6×6 solid or patterened cardstock (I used both)
  • Krylon Spray Adhesive (or other strong bonding adhesive, non water-based!)
  • 2 pieces of pre-cut chipboard (optional)
  • 1-3 jump rings (depending on how you prefer to bind your album)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch (or Crop a dile)
  • Ink
  • Xacto knife
  • Newspaper/ plastic- or something to keep your surface clean from the spray

The first thing to do is to take a piece of your chipboard and trace it onto the inside of your cereal box. Remember to trace the holes as well! The two pieces of board you have are for the covers. (You can omit the chipboard all together and use your own cardboard  template from the box if you wish). Don’t forget to save your box tops 😉

Depending on the size of your box and your chipboard you may be able to get 2-4 pages out of your box. You can see here I only had room for two pages as it was a small box. DO NOT FRET! You can use the extra cardboard for sturdy pockets, framing, tags or pull out photo cards! It’s up to you, but you don’t have to feel like it’s a waste. I stop at the creases because I’m afraid it will be bumpy, but you can certainly break the rules if you want!

After you’ve traced, use your scissors to cut out your pages. I recommend using smaller scissors to get a more precise cut than the longer utility scissors.

After you’ve cut, decide how many rings you’d like holding your album. I started with just one and decided I wanted more later. Use your hole punch where you’ve already traced or line up your holes now, or you could use your Crop-a-Dile if you have one and reinforce the holes with eyelets. I would do this after you adhere cardstock.

After you’ve got all your pieces cut and punched its time for adhesive! When you’ve decided which side of the paper you’d like to use turn it good side down. Spray the paper with your spray adhesive and let it set for almost a minute. This will get your surface nice and tacky and make for a stronger bond. You don’t have to worry about it drying on you because as it dries it gets tackier. I just want to say I really love Krylon Spray adhesive because it doesn’t warp your board. I’ve tried other methods in the past and my boards started to fold and separate.

Another side note: Because one side of your board has bold colors/print I would not recommend using less-expensive, thin paper because the colors will most likely show through.

Now carefully line up your piece and place on top of the tacky surface. Be careful not to let your cardstock stick to the newspaper like I almost did. Use your craft knife to cut off excess paper. If you find some edges of your board aren’t completely covered it’s okay. You can use your ink later to fill it in.

Punch out your holes again!

Repeat this process on the opposite sides.

After both sides have cardstock adhered you can ink. It makes it look a little smoother IMO. As you can see I don’t have the best Xacto skills :/

Finally, place your jump rings!

Obviously this isn’t the final final product! You still have embellishments to add! Time to get creating! I like to use twine, buttons, embossing, ribbon/fibers, bling, feathers, pom poms, anything you’d like! Remember you can use that extra cereal box space for flip up pieces, pockets, pullouts, tags, etc! You could also make a frame by cutting out the middle of one page and gluing it onto another, allowing space in the middle for a photo and enough edges to frame it nicely. Those are just some ideas I have. There are tons out there! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

P.S. The I used MME Lime Twist for my papers and coordinating solid cardstock. The ink is Tim Holtz Distress in Seedless preserves and the nifty inking tool is also Tim Holtz/Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool

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I love it Amanda! Thanks to your fabulous idea I wont feel so bad that I shamelessly ate two big bowls of Lucky Charms out of the “Family Size” box for breakfast. I need to put that cardboard to use!

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I’ll see you tomorrow for a blissful Mid Wee Mojo! Always the highlight of my week.