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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!

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. :-)

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!

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!