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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 Kristy@stealnetwork.com.

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. Random.org 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 ScrapbookSteals.com. 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!

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on a How To’sday, please send photos and directions to kristy@stealnetwork.com. No idea is too big or too small! We want to feature them all.

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

Detailed Matting | How To’sday

Happy How To’sday everyone! Today we are treated to a fun tutorial by our regular crafty contributor, Charity Becker.

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Detailed Matting
Fussy cutting introduces a striking design element to any project. When adding a large fussy cut image to a project you can step up the drama by matting it, but getting all those curves exact is difficult. I rummaged in my husband’s wood shop for a compass with a screw adjustment.

Adjust the compass to the desired width. Hold the compass gently in your hand so that the point is at the edge of the design element. Gently trace the edge of the design with the point of the compass, pressing lightly so that the point does not damage the cardstock. As you trace the design the pencil end will translate that design onto the cardstock at the desired width.

Trim the matting along the pencil line. Erase any stray pencil marks. Adhere to layout or project.

I used this technique for a layout about my scrappy space for the February online crop at ScrapbookSteals.

This one features tiny Mickey…he loved watching me scrap. I call him my muse.


~ Charity Becker

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Charity, I have to say that you are the Queen of the fussy cut! I love that you’ve figured out a way to make that fussy cuttin’ just a wee bit easier.

Thanks again for sharing your amazing talents. You are wonderful!

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on How To’sday, don’t be shy! No idea is too big or too little. Share us your tips from scrappy to crafty. We. Want. To. Know!

You can send your directions and photos to Kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a lovely day and I’ll see you tomorrow for a little mojo!

Coloring Stamped Images with Marker | How To’sday

This week we are treated to yet another awesome tutorial by Erica Bass. For those of you that love looking at stamping, want to know more about stamping, or are finally ready to take the full on plunge with stamping, Erica’s tutorial will definitely get you pointed in the right direction with coloring your stamped images with marker. Erica, take it away!

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This is for all you stampers out there that love to color in images or for the newbies that want to learn how to do that. I hope this tutorial helps you get the look that you’ve always wished you could create!

Supplies:

  • water-based markers in various shades
  • blender pen
  • watercolor paper


Step 1: Print or stamp out lined image on watercolor paper. I find that you can get away with this technique with heavy cardstock but
the watercolor paper helps blend the colors better and the paper doesn’t peel when you color over the same spot over and over.


Step 2:  I chose three shades of pink and red for the coat. Start with your lightest shade and color the whole area that is that color.


Step 3: Determine the angle the light is coming from and that is where you will leave a little of the lightest shade showing. Color over about 2/3 of the area with the next darkest color.


Step 4: Add touches of your darkest shade in the shadow areas of your picture. Sometimes stamps will give you hints as to the shadows by having extra lines.


Step 5: After you color in the different shades go over that whole area with the lightest color to blend it all together.


Step 6: In this image I had some trim of the girl’s coat that I wanted to be white. Even white has shadows so picked up some light blue with my blender pen and colored in just the spots I
wanted the shadows to be.


Step 7: To finish off your image go around the outside of the image with a pale color I picked up light blue with a blender pen and traced the image and then added a couple of shadows.

Finished card

ATC

another card using this technique

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As always, what a spectacular treat to be given a tutorial by the stampy diva, Erica Bass! Thank you Erica for sharing your talents with the ScrapbookSteals community.

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured as a How To’sday tutorial, we’d be happy to feature you. Simply send along text instructions and photos to Kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will add you to the line up.

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

Flower Power Misting | How To’sday

Happy How To’sday everyone! Today the uber-talented Charity Becker brings us yet another incredible tutorial to incorporate in to your paper crafting, card making and scrapbooking projects.

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Flower Power Misting

Scrapbooking mist can take a plain sheet of cardstock to a whole new level. But when you’re over the novelty of spraying formless blotches here and there what’s left? There are always the misting masks available from many different companies, but how about one you can make on your own.

Supplies

  • several sheets of cardstock
  • a circle cutter and 1 inch punch (although scissors will work)
  • two colors of mist
  • twine

Step 1: Cut a 3-inch circle in the center of a sheet of cardstock at least 8×8 in size.

Step 2: Lay the circle on a sheet of cardstock and using the darker shade of mist, spray a layer of color inside the circle. Repeat as desired, let dry.

Step 3: Cut a second 3-inch circle out of an 8X8 piece of cardstock.

Step 4: Punch 8 one-inch circles from a scrap piece of cardstock.

Step 5: Place punched circles around the 3-inch circle and trace.

Step 6: Punch out the circles traced around the 3-inch circle using a 1-inch punch.

Step 7: Place the flower cut out over the existing misted circles, and mist with a lighter color of mist. Let dry.

Step 8: Using a paper piercer, puncture holes around the edges of the flower petals. Stitch with twine.

If your paper is warped you can lightly mist the back of the paper with water and press between books till dry. You can also iron the cardstock on a medium setting till flat. Be sure you do NOT have the iron set on “steam”!
I used Kristy’s fabulous MWM Garnet #10 sketch for this layout.

~ Charity Becker

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Charity, as always, it’s such a pleasure being treated to your creations. You never disappoint!

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on a How To’sday don’t be shy. Send your text and photos to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

One more thing for today. It’s been kind of a crazy couple of weeks around the StealNetwork, and I have to admit that I overlooked announcing the winner of the February Monday Card Madness participants.

A huge congrats goes out to Laurel Lane!

Laurel, your birthday invites are positively stunning. We have already contacted you via email regarding your prize. Enjoy!

Be sure to check in tomorrow for the next Mid Week Mojo.