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Welcome Guest Sketcher Brittany Perry! (Mid Week Mojo #32)

Welcome Guest Sketcher Brittany Perry! (Mid Week Mojo #32)

It’s already the first Wednesday in March, which means it’s guest sketcher time again!  I positively love guest sketch weeks as it’s so much fun to see different amazing scrap talents enrich our blog.  I’m so excited to be able to present to you one of our local friends, Brittany Perry.

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I was so, so, so excited when I got Kristy’s e-mail asking if I would like to be a guest sketcher! Me? Really? At the same time, I felt a little nervous, considering all of the awesome guest sketchers who preceded me, not to mention Kristy’s amazing sketches. Of course I wanted to do it, I just hoped I could come up with something that people would enjoy recreating!

Initially, I was going to work with Piggy Tales’ Twinkle Twinkle collection, but then Kristy suggested that I might like to work with the Imaginisce Enchanted collection.  Apparently, she knows my scraping preferences well since it is right up my alley!  I love to scrap pictures of my kids and it seems like most often it ends up being my two-year-old daughter!  And with a little girl who loves to dress up like a princess (and I mean daily), these papers were absolutely perfect for so many of my pictures.

After finishing my sketch and initial layout, I wondered if I could use this kit for boys as well.  As I thumbed through my pictures, I came upon some Easter pictures and thought they’d go great with some of the more neutral papers.  They have great springy, pastel colors!  I used the same layout, but made it a one-pager, and I think it worked great with my boys’ pictures as well!

I did a third layout, somewhat related to my sketch, because again, they were perfect for my pictures!

I also love that this kit comes with a matching 6×6 pad!  Those are my favorite for creating cards!  My niece just had a birthday, and I couldn’t resist making her a card with some of the 6×6 papers and the cute stamps that are included (I also got to use my American Crafts stamp markers for the first time on this card).

I hope everyone likes the sketch, and I can’t wait to see all of the layouts!
Thank you, Melodee & Kristy, for inviting me to guest sketch, and for such a fun kit to work with!  The whole experience really was Enchanting!

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Thank you, Brittany!  Your talents are truly inspiring and I think we are in for a fun week of creations from your sketch.

Now for our lucky weekly winner.

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A huge congrats outs out to our winner…

Jaclyn Tant!

I have loved seeing Jaclyn’s layouts about her wedding each week and the peek at her fun and sunny personality which it has given us.  Jaclyn, please send us your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get your prize sent out to you.

Comment on this blog post with a link to your photo of this week’s Mojo page (a link to a photo from our Facebook fan page or personal blog) no later than Monday, March 7 at midnight in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing.

Happy Mojo-ing!

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Let out a Dino Roar! It’s Monday Card Madness. (Week #22)

Can you believe that it’s Monday again? I have to admit that Monday’s have been a little less painful for me since the beginning of Monday Card Madness. Today is even a little more exciting as today’s steal, the Dino Roar Collection by Imaginisce, is almost too fantastic for words.

Today’s sketch is a simple one.  I really wanted to create a design which would let the patterns of this amazing collection take the stage.

The first two cards that I made are “little boy” through and through.

I have to hand it to Imaginisce as the sign of a great collection is being versatile enough to also be able to create a “girly” card.  I flipped the sketch and made this one to send out to someone to spread a little joy.

Please keep sharing your Monday Card Madness creations on our Facebook fan page or your personal blog. Leave a comment here with a link to your creation and you will be eligible for our monthly drawing of a little scrappy prize.  You have a few more days to create any of this month’s sketches to be eligible for our February drawing.  The cutoff will be Friday, March 4th at midnight MST.

Also remember the challenge to send what you create out to others to brighten someones day!  Lives can be touched as our wonderful friend Sheryl Kloke experienced this past week when she received “24 little pieces of happiness” from some of her ScrapbookSteals sisters.

Be sure to check in tomorrow afternoon for a great how to from Becci Maines.

Have a wonderful Monday!

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Who needs diamonds when you can have the iRock? (MWM #28)

Who needs diamonds when you can have the iRock? (MWM #28)

That’s right jewelry stores and Valentines Day,  move on over.  We’ve got something equally as spectacular and at only a fraction of the cost of those mother nature made rocks, not to mention  just as blingy!  :)  Today’s Steal is the iRock by Imaginisce, and I’m just going to come right out and say it….you *need* this.  I’m sure that most of our significant others agree that *need* is a relative term when it comes to our scrapbooking supplies, but much like one of  their expensive power tools which apparently are often “necessary”, this is a tool that is equally as must have to a crafter!

I was leafing through my sketch book looking for something to inspire me  on how to show off the bliss of the bling potential that the iRock gives to a project, and came across this sketch that I designed several weeks ago.

I switched things up a little bit to work with three, 4×6 horizontal photos and created this layout about my all time favorite band…Cake.

I had SO.  MUCH.  FUN.  adding the Hot Rocks to my page.  I have to hand it to the brain behind this super cute tool.  Works like a dream!

Let me walk you through the process of how you can add some bling to your project.

First we have the super cute tool, the iRock…

I love that it’s pink!  Granted pink is my favorite color.  :)

You simply insert 3 AA batteries, push the power switch to ON and hold the button down for about 15 seconds to warm up the heating element.

Next you decide where you want to add some Hot Rocks, (they are the blingy ones).  The circle border on this layout was the perfect size to add some of the larger Hot Rocks to the centers of the holes.  With the button held down you hold the tip of the tool on top of the Hot Rock for 15 to 20 seconds or until the adhesive on the backside of the Hot Rock melts and bonds it to your project.  It takes a little longer for the larger sized Hot Rocks than the itty bitty ones.  (Oh and you may also wish to acknowledge in the instruction guide that “the tip may become hot”.  Trust me.  It does.)

I love that Imaginisce also offers templates for placement of the Rocks.  I totally wanted to use the flourishes, but it just didn’t seem to go with the flow of my layout, and since my sketch that I had created weeks ago had mini circles around the big circles, I think that it was just meant to be this way.  :)

One tip is that you may wish to tape down the template to stop it from sliding around.  Just don’t forget that it’s taped down and move your layout, like I did.  Oops!

After heating up the Hot Rocks, you are left with a stunning and unique embellishment.

As much as I positively love sparkle, I dare say that I love even more the Glam Rocks.  With these you get the look of mini brads without having to punch through your paper and separate a gajillion little prongs for something like I made on this cupcake card.

The Glam Rocks heat up and bond in no time at all.  In fact my 13 year old had fun heating up the Glam Rocks for this card while I was finishing up the layout, (while we were listening to Cake…of course).

Also in case you are wondering, I’m not that clever.  I didn’t come up with this cupcake design on my own.  I used my Silhouette to cut out a cupcake template using one of the rhinestone designs which I downloaded from their store.

So yeah.  You need it.  Tell your hunny that he can get you Rocks to celebrate the day of love and it wont even break the bank!  (Or just go ahead and do get it yourself.  We wont tell. ;) )

Wow.  I totally have to hand it to you.  You girls did AWESOME sharing last week.  I’m SO excited that we were able to reach 105 total shares!  I love that each week we pick up a few new Mojo posters.  For all of you lurkers, don’t be shy.  We would LOVE to see what you create.  There is plenty of room for all of you at our big scrap happy table, plus we’d love the opportunity to tell you what we love about your creations.

I’ll tell you what I love about our TWO Random.Org winners for this week.

First off we have Erin Schultz.  I love this layout and what a genuine moment of real life was captured.  I love that she changed the circles to stars to carry out the theme of sleep/night.

I love on Jessica Fanchers layout how perfectly the Zinnia embellishments work with the sketch and I love the little splash of stitching that she added to her layout.

Congrats girls!  If you will send me your addresses to orders@scrapbooksteals.com, we will get something scrappylicious sent out to you.

I can’t wait to see what you create this week.  I have to tell you however, I’m nervous about it.  Last week seemed to be everyone’s favorite, so hopefully this week will still be able to provide some sort of inspiration.

Be sure to post your pages to our Facebook Fan Page or personal blog by next Monday at midnight, with a link posted here on this blog posting for your chance to win our weekly drawing.

Also, I’ll be taking next week off, and we all know what that means….Guest Sketcher!

Hope your day is absolutely filled with happiness, and remember to share, share, share.

Scrap happy. :)

How To’sDay:Valentine Project by Charissa Miller

How To’sDay:Valentine Project by Charissa Miller

Happy To’sDay everyone!  Have you been thinking what on earth you might give your significant other for Valentines day?  Let’s face it, we are all creative minds, so odds are pretty high that something handmade is on the agenda.  When I saw the darling project that Charissa Miller made using her iTop, I asked her if she would mind sharing a How To with us.

Thank you Charissa for sending us your fantastic How To.

I-Top Gift

I saw this idea on the Imaginisce blog not that long ago, and though it was awesome.  So I took that idea thought about it a bit and made it my own.  My version is a Valentine’s Day gift for my darling husband. I honestly have just started branching into the wider world of paper crafts and this was the first non-scrapbooking paper crafting project I have completed!

The first step is to make the brads.  I chose to use all three sizes of brads for this project, but you could certainly do it in all one size.  If you did only the small ones, you could get more complete coverage of your shape.

The I-Top is pretty easy to use.  You put your brad top on the corresponding size metal half of the tool.  Then you place your paper on top and press both into the pink rubber headed side.  Push down the edges of the paper so they will be hidden away inside of the brad head.  From there, put your brad daddy back into the metal half and push it into the rubber half that still contains the now covered brad top.   Pop the now completed brad out and then rinse and repeat.

Paper folded over the brad top.

Attaching the brad backing.


Be patient when using this tool.  Make sure your paper is lined up as much as you can so it folds over evenly in the back.  Also, use the pink rubber heads.  They are fantastic for shifting the brad head slightly if needed before applying the back and for helping to get the paper folded down.  There is no “click” when you have successfully attached the brad backing, but you can definitely “feel” it.  If you don’t feel it, try again.  If it still doesn’t work, check your brad head.  If it is bent or warped at all, it will not grab the backing.  I had a few of those and just had to toss them and remake those brads.

When I did this, I initially made less brads than I thought I would need.  I think I started with one box of each small, medium, and large.  I knew that wouldn’t be enough, but it made sense to make more as needed.  So once I ran out, I just made a few at a time until I finished.

To assemble the project you will need your completed brads, a piece of chipboard cut to whatever size and shape you want your project to be, paper and embellishments and I also used my brad setter to save my fingers after placing all of those brads.

1)      Adhere your background paper to your chipboard.  From this point you have some options.  I chose to cut out two hearts – one for adding brads and another for journaling.  You could simply trace a shape onto your background paper to fill with the brads.  This would eliminate the issue of seeing the edge of your shape if that is something you want to avoid.

2)      I inked both shapes.  Since I used black paper is doesn’t matter as much, but I still think it helps.  Then I chalked the big heart that was getting the brads.  This made it match the project better since I cut the heart in plain white cardstock.  Then I stuck down my journaling heart.

3)      At this point, the brad-ing began.  I would use each brad to mark where I was going to make my hole.  Then I would use my brad setter to actually poke the hole and then spread out the prongs on the back . The chipboard does make this a thicker project, so the small brad daddies in particular don’t come through as far as the larger brads.  It still works and I think that the chipboard gives the project extra sturdiness since after placing the brads there are a ton of holes in the chipboard.

4)      After getting my brads in, I just started embellishing.  I used Martha Stewart sparkle glitter glue to emphasize the edges of the journaling heart.  I added stickers from my wonderful Echo Park Be Mine kit and then made the pink swirls by stamping the project with my Hampton Arts Glue Pad and used the new Hampton Arts Flocking Powders I got from ScrapbookSteals.

While my project and the Imaginisce blog project both were hearts, I see so many options here.  You could do a star, a circle, or just about any shape you could imagine.  I had a great idea of doing a birthday cake that could actually be decorated using the different size brads (Akiha’s 2nd birthday in October may involve such a project).  And, of course, color choices, paper choices, and embellishment choices give this project an endless variety of options.


I look forward to seeing others give this project idea a try!

Charissa, thank you SO much for sharing your amazing project with us.  It’s truly fantastic and your husband is one lucky man to be receiving such a lovely, heartfelt project from you for Valentines Day.

If you’d like to see your how to idea featured on our How To’sDay blog post please send me an email with directions and photos to kristy@stealnetwork.com.  I think if we all put our creative heads together and share our ideas that we can make this the best outlet for creative reference on the planet!

Make sure you check in next week for part one of our two part How To’sDay series on scrapbook space organization.  If you have a great tip you’d like included please be sure to send me your ideas along with photos.

Well, I guess that’s it for this weeks how to!  I’ll see ya tomorrow with our next Mid Week Mojo!  One step closer to Ruby!  :)

Have a wonderful day.