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Graphic 45 Communique and Playtimes Past

If you’re a fan of anything vintage or nostalgic, today’s steal is sure to strike a chord with you! The Graphic 45 Communique and Playtimes Past collections are rich with color and distressing and, put simply, are stunning.

I admit—I’m deeply in awe of those that can create a vintage feel, as my crafty little brain was not blessed with that ability. So imagine my delight when the Graphic 45 Design Team said they would  be thrilled to share their creations using the Communique and Playtimes Past collections here today at ScrapbookSteals.com!

So enjoy this tasty little Tuesday treat because these clever crafters have got the talent—and lots of it! Be sure to click on their names to check out their blogs for lots more vintage inspiration featuring today’s steal.

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Claire Charville

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Gloria Stengel

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Jim – The Gentleman Crafter

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Arlene Cuevas

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Laura Denison

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We cannot thank you enough for sharing your talents with us today!

If you haven’t already had the chance to visit the Graphic 45 Facebook fan page be sure to pop in and tell them that ScrapbookSteals says hi!

Be sure to check in tomorrow for this months outstanding guest sketcher and a little 2 page love for Mid Week Mojo.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch

I think it’s pretty much going to be a cinch to convince you that you need today’s steal, the Cinch by We R Memory Keepers, especially when you see the projects by two exceptionally talented crafters, Kyla Norris and Amber Sheaves.

If you are wondering what the Cinch is, it’s a home binding system. No more having to run to the store to buy mini-albums for this project or that, since the Cinch is a one stop, do it all! And guess what? It really is a cinch. (I had to try it out for myself!)

I admit I was a little intimidated by the sparsity of the directions. Luckily there is a little thing called the Internet, which is filled with video tutorials and after watching a couple of videos I was ready to roll.

For those of you that aren’t video watchers, Amber does an amazing job with some step by step photos on how to create your own mini-albums using the Cinch.

Step 1 – Insert your paper into the machine and press the handle down to punch.


Step 2 – If your paper is longer than 6 inches you’ll then need to slide the guide out and move the paper all the way to the left. Press down the black alignment peg on the side to hold the papers in place . Pull out the first peg after the end of the paper. In this case it is peg 5. Press the handle again to complete the punching. Pull up the alignment peg and push back the peg.

Step 3 – Repeat the above steps for your cover.

Step 4 – Place the binding wire on the hooks to the right of the machine. Place sheets onto hooks, followed by the front cover, and then the back cover. Placing the back cover on top will help to hide the seam of the wire when you are done. Remove the wire and pages and place them at the back of the machine under the cinching bar. Make sure you set the dial with the correct wire size. The opening of the wire should be against the machine. Slowly press down the handle to close the wires. Slide the book and repeat if the book is longer than the cinching bar.

Step 5 – Snip off any remaining wire. You just made a book!

Now look and see the amazing creations that Amber made!

Kyla also has some pretty great tips and things to avoid when first learning how to use the Cinch.

  • Decide which side of the page you are binding and then leave about a half inch gap without any embellishments or words or you risk punching holes though them. I had to rearrange, un-stick and re-glue a couple of my pages so that only the base patterned paper was hole punched.
  • Make sure when punching the holes to have your paper pushed back into the Cinch as far as it will snugly go.  If not you end up with an edge with half holes

  • Be confident in your hole punching and make sure the pages stay in place while you are punching, or you end up with a page with double punched holes. It’s no big deal, you can still use the pages but it helps to push the lever down smoothly, fairly quickly and confidently.

  • When binding, go slow! I found the slower I pushed the bindings together the more circular in shape they stayed. When I went too quickly they would turn out more oval looking, which is also great if you’re looking for a more oval binding. :)

Kyla made an festive advent calendar to help count down the days until Christmas.

I have to admit, I was so inspired by these girls’ creations that I had to give the Cinch a go for myself. I made a little “Dear Santa” journal for a friend for her to document the wish lists of her kiddos over the years. I think it would be so much fun to have as the time passes to see what was once upon a time the “must have” item. Now all I have to do is make the pages and send it on its way.

Really and truly the Cinch is an amazing tool and addition to any crafters collection. Not only can this tool be used to bind mini albums, but it’s great for

  • calendars
  • recipe books
  • office presentations
  • school projects
  • journals
  • any binding project your lil’ mind can come up with!

Thanks again to Amber and Kyla for making today’s blog post such a Cinch!

American Crafts Ribbon | Monday Card Madness #42

Ribbon. Let  me guess. Most of you just went a little weak in the knees, and if you haven’t seen today’s steal, the American Crafts Dot Grosgrain ribbon, then you’d best sit down.

It always seems there are a million and ten ways to use ribbon on your projects. I had a hard time narrowing down what I wanted to do but settled on a triple bow row for the focus of this week’s sketch.

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I am so in love with the huge variety of colors that come with today’s steal. A perfect fit for every project!


It’s amazing what a little splash of ribbon can do to a project to give it a little flair. If you’re saying to yourself that you have too much ribbon, well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. A girl can never have too much ribbon.  :)

Don’t forget to have this week’s card sketch posted to our Facebook fan page or your own personal blog by August 5th at 11:59 pm in order to be eligible for the July random drawing.

In case you haven’t heard we are hosting another card swap. The past two have been an amazing success and the talent is unreal! Here are the details for the current card swap:

  • Create 10 cards. They can all be the same or each can be different.
  • All cards must include an envelope.
  • Cards must be received to the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by August 31st. (ScrapbookSteals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California, #400, SLC, UT  84104)
  • Once your cards have been sent in the mail, please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com, to let me know that I need to be on the lookout for your amazing creations. I will then randomly re-distribute the cards and mail back 10 different cards to each participant.

Don’t forget the ongoing challenge to send out joy!

Fantastic Friday | So Sophie

I have a little confession to make. I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but when I was taking photos of today’s steal, the My Minds Eye, So Sophie, Graceful and Savvy collections, my eyes got a little misty. Okay, a tear dropped…it was just one of those days. Yeah, that’s my excuse.

Why would I get so emotional about a scrapbook product? Simply put, it’s gorgeous. It has been a long time since a product has moved me so profoundly before even creating with it.

I went to the store looking for something fun to play with and $3.00 later I settled upon these wooden plaques to alter.

I picked out a few of my favorite sheets of papers and turned to my Silhouette for some fun shapes to cut out. I also had to use some of the amazing stickers and die cuts that come with the So Sophie collections and satisfied my Glimmer Mist addiction and with a little Old Lace to everything.

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I love how these turned out. Who knows, maybe I even shed a little tear of happiness because they were so fun to make—but that will forever be my secret.  ;)

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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!

Winner announced upon notification. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person. Winnings are not for resale.