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Echo Park For the Record 2 | Monday Craft Madness #14

The Echo Park For the Record 2 collections are full of fun colors and patterns they are perfect for any occasion! We also have a guest designer for this week’s Monday Craft Madness, so please welcome Cathryn Hanson!  Cathryn got a chance to play with For the Record 2 Tailored collection, and chose this week’s Monday Craft Madness theme:

Citrus color combo!

Color combo challenge using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

Use the color combo above to create your project – from a layout to a card, a mini album to an altered project – have fun!

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Wow! I am so happy to be back here at ScrapbookSteals to share some of my scrappy creations.  When I opened up my goodies, I was thrilled to find that I would be working with Echo Park’s For the Record 2 Collection.  Up here in Canada we have some pretty long, cold, and gloomy winters!  This gorgeous collection is just what I needed to beat the winter blues.  The colors are simply pure sunshine.  It is also and incredibly versatile, and could be used for many different themes.

For my first project I decided to make this little “Dates to Remember” mini book.  It’s the perfect size to carry around, so while out shopping, it’s quick and easy to check out who you need to shop for.

DIY handmade mini tag album using Echo Park For the Record 2
DIY handmade mini tag album using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

My next creation is a layout of my darling granddaughter Blake.  A few weeks ago I spotted this amazing layout on Pinterest and knew it was the perfect inspiration for the photo I wanted to use.  I have always wanted to ‘doodle’ on a layout but could never get it to look right.  But I decided to jump in and give it a try and I am super pleased with the way it turned out.

Scrapbooking layout using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

Scrapbooking layout using For the Record 2 collection

Because the colors in the collection are so rich and cheerful I wanted to use them to brighten up my scrapbook space.  I like to keep a ‘catch-all’ box on my desk to throw the supplies I am using in, until I finish a project.  So this clear little bin I had was transformed into a little piece of art.  I also just couldn’t resist decorating a jar to match. It’s perfect for pens, markers etc.

DIY handmade altered box using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

DIY handmade altered jars using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

Lastly, I made this sweet little card.  For The Record 2 comes with stunning Element Stickers and letters, Chipboard Accents, Layered Chipboard, and Decorative Brads.  They make creating cards super easy and fun fun fun!

DIY handmade card using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

Thank you Kerys and ScrapbookSteals for this opportunity to share my projects with you.  ScrapbookSteals is like a second home to me <3

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If you’d like to enter to win the February Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the Friday after the final theme is posted to create your project and upload a photo of it somewhere online with a link to this post in the caption. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on our blog with the link to your project! We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 prize pack from ScrapbookSteals.com at the end of the month!

Just note that this is separate from Mid Week Mojo, so you’ll have at least two fun projects a week you can dive into. :)

Don’t forget to check back in with us tomorrow for a fun How To’sday post by Design Team member Cristine Redmond!

American Crafts Buttons

Winter Design Team member Bev Code is back with us today for more fun on the blog! Bev got to work with today’s steal,  American Crafts Buttons. She has created some fun projects to inspire us all. I’m definitely going to try out some of her ideas for embellishments and key chains!

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My Design Team reveal this month at ScrapbookSteals is using American Crafts Buttons.

I thought I’d share a few ways I use buttons on my projects.

I made lots of fun accents to use. On the top left I made a homemade flower and added a button with twine bow. Working your way across the top line next up is a single button with double twine bow and finishing the top line I using a paper clip I added a button with  twine bow. Starting the bottom left row the next piece is a ribbon loop with an added button with twine bow followed by a tied a ribbon bow and added a button with twine bow and lastly a Layered Prima flowers and topped off with a button with twine bow. This is only a few ideas of embellishments that can be made using buttons.
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The layout below shows how I used some of the above accents. I used three embellishments from above on this page.

Scrapbooking layout using button embellishments

On this cute tag I used the looped ribbon accent to top off the tag and added another button accent below.
DIY handmade tag using American Crafts buttons
Next up is my layout making a button tree. It was perfect for this cute boy page about two brothers. So whether you Cricut cut a tree, freehand cut a tree, or even just use some single branches, the button accents are perfect.
Scrapbooking layout using American Crafts buttons
On this last project I used picture frame wire and started with a U shape. I then feed the wire through two of the four holes. At the bottom of the U, I left just a little wire and twisted it to make like a knot on the bottom. After adding the buttons I twisted the wire at the top of the buttons. Move up the wire about 1/4 to 1/2″ and twist again – this space is where I added the many tied ribbons. Next up is to find some small circular object, jar – anything small and circular (eg. a pin bottle). Wrap the wire around a few times and finish off twisting ends around the wire so they don’t come undone.
This cute accent I have seen done in Christmas colors and hung on the Christmas tree. I also think it’s a cute accent for any gift you wrap. Another idea I thought it would be perfect to put on the rings of the mini albums when you make them.
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Thanks for stopping by today. I enjoyed spending time with you.

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Thanks Bev! These projects are super cute – thank you for sharing!

Thanks for stopping by everyone and be sure to tune in again on Monday for a new Monday Craft Madness!

Basic Grey True Love Collection | Valentine’s Day Inspiration

The Basic Grey True Love Collection is the perfect collection for Valentine’s Day! It has an adorable color palette and patterns to match. It is packed full of paper, stickers, brads, envelopes, buttons and more. The paper designs just blew me away, and I really didn’t know where to start! I wanted to put everything in the collection on the layout! I didn’t manage it, but there is so much left over I can scrap the events of the day too!

Here is my layout:

Scrapbooking layout using Basic Grey True Love Collection

My favorite part in this collection has got to be the envelopes! I knew I just HAD to put one on my layout somewhere! They are beautifully decorated and come in both the soft blue and cream. I added a brad to the envelope as a fastener – the flap just tucks behind it to keep it closed. A few of the coordinating buttons adds a little more dimension to the page – this cluster is mirrored in the opposite corner.

Scrapbooking layout and embellishments using Basic Grey True Love Collection

They all come with a small journalling card inside too! One less thing to think about and I love the fact that my journalling is hidden.

Scrapbooking layout and embellishments using Basic Grey True Love Collection

I also love that the collection includes a 4×6 journalling pad. There are so many fun quotes to use and elements to fussy cut. I fussy cut the quote “thinking of you , always makes me smile” and the small banners from the pad just to add a little more interest to the page. I also used my white pen to add some faux stitching and ‘break up’ the plain paper edges.

Scrapbooking layout and embellishments using Basic Grey True Love Collection

I hope I have inspired you to steal this collection – perfect for many themed layouts – but a great ‘steal’ for scrapping the memories from tonight!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Winter Design Team Member Bev Code’s Friday projects!

Carta Bella Paris Girl | Mid Week Mojo

Jade – Week 10 of 10
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Today’s steal, the Carta Bella Paris Girl Collection, is perfect for this time of year! It has all the colors and patterns for capturing your favorite Valentine’s Day photos. It is also perfect for those little (and big) girls out there. Today’s guest designer, Kassandra LePage, shows us just how super cute this collection is, with a great sketch to inspire us all!

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When I was asked to be a guest sketcher at first I was shocked then so thrilled! Then came the ‘can I do this?’ There have been so many amazing scrapbookers on here, I didn’t think I could compare. But I got to thinking everyone has such different styles and strengths, what did it really matter?
When I found out I got to work with Carta Bella’s Paris Girl, I was even more excited because this line is so gorgeous. When I got it in the mail I was even more amazed with the texture and quality of the paper. So I really wanted to feature the paper in my LO. So here is what I came up with.
Mid Week Mojo Jade#10 layout using Carta Bella Paris Girl
And here is the sketch:
Mid Week Mojo sketch Jade #10
I titled it ‘My Love, My Valentine’ and put the letters on all the rosette’s i made. Let me tell you, making all those rosette’s took along time but I think they really show off the paper well.
DIY handmade rosette embellishments
I love doilies and they always remind me of Valentines, so I wanted to add one in.
DIY handmade embellishments on scrapbooking layouts
I thought the ticket stickers that came with the set had such cute sayings on them, that I just had to use them as well.
DIY handmade embellishments on scrapbooking layouts
The 6×6 pad of paper is the same quality, and is also stunning! I just had to make a card with it! Here’s what I came up with.
DIY handmade card using Carta Bella Paris Girl collection
So that’s it for me, thanks for having me as a guest sketcher, I had so much fun working with this paper. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!

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Thank you so much Kassandra! The rosettes and sketch are just adorable! I’m going to try my hardest to join in with this one.

The winner of last week’s Mid Week Mojo Jade #9 is…

Mid Week Mojo Sketch Challenge Jade9 winner on Scrapbook.steals.com

Lisa Moen for her awesome interpretation of Jade #9! I love the October Afternoon collection you used – the papers are so bright and fun! Please let our customer service know you are this week’s winner in an email with your address to service@stealnetwork.com and we will be happy to send some sweet swag your way!

Can you believe we are nearing the end of another 10 week series? It seems like we just started on the Jade mojos. To enter to win this week’s prize, complete this sketch (Jade #10) and have it posted somewhere online by 11:59 PM MST Monday February 18th, 2013. Leave a comment on this blog post with the link to your Jade 10 creation.

To enter to win the Jade Series Grand Prize:

  1. Complete all ten layouts from the Jade Mid Week Mojo series. (You can reference this page for a link to the Mid Week Mojo sketches).
  2. Leave one comment with links to all 10 of your layouts on the Joyously Jade blog post no later than 11:59 pm Monday February 18th, 2013.

This time our fab prize is $50 to spend at ScrapbookSteals!

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If you’re new, we’d love to see you join in! Each Wednesday we provide a sketch and you have until the following Monday at 11:59 MT to leave a comment on this post with a link to your creation. You can find all of the fantastic details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Can’t wait to see the interpretations of this week’s sketch start popping up on our Facebook fan page! If you haven’t already liked us, stop by.

Don’t forget to come back on Friday for some more great projects from Winter Design Team Member Bev Code!

Simple Stories Summer Fresh Collection | Mid Week Mojo

Jade – Week 9 of 10
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The Simple Stories Summer Fresh Collection is everything you would expect from a Simple Stories collection! It has fun bright colors and patterns, lots of quotes and title borders, ready-made journaling card elements in varying sizes, and photo mats and border strips – all you need to make that perfect scrapbook layout, mini album, card or…well…anything really!

Here is this week’s sketch:

Mid Week Mojo Sketch Jade #9

And here is my layout. I loved the sunburst that this Simple Stories has in it’s journaling cards and headers, so I copied it and made it bigger! I fussy cut a lot of the embellishments from the 12×12 papers, added stitching and washi tape, buttons and brads. It all went perfectly with the Summer photo:

Scrapbooking layout using Simple Stories Summer FreshHere is a close up of the stitching. I hand pierced and hand stitched on this layout, adding coordinating colored buttons, just to give more texture and interest to the page.

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts

My title was fussy cut from one of the 12×12 sheets, and then lightly curled on the edges.

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts

I wanted a small banner under my border, and so fussy cut this from another 12×12 sheet. Why spend the time creating my own banner when Simple Stories have done it all for me??

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts

I used a couple of strips of washi tape to ‘set’ my journaling/meaning onto. This was fussy cut from the sheets, I added extra pen stitching and a brad to the flower center.

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts

I hope I have inspired you to create your own layout from this sketch!

Our lucky random winner for the week is Cherylane! Such a great layout! I love those papers and all the layers! Please let our customer service know you are this week’s winner in an email with your address to service@steals.com and we will be happy to send some sweet swag your way!

MWM Jade 8 winner Cherylane

If you’re new, we’d love to see you join in! Each Wednesday we provide a sketch and you have until the following Monday at 11:59 MT to leave a comment on this post with a link to your creation. You can find all of the details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Can’t wait to see the interpretations of this week’s sketch start popping up on our Facebook fan page! If you haven’t already liked us, stop by.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Part 2 of Winter Design Team Member Bev Code’s ‘Heart Galore’ inspiration.