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My Mind’s Eye Winter Wonderland & All Is Bright | Mid Week Mojo

Jade – Week 1 of 10
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Today’s steal, the My Mind’s Eye Winter Wonderland & All is Bright, is one of my all time favorite Christmas collections! The kits are jam-packed with fun papers, embellishments, stamps and so much more – there is everything you could possibly need!

I  love how today’s guest designer, Jessica Arrant, shows us how to use this collection and gives you not one, but TWO sketches to use as well!

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Words can’t explain how excited I was to be asked to play here today. I danced around the house for a week. And when I found out it was My Mind’s Eye All Is Bright? I died and went to heaven. Seriously a new favorite line from one of my favorite manufacturers!

My first thought was to highlight some of the awesome Christmas graphics by fussy cutting them out of the various papers and layering them onto the same page. I also wanted to show off the subtle prints in this kit by mixing as many of them as I could. Gotta love the chevrons and polka dots. Here is the sketch I created:

And here is my layout:


I know many of you like to design two pages at the same time, so if you head over to my blog you’ll see how I had a little bit of fun with the facing page.

Here is my second sketch:

I love the use of blue in this collection! As prevalent as the Christmas theme is, it is also an incredibly versatile kit with more than enough papers to make a couple non-holiday pages with leftovers. I took this picture on Halloween! How’s that for non-traditional colors?

And how about a card, just for fun?!

I hope you all enjoy the sketches and I can’t wait to see all the awesome interpretations. You are all so inspiring!

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Thank you so much Jessica! I love how creative you were using this collection for a non-traditional Christmas layout shows us how far you can really take collections! You’ve definitely made me want to ‘steal!’

Now it’s time for our weekly winner, our series winner, and a big announcement about Mid Week Mojo entries! The winner of last week’s Mid Week Mojo Coral #10 is…

Charissa for her adorable interpretation of Coral #10!

Now, without further ado, I’d like to congratulate the winner of the amazing My Mind’s Eye prize package valued at $141! The winner of the 10-week Coral Series is…

Sara R! A huge congratulations to you! This particular layout was one of my favorites of yours over the past series. Charissa and Sara, please send an email with your name, address, and which winner you are to service@steals.com and we will be happy to send you your prizes!

I would like to thank everyone for participating in another awesome 10 weeks of Mid Week Mojo. You should be so proud of yourselves and your accomplishments – being able to complete all 10 layouts is amazing! Those books must be expanding rapidly!

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Now we start a new series! 

Please note we have changed the rules! *updated*  We’ll provide a new sketch each Wednesday and you have until the following Monday at 11:59 PM MT to create a layout using the sketch. Upload a photo of your layout somewhere online (ie, Facebook, Flickr, your blog, etc) and include a link back to the sketch post in the caption. Then leave a comment on our blog with a link to your photo  and you’ll be entered to win!

You have more chances to enter! *updated* For two possible additional entries, post a picture of your project to Instagram or Pinterest! Tag @scrapbooksteals and include the hashtags #midweekmojo and #scrapbook. Let us know you completed these entries by leaving a second or third comment on our post simply saying “Pinterest” or “Instagram.” These profiles must be public so we can verify entries.

You can find full details here. Bookmark this page to keep track of the entire series as we go!

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Have a great Wednesday and don’t forget to check back in with us on Friday to see what the ever so talented Liz Qualman has in store for us!

American Crafts Soho Garden

I love what Fall Design Team member Amy Coose has done with today’s steal, the American Crafts Soho Garden collection. It is such a bright and colorful collection, with so many adorable embellishments. She definitely ROCKED it! Get ready to be inspired…

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I was excited to get the American Crafts Soho Garden line to create with for November.  As soon as it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised that it was even better in person.  I used it to create a card and two layouts.
This is the card that I created.  The Bits Layered Tags made creating this card super simple.  I just added some Cardstock Stickers and Layered Embellishments, and it was finished.
I love the amazing patterns in this line.  The yellow made a perfect base for this picture of my baby boy.  The “you are my sunshine” layered chipboard sticker, the layered tag, and some ribbon were all I needed to complete this layout.
I wrote out my journaling on the journaling box that is included on the Cardstock Stickers sheet.
I used another piece of the Soho Garden cardstock as a base for this layout.  I loved that I could write my journaling right on the lines.
I used my cameo to cut out some stars and the title, and accented it with some of the Cardstock Stickers, Layered Chipboard Stickers, and the Fabric Stickers.  How cool is it that you get all those textures in one line??
I really enjoyed using this collection, and the fun patterns, colors, and textures that are included made it the perfect collection for almost any craft project!

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Amy, I love your ideas! This collection is just perfect for your adorable photos. You have certainly inspired me to ‘steal’ today!

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

Fancy Pants St Nick Collection | Mid Week Mojo

Coral – Layout 10

The  Fancy Pants Saint Nick Collection has so many gorgeous elements you won’t know where to start! It has so many elegant paper patterns, embellishment cards, chipboards, dies, stickers, alphas, and more you really can let your imagination run wild. The first time I saw today’s steal I was at the Scrapbook Steals Retreat – and I love it just as much today as I did then!

Here is my sketch:

And here is my layout:

 

There were so many different elements to this collection that I really wanted to use a bit of everything! (I think I managed most of it!)

 You girls totally rocked Brittany’s sketch last week. Our lucky random winner for the week is Staci Jones.

Staci – this is such a super cute layout! I adore those photos and love the Authentique collection you used! 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 Coral mojos. To enter to win this week’s prize, complete this sketch (Coral #10) and have it posted somewhere online by 11:59 PM MST Monday December 3rd, 2012. Leave a comment on this blog post with the link to your Coral 10 creation.

To enter to win the Coral Series Grand Prize:

  1. Complete all ten layouts from the Coral 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 Completely Coral blog post no later than 11:59 pm Monday December 3rd, 2012.

This time our fab friends at My Mind’s Eye are sponsoring our Coral series prize. The amazing prize package with a retail value of $141 will include:

  • MME Kraft Funday Happy Days kit
  • MME Kraft Funday Everyday Fun kit
  • MME Halloween mega kit

So exciting! If you’re new to our Mid Week Mojo series, 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.

Don’t forget to come back on Friday to see what Design Team member Amy Coose has in store for us – believe me – you’re not going to want to miss this one! :-)

Lifestyle Crafts Punches Dies | How To’sday

Great for a variety of projects from layouts, to cards, decor, gifts, and more, Lifestyle Crafts Punches Dies are a quick and easy way to cut multiple identical shapes at once. Simply pop out the dies and adhere them to any embellishment or design you can dream of.

I did panic when I first saw these dies – they were SO long! I knew I didn’t have any 12″ long cutting plates, so I borrowed some from a friend. When I started working with the dies, I soon realized that you DON’T have to have the long plates. They can be used just as easily with the standard sized plates. Here are the two sized plates they can be used with:

I found it easier to tape down my dies so that they didn’t move on the paper as I was putting it through the machine. This also allowed me to use whichever machine I wanted. To use smaller plates, just put it through the machine twice, moving the cutting plates on the paper.

I also used some cardboard to make it go through a little tighter and ensure the cutting of the shapes.

I loved that the shapes were already lined up without having to keep repositioning them and trying to get them all to run in a straight line! Also, being able to use the negative shaped paper as a background for a layout along with the shapes themselves was an added bonus.


Here is the layout I created:

I used both the negatives for the background and the shapes themselves. I covered the shapes in different colored and patterned washi tapes, sticking some of them back down onto the base and ‘popping’ some of them up for more texture.

Some of these sets come with two additional single punches included. I thought I would try these out by making a card using a similar technique. I taped my single dies down onto the card and ran them through my die cut machine.

Again, I used both the negative piece and the cut out shape.


Again, I added washi tape behind the cut outs and used the shape to ‘pop’ up the butterfly and give some more dimension to the card.

I hope this has inspired you to use more dies, and the possibilities really are endless! You can be as creative as you like!

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 our next installment in the Mid Week Mojo Coral series.

Authentique Carefree Collection Kit | Mid Week Mojo

Coral – Layout 8

Today’s steal, the Authentique Carefree Collection Kit, is just about as cheery as you can get. I love the rosey hues, cheerful embellies, and vintage flair. And I especially love how today’s guest designer, Venetia Willis-Holbrook, shows us how to use this collection for everyone in your family. (Yes, even for your manly-men!)

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I was so excited when I was asked to guest sketch! I read the email at the coffee shop and almost threw my fresh coffee as I was yelling “Shut up! Really??” at my phone. I was even more excited to realize my month was November because layouts of my husband and girls truly represent what I plan to give thanks for! As if that were not great enough, I’m working with the Authentique Carefree Collection Kit. It’s no secret I’m an Authentique junkie, and Carefree is such a fun and versatile collection.

I thought it would be fun to draw one sketch and interpret it three ways.

I started with my husband because I wanted to show you how adaptable this collection is! The gingham, plaid, and neutral materials make this collection a breeze to work with for all your loved ones. I loved how Carefree’s colors adapted nicely to a masculine layout, and shockingly, my “shop guy” loved this layout of him too, so it passed his test.

My oldest girl has such a vibrant personality and I loved the butterfly paper because it reminded me so much of her. Authentique had the perfect quote embellishment to help the journaling along: “You are my sunshine,” which I have always sang as her lullaby. The alphabet stickers worked perfectly for a title with one of the file stickers from the pack.

My littlest one, who usually glares at the camera, didn’t catch me taking the picture so I was able to get a rare photo of her joyous face. This is my favorite picture of her so far because she is so happy. By fussy cutting the Authentique paper, I was able to make a dimensional layout that  reflects her girly-girl personality. She believes she is the pink princess, and Carefree definitely fit her!

I hope you enjoy this sketch, and I encourage you to use this week’s Mid-Week Mojo to scrap something you are thankful for.  Have fun playing along with me, I cannot wait to see how all you amazing artists interpret my sketch!

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Thank you so much Venetia! I love how you make a collection the might look feminine work perfectly for your entire family. :) Brilliant!

And now you can stop holding your breath because the Mid Week Mojo winner is finally revealed!

Congrats go out to Kristina MacKeen for her adorable interpretation of Coral #7! Kristina, please send an email with your address to service@steals.com and we will be happy to send some scrappy swag  your way!

For those of you that are new to our site, each Wednesday we provide a new sketch and you have until the following Monday at 11:59 MST to have your creations posted somewhere online and linked to this blog post. 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.

Have a great Wednesday and we’ll see you TOMORROW for an introduction to the new Mojo Mama!