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We R Memory Keepers Mini 8 punches | Monday Craft Madness #2

Great things can come in small packages and this is definitely the case with one of today’s steals, the We R Memory Keepers Mini 8 punches. (Check back later today– you don’t want to miss our Cyber Monday fun!) I tried a few at the ScrapbookSteals retreat and LOVED them! There are so many great designs it was hard to pick just one. Which brings us to this week’s Monday Craft Madness theme:

Punches!

I decided to use the Snowflake Mini 8 punch to make a winter mini album. I love mini albums with a mixture of shaped pages – I find them far more interesting and fun to look at.

I decided to use the punch for the regular snowflake circle background. I also punched vellum, folded it in half, and then stitched around the outside to make a pocket for the mini snowflakes that were punched out during the cutting of the large snowflake circle.

You don’t have to punch out the whole circle. I only cut out half of the circle to add a different shaped page to my album (which you can see in the bottom page of the photo below).

Here are the photos of the rest of my mini album:

I just love these punches and I am definitely going to be ‘stealing’ more! I hope I have inspired you to join in this week’s Monday Craft Madness challenge – using punches!

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Don’t forget the rules! We give you a theme/sketch each week and allow you to create any project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires!) as long as it fits the theme. You have until the last Thursday of the month to create and share your project using any of the themes or sketches we provide. We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code 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!

 

Imaginisce Sole Sisters

Today Design Team member Kerys Sharrock shows us the the unlimited potential of the Imaginisce Sole Sisters collection. I think its unlimited potential matches my unlimited love for buying new shoes. And what’s better than new paper for your stash that has shoes on it? I know! Maybe buying new shoes and then using that paper to make a layout about it. :)

For now, enjoy Kerys’ amazing projects, darling kiddos, and craftiness at using the embellishment packaging in her projects!

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For my first Design Team post I was absolutely THRILLED to use the Imaginisce ‘Sole Sisters’ collection. I had secretly been hoping to see this collection come up on Scrapbook Steals ever since I saw the launch over on the Imaginisce blog. I had even bought myself some stick pins and buttons that matched the collection! There is SO much exciting stuff in this collection, so I tried to make a variety of projects using each and every bit. (Including the packaging!)

My first project was inspired by my daughter’s recent dance recital—how perfect that her outfit should be black and red! I made a mini book full of all her pre-show poses and dance moves. The red background paper on these pages is actually the packaging from the embellishments. I always try and use the packaging wherever possible. I used a variety of the papers and embellishments from the collection, trying to stick to the color scheme, and added twine and brads.



Next, I went to town making cards. This has become one of my recent passions and, I must say, with this collection it was SUPER easy! All the inspiration I needed was right there in the packets. The first card uses the border strip paper and and embellishments from the collection. Add one little sentiment stamp and voila, a quick and easy card!

The next card took a little more time and effort, but as soon as I found the ‘If the shoe fits….’ quote, I just knew I had to use the shoe stamp from the collection. I used a variety of colored inks and then jazzed the shoes up with a little twine.

The last card was made using another one of the stamps from the collection, colored in with prismacolor pencils. I also added one of my stick pins and buttons I mentioned earlier—not from this collection but a perfect match.

And lastly, just to show those of you who think ‘this collection is no good, I only have boys to scrap!” — a boy layout! This one is my son who recently took part in the 4th July Parade in Park City with his school. As you can see, the papers can be just as easily used for a more masculine page. These papers worked out perfectly.

So as you can see, I was in IMAGINISCE heaven with this ‘Sole Sisters’ collection. I hope I’ve inspired you all to hit that steal button and grab a great collection. I had so much fun with this, and still have SO much left to play with! :) Thanks again Brittany and Kristy for matching me up so perfectly with this collection.

Until next time—happy scrapping :) x

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Kerys, your projects are stunning! You know me and my allergy to stamping, but wow, that shoe card makes me want to bust out some inks!

Thank you so much for sharing with us today. I can’t wait until next month to see what you have in store for us.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! I know I will. Tomorrow I get to scrap with Kerys and a bunch of other local Utah gals. I can’t wait!

Hexagon Album with Graphic 45 Botanicabella

Today we are not only treated to welcome Graphic 45 with today’s steal the Botanicabella and Staples Bundle but we are honored to have Charity Becker show us just how amazing this new addition to the ScrapbookSteals family is. And when I say amazing, I do mean amazing. Charity’s project is, simply put, to die for.

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Once upon a time there was a girl who loved scrapbooking. Her favorite retailer, ScrapbookSteals, had the best deals and the most fabulous customer service. The only thing that could make this company better was product from Graphic 45. Then one day, this girl heard her dream was coming true. Graphic 45, Botanicabella was coming to Scrapbook Steals! Her fairy godmother wanted her to put something together to illustrate the magic and wonder of this amazing paper. The girl felt like she had just been given an invitation to the royal ball! She quickly answered yes and began scheming just what she could make to show off this spectacular product. This is what she came up with…

Don’t worry if you can’t see the details of this wall hanging. Just stop by my blog and your wish will be granted.

If these projects aren’t enough to convince you that buying this product is a fairytale in the making, just keep scrolling. I’ve included the instructions for how to make your very own Hexagon Album!!!

Self-Latching Hexagon Album

This album packs on the wow without stealing your hard earned time. Although this project looks complicated, don’t let it fool you. You can have it put together in short order.

  • Tools: paper trimmer, scissors, paper piercer (or large needle), ruler, ink or chalk for edge distressing.
  • For the album you will need the following supplies from the Graphic 45 Botanicabella Paper Pack: 4 sheets of 12×12 paper. From the Graphic 45 Staples accessories: 40 inches of canvas ribbon.
  • From your own stash you will need 32 small brads. You will also need hexagon templates from this blog post: Hexagon Happiness.

Step 1: Using the above mentioned templates cut 3 large hexagons, 2 medium hexagons, 2 small hexagons, and 2 x-small hexagons. Ink the edges of each hexagon.

Step 2: Divide the hexagons into two piles of x-small to large. Set the third hexagon by itself. Work with one pile of hexagons at a time. For the purpose of this project the top and bottom of the hexagon will be flat and the left and right sides will come to a point.

Step 3: Cut 8 pieces of 2 inch ribbon and 8 pieces of 3 inch ribbon. Melt the edges to stop fraying.

Step 4: Attach the x-small hexagon to the small hexagon using 2 inch ribbons and brads. Set the brads so that the first set of ribbon is closest to the left point of the hexagon. Use the same process to attach the small hexagon to the medium hexagon, again set the brads so that the first set of ribbons is closest to the point.

Step 5: Attach the medium hexagon to the large hexagon using 3 inch ribbons and brads. Set the brads so that the third set of ribbon is further from the point then the second set of ribbon.

Step 6: Follow steps 4 and 5 for the other pile of hexagons. Attach both large hexagons to the third large hexagon with 3 inch ribbons. Set the brads so that the fourth set of ribbons is further from the point then the third set of ribbons.

Step 7: To close the album arrange the hexagons from the left side in consecutive order, on top of the central hexagon.

Step 8: Repeat the process for the right side.

For the self-latching mechanism you will need the following supplies from the Graphic 45 Staples pack for each side of the album:

2 large buttons, 1 small button, 1 large flower, 1 medium flower, and 2 small flowers. For the leaves I traced the edge of a cat eye shaped Color Box chalk on to green paper. After cutting it out I inked the edges and cut it in half. I also used  6 small circle embellishments from the diecut page and 6 tiny circles punched with my hole punch.

Step 1: Begin with the hexagons on the left side of the album. Place one large button on either side of the far right point of the large hexagon, about 2.5 inches from the point. Place adhesive only at the edge of the large hexagon so that a pocket is created for the medium hexagon.

Step 2: Place one large flower at the tip of the point on the large hexagon, applying adhesive only to the edge. Adhere two leaves to the underside of the flower rather than to the hexagon itself. Top the flower with a small button. Add a small embellishment (the example is from the diecut page) to the center of the button.

Step 3: Adhere two small flowers on either side of the far right point of the small hexagon, about 1 inch from the point. Place the adhesive under the LEFT edge of the flowers so that a pocket is created for the large buttons. Place one medium flower at the tip of the point on the small hexagon, applying adhesive only to the LEFT edge of the flower.

Step 4: Adhere three leaves to the underside of the flowers rather than to the hexagon itself. Top the flowers with a tiny embellishment (the example is a circle from a hole punch)

Step 5: Adhere a 1/2 inch circle embellishment (the example is from the diecut page) 1.5 inches from the far left point. Apply adhesive only to the edge of the embellishment furthest from the point so that a pocket is created for the x-small hexagon.

Step 6: Slip the medium hexagon under the large buttons. Slip the edge of the small hexagon under the large buttons. Slide the x-small hexagon between the small circle embellishments.

This album goes together so quickly that it makes a fabulous hostess gift. Whip up several of these beauties and keep them on hand for last minute gifts. If you use a classic paper pack like Graphic 45′s Botanicabella you’ll never have to worry about matching someones style or color preferences.

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And as if this amazing album was not enough WOW, check out these other projects that Charity made.

Charity, guess what girl — you are kind of like a fairy tale dream come true yourself! Your talents are stunning and you are sooooo truly gifted. Thanks for absolutely wowing us with this project! I can’t wait to try one out for myself.

I hope you have a lovely day everyone!

We R Memory Keepers Metal Hardware

If you are looking for the perfect little finishing touch to your crafty projects, then today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers Metal Hardware, could be just what you are looking for! I imagine it’s pretty much the equivalent of what a handyman may feel walking in to a tool store when opening a tin of hardware made just for crafty fun!

To make the fact of such a fun steal even a little more exciting, today we have the ever-so-talented guest blogger Emily Lanham with us to show us just how the hardware can be used. I knew right after seeing her toilet paper roll mini album featured a few weeks back that she’d be the perfect one to ask to design for today. I think you’ll agree with me that the wow factor is through the roof!

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Hey everyone! My name is Emily Lanham and I am very excited to be a guest designer today for this ScrapbookSteals! When I was first asked to make something with this hardware, I was a little hesitant. Hardware is something that I don’t normally use on my paper crafts. I am sure glad I didn’t turn this one down! I had so much fun playing with this hardware and I really love that extra look that it added to my pieces.

I made a paper bag mini album as well as a matching recipe box. I used various pieces of the hardware on each project. I especially loved the little nameplates. I added glossy accents to them to make them look more dimensional. I wanted to achieve an overall rustic look for these pieces to go with the hardware.

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Is this not the most incredible mini album? WOW! My jaw is seriously hanging on my keyboard. Thanks again Emily for taking the time to share your talents with us.

Be sure to check out Emily’s blog for lots of further inspiration including a little more detail about today’s steal.

Hope you have a super craft-tastical sort of day!. That’s got to be a good one, right? :)

My Mind’s Eye Mini Album Project Kits

If you’re a reader of the ScrapbookSteals blog then you know how much I love mini. Everything mini is just too cute! Today’s Mini Album Project Kits by My Mind’s Eye takes mini to a whole new level! Not only do you get a heavy duty, chipboard mini album, but pre-cut papers to fit the pages, and a whole array of coordinating embellishments to make your mini album come together in a snap!

The hardest part of creating this project for today was deciding on which album to make. Pink or blue, blue or pink. Decisions, decisions! I finally settled on the Enlightened project kit since I’m crazy in love with shades of blues, browns and greens right now.

The My Mind’s Eye peeps have definitely got it together. While I have always loved the cute chipboard shaped albums, I have not always loved having to trim papers accordingly. The smart creators behind this gorgeous album have taken that burden away.  They’ve made it a breeze to customize an album to your desire by providing enough pre-cut papers to cover the fronts and backs of each chipboard page as well as some extras to use for mixing and matching it up! Add a bounty of coordinating chipboard embellishments with stickers that are cut to size, and flowers and trims and in just a few hours you can have your very own cherished keepsake to display on a shelf or even give to a friend or relative.

Now if you haven’t heard about what’s going on tonight, be sure to join us for the first ScrapbookSteals online crop of 2012! We always have the best of times with challenges and games and of course, lots of giveaways!

If you want to get a head start on the challenges, you can check them out here!

We will be starting the fun at 6PM with a chat hosted via U-Stream. You can refer to our Facebook page just after 6PM for a link to the fun! We will even be hosting a video chat tonight so you can meet some of the faces behind the fun at ScrapbookSteals.com! Yikes! Guess I’d better get my hair looking decent. ;)

Have a great day and we hope to see you tonight!