My Little Shoebox

My Little Shoebox Mega Paper Pack | Monday Card Madness #66

There’s something about the word “mega” that elicits excitement, don’t you think? I mean if it’s mega, it’s got to be good. Today’s steal, the My Little Shoebox Mega Paper Pack is mega indeed! I love a steal that offers a sampling of a little of this and a little of that. Such a great way to explore a manufacturer without making a huge commitment. Oh, and the Roll Up Flowers = niiiiiiice!

I had a blast making cards for the upcoming card swap using this basic card design. A little bit of layering and some stitching paired with a 3D Roll Up Flower embellishment and my cards were born.

Oh and for those of you that recently picked up the My Little Shoebox Mini Alphabet Stickers they coordinate to perfection with these papers.

Oh and if you happened to catch my mentioning of a card swap and are interested in participating, here is the skinny:

  • This card swap will not have any particular theme.
  • The only requirements is that you send ten cards with envelopes to be received at the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by February 16th.
  • Cards can be sent to this address:

ATTN: Card Swap
2181 California Ave., #400
Salt Lake City, UT  84104

  • After sending your cards please send me an email to, letting me know to be on the lookout for your cards.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Also, if you’d like to be eligible for the January random drawing for Monday Card Madness, all you need to do is complete any (or all) of the Monday Card Madness sketches, post your creation to our fan page or your own personal blog, then leave a link on this blog to that creation no later than 11:59 PM MST on Friday, February 3rd, 2012.

My Little Shoebox | Mid Week Mojo

Opal Club — Layout 5

I positively love guest sketcher Wednesdays because I have the chance to see the amazing creations that come from one of you. Today we are honored with some pretty fantastic creations from one of our favorite Canadian friends, Cathryn Hanson.

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I was on the computer one day when Kristy popped up in my chat window. “I’m dying here!” she said, then asked me if I had checked my email lately. I said I had. We were both confused! Some how the email she had sent asking if I would like to be a guest sketcher had disappeared. Needless to say, my answer was yes, yes, and YES!

Like previous guest sketchers I was thrilled and excited, but also a little worried. But when I found out I would be working with today’s steal, My Little Shoebox Harmony and Summer Breeze my mind was instantly racing with ideas. I love MLS! Both of these whimsical collections of scrappy goodness are adorable, and can be easily used for many different themes. After thinking about sketches and layouts I quickly started thinking about how perfect Summer Breeze would be for my granddaughter’s birthday theme because she loves birds. I remembered these cute little wooden bird houses I had come across while shopping for wedding décor with our dear friend and fellow scrapbooker Elizabeth. So, with all of that in mind, this is what I created.

Summer Breeze Collection

  • “So Smoochable”

  • Birdhouse Party Favors filled with Jelly Beans

  • Birthday Girl Picture Frame

  • Decorated Words

Not my original idea. I spotted these on the MLS website and couldn’t resist making them!

  • Congratulations  card

Harmony Collection

  • “You Amaze Me”

  • Konichee Wa!

I hope you will have as much fun with these incredible collections as I did. From the clear stamps to the mini alphabets and everything in between you can’t go wrong. Enjoy!

Thank you Kristy Lee, Lisa Mack and the Scrapbook Steals community for your inspiration every week and allowing me to share my creations. I am very excited to see how everyone makes these sketches their own.

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Cathryn, you have truly done an unbelievably outstanding job as this months guest sketcher and I can’t thank you enough. What a wealth of inspiration you’ve given us!

Now for that exciting moment of announcing this weeks Mid Week Mojo winner. Way to go Michelle Beaudry.

Michelle, if you will please send our service department an email at, letting them know you are this week’s winner, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

If you would like a chance to win this week’s random drawing, you will need to have your sketch posted and linked to this blog posting by 11:59PM MST on Monday, November 7th. Also if you are new to our Mid Week Mojo challenge or have any particular questions, you can find all of the details here. As we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Now go get scrappin’ with all of this inspiration at your fingertips!  :)

Green Collection by My Little Shoebox | Monday Card Madness #53

Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was fantastic and made even a little bit cheerier by having the chance to play with one of today’s steals, the Green Collection by My Little Shoebox. The brilliant colors, the woodgrain paper and other fun patterns  in this collection genuinely make me happy and I even had to smile at the little snails. Heaven only knows I appreciated the smile as I was creating these in the midst of snow flurries!

The strong lines in some of the papers in this collection are really what drove the design in today’s sketch. These cards came came together in a snap simply by cutting some of the strips out of the Portobello paper. I then layered a couple of shapes from the die cut sheet, added a bit of ribbon to one card and buttons to the other and my cards were done!

I kept the same basic design for this card but created it in the A2 size.

Lastly I couldn’t resist using the Happy Valley paper and creating this simple card.

Can you believe I was so excited about reminding you about our holiday card swap last week that I forgot to announce the winner of our September card drawing? (Well, honestly I can believe it. 😉 )

A shout out of congratulations goes to Dilnaz Heckman.

Dilnaz, if you will please send an email to with your address we will be happy to send a prize out to you!

If you would like to be eligible to be the random winner of our October Monday Card Madness drawing all you need to do is have your card creation posted somewhere on line and linked to one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts by November 4th at 11:59PM MST.

And here is this weeks reminder on our current card swap:

  • This particular swap is a holiday-themed swap.
  • Create 10 cards following a Christmas, holiday or winter theme. (*Please leave me a note if you have a preference of Christmas or Holiday cards and I will do my best to sort accordingly).
  • All cards must include envelopes.
  • Cards must be received at the Scrapbook Steals warehouse by November 7, 2011. (Scrapbook Steals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California Ave., #400, SLC, UT  84045)
  • Once your cards have gone postal, be sure to send an email to letting me know they are on their way.
  • Lastly wait patiently for 10 amazing creations by different artists to find their way back to your door!

Have a great day and be sure to check in tomorrow for our next How To’sday tutorial!  :)

My Little Shoebox | Refrigerator Magnet Fun

I love when we have new manufacturers join our ScrapbookSteals lineup. We are so excited to welcome My Little Shoebox to our Steals family, and today’s choices,the Simple Life and Sunday Market collections certainly get our relationship with them off to a bang!

When I was contemplating what “off the page” type project to make with one of today’s steals I thought I’d consult with one of my crafty friends for a unique idea. Heather Conklin suggested that I make a magnet travel kit with the Simple Life collection. I took that idea and decided to make it into a refrigerator play set. Most of us with small children have discovered that our refrigerators turn into the trophy case of little people artwork, so why not turn it into a play zone too!

I wanted to turn an entire sheet of paper into the background to build a farm on, so I went to my local craft store and picked up a sheet of magnet paper which would work with my 12×12 paper.

I used spray adhesive and attached my 12×12 paper to the top of the sheet of magnet paper. I then used my rotary hand trimmer to cut off the extra.

With the remaining portion of magnet paper, I cut out elements from the paper collection which could be used to build a farm. I used my spray adhesive to adhere the sheep, tractors and trees to the magnet paper.

I then used my scissors and trimmed off the excess areas, inked the edges and then ended up with the play pieces.

I set up the farm on my refrigerator and was greeted by a very happy 4-year-old.

This collection even inspired me to stamp! That’s saying something. (Just promise not to laugh at my novice stamping skills). :)

Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday for another week filled with inspiration!

How To’sday | Button Borders by Melissa Dehne

How To’sday | Button Borders by Melissa Dehne

I don’t know about you but after seeing Jana Paddington’s button project, I have a new found love for buttons and can’t seem to have enough! I love this tutorial by Melissa Dehne, showing a fantastic way to use buttons as borders on a scrapbook layout.


Hello Everyone! Happy Tuesday, another one of my favorite days at ScrapbookSteals! My How To’sday today is more of a technique — fun way to use some of the buttons in your stash. I had seen this done in one of the too many blogs that I follow and loved it.

Step 1: Chose your paper (I used My Little Shoebox “City by the Bay” <3) and get a general layout organized with one of the pictures a little separated from the rest. At this point, everything should be adhered to the page.

Step 2: Go to your button stash and choose the colors that go with your layout.

Step 3: Line up buttons to see the color combinations together.

Step 4: Finally, arrange the buttons around the picture in the shape you like. After they are arranged, lift each button and place an adhesive dot to the back and stick it to the paper. I put the glue dot a little off center so it wasn’t covering the holes on the back and so that if I chose to, I could go back and thread each of the buttons without having to push my needle through a sticky dot.

I added my title and embellishments and my layout was complete! I hope that this gave you an idea to use some of the buttons that you have in your scrap supplies. I have also included another idea for using buttons (and some brads) and a sketch for those of you who like to use sketches too.


Thank you Melissa for that fun technique on using buttons. I positively adore buttons and cannot wait to try this out!

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us, please send it to We want to keep your ideas coming. No idea is too big or too small. We want to be inspired by you.