What’s Your Destination? | Mid Week Mojo #33

What’s Your Destination? | Mid Week Mojo #33

Today’s steal, the Heartfelt Travel Collection, by TPC Studios totally marks the spot on a travel collection.  While this collection would be great to scrap vacation photos, I was inspired to use the papers for a different purpose—to create a layout about my latest addiction, Words With Friends.

As soon as I saw this collection I knew it would be perfect to create a layout about my game and my friends that play with me.  The sign of a great collection of papers is one that inspires creations beyond those of its intended purpose.  It’s sort of like winning the lottery with scrapbook papers. It was the postcard art and the map paper that initially sparked my idea for my layout.  Once upon a time the world shared written words only via mail service, but now we can share words via cell phone.

My layout this week is really packed with photos, which can be quite a challenge, so I decided to make the “official” sketch a single pager, with the option to expand if desired.

I love the Heartfelt Travel collection for its whimsical and vintage feel, which truly inspired the non-linear design of my layout.

The collection is absolutely packed with goodness.  There were so many embellishments to choose from, but I had to force myself to save my favorite travel-themed elements for a trip that I will be taking to the Northwest in a couple of months.

I did however, splurge with the self-adhesive gems and the velvety ribbon.

The Heartfelt Travel collection would also be fantastic for creating

  • heritage layouts
  • family vacations
  • recipes passed from generation to generation
  • a layout about your special someone
  • cards
  • altered trading cards (get that vintage look without the work)
  • Americana projects

Now our travels turn to our Canadian friend, Joanna Alcock, who is the random winner of Brittany’s amazing sketch #32.

Joanna, please send us your address to and we will get your prize sent out to you.

Good luck with this week’s sketch. Remember to 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 14 at midnight in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing.

Have a great week in your travels and scrap happy!

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.

Getting Inspired with SEI Boxed Albums

We featured some of Kristy’s fabulous creations with today’s steal, SEI Boxed Albums, a while back, but since these kits are so cool, I thought we’d share some of her ideas again.

One of the coolest things about these is whether you have creativity coming out your ears or you don’t have a creative bone in your body, these kits are easy to use and so versatile in possibilities. The kit comes with detailed, color photo instructions, as well as clearly marked elements as to which pieces go to which layout. You can choose to put it together as they suggest or change it up for your own style.

These make fantastic gifts! How cute would these be for Grandma or Grandpa with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up? Or with these gorgeous floral patterns and springy colors, this is a great kit to document the sunny days ahead. Find a few photos, drop them into the layout and you have an adorable keepsake to cherish for you or a loved one. Check out the adorable album Kristy made with this kit below.

One of the coolest additions of this kit is that it comes with digital scrapbooking software. Don’t let digi scrapbooking scare you. The software is easy to use and navigate and so much fun to play with. Not to mention, you can change around layouts, photos and designs with just a few clicks—totally something right up my alley.

The scrapbooking software comes with the ability to recreate the physical album kit. This means that you can easily re-produce the same album to give to a loved one. You heard that right—you could use the hard copy as a gift and print a digital scrapbook to keep yourself.

The software is also filled with lots of other fun things that you can explore like calendars and page layouts with so many different templates to choose from. Recreate your design or make scrap pages from scratch! Search through hundreds of papers and embellishments to create a design you love.

Just send your digital scrapbook layout to print, cut to size and add to an album.

The best of traditional and digital scrapbooking comes all together with this kit—with all the scrap potential included, this is definitely a steal!

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.


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!


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 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.

It Feels Like Christmas Around Here. (Mid Week Mojo #31)

Taking a peek at our Facebook fan page over the past week has felt much like Christmas—so many exciting layouts to see! In fact it’s felt so much like Christmas that we decided to treat you with the Echo Park Christmas collections for today’s steal.

I had so much fun working with the Echo Park Merry Christmas collection.  I wanted to challenge myself to create a layout using the Christmas papers that wasn’t Christmas-related.  Here is the sketch that I came up with.

As soon as I saw the sheet music paper I immediately knew that I wanted to create a layout about my girls and their talents with their instruments.

I love how versatile both of the Echo Park collections are—perfect not only for creating Christmas projects and layouts, but everyday creations as well.

I have to hand it to the designers at Echo Park and their brilliant letter sticker assortments. I love having not only the large letter stickers but the mini letter stickers all coordinating and on the same sheet.

Now, I know you’ve probably all skipped forward to see who the winner of our Ruby club giveaway is, but lets take care of our regular weekly winner first. :)

Congrats to…

Cyndee Kawa

She is the winner of Mid Week Mojo #20 and our online crop challenge #1 Cyndee’s layout is so fun and fresh and colorful!

Alright—the moment you’ve been waiting for, for the past 10 weeks—the winner of our Ruby Club prize! First off, I have to say thank you for all of your amazing creations and your kind comments on the sketches week after week.  Thank you to our guest sketchers for adding some fantastic variety to the mix, to thank our newbies for joining our community and thank everyone for spreading the word. In short, ScrapbookSteals would not be the same without all of you Mojo girls.

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Congrats to our winner number 11

Kendra Klinker!!!

Kendra, you are amazing!  A huge congrats to you for completing all THIRTY sketches!  Enjoy your Bo Bunny collections.

Since we’re giving out prizes let’s give out a few more!  It’s time to announce the winners of the remaining online crop challenges. :)

The winner of our “Secret” challenge (crop challenge #2) is Lisa Zubritsky.

The winner of our “Lucky” challenge (crop challenge #3) is Sheryl Kloke

and lastly the winner of Melodee’s crazy “Countdown” challenge (crop challenge #4) is Heather Conklin

Congrats to all of you lucky winners.  If you could all send an email with your address to we will be happy to get your prizes sent out.

Remember to have this weeks Mojo posted to our Facebook fan page or other online source such as a personal blog no later than next Monday at midnight in order to be eligible for the first weekly drawing in our Sapphire Club series.

Hope your day is scrap-tastic!

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How To’sday: Scraproom Organization, Part III

How To’sday: Scraproom Organization, Part III

Feeling a little overwhelmed by your ever growing scrapbooking supplies? Well the good news is we have more ideas to help you get those creative spaces under control.

Today is the final installment in our scrap space organization series.  I’ve truly loved seeing some of the creative ideas for organizing scrapbooking spaces, whether large or small! We had a couple of girls send in links to their amazing creative spaces. Here is a peek into the creative spaces of our seven final friends in this series.

Kendra Klinker

“I try to keep my work desk clean and I group my things together.

Closet: Stickers and rub-ons on the clip it up. Chipboard and other albums and some works in progress in the large drawers. My embossing stuff, foam stamps and paint are all in the three small drawers. The medium drawers are home to things I want to use on scrap pages (mementos from trips and sentimental cards). I also keep cards I’ve made, my old albums and empty albums in the closet along with office supplies.

In the nook: Single papers are in 12×12 drawers and stacked in matching sets within the drawers. Cardstock is in drawers sorted by color. I keep my acrylic stamps in a three-ring binder. I use large plastic bags to keep my kits together in a basket. I keep projects I am working on in the plastic cases on the bookcase as well as my magazines and photos. The cupboard has plastic shoe boxes holding all my ribbons, buttons, brads, extra adhesive, handheld trimmers and flowers etc. I also house card blanks and paper pads in there.

My most used supplies are on my desktop in the brown carrier. When scrapping i keep 3 baskets by me one for scraps that are usable, one for scraps to recycle and one for stuff that needs to be put away when I’m done. It’s easier for me to put it in a basket and then go to each spot and put it all away.

I am very messy while working so the plastic bags help and they are great for grabbing and going (I often scrap at work on breaks when I work nights).”

Melanie Rozwood

“The best advice I received about organizing my scrap area is to keep your things with in arms reach of where you work.  In December I redid my area with some new shelves and storage containers.  All my papers and Stickles are organized by color.  The punches, alphas, ribbon, adhesives each have their own drawer or bin.  This has made scrapping much easier and more fun.”

Melissa Shears

“My corner is a work-in-progress. We recently moved and I’m thrilled to have a better space to scrap in. Now I just have to find more time to scrap!

This side of my scrapping area is coming along nicely. I will likely add some shelves to the right of the counter. The counter is actually an Ikea Expedit shelf. I saw it in the store standing vertically, but I love the height of it horizontally for using my Cricut. The magnetic board is also from Ikea. They come in a variety of colours, too, so if you can’t paint your room they’re ideal for adding a splash of colour to enhance your scrap-space. The bar and hooks are also from Ikea. We bought them a number of years ago for use in our kitchen, but when we moved they no longer had a home, so I decided to move them into my scrap corner–I love them! The collapsible turquoise totes are Martha Stewart from Home Depot. One is full of rubber stamps and the other contains my Cuttlebug/Sizzix dies.

Here is my actual scrap-desk. It is from Ikea’s Expedit line as well. The white is perfect for keeping my workspace looking bright and clean and it doesn’t detract from the pages I’m working on. The baskets are from Ikea. The lamp is clamped to the desk and has a natural light fluorescent light bulb to help keep my colours true. I found this a must since my scrapbook corner is in the basement and doesn’t have a window nearby. The cubbies in the shelves fit scrapbook albums and paper nicely. I have a great tote that I use to keep some of my favourite tools nearby and is easily carried to a crop. The basket with the ribbons is just a plastic basket with chrome handle that I stole from my bathroom. It has little rows of circles cut out of all four sides, so it’s ideal for filling with ribbons and pulling the ends out through each circle. It’s useful and pretty, too! The purple/green tote to the left (from Walmart) has a pull-down front with four divided organizers that are full of buttons, eyelets, brads, etc.

Behind my desk I painted a nice piece of masonite peg board for organizing some of my tools and ribbons. I have yet to make the best use of it, but it’s coming along. I hope to add some nice shelving below to hold my paper stash.

Hope you enjoyed!”

Minousha Bari

“My tips for keeping organized:

  • -I keep all kits (i.e. paper, stickers, ribbon) together so that way when I use the paper I will use the coordinating embellishments (before I did this I would separate the kit and would forget to use pieces of the kit).
  • – I keep all cardstock scraps and paper stored by color themes
  • -After I complete a page I try to remember to clean up so that way my table isn’t covered with stuff
  • – I LOVE LOVE LOVE the clip it up storage system, I use it to store my paper, stickers and stamps
  • -On my shelves I keep things in boxes that are labelled (i.e. a box to store stamp, ink, embossing powder/heat gun)
  • -Once every few months I go through and either give my daughter or her school teacher stuff that I haven’t used.”

Misty Buck

“Here are some of my oldies but goodies:
My large punches I store on cheapo curtain rods mounted on the wall…I always mean to spray paint them.
Ribbon-stored on cafe curtain rods.
Small punches in a hardware drawers from Walmart.
Buttons in another harware drawer unit…which I plan to spraypaint
Inks in this awesome plastic tote I found in the tackle section at WM
Clear stamps in these great page protectors with fold over tops so nothing falls out.”

Staci Jones
“My favorite things for organizing mine are my magnet board (great for the sketches so I don’t lose them in my desk mess) and also an accordion file that I file my Thickers and other letter stickers in (I file by type- i.e. foam, chipboard, puffy, glitter, etc.).”
You can click here to see organization tips from Sheri Herchenroeder.  Christy Harris has several amazing blog posts on her creative space organization.  Click here to see her ideas on paper storage, here to see her Expedit Bookcase organization, here to see her island, and here to see some extra odds and ends.
Now for the winner of our My Mind’s Eye give away.  First off we want to say thank you to KC and the entire My Mind’s Eye crew for always bringing us such amazing product and for being such a fantastic host of our online crop last Friday night. We love you and so do 67 others who are crossing their fingers to be the winners of 2 new My Minds Eye collections, Stella and Rose.
Our lucky winner is commenter number:

13 – Nancy Roth

Nancy Roth says:

I have the apps for my iPod “Sketches To Scrap”. I had no idea they were MME based until now! And I love them. I was actually looking at the sketches on my iPod before I saw this blog post! So thosee sketches would have to be my inspiration on their blog. Also, looking through the albums of projects made with their collections.

Congrats Nancy!  Please send us an email to and we will get your amazing My Minds Eye prize package sent out to you.

As always, scrap happy!