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Simple Stories Happy Day Collection

It’s the start of a new Design Team, and first up is Cristine Redmond! I love what she has done with today’s steal, the Simple Stories Happy Day Collection! I love the patterned papers and colors in this collection – perfect for boys and girls. Cristine really shows us how to use it with great effect!

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I really enjoy working with Simple Stories’ Collections, so I was excited when I found out I would be working with the Happy Days Collection for my first project.  Today’s steal is a very nice sized kit.  I ended up creating two layouts and two cards from the scraps and I still had a lot left.
Simple Stories Collections work great in Project Life-type photo sleeves, but for this layout, I did a lot of fussy cutting, using elements from different parts of the patterned papers.
I loved the fun banner that was printed on one of the half sheets, but just wanted that element alone, so I fussy cut it to use as a border across the page.  I also cut the two banners and the photo tab out of more solid-printed sections.  The journaling piece worked so well for everything I wanted to say.

I had fun pulling different embellishments from my stash that went well with the muted color scheme of this collection.

I used some of the fun stickers which are included on the alpha sheet on the pennants.  I thought they added a bit more without being too overwhelming.

For my first card, I did more fussy cutting, using the “happy day” phrase from one of the cards and cutting the pennants from solid pieces in different cards.

I don’t have any of the Project Life-type photo sleeves, but I decided to make a layout using the same theory to show how easy a layout can come together using this collection.

I used one of the border sections on the bottom of the page, then put another border on top of it, then I cut out two of the 4×6 cards, which happened to look very similar, and placed them in the upper and lower corners.  I cut one of the more solid-colored sheets to fit the other two 4×6 sections, added some embellishments and voila!  I was done!  This layout seriously took me about 20 minutes to throw together.  And it would have gone even faster if I had the photo sleeves to just throw the pieces into.  So easy!

For my second card, I just cut out one of the 3×4 cards, used the tiny alphas for a greeting, cut a border, and added some washi tape.  Again, super easy!

This collection is so versatile for people who love using the photo sleeve system or people who want to just throw their own layout together.  I’m glad I could help showcase both ways for you all!

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Thanks Cristine! A great start to the new Design Team! I can’t wait to see what the next three months bring!

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

Simple Stories Year.o.graphy Collection | Mid Week Mojo

Jade – Week 5 of 10
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The Simple Stories Year.o.graphy Collection has so many great papers and patterns, stickers and quotes for all year round you really won’t know where to start! You can document the whole of your year with just this one collection. All the big holidays are contained in this collection – I had a hard time choosing which one to document! As it is coming up to Valentine’s Day, I decided I would scrap the pictures from last year.And because there are so many great elements, I decided to do a double page sketch for you for a change! Here is this week’s sketch. Hope you like it!

And here is my layout:

You girls totally rocked the sketch last week. Thank you to Michele for creating such an inspirational sketch! Our lucky random winner for the week is Heather Gray! Heather – I love the color combination you have used, and the date ticket is cute! 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!


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 great inspiration from our new Design Team member Cristine Redmond! I’ve seen a sneak peek of all the fantastic projects and believe me – you’re not going to want to miss this one!

How To’sday | Folded Chevrons

Today’s How To’sday by Winter Design Team member Bev Code is a great, quick and easy, technique to make one of the hottest trends for your scrapbook page or card without all the thinking!

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I am sharing a Folded Chevron which was inspired by my friend Nicole and Georgia Heald. Since viewing their tutorials I have been adding these easy, folded chevrons to many of my pages. When I had to hand cut so many pieces I found I didn’t do it that often, but now with this simple method I am hoping you will use them more often also!

In this close up you can see the detail of the folded chevron.

I added some some fun clustered accents on the chevron border. Some ribbon, punched ticket with stamps added and a brad.

Now for the tutorial section of the post.

Step 1. Cut strips 12″ x 2″ (for a full layout border). Adjust if making a card. On the backside, draw a line through the center.

Step 2. Using a sectioned off mat draw 1″ lines the full length of the strip. If you don’t own a mat the secret is 1″ squares.

Step 3. Starting at the center cut every second line on one side of strip. On the other side you will cut every second, but use the alternating lines. Both are marked on my sample to show you.

Step 4. Starting at the centre where you have the 2″ span, fold as above folding the tip (corner into the line ). Every section of 2 folds into each other ( as above). Finish the full side.

Step 5. Now that one full side is done .. flip it over and repeat the same but it will be at alternated points.

Step 6. This is the back when all folded.

Here is the last close up corner showcasing yet again the folded chevron border with some added accents like washi tape, cut and popped up circle with chipboard centre and the stitching pops in this view also.

 

So glad you could join me today! Be sure to check out weekly what the other Design Team ladies have to share with you. Have a great day!

Supply List:

  • Paper: from my stash
  • Stickers and chipboard: EP for the record 2
  • Punched tag: Tim Holtz Matchbook Notepad Bingo
  • Stamps: Heidi Grace and Misc
  • Brads: My Minds Eye Lush
  • Other: paint, stitching, ribbon, washi tape
  • Tutorial Inspiration: Nicole MSW
  • Scraplift Inspiration: Georgia Heald

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Bev, thank you so much for sharing with us today! I love your layout! I love love how simple it is to make a chevron border.

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.

Now it’s time to announce the winner of the January ScrapbookSteals.com Blog Hop! This was the most entries we have ever had on a blog hop – thank you all SO much! Our lucky random winner is from the blog of Andrea Eason. The random winner of the $20.00 gift code to the ScrapbookSteals.com store is Shelley! Congrats Shelley. Please email angie@steals.com and we’ll send you your code. We hope you have fun doing a little shopping and that you will share what you create!

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo sketch Jade #5!

Lawn Fawn Bright Side Collection | Mid Week Mojo

Jade – Week 4 of 10
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Today’s steal, the Lawn Fawn Bright Side Collection, is so bright and colorful it really makes you think of spring and summer! The double-sided papers have such cute patterns and colors perfect for little girls everywhere!

Today’s guest designer, Michele Duffy, shows us just how super cute this collection is, with a great sketch to inspire us all!

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I’ve got a little confession to make.  I consider myself more of a cardmaker than a scrapper.  I’m working on that, though.  With the help of MWM sketches I’ve filled up two albums in the last year and a half!  So when I started to think about what kind of sketch I might create this week in order to inspire some true scrappers out there, I actually started with one of my cards.  Here’s one of my go-to card layouts, adapted to a 12×12 layout.  I think you could easily use one photo or several clustered together, up to you!
I got to create with Lawn Fawn’s lovely “Bright Side” paper collection.  I own several Lawn Fawn stamps, but this was the first time I used their patterned papers.  I love the tone-on-tone prints and bright colors in this collection. “Bright Side” definitely lives up to its name!
Here’s my layout, I used one 4×6 print trimmed down a little bit.
Now, I like pre-made embellies just as much as the next girl, but when working with this steal I was reminded that my love of paper crafting is really about one thing: the paper! I layered strips of paper along the left edge of the paper, using a border punch to make some pretty scallops.  I repeated the scallop border along my photo and journaling.  I then used some easy techniques to turn patterned paper into embellishments.  For instance, I punched these butterflies from the pink and turquoise papers for a quick corner embellie.
I also stamped and fussy cut some flowers to add some color by the title.
And fussy cut a tulip from the ‘smell the roses’ sheet of patterned paper to dress up my journaling block.
Most of the Bright Side prints are small and perfect for cards.  So let’s put that ‘layout’ sketch to work on some cards!
I gave this next card a less feminine and flowery look by using the green and blue papers on a kraft cardstock base.  (This is the back of the ‘jump for joy’ paper included in the collection.)
That’s it for me today!  Thanks so much for having me as your guest sketcher and I look forward to seeing your layouts this week!
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Thank you so much Michele! Your daughter is just adorable and this collection works just perfectly for her! I’m hitting that ‘steal’ button today!

The winner of last week’s Mid Week Mojo Jade #3 is…

Stephanie U for her awesome interpretation of Jade #3!I love the way you rotated the sketch and used photographs that your child had taken! 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!

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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 tomorrow for the announcement of the new ScrapbookSteals.com Winter Design Team – you may just recognise a few faces!

Authentique Holiday Mega Kit | Mid Week Mojo

Jade – Week 3 of 10
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The Authentique Holiday Mega Kit has so many papers and sticker sheets from all different holiday collections you’ll be stocked up for a whole year of photos! It has Christmas papers, Thanksgiving papers, Halloween papers, all with coordinating stickers sheets – I didn’t know which collection to use! As I have so many Christmas photos already this year, I thought I would start scrapping them while the memories are still fresh. Here is this week’s sketch. Hope you like it!

And here is my layout:

You girls totally rocked the sketch last week. Our lucky random winner for the week is Cathy Caines! Cathy – this is such an adorable  layout! Those photos are just so precious! I love the title and embellishment cluster. 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!

Just for this week, there is a small change to the rules. We are giving you an extra week to complete this layout! With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we know your time will be stretched. You have until Monday, December 31 at 11:59 PM MT to get your submissions in! :)

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 great inspiration from Julie Koets! I’ve seen a sneak peek of all the fantastic projects and believe me – you’re not going to want to miss this one!