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Imaginisce i-bond and glue sticks | Monday Craft Madness #15

The Imaginisce i-bond and glue sticks bundle on today’s steal are a must for any serious crafter. It is super easy to use, and with no electric cord (it’s battery operated), it is the perfect tool to take with you on crops and retreats! Whether you are making a card, a layout, mini album, or altered project, it has the power to stick down any size and weight of embellishment. Which is perfect for this week’s Monday Craft Madness

Rosettes!

Make a handmade rosette on your project!

I love to make rosettes and use them on all different projects imaginable – they are so versatile. They are so easy to make too! Here is a quick tutorial:

DIY handmade rosette tutorial

1. Cut strips of paper using a variety of different border punches. The strip needs to be 12″ in length and no more than 2′ wide. Only have 6×6 paper? Stick 2 pieces together. Want bigger rosettes? Stick two 12″ strips together!

2. Score your strips every 1/2″.

3. Concertina fold your paper strip.

4.  Use your glue gun to add hot glue to one end of the strip. Stick to the other end (making a kind of loop.)

5. Fold the strip towards the center – it should automatically fold inwards and make the rosette shape.

6. Some people just add hot glue to the back side of the rosette and hold into place. I like to use a scrap circle and stick it to the bottom for more support.

7. Hold the circle in place and flatten until set.

8. The finished rosette! Easy peasy! :)

I have made a layout, a card, a gift box embellishment, and an altered letter to show you just how effective they are.

First, the layout. I actually used ‘ready cut’ rosette pieces from the paper collection, so all I had to do was glue them together. I have tried many different glues with rosettes, but have always found that they come apart after time. The i-bond sets quickly and holds them firmly in place.

Scrapbooking layout using Imaginisce i-bond

I wanted a more textured and ‘woody’ feel to this page as the photo was taken in the park. The i-bond was perfect for gluing the small wood pieces to the page – they are reasonably heavy and so any other glue would have struggled to hold them in place.

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts

I used the same collection to alter a large wooden letter for my daughter’s bedroom. The i-bond was, again, essential for gluing the flowers, rosettes and even the ribbon firmly in place.

DIY handmade altered project on scrapbook.steals.com

DIY handmade altered project on scrapbook.steals.com

I love to use rosettes on cards and gifts too. I wanted to make a matching card and gift set, but unfortunately the only paper I had that coordinated with the gift box was a 6×6 pad. I, therefore, cut out the 6″ strips and stuck them together to make a 12′ strip, and made the rosettes the same way.

DIY handmade card using rosettes

I used a straight edge strip for one of the rosettes and then used a scalloped border punch for the other. You can use different border punches for different ‘looks’ to your flowers – just play around with them and see some great results!

Adding dimension and texture with rosettes to handmade cards

The matching gift box uses the same color combination and matching rosettes.

DIY handmade rosette embellishments

A fun little embellishment to add a little ‘pop’ to a normally plain box.

DIY handmade rosette embellishments

I hope I have inspired you to start work on your rosette projects this week. Remember, they can be any project you like – there are so many possibilities!

Don’t forget – previous Monday Craft Madness themes for February are #12 ‘You are…’, #13 ‘White+1′, #14 ‘Citrus color combo’. This is the last MCM for the month of February – you have until Friday 1st March to get your entries in.

Just remember to have fun! :)

If you’d like to enter to win the February Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the Friday after the final theme is posted to create your project and upload a photo of it somewhere online with a link to this post in the caption. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on our blog with the link to your project! We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 prize pack from ScrapbookSteals.com 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 by guest designer Charity Becker!

My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender Collection

Winter Design Team member Lisa Spiegel is back with us today for another awesome reveal! Lisa got to work with the My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender Collection. This collection consists of soft, delicate patterns and colors – very similar to the old Stella & Rose collection from a few years ago. The sentiment stickers and title cards have such adorable wording, and pair them with the crocheted flowers and other embellishments, you have the perfect ‘girly’ page!

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Happy Friday everyone! I was thrilled to have my favorite manufacturer and my favorite of their recent release to work with, My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender Collection. The pastel colors mean my photos and stories just pop off the page..and that because it’s My Mind’s Eye, everything comes together SO easily!

I created three layouts and a card to highlight this collection. For this first layout, I cut a title from my Cameo and pop dotted it up…it is called “Leap of Faith”.

Scrapbooking layout using My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender Collection
I love how the little banner I made under the sun button (which I sanded a bit to tone it down) looks like little sun rays! Here’s a close up of the title…

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts
Next, this layout of my oldest DD using a black and white photo (a rarity for me!).

Scrapbooking layout using My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender Collection
This has to be my favorite paper of the collection..I love how it does much of the work of the layout for me. I created this one in less than 30 mins but it looks like it took a lot longer! The premade layered stickers are AMAZING…they also make the work easy! And how cute is that little crochet flower? I just added a brad to the center of it.

My last layout was actually the first I created. I used an instagram photo of my youngest daughter with our newest cousin…it was such a sweet and tender moment..love that the papers can reflect that, too!

Scrapbooking layout using My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender Collection
I added a heart shaped doily under the layers of paper..and the cluster at the top..and actually cut the title of the paper off the UPC edge and used it as a tab because I loved the name of the line and it worked so well with my photo.

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts

Lastly a little Thank You card that came together in a matter of minutes because of the premade layered stickers..

DIY handmade card using My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender Collection
I added Cameo Cut leaves and a chipboard flower and buttons and some of the enamel stickers, too…how cute, right?! Such a wonderful collection to work with, you won’t want to miss this steal!

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Thank you so much Lisa! Your layouts and card are just adorable! I love the soft colors and how you used all the embellishments and patterns! A great job as always. :-)

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

My Mind’s Eye Collectable Notable & Memorable | Mid Week Mojo

Amber – Week 1 of 10
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Welcome to a new Mid Week Mojo Series! Get ready for 10 weeks of inspiration and chances to win!

The My Mind’s Eye Collectable Notable & Memorable Collections are everything you would expect from My Mind’s Eye! The Notable collection is full of vibrant blues, greens, yellows and oranges, with fun label stickers, layered stickers and title cards to match! The Memorable collection is a much ‘Springy’ collection, with soft patterns and color combinations. It’s perfect collection to make you wish for warmer weather and blooming flowers!

Here is this week’s sketch:

Scrapbooking inspiration sketch challenge using My Mind's Eye Notable Collection

I just love the vibrant colors of this collection – the mix of patterns and colors just scream ‘fun!’ to me, so I wanted to create a fun layout!

Scrapbooking layout using My Mind's Eye Notable Collection

The first thing that jumped out at me in this collection was the bright orange photo frame sticker! I just love this and decided to use it highlight one of my photos. The photo inside the frame is 2.5″ x 2.5″ which fit one of my photo’s perfectly!

Scrapbooking layout using My Mind's Eye Notable Collection

I wanted to use as many of the colors and patterns as I could on this layout, but didn’t want it to look too fussy. Instead of adding layers to the layout, I decided to use a more haphazard grid formation. I used the banner and stitching, along with some ‘popped’ up stickers, for more texture and interest than the basic plain grid.

Scrapbooking layout using My Mind's Eye Notable Collection

I used one of the title cards for my own title, but removed the orange sunburst from around the outside. Instead I hand stitched a chevron design in a lighter color, to highlight the title but not over-power it.

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts

I hope I have inspired you to create your own layout from this sketch!

Our lucky random winner for Jade #10 is Krista Cook! Such a great layout! I love the color combo and the gorgeous die cut heart! Such an adorable photo and memory too!

Mid Week Mojo Jade #10 sketch challenge winner on scrapbook.steals.com

Now, without further ado, I’d like to congratulate the winner of $50 to spend at ScrapbookSteals! The winner of the 10-week Jade Series is…

Mid Week Mojo Jade sketch challenge winner on scrapbook.steals.com

Marisa T! A huge congratulations to you! Here are just a few of Marisa’s adorable layouts! Krista and Marisa, please send an email with your name, address, and which winner you are to service@stealnetwork.com and we will be happy to send you your prizes!

I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone for joining in this latest series, and for those of you who couldn’t manage them all – the new series starts today! I hope to continue to inspire you with some great products and sketches.

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 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 Winter Design Team Member Lisa Spiegel’s ‘super sweet’ inspiration.

Echo Park For the Record 2 | Monday Craft Madness #14

The Echo Park For the Record 2 collections are full of fun colors and patterns they are perfect for any occasion! We also have a guest designer for this week’s Monday Craft Madness, so please welcome Cathryn Hanson!  Cathryn got a chance to play with For the Record 2 Tailored collection, and chose this week’s Monday Craft Madness theme:

Citrus color combo!

Color combo challenge using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

Use the color combo above to create your project – from a layout to a card, a mini album to an altered project – have fun!

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Wow! I am so happy to be back here at ScrapbookSteals to share some of my scrappy creations.  When I opened up my goodies, I was thrilled to find that I would be working with Echo Park’s For the Record 2 Collection.  Up here in Canada we have some pretty long, cold, and gloomy winters!  This gorgeous collection is just what I needed to beat the winter blues.  The colors are simply pure sunshine.  It is also and incredibly versatile, and could be used for many different themes.

For my first project I decided to make this little “Dates to Remember” mini book.  It’s the perfect size to carry around, so while out shopping, it’s quick and easy to check out who you need to shop for.

DIY handmade mini tag album using Echo Park For the Record 2
DIY handmade mini tag album using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

My next creation is a layout of my darling granddaughter Blake.  A few weeks ago I spotted this amazing layout on Pinterest and knew it was the perfect inspiration for the photo I wanted to use.  I have always wanted to ‘doodle’ on a layout but could never get it to look right.  But I decided to jump in and give it a try and I am super pleased with the way it turned out.

Scrapbooking layout using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

Scrapbooking layout using For the Record 2 collection

Because the colors in the collection are so rich and cheerful I wanted to use them to brighten up my scrapbook space.  I like to keep a ‘catch-all’ box on my desk to throw the supplies I am using in, until I finish a project.  So this clear little bin I had was transformed into a little piece of art.  I also just couldn’t resist decorating a jar to match. It’s perfect for pens, markers etc.

DIY handmade altered box using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

DIY handmade altered jars using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

Lastly, I made this sweet little card.  For The Record 2 comes with stunning Element Stickers and letters, Chipboard Accents, Layered Chipboard, and Decorative Brads.  They make creating cards super easy and fun fun fun!

DIY handmade card using Echo Park For the Record 2 collection

Thank you Kerys and ScrapbookSteals for this opportunity to share my projects with you.  ScrapbookSteals is like a second home to me <3

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If you’d like to enter to win the February Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the Friday after the final theme is posted to create your project and upload a photo of it somewhere online with a link to this post in the caption. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on our blog with the link to your project! We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 prize pack from ScrapbookSteals.com 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 by Design Team member Cristine Redmond!

American Crafts Buttons

Winter Design Team member Bev Code is back with us today for more fun on the blog! Bev got to work with today’s steal,  American Crafts Buttons. She has created some fun projects to inspire us all. I’m definitely going to try out some of her ideas for embellishments and key chains!

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My Design Team reveal this month at ScrapbookSteals is using American Crafts Buttons.

I thought I’d share a few ways I use buttons on my projects.

I made lots of fun accents to use. On the top left I made a homemade flower and added a button with twine bow. Working your way across the top line next up is a single button with double twine bow and finishing the top line I using a paper clip I added a button with  twine bow. Starting the bottom left row the next piece is a ribbon loop with an added button with twine bow followed by a tied a ribbon bow and added a button with twine bow and lastly a Layered Prima flowers and topped off with a button with twine bow. This is only a few ideas of embellishments that can be made using buttons.
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The layout below shows how I used some of the above accents. I used three embellishments from above on this page.

Scrapbooking layout using button embellishments

On this cute tag I used the looped ribbon accent to top off the tag and added another button accent below.
DIY handmade tag using American Crafts buttons
Next up is my layout making a button tree. It was perfect for this cute boy page about two brothers. So whether you Cricut cut a tree, freehand cut a tree, or even just use some single branches, the button accents are perfect.
Scrapbooking layout using American Crafts buttons
On this last project I used picture frame wire and started with a U shape. I then feed the wire through two of the four holes. At the bottom of the U, I left just a little wire and twisted it to make like a knot on the bottom. After adding the buttons I twisted the wire at the top of the buttons. Move up the wire about 1/4 to 1/2″ and twist again – this space is where I added the many tied ribbons. Next up is to find some small circular object, jar – anything small and circular (eg. a pin bottle). Wrap the wire around a few times and finish off twisting ends around the wire so they don’t come undone.
This cute accent I have seen done in Christmas colors and hung on the Christmas tree. I also think it’s a cute accent for any gift you wrap. Another idea I thought it would be perfect to put on the rings of the mini albums when you make them.
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Thanks for stopping by today. I enjoyed spending time with you.

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Thanks Bev! These projects are super cute – thank you for sharing!

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