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How To-sday | A Scrappy Altered Book

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Lisa Spiegel. Lisa shows us how to alter a vintage book using your ordinary scrapbooking supplies to create some fantastic, dimensional embellishments! Simply adorable!

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Happy Tuesday!  Lisa here, to show you the How To’s of making this pretty altered book using your scrapbook supplies. I saw a photo of a similar one on Pinterest, (and I apologize that the pin didn’t take me to the original source) and I knew I had to make one with a vintage book I had laying around.

DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
First, gather your supplies.  I used a Maya Road envelope, some Pink Paislee ribbon, a Bazzill Basics rhinestone button, a Maya Road flower and leaves, a piece of chipboard from Crate Paper, a Jenni Bowlin butterfly, some twine, and some vintage paper. I later added a little tag from Pretty Little Studios and a banner from Elle’s Studio.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Next, make the ribbon flower.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Simply wrap the ribbon round and round until you like the flower shape, then glue it down to a circle of paper.  Remove the flower from the package but save the little plastic clip.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Using the shank of the button, push it down through the paper circle and use the plastic clip that was attaching the button to the packaging to secure the button to the flower.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Now you have a ribbon flower.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Using the twine, wrap it round and round the book securing the envelope and the vintage papers under the twine.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Assemble the chipboard, flowers, leaves, tags, and butterfly to your liking.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Add glue under the pieces to adhere them to the papers or envelope.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
And there you have it!  A beautiful altered book made with your scrapbook supplies! Enjoy!
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Thanks for letting me share!
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Lisa, thank you so much for sharing with us today! I LOVE this adorable vintage book – you have just transformed it beautifully! 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.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for an all new Mid Week Mojo sketch – Amber #4!

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!

How To-sday | Gift Magnet Boards

Today’s How To-sday by Winter Design Team member Lisa Spiegels is a such a cute gift idea! I love how it can be adapted for whomever and whichever occasion you choose. And for an added bonus, you can use up all those scraps you have lying around! I love the My Mind’s Eye ‘Follow your heart’ collection and the way she mixed and matched products.

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Hello everyone!  I am so excited to have my first post here on the Scrapbook Steals blog!   I’m Lisa Spiegel and I am thrilled to be sharing my scrappy creations here for Scrapbook Steals.
Today I’d like to share with you one of my favorite “scrap” projects.  I’ve made many of these sweet little magnet boards for gifts..they come together very easily and are perfect for the “scraps” from your last project.  They are a great size for Instagram, Polaroid or Fuji pictures, too!
Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet board gift
It’s fun to make them themed, for teachers gifts, hostess presents, teen presents, and more!  In this case, I had some leftovers from My Minds Eye Follow Your Heart products, some flowers I just picked up at Michaels, and some Cosmo Cricket phrases.
Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet board gift

Step 1. I have a stash of this stuff, it’s called Metal Flashing and they sell it at Lowes and OSH in the square size, which is what we are going to use for our project. Flip your paper over and trace the flashing onto the paper, then cut it out. I prefer to keep my paper just inside the edges of the flashing so that I don’t have to sand it off.  I also think the little bit of flashing showing gives it a finished look.

Step 2. Round corners of your paper if desired and glue the paper to the flashing using glue stick. Then, using a Cropodile, punch holes 1/2 inch from the top and 2 inches in from each side.

Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet board gift
Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet baord gift

Step 3.  Create some cute layered embellishments using lightweight cardboard or cardstock and your “scraps”.

Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet board gift

Step 4. Add magnets to the back of each.  I used these by Basic Grey, but you can find them easily at Lowes, OSH or Michaels. Since you are only using one side, it doesn’t matter if it’s positive or negative.  These happen to be self adhesive, so just stick them on the back of your embellishment clusters and voila!  You now have magnets!

Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet board gift

Step 5. Decorate the bottom of the board how ever you wish..

Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet board gift

Step 6. Add some twine to the top to hang it…(maybe I should add get a manicure, too!)

Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet board gift
And there you have it!  A cute little magnet board to give or to keep!
Tutorial using My Mind's Eye for a DIY magnet board gift
I hope you’ve enjoyed this How To-sday project.  If you create your own, be sure to link us up in the comments so we can leave you some love!
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Lisa, thank you so much for sharing with us today! I love this gift board! Such a cute idea. I can see what I will be making for upcoming birthdays! Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

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.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo sketch Jade #6!

My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found 3 Collection | Mid Week Mojo

Coral – Layout 9

Today’s steal, the My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found 3 collection, is a fabulous way to ensure warm fuzzies all winter long with two lavish color palettes and ample embellies. Whether you want to preserve memories of the holidays, birthdays, or special occasions, this collection gives you some stunning ideas! I especially love how today’s guest designer, Brittany Allred, shows us how to use this collection for a stunning layout and a card too!

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My Mind’s Eye captured my scrapbooking heart with the My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found 3 collection. Here is my sketch:

I especially love the colors in the Oliver line and I couldn’t wait to put them to use to scrap my sister-in-law’s beautiful kids. I usually scrap 9×9 albums so I enjoy using wallet sized photos and I decided to use them on this week’s sketch. Some of my other favorite scrappy things are glitter and embossing. This kit has paper and embellishments with both!

All of the paper in this kit is fabulous and I wanted to use as many patterns as I could, so I backed the main photo in little strips of various patterns. This is also a great way to use up any scraps you might have in your stash. I first adhered the strips to a scrap piece of paper to get them all lined up before I added my photo. This allowed me to place the entire element on my page at once without worrying about placement of each strip.

 There were so many details in the Lost & Found kit I wanted to use and I just went for it. The huge ampersand was a must, along with the doily stickers and chipboard. I wanted to show off the pretty double sided paper, so I used the tearing  and distressing technique. It helped add a little texture to the page too. The glittery pennants were perfect little accents as well. Glitter!!

I hope you love the finished page, I can’t wait to see what you come with!
Then I figured I better do some cleaning while my daughter was napping…but I made a simple card instead!

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Thank you so much Brittany! I love how creative you were with this collection and such a great sketch! I will definitely be trying my hand at this one this week!

The winner of last week’s Mid Week Mojo Coral #8 is……..

Congrats go out to Tammy Keels for her adorable interpretation of Coral #8! Tammy, please send an email with your address to service@steals.com and we will be happy to send some scrappy swag  your way!

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. Bookmark this page for a quick reference to all 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.

Have a great Wednesday and don’t forget to check back on Friday for our next Design Team Call!

DIY Corner Bookmarks | How To’sday

Just because school is nearing it’s end doesn’t mean that our weekly tutorial lineup is taking the summer off. Today we have a perfectly timed tutorial for those that love to get their book reading on in the summer. Stephanie Umpleby shows us how to make darling corner bookmarks using those scraps of paper that we all have laying around.

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Many of you saw my corner bookmarks on the April Blog Hop, and I know some of you are wondering how to make your own. Well, look no further!  Here are the simple instructions to making your own.

1. Start with a square piece of cardstock – somewhere between 3×3 and 4×4.  I used solid cardstock, but you can use anything you have.

2. Mark the middle of three sides.

3. Score diagonal lines connecting the marks.

4. Fold along the score lines.

5. Start decorating! You can either start with a triangular piece of paper the size of your “roof” or just glue onto the “roof” like I did. Just make sure you can still slide some paper between the back and the “roof” for the bookmark to work. You can also decorate the bottom and the back. Let your imagination take you away!

6. Use it!


I am using this one in my daughter’s Phonics workbook. The quote will hopefully remind me that teaching her to read is one of the most important things I can do.

Here is the link to the ones I made using Miss Caroline as part of the blog hop.

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Stephanie, thanks for sharing your tutorial with us today!

If you have a crafty idea or scrapbooking tip you would like to share, please send your photos and ideas to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a great day and I’ll be back tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo.