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How To-sday | Hearts Galore Part 1

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Bev Code! Bev created so many cute heart techniques that we just had to make the post into a mini-series! You can find part 2 on the blog on Thursday.

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Hi and welcome today to Hearts Galore with me at ScrapbookSteals How To-sday. I am going to share lots of fun crafts using hearts of different sizes, shapes and textures. I am starting with the layout below.

DIY tutorial to make handmade heart embellishments

Misting the background is done by Cricut cutting a heart and adding 2 other plastic mesh hearts that are bought at the craft store that are used for needlepoint. They make a great cluster to mist through.

DIY tutorial to make handmade heart embellishments

In this close up you can see the misted cluster and I added a dollar store felt accent on a wire stem with bow. I also started with layers of papers from Echo Park Yours Truly collection. With the layers you also see brads, and a chevron border. I added a title and some gem stones.
DIY tutorial to make handmade heart embellishments
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Here is a really cute weaved heart tag. Here is the detailed link with instructions.
DIY tutorial to make handmade heart embellishments
You start with a 3×9″ strip that you fold in half and round the corners. You do this with two coordinating papers. I used one plain and one polka dots.
DIY tutorial to make handmade heart embellishments
Using my cutter I marked the 1″ and 2″ on the 3″ span and cut from the upper edge near but not at the top of half circle edge down to the bottom. If you weave at all. it’s easy to weave the 2 together — over and through the center — over and under alternating rows. The link above gives more details for the beginner.
DIY tutorial to make handmade heart embellishments
I hope you’ve liked part one of my “Hearts Galore.” Come back on Thursday to see two more ideas.
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Bev, thank you so much for sharing with us today! They are some cute ideas for using on both my Valentine’s Day cards and scrapbooking layouts. I can’t wait for more inspiration on Thursday. :-)

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 February ScrapbookSteals.com Blog Hop! This was such an inspiration to me – I have discovered how to use flowers in SO many ways! Our lucky random winner is from the blog of Abbey Colbert, comment #27. The random winner of $20.00 to ScrapbookSteals.com is Scrappin’ Diva! Congratulations! Please email danielle@steals.com and we’ll send you instructions. 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 #9!

How To-sday | Easy mini albums

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Cristine Redmond! This is a super cute mini album, and so easy to make! I loved making these at the ScrapbookSteals retreat last year – and they make a perfect gift too!

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DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album
Anyone else super intimidated by mini albums?  I definitely was until I went to the ScrapbookSteals Crop in October.  We created an easy mini album in one of our classes and I decided to make another one to show how truly easy it is to make a cute little album.
Here are the supplies you need:
- 2 pieces of cardboard, cut to 4.25″ x 6″
- one piece of 12×12 plain cardstock or patterned paper
- one ribbon, about 24″ long
- other patterned papers and embellishments

Step 1. Take your 12×12 piece of cardstock or patterned paper and cut it in half.

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 2. Using a score board or bone folder, make creases ever 3 7/8″ on both halves.  This will give you three big sections and one 1/8″ section.

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 3. Cut four pieces of patterned paper to 4.25″ x 6″.

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 4.Cut the ribbon in half and adhere on one of the cardboard pieces as shown below:

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 5. Once the ribbon is glued down, cover with one of the trimmed patterned papers as shown below:

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 6. Cover the remaining sides of cardboard with the rest of the trimmed patterned paper pieces.  Take the scored cardstock and adhere so that there are six of the 3 7/8″ sides showing.  (Overlap the 1/8″ flap over the other 1/8″ flap to do so.)

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 7. Put adhesive on the back of one of the edges and adhere to the backside of one of the covered cardboard pieces.  (Note:  The cardboard piece with the ribbon attached will be the backside of the album, so this step needs to use the ribbon-less piece.)

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 8. Do the same as above, attaching the other side of the cardstock accordion to the cardboard with ribbon.

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Now you’re all set to decorate your mini album to your heart’s desire!  This is a picture of my completed album, completely opened up:

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

And here are the close-ups:
DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

I hope you find this album to be as easy as I did!  Thanks for stopping by today!

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Cristine, thank you so much for sharing with us today! That was such a great class at the retreat – thank you for sharing it with everyone who couldn’t make it. Just have to say, gorgeous photos and paper collection!

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 #8!

Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection

Our final Winter Design Team member is Lisa Spiegel! Lisa got to work with one of my favorites, today’s steal, the Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection. I just love the warm color combination and simple patterns in this collection. From red, turquoise, yellow and gray, to dots, stripes, flowers and speech bubbles – this collection has it all! Complete with library cards and pockets, journal cards, cardstock stickers and chipboard, this fun collection is perfect for any papercrafting project.

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I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Pebbles “Seen and Noted” collection for my Scrapbook Steals collection this month!  I just love the bright colors with grey…such a current and fun twist on colors!  I created this layout using the stickers, the journaling dards, the paper, and an envelope.  I added some stitching and misting and my Cameo for the heart cut and I just love how it turned out!  I also love that I can hide my journaling in the cute envelope!
Scrapbooking layout using Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection

Next, I altered a new day planner for myself.  With a new year, it was time to get my new calendar and make it CUTE!  I found this one in the Dollar Section of my local Target:

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner
But sadly, it’s not cute…so I took some time to break out the craft supplies to cutify it! (We have to have cute planners, right?)  The Pebbles Seen and Noted Collection days of the week paper and bright colors are perfect for my calendar.  They are super easy to do:

Step 1. Take your planner out of the plastic cover and measure it.

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner

Step 2. Trim the first piece of paper the height of the planner.  Lay it down, the side you want to show down and lay the planner on top, lining up the right edge with the right edge of the planner, then wrap the paper to the front and gently fold it. Adhere it to the cover of the planner using a glue stick.

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner

Step 3. Trim a second piece of paper to be 1/2 an inch wider than the spot you will cover and adhere it under the first piece of paper and to the cover of the planner.

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner

Step 4. Cover the seam of the two papers with a decorative trim.  I used the UPC trim from another piece of paper from the collection…love that Pebbles made one side of them completely usable!  Glue it down.

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner

Step 5. Now it’s time to embellish!  I chose to use this cute journaling card, a doily, a punch from the backside of the floral paper, a chipboard speech bubble and numbers to create this for the cover.  I cut the word “everyday” from my Silhouette Cameo and black cardstock.  It is nice to keep the embellishments flat for your planner.  Since you will be writing in it, bumpy embellishments won’t work well…layers of flat things work best!

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner

Step 6. Place your planner back in the cover and add a binder clip to mark your place!  Then step back and admire your handiwork!!

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner
And there you have it!  Your planner is now CUTE!
Next up, I created this layout of my oldest daughter. This time I created banners (by hand) and some leaves (with my Cameo)..I used some of the Pebbles stickers, too. I really love this line..even though it’s highly patterned, the graphic designs allow the photos to shine!
Scrapbooking layout using Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection
Lastly, I also created this cute little pop up Gift Card holder..
DIY handmade papercraft gift card holder using Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection

I used a Cameo cut for it…and popped a cute little journaling card with bling inside to personalize it.  I added Basic Grey magnets to keep it closed…and when the recipient opens it, the whole things slides up and out!  SO CUTE.

I had a great time working with this great collection…it’s so much fun!  Don’t miss out on this steal…it’s just fantastic!!

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Thanks Lisa! I love all your projects – and thanks for the awesome tutorial!

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

How To-sday | How to Photograph and Edit Layouts

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from former Design Team member Katrina Hunt! No matter how hard I try, I always struggle to photograph my layouts – either the lighting is wrong, I can get it all in focus, I can’t get it straight, the list goes on! Katrina shows us an easy way to put all that right and get the perfect end result every time.

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It is so nice to be back on the ScrapbookSteals blog today! Katrina here and I hope I am going to help you “de-mystify” how to photograph your projects to display in galleries, on your blog, Facebook, etc. Warning, this post is picture heavy but I wanted to try to show each step. There are many ways to photograph projects and many ways to edit. This is what works for me. I am focusing on a layout today, but this will work for cards also.
I have two supplies that are staples for me taking project photos: a white foam core board and also a small easel. The board is big enough for a two page layout and the easel is great for propping projects up on.
Photographing and editing your scrapbooking layoutsI always take my photos outside in natural light. Also, I never use a flash. If you use a flash, it bounces off your pictures and anything that is shiny. Those things are too hard to fix! Natural lighting requires me planning ahead and possibly taking them before work or taking pictures of several projects on the weekend. But the lighting in the house isn’t good for this, so I plan accordingly!
I use Photoshop Elements 9.0 as an editing tool. If you have a different version the steps will be similar to what I am showing.

Step 1. Lay your white board down and place your layout on top of it, as straight and square as you can. Then you want to stand directly over your layout. My front step is the perfect height for me to do this. Snap several pictures making sure to leave white space around your layout. I take several shots and pick out the best one to actually edit. Then you will want to open in Photoshop Elements (PSE).

Photographing and editing your scrapbooking layouts

Step 2. Start to edit your project photo. All of the editing I do is under the enhance tab and 99% of the time I do the auto enhancements that you are going to see here. First is Auto Levels.

Photographing and editing your scrapbooking layouts

Step 3. Then Auto Contrast.

Photographing and editing your scrapbooking layouts

Step 4.Then Auto Sharpen-I didn’t include a picture for this, but it is under the Enhance menu also.

Step 5. This is where the good stuff starts coming into play. You are going to do Adjust Lighting-Shadows/Highlights. A box will pop up on your screen and give you the option to adjust the sliders. This will lighten up your picture and make it brighter. I always just leave it at 25% and don’t really ever move the sliders.

Photographing and editing your scrapbooking layouts

Step 6. Now you are going to go to Adjust Color-Remove Color Cast. Your white board comes into play here. There will be a box that pops up and it will tell you to click on an area that you know is a true white, grey or black. Click on your white board and watch the color change!

Photographing and editing your scrapbooking layouts

Step 7. Double click on your “background” layer over to the side to create a “layer” to work with. To straighten your project you will need to go to the View menu and then select Grid Lines. This gives you something to gauge how much you need to turn your layout to make it straight. Make sure you have the “arrow” tool selected and then click on your project. This will create a dotted line around the layer and you will be able to turn it until you get it straight. Hit the green arrow to save your work.

Photographing and editing your scrapbooking layouts

You can tell where I have slightly turned my project to make it a little straighter and the green arrow is at the bottom to check ok.

Photographing and editing your scrapbooking layouts

Step 8. Last step is to crop down the white space, so that basically all you have showing is your layout.

Photographing and editing your scrapbooking layouts

And my finished project that I will post in galleries and on my blog!

K_HuntRoadTrip1000Signed

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Katrina, thank you so much for sharing with us today – it’s good to see you back! I am definitely going to be trying this one out! Thanks for the tips :-)

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 #7!

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!