American Crafts Knock Outs Border Punch Kit | How To’sday

The fabulous Staci Jones is back again showing us what a knock out the American Crafts Knock Outs Border Punch kit is. I love that it comes with six different border options and a handy-dandy carrying case, and I really love what Staci has done with the punches! So don’t mind me while I step aside for a moment to hurry and hit the steal button on today’s awesome steal. :)

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I was ecstatic when Kristy asked me to show all you fabulous people one of my favorite scrapbooking tools—the American Crafts Knock Outs punch.  I am totally in love with this wonderful tool and use it often.  I put off buying punches for a long time because I dreaded the amount of room they take up. My husband surprised me with the American Crafts Knock Outs punch for Christmas last year and it was such a great surprise.

My favorite things about these punches are:
1) Storage is slim and the case can be easily be stacked, especially if space is tight.
2) Super easy to assemble and use and don’t take a lot of time. Easy to put back in its case.

3) Six different punches in one sweet case! And they are borders I would actually use.
4) Great Price. For six different punches it is definitely nice on the pocketbook.

Have I convinced you to steal yet? Check out these fun projects and head on over and hit “Steal Me!”  You won’t regret it!

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Staci, you have completely sold me on this punch. I know how much you’ve enjoyed it and I have to say I was pretty smitten with it after playing with it last Saturday! Such a great add to any crafty stash and for punching borders or incorporating punches into a layout.

Thank you for sharing with us again today!

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured as a How To’sday don’t hesitate to send them along to kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will get you added to the lineup! Next week we have a great tutorial from Charissa Miller on Alcohol Inks.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for a two-pager Mid Week Mojo. I can’t wait to share!

Fancy Pants Designs Transparencies | How To’sday

So you’re smitten with transparencies and love adding them on top of a layout, but really want to get a little more use out of them. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with snazzing up a layout with one snappy step, there is so much more to these thin sheets of plastic than meets the eye.

Today Staci Jones shows us fun new ways you can use transparencies like the ones in today’s steal, the Fancy Pants Designs, Paper, Transparency and Sticker collection.

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Transparency.  Some may cringe when it is listed in a kit, but have no fear- the possibilities are endless! When Kristy asked me to do a how-to with transparencies, I dug out some of my favorites from Fancy Pants and got to work.

Transparencies could easily be affixed to a piece of plain cardstock and then jazzed up with some Stickles to make a quick and easy background.

The picture could be adhered on top of the transparency…

….or underneath for a cool effect.

If using the whole transparency isn’t appealing, just cut out elements for borders or embellishments on a layout.

Cut them up and they are a great addition to card making.

Think beyond the traditional scrappy projects and they are great for home decor…

…and fun kids room decor.

So what are you waiting for? Steal today and be sure to share your fun projects on ScrapbookSteal’s Facebook page. I would love to see what you create. Thanks for having me today!

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Staci, you ooze talent girl! Thanks so much for sharing your projects with us today!

If you’re looking for more fabulous ideas on how to use your transparencies, check out how Charity Becker used them in this How Tos’day post and how I used them in this Fantastic Friday post.

Paper Weaving | How To’sday

Today’s How To’sday takes me back to my carefree days of childhood and paper weaving art projects in grade school. Today’ Venetia Holbrook shows us step by step how to integrate paper weaving into a stunning design idea for scrapbook pages.

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I am so excited to get to share a How To’sday tutorial on ScrapbookSteals! Let’s weave some fun into a couple of layouts!

First Weave Idea–

  • Grab three pieces of cardstock. Two to weave and one to use as a base.

  • Cut the same size strips of your weaving cardstock. I did one inch, but any size works.
  • Gently tack down the very edge of a set of your strips, alternating the end you tack down.

  • Start to weave the other card stock over the tacked down piece and under the loose piece. Then alternate the over under and continue across the page. You need to tighten your weave as you go.

  • Once you’ve finished, tack down your loose ends and trim the edges if needed.

  • Cover the top edge with a border and design your page!

Second weave idea-

Every little kid has done this, but a redo is great for a hidden journaling element on a page.

  • First, cut two rectangles.

  • Next fold them in half and trim the edge to a half circle.

  • Cut even size strips from the bottom fold to just past the width of the paper when laid across at 90 degrees. I cheated an used a pattern paper with lines so I could free hand the cuts. I stacked my papers so the cuts would match.

  • This part is hard to explain. Think of the bands of paper as arms, and they’re giving bear hugs, (you know when someone grabs you around the arms and you can’t move?) alternate the bands around and through each other. As you go, it gets tighter, so be patient.

  • When you’re done, you should have a hear basket that you can punch or cut hearts into for a hidden journal pocket.

I hope you loved my weaving magic!

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Venetia! What a brilliant tutorial. Such a fun and fresh idea to incorporate into scrapbooking! Thank you so much for sharing.

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on our blog as a How To’sday tutorial be sure to share! You can send your photos and text to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a lovely day and I’ll see you tomorrow for a little Mojo!

Hexagon Album with Graphic 45 Botanicabella

Today we are not only treated to welcome Graphic 45 with today’s steal the Botanicabella and Staples Bundle but we are honored to have Charity Becker show us just how amazing this new addition to the ScrapbookSteals family is. And when I say amazing, I do mean amazing. Charity’s project is, simply put, to die for.

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Once upon a time there was a girl who loved scrapbooking. Her favorite retailer, ScrapbookSteals, had the best deals and the most fabulous customer service. The only thing that could make this company better was product from Graphic 45. Then one day, this girl heard her dream was coming true. Graphic 45, Botanicabella was coming to Scrapbook Steals! Her fairy godmother wanted her to put something together to illustrate the magic and wonder of this amazing paper. The girl felt like she had just been given an invitation to the royal ball! She quickly answered yes and began scheming just what she could make to show off this spectacular product. This is what she came up with…

Don’t worry if you can’t see the details of this wall hanging. Just stop by my blog and your wish will be granted.

If these projects aren’t enough to convince you that buying this product is a fairytale in the making, just keep scrolling. I’ve included the instructions for how to make your very own Hexagon Album!!!

Self-Latching Hexagon Album

This album packs on the wow without stealing your hard earned time. Although this project looks complicated, don’t let it fool you. You can have it put together in short order.

  • Tools: paper trimmer, scissors, paper piercer (or large needle), ruler, ink or chalk for edge distressing.
  • For the album you will need the following supplies from the Graphic 45 Botanicabella Paper Pack: 4 sheets of 12×12 paper. From the Graphic 45 Staples accessories: 40 inches of canvas ribbon.
  • From your own stash you will need 32 small brads. You will also need hexagon templates from this blog post: Hexagon Happiness.

Step 1: Using the above mentioned templates cut 3 large hexagons, 2 medium hexagons, 2 small hexagons, and 2 x-small hexagons. Ink the edges of each hexagon.

Step 2: Divide the hexagons into two piles of x-small to large. Set the third hexagon by itself. Work with one pile of hexagons at a time. For the purpose of this project the top and bottom of the hexagon will be flat and the left and right sides will come to a point.

Step 3: Cut 8 pieces of 2 inch ribbon and 8 pieces of 3 inch ribbon. Melt the edges to stop fraying.

Step 4: Attach the x-small hexagon to the small hexagon using 2 inch ribbons and brads. Set the brads so that the first set of ribbon is closest to the left point of the hexagon. Use the same process to attach the small hexagon to the medium hexagon, again set the brads so that the first set of ribbons is closest to the point.

Step 5: Attach the medium hexagon to the large hexagon using 3 inch ribbons and brads. Set the brads so that the third set of ribbon is further from the point then the second set of ribbon.

Step 6: Follow steps 4 and 5 for the other pile of hexagons. Attach both large hexagons to the third large hexagon with 3 inch ribbons. Set the brads so that the fourth set of ribbons is further from the point then the third set of ribbons.

Step 7: To close the album arrange the hexagons from the left side in consecutive order, on top of the central hexagon.

Step 8: Repeat the process for the right side.

For the self-latching mechanism you will need the following supplies from the Graphic 45 Staples pack for each side of the album:

2 large buttons, 1 small button, 1 large flower, 1 medium flower, and 2 small flowers. For the leaves I traced the edge of a cat eye shaped Color Box chalk on to green paper. After cutting it out I inked the edges and cut it in half. I also used  6 small circle embellishments from the diecut page and 6 tiny circles punched with my hole punch.

Step 1: Begin with the hexagons on the left side of the album. Place one large button on either side of the far right point of the large hexagon, about 2.5 inches from the point. Place adhesive only at the edge of the large hexagon so that a pocket is created for the medium hexagon.

Step 2: Place one large flower at the tip of the point on the large hexagon, applying adhesive only to the edge. Adhere two leaves to the underside of the flower rather than to the hexagon itself. Top the flower with a small button. Add a small embellishment (the example is from the diecut page) to the center of the button.

Step 3: Adhere two small flowers on either side of the far right point of the small hexagon, about 1 inch from the point. Place the adhesive under the LEFT edge of the flowers so that a pocket is created for the large buttons. Place one medium flower at the tip of the point on the small hexagon, applying adhesive only to the LEFT edge of the flower.

Step 4: Adhere three leaves to the underside of the flowers rather than to the hexagon itself. Top the flowers with a tiny embellishment (the example is a circle from a hole punch)

Step 5: Adhere a 1/2 inch circle embellishment (the example is from the diecut page) 1.5 inches from the far left point. Apply adhesive only to the edge of the embellishment furthest from the point so that a pocket is created for the x-small hexagon.

Step 6: Slip the medium hexagon under the large buttons. Slip the edge of the small hexagon under the large buttons. Slide the x-small hexagon between the small circle embellishments.

This album goes together so quickly that it makes a fabulous hostess gift. Whip up several of these beauties and keep them on hand for last minute gifts. If you use a classic paper pack like Graphic 45’s Botanicabella you’ll never have to worry about matching someones style or color preferences.

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And as if this amazing album was not enough WOW, check out these other projects that Charity made.

Charity, guess what girl — you are kind of like a fairy tale dream come true yourself! Your talents are stunning and you are sooooo truly gifted. Thanks for absolutely wowing us with this project! I can’t wait to try one out for myself.

I hope you have a lovely day everyone!

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.