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Sew Easy | Mid Week Mojo #42

Sew Easy | Mid Week Mojo #42

Ahhh — what’s not to love about today’s steal, the Sew Easy by We R Memory Keepers. I know so many of you out there have been waiting ever so patiently for its return, and let me tell you — it was well worth the wait! The new stitching heads are positively amazing.

I had so much fun working the “Lazy Daisy” stitching head into the focus of this weeks Mid Week Mojo sketch.

I have always been an admirer of the fancy stitches in needle work, but it’s just not a talent that I possess. I guess I should figure if I’m still struggling to finish a Christmas piece that I started in 1994, that maybe needle work isn’t my thing.  ;)

Having the Sew Easy made it easy to make some of those fancy stitches on this layout about my recent meet up with some of our North Western ScrapbookStealers!

The straight stitch is one of my favorites. I love getting the perfect size of stitch with a simple roll of the tool. Brilliance, I tell ya—brilliance!

Now it’s time for the much-anticipated random winner of last week’s amazing sketch by Sheryl. Our lucky winner this week is Stephanie Umpbleby.

Stephanie has treated us week after week after week with layouts featuring a trip that she had to Europe. I’ve loved seeing a peek into her travels and am so happy that we will be able to supply her with a little something extra to keep those pages coming. Stephanie, if you’d like to send your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

I hope your day is absolutely scrap-tastic! Now if I could just head back to Washington so I could hang out with these wonderful scrappy sisters some more. That would be fantastic.

Spring has Sprung! (Monday Card Madness #21)

Spring has Sprung! (Monday Card Madness #21)

It’s official, I’m tired of winter. I’m sick of the rainy, snowy, cold, dreary world.  The good news is today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers Hippity Hoppity Collection is a perfect diversion from the winter blahs!

This collection is so filled with cheerful colors and designs I couldn’t help myself and ended up creating four different cards for today’s Monday Card Madness.

For this week’s sketch, I decided to go with something a little whimsical since these papers make me want to find a nice grassy hill to roll down like I did as a child.

I  made a few more cards using the awesome layered chipboard tags which come with today’s steal.  These are the perfect addition to any card as they add dimension but without a fuss!

Please keep sharing your Monday Card Madness creations on our Facebook fan page or your personal blog. Leave a comment here with a link to your creation and you will be eligible for our monthly drawing of a little scrappy prize to help keep the card-making continue strong!

Remember, our challenge to not only make the cards, but send them out to spread a little joy.  I’ve truly loved taking the time each week to write a special note to someone that has touched my life.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for the final installment of our scrap space organization series. We will also announcing the winner of the My Minds Eye giveaway. One more reminder, you have until midnight tonight to get your Ruby Club Mid-Week Mojo entries posted to be eligible for the prize. What is Mid-Week Mojo? Check it out here.

Also, in case you didn’t hear, our sister site, BabySteals.com, hit 100,000 fans on their Facebook page. We’re celebrating over here too with $5 off any purchase for the next 24 hours! Read all the details here.

Winner announced upon notification. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person.

Welcome Guest Sketcher, Brenda Smith! (MWM #29)

Welcome Guest Sketcher, Brenda Smith! (MWM #29)

I LOVE guest sketcher week.  Not only do my brain cells get a much needed rest, but we all get treated to a fresh set of ideas.  I was beyond thrilled when Brenda Smith agreed to be the guest Mojo sketcher for February.  I think you will love seeing how Brenda put the perfect twist on today’s Steal, the Out and About collection by We R Memory Keepers. I know we are all treated each week by seeing Brenda’s girly girl layouts so what an added bonus it is to see her step out of her “norm” and use a more boy-ish collection.

Brenda….take it away.  :)

To say that I was thrilled to be asked by Kristy to be a guest sketcher would be a vast understatement. I was ecstatic, downright giddy. I marked the very beginning of my scrapbooking journey with Scrapbook Steals and MWM #1 and 28 weeks later, I have done a total of 48 layouts, 7 cards, 1 mini book, and 3 altered projects (a printer’s tray, a notebook, and an embroidery hoop)! How lucky I am that I get to guest design for the blog that has meant so much to me and my development as a scrapbooker!

I must admit, when I was given the choice to work with either Out and About or another kit, I was a little intimidated by the idea of using a travel-themed/boyish line on layouts about my daughter. In the end, I decided the challenge would be good for me, and so Out and About it was. Once I saw the papers in person, I realized this line is so much more than just travel-themed. A lot of the patterns have sort of a 60s/70s retro feel, which I completely love.

The layout I chose as my sketch was inspired by the fabulous layered and flocked stickers included in today’s kit. When I saw the “Let’s Go” sticker, I knew it would be perfect for the pictures I have of my daughter standing up.

I cut out the car portion of the sticker to make it more appropriate for the subject matter. I also felt inspired to use the two different kinds of die cuts. The first one is the bracket-shaped one at the top, and the second one, I cut the scalloped edges off to use as borders on the top and bottom. Behind the picture on the right, there is an envelope which contains a hidden letter to my daughter.

I simply glued the underside of the envelope to my photo, and then glued the photo to the layout.

Another thing I love about WRMK? Their tiny brads, and in this case, glitter brads! They add the perfect, subtle touch to any layout.

I did a couple additional projects with Out and About because it was just so fun to work with. This layout, “We Laugh in the Face of M.S.R.P.” is about how I hope to teach my daughter to never full price for anything, prompted by the clearance stickers on the scrapbook supplies in the background of the photo. I am an expert bargain-hunter, and with any luck, my daughter will be too! I stitched a pocket into the cardstock and have hidden journaling on a tag.

I also did an altered embroidery hoop.

I cut the orange dotted paper into a circle and glued it to the inner hoop. Then I inked the outer hoop with Martha Stewart pigment ink and attached Fancy Pants pom pom trim. I put the hoops together, put my picture, papers, and other embellishments on, and tied a ribbon to the top to make a wall hanging. Done in 20 minutes, very easy!

Lastly, I made a card for my 9 year old nephew.

I really love how versatile this line is. It really works with all sorts of themes and projects

I am so excited to see what you girls make this week!

Brenda, I can’t thank you enough for being our Guest Sketcher for this month.  You are truly gifted and amaze all of us with everything you create!

I’m also amazed with this weeks Random.Org winner.

Melanie Carey

Not only am I amazed at how lovely of a job she did with this page, but I cannot get over how FANTASTIC she looks for being on the way home from just having had a baby!

Congrats Melanie.  :)  Please send your address to orders@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get something scrappy sent out to you.

We want to thank We R Memory Keepers for their generosity in providing us with an amazing Cinch package for a giveaway.  The contest is now closed, but be sure to check in Monday morning to see who the lucky winner is!

Do you think you can handle one more *amazing* thing?  How about a little twist on our monthly Guest Designer?  Would *you* like to be featured?  Well if you’re feeling the urge to create a sketch for us, and you’re feeling lucky, simply add a comment to the blog post following this one.  I will select a random winner using my favorite, Random.Org, and we will announce the winner of the random guest spot on St. Patrick’s Day!   Our random designer will be featured on the first Wednesday in April, since our guest for March is already busy designing away.  Hurry though!  You only have until tomorrow morning to let me know that you’re interested.

Be sure to share your amazing takes on Brenda’s sketch.  Remember to post your creations to our Facebook Fan Page or personal blog with a link provided here in the comments in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing.  Also next week will be the last sketch in the “Ruby Club” series.  I’m so positively in love with the prize that Melodee wrangled up for this milestone.  Just a referesher that if you have completed layouts 21 – 30 you are eligible for the Ruby Club drawing.  If you are also a member of the the Diamond Club (sketches 1 – 10) and Emerald Club (sketches 11 – 20) you are eligible for one additional entry in the Ruby Club drawing for each “club” you are a member of.   So in short, if you’ve done all 30 sketches, you will have 3 entries into the drawing.  Just be sure to start gathering either names of your previous layouts or links to them to provide as a part of your entry.

Well, that’s probably an information overload so that’s enough from me today.  :)

Now it’s time to be happy and get scrappy.