We R Memory Keepers Metal Hardware

If you are looking for the perfect little finishing touch to your crafty projects, then today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers Metal Hardware, could be just what you are looking for! I imagine it’s pretty much the equivalent of what a handyman may feel walking in to a tool store when opening a tin of hardware made just for crafty fun!

To make the fact of such a fun steal even a little more exciting, today we have the ever-so-talented guest blogger Emily Lanham with us to show us just how the hardware can be used. I knew right after seeing her toilet paper roll mini album featured a few weeks back that she’d be the perfect one to ask to design for today. I think you’ll agree with me that the wow factor is through the roof!

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Hey everyone! My name is Emily Lanham and I am very excited to be a guest designer today for this ScrapbookSteals! When I was first asked to make something with this hardware, I was a little hesitant. Hardware is something that I don’t normally use on my paper crafts. I am sure glad I didn’t turn this one down! I had so much fun playing with this hardware and I really love that extra look that it added to my pieces.

I made a paper bag mini album as well as a matching recipe box. I used various pieces of the hardware on each project. I especially loved the little nameplates. I added glossy accents to them to make them look more dimensional. I wanted to achieve an overall rustic look for these pieces to go with the hardware.

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Is this not the most incredible mini album? WOW! My jaw is seriously hanging on my keyboard. Thanks again Emily for taking the time to share your talents with us.

Be sure to check out Emily’s blog for lots of further inspiration including a little more detail about today’s steal.

Hope you have a super craft-tastical sort of day!. That’s got to be a good one, right? :)

My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline | Mid Week Mojo

Garnet – Layout 10

Can you believe that we have reached the end of yet another gem series in our Mid Week Mojo layout sketch series? It’s always an exciting thing to come to the end of another ten weeks, and what makes it even more exciting is that this weeks sketch is completed with today’s steal, two of the brand new collections by My Mind’s Eye, Miss Caroline.

I knew that I wanted to keep this week fairly simple as I’m sure that once you see what prize we are giving away for the Garnet series, there will be a bunch of you on the quest to catch up, so I settled on a one page layout about my Sarah.

My daughter Sarah is such a talented and beautiful young lady (do I sound like a proud mom or what?) On Monday night we were privileged to hear her perform at her clarinet recital. As I was shooting photos during her performance I realized how perfectly the Fiddlesticks and Dolled Up collections would work with the yellows and turquoises in the photos, and thus my layout was born.

My Mind’s Eye always does an amazing job with their embellishments, which bring the perfect finishing touches to a project. I think the twine and the stick pins are definitely my favorite!

And now for our weekly random winner! I absolutely loved seeing the interpretations of the twelve photo sketch from last week, and Sheryl Kloke layout was of no exception!

Garnet 9 Winner

Congrats Sheryl on being this week’s lucky random winner. If you will please send an email with your address to customerservice@stealnetwork.com we will get your Garnet #9 prize sent out to you.

Now for the big news on the Garnet series prize, which you have all been waiting for! One lucky random winner, having completed all ten of the Garnet series Mid Week Mojos by next Monday night, February 20th at 11:59 PM MST will become the proud owner of a We R Memory Keepers Cinch, complete with black carrying tote! A prize with a retail value of $140.00! How’s that for a little incentive to add 10 amazing layouts to your personal family history. :)

Here’s the fine details on what you need to do in order to win this prize:

  1. Complete all 10 Garnet layouts. Don’t forget that Garnet #10 must be completed and posted by 11:59 PM MST on Monday, February 20th.
  2. Make sure all 10 Garnet layouts are posted somewhere online.
  3. Provide a link to your creations on the Goin’ Garnet blog post. This can be a link to a gallery hosting all of your creations, or individual links. Just make sure that everything is listed in one post.

If you are new to our Mid Week Mojo series, you can find all of the fantastic details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Good luck everyone! I hope this week is filled with lots of crafty goodness!

We R Memory Keepers Funfetti | Mid Week Mojo

Garnet – Layout 9

It’s another new year and that means that there will be many birthday celebrations coming up. If you are looking for a fun collection for scrapbooking birthday memories, then today’s steal, Funfetti by We R Memory Keepers is sure to be a hit! With the unique twist on bold colors, die cut embellishments and happy face stickers, what is not to love?

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I decided that it was high time to create a page about my husband’s 40th birthday just over a year ago. I know when most people are looking for a good sketch to pair with a party that they like to use multiple photos, so I decided to pack the page with a little punch and use twelve.

We R Memory Keepers Funfetti

I didn’t have a lot of extra space on my layout so the embellishments that are part of the Funfetti collection really worked well to add a little something to the page.

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I even had fun doing a little “fussy cutting” out of one of the sheets of paper to create the banner across the bottom.

Garnet 9 Mid Week Mojo

I really can’t wait to see what you come up with for this week’s sketch! It may even come in handy with all of you doing the 12 on the 12th challenge this year.

Now it’s time for this week’s lucky random winner. This week congrats are in order for Jessica Fancher.

I am absolutely in love with the layout that she created about her new little addition to the world. And just think, later on this year the Funfetti collection would work great to scrapbook little Peyton’s first birthday! :)

Jess, if you will please send an email with your address to customerservice@stealnetwork.com we will be happy to send a prize out to you!

If you would like to be eligible for this week’s random drawing, be sure to have your layout created and posted somewhere online, as well as linked to this blog posting by Monday, February 13th at 11:59 MST.

If you have any other questions regarding our Mid Week Mojo series, you can find all of the fantastic details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Oh and we also have one more exciting piece of news for you! Be sure to save the date for our next online crop on Friday, Feburary 24, 2012 from 6-10 PM MST. We will be up to our usual fun, games, challenges, giveaways and video chats! For those of you that are local, we would love to have you participate in person.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch

I think it’s pretty much going to be a cinch to convince you that you need today’s steal, the Cinch by We R Memory Keepers, especially when you see the projects by two exceptionally talented crafters, Kyla Norris and Amber Sheaves.

If you are wondering what the Cinch is, it’s a home binding system. No more having to run to the store to buy mini-albums for this project or that, since the Cinch is a one stop, do it all! And guess what? It really is a cinch. (I had to try it out for myself!)

I admit I was a little intimidated by the sparsity of the directions. Luckily there is a little thing called the Internet, which is filled with video tutorials and after watching a couple of videos I was ready to roll.

For those of you that aren’t video watchers, Amber does an amazing job with some step by step photos on how to create your own mini-albums using the Cinch.

Step 1 – Insert your paper into the machine and press the handle down to punch.

Step 2 – If your paper is longer than 6 inches you’ll then need to slide the guide out and move the paper all the way to the left. Press down the black alignment peg on the side to hold the papers in place . Pull out the first peg after the end of the paper. In this case it is peg 5. Press the handle again to complete the punching. Pull up the alignment peg and push back the peg.

Step 3 – Repeat the above steps for your cover.

Step 4 – Place the binding wire on the hooks to the right of the machine. Place sheets onto hooks, followed by the front cover, and then the back cover. Placing the back cover on top will help to hide the seam of the wire when you are done. Remove the wire and pages and place them at the back of the machine under the cinching bar. Make sure you set the dial with the correct wire size. The opening of the wire should be against the machine. Slowly press down the handle to close the wires. Slide the book and repeat if the book is longer than the cinching bar.

Step 5 – Snip off any remaining wire. You just made a book!

Now look and see the amazing creations that Amber made!

Kyla also has some pretty great tips and things to avoid when first learning how to use the Cinch.

  • Decide which side of the page you are binding and then leave about a half inch gap without any embellishments or words or you risk punching holes though them. I had to rearrange, un-stick and re-glue a couple of my pages so that only the base patterned paper was hole punched.
  • Make sure when punching the holes to have your paper pushed back into the Cinch as far as it will snugly go.  If not you end up with an edge with half holes

  • Be confident in your hole punching and make sure the pages stay in place while you are punching, or you end up with a page with double punched holes. It’s no big deal, you can still use the pages but it helps to push the lever down smoothly, fairly quickly and confidently.

  • When binding, go slow! I found the slower I pushed the bindings together the more circular in shape they stayed. When I went too quickly they would turn out more oval looking, which is also great if you’re looking for a more oval binding. :)

Kyla made an festive advent calendar to help count down the days until Christmas.

I have to admit, I was so inspired by these girls’ creations that I had to give the Cinch a go for myself. I made a little “Dear Santa” journal for a friend for her to document the wish lists of her kiddos over the years. I think it would be so much fun to have as the time passes to see what was once upon a time the “must have” item. Now all I have to do is make the pages and send it on its way.

Really and truly the Cinch is an amazing tool and addition to any crafters collection. Not only can this tool be used to bind mini albums, but it’s great for

  • calendars
  • recipe books
  • office presentations
  • school projects
  • journals
  • any binding project your lil’ mind can come up with!

Thanks again to Amber and Kyla for making today’s blog post such a Cinch!

Sew Easy | Monday Card Madness #60

What’s not to love about the 11am steal, the Sew Easy by We R Memory Keepers? If you haven’t yet used a Sew Easy, it’s really just that — so easy! There are so many choices to start or expand your collection.

I love the ease of adding some stitching to a project with the Sew Easy. Beautiful designs. Perfect spacing. Fun floss too! Although I desperately wanted to show examples with each of the interchangeable stitch heads, I made two.

On the first card I made, I used the loopy head to create a flutter path for my butterfly.

Next I used the heart head to create a border on this “love” card. Oh, and I even added a little Shimmerz to the centers of the hearts. Gotta love mixing it up!

If you’re on the fence about the Sew Easy, jump on over. Perfect touches with perfect stitching.

Now take a breath and start thinking of what you will create with your Sew Easy.

See you back here at 1 PM MST!