Monday, July 21, 2014

How to use

Good Morning Crafters!

I recently was introduced to a new website,, that is a community of interesting people collecting the most interesting things about any topic.  Through Sussle individuals can contribute content by sharing:

  • Images
  • Videos
  • Website links
  • Text
  • Audio clips
Here are a few things that I have learned about now that I am part of the Sussle contributor community:

1.  The Sussle Profile:  You earn a profile by adding a minimum of 5 posts.  I added posts from my most popular blogs including my Orange is the New Black Season Premier Party, DIY Construction Party, Mad Hatter Tea Party Hat Decorating Instructions and Tie Dye Tutorials.  I am going to load more posts today too - it's really easy, you also have the ability to add your website information and a brief description.  I like that it does allow me to show off the fun graphics I create for my blog posts.  Check out my Sussle profile, and like my posts if you find them interesting, here:

2.  Interesting Topics:  Sussle is organized by interesting topics.  I have looked and scrolled on the Craft, Crochet and Tie Dye topics so far, as I was checking them out before loading my own posts.  If you have a specific topic that you want to learn about, you just search the site and (if contributed content exists) you will be able to see all of the posts on that topic by simply scrolling through.  This is cool because you can see all relevant posts on a topic and don't need to keep searching different terms or like terms.

3.  Educational Scholarship:  Another great reason to check out Sussle and become part of the community is for the ongoing educational scholarship that it offers for high school seniors, or current undergraduate and graduate students!  Click here to learn about the specific application requirements:  Sussle Scholarship Information.

I hope you learned a little bit about, a website with Awesomely Interesting information!   You should check it out if you have blog posts or other fun information to share.

We are very excited to share that is hosting a giveaway for Mothership Scrapbook Gal blog readers.  Please enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below for your chance to win a $50 gift card to Anthropologie or Michaels (Note:  There will be a total of 2 winners, and the winner(s) can choose what gift card they want too!)

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Disclosure: Mothership Scrapbook Gal is partnering with for this Giveaway opportunity, Sussle is generously providing $50 Gift Cards to 2 lucky Mothership Scrapbook Gal winners. Mothership Scrapbook Gal is not being compensated for this blog post and all opinions are her own.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Expressing Creativity: Tips from a Non-Crafter

We have a fun {returning] Guest Blogger today!  Lori is here to share some tips for you "non-crafty" individuals.
The Non-Crafter Finds Ways to Get Crafty

Lets face it, some of us just aren't crafty. At least we may think we're not! I used to shy away from making anything that would range from Christmas cards to posters. For instance, a few years ago I attended a half marathon to support my friend and our running group. She had a simple request of me since I wasn't running the race with them - make a poster saying "Go Happy Pacers!" So I bought a large green neon poster and a black Sharpie and wrote "Go Happy Pacers" with 13.1 dotted all over the poster. That night I made the poster, I was starting to get anxious and thought it looked ridiculous. The next morning, I left the poster in the trunk of my car in fear of showing up with a lame-looking poster.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Crafty Happy Hour Returns to The Salted Pig!
Crafty Happy Hour
returns to The Salted Pig
When:  Thursday, August 28
Time:  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Where:  The Salted Pig
3700 12th Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Cost:  $5 per project
Theme:  Happy Greetings & Friendship
For event info, click here.
Join Mothership Scrapbook Gal for Crafty Happy Hour at The Salted Pig!!!

No experience is required. All embellishments such as pre-punched papers, stamped sentiments, stickers, buttons and adhesives are provided. Make a special handmade card in about 7-10 minutes and enjoy some delicious food and drink at The Salted Pig.

This event is open to everyone - crafters and non-creative gals and guys - my crafty team and I will help you!!! Bring a friend!

In order to make sure that Crafty Happy Hour continues to appear in fun venues like The Salted Pig, please show your appreciation for our host venue by considering a food or drink purchase. Thank you.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

4 Simple Steps to a More ORGANIZED you
I am super excited to have Sara Barba from xoxorganizing back with more organization tips for you this month! Sara is going to be an ongoing featured guest blogger, so let us know if you have any organization challenges or questions - we would love to get you some practical tips from her amazing experiences in helping others to conquer organization issues whether it be for home, office and/or your craft room.

4 Simple Steps to a More ORGANIZED you:

1. GET A CALENDAR AND WRITE THINGS DOWN. Get a master calendar and write down everything you need to remember each day. Aside from appointments, write down daily activities that need to be taken care of. Include tasks like calling friends, buying birthday cards and even when to pay bills. Writing things down will help your brain relax since it won't be trying to remember each task.

2. START A FILING SYSTEM. Get a file cabinet. Even if it's a plastic one with a handle, it'll still get the job done. After you pay each bill, write "PAID + DATE", then file each paper in your file cabinet. This way, you'll never have another floating bill in your home. This will make tax season less stressful.

3. KEEP A STOCK OF EVERYDAY ITEMS. Keep a stockpile of things you use often and regularly- office supplies, stationery, postage stamps, pantry items, toiletries, etc. As soon as you're down to your last couple products, add that item to your shopping list. You'll never have to make a special trip to the store again.

4. GATHER YOUR CRAFT ITEMS IN ONE AREA. Keep all of your craft/scrapbook supplies in one area. Enlist the help of drawers to divide embellishments, tape, markers, photo corners, tools and other supplies you'll need while crafting. Be sure to keep all like-items together so you can find what you're looking for. The next time you're invited to a crafting party and it's B.Y.O.B (bring your own buttons), you'll know exactly where to turn for your favorite supplies. 
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Eileen Hull Inspiration Team: July "Red, White & Beautiful"
 Happy July!!!
Can you believe it's already July?  I am so excited for summertime and gatherings with good friends.  I am hosting a 4th of July Tie Dye Your Summer Party and plan to hang up my fun and festive patriotic mason jar banner as part of my party décor.
It was a very easy banner to make using the Sizzix Big Shot and the Eileen Hull Designs Canning Jars Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die! 
Here is my supplies list:
Step 1:  DIE CUTTING I ran thin cardboard and my patriotic paper (Teresa Collins Designs) through my big shot.  I cut a total of 5 mason jars to spell out "I {heart} USA".  I also used a die cut machine to cut the letters and the heart.  I used a different background for the heart mason jar - it adds a necessary contrast to the busy patriotic paper.
Step 2:  ADHESIVE  I then used tape runner adhesive to attach the paper to the thin cardboard (both the mason jar and the lid).  Do not adhere the jar lid yet!!! 
Step 3:  HEAVY DUTY HOLE PUNCH  I used a heavy duty hole punch (Big Chomp, We R Memory Keepers) to punch holes in the mason jar on the top portion which will be covered by the  jar lid (again, do not adhere it yet).  I punched 2 holes to run the twine though.
Step 4:  TWINE & JAR LIDS  I ran the twine through the 5 mason jars.  Now, you can use adhesive foam dots to adhere the mason jars and the holes and the twine are covered.
Step 5:  TWINE ON MASON JARS  I used twine to loop around the mason jars and tied a bow.  I think it adds an additional crafty touch and makes them looks super cute!
Step 6:  LETTERS & HEART  You can now add the die cut letters and the heart with adhesive foam dots.  TIP:  My favorite foam dots are from Scrapbook Adhesives.
 For more inspiration and the July Giveaway from Eileen Hull Designs, please check out the Art with Heart Challenge at this link, click here.
Thank you for checking out this month's Art with Heart Challenge - July - "Red, White & Beautiful"!  This theme was perfect as I have been doing many patriotic crafts for the past few weeks and I loved the opportunity to work with Eileen's Canning Jars dies.
Happy July and have a very fun and safe holiday this week!
- Miss Rina





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