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Saturday, November 22, 2014

My Mind's Eye - Family - Heritage layout

This is a layout of my aunt Rose, my brother James, my mom Frances, and my aunt's granddaughter Mary Elizabeth.  I don't remember who made the background paper, or the butterfly paper, but the pattern photo frame was made by My Mind's Eye.  

The flower in the bottom left was made with two punches.  The lafger flower was made with a McGill Perfect Petals punch, and the center punch I think may have also been McGill but I am not certain of that. The flowers on the right hand side of the page were won in a blog contest from :Evila TheCrafter French.  That is the name you will find her under on Facebook, she is a 
sweet lady.  

The butterflies were made with two punches by Martha Stewart, and some Studio G 
glitter glue. The title was made using punch out alphabets from Colorbok.  The tag was 
made using a punch by Paper Shapers.  The ribbon is unknown. The buttons were bought 
at Wal-Mart about 2 years ago.  The bling dots were also from Studio G. 

The paper doily was made for a food tray.  Till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Mind's Eye - My Grandpa - Heritage layout


This is a layout of my grandfather during his 90th birthday celebration.  In the photo are my grandparents Reed, and Nancy, and my mom Frances.  The background paper and most of the embellishments on this layout were made by My Mind's Eye.  I adore their supplies, and love the quality of their paper! I don't remember who made the butterfly pattern paper, sorry.

The tiny flowers are from Prima, the doily is from the baking section of a local store that I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz inks. ( my frugal tip today ) The tags on the title were from a sheet of scrapbook paper that had the alphabet tags on them and you just cut them out. The ribbon is from Offray.

I also used glitter glue by Studio G, and brads by Spare Parts. Well until tomorrow Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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My Mind's Eye - Timeless Treasure - Heritage Layout, Frugal Scrapbooking 


Another Heritage layout this one again features pattern paper by My Mind's Eye.  I also think the journaling block may have been made by them but, but I am not sure about that.  The lady in this photo is my Great-grandmother on my grandfather's side. I have heard her name was several things including Tennie Smith, or Tennessee Smith.  I will have to look it up to be sure. I'm guessing this photo was taken sometime around 1920, or 30's.

The metal studs, and the ribbon holder on this pages were cut off of a ladies belt. The flower's on the lower left is a "wallie" or a wallpaper cut out, and those are my frugal tips for today! The photo mat was a light pink cardstock that I distressed with Tim Holtz ink after I tore the edges.  The ribbon trim is unknown as I have had it forever.

The title is from "Hot Off The Press" and has been in my stash for about 14 years! The sticker on the left hand side in the shape of a book is by Crafty Secrets Heartwarming sticker sheet. The green bling is from Studio G. The photo corners are unknown, but I think they came from Dollar Tree. The lace doily was also distressed, and it is just a doily that is supposed to be used under food items.

I will fill in the journaling block later as my handwriting is terrible! Till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My Mind's Eye - Family Roots - Heritage layout - Frugal scrapbooking 


This layout features my Great-Grandmother on my mother's side of the family.  She is the lady seated on the right. Her name was Ida Whittenburg, and her father was born in Germany. The pattern paper, photo frame, and the title block were all made by My Mind's Eye.  I love how the ladies sitting on the porch remind's me of how the bird on the pattern paper is perched on the branch!

The flowers on the title are from Prima.  The tree shape is from a punch is from Paper Shapers, then I added glitter glue to the punched out tree form.  The flower in the lower left was made with McGill Perfect Petals punches, and a purchased flower I think from Prima.  The center of the flower was made using a Martha Stewart starburst punch.  The circle punch is from McGill also.  The buttons are from my button collection!

The journaling block (I will fill this out later as my handwriting is horrible) is unknown, but it maybe from My Mind's Eye as well.  The sticker on the bottom of the block that say's "treasure" is from I think Making Memories.  I hand cut the banner on the top left.  The clock face is from a pair of earrings (frugal tip) that I took apart. The ribbon is from Offray.  Glitter glue was made by Studio G. The brads are from Studio G.  Til next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Lovely Ladies - Heritage Layout - Frugal Scrapbooking, Punches, 

This is a layout I did for my mom's Christmas album.  My mom is the one in the center, and my aunt Laura is the one on the right.  I don't recall what pattern paper this is but I loved the pattern with this black, and white photo.  The photo was taken by George Moody of the New's Free Press, but I don't know what article it was taken for.

The "Ladies" part of the title was really a sign meant for the door of a ladies restroom, so yes I will use anything on my layouts. The flowers were made by my granddaughter and I with punches by McGill Perfect Petals, and the center of the flower on the bottom right was made using a Martha Stewart sunburst punch.

The butterflies were also made using a Martha Stewart punch.  The large checked brad is cloth covered but I don't remember the manufacturer. The flower's in the "ladies" sign are also brads. The rest of the brads were made by Spare Parts.

The washi tape on the upper right was made by Studio G.  The swirl stickers were made by Stickapotamus.
The large black ribbon is from Holiday Time which is a Wal-Mart brand. The red ribbon has a velvet texture and is unknown.  The white bow is from Wilton.  I also used Studio G glitter glue.  The tiny tag is accessorized with a Paper shaper's punch. I don't recall who made the camera sticker sorry.

I hope I have inspired you today, till tomorrow Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Monday, November 17, 2014

My Mind's Eye - Wild Rose -Heritage Layout - Frugal Scrapbooking

I'm still working on my mom's Christmas album, and the latest addition is this layout of my Aunt Rose.  The title for this layout was actually cut from the outer cardstock title of a pack of paper by Colorbok.  The title was "Wild Rose", and since that was my aunt's name, and I liked the graphic design of it, I chose to use it on her layout. (another frugal tip)

The pattern paper on this layout is from My Mind's Eye. The border strip at the bottom of the page is from the "Wild Rose" paper pack. The tag is from K & Co., but I added additional embellishments to it. The flowers on the tag are from Prima, and the stickers are from Making Memories.  The brads are from Spare Parts.

The buttons are from my button collection that I have had for years, along with the lace on the tag. (another frugal tip, don't forget to look at your sewing goodies for items that can be used on pages.) The Washi tape, and the bling dots are from Studio G. The large flower was made with McGill Perfect Petal punches.

I also used Tim Holtz distress ink, and Studio G glitter glue.  Hope you are enjoying this process of making this Heritage album as much as I am. Til next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

My Mind's Eye - Grandchildren -Heritage layout



Another layout for my mom's Christmas album.  This layout is of my mom, and my son Adam, I am thankful I have had both in my life.. The background paper on this page is from My Mind's Eye, as was the "Unconditional Love" topper, and the Love definition on the lower right.

The lace like edging on the right hand side of the photo mat was made using a Fisker's border punch. The bottom large flower was made using 3 punches, two McGill Perfect Petals punches, one Martha Stewart  punch (snowflake center) as well as glitter glue, a center sequin, and brad from Spare Parts.. The arrow punch is also from McGill. I used a corner punch on the photo mat as well, which I believe was a Paper Shaper's corner punch. So I guess my frugal tip for today is to make use of your punches or buy punches in the shapes that you will use most often.

I forgot who made the accent pattern paper which had the word "Grandchildren" pre-printed on it along with the other highlighted words, but I did add glitter glue aka Stickles to those areas as well. The small flowers are from Prima. The brads are from Spare Parts. Till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

My Mind's Eye - Home Sweet Home -Heritage or Vintage Layout 

Here's another page of my mother's Christmas heritage album.  This is a photo fo my mom and dad at their very first home right after they were married.  The paper, title and tag banners are all from My Mind's Eye, which is still my all time favorite paper to work with.  I have had this pattern for several years as I only use them on my favorite photos.  I love the thickness of their cardstock, their patterns, and their textures..

The flower, and butterfly stickers are from Greenbrier Inc which is a company that stocks Dollar Tree stores. While it may see odd to mix Dollar Tree supplies with such high quality My Mind's Eye papers, I still think they match wonderfully.  The ribbon is from Offary, but the ribbon holder is from a woman's belt I just added the heart bling to the inside of it, and made it into a ribbon holder, and that is my frugal tip of the day!

The brads are from Spare Parts, and the small flowers are from Prima. The washi tape on the journaling box is from Studio G. I also used Tim Holtz distress inks, and glitter glue around the main photo, banner tags.
Till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Rose Nell - Heritage layout number 4 from my mom's Christmas album


This layout is of my Aunt Rose when she was 19 years old. I loved her name done in the "Scrabble" tiles, (my frugal tip for today, you can buy these games for next to nothing at thrift shops and flea markets, then use the tiles on your cards and scrapbook pages.) but I think the next time I glue them down I will use something other than glue dots as they tend to move around a little and make the letters look uneven.

The paper is from a paper pack called "Wild Rose" it was made by Colorbok. The ribbon is from Offray, and the little red heart was a flea market find. The "Love" words were punched from a Martha Stewart punch, and then I added glitter glue to them.

The Rose punch on the title was from K & Company.  I think the corner punches were made by Fiskers. I hope I have inspired you today, and till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Mind's Eye - Me & Dad - Heritage Layouts


Here we are already at page 3 of my mom's heritage layout's for her Christmas album, and of course back some some oldie but goodies of My Mind's Eye paper.  This paper was from I believe the Wild Asparagus series as was the descriptive tags on the right hand side as well as the title. I did however add the glitter glue on the title words: Me & My Dad.

The flowers were made from punches, and also a rather liberal does of "stickles" or glitter glue. I also added the sequin center to each flower. I can't recall who made the saying at the bottom of the page, sorry. Ribbon I believe is from Offray but I don't know for sure about the checked ribbon on the bottom of the tags. The bling dots are from Studio G, as was the arrow brad.

I also don't recall who made the morning glory photo corners but they were added because the vines in the photo are actual morning glory flowers that my grandmother planted in the yard.

This was my mother's first home after she married my dad. It's her father pictured in the photo with her.
Till tomorrow happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My Mind's Eye - Charming and Adorable Heritage layout - Girl Layout 


This layout features my mom at age 12.

The paper used for this this layout is from My Mind's Eye, and it already had the number on the lower right, however it was a stamped 17, and I needed it to be 12 so I just used some glitter glue to enlarge the 7, into a 2, Perfect!

The basket of flowers was a die cut for a card, and the flowers on the right hand side was a "Wallie" or otherwise known as a wallpaper accent. These come pre-cut, but you can take wallpaper, and cut out your own if you find an interesting image you'd like to use. (Frugal tip)

The "1949" was made by using Making Memories stickers, I believe in the "college" style. The title "Charming and Adorable" was already printed on the paper, and I just added glitter glue to make it stand out a little bit more.  The background striped paper is so old I can't even begin to remember the name of the company, but it worked well with this layout, so don't ever think you can't use your older supplies, or mix brands..

I think the "memories', and "grow" stickers are from K & Co.  I also added the polka dot washi tape from Studio G.  It's not very visible in this photo but I also used decorative scissors around the photo mat and added dots of glitter there as well. The arrow is from a punch.

Hope i have inspired you in some way today! Until tomorrow Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Mind's Eye - Frances - Girl Heritage layouts, and a Christmas gift album

Today I am featuring the first in a series of Heritage layouts that I am making for a Christmas gift album for my mom.  Here is today's layout:

Frances - Once Upon A Time
This is a photo of my mother at about the age of 7.

This layout features some of my very favorite scrapbook papers of all time. My Mind's Eye - I believe this was part of the Wild Asparagus line, but don't quote me on that! I have a bunch of these beautiful paper's hoarded up for my favorite photos. The title vellum piece is from Quick Quotes , but the smaller tags are from MME as well.  The flowers were made with punches with the help of my granddaughter Madison, and a lot of Stickles type glitter glues, and sequins.

I'm pretty sure the ribbon is Offray, and the small accents on the journaling card in the lower left are from little girl's fingernail accents, and that is my frugal tip of the day for you. I think the alphabet stickers are from Making Memories and they are really old as well. The layout also includes some assorted buttons, and some sequin leaves that are barely visible since they are a transparent light blue. The blue strips across the top, and bottom are a sticky scrapbook fabric that comes in 12 x 12 page form, and you cut them to size.

Till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Boy's Photo shoot

So as promised today we will start with the photo's I took of the boy's a couple of days ago. I find them a lot harder to work with as most of the time all they really want to do it get the photo's over with so they can go back to what they were doing previously. 
UPDATE - I found out later that the reason my photo's were so
blurry for these shots was that my camera's battery was going bad! Live and Learn!

Here we have Jack who like most boy's wanted away from the camera as fast as possible, but he did give it his best shot. These probably would have been better but I'm afraid my focus was not fast enough to really catch how fast they were moving.


 I try not to get these forced smile shots , but I think he was more interested in showing off his new green braces than he was in getting his picture taken!


 I did like this shot some what however but I was not crazy about his lower body position.  I could have edited it out but I wanted everyone to see that not every photo has to be perfect for you to still like it.


 I did however like the black, and white version a little better however.


Same shot in sepia tones which were just a little too dark.


While I liked this shot I'm afraid it they didn't hold this pose long enough for me to get it in focus better. I do love Matthew's shirt in this photo though, and their genuine smiles.


 Same pose in black, and white and I do love the tree bark texture in this format.


 Now onto Matthew's photos..


These two shots as well were more my fault than they were the boys fault.  I didn't spend enough time focusing the camera in an effort to get some shots in before they had to leave. Live and learn..


I do like this head shot, but his head was tilted just a little too far back for a good photo.


Same shot in black and white. I'm still loving the tree texture, 


and now in Sepia tones.


This shot was taken as he tried to climb the tree, but mainly because he was wearing MY shoes, and I wanted a photo of it! My how fast they grow!


Another tree climbing shot that unfortunately didn't turn out too well!


 While I thought this shot was cute it looked more like a forest "mug shot" than a truly exceptional photo!


Needless to say today's post seems to be more about how NOT to take a photo instead of how to improve on your photos.  Oh well, there is always next week, and if nothing else that is what I want you to take away from this post.  With digital photography being so easy, and cheap there is no reason not to try, and try again until you LOVE the results.  Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Monday, November 03, 2014

Children's poses and ideas for outdoor photo shoots

Today I am continuing my posts on playing around with the kid's in a children's outdoor photo shoot.  Today's model is Madison who would gladly pose all day long if I would just stand there! I just wish I could say that for the boys!  Update I later found out that the reason my focus was so bad in these shots is that my camera battery was going bad! Live and Learn!


These poses up in the tree were her idea as she had seen me pose my grandson up in a tree once, and she was now determined that she was going to have some photo's like that in her portfolio as well! LOL Yes, she think's she a model, and I guess that is partly my fault since  have been snapping photo's of her as far back as she can remember!


My suggestions for these poses is to bring a small ladder, or a strong man with you if you want to try these poses out, as we had a heck of a time getting her both up, and down out of the tree!


 This pose (if that's what you want to call it) came about because she was in the process of almost falling out of the tree so we had to stop, and get her down! LOL


I would have liked to get some better images but I was pressed for time to really focus, and the sun was still too bright to make for great photos.


I did like the mix up of having some shots in the tree, and then some shots at the base of the tree however.


Then of course we played the peek-a-boo tricks.  All in all a fun day playing with the kid's, and the camera.

Here are the sepia tones...


Followed by the black and white..



 Till next time when tomorrow we do the boy's!  Happy Scrapping, Love Penny
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Fall Photo Shoot

While I had all four of my grand kids the other day I thought I'd quick get my camera, and see if I could grab a few photo's of them in the beautiful fall colors.  Trouble was the sun was still way to bright, and I didn't have much time with each of the kids.  By much time I'm talking about less than 5 minutes per child.  So my photo's showed both the lack of time, and the lack of proper lighting. At any rate these are a few of the shots I did manage to get.  Not perfect by any means but there are still a few keepers. Today we will start with Olivia! Update I later found out that the reason my focus was so bad in these shots is that my camera battery was going bad! Live and Learn!


 In these two shots we played peek-a-boo around the tree, so the focus is not as clear as I would have hoped for but then again I was on a limited time schedule.


 This shot was her idea as she wanted to be a "tree hugger", and if the sun had be a little lower this would have been a fun shot!


I did love this shot of her sitting at the base of the tree but again the sun was not my friend.


More focus issues but still a fun time.  When posing the kid's I let them choose a lot of their poses in order to keep the photo shoot fun and enjoyable for everyone.


Here are a few of the same photo's in sepia tones.  I love the look of the tree bark when these are converted into that format. 



I also converted some into black and white.


Have fun with your camera today, and see what you can capture,.  The images don't have to be perfect as long as you learning from every photo, and everyone is still having a great time!
.  Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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It's the day after Halloween!

Well it's the day after Halloween again, and this is how I can tell even without a calendar...


The poor school house trees across the street from me gets this sort of decorating every year by some kid whose mother is now out of toilet paper even though she just went to the store the day before! LOL 


This tree in particular seems to be the most targeted one on the school grounds, probably because it is close to the road, and a nearby getaway car.


We are also left with other evidence....


Plus there is always some that fails to hang onto their allotted targets..

I should be thankful that they seemed to only have one roll this year because if there is any leftover they usually get my large pine tree as well! LOL Happy Holidays! and Happy Scrapping! Love Penny

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