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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

How To Make an Easy House Number Plaque

This is a house number plaque that I made for my mother's home.  It was a pretty easy project, and would work with most old wooden plaques that are a dime a dozen at most yard sales, or local thrift shops. So it's also pretty inexpensive to make, and who doesn't love that in a project!

This is a house number plaque that I made for my mother's home.  It was a pretty easy project, and would work with most old wooden plaques that are a dime a dozen at most yard sales, or local thrift shops. So it's also pretty inexpensive to make, and who doesn't love that in a project!

Other options would be to change out the accents to suit other themes, or color palettes, or substituting letters for the numbers to make it a name plate instead! Hey it's crafting, just have FUN with it!

To make this project you will need the following:

1- Wooden plaque of your choice in size, and shape.
1-12 x 12 sheet of pattern paper (If your plaque is larger than 12 x 12 you will need additional sheets of paper.
1-strand of matching beads (If you are making a larger plaque you might need two strands)
Wooden house numbers for your home, or letters for a name.
1- scissors
1- Cameo-mine was an old piece of  broken jewelry
Assorted Rub-on's of your choice as these may longer be available.
3 - small tacks
1 or 2-picture hangers brackets for the back of your plaque, and a small hammer.
1-silk flower
1- "Home Sweet Home" sticker or another sticker of your choice, as this one may no longer be available.
1- burnishing stick
Mod Podge
1 small bottle of white paint, with paint brush
1 glue stick

1)  First mount the picture hanging brackets to the back of the plaque.
2)  Paint both the plaque and the wooden numbers with the white paint.
3)  Since my plaque was an odd shape, I laid out the pattern paper on the plaque and used the burnishing stick (Popsicle stick) to rub the edges of the paper to the shape of the plaque cutting the paper out to the burnished shape.
4)  Using the glue stick glue the pattern paper to the plaque.
5)  Layout your house numbers till they are in a pleasing design. Then glue or nail them in place depending on the type of numbers you purchased.
6)  Tack the cameo and flower in place with small tacks, using the hammer if necessary.
7)  Add your choice of rub-on's or stickers.
8)  Glue down the beads to the edge of the pattern paper.
9)  Apply a coat of varnish or modge podge over the entire plaque except the flower.
 This plaque is not designed to hang in the rain, so please take this into consideration when choosing where to hang this number plate, or chose another coating option like varnish, or other rain proofing materials.
Have fun, and try altering some other household items!  Happy Scrappin!
Love Penny
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

How to Make Easy Homemade Napkin Rings For Any Holiday

So you're planning a party of 8, and you only have 6 napkin rings! What's a girl to do?  Go out and spend $$$ on a new set of 8? That maybe in your budget, but it's certainly not in mine especially since I'll be needing to save my money to buy the food for the party, which I intend to help eat! YUMMY!

Homemade napkin rings

SO straight to my perfectly organized craft room I go......Wait a minute I must have been thinking of all those great looking craft rooms on Pintrest, because mine is a disaster....Sigh, yes I do try but.....a girl only has so many hours in a day, so when it's craft vs. clean, do I have to tell you which one wins?? I didn't think so...

Okay back to the subject at hand...What was it I was looking for... Oh yeah all those toilet, and paper towel cardboard rolls I have been hoarding for years.  They were a little dusty but still quite usable! Great I was now looking at my new napkin rings prior to my fixing them. .

After applying the outer pattern paper, (the hardest part of this project was getting the inside paper glued down in a nice flat circle), and after many sticky fingers from excess glue, I finally made my napkin rings! Yes, the party is back on! If you'd like to make some for yourself here is what I did:

In order to make 4 of these you will need the following supplies:

1 - Heavy Duty Paper towel, or toilet roll, or small wrapping paper inner roll. (I actually used some from a commercial toilet paper provider from where I worked after the roll was emply, they were really thick.)
4 - Flowers-mine were silk flowers plucked straight from a stray arrangement.
4 - large head gold brads
4 - small tags, these are actually optional, but if used you could change the tags out, and place each guests name on their tag, and place setting.
1- 8 1/2 x 11 white or matching paper for the inner pieces.
1 - glue stick
1 - Scissors, and paper trimmer
1 - exacto type knife
1 piece of scrap cardboard

1)  Cut the paper towel roll into 2 inch wide pieces, leaving the roll, or circle intact, being careful not to bend the roll too much while cutting them into circle strips.

2)  Cut  4 strips of the pattern paper approx. 1 inch wider than your desired tube size.  (I cut my paper strips 3 inches wide. ) The length of the strips will depend on the size of your paper roll, but it should be long enough so that you have a slight overlap of the pattern paper when it is measured by the outer part of the roll.

Caution: Please be careful during this next step as you will be using an exacto knife and it doesn't care if it cuts you or the paper:

3)  Place the small scrap of cardboard in the inner circle of the roll, and being careful use the exacto knife to make a SMALL slit in the middle of the paper towel roll, this will be where the flower topped brad will be inserted.  The scrap of paper is to help you not cut through the other side of the roll. Of course I found this out the hard way! BEFORE gluing the pattern paper to the outer portion of the roll, place the brad in the center of the flower, and cut a small slit in the middle of the pattern paper strip, and insert the flower topped brad.  DO NOT bend the brad over yet.

5)  Using your glue stick spread glue over the backside of the pattern paper strips.

6)  Smooth out the paper on the outside of the roll, but DO NOT bend the paper into the inside portion of the roll yet.

7) Now bend the brad flaps over making sure they are flat against the inner portion of the paper towel roll, and do not stick out past the outer cardboard edges.

8)  Now take your scissors, and cut slits into the pattern paper just until it reaches the outer edge of the paper towel cardboard.  This will allow you to fold the edges of the pattern paper into the inner circle of the roll.  At this point you may have to apply additional glue to the strips if they have dried out before you could get the strips cut, and folded inside the roll. No problem, just more sticky fingers!

9)  Cut the white paper into strips slightly smaller (this will be the width portion of the paper) than the inner circle of your roll, but cut the length of it just a little longer than the inner circle so that it overlaps slightly, and glue in place. Tie your tags in place and you are done!

You now have brand new napkin rings to match your party's theme! Where's my dinner invite?  Love Penny
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Monday, September 24, 2018

How to Make a Beautiful Baby Girl Wedding Layout

Welcome friends, Penny here today with a beautiful baby girl layout, featuring Madison.. 

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not... This is a layout I did of my granddaughter Madison as she picked flowers from her mother's wedding bouquet.  It won 1st place in our small town county fair.
Frugal Tip - The clear flowers on the left side of the layout's title came from the hardware department of a local store.  They were really meant to hold a mirror on your wall, but I thought they would make beautiful flowers! They are called mirror clips if you want to look for some.

The TINY lace around the title was cut from lace off of an old hair bow, but it was so hard to cut out and worse to try and glue down! LOL

The beads were from my sewing goodies, and I glued them in place but later had to go back and tack them down with thread in order to get them to stay were I wanted them.  The rose under the main photo is a sewing applique that I have had since my daughter was a child.(Trust me that was a LONG time ago!) I glued it in place along with the other small sewing accent ribbon flowers. Love Penny
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Sunday, September 23, 2018

How to Make A Beautiful Autumn Scrapbooking Layout

Good morning crafter's Penny here today to show you how to design a beautiful Autumn scrapbooking layout.

So the first thing I needed was some great Fall / Autumn photos. I did this by getting / making my grandson pose for some photos. I think they turned out great, but that sweet pained expression on his face was due to him posing for so long. Which to him is anything longer than 5 minutes. So my suggestion is bring along plenty of snacks, but none that will leave color on their lips.  (Don't ask me how I know about that little tidbit!) 

So other design tips about this layout is to chose embellishments, and paper that match the colors in your photos. So I found matching washi tape, bling strips, a fabric applique leaf, some fussy cut leaves, gold paint for the tile, along with some gold alphabet stickers, and an orange pen. 

To stick all of these goodies down I used the Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect. This glue is amazing because it glued down my plastic alphabet stickers, my fabric applique, the bling strips, and all of my paper with me ever once changing glues. This is a huge time saver for me as well as a money saver since I didn't have to buy a different glue for each product type I used. 

So once again here's a look at my Autumn layout, I hope you had a great time following along and until next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny 
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Saturday, September 22, 2018

How to Save Money On Your Scrapbooking Embellishments.

It's "County Fair" time here in our tiny town, and couldn't wait to take my grandson to the fair! It was almost as much fun as making this 2 page 12 x 12 layout! Luckily for me it was slightly overcast which means I would be getting to of my favorite things: Great photos, and I wouldn't be sweating while chasing him around! LOL

For a larger view of this layout click HERE.

My scrapbooking frugal tip for this layout is that I used some of my actual photos as layout accents.  For example the accents: Luck Duck, and Midway, are photo's of real signs that I took at the fair! I think they turned out great, and I didn't have to spend a lot of time hunting for layout accents. Works for me!

Since I rounded the corners of all of my photo's I chose to do the same for all of the embellishments.  I added round punched pieces behind some of the brads to give them additional pop, and to match the background pattern paper.

I have to admit the best part for me was the "Duck Pond" we had a blast there until he decided to eat the ducks! LOL Who knew he had such a delicate palette at such an early age?

Have a great day and remember to take you family to your local fair as well!
Happy Scrapping, Love Penny
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Friday, September 21, 2018

How to Make a Super Cute Toddler Scrapbook Layout

Good morning crafter's today I'm going to show you a cute baby / toddler layout featuring my grandson Matthew.

I made this layout years ago of my grandson Matthew for the old "Creating Keepsakes " yearly contests. Alas I didn't win, but I did end up with some great layouts, so in a way I still won after all! Yeah me!!!!

When I first took this photo the room wasn't well lit so when the photo came back it had a horrible "red eye" effect! Well since I wasn't making a Vampire layout for Halloween I had to do something! (I did make a layout like this later that year however using a photo with red eye, it was a blast!)

This type of problem is why I first found this site:
Picasa it has a fabulous free downloadable photo editing program that has saved my oblivious lack of phototography skills many, many times over....
(I am not affiliated with this company in any way I just love this program, but I am not sure it's still available.)

So after saving my photo, and reprinting it into a usable form, I was back in action! Most people who have known me very long, KNOW'S that I am one FRUGAL SCRAPPER! Many of my layouts will feature some sort of re-purposed item that I have found in one place, or another since I don't live by a scrapbook store.  For this layout it's the buttons, and an actual store clothing rack divider.  Flat enough.....yeah, unusual item for a contest page......yeah.......easy to use and glue....yeah......... Okay perfect! Down it went!

I started by taking my paper, and cutting around the divider, then I took that piece of paper and laid it on top of the divider, and rubbed it lightly so that it would leave an embossed effect on the paper so I could cut it closer to the correct size.. Worked great, so I trimmed the paper, and then glued it in place! WOW perfect fit, so now I think I am a genius!.....Okay only for a second....back to reality...

Other accents on this page included a fold out folder, a hand drawn heart, inked edges, and sewn on buttons, and paint chips that I got free from the local department stores paint department. (They are the greenish accents rectangle shapes).  The title is made of a plastic alphabet made by I believe Makin Memories.

Good luck with your pages today, and I hope I have inspired you to try something new! ...Happy Scrappin Love Penny
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How to Make a Cute Toddler Wedding Layout

Good morning crafter's Penny here to show you how to make a cute double page toddler layout. 

This is a layout of my grandson Matthew on his mom's wedding day.  He spent the whole day running away from everyone who tried to corral him! Even at this young age the little rascal KNOWS he can outrun me due to my arthritis so we play "Catch me if you can" a LOT, so I figured that would be a great title for this layout!

This layout features punch out alphabets, brads, buttons, tags, ribbon, and some punch out accessories.  Pretty quick and easy after I figured out what kind of placement I wanted on my photos.
I also loved the blue, and green color scheme, which went great with the photo's and his clothing. Until next time Happy Scrappin!
Love Penny
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

How to Make A Photo Layout Pencil Box

Good morning fellow crafter's Penny here today to show you this super cute photo holder made from a pencil box.

This is what is inside this box. 

Once you unfold it, it shows you this super cute baby girl photo layout. This would be a perfect gift for grandparents. Read below for the complete directions on how to make this cute project. 

This was a fun project I did one day just because I had a bunch of these really cute pencil boxes laying around not being used.  I love how it turned out. 

1-plastic pencil box
1-12 x 12 Sheet for the outside of your layouts
1-12 x 12 Sheet for the tags.
1-8 1/2 sheet of white or other light color for journaling blocks
Approx 10 SMALL brads that match your theme, or colors (Large brads will cause your book not to fold properly.)
1 -12inch ribbon
Assorted fibers, or ribbons for tag toppers
Assorted stickers that match your theme or photos
Approx 4 small photos
1 glue stick
Standard round notebook paper hole punch

1) Start by taking the light brown piece of 12 x 12 paper and folding it in not quite in half, (top to bottom)leaving a two inch section at the top that is not covered by the bottom section of the sheet, this will make the pocket section.
2) Now take the sheet and fold it in half length wise.
3) Next take the length wise ENDS of the folded sheet and fold them in to the center fold, this will give you the "book" part of your scrapbook.  Try placing it in your pencil box at this point to make sure it will fit, and refold if necessary.
4)  Now place two brads in the pocket side of your scrapbook, on each side, to keep the outer most "pockets" in place.  Do the same for the inner pockets.
5) On my design I folded down the corners on each side and held them in place with other small brads.
6) Out of the 12 x 12 red paper next cut strips to form your photo tags, and add journaling blocks of white paper underneath each photo section.
7) Using the paper punch, punch a hole in the top of each tag, and lace fancy fibers or ribbons though the hole.
8) Now decorate the outside and inside of your scrapbook, and tie it up with the ribbon.
9) Insert your new scrapbook into it's pencil case and gift it to someone you love. Happy Crafting! Love Penny  P.S. This also makes a great teacher gift at the end of the year.

Once again my photo layout all tucked into my pencil box. You should give it a try sometimes.  Till next time Happy Scrapping.  Love Penny
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Funny Crafting Meme

I can't help it I just love these things. 

Sewing Quote - I have my share of PHD projects in the PHD Room - Piled High and Deep Room!

Till next time Happy Crafting. Love Penny
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Saturday, September 08, 2018

How to Upscale a Huge Clock With Vinyl.

Good morning friends Penny here today to show you my recycling of a huge clock with vinyl from Tape Technologies and StyleTechCraft .

Here is the before photo of this clock.  It was hard to take these photo's due to the glare from the glass, so I apologize for that problem in advance. 

This clock doesn't look like it but it's HUGE.  Probably 2 1/2 feet on each side.

I used my die cut machine to cut out all the images I placed on the clock. The vinyl I used was actually one of my favorites in the Ultra FX styles in the Rose Gold. It is an absolutely beautiful color, and looks great on everything.  

Here are some close up shots of each corner where you can see the glitter effect much better. I is really lovely.

This vinyl is easy to work with and lays well on any surface. As you can see in the "TIME" circle which is on the corner of the clock framework that has a slight gap, but the vinyl worked great.

Probably the hardest part of this project was those swirls, and where it not for the Application Tape they would have been almost impossible to lay correctly.  I highly recommend the use of this product when applying any vinyl. Its a sanity saver!

 And here is the bottom of the clock. I thought the "I could save time in a bottle" theme went well with this project, and it's how we have all felt at one time or another.

Well thanks for visiting today to see my project and until next time Happy Crafting. Love Penny
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

How to Upscale a Household Key Holder

Good morning crafters' Penny here today to show you how to upscale a key holder. 

I bought this shadowbox key holder at a thrift store.  The door was broken, it was dirty, and the front photo was water stained, but it had great potential.

The inside was really cute, and had sections where you could have your house keys without anyone knowing they were there.

So to get rid of the dirt, and grime that had built up on it I used ScraPerfect's Best Cleaner Ever and the Perfect Cleaning Cloth . Together they made an amazing difference to the frame of this box as you will see in the last photo on this post. This cleaner works on a huge assortment of materials, and the Perfect Cleaning Cloth  cleans eyeglasses, laptop screens, electronic touch screens, camera lenses, and a multitude of other surfaces. Together they can tackle just about any dirty job with success.

This is the chipboard backing of the photo.  You can clearly see it has some pretty serious water stains, and needs to be replaced. 

So using the old piece as a pattern I cut out some thick white cardstock to replace it with. Wow, what a difference!

To replace the stained front section I cut a piece of pastel checked pattern paper, using the old photo as a template..

On top of the pastel check I added this cute quote, and added some bling gems to give it a little more color. I held everything in place with 4 pink brads. I couldn't add too many embellishments because there wasn't room in the area in between the glass..

Then I removed enough of the staples to reinsert the new front photo, and backing. At this time I also replaced the missing screws that held the door on properly.

I plan on giving this as a Christmas gift.  I hope you like it as much as I do, and you do your own "Trash to Treasure" remake. Till next time Happy Scrapping, Love Penny
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Thrilled to be Getting Published By "Creative Scrapbooker Magazine'!

Great News! One of my layouts will be featured in "Creative Scrapbooker Magazine" in this month's issue. So be sure to look for me in here:

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It's always fun getting published, and when someone appreciates your craft. Till next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny
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Monday, August 27, 2018

Funny Crafting Meme

Truer word were never spoken! 

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Till next time Happy Crafting. Love Penny
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Sunday, August 26, 2018

How to Made a Disney Scrapbook Page.

Here is a double page layout I did for some Disney photo's.  I made this several years ago, and this was the only photo I had of it before I gave it away.  I wish I had gotten some better shots of it.  Oh well enjoy!

The top right with Mickey peeking out was a post it note. The yellow flower on the bottom of that page was from a wire bouquet that I cut the stem off of.  The other smaller yellow flowers were made from foam stickers, and some bling dots. The row of Mickey mouses were made by just using some kid's stickers. Super easy pre-made layout! Till next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny 
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Funny Crafting Memes

Just in case you thought all my crafting supplies were scrapbook related.

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Till next time Happy crafting! Love Penny
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Friday, August 24, 2018

Funny Crafting Meme

I just love these funny crafting memes, they can totally make my day!

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Till next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny
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