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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Scrappin Sports - Football Touchdown
A double page football layout of my grandson's team. The tiny skull's, and cross bones came out of a foam pack of Halloween decorations that I saved just for these pages.  The small yellow jeweled brads are not really brads at all, but are instead clothing rhinestones with a crimped backing.  They worked perfectly on this paper however. 
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Frugal Scrapbooking Tip:
The Pirate skeleton  at the top of this "Touchdown" page is really a cupcake holder. I knew I was going to be scrapping these photos so when I found these I knew they would be perfect.  The flag banner at the bottom is made from a painted wood art that I purchased already painted. (I love those time saving items) 

The rick rack was just some scraps I had laying around, but they went well with the layout so on they went! I hand sewed the buttons in place as I can never really trust the glue when buttons are concerned.

The jouranling reads:
It's not a secret who Granny thinks is the most valuable player on this team it's Matthew #62.  This was the 2010 5, and 6 year old team.  Matthew's 1st year and they remained undefeated. 

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Monday, January 30, 2012

 A Pirates life for me...Karen Foster 
Yep, another Pirate's football layout! I figured since I had all the stuff out I might as well design more football pages (I'm lazy like that) as it seem's I have taken a ton of football photos.  The skull, and cross bones were already printed on this paper.  I just sewed around them to highlight them a little, and then I added brads in the eye area.  

Frugal Scrapbooking Tip:
The metal scrolls were supposed to be Christmas tree ornament holders.  I used them because of the way they curled like waves.  The skull brad in the lower left photo is really from a Halloween themed pack.  Next I added some Karen Foster stickers, and sewed on some buttons.  (My BF just wishes I'd sew his lost buttons back onto his shirts so let's not mention this to him, OK?) 

I added Matthew's name to the photo with the Kodak Picture Maker.  I love that machine! This year Matthew's jersey number was 12.

The jouraling reads: 
Matthew's football team play's the Bridgeport Tigers.  Pirates remain undefeated! 2011.  (Actually his "Pirate" football team has remained undefeated 3 years in a row! GO BOYS!)

Now back to your regularly scheduled program! LOL Happy Scrappin Love Penny

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Be Afraid, be very afraid...
This is the layout with the jouranling and additional photo hidden behind the layout.  The additional photo is attached to the pull tab that says: The Champions
This shows the pull tab removed, the jouranling is on the back side and it says:
In our county we have several really great football teams, with South Pittsburg Pirates probably being the best of these.  My grandson Matthew starting playing in 2010, for the last 2 years they have been undefeated.  They are wearing their black practice jerseys in this photo.  The opposing players are wearing red Whitwell Tigers colors.  Our front line dwarfed theirs and you could see the fear in the poor little guys eyes.  They gave it their best shot however, and it was a great game.  Matthew is 3rd from the left in the black.  Go Pirates! 2010.

This is page 2 of this layout.

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  Football is Life - Cricut
Another "Pirates" football layout for your viewing pleasure!  (like you haven't seen enough of them here already! LOL) I cut the football helmets, and the "SP" which stands for South Pittsburg" with my Sizzix die cutting machine.  The title was cut with my Cricut, and a sports cartridge.  

Frugal Scrapbooking Tip:
The skeleton is really a cupcake holder that I have had for a while, and bought to match his football layouts. (Cupcakes don't last long enough in our house to get any kind of topper! We're lucky if the kid's remember to take the paper off of them! LOL)  

I used ink to distress part of this layout to make certain details stand out better.   Then I used  3 different kind of stitching styles to help certain accents stand out more, and sewed on some assorted buttons.  (My family just wishes I'd sew on their clothes!)

The frame around the photo was added with the Kodak picture maker. (As much money as I spend with Kodak I don't know how they are going bankrupt) The ribbon was pre-printed with the word "Pirate", but it didn't stand out enough for me so I added to the top of the checked ribbon.  

The other words on the upper strip were from a sticker sheet as was the "Team Picture" located on the bottom of the photo.. 
Happy Scrappin Love Penny
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Altered items link
Some of the things I have altered include:
photo frames-

tissue boxes- here
trays- here
lunch boxes
badge holder-here
mother's day plaque-here
mini album here
bookmarker- here
Pencil Box scrapbook- here
house number plaque- here
3 ring binder notebook-Nascar- here
Napkin rings- here
wooden box- here
There are more images in my gallery, at two peas.
Love Penny

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K & Company - Mom's mini album

This is the outside before it was decorated, but I wanted you to see that I used a small belt to help hold it closed.  I had to use a leather punch to punch a hole in the correct spot where I wanted it to close, and that is your frugal tip for today! 

This pages's theme was:
Thing's I have accomplished........

This pages's theme was:
Thing's I learned from my children...

This pages's theme was :
Thing's I'm most proud of.....
This is a mini album I made for my mom.  It was made from a standard 4 x 6 photo album.  Each page has a theme, and had a tag behind each page for journaling on, or for a small photo. I used one sheet of paper, that I cut into small squares (sorry I don't remember the mfg. , I think it may have been K & Co) to help identify the theme for each page, this would be the small square accents on each page.  I also used Tim's distress inks to accent each page. I have made several of these. Hope you like them. Love Penny

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

When life is hard...
This is another one of Matthew's football layouts.  He is #62, and is clearly seen where the arrow is pointing. (for the smaller arrow I used a arrow punch)  I used his position in the photo to inspire me for the title which reads: "Matthew, when life is hard... Push back!"

His football team has remained undefeated for the last 2 years. It has been so much fun going to his games. I have had everything on this layout for YEARS, except for the photo which was taken the first year he played.

Frugal Scrapbooking Tip:
The two plastic football player's on the bottom of this page are actually cupcake toppers.  I just cut the bottom portion off of them, and glued them down to the page. The frame for this photo was added with the kodak picture maker.

The small tags that say "push back" were from a punch out alphabet set. The "tackle, 1st down, offense" words were cut from a K & Co. sheet of pattern paper.
Thanks for looking, Love Penny
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Scrapbooking Sports - Baseball

Journaling reads:
Matthew age 4, and ready for his 1st time at bat!  His helmet was bigger than he was, and he could barely lift the bat, but he would go out and give it his all every time at bat!  These are the good times in our lives.  I'd like to say he was a star playe out on the field also, but sadly he would often bring tiny cars with him and play with them during his time in the outfield! It drove me, and the coach crazy.  Yes, I know short drive....

This layout uses Scrappin Sports background paper, the glove, and ball is really a note pad, (Frugal Tip) and I'm sure it's not acid free, but I loved it so on the page it went.  I'm daring like that.....  I had to back the note pad with another sheet of white paper, because it was so thin you could see through it, but I still think it works great.  

I hand sewed the tan stitching, not very straight I'm afraid, next time I think I'd better use a ruler, and mark the stiches out a little more evenly.  I also used a McGill punch to make the stars, I love this punch, it's so pretty, it's hard to see on here but it has a lace center.  The beige stars inside of it are brads, the ribbon underneath it is Offray.

The title was pre-made I think by MME, or perhaps another company, but I added the buttons and cricut die cut.. The bat sticker I think came from Karen Foster, along with the tiny license plate. Hope you enjoy scrapping your own little scrapper!   Love Penny

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Monday, January 23, 2012

 Echo Park and God must be smiling down on me today, I just rec'd news I won the "Truly Your's" paper pack collection!  I am in shock, and terribly EXCITED! You can see the collection here:
I won it on a blog hop at this site:
which belongs to Kandis Smith! Thank you Kandis, and Echo Park! Love Penny
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cricut news!  Great news! The project I made for my nephew's Christmas present was just picked to be in the July issue of Cricut! YEAH! I had just started submitting again recently and this was fabulous news! This was my "top secret" project, that I had been working on.  The funny thing is this is the 2nd one of these I had made, but I had to use blurry photo's on the 1st one so it wasn't pub worthy although my brother loved it! Love Penny
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Mind's Eye Published page "Window Up Above"

This is my layout: "Window Up Above", as it was pictured in "Legacy Magazine".  The journaling tells how when my mother was a child, her mother had TB and was sent to a TB sanitarium, where for almost a year my mother could only view her from a window outside the hospital. She said it was a terrible time in her life.  Papers are from My Mind's Eye, this was one of the very first layout's I ever made. Love Penny

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My Mind's Eye - My Memories Playful and Fun

Another layout using My Mind's Eye products.  I started out using the Kaleidoscope papers from a collection I have hoarded since it came out! I LOVE this collection of papers, and only use my stash of them sparingly! They are double sided, and have some of the most beautiful bright colors, perfect for a boy's page.

For this layout I cut apart their tag accents and used them as my title.  I also used some sticker's, and a couple circle punches, both in the title and in the circle accents under the title.  In those circle shapes of course I added my favorite accents of all time BRADS! I LOVE those little things, and honestly don't think I could scrap without them!

Instead of using the My Mind's Eye frame straight on my main photo I turned it at an angle to give the layout more movement. Then I added the journaling block, that  I had inked the edges of, and a cute little bow.  Done!  Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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My Mind's Eye - New Smile
I've always loved their papers, and this photo was a perfect match for their "Kaleidoscope" collection that I have had hoarded up for several years.  Yes, I freely admit I use their papers VERY sparingly due to my extreme love for them!

The hand written journaling reads:
"While playing in the sprinklers Matthew found out he had a "New Smile".
We had to use the theme "New" in this challenge. I had a LOT of trouble giving up some of my prized Kaleidoscope papers, AND my beloved brads, even though I loved the results! (Yes, I have a brad addiction also....I seriously doubt that I have EVER made a layout that didn't include brads..... Note to self: Get on a "brad" DT before I go broke buying them...)

The plastic bubbles were from a button pack for bathing along with the word "splash". The flower leaves in this layout were hand cut by me out of some textured materials that I recycled.  I loved them as they are translucent, and yet have a lined texture.

My printer is on the outs so I had to hand write the journaling, but I HATE my handwriting. UGH! The border banner is also made from Kaleidoscope papers, using the "A" and the "B" side.  I used a circle punch and then cut the circles in half which made for a perfect scalloped border! Yah me it seems I do have some brain cells left after all.....

Supplies for this layout include:
Pattern paper - My Mind's Eye Kaleidoscope
Love To Swim - KS1063
On The Shore - KS3072
Cardstock - DCWV
Brads - Recollections
Pearl Stud - unknown (top right corner)
Splash and water spots - I believe they are from a button pack that was for "bath time"
Chipboard - New Smile - unknown
Flower - Elements
Ink - Studio G pads
Prima flowers
Letter Stickers - Makin Memories
Green flower leaves were cut from the backside of a special heat tape, the green part is what you would have discarded.
Sketch is by Anam Stubbington

For more of my layout's using My Mind's Eye papers check out these past posts:  (I still haven't figured out why I am not on their staff, other than my talent, or lack thereof! LOL :) Happy Scrappin! Love Penny
I also like these two sites:
Pretty Little Girl a layout from the idea book, Mother Goose Scrapbooking Idea book;
Window Up Above: a layout seen in Legacy Magazine:
My Memories Playful and Fun: `
Grandmother layout
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Post under comments if you have a challenge you think will work for me! Thanks Penny
Here are the suggestions I have gotten so far from my requests. Thank you! Love Penny
as the name says, sketch challenges 
COLOR COMBOS GALORE that is back after rather a long break,but the challenges are great
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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Little Yellow Bicycle - Tinker Bell layout
This layout features Madison my granddaughter in a "Tinker Bell" Halloween costume. I took her to my grandmother's old home place where the flowers were really starting to bloom, and snapped photo's of her all day it was great! These are a few of my favorite shots. 

The "fairy" accent is really a Christmas ornament that I knew would work well with these photos, and it was already glitter-fied so I didn't have to make that mess! The netting in the back of the flowers is from a bag of oranges! (and the kids thought I was just on a fruit kick! Ha! Little did they know I was really buying scrapping supplies!) The background paper on this layout uses paper from Little Yellow Bicycle. 

The flowers are an assortment of Offray sewing embellishments,  silk flowers, and wired bridal flowers. I also added a large white ribbon on top of the netting, but still under the photos. The title, and blue photo mat were added using the Kodak picture maker. The journaling was actually a pre-printed  vellum quote. The tiny blue flowers under the bottom photo were cut from a little girl's hair bow! 

Another great frugal / budget friendly layout that I still love! This makes me, and my pocket book happy too! LOL Until next time, Happy Scrappin!
Love Penny

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This layout (the one on the left) is the only one on my blog that contains a photo that was not taken by me. The large photo on the left side of the photo layout was his "baseball" team photo, and was taken by the team photographer.  All other photos on this blog were taken by me.  These are actually two separate layouts, I just combined them to take this photo.
Love Penny

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Madison's first day at Preschool!

This layout is my stash buster layout. The black and white pattern paper on here is SUPER OLD! The banner located at the top left is completely homemade. (Frugal Tip)  I used a Diamond punch, a girl punch, along with string, brads and rub-on's.
Layout Title:
1st Day of Pre-school
Pattern Paper-Stemma Masterpiece Studio-Pre-school #177529, Frances Meyer, or perhaps Provo Craft made the Black Chalkboard paper, I'm still looking in to this.
Stickers- Paper Studios
Fabric star- Sewing notions - Frugal Tip
Rub-ons-Making Memories
Ribbon and Brads - Recollections
ABC- was a cupcake decoration -Frugal Tip
Punch- Mcgill (Girl punch unknown)
Die Cuts - Teacher's pack from Dollar Tree
The photo and it's frame were printed off the Kodak Picture Maker.
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Play Hard Game Face
This is one of my favorite photos of my Grandson Matthew. It was his first year playing baseball, but he had the attitude that he could win ANYTHING, and it clearly showed in his face!

I had this paper for a while before finding it a home with this photo.  Some of the embellishments are from Karen Foster, Stickapotamus, and a few other manufactures that I don't recall.  Sorry I'd have to have the layout in front of me to tell you with any kind of certaintly of who they are since I always try to list my products on the back of each of my layouts. A great tip if you plan on submitting any of your work to magazines, or contests. Otherwise you spend HOURS or even DAYS searching the internet trying to figure out what products you used....not that I would know from personal experience or anything....LOL

This layout won me 1st place in our County Fair in 2007, what fun that was!
Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Discover what makes you laugh! Scrapbooking Boy layouts
This is a layout I did of my grandson Matthew when he was just a toddler. It was the first time I mixed black, and white photos with color photos, but I ended up liking the look, and  I will do it again in the future!

I also love the orange and black color scheme which is normally reserved for Halloween layouts, but works perfectly here with the embellishments and the photos.

I also like the look of angling the smaller photo's on the white cardstock, to showcase a different mounting technique. I'll let you in on a little secret for getting up close toddler photos without a zoom camera.  All of these photos were taken while he was strapped into his car seat, which usually has great lighting! Ha! A captive subject, just the way I like them! LOL

I would also consider this layout a "budget friendly" layout since it's mainly cardstock, inking, and very few other embellishments. The "Discover" portion of the title was a rub-on, but it could easily be just written on if you have great handwriting.  Sadly I have horrible chicken scratch for hand writing so you will not see it very often on my layouts, which means you can actually READ my journaling.. Happy Scrapping!  Love Penny
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Play Ball
This is another photo layout of Matthew and his ball team.  Love Penny
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Altered book ends and dresser set
This is the journal jar/box I made for my mom

                                            Matching Tissue holder
Hope you like it! Love Penny
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Some of you may notice that some of my previous posts have moved up in the line up, it's because I had several projects on one post, I have changed that now so that each project is searchable with out viewing each post.  Thanks for looking, Love Penny
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Altered badge holder

This is an altered badge holder I made so I could show off my grand kids!  Super easy and fun to make! Love Penny
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 Book marker
I made this book marker using an older line of Foof-a-la paper. It worked perfectly for this project! I also added eyelets to the top so that it would not be so prone to tearing during use. The black ribbon strips are really a type of flat cording, and are made of cotton. This book marker would work perfectly for either a boy or a girl! Happy Scrapping, Love Penny

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Frugal Scrapbooking
Rub-on's tips
Here's my tip of the day:
A long time ago, (and I mean YEARS) I purchased a LOT of rub-on's.  WELL while trying to use many of them I found that they were becoming dried out and useless, SO I started taking the ones that I could still use and applying them to black or white card stock, and so that later I could use them as titles or accents, before they became totally useless.   Sorry I don't have a photo for this tip.  Love Penny P.S.
A poster on this thread
suggested that you might be able to re-hydrate them from the back by using an embossing heat gun, I have never tried it but it's worth giving it a try.  Happy scrapping today. Love Penny P.SS, if you have another idea, I'd love to hear it, please post it here!
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Frugal Scrapping - Scrapbook for less tip This is the back of a layout.

Frugal Scrapping - Scrapbook for less tip
This is the back of a layout.

Here's my tip for you today:
Often I like to add string, yarn or fabric which is notoriously hard to contain unless you use a brad, SO I save the sticker scraps from the tops, or outlines of my stickers, and use them to hold the strings/yarn/lace in place.  Works great, it's acid free, holds well, and I'm not out a dime! Love Penny
I forgot to add that it's recycling at it's best!
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Daisy and Cub scout card making

This is a photo of my granddaughter and her mom, at her "Daisy" girl scout troop meeting, where we made "thank you" cards.  The girl's had a blast, and it was the first time many of them had ever used a paper punch, or even made a card. I help out with the troop as much as I can.  Volunteer in your neighborhood, you'll get back more than you give, I promise! Love Penny
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CSI challenge case file #1

This is a brand new color/scrapbooking challenge site: Called CSI
This was case file #1, from the above site, and what it required me to use, as part of the first challenge:

This is a layout I did using all of those elements, it was a layout of my daughter's home in the 2003 flood. 
Her porch is actually 4 ft off the ground, so the flood waters stopped just short of getting inside her home, although it ruined many items in the garage.  I included clock, teapot, all the required colors, hand stamped background (skulls)  keys, bow, tag, journaling, safety pin, rhyme, as far as I know pretty much everything the challenge required. Part of the journaling reads:  Water, Water everywhere but not a drop to drink!
Frugal Tip - The skull accents I made from a stamped image to match the skull ribbon.  The cross was from a man's pocket cross, meant to be carried for protection.  The buttons, safety pin, and rick rack came from my sewing room. The plastic cabin piece in the top middle was just a flea market find, and the smaller green flowers were from my bead collection!
Till next time, stay safe, and  Happy Scrappin! Love Penny
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Sunday, January 08, 2012

How to fix dried up glue sticks

Frugal Scrapbooking

How to fix dried up glue sticks
 Hi Ladies,,
A while ago I purchased over 30 large glue sticks at a great bargain price, however....I forgot where I had stored over half of them, 18 to be exact. When I finally did find them they were all dried up, and unusable.  SO... since I really needed them for the girl scout troop activity, AND I really didn't want to spend the extra cash to re-buy them, and I had nothing to lose if it failed, I tried to re-hydrate them.

First I tried just putting water in the glue stick tube. This worked okay, but often the water just ran right through the tube onto the counter top.  So I found that 4 would fit standing upright in an old plastic cake frosting container like the one pictured Here (I save these as they make great storage for kid's small toys, leftovers, buttons, etc..) 

At any rate after placing them in the container, I added enough water to the top of each tube (tube meaning the glue stick tube it's self) to fill it to the top of the tube, (not the top of the frosting container), replaced the glue stick tops, and then placed them in the frosting container,.  Next I added about 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches of water to the bottom of the frosting container, and then placed the lid on the container. 

Each day I checked the re-hydrating process, by opening the glue stick tubes, and looking at the glue inside filling them back up with water as needed.  Within 3 days all the glue sticks were re-hydrated, and after testing the glue on a layout I found that the glue was "good a new". Just perhaps not quite as firm as it was before, but worked just fine, and held anything I tried to glue down. I did however wipe off any remaining water from the top of the glue stick before using it.  

I hope this helps someone else who is on a forced budget, and has the same problem.  Love Penny
If you like this tip, be sure and check out this site for other great card, and scrapbooking tips! Love Penny
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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Buttons - Mother's or Father's day card
This is a matching card I made for my mom for Mother's Day.  I started with the large button, and then found assorted styles of paper, and ribbon to match the stripes on the button. The largest blue stripe section is actually sewing binding, and not a "ribbon" at all. I used "Brilliance' ink pads to add ink to the  homemade flower.  This was the first time I have ever tried to make a flower like this and I think the hardest part was trying to get it to stick together in a  round circle.  I finally used several glue dots. The photo makes it look slightly "pink" but it is in fact bright white.  The button moved slightly during photoing it, as the stripes of the button are supposed to line up with the stripes of the ribbon.  It was later corrected.  I could have retaken the photo, but I think it helps other scrappers to know that these things can happen to someone else. Love Penny
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Button's Galore - Mother's day plaque

This is how this plaque started out, as you can see, I spent a whooping $.50 cents on the "before" plaque.

This is the finished plaque, I started to paint the frame a lighter color, but I was afraid it would wash out the color of the button accents.  I made this plaque as a Mother's Day gift for my mom. I intend to hand write "Love Penny" inside the top heart, but since my handwriting stinks, I thought I'd better take a photo of it first! I hand cut the letter's "I" , "U" , and bottom heart, and then backed them with tan cardstock.  After finishing it I realized that I should have dropped down the lace a  bit, but it was too late by then, and I was out of glue dots! LOL The "gems" in the corners are actually clothing studs, with bend over tabs, that I just hammered directly into the wood. I love them and purchased them at a "flea market" like store, so I can't reorder, anyone know a source? 
The right hand "M" looks odd in the photo, but is fine in person, I think it must have been the camera angle, or the glue dots moved as I was handling it to take a photo of it.  If I did this project again, I think I'd try and hand draw out the word before applying the buttons over the top of them, in order to get an overall better letter shape, or style. I also added a lace bow to the top hanging bracket, that is not pictured.
Love Penny
P.S. Be sure and check out the following web sites: Scrap Your Crap, a site that helps you scrap the stuff you already own! What a great idea! 
Another great site is:
Best place to order buttons from:
Have fun crafting! Love Penny

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

I have decided to try and do the "Project Life" /word album this year.  Since I didn't have a reliable computer til now, this is the first time I have heard of it, and it sounds interesting. At the very least it will get me taking different photo subjects, and I will keep track of the journaling on this blog. Happy New Year to everyone! Love Penny
P.S. I think my "word" will be "Perspective". As I will be taking photos and making layout from my "Perspective". Love Penny
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