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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

American Crafts - Driver's Ed

Be sure and look at the dog in both photo's!
The subjects in this layout are my granddaughter Madison, my grandson Matthew, and her grandpa's dog "Bowser".  Bowser loves to ride in this little car, so when Madison jumped in he did too.
1st Page Journaling reads:
Bowser takes his teaching job very seriously, he's seen Madison drive before.  Lebanon, PA 2007
2nd page journaling reads:
Bowser was so funny while waiting to go for a ride.  He almost said "Okay, first you look left, then right!"  Matthew was his next student.  Bowser said: "Here we go again".

The supplies on this layout include:
Pattern Paper:
American Crafts - Play 34167
American Crafts - Play 34163
Journal Block - Bella Tokens Boy
Twine - Unknown
Dog paw print paper - unknown (it came in a pack I think I purchased at Wal-Mart, sorry.)
Wooden dog - Provo Craft 13-5641-SSLYRD PNTD DOG (This dog was painted this way when I purchased it, and I didn't know my daughter had taken these photos it was a great coincidence. )
DCWV- Red, beige, white and brown cardstock
Border strip - K & Co.
Prima Flowers
Eyelet Outlet - Car Brads, Bone, Primitive hearts, regular brads
Therm O Web -Zots - 17180
Cricut Expression Die Cutting Machine
Cricut Locker Talk Cartridge -
29-0976 Title: "Driver's ed" cut at 4 1/4 inches on Driver's license Phrase Layer With Shift.
Key - was also cut on 4  1/2 inch
Ink Pad - Tim Holtz - Vintage Photo - TIM 19527
Photo was printed on a Kodak Picture Maker
Photo was edited using Picasa editing program
Fiskers Paper trimmer
Pilot Neo Gel Pen #7
Arrow punch - Paper Studios
Flower Punch - All Night Media

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Basic Grey - David

I did this layout for the Basic Grey challenge here:  The Challenge was to use 1 large photo, with 1 large title.  This layout is of my oldest brother David, he died several years ago, with pancreatic cancer.
  The journaling reads:
David my oldest brother, kind, caring, funny but not so good he didn't have his faults.  I'd overlook them all to have him back again.  Love your sis Penny.
Supplies for this layout include:

  • Basic Grey - Motifica - Clay  MOT - 062 
  • DCWV cardstock in - Brown, blue, tiny scrap of red (this was placed behind the punched out heart on the bottom of the journal block.
  • Fabric cut to look like ribbon (Frugal Tip)
  • Homemade label cutout - I had to handcut this myself, I don't have a die cut in this shape.
  • Button studs
  • Hand cut and punch cut hearts
  • Brown heart paper - unknown, I've had it forever
  • Punched out arrows
  • Brads (I don't think I can make a layout that doesn't have brads on it)
  • Chipboard letters
  • Martha Stewart gems
  • Fabric roses - Unknown
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Altered spoon pot for my mom's kitchen

I found this pot at a thrift store for about $.50, can't remember what color it was to begin with but I painted the whole thing gold, then blue, then applied  Daisy D's paper on it. After I papered it I added gold distressing to the highlighted areas!  Since my mom collects roosters, she loved it! She could have used this for a plant also, but she chose her kitchen spoons. 
Love Penny Happy Scrapping! 

If you have become a new member to my blog PLEASE leave me a link so I can follow you back, otherwise I can't find you! Love Penny

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Frugal Scrapping - Hi Card
As most of you know, I am not a huge card maker, so making these do not come easy to me.  I made the two flowers out of just regular silk flowers, purchased from Dollar General.  I just took them off their plastic stems, and added the brads. Presto new flower at much less the cost of so called scrapbooking flowers.

Before adding the staples I lined up my yarn bow.The large staples I took out of a huge cardboard box, they are normally in heavy duty boxes and are a breeze to remove.  I straightened them out and just punched them through my card and then bent the staples back over with my scrapping hammer..

I used tag and circle punches, and inked the edges of those, and the outside of the card. Then torn paper, and inked it.  Next I stamped the "HI" on the circles and then I'm all done. Happy Scrapping!  Love Penny
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Bed Of Roses

I created this layout for the challenge at
but I had wrote the wrong day down, so I missed the deadline, but I love it anyway.
I kept the layout kind of plain because there was so much going on in the background of the photo
The journaling reads:
Madison I hope your life will always be a bed of roses!  Love you now and forever!  Granny Penny
The supplies I used on this layout included:
DCWV - White
Keepsake Collection V 1104 Teacup 4224601104 - Pink
Mini Roses - Creative Elements - WMF 417021
Title letters - Alphabet punch outs (maybe DCWV)
Assorted Brads - Some are Recollections
Cardstock heart, and journal block - Daisy D's - Valentine 17720
K & Co. Borders - 30-614772
Bow - Offary
Gel Pen - Pilot 07

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Summer Tray
This is a wooden tray that I altered to give it a little flavor!  I coated it with a layer of modge podge to help protect it from drink spills, but I think a layer of varnish would have worked better, or at least put one on top of the modge podge.  I used a kids key ring to add the tag, and it reads: Good Friends, Good Memories, Good Times.  Love Penny
More of my altered projects can be found Here
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Frugal Scrapbooking with Ladies Belts

Frugal Scrapbooking
Okay here is my frugal scrapbooking tip for today!
I have purchased SEVERAL of these ladies belts.  I purchased this one for $.99 from my local Goodwill Store.  It has approximately 46 removable medallions.
Here are what the medallions look like once they are removed from the belt:
Sorry about the glare, but it's raining here and I had to use the flash on my boyfriends camera (yeah this is me still crying over my stolen camera) at any rate, the holes in this fit almost all brads! I have found these belts in many different styles, with many different stamped images on the medallions! These medallions are held onto  the belt by elastic band, and the hardest part is getting them off the elastic.  On some of them you can just pull them off, but on others I have had to cut the elastic off  REALLY close to the crimped edge.  The medallions are about the size of a quarter.  If I had to buy these in a scrapbook store I would EASY pay over $1.00 for two of three of these! So there you go that's my tip of the day!  If you find a few great belts like this and you want to swap shapes/stamped images with me just let me know.  Love Penny
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Thanks to my good buddy Lisa over at
I have rec'd the Liebster Blog Award!  I am SO excited this is the first award that my blog has received!

For anyone that doesn't know, the Liebster Award is given to insprational blogs with less than 200 followers.  Liebster is a German word meaning dearest, or favorite, and the tradition is that I would pass on the award to 5 other blogs that I have encouraged, inspired, and motivated me.  To accept the award here's what you have to do:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award on your blog.
2. Link back to that blogger from your blog.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Pass on the award to 5 of our most valued blogs, with less than 200 followers.
5. Leave a comment on those 5 blogs letting them know, you have given them the award.  Yeah I know I cheated and chose 6, but I couldn't narrow it down to just 5.
Here are my choices for this award:
1. Christy at
2. Marlana at
3. Soaphousemama-
4. The Scorpian Crafter
5. Funky rosebud crafts
6. Write Snap Scrap
If any of you ladies have already rec'd this award please let me know so that I can give it to someone else and make there day! Congrats ladies! Love Penny
If you do not respond to this thread in 5 days, the award will be given to someone else. Love Penny
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Sunday, February 19, 2012

My Mind's Eye - You bug me! 

The photo of this layout is not the greatest, it was raining here today and I had to use my flash, sorry. 
This layout was based on a sketch from the My Mind's Eye blog
The sketch only called for 2 photos but I wanted to use 3, so I had to make some minor changes to the layout.
Journaling reads:
Tennessee Aquarium 2008
This was James at the butterfly garden. Mom, Allen, and myself tried all day to get a butterfly to land on us.  We had no luck.  James however had them all over him, it bugged us!
This layout used the following supplies:
My Mind's Eye - "Sunny Days" Stripe / Orange Paper KS3112 (orange scallops, and the green strip at the bottom of the page)
My Mind's Eye - "Brave" - Dots/Blue Paper KS3048
Reminisce Phasealogy - Rub-on (title, and bugs)
Sketch # 32 Anam Stubbington My Mind's Eye Challenge
Assorted brads
Butterfly stickers - Unknown
K & Co. Border strip  - Butterfly border
I hate my handwriting but my printer is on the outs, but you can bet you will not see my handwriting once it's fixed!  No matter what the sentimental value, I think it ruins the layout if your handwriting is as bad as mine is.  This is how the little bug in the middle of my jouranling occurred.  I was in a hurry and wrote garden with a "M" on the end of it instead of a "N", so I had to cover it up with the bug!

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Basic Grey - Who Adorable You
This is the layout I made based on this sketch on the Basic Grey site:

The journaling reads:
I took these photos of Madison while we waited for Matthew to finish ball practice.  She carried that "horse" around for months.   We never did tell her it was really a "camel"! What a sweet face!  2008

I used the following supplies for this layout:
Pattern Paper:
Basic Grey - Oh Baby Girl - OBG-442 Sophie
Stickers are also from Basic Grey
Round pattern vellum - these were actually from a wedding invitation kit and were not really round, I just cut them to be that way.
The other sheet of what looks like pattern paper is actually a post card by:
Pratt & Austin - Penny Wise Post cards, I used two post cards and just tore them in half so that I would have enough room for my journaling. (Frugal Tip)
Tim Holtz Ink - Vintage Photo TIM 21056
Assorted brads
Floral Garden silk flowers - 19971 - 1105 (This is just the code for one of them, but I purchased my flowers at Dollar Tree, or Dollar General.(Frugal Tip)
Toner Craft Yarn/Twine - 86244
K & Co Borders
Photo turn
yellow thread

To make this layout I first inked the K & Co. borders and then sewed the yarn/twine through the holes of the border.  To make this process easier, I glued the tips of the yarn/twine so that it didn't unravel during the sewing process. Then I glued the vellum in place making sure that no glue would show after I placed my photos on the vellum.
Next I inked and glued the two postcards together and placed them on the layout.
Then I glued in place my photos, and then glued in place the sewed borders, but I added brads just to make sure they stayed in place.
Frugal Tip -To make the words out of yarn/twine I used a plastic bag from a sticker sheet and worked and glued the yarn/twine into the letter shapes.  After getting them close to what I wanted I then started gluing them to the layout.  Then I added the flowers and stickers.  It's not clearly visible in this layout but here is a small vellum banner under the top flowers. I then sewed the buttons in place, and the cross stitch pattern on top of the left hand side of the postcard.
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Friday, February 17, 2012

Okay this is me crying! ;(  While selling girl scout cookie's at Wal-mart tonight someone STOLE my camera!  I am SICK about it! I have had that camera for over 10 years and I LOVED it! My boyfriend has a newer one, but it doesn't take photos as well as mine did! I am so heart broke over this!  It's like losing your best friend! I contacted Wal-mart and they are supposed to look at their security tapes tomorrow morning, but I doubt they would do anything about it even then! Love Penny
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This is what I picked from my yard and gave to my mother this morning!  She has not been in the greatest health, so this is a reminder to those of you who still have your mother's "Give them what you can, even the little things, while you can!" Love Penny

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Basic Grey-Always Sweet Perfection
This layout was based on a sketch from

This is how my layout turned out! 

This is a layout of my daughter Sequita and my granddaughter Madison, on Sequita's wedding day.  For this layout I used the following items:
Sketch was taken from here: 
Pattern Paper:
Basic Grey - Urban Couture - URB-363 Pashmina
Basic Grey - Perhaps - KISA - PER - 738
String clasp:
Basic Grey - string clasp - 542631
Basic Grey - 551152
Word Brad:
Studio K Basic Grey - 564688
Tim Holtz Ink- Vintage Photo - TIM - 19527
Studio G Ink - WM 0028 Lime Green
Fisker's Paper trimmer - the really old one, I still love and use it even though I have several more that are more expensive!
Elmer's Craft Bond Glue Stick - 4021
1 sheet of 12 x 12 Dark Green Cardstock
5 tiny strips of white cardstock for journaling strips.
K & Co. Border strips (these came in a pack, and I have found that I use the "wrong" side of these as much as I used the "right" side.
Floral Garden - Silk flowers 967173- 1109 (I purchase almost all of my silk flowers from either Dollar Tree, or Dollar General, and just remove them from the stems, and use them on my layouts, much cheaper than the more expensive one's that are for scrapbooking.
Small hole paper punch
This is actually 330 Wrights Hem sewing tape - Seal Brown 092
Assorted brads - unknown
Assorted jewels - unknown flea market find
Pop Dots
Zots glue dots
1 small sheet of mulberry paper

I started this layout by cutting one of the background papers almost in half, and then cutting out some of the background flowers and popping them up off the main background sheet on the layout with the pop dots.
Next I tore strips from the dark green cardstock, and the rest of the mulberry paper to form the lines on the layout, along with the K & Co. border strip, and held them in place with glue and brads.
I then added the mulberry paper, as a photo mat, and placed my photo.
I cut and placed the "hem" tape, using brads and glue.
Next I free hand cut the butterflies, and inked their edges, and placed the jewels on the butterflies with glue dots. (If you don't want to free hand cut the butterflies, you could use stickers, or a cutting machine to make yours.)
Next I cut and inked the journaling strips, and added my journaling. 
Then I inked the flowers with the lime ink, in order to make them match the layout colors, and added them to my layout with brads. (They appear brighter in the photo than they actually are.) 
Then I added the string clasp and title stickers. 
The journaling reads:
Sequita and Madison, the 2 girls of the family now. Given the task as memory keepers, as most girls in families.

Now it's your turn to make a layout like this of your own! Happy Scrapping! 
Love Penny
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Friday, February 10, 2012

I have been busy trying to get my sketch book up to date the last few days, so I haven't had much time to post, hopefully I'll have some layouts up today or tomorrow. Love Penny
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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Cross Eye'ed Crazy Boy

Cross Eye'ed Crazy Boy

Since this month challenge is about "eyes", I made this black, and white boy layout featuring my grandson Matthew.  I have wanted to do something with these photo's for a while now, and this was the perfect time! My granddaughter will pose in front of the camera all day long, but not Matthew, he has to be bribed, and after a few minutes of taking photos this is the pose he gives me until I finally put the camera away, and since the little brat....I mean darling can out run me it leaves me no choice but to give up.. or have a screaming fit depending on the day... I never said I was perfect.

I also want to "Thank" everyone for reading, and commenting on my blog. You have been great with your reply's, and it's nice to know I'm not just talking to myself AGAIN.....Although I often meet better people that way ....

This layout is VERY budget friendly, or frugal, which ever way you like to say it. The letters were from a pop out alphabet page set, and most of the pattern paper, and ribbon pieces behind the photos were just scraps! Gotta love that!

The google eyes came in a pack of about 100 for about a $1.00, and they were the perfect photo accents. I have had that camera die cut for almost 10 YEARS, so it felt great to finally glue it down on a page, after backing it with scraps of the gingham pattern paper. I also added a clear plastic balloon disk to the camera die cut to make it look like it had a len's. To give the journal block some detail I just used a standard paper punch, and punched out holes in a border pattern. Who say's scrapping has to be expensive! Happy Scrapping! Love Penny

The journaling reads:
"This is how he looks at me, when he is done taking pictures!  Matthew 2008"

The supplies for this layout include:
Cardstock - White, Black and Grey - DCWV
Pattern Paper - Frances Meyer,
Letters were from a pre-cut stack - unknown
Border Strip - Reverse side of a K & Co. border strip
Camera Die Cut - Ellison
Standard hole paper punch
Prima - White flower
Grey rick-rack - Unknown
Black clothing stud - unknown
Black Button - unknown
Small Brads - Recollections
Large Brads - Paper Studio
Google Eyes - Crafter Square
Ribbon - Offray
Ghost Words - Hedi Swapp, I believe.
Plastic Disc - This was used on the camera, to make it look like it had a lens.  This was a balloon disc, used for helium party balloons.
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Monday, February 06, 2012

Frugal Scrapbooking  - Celebrate Loving You

Okay first of all yeah, I KNOW, someone should have called the embellishment police and stopped me about midway through this layout! LOL Some of the placement of goodies on here would have been different but I was trying to keep the "feather" design on the pattern paper visible. Having said that my mom is happy with it so that's all that counts!
The jouranling reads:
"Mom's purse always matched her outfits, even if it was just a trip to the corner store.  She loves fashion! 2009 "
The reason I went ahead and posted this layout, is because I wanted to show all the different items you can use on a layout.  Here's a list of unusual items just off of this one:

The blue ring around the button on the top left is actually an earring.  So is the green rectangle on the top right.

Shoe Decoration:
The metal/ black scroll piece (I chose it because it reminded me of the peacock feather) is really a removable shoe decoration.

Peacock Feather:
This is a real feather, that I have had for YEARS waiting to use, now I just have to find a way to use the other 6, and I chose it for this layout because of the colors and the "feather" design on the pattern paper.

Applique clothing patch:
This is the small white heart on the "celebrate" arrow.

Cloth Rick Rack:
Both the tiny black rick rack on the tag, and the larger rick rack on the "Celebrate" arrow were from my sewing supplies.

Also from my sewing supplies.

Men's shirt snaps:
These are the black circle embellishments that are located on the brown stripe, and the maroon circle.

Bow, and flower rosette:
Both of these items were from my sewing goodies.

Bobbi Pin:
It's located near the top of the photo on the right, and the jewels were already on it.

Flower lace:
This is located on the left side of the photo.  This is also from my sewing stash, there is no telling how long I have had this tiny piece, and just this little scrap was all I had of it.

Well that's all for this layout, but you can bet, I'll be adding more unexpected goodies to another layout soon! I've been doing this for years, and it's a great adventure trying to find new goodies, that you wouldn't expect to see on a layout. Love  Penny

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Sunday, February 05, 2012

Hopefully my last football layout for a while.  Then it's off to cheer leading. You can't really tell it by looking at this layout but the 8 1/2 x 11 football paper in the back ground was actually really white, and I distressed it with ink, so that it matched the colors of the 12 x 12 papers.  I did the same thing with the punched out quilt blocks in order to tone them down to match these colors.  I added the brads in the quilt block corners, just to give it some added details without adding too much bulk.  
The journaling reads: 
5 & 6 year old Pirate football team.  This was Matthew's game face.  Watching him play football was the best part of my year, and I like to think that he had fun too. 

By the way if this is your first visit here, scroll down further there is something posted besides football I swear! Love Penny
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