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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Repurposed Christmas In July with ScraPerfect

Repurposed Christmas In July with ScraPerfect

Good morning all Penny here with a "Christmas in July" post.  Anyone that knows me, knows that I LOVE Christmas! They also know that I am a frugal woman, so all through the year I collect little goodies from "Goodwilll", and other places that I can either repurpose for the holiday's, or use as a gift box. I adore little boxes, but I hate paying extra for them with my Christmas funds, which are quite limited. So while shopping one day I came across this pink leather like box. 

Unfortunately the lid's inner lining has come off, and the tabs that held the lid in place were loose. 

It also had a layer of dust, and dirt on it that needed to be removed. 

The dust, and dirt had especially gotten into the embossed lion crest image on the top of the box. It is hard to see in this photo, but trust me it's there. 

So before I stated on the grime I thought I had better glue down the flaps, and the top inner lining to the lid. 

In this photo you can clearly see where the lid tabs had came loose. So I quickly grabbed my favorite glue that I have found will glue just about everything you ask it too ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever.  I have used this glue on a ton of projects, and layouts, and so far I haven't found anything that it won't glue down. So I placed the glue under the flaps, and then outlined the area where the lid lining had to be replaced. 

I let the glue half -way dry, then I placed light pressure on the tabs, and the lining after I put it in place. 

It worked beautifully, and the tabs were now glued down, and were made usable again,and the lid lining was in place again..  . 

To complete this process I used ScraPerfect's Best Cleaner Ever to remove all the grime, and dust that was in the embossed area on the lid.  It worked great.  This cleaner is fabulous! 

I also used ScraPerfect's Best Cleaner Ever on my next repurposed gift box. 

While it was cute, it was REALLY nasty, covered in sticker residue, and dust. 

I didn't try to removed the large sticker on the back, as I will be covering it with a gift tag, and it was holding the bottom of the box in place. 

I think both boxes came out great, and saved me Christmas money, as well as keeping these items out of our local land fill. 

So till next time, Happy Scrapping, Love Penny 
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Friday, July 29, 2016

DIY Scrapbook Embellishment's, and recycling.

DIY Scrapbook Embellishment's, and Recycling.

These are the jewelry, or craft embellishment's I made from recycling just one women's belt! If I had tried to buy these items from a craft store, or make them myself they would have cost a fortune.

These two photo's showed what the belt looked like prior to me taking it apart. The small silver link's holding it together were super easy to take apart, by just inserting a flat head screwdriver in the links and prying them up till the pieces could be removed. If the metal on the belt is super soft you might need to be cautious when bending the connecting links so that you don't break, or bend the other pieces that you want to reuse.

This is a close up of the pieces while they are still together. You will notice that the links are already spread apart because I forgot to take the photo first. So I had to go back, and reconnect them for this photo. You could also use pliers to get these links to separate. 

Now here are my new embellishments ready to use for a fraction of the cost if I had bought them at a craft store. I only paid .99 cents for this belt! For the belt buckle, I will probably reconnect it to the tail end of the belt, and use it to close a mini scrapbook album. Some of these pieces could easily be turned into bracelets as well just by threading a little ribbon in the connecting holes. 

I have done this with lot's of ladies, and men's belts, so keep an eye out for some you might be able to take apart, and save yourself some extra cash. This blog has a ton of frugal scrapbooking ideas so stick around awhile, and browse older projects. Till next time Happy Scrapping, Love Penny P.S. Check out this link to a bunch of my other favorite frugal scrapping tips.Frugal Scrapbooking Ideas
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Memories Scrapbook layout with ScraPerfect

Memories Scrapbook layout with ScraPerfect

It's Tuesday so it's time for another scrapbook layout by me, Penny! The layout's I am currently making are for a gift album for someone who doesn't scrapbook. So they will be inserting their own photo's. I am trying to make generic pages that would be easy for the new owner to match up their photo's with, and this one is the first page in that album. 

These are some of the supplies I will be starting with. The cardstock look's black in this photo, but it is actually brown.  The sticker sheet is from a "Birthday Boy" sticker sheet I picked up at Dollar Tree.  The cream, and brown photo mat is actually an invitation cardstock item. There are also some photo holder's, and a couple of brads. This is by no mean's everything I will use but this is a starting point.

I will also be using ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever to glue down all of my products. It is very versatile, and glue's quickly. The bond is fantastic, and I don't have to worry about it wrinkling my ribbon, or bows. It's a great product, and solves many of my previous gluing problems. 

For this layout I am going to show you one of my favorite frugal tips! In the above photo it appears that the photo mat behind the cream, and brown card is a whole sheet of cardstock. 

However you will notice that in this photo I not only used a piece of the tear away portion of the cardstock sheet, but I also cut the center out to use as the second piece of matching cardstock that will be used elsewhere on the page. I don't always do this, but I find that it helps out not only my budget, but it also cuts down on the bulkiness of my finished albums. So for me it's a "win, win".

In this photo you will see I use an exacto knife to pierce the paper prior to inserting a brad.  I found this makes inserting the brad so much easier, and it keeps me from tearing my paper as well.

Now I am on to adding the stickers, and photo turns. Even though these sticker's are for a "Birthday" theme, they fit easily into the subject of this page so don't pass by sticker's just because they are for a theme you are not currently working on.  I purchased these at "Dollar Tree".

Next I added the ribbon bow which I made from a sewing seam binding. Seam binding is much cheaper than ribbon, and work's just as beautifully. The flower's were made using punches, glitter glue, and brads. I usually make a bunch at a time so they are ready for my layout"s, or other projects. 

So here is the finished layout, I hope I have taught you something today, or at least you had fun.  The smaller word stickers are from "7 Gypsies" Life sticker sheet. I also added a little bling to the "I" in the title, and on each side of the bow. So till next time "Happy Scrapping". Love Penny

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Friday, July 15, 2016

ScraPerfect Design Team Announcement - Penny Arnold


Good morning crafter's Penny Arnold here waving a big hello from Tennessee, with my thrilling
 announcement that I have been accepted as a new Design Team member for ScraPerfect they have lot's of wonderful product's so be sure and give the store a peek, you won't be disappointed!

ScraPerfect Design Team

disclaimer this was taken a LONG time ago, the photo, and the person has aged considerably since 
then, including grey hair, and wrinkles) 
                                                      My Photo
If you have visited the ScraPerfect Facebook page lately you would have seen some of my project's 
posted there already.  It seem's in my delight after receiving my ScraPerfect Design Team package 
that was filled with lot's of goodies, I started making thing's right away, and forgot to introduce myself! 
My bad! So I am trying to catch up on that process now. My resume can be found  here 
Penny's Resume if you would like to see some of my other projects. My blog is located here:

I have been a crafter since I was a child, so that mean's I have been doing this kind of thing for a 
LONG, LONG time. I enjoy quilting, sewing, card making, drawing, painting, altered art, and 
scrapbooking. I have been lucky enough to have my work featured in several magazine's, online 
magazine's, idea books, the Home Shopping Network, and product websites. It has been a lot of work, 
and a lot of fun. I have made projects that turned out great, and some that will never see the light of day 
again because they were a total fail. In each project however I have learned something new, even if it 
meant what NOT to do the next time. 

I enjoy finding new, and unusual items for my projects.  This trend started out mainly because I didn't 
live near any craft, or scrapbook stores, so I had to find other items that would work for those projects.
 I also enjoy being frugal with my crafts so that I can show other's you don't have to be rich to enjoy the 
hobby of scrapbooking. So you will find many of these subjects in my posts, and finished projects. 

In this scrapbook page for example the netting in the back of the photo was from a bag of oranges. 
The "fairy" was supposed to be a Christmas ornament.  Many of the flower's were normal silk flower's 
that I just picked off the stems, and used brads to hold them in place. The flower on the title was taken 
from a little girl's barrette. The lace flower's on the bottom of the photo were cut from a little girl's hair 
bow. The adorable little girl fairy is my granddaughter Madison. (You will often see my grandchildren 
featured in my layouts, sorry I am in love with all 4 of them. Jack, Matthew, Olivia, and Madison) She is 
wearing a "Tinker Bell" Halloween costume. I printed the photo mat, and her name on the photo at the 
same time I had it made. Saving me the trouble of finding alphabet stickers, or using more cardstock 
for a photo mat.

Like other's I also find a lot of inspiration on Pinterest.  If you would like to follow me, or see my boards 
they are located here: Penny's Pin Boards . Once there you will see I am truly a Pinterest addict. Till I 
see you next time, "Happy Scrapping". Love Penny P.S. Please feel free to ask any questions 
concerning any project I post, I would be more than happy to answer them for you if I can. 
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Travel Scrapbook layout "Rome" with Scraperfect

Travel Scrapbook Layout of "Rome", with Scraperfect

Good morning friend's Penny here with a "Travel Scrapbook layout of "Rome" that I made for my dear brother, and his wife. They recently had a fabulous vacation in Italy, and brought back a ton of photo's so this is the first of many travel layout's I'll be making for them. My sister-in-law prefer's to showcase her layout's on the wall, and the 8 1/2 x 11 layout's fit perfectly in an "award" type photo frame, so this layout was made that size.

First I took a piece of pattern paper, and fussy cut out the top half that featured the "Italy" section.

That was easy enough so on to gluing it down onto my new background cardstock.

Next I cut a photo mat, and a title strip of both blue, and brown.

Then I started looking for embellishments for the layout. They had saved their plane tickets, and their admission tickets for the Vatican. So in order to keep them safe without gluing them down I put them in "baseball card" sleeves. These are very cheap, and work perfectly for most mementos like this that you would like to save, but don't want to damage with glue.

Next I wanted to distress the photo mat, and the title strip. so I pulled out my trusty "Vintage Photo" Tim Holtz distress ink. This has got to be my favorite go to distress ink. 

So this is how I store most of my ink pads, unless they are extremely runny. Upside down with a hair band so that it hold's the lid on, and with a make-up sponge underneath for each color of ink. This system work's great, and you always have a sponge ready without mixing the color's of the ink together, or having to search for a sponge. 

 So then I distressed the large background sheet, the photo mat, and title strip.

Then I glued them together with Scraperfect's Best Glue Ever. This glue will work perfectly for all the surfaces I want to glue down on this layout, but first a little rearranging of my embellishments.

These were the alphabet's I used for the layout.  I have had them for a LONG time, but they still work perfectly. I also used this lace for the bows.  I store all of my ribbon, and lace in this manner with tiny rubber bands. Be careful however if you use colored rubber bands, they can sometimes bleed, and stain your ribbon. So I try to buy the tiny clear rubber bands from the little girl's hair department.

When gluing down my plastic holder's I applied Scraperfect's Best Ever Glue to the back of the holder's, then waited til the glue was slightly dry before gluing my holder in place. In this photo the glue is still clearly wet. It become transparent when dry. 

So here is my finished layout.  I am going to let my sister-in-law choose which photo's to put on it.  I hope you have enjoyed learning how to make this layout today.

Till next time "Happy Scrapping" Love Penny
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Saturday, July 02, 2016

4th of July Scrapbook Layout, with Scraperfect Foil

4th of July Scrapbook Layout, with Scraperfect Foil

Penny here, and since July 4th is just around the bend I thought I'd share my "4th of July" scrapbook layout, along with my first attempt to use Scraperfect Foil  If you haven't seen these yet you need to check them out. The color's are brilliant, and add just the right amount of bling to any project. 

These are just a few of the color's they have. New for July they have a much larger kit selection, with many more color choices that is sure to "Wow" the crafter in you! 

So for my project today I first needed to get out my Cricut cutting machine, and the cartridge I was planning on using.

Independence Day, perfect for my layout. 

These are the title's I cut out, but I am only going to be using the "4th of July" title for this project. The other two will be used at a later date. Gotta love that fine detail cutting that this machine is capable of doing. So after cutting out the title I applied a coat of Best Glue Ever, to the top of the section I wanted to foil first, and waited till it dried completely, but still remained tacky. I then applied the foil over the tacky part of the glue with the colored side of the foil facing "UP". The foil peels off from the back side. This is an important thing to remember when using this foil. 

Since there were many area's on my title that were very fine, I used the "No clog writing tip" on top of my bottle of Best Glue Ever . This made getting the glue on those tiny area's much easier, and it didn't make a mess of my project. 

Since I was using two different colors of foil, I only applied glue to one area / color at a time. Then added glue to the other section that I wanted to be a different color. So you would first apply the glue to the red area, then apply the red foil, Then you would repeat those steps for the blue foil.

With my foiling done, I then started to pick out my other embellishments. The flag, and the border in the middle, are both products made for teacher's to decorate their classroom's with. I am not sure about the border, but I know the flags are acid free. Be sure and check out this department when you are shopping for supplies.  You can save a lot of cash by shopping these area's, because usually they are priced much lower than scrapbook supplies are of the same nature.

I then started cutting my photo mats, and placing my embellishments. I usually don't glue anything down until I like where everything is placed.

I fussy cut the words, letter's, and balloon's from a sheet of 12 x 12 paper, and then added them to the layout. . 

You'll notice I didn't leave the "ticket" where it was previously at the top of the layout by the flag. It is much easier to move something prior to gluing it down. You'll also notice that the balloon is not glued down all the way.  That is not an accident. I leave certain area's unglued so that later I can place photo's behind that area.

I wanted to add this bling star, so I pulled out my Embellie Gellie tool. 

This little tool makes it much easier to place small items exactly where you want them to go without any fuss!

Now for a little metal! 

I added 4 star shaped brad in each corner of the layout.

The best way I have found to add these type of embellishments is to push them down onto an upside down mouse pad. Place the mouse pad under the area you want the brad type star to go into, and push down. It usually goes right through the paper with ease. The points should be facing down, DO NOT PUSH DOWN ON THEM WITH THE POINTS FACING UP.  This photo just shows you how easy they went through the paper, not the position you push on.

Next I take a Popsicle stick and push the brad end's flat against the paper. 

If they are not flat enough when you are done, hammer them lightly with a small hammer. 

Well here's the finished layout.  I hope you learned something new today, I know I did. Till next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny

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