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Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

How to Make Your Own Shabby Chic Flowers

DIY Shabby Chic Fabric Flowers

Good morning crafters today I am up with some DIY flowers that my granddaughter, and I made. Most of them used the same technique. Basically just sewing a gathering stitch in lace, and gluing them on top of each other. For the center of our flower's we used earrings, charms, buttons, silk flowers, and bead center's that we learned how to make by watching this video. Beaded center for DIY flowers ,  You will notice the center of the blue flower is missing the center bead.  When I took this photo it was still a work in progress. 

Here are lot's more samples of the flowers we made over the weekend.

It really didn't cost us anything since I already had beads, and lace already on hand.

These flowers would also work for little girls headbands, and other projects. 

Here is what the first layer of lace looks like before the second layer is attached.  You can either glue the second layer on, or sew it on, both ways work great, 

Each flower has a different look depending on what lace you use. 

Here is a spider flower I made for a Halloween project. For the bottom portion of it, I used a little girls hair bow.

So the next time you are feeling crafty, or frugal give these flowers a try. 

Till next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny 
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Friday, October 28, 2016

What to do with Cruise photos

How to Scrapbook Cruise Photos

Good morning crafters today I am up with another one of those pesky cruise photo's that can be so hard to work with since they take up so much of the page. For this layout I started by mounting the photo on some green cardstock, and then cutting some leaves out by hand in that same colored cardstock.  Then I glued down the doilies, which was actually just one doily that I had cut in two pieces. Prior to gluing down my photo I also added the flesh colored ribbon, and held it in place with brads. I really didn't add a title to this layout, I just added a journaling card from a project life kit, and at the top of it I added a small punched flower, with a jeweled brad.  Next I added the large flower, and the center jeweled brad. To finish it off I added the cream colored bows to match the dress, and flower. For other ideas on how to scrapbook cruise photos. just scroll down on my blog, as I have scrapbooked several other examples for you. Till next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Picture Perfect Frog Layout

"Toadally" Picture Perfect

Good morning crafters Penny here with a simple layout, but a cute frugal tip.  The layout features a friend of mine's grand children, enjoying a bath with their toy frog. The fish are stickers, the small frog head on the right is made from felt, the journaling card is from a project life kit. However the line of frog's on the left hand side are actually pieces of beaded door curtains. Below is a close up of them.

Super cute, and since I bought them second hand, I have a ton of these I can use for next to nothing.  I can cut the frogs apart, or use them as a string/border like I did here. I have also purchased flowers, crowns, and other door curtains that can be used in the same fashion. Some are cloth, but most are beaded like the frog shaped one's in this layout. So that's my frugal tip for you today! Til next time, Happy Scrapping. Love Penny
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

With All My Heart Pre-Made Wedding. 2 Page Layout.

With All My Heart 2 Page Layout

These are more of the pre-made wedding album pages I made for my family.  The top layout started out with just some pattern paper, some twill ribbon attached with some brads, and a title strip.  

After that I added the DIY flowers, that I made with some pre-made paper flowers, some green punched centers, and some orange brads. The photo mats were made from old photo mats that I cut from an old album.  I attached them to the pattern paper with brads. I also added more twill bows, and some bling gems to the title.

For page 2 I used one more material photo mat, more flowers, brads, and bows.  For the bottom I used heart shaped die cut stickers, and punched butterflies that I placed on matching pattern paper.

The colors don't show well in this photo, but they are a really nice pastel.  I hope you enjoyed these pages today, and that they might inspire you for your next set of wedding photos. Till next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny                 
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Guest Designer Post for Shabby is Chic Boutique

Guest Designer for Shabby is Chic Boutique. 

Hello friends! Penny Arnold here with my very first guest designer post for Amy Love's site Shabby is Chic Boutique.  I was thrilled when she allowed me to design some projects this month with her wonderful products. I was even more excited when they finally arrived in the mail! That poor mailman, I was stalking him, and that package for a whole week! I was even more giddy when I started unpacking all those great notions, and laces.  How did she get SO many items in that one little package? Truthfully, I don't know, but it was exciting pulling out each, and every one of them!

So this is one side of my finished cotton drawstring gift pouch. I love how it turned out.  Follow along with me, and I'll show you step by step how it was done!

So I started with this cotton drawstring pouch .  So cute even without adding anything to it, but even nicer after adding all of Amy's goodies to the outside of the bag. So I started decorating it at the bottom of the bag, and measured out just enough of this Butterfly dangle trim to go all the way around the bottom of the bag, on both sides.

Next I folded the lace inside out, and sewed the two edges together that I had just cut. Then I turned the lace to the right side again, It was now a circle that will fit the bottom of my bag.  If you do this, and your bag is a little smaller, or larger than your lace circle, don't worry as it you can adjust it as you sew it to the bottom of the bag. I also lined up the dangle part of the lace pieces so they were back to back.

Next I cut a piece of chipboard cardstock to fit the inside of my bag so I didn't sew both sides of the bag together while I was attaching the lace.  While trying to keep your lace even, and centered I sewed the lace around both sides of the bottom of the bag with simple hand stitching, and a good white quilting thread.  Regular thread will work, but quilting thread is slightly stronger. I probably should have pinned it in place, but instead I just held it in place as I sewed.

I probably should have pinned it in place, but instead I just held it in place as I sewed.

Wow, it's looking pretty already! A little lace adds a touch of class to everything!

Next I added the heart-applique , to one side. I first glued the heart in place to keep it from moving around, and then I stitched it in place with small hand stitches.

While I liked that look, I of course wanted more! So using quilting thread I sewed seed beads in all the hole patterns on the outside of the heart applique. Adding some larger beads on the inside of the heart, and on the bottom sections of the butterfly dangle trim. After doing this I noticed that this heart shape would also make a perfect owl shape as well when you added the beads, especially if I added a long bead where the beak would be on the owl's face. (Sounds like another fun project for me)

I loved the way the front side looked, but I wanted just a small touch of embellishment on the back side of my gift bag, so I sewed on a single flower cut from this white lace pearl flowers trim. Too cute, and it already had a pearl bead in the center of the flower so I didn't have to add one. I did however add two beads to the dangle trim at the bottom of the pouch.

So here's the front of my pouch.

This is the back!

I was going to give this bag to someone with a small Christmas gift inside, but after it turned out so pretty I will have a hard time giving this away! Be sure and check out all the trims, and other products at the store, they change out quite often, and you don't want to miss any. You won't be disappointed. I know I'm not! Till next time, "Happy crafting!" Love Penny
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Monday, October 24, 2016

Double Page Wedding Layout - Page 2

"Love" Pre-Made Wedding Layout Page 2

Good morning crafter's today I am up with another pre-made wedding layout.  This is page 2 from yesterday. Below are the supplies I started with: Heart pattern paper, a wedding invitation that came with the ribbon, and cabochon.  I will be using as either a photo mat, or a journaling box (it's up to the person receiving this album) two white die cut hearts, a strip of white stiffened muslin, and bride, and groom stickers. I also added some DIY flowers, two button type brads, and two blue bows, but they are not pictured here. 

I started by gluing down the white muslin ribbon, then I added the wedding invitation, the ribbon, and cabochon that came with it. Next came the white die cut hearts. 

These wedding invitation kits can sometimes be found for next to nothing at thrift stores, and are usually better quality paper, and acid free. The die cuts can normally be found in the teacher sections of some stores and they are also normally acid free, and cost much less than if you purchased them in a scrapbook store. Those are my frugal tips for you today. 

On top of the hearts I placed two blue bows, and the button/brads. Then I added the DIY flowers, and the bride. and groom stickers. 

I hope you have been enjoying these bridal layouts, and until next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

"Love" Pre-Made 2 Page Wedding layout - Page 1

Pre-Made Wedding layout - Love page 1

Good morning crafter's today I am up with a 2 page wedding layout.  Today we will start with page 1.  Stop by tomorrow for page 2. 

So these are most of the supplies that I started with: Pattern paper, 2 different kinds of wedding invitation that came with a ribbon, and a ribbon cabochon, some bride, and groom stickers, some muslin stiffened ribbon, a cupcake topper, and a word embellishment that I ended up not using. Not pictured are the button brads, the "Love" and cake sticker, the blue bow, and the two blue bling gems.

First I added the stiffened muslin, and then placed the wedding invitation on top of that. Then I added the ribbon, and it's matching cabochon.

Next came the button brads, the cupcake topper (wedding bells, that I removed the part that is placed inside the cake with my exacto knife) Then I added the second invitation that came with the white ribbon trim already applied, and the matching journaling card. On top of the journaling card I added the bride, and groom stickers, and the two blue bling gems. On the bottom of the outside of the invitation I added the button brads, and the "Love" stickers. Then to finish it off I added the cake sticker, and the blue bow.

I hope you enjoyed this layout today, be sure and stop by tomorrow for the 2nd page to this layout. Till next time, Happy Scrapping. Love Penny

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pre Made Wedding layout

Romance layout - I Love You

Good morning crafter's today I am up again with another pre-made wedding/romance layout that I made for a gift album. I started with the beautiful pattern paper, then added the green, and gold ribbon, and the different sizes of doilies as photo mats, or to use as journaling spots. Then I added the "I Love You" sticker, along with the heart sticker to make the title. The flowers are DIY flower's that I made with punches, then accented with those beautiful silk looking red leaves. Just a couple of red brads, a red button, and some gold bows, and we have this completed page! Easy, yet beautiful. I hope you enjoyed this layout today, and until next time Happy Scrapping, Love Penny
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Shabby Chic Halloween Spider Flower with ScraPerfect

Witches Brew Layout, and Shabby Chic Halloween Spider Flower

Good morning crafter's Penny here with two small Halloween projects for you today! First up is this pre-made Halloween layout.  I had a photo in mind when I started making this layout, but could not find it so I went ahead, and made the layout, and will put the photo on later. The photo shows my niece Angel stirring Halloween candy in an old cast iron cauldron.  Perfect for this layout, and title. 

So to start it off I used some jack-o-lantern pattern paper, then I added the washi tape strips. 

The title was a painted wooden title I picked up at Micheal's Craft. store. I wanted to add the bling gems to the title however so I headed for my Best Glue Ever by ScraPerfect . 

This glue will hold using the tiniest of dots of glue.  Even those photographed here are too big for these bling dots. 

Here I have them all added, and you can clearly see I should have used less glue. With this product using less is better than with other glue products. 

I found these really cute witches cauldron's that are made of foam, but I wanted to dress them up with these bling embellishments. 

So this is what my cauldron looked liked after I glued my bling in place. The glue that is showing white right now, will dry clear, so no worries if you have some on the outside of your bling dots. It will however remain tacky, so I used the Perfect Crafting Pouch and just lightly dabbed it over any excess glue that was showing after it dried. After that the excess glue will no longer be tacky. This tacky feature however is great if you want to make your own glue dots, or you want your items to be repositionable.  

So after gluing my title, cauldron, and extra pattern paper in place this is how it was looking so far. 

Next I made this cute little tag, with some string, stickers, washi tape, and of course more bling. 

More cute pattern paper accents, the tag, and the cute little skeleton cameo, and a bow added to the title area. 

So this was my finished layout.  In this layout I used wood, foam, fabric cording, plastic, and paper, while still only using ONE glue.  I love that fact, and it saves me a ton of money since I don't have to buy a bunch of different glues for each product type. 

Now on to my version of a frugal "Shabby Chic Halloween Spider". My spider was made using some eyelet lace, and old black, and white earring, and my granddaughter's hair bow (sorry Madison, I forgot to tell you where it went) and two purple google eyes. 

First I took about 12 inches of eyelet lace, and gathered it into a circle by sewing it with some loose gathering hand stitching. Then I glued the black and white earring on as a face using ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever .


Next I attached the googly eyes with the same glue, then glued everything down on top of the black hair bow.

Again, I loved the fact that I didn't have to change glue every time I changed the materials. This glue will glue fabric, metal, paper, plastic, etc..It's great !  I love how my spider turned out.  Till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny 

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