Frugal · Papercrafting

Frugal Friday – Altered Note Book

It’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts, if you’re making them.  Here is something for teachers or co-workers.  This can be done with scraps of paper.

I just took a piece of cardstock (larger than my note book by about 1/2″ in all directions), dampened it and… now please don’t have a heart attack, wad your cardstock up in a ball.  Keep breathing, everything will be okay.  Unwad (is that a word?) your cardstock, hand smooth it, being gentle.

At this point you can take an ink pad and rub it gently over the surface of your cardstock, inking the wrinkles of you cardstock.  You can use a coordinating or contrasting color, your choice.  Next, with a medium heat iron smooth the cardstock as flat as you can. This gives your cardstock a faux suede or crushed velvet look.

Now you’re ready to adhere it to your notebook, trim the excess to the size of the notebook.  Embellish as desired.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by, come back soon and stay awhile.
Happy Scrapping.

Let’s scrapbook together, it’s cheaper than therapy.

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Frugal · Papercrafting

Frugal Friday – Post-it-Note Mini Clipboard

To go along with last weeks Frugal Friday post-it-note key chain post, we have a post-it-note clipboard.  This clipboard is made out of one of those drink coasters that you can find at the dollar stores or Wal-Mart or pretty much any store.

Cover one side with paper, sand the edges with an old finger nail file to get a smooth fully adhered edge.  Rinse, lather, repeat on the other side.  Attach a post-it-note to the upper middle.  Embellish a small binder clip as desired.  Attach to the top of the clipboard.  You can even decorate a pen to match your new clipboard.  How easy was that?

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by, come back soon and stay awhile.
Happy Scrapping.

Let’s scrapbook together, it’s cheaper than therapy.

Chalk Couture · Frugal

Chalk Couture – For Kids

Over the weekend my 10 year old son did some chalk couture on coffee cups that he bought at a thrift store.

He used the Geo Cat transfer with Regal and Black ink on the first cup.  The rooster from the Farm Sweet Farm transfer and Regal and Shimmer Copper ink, for the second cup.  He just dabbed the Shimmer Copper on top of the Regal before he removed the transfer.  On the third cup he used the Awareness transfer and the Couture Coral ink.

Then, after they dried we heat set them in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by, come back soon and stay awhile.
Happy Scrapping.
Let’s scrapbook together, it’s cheaper than therapy.

Frugal · Papercrafting

Frugal Friday – Post-it-Note Key Chain

Keep those bits of paper for post-it-note pad covers.  Cut the paper to the width of the pad and double the length plus the thickness of the pad.  Fold the paper over the post-it-notes.

Punch a hole in the corner (you might need a tool like the crop-a-dile).  Put a loose-leaf ring in the hole, embellish as desired.  Voila you have post-it-notes at your fingertips all the time.  You can hang these on your key chain, purse, gym bag, by the phone, wherever you need them.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by, come back soon and stay awhile.
Happy Scrapping.

Let’s scrapbook together, it’s cheaper than therapy.

Frugal

Frugal Friday – Embroidery Hoop Brooch Holder

I don’t do much embroidery any more, so I needed to find something for my lonely hoops to do.

I crackle painted the hoop.  While it was drying I cut a doily into 1/3 and 2/3 pieces.  I also cut a circle of fabric slightly larger than the largest hoop (about 1/2″).  I adhered the doily pieces to the fabric.  You can do this either by stitching or fabric glue.  You can also play around with the hoop and fabric looking for just the perfect placement of the doily.

Once the hoop is dry and the doily/fabric is perfected I put a small amount of glue on the outside of the inside hoop.  Got that?  Outside of the inside!  Place the fabric on the inner hoop, then place the outer hoop on top of the fabric.  Push them together (I find it easier to leave the whole assembly on the table as I push so that the outer hoop doesn’t go paste where it should).

After I had it all together, I turned the hoop over and pulled the fabric taut.  Then I trimmed the extra fabric flush with the back of the hoop.  The tightening screw is where I put my decoration, but I left room to use it for a hanger to hang on the wall.

Then you just pin your brooches to the fabric.  You can use any size hoop, or glue several hoops together to make a geometric shape.  Your imagination is the limit as to what you can do.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by, come back soon and stay awhile.
Happy Scrapping.

Let’s scrapbook together, it’s cheaper than therapy.

 

Frugal · Scrapbooking

Frugal Friday – Playing Card Mini Album

I don’t know about your house, but at my house it seems that no matter how hard I try to keep games together, they still end up scattered to the four winds.  So when this happens I take the orphaned pieces to my studio and turn them into works d’art.

This piece d’art is a deck of mismatched and worn out playing cards turned mini album.  I sewed onto a few cards using my sewing machine.  I adhered photo mats and journaling spots to some and just drew journaling lines on others.  I distressed the edges of the cards with ink and splattered white paint on some of the finished cards.

Then I used the back cover of paper stacks, cut to the size of the cards, as covers for my mini album.  (You can also use cereal boxes).  I painted, distressed and splattered them as well.  I punched holes for my binding, and used jute to bind my book.  Now I have a fun mini album made from “trash”.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by, come back soon and stay awhile.
Happy Scrapping.

Let’s scrapbook together, it’s cheaper than therapy.

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