Gifts · Papercrafting

Quick Handmade Christmas Gift

Here is another idea for Christmas gifts for teachers and co-workers who are readers (check out Friday’s Christmas gift post here).

Photo of Jumbo Paperclip Bookmark

This is one of those JUMBO paper clips.  I used a 2″ scalloped circle to punch out 2 circles.  You can use any shape that is big enough to cover the top of the paper clip.

The pink circle is 1.5″.  I only used one of those.  Stamp and embellish ’til your heats content.  Then place the single hoop end of the paper clip in the middle of the bottom circle.  Put a piece of double sided foam tape above and below the paper clip on the circle, right snug up against the paper clip, so it can’t wiggle.

Then put the other circle on top.  You should have a paper clip sandwich now.  If you wish add a little ribbon to your bookmark.

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 – 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.

Chalk Couture

Chalk Couture – Pet Food Rug

I used the Geo Cat transfer and Chalkology Ink Regal and Bright White.  When I saw this transfer I knew I had to do this, because anyone who has cats knows that you are not only owned by your cats but your “house is maintained for the comfort and convenience of the cats”.

However in my house my cats earn their keep.  I live in an area where I get a lot of field mice.  When I see mice I tend to jump onto the counter and shriek like a girl.

My fur babies may do what they want but I haven’t had to jump onto the counters and shriek for a few years, so it’s a win-win kind of thing.

I think Whiskers approves of his new food rug.

I bought the rug at Walmart.  It’s a rubber backed rug so I only heat set on the side I inked on.  Four minutes with a medium iron and a piece of parchment paper between the iron and rug.  For the most part, I only intend to spot clean this, but I can machine wash after heat setting.

Don’t worry dog lovers, there’s one for you also Geo Dog.

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 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.

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.

 

Chalk Couture

Chalk Couture – Coffee Cups

I did some inking on coffee mugs.  Ink is a little different from paste.  Firstly, once it is heat set it is permanent.  So really it is better to use ink on fabrics, because they can be laundered then.  Secondly, the ink has a creamier consistency.  Thirdly, the ink dries a little slower than the paste.

I used the Geo Cat transfer and Regal and Couture Coral ink, as well as the Multi-Tool.  Using a transfer on a curved surface is a bit fiddly so I made sure that the screen part was completely adhered down but didn’t worry about the rest of the transfer.  I also used the multi-tool to apply the ink exactly where I wanted it.

After the mugs dried completely I baked them in my oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Now they are heat set and dishwasher safe.

The ink is not FDA approved so you don’t want to use it where it will come in contact with your food, but on the outside of a mug is fine.

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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