Posted on September 6, 2012 by thefrugalcrafter
***Let me preface this blog post. I bought something a wee bit expensive. I have wanted it for 8 months AND I used a coupon. Keep that in mind if you want to give me any crap about it LOL! ***
Howdy folks! What an egg-citing week! My hens started laying…or at least one of them has, we have been finding beautiful little eggs in the bag of wood shavings! They have yet to try out their nesting boxes though Also for excitement the new Inkadinkado Stamping gear is available for sale! Now, I’m usually not a “wow! I’ve gotta have it” kind of crafter but when I saw videos of this tool in action from last winter’s CHA I knew I wanted it. Don’t you think it is cruel to make people wait 8 months before they can buy it? You might remember that I was so excited for this tool to come out that I made a homemade version, you can see that tutorial here. Anyway, here is a scrapbook page I made with the tool using feather stamps I already had:
The one caveat of this tool is that is would not work with clear stamps (as is) because the stamps are not thick enough BUT at the end of the video I will show you how to make a simple adaptor so you can use the stamping gear with ALL of your clear and unmounted stamps. Check out this tool straight out of the package-I am amazed at how easy it is to use with no practise!
here is a photo of the medallion I made in the video using both the Inkadinkado Stamping gear and my homemade version, I used the stamps that came in the starter kit and the circle wheel.
Here is the background paper I made with feather stamps I already had and the oval wheel. Oops, I stamped a feather upside down he he! I love these feathers, I’m not sure who makes them, I’ve had them for years!
And the finished page:
Looks like fun huh, it was! I purchased the intro kit (hold on to your hats, it retails for $50!) with a coupon at ACmoore and I have seen it on the Inkadinkado website here they hade 30% off and free shipping so you can wait for a deal to buy it making it much more reasonable. I love how I (now after making my adaptor) can use it with all of my stamps! I give it an A for AWESOME! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafty Recipes, Stamping | Tagged: chickens, eggs, feather stamps, hens, how to use stamping gear, inkadinkado stamping gear, scrapbook page, stamping gear review, stamping gear video | 14 Comments »
Posted on June 24, 2012 by thefrugalcrafter
OK, I am pretty sure I poo-poo’ed camera phones on my blog but that was before I got one! My phone is not fancy, it is a trac-phone. I was happy with my old one but when my husband ordered a new one with a camera on it he asked if I wanted to trade…hmmm..I’d give it a shot…and you know what? I love it! The pictures are not great. It is a 2 megapixel camera with a teeny lens but ya know what? It’s good enough. I am not going to carry my camera with me wherever I go, I rarely carry a purse so if it can’t fit in my pocket I’ll do without it. I wouldn’t use it to take pictures on Christmas or my kid’s birthday but at the beach or the park, heck yeah, I’ll use it! Here is a scrapbook page I made with shots from my camera phone…hey, it’s better than nothing!
Did I mention our boys WON the packwagon scramble?…oh I did…sorry.
So, if your phone has a camera why not use it once in a while to capture something scrapworthy.
BTW, I get my pictures from my phone to my printer by emailing them to myself…I felt real tech-savvy when I figured that trick out Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Scrapbooking | Tagged: camera phone, cub scout scrapbook ideas, how to scrap photos from a camera phone, packwagon scramble, scouts, scrapbook page, Scrapbooking | 9 Comments »
Posted on May 9, 2012 by thefrugalcrafter
Happy Wednesday folks! I spent a lovely rainy day yesterday playing with my new Xyron Creatopia. Here is the page I made:
Stamp by About Art Accents/Art Neko.
I used the large embossing rollers to emboss an entire sheet of kraft cardstock then dry-brushed pastel yellow paint over it. I used the rotary cutters to cut scalloped strips and the smaller embossers to emboss the dots on the strips. I used the die cutter to die-cut paper, cardstock and burlap. I tried out everything except the adhesive because that would require me to look at the manual since I have not used so much as a sticker maker before LOL!
Tip: I saved the burlap bag that my basmati rice came in and cut a strip to make the ruffle under the main photo. I painted a piece if burlap to keep it from fraying before I die cut it in a heart shape. Place the burlap between a piece of wax paper to keep paint from transferring to the die and to keep fibers from unpainted pieces from going everywhere.
Since it is WOYWW I snapped a photo of my desk during my creatopia experiment:
I have since cleaned it up and found a permanent spot in my craft room for the machine (it is about the same size as my Cricut expression!) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Scrapbooking | Tagged: burlap, burlap bag, chicken layout, creatopia, die cuts, die cutter, Embossing, rotery cuttter, scrapbook page, scrapooking, Stamping, xyron | 25 Comments »
Posted on April 9, 2012 by thefrugalcrafter
I love a rainy monday, it’s kinda like an excuse to putter around the house, listen to an audio book and craft. It seems like I have more hours on a rainy day than a sunny one. I can put dinner in the crock-pot, clean, and still have time to scrapbook:
My friend Glenna gave me these photos of my kids she took one day last fall when they were playing in her yard with the leaf blower. I love the natural happy expression on my son’s face. It is so hard to get a natural photo of him, he is either making a cheese-face or trying to look cool by not smiling. He obviously did not know he was being photographed!
I used the stencils from my new Chevron Chic SVG kit to design the page. The background paper on the second page was spritzed with ink through the stencil and the chevron zigzags on the first page were the cut-outs from one of the stencils that I saved and sprayed with ink. I hate to waste anything LOL! I love how easy it is to make a boy-themed page with chevrons, it can be hard to get decorative with a page for a boy without is getting too frou-frou. Here is a look at the new Chevron Chic kit:
Have a great Monday and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, my templates, SCAL software + Cricut, Scrapbooking, Templates | Tagged: boy themed scrapbook pages, chevron, kraft cardstock, Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, scrapbook page, spray ink, zigzags | 3 Comments »
Posted on January 24, 2012 by thefrugalcrafter
So it has been a couple of months since I scrapbooked. Don’t sound so shocked I made scrapbook calendars for my family but as for pages in my books It had been 2 months since I made a page. Well, I got 6 pages done this weekend and I am about 3 pages away from completing my 2011 book, YAY! Here are a couple of pages of my son’s Harry Potter Birthday Party:
I use Picture Collage Maker Pro software to print my photos in a collage and then i just cut them out as a whole. It is soooo easy to fit a ton of pics on a page that way!
If you want any details on how I did the food and decorations you can see all of that in this post.
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Scrapbooking | Tagged: birthday party, birthday party ideas, collage maker, harry potter, kids birthday ideas, scrapbook page, Scrapbooking | 3 Comments »
Posted on September 13, 2011 by thefrugalcrafter
Often when I set out to clean my craft room I end up getting sidetracked by something cute, pretty or shiny and instead of putting it away I am inspired to create! That was the case this weekend when I made this page:
The paper was laying on one of my tables with a black and white pattern I liked but when I found the photos of my girls and their friends at a play I though “I just have to scrap this before I forget!” and the rosebud trim was sitting out waiting to be put away from a shopping spree last week, it was 50 cents a package-really how could I pass it up? Look how yummy it is:
After I finished the page I did manage to clean my craft room (only because I have a big party I am planning this weekend and need every inch of craft space available without distractions) and it is still clean right now. Two days of a clean craft space, for me it is a record! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Scrapbooking | Tagged: cinderella, prima, rosebud trim, scrapbook page | 2 Comments »
Posted on May 7, 2011 by thefrugalcrafter
I thought this story would be appropriate today being both International Scrapbook day and the day before mother’s day. I am sure all moms can relate. 2 weeks ago the school sent home a notice saying that there would be a “dress up as your favorite book character” day at school and the kids could come to school dressed up as the book character they wish. One of my daughters wanted to be the little mermaid and was sure she knew where her mermaid costume was. The night before however she could not find it and went to bed in tears. So I racked my brain trying to come up with something for her to wear (feeling a bit guilty because I think I might have tossed her ratty old mermaid costume weeks ago) and came up with the git-up in the scrapbook page below:
So if you find yourself in need of a mermaid costume at the last-minute here is how you can make one. Cut two life-size fins from canvas leaving tabs at the hips for tieing, hem the edges with hot glue and spray with green ink or spray paint. Stray with adhesive and sprinkle liberally with glitter and spray another coat of adhesive for good measure. Tie the fin on your chile and hope for the best LOL!
I happened to be going to a crop yesterday so minutes after snapping the photos and sending my children off to school I printed these photos as well as copies of the books their characters came from (gotta love the internet) and of to the crop I went. If you are cropping with friends today have a great time! Happy mothers day to all you moms tomorrow and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Scrapbooking | Tagged: book charecters, cricut, mermaid costume, plaintain schoolbook, scrapbook page | Leave a Comment »
Posted on March 22, 2011 by thefrugalcrafter
I have been printing photos like a mad-woman the past two days, when I cam across these roller skating pics I snapped last year I had to make a page with my new Skate Card SVG kit, the die cuts work on a scrapbook layout just as well as on a card:
None of the shots are that great so I used ShapeCollage software to randomly arrange and print them, then I cut them out and adhered them to the pattern paper. I cut all of the shapes and letters with my Cricut and SCAL software. The fonts are from Lettering Delights and most of their sets are only a dollar right now!
This page qualifies for the following challenges: Anything Goes Challenge , Tuesday Throwdown, Gingerloft, Let’s Ink It Up, Secret Crafter , Fashionista Friday, Charisma Cardz and Digi Doodle Shop’s Best
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, SCAL software + Cricut | Tagged: border, cricut, Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, rollerskate, SCAL software + Cricut, scrapbook page, skate | 14 Comments »
Posted on April 21, 2010 by thefrugalcrafter
I like to think of everyday as Earth Day, hey that is kind of what this blog is all about: Crafting in a frugal way and what is more frugal than upcycling? another way to craft greener is to pay attention to what you buy, on this layout I used paper from the Green Stack for Die Cuts With a View, it is made from 70% recycled materials, that is voting with your dollar folks! I made this for two challenges over at Gingersnap Creations: The found object challenge (GC50) and the Copper and Rust challenge:
Paper: DCWV (The Green Stack), Stamps: Autumn Leaves, We R Memory keepers, Gears: Found objects, Photo collage software: shapecollage.com, tool: Cricut and SCAL software
I used my Cricut and SCAL software to cut the arrows, words, number and bike. I love how I can cut my compter fronts and dingbats and make whatever I want with my Cricut. There is an amazing sale over at Lettering Delights-All fonts are a buck! I love to cut them with my Cricut!
The gears I saved from an old 3-puzzle (I wish I save the while puzzle because it was one of the moveable carousel ones, what was I thinking!?!) and some pieces I left as is but the white ones I coated in clear ink and copper embossing powder to fit the theme of the layout. The photo turns are done that way as well.
The photo collage was made with some free software I just found called Shape Collage, I used the free version and with that you get a small watermark at the bottom of the collage but the arrow die cut covers over that so no biggie, it is really fun and easy software. After I printed my photos I simply cut the collage out and adhered it to my page.
Happy Earth week and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tagged: bike, CG50, cricut, dcwv green stack, dollar fonts, earth day, Embossing, gingersnap creations, green craft, scal, scrapbook page, Stamping, sure cuts a lot | 13 Comments »