Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thrifty Thursday #114

Yesterday when I was out running around with my boys, they were so sweet to wait while I ran into two thrift stores. They may or may not have been bribed with an offer for a stop at Sonic.
I spotted this darling vintage wire basket right after I walked in the door of the first store.
I gladly paid $2.50 for this guy.
The photo doesn't quite capture the charm of this gem.
I found three brand new packs of scrapbooking flowers. Each pack was fifty cents.
Such a bargain- and they will be put to use!

I am bound and determined to turn leather belts into bracelets.
Because of that, I've been picking up leather belts when I find them.
This one cost seventy five cents.
You may not be able to tell, but this is a lampshade- or more like a lampshade skeleton.
I got it for a quarter- and I think I'm going to turn it into some sort of a chandelier.

I got these records for fifty cents apiece.
Believe it or not, but I was hoping to find some of these. I needed a few more for a project that I'll be showing you tomorrow. Come back and see what I made with them.
That's all, folks!
Only eight dollars for all these treasures.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
But those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
Psalm 37:9

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Layout of the Week #85

Today I have a quick and easy layout to share with you.
I know that I often throw around the term "quick and easy," but this definitely fits that bill.
Here's the layout we'll be creating.
Yours will end up looking similar, but obviously, not exactly like it as you'll
be using your own products.
I think that's the beauty of this tutorial. You can use products that you already have.

To create it, you'll need:
two pieces of 12"x 12" pattern papers
one pre-printed title block or letter stickers for the title
journaling card (note card or postcard will work)
2-3 types of decorative tape

Decide which pattern paper will be the background.
Trim the other one to 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" and adhere it centered to the background paper.

Adhere your first photo in the upper left corner.

Place your title in the upper right corner. 
I used a pre-printed title, but if you don't have one that will work for your theme,
you can use letter stickers.

Place two photos overlapping in the lower right corner.

Add decorative tape strips to your photos.
I also added some to the lower left corner of the pattern paper, too.

Write your journaling on your journaling card and adhere it to the left of the bottom photos.
That's it, my friends. It was quick and easy, wasn't it?
If you enjoyed this tutorial, feel free to come by every other Wednesday for a new layout tutorial.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
Psalm 37:5
 This post is linked to My Girlish Whims and Ivy and Elephants.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Recipe of the Week #115- Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake
1 chocolate cake mix
1 chocolate instant pudding mix
1 cup water
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs

Mix and bake according to directions on cake box mix. Cool then add frosting.

6 Tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup cocoa
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk 1 tsp vanilla

In small bowl, cream butter. Add coca and powdered sugar, alternately with milk. Beat to spreading consistency. Blend in vanilla. Spread over cooled cake.

I got this recipe from a co-worker. I made it to take to church for a meal and thought that I'd be taking most of it home with me. I didn't even have two pieces left to bring home!  My son said it was fabulous! I'll surely be making this recipe again.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.
Psalm 34:13

This post is linked to Skip to My Lou and Plucky's Second Thought.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mini Album Monday #28- "Happy" Paint Chip Album

Not only do I love making mini albums, but I also love using unusual items to make them.
Things like. . .
paint chips!
Today I'm going to walk you through the steps to make a mini album out of paint chips.
You'll only need a few things to make this album- and only a little time!
6 paint chips (Mine measure 5"x 6". I chose red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.)
3 pieces of 12"x 12" pattern paper in black and white prints
1 piece of 12"x 12" pattern paper in colorful print
small letter stickers for the title
office ring or ribbon for binding the album
optional: colorful tickets to use as page tabs- you could also use small scraps of paper
I got all the papers and the letter stickers at Hobby Lobby.
I got my paint chips at Home Depot.

Start by adhering the paint chips to the back sides of the black and white papers.
I used double sided tape to do this- a glue stick would also work.
I made sure that I alternated patterns so that the same print wouldn't end up back to back in my album
Example: red and green, orange and blue, yellow and purple

Then trim around the edges of the paint chips.
When you're done, each paint chip should be backed with black and white pattern paper.

Now we're going to use the leftover pattern paper to place strips on the paint chips.
Start with the orange page- wait to do the red one which will be the cover.
Trim the colorful paper into a three 1"x 12" strips
and the black and white papers into three 1/2"x 12" strips.
 Use small portions of the strips to add a little color to your paint chips.

I alternated with vertical strips and horizontal strips.

I placed them in different areas on each paint chip.

These strips can be adhered with glue stick, double sided tape, or any other adhesive.

Easy, so far, huh?

For the cover, you need to cut a strip of black and white pattern paper to 1 1/2"x 3 1/2".
Adhere it in the lower right corner.

Now trim another strip of black and white pattern paper to 1 1/4"x 3".
Adhere it so that it overlaps the first strip.

Using your letter stickers, place the word "Happy" on the colorful paper.
Trim around that word and adhere it across the strips of black and white strips.

Using letter stickers, adhere the rest of the title, "Things that make me".

Now you should have six cute paint chips.
Optional: adhere tickets or small scraps of paper as paper tabs on each paint chip.
Now place the pages in order.
The red paint chip is the cover.

Then the orange, and so on.
Isn't the black and white pattern paper cute with all this color?

To finish it off, you need to punch a hole in the upper left corner of all the paint chips.

Bind them with an office ring or ribbon.

I used an office ring and tied a piece of colorful ribbon to it.

Voila! Now you have a cute book where you can place photos of things that make you happy.
It sure will make me happy to add my photos and finish this book off! :)
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4
 This post is linked to Sunday Soiree and Between Naps on the Porch.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Distressed Paper Mache Letter

Recently I was at the Junk Hippy show and one of the booths had large distressed letters. They were $12 apiece and I really liked them, but I figured that I could make some.
Especially once I remembered that Hobby Lobby has paper mache letters.
Here's my finished product. Not quite as big as the one I saw at the show, but it will work!
(Have you seen pics of alphabet walls on Pinterest? I can't wait until I get all my letters,
so I can get my alphabet hung.)

I started with this plain little letter.

Then I painted the entire thing in blue.
Once it was dry, I finished it off by sanding around the edges.
Now I've got a distressed paper mache letter for less than $3!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Trust in the Lord, and do good
Psalm 37:3

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thrifty Thursday #113

I made a quick stop into my two usual haunts, but only found a couple of items.
I'll show you what I got, after you take a look at a lovely treasure that I picked up sometime ago at a neighbor's yard sale. . .
this beautiful pitcher and bowl!
I spotted it the minute I started across my yard into hers.
It was priced at $5 which is an awesome price for a piece like this.
When she saw that I wanted it, she told me that I could just have it because of all the times that I'd helped her out with her darling little girl.
Can you believe that I got this beauty for free?!?

Meanwhile, back at the thrift store, I picked up this old box of dominoes for fifty cents. It's missing one, but since I'll be crafting with them, that doesn't matter. Although I'm not for sure just what I'm going to do with them yet.

I also got two packs of old playing cards for a quarter each. I'll be using these for crafting as well.
See the pretty pattern on the backs?

Last, but not least, I picked up several books for a quarter each.
I just love to read- especially Harlan Coben and James Patterson books.
Well, my finds this week are short and sweet.
I hope you have better luck when you're out and about this weekend!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
For with God nothing will be impossible.
Luke 1:37
 This post is linked to Too Much Time On My Hands, Be Different, Act Normal, and

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

More Lovelies That I Love

It's hard to believe that we're in the last quarter of the school year! It's time to get out those photos and get them scrapped before summer.
I found some cute supplies to get you inspired. . . whether you're doing scrapbook pages, mini albums, altered projects, or gifts for teachers.

How uberly cute is this paper by Jenni Bowlin?
I just love vintage style school stuff.
 I love this classroom pattern paper by We R Memory Keepers. You can cut it up and use it for embellishments, journaling cards, or even as pages in a smaller album. Too awesome!
This one piece of pattern paper by Authentique has eight tags and three decorative strips.
Talk about getting a lot of bang for your buck!
I love these ledger paper chipboard letters from Jenni Bowlin.

How wonderful is this set of decorative tape by Cavallini? I don't know which roll I like the best.
You can find it here.

These school themed brads by Prima are great and can be added here and there for a pop on any project. If for some reason, you can't use them as brads, cut the legs off
and attach them with a Glue Dot.
I just love school themed items. My boys are both in junior high, and I have less opportunity to scrap school photos than I used to, but that doesn't stop me from looking! 
Other items that you could incorporate into school themed projects are library cards and pockets, old flashcards, and handwriting paper.
I'm not affiliated with any of these businesses, I'm just a huge fan of cute products.
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
Psalm 36:7
This post is linked to Embracing Change and My Girlish Whims.