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Scrapbooking on a Dime – Buy a Paper Pack (Deeply Discounted, of Course) and Fussy Cut the Heck Out of It.

Note:  There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to be ashamed about when you use a 20-25% off all regular price and sale items coupon, and stack it with an item on sale.  Remember that.

 No one should pay full price for their craft supplies.
**The more you save, the more you can buy!

wp-image-274228254jpg.jpgThis is a picture collage of a paper pack and its contents I bought at Michael’s this summer.  The pack was full of beautiful colors and designs that were gold embossed.  On this particular day, Michael’s had their paper packs that were usually $19.99 marked down to $5.00.

I fell in love with this paper – however, I would never pay $19.99 for this paper.  When I saw the gold flowers in the bottom right corner of the collage,  I immediately thought… I can fussy cut up and use every, single, inch of that piece of paper and make my own embellishments.

So what is fussy cutting?  It’s taking designer paper, a pair of sharp scissors, and cutting around every shape or design on the paper to use as embellishments on a scrapbook layout, or for a card, or for any other craft your lovely heart desires.

I am not a great fussy cutter.  But, this is what I came up with:

The amazing thing about this hobby is you don’t have to be great at anything because there are NO MISTAKES in scrapbooking.

The details:

I chose a paper background that looked like ledger paper and decided to spray some shimmer mist on the background.

I cut four, 4″ x 4″ squares from the papers you see in the collage above and cut out the letters L O V E.  I didn’t use any template.  I just went for it!

I decided to add a little zig zag stitching for posterity (because it’s all about the zig zag.)

THEN I chose a photo.  Funny huh?  I did all of this without a photo in mind and ended up choosing an extra wedding photo I had because the roses matched.  A 25-year-old photo was resurrected from a photo box.   Funny how that works out, huh?

So this is the final project, sans journaling.

Supplies Used:

Paper Pack – $5.00 (And I only used six sheets of it.)

Recollections Shimmer Mist – The Boho pack of five I bought this summer.  Regular price $19.99, marked down 60%, and I combined a 25% off regular and sale items coupon to pay around three bucks.  BAM!

Elmer’s Glue Stick – $.25 bought during Back to School Sale

Sewing Machine – I already had it.  BUT You could hand sew too if you want to incorporate that look and don’t have a sewing machine.

Don’t let being on a budget hold you up!  Get out there!  Look for the deals!  Get to scrapping!



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Scrapbooking on a Dime -Stash Busting and Embossing

The paper pieces pile up in the box, with good intentions.  The crafting product piles up in the cupboard, good ideas forgotten.  Life causes it, and my life has been nuts lately.  So nutty that I have temporarily misplaced my crafting mojo.  My craft room has paid the price for my misgivings.  It’s a dump.

Consequently, I have spent the last two weeks punching circles, butterflies, squares and using my Diamond Press to cut tags, stars, and hearts.  Which leads me to where I was last night.

I was sitting in front of my television, enjoying a television series I recorded in February (The People vs. OJ – way interesting, btw) and found myself punching holes in more scraps.

Then inspiration struck.  I thought Dena… you have a drawer FULL of embossing folders and you haven’t used them in over a year!  Emboss those scraps.  Give them different textures and design, throw them on a sheet of paper and see what happens!

So I grabbed my Sizzix Texture Boutique that had about an inch of dust on it and went to work.  The following pictures show the end product:

Tip:  You know you don’t need a punch to cut circles, squares and ribbons.  Flip that page over and trace your shapes, or just eyeball what you want to cut.

I got a little sassy with the ribbon and decided to use a brayer (which had an inch of dust on it as well) and some white embossing powder to make the raised emboss image pop.  By the way, don’t you just love my sewing?   I did this at 1 am with limited light.  I didn’t care, this girl was on fire.  (Sang in my best Alisha Keys’ voice.)

Emboss patterned paper?  Sure, ok!  Glue it all together.  Use whatever glue you want.  I used an Elmer’s glue stick.  Why make things complicated, right?

I love the little navy blue dot too.  Everything just combined together well.

Lastly, I had this design on a boring white background, so on  a whim, I grabbed some Ranger Distress Ink, and put it to work.  Why not, right?

Oh ya…about the photo.  I didn’t even have this one in mind when I started doing this layout.  The photo of my son trying to do a selfie, before selfies were a selfie (2003) stood out to me as silly, colorful and fun.


Other background decorating ideas could include, stamping and embossing a design on the white paper then distress inking over the top of it, or you could handletter a title (I’m working on mastering that.)  My point is, this layout cost me literally nothing.  It didn’t come from a kit.  It actually came from a pile of leftover paper that was heading to the garbage can, had I not been so anal retentive about wanting to recycle whatever use I could out of it.

Don’t be intimidated by all of the gorgeous, professional layouts you see people show on the internet.  Scrapbooking is about fun.  Make it fun first, then see where it goes from there.  Show me your layouts!  I’d love to see.

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My Very First Layout, Ever.

Some time back in 2002- about 13 years ago, my Dad, whom I had just reconnected with sent me a huge box of scrapbooking supplies, I believe it was for my birthday. I was turning the big 3-2.  Up until that point I had always wanted to document my life but was younger, had young kids, this was pre internet blogs and groups and I had no direction. His gift gave me that direction.

Flash forward to 2016 –  My Dad is a good friend of mine, and a close confidant.  I am so happy that I met him at the age of 30, and he has embraced my family, expressed his regret of not being there for me sooner, and life fathershas moved on.  Also…because of him, I am a certifiable craft junkie. I have pages of layouts I’ve made, I’ve made albums for people as gifts, I have piles of printed out photos and old albums full of photos waiting to be scrapped. I have a legacy to leave to my kids (whether they are interested now or not, haha!)

Appropriately enough, this is my very first ever layout. And is perfect for Father’s day! I made this after a hunting trip my husband and kids took together. This page shows how awesome of a dad my husband is to my kids. Who knew that a box of (was it Creative Memories??) stuff sent so many years ago would lead to what I have today. It also shows how artistical (this is now a  word, people…say it with me “artistical”) I have become.

The earlier layouts may seem less skilled, less extravagant, but they are just as important.  I hope anyone reading this takes that with them.  Every memory matters.

Happy Father’s Day to all of the awesome, amazing dads out there!  

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My Affliction Has Been Diagnosed!


Oh my gosh, I’m so addicted!  Some people have a drink after a long day at work.  I come home and punch circles for two hours and glue them to paper to unwind!

Maybe I’m hopping on the tale end of the meme scene, but they crack me up!  I’ve been hanging out in bed tonight, cruising craft memes…

This one speaks volumes about me:


But this one really screams me… I mean, come on.  I’m not buying purses, I’m a nurse I don’t carry a purse.  I don’t have fancy fingernails, I CRAFT! Crafty chicks usually have hot glue stuck to their nails.   Clothing??  Whatever.  I wear scrubs.  Craft Supplies… yes please.  Some girls like diamonds, my husband bought me a Silhouette Cameo for my birthday.

And…he only knows about the craft supplies that I let him know about!


Have you seen a good meme?  Please share with me!  I love all of them.  And yes, any with Ryan Gosling are VERY WELCOME HERE.  I’m just saying!




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The One That Got Away.


My 17 year old daughter has a garbage pit for a bedroom.  We recently bought her piles of hangers and an organization system for her to hang up her ten (yes ten) baskets of clothes.  You see, she works full time, she has a lil addiction, to shopping.


She wanted to spend the night at her friends house and we wouldnt let her leave until her bedroom floor was visible.  She cleaned for hours and when she emerged from the abyss, she had the little doozy shown above.  A picture.  One of her and her 23 year old brother, taken January, 2001.  He was 7 and had just broken his arm, she was 2 and thought he was the cat’s meow.  She had apparently put this picture in a frame and had it in her room for awhile, unbeknownst to me…  was there a time they liked each other???  haha

Where did time go?

I tried to remove the photo from the glass, but over the years it had stuck to it, it was not budging.  The photo was too precious to remove from the dated old frame.  It will be stuck to the glass forever.

I was dying to scrapbook this photo.  I call this photo, “the one that got away.”

What about you?  Do you have one you are dying to lay down in paper but the stars just don’t align??  Tell me about it!

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Let Your Silhouette Do The Drawing For You.

The Silhouette Cameo is a really remarkable machine.  It is so versatile.  From cutting paper, material, adding rhinestones to patterns, etching glass, there is an endless array of crafts and projects you can do!  Last night, while lying in bed awake (I don’t sleep well at night) I thought up this little project, using an image from the Silhouette Image Store.

The idea was to take this tree, have my Silhouette Cameo sketch it onto my 12 x 12 layout, then add embellishments.

It is so easy to sketch with the Silhouette Cameo!  The first you do is pick out which design you want and pull it into your software.  I chose this tree I purchased with the Silhouette Design Store a couple months ago.


The next thing you is open the sketch window and choose your options (right side of screen.)  I chose continuous sketching for my project.20160125_085026.jpg

The software turned my image into a “drawing.”  You can also choose for it to fill the inside of the image with sketching if that’s the look you are going for.


TIP:  Always scrapbook with a friend, it makes it more enjoyable and memorable.  My helper/friend today was Jett the Wonder Dog!


There are two different ways you can sketch with the Silhouette.  One way is by using their sketching pins that slide into the razor holder.  The other was is to buy the writing utensil holder that allows you to use whatever pen you like!  (That’s on my WANT list.)  I do however have a set of sketching pens.


So you open the razor holder, slide the razor out and put the pen in!  Easy Peasy.


Click on your cut settings (the razor icon – second to right, top of page) and make sure you select the Silhouette Sketch Pen.


Then let it do it’s thang!


I wasn’t sure at first what look I wanted, so I fiddled around with some scrap paper I had in my stash and cut some leaves.  I snapped a picture so I could remember what I did if I got interrupted!


I was tossing around the idea of coloring the tree trunk with my Prisma Pencils, but then I decided to live on the wild side and try the watercolors.  I’m talking old school, kindergarden, Crayola watercolors on the tree trunk.

I ended up making a border by ripping paper edges from one of the patterns I chose from the leaves, just to tie it all together.


I had my Silhouette sketch a heart on brown paper and sketch mine and my husband’s initials and the year the photo was taken to make it look like it was carved in the tree.

So much fun!




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What can I tell you about me…I’m dorky.  I’m opinionated.  I’m a recluse.  I try to see the joy and beauty in the most mundane things.

I love my rescue mutts.  They are my pride and joy.  They are pure.  They love unconditionally.

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I’m a nurse by day and a closet scrapbooker/cardmaker/sign painter/gardener/(you fill in the rest) by night and on my days off.

I love causes.  I love to make a difference.  I love to inspire change for the better.

I love to soak in my silly little plastic pool in the summers.  Why not, right?  My moto is, if there is no beach, make your own!  I love gardening and yard work in the summer months!

I love to write.  I love to share, even if there’s no one to share with.  I think it is so important to journal and record life events for our sons and daughters, so they can pass down our memories to future generations.  I love history.  I love to recall.

That’s what got me started in playing with paper.  That’s what got me to start this blog.  I look forward to sharing what I think makes this life truly remarkable.  I hope you enjoy.


More to come!