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Hoppin on the Trend Train, Woot! Woot!

How many of you are children of the 1970’s?  I grew up in the time of 8 track players, turning into cassette players, turning into CD’s.  I saw the wonder of the new VHS, the ease of recording  your tv shows on those big clunky tapes for later visual pleasure; the advent of MTV and cable tv.  Remember those big remotes, with the cord that plugged into the tv??

I was a total geek in my middle school years and office classes were my gig.  I learned how to type on those old, clunky manual typewriters, with the sticky keys, and the strips of correction tape that you had to slide in, backspacing to your mistake, and retyping over it to cover up the carnage.

Then came sixth grade.  Behold, the gates of Heaven opened, angels started singing and joy was bestowed upon all because the school felt generous enough to purchase three glossy, sparkly, new (to us) electric typewriters!  I spent the majority of that year cycling through turns on the fancy machines!  Oh the ease of that 60 lb machine, the loud pounding, the mistake correcting.  Pure 12-year-old nirvana.

Fast forward three decades  (bye bye walkman, portable cd players, brick phones, stereos that stand three feet tall, newer electric typewriters with daisy wheels, blocky computer screens with DOS and mumbo jumbo lit up in green, flip phones, first edition IPODS, IPOD mini, IPOD Nano, IPOD yadda yadda yadda) to the magic and glory of all things techy in 2016.

And what do you suppose the hot trend of this year is…  a We R Memory Keepers Typecast Print Typewriter.  You can own and use this magnificent machine for the minuscule price of $199.00

I guess everything old is new again, right?

Like I said before, I love trends.  I just can’t spend money on the newest, biggest and baddest, without doing a little DIY research first.

It took me two months of occasionally cruising Craigslist and my local second-hand stores until I finally found this bad boy:

All the rage of secretaries everywhere…in 1977.

Yes.  You guessed it.  A 1977 Brother Cassette Electric Typewriter.  One of the first models with an automatic correction function.  Jelly yet????  This baby was pristine, still in its original carrying case, with its cassette ribbon that was still in workable condition.  The type in the photo was probably the first anyone had seen in 20 years.  Goodwill price, $12.00 with a 7-day return policy if I wasn’t satisfied.  Bam!  Sold.

The problem?  This technology is so old that they don’t make the ink cartridges for it anymore.  Long story short, I did some You Tube research and I found out that these cartridges are quite easy to pop open.  If you can do that, you can buy a generic spool of ribbon (which I purchased at Staples for $7.99) and transfer out the old ribbon, and replace the new into the original cartridge.

I thought – why not. Consequently, it took me all of 30 minutes to fix the ribbon, and the results look great:

Yes. There are type-os.  I wasn’t really concerned about fixing them for the purpose of this photo.  lol

What this machine doesn’t have:

  1.  A correction function.  (Anyone know where to find those oldy moldy correction strips?)  I did save the old ribbon and I thought I could cut it up and use the white half for corrections in a jiff.  If all else fails, and I actually need to correct something, I can use white out.
  2. A hefty price tag.  I spent $12.00 on the typewriter, and $7.99 on the ribbon.  If typewriters go out of scrapbooking style next year, I’m out $20.00 large.  So, I’m not sweating this.

It does however have character, it’s not in a landfill, it’s 60 lbs, so I’ll never lose it.  Use the $180.00 you save to go on a We R Memory Keepers Scrap Haul, I mean they do make really cute awesome stuff!  I just couldn’t force myself to pay $200.00 for 1977’s cutting edge technology.

Even thrifty scrappers can figure out a way to hop on the newest trends without depleting their savings!


Posted in crafting, Embellishments, fussy cutting, Life, memory, photos, Scrapbooking, Uncategorized

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.