You asked for it, A DIY Planner Tutorial {on the cheap!}

Here is a frugal take on the new planner craze! Lindsay knocks it out of the ballpark as always.

The Frugal Crafter Blog

Hi friends. I am super excited to share today’s project with you, an inexpensive, custom, refillable planner! Did I mention is was cheap to make?


I even made the jump last night and moved everything over from my month at a glance calendar, I love having more room to write “to-dos” in the week at a glance book as well as having the monthly calendar pages for other projects and events coming up. Best of all I was able to put as many pockets and sections as I liked which was the problem I had with other planners, some things were redundant and it just looked like you were creating more work for yourself if you used it. I think a planner should make you more efficient, not less. But, there is room to get creative! Watch the video to see how I made it, you can whip one of…

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Using what you have

As with all things in our industry it’s expensive if you run out to buy all the latest and greatest (and if you wait it usually goes on sale within a few weeks or months).

A year ago I took a Stenciled class with some great designers (Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Laura Bassen, Shari Carrol, Julie Ebersole and Debby Hughes).  Nothing could be easier—or more satisfying—than seeing a beautiful design magically appear when you lift away a stencil. In this class, we learned sixteen exciting new techniques for this inexpensive and popular tool, including embossing paste, layering, masking, embossing, and more!

While I would love to buy all the new stencils that they featured, it just isn’t possible.  One of my new sayings is – Use what you see, so that you can use what you have to create fun, beautiful new designs.

This sentiment is from the Simon Says stamp “Very Special”.  It wasn’t as large as I needed I typed it into my computer and picked the font color (hence another way to use your stamps).  After stenciling this heart I just followed the design and cut it out. The light caught just right so you can see the embossing gloss on the heart.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting, hope you can use this design to create your own beautiful creation.  Until next time – Happy Crafting.

for this card I used BAZZIL 2-253 Peppermint paper, pink and white card stock. The stamp set is Simon Says Very Special, Hearts stencil set found at Michael’s crafts, 3D Gloss Enamels RED, Classic Stampin Up Rose Red ink, and Gelly Roll Glitter Pen.

Let’s Draw then Color with Cheap Markers {that look expensive!}

As always, a huge thank you to Lindsay for showing us an alternative way to saving a few bucks on our crafting addiction (or therapy as I like to call it).

The Frugal Crafter Blog

Howdy folks! You know how it is, you browse the galleries and shops online coveting the lovely new stamps that have been colored in with the most expensive of markers. Then you came to your senses and decided to visit my blog because you know I’ll show you how to do it cheaper and what’s more you will have a one-of-a-kind creation that others will try to copy. Today we will draw a cyclamen flower (you CAN do this, it’s easy!) then I am going to show you how to color it beautifully with ANY alcohol markers and to prove my point I am using Sharpies. You will need a colorless blending marker that is alcohol based, any brand is fine but it must be alcohol based if you are using alcohol markers. If you don’t have one it will be hard to get the colors really light. Most large…

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How-To with Cathy

Following a great blog hop today. This technique really inspired me (enough to repost on my blog). Thanks for watching and as always happy crafting.

The Penny Black Blog

As part our newest collection, Happy Everything, we are thrilled to bring you new products such as our Stencil Designs and Large-Scale stamps. And we couldn’t think of a better way to inspire than share the work of some super special guests and our Penny Black designers using these new products. On Monday we brought to you a VIDEO blog hop and for the remainder of the week our designers will be sharing their “How-To’s” here on the blog.


Leave it to Cathy to step out of the box (and notecard!) and into fresh fashion…



And here’s your How-To…

GIVEAWAY: Ready to try these techniques yourself? Don’t forget to leave a comment on each of the stops on Monday’s hop and one here today to be entered to win.



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