Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire:)

For those of you who have been following my blog, THANK YOU, I'm still here and as FRUGAL as ever. I'm just expanding my blog title to further reflect my "altered" muse. I'm still the same (sometimes goofy) FRUGAL SCRAPPER that I've always been and will continue to focus on FRUGAL papercrafting projects:)

Monday, August 24, 2009

After a Scrappin' weekend with my SC09 Committee Buds:)

I had an awesome weekend with my fellow SC09 (Survivor Crop '09) committee members at a Scrappin' Escapes getaway in SD.

I did finish 1 scrappin' page and the 100% All Boy mini book (added pics to that), but spent most of my weekend creating cards for my MOSD Design Team post today, a challenge for 365 Cards (which also doubles as samples for my next "Frugal Scrappin'" class at EA on Sept 21).

First of all, my Layered Stamp cards...I initially made these cards for my upcoming "Frugal Scrappin'" class at Ever After Scrapbooks, but when I got home I realized these cards also qualify for the 365 Cards-Day 175 Challenge.
Whoo hoo!!! Multi-tasking and I didn't even know it...I LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER...especially one that I wasn't expecting:)
Next I worked on cards using the MOSD film slides as my focal point. I spruced the slides up with some ribbon and stamps (using Staz On ink, of course). I think these turned out pretty awesome:)

Enjoy and thanks for visiting:)

Lori McCausland, Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire:)

Friday, August 21, 2009

25 Random Facts About ME Class

I taught this class at Ever After Scrapbooks last night to 16 awesome paper crafters. We had a blast and got REALLY messy:)

I did share a "sneak peek" of this album a while back and want to share the entire album with you now.

Please follow this link to the entire album: 25 Randon Facts About ME.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thinkin' Pink and Goin' Green at SC '09 & News from the Examiner:)

They say a picture says a thousand words...

Survivor Crop '09's theme this year is "Thinkin' Pink and Goin' Green", so when Sheila and I got together yesterday to discuss some of the spreadsheets for the event, I couldn't resist taking this cool that we had our PINK and GREEN laptops with us:)

I'm tellin' ya...


I was THRILLED to meet with Sheila and her mom yesterday, and they shared some great information with me to help make SC09 THE BEST!!!

A HUGE THANK YOU to SHEILA and LIZ! It was great to see you, ladies:)

In other news...

I can't say it better than this. You need to check out the link below for awesome information on Ever After's Survivor Crop.

Go on...I know you wanna click on the link...Just do it:)

You will be inspired:)

Enjoy and have a blessed day:)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

365 Cards Challenge

Today is a "play day" (at least until I go to work at EA, lol)...

While visiting the 365 Cards Blog today, I found an inspirational challenge to make a card using alphabet stickers AND at least 1 numeric we ALL have alpha/numeric stickers in our stash, don't we?

What a great inspiration to get them out and use some of them...while I was in my "sticker drawer", I found some really old repositional stickers I've had for AT LEAST 10 years! I'm going to use them in a project as a "mask". Can't wait to see how the project evolves:)

Thanks, 365 Cards for this great challenge!

Remember to CRE8 every day!

Thanks for stopping by...I'll leave the light on, ya hear?

Lori McCausland
Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire:)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Survivor Crop 2009

I have to tell you all about an AWESOME event in it's 8th year...that's right it's 8th year, whoo hoo!

I am one of the committee members for an awesome cropping event called "Survivor Crop". Survivor Crop is an event held in October of each year where papercrafters join together for a common raise funds for breast cancer awareness...the sole beneficiary of this event is the San Diego affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the cure Foundation.

Up to this year, Survivor Crop has raised almost $290,000 for this very important foundation. For any of you who live near San Diego or would just LOVE to visit San Diego, please consider signing up for this event. You will find more information on the event here.

The event is a 24 hour crop starting on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 9 a.m. and ending at 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 18.

You can visit the Survivor Crop Blog if you need more info:)

As one of my fellow committee members says:

"When life gives you lemons, make Pink Lemonade".

Have a great day and thanks for visiting:)

Lori McCausland, Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire:)

Monday, August 17, 2009

100% All Boy Grungeboard/Acrylic Mini Album

So I've finally done it....I've designed an entire album JUST FOR BOYS...whoo hoo!!!! Now I just have to add photos of those three awesome little boys...Dominic, Shane, and Alexander. These are 3 of my grandchildren and they are DEFINITELY all boy!!! (Have I told you that I LOVE having grandsons)?

Being a tomboy myself when I was younger, I just love watching the rough and tumble playtimes! I hope to take new pics of them this week and cannot wait to add them to this new mini album. In the mean time, I am happy to share this album with you all.

I started with a grungeboard 5 x 7 tabbed album (I used only half of it). I then added 5 x 7 acrylic covers and two additional 5 x 7 cardboard pages.

I added some awesome new My Mind's Eye pp, some matching cardstock, embellishments from my stash, a little ink and viola, an awesome mini album to share:)

I hope to teach this as a class at EA in October...and since I AM the Frugal Scrapper, I will add a little twist...I will supply the "naked" album, mod podge, ink pads, and lots of inspiration while the students get to choose their own paper, embellishments, ribbons, etc (from a detailed supply list, of course) so they can make this awesome album in any color scheme they want!

I will encourage them to consider paper and ribbon from EA so they can work with the newest supplies available, but will also encourage them to match them up with embellishments from their cool is that!!!!

Each book will have it's own personality AND the class will be reasonably prices since each student will bring their own supplies (except for the "naked" book, mod podge and inks that will be supplied).

For a peek at the rest of the album, visit here.


Just another creative day in Frugal Scrapper I whistle while I work, hee hee...

Thanks for stopping by:)

Lori McCausland
Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire:)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tag of the Month-August

Ok, ok...I think I owe my blog a few "Tag of the Month" posts, lol...
At the beginning of 2009 I had one of my "brainy ideas" to post my "Tags of the Month" that I am using for mnt's for the TNT Book Club I lead at Ever After Scrapbooks...

Knowing myself, I should have realized putting that responsibility on myself would be easier said then "love/hate" relationship with what I'll call "Frugal Scrapper A.D.D."...(attention deficit disorder)...I am FAMOUS for having these great ideas to share my projects...and then I forget to post them because my scattered creative mind is off and running toward my next frugally creative altered project:)....o.k....enough about my quirky issues....

So I finished my August TNT mnt this morning...the meeting is tonight and the mnt JUST came into my head this morning...did I also say I'm a procrastinator? For some reason, I love the thrill of creating under pressure...I've been thinking of what I want to do for this month's project for weeks, but nothing was coming to me...until this morning, of course:)

I love this project so much that I couldn't wait to post it to my blog:) It's simple really, just a few basic colors (blues and browns with a twist of silver)...great colors to migrate from summer to what will soon become fall...I love the spark of silver added for pizzazz.

I started with a manilla tag and covered it with some Melissa Frances pp (Leah). I used some of my favorite T!m Holtz products...denim blue and walnut brown distress inks, brown archival ink, memory capsule and a memory frame.

I stamped on the flowers and background paper in the memory capsule with a Hero Arts "Old French Writing" stamp (I use this stamp for backgrounds ALL the time!)

After distressing the tag. with the distress inks, I added a swirl stamp along the left side of the tag. I added some silver ribbon, stickles and LOVE charm to tie into the chrome memory frame.

If you notice the stamped "circles" around the flowers on the tag...this is my latest frugal tip...I used a bottle cap as a know, the kind that you use with a bottle opener?...another "stamp" I discovered is from the cover on my antiperspirant...It's a perfect oval AND has a little "handle" on just never know what will work as a "stamp" next:)

Thanks for visiting:)

Have a scrappingly awesome day:)

Lori, Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire:)