Have you ever been so busy that you lose days of your life and literally forget what day of the week it is?  Yeah… my life was crazy like that for about two weeks.  It got so bad at one point that all possible eating space was taken up by projects (this includes the dining room table, the coffee table, and all the kitchen counters); my poor hubby and daughter were forced to eat their favorite fast food in bed (which I don’t think they minded so much).  ^_-

You see, I was suddenly swamped with orders from just about all the stores that sell my work.  And since all my items are handmade, it literally took for.ev.er.  Not that I’m complaining, though!!  I have to admit, it felt good to know that people liked my work enough to order more.  =]  And knowing that I’m finally contributing to our income again during these hard times was a great feeling.  If any of you are considering starting a business and selling your own handmade goods, GO FOR IT!!  You’d be surprised how many shop and boutique owners love to promote local artisans and their handmade items.

Anyway, while I was stocking up on supplies at my local Joann’s, I came across this lovely red Fourth of July star for 90% off!!  It was originally $20, marked down to $2, and I’m so cheap prudent that I just couldn’t pass it up.  Although it was a lovely, deep shade of red to begin with, it just didn’t fit my style.  But that wasn’t an issue.

Now it fits my style.  ^_^  Here’s how I did it:

For once I actually got everything into the picture.  I’m quite shocked, actually.

**NOTE: Did you know you can make your own Mod Podge?  Simply add one part water to three parts white glue.  I don’t even use Elmer’s Glue when I do this.  Instead I use the cheap stuff that comes in a three-pack from the Dollar Store.  And although I have the Mod Podge bottle, it hasn’t been filled with the real stuff for over a year.  Told you I’m a penny-pincher!  =}

step 1: Use your scrap paper to create a tracing template.  Simply hold the paper against the sides, then fold and crease it to fit just right.

step 2: Trace your crease lines with a pen, then add a bit to the outside on the top and bottom of the template.

step 3: Cut your template out.

**NOTE: You can trace your template onto a piece of card stock in order to make it easier to trace onto your scrapbook paper, but keep the original creased paper.  

step 4: Trace your template onto your paper.  (I know it’s a pen in the picture, but use a pencil instead so your lines aren’t obvious when you cut your shapes out.)

step 5: Repeat five times – one for each arm of the star.

step 6: Cut your shapes out.

step 7: Cut the top and side off your template, but leave the bottom flap.

**NOTE: If using card stock, trace the new shape onto the card stock and trim the excess as shown above.

step 8: Flip your template upside down so that the lines are now on the underside.

step 9: Trace your template five more times.

step 10: Cut out your shapes.

step 11: Lay newspaper or foil down to protect your work surface, and paint one side of a star arm with the Mod Podge.

step 12: Place one of your larger paper shapes onto the glue as shown, with the exception that the top should have an overlap like the bottom.  I must have already folded it over and glued it down before I remembered to take a picture.

step 13: Snip the bottom inside corner.

step 14: Flip the star over and glue the two pieces down.  Do the same for the top, overlapping the flap and gluing it down to the other side.

step 15: Continue until one side of all the star arms have been covered.

step 16: Brush more Mod Podge on the opposite sides of the star arms, gluing down your smaller templates.  This time however, line the top and inside of the template up to the edges, leaving only the overlap on the bottom.  Then glue the bottom down on the underside of the star as before.

step 17: Continue until all parts of the star are covered.

step 18: Cover the entire star with another layer of Mod Podge and let dry.  Don’t worry, it dries clear.  =]

step 19: I’m all about embellishments.  My projects just aren’t complete in my mind unless I’ve elaborated them almost to the point of overdoing it.  ^_^  So I added some jute to the arms and random bits of ocean jewelry to the middle of my star.

I’m really loving the way this come out, especially because it only cost me $2 and change since I had everything else on hand.  =]

It looks good on the wall…

Or on the front door…

It would even be pretty attached to the inside of a big wreath, or perhaps on the mantle or above the bed.

I’m thrilled to be back with my readers!!  Thanks for reading everyone, and for your patience while I was away.  I’m really looking forward to getting back into the bloggy swing of things.  So until then, happy crafting!!