* Please note that the chipboard alphas are NOT included in kit.
I've had a bit of time to play a bit with my beautiful June kit and just had to share a peek with you of one of my projects! I am in love, love, love, LOVE with this coming month's kit! It's bright and cheery, a bit romantic and a little bit vintage and makes you think of the days of childhood all in one! Can't wait to share more with you!
Wishing everyone a beautiful Memorial Day weekend!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Glam: Leslie Ashe
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I must confess that I have a thing for tools. I actually tend to choose hobbies and sports that require gear. Knitting, photography, cooking. I have tons of camping stuff (never mind I don't camp). Heck, I have even acquired quite a bit of gear for running. And of course, there is scrapbooking. Another thing I like to do is to push the limits of my tools. See how far I can take them. See what interesting things I can do with them.
So I broke out my Cuttlebug today and was determined to see what I could run through it. We all know we can run fabric, foam, felt, paper, etc. But what if I use something else other than cutting dies? Let's find out.
Here is what I used:
Cutting pad A
Cutting pad B (2)
Rubber pad (from Spellbinders)
A piece of craft foam (to add some more thickness)
some thick cardstock (I used watercolor paper)
Test #1 involved a paper clip.
cutting pad A + cutting pad B + paper clip + watercolor paper + rubber pad + craft foam + cutting pad B.
Here's a look at the die cut sandwich.
Rolled it through, while holding my breath. And this is what I got. Pretty dang cool.
I ran a few more things through. A giant paper clip, it broke my cutting pad B into chunks. A giant needle, ripped the paper. A button, it cracked. A piece of Lego, it was completed flattened (don't tell my children). And then I thought to run some chipboards, and hey, they work great.
The end result:
Not too bad for a day of road testing. I think I might try it with a zipper next. (And if you are wondering where I found that tiny clothes hanger, you'll need to look into June's add-ons... Just sayin'...)
ps: We've added a link to our Flickr group to the left. Come share your layouts and a little about yourself over there!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Want a unique yet easy design for your next layout? Why not try using your punches and dies for creating a fun repetitive look by choosing a shape (here I chose two different sizes of hearts using my Cuttlebug dies and machine) and simply just cut different patterned papers using the same shape and then added them to my page in strips, stitching over all of them. Pretty simple technique but it adds a lot of punch!
Friday, May 21, 2010
I'm no Tim Gunn, but hey, I can sometimes make it work. "It" being scrapbooking. Case in point: the white buttons from this month's kit. They are so pretty with all those details. Love them. I used them tied with some blue string, and with the chipboard flowers on a layout. With the leftovers, I decided to make a card using the buttons as cherries. But the buttons are white, and cherries are (usually) red... So I painted them! With a fabric pen. I sprinkled them with some clear embossing powder to set the paint, carefully heated them up, and voilá, red buttons.
Another thing I did this month was to upcycle what would have been trash. I love the Lily Bee Blueberry Pie grid patterned paper, but I did use my entire sheet on one layout. So I looked around and saw the cardboard sheet that holds the rub-ons. A lightbulb went on, and I used it on my "Fun Is" layout as well as the cherry card. No waste!
So there you have it. I made it work. I bet you have some awesome ideas on how to make supplies work for you. Please share with us here, and in our Flickr group.
Hope you have a great weekend with lots of time to scrap!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Speaking of amazing, did you see the sneak?? Oh my WORD, this promises to be another amazing kit! Thanks, Kristen!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Hey there! Linda here. I'm the new old DT member. Old because, 1) well, I am old, and 2) I'm a returning DTer.
Enough about me. Let's talk fonts, shall we? We, scrapbookers, love fonts. I will bet that most of us have hundreds of them saved in our computers. They are so much more accessible now. Way back when I first started working as a graphic designer (see #1 above), fonts were very expensive and hard to acquire. Now, there are hundreds of sites offering thousands of them little suckers at affordable pricing, or even free!
Alas, it's easy to overdo it. Yes, you can OD in typefaces. More is not better (unlike, more cake and crème brûlée, which is always better). Too much of a good thing, and the layout is suffering from type sneeze. And while some fonts might seem like the right choice for a project (beachy font for beach themed page!), do remember that journaling is there to be read. So make sure it's legible.
When dealing with fonts, less is more! Stick to two per layout. One for the title, and one for the journaling. Yes, just two. You can do it!
Here are some of my favorites (the ones I totally overuse, and I'm not sorry):And hey, Quicksand is free!
Do you have favorite fonts you like to use again and again?
Here is the fun sketch that we had this month from Amy...thanks Amy!
And here are the interpretations of the sketch from the design team. Everyone amazed me with their creations as usual!
For a fun twist I created a card using the sketch this month:
Laina's layout is such a classic...love her style so much and how she used those scalloped circles to create a border along her photos.
Love how Amy split up and took advantage of that circle Lily Bee die-cut for her layout based on the sketch. Perfection!
Linda had the same idea using one of the other die-cuts...I love how clean looking this page is with all the little bitty details thrown in like those buttons with the blue embroidery floss bows. Love it!
Monday, May 10, 2010
The May Gallery is up and WOW is it a good one! I am so impressed with the entire team and the diversity of pages this month.
Linda Barber our newest (but Mosh Posh alumni!) member created simple, stylish pages. How great is this page and photos? I agonize for hours over my pages. She makes it look so cool and easy.
Amy's pages this month each had a different background that made her photos and paper really pop. I love how she stitched through the title on "Love Notes".
Jen created an adorable mini that makes me ache for summer to be here. Her album is so sunny and cheerful!
I got hung up on white this month and had a blast playing with the bright papers against the stark white background.
We hope you are inspired by the pages we made and shared with you this month!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
from me anyways! Be sure to check out the gallery later this week for the entire team upload! You're sure to be blown away as usual with the teams creations. We are also very excited to be adding on to the Mosh Posh Design Team with the addition of designer Linda Barber. Her work is so beautiful, funky and fresh...you're going to be so inspired! Welcome to the team Linda!
Happy Thursday to you all!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
I'm still playing catch up from the weekend. Whew!
Here is what is inspiring me today...
Paper Medallions - Check out the How About Orange blog. One of my all time favorites.
I don't buy a lot of Cricut Cartridges but LOVE the Create a Critter one. Bards and baby gifts for sure.
Paper Doilies - Mist them with glimmer mist. Ahh.....
Speaking of mist...How about trying it on rolled fabric flowers like Katy did?
Shopping for fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop...
Hope all you had a great National Scrapbooking Day on Saturday! I was busy working on my Mosh Posh May Kit pages! I can't wait to share with all of you.