Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I wanted to talk more about working with acrylic mini albums. Last time, I posted some thoughts about designing on acrylic pages. This time, I thought it would be fun to talk about embellishments.
Here are a few of my must haves - all are great for showing through layers, and you won't have to worry so much about covering up the "backs" of items:
Staz on ink
ghost shapes or glitter cuts
Die cut or "lace" cardstock
If you want to use patterned paper, try double sided papers. Once they're on, you'll have color on both the front and back of the page. You won't need to think about ways to creatively cover the white back side of single sided papers.
Oh, and of course, you'll want to pull out that ribbon! Tie it around the binding rings for a fun way to really pull the album together. Add some beads or dangling charms and you'll really get a wow.
Here are a few pages from my Family Hike album that show how I used several of these embellishements on each page:
Don't forget, you can also embellish the photo itself, adding rub-ons, stickers and chipboard.
The most important thing with these albums is that you have fun with it.
Hope this gets some mojo working for you. Be sure to post a link of any MOSD acrylic albums you have created so far - we'd love to see them!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
It is back to me - Ali - for your Monday Muses.
I did a little shopping this weekend - nothing special just the usual 'box' store for some household supplies and then off to the grocery store so my family can eat this week. But while doing these very normal errands I discovered a trend I am definately NOT ready to embrace. It is BACK TO SCHOOL time! Yes you heard me - the school supplies were everywhere and I saw parents and students taking the journey down the school aisles with list in hand. Glue sticks where flying off the shelves, paper was sailing into carts, and all the pencils were standing at attention saying 'pick me pick me'. I have to admit, shopping for school supplies is one of my FAVORITE activities to do with my kids. I love the look of a clean notebook and sharp pencils. But alas, I am not ready to send my kids back to school yet. We are having a really fun summer, they are at a terrific age of discovery, and fankly school starts too early this year (August 20th for us). They say they are giving us extra time at winter break, but winter here is kind of yucky - not all snowy and pretty, but wet, grimy, and not much fun. So I would rather have more time NOW in the beautiful sunshine. Besides I LOVE lazy pajama days!
Okay - I hear you - you are saying - enough with the musing we want to see product and samples. My musing does have a point....school days - have you seen the collection? Here is a box album I did with a simple box that was about 4x6 and the MOSD school days collection. You might even spy a couple of techniques for attaching transparencies...
This is our School Days Topper - and the first technique for adhering a transparency. For this one I simply tied the transparency to a piece of cardstock and then I attached the cardstock to the covered box. I used a glue pen and 'wrote' on the back of the transparency behind the printing to give it a little extra stick.
Here is Technique number two (School Days Translated): Did you know you can use paint like an adhesive? I turned the transparency upside down and laid the word learn on top of it. I then painted with plain white acrylic paint over the top of both of them. Enough paint seeped around the edges of the word learn to hold it firmly to the transparency, and then I used adhesive behind the word learn to attach the entire piece to the page.
Technique number 3 (School Days Monogram): This one is pretty simple and you have probably already done it - but you can attach your transparencies using brads.
Bonus Technique: If you love the look of clear or 'see through' and you have a double sided 'ablum' like this one...simply line up both the front and back pages and punch through both of them. Then make a transparency sandwich with punched shapes, or stickers, using your punched out 'circles' (in this case) as a guide. Glue your transparency sandwich between the two pages and PRESTO - magic!
There you have it - a few techniques and a back to school mini box album sure to give you an A+. Now your homework...
1 - Make a plan for your first day of school pictures - think about the lighting at the time of day you send your kids off to school, it the lighting is bad - too dark or too bright think about where you will take your photos. If it is inside make sure you straighten up the night before so you don't have cluttered backgrounds or messes to try to scrap around.
2 - charge those camera batteries if shooting digital, or make sure you have film on hand if you shoot with a traditional camera
3 - stock up on some great school days collections for those pages
4 - get those kids on the bus and plan a morning of 'back to scrapping'
Leave me a comment and I will pick a winner to receive a school days collection.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thanks for playing along! There will be more sketches to come!!!
Here is your next chance to win some MOSD goodies...be our next EYE SPY. All you have to do is mention MOSD (and post a link to the blog) on your blog or message board and if we see you...you win! You can post a comment here with the link to your post. Winners will be chosen next Sunday!!! Good luck and get to posting!!!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
What is a common element on most scrapbook pages besides pictures? I think most often it's a title. MOSD has a little know product in the Clearly Stated Line called "A to Z". I fell in love with these from the first time I saw them at Cropper's Alley. I begged to carry them through MOSD - and yipee we now do! These little transparent alphabet sets are so versitile and fun!!! - The Clearly Stated A to Z are the inspiration for my Challenge this week... do something different for a title, swich out the stickers for die cut letters or better yet - see if you can get your hands on some of these little cuties... (the alphabets, the kids are already spoken for;-)
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Today I thought I'd post more about acrylic albums.
While these albums look amazing when completed, they do take a little planning. Here are a few tips to get you started...
-Since each page offers a peek of the pages to follow, you need to think about where you place your elements.
-Once you've decided on your theme and photos, you will need to consider the order of the pages. It's a good idea to start working from the last page of the album, and create back to front.
I periodically flip my album in progress over to view the "backs" of the pages too, to make sure that view works too.
- Anything you adhere to the front will show on the back of the page, but backs of photos and embellishments can be hidden.
For example - the owl page can be seen behind the page with my picture:
When you turn the page, however, I needed to hide the backs of the journaling strips and my picture.
I cut strips of patterned paper the same size as the journaling strips. I also used some black cardstock and some embellies to hide the back of my photo:
I hope this gives you some ideas for how to start off with your acrylic album projects! Stay tuned for more ideas.
Carolyn Mcavoy - Loved your suggestion for my weekly entry! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can send you a RAK.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
I am going to try something new today. I have created a video tutorial for lining up, and cutting wordbooks using out Expressions Build A Book (TM) system. Now before you send me a million e-mails here are my pre-canned excuses..
1 - I am NOT a videographer
2 - This is the first time I have EVER made and/or published a video to the web
3 - I have never been accused of being 'brief' (the video is 12 minutes and 3 seconds long)
4 - yes I talk with my hands A LOT - my mom use to say if I had to sit on my handles I would be able to complete a sentence
5 - I saved it in a cable/DSL Quicktime format - if you have a slower connection and want to watch the video...email me and I will send it to you.
6 - my kids were in the room with me (there is one spot you will see a little hand sneak in on the right side of the screen) all in all for their ages I think they did and AWESOME job being quiet - but you might hear some russling and a sneeze - LOL
7 - YES YES YES - the A, R, etc do have middles that 'pop' out - I simply forgot to take them out and in the interest of getting this on the web I didn't want to take the time to re-shoot
So here you have it - my first ever video tutorial - if this goes well we will post more on using some of our other products. This one is in response to specific questions from some of our consumers and retailers!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I love, love, love this layout! Did it get published? NO... Did it win a contest? NO ... Am I some famous scrapper you should want to scraplift??? Ba Ha HA - absolutely NOT! But the fact remains I love this layout - I remember finishing it ( about 2 years ago) and being proud of the way it came together - handwritten journaling and all.
So today my challeng is to look back at some older layouts and find one you are really proud of. Make it a Family thing, sit with the kids, DH, the dog - whoever and do some reminicing.
Have a great Weekend!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Drum roll please >!>!>!>!>!>>!>!>!>!>!>!>!>!>!>!>!>!>!>! The winner of the custom Expressions Wordbook from last Monday is.......PaulaM. This was a random drawing, but incase you missed what Paula had to say, here it is...
"When I first heard that one of the LSS had these albums for special order, I was thrilled. I have 6 children and the first thing I though about was wanting to order one for each of them. I will either give each of them the blank book and allow them to embellish, or for those that are not 'into that' (the boys) I will embellish it for them with pictures and memorabilia about them!! What a fun item."
Paula send me an email with your address and what word you would like and I will get your book in the mail to you.
Now onto another fun Acrylic album. Have you seen a Clearly Designed Steps Album? They are a lot of fun. They are 5 inches wide and the pages are graduated stating at 4 inches long/tall and going upto 7 .5 inches. Here is a beautiful sample done by our own MOD Squader Debbie Fitzgerald entitled Family Hike
Did you notice how her title is Family Hike- but the family part of the title is actually on the second page with the photo of some of her family- LOVE THAT! Love that with the clear nature of these albums you can stack and layer and get two titles for the price of one!
Still not to sure about putting together a clear album? Angela from The Button Farm is using the Clearly Designed Steps Album for her class at all the CK Conventions. Her 'Ramdom Musings' class sells out quickly. If you are interested in taking this class at a CKC you might want to go here and see when registration is in your area. Here is a picture of the album she is teaching...
If any of you have taken the class leave a comment! We have heard rave reviews about Angela as a teacher and this project. You won't be disappointed!
Well I think I have been long winded enough today. I hope I have provided you with some inspiration. Have a terrific Monday!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Here, I used the Toddler Girl collection to make a complete party package in a snap. What an easy way to get ready for a party!
So here is your assignment...should you choose to accept it (insert Mission Impossible theme song here)...
Take a look at the stacker collections from the link I provided in this post. Then, think of some creative ways to use them and post an idea in this thread. If you have used a stacker collection (in any way) post it in this thread as well. Next Sunday, we will pick a winner for a set of your very own stackers.
I can't wait to see what you all come up with!!