Sunday, August 31, 2008
The same is true for many places that we go. We are big fans of museums, art centers, etc. We try to go at each exhibit change. The kids get a sense of culture and they don't even know it because it is disguised as fun stuff! Ha! Got em!! Here is a recent trip to the Indianapolis Children's Museum...
They have a comic book exhibit and we are HUGE comic fans. So when I saw this, I immediately thought of the MOSD Stick Ons!! Dont' they make great captions?
Well, the children are calling and my camera is charged! Have a great weekend and keep on scrapping!!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Here is the LO I made from my sketch.
Notice I used some of the new MOSD Stick-Ons (the arrow and the sunburst) on my LO. The orange "paper lace" was cut with my Cricut and the Graphically Speaking cartridge. Since making your own "paper lace" is not an option for many of you, I know you will all be looking forward to the new Intricacies that MOSD will soon have available!
Now here is the really great news...if you use my sketch in a layout, link your creation to the comments section here, and one lucky winner will receive a dandy prize from me!
As always, HAVE FUN!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
While it's not quite finished yet, I couldn't resist sharing some peeks with you!
Check out the circle on the cover page. And that cute little submarine...
They are MOSD's latest brainstorm - Stick Ons!
The tag attached to the cover is another MOSD acrylic tag.
Now that summer is over, get busy scrapping all your here, there, and everywhere pictures with one of these hip little albums!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
*Contest is open to residents of the USA only. Winner will recieve a prize pack of MOSD product as well as a spot as a Mod Squad Guest Designer for November 2008. The Retailer where the winner purchased the Contest Pack will win a prize pack of MOSD products.
* Contest runs August 25th through September 30, 2008 and all entries need to be received through Pub Calls by Midnight in your time zone on or before September 30th.
* Decorate up the Big Boy Album any way you'd like. You must use the enclosed sketch for inspiration on a least 1 of the pages. Using the Stick Ons is encouraged, but not required.
* After you are all done decorating, snap some high quality pictures and email your submission to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of: MOSD DT CONTEST.
In the body of the email please include: Name, Address, Phone Number, Email and the name of the store where your Contest Pack was purchased. Be sure to show as much of the album as possible, and mention specifically the page(s) inspired by the sketch.
So where can you get these awesome Packs???
Easy! Visit these fine retailers:
Sunday, August 24, 2008
It has something to do with Becky Fleck, our new Cover to Cover BIG BOY 6x12 album and a challenge for YOU!!!
Are you loving the new 6x12 style of scrapping? Do you love acrylic albums? Do you love page maps??? Stay tuned! Details will be posted tomorrow!!!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I'll let you in on a little secret that even our Design Team doesn't know (well at least until they read this)! The reason they don't know is because the ink is still drying on the contract!
For Immediate Release:
Midnight Oil Scrapbook Designs, Inc.
Monday Morning Memories!!!
You read that correctly! MOSD has acquired MMM along with all products rights and their Owner/Chief Designer Suzy Molen - okay okay - you don't purchase/acquire a person - BUT Suzy will be joining the MOSD team as our Director of Innovative Design. MMM has some fantastic products - their / our (love that) Intricacies are to die for! You can check them out here and here.
Here are a couple of pictures to wet your whistle:
Friday, August 22, 2008
The MOSD Stick-Ons are a fun product to use for card making. I used the monograms and the tag stick-ons on these cards.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I hope you're all getting ready for the EXCITING contest that MOSD will be having soon. You won't want to miss it!
Today I wanted to talk a bit about some tools I consider must haves when I make a mini album.
Doing any job is so much easier when you have the right tools! Here are a few things you might consider adding if you don't have them yet...
A craft knife: This is a must for working with shaped chipboard. like our Expressions word books, you need this. Once you've adhered your paper, you need one of these babies to trim around edges or to remove the excess paper from the inside of a letter. I love the Fiskars finger tip craft knife.
A sanding implement: Once you've trimmed excess paper from chipboard, you can sand off any remaining loose bits. An emery board works great. My favorite is the Basic Grey Precision file set. It comes with a variety of sized files to get in all the little nooks and crannies with ease.
A Crop-a-dile: This baby can punch through anything, especially acrylic! Use these to create your own openings to bind our acrylic albums.
A tool to apply rubons: I have a confession. Rub-ons used to be very hit or miss for me. Since I've purchased a good tool, I'm adding rub-ons everywhere. Lose the popsicle stick!
A Xyron sticker maker: these come in many sizes, so consider how you'll use it. Some are big enough to run Expressions word book letters through. How easy would it be to add paper with that baby? Even the small "x-box" size is useful for ribbon and small embellishments.
A Slick Writer: these markers by American Crafts write on everything, including acrylic. Use them to doodle, journal, or even outline the edges of acrylic pages.
So that's my must have list - what's on yours?
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
We were pretty pleased with this discussion! Here at MOSD we are proud to report that all of our products are 95% made in the U.S.A. and all of our chipboard is made of recycled materials. Why do I say 95% made in the U.S.A.? Because we pride ourselves in Honesty and Integrity and I haven't been able to confirm that the little black rings we include in our albums were made in the U.S.A. But I can tell you with 100% certainty that all of our products are cut, assembled, printed, and packaged right here in the U.S.A. - Maryland and California if you want to be specific. I'll let you know when I find out about those little black rings. But we are PROUD PROUD PROUD to be able to use these symbols on our packaging....
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Because this album has 6 inner pages it is PERFECT for this type of gift... the front of page 1 is January and the back is February and it continues through all 12 months.
Today I challenge you o Scrap A Gift!!!
Some Tips and Tricks I used on this album....
*Brown Staz-on ink on the edges of the clear covers.
* I made an "extra" page out of patterned paper by tracing the cover onto the paper. I cut two and glued them together back to back for stability. This is what I put the title "Birthdays" on.
*I just used paper to mat the inner chipboard pages - I left them "chipboard" and inked the edges - this made the project go FAST - but since the paper matched the brown tones of the chipboard I could "get away" with it.
Friday, August 15, 2008
MOSD is so excited to to announce that Becky Fleck of Page Maps has designed an exclusive sketch for our upcoming contest. (Oops, almost spilled the beans!) Keep your eyes peeled here, at Page Maps (http://www.pagemaps.com/), and at Pub Calls (http://www.pubcalls.blogspot.com/) for all the details - coming soon!
LOVE you LO's :) Cute pics!!
August 9, 2008 3:38 PM
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Today I wanted to talk about a sticky situation. Adhesive. I often see posts on message boards that ask how to adhere pictures and embellishments to acrylic pages.
My personal preference is good old Adtech adhesive. Not only is it inexpensive, but it seldom shows through my pages (provided I'm not heavy handed with it).
Choice B for me is glue dots. They do show through and need disguising on the back side of the page. These are great for larger embellishments.
Choice C is my Xyron sticker maker. This works wonderfully for paper strips and ribbon.
Many people like liquid adhesive that dries clear. Some examples are Ki Gloo, Zip Dry and Diamond Glaze. I tend not to be very patient, so I don't like waiting for glue to dry. But if you don't mind waiting, these are terrific options, especially for bulkier embellishments.
Still others prefer to use Spray adhesive, but you must use it in a well ventilated area. Since this is not an option for me, I've never tried it.
Do you have a product you love to use on your acrylic pages? We'd love to hear about it!
Have a great week everyone!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
2. A Time For Memories
3. The Scrapbookers Bag
4. Celestial Creations $ Scrapbook Suplies, Inc
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Word books are so popular right now and MOSD has so many options to choose from. After attending CHA Summer, I had the chance first hand to check out some of the various forms of wordbooks and honestly, MOSD offers more options and is less costly than some of the other systems. So make sure to check em out like Kristy did!! You'll be glad you did!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
So the lighting is not too great - it's almost midnight - normally I would scan it --- but the Stickles are wet - I seriously just whipped it up, lol... but I digress...
Here is a close up - I used stickles behind the printing on the transparency to "glue" it to the sparkly layout - I think I happen to be brilliant! It's hard to see because it's the Stardust Stickles - just trust me, I'm brilliant!
This corny little layout uses the Toddler Girl Topper ( hey go post on Friday Fun - you might win the whole Collection!) , with a black overlay. When retailers order from us they get to choose from colored or black on most collections - how cool is that???
And just as Gloria said yesterday ( he he - still today for me at this very moment) the Toddler Collections are VERSITILE and can be used for older kids too!
Want to see an AWESOME layout using the color topper? Ok, here is one designed by Suzy Molen of Monday Morning Memories:A much better example of how a layout should be done --- but I bet Suzy didn't whip her's up at 11;30 pm... signing off for today - I'm off to pack for my crop!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
This is a fridge magnet I created using an acrylic square:
Here's how I did it.
1.Apply a red frame MOSD Stick On to the front of the acrylic.
2.Cut a square or strips of patterned paper sized to fill / mat the inside of the frame.
3.Adhere a photo onto the paper.
4.Apply patterned paper to the back of the square. (This gives it extra depth.) Use the backside of the stick ons to hide adhesive.
5.Add embellishments and a sentiment to the front side as desired.
6.Adhere magnetic tape to to back of the acrylic.
Easy peasy and a fun way to get some art onto your fridge or file cabinet at work.