Friday, May 29, 2009

Falling Down on the Job!

I know today is Friday and I promised you a look at my finished HodgePodge album...but that is not going to happen. I was not able to get my photos printed in time, so I'll have to show you next week. So I thought I'd take today to show you a few other beach themed projects I have made with MOSD products.

This first project is a clear 12x12 page that I turned into a calendar scrapbook layout. (Sorry for the distracting background!) I love working with clear 12x12 pages. They are really a lot of fun!

Next is a clear Step Album that I made into a "salute to CA" album. We have moved around a lot, and I am always afraid that we'll leave a location BEFORE I can see much of it. So, I made sure to see a lot of CA, from Lake Tahoe to San Diego!

This last album is something I made for CHA and is a larger version of the Tabbed Album. I turned the album on it's side and created a mini book for our trip to Myrtle Beach.

I hope you enjoyed looking at these beach-y things. I'll see you next week!
- Gloria

Friday, May 22, 2009

HodgePodge Alubm - Part I

Ok, this is called the HodgePodge Album. And, no MOSD does not sell it, but you CAN make it from MOSD products. (Hang on, I'm gonna tell you how!) I invented this album after seeing other types of albums that come with all different page sizes. I, of course, changed mine up and made it my own size and style, and gave it a name...hopefully a unique name!!! I wanted to bind it with the pages at all levels, which was super easy by punching holes with a Crop-a-Dile and binding with MOSD plastic rings!

This is Part 1, because the album is NOT finished yet. There are no photos OR embellishments on it yet. It's just covered with paper. Tune in next week to see it in all its Glory...pun intended!

This is how you can make this album: You need clear acrylic or chipboard, or a combination of the two. The album is 6 pages, but you can make yours with more (or fewer). My pages, with the exception of the back cover, are all acrylic. I did not have an acrylic page the size I wanted for the back (MOSD does make that size, but I used my last one a few weeks ago, so I had to use chipboard).

I scavenged the clear pages from other MOSD albums. I cut my pages to approximately the following sizes:

5x5 (part of a Hip to be Squared album)

4x8.5 (part of a Long Haul album)

6x6.5 (part of a Gatefold album)

8x5 (part of a Big Boy album)

6x7 (part of a Gatefold album)

9.75x8.5 (this one is chipboard that I had in my stash)

My Fiskars trimmer cuts the acrylic and chipboard very well.

Once I had my pages all trimmed to size I covered them with paper. I made sure to show a border of the clear acrylic on each page. Then I decided how I wanted to line them up, and punched the holes! This took a bit of time to mark and punch the holes, and they are not perfectly spaced, but...who is gonna tell on me?! The MOSD brown rings worked great to bind the album.

Tune in next week to see how I decorated the album! I'll be using photos from our recent Hawaii trip!

- Gloria

Friday, May 15, 2009

MOD Squad Call...

If you grew up during the 70's there was probably some point in time that you wanted to be part of the MOD Squad.  Well now is your chance....okay okay not THAT Mod Squad - but the Midnight Oil Design Squad aka the MOD Squad.

That's right spread the news to everyone you know - MOSD is calling all creative, talented, fantastic, energetic, individuals to join our team.  Scrapbook Pages, cards, mini albums, home decor, and paper crafts galore - we want them all!

So here is how it is going to work.  Please email images of your creative samples and questions to Alison at  DO NOT send links to online galleries - please send 5-10 actual images that represent your work.  If you have send the images AND want to include a link that is fine - but we want actual images in our inbox!  Samples do NOT have to include MOSD product.

Entries can be turned in beginning TODAY - right NOW - this INSTANT!  The call will close on June 25th, 2009 and new MOD Squaders will be notified by June 30th, 2009.

MOD Squad members will receive...
FREE Product
New releases and sneak peaks FIRST
Introduction and resume on our blog
Link to your site and/or blog
A scheduled blog spot once a week for you to post on the MOSD Blog
Participation in product development

All MOSD product is Made in the USA
All of our Chipboard products are made from 99% recycled materials
Yes you can belong to other design or creative teams

Start creating - get busy - I can't wait to see all your great work!
 - Ali

Friday, May 1, 2009

Nothing Says Spring Like Flowers!

I live in Paradise on earth: Southern California. It's beautiful here all year long, but we also have an amazing blooming period in April and May. This is when the ranunculus (Persian Buttercup) blooms in the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA. There are more than 50 acres of blooms!

I decided to make this step album to showcase some photos I took of the fields. I will tell you that the photos of the album do NOT do my photos nor the real deal justice!

I used a lot of Basic Grey paper and made a bunch of my own flowers out of scallop circles.

Are they amazing or what?!

This one field of white flowers was just breathtaking!

I also printed out some quotes to add to the album.

Thanks for looking! I will be on vacation for a few weeks, but will be back with a new project on May 22. I am sure Alison and the rest of the DT will keep you busy!