One Die, Two Looks

This page, which features photos I took while on a ski lift at Boyne Highlands last fall, features the Triple Diamond Die from Mosaic Moments. I used it to give the eye a break from the busy photographs, while framing the feature photo.

While I love the simplicity of this die, it can also be used to create more complex patterns, like I did below.

Here, I used the same die to create the look of a quilt. Although it looks complex, it really only takes a few sheets of patterned paper (use double-sided to save more time), a single die and a few runs through a die-cutting machine to create it.

I made a video for Mosaic Moments (I am compensated for creating videos for them) to show you how easy it is.

Cutting Tips

Some of you may have noticed that Mosaic Moments dies leave a little bit of a mark on your photos.

That’s normal. It’s how the die-cutting machine works. It’s on all of my pictures, but I don’t think anyone notices. However, some scrappers do see it and it bothers them.

If you have the We R Memory Keepers Evolution Advanced machine, you can dial down the pressure and you will not get the marks.

But, if you’re like me and you have a Sizzix Big Shot or Vagabond and you love your machine and do not want to buy another, you have to deal with the marks.

Fortunately, I recently had a customer who came up with a solution. And, I made a video to show you how to avoid that mark with the crease pad. You can watch how to do it, here: https://youtu.be/wQV4mhVmfhk

And, if you have any other questions, feel free to ask away!

 

Ribbon for Parrots

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My cousin has five children … all of them are African parrots. There are three I love (I’ve never really bonded with the other two) Ferguson, Rudy and Sydney.

Rudy is my favorite. He’s tiny and adorable and he likes to dance.

Sydney is the most lovable. But, she loves too deeply, so these days, she has to stay behind bars.

Ferguson is the biggest and he is beautiful. He’s shy, but I did get him to eat off of my finger during my last visit!

Anyhow, I put together a page of my three favorite cousins with pictures from Christmas. They are so bright and colorful, it’s hard to find a way to scrapbook them. I finally settled on some simple stickers and made a border as a design element.

Naturally I made a video to show you how to add ribbon to the border … you can watch it here

Workin’ on the Railroad

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I have a strange fascination with trains. I love the sound of them, the way the ground shakes as they go by, and even the clicking of the flashing red lights on the crossing signal. I’m probably one of few people who enjoys being stopped for a train. And, it doesn’t matter the size. I love miniature trains. hobby trains and the ones designed for children at the mall. Heck, even a rubber stamp of a train excites me!

I knew I found the perfect man to marry when, for our second date, he took me to a beautiful depot in a neighboring town I hadn’t known existed. Somehow he knew I loved history and trains and planned accordingly! Nearly 13 years later, he continues to humor me by stopping at every depot and/or train we come near.

This trip, obviously a few years ago by my weight, was to purchase a chicken trailer he found on Craigslist. We were in the middle of nowhere and the only town anywhere around was the tiny town of Pewamo. You can see the entire town in the picture above. About the only thing it had was the head of a rails-to-trails office, bathroom and parking lot dedicated to the town’s train history. The building was a replica of the depot that once stood there; you could climb on old railroad equipment; and turn the signal on. Of course, Matt stopped and I was in train heaven!

I carried the photos around for a long time because I wanted just the right thing for the page.

I found it in a die from Mosaic Moments. The “X” from the X & O Set is the perfect touch. It looks like the railroad crossing sign.

I made a video, here, so you can see how I used it.

The Hippopotamus

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To say I love hippos would be a bit of an understatement. I LOVE them. They are not just my favorite animal; they actually invoke the same sort of breathless, heart-thumping, adrenaline rush most people get when they meet their favorite rock band, superstar or the President of the United States. For me, it’s hippos. (Artists are often a bit eccentric.)

So, when my sister first told me she was planning a trip to Africa, my very first question was, “to see the hippos?!” because why else would anyone go to Africa?? Naturally she had her own agenda, but she did take a few videos and some pictures of the hippos for me, because that’s what sisters do.

Had this been for my scrapbook, I probably would have printed these in 8x10s, but since this one is for her, I kept them all on one page using the Mosaic Moments system. I used the new letter die from Mosaic Moments, but I used just the inside of the letters to make my title look like it was coming out of the mat.

This one is on Pewter Grid Paper, following page pattern #305. I added a bit of cardstock and some patterned paper from We R Memory Keepers as accents. The explanation of the hippo is from a trading card I have been carrying around for a few decades. It was part of a set on animals my kids had when they were little — sort of like animal baseball cards. I knew it would come in handy eventually and thought it was perfect on this page.

You can see how I did it in this video.

 

Adding Ovals to the Grid

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This is my cousin and her family … They live in Ohio, so I don’t get to see them often, but she posts lots of pictures on Facebook and I steal them all.

I’ve “adopted” her and her kids (a baby boy is due in April) to serve as my daughter and grandchildren. This way, I can enjoy the benefits of being a “grandmother” now, since my real grandkids are a long way away. It works for her because it gives her another person to rely on and one more person to spoil her kids, in addition to her mom and her incredible aunt. And it works for my kids because these ones keep me busy enough that I don’t hound my own asking them when they will finally give me a baby! lol

Anyhow, these are pictures she took during Thanksgiving. I paired them with the Oval Frame Set, Mist Grid Paper and Page Pattern #257. I used paper and stickers from Simple Stories to complete the look.

Click here to watch the video and see how easy it is!

A Deer for Christmas

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Since I was a little girl, I often dreamed of having an old-fashioned cabin with a deer hanging above the fireplace. That dream has changed a bit, but it has never gone away. I still love taxidermy and would welcome many creatures into my home.

Then, it became “hip” to hang white porcelain deer on the wall. Of course, I was in love with the idea. My husband, on the other hand, hated the idea. Since I want us both to be happy and comfortable at home, I backed off of my idea.

But this year, I decided I was going to do something to make me happy — regardless of what he thought.

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I bought an inexpensive paper-mache deer head and spray-painted it.

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Then I painted the antlers with Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and then coated it with Distress Glitter Dust. It created a bit of a mess, but it was easy. Besides, everyone needs to sparkle during the holidays!

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Mounting the deer was a bit of a challenge, but we finally decided to use Command Strips and they seem to be holding.

I love how it turned out. It looks really great hanging in the living room. Great enough that I might leave it up after the holidays for a bit of bling all through the winter.

Potter Street Station

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I think this is my favorite layout ever … It has all of the elements of a great Mosaic Moments photo — close up photos, distance photos, photos of details and perfect color choices. It features Potter Street Station in Saginaw, Mich. This glorious old train station has endured abandonment and a fire, but there are still real efforts to preserve and restore the beautiful building.

I took these photos several years ago … we were on our way somewhere and drove by and I made Matt stop, turn around and go back so I could take photos of one of the most incredible abandoned buildings I had ever seen. Fortunately, he loves me and he endures my whims.

So, for years, I have been carrying around these photos, never finding the right time or place to turn them into a layout.

When I ordered the new Square Diamond Frame Set from Mosaic Moments, I knew it would make a nice page, but even I was surprised at just how magnificent it turned out!

Naturally, I made a video to show you how I created the page … click here to watch.

Note: I did receive compensation for making this video.

This die is currently sold out at MosaicMoments.com, but I have a few in stock, if you would like one.

Exciting News

I mentioned that I had a revised business plan and some news to come in a future post … well, today is the future.

Although I am continuing with Candy Scraps, I am going to be helping another scrapbook vendor, Bayview Scrappers, with videos, samples and classes. It’s a perfect collaboration and I am excited about this new venture.

Bayview Scrappers is made up of Cheryl, Lori and Peter. They offer a full-service paper-crafting store on wheels … literally the largest I have seen. They offer paper, stickers, stamps, dies, stencils, ink, adhesive, albums and all of the usual stuff. If it’s new, on trend or unique, they carry it. But they also do photo printing and enlargements and album embossing all on site. Based in Traverse City, they travel around Michigan and also hold crops in the Traverse City area.

They have lots of plans and ideas to grow, but there is too much work for just the three of them, so they asked me to help out with the things I love to do. Since I’ve been sending customers to their booth quite a bit already (I hate for someone to have to wait for something when another vendor has it, so I often direct people to other booths), I was happy to help.

I’m going to start by working with stamps and Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens. Lori first introduced me to the pens and I totally fell in love with them. Now I’m completely engrossed in the research-and-development stage — watching videos, trying techniques, practicing blending and following through on the “I wonder what would happen if …” stuff.

I put together a quick video as a test … to see how my new tripod works and to see how the coloring would show up. So, it’s not perfect, but here it is … please let me know what you like/don’t like and what should be changed. I want to create the best possible videos for Bayview Scrappers!

Click here to watch me color Riley in the Tree

Apple Inspiration

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Today I am sharing a technique I learned from a customer while teaching her how to create a Mosaic Moments page. She gave me permission to publish her page, and the idea, but asked me to leave her name off, so I am. But she knows how brilliant this idea is!

Her page is of her tour to Applewood, a mansion owned by a famous Flint family. (sorry for the photography … I took these pictures at a crop with my phone, but you will still get the idea) The large green space is where her journaling will go … And, you should know this is her first page using the Mosaic Moments system. She used the dies to create the entire page.

She wanted to carry the theme of apples through the page. And she brought this paper to incorporate …

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As soon as I used the new Pumpkin Harvest Die Set from Mosaic Moments, I thought the smaller pumpkins could easily be used as apples, if cut from red or green paper. But I hadn’t had a chance to try it yet …

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When I showed her the die and told her my idea, she agreed. She asked if she should cut them from green paper. I thought she meant the same green paper she used for the journaling square and told her that would be perfect. So, I was a bit surprised when I helped another customer and came back and saw she cut from the printed apple paper.

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Yes, I have cut from patterned paper before, but I have never thought of using a large-scale apple paper to cut tiny apples. When I saw it, I fell in love! It adds so much depth and elegance to the die cuts. And, it didn’t matter where she cut — the bottom one above has a stem in it, but it still looks fabulous.

Thanks for teaching me a new tip, what’s-her-name! Thank you for letting me share it with my readers! And, congratulations on creating your first Mosaic Moments page!