Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pre-retirement for Thickers

I do love my Thickers.  Even with the Cricut and now the Silhouette, I still love Thickers for titles.  Some packs have been nearly loved to death as there are few left.  Letters like A, E, R and T seem to be the first to go and I'm left with lots of Q's, X's and tons of numbers.  I hardly ever use the numbers.

So before moving some of the old sets out of my stash (so I can buy new ones, of course), I want to use up a few of these extra letters.

The title for this layout 'Playground' comes from the odd letters of 5 different sets.  These are not all American Crafts Thickers.  I use the name "Thickers" generically.  Some of these are chipboard stickers from other companies.  And the same idea could apply to stickers, too.

The grid page has 6 photos of my husband and his youngest daughter taking her children to the playground.  I didn't remember until I got nearly done that this was actually July 4.  I'm sure that is why she had her daughter dressed in a pretty red dress.  Still I have a lot of red on the page and many other cheerful colors from Mon Ami by BasicGrey.  One of the larger papers is from Carta Bella's Celebration collection which is a perfect match.

The background has some zig zag stitching to finish it off. The little wagon was cut on the Silhouette.  A couple of stickers and some wood hearts complete the page.

The photo of my husband with his granddaughter is a selfie.  Didn't he do a good job?  I thought for sure Amanda took it, but he did.  He said the little one got a bit heavy but he doesn't look like he minds carrying her :-)

Here is the process video:

And the sketch. If you like the sketches, all of 2013 sketches are in one PDF here.

I mentioned in the last newsletter update that August would be the month of Thickers.  I'm getting a bit of an early start.  More videos will be coming along with ways to work through the extras in my Thicker stash.  So if you have more Thickers or Stickers than you know what to do with, I hope you'll join in.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Giveaway winner

Thank you all so much for your fabulous comments on the giveaway post.  I'm so glad you enjoy the blog and the videos.  I have more in the works including a new class I will announce sometime in August.

You can also get an exclusive video by subscribing to my newsletter on the sidebar.  I e-mail once, maybe twice a month with a bit of news, a tip or two and a video.  It's free!

And now onto the giveaway...

Random.org picked the summer giveaway as the very last commenter just under the wire at 11:30 last night....

Melitta Ball

Melitta, send me an e-mail at lynnelisa@bellsouth.net with your mailing info and I'll get the gift pack right out to you.  (Response must be received by next Saturday, August 2.)

Thank you to everyone who participated.  More videos and posts coming along.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A collaborative effort

It's a bit embarrassing for someone who used to help others pick out things for their house and even hang pictures for customers to have empty walls.  But I do, or I did.

A few years ago I redid our master bath including new wallpaper, but I never got around to putting anything on the walls.  Other than a framed mirror over the sink, the walls were completely bare.

While my husband was visiting his family, I did the background for a new canvas for the bath and got stuck on the saying.  I wanted something short from nature to go with the leaves.  Since my husband will see this as much as I do, I thought I'd get his input.

When he came home, I picked out several nature quotes I found on Pinterest.  But even before I got to them, he came out with this:

Cathedrals are where you find them.

Perfect for us as we find nature as beautiful as anything we humans can create.  OK, I guess there is a bit of irony there as I'm creating something nature inspired but anyway, it works for us.

My intent with the background was to be very neutral.  Ha!  I just can't do neutral.  I started with misted book paper and dress patterns and then added paint - a lot of paint.  It has more color than I planned but I think it is my favorite one so far. I like it so much I was tempted to just put it up without a quote or leaves but then went forward with the design.

With so much color in the background, I did the leaves mostly red to help them stand out. They are a layer of chipboard and a layer of pattern paper cut on the Silhouette and then Mod Podged and painted.

The tree branch is actually from our magnolia tree.  It was just lying there on the ground nice and handy only needing a bit of trimming.

So now the walls are not bare.  We have some cheerful color to greet us each morning.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Silhouette Studio Grid

I do love my new Silhouette Cameo.  It cuts so precisely and there are tons of great images to choose from in the Silhouette store.  The software has tons of features.  There is one thing missing though that has had me wondering from the beginning.  Why?

There are no indications on the Studio software for measurements.  I want to match up where my elements are to cut with where the paper is on the mat as I often use several small pieces of papers and cut several items at the same time.  There are marks on the actual cutting mat but not the one on the screen.

I understand the designer addition has a ruler but I don't want to upgrade at this time.  I'm using the free software anyone can download from the Silhouette site.

So I created my own grid markings and I'm sharing them with you.  (ETA: These are the numbers going around the outside.  The lines are part of the Grid option on the software.) The numbers are in a Studio file.  They will not print or cut on the Cameo.  They are just to help us see where we are on the mat.  Here is what the file looks like when loaded.

Download the file here:

Silhouette Studio File - Grid Markings

This video has instructions on downloading and adding the file to Studio.

For the video, I'm doing a trial of SnagIt software which allowed me to capture my work on the computer for video.  I combined it with some images in Movie Maker.  There is a little volume drop I'll have to work on.  There are a few other issues so I'm still shopping for a good, inexpensive software for this type of thing.

So I hope you find this helpful.  If you haven't already, be sure to put your name in for a chance at the giveaway in yesterday's blog post.  Some fun summer product for a lucky winner.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Goodie Giveaway

I have a pack of scrapbooking goodness for one lucky randomly drawn blog commenter.  Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the prize pack in this video:

Watch at YouTube:

Comments must be left on this blog post. YouTube comments don't count as there is some sort of scam being perpetuated on YouTube giveaways.  So check back here to see if you won.  I'll attempt to e-mail the winner if I can find an e-mail address.  Regardless, the winner's name will appear here on Sunday, July 27.  (The winner will have one week to get in touch with me.)

Comments must be in by midnight ET July 26 - this Saturday.  International entries are welcome.

Thank you all for your support of my classes, e-books and all your lovely comments on my videos and posts.  I appreciate the scrapbooking/cardmaking community so much!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Pinwheel Background (video)

We see little changes each year to our favorite vacation spot - Hilton Head Island.  Stores open or close.  A new restaurant is a hot ticket.  They pave more bicycle trails.  I captured some of these this year including one we question.  They are adding a guard checkpoint just off the highway to where we stay.  The normal checkpoints are about a mile in.  This one is sure to back up traffic leaving us scratching our head at the idea.  Anyway, we love the new bike paths.

For the background of this page, I used a pinwheel pattern.  I thought I'd like to turn the photos on their edge a little and this led me to the triangles and finally the pinwheel design.  It's really easy to do as shown in the video and it really uses a lot of patterns from a 6x6 pad.

The papers are My Mind's Eye Collectible and match the papers from the bicycle page I did a few days ago.  The word Changes was cut on the Silhouette.  "Coming" is from a Simple Stories Sticker sheet.  I got in a few more of those stickers in my quest to work through some stash.  I'd better get busy as there is new stuff being released already and you know I'll want some new papers :-)

Video at YouTube:

Here's the sketch for the page:

Coming up this week, I have a summer giveaway here on the blog so be sure to check back midweek for your chance to enter.

Friday, July 18, 2014

What's new this fall?

CHA, Craft and Hobby Association, traditionally did both a summer and winter trade show.  It was at this show that all the new scrapbooking goodies were unveiled.  However, they have paired down to one show per year in January.

So how do we find out about the new stuff coming out for fall?

Here is what I'm doing.  ACherryOnTop.com (ACOT) which sells scrapbooking supplies has a preorder option.  So you can see many of the new products coming up via their website.  I'm not personally interested in preordering but I can get a peek at what I'd like to have.  Their regular newsletter gives you an idea of when each of the companies' releases will be coming out.  This is not a complete list of everything coming but gives you some idea.

ACOT has also started doing some product videos.   They are very well done with lots of closeups.  I used to love the CHA ones from Two Peas and I'm glad someone is picking this up.

Here is a link to their YouTube channel.

I've had a busy week and haven't had a chance to look at all the new lines that are buzzing on message boards but I'm hoping to get to that this weekend.  The best part of shopping for me is browsing and planning what I might use for what.  Looking is free.

While I'm still working through my stash, I know I'll want a little influx of new items as we get closer to fall.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Test Post for Studio File

Just a test post to see if I can make this file available for download

Grid Markings for Silhouette Studio

See this accompanying video for how to use the file.
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