Thursday, February 28, 2013

Baby Shower Invitations

Hi everyone. Have you been missing me? Yes, there are times when real life takes over and I don't have the time to do all the things I'd like to be doing. Do you ever feel that way? LOL

I have been busy on the creating end, just haven't been able to share lately. The good news is that I have lots of stuff ready to share. (And I'm still working on that first video...stay tuned!)
I've had several projects commissioned lately by friends and friends-of-friends. Today I'm going to share the baby shower invitations I created using MDS2 and some of our super cute downloads.
I blacked out the contact info in the interest of privacy, but you get the idea. There are not really big gray smudges on the invite. ;)

These were custom made to fit my friend's wishes for a baby boy shower invitation where guests are requested to bring a special book for the baby's first library. That's what I love about MDS2! I started with a blank card and just got busy designing! The Storytime Collection DVD elements were perfect for this project. I also created a bookplate label, copied 8 times on a separate 8 1/2 x 11 blank page, and printed it out on full sheet inkjet label paper to be cut out. The label was attached to the invite with a tiny bit of Snail adhesive so it can be removed, written on, and attached to the inside cover of the gifted book. Ingenious, huh?! ;)

By the way, the Stampin' Up! print services are reasonably priced (these invitations were $1.31 each due to quantity discount) and the quality is amazing! Seriously, if you haven't ordered print products yet, you have to see them to appreciate them!

One more thing... the recipient of these invitations said they were "perfect!" That makes me smile! I love sharing my creativity with others and making people happy!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope your day is filled with sunshine! :)
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Monday, February 18, 2013

I have an MDS page to share with you today. This page was inspired by (what else?) something I saw on Pinterest that used Instagram photos to create a wall display. I thought to myself, "That would make the cutest MDS page using so many of those iPhone photos I take that may never get top billing on their own scrapbook page. So, here it is:
I was super excited about how it came out! I'm going to try and do a video with a couple of tips about working with so many frames & photos in MDS2. It'll be my first one, so be sure to stop back & see what I come up with. :)
Don't forget, if you haven't tried MDS2 yet, you can do it for FREE! Click here for details.
Thanks for visiting!

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sponge Organization

I am working on several organization projects currently in hopes of simplifying my creative process. This is one I am absolutely loving! My creative style lends itself to lots of grungy inking, which means I use sponges quite often. I found this organization idea on the Internet years ago, and decided it's time to implement it. So far so good! I love being able to quickly grab the dedicated color sponge, use it, and easily place it back in its home.

Supplies needed for this project:
Stampin' Sponges
Cardstock for labels (I used the matching color of each, but you could use white & just add a color dot with a marker or ink pad.)
Punch for tags ( I used a retired SU! punch that is one of my all-time favorite, but you could use a square punch, Scallop Square Punch, Curly Label Punch, or Postage Stamp Punch.)
Scissors to cut your sponges
Stapler to attach your tag
Marker(s) to label your tags (I used Basic Black and the White Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen.)
Container with at least 40 slots (Mine came from the Container Store).

I think the how-to is pretty self explanatory from the photo, so I won't waste your time with the details.

You will need to cut your sponges up because they come to you as big circles. I have a Quick Tip video about this on my Facebook page if you'd like to see it.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

My Own Font!

Yup! That's right! I made my own font! Anyone who knows me well, knows I am a bit of a font freak. I have so many fonts on my computer that it would make your head spin. There's something about finding just the right typeface for a project that makes me feel all warm & fuzzy. Hee!
As a teacher, I am very picky about the fonts I use to create things my students will be using. I've thought for several years about creating a font using my own handwriting. Buuuut, I just didn't want to mess with the process, finding & purchasing the software, needing a pen tablet, etc, etc, etc....
Well, Apple to the rescue (Actually, I should probably be thanking the app developer here). I was introduced to an iPad app called iFontmaker. Zip! Zip! Zap! As fast as that I have my very own first ever (I'll be making more!) font.  I truly threw this together while I was at my son's karate stinking easy!
Naturally, I had to show it off using MDS! :)
If you want to download it, I'm pretty sure you can get it here. I'm not 100% sure how this all works yet, since this is brand spanking new to me.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Download Day!

So, in honor of download day, I'm posting a digi layout. I actually created this page for the weekly challenge for last week. Did you know if you enter the challenge, you could win a free download? It helps your creative mojo to attempt a challenge.
The challenge was to create a divided page (like a project life-type design). I have to say that this is not my strength! I definitely feel more comfortable around a little more randomness! LOL
This week's challenge is a Valentine project. Why not give it a try?

Oh yeah, you can check out the newest downloads here.

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