Friday, August 31, 2012

Fridays Are for Friends - Man's Best Friend!

Labor Day weekend is what most of us think of as the last weekend to hit the pool, right?  So what better time to share this awesome layout from one of my Red Letter Journals students, Renee!

When I designed the pool layout for a class to be taught at Red Letter Journals, I tried to keep it "basic" so that students could embellish to their choosing for swim lessons, diving competition, kiddie pools, pool parties, etc.  Well, look what Renee did with hers!!!  Yup, that's right - she used these lively pictures of her dog cooling off in the pool to make a fun layout!  As always, thanks for bringing pictures and completing your layout in class.  :)  You know how happy that makes me!  Great job Renee!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

August Design Team Challenge

For the second Design Team challenge in August, we were asked to use "husk" paper and Mosaic Moments pattern  14Sixteen Squares

August element options - please choose one or more of the following:

  • Handwritten journaling
  • Free Download
  • Clear Stamps
 I chose to use a couple of clear stamps. 

If you're thinking this layout looks somewhat familiar, you're right!  It is very reminiscent of a layout I did using the same surfing themed patterned paper from BoBunny.  But, it was just TOO PERFECT for this layout and I just had to use it again.  Here's the old one.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Fridays Are for Friends - Erika, AnaFrancina and Barbie!!!

You know the expression "I want to be Barbie; she has everything?"  Well, so does this Barbie layout!!!

There was a Barbie Exhibit at the Indianapolis Children's Museum and Erika used her pics from her visit with her daughter to create this awesome mosaic.  I can't decide which I like best - the strips with the fashion shots or all of the little 1" square elements.  Either way, this is ONE AWESOME LAYOUT!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Isn't It Funny??

The top layout here is one that I am working on for a class / workshop. The bottom layout is one designed by my friend, Erika, and featuring a Lego version of the Titanic. 

We've all talked about how learning the mosaic technique, and making mosaics, changes the way we take photographs.  Well, it also changes the way we shop.  Obviously, Erika and I both saw this Lego paper and though "Mosaic!"  (heck, the potential is BRIGHT as day!)  Yet, we took two totally different approaches to design/layout.

I tried to use a lot of colors and arrange them to make the patterened paper pop!  This is something I do for class layouts at scrapbook stores - I cover all the squares with patterned paper so that pictures can be added in using the paper as a mat only, or the spaces can be left exposed with just the patterned paper showing.  However, upon closer reflection, I think before I take this one "on the road" for a class, I would take out more of the patterned paper and use more lego photos.

Erika used red lego paper and she painstakingly cut the 1/8" segments from between the little 1" squares so that the paper would line up directly with the long horizontal strips across the bottom.  By using only the red paper, she puts a lot more emphasis on the photographs and the title.

Just more proof that while they may seem somehow "formulaic" - mosaics give you so much FREEDOM in design.  How can 10 x 10 1" squares do that?  I don't know, but I love it!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Announcements - Upcoming Mosaic Classes and Events

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - Red Letter Journals - Grove City, OH
OSU Buckeye Layout – 10:00 a.m. -12:00 noon

If you missed this class, please contact Red Letter Journals for a page kit! (Must have mosaic mat and basic mosaic skills and tools to assemble.)

Reminisce "Real Sports" Football Layout – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

If you missed this class, contact me for a page kit!

Sunday, August 19, 2012 - Stamping Buddies – Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Reds Layout – 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

We will be using the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy stitching tool to sew baseball stitches on teh white strip on the right side of the layout. 


Sunday, September 9, 2012 - Stamping Buddies – Cincinnati, OH
UC Bearcats Layout – 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Students who take this class will have the option to purchase additional coordinated UC die cuts from me on the date of the class. 

Friday and Saturday September 28-29, 2012
Creating Keepsakes Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Tami Potter will be teaching introductory Mosaic Moments Classes
I will be working on Friday (10-3) doing demonstrations in the Convention Booth

Saturday, October 6, 2012 - Red Letter Journals - Grove City, OH
Falling for Fall – Panoramic (advanced) Layout – 10:00 a.m. -12:00 noon

Saturday, October 13, 2012 - Miss Bridgette’s Performing Arts Centre– Lebanon, OH
SHOP AND CROP TIL YOU DROP – All day Crop (10:30a.-11:00p) and Vendor Fair (11-4)
Falling for Fall – Panoramic (advanced) Layout – evening

Sunday, October 14, 2012 - Stamping Buddies – Cincinnati, OH, 513-891-CRFT
Creative Imaginations Football Layout – 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fridays Are All About Friends! I'm Sharing More of Lee Ann's Work Today

A couple weeks ago, I introduced you to the work of a new student, Lee Ann.  As I mentioned then, Lee Ann had been very busy crafting mosaics in the short time since her first class.  And you know how some things about a mosaic appeal to one person and other things to someone else.  I was immediately in love with the covered bridge layout I shared before. 

My sister, on the other hand, was totally taken by the OP2 layout featured here, with all the 1" tiles.  I love the journaling on that layout, as well.  I think that is something that I often overlook when I get caught up in a mosaic and I love how prominently it is featured in this layout.

The colors and the use of the 9-tile squares on the Schmidt layout featured here today are very appealing to me.  I think the use of the 2 1/8" square with the flower in it, and the use of the coordinating patterned paper, really ties the pages together very nicely.

Thanks again, Lee Ann!!! 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Boys of Summer - August DT Photo Challenge

For our Tami Potter / Mosaic Moments Design Team photo challenge for August, we were asked to take photographs of things that mean "Summer" to us.  These pics show the highlights in Kayden's hair, the tan on his cheeks, and of course the great American pastime - baseball.  What could be more summer than that??

Check out the up-close details of this layout and cheer me on Journella:!--August-Photo-Challenge

Friday, August 10, 2012

Fridays Are for Friends - More Erika Love Going Around Today!

My Design Team challenge for this week was to take pictures of some things that say "summer" to me!  I used a baseball theme for my layout - check back here on Tuesday to see it - but I couldn't help but think about this layout from Erika.  These pictures at the lake are just AWESOME and I love how  she took the basic design from one of the page patterns that comes on the Mosaic Moments paper packs and modified it with the lake all around the edges and the center photos.  Just inspiring work . . . makes me wish I was at the lake, for sure!!!  Ahhh, summer! 

Thank you, Erika.  Keep 'em coming!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Design Team Challenge - Page Pattern 10 - COVER GIRLS

This Design Team Challenge was:

Mosaic Moments pattern 10 – Five Photo Spots and Multiple Border Spots

Embellishment options - please choose one or more of the following:

  • Oversized Title
  • A Free Download
  • A List

I made the layout a couple of months back, but since so many of my adorable nieces are leo's, I thought this was the perfect time to share!  Happy Birthday to Samantha (August 9) and Layla (August 5)!  :)  I love you, girls!

Here's the link to Cheer on Journella:

Friday, August 3, 2012

Fridays Are for Friends . . . and I've got a new one!

Lee Ann is a new student who took her first class with me at Red Letter Journals on June 30, 2012.  She was, much like me, instantly taken with the new technique.  She introduced her friend, Sue to mosaics and together they started creating!  By July 18, Lee Ann already had several completed mosaics to share with me.  I chose this one to show you first because I just love how the strips turned out.  I am also just crazy about the weathered wood patterned paper she used to accent the photos - it's just perfect.  Thanks Lee Ann!