Saturday, December 20, 2014

Layouts of Christmas Past - Santa Stamp

For the layout below, I was inspired by a page kit from Out On a Limb a few years ago.  I liked the belt effect and the Santa face.  Then, while I was digging through my stash, I came across a Santa stamp my sister had bought.  I stamped the image on a neutral/skintone, on white and on red, and cut out the individual pieces to layer to make the peek-a-boo Santa on the left side of the page.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Layouts of Christmas Past - Purple Christmas

Christmas 2005

Christmas 2011

Here are two layouts I created for purple Christmases we had in our family in 2005 and 2011.  Both are built on the now-retired eggplant grid paper.  In the second one, I took lots of photos of the tree, ornaments, presents, etc. to use as accent pieces.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Layouts of Christmas Past - Pine Cones

This layout was accented with close-up photographs of a pine tree that grows in my mother's front yard.  I took the green cornerstones and placed them over red cardstock to match the journaling blocks.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Layouts of Christmas Past - Chimney layout

I created this layout by putting some brick colored paper through the old-school paper crimper to give the effect of bricks for a fireplace and chimney.  The stockings were a die cut, as was Santa's head.  The fire came from a cricut camping cartridge.  I made up the body and the rest of the pieces.   The holidays are a great time to get creative with your mosaic layouts!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ho Ho Holiday Layouts!

As we approach the Christmas season, stop and think about the photos you'll be taking.  Here is a list of photo prompts provided by Mosaic Moments:

And you can find even more inspiration over here at Mosaic Moments Blog- photo checklist.

Here are some close-up photos to inspire you: 


Holiday M&M's


Holiday Candy

Over the next couple days, I'll be sharing some layouts I've made to commemorate holidays in years past.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Die Sale!!!

Today through Sunday, Mosaic Moments is having a great deal on the die sets that are designed to work with the Mosaic Moments cutting technique and grid paper.  Stock up now while they are on sale with FREE SHIPPING!   And, as always, please use the snapncrop link to the right so that I will receive credit as your consultant.  Thank you for checking out my blog!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dickens Christmas

Tami Potter's Mosaic Moments Design Team has spent this year working on monthly challenges based on books.  I'm sharing Andrea Fisher's Dickens Christmas post.  I hope you enjoy!  A Dickens' Christmas

 I encourage you to read all the way to the bottom of the article as she has some great photo tips, too!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November 19th is "International Men's Day"

Today is International Men's Day (isn't every day, really?)  Here's a blip about the day taken from the Days of the Year site:

"International Men’s Day was created in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago. The main purpose of the day is to focus on the health of males. Other aspects of the day include improving gender relations, showing that men can be positive role models, and promoting gender equality.
Over eighty countries celebrate Man Day, but it’s not always been like this. Most countries on the list such as the United States and the United Kingdom have only recently started to promote the day.
If you want to take part in events, look on-line to find one of many groups gathering together to have fun. Most places will have fun events with a “manly” theme, such as wrestling and rodeo bull riding.
Some years, the coordinators of Man Day suggest a secondary theme to be taken into consideration. Although it’s not needed to follow these themes, most countries do as they allow each country to feel as if they’re part of something bigger."

Here are a couple of Manly Man layouts I have made working with a theme of "elements" (wood, stone, etc.):

Anyway, I thought I would share a blog from Mosaic Moments about making Masculine Mosaics:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November 12th is World Architecture Day

Today is World Architecture Day.  So, I thought we could start out by looking at "building" your scrapbook pages.  Here is Tami Potter's Blog on Scrapbook Page Design,which I think you will find inspiring.

But let's also take a moment to think about taking pictures of architectural elements such as stained glass, carvings, bricks, etc. to add texture and dimension to our mosaics.

And lastly, please remember that there is a subcategory of cornerstones available for purchase from Minerva Mosaics (Debbi's) Snap-n-Crop Shopping Link.  The are listed as "architectural" cornerstones and are available in several color combinations.  Here are some samples:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day

We all know that our country's military veterans deserve all the fanfare we can spare.  I thought Veteran's Day would be a good opportunity to share Mosaic Moments Tips for Banners, Borders and Buntings:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

In the Mexican culture, November 1st is known as Dia de los Muertos and is a time to celebrate those who have parted.  Here is a little bit of info:  Dia de los Muertos.  I thought I would take this chanceto share a layout that I did using pictures taken at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, OH.  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday October 25th is International Artists Day and World Pasta Day!

I shared this over the summer when my niece, Isabelle, created this Mosaic Moments layout for her 4-H project, but I'm sharing it again now because I just can't think of a more perfect layout to fit both International Artists Day and World Pasta Day!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Page Patterns and Die Sets

I'm sharing this post from a recent email I received from Tami Potter at Mosaic Moments because I think you'll find it quite inspiring.  As you can see, the page pattern uses two of the new die sets and really allows the artist's pictures to accent one another.  I hope you'll try one and share your samples with me!


Fall is a wonderful time to get many photographs! We have a great pattern for showing photos of fall leaves, a pumpkin patch, a corn maze and whatever else you can find this season. This pattern is perfect for the photo enthusiast since you can fit several mosaic style photographs. Also, learn why we love creating mosaic scrapbook pages. Get the full details on Mosaic Moments


Today's featured Page Pattern only used two different die sets: A and MM. Create this layout quicker and easier than ever with the new dies. To see all the different dies follow the link to the upper right to access the snapncrop shopping page.  You can also see today's pattern on the Page Pattern Gallery. In the gallery, you can print out the different patterns and see page samples. 

I am having a major surgery today (10/22) and will be unavailable to take/deliver orders to you, but please do not hesitate to email me if there is something you need or to shop online using the snapncrop link to the upper right.  Thank you!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 21st is also Apple Day

Today is also the day to celebrate Apple Day and another reminder of the ways you can use pics of apples (or any other fruit) to accent your pages.  Get creative and do a page titled "As American As Apple Pie" with all of your favorite Americana ephemera.  Or celebrate actual apple pies with pics of apples framing Grandma's recipe.  Maybe your family has apple trees or goes apple picking each year?  Do you can apple sauce or apple butter?  Be sure to document those memories with mosaic photo accents.

And don't forget to go out to Pinterest for more Mosaic Moments Photography Inspiration!

Have You Ever Heard of "Count Your Buttons Day"?

Ok, so apparently today, October 21st, is Count Your Buttons Day.  Now, I don't know exactly what that means or how we are supposed to celebrate (other than by counting buttons).  But I thought it might be a good time to remind you about taking pictures of your buttons and lots of other ephemera that might make for great mosaics, cards, layouts, etc.

Here are some pictures I found on pinterest.  What kinds of things do you collect - on purpose or inadvertently?  Snap some pictures and incorporate them into a layout.  I'd love to see your final products.

Check out this link on Pinterest if you are looking for more fun Mosaic Moments Photography Ideas.