It has been such a busy month with the Blog Anniversary Celebration and LOAD (Layout a Day). With so much going on, I haven't been able to respond to comments the way I usually do but I will get to them by this weekend to be sure that any questions are answered.
I have another digital page to share today. The challenge for this one was to use a variety of different items - no two from the same designer - on your page. I think the intent was to show how often you can mix and match products from different manufacturers. I do this a lot with my paper products but I found it a little more challenging in the digital arena. The papers I used were from different kits but they all had a vintage feel. I did some recoloring to make them all blend together.
The flowers on this page are embellishments that I made from some of my photographs of the gardens. I like to make my own embellishments for an even more personal page. I use the Artisan software from Panstoria and it is not difficult to turn one of your photos into a PNG file that you can then use for many of your projects. I haven't forgotten the request for a video on this - it will be coming soon, starting with an example with a simpler shape.
Cricut Design Space
The new Explore machine can only be operated from a computer with an internet connection. There is a new online program called Design Space that will finally be open to the public Thursday at 10 a.m. Mountain time. You can find the log in page HERE. Even if you are not getting a machine right now, you might want to see how things are set up - it looks very different than the CraftRoom.
Lettering Delights Sale ending soon
Lettering Delights has some special "Shop 'til you Lollipop" coupon codes that end on Friday, February 28th. Be sure to check out their discounted bundles HERE to stack the savings.
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There are graphics file to use with digital scrapping or printable projects and you can also buy lots of cutting files in a variety of formats. I can't wait to try some of my SVG files with the new Explore. I cut this intricate basket with my Cameo and I want to compare the tiny circles in the design after I cut it with the Explore. You can find the basket set HERE - there are eight cut out designs for the baskets, one solid basket and one liner in the set.
So what did I put into the boxes today? I had some interesting cards that are replicas of old school forms and other vintage ephemera. I picked out a dozen for each box (all three sets are the same). These are Artist Trading Card (ATC) size, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.
I still have some left for me so you may see these popping up in a project sooner or later.
Speaking of vintage - of course Tim Holtz comes to mind. These three matchbook notebooks are full of kraft paper (perforated to remove easily) and you can jot down notes or use the sheets to punch out shapes for you projects. There are three different covers - one for each box.
The matchbook notepads are the same size as the little cards - 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.
These boxes are looking pretty full - two more days to go before they are done!
How do you play along in the blog celebration giveaway?
To enter for a chance to win one of the three boxes - see all of the details on the first blog celebration post HERE. Then come back and get your comments in on this post. Remember, if you sign up for the new newsletter (see the box at the top right of the page) I will be choosing one person from the subscribers as a box winner (you don't need to leave a comment here since I can see that list).
Today's question to answer in your comment is:
Are you a fan of vintage style? I have lots of "old stuff" and can't bear to throw any paper scrap away if it has interesting writing or images. Do you find yourself sticking to one "look" or do you dabble in styles, clean and simple one day, Victorian another and geometric die cut shapes the next. What would you say is your favorite style?
I may or may not get my new Explore on Thursday - it is in shipping but the UPS tracking number is not showing any progress. Oh well - it will get here when it gets here, in the meanwhile I can start making things in the Design Space to cut when it does arrive. It's super cold here - we are really ready for Spring to arrive!
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