Inspiration can be found everywhere you look. It can be found on product packaging, websites, road signs, colors, clothing, and the list goes on and on. Making Memories' designers are constantly asked to be creative for various assignments. Sometime the inspiration comes easily, however other times it is a challenge. When they have a "creative emergency" they look at non-traditional things to be inspired.
March is the month for Saint Patrick's day. Which means that March is often associated with the color green. We challenged designer Laura Vegas, to use the color green as her inspiration.
My house is filled with the color green. Green walls, green accents, even green couches. In choosing a single inspiration piece, I decided to go with this one flower that is in a shadow box project that hangs on my family room wall. I love how fluffy it is, with all the layers and the button in the middle.
Every year, on Saint Patrick's Day, I claim that my green eyes count towards not getting pinched. Usually, people will buy it! So it seemed like a fun idea to create a layout about my green eyes. I kept with mostly green products, working in some turquoise and off white. It was really fun to go through all my older Making Memories products from over the years, and pull pieces out that would work on this layout.
For the flower, I choose a single flower design from the basic shapes 2 slice design card. And I sliced that flower in all different sizes, from 1.5 inches up to 4 inches. I cut them from various pattern papers, and vellum. I also crumbled them up a little bit, to give them some extra texture. I layered them all together, and added a threaded button to the center.
Making Memories is all about the color GREEN. After all, that is the color of our logo. :) Making Memories has a lot of great GREEN product that we want to share with you. So to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, we are doing a "Green with Envy" giveaway.
To participate in this giveaway you will need to post a comment on the blog. Take a look around you. What are you looking at that is GREEN? Post your answer on the blog and you will be entered into the giveaway. We will pick one luckyGREEN winnerat the end of the day.
Each person is allowed to enter (by posting a comment on the blog) only once. However, if we get 1,000 responses, we will give three "Green with Envy" prizes away, so make sure you share this with your friends.
This winter has really been a crazy one for us here on the east coast. We've reached record highs in snow totals and with all that, I am so ready for some warm weather. Creating with the new Making Memories' Flutter collection has inspired me to break out some favorite photos that remind me Spring.
For my "Rain or Shine' page, I wanted to play off on the idea of using random amounts of rain drops in several sizes falling from clouds. To do so, I used the Calendar design card and Slice machine to cut out my rain drop shapes with vellum paper. Using Flutter clear stamps, I added stamped images to three of the rain drops and backed each with pattern paper and pop dotted.
The technique I used was to create a double outline around my embossed shape using the Slice. You have to have a design card that is labeled MS+ to do this technique. Select the image you want, I chose a flower from the Vintage Findings design card. Pick the size and make sure it is "normal' (not mirrored). Emboss shape onto the paper. Once it has finished, keep Slice in same position and select "shadow" and emboss. EASY!!
You've created an outline for your shape (as you can see I did this on one of the clouds using solid pattern paper & raindrop). To cut a shape out with the embossed shape, just use a scrap piece of paper to cut out the shape you want to use as a template. Place that template over your embossed shape to make sure it's where you want it to be, remove template and cut. Make sure you replace the embossing tip with the blade.
My son Jacob was my best photo model growing up.However, he is now 17 and a typical teenage
boy -photo shy.That was until Michelle came into his life. He now loves having photos taken of the two of them. When I was asked to create a layout for the Making Memories' blog, I decided to do a teen layout so I could include them. They both jumped at the idea.
Michelle and Jacob happily posed for me.After our photo shoot they
helped by picking out words they say.Michelle picked out Jacob’s
phrases.Jacob picked out Michelle’s
phrases.They had fun helping me
design a scrapbook page about them - their way.Making Memories Just Chillin’ collections and and the Slice helped me create this layout from them. We all had a great time creating this together.
Coin: a token from a historical museum and punched a hole
Ink:Tim Holtz Distress Ink Scattered Straw
Texture Tool:Tim Holtz Hammer
From the Slice:
-People Figures:Two layers with the top layer raised with Pop Dots.
cut one on the front of the paper and another from the back of the paper and
glued them together.
-Crowns: I used the Slice to make their crowns from
copper.The thin layer of copper
metal is best.You may have to
practice a little in order to get your blade on the proper setting.It should cut and then you will have to
go around and probably pop a little out or snip a few times.I used the heavier piece of
copper.I engraved the crowns very
deep using the Slice and then I took scissors and cut it out.It was very easy.
lots of great things on the horizon from Making Memories as we leave the cold
winter months behind. And a new season brings a new giveaway! This month we are
giving away a sample of our new Flutter collection
to three lucky winners. Flutter is all
about spring colors, shapes, and textures. We're sure the new collection will
set your hearts all a flutter.
about the giveaway? It's going to be super easy to enter, all you have to do is
tell us your favorite thing about spring. Post your answers and we'll pick three winners at the end of this week.