Tuesday, April 20, 2010

18 Years & To Love & Cherish Release Party

This week is the Imaginisce "To Love & Cherish" Release party on the Just Imagine blog. Check it out. Free scrap goodies are involved.

So here is one of my projects for the release party. This line is intended for wedding photos, however I choose a different route to use it for. This layout was inspired by a present that my mother did for my grandmother a few years ago. She had  portraits of me, her, my grandmother and my great-grandmother all at the age of 18 years old and she placed them in a frame. It really turned out quite beautiful. This family heirloom will eventually be mine, but it is currently in the hands of my grandmother so it might be a while. Being an avid scrapbooker, I made my own version. The To Love & Cherish line is absolutely perfect for this.

I hope this inspires you to take time to put yourself in your scrapbooks. I know I am really bad about not doing that. And don't forget to check out the Just Imagine blog this week for give aways and all the gorgeous projects the design team have come up with.

Products used: Cardstock: Core' dinations; Patterned Papers: Imaginisce; Rubons: Imaginisce; Flowers: Imaginisce; Corner rounder: Marvy Uchida; Custom Brad Maker: I-top by Imaginisce; Dimensional stickers: Imaginsce; Electronic cutter: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft; Vinyl: Provo Craft; Chalk ink" VersaMagic; Adhesives: Tombow & Helmar.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I-top Tool Maintenance

Like any good tool to keep it useful you need to do a little maintenance. Here are a few tips from Imaginisce to keep your I-top in tip "top" shape.

Click on the full-color image above and print out for easy reference.

1. Tighten Heads Before Use: Tighten the pink rubber heads with a simple twist BEFORE you begin...every time! The heads will not line up correctly if they're not tight...and when using the tool you might accidentally move the heads and not realize that you've loosen them.

2. Position Pink Rubber Heads: Often the small rubber head gets pushed down when removing the brad and needs to be repositioned, or pulled out into place. Check its placement before starting. If you find that your rubber heads are defective (torn, broken) please contact our customer service for a replacement.

3. Tighten Top Screws with Allen Wrench: The top screws on both sides of the tool can become loose with use or when being transported. We recommend that you use a 3mm Allen Wrench to tighten those screws periodically. But do not tighten them too tight or you will not be able to rotate the heads.

Now you are an i-top pro and should able to create many, many more brads, magnets, badges and buttons...maybe even more ideas we're creating!! If you have questions or concerns about your tool, please don't hesitate to contact our customer service by phone or email (contact@imaginisce.com).

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Let's Rock! Wall Hanging

Okay, so about a month ago, the Imaginisce design team girls started posting their "Live Loud" collection projects. One of them that really inspired me was a project by Melinda Spinks. She did a layout made out of an old vinyl LP. It was fantastic. I can't show it to you because she is having it published, but it was really a cool layout. And another one of the Imaginisce design team girls did a paper layout with an old vinyl 45 on it. This was Shemaine Smith. You ought to check her blog out as well. Very creative. (She even gave me the idea to repurpose my old chipboard letters). Here is her layout.

So I started thinking, this was such a great collection and it has such fun images of the old vinyl records and cassette tapes and how fun would it be to make a wall hanging with old vinyl 45 records. So I bought some off of ebay and this is what resulted:

And a close up:

I will post the tutorial soon. It really was not that hard. So thanks for the inspiration girls. And thanks Imaginisce for such a fun collection.

Supplies used: vinyl 45 records, Patterned papers, puffy stickers, sticker glass, ribbon: Imaginisce; hole punch: We R Memory Keepers crop-a-dile; black glitter: Sulyn; Adhesive: Helmar; Chipboard letters: Rusty Pickle, Basic Grey.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Kite Festival

On a whim today, my parents asked me if I would like to take the kids to the kite festival in a nearby town. We really had a fun time. Here are some pictures that I took. I know I must have looked pretty funny lying down on the ground to get the shot, but I did not care. LOL!!!

I am already envisioning the scrapbook layout for this one. (Yes I was lying on the ground).

She was actually flying the kite.

And Cameron flailing down the large inflatable slide. He really loved this.

I will post the layouts when I get them done. It really was a beautiful day for this.

Friday, April 9, 2010

About a week ago..........

I found out that I am getting a layout published in the upcoming Memory Makers "Big Book of Scrapbook Ideas". It is not due out until May 2011, so you will have to wait to see my layout. I have to say though it is of one of my favorite "subjects". And it features the cute line of "Lucy Bird" by Imaginisce.

I will keep you posted.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Imaginisce April Sketch "Chef Mickey's"

Imaginisce is having another awesome sketch challenge on the Just Imagine blog. This month's sketch is by the talented Aphra Bolyer. She is also a Louisiana girl. Gotta' love it. Anyway Imaginisce is having another rockin' sketch blog challenge. Make sure to post a comment on all of the design team members blogs as well as the Just Imagine blog for a chance to win some awesome goodies!

And for another chance to win participate in the April Sketch challenge. Post your link on today's post by April 25th for a chance to win. And remember to use at least 75% Imaginisce products to be considered. After all they are giving the goody box away. And they give good boxes!!

Here is this month's sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch. Once again I flipped the sketch on it's side. I used the Live Loud collection by Imaginisce. I love these bright colors. They really go great with Disney photos.

Products used are: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned papers: Imaginisce; Rubons: Imaginisce; brads: Imaginisce; Ink: VersaMagic; Diecut machine: Cricut Expression.

So get busy and play!!