Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Look Back...and a Look Forward

Here we are and the year 2013 is coming to a screeching halt in just over 24 hours!
I thought I'd highlight a few of the posts I've been making on TamiPotter.com's Blog showcasing Mosaic Moments Grid Scrapbooking System.
Let's start with the latest post. This idea came as I considered doing a Capture Your 365 project or something like the Project Life Albums. I'm someone who often has a problem following through with a resolution, or I can lose interest in a project before it is completed (just ask my son about his quilt I started several years ago!) This project just requires I take photos all month and at the end of it upload and chose one for each day and a few to highlight on a second page. Print all the photos at once and in just over an hour you can have a whole month documented.
see the details on  the  Blog Here
Then there were the two Explosion Boxes.
One was a Tardis and another an Advent Box.
A new way to work nature into your layouts with imbedded leaves! This post shows you two ways to display a colorful new technique.

Chevrons are a big trend in scrapbooking, we show you how to do it the Mosaic Moments way!!
and finally we began the fall misting our way to a new gift idea
And now into the new year...
I am returning to the Mosaic Moments Design Team, remaining the team captain for another year. Several of last years ladies will also return and we will welcome a new team member, Melissa Fulgham. I hope you will check in from time to time to see what everyone is doing and cheer them along. There will also be new open challenges for you to join in on with Prizes for the layouts and those commenting. So don't miss out!  
One hope I have for 2014 is to keep my hand in card making, so I'm hoping to design a new Christmas Card once a month all year long, so I have several designs for next years orders!
In closing, I want to wish you a very Happy New Year!
Celebrate taking Photos and Making Memories!



Monday, December 23, 2013

Explosion Box: It's Bigger on the Inside!

Well, it took me a little longer to get back and post this here, but finally! Just in time to do this for the Christmas Day Doctor Who Christmas Special! You too can put together a special event like your family's favorite show or activity...or even this year's Christmas events like Christmas Eve, Christmas dinner, etc.

For all the details on the how to's to incorporate an accordion album to this explosion box and see how tags and pockets also find their way into this memorable box visit HERE.

To obtain the materials you will need for this project and other Mosaic Moments Grid Papers for Scrapbooking    Click here to visit Wish in the Wind, LLC   to do your shopping!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Coming Soon to the blog!

police box in Edinburgh, Scotland
You won't want to miss this next project!
Coming to the Blog Next week!! 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Create Leaf Tiles for New Techniques


This week on Tami's Blog at TamiPotter.com in the Design Each Moment Tips and Techniques section I've shared a new technique using fall's wonderful colors to create tiles to use on your Mosaic Moments. I've used the wonderful colorful leaves and incorporated them into a frame for a Inspirational Verse perfect for your Thanksgiving décor!
All the details are HERE

For all you Mosaic Moments Grid paper and tiles connect here...

thanks for checking in, now try it out!!

The Treasures from the Scavenger Hunt

November brought the Mosaic Moments Design Team to explore the great outdoors and go on a Scavenger Hunt in search of a bounty of unusual items. The results were wonderful, I'd like to share them with you and link to all their details on Journella.

From Heather

Julie gave us two wonderful layouts this is the first

Julies's Second layout

Candy was our winner! Congrats Candy

This was my layout!

There are more on the Story Board at Journella.com from Shannon and Lori. Lori got almost all the items on the list! You really need to visit their pages and look at some of the fantastic photos everyone took for this challenge. See if you can identify their macro shot items!

Have they inspired you? I hope so! If you'd like to try this on your own be sure to follow this link below to the store!

Click here to visit Wish in the Wind, LLC

There's going to be a fabulous sale Thanksgiving weekend so be sure to plan ahead and shop from the comfort of you home!

Glad to have you stop by!

Friday, November 1, 2013

2014 Mosaic Moments Design Team Call

Are you a scrapbooker? 
Do you love being creative?
Do you love to work with Mosaic Moments Grid Papers?  

you don't know what Mosaic Moments Grids are all about? 

well, you need to acquaint yourself with this wonderful style of scrapping!

Here's one of my favorites that I've worked on recently...

or this one

More can be found in the Scrapbook Gallery in  the right-hand column.

There are only a few days left to apply for a position on the 2014 Design Team 

Here's some of what you need to know:

2014 Mosaic Moments Design Team Submissions

It is time for 2014 Design Team Calls!
With the introduction of Cropdog.com we now have both digital and handmade Mosaic Moments™ pages. I will be looking for Design Team Members who can really highlight Our Mosaic Moments™ HANDMADE process.
What we want to see:
  • Strong Photography Skills (Looking for DT Members who LOVE to take pictures!)
  • Great Craftsmanship (please do not send or post images that are dark, blurry, or that make your pages look like they are warped - see tip links below.)
  • Social Involvement - Cheer on the current Design Teams Members, show off your personal work, let us know who you are on facebook... Let us know you want to be part of the team!

ALL the details can be found on Tami's Blog HERE

Don't delay the deadline is November 15th!! 

We'd love to have you aboard!!

glad you stopped by...


Thursday, October 31, 2013

POP your pages!

Are you looking for a technique that will make your pages stand out?

detailed view of cutouts, love that depth you get doing this to your pages!

Follow the link to the article on Tami's Blog to my latest article in  Tips & Techniques  and the project for incorporating an 8.5" x 11" Mosaic Moments Grid into a 12" x 12" layout. In it you will see how adding some borders, punching a few tiles out and adding bold patterned paper can really make your scrapbook page take on a whole new look.
If you have border punches that you'd like to use more than you do, you will find the possibilities to turn your photos into a features in your albums that will bring wow's from friends and family, and you'll be able to share with them how to do it too! 

Now the time is here! Tomorrow begins the posting for the Scavenger Hunt on the Story Board at www.journella.com. If you'd like to know more and  get in on the fun you can download the brochure with the information. All entries must be posted no later than midnight EST/EDT on November 7th. 

What did you find along the way? come and show us!
Still need a few materials to work with? 
Shop Here:

thanks for stopping in...


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Mosaic Moments 2014 Design Team Call

Scrapbook enthusiasts here's your chance to join a great
Design Team for a great product.
Mosaic Moments has announced their search for the next
Design Team for 2014.
Could it be you?
Do you love a hands on handmade scrapbooking style?  Then this just might be for you! Check out the details
But Hurry!!
All Mosaic Moments™ Design Team applications must be
received by November 15th to be considered.
Not familiar with the Mosaic Moments Grid Paper? You'll need it to submit your application so you can go here to shop:
Then get busy! Have fun! Enjoy!!
Here's a few of my favorite layouts using
Mosaic Moments grid paper done for a few of our  
Design Team Challenges from the past two years.

thanks for stopping in...

Friday, October 4, 2013

Misting Three Ways

This is just a quick update with a new post I have in the Tips & Techniques section of Tami Potter's blog titled Misting Three Ways.

In this post I explored using Mosaic Moments RTC Grid Paper in Ivory for a gift giving idea. This wall hanging will hold nine photos measuring 3 1/4" square or eight photos and a center title.

I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist sprays to create the background and leaf embellishments. This quick tutorial shows you three different ways to use the mist. 

If you have grandparents that get an annual photo of the family, why not plan to make something a bit more memorable and oh so quick to do.

the final result

Be sure to stop in often to the Tips & Technique section at Tamipotter.com where I will be contributing articles, and you'll always find great ideas from Tami and the staff.

Click here to visit Wish in the Wind, LLC for all you Mosaic Moments Products. Thanks for stopping in and hope you'll be back!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hunting for Red in October

The November Mosaic Moments Open Challenge:
The Scavenger Hunt
or what I like to think of it as...
 My comfortable color palette resides firmly in the green-blue-violet side of the color wheel. Except, when fall rolls around. Normally red, orange, and yellow are not colors I lean towards for clothes, décor or anything. But it's fall. And the color of fall is nothing if there are no reds, oranges or yellows to fill the skies. And some years, all we've had is a dull brown as the weather shifts too fast for fall to bloom and glow. A fall without that brilliant blast of natures paintbrush really just adds to the somber mood as winter arrives and stays...and stays...and...well you get the point!   
 So, each year my goal is to find those colors...especially red. So much so that I have several burning bushes planted in the yard. Even my dogwoods are in their full fall rusty reds and I'm happy because I know it's going to be a wonderful colorful fall! And I want to capture it all in my photos and in my scrapbooking. The challenge I have designed will help you to enjoy and remember the fall of 2013, won't you join us?
There are a few things you will need to have to participate.
1. You must use the Mosaic Moments Grid Papers. they are available for purchase  at this link:

2. And you must post your pages to Journella's Story Board. You will need to open an account but that is easy with a Facebook log-in or your email. There is no cost. This is just a safeguard.
3. There is a time frame for posting. You can post your completed layouts beginning November 1st and the last day to post is November 7th midnight EST.
To get all the details you can pick up the handy brochure that explains
the who, what, where and when of
 The Scavenger Hunt so you can play along!!
There is also a Pinterest board with examples and ideas.
I hope you will play along with us! We'd love to see what fall looks like for you!
for now...I've got to get that Red before it is gone or October is over!!
As a postscript: Just a small mention that the author of The Hunt for Red October, Tom Clancy, passed away Tuesday, October 1st, at the age of 66 years old. I've loved his books especially the very first one I read that inspired the title of this post. He will be missed.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Mosaic Moments Challenge #19 Basket Weave

Here's a tease for the layout I've presented:

Come and visit the finished project on Journella HERE...but for now here are the two of the basket weave elements I added to my layout for this challenge.

Weave One

I began with a paper tile the size of the area to be covered, then gathered all the ribbons to be used,  I ran a row of double-sided tape along the outside edges of the square and began arranging the ribbons in the order I wanted them to be, fitting things edge to edge. The ribbons are different colors and sizes so it was important to keep them mixed in both directions.
 I know it looks like a mess and you'd be 100% correct. However, with a little patience
it does work out in the end.

...almost done...

After adjusting and tugging and pulling it into place I was finally 
seeing what I wanted in my final product.

Now all it needs are the "toppers,"
you'll have to visit Journella HERE to see how it is used when it's complete.
 Weave Two
Begin with two identical photos.
Cut one in 1/2" wide horizontal strips, the other in 1/2" wide vertical strips.
begin with one of each strip in the top left corner to do a typical over and under weaving process like you did in grade school.

Be careful not to scratch your photo, but you have to try to get them as tight as possible as you go or you will have holes and maybe even gaps in your final photo. Keep an eye on the photo to see where things are lining up. Don't sacrifice the photo for no gaps!!

In the end this is how this bouquet of flowers turned out. Granted, I chose to use this photo because I thought the bouquet would be the most forgiving when things were a little off, but you can experiment with a few of your own choices and see what you come up with. 

Thanks so much for stopping by...I hope you'll come and see the final layout too.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Calendar Album For Baby

Next year is going to be a busy year for being a grandparent! Earlier this year my youngest daughter married and then in June announced they would be adding to our family in late January! How excited they are, but it means so many choices they have to make...like an apt. that will hold them!! As newly marrieds and first baby on the way the MUST haves out weigh the would like to have frills. That's true for so many just starting out. I don't think it needs to be so harsh. Yes, they need sleepers, diapers, onesies, sheets and blankets. All those will come no doubt one way or the other. The gift I have just finished for them is a little bit of a luxury to some, but necessary to me!

I think it is essential to document your baby's life, and in particular the events of their first year. It should be fun and not a chore. Some of those baby books can be so forgettable and you may start and never finish. This one allows the parents to "just add pictures". Yes, there may be some modifications to fit the mats, a few facts to add, but it is nearly complete and will be fun to finish! It is a perfect gift for some one special and dear to you. I've done a 12 x 12 size here but there is also an 8x8 size that you could do something similar.  They've been a hit with those I've made these for before, but this time I did it with colors Libby approved.

Lib isn't a girly girl pink and purple kinda girl, so she didn't want pretty pastels but bold and bright colors. For a boy, that wouldn't be so bad but harder for me to swallow if it's a girl on the way. So I dove into this project to complete it before we all found out...boy or girl.

I began with 12 blank 12x12 Calendar pages from Mosaic Moments.
I also used two 12x12 grids in each of these colors: red, orange, yellow, blue, lime green and green.

I cut my own paper mats for each layout out of a pack of Best Occasions Primary colors Deluxe Cardstock (Wal-Mart). It's a 200 8x8 size pack that gave me plenty to work with and assured me enough paper to be consistent through out the book. The vivid colors matched well with the papers I chose to use from Doodlebug Designs.   

The purpose of the calendar is two-fold. One, it gives them a place to record all of baby's firsts...and a scrapbook page to put photos of baby from that month, side by side. Something I have also found to be a fun idea is to use a 1-1/4" punch (EK Success) to punch out portions of photos to fit in the calendar space. So they could include a photo from each day if they wanted, or just some of the highlights, a special visit or occasion.

This album will begin either in January or February depending on when baby arrives, she will be able to add the dates with a set of rubber stamps and a 2014 calendar. Picking from the 12 pattern pages she can choose whatever she likes for each month. Although the pages are bright they will only serve as mats in  a narrow 1/8" border and will be toned down quite a bit once completed. She can add journaling wherever she wants to and even leave some spaces open.

I had searched all over for rub-on dates that the scrapbook stores usually have, but could not find any anywhere. Now I see them being advertised for calendar making in time for the new year. So if you are inclined to do this project plan ahead...or you can find a set of stamps perfect for the job HERE by Tami Potter of Mosaic Moments.

Patterns from left to right top row first:
#43-#39-#25 alt.
#33-#13-#92 Flipped

Patterns from left to right top row first:
#34 - #80 - not a pattern
#3 - #10 - #12
All patterns are available on Tami's Blog HERE there are now over 100 easy patterns to choose from!

detail of pattern page #3

detail of the pattern paper used to choose the colors for the layout.

close-up of one of the page sections.

Months cut with Cricut and Xyron for adhesive. Added to back side of sheet of paper it is perfect for holding down on the Cricut mat and then placing on the calendars. The intricate curves of the lettering are easily covered.  

Title colors to match each of the pages.
Before I had the album finished I got the news that my son and his wife would also be delivering a baby in May, and my grand daughter, the frequent subject of my scrapbook pages, will be a big sister! Not so sure she's thrilled with that news, but we are!

And for Libby and Tony, they will be having a little girl! Tony will get his little princess...and Libby may have to get used to a new color palette! 

If you'd like to purchase the Mosaic Moments Grids, Calendar pages or rubber stamps please follow this link to snapncrop.com where you can purchase any of these items.

Click here to visit Wish in the Wind, LLC

Thanks so much for stopping by...