Sunday, February 24, 2013

New name and something to motivate on.

I know many visitors who visit here on a regular basis are wondering what happened to MDN Creates.  It just went under a name change.  My company's name is now P.Lynne Designs.   So what is different about the company?  Nothing yet.  It is in a slow transformation that is growing by leaps and bonds. In the meantime, I will try to bring to you projects that you can do with ease.   I started this before I left the Card a Day blog design team, and I want to continue it here as well, because scrapbooking and card making can be easy and fun.
When I started this company in 2010 (and this blog), the name came to me because at the time, it was about my three of my loves; Michael, Deonte, and Nine'na, my nephews and niece.  since then, I have added a 3rd nephew, and the naming did not seem right, because I love him just the same.   The name also did not reflect that I scrapbook, make cards, altered other items, and write.  MDN Creates will be on a lot of things I do, but not as much. With that being said, it's a new year, new name, and a new way of thinking.  Let's scrapbook....
On my last post a few days ago, I promised you that I would make something, so I am up for the challenge, and I will show you how....
This is the process I take when starting something new.  When taking on a new layout, card or altered item to redo, I look for inspiration.  It may be something that I experience recently, a photo, or something I saw.
Today, I am pulling inspiration from this one photo that I have saved on my hard drive.  It is a picture of Splash Mountain at Disney World.  I do not take credit for taking this photo at all.  I pulled this photo, because I do puzzle world on Facebook, and I love Disney.In Puzzle World, you can take photos from your hard drive or on your Facebook page and turn into a puzzle, which you try to put together.   Sounds cool, doesn't it.   The other reason for using this photo (thank you to whoever took it in the first place) is I need something to motivate me as I plan  for this vacation that I would very much want to take my family on this December.  What I did was printed out the photo on copy paper (because I am still learning how to print photos on my new printer), then I matted it on the photo paper and trimmed to size.   As you see in the photo, I need to draw on the colors blue, gold, a touch of dark green, brown, orange, red, and yellow.   So here is what I am thinking....Blue for the background paper, with medium blue, brown, and gold for the accent pieces.
I am using two sheets (1 blue floral and 1 yellow and white circle-flower designs) of Recollections brand paper from Michaels Arts and Crafts called Garden Florals.  They come in 8.5" x 11".  The third sheet is from DCWV's Naturals stack that is 8 x 8 (they no longer make this size in their papers) which is brown.  The background paper is Bazzill 12 x 12 sheet of Arctic.  The design I made on the paper is some what  of a  crisscross/basket weave pattern like this:

Almost done- using what you have:  embellishments and adding photos

a little hard to see but
there is stitching
OK, I must admit that I have not done this particular pattern before, but it is similar to what I have done in the past.  Next I added the photo, and I smack it in the middle of the cross pattern.   I added an embellishment, which was a tag pocket element.  I will demo how I made it in another post but for right now, I placed it on the right side.  I wrote the phrase, "Making a "SPLASH" At Disney World", and it written in white pencil to make it look like I wrote it in chalk.  Last in this layout is I did three different types of faux stitching.   Around the blue strip, I put double stitching, around the yellow strip of paper, I put a dot and dash, and for the brown strip, I put single stitching.  One day, I am going to thread my sewing machine, and show you some real stitching.  Now, all that is left is to put down a journal block, some more letters, and this motivational layout is ready for me to look at while I plan my Christmas 2013 vacation.
Stay tuned, because next time, you will see the finished layout and its matching card.   Until then, stay well, warm, and be blessed.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

No scrapping today....My past week.

Hello, it has been almost a whole month since I wrote in this blog.  I do apologize.  I am working on something.  
This past week has been one of those week.  It was not good, but not bad either.  It was one of those just so weeks.

I am finally doing classes locally.  My first student came Friday, and we had a blast.  She does scrapbook, but she just wanted to know what is out there, and what she can do with the stuff she currently has.  she also wants to learn how to use the Cricut machine.   So I will teach her how to next time we meet.
I am not sure how many people I reach locally, but if you ever want to learn something about scrapbooking, card making, or alternative art like mini books, just let me know.  You do have to live in the Central Ohio area, and I will meet you somewhere halfway.  

Next, I was supposed to be doing a swap on YouTube, but somewhere in between the person emailing me and setting up the groups, my name was omitted.  I was supposed to provide her with 3 gift sets of  laces a flower and stick pens. Oh well, it was not meant to be.  I still like the idea until I want to put some up at my Etsy shop.  I will see.

I have so much going on, until I need to take the time to start making things again.   In the meantime, I have not dropped off the face of the Earth yet.   You have a blessed day, and take care of yourself.