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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