Friday, March 24, 2006

Your Vacation Spot

From the LM Archives 

Product Feature: Your Vacation Spot
By Vickie Brown, Design Team Member
Spring is officially here and the unofficial beginning of the vacation season is upon us! From Spring Break in Florida, an anniversary trip to Sedona or camping on Memorial Day weekend, vacation plans are in the works!
This week, the Lifetime Moments Design Team would like to aid in your vacation photo planning and scrapping. As a child my family took very few vacations, so vacations and their memories are really precious to me. I always feel a bit intimidated and want to do just the “right” pages and take just the “right” photos. I’d like to share a few ideas with you that might help during this vacation season.
  • Take lots of photos. The more you have to work with, the happier you’ll be! Have plenty of film or space on your memory cards. It’s also a good idea to download onto a laptop or have disks made every few days, just as a precautionary measure.
  • Get photo ideas from postcards and brochures! They have certainly looked for the most scenic or exciting spots for their advertisements!
  • Get closer! Professional photographers suggest that you get twice as close as you think you should get to take the photo…you’ll often get better photos if you zoom in close to your subjects.
  • Zoom in from afar! Do you have a child who enjoys cheesy grins while being photographed? Being further away allows you to get “real” shots of people. These are often my favorite photos!
  • Get in FRONT of the camera! Hand the camera to a friend, your spouse, your child or even a stranger… I have done this on several occasions and I’ve never had to chase down the person running away with my camera (this is what my husband envisions happening…) I often see someone taking a photo of their “group” and ask if they’d like me to take a picture of the entire group for them, then will ask if they would do the same for me. It’s a win/win situation!
  • Take your tripod! You’ll want to practice this at home, but once you’ve gotten used to it, it’s a great tool!
  • Plan your wardrobe. It might sound silly, but this suggestion serves two purposes—not only are your subjects “coordinated”, which makes choosing papers MUCH easier, but it’s also easy to spot your family or group in a crowd.
  • Take notes! Journaling is easier when you have detailed notes. Spend a few moments each day jotting down the highlights—names of places you’ve visited, funny things that have been said or that have happened. It will make journaling a breeze!
  • Keep it together! Take a folder or large envelope to hold ticket stubs, postcards and brochures from the places you’ve visited.
  • Get a fresh perspective! From photos to journaling, get the input of others with you. Ask your child what stands out to him and take a picture. Hand the pen to your husband for his thoughts on the day.
  • Be real! Did you get lost on the way to the hotel or have a flat tire while traveling home? Take photos of these unplanned events that happen to us all! It will likely be a funny memory later!
From Saturday trips to the park to Alaskan cruises, this is the season for fun photography while having a little “down time”. Have fun with your photos, be sure to journal your thoughts, and check out the Design Team gallery for ideas on scrapping those precious vacation photos!

Design Team Examples
To view all layout ideas and products used, please be sure to visit the Design Team Gallery: Your Vacation Spot
Nancy  Wendy
 Vickie Susan
Franny Miranda

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Stitch It Up

From the LM Archives

Product Feature: Stitch It Up!
By Margaret Winters, Design Team Member
When you hear or read the word 'sewing', what comes to mind? Maybe fond memories of your Grandma or Mom sitting at her sewing machine making clothes for you when you were a child? Or perhaps you, yourself, love the craft.  I would almost bet, though, there are several persons who could admit they had never used a sewing machine or hand stitched anything until sewing became a popular trend in the scrapbooking industry.  For several years now, sewing has been an enduring technique used in scrapbooking and card making.  Whether by hand or machine, the look is classic and timeless.
What if you don't have a sewing machine or the room for one? Or you just can't justify spending the money on a machine just to be able to use it for scrapbooking?  Over the last few years there have been several scrapbooking companies who have offered wonderful alternatives to get the look of stitching without the machine such as hand stitching templates, patterned papers with stitching, and rub ons. Just recently, to add to that list, several manufacturers are offering stamps with faux stitching patterns. This week, it is my pleasure to introduce to you, four new stamp sets that offer unlimited possibilities of creating the look of stitching without the needle and thread.
  • Leave Memories Clear Stitch Me Stamps . This new set of clear acrylic stamps offers nine different stitching patterns including a herringbone pattern plus two different distinct zig zag stitches, one of the more popular stitches among scrapbookers. While this set doesn't mimic the perfect seamstress line, it can quickly and easily add that homespun feel to any layout! This set also includes a few bonus images of stitched hearts and an envelope clasp.
  • Technique Tuesdays’ Hanging by a Thread stamp set . With 12 different stitches to choose from, you can put your sewing machine up for sale! You are sure to find the stitch you are looking for and get that perfect stitched look with these detailed stamps. Because of the pliability of the soft acrylic, both the Leave Memories and the Technique Tuesday stamps can be bent to go around corners or provide even more versatility in your scrapbooking or card making.
  • Fontwerks debuted seven new stamp sets at CHA in January. One of those sets is devoted to the faux stitcher in all of us! These stamps will soon be added to the wonderful collection of Fontwerks stamps in the store here at Lifetime Moments.
  • Sassafrass Lass has several new stamp sets that have been up for preorder for several weeks now and are expected to arrive any day. The Stitched Borders set includes patterns of straight stitches, zig-zags, flowers, dots, and several more fun patterns. The Blooms N’ Stalks set has several different fun flower patterns to use on little girl, spring and Easter layouts or just to add a little extra pizzazz to those everyday layouts and handmade cards. Sassafrass Lass went one step further with the stitched look with their two new lines of alphabet nesting stamps. The Sew Simple set is a fun sophisticated lower case font including a shadow and a stitched pattern of each letter, while the Jumbo Stitched set is also a lower case font featuring more of a bold classic font that includes four fun background blocks that can be layered behind the letters for a fun creative look.
Sassafrass Lass has really outdone themselves, because not only are they offering four new stitching stamp sets, they just released two new patterned paper sets that adorn wonderful fun colorful stitching patterns. These new lines, In Stitches and Sew Fine , can help you achieve the look of stitching without the fuss of a sewing machine! The colors and patterns make them perfect for adding a homemade feel to spring, heritage, or just about any kind of layout!
When you don’t have the energy to drag out your clunky old heavy sewing machine, or don’t have a machine, these new stamp sets are sure to help you achieve the look of stitching without having to get out the needle and thread. What is even more exciting is every ink pad you own offers you another color of 'stitching' to choose from! No need to change the spool and bobbin. You can go straight to the stitching fun! 

Design Team Examples
To view all layout ideas and products used, please be sure to visit the Design Team Gallery: Stitch it Up!
Margaret Beshka
 Sonya Madeline
 Wendy Vickie

Thursday, March 2, 2006

Scenic Route

From the LM Archives

Product Feature: Let’s Take a Scenic Route
By Franny Lesniak, Design Team Member
The new Scenic Route is here! It is truly amazing that this already fabulous scrapbooking supply business has come out with two new lines that are so magnificent and unique! Included in each of these two new lines – North Shore andCharlotte – is a set of coordinating patterned papers; Scrap Strips; sheets of alphabet stickers; Monogram stickers; and Chipboard Elements. Each line contains just about everything you need to put together a perfectly embellished and coordinated scrapbooking layout or paper craft project!
The Scenic Route paper is simply the best! Certainly it is the best quality - high grade, cardstock weight. Add to that the fact that each sheet is double sided and reversible. This makes it ideal for making file folders, book pockets, matchbooks, as well as greeting cards. The color schemes of both lines, North Shore and Charlotte, traverse a spectrum of traditional as well as unusual yet compatible combinations. The colors of North Shore are rich and vivid. These hues seem very compatible with theme inspired layouts for occasions such as birthday celebrations, school or sports events, and beach trips. While this line seems suited for infinite masculine possibilities, it is also an ideal choice for many feminine themed layouts.
Scenic Route’s Charlotte line captures hues on the softer end of the spectrum. However, Charlotte’s hues and color combinations still convey a sense of life and energy, albeit with a slightly more gentle expression. This line includes a range of both warm and cool hues, all in a perfect balance. Scenic Route’s release of this line is timely, as it is utterly perfect for springtime layouts! Also, Charlotte seems perfect for those tender and dreamy inspired layouts that you have plans to create.
Always thinking, Scenic Route came up with a nifty idea and has created a fantastic solution to the problem that pattern-phobics have faced – Scrap Strips! When a whole sheet of patterned paper seems too much, or if you want just a little of this pattern and a little of that pattern, then you MUST check these out. Scrap Strips are sheets of cardstock-weight paper that includes strips of several patterns from within each line in addition to strips with themed phrases including: flower power, laugh everyday, a perfect day, smile, play hard, and a day at the beach.
Complimenting their new paper lines are the sheets of cardstock alphabet stickers. Each 8.5x11 inch sheet comes with multiples of each letter as well as numbers. The stickers are square with white or brown letters atop smaller scale patterns from each of the lines of paper. Not only do they match the patterned paper, they also perfectly coordinate with the Monogram Stickers! These sheets of adhesive backed, cardstock-weight Monograms will add flair and interest to your layout titles. After using them once, you will undoubtedly want all of the sets!! Each sheet includes a segment of the alphabet, so you will get several letters’ worth of monograms and phrases on each sheet.
What more could a scrapbooker want, you ask? Well, chipboard, of course! And Scenic Route has come through for us. These 6x12 inch sheets of Chipboard Elements come in themed sets that match the two new paper lines will spark your creative fuse! You definitely get a lot of bang for your buck with these chipboard embellishments, as all the shapes, sizes, and pieces fit together, and pop apart for any number of different uses. Run, don’t walk, and get yourself some!
Well, there you have it – that pretty much covers all the newest, latest and greatest products from Scenic Route. If you have never used Scenic Route scrapbooking products before, you really ought to try them now. After you get a chance to use these top of the line patterned papers, cardstock stickers, and chipboard embellishments, you will understand what all the hype is about. And if you have been previously acquainted with Scenic Route’s product lines, then take my word that these two new additions to the Scenic Route family, North Shore and Charlotte, will not disappoint!

Design Team Examples
To view all layout ideas and products used, please be sure to visit the Design Team Gallery: Lets Take a Scenic Route
Margaret Gayle
Madeline  Tracy
 Susan  Sonya