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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Annual Pooja

I'm back with a double LO inspired by my late mother-in-law.  She passed away a couple of years ago and what I remember about her the most was her annual Pooja (gathering of friends and family to pray and honor Hindu Gods) at their house.  Although my father-in-law is in no condition to continue the tradition now due to his poor health, I wanted to create this double LO so that my children can have a means of remembering their Dadima and Dadaji (Hindi for grandparents from father's side). 

These pages were created using the My Memories Suite v4 software, using digital papers and embellishments (with the exception of the Om sign which I googled and converted into a .png image) I've collected throughout the year from the My Memories store.  (BTW there's still time to get the code to get a FREE My Memories Suite v4 software here, good until this Saturday).  Below are screenshots of the pages in the MMS.

the title and the journaling were done using fonts in my

And here are closeups of the pages after printing.  I've added 3 buttons with twine for the page on the right.

"Tradition" was done in Abbeyline, while the "Our Family" was
done in Cooper Black font.

the journaling was done using the Choppin Script font

closeup of the journaling

real buttons with twine I attached to the page using glue gun

pic of me and my kids - poojas were few of the times I got
to wear fancy Indian outfits.

my daughter still loves and remembers cuddling with
 her Dadima
Thanks for visiting me today.  I may not be back for a few days, especiall tomorrow since I'd be very busy with Halloween festivities at my kids' school.  If you're celebrating Halloween, have a safe and wonderful one!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Simple Digital Scrapbook pages

Happy Monday, everyone!  Scroll down or click here for the coupon code for a free My Memories Suite v4 download I posted yesterday.  Today I'm showing a couple of 12x12 pages I created recently with this software.  I just finished one of our family albums and needed a page for the end of that album and a page for the beginning of a new album ;). 

Here are screen shots of the pages on MMS. 

For this page, I created each layer from scratch, from digital papers (one layered on top of the background) and elements (alphas for the title, heart shaped bling, and faux stitching) from kits from the My Memories website.  I like to combine different kits to suit my needs so I don't normally stick with just one kit to complete a page. 

This page was super easy - done using a pre-made template.  All I needed was to drop two pictures and add the title using Creme Puff font (in my library) flood-filled in green.

I like to print my own pages - I'm lucky that my kids and hubs bought me a wide format printer almost two years ago for Mothers' Day.  I use the Epson Artisan 1430 and use only Epson paper.  I have gotten away with remanufactured ink (gotta cut cost somehow) which is really not that bad.  Below are closeups of the pages after printing.

Not much more I could do with these pages now but to stick them in 12x12 page protectors in the albums.  Thanks for looking and I'll see you in a day or two with another scrapbook page (or two). 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

No Tricks, Just FREE My Memories Suite v4 download!

Hello my crafty friends!  It's almost Halloween!  Some of you already know that I am so in love with digital scrapbooking and am an affiliate of My Memories.  The sweet people at My Memories are allowing me to give a special code for a WHOLE week as a special treat to all my blogging friends - so spread the word!  The code is for a FREE My Memories Suite v4 ($40 value) DOWNLOAD option only.   You must click on the logo above, select the My Memories Suite v4 software (again, the download option only) and use the code below at checkout.  It is probably best if you just copy and paste the code as it needs to be as is. 

This code is valid Sunday, October 27 - Saturday, November 2, 2013.  Thanks for being a follower!  For the next week, I am going to be posting some digital scrapbook pages I'm working on.  Have a wonderful week ahead of you!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Takeout Halloween treats

It's time for another Cameo Creations Challenge and this time we are challenging everyone to create projects with "Lots of Candies" (open to your own interpretations, of course!).  For my DT contribution, I went for literal lots of candies - to create Holloween treat giveaways for my kids' friends at school. 

I bought these small takeout boxes already preassembled from Michaels.  The takeout boxes come 6 in a package and came in different patterns but I chose the black and white damask for the ocassion and filled each with 2 small boxes of Nerds and about 10 Starburst candies. 

The tags were by Alaa K (Design ID #32481).  I embossed some top layers with Swiss Dots CB folder and the others with Teresa Collins' Starburst Ebosser embossing folder (loving the Ebosser so far!).  I attached the tags to the boxes with jute twine and attached plastic black and orange spider rings.  Below are some closeups.

I am also linking this project over at the Silhouette Challenges blog for their Challenge #6: Critters challenge.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 14, 2013

(Almost) No frill birthday boy card

Happy Monday my fellow bloggers!  Today's my day to share a project with the readers over at She's a Sassy Lady blog so this post can also be viewed over there.  Thanks Sheila for letting me share a project on your blog once a month.  A friend's youngest son just celebrated his birthday party yesterday and I made this card for him.  The card was designed using the Silhouette Studio and all cuts were done using my Cameo. 

This card is sized roughly at 5.5 square.  The base of the card is an card image by Jamie Koay (Design ID #38959).  I created a square image to fit inside the ornate doily and imported a dragon image by Scrappers Delights called Draco inside this square and printed him using my home printer.  I used the Agent Orange font for the sentiment inside and outside the card, setting them to print only in blue ink.  I used the offset feature of the Silhouette Studio to create the mat (in green cardstock) and created another layer for the sentiment.  Below are the cuts after I cut them using my Cameo.  

I used my Promarkers to color Draco the dragon and created a coordinating crinkled ribbon (seam binding ribbon) using a couple of Tim Holtz Distress Ink in faded jeans and some water.

Here is a closeup of the card after assemby. I added a blue button with jute twine.

 Here's a closeup of the inside of the card using the same font as the sentiment in the front. 

Thanks for looking and enjoy your week!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

His and hers twin birthday cards

Almost forgot it's the first Sunday of the month and my turn to post over at the Bugbytes :).  Hello bloggers and thank you Pam for having me over to share a crafty project with your readers.  My twin niece and nephew had their 2nd birthday party yesterday and I created two separate cards for them - after all, each is beginning to have his and her own personality ;).  These cards are A2 size cards designed on the Silhouette Studio and all cuts were done using my Cameo.

The base of the cards and all of the inside parts were by Lori Whitlock called birthday candle pop up card (Design ID #40180).  I used the fonts already in my computer to write personalized sentiment before I cut the inside mat.  I made the candle image to be a print only in my choice of color, duplicated that to have 2 birthday candles in each card.  Below are the pieces after printing and then cutting.

The banners for the font of the card were by a set of ribbon banners (Design ID #24243) by Jamie Koay. I used the fonts from my library to cut the letters of the twins' names inside the banners. The images were by Polly Craft, colored with Promarkers.  I imported the images onto the Studio to size them inside scalloped square and oval images by Lori Whitlock (Design ID #26510).

Some closeups of the cards after assembly.  I used some scrap ribbons, buttons and flowers to embellish and some foam mounts for some depth here and there.

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful Sunday!