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Friday, July 30, 2010

MOJO gone AWOL??? TRY THIS 30min PAGE ...

Hi there everybody.  Tracy here all the way from the East Coast of South Africa.  I am so super, super honoured to be guest-blogging here today.

So ... the FIFA WORLD CUP is over (I'm happy and sad all at once - the vibe was awesome but it's great to get back to "normal" again), our kids are back at school and CHA is here ... well, there ... okay, I'm just GREEN with envy coz I couldn't be there ... and it's time to get back to some serious scrapping ...

You may wonder if our MOJO ever goes AWOL (I mean, just because we're on the Design Team, doesn't mean our MOJO plays nice all the time ...) and what we do to get it back?  Just like everyone else we often have days, maybe even weeks (gasp ... stress ... faint ... sigh ...) when our MOJO is on some Island (where all the single socks go to party - you know that place???) sipping Mojito's or Cranberry Juice or whatever, while we are sitting in our Studio's (or at the Dining Room table - but that's another story for another post) stressing out about producing the next wonderfully creative project to WOW all of you ....

I have a fool-proof "recipe" for tricking that old MOJO into thinking it was its idea to come back in the first place .... here's what you do ...

Choose any one of your older Layouts and "lift" it with some new product ... or even use some off-cuts that are lying around taking up space ...

I had been working with the Birthday Bash Collection (sigh ... drool ...) so I decided to just grab a few leftover pieces of patterned paper and some matching bits of cardstock and I turned this LO (using products from the To Love and Cherish collection) ...



into this ...

How about a quick Tutorial??

You will need :-

2 patterned papers
3 plain cardstock (1 for background)
rub-ons
Title
Cluster of embellishments

Method :-
  • Cut 4 rectangles measuring 7.5cm x 9cm (3in x 3.5in) (2 each from two patterned papers);
  • Using a border punch, punch a strip of plain cardstock and then cut it to 2.5cm x 30,5cm (1in x 12in)
  • Cut one 0.5cm x 30,5cm (0,2in x 12in) strip from your second cardstock colour
  • Cut 2 x 0.5cm x 9cm (0,2in x 3,5in) strips from the same cardstock 
  • Cut a mat for your photo - it should be 11cm x 16cm (4,3in x 6,3in) to fit a standard Jumbo photo - 10cm x 15cm (4in x 6in).  If you want more than one mat, then reduce the measurements for the next mat in to 10,5cm x 15,5cm (4,1in x 6,1in).  So, in other words you will have your photo, then your mat measuring 10,5cm x 15,5cm and then your last mat measuring 11cm x 16cm (ie. you have just double-matted your photo);
  • Place all of your cut elements on your page before you stick them down so that you get the correct spacing.  Have a look at my first LO to guide you.
  • Stick all of your cut pieces down and then add your Title, rub-ons and cluster of embellishments as shown in my first LO.
Tip :-  If you feel your LO needs it then mat each rectangle of patterned paper as I have done in my second LO or simply ink like crazy or sand/distress the edges ... whatever needs to be done to make the patterned paper "stand out" from the background.  Of course, if you wanted a more Vintage/Heritage look, all you have to do is distress and ink the heck out of all your papers and embellishments ...

It took me about a half an hour tops to re-create this page (with slight changes) and my MOJO was ready to rock and roll and eager to please ...  So eager in fact, that I created the following just for your inspiration too, using the new Apple Cider collection (again, not a great pic - sorry) ...


I hope you have enjoyed your little journey with me.  I have certainly enjoyed creating for you.  If you want to see some more of my work using Imaginisce products then go along to my blog.

I am also hosting a giveaway on my blog - simply leave a comment here AND on my blog and I will pick a winner by Wednesday of next week ...

See ya soon ...

Love,
Tracy

110 comments:

NANA R NASSAR said...

wowwwwww...I´m the first to leave a comment....Awesome idea....It´s good to recycle old things...specially old LO...and yours is just amazing...both are...and the collection you used...awesome! xoxoxo

carrie said...
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Ann Jobes said...

Great layouts & you would never know that one was a lift of the other.

carrie said...

I scraplift myself a lot, and the cool thing is they never look the same as the first one!

Ronda said...

Thanks for sharing your scrapping ideas!! I love the word "MOJO"...maybe that's my problem...I'm short on it...LOL!!

craftymom205 said...

Great tutorial. Love the layouts.

Cheerios626 said...

Great idea!! I am going to try this out for sure! I really don't like when my mojo is lost (which seems to happen whenever I get really excited to use some new product and have NO CLUE what to do)

Laurie (Wally) said...

ohhh what a great scraplift... thanks for the tutorial... I have certainly not had time to create... and so need to find my MOJO...

Lara said...

I love this birthday line. I need it to help my mojo!

Martine said...

oh I love your LO in all its different versions!

Samantha said...

I did this the other day, T! It does kick your brain into gear ;0) Love your LOs!

scrapinmo said...

Pretty layouts! You did a great job.

Heidi G said...

Love the help on getting my Mojo back--also love the giveaways.

Denise said...

Thank you so much for the gorgeous and QUICK page!!! I love it!!!

Jocelyne said...

I love the idea of scraplifting my own favorite layout!!! Your layout is awesome!! Love it.

Heather said...

Love the lift your own page idea! Left a comment over on your blog also!

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I love this great quick idea!!! Thanks for posting and I checked out your blog! Loved it and now I am following it and have you set up in my blog reader!

chene said...

Good idea to scraplift yourself. Nice layouts, too!

Samantha T. said...

Great fast page. Thanks for the inspiration!

Deb Long said...

Great sketch! I'm using it today!

Jean said...

Love the sketch! Great tutorial. Will put it to use!

fong33 said...

Thanks for the great ideas to get the mojo going! Love the sketch also.

Julie at Perfect Paper Shop said...

I will have to try this one. I always have a hard time leaving "white" space.

Jennifer said...

These are great ideas! I love the trees on your boys page :)

TeenaBugg38 said...

I just love that color blocking! I go with that a LOT or a simple grid pattern...it always looks great no matter what!

Thebug415 said...

Great layout! I know exactly what you mean about the AWOL MOJO! Mine does that too...lol.

Summer Braxton said...

I like the idea of re-doing an old layout. It'll be neat to physically see how I've grown over the years.

Kimmie said...

thats a fantastic page....and a great way to your your mojo back! TFS

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

WOW!! What great pages-totally RSS feeding to your site:) Headed there now!! TFS:)

Bobbi said...

Such cute layouts, I really like the new birthday line

Jennifer said...

Very cute and doable! Thanks for sharing!!

*~Annette~* said...

Fantastic layouts! Thank you!

iceprincess95 said...

What a fun idea...I don't think I have ever scraplifted myself. Love the layouts!

Me, Myself and I.... said...

Oh wow...I *heart* scraplifting!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

Kim said...

AWESOME IDEA!! I Love the Apple Cider Layout you made, it's just GORGEOUS!! Thanks for sharing! Have a GREAT Day!

Michele said...

Love your layouts.

Betty said...

LOVE it!! Thanks for sharing :)

Kath said...

Great idea for getting re-inspired, and I love your work!

Cathy said...

Great layout... thanks for the tip on finding my mojo.... if it ever escapes again!

perezmom said...

Great idea for finding some mojo!

-Kristin

KL said...

Good work!

Sherry said...

Great layout. Thanks for sharing.

Dawn said...

How fun to guest post, and you did a smashing good job. Love those yummy papers and layouts.

Bonnie said...

love this layout!

Sharon said...

I can relate. My mojo goes on vaca a lot. Thanks for the idea

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Awesome layout! Thanks for all the details on how to lift it!!!

Jodi said...

Thanks for the mojo booster.....cool idea!

bakscrap said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. Great results for such a simple formula.

creative patti said...

Great Tutorial, thank you so much. Really enjoy learning from the masters. The layout turned out great!!! Love this line!!!

NathalieM said...

Wow I love your layouts. They look awesome!

Linda64 said...

Beautiful Layout. Thankyou for a great tutorial.
Hug, Linda

Stephanie said...

I can't wait to copy that design and love the tutorial! LOVE YOUR BLOG!

jules said...

what a great idea Tracy....i hate it when the mojo goes walkabout so this idea helps with that for sure....thanks for sharing....love your layouts too!

Marlene said...

LOVE how you scraplifted that LO! Thanks for the quick tutorial! I also left a comment on your blog.

ruth said...

Great post Tracy!

Serendipity (Christine) said...

Great idea, I feel inspired for sure :-)

Pammejo said...

Great idea, love your layout

Jeanne said...

Oh I love it!!!!

labsuper said...

You have to love a 30 minute page!

down_memory_lane said...

Awesome Mojo-fixing layouts ! Thanks for the chance to win ! :D

Wendy Crowe said...

I am totally guilty of scrap-lifting! Love your layouts! Thanks for sharing!

laterg8r said...

love the tilt of your banner :D

KellyG said...

Great idea! Love your layouts!

smahrty said...

pretty pages! Thanks for the tutorial too!

Joli said...

I love your page!!!

Manhattan Mandie said...

Great page idea! Love that method of getting your mojo back :) I know mine frequently visits all of the single socks too!

Sweetpz said...

awesome layouts! great way to use your papers !

hugs
juli

flowerskissing said...

Love the GREAT IDEAS!!!

Rene said...

Love it Tracy! Thanks for the inspiration!
Scrappy Love,
Rene'

Janet Z said...

Scraplifting is a great way to get the mojo going again!

Roberta said...

Great layouts! I love how different the same idea can look on different layouts.

rosemaryschild said...

Great stuff! Luv it!

pictures2pages said...

Love the original LO and then the birthday LO is super duper cute!!!

mommyof5kidz said...

LOVING your layouts....the original and the lift!!!

Iris said...

Very cute layout. I love this product line. Iris

serena said...

great layouts!

Katie said...

Love the layouts! Thanks for the inspiration!

chignon said...

Great way to break thru. the lack of crafting mojo - scraplift your own page!

Elisabeth said...

Thanks for the idea! And I love the "memories" LO. Way cool.

liz-h said...

Great ideas. Love the layouts. Good for using some of the huge stash at home .

Melanie said...

What a great layout to lift!!!

dannelle said...

thank you for the scraplift idea and to get our mojo back. ;) awesome!!!

kendra_kenny_2000 said...

I love the teal and black page using the Cherish collection, and the layout idea!

valerie said...

the scraplifing is a great idea!!! thanks so much for showing this! LOVE IT!!

Olivia said...

Great layouts, really like the composition & can always do with some fresh inspiration. Thanks for sharing :)

Btrflywmn said...

Love the layouts, thanks for sharing.

sucor said...

Great tutorial and layouts! I'm saving it.

Simple Sugar said...

Awesome post! The layouts are perfect for quick scrapping!

Shawninaz said...

Glad you're guest blogging, enjoyed the work on your blog as well.

The Scrapbook Speedway said...

i love the papers used in that first layout!!! georgeous!

Jnett's Place said...

These papers are winner for sure.

Barb P said...

Thanks so much, Tracy -- great idea and tutorial! My mojo needs a little kick today.

Michelle said...

Great post, Tracy!!! I love your LO's. Mine needs a kick in the bootie!! It has disappeared too!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [31 Jul 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Cin Cin said...

FABULOUS tutorial, Lady! LOved the LOs!

Kerry said...

Hi Tracy, great idea - and i love both LO's. Just loved your class today. Thanks Kerry

k9lover said...

Cute & quick - thanks for sharing

pcrusberg said...

I just your layouts! Thanks so much!

Barbara DeBose said...

Thanks for the great layout! Maybe I need to push the card supplies aside and get back to scrapping!

Angie said...

Thanks! THis is just what I needed!!! Everytime I start a LO, I just cant get it done- no mojo. Thanks so much!

craigdb said...

What a cool idea! I have tried it myself a few times and I must admit it does help to bring the MOJO back! So good to have a fellow South African scrapper hosting this blog!

Ginny Penn said...

How fun to be a guest blogger. I guess that means you've arrived. I really like your color choices on your layouts.

Adri said...

I love this birthday line!!! Great ideas!!

Kelly Sas said...

Great fast LO. Love your take on it. Thanks for the great inspiration! Visited your Blog and am so happy I did!

GinniG said...

AWESOME advice and creations Tracy! Congrats on such a great article!!!

jennmom2000 said...

Tracy, I love the page and your post! Love you girl!

Suzuki said...

Love the creation!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Michele said...

Love your layout.

Scrapycandy said...

I really love these ideas...thanks for your hard work on our behalf!

Debbie Harris said...

I love your scrap lifting idea!

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