Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween! Come check out this Mini Album!

Happy Halloween all you bloggers! I thought I'd share a Halloween mini album with you today. I call this project my "Halloween Jumble." The reason I call it that is because I used a huge jumble of products to make the pages of this album. Most of the time when I make a mini album, I use one manufacturer's album. But since I also like to "share the wealth" as it were, and buy lots of stuff, sometimes I like to mix it up. Besides, so many products just work SO well together!

MOSD products work VERY WELL with other products. As you will soon see! For this mini album I used the following MOSD products:

Halloween Stick-Ons (can you spot them?!)
Chipboard pages from Build-a-Book letters (the part you cut off when you make a Build-a-Book)
Chipboard pages from a Retro Album
Acrylic pages from Step and Retro Albums

For my other pages I used a metal "page," pages from a Cosmo Cricket house and bracket albums, scrap chipboard to make 6x6 and tag pages, plus a Rusty Pickle folder. I found the varied page styles and materials made for a funky and fun project!

Please note that I did not show EVERY page in this album, since it is about 30 pages long! I will try to put the whole thing in Photobucket and share a link with everyone. Check back with me soon!

- Gloria (stay safe if you are taking the kiddies T-or-T tonight!)
ETA: I wanted to add, that the metal page was given to my LSS club in October. Our leader (Lori M.) made a fun book with a metal cover, and she made some magnetic embellishements for the front! To see Lori's book go to her blog at

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween Stickons Aren't Just For Halloween!

I thought I would continue with the trend here & talk some more about the Halloween stickons. I used the skull and cross bones for a non-Halloween layout. There are tons of skull products available in the market right now that compliment the Midnight Oil stickon perfectly! I used mine for a boy layout about my son Tristan and his best friend Wade. It just so happened they both had on skull t-shirts too! I used the junkitz skull paper to add a matching trim & love the all boy appearance! So, here's another reason to grab you some Midnight Oil Halloween stickons, even after Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Great minds think alike...

As soon as I received the MOSD Halloween Stickons, I knew I wanted to make some fun spooky cards with them!

My first card was made by adding a skull Stick On to a punched circle. Add some creepy patterned papers, a sentiment. A quick and easy card!

I fell in love with the little spider Stick On, so I built a card around him using papers from Making Memories. I added some bling for his eyes and BOO!

Hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Happy Halloween (almost)

ok so it's no secret that I looooooove Halloween! I was so excited when I got these COOL Halloween Stick on's!! Seriously Stick on's and Halloween? I don't think it can get much better :)

Here are two fun little cards

Monday, October 27, 2008

New look coming..

Hi everyone! Just popping in to let you know that the MOSD blog is getting a facelift :) Hopefully some fun stuff to come--with a little bit of seasonal kick :)
Do you blog hop alot? What's the "thing" that keeps you coming back to a blog?

a) Projects with step by step instructions?
b) Layout and card example photographs?
c) quick, easy and done in 30 minute layouts?
d)tips and techniques for working with acrylic albums?
e)would you be interested in an online blog class for acrylic
albums (that's free!!!!)
f)mini album classes on the blog (for free????)

Just post a comment on the blog and let us know! Be on the lookout for the new look in November!


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Done in a FLASH!

My daughter and I were recently talking about making some flash cards. To make it a fun experience for her (cause who really likes studying for a science test??), we made a new file in Photoshop Elements measuring 4x6. Then, using a digital kit by Di Hickman, and made both the front and the back of the flash cards.

After we developed the 4x6 prints, we cut them in half and glued them together, rounding the corners. We then punched holes in the top and added the acrylic covers from the Cover to Cover Mini-Flip Album

A great project to do with your kids because they learn the materials and have an easy way to keep their flashcards for future studies. When it comes to learning, it doesn't have to be hard...MOSD makes it easy to create fun and educational projects that you can share with your children...and you can do them TOGETHER!!!


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Title Trouble?

I have been trying to catch up on my scrapping... I know, I know - there are no rules and there is nothing wrong with being behind, scra what inspires you - blah, blah, blah... I have tried it all but can't get past the part that I used to be causght up and now I'm behind! So my strategy has been to scrap everything I have a month at a time - so it's October and I should be scrapping, October 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as it happens... aside from the obvious time restraints work and the family put on me - the "experts" whoever they are are kinda right... it's boring scrapping halloween 4 times in a row - and I find my clever titles are lacking by year 3 and 4... so I'm having title trouble, and I'm wondering if any of you out there in blog land can suggest excellent places to find Terrific Titles... post your ideas and I will choose at random a winner of 10 MOSD Toppers --- part of our "stacker Collections" our little corner of the title market!
I'll leave you with a picture of a Custom Topper I created for Kristy's Custom Creations
... too bad she didn't need a halloween title, LOL!

Friday, October 24, 2008

What Else Can You Do...

with a Build-A-Book? Well, I made this 12x12 layout by covering the letters of a build-a-book with Disney paper and 3-D stickers. Each time we go to Disney, I make a "chapter" page for my Disney album. I've got 5 chapter pages so far! And before you think I'm a crazy person, we live only 45 min. from Disneyland. LOL! This page is from our trip in September 2008.

- Gloria

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Another fall mini-album!

I love fall inspired layout, cards, mini-albums, just about anything. A couple of weekends ago my daughter's school held their annual family fun night and I took tons of great photos. I wanted to be able to put them together to show all the activities that we did in that one night, so of course I turned to the mini-album! I used the Midnight Oil take along album & it was just perfect! I used fall colors and accents for this fun fall night. I even used twine to hold the album together. I just love these little albums!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pretty Posies

Hello everyone!
Debbie here with another Stick Ons project. I used Stick Ons as the centers to my paper posies to create a cute and easy card.

To make paper posies:
Cut out or punch circles from patterned paper of varying sizes.
Distress edges and crumple circles to add dimension.
Layer circles on top of each other.
Add MOSD Stick Ons to top layer.
Embellish as desired.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Eye Spy with My Little Eye......

... talented scrappers using MOSD products!!!! For today's post I found blogger Jolynn and here AWESOME use of the Cover to Cover Tabbed Album.

Check out Jolynn's : My Life in a Night...she has a great little slide show of the album for you to see.

The Cover to Cover line of albums mix up acrylic and chipboard pages, giving you affordable mini albums that you turn into art! For more inspiring projects with the Cover to Cover tabbed album check out the MOSD GALLERY

And if you'd like to be featured as an "Eye Spy" on our blog... send me an email with a link to your project. It's that easy!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

What inspires you?

Hello Everyone...

I am not going to post a project today or a sample or anything visual....instead I have a question for you. What inspires you? Are you the type of scrapper that pours through books and websites looking for projects you can scraplift? Or are you the type of scrapper that walks down the street, sees a 'diffent' swirl in the dirt and it inspires you to make a new pattern? My guess is you are a little bit of both or somewhere in the middle. When I am in my 'get pages done mode' I am definatley a scraplifter! When I have my mojo on I can spend hours on a page designing new elements and layouts.

So I am going to issue a challenge today. All of us at MOSD are forever grateful to our retailers and customers. Lets face it without you we wouldn't be here. So I would like to direct you do our retail locator. Now I want you to spend 10 minutes (set the timer if you need!) going to THEIR blogs and galleries and come up with some inspiration. Maybe you will find a terrific layout you want to scraplift. Perhaps it will be a page elements that lights a spark in your imagination and makes you ultra creative on your next layout. Either way it doesn't matter - just take 10 minutes to explore and see if you can find something new to try. I bet you can!

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Artistic Trading Cards are a fun way to share your hobby with others and be creative at the same time. I recently participated in an ATC Swap at Paper Popsicles and wanted a way to showcase all the lovely cards I received from my friends. Using the covers to the MOSD Cover to Cover Take Along Album I was able to store them all in one place and even have a nifty chain to hang my album by.

Here's the other great part of this album...the inserts are the perfect size to make my OWN ATCs!!! How perfect is that??

Do you like ATCs? Feel free to post your creations here!


Saturday, October 18, 2008

MOSD Guest Designer - Winner Announcement!

What a fantastic set of entries - WOW! If you have not had the chance to see all the talented designers out there there is still time: GUEST DT ENTRIES

But I know what you are really here for and that is to find out the Winners!!! So without Further ramblings...

The Guest Designer Spot goes to : Maryfrancis Fabbri for her Summer Favorites Album!

Mary purchased her album from A Time for Memories - and the Lovely Ladies over there win an assortment of MOSD goodies as well!

Now, when we first announced the contest - there was only one winner... but I just can't help giving more cool stuff away and the TALENT was astounding out there--- so we will also be sending some goodies to our 1stand 2nd runners up as well as an and honorable mention... take a look at these winners:

First Runner Up: Krista Hanna

Mommy Moments

Second Runner Up: Nancy Amorin

Photographs and Memories

And Honorable Mention goes to, Christi Wright

Winners can expect to see goodies on their doorstep mid November or sooner! THANK YOU to everyone over at Pub Calls, Page Maps and here at MOSD who worked so hard to get this Contest on the maps!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Versatility With MOSD

MOSD products are extremely versatile! As you can see from all the projects created by the Mod Squad, MOSD products can be used in many ways. You already know that you don't have to turn the Expressions Build-a-Books into actual books, but what CAN you make? Here is another idea!

This project uses two MOSD products:

1. The clear covers from a Big Boy Album (6x12 size)
2. Letters from the Build-a-Book kit

To make this wall hanging, I used the clear Big Boy covers as the "palette" and the Build-a-Book letters to spell out the word "WEDDING." I also used black binding rings to attach my two clear covers together.

This yummy Basic Grey Sugared paper was perfect for this project. However, someone pointed out that the animals could be "mom and baby" instead of "husband and wife" but I pointed out that we WERE "babies" when we got married, so this paper works! I was amazed at how this NEW paper worked with our 1987 wedding colors - dove grey, pink, burgundy, and white. The paper matches my bouquet exactly!

I love how this simple project looks on the wall. The large letters, slightly overlapped, have a nice impact on top of the clear page. The clear Creative Memories sticker quotes make a nice addition to the project.

What can YOU make with MOSD?!

- Gloria

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cute and Easy Project

I'm always looking at ways to come up with quick and easy gift ideas. This little hanging frame made from MOSD products fits the bill! I used the clear cover of the 6 X 6 hip to be square album and covered it with pp. I them rolled the edges a little and inked them for a little contrast against the clear backing. I then added my photo and also used MOSD flowers from their friendship edger. I simply cut the flowers apart, layered them, and added stickles and a brad for the center and adhered to the front of the frame. I then added a cute caption at the bottom and threaded ribbon through the holes on top to hang it from. A quick and easy, not to mention adorable, hanging frame!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Stick Ons - the love affair continues

I can't get enough of the Twirly Gigs Stick Ons.
They add just the right bit of texture to your pages. Here is a layout that I made recently. Can you spot the Stick Ons?

Yep, it became part of the cluster at the bottom of the page:

To create this look:
1. Apply Stick Ons to background paper. Leave enough space to put flower in center.
2.Layer die cut flower over Stick Ons. I inked the edges with black chalk ink to add definition. Foam tape popped the die cup up off the page.
3.Layer desired blooms over die cut. Notice how the black flower really ties in the Twirly Gigs?
4.Tuck in leaves behind raised die cuts.

I love how the Twirly Gigs add a touch of elegance!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Check out all the Guest DT entries!

It has been one wild ride!!! The Guest Designer Contest is officially over - all that is left is our decision... we are a little behind schedule due to a death in the family over at PubCalls (lots of cyber hugs coming your way Lucy!). Take a peek yourself - voting is not open to the public but is being conducted as I type. We have a panel of savy scrapbook store owners as well as the MOSD team logging in votes. The winning Designer as well as the winning store will be announced HERE on Saturday, October 18th--- I'll post at 3:15 am on 10.18.08 EST... so stay up late or check in when you wake up!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Build a Book...on your wall

The best part of MOSD Expressions Build a Books is that they are so versatile. Create virtually any word you want...and the best can decide if you want to turn it into a book or if you have other creative ideas for it!! I decided to give my father in law a special present...a framed build a book with a picture of him with his grandchildren. It was so easy!! Just cut the paper to size and add a little Mod Podge! The Mod Podge will glue the book together and you can add your photos on top of the book rather than inside. I then found this frame at Target that acts as a shadow box and I was done!!