Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What's New Wednesday (Pt. 1)

This "industry news" post is really just a teaser, because the news I want to share hasn't been announced yet...

Mysterious enough for you? Are you on the edge of your seat? Dying of curiosity? Okay, I'll share the part that is public knowledge: this week Memory Makers Magazine will announce the ten winners of their annual "Masters" contest. According to the rules, that announcement will be made by Friday but could happen even sooner.

I've been following this story a bit more closely than I might otherwise have, because this year I entered the contest myself! It was something of a last minute decision to enter and I'm not really holding out much hope of winning myself at this point. But I'm excited to know who the 2009 Masters will be.

Stay tuned for a "Part 2" update to this teaser!

***UPDATE!!! (aka "part 2")***
I was browsing old blog posts and realized that I never updated the blog with the list of masters (ooops!) So, this is old news now but thought it would be nice to include it anyway. Big congrats to the new Masters team as well as runners-up:

2009 Memory Makers Masters are:

Melissa Blair (Dover, AR)
Christine Drumheller (Zeeland, MI)
Kim Frantz (Oxford, PA)
Summer Fullerton (Tigard, OR)
Veronica Jennings (Waldorf, MD)
Amy Martin (Colorado Springs, CO)
Gretchen McElveen (Helena, AL)
Anabelle O’Malley (Hockessin, DE)
Ronda Palazzari (Thornton, CO)
Jaime Warren (Rentz, GA)

Runners up:

Lisa Andrews (Chandler, AZ)
Rebekah Compton (Ft. Walton Beach, FL)
Lesley Cooper (Waitakere, New Zealand)
Joscelyne Cutchens (Honolulu, HI)
Anne Jo Lexander (Kleppesto, Norway)
Jing-Jing Nickel (Roseville, MN)
Emeline Seet (Singapore)
Revlie Schuit (The Netherlands)
Kayleigh Wiles (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)
Jacqueline Yeo (Singapore)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

This month Tuesday's tip is a Thursday tip!

Well, thankfully Thursday also starts with the letter "T" and today's tip is about getting your titles to line up to a "T" so we are looking good...

Thursday's Tip

Have you ever been frustrated by not being able to get sticker title letters to line up right? If so, try this: use a clear grid ruler. First draw a very soft pencil line where you want to line the title up. Next, adhere your letters to the ruler affixing only the base of the letters to the base of one of the grid lines in your ruler. (You'll probably want to choose a line that is 1/4" or so down from the upper edge of the ruler.) Adjust the stickers as necessary until they are straight and spaced to your liking. Once you have them straight and ready to go, place the ruler onto your page lining up the grid line you've used on the ruler with the one you traced onto your page and press down the tops of the letters and carefully peel the letters off the ruler to adhere the bottoms of letters to the page. Carefully erase the penciled line.

A couple of other good title tips:
  • Lay your title letters out first for spacing. Measure the length of all your letters and determine the center point. Then determine the center of the space available on your page for the title. Add the center letter and work out from there. (For rub-on or sticker title, cut your letters WITH their backing before arranging and measuring letters.)
  • If available title "real estate" on your page is tight, be sure to start your title from the right edge of paper and work backwards. This will keep you from running out of room before you run out of title.
Happy titling!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Feedback Friday July

Hello everyone! After a short break from posting feedback fridays I am back!

This month I'd like to chat about all those projects we have on the "back burner". What things do you really want to scrapbook but have never taken the time to sit down and do?

For some time now I have really wanted to make a book that is a "mommy journal" about my thoughts and feelings of being a mom from day to day- and my fears too- like my phobia of leaving my children at a daycare or how difficult it was during my son's first year of life when he had a colostomy and mulitple surgeries. I think it would be something great to look back on years later and cherish the memories of my children when they were so young and sweet! I hope to do this album sometime this year! Perhaps I could use some of the pages to enter into a contest- that would be motivation!

Soooo- what do you want to do but never have time to get done? Share your story here and you could win a Random Act of Kindness from a PFOP Designer!
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