Favorites. We all have them, right? When it comes to scrapbooking tools there are some that we use all the time and can’t imagine living without them. When Mosaic Moments began rolling out their Basic dies, I was skeptical they would replace the hand cut style we’d all learned on. Over the years however, the dies have proven to be a huge hit and have expanded what we can accomplish on the trustworthy grid!
Although I’m not the creator of these dies, I have been right there from the beginning and although these dies are not children, where playing favorites is frowned upon, I do have my favorite dies. Admittedly, it’s a long list, and today’s post will show off only five of them from the Level One collection.
These four pictures fell into my lap when my son shared photos of this deer that showed up on his front porch the other day. I thought the 4×4 Circle Die from the Mosaic Moments Circle Frame & Flowers Die Set would perfectly frame the subject. Pattern #102 accommodates those four photos nicely. A border created with paper from the Authentique Alpine Collection built on Walking Path Grid Paper from the Renaissance Revival Collection has just the right outdoor touch for our visitors.
I like the Circle Frame because it does a nice job of bringing attention to the focal point. I also like the outside area of the frame that I can add embellishments for more interest if I want to do so.
“Sunrise on the Mountain”
This is Pattern #107 a pinwheel pattern. If you read last week’s post, I did two out of three pinwheel patterns, this is the third in the progression and I have used patterned paper (also from the Alpine Collection of Authentique) and another of my favorite dies, the Carpenters Star die, to fill in that changing section in the pattern. My featured Favorite Die is the Large Graphic Frame 1 Die Set. I’ve used it on this layout as though you are looking through a window to the frosty sunrise scene beyond. Both the frame and the Carpenter Stars are cut from Navy Pearl Paper and it adds a nice shimmer to the page while allowing the grid paper to show through. The grid paper is Eggplant from the Harvest Collection and I think it’s a great match for the photos too!
This was a little slower to come together as I had to rustle up some photos to go with it. The impromptu photo session with the girls went as well as could be expected. The following morning, they were all set to do another photo session as though it was now to be a part of our daily routine. Hams!
My dies this time are the newest Stitched Hearts and an older heart die 2×2, and 1×1 Hearts Die set. I also have a word die from Papertrey Ink (PTI) that is perfect for this page and filling a spot.
I’ve used Melonade from the Cool Drinks Collection and patterned paper from Carta Bella Farmhouse Market. The Pattern is #125. I love the Stitched Frame dies and this one, Stitched Hearts, is perfect for any Valentine layout you may want to put together. The warm peachy-pink shades of all work so nicely together. The gingham paper shows the heart image and the stitches and the Floral Frame shows the stitching off just enough!
The second group photo is cut for a 4×3 grid space, but I’ve added a narrow green border mat to separate the photo from the busy floral mat. A green heart from the center of the 2×2 die has added white gel pen stitches. Then using the 1×1 hearts cut in floral I’ve left the center out and adhered directly to the mat to allow the grid paper color to show through. One of the outtakes is used to fill in the heart – “O” – in the die cut, love. I’ve triple layered the ‘love’ for added dimension.
Well, there you have a few of my favorites from the Level One Dies. Do you have a favorite? Be sure to share a page using one in a layout on the Crop n Share Mosaic Moments page on Facebook.