Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mosaic Moments

Don't you agree with me?
When you flip through scrapbook magazines and browse through galleries, it's so rare to find something that looks new and fresh? Everything looks like you have seen it before. Personally I'm so sick and tired of the "shabby chic" look. I want something new!

I was recently introduced to something called "mosaic". I know very well what that is but never thought you could use the technique for scrapbooking. But I was wrong. A dear friend to me- Theresa, A.K.A Okispice, told me all about it and I was sold!

Here's my first layout I made using the mosaic technique:

And here's my second attempt:

It's no mystery to it at all. You basically cut your pictures into 1" X 1" squares as seen in my first layout. Or you can choose bigger squares or strips as seen in the layout above.

All you need is this certain cutting mat with small grids, a non-slid ruler, a craft knife and repositionable glue.

There's also grid paper you can buy so you know where to place your squares, but you can make your own as well.

Theresa and I have been online buddies for a few years now over at and she just got to Okinawa her second time as well as I did. So we finally got to meet in real life!!
I don't know if any of you have ever met any online buddies, but to me it's instant friendship. It's like you know each other already:)

So Theresa is the one that showed me how to do the mosaic pages.
Here's my favorites from Theresa. Remember now that I'm a rookie and she is a pro at this:

By Theresa Amlong:

I can see how you might not want your whole scrapbook to be filled with mosaic pages or how certain pictures might not be suitable to use with this technique, but you have to admit that they look so refreshing.
And you can fit so many more photos! Look at Theresa's layouts above. She didn't use any patterned paper- just pictures.
I think it's fantastic and I tell you- it's very addicting.
If you are interested in this mosaic technique, go to Theresa's blog and click on the link on the top right.
If you read this and happen to be on Okinawa, Theresa will start teaching mosaic at Camp Foster soon :)

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Beata said...

I've always wanted to try something like that, now you got me:) going to look for new blades for my cutting tool:) thanks for the inspiration!

April said...

Very cool Helen!
- April

mustangkayla said...

How fun!

Sherry (aka sherryann) said...

OMG! These pages are absolutely beautiful. I have wanted to take a class in this and I think now I defintely will take one.

Martine said...

those look really cool!

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

love that look!! great job all!

Kristie said...

WOW, these are GREAT!!!

debinicol said...

I never did like shabbby chic. I think it is just dirty looking mostly. These are so cool. I love mosaics....

Okispice said...

OMGosh Helen! Your pages are absolutely fantastic!

You are an amazingly talented and the pleasure has been all mine to meet you!

PS: if anyone would like to purchase the supplies to make mosaics, please click on the snapncrop link on my blog. (I know, I'm shameless - but I love the mosaic system and love to share)

shari said...

Beautiful! I've done a couple of these and they are alot of fun. Shari (cricutrookie)

Nicole said...

This is fabulous!! I can't wait to try it!!

Karen Lee said...

I must try this!!! Gorgeous pages girls.

xoxo Karen Lee

Star Rork said...

those are very cool. the last one was especially stunning with the tree!

Kathy Case said...

What a fantastic finished look.Thanks for sharing.. It makes me want to get crafting with photos.... :0)

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