Monday, May 5, 2014

Silhouette Love and Craziness



I know, I know.  I must have lost my craft-loving mind.

One of the LOAD prompts this weekend was to recall how we played board games as a child.  Well, I loved playing board games so much so that I often played games like Monopoly and Yahtzee by myself.  I have no idea how I made Monopoly that doesn't even work well with 2 players into a single player game but I did.  I'd keep a board set up for days on our dining room table.  I suppose I did this more in winter when it was too cold to go outside or over to my neighbors to play.

I had and still have a Monopoly Playmaster which is an electronic device that rolls the dice for you and keeps track of the player pieces. It was quite high tech for its time in the 1970's.  I set it up for the photos and hearing it play "We're in the money" certainly brought back found memories. I think the last time we used this was when Lenny's daughters were teenagers.

SO... I thought it would be cool to create just the grid design of the play board for my layout.  Also it would give me a chance to learn more about the Silhouette software and what it can do and what it can't do.  I have Sure Cots a Lot and so I know the basic ideas.  I spent much of Saturday afternoon and evening figuring out the best way to do this grid and cutting all the pieces.

I decided it would be slightly less crazy to layout one edge at a time and then piece them together rather than try to cut the entire thing at once.  It was and there is at least one error of what square goes where but you still get the idea.  I wasn't going for perfect just a memory jog.

The light bulb, train and question mark (for Chance) are also cut on the Silhouette.



Sunday, I had another LOAD layout all ready to create but just couldn't stop fiddling with the Silhouette.  My mat was getting very unsticky by this time so I figured it was time to try stencils before switching mats.




Please note, you can actually cut through you Silhouette mat!  I didn't have the paper in the right place and the blade too deep and well you see what happened.  That mat still works but is definitely about to go.

I am having a lot of fun so much so that I did a 3 month Silhouette subscription.  Subscriptions are 20% off in their store right now.

Also, I released my new book

No Photo? No Problem!

We don't always have the perfect photos to crop with so the book provides ideas and inspiration when you have a story and a less than perfect photo or no photo at all.

Check it out here.

So I had a fun, crafty weekend.  What about you?  Did you get to play on National Scrapbooking Day?

Thanks for stopping by!

10 comments:

  1. This is an awesome page with the recreation of the game board, Lisa! Love the diecut work too!

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  2. Great layout. I just taught my daughter how to play monopoly. I took pictures of her winning...beginners luck I guess. She loves it. Do you have the svg file for this or the silhouette file that you would share??

    I have sure cuts a lot. I do have a friend that has a silhouette I could probably use. Please let me know if you will share your great masterpiece die cut for Monopoly. Thanks. Diane

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    1. At this point it is just one row of the design that I moved squares around and recut for each of the 4 sides. I'll see about getting it together more.

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    2. Thanks. It is so clever!😀

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  3. Wow Lisa this fantastic, so clever.

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  4. That's a fantastic cut ! This makes a fun layout !

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  5. That is an awesome layout! I love the recreation of the board!

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  6. You're a wild woman! I haven't checked the real board, but it sure looks genuine enough to me. As for childhood, you weren't the only one playing multiplayer games by yourself. I tried several of them. It was never quite "right," but it was a way to pass the time of day when I was bored. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. You're a wild woman! I haven't checked the real board, but it sure looks genuine enough to me. As for childhood, you weren't the only one playing multiplayer games by yourself. I tried several of them. It was never quite "right," but it was a way to pass the time of day when I was bored. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I love this cut! I know I have many older pics of hubby and I playing board games. this would make a cute background if I pull out any of those old photos to scrap.

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