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!