Archive for September, 2007

September 25, 2007

The Mixing Bowl 6

Today’s Mixing Bowl book is a cool display of kids getting big air on bikes, boards, and even scooters! I love the use of our grungy blue circles background. Check it out!

Skate Park Concert by Matt Y.

I’ve always wanted to learn how to skateboard, but never really got the chance. This Mixbook inspires me to dream big and fly high with the guys and gals who participated in this rockin’ event in Derby, Kansas. And I won’t have to worry about eating the pavement.

Do you have an event coming up that you want to remember? Or maybe you took a hike this weekend and want to recall the scenery? It’s easy when you keep the background the same and the text simple. Take a cue from Matt and Mixbook about your next big event! Matt even used the book to promote their next event, which is coming in October 2007. Great job, Matt!

September 12, 2007

Trick Mixin’

Since we’ve been putting these posts off for way too long, we thought it would be a good idea to combine them into one super duper huge post! So here it is, the “Trick Mixin'” update … a compilation of a trick, some lick-the-spoon Mixing Bowl books, and a handy dandy mix-in treat.

Sound too good to be true? Keep reading!

Trick My Mix – Scrapbook Type

This trick is similar to the last one, as it focuses on how to decorate the pages of your book with type/words. The following are three examples of how to integrate words by making text boxes look like the cute letter cut-outs you’d see in scrapbooks.

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– The biggest part of this technique is picking a layout that has square text boxes. My personal favorite is the 4 photo layout with two text boxes (as seen in the pink layout), but you can experiment with any layout.

– Next think of any word or words that you’d like to represent in the boxes. Here we have “C-U-T-E” and a series of words (silly, goofy, funny, us being us) for the boxes. For the word “cute” we set the font to Chaparral Pro Bold and the size to 59 or 60, and centered it in the box. You may have to play around with this to get it right.

– Create a Custom Frame by selecting the border color from a color on the page, and setting the border thickness to “8,” which is the thickest setting. Then to create a colored text box go to the “more” button in the Frames section, and click on any background color of your preference. Set the transparency to 1.00 so that the background of the text box will be completely solid. Click “Save” and your custom frame will be saved for future use. Drag the custom frame onto your text boxes, and voila! There you have it! Letter cut-outs to personalize your Mixbook – who would have thought?

Play with your words – highlight only portions of text to enlarge,bold or italicize them. See below for our final example of this Scrapbook type method, then have at it!

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The Mixing Bowl 5

This week’s Mixing Bowl is full of greens! Only one serving though, since we have jam packed this post full of other things.

Community Garden 2007 by Mark S., Lisa L. and Michelle B.

This book caught my eye because of the delicious fresh veggies that are on the front cover. This Mixbook is all about a group of folks that got together every week to spend an evening at a community garden. Months later, they enjoyed the literal fruits (and veggies) of their labor. This colorful and picturesque book makes gardening look like so much fun – I’m ready to pick up my gloves and go! I love how the Mixbookers used our textured backgrounds to add to the theme of the book – the first page has our grass background.

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Mix-ins 4

This week’s Mix-ins come from our love of best friends and all the love they bring into our lives. Use a Mixbook to pay tribute to your best friend, the love of your life, or even 10 of your closest homies. Make a Mixbook about the memories and good times you have had together – just because. I’m willing to bet that your best bud will love it. Check out this sample from Mixbooker Libby S., and her best gal pal.

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Well, that’s all she wrote for today. Enjoy!
Alison

September 11, 2007

Bowled Over

We’re rushing to get some new content out to you, so we’ll be back on our regular posting schedule tomorrow. Until then, get some fresh air …

Crazy like a Mixbook,
Alison

September 7, 2007

Trick My Mix – Coming Soon!

Hey Mixbookers,

Be on the lookout for some new features on our site that will be coming your way. Soon we’ll have integration with other photo sites like flickr, facebook, and Yahoo! Photos. In the meantime, we’ll be postponing this week’s Trick My Mix post because of our busy bee status over here at Mixbook World Headquarters. Thanks for being faithful!

Generating Mixbook buzz ,
Alison

September 6, 2007

Mix-ins 3

A Mixbook marriage made in heaven … or erm, cyberspace rather.

Mixbooker Joyce E. made a book with her family to celebrate her parents’ 60th wedding anniversary, complete with biographies on every child. This sweet book could be used for a family reunion where each family member could get a copy. It can be personalized with stories, inside jokes, and those memorable moments that deserve to be captured. A good way to get old photos converted into digital format is to send it off to be scanned and converted using a service like Scancafe.com

A Mixbook is far cooler than those family reunion pens and t-shirts. Far far cooler.

From our Mixbook Family to yours,
Alison

September 5, 2007

The Mixing Bowl 4

This week the Mixing Bowl is full of furry goodness! Furry animal goodness, that is! I was dog sitting last week, so I think I have animals on the brain …

Let’s see how Mixbookers have paid tribute to their furry friends with their books.

1) Constant Opal by Shari

Shari’s book about Russian opal (dwarf) hamsters is a cute collection of pictures of her growing family. Shari wrote a short biography about each hamster, and took many close up shots of her delightfully sweet brood at their best. I love how she paired each page set and wrote about the individual characteristics of each hamster. It reminds me of when I owned hamsters!

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2) Cody and Sasha – Puppies! by Lisa F.

You may have seen Mixbooker Lisa’s book on our front page, but have you actually viewed it? This is a precious story about how two puppies were rescued from the SPCA only to find fun and fresh adventures in the Fong household. This book will make you want a puppy guaranteed!

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3) Roxie the Boxer by Angie M.

This is a funny, crazy and sentimental book about a boxer pup saved from near death. Roxie is a stylin’ hounddog in this book, dressed in her Sunday best and business professional outfits. Read this book all the way through to the end, it is a touching story that almost made me cry. Roxie, you rock!

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So take a little time today to appreciate man’s best friend (or friends) and make a Mixbook about their silly antics. This post is dedicated to the unofficial Mixbook mascot, Oreo the Boston Terrier.

Mixbook is even better than bones,
Alison