Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday is Here!

Happy Friday,

While I am having surgery today I decided to share a layout I made for Scrap Our Stash's January Challenge.

Their challenge this month is to scrap something NEW. You can use new stuff or a new tool or just use the word New in your layout.

I decided to use my new Sizzix Vagabond that my mother got me for Christmas and share the process with everyone.

First, you should look how cute it is!! It looks like a little suitcase and is about 14lbs and if you didn't already is a motorized die cut/embossing machine.

There is a little storage compartment on the side for the electrical plug and you plug it in on the other side of the machine. The switch to open it is at the top under the handle. Slide the button over and the side slowly lower on each side.

It comes with a Solo Platform, A Shim and two clear Cutting Plates. The beauty and difference of this machine is that it will cut thicker things, like grunge board, thin metal, cork etc.

I decided to start off easy with the embossing. I am totally new to this sort of thing and was wondering how hard it would be. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder that I had and some card stock. I just cut the card stock to approximate the correct size and then opened the folder and slid the paper inside. Easy so far.

Next I sandwiched it between the two clear cutting plates then but these three things on the Solo Platform. I gently pushed it all into the machine a bit until I felt a little pressure.

On top of the machine are two buttons. One is to adjust direction and one is to turn on the machine. The machine will stop running if you stop pushing the button.

I made sure it was going the right way and pushed the on button. I pushed the Solo Platform in until the machine took over. Super easy.

See how it turned out.... It made a really deep embossed pattern on the card stock. I think it turned out neat looking.

Since I like how much this looked I decided to use this embossing folder for the paper that I used to mat my photos on my layout. I used different paper that matched my layout better.

What do you think??

Do you have a Vagabond yet??

I have really had fun with it but would probably not have purchased it because it is pretty expensive. I am happy to have it as a gift and I am sure I will make a ton of cool things with it.

On my layout I used a sketch from Sassylilsketches. I used We R Memory Keepers White Out Paper - Nonsense-Splish Splash, Nonsense-Ding Dong and Nonsense-Drip Drop. I also used Nonsense Chipboard embellies and Rubon's that coordinated. The ribbon and bling are from my stash. And I added some Crystal Stickles because I add crystal stickles to basically every layout I make!!

There you have it my January "NEW" Challenge for Scrap Our Stash. Go join in!!

Cross your fingers for me today!!


  1. oh wow I love this wanted one of these but all the hints I gave did not work hehe but you have done a brilliant layout hun really effective,hugs cheryl xxxx

  2. HI Hun, love your layout but I think a lot of your pictures didn't get posted! Thinking of you today, good luck sweetie!! Hugs, Frea

  3. what a great LO and how lucky are you to get a vagabond as a present!
    Everything will turn out great today!

  4. Great layout! I don't have a Vagabond, but I do have the big shot--works fine! :-) Hope you are feeling well!

  5. WOW! I love your layout! How fun to use the Vagabond! Thanks for using another Sassy sketch!