I’ve mentioned couple of things before – firstly, that the family is in love with Words With Friends and that not too many days go by when some combination of us doesn’t have a game or two on the go; secondly, that am NOT a master card maker. what I think I am good at is tying the theme of the card with the person. I don’t make generic cards in stacks – I make a card when I need it and I like to make the card match the person a best I can. So it seemed natural for me to make a FDC for DH using Words With Friends for the design element.
I started off grabbing letters from online images and trying to print them and create the words I wanted but it looked frankly rubbish, even for me. It was just too hard to get the letter tiles all the same size. The easy route would have been to use my Scrabble tiles, but I don’t often tend to take the easy route (maybe that is why I don’t make too many cards as they take me longer than a scrapbook layout to produce!) so I instead created the letter (with superscript scoring number) pairs then worked out the size of the card based on how I could make legitimate words (and yes, EL and ED are both on the approved two-letter-word lists) and have it still make sense and look pleasing. Luckily it all fit on a standard card size that I had from a GoGo kit – phew. I printed the letters, punched the tiles, rounded all the corners, edged them with Spiced Marmalade (to mimic the yellow with orange shadowing of the game) and mounted them on pale blue-grey card.
It’s not going to win any prizes, but it is cute enough and DH totally got the connection as soon a he looked at it, so I say … RESULT! Inside it says May you always get both the letters and the spaces to play them – We Love You!
Continuing on the Fathers Day theme (and Sunday Someplace Else will come tomorrow, if you are dropping by to see what link I posted, so come back then) I’d just like to be a bit proud of DH. People ask “What does your DH do?” and I usually just say that he is an iPhone app developer. True enough but I can never remember what apps he’s written, as he does them as a third-party programmer so it isn’t like his name is plastered all over them. Someone says “Hey, I need an app to do this” and he then writes the code to make it work, and then disappears back behind the Mac. Well, this app he wrote, called Melodala, has seen a bit of press recently in some of the London commuter papers and will be used in an exhibit at the Tate. People will be able to create their own mandala on an iPad and it will be printed and displayed on the walls. He’s done a presentation on using it as art therapy, and there may be other uses to come. The people who conceived the app mention him on the site, so I figure I can mention his involvement here.
Check it out – you can see a video demo on YouTube