Welcome to a special Designer Crafts Connection blog hop!  This month we are featuring projects and ideas for creating with the Flip Pal™ Mobile Scanner. If you are not familiar with the Flip Pal™ Mobile Scanner, it is a portable scanner that you can take with you everywhere! The lid also detaches which enables you to pick it up and scan items anywhere and everywhere.

The makers of the Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner will be giving away a scanner a to a reader! Please register for a chance to win your own Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner by leaving a comment on the Flip-Pal™ website HERE to be entered to win!! To find out more about the Flip Pal Mobile Scanner and how they work.. check out their website here! They have some awesome videos.. and instructions on what you can do with them! 

Flip-Pal™ is also offering you a special discount of 10% off! Just use code SSBH2011 at checkout on their website.

I personally do not own a Flip Pal™ Mobile Scanner but I definitely have ideas on ways to use it! Over the last year or so I have been trying to work through my stash of personal scrapbooking supplies. Unfortunately, sometimes I don't have enough of the product I need for a project and am unable to get more due to store and manufacturer closures. I created the card below for the Clearsnap Color Challenge #7 (going on NOW on the Clearsnap blog) and I had only a smidgen of this fabulous satin “merci” ribbon. I have been wanting to make cards with it for years but since I only bought a yard of it, I have been overly cautious about cutting into it. As I was making my card it dawned on me that I could use the Flip Pal™ Mobile Scanner to scan the little ribbon tab I made so I could print it out to use on more cards once I exhausted the supply of “merci” ribbon. Now, we do get into tricky territory here with copyrights and so on but as long as there are no plans to sell or profit from the work and it is only for personal use, then no harm done. This is all at your own risk though. 

Once the image is scanned, I could then manipulate it in my Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software to cut on out the printed image using my Silhouette Cameo Digital Cutting System. We'll be doing alot of this technique in my upcoming online Silhouette Printables class starting at My Creative Classroom this week. 

Could you imagine all the things you could do by combining the Flip Pal™ Mobile Scanner with your Silhouette!!?? With the lid in place, the scanned image would have a white background, making it extremely easy to trace the image and create a print + cut shape from it. Using a photograph of the same item would require editing in Photoshop or painstaking hours of manually “tracing” the image in the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software. I'll take the Flip Pal™ Mobile Scanner please!

A far less risky idea, as far as copyright, is to scan paper you've painted or sprayed with ink to create your own patterned paper. Many times the paper warps and bubbles due to the addition of water or saturating it with ink, making it near impossible to get a good photograph of the work.  I would love to scan some of the backgrounds I have sprayed with Smooch Spritz in order to create my own paper to use again and again. Plus, the scanned images could then be used as graphics for my blog, etsy shop, and so on. The advantage of the Flip Pal™ Mobile Scanner is that you can keep it right on your work table and scan as you go, whether you are near a computer or not. 

Continue on the Hop to checkout all of the projects and ideas from the Designers. Some of the Designers have the Flip Pal™ Mobile Scanner and they've created some wonderful projects to share  The blinkie for the Hop is right in my side bar down towards the bottom — just click “Hop Forward” to get the next blog in the Hop.

Happy Hopping!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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