Lots to Love about LEGOs!

It should come as no surprise that we’re LEGO fans. Who isn’t? Kids turn them into houses, adults turn them into sculptures, and they even inspired a hit film. LEGOs have been popular for more than 50 years with no signs of slowing down. And with the recent news that they will soon be fully sustainable, the time seemed right to once again take a look at some major LEGO development.

Another Brick in the WALL*E

It’s no surprise that LEGO has created special sets to tie in popular film and television properties. From Star Wars to Batman, every franchise that’s any franchise gets a LEGO set eventually. But there have been surprisingly few sets for Disney or Pixar Animation properties. Thankfully, that’s about to change.

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This past February, LEGO announced they’d begun production on the titular character of the hit Disney/Pixar film WALL*E. The model is being designed by Angus MacLane, a Pixar animator who worked on the film. Although the model is expected to be pricey ($65) when it hits store shelves in December, it’s also expected to be one of LEGO’s bestsellers for 2015.

LEGO V8

One of the defining characteristics of LEGO is the amount of attention paid to the tiniest details. It isn’t always easy, especially since the typical brick is a solid rectangular block. But the company’s designers have always made it a point to adhere as close to the original designs as possible, even in ways you wouldn’t expect.

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Ferrari is one of the most popular car companies in the world, so it’s no surprise that they would eventually have a LEGO incarnation. What wasn’t expected was how the set – based on the popular F40 model from 1987 – would have so much detail that it would also include a LEGO-style V8 engine as well. The set is expected to hit shelves in August with a $90 price tag. How many other chances will you have to say you own a Ferrari?

A Work of Art

As we’ve already mentioned, LEGOs appeal to people of all ages. This is most likely due to the fact that no matter what your age, you can make a design all your own. Well, now machines are trying to get in on the fun.

Jason Alleman’s specialty at JK Brickworks is to find new uses for 3-D printer technology. So it was only a matter of time before his unique line of work was combined with one of his favorite hobbies. Alleman created the Bricasso, a modified 3-D printer that creates mosaics out of LEGO pieces. Although the images created have to be heavily pixelated to conform to the bricks used, the Bricasso has created some incredibly detailed images for a machine that works with tiny blocks.

You Won't Believe It's LEGOs!

2. April 2015 13:06 by Steve Leigh in Arts, Crafts & DIY Projects  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

They’ve been one of the world’s most popular toy lines for over 60 years. They’re found in the toy boxes of children all over the world. They’ve inspired video games, TV specials, and even an award-winning film. There are few brands as beloved or as easily recognizable as LEGO. It’s a shame that they’re just for kids.

Or are they? In the past two decades, LEGO appreciation has almost become as renowned for uses by adults as by children. Popular uses include sculptures, recreations of movie scenes, and even functioning science projects. What was once merely a staple of nurseries is now the basis of one of the world’s most popular hobbies. And a few enthusiasts have taken that hobby and applied it to items we use every day.

In the Bag

Taking their enthusiasm for the brand past mere playtime, a company called Agabag has created a line of jewelry, purses, and bags from actual LEGO bricks. Though not officially endorsed by the toy company, all of the items sold are made from genuine repurposed LEGO bricks around satin interiors. The line also includes cufflinks, brooches, and flash drives.

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Lego Laptop

Not only do LEGO exteriors make great for handbags, they also work great for that most customizable of devices: the laptop computer. A new Kickstarter recently went online for a laptop attachment known as The Brik Case. The attachment fits on the back of your laptop and is compatible with a variety of childhood block toys. These include K’Nex, Tyco, Mega Blox, and of course, LEGO blocks. An early pledge even comes with a “bag o’ bricks” to help you customize the plate the way you want it. And if you don’t think there are many ways to decorate the plate, take a look at the promotional video.

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Lego-puter

Sure, bags and laptops are one thing, but both of those are just for decorative purposes. The mastermind behind the website Total Geekdom has used LEGOs to create a fully functioning desktop computer. The exterior LEGO design is just as customizable as the hardware inside. With a base price of $999, you can upgrade the design and the functionality as you see fit.

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With its appeal nowhere close to slowing down, let these projects serve as inspiration for your own LEGO projects.

Homemade Cards Make a Creative Impression

Yes, today is Valentine's Day, that holiday where you go out and buy your loved one a card, flowers or maybe chocolates. Luckily, you're just in time to make your own card for this Valentine's Day! Homemade cards are a way to show your significant other (or anyone else, for that matter) how creative and thoughtful you are. With so many options available, taking the extra time to make a card from the comfort of your own home goes a long way.homemade cards

Making a card from home might seem like a daunting task, but the process is actually very easy. Though you can go to your local craft store (like Michael's) to purchase scrapbooking supplies for cutout letters, rubber figurines, and ribbons, this isn't a requirement. As long as you have a thick 8.5 by 11 inch card stock in the color of your choosing, an envelope, a working printer with multicolored ink, and Microsoft Word, you're all set to begin making your own masterpiece.

The steps for making the card are simple:

  • First, you need to get your inspiration! What holiday or event are you creating a card for? While Valentine's Day is the obvious example for today, what if you wanted to make a card for Father's Day? Luckily, the internet offers plenty of examples, particularly the social image sharing website Pinterest and handmade goods marketplace Etsy.
  • With your inspiration in mind, open up Microsoft Word. If you are familiar with more advanced programs like Photoshop, feel free to use those, but for those without graphic design knowledge, Word will be your go-to choice. A standard greeting card size is 5 inches by 7 inches. Since you are printing two sides, the height would be 7 inches and the width should be 10 inches. Make sure that your page is also set to landscape orientation.
  • In order to determine which side is which, you'll need to use the draw tool to make a line down the middle of the card. How do you know where to put it? Word uses a ruler at the top of every page. Since the width is 10 inches, you need to mark it off at 5 inches.
  • Next you must determine which panel will be the outside of the card and which will be the inside. If you plan on only printing an image on the front of the card, the right-hand panel on your screen will be where you need to place the image. If you are printing on both the inside and outside, you will need to create two separate pages in Word, the first page functioning as the cover and the second page functioning as the inside. Double check to make sure you've set things up correctly by doing test runs on your normal printer paper.
  • With the page set up, now the fun can begin! Feel free to add any images or graphics you feel are relevant. Do you want the card to be personal, funny, cute or playful? Using the right image can do a lot to set the mood/tone of a card. Here, you can also use the text box feature to adjust where you position the text on the page. Take time to experiment with fonts. Just remember not to use the text to put your name in the card. You'll want to sign it later!
  • When you're satisfied with your test design, go to File => Print and do another test copy. You'll want to make sure everything is in the right spot on the page, and nothing goes outside of the printer's margins. Once satisfied, be sure to remove your regular paper and insert the 8.5 by 11 inch card stock into the printer's feed. Before printing, go to your printer settings to ensure your print quality is on "best" or "high quality." Though this uses more ink, it will give you better image quality.
  • Click print, and voilà, you've got your card ready!

Though you can glue on all of the other craft items at the end, you don't have to. Just be sure to write a personalized note and sign your name to make things official. Though it may have taken a little bit of time to get all of the graphics and images just right, others will take notice and thank you for your creative efforts!

So get crafty just in time to say "I love you" to that special someone. Feel free to share your best designs, tips and tricks below.

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