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Just ONE more day!

Our first newsletter would like to arrive in your inbox tomorrow! Are you signed up to receive it? Are you interested in: The above project? Exclusive Giveaways? Exclusive Sketches? Exclusive Projects (with instructions)? Behind the Scenes Information? Knowing when we will be showing our sneak peeks? Other fun surprises? If...

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Blog Challenge 15: Winners

Phew! Just give us a minute… we need to catch our breath! This has been the hardest challenge to come up with a winner. After a few rounds of voting to narrow it down, we finally have our winners! So, without further adieu the winners of Blog Challenge 15 are:...

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Alphabet Mix & Match

Looking for an easy and eye-catching way to title your projects? Karen Grunberg starts her projects with the story she wants to tell and a title and builds her layouts around it. All the colors in our lines mix and match so well, creating a stunning title for your projects...

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Animal Mobile

Featured Collection: Alphabet Soup, Designer: Tiffani Smith I made this project as a baby shower decoration that could then be used as a mobile above the baby's crib. I think it could be fun for a one year olds birthday as well. By using different papers this idea could be...

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Portobello Road & Union Square

Today we asked Trisha Ladouceur and Amber Packer to spotlight our Lost & Found - Portobello Road and Union Square collections. Trisha Ladouceur: Trisha’s lumpy-bumpy style is highlighted in the banners on this beautiful layout about her son. Trisha cut out the banner (and birds) from our Portobello Road “Party”...

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Eye Catching Find: Alphabet Soup

Today’s Eye Catching Find features Alphabet Soup – Boy and Girl collections. The talented gal that created these beautiful layouts is Jillian Deiling Cassity. Jillian has “been obsessing over these My Minds Eye Alphabet soup papers and chipboard shapes.” Featured Collection: Alphabet Soup – Boy and Girl collections He’s Such...

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Fun with Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup is such a fun collection! With bright colors, fabulous patterns and an ABC theme, you will reach for this collection over and over. We asked our wonderful Guest Designer, Karen Grunberg, and fabulous Design Team Member, Anam Stubbington, to share a few creations with you. As you can...

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Market Street & Madison Avenue

Today we are taking some time to focus on our two feminine Lost & Found Collections: Market Street and Madison Avenue.  We’d like to share this beautiful layout by Tamara Jensen, Part-time Design Team Member extraordinaire.  Tamara combined both collections to create this lovely masterpiece.

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Featured Product: Lost & Found 

Tamara shared the following about her gorgeous layout:

“I can't get over how incredibly GORGEOUS these papers are!  I just get giddy with excitement as I run my fingers over all this glitter!  I combined elements and papers from both Market Street and Madison Ave to create this page.  I LOVE their fabulous and elegant buttons.  I stitched together a ribbon flower and added the beautiful jeweled button as the center.  Can you believe they even have glittered velvet ribbon!?!?  I am officially in love!”

 

Tamara is not the only one in love with Market Street and Madison Avenue.  Check out what some of our other Design Team Members have previously shared.  You can see the versatility of these two collections.

Cherish_Tamara Jensen We love cousin_Amber Packer

Cherish: Anam Stubbington, Featured Collection: Lost & Found - Madison Avenue

We Love our New Cousin: Amber Packer, Featured Collection: Lost & Found - Market Street

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First Day Outfit: Anam Stubbington, Featured Collection: Lost & Found - Madison Avenue

23*7*2010: Anam Stubbington, Featured Collection: Lost & Found - Madison Avenue

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Blog Challenge #15: Thank You

The challenge:  Design a Thank You  layout or other project based on this sketch (by Anam Stubbington).

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The rules: Use ANY My Mind’s Eye products (current or past) as long as your project has at least 80% My Mind’s Eye products.

The deadline: Email your project, first and last name to amber@mymindseye.com (with Blog Challenge 15 as your subject) or add a link in a comment on this post by Thursday, September 23, 2010 (midnight, MST).

(For tips on how to best photograph your entry, click here)

The PRIZE: One winner will be featured in a blog post and receive three ENTIRE collections of their choice!  We will also award an honorable mention winner with one collection of their choice!

As always, EVERYONE is a winner!  We love seeing what you create for our challenge and want to thank everyone who will participate.  Every entry will go in a photo album here on the blog.  By submitting, you are giving My Mind’s Eye permission to include your entry.

We hope you enjoy this month’s oh-so-fabulous samples:

Thank You: Karen Grunberg 

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Featured Collection: Alphabet Soup and Quite Contrary 

I wanted to do something whimsical and fun for these photos of my older son helping, hugging, and kissing my younger one. I cut out the clouds from the paper, coupled them with some die cut stars and used my dimensional glue to raise some while keeping others flat. I stayed true to the weight of the sketch by keeping the elements on the right.  This layout is about my wonderful older son who is incredibly nice to his brother so I wanted to thank him for being the world's best big brother.

 

Love Life: Trisha Ladouceur

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Featured Collection: Lost & Found 

I am constantly reminded me of the many blessings I have in my life. I am so very thankful for not only family and friends but also for my job. Not many people can say that they truly LOVE their job, but I can! Being able to travel the globe while sharing my passion for scrapbooking while making fabulous friends every step of the way makes me a very happy girl! For these opportunities I will forever be thankful!

 

Big Brother: Amber Packer

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Featured Collection: So Sophie

I have wanted to do this layout for a few months.  In fact, ever since I saw a beautiful entry from one of our past blog challenges about an older son.  So, I was talking with Karen about this layout and how it was our inspiration for this month’s blog challenge.  Guess what!?  It was Karen’s layout.  So, not only do I want to thank my wonderful son, I want to thank Karen for inspiring me to do it.

 

We can’t wait to see your entry!

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Newsletter Announcement

Are you interested in:

  • Exclusive Giveaways?
  • Exclusive Sketches?
  • Exclusive Projects (with instructions)?
  • Behind the Scenes Information?
  • Knowing when we will be showing our sneak peeks?
  • Other fun surprises?

If you’d like all this and more, you won’t want to miss our Monthly Newsletter! 

To receive it, simply fill in our sign-up form located in the left column of our blog.  (coming soon to our website)

Our FIRST newsletter will be available on October 1, 2010. 

Sign up by the end of the day on September 30, 2010 to be sure you receive the October newsletter.

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Birthday Calendar

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Credit for today’s project goes to my Dad.  Growing up, my grandparents had a generic yearly calendar with pictures of my Aunts, Uncles and cousins on their birthday.  As we grew up, and our families got bigger they ran out of space.  So, a little while ago my Dad made a nice frame/display piece out of oak and printed 8 x 10 photos of everyone and added them (in order) to the display on a peg.  As an event (birthday/anniversary) passed, they simply move that photo to the back and the next important event is the photo on top.

Lately, I keep forgetting birthdays and other events of those I love.  I find myself saying over and over “I can’t believe I forgot.  We didn’t have it on the calendar”  Well, guess what, every time I looked at the calendar and it WAS written.  So, I started thinking of a way to help myself remember and thought to the idea of my Dad’s.  I wanted something that looked good with my home decor since I need to have it displayed prominently. 

Lost & Found Union Square is the perfect collection.  It fits with the colors in my family room/kitchen area, the embellishments are family oriented and the glitter and yummy goodness easily add pizzazz to the project. 

I’m turning over a new leaf.  Never again will I neglect a loved one’s birthday.  Maybe I should call this the “Important People and Events” Calendar.  Whatever it’s called, I’m sure it’s going to be a valuable tool for you also.

Hint: This is a great idea for a Christmas gift for anyone who has a lot of events to keep track of.  My pages focused on one person or event.  I was thinking that if you are worried about your calendar being too thick, you could have more events on a page.

I actually demonstrated this project today on Good Things Utah.  When the video is available, we’ll upload it to the blog side bar.

If you’d like to make your own, please download these instructions: Download 2010_09_09_MME_Birthday Calendar

ENJOY!

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Back to School with style

With Design Team Members in different countries and different states within the country, we finally all have our children back in school.  We are hear to provide a shoulder to cry on or celebrate with you – whatever the case may be.  Whatever your personal feelings on back to school time may be, this is the perfect time to record your feelings and observations and scrap them before they are gone.

There are so many different directions you can go in with a “Back To School” layout.  Here are a just a few of the topics that our designers scrapped:

  • Firsts: First time at school, riding the bus, etc.
  • Clothes
  • First Day pictures
  • College bound at any age
  • Remember to record things like handwriting

What will you remember about this time?  We hope everyone will join us.  This is a great time to scrap about your school experiences or those of your grown children.

 

Karen Grunberg:

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Featured Collection: So Sophie

My older son just started kindergarten this week. It's his first time at a new school. First time riding the bus. First time with his new clothes, backpack, lunch bag, etc. First time being in class for over 6 hours. I took photos from the different school-related things we did this week and put together a layout to commemorate all of his firsts.  I had a lot of photos for this layout and didn't want to exclude any of them since they are each filled with memories. So I lay down all my photos first and built the rest of the layout around them.

 

Anam Stubbington:

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Featured Collection: Lost & Found Madison Avenue

 

Tamara Jensen:

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Featured Collection: Lost & Found Union Square

When I think of school - images of red juicy apples and fall come to my mind.  I thought the bold, deep colors and red of Union Square were perfect for this timeless "Back to School" Layout.  I changed the photos to black and white (rather than the pink, blue and brown, that my kids were wearing) so they would coordinate together.  I used the Black Lush chipboard to highlight the grade they were each starting.  The title "It's a Beautiful Day" captured the feeling of that exciting and sunny morning - as they hurried off to school with a skip in their step.  The Union Square epoxy brads and ribbon added the finishing touch to the page.

 

Tiffani Smith: 

First Day 

Featured Collection: Alphabet Soup 

 

Amber Packer:

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Featured Collection: Life Stories, Digital Frames: Rhonna Farrer 

My youngest entered Kindergarten this year.  He has been counting down the days until he can start.  I may have been tempted to cry or be sad for myself if he wasn’t so excited to go.  As you can tell, he ran from me to school.

Our school district is pushing the kids to be college ready and I love it.  Luckily the “Class of 2023” is a long time down the road.  Although I know it will be here if I only blink.

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We have a couple of winners to announce - Hooray!

The winner of Karen’s Favorite Things is: Andi S!

You know, I love the white backgrounds with your awesome borders and designs. Very bright, very happy, and just right!

Posted by: Andi Sexton | September 01, 2010 at 06:31 PM

 

The winner of Karen’s class is: Lynne!

I love your layouts!! I am really interested in this class and what to do with all the stories in my head! Thanks for the chance to win!

Posted by: Lynne | September 06, 2010 at 10:20 PM

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What kind of stories do you like to tell?

When I first started scrapbooking, I didn't add a lot of journaling on my pages. I tried to jot down the bare basics and call it a day. A few years later, I was entering a competition and it said that journaling was required in all my pages. So I started to journal.

To my surprise, I quickly realized that I loved adding my thoughts and feelings to my pages. When I look through my scrapbook pages, I always cherish the ones with stories more. It's not that I don't like my photos, but coupling the photos with my words gives so much more meaning to my pages. It helps me remember details from that time in my life, it allows me to relive the moment and the feelings I had then. It makes the memory so much stronger and more alive.

So, for me, journaling has become an essential part of my scrapbook layouts. And since I care about stories so much, I wanted to have a way to organize all my stories. One of the first things I did was see if there was a pattern to the kind of stories I'd like to tell. (I am a computer-programmer by trade, so patterns are my thing.)

Here are some of the categories of stories I like to tell.

1. Small, tiny events that I cherish but will definitely forget. I have a really bad memory. And I have two young boys who grow up quickly and go through many phases. I love making layout pages about fleeting moments that feel so special but they are small and will immediately be forgotten.

Here’s a layout I made of my older boy back when he was a toddler. One day, while my husband and I were chatting, he opened twenty little squash balls and said “ball” every single time. We both laughed so much, watching him. This moment would have disappeared if it weren’t for the layout.

wonder(http://www.karenika.com/?p=1428)

And here’s another one of my younger boy who didn’t like his legs to touch the grass so each time he sat on the yard, he’d hold his legs up a little so they wouldn’t touch. Another tiny moment captured.

quirks (http://www.karenika.com/?p=6736)

2. Therapeutic and to help me get my feelings on paper. Scrapbooking has helped me go face so many of my emotions. There’s something magical about mixing paper and paint with deep emotions that’s magical. I feel so strongly about the healing powers of art that I started creative therapy a few years ago to ensure I would scrap these emotional topics regularly.

Here are two of my favorites. The first one is about my son when he was four months old and still not sleeping through the night and I was exhausted and very sleep deprived.

four_months (http://www.karenika.com/?p=3212)

And here’s another after a particularly rough situation with someone whom I thought was my friend but realized otherwise.

done (http://www.karenika.com/?p=1978)

3. Small/Special details from events. While I do try to capture them, I am not an event-scrapper. I don’t make tons of layouts about my kids’ birthdays or our vacations. What I do like to capture is some specific detail that makes the event special to me.

Here is one of my older son. On his third birthday, we bought him three little cakes with a candle on each. After he blew out the candles, he gave one cake to me, one to his dad and ate the third. I loved that he shared and wanted to capture that story.

turning_three (http://www.karenika.com/?p=1790)

And a recent one of my little boy turning one. He had this birthday hat that he kept wanting to take off so I wanted to make sure to scrap that story.

unworn_hat (http://www.karenika.com/?p=6198)

4. Things I need to remember. Advice. Scrapbooking really helps me remember things. It helps me keep track of my thoughts and my feelings. It helps me write down things that I want my kids to know.

Here’s a recent one of my son who helps out so much and because the little one needs so much help, I often forget that he’s just 5 himself, so I made this layout to remind myself to be gentler to him.

forget_just_5 (http://www.karenika.com/?p=8489)

And one to remember how much he helps me and how thankful I am for him.

never_thank_you_enough (http://www.karenika.com/?p=7211)

These are just some of the kinds of stories I like to tell. When I look through my pages and look at other people’s pages, stories like these are the ones that speak to me the most. Knowing this helps me capture more stories like these and create pages that will forever be meaningful to me.

What kind of stories do you like to tell? I urge you to spend some time thinking about the stories you like to capture the most. The stories you wish you told more. There’s nothing stopping you from making your layouts more meaningful to you.

MMEGDT Blog Signature_Karen Grunberg

If you’re interested in figuring out the stories you like to tell and coming up with a system to organize and store all your story ideas so you always have your journaling at hand, you can still sign up for Karen’s “Book of Stories” class at Big Picture Scrapbooking.  Karen has generously donated one spot in her class.  Please leave a comment on this blog post by 12:00 pm (MST) on Wednesday, September 8, 2010.  We will announce the winner that night – just in time for the class to start on September 9.  If you are already registered and are the winner, your class fee will be reimbursed.  Good luck!

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Our August Top Tens

Trisha Ladouceur:

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Featured Collection: Lush Red

I am LOVING the simplicity of this album and it is so great to see it page after page, co-ordinating the months throughout the year. Again, I am ONLY journaling (no pictures) but I am enjoying reading through it and allowing the memories to come flooding back to me without photos to focus on! PLUS, it's forced me to focus onjournaling (something that I usually DREAD doing!!! I aknow I am not the ONLY one who also dreads this task...lol!))

Using the Red and Back LUSH Collections, I was able to maintain the elegant look and to add a simple trick to jazz up the page, youmight notice that I combined the red and smokey black self adhesive rhinestones to create a simple border adding the perfect amount of bling!

 

Karen Grunberg:

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Featured Collection: So Sophie 

My younger son is fifteen months and he's changing rapidly and I wanted to record some of his recent milestones/activities. Once I picked my story and photo, the frame is the first thing that I noticed in my stash and then I pulled out the journaling spot. Those are pretty much what started the layout for me and I just built it all around those two elements

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Meet Karen Grunberg

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Hi, I'm Karen Grunberg. I am so completely awe-struck and overjoyed to be here with the My Mind's Eye team for the month!! I have no idea how I got to be so so lucky.

I live in Northern California with my husband, Jake, and our two kids David (5.5) and Nathaniel (15mo.) I am incredibly happy to be working from home so I get to spend my moments with our two kids while working as a Technical Program Manager for Google on one of my favorite products, Google Chrome. Besides scrapbooking as often as I can, I also like to read, take family photos (http://www.greenhillphotography.com), and learn new crafts. And I love to teach, especially about journaling. My new Big Picture Scrapbooking class starts on September 9 (http://www.bigpicturescrapbooking.com/stories.php)

I started scrapbooking right before my older son was born, about five years ago. I went through different phases over the years but it wasn't until this past May that I finally felt like I found my personal happy place with scrapping. I now love sitting at my table, looking through recent photos, coupling them with our stories and then dipping into my favorite products so I can have some fun.
I've also recently discovered my love of color. I almost always use 12x12 white cardstock for my backgrounds so colorful products pop right off the page and make me happy. This is one of the reasons I love My Mind's Eye so much. Their lines often have bright colors that complement my two boys and their adventures perfectly.

Here are some recent My Mind's Eye layouts I've done that show you how bright and happy their papers are. How can you not love these papers?

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September is my birthday month and what better birthday present could I have than getting to play with the awesome My Mind's Eye products? You can find me here all month-long and also I hope you come visit me on my blog http://www.karenika.com.
And a huge thanks to My Mind's Eye for having me here!

Thank you for joining us Karen!  We want to share Karen’s (most recent) Favorite “My Mind’s Eye" Things: Lost & Found and Holly Jolly.  Karen plans on creating her December Daily mini album using our Holly Jolly collection and who doesn’t love Lost & Found?  Leave a comment for Karen on this blog post by midnight, Tuesday, September 7, 2010.  We will announce the winner on September 8, 2010.

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