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Welcome Karen Grunberg

We are pleased to announce a new addition to our Design Team!  We are thrilled to introduce Karen Grunberg.  Karen was a Guest Designer in 2010 and has been our go to girl when we needed a little extra help ever since.  We are happy she has agreed to join our Part-time Design Team.  Karen is a spectacular addition!

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I live in Northern California with my husband, Jake, and our two kids David (6.5) and Nathaniel (2.5) 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 Project Manager for Google on one of my favorite products, Google Chrome. Besides scrapbooking as often as I can, I also like to read, art journal, take family photos (http://www.greenhillphotography.com), and learn new crafts. I love to take classes and teach classes (http://www.bigpicturescrapbooking.com/stories.php).

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Laura’s Style

I have had so much fun hanging out on the My Mind's Eye blog this month, as the October Guest Designer! I have always loved MME products, ever since I first started scrapbooking, which was forever ago. And even though I tend to work MME products onto my layouts, in my day to day scrapping, it was a fun change to focus entirely on their products for some of my newest projects. I have appreciate everyone's sweet comments on my work too. So I'm sending out a big "thanks" to everyone of you!

So, what is my style? Well, when I'm asked to pin-point my style, I usually call it "Clean & Linear". I think my layouts are very organized and laid out in a way, that it's not too busy looking. I'm really big on straight lines, and perfect measurements. But maybe adding a few things, with a little tilt, for some visual interest. I love bright and fun colors, and I adore my pattern paper. I also love my embellishments, and adding simple little touches to my layouts. I like to call myself a "lazy scrapper", since I love to just premade embellishments. Anything that I can simply pull out of a package, and add to my layouts, is a plus in my book!

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This layout incorporates all my favorites, when it comes to scrapbooking. Bright and fun colors? Check. Lots of pattern paper? Check. I choose papers that have my favorite colors to work with. Aqua, red, green, brown, and yellow. My favorite combination. Premade products, that are easy to work with? Check. Love the die cut titles, and journaling cards, for quick and easy assembly. I even dug out this super old MME butterfly die cut from my stash. Fun embellishments? Check. My all time favorites are brads and buttons. And MME makes some of the cutest brads and buttons I've ever seen. I think these colored pearl brads are my new favorite brads! All of these items combined, to create a fun layout about our day trip to the county fair, two years ago. I'm so glad that I finally got around to scrapping these.

I tend to mix and match products from different manufactures a lot, in my design process. And I tend to do the same, within the manufactures. I love to pull from all different collections, and find pieces that go well together. For this layout, I mixed papers from the Good Day Sunshine collection and the Fine And Dandy collection. All my embellishments were pulled from the different Lost and Found collections.

Thank you My Mind's Eye, Amber, and all the lovely girls on the Design Team, for the opportunity to join you all this month. I truly appreciate it!

Laura Vegas 

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October word of the month

If you were to describe your October in just one word, what would it be?  We would like to encourage you to think about it.  When you are done, take the time to scrap it. 

See what words a few of our designers came up with to describe their months.

 

Anam Stubbington: “Daily”

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Featured collection: Six by Six

My word is “Daily”.. daily routine, daily school run, daily bus rides, daily hours... Due to a shortage of local school places, I spend about 3 hours a day on the bus ferrying Fay to her school and then back to bring Lily to her school. Some days it just seems to take forever and then other days it’s nice to be out but at the end of the day, it is worth the time on the buses to ensure Fay is happy and at a good school.

Supplies:  Six by Six “EveryDay Flair” pad,  Lost & Found 2 Brad & Swirl, Lost & Found 2 “rosy love blossom” paper... I used my corner rounder punch on some of the squares and mounted it all on a white cardstock and then on to the 12x12 paper.

 

Jana Eubank: “Pumpkins”

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Featured Collection: Mischievous 

Nothing says October like the word "pumpkins". It's the month we go to fields to pick them out, decorate our porch with them, carve them into funny faces, roast their seeds, and make lots of pumpkin flavored baked goods. They make us happy and excited for Halloween night! I decided to scrap some pictures of my kids carving our pumpkins. Each year I love to watch them ponder and plan out how they are going to carve the faces of their pumpkins. It's very serious business around here! LOL! Happy Halloween!


We’d love to know what word describes YOUR October. 

Have a great day!

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Spooky Mobile

Guess what fun thing I get to do on Halloween? I get to spend an hour crafting with a darling class of first graders. I’ve been thinking of all sort of fun kids crafts, but the problem with them is that they aren’t as much fun for me (kind of sounds silly, right). But, crafts should be fun for all involved, right?

The other dilemma is time. The kids will be split into 4 groups and each group will only have 15 minutes to finish the project. I thought the best project will be on that is precut and just needs to be assembled. It’s also fun if the kids can express their creativity and don’t have to make them all the same. It would also be fun to have the project be something they can put in their rooms or add to the rest of the home décor.

Enter the “Spooky Mobile”. I’ve been wanting to create a mobile for Good Things Utah for a while, but was leaning MUCH more girly (I’ll still do it later). Then I thought how cute would it be to have bats, pumpkins, withes and more hanging from a hoop.

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Because I love, love, love Kraft for Halloween projects, I used Kraft Funday – Everyday Fun for my project. The rustic, white washed feel of the blacks and whites on the Kraft add a fun elements to the project. The embellishments are super cute and make adding the finishing touched easy!

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As you can see, I put a little more detail on these than the kids will be able to in the time allotted. The 3-d pumpkin will be flat and cut out, and they won’t be able to sew, but I think they should have a fun time.

To download the instructions, click here:  Download 2011_10_25 Spooky Mobile

We will add the video from the segment in the afternoon when it is ready.

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Blog Challenge 28 Winners (and more)!

WOW!!!  What an amazing group of entries you submitted this month!  We are always impressed with the talent of our blog readers!

If you haven’t had a chance to look at all the entries, be sure to check out all the layout and card entries.

We are pleased to announce this month’s blog challenge winners!

 

Layout Winner: Aphra Boyler

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Layout honorable Mention Winner: Abby Labenstein

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Card Winner: Annabelle O’Malley

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Ladies, please email amber@mymindseye.com with your shipping information and prize request!

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We are pleased to announce a few more winners from the blog this month:

Winner of Laura’s Favorite Things: Melinda Wilson!

Laura, you have a beautiful family and I totally love your scrapbooking style! Awesome layouts!

Posted by: Melinda Wilson | October 04, 2011 at 11:59 AM

 

Winner of Love Me Sneak Peek: Cheryl (Shestamps)

I love your layout! The papers are delish!

Posted by: Cheryl (Shestamps) | October 10, 2011 at 06:28 PM

 

Winner of Kraft Funday – Everyday Fun: Lisa Spiegel

I didn't think you could top Life Stories, which has been my all time favorite Kraft line..but you did!! I love this!!

Posted by: Lisa Spiegel | October 12, 2011 at 09:30 AM

 

Winner of Kraft Funday – Happy Day: Annette A.

This collection is AWESOME...i love kraft paper with color designs...you guys rocked this collection...must get my hands on it....pick me pick me....I LOVE IT..

Posted by: Annette A. | October 12, 2011 at 12:19 PM

 

Melinda, Cheryl, Lisa and Annette – Congratulations!  Please email amber@mymindseye.com with your shipping information!

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and not a pumpkin in sight...

I love the whimsical style to "Mischievous", the Latest My Minds Eye Halloween themed release. The off-white works so well with the black and organce and makes a nice change from stark white while the blue accents are a different twist to the usual green.

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I used this months Challenge sketches for my layout and my cards.

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and to prove that halloween colours and themes can be used for other things...

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and maybe i'll do some pumpkin photos for next time.

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Class Party ideas

If you're anything like me this time of year, you're feeling short on time. With the holiday's approaching, I think we all have big dreams of doing all sorts of cute and fun holiday decor items and gift-giving projects. Sometimes, simple is the best way to go. And I think class parties at our children's schools, is one of those areas where less is more. For most of these class parties, we are needing to make little treats for 20-30 kids at once. So coming up with a simple design will really help things come together quickly, and let you knock these out assembly-line style.

I decided to decorate some soda bottles and candy bars, with pattern paper from the Mischievous collection. I simply measured the area of the bottles and candy bars, that I wanted to cover up, and trimmed my papers to fit. I was able to get 4 soda bottles out of one sheet of paper, and 4 candy bars from one sheet of paper, along with a few scraps to make the center strips. I did a quick and easy zig zag stitch with my sewing machine, where my center strip was adhered, and I distressed and inked the edges of the entire piece once it was assembled. Then I adhered that entire piece to the bottles and candy bars, using glue dots. I had some fun fabric scraps in my stash, so I tore some thin strips of the fabric, to tie around the bottles and candy bars.

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Laura Vegas 

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Haunted Halloween Banner

Hi, everyone! One of my favorite holidays is almost upon us! I love crafting for the holidays, and enjoy creating small touches of holiday decor for the home. Today, I have a Haunted Halloween Banner created with the Mischievous line. This line is full of distress edges, vintage spooks, and classic embellishments. I decided to keep my panels classic, and simple. They measure 4" wide by 6 3/4" long. I chose two patterns that I alternated from the beginning to the end. I love the simple combination of black, and the vintage white. Of course, there has to be the traditional orange, too! 

I used many of the embellishments that come with this line: the chipboard elements, the decorative brads (always my favorite), and the  Mischievous accessory sheet. I did add touches of crepe, burlap flowers, glitter, and mini paper bags to add some of my favorite things! The black glitter letters are from my scrapbooking stash. I love when I can use some old, mix in with the new. As much as I love banners, they are sometimes difficult to photograph, so hopefully this image tells the story.

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Here is a closer look at the individual panels: 

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I added an extra panel to the beginning, and end of the banner. I used the part of the image on the Bewitching pattern paper to create a small tag for the beginning. A simple chipboard element at the top rounds out this tag.

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Here I created a couple of star lollipops that were inspired by the star pattern on the reverse side of the Bewitcing paper. I tucked them into a mini paper bag, and wrapped them with twine. 
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One thing about crepe, is that I like twisting, and turning to create different ruffles. I am not sure what I will end up with, but I do like this end result. I punched a few tickets, and created a mini banner at the top.

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I think I have used this moon diecut on about three different projects this week. It has become an instant favorite, and was cut with the Cricut. The witch, and spooky word are stamps from last year's My Mind's Eye Hallween Line: Haunted. 

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I used the Haunted stamps again, and stamped trick or treat on a small banner, and layered it over the tag from the accessory sheet. I have had this tulle flower for awhile, and simply removed the red gem from the middle, and added halloween pieces from the collection.

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Simple panel with one of my favorite elements at the moment: circles. I also stitched across the middle. Well, I tried to achieve that effect. I am trying to pull out my sewing machine, and to not be afraid of it. Stitching creates another texture, and I love different layers on my projects.
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If you took a peek at my tray I created for the October newsletter, you may recognize the following embellishment. The adorable owl chipboard, layered on top of a doily that I misted with glimmer mist. It is perfectly fine to scraplift yourself from time, to time!

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I knew I had to use this adorable spook on one of the panels. I tied ribbon around the hat, and embellished the center with a brad from the Mischievous decorative package. 

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The last panel of simple layers of vellum, and patterned paper. I used another chipboard element as my ending to the banner. 

Thank you for visiting My Mind's Eye,and I hope you have enjoyed today's project.  There is still time to create a Halloween Banner to add some spookiness to your home.  Banners are the perfect finishing details to your decor, and will be a great addition to your halloween festivities!

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Melissa Bell Style

We didn’t get a chance to feature Melissa Bell’s style with you last month.  We are pleased to share her post with you today (and thankful to Laura Vegas for letting us).

September was an amazing month!  I had a great time being part of the MME design team. How lucky are we all to be inspired by these amazing women?! I know that they’ve inspired me. I feel very blessed that I was able to rub shoulders with them last month.

All month long I’ve been thinking about what “my style” is and what I could create to share with you all. I like to think that my style is simple elegance. I keep things pretty simple and clean, but if you take a closer look you will see small details that I like to add. I love using pearls, chalk ink, hand stitching, border punches and cutting out embellishments out of patterned paper.

I love celebrating holidays! Though I have to be honest and tell you that for the last couple of years I’ve been lazy when it comes to Halloween. My husband and I carve a pumpkin every year together and eat a Papa Murphy’s Jack-o-Lantern pizza, but that is it. I don’t even pull out the decorations most years. Ghastly I know! I want this year to be different, so I decided to make some fun decorations for my apartment using the Mischievous collection. I am loving this collection! I love the colors and especially the cute witch!

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When I found this vinyl saying I knew it would be perfect for a sign and of course would allow me to use the cute witch!

  • Mischievous 12x12 Paper Collection, 6x6 Paper Pad & Chipboard Embellishments 
  • Wooden Board
  • Witch Parking Vinyl Saying
  • Bat Rub-on
  • Black Pearls
  • Wooden Skewer, Rubber Band & Straw for Broom
  • Black Chalk Ink
  • Black Paint
  • Sandpaper

Instructions for the Broom:

  1. Cut your skewer down to the size that you want it. I just held mine up to the witch and made a mark and then cut it.
  2. Gather a bunch of straw around one end of your skewer.
  3. Use a rubber band to hold the straw in place. Make it is as tight as you can get it so the straw won’t be going anywhere.
  4. Cut your straw to your desired length. I would make a cut and then hold it up to my witch and then cut some more until I was happy with the length.

 

Our Halloween Traditions Coffin Mini

To help me celebrate Halloween more fully I thought it would be fun to make a little mini book to fit inside this wooden coffin that keeps track of my Halloween traditions and the ones that I want to start keeping.

  • Mischievous 12x12 Paper Collection, 6x6 Paper Pad & Chipboard Embellishments
  • Wooden Coffin Box
  • Black Pearls
  • Bat & Cobweb Stickers
  • Tiny Alpha Stickers
  • Black Chalk Ink
  • Witch Rub-on
  • Fuzzy Spider
  • Black Paint

Instructions for Cutting Pages to Size:

  1. I put tracing paper over the top of the inside of the box. (Hope that makes sense.)
  2. I then used a pencil and did a rubbing so I could see where the inside edge was.
  3. I cut out the coffin shape making sure to cut a little inside the lines so that the tracing paper would fit inside the box.
  4. Used the tracing paper as a stencil to cut out paper to use in the top and bottom of my coffin inside. I also used it to cut out the paper that I used on the outside of my box.
  5. I then took the tracing paper and trimmed down all of the edges a little more so that it fit more loosely inside the box. I used it as a stencil for my mini album pages.

I have cut quite a few pages for my mini, but I have yet to write down the traditions I want to start keeping. I would love to know what some of the traditions are that you keep to make October a fun and spooky month for you.

Thank you to MME for this wonderful opportunity and to all of you for your encouragement and comments!

Hugs!

Melissa Bell 

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Blog Challenge 28: Layout

Wow! What a fun week it has been sharing our newest releases with you! We hope you have had a chance to enter to win them. If you haven’t, scroll down to the four posts below this one.

The challenge: Design a card based on this wonderful sketch and use “FALL” as your theme (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: Add a link to your project to the bottom of this post using inlinkz by Sunday, October 23, 2011 (midnight, MST). Please include your first and last name and project name when uploading. (a photo of your layout or project will show directly in the post)

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

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

Three of our designers have shared samples with you to help you get your creative juices going!

 

Favorite Fall Photos by Laura Vegas 

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Featured Collection: Lime Twist, Alphabet Soup and Lost & Found 2 

I love fall colors, so this challenge was right up my alley. I choose a few favorite photos of me and my daughters, from a few years back, for this fall layout. I went through my stash of My Mind's Eye pattern papers, and choose papers my favorite fall colors. Brown, blue, yellow, orange, and cream. The burlap trim adds lots of texture to the layout, while the buttons add a nice homespun feel to it. I used the transparency photo frame, for a journaling block, and added my journaling strips to the inside. While I had all my papers and embellishments out, I whipped up a quick fall card, using the same elements as my layout (see post below).

 

Find Joy Every Day by Suzanne Sergi 

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Featured Collection: Mischievous 

For this challenge, I decided to pull out some of these fall photos of my oldest daughter. Even though the Mischievous line is a Halloween theme collection, the color palette is perfect to document fall moments, too. I stayed pretty true to the sketch, but added an envelope in place of one of the photos. This envelope was perfect to tuck in my journaling. I love the houndstooth pattern, and punched a hole in the envelope, so this fun pattern peeked through. This helped balance the cluster of circles on the right side of the page. For the final fall detail, I added the beautiful fall bloom onto the envelope, and a bit of the gorgeous burlap ribbon My Mind's Eye added to their product line.

 

 

Granddad by Anam Stubbington

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Featured Collection: Lost & Found 2

We love Anam’s layout in beautiful, fall colors and what a wonderful celebration and expression of thankfulness for a special Granddad!

 

We look forward to seeing your entry!  Upload it here:

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Blog Challenge 28: Card

Wow!  What a fun week it has been sharing our newest releases with you!  We hope you have had a chance to enter to win them.  If you haven’t, scroll down to the three posts below this one.

The challenge: Design a card based on this wonderful sketch and use “FALL” as your theme (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: Add a link to your project to the bottom of this post using inlinkz by Sunday, October 23, 2011 (midnight, MST).  Please include your first and last name and project name when uploading.  (a photo of your layout or project will show directly in the post)

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

The PRIZE: The winner will receive the collection of their choice and will be featured in a blog post and have bragging rights!

Check out these beautiful samples created by our design team:

 

Fall card by: Laura Vegas

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Featured Collection: Alphabet Soup 

I love fall colors, so this challenge was right up my alley. I choose a few favorite photos of me and my daughters, from a few years back, for this fall layout. I went through my stash of My Mind's Eye pattern papers, and choose papers my favorite fall colors. Brown, blue, yellow, orange, and cream. The burlap trim adds lots of texture to the layout, while the buttons add a nice homespun feel to it. I used the transparency photo frame, for a journaling block, and added my journaling strips to the inside. While I had all my papers and embellishments out, I whipped up a quick fall card, using the same elements as my layout.

 

Autumn Time by: Suzanne Sergi

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Featured Collection: Mischievous

For this card, I also used the Mischievous line to create a card perfect for welcoming the fall. To soften the card I did add a bit of the shabby blue against the orange backdrop, and a white doily for an extra layer.. I really enjoyed playing with this sketch, and it helped this card come together quickly.

 

Happy Day card by Anam Stubbington

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Featured Collection: Lost & Found 2 

What a beautiful card Anam created using soft, FALL colors and a theme appropriate not only for fall, but any time of the year as well!

 

Please add your entry here:

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Sneak Peek: Kraft Funday–Happy Day

We're making everyday a "FUN" day with our Kraft Funday collection! Our Kraft Funday collection is so amazing, we’ve split it into two color schemes!

We’d like to introduce you to our Kraft Funday – Happy Day collection!

Our Kraft Funday – Happy Day collection is crazy for COLOR! You’ll LOVE the combination of reds, blues, yellows, pinks, whites, Kraft and blacks printed on high quality Kraft paper! And, like our Everyday Fun collection, the embellishments are so AMAZING, you’ll want to use them all for every project.

Kraft Funday – Happy Day has:

  • 12 double-sided 12 x 12 patterned papers
  • stamp set
  • Chipboard elements
  • 6 x 6 paper pad
  • Buttons
  • Rhinestones
  • 12” borders (16 paper and 4 felt borders)
  • Decorative Brads
  • Layered Stickers
  • Circle Garland Trim (smile)
  • Wood Banners
  • Twine

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Great Day layout by Amber Packer

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Supplies:

  • “Lemon Drop” paper (12” x 12'”)
  • “Super Star” paper (3 1/2” w x 12” h)
  • “Countdown” paper (1 1/4” w x 12” h)
  • “Petticoat” paper (2” w x 12” h)
  • “Patchwork Party” paper (6 1/4” w x 7” h)
  • Happy Day 6 x 6 paper pad
  • Happy Day Buttons
  • Happy Day Chipboard Elements
  • Happy Day Borders
  • Happy Day Layered Stickers
  • Happy Day Circle Garland
  • Happy Day Wood Banners
  • Happy Day Fun Twine

Also used: black ink, black pen, thread & Sewing machine, pop dots and glue dots

Instructions:

  1. Cut papers to sizes listed above. Ink edges, if desired.
  2. Adhere stars border to left side of layout with blue chevron strip to the right.
  3. Cut out 3 rows of scallops from “petticoat” paper, ink and adhere along seam between stars and chevron papers.
  4. Lightly adhere red ticket border over “seam” of paper strips in step 2. 
  5. Sew a straight stitch along center of ticket strip and a zig zag stitch along right side of chevron strip.
  6. Adhere patchwork party paper (black side up) about 2 1/2” from top and 2” from right side of page.  Sew a border along outside of mat.
  7. Adhere 4 x 6 photo and add 1 3/4” x 6” piece of lined paper form 6 x 6 pad.
  8. Add photos to “It’s All Good” strip – with photos - and adhere to page as shown.  (move “love this” chipboard piece so that it faces the pictures)
  9. Layer banners (printed paper, 2 chipboard and circle garland) as shown.
  10. Cut small “flower” shape from 6 x 6 pad, fold accordion style and cut to form shape.
  11. Randomly layer buttons, chipboard buttons and chipboard banner pieces and hand sew using twine as shown.
  12. Layer stars, “Happy Day” layered sticker, “the Best” layered sticker, chipboard arrow and 4 circles from circle garland.
  13. Add star ticket by picture as shown and hand stitch star chipboard piece to top right side of page as shown.
  14. Adhere “great day” wood sign to right side of photo strip.
  15. Journal along right side of photo as shown and ENJOY!

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Sneak Peek: Kraft Funday–Everyday Fun

Our Kraft Funday collection is so amazing, we’ve split it into two color schemes!  We’d like to introduce you to our Kraft Funday – Everyday Fun collection!

You’ll love the blacks and whites printed on high quality Kraft paper!  And, the embellishments are so AMAZING, you’ll want to use them all for every project.

Kraft Funday – Everyday Fun has:

  • 12 double-sided 12 x 12 patterned papers
  • stamp set
  • Chipboard elements
  • 6 x 6 paper pad
  • Buttons
  • Rhinestones
  • 12” borders (16 paper and 4 felt borders)
  • Decorative Brads
  • Layered Stickers
  • Circle Garland Trim (smile)
  • Wood Banners
  • Twine

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*3* layout by Amber Packer

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Supplies:

  • “Remember This” paper (12” x 12'”)
  • “Ziggity” paper (8” w x 7 1/2” h)
  • “Celebration” paper (2 1/2” w x 7 1/2” h)
  • “Picnic” paper (3’ w x 11 1/4” h)
  • “Good Measure” paper (9 3/4” w x 2 1/2” h)
  • Everyday Fun Chipboard Elements
  • Everyday Fun Borders
  • Everyday Fun Brads
  • Everyday Fun Layered Stickers
  • Everyday Fun Circle Garland
  • Everyday Fun Circle Stamps
  • Everyday Fun Twine

Also used: black ink, black pen, thread & Sewing machine

Instructions:

  1. Cut papers to sizes listed above.  Ink edges, if desired.
  2. Place adhesive in center of “picnic” (hexagon) paper and adhere it to the background paper about 2 1/2” from left side and centered top to bottom.
  3. Sew a straight stitch along edges. (This is why you put adhesive just in the center.  You do not want to gum up your sewing machine with adhesive)
  4. Layer two felt borders along left side of “ziggity” paper.  Adhere to background about 2” from top just inside left border as shown.
  5. Sew along border of “ziggity” paper.
  6. Adhere “celebration” paper (banner side up) along right side of “ziggity” paper.
  7. Stamp black dots along bottom left side and top right side of “ziggity” paper.
  8. Adhere “good measure” paper strip about 3/4” from top and 1/4” from left side of “ziggity” paper.
  9. Add two 4” x 6” photos (I printed mine with the black borders, add black cardstock mat instead if you’d like) as shown.
  10. Lift up right side of banner paper and wrap circle garland 2 1/2 times.
  11. Cut extra hexagons and add to “picnic” strip using pop dot.
  12. Complete page by layering chipboard, brads, layered stickers, brads and hand cut number (birthday number) as shown.
  13. Journal along bottom right of page (under “party”) and ENJOY!

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Sneak Peek: Love Me

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All I ask is for you to Love me.

We know you will love this amazingly beautiful collection! 

Designed with reds, pinks, grays, whites and blues, Love Me has everything you’d like in a Valentine’s collection: a vintage/romantic feel, banners to celebrate love with and doilies for a feminine touch!

Love me features: 9 double-sided 12 x 12 papers, a 6x6 pad and coordinating Accessories Sheet! 

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Photo Credit: Haylee Bean Photography

You & Me layout created by: Amber Packer using Love Me.

Supplies:

  • Banners paper (12 x 12)
  • Love paper (10 x 10)
  • Stamped paper (2 1/4 x 9 1/2)
  • Hearts paper (see step 5 and step 8)
  • 6 x 6 paper pad
  • Die Cut Accessories Sheet
  • Fun Day Happy Day Fun Twine
  • Lost & Found 2 - Blush “Better” Buttons
  • Lost & Found 2 – Blush “Favorite” Trims
  • Lush – Red Trims

Also uses: brown pen, brown ink, brown thread, sewing machine and edge distressed.

Instructions:

  1. Trim papers to sizes listed above.  Ink and distress, if desired.
  2. Place adhesive in the center of love paper (doily side up) and adhere to center of banner paper (dot side).
  3. Starting at bottom right corner, begin sewing using a straight stitch bunching up crochet trim as you go around.
  4. Adhere vintage newspaper strip about 2” in from left side of doily paper.
  5. Cut one - 1 x 6 strip with hearts on border going down left side and adhere to left side of photo with heart border peaking out.
  6. Rip out “love” paper from 6 x 6 pad and ink and distress edges leaving tear strip on top.  Outline “Love” and hearts with brown ink.
  7. Distress 4 x 6 photo and adhere to to paper with “Love” on right side of photo.
  8. Cut one – 1 x 6 strip and adhere with red side up to right side of 6 x 6 love paper with about 1/4” of the red showing.
  9. Layer doilies (hand cut) and bingo card under photo mat as shown.  Sew a straight edge along right side of “love” paper under heart border.
  10. Punch out heart from Accessories sheet and layer on heart on of “You + Me” die cut by sewing down center of heart.  Using fingers, curl up each side of heart.
  11. Add doily die cut, “You + Me” die cut and button as shown.
  12. Cut banner strip smaller and sew to top corner of layout.  Cut apart banner pieces and curl up as shown.
  13. Hand sew button by heart border.
  14. Journal and enjoy!

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We hope you enjoyed this beautiful layout by Amber, but how about a look at the entire collection!?

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Coming Soon…

Check back soon to see our newest releases revealed

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Bat Specimen Art

I have been planning this project for over a month and am so excited to finally share it with you today.  Each Halloween, I get more and more excited about decorations.  It’s probably the excitement that comes with planning parties and picking out costumes for little ones.  They always make things more exciting.  As usual, I want to decorate for the holiday, but still keep with the same, classic feel of my home. 

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine created a butterfly specimen project.  Since then, I have seen a lot of projects like it, but, it was the first one I had seen and I’ve always loved that project.  When I was thinking of a fun Halloween project, it popped in my head and I knew that I had to put my own, “batty”, twist on it:

Bat Specimen

I had a lot of fun coming up with the names for my bats.  (Tamara Jensen came to the rescue with a few of them)  I have even created a bat for each of my boys.  I like to include my loved ones in each of my projects.  This was a fun way to do that without including photos.  Although, you could include photos if you want! 

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As usual, I have included instructions and photos here:  Download 2011_09_14_MME_Bat Specimen

When the segment is online, I will up load it here for those of you who were unable to watch it live.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Welcome Laura Vegas!

Hey everyone! My name is Laura Vegas, and I was so excited when I got an email asking me to be the October Guest Designer! I have always been a huge fan of My Mind’s Eye products, all the way back to the little kid die cuts from forever ago (which I’m 99% sure we still have in the closet somewhere). I love My Mind’s Eye’s pattern papers, because of their texture and thickness, and great tone-on-tone patterns. And their embellishments make it so easy to add lots of fun details to my projects.

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A little bit about me. I live in Manteca, California. People never know where that is. So I usually explain that I live about 90 minutes East of San Francisco, and 60 minutes South of Sacramento. Those cities are more recognizable than my little city. I live with my husband, Joe, who works as a Night Crew Manager in grocery, and also umpires baseball as a side-job, about 10 months out of the year. We have two girls, Alyssa (15) and Sarah (12), who are great sports about being in front of my camera at a moment’s notice. I spend lots and lots of time driving the girls to and from all of their school and sporting activities, and we can usually be found on the soccer field on the weekends. I work as a Daycare Provider, out of our home, which allows me to always be around for my girls. We all love my daycare kids to pieces, and they truly become little extensions of our family.

I started out scrapbooking almost 17 years ago. That piece of information just really dated me, didn’t it? LOL. I began, like so many of us did, with Creative Memories. My layouts had pen-doodled borders and titles, tons of Mrs. Grossman stickers, and photos cut into circles and ovals, using 7 different deckled edged scissors. About 10 years later, and after a huge progression in my style, I started teaching classes at a local scrapbook store. Around this same time, I started submitting to magazines and contests, and managed to have just a teensy tiny bit of luck with those. After teaching for a little over 2 years, the local scrapbook store decided to close their doors, and I put more energy into establishing myself within the scrapbooking industry.

Now-a-days, my scrapbooking is definitely more of a part time job, than just a hobby. But it’s a job that I LOVE doing! I’m very driven by assignments and deadlines, and I actually have a hard time scrapbooking without them now. I’m a professional procrastinator, and I seem to create my best when I leave things until the very last minute.

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I am hugely driven by product, bright and fun colors, and great photos. I will either start a layout with great photos in mind, or by product that I am dying to use. My journaling is almost always the last thing that I add to a layout, and I never plan what I am going to say, until I have my title on the page to guide me. My favorite things to create are layouts, but I enjoy making cards as well. Altered projects and mini albums are my least favorite, although when forced to do them, they’re usually not half bad.

If you’d like to learn more about me, and see more of my work, visit my blog at www.lauravegas.typepad.com.

Let’s welcome Laura as our Guest Designer this month.  Leave a comment on this post by Sunday, October 9, 2011 at midnight.  We will randomly select one winner to win Laura’s favorite My Mind’s Eye things!

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