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Happy New Year's Eve!

Happy New Year's Eve! It's Jana Eubank. Can you hardly believe that we are about to turn the calendar over to another year?! It seems like just yesterday that I was ringing in 2012 with my family.
 
I love a new year. It is a time of reflection and reprioritizing. A time of decluttering and new beginnings. To start my page, I chose to be inspired by fresh colors and pull products together using a color palette rather than using one collection. I chose the colors yellow, pink, and gray accented with soft blue and a pinch of red.
 
Jana Eubank for MME
Supplies:Follow Your Heart-Be Happy:twine; The Sweetest Thing-Honey: 'One of a Kind' Notable patterned paper,'One of a Kind' journal card,'One of a Kind' label stickers,'Perfect' chipboard elements, 'Simply Lovely' decorative brads,'Love' stickers;The Sweetest Thing-Bluebell-'Playful' journal card,'Smile' stickers;Lost & Found 3-Oliver:Bingo Glitter patterned paper, White Floral patterned paper, Lace Fan patterned paper,stamps;Lost & Found 3-Ruby: Stripes Glitter patterned paper, Post Card patterned paper, 6 x 6 paper pad;Lucky in Love:Multi Stripe patterned paper;Misc,vellum,mini staples,star charms,rhinestones, black ink, dark brown distressing ink, black journaling pen,scissors,trimmer,adhesives
 
I pulled patterned papers from the Lost & Found 3 and Lost in Love collections to begin. I chose the yellow striped Oliver Lace Fan Paper for the base of my page. Next, I held my photos up to several papers and decided to mat my main photo with the large polka dotted Lucky in Love Multi Stripe Paper.
 
From there, I worked my way out with the papers. I chose to place the soft blue polka dot to the right of the photo. The cream mat for the photo, the sliver of blue striped paper, and the gray paper strips all come from the same sheet of Oliver Bingo Glitter Paper. I stamped the top gray strip of paper with the number line from the Oliver Stamps. I added a punch of contrast by cutting out a red glittery strip of paper from the Ruby Stripes Glitter Paper.
 
Jana Eubank for MME
Next, it was time to find accents and embellishments for my page. The stickers, die cuts, and numbers all come from The Sweetest Thing collection.

I handcut the numbers from the "One of a Kind" Notable Paper to use as my page title. I arranged die cuts and stickers along with my smaller photos in a waterfall pattern down the right side of my page.

I found three silver star charms in my stash and strung them from the top edge of my paper with the Follow Your Heart "Be Happy" Twine. A scattering of rhinestones here-and-there around the page are a perfect way to add a party feel to the rest of the page.

Jana Eubank for MME

Jana Eubank for MME
Thanks for stopping by today! All of us at My Mind's Eye wish you and yours a very Happy New Year!
 
JanaBold


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December Kit Club Spotlight-Cocoa Daisy

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Our December Kit Club Spotlight is the awesome Cocoa Daisy!

A little about Cocoa Daisy:

One of our members dubbed Cocoa Daisy as a "little slice of happy on the internet." We like that description. We are a monthly scrapbooking kit club owned by Christine Drumheller. Every month you get a kit packed with an eclectic mix of papers from a variety of manufacturers, 1 or 2 alphabets, a glassine bag of embellishments, exclusive manufacturer products every other month, an exclusive stamp, and 4 sheets of coordinating cardstock. We offer add ons that complement the main kit, as well as shop items like inks, paints, and mists. Our message boards are small and friendly. Our Design Team is there to inspire. We really do try to live up to that description, a little slice of happy. You can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and follow our boards on Pinterest. Our blog can be accessed here.

Cocoa Daisy is this month's selection based on this MME heavy kit!

Jan kit for MME

Our January Pemberley and add ons Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy, and Netherfield Park have a soft and romantic feel to them, thanks in part to our sprinkling them with papers, washi tape, label stickers, and enamel dots from MME lines The Sweetest Thing and Lost and Found 3.

Here are some examples of layouts that the talented Cocoa Daisy design team came up with this month.

AlwayshopecdAlways Hope by Jody Ferlaak

 

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Camera Shy by Emily Pitts

 

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Original by Mandy Kay Starner

 

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8 Days a Week by Stephanie Wheeler

 

Wowee, talk about inspiring!  What a group of awesome layouts!

Cocoa Daisy is also giving away a $20 coupon to the Daisy Boutique! If you'd like to throw your name into the running, leave a comment here and a winner will be announced next week.

Good luck!

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Mini Albums with Monika..."Right Now"

We're just days away from a brand new year, can you believe it?
Greetings...I'm so excited to share another Mini Albums with Monika project today.

A few years ago, I recorded answers to the same questions every month for a year...similar to the "currently" journaling prompts we've all seen around.

Fun project to do and even more fun to look back to read what was on my mind back then. I thought it was time to do this project again, so let me share with you my process and the mini album page download, which you'll find at the end of the post.

Monika Wright for MME
Supplies The Sweetest Thing-Honey:Love patterned paper, 'One of a Kind' layered stickers, Lost and Found 3-Ruby:chipboard elements;Indie Chic:'Hanging Out ' decorative tape,Misc: sewing machine and thread, glue stick, spiral binding machine and o-wires, raw chipboard

When I create a mini album project, I nearly always design the cover last. Once I began my search for goodies to embellish the front cover, the chipboard piece "Tell Me All About It" seemed just the perfect title for this collection of "right now" thoughts.

You might notice that I added a chipboard arrow to cover the title that was already on the layered sticker. A little machine stitching (in red) highlights the red spiral binding and the red in the chipboard arrow that points to the title.

I'm still crushing on the decorative tape trend and I chose the gold polka dot tape to enhance the gold from the layered sticker embellishment on the front cover. For the back cover, a little more decorative tape to add a bit of interest. If you don't have a binding machine, use binder rings instead.

Monika Wright for MMESupplies:The Sweetest Thing-Honey:Love patterned paper,'One of a Kind' layered stickers,Lost and Found 3-Ruby:chipboard elements

See those blank blocks at the top and bottom of the mini album page? Here's how I decided to kick it up a notch...add more MME paper to the project!

I printed enough pages to record my thoughts for two years, but left some pages unembellished so that I can add other MME collections to my mini album as new collections are released.

 
DESIGN TIP | When adding paper that needs to fit within a block, my go-to adhesive is a glue stick, which gives me just a bit of time to wiggle the paper around until it's in just the position it needs to be in.
Monika Wright for MME
Supplies Lost & Found 3-Ruby:Floral patterned paper,Lost & Found 3-Oliver:Mixed Floral patterned paper;The Sweetest Thing -Honey: 'Perfect' Flawless patterned paper;The Sweetest Thing-Tangerine: 'Happy' Sunny patterned paper, 'Hello' Wishes patterned paper;The Sweetest Thing-Lavender:'Reasons Why' Swatch patterned paper,'Fabulous' Berries patterned paper;Lucky in Love:Multi Stripe patterned paper

Here's another peek at the Right Now mini book and the link to the mini album page template for you to download. Just print the file on your favorite 8.50 x 11 piece of cardstock and trim to size. 
Monika Wright for MME

I would adore seeing how you used the download for your own mini album project posted to our Facebook page, so please share!

For some reason we can not get the download to work today. Just CLICK HERE if it isn't working for you below!

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Pinspiration Wednesday

We are so glad you stopped by today, it's Pinspiration Friday! Every day, we scour the Internet for inspiring MME projects. We find your work on your blogs, through our FB page,and in online galleries. We pin the ones that inspire us most!

Then once a month we challenge our designers to use one of your creations as inspiration for a layout or card.

This month Suzanne and Ronda are joining us. Here's what they came up with. Enjoy and have a lovely, creative day!

Inspiration Piece: Juliana Michaels

Juliana Michaels MME

Suzanne's version:

Suzanne Sergi for MMESupplies: Lost and Found 3-Ruby: Floral Glitter patterned paper, Pink Lace patterned paper,Collage Stripe patterned paper,Glitter Stripe patterned paper,Ruby Medallion patterned paper,decorative brads,decorative buttons,chipboard accents,sticker sheet;Misc:adhesive,sewing machine and thread,doily,die cut machine

Suzanne says:I loved the following scrapbook page from Juliana. One thing that drew me to the page was her design using many different patterns of paper. I loved her creative use of the papers, and the many layers she created within the page.

I am normally a one picture type of gal, so this was another element that drew me to her page.
I tried to mimic her use of the various papers to showcase my little girl.
Suzanne Sergi for MME
The different layers added a soft element to my page, which complimented my sweet photo.I also added a doily to my page. A perfect detail on a girl page.
Suzanne Sergi for MME

I also was inspired by the cluster of buttons & brads, and used buttons from the lost & found 3 Ruby collection on the right side of the page. 
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Inspiration Piece: Mary Ann Jenkins
Mary Ann Jenkins MME

Ronda's version:
Ronda Palazzari for MME
Supplies:
Lost and Found 3-Oliver:Garden Gate patterned paper,Bingo Glittered patterned paper,Blue Quatrefoil embossed paper,Lace Fan patterned paper,Blue Lace patterned paper,decorative brads,decorative tape   ;Lost and Found 3-Ruby:Medallion patterned paper,Honeycomb embossed patterned paper,Collage Stripe patterned paper,Grey Quatrefoil paper,decorative tape,enamel dots,stickers   ;The Sweetest Thing-Tangerine:'Together' Chevron patterned paper,buttons;Misc:American Crafts thickers,adhesive,ink 
 

Ronda says:When strolling through My Mind’s Eye Inspiring Cards & Layouts, Mary Ann’s layout jumped out at me.

I usually condensed in my designs using a lot of white space around the page.
Mary Ann’s page is both beautiful & frightening to me.  I absolutely adore the design but it is out of my scrapbooking safety zone.  That’s the beauty of finding inspiration and challenging yourself, so I stepped outside by comfort level and started creating.

I was drawn to her used of patterned papers in all the polaroids found on the Follow your Heart Be Happy Adorable paper. I decided to use the Sweetest Thing Together Chevron Paper and layer some of the frames from a second sheet to add some dimension. 

Ronda Palazzari for MMELike Mary Ann I chose to use mostly black & white photos, with one exception which became my focal point. 

I love how she used embellishments outside the frames a knew I had to incorporate those elements and add in my own little splatters of ink.

Ronda Palazzari for MME
My title is a nod to her use of numbers and really finished off my page.  I love this page and am very happy I pushed myself.  Thanks Mary Ann for such an inspiring page.
Rondasignaguresmall

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of you! Danni here to share some Christmas as we celebrate the holidays with our loved ones near and far.

Danni Reid for MME
Supplies:
Winter Wonderland:Snowmen patterned paper,chipboard stickers,decorative tape;Misc: Papertrey Ink scallop die, pom poms, machine stitching

I absolutely love this decorative tape and could use it on everything!  I love how quickly you can add an accent to you card that will not be adding to the shipping costs.

When creating cards for Christmas, you have to take into consideration the shipping costs and these tapes are perfect for adding patterns and colors without the bulk.


Danni Reid for MME
Supplies:
Winter Wonderland-:Christmas Trees patterned paper,Tags patterned paper,Flakes and Presents patterned paper,decorative tape;Misc:Martha Stewart heart punch, machine stitching

This is a flat/mailable card using the designer tape again and little heart punches for the embellishments.  The little embellies pack a big punch while still allowing them to be mailed to your recipients.

Danni Reid for MME
Supplies:
Winter Wonderland:Flakes patterned paper,Stripes patterned paper,6 x 6 pad,chipboard embellishments,decorative tape;Misc:Papertrey Ink snowflake die, Martha Stewart glitter and punch, pom poms, machine stitching

I love how this card pops because of the layers.   We had a snowy, stormy day here and I can't get the glitter to pop in the pictures but paired with the chipboard embellishments, this card really shines.  I am excited to see the reaction from my recipient as it is almost as shiny as she is.

We hope you have the most amazing Christmas celebration with your friends and loved ones!  Thank you for making all of us at MME part of your day every day and celebration with your loved ones.  Merry, Merry Christmas!

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Altered Christmas Can by Tamara

One of our favorite Christmas traditions is drawing family names for a gift exchange.  We usually just scribble names on scraps of paper, then draw them out of a bowl.

I thought it would be fun to make a special can with personalized name tags.  I know this will become a treasured Christmas keepsake that we use every year.

Tamara Jensen for MME
I used an empty Piroutte cookie can from Walmart (left over from cookies we dipped in hot chocolate, yum!).

Tamara Jensen for MME
I found some green spray paint in my garage and painted the lid.  Then I covered the metal can with these festive papers from the Winter Wonderland collection.  

I used double stick tape and the heavy duty red scrapbook tape (for the seam in the back). The present sticker border was perfect for our "Gift Exchange" can.  I embellished the can with chipboard stickers, enamel dots, a sticker, and twine.

Tamara Jensen for MME
For the name tags, I printed the names in red ink on the light blue "At Home" patterned paper and stitched around them.  Then Iayered the patterned Christmas papers and added decorative brads and present chipboard pieces.

Merry Christmas!
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Supplies: Winter Wonderland: Christmas Trees patterned paper, In the Neighborhood patterned paper, Flakes patterned paper, Polka Dots patterned paper, At Home patterned paper, Stripes patterned paper, Presents patterned paper, brads, stickers chipboard, twine, enamel dots;Misc: metal can, black ink, red thread, double stick tape, red scrapbooking tape


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A Heritage Christmas Layout with Tina

Hi!  Tina here today with a heritage Christmas layout, featuring, me!  :)  I think I was probably 4 or so in this picture and it's a great memory of Christmas past. 

Tina Walker for MME
Supplies: Winter Wonderland:Christmas Trees patterned paper,Tags patterned paper,Stripes patterned paper,decorative brads,decorative buttons,decorative tape,sticker accessory sheet,chipboard elements,enamel dots;Misc:cardstock,adhesive,spray mist,sewing machine and thread,die cut machine,American Crafts Thickers

One of my favorite techniques when scrapping heritage or older photos is to change the photo to black and white (if it isn't already so), and add lots of fun color to your layout.  The black and white always looks great with any color patterned paper you choose and really makes the photo POP.

Tina Walker for MME
Another one of my favorite techniques to add color to a layout is to spray your background with a spray mist.  I didn't want a completely white background for my page, and adding a strip of patterned paper to the top was too much color, so, I masked off the top edge of my paper and sprayed it with spray mist.  This is a great way to add a little color, but not too much.

I enjoyed sharing a family memory with you. We hope you will share your holiday memory layouts on our Facebook page!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Tinasignature

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Mixed Media with Karen...Lost and Found 3

Good morning everyone! This is Karen Grunberg and I'm here with my December mixed media blog post.

This month, I wanted to have fun with some of the beautiful papers and embellishments in the Lost and Found 3 line.

As I looked through the papers, the labels jumped out at me and gave me the inspiration for my page. So I cut them out and started laying them down in my book. I didn't over-think it, I picked two corners and cut out the two pieces of paper I liked the best. I painted my background a muted gray and glued the papers on the edges.
Karen Grunberg for MME

Supplies:Lost and Found 3-Oliver:Bingo glitter paper,Collage glitter paper,enamel dots,chipboard,stamps,sticker sheet;Lost and Found 3-Ruby:sticker sheet;Lush:black velvet alphas;All is Bright:stamps;Kraft Funday-Everyday Fun:stamps

I then used the sticker sheets and chipboard accents to add some layers and shimmer to my page. I grabbed some contrasting alphas and wrote my main word (free) and started adding more letter stickers.
Karen Grunberg for MME
After adding my title, I also used some of the texture stamps to add a little interest and layering to my background. The gray looked too dull to me and I like the noise and texture the stamps added. I colored the
edges of my page with some black paint and I was done.
Karen Grunberg for MME
The title reads: You are not bound by the labels others have put on you. You are free. Only you choose who you are. Only you.

And here's a closeup that shows you all the beautiful shimmering glitter Lost and Found 3 accessories and papers have:
Karen Grunberg for MME
And there you go, another fun mixed media and collage page. My challenge to you this month is to pull out some paper you love and start playing with it. Don't save them for a special occasion, every single day you
live is a special occasion. Use the supplies you love!

Thanks for letting me share my art and see you next time!

Karengsig

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Tis the Season by Jana

Every year my kids sleep out under the Christmas tree on December 23rd. It's a fun night of movies, giggles, popcorn, and treats.

I chose to use blue tones for the majority of this page because it conveys the calm, cozy, nighttime feel of this memory.

But too much blue can feel dusty and dark, so I added accents of bright, cheery papers.

Jana Eubank for MME
Supplies: Winter Wonderland:In the Neighborhood patterned paper, At Home patterned paper, Stripes patterned paper, Polka Dots patterned paper, Flakes patterned paper, Tags patterned paper, Christmas Trees patterned paper, 6 x 6 paper pad, 12 x 12 chipboard accessories, stickers, buttons, enamel dots, decorative tape, twine, 4 x 6 mat stack;Misc:cardstock (blue, green, red, yellow), die cutting machine, word art (Lettering Delights), tree art (SVG Cuts), needle & brown embroidery floss, foam Squares, adhesives, trimmer, scissors
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I used my die cutting machine to create the folded Christmas tree.

The Winter Wonderland buttons make the perfect ornaments! I stitched each one on, tying knots in a few of them for a different texture. The smaller scale print of the 6 x 6 paper pad worked perfectly to create the Christmas tree skirt.

The chipboard presents fit perfectly with my tree. I added a few enamel dots to each gift for a touch of sparkle. Finally, I tucked a journal spot from the 4 x 6 accessories pad behind the left side.

Jana Eubank for MME

I used the chipboard snowflakes to balance the scale of the tree from the other page and accented the center of each one with more Winter Wonderland buttons.

I matted the phrase sticker on green cardstock and then added a few more enamel dots as shiny "nailheads."

Jana Eubank for MME
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. Have a wonderful Thursday!
JanaBold

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"Wish List" Challenge Winner

Is MICHELLE   !!!
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Congratulations Michelle!

Please email stephanie(at)mymindseye(dot)com.

Thanks to everyone for playing along!

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December Challenge #2- Use our Sketch!

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We are here today with our second December challenge. And I know that all of you will be thrilled to see that our sketch challenge is back!

Ronda Palazzari is here today with a new sketch and her take on it. But before I show you her gorgeous work, I need to lay down the ground rules for you.

1.Project must be created new for this challenge. It must use the sketch in some discernable way.

2. Project must look like a MME project. We say this every month-but we are not going to give you a percentage of MME that you have to use. Just make sure that it is comprised mainly of MME product.

3. All submissions must be turned in by midnight on Tuesday,January 1. A random winner will be announced with the first January challenge on January 2. Please enter via the InLinkz form below.

4.Winner will win MME collection of their choice.

Sound good? Easy enough right? Here's the sketch and Ronda's fun layout. Enjoy!

MME December Sketch

Ronda Palazzari for MME
Supplies:Lost & Found 3-Ruby:Medallion patterned paper,adornments,decorative tape,stickers;Lost and Found 3-Oliver:stamps,stickers;The Sweetest Thing:-Tangerine: 'Happy' Woodsy patterned paper, 'Wonderful' chipboard elements,'Hello' buttons, 'Sunshine' brads, 'Together' enamel dots,'Together' stickers, 'Together' designer tape;The Sweetest Thing-Lavender:'About Me' Collage patterned paper;The Sweetest Thing-Honey:'Simply Lovely' brads,'Simply Lovely' crocheted doilies;Misc: The Crafter’s Workshop stencil, Maya Road spray ink, Liquitex paint & modeling paste, Ranger Archival black ink 


Ronda says:Instagram has changed the way I take daily photos.  I love those little squares of everyday life.  This sketch was a perfect way to capture our date nights that are so very special to us. 

The background paper is so beautiful so I just wanted hints of texture that didn’t take away from the patterned paper.  I used modeling paste & a stencil to create subtle details.   I picked the bright papers of The Sweetest Thing to pop against the neutral background. 

Ronda Palazzari for MME

Like the sketch there are two layers of patterned paper on the bottom left & upper right corners.  I interpreted the circles by using two kinds of doilies, one paper one and the other is a beautiful crocheted doily. 

Ronda Palazzari for MME
I love how easy it is to layer in My Mind’s Eye embellishments to add details to a layout.  Washi taped adds even more pops of color.  

The enamel dots and stamped images really complement the splatters of spray ink and stenciled hearts.  I placed the journaling on the side next to the stamped images to complete my layout. 

 Note about the sketch:Layering is easy with December’s Sketch.  You can use two smaller square photos or one larger photo to layer on patterned papers.  Interpret the circle motifs as you wish.  Tuck in embellishments here and there.  We cannot wait to see your takes on this month’s sketch. 

  Rondasignaguresmall

Remember- link your submissions via the inklinkz tool below. I will be back later today with a winner for the first December challenge.

Have fun and good luck!

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Naomi Part 2

February-3-215-copyToday we are back to share more beautiful layouts from Naomi Atkins. Make sure to check out yesterday's post (if you haven't yet)!

Thanks for being our December guest designer, Naomi! We love what you came up with!

 

Joy layout

Naomi Atkins for MME

 Supplies: All is Bright:Chevron patterned paper,Christmas Tag patterned paper,chipboard elements,decorative brads,decorative brads,twine;Lost and Found 3:chipboard elements;Misc:sewing machine and thread,doily,American Crafts cardstock,adhesives,letter stickers;Photography:Inspired and Enchanted Photography

Naomi Atkins for MME 

A Tip from Naomi: I love this vintage Christmas line! I cut some of the details out of the patterned papers and sewed along the lines of some of the chevron patterned paper. I layered the chipboard shapes, and added paper and date stickers underneath the chipboard tag. I sprayed with a but of Mr Huey's as well.

 

My Girl layout

Naomi Atkins for MMESupplies:Lost and Found 3-Oliver:Yellow Floral patterned paper,Blue Lace patterned paper,Ledger Stripe patterned paper,adornments,chipboard elements,decorative buttons,enamel dots;Misc:sewing machine and thread,doily, American Crafts thickers

Naomi Atkins for MME 

A Tip from Naomi: I did a lot of stitching and detail cutting of the patterned papers. I hand cut the banner out of paper and decorated and added a title. Last, I added lace under the border of the photo.

 

 Love ,Most of the Time layout

Naomi Atkins for MME

Supplies: Lucky in Love:Cupid's Arrow patterned paper,Multi Stripe patterned paper,Along for the Ride patterned paper,Floral Stripes patterned paper,Chevron patterned paper,6x6 paper pad,stickers;Lost and Found 3-Ruby:decorative tape,buttons;Misc:doily,adhesive,American Crafts thickers,Silhouette Cameo,Kerri Bradford arrow die cut,sewing machine and thread

Naomi Atkins for MME
A Tip from Naomi:I had fun die-cutting the arrows from the different patterned paper and then sewing and layering them to the layout. i also adhered the pictures with some fun strips of washi tape.  

Thanks again, Miss Naomi!

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Introducing our December Guest Designer!

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Please help us in welcoming Naomi Atkins as our December guest designer. We love Naomi's whimsical and elegant layouts. They always have the perfect amount of "shabby chic" and her photography is amazingly beautiful.

Hello! My name is Naomi Atkins, and I'm so happy to be the guest designer this month for MME! MME has been one of my favorite companies since I fell in love with the first line ever, all the way back to the Wild Asparagus!!! The first time I saw the paper, it was a very new type for scrapbooking paper and I was hooked.

I am a wife to my wonderful husband of ten years, Jonathan, and my five beautiful kids, Katlyn, Elise, Everett, Weston and Camille. I am a photographer and co-owner of Inspired and Enchanted Photography.. it is a second career for me, I spent the eight previous years as a adjunct legal research and writing professor a local college :)

I have never looked back.. I simply love photography and scrapbooking. I currently design for Crate Paper, Gossamer Blue and Freckled Fawn. My first ever scrapbooking layout to be published was the cover of Scrapbook Trends (September)! That was a little bit crazy, but wonderful!


Our website/blog is www.inspiredandenchantedphotography.com and our facebook page is Inspired and Enchanted Photography where we have a TON of our latest work :) We really love vintage, styled photography and we have such a great time doing it!

 

Q: What did you have the most fun working with?

A: I had the most fun working with the patterned papers and the chipboard sheets. I LOVE playing with all of the beautiful things that go with the paper collections! I am really loving all of the washi tape as well!

Q: What is your favorite MME line of all time and why? 

A:My favorite line is very hard to pick! I love them all! I seriously have never not liked anything MME has come out with! I really love the lost and found lines. I love the rich, bold hues, as well as the glitter!! I also like the nice thick paper/textures the lines have :)

 

Merry Christmas layout

Naomi Atkins for MME
Supplies:Winter Wonderland: Snowmen patterned paper,Stripes patterned paper,Tags patterned paper,chipboard elements,decorative brads,decorative buttons,enamel dots,layered stickers,twine;Misc:American Crafts cardstock;doily,adhesives;Photography:Inspired and Enchanted Photography. 

Naomi Atkins for MME
Tip from Naomi: I strung the twine through all of the specialty buttons.Then I stitched around the patterned papers like a frame. As a final touch I added the enamel dots to the hand cut border at the bottom.

 

First Kiss layout

Naomi Atkins for MME
Supplies:Lost and Found 3-Ruby:Red Floral patterned paper,Collage Strip patterned paper,Medallion patterned paper,6x6 paper pad,decorative chipboard,decorative brads,decorative buttons,stamps;Misc:Zing
embossing powder (white),machine stitching;Photography:Inspired and Enchanted Photography

Naomi Atkins for MME
Tip from Naomi:This layout was fun because I stamped and embossed all of the doilies at random places on a dark piece of cardstock. I then cut it out into a heart shape, and layered embellishments all around it.

 

Aren't these layouts so beautiful? We love what Naomi came up with and can't wait to share three more layouts with you tomorrow.

Make sure to stop by again then!

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Using Non-Holiday Themed Products to Design a Holiday Layout


Tamara Jensen for MME
Supplies: Lost & Found 3-Ruby: Floral & Lace Glittered patterned paper, Red Floral Glittered patterned paper, Stripes patterned paper, Grey Quatrefoil Embossed patterned paper, stickers, chipboard,brads; Lost & Found 2-Rosy: Dry Goods patterned paper, chipboard, brads; Misc: red sewing thread, black ink, pen, pop dots.
To me, Christmas is just a magical time.  I love the sparkling and glistening red glitter on the new Lost & Found 3 Ruby Collection - so I thought it would perfectly reflect the magic of that special day.
This collection isn't intended for Christmas, in fact - it leans more towards another holiday: Valentine's Day.  But who says you can't mix things up a bit and use them for anything you want? :)
I also incorporated a bit of the green glittered elements from the Lost and Found 2 Rosy line.
I just LOVE the red scalloped glittered border around the Ruby "Floral and Lace" paper, it framed my layout beautifully.
Tamara Jensen for MME
 I used an Xacto knife to cut out the journaling spot printed on the bottom of the page so I could layer it with my photo and embellishments.  I used the circular elements to mirror all of the round ornaments on our Christmas tree. Aren't all of these doily stickers, brads, & chipboard amazing?
I hope all of you enjoy a magical Holiday season with your family and loved ones!
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Hanukkah Guest Post - Stacy Cohen

Welcome back to our Hanukkah celebration, MME fans! We are so glad you are back today because we know you won't want to miss today's guest designer.

Meet Stacy Cohen!

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I live in Los Angeles, California with my loving husband, our two wonderful little daughters, and two cute kitties.  My girls are the inspiration for all my creative projects . . . I call them my little ‘muses’.  I started scrapbooking in September of 2004 and I have been hooked ever since.  Scrapbooking is my hobby, passion and creative outlet.  I always say, “It’s cheaper than therapy!” 

I’m a very slow scrapper, often spending several nights on one layout.  I love to fuss over all the little details and get everything just right.  I would define my scrapping style as romantic with a touch of shabby chic, though I love to change it up from time to time and play around with different scrapping styles.  My work has been published in Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbooks Etc., Scrapbook Trends, Memory Makers, Somerset Memories, Cards, Simply Handmade, Scrapbook Inspirations, and Scrapbooking m.m.  I have been a Creating Keepsakes Magazine Dream Team member since 2011.  You can visit my blog HERE.

 

Hi everyone!  Stacy Cohen here.  I’m thrilled to be a guest on the MME blog today!!

Hanukkah is in full swing, and my family has been celebrating all week. We follow the tradition of opening at least one present every night during the eight nights of Hanukkah.  That translates into a lot of gift shopping! My daughters are very easy to shop for, but my husband . . . not so much.

Luckily, we started a fun tradition a few years ago.  Rather than get each other big gifts, my husband and I buy eight small Hanukkah gifts for each other - - but the rule is that ALL eight gifts have to be purchased at the 99 Cents Only Store (our local “dollar store”).

The past 99 Cents Only Store gifts have run the gamut from practical and personal to downright hilarious. I’ve received items like scrapbooking embellishments, a picture frame, a jar of green olives, and a tube of toothpaste (not my regular brand, unfortunately).  I’ve given my husband gifts such as tools, a flashlight, superhero tattoos, car freshener (his car really needs it), and socks (he actually loves those socks).  One thing is for sure: our 99 Cents Only Store gift exchange always results in lots of laughter in our house!

Of course, a very special part of our Hanukkah celebration is lighting the menorah.  I created a layout showcasing candle-lighting pictures from last Hanukkah.  I used the stunning Lost & Found 3 - Oliver collection.  The gorgeous blues and golds are absolutely perfect for Hanukkah photos.

Stacy Cohen for MME
Supplies:Lost & Found 3 -Oliver:patterned paper,chipboard elements,enamel dots,decorative buttons, decorative brads.

I created the rays using a mix of the lovely Oliver patterned papers, then I cut out Jewish stars and raised them with pop dots.

Stacy Cohen for MME
Our Hanukkah celebration wouldn’t be complete without some lively rounds of dreidel. 

It’s basically a spinning top game where the participants play to win “gelt” (chocolate coins). As you can see in this layout, when we don’t have enough gelt on hand, we simply substitute Hershey’s kisses. 

I used the doily stickers to represent the round-and-round spinning motion of the dreidel.
Stacy Cohen for MME
Supplies: Lost & Found 3 - Oliver: patterned paper, stickers (doilies), enamel dots, decorative buttons, decorative brads, adornements (lace).

I also had the pleasure of the playing with the beautiful Winter Wonderland collection.  This collection isn’t just for Christmas!  I used the papers to make this Hanukkah card.

Stacy Cohen for MME
Supplies: Winter Wonderland: patterned paper and twine, Lost & Found 3 - Oliver: enamel dots and decorative buttons.

Thank you, MME, for letting me play with your gorgeous products!  And thank you for letting me share my Hanukkah traditions.

I hope you all have a very happy and healthy holiday season!!

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How amazing is that Stacy Cohen? I have to tell you that we are absolutely blown away by these projects and we just know you are too. That girl can SCRAP, can she not? She went above and beyond with this post and we couldn't be happier!

Thank you so very much Stacy!

See all of you tomorrow! Hope you enjoyed our Hanukkah mini-series!

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Hanukkah Guest Post- Vivian Masket

Good morning everyone! Today is part 1 of a two part series I've very excited about. I wanted to celebrate Hanukkah here on the MME blog. I invited two of my favorite designers to join us for a two day series of guest posts.

I am so excited to share their work and thoughts with you and I want to thank them for graciously joining us this month.
Enjoy!

Today's guest poster is Vivian Masket!
VivianMasket_HeadshotMy name is Vivian Masket, I live in Denver, Colorado, and I am addicted to color. I'm a clean and simple scrapper who loves combining colorful patterned papers with neutral backgrounds and unexpected or whimsical touches. My work has been published in many papercrafting magazines and idea books. When I'm not scrapbooking or making cards, I spend time with my family, work as an instructional coach for my local school district, and immerse myself in my other major hobby: cooking. I loved having the opportunity to work with My Mind's Eye products - the colors and textures are absolutely gorgeous!
  Vivian Masket for MMEFor us, Hanukkah is a time to slow down and spend time together as a family and with friends.

It's also a time to throw dietary caution to the wind and connect with our ancestors by cooking and eating traditional foods associated with the holiday.

We always have brisket and latkes (potato pancakes), but have fun experimenting with those culinary traditions. For example, at my daughter's request, we have planned a parsnip latke night this year.

Now that my kids are both in elementary school, they are in charge of the lighting the candles in the menorahs each night. We turn out the lights and take a few minutes in the glow of the candles before exchanging gifts. Even though Hanukkah lasts for eight days and eight nights, it's over all too soon!

Vivian Masket for MMEThe Lost & Found 3 Oliver collection is perfect for Hanukkah with its muted blue, cream, and yellow color palette with touches of gold.

I used this collection to create both an eight-tag set and a layout. The eight tags combine patterned paper and embellishments and are unified by the repetition of die-cut number words and banner elements.

This tag set is perfect for gift-giving, for use as a Hanukkah calendar, or as I intend to use it, for a mini album.

The layout makes use of leftover banner shapes I cut for the tags, and combines various horizontal strips of textured and patterned papers in a simple design.
Vivian- thank you so much for your blog post today, we LOVE everything you came up with!
Thanks for stopping by everyone...make sure to  come back tomorrow for another special guest post.
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Reindeer FoodNeighbor Gifts

One of my favorite parts of this time of year is taking the time to acknowledge those who have meant a lot this year. Around here, that can mean giving a lot of neighbor gifts. Unfortunately, my heart is full of more gratitude than my wallet is so the challenge is coming up with a gift that meets the cute quota and is also budget friendly.

While in Michael’s the other day I saw these darling apothecary jars.

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Guess what, they are only $1 each! They would be really cute to store smaller craft supplies in (hint). So I picked up a few and got to work on thinking of what I could fill them with for my neighbors. And that’s when I remembered the reindeer food my friend had given me a few years back. The reindeer food is so easy to make:

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup red and/or green sugar crystals (I use sugar crystals in lieu of glitter – it still catches the light and is safer for any animals that may eat it)

After I filled the bottles with the reindeer food, I got to work decorating the bottles using our ultra-fabulous All Is Bright collection. The decorative tape quickly adds a designer touch to the bottles. I printed and cut out the cute tags (download here) and layered and embellished to my hearts content. I love the way it turned out and hope my neighbors like it as much!

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I have created instructions you can download here:  GTU_2012_12_10_Reindeer Food

I am also demonstrating this project on today’s Good Things Utah program. When the segment is available to share, I will post the video here:

(segment coming soon)

Although, with all the deer we have had around our houses this year, I probably should Amberhope they still like me after receiving this gift (wink).

I hope you are having a spectacular holiday season!

 

 

 

 

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'Tis the Season...Gift Wrapping with MME

Happy Tuesday MME fans! As Christmas creeps closer and closer, we thought it was time to share some gift wrapping ideas! Enjoy and make sure to share your MME gift wrapping ideas with us too!

Shelly is here to share her simply beautiful gift ideas with us.

Good morning everyone! This is Shelly and I have some fun gift ideas to share with you!

I just love the fun bright colors of the Winter Wonderland collection. When I first saw this collection, my first thought was that I could really have fun with wrapping gifts, and when I got my chance to showcase some of my ideas, I jumped at the chance.

Shelly Jaquet for MME
Supplies: Winter Wonderland:Tags patterned paper,Stripes patterned paper,6x6 paper pad,twine,chipboard,stamps;Misc:marker,ink,pop dots
I kept things very simple and easy to do. We all have lots to do this time of the year, and plenty of gifts to wrap, I am sure!

For my first gift, I decided to mix things up. For the larger box, I simply used normal wrapping paper.

For the smaller box,I went for it and got a little more creative!

I wrapped the smaller box with a left over kraft bag from all my shopping. I cut a 2-inch strip of pattern paper and wrapped it around the box.

Just an FYI, but the 12x12 paper is perfect for a DVD case! Then, I twisted the twine around and tied a bow. My daughter topped it off with a name tag that was cut from the “Tags” patter paper. Perfect!

Shelly Jaquet for MME

My kids and I had created these same hearts for Valentine’s earlier this year. Not only are they perfect for fun little treats, but great for gift cards too.

I cut a large heart from a paper bag.  My daughter picked out her favorite stamps, and started stamping away.

Next I stitched up half of the heart.

Then, we filled the heart with the goodies. We add a little more fun with some star and snowflake punched shapes. Anything to create a little mess on the teacher’s desk, right? Then, I stitched up the rest of the heart, punched a hole, and tied some twine through it.
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We started off with boxes, moved on to gift cards, and now we have gift bags.
I started off with a simple kraft lunch bag. I used the 6x6 pad, cutting a 5.5x4-inch piece to fold over the top of the bag.

Next I punched two holes, wrapped a piece of twine, and tied a bow.

Using the same “Tag” patterned paper as used on the box, I typed up a “to” & “from” before having my son sign his name.

Depending on what you are putting into the bag, I cut a rectangular shaped chipboard piece the size of the bottom to keep the bag sturdy.


Shelly Jaquet for MME
I have lots more ideas in my head that also include the accessories pad and decorative tapes, but I have lots more shopping to do before I can get there, but this is a pretty good start!

Happy Holidays!

Shelly

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More All is Bright

For the past few days we've shown you how All is Bright is just right for all of your holiday needs. Today we are going to share how All isBright is also perfect for your winter and holiday layouts and cards.

Danni and Shelly are here to show you some projects usint this beautiful holiday line.

Winter by Shelly

Shelly Jaquet for MME
Supplies: All is Bright:Merry patterned paper,Joy patterned paper,Happiness patterned paper,faceted gems,sticker accessory sheet,chipboard elements,decorative brads,twine;The Sweetest Thing-Honey:Happiness paper;Misc:silhouette,Martha Steward punches,date stamp pen

Shelly says:I just love the neutrals of the All is Bright collection with that pop of red and blue. That soft kraft is just perfection. We all know that this collection is perfect for your holiday pages, but that soft blue works awesome for winter pages too.

I started with the kraft chevron paper as my base. Since this was a page for my daughter’s album, I really wanted to add a touch of pink to it. I pulled out my trusty scissors and trimmed down the line of one of the chevrons and placed the lovely lacey pink paper from The Sweetest Thing collection behind it. Then, I added a little more definition to it by zigzag stitching using my sewing machine.
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I am not much of a hexagon user, but they just seemed to be calling my name for this page. To add a touch of winter to them, I embellished them with some snowflakes and gems.

Something kept drawing me into the “Joy” piece from the chipboard set. Even though it was a Christmas “Joy,” I was drawn to the little snowflakes and frost-like designs around the word. This was perfect for my winter theme. My first intension was to use it with my title as “Winter Joy,” but after putting my page together, I found it the perfect embellishment for that empty top left corner of the page.

Shelly Jaquet for MME
With so much already happening on this page, I decided to do hidden journaling. I put my journaling on a tag, and then tie it to the top of the page with twine. It is easy to pull out and slide back in when needed.
 
Christmas Cards with Danni
Danni says:I have shared with you how much I love this collection with all the colors, the many embellishments and designs but the thing I love the most are the most amazing stamps!  I have not shared a lot of  stamping projects here yet because I am in the middle of a move (during Thanksgiving and Christmas) and selling/buying houses and well, that left my GORGEOUS stamps untouched.....until now.  While I am still in the long process of moving, I HAD to share how gorgeous these stamps are.

Danni Reid for MMESupplies:All is Bright: Merry Christmas Tag patterned paper, Merry patterned paper,Joy patterned paper, 12 x 12 stickers, chipboard accessories, buttons, stamps;Misc: pom poms, machine stitching, papertrey ink die and ink, Martha Stewart glitter and heart punch

On my first card, Merry Christmas, I used the bird stamp and added all kinds of Martha Stewart Glitter and well, I may not even send this one out, that bird has stolen my heart.  The image stamped crisply and oh so beautifully!  I love that you can also use any/all of this line to create "winter" cards if you do not personally celebrate Christmas or are sending cards to others who do not celebrate Christmas.

Danni Reid for MME
Adding glitter to the snowflake added "sparkle" to an already gorgeous image.  I chose to add some stitching around the snowflake to draw the eye to the bird.  I then decided adding some of the banners would add splashes of patterns and colors.  I glittered the chipboard banner piece to draw your eye to the fact that it was chipboard, I loved the result and I will definitely do that again.

The buttons that come in this line are the perfect finishing embellishment for the cards and projects alike.  I can not tell you how much I love the varying sizes, colors and yes, even patterns...beautiful!
Danni Reid for MME
Supplies:All is Bright:Linen patterned paper, Christmas Tag patterned paper ,Merry patterned paper, accessories pad, chipboard accessories, stamps;Misc:Papertrey Ink snowflake die and Martha Stewart glitter

In my next card, Joyeux Noel, I wanted to make the sentiment the focal of the card while still adding a touch of "winter" and santa.  I chose a patterned paper that would allow the sentiment to be showcased at the bottom of the card, uncluttered, while I focused on the "scene" at the top of the card.  Cutting the elements from the various patterns in the papers is so much fun because it adds so much more to the line.
Danni Reid for MME
I added a bunch of glitter to my snowflake die-cut and it added sparkle to the card and drew your eyes downward.
Danni Reid for MME
Supplies:All is Bright:Joy patterned paper,Linen patterned paper,Christmas tag patterned paper,chipboard accessories,brads,stickers,twine;Misc:Papertrey Ink die,die cut machine,stitching

On my Merry, Merry card, I chose to highlight the various buttons because I love them so.  I love the little Santa image and wanted the colors in the button to draw attention to him.  You could certainly substitute stamps for the sentiment die-cuts that are stitched along the bottom, I had them cut so I decided to use them, but stamped tags would be oh so beautiful.
Danni Reid for MME
I love this line so much, from buttons, to chipboard, to stickers, it makes creating so easy and the finished result...gorgeous! 
Danni Reid for MME
Supplies:All is Bright: patterned papers,stamps, designer tape and gems;Misc:Papertrey Ink ink pads and die
On my Joy card, I chose to use the little stars in the stamp set to create a tag to adhere my washi-taped snowflake.   The patterns and styles in the washi tape work perfectly with the stamps, they are colors most of us have in our ink stash and they are so beautiful paired with the gorgeous stars in this stamp set.
Danni Reid for MME
So are your minds spinning with the possibities for All is Bright? I know mine is!
Have a beautiful and blessed weekend,MME fans!
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All is Bright Home Decor with Tina

Hi!  Tina here today with several Home Decor projects to get your family and home ready for the Holidays.

I must admit, I am completely obsessed with the 'All Is Bright' collection.  Not only for holidays projects, but for every day projects.  The colors and design can easily coordinate with your current decorations.

Tina Walker for MMESupplies: All is Bright:6x6 paper pad,chipboard elements,decorative brads,decorative buttons,layered stickers,stickers

My first project is this large frame.  I layered paper, chipboard elements, brads, stickers and buttons in each opening.  I removed the glass so the3D dimension and elements could really pop.  Don't the elements look great against the white mat and frame?

Tina Walker for MME
My next project is another home decor frame.  I layered more paper and chipboard elements and tied it all together with twine.  This is crazy fast to make and is the perfect project for the busy holiday season.

Tina Walker for MME
Tina Walker for MME

Supplies: All is Bright:Linen patterned paper,Collage patterned paper,Ephemera Frames patterned paper,Merry patterned paper,chipboard elements,layered stickers,stickers,twine

 
For my third project I wanted another simple, yet coordinating decor item, so I wrapped decorative tape around matchboxes.  Super simple, isn't it?  It tied several with twine and added a button or brad.  I loved this project so much, I might do this for every holiday. 

Tina Walker for MME
Tina Walker for MMESupplies: All is Bright:decorative tape,decorative buttons,decorative brads,chipboard elements,twine,stamps

My last project required a little more time.  I die-cut a perpetual calendar with my Cameo and decorated it with more All Is Bright chipboard elements and stickers.  It is a great way to countdown the days till The Big Day!

Tina Walker for MME
Tina Walker for MME
Tina Walker for MMESupplies:All is Bright:4x6 pad,6x6 pad,chipboard elements,stickers,twine

Thank you for letting me share my All Is Bright home decor projects.  Hopefully it puts you in the Christmas mood and gives you some ideas for your holiday decorating.   Thanks for stopping by!

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International Spotlight- Ireland

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Today we want to share some stunning work with you.  Yana  lives in Ireland and she created these projects for a popular Russian magazine.

She says that All is Bright is her favorite holiday line of all time and you can certainly tell in her projects. She really makes this line shine!

Yana sent me these projects for consideration in an "I Spy with MME" feature but I loved them so much I decided that they deserved a post of their own.

Beware...major eye candy ahead! Enjoy and have a happy Wednesday. :)

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Nontraditional Advent Calendar by Monika

Not to add any more pressure to your already hectic day, but did you know that there are only 21 days until Christmas? EEEK!
I'm Monika and I'm a Mom to a 21-year son [EEEK again} who lives in another state. While we will be using the advent calendar we've used for years and years here at home for our younger girls, I began to wonder how I could send some advent calendar tradition through the mail for Zach as he is away from home during the holidays.
Even though he's 11 and 13 years older than his sisters, when he was still at home, he did not want to be left out and eagerly waited for his privilege to open the advent calendar doors. 

Monika Wright for MME
Okay, so it's not a traditional advent calendar, but my hopes are that Zach and his girlfriend hav as much fun and anticipation in looking forward to the days they get to open another little goodie bag as when he was younger. 

Let's take a look at some of the details where I've not only stamped on the canvas bags, I've also embellished them with layered stickers,decorative tape, and faceted gemstones. I even used some of the decorative tape to form a pennant embellishment.

Monika Wright for MME
Supplies:  Winter Wonderland:decorative tape,layered stickers;All is Bright: stamps,faceted gems;Misc.: ink, canvas bags

Who wouldn't adore receiving this gift tin full of already embellished gift tags and fun package of twine to wrap gifts? Zach won't be at all thrilled, but his girlfriend will!!

Monika Wright for MME
Supplies:Indie Chic-Ginger :"Relax" and Nutmeg "Memories" twine;Winter Wonderland:decorative tape;All is Bright:decorative tape;Misc.: shipping tags, hinged metal tin

Don't forget there are such cute tags included in the Winter Wonderland 4x6 Designer Accessory Pad. In addition to using more decorative tape to give some colorful flair to the kraft bag, I've added a tag as a bag topper and used another tag from the pad, as well as some stamps, to decorate another gift tag for the toboggan.

And how about using a whole sheet from the pad as a tag and add a few layered stickers that coordinate with your chosen design to call it done. After adding a chipboard element to a metal-rimmed tag, tie a length of twine around the candle for mini-cuteness. 

Monika Wright for MMESupplies:Winter Wonderland:4x6 designer accessories pad,acrylic stamps,twine,layered Stickers;All is Bright:decorative tape,chipboard,4x6 designer accessories pad,acrylic stamps;Misc:kraft bag,metal-rimmed tag
May your holidays be lovely and beautiful and full of joyful memories!
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Mini Albums with Monika...Perpetual Calendar

Good morning, everyone! This is Monika here with my monthly mini album feature.Let's jump start our organization and get ready for 2013 with this month's mini album post.

Monika Wright for MMEToday I'm here with a fun and easy mini album, which has so many possibilities.

It could be a perpetual calendar - you'll finally have one place to jot down all your birthdays and anniversaries.

It could be a gift guide - write down your awesome ideas while you think of them so you won't forget all of the great ideas you have!

It could even be a brag book for the  grandparents with photos of their precious grandchildren - separated out by month so they have a time capsule of how they've grown.

I've used a planner similar to this one in the past, with just 3 pockets, and I used it for my Christmas lists. I added my grocery lists and recipe cards in one pocket and receipts went inside an envelope in the 3rd pocket. See, such a versatile little planner.

Monika Wright for MME
The pocket pages can be designed to be as large or small as you wish. Play around with some scraps to decide if you'd like a shorter page, a deeper pocket, a narrower mini book. The graph papers are held together with decorative brads and are a stylish way to write a few notes and reminders.
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If you decide to use the planner as a brag book, make your pages a bit smaller and it will hold your 4x6 snapshots and fit into Grandma's purse!
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And here's a short tutorial for you...

  1. Gather 14 of your favorite My Mind's Eye patterned papers {I'll have a month-by-month supply list in a download at the end of the post} - 2 will be for front and back covers and 12 will be for the monthly pocket pages.
  2. Trim your 12 monthly papers to 12x12 - by removing the border strip on each page. 
  3. Score all 12 monthly pocket pages at 6", flip the paper and then score again at 9". Fold the narrow side up first, then flip and fold over the wider side next. NOTE | You'll want to fold up your favorite side of the paper,which forms your pocket, as the inside pattern will not be as visible.
  4. Trim your graph paper, if you decide to include those inside your and attach with a coordinating My Mind's Eye brad. Mine are sized to 5" wide x 8" tall.
  5. I punched my holes at 1.50" from the top edge and 1.50" from the bottom edge. Punching your holes before embellishing the pages is a good idea, especially if you like to add layers. If it's too chunky, you won't be able to punch your holes to bind your mini album.
  6. Embellish your front  and back covers.
  7. Embellish monthly pocket pages.
  8. Pat yourself on the back for being one organized, crafty Mama!
I've included a few scoring and folding notes in the PDF this month...I'm a visual person and pictures are always helpful to me. 
Happy Holidays! I hope you'll be inspired to jumpstart your 2013 organization plan.
Click below to download the PDF!
Monika

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The Gratitude Challenge Winner...

Hanna Long

is HANNA LONG! Congratulations Hanna! Please email me the collection of your choice at stephanie(at)mymindseye(dot)com !

Thanks to all of you for joining in. There were so many beautiful entries this month! Check the post below for our first December challenge. :)

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December Challenge

December-challenge
Welcome to our very first December challenge! DECEMBER? How in the world did that happen? Wow!!!

Today we are challenge you to scrap your wish list. Whether you make a layout, card, altered item, or mini...well that's up to you. You can scrap your Christmas wish list, or interpret wish list in another way. The sky's the limit.

As always, there are a few rules and here they are.

1.Project must be created new for this challenge.

2. Project must look like a MME project. We say this every month-but we are not going to give you a percentage of MME that you have to use. Just make sure that it is comprised mainly of MME product.

3. All submissions must be turned in by midnight on Tuesday,December 18. A random winner will be announced with the second December challenge on December 19. Please enter via the InLinkz form below.

4.Winner will win MME collection of their choice.

Karen Grunberg took the challenge this time and here is what she came up with.

Karen Grunberg for MME
Supplies:Lucky in Love:Roses are Red patterned paper,Floral Stripes patterned paper,stickers;Lost and Found 3-Oliver:adornments;Lush-alphabet

Karen says: I have to say that if I could only have one wish for me and my kids, it's that they grow to not only accept but love who they are.

Karen Grunberg for MME

I had heard this quote:


"You are perfect, only you don’t know it. Learn to know yourself and you will discover wonders.
All you need is already within you, only you must approach yourself with reverence and love.Self-condemnation and self-distrust are grievous errors.Your constant flight from pain and search for pleasure is a sign of the love you bear for yourself;all I plead with you is this: make love of yourself perfect.Deny yourself nothing – give yourself infinity and eternity and discover that you do not need them; you are beyond."
-- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

and it says all I needed to say. I wish for my kids to know that they are already perfect.

I love the way Karen interpreted the challenge. She chose to scrapbook her wish for her children.

So now it's your turn! And we can't wait to see what you do. Good luck!!!!

Stephsignature

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