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Scrapbooking Heritage Photos with Tina

Happy Thursday everyone!  This is Tina, and today I would like to share this special layout about my grandmother and how I am just like her.

IMG_0307Supplies: Indie Chic:Nutmeg-Checker patterned paper,Roses patterned paper,Rainbow patterned paper,Bloom patterned paper, decorative brads,layered stickers,chipboard stickers,border stickers,label stickers,twine,Family journaling card,stamps,decorative tape;Misc-American Crafts cardstock,distress ink,alphabet stickers, Studio Calico veneer,adhesives,journaling pen

For this layout, I wanted to reflect on the belief that no matter what influences you have in your life and what experiences you have, many of us grow up to be just like our parents and grandparents. 

I remember my mom saying on many occasions that she wanted to react or do things different than her mother.  I also remember thinking to myself the same thing, but as I get older, I am JUST LIKE GRANDMA! {and just like my Mom}.

I love creating with older and vintage photos.  Instead of the traditional heritage themed papers and embellishments, I love to mix the old photos with the new, fresh, and colorful designs of today. 

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For my layout, I wanted to create my own, unique background by using MME stamps in a repetitive design.  For this layout, I used the flower and border stamp from the Indie Chic Nutmeg collection. 

I stamped the flower randomly across the center of the paper making sure that I stamped several times before reloading the ink.  I use this technique to create a 3 dimensional look to the background.

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I also used the border stamp in a coordinating color across the top and bottom of the page so that it 'peeked' out from behind the strips of patterned paper and decorative tape stitched to the bottom of the page. 

Many heritage layouts can get rather fussy and cluttered, but I wanted to keep the layout simple, focusing on the picture of my grandmother.  To add color and interest to the simple layout, I layered small scraps of patterned paper and decorative tape behind the photo. 

I then added several layered chipboard stickers for added dimension.  To finish the layout, I added more layered stickers to the bottom of the page and adhered my title by stitching it in place.

I hope you pull out those old photos (scan them) and create some NEW layouts with them.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a great day!

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Wednesday Layout and Card Inspiration

Hello everyone!

Today I'm quickly sharing a couple of projects from our talented designers.

First up is a layout by Tamara. Tamara uses the Follow Your Heart collection beautifully here. I love the stitching and the clusters that form a visual triangle.Lovely layout, lovely girl!Sunshine LONext up is this darling card by Danni. I love the way Danni uses our fabulous new Indie Chic tapes combined with Indie Chic papers and the sweet die cuts from Nostalgia.

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Hope you have time to make something beautiful today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Paper Issues

Kitclubspotlight

This month we are featuring a kit club called Paper Issues and their "Honey Bee" theme. 

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All of the papers in this theme are from the Follow Your Heart collection.

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"Boys are Sweet Too"

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"Bees Love"

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Here is some information on Paper Issues:

At Paper Issues, we know that sometimes you want a kit filled with papers from the same manufacturer.  We also know you love My Mind's Eye!
We are offering two new kits that are sure to please!
Paper Issues features great paper crafters every day.  We want the world to get to know YOU!  Every two weeks, we pick a "theme" and invite everyone to post their own projects.  Interpretation is always up to you.  We have a seriously talented Design Team who can rock some paper.  

We have a Facebook page in addition to our blog, where we post projects for everyone to see.  We also offer some deep discounts for the Paper Shop, where you can find everything new for your paper crafting pleasure.

Here are some examples of what the talented Paper Issues designers came up with this month:

by Corri:

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by Holly:

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by Judean:
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by Kristy:
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Now THAT is some MME goodness, is it not?
Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!

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A Salute

Memorial Day

by Jana Eubank

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Supplies:Indie Chic-Saffron:Silk patterned paper,Geometric patterned paper,Daisy patterned paper,Chevron patterned paper,Ornament patterned paper,6x6 paper pad,brads,buttons,journal card,layered stickers;IndieChic Ginger:stamps;Lush:Houndstooth patterned paper;Misc-cardstock,Cricut and cartridges,needle and floss,paper piercer,adhesive,pen,glitter,ink,scissors,trimmer

Jana says:

For as long as I can remember, my mom and dad have been taking us to the cemetery each year on Memorial Day to pay our respects to our relatives & ancestors. We visit 4 to 5 different cemeteries across the state.
As we travel on the 6 hour journey, they tell us stories about each person and teach us about our lineage. Gramma has an intense love for our country and our founding fathers. She teaches us about being patriotic and Grampa tells us stories about serving in the army.
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As we drive from place to place we love to look out our car windows and count how many American flags we see. It is now a tradition that they carry on with my children and their cousins. My kids love to bring flowers for each gravesite. They each bring their watering cans and give all of the flowers a drink. It's a great day to be together as a family.
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The colors of the Indie Chic Saffron collection reminded me of the flowers on Memorial Day. There are lots of handcut & die cut elements on this layout. First, I anchored my photos along a handcut chevron border ("Free Spirit" Chevron Paper).
I also added handcut zigzag borders ("Girl" Geometric Paper)  to each side of the gray patterned paper.
Next, I added two handcut floral ornaments from the "Create" Ornament Paper to decorate opposite corners of the layout. Along with the chevron border, this helps draw your eye across the page. 
Finally, I created my own flower and butterfly embellishments with an electronic die cut machine using the 6 x 6 paper pad and "Dreams" Buttons.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by today...see you all tomorrow-
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MME+SC - Giveaway!

June

The June Studio Calico kit and add-ons are live today and they feature LOTS of MME.

 

Here is what SC has to say about this kit:


Surf's up! We're heading to sunny So Cal for our June kit. This bright and airy mix of products from My Mind's Eye, Heidi Swapp and Echo Park will have you dreaming of fruity drinks and flying kites at the water's edge.

We've packed in more exclusives than ever - paper, Thickers, die cuts & a stamp set from Studio Calico plus papers & a tiny sticker alphabet from Tim & Beck. It's like a trip to the beach, with no sunscreen required.

And here are some great SC+MME layouts from a few talented designers:

by Nicole Samuels:

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 By April Foster:
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By Jen Jockisch:

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Beautiful!

Would you like to get your hands on a So Cal kit?

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You are in luck today! Leave a comment here by Friday 6/1 if you'd like to win this beautiful kit. I will draw one winner and announce your name on Saturday 6/2.

But wait! There's more!

There is a MME giveaway up on the SC blog. ETA- this is not up yet. We will let you know when SC gets it up. Make sure to stop by and enter!

Jana and Tina also did some projects with So Cal, we will share those later this week.

Please check back later this afternoon, we will have a lovely and meaningful Memorial Day project by Jana. You won't want to miss it, trust me.

See y'all later...

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Teacher Gifts With Danni+Tamara!

It's that time of year again...the time when we say goodbye to our children's beloved teachers and hello to summertime.

Today Danni and Tamara are sharing some great end of the year gift ideas using MME products.

Card Set by Danni

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Supplies:Indie Chic-Saffron:6 x 6 paper pad,garland, decorative buttons, layered chipboard stickers;Misc: pom pom trim, Papertrey Ink flip flop dies and clear card box, Martha Stewart doily, Cameo (monogram)

Danni says:

I was really excited to have the opportunity to create for this blog post because my hubby is an administrator to four schools and we love to give gifts to the teachers.  We create teacher appreciation gifts in early May for all the teachers.

 

I also like to create for my kids’ teachers at the end of the year.This year I decided to create boxed monogram notecard sets and a card for each of their teachers.  I chose to use the Indie Chic Saffron line because all of their teachers this year love pinks, greys and oranges.

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To decorate the box, I wrapped a piece of Indie Chic Saffron Girl patterned paper around the box and embellished with the gorgeous Indie Chic embellies.

Danni-these are simply stunning. What teacher wouldn't love these?

Supplies+Sentimental Notes by Tamara

Teacher Gift Pail
Supplies:
On the Bright Side:Multi Chevron patterned paper,Stitched patterned paper,Floral patterned paper,White Wood patterned paper,Blue Wood patterned paper, Red Wood patterned paper,accessory sheet;Miss Caroline-Dilly Dally:brads,twine,3D stickers;Indie Chic:decorative tapes,chipboard,twine,brads;On the Sunny Side:brads;Misc-black ink \

Tamara says:

The school year is coming to a close and it's time to start thinking about teacher gifts.  Instead of the usual chocolates or candles, why not give them some supplies that will be helpful in their classroom, with sentimental notes?
I took at trip to my local dollar store and found this adorable little red pail and tons of fun supplies to fill it.
Teacher Gift1
PUSH PINS: Thanks for helping me “STICK” with it this year.
STAPLES: Thank you for teaching me the “STAPLES” of life.
GUM: If I had a choice, I’d “CHEWS” you for a teacher!
Teacher Gift 2
ERASER: You’ve given me memories that can’t be “ERASED”.
PENS: You have “WRITTEN” on my heart.
PAPER CLIPS: Our hearts will always be “LINKED” together.
Teacher Gift 3
TAPE: You’re so patient, even when things get “STICKY”.
MINTS: You were “MINT” to be my teacher.
HIGHLIGHTER: You’ve been the “HIGHLIGHT” of my year.
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PENCILS: You have “SHARPENED” my mind.
GLUE: You’re the “GLUE” that holds our class together.
POST-IT NOTES: Take “NOTE”, you’re the best!

Oh my goodness Tamara this is so creative and (especially as a former teacher) I LOVE how much time and thought you put into this gift idea.
For all of you who love Tamara's gift idea as much as I do,
Thanks so much for stopping by today, friends of MME! Have a wonderful weekend!
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Bonus Sketch Layout from Tina

Today Tina is sharing a bonus layout using the May sketch.

Here's the May layout sketch again:

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And here's Tina's out of this world take on it:

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Supplies: Indie Chic-Saffron:Silk patterned paper,Posy patterned paper,Daisy patterned paper,Lattice patterned paper,6x6 paper pad,Free Spirit die cut frame,decorative brads,label stickers,decorative stickers,chipboard stickers;Misc:staples,Martha Stewart punches,Lily Bee alphas,sewing machine and thread,adhesive,pen

Tina says:

When creating a layout or card with a sketch, I really love to mix things up.  I rarely stick exactly to a sketch.  I will usually pick one or two elements of the sketch and go from there.


To start, I flipped the sketch on its side.  I only used one photo, and I replaced the other photo placement with strips of patterned paper.  I clustered 3 of the fabulous die cut flowers in the bottom right corner and layered two chipboard flags on the upper left corner. 

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I moved my title to the bottom of my page.  I really loved mixing several of the Indie Chic Saffron papers for this layout and love how they all look coordinate so well together.

We love it too, Tina! Thanks for sharing your layout with us today!

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Clustering Elements

Welcome! Today we are talking about a skill that is sometimes hard to master...clustering elements.

It's hard to know what is too little, what is too much,and what is juuuuuuuuuust right. But we have some gorgeous examples from two designers today.

Don't you fear...Karen and Tina are here to show you how to pull off this technique with style.

First up is this vibrant,happy,and fun layout by Tina:

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Supplies:On the Sunny Side:In Bloom patterned paper,Happy Go Lucky patterned paper,Parade patterned paper,Flutter patterned paper,brads,layered stickers,die cut banners,chipboard elements;Misc:doily,October Afternoon alphas,Jenni Bowlin acrylic paint,adhesive

Tina says:

Clustering is a easy, fun way to add visual interest to your layout.  When clustering, using coordinated embellishments makes it super easy.  I like to cluster in odd numbers, such as three. 

As you can see from my layout, the houses and brad banners are clustered together in threes.  Using similar design elements, such as circles, squares or layers, you can also achieve a clustering effect.  For example. I've punched 2 circles from the 'On the Sunny Side' collection, and added a circular chipboard element to create a circle cluster.

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You can also cluster photos, patterned paper, or embellishments by arranging them on one side of the paper.  Clustering them in this manner creates a linear feel.  By clustering elements on your layout/card, you connect all parts of the layout or card to create a cohesive project.

 

And next we have an adorable layout by Karen:

Clustering
Supplies:On the Sunny Side:Flutter patterned paper,Parade patterned paper,Simple Stripe patterned paper,Play Date patterned paper,brads,12x12 chipboard,layered stickers,accessories sheet;Follow Your Heart:be happy rhinestones;Lush:alphabet stickers

Karen says:

I love to cluster small and medium-sized items on my layouts. I also love creating my own borders so I have edges I can tuck things under.

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I tend to cluster on three edges of the page. I feel like this draws your eyes back into the layout so they don't wander off. I also love to cluster around my photo. Little bits of punched paper here and there makes the layout more fun so you notice more details each time you look.

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Now they make it look easy don't they? Wow!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, we hope your day is beautiful and blessed!

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May sketches!

It's sketch time again! Thanks to Anam Stubbington for providing us with these wonderful sketches!

Remember I mentioned that sketches will NOT be for a challenge every month? Well this month is one of the months they are not a challenge. These are just for fun this month! But of course we would LOVE to see what you make!

If you make a layout or card using this month's sketches, link them in the comments section. We are always looking for inspirational projects to pin and feature in our "I Spy With MME" posts!

 

 

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Layout by Jana Eubank:

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Supplies:Indie Chic-Citron:Tangerine patterned paper,Forest patterned paper,Festive patterned paper,6x6 paper pad,brads,journal card,decorative stickers,label stickers;Lost and Found Two-Breeze:Wallpaper patterned paper;12 Days of Christmas:12 days rhinestones;Misc:letter stickers,inks,pen,trimmer and scissors,adhesives

Jana says:
Last year we went on a road trip through the Four Corners region. One of our stops was the beautiful Monument Valley. I don't have a panoramic setting on my camera, but I tried to capture the vista by taking three pictures in a row.
This sketch was wonderful for scrapping my photo experiment! The colors of the Indie Chic Citron collection complimented the colors of the red rock formations in my photos perfectly.

Layout by Tamara Jensen:

So Happy
Supplies:On the Bright Side-One: Multi Chevron patterned paper, Polka patterned paper, White Wood patterned paper, Red Wood patterned paper, accessory sheet;Miss Caroline -Dilly Dally:stickers,brads,twine,Tickets patterned paper;Nostalgia:chipboard stickers;Misc:black ink pad,pen,machine thread 

Tamara used banners and tickets for a fun version of the scallop border!

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Card by Danni Reid:
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Supplies: Nostalgia:Diamond patterned paper,Scallop patterned paper,Chevron patterned paper,Vintage patterned paper,layered stickers,decorative brads;Misc:Martha Stewart heart punch,Bazzill beetle black cardstock

Danni says:

I absolutely fell in love with the floral/sentiment block in this sketch and wanted that block to be the focal on my card. 

Instead of creating flowers I really wanted to create half-pie charts with the gorgeous papers from the Nostalgia line and accentuate them with a fun 3-D sentiment.  The Nostalgia line has such an amazing vintage feel, I am in love.

This sketch is so fun and versatile and I have so many ideas for it, so don’t be surprised to see it again soon.

 

Hope you enjoyed today's inspiration, have a lovely Tuesday!

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Banners with Anam

Banners are a trend that is still going strong. From home decor to layouts to cards...banners are appearing all over the place.

Today Anam shares a couple of ways you can incorporate this trend using our products.

Banner Desk Display:

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Anam says:I cut a paper strip 12” by 2” and folded it into 2 ¼ “ widths. I adhered the overlap behind the large diecut.

I then covered the two wooden banners with the paper. Next I added the paper strip between the two.

I adhered the paper folded sections together to make it more like a book as that helps it stand on its own.  I added relevant diecuts and chipboard pieces to the cover.

I cut two photos 1.5 x 1.75” and added them to the middle pages as this is what will be visible when it is displayed open on a desk.

I then outlined it with the black pen to make it more masculine.

I left the last page blank as Fay and Lily want to put their own message on it for their daddy and Lily has a tendency to scrawl over everything.

Banner Card (bonus with leftover scraps from die cut sheet):
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Thanks so much for sharing Anam!

Have a wonderful Monday, everyone!

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Our New Stamps in Action!

Happy Friday to all of you! This is Anam and I'm here to share some inventive ways to use the new MME Indie Chic stamps!

First Disco

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Supplies: Indie Chic Ginger stamps;white cardstock, Banded Ink and Paper Clay and Ranger Shrink Plastic,chalks,Stazon ink

IC0155Stamping doesn’t have to be restricted to paper. I used my stamps on air-drying paper clay and shrink plastic to make embellishments.  Make sure you follow the instructions on your products otherwise you might set them on fire!

Mme2012_Altered_05_stampsI went with the rainbow glitter colours and used my banded inkpad to make the rainbow effect.

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Making Family History

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Supplies: Indie Chic -Nutmeg ‘Hanging out’ Stamps, Nutmeg ‘History’ Medallions (reverse) Paper, Nutmeg ‘Memories’ Rose Patch Paper, Nutmeg ‘Boy’ Checker Patch Paper, along with the Nutmeg layered Cardstock stickers, the Lazer Cut Wooden Title and the trim stickers.  I added Ranger Shrink Plastic and used Stazon ink on the Shrink Plastic. I also used a Martha Stewart edge punch.

IC0195Stamping doesn’t have to be restricted to paper. I used my stamps on Ranger Shrink Plastic to make embellishments.

Mme2012_layout_29_familytree_05You can alternate the final effect of the shrink plastic depending which way up you put the final embellishment.  I also toned down the wooden title with some brown ink to make it match better.

I wrote on the shrink plastic frame i made with the stamp border with a sharpie before i shrunk it in the oven to make my own little journal block.

Mme2012_layout_29_familytree_04Remember that the shrink plastic wont shrink perfectly so allow yourself some tolerance on the final outcome (like my wobbly journal spot).

Hope you've enjoyed my projects today. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Brad Challenge Winner!!!

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Mary Pat Siehl

congratulations! please email your address and collection choice to stephanie(AT)mymindseye(DOT)com

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May Challenge #2-Masculine/Feminine Products

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Goodness gracious how is it already mid-May? Time flies when you are creating beautiful things, doesn't it? :)

It's time for our second May challenge. Note: look for the winner of the "unique brads" challenge later today!

Our second challenge for this month is all about mixing it up.

Many times we hear that our color schemes are gender specific. Clearly when you see a product called "girl brads" it seems that this product would only be for girls. But we beg to differ!

The challenge is simple: use "masculine" colors or embellishments on a girl page, or use "feminine" colors and accents on a boy page.

Here are a few examples from our designers.

Anam used "boyish" patterns and colors to create this girlie layout of her daughters:

Mme2012_layout_23_oursSupplies: Indie Chic Nutmeg-border stickers,chipboard die cuts,6x6 paper pads

Anam says: Add some girlie touches with punches – I used a lacey edge punch for the Photo matt and Jewels also can give a more feminine touch to a layout.

Next is a card from Danni. Danni used floral paper and "girl brads" to make a golf card for her dad.

Golf your heart out card danni reidSupplies-Indie Chic: Peony patterned paper,What a Day patterned paper,Girl decorative brads,decorative buttons;Misc-pacifico and another typewriter fonts,papertrey ink script alpha dies

Danni says:I wanted to create a father’s day card using the fun MME Citron line.  We are giving my fil a golf gift certificate and wanted a card to go with it, this was the perfect challenge to create one for such a special day.

One more layout from Anam! She used darker colors from the Nostalgia collection for this feminine layout.

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Supplies: Nostalgia -Classic and Diamond patterned paper,chipboard accents,layered cardstock stickers,die cuts;Misc-doily punch,alphas

Anam says:any layout can be made more feminine with a heart.  The addition of punched edges can also lean a design towards a more girlie style. I used a doily edge punch for the trim which I folded to give it more definition and then added some adhesive jewels. I also took single parts of the chipboard titles and the layered stickers to make more sense of the clustered parts.

 

So there you have it! Do you accept the challenge?

I'll remind you of the rules:

1. You can submit a layout,card,album,altered item,etc.

2. The project must consist of mainly MME. It must "look" like a MME layout. :)

3. The project must be created new for this challenge.

4.Upload the layout to the comments by the end of the day on May 31. I have enabled InLinkz on this challenge so you can see all the entries.

5. A random winner will be chosen and announced with the first June challenge on June 1. The prize is any MME collection- the choice is yours.

Can't wait to see what you create...have FUN!!!
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“Sew” Cute!

I’ve been waiting for today’s Good Things Utah segment for a few months.  Ever since the first time I saw the prototypes for the new See Me Sew fabric bags I’ve been anxiously awaiting their arrival.  These darling kits have been shipping for the last couple of weeks and are waiting to find their way to your home!

There are three bag styles: Ruffled, Tote and Messenger.  Each style has three different and equally beautiful color schemes.  The patterns even come from some of my personal favorite collections: Lush, So Sophie and, of course, My Mind’s Eye’s famous polka dots and plaids.

Seasoned and novice sewers will love the ease of these all-in-one kits.  When you open the package, you’ll find a flower embellishment kit ready to stack together and sew the button on and a fabric panel pre-printed and ready to go.  No pattern needed – simply cut out each piece along the border of the printed piece.  There are step-by-step instructions printed on the inside of the box and a video for each bag style available on our website (http://www.mymindseye.com/SMS/SeeMeSew.asp)

Since I am unable to actually sew on the program today, I thought it would be fun to demonstrate a few fun techniques you’ll find helpful when creating your bags.  Like how to create the flower embellishments, what some of the basic terms used mean (for us beginners) and my Mother-in-law’s “no frustration” gathering technique using Pearl Embroidery Thread.

Look for today’s segment here as soon as it is available.

I am by no means an expert seamstress, but I can sew a straight stitch and follow instructions.  Guess what?  Turns out that’s all the expertise you’ll need to sew these darling bags!

Happy Sewing!

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Layle Part Two!

Today we are sharing two more awesome projects by Layle . Again...thank you so much Layle, we are so happy with what you created. Thanks for making MME look so good! :)

Just Hanging Out layout:

Just Hanging Out

Supplies - Indie Chic:Hanging Out stamps,Boy brads,Nutmeg 6x6 paper pad,Memories layered chipboard,Family buttons and Zig Zag patterned paper, Hanging Out label stickers

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Layle says:

I love the textured paper in the Indie Chic line.  That, combined with the yellows and blues reminded me of our family's recent trip to Mexico for Spring Break, so it was the perfect line to break out and get started scrapbooking pictures from our trip!

I got the idea for creating the flower from paint chip samples from Home Depot - the samples were in the shape of the petals of the flower on my layout.  I 'borrowed' a few of the samples (hey, that's what they're there for, right?!) and used them as templates to trace then cut out on the patterned papers.

Today and Every Day layout:

Today and Every Day

Supplies -Follow Your Heart:Be Amazing stamps, Be the Best patterned paper,Be Happy stamps,Honey Blue patterned paper,Be Happy chipboard,Be Amazing rhinestones;Miss Caroline:Lucky brads

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Layle says:

This layout came together so quickly and easily for me!  I loved this paper when I saw it and knew I wanted to use it.  Also loved the hexagons in the Honey Blue paper, so I cut several of them out, added pop dots to a few to give them a bit of extra dimension, layered them above and below the photo and called it good :)

Thanks for stopping by today- see you guys tomorrow!

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Introducing Our May Guest Designer

Won't you all help us give a warm welcome to Layle Koncar?

We are so excited to have Layle joining us this month. We love her creations and the fun&playful feeling they exude!

DSC_0150 edit2Hi guys! Layle Koncar here.  I’ve been scrapbooking in one form or another for the past 14+ years when my first son was born.  6 years ago I decided to take scrapbooking on full time as a job and worked initially for Scenic Route and then BasicGrey.  Although I no longer ‘work’ in the industry, it still holds a place close to my heart. 

I started teaching 8 years ago and still continue to do that several times a year as well as work closely with many of the industry publications, including Creating Keepsakes and Paper Crafts, and work with many of my manufacturer and kit club friends on design teams and guest designing. 

Besides scrapbooking, I love junking, reading, skiing, interior decorating, traveling, shopping, and most recently CrossFit!  Oh yah – and spending time with my husband Nick and our two boys Jack and Sam – can’t leave these 3 loves of my life out of the mix!

Find Layle here:

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What did you have the most fun working with?

OOH, that's a tough question!  Do I have to pick just one?!  I love dimensional things, so I loved using the chipboard, the layered stickers, the banner stickers and the pearl brads.  But wait - then there are the stamp sets. 
I love the designs that match the paper lines, but my favorite stamps are the ones I used on these layouts - the 'happy', 'today' and 'recorded' stamps.  I love to buy stamps, and when I do, I always look for good staples that I can use time after time.

What is your favorite MME line and why?  Hands down, it's Follow Your Heart - both Be Happy and Be Amazing.  I've been friends with Rhonna for many years and I just LOVE her style - it's so her!  I'm not much of a digi girl, so I was so excited when she began designing paper products again.
Rhonna and My Minds Eye are THE perfect match.  I love the papers in the Follow Your Heart lines - so easy to work with and FUN!

I'm So Lucky to Know You Layout:

So Lucky To Know YouSupplies - Miss Caroline-Adventures stamps,Celebrate brads,Story stamps,Curious layered stickers,Token patterned paper,small sticker accessories,Dilly Dally 6x6 pad,Hello rub-ons,Love Woodgrain patterned paper

So Lucky To Know You - close upLayle says:

I love the vintage feel of the Miss Caroline collection - the combination of the masculine woodgrain combined with the feminine doilies, polka dots and gingham was a nice balance for scrapbooking this picture of our boys and me.  

 

Happy Day card:

Happy Day cardSupplies - Follow Your Heart-Be Happy:twine,chipboard,Be You patterned paper;Follow Your Heart-Be Amazing:Ephemera patterned paper,jewels

We will be back with two more projects from Layle tomorrow- we are so very grateful that she's shared her creativity with us this month!

See you all tomorrow,

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Pinspiration Friday

We have pinned SO many beautiful layouts and cards to our Pinterest boards. You could say we are obsessed!

It was high time to put these pins to use, so our designers used them as inspiration for today's assignments.

Today Anam,Jana,and Danni are here to share some pinterest inspired layouts and cards. Enjoy!

Designer: Jana Eubank

Pin Chosen: All Smiles by Aphra Bolyer 

Original Layout:

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Jana's version:

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Supplies: On The Sunny Side-Happy Go Lucky patterned paper,Sweet Chevron patterned paper, Simple Stripe patterned paper, In Bloom patterned paper, Flutter patterned paper, 6x6 paper pad,12x12 chipboard,layered stickers,accessories sheet;Good Day Sunshine (Girl)-Head in the Clouds patterned paper;Miss Caroline(Dolled Up)-stamps;Misc-cardstock,rhinestones,green letter stickers,cricut,cartridges, trimmer,scissors,ink,pen,acrylic block,adhesives

Thoughts from Jana:

The first thing that attracted me to Aphra's page was the layout of the photos with the three photos stacked on top of each other along with one larger photo. I love using wallet size photos on my pages and I am always looking for new compositions where I can incorporate multiple photos.

I kept the same general layout as Aphra's page, but moved my title underneath the photos and added the row of chipboard houses to the lower left corner. I adhered the houses from the Layered Stickers on top of the smaller houses in the chipboard piece to add variety.

 A few chipboard flowers with rhinestones also add a bit of fun. The title block and word "Village" were cut using a die cut machine. I embossed the letters for more texture before adding them to my page.

A couple of the butterflies are from the chipboard and accessories sheets, but the rest have been handcut out of the Flutter paper. I love handcutting elements from patterned paper! I get a lot of bang for my buck that way.

Finally, I added journaling to the left of my photos and used Miss Caroline stamps to add the place and date to the lower right hand corner of my page.

  

Designer: Anam Stubbington

Pins Chosen:For the Record by Lynn Warner and Our Neighbor by Aleksandra Gadji

Original Layouts:

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 Anam's version:

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Supplies: On the Sunny Side-Parade patterned paper,Sweet Chevron patterned paper,Happy Go Lucky patterned paper,Playdate patterned paper,12x12 chipboard,layered stickers;adhesive jewels,heart punch

Thoughts from Anam:

I went with the very happy feeling of the On the Sunny Side release to play up the emotional feeling I wanted from the photograph – hence the photograph being in black and white.

I went with the punch ‘waste’ strips from Alek’s layout and combined it with the set of 3 tags/shapes from Lynn’s layout  along with the yellow/B&W photo combo.

Instructions:Cut strips slightly wider than your punched shape and proceed to punch out shapes from the strips. Adhere gently to page – I sewed through the middle to add some extra dimension.

I worked it so the hearts on the right hand side lined up. I then added the upright strip – I put sewn zigzag edges on it for an extra touch. I then added the chipboard trim and the 3 tags which I hand cut.

I added the three large hearts and the chipboard. I arranged the bird piece to cover the bird on the chipboard title. I then added a banner from the brad pack and added my Title word on top of it.  

The final touches are the little chipboard flowers and some jewels along with the layered butterfly sticker.

 

Designer: Danni Reid

Pin Chosen: card by Tracie Claiborne

Original Card:

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Thoughts from Danni:

There are so many creations that inspire me on our Pinterest page, it was really hard to choose just one to share. I finally decided on this card from the incredibly talented, Tracie Claiborne.  I was instantly inspired by the incredible design and kept coming back to it as I was perusing the gorgeous creations.  One of my favorite things about MME papers are the beautiful assortment of patterns in each line.  It makes creating with them so easy and the end result, as you can see by her card, so beautiful!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today guys- hope you have a beautiful and blessed weekend!

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I Spy With My Mind's Eye

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Time for this month's installment of I Spy With MME! Remember to keep sharing your MME projects right here and on our Facebook page. You can even tweet them to us!

If we think they are unique and eye-catching we will pin them to our Pinterest board and you just might be featured here. We are also using our pins for something fun tomorrow...so make sure to check back at 10 am EST!

This layout popped off the screen when we saw it. The texture and layering is outstanding. It really makes Follow Your Heart look even more beautiful:

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Designer: Felicity Wilson

Blog: Her Hand

Designer Thoughts: My son is always happy and never stops smiling. The bed post at feeding time at night even gets a smile! When I saw the Follow Your Heart collection and all the happy happy colours, especially the yellow, I knew I wanted to use that photo and lots of yellow! What was even better was that the chipboard kite had the word smile printed on it.

 

This layout stuck out to us because it is pretty much the cutest thing ever. :) We love the use of negative space and the happy, fun vibe:

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Designer Name: Becky Litz

Blog: Scrap Circus

Designer Thoughts: Hexagons are the biggest trend right now. I hadn’t had the opportunity to create anything with them yet so when I saw that My Minds Eye had a challenge to use hexagons I thought I'd give it a try. Another big trend I see going on right now is to use the negative space left over when you make cuts on an electronic die cut machine. I have been wanting to try this as well, so I combined the two ideas into my challenge entry. I popped up the hexagon paper with dimensional adhesive then used a whole bunch of paper lines from MME that had blue, black, white and yellow to fill some of them in. Then the little chipboard bees from Alphabet Soup and the Lost and Found2 brads really finished it off!”

 There is nothing better than a beautifully designed clean+simple scrapbook page. This one fits the bill 100 %:MyScrapsandMore
Designer Name: Jan Tatomir

Blog: Simply Made

Designer Thoughts: I love the happy colors and patterns of the Hip Hooray line. It's so easy to mix and match. I used this sketch but added my own twist to it.

Last (but certainly not least) this month is this darling card. It makes us long for summer:

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Designer Name: Regina Mangum

Blog: The Stampin' Bean

Designer thoughts: For this "Stacked Delight Birthday Card," I stamped directly onto different patterns from the Away We Go Collection and fussy cut each scoop of ice cream before layering them up for one, big, happy birthday cone!

Wow ladies! Thank you so much for making our products SHINE! See you all soon, have a beautiful and blessed Thursday!

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Mother's Day Cards with Suzanne

Hello everyone! Suzanne here with you today sharing two Mother's Day cards with the Nostalgia collection. This collection has a retro feel, and is one of my favorite releases.
On both of the following cards i used the 6x6 Designer paper pad to build my cards.

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DownloadI loved the sentiment inside, and knew this was exactly how I feel about my own Mom. I did add another sentiment using my computer, and added it to the bottom of the card.
DownloadSupplies:Nostalgia-6x6 pad,accessory sheet,layered stickers;Misc-twine,adhesive

If you have not created a card for your Mom, this next card will be simple to duplicate. I kept it pretty simple, and used one of the larger journaling tags as the main embellishment on the front of the card.
Download-1Again, I turned to the layered stickers to add part of my sentiment, and as another layer under the letter "u."
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Since we are celebrating a happy day, I could not resist adding some party trim underneath both of the embellishments.
Even though I cannot be with my Mom this Sunday, I do plan on mailing this to her in Texas. It might be a good idea to get it into the mail today, and I think I will also give one to my sister! Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there! Thanks for visiting the My Mind's Eye Blog!

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mother's day layouts

As Mother's Day approaches, we thought we would share some layouts on the topic of motherhood. The designers were encouraged to look beyond the usual "being a mother" theme and come up with a creative spin.

Karen gives advice to a younger version of herself and Tina talks about being a "little momma" to a younger sibling. Their takes on a classic theme are fresh and inspiring and we know you will think so too.

Little Girl You Will Love Being a Mom

by Karen

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Supplies:Miss Caroline-Beautiful Roses patterned paper,Happy Beach Stripe patterned paper,Like Wildflower patterned paper,Favorite Decorate patterned paper,Favorite stickers,Princess layered stickers,Cute brads,Curious rhinestone swirl,Story stickers,Like brads,Beautiful layered stickers,Baby stickers,Day pins&buttons;Follow Your Heart-Be Happy paper clips

Journaling:
I was never one of those girls who grew up dreaming about her wedding day. But I did often imagine having kids, taking care of them and loving them. What I could have never known then was how much having kids would change my life. How much more confident, calm, and deeply happy it would make me. My life got so much better as soon as David was born. Now with Nathaniel, too. It's as if I feel complete for the first time in my life. Thank you my boys.

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As a little girl I often remember feeling sad and alone. And over the years, there were many times I worried about being a mom and being able to do right by my kids. I used to be a negative and sad person and I worried that it would rub off on my kids and make them worry that they caused me to be the way I am.

What I didn't know at all was how much peace and joy having kids would truly bring me. I distinctly remember that when my son was born, I felt like a chapter of my life was over and a new, much better one, begun.

I often wish I could tell the little girl that I was not to worry and that life is going to work out for her in magical ways. And one of the most special of these is having the amazing kids she will have. So I took this opportunity to "tell her."

Little Momma

by Tina

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Supplies: Nostalgia-Roses patterned paper,Scallop patterned paper,Jacks patterned paper,Chevron patterned paper,chipboard elements,die cuts;Misc-twine,Martha Stewart sunburst punch,lattice punch,EK Success scallop border punch,October Afternoon letter stickers,sewing machine,thread,pen,adhesive,silhouette tags

Tina says:

I love the new Nostalgia line.  It compliments perfectly with vintage and black & white photos.  The colors are muted yet colorful.  In celebration of Mother's Day, I thought I'd create a non-typical layout, showcasing my 'motherly' instincts when my little sister was born. 

Journaling reads:
"The year was 1970, but I remember it like it was yesterday.  We are 7 years apart, so naturally when you were born, I became an instant 'little momma'.  You were a sickly baby, so I was always helping mom take care of you.  I like to play 'momma' to you.  :)
love,
your big sister"

This layout was fun to create.  I used scraps and little strips of paper that were left over from punching.  I stitched them in place and added several of the great chipboard elements to continue the vintage theme.

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I snuck the journaling on a tag behind the smaller photo.  The tag was too small for the journaling, so I typed up my journaling on a larger piece of paper, then adhered the tag to the paper.  It's hidden, so you can't tell.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Altered Baking Tray by Anam

Hello everyone! Anam here with a special Mother's Day project.

I took an everyday kitchen item and made it into something pretty for my kitchen – you could use it for photographs, memories, recipes or even your never-ending to-do list.

I also made a matching clipboard to write down those one liners you hear that make you smile – like my little one who “doesn’t want to be a sister:  I want be a super hero because they are better than sisters”.

Mme2012_Altered_01_bakingtray_08Supplies:

I thought the Nostalgia release would be perfect for the vintage feeling I wanted for the tray. I used the chipboard, brads and the paper pack.

I used a baking Tray (I got mine from the dollar store) and some magnets. I chose to use E600 to adhere them but you can use a hot glue gun.  I added some Ranger Glossy Accents and I found a badge maker kit that I made into a magnet instead. I used Martha Stewart punches for my decorative edges.
Mme2012_Altered_01_bakingtray_01Directions.

Cut your paper to fit into the tray – I pressed mine into the corner to make sure I got the correct inner shape.  Mme2012_Altered_01_bakingtray_02
Select some papers to make the upright paper strips. I used a punch to make since borders.

Mme2012_Altered_01_bakingtray_03Arrange your diecuts to make a cluster than works for you – I adore buttons so I went for the button packaging.

 I then added the layered cardstock stickers and some chipboard elements. I added Glossy accents to areas to give them more texture.
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Pick our your pieces to turn into magnets – I used brads and chipboard diecuts. Snip the prongs off the brads to make them into magnets.  Make sure your magnets are strong as more paper reduces the strength between the tray and the magnets.

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The diecuts I covered with glossy accents and left to settle. Once it was dry I added a second layer of glossy accents to give it a more epoxy glass look.

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The giant magnet was one of those kids badge kits I found and all I did was use a diecut from the paper pack and a circle of paper behind it – you could even put a photo in there if you wanted instead.

Mme2012_Altered_01_bakingtray_05I have actually put some big magnets on the back of my tray so that it sticks to the side of my fridge!

The clipboard is exactly the same – find a clipboard and cover it as you fancy.  Mme2012_Altered_01_bakingtray_09
So there you have it- how to make a kitchen item into a Mother's Day treasure. Thanks for stopping by today!

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motherhood mini album by suzanne

Happy Friday friends! This is Suzanne and I am here to share a very special mini album with you.

This mini album was going in a different direction when I first sat down to create. After looking at a few of the photos of my children, I decided to create a mini reflecting how lucky I am to be their mother.

I included pictures of them today, and journaling pockets detailing their personal traits.

I used the Follow Your Heart Collection designed by Rhonna Farrer. I fell in love with this collection the first time I saw it. The patterns are modern, and the graphics are gorgeous.I decided to combine both of her collections, Be Happy & Follow Your Heart.

I did noticed that a certain someone does not always appear in front of the camera. It seems I am the one always behind the lens. This definitely made me more aware that I need to get in the photos a bit more often. With Mother's Day around the corner, it will be the perfect opportunity, and i can add more photos to my book.

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I used premade chipboard covers, and cut the chipboard to fit inside. I used a photo of all three of my children on the first page. It is very rare that I get them all together, and was so happy to see this most recent one of them.

SuzanneSergi_MME_SosweetMini_2Then I created pages of each of my children, and the recurring word that kept popping into my head was "Lucky." I am so lucky to be their Mother, so I included this word underneath each of their photos. I also added their age that they are today.
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I love using glassine bags in my mini albums. They are perfect for tucking in journaling, or extra photos. I love adding extra texture to them by running them through an embossing folder.

It is very rare that I will create something without turning to my embossing folders. They are so simple to use, and they add such beautiful detail.

Another item I love to use is vellum. Love that it adds an extra subtle layer. Right after my embossing folders, vellum is a close second!

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After the photo of the individual photo, I added a small journaling pocket. Inside, I wrote down a few of their personality traits, and how special they make me feel to be their Mom.

I did add this to my other two children's pages, but forgot to include them as I was assembling my book. I made sure to hand write this information for each of them. I normally do not like my handwriting, but felt it was important that I include it in this mini book.

Today I still have a handwritten letter from my Mother, and I value it dearly. I felt it would be nice for my children to see my handwriting.
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I think this will be one of my favorite mini albums to pull from the shelf and when I do I will count my blessings and reflect on how lucky I am to be the mother of these precious children.

I hope you enjoyed my mini today...and a Happy (early)  Mother's Day to all of you

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Supply List: Follow Your Heart: Ephemera patterned paper, Honey Pink patterned paper,Doily patterned paper, Geo Star patterned paper,Fly and Soar patterned paper,Kraft Unique patterned paper,Honey Blue patterned paper,Blue Doily patterned paper,Soulful patterned paper,Adorable patterned paper,Never Forget patterned paper,layered stickers,buttons,paper clips,twine,decorative brads,chipboard elements,stamps; Miss Caroline:stickers,pins&buttons,layered stickers; Kraft FunDay-stamps;misc:embossing folders,canvas butterflies,vellum,cardstock,flower,album covers,glassline envelopes,adhesive,pen

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meet jana!

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Blog- http://janaeubank.wordpress.com/

1. What is your favorite MME collection of all time? Why?
 
I honestly couldn't get enough of the Stella & Rose collection (and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a Stella & Rose 2). I loved that it had bright, happy colors,that were muted a bit with a vintage, distressed feel. I loved the pattern and font choices. I loved all of the delicious embellishments included in this collection: the layered chipboard elements, dimensional stickers, trims, decorative brads, and the button cards (too cute for words!). I couldn't stop reaching for this collection and the multiple Stella & Rose layouts in my scrapbooks prove it! I have hoarded every last piece of this collection and I'm not sharing! LOL!
 
 
2. What is one MME item you find  yourself reaching for over and over?
 
Oh, gosh! Just one?! Sigh. I guess I would say the decorative brads. Buttons are usually my first embellishment choice for a layout, but I gotta say . . . the decorative brads by My Mind's Eye have made me fall in love with brads all over again!
 
  
3. What is your favorite thing about designing for MME?
 
My most favorite thing about designing for My Mind's Eye is the variety of styles in their paper collections. Each collection is an instant classic that I know will look gorgeous in my scrapbooks for years and years to come, but each of them also have their own personality. One collection will have a vintage appeal, while the next will be sprinkled with bright colors and playful elements. Every time the new collections are revealed it's like a scrapbooker's Christmas morning dream. You never know what you're going to get, but you know that you are going to love every single bit of it! My Mind's Eye has something for everyone!
 
 
4. If you could design a MME collection what would it be called and what would it contain?
 
 I love the feel of small towns that are full of history and charm. You know the ones . . . with darling houses surrounded by porches, picket fences, large mature trees, and 100's of beautiful flowers lining the walkways. One of those big trees probably has a tire swing on it, too. The name might be something like the Front Porch collection and include lots of medium-bright candy colors . . . strawberry red, aqua, orange, yellow, pink and a kelly green. The patterns would include basics like ledger, woodgrain, text, polka dot, stripes, and lots of tone-on-tone patterns. A little bit of kraft paper mixed in could be fun, too. I would also like to see some quilt-inspired patterns and patterns inspired by vintage embroidered tea towels and samplers. I would probably add a few friendly critters (like birds, butterflies and squirrels) in there for good measure. :) There would definitely be layered chipboard elements, dimensional stickers, label stickers, buttons, brads, and lots of journaling spots . . . all of the My Mind's Eye classics. I would also have to include baker's twine in fun colors, maybe two colors entwined like the colors of old-fashioned stick candy.
 
 
5. If you could wallpaper a room in your home with one MME paper, what would it be?
 

What a fun question! I would have to pick something from the Lost & Found 2 Sunshine collection . . . I'm thinking either side of the Adore paper would work so well in so many areas of my home. Love it!

Can you please share your 3 favorite MME projects and tell us why they are your favorite?

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THANKFUL by Jana Eubank
I'm not a huge journaler. Infact, most of the time I limit my journaling to the size of whichever journal spot I decide to use on my page. For this page, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and make a page design that focused on the journaling. It totally stressed me out, but I was happy when it came together successfully. I felt like I had conquered something that I had been afraid to try.
 

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WACKY WATER WAR by Jana Eubank
I love this page, because I just had so much fun making it! I love the bright colors of the Alphabet Soup Boy collection and had a great time making water waves from the woodgrain patterned paper.


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YOU & ME by Jana Eubank
I love this page because it features my favorite My Mind's Eye collection ever . . . the Stella & Rose Mabel collection. I usually am ready to move past a collection after creating a few pages with a collection, but this one kept calling my name over and over. I used everything I loved about this collection on this particular page. The woodgrain paper, the text paper, the delicious layered chipboard elements and dimensional stickers . . . not to mention that awesome zipper trim  and the decorative brads. I also loved the silly photos of me and my daughter on this page. They aren't the greatest quality, but they captured a memory of my daughter and I hanging out together.
One last thing...will you please share a photo of your scrap space?

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That's it for today...I sure hope you enjoyed getting to know Jana a little better. I know I did!

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Something Old+Something New

Welcome to Old+New Wednesday guys! Today we are going to show you how to mix and match your old MME and your new MME to make something beautiful!

We've noticed that many of you talk lovingly about "hoarding" your MME. And that can be dangerous. Because we come out with a LOT of new product.

We don't want to see you on Hoarders because of a MME addiction. So today...we are here to help.

The first step is admitting you have a problem.

If you are nodding your head right now then fear no more. Today Karen and I are sharing examples of how to combine old favorites and new loves.

I had so much fun looking through my stash and pulling papers and embellishments that spoke to me. I was looking for happy and bright colors and playful accents.

I ended up using Lime Twist, Nostalgia,Kraft FunDay,On the Sunny Side,12 days of Christmas, and Good Day Sunshine.

The result is one happy layout! And I feel that everything ties together timelessly. All of the collections work together so beautifully and seamlessly.

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Supplies: Nostalgia-Chevron patterned paper, Random patterned paper,brads,layered stickers;On the Sunny Side-In Bloom patterned paper;Kraft Funday-wood banners,rhinestones,twine;12 Days of Christmas-12x12 chipboard;Lime Twist-Zig patterned paper,Bubbles patterned paper,Sweet accessories sheet;Good Day Sunshine-Bold Dots patterned paper;Misc-shipping tag, American Crafts precision pen,Making Memories Slice,adhesive

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The patterns and colors of Lime Twist, Good Day Sunshine,Nostalgia, and On the Sunny Side work well on these playful butterflies.

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Karen also took on the old+new challenge today.
Here's the fabulous layout she came up with:

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Supplies:Fine and Dandy-chipboard accessories,bling;Alphabet Soup-girl and boy adhesive chipboard elements;Follow Your Heart-Be the Best patterned paper,Be Adored patterned paper,Be Amazing chipboard,brads,paper clips; Miss Caroline-buttons,twine,rhinestone swirl,brads;Lost and Found 2-Sunshine Lovely layered stickers, Rosy Ordinary stickers;LoveMe-accessories sheet

Happyboy4Here are some thoughts from Karen on how she felt about mixing collections:

One of the things I love most about My Mind's Eye is how well their lines mix. The colors always match perfectly which means that you can use an older line right alongside a new one.

Look how well Fine and Dandy goes with Follow your Heart. It's as if they were designed to match.

If you're like me and can't stand to part with your older stash, make sure to pull out some of those beautiful supplies you've been saving and use them with your new purchases, you'll be amazed how well they work together.

 

That's it for today, folks! I sure  hope you are inspired to go mix it up...and as always, if you do...make sure to share!

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MaychallengeHappy May Day, friends! You know what a new month means, right? A new challenge of course!

Remember, our challenges are now bi-weekly. This means that we are changing things up a bit. Make sure to pay attention to due dates, because they will be 2 week challenges now.

What's the first May challenge?

Use our brads! Use them in a fun, unique, and creative way!

Our brads are fun, funky, and unique. Showcase them on a layout, card,mini album, or altered item. The sky is the limit...just make sure to make the brads shine!

Need some examples? You are in luck because Tina Walker has created two gorgeous layouts for you today. Both show what we mean by "innovative usage of brads".

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Supplies:Indie Chic-Citron:Hibiscus patterned paper,Sherbert patterned paper,Pizazz patterned paper,Lovely patterned paper,6x6 paper pad,"Wonderful" title,wood label,decorative stickers,buttons,label stickers,layered stickers,brads;Follow Your Heart:twine;misc:Maya Road stick pins,doily,Tim Holtz distress stain,Tattered Angels glimmer mist,Jenni Bowlin acrylic paint,American Crafts thickers,adhesives

Tina says:

Brads have been around as long as scrapbooking.  :)  When asked to create a project using brads in a new way, I immediately thought of using them with another of my favorite products, twine, to create one of my all time favorite design styles, banners.  Using both brads and twine together, you can create your very own, custom made banner.
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MME has brads in all shapes and sizes, so mix and match them to create unique, yet coordinating banners.

Loop  twine around each brad, and periodically dangle extra twine to create a swag design.  Tie the end of your brad and twine banner with a bow, and voila - custom made.  You can also custom make your own brad embellishments by adding banner cut patterned paper and by using coordinating label stickers.

 

 

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Supplies: Indie Chic:Citron-Tangerine patterned paper,Hibiscus patterned paper,Pizazz patterned paper,Lovely Patterned paper,Peacock patterned paper,6x6 paper pad,Time title,Party journal card,buttons,label stickers,layered stickers,brads,garland,border stickers;Kraft FunDay-twine;misc-staples,adhesive

Tina says:

Another easy and fun way to use brads and twine is to create a frame around your photo.  For larger or busy photos, a brad/twine frame will add focus to the portion of the photo that is important to you.

As with the other technique, loop twine around your brads, and tie the ends of the twine with a bow.

 

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Wow! If those two examples don't inspire you...I don't know what will!

Now for the rules.

1. You can submit a layout,card,album,altered item,etc.

2. The project must consist of mainly MME. It must "look" like a MME layout. :)

3. The project must be created new for this challenge.

4.Upload the layout to the comments by the end of the day on May 15. I have enabled InLinkz again on this challenge. Let's hope it works! :)

5. A random winner will be chosen and announced with the 2nd May challenge on May 17. The prize is any MME collection- the choice is yours.

 

Now GO forth and create amazing things with our brads!!!

Happy Tuesday...Oh, and look for a post later today announcing the April hexagon and sketch winners.

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