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Mini Albums with Monika...Ephemera+Scraps=One Perfect Mini

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Monika here for this month's mini album feature and I thought I would show you how to take a handful of ephemera, scraps of paper, patterned cardstock and less than perfect photos and make them into a fun, interactive documentation of a moment in time. 
Monika Wright for MME
When my husband asked me to join him for a long weekend in Nashville, he was already there on business, I said "Yes!" Then we went to work coordinating school pick-ups and overnights with Nana and Papa. But, it was all worth it. Totally worth it. Totally.
Monika Wright for MMESupplies:  Collectable Notable "Memo" Documented, "Silly" Cheery Paper, Unforgettable "You Are" Die Cut Chipboard Stickers, "Today" Decorative Stamps and "Firsts" Enamel Dots, Six by Six Designer Paper Pad, "Smile" Layered Stickers, "Remarkable" Authentic Tiny Word Stickers, Unforgettable "Today" Decorative Pins, Memorable "I'm With..." Die Cut, Memorable "Journey Decorative Brads  |  Yellow & Grey Decorative Tape Set  |  Six by Six Paper Pads Life of the Party, Gnome Sweet Gnome, The Sweetest Thing Tangerine, Lime Twist Fly A Kite, On the Sunny Side  |  Miscellaneous: Adhesives, Stampin' Up Inks and Dies, Sizzix Big Shot and Dies, Sharpie Pens, Studio Calico Wood Accents, Chipboard, Tags and Labels from Craft Supply

When making a junk journal like this, as they are often called, I begin by choosing a handful of coordinating patterned papers that share common colors. Next, I choose a variety of patterns that include florals, stripes, bold patterns, subtle patterns that might also include contrasting colors.
Monika Wright for MME
Don't let anything go to waste...use your scraps to punch shapes. I just love using journaling cards as pages in my mini albums and almost always use the back sides to journal.
Monika Wright for MME
This mini book is full of imperfect photos and on this page, I used my "a good day"stamped sentiment to cover the spot where the lamp light was just a big white blob...now you barely notice it!
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Again, an imperfect photo, but my husband finally agreed to let me ask another couple to take our photo because I couldn't find a good spot to prop my camera to do it ourselves. And one word says it all. HAPPY.

Monika Wright for MME
I love this page. Love the peekaboo element. Llove the shape of the heart. Love the striped paper and the way the arrow points down to the wood cutouts. Crush!

Monika Wright for MME

more TIPS
+  Use chipboard sandwiched between your two pieces of patterned paper for stability, paying special attention to the direction of your patterns when preparing to die cut your shapes.
+  Utilize the negative shapes from the chipboard pieces as page elements. I happen to love a chunky, layered mini album with a variety of shapes and sizes to the pages. Somehow, it makes it all the more interesting for me.
+  Decorative tape, mini staples, twine and pins are all fantastic alternatives to traditional adhesives when attaching ephemera to your pages.
+  Make your journaling cards, word stickers and layered stickers work for you in creating pages that are uniquely yours. Not every page has to include journaling or a photo, a mix of techniques and a little white space are good design elements.
+  It's okay to include everyday items like receipts, tickets, menu's, coffee cup sleeves and room keys in your mini album. That's what makes them so fun!


I hope you are all learning to love mini albums as much as I do as I just adore sharing here with you each month. Now go be crafty!


Monika

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Old+New with Tamara

Good morning, everyone! This is Tamara and today I'm here to talk a little bit about combining old with new.

It is still winter, the snow keeps falling, and the temperature is freezing around here.  My heart longs for the sunny rays of California.  Since a vacation isn't financially doable right now - the second best thing is to scrapbook photos of warm sunny days at Disneyland.  It doesn't matter that these photos were from a vacation 7 years ago, the photos still warm my heart.

Tamara Jensen for MME
Supplies: Collectable-Remarkable:Beam patterned paper,Daily patterned paper,label stickers,brads, layered stickers,chipboard,:Collectable - Notable:Petite patterned paper,Devoted patterned paper;Miss Caroline-Dilly Dally:Tickets patterned paper,Token patterned paper,label stickers,die cut title,wood die cut, pearl sticker;Indie Chic-Nutmeg:decorative tape;Misc:gray thread,black ink,pen.

I love how the large photo captures the golden rays of light and the joy on my little guy's face.  I immediately thought of the pearl "Sunshine" accent from the "Miss Caroline" Dilly Dally Collection from last year. I layered it with the wood die cut and placed a layered sticker from the new "Collectable" Remarkable collection. 
Tamara Jensen for MME
One of my favorite things about MME products is that the lines are so easy to intermix. The papers and embellishments work seamlessly together.
This is good because MME comes out with new papers and emblellishments often. I have quite the stash of older MME that I still love and don't want to get rid of! Luckily older lines mix with newer MME lines very easily!
The"Miss Caroline" title "Our Many Adventures" was perfect for photos of the Disney California Adventure Park.  I cut out the tickets from paper - adding to the amusement park theme.
Tamara Jensen for MME
The "Collectable" chipboard "sunburst" accents echoed the sun on the Ferris wheel in the photos and added to the warm, sunny feel of my layout. Another older product I love is the decorative tape from Indie Chic. I loved adding it to the layout.

As you can see...Miss Caroline,Collectable, and Indie Chic all worked together perfectly here. Do you have older MME products that you held on to and love to use? Or do you use everything up? I'd love to see your projects combining "older" MME lines with newer MME lines! Link me up in the comments!
Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!
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Winter Layout and Card- FREE digital file!

Happy Tuesday, MME fans! Today Danni and Tina are here to share a winter themed layout and card.

Enjoy and stay warm!

A Little Hello by Danni Reid

Danni Reid for MME

Supplies: Collectable: 6 x 6 pad, chipboard sentiment,brads;Misc:Cameo cut,white cardstock

Danni says: I love that winter MAY be coming to an end and a hello card celebrating cute snowmen in tape measure patterns and a fun sentiment is just the kind of wintery card I can get into right now.  I love the beautiful patterns in this pad, a lot of fun blues, deep reds, yellows, everything fun and wintery.

The brads from the Collectable line are so cute and make me so happy.  These brads added a perfect amount of embellishment to the snowmen without a taking away from the cute patterns.

Danni Reid for MME
I cut my snowmen paper on my Cameo and lined them with a sheet of the multi stripe tape measure paper.  I love how stylish it makes them feel, not so wintery and coooold!Danni Reid for MME
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Winter Fun by Tina Walker

Tina Walker for MME
Supplies:Lost and Found 3-Oliver:Blue Quatrefoil Embossed' Paper,‘Lace Fan’ Pape,‘Blue Lace’ Paper,‘Honey Embossed’ Paper,12x12 Chipboard,decorative tape,enamel dots,decorative brads,buttons

Tina says:Tina here today with a heritage layout featuring ME, during a winter in Wisconsin, circa 1967.  Lost & Found 3 Oliver is great for heritage and vintage themed layouts, and especially for winter layouts with its icy blues, yellows, and greys.
Tina Walker for MME
I wanted my title to coordinate with the rest of my winter layout, so I cut my title from a sheet of the Blue Lace paper, and cut a second title from a sheet of gold foil paper.  I offset the top title from the bottom title so that the gold foil paper would peek from behind, and adhered the title to the layout with foam tape.  The gold really makes the title stand out and coordinate with the  gold glitter embellishments.

As an added bonus, we are sharing the digital file for the title below, so you are welcome to use this on your own winter themed layouts.

TO DOWNLOAD THE CUT FILE, CLICK HERE

Enjoy!!!

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February Mixed Media with Karen

Welcome to another Mixed Media with Karen. As soon as I saw this  paper, I knew I wanted to use it in my page this month. The first thing I did was to cut out the Polaroid frames.

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Since I knew I was going to use a part of my page to collect all my daily gratitudes from the week, I covered the page with graph paper from the new My Girl line. I then used an edge punch with the rainbow paper from the same line and covered a third of my page with it.
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Then I added my three Polaroid frames. I like to make my objects come off the edge of the page cause it gives it a feeling of continuation and it's not so "perfect."
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I then added some embellishments using the days of the week  and washi tape. I just had fun with it didn't over-think it.
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Next, I added my title and two photos. One of me and my sister from when we were kids. And one of my two boys. My title says: Family is where you are loved just the way you are.
Karen Grunberg for MME
Next came stitching. I stitched right through all my alphas and the tiny word stickers on the edge of the Polaroid frames. I love love love adding stitching to my pages, it adds texture and makes me happy.
Karen Grunberg for MME
Once all of the elements were down, arranged, glued, and stitched, it was time to add paint. I picked my two favorite colors from the paper with the stars: orange and pink. And I just had fun with it. My last step was to add black paint to the edges of my page. It makes everything else on the page pop that much more.

and here's my final page, ready for the daily gratitude journaling.
Karen Grunberg for MME
Thanks for letting me share my page and process. I hope you liked it and if you use the awesome My Mind's Eye products on your mixed media pages, I'd love to see them so link me up in the comments!

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Supplies: Collectable:'Love this" Adore patterned paper,'Journey' journal patterned paper,'Memo' label stickers,tiny word stickers;My Girl:Fancy Free patterned paper,Rainbow patterned paper;Decorative Tape Sets: red and turquoise, red and black

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Announcement

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We want to thank everyone who entered the My Mind's Eye and Gossamer Blue guest designer contest. We spent a lot of time going through each and every entry and we were beyond impressed with the submissions. There is so much talent and we thank you for sharing it with us on facebook, our blogs and your blogs. All of your amazing and wonderful entries made our job of choosing a winner incredibly difficult. To give you an idea of the incredible work we saw take a look at the following submissions.

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Gorgeous, right? We think so too. But that isn't all. We have even more gorgeous work to share!

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There were many more that caught our eye and we are grateful to have had this opportunity to discover new designers. In the end, we ultimately decided to pick one international entry and one domestic entry. We are thrilled to share those two winners with you now.


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Congratulations Katie and Yohko. You blew us away with your entries and we cannot wait to have you guest design for us. We will contact each of you ASAP to settle the details. To learn more about our winners you can visit their blogs; Katie's blog and Yohko's blog.


Thank you again to all who entered!

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Project Life with Shelly

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Hello everyone! This is Shelly back this month with another installment of Project Life inspiration. Last month, I brought you a quick and easy way to document your Christmas memories. Today, I am sharing one of my Project Life layouts using those fabulous “Journal” papers from the Collectable Collection.

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I document our family’s everyday life by taking a picture a day and documenting it on a two page spread. Of course, you can choose to document however you heart desires.

Shelly Jauquet for MME

To make things simple, I pulled out each of the four “Journal” papers and started to cut them into 3x4 cards. I also grabbed a few other sticker sheets from the Collectable Collection that would also work great for my layout.

Shelly Jaquet for MME

For the first half of the week, I used a couple of the Journal cards and pattern paper from the 6x6 Designer Paper Pads.The smaller scale of those 6x6 sheets is just perfect for the small canvases. 

I love to mix my own handwriting and computer journaling on my cards. I think it is important to include my own handwriting, but sometimes it is really nice to type my journaling to fit more on the card.

I have been asked several times how I print on my journaling cards. I know there are several different tutorials out there explaining how to do it, but here is a quick explanation of how I choose to do it.

Shelly Jaquet for MME

I open up my Word Document and insert a text box. The example here is a blank 3x4 card. I make the text box 4” high and 2.75” wide to accommodate some extra breathing room. After typing what I wanted to say up, I saw that I had room to add a stamped image.

Shelly Jaquet for MME

After shuffling through my stamps to see what would fit on the card, I found the perfect little “Lovely” banner. I measured it out. Then, inserted another text box the same size as the stamp and slid the “banner box” into place so that I could adjust my journaling.

Shelly Jaquet for MME

I print it off on to a sheet of paper to see how it looks over the card. I use temporary adhesive on the card and place it in line with the outline of the card. Hint: make sure you remember to turn the lines of your journaling card in your Word Document to clear so those lines don’t print on your journaling card. Trust me; I’ve done it many times.

Shelly Jaquet for MME

Now all you have to do is set your paper down so that it runs through your printer the same way, and you have a typed journaling card ready for stamping and embellishing.

Shelly Jaquet for MME

I do have to say my favorite card I used was the “You are the best” card.  There really isn’t anything better than Sunday afternoon enjoying an impromptu lunch with awesome friends after church.

I hope I have inspired you to create with the new Collectable Collection “Journal” papers and maybe even try your hand at typing up your journaling too.

Thank you for stopping by!

Shelly
Supplies: Collectable-Unforgettable:'Story' Journal patterned paper,decorative stickers,6x6 pad;Collectable-Memorable:'Perfect' stickers,6x6 pad;Collectable-Remarkable:'Beautiful' stamps;Misc:Becky Higgins Project Life Seafoam Edition and Pocket Page Protectors, American Crafts Date Stamp, Hero Arts Shadow Ink.


 

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Incorporating Stickers Into Your Layouts by Karen

Hi everyone,

This is Karen and this time I get to share one of my very favorite products with you: mini word stickers!

Anyone who's seen my layouts knows that I love super-long titles and that stories are a big part of my pages. The word stickers are super-awesome for both of these goals. So I wanted to share with you some of the ways I use these awesome products on my pages.

First let's take a look at the final layout:

Karen Grunberg for MME
Can you see all the word stickers I used? I told you I loved these!

Ok, so let's take a few steps back and start talking about all the ways you can use these stickers. The first, and maybe the most obvious way to use these is as part of your title. You can see mine here:

Karen Grunberg for MME

I mixed the word stickers with the alphabet stickers to say: I love my sweet, amazing boys and the silly hats, in every way.

I love all the color, versatility and interest the little words add into my title while still keeping the focus on the two main themes: boys + hats.

Another way in which I used the words is as side embellishments in the photos. If you look at the photo above, you can see the words "you are special" to the right of my son's photo. And if you look at the completed layout, you can see I added some to five of the photos. Like "you are delightful" or "adore you." I love these as  "side comments" to the photos. You could also use them as captions and put them below each photo. And use photos and words to weave a story or a joke.

Here's another way:

Karen Grunberg for MME

In the photo above, I used the stickers to build a sentence that's my core message to my boys: I love you today and forever. If they don't read any of my journaling but read the title, the little words by the photos and this one sentence, they'll get the gist of what I want them to know from the layout.

And finally, another obvious and wonderful way to use them is to combine them with another one of my favorite products: label stickers. I love that these words fit perfectly on the labels and can help you build more interest, more messaging, more story into your layouts. Here's how I used them in this way on my page:

Karen Grunberg for MME
I used the date label and the "you're perfect" label. This gives you the luxury of creating your own custom-labels with colorful words. Isn't that marvelous?!


I hope you enjoy these word stickers and labels as much as I do. Thanks for letting me share my layout. If you've used them in any of the ways I mention or in any other creative ways, I would love, love to see them so please link me up in the comments!

Karengsig


Supplies:Collectable -label stickers (memo, note, story), tiny word stickers (love this, perfect, authentic), My Girl:Bouquet patterned paper,Kite Strings patterned paper,Fancy Free patterned paper,Flutterby patterned paper

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A Card Sketch from Danni

Good Morning! Danni here with you today to share a card i created using the new Collectable "Handsome" dots and "Remarkable" decorative  tape.

Danni Reid for MME
I started my card using the sketch below and deciding on one of my favorite quotes "Shoot for the Moon" by Les Brown.

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I wanted to bounce the fun, bold colors in the enamel dots against the white and the designer tape allowed me to do just that. Instead of patterned paper, I chose to work with the tape because you can still see "white" through the tape so I was hopeful to really bounce the playful colors and make a "bold" statement.

Danni Reid for MME
I love how the enamel dots add the perfect touch to embellish the arrows and stars, it makes it playful, fun, bold yet still mailable (yay!!!).

Danni Reid for MME
Thank you for visiting us today and if you give the sketch a try, we'd love for you to link us up!

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card supplies:Collectable: 'Handsome' enamel dots,decorative tape;Misc: Cameo arrows, computer-generated sentiment, Bazzill white cardstock

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Using Clusters to Lead the Eye

Hello everyone! This is Jana!

Did you know that one of the best ways to lead a viewer's eye around your scrapbook page is by using clusters? Clusters provide interesting spots for the eye to rest and absorb your layout in nice "bite-size" pieces. I especially love building clusters with all of the wonderful, dimensional embellishments that coordinate with the My Mind's Eye collections.
 
Jana Eubank for MME

 
I knew was going to have one photo, so that allowed me the opportunity to have a little fun with the remaining space on the page. First, I created a background for my photo by layering together several random blocks of 6x6 papers. There is no rhyme or reason to it, infact I sliced some of the corners off of a few blocks just for fun!
 
I decided that I wanted the page title towards the top. I combined the Happy Days layered sticker with the "Handsome" Title Card and then built a cluster around that with several decorative brads and "The Best Day" chip sticker from the decorative buttons.
 
Jana Eubank for MME

 
The point of the title card naturally leads the eye down the page, so I knew I would place part of my design in the lower left corner. This is where the journaling block ended up. I used another cluster of embellishments on the bottom of the journal card to lead the eye towards the right. The arrows from the decorative stickers were a great choice and calls attention to the photos perfectly. A few more brads and a decorative button add a bit of interest.
 
James Howell for MME

 
I only had one image for this page, but the single photo felt out of balance. To remedy this, I added the exact same photo next to it printed in a slightly smaller size. This "echo" effect strengthens the page subject through repetition.
 
Finally, I didn't want the eye to stop abruptly at the photo. I stamped the trio of arrows from the "Today" Decorative Stamps pointing back towards the center of the page (I also stamped the same image at the top of the page by the title block) and added a cluster of layered stickers and more decorative brads to the top right corner of the photos. This casually circles the eye back to the title of the page and just rounds out the page.
 
Jana Eubank for MME
Next time you build your page, try using clusters of embellishments to lead the viewer through your page.
 
Thanks for stopping by today!
 
JanaBold

SUPPLIES: Collectable-Remarkable: 'Beautiful' Delightful patterned paper,'Authentic' Genuine patterned paper, 6 x 6 Paper Pad,'Handsome' title tard,'Authentic' journal card,layered stickers,decorative brads, decorative buttons,decorative stickers,label stickers,enamel dots;Collectable-Unforgettable:'Today' decorative stamps;Misc:cardstock,circle punch,brown distressing innk,black stamping ink,white spray ink, black journaling pen,scissors,trimmer,adhesives

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She Believed in Love at First Sight by Tina

Hi Tina here today!  Do you believe in first love?  I do!  And so does SHE!
Tina Walker for MME
So you think MME papers, embellishments, and stamps are just for layouts and cards?  No sir! They work beautifully for mixed media projects like canvas art.  Here's a pictorial look at how I created my LOVE girl!
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Start with a blank canvas.  Since I am covering mine with paper, no need to prep the surface with gesso first.
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Cut various sizes of patterned paper, vintage paper, and tissue paper and adhere to canvas with Mod Podge.
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This is where the fun really starts!  Add color, texture, and dimension with paint, modeling paste and stencils.  I've even added some MME decorative tape! 

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Add more color, texture, and dimension with stamps and spray mist. 
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This is what an 'in process' canvas looks like.  I just LOVE all the color, design, and texture.
Tina Walker for MMEWhen you are happy with your background, create your girl.  MME 6x6 pads are great for creating your girl and accessories. 

Add more texture and dimension by outlining your girl with markers and pens.
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Accessorize your canvas with enamel dots, decorative buttons, and add rub-ons where desired.
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Don't forget the sides of your canvas.  I've colored mine with distress stains and MME stamps.

Mixed media is so much fun!  There is no such thing as being perfect, and it's a great way to experiment with color, techniques, and different products.

I hope you give it a try the next time you are looking for a way to use your MME product in a new way!

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Supplies:Collectable-Memorable:6x6 pad,'Hello' stamps,'Journey' decorative buttons,decorative tape,'I'm With' enamel dots;Misc:Canvas:  9x12 Practica
Gesso:  Liquetex
Modeling Paste:  Liquetex
Spray Mist:  Adirondack Ranger
Paint:  Jenni Bowlin, Folk ARt
Mod Podge
Rub-Ons:  Stampin Up, 7gypsies, October Afternoon, Hambly, Jenni Bowlin
Stamps: Tim Holtz, Prima Marketing
Stencils:  Crafters Workshop, Pink Paislee
Markers/Pens:  Faber Castell, Pilot
Distress Stain:  Tim Holtz

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January Sketch+Groundhog Day Winners!


Groundhog Day Challenge Winner: Krissy McKee

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January Sketch Challenge Winner: Janice Daquila-Pardo

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Congratulations, ladies! Please email me your address and collection/color scheme of choice at stephanie(at)mymindseye(dot)com!

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February Sketch Challenge

It's time for the February sketch challenge! Ronda is here with another one of her fabulous sketches.

Share your layout via the inlinkz tool at the bottom of the post and you could be chosen for a blog spotlight and collection of your choice. You have until Thursday February 28 to enter. The winner will be announced along with our first March challenge on March 1.

Ronda Palazzari MME Feb Sketch
With the sketch break out strips of patterned paper and washi tape to build a cohesive layer.  The canvas background is bordered by a patterned paper.  The photo could be one larger longer photo or three smaller photos.  A stacked title off to the left side of the photos balances the journaling on the right.  Stamp black elements around the edges of the page to add interest. 

  Ronda Palazzari for MMESupplies:Collectable-Notable :'Love This' Adore patterned paper,'Love This' Devoted patterned paper, 'Love This' journal card;Collectable-Memorable:'I’m With' decorative stickers;Collectable-Unforgettable: 'You are' Charm patterned paper;Collectable-Remarkable:'Day' decorative brads,'Handsome'  decorative stickers,'Beautiful'  stamp;Decorative Tapes: Yellow & Grey, Red & Turquoise, Green & Navy; Misc: heart punch, paint, floss thread, black ink, American Crafts thickers

 

Rhonda says: My mom & dad seem to be camera shy.  If we can get a photo of one, the other remains elusive.  Rarely can we capture them together.  Blessedly at their grand daughter’s wedding, I was able to capture a great photo of the two of them.  I decided to use three of the same of this great capture for my photo strip. 

Ronda Palazzari for MME

I wanted this layout to feel light, fresh, and airy so I gravitated towards yellow, aqua, & lime green with a pop of red accents.  The strips at the top match the strips down the center.  Did you notice the washi tape in the heart and on the butterfly body? 

Little bits of washi tape are a great way to add in pops of color around the page.  For my journaling I used a typewriter on the journal card.  I love the red “Noted” pennant so I trimmed around it so I could adhere it to my photo.  I used black stamped images and black stitches around the layout to bring it all together. 

Ronda Palazzari for MME

There you have it. Can't wait to see what all of you come up with!

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Remember- please enter via the inlinkz tool below. I will be back later today with the January Sketch and Groundhog Day winners!

 

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Nontraditional Valentine's Day Layout by Tamara

Happy Valentine's Day! This is Tamara joining you on this love-filled day. I hope that if you celebrate you are enjoying it with the friends and family that are so close to your heart.

Today I would like to share a layout with you that captures the sweet "brotherly love" that my two sons share.  

Tamara Jensen for MME
Supplies:All is Bright: Collage patterned paper, Linen patterned paper, Ephemera Frames patterned paper, stickers, chipboard, brads, and accessories pad; Blue and Red Lush chipboard letters; Misc: Red thread, black ink and pen.

I stepped a little out of the "traditional Valentine's Day box" and used a lot of blue, cream, and white on my page.

It also gives the page a more masculine feel, since Valentine layouts tend to be very feminine, pink and covered with hearts.

I used the "All is Bright" Christmas collection - who knew it would be perfect for a different holiday?!

I think it is fun to scrapbook photos from years past.  This picture was taken in 2007, but I pulled it off my computer and scrapbooked it as a Valentine layout.

I saw the hexagon stickers and knew that I HAD to use them on my page.  I LOVE the fabulous and timeless MME Lush Chipboard letter stickers.  I have a bunch in my stash and they seem to magically work with every paper line.  I really like the velvet texture of the blue letters too.

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I hand cut the blue chevron paper and layered it with the red chevron chipboard border.  I then layered and clustered the journaling spot with chipboard labels and circle elements.

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Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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XOXO by Jana

Hello everyone! This is Jana and I'm here with a fun Valentine's Day layout!
 

Every Valentine's Day my parents drop by with a sack full of goodies for my kids. It's fun to capture the family together with all of the craziness and fun of the kids opening their gifts.

These kinds of pictures can be difficult to scrapbook, however, because of how busy the photos tend to be with many people, colors, and patterns.

One way to address these types of pictures is by placing them on a solid cardstock background and then using only a few slivers of patterned paper as accents. In this case, the photos can actually be considered a "patterned paper".

The supporting patterns should be used sparingly. You can see on the page below that I have incorporated several patterns, but only in small strips or as a border around the page. The photos are still the main "pattern" of my page

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Supplies:Lucky in Love: Chevron patterned paper, Roses are Red patterned paper, Floral Stripes patterned paper, Heart Burst patterned paper, 12 x 12 Stickers; Red & Turquoise Decorative Tapes 
 
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I began my page with two sheets of white cardstock. I spruced it up a little by spritzing the background with teal mist. Next, I arranged the photos on my page, matting a few of them with the blue tone-on-tone pattern side of the Chevron paper.

I wanted the smaller photos to be anchored on a common horizontal line, so I ran a length of turquoise decorative tape across each page. I layered the red heart strip from the Roses are Red paper on top of the tape.

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Next, I used more turquoise decorative tape underneath my photo arrangement, along with 0.5" strips of the Floral Stripes paper. I handcut the pink lace borders from the Roses are Red paper and added that along the bottom.
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Now it's time to add page accents! The 12 x 12 sticker sheet was perfect for this. I'm a very visual person and I like to move elements around the page several times before deciding on their placement.

With stickers, this can be tricky to do without tearing the paper underneath. My solution? I keep a small dish of cornstarch on my desk that I apply to the back of the stickers so that they are no longer tacky.

Now I can move them around and even add foam squares to the back for dimension.

 
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Thanks for coming by today! Happy Valentine's Day Eve!
 
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Holly Humbert Part 2

The fabulous Holly Humbert is back on the blog today and she's sharing the rest of her guest designer layouts with us!

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Supplies:Collectable-'Love this' Adore patterned paper,'Memo' Reminder patterned paper,'Memo' layered stickers,'Love This' tiny word stickers,'Love This' chipboard,'Cute' enamel dots,'Notable' decorative tape.

Holly says:Scrabble is a huge thing in my family, so I couldn't pass up a chance to use the awesome chipboard tiles for one of my pages. I wanted to create florals in the opposite corner of the printed ones, so I layered some of the floral chipboard pieces to match the printed paper in the opposite corner. I also added some to the printed corner to create more texture. 
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Supplies:Collectable:
'Happiness' Cheerful patterned paper,'Firsts' New patterned paper, 6x6 pad,'Happiness' brads,'You Are' chipboard,'Story' layered stickers,'Story' label stickers,'You Are' journal card,'Unforgettable' designer tape
Holly says:The layered prize sticker was perfect for this layout! I actually picked it out first and made the rest of the page around that. I had fun using brads on this page,and I'm in love with this golden yellow color from the collection. I think every page I made has some of that color on it!
Holly-Thanks so much for adding so much sunshine to our blog this month. We couldn't be happier with your creations.
Thank you!
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Introducing our February Guest Designer!

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Please help us welcome the fabulously talented Holly Humbert as our February guest designer! We kept noticing that Holly was making beautiful page after beautiful page using our products and we just knew she had to join us as a guest designer!

A bit about Holly:

I'm Holly Humbert. I'm married to my sweetheart of 5 years, mom to one little girl. We currently reside in a tiny town in southeast Idaho. I've been scrapbooking for over 10 years. It is not only memory keeping for me, but a creative outlet, a way to combine telling my story and being able to play with paper :) My family is very supportive and indulge me in “quick” stops to the craft store often. My style is somewhat graphic and simple, but I enjoy adding details to my pages  to make them stand out. While 12x12 pages are my favorite to make, I also indulge in 8.5x11 scrapbook pages, mini books, and cards occasionally.


My other hobbies include, quilting, photography and baking. I'm a move/TV junkie and love to watch my favorite shows over and over again. I'm a girly girl at heart, I love anything striped or covered in polka dots. I change my nail color a few times a week and I love to play with make-up. You can follow my adventures on

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Q: What did you have the most fun working with?
A:Today Remember paper is my favorite, I used it twice :) I also really enjoyed the chipboard shapes.
Q:What is your favorite MME line and why?
A:My favorite current line is Collectable, I love all the bold bright colors. My favorite past line is Alphabet Soup, those alphabet flashcards were amazing (I think I still have some hiding in my stash somewhere)!

You are So Loved

Holly Humbert for MME 
Supplies:Collectable-'Love this' Adore patterned paper, 'Memo' Reminder patterned paper,'Memo' layered stickers,'Love This' tiny word stickers,'Love This' chipboard,'Cute' enamel dots,'Notable' decorative tape

Holly says: Scrabble is a huge thing in my family, so I couldn't pass up a chance to use the awesome chipboard tiles for one of my pages. I wanted to create florals opposite corner of the printed ones, so I layered some of the floral chipboard pieces to match the printed paper in the opposite corner. I also added some to the printed corner to create more texture.

 

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Supplies:Collectable-
'Love this' Devoted patterned paper,'Memo' Documented patterned paper,'Silly' Cheery patterned paper,'Silly' Jolly patterned paper,'Wonder' decorative buttons,'Cute' decorative stickers, 'Cute' enamel dots,'Silly' stamps,'Love This' tiny word stickers,'Memo' label stickers,'Love This'  journal card. 
Holly says:Isn't my brother handsome? I snapped these pictures earlier this year while we were waiting for our photographer for family pictures. He rarely smiles normally, so I count myself lucky for getting these photos. He'll be graduating high school next year. This page is actually a gift for my mom. This page is more embellishment heavy than I normally do, but there were so many fun embellishments with each collection, I couldn't resist using so many on this page. 

We LOVE everything you sent us, Holly! Thanks so much for sharing your talent!

Make sure to come back tomorrow for two more lovely layouts from Holly!

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Hi!  Will you be mine?  That's one of my favorite Valentine's Day sentiments each year.  Do you have a favorite Valentine's sentiment, one you that you consider your go-to sentiment? 

Today I am going to share cards using ONE sentiment three different ways.  Sometimes it's hard to find time to create several different designs, all with different sentiments, during holidays, so I thought it would be fun to share three different card designs using one sentiment.
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On my first card, "be mine banner", I wanted to create a banner using some of the newest designer tapes released at Winter CHA.  You will LOVE these colors and patterns, they are bold and fresh!  I chose to use my Cameo to cut the "Banner Hearts" by Lori Whitlock and the "Be Mine Title Single Fold Square Card" by Jamie.  I love these two Cameo cuts so much and wanted to incorporate them on a Valentine card this year.  I wanted to use white card stock so as to bounce the fun colors and patterns in the tapes and enamel dots.

Supplies: Collectable:Journey patterned paper,'Unforgettable' decorative tape,'I'm With' enamel dots;Decorative Tape Sets: Red & Turquoise decorative tape;Misc:Cameo, machine stitching, hand-stitching, white cardstock

After adhering the banner to the designer tape strips, I hand-stitched the banners and add an enamel dot to each to add to the fun of the banner.  I also decided the sentiment needed a couple of little white hearts to pull the dimension, top to bottom, together.

Danni Reid for MMEOn my next card I decided to use the negative from the Cameo cut and back it with some patterned paper. I added some hearts, stitches and more enamel dots for another playful spin on the sentiment

Danni Reid for MME
Supplies: Collectable:Journey patterned paper,'Unforgettable' 6 x 6 designer pad,'I'm With' enamel dots;  Misc:Cameo, machine stitching, hand-stitching, white cardstock

Danni Reid for MMEOn my last card, I thought there might be some that would like to play with the sentiment that do not use a Cameo.  So I did a little research online to find these cute chalkboard sentiment downloads here: Chalkboard Printables, 

To create my block of "black patterned paper" I adhered strips of the black designer tapes to a block of cardstock.  I really like the look of the patterns of black tapes and couldn't wait to adhere the chalkboard sentiment.  The sentiment looks so fun against the tapes and I am going to try one of the chalkboard sentiments against the red tapes next :)
Danni Reid for MMESupplies: Collectable:'Hello' Cordial patterned paper,'I'm With' enamel dots;Decorative Tape Sets:red/black;Misc: Chalkboard downloadable/printable sentiments from Make it Create blog, hand-stitching, white cardstock

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Thanks so much for stopping by today, have a fabulous weekend!

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I Spy with MME- February 2013 Edition

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Good morning blog readers! Today it's time for another installment of I Spy with MME. Every day we scour blogs, online galleries, Facebook, and Twitter to find examples of layouts, cards, and other projects using our products.

Once we find eye-catching,inventive projects...we pin them to our "Inspiring Cards and Layouts" Pinterest board. If you need some majorly inspiring eye-candy to get your mojo going,then head on over! We promise that it will be just the thing to get you creating this weekend. We have some RIDICULOUSLY talented customers and fans! :)

Today we have six projects that we wanted to share with you. Each designer's name is linked to their blog. So make sure to stop by, say hi, and see more of their talents!

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Designer: Katharina Frei

Katharina says: My husband has been "requesting" a new desktop calendar for his workplace for some time. I chose photos from different months of the past year and papers from various MME collections (The sweetest thing, Lost and found 3, Miss Caroline).

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Link to Part 2 of Calendar

Why it caught our eye: What's not to love about this project? It's graphic, sleek, and chic. It's minimalist and fuss-free and we LOVE it. This is a calendar we'd proudly display if it was ours.

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Paislee-meanttobe-no-2Designer:Rebecca Keppel

Rebecca says: I was thrilled to find lots of My Mind's Eye Collectable goodies in the February Scrapbook Circle kit Story Time. I wanted a design with circles to highlight the larger sized pins I was using so I die cut the grid circle background. I was excited to find that the My Mind's Eye Collectable "Cute" decorative stickers also fit right inside the circles! And the Tiny Word stickers were perfect for adding little phrases here and there and even one word right on top of the pin's heart.

Why it caught our eye: This layout is major eye candy. The attention to detail is phenomenal and we could just look at it for hours. We love seeing bits and pieces of our products used in such fresh and inventive ways! 

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  Paislee-meanttobe-no-3 Designer:Amy Young

Amy says: As a card maker I am normally a huge fan of MME 6x6 paper pads but I couldn't resist the new cut apart paper in the larger 12x12 Collectable line for this fun birthday card.

Why it caught our eye: This adorable card made us smile the moment we saw it. It's just happy all around. The bright colors, the sweet scattered embellishments, the little boy...just joy in card form.

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Designer:Pam Callaghan

Pam says: I loved the shapes of the My Mind's Eye paper so much! I cut out a few shapes and places patterned paper underneath that area to give it that patterned look.

Why it caught our eye: Pam makes Indie Chic look like a work of art here. It was actually really hard choosing just one of our layouts, as she uses MME flawlessly on every layout. Take a look at her gallery here. We love the hand cut work here, the "window" effect is genius.
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Paislee-meanttobe-no-5Designer:Melissa Priest

Melissa says: Adding vellum over the busy floral pattern helped me tone down the color scheme while still allowing the pattern to be visible.

Why it caught our eye: This page tugs at our heartstrings emotionally. For one thing, it is very honest and vulnerable. For another...it is beautiful aesthetically. The simple,strong design really lets the photographs and message shine. We love the way Melissa showcases our Lost and Found 3-Oliver papers in such a lovely way.

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Paislee-meanttobe-no-6Designer:Brook Stewart

Brook says:These pictures of my daughter show just how much her personality is starting to come out at 6 months old! The Sweetest Thing line by MME is one of my ALL TIME favorites ever and I just love how they make my photos stand out and compliment them so well!

Why it caught our eye: First off...is this not the cutest baby you've ever seen? HA! We just think this page is the sweetest thing ever. It's no coincidence...Brook uses The Sweetest Thing collection here. We love the layering and clusters of sweet embellishments!

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Thanks for stopping by today, MME fans!

Remember, keep sharing your beautiful creations and you might just be featured in next month's edition of I Spy with MME!

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Classroom Valentine Ideas with Shelly and Suzanne

Welcome to the blog guys! You picked a great day to come by, we have some amazingly creative and darling classroom/child valentines to share with you all today.

Enjoy and have a wonderful Thursday!

Die Cut Valentines by Shelly Jaquet

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Supplies:The Sweetest Thing-Honey:'One of a Kind' title,'Perfect' title,'Simply Lovely' title, 'One of a Kind' journal card, 6x6 paper pad,decorative brads;The Sweetest Thing-Lavender:'Cutie Pie' title,'The Best' title,'Fabulous' title, 'About Me' journal card, decorative brads, 6x6 paper pad;Indie Chic-twine;Winter Wonderland-stamp set;Misc:tag punch,Versafine black ink,sewing machine and thread

Shelly says:With Valentine’s Day right round the corner, we are starting the next round of “holiday” parties for the New Year.

My daughter just loves it when she gets to play with all my craft stuff with me, and so do I!
What could be easier than using My Mind’s Eye pre-made die cut titles and journaling cards?We flipped through my stack and together we chose our favorites. Then, we pulled out the coordinating 6x6 paper pads and decorative brads.

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My daughter will be having a Valentine’s Party with her Daisy Girl Scout Troop next Sunday. So we sat down together this past weekend to create some special handmade Valentines for her Daisy Friends.By keeping to this size, the valentines will easily fit into an envelope.

We trimmed 2” strips of paper from various patterns and matched them up to each of the die cuts. Using a 4.25”x5.5” card base as a guide, we trimmed the 2” strips to size after arranging them how we wanted them.

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We finished each card off by stamping “to and "from” (using the Winter Wonderland stamp set) on to white tags. I have a punch to create these, but you can also find pre-made tags at your local office supply store.

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Next, we attached the tag using brads and twine from the Indie Chic Collection.With the odd shape of these valentines, I was worried that they might fall apart after all the handling they would endure with the kids, so I quickly ran each through my sewing machine. Those babies aren’t going to fall apart now!

To add a personal touch, my daughter added to the pre-printed sentiment. I have to say that I was pretty proud of how she knew just what she wanted to say to each one to make it her own message in her own handwriting. She is so excited to hand them out at her Valentine’s Party!

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I hope you feel inspired to pull out your stash of die cut titles and create with your kids today!

Shelly

 

Assorted Valentine's Day Treat Bags by Suzanne

Suzanne Sergi for MMESupplies: Lucky in Love:Flower patterned paper,Cupid's Arrow patterned paper:Lost and Found 3-Ruby:stamps,enamel dots;Misc:glassline bag,doily,glitter

 Suzanne says: I thought cookies would make for a fantastic Valentine treat for my children's classmates. They are easy to make, and fit nicely in these glassine bags.
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I took a 5x7 glassine bag that I cut to 5" x5 3/4". Then I took an oval punch, and punched the top of the bag to add a handle at the top. Glassine bags are perfect for baked goods, and make a beautiful presentation.

I covered the middle of the bag with the Flower Power patterned paper, and added a stitched doily to the top.  A few glittered hearts, and a cute stamp (from Lost & Found 3) add fun valentine details. 

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Supplies:Lost and Found 3-Ruby:Grey Quatrefoil paper,Ruby Stripes glitter paper,enamel dots,layered stickers;Misc:vellum,heart doily,glitter,ribbon

Suzanne says: I also created these popcorn pockets stitched together with vellum. The Lost & Found 3 Ruby Collection has a color palette that is so very perfect for Valentine's Day crafts. This was so easy to create...and it is a beautiful way to present special treats, notes, and cards.
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These were the perfect size to add individual servings of popcorn tucked inside! An inexpensive way to ensure all 25 classmates are gifted with a treat on Valentine's Day.
And another vellum popcorn pocket example:
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Supplies: Lost and Found 3- Ruby:Medallion patterned paper,Quatrefoil paper,Floral patterned paper,layered stickers,decorative brads;Misc:vellum,doily,ribbon
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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope I've given you some different and fun ideas for your valentines!
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Rolled Paper Heart

I always find it difficult to decide what to decorate for in January: snow/winter or go directly to Valentine’s Day. I usually try to split the few weeks between the two and don’t get to fully enjoy either. We have had snow on the ground the entire month of January and it has been cold, so this year I went directly to Valentine’s and have loved it!

Since we have two sweet boys at our house, my décor is focused on family love instead of romantic love. At the end of my life if my boys know one thing, I want them to know without a doubt that they are loved. That they are the most important things to me.

I love the fun, bright colors of the Lucky In Love collection. The sticker sheet is full of darling pieces. I especially swoon at the bicycle built for two!

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I love the flowers in the bottom left corner. They frame the heart and draw your eye to the title: “Love Lives Here”.

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To create the heart, I cut 21 - 4” x 6 1/2” pieces of paper, lightly spritzed them with water, rolled them around a skewer and glued it together. When I had them all rolled, I hot glued them to the heart pattern (link to pattern).

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Download Instructions here:  Download 2013_02_05_GTU_Rolled Heart Frame

Heart pattern link: http://www.amberpacker.com/patterns/2013/02/rolledpaperheart.html

I demonstrated this project on Good Things Utah this morning. I will add the link to the segment when it is online here:

 

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Valentine's Day Frame by Jana

Hello everyone! Jana here today. Valentine's Day is such a beautiful holiday. It's a time to express your love to those who are closest to you. I like to sprinkle soft, romantic touches around our home to remind my family how much I love them.
However, I needed something to brighten up our kitchen counter. Something romantic, soft and beautiful. That's where the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 3 Ruby collection came into play.
 
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Supplies:Lost & Found 3-Ruby:Red Floral patterned paper,Pink Lace pattered paper,Medallion patterned paper,enamel dots
 
I found an abandoned white frame in our closet and decided to create a dimensional art piece. I used my electronic die cutting machine to cut out the graduated hearts in different Ruby papers.
The hardest part was deciding which of the beautiful patterns I was going to use! I stacked the hearts together and then used my sewing machine to zig zag stitch down the center. Next, I folded up the layers of the hearts and used pop dots as spacers in between each layer.
 
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I created a folded banner and added a calligraphy sentiment (also cut out with my die cutting machine). I used pop dots to attach the banner to the frame.

Finally, I used the enamel dots in a few spots to look like paint droplets. I love how this came together! Easy and beautiful. And definitely something that can be replicated for any type of holiday.

 
Thanks for coming by today!
 
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Lucky in Love with Suzanne

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! We hope you are having a wonderfully creative day. Today we are sharing two lovely Valentine's Day projects by Suzanne. Enjoy and happy creating!!!
Valentine's Day Mason Jar by Suzanne
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Supplies: Lucky in Love:sticker accessory sheet,Floral Stripes patterned paper,Roses Are Red patterned paper,Cupids Arrow patterned paper;All is Bright:twine;Lost and Found 3-Ruby:enamel dots,sticker accessory sheet;Misc:mason jar, diamond dust,doily,sewing machine

Suzanne says:Our children and our loved ones are usually the ones I shower with gifts on Valentine's Day.This year I plan on showing their teachers how much we appreciate them, too.

A simple and pretty gift idea is to dress up a glass mason jar. These are so pretty on their own. However, fancying them up  with the  Lucky in Love collection makes them the perfect gift for Valentine's Day.

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I chose two of the papers to create a 3" border that I stitched along the bottom. Next I wrapped it around the jar on top of a white doily.I love creating tags, and I pulled in bits from the Ruby Lost & Found 3 Collection to create a bold tag to hang on the side of the jar.

Layering doily elements from the sticker accessory sheet, I created a pretty bloom.

I covered the heart sticker with diamond dust to add a bit of sparkle. The twine from All Is Bright works perfectly with this collection, too.Now, this jar can be filled with candy, a gift card or cookies that any teacher would love to receive!

Hot Air Balloon Card by Suzanne

Suzanne Sergi for MMESupplies:Lucky in Love:Roses are Red patterned paper,Cupid's Arrow patterned paper,sticker accessory sheet;All is Bright:twine;Lost and Found-Ruby:buttons;Misc:vellum,doily,sewing machine,embossing folder

 Suzanne says:When I saw the hot air balloon on the Lucky in Love sticker accessory sheet, I knew I HAD to use it on a card. But I wanted it to stand alone so that it could make a bold statement on the card.

Suzanne Sergi for MMEI decided to back the sticker with white cardstock so that I could add my personal message.

Next I simply created a 5" x 4" base from the Roses are Red patterned paper. I then punched a circle midway in the middle of  the card, so it would nestle underneath the hot air balloon sticker.

I wanted this card to be able to be read, and I also wanted to add a gift card inside. So, in the inside of the card, I created a pocket using vellum that I stitched along the sides and bottom.
Suzanne Sergi for MMEWhat is Valentine's Day without hearts? I punched small hearts and placed them inside of a vellum pocket. Next I embellished the balloon sticker with layers of vellum, cardstock, heart stickers, and a button.

A  few more details were then added to the bottom of the card.

This card is the perfect card to show someone special in your life  how much they are loved!
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Tag Trio by Ronda

Hello everyone!  Ronda here today to share with you some decorative tags.  With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought I would share not only some pretty tags but how to take those tags & turn them into a gift for your special someone. 

This tag trio holds coupons, a gift certificate, and my favorite photo of the two of us. 

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To build this tag trio, I used Collectable Unforgettable as my color inspiration.  I layered some gesso on one side of the tags with some stencils to create some texture.  Once they were dry, I painted them with paints and spray ink.

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The way this trio works is the two outside pieces fold onto the middle tag.  I wanted the textured tag to always be visible so I flipped the two outside upside down before taping them together. 

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Using your favorite My Mind’s Eye decorative tape, adhere the tags together by taping down one side and up the backside.  Snip off the excess from the top of the tags.  Repeat the process down the right side of the two tags. 

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Now you can fold the tags to create your trio of tags, decorating the inside & outside of the pieces.

Ronda Palazzari for MME

I made this Love Tag trio as a homemade Valentine’s gift for my husband.  Inside there is a gift card and coupons with gifts of my time.  I layered pieces of patterned paper from the 6x6 pad.   I punched a border around the bottom piece and then layered a colorful patterned piece on top.  On top of that, I added a piece of book text and vintage thread.  I punched a heart die cut, added a brad and pin, and inked the edges.  The enamel dots were perfect to add color around the tag

Ronda Palazzari for MME

I love to tie my tag trios closed with twine.  To keep it in place, I used a piece of washi tape to secure it to the back.  I stamped the sentiment and added the heart sticker.  My Mamma always said the back should look as pretty as the front. 

Ronda Palazzari for MME

To open the tag, you flip the left side open leaving the third tag overlapping.  On the left tag I created a pocket using the 6x6 patterned paper.  I tucked multiple coupons into the pocket.  Date nights, cooking special dinners he loves, , etc.   On the right side, I used a chipboard piece on top of vintage thread and piece of patterned paper to decorate the tag.

Ronda Palazzari for MME
Ronda Palazzari for MME

Here’s the tag trio opened. 

On the middle tag, I added a piece of patterned paper with words cut from the 6x6 patterned paper.  I adhered it to the tag with a small bit of decorative tape. 

Under the piece I added my favorite picture of the two of us.  On the right side is a gift certificate tucked into a pocket with a layered sticker. 

I like that he can take this tag trio back to his apartment as décor to sit on his desk as a reminder of my love for him.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, have a wonderful Monday!

Rondasignaguresmall

Supplies:Collectable-Unforgettable: 6x6 pads,decorative tape,'Happiness' decorative brads,'Today' stamps,'Today' pins,'Story' label stickers,'Story' layered stickers,enamel dots,'You are" chipboard;Misc:stencils,gesso,paint,inks,vintage threads,book text,baker’s twine

 

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February Challenge-Groundhog Day!

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Happy February MME fans!

February? How in the world is it already February? Sigh. :)

We are excited to share today's challenge with you, mainly because it's unusual and fun.

We are challenging you to scrap Groundhog Day.

GROUNDHOG DAY? Seriously?

Yes. Seriously! There are plenty of ways to interpret it. You can literally scrap about the holiday. Or you can document what you did on Feb. 2.

Another way to interpret this challenge (and the interpretation that both of our designers chose today) is to relate the challenge to the movie Groundhog Day.

The premise of the movie is that a man finds himself in a time loop...repeating the same day again and again.

So, have a good time with this. Interpret the challenge in any way you'd like, as long as it somehow ties into the Groundhog Day idea.

Let's see what Shelly and Tina came up with!

January Seventh by Shelly Jaquet

Shelly Jaquet for MME
Supplies:Collectable-Memorable:Superb patterned paper,Gathering patterned paper,Cordial patterned paper,Details patterned paper,Record patterned paper,6x6 paper pad,'Im With' enamel dots;Collectable-Unforgettable:Delight patterned paper;Misc:circle punches,pop dots,vellum,thickers

Shelly says: The first thing that popped into my head for a recurring theme like Groundhog's Day (the movie) was to literally take a day and look at it over and over throughout the past several years. I pulled up my archived photos and found the perfect day in the life of my daughter (one that worked for each year of her life). January 7 was the winner.

Shelly Jaquet for MME

I started with a baby bump picture and continued all the way through to 2013. Once paper started to fly, I thought about a "recurring theme" some more. What if I pulled inspiration from a previous page? It worked once before, why not do it again?

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So that is just what I did. I loved the look of the tone-on-tone embellished squares that I did for my last MME page, You are My Sunshine, so I recreated a similar look on this page.I guess you could say I really took on this challenge!

Shelly

I Can by Tina Walker

Tina Walker for MME
Supplies:Lost and Found 3-Ruby:Honeycomb Embossed patterned paper,Collage Strip patterned paper, layered stickers,stickers,chipboard,decorative tape,enamel dots;Misc:Jenni Bowlin chipboard alphabet, Lily Bee alphabet stickers, Jenni Bowlin stickpin, adhesives, Silhouette Cameo

Tina says: Hi!  Tina here today with my interpretation of the Groundhog Day challenge. I chose to pay homage to the film for my interpretation of this challenge.

I love that movie.  Can you imagine waking up every day with a chance of a ‘do-over’, making changes to what you do and who you talk to?  Imagine knowing that no matter the consequence, you would get a new start each and every morning?

I have a philosophy for life.  Live each day to its fullest, don’t worry about tomorrow, and try your best at everything you do.    The title was really the inspiration for my page, “I can, I will, I do”.  I saw this quote awhile back while perusing the internet and it really stuck with me.  I even have it on my cell phone case as a constant reminder; Never give up and always do my best.

I wanted the design for my project to be simple, yet with intricate pops of color and pattern.  Using my electronic die cut machine, I cut a sunrise shape (twice), flipping the cut vertically for the second cut. 

Once cut, I flipped the cut over revealing the red side of the Honeycomb Embossed Paper and fit the shape back into the cut opening.  I backed the entire paper with the Collage Striped paper, which I absolutely adore.  It is full of color and wonderful designs and patterns.

Tina Walker for MME
To finish my layout, I created a large flower by layering stickers, chipboard, and an enamel dot.  This is such an easy and fast way to add a big impact to a page.  I added my title and a few little embellishments, and the layout was done.  Really quick, really simple, and super fast!

Tinasignature

So now it's your turn, ladies and gentlemen! The rules are the same every challenge, but if you need a refresher, here they are.

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. :) It must fit the theme.

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

4. Upload the layout to InLinkz at the end of this post by the end of the day on February 14.

5. A random winner will be chosen and announced with the second February challenge on February 15. The prize is any MME collection- the choice is yours.

Have FUN!

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