This is Karen and I am back with another Mix and Match for February. I have decided to continue my attempts at telling the longer stories and combining the two 6x12s to create something that's interesting to me.
For this month, I decided to take the journaling from this blog post on my core desired feelings.
Something I want to remember all throughout 2014 and hence a great layout subject. Like last month, the journaling took up an entire page, and here's what I ended up with:
This page brings together several lines that I love: I cut out the hearts from the Cupid's Arrow - Chevron paper and I also used the back of the Love You Foiled paper from the same line.
I added some bright pink from Find Your Wings and Fly's Up and Away Big Top and the bright green of Krafty Floral's back side from the same line. The final paper comes from Kate&Co's Cambridge Court "Striking" paper. Who knew you could mix all those colors and end up with something lovely?
I also added little tidbits here and there, including these chipboard arrows I love and adore.
Since this page is about me and how I want to feel, I decided these photos of me with my kids would be perfect since I look so happy in them. I am feeling how I want to feel for all of 2014. I added some word stickers on the photos. Word stickers make me happy, too.
On the left side, I only put a few little embellishments since it's so text heavy and there isn't a lot of room. The colors and shapes of these allow the left page to tie in with the right page, making the layout come together. I also wanted a little more green on this side so I decided to add a strip of tape, simple, easy, and exactly what I wanted.
A full frame of tape brought the whole thing together and I was done. In case you're wondering how this goes inside a page protector, I can show you that the two sides fit together really nicely to create a 12x12:
So I can just slip it into a normal 12x12 protector. If the looseness will bother you, you can also tape them together in the back, but I like it better this way.
So here you go, that's my Mix and Match for February. I look forward to seeing you in March!
Good morning everyone, Tonya here today. Valentine's day is very close on the horizon and I have some cards to share with you…all using Cupid's Arrow! This collection is simply perfect for this holiday. I love the fact that there is plenty of black and blue mixed in with the red…makes it super easy to make cards for that special someone in your life!
1. You can submit a layout,card,album,altered item,etc.
Please help us extend a warm welcome to our January guest designer...Nicole Samuels!
Nicole lives in Virginia with her husband and 4 children, ages 10 to 4. She discovered scrapbooking more than 10 years ago after receiving some supplies as a gift and immediately fell in love with this hobby as both a creative outlet and a way to document life's sweetest moments.
She's been fortunate to design for several scrapbooking manufacturers, teach at both local stores and conventions, and be published in various print and digital paper crafting magazines. Nicole currently designs for Studio Calico. In addition to scrapbooking, she enjoys reading, being outdoors, spending time with her family, and practicing photography. You can follow Nicole on her blog or on Facebook.
Q: What did you enjoy working with the most?
A: I think the patterned paper from MME is the best and what I enjoyed using the most. The designs are always so easy to work with and the colors are just gorgeous.
Supplies:Cut & Paste-Charm: Sweet Spin, Carefree Relaxed, Carefree Mellow, and Sweet Treat patterned papers, journaling card, decorative buttons, layered stickers; tiny word stickers, label stickers
Nicole says: I wanted to fit a lot of photos on this page, so I used a template that allowed me to just drag and drop them in using Photoshop. I print the photo grid on a 8.5x11 sheet of photo paper and attached the whole sheet to my page. I added patterned paper squares to fill in some empty grid spaces and to add some color. Finally I used a button for a sun, adding in some hand stitched sun rays for some texture.
Supplies: Cupid's Arrow:Alpha Love, Confetti Hearts, and Love You patterned papers, 12x12 sticker sheet,enamel dots,decorative tape; Misc: vellum, twine
Nicole says:I was drawn to the "Alpha Love" paper right away and knew I wanted to use it as the background of my layout. However, the photo and title of the page seemed to get a little overwhelmed by the bold letters on the background.
To solve that problem I cut out some vellum in the shape of the die cut heart and layered it over the background. This helped to make the photo and title take center stage. The scalloped heart and "valentine" cut designs are available for free download on my blog!
We are in LOVE with these layouts, aren't you? Nicole is an amazing scrapbook designer and we are overjoyed she joined us this month.
Check back tomorrow for two more outstanding layouts by Nicole!
Hello all! It's Ronda here bringing you your December Sketch. This month's sketch is all about playing with lines & shapes. You can change out the single photo for multiple photos or one large photo. Here are examples of what it would look like with two photos:
or one larger photo:
Think of the sketch as a jumping off point. Envision the pieces and see how you can make the sketch your own with embellishments, paint, patterned paper, and other wonderful My Mind's Eye products.
Supplies: Cut & Paste: Charm - Sweet 'Spin' Paper, Charm - Hey You 'Trend 'Paper; Charm - Flair 'Forever' Enamel Dots, Snapshots Decorative Buttons; Lost & Found Record it: Antique - ''Charming' Paper, Timely' Paper, Sticker Sheets, Die-Cut Embellishments; Cupid's Arrow: Sticker Sheet; Misc: The Crafter's Workshop Stencil, Golden Paints & Molding Paste, Black Pen, Maya Road Mist, Neocolor II, DMC Floss
Here's my take on the sketch. Spending time with my hubby is ever so precious these days since I only get 6 weeks a year right now. This recent photo was snapped while shopping for some household items for our upcoming life together. I am happy I captured the everyday moment.
I started this layout by making a colorful background using mists and watercolor crayons. I used molding paste with black paint pushed through a stencil with a palette knife. A touch of black always adds a nice touch to any layout. The neutral papers and all the cool embellishments from Lost & Found Antique look great layered on the reds, oranges, pinks, & yellows.
The papers make it easy to combine with other lines too. I started by layering the neutral papers with the Cut & Paste line in rectangle strips. Next i added the pictures and stickers to the page. Always feel free to play with the sketch. I added a few more strips than in the sketch.
I also opted to have the circle on top of the photo instead of behind it. The papers from the Lost & Found Record It die-cut pack are perfect to layer into my patterned paper pieces. The red sticker from the Cupid's Arrow line is the perfect pop of red I needed for the page.
I decided to hand stitch around the page using two different colors of DMC floss. I stitched the glitter paper and the chipboard title. I love the way the stitching looks on that title providing that pop of color. I also stacked the button on top of the chipboard button and stitched them together. I sprinkled enamel dots across the page to finish the layout.
This month I asked Laurel to join me by making a card for this sketch. Here's what she came up with.
Supplies: Mistletoe Magic: patterned papers, chipboard, stickers, enamel dots
Laurel says: I really like this month’s sketch for a card. I love all the layering and the little cluster at the top of the sketch. I am just creating the last of my Christmas cards for this year so I pulled out the Mistletoe Magic collection for this challenge.
I love to mix the different elements for dimension and interest and am so glad that My Mind’s Eye always comes out with such fabulous chipboard pieces for their collections! Thanks for coming up with another fabulous sketch, Ronda. :)
Okay. Now it's your turn.
A random winner will be chosen and shared with our next challenge on January 6 . You have until the end of the day on Sunday, January 5 to share your project.
Please link your sketch via the InLinkz tool at the bottom of this post. Your layout must feature MME products. Only one entry per participant, please. The prize is any MME collection.
Have fun and good luck!
Hi! Tina here today with my take on the fabulous sketch by Ronda! I love creating layouts with sketches. I rarely stick exactly to the sketch, only using the sketch as a jumping off point.
Today I'm going to share how I made this sketch my own. Sometimes I love sketches, but they are not "me". Let me show you how I remedy that!
Supplies:Cupid's Arrow: 6x6 Paper Pad, Chipboard Hearts, Enamel Dots,12x12 Sticker Sheet,Love Journal Cards, Foiled Paper;Misc:Cardstock: American Crafts Charcoal Pastel: Royal Langnickel Adhesive: Tombow (tape runner), Imaginese (foam tape) Stickers: Doodlebug
I loved all of the square sections on Ronda's sketch, so I thought I'd use the concept of multiple shapes, but use circles and hearts! And what better collection than the new Cupid's Arrow?
Also- approaching the sketch this way allowed me to use only one photo...which worked for me, as I tend do to one photo layouts.
When I originally 'finished' my layout, I hadn't outlined the circles and they blended too much into the background. So I rubbed my charcoal stick around each circle, smudging as I went. I love how the circles now POP off the background and it was more of what I had envisioned for my layout.
This was a pretty simple and quick layout to put together, but still interesting and fun.
Thank you Ronda for challenging me to use your sketch and twist it up a bit! How do you use sketches? I'd love to hear!
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great day!
Today Yohko is back with two more layouts and we know you will love them.
Please help us welcome Yohko Takiguchi! Yohko was the international winner of our guest designer contest with Gossamer Blue. We are so excited to have her with us this month and we can't wait to share her creations with you!
My name is Yohko Takiguchi. I live in Nagoya, Japan with my husband and two sons, 12 and 13 years old. I work as a research assistant in a molecular biology lab. I started scrapbooking in 2004, for the album to celebrate the graduation of the nursery school. My style is colorful and playful.
Hey everyone and Happy Monday. This is Stephanie and today I'm here to share a Veteran's Day layout with you.
I have a veteran husband and a veteran brother and they mean the world to me. I never tire of saying thank you...even though it doesn't seem like nearly enough.
Supplies: Cupid's Arrow: Confetti Hearts patterned paper(B side),decorative tape,enamel heart ;Lost and Found Record It-Antique:stickers,enamel dots;Cut and Paste-Adorbs:brads,chipboard stickers;Cut and Paste-Flair:tiny word stickers,Specs patterned paper (B side), bits&pieces;Cut and Paste-Presh:Die Cut Card;Chalk Studio:chipboard elements
This isn't a traditional military layout...or a traditionally masculine layout, come to think of it! I just went with it. I think you can make a military page without making it green, brown, black, or navy.
I even used a chipboard flower and enamel heart on this page. Since it's more about my gratitude for my husband than it is about the Army...I thought it was a-okay.
I cut the bottom part off of this chipboard piece from Chalk Studio. The bottom party says "To Fly". I discarded that part and used "It takes Courage". I think the sentiment fits oh so well.
The U.S. Army tag is actually another chalkboard piece from Chalk Studio. It says "us" on it. I added enamel dots for periods and cut up some tiny word stickers to build the word "Army".
I hope today I've shown you how it's possible to make military layouts without using military themed products.
Have a wonderful Monday...and thank a veteran if you have a chance!