Today we have the rest of her work. We know you'll love it as much as we do. Thank you again, Tanya!
Enjoy your Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by!
Today we have the rest of her work. We know you'll love it as much as we do. Thank you again, Tanya!
Enjoy your Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by!
Please help us welcome our March guest designer...Tanya Privlova!
We've been noticing (and pinning!) Tanya's intricate and detailed projects for quite some time, so we were thrilled when she agreed to join us for the month of March.
Here's a little bit about Tanya, in her own words.
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!
Yesterday we introduced to you to Ms. Ashley Horton, our December guest designer. If you didn't get a chance to read the post, you don't want to miss it! Go and check it out HERE. So much inspiration!
Today Ashley is back to share the remainder of her guest designer projects. We are so very impressed with each and every one...and we hope you'll take the time to leave her some encouragement (both here and on her blog)!
Q: What is your favorite mme collection of all time? Why?
A:I think my favorite collection would have to be On the Bright Side! There were so many fun patterns in this collection and the bright colors were a perfect fit for my style.
Q: What did you have the most fun creating with? Why?
A: I loved working with the Sticker Accessory Sheets and Chipboard Elements from each collection. They were great for creating just the right embellishments for my layouts and projects.
Q: If you could create your dream MME collection what would it be like?
A: My dream collection would include the colors Teal, Yellow, Gray and Black, and would definitely have to include star, arrow, and triangle shapes!
Supplies:Lost and Found Record It -Antique:Dashing patterned paper, Timely patterned paper, Charming patterned paper, Elegant patterned paper, Cards, Gold Decorative Tape, Chipboard Element Pieces, Sticker Accessory Sheet, Decorative Brads, Enamel Dots, Ephemera Pack, Alpha & Word Stickers
Ashley says: The Record It "Antique" collection definitely took me out of my comfort zone, since I work with a lot of bright colors on my layouts.
But I loved finding a way to work with the collection that fit my style. I loved the black & white polka dot paper and made it the background for my page. Then I built a base for my photo, by layering a heart cut file over the chevron glitter patterned paper.
The gold washi tape added just the touch of color I needed to to draw your eye into the photo. Instead of layering the washi tape right over the polka dot pattern, I adhered it to white cardstock and then trimmed it to get a border to add to my page.
Supplies: Vintage Christmas:Red Damask patterned paper, Joy patterned paper, Multi Dot patterned paper, Tree Trimmers patterned paper, Dictionary patterned paper, Holly patterned paper, Faceted Gems, Decorative Brads, Chipboard Elements, Sticker Accessory Sheet, Stamps;Lost and Found Record It -Antique: Cards; Misc: Ink: Stampin' Up, Die Cut Machine: Silhouette Cameo
Ashley says: Even though I use a lot of non-traditional colors at Christmas, it's definitely nice to also use a vintage collection, like Vintage Christmas. The colors in this collection, couldn't have been more perfect for the photo of our kids visiting Santa. I added several layers of patterned paper, a card, and vellum behind my photo. I used my Cameo to cut the star shapes and title from the patterned papers in the collection. I also used some of the stamps from this collection, to add a little touch of whimsy to my layout.
Supplies: Mistletoe Magic and Vintage Christmas: 6x6 pads,Chipboard Pieces, Sticker Accessory Sheet, Enamel Dots, Decorative Brads, Faceted Gems, Decorative Buttons, Cardstock: American Crafts, Die Cut Machine and Sketch Pens: Silhouette Cameo
Ashley says:What kid doesn't love writing out their Christmas list to Santa??!! I had the idea to browse through the Silhouette store for a folder shape and create a Christmas Wish List for each of the kids, using a mix of the Mistletoe Magic and Vintage Christmas collections.
Once all three folder shapes were cut on my Cameo, I decorated the front cover and inside pockets with patterned paper from the 6x6 papers pads.
I used different embellishments from both collections to decorate the front covers and I added a small pencil holder to the side, using a small slip of patterned paper, adhered to the front and back of the folder. The inside pockets can hold your child's Santa list and an addressed envelope to Santa.
Ashley! You went above and beyond! Thank you so much for taking the time to make such beautiful things with MME, we are thrilled!
We are so excited to introduce you to our December guest designer...Ashley Horton!
We asked Ashley to join us because, quite simply, we can tell she loves My Mind's Eye! Ashley is always joining in our challenges and posting layouts to our Facebook wall. We love her enthusiasm for our brand and the way she uses MME is always inspiring!
Let's get to know Ashley!
My name is Ashley Horton and I live in the Southern US, with my husband Tyler and our three kids ages 7, 5, and 4. I've been Scrapbooking for over 7 years, and I love documenting the antics of my children on my layouts. I have had the privilege of serving on several Design Teams over the years and I am currently designing for American Crafts, Silhouette America, Chic Tags, The Paper Bakery, Life.Paper.Scrapbook and Get It Scrapped. I have been published in Creating Keepsakes magazine, Life.Paper.Scrapbook Magazine, and PaperHaus Magazine. I describe my style, as 'cutesy eclectic' and I enjoy using a mix of products and techniques on my layouts. Other than scrapbooking, I enjoy cooking, reading, spending time with family, and watching movies with my hubby.
Supplies: Lost and Found Record It-Heirloom: Glamorous patterned paper, Sweet patterned paper, Formal patterned paper, decorative tape, layered stickers, decorative brads, sticker accessory sheet, ephemera pack, enamel dots; Lost and Found-Record It! Antique: Delightful patterned paper;Misc: Studio Calico spray ink, American Crafts date stamp;Silhouette
Ashley says: The Lost and Found Record It! Heirloom collection has a great mix of pinks and some adorable embellishments, so I knew it would work perfectly for an adorable layout about our adorable daughter! I took a monochromatic route with the different shades of pink from the collection and mixed in a few contrasting colors, by using some of the red embellishments and a few touches of black. I also loved how easy it was to layer behind my photo, using the stickers, chipboard pieces, and PL cards.
Supplies: Lost And Found Record It-Antique:Charming patterned paper, decorative brads, alpha & word stickers, Lost and Found Record It -Heirloom: Heirloom patterned paper, cards, layered stickers, enamel dots, alpha & word stickers, pockets, twine
Ashley says:The Lost and Found Record It Heirloom collection is also perfect for creating Valentine themed cards, layout and projects, or for just an everyday I Love You card. I used one of the brads, some enamel dots, and layered stickers to decorate the front of my card. And I thought it would be fun to add one of the pocket envelopes to the inside of the card. You can see it peeking out of the top! This is a great spot for adding in a gift card or just a little love note to your sweetie!
Supplies: Mistletoe Magic:Collage patterned paper, Ledger patterned paper, 6x6 Paper Pad, Decorative Tape, Decorative Buttons, Decorative Brads, Layered Stickers, Sticker Accessory Sheet, Enamel Dots;Misc: Spray Mist: Studio Calico, Thickers: American Crafts, Die Cut Machine & Sketch Pens: Silhouette America
Ashley says: The Mistletoe Magic collection is so fun, and I love the non-traditional colors. It has a great retro feel, and I knew I wanted to use it on a layout recording some of our favorite Christmas shows. I used my Silhouette Cameo Sketch Pens to draw the large snowflakes on my background paper. Then I embellished the snowflakes with some of the Stickers, Brads, and Chipboard pieces from the collection. The grid design for my photos, allowed for some layering around my photo square. And I added the fun Gold stars, by using the Gold Washi Tape from the Antique collection. Just adhere the Washi Tape to White cardstock and run it through your die cut machine to cut out the star shapes.
Supplies: Mistletoe Magic: Santas patterned paper, Collage patterned paper, 6x6 Paper Pad, chipboard elements, layered stickers, enamel dots, decorative tape, decorative brads, die cut machine & sketch pens: Silhouette Cameo
Ashley says: I think it's fun to create altered home decor pieces for Christmas decorations. It's also a great way to upcycle something that maybe doesn't have a place in your decor anymore. I recycled an old pink baby frame, to create this altered project using the Mistletoe Magic collection.
I started by drawing the frame shape off onto my patterned paper and then cutting out the shape. Next I painted the inside and outside edges of the frame with white acrylic paint. Once it was dry, I painted over the frame face with Mod Podge and placed my patterned paper (cut to fit) right over the front.
I removed the glass from the frame and added patterned paper and the chipboard Santa to the backside piece of the frame. I embellished around the edge of the frame, using several of the stickers, chipboard pieces and brads from the collection.
Wow, wow, WOW Ashley! We love what you've done. And believe it or not, dear readers...there is much MORE where this came from. Come back tomorrow for the rest of Ashley's fantastic projects.
Yesterday we introduced our first Hanukkah guest blogger, Keshet. Today we would like you to meet Aliza. Enjoy!
Hi! It’s Aliza Deutsch here, and I was so excited to work with MME products to help document some of our Chanukah traditions, as well as to take the Deutsch Family Chanukah décor up a notch.
I worked with the Cut and Paste and with Lost and Found- Record It collections. I was pretty shameless about mixing the two lines together; I couldn’t get enough of the grays, and vintage elements in Lost and Found, and then I liberally added pieces from the Cut & Paste collection for pops of holiday color and cheer.
Among the many Jewish holidays and traditions, Chanukah, first and foremost is just, plain fun. Compared to some other holidays, the preparations are minimal, there are presents involved, parties abound, and we traditionally eat food fried in oil. You can’t really go wrong with that culinary guideline.
Each night of Chanukah we light the candles together, and sing the blessings and the prayers. In my layouts, I like to capture the event, but I also liked to add a little detail that captures a little something about us as a family. So, I felt it important to record for posterity, that we are not very good singers- especially by day 8 of Chanukah, when the novelty has long worn off.
Supplies:Lost and Found Record It: Antique paper, chipboard elements, ephemera, alpha words and stickers, sticker accessories, decorative tape;Cut & Paste: enamel dots, decorative brads, chipboard stickers, buttons
As I mentioned, Chanukah food is pretty dang tasty, and while latkes get all the press, jelly doughnuts are a family favorite. We are lucky to live a block from a kosher bakery that sells fresh doughnuts each day of the holiday, and we are usually there first thing in the morning to buy our daily dose.
Supplies: Lost and Found Record it: cardstock paper;Cut and Paste-Charm:patterned paper, enamel dots, decorative brads, chipboard stickers, journal card, labels, tiny word stickers, layered stickers
Since there are so many traditions that happen every year, I decided to make a mini album as a home for this year’s photos. And just because it’s Chanukah, I made eight topics for my album; Thanksgivukkah, candles, singing, gifts, latkes, doughnuts, chagigah (a party), and a Chanukah story.
I tore right into the Lost and Found 6x6 paper pad for the base of the pages, and layered on elements from both collections. I am not an avid mini album maker, but this process was so quick and easy- everything just looked great together right away. All of my pages were ready before Chanukah even started, and as soon as the holiday is over, I can pick out my favorite photos and pop them right in.
Now here’s something you might not know about lighting menorah. It can be a messy ordeal. There are menorahs, matches, and candles. At our home, we also light an oil menorah, so we have a bottle of olive oil and wicks that we use each night. So, this year, after many years of good intentions, I decided to make all this “stuff” look prettier.
First I created a decorative bottle for the olive oil:
Supplies:Lost and Found Record It: ephemera, alpha words and stickers
Then a tin for all those little tiny wicks:
Supplies: Lost and Found Record It: Cardstock paper, ephemera, enamel dots;Cut and Paste: chipboard stickers;Decorative tape: Emerald and Blue
Inside that tin fits a cute, matching match box.
Supplies:Lost and Found Record It: Cardstock paper;Cut and Paste: buttons;Decorative tape: Emerald and Blue
Or the matches can be left out for this adorable little tableau.
And just because I was having fun, I made another matchbox too:
Lost and Found Record It:cardstock paper, sticker;Cut and Paste: Buttons, chipboard stickers;Decorative tape: Emerald and Blue
Thank you MME for giving me the opportunity to play with these collections! For years to come, Our Chanukahs will be prettier for it!
Happy Hoildays to All!
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.
Happy Tuesday morning, everyone? Did you get a chance to stop by the blog yesterday? If not, make sure to catch up.
We introduced our October guest designer, Juliana Michaels...and she ROCKED it!
Today Juliana is back with some amazingly creative Halloween projects. We are so excited to share them with you!
Remember to leave Juliana some love to let her know how much you appreciate her creativity. :)
Supplies: Happy Haunting:Cards patterned paper, 6x6 paper pad, 12x12 chipboard accessories,12x12 sticker accessories,decorative brads; Misc: Ranger Distress Ink in Black Soot, Assorted Black Frames with 4x6 photo opening, Black Spray Paint.
Juliana says:These Halloween frames are made from an assortment of black frames that hold 4x6 images. I spray painted a couple of them with black paint before I began to decorate them. I cut the various images from the "Cards" Paper and placed them inside the frames. Then I decorated them with various bits and pieces from the Happy Haunting collection.
Supplies:Happy Haunting:Spooky and Morrocan patterned paper, 6x6 paper pad, decorative stamps;Misc: Grey and Black Ink, Black cording, Seam Binding, Black Fringe Ribbon, Corner Rounder and Hold Punch.
Juliana says:To create this banner, I cut out the letters from both the "Spooky" 12 x 12 patterned paper and from the same paper in the 6x6 Paper Pad. I layered the different pieces together with materials varying in height to help give it more dimension. Some of the things I used were chipboard, cardboard and double sided foam tape.
The tiny bats that I embellished some of the letters with are fussy cut from the "Word Art" Paper in the 6x6 paper pad.
If you look closely you can see that I stamped the images from the Happy Haunting decorative stamps with both grey and black ink on the "Spooky" Paper before I attached the other layers.
We are so glad you stopped by today. And Juliana- thank you again for creating such lovely and unique projects with our products. We are simply thrilled and can't say thank you enough!
Good morning, MME fans! We are so excited that you are here today. It's time for this month's guest designer and we are thrilled with what she has submitted this month.
We are so excited to introduce you to Juliana Michaels. Juliana loves MME and it shows. She has been on our radar for quite some time as she consistently creates and shares with our products.
We knew we had to have her as a guest designer and we are over the moon that she accepted.
Q: What did you have the most fun creating with and why?
Q: What is your favorite MME collection of all time?
A:This is a tough question, because I have loved pretty much every line MME has ever created. If I have to pick just one, I would say that it would have to be Collectable. The warm primary colors really spoke to me and were so fun to create with. I was quite sad when I finally used my last sheet of paper.
Be You Always layout
Juliana says:This layout started off with the "Be" Journal Card and a photo of my darling niece. They just seemed like a perfect pair and the rest of the layout focuses on me telling her to "always be the best you you can be"!
Feelin' Carefree layout
Juliana says:We went on a recent vacation to Mexico and I knew that the Cut & Paste Charm collection would be perfect to scrap some of our photos. I choose this photo of my husband enjoying our day out deep sea fishing and created the large sunburst to help remind us of how hot it was that day. I used a digital cutting file and a piece of paper from the 6x6 paper pad for the sun and then extened the rays, using the decorative tape.
Juliana says:The first time my nieces went to the American Girl Place they were in awe. It was so cute when we walked up to the store and they stopped to look in the window at McKenna, their dream doll. The Adorbs line with all the pink and bright colors was a perfect fit to capture this special and happy day.
Juliana says:This is another photo from our Mexico vacation...our traditional vacation selfie. We always take one of these no matter where we go. I was inspired to create the houndstooth die cut background from the Cut & Paste Charm Bliss "Jovial" paper. I then cut some extra houndstooth shapes from the 6x6 Paper Pad and attached them here and there with double sided foam tape. I then had fun creating a vertical border using a combination of chipboard, buttons and enamel dots.
WHOA! Juliana....we are so in love with everything you created. Thank you so much!
Oh- and make sure to stop by Juliana's adorable blog and tell her what you think. I know she is so excited to share these projects with you!