Thursday, February 25, 2010

Just for the Fun of It!

This is the 10th Anniversary of My Mind's Eye and they've re-released their classic first collection of Frame Ups, including a few new designs. I honestly don't remember these, but 10 years ago I was on a hiatus from scrapbooking, finishing with college, working 30 hours plus a week and carrying 18 what can I say....

The other night I was playing around with ideas and used the construction of a card Veronica brought me for Valentine's day for inspiration. It basically creates a pop-up stand. I jumbo-sized the card...8x8 inches and here are the results.

I used a healthy dose of pop dots and distress ink. The papers are from My Mind's Eye's Just Dreamy 2 collection and the ribbon is Bazzill Basics.
This is a fun twist on a card or can sit on your child's bookshelf displaying fun childhood memories.

Frame Ups are found 12 different styles for $4 each and are very versatile.

Happy Crafting.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

March My Mind's Eye Madness

So I have a thing for My Mind's Eye...can you tell? My last several project posts have all featured their products. And I'm not stopping here. In March, I'm celebrating my 2 year anniversary at the shop (which is SO hard to believe). I'm celebrating with March My Mind's Eye Madness...4 classes featuring their awesome collections. I'm also working on some groovy prize packages and give aways!

But first, have you received your free set of layout instructions for the Lil Robots Layout? The instructions are free with a $10 purchase from the Lil Robots collection. I put together the layout (designed by Anam Stubbington for My Mind's Eye), flipped it to create a double page spread and added a few goodies of my own. I'll continue to give away these instructions through March so be sure to stop in & join the madness.

Class #1

The Quad Book (as I call it) has continued to be a fave at the shop because it's super duper cute and extremely easy to create and create, again! So, I'm offering the class again with selections from Quite Contrary. Learn how to make this adorable project Sunday, March 7th or Tuesday, March 9th; Anytime, All Day; $20. There are 4 different themes that you can personalize your project with!

Class #2

For the first time, I'm hosting a Pinecone Press Kit Class. They've come up some terrific ideas featuring Quite Contrary. I'll be teaching the card class but your idea book will give you a ton of options for more projects. Come in and check it out Tuesday, March 16th or Thursday, March 18th; anytime, all day; $20. Due to the nature of this class, please reserve your kit in advance and sorry, no substitutions. Better pictures to come!

Class #3

Nope, this isn't all of it (although making ribbon flowers is my new favorite thing!). I'll be using Lush to create a luscious layout full of all the frill and full of photos! Yep, a fancy layout with more than one photo on it! More pics to come. Sunday March 21st or Tuesday March 23rd; Anytime, All Day; $25.
Class #4 is still marinating in my mind but I'll keep you posted.


Also, there are 2 spaces left for the
Scraptacular 3 Day Crop over the Anniversary Weekend
Friday, March 12th - Sunday, March 14th
24 hours of scrapping
deliciously catered meals
goody bag & make 'n' take
lots of laughter & tons of fun!
Call for reservations

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Out Of The Box, In The Box

Shadowboxing or Scrapboxing is a second cousin to Scrapbooking and is so much fun! Take a look at the project I did ages ago featuring Wild Asparagus paper from MME, Prima Flowers and stickers from Mary Engelbreit.

Scrapboxing is unique becuase it doesn't have to be centered around photographs, although they can be easily incorporated. Here, my focus is one of my favorite quotes, "Bloom Where You are Planted."

Special Thanks to Alicia W. for mentioning an article to me in the February Issue of Martha Stewart Living dedictated to the art of Scrapboxing and some really out of the box ideas for capturing your special memories!

To view the images from the article click:

I also have the full article for you to read at the shop, not to mention 12x12 scrapboxes for $20.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My Very First Design Challenge

Last week, I got a wacky idea....why don't I enter a design challenge? It's not as if I don't have enough to do with the shop. But still, this is for me, something fun to do for a change. (For those of you not familiar with the term...designers for various scrapbook companies often host contests through their blogs, using set sketches and other guidelines).

Since I love My Mind's Eye and just got the entire CHA Winter Release in...I visited their blog to see what the scoop was. I found they were in the middle of their Sketch #8 contest and I still had a chance to submit!

This was the sketch provided which could be flipped or tweaked but still needed to be recognizable. The other rule was to use pinks & or red and 80% My Mind's Eye product. I added a 3rd rule of my own...HAVE FUN & DON'T OBSESS!


Here's my version of the sketch....
featuring the brand new papers & accessories from My Mind's Eye's Lush Collection.

I lined each layer of paper blocks with a thin piece of chipboard to create a little bit of dimension. The polka dot paper & some of the die cuts are inked in Warm Red from Colorbox. The damask print and the daisy print come flocked from velvety soft!

Here are some close ups on the details. The die cuts are layered with multiple pop dots. I used Tombow vellum adhesive for the journaling box.

The title are flocked letters from Lush and the finishing details are rhinestone brads, also from Lush.


Lush has been so popular so far! Can't wait to see what you create with this fabulous collection. For other ideas and to participate in other design challenges, check out the My Mind's Eye Blog.