2QT layout for Sketches in Thyme’s challenge and My Mind’s Eye Stella and Rose Review

During CHA week, I was fortune enough to be one of the lucky winners of the new Stella and Rose line by My Mind’s Eye on their blog! You can see the post on their blog with the announcement here. I was soooo excited when I found out that I had won the entire Hattie and Gertie papers and accessories. This was especially thrilling for me since Hattie is PERFECT for boy layouts. If you don’t already know, I have 4 boys and 1 girl, but 95% of my scrapping supplies are geared towards girls!

Well, what I received instead were Hazel and Mabel which would have been perfectly fine since I love those color schemes too. However, I was concerned that the mix-up could potentially cause a problem, so I contacted Amber to let her know. I asked her if she needed me to send the package back to her, to the actual recipient or if I should keep these instead of the sets I’d won? What now? She emailed me back IMMEDIATELY and told me to expect Hattie and Gertie in the mail shortly…and here’s the incredible part…She then said that I could keep the ones I’d been sent by mistake! Can you believe it?!! By now I was giddy with excitement. 😀

When my package arrived, I was surprised that the box was larger than the first shipment had been…she sent me the ENTIRE Stella and Rose line including the 6×6 paper pads!!!! {Here’s where I do the happy dance}

Now, I might seem biased here when I assert my opinions about MME’s new line for this review, but I can honestly say that I ABSOLUTELY AM! Not because I received some free goodies, but because I adore My Mind’s Eye products. MME is the reason I got hooked on papercrafting. You can read why on here.

In case you aren’t already familiar with My Mind’s Eye they make fabulously patterned scrapbooking papers that are a wonderfully heavyweight cardstock in gorgeous color schemes with coordinating embellishments like brads, diecuts, stickers, tags, frames, buttons, charms/trinkets, stamps and transparencies. I’ve always been impressed with the quality of their products and how well thought-out their lines tend to be. Many come in collection kits which make scrapping so easy since everything is already coordinated for you in the kit.

Other lines (like “Lost and Found” and “Stella and Rose”) are broken down into separately named color ranges, each of which is further broken down into specific themes. Stella and Rose has 4 ranges called Hazel, Mabel, Hattie and Gertie. Each of these ranges then has 5 themes. So far, I’ve created 2 layouts using the Hazel range. The first layout can be found here, using the “special” papers, frame and tag. Here’s the layout I created using the “memories” papers and title for the Sketches in Thyme Open challenge #4. You can enter any layout you have created that is based on a sketch (up to 3 entries):

TFL!

Materials:

My Mind’s Eye Stella Rose Hazel “memories” diecut
MME Hazel “memories” 12×12 paper
Bazzill cardstock
MME Hazel “memories” title
MME Hazel “special” title
MME Hazel “fancy” sticker
MME Hazel “lovely” brad
MME Confetti “party” ribbon
Ranger Distress inks

Adhesives:

Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Scrapdots

Based on the following sketch posted on Sketches4all by Fia for a challenge:

If you have a project or layout you created based on a sketch and would like to enter it into the open challenge on Sketches in Thyme, CLICK HERE.

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How I got hooked on papercrafting

Unlike my other entries, I’m not posting my lastest creation, I’m not posting a giveaway opportunity I came across and I’m not quite posting a product review, though it might seem like it in places. A dear friend of mine suggested that I should take a moment before my next review to explain how I got hooked on scrapbooking, as I know it now, and papercrafts in general.

I put together my first scrapbook nearly 6 years ago with a paper kit I found at Walmart. They didn’t have much of a selection and I do not remember the brand. All I know is that there were plain, basic pastel solid papers (not cardstock), a few simple patterns and coordinating diecuts in the pack. Since I was creating a baby album for Alex (my oldest bio son), I felt they were perfect at the time. I also picked up some ribbon and stickers while I was there. I thought I was being sooo creative when I added the ribbon to my pages. Ha! Little did I know that people have been doing that for ages! lol I’d wanted to make an album for my oldest (not biological) son, but I couldn’t get anyone to gather baby pics of him for me, so I wasn’t able to at the time. Anyway, though I loved the experience, I put scrapping on the back burner for a while since I was busy with my 2 boys, had just had a daughter and was pregnant with baby #4. I thought I didn’t have time for a “hobby.”

Years later, my M&M’s as I call them (Madison and Matthew to the rest of the world) kept asking me to make baby books for them like Alex had and I was finally able to get baby and toddler pics of Taten (he was 4 when Larry and I met, so I had zero photos of him from before that age). I finally agreed to this huge undertaking last fall and silly me decided they would make great Christmas gifts! An album for Taten with the early photos through a couple of years ago for his first album, M&M would have 0-1 yr albums, and Alex would have a big boy album that picks up from where I’d left off to a couple of years ago. Four 20 page albums in less than 3 months is what I’d agreed to! My extremely understanding Alex was told his would be made last just in case I couldn’t get them done in time. He was fine with that, as I knew he would be. 😀

Well, my local Walmart did away with the crafting section, so that was no help. I had just had baby #5 in June, so I didn’t want to drag him around the local stores for hours trying to figure things out. I turned to ebay with their wealth of sellers no longer scrapping and trying to unload their “stashes.” I purchased a huge lot of papers and supplies that someone was getting rid of that simply stated the quantity of papers, with no images of the papers just because of the tools it included. They most likely listed the manufacturers/designers, but I didn’t know one from another at the time anyway, so it wouldn’t have mattered. What I received was a treasure and I’m so thankful that I came across this fabulous lot. The package included many different designers and manufacturers, but most importantly, it introduced me to My Mind’s Eye. Some of their older papers were in this lot. Papers from Tres Jolie and Bohemia and even a couple pages from their Signature Suite. I was in love. I had no idea such beautifully distressed papers existed! I loved the look of the papers, but I also LOVED the feel of the papers in my hands. Their heavyweight, textured cardstock appealed to my senses and I was in love!

I then started researching online and discovered so many techniques, products, tools and manufacturers I never knew were out there! From a few pages of MME’s papers, I found Basic Grey, then Cosmo Cricket then OMG I found Webster’s Pages!!! If you haven’t already guessed, Webster’s Pages is my all-time fave manufacturer! As soon as I found them, I knew I was hooked.

I’ve since discovered the joys of Bo Bunny, Fancy Pants, Graphic 45, Glitz, Echo Park, October Afternoon, Pink Paislee, PRIMA, Teresa Collins and soooo many others…all thanks to My Mind’s Eye. 😀

You know what else I discovered? I’ve been papercrafting all along…just not scrapbooking. What I thought was just arts and crafts with the kids where we were “playing” with paper, scissors and glue and piecing together cards for family members or creating animals with paper plates and paper and glittery paints or inks and coffee filter snowflakes in the winter…was all in actuality papercrafting! You’re probably thinking…um duh?…but for me this discovery opens up a whole new world of creative expression and I look forward to seeing what other ventures this knowledge opens up for me. 😀

The Perfect Spot – Scrap Whispers challenge entry

For this layout, I combined a color challenge from Scrap Whispers with a sketch by Melissa on Sketches4all. The colors to use were brown and mint green. You can accent with black or white if you need to. I’m also entering this layout into Sketches in Thymes’ Open Challenge #4. You can enter any layout you have created that is based on a sketch (up to 3 entries). Here’s the great sketch Melissa posted:

And here’s what I came up with:

TFL!

Materials:

Basic Grey Urban Couture papers
BG Urban Couture diecuts
Bazzill cardstock
Core’dinations Color core cardstock
Ranger Distress Ink
Sakura Brown brush tip pen

Adhesive:
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac

If you’d like to participate in one of Scrap Whisper’s challenges, CLICK HERE.

If you’d like to check out the challenges on Sketches4All, CLICK HERE.

If you have a project you created based on a sketch and would like to enter Sketches in Thyme’s open challenge too, CLICK HERE.

Gift of Gab – PageMaps sketch challenge entry

PageMaps is well known for their fabulous sketches which are frequently used on challenge sites throughout the web. I recently stopped by to see what they’re all about and found this great sketch posted with a challenge. I’m also entering this layout into Sketches in Thymes’ Open Challenge #4. You can enter any layout you have created that is based on a sketch (up to 3 entries). Here’s what I came up with based on this sketch:

Well, I just received a fabulous package of My Mind’s Eye’s newest release, Stella and Rose, so I decided to create a layout for this sketch using that line (I will be posting a review of Stella and Rose on Monday). Based on the photo I selected, I decided to go with the Hazel range. Here’s what I came up with for the challenge:

TFL!

Materials:

My Mind’s Eye Stella and Rose Collection, Hazel papers in “Special”
Bazzill solid colored cardstock
MME Bohemia “Bella” twill ribbon trim
MME Stella and Rose “Special” frame
MME Stella and Rose “special” tag
Making Memories brads
The Paper Company brads
MME Stella and Rose Mabel stamp
Pink Paislee alpha stickers
Cosmo Cricket tiny type alphas
DMC embroidery floss

Adhesives:

Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
American Crafts This to That foam dots

If you’d like to take a peek at PageMaps other creatively inspiring sketches or enter their challenge, CLICK HERE.

If you have a project you created based on a sketch and would like to enter it in the Sketches in Thyme challenge, CLICK HERE.

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