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My Mind’s Eye Chalk Studio The Sequel

I am so excited for today’s post.  I love seeing the different ways our Design Team has been able to use My Mind’s Eye Chalk Studio. Today we have some awesome projects from Sara Case Strickland. Sara is a trooper  and turned around these projects in a jiffy while staying cozy warm in her snow-filled Canadian home.

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Happy, happy Friday! And let me tell you, with today’s Steal, it really is a happy Friday!

I was so excited when the My Mind’s Eye Chalk Studio kit showed up in my mailbox – I love the chalkboard trend and couldn’t wait to play with it a bit.

Most of the time I wouldn’t consider myself a cardmaker but I love scrapbooking on 8.5”x11” paper and I love the smaller print found on 6×6 papers so card kits and collections work really well for me. With the goodies from today’s steal I decided to go “off the page” and make two projects – a mini album and a display tray.

My children are 4 and 6 and although they love to look through my scrapbooks their hands have a hard time handing the bulk and size of a 12×12 album. Because of that, I have found myself making more and more mini albums. The one I made from the Chalk Studio line is a brief overview of my daughter’s 2013 year.

The base is recycled cardboard and a couple of pages are folded over paper to form pockets.

I simply resized my pictures, ran a 70’s action over them, and added the month with letter stickers once they were in the album.

Super easy but my daughter loved it when I tucked it into her lunch bag as a surprise. If you want to see the full album, check it out here at my Flickr Gallery.

The next thing I made was a small 7 Gypsies display tray. My brother and his wife are expecting their first baby and I’m thrilled! So I made her a little décor piece to put in her room. I left the middle space empty so a picture could be added once she’s born.

I added some wood veneer hearts and coloured them with a red Wink of Stella pen:

And made sure everything had lots of dimension:

Unfortunately, I ran out of time to make anything else for this post but you can be sure that I’ll be playing with the Chalk Studio line again soon. For starters, I need to make a mini album for my son!

 

My Mind’s Eye Chalk Studio

With chalkboard project being all the rage, the Chalk Studio Collection from My Mind’s Eye is the perfect go-to collection for all of your papercrafting adventures. Today we have design team member Kristy Mackeen showing us her projects using this fantastic collection.

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Hi! Happy Friday! When Melodee told me I would be working with My Mind’s Eye’s Chalk Studio, I was excited. Not only does this collection have all the elements of the popular chalkboard trend you could want, but MME did a great job of including some wonderful soft colors, too.

I decided I wanted to feature the soft colors and highlight them with the chalkboard elements. I love all the variety of embellishments in today’s steal. It made it easy to add layers and pop to my scrapbook page.

I’ll admit, when I saw the frames in this collection, I was a little scared of them. But then I decided, why not go for it?!? This is the perfect opportunity to try them. So I added 2 layers of Pop Dots under the frame to really make it stand up from the page, and to make it easy to tie my twine around the edge.

I wanted to highlight the words “Smile Together” on the camera paper, so I made sure my frame was positioned over the words (and underlined them) to draw your eye there.

I also wanted to make a card with this collection. (Did you see that this week’s Monday Craft Madness was to make cards? Make sure you check out the post and link up your cards there for a chance to win a great SS prize!) I love the frame that says “This is True Love”. I thought that would be a perfect card for Valentine’s Day.

To soften the edges of the frame, I rounded the corners with a We R Memory Keeper’s Corner Chomper (maybe one of my favorite Scrapbook Steal purchase!) and added just a little white ink on the very edge of the frame. With a simple red embossed heart and a little twine, I had a quick card ready to give my honey.