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Teaming Up with My Mind's Eye

Time for a blog swap! What's that, you ask? Since this is our first, let me explain. Two companies share products with each other, and then they swap projects to share with their readers. Oh, and there's a giveaway too! Check out the projects inspired from Ella eBooks that are made with the My Mind's Eye products.

Visit the My Mind's Eye for chances to win, and to see more projects.

Design team member Trisha Ladouceur

Trisha says: "This is a layout featuring me and my most handsome little nephew who surprised me with a visit this past weekend... well, he didn't but my sister did and she brought her munchkins ;) I was soooooo LUCKY to get to snuggle with this little man when we went out for dinner allowing my sister to eat without a babe in her arms (remember those days?!) So I guess she was lucky too;)

I was truly impressed with the sketch book and based my layout on the one in the top right corner on page 31. I changed the photo from being horizontal to vertical so my photo would work.

Usually it takes me a very long time to complete my projects but using this sketch took so much of the work out of it. I even allowed myself to keep it relatively simple and was impressed at just how fast I was able to complete it. Less than one hour from start to finish has got to be a record time for me!

Using the papers, die cuts and stickers from the My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary Collection and embellishing with the LUSH ribbons and self adhesive chipboard letters, gave this layout the texture and dimension needed to satisfy my need for lumps and bumps and the colours and patterns necessary to suit a young lad. It was the perfect combination and came together easily. I cannot wait to try my hand at some of the other sketches in this book!"

Design team member Amber Packer made this layout below featuring the My Mind's Eye Lush line.

Photo Credit: Haylee Bean photography

Amber says: "I want it all and I want it now!  That’s how I felt while looking through the fabulous idea books on the Ella Publishing website.  I decided on three books:  Stretch Your Sketches, Text Tricks and Quick & Creative Quizzes.

I altered the six photo sketch (pg. 19 in Stretch Your Sketches) by using one photo instead of six and kept the title and accent strip in the same spot.  I was inspired from Text Tricks to combine colors and fonts for my title (pg. 7) as well as to turn journaling into a frame (pg. 20).  For my journaling thoughts, I turned to the Quick & Creative Quizzes “Compliments” chapter (pg. 6 – 7). Up next: 40 Tips for Better Photos!"

Now for some projects from some of the Ella ladies!

First up is Tami Morrison:

Tami made a creativity checklist that she printed out from Stacy Julian's latest eBook, UR2Cre8ive. She printed it out, cut it into strips, and made it into a decorative reminder to keep in her studio. The MME Quite Contrary line was perfectly suited for her cheery project.

Here's a layout from Angie Lucas:

Angie says: "This layout uses the Quite Contrary line from My Mind's Eye, and I copied a sketch from the Ella Stretch your Sketches eBook written by Donna Jannuzzi. I didn't have a circle cutter large enough to really fit the sketch, so I traced a dinner plate on the back of the patterned paper and trimmed it out. This was probably one of the quickest layouts I've ever created, because I had plenty of coordinating products to choose from in the Quite Contrary line, and I didn't have to mess with my design.

Here's how it came together: I chose my topic, narrowed down my photos from a recent girls' weekend, and then I searched for a sketch from the Stretch Your Sketches eBook that fit the five photos I chose. Since I had four landscape photos and one portrait photo, it was easy to adapt the 3-photo sketch to make it work. (The reason it was so easy? Tami Morrison's layout in the eBook took this exact approach with one vertical photo four horizontal photos.)"

And finally, here are two projects from Katie Scott:
Katie says, "I LOVE how sticky-strong the flocked chipboard letters are. I am usually unhappy with chipboard letters because they don't stick very well. But these are like superglue - seriously strong stick!  Thumbs up! My layout is inspired from the latest eBook, U2R Cr8ive by Stacy Julian. She shares so much information about living creatively and she is such an inspiration, I always want to scrapbook my life after I read anything written by her."

Journaling reads: Mac & Charlie tore down the 10+ year old herb garden (Mac particularly enjoyed the destruction process) and rebuilt it for me; and at my son's last doctor's appointment I was shocked that he only has one foot to go to be as tall as me!

Katie used the My Mind's Eye Blog Sketch for inspiration and copied it almost exactly except it was pink and this is green.

Journaling reads: Green Happy Memories: St. Patrick's Day is almost here - so just in case you are wondering -
Yes! We are Irish and here's why we celebrate!
* Remember to Wear Green;
* My Grandma Grace Flavin was Irish!;
* I grew up on Kermit & the Muppets;
* We are growing vegetables;
* My dad was a farmer & composter & an environmentalist;
* I kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland in 1992;
* Its what we call cash;
*Your eyes, like mine, are greenish brown.

Want to win a copy of the eBooks mentioned above? Stop by the My Mind's Eye blog to enter.
To win a complete set of the Quite Contrary line from MME leave a comment with a list of your top 3 scrapbooking related daily reads (online of course)
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