My Minds Eye – My Colors Cardstock

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So you guys wanna see one of my favorite projects ever? okay, okay… you convinced me! Take a look!Alexes Brown for My Minds Eyeisn’t it just so pretty??? I must admit, I’m in love with this little beauty….

Did you guys know that My Minds Eye just debuted their own cardstock?? lemme tell you, this stuff is great! I loved working with it and the best part about it is that it comes in the prettiest and freshest colors!
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Look at all the Pretty Paper on Minted!!

Okay people…. today I’m ridiculously excited because the people over at Minted asked me to review a few of their newest products! You guys know that one of my favorite things in all the land is pretty paper so imagine how excited I was when I first learned about this opportunity!!

Some of you might know that my little sister is getting married this summer so It’s actually a funny coincidence that Minted reached out to me because I’ve spend a lot of time on their website over the last few months while I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect Save the Dates, Bridal Shower and Wedding invitations!!

There are few things I love more in this world than great typography, beautiful design and gold foil!!! Minted has done a fantastic job of creating a vast and comprehensive selection of invitations to cover all of your invitation needs! I spend wayyyyy too much time browsing though all of their different items and I was very surprised to find a few new categories of things I had no idea they carried! But more on that later! Check out a few of my favorite Save the Dates! They’re honestly all so beautiful it was hard to pick! Minted Minted Minted

don’t you just love all of that gold foil?? I know I do!!

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One thing that’s newer to their site that I had never even noticed is that they have custom prints and artwork!! I’m seriously fawning over this gold foil print!! It’s just so beautiful and I want it in my house, stat!!

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There is something just so pretty about the print above, I just love it. I didn’t really know what it was at first but then I realized that it’s an astrological sign! How fun! I would love to have a few of them over a reading chair or to even add one to a gallery wall!

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Oh and there’s another great section to the site where you can buy these adorable gold foil maps of different states!! I’m drooling! I want to order one for each of the states we lived in and hang them up in my living room!!

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Okay… if any of you follow my instagram you might have noticed that I’ve been trying my hand at watercoloring.. I’m just learning and I’ve got a loooong ways to go! But the girl who did the two prints above, Yao Cheng, is my watercolor idol!! I’m hands down in love with every single one of her flora pieces… I’m completely obsessed with her so you can imagine my pure delight when I saw her work on the Minted website!! Aren’t these pieces just so beautiful and dreamy? They would be perfect in my little girls bedroom!
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How cute would any of these pieces be in a little ones bedroom?? I’m seriously in love with it all! Be sure to head on over and check out all of their new art pieces here!

There are so many great pieces on this website and if you’re an artist there’s even an option to submit your work to their new website! How cool is that!! There were a number of other things that I didn’t have time to talk about, like their new selection of custom fabrics??!! SOOOOO amazing! They also have so many new and cool party decor items, journals, planners, home decor, christmas decor and a slew of other things!! You should run over there right now and check it out…. Make sure you got an hour or two of free time because I know you’re going to get lost in the beauty and delight of their selection! I promise you won’t be sorry!

Felicity Jane – WhatImDoingNow Kit

Hey you!

I’m back with another look at Felicity Janes’ latest kit called whatimdoingnow…. it’s filled with bright fun colors! Pinks, teal, green, and yellow! You can’t help but be happy when you’re using these colors!! Let’s take a second and appreciate those gold glittered hand lettered foam phrases…………. ahhhhmazing!! I’m in love with them and I would happily use one on every layout if I could! Alexes Marie Brown - Felicity Jane Kit Club Alexes Marie Brown - Felicity Jane Kit Club Alexes Marie Brown - Felicity Jane Kit Club Alexes Marie Brown - Felicity Jane Kit Club Alexes Marie Brown - Felicity Jane Kit ClubI always love the way that Felicity Janes colors work so well together in a layout! They’re just so fun, bright and vibrant that I can’t help but love.
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be sure to go and stop by their website and check out their latest kits!!

Felicity Jane – Best Day Kit

Hello Hello!!!

I wanted to share with you all some of the most recent layouts i’ve made with the Felicity Jane March Kit! This kit features the bold black and white we’ve come to love from Felicity Jane along with some pretty pinks, corals, greens and teal!!

It lends itself well to whimsical layouts like the one below with the pretty flowers, and soft tones of grey and
Alexes Marie Brown - Felicity Jane Kit Club Alexes Marie Brown - Felicity Jane Kit Club Alexes Marie Brown - Felicity Jane Kit Club Alexes Marie Brown - Felicity Jane Kit Club Alexes Marie Brown - Felicity Jane Kit ClubFor this next layout I used this really beautiful woodgrain patterned paper, which I’m totally obsessed with. The best thing about these kits is that I’m always left wanting ten more of each paper! The designs are so classic, and timeless yet right on trend too!  I’m pretty sure my favorite piece from this whole kit was that little vellum piece that says “a whole lot of happy” I was sure to use it on my first layout!
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be SURE to stop by Felicity Jane and take a look around, you won’t be sorry I promise!! I’m my opinion it’s one of the best kits out there right  now!! and I’m totally being honest here…. I’m head over heels with them!

Felicity Jane – You & Me kit

are you guys ready for my second project made with the Felicity Jane Me & You kit?? I sure hope so because here it is!

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I honestly just love this layout…. I LOVE that amazing white paper with the pin stripe chevron… I love the directionality of the paper and how it makes your eyes go towards the photo and embellishments. Alexes Marie Brown - Felicity Jane - You & MeWhen I started this layout, I was only pulling from the teal, white and black elements, but as I progressed with the page I knew I needed to add in some of those pretty pinks and corals.
Alexes Marie Brown - Felicity Jane - You & Me adding in some of that gorgeous wood veneer and some simple flair, I was feeling pretty good about the look of my page. But then I realized that yet again, I had forgotten to add some journaling! It’s honestly something I forget a lot and I’m trying hard to be better at!

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I honestly sat at played around with the word strips for about 30 minutes… I just couldn’t get it right! I started with about 5 more lines and then eventually decided that there just wasn’t room for all the thoughts I had typed out on my vintage typewriter. I tend to be a little bit of a perfectionist and won’t stop moving things around on a page until I feel like they’re juuuusssttt right… Sometimes it takes a while and sometimes it comes together instantly! It all just depends!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back soon for more pretty paper!

Stash Buster – By Color Scheme

Good morning to you!

I hope you all are doing great on this fine day!

I’ve been in this groove lately as far as my scrapbooking goes and I’m really enjoying myself. I’ve had so many obligations as far as design teams go, for the last few years, so I love it when I have the extra time to for a project when I can just use whatever product I want.

Alexes Marie Brown - You-1I’ve been scrapbooking for over 15 years now and you can bet this lady has a lot of scrapbooking supplies! I’m pretty sure if I were to never again purchase something scrapbooking related, I would still be able to make 12,418,362 layouts. I can measure the thickness of cardstock in feet…. yeah, I might have a bit of a hoarding  thing going on but I just don’t care! I LOVE SCRAPBOOKING STUFF AND I DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT! Anyways, the moral of the story is, I’ve got a lot of stuff and I wanna use it up!

I’m sure some of you may be able to relate to this, but every time I clean out my craft room all I can think about is all the $$$ I’m just giving away, and then I recommit myself to using up every. single. piece. So I thought I’d start up a new feature called Stash Buster, and each time I’ll present a new technique I implement into my routine to use up all those extras!

Alexes Marie Brown - YouThe technique I use most often when I’m trying to use of product is to do so by color scheme. I’ll start by picking out a paper that gets my attention and from there I’ll establish my color scheme. The next step is to look through all of my stash and pull things with those colors. As I’m working and playing around with things on my layout, I pull from my pile of embellishments. I’m the kind of scrapbook that moves things around a lot… That’s what I did with this particular layout. I knew I wanted to use the blue striped paper, and I wanted to use one of those pretty gold glittered words from Maggie Holmes, but the rest wasn’t really set. Then as I was flipping through my pile of random embellishments, I found that pretty green and blue leaves chipboard. I liked it so much I decided to use a few other things from that same package.

I like using coordinating embellishments a lot because a lot of the times it pushes me to use colors I wouldn’t normally use. As was the case with this layout. Normally I hate green, but I really like the way it played with the blues and the greys in this page!

So tell me, what’s your favorite way to use up your scraps?
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Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope these tips will help you to use up those pretty papers of yours!

Felicity Jane Kit Club

allright all of you wonderful readers, you… I have something really really special to share with you today.

The other day while wondering around on the internets, I came across the website of a newer kit club called Felicity Jane. After perusing through the website and falling more and more in love with each click, I knew I wanted to be involved with this fantastic company!

Fastforward a few weeks and I’ve got this ridiculously fantastic box full of goodies in my lap… take a look

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aren’t they just great?

I’ve been on several design teams in my time working in the scrapbooking industry and I can say that this is has been the most fun!! I LOVE the color schemes, the gorgeous embellishments and the fact that everything comes in the most adorable packaging! Every time I get a box in the mail (oh and did I mention that each kit comes in this adorable black and white striped box?) I open it and see how beautiful everything is, I am immediately inspired to go right down to my studio and create, like instantly.

I must say that I have love every. single. thing. I have gotten so far….. and that’s why I think this company is so special .

Jeana, the owner,  has superb taste and creates some of the most beautiful kits out there. period. She’s sooo on trend and just creates some fantastic product. Please go over to her website and check it out, you won’t regret it. promise!

I’ve received February and March already and I’ll be sharing projects I’ve made with them over the next few days, so check back for more!

AND I just got April in the mail yesterday so look forward to that too!

So here’s a little sneak peek of a project I made that I will share on monday!

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Heidi Swapp Memory Planner

Happy Monday to you all! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! We had a great time at our house doing absolutely nothing…. It was utterly fantastic!

So, I’ve had a few comments and e-mails lately asking about how my Heidi Swapp planner has been going, so I thought I’d write up a blog post for those of you who were interested!

Instead of doing my normal yearly project life album, which can sometimes be a little overwhelming (especially when you’ve just had your third baby) I’ve decided to incorporate all of my photos and journaling right into my planner itself! I’m pretty sure it the perfect system for my life right now! Genius Heidi, genius!

First I go throughout my month and keep my notes and whatnot for each day in the large rectangle and then I use the right smaller lined section with a memory from that day. I could be anything from something funny my kids said that day, or just how I’m feeling about life.

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I got the idea from a dear friend of mine who wrote a thought about her husband in a journal for an entire year and then gave that journal to him for Christmas… I mean come on, how amazing is that? So working off of her great idea, I thought I’d start doing the same thing!

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and then after the month is over I take all of my iPhone photos and print them off as 3×4’s and glue them right into my planner.

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I love these pages that are in the beginning of every month… they’re a place to record memories about pictures you love and add in some of these awesome Heidi Swapp 3×3 foiled cards!

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When I first got this planner I didn’t really know what the purpose of these little lists that were included in the planner. I noticed that they were numbered to either 30 or 31 so I figured it had something to do with the days of the month, but I jus couldn’t get that to work for me in any way so I decided to do my own thing.

I decided that for each month I would make a lists that might show some insight into my life. I dearly love to read, so for January I did a list of my most loved books and a list of books I want to read someday. The photo above is a list of all the messes my little girl has made lately…. she’s a crazy one!

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I love looking back through the days and seeing photos and all of the journaling all in one place!!

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I’ll be honest and say the one thing I’m not in love with is the fact that adding thick embellishments like chipboard makes it hard for me to write in my planner afterwards. So currently I’ve been trying to only use flat stickers, which is a little bit of a bummer.

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thank you so much for checking out this blog post! Hope you guys found some inspiration here on my blog!

My Minds Eye – Hello World

Goooood Morning!!!

I bet you didn’t think you’d be hearing from me today, did ya? Two days in a row? Must be some kind of miracle!!

Today, my dear friends, I’m on the My Minds Eye blog showing off one of the newest collections called Hello World. It’s nothing short of amazing and it was perfect for documenting the trip my family and I took to Portage Bay! Be sure to check their blog to see the rest of the page!! Alexes Marie Brown - MME - Hello World