Many of you will be pulling out your Christmas decorations this weekend, after the Thanksgiving celebrations are over. Might I suggest you add some MME Christmas charm to your decor with their fabulous new 8x10 "Frameables"? They have two Christmas lines: "Joyous" and "Sleighbells Ring" .
I started decorating my shelves and they were just lacking the finishing touch. I was about to go buy some Christmas chalk art off of Etsy to print and frame. Then I remembered that MME just came out with beautiful new Christmas "Frameables". The only hard part was choosing which ones to use - they are all so festive! I love the glittered elements of the "Joyous" collection and the two sided prints of "Sleighbells Ring".
I finally narrowed it down to 4 prints. I plan to switch them out occasionally in the coming month. I spray painted some old frames I had stashed in my basement, cleaned the glass, and inserted the print. So simple!!! These would make wonderful and inexpensive Christmas gifts too.
I placed "Season's Greetings" in a black frame, to make the red pop. I paired it with two glittered damask candles that coordinated perfectly with the red glittered holly wreath.
I also put "Joy to the World" in a black frame. I love that you have both the traditional black chalk art background and the red to choose from. I added some ornaments and decorative picks under the easel.
I framed "Merry and Bright Christmas" in white, to contrast with the black chalk art background. I placed three green ornaments in a jar and added a Christmas pick and ornaments to coordinate with the holly wreath.
I placed the framed "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" frameable in a picture stand to give it height, then nestled it with a jar of pepperment sticks and glittered candles (in a jar of rock salt).
There is also a beautiful 12x12 "Joy" paper from "Sleigh Bells Ring" that would look fabulous in a 12x12 frame.
Have fun decking your halls this Christmas season!
One of my favorite things about MME collections is the variety of colors and patterns within each one. The Jubilee collection features four different ranges, and I used the Tangerine line for this project. This line is full of bright and bold blues, oranges and yellows, and they’re all just amazing. This line has a lot of travel elements in it, and I challenged myself to use it for a cute layout about my daughter and her funny way of eating vanilla wafers. All of these lines are very versatile and you can make them work for anything.
I just love this woodgrain paper, so I started there. I kept the lower portion of the layout clean while creating most of my design in the top half. I chose a few patterned papers that contrasted each other with colors and patterns and adhered them down.
Next, I added lots of gesso to create some fading and to prepare the papers for modeling paste and gelatos. I used a stencil and a light coat of modeling paste to create the triangles, and then used various shades of blue gelatos to create the smudgy effect. This is a great (and easy) way to create some separation between the photo and the busy background patterns. It sort of blends it out so the photo pops more. Another key to helping the photo stand out is add pop dots under it to raise it up.
I reached into my MME stash and pulleout a few coordinating decorative tapes (the yellow, orange and stripes). I love that older lines still match the newer ones! I added some yellow stitching here to throw in another pop of color.
Here is a great close up of lots of the different MME products I used. These little white frames in the Journaling Cards pack are SO fun! I painted this one orange and layered the heart on top of my photo and then stitched through it. I used a few of the decorative brads, some Mixed Bag die cuts, stickers and rub-ons. I love using as many elements as I can.
Here you can see the texture created from the stencil and paste. The gelatos go so smoothly over it all. One of my favorite parts of the Jubliee lines…these handwritten sentiments! This chipboard piece is so fun and makes creating your title much easier.
I’m so happy you stopped by today! Hopefully this gives you some ideas on things you can do with the beautiful MME products and how you can use certain ones for a completely different idea than what they’re intended for. You would never know this line was geared toward travel. Have fun, and have a great day!
Hi everyone, Laurel here. I had a lot of fun shooting these photos of my daughter and granddaughter (who was 7 weeks old at the time). The weather was perfect and the baby had a full tummy so she was quite content! I love how the baby’s jacket and my daughter’s headband coordinate and they work so well in a fall photo shoot!
Of course I had to use the Jubilee Sherbet collection as it has the perfect pop of purple. I also wanted a shabby feel so I used one of the Necessities Woodgrain papers as a background and it worked well.
This layout went together fairly quickly and easily, the hardest part was choosing the photos! I had so many great ones it was hard to narrow it down!
This is Karen, back with another Mixed Media project. This month's project was inspired by Carissa Paige's Life Book lesson about home.
I grew up in Istanbul, Turkey and all of my family is still back there, and I consider it my home. But I moved to the United States when I was 17 and have now been here over 23 years. My husband is American and I have two boys. So I consider the US my home as well. Sometimes, neither feels like home. Sometimes, both feel like home. Most of the time, it's confusing.
So I decided to make a project about how I need to remember that home is not necessarily a place.
I grabbed a bunch of my Mixed Bags from both Jubilee and Just Sayin' and emptied them on my table. I took a photo of me and my sister from when I was a kid and one with my husband and boys now. I honestly didn't know what I was going to do but I told myself not to overthink it and just start picking things that spoke to me and glue them down.
There was no rhyme or reason to my process. I just went on until I thought I had enough. This is where I stopped.
I didn't worry too much about the colors because I already knew I was going to paint all over the page. I still had no plan at this point except that I knew I was going to draw an earth. So I went to Google and wrote "globe" and pulled up image results.
I looked at the one with the yellow in it and drew outline of the shapes as best I could. I didn't over-worry. I wanted the idea to be clear but it didn't have to be geographically accurate. I drew right in the middle of my page with my Stabilo All pencil.
I then painted the oceans blue and while it was drying, I painted the outside of the globe with orange and yellows.
I feel the need to note that I still didn't really have a plan for how this was all going to come together and I wasn't crazy about what I was seeing so far. But I kept going because I knew it always works out in the end. I added in the green and brown to my earth. I put one more layer of yellows on the outside and I knew I was going to eventually journal all over this page so I added some white with a palette knife. Then I wrote out my title. I ended up with this:
Title says: Home is where the people you love are.
Here's the left side:
and the right side:
Had I thought this through some more, I would have put my sister and I on the right page and my boys on the left one since that's where the US is. And I probably would not have drawn the globe right through my son's face. But, alas, I didn't plan this page, I just went with it.
What I love is that the collage pieces are sticking out here and there and definitely giving a feeling to the page. And also adding a lot of texture:
even subtle ones:
So there we are. It all came together in the end. And it's a great reminder that, when confused, home is where people I love are and my home is all over the world as the people I love are spread throughout the world.