Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Life Stories by My Mind's Eye

Life Stories is a beautiful collection printed on kraft cardstock for a muted, vintage look. It's perfect for heritage and modern photos alike. There are two collections complete with floral and damask patterns, ledger-style papers, matching die cut sheets, and journaling cards for every occasion. Take a look:

I love these cards! They make great journaling prompts for a layout. You can also use them as a decorative element on a page or card:

Here are some layout ideas:

Tim Holtz products work so fabulously with this collection! His metal embellishments, paints, grungeboard, and inks are perfect.

Here's a close up of grungeboard letters painted with crackle paint and then distressed with ink.

A journaling card is tucked underneath the photo for a nostalgic accent.

Using distress ink, sponge a mixture of color onto grungeboard butterflies. Then spritz lightly with "Pearl" Glimmer Mist for a subtle shimmer.

Create a pocket for hidden journaling.

Do you like the look of distressed edges on your papers? Try this handy little tool by Making Memories. It has a small blade in the center that scrapes away the edge of your paper. It protects your fingers and allows you to distress as little or as much as you want!

Cut a simple tree trunk from a piece of cardboard. Punch various sizes of circles from plain white tissue paper then spray with "Olive Vine" Glimmer Mist. You can speed up the drying process with a heat gun. This causes the edges to crinkle slightly, adding to the worn look.

In this example, some of the circles were hit directly with the Glimmer Mist and show a gold shimmer. The color soaked through to others, while the circles were layered together, which gave them a little different look. It adds a nice variety. Attach each "leaf" with a tiny dab of liquid glue.

If you are worried about keeping your layout photo safe, spray the tree with Archival Mist to neutralize any acid in the cardboard and/or tissue paper.

Here are two more examples of layouts using Life Stories by My Mind's Eye. They were designed for our scrapbooking classes, so you may have noticed them on our blog already.

Check out these beautiful collections in our scrapbooking department!

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