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So Very Proud of You

I think most parents would agree that there are few greater feelings of personal accomplishment than seeing your child succeed. It’s not technically your accomplishment, but it sure does feel like it at the moment! There are so many milestones along the way but seeing them receive a diploma – that signifier that they’re about to truly embark on adulthood – that’s really special. And that pride is evident on the faces of Laina and her husband in this amazing layout.

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The Graduation Accents and Bright Lights Numbers and Symbols Die-namics sets mix perfectly to create titles for layouts and sentiments for cards.

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Laina created custom washi tape in classic patterns to match the feel and colors of the rest of the layout. She also trimmed the label die cut to size it perfectly to her stamped image.

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This caption was created by masking a sentiment from the Happy Graduation stamp set resulting in the two-piece design shown.

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Are you as inspired as we are? Ready to tackle a scrapbook page of your own? If you need a jumpstart, Laina has provided a sketch for the layout she’s shared so give it a shot. Please make sure to tag us if you share – we always love seeing what you’ve been up to with MFT products :)

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An Inspired Thank You

We think our Creative Team is top notch. They inspire us daily with their projects. Our team can be inspired to craft beautiful new projects by our friends and customers as well though. This stunning card from Jackie was inspired by the card and video Jennifer McGuire shared a few days ago on our blog and Youtube channel.

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Jackie was compelled to pull out her Copics and add some beautiful and realistic coloring to her Lily Die-namics pieces after viewing Jennifer’s tips and tricks. What have you been inspired to create lately?

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Thinking of You

Barbara is with us again today sharing a wonderful “anytime” card that would meet the needs of a variety of occasions. Whether someone is dealing with a difficult situation, celebrating a recent success, or just in need of a quick “hi,” this design fits the bill!

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Barbara created interest on this pretty card by including lots of layers and an eye-catching, contrasting color scheme. While it would have been equally beautiful without, the small scalloped element stamped with an image from the Art Expression Text provides some visual grounding and the perfect bit of pop.

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Hey, Girlie!

You know that feeling when someone does something really nice for no particular reason? It’s kind of even better than when it’s for your birthday, or anniversary, or some other obligatory occasion. Send a girlfriend a little note and I promise, you will make her day. And all for the price of a stamp and a few minutes of your time. They’re worth it and you owe it to yourself to recognize the important people in your life.

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Glam it up by combining the Chandelier Die-namics with the Damask Designs stamps for a quick and elegant card that anyone would be thrilled to receive. Jot a quick note inside to say ”hi,” or “thinking of you,” or “you are really special to me!” and pop it in the mail. You just made someone’s day in 30 minutes flat…can you think of a better use of your time?

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I’m Always Here for You

Soft shades of springy colors and a mix of lovely patterns make this card a gem worth sharing. The Easter Bunny stamp set plays double duty in creating a pretty floral strip to back the sentiment with as well as a die cut embellishment to pop on top.

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An encouraging sentiment from the Words of Inspiration set is stamped in subtle Grout Gray but still manages to be the star of the show – that’s what you want when you’re sending a note as important as this one is. When a loved one is facing a battle large or small, a simple show of support like this can make all the difference in the world. Add a few cards like this to your stash so you can always be prepared when hard times hit.

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Go to Your Happy Place

A fun day captured in photos and commemorated in a fabulous layout – that’s what Laina has created to share with us today. She’s included so many fun little details to make a special layout reflective of a special day. Tone on tone pattern and texture in the form of subtle dotted embossing on the pocket die cut are just a couple of details to take note of.

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To create the incredibly cool accents, Laina used the Magical Memories and Reel Life Die-namics sets to cut elements from both card stock and foil paper and inlaid the foil pieces into the resulting letter, number, and negative spots. The effect is striking and definitely adds a little magic to the layout.

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The star patterned paper was created by using the Stargaze Stencil. Laina used both Lemon Drop and Orange Fizz inks with an ink dauber to add a bit more depth to the look.

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Laina carried her incredible attention to detail right down to the journaling spot. She created the base by stamping the lines in a light color and added the title using masking to create the multi-colored look.

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Would you like a sketch for this fun layout? We’d love to see the layouts you’re creating with MFT products! Please make sure to tag us when you share – sharing is caring!

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At the Beach

Beachy shades of blue and pink mimic the soft blue of breaking waves and the glow of a softly setting sun reflected in the sky and clouds. A relaxing birthday at the beach is documented in perfect fashion by Suzy’s idea filled scrapbook page.

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That beautiful title work was accomplished by first die cutting the letters with the Little Letters and Little Lowercase Letters Die-namics sets. After adding color with markers or ink, the dot pattern was stamped with an image from the Washi Patterns set. Suzy chose to stamp a coordinating slightly darker ink on the lighter colored letters and used the Sweeth Tooth Pigment Ink on the darker letters. The contrast is so eye-catching! After combining the Triangles Die-namics and Trendy Triangles stamps to assemble the center border, Suzy bridged the transition between the triangles and photos by stamping and cutting a design from the Sunny Day Doodles Borders and Accents set. Simply stamp in black for a high-contrast look or take it up a notch by embossing for a more pronounced, shiny look

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The breaking waves presented the perfect opportunity for adding a bit of journaling to one of the photos, and a tag created with the Pierced Traditional Tag STAX and an image from the Sweet Little Memories set completes the look with panache. Documenting ourselves is something a lot of us neglect to do. Take a cue from Suzy’s layout and create a project all about YOU.

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My Baby Giraffe

Today Suzy is joining us to share a lively layout full of personality and whimsical touches. Custom colored letters complete a title that’s perfectly matched to the photos and design. Time to go wild with pattern, texture, and layering!

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To achieve the faded effect with the background stamping, Suzy inked only a portion of the Cheetah Background stamp. This technique adds some subtle pattern to the card stock base that is a perfect complement to the layout topic. Suzy added more custom pattern by overlapping the Striped Background to create a plaid effect, crafting a striped edge to match the cork border, and using the More Washi Patterns in conjunction with the Wonky Scallop Border Die-namics. The variation in the stamped images, such as the giraffes, is attained by first applying the lighter ink and then adding the darker around the edges.

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To add some texture and dimension, Suzy used the Sunny Day Doodles Borders and Accents to piece together a border. Trimming a strip of cork to match the curvy shape is a finishing detail that bounds the layout and completes the look. Whether you’re a scrapbooker or a card maker, these are ideas you can apply to your next project. Go make something fun!

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Always a Good Time

Color. Texture. Pattern. Laina has masterfully combined all of these design features into one vibrant layout. She’s used trendy patterns and techie elements to create a page that’s very much “in the now” but by including classic patterns, she’s imparted a timeless feel – this is a design that she’ll enjoy for years to come! It’s the little details that really make a layout special and Laina has shared some wonderful tips for pumping up your next project.

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If you want key words in your title to really POP, cut the letters twice and layer with pop dots.

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Kick tone-on-tone up a notch by using slightly different shades of the same color. Now you have created texture and contrast.

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This layout includes the perfect mix of patterns but Laina didn’t use a single piece of patterned paper. Instead, she created her own custom patterns in a number of different ways. The Berrylicious block was created by embossing card stock, highlighting the raised detail with coordinating ink. The Sour Apple and Razzle Berry blocks were done with Cover-Up Die-namics. The Steel Grey block was also done with a Cover-Up but this time, Laina left the piece intact choosing not to remove the circles. Tone on tone pattern was also created by stamping the Woodgrain Background pattern on the Instafames, a portion of the title work, and the Mod Border along the bottom of the layout.

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Finally, Laina created a journaling spot in her Smart Phone die cut negative by stamping with a lined journaling stamp.

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Ready to make a layout of your own based on Laina’s sketch? She has graciously provided one for you! This layout is such an excellent example of how putting attention and effort into the finer details can make an impact on the final product. The process doesn’t have to be time consuming, just thoughtful. So on your next project, challenge yourself to come up with one little detail that will push it from really good, to reallyreally good.

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You + Me Always

There are so many different styles when it comes to creating art and crafting new projects. If elegance is the look you’re trying to achieve, you’re going to love this card from Design Team member Jodi. Our new Centerpieces Framed Lovebirds Die-namics shines in this pretty design.

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The Rectangle 1 STAX Die-namics creates a perfectly sized panel to maintain a slim frame around the Centerpieces Framed Lovebirds Die-namics design. Mixing different shades of green card stock adds interest and realism. A simple stamped sentiment, and button and twine combo complete the look.

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A classic neutral toned color palette makes this handsome design an ideal choice for the men in your life. Our Patterned Triangles Background stamp provides subtle textured contrast on the  Kraft Card Stock panel. Sponging Kraft Premium Dye Ink around the edges of the Kraft and Primitive Cream Card Stock pieces creates a subtle vignette effect that adds warmth and brings the focus in to the main image. Hopefully we’ve inspired you to tackle some more masculine projects in the very near future. We’d love to see what you have planned for the important men in your life!

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