Sunday Funday

One last hurrah of a fun trip to the Big Apple is documented in graphic, vivid style in Laina’s scrapbook layout this month. A simple, six-spot grid divided by a bold title strip is ideal for showcasing photos as well as acting as a canvas for a variety of embellishments. A black paper mat with a small scale pattern grounds the grid spots while a thin white border on each photo makes those spots feel extra-special.


Laina used an ink blending tool and a rainbow of dye ink pads to create a beautiful gradient that evokes the colors that are dominant in the mural spotlighted in the upper left corner.


Laina used a design from the Coffee Cup Die-namics to create a peek-a-boo sentiment banner element.


The Coffee Cup Die-namics and Perk Up stamp set provided the perfect accents to fill one of the grid spots with theme-appropriate content. Hot chocolate while wandering the streets of NYC – you can’t beat that!


Ready to craft a layout of your own? We’ve got a sketch to get you going! Grab a handful of photos, a few content-appropriate embellishments and get to work. Keep it simple, or, spend some extra time getting crafty with your title work – our line of inks is always a great choice to get the creativity flowing. Make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media uploads so we can see how MFT products have inspired your creativity – we’ll be on the lookout!



Documenting the First Day

The first day of school…pretty monumental, right? Laina was able to capture her handsome boys in all of their back-to-school glory in this bright, clean-lined layout with plenty of fun little details. The Border It – Numbers Die-namics is repeated across the top of the layout to reflect the progression of grades while the fun new Lunchbox Die-namics provides the perfect placement for a title. I love seeing how the scale of our stamps and Die-namics translate to scrapbook pages!


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Do you have a milestone moment you’ve been meaning to document? Even those small, seemingly ordinary moments can take on great significance when you take a moment to reflect on the deeper meaning. Take some time to capture a fleeting moment – Laina’s provided a sketch to get you going so all you need to do is choose the photos and put pen to paper. What are you waiting for? Make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media uploads so we can see how MFT products have inspired your creativity – we’ll be on the lookout!



Your Smile Makes the World Brighter

A basic grid design is always a versatile starting point for projects – scrapbook layouts and cards alike! For this layout, each space was viewed as a tiny opportunity to play with pattern and texture. The common theme that pulls the collection of mini canvases together is the colors scheme and the world and smile themes that were generated by the stamped sentiment. The photo, slightly larger and tilted a bit, takes center stage. The stamped and textured panels were offset to balance the completed page.


This sentiment, from the Eye Charts stamp set, was die cut with the Fishtail Flags STAX. Additional layers were cut from contrasting card stock and vellum and stapled in the upper right corner.


In the upper left corner, the Horizontal Stitched Strips were cut and woven together. The main component from the Smile stamp set was stamped repeatedly and punctuated by the Ampersand die cuts attached with dimensional foam.

IMG_9586In the lower right corner, the panel was first stamped with the Wood Plank Background. Partial die cutting was done with the High-Rise Alphabet letters to create the title. Finally, a collection of die-cut stars and the peek-a-boo border from Blueprints 18 were added.

IMG_9587Now it’s your turn – take the latest sketch and make it your own. This 12 x 12″ design can inspire a scrapbook layout or a card. Make sure you tag #mftstamps on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook when you share your creations – we love to see what you’re up to!



Ombre Happy Birthday

Layering pattern and color is one of Laina‘s specialties. Her birthday layout exquisitely combines photos and words into a cohesive design that you can’t stop looking at. Our line of generously-sized background stamps is a beautiful collection of patterns that are ideal for creating decorative panels and elements that stand out without overwhelming. We know repetition is an important design element and this layout is a prime example why – that title, created with the Happy Die-namics, is sensational.


Using background stamps, Versamark ink, and clear embossing powder, create resist patterns on white card stock. Using an ink blending tool, lightly blend ink over the top of the embossing to add color to the backgrounds and reveal the embossed patterns.


Using an ink blending tool, lightly create the ombre ink pattern by blending dye ink colors together. After the ink is dry, die cut your title words from the pre-blended inked paper.

ItsYOurDay_Detail1Cut extra words from white card stock. Add layers of die cut words to raise each word one layer higher than the previous word. This will make the title dimensional and “grow” as it steps down the page.

ItsYourDay_Detail2To create the glass plate, apply Berrylicious dye ink to plain vellum with an ink blending tool. After the ink is dry, die cut the plate first from vellum and then a second layer from clear acetate. Layer the acetate over the vellum for a pretty glass look.

ItsYourDeayDetail4To construct the cake, die cut the cake and accents from white card stock. Add color to the layers of cake and candles with an ink blending tool and dye inks.


Tip: To add ink to tiny pieces, keep the die cuts in their original card stock backing by adding washi tape to the reverse, holding them in place. Add color to the elements by using a blending tool.

Birthday_Detail3Now it’s your turn – take Laina’s sketch and make it your own. Take her 12 x 12″ design and create your own scrapbook layout or card. Make sure you tag #mftstamps on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook when you share your creations – we love to see what you’re up to!



Your Hard Work Doesn’t Go Unnoticed

Don’t let the names of the At the Office stamp set and Office Supplies Die-namics trick you into thinking they’re only appropriate for work-themed projects! As Laina’s layout so deftly illustrates, academic layouts are a perfect application of this charming duo of products. The addition of texture in the form of a stitched title adds interest and another pop of color. The Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics makes stitching a breeze by creating a pre-punched stitching guide.


Once again, Laina has managed to combine layers of color and pattern into an incredibly cohesive look – now it’s your turn! Did you notice that Laina created a 12×12 sketch but adapted it to an 8.5 x 11″ layout? Sketches are endlessly adaptable! The sketch provided would work wonderfully for a card as well. If you’re inspired to create something wonderful with this starting point, make sure to tag us if you share – we always love seeing what you’ve been up to with MFT products :)



A Picture Perfect Page

Stacy Cohen is making “waves” today with another gorgeous layout. This picture perfect page has it all: gorgeous photos, blooming roses, fabulous stitching, and just the right amount of bling. Picture Perfect V2 sized We love the fabulous frames that she created for her daughter’s photos using the Chalkboard Frame Builder Die-namics. stacy2a What a beautiful page for a beautiful young lady. stacycohen You can find more of Stacy’s fabulous work on her blog, That’s My Story.

A Blooming Scrapbook Page Fit for Your Most Beautiful Photographs

Take a walk through a stunning rose garden today with our Guest Scrapper for September, Stacy Cohen. stacycohen Notice how Stacy peels back the patterned paper to reveal a picture of her gorgeous daughter? What a creative way to showcase her fabulous photo! STACEY1 We LOVE the way Stacy paired the different styles of roses together to create this exquisite page. Each beautiful rose has been stamped or shaped to perfection. STACY2   She created a custom, textured page title with our By the Letters Die-namics. STACY3 You can find more of Stacy’s gorgeous work on her blog, That’s My Story.

Remember the Moments

Juliana Michaels is joining us today with another colorful layout. We LOVE all the details on this page. From the subtle use of the Concentric Circle Stencil, to the hand drawn lines on the feathers, she has skillfully perfected every element. Happy-Remember-Juliana-Michaels-MFT (1) What a fabulous way to document an everyday moment. Juliana You can find more of Juliana’s gorgeous work on her blog, 17 Turtles.

Take Note of the Good Times

We are adding a splash of color to the MFT Blog today with our Guest Scrapper for August, Juliana Michaels. Juliana Her bright and cheerful page is cause for celebration. Notice how her pictures and page elements coordinate? We love that her gift bag inspired her color choices … and even more than that we love a woman who steps out from behind the camera. What a beautifully documented celebration of her special day. Celebrate-Good-Times-Juliana-Michaels-MFT (1) You can find more of Juliana’s fabulous work on her blog, 17 Turtles.

Go Trendy with Feathers, Flourishes, and Doilies

Bénédicte Raphalen is joining us again today with another delightful scrapbook page. Her sweet picture of her daughters is worth a thousand words, but I’ll keep my gushing brief to give you more time to feast your eyes on her adorable page.


Her page features an eclectic collection of doilies, feathers, and flourishes.


The mix of patterns and distressed papers are characteristic of Bénédicte’s distinctive shabby chic style.


The ink splatters add a playful element to her page.


You can find more of Bénédicte’s fabulous work on her blog, Scrap Sweet Scrap.