"I love it when my son and I sit down outside and play with his sidewalk chalk. It's something that we have always enjoyed doing together. One of the most recent times we were drawing out there I decided to snap some pictures. The colors alone make me happy but the memories that go with them really are priceless."
"This summer I have spent so much wonderful time together with my family that I wanted to create a book celebrating that. So my theme for this mini book is Togetherness. :) Plus, I LOVE giving old things new life - so my son's much loved, falling apart Winnie the Pooh book made great base pages.
Slightly overwhelmed by all my fabulous mambi goodies - I simplified my process by pulling out only one piece of 12x12 paper from the pad that I wanted to use. I gathered only a few other supplies at first like my watercolors, white gesso, and vellum to create the pages first. Then I went back and added all the fun embellishments and pictures...
...so scrappy tip: limit paper & supplies initially AND limit color palette."
These next few weeks before the holiday madness starts up is a great time to make a mini book of this past summer's adventures you've yet to document.
I've been liking the idea of mini albums lately. I like that once they're done, they're done and ready to display. Today I'm sharing this cute accordion mini book of 4x4 photos from my recent work trip to the me & my BIG ideas office in California.
For this project, I wanted to keep it simple and only embellish using the gold foil mambiSTICKS. I've been all about them, and last used them in this project for 9/11. On the backs of the photos, I cut in half and stuck these mambi Jumbo Kraft Border adhesiveLABELS to journal on.
Click through the gallery for up close details of the photobook:
...and there you have my cute little accumulated storybook of photos.
I was debating whether or not to make the album a smaller number of squares by putting the photos on the front and back, and sacrifice the journalling. I also debated whether to make the album horizontal or vertical. I ended up choosing vertical and photos all on one side. It made for difficult photo session, but I like the length of the mini in person. I'd probably hang this album on a wall in my craftroom with a piece of washi tape.
Read more about this project here. Click below for the mambi products used in this project.
We love fan letters! Even better: we love seeing how you all are using mambi product to live creatively! Here are photos of a homeschool room sent to us by Crystal Graber from Owasso, Oklahoma.
"I used one of your awesome print packs to decorate our homeschool room. I got great feedback and I just love it. My kids love it, too! It's the happiest room in our house! I really appreciated the helpful info on collage walls in the front. Thanks for a great product."
What Crystal means by 'print pack' is one of our DIY GALLERY Art Pads. Basically, they're pads that contain different sizes of themed artwork that you could frame and turn into an instant gallery wall. There are even detailed images and instructions at the front of every pad showing various ways you could setup the gallery wall.
For her homeschool room, Crystal used the 'GIRL' mambi Art Pad:
...and it couldn't have come out more adorable! Thanks for sharing, Crystal!
Click HERE to see a video of our DIY Gallery Art Pads in action and all 8 of our current designs.
We Belong Together scrapbook page today is made by Stephanie Buice. She used the American Sweetheart Mini Banners to make an adorable pattern. I just love how she uses the banners in a way you normally wouldn't think about using them. And are you wondering about the adorable writing on the picture? It's a clear transparency. It's like it was made for this photo. Check out all the designs that come in the packages HERE. Perfect addition to your photos. Such a perfect page!
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So much crafty viewing pleasure happens when you look up the #meandmybigideas hashtag on instagram! (TIP: make sure to spell 'and' since hashtagging doesn't register the ampersand '&' symbol.)
With September claiming to be the busiest month of the year, or at least the start to the busiest season of the year, Filofaxes and planners from around the globe are getting dusted off and filled up! To get you inspired, we've rounded up some recent instagrammed images of mambi product jazzing up people's planners.
These instagramers know the trick: if their planner is adorable beyond measure, they'll want to look at it every day...and if they look at it every day, they'll be more apt to use it the way it was intended. Smart, ladies. Really smart.
The above POCKET PAGES™ insert cards, cut up pieces of mambiSHEETS, big bold quote mambiSTICKS, and Gold Foil POCKET PAGES™ stickers were all spied in the inspirational instas.
Be on the look out for more #meandmybigideas on IG posts to come! Also be sure to tag all of your projects and crafts using mambi product with the hashtag #meandmybigideas as well. You never know: your insta could be featured next!
It's funny - this craft hobby of ours, isn't it? We craft because it's fun. We craft because we love to make. We craft because it's our hobby. But sometimes, we craft because there's no other way to say something.
Today marks the thirteenth anniversary of September 11th, and with New York being my home, the date always seems to land funny for me. I never really know what to say when the calendar comes around again to 9/11, but I always feel like I should say something.
Then yesterday, after a quick 15 minute craft-session involving a few gold foil mambi stickers and neon paint - I decided this project is what I'm saying. This project is my something.
May we never forget. May we cherish the here and now and live for today - for this very moment - because you never know what will be taken away in the next.
For more on the process of this project, go HERE.
What's cooler than having your new song at the top of the iTunes charts? Having talented, young recording artist, Ariana Grande, use your product in her latest video. Ok, maybe that's not cooler than a chart-topping hit...but to us it is!
Take a look at Ariana Grande's video for Break Free. The white flourishes on her face are actually our White Flourish Puffy Stickers! Yep! With the addition of a few rhinestones, she used our stickers to create her exotic look.
I'm guessing they used a make-up grade adhesive to help the stickers and rhinestones stick a little better to her face as she danced around. Looks like a fun Halloween costume!
If you want to give it a try...you can get some of your own HERE in the mambi online SHOP!
Jen Randall turned an old brown tray into a pretty, refreshed decorative tray with some mambi goodies.
Here's a little run down of what she did:
1) Sand tray lightly to allow paint to stick.
2) Apply 2 thin layers of primer or gesso (she used gesso) and allow to dry completely.
3) Spray paint the tray white or any color you prefer. Allow tray to dry completely.
4) After the tray is completely dry, glue pretty patterned paper (this one is from the Life is Good mambiKIT) to the bottom using Mod Podge. Be sure to lay a good amount of Mod Podge down to get a "good stick."
In order to reduce air bubbles, gently press on the paper using an old credit card. Move from the center out and be gentle so the paper doesn't rip.
5) Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the top as well. Not the whole tray, just over the paper.
6) Decide which mambi Jumbo Sticker to use and stick it in place.
7) Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the top.
8) After drying time, spray a clear protectant over the top and you are done!
NOTE: Mod Podge is not water resistant, so it will react if it comes in contact with liquid. So don't skip the last step!
A fabulous tray and a great DIY project. I love how easy it is to personalize this as a gift or match to your own home.
Hello, everybody! Fresh new month, fresh new start!
Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Amanda Rose Zampelli and I am the new Social Media Coordinator for me & my BIG ideas. Read some more about it HERE. In a nutshell: most of the instagramming, facebooking, pinning, tweeting, e-mailing and blogging responsibilities for mambi fall on my lap. I also have a repsonsibility to come up with creative and inspiring ways to use product, and act like the 'den mother' for the mambi Design Team (there's an OPEN CALL currently going on and we're looking for spots to fill). I'm a bit intimidated as I have some big shoes to fill (Shelby rocks), but I look forward to connecting with all you fellow fans of mambi products.
You can expect to see more of the creative cards, scrapbook layouts, POCKET PAGES™, DIY decor, and handmade gifts you're used to seeing on this blog space, plus a whole lot more: including behind-the-scenes at the mambi office, as well as sneaks and reveals, giveaways, tutorial videos, and guest interviews of how other creatives around the internet live creatively (the mambi motto).
Wish me luck! Hope you continue to follow along!