OCTOBER 2014 MAMBI BLOG RECAP

Happy Halloween, mambistas!
Here is a recap of the projects posted on the mambi blog this past month, in case you missed them:

a FUNKY BUNCH of MUSTACHED PUMPKINS

a FUNKY BUNCH of MUSTACHED PUMPKINS

'Minion' scrapbook page of Bubba as a minion - Oct 2013

'Minion' scrapbook page of Bubba as a minion - Oct 2013

5 customized planner inserts using the 'Gold Rush' paper pad

5 customized planner inserts using the 'Gold Rush' paper pad

'You Are Wonderful' scrapbook page

'You Are Wonderful' scrapbook page

DIY Halloween display tray and no-carve pumpkin decor

DIY Halloween display tray and no-carve pumpkin decor

'FALL' wood word blocks using gold foil mambiSTICKS

'FALL' wood word blocks using gold foil mambiSTICKS

DIY Halloween candy toppers using Halloween mambiSTICKS

DIY Halloween candy toppers using Halloween mambiSTICKS

POCKET PAGES™ layout w/ mambiSHEETS pumpkins

POCKET PAGES™ layout w/ mambiSHEETS pumpkins

art journalling using various mambiSHEETS

art journalling using various mambiSHEETS

'Open Lap' scrapbook page using POCKET PAGES™ cards

'Open Lap' scrapbook page using POCKET PAGES™ cards

'Fabulous' Scrapbook layout w/ gold glitter alphas

'Fabulous' Scrapbook layout w/ gold glitter alphas

Halloween candy jars using Happy Halloween mambiSTICKS

Halloween candy jars using Happy Halloween mambiSTICKS

DIY glam Halloween wall art w/ big glitter mambiSTICKS letters

DIY glam Halloween wall art w/ big glitter mambiSTICKS letters

'WANTED" layout using tons of black&yellow mambiSTICKS

'WANTED" layout using tons of black&yellow mambiSTICKS

a customized POCKET PAGES™ insert

a customized POCKET PAGES™ insert

'You're What I Can't Live Without' scrapbook layout

'You're What I Can't Live Without' scrapbook layout

double dose of Halloween card-making

double dose of Halloween card-making

Thanksgiving Centerpieces using jumbo mambiSTICKS

Thanksgiving Centerpieces using jumbo mambiSTICKS

Didn't I tell you that this month wouldn't disappoint?! In addition to the projects above, mambi was on board with Breast Cancer Awareness, collaborated with zulily.com on an event called Great Minds: Teaching Resources, highlighted our beloved jumbo mambiSTICKS in the second edition of #meandmyBIGideas on IG, featured our very own Stephanie Fleming a new blog post series called "living creatively with...", and let's see...is that it? Is there any more we can tack on to the productivity list of this past month?!?! 

Good stuff, people. Good stuff. Thanks so much for always stopping by to check in on what we have going on. Have a safe and happy Halloween! See you in November!

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living creatively with...Stephanie Fleming

As you may know from reading the header of this web page, the motto over at me & my BIG ideas is 'live creatively'. Today I'm excited to bring you the first post of a new blog series called 'living creatively with...'  A post in this series will feature a creative individual talking about what the mambi motto 'live creatively' means to them.

The first creative we are happily featuring is none other than our very own Stephanie Fleming.

How long have you worked at mambi, and what is your role?

My mom and I started mambi 16 years ago in my garage. It's hard to believe that it's been 16 years already! I am co-owner and Vice President of me & my BIG ideas, but those are just my formal titles.  I wear lots of hats and have many different responsibilities including product development and marketing. I love the excitement of watching new product go from the developmental stage to seeing it in my local craft store.

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What does the mambi motto "live creatively" mean to you?

I am in LOVE with out motto...for real! Living creatively is what makes me feel complete. For me, it's more than just scrapbooking, crafting, or completing a DIY project. It's a way of approaching life. It's about expressing yourself creatively through projects, problem solving, relationships, and letting who you are shine through in all things you do...letting your creatively show and to be uniquely you.  I also love being outdoors...especially the beach.  Much of my inspiration comes when I'm in touch with nature.

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In what aspects of your life would you say you live or have lived creatively?

My job requires me to be thinking creatively all the time. Coming up with the BIG ideas is what we're all about, but sometimes you hit a wall and can't seem to get inspired. Incorporating creativity in my daily life is essential to keep the ideas flowing. One idea leads to another and pretty soon, you're on a roll.  I document my process, projects, and creative life on my personal blog www.thecreativekind.com. I love blogging.  I'm kind of a blogging nerd. Oh yeah...how could I forget? I'm also OBSESSED with online classes.  I. MEAN. OBSESSED. I love to learn new things and the instant gratification of online classes is right up my alley! 

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How would you like to live more creatively, or any advice to others seeking to live more creatively?

I need to constantly remind myself to make time for down time, and I don't mean watching TV or getting lost on Pinterest (both of which I love to do).  Step away from the computer, cell phone, and TV more often and let ideas pop into your head.  Write them all down.  You'll start to feel the ideas flow. If we don't make space in our life and minds, it's hard for those BIG ideas to shine through. Start incorporating some of those ideas in your life.  Just do it. Don't wait for perfection. Just go! You'll be so happy you did.

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