January 2015 MAMBI BLOG RECAP

One month down, eleven more to go, mambistas!
Here is a recap of the projects posted on the mambi blog this past month, in case you missed them:

a Scrapbook Page listing New Year's goals for 2015

a Scrapbook Page listing New Year's goals for 2015

"Love the Life We Live" Scrapbook Page on looking forward to 2015

"Love the Life We Live" Scrapbook Page on looking forward to 2015

"So Many Beautiful Reasons to be Happy" layout

"So Many Beautiful Reasons to be Happy" layout

Scrapbook Page of possible 'one little words'

Scrapbook Page of possible 'one little words'

a collection of art journal pages created for CHA

a collection of art journal pages created for CHA

Scrapbook Page "Everything Has Beauty"

Scrapbook Page "Everything Has Beauty"

'Back to School' layout perfect after holiday break

'Back to School' layout perfect after holiday break

'Own Kind of Beautiful'made w/ jumbo mambiSTICK

'Own Kind of Beautiful'made w/ jumbo mambiSTICK

'Be Awesome' mini clipboard book

'Be Awesome' mini clipboard book

me & my BIG ideas at CHA:

what it was like in the mambi booth @ CHA 2015

what it was like in the mambi booth @ CHA 2015

some of the mambi Design Team @ CHA

some of the mambi Design Team @ CHA

video interviews from CHA about our hottest new products

video interviews from CHA about our hottest new products

the start of this year's Valentine's Day projects:

two cards perfect for #mambiREDandPINK

two cards perfect for #mambiREDandPINK

'I Love You Lots' Valentine's Day card w/ half-gold hearts

'I Love You Lots' Valentine's Day card w/ half-gold hearts

#mambiREDandPINK Instagram Challenge

#mambiREDandPINK Instagram Challenge

'Love Love Love You' scrapbook layout

'Love Love Love You' scrapbook layout

Valentine's Heart-shaped Wall Mount 

Valentine's Heart-shaped Wall Mount 

'You & Me' mini book for Valentine's Day

'You & Me' mini book for Valentine's Day

What a BIG month for me & my BIG ideas! Our Create 365™ The Happy Planner's debut at CHA and everyone's enthusiasm about its Spring release was probably the biggest deal. In addition to that, our Design Team cranked out the projects above, Alisa Brainard talked to us about "living creatively", we took you behind the scenes to The Happy Planner™'s production in China, and the Valentine's Day ideas have started flowing! 

Good stuff, peopleGood stuff. Thanks so much for always stopping by to check in on what we have going on. Come back Monday for some free printable POCKET PAGES™ cards perfect for your Valentine's crafting.

living creatively with...Alisa Brainard

As some of you may know from reading the header of this web page, the motto over at me & my BIG ideas is 'live creatively' and today we're coming at you with the fourth post of this blog series called 'living creatively with...' 

Today's creative discussing what the mambi motto 'live creatively' means to her is Alisa [uh-lee-suh] Brainard. Everyone here at mambi calls her Ali.

visit Alisa at alisabrainard.com

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

I have been working at mambi for just under two years.  I am one of the designers and I have the very awesome job of brainstorming, creating, and designing all the amazing products. Some make it into the stores, and some never see the light of day, but I am always so amazed that I get to be creative all day! I am excited to keep learning and growing! 

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

To me "living creatively" means seeing things in a different way. Finding inspiration in the ordinary. One does not have to be 'artistic' to be creative.  Living creatively gives us permission to try new things, to try and see something in a new and different way. For me, I get to apply that to things I am passionate about, like paper and patterns and fun embellishments so others can use them to live in their own creative lifestyle.

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

Other than it being my full-time job, I always try to pursue and keep a lookout for things that inspire me: taking a walk outside, going somewhere new, or taking a second look at older stuff.  Also, I think a passion-project you do on the side is always essential to living creatively. For me, I love documenting my life, so I'm constantly updating a planner that I created for myself with pictures, mementos, and notes. Along with taking weekend workshops and attending craft fairs, I am always trying to stay inspired and I love seeing what's new and what people get excited about.

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

I am so eager to grow creatively! Right now, I'm trying to practice my on my writing and lettering.  I'm not the best, but I'm persistent; I really think that's what it comes down to. Don't be scared something is going to turn out wrong. Try it anyways. Painting, writing, cooking: they're all going to give you a different perspective on things. Incorporate creativity in the everyday moments. Look up at the sky, instead of down at your phone. Write things down and switch up your routine every once in awhile. The outcome will most likely have a positive impact.

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