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4.10.2011

My Mind's Eye - Stella & Rose - GERTIE collection









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reported by Wendy Sue Anderson}

My Mind's Eye
Stella & Rose Collection
Gertie


It’s finally time for my very first official review – and I am so excited about the product I was given for my first assignment! My Mind’s Eye (MME) has been a constant in the scrapbooking world for quite a while now. Each and every time they release a new line, I am amazed at the way they are able to stay true to their own style, yet each new line (or collection) has its own unique twist! The newest release is no exception…though I must say it IS exceptional! :o)







I was assigned to review the GERTIE line in the new Stella & Rose collection. Gertie has several “sub-sets” - delightful, friends forever, girly, little one, and you & me. I love how each set can be used individually or intermixed. To tell you the truth, I had one of each item sitting out on my work table and I completed several projects and still have so much great product left! It was hard for me to want to stop creating because I was having so much fun working with it all…but I stopped (but only for a minute) so I could share my thoughts with you!

Here’s the official part of my job:

What I liked:
  • I have always been a fan of the texture and weight of MME papers
  • The patterns of the papers are super fun, but small and subtle enough that they don't over-power the photos
  • Each set works perfectly with the other sets – it’s fun to mix & match to create unique looks
  • There are lots of embellishments that coordinate with the line and the embellishments are made so well…not cheapy at all.


What I didn't like:
  • No alphabets…stickers or die-cuts or rub-ons or some type of coordinating alphabet would be the PERFECT addition to MME’s lines
  • There are BIG title pieces and LITTLE title pieces (stickers)…I would really like to see something in between these two sizes…this would be especially fun for card-making.
  • This isn’t really something I didn’t like…but…some of the brads are really bulky – I would love if I could get the same look without the “height” of some. **not all of the brads are tall, but some are tall enough that I’d hesitate to use them very often on my pages – though they are really fun for other types of projects.
What I Made:

"Family"
(12x12 layout)


Supplies: patterned papers, embellishments, stickers, ribbon: My Mind's Eye - Stella & Rose, Gertie Collection
Title: Cut with Silhouette
Other: white thread and natural jute
Adhesive: American Crafts

**I was a little bit nervous about cutting this weight/texture cardstock with my Silhouette, but it cut super easy and clean - yay!**


** I just love the layered accents and stickers -
they add so much to a page, but they are so quick and easy!**



"ten months"
(8 1/2 x 11 layout)

Supplies: patterned papers, embellishments, stickers, ribbon: My Mind's Eye - Stella & Rose, Gertie Collection
Alphabet Stickers: Karen Foster design
Circle Punch: McGill
Adhesive: American Crafts
Other: Black crochet thread

**Yes...this is predominantly a "girl" line...but you can totally use it for BOY pages too!**

"You and Me"
card and envelope set

Supplies: patterned papers, embellishments, stickers, ribbon: My Mind's Eye - Stella & Rose, Gertie Collection
Other: brown thread
Adhesive: American Crafts
Card and Envelope Blanks: K & Company

**I used one of the title tags as a template for the wide piece behind the main sentiment on this card**

"Thank You Gift Box"

Supplies: patterned papers, embellishments, stickers, ribbon: My Mind's Eye - Stella & Rose, Gertie Collection
Box and Lid : Cut with Silhouette
Rub-on Sentiment: Pebbles, Inc.
Ink: ColorBox
Border Punch: EK Success
Other: natural jute
Adhesive: American Crafts



Where & How Much:
Product: Stella & Rose "Gertie" Collection
Manufacturer: My Mind's Eye
MSRP: $.59-$5.99
Available Online: Two Peas In A Bucket, Stop & Scrap, Scrapbook Chicks*

What do you think? Have you used this line? Do you love it? Have you made something fun with it? If you’d like to share a link in the comments, I’d love to see what you’ve created! Leave a comment by midnight EST Thursday to be entered to win a My Mind's Eye prize pack!

And now I’m off to create some more fun projects with Gertie!! :o)

66 comments:

ScrapMomOf2 said...

I love Stella & Rose! I think it's a really great collection, and I love all of the extras!!!

klasickewpie said...

Love the review on this line, and very cute projects created from it. Surprised like you there were no alphas of some sort.

CuddlyBunny said...

Congratulations on your first review, and thank you so much for the details!

Your projects are wonderful! The "family" page is fun, and I love the box!

Melissa said...

Love the projects! Everything from the MME Stella & Rose line is just so gorgeous!

Scrapamum said...

I think this one is my favourite from the MME Stella and Rose.

jen said...

Great review!!! I love all things MME- but appreciate your insight on the details! Your projects are amazing! :)

Jean said...

I agree about the weight and texture that their papers have. I love working with them.

Gabi said...

Ooh, ooh, ooh, I love all your projects. They are adorable!! I'm a huge MME fan. I love all of their papers, but I think Stella and Rose has to be my FAVE line of all from them!!!

I'm in love with Hazel!!

-Gabi from Savannah, TX

Victoria S. said...

OH I love the colors of Gertie. i did buy the doily stamp already. I love what Wendy Sue has made with the product. soooo pretty!
I will def. be buying some of this!

Nina said...

I saw this at my LSS and thot it was sweet!

Even with the "cons" it is on my wish list!

Nitasha said...

Thank you for this insightful review. I like MME because of the quality and design of their products. I also love the fact that many of their newer releases coordinate previous lines. I would love, love, love to win some of these gorgeous goodies!

Abbey said...

I saw it at my LSS today and loved it. I bought a bit and my mom, a non-scrapper, even picked up some embellishments for other craft projects.

Rhonda V. said...

Love the review and it is spot on exactly what I think as well! I love the weight and the embellies and extras of their lines!!!

Loved the rub-ons that came with laundry line and breaking free, etc.

Thank you for such an honest review and gorgeous projects to showcase this line!!!

Cyndi said...

I love this whole release...such amazing color combos. Great job with your first post!

Dale Tiernan said...

I like the weight of the papers too. They do some like good quality and are easy to cut. Girly is my favourite. I'm sure I could make it work for me even though I have sons.

Shawninaz said...

This is my favorite line from the new collection. I especially love that they now include stamps with all their new sets. The color pallete is so versatile. I totally agree, I would like to see alpha stickers or rubons too. Love what you created with it!

Cynthia B. said...

Beautiful projects, Wendy! Thanks for your review of this line. I haven't had a chance to play with it, but I'm a MME fan - they always have high-quality papers and embellishments. Thanks for th chance to win!

Casey Lu said...

Love the projects you came up with! I have ALWAYS been a huge fan of MME since the beginning! Their products never disappoint! I can't wait to get this line as well as the other two! :)

Abby said...

Mme is one company you can bet will never let you down! Love it!

scrappingmom73 said...

The review was great! Love the projects and all the MME products. Agreed with the likes and dislikes. Thanks!
Lydia

Lisa said...

What's not to love in this collection - I have found that I love MME more and more as time goes on. Great review and great projects!

Scrapbookdoll said...

Love the entire collection!

DeeDee said...

I haven't gotten to use anything from this line yet, but one of my favorites by MME is Out and About used here : http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ig_sjl9xdE4/TVm-2hpT4-I/AAAAAAAABWc/qZ98YCsDA_s/s1600/IMG_1325.JPG

love what you were able to do with this collection.

csparky61 said...

I love MME, thanks for the great review. I liked the "what I liked" and "what I didn't like" review. Your projects are beautiful. Thanks Wendy.

Cindylu2u said...

Awesome job on your first review!! I love the colors in the Gertie collection, MME always has some fabulous collection. Thanks
Cindy

Chtistopher said...

I love all the MME collections! Love the projects you made too! And congrats on your first article!

prutsels said...

Very sweet without being to pastel.

Veronica said...

Beautiful collection and gorgeous projects! Great review Wendy!

Fifi said...

Love this collection so much (MME rarely get it wrong for me), got all 4 paper pads, you've now given me loads of inspiration to actually use them

vegetablog said...

Gorgeous layouts... and it's good to know that the Silhouette cuts those fabulous papers! I'm going to have to give it a try :)
~natalie

alwayscharlie said...

I love the colors of this line and the way everything works together. Your layouts were terrific and really made me want to scrap!

Jodee said...

I love the whole Stella and Rose collection! It is all gorgeous and so fun to work with! Thanks for your review!

Celeste said...

great projects wendy!

connie said...

beatuiful projects! love this collection.

Patchi said...

Beautiful projects - great job!

Kate aka stinkydudette said...

This is my fave from MME at the moment!! Such a delightful collection..

Kelly Massman said...

It's gorgeous! I love MME!

julie.schellin said...

MME = GORGEOUS! Two thumbs up!

Vinnie said...

I cannot stop raving about Stella & Rose's papers! I really love the patterns - feminine, sweet, strong yet subtle. I just don't know how to describe it, it's just too pretty!

When it was first sold at my local scrap store, I unknowingly grabbed the papers without looking at the brand because they were too beautiful I told myself I gotta have it. And when I paid up then I noticed it's MME's Stella & Rose. From that day, the name Stella & Rose really left an impression ;)

Arjanne said...

Lovely. Just lovely.

Danielle said...

I love the subtle colors and patterns of this line/paper. I have 2 little boys and although it looks like there is a lot of pink in this grouping, I see a lot of possibilities for boys too.

Darla said...

What a great collection and beautiful projects!

Irit Shalom said...

Justk\ love the new collections- those are lines I will sure buy

Stephanie said...

Your projects are wonderful! Love these collections!

Melinda AKA medialady said...

Wow! What an awesome giveaway! I love MME and their new releases!

jackiestamps4fun said...

Oh your projects are just wonderful! Love them all! I'd love a chance to win the collection - thank you!

dahlhousedesigns said...

I love these new collections and your projects are beautiful. Thanks for a great review.

Lisa arana

Erica Hettwer said...

Hands down, this was my favorite of the Stella & Rose color ways. LOVE IT!!!

Dell said...

I really like the page you created with this line. Thank you for the review... and I'll keep my eye out for this collection.

Kim M said...

I love these new collections from MME, they never fail to wow me with their products.

Sandra said...

great job Wendy - what a pretty line - love the colors!
Sandra ltb

Connie said...

I love the colors used in this collection! The page you created is really cool! I am going to steal that layout sometime!

katrynka said...

Love what you did with this line!

Lisa C. said...

I love MME!! The pink doilie paper is gorgeous!! And I love the doilie stamps :) Awesome collection!

Laura said...

I love how versatile this paper is! The fact that it can go either boy or girl is something that I love considering the mountain of just girl paper I have in my collection!

Juanna Hope said...

of all the stella & rose, i love gertie most because of the sweet colours that really appeal to me (: i would love to use the collection to create layouts and minis. thanks for the chance to win!

Rebecca Ednie said...

I love the colours; the gift box is awesome!! So pretty!

Melanie said...

I love all of your projects!!! MME has the best new lines this CHA!!!!

Ann Cicilie said...

Ym, wonderful collection! Love the vintge yellow/blue/pink/green color combinations!

The projects you've made are really sweet, I especially enjoy the layouts :)

janet said...

Great review Wendy. I LOVE this line! Your "Family" layout is now a favorite of mine..AWESOME!

Yvonne said...

I love all of the new MME Stella & Rose collections! Can't wait to get my hands on them.

Missy said...

This is awesome. I love the projects and the fact that it can be used for boys. I have 3 so I rarely but try to make a bunch of girlie stuff.

Michelle L said...

MME is my favorite manufacturer of scrapbooking products, and this line is yet another example of why. :) Thanks for the review & inspiration!

Janette said...

I don't have this line, but I would be thrilled to win it. I love the colors, and I especially love the brads!

Laura Stewart said...

great projects!

Ellie A. said...

There has never be a company with a better name I tell you cause EVERYTIME I see one of their new collections I just am thinking HOW did they get in my head I NEED this.. MUST Have! Love them :) Thanks for the chance.