Reported by Julia Stainton
I adore paper in every shape, size and color but one of my absolute favorites is the beautiful patterned paper lines by My Mind’s Eye. There are so many things I love about this paper, I hardly know where to start!
I first discovered My Mind’s Eye in my local scrapbooking store a couple years ago. I was immediately drawn to the display of gorgeous papers. The colors, the style and selection grabbed me for a closer look. Since then I come back time and time again for these beautiful papers and it is rare that I leave the store without at least a few sheets in my shopping bag.
The first thing that drew me to this paper company was the colors and style of the papers. Beautiful up to the minute color combinations in classic styles…always with an up-to-date twist. My Mind’s Eye markets a wide variety of lines that are sure to appeal to almost everyone. Lines such as Tres Jolie, Confetti, Bohemia, Signature Suite and Magnolia are huge favorites among papercrafters. While these lines are classic, they have a beautiful distressed look to them. There is always some form of visual texture to the lines. Some papers look as if they have been sanded, others painted or distressed in some other way. I love how this keeps each piece unique and also saves work if you love the distressed look.
The My Mind’s Eye patterned paper is marketed in most of their lines as double-sided cardstock weight paper. I love the heavy sturdy weight of the paper and how a coordinating solid color is printed on the reverse side. Have you ever had the problem of purchasing patterned paper and needing to coordinate with plain cardstock but not finding the match? So frustrating. I love how this solves that problem. Within each line the papers are a fabulous mix of plaids, dots, paisleys etc. that I can never just buy one. They coordinate so beautifully that mixing patterned paper has never been easier.
A huge trend for patterned paper right now is actually altering it. Some paper lends itself well to this and others do not. My Mind’s Eye patterned paper gets top marks from me for its flexibility in this area. If you like stamping, this paper is fabulous for it. A matte finish on this cardstock allows you to stamp on it with ease and no bleeding or resisting of the ink. My Mind’s Eye patterned paper is also fabulous for sanding and embossing. The heavy weight means no sanding through the paper and its inner white core is a great look to show through. When using an embossing folder on the paper, a fun look is to first emboss it and then sand. The embossed pattern is highlighted by the inner core. If you like adding paint…this cardstock weight paper can stand up to it as well. Right now one of my favorite papercrafting projects is altered items. I love covering frames, boxes, you name it with patterned paper. The My Mind’s Eye patterned paper adheres well and stands up to use if you are altering things that will be handled repeatedly.
I realize that I’m supposed to be reviewing the patterned paper here but I just cannot write this article without mentioning all the fabulous My Mind’s Eye accessories. A huge part of my fascination with this line is the wonderful goodies that are marketed to coordinate with the patterned paper. Each particular line has its own accessories. Cardstock quotes and titles are great for both scrapbooking and cardmaking. Cardstock sticker border strips make adding panels and strips of paper so quick and easy. Journaling cards and matching die cut shapes are available in just about everything you can imagine. Also available are rhinestones, printed transparency strips and diecuts and adorable jars of buttons. Yes…I must confess, I have tried them all out and have come back for more.
My Mind’s Eye paper and other products are all top quality, with an incredible attention to detail and imagination. I’m anxiously awaiting the release of their fabulous new lines. I know I’ll be lining up in the stores as soon as they arrive. For a sneak peek at the upcoming releases you can check them out here. Classic, timeless, fresh and fabulous I just love My Mind’s Eye. I know that for my upcoming projects, this is just what I’m picturing…. in my mind’s eye.