so i have a super fun ANNOUNCEMENT today! (it’s a monday, and i love mondays…) so i figured TODAY is the DAY to introduce the NEWEST member of my MEDIA TEAM: Sarah Bargo!! i needed another pair of hands, and so i invited Sarah to come on along to the crazy train! and guess what?? she said YES! i have actually known Sarah for a long time, and i am always totally inspired by her creations! in fact, this is a little something she gave me not long ago that just made me smile… (can you read the stamp?, love that!)
I have had the opportunity to meet Sarah in real life several times… one of which was just last September when she came to Scrapfest… here i am with Sarah (on the left) and my sweet Maggie on the right.
I am so excited to have Sarah on board! she brings such a soft and amazing style and clever uses of the ordinary! I admire so much about Sarah, and i am so thankful that she is willing to share her talents in this capacity of my team!! be sure to follow her on insta: @sarahbargo … you will be getting to know her a lot more!! and i just know that you will be as inspired by her as i am! here she is today… diving right in and giving us something to think about, and observe today:
Well hello there! This is my first official post on the Heidi Swapp media team, woot woot! (Did I really just type that?!) Before I get started with my post though, I just want to thank Heidi SO MUCH!! I have loved this amazing girl since waaayyy back, when all of this scrappiness started years ago! I just knew that if I ever got to meet her, we would have a great connection and that she would be the coolest person ever, and I was right! I’m not gonna lie, when I first met her I was a little shy at first, but I have learned that Heidi is not only a creative genius, but she’s also one of the sweetest, funniest, most loving and generous people I have ever known! She is a friend to everyone she meets and I think that’s pretty awesome! That’s why I love this world of scrapbooking, you meet so many wonderful people along the way and build these fantastic relationships! You meet people that understand your addiction of being surrounded by pretty little things, and why you would not hesitate for one second to take out the UPS guy just to get to that little 12×12 package of pure happiness… ;)
Being on this team has been a huge dream of mine for such a long time, I just can’t believe it’s actually happening! I will never be able to find the words to express my gratitude. Also thank you to the amazingly talented and beautiful girls on this team for making me feel so loved and welcome already, I feel like I’ve already known you all for years. (That may or may not have something to do with me stalking every single one of your blogs, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts for over a year now, I don’t know…) I am so excited to be on this creative mad journey with you!
Ok here we go! For my first post, I got the pleasure of adding another chapter onto the continuing Art Of Observation series. But I’m going to kind of add a little twist…
I have had this project weighing on my heart for quite some time now, and I thought this would be the perfect way to release it! It came about when one of my dear friends passed, very suddenly. This was probably the weirdest and least expected time for me to have an epiphany, but as scrapbookers sometimes that happens, doesn’t it? Scrapbooking totally changes the way your mind looks at things, or OBSERVES things! I love it. So I went up to say my goodbye, and there was a little picture of his kids next to him, and he was wearing a Chicago Bears hat. I was emotional of course, but all of a sudden I got hit with a different kind of sadness. I started thinking, this is all they have to show who he was? What he loved and lived for? He was such an awesome guy! All of these questions started going through my mind, like will his children ever really know how much he loved and adored them? What were his dreams? His fears? His accomplishments? Sure there’s a little slide show playing, but some of the pictures of him, he had sadness in his eyes. Why was he hurting? Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a scrapbook or something sitting here for people to look at that showed who he was? After all these years, every precious second of his life, each breath… and now he’s a memory. And then it hit me.
What if I was a Memory?
I don’t want my babies to ever wonder about how much I loved them, or how wonderful they have made my life. I don’t want my mom to ever wonder if I truly loved and appreciated all of the countless hours of her baking treats for my school parties, that I’ll never forget the humming sound of her sewing machine whipping out some amazing Halloween costume for my parade at school. Life is filled with millions of precious memories!
Here’s where the art-of-observation-with-a-twist comes in. I want you to observe…
I want you to ask yourself;
What am I leaving behind?
What is my legacy?
What if I Was a Memory?
What do I want my people to remember about me?
And then get it down, get it documented. The good, the bad, the silly. All of it. Don’t wait! Memories fade, and after all, no one can tell your story like you do.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and please come back tomorrow to see how I’m documenting my journey, how I’m observing my self.
Have a beautiful day!
Dear Sarah… i adore you and you inspire me! thank you for dedicating a portion of your creativity and talents to my brand! here’s to a great journey!
we are well into march… and life has been heavy on the crazy…and i am just NOW realizing that i need to get a MARCH printable together for the Memory Planner!! i hope that you have one! -a memory planner, that is! i hope that you love it! i just LOVE mine! –i love how i manage to write little things that would otherwise be forgotten! so far… this month has been FULL of things i want to REMEMBER…
March 1st we officially moved into our new home! i love it so much! the whole move and new home purchase along with EVERYTHING that goes with it… has an amazing, wonderful and very unexpected story — and we are feeling so blessed! i am thankful that i have a daily note of all the little details that have combined to get us to this place. our place…
in light of this month being “St. Patrick’s Day”… of course you just can’t help but think of lucky leprechauns, and general overall LUCKINESS! i like to think of “LUCKY” as actually: b l e s s e d !
so here you go! print this out on white cardstock… or you know what i did? i cut a piece of pattern paper from the Hello Today paper pad down to 8 1/2″ x 11″ and printed it on the BACK (the white side) – that way i ended up with a double sided piece that would slide right into the pockets! so awesome! what are you writing in your Memory PLanner?… i have been noting the daily projects, and progress… it’s funny how quickly little details slips from your mind! i LOVE how easy it is to document just a little bit each day!
i remember it being said that March comes in like a LION and goes out like a LAMB… i am just hoping that means more that just the weather! i am SO ready for SPRING… and SO ready for my new SPRING COLLECTIONS to start making their arrival, right in time! Today Lindsay Bateman is up on the blog with some scrapbooking inspiration that mixes the best of both my new spring collections! just LOVE how it turned out!
I know we are ALL anxiously awaiting Spring. For me….sure it is about the longer daylight hours, warmer temperatures, and NO more SNOW that is definitely part of this anticipation. However, let’s be honest here. Spring is ALL about the NEW collections hitting scrapbook stores and retailers all over the globe! That is truly the way to ring in Spring…at least for this girl anyway ;). Two of these collections that I am SO excited for to be debuting on store shelves soon are the brand new Heidi Swapp collections entitled: Dreamy & Favorite Things. They are absolutely divine. There are so many reasons I adore these collections. They are full of everything you could ever want to kick off spring and summer perfectly. They are full of bold and soft colour, fun embellishments and in pure Heidi Swapp fashion…mix together perfectly. At first glance they may seem to be very different in their looks, however as I will show you today in my layout below mixing them together is truly a piece of cake and they go together beautifully.
For my layout below, I pulled these specific pieces from the Dreamy and Favorite Things collections to serve as the basis for my project:
From these pieces, here is the layout I created below:
I wanted to layer the different papers together as a photo mat behind my photo to showcase just how fun they are together when they are mixed and matched. You will also see I added some additional sparkle by trimming one of the Favorite Things glitter frames and using the pieces as additional layers in between the paper matting. I love how it adds some additional discrete sparkle to my page. To create my “happy happy” title, I used my Silhouette and a Heidi Swapp cut file available in the Silhouette online store and had it cut out of Black Bazzill Cardstock.
Once I had my basics in place, the FUN really starts! The Dreamy and Favorite Things ephemera packs are absolutely amazing! There are SO many pieces to the packs and again, are so much fun to mix together to create your own customized look. On this layout I mixed various pieces from both collections and I really love the contrast of the bold brights from Favorite Things against the soft subtle pastel colours from the Dreamy collection. To adhere these pieces to my layout I used my beloved Xyron machine….sigh….I cannot get enough of this tool! Definitely a must have and one of my continuous “go to” tools.
Once I had all of my elements in place I added some simple stitching with my sewing machine and could not resist using some orange acrylic paint, my polka dot stencil and the mini stamps from the Hello Today collection that is available at Michael’s.
I actually used words from the mini stamp collections to serve as prompts for my journaling. I really love the effect of that and will definitely be using this little technique more often in my future journaling.
I hope you enjoyed this little demo of how simply and easily these fabulous new releases can be combined to create many different possibilities in your paper crafting projects. Their versatility is definitely something that makes the collections extra special and so perfect for documenting your memories. I know this is just the beginning for myself in my love affair with mixing, matching and making pretty stuff!
Lindsay.. i just love EVERYTHING about this page! just awesome! i love the little dots… so fabulous! happy LAST WEEK before baby to Lindsay!
Supplies: Favorite Things Wordy 12 x 12; Favorite Things Seeing Stripes 12 x 12; Favorite Things Ephemera; Favorite Things Puffy Stickers; Favorite Things Glitter Frames; Dreamy Dreams Come True 12 x 12; Dreamy Ephemera; Watercolor Tags: Stars; Stencil Set Brackets; Mini Stamp Remember; Other: Acrylic Orange Paint; Silhouette Heidi Swapp Cut ‘happy happy’; sewing machine.
Happy Wednesday! as i type, i am back at my desk in my new home office… back on my regular desktop computer all hooked up to the internet. we have been living in our new home for exactly a week, and even though it’s a LONG, long way from being “all moved in”… i am totally in my happy place! i love it here. if you follow me on instagram, you have seen just a few little bits and pieces… MOVING IS HARD! whew. i know that we can all relate to it — we have all done it! and even when it’s a GOOD THING, and an answer to prayer… it’s hard! emotionally and physically! it’s even funny how you prioritize which areas get the attention … i will tell you that my office is the dumping ground…
it’s hard for me to be creative and work with all kinds of chaos around me! and poor rocky… i think that he is a little stressed about the whole situation! my mantra is “CHOOSE HAPPY” these days! no matter is going on, you have to ‘choose happy’! i have to admit, even though i have been SO excited to get into this new house- i have had to remind myself to ‘choose happy’! TODAY’s episode of Create to Remember on My Craft Channel features a ‘choose happy’ printable that i have for you RIGHT HERE!
today i am talking about creating a ‘journal cover’ with this printable using Resume paper and Mod Podge…
then i play with some stencils and some metallic paint to really add some pop!
i have actually used this printable to make several different projects! i kinda love it! i hope that it will inspire you today! not only to ‘make pretty stuff’ but to ‘Choose Happy”
you can watch the video here:
today i welcome the oh-so-lovely Jamie Pate as she shares some fabulous COLOR inspiration, as well as an adorable project that takes color cues from her own trend board! … i really love seeing what Jamie has pulled together – it’s always so inspiring to me to see what other people ‘see’… and where they draw inspiration! especially Jamie! she has such a great eye! watch how she combines elements from her inspiration board into a super fab project! A few weeks ago, i asked my Media Team to show me what was inspiring them – and we shared with each other our favorite spots for inspiration, and what colors, and looks were ‘speaking’ to us. it was such a fun creativity boost to see all the beautiful eye candy and combinations! This particular assorment from Jamie is SO spring, and SO “Favorite Things”… great mix!! take a peek:
Hello everyone, and welcome to another installment of Color Fever. This is where I find a few inspiring images, and make up a little mood board and then create from the board. And create I did. This board makes me so happy because it turns my creative eye to one of Heidi’s newest collection due in stores this month: Favorite Things. I have a feeling it is going to be your Favorite Thing too. So let me show you, with the help of the above Color Fever mood board, and Favorite Things, what I came up with.
This mini album is indeed becoming one of my most recent favorite things. As you can see, the cover found a lot of inspiration from the mood board. There are florals peaking out from the vellum, black and white stripes are at the very back, polka dots found all glittery on the frame, and arrows were stamped on the vellum as well as all the colors I chose for my mood board are found front and center here.
Do you see the arrow image on the vellum? Another current favorite of mine are the new large clear stamps. The arrow stamp is used very often throughout this book. It is so easy to use as a mix to many different patterns, to embellish pattern paper, and to point the viewer to where you want them to look. I love how the arrows work so perfectly with the patterns and hues found in this mini album.
So are you ready for a look inside. This album is only one day in an adventure Mr. Pate and I took with our youngest daughter this past fall. She turned 10 and we whisked her away on a little dream weekend. While there are lots and lots of photos taken from the whole weekend, I wanted to have a single album for her Disneyland adventure, and to stay focused on one day at a time. I sure loved reliving these memories even though this event took place many months ago. It’s the beauty of scrapbooking…you are never behind. You can pick up at any time and document any memory that is dear to your heart.
When creating a mini album with lots of photos, one approach I utilize is re-creating a page many times. The page on the left will be familiar by the end of this album. It takes Favorite Things pattern paper notched at the end as a mat, a photo, new word stickers, a stamp or two, and that is repeated several times throughout the book. For me, it helps keep a book cohesive, as well as keeps the guess work out of having to create new pages all the time. But no worries, there is plenty of change up to be found here.
Color Shine is found lots and lots here too. I took the Polka Dot stencil and sprayed Pink Color Shine over pattern paper and then layered it with vellum. Just gives the pattern and the stencil a whole new feel. The left side page is also edged with Color Shine mixed with acrylic paint.
On the right side page a little interaction was added…
One of my daughters heart desires on this trip was to get plenty of character photos…so an accordian book was just a fun interactive piece to play home to those photos.
On the left side is found one of the new Watercolor Tags. Love.Them. Color Shine those babies up, add ephemera and Puffy Letters, maybe a stamp or two, and you have a happy page in the making.
On the right side you can see a variation of the theme I wrote about earlier. Tags, notched pattern paper, words, stamp, and even my hand at some brush script. Inspired from the mood board too.
The right side page is another variation in my notched pattern paper theme. This time (and you will notice this throughout the album) I embellished the pattern paper itself. It is sprayed with Color Shine over the new stencil set, I used the tiny polka dot, and then stamped with the script stamp for additional texture. I love doing this to pattern paper. It is a super fun way to really customize any paper, card stock or pattern, just to your liking. Plus, it’s just pure fun creativity in action.
To be honest, this mini album was a big project. So a few pocket pages were used to share this story too. AND…I tried my hand at a qr print out of some video I took from our day. It too is my new favorite thing.
More pocket pages.
The end of the pocket page and then a clear page with a photo and a piece of ephemera.
One of the Color Magic Cards has found its way into this book. Pattern paper covers the front. The rest is colored with Color Shine…
And more arrow stamping is found inside as well.
Another interactive piece that includes more stenciling and stamping inside and out. To say I am a little addicted would be an understatement.
Inside the flap can be found more arrows, words, and a star Watercolor Tag. The tag was sprayed with Color Shine, and then a stencil layed over the top and sprayed again with another color.
The last page is a happily ever after as my girl gets her photo with this princess. On the right side is the envelope from the Color Magic Card. Pattern paper and Color Shine help round out the inspiration from the mood board, and is home to tickets and what not that we picked up that day.
The black and white pattern paper is affixed to foam core and makes for a very sturdy back to this book, as I know this will be a treasured album for years to come. Creating these memories, and then taking the time to make them into a book is one of the more fulfilling things I do as a mom. That 10 year old girl was tickled to see these photos come out of the computer and come alive on these pages with my words to her, and plenty of my love. And that too, is one of my favorite things.
i can’t wait for “FAVORITE THINGS” to be available! VERY SOON it will start shipping! i can’t wait! thank you Jamie for these fabulous bits and pieces and amazing inspiration!
Supplies: Favorite Things collection. Favorite Things 6×6 Paper Pad. Favorite Things 12×12 Paper Pad. Favorite Things Word Jumble Stickers. Favorite Things Epoxy Stickers. Favorite Things Puffy Stickers. Favorite Things Glitter Frames. Favorite Things Ephemera. Dreamy Puffy Stickers. Watercolor Tags: Hearts and Stars. Clear Stamp Script. Clear Stamp Arrows. Clear Stamp Best Day Ever. Clear Stamp Big Day. Stencil Set Brackets. 6×6 Polka Dot Stencil. Color Magic Card Set Files. Color Shine Primrose. Color Shine Peach.