today’s clue has me thinking!?!? i was not as lucky as Maridette… take a look:
Oh how I love the Holidays. Minus the hustle and bustle but the smell, the decorations, presents, music, family, creativity and the excitement of it all is what makes this time of year special. We’ve made many family trips to Disneyland in Anaheim almost every year but never have we visited during their Holiday decorations. The weekend after Thanksgiving we took a quick trip to take my daughter and my niece to the “Happiest Place on Earth” Holiday style. It was amazing! I just love the decorations and the characters are all decked out in Holiday outfits. Festive music in the background and a beautiful Holiday parade that ran through the park. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is always my fave to capture and that day was extra special because it was dressed up for the Holidays.
Today’s Clue ”Crowd” is perfect for my photo that I had captured during our Disney trip. I had photographed the beautiful castle with the crowd gathered in front. I then created a simple layout using this photo in my Believe Memory File Album.
Hope you’re playing along. I love seeing all the fabulous photos on Instagram and Facebook. Don’t forget to tag your photos.
Disney at Christmas time is totally on my bucket list!!!! thanks Dette! xoxo
hello DECEMBER 6th! and yes… that means there are 20 days left until CHRISTMAS (it makes me feel better to say 3 weeks, that seems longer)
today’s CLUE is “ELF”. could everyone be more obsessed with ELF’s?? i love that my kids tattling on their siblings to the ELF rather than me! i am loving Maggie’s little elf here… just love what she did in her album today!
Can you even believe it’s already December 6?
I hope you’ve been following along on IG and FB with Heidi’s Holiday Foto Find! Now if you’re just hearing about this, then shame on you. Just kidding (sorta)…here are the details…we’d LOVE for you to play along! There are prizes and everything!
The clue for today (December 6) is ELF. And it took me about 3 seconds to figure out what I would take my photo of.
I bought a set of 6 of these little vintage guys (in both red & green) a few years ago and I ADORE them…
To decorate my page I used a page from the Believe 6×6 paper pad and a piece of wax paper as a base for my photo.
Next, I cut out the little black banner from the Day 6 printable Heidi made for us all (yay!) and stapled that to the upper-right-hand corner of the page (you can find that printable in this post). A few pieces from the Believe Ephemera and some gold and black Confetti rub-ons came next…and to finish off my page I added a little piece of flair…made with my Epiphany Crafts Studio Tool Round 25.
And guess what? Just because you are so awesome, I’m sharing these little 1″ round graphics I’ve made to go along with the Believe collection! Woo hoo!
You can download the .pdf right here…
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve started or you’re right on track…we’d love to have you join us! No pressure – just fun! And don’t forget…taking the photos is only part of the project…you have to get them printed, too! And don’t forget to post your daily entries and tag them with #heidiholidayfotofind to be entered to win fun prizes!
Supplies: Believe Memory File Mini Album, Believe 6×6 Paper Pad, Believe Ephemera, Mixed Company Confetti Rub-ons, Sentiment Stickers, Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Tool Round 25, Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Accessories Bubble Caps Round 25
thanks for the printable Maggs! you are the cutest!
THIS IS GENIUS! thank you Jen Evans... i am off to try this!
I learned to decorate my Christmas tree from a professional. At least, that’s what I tell my sister. When she worked in retail, she use to decorate Christmas trees for the store and a huge local charity auction event. When I had the chance, I had her show me everything she knew about decorating. Here are a few tips to trimming your tree by Rebecca Grinder:
1. Make sure your lights go on first pushing the wires deep into the branches to get the light to shine evenly while also hiding the wires well.
2. Use floral candle rings as a cheaper alternative to large expensive flowers. Grab a branch and pull it through the middle of the candle ring while pushing the ring into the tree.
3. Place your ribbon or garland on next. Instead of wrapping the garland around the tree, try cascading it from the top left to the bottom right. This draws the eye down the tree.
4. Now add your floral picks and stems. Place them evenly around the tree also pushing the sticks deep and then down into the tree.
5. Then add your ornaments largest to smallest!
Every year I try to add homemade elements to my tree. Usually I get ideas from local Christmas shops that are overly priced and I leave thinking, “I could totally make that!” Ha! This star was inspired by the Michael’s Dream Tree Challenge by DIY Home Sweet Home. I wanted to make the star way smaller with little to no drying time. Plus, I wanted it to be on a pick so that I could place it deep into the tree. So I seriously altered the steps.
Here are the directions to make your own!
1. Cut two pieces of paper to 5″x5″ so that it will fit into the Xyron Creative Station
2. Fold your paper in half both directions. Then fold it at a diagonal in both directions. Watch this 15 second video to see how.
3. Cut on the four flat folds as shown in the above video. Then fold each cut in half (as if you were folding a paper airplane).
4. Flatten your paper and run it through the Xyron Creative Station right side up. Watch this quick video to see how.
5. Remove the paper from the backing and carefully fold the inside flaps over each other. This video shows how easy it is!
Now just glue one star to the top of the other. To make the star a pick, I just glued a wooden skewer to the back! Then I created some in different colors to match my tree! If you create one of your own, hashtag #heidihomemadeholiday so I can see!
Supplies: Heidi Swapp Believe Paper Collection; Xyron Creative Station; Other: Wooden Skewers
there are 20 days left until CHRISTMAS! We have been LOVING your submissions into our Moto Photo Scavenger Hunt! myself, and the members of my media team took on the challenge of picking winners! it was SO hard! we loved so many different takes on the clues! i am enjoying them all so much, i really hope you are too!!
ok, so lets get on with the winners circle!! if you see your photo posted here, please be sure to email [email protected] with your mailing address so i can get these prizes right out to you! they are currently looking so cute under my own trees! The PRIZES are just little assortments of fun to “make pretty stuff”!
day one… the clue was “So it begins” and I am the one that chose this winner! i have to say that i sure admired those guys “up on the rooftop” hanging the lights! i JUST LOVE outdoor christmas lights, and i am so grateful to anyone who is willing to risk life, and limb to hang lovely twinkling lights!
Day 2.. the clue was “Something RED”… and we loved seeing everything from RED lipstick to Poinsettia flowers! but Jen Evans chose this pic as it pertains to the HOLIDAY SHOPPING this season!
Day 3…the clue was “cozy” and we saw lots of cuddlers, warm socks and blankets and Lindsay’s favorite: pets! funny how our fur babies are the coziest of all! This guy with the festive crate stole the win and Lindsay’s heart
day 4… the clue was STOCKINGS! and i think that this day has been my favorite so far! i got so many chuckles out of your clever posts! some that showed beautifully adorned mantles with a lovely row of stockings… and some that took pics of the EMPTY mantle… admitting “missing stockings”. i loved reading your holiday traditions and seeing the types of stockings! Kim Jeffress picked this winner, and she admitted that these stockings, while super cute are completely impractical and non-useable!
day 5… the clue was “TREE”… and we saw OH, so many variations on the amazing, sparkling trees! you submitted trees of all shapes and sizes… trees made from paper, trees covered in snow, trees from the mall, and trees very small! it’s clear that we all LOVE the lights, and the memories the ornaments hold… the traditions that surround every part of the tree! they were ALL so beautiful, and hold so much meaning and represent so much love! Jamie picked this pic as the winner of day 5:
today is day 6, and by now you know that the clue is “elf”! we will be announcing more winners next friday, so keep your photos coming! spread the word and holiday cheer! anyone can play along! we hope that these clues are making it fun for you to document this amazing time of year!
here are the countdown cards for the next 6 days (day 7-12)
i know that i can speak for my whole team when i tell you that we have all become obsessed with our Xyron tools… the Creative Stations (i still LOVE the 9″) and also the 5″, as well as the ‘sticker makers’…. as part of our BLOG HOP with Xyron, Lindsay Bateman has created such a clever gift that would be perfect for friends or KIDS! i have kids, nieces and nephews that would LOVE this idea!! Pre-adhesive pretties to pop on a page!? oh yea… take a look!
When I got to thinking about what a really great holiday gift idea would be, my mind instantly went to so many of my friends who do not scrapbook. For whatever reason be it lack of time, lack of creativity (according to them), or simply just not even knowing where to start I instantly knew what a great gift idea would be. I needed something that would be inspiring yet empowering. Something that they would receive and feel confident in completing…and that would not take loads of time or extra energy/effort. We all know how busy ordinary life is and I definitely do not want my gift to be overwhelming or not usable in any way. With the incredible help of Xyron, I was able to make this idea a reality!
Again…the key was keeping it simple. I wanted something that captivated my recipient and showed them that “hey….I can DO this!”
I decided to create a “ready-made” layout. We all know that no matter what, whether people are scrapbookers or not, we ALL have holiday photos. So really this is a gift anyone could use!
I grabbed my Believe 12 x 12 Paper Pad and set to work. I used 3 papers from the collection and some scraps I had of a Believe Mini Memory File as well. This memory file scrap was what created the corner star piece of this layout, as well as the star pattern you can see that is visible beneath the photo mat area.
To create this layout I used the ‘Merry Christmas’ paper from the Believe Paper Pad. I then used a 6 x 12 piece of the Black and White Stripe paper and laid that across, just above the ‘merry christmas’ design. On top of that, I adhered a piece of the red and white mini polka dot paper in 8 x 8 size. Atop that I used some grey card stock trimmed to 5 x 7 and atop that a piece of white card stock trimmed to 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches.
I then layered some of the Believe Banner Delights across the bottom and added a Believe Memory File Label just underneath where a photo would be to serve as space for journaling or a title.
Of course, looking at this layout it does seem a bit plain. Well….that is where the Incredible Xyron Creative Station saves the day!
I collected a bunch of Believe Ephemera, as wells a couple of the 3 x 4 tags that accompany the Believe 12 x 12 Paper Pad. After selecting a few that I thought would make fabulous additions and embellishments to finish off this layout, I turned to my Xyron Creative Station to help me achieve and finish off my ready made gift! Not only was I creating a layout that was ready to just add photos too, I was also including the embellishments as well… ones that would be ready to just peel and stick! How easy and FUN! It’s like a home made, hand made scrapbook page kit! One of a kind too!
This machine is SO easy to use, but will instantly revolutionize the way you add embellishments, 3 x 4 cards and really anything else you may have on hand that does not have adhesive on the back. This machine is also amazing to use with Silhouette die cuts as some of them are so detailed that adding liquid adhesive can just make a mess. Slide your die cut through this machine and adhesive is added perfectly. A ready to go sticker with absolutely NO mess! (Have you added this machine to your wish list yet?).
So to finish off my little “gift pack” of ready to go embellishments I simply ran the Ephemera and cards through the Xyron Creative Station. This is how they look once they come out.
There is a clear coating (almost like plastic wrap) that is layered atop your image. I simply removed this and then took my scissors and free hand trimmed around the die cuts leaving about 1/4 inch around so that my recipient knows to remove the white backing to reveal the sticker back. Now to ADD these fun pieces to the layout!
What I simply did was take all of my pieces, layered them atop of each other and secured them to the top right hand edge of my layout with a paper clip. To embellish this further I added a white piece of seam binding ribbon and some red twine that can also be used as an added embellishment to this layout as well. I even chose to dangle a few Color Magic Stars with the embellishments that might be fun for the recipient to incorporate on their layout as well. Pair this layout with a bottle of Color Shine and voila! A unique one of a kind gift that is simple, fun and ready to use. In probably no more than 10 minutes would someone be able to have a completed 12 x 12 scrapbook page to display in their home or to add into their albums…with NO stress. Christmas with NO stress? I LOVE the sound of that!
I hope you enjoyed just another incredible way to use the Heidi Swapp Believe Collection and Xyron. The two do make quite the fabulous pairing, if I do say so myself. Happy gift making everyone. Cheers to hand-made!
SUPPLIES: Believe Memory Files Kit, Believe 12 x 12 Paper Pad, Believe Ephemera, Believe Banner Delights, Color Magic Stars, Color Magic Seam Binding other: red twine, paper clip
this is just TOTALLY inspiring me! i have the best idea… must get up to my “work shop!” thanks LINDSAY and XYRON! OH, please be sure you are heading over to see the absolutely amazing, mind blowing projects AND giveaways! go and SEE!