i can’t even believe that AUGUST is here… in all it’s glory! seemed like the first of August was light years away, and yet here it is! it’s my last day of our family vacation in Newport Beach, Calif… and i’m not quite ready to face reality! it’s been a beautiful week full of family, traditions, sea, ocean, sand, sleep … all glorious things! soon school will be back in session, and i just am not ready. but UNTIL THEN… we are just enjoying every minute of this time. that is what August is about for me! next week i have a big fun, exciting, happy surprise that i get to share! wink, wink! so i am super excited about that… but for NOW, how about THIS MONTH’s Memory Planner Printable (did i mention FREE?!) oh yes, because i LOVE YOU! (click here to download)
May this month be full of some fabulous memories and some awesome ADVENTURES! remember to keep a big smile on your face everywhere you go!! i’d love, love to see YOUR memory planner in action… so snap a quick pick and post it on social media along with the hashtag #hsmemoryplanner and also just tag me up @hkswapp so that i don’t miss it! Print this out on a good white cardstock, or even some vellum! trim it out and it will tuck right into the pockets for this next month of AUGUST!
oh yeah. my media team has been rockin’ the Scrapbook Kits this week!!! i have been so inspired by each interpretation of the chipboard, canvas, clear, and card stock pages! just when i think i have seen it all – Lindsay Bateman goes and spray paints her cover!!! GOLD!!! now… i just LOVE it!!! see for yourself …
I am so excited to share my take on the Heidi Swapp mixed media scrapbook kit. I have just been LOVING what all of the other Media Team members have been sharing this week. So inspiring! I have learned so many great tips, techniques and ideas that I cannot wait to try out and incorporate into my album. I love how I bound my book with book rings especially for that reason. Easy to take apart and add more goodies in! So let’s get right to the goods….here is a journey and peek inside my album.
I have to say that creating my mini album cover was my favourite part! I used gold spray paint and gold glitter spray paint to cover the plain chipboard that I purchased at Michaels. Once the covers were all dry I created my simple album cover. I love it. Sometimes less truly is more. You will notice that I utilized a lot of the phenomenal Heidi Swapp freebie printables in my album….cause well, they are just seriously fabulous. Who doesn’t love signature Heidi Swapp handwriting grazing their albums? I used the ‘you are the best kind of beautiful’ freebie printable as my album title. Punched it out with my American Crafts circle punch and mounted it on the black and white stripe Favorite Things paper. I placed a Color Magic Pressed Paper Frame around it that I misted with Mint Green and White Color Shine and adhered. I used American Crafts pop dots to adhere the title to add an extra bit of pop and dimension to my cover.
Here is a look inside my album. You will notice that I mixed and matched a whole bunch of Heidi Swapp collections together to create my pages. Once of my favourite things to do, and a great way to use up extra bits and pieces that are needing a good home!
I used various techniques on my pages throughout this album. Most are ones that I find I always gravitate towards and that are favourites of mine. For my first page I added some basic stenciling to the plain card stock using acrylic paints. I then added some stamping into my stencils for a bit of decorative touch.
I love the effect of the cascading pages. You can see all of the different pages and bits peeking out.
On this tag, I added a photo overtop some stamping. I then added stencilling with a silver metallic paint overtop my stamped images.
For this chipboard tag, I transformed it by adding stenciling in both white and silver acrylic paint. I then added more stenciling and stamping over top creating this image. A really great tip I find is that when working with stencils and acrylic paint the secret to getting great stenciled images is to have a very minimal amount of paint on your application sponge. You want it really soaked in to the sponge, but NOT dripping or thick. Less paint really is more when working with stencils. I find that I will use a stencil on scrap paper and do a couple of test runs to get the perfect consistency of paint when working with stencils before applying it to my page or projects.
For instance in the page above, I added stenciling onto the transparency. I LOVE this effect. It almost looks like frosted glass. Here is a perfect example of less paint really is more when you stencil on transparency. The image that results is beautiful. I also love stenciling onto my photos as well. You can see I added a bit of stenciling to my photo on this page. Very subtle, but awesome effect.
On this transparency I added some stamps using archival ink. Another really FUN way to transform your transparencies and customize them for your projects. I LOVE this technique so much! Using archival ink on transparencies work great because the archival ink dries quickly and does not smear or smudge. Think of the possibilities here. I cannot wait to use this in the future to create some fun transparency pieces that are customized. I mean, who doesn’t LOVE transparencies in their scrapbooking projects?!?
I added a lot of stenciling with acrylic paint on this page, and added some polka dots stenciling with Color Shine. I also used stamping and layered the images over my stenciled parts to add some fun layers.
I created the background on this piece of canvas using Mint Green Color Shine and the Chevron Stencil. I then layered some pieces together and adhered then to the top right hand corner of the page. I loved using the canvas as a base for my photos. Canvas really drinks up Color Shine beautifully. It’s such a great medium for stamping on as well.
I cannot wait to continue creating pieces and pages for this book, especially the ideas and techniques I have learned from the other Media Team members this week. They have shared SO much incredible creativity, it sure has my wheels spinning to make pretty stuff! I hope you have been able to get your hands on one of these incredible mixed media scrapbook kits. I know you will love it as much as I do!
i love everything about your pages Lindsay! that gold with stenciled paint is FABULOUS! the colors you chose – just divine. thank you so much!!! now, find yourself a Scrapbook Kit at your local Michael’s Store and try out some of these techniques for your own mini album!
Supplies: Scrapbook Kit; Favorite Things Paper Pad; Color Magic Pressed Paper Frames; Mint Green Color Shine; Gold Lame Color Shine; White Color Shine; 6 x 6 Square Lattice Stencil; 12 x 12 Chevron Stencil; 6 x 6 Butterfly Stencil; 6 x 6 Polka Dot Stencil; 3 x 4 Stencil Mini Kits Words; Clear Words; Ephemera Bits; 3 x 4 Glitter Cards; Word Stamps; Album Hardware Kit Other: Gold Spray Paint; Glitter Spray Paint; Acrylic Paints
it’s Wednesday and that means a NEW episode of Create to Remember on My Craft Channel! i just love this desktop organizer! when i was designing this product i knew i wanted something that reminded me of a calendar that i saw when i was young. it had these rings on this stand and you would flip the calendar pages over the rings every day. do you remember them?
i loved that it sat to display the day, but i wanted something to sit there and inspire me as i look at it. so i have made my desktop calendar into an inspirational piece where i can add pretty things and quotes to.
i even added the 3×4 cards and calendar pages for more detailed days of the month.
when i see a quote that inspires me, i paint it or write it down and add it to my rings.
in the video i share a quick and easy way to add pages to the rings! just punch holes and cut the hole with scissors. this will help you slip pages in and how quickly without having to work the mechanism in the back of the stand.
i love to just add pages, tags, and frames to it as it just looks beautiful all layered up!
i added lists, stamping, stenciling, and more!
you can watch the episode right here! you can find these desktop calendars at Jo-Ann Stores! click here to find a store that is carrying it near you!
today you are in for a treat!!! Sarah Bargo WOWS us with the way she used my Scrapbook Kit, now available at local retailers and Michaels Stores! i am in awe of all the little details… i don’t want to spoil it for you, so i will let you see for yourself!
Well hello there! Today I am sharing a very special mini album that I created using the Mixed Media Scrapbook Kit! This kit is loaded with really fun different pieces, like canvas, chipboard, and my favorite out of the kit, printed transparencies! So cute! The possibilities with this kit are endless!
Recently someone in my family had a very scary health issue, like a really really close call.. It was super scary to say the least, but everything’s ok now thank the Lord but it was a fast reminder about how precious life really is. It only takes a second for things to be turned upside down, which is why it is so important to document and write things down! This was what inspired my project.
Occasionally I will write a letter to the boys or do a page or something, but I never really made a whole album devoted to just us 3, so that was my main goal. It isn’t finished of course, it will be an ongoing journal type of album with lots of little notes, pictures, pockets with ephemera we collect along the way, our favorite Bible verses, maybe some little bits & pieces of advice for their journey. We’ve had a rough road at some points, which has brought us super close and I don’t want to leave anything unsaid. And I can’t tell you how many times I got so choked up while writing letters to them! If you haven’t written a special letter to a loved one, you should! It really makes you dig deep. Not only is it awesome to give something that was hand written for the obvious reasons, but when you’re in the process of writing it can really reveal a lot about your relationship with that person, can reveal so many emotions and memories that you have forgotten or just maybe lost along the way!
So here is my book. The kit comes with 2 honkin pieces of chipboard for covers, they are in the cutest shape of a Memory File! I love them! I wanted the tab to stay at the top, so I sliced the front cover down the middle and created a gate fold album.
Here’s some details on the front cover, just mixed a bunch of pretty things I have in my Heidi Swapp stash ;) The “true” heart is from the Make Pretty Stuff die cut tags pack at JoAnn’s! If you have this heart and would like to do the same thing-
1. Lay down strips of washi tape on the white stripes to mask them off.
2. Apply a generous layer of Magic Medium to the purple stripes, pouncing down on top of the tape edges so the glue doesn’t sneak underneath the tape. Coat the Magic Medium with gold glitter.
3. Let this set for a few minutes, then peel off tape.
4. Voila! Turns out super sparkly and cute!
I used a mixture of so many different products lol! I pulled from the Dreamy Collection, Mixed Company, Vintage Chic, Hello Today, and Color Magic woohoo! I’m a mixer what can I say.
Ok so here’s how to muck up your cover and add some awesome texture! This might look tricky, but it’s actually super easy and of course it’s so much fun because you’re making a mess Now I am hooked and will be making textured albums in every color….
K so here’s the dealio:
1. Create a mixture of Opaque Magic Medium and the Color Shine of your choice, and using a sponge applicator smear it all over the plain chipboard cover. Let dry.
2. Lay a Heidi Swapp stencil over the top of the cover, and scrape modeling paste over the stencil wherever you want your design to be, & let that totally dry. (scrape off excess and put it back in it’s container) I totally covered my cover with the pattern, but you don’t have to! Sporadic stenciling looks awesome too!
3. Create another mixture of Magic Medium and the same Color Shine you used before, and lightly go over the raised paste stencil pattern. I think I did mine a little lighter than the first time…
4. When that was dry, I sprayed some of the Gold Color Shine in a few spots and then wiped it off. It looks really pretty in the sunlight because it really shines in the cracks, it’s neat!
5. It was still a little too dark for me, so I lightly brushed some gesso over some of the cover and it gave it this really fab shabby chic look, which I love! Really brightened it up!
Here’s a look at the inside!
This is what you see when you “open up the doors..”
I trimmed the edges of the Dreamy Photo Stack so it would fit on the right door, then put some pictures of the boys and I on our adventures.
I have what they call an “offroad family” and we have been going to the dunes to ride ATV’s forever and we just have a really great time, it’s beautiful up there!
Honestly I don’t know where he gets it…
Ok. Maybe many of you have seen this picture on my Instagram, well the boys ran into the drug store to get something and came back with SILLY STRING AND ATTACKED ME AS SOON AS THEY GOT IN THE CAR!!!! I absolutely had to make this the first picture that you see when you open this book because I have never seen them laugh as hard as they did at that moment! It was just the funniest thing. Never a dull moment And yes there is still some in my hair.
Some lovely layers, which made the gate fold album awesome because if you alternate sides with your pages, then you just keep peeling them back one by one! It makes it a little more interactive and fun for people to look through it!
The kit has some smaller white die cut tags that are adorable! I covered the front of mine with paper and left the back white so I can journal on it. I haven’t decided what to put in that little window yet…
Here’s one of the transparency pages in the kit, I love it! The glitter words look awesome on them! Just adds another interesting page to peel back ;)
I took a piece of patterned paper from Hello Today, trimmed it to the height I wanted it, then folded it in half. If you adhere the left, bottom, and right side of it, you just made yourself a pocket! Use a large circle punch and punch it halfway into the top to create the little dip in the top!
Ok don’t make fun of my preggo picture. I was 7 months here, but by the time I hit 8 people were telling me I looked like an eclipse. I was like yeah? That’s awesome.
Another way I love to hide journaling is by mounting a picture to the front of a plain white card, then you just have a nice little spot to write a whole bunch of sweetness!
Here I created a page by using one of the Color Magic banners! I sprayed one side with Coral Color Shine and covered the other side with patterned paper from Mixed Company. Just a fun little shaped page to add rather than a square
And finally the back cover, just made a little page on it. I can’t wait to add more pages to this album! I felt like I could’ve put 20 more in while I was making this! It’s going to be one chunky monkey!
So that’s my mixed media journal, I hope you are inspired to grab your amazing Mixed Media Scrapbook Kits and document something special! The possibilities are endless!
see?!!!! what did i tell you?! Sarah, this album is so touching! the photos and letters you write your boys WILL make a difference when they grow up. it is so important for us to write to them now, things that they might need to hear – later. I love your gate-fold album and all the “gold” touches so much that i am ready to go and #makeprettystuff right now!
SUPPLIES; Opaque Magic Medium, Die Cut Tags, Scrapbook Kit, Watercolor Tags, Color Magic Striped Alpha, Glitter Stickers Gold, Hello Today 12×12 Paper Pad, Mixed Company 12×12 Paper Pad, Coral Color Shine, Georgia Peach Color Shine, Embossed Jumbo Numbers, Jumbo Pennants, Dreamy Ticket To Ride, Dreamy Clear Words, Dreamy Jumble Word Stickers, Mixed Company Ephemera
this week i have invited my team to feature the Scrapbook Kit perfect for mixed media! you will see some awesome inspiration for using this kit! there are so great pages to make you own mini book like Maggie Massey did here!
Hey everyone! It’s me, Maggie – here again to share a fun little tag book I made for 11 year-old daughter…yayayayay!
As a team we frequently discuss just how important it is to us that we let our people know how much they mean to us…that we actually write it down. We talk about how necessary it is that they be able to see and read just how much we love them. So when I was asked to create a project using Heidi’s Mixed Media Scrapbook Kit, it took only a minute to decide what I wanted to create…
The Scrapbook Kit is loaded with different pieces and and textures (chipboard, acrylic, paper & canvas)…and can be completely customized to get the exact look you want. I decided to use only the canvas, smaller paper & acrylic pieces in my little book…I wanted to save the chipboard cover and larger pages for a different project…
I also printed out some of Heidi’s recent free printables to use as pages in my book…(I’ll link those up at the end of the post).
Wanna see my pages? Let’s do this…
I used an acrylic tag for the cover of my little book…but to dress it up a bit, I added some little pin dots. To do this, I mixed some modeling paste with a bit of Citron Color Shine and, using a palette knife, spread a thin layer of the mixture over my pin dot stencil (from the Bracket Stencil Set). I let this layer dry and then added the Favorite Things Puffy Alphas…
For my next “page” I used the little window tag that comes in the kit. I added another of Heidi’s printables to the back…and sewed around the edges of the window.
I used the herringbone patterned stencil from the 3×4 Mini Stencils and my very favorite pen in the entire world (the American Crafts Precision Pen) to create the pattern on this tag. Then I simply filled in the pattern (and around the window on the tag) with some Color Shine (Citron & Teal) and a waterbrush.
My next tag is just one of the printables…I highlighted the words with some Teal Color Shine and my waterbrush…and I added a little glitter frame in front of the tag.
I created a little envelope for my next page. I’m planning on adding little quotes, notes and encouraging words for my Kate in here. The Favorite Things Ephemera I added to the front are acting as a way to keep the envelope closed…the flap just tucks under the pieces, and can be pulled out to add more notes to the envelope.
For my next couple tags I played around with a couple mixed media techniques…first I mixed some of Heidi’s Clear Magic Medium with some Blush Color Shine and painted over the “SPECTACULAR” 3×4 Mini Stencil. When that was dry I painted over the pin dot stencil with some white acrylic paint. Next I sprayed the entire tag with Mustard Color Shine.
For this little layered tag, I used the striped pattern from the 3×4 Mini Stencils and the same modeling paste/Citron Color Shine mixture I used on my cover. Then I placed the polka dot acrylic tag on top and stapled the two tags together…along with the little black & white XOXO circle (from the Favorite Things Ephemera pack).
Next up…another printable. Heidi’s handwriting is so beautiful just on it’s own…so I just painted in some color…
A little reminder to “dream BIG” (from the Dreamy Ephemera)…
I created a little pocket out of one of the pieces of canvas that was included in the kit. To do this, I simply folded the canvas in half and sewed along the two sides and the bottom…keeping the top open. Next, I used a black marker to trace around one of the little 3×4 Mini Stencils…
Some Citron & Teal Color Shine and my trusty waterbrush are all the tools I needed to add some color around the stencil…
I dolled-up this tag by adding paper behind the tag and a few pieces of Favorite Things ephemera to the front of the heart…
I had a little fun with this piece of canvas. I folded this one, too…and turned it into a pocket…but before I did that I mixed white acrylic paint with Color Shine and used a number of different 3×4 stencils to add come decoration. I had no plan at all here…I just kind of grabbed whatever was close and just started painting. As I was sewing it closed, I tucked in a piece of Favorite Things Ephemera.
I used a 3×4 Mini Stencil and black marker to add the LOVE LIFE sentiment…and then I used a gold marker to highlight the words…
This printable pretty much says it all. I added more color here…and a little piece of ephemera.
For the back page of my book, I turned the large acrylic page into a little pocket. I cut a piece of Dreamy Dreams Come True Paper and sewed it to the back of the acrylic. Then I simply tucked yet another printable into the pocket…so cute, right?
I’m so looking forward to filling this little book with notes and stories for my girl. And I’m hoping that as she reads through all of these messages to her, for now and for years to come, she knows just how much she means to me…and she feels just how much I love her. Because really…that’s what it’s all about, right?
i love this Maggie! so many fun details!!! i also love what you did with the free printables! so… i hope you can get a hold of one of these kits to try a few of these techniques yourself!
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SUPPLIES: Scrapbook Kit, Stencil Set Brackets, Favorite Things Puffy Alpha Stickers – Teal, Favorite Things Glitter Frames, Favorite Things Ephemera, Dreamy Ephemera, Dreamy Ticket To Ride 12×12 paper, Dreamy Dreams Come True 12×12 paper, 3×4 Stencil Mini – Patterns, 3×4 Stencil Mini – Words, Color Shine – Citron, Color Shine – Teal, Color Shine – Mint Green, Color Shine – Blush, Color Shine – Mustard, Clear Magic Medium
OTHER: American Crafts Precision Pen – .01 – black, American Crafts Mini Stapler, Wink of Stella Gold Glitter Brush, white acrylic paint, water brush