Wanderlust and my BOYS

You know how sometimes you get pictures back – and you just can’t stop looking at them?

Well… these are right in that category. My little men. GEEZE… where does the time go? I took a few minutes out of my regularly-scheduled laundry and meal prep time to create. I have been itching to just PLAY… which for some reason always translates to messy, inky fun!  I have so many EXCITING new products, and I haven’t even had a chance to play with them all and explore the possibilities! I am working on a whole series of new videos to showcase some of this new stuff… my mind is just swirling with things I want to try, and share!

Bottom line is that THESE 2 characters… the DO ‘make me smile’… and they remind me all the time how lucky I am to have them to make me laugh and help me not have such a boring lame life that I would be sure to have without them…. I am afraid that it might be true! I LOVE spending time with them… I LOVE these boys. and just like all mamas… I worry. I wonder… I hope! As I worked on this layout, I was flooded with these emotions and indeed overcome with my deep love for them…. Which is one of the true gifts of the PROCESS involved in scrapbooking!

In my new “Wanderlust”collection there are a couple really cool stencils… the size is based around the 5×7 size for journals that are also included in the collection… but they are just perfect for adding little touches of pattern onto a background!

The grey paper is actually from the Memory Planner “Hello Beautiful” 12×12 paper pad. I used Tinsel and Navy Color Shine to modify the background paper… then— this was so awesome. You know how when you use color sprays on printed paper, it tends to warp and bend a bit… I put it right through the Minc., and it totally ironed it out – dried and flattened! Awesome!

The “you make me smile” die cut page is a 5×7 piece designed to work as pages inside journals… but I love how it looks as a page element. I used a mix of Magic Medium, teal, tinsel and navy Color Shine, along with the same stencil to create a unique colorful effect.

I used other pieces from the Wanderlust collection: Shipping tags, Dex envelopes & overlays, and the super cute mini wood veneer words! The color was just right to tie in the natural colors in the photos – so I didn’t add any Color Shine there. I like to attach the wood veneer with Glossy Accents by Ranger. Hold it in place for 20 seconds for it to bond completely.

As a finishing touch, I used my new ‘adhesive rub ons’ to create a little corner-element in the upper left corner of the photo. SO there are several different skus available in this same concept- basically you rub it on just like any rub on you have ever used, but when you peel back the backer, you will notice the rub on is STICKY! Simply place a piece of ANY foil – (I used the Holographic foil from the Minc stuff). You can softy brayer the piece … OR I shoot it through the Minc at ZERO heat so it applies even pressure – the results are fabulous! (note: you do not NEED the Minc to use those… just works awesome!)

I did spend a few minutes jotting down some of my profound MOMMY thoughts… I love these guys. Even if they don’t know how much RIGHT NOW… SOME DAY I know the little notes that I have written to them on these pages over the years will mean the world to them. It’s totally WORTH REMEMBERING!

try this! diy minc foil pocket cards

i am so excited that my team has just received my NEW Minc Foil Applicator machines and Lindsay Bateman didn’t waste any time showing you how you can use it! i love that! it doesn’t matter if you have been crafting a long time or just getting started, this new foil application gives perfect results every time!

Today I am here to share an exciting and very simple way to use the amazing MINC 12″ Foil Applicator Machine to create customized foil cards for pocket pages! If you have not yet already had a chance to pop over to the products page to check out ALL (and by ALL I mean a collection that will truly knock your socks off) the MINC accessories and products that come completely ready to be customized with any of the 11 shades of foil also available….I highly suggest you do!  OK, I know….how does one even PICK?!?

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I myself am still orientating myself and getting to know all of the amazing products available.  Honestly, it has never been more fun to just experiment and PLAY.  So I thought it would be cool to share a super simple DIY “try this” using the MINC and the following MINC accessories: MINC Hello Stripes Card Set, MINC Hello There Tags, MINC Ephemera and MINC Chipboard Shapes.

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The 3×4 cards are simply white Bazzill card stock trimmed to size.  The ‘love this’ 4×6 card is a piece of the gorgeous Wanderlust paper trimmed to size and the ‘absolutely completely totally’ card is actually from the MINC Hello Stripes Card Set.  It already comes with the beautiful phrase laser printed so it is ready to simply run through the MINC with whatever colour foil one chooses.  To create this card I cut the card in half, trimmed down to size and ran it through the MINC using the beautiful light pink foil.

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The MINC chipboard pieces are also super fun to customize and layer.  Pictured above you can see that from the collection I used the “fun stuff”, “love this”, “happy” and “polka dot heart” to add a simple touch of dimension to my pocket cards.  I also used the gorgeous foiled chipboard arrows and the ‘you and me’ chipboard piece I actually left as is.  Some of these MINC pieces just look fab black and white!  The foiled camera is from the ephemera pack.  I also used one of the gorgeous label stickers on my ‘love this’ 4×6 card and customized that with gold foil.  They are truly so beautiful and excellent layering pieces.

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Once I had my cards completed I slipped them into my Project Life Pocket Page sleeve and voila!  Customized ‘one of a kind’ cards with that beautiful foiled effect.  (I kinda just want to foil everything in sight…true story).

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thank you so much Lindsay!!! i love how beautiful this page is and how much it makes your photos stand out! my MINC ships to independent and online stores at the end of next month! if it has already been shipped to you because you were a UK Create and Craft viewer from my world wide launch at CHA, i would love to see you “make pretty stuff” by hashtagging #hsMinc!

Supplies: MINC 12″ Foil ApplicatorMINC Hello Stripes Card Set; MINC Hello There Tags; MINC Ephemera; MINC Chipboard Shapes; Wanderlust 5×7 Paper Pad; MINC Reactive Foil Gold; MINC Reactive Foil Light Pink

here and now : celebrate

i have known my team members for several years now and we have never been able to celebrate our birthdays with a party. i planned an “un-birthday” party while we were together at CHA. Even though there was no cake or balloons – there was the group of us. and in that moment each one of the group blessed each other with laughter and encouragement. That’s what this blog series is about… capturing and documenting the “here and now” and what that means to you…

So my Here and Now project today is a little different from those previous. My Here and Now wants to celebrate all the goodness in my life right now, something so good and so special that I just had to record it as soon as I could. As you know Heidi just released her new collections at the CHA Mega Show in Anaheim California and I along with the other girls on the team were honored to join Heidi and work with her at her booth. We had decided to throw ourselves a little Un  Birthday celebration party while we were all there because we are so far apart and are never together to celebrate. Today I am sharing this wonderful memory with a photo taken by fellow team member Maggie Massey as we were waiting to be seated, anticipating the fun that was to come.

I wanted to use the brand new Wanderlust collection to show off this photo. I am totally in love with the  bold but yet pretty patterns and colors that can be paired to create striking combinations.

I began with the reverse side of the Pressed Flowers pattern paper showcasing the bold blue and white stripe and then teamed it with the gorgeous floral Paper Café paper. I then layered under my photo that delicate Lace Paper that echos the floral in the pattern paper.  I then grabbed the divine Flea Market Pouch Kit ( yes it is just that pretty ) that contains all these pretty bits and pieces and layered some of the die cut flowers, the flair  and I  added a bit of the glitter tape to my photo.  To finish off I added a Puffy Speech Bubble sticker over the flower.


I wanted a bold statement for my title so what better way than to use one of the large Wood Veneer words ( Celebrate) from the collection. I simple added a little glue to hold it in place then used my sewing machine to stitch it down. I slipped one of the Printed Watercolor Tags under my photo mat and layered another Wood Veneer arrow

In the Flea Market Pouch Kit there is some Journaling post it note stickers that I ran through my typewriter then trimmed off before adhering to my layout for my journaling. I added that cute Bliss Binder Clip and the  Gold Foil Label Sticker that I stamped on with the ever faithful Project Life Clear Stamp set.  To complete my layout I added the date with the Project Life Roller Date stamp and splashes of the yummy new Raspberry  Color Shine

So this is my Here and Now, a celebration of fun, a Celebration of friends and a  Celebration of all that is good in my life right now!

so…ummm WOW! that’s pretty much what i have to say about Kim Jeffress‘ layout today! all those beautiful Wanderlust pieces that just fit perfectly in your design! you can find this collection in select Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores NOW and independent and online stores in February! i can’t wait to see you “make pretty stuff!”

Supplies: Wanderlust: Raspberry ColorShine, Pressed Flowers pattern paper, Paper Café pattern paper, Lace Paper Pack, Celebrate Wood Veneer, Adventure Wood Veneer,

Flea Market Pouch Kit, Printed Watercolor Tags, Painted Binder Clips,

Project Life Roller Date Stamp, Project Life Clear Stamps

wanderlust a layout – cha 2015

time has just FLOWN by!!! i can’t believe it has been over a week since my new collections were released at the CHA Mega Show! i was able to connect with so many of my favorite retailers from all over the world! most of all, i was thankful to have five of my team members there helping demo and share the excitement with me! Maggie Massey was right there the whole time showing how to use my Minc Foil Applicator. she was foiling non-stop! she also created some samples using my NEW Wanderlust collection… here she shares one of my favorites…


It’s hard to believe that just one week ago I was in beautiful, sunny Southern California where we were soaking up the sun, laughing harder than I’ve ever laughed with some of my closest friends, and getting filled to overflowing with inspiration and the creative spirit.

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This is the 3rd year I’ve been able to attend the Craft & Hobby Association’s Winter Mega show…and every year it gets better and better and better.

Heidi introduced 4 completely new lines at this year’s show (Wanderlust, Hello Beautiful, Marquee Love & Minc)…and I have to tell you – it’s impossible to pick a favorite. Each line is so completely different from the others, and they are all ridiculously amazing.

The most traditionally “scrapbook-y” line is Wanderlust. It contains items that you would “normally” find in a new scrapbook line. BUT, it also contains a number of brand new, super-exciting, totally non-traditional items as well – including binders & page protectors, rub-on foil embellishments, the entire MEMORY DEX line (oh my gosh – amazing), metal dies (in mint, of course!) and embellishment pouches that fit in your planner and hold all of your little essentials. To see the entire Wanderlust, click here.

In order to prepare for CHA, each of us on Heidi’s team were assigned samples to create with the new lines. These samples were then used in Heidi’s booth to help demonstrate how the collections can be used.

Below is the wall where Heidi displayed all of the page samples…she (and Kim & Gail) had glittered- and golded-up some clipboards and attached them to the wall. The clipboards then held each layout. It looked seriously cool and was such a neat way to show off the samples.

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That’s one of mine…you know…with the giant arrow and circle?

Just wanted to make sure you could see it OK…

And here’s what it looks like a little closer…

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The patterns and colors in the Wanderlust collection are so lovely. And they can be tailored to fit both feminine and masculine projects. Here I’ve paired the beautiful raspberry hue with some gold and kraft. I think it’s just lovely for my autumn photo.

I used 3 different patterned papers for my background and kept the rest really pretty simple.

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I added some silver foil rub-on polka dots to a kraft tag and used that has a base for the “hello SUNSHINE” wood veneer, a transparent Memory Dex card and a darling little watercolor puffy sticker.

A few glitter heart stickers placed directly on my photo help to ground the photo and make it part of the rest of the page.

I did use a couple of pieces from the Hello Beautiful (Memory Planner) line, too (like the little white 2×2 note card I’ve tucked under the clip and ribbon).

I also dropped a few drips of both Butter and Raspberry Color Shine across the page. I really like to do this when I feel like my layout needs a little extra something, but I’m not quite sure what.

I kinda love the way this page came together. The colors are so rich and so lovely and the different collections - even though they are so distinct from one another – really do work beautifully together.

You should be seeing Wanderlust show up in Jo-Ann stores now. If you find that your Jo-Ann doesn’t carry the line (boo) – don’t fret. Wanderlust will also be available online and in independent retailer stores in the next few weeks!

Are you already making projects with these beautiful pieces? We’d love to see! Post them and tag them #HSWanderlust so we can ooooh and ahhhh over them!

SUPPLIES: Wanderlust Patterned Paper: Basket Weave, Cafe, Memory Dex Cards: Gold Foil Acetate, Hello Sunshine Wood Veneer,  Printed Kraft Tags with Gold Foil, Painted Binder Clips,  White Lace Ribbon Spool, Gold Glitter Stickers, Puffy Speech Bubble Stickers, Dots Rub-on Foil Kit, Color Shine – Raspberry, Color Shine – Butter, Memory Planner Foil Cards, Memory Planner Foil Chipboard Shapes

birthday surprise bedroom overhaul Heidi Swapp style!

I guess it was early November, and one of my friends asked me if I would be willing to help her decorate her daughters room for her birthday!? I actually think that it might have started out with just showing her how to make “tissue paper tassles”… and then it kinda morphed into me being able to PLAY and have FUN to dress up a bedroom!

It is a total indulgence for me to take the time to PLAY like this! but the girl who lives in this room is just adorable! And she was just turning the big 1-6, and her mom really wanted her to get a little more ‘sophisticated’ bedroom look!  The birthday girl was out of town for a few days, so we were able to get in there and make some birthday magic!  Ok, so WARNING: I am going to share a WHOLE BUNCH OF PHOTOS!  I am thrilled at how I was able to use some of my NEW products in a home décor kinda way!


She already had this black and white polka dot comforter – which was my first clue that we had similar style! you just can’t go wrong w/ black and white! The other item her mom gave me was that cutie poster of the Eiffel Tower. i was told that she LOVES Paris… so this is where it all started.   Here’s my process…

  1. draw a really NON-fancy pencil sketch. I this case, I only could find a pink colored pencil in my entire house!
  2. Determine what I have on hand that I can repurpose
  3. Craft all the pieces and use “Command hooks to hang!)


First stop was Michaels for some Marquee LOVE! I grabbed a “J” and “H” for her initials. The letters come in a box including 3 things: 1. bulbs for the lights 2. light strand specific to each letter 3. a Template so you can trace the letter on another piece of paper and place it inside the letter as a background!


in addition to the letter kits, you can also buy Glitter, paper pads, glue, tapes for the edges ETC! there is no shortage of fun things you can do!  I chose to line the inside with white glitter paper. Then i used the white glitter tape on the outside eyes, and the black and white polk-a-dot tape on the inside edges. turned out super cute!


i loved how the black and white dots tied in with the bed spread!

The lights are BATTERY OPERATED, and they work awesome because they have an open channel in the back for the lights and cords! here is a back view:


i  strategically placed a few of the 3M command hooks to make hanging these SO easy- that way she can easily remove them from the wall and flip the “on” or “off” switch.

I LOVE the overall “mood board” look, and that ability to add images or whatever to a decorative and inspiring wall! to do this, clipboards are just the best solution! they are available super cheap through an office supply store – To make them special, i simply used tacky glue and glitter to add sparkle to the clip area! again, you can see that i just used a Command hook to hang them!

i bought 2 different sizes knowing that i had some different sized prints!

i love how easy this is to add to or to change out the prints (or photos) placed on the clipboards!


Some of these prints are from the “Gallery wall” kit from the Minc collection – and some are prints that i designed and i printed using a laser printer. I do get the best results when i take it to a copy shop and use a big laser photocopier!   I ran these through the Minc with the GOLD FOIL and BOOM!!! looks super cute! EASY and gorgeous!

as i mentioned, the Paris poster was a MUST, and when i first came to look at the room, it was sitting on the floor, where her mom told me it had been for months- I bought some black foam core, and adhered it with some spray adhesive. I wanted it to have a little more somethin-somethin… so i sanded and inked the edges, and then used some of my NEWEST “adhesive” rub ons that you use together with FOIL! this is the easiest way to add pops of GOLD to anything!

love how these little gold dots just takes this regular poster to more of an ‘art piece’.  to add to that ‘art’ look, i wanted to hang the poster from big BULLDOG clips. These little buggers are hard to find! – i could only find them at Office Depot, and they were silver and red to begin with. I added a coat of Krylon black spray paint and it looked awesome! You can see here, that my FAVORITE way to hang pretty much everything is these little command hooks! this worked well!


then of course… the TISSUE TASSLES!!!

EVERYONE’s favorite is the tissue tassels (my favorite)! i like to make these things really ROBUST! and full! you can see a really great video tutorial HERE for making these! SO easy, and great to use over and over again!  (i look like a crazy lady here! haha)


but i LOVE the tissue tassels! i use them in all kinds of decor, and they are SO much fuN!

i actually found all the fun tissues this time at Target! i used a mix of Turquoise, black & white stripes, gold dots and solid gold! it’s a little pricier when you find the specialty tissues — but OH so worth it! I actually layered 2 strands of tassels.

The Marquee Letters aren’t the only thing that i added lights to… i have this new obsession with adding light strands to posters!

I designed this poster print, and had it printed at Walgreens on POSTER BOARD!  you can of course print several different sizes – this is an 11×14. I always look on Walgreens.com for a coupon code- they always have one! The KEY is that you really need to buy a frame that is pretty DEEP… shadow box frames from Ikea are the BEST! (and super affordable)


You can find my Marquee Light strands (in 3 bulb sizes) at Hobby Lobby and also at Michaels. These are just super awesome because the lights and bulbs are separate, so you can punch a hole in the print, and place the bulbs into the poster and then add the lights through the back! I had to cut the hole in the  mat just a little larger to accommodate my art – then i left out the backer so that the lights have room behind! I hung this frame with another awesome trick – called a “monkey” hook…

you don’t need a hammer- you can just stick this metal piece into the sheetrock, and it curves around and holds agains the back of the wall – and only just a little bit of metal sticks out on the wall. i find these at Home Depot and even Wal Mart.

this allows me to layer the frame over the poster as well!

This little lamp had a really cute shade, but just didn’t match anymore -so i grabbed a $7 white lampshade from Hobby Lobby and i taped it off and sprayed it with black spray paint to give it these black and white horizontal stripes! Don’t look too close … this was SO much harder than i thought it would be. But it looks fab if you don’t see the back! haha Sometimes in a DIY situation, you just can’t be a total perfectionist! it’s OK to have little mistakes.. in general, no one will ever even notice but you! right?!

the next change that really needed to be made was new covers for the pillows! We grabbed these fabrics from Hobby Lobby- the black has a wonderful ruffle texture, and the blue and GOLD print was PERFECT! My friend libby, who was helping with this project is the seamstress out of the two of us… and she followed the existing covers as patterns and whipped up the pillow covers!

this simple change made a WORLD of difference! We were on the hunt for a cute pillow… feels like the “word” pillows are ALL the rage, so we found this “amour” pillow at Target, and we were thrilled because it just played right into our “Paris” theme! talk about perfect!

adding to the end tables was also essential to transform this space! I gathered a few things that i knew that she would love. This photo of the Salt Lake Temple is very meaningful in our religious beliefs – this is actually a photo that was taken by my sister, and printed by Persnickity Prints on GORGEOUS metallic paper!

I added GOLD FOIL to a 12×12 Minc paper as a backer for the picture and placed it into this Ikea shadow box! it turned out so beautiful!

the little pop of gold is just PERFECT!

i picked up this little gold frame for like $2 on a clearance rack and the cutest white pitchers from Ikea – the smaller to hold the pencils i spray painted GOLD, and the larger to hold fresh white tulips! (That cute “ciao baby” is one of the Gallery Prints in this Minc. set!)

Lastly… i did use one of my “hello heidi” words… you may have seen me decorating with these amazing super large scale wooden words in my handwriting! they are not widely available YET (working on that)… but i had a “bliss” on hand…so i added gold glitter and that thing just POPS!

I LOVED working on this project… Jesse just LOVED it. Her mom took a little video of when she came home… Quincy has been patiently waiting for me to work on her bedroom… and after almost a year in our new home… she is up next! i am sure i will be recycling the clipboards, lighted signs and letters and lots of glitter and GOLD foil!  Making Pretty Stuff just got a whole lot more SERIOUS!












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