this week my team and i are celebrating upcoming National Scrapbook Weekend! there are so many reasons why i love what i do. i have asked my team to share some of their reasons on my blog. Maggie Massey is up today with her thoughts on why she makes pretty stuff…
I know we’ve talked about this before…but as it get closer and closer to National Scrapbook Day, I want you to ask yourself – “why do I scrapbook?”
Is it because you love paper (like me)? Or because you love taking photos (like me)? Or because you need a creative outlet (like me)?
There are myriad reasons why we scrapbook…each one as individual as the person who claims it…
Wanna see my reasons?
Well…10 of them, anyway?
1. So my kids & their kids know who I am/was
2. So I remember
3. It’s fun!
4. It’s a creative outlet
5. BEAUTIFUL paper
6. Amazing community (that means you guys!)
7. I love taking photos
8. I love writing
9. our stories are IMPORTANT
10. Makes me HAPPY!
I was going through some older photos and I came across this one of Jamie Pate. I took this a few years ago at CHA 2013 – the first time we all met…and the sentiment on the book she’s holding (Heidi’s Signature Series book) just hit home. Make Pretty Stuff.
It got me to thinking that maybe I should document why I document…
So I did.
I grabbed a bunch of different stuff from a whole bunch of Heidi’s past (& current!) collections and got to work…
I’m thinking about hanging this layout on the wall above my desk…just as a reminder of why I do what I do…and why I love this hobby so much.
So…do you have any big plans for NSD?
I’m gonna be Making Pretty Stuff…
one of my favorite things about designing product is to actually see you use it. to see the pages of your Memory Planners make me so happy!!! Kim Jeffress is sharing some of her planner pages! they inspire!
I love recording one little thing about our day in my 2015 Memory Planner. I love how versatile the planner is, personally I am using it to record the little everyday memories of my family that I do not want to forget. What I most love about the planner is that even though its those “everyday” moments there is still a touch of classic elegance about it with the bold stripe cover and beautiful floral inserts! What’s not too love!
This month being Easter and the school holidays was all about my boys. Throughout April I added in lots of bright bold fun activities and photos of my boys hard at “play ” during their vacation. Do you spy that QR code….let’s just say there maybe some crazy dinosaur pretend play action happening on there, way too important to not be recorded in my planner!
This month I have been trialling a fun book mark system. I sandwiched two pieces of pattern paper from the Hello Beautiful paper pad (that I trimmed to size) along with one of the gorgeous pinwheel pieces from the Minc collection. The gold and light pink foil are a perfect match for my planner. I love how it hangs out of the top of my planner for a fun feel.
You can see I added some wood veneer and clear stickers to embellish my book mark.
Stamping with the ever faithful Project Life Clear Stamps and the Memory Planner Clear stickers make it quick and easy to get those memories recorded!
Here I mixed in a touch of September Skies with those Word stickers and striped pattern paper to perfectly suit that Lego Marquee Light photograph I added at the bottom.
A visit with a T_Rex is definitely worth a large photo, I cropped and printed off my photo, then added another strip of September Skies pattern paper to serve as a photo mat for my photo.
A few Clear stickers adds the perfect embellishment to my photo.
Our trip to the Museum to see the dinosaurs in action also entailed some drawing. Even though my sons’ drawing was little crumpled and crushed from being handled all day I just had to pop it into my planner as a special keepsake. I added a strip of that September Skies pattern paper to the left side of the drawing then used the Wanderlust 4 hole Binder punch to add holes so I could pop it into my planner.
Last week I was working on another project and I had foiled a printable with the hot pink foil. I had the negative left over and thought it would be a perfect way to add some hidden journaling to my planner. I added a strip of double sided tape to the top of the foil and attached it to my planner I then went ahead and added a couple of decorative elements to pretty it up.
The foil lifts up to reveal my hidden journaling underneath.
This April has seen another big change for me. I am headed back to the classroom after spending several years at home raising my boys. I am so excited about this next part of my teaching journey and I wanted to get a few memories down. Do you spy those fun Marquee Letters I dressed up! I made them for my classroom, I know the students in my class are going to love them.
During our school holiday, one fun activity my boys were involved with was making Dream catchers. When I saw this photo of them , I thought it was a perfect place to get my thoughts down about my own dream coming true and returning to teaching. I simply printed off an enlarged copy of the photo, punched holes in it and added some of the Glitter Reinforcements to the holes. I then used an American Crafts slick writer to add some personal thoughts to my photo.
April isn’t over yet… I can’t wait to add more hopes, dreams and everyday memories to my planner! It really is the perfect way to keep those everyday memories alive!
Black and White Memory Planner, Memory Planner 12 x 12 paper pad, Memory Planner Clear Cards, Memory Planner Foil cards, Memory Planner Clear stickers, Memory Planner Washi Booklet, Memory Planner Glitter Reinforcements,
September Skies Light Spectrum pattern paper, Word Strips, Minc 12 inch Foil Applicator, Reactive Foil Light Pink, Hot Pink, Gold, Minc Pin Wheels, Project Life Clear Stamps, Wanderlust 4 hole binder Punch
don’t you love glitter? i think a little glitter makes everything sparkle and shine! everyone should have a little glitter – and if it is gold, even better! Sarah Bargo is sharing an easy way to add some bling with stencils and stamps!
Well hello there paper peeps! I have a fun layout to share with you today! Do you ever get the urge to stamp & stencil on a layout but are too scared to in case you might mess up? Wellll I have a little trick for you so you can stamp/stencil away to your hearts content, and not have to worry about a thing! Here’s my layout;
I’m going to show you how to glam up your pages with the really cool stamp & stencil kits from the Wanderlust Collection! I actually mixed and matched 2 of them! These are the 2 that I used;
I used the stencil from this one;
And the stamp from this one!
This is how I added some glittery glam using the stencil;
Trim your paper down to the size of the stencil and lay your stencil right over top of it. Apply Marquee Love glue to the stripes and remove the stencil. Sprinkle on Gold Marquee Glitter to your glue stripes, and voila!
You are left with a glam backdrop for your photo! If you don’t like glitter, you can always just lightly spray your Color Shine right onto the paper too!
And now for the stamp! I love the “this is it” heart stamp and I really wanted to use it on a layout! This is how you stamp on a layout with no fear;
Stamp your image onto a piece of paper, I chose to heat emboss it with Gold Zing Powder by American Crafts, it’s so lovely! Then fussy cut around your image, that’s it! No fear involved and you can place it wherever you would like
Another cool variation you could do would be to heat emboss the image onto the clear plastic that comes in the package!
The heat kind of did like a shrinky dink type of thing to the plastic but I think it looks cool and adds some character!
I can’t get enough of these gold rub on foam stickers…
I hope I’ve inspired you to get your goodies out and play! Don’t be skeered
SUPPLIES; Wanderlust Patterned Paper Market Bouquet, Wanderlust Patterned Paper Basket Weave, Wanderlust This Is It Stamp & Stencil Kit, Wanderlust Happy Place Stamp & Stencil Kit, Wanderlust Gold Foil Label Stickers, Wanderlust Flag Paper Clips, Wanderlust Assorted Envelopes, Wanderlust Gold Foil Alpha Stickers, Wanderlust Kraft Tags With Gold Foil, Color Shine Blush
I am SO excited to share some fun and SUPER easy ideas for making ANY party absolutely gorgeous and unforgettable! I am a “memory keeper” at heart… my first love, when it comes to crafting, is actually SCRAPBOOKING! But along the way, I have always loved to create elaborate and beautiful party décor that would make that birthday girl or boy feel extra special and LOVED! (doesn’t hurt in the photo department either!) SO, my sweet little niece… the very last one… our family caboose was turning ONE, so I just HAD to convince my sister to let me create some fun decorations to celebrate!
This is Eliza… we call her “lizzie”. She is just yummy cuteness, and we all just love her! My sister had always wanted to have “smash cake” photos taken of her kids, but didn’t until this very last baby! The photos turned out SO CUTE that she used them for the invitation for her party, and I used it for inspiration for the décor!
I turned to my new Minc foil application machine
to create gorgeous ONE-of-a-KIND elements to transform my sister’s kitchen into a party! No party is complete without fun and happy banners strung all over! It’s my favorite go-to party accessory! They are super easy to craft, but make a HUGE statement!
Here’s a shot of what it all looked like together!
The first thing I made was a little word banner using the “polk-a-dot alphabet
” set. I added gold foil to the word “celebrate” and used my sewing machine to create a mini-banner. I then tied it to a larger wooden word “hello”. I thought this would be a great banner to welcome guests to the party! I used crocheting string to hang the words with command strips. If you look closely in the photo, I also added another set of banners on either side of the “hello” word, also foiled in gold.
These come in the “ Mini Banner” set. These have holes already punched, and they can be used over and over again, party after party… always just adding another layer of décor!
Next I wanted a personalized banner to spell out her name “LIZZIE”. I used the “Minc Jumbo Alphabet
” and added gold foil to each letter.
I then cut 4”x 7” pennants from light pink Bazzill
Cardstock, and punched 2 holes at the top of each one. I used foam adhesive to add the letters to each pennant, which gave just the dimension!
To just make it a little more girlie, I also added a couple of my FAVORITE elements in the whole Minc line: the “Minc 3D Butterflies
”. I love how cute they are strung right on the ends of the garland!
I also layered the same type of letter treatment, this time spelling out the word “ONE” over a tissue paper tassel garland
. The gold foil just popped against the soft tissue tassels!
And since I am obsessed with the butterflies, I just kept right on foiling them!
I combined light pink, dark pink and gold foil on the entire package of 72 butterflies! They come in sheets, already die cut so it’s really quick and easy to add foil. I then quickly punched holes in each butterfly and threaded them onto the string to make such a cute garland. I created 2 different strings of butterflies and layered them over the “lizzie” banner as well… I loved the layers and dimension it created!
Another fun and unique way to use the “Minc Pinwheels
” was as a garland instead of on a stick! Turned out super cute… I used the same color combo, and added foil to both the front and back of the pinwheels.
Instructions and brads are included in the package so it’s really simple to put them together. Once they were all assembled, I punched a hole in each one and threaded them onto a long string! I love how they all looked together! I added a few balloons, and of course some tissue paper puffs…they just make everything look super festive and happy!
A little paint and gold glitter makes these lights absolute show stoppers! These marquee-style DIY lighted letters are coming SOON to JoAnn stores
The Minc Machine
makes it SO easy to add dramatic and spectacular foil touches to ALL your party décor! You can even use a Laser Printer to create your own additions and add foil to those as well! With the Minc, sky’s the limit! Create fun gift tags, goodie bags, invitations and even thank yous! It’s such a fabulous way to make any party totally personal and completely memorable!
for those of you that have been wanting to add mixed media to your MemoryDex cards, today is the day! Lindsay Bateman shares the step by step process to creating your next card to add to your tray. it’s almost like a free class! get your supplies out and have fun making pretty stuff with her!
Today I am super excited to share with you a fun and simple way to add in a little “mixed media” to your Heidi Swapp Memorydex. I know most of you have been following along with Heidi and the rest of us Media Team girls in documenting just “one little thing everyday” using our Memorydex’s for the month of April. I have been LOVING this exercise. It has completely been a place to just play, reflect and be creative. I love how I have this wonderful collection of quotes, photos and little pretties all stacking up in my super cute Memorydex tray. As it get’s thicker…I just get happier! It’s SO fun!
So, I wanted to share with you today how to create quick little customized Memorydex cards that incorporate stencils, paint, colorshine and stamps! I put together these step by step photos to help you visualize the process and see just how easy it really is. Once you get going on one…you will just want to create more and more. They are so much fun. So here we go!
Step 1, 2, 3 & 4: Gather your supplies.
-Die cutting machine
-Wanderlust Watercolor Paper Pack
-Wanderlust Memorydex Cutting Dies
-Wanderlust Stamp & Stencil Set (I mixed and matched the ‘This Is It’ and ‘This Moment’ set)
-Black stamping ink
-Raspberry & Salmon Color Shine
-White Acrylic Paint
-Make Up Application Sponge
Step 5: Lay a die onto a piece of water-colour paper.
Step 6: Run the paper and die through your die cutting machine.
Step 7: Pop out your water-colour paper memorydex card
Step 8: On a craft mat apply a small amount of white acrylic paint, raspberry color shine and salmon color shine.
Step 9: Gather a make up application sponge and stencil/stamp set.
Step 10: Lay stencil atop your memorydex card and sponge on a mixture of white acrylic paint and color shine. Do not use a lot of paint and/or color shine. Less is more and will create the best stencilling effect.
Step 11: Remove stencil to reveal design.
Step 12: Gather your stamp, acrylic block and black archival ink.
Step 13: Apply stamp to your memorydex card in desired position.
Step 14: Remove to reveal design. Do not worry if the stamped image is not completely perfect. We will be adding additional stencilling on top.
Step 15: Lay stencil onto memorydex card
Step 16: Using the same technique from the first stencil, apply more paint/color shine to card using sponge.
Step 17: Remove stencil to reveal image.
Step 18: Add in additional embellishments such as stamping, wood veneer (that was also stencilled) and stickers.
Step 19: Add your new card into your memorydex tray.
Step 20: Keep adding, collecting, creating and making pretty stuff!
it’s not too late to join my “choose happy” April MemoryDex challenge! start documenting everyday one little thing that makes you happy and then add it to your MemoryDex Tray!
Supplies: Wanderlust Desktop Memorydex Tray; Wanderlust Watercolor Paper Pack; Wanderlust Memorydex Dividers Oval Cutting Dies; Wanderlust Dream Wood Veneer; Wanderlust Memorydex Acrylic Stamps; Wanderlust This Is It Stamp and Stencil Set; Wanderlust This Moment Stamp and Stencil Set; Raspberry Color Shine; Salmon Color Shine Other Supplies: Black Archival Ink; Die Cutting Machine; White Acrylic Paint; Makeup Application Sponge