it’s color magic!

happy Wednesday!!! today i have a new episode of ‘Create to Remember‘ where I show you my newest ‘September Skies’ Color Magic Ephemera and how to customize these diecuts! this Color Magic paper has been specially designed to soak in my Color Shine beautifully. they are printed with a clear transparent resist so that when you add mist, ink, chalk, or even watercolor it reveals the printed pattern! it really is like magic!

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watch today’s video below to see how using a makeup sponge will give you more control over applying the Color Shine! i guarantee, it is so fun and easy that you won’t be able to do just one!

stencil magic: diy halloween!

i am a huge believer of using what you have! i just love that Kim Jeffress did just that and gave my “September Skies” collection a spooky look!

What do you do when you don’t have any “traditional” Halloween papers and embellishments on hand when you go to scrapbook?

Make your own of course! I’m here today to share a few tips and tricks on creating a Halloween layout using non Halloween themed scrapbook supplies! let’s start with my layout. I’ve been saving this photo from last years Halloween for the perfect paper to come along but I wanted to get it scrapped so I worked with what I had. You can see I relied heavily on the new September Skies collection, in particular that Star Gazing paper – a perfect fit for night time photos right! I teamed it with that graphic Midnight Shadows pattern paper , it  gives a bold feel to my layout. I then added in the traditional orange  and silver but also the not so traditional lime and yellow, I think it gives a really fresh feel to my layout as well. I matted my photo on some vellum that I had punched with a couple of star punches to add to the night time theme.

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For my title I wanted to make a real impact so I grabbed the 12 x 12 Alpha Stencil,


a bottle of Citron ColorShine  and some white cardstock strips…


and misted over the letters to create the word BOO. I masked off the areas around the letters on the stencil with some paper towel so only the  letters needed where misted. I finished  off  my  letter strips with a few splashes of Black Velvet ColorShine.  I then attached them with my long armed stapler. To the right of my photo  I  added in that Wood Veneer Remember word and arrow  also new from September Skies.

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Next I used  the Halloween Cutting Files and Brushes set  to cut out the word Halloween onto white cardstock using my silhouette cameo

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I adhered it down with some liquid glue and once dry I stitched through it with my machine and then added some opal dust over the top of the white card to give it a touch of shimmer. You can see I also added in those spiders that I found at the silhouette store also rubbed over with the opal dust. I  chose a few words from the September Skies Word Strips that fitted the theme of my layout and added them in too. That yellow strip of paper from the Hello Today collection was an off cut I had used to punch out stars from that was in my stash I thought it was a great addition.

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Finally I added in those Day Glow neon letter stickers from my stash  and another cut file from the silhouette store that I embellished with more words from the September Skies Word Strips pack.

To finish I used the Project Life roller date stamp to add in the date!

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How cool is that! Not A Halloween paper or embellishment in sight! I hope this gives you a few ideas for your upcoming Halloween photos! It helps to think out of the (Halloween) box sometimes!

there is something classic about grey, green, silver, and navy! it gives this page that bit of Halloween flair! Kim, you made this Halloween page look like so much fun!

Supplies: September Skies Star Gazing, September Skies Midnight Shadows, September Skies Mountain Trail, September Skies Word Strips, September Skies Wood Veneer Shapes, Project Life Roller Date Stamp, Color Shine Citron, Color Shine Black Velvet, Hello Today 4×6 paper pad, 12 x 12 Alpha Stencil, Day Glow Neon Alphas

autumn gifts

for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, it is officially fall!!! i love this time of year. the colors where i live come alive! it is also the time of year to start thinking of gratitude and random acts of kindness. Jamie Pate is here today to show a beautiful package that would make anyone’s day!

Hey everyone, Happy Fall to all my friends in the Northern Hemisphere!

Today, in the spirit of the gift giving season ever so close upon us, I created a little goodie bag gift with papers and pieces from September Skies. With so many birthdays and celebrations happening in and around our family this month and next, I am in a big need for quick little gifts. But of course they have to be pretty. So this is what I came up with today…

This bag/envelope was created with papers from the 6×6 Paper Pad. They are hot glued together with a pocket space in the middle. This one is filled with sweet treats. It just makes me happy to look at it.

The embellishments on the front include Ephemera die cuts, fancy cut flowers from the Alpine Rose paper, plus leaves that I die cut and then colored with a mixture of Magic Medium and Color Shine.

To simply spray the pattern paper with Color Shine would have overwhelmed the paper and not given me the soft wash that I achieved here on the leaves. Combining the Coral and a little bit of Peach Color Shine with the Opaque Magic Medium created a soft mix of color that washed perfectly over the Aspen pattern paper. Loved how that worked out and will be doing that again. Gold Color Shine splatters completed the look.

The seam binding was dyed with a combinations of Coral, Peach and Gold Color Shine helping me get that beautiful coral color found in the September Skies hues.

After the flowers and leaves were tucked into place, with a gold doily layered in as well, a Wood Veneer piece was washed with Gold Color Shine. The the ‘autumn’ die cut word was cut out to 2-inches wide, painted with the Magic Medium and Color Shine mix, and all was attached with vintage thread to the seam binding.

Happy homemade gift giving, you all!

just WOW!!! this package is so beautiful, Jamie! wouldn’t you feel loved if you got a gift like this?!! the softness of the colors with the wood veneer and twine still gives it that taste of fall. i love it all that it makes me want to jump right into my studio to create!

supplies: September Skies: 6×6 Paper Pad, Ephemera, Wood Veneer. Color Shine: Coral, Peach, Gold. Magic Medium


trend watch: fabulous stripes!

i LOVE stripes. it’s kind of an obsession really. Sarah Bargo gets me. she knows that stripes are classic and constant. they will always be ‘on trend’….

Well hello there! Today I’m giving a shout out to a fabulous trend that we all know and love, stripes! They are everywhere! Stripes have always been around, but lately they are totally taking the scrapbook world by storm.. and I am in love with them! Candy stripes, skinny vertical stripes, big horizontal fatties, all kinds, all colors! I love all of the stripes that are popping up on Pinterest, especially the subtle gray ones that have little pops of color in them! Here are just a few of the ones that I found to be so inspiring!

photo collage by @sarahbargo for @heidiswapp inspirational trends post


Sources from Pinterest! Dear Lillie Blog, The Inspired Room, herz-allerliebst on flickr,

Umm gorgeous right?! In the new Heidi Swapp September Skies Collection, there are some really gorgeous patterned papers, and there are 3 of them with stripes! But I have to say that this sharp gray and white “Meadow Bloom” paper is my favorite!

These stripes really create a super chic background on a page! I wanted to create a little cluster around the photo and leave all the rest “white space” so you could really get a feel for the stripes!

A layout by @sarahbargo for @heidiswapp using the new #hsseptemberskies collection! #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #layout

Those vibrant colors of the flowers and leaves really make the stripes pop!

A layout by @sarahbargo for @heidiswapp using the new #hsseptemberskies collection! #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #layout

This is a photo of my mom and Maggie Massey out to lunch at the cah-utest tea room by us! It was my mom’s birthday, she got a free cupcake, it was awesome.

So here you can see some layering, the “Alpine Rose” paper is covered in absolutely stunning blooms that are just begging to be fussy cut and layered!

A layout by @sarahbargo for @heidiswapp using the new #hsseptemberskies collection! #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #layout

A layout by @sarahbargo for @heidiswapp using the new #hsseptemberskies collection! #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #layout

This adorable “Epic” tab is from the September Skies Color Magic Die Cuts! These tabs look so cute just stapled right on!

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Here you can see a little snippet of the fabulous Washi Tape that’s in the collection! Such cuteness! I am hooked.

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Our Happy Place. I just love it that phrase. Everybody needs one. A place to make you just feel good. And that makes you smile. If you don’t have one, find one and visit often ;)

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I hope you’ve gotten your hands on this collection, it is stunning! I have so many ideas?! I cannot wait to see what you all create, now go break out those stripes!! xoxo

there is so much inspiration on this page Sarah! i love that wall paper in the photo – how it matches the flowers you fussy cut. the detail in the leaves. the washi tape. but most of all I DIG those stripes!!!

SUPPLIES: September Skies Washi Tape, September Skies Color Magic Die Cuts, September Skies Alpine Rose, September Skies Meadow Bloom, September Skies Dusk, Color Shine Navy Blue

make PRETTY pockets week 4

welcome back to my ‘Pretty Pockets’ series where i share a FREE download with 3 ways to make pretty pockets using my #HSProjectLife products! Kim Jeffress doesn’t disappoint as she shares three ways to create cards perfect for your next birthday celebration!

This week my eldest turned 8 so I challenged myself to create some  fun Birthday cards using Heidi’s new Project Life products available at Michaels and Spotlight stores!

Card 1

First, I created a birthday slider card. I combined one of the Project Life Mini Memory Files and a 3×4 card from the Favorite Things Core kit to create my card.

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I have a hidden message on the front of the card that is revealed when the slide is pulled back.

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Inside the card I stamped a simple birthday sentiment using the Mini Stamps.

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Here’s how I created my card.

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1. Gather your supplies- Mini Memory file, 3×4 card, strip of pattern paper, Color Magic Jumbo number, Mustard Colorshine, 6×6 Polka Dot stencil, Heidi Swapp ink pad , Project Life Clear Stamps, 1 inch circle punch, craft knife, ruler, foam squares, adhesive.

2. Place the Dot stencil over the Jumbo number and Spritz with Mustard Colorshine.

3. Take the 3×4 card and slide the circle punch in as far as it will go and to the right of the card and punch. Repeat for the left side.

4. Using a ruler and craft knife cut lines joining up each circle to create the window.

5. Using the Project life Clear Stamps, add a sentiment to the right of the Memory File.

6. Turn the 3×4 card over and add strips of foam tape along the edges of the window to create a channel for the paper strip to run along. Trim the pattern paper to fit along the channel.

7.  Adhere the 3×4 card using foam tape to the front of the Memory File. Add a foam square to the end of the paper strip to act as a stopper for the slider.

8. Adhere the Jumbo Number to the foam square.

9. Add Epoxy words, splashes of Black ColorShine and punched shapes to complete the card.


Card 2

For card 2 I created a “rub off” birthday card  for my son to use to pick  an after school treat for his birthday.

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A coin is used to rub off the paint mixture to reveal the fun choices.

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I wanted to share a little video of him using the card.

Here’s how I made my card.

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1. Choose a 3×4 card from the Favorite Things Core Kit and print or draw on three shapes with the choices to be rubbed off.

2. Gather your supplies- the 3×4 printed card, metallic paint, small paint brush, white candle or white crayon, dishwashing liquid, black ink, mini stamps.

3. Use the white candle and rub over the printed parts of the 3×4 card.

4. Mix 2/3 metallic paint and 1/3 dishwashing liquid.

5. Use the paint mixture to paint over the printed shapes. Allow to dry and add a second coat.

6. Finish the card with mini stamps and epoxy shapes.


Card 3

I wanted to pre prep a card for my planner for his upcoming birthday party on Sunday.

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To create my card I started with the following items- Favorite Things 3×4 card, Heidi Swapp ink, mini stamps, Project Life Date Stamp, Zing Embossing Powder, versa mark ink, washi tape

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Tear off some washi tape and lay it on the ink pad.

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Take the washi tape and stamp it on the 3×4 card.  Rub along the washi tape with your finger to transfer the ink. Repeat with other color inks as desired.

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To complete the card add some stamping, embossed shapes and sequins !

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I have now popped the cards into my Memory Planner pocket pages to keep them  safe for the future.

I also wanted to share the prompts page for October which is dedicated to my son and husband who both have birthdays this month.  I used this months Free Printable found here  as part of my design. I added on the 3×4 ” I like Totally Love You” clear stamp under the photo of them and the glitter stickers for some Birthday Pizzazz!

I slipped my card into a 4×6 pocket and then added it into my planner by adding a punched stick on tab.

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The other cards I placed into the 3×4 pocket pages along with other memories from the month.

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What technique will you try for your next upcoming birthday? Click here for the free printable download!

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Kim, you always know how to think outside the box – er pocket!!! these are just awesome! how fun is that scratch-it birthday card?!! thank you for celebrating Addison’s birthday with us! it has inspired me to go and ‘make pretty pockets!’

Supplies: Project Life Favorite Things Core Kit, Favorite Things 6×6 paper pad, Project Life Mini Folders, Project Life Roller Date Stamp, Project Life Love You Stamp, Project Life Clear Stamps,

Memory Planner Album, Mini Stamp Party, Mini Stamp Inspire, Glitter Stickers Navy, Embossed Jumbo Numbers, Mustard Color Shine, Black Velvet Color Shine, 6×6 Polka Dot Stencil

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