there is nothing like re-using something that could have been recycled or thrown away and making it into a keepsake!!! Maridette is showing how to use the cute Becky Higgins Project Life Value Kit boxes and my digital Favorite Things collection to make a one of a kind memory box! read how…
Aloha everyone! I’m happy to be here and show you how to repurpose product package and using Heidi Swapp’s amazing Digital collection called Favorite Things. How much do you love the black and white stripes with pops of colors in this collection? I know I do and it’s digital so you have it at your fingertips for-ever! So awesome!
This year we took a trip to Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Both my husband and I have family there and this year my cousin got married. We were in the wedding and my whole family for the first time we all traveled together to attend the wedding. This trip was very eventful with wedding rehearsal, two weddings, bachlorette party, family gatherings and a baptism. Along with some trips to the beach and hanging out at the pool. So I wanted to capture some of the memories by creating something I could hang or have on my coffee table to remember how much fun we had with the whole family.
To start off I used the packaging from Heidi Swapp’s new Project Life Value Kit. I opened up the Black and White paper from the Favorite Things digi collection in Photoshop and printed 2 sheets at 8 ½ x 11 on white card stock. I basically traced the cover onto the paper making sure to include the flap , trimmed and cut the paper where the “window” of the packaging at 5 ½” x 5 ½”. Trace the second paper for the back cover which measures about 9”x7”.
Then cut about 18” of the white seam binding ribbon and spray Color Shine in Mint Green. Let dry. cut the ribbon in half. Take one half of the ribbon glue onto the packaging about halfway down right at the edge of the front cover and do the same for the back. This will create a pretty closure of the packaging. Now adhere the paper with the window cut out to the front and the other paper to the back cover. This should also cover the glued edge of the ribbons.
In the Silhouette software open the elements you would like to print and cut. I used watercolor paper that you can get at your local craft store. You can spray some Color Shine onto them too. I chose my elements I wanted to use, print and cut. If you’ve never done this before watch a tutorial Heidi has done on how to Print and Cut digi elements in the Silhouette.
I then used some of the elements to decorate the cover along with some embellishments I had purchased in Hawaii.
Now to create the inside of the package with memories.
Open the Heart Paper in Photoshop and resize to 4×6. Print and adhere to the 4×6 space of the package.
I then opened the Pink frame “Love Life” om PS and printed as is onto white card stock and created this as a journal card. Cut to 4” x 6” and fold in ½. I cut out 3 ½ x 4 the excess b&w scrap to cover the inside of the card. Adhere which leaves some white space to journal. You can also add a picture to the front of the card
Print a picture that can go to the bottom of the top left hand space. This photo is one of my favorites that I took of my daughter in Lanikai Beach who just loves being in the water. I mean who wouldn’t right? Look at that gorgeous clear blue water! I could just live there. Seriously!
The journal card will go on top of the instax prints I printed out using this amazing Fujifilm Instax Printer from my iPhone. Ahmaaazing! So fun!
On Instagram I created a quick slideshow of our trip using the FLIPAGRAM app. I then uploaded onto another app which I’ve used before called HP Live app. ( blog post here) On this app you can print out a picture that you can view the flipagram slideshow by hovering over your phone using the HP Live app. I also printed out a bunch of 4×6 photos gathered them together, punched holes at the corner of all of the pictures and bound them together with a brad. Placed it on top of the 4×6 area.
I used the clear box packaging that had all the chipboard elements. I printed a photo of me relaxing on the beach and added some sand with starfishes. Added a digi label on top.
Lastly, I covered the spine with white card stock measuring at about 9” x 1 ¾” Stamped the year and “adventure awaits” using Heidi Swapp stamps from Michaels. Spelled out “Hawaii” with some alphas.
There you have it. You’ve created a memory box by using a package that you had on hand. Hope this inspires you to think outside of the box to preserve your memories from your summer vacation. MAHALO!
WOW Dette!!! I just love how much love was put into this! talk about thinking outside the “box”. I can imagine all the gifts that could be made during the holiday season!!!! i would love to see what YOU make with my either my digital collections or new Project Life products! share them on Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag #heidiswapp #hsprojectlife!!!
Supplies: Heidi Swapp Digital Collection Favorite Things, Project Life Value Kit packaging, Number Stamps,Favorite Things Puffy Alpha Stickers, Clear Stamp Best Day Ever, Black Archival ink, Heidi Swapp Navy blue ink, Silhouette, Photoshop CS4 and Watercolor Paper
happy Monday!!! it’s a brand new week full of fresh beginnings! school is back in session and fall is just around the corner. Maggie Massey is up today and i asked her to share 4 ways to use my new Color Magic Calendar Cards! They really are so much fun and perfect to match any paper or collection you pair them with!!!
Unless you’ve been severely internet-deprived for the past two weeks, you know that the brand new Heidi Swapp Project Life® kits have hit the crafting world HARD. In fact, Michaels stores have already had to re-order product that sold out within a week!
Gotta tell ya…I’m not all that surprised.
Heidi just has this way of designing items that people need. A lot.
She also has this talent for designing products that can be used in tons of different ways…she provides the product and the ridiculously amazing inspiration, so we can create totally customized and unique items. It’s a great relationship…wouldn’t you agree? The brand new Project Life® Color Magic Calendar Cards are no exception…
…and today I’m going to share 4 different ways you can dress up these little babies…
So let’s start at the top and work our way around, shall we?
The very first card is what I’m calling a Monthly Round-Up card…
…and here’s how I put it together…
Print out your photos for the month at .75″x.75″ square. I used Photoshop Elements to resize my photos and create a little collage that could be printed out on a 4×6 piece of photo paper.
The back of each calendar card has a (guess what? that’s right…) a CALENDAR on it! I simply cut out each of the photos and placed them in the appropriate “date box” – for the dates I didn’t have a photo, I added a few stamps or date stickers.
Then I just added a fun little overlay from the Clear Value Kit, and done! Now I can just pop this into my PL album at the start of June and I have a quick run-down of the entire month! Yay! Wouldn’t this be a fun way to document your entire year? Just one little photo for each day…
Next up is a little birthday card I made for my little guy, who is turning 7 this week…
And here’s a quick run-down on how I did it…
Using a small brush, paint Heidi’s Magic Medium over the words and date on the card. You’ll want to make sure you’re doing this pretty precisely…let the medium dry before you move on to the next step. You can do a second coat if you like…I did.
Next you’ll want to tape off the striped boarder around the calendar card. I used washi tape and it works like a gem.
Spray your entire card with Citron Color Shine and allow the color to soak in. After a few seconds you should see the areas where you applied the Magic Medium start to resist the Color Shine…it’s so cool to watch.
Take a paper towel and blot up any extra Color Shine…then lightly rub your towel over the resist areas to remove any Color Shine that may not have beaded up right away.
Allow your Color Shine to dry and spray a coat of another color (if you wish) across the bottom of your card. I used Teal…
Repeat the blot/rub process, and allow your card to dry.
When your card has dried, embellish it in any way you like.
I added stamps, number & a small little note…
Finally, staple an overlay from the Clear Value Kit to the top of your card.
OK…on to #3! Here we go!
This little tag…
This was fun to make…
Did you know you can use your Color Shine like a watercolor paint on your projects?
Well, you can.
For this tag I used my waterpen to add Pink Color Shine to the word “September” and the “20″ in the date space. Then I went back over a few areas of the word/date with Cherry Color Shine…just to add a little depth.
After that dried, I loaded up a bigger brush with water and dipped it in a mixture of a tiny bit of Pink & Peach Color Shines. I didn’t want a lot of color, so I really really watered down the shine. Then I quickly brushed a layer over the top of the entire card.
Next I took a Metallic Pen (from American Crafts) and traced around one side of each letter in “September.” I thought it would be kinda neat to add a little shadow effect to the word. It’s far from perfect…but I think it still looks kinda cool.
I trimmed the striped border from around the card, and adhered the Color Magic card to the tribal print 4×6 card from the Project Life® Favorite Things Core Kit.
Finally, I punched a hold through the cards and added a length of seam binding. Fun, right?
Now my 4th project for today is probably my favorite…it’s just a plain old PL card…all ready to stick into a pocket…
I printed out my photo at 4×4 and adhered it to the back of a calendar card. Then I simply added a little journaling and some stamps & stickers and it’s done. I don’t know if it’s the simplicity of this card…or the subtle graph/calendar pattern in the background…or even the lime-green clear stickers…I just love it.
See what I mean about Heidi’s products being so versatile?
There are as many ways to use these cards as there are people to use them…
i LOVE all the ideas you came up with Maggie!!! using the Magic Medium with a paint brush is such a FABULOUS idea!!!! get your calendar cards at Michaels stores and have fun #makingprettystuff!
SUPPLIES: Project Life® Color Magic Calendar Cards, Project Life® Favorite Things Core Kit, Project Life® Clear Value Kit, Project Life® Sheer Stickers, Project Life® Roller Date Stamp, Project Life® Interchangeable Stamp, Project Life® Cherish Clear Stamps, Color Shine Citron, Color Shine Teal, Color Shine Sweet Cherry, Color Shine Pink, Seam Binding Ribbon, Heidi Swapp Clear Magic Medium, Silicone Craft Mat
OTHER: Bazzill Marathon Runner, American Crafts Metallic Marker, Precision Pen Black .01, Black Stamp Ink, WaterPen, small paintbrush
Hey Disney Fans… I have a treat for you today! Can you relate to the whole… not being sure where to start when it comes to the photos from a trip to Disneyland? Kim Jeffress is up on the blog today with some super fabulous ideas for mixing in a little Project Life with traditional pages to get it DONE!
I’m finally getting around to scrapping my Disney photos from my family’s trip there almost 18 months ago. Honestly I didn’t know where or how to start because I had so many photos. I still wanted to make a traditional album but the amount of photos was a little overwhelming. When the new Project Life collections came out recently its like a light bulb went off in my head and I finally had a starting place. Today I am sharing how I combine a traditional 12 x 12 page with the Panoramic Photo Pocket Pages to complete a wonderful memory from our trip.
Oh and be on the look out for some hidden Mickeys on my pages…How many can you count?
I started my layout with two pieces of Pattern paper from the Favorite Things 12 x 12 Paper pad . I then trimmed one of the Glitter 4×6 cards from the Glitter card Value set and placed it next to my photos.
I hand cut my title out of scraps of pattern paper and machine stitched it below my photos. I then added in some chipboard pieces and shapes from the Clear Value kit to embellish. I printed my journaling on one of the 4×6 Journaling cards , trimmed it to fit and adhered it down.
In my stash I had some chipboard Mickey ears which I spritzed in Black Velvet Color Shine and once dry tucked it under my photo. I finished the page off with some stamping using the Project Life Cherish Clear Stamps and the epoxy word !
Now you can see how my pages will sit in my album. The 12 x 12 page on the left with the Panoramic Photo Pocket page on the right.
What’s a Panoramic Photo Pocket page you may ask??
Do you see those extra pockets on the right of the 12 x 12 pocket pages…
The Panoramic Photo Pocket Pages have an extra 6×12 flap for even more photos and space for embellishments! How cool is that!
Close ups of my first page reveal more cards from the Favorite Things Core kit as well that stunning Foil over Lay that can be found in the Foil Photo Pocket Page set. I simply took it out and slipped it into my pocket.
I also used some of the Foil Value kit cards ( these might be my favourite ). I simply added another misted chipboard Mickey head in the centre of the card. I also created my own 3 x 4 Disney card by drawing a Mickey Head with Gold Lame Color Shine on one of the Journaling cards. I also slipped in one of the Clear 3×4 overlay cards from the Over lay Value Kit, I placed it over the Pattern paper for more of an impact.
Another view of the extra flap!
Turning the Pocket Page over you can see I added in even more photos and embellishments.
This card below originated from the Favorite Things Core kit with just the bold triangle pattern and the large circle in the centre. I punched two circles from white card , adhered them down to form the ears then machine stitched over the whole thing to look like it was “meant to be”. You can also spy one more Gold Glitter card from the Glitter Value kit.
I added in the QR code for a video I made with my iphone during the performance , adhered over one of the Glitter cards. Lastly I used one of the Clear cards from the Overlay Value kit on top of the 4×6 striped Favorite Things card with some sequins I found at my local bargain shop that looked just like Mickey!
A final look again at how my pages will sit in my album.
I cant wait to dive in again with more photos from our trip. It’s great to know you don’t need themed embellishments to complete a Disney project like this. Just a few carefully placed circles does the trick!
BTW how many hidden Mickeys did you spot?
I LOVE these HAPPY pages! Clever bits and pieces, in epic Kim Jeffress’ style! JUST BEAUTIFUL! thanks KIM!
Project Life- Panoramic Photo Pocket Pages , Foil Pocket Pages, Gold Foil Value Kit, Glitter Value Kit, Clear Value Kit, Cherish Clear Stamps,
Gold Lame Color Shine, Black Velvet Color Shine, Favorite Things 12 x 12 Paper Pad, Color Pop Friends Epoxy Stickers
welcome to THURSDAY – today Sarah Bargo is up with some inspiration using the #hsprojectlife “GOLD FOIL” value kit. and yes… it’s snazzy. and by snazzy, i mean amazingly beautiful! it really is! and Sarah, in true Sarah- Style, has created an extremely beautiful and totally EASY to make album that incorporates one of my favorite things: a CLIPBOARD!! but before i send you on your merry way… can i just say a little something? Can i talk for just a sec to those MOM’s of TEENAGE BOYS!? This whole ‘teenage boy’ thing is something that Sarah and i have in common… here’s my thought- a scrapbook has an amazing way of saying “i love you”. It says that you care about their interests, and THEM. It says that you love them as much as the younger kids that are still sweet and not well, teenagers. I believe that one of the hardest thing to do as a parent is to SHOW love even when you aren’t happy with decisions that are being made by a child. I say “show love” because of course you LOVE them no matter what. The LOVE is there in your heart- but SHOWING it is the challenge. I have learned in this last year how valuable a ‘scrapbook’ can be in the parent-kid ‘love language’. These guys aren’t super easy to scrapbook. They don’t quite have the cute/sweetness they may have had as 4 & 5 year olds. But the goodness is in there. and it needs to be highlighted and celebrated! Kids of ALL AGES benefit from scrapbooks or scrapbook pages dedicated to THEM and their achievements. i think that my NOTE today, is a reminder that BIG KIDS (big boys) need to be reminded what their mom’s LOVE about them. They need to be TOLD what is GOOD about them. and a scrapbook is a powerful tool in accomplishing this – cause you know… the scrapbooks don’t lie. I appreciate this album that Sarah created all about her teenage boys- who are quickly becoming Young Men… and i am sending out a challenge to you mom’s of teenagers… (boys and girls). Don’t stop documenting their stories! and use those photos and stories to remind them of their GREATNESS! ok… off my soapbox.. and onto the ‘pretty stuff!’.
Well hello there paper peeps! Today’s my day for the Gold Foil Runway woohoo! This new set is actually my new addiction. It’s the Project Life Gold Foil Value Kit by Heidi Swapp. Ummm yeah. It’s my favorite set out of the whole Heidi & Becky PL madness! It is insanely beautiful! When I saw it I just couldn’t believe it! I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it!
Recently I took some fun pics of my boys in front of my moms “umbrella tree.” I saw them doin ninja moves in front of it and I’m like wait a minute… you guys used to walk underneath that thing?! Ugh! Time is fah-lying hellloooo??!! I wanted to group all of these silly pics together into a mini album and I thought the Gold Foil Kit would be perfect for my b&w pics!
So how do you create a mini album with Project Life hmmmm… while keeping it super simple and cute…
Here’s what I came up with;
Ummm that hello card? With the stripes? My fave. I flipped when I saw it!
(*Note* the wood veneer words that come in the Color Magic Value Kit are so cute! Looks really cool when you heat emboss on them!)
Something I thought was so awesome about the Value Kits is that there are embellishments in them. Just pure awesomeness. Especially the gold foil ones… So beautiful!
Super fun right!? Ok here’s a really quick flash of a tutorial on how to build the main body of your mini;
Take a little clipboard and a mini memory file that you have in your stash.
Trim a little off of the left top flap of the file, about an inch or so… this way you can slide the file up into the clip and still open the album! Plus it looks really cute when you can see the paper peeking thru from the back cover!
Then cover it with paper, poke holes for the binding, and you have yourself a super cool mini album base woohoo! I just pulled some seam binding through my holes and tied a bow in the front loosely enough so the album would open and close.
Ok now for the pretty stuff! That foil…
So the first thing I did to create this little guy was gather all of the pictures and PL cards that I wanted to use, then found the pocket pages that would fit them. I used some 6×8 PL pocket pages and some of the pocket pages from Heidi’s black & white striped chipboard mini album, (I got mine at Michael’s)! And I actually used a few cards from the other kits too, not just the Gold Foil Kit! It’s all good! Then, after I found what I needed, I cut my pocket pages! GASP!!! I did what?! Yep. Cut them. I wanted all kinds of fun little layers of pictures and gorgeous gold foil cards peekin through, so, I cut the sections off of the pocket pages that I wanted!
*Note;* Make sure you cut on the opposite side of the seam, or else your pictures and cards will fall out… not that I know from experience buutttt… also make sure you keep the hole so you have a way to bind your pockets into the album lol! Just sayin…
Here’s a look at the pages so you can see what I mean!
A fun way to juice up your pockets? Staple on a few fussy cut pieces from other PL cards! Easy & cute! My little handy dandy American Crafts pink stapler came in quite handy while making this book!
The boys always play so nice…
Seriously. That card with the gold foil polka dots? Ah-mazing.
I love the clear gold foil inserts that come in the 12×12 pocket pages! How brilliant is that?! You can move them around where you want them?! Either put them over a pic or just slide them in alone, whatever you prefer!
So there you have your super cute chunky layery (real word) mini album all while keeping the simplicity of Project Life! Plus all of the different pockets and shapes and sizes make it so fun to look through!
There are so many fun things you can do with these Project Life cards! You don’t have to just create layouts, think outsiiide the pocket!
What did i tell you!? amazing! fabulous! these boys will change so much in the next 2-3 years… this album will be an absolute treasure! thank you for sharing YOUR awesome Sarah! xoxo
SUPPLIES: Project Life Photo Pocket Pages, Project Life Gold Foil Value Kit, Project Life Color Magic Value Kit, Project Life Clear Value Kit, Project Life Icons Outline Stickers, Project Life Vellum and Tags, Project Life Cherish Clear Stamps, 12×12 Lace Paper Pad, Project Life Favorite Things Core Kit, Project Life Dreamy Core Kit, 6×8 Chipboard Album
midweek! already? my younger 3 started school today, and it was a little bit heartbreaking for me. Connor started 1st grade, and he and i will both miss each other tremendously. can he really be that old? Capri was literally jumping out of her skin with excitement as she takes on 3rd grade! and Quincy was off to 8th grade. She told me last night that her goal for this year is: “to be a total nerd, and get straight A’s”. Nothing could make me happier than for her to focus on nerdiness! I am a little emotional as i consider this new chapter of all the kids in school – all day. I have created a new schedule, chore chart, and set some goals. WELCOME to the NEW school year. Let’s rock this thing
wednesday means NEW episode of Create to Remember… and today on my show i am sharing a little discovery i made using Magic Medium, Color Shine and the BEAUTIFUL watercolor die-cut cards in the Color Magic Value Kit.
if you are BRAND NEW to all things “heidi” … you might not be totally sure what this “color magic” stuff is… but it really is quite magical! The 4×6 cards in this kit have been die cut and printed with a clear “varnish” that resists the COLOR that you add to it… causing it to show WHITE. It’s so cool! check out THIS VIDEO here if you have never seen it in action! The pristine white, creme and natural elements of this kit are actually So beautiful all by themselves… so if you choose, you can just leave them like this!
but with just a little SPRITZ of color… you can also customize them to coordinate with ANY color, ANY core kit and ANY occasion! which is also kinda magical!
Today’s Create to Remember video tutorial is for those who love the process of a little mix media! if you LOVE some inky fingers… and some creative experimentations! TODAY’s show is just for you!
let me just show you some of the BEAUTIFUL results i got when i was just playing around!
i chose to use colors that were complimentary, and even look good when they mix and blend. when you look close, you can see that AMAZING texture of the watercolor cards, and it’s SO awesome with the Magic Medium! i played with both the Clear and the Opaque to get different results- but always mixing it with a little color shine first!
when looking closely, you can see that the pink – which is the color i mixed with the Magic Medium doesn’t blend with the colors added afterwards, because the Magic Medium LOCKS in the color. When you apply the tinted Magic Medium, be sure to dry it with a heat tool before adding more colors!
each card turned out totally unique. i couldn’t replicate them… it’s almost just this amazing marble-ing result! i even added just a little bit of the dot stencil – love that little detail!
its fun to pull some of the colors out of your photos, and use them to create the pallet for your card- then it will be such an amazing addition to your page!
they also make incredible statement pieces on the front of a card! can you tell that i had some fun creating these! It’s just so nice to dedicate some time to some ‘creative PLAY”!
OH.. and just a reminder!! this FRIDAY we will be selecting our 25 LUCKY winners of the cutie phone case that i designed! SO if you haven’t yet entered… get your face in front of the Heidi Swapp Project Life stuff and Michaels and take a SELFIE – tag me (@hkswapp), Becky Higgins (@beckyhiggingsllc) and @michaelsstores. Then be sure to also add the hashtag: #HSPROJECTLIFESELFIE (winners will be announced MONDAY)
HAVE FUN making PRETTY STUFF!!