We live in a day with technology to tell our story at our finger tips!!! Everyday we take photos with our phones and how many of these photos have stories untold? There are even at-home photo printers and pocket pages to make it easy! Maggie Massey shares 4 steps to documenting her family’s story right after it happens! It is such a good reminder to write #onelittlethingeveryday so that you don’t forget!
The more I scrap, the more I find that there are places for both traditional scrapping and for Project Life® in my documenting.
I create traditional scrap pages when I’m documenting big events and “better” photos (ones that I’ve put a little more time into taking), and I make Project Life® spreads for more everyday events – or when I would like to use more than a couple of photos…
just like I did here…
This past weekend started our community’s Rec Baseball playoffs and I snapped a few photos during the game.
Later on Sunday evening I sat down with those photos, pulled out my September Skies Project Life® Core & Value Kits and created my page.
Every time I create a Project Life® spread I follow these steps:
1. First I print my photos and lay them out on top of the pocket page protector in roughly the way I will put them in my spread.
2. Next I will go through each card (usually just a quick run-through) in my kit and pull out the ones I think would look good with my photos.
3. Then I move the cards and photos around – sometimes replacing the cards with different ones, sometimes removing or adding photos – until I’ve finalize how I would like them to be arranged in the pockets.
4. Finally I will go card by card/photo by photo and decide on which embellishments to add…
Sometimes just a single sentiment punched from another card in the kit is all the embellishment I need…
…and sometimes I’ll use a few pieces from other cards to finish the card I’m using…
And I LOVE the transparent cards in the kits…finding ways to layer them on top of other cards in my spreads is something I really enjoy doing…
And that’s it! It’s become a fairly quick process for me. And I’ve learned that it’s OK if not everything is perfect. If I mess up a card, no problem – there are likely 10 others that can take its place with no trouble.
One of my favorite things about the September Skies kits are that they can easily be used for boy or girl projects…and the colors are GORGEOUS.
Have you picked yours up yet?
So, how many photos do you have on your phone? Are there any on it from today? Print them out and ‘make pretty stuff’! Need tips on how to print your phone photos? Read how I do here!
SUPPLIES: September Skies Project Life® Core Kit, September Skies Project Life® Value Kit (both available at Hobby Lobby stores)
Happy Monday!!! Another Monday with another Pocket Letter from Jennifer Evans! If you haven’t heard about Pocket Letters yet, I share about this fun and modern take on a pen pal letter right here with my own! Today’s pocket letter is going Down Under to Kim Jeffress and I KNOW she is just going to LOVE it especially with all that yellow…
When we were told we were going to have an all-team Pocket Letter exchange, I was so excited! I love getting snail mail – especially if it isn’t bills! Ha! I do love to send mail out as much as I like receiving it and I was given Kim Jeffress to make my letter for. If you do not know Kim, she is the definition of sunshine which is fitting since her favorite color is yellow. I knew I wanted a lot of yellow in my pockets along with gifts she could use in her own crafting.
The concept of a pocket letter is for the person to get to use all the goodies you send them. I made sure to think about that when I created my pockets. Then, I kind of started to laugh after I got half way through because I realized I made every pocket it’s own piece of art. Sticking to the same colors made it all seem cohesive. I changed the size of the traditional pocket letter to 12×12 because if I was going to ship anything to Australia, it was going to be worth it and I wasn’t going to cut off three pockets to do so. The more goodies going overseas the better! Don’t you agree?!
Everything I placed inside the pockets Kim can re-use. Stickers still have their backing; only a few stickers on the outside are for decoration. This project was the best to practice using the Project Life Fuse! I cut up a page protector and even added pockets to the outside of the pockets to make more layers. It was, let’s just say – addicting.
Here are some Pocket Letter ideas you can try:
1. Add a Heidi Swapp Glitter Frame in a pocket (as shown above). Place dangle charms for planner lovers, a resin flower, and enamel dots. Fuse closed along the edge of the frame.
2. Fuse a tiny piece of cut page protector to the top of a pocket to place a flag pick (as shown above). Cork embellishments are fun too.
3. Cut a Project Life card down to fit inside the pocket. Wrap washi tape around itself so that it can be re-used. Fill with other embellishments that match and Fuse closed so supplies do not fall out.
4. Fill a pocket with confetti, ephemera you are hoarding, and wood veneer. It’s time to share.
5. Color Magic cards fit almost perfectly. Cut to size. Fuse a small pocket from a cut page protector and place Project Life cards cut into mini “paint swatches” and add a wood veneer (as shown above). Die cut a word and tack on the outside with adhesive. Make sure that the recipient can still use the die cut later!
6. Layer cards! The more goodies the merrier! Place a Project Life card, Memory Planner 2×2 Card, inside with vellum over top of both. Add more washi wrapped around itself, flair, and rhinestones. Bling is a must. (As shown above)
7. Mix Color Shine colors to get a custom color and mist a Color Magic Watercolor Project Life Card. There is nothing more special than doing something new and unique. (As shown above)
8. Create your own stickers by printing on Avery labels with a laser printer and running them through the Minc! As shown above, I stuffed these along with more embellishments and a monogram.
9. Try and send something that the recipient might not already own. Stuff thin washi inside a pocket. American Crafts twine is nice too. Fuse closed. (As shown above)
10. Fuse one pocket into two. Bulky items are not so bulky when Fused inside a smaller pocket.
11. Personalize a pocket. Add another tiny pocket on the outside with the Fuse and a cut piece of page protector to create a place for more stickers (with the backing on them so they can be re-used).
12. Add a note to your pocket pal, after all, this is a letter.
Now, Kim might need to slice through this pocket letter to get her goodies out of it, but hey, that’s going to be the fun part! It will be like opening not one package but twelve! I hope Kim loves her pocket letter and I hope it inspires you to go and send one yourself!
Jen, I love all the details to your pocket letter! If YOU want more inspiration on pocket letters, visit creator Janette Lane’s blog, her YouTube page, and my Pinterest board! You can also visit my Facebook page or Instagram feed as I share the videos of my media team opening their pocket letters! It’s a lot of fun to ‘make pretty stuff’ for others!
My team and I have been sharing ways you can have fun with my new Texture Pastes and other products from my new Mixed Media collection available at Michael’s stores! Yesterday, Lindsay shared the Hello Cinch Album Kit and today Kim is up with the Play Cinch Album Kit! If you didn’t know it already, Kim is a teacher. This is something I love about Kim… she is always ready to teach and share. Today’s post is like a mini class!!! When you are done reading this post, you will be inspired to create the most beautiful notebook!
Don’t you just love the new pieces in the Mixed Media collection! I do… and when Heidi asked me to pair some of the pieces with the new Cinch Album kit I couldn’t wait to dive in! I decided to create a gift for a friend and made her a notebook that she can write her favorite quotes in. Once I created my album I used my Heidi Swapp Cinch to bind it all together.
1.I began by mixing some gesso with some Butter Colorshine then used a sponge to paint the back and front chipboard covers from the kit.
2. Next I took the gorgeous Rose stencil from the 6×6 Flower stencil set,Gold Texture paste and a spatular to spread the texture paste over the stencil on the front cover . I also added in some smaller dots using one of the Insta pattern stencils onto the front cover.
3. Finally I used my all time favorite background stamp The Music stamp from Hello Today collection and some gold ink to add some subtle texture to the rest of the front cover.
Once the texture paste and ink was dry I began embellishing the front cover. I layered one of the clear tags from the Color Magic Tag kit with the wood Veneer Play word that comes in the Cinch Kit. I added a Rub On Foil word and some September Skies Word Jumble stickers. For the final touch I used one of the Minc gold clips to to attach the Hello Beautiful tag to the top of the front cover.
I absolutely adore the texture that is created with the rose stencil and Gold texture paste.
I layered the Hello Beautiful Clear Clear Card over one of the Clear pages that comes in the kit.
On the Clear page I laid down the Note To Self Art Screen and added the beautiful gold Art Screen ink over the top and a quick smudge around the edge.
Love the shimmer of the Art Screen Ink.
Next I added the Smile Water Color tab that comes in the kit that I sprayed with some Butter Colorshine using the 6×6 dot patterned stencil.
For the journaling pages I used a pack of the Wanderlust papers as well as some plain white paper that I trimmed to size. I scattered the pages throughout the book.
I added in one of the September Skies Project Life journaling cards for some interest.
The Cinch Album kit contains some pages made from chipboard. I wanted to cover the chipboard with some pattern paper. I chose the subtle pattern from the Wanderlust collection. I downloaded the fun printable that Heidi shared here. Then I ran it through my Laser printer then my Minc with some Hot Pink Foil. I trimmed the pattern paper to size and adhered it to the chipboard page and added some of the gold texture paste smudged around the edge.
Using another of the clear pages I used the Polka Dot Art Screen and Raspberry Ink to create a fun pattern on my page.
Once it was dry I stapled one of the Hello Beautiful cards and adhered that Gold glitter word sicker to complete.
I can’t wait to give my gift to my friend. I hope she likes it as much as I do.
Supplies: Heidi Swapp Cinch Machine, Cinch Album Kit Tickets, Screen Kit Forever and Ever, Raspberry Metallic Screen Print Ink, Gold Metallic Texture Paste, Color Magic Tag Kit, Butter Color Shine, Wanderlust Patterned Paper pack, Paper Basket Weave pattern paper, September Skies Word Strips, 6×6 Stencil Flower set, 6×6 Stencil Set Dot, 4×4 Stencil Set Insta Patterns
yesterday i introduced my texture pastes on ‘Create to Remember‘ on My Craft Channel and now have asked my team to finish off the week inspiring us with more from the collection! Lindsay has outdone herself again with this STUNNING album! there are so many creative possibilities with this new Cinch Album Kit. I am blown away at all the beautiful layers and details that I wish I could just sit down with Lindsay over some cheesecake and flip through it myself….
Welcome to my “Hello” Heidi Swapp Mixed Media Cinch album! I am SO excited to share it with you all today.
This truly was a project that centred around my love for art, photographs and just playing. No plan or agenda….just taking chances and having fun transforming the amazing new mixed media products that are now available and exclusive to Michaels Stores. Seriously….this was SO fun to create….and I am probably still not done with this album. I just want to keep adding layers and photos and art…so I just might do just that! However, for now let’s take a look into my album. I am excited to share with you a few of my favourite tricks in using the art screens and art screen ink!
First, one of my favourite things to do with the art screens is combine them! You will notice that there are a variety of art screens to choose from. They are SO versatile and great for just about any project that might be on your “to do” list. The words on my cover are actually a combination of 2 separate art screens. However, I placed them together to achieve the effect like it was one entire phrase/title. I love how it came together. They different fonts and sizes really add some fun dimension. You will also notice that I added some beautiful texture using some of my favourite stencils and metallic texture paste!
Inside I created a fun title page using the 4×6 page protector included in the Cinch kit. I not only added a 4×6 photo, but again I combined 2 of the art screens to create the custom design on the bottom 4×6 pocket. I love the art screen on the transparency of the photo pocket sleeve.
It was super easy to create. Below are step by step images outlining just how easy it is to combine multiple screens to create unique and varied results. Changing the orientation and combination of the screens provides even more options for projects! I love it!
So simple right?!?! I am just about obsessed with combining these screens!
Now…time to turn the page! You can see just how awesome these look screened onto transparency.
I decided to incorporate full size photos into this album. I altered them all to black and white. I love the added pop the full page photos give and it really adds to the overall album. I have never really used full page photos before, but I love it! Definitely something I will be doing in future projects. They just pop!
You will notice I added some Heidi Swapp washi tape to the bottom of this page with the “laugh love repeat” clear sticker from the Memory Planner collection.
I could not help digging into my stash to incorporate some of my other favourite pieces from the other Cinch kits that are also available at Michaels. The above cards (both every little thing and the gold bordered card) are both from the Cinch Album Insta Kit. I also used the beautiful floral art screen with white art screen ink on the transparency. I love the subtle effect the white ink has on the transparent page.
A simple embellishment on this photo was all it needed. My favourite gold chipboard memory planner frame with a clear memory planner card. Boom! Done. Love it.
Is anyone recognizing a few of the other embellishments on my pages so far? Yes! They are the beautiful freebie labels Heidi created last week and made available on her blog for download. I could not resist incorporating these beauties into my project. What I did was print them on vellum using a laser printer, then running them through my MINC machine with gold foil. I then punched them out using my American Crafts circle punch. So cute right?!?
More art screens on photo pocket sleeves. Yep, obsessed. The results are phenomenal. Truly the screens are so professional looking…and the gold art screen ink?!?! Yep, it rocks.
On this page I added some Wanderlust paper and then added some texture paste with stencils. How sweet is that diamond design? I wish you could see this live, the dimension is amazing! Oh…and the shimmer? Yes….that shimmer…..
More inside pages (using elements from the Cinch Insta Album Kit):
And more delicious layers…
This page below is probably my most favourite of the entire album. I combined Tea and Butter Color Shine, foil rub ons, art screens and art screen ink and texture paste with both the floral and polka dot stencil. I even used the wood veneer hello on this page, with some foil specks as embellishment (that fun technique can be seen here on Heidi’s Create to Remember My Craft Channel episode from last week). Seriously the butter Color Shine may just be my new favourite! It’s SO pretty!
My last page consists of Butter Color Shine, stencils and gold metallic texture paste. Here I had fun playing with the layers. I even added a vellum envelope from the Color Magic Card Kit to not only stencil on but adhered to my book as an extra storage space for notes and photos.
I then used the fabulous all NEW Heidi Swapp Cinch Machine to bind my album together simple and effortlessly. The album even comes with the coil! How fabulous is that?
Mixed Media is one of my most favourite creative outlets! I love to roll up my sleeves, get messy and just enjoy the journey of creating art, experimenting and gasping at the results. I hope you will be able to get your hands on some of this fabulous new product and PLAY! :)
Supplies: Heidi Swapp Cinch Machine; 4×4 Stencil Set Patterns; 6×6 Stencil Set Flower; 6×6 Stencil Set Dot; 6×6 Stencil Set Triangle; Silver Metallic Texture Paste; Gold Metallic Texture Paste; Gold Metallic Screen Print Ink; White Metallic Screen Print Ink; Black Metallic Screen Print Ink; 4×8 Foil Rub Ons Forever and Ever; 4×8 Foil Rub Ons Everyday; Screen Kit Hello Sunshine; Screen Kit You are Here; Screen Kit Forever and Ever; 3×4 Small Screen Kit La Vita Bella; 3×4 Small Screen Kit Say Cheese; Color Magic Card Kit; Cinch Album Kit Cinch Album Insta Kit; Color Shine Tea; Color Shine Butter
Hello Wednesday. Hello Texture Paste!!! Here is the ‘Create to Remember’ episode I have been waiting for so long to share with you!
I have four different colors of new Texture Paste that is in Michael’s stores right now! They have a beautiful shine and dry dimensional on your project. There are four colors – gold, silver, pink, and teal (not pictured).
I don’t want to get into too much detail in today’s blog post because I want you to watch the video to see how EASY it really is to use! Anyone can use them – no artistic background needed! In today’s episode I show 3 ways you might not have thought of when using the texture paste.
1. With a Stencil
2. As Decorative Adhesive
4. With My Lace Paper
Watch the video below and I hope you are inspired to grab some texture paste and ‘make pretty stuff’!!!