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hello september skies

today i am so excited to share with you a NEW episode of Create to Remember!!! it is a special episode where i get to share with you the inspiration behind my newest collection ‘September Skies‘! it might be called ‘September’ Skies but it isn’t a seasonal collection. i was inspired by my favorite month in Utah – right where I live! everything is at it’s peek of beauty then! the colors are warmer and everything is still in bloom. it is just beautiful!!! i LOVE the prominent navy and citron with floral AND geometric shapes – making it PERFECTLY feminine and masculine.

before i get started sharing….  i wanted to show you some of my projects that i created for this month’s Scrapbook Generations Magazine! i played along with this month’s free layout, card, and tag sketches using September Skies!

here i was able to play with the wood veneer! i painted and sprayed them with Color Shine so that it would match the colors of the layout! also, the Washi Tape is so much fun! you can see it layered on the bottom left hand side of the page! there are three designs on each roll (that is 6 in a pack!)!!! so much fun in the palm of your hand, i love it!

you will get a better look at this page in the video today, but this double page layout based off of the Scrapbook Generations’ sketch was a perfect way to use the NEW cut apart pages! i want to use them all the time now!

 

here is a card i created with the card sketch! i can’t get enough of the black and white striped washi tape!

i am also loving the word stickers to cut and play with! there are two sheets of white and colored backgrounds!!! they are going to match any project i am working on!

lastly, on this tag, i had a blast with the Ephemera Pack! there are so many beautiful floral pieces, shapes, and words to work with! i just want to keep layering the paper die cuts over the acrylic ones!

now, watch the video to see these and the inside of my new pre-made Daybook! it looks like a Memory File Mini Album that matches the entire line PERFECTLY!!! it is my favorite!!


you can find September Skies at your favorite local independent and online scrapbook store! i can’t wait to see what you create!!!!

instagram editing and printing tips…

welcome back to another day celebrating cards! Saturday is World Cardmaking Day and Maggie Massey reminds us today that cards be used in special ways. cards can be used to create a keepsake! this last weekend media team members Maggie and Sarah had a beautiful scrapbooking event. i had a blast looking at both their photos on Instagram! can you believe that their event was on Saturday and Maggie already has those beautiful photos printed and inside a mini book in only two days?!! that’s how easy it is to print your photos from your phone and Maggie shows us how!

 

Well hello, everyone!

So excited to be here today sharing some of my very favorite photo apps to use with Instagram!

And not only that! We’re going to go from photo editing, to posting, to printing, to creating…yay!

Let’s get started…here are the apps I’m using the most lately…

How many of you already use Dropbox (or something like it)?

I really hope every single hand out there went up…because it’s awwwwesome. Dropbox is a cloud-based storage system that can hold EVERYTHING you need it to hold…photos, documents, videos, everything. And it has made my life sooo much easier. Seriously. No joke.

Dropbox is available for download (free!) to your computer (in fact, downloading it to your PC or Mac is a must before you get the app)…your smartphone (both Android & Apple) and your tablets…and it works seamlessly between all of your devices.

It’s ridiculously easy to use…and you can share folders or images with your friends and family just by inviting them via a link. You can create different folders and save your photos directly to those folders.

Download the app to your phone or tablet and you can now access the folders from virtually anywhere!

So, how do I use this app along with Instagram? Here’s what I do… When I want to post a photo to Instragram that I’ve taken with my “good” camera…my DSLR…I simply upload the photo to my computer, edit it, and save it to Dropbox. Then I can open the same photo from my phone and post in IG. What?!?! So awesome! And truly, I don’t know what I would do without this app. I use it for ALL of my documents. It keeps my computer free and clean (which keeps it running smoothly) and I have access to EVERYTHING from wherever I am.

OK…now that I have my photos in Dropbox, what’s my next step?

Snapseed is one of the absolute best basic editing apps I’ve found. I LOVE the exposure and brightening capabilities and it’s really so user-friendly. It’s available for both Android and Apple and can work on your tablets, too! I open the photos I’ve taken (and stored in Dropbox) in Snapseed, brighten them (or increase the exposure…I kinda like my photos to be slightly blown-out)(1), crop them (either into a square…perfect for IG…or into a 3×4)(2) and re-save them to my Gallery. Instagram Tips & Color Magic Cards @MaggieWMassey @HeidiSwapp #maggiemassey #HeidiSwapp #MakePrettyStuff #scrapbooking #diy #ColorMagic #HSHelloTodayNow there are a lot of times I want to post a photo to IG, but I don’t want to have to crop it into a square…I really want the entire photo to show. This is where the app A Beautiful Mess comes in. Now, I’m sure there are a number of apps that will do exactly what I’m about to show you…but I love A Beautiful Mess. It’s clean & pretty and super-easy to use.

When you open the ABM app you will see you have a choice of making a collage or using a single (“solo”) photo (1). You can scroll through your recent photos right on the app…or you can open your entire gallery and choose the photo you’d like to use (2). Once you have your photo open, you can pinch your fingers (open or closed) to change the size of the photo to fit within the square provided. If you choose to decrease the size of your photo so that you can fit the entire image into the frame, you will notice that you now have white space above and below your image. Call me crazy…but I love the way this looks (3). OK…now that your photo is edited, you can open it and post it to Instagram! Yay!

Now…the fun part. The printing.

I know this is not news…but I definitely think it bears repeating. For printing Instagram photos quickly and easily, I think Walgreens has the very best app. You simply download the app (from either iTunes or Google Play), open it up, click on “PHOTO,” then “INSTAGRAM,” open your IG account and choose the photos from your feed you’d like to have printed. Individual prints are only $.39 and are ready within an hour (they’ll even text you when they’re done). PLUS, Walgreens has photo coupons ALL the time…and you can use the codes right on your phone to save on your printing. I know there are apps out there that may do a better job of printing from IG… BUT, for speed and ease, you really can’t beat Walgreens.

OK…now we have some printed photos…let’s make something! I recently had some of my IG photos printed at Walgreens and I decided I wanted to create a quick little mini-book with them. Aaaaand because I  love when I can get something cool done easily, I decided to use some of my Color Magic cards (remember those??? They’re still available at both Michaels and your LSS) to create my album super-fast.

I grabbed a few of these cards (4, actually), opened them one on top of another, and sewed right down the middle of the stack of cards…easy peasy mini album…no cutting, no measuring, nothing. Some Color Magic, some embellishments, my photos and done.

The photos that I used were full of mint green, pink, coral & white so I grabbed some of my Hello Today stash to help decorate my little album.

 

**Please note that when these IG photos were printed, they included the white space above and below my photo. Now, while I love that look on the phone…in IG…I’m not a huge fan of printed photos with the same white space. So for this album I simply cut these areas off.**

I think one of the coolest things about the pages in this little “album” are that they are perfect size to show off my little IG photos…withOUT any trimming. PLUS, these Color Magic cards can be sprayed with any of the Color Shine colors to create a completely unique and personal project.

A project like this…start to finish, inception to completion…can be accomplished in 1/2 day…including the time it takes to run to Walgreens to pick up your photos. That is my kind of project…git ‘er done.

And how awesome are those apps, right? I love finding things that make my documenting just that much easier…

how beautiful!!! i wish i could have been there with you both, Maggie! the event just looked stunning and so inspiring! i hope that Maggie’s tips and tricks will help you get your pictures printed faster so that you can get to the fun part – MAKING PRETTY STUFF! check out more photos of The Daydream Event here and here.

SUPPLIES: Hello Today EphemeraHello Today 3×4 Pocket Cards, Hello Today Journal Spots, Clear Alphas Teal, Chipboard Stickers Happy, Glitter Stickers Gold, 12×12 Lace Paper Pad, Color Magic Card Set Files, Color Magic Card Set Flags, Color Magic Card Set Heart, Color Shine Seafoam, Color Shine Coral, Color Shine Blush, Color Shine Primrose, Color Shine Gold Lamé OTHER: Silicone Craft Mat, American Crafts Mini Stapler, American Crafts Precision Pen .01

world card making week: project life pocket card

welcome to another monday! i love mondays! it’s a new week with new inspiration!!! today kicks off our World Card Making celebration! Saturday is World Card Making Day and i have asked my team to help me inspire you all week long so you can create some FABULOUS cards this weekend! there is nothing like getting a handmade card in the mail. it shows the person you are sending it to that you care enough to take the time. it is so easy to send a text, email, or message on Facebook but how much more would making someone a RAK card mean to them? Jen Evans is up with our first card showcasing my Color Magic Becky Higgins Project Life Value Kit available at Michaels and Spotlight stores!

I love getting a handmade card. I love giving them more. Here is a quick and fun way to make a pocket card using Heidi’s new Color Magic Value Kit!

Supplies:

Heidi Swapp Becky Higgins Project Life Color Magic Card Kit (Life is Great 4×6 card, Favorite 3×4 card, Hello Wood Veneer)

White Card Stock

3×4 Polka Dot Stencil

Black Color Shine

Teal Color Shine

American Crafts Twine

American Crafts Gold Zing Embossing Powder

Versafine Embossing Ink

Paper Towels

Washi Tape

Make Pretty Stuff Silicone Craft Mat

American Crafts DIY Shop Mini Stapler

American Crafts Zap! Embossing Heat Gun

1/8″ of double sided tape

Directions:

1. Cut two 4×6 cards from white card stock. Trim your Life is Great card along the quote. This will help it fit your pocket card perfect.

2. On your Make Pretty Stuff Craft Mat, lay out a couple of paper towels for easy clean up. Space your washi tape on the 4×6 cardstock and spray it with Black Color Shine. Remove the washi tape and wipe clean with baby wipes. Blot your cardstock with a clean paper towel. Dry with your heat gun.

3. Lay the 3×4 Favorite card on a couple of clean paper towels. Lay the Polka Dot stencil on the card and spray only two times with Teal Color Shine. Remove stencil and wipe clean. Using a clean paper towel, blot the card. Mist your Life is Great quote 4×6 card and then blot. Dry with the heat gun.

4. Clean your space and place a piece of paper on your craft mat. Place the wood veneer on the paper, the paper will help you clean up your embossing powder easily. Ink top of the wood veneer with the embossing ink. Make sure to tap the top of the entire veneer. Pour the gold embossing powder on top of the veneer. Pick up the veneer and set it aside carefully. Pick up the paper and pour the left over powder back in the jar.

5. Use your heat gun to heat the embossing powder. You can tell that the embossing powder is done heating when you see it “melt” on the veneer and change to a bright gold.

6. Putting wrong sides together, use double sided tape along the very edge of the 4×6 stripe card and adhere together, leaving the top open. Slide your quote card inside.

7. Staple the Hello wood veneer to the top of the Favorite Card and tie twine around the front.

8. Glue the 3×4 card to the front of the pocket.

Now go ahead! Write a note inside and send this to a friend!

Thank you so much Jen!!! get even more #HSProjectLife inspiration like this one with my newest e*ideabook available for FREE right here! see you tomorrow for more card making ideas!

project runway: life is short *be awesome*

glitter isn’t just for girls. i challenged my media team this week to bring on the BLING with my #HSProjectLife Becky Higgins Project Life Glitter Value Kit and not one project disappoints! Sarah Bargo, even with having boys, never says no to glitter. glitter is that girl’s middle name! i LOVE that she took on the challenge and gave this kit a masculine look. take a look and see what i mean!!!

Well hello there! I am having so much fun with Heidi’s new Project Life Glitter Kit! I hope you got your hands on it because it is so sparkly and gorgeous! I so wanted to scrap these pictures of my son to celebrate his love of atv’s,  but I was trying to figure out how to use the glitter kit in a masculine way….. and then I was like duh?! All glitter isn’t super girly! I have been so in love with gold and silver and pink glitter lately that I totally forgot how awesome black glitter looks! It is so sharp looking! Perfect to add an edge to these boy pics!

Fancy shmancy!

Here’s what I came up with!

 

(I wanted to incorporate orange into the layout because my son was wearing it and he loves it, so I actually snuck some orange and white star paper from Heidi’s No Limits Collection!)

One thing I love to do while “P-L-ing” is layer cards on top of each other! I trimmed this adorable ampersand card, rounded the corners, then adhered it to the top of the solid white glitter card that has a black border! Perfect way to spice things up a bit!

Ok. I think it’s safe to say that the striped card is pretty much my favorite card out of the whole kit. You don’t really have to do anything to it, it’s awesome on it’s own! I just added a little fussy cut piece to it…

 

The glitter value kit has awesome embellishments in it! I love this pow burst!

Another thing you can do with PL cards is take the 4×6′s and cut them apart! I trimmed this 4×6 to create a 3×4 with “the story” on it! Just trim, then round the corners!

Here is the bottom portion of the 4×6 card, I trimmed along the edge and just left a little of the white to add a little zing!

That’s totally what you thought wasn’t it, lol! Zing!

This adorable hashtag is an embellishment from the glitter kit also, but the letter stickers are from Heidi’s collection at Michael’s! They fit perfectly! That’s what I love about foam stickers, you can bend them to make them more playful or whimsical if needed to create that feel on your project!

So fun right?! Can’t wait to see what you make with these fabulous Glitter Kits! Don’t forget to link your projects up on Instagram with the #hsprojectlife hashtag woot woot!

Sarah, that orange POPS!!! black and white will always be classic and works with anything! thank you for stepping up to the challenge! 

what about you? are you ready to take on the challenge this weekend and use your Glitter Value Kit (available at Michaels, Spotlight, or in Becky Higgins’ shop which is in stock right NOW!) add a little BLING to your weekend!

Supplies: Favorite Things Core Kit, Project Life Sheer Stickers, Project Life Glitter Value Kit, Project Life Clear Value Kit

 

make PRETTY pockets week 2

welcome back to another week of my NEW blog series PRETTY POCKETS! for the next 11 weeks i will be sharing 3 different pocket ideas using my #HSProjectLife products a week. that means at the end of the 12 weeks there will be 36 different ideas to help you ‘make pretty pockets’! at the end of each blog post, there will be a FREE printable download so that you can print out the inspiration and have it handy when it is time to get creative! if you missed last week’s, you can find it here along with its download! Jamie Pate is up with three simple but beautiful pocket ideas….

Hey everyone…welcome to week number 2 the Pretty Pocket series. I love these kind of posts. Quick ideas to get your creativity a jump start. Just in time for the upcoming weekend. Hoping these few ideas I have here for you today inspire you to get your pocket-scrappiness on and make pretty stuff.

First up…

The first pocket I want to share  includes the Heidi Swapp Project Life Mini Memory File. O.K. friends…these little files are so adorable. And great little interactive pieces that have so much possibility.

For the front of the file I trimmed out a card from the Glitter Kit, notched the bottom and stapled to the front. A Clear Sticker is a real simple finish to this. I loved using that ‘happily ever after’ to document a story about a life long friend of mine. It just seemed the perfect sentiment.

Add  photo inside. Take the Cherish Clear Stamps and add a few images with black ink. I like to double up that check box lined stamp to add notes and bullet points. A chipboard piece from the Clear Kit finished it all out.

Pocket #2…

Now this pretty pocket is super simple, but I think super lovely. Use the Project Life Vellum and Tags.

Layer vellum over a tag.  Attach with a small piece of washi, and trim the bottom edge if needed. As an extra idea, add a photo under or on the vellum, or journaling under the vellum, or  additional embellishment if you wish. Place in a 3×4 pocket. The glitter tag will be above the pocket a bit and very easily accessible.

Pocket #3…

This pocket may be my favorite. Use the Project Life Instaframe Cards. Embellish the front with a photo and a Glitter Chipboard piece.

Then…

create a handmade card stack with other Heidi Swapp Project Life journal cards and attach inside the Instaframe Card. Add journaling to these hidden pages or lots more photos.

The card now slips back into the pocket and the front is exposed to the outside. Super interactive. Super cute.

I pretty much have a crush on all these pretty pocket ideas. Can’t wait to go make even more.

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So here’s this week’s POCKET PAGE ideas! I think each one is pretty much yet a lot of fun. And very useful. 3 additional ideas for you to play with and discover even more possibilities. You can also download this little instruction/ idea sheet and hang onto it for when you sit down to create! Click here to download and print!

Supplies: Heidi Swapp Project Life: Mini Folders. Roller Date Stamp. Cherish Clear Stamp. Glitter Value Kit. Clear Value Kit. Vellum and Tags. Instaframe Cards. Favorite Things Core Kit.

other: Precision Pen. Black Ink. Mini Stapler.

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  • hello september skies October 1, 2014
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