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sneak peek! target diy marquee

I am SO EXCITED to finally be able to share a secret that has been in the works for a very long time! (not to mention at TOTAL dream of mine to have my products available in TARGET!) Ever since I created my first DIY marquee sign,  (although Eric did most of the hard work from the cutting/drilling and figuring out how to MAKE them from scratch!!) I wanted to make it easier. That is how my Marquee Love collection was born! Then i wanted  to create a cuter, smaller version marquee. A marquee that would be fun to create longer words, names, and fit perfectly in a small space. I wanted to make it so easy for EVERYONE to get in on the action—->kids TOO!  That’s how my collaboration with Target Stores started!  YES!!! Welcome my newest collection for Target Stores – DIY Marquee!

In this collection, you can find papers, rub ons, and stickers Everything needed to create the PERFECT letter or word for YOUR space!! Each 6″ letter kit comes with it’s own strand of lights that fit perfectly. The difference between these NEW kits, and the current collection is that they are made from a hard plastic material and not chipboard. This makes them a little more sturdy! perfect for STACKING! … and each of the letters AND shapes have hangers built into the back, that allow them to EASILY be hung ANYWHERE! on the wall, or even inside a LOCKER… They are still super lightweight and ready to CUSTOMIZE! They come with a template for inside shape of the letter, a strand of battery operated lights (2 triple A batteries are required but not included).  Look how FUN it is to DECORATE them!

Each letter is small enough to personalize any home decor space! I created this vignette using Target’s Wooden Slat Shelf where the letters fit perfectly inside! This is actually in my own home office… the “E” “&” “H” stand for “Eric & Heidi” (that’s my hubby’s name). The letters come with a little template inside that allow you to trace and place ANY of the papers inside the background of the Marquee. I put silver glitter in the E and the H, and i put a black and white zigzag paper in the ampersand – you will find all these styles AT TARGET ONLY.  This little collection of stuff makes me happy!

They are small enough to get a personalize a room or space too! My daughter couldn’t wait to have her name in lights! She has a pegboard in her room to help her stay ORGANIZED! i actually placed a shelf on the pegs to make it really easy to turn the battery pack on and off. Oh, and i couldn’t resist the hashtag Marquee!! it’s PERFECT in gold glitter!

You can find my collection in the Back-to-School section of Target stores! Think dorm, work space, or even locker! Not to mention AWESOME gifts for teachers, friends and ANYONE on your list! it’s such an EASY way to be totally THOUGHTFUL!

Since these letters are smaller and made from a durable plastic, they are much more stable to stack! it’s so fun to make them super colorful! That way they look fantastic whether the lights are on or off!

I can’t wait to see what you create with your DIY Marquee letters!!! Post photos of you in Target or your own DIY on Facebook or Instagram and tag me @heidiswapp along with #TargetDIYMarquee so I can see!  lets LIGHT IT UP!!

mixed media & project life.

There are so many possibilities with my new Mixed Media collection! I just love these ideas my media team member Lindsay Bateman came up with when creating a pocket page! How fun it is to see all the transparent patterns! It shines!

Today I am so excited to share a Project Life spread that I created using the fabulous brand new Heidi Swapp Mixed Media collection that is exclusive to Michaels stores.  Everything in my layout below is from the collection (aside from the photos) and I had the best time customizing this layout and simply creating fabulous art.  It was so fun to piece together different components of the Mixed Media collections to achieve the exact results I wanted.  I am excited to share with you all some of my favourite ways to use this wonderful collection in a Project Life type spread!

You will notice that I used a lot of the incredible art screens on my pockets.  This has got to be one of my most favourite ways to use the art screens.  I love to use them on pocket pages both alone and on top of pockets that have photos inside them.  I love how they can look amazing as transparent accents, or how they add a fun element on top of photos, much like an overlay or a caption.

I also love using “pieces” of the art screens.  You will notice that I added the word ‘forever’ on the top left hand of my page in gold art screen ink.  That is actually the “forever and ever” art screen, but instead of having all of those words I simply masked off what I did not want to appear.  This is such a great way to get even more versatility out of your art screens and it also allows for greater personalization for your projects.  I also added just the heart on the bottom right hand photo.  That is the heart from the “insta heart” art screen.

I also could not resist  adding in my favourite Color Shine colours and the beautiful die cut color magic papers.  I used a combination of Raspberry, Tea and Butter Color Shine on the papers and tag (from the Color Magic Tag Kit) and then placed them in my pockets.  I used machine stitching to adhere the floral die cut paper to the blessed tag and I love the effect that it achieved.  I also love to incorporate the beautiful foil rub ons into any project I can, so on this page I simply added the ‘together’ foil rub on directly onto my page protector.  It transferred beautifully.

I also loved using the polka dot stencil and adding some gold texture paste on top of the pockets.  Not only does it add fabulous dimension, but creates a really cool effect on top of my photos.  I find the texture paste completely gives my layout the mixed media feel and treatment. Plus it is SO fun to create with.

On this page you can see I added more art screens to my page and also had fun layering some elements such as the color magic die cut paper, foil rub ons and gold ephemera (found in the cinch album insta kit).

Again, I could not resist adding some outside layers to the outside of my pockets and adhering the embellishments with some simple machine sewn stitching.

I just love the “say cheese” art screen.   Hands down, one of my favourites and it looks SO cute.  The detail and quality of these screens is phenomenal.

I hope that what I have shown here today has inspired you to add a little ‘mixed media’ flair to your pocket pages.   It really is so simple to do, yet the results will have your jaw dropping and project rocking every time!! :)

Supplies: Die Cut Color Magic Papers; 6×6 Stencil Set Dot; Gold Metallic Texture Paste; Gold Metallic Screen Print Ink; Raspberry Metallic Screen Print Ink; 4×8 Foil Rub Ons Happy; 4×8 Foil Rub Ons Everyday; Screen Kit Hello Sunshine; Screen Kit Forever and Ever; 3×4 Small Screen Kit Beautiful; 3×4 Small Screen Kit La Vita Bella; 3×4 Small Screen Kit Say Cheese; Color Magic Tag Kit; Cinch Album Insta Kit; Color Shine Tea; Color Shine Raspberry; Color Shine Butter Other: Project Life Pocket Page Protectors 12×12

marquee love: farm chic style

If you know my media team member Sarah Bargo, you know her style. She’s got that shabby chic, vintage, antique faire vibe and it suits her perfectly! So when I asked her to take my Marquee Love collection and give it her chic touch, she did and she did it perfectly… with a bit of burlap and ribbon!

Well hello there paper peeps! I absolutely love living out in the country, and I have always loved the nostalgic feeling of old farm life, I think it just runs in my blood! So of course one of my favorite trends going on right now is the “Farm Chic” style! I looovveee gushing over the photos on Pinterest of the parties and receptions held in barns and on farms! There’s just something so cute about burlap all dressed up with lace,  especially paired with light pink ;) I thought it would be fun to give my Marquee Love letters a fun little “Farm Chic” makeover woohoo!

If you were thinking about adding some burlap and rustic charm to your next party, putting it on your Marquee Love letters is super easy and looks super cute!

Hobby Lobby has 12×12 sheets of burlap in the open stock scrapbooking paper section, that’s what I used!

I wanted to add some pretty pink stripes on my burlap, so this is what I did;

1. Spray paint Marquee Love letters light pink, this one is called Ballet Slipper. Trace marquee letter template onto burlap sheet, then cut the letter out. Cut holes where the lights will go.

2. Place washi tape horizontally across letters, or you can use a striped stencil too.

3. Apply pink acrylic paint onto burlap letter with a sponge using the pouncing method.

4. Remove tape/stencil, voila!

5. Assemble Marquee Love letter, decorate if desired. I placed a pretty posy I found on an end cap at Hobby Lobby on my “C!”

I love the simplicity of the “Farm Chic” look. It’s so easy to create the look, and these cute treat bags are no exception! So easy and perfect for “treating” a large group of people at a party! Here’s what I did:

1. Using an edge punch, punch a pretty design in the top of a brown paper lunch bag.

2. Fill with treats, then fold over. If you want to fold a doily over the top, do that now!

3. Punch 2 holes about an inch across from each other after the top of the bag has been folded down, then tie a ribbon through the holes.

4. Tie a Minc Tag onto the ribbon, I used the beautiful light pink foil! This is what added the “chic” to my “farm” lol!


I found some beautiful flowers at Hobby Lobby, then placed them in my old Ball jars (another obsession of mine). Tie a few little snippets around the jars for some extra little details! This would be a fab centerpiece! Can you imagine if all of the jars were full?! POW!

Here I used the Minc letters with the light pink foil, it really shines in the sunshine, it was gorgeous!

I had so much fun creating this little vignette and I hope I inspired you to grab some burlap and Marquee Love letters and make some “Farm Chic” magic!

Supplies: Marquee Love C, Marquee Love H, Marquee Love I, Light Pink Minc Foil, Minc For You Tags, Minc Polka Dot Alpha, Minc 12×12 Papers


happy birthday little girl!

I have always loved creating beautiful party décor that would make a birthday girl or boy feel extra special! I also love photographing these parties to scrapbook so they will always remember how much they were loved too! My media team member, Jennifer Evans amazes me with this birthday party she had for her daughter! It seems like it was just yesterday that she had sweet Bre and now she is 2!! I know we will see lots of pictures of her on her special day in scrapbook pages to come, but right now Jen shares with us how she decorated for her party and this post is so filled with inspiration – I know you will LOVE it as much as I do!!!

Growing up in my family, it was a tradition to wake up on our birthday morning and have the table completely decorated! It was almost like Christmas running out before the sun was up to see the balloons, crepe paper, and presents! When I married my husband I found out that his family always had birthday parties and everyone in the family was expected to come and be a part of that special celebration. It was family time! I loved taking both traditions and creating a birthday celebration for my 2 year old daughter!

I found most of my party supplies at my local Hobby Lobby craft store! I also used Heidi Swapp’s Minc Foil Applicator Machine and her Marquee Love Letters! It was so easy to get this look and I wanted to share with you how I did it!

For the backdrop, Hobby Lobby has packages of Paper Fans that will match your color scheme and I just glued them to foam core and attached it to the back of the table. I also added Tissue Paper Tassels with this tutorial and hung them on to jute!

I had Pacific Northwest bakery Sweetly Baked create a white 2 tier fondant cake with gold glitter polka dots which was perfect to decorate myself! I knew I wanted to use the amazing Minc 3D Flowers in gold and rose gold foil. For the flowers glued them to tooth picks so they would go where I wanted them to in the cake. You can watch this video tutorial to see how to make the foiled flowers.

I also wanted to add some flowers I created with different pink Bazzill Basics Paper cardstock and my Silhouette Die Cutting Machine. I used Amy Robison’s 3D Flower (#75970) and Spring Twigs (#75687) in a mint cardstock. This time I used Hobby Lobby’s party Bamboo Skewers to glue them to and with wire cutters cut the stick to about 1 1/2″ long so they would be secure in the cake.  It turned out beautifully!

I picked up B, R, and E Marquee Letters and easily colored these! They come white out of the box and are easy to decorate as shown in this video here. To decorate mine with an ombre look, I laid mine out on a paint tarp lined up. I then sprayed them first with Pink, Coral, and then Blush Color Shine! It took all but 10 minutes! Then, I set them to dry completely before adding the lights.

The Minc Cupcake Wrapers and Toppers can also be used to decorate your drinks! My guests loved the way they looked! I used The Best of Heidi Swapp 12×12 Paper pad exclusive to Hobby Lobby stores to create belly bands for the bottles.

They were so cute with sweet Hobby Lobby paper straws and a Minc paper banner I created with the 6×6 Minc 5th Avenue Papers.

Berries are the perfect summer birthday treat especially if they are picked the day before! In my local Hobby Lobby I found treat cups to add them to. Of course flamingo food picks, by Amy Robison (Silhouette cut file #83636), are the perfect match to this color scheme. I glued them on toothpicks in no time!

No party is a party without treat bags, at lease that’s what my son said! So, I created my own! Hobby Lobby had plain White Flat Sacks by Sacks-N-Things. So, I used this tutorial to create my own design on the paper sack, printed it on my laser printer, and then ran it through the Minc with gold foil! I created polka dots on some and “Celebrate It’s Party Time” on the others!

You can get the free sack printable downloads on my blog right here.

Lastly, I wanted to share the Minc foiled invitations I created in minutes! I just printed on smooth black cardstock my invitation. Then, I ran it through the Minc with Pink foil and it made it so much more elegant looking than I thought it ever would! I screen printed gold roses at the bottom of the paper, which punched the elegance up another notch! A little fancy for a 2 year old birthday but when you only take 15 minutes to make them all it doesn’t seem that bad at all!

It was a beautiful day and everyone loved the cake, treats, and most of all time with family and friends! There isn’t anything better!

pocket letters. 9 pockets. 11 ways.

Have you been following my team and I this last month? We have been exchanging Pocket Letters! You can see my letter to Sarah Bargo and the rest of the media team’s letters right here! I got quite the surprise when I saw my very own pocket letter from Jamie Pate!!! There is so much I love about this! The gold touches, the colors, the way she even made it interactive with some flaps! I am just going to sit and enjoy every moment going through the details. Jamie, thank you so much! 

Go ahead and take a peek at it as Jamie breaks down how she made each pocket…

Speaking of Pocket Letters, I just so happened to come across Janette Lane’s blog a few months back. I was taken by her Pocket Letter concept. So cute! But…as usually happens, I moved on and forgot about them. Then I began to see them popping up here and there on social media. Again…ahhh…this looks like so much fun! How happy was I when the Heidi Swapp Media Team decided to have a team swap? Very. I was very happy.

How excited was I to have been the lucky winner of Heidi Swapp as my recipient…let’s just say deer in the headlights may very well explain the way I looked. Yep. The queen of create herself…and I get to send her a pocket letter. O.K., I said. This has got to be good! Let’s do this!

Here’s what I came up with: I used the September Skies Project Life Core and Value kits for the base of this project. There are a few other embellishments thrown in here and there, but I mostly stayed with those two products. Let me show you around my pockets, if that’s O.K., and share with you what I came up with. Nine pockets. Eleven ways.

First of all, I did not have a 9-pocket page protector. So I made my own with the We R Memory Keepers Photo Sleeve Fuse. I modified a pocket page protector by creating 3×4-inch pockets for a traditional pocket letter.

1. Use a 6×4 Project Life journaling card to fill two pockets. Cut card in half and insert side by side.

2. Embellish a pocket with a vellum die cut that has also been embossed. Gives great dimension to the pocket.

3. Fuse a 3×4-inch pocket on the long edge, so that it opens like a book. Add the letter to the other side.

Leave the hidden pocket clear and fill with gold foil tags and labels, heart stickers and stencil tags.

4. Spray paint a hair pin with gold metallic paint. Hot glue a resin flower to the top and use it to hold tags and what-not clipped to a pocket.

5. A pretty Project Life card all by itself in a pocket can add it’s own charm. Sometimes simple is enough.

6. Die cut glitter paper and place in a small glassine bag. Slide bag inside pocket.

7. Attach tags and die cuts to a journal card so that they peek out of the top of the pocket. Makes getting the card out of the pocket that much easier.

8. Embellish a 3×4-inch vellum with die cut, wood veneer and word phrase. Makes great re-usable element for your recipient.

9. Trim a 3×4-inch Waterfall Photo Sleeve so that it is about 3×3-inches. Fuse sleeve to the top of the pocket on the page protector. Fill pocket with a quote card and add additional embellishment if desired.

10. Place another quote card, or make it personal and type a quote, print it out, and adhere to the base card.

11. Place a journal card in the pocket. Fill pocket with additional gift tags. Place a clear overlay card on top of the tags.


And those are my eleven ways with a pocket letter. Had so much fun, and all kidding aside, I loved that I was able to create a pocket letter for Heidi. What an honor! If you have yet to play with this concept, I challenge you to the task. Grab a page protector, use whatever size pockets you can get your hands on, and simply have fun playing and making pretty pocket letters.

I am so grateful and thankful Jamie! you inspire me everyday. To learn more about what Pocket Letters are and how you can create your own, read about them right here!

Supplies: Project Life: September Skies Core Kit, Value Kit. September Skies: Color Magic Die Cuts, Wood Veneer Shapes, Word Jumbles Vintage Stickers. Glitter Words. Minc: 12′ Foil Applicator, Gold Foil, Alpha Stickers. WeRMemoryKeepers: Photo Sleeve Fuse, Photo Sleeves 3×4

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