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back to school 2 ways!

last week all the kids went back to school…. although i am sad to see summer end, i look forward to having a little routine in our day. i feel like getting organized from the chaos of summer!!!!

i asked Kim Jeffress, whose kids are starting their third semester in Australia, how she has been staying organized and she has a couple of AWESOME solutions!

In the Southern Hemisphere we started back at school for the new year in January. Heidi asked me to share a way I have been organizing my boys school days, important dates, photos and memorabilia this year. I used the Jo-Ann’s Desk Top Display stand as a starting point as well as the Calendar cards. Now the great thing about these Calendar cards is that there are no dates on them, so since school in the Northern Hemisphere has just started you could go ahead and make your own stand starting with the month of August. I used a set of number stamps from my stash to add the dates to each Calendar card as you will see soon. I have my stand sitting on my kitchen bench and I add to it each month. At the end of the year I am planning on taking all the pages off the stand , threading them through some large Jump rings and I will then have a mini album of our 2014 school memories already completed!

I started with one of the new Favorite Things Project Life 3×4 cards. I punched a hole at the top, adhered some of the JoAnn Teal Glitter Stickers and a flair from my stash. I then added one of the Glitter stars from the Project Life Glitter Value kit to complete. My favorite photo of my boys peaks through the heart of the Acrylic cover.

Next I grabbed one of the Heart Water Color tags , laid over the 7×10 Dot stencil and misted it with Navy Color Shine and then added it to my frame.

Our First Day of School photos were embellished simply. I laid them  over some   JoAnn Die Cut Tags. I had fun stamping on my photo with the Heidi Swapp ink pad and the new Project Life Clear stamp set.

Here I added one of the Jumbo Numbers attaching with my Tiny attacher.

Now you can see how I stamped my Calendar Cards. I also used Ephemera pieces from Favorite Things and Hello Today to embellish my Calender.

Another Water Color Tag this time spritzed with Gold Lame and the 7×10 Diagonal stencil.

More stamps , this time from the Mini Stamp sets from the Hello Today collection and that believe is an epoxy sticker left over from the Believe Christmas collection.

February is adorned with more Mini Stamp sets and includes the yellow ink pad.

I wanted to include a merit certificate my youngest received since this year is his first year at school. I took one of the 6×8 Page protectors and trimmed off  the end with the holes . I then used my sewing machine to stitch  this section to the side of the protector so it can now hang from the rings on the stand!

Here I stapled one of the Dreamy Ephemera pieces to my photo mat and added some fun stamping.

I punched a hole in another of the Project Life Favorite Things 3×4 cards, hung next to my husband and son heading into the Father Son night at school.

Love these boys dressed and ready for school!

March was a busy Month!  That clear arrow comes from the JoAnn Ephemera pack!

I matted  my photos with a sheet from the JoAnn 6×8 Paper Pad, then added Word Jumble Stickers and Ephemera from Favorite Things and Hello Today to complete.

The last day of term 1 my son gave his teacher some flowers to say thankyou for a great first term at school, an important milestone for him. I used one of the 6×6  Color Magic Resist pages misted in Gold ColorShine as a photo mat. That Merci Ephemera piece from the Dreamy collection was a perfect touch.

I had been saving that chipboard happy word for just the right project and April seemed just right!

My son’s visit with a farm nursery was another important memory I wanted to collect, I laid the photo behind the window of one of the Hello Today Window frames and added it to my stand.

Another Month filled with important dates!

Here I backed my photo on one of the Project Life Favorite Things cards and stapled on some fun Ephemera pieces. I also scanned a drawing he had made at school at the special friends day and I  printed it onto white paper. All these pieces add to the rich story of our time at school so far this year!

June filled up fast!

One afternoon about 6 months into school I saw my son looking so grown up in his Winter School Uniform, he had already come a long way at school. I had to snap a photo with my iphone to record that memory. I added a whole heap of stamping down the side of the photo to let the photo of him take centre place.

July was  school holidays so the first part of the calendar I left blank and then filled it with Glitter stickers and vellum pieces to embellish.

August has been a busy month for our school as it celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary. There has been a lot of events at school that I have recorded thankfully and added into my stand. I started with that Water Color Tag that I spritzed with Navy ColorShine over the 6×6 Polka Dot Stencil.

Then came the annual school Fun Run, this year we completed it as a family. That Fabulous Chipboard word was a great addition to my page.

Next came Book week, both my boys were adorable during the parade. Again I have stamped down the side of the photo with the Mini Stamp sets. I also used one of the Epoxy words and chipboard heart to add that little finishing touch!

Just this week my oldest son had a celebration afternoon at school after completing a unit of work on England. His fun dress up  ( including his dads tie) made me think fun and color so I made a quick shaker pocket. I matted my photo then slipped it into the plastic pocket before adding in some bright sequins and stitching up the side. I stapled that clear Choose Happy piece from the Dreamy ephemera pack to finish.


You can see by looking at the Calendar page what a busy month we have had.

I’m now ready for September to come, I’ve already filled out the dates from our school Calendar. All I  need to do is take those photos and add them into my stand as I go!

As the year ends I will have a wonderful set of school memories that I can hold dear in the years to come but for now it sits on my kitchen bench where my family can look through and see what they have been up to this year at school so far!

Now you may have seen my title *Back  to school 2 ways*

I just wanted to share a quick project I also made recently to help me keep on track with things to remember for school.

I started with the Wood Clipboard Stand and painted it with 2 coats of Black Board paint.

Once dry I grabbed my versa mark ink pad, American Crafts White Zing Embossing powder and several clear stamps , this time also including the JoAnn Number stamp. Then one at a time I stamped onto the edge of the stand with versa mark ink , tipped on the white zing embossing powder and heat set it with my heat gun. I continued this down the stand till I liked the design created. I love love love the chalk effect this creates.

To complete my clipboard stand I trimmed some pattern paper from the 6×8 JoAnn’s Paper pad and the Glitter 3×4  cards and attached them with my hot glue gun. that ampersand comes from the Project Life Clear Value Kit. I can now add important notes and reminders with chalk onto my stand and it can be re used over and over again.

Phew …are you still with me!

Thanks for letting me share some Back To school ideas today, I hope I have inspired you to start recording and storing those all important school memories that are so significant in our children’s lives!


JoAnn- Desktop Display Stand, 3×4 Glitter Cards, Calendar Cards, Black Jumbo Numbers, 6×8 Paper Pad, 6×8 Page Protectors, Wood Clipboard Stand, Album Hardware Kit, 7×10 Polka Dot Stencil, 7×10 Diagonal Line Stencil, Color Magic 6×6 Resist papers, Die Cut Tags, Ephemera ,Teal Glitter Alphas, Number Stamps,

Hello Today- Window Frames, Butterfly Clips, Circle Stickers Remember, Brilliant Mini Stamps, Best Day Clear Stamps,

Project Life- Favorite Things Core Kit, Glitter Value Kit, Clear Value Kit, Clear Stamps,

Favorite Things- Puffy Stickers, Ephemera,

Dreamy – Ephemera,

Color Shine- Navy, Gold Lame,

Color Pop- Chipboard Stickers, Epoxy Stickers,

Believe- Buzz Words

try this…just add a little magic!

we all need a good excuse to take time out of our day today and just play!!! Lindsay is inspiring me to do just that!!! i love how easy this technique is and how it can be customized to any paper or collection you are using! you just have to try it!!!

So, we all love to learn quick and easy techniques right? Especially when these probably involve items we already have in our scrapbook stash right?  Well, I am still over-the-moon excited over all of the incredible Heidi Swapp Project Life collections that are now available at Michaels.  I hope you have all been able to get your hands on some (if not all) of the collection (wink)…I mean how could you NOT want to get everything? I definitely did and I am LOVING it!  So taking my recent obsession into account I wanted to share this really fun, fabulous and SUPER simple way to add even more 3 x 4 cards into your collection.  However, this time they are completely customized and designed by you to fit whatever type of page and collection you are using in your Project Life spread.

Here…let me show you how!

First let’s gather up the goods you will need:

1. Clear Magic Medium

2. Heidi Swapp Stencils (any style you wish to use)

3. 3 x 4 Stencil Mini Kit (I used the 3 x 4 cards that come in the any four of the kits)

4. Color Shine

5. Make-Up Application Sponges

Fun Extras: Stamps, Acrylic Stamping Ink, Photos, Embellishments, Journaling Pen

What I am demonstrating here is a fun way to add 3 x 4 cards into your stash that have beautiful bordered edges created with stencils and a little bit of Magic Medium.

Step 1: Gather your supplies.  Choose a stencil design, grab a 3 x 4 card, your magic medium and a sponge.

Step 2: Lay your stencil atop the 3 x 4 card.  Apply magic medium overtop the stencil ONLY to the edges of the card.  We are working to create a border/designed edge only on the card.

Step 3: Remove stencil, allow the medium to dry and then mist with Color Shine. Blot dry with paper towel. I used Teal for the above card.

Step 4: Voila!  Now you have some really fun customized cards with beautiful bordered edges for your album and/or projects!

Step 5: Add some stamping, photos, embellishments and journaling to complete your 3 x 4 cards.

So simple right?!?  I would LOVE to see your take on this quick and easy way to add even more pretty stuff into your Project Life creations.   Share your creations using this technique using hashtag #trythiswithheidi on Instagram.  Now, get busy and make pretty stuff! :)


what an awesome, and yes, simple way to create your own 3×4 cards!!! thank you Lindsay for inspiring us again!


Supplies: Heidi Swapp Stencils (Stencils & 3 x 4 Mini Kits); Citron Color Shine; Teal Color Shine; Navy Color Shine; Project Life Cherish Clear Stamps; Favorite Things Ephemera; Favorite Things Epoxy Stickers

Create to Remember: Layering Stencils & Magic Medium

last march i trekked ‘down under’ for a very special tour of Australia for SPOTLIGHT  to teach classes and visit stores! It was a crazy whirlwind, and an absolutely amazing experience! I realized that I never did share the class that i taught, and the very cool technique that was used to create the front cover of the mini book! So, today on Create to Remember, i share a little TWIST on this fun project as i combine it with my Magic Medium!

This is a look at the project that we made- i used the “Hello Today” Memory File Kit —> it’s still available, so if you don’t have it, you still may be able to find it!  I also used other elements from this line: Glitter stickers, banners, chipboard elements, Color Magic Cards/Envelopes… in fact, for the first time, i am sharing all the INSTRUCTIONS for creating this project here on my blog!


take a look at my Tutorial Video today for some tips on creating this cover using the Magic Medium available at Michaels.  (in the stamping aisle). There are 2 kinds: Opaque and Clear – for today’s project, i used the Opaque which just makes the end result a little more creamy in texture, but they will both work! the Magic Medium works as a RESIST when combined with Color Shine!  (just a reminder: the download instruction sheet teaches the technique with white acrylic paint, so you can try that as well!)


here’s just a peek at the inside pages…  you can see that i added one of the Color Magic card sets inside, these are also available at Michaels in the stamping aisle, along with the Layering Stencils… You can see  that i played with this technique using both the Heart and the Butterfly stencils- but any of them would work! I also used the Navy Color Shine, and it’s GORGEOUS! now would be a good time to grab that up toO!

inside the Hello Today Memory File kit, you will find different sized and shaped mini files and photo stacks… all included here inside the album – it looks so complicated to make, but once you take a look at the instructions, you will find it’s actually a snap! You could also make some adjustments, and use the “My Favorite Things” Memory File Kit that is also available at Michaels in the Stamping Aisle.

i do love the quick  technique for building this book, so you might want to check that out! it’s a little unexpected and super quick and easy! I am feeling a “back to school” album coming on!

now that the kiddos are back to school… maybe you are finding some PEACE and QUIET to catch up on making some PRETTY STUFF?! (i won’t tell!)




hybrid heidi – favorite things

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

hidden mickeys project life style

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! 


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  • back to school 2 ways! August 29, 2014
    last week all the kids went back to school…. although i am sad to see summer end, i look forward
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