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Canvas Album inspiration!

Hello everyone!

today my cute little sister gave birth to her 4th baby… a girl. today as i took my family to the hospital to meet our newest family member, i was reminded YET AGAIN how quickly time passes! and, how critically important it is to document along the way.  i swear that every time that i hold a tiny baby in my arms, i swear that mine were never that small!? they grow up so fast! and everyday holds just wonders that you want to remember!


i guess that for me, that is exactly why i LOVE scrapbooking so much. the way you can freeze time. how you CAN remember… how the pictures and words take you back and let you have those feelings again! it’s such a gift to look back and see!

TODAY… i want to share one of the projects that i created with the “Make Pretty Stuff” line at JoAnn Stores. When you see this in the stores, you will see that there are 8 project sheets that hang at the top of all the products … each one a little different and uses a mix of all the fun stuff you can buy! The instructions for this project can be downloaded for FREE here... but i thought i’d show a few more photos!  This is the magnetic canvas album that measures about 6×9.  When you purchase it, there is a set of page protectors that are a variety of divided configurations so that you can build the inside however you like! there is a binder mechanism on the inside, so you can add as much as you like! This is an album you can build on (refill pages are also available). For this project, i combined the “hello” glitter album kit right into the inside… i used the star and diagonal lines stencils along with Teal and Seafoam Color Shine and some white acrylic paint.



There are 2 stamp sets in the collection, and i combined them to create this little stamping collage on the front… can you see how it’s layered over the subtle star image?

HS_album9you may also be able to see the little polka dots … i just added a few with the paint/shine mix for a little extra texture.



the front flap is magnetized, so it will hold it’s shape and protect whatever is on the inside! i drilled some holes in the soft areas next to the spine to add ribbons- one that i sprayed with Seafoam, and one i left plain.

HS_album7So, i am here to tell you that the diagonal stencil is just AWESOME! it’s like a 7×10″ so it fits exactly over the album so you can get full coverage. you can see here that i used it on the back of the album (which wraps around to the front) and the inside… notice how i used kindof a tone on tone effect- on the outside i used the Seafoam and Teal combo, and the inside i used the Blush and Pink combo… it was SO easy and fast!

When you open the album you are greeted with that very HAPPY and sparkly  HELLO paper! i LOVE that! you can punch the holes where you need them with this cover as well as the clear tabbed pages that are included!

HS_album6the glitter DOES NOT come off this paper. it’s amazing. i am telling you… this might be #3 on my list of favorite things in this collection!!



then i added papers from the 6×8 pad and cut them at varying lengths… so some of the papers are just in the binder, and not in sheet protectors… and then i added a few of the divided page protectors in and tucked glitter cards and papers inside…



This album is easy to bring together, and offers TONS of possibilities… you can continually add to this album, or complete it for an amazing gift! This size is perfect for a baby album or a travel album.. and the canvas front allows you to create ANY look you need!

HS_album4just a word of warning… these products won’t be there for long! and this week they are 40% off at JoAnn… so you MUST check it out quick!  you can click here to see ALL the products as well as more project ideas and a store locater so you can find out which stores are carrying the line!





classes at Hannah’s home accents!

hello friends…  in just 2 weeks from now, i will be heading back to one of the most FABULOUS scrapbook (& and so much more stores): Hannah’s Home Accents to teach 3 classes!  April 25 &26th!  The store is located in Antioch, IL  and is really super close to the Chicgo area, as well as Milwakee – ish… if you LIVE CLOSE BY… LISTEN UP!! i am really excited to teach these fun classes that feature my some of my NEWEST collections:

here’s the class info. there are very limited seats left, so ACT FAST! i’d love to see you there!

the first class is:

Life is Beautiful Mini Album


Using the Dreamy Memory file kit, we will be creating an  8”x8” (approx size) mini books with different types of pages and elements inside!  We will be combining Color Magic elements with Color Shine and the newest “mini- stencils”!

next is:

This is NOW Mixed Media Journal:


I love to mix collections and types of materials to create “pretty” places to tell my stories.  In this class I will be introducing a different approach to writing in a daily “journal” and inspiring stories with prompts and lovely layers.  This class will combine mixed media techniques, embellishing tips,  layering strategies and ideas for daily documenting that is effective and unique.

and the third class is:



Have you heard of #100happydays? There is a movement happening online on Instagram and Facebook that anyone can join in (it’s free). The challenge is to look for one thing that makes you happy everyday for 100 days! What a fantastic challenge. It inspired me to create an album that would house the photos that I took each day. This class will embellish the cover of the new 6×8 chipboard album from the Favorite Things collection and get started creating places for your happiness each day!  Techniques include Color Shine, stamping, painting and texture paste with Stencils, and coordinate with my new “favorite things” collection!


you can get a hold of Hannah’s Home Accents on Facebook or call them at: (847) 395-3355  or emai: [email protected]  Here is the actual address in case you have never been there… it’s a MUST SEE store!  455 Lake St.  Antioch, IL 60002 

ANNOUNCING: new products at JoAnn!!


I have a little secret project that has been in the works for quite some time! But it’s been a DREAM for a lot longer! I have wanted to create items that would make the PERFECT “project starts”. These are items that are impossible to FIND, and can be transformed into ANY project for ANY occasion and ANY event!  They are SO unique and fun, yet super functional and EASY to build on! There are 8 of them… once i designed the ‘project starts’, i created papers, stamps, stencils, tags,  alphas and ALL KINDS of stuff to all mix and coordinate! and guess what?? it’s all available at *select* JoAnn Stores!


A 6×9 canvas mini album with a binder mechanism and a magnetic closure. Comes with divided page protectors inside!


A wooden mini clipboard with a stand – this is totally raw, and waiting to be sprayed, painted, stenciled or collaged… it can be displayed both landscape or portrait!  It’s the PERFECT little size for ALMOST anything!  (insert wild imaginations!)


A color magic easel with clip and stand… oh, I have wanted this for so long! It’s so sturdy and can be made to match ANY décor!! And you can just totally change out it’s contents!! Ooooh the happy possibilities!


An intricate 6×6 wood album with clear, tabbed pages that include words printed on the sheets. This includes book rings to put it all together, but it can also be combined with other items and sit inside the album or one the stand… again, I am boggled by the ideas!01207_WoodFrameSquareAlbumFanned

GLITTER ALBUM STARTERS… these are super unique items. There are 2 of them! One is silver and says “hello” and the other is HOT pink and says “dream BIG”. Both come with a front & back and 3 clear, printed, tabbed dividers! They aren’t punched or drilled with any kind of holes, so you can combine them with other projects, or make them into albums of their own!   They are 6×8 so the size works perfectly with all the different projects and components!  (like the 6×8 paper pad and 6×8 canvas album)


Desktop  Display Stand:  OK this is similar to the little memory display stand that I had a couple years ago…  but way bigger AND the RING goes all the way over the top! So as you fill it with pages and photos,  you can lift the pages up and over to the back so it can show any page to display! It’s clear acrylic so it will go with ANY paper, design, theme etc.  I actually designed a set of recipe cards and a set of calendar pages to go right on it for a beautiful desk/counter top display!


The Desktop album is such a cool and UNIQUE piece… it’s made from clear acrylic and has tall rings that attach from behind- It comes with chipboard dividers with the MONTHS on them… but they can be used for anything! It would be fun to add a “photo a day” or journaling  – or just creative play! It sits on just a slight angle to be open all the time on your desk.  I designed 3×4 mini photo sleeves to tuck in mini creations, photos or whatever!


There is also a  TOTALLY COMPLETE mini book that each page is a pocket, that houses oversized tags… all you have to do is add photos and journaling and you are DONE!!


IT is with these “project starts” that it all BEGINS… but that is NOT ALL!!! I have designed this whole collection to mix and match! It ALL COMPLIMENTS each other!!  Let me explain!!


  1. I created 4 fun brand new stencils that will work with the different projects!  There is a heart and a star  that are approx. 4-5” and a brand new dot and stripe stencil about 6×8”. These can be used on the wood, canvas, paper and tags.  Use with COLOR SHINE!!STENCILS
  2. There are 9 of my TOP colors of Color Shine in this set.  You can use them with the stencils, Color Magic banners, a BRAND NEW 6×6” set of Color Magic papers that are complete with DIE CUT WORDS and shapes! (they fit right into the 6×6 wood album), the water-color tags, the ribbon ( hello, 2 sizes of ribbon!), the wood album, canvas album and wood clipboard!01214_ColorMagic_8x8ResistPapersFannedCOLORMAGIC
  3. To help create the projects, you may need some ‘hardware’, so I included a set of colorful book rings and mini bull dog clips!! (love this little set)01210_AlbumHardwareKitPackaging
  4. Don’t worry, I didn’t forget the SPARKLE!!!  To go with the GLITTER Album starts, there are some FABULOUS glitter 3×4 cards that will WOW and delight!! There are Glitter PENS! (in 5 colors) and some super sparkly clear circles and turquoise bows!  And… everyone’s favorite is ALWAYS the ephemera packs… and this one will NOT disappoint with a variety of glitter die cuts included.  OH< almost forgot 2 mini glitter alphas in pink and turquoise!01196_3x4GlitterCardsFanned
  5. 2 stamp sets will be absolute necessities for your collection! Clear. Numbers. Words. Textures. Icons. FABULOUS!JO-STAMPS
  6. I love to create with NUMBERS so there are 2 sets of numbers- black dots, and peachy stripes! They are a great size, and can be used on ANYTHING but are so great for cards, dates, ages, numbers in a group … they are the perfect embellishment!NUMBERS
  7. And my 2 FAVORITES:  1.  the clear words.  They are LARGE and in charge! I love them. 8 words in my handwriting. Different colors and printed on a heavy acrylic.   2.  FABULOUS die cut tags! These are printed, they have words and patterns die cut out. Perfect to add to ANY of the project starts! They coordinate with the 6×8 paper pad!clearwordstags


Is that all?  Did I miss anything?  You will just need to go and see for yourself!! All this is available at SELECT Joann stores, and online at  (i think i may have missed a few!)

But, wait, there’s more!

Because I designed these items to create really cool OTP (off the page) projects, we included 8 different project sheets that will get your MIND going! These are FREE!  It’s just so you can see how I mixed and combined elements from the different packs to create!  i will be sharing up close pics of these later this week here on my blog!

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We have put together this webpage so that you can see the projects, ALL the different products as well as link to all the participating stores. And we have way more inspiration in the works!  Yes… an E*ideabook is on the way!  New video tutorials and LOTS of sharing on my blog and on instagram! So buckle up and get YOURS! if you find it… and BUY it… be sure and take a pic and share it on insta!! add the hashtag: #heidiswappatjoann      HAPPY HUNTING!

happy birthday create and craft!

WAVING A BIG HELLO to VIEWERS of Create and Craft in the UK today!! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to “Create and Craft”!!



i am SO excited because for this big BIRTHDAY BASH… we are offering my NEW “Dreamy” Collection during the 20:00hr.  I will be calling in LIVE during the hour to chat on air !!   The colors are so soft and pretty… i have gathered up a bunch of images so you can see what they look like!


CLICK HERE and you can go and see the kits that are available and also some of the other HEIDI SWAPP product that is available on the website!

I also thought that i would share a few bits of inspiration so you can see the amazingly lovely things you can create using this collection!










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Don’t miss out on today’s special offer! time and quantities are SUPER limited! so DON’T wait! (you can even order NOW!)

hey, Create and Craft… hope you have a great birthday!!

homemade holiday – dreamy easter card

our ‘Easter’ inspiration continues today with such a beautiful, soft card made by Jamie Pate… today she breaks this lovely thing down into easy-to-follow steps that may be something NEW and fun for you to try!  i LOVE the effect!  HOPEFULLY you can steal away a few minutes of creative time… this may give you some extra motivation!

f it were not for the Memory File Planner, it would be even harder to believe it is almost Easter on our calendars. It’s a wonderful time of year around here even though there may still be snow on the ground, or a little storm to come. But for the most part, the sun is making meaningful appearances, and here in the U.S. children are realizing the school calendar is soon to end. Which in itself is cause to celebrate. But Easter is a special time for our family, and sending greetings shares that celebration with my friends afar.

Dreamy Easter Card | Heidi Swapp

Today I am so happy to share this Easter card created with the Dreamy Collection. What a most perfect mix of colors and hues, patterns and images, for a most lovely spring card. I felt no matter what I was to create with this line, it was just going to be beautiful. I actually used a technique new to me. Yep. Me. The non-techy girl got techy. And on a card. So here we go.

You will need a few things to get started, so…

1. Gather some supplies:

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For card stock I used American Craft Heavy Card Stock in white. You will also need Coral, Blush and Pink Color Shine. Gesso. and a paint brush. Also the Clear Stamp Script.

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2. Mix Color Magic with gesso. We are going to create an ombre effect with those mediums. The card stock has three applications of Color Shine and gesso. The first is with Coral. The middle is Blush. The last color is Pink. A little tiny bit of water added in helps to glide the mixture across the page.  Allow this to dry.

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3. Now cover the canvas with just an application of gesso. It’s good to go a bit thick with this application.

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4. Using the Script Clear Stamp, stamp image in the wet gesso. Depending on how thick the gesso layer is will determine how subtle the image is.

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I like it fairly subtle and do not use a whole lot of gesso. But the effect still works. Allow canvas to dry completely. A heat gun can be used to speed this process up.  (I am fairly quick to clean out my stamp so that paint does not dry in images.)

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5. Trim sides of the ‘canvas’ if desired to clean it up a bit. Here I used a ruler to tear mine as I like the edges sort of distressed. Then using a piece of the 6×6 Dreamy pattern paper, sew the canvas to the square piece as shown. Sew around 3 edges to create a pocket.

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6. Now the card is becoming it’s own gift, and needs some embellishments. Pictured here are the pieces I used to finish this card.

a trimmed and notched piece of Dreamy 6×6 pattern paper
the word ‘hope’  and ‘remember’ from the Dreamy collection with edges painted with gesso and Coral Color Shine
a Vintage Chic definition tag painted with a bit of gesso and sprayed with Blush Color Shine
a Vintage Chic paper tag folded over plus an oval tag from that same package
a Sugar Chic Buzzword “beautiful’ plus a butterfly and starburst from the Dreamy Collection


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7. And this is how it looks when they are all layered and glued in their places. Dreamy is another quintessential collection of Heidi’s that works well with previous sets of embellishments. The paper banners and definition stickers from Vintage Chic paired beautifully with this card as did a buzzword from Sugar Chic. I loved putting the classic past pieces with the new.

Now the card is ready for a note to be tucked into the pocket. Maybe even a family photo to give to a friend or family member. Perhaps a gift card for the hostess of your Easter feast. Whatever you choose, it will definitely make for a pretty Dreamy card.

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I love how Jamie combines the different elements of the ‘Dreamy’ line to make this card not only BEAUTIFUL, but very meaningful! Simple words like HOPE and REMEMBER become wonderful reminders of the essence of this  wonderful holiday… the celebration of HIS atoning sacrifice and  miracle of our Savior’s resurrection. My heart is full as I have had this kinda early jump on the upcoming holiday that sometimes seems to creep up without me really being ready. I have appreciated this week how these lovely projects and ideas have turned my thoughts to the deeper meaning of Easter. How grateful I am for this beautiful time of year, and all that it represents….  may you find some time to ‘make pretty stuff’!  (thank you jamie… i love this)


Supplies: white cardstock. Color Shine: Coral, Blush, Pink. Clear Stamp Script. Dreamy 6×6 Paper Pad. Vintage Chic Paper Banners. Vintage Chic Definition Stickers. Dreamy Word Jumble Stickers. Dreamy Ephemera. Sugar Chic Buzz Words. paint brush. gesso.


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