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if i was a memory project

Today you get to see what i love about Sarah Ann Bargo… this girl can make pretty stuff for sure! Today she takes her own challenge from yesterday that has had me really thinking… thinking about the PERSON that my family will remember. of course yesterday i was a COMPLETE GROUCH!! it was one of those STAY-away-from-mom kind of days.. in fact i heard one of my kids tell another… “watch out for mom”. that is not the part that i hope that they remember… but i guess it made me think… the truth is
(and i know that i am preaching to the choir here), that the memories that are documented in our albums and memory projects will TRUMP any other memories. The images and the words will be the ‘take away’. i think that it’s pretty normal to wonder what would be said about ourselves at our own funeral… i take comfort in that usually people say the NICEST things… haha, but really… it’s a wonderful thing to have scrapbooks that document and define our very lives… SO, i was quite stunned at Sarah’s project – well, first by the fabulous mix and match of patterns, colors and all things beautiful! but i

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love how she started out from HER beginning… to tell HER story. what a fabulous thing to have, to share and to keep… that STORY if you were a memory…. please enjoy!

Well hello again! Yesterday I added another chapter into the Art Of Observation, where I challenged you to observe, You! To ask yourself, “What If I Was A Memory?” Then to take all of those wonderful memories of your life that you have stored in your heart and get them documented! The way I am doing mine is sort of a home décor piece, something pretty to have sitting out that will make me happy ;) I found this really cool clip board at Hobby Lobby that sits on top of a pedestal, and as soon as I saw it I knew that it needed a chunky memory file album hanging off the

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front of it, heh heh! I took my “clipboard-on-a-stick” and gave it a fresh shot of spray paint, added a couple memory files, and this is what I came up with;

I used a mixture of the Vintage Chic, Mixed Company, and Hello Today collections. I put a hinge on the upper right hand corner that’s attached with Velcro (I pretty much Velcro everything in life), to keep the cover from opening since it’s standing upright! Also I stuck some Velcro on the back of it for some extra support, since this is going to be a super chunky book! You can’t really see from these pics, but there is a whole other folder in the middle that opens and will be filled up too! That will be a grand total of 6 pages woohoo! This is what you see when you open the cover…

On each side there are cascading pages, sort of like giant photo stacks! These are super easy to make, all you do is take 2 pieces of 8 1/2 x 11 white cardstock, put them on top of each other and slide one down about 1/4 of an inch, like this;

Then fold the whole thing in half until the end result is this;

Trim off the excess off of one side depending on the width of the surface you are “stacking” them on, and then the fun begins! You can cover each piece with whatever pretty paper you choose, then either use a stapler or tie a string through the top to attach them. (I used bakers twine!) I printed out my quote from yesterday and put it on the top piece, and just added a little bow and a piece of a sparkly banner delight!

Here’s a look at a few of the pages;

I was so inspired by the beautiful butterfly cards in the Make Pretty Stuff e-book, that I had to put one in here! I stuck a few extra pics inside the card which makes a cool interactive piece! This is a picture of my mom holding me the day after they brought me home from the hospital on a 100 degree day in June. She tried to return me but they wouldn’t take me back, ha! Just kiddin. I think.. With such a little space to use, I like to place a glassine pocket behind the photo and that creates a extra little place to slide in tags & other ephemera. Manila tags look fabulous with Coral Color Shine! Lots of lovely layers make me swoon!

Don’t forget to talk about all of the places you’ve lived! I attached a new Color Magic Envelope to put pics of my childhood home, they’re not exactly the right colors I want

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with my pink & blue color combo so I like to hide photos like that!

This is a very large project to make, but it will be so awesome when it’s all filled up! Very rewarding. I think the whole next 2 pages will be of my boys, they’re kind of important, I guess… ;) Some other topics I am going to cover are softball (including my newspaper clippings of me pitching that I saved from high school!), my church and amazing pastor, my coffee addiction, pets, gardening, etc. etc. I cant’ wait to finish it! The best part of this project is having this beautiful treasure that your family can look through, to learn a little bit more in detail about who you are, and what makes you, YOU.


i am TOTALLY inspired. and it might even be overwhelming my thoughts today! thank you miss sarah for just BLOWING my mind! xoxox

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what an awesome launch party!

yesterday was a crazy fun day! who knew that we could have such a great party virtually! don’t you just love that about all the cool tech-y possibilities we have right at our fingertips! i loved seeing so many of you that i know, so many of you i recognize from classes and webshows and events!!

i want to thank you all SO MUCH for your support and for all the kind comments and excitement around this new little adventure!  i really did have a blast putting together all the little videos ( the color magic video was probably my favorite)  and the project slideshow… i learned a lot!

i thought you might like to see a little ‘behind the scenes’ as i created those videos and made an epic mess in my studio doing it!

now it’s time to announce our grand prize winner from our last giveaway from the launch party! Our randomly chosen winner for a seat in The Art of Observation class from Big Picture Classes is Jeannie Walsh. Congrats Jeannie! I’ll send you a note to share details about getting registered for the class!

now I better go clean-up from the party! time to get my studio back into order so that when we come back here on monday — i’ll be ready to talk about product storage and even show you some of my storage solutions here in my studio.

have a great weekend!

the art of observation – giveaway!

update: giveaway is now closed. congrats to Jeannie Walsh, our randomly selected winner!

Bringing back my own brand of products to the scrapbooking industry was not a decision that I took lightly.  I tried some different things over the past couple years, and even tried to convince myself to try something else – maybe something entirely different?! cake decorating…floral arranging…even my long time dream of being a ‘wedding planner’! heck, maybe I could become a personal trainer, and have no excuse not to be fit and healthy!? But I kept coming back to scrapbooking. I can’t look at a cute shirt in J Crew and not see the pattern on scrapbook paper or a cute pair of earrings, and wonder if it would work as a brad or button on a mini-book. but it’s even more than that:

I believe in scrapbooking.

I love to scrapbook. I believe that it matters, and that it’s an amazing gift to everyone in our lives.  I believe in it’s power to celebrate, to cherish, to heal and to share. I believe it’s a responsibility to remember.  It’s not cause I need a job; it’s cause I can’t not do it.

5 years ago I taught a one year online class called ‘a year to remember’, which will still go down in history as my most memorable, crazy, difficult, challenging and REMEMBERED year of my life, as I gave birth to my 5th child and moved with our family overseas to home school and learn how to live in China.  Big Picture Classes has invited me back this year, (well, I finally accepted the invitation this year) to teach as part of the FOUR EXPERTS series. It’s a 12 week course entitled  “The Art of Observation”.  In this class I will be sharing the very fundamentals of how to SEE, and notice things in the world around you, and  how to document it, in a very new and interesting way using my brand new Memory File concepts.

We are wrapping up the launch party today with our last and final giveaway of the evening and it is a BIG ONE!  Big Picture is sponsoring this giveaway and the total value is $99! Totally awesome and a great way to end this amazing day! i hope you’ve had as much fun as i have!

enter to win

fill out the registration form below to enter to win a free seat into The Art of Observation Class with Big Picture Classes.

giveaway is now closed. thanks for entering! winner announced soon!

** For this giveaway only, you have until tomorrow morning at 11am eastern to enter. we’ll announce the winner tomorrow night! see you then!

trimmings + heat gun = fabulous!

I am always on the look out for a fun new type of material to play with, or develop into a new product! This year, I have taken a simple scallop and playful fringe, and used a unique material that isn’t quite paper and not quite fabric… it’s soft and pliable, won’t rip easily –but you can sew it, glue it and ……MELT IT!  Check out this little video I made showing you how to make the fringe go POP!

Heidi Swapp’s Trimmings from heidi swapp on Vimeo.

and now of course you’re dying to know WHO WON the MEMORY FILE giveaway? I hope it was you! our winner is … Amy Abbatoy. congrats! look for an email from us soon about shipping.

we’ve had so much fun today, haven’t we? just one more hour until the party is over. don’t be a party pooper, though, because our grand prize giveaway is our last call of the evening and is coming up at 10pm eastern. – back soon!

memory file giveaway

update: giveaway is now closed. congrats to Amy Abbatoy, our randomly selected winner!

don’t you just love the AMAZINGLY gorgeous Memory File box?! It’s so sleek, and fun… the storage box comes in 2 colors that coordinate with all of the file folders!  Ok, you will be amazed with what you can do with these decorative file folders! The possibilities seem endless!  While I have been building projects inside the files… I have also been cutting these folders and combining them together to create mini-books and cards!  The unique shapes make them totally fun to play with!   You might just be tempted to change out the boring old files in your file cabinet!  That’s allowed!!

are you drooling over all of that memory file awesomeness?


to enter to win the memory file prize package enter your name and email address into the fields below. (please be patient…our website is getting lots of traffic and the form might take a few minutes to submit and be sure to replace the text showing with your own.)

giveaway is now closed. thanks so much for participating!

and hurry! you just have ONE HOUR to enter!

be sure to come back next hour to find out the winner of the memory file giveaway AND see a super COOL technique video… one more ‘grand prize’ giveaway later tonight too!

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