Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The perfect teacher gift!

Recently my school year started again. This year I am teaching kindergarten again and I have been given the fabulous job of grade coordinator. I wanted to surprise all the teachers and teacher aides in the team with a little gift at the beginning of the year ,so I had special lanyards made with our team name written on them. I attached a whistle for each member and wanted to give them a hand written card as well. Enter the Heidi Swapp "Heck Yes"  stationery gift cards and Glass pen and ink from the
                                      
Heidi Swapp gift kits

I grabbed one of the cards and envelopes from the pack and wrote each of their names on the card with the Sky Blue ink. It tied in nicely with the lanyard color.

Heidi Swapp gift kits

I tucked a little extra gift tag inside using the Hello Stationery Tag kit. I just tied the hello word into the hole of black and white tag with some of the included string. 

Heidi Swapp gift kits

I then used the glass pen and Sky Blue Ink from the Handwrite Bright kit to add my sentiment to the card.

Heidi Swapp gift kits

I love the soft blue tone of the ink. It adds such a pretty touch to the card. Don't forget you can find the cards, gift tags and Ink and glass kits online at joann.com.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

DIY ombre Neon word


I am excited to  be sharing a brand new DIY project I created recently using the Heidi Swapp Neon Love word and some American Crafts Moxy glitter! It was such a quick and easy project and I simply love how it turned out! With Ombre still being  a hot trend I couldn't help but use three different glitter colours to add a beautiful pop of colour to my neon word.

Heidi Swapp Neon word

I adore how the three colours of glitter blends so nicely and the glitter adds some gorgeous shimmer and shine!

Heidi Swapp Neon word

Let me share how easy it was to create my Glittery Neon word.


Heidi Swapp Neon word

First I grabbed my Neon word, Moxy glitter, paint to coordinate with the glitter colour, Heidi Swapp Marquee Love glue, and a paint brush.

Heidi Swapp Neon word

I began by painting a layer of aqua paint on the bottom third of my Neon word and allowed it to dry.

Heidi Swapp Neon word

Next I grabbed three colours of glitter from the American Crafts Moxy pack - white, aqua and peacock!

Heidi Swapp Neon word

I then added the white glitter to the top 2 thirds of the word.

Heidi Swapp Neon word

Next I took the aqua glitter and added it to a small section of the bottom.


and then I added the peacock glitter to complete!

Heidi Swapp Neon word

Once the glitter was dry I added the Neon wire into the groove and My Ombre neon word was complete!

Heidi Swapp Neon word

I have my word sitting on my dressing table in our bedroom. I like to turn on the neon at night for a pretty effect!


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Sunday, January 13, 2019

A little self care in my Heidi Swapp Memory Planner!

I love a fresh new year in my Heidi Swapp Memory Planner.
It's always exciting opening up my planner at January knowing another year of my family's memories are going to be recorded in my planner.

Heidi Swapp Color Fresh Memory Planner

This year I am using the "Do your Thing" Classic Memory Planner. The hot pink cover is divine. I am so enthused I have already completed my first two weeks of 2019. 

Heidi Swapp Color Fresh Memory Planner

Week 1 consisted of trips to the beach, the pool and movies. 

Heidi Swapp Color Fresh Memory Planner

I started with those glorious Neon stickers for my 2019 and added my photos and journaling around the title. 

Heidi Swapp Color Fresh Memory Planner

I added more photos and journaling to the second part of the week. The new Color Fresh sticker book is the perfect way to add big and small elements to my planner pages.

Heidi Swapp Color Fresh Memory Planner

Week 2 I took a big step for me and changed my hair colour.  I have wanted to do this for a while and it is part of my commitment this year for a little self care! I wanted to make a big emphasis on this because it was such a big step for me so I added that gorgeous Minc foiled butterfly to my page- layering it over my photo. It certainly creates a big impact. 

Heidi Swapp Color Fresh Memory Planner

I added pop dots under the wings to create lift and dimension. 

Heidi Swapp Color Fresh Memory Planner

On the first page It seems my boys spent all their days in the pool. Perfect Summer pool weather. I added some of the clear and paper stickers from the sticker book for easy embellishments. 

Heidi Swapp Color Fresh Memory Planner

My go to photo size is created in my photo printer software. I am able to fit 4 photos onto a 4x6 photo paper. I trim them and they fit perfectly in each section of each day.

Heidi Swapp Color Fresh Memory Planner

I added that cute Fresh Start acrylic piece from the Color Fresh Ephemera packet. I simply peeled off the clear backing, punched a hole and slipped it into one of the rings!

Heidi Swapp Color Fresh Memory Planner

I added my journaling on one of the Journal Studio Tags and it slips behind my photo for safe keeping!

2019 is going to be another year filled with fun memories and I can't wait to continue preserving it here on my Memory Planner!

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Heidi Swapp Gift Kits

Heidi Swapp has some brand new and super super exciting gift kits available now  online at JOANN.
There are so many different  Handmade By Heidi kits, from planners to letter kits to desk accessories! The sky is going to be the limit in the coming year, all your pretty gifts will be in the one place. I am sharing the new Handwriting kits today- there are 3 different styles and they are each filled with a gorgeous glass pen, 3 bottles of shimmery ink, a pretty notebook, a white satin ribbon and a gift tag.


The glass pen is so easy to use, you just choose your ink and dip the nib of the pen into the ink. You can then go ahead and write on your paper, in this case your notebook and then re dip your pen when needed. The glass pen is so easy to use...I was nervous at first but after the first try it was a breeze.


Each kit comes with three different coordinating inks, and when you shake them you can see the shimmer and shine!


Watch the video below of me unboxing and using the glass pen and ink!




The gift kits are the perfect present to give to anyone interested in stationery and writing. They are perfect for writing letters, love notes and anything in between.
 Don't forget you can find these gift kits at online at  Joann  now! 

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

21 reasons to be thankful journal


November is my birthday month and I have been working on  a 21 days to be thankful journal, since my birthday falls on the 21st!
I decided to choose one moment each day to celebrate and be thankful for.  I am using the brand new Journal Studio  collection collaboration from Heidi Swapp and American Crafts and I couldn't be more happier with the outcome so far. Today I want to share the first part of my journal with you.


I started with the Think Happy journal and added the numbers from the ephemera pack.


My first page has a full size photo of my husband and then I use two cards from the Ephemera pack to embellish the left page. I added some journaling using my We R Memory Keepers Typecast typewriter and stamping using Kerri Bradford stamps.



On page 2, I used the fun new Kelly Creates  Brush Lettering Kit , which includes the word stamps and grey ink which allows you to stamp the word and trace over with pens- an easy way to get the brush lettering look.


Ive decided to add my journal into this gorgeous "Give it all you've got" journal cover, I love the soft pretty pink.


Day 4 I used that gorgeous pattern paper from Emerson Lane to cover the left hand side and used one of the tags from the Ephemera pack and my We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter for my journaling.


More gorgeous pattern paper from Emerson Lane covers the right hand page, I added a strip of washi from the washi pack down the centre of the journal  and that fun " plan of Action" sticker from the Sticker booklet.

I also added some strip journaling to some of my pages. I used the new We R Memory Keepers Mini trimmer which is part of the Journal Studio collection  to cut my strips up. It makes it so easy to get precise cuts on smaller pieces and paper and cardstock.


I had to use that gorgeous Flamingo pattern paper from my stash from the Pineapple Crush collection as it matched my photo perfectly. I added some of the Epoxy stickers to accentuate my photo.


My final page to share so far, uses one of Heidi's handwritten words that you can find here that I cut with my Silhouette and sprayed with some Navy Colorshine. I layered it over the sticker from the sticker book that I ran through my Typecast Typewriter to add my journaling.
I just love how my journal is turning out and  I cant wait to share more!

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Friendsgiving celebration !


Recently a group of  friends and I got together for a Friendsgiving celebration! We travelled for two hours to stay in a beautiful old homestead. I had the job of decorating the table. I gathered some greenery from the local area and some beautiful native flowers and got to work.

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

I laid some long greenery along the centre of the table.

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

I then added glass jars wrapped in twine in and around the centre greenery. I then placed different types of flowers into each jar.

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

I then set about creating my place settings.

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

I laid a fun napkin on the plate then added a sprig of wattle over the top.

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

I then created a place setting using powerpoint and printed them off onto some pink pattern paper from the Heidi Swapp Emerson collection. 


I cut them out with my circle cutter , punched a hole and threaded through some twine!

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

I purchased some bottles of honey from a local supplier as special gift for each friend. I  created a sweet note to attach to  the bottle. 


I printed them onto some Bazzill cardstock, trimmed them into a tag shape and then used some American Crafts  Moxy Glitter and a strip of double sided adhesive to add a shiny glittery bottom edge to my tag. I then tied the tag to the honey bottle with some twine.
I trimmed some more pattern paper from the Emerson Lane collection into circles and adhered to the top of the bottle lid for a cohesive look.

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

Once the table was set I added a few more touches.

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving


My Heidi Swapp letterboard was setup on the beautiful vintage fireplace. I added the menu items of our meal onto the letterboard. 

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

I then set up another set of shelves for a special project I had in store for my friends. 

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

I used my Heidi Swapp Lightboxes- the original and the shelf lightbox and my Heidi Swapp wooden word which I had previously glittered in mint Marquee Love glitter to add some inspiration to the shelf.

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

I then set up my concertina mini albums- one lovingly made for each friend , some Emerson Lane washi and my Instax printer .

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

On the front cover I used the Heidi Swapp word Grateful that I cut with my silhouette. The mini album was made using one sheet of pattern paper from the Emerson Lane collection, trimmed in half then folded concertina style, and adhered together. I added stamping, sticker labels and stitching t embellish the cover.

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

Once all was set up I went about photographing everything for my memory keeping!

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

We had a delicious lunch and sat around laughing and chatting.

After lunch I gave my friends a little gratitude task to do. They each received their little album. 

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

They then had to go through their camera roll on their phone and find three photos of things or people they were grateful for. They spent quite a long time scrolling, one of my friends -Jan remarked it was so hard to choose because there were so many memories to be grateful for!

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving! 

The photos and memories bought out lots of laughter! They all shared their photos and memories with each other.

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

I love the excitement that was shared during this time.

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

Next they sent me their chosen photos and I printed them with my Instax printer using the app on my phone.

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

I then shared how to add the photos and embellish their pages.

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

I handed out some of my American Crafts sticker books-  Heidi Swapp, Paige Evans and Vicki Boutin.

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

The girls spent a long time finding the perfect wording  and stickers for each photo. 

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

I loved seeing the determination and dedication on their faces.

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

I then asked them to write down their thoughts on why the photos and memories filled them with gratitude!

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

They really took their time in writing down their feelings!

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

I loved that once they were all finished they took the time to look at each others mini albums. 

Heidi Swapp Friendsgiving!

Everyones album was filled with beautiful stories and memories. The albums were the perfect way to capture a little piece of gratitude. 
I loved sharing my passion of memory keeping and being able to find a way to share it with my friends. It really was a Friendsgiving to remember. 


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