Saturday, October 6, 2018

Neon lights in a boy's room!

We recently had to undergo a small renovation in my eldest son's room. I was pulling off some older decals from his wall and unfortunately it ripped some of the paint off the wall. We made a quick trip to our local hardware store and grabbed some new paint for a feature wall. Now my son is Space crazy so we had to decorate with some Space themed decor!

Heidi Swapp Neon decor in a boy's room

Once the new paint was dry I set about with a little DIY decorating!  I hung  the wall shelf from IKEA and added some hand painted wooden Space shapes to the wall too. 

Heidi Swapp Neon decor in a boy's room

I then grabbed one of my Heidi Swapp Neon words- Brave,  which I painted black and then when dry, threaded through the Blue Neon wire. 

Heidi Swapp Neon decor in a boy's room

I added the Neon word to my shelf. He now uses the Neon word as a Nightlight! 

Heidi Swapp Neon decor in a boy's room

I love the glow that it creates !

Heidi Swapp Neon decor in a boy's room

The word sits on top of switch mechanism so it is easy for him to turn it on and off!
an bag 
Heidi Swapp Neon decor in a boy's room

Finally I added in the  framed print of the Saturn V and a new beanbag and book shelf so he can read in his room. 
He was kinda blown away by it all and just loves it! What started as a quiet Sunday morning, quickly turned into a whole new room! Somedays are like that!


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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Save your photos!

Hands up if you have ever had the very misfortune of losing your photos? 
Do you see my hand waving firmly in the air, yes I have!! Several years ago my family and I took our first trip to the US and we visited all the fun parks. Fast forward 6 months and I had to get a new computer and BAM all my photos from our trip somehow disappeared! To say I was devastated is an understatement. The scrapbooker and Memory keeper was devastated but more importantly the mum in me was devastated! All those amazing family stories from our trip gone. 
I made a vow then and there to take better care of the storage of my photos. 

Heidi Swapp letterboard

We have several places where we save our photos now. In the cloud of course, and my husband also once a month  transfers all the photos from my computer into a disc. 

At this very moment I have 7,356 photos on my phone. I have my phone  synced  to my computer and the photos  automatically transfer to my computer every time I turn my computer on. Imagine if I lost my phone?? those photos would be gone for ever!

Heidi Swapp letterboard

See that photo in the frame? I can name the place, time and what we were doing just by looking at the photo...If it wasn't printed and saved the sweet family memory would be lost forever.

Heidi Swapp letterboard

I not only save my photos  digitally but also through my Memory keeping. There is nothing more satisfying than printing photos then creating a pretty page and the slipping it into an album. I know I will now have that memory for ever.
I encourage you what ever way works for you, save those photos- Photos are an important part of our history and collection of memories!
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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Glamping with Heidi Swapp Storyline

If you know me you know my scrapbook style is simple with a touch of quirkiness. I love trying something a little unexpected too and using a cutfile with some of the Heidi Swapp Storyline Deck of Days cards is just the thing!

Heidi Swapp Storyline

Earlier this year we took a vacation to the beautiful Sheraton Mirage hotel in Port Douglas and there is nothing I love more than a beautiful hotel and I wanted to create a layout to tell this story.

Heidi Swapp Storyline

I found this fun cutfile from Paige Evans and grabbed some of the Deck Of Days stickers from the Adventure set and set to work.

Heidi Swapp Storyline

I backed parts of the cutfile with the square Deck of Days stickers, sometimes trimming the cards to fit into the shapes of the cutfile.  I then used pop dots to adhere the cutfile to my base Storyline cardtstock.

Heidi Swapp Storyline

I added my photos with pop dots and then added some of the stickers from the Heidi Swapp Sticker book to complete my layout. 

Heidi Swapp Storyline

I just love my layout and I just love this technique, I can't wait to try it again. You can grab the Heidi Swapp Storyline collection at your local Michaels store!

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Heidi Swapp Lights in my kindergarten classroom

I love when I can combine my love of teaching kindergarten with my love of all things Heidi Swapp.
Each year I change up my Kindergarten classroom just a little depending on my students and depending on what Heidi Swapp goodies are new!
This year I couldn't wait to include some Neon and the Lightbox Glow  as well as the
Regular lightbox. Let me share some of the ideas I have used them for!
My kindergarteners have come along way with their writing in only 6 months at school. Each day we celebrate their writing with one student having their work chosen to be apart of our store writers award!

Heidi Swapp Lightbox classroom decor

I use the Lightbox Glow as a way to share what area we are celebrating. 

Heidi Swapp Lightbox classroom decor

The kids love how each letter glows a different colour. I am using  the 
Black Light Reactive Multi Pack and I like to turn down the lights in the room when I turn on the Lightbox glow for the wow effect.

Heidi Swapp Lightbox classroom decor

 They also get to share the amazing writing on our fun Cat In the Hat stand and my Shine Neon word.  I painted it with some mint paint and then used the mint green Neon wire inside the word.
My students like the freedom of choosing how the Neon light is switched on, either still or flashing!

Heidi Swapp Lightbox classroom decor

I also have an area in my room where most of my teaching happens, I have an awesome interactive whiteboard and on the table where my computer sits I like to share some inspirational quotes to motivate my students. I usually use my regular Lightbox in this area.

Heidi Swapp Lightbox classroom decor

I change the quotes up regularly, for now I am using the Plant Lady Icons and the letters from the Party Accessory kit to spell out my  quote.

Heidi Swapp Lightbox classroom decor

Recently it was science week at out school and I used the Lightbox Glow to help me with a little experiment. We were wanting to make some glowing water so after a little research online, we used the inside of a highlighter, a glass of water and the Lightbox Glow.



The experiment needed a black light to allow the phosphors in the highlighter ink to glow...

Heidi Swapp Lightbox classroom decor

The Lightbox Glow was the perfect black light and we turned off the classroom lights to see what happened.... but we wanted to really take it up a notch so we found an empty storeroom and turned off the lights!

Heidi Swapp Lightbox classroom decor

It wowed me and it certainly wowed my students as well. There were a few squeals and lots of explanations of OOOOOs and AAHHHS!
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Don't forget you can find all the Heidi Swapp lightbox and Neon goodies for your classroom at your local Jo-Ann Craft and Fabric store!

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Color Pour

I am thrilled to be sharing a fun new project with you today.
American Crafts have just released an exciting new program called Color Pour. It takes all the guess work out of acrylic pouring art because all the measuring of the pouring medium  has been done for you. If you know me you know I am not a messy crafty but this was so simple to use I am going to try it again and again.

American Crafts Color Pour

I have had this MDF wooden cactus in my stash forever and wondered if the Color Pour paints would work...well let me tell you they worked beautifully as you can see above!

American Crafts Color Pour

The collection comes with a variety of packs and paints and I was lucky enough to try the Teal Paint kit that comes with 4 shades of perfectly coordinated colors...

American Crafts Color Pour

... and the gorgeous blue Glitter Kit that contains 3 packs of glitter including the fine aqua and the gorgeous navy blue chunky glitter.

American Crafts Color Pour

I just love the effect that is created. and best of all it was so easy to do. Let me share my process with you.

American Crafts Color Pour

First I gathered my Color Pour supplies, the paint and the glitter.

American Crafts Color Pour

Next I painted my piece of MDF wood with some gesso and allowed it to dry.

American Crafts Color Pour

I found some plastic cups at home, one  larger and 4 smaller shot glasses. I also grabbed  a large  piece of scrap cardboard from a cut up box for  a drip tray.

American Crafts Color Pour

I measured out 4 equal amounts of paint in each small cup just be squirting out the paint.

American Crafts Color Pour

Next I poured the smaller cups into the larger one, pouring the paint from lightest to darkest.

American Crafts Color Pour

I then picked up my cactus, turned it upside down and placed the open mouth of the cup against the wood. I then quickly flipped the cactus over and sat it down on my cardboard. I allowed the paint to drip down for a minute then lifted the cup. The best part was manoeuvring the paint around the cactus by tilting it back and forth until all the surface was covered.

American Crafts Color Pour

I then placed the cactus on three of the small plastic glasses to allow the excess paint to drip down onto the cardboard. I then sprinkled some of the fine aqua glitter onto some of the areas of my paint.

American Crafts Color Pour

I then grabbed the blue glitter and spinkled some on the lower section of the paint.

American Crafts Color Pour

I then left the cactus for 24 hours to dry completely. 

American Crafts Color Pour

I just love how it turned out, my older son claimed it for his study so it looks like I need to make another one! You can find the Colour Pour collection now at your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Heidi Swapp Neon

In a house full of boys sometimes I need to give myself a little girly time! Recently my husband put together this fun Ikea table for me to make my own vanity table! I just love it. When I saw the
Heidi Swapp Neon words and Images and in particular the lips I new straight away I was going to use it on  my vanity table.

Heidi Swapp Neon

The lips come white so i did a little DIY and added some of the pink Marquee Love glitter.


Heidi Swapp Neon

Once the glitter was dry I threaded through the white Neon wire and placed it on my table.


Heidi Swapp Neon

I just love the way It sits nestled there amongst  some of the pretties on my vanity!

Heidi Swapp Neon

The glitter shines so nicely!

Heidi Swapp Neon

and it coordinates so nicely with the other items on my desk.

Heidi Swapp Neon

I love coming home from work and turning the neon and, it lights up my whole room.

Heidi Swapp Neon

On the other side of the table I have a few pretty items and a favourite family photo!

Heidi Swapp Neon






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