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Monday, March 16, 2015

instagram & me.

if you are a lot like me, then you LOVE instagram.
like LOVE it.
it has got to be my greatest addiction when it comes to social media.
i love following so many amazing talents out there, i find i get so much inspiration seeing what others are seeing, creating and documenting.  it is such a beautiful thing.

today on www.heidiswapp.com, i am SO excited to share a little inside peek with all of you talking about some of my little tips and tricks when it comes to making the most of my images that often hit my instagram feed.  my favourite tools to edit, and why i love them so.

i am also completely obsessed with my studio calico 9x12 pocket page album.  all those cute 3x3 pocket pages make my heart skip a bit a little.  they are SO much fun to fill up!

so please be sure to head on over to heidi's blog today to see all my little tips, tricks and project reveal close up.  i just love documenting everyday life! and of course, making it pretty! XO <3  i would also love to connect via instagram so be sure to follow me at @lbateman9442 so i can follow you back! :)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

in love with wanderlust

today i am SO excited to share my new obsession.
it's called wanderlust.  the collection….by none other than heidi swapp.
it has been gracing my desktop lately, and i love the sight.

the gold, the wood veneer, the pops of colour and bold geometric pattern. it is such a wonderful collection and so inspiring to work with.

i created a fabulous mini album showcasing this collection today over on heidi's blog.  this project is very near and dear to my heart and shows some of my favourite months so far in 2015.  i am really choosing to focus on the happy and good that fill my life as i have been feeling the "winter blahs".  i thought this would be a perfect way to snap me out of my funk….and it was just what the dr. ordered.

so head on over to heidi's blog today to see my FULL album reveal and how i have used some of my favourite wanderlust products together.  

so thankful for all those things 'big and small' that bring such joy to my life.  and to wanderlust for helping to make it pretty. xo

Monday, January 12, 2015

create january issue is LIVE!

happy 2015 everyone!
what better way to kick off the NEW year than with some incredible fresh and new inspiration!

i am so lucky and blessed to be a part of this wonderful magazine's design team.  we are all passionate about memory keeping and making our beautiful lives come ALIVE.  this issue is full of ideas, inspiration and more to jump start you into making YOUR memory keeping for 2015 shine.  so make sure to go and download your FREE digital issue today!  grab a favourite drink, get cozy and enjoy!

Friday, December 12, 2014

heidi & rhonna love.

i am SO excited today to be sharing a project life page on heidi's blog that i created documenting my baby's 1st christmas photos!  with it being such a busy time of year i turned to my trusty little iPhone to help get my memories documented.
i used the fabulous rhonna designs app to create the perfect complimentary 4 x 4 cards that i combined with my photos to create a super cute and quick PL spread.
check out how i took all of these fabulous 4 x 4 cards and created my PL layout today over on www.heidiswapp.com :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

beauty is everywhere.

i love when i am able to just play and create and remember.
that is exactly what this little mini book was for me.
time to just play, enjoy, create and remember some of my recent favourite photos.
let's face it….life is tough. busy. stressful. going going going.
so i just wanted to create a little album where i could just forget about all that "stuff" and remember, refocus and just relish in the moments that REALLY matter.

so i created this super cute mini album out of some cardboard that i had stashed away and papers from the heidi swapp september skies collection.  you may also notice some beautiful NEW stickers now available at hobby lobby that i had the best time incorporating into my pages and cover.  seriously this "beautiful" sticker is GORGEOUS.  the colour, the glitter, the quality of it.  absolutely a must have for any project.

to create my cover, i simply cut 2 pieces of cardboard into 4 x 9 inches and covered it with this beautiful paper called "meadow bloom" from september skies.  this paper is probably one of my favourites from the entire collection.  i love how the colours pop against the gold.  i then added another sticker "see beauty everywhere" on the cover as well.  you may or may not recognize these stickers as they were first available as part of heidi's "vintage chic" collection a few years back.  well….now these stickers are making a reappearance and let me tell you, i could not be happier! i have always LOVED these little beauties.  i was so excited to incorporate these into my mini and alongside september skies.  you can get these stickers (as well as a ton of others) at hobby lobby now!

here is a peek into my inside pages.  i had fun keeping things simple.  adding some ephemera pieces, using my sewing machine to add some stitching and layering papers. love.

i love this page.  that camera is one of my favourite september skies ephemera pieces and i love how it looks on the vellum.  i punched some little hearts, stitched them on and then added another label sticker below. super cute.

love the september skies washi!

hope you are able to find some of those new stickers! they are the BEST!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

it really is amazing...

gosh. i am feeling SO many emotions.
gratitude, awe, joy, excitement. the list goes on.
it was probably 10 years ago or so when i discovered my love for scrapbooking.
with that love came the discovery of SO many incredible artists that were a part of this industry. 
one of those artists, a woman by the name of ali edwards completely stole my heart with the way she chose to document her life.  her real life.
i loved how she combined words and photos to convey the stories of her life.
from day one i was inspired and really have been a super fan ever since.

fast forward to 2011.  i attended my 3rd creative escape event put on by the amazing heidi swapp and was lucky enough to take a class and meet the incredible ali edwards.  this is a picture of us at the event with one of my dearest and best friends sherry.  we had SO much fun i remember. 

now…well, it is crazy to think what life can bring you.

i am beyond thrilled and honoured to be one of the chosen to join ali edwards and design for her brand. truly a dream come true.  there are 14 other incredible ladies on the team that i so look forward to getting to know and be inspired by.  there is nothing more powerful in this world than like minds and kindred spirits. 

i am also really looking forward to expanding my creativity.  i have enjoyed digital scrapbooking in the past, but am looking forward to incorporating even more digital elements into my memory keeping and using a lot of hybrid elements as well.  i will always be a "paper and glue" kind of girl at heart, but sometimes it is truly refreshing to work outside of your comfort zone.  i often hear that is where the "magic" happens! ;)
 here are just a few of my recent projects i have created using the beautiful ali edwards digital elements.

i love that no matter what your style or design, they are just perfect for any project.  their versatility is fabulous.

i am feeling SO grateful for this opportunity and so look forward to sharing my heart, soul and love with all of you out there who share in the magic of scrapbooking our lives! big congrats to all of the other ladies chosen.  you girls are so amazing and i am beyond thrilled to be sharing this journey with all of you. XO

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

september, i loved you!

well, it's that time again! wow!
officially my most favourite month of the year has passed by.
this month was full of many memories.  nothing major, but special nonetheless.
this month was full of changing leaves, beautiful indian summer nights, beautiful photo opportunities, gorgeous orange sunlight, my baby's 6 month birthday and our 6 year wedding anniversary.

i had the best time this month using a lot of beautiful pieces from heidi swapp's newest collection 'september skies' in my album, as well as some pieces from the heidi swapp project life gold foil value kit.  i also loved adding in the freebie september printables as well. those are always a favourite of mine and always look forward to what the next month will bring! it always feels like christmas to me!
something new i tried this month was adding in a large photo to my planner. 
i also added in some journaling, and had fun layering some embellishment pieces.

those september skies florals are probably one of my absolute favourites to work and play with.
i also had a lot of fun adding some simple stitching into my planner as well.  the acrylic ephemera pieces from the september skies collection are AH-MAZING. the "feeling the love" one is probably one of my absolute favourites.

again, for my next pages i just had some fun adding in some favourites here.  gold glitter cards, stitching, stamping on my photos. a lot of fun was had just playing with details this month. simple and cute. and achievable. nothing better right?
cannot believe that we are already looking forward to october tomorrow! where has 2014 gone?  i cannot believe we only have 3 more months to fill and this little album will be complete.  i must say how PROUD i am of myself for continuing to document and fill up this little baby all year.  this will definitely be one project that i have actually kept up with and followed through.  i LOVE it so much. so many memories are inside of this little book. cannot wait to see the new printable set for october! so excited!