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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

12x12 layouts. hello again.

i love reconnecting with old loves.
there is just so much comfort in those things.
it actually is crazy to me to even think of "traditional 12x12 layouts" as an "old love"....because they really have not gone anywhere.
i guess with me....trends, methods, the means...styles change and evolve and well....i guess so do i.
but one thing that surely has never changed with me is my love of memory keeping.
that is forever a constant.

so when i received the absolutely BEAUTIFUL brand new heidi swapp 12x12 paper pad (that is out now and a MUST have) i literally could NOT contain my excitement.  not only does it coordinate perfectly with the amazing heidi swapp planner collection that has just been released earlier this year...but the patterns in and of themselves are brilliant!  i also LOVE that this paper pad is double sided so you even get MORE of the amazing patterns. and the quality of the paper in this pad is superb. you will love it.

so needless to say, when you receive a paper pad that has SO many amazing colours and patterns.  real problems happen....how do you CHOOSE?

well...in this case, i just couldn't.  so i created a layout that incorporates some of my most coveted papers from this paper pad all on one layout.  i also included some of my favourites from my planner stash (ex. stickers) and other fun extras.

the main focus of my page is the title.
this i created using my silhouette cameo.
for those who are not familiar...the silhouette cameo is an electronic die cutting machine that connects to your computer.  it works similar to a printer in that anything you type up in a word document it will print out. HOWEVER....instead of printing it out, the machine will actually cut out the words on your paper.
it really is awesome.
what was fun about this too was that i was not sure how i was going to use my title.  if it was going to be the letters...or the negative.  
which as you can see...the negative won by a landslide!

so all i simply did once i had my title cut out, was place various patterns of paper behind each cut out.  i simply adhered those papers using scotch tape. nothing fancy, just something that would secure my papers in place.

once that was complete i had fun adding in my instax photo, and some of my favourite heidi swapp stickers.

even though these stickers i used are primarily from the planner collection, they look BRILLIANT on traditional layouts.  they are fun, edgy and so versatile.  it's a great way to use up those stickers that may or may not even work for your planner but could be that perfect embellishment for that unfinished layout!

once i finished up this initial layout, i literally became hooked.
i wanted to see what other pattern and paper combinations i could come up with.
so below, i mixed this gorgeous black and white floral with one of the pink ombre gradient papers.
the combo?
just awesome.
again, worked brilliantly with my silhouette cameo cut title.

here i just used a quote that resonated with me.  typed it ip in the silhouette software and had my silhouette cut it out.

embellished with more stickers and washi....a photo.  done!
i have to say, layouts like this look to me like they take SO much time.
but the secret is, they really really do not.
cutting out titles with my silhouette has always been a favourite of mine...that i somehow forgot about till now.
i think it's so good creatively to revisit those places.  it reenergizes and motivates. it inspires.  it gets the stories told!

so i hope you have all enjoyed this little fun "throwback" post if you will...to the place where the foundation lies.  the heart of it all.  12x12 pages.  i think i just might be hooked again.

because it was fun, and it was awesome.
especially when using such pretty stuff like the hello gorgeous paper pad.
makes it easier than ever to fall right back in love.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

back 2 basics: the minc pen.

hello everyone!
today i want to bring it back to basics and share how easy (and awesome) the MINC pen is to use in adding foiled touches to your projects.

yes, now that there is a MINC pen...you are able to add foil to your projects using your own handwriting, or using other means such as stencils!  this year at CHA there were 3 new stencil designs released with the all new MINC mixed media collection and you will love them!  they are so much fun and perfect to use with the MINC pen.  

so in order to give you the best back to basics tutorial on just how easy and fun it is to use the MINC pen, i thought creating a video would be the best way to show you exactly how this tool works.  

in this video i demonstrate and break down the "basics" of the MINC pen and how easy it is to use on your projects.

so...easy right?
again, here are my "must have" basic tips to keep in mind when using the MINC pen to achieve the best success:

1. before use, make sure to "prime" your pen in order to achieve the best even flow of toner ink.  this is achieved by pressing the tip against a flat surface repeatedly until you see the toner ink flowing and being absorbed into the pen tip.  you know you will have achieved optimal status when the pen tip transforms from white to black.

2. when applying the MINC pen to your project, make sure to use a slow and steady pace.  this will ensure an even and complete application of toner ink.  

3. avoid pressing hard when using the MINC pen. 

4. always have scratch paper handy.  that way you can "test out" your MINC pen to make sure your toner ink is ready and flowing before applying it to your project.

5. have fun and practice!  the more you use your MINC pen, the better it will be!  it really is an awesome tool.

as you can see below, i had so much fun creating a fun tag for my memory planner below using the minc pen, one of the new stencils, the hello gorgeous paper pad and some gold foil.

once you have the MINC pen in hand....really the options are endless!
i hope you are inspired and grab yourself your own MINC pen (if you do not have one already).  they are awesome and i know you will fall in love instantly!

Monday, January 25, 2016

make it minc! 3 easy ways....valentine style!

ahhh....love is in the air.
the season of pink and red.
i love it.

valentine's day is always that special time to indulge in pretty things, chocolate things...and lots of pink and red things!
and with the heidi swapp minc machine...it is even easier to celebrate this awesome holiday with touches of pinks and reds in all their foil fabulousness.

today i want to share how easy it is to transform some of my favourite minc products (that are all now available at michaels) into valentines flair that will truly captivate your heart.  because yes, they are just that pretty. it's true!

first, i used my minc machine along with red and pink foil to create beautifully foiled banners.  

the pennant banner is the 'minc mini banners' kit.  
i simply minc'ed the banner using light pink foil.  once it was transformed i added the pennants onto the string that comes inside the kit.  so easy and so cute!

the valentine banner was created using the minc alphabets.  i adore the font and the polka dots. again, simply ran through each alpha with red foil inside my minc and then used my sewing machine to stitch the banner together.  i then attached to my chicken wire frame using mini clothes pins. i love the way it shines!

next....it would not be valentines day without a chocolate treat!

say hello to chocolate covered strawberries.
total and complete valentines day classic, right?!?

instead of just simply adding these strawberries to a platter, i thought they would look super cute nestled inside the minc cupcake wrappers.

i transformed the wrappers using light pink and hot pink foil.
once complete, i secured them and then placed my strawberries inside each wrapper.
i finished it off with the super cute foiled pennant detail, both in red and hot pink.

how fun would these strawberries be to deliver as a lovely little valentine surprise?  think family member, co-worker or friend.  the foiled cupcake wrappers are just gorgeous as not only the finishing touch but also beautiful packaging as well.

last, but certainly not least...I added some minc touches to my marquee love heart.
to create my red polka dot marquee heart, i simply used the 12x12 minc paper from the 5th avenue minc collection.
i added red foil onto the paper, and ran through my minc.
i then traced the heart template onto that paper and simply inserted into my marquee heart.

inserted the bulbs and voila!
seriously the cutest little marquee detail....transformed with some minc metallic shine.
i love this red polka dot heart!

i absolutely love using my minc to transform all of it's amazing products to fit any season, party or holiday of the year.  i really think that is part of the fun and magic of it all!
completely customizable to fit any occasion.  nothing better than that.
all of these products i used are now available at michaels.... i know you will love them as much as i do.

happy love day everyone!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

light it up. 2016, my one little word & marquee love.

there is truly nothing more powerful than making something you are working toward visible in your life.  when you can actually SEE something, is where i believe the magic really begins to happen.

2016 for me is the year of FAITH.
i want to work on cultivating more faith into my daily life.  into my thoughts.  into my worries.  into my parenting. into myself.
i really believe that with faith, anything is possible.  
worries become a lot less weighted.  dreams seem within reach.  fears are comforted.  my heart feels at peace. the future seems a lot less scary.

now, say hello to some brand new heidi swapp marquee love.
gorgeous right?
part of making my word happen for me this year, like i said before is making it visible.  and with lights.  truly a power couple match made in heaven.

say hello to FAITH. 
marquee love style.
i am in LOVE.

i had a lot of fun combining both the letters and the new shapes to make my word come to life.  in replace of the 'a' i used this gorgeous new butterfly.  truly symbolic of transformation, belief, resilience...all things that rely on faith to make happen.  i love it.

you may also notice some gorgeous floral pieces tucked in both the "f" and the "h" of my marquee as well.  these are also new.  they are gorgeous paper flowers that come in a rainbow of pastel shades.  they are SO easy to place into the marquee.  simply feed the bulb through the centre of the flowers and then pop them right back into your letter.  awesome, right?!?

ok...so let's also talk glitter.

some people love it....others, well....not so much.
but regardless it does look amazing.
well, i want to share a fun and VERY easy tip for adding glitter into your marquee shapes ... even if you have a major love/hate with using the stuff!

so...if you have purchased marquee love shapes before, then you know they come basic white with a white letter template inside.

so what i chose to do this time around, was create glittered alpha inserts.  i could have used the loose glitter (which i LOVE), but instead i chose to use the marquee love glitter tape instead!  think easy to apply, little to NO mess...and still that brilliant glitter effect that we all know and love!

to create the glitter marquee alpha inserts, simply grab a roll of the marquee love glitter tape and some scissors.

trim a section of the tape off and adhere to your letter.
repeat until the entire letter is covered, trimming off the access.  since it is also adhesive on the back you can even fold over the back of your letter too if you like.

repeat until the entire letter is covered, trimming off the access.  since it is also adhesive on the back you can even fold over the back of your letter too if you like.

super simple and easy to do.
repeat for all of your desired shapes and letters.

then once you are complete, voila! beautifully glittered alphas with zero to NO mess!
awesome, right?!?

 you can also see that i chose to mix up the patterns and design for my butterfly shape.  i love doing this to my marquee as it adds a really fun element when displaying my word.

to create my butterfly i added in some of the beautiful paper from the brand new marquee love paper pack, and then added in the gorgeous soft pink faceted marquee bulbs.  i trimmed the outside and inside with all new marquee love washi tapes as well.

once it's all complete, lower the lights and let your word SHINE.
this has to be my favourite part ever.

so here's to 2016.
a brand new year, new word....and LOTS of FAITH...with lights!

Monday, January 11, 2016

say it in lights! birthday wishes done right....with lightbox!

to say i am excited over the brand new release of heidi swapp's latest product, the "lightbox" would be a definite understatement.  i am seriously OBSESSED with this thing!  it is truly the coolest product and the fact that it is SO multi-purpose makes it even better. who does not love something they can use over and over again? right?!?

today i want to share just how awesome the lightbox is for parties!  specifically, birthdays!  the brilliant thing about the light box is that it comes with a full line of accessories, phrases and letters to completely customize what you are wanting.  

i used the 'happy' and 'birthday' words (that come just as is) to create this fun sign.  basic, simple...yet wow factor all the way!  so cute right?  there are also a ton of little icons that you can get as well.  i love how cute these little birthday balloons are.  the perfect little touch.

to place them in the sign...all you do is literally slide them in from the side.
SO easy!

place the finished light box on a cake table...and you have a beautiful accompaniment to wow your guests and guest of honour on their special day!

like i said before....the sayings, designs, and messages are endless.  here are a few other designs i was playing around with.  these would look great for a birthday party, don't you think?

i love the sentiment, 'make a wish'.  ahhh..... i added the cute little icons below it. again....they just slide right in. super easy to add, switch and change out!

and just because you are using it for a birthday, doesn't always mean it has to be a birthday message.  adding a well wish, quote or blessing is another great way to use your light box for parties.  the 'shine bright' and 'today' come as is...so again, they just slide right in.  i added the fun emoji's to the bottom row.  again, even though these are not "technically birthday" they still work when placed along side a sweet sentiment.  SO many uses....so many ways to create a beautiful sign for a loved one's birthday decor.

i know i will be using my light box a ton this year.  what a great way to begin 2016!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

memory planner reset: hello 2016.

hello 2016.
hello memory planner reset.
i really really love the beginning of a NEW year.
starting fresh, looking forward, positive changes.  it all is so promising.
and i love the idea about that.
some years are always better than others.  and 2015 was very much a roller coaster year.
so like always, you look back and learn.
you look forward and believe in better.
so...let's do this!

of all the heidi swapp memory planners available....hands down, this beautiful coil spiral bound album (that was available at michaels stores as 1 of the 2 2015 memory planner box kits released this year) won my heart!  

since i can remember.....my LOVE for anything coil bound started at a very early age.  i think i literally squealed with delight when i first saw this beauty.  and it is. SO beautiful. i cannot wait to fill it with STUFF.
OK, so let's talk planner plans.

it always intrigues me, the many uses planners have.  i love how some actually commit to using one as an actual "day to day" to do list.  i also love how some just love to make them beautiful. and pretty. filling it almost like an art journal.  others i have seen mix it up. half artsy, half planner.  that is awesome too.

as for my plan? well, i think i am using my planner this year as a "self growth" type journal.  a place where i can really "write it out".  i love writing, and often i feel like i am missing out on that side of me lately.  i find moments, memories, thoughts etc. are passing by so fast and i am not consciously taking the time to just sit and record something that i know i will want to remember.  

so that is my goal this year for 2016.
to WRITE more.
to get it down on paper.
it does not have to be hard, or lengthy.  
just written down.
i definitely know the "coil aspect" to this planner will help with that for me since it has such a notebook feel.  i think that is why i love it so much.  it feels like a diary or journal almost.

i have begun making a few notes in my planner so far.  i love this dashboard page.  it's so fun to fill in!  for me, this page will remain a place to fill with quotes, fun embellishments, instax photos.....washi tape.  a place to have fun with the artsy side of things.

next up...the gorgeous double page calendar spread.
yum, right?!?

so far it remains blank. 
ahhh....hello blank canvas.
let's make YOU AWESOME.
that thought alone just makes me happy.  and hopeful.
you can see that yes! i will be heading down to CHA in a few weeks! like in less than 2 weeks! 
SO much to DO!  
i am beyond excited to be reunited with my media team girls.  i have not seen them in person in over 2 years since i was pregnant and had madix.
i cannot wait to real life squish them all!

one thing that i am horrible with is filling out the calendar.
i honestly DO NOT know why.
i love how calendars look that are all filled with notes and memories.
so...another goal. enjoy filling in and being creative with this page.

now to the "week at a glance" pages...

this is where i am planning to do most of my writing.
keeping it like a journal.
letting go of the "idea" it has to look a certain way.  that i will have to add stuff and photos and stuff etc.....
reminding myself that is what the other pages are there for.
this is for my goal. my stories. my life.
i am excited to begin this.
i know many of you might be looking at this thinking that there may not be enough room....or what if i want to write more, or add other things?  
that is where my cinch and this beautiful notepad come in!

i know for some, binder bindings are much better for them since they can easily add in extra stuff into their planners.  but you can do the same thing with a coil binding as well!  this has to be one of my most used and most favourite techniques out there.  a lot of us on the media team used this same technique when we created our first ever memory planner.  

the idea is you take a cinch machine, punch a paper.....snip the sides of the punch and place it in the coils.  and yes it does NOT fall out. and is SO easy to do!

simply place your paper into your cinch machine.

punch the appropriate holes as per the sizing guidelines.

next, take your scissors and make little snips all along the side of your paper where the holes are.

once complete, just pop the paper into your planner.  the places where you snipped will literally hug the coil binding and stay perfectly in place.  they will not even fall out!  genius, right?!?  

now thanks to this super simple technique i can add loads of notes, writing and story into my planner transforming it to fit the "journaling" aspect of planning that i am wanting to do this year!  oh, and the paper from this beautiful pad is all double sided as well...which makes it even more of a perfect addition into my book.

now....to keep myself organized with my planner?
let's talk storage.
i do 2 things.  i keep a little case handy....for "on the go" type stuff.  i also have a planner bin that sits on my desktop.  literally 2 places that hold everything i need to keep me organized and my stuff accessible when i want to work in it.  

my planner travel case....that i usually fill with stickers, tabs, pens etc,

my planner desktop bin...filled with EVERYTHING!!!!
isn't this collection to die for?
i could look at this photo all day.
sometimes it is even just fun to organize and look through this bin.
no joke.

so as we wrap up these last few days of 2015, i am looking ahead at 2016 with some new personal creative goals, an open heart and an open mind.

and promising myself to work hard at documenting all of the little moments that happen along the way.

hello 2016.
now is our chance.
let's do this.