Friday, June 20, 2014

makin' pretty stuff….e*book style!

i am so thrilled today to be sharing a look inside the canvas album project i created for heidi swapp's 2nd e-book.  if you have not yet checked out this incredible publication featuring all of her new releases at joann you absolutely must! never have i been so blown away by one of her collections as it is FULL of tons of product that really only need a little TLC to be transformed into pure fabulousness.

this album is just one of the many pieces that can be simply transformed into a personalized work of art…and of course all of the extras are there on hand ready to be added for the perfect finishing touches.

the instructions to create this album are available for FREE (yes….FREE) in PDF download in the e*book.  all you have to do is click the link and it will take you to my instructions plus more photos of this project i created.

i call this album 9 months.  it celebrates and documents a very treasured time in my life.  my maternity photos.  i was able to fill this album with tons of photos and extras as you can add extra pages, 3 x 4 cards and fill all the different sized photo sleeves with tons of good stuff!

so make sure to stop by heidi swapp's blog today to get a full inside look at my project and also where you can access the PDF project download.  you will absolutely love the 2nd edition of Make Pretty Stuff, the girls on the Heidi Swapp Media Team truly ROCKED the joann collection. :)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

happy happy NSD!

happy happy national scrapbooking day.
what a great day!
today i wanted to quickly share 3 of my newest and most favourite layouts in honour of this incredible day in celebration of all things memory keeping!
due to becoming a brand new mom, i will admit that time is now REALLY precious when it comes to the ability to create.  however, i think now i savour it EVEN more than before and it has actually helped me to become more focused and way more efficient when creating my projects and layouts!  and with all the new inspiration and super cute photos coming my way, sometimes it is just SO hard to resist just neglecting all of the daily duties to just sit and scrap scrap scrap!  i have even sacrificed the opportunity it nap just to play and create! what can i say? i LOVE it!

this layout below is one of my most recent.  celebrating my miracle and his 1 month birthday! sigh! already! this layout features the incredible heidi swapp favourite things collection….celebrating my favourite thing! go figure! ;)

this next layout i kept simple.  i just really wanted the focus to be on the photos. of this amazing and beautiful bond that just keeps developing and emerging.  miraculous does not even begin to describe it! this layout  below i used my latest obsession: the heidi swapp dreamy collection. every piece to this line is absolutely fabulous!

this last layout, celebrating our family vacation last year to anaheim, again uses the heidi swapp favourite things collection.  seriously how happy do all the bright colours, patterns and words make you?!? 

i am so grateful for these photos and these memories. they truly bring me back.  i am hoping today i will be able to sneak in a few minutes of creative time in honour of this great day!  can't wait to snap a few photos and add to my album.  i hope you are all enjoying a fabulous day full of crafting, laughter, inspiration and FUN.  life is so worth celebrating! happy happy national scrapbook day everyone! XOXO

Friday, March 14, 2014


some last minute reflections. as i enjoy and savour these last days of my first pregnancy, i thought i would share a little something i have been working on.

i guess you can say when each day passes, and your due date passes, you want to try and keep your mind as busy (and relaxed) as possible.  this album has certainly helped me do that.  it has served to help me relive, smile and document about these last months before my life changes forever.

it has been such a whirlwind journey.  for that i will be eternally grateful.  i have been so grateful from day one as my pregnancy has been so kind to me.  i have felt wonderful and i could not feel more fortunate.  

since i have been blessed with this "extra time" on my hands i created this little mini album using my cinch machine and the heidi swapp hello today memory files kit as my basis (with extras) of course.  i absolutely love the memory file kits.  everything is coordinating, you get both large and small files plus all the fun extras inside (stickers and rub ons).  of course i could not stop there, i used papers from the hello today 12 x 12 paper pad and some fabulous NEW elements that are coming soon to stores from the heidi swapp dreamy collection.  get ready, you will be swept away!

for my cover i chose to use a piece of clear acrylic paper where i added some polka dot stencilling as well as some glitter stickers.  once you open that page, i have added a chipboard page that i covered with hello today paper and the word 'beautiful' that i had cut out with my silhouette machine.  i then added one of the incredible new dreamy kraft tags to the top right corner, with some of the dreamy word jumble stickers.  

inside my album i chose to basically reflect and collect all of the memories we have created since finding out we were expecting.  these photos were taken of us when we were in las vegas this past october.  it was there that our lives had changed forever when we found out the exciting news!

our "announcement" picture.  

the first official baby photo and my first ultrasound picture.  we also found out we were having a boy this day. it was surreal. i still look at this picture and my breath is taken away.  and to think within days this baby will be here just overwhelms my heart with so many emotions.

collections of images my mom has taken of me below. so neat to see the progression and that growing bump!

me at 30 weeks.  i really felt 30 weeks was a huge milestone. not sure why, but it just was for me! :)

still need to finish my journaling. 

this album is still not yet fully complete.  more journaling needs to be done, more photos to be added but i am so happy that i have this moment documented.  it is so easy for time to pass us by, we think we remember, or will remember, but the truth is life happens and we forget.  i know i will cherish this album 2 weeks from now, 2 months from now….2 years from now.  such precious memories need to be documented and i feel so fortunate that i was able to write them down.  i know it is not always easy, we do not always have the energy, the time, the will power or the "inspiration" to do it.  but in the end, it really is all we have.

so until this little baby arrives, i will take this time to enjoy these last days and enjoy this very precious time. xoxo

Thursday, February 6, 2014

#heidiswappsayilove you-media team blog hop!

it is time to celebrate the month of LOVE. ahhh….good ol sweet valentines day. a time to indulge in sweetness, chocolate, strawberries….and more chocolate :). i am SO excited to be part of the #heidiswappsayiloveyou media team blog hop today. we all have had the best time creating handmade cards for those people that we LOVE. that we want to surprise with a little something…a kind word, a loving thought, a delicious treat. nowadays with so much technology at our finger tips, i still believe in the importance of "hand made". the reaction one receives when watching someone receive a handmade gift is truly priceless. it is a different type of magic that cannot be replaced by anything. no email or text can EVER be as touching as receiving an actual handmade card or gift. and plus…how FUN are they to create in the first place? that is definitely one of the best parts for sure.
i had the best time creating this super fun and easy interactive card using the brand new (and amazing) colour magic card sets that are NOW available as part of the brand new heidi swapp "hello today" release. they are THE perfect choice as they are completely customizable. they can be a total reflection of YOU, your style, your art, your desire, your message. i also incorporated the FABULOUS freebie printable that heidi shared on her website last week. all i did was adjust the print scale to 60% to create this cutie pie accordion interactive mini. mine is left blank (so far) but think about all the options one can have to customize your valentine further….love messages, quotes, mini photos…SO many options!
to transform my card with colour, i simply used pink and navy acrylic paint. i love using acrylics with colour magic products as they leave a fun "chalky" finish to your projects.
on the inside i used my sewing machine to create a little pocket where i thought would be fun to either tuck in photos, messages, or even a little treat!
to bind and hold my card together, i simply used a cute piece of string from my stash to tie it all together. as finishing touches i just had to use one of the SUPER FABULOUS "always" mini stamp sets that are also part of the new heidi swapp collection. this one is also SO perfect for valentines day too. i just LOVE it. and it's really perfect for any occasion. gotta love the love! speaking of love….we all need to send and receive it because honestly can we ever get enough? heidi has some fabulous surprises up her sleeve and all you have to do to head on to her site and check it out! make sure to post instas of all your valentine inspiration using the hashtag #heidiswappsayiloveyou Next on the ‪#‎SayILoveYou‬ Media Team Blog Hop is Kim Jeffress! You are going to love what she has created! Here are the list of girls participating today! If you haven't already started with Heidi Swapp's project make sure you do! She has some freebies to giveaway as well!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

hello today: layouts.

hello february 1st.
hello today.

have YOU been able to get your hands on this beautiful NEW collection from Heidi Swapp at Michaels yet?  i seriously could not be more in love with it.

speaking of LOVE….the month of february is upon us, and i thought i would take a moment to share some layouts i had so much fun making with this brand new collection.  they all celebrate the newest love in my life, my baby to be, that will soon be making it's appearance!  as of today, only about 6 weeks to go, whoa.

for this first layout, i used some of my favourite bits and pieces from a bunch of different heidi swap collections.  you may recognize a vintage chic fotostack, some mixed company ephemera and glitter buzz words.  however you will also notice the gorgeous star hello today star paper, stamping and stencilling that i incorporated onto the layout that are all new elements to heidi swap's hello today collection.  i am truly obsessed with the 6 x 6 polka dot stencil! it's so adorable on any project.

this next layout celebrates the entire hello today collection.  all of the papers are from the 12 x 12 paper pad, the fabulous star embellishments, the circle stickers, the colour magic card that i incorporated onto the layout, again the mini stamps. YUM.  i had so much fun creating this layout celebrating my baby's first official photo!  

i created this layout and had a lot of fun using PINK!  there are so many great elements and embellishments in the hello today collection.  i am LOVING using embellishments in a vertical way, and had so much fun layering and adding all sorts of different elements to the left hand side of the page.   there are so many great details in this collection perfect for any occasion.  one thing is for sure, there is nothing better than being able to get so many looks out of one paper pack, and hello today truly has it ALL.

thanks for stopping by to enjoy my latest loves….in celebration of the month of LOVE. happy february 1st.  hope you are inspired to take some time, get your hands on some hello today and make pretty stuff!

oh…one more thing…speaking of pretty stuff….have you heard the BIG news?  heidi swapp's first official E-BOOK has launched and it is FULL of hello today goodness! projects, inspiration, tips and tricks….it is full of everything and more that you are needing to get creatively energized. oh, and yes….it is FREE.  just wait till you see it, your jaws will drop.  it's absolutely beautiful and i am so grateful, blessed and honoured to be a part of it.  make sure to definitely check it out.  there are so many projects and ideas i want to create….so exciting!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

my newest love: the memory planner.

hello my newest love: hello the memory planner.  hello documenting 2014 in one of the most incredible ways.  and thank you heidi swapp for making it happen.

as one of the newest (and ridiculously hottest) products to hit michael's store shelves this month, this is one must have album/journal/scrapbook if you are a lover of anything that consists of documenting.  it seriously has thought of EVERYTHING.  there are SO many reasons why i absolutely adore this album and that probably has to do with that it completely "fits" what works for me.  i love journaling, i love calendars, i love note taking, i love photos.  i love doodling and quotes, prompts and colour.  i love pocket pages and coil.  and now this is ALL wrapped up into one.  i do not think it get's more perfect than that these days!

here is my interpretation/version of the heidi swapp memory planner.  the beauty of this book is that not only is it ready to go as is….but it is also ready to be completely personalized, transformed and taken to even FURTHER levels if you wish.  there is so much room to add bits, photos, journaling etc. that it completely will begin to take on a life of it's own.  your life.  ready to be noted for the entire year of 2014.  and most importantly….simply.  you can definitely make this book whatever you want it to be.  and i LOVE that.  so far here is my journey with my planner.

you will notice that when you purchase the book it comes with a flap on the cover.  instead of ripping this piece off, i thought it would be fun to keep it on, add some pattern paper and make it as part of my cover page.  the back of the flap is blank so i figure how fun will it be once the  year is done to make a fun photo collage of all the photos i collected over the year on that flap?  i cannot wait to complete that little addition.

on the inside first page, i had a fun time adding some additional journaling and a photo of my husband and i taken on january 1st.  our year ahead is going to be full of massive change and for just a little while longer it will only be the two of us.  how neat that on january 1st it is just us two, but come december 31st we will be a family of 3.  i thought this would be a very cool way to start the year, and then come the end of the year wrap it up with a photo of us and our biggest blessing.

on the inside page i have decided to make a gratitude list for this month.  so each day it literally takes me 30 seconds to note something that has stood out for me that fills my heart with gratitude.  i already love reading what i have wrote down…as some (believe it or not) i have forgotten!  i have also begun to add little snippets and journaling to this page as well.  i cannot wait to have this page filled.

i decided to fill my clear pocket pages with some photos, ephemera of my "one little word" for 2014: hello.  i also added a quote that i fell in love with that was pinned to one of my pinterest boards.  i also added a photo and some handwritten journaling.

before my calendar page, i decided to add an additional piece of paper.  each month i am going to do this to serve as a monthly "vision" board.  i adore vision boards and thought that it would be neat to add bits and pieces that i come across during the month into this album.  i love the addition of ephemera, quotes, photos and notes….and i find it really helps to serve as an inspiring reminder as well as a great page of "stuff" to look back on down the road.  to do this i simply trimmed a piece of paper and then stapled it to the left hand edge of the calendar.  i have a stack of things i have collected so far just waiting to be added in to this page, hopefully i will get around to adding them today.  i also find this serves to be a really great way to creatively exercise my thoughts and inspire me with future ideas and projects.

so far my calendar is filled with a bit of stamping and notes, but i want to add in some tiny photos and more stamping.  cause you just need to make it more pretty right?!?

i hope you enjoyed my little "first look" tour of my memory file planner.  it is going to be a journey, a work in progress and i just cannot wait to have this little baby by my side this whole year through.  it is a phenomenal album and something that every scrapbooker/life documenter needs.  it really is everything we all love and adore rolled into one little beautiful book.  and just think how incredible this is going to be when it's filled with YOUR life…..purely fabulous.

make sure to check out this wonderful video to see more snippets of this album in action….including sneaks of what heidi swapp is doing with her planner!  it will have you wanting to make pretty stuff even more than before! :)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

hello 2014.

hello 2014.
i am SO excited you are here.

a fresh NEW year. open possibilities, new beginnings. new surprises, new adventures, challenges, a blank canvas ready to be made into whatever you want it to be.  definitely exciting!

for SO many reasons this year, i know 2014 is going to be an amazing one.  there are huge changes waiting for me and my husband on the horizon this year and our life is forever going to be changed.  we are so excited to be welcoming our first child into our lives.  a miracle child really.  how long we have hoped and prayed and in just a few months you will be here.  it is truly amazing.

to document and celebrate this huge moment, as well as incorporate my word for 2014 i decided to create this really fun mixed media canvas to serve as an inspiration piece for me in my scrapbook studio.

you can find all of the details as well as a list of the incredible heidi swapp supplies i used over today on heidi's blog.  it is the featured post.  i am really excited to be sharing it!

i think one of my favourite parts of this piece are the different words that i included on the canvas that honour my word for 2014: hello.  i love seeing all of the different words together to help serve as reminders of what i consciously and intentionally want to bring into my world and say "hello" to in 2014.  things like laughter, energy, new adventures, love, motherhood….a baby boy.  these words are SO symbolic and so relevant to my word, my life…this new year.

thank you so much for stopping by.  i hope that this new year brings you an abundance of miracles and blessings and you are inspired in some way by what i shared today to document and keep your word active and alive all year through. cheers to 2014.