Thursday, August 21, 2014

my journey so far with project life.

so i have never jumped on the project life bandwagon until now.
and i can finally say that i get it.  i see just how amazing of a system it is.
especially for someone who does not have a whole lot of time…like a new momma ;).
it actually makes me feel so much relief that i can see my photos in my album now.
i have started slow, and i have so much more to go.
but they are in there. they are printed. and they are made pretty too….thanks to heidi swapp and her incredible project life collection.
it is a MUST have.  and i am not joking.

i have never even attempted the pocket page style scrapbooking until now.
however…i will admit i have kept it simple.  true to me and to how i want my album to look, feel and be.  my focus is on the photos.  again, i do not have a ton of time to mess with little individual pockets.  so my focus for my album is simply photos, some pretty extras, and journaling.  simple, yet pretty.  and i love that i can get that result in absolutely NO time at all.

here is a peek into my heidi swapp project life experience so far:

as you can see, i have kept things super simple.  with a focus primarily on the photos.  i absolutely ADORE the gold foil project life photo pocket page protector sheets.  the gold transparencies that come with the collection are fabulous.  they can be great alone (like with the heart) or as a photo overlay (like in the above right photo).  on the 3 x 4 card i added some simple stamping and some chipboard pieces from the project life value kits.

i added some rub ons to the 4 x 6 card and some journaling.  the 3 x 4 card is actually an openable.  what i did was add the 3 x 4 card onto a 4 x 6 card that i folded in half.  inside is where i will add my journaling so that it remains tucked inside the page protector.

i love this page.  the cards are SO much fun to use, and the transparency pieces that come with the overlay value kit are perfect for adding on top of your favourite pictures.

most of my pages (like the one above) are still a work in progress.  still need to add journaling and some details.

it is so refreshing to look through what i have accomplished and feel like i have gotten somewhere for a change!  photos are printed.  they are in page protectors.  i have journaling started.  really that is the hardest part.  now to carry on with the details and all of the pretty things that come with the new heidi swapp project life collection.  i am seriously obsessed and want to play every night!  it's crazy!  but a good kind of crazy.

i am truly LOVING this new venture and especially that heidi swapp has created such a wonderful and amazing collection of stuff to work with.  it has definitely ignited a spark back in me.  time to continue getting my photos printed and pages done.  life is moving fast and i am on a roll to capture it!  keeping it simple is what is working for me.  i love it! :)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

july memories.

goodbye july. hello august.
well tomorrow anyway.
so hard to believe how fast time is passing.
i am not sure what it is….but i am savouring every moment and minute.
consciously aware and making the most of documenting it all.
it probably helps too that i have this super cute planner to put it in.
heidi swapp knew all too well how incredible of a tool her memory planner would be.
cause yes, it just simply rocks.

mine is quickly coming together.
still a bit of journaling and embellishing i would like to do.
but for the most part the story of our month sits here.
it was a great one.
and my heart is full for the blessings that have surrounded us each day.

when i flip through my album i am so proud of myself that for ONCE i have been actually following through with something. and looking forward to doing so. it's not a chore or challenge to do so. to make everything look uniform and specific.  this album just flows. and i love it. such a great keepsake it has turned out to be and there is still so much to look forward to filling it with!

so today i hope to have a few quiet moments to reflect and collect a few more memories, notes and thoughts to stick in here. the importance of writing things down is far too underestimated.  it is such a powerful tool. something i am realizing more than ever these days.  time flies. scrapbooking matters.

my take with mixed media.

today over on i am sharing the project i created using the mixed media scrapbook kit available at michaels.  it truly is an AMAZING kit and i had so much fun getting my fingers messy documenting some of my most favourite photographs.

i had the best time playing with paints, stencils, transparencies and stamps to create backgrounds, textures and experiment with different techniques.

binding my book with book rings is the perfect solution for this project as i know i will be wanting to add in more pages as i can.  mixed media is definitely a favourite way to celebrate and document my memories.  i love to get messy and artsy and this kit is just the perfect solution for that!

i hope you are inspired by what i have created and shared today to get one of these kits and create an album for yourself where you can celebrate and play and make pretty stuff!  make sure to head on over to heidi swapp's blog today for an even closer look and more photos into what i have done so far.  i have a feeling that this is only the beginning when it comes to mixed media, scrapbooking and my photos. ;)

Friday, July 25, 2014

precious memories. dreamy file style.

now more than ever do i realize the importance and power of photographs.
today my little baby turns 4 months.
i was always told it would fly by. but this fast?
i can honestly remember sitting at my computer pregnant (and overdue) thinking that there would be so much time now. boy, was i EVER wrong.
each day flies by with so much going on.
so much change, growth, progress, memories and milestones.
thank goodness for photographs.

scrapbooking has always been so important to me. but now i find the importance is even more so on taking the time to capture these moments and printing the photos out! they are so much more enjoyable when you can see and hold them in your hands.  they become even more beautiful to me when i place them in an album or scrapbook.

back in may i had some photos taken of madix and i.  i really wanted some memories of just me and him.  looking back now i am SO thankful for these pictures.  i created this mini memory file album using the dreamy memory file kit by heidi swapp and her my craft channel create to remember episode that you can find here as my inspiration point for this album.  i loved the tips and techniques she shared!

i used elements from the dreamy memory file kit as well as pieces from the dreamy collection to compile and pull this album together.  i also added in some colour shine in citron and teal as well as some colour magic ephemera pieces misted in blush for added detail.  i still want to embellish a bit more and add in some journaling.  here is a little peek inside:

seriously, how great is that foto stack that comes in the dreamy memory file kit? SO gorgeous!

always love incorporating colour magic paper frames when i can! they are so amazing and take the colour shine beautifully!

another favourite, the dreamy word jumble stickers. yep, i pretty much use these on EVERYTHING whenever i can.

some simple paper layering and colour magic ephemera used here.

more jumble stickers.

i adore the background i created here with the colour magic water colour tags.  to create these i simply used the fabulous heidi swapp stencils and colour shine to create these fun backgrounds. so simple, yet add so much to a page.

hope you enjoyed my little peek inside of my project! now to get to more projects and printing those photos out! cheers!

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