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APRIL IN REVIEW

i always look forward to this time of the month!
memory planner review.
it really is awesome (and SO WORTH IT) to see how my memories fill the pages.  and yes...all those LITTLE things that really in the moment don't seem all that memorable.... become my favourite memories as i re-read them.  for that... i am beyond grateful.
it really is worth the time.  i promise you.




the full reveal of my april planner is the featured post over on the scrapbook and cards today blog.


this month i wanted to share how i am using one of my most favourite tools; the heidi swapp minc machine to incorporate personalized and customized foil touches into my planner.


it is SO easy...yet the results are WOW factor....every time!


so please take a moment and stop by if you have not yet already and learn about just how amazing the MINC tool is....and how phenomenal it works with a planner!


instax made easy: photo chandelier

i love my instax.
hands down. LOVE IT.
i use instax prints in all of my projects.  
in my planner, in my scrapbook pages, you name it.  instax is there.
just recently i printed out 12 instax prints.  


this is madix's whole second year.  his journey from 1 to 2.  i printed out a favourite photo from each month.  perfect timing too because heidi swapp just released a brand new collection of instax goodies!  think super cute albums, display ideas....home decor pieces! YES! there is SO much to take in...and so much awesome.


today over on heidi's blog i break down the cutest project i created for my studio using her amazing new instax photo chandelier.


seriously....i know right?!? and honestly, it is SO simple to do. trust me on this!  never has creating home decor pieces been easier...and more instant really!


i love how the various pieces from the collection add so much gorge to my studio.  all of the little details just melt me. and inspire me.  it's just all around GOOD.


so be sure to head on over to the blog today to get the full inside scoop on just some of the latest heidi swapp instax products making my heart sing and my photos happy...and printed!

MY MARCH: MY PLANNER

three months into my memory planner.
it's sort of hard to believe.
but i am loving this process.



nothing makes me happier than an album full of thick and deliciousness.  memories, photos, embellishments and journaling.  all reflections of my life. of time passing by. now forever captured within these pages of mine.


every month on the scrapbook and cards today blog i am featuring my memory planner journey.  i find that each month i capture life in different little ways.  use up my stash in different ways.  different focuses, different loves. it really is so much fun.


i absolutely loved the intention this month.  "do more of what makes you happy".  isn't that the truth.  happiness is what we all want.  and i want to do more of those things.



this month is a big month for my little family.
my sweet baby boy madix was born in march and this month not only did he turn 2, but his birthday fell on good friday.  so it was celebrations all around.


i was heavy on the photos this month.  because i love them.  and i just cannot get enough.



so to be sure to head on over to scrapbook and cards today blog to check out an even more "in depth" look into my planner.  i cannot believe tomorrow is april 1st!  time to prep and prepare for even more memories.  see you next month!

HELLO 2.

hello madix.
you are now 2 year sold.
i cannot believe we are here.


my little 1 year old is now a blossoming, curious and silly little boy.
you have officially reached toddler status and i am not sure if i am ready for this new adventure.
where did my baby go?
wait...i know.


he is now a little boy who loves to explore.
who loves to read books and point and giggle the sweetest little laugh.
who loves to say "no", "ta", "da one", "mama", "dada".
you are quiet in your sweet little way.


you are amazed at the simplest little things.
like a new coat.
splashing in your new boots.
you love to watch big trucks and point.
you love to point at everything.
you are cautious and shy.
you love to watch "your shows".
you love your little couch, your blankie.
and lately sleeping on my pillow.


you love to be silly and joke.
you love to jump on the bed and play games with daddy.
you love to have snacks.
you could eat fruit all day.
but you also love crackers, and chips and crunchy snacks.


you are forever my little sweetheart.
cheers to our next adventure.
#letsdothis.
happy birthday to my sweet madix.
03.25.2016

HELLO MINC REACTIVE PAINT.

i love spring for SO many reasons.
but definitely one of those main reasons is all of the amazing new scrapbooking releases that are set to adorn store shelves.
ahhh....good times!
i have been absolutely smitten over the brand new heidi swapp MINC reactive mediums that debuted this past january at CHA 2016.  
there are 3 brand new mediums: a paint, an art screen ink and a mist that now allow you to use the MINC machine to apply foil to your projects using these "mixed media" techniques.
SO fun, right?!?


today on heidi swapp's blog, i am showcasing the MINC reactive paint.  there is a brief explanation and video demo tutorial showing how amazing this medium is to use with foam stamps!  yes, stamps!  i love this option...especially for creating bold, brilliant statement titles on projects. it now is so easy and possible.


as you can see below, i created this gorgeous holographic title for a recent 12x12 layout.  i love this mixed media vibe and the foil absolutely completes this look.


so for a full project reveal, product breakdown and video tutorial on the MINC reactive paint head to heidi's blog now.  i know you will fall just as much in love as i did.


DIY MARQUEE LOVE & DISTRESS KITS


ahhhh! today i am SO excited to share a really fun and simple post outlining a little DIY tutorial using the brand NEW 12 " marquee love and the distress paint kits that are now avail at michaels stores!

this brand new gallery wall collection is hands down, SO amazing.  
distressing and customizing these pieces has turned out being one of my most favourite things to do with them so i thought it would be good to share just how easy it is. really ANYONE can do it.  and the transformation is instant wow factor!


if you have not yet already been by, or heard the news, the official heidi swapp website is BACK and BRAND NEW. revamped and with an all new look, all new content....prepare to be amazed and your heart inspired.  we are all SO happy to be sharing all things heidi back in one central location that is just filled with endless inspiration and eye candy. it really is the best!


so....head on over there now to get the full details and low down on how easy it is to transform a basic  white marquee shape that starts like this:


into this!  stunning right?  so be sure to head on over to heidi's brand new website to learn all about this marquee tutorial, and TONS more.




hello gallery wall. my newest obsession.

so...just when you think things could not get any more fabulous....they are about to!
i am BEYOND thrilled to finally be able to share this huge and amazing secret that will forever change the way you look at the walls in your home forever.

say hello to heidi swapp gallery wall.


i know, right?!?!


this amazing michaels exclusive, will be available starting in march and it is FULL of SO many incredible DIY pieces that will truly transform your life (and your walls) into beautiful customized works of art...simply and effortlessly.  yes, it's true.

say hello to my first ever gallery wall.
and i pretty much love it.


my gallery wall is located in my son's bedroom.  we had already painted this wall with grey and white stripes before he was born.  but until recently, it simply stood there...blank.
no photos, no decor, no nothing!
i guess sometimes things in life are always just waiting for that perfect thing or moment.
needless to say, my excitement and creative self went into overdrive for this project.
let's take a closer look!


myself, along with the rest of the team, are so excited to share just some of the amazing ways to work with these brand new "blank canvas" products.  i truly love the ability to customize and these products are absolutely perfect for that.

most of what you see i created, customized or "heidi-fied" with the gallery wall collection.
for instance, this large frame.
i have been holding onto this frame for almost a year now.  it is a basic black frame, quite large and it was purchased from ikea.
i had NO idea what to do with it...until the heidi swapp gallery wall items came into my hands.


i printed a ton of black and white photos, cropped them all to 4x4 size and simply placed them in the frame, grid style.  you will notice the fun, vintage 'wood grain' matting in the frame.  what used to be boring white, i easily transformed with this wonderful paper that is part of the gallery wall collection. it comes in a variety of styles and colors...and is in rolls!  i absolutely love this paper!  it was perfect for repurposing and adding in this fun texture to a boring old frame.  the results are awesome, and the process SO easy. gotta love that combo!



the collection is also filled with gorgeous new stencils and texture pastes.  here below, i also have had this frame hanging around for awhile.  i knew it would be perfect for madix's wall.  so instead of leaving it plain...i used the mint texture paste and one of the new stencils to add some gorgeous color and texture to the frames edge.  i love how it pops with the mint glitter paper i added in as matting.  the paper is also from a brand new heidi swapp paper pad.  the canvas print was also created with one of the new stencils and navy color shine.  i clipped it onto the frame using a large silver bull dog clip, which is also part of the collection.


the smaller frame above, as well as the arrow are also pieces from the collection.  originally the frames are white, but i used one of the all new zinc distress kits to give the frame a "grunge" look.  i added glitter paper in navy to serve as matting and then adding in one of the all new gallery wall prints.  these are wonderful because they come in a variety of phrases and colors with beautiful gold foil writing all ready to go!  just pop in a frame and you are done.

i added the mini pennant banner on top, also part of the collection...which i stencilled with navy color shine.


this super fun large wall arrow is wooden and when purchased is "as is". plain wood.  however, i could not resist adding the brand new marquee love navy chunky glitter to it.  i just love how it sparkles.


here is another print from the gallery wall art collection.  
again, i simply placed it into a frame from ikea i have had for years and hung.
simple, stunning and perfect.  and TOTALLY EASY.


this piece below, is my favourite.
part of this collection are DIY faux pallet boards.
they are originally brown in color, but thanks to the amazing distress kits that are part of this collection one can transform these pallets into all sorts of distressed awesomeness.
i used the zinc distress kit, foam stamps and chain to create this wall hanging.
more on the details of how this came to be soon! i promise!



i am SO in LOVE with the foam stamps, you have NO idea.
simply brush them with an acrylic paint, press on your surface...and voila!
gorgeous customized text for the win!


this pallet below is the smaller size that will also be available.
i adore this size and have many many projects whirling in my brain surrounding this particular pallet. 


here again, i used the foam stamps on the pennant banner as well.
simple application with acrylic paint is all that's needed.
i embellished with a few fun extras....such as this fringe banner and large tassels, misted with navy and cool mint color shine. these pieces are ALL part of this new collection! SO exciting!


thank you so much for stopping by to check out this incredible NEW product release coming in march to michaels ONLY.  get excited people! total game changer!


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