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PLANNER BASICS: MY TOP 5 TIPS

i love talking planners.  nothing makes me happier.  it is true.
i have been a "planner girl" for over 2 years now, and i am completely and utterly hooked.  i love to lose myself in my planner and just celebrate and document all of the little noteworthy moments that make up my life.

today on my monthly scrapbook and cards today blog feature I am switching things up a bit and talking "PLANNER BASICS".  Considering we are almost halfway through 2016 I thought it would be a nice refresher to share with you my top 5 basic tips for keeping myself moving and motivated as the days and months go on.


these are my own personal tried and true ways that help me stay successful, organized and focused.  life is busy. crazy at most times actually.  so I find that if I can create little ways to keep things easier and less time consuming on one end....it actually gives me MORE time to allow myself time in the day to be creative and enjoy the process more.

for instance, just keeping certain products close at hand is one way that really helps alleviate any sort of "wasted" time that i would have if i had to search and look for certain materials.  i hope you stop by and enjoy the feature.  i know these ways help me so much and keep me accountable and on track!


so be sure to stop by the SCT blog and have a read through.  i hope these tips help you out just as much as they have helped (and continue) to help me!

DIY LAMINATED PHOTO FOLDER - A TUTORIAL

adding photos into my memory planner is always an absolute MUST.
however, at the same time i am always looking for fresh, fun and neat ways to do so.  it's nice to have the options to switch things up when i can.
today on the heidi swapp blog i am sharing a basic step out tutorial showcasing just how easy it is to create a laminated photo divider for your planner.


yes!  a photo divider! and yes! it's laminated!  how cool, right?!?
these lamination folders are brand new to the MINC family.  they are perfect for incorporating into your memory planner.  you can foil them, laminate them....and then hole punch them and add them into your planner so easily.


for my tutorial i am showcasing how i am able to add 12 2x2 photos onto the back of the divider to create a gorgeous dual purpose "photo" divider.


what begins as this...


turns into that!
a gorgeous photo collage that is laminated for extra protection and durability.  plus...look at all of those memories!


so be sure to stop by heidi swapp's blog today to see just how easy it is.  i hope you create one for your own memory planner.  your memories and photographs will love it!


MINC MEDIUMS: TIME TO PLAY

the brand new MINC mediums have stolen my heart.
if you have not yet heard the news...heidi swapp has released 3 brand new products that are made to work with her amazing MINC foiling machine.
these mediums are in the form of a reactive paint, reactive mist and reactive art screen ink.
with these mediums, one is able to apply foil to projects in more ways than ever before.
today i am up on heidi's blog to share just how incredible these mediums are with a simply breakdown tutorial and demo using these new MINC kits.


these MINC kits are not only fabulous (in and of themselves) but they are an amazing learning tool when working with the various mediums.  they come jam packed with a ton of really cute tags, die cuts, file folders and embellishments that work amazing for all types of paper projects.



it is amazing to experiment with the various reactive mediums using different application methods (ex. paint brushes, art screens, stencils) to see what you can achieve.


it really is brilliant once you apply the reactive foil to the mediums.


your jaw will drop.  the foil finish gives the most incredible results.  i am obsessed.
today on heidi's blog i share a step by step breakdown video tutorial showing just how easy these mediums are to use and apply.  be sure to check it out.  you will fall in love.


i took things one step further and chose to use some of these altered kit pieces, and the mediums to create my newest layout.


i loved playing with the mediums to create this gorgeous background.  hard to believe it was once a simple white sheet of bazzill cardstock!


the enjoy life minc kit is amazing. 
i hope you are able to get your hands on one, some of the mediums and just let your heart PLAY.


so be sure to head on over to heidi's blog today for a full breakdown on these amazing new products. you are going to fall so head over heels in LOVE.

CALIFORNIA INSTAX ALBUM

say hello to my newest project. and love.

i am up on heidi's blog today sharing just how i transformed some of my most precious memories of time spent in california this past january into a gorgeous instax album.


i printed out all of my photos from my iphone using my instax share printer and the results are just perfect. the cutest photos. the best memories.


oh, and don't forget the cutest accessories to go with...of course! ;)


so be sure to stop by heidi's blog today to see exactly how i pulled all of my favorite instax products together to create a beautiful and very treasured keepsake.  

all of these gorgeous goodies are BRAND NEW and now available at Michaels stores.

now....take me back to california....

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 CHANDALIER

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!

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