Wednesday, December 11, 2013
What better way to make a gardener's Christmas than presenting them with their own Garden Journal? Well, I know my mother in law would probably prefer plants, sunshine, and time out in the dirt, but this is the next best thing when spending a winter indoors. She can plan to her heart's content in this little book.
This front cover was created using Heidi Swapp's 101 Ideas Project Sheet. All I needed was a good kick start and the project sheet did that for me.
This journal needed to be filled with photos of the garden as my mother in law is not a crafter. As you can tell from the photos... she is a gardener. So, I took Jamie Pate's idea of adding velum into the large clear pages and decorated the front of them, knowing she would never get pictures printed for this book.
I actually used photos of my family out in her garden picking produce. One of the reasons why my in laws have a garden is to bless their family with the work of their labor. So to have photos of us enjoying our time on the property, I know would be special.
There is plenty of room to write notes, especially when adding a FotoStack!
I know my mother in law will appreciate this photo of the Brussels Sprouts that never made it this year. It was their first year planting it and I know some notes will go down about what they could do better for the next crop.
Every garden journal needs a "drama" page. Seriously.
I am really looking forward to seeing her face when she opens this gift. It is my favorite part of Christmas... seeing someone open a gift that you created unique just for them out of love.
Create Well: Use the Mini Memory File Album to create a one of a kind journal that includes plenty of photos and places to jot things down!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I love the idea of making something that someone can use all year long! Today, this Birthday Card Organizer is featured at Heidi Swapp's blog today and you can see the details of how I created it there.
Heidi's new Blush Color Shine misted on these alphabets really make the letters match each folder... Who knew this would be the color that would go with every collection Heidi has ever put out? Honestly, it is a must have and now my new favorite mist!
Of course a card organizer wouldn't be the same without cards! I made some simple tag cards that could go right on a gift or package.
I also created one with a belly band so that the sentiment and note could go on the inside but it lays flat in the folder.
I am looking forward to filling this folder up with even more cards to share!
Create Well: Create gifts that others can use all year long!
Friday, December 6, 2013
Today I have several tips about how to decorate your Christmas tree on Heidi Swapp's blog including a tutorial to make these five inch star picks in minutes with the help of Xyron! Head on over and get to giving your tree the handmade touch!
Create Well: Save your pennies and make a few of your Christmas tree decorations!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
December is in full swing at my house. Today my son told someone that the best thing about this week has been every day's advent. Do you do an advent? We have a cute little advent with doors where I can place a treat and a note of a special activity we will do every day up until Christmas. These activities are what I love to record in my December Daily. That way when he gets older he can see how special this time of year was to our family.
This year I knew I wanted my album to be a hardcover with a lot of room. What better way to do that than with Heidi Swapp's Chipboard Embossed Album. I painted the cover white.... I love white and red during the holidays. It makes me so happy!
I then added a Banner Delight as my trim. The glitter just pops! Afterwards, I placed the rub ons from the Memory File Kit. They went on like butter!
For a last touch, one of my Epiphany Crafts charms didn't have a bale in the package. It was the perfect embellishment for the binding! That way when it is on the shelf, I know what is inside!
Create Well: Give yourself plenty of room to tell your holiday story.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Have you heard about the fun Heidi Swapp has started?! Every day there will be a clue on her blog, you post a picture inspired by the clue, which enters you to win a gift from her to you! Read more about it here.
I got assigned clue #2!
Here is my photo and page using the clue:
You can see more on Heidi's blog today!
Create Often: Make sure to get your holiday pictures printed and start documenting your December!
Friday, November 29, 2013
Today Heidi Swapp and Gossamer Blue is having a blog swap! I had the privilege to use Gossamer's November Main Kit and Add On Kit to make something special, as some of Heidi's Mixed Company collection is featured in both kits.
I placed a binding mechanism in Heidi Swapp's Color Magic Shadow Frame so that I could create a photo display. I loved so many pieces in the kit that I just wanted to place them somewhere so I could look at them often.
To give the entire display some elegance, I hung pre-strung beads to each of the binder rings and added misted seam binding.
Honestly, this project might look intimidating, but really I just cut different pieces of the kit and added it to the rings. I love layers. I love layers that peek through to other layers even more.
This piece comes from Heidi Swapp's Mixed Company Ephemera pack.
I love this confetti page. To create it, I cut two pieces of velum. I then ran one piece through my Xyron Sticker Maker. With the sticky part up, I sprinkled some confetti on it. Then I sandwiched the two velum pieces together. Super easy, right?!
I decorated the top with the gold frame, butterflies, flower, and star rub ons.
To add a little bit more bling on this page, I used Stickles to color the pink confetti paper and the Maggie Holmes heart chipboard piece.
I added some more photographs to the next pages.
Then, simply, I sprayed the Dear Lizzy "love" chipboard piece with the new Blush Color Shine by Heidi Swapp and hung it from the binder ring.
There are some pieces in the kit that I loved and had to add, like this piece from Maggie Holmes' Flea Market paper. To add a little more to the piece, I traced the numbers with Stickles.
Honestly, this kit has my favorite products from Heidi Swapp, Dear Lizzy, Glitz Design, Maggie Holmes, and Gossamer Blue exclusives. I am so thankful to have a place to display all these beautiful products with some new family photos.
Make sure to visit Gossamer Blue to enter to win the the November Main Kit and Heidi's Facebook Fan Page to enter to win two 48 sheet paper pads!
Create Well: Have items in your stash that you love? Create something that you can have displayed out in the open to see those beautiful things often.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The best part about getting Christmas photos is getting to create special albums for loved ones! This was our first Christmas photo shoot - ever. Believe me, we are going to be doing this every year from now on. The hardest thing for a photographer to do is get his own picture taken (that isn't on a self timer). ;)
Now, mind you, it wasn't easy. In fact our appointment was rescheduled twice. Then, two days before the shoot, E trips at school and hits his eye on the table. Black eye or not, we were getting our photos taken!
Best part?! They edited the black eye out!
These photos will be treasured forever. So, I know that the grandparents are going to love this beautiful album filled with the photos!
I used Heidi Swapp's Believe Paper Pad along with fun pieces of Believe Ephemera all within a Color Magic Star Wood Album.
I just cut papers to the size that I wanted, punched holes at the top and added photos!
I then added pieces of Ephemera using the Xyron Sticker Maker first. Then, it was as easy as just placing stickers over the photos.
At the back of the album, I added a pocket sleeve and put more photos inside it. That way if they want to frame any or put them in their own album they can!
Create Well: Take your time to get your own family photographs done by professionals. It is important to get everyone in the family photo! These are the ones that you will treasure for a lifetime.