Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Happy Easter

Easter is fast approaching! Faster than usual at our house... Friday is my Mum's birthday and Sunday we celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday along with my husband's as he was born the day after hers! It is pretty special to have a birthday on Easter, I think!

Lately, I have been creating two of the same type of card at the same time. Especially if I am making it for someone else. I feel like then, if I mess up, or one stencil technique isn't as crisp as the other, it is ok! I have the other to give away instead! These are using Heidi Swapp's Favorite Things Collection!

Honestly, I just had to use the new Heidi Swapp Mini Stencils on these cards. Ever since I got them, they have been just sitting on my desk mocking me. It was torture. So, Saturday was the day I got them out and just started to play. 

This "Happy" one can be used for every holiday! I can't tell you how much I love it. I also sprayed the Color Magic background in Primrose (Pink) and Mustard Color Shine while blending from darkest to lightest to get that beautiful blend of color in the middle!

I hope you have time to make a quick card for the person hosting your Easter celebration. If you are the hostess, bless your heart. You are the one creating memories for your family this holiday and that is a beautiful thing.

Create Well: Take time out to make a card to say thank you to those who go out of the way to create beautiful family memories this Easter, whether it is a Sunday School teacher, Pastor, your mom, or even your husband.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Thank You Card

Being a mom keeps you humble. Well, maybe cleaning bathrooms keeps you humble. I am pretty sure that there isn't a person alive that can be prideful while cleaning a toilet.

You learn a lot while being a mom. You learn that love is heard more than a nag. You learn that spending time with your child is valued more than any toy they may own. You even learn that you may never get a full nights sleep until you retire (and even then, it is debatable).

My mother emailed me this week and asked, "If you got to be invisible for 24 hours what would you do?" I didn't hesitate my answer, "Sleep and go to the bathroom in peace."

Create Often: Be thankful for this time with your children. No matter what you may be going through, it is fleeting.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Heidi Swapp - It's Contagious!

The last few days this mama has been waking up after only being asleep an hour to rock a sick baby. It doesn't matter if I go to bed an hour earlier or not. It is the first time she has been sick and I am praying that it clears up quickly.

Through it all, I have to keep telling myself "choose happy" and "always wear a smile." Telling myself often doesn't always work. Sometimes I need someone else to tell me, like my husband. He came home with the largest cookie I have ever seen. Let me tell you - I am suppose to be off sugar but sometimes "choosing happy" is more important for me and my family. ;)

For this card, I blocked off the part I didn't want stamped with Heidi Swapp's 6x6 Wood Grain Stamp with a piece of scrap paper. It is quick and easy!

Create Well: Think good thoughts, it is contagious! (Hopefully not the sickness - just the happy.)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Tag Book

So, our dear media team member and friend, Lindsay Bateman, had her baby almost two weeks ago. It was the team's idea to make her a tag book using the new Heidi Swapp Dreamy Kraft Tags! Then, the girls would send them all to me to add them to a ring and send the tags as a Tag Book to read and add her own little photos to.

My husband called me one day a few weeks ago, saying, "You got something in the mail from Heidi and from Manhattan!" Crack me up that he didn't notice it wasn't from New York, but from Illinois and dear Sarah! I was trying to talk him into not opening it until I got home, but he was so excited to see what Heidi sent. Of course my explaining that it was a tag, didn't make any sense and he finished with, "It looks fragile." lol... Yes, I felt pretty special getting mail from the girls to compile the entire book. I can't wait until Lindsay gets it in the mail!

You can see all the tags on Heidi's blog right here!

Create Well: If snail mail makes us that excited, we should send it more often!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Heidi Swapp - That Was My Boys

Heidi Swapp's Hello Today papers and embellishments are one of those rare collections that actually go with either boy or girl pages. Here are some photos from our trip to Cannon Beach last year that I had to get on to a 12x12 page! I love that the layout I shared yesterday was created with the same paper pad as this one! I feel like I can get more for my money when I am able to purchase one collection for both my kids!

I couldn't help but add the "this rocks" stickers. I don't care if it is corny, lol...

I just love this man. He truly is my "rock" and I am so thankful to have him in my life. Really. Thankful every day.

I took the opportunity to add a Color Magic Card to my layout. I really wanted that interactive flap where I could add extra journaling to the other side of the flap, while also having a little fun misting it with Navy to match my color scheme.

 Create Well: Have both boys and girls to scrapbook? No problem! Find products that work well both ways, like Heidi Swapp's Hello Today collection!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Heidi Swapp - That Was Fabulous

I had the idea of this layout in my mind for quite some time. I had to create a layout where this photo was the focal point of the page. I mean, I couldn't help it... Bre's lip is hanging out in a way that I just want to kiss it. ;) Yet, I wanted to also include other photos from the photo session I did. 

So I created 4x4 flaps to hold the rest of the photos! I love how it turned out!

All of the supplies come from Heidi Swapp's Hello Today collection! With this triangle paper, I had to play with the Dear Lizzy Triangle Punch by American Crafts! It was a perfect fit to add to the page after stamping the punch with the Heidi Swapp 6x6 Script Stamp. 

I have always been afraid to pull my DSLR camera out for "quick" photo sessions. I couldn't even get E to hold still long enough for a photo until he was over two years old. Even then, I was just capturing him in his everyday; he never actually had time to stop for me to snap a photo!

This time, I am taking the time to set up a place to lay Bre out on, and then quickly take photos. Hey, I took all these photos in only one minute! It was only one minute but now I have beautiful photos that I am going to treasure.

Now, this was Bre at 6 months old. She is now 9 months and crawling - FAST! So, for her next photo session, I will need some help bringing her back to the spot every time she crawls away. Ummm, yeah, I will let you know how that goes.

Create Well: Take just a minute and try to capture a beautiful moment. You will be glad you did.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Heidi Swapp - February Memory Planner

I am loving adding to my Memory Planner... What is perfect about this special month by month planner is being able to make it as simple or unique as you want! There are no rules to documenting your "everyday." I figured it being the first week of April it was time I shared my February pages!

I came to realize that I wanted to stay true to my style and have fun layering photos, stickers, stamps, and papers through out the month! 

I had no problem creating a flap using Heidi's free printables. I just printed it out on cardstock and stapled it to the top of my page. 

I received a beautiful card from Jamie Pate and added it to my album by using Kim Jeffress' tutorial right here.

I am still using my Planner as a way to document gratefulness and thankfulness. It helps me to remember the little things. It is the little things that we will want to remember later in life anyway. 

My new favorite thing to add to my pocket pages are the Becky Higgins Project Life dividers. I cut them to size and slip them in. I also love adding the free printables on velum in the pocket. Both add a little peek-a-boo to the next page. 

So, a new thing I have started adding to my pages are QRs. I took a look at my husband's phone the other day and found so many wonderful photos and videos! Some that my son had even made! So I have uploaded the Walgreen's app to my husband's phone and have started to print them. I am also uploading videos that have been trapped on his phone! 

We had quite a bit of snow in February, which rarely happens where we live. I knew I wanted more photos in my album so I cut down Project Life pocket pages to fit in my planner and stapled it to the top of the calendar page. 

I also added a velum free printable to the side of the pocket page for fun. It was too cute to leave out!

Every month I find it easier and easier to add what I love to the Planner. The big thing is to make sure you know where your Number Rub Ons are before the new month starts so that you don't get behind writing your #onelittlethingeveryday!

Create Well: Want to add more photos to your planner? Make it happen! Either print them out smaller to fit on the title page or staple another pocket page right in!
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