Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Heidi Swapp - January Memory Planner Pages Part 1

Heidi Swapp 2015 Memory Planner @heidswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsMemoryPlanner #planner #plannerlove #diy

I can't tell you how much joy I have been having in Heidi Swapp's Capture 30 class. Not only have I been trying my best in perfecting my handwriting, but I have enjoyed the deep thinking about how to make this planner be more than just a "calendar." I really want to give myself freedom to dream and grow while also documenting that one thing every day so that at the end of the year I can visually see my blessings!

Heidi Swapp 2015 Memory Planner @heidswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsMemoryPlanner #planner #plannerlove #diy

Everyone's planner will look different! Here is how I am choosing to do mine! On the full month calendar pages I am just adding things that would normally be on my appointment calendar. No school, birthdays, doctors appointments, teaching engagments, etc... This page isn't done as I can still add quotes and other noteworthy things here.

Heidi Swapp 2015 Memory Planner @heidswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsMemoryPlanner #planner #plannerlove #diy

On my actual date pages I am having fun! Hey, if I want to add a photo, I will! I am also tracking my weight loss so that I can see actual progress. That is encouraging! On the lined area I will add my "one little thing" and on the empty space to the right I will add lists or photos.

Heidi Swapp 2015 Memory Planner @heidswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsMemoryPlanner #planner #plannerlove #diy

I also realized for big events like CHA, I might want to add extra pages and tons of pictures. I am trying to keep things small because I know that I want my album to close by the end of the year! ;)

Heidi Swapp 2015 Memory Planner @heidswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsMemoryPlanner #planner #plannerlove #diy

I purchased Simple Stories' Snap 6x8 page protectors to add to my album. They are a little too big for this one so I cut them down. Yet, they fit perfectly in the Gold Boxed Edition so I am happy to use them there too.


I have no shame in asking friends if I can use their photos in my memory planner and printing them off with my Canon Selphy home printer. Hey, sometimes a friend captures a moment when you can't! 

Heidi Swapp 2015 Memory Planner @heidswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsMemoryPlanner #planner #plannerlove #diy

Heidi Swapp 2015 Memory Planner @heidswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsMemoryPlanner #planner #plannerlove #diy

I feel like my early teen years is coming back to me by adding tape and photo strips to my scrapbooks, or that my days of SMASH books is resurfacing... whatever it is, I love it.

Heidi Swapp 2015 Memory Planner @heidswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsMemoryPlanner #planner #plannerlove #diy

I have also purchased the Simple Stories Snap 4x6 Photo Flips so that I can add some larger photos on my pages. I love the freedom to do that if I need to!

Heidi Swapp 2015 Memory Planner @heidswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsMemoryPlanner #planner #plannerlove #diy

Heidi Swapp 2015 Memory Planner @heidswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsMemoryPlanner #planner #plannerlove #diy

Shoot, I will even print out a screen shot from Instagram if I have to ;) (with permission of course)

So far, most of all, I have been so proud of the progress of my handwriting in just a week! It's all about taking it slow. Since I have to slow down to write in my planner, it actually becomes therapeutic for those five minutes of quiet.

Create Well: Slow down and take time to write your #onelittlethingeveryday

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Heidi Swapp - Memory Planner Pen Pick

Memory Planner Journal Pens @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsMemoryPlanner #journal #pens #planner

So, when I started the handwriting segment of Heidi Swapp's Capture 30 class I was ready to go! I had all my favorite sized pens out and started practicing. Well, it wasn't until I got really focused that I noticed all my pens had been leaking in my pencil case. I pretty much noticed when my hands were black!

Well. It was like having to start from scratch. I went to my local Craft Warehouse and loved that they had a pad of paper right there next to all the journal pens in both the scrapbooking and art sections. I just tried them all out including different sizes. Now that I had practice at home using Heidi's handwriting techniques, I knew what I wanted after testing them out.

Here is my pick!

1. Tombow USA N15 Dual Brush Pen in black
2. Pigma Micron by Sakura in sizes 01, 05, and 08
3. Gold pencil case by Kikki.K to keep them in
 

Bring on the handwriting!

Create Well: Test out what pens will work best for what you want to use them for! It's best to spend a little extra on something that will last than something that will need to be replaced next month.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Heidi Swapp - Chalkboard Marquee Mini Book

Chalkboard Marquee Mini Book @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsWanderlust #diy #marquee #chalkboard

I can't get enough of the chalkboard and marquee trend. It is everywhere!!! I love a good trend... one that inspires me to get creative. Today I am up on Heidi Swapp's blog sharing this little mini book inspired by these two trends.

I was so excited to find this mini chalkboard easel at Craft Warehouse! The other side is a white board two so it is the perfect little message center. I thought it would be a lot of fun to create a mini book on the inside!

Chalkboard Marquee Mini Book @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsWanderlust #diy #marquee #chalkboard

I placed photos of some of my favorite people inside and now I have a sweet little mini book to sit on my desk and inspire me every day.

Chalkboard Marquee Mini Book @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsWanderlust #diy #marquee #chalkboard

Chalkboard Marquee Mini Book @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsWanderlust #diy #marquee #chalkboard

To find out how a created this little mini marquee mini, visit Heidi's blog today!

Create Well: Let a trend kick off your next project. If it happens to be chalkboards or marquee signs, you know it's been a good day.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bazzill Basics - Hello New Year!


Goodbye 2014! I am ready for a new year and new adventures! Today I am up at the Bazzill Basics Paper blog with this beautiful "faux" watercolor technique. I can't get enough of this look mostly because it reminds me of the little watercolor paintings I use to do as a high school student. This one is a lot faster though as it only uses two colored markers and a blending pen.

You can read all about it over at the Bazzill blog right here!

Create Well: Here's to 2015!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Pink Paislee - Countdown 2 Christmas Days 6-8

Countdown 2 Christmas Album @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #decemberdaily #minibook

I have been having a blast with my Pink Paislee Merry & Bright album. I am making sure to have my camera on me at all times. My phone is what I am having in my back pocket at all times. Even with my Galaxy S5 I am having fun getting a few really great close up shots like of E's Star Wars Lego Advent. I can't help it... it is so fun!

Countdown 2 Christmas Album @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #decemberdaily #minibook

Countdown 2 Christmas Album @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #decemberdaily #minibook

Days 6 and 7 are one one page to give me more pockets for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The rest of the album has one page for each day. 

Countdown 2 Christmas Album @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #decemberdaily #minibook

I left all the clear pages for a little artistic fun and some peek-a-boo pages. The deer on this page was copied from Day 10 and 11. I love that there is consistency in this album!

Countdown 2 Christmas Album @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #decemberdaily #minibook

Countdown 2 Christmas Album @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #decemberdaily #minibook


Countdown 2 Christmas Album @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #decemberdaily #minibook

Countdown 2 Christmas Album @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppc2c #decemberdaily #minibook

The page also includes one of our family photos. We went and had our family pictures on the 7th which I resized and printed them at 4x4 to fit into pockets through out the book. I love that I can include these whenever I need a spot for an extra photo!

Create Well: Keep things simple during the busy month by making pages alike in your album.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm

Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm with Heidi Swapp Project Life @heidiswapp @createoften @beckyhigginsllc #projectlife #homemade #essentialoils #peppermint #lipbalm

Anyone who knows me knows I get excited about trying out new gift ideas during the holidays. Christmas time is the best time of year to get working on a new DIY! I also love giving. It is one of my love languages. I love give to anyone this time of year. Sometimes I like to even have little gifts in my purse, just in case I am out and see someone that could use a little something to 'make their day.'

Now, I don't have a huge budget. We are talking less than a $1 per gift. So, what better way to make it special than by making it 'homemade'? This fun gift idea of homemade lip balm in a gift bag is up on Heidi Swapp's blog! I even share the recipe!

Create Well: Share a little love this Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bazzill Basics - Missing You This Christmas

Blend With Bazzill @bazzillbasics @createoften #bazzillbasics #bazzillcardshoppe

When I saw this sentiment stamp by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday, I had to pick it up. During the holidays it always seems like we are away from someone we love. There were several years we didn't have our niece home for Christmas while she was overseas in the military. It is always hard to be away from any family during the holidays.

Blend With Bazzill @bazzillbasics @createoften #bazzillbasics #bazzillcardshoppe

This card is over on the Bazzill Basics blog and I hope it inspires you to make a card to send to someone you miss this Christmas!

Create Well: Send a little snail mail this week to make someone's day!
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