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today is september 12.
also known as 'national day of encouragement'.

it really is true when they say 'a little goes a long way'.
it is often easy to remember all of the things that do not go our way, or make us feel sad, defeated and/or frustrated.
however...the moment we are told something kind, beautiful, empathetic, supported...spirits rise, tensions minimize and for a minute...we soften and feel peace. 


in honour of this day i wrote out this message on my heidi swapp letterboard.
i love this sentiment.
and it is so true.
encouraging and uplifting others is truly a full circle action.
what goes around comes around for both the giver and the receiver.

it is a remarkable energy force.

so today, on this day be aware that your kind words, thoughts and actions may hold greater power and influence than you could ever imagine.  

we could all use a little encouragement in our lives.

so today, let's rise.


i am completely in summer withdrawal mode....anyone else with me?!?
it seemed to fly by at lightening speed and with this rainy cool wet fall we are currently experiencing...yep you can bet i am wishing for summer days even more!

in order to curb my summer sadness lol i started playing around with heidi swapp storyline and decided that documenting some of my favourite photos would definitely help me feel better. and yep, you guessed right! it truly did the trick. crafting is ALWAYS the cure for anything.

i had the best time playing around with an 8.5 x 11 spread using photos from a morning beach trip.  i absolutely adore the adventure deck of days kit for summer documenting. it is full of the best prompts for summer moments.

i also could not resist playing around with the american crafts celebrity sticker books and adding some of my favourite stickers onto my page.  they are all now available at michaels online and are truly the best!! SO MANY STICKERS!

on this page i used stickers from the vicki boutin book.  i love all the colors and bold designs.  perfect for photos at the beach! (you can see all of the celebrity sticker books available online at michaels here).

so the next time you are finding yourself longing for those warm summer days...print off some photos, grab some heidi swapp storyline products at michaels (along with a sticker book or two ;) ) and get to work!

now on to tell more summer stories...stay tuned!


so it's never too early to start talking halloween right?!? ;)
well i don't think so! ha!
especially when the stuff we are talking about is SO CUTE!

i must admit i have a TON of favourites when it comes to anything heidi swapp.  however when she released the lightbox glow last year this one really made the top of the list.  then combined with this super fun halloween lightbox glow kit?!? man! it just does not get any better.

i thought i would share a few fun lightbox glow ideas using this kit.  some of the slides come already as is so you just simply slide them in.  there is also a set of alphabets included so you can create your own phrases and sayings...or simply play around with the icons slides and let the pictures tell the story!

the choice is totally yours to make.

this slide is already included in the kit.  simply slide in and voila!
gorgeous signage for your halloween home decor.

same goes for the trick or treat.  already done for you and in literal seconds you have a display that will surely wow.

i love this one!
i created this fun 'boo yeah' phrase using the alpha slides in the kit along with this spooky spider icon.
creepy yet totally cool!

and lastly, i created this vignette by simply placing in some of the icons.  i love this effect and again super simple to do and took no time at all!
this kit really has it all for whatever look you are going for this halloween!

i am so excited for halloween this year and to whip out all my fun decor this year.
everything i shared here is available now! woo hoo!


i always love switching up room decor whenever i have the chance.
especially with the change in seasons.
there is nothing more energizing than adding a few new pieces in to make things fun and fresh again.

that was exactly what happened when i incorporated some of the brand new heidi swapp neon lights wall words onto my daughters gallery wall.
these fabulous neon glow words and icons are now available at select joann stores and joann online.  they come in an array of different words and icons and are so much fun to customize.

by customize i mean CUSTOMIZE! not only is there a massive selection of different coloured wires to choose from.  but the words all come white so you can paint them, glitter them, distress them...they are truly whatever you want them to be!

for my daughters room i chose to use the purple neon glow wire.  i love how bright it pops!
check out this fun video to see heidi in action using her neon lights collection!

once i had my words all strung with my wire i simply added them to these fun metal grid boards i bought.

so easy and fun to do!
i cannot wait to see them all lit up tonight.

so be sure to check them out at select joann stores and joann online right now!
they make the perfect addition to any decor especially a bedroom!


hello july 1st!
here in canada not only does it feel like the official kick off to summer...but it is also a VERY important birthday.
happy birthday canada!
today you are 151 years old.

in true canadian fashion,  today will be celebrated with tons of red and white, canada decor everywhere, bbq's, flags flying and of course fireworks.
always the perfect way to ring in a birthday!

whenever there is a celebration you can definitely bet i will be decking out my heidi swapp lightbox and marquee alpha slides from michaels stores in honour of this great occasion!

these marquee icons are absolutely perfect for all types of celebrations and i just love how they look in my lightbox.  they truly pop!

so happiest july everyone (and to all of you fellow canuks out there) i hope you are enjoying an amazing canada day celebration with your friends and families!

happiest canada day....eh?!?


lately life is all about the summer vibes.
i decided to add some fun pieces into my home to serve as those all ever important visual reminders.
to relax. to savour. to enjoy this fabulous time of the year!

my obsession with my heidi swapp letter boards continues to run deep.
give me all the sizes. all the fonts. all the icons.
one can never have enough.

and better yet? all of these goodies i used to create my summer look are now avail at select joann stores and joann online.

one fun twist i did to my letter boards this time around was add some gorgeous tropical washi tape to the edges.  super easy and quick to do!  it also comes off so clean so you do not have to worry about wrecking your original letterboard.  i am loving this simple diy transformation!

the washi tape i used is this one from the heidi swapp fresh start memory planner collection at joann.  it is the tropical washi and they are all so freakin cute!!!  i also love when i can utilize my stash in more than one way. bonus right?!?

so if you are on the lookout for some fun summer additions to your home decor this year...be sure to head to joann stores to check out ALL of the awesome heidi swapp goodies in store and online now!

bring on summer!


as we are finding ourselves in the middle of june...
with the official kick off to summer soon upon us.  
have you thought about it? 
this year... what is your story of summer going to be?

summer is always such an amazing time.
i think mostly because SO MUCH is packed into just a few short months.
so many memories are made within these weeks.
it could be weddings, births, birthdays, graduations, vacations, stay-cations, regular life....the list can go on and on.
i know that a lot of these things happen throughout the rest of the year...but for some reason when they happen in summer it just makes it that much more, don't you think?
maybe it's just me and the extra sunshine...but i just cannot get enough of summer time events!

this year i am going to be capturing our summer memories in this beautiful storyline album that can be found in michaels stores and online.

i love the look, i love the family focus and i know it is going to be perfect to quickly record all of my family's stories inside.

(if you are wondering what exactly i mean by 'storyline album' you can find out more about the memory keeping system here.  it has been a life saver for me and is simply awesome).

i also love having this message displayed on my lightbox in my studio.
the perfect reminder to cherish each and every moment of the day.
life is moving too fast.
and i know i will want summer to stay forever.

this year my hope for my family and our stories is lots of time spent together.  
camping, playgrounds, spray parks, ice cream, the zoo, the odd road trip...
i cannot wait to begin capturing summer 2018.

so before summer begins to officially run away on all of us and if you are looking for a fabulous way to capture your summer 2018 check out storyline at your michaels today! oh...and snag yourself this cutie lightbox and the adorable alpha slides as well while you are at it.  you will love that too!

cheers to a fabulous fun filled summer XO
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