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hello friends!
today i am wanting to share a fun, simple DIY advent calendar that you can make using some beautiful christmas releases out now!

you can see the beautiful release here!

for my project i chose to use the gorgeous festive red glittered 'merry wall word' alongside this super beautiful DCWV farmhouse christmas 12x12 paper pad!  i love this paper pad for SO many reasons!  it is double sided, super thick quality card stock and is FULL of the most beautiful classic patterns that are just perfect for the holiday season.  it complements the heidi swapp wall word brilliantly!

this year i wanted to create my own advent calendar.  and one that i can use every year and fill with my own treats and/or activities. so i used the paper from this pad to create mini sized openable boxes that i can fill year after year with something small (either a treat or note).

to create my boxes i chose to use my silhouette machine and this box cut file (adjusted to my desired size) and made 24 boxes out of various patterns from the paper pad.  however you can use any die cutting machine to create a simple box template which is all this one is.

once they were cut out, i secured the edges with adhesive. i recommend a hot glue gun as i find this works best.

watch my video tutorial below to see how easy it can be to create a custom advent calendar using these cute tiny boxes!



* Heidi Swapp City Sidewalks Merry Wall Word
* DCWV Farmhouse Christmas 12x12 Paper Pad
* Die Cut Machine or Die Cut Tool to create the box template
* Hot Glue Gun
* Desired Frame (i used a wood frame with a canvas backing)
* Circle Punch & Number Stamps/Stickers

once complete i used a circle punch and a set of number stamps to mark each of my boxes.  

i just love how festive this project turned out and i can re-use it every year!
i hope you have just as much fun as i did creating your own for your home.

'tis the season!


happiest october friends.
and with that....happiest 'national pumpkin day'!
i mean...aren't pumpkins THE best thing about fall anyway?!?

i often find with people that it is either one extreme or the other.
people either LOVE pumpkin or hate pumpkin.
there is usually no middle ground.
and for those that love it...well it is probably closer to an obsession than anything haha.

for me this time of year is PUMPKIN ON EVERYTHING!
i love the decor, the smell, the colors, the spice...pumpkin to me is what fall is ALL about!

so needless to say....the obsession IS real.
at least for me anyway ;) .

i absolutely adored adding this heidi swapp halloween neon glow pumpkin to my collection this year!
he is just the cutest thing and i cannot get enough of that glow.

so in the spirit of the season and this day...rejoice in pumpkin in ALL THE THINGS!
light the candles, buy the latte, dish up some cheesecake and smile.

for it is national pumpkin day!


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?!?

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