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playing with different techniques and my heidi swapp minc has always been a favourite way to play and stretch my creativity.

there are so many endless creative possibilities when it comes to the minc and i always love to learn new ways, methods and "tricks" to add these fun and interesting elements to my paper crafting projects.

that is why today i am SUPER excited to share 3 of my favourite minc techniques with you!

right now you can access my FREE online educational class here.
with a complete supply list, photos, and start to finish video tutorial you will learn the following:

*how easy it is to use art screen ink with acrylic stamps to create a foiled stamped image
*how to use a glue pen and foil flakes with a stencil to add some fun background details to a layout
*how to add foil (without a minc machine) to double sided alphabet stickers

and trust me when it comes to the minc this is just the START of what you can accomplish with this fabulous tool!

what is even better is i utilized all of these techniques to create a STORYLINE scrapbook page.
how fun is that?!

can you spot all of my techniques?!
can't wait to see you in the classroom...we are going to have so much fun! :)


so i would have to say that my latest obsession of 2019 is coptic notebooks.
hands down.
LOVE them.

i made a promise to myself this year to try new things. learn something new. stretch my brain and exercise my skill set.  enter coptic notebooks.

and then when i get my hands on a new paper pack? definitely another coptic notebook is a MUST.

that being said... say hello to wolf pack.

this brand new collection from heidi swapp has my HEART.  the color palette, the patterns, the entire feel of this line is just beautiful i cannot say enough how much i love it.

i love how coptic notebooks have the ability to showcase collections and paper lines so beautifully.  this paper collection just needed to be transformed into a coptic notebook.  

now, if you are interested in learning about coptic notebooks and how to create them i HIGHLY suggest checking out this post and the attached links.  i took this class by paige evans and it is SO worth the investment in order to learn how to properly create them.  the step by step directions are wonderful and her video is excellent.  she is how i learned how to make these and i cannot sing her praises enough!  take her class! ;)

the inside notebooks of a coptic notebook are called 'signatures'.  so i chose some of my favourite patterns from the paper pad and created my signatures.  inside each signature is just blank paper but you can fill a signature with whatever you desire.

i then used the we r memory keepers book binding tool to punch both my signatures and covers.  i love this tool because it makes punching and preparing your notebooks and covers a breeze!  it's accuracy cannot be beat.  if you love making handmade bound books i highly recommend this tool. i love using mine.

here are all my prepared signatures. i love all of these patterns.

and here are my covers.  i simply covered backboard with wolf pack paper to create them. easy peasy!  i then punched the covers with my book binding tool.

and the finished product.  i added some of the gorgeous wolf pack alphas to the cover.  they are the perfect font.

i just adore all of the signatures bound together.  makes me so happy!

i love this wolf from the sticker sheet.  such beautiful art work.

be sure to check out this entire collection shipping right now!  whether it is book binding, scrapbooking, card making or general crafting you will love working with this collection so much.
it is a beauty.


i am just going to cut to the chase.
i am really excited to share this project.
mostly because i actually WROTE in this journal!

does anyone else relate? 
sometimes blank pages can be SO intimidating for me.  
for fear of wrecking something...i do not do anything. 
and that really can be frustrating.

add on top of that when supplies are SO beautiful. 
gosh...the intimidation can be paralyzing creatively.

however...i think i FINALLY faced that fear head on and am completely 100% confident in taking on any journal and making it my own.

i have been admiring this insanely gorgeous crate paper journal studio collection since it was first released.  i adore ANYTHING crate paper and have been a long time fan.

i love the pretty feminine vibe.  the touch of vintage and romance.  it is beyond inspiring and i could not wait to get my hands on it.

this beautiful delicate polka dot journal is everything.
not only does it just look beautiful gracing ones workspace or desktop...the potential it holds for ones creative imagination is limitless.
that is why i was committed to work in this journal and create something that was meaningful and pretty and fun.
i committed to working on a project for me and i am SO happy how it turned out.

you know the saying, "begin each day with a positive thought"?  
that is kind of the inspiration behind this journal.

for the month of april i am going to note one positive thought per day for 30 days.
using a ruler and a micron fine tip pen i created a basic calendar spread for the month of april.
i embellished with elements of the crate paper journal studio sticker set.

to complete the rest of my journal i created weekly spreads which i hand drew using a basic ruler and micron fine tip pen.

again...there is no real structure or guideline here when i created my spreads.  i simply started drawing boxes.  one for each day of the week.  once that was complete i embellished with simple stickers and titles.

i am so happy that i prepared this journal before the month of april.
that way NO excuses.
one thought a day...that is all there is to it.
i always love a good challenge and i am ready to fill this journal with even more beauty and positivity.

as i finished up these spreads i definitely realized that when it comes to creating mind over matter is a huge thing.  sometimes you just have to get out of your head and onto the paper and let things happen.  it really felt so freeing to bring this project to life and it helped me find a working system that felt good and motivating.  i also LOVE the feeling of using up stickers and stash.

so all in all this was a win win for me!  i encourage you if you have ever felt this way to just start playing in a blank journal.  it is amazing what can happen and what can be created when you just give yourself permission to be free.



i LOVE to share and talk about things i LOVE.  
because why not share the good am i right?!

joann stores AND joann online have been graced and stocked with beautiful heidi swapp kits that are brimming with nothing but beautiful creative possibilities.  
each with their own personality and twist...you will be sure to fall in LOVE with each and every one.

say hello to my current favourite: the floral planner journal kit.

i have been OBSESSED with grid notebooks and i absolutely ADORE this one.
i am using it for my creative team 'working' planner to keep track of my monthly assignments, social media postings, brainstorming, inspiration, ideas...pretty much ALL the things creative wise.

and the fact that it is GRID.
cause do you know how hard it is sometimes to find a fabulous GRID notebook?!
trust me...i have looked!

so here is a basic walk through of my creative 'working' planner.
and i say 'working' because lets be honest.
i find that with planners...there is a pressure to make them 'pretty'.

and why i do LOVE a pretty notebook...and making them pretty....i also crave a place where i can just chicken scratch, and make lists, a place to release the pressure and need to feel perfect.  
i need a notebook where i can just let it all go and allow it to come to life on it's own...be functional, meaningful, workable AND pretty.
the kind of planner that simply takes on a life of its own.
well friends, THIS is that planner.
and i kinda love it.

i begin each month with a calendar spread.
being that it is my creative team planner i use it solely to list my deadlines with assignments and postings.
i love a birds eye view of the month where i can see what is due when.
it helps me plan and prepare appropriately.

and like i said...i still love to add a bit 'pretty' so i have used cards and stickers that have come with this planner.
as well as additional washi tape from THIS handmade by heidi kit.
i also love that i am using up some of my random stash when working in this planner too (alpha stickers, stickers and stamps etc.)

below you can see what i mean with chicken scratch.
i just let it all out here.

notes, ideas, potential projects, ideas that are rejected, new ones.
the whole gamut.

and guess what? its TOTALLY ok.
and i'm totally OK.
no need to be perfect here friends. just productive!

march's calendar.

i dedicate a section for both my blog and creative assignments each month.
 i also include a dated list which tracks when i post to social media (not pictured).

there is also a devoted space for brainstorming.
which is absolutely vital for me in the creative process.

i just love this planner journal.
it has kept me motivated, accountable and productive.
what else more could you ask for?
 ok...maybe more stickers ;)

be sure to check out this fabulous kit if you are looking for something to help you get organized, motivated and creative.
it really is awesome and has helped me so much.

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