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today i want to share a very simple and easy DIY to create a gorgeous interactive gratitude mini album with the heidi swapp honey and spice collection that makes a great keepsake.  whether you fill it with photos, journaling, favourite thoughts from the month or if you are hosting a thanksgiving dinner, try having your guests handwrite their gratitudes inside.  just think what a treasure this will be all filled up with the best of the best!

to create my cover, i first had my laser printer print out this heidi swapp handwritten 'blessings' freebie onto a piece of honey and spice pattern paper.  you can find the freebie here.

i laid a piece of rose gold minc foil on top and ran through my minc on heat setting 3.

always so beautiful.  i just love how this turned out for my cover.

next, find a piece of chipboard and trim to your desired size.  you can make this book any size you want....mine is just under 4x6 size.

cover the chipboard pieces with the patterned paper.

for the inside of my mini book i created a bunch of openable envelope pockets, tags and included tags from this honey and spice tag set.  this way it allows me a ton of options to add in photos, journaling and notes that i want to collect.  i also love the interactivity of it all.

using my heidi swapp we r memory keepers cinch i punched all of my inside pages.

the first step to binding a book using the cinch is to layer all of your inside pages starting with the last album page and ending with what will be your first page.

then add your album front cover face up and then the back cover on top face side down.  make sure the back of the back cover is facing your front cover because when you flip it around that will be what side you will see.

place onto the binding side of your cinch and push down.

voila! a beautifully professionally bound keepsake album ready to go.  the cinch truly is one of my most favourite tools.

and how about that minc shine?!

i love how it fits easily in the palm of my hand.

i cannot wait to fill my album up with all the things.

here in canada we have already officially celebrated our thanksgiving, but for those of you who are looking forward to celebrations this week i hope i have inspired you to make create your own version of a gratitude mini book that you can share with your family and friends.  


lately i have been thinking a lot of about the goals and plans i had set out for myself for this year.
nearing the end of october i guess this normal.
one year is coming to a close (faster than i can even imagine) and a new one looming on the horizon.

lately with all these looming transitions (especially with the arrival of the COLD weather) i needed to remind myself of a few things.  and that is to keep my eye on the prize.

seriously why is it SO easy to feel the need to give up when things get hard?  nothing worth anything comes easy and i should know this! still...the journey is the journey and sometimes is it ever a bumpy ride!

i love to give myself visual reminders that keep me motivated and refreshed and help to reset my train of thinking when it wants to veer off onto that "easy path".

the key is to remember why i even began in the first place.  the desire and need to move from a place that is not serving me in the best way to GET to the place i want to be.  at the end of the day when the desire to just forego all of your plans and goals sets in it is SO essential to hold on to all of the things that will make you remember why the change is needed. and why it will be so good.

so if you are anything like me and "feeling it" grab yourself a fun heidi swapp lightbox from JoAnn Stores and/or online (and some alphas) to keep you motivated and on track.  sometimes we all just have to be our own best (and loudest) cheerleader. high fives to all of us who are keeping on! keep going friends. we can do this!


well i could NOT be more in love with my latest heidi swapp storyline scrapbook page!
i just love when products fuel fresh and new creative life into previous ones and this project definitely has my creative juices flowing in overdrive!

this is the heidi swapp foil quill usb drive.  on it are TONS of incredible designs and artwork that through your electronic die cutting machine can be "sketched" onto your projects using the we r memory keepers foil quill system. if you are new to the foil quill system you can learn more about it here.

ahh i thought to myself...how FUN would that be to add a foiled title onto my latest storyline page?  i immediately set to work and this is what i created.  i just LOVE it so so much!

i then dove into my stash and added in a few fun extras from the heidi swapp Color Fresh collection.  stickers from the sticker pad, a favourite patterned paper and some additional journaling via my we r memory keepers typecast.  cause you KNOW i love my typecast for story telling!

the foil quill system comes with 3 different sized "tips" and for this title i decided to use the fine tip pen.  personally this one is my favourite. the smooth beautiful foiled application of this title is seriously amazing.  you would honestly never think it was created at home it looks that professional!

if you love creating scrapbook pages, telling stories AND trying new ways to collaborate and use your supplies together i highly recommend this technique.  SO easy to do, yet the results are mind-blowing!  be sure to check out all of the products i used in my page today right now at JoANN stores and JoANN online.  i just love them all so much and i know you will too.


i always love to create and make home decor projects that are fast, quick and easy.
that being said...i have such a super quick and easy DIY project to create for halloween!

candy canisters!
to create these fabulous canisters all i simply did was choose digital word art from this heidi swapp halloween/fall bundle and had the words cut out of black vinyl using my silhouette cameo.

i literally then went through my cupboards and found some extra jars/canisters i had just laying around...seriously how does one collect so many?!

i love when i can repurpose things i have on hand and make them new and fresh again!  adding some simple vinyl word art to these jars completely changed and revitalized them.  i love how they turned out!

this jar below is actually lined with some of the DCWV paper from their Happy Halloween paper pad.  another fun way to quickly and easily add some festive fun to a project!

i really hope you are inspired to try out this technique and fall in love just as much as i did!


well the time is now....better late than never!
i know i have been seeing the cutest halloween ideas popping up all over my social media feeds and when i got my hands on the fabulously fun DCWV Happy Halloween 12x12 Paper Pad well i could not resist!

this paper pad is gorgeous!

first off the quality of the paper is incredible.  it is sturdy, thick and vibrant.  it even has tons of sheets and cut aparts with beautiful foiled detailing.  it really takes halloween paper crafting to the next level with all of the fun designs!  i really fell in love with this paper pad!

because of the high quality of this card stock i decided it would be perfect to transform some of my most favourite patterns into little goodie boxes!  i love beautiful paper and how much better is it when it is transformed into something so cute that literally fits in the palm of your hand?! am i right?

i powered up my silhouette cameo and got to work! it was easier than ever to cut out these templates and assemble them!

i love this little goodie bag.

this spider box one is an absolute favourite!

how fun is this to give filled with ones favourite halloween treats?!

if you are looking for an easy fun DIY then i highly recommend creating some one of a kind goodie boxes to give out this halloween season. with all the unique patterns found in this paper pad each and every box is one of a kind!

i just love holiday creating no matter the season...don't you?!

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