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i think it is safe to say that journal studio and i have become best friends.
i absolutely ADORE this style of documenting and the creative freedom these journals allow is something that is super refreshing and motivating for me.  they can truly become anything you want them to be.  i love that.

this little hot pink heidi swapp number has been calling my name since the day it landed in my hands.  so bright, so bold and so FUN.  

i love that these journals are truly blank canvases.  each notebook insert they come with (which is 2) have their own style and personality so you can truly achieve any type of documenting goal.

just recently i have become a huge fan of both dot and grid notebooks.  i love the creative freedom they allow but at the same time are super handy when needing a good jumping off point for creating different types of journaling.

with this dotted insert i was able to take a mini ruler and a black fine tipped pen and easily create a fabulous custom calendar for my journal and begin preparations to welcome in the month of february! i know...what?!?

i love how easy it was for me to create this calendar by simply counting the dots to make sure everything was even and they also kept me on track with drawing in my straight lines.  by no means am i an artist or drawer but these dotted inserts make it SO EASY to get the job done!

of course i could not resist adding in some of my favourite washi tapes and stickers.  i ADORE puffy stickers for journal embellishing and these specific ones from the heidi swapp journal studio collection are perfection for february.

this "love list" is probably my most favourite part of this page.  i just think it turned out so cute. and again...the puffies <3.

on the next page i was able to get a jump start on some documenting/tracking i want to focus on in the month of february.  these lists and bullet points are SO fun to include.  plus the journal studio sticker books make it so easy to achieve professional and beautiful looking pages.  seriously...i just added the stickers!  and yes...you may even spy a few pieces from heidi swapp's color fresh paper collection...because its just too awesome to not include it all.

i hope you enjoyed seeing my journal prep for february! i cannot wait to add in more pages and start documenting all the things.  lets bring on the month of love xoxo


hello friends lets talk photos and mini books.
i know we all got the photos and we all love the mini books.
i mean...who doesn't love a fresh stack of PRINTED photos just waiting to be played with?
the memory keeping possibilities are truly infinite.

and speaking of infinite...you can see i have quite the stack of photos below. 
sigh...anyone relate?

this is a box of photos that i had printed awhile ago and sadly they have just been sitting. i mean life just happens and keeps happening and sometimes the projects we want to get to so bad just do not happen the way we would wish.

luckily there are SOLUTIONS out there.  so many times i think we can get so "problem focused" rather than "solution focused" that we do not realize there are ways to make things happen despite the limitations in life that we may face.

for instance...this amazing storybook kit from heidi swapp.

this brand new kit is available ONLY at joann stores online and is the perfect solution for photos needing a home.  i say perfect because it has the album, it has the cute, and it all comes in this one box!  all you really need extra is a pen, some photo adhesive and a little creative time.

i was able to put this album together in about an hour the other night. i simply added in my photos, used the super adorable deck of days (which are included in the kit as well) to embellish my pages and then added my simple journaling following the album prompts.

(the only extra thing that i did add in were elements of the most adorable washi tape...but lucky for you that washi tape is also available right now at joann stores online as another fabulous handmade by heidi kit! you can find that little beauty right here.) 

and here is a look at the end result!

i had fun varying up some of my photo sizes and creating different photo spreads but for the most part i kept things super basic and straightforward with this album.

this album is truly perfect for any photo, event or special occasion.  i love how it captured last summers memories beautifully and SUPER easily.  i know you will absolutely adore creating your own album too.


hello friends and merry christmas!
i cannot believe that today i actually get to share with you a FINISHED DECEMBER ALBUM!!!
honestly, i am SO proud of myself. i can be the queen of unfinished projects so the very fact that i can share this album with you all is a huge deal! ;)

this year i used the heidi swapp photo book kit album to document a very special december for my family.  this album is available right now at joann and joann.com
as well as scrapbook.com.  it really is the cutest kit!  

inside the kit is this adorable album along with sets of coordinating holiday themed cards that fit into the pockets inside.

at the end of november through to the beginning of a december we took our first big family trip together to california.  we went to disneyland and then travelled to palm springs for the remainder.  it took a lot of effort, time and money to make this event happen.  however it was SO WORTH EVERY MINUTE.  travelling with children is never an easy task and with the break in routines and lack of sleep you know how that can all add up...BUT we survived and truly had such a wonderful time.  i am beyond grateful for this time we shared together and cannot wait to create even more special once in a lifetime memories down the road.

to create my album i used all instax mini sized photos printed out with my instax share printer.  this method worked the best for me since most (if not all) the photos i took during our holiday were with my iPhone.  

i created a walk thorough video below so you can see my album and all the details start to finish!

i loved adding in our disneyland park passes!  they are the perfect size for this album too. :)

i also adore the holographic iridescent touches.  these custom made pockets using the we r memory keepers pocket punch board is just too much fun!

you can see how the pocket punch board works here.

as always, LOVE my we r memory keepers typecast for all the journaling!

and to create this fun embellishment i used the heidi swapp minc holiday freebie printable.  it is such a beautiful print and it being a printable...there are SO many ways to incorporate it into your memory keeping and holiday decor!

i hope you enjoyed this little inside peek into my newest project!
thanks for stopping by and happiest 2019 XO
cheers to making even more beautiful memories to scrapbook!


hello everyone and welcome to ALL things MEMORY PLANNER!
it is almost the beginning of a new year after all ;)...can you believe it?!
today i want to share a little bit of my 'memory planner' plan for 2019 with you all as well as some of my FAVOURITE heidi swapp color fresh memory planner MUST HAVES to take along on this journey of 2019.
can i get a woot woot!!

so for this year i have chosen the classic size 'DO YOUR THING' memory planner in this gorgeous hot patent pink.  I LOVE IT.  i chose to go this year with the 6x8 size because my intention and 'plan' for 2019 is to get more thoughts on to paper.  i love that it has a bit more writing space than a personal size (even though i am a hard core personal size planner girl for all things "personal" ex: all the daily life things) but the 6x8 size will enable me to follow through with my game plan for this year.

this year i am all about using my planner for 'power'. i say power because i want to use my planner to infuse more energy into my life.  physical, mental, emotional.  the idea behind this is to use my planner as more of a journaling tool.  each day i am going to list these 4 'power words' and use them to guide me throughout my day and week.

my 4 power words are as follows:
  • positivity: list one positive thought for the day
  • prayer: write out a prayer for someone and/or something
  • purpose: note an intention/goal for the day
  • play: plan to recognize and make intended time for 'play' whether it is to play with my kids, do something fun as a family or make some free play time available for myself (ex. crafting, working out etc.)

the idea here is to certainly not overcomplicate things (because who has time for that??) but to make the effort to consciously get into the habit of writing things down and MAKING THEM HAPPEN.  i need accountability and i believe physically writing down the voices in our heads can be more powerful than we realize.

so...to highlight some of the fabulous tools i will be using on my memory planner 2019 journey i created a fun video highlighting my favourites from the heidi swapp color fresh collection.  it is seriously the best! 

so so many planner essentials i am completely in LOVE!
all of these planner pieces that i shared in the video (and MORE) can be found here and are available NOW! yes...right NOW!

i am LOVING these sticky notes....

the STICKER BOOKS!!! (sigh........)

i mean it truly does not get any better or prettier with desktop essentials like this!

i hope that you are inspired to take on 2019 with your head up, shoulders back and planner game strong...and of course with the color fresh memory planner collection at your side.  #letsdothis #2019 #plannergamestrong

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