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we have officially arrived.
yes....we are almost at the end of august.
looking back and reflecting on the summer's events and happenings.
probably if you are anything like me, you also have TONS of photos.
either on your camera or iPhone. or both.  like me.
it has been one busy summer that is for sure.

so needless to say, with all these photos and memories.  they are needing a good home.
enter the newest collection of heidi swapp memory keeping products.  seriously, perfect timing.
in early august we went on our first little family vacation getaway.
we decided to bring our son madix to see drumheller.  home of the dinosaurs.
really....what more could a little 2 year old boy want?

we had a wonderful time taking in all of the sights and enjoying little adventures.  i think part of the magic of having little ones is how they really have a good time doing nothing.  just walking.  observing.  taking it all in.  this was probably one of the most relaxing holidays i have had.  on one hand it was busy....but on the other it was just simply "enjoying the little things".  it was an awesome balance.

once we returned home, i knew exactly what i was going to do with all of my photos.  i took a ton and really wanted to use all of them in a memory keeping project.  all of the photos i took this trip were taken with my iPhone, and i am truly ok with that.  some of them may not be perfect, but they were taken in the moment and that is what this trip was about for all of us.  just "being in the moment".

so today i want to share some of my favourite pages with you and how i brought our vacation to life within the pages of my heidi swapp memory keeping photo journal.  you can see the entire new collection and learn more about them here.

for me, this project was purely a focus on the photos and the words.  
time is flying by so quickly and i really wanted a place that i could document the little stories and little moments that made our trip together memorable.

inside my journal i added photos of various sizes....chose to mix things up a bit.  i had a ton of fun adding in stamping and washi to embellish.  most (if not all) my stamping and embellishing came from the coordinating embellishment kits.  these are all brand new to michaels stores and are available now.

one thing i really loved doing in this album is mixing up photo sizes.  it is so much fun to add variety in this way.  making these albums work for you and your style is so easy.  they allow for so much creativity.

i loved how i added in the arrow stickers beside each of these photos.  

washi tape is such a great way to not only embellish a page, but divide it if necessary.  especially if you want to journal about two different topics on the same page.  combining stamping and stickers is also one of my favourite things to play around with as well.

there are some great tags and paper embellishments that come inside the embellishment kits.  here i decided to add some machine stitching onto them before adhering into my book.  i will add in my journaling next.

when you purchase these albums, you will also receive a sheet of awesome transparent phrase stickers.  these are awesome as embellishments, journal prompts or creating visual interest in your album.  i love how i added these phrases to my photo page.  i find them to be very inspiring and will help tell my story when i journal it down on the next page.

you can see here how easy and awesome it is to add in all of the different embellishment pieces together.  below i added in stickers, washi....they create such gorgeous art when used together.

i also loved adding in various photo sizes and shapes into my book.  here i simply punched out some of my photos using a circle punch to create this fun page.  just because the paper is lined, one does not have to journal.  you can use these pages in whatever way you want.  i loved keeping the focus on the photos for this one.

mini scrapbook layout here for the win.  this page is probably my most favourite.

again, just so much fun to make your own rules and add a ton of photos! i even had fun playing with my typecast typewriter here to add in this quote.

i am SO grateful for this beautiful keepsake that i now have.  honestly, if it was not for this particular album i do not think i would have had my vacation memories scrapbooked so fast.  these albums make it SO easy to get your photos and stories combined in such a beautiful way....and you can make it as tedious or as simple as you desire.  there is no rules.  just room for endless creative play.  now that i have all of my photos inside...i can work at continuing to jot down stories and memories as i have time, and remember.

i hope you are inspired to tell some of your summer stories this year and capture them inside one of these amazing photo journals.  you will be amazed at how easy it is and how incredible your memories come back to life when they are captured within these pages.



today is ALL about my favourite things.
as a self proclaimed "planner girl", ANYTHING related to planners just makes me SO happy.
and BRAND NEW planner stuff? yep...that is my happy place.

so in honour of all things planner, say hello to my newest love.  my newest "personal" love i should say...

this is the beautiful brand new personal sized memory keeping memory planner from heidi swapp.  it is part of the all new memory keeping planner and album collection that is hitting michaels store shelves now.  i know, it's beyond gorgeous.  and SO cute!!!

today over on heidi swapp's blog i am sharing just how i got started using this planner this month.  be sure to stop by for an inside look and you tube video tutorial on how i embellished my calendar pages too!

and speaking of embellishments....look at these gorgeous bits that are part of the all new embellishment memory keeping kits that are also now avail? yes...SO drool worthy!  and beyond perfect for planners, scrapbooking, cards....you name it.  AND they even include stamp sets!  YES! stamp sets.  i know. it's too much awesome to handle.

so be sure to check out my blog post today for a full inside look.  get ready to fall in LOVE!


i love kit clubs.
there are so many amazing ones out there filled with such gorgeous product.
this month i decided to use a kit to help me document and tell my story in my memory planner.

for instance, i receive the ali edwards story kit and story stamp each month.
truly my little prezzie to me.
it also is awesome for me since i do not live close to any scrapbook stores or retailers.  
so it is definitely nice to get my little hands on gorgeous new products when i cannot most days.  which....in the end may be a good thing?!? ;)

today over on scrapbook and cards today i am sharing my entire july journey and how i used the previous ali edwards story kit and story stamp (entitled "believe") to help me get this month's life details down.  it was definitely super helpful for me.

so be sure to stop by the blog today to read my full story, see all of my page spreads and learn just why a kit club may be the answer you are looking for too. :)


welcome to MY space!
here is my little piece of heaven, my sanctuary. my happy place.  my little escape.
this is where you will find me most late nights...and i love it.
this place is the perfect space for me to unwind after a crazy day of LIFE!

for the past little bit, i have been craving a change.  my space has not always looked like this.  in fact, it was pretty unmotivating.  because this is my little sanctuary, i really wanted it to be somewhere i looked forward to coming and it was a place that relaxed me and at the same time reenergized me.  being creative does not always come easy....so if i am in an invigorating space it definitely helps!

so to transform my space i chose to create a gallery wall.  this was the best solution for me and my space.  i used some of my most favourite pieces from the heidi swapp gallery wall collection now available at michaels stores to create my wall.

i love using the faux pallet boards to create customized signage, the vintage frames for housing my favourite photos and quotes.  clipboards to hold those special extras, cute shelves to place more goodies on, sparkly marquee love and as always my lightbox keeping me inspired!

so be sure to stop by heidi's blog today to see my full blog post and recap on the story behind my creative space.

i am SO excited to be sharing it with you all.

be sure to check out heidi swapp's entire gallery wall collection.  it is amazing....with ENDLESS possibilities to make YOUR space the best space too.  we all deserve time in beautiful spaces, and now we can make them our own.  how awesome is that?!?


wow. cannot believe that it is almost already the end of july! yikes, looking back on my last posting it has been awhile.  needless to say it has been a busy month so i thought i would pop in with a little minc inspiration recap that i shared this month on the heidi swapp blog.

i did two blog posts this month showcasing the awesomeness that is the minc.  one being a mixed media art journal showcasing the minc reactive mediums in conjunction with texture paste, color shine, art screens and stencils.

it is always awesome to see how the variety of products work both alone and separately to bring projects to life.  you can check out that entire post, along with a you tube video tutorial here.

my second minc posting this month showcased how brilliantly the minc is as a laminating tool.  these amazing lamination minc kits are super fun to play with.  not only can you minc your projects but once you are done that you can laminate!  awesome right?!?

i created a super fun mini tag album documenting some of my summer memories thus far.  be sure to check that out here.

thanks for checking in and i hope you enjoy the post recaps!  see you next week.


as i mentioned in my previous post, this month i wanted to focus a lot more attention on capturing the story and documenting my life with words in my memory planner pages.  today on the scrapbook and cards today blog i share the story behind this new focus of mine...and what motivated me to change my approach this month...and going forward.

with any new goal, or conscious way of thinking/decision making...it truly is a "one day at a time" process.  how fitting that this month's memory planner divider page is in fact titled "one day at a time". signs are everywhere, aren't they?

now that it is almost nearing the end of june, i am SO grateful to myself for being brave and working hard towards this goal.  it is so very important to note and write things down.  at the end of the day it really is.  time is flying by.  so quick i can barely comprehend it myself.

all of a sudden, i really am FEELING it.  and well....
it's not always easy to accept that time is passing, we are all growing....getting older.  things and life are constantly changing.

at the end of the day, writing my story....the little notes, blurbs, comments....are what keep me present and in the moment.  calm and accepting.  even though it can be so very hard.

i hope you stop by the sct blog today and have a read.  
it really is amazing how one little step adds up to great things.

one day at a time.


i cannot believe the month of june has already arrived....and really is almost gone by now!  yikes! where are the days going?  
the other night i was looking through my memory planner so far...and as amazed as i was of all of the things, life stuff, photos, notes etc. that i had collected....to me there still was some major stuff missing. i needed more story in there.  i need to start writing more.  plain and simple.

so i began the month of june, with this new goal and new focus.  let's make this month MORE about the story and working towards getting it down on paper.  it's funny because i tell myself that i will remember. and you know what??? at the end of the day i do not.  and i need to accept that!

it really is about looking at each day....ONE day at a time and being intentional about journaling and recognizing it's deep importance.

so today on heidi swapp's blog, i am featuring my post on essentially "journaling 101".  i am offering a few tips and tricks that i have personally used this month to keep myself on track, focused and working towards achieving this goal of writing more things down on paper.

it is definitely a work in progress...and takes much conscious effort.  but i DO know that i will be so grateful and thankful to myself for doing it next month, the month after that....the YEARS after that.  really, these days i will never get back.  and i want to remember what made up my days and all of these really cool "life moments" that happen on the day-to-day.

being a stay at home mom is such a beautiful thing to me.  and such a sacred time that i know will not last forever.  so i just want to be able to honour this time and record about it so i can have these memories close by when life moves on, we all get older.  you know, things CHANGE.

so if you are looking for some inspiration, motivation....or just another way to use a memory planner be sure to check out my post.  i hope in there, somewhere....you are intrigued and inspired to maybe start recording, journaling and noting a little bit more about your days too somewhere.  it really is priceless.

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