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DECEMBER ALBUM I HEIDI SWAPP PHOTO BOOK KIT

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!
enjoy!




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!

COLOUR FRESH MEMORY PLANNER I START FRESH 2019

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


HEIDI SWAPP I JOURNAL STUDIO DIY: CREATE POCKETS


my latest love has been playing with my heidi swapp journal studio journals and coordinating we r memory keeper accessories.
there truly is SO much to adore here.

i am loving the ability to create beautiful journaled notebook pages...capturing thoughts, photos, notes and momentos all one place.


it really is awesome to transform blank notebook pages and bring them (literally) to life...with LIFE!  all the things that make life what it is captured through photos and words.  gosh...i just LOVE scrapbooking so so much.


and seriously how fun to be able to play and create with such gorgeous memory keeping product? i just am in love.



i used the we r memory keepers pocket punch board to create some fun interactive elements on this journal spread.  i love that with this one little tool you can literally create over 100 pocket sizes!! yes! over 100.  you can also create them with either notches or flaps too.  




here...let me show you just how quick and easy it can be to create pockets for your journal.  in this step out i am sharing how to create a flap styled pocket using the we r memory keepers pocket punch board.


the paper i am using is from the 6x6 emerson lane paper pad.  i just love 6x6 paper pads for creating envelopes and pockets.  not only do you have numerous patterns and options to choose from for creating pockets but the designs are scaled perfectly so pockets and envelopes turn out beautifully.


inside the punch board you will find this guide which outlines exactly the size of paper you need in order to make the corresponding pocket as well as the punch board information.


so to begin to create my pocket i align the guides into the appropriate notch.


i then cut off one edge.


flip your paper over to cut the opposite edge.


repeat until all 4 sides have been cut.


next pull out the scoring rulers.


place your pocket onto the board and score accordingly, along the guides.


simply fold and adhere using sticky thumb adhesive.


voila! the cutest little pocket that you ever did see.



so fun right?!? i just love having this super easy option avail to me so that i can create all the custom pockets for my journals to hold all the essentials!  i mean...just look how cute this tag is tucked inside this pocket...the best!


be sure to get your hands on this pocket punch board asap! you will love adding it to your punch board collection and if you are anything like me...you will be using it endlessly! happy crafting friends XO

HEIDI SWAPP & DCWV FARMHOUSE CHRISTMAS I DIY ADVENT CALENDAR

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!





CREATE YOUR OWN HEIDI SWAPP FARMHOUSE CHRISTMAS ADVENT COUNTDOWN CALENDAR:

Supplies:

* 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!

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