Thursday, October 23, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Don't Forget to be Awesome

Don't Forget to be Awesome @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsSeptemberSkies

Have you ever needed to just take time out and find your artistic self again? I am so thankful that Jamie Pate invited me to take Big Picture Classes' Art + Design by Wilna Furstenberg. I haven't taken a class in forever and to be able to take it with a friend is always better (even if you do live in different states!). The class has actually been quite therapeutic for me. I dusted off my watercolors and have been having so much fun.

Don't Forget to be Awesome @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsSeptemberSkies

My son actually understands when I tell him, "I am doing my homework right now." ;) He actually will watch me and not interrupt because he knows I am "learning" in my "art class". I love that! Ha!

Don't Forget to be Awesome @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsSeptemberSkies

This page was using a cut file from the class focusing on "typography" as a design element. It looks completely different compared to the class sample, but I stayed true to using the quote as the large title for the page. Heidi Swapp's floral patterns from her newest September Skies collection are making me so happy right now.

I have more pages to share from class and I can't wait! With each one I feel my free-spirited artistic personality coming back out in me - and it feels good!

Create Well: Take a class with a friend and let the teacher help you let loose and be you!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pink Paislee - Merry & Bright Card

Merry and Bright Christmas Card @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppmerryandbright

I went into the store this last weekend and the Christmas department was already set! While everyone was elbowing their way through the Halloween costumes, I strolled down the empty Christmas aisles looking at everything for the first time. I love checking out the color trends; mini ornaments that make great package toppers; and testing out the glitter ornaments to see if I could handle that kind of glitter in my home. Unfortunately, the glitter got put back - but I found this wire tinsel! I knew right then that I needed to make a "snow globe" wreath card with Pink Paislee's new Merry & Bright collection!

I started creating a "package look" by adhering burlap ribbon to the front. I built my "snow globe" by using a Shake It shaker card pouch by Impression Obsession. They are just great! They already have adhesive on the back so all you get to do is dress it up inside and out! I made a little snow scene inside using a Swiss Dot embossing folder to white cardstock, then added trunks to the Merry & Bright ephemera trees. I have clear confetti also inside so that it really shakes like snow globe snow!

The tinsel wire was in the "miniature tree" section at the store and was created to be mini garland. But, I just love it! I just snipped it with wire cutters and hot glued it to the rim around my shaker.

This collection is so much fun and I can't wait to make some more! I am having a blast!

Create Well: Think outside the box and find items that are small enough to add to a card that might not necessarily be in the crafting department.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Boo Bucket!


I have always wanted to try out the new Booing tradition in my own neighborhood. When Heidi challenged me to create an "off the page" Halloween project using her new September Skies collection, I had to try my hand at making a boo bucket! You can see my full post about it on Heidi's blog right here!

I originally got the "boo bucket" idea from Craft Warehouse last year.  I spent some time designing these free signs for Craft Warehouse but didn't even get a chance to use them! So, when I saw these little legs by Darice and that they matched the paper I wanted to use and also the sign I created, I had to get them! 


You can get this free printable and the free boo poem download that matches right here!

Create Well: Spread some random acts of kindness in your neighborhood.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Heidi Swapp - World Card Making Day!


Happy World Card Making Day! You know, it wasn't until I started working with Heidi Swapp's products did I fall in love with card making. I dreaded making a card years ago. Since then, I have found what makes a great card is the joy of the person making it.


Happy thoughts make happy cards. Happy cards make happy recipients.


My twin sister is quite the card maker. In fact, this is her holiday ;) She makes cards that make me fall in love with stamping, small details, or embossing all over again. I am always excited to get one of her cards as a gift. I feel special when I get it in the mail.

That's how it should be for everyone that gets a handmade card. They should feel special.


This card was made with Heidi Swapp's new September Skies collection now in independent scrapbook and online stores! I love the sentiment stamp from the new collection and built the card around it. I had to add this Lawn Fawn bear, from the Love You S'more Set, to the card because he is just so darling. I also customized him with his little heart.

When my son saw him, the first thing he said was, "Ahhhhh!" Mission accomplished.

Join me and the rest of the Heidi Swapp Media team with more card inspiration on Instagram! Start right here at Heidi's feed!

Create Well: Happy thoughts make happy cards. Happy cards make happy recipients.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Pretty Pockets

Pretty Pockets @heidiswapp @createoften @beckyhigginsllc #projectlife #hsprojectlife

Every day I feel more and more blessed to be able to tell my story in a creative way. Really - the zoo is one of those trips where photos are taken, but nothing really ever happens to them. They might be lucky if they even make it to Facebook to share. I am so thankful that I was able to print these unique photos of my son at the Oregon Zoo and added the memories right into the Becky Higgins Project Life Pockets.

Today, I am sharing three of these pockets on Heidi Swapp's blog with a free download printable - so you can have the inspiration when you are ready to sit down and scrapbook!

Create Well: Keep a binder filled with project inspiration, instructions, and printables so when it comes time to create, you have inspiration at your fingertips.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Project Life Pocket Card

Heidi Swapp Color Magic Project Life Pocket Card @heidiswapp @createoften @beckyhiggins #projectlife #hsprojectlife #colormagic
I love making cards. It wasn't always that way but I realized how important a handmade card was after receiving a few in the mail. It is like having a mini work of art in your hands. It feels so good to get that little piece of art in the mail that I try my best to do the same.

Heidi Swapp Color Magic Project Life Pocket Card @heidiswapp @createoften @beckyhiggins #projectlife #hsprojectlife #colormagic

My sister likes to do several at the same time, assembly-line style and then package them up as Christmas gifts. Everyone loves these gifts! It is a great idea to do this time of year before you get started on your Christmas cards! ha!

Today I share how to make this fun Heidi Swapp Becky Higgins Project Life pocket card on Heidi's blog. Click on over to get the step by step directions.

Create Well: Take time to show someone you care by sending them a handmade card. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Hello Today


Ok, I admit it. Having a little girl added to our family makes scrapbooking quite fun! I get the best of both worlds. I can scrapbook our family pictures using any collection of papers I want. Then, I am enjoying making my son's pages for his own album and then my daughter's for hers. It makes using all the pink I want totally ok!

I realized a few weeks ago how important it is for each of my children to have their own albums devoted to their own pages. My son sat and looked through his and I could tell he felt loved. I wonder if he would see that as much if all the pages were mixed together instead. 


I am falling more and more in love with these acrylic shapes by Heidi Swapp. Now that I have the American Crafts Mini Stapler, I swear I want to staple everything. Forget the glue! Give me gold staples every time!


The journaling short and sweet on this page as it will go side by side with another scrapbook page I will share later this week!

Create Well: Place your children's pages in a separate album so they can read it often as conformation of your love to them.
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