Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Scrapbook Generations Create Magazine

Scrapbook Generations Create FREE Digital Magazine Issue 9 Featuring Heidi Swapp @heidiswapp @createbysg @createoften #heidiswapp #hsSeptemberSkies #scrapbookgenerations

Can it be possible that two amazing digital magazines come out in one month?! Yeah, it is pretty hard to believe that Heidi Swapp and her media team were asked by Scrapbook Generations if Heidi's brand be the featured manufacturer in their monthly free digital magazine. Well, after the release of the new #HSProjectLife magazine last week and this one today, I feel like I am on cloud nine!

You will get a sneak peek at Heidi's newest collection, 'September Skies', that begins to ship to stores today too! Plus there are several sketches to help you get motivated to craft too.

Here is my double page spread using their sketch! You will want to read the magazine to get all the details! The right side opens up with a flap and the inside is where I added a homemade photo stack to add more photos. 

I also created a card using the sketch Scrapbook Generations provided! I turned it upside down so I could have a little fun with Heidi's new stamp set in the collection! 

Scrapbook Generations Create FREE Digital Magazine Issue 9 Featuring Heidi Swapp @heidiswapp @createbysg @createoften #heidiswapp #hsSeptemberSkies #scrapbookgenerations

I hope you have a blast reading the magazine! I loved the behind the scene photographs and questions that Heidi shared! It was my favorite part! You can click right here to get to the free Scrapbook Generations Create Magazine!

Create Well: To be inspired is great, to inspire is incredible. - Unknown

Monday, September 15, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Interactive Project Life Pages

Heidi Swapp Make Pretty Stuff Volume 1 Issue 3 Free Magazine @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #hsprojectlife #projectlife

Have you read Heidi Swapp's new free e*idea book? I am so thankful to have been a contributor for this amazing magazine! To have projects along side Heidi, her media team, Ali Edwards, Stephanie Bryan, and Rachel Del Grosso was an honor. Then, to also be featured along side my online friends Cathy Vee and Annette Spaniel was so awesome!

Now, today, on Heidi's blog I get to go deeper into how I created my interactive Becky Higgin's Project Life page. This was one of my favorite pages to do! It was so easy to document my daughter's first birthday. Click on over to Heidi's blog today to get six different ways to add interactive elements to your pages!

Heidi Swapp Make Pretty Stuff Volume 1 Issue 3 Free Magazine @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsprojectlife #projectlife
Create Well: More interactive elements on a page means more ways to help you tell your story!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Off the Page Message Board

#HSProjectLife Dry Erase Message Board @heidiswapp @createoften @beckyhigginsllc #projectlife #board #diy

Today I have this awesome tutorial I recently created featured on Heidi Swapp's blog! It is one of my new favorite "off the page" projects! This dry erase message board is super easy to make and easy to change out too! Each frame is attached to the larger one with velcro so that it can be removed to switch out the paper whenever I want!

You can get the full tutorial right here!

Create Often: Make something that you can use every day!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Happy Adventure

I am always trying to figure out how I can bring focus to my photos on my layouts. Years ago, when I was just married to my budding photographer husband I would scrapbook my photos doing all kinds of mixed media on top of the photographs. When I would show my art piece to my husband all he could see was what I took away from his photograph.

Since then, and I believe more this year than any other, I have been trying to keep true to what my husband sees in the view finder. I don't add filters to our photos much anymore. I try my best to bring out the colors that was originally seen. Photography is an art form too and I can't take too much away from my husband's art when I scrapbook it. 

This trip to the coast was a great sensory experience for my son. I tried to record this moment when he saw teenagers being buried in the sand and he wanted to copy them. To add more photos on this 12x12 page, I added a mini Memory File.

The rest of the layout was created with my Heidi Swapp stash of Hello Today and even No Limits and Vintage Chic Buzz Words!  

Notice in the photo above Dad is in the photo. I made sure to photograph my husband with my phone camera since he was the main photographer that day. I try my best to make sure he is included when he is the main shooter by keeping my phone handy.

I know when I keep the photos true to what was seen in the camera, my husband is grateful and more appreciative of the stories I am trying to tell. The truth is, they are his stories too.

Create Well: Keep in mind of the photos you are scrapbooking. Let your art enhance the story you are trying to tell.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Craft Warehouse - Bailey's Irish and Cream

Bailey's Irish and Cream @craftsavvy @createoften #gift #masonjar #party #gameday #diy

Last week a friend came by with the yummiest homemade Bailey's Irish and Cream. When my husband and I tried it we both looked at each other and said we had to make our own! Our friend had it in a recycled snap bottle which made me think of the coolest snap bottles Craft Warehouse carries. Which then spun the thought of all the cool gifts I could give this coming holiday season!

I share the recipe on the Craft Warehouse blog here along with this "game day" version!

Create Well: Keep those friends with recipes close.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Molly Mo's Summer Antique Faire 2014 - Part 3

Welcome back to the last installment of Molly Mo's Summer Antique Faire! You can scroll down to read about this year's experience. This was the first time Diane had guest musicians play for her at her event! The Union Hill Grange was the perfect setting for a stage and places to sit, eat, drink a beer or wine spritzer, and enjoy the music! 

Etherius Quartet played in the morning while people were just beginning to find their treasures. I do love these kids! They have such soft hearts and a love for music. They also didn't mind me taking them away during their break for a few shots.

Follow them on their Etherius Quartet Facebook page and look forward to a video coming from me soon with a sneak at some of their work! They really set the mood for the entire faire! 

Here is Diane with Molly Mo's staff! It was so great to see everyone again... they are always so sweet and helpful to me. Of course I found some treasures of my own in their booth to take home!

Mark and Bill played guitar for the afternoon, lightening the mood with a bit of classic rock. It was the perfect time to eat and sit on an antique sofa or chair to listen.

Thank you so much for a good time Diane! It really was the best year yet!

Create Well: Good music sets the mood for a good time.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Molly Mo's Summer Antique Faire 2014 - Part 2

Yesterday, I shared the first part of my Molly Mo's 2014 Summer Antique Faire experience and today I am continuing the story...

As the vendors started to fill their booths with plants, fabrics, and valuables my sister and I continued to find beautiful treasures to photograph.

Mason jars in blue were a favorite.

There were beautiful things spilling out of every corner we turned.

Auntie Joy's had some beautiful handmade leather cuffs added to her booth this year. These were on my wish list.

Whatevers' booth was filled with unique items, just as it always is. This year they took me by surprise again with their special holiday twists! I love this "spider web" embroidery hoop!

Seriously, these stars on top of paper stars sitting in these painted glass jars were so clever!

Of course, I love to add selfies of me in the group of photos I give Diane because that's what friends do... leave little surprises. Ha!

Not only were there vendors set up outside the Union Hill Grange, but they were also set up inside! Five vendors shared the inside of this vintage church. I wish I could describe the sound on the hardwood floors of the vendors preparing for opening.

Then, my time ended photographing the booths as the doors opened and customers began walking under the tents and canopies. Laughter still filled the air but it was also mingled with espresso brewing by Cafe Venae. I walked through the faire watching the treasures I just finished photographing being carried away to new homes by happy owners. I loved it.

Join me tomorrow for the last installment of inspiration from Molly Mo's Summer Antique Faire. This year was the first year where there has been a stage of entertainment from local musicians. I can't wait to introduce you! 

Create Well: Joy comes in the morning. 8 o'clock to be exact.
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