Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Intentional Scrapbooking - my new Online class!


I am excited to share with you  my brand new class over at Big Picture Classes called  Intentional Scrapbooking!

When you're intentional in your memory keeping, you bring the focus back to the most important parts of your scrapbook layouts—your photos and stories. In my  class, I'll  share how to achieve Intentional Scrapbooking through cut files, ephemera, embellishments, journaling, and more! Go beyond the pretty products and get to the heart of scrapbooking to tell meaningful stories on your layouts!


 There are 6 layouts and 6 videos sharing how I use the elements such as cut files, ephemera and  QR codes to bring my layouts together.

I hope you will join me over at Big Picture Classes...I would love to see you there!

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Celebrate Spring with the Heidi Swapp red Letterboard


Spring is in the air in Australia and what better way to celebrate the new season with the brand new
( coming soon) Red Letter board from Heidi Swapp.
The red Letterboard is going to be perfect for the upcoming celebrations such as Christmas but is also perfect for any celebration be it big or small. The red with the white frame really makes a gorgeous statement.

Heidi Swapp red letterboard

I have teamed the red letter board with the new white 1 inch letters and the yellow 2 inch letters that I spray painted previously! The yellow and white just pops don't you think!

Heidi Swapp red letterboard

The new letter board will be available at your local and online Scrapbook store soon!

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Monday, August 28, 2017

DIY Minc foiled QR coges

Today’s Minc It Monday edition over on the Heidi Swapp blog   shares a fun new technique  to create foiled QR codes to use in your layouts or planners, and also includes One Canoes’s Creekside Collection, Maggie Holmes for  Crate Paper's Carousel collection  and  the Minc Foil and applicator. I have recently renewed my love of using QR codes in my Memory Keeping! I am using them in my scrapbooks and planners. It is so easy to just upload a video from my phone straight to You Tube and then create a QR code with my QR reader app on my phone. Today I want to take it a step further and add a little zing to my QR code with some Minc foil! How cool is that!

Heidi Swapp Minc

Let me share a little about my layout before I show you how to create the QR code and foil it in the video below. I began with my back ground using the One Canoe Creek side "Mountain View" pattern paper.  I then trimmed up the "Radiant" pattern paper for my "This" part of my title and adhered it to the left side of the base pattern paper.

Heidi Swapp Minc

I then used some Black foil and ran the  Minc  Jumbo letters through my Minc machine. I adhered them in a haphazard fashion on the left side of the page. I then layered my photo and pieces of the Carousel Chipboard and sheer stickers in and around my photo.

Heidi Swapp Minc
I then created my QR code on my phone and then Foiled it with some Teal foil. Watch the video below to see how easy it was!



Once I foiled my QR code I trimmed it and matted it over some white cardstock. I then attached it to some white floss with my Tiny Attacher. I can now scan my QR code anytime I want and watch the video. What a fun concept right! Can you imagine the possibilities now with all the different Foil colors!! Expect to see a lot more of these foiled QR codes  on my projects in the future!

Heidi Swapp Minc


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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Heidi Swapp Letterboard Celebrates book week

It's book week here in Australia and I wanted to celebrate the week with my boys and my Heidi Swapp Letterboard.
After I spent a few hours creating my son's costumes for the book week parade I then set about creating a great quote to put on my Letterboard to inspire my boys all week.
 I began with the Extra Large Letterboard, I  then combined the Black, Gold and White (which I spray painted yellow previously) 2 Inch letters and the black 1 inch letters to spell out my quote. I added the word Celebrate from the Celebrate Word set to complete my quote.

Heidi Swapp Letterboard

I just love this photo of my boys. As I was taking photos and asking them to stand in certain places and poses, my youngest who has recently found a love of reading literally kept on reading through each photo snap...it is my new favourite photo, if I had tried to set up this photo I am sure it would have been a failure....but the fact that it is real life and epitomises the essence of Book week it  just makes me so happy.

Heidi Swapp Letterboard

They were dressed in the favourite book characters - my oldest - Minecraft of course LOL and my youngest Geronimo Stilton.

Heidi Swapp Letterboard

A close up of the Letterboard. I love the black, gold and yellow letter combo combined with the glasses and stars from the Every day Icons set. I now have my letter board sitting on our stair case and hope it inspires my boys to continue their love of reading way past Book week!

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Kid's storyline layout


Today I am here to share just how quick it is to get  some of your kids memories ( or any memory) scrapped. I will be using the Storyline collection available now at Michaels and  one of Heidi Swapp's  sketches from the new Storyline e-book to create a layout. Well can I tell you I felt like a cheat because it literally took me 15 minutes to put my layout together. It took longer to edit and print my photos than to complete my layout! Can you believe it?!
You see the secret is, having the sketch and the simplified embellishments takes all the guess work out if it. You really can't ask for more than that.

Heidi Swapp storyline collection
You might notice I added a few extra elements to my layout, some inked markings ( from my sons lego toy wheel...wink) and a QR code that links to a youtube video of my son playing with his Lego Dyno  that I uploaded from my phone to youtube. I then used my QR reader to create the code, then printed it off and added it to my layout next to the Deck Of Days card.
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You can see above the sketch I started with: three photos with a square element next to the top photo.

Heidi Swapp storyline collection

To embellish my layout I added in a few more of the Deck of Days cards that I tucked under as well as layered over my photos.

Heidi Swapp storyline collection

You can spy my QR code next to the square Deck Of Day card above my photo. My QR code creator allows me to change the color QR code to match the colors of my photos!

Heidi Swapp storyline collection

My journaling tag I slipped under my bottom photo so it can be pulled in and out as an interactive element.
Below you can see a quick tutorial about how the base of my layout came together.

Heidi Swapp storyline collection

I pulled out one of my son's lego cars and rolled the wheels into some black ink and then ran the wheels around the cardstock to create a border for my photos.

Heidi Swapp storyline collection

I created a freestyle square not worrying that the lines were not straight.

Heidi Swapp storyline collection

I then ran my cardstock through my We R Memory Keepers typewriter to add some quick journalling at the bottom of my layout.

Heidi Swapp storyline collection

Finally, I checked out the sketch again from the  Storyline e-book, placed my photos in place and then gathered some Deck of Days cards, stickers and photo corners to embellish.

Heidi Swapp storyline collection

Finally I wrote out my journaling on one of the journaling spot stickers then used a large hole punch to punch around it leaving the sticker backing in place so I am able to use it as an interactive journaling piece.

Heidi Swapp storyline collection

I love how quick, easy but best of all fun, my layout is. My son was curious to know what I was doing with his Lego car and I had to smile a little as I was covering the wheels with ink and thought of him downstairs wondering what I was doing!
Grab a pack of the Deck of Days cards, Download the Storyline e-Book and get those memories recorded!


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DIY Banner in my classroom


As you may know, by day I teach kindergarten here in Brisbane Australia. I recently shared a peek into my classroom decor here on the blog. I love that I can use all of Heidi Swapp  goodies to help motivate my  class. I want to share another fun idea I am using in my classroom this time with the DIY banner that you can find at your local Michaels!

Classroom display using the Heidi Swapp DIY Banner


I started by using some colored paper from my classroom and trimmed them to fit the  shelf on the banner. I then simply glued the strips to the banner.

Classroom display using the Heidi Swapp DIY Banner


I then grabbed my  mini lightbox letters and word phrases that fit the banner perfectly and spelt out my quote. I wanted a bright fun feel so I combined different fonts and colors.

Classroom display using the Heidi Swapp DIY Banner

 Classroom display using the Heidi Swapp DIY Banner
I finished off by hanging my banner with the enclosed gold clip. Each week I change out my letterbox letters and my class look forward to finding out what the new quote is!
Find the DIY banner and mini Lightbox letters at your local Michaels now!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Heidi Swapp Letterboard Classroom display

I love using my Heidi Swapp products in my classroom. There is always something new and exciting in her collections and when school went back recently for Term 3 and I was planning for our Dr Seuss unit of work I wanted to create a way to get the kids excited. So I used the large Letterboard and some customised letters to create my display and took it into my classroom.

Heidi Swapp Letterboard

Previously I had spray painted some of the white 1 inch letters with yellow spray paint and I used them plus the Black 1 inch and gold and black half inch letters to create my Dr Seuss quote.

Heidi Swapp Letterboard

I placed my letter board on my DIY Dr Seuss chair I also made for my classroom.

Heidi Swapp Letterboard

 ... and added that red bow to the top of my letter board for a fun Reference to The Cat In The Hat!

My kindergarten class just loved it and it is sitting proudly in our room for the kids to read and refer to each day!