9.19.2014

thinking of you ~ mini album

A few weeks back on My Craft Channel, Heidi shared a project using the Hello Today Memory File Kit. The show was focused on creating the cover of the memory file with layered stencils and Magic Medium. But then she also made available the fabulous inside of that project by way of a free download. If you missed it you really should check it out.

That show inspired a few things for me. One, it allowed me to follow along some one else's project and just go through the motions without actually being original. This is a commonly used creativity exercise I like to use. Heidi's free project pdf was a perfect opportunity for that.  Second, I wanted to create a mini album for a friend as a gift. It just ended up making for a great creative opportunity.

Hello Today Mini Album #heidiswapphellotoday #memoryfiles @heidiswapp @jamiepate
The album is arranged very closely to how Heidi teaches how to build hers, but as you can see, I already changed things up on the cover. I adore that kraft glittered paper. It is the perfect cover pattern for this album. And this is how it usually goes for me when I am just going through somebody else's motions, my preferences always come out and I almost always learn something new.

Hello Today Mini Album #heidiswapphellotoday #memoryfiles @heidiswapp @jamiepate


So here is a look inside and my take of the Hello Today Mini album...

Hello Today Mini Album #heidiswapphellotoday #memoryfiles @heidiswapp @jamiepate


I loved adding that Color Magic Card to this page as an interactive piece. A homemade photo stack was made and I added several photos to it and stuck it inside the envelope. Oh how I love me some places to hide little this and thats.

Hello Today Mini Album #heidiswapphellotoday #memoryfiles @heidiswapp @jamiepate
This album was made as a birthday gift for my friend who came out and visited us this past summer. We were just hanging around town as well as home. Creating albums like this, well after the moments have passed, allow one to remember and reminisce. While being in the moment may have felt like a blur, relishing it now brings a lot of joy.

Hello Today Mini Album #heidiswapphellotoday #memoryfiles @heidiswapp @jamiepate

Turning the page I made use of the left side for a single photo layout. I mean, seriously...how could any other photo compete with that face.

Hello Today Mini Album #heidiswapphellotoday #memoryfiles @heidiswapp @jamiepate
I simply adored placing the photo stack from the kit right here.

Hello Today Mini Album #heidiswapphellotoday #memoryfiles @heidiswapp @jamiepate

The smaller pages lend to an interactive feel. The layers just invite the viewer to turn each page. And a photo stack allows plenty of extra room for many more photos. Even goofy ones.

Hello Today Mini Album #heidiswapphellotoday #memoryfiles @heidiswapp @jamiepate
The middle of the mini memory file was used for a couple of photos, and plenty of journaling. Even now, as important to me as journaling is, I can quite often fail to add my words. I was sure to not let that happen for this gift.

Hello Today Mini Album #heidiswapphellotoday #memoryfiles @heidiswapp @jamiepate



Hello Today Mini Album #heidiswapphellotoday #memoryfiles @heidiswapp @jamiepate
Hello Today Mini Album #heidiswapphellotoday #memoryfiles @heidiswapp @jamiepate
Hello Today Mini Album #heidiswapphellotoday #memoryfiles @heidiswapp @jamiepate


Hello Today Mini Album #heidiswapphellotoday #memoryfiles @heidiswapp @jamiepate
And that wraps it up. The last Color Magic Card added here has a greeting, as well as a surprise bonus photo my friend would not have been expecting.
Wouldn't you love a gift album like this? It was so fun to put together, especially since Heidi did all the hard part for me, and I just had to fill in the blanks. Sometimes that is just the perfect creativity exercise. And it was a joy as well to be able to gift it to someone else.

Hope you found a little inspiration here...
till next time...

~jamie

9.16.2014

scrapbook generation. heidi swapp. and september skies...

um...hello?
anybody out there...
cause I been the worst blogger evah!
and it is already the middle of September,
and i can't even believe.
the days are traveling past me even faster than a blur.

How much more thankful that makes me for a creative way to tell my stories and remember and simply slow down for just a second.

And today's plan is to make it up to you for being so absent...
so hang on!

Heidi Swapp and the Heidi Swapp Media Team have teamed up this month with the free edition of Scrapbook Generation and made really pretty stuff with the brand new September Skies.
Oh yeah...

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


Take time today to check out the new issue from Scrapbook Generation. And did I mention it was free? It's a chance to get real happy on a bit of eye candy, and then visit all the team today on their blogs as they each show off up close and personal layouts and cards created just for the magazine.

And here's mine...

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


Can my middle daughter even be 13 already? This layout was created with plenty of September Skies to go around. Scrapbook Generation, if you have not read their publication before, makes available sketches to create by. And I love me a good sketch.  I followed one of them  here to share this birthday story.

Scrapbook Generations Create FREE Digital Magazine Issue 9 Featuring Heidi Swapp @heidiswapp @createbysg #heidiswapp  #hsSeptemberSkies  #scrapbookgenerations @jamiepate
The embellishments that are a part of this collection work effortlessly together. They are all so beautiful. The Color Magic Die Cuts are spectacular. They let me keep the hue of my layout perfect for my creativity. Something that has been a favorite aspect of Color Magic anything ever since Heidi started designing them.

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

Here you can see so many goodies from the new set including Ephemera, Word Strips, Washi Tape, Stitched Banners, Wood Veneers and more Color Magic Die Cuts. Pretty sure the Wood Veneers are up there as my new favorite embellishments.

Scrapbook Generations Create FREE Digital Magazine Issue 9 Featuring Heidi Swapp @heidiswapp @createbysg #heidiswapp  #hsSeptemberSkies  #scrapbookgenerations @jamiepate
This collection was pure joy to work with. I knew as soon as I saw it that my middle daughter's birthday and these pieces would make for beautiful documentation.

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


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


O.K...next project I did for the magazine was a card...
also based on a sketch found in the magazine.

Scrapbook Generations Create FREE Digital Magazine Issue 9 Featuring Heidi Swapp @heidiswapp @createbysg #heidiswapp  #hsSeptemberSkies  #scrapbookgenerations @jamiepate
This card shows off the Stitched Banners that were a whole lot of fun to play with. Look how whimsical they are.

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

The camera from the Die Cuts was sprayed with Citron Color Shine...a perfect go to hue for this collection. And then I just went to layering. Ephemera die cuts and clear elements + another Word Strip.

Scrapbook Generations Create FREE Digital Magazine Issue 9 Featuring Heidi Swapp @heidiswapp @createbysg #heidiswapp  #hsSeptemberSkies  #scrapbookgenerations @jamiepate
The grey pattern paper, called Midnight Shadows, just speaks to me. The contrast of the Citron and the corals and pinks from the other elements makes this card make you...well...want to smile.

O.K...so here is a little inspiration for you.
Make sure you check out the rest of the team for even more paper love.
And there is a whole lot more at Scrapbook Generation you don't want to miss either.

Enjoy.

8.30.2014

august memory planner

august memory planner @heidiswapp @jamiepate #heidiswapphellotoday
Welcome to the end of August...
did I just say that out loud???
Big sigh...because I had such a great time with my Memory Planner this past month.

august memory planner @heidiswapp @jamiepate #heidiswapphellotoday
For me a theme is always the way to go for the numbered list on the first page. And I just went with the quotes that Heidi designed on the page...Fill Your Days With Laughter...
so my list is #onelittlethingeveryday that would make me laugh.
O.K...ignore the day that is missing...because let's be honest...some days are just relentless-no- laughing-matter kind of days.

august memory planner @heidiswapp @jamiepate #heidiswapphellotoday
Interactive pieces added to the pages add a lot of interest. Some of my notes I prefer not to have out there for all to see so easily. So I sort of cover them up. But I will tell you, under the 'smiles are free' free printable from Heidi I  share my heart as to why laughter needed to be a theme for the month. Shared why things had seemed so hard. Who knew this little planner would also serve as a cathartic to emotions that needed to be worked out. Oh how I have loved this planner this year.

august memory planner @heidiswapp @jamiepate #heidiswapphellotoday
The top edge is attached and my thoughts hidden underneath. Love.

august memory planner @heidiswapp @jamiepate #heidiswapphellotoday
The page protector side is all kinds of fun for me. Celebrated that baby boy's 4th birthday this month. Oh how I love summer birthdays. We had so much fun. Lots of laughter and celebrating and being together. You can catch a peek with the QR if you are interested. It's my heart.

august memory planner @heidiswapp @jamiepate #heidiswapphellotoday
Left one pocket open so our group pic could be seen from the other page. Framed that baby up with a Hello Today frame. Added another free printable to a pocket. The die cut heart paper is from the JoAnn collection. And I loved the calligraphy of Anchor and Ink pinning the words of Micah 6:8 from the She Reads Truth Bible study earlier in the month. That was a must have.

august memory planner @heidiswapp @jamiepate #heidiswapphellotoday
Here is the second section.

august memory planner @heidiswapp @jamiepate #heidiswapphellotoday
The upper left photo of my youngest daughter starting a new school. Will show in a bit how I made that a mini accordion and added additional photos.

august memory planner @heidiswapp @jamiepate #heidiswapphellotoday
A business card for the local ambassador of Noonday Collection. And another free printable with some important events listed for the month rounds out the backside of the pocket pages.

august memory planner @heidiswapp @jamiepate #heidiswapphellotoday
I loved these photos with her and all that this new beginning for her entailed.

august memory planner @heidiswapp @jamiepate #heidiswapphellotoday
Added a few extra pages to the binding. So thrilled by that group photo of family and friends that celebrated the life of Sawyer with us.

august memory planner @heidiswapp @jamiepate #heidiswapphellotoday
How great is this space to simply add this and that. All the little things that make up my life. All 8 months of this year in one place. All the one little things everyday. I am so thankful for this process.

august memory planner @heidiswapp @jamiepate #heidiswapphellotoday
So here is to a new month. A new season. And continuing to capture the blur every. single. day.

Now go. and create.

8.28.2014

today was lovely ~ sizzix shape store

So much going on right now in this life.
Feeling so motivated to just go for it and attend to so many things that are calling my heart.

jeanne oliver ~ creativity takes courage

Had a beautiful friend recently steer me in the direction of Jeanne Oliver's "Creativity Takes Courage' series on her blog. You know when you know you need something but you don't know what it is that you need and then someone speaks into you and shows you what you need and so you go there? yeah. That is what this is. So thankful for this. Now to find time for me.

In other news...
I am so excited to be attending and teaching at this event!
daydream ~ the event


If you are local to Chicago-land...or just need an excuse to make a visit, registration ends on September 1st. It is going to be a beautiful event hosted by two most beautiful ladies, Maggie and Sarah. Hope to see you there.

And today...
today was lovely @sizzix @jamiepate #sizzix #digital



I simply want to share a card made with the Spring Today die cut collection I have available over at sizzixshapestore.com.
because i like it.
and i want to show off my cuts.
and even though i should have named them something other than Spring Today. (note to self)


today was lovely @sizzix @jamiepate #sizzix #digital
but that title just does not matter…
because these cuts are versatile enough for any theme.

today was lovely @sizzix @jamiepate #sizzix #digital

this card is a bit interactive as a glassine bag is attached to the front of the pattern paper and holds a tag for the message.

today was lovely @sizzix @jamiepate #sizzix #digital


this card is for a dear friend who even today as i write this has been a balcony person to me. do you know what a balcony person is??? 
well, that will have to wait for another post i suppose.

today was lovely @sizzix @jamiepate #sizzix #digital


Today's card is brought to you by one of my newest cut files found at the Sizzix shape store:

my Spring Today digital die cuts.

Here are the details:
I took the flourish and separated the stems out a bit so as to not make the shape so wide. that was glued to the top of the glassine bag.

then the today was sprayed with adhesive and layered over the stems. because i can’t help myself, i have just got to layer.

when i brought the butterfly into the software for my eclips i copied and repasted several of them and then just resized at whim. these were then cut out on white card stock. then i sprayed them first with Seafoam Color Shine…too lite.
then with Teal Color Shine…just perfect. hot glued these delicate cuts to the front of the card in a random and haphazard fashion. 
slipped a scrap of book paper into the glassine bag. attached a stash of seam binding to a manila tag and wrote my words on there and slipped into the bag, which is glued to the background paper.

jmpgirl designs | digital die cuts Spring Today #sizzix @jamiepate

These cuts are available to purchase as a collection, or as individual cuts. 

Enjoy.


8.22.2014

let's make a sandwich

I have received a few questions as to what the ‘sandwich’ technique is that I used this week on the Project Life Merci card  created for the Heidi Swapp blog.




so here today i am a goin’ to show you how that sandwich was created…

here’s what you will need:

1 4x6 journal card from the Gold Foil Project Life kit
2 3x4 journal card from same kit
1 scrap piece of card stock
adhesive

+ 2 more 3x4 size journal cards or even plain card stock

trim a piece of card stock to a 1-inch width. 
trim that piece to 2 1/2-inches long so that you have 2 1-inch wide pieces.

score each piece in half length wise as shown in photo. i will now call these flaps.

add double side tape to one side of the flap and attach to the back of the 4x6 card. 
i like to use the American Crafts 1/4-inch This To That Double Sided Tape.


attach the journal cards to the BACK side of the card flaps. when the flaps are closed they will be seen properly on the front of the card.


the view to the inside of the cards shows the flaps. you could always keep it just like this, but i prefer to cover, or ‘sandwich’, those flaps with another piece of card stock.


and this is how it looks when that flap is all sandwiched up and covered up. on the left side the flap is not longer seen as it is on the right side of the card.

now finish up with another, embellish, stamp, and Color Shine at will. 


if you have ANY questions…leave a comment or message me on my page on Facebook here. i would be more than happy to help you.