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Just Chill Out Summer Flamingo Party

Hi! I’m Jen Evans,  a member of the Heidi Swapp Media Team. I’m thrilled to share my “Just Chill Out Summer Flamingo  Party” with you today! Invite your friends to bring their suits and appetite and make this bash the best one yet!

Just Chill Out Summer Flamingo Party

Party prep has never been easier with the Heidi Swapp Lightbox! Let the regular and mini Lightbox make the statement on your table! Just add your sentiment or quote and let it do all the talking!

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This snack ‘n’ play table is the perfect place to add party treats, drinks, bubbles, and water balloons! It sets the stage for all the fun!

Need a fun cake stand to add height to your table? Take a fun patterned bowl and glue two glass candlesticks together with E6000 adhesive and then glue them to the bowl. Let it sit overnight to seal and you will have a stylish platter by morning!

Add a ‘pop’ of color without helium! Make a bold statement with balloon clusters on either side of the table. Blow them up and tie three of them together. After you have four groups of three, place them on a stake in the ground. Twist twine around the balloons and stake to keep from blowing in the wind. Repeat for the other side.

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A party wouldn’t be a party without a few selfies in the mix! Use the new Instax Mini 9 to get that perfect selfie with your friends!

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The new Mini 9 has a convenient mirror on the front of the camera so you can get that perfect selfie! Customize it with a new Heidi Swapp Instax Tropical Camera Cozy!

Display the photos right away while snapping them with the Heidi Swapp Wood Photo Stand. You can give the stand a summer look by painting it a bright color!

Have guests decorate their photos with an Instax frame or clear sticker from the Heidi Swapp Cards Pack.

Now that all the photos are finished it is time to “chill out” and get wet! Whether your guests are floating in a pool or enjoying their water balloon fight, take few more pictures!

Then, as your guests are about to leave, let them put together a fun Instax book to take with them! They will love adding to it with more summer memories!

Have guests add cards from the Instax Card Packs too. It is so much fun to swap and share cards with friends!

Whether you and your friends are chilling out by the pool or cooling down with a water balloon fight make the memories last with a fun party! Capture it all with the new Heidi Swapp Instax collection!

 

 

How to Make an Easy Americana Tablescape

Hi! I’m Jen, a member of the Heidi Swapp media team and the creator and party-planner behind the Create Often blog. I’m thrilled to be sharing this DIY patriotic party décor idea with you today.

Outdoor dining is number one on my list for the upcoming summer holidays. While my husband is planning his BBQ menu, I love creating a tablescape that guests will remember. This Americana tablescape is easy to pull together, in just a few simple steps!

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I picked up a table runner, chargers and candleholders from my local Michaels. Their new Summer Heritage Décor collection is versatile enough to style any patriotic holiday this summer. Keeping the color scheme with white, blue, and gold will allow me to use the décor later in the year, but adding touches of red pulls Memorial Day and 4th of July in nicely.

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I love a centerpiece I can use anytime of the year! These beautiful succulent photo holders are customized for the summer holidays but the flag and photo can be changed out for other summer occasions like graduation, a wedding, or even a baby shower. The best part is you can make it in minutes and you don’t have to have a green thumb!

Here’s how to make them:

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Start off using the Heidi Swapp Instax Photo Frame Kit. The kit comes unfinished, which makes it easy to customize each shadow box to match your color scheme.

  1. Paint the wooden frames.
  2. Add floral foam to the frame box with hot glue. Here, I cut 1 block in half to use in both boxes.
  3. Gather a variety of faux succulents, cacti or even small floral stems to add a little glam to the centerpiece.

Maker Tip: Look for florals that have a touch of red to tie in the colors of the summer holidays.

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5. Cut gold floral wire to 12” long with wire cutters. Use your finger to wrap the wire twice and press together to make a photo holder. Measure it to stand 7” tall and snip off excess. Then just poke the wire into the foam and add your photo.

The best part of this center display is the custom Instax photo! When using the Fujifilm Instax Share™ Wireless Printer, you can print image from your phone into an Instax print!

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Fun prints with sayings and sentiments are the latest trend in home décor and adding these to your tablescape is a fun way to foster feelings of nostalgia for your guests. I created these patriotic images that you can download for free!

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Click here to download these free printables! 

I saved the files to my phone and added more holiday stickers to them using a photo-editing app. Then I printed them using the Fujifilm Instax Share™ Wireless Printer. Watch how easy it is!

 You could easily swap out your favorite photos on this centerpiece to go with any event.

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 Add a couple of American flags and just like that, your patriotic centerpiece is ready to party! Celebrate the summer holidays with a beautiful tablescape, good food, family and friends. Memories are sure to be made.

What are you making this summer? Share your projects with us on Instagram using #MakeItWithMichaels!

 

 

Make Your Story Come to Life

Hi everyone! I’m Jamie Pate, a member of the Heidi Swapp Media Team. I’m thrilled to share our new collection and my love for storytelling with you today.

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I love simple. I love beautiful. I love simple stories told beautifully and ready and waiting in my albums for me to recall a moment in time. The new Storyline™ Collection by Heidi Swapp® is just the perfect mix of simple and beautiful wrapped up in a new line of albums, embellishments, and journaling kits.

Our stories are so very important. They are the evidence of life lived. Our lives. And we are the tellers of such story. Heidi Swapp’s new Storyline collection is the very essence of storytelling in a concise and meaningful way. Follow me as I tell about some of the pieces that are part of this collection, and then let me show you how very easy it is to tell your story.

This collection is simple and beautiful.

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There are eight kits called Deck of Days included in this collection. The kit is full of die cut prompts, square and rectangle quote cards and photo corners.

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Journaling Sticker Kits also make up the mix. Four different packs of themed journal spots, clear stickers, plus months and dates for the year.

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The album in today’s post is an 8.5” x 11” kraft paper album with D-ring binding. When opened, a plastic storage envelope is at the start of the pages. Perfect for holding any of the Deck of Days or Journaling Sticker Kits so you can keep everything together.

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The opening page is titled with a most welcoming statement to invite one to create beautiful memories.

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For this page I am using a 4×6 and a 3×3 photo. Each of the pages included in the page protectors found in the album are pre-stamped requesting needed information.

Who, What, and Where is found at the bottom of the page.

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At the top right is a space for adding in the date. These may seem like obvious entries, but very often we forget the basic information that goes with our story. I love how these prompts are stamped right on the page to remind me of the little things.

I want to show a step-by-step page creation so you can see how simple it is to tell your story with Storyline.

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The Deck of Days comes with photo corners to make getting those photos on a page super easy.

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Both photos were added to the Storyline page using the photo corners.

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The journal spots included with the Journaling Sticker Kit are all backed with adhesive.

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This journal spot was adhered to the Storyline page and will be filled in momentarily.

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The Baby Deck of Days includes an assortment of die cuts with words, prompts and the perfect phrases to fit this baby page.

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The die cuts also have adhesive backing. Having all these die cut embellishments ready to stick down on a page only adds to the simplicity of documenting moments with Storyline.

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The Journaling Kit includes an entire sheet of clear word and phrase stickers. One of my favorite things I use is a Silhouette Spatula to pull the sticker off the sheet and adhere to the page.

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Loving how this page is coming together so easily.

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A gold arrow clear sticker from the Journaling Kit finishes this page off for me. Now I just need to tell the story on the journal spot and I am going to call this page good.

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After having filled in the who, what, where, and some date information at the top, this page is ready to slip into the page protector.

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A beautiful album. A sweet page. A mix of ready to use embellishments for many occasions. And that is what is at the heart of telling a story simply and beautifully with Storyline.

Check out Heidi’s inspiration behind the creation of her Storyline Collection below:

We’d love to know how you tell your stories with memory keeping! Share with us in the comments below.

10 Vibrant Tie Dye Patterns

Hello there! My name is Stephanie Lynn from ByStephanieLynn.com and I’m pretty excited to be guest posting on The Glue String today.

Whether you have been tie dying for decades or are trying it for the first time, the whole tie dye experience is one crafting activity that never gets old.

Creating unique patterns and colorful designs is a lot easier than you may think, making it a perfect activity that can be enjoyed by all. Today I’m going to show you how to make the following tie dye patterns:

10 Vibrant Tie Dye Patterns

Pictured from left to right: Accordion Rectangle, Accordion Galaxy, Horizontal Stripe, Tube Scrunch, Center Stripe, Bold Vertical Stripe, Inverted V, Center Knot, Accordion Block and a classic Spiral.

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While there really are no rules when it comes to tie dying, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity today to share a few tips and designs as we celebrate National Tie Dye Day on April 22.

10 Vibrant Tie Dye Patterns

All of the designs in this post were created on White Gildan® 100% cotton T-Shirts.

The dyes used for the Tie Dye Techniques below are Tulip® One Step Dyes. All of the colors are conveniently included in the Tulip® One-Step Color Tie-Dye Kit® found at Michaels. The colors are also available individually.

A few Maker tips to keep in mind before you begin:

  • Plan on dedicating some time to folding the fabric. The ‘folds’ are one of the main components in creating unique tie dye patterns, as it prevents the dye from reaching certain areas – which in return, create resists.
  • Each fold made will create a line in the final pattern. Narrow folds will create a smaller pattern and wider folds will create larger patterns.
  • Crumbling, scrunching or twisting the fabric will create more organic-like patterns and spirals. Creasing and folding the fabric will create geometric-type patterns and stripes.
  • When securing the fabric, make sure the rubber bands are really tight. This will not only will hold the fabric together, but will help prevent the die from seeping through the folds, creating crisp resists.
  • The other main component of creating unique tie dye designs is choosing the right colors. Many of the designs below were created using just one color of dye. Using one color will create an ombre or gradient effect as the dye seeps through the fabric.

Tie Dye Mixing Chart for Colors

  • Different color dyes applied close to each other will bleed together and create a ‘new’ color.
  • When combining colors, stick with the primary basics.
  • Avoid combining secondary colors – like orange and green, green and purple, & purple and orange – which will result in muddy brown hues.

How to Make an Accordion Fold

For reference: The term ‘accordion fold‘ is used in several of the techniques below. This simply means folding the fabric in a zig-zag pattern, creating a series of pleats, as shown above.

1. Accordion Rectangle Tie Dye Technique

Accordion Rectangle Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Fold the t-shirt in half, lengthwise, aligning the sleeves.
  • Accordion fold the t-shirt from the bottom hem up. This fold can be as wide as you like – ours was about 2 inches.
  • Secure the folds with five evenly-spaced rubber bands, as shown above.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric over and repeat the dye on the backside.

Tulip® One Step Red dye was used for this particular design. The dye was generously applied to every other rubber-banded section. As the dye processes it will bleed into the sections left white, creating a gradient effect, as shown above.

Accordion Rectangle Tie Dye Results

Accordion Rectangle Tie Dye Pattern How to Tie Dye an Accordion Rectangle Pattern

2. Accordion Galaxy Tie Dye Technique

Accordion Galaxy Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Fold in each sleeve of the shirt.
  • Accordion fold the t-shirt from the bottom hem up. This fold can be as wide as you like – ours was about 2 inches.
  • Secure the folds with three evenly-spaced rubber bands, as shown above.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric over and repeat the dye on the backside.

Tulip® One Step Orange Dye was used for this particular design. The dye was generously applied to the fabric surrounding each rubber band. As the dye processes it will seep through the fabric and create the gradient effect, as shown above.

Accordion Galaxy Tie Dye Results

Accordion Galaxy Tie Dye Pattern How to make a Tie Dye Accordion Galaxy Pattern

3. Horizontal Stripe Tie Dye Technique

Horizontal Stripe Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Accordion fold the t-shirt from the bottom hem up. This fold can be as wide as you like – ours was about 3 inches.
  • At this point you will have a long strip of folded fabric.
  • Fold the strip in half.
  • Secure the folds with three rubber bands, as shown above.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric over and repeat the dye on the backside.

Tulip® One Step Lime Dye was used for this particular design. The dye was generously applied to the outer edges of the fabric, completely saturating the ends.

Horizontal Stripe Tie Dye Results

Horizontal Stripe Tie Dye Pattern How to Tie Dye a Horizontal Stripe Pattern

4. Tube Scrunch Tie Dye Technique

Tube Scrunch Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Fold the t-shirt in half, lengthwise.
  • Fold in the sleeves of the shirt.
  • Starting at the bottom hem, roll the fabric around a tube – we used a paper towel roll.
  • Tightly scrunch both ends of the fabric toward the center.
  • Secure with rubber bands.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Rotate the tube and continue applying the dye until the fabric is completely saturated.

Tulip® One Step Green Dye was used for this particular design.

Tube Scrunch Tie Dye Results

Tube Scrunch Tie Dye Pattern How to Tie Dye a Tube Scrunch Pattern

5. Center Stripe Tie Dye Technique

Center Stripe Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Starting right under the arms, accordion fold the center of the t-shirt, lengthwise. This fold can be as wide as you like – ours was about 2 inches.
  • Secure the center section with four evenly-spaced rubber bands, as shown above.
  • Loosely fluff open each end.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric over and repeat the dye on the backside.

Tulip® One Step Green Dye and Tulip® One Step Turquoise Dye were used for this particular design. The turquoise dye was applied to the ends, completely saturating the fabric, up to the first set of rubber bands. The green dye was then applied to the center section – completely saturating the fabric, up to the inner rubber bands. As the dye processes it will bleed into the sections left white, creating a blended effect, as shown above.

Center Stripe Tie Dye Results

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6. Bold Vertical Stripe Tie Dye Technique

Bold Vertical Stripe Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Accordion fold the t-shirt from the bottom hem up. This fold can be as wide as you like – ours was about 3 inches.
  • Secure the folds with four rubber bands, as shown above.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric over and repeat the dye on the backside.

Tulip® One Step Green Dye and Tulip® One Step Black Dye were used for this particular design. The black dye was generously applied to the ends, completely saturating the fabric, up to the first set of rubber bands. The green dye was then generously applied to the center section – completely saturating the fabric, up to the inner rubber bands. As the dye processes it will bleed into the sections left white, creating a blended effect, as shown above.

Bold Vertical Stripe Tie Dye Results

Bold Vertical Stripe Tie Dye Pattern How to Tie Dye a Bold Center Stripe Pattern

7. Inverted V Tie Dye Technique

Inverted V Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Fold the t-shirt in half, lengthwise, aligning the sleeves.
  • Accordion fold the t-shirt from the bottom, on a diagonal. This fold can be as wide as you like – ours was about 2 1/2 inches. At this point you will have a long strip of folded fabric.
  • Fold the strip in half.
  • Secure the folds with five evenly-spaced rubber bands, as shown above.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric over and repeat the dye on the backside.

Tulip® One Step Navy Dye was used for this particular design. The dye was generously applied to every other rubber-banded section. As the dye processes it will bleed into the sections left white, creating a gradient effect, as shown above.

Inverted V Tie Dye Results

How to Tie Dye An Inverted V Inverted V Tie Dye Pattern

8. Center Knot Tie Dye Technique

Center Knot Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Fold the t-shirt in half, lengthwise.
  • Gather the fabric at each end and tie a knot in the center.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Rotate the tube and continue applying the dye until the fabric is completely saturated.

Tulip® One Step Purple Dye was used for this particular design.

Center Knot Tie Dye Results

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9. Accordion Block Tie Dye Technique

Accordion Block Tie Dye Design

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Fold the t-shirt in half, lengthwise, aligning the sleeves.
  • Fold in the sleeves then fold the t-shirt in half, lengthwise, again.
    At this point you will have a somewhat long strip of fabric.
  • Fold the bottom edge of the fabric up, creating a block shape.
  • Using that block shape as a guide, repeat an accordion fold until you are left with a single ‘block’ of fabric, as shown above.
  • Secure the folds with five evenly-spaced rubber bands, as shown above.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric over and repeat the dye on the backside.

Tulip® One Step Violet dye was used for this particular design. The dye was generously applied to the outer edges only, leaving the center untouched. As the dye processes it will bleed into the sections left white, creating a gradient effect, as shown above.

Accordion Block Tie Dye Results

Accordion Block Tye Dye Pattern How to Make a Tie Dye Accordion Block Pattern

10. Spiral Tie Dye Technique

Spiral Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Pinch the fabric in the center of the shirt.
  • Begin twisting the fabric in a circular motion and continue until all of the fabric is in a spiral shape.
  • Tightly secure the spiral rubber bands.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric over and repeat on the backside.

Tulip® One Step Black Dye was used for this particular design.

Spiral Tie Dye Results

Spiral Tie Dye Pattern How to Tie Dye a Spiral Pattern

Once dyed, each shirt was placed in a plastic bag, sealed, and left to process for 24 – 26 hours.

Rinsing Out Tie Dye Shirts

Once the shirts have processed it’s time to rinse them out!

  • Simply remove the shirt from the bag and run under cold water in a sink.
  • With the water running, gently squeeze the fabric to release as much of the dye as possible.
  • Flip the fabric over and continue rinsing, until the water just about runs clear.

How to Rinse Out Tie Dye

Lay the t-shirt on a protective surface and remove the rubber bands.

A pair of scissors comes in handy to carefully cut any bands that are tightly secured.

Processing Tie Dye Shirts

Place the fabric back under the cold running water and continue to rinse – unfolding the fabric as you go.

The fabric should be rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear of any dye.

From the sink, we always like to hang our wet fabric outside to completely dry prior to washing.

Tie Dye T-Short Folding Techniques

Interested in trying out tie dying yourself? Head to your local Michaels this Saturday, April 22nd from 1:00 – 3:00pm (your local standard time) for their MAKEbreak Tie Dye Event. You provide the t-shirt and Michaels will provide the rest of the supplies for FREE! You can bring the entire family and even making matching shirts!

For more Tie Dye inspiration and ideas be sure to check out last year’s Tie Dye Party. Thanks for letting me share. Happy Tie Dying!

Stephanie Lynn
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Memory Planner Memory Keeping

Hello everyone.  My name is Lindsay Bateman and I am excited to talk Memory Planner Memory Keeping with you all.  I am a member of the Heidi Swapp Media Team and as members, we absolutely love to share our memory keeping passions with you all.

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Speaking of these passions, memory keeping in the form of a ‘Memory Planner‘ (for me personally) has become my one true love.  I cannot tell you how excited I am that it is also a brand new year!  That means a fresh start….AND a brand NEW planner!

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Some of you already might be seasoned planner keepers and lovers, and many of you might be new to this whole “planner movement”.  Regardless of where you may find yourself, there is SO much inspiration and creative work out there to get your heart inspired and the creative juices flowing.

Today I wanted to share some basic ideas and creative inspiration when it comes to using a Heidi Swapp Memory Planner and a Heidi Swapp Memory Keeping Embellishment Kit.  Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming as to how all the pieces “work” together.  No fear! I am going to break that down for you into simple steps to get you going and started on your very own Memory Planner for 2017.

As you can see I have an array of products from the Memory Keeping kits displayed.

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These kits look like this in store.  There are 4 of them and they come with an array of beautiful embellishments and supplies….including stamps!

 

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I want to share with you how I get started each month.  For me getting started always begins by building my monthly calendar page.

Step 1:  Date Stickers

Date StickersLocate the calendar date stickers that are included in the Memory Keeping Kit.  There are 2 sizes, the smaller one is meant for the calendar page.  The other larger numbers are for your weekly pages.  Simply peel off and adhere onto the corresponding days of the week.

Voila!  Step one is done.  So easy and already your month is coming to life.

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Step 2:  Decorate that Blank Canvas!

Heidi Swapp Memory PlannerI always love to then add a little bit of embellishment and personality onto my calendar pages.  They are so much fun to personalize and make pretty.  The kits come with so many wonderful pieces that make this part a breeze!  There are chipboard pieces, tags, glitter stickers, tabs…you name it!  Choose what ever pieces you love and place as desired.  It is incredible how quickly these embellishments can transform a basic calendar into a work of art.

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Step 3: Add Stamps

I am obsessed with stamps for various reasons.

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I love their simplicity, their ease of use, the endless designs, layering possibilities….I could go on and on.  They are also wonderful tools for planners.  They add such a professional looking touch to anything they are added too.  Plus, I just think they look amazing on calendars.  Simply choose your design/designs and stamp on your calendar as desired.

Using Stamps in Your Planner

You can use as many different images or stamps as you wish. No rules here!

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Step 4: Printing & Adding in Photographs

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Memory Planning for me always means incorporating photographs into my pages.  I love placing a current photo from the beginning of each month onto my calendar pages.  I do this for many reasons but mostly to see how life changes from month to month once the year is complete.  I always print my photos for my Memory Planner using my Instax Share SP-1 printer.  It prints straight from my phone and the Instax photos just look so adorable.  I love that the Memory Keeping Kits come each with their own set of unique clips and washi tape.

Fun clips for your Memory Planner

That makes it super easy to add in my photos simply and effortlessly.

Once you put all these steps together, voila!

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Your month is ready to be filled with even more memories, notes, journaling and fun extras!

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This really is only just the start.

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I hope you enjoyed my basic tips and tricks for establishing and creating your monthly planner calendar and are inspired to create your very own!  Grab yourselves a brand new Memory Planner and Kit for 2017.  I just know you will love it…your memories are waiting for you!

 

4 Ways to Light Up Your Halloween

I am a Halloween lover! It’s always been my favorite holiday. I love the costumes. I love the CANDY. I love that this holiday is causal and fun. For me, this holiday is all about imagination! Using your imagination and creativity for costumes, parties and of course décor.

hs_halloween1 I LOVE creating fun fanciful decorations for my home, my kid’s school classrooms, my porch and for Halloween parties. My newest obsession is decorating with LIGHTS! I want to share with you my top 4 ways to add the magical touch of decorative lighting in Halloween décor!

1.   LIGHTBOX

Heidi Swapp Lightbox First up is my new Heidi Swapp LIGHTBOX! The Lightbox allows you to “say it in lights”.  It could not be easier to change up the sayings, icons and phrases in your Lightbox to fit every possible occasion. Heidi Swapp LightboxHeidi Swapp Lightbox Jack-O-LanternWhether you are switching up the jack-0-lantern’s expression, creating a “Halloween countdown”, or using the fun fonts to welcome your ghouls home… this is a project that everyone can get involved in! Heidi Swapp Lightbox Halloween The Lightbox can be powered with 3 C batteries, or with a universal USB adaptor power cord.

2.  MARQUEE LIGHTS

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Whether you choose to decorate with the alphabets and numbers… like this “31”: hs_halloween6 or one of these 4 fabulous shapes: Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Halloween Shapesmarquee lights make a HUGE impact! The Heidi Swapp Marquee Love collection is lightweight because they are made out of paperboard. Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Halloween ShapesThey all come in kits that include the shape or letter, along with the bulb covers and light strands. It’s so easy to customize, personalize and DIY with paint, decorative tape or glitter.  The light kits are inexpensive, and easy to create… and can be used year after year in your Halloween décor! Each light requires 2 AAA batteries. I am SO in love with these fantastic new Marquee Love chandeliers! Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Chandeliers I love the way they hang, with the draping jewels. Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Chandeliers

3. MARQUEE LOVE GARLANDS

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Garlands Little lights create the most amazing, magical vibe… especially for Halloween! These take basic light strands to a whole new level by adding the cutest Halloween shapes that are actually incorporated right into the lights. Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Garlands In just seconds, the lights shine in the black cat’s eyes.  The ghosts and pumpkins light up and the skulls shine! Heidi Swapp Halloween SUCH a simple thing can make such a huge impact when hanging along a bannister or a mantel. Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Garlands These garlands are powered by 2 AAA batteries and can be used and reused year after year.

4. LUMINARIES

Heidi Swapp Luminaries There’s just something mysterious and alluring about the Halloween night luminaries that line walkways and porches. To create these gorgeous lanterns, simply poke little pinholes in the pre-printed spooky art. Heidi Swapp Luminaries Paper bags are transformed into gorgeous glowing lanterns by dropping in a battery operated light. These luminaries look amazing indoors or outdoors. Once Halloween night is over, fold them up and save them for next year! Halloween is the PERFECT holiday to decorate with LIGHTS! As the sun goes down, and the moon comes up… these little lights SHINE in the darkness and make HALLOWEEN glow! You can find all of my Heidi Swapp “light up” products exclusively at Michaels. I’d love to see YOUR imagination in lights. Be sure to tag me in your Halloween décor posts on Instagram at @heidiswapp & @michaelsstores. Share the inspiration!!!