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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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Light Up Your Holidays

Hello everyone, my name is Maggie Massey and I am thrilled to be here today coming to you from the Heidi Swapp Media Team.

It’s Christmastime again! The most wonderful time of the year…and the very best season for decorating. I try to switch up my Christmas décor every year…and this year is all about lights, light, LIGHTS!

Our Christmas tree is in our living room – which is completely closed off from our kitchen (which is, of course, where we spend most of our time) – so I wanted to make sure to add a little bit of the holiday to the room where we hang out the most.

Last year, I decided to make one of the walls in our kitchen a chalk wall…and I’m so glad I did. This wall has become decorating-central and it was the first place I thought of when I was planning my kitchen Christmas décor.

Because I wanted to focus on adding a lot of lights, I decided to use a couple of key pieces from Heidi Swapp’s Christmas Marquee Love and Lightbox Collections…these pieces are so easy to put together and their impact is HUGE.

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I started my little vignette with a small Christmas tree…I love the size and it fits perfectly in this fairly small room.

Then came my Marquee Love JOY banner.

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This piece actually comes with a number of parts and can be used in a variety of ways to achieve a variety of looks.

mm_christmas-15 The letters themselves are made of a thick chipboard and are incredibly sturdy. You add the lights to them by simply popping the included bulb caps through the holes and then inserting the lights into the backs of the bulb caps according to the included directions. mm_christmas-16 mm_christmas-17 mm_christmas-18 The letters can then be strung (using the enclosed twine) and used as a banner – or you can attach them to a frame (I used the large frame from Heidi’s Gallery Wall collection) like I did here to keep them more stationary. There is a paper banner also included in the set (see above photo), but I decided to leave it out of this project. No doubt it will show up somewhere else in the house this season, though!

Next I added a couple of paper garlands to my wall.

mm_christmas-21 The Marquee Love Reindeer Light Garland comes with two different banners…mm_christmas-7 …the sleigh/reindeer banner and the “TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT” lighted banner. To string the sleigh/reindeer banner, you simply fold the small paper tab on each of the pieces over a length of fishing line (included in the kit) and adhere it to the back of the piece…it’s that easy!

mm_christmas-14mm_christmas-13  There is already a piece of tape included on each piece, so all you have to do is remove the paper covering it, fold and adhere…and done! You do the same thing with the “TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT” banner…remove the paper covering your double-sided tape on each letter…

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mm_christmas-8 mm_christmas-10 These pieces look fantastic alone or together! I decided to use both for my wall and I’m so glad I did.

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My last – and most exciting – piece of my wall is my Christmas Countdown Lightbox.

mm_christmas-24 Even though my kids are getting older, they still LOVE the counting the days down to the 25th – and so do I! Heidi’s Lightbox Christmas icons and letters packs were just what I needed to make my lightbox perfect.

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If you’ve never used this lightbox before, here’s how it works: you simply slide your chosen acetate tile between the guides on the box. YEP! That’s all!

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I’m keeping the rest of our countdown numbers in our silverware drawer where they’re easily accessible so we can make sure to change out that number each day. I set my lightbox on a stool my husband made…and I love the vintage-y, homey look it adds to the vignette…plus, having the box easily reachable/movable will make it much easier for the kids to change.

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I’m so happy with this statement wall. I love the way it looks in our kitchen and it really brings in that wonderful holiday feeling this room was lacking…and everything just looks so pretty when it’s all lit up!

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New Year’s Instalove Banner

Hello everyone, my name is Kim Jeffress and I am thrilled to be here today coming to you from the Heidi Swapp Media Team.

I love a fresh start. A fresh perspective, to look forward to and celebrate our hopes and our dreams with our family. Bring the joy and celebration into your home with a New Year’s photo banner that is easy to make with the Heidi Swapp InstaLove Chain Banner Kit and a few favorite Instax photos.

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The banner is easy to create in 5 simple steps. Let’s find out how to do it!

Step 1

Gather your supplies:

Heidi Swapp Instalove Chain Banner Kit

Heidi Swapp Instalove Mint Filler Cards

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DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Dark Patina Paint

Foam brush

Fujifilm Instax Share Printer

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Step 2

Using the foam brush, paint the wood word with the metallic paint. I did three coats to ensure a good coverage.

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I thought my banner needed an extra pop of color so I decided to add the New Year date and some paper banners.

Gather some coordinating cardstock and scrapbook pattern paper and the We R™ Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board.

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Step 4

Following the instruction booklet cut out the numbers 2017 using the We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board.

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Step 5

Using the Fujifilm Instax share printer, print out four or five of your favorite photos.

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Now all you need to do is to hang your chain and add in the bits and pieces from the kit. Layer the frames over the photos and add the paper banners in and around the photos and filler cards. Thread the chain through loop of the wood word and then add the numbers layered near the word.

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Make sure to mix and match your elements so each side of your chain is uneven. This adds style to your décor.

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To complete my New Years Banner vignette I added in the Heidi Swapp Light box on my table with the fun New Years Eve insert. It adds a touch of glamour to my table.

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Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope I have inspired you to get crafting for the New Year. I wish you and your family a prosperous 2017.

 

 

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Thankful Marquee Banner

I always feel like “Thanksgiving” gets a little lost in between Halloween and Christmas! But I LOVE Thanksgiving… I love everything that it’s about! I love the focus on gratitude, and the overall feeling of gathering friends and family together and really taking time to acknowledge blessings. This year I wanted to create a beautiful banner that I could hang on my mantel to celebrate the season. I wanted to use my brand new 4” Marquee Letters. They are PERFECT! Choose a word, string it together and hang it, it’s that easy!

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These mini marquee letters are designed to be linked together to create words!

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Each letter kit includes the paper letter shape, a template used for the inside of the letter, the light strand and mini bulb caps. The battery pack is sold separately, along with the new remote. You will need one battery pack for each word you want to spell.

The letters come all white and are made out of paper. You can totally decorate them with tape, paint, or even paper inserts!

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For this “thankful” banner, I traced the templates onto a woodgrain printed paper, and cut them out for the inside of the letters. I also spray painted the letters with gold spray paint.

After I had the letters painted, the paper inserts tucked inside, and the bulb caps in place, I followed the instructions for each letter to insert the lights in the correct order.

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Once you have all the light strands popped into the bulb caps, you can link up the letters with the clips…

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Be sure that you hear a little click as they make the connection!

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I decided that I wanted the light strand to also be gold to match my letters, so once I had them all linked together, I quickly painted the strands.

To add just a little “fall” touch, I took some wood grain printed paper and cut them into the shapes of leaves. Then I added a little metallic touch by painting half the leaf with the Minc reactive paint and gold foil with my Minc machine!

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I stuck them on back to back using fishing line, and hung them just above the letters…

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I can’t wait to hang festive holiday words on my Christmas tree this year! I loved how this “merry” turned out with red painted on the inside. So many fun possibilities! I have a feeling I need the whole alphabet!

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These mini marquee letters are in stores now! Just remember that you have to make sure you pick up a battery pack and remote for each letter you plan on spelling! From what I have noticed the optimal number of letters on one battery pack is 8.

I would love to see your creations light up!! Be sure to tag me in any of your social media posts with #hsmarqueelove

Check out my video for more detailed directions:

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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!!!