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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.

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner

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!

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner

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.

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner

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.


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!

stamping in your planner

Step 4: Printing & Adding in Photographs

Instax Share Printer

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!

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner

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

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner

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!


How to Start Bullet Journaling

What exactly is a bullet journaling? Well, consider it the love child of your personal diary and your never-ending to-do list. Then add in some future goal planning, daily trackers and fun little doodles. It’s the trendy new way to help you get your life organized.

Intrigued? Confused? Let me break it down for you.

First, you’ll need to get a journal. We like these since they come with dot grids and lines that make it easy to create lists, graphs and charts. Any journal or sketchbook will work though.

Bullet Journals Dot Grid Journals

You’ll also want to pick up a ruler and pens, markers or colored pencils of your choice.   We love these Staedtler® Triplus® Fineliners and of course Sharpie® markers. As far as a basic black pen, the Pigma® Micron® Fine Line Pen is a no-brainer.Pens, Markers and PencilsBullet Journaling Necessities

Once you have all of your supplies, it’s time to get started! Many bullet journalers start off by creating an index. Nothing fancy, just a list of page descriptions and their corresponding page numbers so you can find what you need when you need it. From there, your journal is whatever you make of it. Some create monthly logs, daily logs and task lists.


Below we’ve doodled some ideas of how we journal here at Michaels.

Monthly Calendar


Here’s a monthly view that utilizes a color coordinated key for reminders. And, of course, the typical shopping and to-do lists.

Weekly Calendar


Laying out the week within a spread is a great way to merge your planning addiction with your dot or grid journal.


We love how this one incorporates the weekly grocery run as well as those cute water glass stamps. What a great way to ensure you’re drinking your H2O!



New year, new you? Writing your goals down is a great way to help keep you accountable.

Meal Prep & Planning


Whether you’re on a fitness journey or a mission to cut grocery costs, writing down your meal planning is an essential way to prepare for the week ahead.


Bullet journaling is a great way to keep track! You can track pretty much anything you can imagine. The layout above is a tracker of good habits. Mark the days for each time you complete a “good habit”.

New Mom Journal


In those first few months of life, mothers track every little detail of their newborn baby. From feedings, to sleep and even diaper changes, you can keep track of it all in your bullet journal!img_1196

Another great layout for new moms — self care! Create a list of ideas to remind mom to take care of herself too.

Wedding Planner & Checklist


Nothing feels better than checking items off of your to-do list! Use dot and grid journals to keep you on track for planning your big day.

If you love to-do lists or are planner obsessed, then this trend is for you! Have you tried bullet journaling? Tell us your tips and tricks in the comments below!

Michaels Makers January Challenge: Make a Fresh Start

A new year means it’s time to make a fresh start. While some may resolve to exercise more or spend less, this year we challenged our Michaels Makers to get organized!

Whether it’s planning the family schedule, cleaning out your pantry or getting the kiddos ready to head back to school, Michaels has everything you need to help you get organized this year.

Check out all of the Makers’ ideas below and let us know how you are planning to get organized in the new year too.

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Laundry Room Refresh

The laundry room is one small space that gets quite a bit of use in the home. Sorting, soaking, washing, drying and folding can be daunting tasks if your space is cluttered and chaotic. These laundry room organization ideas aim to help you save precious space and time.

Storage Baskets

Navy Storage Baskets

These baskets are a beautiful way to “hide” your detergents and supplies. Add a ribbon and flower clip for a little bit of cheer.

Missing Sock Center

Missing Sock Center

Keep an eye out for your perfect match with this punny laundry room helper.

Washi Tape Mason Jars

Washi Tape Mason Jars

Washi tape and a decorative lid add a whimsical touch to everyday Mason jars. Use these to store soap or even found coins and buttons.

Cross Stitch Wood Letters

Cross Stitch Wood Letters

Add a touch of personalized fun to your home with these over-sized wood letters that feature colorful cross stitch detailing. The perfect finishing touch to your newly renovated laundry room!

For more organization ideas, check out our organization Pinterest board.

7 Bathroom Organization Ideas

A new year means time to refresh. It’s the perfect time to start a new hobby, give up a bad habit or get yourself organized! One area of my home that always seems to be in disarray is the bathroom and my vanity area. I use this area daily, and often when I’m in a rush to get out the door. In an effort to find ways to add a bit of style and order to this part of my home, I’ve rounded up 7 simple, yet useful bathroom organization ideas.

1.  Mason Jar Soap DispenserMason Jar Soap Dispenser

Encourage everyone to wash up with a cute hand soap dispenser. Decorate the mason jar to match your other bathroom décor.

2. Animal Ring HoldersRing Holders

What a fun way to hold your rings when you’re not wearing them. Can you believe that these were made with clay pot dishes & animal toys from the kids department?

3. Under Shelf Mason Jar StorageUnder Shelf Mason Jar Storage

Here’s a stylish way to organize bathroom necessities like cotton balls and cotton swabs.

4. Gold Glass Organizers Gold Jar Organizers

This is another fabulous option to keep your countertops chic!

5. Hand Display Jewelry OrganizerHands Display Jewelry Organizer

These helping hands will keep your jewelry safe and organized.

6. Clay Pot Vanity SetClay Pot Vanity Set

Keep your makeup brushes and other accessories tamed in these gold leaf and turquoise clay post vanity organizers.

7. Linen Closet Storage BasketsLinen Closet Storage Baskets

Linen closets can get out of control! So keep them organized with baskets and cubbies. This is one closet I wouldn’t be ashamed to let a guest see.

So as you resolve to get more organized in the new year, I hope you pull some inspiration from these projects to make your home a little more clutter-free.

Painted tin cans used as organizers

Upcycle: 5 Ways to Reuse a Tin Can

I took this beautiful holiday weekend to do something fun and take a day trip to First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas. So, for those of you visiting Texas in the near future, (insert shameless plug here) I highly suggest a trip there if you will be around on the weekend before the first Monday of the month. If you are not visiting Texas, but have a flea market, trade days or fair near you, it’s the perfect weather to go – right before it gets too hot and right as the new finds come out from winter storage. It ended up being the inspirational nudge I needed to remind myself how awesome upcycling, recycling and reusing is! Seeing the pieces and parts of our daily lives scrapped and sold for unique uses outside of their intended, original purpose gave me tons of ideas for new crafts and decorations I could add to my home.

But it’s not always about adding, is it? Did you know you have quite a few things you can reuse and upcycle just lying around your home? With a little bit of ingenuity, a splash of paint, or a bit of paper you can make almost anything intended for the trash pile into a useful object. Best yet, you’re doing Mother Earth a favor by keeping her a bit cleaner.

Check out a few of these easy upcycle projects our talented craft team made using something they opened everyday – tin cans!

Organize kids craft supplies in easy-to-maintain labeled cans

Make a colorful and easy-to-maintain system for kids craft supplies! Embroider images of each can’s contents onto craft paper using colorful floss and then when the kiddos are done crafting, they put each supply back where it belongs. Don’t trust your sewing skills, you can do the same thing with markers!

Create an easy succulent arrangement in upcycled tin can planters.


Need a quick arrangement for your next spring tablescape? Wrap tin cans in faux moss, add jute, a succulent and voila! Instant, and easy mother nature-inspired arrangement.

Upcycle: Painted Tin Can Office Organization


Need a quick organizer for your craft or office supplies, check out this simple idea. Paint clean tin cans with bright multi-surface paints, then wrap the bottoms in contrasting colored cotton yarn. So cherry and bright!



Make your next picnic or garden party even more festive with this easy upcycled silverware holder. Wrap tins in pretty papers, tie the whole thing together with rope and set right on the table next to the reusable plates and fabric napkins! When the party is over, drop the dirty silverware right back on the cans and bring back inside for quick cleanup.


How fun are these vanity organizers! Keep cotton balls, cotton swabs and make up brushes or even toothbrushes organized with this easy project. Make lids for each can using a wooden disc and knob, or just leave them open at the top for easy access.

There are so many more uses for everyday items like tin cans, what did you come up with? Share your next upcycle project with us on Instagram or Twitter using #MadewithMichaels!