Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Heidi Swapp - Art Screen Leather Cuff

How to create a @heidiswapp Art Screen Printed Leather Cuff in minutes! by @createoften

The hardest part about being a creative working with a craft store is wanting to learn every craft. In fact, at my local craft store they know me by name. I have no fear in asking as many questions about how to make something that is in my mind with the supplies in their store. So when I saw the leather strips in the jewelry department, I knew I had to try out Heidi Swapp's new Art Screens on them and make my own cuff.

To make it, I just used the floral art screen with Silver Art Screen Ink and let it dry before moving. It was stunning and had the perfect application every time. 

Then I used large snaps and measured my arm to add them according to the package directions. Ever so easy. I just might make colored ones next!  

I just want to say thank you to Kimber, my sweet friend and Bead Shoppe department lead at Craft Warehouse who always helps me when I come in the store with an idea. She sometimes brings me to earth and says, "Jen, you can't do that." Most times she says, "Here is what you need." Then, she is always asking me how it went the next time I see her. She rocks. 

Create Well: Talk to your local craft store's department managers. Share with them your successes and become friends. They are valuable friends to have.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Heidi Swapp: Temporary Tattoos using Art Screens

I love a bit of fun. It is even better if I can shock my parents while having it too. Ha! I tried Heidi Swapp's Art Screens with temporary tattoo ink and it was a blast! I tried this technique for the Snap! Conference Garden Party so that I could "make my mark" in the garden. lol... The tattoo lasts about a week to a week and a half.

I wanted to share with you how easy it is to do! Perfect in time for summer activities with your teenagers - or hey, you! Watch my video tutorial below and you can also find the supply list there too!

Create Often: Play a little.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Heidi Swapp - Teacher's Appreciation

I thought I was ahead of the game this year. I knew I would have too much to do right after coming back from Snap! Conference. So, I created some early Teacher's Appreciation gifts and gave them before I left.

The problem is, I can't remember who I gave gifts to. I forgot to write a list of names. So, now I feel obligated to start over because I would hate it if one teacher got a gift and another didn't. It's a serious dilemma. 

Thank goodness I have these cute boxes as my fall back and they are up on Heidi Swapp's blog today!

Create Well: Next time you want to save time and do gifts ahead of time, keep a list!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bazzill Basics: Happy (Inter)National Scrapbooking Weekend!

Scroll down to visit Pink Paislee's Blog Hope Event! Happy National Scrapbook Weekend! The Bazzill Basics design team is excited to celebrate with you! Today we want to share some inspiration to help kick off your weekend creativity! Make sure you start at the Bazzill Basics' blog!

Document your everyday! A great message about why it is important to get you on your scrapbook page by @createoften for @bazzillbasics @pinkpaislee

 Layout created using Bazzill Basics Lagoon, Aqua, and Tootsie with Pink Paislee's Citrus Bliss, Atlas, and Pebbles Inc Cottage Living

There was a time in my life where I was a single teacher. I thought the only stories I had worth telling were about the children in my class. It's sad really. All those years of my life I thought weren't worthy of documenting. It would have been nice to have photos of my life before I was married.  It's over fifteen years later and now I make sure I am in my albums.

I love to tell my own story. What I love, what makes me happy, and to share my thoughts about life for my children to read about later when they are older. Most of all, I love to scrapbook because it's easy to remember those hard times. It's harder to remember the good - those little things that make up everyday happiness.

Maybe you can understand. Life isn't easy. Remembering life can be even harder (especially if you are a mother of small children). I think a good memory comes with a full nights sleep and that doesn't happen until your child is a teenager! Ha! It is one of the reasons why I love memory keeping and this holiday! It's a way to celebrate documenting the everyday! It's also a way to connect with other friends who "get you", like the Bazzill Basics design team. I love Kelly who is next on the hop! Not only is she a sweetheart in real life, but she is so inspirational! Head over to her blog now to see what she has created!

Make sure to hop through so that you can learn how to enter this HUGE prize pack including Bazzill's new specialty foam, foil board, and mylar papers and Heidi Swapp's Wanderlust collection!

Create Often: Document the good in everyday so you can remember during the storm.

Pink Paislee: (Inter)National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop

Happy National Scrapbooking Weekend! The Pink Paislee team want to wish you a fun and creative weekend! Whether you are at home or at a crop this weekend, we would like to share some inspiration with you along with what this holiday means to us! Start at Pink Paislee's blog and let's get this party started!

It's been over 15 years since I started scrapbooking and I am so glad I did! The first scrapbook store I walked into isn't open anymore but the memories started there will always stay with me. The store owner, Sue, had a great personality. She was the one that encouraged me to try new things and knew I use to be an artist. It was her push for me to read books that she had on the shelves about mixed media and altered books that made me realize that I should pick up my paint brushes again. I hadn't painted in years! She also gave me my first part time job in the industry. It was up until then that I only "scrap-lifted" my layouts. She said to me, "Jen, I know you can do it. Come up with your own ideas and designs.... and while you are at it I need a layout for every end-cap of the store." Ha!

What I love about this craft is that we all encourage and uplift each other. I love going to my local "scrap club" and visiting with other people who "get me." They all love each other, share in each others' trials and victories, and always have a nice word to say about each others' pages.

The community of scrapbookers and memory keepers is a special thing! I will treasure it and the friends I have made forever, like Raquel Bowman! She inspires me continually! Hop on over and see what she has created to inspire you this Scrapbooking Weekend! 

Make sure to visit Pink Paislee's Facebook page to enter to win the entire Citrus Bliss collection! I hope you have a fun and creative weekend! 

Create Well: Celebrate scrapbooking! Encourage and uplift a memory keeper today!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Heidi Swapp - Memory Planner Pages

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Pages @createofte @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #hsmemoryplanner #memoryplanner #planner #plannerlove #planneraddict #plannernerd

Decorating my planner is just as much fun as actually writing in it! Here I added a dangle to the inside ring of my Heidi Swapp Memory Planner. Since, I have changed it (I am allowed to change my mind, right?) but I thought I would share this idea just in case anyone else wanted to give it a go!

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Pages @createofte @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #hsmemoryplanner #memoryplanner #planner #plannerlove #planneraddict #plannernerd

The change hangs on the inside, but I flip it over to decorate the outside when I am not using it.

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Pages @createofte @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #hsmemoryplanner #memoryplanner #planner #plannerlove #planneraddict #plannernerd

Here are some of my February pages... A love note from my son with a pocket page in front.

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Pages @createofte @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #hsmemoryplanner #memoryplanner #planner #plannerlove #planneraddict #plannernerd

I am continuing to practice my handwriting. It is the first time in my life I haven't been ashamed of it. Thank you for that Heidi.

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Pages @createofte @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #hsmemoryplanner #memoryplanner #planner #plannerlove #planneraddict #plannernerd

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Pages @createofte @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #hsmemoryplanner #memoryplanner #planner #plannerlove #planneraddict #plannernerd

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Pages @createofte @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #hsmemoryplanner #memoryplanner #planner #plannerlove #planneraddict #plannernerd

I am love adding a little or a lot of photos. No matter what - this planner is doable either way!

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Pages @createofte @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #hsmemoryplanner #memoryplanner #planner #plannerlove #planneraddict #plannernerd

I also added some of Pebble's Inc.'s Cottage Living collection since it also has gold foil accents.

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Pages @createofte @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #hsmemoryplanner #memoryplanner #planner #plannerlove #planneraddict #plannernerd

I love adding Simple Stories' Snap 4x6 flaps to the pages. They have an adhesive strip on the top so I can just stick it to the top of the page. Boom, done.

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Pages @createofte @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #hsmemoryplanner #memoryplanner #planner #plannerlove #planneraddict #plannernerd

My planner is still a place where I write "one little thing everyday" down so that I will remember when life goes by in a blur.

Create Well: Capture life. Capture today. Write one little thing everyday down.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Heidi Swapp: Make It Minc!

Heidi Swapp Make It Minc! @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsMinc #diy #scrapbooking #foil #gold

This layout has been traveling with me as I tour Craft Warehouse stores and demo the Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator Machine. It has been fun to have it on display and then after everyone gets to learn how the machine works, to show them the breakdown of this page. It just helps expand your mind to all the different options for scrapbooking!

I have to tell you a sweet story of a lady at one of the demos I did. She had no idea that all the Minc products can actually be foiled with different colors! She had already bought all the embellishments titles, and more without even knowing how they could be customized. Now, boy was she surprised when I showed her how she can use these items she already purchased. It was priceless.

Head over to Heidi's blog today where I share all the ways to customize your layouts - easy enough that even a beginner could do it!

Create Well:  Expand your mind to new Minc possibilities.
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