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photo journal | heidi swapp

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

If you follow me on Instagram - and I hope you do! - you may have seen that I spent my morning yesterday "speed-documenting."

I gathered some photos and some embellishments (pieces from the four new Heidi Swapp Embellishment Kits) and my Life Theme Book (an awesome new photo journal...also from Heidi) and got to work gettin' some stories told.

It took me the better part of the morning and into early afternoon - but I finished! 

Here it is...

Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

...and here are the pages I finished...

Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp


Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp


Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp


Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp


Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp


Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp


Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp


Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp


Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp


Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp


Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp


Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

I couldn't size down this photo - so I simply clipped it over the photo opening...easy peasy...

Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp


Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp


Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp


Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp


Memory Keeping in Real Time - Photo Journal | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

And there they are! Yayayayay!

I still have 4 or 5 pages to complete...but I'm not worried...I can whip those out in no time.

I think it's important to point out a few things...
  • There are ABSOLUTELY NO RULES when it comes to documenting - if you want to include something, include it - if you don't, don't.
  • There are no "small" stories...and you don't have to limit your documenting to only your sunshine and rainbow stories...tough times are just as important to your journey.
  • Don't worry about over-embellishing (unless, of course, you want to!)...this real-time documenting is all about the stories. And the stories don't have to be novels! Just a few words can spark a million memories...try it - you'll see...
  • Unless it's important to you, you don't need to document chronologically. Again, just tell the stories. 
  • Don't stress about this! We all have busy schedules - we all have a million things to do RIGHT THIS MINUTE. When you have a minute or two (in-between checking your email and Facebook posts maybe), pop a photo into a page and quickly write something down. This doesn't have to be an all-night process.
  • The photos you use do not have to be award-winning, perfectly-lit masterpieces...blurry, poorly-composed, badly-lit photos are just fine.
  • Start where you are! Please don't worry about "catching up" - you'll never get anything done.
and, most importantly,

HAVE FUN



Thank you so so much for stopping by! 

The photo journal Life Theme Book and all of the embellishments I used in my book can be found at Michaels stores right now! Yayayayay! Just look near the Project Life albums and you should see everything...

Click below to see all of the items available in the Heidi Swapp Memory Keeping Collection:











Halloween Lightbox | Heidi Swapp

Hey hey everyone!

It's FRI-YAY! and we've made it through the very first week of school!

The peace and quiet has been wonderful...but I gotta say...I'm missing those crazy monkey-children...(sad face).

I am, however, super-excited about the coming of autumn and all that it brings...cooler weather, apple-picking, pumpkin-spiced everything, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and especially fall decorating!

Today I'm sharing a look at part of the Halloween vignette that I created for the Heidi Swapp blog yesterday...


Now, I know you're all familiar with Heidi's Lightbox...but have you seen the brand new Halloween In Lights Lightbox inserts?!

These darling little acrylic accessories are the perfect way to dress up your Lightbox and to add some fall flair to your home decor... 


To get my little pumpkin all ready for display, I first decorated the outer edges of my Lightbox with orange glitter tape*...

*NOTE: The decorative glitter tape is not very easily removable. It can be removed, but will most likely not come off cleanly. This doesn't really bother me, and I just add new tape over what doesn't come off...BUT, if this is something you know you wouldn't really like, then I recommend using the washi-style decorative tape availabe in the collection. The washi-style tape can be removed easily and doesn't leave any residue.*


Next I slid each of the 3 pumpkin inserts in the box...I love how the acrylic is "distressed" and how it gives my little guy a vintage-y look.


Finally I added some eyes and a smile...


ACK! He's so cute!


And he looks so darling in my vignette...


Wanna see him all lit up after dark?


Seriously perfect.

This little pumpkin (and all of its faces and accessories) is just one of the two insert panel packs available now at Michaels stores. 

You can find a whole bunch of Heidi's new Halloween fonts & icons as well as brand new decorative tape for the Lightbox there as well!

And to see the entire Halloween In Lights collection - and to see some amazing inspiration using the collection - search #hshalloween on IG & FB.

Thank you so much for stopping by!










Halloween In Lights Luminaria | Heidi Swapp

Today, on the Heidi Swapp blog, I'm sharing a look at some darling little luminarias...part of Heidi's brand new Halloween In Lights Collection (now available in Michaels stores)...


I hope you can take a minute to check it out!

Plus, yayayayayayay!!! Autumn is almost here! My favorite FAVORITE time of year!

*To see more of the Halloween In Lights collection, search #hshalloween on IG & FB*

lunch box notes | Heidi Swapp

I'm up on the Heidi Swapp blog today with a fun (and EASY!) project using Heidi's new Minc Mixed Media Collection!

Head on over to check out my little lunch box notes...


Happy happy Monday!
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