Tuesday, September 22, 2015

the brand new Heidi Swapp Instax Flip Album...some tips & tricks

 Well it's no surprise...Heidi Swapp has done it again!

Heidi's latest collection involves a partnership with the Fujifilm Instax brand...and it features a whole boat-load of products with that familiar, absolutely amazing Heidi Swapp look. Today I'm sharing a few tips & tricks with the new Instax Flip Album...coming soon to Michaels stores.

OK...so this is what comes in the Flip Album kit...the album itself, a sheet of gold-foiled stickers (including month/day/year & sentiment stickers) & 6 camera-shaped paper clips...

...and these are a few things I'm going to use to give you a few ideas on how to decorate your little flip albums...

*Instax Share SP-1 Printer (availabe at Michaels)
*Washi Tape (mine is from the Heidi Swapp sticker collection at Michaels
*X-Acto knife
*White colored pencil
*Instax photos
*small journaling notes (mine are from the Heidi Swapp sticker collection at Michaels)
*cell phone (print photos from your gallery...)
*self-healing craft mat (not shown)
*various Project Life® cards (both 3x4 & 4x6 - not shown)

When you open your flip album you'll notice a little decorative card...

You'll also notice that this card is NOT your standard Instax size...no worries! This card is the size of the Wide format Instax photos...and that's OK! It's actually awesome...because it gives us tons of options for creating unique little photo spreads.

OK...so here's one way to display your standard-size Instax photo. Place your photo in the center of your page. With your white colored pencil, simply trace around your photo...

...then, with your X-Acto (craft) knife & ruler (make sure you're cutting on a self-healing mat!), simply cut new slits into your album page. I find it helpful to position my ruler at the same angle as the original slits...

...then slip your photo corners into the newly-cut slits and you're done!

Or you can dress your photo up a bit with some washi tape and a date card! 

The pre-cut slits are the PERFECT size to hold 2 standard-size vertical photos! 

Add a little washi tape and date stickers to add visual interest...

Try adding a 3x4 Project Life® card (mine is from the Heidi Swapp Prismatic Edition Core Kit - available at Michaels) next to your standard-size vertical photo. I kept mine from falling out of the album by attaching both pieces together with some washi tape...but you can also adhere them to the page if you'd rather.

This idea is probably my favorite. I cut a 3x4 Project Life® card down and attached my Instax photo right on top.with one of the camera paperclips. Then I slipped the edges into the pre-cut slits and added a few more embellishments. I think this looks so darn cute!

And who says you need to use a photo to decorate the front of your flip album? I simply cut down a 4x6 Project Life® card, stuck it into the photo slits and added the word "PHOTOS" the outside.

I love that I can add photos to this album and then change them up whenever/however I wish! The kids have already been taking turns switching the photos around...putting their own photos in the first pages...those little monkeys...

I hope I've given you a few fun ideas on how to dress up this darling Flip Album! Heidi and I and the rest of the team would love to see how you are using the pieces in this FAB new collection...tag #hsInstax on social media so we can all see!


Monday, September 21, 2015

TRUE SCRAP 7 - are you ready to take your scrapbooking to the next level?

How are you feeling about your scrapbooking these days?

Does it excite you?

Are you looking for new ways to tell your story?

Are ready to up your creative mojo?

Then I have something you’re gonna LOVE!

I’m so excited to announce that I will be teaching at True Scrap 7!

Here's a little synopsis of my class...

Maggie Massey – Organize, Document, Display: A Celebration Album

Isn’t it ironic that the busiest times of year are also the times we wish we had a chance to scrapbook MORE? The holidays in particular are crazy-busy, crazy-making time. How in the heck are you expected to scrapbook and document as well? The key to staying sane is organization, and in “Organize, Document, Display: A Celebration Album” popular scrapbook designer and Heidi Swapp design team member Maggie Massey will walk you step-by-step through creating a fun – and useful! – holiday organizer/album. At the end of class you will have a place to keep things like addresses, card and gift lists, receipts and recipes as well as photos, memorabilia and memories. And this album is easily adaptable to any event or holiday…weddings, birthdays, family reunions, and more. Get ready to get organized!
(I love reading about myself in the 3rd person)...(smile).

If you’re not familiar with True Scrap events, True Scrap is an online all-day scrapbook event filled with inspiring instructors, innovative techniques, scrapbooker camaraderie, and just plain ol’ fun!

I’ll be joining Lisa Bearnson (what?!?!?! I KNOW!), Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Kathy Cano-Murillo, Noell Hyman and more for this LIVE event on October 24th. Get full class descriptions for all 8 classes HERE.

And, that’s not all…

Everything is recorded so you can go back and watch again and again...whenever you want!

Plus, you get an electronic goody bag jam-packed with discounts and freebies! (yes...you read that right).

AND you get the opportunity to win incredible prizes!

What's even better is the low, low Early Bird price available RIGHT NOW.

The regular price for this event is $199, but the Early Bird price is ONLY $99!

BUT it expires September 30th, so register for your discount HERE.

See you there October 24th!

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