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Happy Mother's Day!

I have a confession to make. 

I didn't buy my Mom a gift for Mother's Day.


I'm the worst.

BUT, I wanted to give her something a little special...so I quick set up this little Lightbox display for her. 

I used one of Heidi's Lightbox Accessory Kits - Beach - to add a background to my Mint Lightbox...and then I added the kit's enclosed letters to spell out my sentiment.

 I grabbed some 3D Minc flowers that I made earlier in the week (originally for a summertime banner, but they work so nicely here, too!) and used foam dots to add them to my Lightboxes.

Next, I added a little piece of washi tape from the Fresh Start collection to my Lightbox Stand.

And one more little flower completes the set-up!

I kind of love how this turned out. I really think the flowers dress up the lightboxes so nicely!

And I think my Mom will love it.

How are you celebrating your Mother's Day?

We're headed out to a local fried chicken restaurant with some friends and I CAN'T WAIT!

I sure hope you have a wonderful day!

SUPPLIES | Heidi Swapp Lightbox: Mint, Mini, Accessory Kit - Beach, LB Mini Black Alphabet, White Lightbox StandMinc Foil Applicator & Accessories, Fresh Start Washi Tape - all items available at Joann stores & at joann.com

Storyline meets Jane Davenport

Hey hey everyone!

Today I'm here with a new Storyline layout I've created using pieces of Jane Davenport's new collection at Michaels!

If you've followed my work for any amount of time, you know how much I love Heidi Swapp's Storyline collection.

Quick & easy story-focused documenting is my favorite. And Heidi's Storyline pieces are really just the perfect way to get the job done.

But sometimes I like to mix things up a bit.

Sometimes I like to challenge myself to use items I may not always be naturally drawn to in my scrapbooking.

That's where this page comes in.

Now, I'm definitely NOT a mixed media artist (that's also something you probably know if you've followed me for a while). BUT, I love Jane Davenport and her pens, inks & papers.

So, I decided to see what I could do to incorporate some of my favorite pieces of Jane's new collection into a Storyline layout.

How about a look at how my page came together?

I started my page using some of Jane's brand new Mermaid Markers.

If you've never used these beautiful markers, you're missing out.

They work sort of like a watercolor brush...with built-in color.

The colors are bright & bold & GORGEOUS, and there are a ton of different shades available.

To begin, I wrote the word "LOVE" in "Polar Lights" and highlighted it a bit using "Stormy Seas."

Then I added "BEACH" with a journaling marker and highlighted it with pale blue "Lagoon."

I love that little addition!

I added my photo and then tucked a small piece of one of Jane's new Collage Papers...just to include a bit more of that fantastic hot pink.

A few self-adhesive Confettissue pieces add some more color and bit more dimension to the page.

I used my "Lagoon" Mermaid Marker to add some blue scribbles (reminiscent of waves) to the bottom of my page, dropped a few splashes around the paper and then added a bit of journaling.

I really like that I was able to stay true to my style (simple and not too-overembellished), while still using some of my most-loved mixed media products.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope I've inspired you to maybe step outside your creative box and try something new today!

SUPPLIES | Heidi Swapp Storyline, Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers, Collage Papers :: all items available at Michaels stores and on michaels.com

Our First Dance | Heidi Swapp

 Hey hey! Happy Monday everyone!

I've been doing a lot of cleaning out and organizing these past few months...and I've come across a ton of photos that I haven't seen in a long time...among those photos are our wedding photos.

Are you ready for a sob story?

Really...this actually pains me to tell because I am such a huge photo-lover...but here goes.

I hired an up-and-coming photojournalist to shoot our wedding. That less-formal, more story-telling type of photography was just coming into style when I was getting married, and I thought it would be SO COOL to have this girl record our day in such a fun & new way.

I paid her a TON of money. I mean, a TON.

A ton.

She came and shot our ceremony & our reception and then I didn't hear from her for a while.

After a few months, I called her to ask where our photos were. And you will never believe the answer I got.

She informed me that most of our black & white photos had been (somehow) ruined and that all of our color photos were no good.


And this was back before digital photography, soooo...

I was beside myself.

I was like, what??? How did this happen?

She apologized and offered us a free photo session and then handed me the book of about 20 photos that had actually turned out. And let me tell you...even those were just OK, at best.

At best.

I politely declined the free photo shoot - why on earth would I want her to take MORE photos of us when this experience had been so awful?

Looking back I should have demanded my money...told the better business bureau...done SOMETHING. But again, there was no social media, no yelp, no nothing and I just wanted it to be over.


SO, the precious few photos I do have of that day are pretty important to me.

When I came across my small little wedding book, I decided to take those photos, make copies of them and document the stories of that day.

I wanted to be able to look back on those moments I do have photos of and remember the stories that are attached to them.

And what better way to do that than with Storyline?

For this page, I grabbed an 8.5"x11" background sheet (included in every Storyline album) and the Wedding Deck of Days.

Then I used some of the hand-lettering I've been practicing lately to create my title. I kinda love how it turned out.

A few stickers and some journaling & this page...and this story...were documented.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Storyline really is the easiest, quickest way to get your stories told.

And I'm so grateful for it. 

I'm documenting those memories that may have stayed buried for years...in just a few minutes.

And now those stories will be around forever.

Whatever happened to that inept photographer, you ask?

Well, I recently Googled her name...just to see if she was still taking photos. 

And she's not.

Thank heavens.

She now works in corporate America.

And I've got a wedding photo story I will NEVER forget.

SUPPLIES | Heidi Swapp Storyline - available in Michaels & at michaels.com, Kelly Creates Dual-Tip Dream Brush Pens 

Pineapple Crush | Heidi Swapp

Happy happy Wednesday!

I'm over on the Heidi Swapp blog today with this Pineapple Crush layout...

I hope you can take a minute to head over & see how it came together...

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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