Don’t be scared! Pumpkin Marquee Love by Heidi Swapp

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Well if anything would pull me out of my not having of any of these… it would be Halloween! I used the AWESOME new Heidi Swapp tape + (generic brand) acrylic paint + orange bulbs to color this. I edged with black ink and backed the holes with kraft glassine (Tim Holtz).

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This was a great experiment! I’ll be back soon with a different shape – this time with glitter… In the meantime watch for that great tape to show up again, and if you’re looking for something similar I see that (affiliate link) has Heidi pumpkins coming soon…

CHA 2015: Minc, Marquee Love, and more from Heidi Swapp

At American Crafts the big exciting thing was definitely the Minc machine from Heidi Swapp.

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I had the opportunity to try this out myself and I’ve gotta tell you – it’s slick. Basically you take anything. Pattern, word, whatever. It just has to be printed on laser printer or printed from copy store. You place the pattern/image/word in the plastic folder/sheet+ foil paper (you see above in many rolls/colors) over it, run it through… bam. Foiled beautiful amazing fantastic pretty things happen.

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I really like that there are pre-made shapes and designs as well as the ability to make your own. If you make a lot of party invites or really like the metallic look… well this might be your thing. I see so many applications for this. While I’m not sure if for my brand of crafting it’d be a good investment – I bet this will be a hit with MANY DIYers! The Minc is available now for pre-order (149.99) from Simon Says Stamp here.

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Heidi Swapp: new layout

I hope you’ve enjoyed my look at the new Heidi Swapp products this week! I’ll be doing a couple more projects with these folders, minis, and more in a few weeks – so don’t think you’ve seen the last of me + Heidi’s scraptastic stuff!

Today I want to share a layout where I used a memory file as a paper on my page. Between the die cut edges and overall look – I LOVE using these on layouts and have ever since they came out!

supplies used:

I have found that this new line Vintage Chic is just so soft and perfect for dang near any photos – but I had to use some travel ones for this globe folder – and I thought it would be the perfect time to do a Central Park layout!

Because honestly, there are few things better than a Levain bakery roll (with Valrhona chocolate) on a cool morning in that amazingly beautiful park in spring. *sigh* As I almost never partake in bread or chocolate these days – it was fun to remember that morning and scrapbook it as well. Oh sweet bread and chocolate, how I love you…

I hope you have a fantastic weekend of crafting, exploring, and fun in general!

Heidi Swapp mini memory file book

Today I want to share a surprisingly quick & easy mini book combining Heidi Swapp mini file folders and part of a fotostack album as well.

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To start, I figured out which three folders I wanted to use, and which one I wanted to have as the cover. Then I stitched two pages from a ‘fotostack’ mini album (that happened to be the two pages I had left after using the rest of it on other projects!) across the cover of my cover folder.

The two folders I wanted inside my book, I stitched into the folder next. My sewing machine had no problem with this, and then to really make sure this would be solid I ran a line of glue down the center and let it dry to really seal those stitches.

With the album in place – now all I have to do is decorate the cover and fill it with photos!

Yes, the goal with this particular book is to keep it SIMPLE.  This will become a gift, and one I wanted to get created in a single craft session. I absolutely love these mini folders (about 8 1/2 x 7) – they’re such a great size and I’m going to have to get MORE for my crafting definitely. One pack won’t be enough to satisfy all the ideas I’ve got!

I especially love, as a 4×6 printed photo girl, that this makes the perfect size book for my photos without trimming them – as well as great for multiple tiny photos as well.

One tip: a big thing with me and mini books is that photos and elements sometimes want to stick to each other. Not a problem here! I just used some double sided tape and some sheets of vellum (5.5 x 8.5″) between my pages. Problem solved!

To adhere I just folded (about 1/2″) the vellum and ran double sided tape down that little folded bit and tucked it into my book as needed. Such an easy solution!

I just used photos + instaframes (LOVE THOSE!) + bits of paper and set my photos up so quickly and easily!

I really love that I was able to get this put together in a single crafting session, and I didn’t worry about getting fancy inside the book either. This project is more ‘photo album’ style – and I’m having a lot of fun making this kind of thing lately to give away or share with others.

I did play a bit more with my cover though – some ink + some accents…

and a peek inside that front flap…

I love that this album has pages on the front +  full pages inside…

I do love those rub-ons that come with the instaframes. They’re such fun.

I can’t tell you how much I *LOVE* that Heidi Swapp product from the last release goes perfectly with the new stuff! I’ve had fun using up my stash while playing with the new goodies too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this simple book – I’ve still got more to come tomorrow with one last post in this series!

note: I’ll have more ideas coming with these folders for sure! If you’d like more inspiration right away, be sure to visit Heidi’s blog where she shares all kinds of ideas!