1.31.2016

february plan on it ~ heidi swapp

Hellllllloooooo February...

The heart of winter is here in these parts.
Am having a hard time believing its already the second month of 2016.
But it is!

My go to formula to help organize the crazy and this fast paced life is still the use of a planner. The Gold Polka Dot 6x8 Memory Planner from Heidi Swapp is the main hub to daily life. It's not my to-do list, or even the calendar with all the daily activities. I use other tools to do that work. No, this binder is home to quotes of inspiration, monthly personal goals, special days jotted on the calendar. It's just what it says it is: a Memory Planner.



Here is a peek at how January is wrapping up. These photos were taken just a few days ago. Review is a big part of my planner. Taking time of an evening to go back and review the day. Fill in happenings on the calendar if need be. Adding to or checking off goals. It does not happen every day, but pretty close. I try not to go too far in between days to add my what-nots. And besides, the planner is opened throughout the day on my table or desk and available for me to add what is on my mind.

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner February ~ @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

I added a clear Divider Tab for interest and plus a place to hold onto some tags made at CHA2016.  A few of the Calendar Stickers are placed here and there. That "Never Give Up' sticker was added because frankly...that was a tough part of the week. The squeeze was really on. And as I was reflecting on those days, that sticker came to mind. So not only did it mark in the calendar a bit of struggle for me, but it is now a visual reminder: Never Give Up!!!

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner February ~ @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

So now on to February. I find my go to approach to begin a new month is to get creative inside the tab page, the page protectors, and the other page before the month calendar.
On the tab side I created a vellum envelope with the WeRMemoryKeepers Envelope Punch Board. A Crate Paper Minc Valentines card was foiled and slipped inside. I like to add interactive pieces and places for lists, goals, or quotes to be remembered.

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner February ~ @jamiepate for @heidiswapp


The page protector side holds a favorite photo. The bottom sleeve holds a squared-trimmed piece of Hello Gorgeous Pattern Paper, and then on top of the pocket I added the stickers that go with the theme for February...love.

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner February ~ @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Flip the pocket page over and I did the same as the front. Photo on top. Pattern paper with words I wanted visual on the bottom.
The planner collection also includes a Journal Pad of paper. I took one sheet, folded it in half, and adhered the two sides together. You can see it there with the Remember This tab. It is my #onelittlethingeveryday page. Everyday I list one thing that comes to my mind of goodness at the end of the day. I made one for January and now I have one for February and will continue to create these for each month. This tabbed page is really really important to me.

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner February ~ @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

The next thing I do is add notes to the next page found after the pocket pages. There is a 'to-do' journal space at the top. This will include personal and maybe even some family goals. Things I need to keep on my radar. I almost always have a quote that sort of sets the mood for the month for me. This month it's John Maxwell's "Without passion we stop dreaming and settle for survival". I found that in an article I was reading recently and needed to have it very visual. This page is also a great space for one of the Gold Foil Pocket Cards, either washi or adhere it to the page. There is plenty of space for all kinds of lists to be found on this page. Make it work for you. Add photos to it. Mixed Media. Get creative. If you are a planner girl, just make these pages work for what comes to your heart.

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner February ~ @jamiepate for @heidiswapp


So now this takes one to the calendar page. Here I go in and add special days, birthdays, anniversaries. The kids days off from school. Special family events. I may pencil in other appointments. It may sound silly, but I like to remember when I got my hair done last, so that may just go on this page. Because let's face it, I can forget and go waaaaay too long between visiting that hair salon that creates magic.

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner February ~ @jamiepate for @heidiswapp


Remember to use the Calendar Stickers to fill days in too. It just adds a special something to the month.

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner February ~ @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

And this is as far as I am for the month of February. Here are a few things you can do to these day to day pages:
add a Clear Divider to the page for a visual reminder
clip Gold Foil Pocket cards to the page to inspire
trim Hello Gorgeous Pattern Paper to banners and flags to add creativity
place Washi Tape reminders where needed
and above all, I want to encourage you to take time every day and write in those spaces provided to help you capture the blur of that day. This space can be very creative. Very minimalist. Or it could even be a space for bullet point journaling. Whatever you choose, make it yours. Make it count for you. And have fun capturing that blur.

Have an inspired day.

collection used: Heidi Swapp Hello Gorgeous Memory Planner


This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of jamiepate.com I do receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own. 







1.29.2016

c'est la vie cards ~ pink paislee

Pink Paislee C'est La Vie Cards | @jamiepate for @pinkpaislee



C'est La Vie...just one of those collections that makes itself pretty on any project. The pinks and the black florals. Swoon-worthy.

Sharing a few cards today with Pink Paislee's new C'est La Vie. I challenged myself to use one pattern paper as the springboard for a tag and some cards.


This is Paper 03. The black and white floral side is my favorite. But the watercolored coral wash with geometric watermark is stunning too. Let me show what I came up with.

Pink Paislee C'est La Vie Cards | @jamiepate for @pinkpaislee

supplies:
Paper 03
Word Jumble
Puffy Stickers

To make this tag, I trimmed out Paper 03 with a tag template. Wrapped a doily around the edge. Trimmed scraps of other pattern paper to little banners with notched edges. These were sewn on the edge. Next I popped a heart strip from the Word Jumble Stickers. And below that a puffy heart from the Puffy Stickers and a gold heart that just happened to be on my work table. It was just that simple.


Pink Paislee C'est La Vie Cards | @jamiepate for @pinkpaislee

This card is sort of a go-to template for me. You may recognize it as I have recently used this sketch on another card. It is a fun little creative challenge to take a card sketch and then use a completely different collection with it to uncover a whole new vibe.

supples:
Paper 03
Washi
Ephemera
Word Jumble
Chipboard Alphabet
Puffy Stickers

Pink Paislee C'est La Vie Cards | @jamiepate for @pinkpaislee

Card stock was made into a pocket by sewing up the two sides. An envelope was created with the Paper 03. I just took another envelope apart and used as a template. Trace. Cut. Score. Fold. After attaching the envelope to the card stock pocket I simply layered washi tape with a ticket and the gold foil 'hello' from the Ephemera pack. A couple of the gold on black Word Jumble Stickers along with a Puffy Sticker and a punched mini butterfly finishes the right corner embellishment cluster. And then a Chipboard Alpha hashtag in front of the hello completes the card.

Pink Paislee C'est La Vie Cards | @jamiepate for @pinkpaislee

Hello sems to be a theme on these cards today. Sort of a trendy, pop-culture phrase right now, sort of.

supplies:
Paper03
Paper01
Washi
Ephemera
Cork Stickers

Pink Paislee C'est La Vie Cards | @jamiepate for @pinkpaislee

This is sort of a classic card design here. Card stock as the base. And the geometric side of Paper03 matted on front. If you buy one pattern paper from C'est La Vie...I highly suggest Paper01.




This is a great cut-away paper. Lots of words and patterns. It can go a long way in your paper crafting projects. And who can't use a yellow polka dot?

Enjoy the inspiration here. Perhaps some mojo for your weekend crafting. These cards would be beautiful ideas for non-traditional Valentine gifts too.

Enjoy the weekend!

1.27.2016

jot & heidi mini mag ~ pt2

Last week I shared a couple of paper projects that were part of Jot Magazines Jot&Heidi Mini Mag. You can see that post here.



Today is a little look at a gift set that was done for that edition too.

Jot&Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

On purpose I kept all the projects I did for this special edition made with Heidi Swapp's Wanderlust Collection. I think we can get too overwhelmed at times by how much product we love to collect. I mean, it's just all so beautiful and fun and full of possibilities. So this was a great exercise in keeping to one collection and focusing on only a few products.

Jot&Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

supplies:
Flea Market Pouch
Pattern Paper
Happy Die

A wrapped box to me is just like any other canvas. Layers work just as well on a gift box as they do a flat 12x12 piece of pattern paper. I wrapped this gift in pattern paper, and then white tulle. On the box I used a hot glue gun to layer on die cut pieces from the Flea Market Pouch. 'Happy', one of the die cuts that was released with this collection, is used to cut a piece of pink foil paper. That too is hot glued to the flower. I used the Alpha Gold Foil Kit to create the 'hello' sentiment tag. Gold glitter tape (also from the Flea Market Pouch), is snipped and tucked in under the flower.

Jot&Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

Of course a gift is not complete without a card. Similar technique was used with the card as was the gift. Pattern paper layered with a journal tag that is layered with a flower that is layered with a label that is layered with a die cut 'love'. You get the idea.

supplies:
see above
Gold Foil Label

Valentines is right around the corner. This sort of simple attention to a gift or card will go a long way in sharing your love.

Be sure to follow Jot Magazine if you don't already. You will not be disappointed.

1.20.2016

word of the year ~ heidi swapp marquee love

Word of the Year ~ Marquee Love | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

This week the Heidi Swapp Media Team has been sharing their word of the year. Not only that, we have been been putting them up in lights. Marquee Love lights and new Spring Collection pattern paper, glitter tape, and Paper Flowers.


Word of the Year ~ Marquee Love | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

My word for 2016 is GROW. Actually, I have to laugh...my word found me this past fall. This year's word made itself very loud and clear. I had several encounters with people and books and articles that challenged me in my personal growth. Asking me if I had a personal growth plan. John Maxwell's book, 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, was discovered right about this time. I am now using that read as a personal life manual. More on that in another post, perhaps.

Word of the Year ~ Marquee Love | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp


For today let's just talk about pretty stuff. I mean, how can one NOT pay attention and be drawn to their word when it's lit and made pretty with the new Spring embellishments from Heidi Swapp that is right now available at Michaels.

Word of the Year ~ Marquee Love | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Because of the nature of the word, the Paper Flowers seemed to me to be a perfect addition to the letters. I simply layered the pink ones on top of another. Tied bows of natural twine and glued to the centers. I used big glue dots to cluster and attach to the side of the 'W'.

Word of the Year ~ Marquee Love | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

A single bloom is part of the 'G'.

Word of the Year ~ Marquee Love | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

The Marquee Love Black Stripe Decorative Tape is wrapped around each letter. To make things easy I only wrapped around the outer edges and did not attempt the inside parts of the letter.

Word of the Year ~ Marquee Love | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

There is a new 8x8 Paper Pad also available at Michaels. The patterns and hues found in this pad is some of my favorite Heidi designs ever. Seriously. This paper will be found in more places than just the Marquee Love.

Word of the Year ~ Marquee Love | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

There are more than one floral, a couple of wood grain patterns, a sweet polka dot...well, you get the idea. Check Maggie , Jen , and Lindsay's recent posts to see their take on their word for the year. Kim's will be posted later this week.

Word of the Year ~ Marquee Love | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp


The 'W' is diy'd using the Glitter Tape. Using a "W" template, I laid strips of tape across the letter and trimmed as needed. There is a beautiful soft gold glitter, but it was more glitter than would have worked for the patterns I chose here. It's nice having those options, though.

Word of the Year ~ Marquee Love | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

So what's your Word of the Year. Mine is not a little word. It's big in spirit, and it's big sitting on my shelf in my studio. It is very visual. It's pretty to look at. And that makes it inspiring as well.

Hoping you found some inspiration to create a great way to see your word of the year today.

c'est la view ~ pink paislee

Hey there...

Please tell me you have seen and drooled over the new Pink Paislee C'est La Vie...

Pink Paislee C'est La Vie | @jamiepate for @pinkpaislee

The Pink Paislee Design Team is on the blog sharing all kinds of 12x12 inspiration.

You should really check it out.


1.19.2016

heidi swapp mini mag ~ jot magazine

The Jot & Heidi Mini Mag was released in November. With all the posts for Thanksgiving and Christmas all over our creative world, it may have been an edition that was missed. But don't miss this! Kim over at Jot has such a beautiful way with these online publications. So if your New Year creative self needs a bit of inspiration, there won't be a shortage there on her site.



Today's post will be full of eye candy highlighting my submissions to this mini magazine as well as give an up close look at my projects.

Jot & Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

This first card is a pocket created from cardstock that was embossed with the Tribal Embossing Folder.



Jot & Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

A gold foil pocket is layered to the front along with pieces from the Lace Paper, glittered letters, and paper punched pieces to finish the embellishment cluster.

Jot & Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

This one may or may not be my favorite card...because gold polka dots.

Jot & Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

This card also starts with a pocket made from cardstock. Sort of hard to make out but it was embossed using the Stripe Embossing Folder. Over that is layered a piece of vellum that contributes a very soft feel to this card.

Jot & Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

This card is actually a real simple creation. Using one of the Shaker Box with Sequins as the focus to the front gives it all kinds of glam and pretty.

Jot & Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

Layered with a gold glittered 'today' word, and a few pieces from the Flea Market Pouches and it's done.

Jot & Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

Now let's turn to a few tags made up with some Wanderlust elements. You know... I am all about variations on a theme...so again a cardstock pocket was first created and then stenciled with gold metallic paint over a polka dot stencil.

Jot & Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

Two tags were actually trimmed out for this and one, as you can see, is tucked into the pocket. The top tag is pattern paper that is foiled with the Geometric Foil Rub Ons. A Flocked Acetate White tag is then layered to the top of the pattern paper tag, along with notched tags and a spray painted Metal Charm.

Jot & Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

Lots of layers is what makes up this tag.

Jot & Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

The Wanderlust Collection includes a few pre-made tags just begging to be dressed up. This 'beautiful' tag belongs to the Kraft Tag with Gold Foil set.

Jot & Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

This is how it came together:
glitter tape (from a Flea Market Pouch) run down the right side
words and arrow (Alpha and Sentimens Foil Rub Ons) foiled with Pink Reactive Foil
notched pattern paper layered with Alpha Stickers Foil Kit
butterflies punched from pattern paper
a few other layered pieces finish the tag

Jot & Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

It does not take much to make these tags something special.

Jot & Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

There are also several journals in the collection. The Noted is gold foiled already and also has that pretty gold binding on the edge.

Jot & Heidi Mini Mag | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

This makes a great gift with a little embellishment cluster on the edge. It may just be too pretty to actually giveaway.

Be sure to check out Jot & Heidi Mini Mag over on JotMagazine.

Hope this mini tutorial inspires some creativity in you today.

supplies used: Heidi Swapp Wanderlust

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of jamiepate.com I do receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own. 

1.15.2016

pink paislee ~ 2016 design team

Pink Paislee has announced the new 2016 Design Team...
drum roll please...

2016 Pink Paislee Design Team

I am so very pleased and excited to be apart of this team. This group of ladies are crazy talented. They keep me challenged and simply continuing to love the craft of all things paper arts.

Be sure to congratulate them all over on the PinkPaislee blog today and this weekend.

And seriously...this year is going to knock your socks off.

2016 Pink Paislee Design Team