7.30.2015

target: diy marquee

By now it should be known that Target is carrying Heidi Swapp style Marquee DIY letters and icons. What?..you didn't know that? Well ya do now...

Target DIY Marquee ~ Style any shelf with lit up arrow using Heidi Swapp's new Marquee letters found at Target.  @jamiepate

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Want to share with you today how I dressed up just one of the icons...one of my fav icons that is...the arrow.

Well, truth be known...I did not embellish it for me...as my oldest daughter has taken it over. 

But I digress...
This is how it went:


Target DIY Marquee ~ Style any shelf with lit up arrow using Heidi Swapp's new Marquee letters found at Target.  @jamiepate




For this arrow the idea was to keep it fairly simple.  I decided on the animal print pattern as it has this fabulous gold foil added to the mix...and it is just so fun and gorgeous.

Target DIY Marquee ~ Style any shelf with lit up arrow using Heidi Swapp's new Marquee letters found at Target.  @jamiepate
There is a template included in the package...using it the arrow was traced to the back of the pattern paper. I went ahead and punched holes where the lights should be as well, just to make it a tad easier to attach those.

Target DIY Marquee ~ Style any shelf with lit up arrow using Heidi Swapp's new Marquee letters found at Target.  @jamiepate

The lights were installed after the paper was in place. It seemed easier to push in the bulb covers first, then the lights. Hold the lights in place on the back, and screw the bulb cover around the light. That seemed to work the best. And make sure to not miss a space. Not that that happened to me or anything.


The next thing to decide was to add rub ons to the edges. Since this was for my daughter, she already voted yes. Add the rub-ons. I mean are you kidding me?…they are like $1.49 here in the States. Killer deal. Yay for the rub-ons.

Target DIY Marquee ~ Style any shelf with lit up arrow using Heidi Swapp's new Marquee letters found at Target.  @jamiepate

And this what it looks like from the top.

Target DIY Marquee ~ Style any shelf with lit up arrow using Heidi Swapp's new Marquee letters found at Target.  @jamiepate
While this version of Heidi's marquee letters include hangers in the back to easily hang on a wall, I opted to sit the arrow on one of my daughters shelves instead.

Target DIY Marquee ~ Style any shelf with lit up arrow using Heidi Swapp's new Marquee letters found at Target.  @jamiepate
It's just too easy to create these little gems and decorate in any fashion that fits your home...or daughters room if that be the case. Hoping this inspires you a little to make your space your own, with some diy and marquee.


7.24.2015

sunshine under the shade

@jamiepate for @pinkpaislee Scrapbook page capturing the everyday of this daughter and sister. The Pink Paislee Atlas Collection brings it together perfectly.

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

This is my middlest. The middle of them all. Middle of the 5. Middle of the two other sisters. This is no easy task.

@jamiepate for @pinkpaislee Scrapbook page capturing the everyday of this daughter and sister. The Pink Paislee Atlas Collection brings it together perfectly.
And here she is found in one of her favorite places. Outside under the tree. Away from the house. Away from the noise. Just her and nature. Where she loves to be.

@jamiepate for @pinkpaislee Scrapbook page capturing the everyday of this daughter and sister. The Pink Paislee Atlas Collection brings it together perfectly.
I took a prompt from the colors found in the photo...her clothing, the trees...and gathered those same colors from Pink Paislee's Atlas. The feeling of exploring and discovering and being in sunshine is captured perfectly with those embellishments. A capturing of her spirit if you will.

@jamiepate for @pinkpaislee Scrapbook page capturing the everyday of this daughter and sister. The Pink Paislee Atlas Collection brings it together perfectly.
Some of my favorite photos are impromptu. I saw her out there being still with herself. Grabbed the camera. And captured her essence. How I know I will cherish this moment in years to come.

@jamiepate for @pinkpaislee Scrapbook page capturing the everyday of this daughter and sister. The Pink Paislee Atlas Collection brings it together perfectly.
This requires me to have a certain level of 'staying in the present' here in the everyday. I am not always good at this. So when I am, I get a little proud of myself. It brings with it a certain level of peace in my heart that I, with camera in hand, found the heart of one of my children. And not only that...took the time to print those photos and write down a bit of her story to treasure and help her remember...to stay in her present too.

7.10.2015

mini tag album ~ project life heidi swapp

Hello,

If you have hopped over here from Heidi's blog, well then you are here for part two. If you just happened to stumble upon this here blog, you might want to see what I am talking about by starting there first.

Now for the rest of this post, grab a cuppa, and simply enjoy the eye candy. This project was a joy to create. Truly it is my hope that you enjoy and most of all are inspired.

Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
Today is just about the eye candy. Details as to the why and how of this mini tag album created with Heidi Swapp's Project Life September Skies kits are all found today on her blog. So be sure to check that out.



Before the rest of that album is shared here, there is a mini photo template available to help with the editing of the photos that fit perfectly on those 3x4-inch journaling cards. Click HERE to download.


Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp









Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
 Thank you for stopping by.
Blessings on your day...

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


7.02.2015

july mood board ~ jot

Jot Magazine July Mood Board @jotmagazine

So inspired by this months Mood Board over at JotMagazine and hosted by Beshka! It is so beautiful and uplifting and inspiring. And so not the colors usually played with by this here layout creator. But who could resist!

Jot Magazine July Mood Board | Citrus and turquoise and green found on a scrapbook layout inspiration. @jamiepate for @jotmagazine


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. 

Jot Magazine July Mood Board | Citrus and turquoise and green found on a scrapbook layout inspiration. @jamiepate for @jotmagazine

For this page the tones were calmed down just a tad. But PinkPaislee's Citrus Bliss was the perfect collection as the base for crafting this page. The pops of orange and green hues really carried the feel of this story.

Jot Magazine July Mood Board | Citrus and turquoise and green found on a scrapbook layout inspiration. @jamiepate for @jotmagazine
The touch of pink came by way of some Heidi Swapp September Skies Color Magic Die Cut pieces sprayed with Blush. Darn that Blush...it just makes anything so soft and delicate. It really is a beautiful color. Blush Color Shine also colored some of the Die Cut Color Magic paper from the new Mixed Media set found at Michaels. The lift that the die cut gives this layout is perfect.

Jot Magazine July Mood Board | Citrus and turquoise and green found on a scrapbook layout inspiration. @jamiepate for @jotmagazine
And now for the latest obsession...did I say obsession...because that may be an understatement. The new Mixed Media collection includes this most beautiful Texture Paste, that is like a modeling paste, but on glam steroids. Did I say obsessed? Because pretty sure you can count on finding that medium on many pages going forward. It is just that beautiful.

Jot Magazine July Mood Board | Citrus and turquoise and green found on a scrapbook layout inspiration. @jamiepate for @jotmagazine
A simple square of Citrus Bliss pattern paper was a great pop of the tangerine found in the mood board. Layered with Puffy Words from that collection as well. Some strips of pattern paper are notched and tucked underneath along with more of the Die Cut paper as well as some stash from Maggie Holmes Open Book.

Jot Magazine July Mood Board | Citrus and turquoise and green found on a scrapbook layout inspiration. @jamiepate for @jotmagazine
What happens on one side of a page may very well be repeated on another side of a page. Just a few different embellies, but it basically mirrors what was done on the left. Yeah...layout simplicity at it's best.

Jot Magazine July Mood Board | Citrus and turquoise and green found on a scrapbook layout inspiration. @jamiepate for @jotmagazine



Life is good and needs to be celebrated. The story for this page is included in some hidden journaling. Did not want my hand lettering to get in the way. But this was an important moment in time for this girl, and it needed to be recorded and added to her album of memories. My love for paper and color and all things pretty continues to fuel telling these stories. So thankful to Jot for providing fabulous inspiration to do just that.

Till next time...blessings.

6.22.2015

how to create a pre-made album

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate
Hello! I just finished a pre-made album I am excited to share with you. The album is part of my stash that was waiting to be used for the perfect project. The ProjectLife Cards are available at Michaels. I used the Gold Foil kit as well as the 6x8 Memory Planner Paper pack. They were just made to go together.

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate

This album, like most all my mini albums, begins with a cover page. The Bazzill Clear Paper (not available right now) was used to be the intro to this album for a bride to be.


How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate


The die cut is from the Wanderlust Collection. Cut out with American Craft white cardstock and then sprayed gold with my favorite Rustoleum Metallic Gold. The heart is from Pink Paislee's Solstice Collection. Oh...and that texture paste...new from Heidi Swapp. Found at Michaels along with the rest of the Mixed Media set.

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate
When I am creating a gift album for someone else, I am thinking about keeping it very do-able for them. I want it to be a place where they can simply slip in an Instagram photo in any of the pockets, or journal on a card whatever is on their mind.

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate
For this to work a few things have to be part of the mix: colors should be kept to just a few different hues. The embellishments need to stay uncomplicated. And the pages need to follow a pattern, or a sketch if you will.

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate
This album does just that. The colors are mainly three: soft pink, soft teal, pops of gold foil, and that is all pulled together with touches of black and white.

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate
The embellishments found here will be hearts, gold as well as paper punches, some Art Screen phrases, and then little tags on the edge of almost every page.

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate
This page is a good example of the first two elements: the colors are all represented here. There is a touch of gold foil; a simple embellishment found with the 'mr. & mrs.' . art screen;  and a white and black polka dot flag.

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate
Here is the pattern or page sketch that I followed for this gift album: the first page is a 4x3 pocket page with 4 pockets. 

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate
Remember to make pretty the back side of the pockets too.

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate
The next page protector includes 2-4x6 pockets. 

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate
And then the last page in this pattern is an 8x6-inch page. This page is actually more of a traditional scrapbook page. 

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate

After that, the sketch of pages starts all over again.

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate
It takes some planning to get this to work in the direction I wanted it to work. But once I was started, once I had that color, embellishment and sketch plan in mind, I just went to the creative play of it all and had a blast putting this together for the bride to be.

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate
Next time you are needing a heartfelt and handmade gift...

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate
Gather all the supplies you need which includes color, embellishment and a sketch.

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate
And then...

How to create a pre-made pocket album for a wedding shower. Make room for photos or journaling. @jamiepate
...enjoy the process.

I would love to know what works for you when you create gift albums. And if you have one out there, I would love to see it. Please tag me on Instagram @jamiepate.

Blessings my friends...will be sharing more pocket ideas next week with you.

Bye...