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Inspiration Station: Making Memories Last

Holiday photos. These days, we just take photos, put them on facebook and then kinda.. forget. Not like the old days when they used to get printed out and you’d put them in your handbag and show everyone you visited and shared the stories behind the photos, you’d be lucky to get a caption on Facebook!

This means the stories behind the photos are lost and generations to come will have a look on Facebook and wonder why Auntie Sheila was wearing a sombrero in Skegness.
Anyway. This is where my new baby comes in. (Not literally, no babies here, just a loud toddler.)
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This is a memory planner by a wonderful woman and brand, Heidi Swapp. At the moment it’s very hard to get hold of them in the UK so I had to order this from the Netherlands. The store was a website called Scrobby.nl and they got this to me within 48 hours! Impressive!
Inside is lots of ways to record special days, months pictures and almost scrapbook your days. A perfect place to stick all those reciepts and special something’s that you take with you because ‘you’ll stick that in a scrapbook someday.’
A lot of people use the memory planners as a way of recording ‘capture 30’ where you journal something every day. It’s a great tool to get you started.
There’s a bunch of amazing accessories to buy for it, including washi tape book (AHH!), a pouch full of embellishments and lots of pockets for all your photos, a little bit like a mini project life.
I even took it on holiday! It’s so compact it’s a great way to journal on holiday without taking a huge case of crafting goodies. All you need is a pen and some glue!
I really recommend all Heidi Swapp items but this one really is opening up new ideas for scrappers! 🙂
Check out my Instagram: http://Instagram.com/mamamakesandbakes to see lots of pages I have made in my own planner.
Happy planning!

Fun with Washi Tape

Bank holiday weekend is here and I am off and thought I would get some crafting in! Last week I bought some Trimcraft Christmas Washi Tape from ‘The Range’ to experiment with as I have never used it before!

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Turns out as long as you have something to decorate it’s not difficult to make some truly lovely and very homemade looking.
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I decorated a candle first and luckily the tape is very forgiving and peels off easily for you to have a few attempts. It has a masking tape feel to it but a nice adhesive that will stick to almost anything I think, I haven’t found anything it won’t stick to yet!
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I moved into a kraft card box which had come with some jewellery I got a while ago. What a transformation! I can’t wait to give this box to a lucky loved one this Christmas.

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I can’t express how easy this is and what a great professional touch it gives to any item. Go wild with some Washi!

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