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.)
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!

A very quick Heidi Swapp!

I had so much to do today (including a cheeky overtime shift) but my Heidi Swapp stamps arrived in the mail and I was desperate to try them after waiting for long for them to arrive from the states.

First of all I got some old backing paper and put it on a 15cm by 10cm card stock. Next I folded and scored in half and I was ready to decorate.
A girl at my craft class last weekend was saying she was ‘scared of stamping’ as one mistake could ruin a whole project. I recommend stamping on scrap pieces of paper that are plain. Stamping on pattern pieces of paper can distract the eye, especially if it’s text, it can become unreadable.
This simple happy birthday stamp went on great and was really bold and the beautiful traditional Heidi Swapp font is to die for.
I topped it off with some bunting made from We r Memory Keepers bakers twine and Dovecraft bunting die cuts with Heidi Swapp bunting stamps in the background to give t that 3D effect.
Finally I added a little flower with some bling and my card was complete! It took around 10 minutes and it looks so sweet and simple!
I really recommend ALL of Heidi Swapp’s products.. Her stamps are great, her project life cards are beautiful and I just LOVE that font! Don’t we all?