Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Heidi Swapp - my new love!

Hi everyone!
Today I'd like to introduce you to a gorgeous lady who is one of my mentors: Heidi Swapp!
I discovered her last year as I took a class with her: the art of observation.
In that class I was introduced to her new line and new ideas about scrapbooking products (the memory file system), but I didn't jump on the idea. First of all, because I had enough supplies already at home, second, because I love my albums that are just beginning to fill up and I didn't want to go to another memory keeping system. But even though I didn't use that many memory files in her class, I drank her ideas and they brightened my eyes week after week for 3 weeks! What Heidi can do with a piece of cardstock, some inks and some stamps is simply A-MA-ZING!

So anyway, one year later, here I am, reading that Heidi's line will be available at Micheals. What? My favorite store? No kidding!?! Any excuse is a good one to jump in my car and leave the house for a couple of hours and go wander and recharge my batteries at Michaels, so this excuse was big enough and there you go, I'm in my car!! 10 minutes later, I FIND IT! THE HEIDI SWAPP WALL!
Here you have it! (of course I Instagramed it!)

It's all there: The mini memory-file-folders, the cute labels and tags, the polaroid frames I LOVE(!!!) packaged together with the awesome rub-ons, cool layered banners, and the whole color magic selection of banners, paper in 12x12 and 8x8, the heart chipboard that you can color with some color shine sprays that should be awesome (that's what I heard), and the same chipboards but in the shapes of stars and arrows, the whole color collection of color magic sprays, and, and, and..... the list is endless!

Fast forward an hour later, I realize that I can't have it all, but that I WANT it all!! And well...I'm a gemini so, I'm not very good at deciding (one must recognize their weaknesses, right?!) so I filled my cart!

Ok, you think I went over the top?! Well, I can tell you that from this day on for the next 2 weeks I was at Micheals EVERY SINGLE day to pick up something else. And let me tell you it wasn't just ONE thing every day!

So what you want to know now is What did you do with all that stuff?? Well, first of all, I watched some awesome videos from Heidi teaching how to use the spray. After hearing over and over again that I was able to do it, that nothing could go wrong, I went ahead and sprayed!!! Yes! I sprayed!!! I took some color magic 12 x 12 paper with chevrons and I sprayed pink (primrose) and yellow (mustard). 

And I waited 10 seconds, and I buffed, and it gave me this:

And I was in awe! The shine of that paper, I tell you, was so awesome that I thought: I need it all! THE WHOLE COLLECTION! Several packs of everything so I don't run out. (That's why I went back to Micheals every day following that night).
But I didn't stop there. You know, I just had my online class with another hero of mine: Wilna Furstenberg, so I knew I could do more.... and I sprayed some white paint.

 And I added a photo, and some embellishments..... And at the end I had created THIS:

I was so eager to show it to you, but it was on the "going to be publish can't show it yet" list. Today, it was published! Yay!!! :)

Want to see some close up?

Look at this shine!!
It's a color magic chipboard heart sprayed with primrose color shine, toped with a color magic arrow that I left as is and that I mounted on some color magic scallop ribbon that I sprayed with some gold lame and stitched with some silver thread.

Underneath my picture I layered some more color magic scallop ribbon sprayd with primrose this time and I added a white ribbon added with some hot glue to give it dimension.

At the far end of the border I added a cluster of hearts and arrow and a brad.

Some journaling spots, chipboard elements and thickers.

Under my picture I had stitched with some silver thread. Yes, just before I discovered Heidi's secret weapons, I discovered the silver thread. ;) Now it's everywhere too.

In the bottom right corner I added another small cluster of embellishments made of some Dear Lizzy's gorgeous collection. Because of the stamping that is already on the page (Oh I love Heidi's color magic 12x12 paper pack!!!), I didn,t need anything else. My layout was already complete! 

Look at the shine!!!!!

Here's my page again, cause that's just how much I love it!! :D

An the very next day, I started another color shine project. That stuff is ADDICTIVE! I just want to warn you guys!! :)

I'll show you soon what I ended up doing with this gorgeous background. :)

Thanks for looking, and for leaving me some lovely comments! I love them SO much!! :)



scrap-or-not-scrap said...

Votre page est magnifique !!!
Je trouve le concept vraiment génial ! Savez-vous si on peut trouver ce type de papier en France ? ;)
En tout cas, bravo car ce que vous faîtes est vraiment superbe ! J'adooore ! Laurie.

Tracey said...

Love your layout! I just picked up some Heidi Swapp supplies a few days ago for the first time. I have been eyeing it up, but I was hesitant on what I would do with everything, because I currently do most of my memory keeping digitally with project life. I haven't done a traditional layout in years. However, I saw the "Memory File Adventure" and I knew I wanted to participate. I just picked up a few basics, but after playing around with it, I need more!!

Marie-Pierre Capistran said...

Thank you Tracey! Right, it's addictive! I was spraying again yesterday night!! :) My advice: grab some mini file folders before they are gone!! I just did a mini-book with these that is absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately I can't share it just yet (because of publication rules) but honestly, nothing can go wrong when you create with such a cute product for the base!! :) It's really cool that you tried the paper scrapbooking. I'm a very tech-girl and do a lot on the computer but nothing can beat a night sitting at the craft table and playing with papers!!!

LauraIsFrench said...

WOW! Love the softness of your layout! I'm a fan of Heidi Swapp too...your page is awesome for sure!

scrap-or-not-scrap said...

J'ai enfin tenté les papiers color magic ! c'est ici
Merci pour l'inspiration :)