20
Oct-2013

Mermaid Beach Memory File

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Today I bring you my first Heidi Swapp Memory File project!

Mermaid Beach Memory File Front CU

Before we dig in, a bit of background… There are only 20 days left until Make Pretty Stuff Down Under hits Brisbane, where the super talented Kim Jeffress will accompany the queen of shine herself, Heidi Swapp, in spoiling us with 3 jam-packed classes to make pretty stuff! And in true Kim style, she is pumping us full of inspiration in the lead up, including hosting a challenge on the Make Pretty Stuff Down Under (closed) Facebook group. Here’s Kim’s page, which we were to draw inspiration from. Ummm….easiest challenge yet? Kim always comes up with the most incredible work, so it’s all inspirational to me.

So…time for me to pull out some Heidi Swapp goodies, both new and old alike, and have a play! When my in-laws visited from the States in June, they pampered us with a 4-night stay with them at a gorgeous beach house at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast. Before they left, I surprised them with a completed Project Life Mini Album, including photos from the trip. However, I hadn’t done anything with the photos for us. What a perfect excuse to use a Heidi Swapp Memory File for Kim’s challenge, and get some of these photos off the computer, and on display!

Mermaid Beach Memory File Front

Now, if Heidi was to ever see this blog post, I could imagine her squealing when seeing those green banners. They are {very old, like 2005 old} Heidi Swapp Lime Diamonds chipboard ornaments, that I simply cut in half (and then trimmed a little extra) to use as a banner. I found these babies in one of my scrap drawers, and decided now was definitely the time to use them. With the beyond-generous amount of goodies I hear we’re in store for at the upcoming class, I need to de-stash, and fast! I sprayed the diamonds with some Color Shine and blotted/rubbed it all around to get a not-so-clean finish that matches the rest of the elements on the page.

Mermaid Beach Memory File  Middle

Above is the centre spread (I only used 1 file). The texture and patterns of the memory file, means you don’t have to do too much work at all to have a page come together quickly. A few stickers, some washi tape/ribbon, rhinestones or pearls, and the obligatory (for me!) butterflies, and you’re done!

Mermaid Beach Memory File Flap Front  Mermaid Beach Memory File Flap Back

I had too many photos for a 1 page layout, and too few for a second memory file, so my solution was to add interactive flaps and overlap some photos. Although those photos are some of my very favourites, they were all similar colours and lighting so it made sense to group them. I hand-made these little flaps, with my 6 yo daughter for assistance, and added some patterned paper to the back of the photos to pretty it up. {If anyone is interested in how I made the flaps let me know and I will post some instructions.}

Mermaid Beach Memory File Back

And quickly, here is the back also. I included a glassine bag from Greatest View – that one little bag sure does pack a punch – such a beautiful yellow. {I’ll let you in on a secret…I cut that bag in half, so now I have the bottom half ready to use on another project!} I only wish my chevron writing was a little neater…never mind, it all adds to the hand-made feel, right?

So there you have it, my first Heidi Swapp Memory File project, albeit using just the one file, but that’s all I needed, and now I still have loads left to make other pretty stuff. To be honest, when I bought them I wasn’t at all inspired by the cream patterns (like the one on the inside of this file). BUT I had to eat my words (thoughts maybe?), because it was SO easy to use – I could pair it with any colours, and it just added a subtle pattern and texture to the background, which meant I didn’t have to. I will certainly not shy away from using them again, and I can’t wait for another little mini-sized story to fill my next one with.

If you are going to the Make Pretty Stuff Down Under class in Brisbane, I look forward to seeing you there – please come and say hi! And even if you’re not coming, feel free to say hi here too 🙂

Heidi Swapp Materials: Mini Memory File, Color Shine mist (in Primrose, Mint Green and Mustard), Color Magic Notes, and word stickers.

Other Materials: Tim Holtz alpha stickers, Kaisercraft Pearls and Rhinestones, ribbon, washi tape, Allison Kreft for Webster’s Pages Overlay (the delicious anchor transparencies), Martha Stewart punch, Stampin’ Up! punch, Greatest View glassine bags.

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