My True 2- Mixed Media Album

Well hello there! Today over at the Heidi Swapp blog I am sharing a very special mini album that I created using the Mixed Media Scrapbook Kit! This kit is loaded with really fun different pieces, like canvas, chipboard, and my favorite out of the kit, printed transparencies! So cute! The possibilities with this kit are endless!
Recently someone in my family had a very scary health issue, like a really really close call.. It was super scary to say the least, but everything's ok now thank the Lord ;) but it was a fast reminder about how precious life really is. It only takes a second for things to be turned upside down, which is why it is so important to document and write things down! This was what inspired my project.
Occasionally I will write a letter to the boys or do a page or something, but I never really made a whole album devoted to just us 3, so that was my main goal. It isn't finished of course, it will be an ongoing journal type of album with lots of little notes, pictures, pockets with ephemera we collect along the way, our favorite Bible verses, maybe some little bits & pieces of advice for their journey. We've had a rough road at some points, which has brought us super close and I don't want to leave anything unsaid. And I can't tell you how many times I got so choked up while writing letters to them! If you haven't written a special letter to a loved one, you should!  It really makes you dig deep. Not only is it awesome to give something that was hand written for the obvious reasons, but when you're in the process of writing it can really reveal a lot about your relationship with that person, can reveal so many emotions and memories that you have forgotten or just maybe lost along the way!
So here is my book. The kit comes with 2 honkin pieces of chipboard for covers, they are in the cutest shape of a Memory File! I love them! I wanted the tab to stay at the top, so I sliced the front cover down the middle and created a gate fold album.

My True 2- Mixed Media Kit Album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

Here's some details on the front cover, just mixed a bunch of pretty things I have in my Heidi Swapp stash ;)  The "true" heart is from the Make Pretty Stuff die cut tags pack at JoAnn's! If you have this heart and would like to do the same thing-
1. Lay down strips of washi tape on the white stripes to mask them off.
2. Apply a generous layer of Magic Medium to the purple stripes, pouncing down on top of the tape edges so the glue doesn't sneak underneath the tape.  Coat the Magic Medium with gold glitter.
3. Let this set for a few minutes, then peel off tape.
4. Voila! Turns out super sparkly and cute!

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

I used a mixture of so many different products lol! I pulled from the Dreamy Collection, Mixed Company, Vintage Chic, Hello Today, and Color Magic woohoo! I'm a mixer what can I say.

Ok so here's how to muck up your cover and add some awesome texture! This might look tricky, but it's actually super easy and of course it's so much fun because you're making a mess ;) Now I am hooked and will be making textured albums in every color....

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

K so here's the dealio;

1. Create a mixture of Opaque Magic Medium and the Color Shine of your choice, and using a sponge applicator smear it all over the plain chipboard cover. Let dry.
2. Lay a Heidi Swapp stencil over the top of the cover, and scrape modeling paste over the stencil wherever you want your design to be, & let that totally dry. (scrape off excess and put it back in it's container) I totally covered my cover with the pattern, but you don't have to! Sporadic stenciling looks awesome too!
3. Create another mixture of Magic Medium and the same Color Shine you used before, and lightly go over the raised paste stencil pattern. I think I did mine a little lighter than the first time...
4. When that was dry, I sprayed some of the Gold Color Shine in a few spots and then wiped it off. It looks really pretty in the sunlight because it really shines in the cracks, it's neat!
5. It was still a little too dark for me, so I lightly brushed some gesso over some of the cover and it gave it this really fab shabby chic look, which I love! Really brightened it up!

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

Here's a look at the inside!
This is what you see when you "open up the doors.."

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

I trimmed the edges of the Dreamy Photo Stack so it would fit on the right door, then put some pictures of the boys and I on our adventures.

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

I have what they call an "offroad family" and we have been going to the dunes to ride ATV's forever and we just have a really great time, it's beautiful up there!

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

Honestly I don't know where he gets it...

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

Ok. Maybe many of you have seen this picture on my Instagram, well the boys ran into the drug store to get something and came back with SILLY STRING AND ATTACKED ME AS SOON AS THEY GOT IN THE CAR!!!! I absolutely had to make this the first picture that you see when you open this book because I have never seen them laugh as hard as they did at that moment! It was just the funniest thing. Never a dull moment ;) And yes there is still some in my hair.

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

Some lovely layers, which made the gate fold album awesome because if you alternate sides with your pages, then you just keep peeling them back one by one! It makes it a little more interactive and fun for people to look through it!

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

The kit has some smaller white die cut tags that are adorable! I covered the front of mine with paper and left the back white so I can journal on it. I haven't decided what to put in that little window yet...

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

Here's one of the transparency pages in the kit, I love it! The glitter words look awesome on them! Just adds another interesting page to peel back ;)

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

I took a piece of patterned paper from Hello Today, trimmed it to the height I wanted it, then folded it in half. If you adhere the left, bottom, and right side of it, you just made yourself a pocket! Use a large circle punch and punch it halfway into the top to create the little dip in the top!
Ok don't make fun of my preggo picture. I was 7 months here, but by the time I hit 8 people were telling me I looked like an eclipse. I was like yeah? That's awesome.

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

Another way I love to hide journaling is by mounting a picture to the front of a plain white card, then you just have a nice little spot to write a whole bunch of sweetness!

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

Here I created a page by using one of the Color Magic banners! I sprayed one side with Coral Color Shine and covered the other side with patterned paper from Mixed Company. Just a fun little shaped page to add rather than a square ;)

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

And finally the back cover, just made a little page on it. I can't wait to add more pages to this album! I felt like I could've put 20 more in while I was making this! It's going to be one chunky monkey!

My True 2- mixed media album by Sarah Bargo @sarahbargo @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #minialbum

So that's my mixed media journal, I hope you are inspired to grab your amazing Mixed Media Scrapbook Kits and document something special! The possibilities are endless!

SUPPLIES; Opaque Magic Medium, Die Cut Tags,  Scrapbook Kit, Watercolor Tags, Color Magic Striped Alpha, Glitter Stickers Gold,    Hello Today 12x12 Paper Pad, Mixed Company 12x12 Paper Pad, Coral Color Shine, Georgia Peach Color Shine, Embossed Jumbo NumbersJumbo Pennants, Dreamy Ticket To Ride, Dreamy Clear Words, Dreamy Jumble Word Stickers, Mixed Company Ephemera




Long Island, NY

Hello loves! How are you on this glorious Monday?! Do you know that there is yet ANOTHER REASON TO LOVE MONDAY'S?! YEP!! So awesome! Do you have an Instagram account and you're looking for a fun papercrafting challenge? Look up @Society52! The awesomely talented Maggie Massey and I have started this baby up and it is the very first scrapbook challenge feed to hit Insty! It is the newest rage, and it is so fun! Look for this button on Instagram;

Here's how it works;

Monday- A new challenge gets posted

Tuesday- Special guest designer posts challenge project

Wednesday- you better be scrappin!

Thursday- We throw in a little twistarooney

Friday- scrap some more!

Saturday & Sunday- 4 randomly chosen awesome projects get featured!

You should definitely play, it is so fun! Everyone has been getting so excited for the next challenge to drop, which makes Mondays even that much better! ;) You have all week to play along, there's no rush. You can even share a project from a past challenge no biggie! It's all good ;)

This past challenge was to document one of your favorite childhood memories, and the Thursday Twist was to add some sequins to your project!

Here is my take on it, using the new Webster's Pages line called "Ocean Melody."

I'm sorry it's not cropped very well, I was racing against 2 naughty little kitties that like to pounce on my layouts when I'm taking pictures grrrr....
 Ok so one of my favorite childhood memories is of the ocean. We visited Long Island a few times as I was growing up, and it's just a little slice of heaven on earth! I so miss it! Hands down NY has thee best bestest bestestest bestestestest pizza in. the. world.
 I can't think of a better name for a summer collection than Ocean Melody. That's exactly what it's like sitting with your feet buried in the sand, listening to the seagulls cry off in the distance, breathing in the salty sea air, hearing the waves crashing against the shore... Pure heaven.... a melody...
Isn't this little flag so cute?! That flower!
I love love this view. I could just live here. Sit by an old vintage camper strung with paper lanterns and twinkle lights, sipping on a white chocolate mocha, crunching into a Ritz cracker heaped with lobster salad from the Hamptons...  
Here are my sequins woohoo! And of course a Heidi Swapp Banner Delight ;)
I hope you will join us for the next challenge! It's a great way to use up your stash, get some things documented, and maybe even get out of a creative rut? Challenges are so good for that!
Thanks for hangin out with me, have a scrap happy night!

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Baseball 2013 Mini Album


Happy Happy Sunday! What a beautiful day today! How is your weekend going? Mine has been pretty quiet, which is nice sometimes ;) We have gotten an amazing response for  Daydream The Event so Maggie and I are pretty excited! There's limited spots available so don't wait too long to register!!  
So, being a papercrafter, do you ever feel like you kinda get in a slump, where you don't really like your layouts anymore? I've been feeling like that lately, and I don't know why? So today, I wanted to make something very simple, but very meaningful. I just felt like creating something that was going to make someone else smile and feel loved, so I grabbed some b&w baseball pics I took of my son Kyle last year. I really really enjoy photography, taking pictures of the boys in action, it makes me so happy! There's something about looking through the lens...
 Anyhoo, I went through my stash, and just collected a few things that would look cute with the photos, and you know what? I ended up doing a total monochromatic gray, white, and black theme! It was so easy on my brain lol! It felt good.
 I used Heidi Swapp at JoAnn's products, and a few other Heidi Swapp items from other collections.  Here's what I came up with!

I really love this picture... my little man... 
I kept the embellishments to a super minimum, then just did some fun stamping here and there.

In the Glitter Albums at JoAnn's, there are these awesome clear pages that just have a little something on each page, they are so fun to layer with!

If you take 2 pieces of paper and tape them on the left, right, and bottom back to back, you create a pocket! I used a large circle punch at the top of the page, then slid a tag in that I filled with journaling and encouragement.

It is super minimal, but it felt so good to do something meaningful from start to finish! I hope he likes it ;)
Thank you so much for hanging with me today! If you ever feel like you're in a creative slump with your layouts, just whip out a simple little mini album that you can give to someone, and you'll remember what scrapbooking is really about. Capturing moments in time, capturing life.
Have a beautiful Sunday!
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daydream...the event

Are you in the Chicagoland area? Has your crafty soul been yearning for a glorious day spent in pure creative bliss? Well get ready because boy do I have the awesomest thing to share with you! Awhile ago my dear friend Maggie Massey  and I sat down over lunch and decided to do something big. Something for papercrafters to come together in a beautiful place to create, eat, and most importantly have lots of fun! Something to shake up the Midwest a little! We discovered that we have both been wanting to plan a papercrafting event for a long time, and so our right brains started to pour out tons of amazing ideas. A beautiful day filled with pretty papers, delectable desserts, and mingling together with other artists in a sparkling atmosphere! And so, Daydream was born.
How did the name Daydream come about? Well, what do we creative people do all time? We are constantly thinking of projects, always looking for inspiration, and I'm totally speaking for myself, but I know I am ALWAYS daydreaming. And being that this will be a one day retreat, Daydream is kinda the perfect name!
Here's a some deets about this fantastic day!
What do you think? It's going to be so fun! I hope you will join us! Be sure to register over at www.daydreamtheevent.blogspot.com so we can start sending you goodies!
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Love You Forever Card

Hey hi! Just poppin in to share a bright and happy card with you! I have been loving the die-cut foliage trend going on now, I think it's so cute and adds so much detail!

I used the "Favorite Things" Collection by Heidi Swapp, and the die is by Sizzix!

And seriously those turquoise stripes?!
I love.
Hope you had a wonderful day ;)
Love, Rah xo



Sweet Girl Card

Well well look who showed up to blog todayyyyy.. Mmmmhmmmm. Wow. It has been awhile.... Can somebody please tell me where June went? Anyone? Anyone at all? If you find her will you let me know? ;) I am sorry I haven't been blogging much! Life has been a whirl wind lately and summer is just jam packed sometimes! But to make up for it, I have a card to share with you today and I think you'll like it! Super fun and easy to make!

If you have the Heidi Swapp Dreamy Memory File Kit, grab the smallest one with the tickets on it. I trimmed about an inch or so off of the right side, or the side opposite of the tab. This just makes it a little more "mailable" or more card like, but you don't have to trim it if you don't want to ;)

Then place the mint green rectangle sticker (found in the Dreamy Memory File Kit) and place it on the tab, then top it with one of the adorable bows that's part of the collection also. They are super cute with gold glitter in the center eek!
Using the butterfly negative (or as I like to call stencil negatives- "donut holes") from Heidi's stencils at Michael's and trace the butterfly onto a piece of Dreamy Paper and cut it out! Then use Heidi's pin dot stencil to randomly paint some cute pink polkies onto the butterfly body! I also rubbed a little paint on the edges too to make it look more artsy fartsy and give it more dimension ;)
Then for the cherry on top, grab your Dreamy ephemera and embellish that baby! I also threw in a twine bow and some mint green sequins for some extra glam.

You don't have to use the same papers and things that I did, get creative! The Dreamy Collection is just so soft and lovely I can't stop creating with it! You know me, those are my colors ;)
Thanks for stopping in today, can't wait to share some big news with you soon!
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