Today we are celebrating! This weekend is Heidi’s birthday and every year the team celebrates in a special way! We have created handmade cards, made special gifts, filmed videos, and one year we even created a birthday party by sending her parts of the party through the mail. Yeah, that year the cupcakes didn’t quite make it and the box filled with balloons flew out in the middle of her living room filled with confetti. Yeah, Eric was still finding confetti months later. #EpicFail Ha! However, this year the team wanted to celebrate Heidi by doing the one thing she is passionate about – telling our story. So the team has gathered the Storyline collection and each of us is sharing our “Heidi Story”.
Do you have a “Heidi Story?” If you do, share it on any of Heidi’s social media channels and tag her @heidiswapp #heidiswapp #hsStoryline so that she can get your birthday message!
I first met Heidi back in 2010 when she taught in Brisbane for Tattered Angels. I remember refreshing her blog over and over the day the tickets were going to go on sale because I was afraid I would miss out on getting a ticket. When they finally went on sale and I grabbed my ticket I was jumping for joy. I remember sitting in the back row on the aisle seat during the classes and just being in awe as she talked and shared her knowledge about scrapbooking and memory keeping. Fast forward to 2013 and Heidi had the Media Team call, never ever ever in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be one of the very lucky few that were chosen, I remember literally crying tears of joy when I got the acceptance email. Over the last 4 years I have been lucky enough to join her at CHA, tours of Spotlight around Australia and the most incredible experience of teaching along side her as we toured Australia on our Make Pretty Stuff Down Under Tour. Truly a highlight for me! I am so blessed to know Heidi, she welcomed me with open arms into her home when I visited Utah last year and showed me the inside world that is the Heidi Swapp team at American Crafts! Wow that was kinda mind blowing. I know for sure I am lucky to call Heidi one of my friends she has changed me for the better, made me see life that little bit more brighter that little bit more Prettier!
Happy birthday Heidi I hope you have an amazing Birthday!
– Kim Jeffress
Back in 2012 I would have never imagined the journey it would be when I was asked to join the first ever Heidi Swapp Media Team. It has truly been the experience of a lifetime to be a part of something so incredible. Since early 2000 I have been a huge fan of ANYTHING Heidi Swapp. Her signature style, gorgeous products and amazing spirit have always captivated me. I had the blessed opportunity to attend many of her events and classes through the years. These events are some of my most treasured memories and they continue to leave a positive impact on my life to this day. Everything I learned over the course of those years has literally changed my life in some way. I carry those moments with me always. Heidi will never fully know the impact she has had on my life and the many gifts she has blessed me with over the years. She is one of the strongest and most inspiring humans I have ever had the opportunity to cross paths with. I feel beyond honoured to say that not only do I work for her brand, she is truly one of my dearest friends. I am so thankful for all of the memories we have shared over the years. The laughs. The tears. The encouragement. The conversations. The dinners. The road trips. I could not be more grateful. You are such a blessing in my life. XOXO Happiest Birthday sweet Heidi.
– Lindsay Bateman
Happy birthday, Heidi!
These photos are recent, but the story goes back a few years ago. That first time I met Heidi. How impactful that meeting was. How she was quick to share her heart and her dreams. All this while we were in the midst of this little crafty session, her and the rest of the Media Team. It’s a moment in time I will never forget…and I realized as I was writing the words that I had NOT written this story down. So this page is doing double duty today: relaying happy birthday to a most loved friend, and remembering to write the story of people who mean so much to my life, who spark the dream all the time, and who remind us all to tell our stories.
– Jamie Pate
I will never forget the very first time I met Heidi. I had just recently been chosen for her Media Team and we (the team) had all planned to attend the 2013 CHA Mega Show in Anaheim, CA. Heidi had arranged for us all to meet and spend the night eating pizza, getting to know each other, and working on a Memory File Dream Album together in our hotel. I met the other girls in our room (we all hit it off immediately!) and we headed upstairs to a conference room where Heidi was waiting. We all took turns saying “hi,” introducing ourselves, and getting those long-awaited hugs from THE Heidi Swapp. It was so cool. It felt, to me, as if we had always known each other…like we had always been friends. And I think that’s not unlike how almost everyone feels about Heidi when they meet her. She just has this thing…this quality that I can’t even begin to explain…that makes you feel happy, inspired, included. It’s astounding. And it’s a feeling that never goes away. I have felt exactly that same way each and every time I’ve seen her since that first time over 4 years ago.
Not only has Heidi been a wonderful, (ridiculously) generous, amazing friend, but she has also been a remarkable mentor to me. She has given me the confidence in my work and in my creative life to go further, do more, try more and be more. And I will never be able to thank her enough. We’ve shared a million laughs (holy cow, she is hilarious) and a million tears (she’s also an incredible listener who never passes judgment and only encourages and lifts-up) and I hope we continue to do so.
I could go on and on…there are infinite ways in which this girl has inspired me…both creatively and personally…but I think I can sum up exactly how I feel about her by saying…I love you, Heidi. Happiest of birthdays to you, sweet girl.
– Maggie Massey
Happy birthday Heidi! Every day I am grateful for the day Heidi and I met. We didn’t meet “in real life” for months after meeting over the phone, however, it didn’t matter. Heidi has always had that impression on everyone she meets. She has a way to make you feel like a friend the moment you talk with her. In the last four and a half years, Heidi has not only been a good friend but my cheerleader. She believes in me. Heidi has inspired me and continues to inspire me to be a better person everyday. She loves fiercely. She also can make you laugh with your whole body, you know, the laughter that brings you to tears and you wonder when you have ever laughed that hard.
Heidi, you are so loved! Happy birthday!
– Jen Evans