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so a few of you have mentioned seeing my piece in the ‘home companion’… and i have been surprised at the number of emails i have rec’d as well…
i just picked up my copy! i have to admit… i was so excited to be invited to create something for the april/may issue of ‘home companion’. i have always enjoyed the magazine.. there is always fresh, fun and inspiring ideas, typography and unique design concepts featured.
when i was contacted by jennifer cushman, a freelancer for the magazine… i started working on kind of an altered book for my mom for mother’s day. interestingly enough, i had been thinking a lot about the mother- daughter relationship, and how as mother’s we truly effect the future generations through our daughters.  i am sure that we can all relate to experiencing more respect and trust in our mom’s as we get older, mature and realize more fully the complexity of motherhood. at least that is the case for me.
so i spent about a month, playing around with old photos of myself with my mom… creating this altered book. my deadline was coming up, and i was just not thrilled with the project. the night before the project was due… i ditched the altered book and created the framed scrapbook that is featured in the article. i had been imagining this little project for quite some time, so it was sitting in the creative bank in my brain… about 8:30 at night i went to target and purchased about 4 different frames… came home and went to work. by about 3am the project was complete… and i loved it. it came out exactly how i saw it in my head.  i love the colors– so springy and fresh.. it fit into this issue of the mag so perfectly i thought! 

it is kind of hard to see how it all works from the article. here’s some additional construction info…
i have more photos of it at home on my big computer, but since i am still at my mom’s you’ll have to hunt down the magazine to take a peek…at least until i get home.

i took the piece of chipboard that was in the back of the 5×7 frame. (it’s a racheal ashwell). i selected all the photos that i wanted to use in the album and started creating "flaps".  my plan was that the book would open from the top, bottom and both sides… that way, there would not be a thick traditional ‘spine’ that would be too bulky.   i created all the "flaps" (or pages)… they are all different sizes and shapes… they don’t all line up as you can kind of see from the pics…  i completed all the flaps, with the journaling as well as the embellishments, and then i started from the back, and sewed each page in position.  once i had all the pages sewn together, i simply placed it in the frame just like you would a photo… (obviously without the glass) i attached the photos with photocorners, staples and stiches… i didn’t want the embellishments to be too bulky, cause there were about 6 or 7 flaps… it’s amazing how much better i work at the very last minute…
the deadline is my ultimate inspiration!
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the article is featured on page 108 of the
april/may issue…
so fun! check it out!

i visited my dentist this morning to get 2 cavities filled… what a misery.  i swear there is no one that brushes teeth more than i do… and STILL have about a million cavities! luckily my dentist is about the nicest man on the planet… and it did go pretty quick. i still hate it!

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29 Comments

  1. kara 16 March, 2006 at 11:14 am - Reply

    how cool!! i get ME in the mail, so i will be looking. i hear ya on the dentist, i ‘brush em’ all the time and still…:(
    hope that you are feeling fab!! you busy girl!

  2. Alison P 16 March, 2006 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Cool! I’ll have to go and hunt down the mag…I love the concept of not having a “spine” on the book and just sewing in the pages. If you can share any more up-close photos when you get home…that would be great!
    Am super excited to register for Creative Escape, by the way! In fact, I’ll be on a plane coming home from Vegas during registration time so I am going to see if I can bribe my BIL to register me, lol! Can’t wait. 🙂

  3. Randell 16 March, 2006 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Looks like a super cool project, and in a great magazine! (Late nights pay off sometimes!)I have been very reflective about the mother/daughter relationship recently (I have 3)and how everything I do will in some way shape their futures….

  4. Talia 16 March, 2006 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    i need to get this!! (and i JUST got home from Walmart, darnnit). Thanks for sharing, looks awesome!

  5. patty 16 March, 2006 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    so fresh & inspiring are you. i love that you scrapped your project last minute & came up with something that YOU LOVED. that’s what makes you AMAZING. cuz, i wasn’t up to your “snuff”- “we” i’m sure would have loved it. but this project is a W*O*W!!!
    love ya,
    -p

  6. angela 16 March, 2006 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Loved the project you did for the magazine. I read on a scrapbooking message board that you were featured in the magazine @ around 10:30 at night, I jumped in the car and went to Barnes and Noble to get it, I got there just as they were closing, it was soooooo worth the trip!

  7. sarah green 16 March, 2006 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Dang… I’ve never seen that magazine here in NZ otherwise I would hunt it down for sure… you clever girl!!!

  8. Jody Ferlaak 16 March, 2006 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    I’ve been deep-thinking the daughter/mother relationship this week as I mark my little Teagan’s 9th birthday without her. I’ve been blogging about how I know she and I are still and will forever be connected. I hope the best parts of me rub off on my girls and my wish is for them to grow up as strong, creative, women with an inner beauty and charm that makes everyone around them want to be better people. Being a mother has made me keenly aware of how much power and influence I really have. And I am learning to love myself in that role more and more each day. As I mark Teagan’s birthday without her I find myself doing positive things to combat the sadness that I feel inside as the day approaches. I think I will have to go out and pick up this magazine as a pick-me-up this weekend. Anything “Swappish” is sure to put a smile on my face. And I hope to be inspired too!! Thanks for sharing! ANd do something sparkly or girly or Happy-mealy with Quincy this weekend in memory of Teagan if you think of it. Celebrating life simply because you can is one of the very best reasons of all! Sweetly~

  9. ash 16 March, 2006 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    I was so thrilled when I got my home companion in the mail took a few minutes away from the kiddos and started flipping pages…then WOW there was heidi!!! so excited! I love this idea…so personal and original. This is one of my fav. magazines and now i have bumped it up a few notches on the cool scale since they featured you:)Thanks for sharing your talent!! its so inspiring…have a great day:)

  10. Jennie 16 March, 2006 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about the dentist experience. My teeth are rock solid like muy mum’s, but my sis’s just dissolve if she looks at a sweet, just like our Pa’s, so I am sure you inherit the quality of teeth, it’s got nothing to do with how well you brush them (Of course don’t tell your kids that!! LOL!!)
    Jennie from UK x

  11. april haymore 16 March, 2006 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Heidi, Mary Englebreit actually lived in the town next to mine in St. Louis,,,,,you should’ve seen her house….so my family has been fans since I was very little! I am excited to see your creations in her mag! By the way…..I challenge you to a brush off/cavity competition. I swear I am the person who brushes, flosses,and mouthwashes the most and still gets cavities. My husband has twice as many teeth…in fact soo many, including wisdom teeth…that its almost impossible for him to floss…teeth are way too tight together, anyway…sooo many teeth….not one cavity….so my conclusion is ….ITs Genetic!

  12. chanel 16 March, 2006 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Hi Heidi, that is really really groovy. I love the idea …. you are so gifted. We don’t get the mag in Australia so if you can remember can you post the article or pics on your blog when you get home, would love to see it in more detail. Funny you should comment about the mother/daughter relationship – I have 3 daughters and have never been more aware of how important my job as a mother is! I have huge respect for my mother too … shame you don’t appreciate it until you have children of your own. Hope you are feeling well and enjoying your pregnancy. much love Chanel

  13. Melissa H 16 March, 2006 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    would love to see more detail when you get back home, heidi – i don’t think we can get that mag here, and it does sound like a great gift with mum’s day coming up in may!! so glad to hear you are going well with your pregnancy!!

  14. Jana Perenchio 16 March, 2006 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Oh wow, I’ve been a huge Mary E fan forever, have subscribed to her mag. since the very beginning, and now I know why! She always features the coolest artists and how cool that they have now featured YOU!! What an awesome honor. I can’t believe you ditched your project less than a day before it was due, totally sounds like something I would do too, I’m such a flippin perfectionist, but always seem to work better under pressure. Sorry to hear about the trip to the dentist but hey, at least it’s OVER, that’s the way I always have to look at it.

  15. valerie 17 March, 2006 at 6:54 am - Reply

    It’s so cute how your daughter is doing the Vanna White thing in those snapshots. The article looks awesome, I will so have to check that out.

  16. Vee 17 March, 2006 at 10:15 am - Reply

    this is an awesome piece of art.
    I can’t wait to see the pics up close.

  17. scrapfreak1 17 March, 2006 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    that is positively “Heidi”.. green/pink.. lovin this totally amazing now i need to hunt down that magazine.. btw your daughter is so cute .. absolutely fabulous work heidi.. as usual .. you are quite the inspiration girl.. thanks for sharing. now off to find that mag.

  18. Bonnie K 18 March, 2006 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Heidi,
    check my blog. I made a post last week about all the mags I bought at Joanns, that one was on my list.. cuz of your article.. plus I love that style of decorating. Love your mini album idea in a pic frame… I am gonna make one similar I think for gifts.. such a great idea!
    Love you!!!!!!!!

  19. Rachel C 18 March, 2006 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Wow, congrats on the article – it looks amazing and I can’t wait to see it in that magazine!! =)

  20. Lisa 18 March, 2006 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Wow… great idea. I love the album in the frame. I will have to go and get the magazine. Congrats! Just a little FYI… you might want to correct the spelling of ME’s last name.

  21. kris 19 March, 2006 at 10:44 am - Reply

    i loved the idea so much, i plan on making one for my mom and mother-in-law for mother’s day this year…also my daughter who just turned 13:(…did you notice those cool pinkk chairs in the mag?? too cool.

  22. Susan 19 March, 2006 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Heidi!
    I was sooo excited to see your project in ME! My first thought was, “Now you’re talking … a real artist project!” Don’t get me wrong, I love the mag, but this is an exceptional project for them to publish.
    Thanks for the great idea.
    Susan

  23. Carrie 19 March, 2006 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    So cool! Congrats, Heidi!

  24. Michelle W. 20 March, 2006 at 3:22 am - Reply

    sorry to hear about the cavities! eeek
    congrats on the magazine article. Very cool
    Michelle

  25. stephanie 20 March, 2006 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    I was sooo excited ot see this in the magazine and am happier to have some extra directions! (I am not the best a recreating things without some sort of instruction-lol!)
    I dread going back to the dentist…but it’s time! Cavities are no fun, especially when you’re pregnant like us. 🙂

  26. Jane 21 March, 2006 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Thanks Heidi! I came to your site looking for more specifics on the project. I loved it, and was disappointed the magazine did not show more, so thanks for sharing.

  27. Erika B 25 March, 2006 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Okay — Heidi —
    Can you give me specific directions on making that adorable scrapbook frame for Picture Perfect in ME’s Home Companion. Picked this one up at Target last night and just love it!!!! Hope you can help!!!!
    Thanks in advance!
    Erika

  28. D@nielle 1 April, 2006 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Can’t get the magazine in the Netherlands and nog target ….. too bad, sounds really cool ….

  29. Carol 16 April, 2006 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Could you share the directions for this adorable book? Thanks!

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