I have loved this week so far… and we aren’t done yet! Each day, i have felt so inspired by the individuality and unique approach that each of these team members have taken to document themselves. (not always an easy topic!)
Today, i bring you a stunner from Lindsay Bateman…the Canadian in our group… She has such a soft, feminine touch. Lindsay approaches life with such a giving, happy spirit! It’s been fun to get to know her a little… as with ALL the projects this week, I wish I could reach right into the computer and hold this little beauty… She has done something that I hadn’t thought of!! It’s a completely NEW twist on a memory file. Again, reaffirming that there is no limits to what you can do with a Memory File! I will leave you to drool, while Lindsay explains her process and her unique openable sections of her project…
lindsay bateman memory file: about me
For this particular project, we were to use a memory file to celebrate and document ourselves. Whatever that means to us, we were to design and create a project around that topic.
I chose to use the new Heidi Swapp chipboard memory files because of the type of album I wanted to create. These files are fabulous because not only are they made of sturdy chipboard, but they come plain and ready to personalize. How perfect is that? Especially when the project you are doing is such a personal reflection of oneself.
I decided however, that I wanted to do something a bit different and make my memory file into more of a “portfolio type” album. So I trimmed the chipboard memory file down to half size, and covered it with the beautiful handwritten (chevron side) paper from the new Vintage Chic collection. I then used the portion of the trimmed file to make my flap closure. I scored an inch from the opposite side of the decorative edge, scored and folded, and then adhered the section to the back of the file, having the decorative front portion flap over the cover of the memory file. I chose the Just Dots paper from Vintage Chic.
The cover of my file was embellished using an Instagram photo of myself and an assortment of the Heidi Swapp Vintage Chic embellishment collection. Vintage Chic Journaling Cards, Vintage Chic Mini Tags, Trimmings Flowers, Cardstock Definitions, and Cardstock Sentiments beautifully came together for an end result that I love. It is such a stunningly gorgeous collection and coordinates so well with pieces of her other collection that I incorporated such as the disco shapes, alphabet neon epoxy stickers, memory file labels and her stamps. I further personalized the front with adding some stitching around the journaling cards and definitions.
One of my favourite little “additions” to this project for me was adding some velcro tabs to assist with keeping my memory file held together. I simply cut some small pieces of Velcro and added them to the inside flap and bottom part of my cover. That way it holds together nicely.
I knew I wanted a really fun and interactive memory file, so I made a gate fold closure appear when you first open up the memory file cover. I love this interactive element and I used the Heidi Swapp Journaling card and the “discover” epoxy sticker from her No Limits collection to act as my title and introduction. Behind this journaling card, I added another piece of Velcro. It assists to keep this part closed and how fun is it to open things with Velcro? I have to admit, I just love the way it sounds when you pull it apart! 😉
Upon opening the gate fold closure I created 4 little mini books that are all adhered into the album. They are 2 5 x 5 mini albums (which were simply cut, folded and sewed down the spine) are adhered to the backs of the gate fold flaps. These are also held closed by little velcro tabs that I added as well.
The inside portion of the memory file holds a mini album made using the Heidi Swapp Vintage Chic mini file folders and another little album I made using Heidi Swapp Vintage Chic collection papers, which was cut to 4 x 12 and then folded in half to act as a little “notebook”. The mini book created with the mini memory files was designed by trimming the memory files about 2 inches from the bottom, tucking them one inside the other, and then using my sewing machine I sewed down the spine of these to secure them together. I adhered both of these albums to the centre with regular adhesive and I just truly love how it all came together.
Each little album, holds a different part of me.
Each book holds a different theme to document. What makes me happy (photos & journaling), my memories from my travels (which are moments I truly treasure), a place where I can write out quotes and phrases that I really find important and powerful as I am a HUGE believer of affirmations, and an album to hold more photos, personal journaling and reflection.
At the back of the mini memory file about myself, I even sewed a pocket and inside it houses a CD of music and songs that I really love. Music is also a huge part of me so I thought this would be another great personalized feature to add inside my memory file.
I absolutely adored creating this project and I encourage everyone to take just a few moments to create a project celebrating yourself! Often it is always about everything outside of us, but we have stories and memories and lives that are here to be celebrated as well. Our stories and lives are ever changing and evolving so I am really happy to have a place where I can look back on where I’ve been, document where I am going and be able to have this little piece of me to share with others as we all continue on this journey of life.
Lindsay… I am totally delighted by your project… and inspired… ok! Off to create!