If I had to describe how I felt as I decorated my Heidi Swapp MemoryDex Spinner and the MemoryDex cards, ‘addictive’ would be the word I would choose. Once I started, I didn’t want to stop!
To get started…I went digging for some old photos of when we had our two cats. My daughter was too little to remember having two cats at the same time, and I thought this would be a fun way to display some favorite photos of them.
With the richness of the patterns of the Heidi Swapp MemoryDex cards along with the cards and embellishments from the Memorandum collection, layers and textures were easy to create. I just added ribbon, stitching, and my stapler to complement them.
Some cards are left simple but with tiny details, such as gold or black thread. I converted some of the photos into cards themselves by using the Heidi Swapp MemoryDex dies as shown below.
Adding the white alphas to the dark section of my photo below makes it look like it was printed that way.
With the MemoryDex, staying with certain color combinations isn’t necessary, but I did use lots of gold, black, and white. I added in additional colors on a few cards for variety. The fussy cut flowers from the Memorandum pattern paper add the perfect touch to an already beautiful card.
I repeated the same designs throughout, having some cards/photos simple, and some very detailed. The Memorandum stickers really add style and elegance to your photos.
I mixed in a few of the clear Memorandum MemoryDex cards. I love seeing the photos on the next card peek through the clear cards.
I also mixed in smaller photos, adhering them off the cards with layers of embellishments. All of the photos are of our cats, but I had to add this one of my daughter at 14-mos old feeding our female cat.
This project was such a care-free, fun project to put together. It is a great way to get creative and experiment. I used an 18k Gold Leaving Krylon pen to cover this Heidi Swapp MemoryDex card, then cut ‘bliss’ from gold glitter cardstock. Then added a label, stickers, washi tape, and black thread stitching.
Next, I started adding photos of our male cat that is still living. He is 20 1/2 years old! These are definitely some of my most favorite photos of him. He is looking his age, so I want to remember him looking all bright-eyed.
If you add stitching, leave the threads loose, they look so wonderful hanging off the card. If you don’t stitch, use strands of thread to create ‘nests’ and adhere them with stickers.
I continued adding the clear Memorandum MemoryDex cards and large photos.
Then I did more die cutting, layers, and stitching on the next card.
I wanted to get creative with the Memorandum mini folders; so I trimmed it down to fit on the spinner and used a corner rounder on the ends.
I added a small photo, added a sticker to the photo and the folder, added more fussy cut flowers from pattern paper, and the camera clip to keep it closed.
It opens to another photo and more embellishing. A great tip and I think it adds some fun and variety is if you run out of the color alphas you like from the Memorandum collection, you can trim the outline of it off the sheet, and then adhere it to finish a title.
I picked cards and stickers that went with the photos as I added them to the spinner.
Archie still loves to be in the screened area outside. They both spent a lot of time enjoying the sun and the outdoors.
I used a Heidi Swapp MemoryDex card to cut ‘bliss.’ Loved the white and gold stripes. I could also use the cut card as well, so nothing is wasted.
The creative options with this spinner are endless. Not only is it such a great tool to document your memories, but a great way to display them and remember your furry friends!
Collection Used: Memorandum