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Saturday, February 21, 2009

The First Scrapbook Page I Ever Created

Scrapbooking can be daunting to someone who has never done it before.

It can feel like a secret club that you don’t quite know how to join.

I don’t read a lot of scrapbooking magazines, I take my ideas from the pictures. I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to scrapbook and so here are some of things that I thought about when I created my very first page.

First, I broke the rules, I didn’t create a page for on event, I chose two pictures of my children that were taken when they were roughly the same age, which means the pictures were taken almost four years apart.

I loved the picture of my son, but there was a ladies “bottom” right in the corner, so scrapbooking helped me hide that. (it couldn't be cropped since it wasn't my picture)

I didn’t want the page to be to girly or too much for a boy, so I chose dragonflies for my son and flowers for my daughter.

I wanted to use stamps to create my images, because I knew that in years to come the stamps would still be there if I wanted to add to this page.

When thinking about color, I always use the rule of three, picking out three colors that were in both pictures. I love that Stampin’ Up! has a color for just about anything I need.

I also like the scrapbook page to be the backdrop and the pictures to be the focal point.

Back then, I was nervous about using color, but Stampin’ Up! made it easy for me, because I chose colors from the same color family, I knew that they would work together – I wasn’t quite ready to do my own thing with color all those years ago.

Well, that was about it. I just used what I had and what I knew and this is what happened.

There is one thing that I wish I had added – “journaling” – I now know that it is a fundamental part of scrapbooking. While a picture speaks a thousand words, there’s always a little more that needs to be said, that can only come from your heart.

I hope you enjoy my trip down memory lane.

Friday, February 20, 2009

We Asked For New Easter Items and Stampin Up Listened

Occasions Mini Catalog Information
Our next Mini Catalog is the Occasions Mini, which runs April 1st through June 30th 2009.
This mini also includes some fabulous Easter items and because Easter is so close to the launch date of this mini……
Beginning March 1, you will have the opportunity to buy a few select sneak peek products from the Occasions Mini Catalog.
Retail Price
An Egg-cellent Easter
Wagon Full of Fun
Eight Great Greetings
Ocho saludos geniales (Spanish Eight Great Greetings)
Huit souhaits sympas (French Eight Great Greetings)
Egg Hunt Stampin' Around wheel
These items--including an Easter stamp set and two all-occasion stamp sets with Easter images--will give you the opportunity to plan for Easter crafting.
I am currently unable to post images, but I will have them for you the moment I receive authorization from Stampin’ Up!, but as always you just know they are going to be fabulous.
Watch for more information on the Occasions Mini, including a special PDF on March 1.
The information contained in this post is correct at time of posting and is subject to change without notice.

Catalog Changes Coming Later This Year

Change in Catalog Program Announced February 20, 2009
During Shelli's teleconference Wednesday night, it was announced that we will be moving back to an annual catalog. Stampin’ Up! has been evaluating their catalog strategy for some time to determine what is most effective for you, and based on what we've learned and the feedback you have provided, they’ve decided to return to an annual catalog.
Stampin’ Up! Will launch the annual Idea Book & Catalog this coming July 2009.
What does this change mean to you?
Beginning in July 2009, we will go back to an annual catalog.
The US Hispanic supplement will also become an annual catalog.
The Décor Elements catalog will continue to be separate from the Idea Book & Catalog, and will come out twice a year.
The mini catalog program will change to include three mini catalogs a year, each lasting for four months.
In addition to the changes mentioned above, Stampin’ Up! will be introducing a small selection of hostess sets in each mini catalog. This will give you even more reason to host multiple workshops throughout the year.
Stampin’ Up! know that you will have lots of questions about these changes, and they will be providing more details in the coming months. Look for even more information to come as we get closer to the release of our new annual catalog in July 2009.

Short and Sweet Gift Unique Gift Idea

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Stampin’ Up! Bundles Make Great and Unique Gifts

When it come to giving gifts, it can be hard to come up with ideas, how about this one:

Make a Gift Bundle:

Here are some great items to get you started during Sale-A-Bration

107311 – 20 Note cards with Envelopes $5.95
115060 – Short and Sweet Stamp Set $17.95
4 x Stampin’ Write Markers $3.25 each - $13.00
Total $36.90

For the markers I chose certainly celery, bashful blue, pretty in pink and rose red – why?
Because in the short and sweet set there is a baby pin, so I can make cards with a pink or blue baby pin and use the celery for the words. For Christmas I can use blue for the snowflake and rose red for the words and for any of the other sentiments I can use any of the combinations.

During Sale-A-Bration, spend an additional $13.10 (why not add a punch) in merchandise and you can earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item.

What would I do?

I’d choose my FREE stamp set Polka Dot Punches and I’d get to my $50 level by adding a punch that coordinates with this stamp set – all four images in Polka Dot Punches have a coordinating punch.

Take a look at the versatile Short and Sweet Stamp Set and tell me how you would bundle it, the possibilities are endless……

All prices and details are correct at time of publishing and are subject to change without notice

Video Tutorials are ready for you to view at

If pictures speak a thousand words, they video tutorials speak a million.

Have you visited recently? If you look in "Creative Projects" you will see lots of video tutorials. (look for the ones with the little triangle in the middle of the picture).

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Stamping With Bleach - Heartfelt Thanks Stamp set

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Take a look on page 104 and you will see "stamping with bleach"

I love how each time I use a different color card I get a different effect.
Shelle noticed this technique in the catalog at our last stamp club meeting, so I thought I'd share this with you.

Eastern Michigan Scrapbooking Retreat

Over the years many of you have heard me talk about how much I enjoy going to scrapbooking/paper craft evenings two Friday evenings per month.

The lady who organizes this event (Sarah) is hosting the 1st Annual Eastern Michigan Scrapbooking Retreat and she has asked me to provide the FREE make ‘n take projects.

Soooo, what is EMI Scrapbooking retreat?

It’s the chance for you to gather together with fellow paper crafters and stay over night or just join in for the day and craft ‘till you drop.

Here are the details:

Friday, March 6th 2009
1:00 pm – Arrival or whenever you can get there
5:30 pm – Dinner
Saturday, March 7th 2009
8:30 am – Breakfast
12:30 pm – Lunch
5:00 pm – Depart for Home

Echo Grove Camp, Leonard, Michigan

Redwood or Magnolia – bedding and towel provided
3-4 women per room

Weekend $35 – includes 3 meals, housing, FREE make ‘n takes
And fellowship
Saturday only $25

There will also be some extra classes you can sign up for $5 per class

Must be submitted to DHQ Women’s Department by February 20th 2009
Please email me for contact details.

Don’t worry if you aren’t a scrapbooker – I’m pretty sure they won’t mind if you do any kind of paper crafts. Historically I’ve taken cards to catch up on at Sarah’s smaller retreats and two of the make ‘n takes I’m showing are not scrapbook pages.

I’ve tried to keep this post short, so if there is extra information you need, please contact me and I’ll do my best to let you know more.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Kitten Scrapbook

It will look peeeeerrrrfect just there!

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!

That's mine - no, it's mine!

Yummy - Stampin' Up! card stock tastes the best!
Scrapbooking is exhausting!
You thought I was going to post a picture of a scrapbook page with a kitten in it didn't you? Wellll, not exactly this is a scrapbook page with a kitten on it.

We have a new family member and she couldn't help joining in while I was trying to work.

Did she get ink on her? Yep, right on the end of her nose.

I think I should actually put these pictures on the page - don't you?

If you'd like to know where you can make this double page layout as a FREE make 'n take, please email me. I'll be sharing it as one of three free make 'n takes at Sarah's Spring Scrapbooking retreat.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Open House Card

Tonight is my last New Catalog Open House and so it is time to share our project with you:

I just love the new Sweet Stems stamp set and there was a choice of either stamping a message or using my new best friend "Chit Chat" rib ons. If you haven't seen these, take a closer look, they have a sentiment for just about every occasion, I just can't stop using them.

I haven't used other brands but I can tell you that everyone who has used Rub Ons by Stampin' Up! say that they are fantastic and I understand that not all rub ons are created equal. Soooooo, go on take a look and give "Chit Chat" rub ons a try.

Feel free to email me if you'd like me to email you instructions and ingredients for this project.

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!

Thank you to everyone who visited my New Catalog Open Houses - I loved sharing everything with you!


Hi there,

Well it looks like my little chap will be home for another day tomorrow, so I thought I'd post for tomorrow now.

It's been an interesting day. Have you ever tried stamping with a "kitten"? No, it's not a new Stampin' Up! tool, it's our new family member.

I've tried so hard not to mention personal stuff here, but today was just a hoot - every time I tried to stamp, she jumped up and either sat in the middle of my scrapbook page, walked back and forth across it, ate and played with strips of card and finally got a brown nose from sticking it in my chocolate chip ink. Lucky for me the sun came out and she took a nap.

I took some pictures of my new little helper, so now I'll have to scrapbook a page to show you, since I'm trying to keep my blog about stamping.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

It's All New For 2009!

My poor little chap is sick again, so he's staying home again on Monday, so I'm posting while he's sleeping for Monday. I'll come back and update details about this cute card as soon as I can.

Build a brad, my scallop punch and of course Big Shot were my friends here, along with In Colors and Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper.

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!

Easter Is Just Around The Corner - Take a look at the stamp set "A Good Egg", it's AWESOME!

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!

Believe it or not, it's time to start thinking Easter.
This collection uses one of my favorite Easter stamp sets EVER! The fence on the jar of eggs was super easy to make with the word window punch and I also used it on the blue egg card for the cute words because my words don't always go on strait and the word window punch is perfect for that because you stamp your words an then punch them out.
I used build a brad on the center card, I find I'm turning to build a brad more and more, because I can create something that coordinates with anything I make.
I wish I could take credit for being artistic, but honestly it is all down to the fabulous products I have to work with from Stampin' Up!

I love "A Good Egg" Stamp set and the blue ribbon is just so easy to tie bows with.
If you are enjoying my blog, do please drop me an email from time to time, I love hearing from you and judging by my hit counter someone out there is taking a quick look :-)
Have a great day!