Category Archives: Scrapbooking

Project Life by Stampin’ Up! and Becky Higgins!

Stampin’ Up! made an exciting announcement this morning!  Stampin’ Up! has partnered with Becky Higgins to bring you Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Becky Higgins is famous in the scrapbooking world and has developed the Project Life concept of using scrapbook pages with pockets into which you can slip photos and designed cards to simply and quickly record the moments of your everyday life….or any occasions! Now you will be able to purchase Project Life products in Stampin’ Up! colors and designs!

Beginning May 1st you will be able to purchase a selection of Project Life products and with the launch of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog on June 2nd you will be able to order the complete line of Project Life products!

Project Life Stampin' Up! Launch


Project Life Products List


Stay tuned!  I’m sure there will be a LOT more buzz about this in coming days!  You know it won’t ONLY be for scrapbookers either! Everyone can join in with various papercrafting projects using the materials! Just wait until you see the creativity! And–what a great way to spend your tax refund!!

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal March 25 2014–Shimmer and Glimmer!

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal March 25 2014

Check out the latest Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for this week, March 25 through March 31! If you like shimmer and glimmer, this is the week for you!  Both the Champagne Glimmer Paper and Silver Glimmer Paper are on sale! These are some of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products! The glimmer of the beautiful sparkly paper often adds so much to your project!  We have all loved it ever since Stampin’ Up! started carrying the glimmer paper!  You can even “watercolor” with reinker on the Silver Glimmer Paper to make it a different color if you like that! Be sure to stock up if you like some pizzazz to your cards and projects while you can save a little bit of money! Check out all the other offerings as well!

Remember, they all count toward Sale-A-Bration, which will be over before we know it!  Sale-A-Bration is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion and ends March 31!  That is next Monday, last day! Last day to spend $50 and choose a free product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!  Remember, your original purchase doesn’t have to come from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  There are suggested Bundles in there if you need suggestions to get to $50 (perhaps for a beginner) but you can purchase any current Stampin’ Up! products and then choose your FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Who doesn’t want free stuff?

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store any time for the best in papercrafting products, take advantage of these Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, and with a $50 purchase earn a free product during Sale-A-Bration this week!

Let’s Get Digital with My Digital Studio During Sale-A-Bration

Let's Get Digital Bundle

Don’t forget about the My Digital Studio products during Sale-A-Bration! My Digital Studio is the digital papercrafting software from Stampin’ Up! You can make way more than just scrapbook pages digitally. This is the Let’s Get Digital Bundle offered in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure as a suggestion to get to the $50 price point to earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. After purchasing this, or any other current Stampin’ Up! products or My Digital Studio products, you can choose a FREE Digital Ensemble during Sale-A-Bration (more stuff to play with on My Digital Studio!) or any other free product in the brochure.

Here is a video that gives you an inside peek at making a card in My Digital Studio. One of the things you will see is recoloring a stamp, one of the newer features! Closer to the beginning of the video you will see a color put behind a see-through word in order to change the background color. You can send layers forward and backward to achieve what you want. The best way to learn My Digital Studio is to get in there and play! It’s all pretty intuitive and you will learn it all in no time!

You can try My Digital Studio free for 30 days, although at a price of only $19.95 I feel confident you will like it when you try it and you should just go ahead and purchase the MDS software, either as a download (recommended) or the disc. Let me know if you have any questions.


Save Money on Stampin’ Up! Products

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Feb 25 2014

Save a little money on some Stampin’ Up! products this week in the new Weekly Deal! Every Tuesday Stampin’ Up! has been offering several products at a discount.  This special is good until the following Monday night.  Add these items to your order and when you reach $50 you can ALSO take advantage of Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration and choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!

Here are some tips for these products!

  • The Backyard Basics Framelits Dies coordinate, of course, with the Backyard Basics Stamp Set, available in wood- or clear-mount. There is also a Bundle, too, if you prefer which includes the stamp set and framelits.
  • You might like to use Clear Embossing Powder with the Gold Metallic Encore Pad. You can use the ink without being embossed but if you touch the stamped image you might get a dab of ink on your finger, although the image itself doesn’t smear.
  • The Paper Doily Sizzlits Die is beautiful but a little more labor intensive, sometimes. Sometimes it depends on the amount of pressure exerted in your own Big Shot. It may help to place a piece of wax paper on the die and then the card stock which helps the pieces come out. Or just use your Paper Piercing Tool or something sharp to poke out the little pieces. But sometimes they don’t even all have to be poked out because sometimes/usually you are covering part of the doily with some other element. But it is a beautiful die and can add a lot to your project!

Also, today:  New My Digital Studio Downloads for February 25, 2014

MDS Downloads Feb 25 2014

I’m excited to see the Word Bubbles Punches and the Just Sayin’ Digital Stamp Brush Set included!  Click the link above to see all the downloads for this week.

Check out all these products and more at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal February 11 2014

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal February 11 2014

Here are the new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! for the week of February 11 2014. That Artisan Label Punch is a good one.  I would snatch that up. Of course ribbon and ink is always good and might as well get any Big Shot supplies while you can on discount!  Just click on the image above to go to my Online Store page. Check out the other items from Stampin’ Up! by looking at the categories in the left sidebar of the store.

Don’t forget about the ongoing Sale-A-Bration promotion going on at Stampin’ Up!  Simply purchase $50 or more in current products and choose a free product from the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Brochure!  Who doesn’t want free stamping stuff?!

New downloads released for My Digital Studio today, also! Check these out! Click on the image below! Just image a scrapbook page with the beautiful Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper! And if you’re looking for St. Patrick’s Day decorations, check out the Luck O’ the Irish Ensemble!

My Digital Studio Downloads Feb 11 2014

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal at my Online Store! Why not get some current discounted stamping products and add them to your Sale-A-Bration order?! Just get to $50 in merchandise and earn a free product!  No limits!  Buy $100 in product, get two free Sale-A-Bration products.  Buy $150 and get three free Sale-A-Bration products PLUS $25 Hostess Dollars to choose more items!  Let me know if you have any questions!  You can put in your order online HERE yourself or I can do it for you!  I’m happy to help!

Super Bowl Scrapbook Page Idea

Super Bowl 2014 Scrapbook Page

Today is Super Bowl Sunday! Perhaps you are having a party or going to a party. Wouldn’t it be great to take some photos of your friends and put them on a scrapbook page to remember the day?  This scrapbook page was made easily in My Digital Studio, the digital papercrafting design software from Stampin’ Up! My Digital Studio is about way more than making scrapbook pages, though. You could have designed matching party invitations, table decorations, banners for house decorations, and more! The best way to learn to use My Digital Studio is just to get in the program and play. You can start with pre-designed pages or projects and just add your photos, or change the color of the paper but keep the design.

You can try My Digital Studio FREE for 30 days if you like.  But at a price of only $19.95 for the full program, why not just purchase My Digital Studio from the start and you are ready to go with the software and TONS of content! I recommend the download so you have immediate access and can always access it rather than keeping track of the disc.

Enjoy the game and enjoy the parties!

Stampin’ Up! Leadership Occasions Catalog Samples

One of my favorite parts of ANY Stampin’ Up! event is looking at the display boards and taking pictures of the samples! Here are some from the Occasions Catalog.  Enjoy, and then go stamp something! Be inspired!

Leadership Samples Occasions Catalog

Retro Fresh Scrapbook Page Occasions Catalog

Leadership Samples Chalkboard Gift Bag

Leadership Samples High Tide Suite

Leadership High Tide Card

Leadership Samples Happy Watercolor

Leadership Samples Fancy Foil Vellum Scrapbook Page

Leadership Samples Watercolor Scrapbook PageLeadership Samples Geometrical Scrapbook Page

Sara’s samples of the new Photopolymer stamp set coming soon!

Leadership Samples Photopolymer Stamps

If you need some of these new stamps, papers, and accessories from the Occasions Catalog, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and place your order!



Occasions Catalog Displays at Stampin’ Up! Leadership

Retro Fresh Suite

It’s nice viewing all the new products in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog, but it’s even nicer seeing them all in person under the bright lights in the displays at Leadership! They really know how to make anything look artistic, even the way they display buttons or Baker’s Twine!

Retro Fresh Stickers

Retro Fresh Stickers to use in the coordinating journal or on any project.

Retro Fresh Peachy Keen

The Polaroid and film look of Peachy Keen is in now!

Retro Fresh Journaling Tags

Retro Fresh Journaling Tags – Use them for journaling or making cards or other projects!

Retro Fresh Journal

Retro Fresh This and That Journal, much like the popular smash books where you add mementos and memorabilia in a casual style. I love the look of the debossed camera on the front!

Kaleidoscope Suite

Look how cute the Basic Metal Buttons are displayed!

Hip Notes

Hip Notes coordinates with the Essentials Wooden Elements and Retro Fresh Suite.

High Tide Suite

Cute striped grosgrain ribbon display!

High Tide Designer Paper

Seeing the new designer paper in person is always great!

Framed Chalk Art

Love this chalk art with the very trendy garland from the Springtime Hello Simply Created Garland Kit on the frame!

Watercolor Wonder

Beautiful Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Cards and Envelopes.

Display Fox Card

Cute, cute card with the new stamp set Life in the Forest.

Essential Wooden Elements

Go natural with the Essentials Wooden Elements which can be stamped on.

Blessed Easter Card

Beautiful Blessed Easter Stamp card watercolored and accented with gold.

Arrows Embossing Folder

Arrows must be in! Use the new Arrows Embossing Folder.

See Stampin’ Up!’s Donation to the Today Show Toy Drive 2013

Two days ago I happened to change the TV channel to NBC and the end of the Today Show was on and here was Sara Douglass, daughter of Shelli Gardner, Founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!  Every year Stampin’ Up! donates to the Today Show Toy Drive.  Sara says in the video that the company is donating $650,000 in papercrafting products to the Toy Drive!  This year, though, Stampin’ Up! didn’t tell us in advance that they would be on the show so it came as a complete surprise!  Shelli wasn’t there herself as she is still recuperating from her horse accident a few months ago (quite well, I believe!) and Sara has had experience doing it in the past anyway. It’s great to know Stampin’ Up! is making such a generous donation and getting national exposure to the company. And I love the scrapbook pages Sara is holding up!  Sara always does great presentations on stage at Convention and she does a good job in her television appearance as well representing Stampin’ Up!


Cyber Monday Specials at Stampin’ Up! and More!

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Sale has been ongoing since November 20 and now will come to an end on Monday, December 2, 2013. Don’t miss it! But be sure to check back tomorrow, Cyber Monday, when Stampin’ Up! will have these products on a special Cyber Monday Sale!!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Sale Cyber Monday Specials

Here are the links to my Online Store where you can see the products. Keep in mind the sale price will not show today (Sunday, December 1st). Don’t try to order or even put on your list until tomorrow!

You can also add to your order (you won’t believe this!) Valentines!!  Well, you know it will pop up soon right after Christmas!  This way you will be ready with your supplies!

A Whole Lot of Love Stampin' Up! Valentines

Click to Read Flyer

A Whole Lot of Love Stamps

Click to Read Flyer

You can purchase these products beginning today, December 1st, at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. On that page, click on the product and then you can read more about the details and also click the magnifying glass to enlarge.

And one more thing!  The last “Best of 25 Years” stamp set is released today. This stamp set is called “Best of Sale-A-Bration”. All of these stamp sets are available until March 31, 2013. You can see all of the stamp sets HERE.

Best of Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set

PS:  Don’t forget to check the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack every time before you order!  New things may have been added!

Absolutely tomorrow, Monday December 2 Cyber Monday, go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and check out the Cyber Monday specials and all the other items on the Holiday Sale, plus the items I mentioned in my post above!  Whew!  Happy Shopping!

My Digital Studio New Downloads & More!

Every Tuesday there are new digital downloads for the Stampin’ Up! digital design software called My Digital Studio. These are extra designs you can purchase to add to your content on My Digital Studio or even other kinds of design software. This week Stampin’ Up! has added a new twist:  some of the downloads include an online class to show you how to use My Digital Studio!

Stampin’ Up! will continue to release new classes and coordinating exclusive digital downloads every month, on the last Tuesday of the month. You can go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store to view the projects and techniques to see what is included in the content.

Each class includes an exclusive digital download and instructional project-based video training that will guide users through a number of different techniques as they create a variety of projects in MDS. My Digital Class prices will vary depending on the content included.

MDS Downloads1 Nov 12 2013

MDS Downloads2 Nov 12 2013

MDS Downloads3 Nov 12 2013

MDS Downloads4 Nov 12 2013

You can order any of these downloads and past ones at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

One More Chance!

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This past week Stampin’ Up! has been offering daily digital scrapbooking deals for My Digital Studio and write-ups on the blog with ideas of how to use those downloads.  But some people have missed out, so if you would like one more chance to purchase any of these select downloads for 50% off,here is your chance until midnight MT November 9.

Here are the downloads that will be on sale:

  • Amped Up Ampersands Kit (item 134844)
  • Hello There Kit (item 133374)
  • All Time Fave Photobook Template (item 132915)
  • Modern Medley Overlays Kit (item 134839)
  • Be Brave Pocket Cards (item 134840)
  • Nobody’s Business Photobook Template (item 132812)
  • Autumn Traditions Kit (item 127600)
  • Afternoon Daydream Kit (item 130861)

Go here to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and put in the item number. You’ll see a full description of the download and usually will be able to view better close-ups of the elements. You’ll usually see a magnifying glass or the word “More” and sometimes you can scroll through to look at each element.

To find out more about My Digital Studio, just click HERE.  You can purchase the software and a ton of content for a mere $19.95.  And it’s not just for digital scrapbooking!

Autumn Traditions Kit for My Digital Studio 50% Off to

Autumn Traditions Kit for My Digital Studio

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Only today and tomorrow left of Stampin’ Up! Digital Scrapbooking Days! Today this beautiful Autumn Traditions Kit is available for 50% off the regular price, today only! If you think you might make a fall digital album or photobook or even if you just want to print off the paper or words yourself, this might be the set for you! Sometimes if I don’t have quite the right words or greeting I want in regular stamps, I can check on My Digital Studio and print my choice from there right onto my card stock. Also downloads, stamp set, and paper do not retire on My Digital Studio.

If you live where there are/were beautiful fall colored leaves or have taken photos on trips, like I have, this paper and images would be beautiful to design your pages and album. Or maybe you’d like just a simple “swatchbook”. Not that you are limited to scrapbooks with digital software because you absolutely are not!  You can make all sorts of projects with My Digital Studio!

For more information on My Digital Studio, please visit HERE.

A Pop-Up Birthday Card for My Son

Pop Up Birthday Card

Lots of days I can have or see hundreds of ideas for cards and  stamping projects I want to make, but sometimes when I need a card for someone special it’s like I’ve never stamped before and can’t think of a thing to make.  Does that ever happen to you?! Sometimes I can look around in all the usual inspirational places and not see anything I like, just because I NEED something right then.

Cards for guys always seem a little harder to come up with, although they really shouldn’t be. Often it’s just a matter of changing the color or the paper or using less bling or more texture. Anyway, when I needed a card for my son for his birthday I found this one at I used the “You’re Amazing” greeting on the front of the card from the stamp set You’re Amazing and used the Big Shot and the Apothecary Accents Framelit to cut it out. Love, love, love the little Candy Dots and the Candy Dot Brad Bases (or the Candy Dots by themselves!). While the sample I was copying used a more feminine designer series paper, I changed it to our current Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper.

Pop Up Birthday Card Inside

The inside of the card is a pop-up!  And it’s made the old-fashioned way, with two little strips of paper making a box shape on each side of the card hidden by a front panel that you can then add things to so that it pops up. I copied the sample pretty closely except for the greeting and the designer paper. Then if you like you can stick a gift card, check or cash in that opening or even engineer it to have a pocket, or any other design along the pop up portion!

This was a good male birthday card to make.  It could be for anyone, but the Sweater Weather Designer Paper makes it look like fall and more masculine.  With a whole pack of paper, you can choose any of the patterns and know they will look good together because Stampin’ Up! has done all the work of coordinating colors and patterns.  And did I mention that I love the Candy Dots??!!!

To order any of these supplies or papers or stamps, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.


And it is Day 4 of Digital Scrapbooking Days over at Stampin’ Up! website for My Digital Studio! Choose this Modern Medley Overlays Kit digital download for 50% off today only! Click on the image below for more information and to shop for this download.

Modern Medley Overlays Kit

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Visit the website (you do have to sign in) for more information about using this download and tons of information about My Digital Studio.

Digital Scrapbooking Days from Stampin’ Up!

All Time Fave Photobook

Images copyright Stampin’ Up! 2013

Stampin’ Up! continues celebrating digital scrapbooking with 50% off this digital download, TODAY ONLY. This download is the “All Time Fave Photobook” #132915.  You can click the image above or the link and view this download in detail. Once you are on the shopping page you can click “More” or the magnifying glass to get a closer look.  If you like documenting your favorite things and making lists, this is the download for you!

You don’t have to own My Digital Studio to use it, it will work with other design software, but why wouldn’t you own My Digital Studio?! It’s an easy program to learn and you’ll have access to lots of your favorite, past and present, Stampin’ Up! stamps in the “brush sets” as well as designer papers and embellishments. Have your projects printed by the Stampin’ Up! printer and be assured of exact color matches.  Or print yourself or at a local printer if you are in a hurry.

Check out My Digital Studio here for more information.

Click HERE to purchase the My Digital Studio software which comes with an ENORMOUS amount of content!!  I recommend the digital download version because you won’t have to worry about losing or damaging the MDS disc.  But if you prefer the hard copy, you can purchase the program on a MDS Disc.

I guarantee you at only $19.95 My Digital Studio is an absolute bargain!

Not convinced??  Do the 30-Day Free MDS Trial.  No obligation.  You get to use the FULL software (not as much content, but enough to play with, and you can purchase more that you like AND print your projects). At the end of 30 days it will just expire.

Did You Remember to Change Your Clocks last night??  We’re back on Standard Time!  ”Fall back” an hour!  Hope you enjoyed your extra hour of sleep!

Magnificent Maple One Sheet Wonder Random Stamping

Magnificent Maple Leaf Card One Sheet Wonder Stamping

The Magnificent Maple single stamp is just perfect for fall stamping projects, and perfect for today, the first day of fall. This is one way creativity starts:  I picked up a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock and used the “One Sheet Wonder” technique of random stamping all over the paper. I inked up the maple leaf stamp and stamped on the paper and then continued stamping without reinking on the same paper. Then I changed to a different color ink and did the same thing. The colors I used were Baked Brown Sugar, So Saffron, and Cherry Cobbler. You could even just use one color and with the “stamping off” without reinking you would still get an interesting background.

To make cards or use on a project, just cut the stamped paper into pieces of whatever size you want. There are templates out there for cutting a full sheet of paper and making a mulitude of cards, but all you have to do is cut the sizes you want.

You will find this stamp, ink and paper in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store here!

The Magnificent Maple stamp really is a magnificent design, I think, and will make many beautiful projects for fall or any season in your paper crafts.This is a technique you can use to make your own patterned paper or decorative paper that you can then use in making greeting cards using the pieces or decoratively on scrapbook pages. Take some time to get out your basic card making supplies: paper, ink and stamps and go to town!  You might be surprised at what you come up with! Trying the rubber stamping one sheet wonder technique would be a good way to enjoy the first day of fall while you watch your favorite football game!

New Photopolymer Stamps for Travel Projects

Travel Photopolymer setsStampin’ Up! just released two new photopolymer stamp sets (photopolymer-what??) for your stamping pleasure! They are Map It Out and Greetings From. They both have travel themes so will be great for scrapbooking your summer (or fall) travels…..and of course they’re not “just” for travel!  And not just for scrapbooking!

Photopolymer are the stamps that are clear themselves and go on the clear blocks so you can see right through them when you stamp.  They’re very sticky so they work well on the blocks.

At Convention last summer, Shannon West showed on stage how she makes cards in My Digital Studio ahead of her trip with a map or states on the front and shows her travel, and then she sends them out.  Now you can use these new stamps of the USA map to do something similar.

Map It Out Photopolymer Stamp Set

Map It Out Photopolymer Stamp Set #134620

Greetings From Photopolymer Stamp Set

Greetings From Photopolymer Stamp Set #134621

Check out the PDFs for the sets for more information:

You’ll find these two sets in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.

Watch this video for an overview about Photopolymer Stamps!




Amazing New Downloads Today for My Digital Studio!

Wow! If you ask me, I think Stampin’ Up! has hit the jackpot today with their new weekly downloads for My Digital Studio!  There are several Halloween downloads, the BURLAP RIBBON, the cute coffee cup stamp brush set, “Perfect Blend“, washi tape, and MORE! One amazing download, Simply Life Photo Templates, is a bunch of divided pages that you can put in an album, using digital images plus traditional elements. Check out the blog post from a Stampin’ Up! concept artist, Arika, showing how she used these elements for her trip scrapbook.

My Digital Studio downloads Sept 10 2013

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You can find all these new downloads and previous ones at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HEREYou don’t pay shipping on MDS downloads and you have instant access to them!  Isn’t that great?! Go check them out now!





New Single Stampin’ Up! Holiday Stamps

Single Stamps Flyer Holiday 2013

Stampin’ Up! has just released some new holiday single stamps you can purchase! Sometimes you don’t need a whole set, you just need one stamp of a certain style or greeting. Here are some great choices you can use on your holiday cards, scrapbook pages, and projects. Click the image above to read the whole flyer.

To purchase any or all of these holiday single stamps, just go to my

Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

Projects on Display at the Stampin’ Up! Convention

I can’t get enough of these photos I took of the display boards at the Stampin’ Up! Convention! Such creative projects and cards!  It’s amazing!  You should be able to click on each photo to enlarge.

USA MapImages copyright Stampin’ Up! 2013

Honeycomb Embossed Friend CardImages copyright Stampin’ Up! 2013

Designer Paper bits and pieces on a scrapbook page

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Altered Printer's Tray

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Altered Tin Mailbox

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Decorated Round Boxes

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Convention display projects

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Dressy Paper Projects

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Fall leaf garland

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Lego Scrapbook page

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