Nov 19, 2012

It's the Online Extravaganza!

  Just hopping on to offer you a quick reminder about the Online Extravaganza sale that starts today. There are TONS of items that are 20-50 percent off from now until Wednesday, November 28. Check out all the deals here.

There are two days with "doorbusters." Today we have the Big Shot, Doctor's Bag and Diagonal Plate for the Simply Scored Tool are all 20 percent off, but only until midnight Mountain Time (2 a.m. here) today (Monday, November 19).

On the final day of the sale on November 28 we have three more 24-hour "doorbusters." For that day we'll have the classic block bundle, clear block storage caddy and stack & store caddy will all be 20-percent off.

Keep up with all the details by visiting my online store here.

Nov 17, 2012

My Top Five Tips for Scrapbooking...

Hello there.... I'm a little late in getting back here, but here I am as promised in my last post with my top five scrapbooking tips.

This page here is actually a sample from the display board at the Stampin' Up Regional event in Providence, Rhode Island this past August.

I loved the fact that this page has so much visual interest, but it is really simple and still focuses on those adorable photos!!

I think the little patterned paper and banner ribbons under the photo are also an ingenious idea for not only focus, but also using up your scraps! A double win, right?

Ok.... on with my top five (and these really aren't in any order of importance or anything):

1. Your handwriting really isn't that bad. I think this is the number one reason I get for why people don't journal and it always make me so sad. Your handwriting it such an important element on a scrapbook page. It's part of YOUR story regardless of what the page is about. I still have a greeting card signed by my Great Grandfather -- was his writing neat? Absolutely not. But I treasure that lasting memento of him.

2. It's really about the photos -- start with them. With all the amazing products available in scrapbook stores (and from me ;), it's so easy to get caught up in using fancy, frilly products, but I think it is so important to keep in mind why we have this hobby. The whole point of scrapbooking is to showcase your photos so it's not always necessary to glam them up with all these extras when you are really looking to tell people a story about what is in the photos. Don't get me wrong -- I'm totally on board for expressing your creativity and maybe even going a little overboard once in a while, but I think it's important to bring yourself back to your main reason for scrapbooking frequently. It's all about the photos.

3. Don't forget -- you're a part of the story, too. This is a big one -- and one many of us don't remember to take into consideration because we are always behind the camera. For me, because I don't have children -- I'm sort of forced to scrapbook about myself a lot, but when you are creating scrapbooks for your children or grandchildren, it is so easy to forget to include photos of yourself. Remember, your family loves you and they don't want you to "crop" yourself out of the picture!

4. This is FUN - don't make it a chore. I am guilty of this myself. I used to get so caught up in "Ok, what holiday do I need to scrap next," or "Dang, I can't remember the exact date this photo was taken." Honestly, the actual date of your photo rarely matters -- remember it's about the story. And when I first started scrapbooking I was totally all about scrapping "in order," but I've found I'm so much more creative -- and I enjoy the process so much more - if I just scrap what "speaks" to me. I totally used to get to an event or year where the photos just weren't appealing or interesting to me and I'd stop scrapbooking for months at a time. One book that was monumental in my new focus when I started this change was Stacy Julian's Photo Freedom book.  I was going to say it was life-changing -- but that may be a bit dramatic, but it certainly was scrapbook-changing.

5. Never, ever compare yourself to others. Again, with so much juciy inspiration out in blog land, Pinterest, Facebook etc. it is so easy to feel inadequate. I do that all the time -- I "inspire" myself right out of even sitting down to scrapbook because I have scrapbook-envy. I go back again to this is about YOU and your family. It doesn't matter what you do in your scrapbooks, your family is going to treasure the time you took, the stories you told and the love you infused into every page. Don't let someone else's story ruin that for you... or them!

Ok... I guess that's enough of my babbling. I hope these were helpful, gentle reminders to get you back to your scrapbook table. Just to see if this is something you like to read on the old blog-o, leave me a comment below and I will enter you to win some scrapping goodies from Stampin' Up (Don't worry you'll be able to use them even if you don't scrapbook). Tell me what you like, don't like -- other tips you may need... Maybe I'll come back with a part 2!

Thanks for visiting!

Nov 16, 2012

Cool new Social Media Product!

Hello there stampers... Happy Friday! I wanted to take a quick moment to post this cool new video from Stampin' Up featuring "Talking Tags."

This is a new product being offered by Stampin' Up. You get 10 tags per sheet and you can insert them in your cards or other hand crafted items and be able to include a recorded message from you to your recipient! How cool is that?

Watch this video to see how these cool new tags work. Then run on over to my website and enter item #129723 into the online store to get your own!

While you're there check out the new Texture Boutique Embossing machine. This little cutie allows you to use the embossing folders with out the full expense of purchasing the Big Shot! It's just $29.95 if you order just the machine (item #132657) and $39.95 if you order the bundle (item #132700), which includes the machine and two embossing folders (Flower Garden and Stripes). But you need to hurry on this special as it is only while supplies last and there are only 4,000 available in this "test run."

Ok... that's all for now, but I'll be back later today with a scrapbooking post -- my top five tips!!

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