Feb 13, 2018

Sale-A-Bration: Stampin' Up's Amazing You Stamp Set

It's Tuesday, which means I have a new Teach Me Tuesday video for you. Today I'm highlighting the Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set Amazing you, but I also give you some tips for how to find stamp sets that will be great "workhorses" for your scrapbooking projects as well as cards.

I have three tips for what to look for in a stamp set when you'd like to use it on scrapbook pages, and I share them in today's video and in the text below the video.

First, let's take a look at the finished page:

My Mom has been on my mind recently and it felt really good to "see" her face. I knew I wanted to use the coordinating Celebrate You thinlits (also free during Sale-A-Bration) on this page, and so I went specifically looking for a photo of my Mom to use. I have to say as I was flipping through photos of her, it felt really good to look at her and think about her (although it is still very hard even five years later not to get teary eyed). But it seriously felt like I had found a long lost friend.

The page came together relatively quickly using the Petal Passion Designer Series paper and Amazing You Stamp set. 

You can watch a little bit more about that and learn how I made those 3-D flowers in the video below:

And just in case you don't have time to watch the video now, below are the three tips I shared for selecting a stamp set to use on your scrapbook pages. For your reference, here is the image of the Amazing You stamp set:

1. Look for a set that has greetings/sayings that can be used as a title. Obviously for the Amazing You stamp set, there are a lot of options like Celebrate You for a birthday, graduation or other milestone event. You are Simply Amazing works for so many things -- like for your Mom. (smile). I also used just the small "you" and added a handwritten "love" above it to create a simple little tag.

2. You want a stamp set that has elements that can be used as scrapbooking embellishments. So in this case, I used the flower to create my own color coordinated flowers to accent my page. The sunburst image in this set also has great potential on scrapbook pages.

3. Finally you want to find images in a stamp set that could be used for background stamping - think under a photo, around a border of a photo or as an all over pattern on the larger page. The sunburst and flower image could both be used as a background in addition to an element.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you learned some tips on how to use stamps in your scrapbook pages.

February is the month of love so for the reminder of the month, I'm giving anyone who orders with me using this month's hostess code a free package of doilies! Just place your order online using YCPY7H3S as the hostess code and I will include the doilies with your hand stamped thank you card at the end of the month!

Until next time, Happy Stampin'!


Feb 12, 2018

Clearing the Clutter

You may think what I'm going to share with you today is a bunch of woo-woo nonsense, but I must tell you that I 100% believe in the power of your mind... and even it's inability to see around a mess.

My desk area has looked like this for probably about 6 months (gasp!):

Yup. It's pretty embarrassing to show that to you. Particularly because it looked like that for so long. But over the weekend, I had finally had enough. That same area, now looks like this:

Oh gosh. I can't tell you how much better I feel. I've already been way more productive today than I think I was all week last week. Now, it's still not perfect... there's still a little pile of "whatnots" in the other room that I haven't found a home for yet, but this was so rejuvenating for me. I'm actually eyeballing some other areas of the house that are on my "up next" list. 

I totally believe that clutter around you leads to a cluttered brain. And as much as I know that, I never made it a priority to fix this. Silly me. 

I think this overly cluttered home of mine had me in a bit of a paralyzed mode... if you hadn't noticed, I was pretty quiet last week. No Teach Me Tuesday video, no weekly email, not much on Facebook. I decided I was going to take a little self-care week. It wasn't my intent initially, but once I found myself lazing around unable to get started on anything, I made "today the day" and I tackled that mess. 

Now I feel as though I can think straight and I have lots of things I'd like to share with you in the coming weeks. We're about half-way through Sale-A-Bration and I feel as though I haven't shown you all the goodness available for free... PLUS we have three new items becoming available later this week! 

In the meantime, check out this super cute card featuring the Bubble Over Stamp set:

This is such a fun stamp set... great for so many occasions including birthday, congratulations, baby, New Year -- and so much more! What's really fun is if you buy the bundle with the stamp set and coordinating dies, you're just like $10 shy of $50, which means you could add in some of those awesome Tutti Frutti self-adhesive sequins and that mini stripe lemon lime twist ribbon and you can earn the coordinating Bubble & Fizz Designer Series Paper for free! Now that's something to drink to, right? (wink, wink)

That's all for today... I'll be back on Friday with a sneak peek of some new Sale-A-Bration items so stay tuned!


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