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

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Teach Me Tuesday: Scrapbooking with Stamps

I have a confession today. I hoard stamp sets. Like lots of them. And there’s nothing wrong with that (and I’m sure many of you likely do the same thing!). So today I wanted to share with you a fun way to get lots of mileage out of your stamp sets — particularly if you are a scrapbooker! Today’s post actually goes along with my Teach Me Tuesday video from today. So maybe you should check that out first. Go ahead… go watch now. I’ll wait here. Did that give you some ideas? I hope so. Scrapbooking with stamps has so many benefits… you always have the right color embellishment, you can make as many of a certain element as you need and you can use it over and over again and get different looks each time! So I wanted to share the finished results with you here since the page wasn’t quite finished in my video. Here is the full 2-page spread: Here is the finished two-page spread. Now that it is all together, I think it might have been better if I did the chevron pattern on the right-hand side of the second page. Oh well. Done is

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Scrapbooking With Stamps… Part 2!

Hello, hello friends! So I’m back again (for day four in a row!) and I wanted to share with you some more tips for using your stamps in your scrapbooks. First let me start by apologizing again for the poor photo… I tried to fix it, but let’s just face it yesterday was not a good day for taking photos (rainy = dark!). I did try and lighten it up for you, but then I made it a little crooked, but I still think you’ll get the idea. You’re smart… I know this! Anyway, would you like some more tips on how to use your beautiful assortment of stamps on your scrapbook pages? Okay… here we go! 4. Stamping ON your photos. Did you know you can use Staz-On ink directly on your photos? See the “Life is Good” sentiment on the upper right photo? Yup. Used my black Staz-On ink straight on my photo. TIP: I would recommend you practice stamping on scrap pieces of photos (you know, the one where you cropped that strange looking person behind Aunt Annie at the picnic? Yeah. That one). The reason why is because photos are slick (a.k.a. slippery) and as you

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Scrapbooking With Stamps

Hello! Can you believe it? Day three… I’m working on creating a habit here people! And I’ve actually wanted to share a couple of scrapbook pages with you for a while now. So how about one today and one tomorrow okay? Last month I was actually asked to do a “Scrapbooking with Stamps” class. Apparently a lot of people struggle with stamping on their layouts. This very technique is one of the reasons why I joined Stampin’ Up nine years ago. I had been scrapbooking for about six years and I got “bored” with the usual pre-made embellishments and wanted a way to add more flair to my pages and this was exactly it! So first let me apologize for the poor photography on this page. I really should have took an extra minute to retake this photo, but it’s late at night when I’m typing this, I’m actually pretty comfy on my couch and you know what? I’m being a bit lazy! But I think you’ll still find my tips helpful (hopefully, anyway). So back to my class. I created two pages that showcased at least SIX ways to use stamps on your scrapbook pages. This one uses three…

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Scrapbooking with Stamps – Part 4

Howdy. Happy Easter weekend. I hope you have plans to spend the weekend surrounded with friends and family. I’ve actually had this page that I’m going to share with you today done for a few weeks. I had been dragging my feet on posting it because the photos I took were not the best. However, tonight I just decided that enough with my dawdling (is that how you spell that or did I just make up a word?)… just post already! So here it is. Part 4 of my scrapbooking with stamps series. This one focuses on using stamps to create journaling cards or spots for your pages. I love the pre-designed cards that are designed for you to just scribble out your journaling and plop it on a page… like this or this. With this technique, you can use your stamps to create your own journaling tags, which in turns adds to the value of owning your own stamps. For this page, I used the Rue Des Fleurs stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog to stamp the edges of my very vanilla cardstock. I used a light color so that if necessary, I could write right on top

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Scrapbooking with Stamps – Part 3

Finally, I’m back with Part 3 of the Scrapbooking with Stamps series. First let me apologize for the less than perfect photos this time around. The lighting when I took these photos was not the greatest. Anyway, we’ve talked about using stamps as a background or as a border, but this way is probably my favorite: using stamps as an embellishment. I don’t know about you, but in my 12+ years of scrapbooking, I’ve bought a lot of little embellies over the years — from flowers and buttons to brads and jewels. Since I’ve started stamping, though, I love using my stamps to make custom embellishments that match my patterned paper and photos. On this page I didn’t actually slip photos in yet, but I totally see it being a spring-like page — maybe Easter, a nature walk or maybe even a spring birthday page. Here is the full page: Here I used a sneak peek stamp set called Bright Blossoms and some new wonderful bright and cheery paper (both will be available in April!). The stamp set, paper and some other fun new items are all part of a new line called Summer Smooches. I used the Bright Blossoms

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Scrapbooking with Stamps – Part 2

Welcome back! Sorry it took me a bit to get back here with installment two, but here it is. This time we’re using stamps as a border. Repeating a stamped image is a great way to add a little pizzazz to a page and by using an image out of the same stamp set as an accent (the heart), it’s easy to coordinate the page. I used the “Best Friends Forever” stamp set (page 90 in the catalog). You can see in the full picture here that I actually used my first tip of using stamps as backgrounds on this page, too. I stamped the same image I used for the border as a background for my title. I love the new Labels Framelits for creating titles… it really works well to add a little emphasis. These pictures were taken at the Stampin’ Up convention in July 2011. They had a “Product Park” set up featuring all the new products in these cute little vignettes. Every time I went back to look, I always found something new… fun! The paper I used here is the new Sale-A-Bration paper, which you can earn free beginning today with every $50 order. Check

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Scrapbooking with Stamps – Part 1

If you’ve been visiting my blog for any length of time, you likely now that I was originally a scrapbooker. Making cards and 3-D items is totally a “new” past time for me. Twelve years ago I officially caught the scrapbooking bug. Technically I started long before that by putting my photos in those (horrible) magnetic albums, perfectly captioned with clippings from my favorite magazines. But it was about a decade ago when I really started scrapbooking in the traditional way we all think about it today. When I first signed up as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I was so excited at the opportunity to include stamping in my scrapbooking. Since becoming such a compulsive card maker, my scrapbooking has sort of dwindled to nearly non-existent recently. So in an effort to get some pages done and show you the benefit of using stamps in your scrapbooks, I’m starting this 8-part series on scrapbooking with stamps. In it we’ll “talk” about eight great ways to use stamps in your scrapbooking. Up first is using stamps as backgrounds on your pages. For this “Daddy’s Girl” page of my niece and her Dad, I used the Hello Doily background stamp (how appropriate,

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