I was going to take a nap this morning (after my shiny new washing machine was delivered at the crack of dawn!) but then the doorbell rand and IT WAS THE UPS MAN!

I feel so special to have a PRE-preview since I went to Stampin’ Up! Convention. WooHoo!

Look what I got:

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Give me a day or two to make some projects and I’ll get back to you!

~Debra

I am not a traditional scrapbooker! I never have been, and probably never will be. BUT – pictures are very important to me, and I believe will be to my family in the future. So what should I do???

The solution I went for a couple of years ago was digital scrapbooking. My daughter was graduating, and while I did not have piles of neatly organized photos from each school activity, I *did* have a photograph from nearly every dance event in her life. And dance was the major focus in her life. So I started, and got about halfway through one page and became frustrated. Papercrafting wasn’t the problem – I knew how to papercraft and the basics of how to make a scrapbook page. What I lacked was the exact shade of paper I needed to coordinate with the photos, and any embellishments to use on the page. And I lived in the country, too far to run to get supplies. Especially at midnight.

So I found, and fell in love with, digital scrapbooking. And I have two lovely albums of my daughter’s dance life. But that’s it. I still have piles of photos from many years. And in the meantime, I have lost a husband, and my children have lost a father. Wouldn’t it be nice to get all those photos somehow organized and displayed? And maybe a little simpler and easier than even digital scrapbooking (which by the way is often NOT simple and easy!)?

I’m a Stampin’ Up demonstrator because I love papercrafts – especially cardmaking. But SU has a solution for my photos too. Project Life – aka pocket pages for scrapbooking. Pocket pages are the ultimate easy! In fact some of our early memories are in a pocket page album. But they are crammed in there with no notes or dates and need a little sprucing up. And, Project Life pages can be mixed in with other pages, such as printed digital pages or traditional scrapbook pages.

(I am NOT going to be taking a picture a day or some nonsense like that – I’m using Project Life strictly as photo organization/easy scrapbooking technique.)

So, I’m going to share this journey with you and encourage you to try some yourself. It probably won’t look like other people’s Project Life, and yours shouldn’t either. It’s your life and your scrapbook, right?

Where are your pictures? Be thinking with me, and we’ll work on more next Monday!

~Debra

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WHAT IS PAPER PUMPKIN?

It’s fabulous, fun paper crafting product in “kit form” (pre-cut, pre-scored, ready to assemble) wrapped up in pretty, soft blue tissue paper in a bright, red box that gets delivered right to your mailbox each month. And each kit includes a stamp set and ink that you can use again and again even after you’ve created everything within the kit!

Did you know that there is a sale going on right now on Paper Pumpkin kits?! Your first two kits are 50% off when you start your NEW subscription by September 10th and use the promo code: HALFOFF.

Friends…If you have previously OR never been a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber…You NEED to try it!

Current subscribers KNOW and are not jumping off and don’t want to lose their glittery heel!
We got a Sneak Peek at the August & September kits at Convention and omg!  Seriously, climb aboard!
We were NOT allowed to take photos…But to the best of my memory:
The August kit is STUNNINGLY gorgeous!  It is Black and Pink with Gold…and white ink!
The sentiments are timeless (“with sympathy,” “with love,” “for you,” “hello”)
And there are beautiful images included as well!
The September kit makes great Halloween OR Fall projects!
And…I am pretty sure it has FIFTEEN stamps included!!!

Important Details:
“New” is recognized by e-mails in the system!!! (So if you are a former subscriber, use a different email.)
You MUST join by the 10th of the month to be included in that month’s shipment!
When subscribing…be sure to use the Promotion Code:  HALFOFF
CLICK HERE to sign up!

Papercrafting Kit Sale

Make 5 of each of these cards:

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Start getting your Christmas cards done early this year! You will come away from this class with 10 finished cards – 5 each of two designs. Cost: $25. Must be paid in advance. Class-to-Go option: receive the kit of precut designs for $30.00.

Remember those cute square graduation cards? Since I didn’t have any square envelopes, I decided to make a matching one with the envelope punch board. Here’s some pictures and instructions from another project. Start with a square cut the right size.
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 After finding the correct starting measurement, just line up, punch and score.

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Then continue rotating and repeating.

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There you go, finished card with matching envelope!

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