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Posted on March 15, 2017

Take Better Vacation Photos

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Hey stampers! I've got some great tips today to help you take better vacation photos! Summer is just around the corner and we'll all be off on some fun trips. You might also be sneaking away for a long weekend over spring break.

Follow some of these ideas and you'll end up with some awesome shots that will work perfectly in your scrapbooks or Project Life memory system.

  1. Start with a clean lens, whether using your camera phone or your $3,000 Canon.
  2. If your travels take you to an aquarium, don't use the flash when you're photographing…you'll get a big flash and no fish!
  3. Don't ruin a beautiful photo by putting the light BEHIND your subject. Switch the scene OR use the HDR mode on your camera which will balance the light and dark areas.
  4. Take multiple shots instead of just one. Someone's eyes will always be shut or you'll get a random tourist running through. You'll  get tired of answering “who's that” when sharing your photos after the trip.
  5. When you've lined up the perfect shot, take a big breath and exhale…THEN snap it. Believe it nor not, that's when your hands will be most steady.
  6. Don't shoot everything dead center….that's boring. Shoot with people or objects to the side.
  7. Landscapes by themselves CAN be pretty…

but don't take too many of these; they will be much more interesting with people or something about 10 feet away to visually anchor the shot.

8. If you're ready to graduate from your phone to a nice camera, you'll see some great benefits. Bigger lenses will allow you to shoot good photos in bad lighting and you can also play around with depth,  blurring the backgrounds.

I mentioned Project Life above. If you haven't heard of this simple, cost-effective system for organizing your photos and memories, I invite you to check out Stampin' Up!'s exclusive line of PL supplies here.

I hope these tips will help you take better vacation photos…have fun on your trips!



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Posted on December 28, 2016

Thinking Ahead to 2017…Ideas for You

Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Project Life by Stampin' Up!/ Punch Art/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Videos

If you're like I am, the holidays sort of “took over” and I need to get back on track! I'm thinking ahead to 2017 and I have a few fun ideas for you that just might spark your crafting creativity!


Do you have photos from a 2016 vacation that are still in a box, on your camera, saved in the cloud, ______ you fill in the blank. Use a road map (or country map if you traveled abroad) as a background for your memory pages. If you are a Project Life gal, this will still work. Use pertinent pieces of the map for matting or making embellishments. You can actually tear the map and then glue on luggage tags, hotel keys and postcards, tickets stubs, etc. to complete your pages. You can even make handstamped cards using this same idea to tell others about your trip and “show off your eclectic style”!

Speaking of maps, here's another fun idea. Have a wedding coming up? Why not get a map of the honeymooners' destination and use it to wrap up their gift? I bet you could even find some little embellishments to finish off the gift perfectly and give it a little extra “punch” and pizzazz!

Punch…that leads me to my last tip. Do you have some dull punches or some that no longer work? Grab a piece of aluminum foil, those dull punches and run the foil through them a few times and they will be sharp again! If your punches need a bit more TLC, watch these two short videos by my Stamp Slave, Dave. He'll show you how to fix them in no time! Subscribe to my channel while you're there so you don't miss any new videos!

Watch repair video-new style punch

Watch repair video-old style (whale tail) punch

Oh, before I forget, the last day to shop from the retiring Holiday Catalog and Year-end Closeout Deals is January 3, 2017. If you still have a few things on your list, you can shop right now at my online store before you forget!

Thanks for popping in today and let me know if we can help you in any way…together we'll make 2017 FANTABULOUS!!!!:-)




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Posted on August 22, 2016


Mojo Monday/ Paper crafting/ Project Life by Stampin' Up!

The Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection has so many beautiful choices, whether you want to create a memory album or whip up a bunch of cards in no time!


All of these gorgeous cards were made with different sized cards from the collection and mounted on coordinating cardstock. You'll notice each one also has some linen thread tied around to create a finished look. The stamped sentiments are all from the Watercolor Words Stamp set.

If you've never heard of Project Life by Stampin' Up!, you'll want to check it out. I promise, if you've said any of these phrases to yourself at least once:

  • I would love to make handmade cards, but I'm not creative
  • I don't have time to craft
  • I am on a budget and can't spend tons of money on supplies
  • I don't have room to store craft “stuff”

I have the perfect solution: #PLxSU…..Stampin' Up! even has holiday themed card collections and accessory packs. Why not order now and get a jump on your holiday cards and/or photo organization – you'll be glad you did! Complete instructions are below and just click on any photo to go right to my online store.


  • Stamp Sets – Watercolor Words #138702
  • Card Stock – Crumb Cake #120953, Soft Sky #131203
  • Stamp Pads – VeraMark #102283
  • Misc. – Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection #141668, Linen Thread #104199, Copper Embossing Powder #141636, Embossing Buddy #103083, Heat Gun #129053, Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Dimensionals #104430.


  • Crumb Cake Card Stock (Card Base)– trim to about 1/16″ larger than Soft Sky layer (or to a larger border if you choose)
  • Soft Sky Card Stock (layer under for card front)– trim to about 1/16″ larger than Project Life card
  • Trim Hello Lovely Project Life large card – Wreath (Card Front) to 4″ x 5 1/2″


  1. Dust the Wreath Hello Lovely Project Life Card (PL)with the Embossing Buddy (this will assure the Embossing Powder goes on cleanly).
  2. Stamp the ‘Just for you’ sentiment in VersaMark into the center of the Wreath Hello Lovely Project Life card. (Pre –trim this card as per measurements above.)
  3. Cover the Wreath Hello Lovely PL card with Copper Embossing Powder and set with your Heat Tool.
  4. Adhere the Wreath Hello Lovely PL card to the Soft Sky card stock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Center before glue sets.
  5. Wrap Linen Thread around adhered card fronts twice and finish with a small bow. Trim ends to make neat.
  6. Add Dimensionals to the back of the adhered card fronts and place on Crumb cake card base.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed these #HelloLovely Project Life by Stampin' Up! samples!

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Posted on April 29, 2016

Stampin’ Up! Retiring Bundles – the Complete List!

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Did you know you can still purchase Stampin' Up! Retiring Bundles at the discounted price? Yep…but only until May 31! Some of the products included in our bundles will be carried over to the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog BUT not in the current form of discounted bundles.

SO…why not order now, get the coordinating products you love…AND save yourself 15%! My customers like to have all the info in one place for easy ordering so below I'm including links to the retiring bundles and also a couple of my favorite “bundle videos”…enjoy!

I hope all this information on the Stampin' Up! Retiring Bundles has been helpful! Give me a shout if questions; order bundles now before you forget!

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Posted on February 15, 2016

Want To Take Better Photographs?

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Hello stampers! I was browsing the Internet and came across this site that I thought you might find useful. I know many of you love to use Project Life by Stampin' Up! (#PLxSU) to document your memories and events; this article has some great tips how to take great pictures to use in those albums.

If you haven't heard about PLxSU, here's a short video to tell you more about it; I completed an album for my nephew as a Christmas present and he loved it. I have to say I had a ball putting it together, and using all my Project Life by Stampin' Up! products made it so easy, too!


You might also enjoy reading a blog post I did last year that shows you some more videos about PLxSU!
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Posted on June 29, 2015

Scrapbook burnout??

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If any of these are you…read on:

I am looking for people interested in memory keeping (NOT scrapbooking) or any burned out scrapbookers who want to document their photos without draining time, energy and wallets. No creativity required!!!  No gluing or cropping! It is so quick, easy, and very affordable.

Heard of Project Life? Stampin' Up! has partnered with Becky Higgins and we have some gorgeous supplies in all of our exclusive colors.


Here's a short video on one of our newest Card Collections.

I'd LOVE to show you how you can create beautiful albums documenting your story without all of the time and energy of traditional scrapbooking! ; )

Contact me to book your free party today…all you provide is your pictures and I'll plan all the fun for you and your friends! Not in my area…no problem! We can Skype or set up a Facebook chat!

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Posted on March 9, 2015

Overwhelmed by all the Project Life “Stuff”??

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Have you wanted to dive in, but have been a little overwhelmed by all the Project Life “stuff” out there?! I'd like to give you some help!

Becky Higgins originally designed Project Life for busy people to document life events using photos, journaling, and a simple card system. Last year, she and Stampin' Up! partnered to offer crafters already using Stampin' Up! products the ability to use both products in a coordinated way!

A friend of mine put together a great “Q & A” document and allowed us to share. I think if you take a few minutes to open this Word Doc, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Project Life Customer Handout

If you live in the Dallas area, pop on over to my Facebook page and check out an intro class I'm having this Saturday. You'll bring photos and make a page.


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Posted on January 24, 2015

Do You Love Stampin’ Up! Products?

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I was looking at some pictures to include in my Project Life by Stampin' Up! albums and ran across this fun picture from our annual convention last year. We were attending the “after awards Par-teh”…and boy was it a blast!

convention pic

Demonstrators from all over come to this event and it is a great time to share projects, laughs, ideas, and, well, just fun times being together! Stamping is always part of the fun at large Stampin' Up! events or my Girls, INK team events.

Speaking of stamping . . .

Do YOU love Stampin' Up! products and wish you could shop at a DISCOUNT? Have you been thinking that you'd like to combine your love of crafting with making money?

NOW is a great time to buy the Starter Kit. $125 worth of ANY product you choose for only $99! And it ships for FREE saving you even more!

You also have 2 Bonus Options during Sale-A-Bration (through Mar. 31st):

  • Option #1 – Receive a FREE Simply Created Project Kit of your choice from the occasions catalog with your Starter Kit.


  • Option #2 – Receive 2 FREE Sale-A-Bration items of your choice with your Starter Kit.


What a great way to test drive the benefits of Stampin' Up! Shop at a discount, see & shop from the new catalogs before the general release, access an amazing demonstrator only community full of ideas, and all the benefits of being part of my Girls, INK team!

 Contact me!  I'd love to answer any questions you may have and help you get started saving today!  I'm happy to chat or meet with you to see how this could work for you.  Already know this is what you want?  It only takes minutes to select your kit and get started!


You can also shop with me online 24/7!   (when you do, please select “allow demonstrator to contact me” so I can thank you!)

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Posted on January 21, 2015

NEW Stampin’ Up! Video!

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Check out a NEW Stampin' Up! Video featuring one of my most favorite Project Life by Stampin' Up! Card Collections, Little Moments.

This Card Collection has 100 double-sided, color-coordinated cards  in 3 sizes: 4″ x 6″, 4″ x 4″, and 3″ x 4″. SO many cute options for preserving memories and/or making baby shower invitations and announcements!  This collection coordinates with the Little Moments Accessory Pack and the color scheme will work for a girl OR boy. Also available as a digital download for you MDS crafters!


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Posted on January 13, 2015

Two NEW Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Videos

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I am a visual learner…how about you? When I can see it, I can do it…video tutorials are one of my best friends!!

I have two new Project Life by Stampin' Up! videos to share with you today.

There are so many great features and benefits to Project Life by Stampin' Up!

  • easy solution for documenting your special photos and memories
  • cards and accessories coordinate with many other Stampin' Up! Products
  • available in the Stampin' Up! Exclusive colors you love
  • cards and accessories can be used in other crafting
  • what have I forgotten???????

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Posted on September 10, 2014

Have You Discovered Project Life by Stampin’ Up!?

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Let me tell you, I am totally a fan!  I've known about Becky Higgins for awhile but until Project Life by Stampin' Up! was introduced to us, I haven't really checked it out. To be honest, I didn't need “one more piece of scrapbooking paraphanalia”!

Project Life by Stampin' Up! is not scrapbooking! Think of it as a way to make your card-making, memory keeping, and event documentation a whole lot easier.

Today I'm going to focus on the  Everyday Adventures Card Collection and the Everyday Adventures Accessory Pack. I'll show you how I used these two products to make some easy, colorful, and eye-catching cards.

Watch the featured video below where I  show you all the fun things in this collection that is just awaiting YOUR ideas!!


Ready to get started? Visit my online store and order your supplies today!

I'm also forming a NEW Online Project Life by Stampin' Up! club where you'll get exclusive content, including PDF instruction sheets and you'll even get hostess benefits! You can live anywhere to join this club since it is online. Email me and join today!

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