Sale A Bration 2016

It’s my favorite time of year for Stampin’ Up!….Sale A Bration time! I regret that I am delayed in getting this information out to you, as right after the new year began I was faced with unexpected emergency surgery (I am now less on gall bladder) and some unfortunate post-surgical complications and infections which wiped me out for a few weeks. However, God is good and I’m getting back on my feet and I’m ready to jump back in to my favorite thing, paper crafting! And Sale A Bration is the PERFECT time to do that!

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Click here to see the 2016 Sale A Bration Catalog!

What could be better than FREE product?  I’ll be sharing specific product ideas using the sale items, old favorites, as well as items from the NEW Occasions Catalog for 2016

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Scrapbooking is for EVERYONE!

I often think there is a stereotypical image of who a “scrapbooker” is.

I know I’ve often heard that it’s a “Mom Hobby”. When speaking to people about scrapbooking and memory keeping some common excuses I hear as to why they can’t scrapbook are things like “Oh, I don’t have any kids.” “I’m single, who would care about my albums?”. “I’m not a crafty person”.

I believe memory keeping is important and that there so many different ways to do it that I can help you find a method that works for YOU. For your lifestyle, for the types of photographs you have and that you take, for the types of stories important to you.

I came across this story about a scrapbooking dreadlock dad and just had to share it with you.

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photo via persnickity prints

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I hope Matt’s story inspired you! I am not affiliated in any way with Matt or Persnickety Prints.

Paper Pumpkin Sale Ending Soon!

Get a discount and instantly qualify for a Sale-A-Bration reward? Yes, please!

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You have until March 31st to take advantage of this great offer- purchase a 3 month subscription to Paper Pumpkin for the sale price of $54.85 (normally $59.85, saving you $5.00) and also qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration product!

Read about Paper Pumpkin here – you’ll get three kits with everything you need to complete a project, including stamps, ink, adhesive, and ready-to-go supplies.

NEW Sale-A-Bration Free Products for March!

How can Stampin’ Up! make the current Sale-a-Bration promotion even better? By adding four new products that you can earn for free!

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From March 1-31, with every $50 spent pre-tax and shipping, you can choose one item of your choice for FREE from the current Sale-a-Bration product selection. Four new products have just been added! Two different stamp sets, a set of gorgeous vellum papers, and a set of accessories- ribbons & buttons- in the ‘In Color’ color scheme.

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Click here to see more detailed images of the four new products, and click here to see the other Sale-A-Bration products being offered.

You can also earn these extra freebies by hosting a get-together with your family and friends. Online or in-person, you and your friends can get together and make a card, Project Life page, or other item, and you earn free and half-price items based on product sales.  Contact me to place an order, or with any questions!

(I regret to inform you that Blendabilites have been discontinued so they are not eligible as a free Sale-A-Bration gift. You can read the blog post here for more information. There are still several (14!) awesome gifts to choose from, however!)

Love Song Photography

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When we think about photography and pictures, I think most of us first think about capturing the big, happy, wonderful moments of life.  Weddings, new babies, birthdays, first days of school and exciting milestones.

But as we all know, life isn’t always wonderful.  I stumbled across a photographer named Lindsey Villatoro , from California, when some photographs of hers were featured in an article about a couple who had lost a child.

She captures beautiful images that you’d expect to see on any photographer’s website, like weddings and babies.  But she also has an amazing gift and a gracious heart that lead her to take photographs of difficult situations.  She photographs children and adults fighting cancer and other illnesses.  She photographs funerals and memorial services.  She has a unique service called “Forever Loved” to capture priceless images of situations that require more empathy and delicateness than many of us may be able to provide.

Not only does she provide this experience and these priceless images to these families going through unthinkable difficult times at no charge, her Facebook page and website also offer the families a platform to share their stories.  Awareness is raised, fundraisers are shared, people are registering to donate organs and be blood and marrow donors,  prayers are lifted up, friendships are formed.  Lindsay has created a truly amazing thing.

Her website is LoveSongPhotography.com

She also has a Facebook page where she shares amazing images and stories.

You can see some of her videos on Vimeo as well as YouTube

There was a fundraising campaign in December to help Lindsay cover her costs as she provides these services to families free of charge, but it has unfortunately ended.  I encourage you to bookmark her website, follow her Facebook page, and get the word out to your friends and family about this amazing woman.  I will surely be donating and sharing on my blog when she has another fundraising event.  Please do consider sharing this post or her links on your social media platforms.

Note- some of the images on the Love Song Photography website and Facebook page may be upsetting or considered graphic to some people (such as babies who have passed away). I have no affiliation with Lindsay or Love Song Photography, and do not benefit financially by sharing this information.  I share these links for the sole purpose of sharing Love Song Photography with others, and the hope that it will reach someone who can be helped by her services, as well as fundraising and awareness for both Love Song and the families that Lindsey serves. 

Sale-A-Bration Product Ideas

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I can’t stop talking about Sale-A-Bration, but it’s such a good deal I can’t keep it to myself! Are you wondering which of the products you should choose with your order (one product for every $50 spent pre-tax & shipping)? Do you already have some of the products and are looking for ways to use them? You’re in luck, because Stampin’ Up! has created a Pinterest board just for the 2015 Sale-A-Bration products! You can find that board by clicking here.

While you’re on Pinterest, you can check out ALL the awesome boards Stampin’ Up! has here, and if you’re interested, you can check out my Pinterest boards, many of which are paper crafting focused, by clicking here.

Looking for more ideas? Stampin’ Up! also has a YouTube channel, and some of the recent videos feature Sale-A-Bration products! I’m also posting ideas and more links on my Blackbird Scraps Facebook Page for the rest of the Sale-A-Bration season, which continues through March 31, 2015.

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or if I can help you with your paper crafting! Happy stampin’ and scrappin’!

Featured Sale-A-Bration Product: “Irresistibly Yours” Specialty Designer Series Paper

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This post is featuring the “Irresistibly Yours” specialty designer series paper. Available only through the Sale-A-Bration brochure, this special 12×12 paper is acid & lignin free for safe memory keeping.  It has a unique white paper with different glossy white patterns, designed to allow you to color the paper using a variety of different techniques.  As you add color, the pattern will become more and more revealed.

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Here is the different designs you’ll receive, 2 of each for 12 sheets total, 12×12 size.  The brown shade shown here is to show the different patterns clearly.  Now here are three different examples of using this paper, and you’ll notice how very different from each other they are, just by using different colors and coloring techniques.

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I’d be happy to teach you the different techniques used here, and recommend the best inks, markers, and tools to achieve the effect you’re looking for.  You can earn this paper set for FREE between now and March 31st when you purchase $50 or more (pre-tax & shipping).  If this isn’t your cup of tea, I’m sure there’s something that will catch your eye in the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Contact me with any questions or to place an order, I’d love to help!

Valentine treat bags with Paper Pumpkin (and a really good deal)

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The January Paper Pumpkin kit did not disappoint! It came with all the supplies needed to make 24 of the treat bags you see pictured. Bags, pre-punched tags, pennants and hearts, gold clips, pink & gold baker’s twine, even adhesive and of course an adorable exclusive photopolymer stamp set and a “really read” ink spot that I’ll be able to use over and over for future projects.  I’m working on some alternate ideas for this kit, as I don’t think I want to make all 24 bags, and I’ll update this post as that happens.

Paper Pumpkin really is an awesome deal, and just plain fun.  Kits that are appropriate to the season come right to your door including full instructions and everything you need to complete the project (sometimes you might want to add adhesive, and you’ll want scissors but that’s about it).  The high quality photopolymer stamps that come in each kit are exclusive to Paper Pumpkin and can’t be purchased any other way.  You’ll also get a mini stamp pad, called an ink spot- and the colors of ink are guaranteed to not repeat in a calendar year, so it’s a fantastic way to build your stash of ink colors.

If you’ve been thinking about trying Paper Pumpkin, this is a great time to do so, as we are in the middle of Sale-A-Bration through March 31st.  That means that for every $50 you spend (pre-tax and shipping) you can choose an item of your choice from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. These are also exclusive products and can’t be purchased, only earned through Sale-A-Bration.  The three-month pre-paid subscription is currently on sale, and it is enough for you to earn a free Sale-A-Bration product! The six month is enough for you to earn two Sale-A-Bration products, and the big daddy 12 month pre-paid subscription will earn you THREE Sale-A-Bration products of your choice, PLUS $30 additional credit to spend on anything in the current Stampin’ Up! catalog…and if you’ve taken the plunge that far, I’d really recommend adding $34.60 worth of any Stampin’ Up! products to your order of the 12-month prepaid subscription, and for good reason.  If your order totals $250, which it would in the scenario I just gave you, you will earn a total of FIVE Sale-A-Bration products of your choice, PLUS $65 credit to buy anything currently sold by Stampin’ Up! Think about that…approximately $140 worth of free products that you choose, delivered to you right away, and then the excitement of a new Paper Pumpkin kit coming to you each month to keep you paper crafting all through the year. I don’t deny it’s an investment of $250, but you’re getting close to $380 worth of product for that investment!

What kind of free products are in the Sale-A-Bration catalog? I assure you, nothing cheap or chintzy, but high quality Stampin’ Up! goodies. You can view the brochure by clicking here, but some of the products include: several stamp sets -in your choice of clear, wood (and photopolymer in some cases) with no uncharge for wood, an exclusive Project Life mini kit, a set of three Blendabilites markers in a variety of colors, designer series paper, embellishment kits. No matter what type of paper crafter you are, be it a card maker, a scrapbooker, beginner or advanced there is something for you here.

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New “Occasions” Catalog!

Have you seen the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog? (Click the link to the left to see it!)  It has brand new products as well as some returning favorites to help you celebrate the occasions that are coming up in the first few months of the year.  Think Valentine’s Day, Mother’s and Father’s Day, Easter, Graduation, new baby, wedding, and more.  There’s something for every paper crafting interest from card making to scrapbooking, and for every level from beginner to advanced.

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AND…it’s Sale-A-Bration time! That means that for every $50 you spend (pre-tax and shipping) you get to choose a free item of your choice from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  There are several different stamp sets, designer series paper, embellishments, even a brand new exclusive Project Life mini card collection! These items are exclusive to Sale-A-Bration and can’t be purchased.  You can also earn more free items by hosting a show, or becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

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Please contact me today at blackbirdscraps@gmail.com for more information, to schedule your own show (in-person, catalog, or online) or to learn about the benefits of becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Wedding album in progress.

Finally.

After being married for over two years, I’ve started our wedding album.

Wedding album using the Love Story PLxSU collection

Wedding album using the Love Story PLxSU collection

After so much focus on my youngest son’s baby album, my oldest daughter’s high school album, and our family album, it was nice to spend time working on a project that was “mine”.  It was also a nice change of pace for me to be able to work with some more elegant feeling papers, embellishments, and colors.

I’m so pleased with my page…and I’m even more pleased at how fast it came together with the ease of the Project Life system! And it looks great in the faux leather black album too…so elegant, and perfect for a wedding album (although it could hold anything and look great).

Click here to see the Love Story card collection, and here to see the accessory pack. I LOVE the silver embellished cards, the picture doesn’t come close to doing them justice.