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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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’!

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.

Custom Photo Ornaments Made with the Project Life App

I wanted to share an idea for a Christmas ornament I made using the Project Life app using the Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Snapshot edition and my own photograph. (The Project Life app is amazing, is currently only available for IOS but Android is in the works).
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I used an ultrasound photo to create a “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament, but you could of course recreate this with ANY photos or theme. I’m planning one for my in-law’s new puppy which I hope to photograph and add to this post. This would work well for weddings, older kids, a new home, vacation pictures…the possibilities are endless.

First, I made a collage in the Project Life app. I wanted 2×2 photos because I thought those would work best with the ornaments I had. The ornaments shown were $1 each, plastic, and purchased at Michael’s, though I’m sure you could find similar ones at a variety of places.

Collage made with 4x6 "K" template in Project Life app

Collage made with 4×6 “K” template in Project Life app

I printed the 4×6 print with six 2×2 photos via Walgreens 1 hour photo, cut them apart, and taped the ultrasound photo and the journal card photo back to back.

I then punched a hole through the photo, and strung twine through it. I tied this to the ornament top after sliding it into the ornament. I added decorative “snow” (also purchased at Michael’s) and some pink and blue sequins.  I think I’m going to try confetti or some scraps of curled ribbon for another ornament. I’m sure some wood veneer elements, buttons, and small and lightweight decorative scrapbook item you might have would be adorable as well. Customize it to your theme, and have fun!

Here’s another one. For this one I used the accordion “crinkle” sold near gift wrap and tissue paper, and made an ornament for my in-laws to celebrate their first year with their new puppy. The back side that says “Riley’s First Christmas” is using the “Just Add Color” Project Life edition, also found in the app.

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This ornament took me about 5 minutes to assemble after all my supplies were gathered in front of me. This was simple enough that kids could help too. I hope you enjoy, Merry Christmas, and happy stampin’ and scrapin’!

Project Life Giveaway!

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Now this is something you won’t want to miss…a chance to win every Project Life by Stampin’ Up! product that is currently available!

That’s right…One lucky winner will win a complete Project Life by Stampin’ Up! prize pack including every product available in the product line! You could also win one of 100 Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Card & Accessory Packs.

Enter to win by clicking here

You’ll see opportunities to earn more entries into the contest by sharing the giveaway with your friends.  What a fantastic prize!

To see the current Project Life by Stampin’ Up! line, click here  I’m super excited about the new “Hello, December” collection. I’m going to make a 6×8 album to document the month of December, a popular spin off of the weekly format that is very common among Project Life fans, called “December Daily” by some.  Interested in the idea and think you have a couple of friends who would be too? Host an in-person, catalog, or online “Hello, December” Project Life by Stampin’ Up! event with me and you could earn your product for free or half-price with our awesome hostess program.

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Don’t delay, enter the contest today, and good luck to you!

 

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.

Happy Shopping!

Do you have a very large Stampin’ Up! wish list? How would you like to get your choice of $150 worth of product for just $99? And with free shipping? And the chance to place a future order in the next 45 days with a 30% discount, followed by a permanent discount of 20%? And with no obligation to place any future orders unless you want to keep the 20% discount and the rest of the awesome perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator? Oh, and you can order items from the upcoming Holiday catalog if you want to as well, and get them before most customers can.

It really is that awesome of a deal. This offer is only valid from August 21-28th, so click here to read more, and then click here to sign up and place your order for your $150 worth of goodies.

I signed up with Stampin’ Up! for the sole reason of wanting a discount on Project Life products.  Lots of Demonstrators “work” this way.  I fell in love with the rest of the Stampin’ Up! product line, and the ability to share my passion for memory keeping and paper crafting with others so I have gone beyond just wanting a discount and am treating this like the real business opportunity that it is. I’d love to help you no matter what you want out of being a Demonstrator, from simply being a happy shopper, to earning a bit of extra cash while you paper craft with friends and family, to being able to quit your day job and earn a full time income.  I’ve got over 8 years of experience in this business field, and 16 years of experience as a paper crafter.  I’d love to work with you, if you have any questions please contact me!

Laura Dehnert

(920)691-2111 (text or call)/blackbirdscraps@gmail.com

 

A sweet deal for a short time...

A sweet deal for a short time…

Sneak Peek at the Newest Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Collection (and more new Holiday projects)!

One of my favorite things about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is the privilege of being able to pre-order new products.  Yup…Demonstrators are usually given the opportunity to purchase new products before they are available for sale to customers.  The 2014 Holiday catalog is full of amazing new products for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s.  One of my favorite products in the catalog is (of course) the newest Project Life by Stampin’ Up! card & accessory pack called “Seasonal Snapshot”.

I’ve been meaning to start my 2013 Project Life family album, so I pulled out our un-scrapped Christmas photos from last year and started playing.  I’m thrilled with this layout.

Project Life Christmas layout using the Seasonal Snapshot collection

Project Life Christmas layout using the Seasonal Snapshot collection

As usual with Project Life, this layout came together quite quickly.  I find that Continue reading

Resizing photos for Project Life

Create perfectly sized photos for your Project Life pocket pages!

Create perfectly sized photos for your Project Life pocket pages!

I’ve had several people ask me how I create the smaller sized photos I often use on my Project Life pages. I decided to try to write this tutorial to explain my process so I could just direct people to one post.
Let me start by saying this is not my original idea. I saw other Project Lifers on Pinterest, Facebook, etc. using apps to edit their photos in a very similar way as I’m about to describe. I don’t remember exactly who I saw it from first so I unfortunately can’t give credit. Thankfully most people in the scrapbooking community are all about freely sharing ideas & inspiration, so I hope this post can help someone who hasn’t seen this information yet.

I’m a diehard Apple girl, so I will be referring to apps and directions based on using an iPhone. I do hope that Android users will be able to modify the information and use it too.

I use the PicFrame app primarily. I see it is .99 cents now, but I think I downloaded it for free during a promotion. But in my opinion it is WELL worth the dollar!  There are tons of different apps out there that do the same or similar things, so I encourage you to use the app you like best. These basic directions will hopefully get you started and will translate at least somewhat to other apps. Let’s get started!

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So first, open your PicFrame app. The most important step is to change your ratio to 3:2. This is the same as 6×4. If you are working with the 3:2 ratio, your finished photo collage will print well as a 4×6 print. There are photo labs that print the square 4×4 “Instagram” sized photos, but since 4×6 is the most common, that’s what I like to work with the most.

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Two 4×3 photos on one 4×6 is probably what I use the most, because of the 4×3 and 3×4 pockets of Project Life pages. After you change your ratio, click on the 2nd frame on the top row. It will be square on the front page, but when you click it after you’ve changed your ratio, you’ll see it will open up into a rectangle, which is what we want for 4×6 pictures.


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Tap a grey rectangle

Click "camera roll" to select your photos

Click “camera roll” to select your photos

Click “camera roll” to select your pictures. You can chose both photos at once (it will say 1 of  2, then 2 of 2) but if your photos are in different albums you can select just one photo, then click the other grey square, and repeat the process and go into a different photo album. I sometimes use other photo editing apps to add filters, text, or designs to my pictures, and those often get stored in albums by app.

Two 4x3 images on one 4x6 print

Two 4×3 images on one 4×6 print

 

PicFrame by default will put this white border around your photos. If you like it, keep it. If you don’t, click on “style”. If you slide the width button all the way to the left, it will remove the border completely. Or, you could make the border wider by sliding to the right, and you can also change the color if you wish. The “options” button in the top right also lets you round the corners of your borders if you wish. Sometimes I do leave a white border on my pictures, it can really make them pop on your layouts. You can always crop them off later, but you’ll lose that perfect 3×4 sizing.

You can adjust the width & color of your border (or remove it all together)

You can adjust the width & color of your border (or remove it all together)

 

When you are done with the border style, go to adjust. On this “adjust” screen, pinch and stretch with your fingers to zoom in and out of your photo. This way you are kinda “pre-cropping” your photos, and when you print them they will be ready to just cut in half and be ready to go as 3×4’s.  See how I zoomed in compared to the image above?  On the right side, Daddy’s legs are no longer a distraction in the photo, and we get a nicer close up of the baby. On the left, I managed to get rid of most of Sissy’s blue pants, and zooming in showcases the happy looks on baby & Daddy’s faces.

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When you are happy with your picture, click on “share” and then “save”

Don't forget to save!

Don’t forget to save!

 

The finished product, ready to cut in half and slide into page protectors.

The finished product, ready to cut in half and slide into page protectors.

The photo will be saved to your camera roll, and  you’re ready to go! You could also decide to share it on social media, using the other buttons. The photos I used above are both vertical. You can create horizontal photos as well.

You can rotate your photos as well.

You can rotate your photos as well.

See the picture on the left of Baby & Grampa?  They are looking out a window at a skyline and I took the photo horizontally. When I selected the photo from my camera roll, the app by default put it in vertically. If you want to change it, tap the photo with your finger, then select “rotate/mirror”. The rotate arrows shown in the picture above will then appear. Rotate your photo as desired, then use your fingers to pinch and pull again to crop it how you want.

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working with horizontal photos

You’ll see that the left photo is now horizontal and you can see more of the view, which I want in my printed photo. I’m going to flip the other photo now too:

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There, now Baby Brother is in the photo too. You’ll quickly get the hang of the buttons in the app, have fun playing with positioning and cropping to create the photo you like best.

Remember that first screen of the app, with all the different layouts? You can use those to make other sized photos as well!

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one 4×4 and two 2×2’s

I also love the look of square photos. Project Life also has several page protector designs with 4×4 and 2×2 square pockets, so it’s nice to have photos that fit perfectly in the pockets. I like to make a collage with one 4×4 and two 2×2’s (I print most of my Instagram photos this way) or six 2×2’s on one 4×6. Remember to keep your 3:2 ratio. The frame highlighted in blue above will create one 4×4 and two 2×2 pictures on one 4×6 print if you keep the 3:2 ratio, like this:

Instagram photo on left, two 2x2's on the right

Instagram photo on left, two 2×2’s on the right

 

I tend to take a TON of pictures with my DSLR and my iPhone, so using 2×2 photos allows me to fit many more photos on a layout than I would have been able to printing each photo at 4×6 individually. It’s also a big money saver, getting anywhere from 2 to 6 photos on a single print! I initially through 2×2 would be too small, but if you zoom & crop correctly, I think this size actually showcases your photos quite nicely.

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six 2×2 photos

Again, keep the 3:2 ratio, chose the frame highlighted in blue above, and you can create a six picture collage. I often cut these up into the individual 2x’s and they are really fun to work with.

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Remember to “save” after each collage is created. I tend to create several different collages at once, and then print them.

Now that your pictures are created and saved, you can print your 4×6 with whichever developer you choose, or on your home photo printer. I like both Walgreens and Shutterfly. (A tip for Walgreens users…go through ebates.com and get cash back on your prints, even when you chose in-store pickup. The rate is currently 4%. I have received over $100 from ebates for just clicking through their site when I shop online instead of going directly to the store’s website) Then it’s time for the best part…Project Life!

several sizes of photos on one Project Life page

several sizes of photos on one Project Life page

 

a 2x2 photo attached with washi tape

a 2×2 photo attached with washi tape

 

two 2x2 photos on one 3x4 card

two 2×2 photos on one 3×4 card

I really hope this helps you, and have fun creating! Don’t forget to check out Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive line of Project Life products.  I am head over heels for the new Love Story card collection and accessory pack.

Don’t forget that you can subscribe to Paper Pumpkin for 50% off your first two months through September 10th. The September kit is adorable little burlap Halloween bags & tags. Click here for more information.

I am not affiliated with PicFrame and receive no compensation from them. I only share products and offers with my readers that I trust, use, and love myself!