Even more NEW Sale-A-Bration Items!

Since Stampin’ Up! announced that they are discontinuing the line of Blendabilites markers (more info here) that meant fewer products to choose from when earning Sale-A-Bration items. Well, there’s good news- ten more products are now available to choose from!

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These products, along with the other items in the Sale-A-Bration brochures (here and here) are available while supplies last through the rest of the Sale-A-Bration promotion period (March 31). For every $50 you spend (pre-tax and shipping) you get your choice of any of these items for FREE! The stamp sets, paper packs, and Project Life mini kits are exclusive to SAB and are not available for purchase.

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Place your order before March 31st to take advantage of this great deal! Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

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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’!

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.

Beautiful new Project Life collection- Love Story

The newest Project Life edition is here and it is exclusive to Stampin’ Up! I have adored every set that Stampin’ Up! has produced so far with our partnership with Becky Higgins, but this might be my new favorite.

Love Story card collection

Love Story card collection

This card collection, like Stampin’ Up!’s other exclusive Project Life card collections, comes in this awesome, sturdy box. The cards stand upright in the box allowing you to easily flip through and see what you have. There are dividers in the box to make room for an accessory pack, other cards, or photos up to size 4×6. There’s even a little spot in the corner for your journaling pen. Now check out the cards Continue reading

New Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Products Coming Soon!

I’m happy to be able to announce that on July 14th, you’ll be able to purchase three new Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products that were originally not supposed to be available until August.

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The “Love Story” Project Life collection and accessory pack, as well as the 12×12 black faux leather album will be available to order starting July 14th. The Love Story collection is in neutral shades of black, white, and grey and would be stunning for a wedding album. I’ll be scrapping my own wedding with this collection and I’m so excited that it’s coming sooner than anticipated!

The black faux leather album will also be available and will pair perfectly with the Love Story collection to make a classic, beautiful wedding album. Of course the timeless simplicity of black leather will be a wonderful option to hold photos of any theme or occasion.

Interested in earning these products for free or half price? Contact me about hosting a class in your home or mine, or having a virtual or catalog show! You can check out the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products that are currently available (4 exclusive card and accessory collections) on my website.

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Aren’t they beautiful? And I love how each card with text on it can be flipped over and have a blank spot if the text doesn’t quite fit your needs and you can write your own text (or leave it blank). These kits are truly versatile. I’m especially loving Playground and Little Moments. And the accessory packs? Oh, I’m still swooning. If you’ve never tried Project Life, I would love to help you get started. It’s completely changed the way I scrapbook and has allowed me to preserve so many memories for my family even with my hectic schedule as a Mom of five kids.