Memory Keeping: Pocket Style!!!

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Memory keeping is super important because you can look back and everything is documented. It can be passed down for years as well! The pocket style is quick and simple! I have done all types of scrapbooking from small books to big books, digital and now pocket style. Here are my tips and ideas on the pocket style!

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With all of the memory keeping I have done, I have loved how little supplies you need to create an amazing album! Of course you can always get all the goodies and have lots of options. Although that sometimes makes it overwhelming to have too many options! Just to get started, all you need is an Album, Pages, Journal Pens, and a Card Collection Kit of your choice! My favorites are always the all occasion/every day ones! I love bright colors too!

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I honestly think that Project Life or Pocket Style Memory Keeping is the best way to go for someone who has never scrapbooked before. Project Life is cheaper, easier, and quicker. Now of course that can always be viewed differently by each person but being a scrapbooker, a digital scrapbooker, and a Project Life scrapbooker, that is what I would say.

Cheaper: Of course, you can always purchase tons of goodies but technically you could go as simple as the items above. You can always get a paper trimmer, adhesive, and go all out but you can also go simple too.

Easier: With Project Life, you can drop your photos in the pockets, journal on a card, and drop it in. I love that and how everything in the card collection coordinates. There is no need to pick your colors, papers, embellishments, and find ways to fill a large album page.

Quicker: It can be fairly quick to complete an entire album because of the few items you need and the ease of coordination.

Of course, you can always embellish, change up the colors, add layers, and go all out with Project Life as well! 🙂 It really is a fun way to keep your memories cherished forever. I hope this has given you some ideas and inspiration to start preserving your memories!!! You can see some of my other albums here, here, and here!

Happy Memory Keepin’

~Laura


The Sun is Setting on These Items….

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The Sun is setting on some of the Stampin’ Up! items we all love. While it is sad to see some of our favorites retire, it just means that there are TONS of fabulous new ones coming! These items are all while supplies last so don’t wait long!

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You can view the Retired List in two way – PDF and Excel Spreadsheet!

2017 Retiring List – PDF

2017 Retiring List – Excel

Again, the items are while supplies last so if you see something on this list but aren’t able to order it, it is because it is gone! 🙁 Click here to start shopping!

Let me know in the comments below which items you are sad to see go. I was close to tears when I saw the Decorative Label Punch. 🙁 That’s my favorite and if you have followed me on here for even a week, you know how much I use and love that punch!

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Don’t forget that if your order is $50 or more and you use the Hostess Code: FCCVREYF, your name will be entered into a drawing for an entire Color Family of Ink Pads (10)!!! Woot Woot! This offer ends on Thursday at midnight with the winner’s name being drawn on Friday! Click here for all of the details!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Laura’s Ink Pad Collection Giveaway!!!

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I had such a great response to the Big Shot Giveaway I did back in the Fall that I thought I would do another one!!!! This time it’s Laura’s Ink Pad Collection Giveaway!!!! If you win, you can pick the color family you would like – Brights, Regals, Neutrals, or Subtles!!!

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I decided to start this Giveaway at the end of March so that you can also take advantage of Sale-A-Bration as well!!! Here is how it works!!!

Everyone that places a minimum of a $50 order (before tax and shipping) using the Hostess Code: FCCVREYF will be entered for a chance to win an entire color family of your choice of Ink Pads (Brights, Subtles, Regals, or Neutrals)!!!! If your order is over $100, you will get your name in the drawing twice!!! Click here to start shopping!

This special will run from March 27th to April 13th! The winner will be drawn on Friday, April 14th at 1:00 p.m. (Central Time)

~This special is open to United States residents only!

~You will enter the Hostess Code: FCCVREYF on the bottom right hand side of the page when you are looking at your Cart!

~Be sure to click “yes” for contact when filling out your profile so I can see your name for the order you placed. If I can’t see who placed the order then I can’t enter your name in the drawing!

~Minimum of 9 people needed to participate in order for the Ink Pad Collection to be given away. If fewer participate, the winner will get Stampin’ Up! Bonus Bucks to use towards product!

I can’t wait to draw the name of the winner on April 14th! I will do it as a Facebook Live Video like last time but I will also contact the winner as well! It is always so exciting. I remember I was so nervous last time because I just wanted everyone to win!!! 🙂 Good luck and I hope I draw your name!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Succulents Growing on a Brick Wall!!!

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I have been having so much fun with the Oh So Succulent Bundle! These little succulents growing on a brick wall are one of my favorites! I went with the same color theme as the Succulent Garden Designer Paper. You can see more cards I created with these products here, here, and here! Now let’s get started on this card!

~ Card Instructions ~

I started with a Calypso Coral card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Brick Wall Embossing Folder! I stamped the greeting from the Any Occasion Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set in Calypso Coral Ink. Since that stamp is curved for a banner, I just straightened it out a little for this project!

For the succulents on a brick wall, I used the Oh So Succulent Stamp Set to stamp the outline images first and then I die cut them out with the coordinating Succulent Framelits. You can purchase these two items together a save 10%. Spend just $1.50 more and you can pick out a FREE Sale-A-Bration item too! 🙂 I did the 6 layered flowers in Old Olive cardstock and stamped the tips of the 3 largest flowers with the little “bean-looking” stamp in the set and Whisper White Craft Ink. To give the petals some curl, I ran them over my Bone Folder like curling ribbon! I used Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron, and Calypso Coral for the other flowers. A few of the flowers were adhered flat and a few were popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals! You can always do as many or as few flowers as you wish! I love it and the fun bright colors!!!

What is your favorite color to use for succulents? Let me know in the comments below! Also, don’t forget that this is the last month of  Sale-A-Bration. Every $50 order, you get to pick out a free Sale-A-Bration item! Woot Woot!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper!!!

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When I first saw the Inside the Lines Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper, I thought it looked beautiful but a little intimidating! That is a lot of coloring…..and time consuming….at least for me who isn’t a big fan of coloring. I enjoy coloring a little bit but only to make 1 card or only a small amount. Then I got this idea from Stampin’ Up back in November when I attended the OnStage Event. You only have to color one small square and it looks AMAZING!!!

~Card Instructions~

I started with a Calypso Coral card base and stamped the greeting from the Avant Garden Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set in Calypso Coral Ink all over the background. I stamped a few times to get those various shades. It is super fun that you can read some and others are falling off. It is a super cool look and adds more meaning to the card!

Next, I took a piece of the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper measuring 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″. You will want to cut a 1″ strip from the left side (or right, it doesn’t matter either way). With the leftover piece, I cut it in half creating two 1-3/4″ squares. Now it’s time to color and you can pick whichever section you would like. I colored mine with the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens. I adhered the designer paper to the middle of the card and added some Basic Black Baker’s Twine to the left hand side, tied into a bow. For the greeting, I die cut the circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits (smallest one) and stamped the greeting from the Avant Garden Stamp Set. I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Love it!!!

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This is the card I created at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Event. We did the greeting a little differently with some of the Burlap Ribbon and banner tips! I just decided to mix it up and go with my own take on it! Both are super fabulous and have the same concept!

Which one is your favorite??? Let me know in the comments below – stitched shape greeting or burlap banner greeting!!! Don’t forget that you can get the Inside the Lines Designer Paper for FREE through the end of March as your Sale-A-Bration item! Every $50 order, earns you a Free item from the brochure. Remember that there are 3 new items that were released at the end of February! You can check those out here! Click here to start shopping!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Creating a Marbled Background!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means!!! I have a super fun technique to share with you – creating a marbled background!!! Check this out!!

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Isn’t the background super cool?? It is super easy as well. All you need are ink pads and baby wipes!!! I got this technique from fellow demonstrator, Sandy Jacobson! I love sharing ideas!!!

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Ink Pads, Baby Wipes

For creating the marbled background, I started with a piece of Shimmery White cardstock measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. You can use regular Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock if you wish! It works the same with all but I liked the little hint of shimmer! Next, I took a wet baby wipe and balled it up and very lightly tapped it into an ink pad and then pounced all over the cardstock. I used Bermuda Bay Ink, Cucumber Crush Ink, and Pumpkin Pie Ink. You can pounce with each color as little or as much as you wish. It’s as simple as that! Super fun and comes out different each time. You can mix and match any color combination!

To finished the above card off, I placed it onto a Bermuda Bay card base. I stamped the birthday greeting in the lower right corner from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set. The die cuts came from the Stitched Shapes Framelits in Cucumber Crush and a t-shirt from the T-Shirt Builder Framelits in Bermuda Bay. I stamped the front of the shirt with the Suite Sentiments Stamp Set. Next, I added the t-shirt to the square with Stampin’ Dimensionals to make it look a little more 3D. I added loops of Whisper White Baker’s Twine to the back of the square, securing it with Stampin’ Dimensionals and then adding it to the card front! Perfect Man Card!

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I used Wisteria Wonder Ink and Rich Razzleberry Ink for this one. For the decoration, I stamped the lady from the Beautiful You Stamp Set in Basic Black and her dress in Rich Razzleberry. The greeting was done in Wisteria Wonder. I went over her dress with a Wink of Stella Pen which added a little shine and blended it together a bit. I used the leftover bit of ink on the tip to color in her hat. Then, I layered this piece onto Silver Foil Paper and added it to the card front. To finish it off, I added a few White Perfect Accents. Love it!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and be sure to subscribe if you are new! I post every Tuesday and Thursday!

Have fun trying this out yourself! What color combination will you use? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Watercoloring Flowers in Bright Colors!!!

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I just love any and all flowers and even more during this time of year! Spring is near and flowers will start blooming and shining bright! The colors of it all are just stunning! Watercoloring flowers in bright, fun colors is even more fun!!!

~ Card Instructions ~

For this card, I started with a Tip Top Taupe card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11. You can create this card on it’s side like I did or up and down! It’s all up to you! Also, I went with a neutral base so that I can color the flowers in any color and it would match! I took a piece of Very Vanilla (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the flowers and greeting from the Avant Garden Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set. This is one of the sets you can get for Free with every $50 order which is even better! I stamped the images in Basic Gray Ink which is great for watercoloring and it’s not as bold as black is! Not it is time to color. I used the Watercolor Pencils to color in the flowers. For the card above, I did the watercoloring flowers with Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Calypso Coral. I colored the stems and leave in Old Olive. The easiest way to color these is you add color on the lines/dark spots of the flowers and then blend the colors around with a Blender Pen.  Pink Lillies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For this one, I used Melon Mambo and Old Olive! It might not be so obvious in these photos but after I blended the flowers, I went back through with the pencil and colors on the dark centers again to add shadows and texture to them! Once I was finished coloring, I added this to the card base! Finally I finished it off with some Metallic Ribbon which comes in both gold and silver! This is another one of the Sale-A-Bration items that you can pick as your FREE item! Get those items on your wish list and stock up on cardstock and adhesive so you can pick out tons of fabulous Sale-A-Bration items now till the end of March!

You can see more samples using this set and ribbon here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Flowers & Gingham Go Together So Well!!!

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Oh how I am loving this color combination and the flowers and gingham go together so well! I have been having so much fun with the Succulent Garden Suite!!! You can check out more samples here and stay tuned for even more!

~Card Instructions ~

I started with a Sweet Sugarplum card base. Then I took a piece of Mint Macaron (4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″) and adhered a piece of the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (2″ x 4″) on the lower portion! There are so many amazing patterns in the pack to pick from! For the top portion, I took a piece of Whisper White (3-1/4″ x 4″) and stamped various flowers from the Oh So Succulent Stamp Set. This stamp set is a 2-step stamping set that is super fun! You can see a Video Tutorial with some tips on stamping with this set here! I did the large flower in Sweet Sugarplum Ink, the medium flower in Calypso Coral Ink and the small flower in Mint Macaron Ink. The greenery was stamped in Old Olive Ink. These colors were picked because they are the ones used in the Succulent Garden Designer Paper! Stampin’ Up! does all of the work for you! 🙂 I adhered the floral piece to the top of the Mint Macaron piece and adhered a piece of Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon across the place where the 2 pieces overlap! Next, I tacked the ends around to the backside, added more adhesive and stuck it to the front of the card base!! For the mini bow, I used a fork to create it! You can check out a video tutorial on that here! I added the bow to the card front with a Mini Glue Dot! For the greeting, I die cut an oval with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and stamped the greeting from the Oh So Succulent Stamp Set. I added the greeting to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

I love this card and the beautiful colors and flowers! Gingham and flowers just go together so well! You all know how much I love flowers! Purchase the Oh So Succulent Bundle (stamp set and framelits) and Save 10% and the Succulent Garden Designer Paper to create this card and lots of other fabulous ones. You will also get to pick out a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! During Sale-A-Bration, you get to pick out a free item with every $50.00 in product that you order! It is like you are being rewarded for shopping! Love it!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


List of My Favorite Sale-A-Bration Items!!!

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Sale-A-Bration has been going on for a month and a half now and it has been SO MUCH FUN!!! This week Stampin’ Up! released 3 new items including 2 stamp sets and beautiful glimmer paper! You can check them all out here! I thought today I would go over a list of my favorite Sale-A-Bration items for this year!!! (PS this was not an easy task!)

~ List of My Favorite Sale-A-Bration Items ~

My #1 favorite has to be So Very Much which is the big scroll-y thank you greeting! I just love the beautiful font and I make so many thank you notes so it’s perfect! I love how it is the focal point of the card and you just need a little bit more to make the perfect card! You can check out some samples here and here!

My #2 favorite is Avant Garden! You all know I love flowers and I have really enjoyed this set for the beautiful flowers and greetings too! You can use the one flower with a solid ink and stamp all over or you can stamp the other flowers and color them in. The Watercolor Pencils are perfect for coloring in the flowers! You can check out some samples here! I have a few more so stay tuned!

My #3 favorite item is the Carried Away Designer Series Paper. I love designer paper and while it wasn’t my favorite in the beginning. The more I used it, the more I fell in love. To see some samples, click here and here!

I have the new Glimmer Paper but I haven’t played with it a lot yet. I do think it will be #4 or maybe bump something down! What are your favorite Sale-A-Bration items?? Let me know in the comments below!

Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration runs till the end of March and there are lots of ways to enjoy the party!!!

~Every $50 you spend, you can pick out a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Click here to see all of the items you can pick!

~Now is a great time to hostess as well. When your party or order reaches $250, you will earn an additional $25 in Hostess Benefits!! That means you get $50 in Free Product!! You can also use that $50 to join Stampin’ Up!

~There is a fabulous special for joining during Sale-A-Bration too! You can use your hostess benefits towards your kit or you can join without having a party! It is $99 to join and you get to pick out $125 in any product you would like PLUS 2 FREE Stamp Sets of any value! Go for the highest value sets and that’s an additional $104 in product!!! WOOT WOOT! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out! I’m always happy to chat about it! Click here for more information!

Have fun Sale-A-Brating with me!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Love Is In The Air!!!

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Ahhh, the weather has been warm and I’m loving every minute of it! Some say Spring is in the air but I say Love is in the Air!!! Spring is my favorite season. I love the new life of flowers, plants, and animals, that warm sun and cool breeze and all the bright colors!!! I can’t wait!!!

Card Instructions

For this card, I used a Calypso Coral card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the 3 different clouds all over the background from the Lift Me Up Stamp Set. Marina Mist is the perfect blue for clouds! For the hot air balloon, I used the coordinating Up & Away Thinlits Dies to die cut out the pieces with the Big Shot! You can Bundle & Save 10% when you purchase these 2 together as a bundle. I did the detailed balloon in Calypso Coral. For the strips behind it, I did Marina Mist and Mint Macaron. I am loving this color combination. It is the perfect pastel collection. I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the pieces to the back of the detailed balloon piece. You can also use a sponge and lightly pounce some glue from the Multi-Purpose Glue Pen onto the back. I added the hot air balloon to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give a little texture and 3D look to the balloon!

For the greeting, I added a piece of Marina Mist measuring 1/2″ x 4″ along the bottom. I stamped the greeting from the Lift Me Up Stamp Set onto a scrap piece of Whisper White. Using the Classic Label Punch, I punched it out and then added it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I used some of the skinny edge pieces. I just trimmed it to the correct length and it was perfect! To finish off the card, I added a few Enamel Shapes!! It is just perfect!!!

You can purchase the Lift Me Up Bundle in Clear and add on some Enamel Shapes or pack of Cardstock to get to the $50 order! Then you can pick out a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!!! If you purchase the Lift Me Up Bundle in Wood, you already have earned a Free Sale-A-Bration item!!! Now is the perfect time to get those favorites on your Wish List or stock up on items because every $50 order, earns you a Free Sale-A-Bration Item! Who doesn’t love FREE STUFF!?!?!? Click here to start shopping!!

If you would like to see more samples using the Lift Me Up Bundle, click here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura