Buy 3, Get 1 Free – Designer Series Paper

Because we can NEVER have enough Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Up! is having a special offer to save you money!buy 3 get 1 free dspWHEN: July 1-31, 2013

DETAILS: Buy three packs of select Designer Series Paper and get one for free!

  • No limits. Order six? You’ll get two for free. Nine? You’ll get three for free.

  • Check out the Designer Series Papers in the annual catalog pages 151, 153, and 154. View the catalog online here. Fill out the “Request Your Catalog” form to get your own catalog in the mail.

  • To get your free DSP, enter it in your order separately from the three packs you’re paying for. For example, if you want four packs of the same type of paper, put in the three you’re paying for and enter the fourth as a separate item.

These items don’t qualify for the offer: DSP Stacks, Specialty DSP, Hostess-only DSP

Let me know if you have any questions about this offer! 

A Fun 12×12 Scrapbook Page for Your Boy!

May2013-ScrapThis simple but fun scrapbook page is perfect for any of your “boy” page needs! Simply by changing the title and journaling, you can have a great page for any event!


Paper: *Parker’s Patterns Designer Series Paper (retired, substitute your new favorite DSP! Or get Parker’s Patterns MDS version!), Cherry Cobbler Card Stock (119685), Crumb Cake Card Stock (120953)

Tools & Accessories: Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Paper Snips (103579), *Silver Basics Designer Buttons (substitute with your favorite buttons), Natural 7/16” Trim Ribbon (129287), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Glue Dots (103683)


  1. Choose which patterns from the designer series paper you wish to use. Keep one of them as a full 12×12 for the background, and cut the other 3 pieces into 6×6” squares.
  2. Place a 8-1/2” x 11” piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock onto your background with SNAIL adhesive, towards the left of the page. Layer your 3 6×6” squares over the card stock, angling them, attaching them with SNAIL adhesive.
  3. Cut Crumb Cake card stock into two pieces: a 4-1/4” x 6-1/4” photo mat & a 4-3/4” x 7” piece for the journaling. Cut a flag end on one of the “short” sides of the journaling piece. Layer your 4×6” photo on the photo mat.
  4. Tuck the Crumb Cake journaling piece under the designer series papers so the flag end reaches the end of the background paper on the right.
  5. Adhere your photo onto the left hand side of the page, over the designer series papers, with dimensionals.
  6. Cut a piece of the Natural ribbon and fold it in half. Adhere it to the page under a large silver button, attached with glue dots.
  7. Place a couple more silver buttons where desired on the page, attached with glue dots.
  8. Add your own title and journaling and you are finished!

Let me know what you think in the comments, or send me an email if you have any questions!

Happy Scrapping!

Mid-Month My Digital Studio Project

I wanted to share yet another My Digital Studio project with you today. It’s another page from my 2012 family album. My son and his Granddad (my dad) had the best time last year, planting tomatoes and cucumbers in Granddad’s garden!

Gardening with Granddad MDS scrapbook pageI knew I needed to fit a LOT of photos on this one page, so I came up with the filmstrip idea, building it with digital frames and photo boxes until I got it just right. I only had to build the first one, then copy and paste the other two!

If you want to learn more about digital crafting with MDS, then I encourage you to try the FREE 30-Day Trial! I will also sign you up for my exclusive 10 free tutorial videos to help get you started.  Visit my MDS Page or contact me with any questions!

Working Past Mistakes in Your Scrapbooking

Mistake-Filled Album

Let’s visit the late 80s! And check out the crop work on these photos! Fantastic, no?!?! I’ve moved on with the scrapbook anyway… read about it below!

Recently I wrote an article about how I finished my son’s first-year scrapbook, and I mentioned that I am currently working on an scrapbook from my high school days. More specifically, it’s the album from my two years on my school’s drill team. Go Bandoleras!

I wanted to write about THIS scrapbook specifically to talk about the mistakes I’ve made with it, and how I’m finishing it anyway!

I’m not sure exactly when I started scrapbooking my drill team album (maybe about 1998? maybe earlier?), but it started as just that… an album rather than a true scrapbook. It was also only my 2nd year/Senior Year pictures. I took my photos, cut them into strange shapes with super-cute (at the time) scissors, and placed them in a magnetic photo album. In addition, I had used a word document for journaling every detail – places, names of everyone in the pictures; which came in handy later, actually!

Sometime around 2001 or 2002, I learned that the type of photo album (magnetic) I had used was NOT great for photos, so I set about to “rescue” all these photos and move them into a true scrapbook. However, I only had these chopped up photos to use. UGH! Well, I moved forward anyway! I decided on a consistent layout for the entire album, rather than something different on each page. Consistency would also make it easier to get the pages done more quickly. I also think it sort of hides the hideousness of the chopped up photos.

My previous journaling on the word document was fantastic and VERY HELPFUL! I used to have a terrific memory, but I’ll admit to not remembering everyone’s name in every photo.  Sorry, friends!

Just a few weeks ago, I finished my Senior Year pages for the scrapbook, and I’m moving on to the first year. None of my Junior Year drill team photos are chopped into the hideous shapes (yay) but I also have a lot fewer photos from my first year (boo) and they are not great pictures (double-boo) because of the camera used, I’m guessing. It seems that my mom, who was the primary photographer for all of my drill team photos, got a new camera between my Junior & Senior years in high school. Mystery solved, I think!

I have decided to carry on with my consistent page layout with the entire album — I had once considered having the two years look different from one another. However, now I am in “get it done” mode, so keeping the layout the same will help me with that!

I’ve started with my photos (see my post on the Four Steps to a Finished Scrapbook) and sorted them into different events. I haven’t listed each page in a Google document this time, because there are only going to be about 10-12 pages. My supplies were already collected, so I can skip that step. Now I can just quickly scrapbook each page, in whatever order I’d like, to get it done. Unfortunately for this set of photos from my Junior year, I don’t have all the terrific journaling, but I think I can work through that with a little help from my twin sister and some of my close high school friends.

My final step for my finished drill team album will be a title page – but I am saving that for the very end!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into my scrapbooking world. I encourage you to work through any mistakes you’ve made and get your projects done! I could have let a few mangled photos set me WAY back on this project, but I chose to move forward. After all, it’s the memories that are important to share, rather than striving for perfection!

Let me know how you’ve worked past mistakes in your projects by leaving a comment below. I’d love to hear from you, and to know I’m not the only one who used the super-cute scissors to attack my photos!

Happy Scrapbooking, Friends!