Saturday, August 31, 2013

Organizing Tip of the Day

I often get asked how I manage to do it all.  How I have time to stamp every day and prepare and host a stamping class every month and keep up with everything else in my personal life....  husband, mom of 2 boys, working full-time, household, etc.  My response is... if you love what you do, you find the time to fit it in.

For me the key to getting it all done is being organized.  What helps me is my "Stamping Fact Book".    I created my fact book shown below using the Levenger Circa System or you can use the Staples Arc System.  Basically it's a binder with removable pages and rings.  I will take you through a tour of my fact book and you will see why it is so great.

This is my go to book for everything I need.  I keep a running list of my Stampin' Up! supplies that I need so when I place an order, I know exactly what I need to order to replenish supplies.  The book is broken up by tabs:  Classes, Business, Projects, Customers...

This is a sample of what I have under my "Classes" tab.  This is where I sketch and paste pictures of what I plan to do in my monthly classes.  I plan each class at least a month or two ahead of time.  This allows me to plan ahead and order any cardstock, DSP or embellishments that I need for the class projects.  I print out many samples from other talented demonstrators to get inspired.  I usually take their ideas and put my own spin on them. 

After each class is done, I pull out the sheets from that class and put them away in a folder.  This is so I can still review later if I need to, but pulling out the used pages keeps my book from getting too thick or bulky.  Below are some sample pages from my "Classes" tab that shows how I prep...

Below is a sample of the sheet I keep in the front of the book before all the tabs.  This is where I jot down what I need to order or items I want to try from the new catalog.  This helps me not to forget what I need for my upcoming classes or what I supplies I need to replenish.  After I place the order, I highlight the item so I know it's been ordered.

The rest of the tabs are mostly my notes/ideas.  The "Business" tab has my notes about my blog, business ideas, ideas on promotions, tutorials for my bog, ideas on how to grow my Stampin' Up! business, etc.  My "Customer" tab has a spreadsheet that lists all my customers and their contact information -- phone, e-mail, address, birthday, etc.  Lastly the "Project" tab has notes about projects I have going on with customers.  I often get asked to make favors for parties or invitations... this is where I keep those notes.  I am currently working on a memory book for a Ba Mitvah... I will post photos when I am done with the project.

Pretty much everything I do with Stampin' Up! is in this fact book.  I bring it with me to my Demo meetings and take notes or write down my ideas as they come to me.  Having everything in one place is great...  it sits on my craft table and it's my main source of information.

I hope my Stamping Fact Book inspires you to get organized!!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Stampin' Up! Promotion... 15% Off

Get 15% off when you buy this bundled butterfly stamp set and punch!  Limited time offer.

August 29 - September 30, 2013.   

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Holiday-Themed Single Stamps available

A new holiday-themed collection of single stamps are now available.  The holidays will be here before you know it and these holiday-themed single stamps may be just what the budge-conscious stamper needs.  There are eight different stamps to choose from, six of which coordinate with Framelits, dies or punches.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

August Class Projects continued...

Ceramic Coasters...  Used Hodge Podge glue to adhere the Stampin' Up! DSP to the tiles.  Then we topped them off with another think layer of Hodge Podge on top to seal them and give a little sheen.  Love the way they turned out.  I even added felt cushions on the bottom so they don't scratch furniture.

Oh Happy Day card...  we made our own button on this card.  I taught the girls how to make a button using the 1" and 3/4" circle punches.


3x3 Mini Cards and holder.  Made card holder using the Fancy Favor Die Cut.  Used aqua pen for background effects..

Free Giveawy to my class guests...

Chocolate Kisses Mini Jar...

Thursday, August 22, 2013

August Stamping Class

Good morning blog readers.  I am very excited to share the projects we made at my August Stamping class.  I may have over done it with projects this month...  but I think the girls loved them!  We made a set of 3 tile coasters, 2 cards, decorated a candy jar and we made a note card holder with 4 note cards.  WOW!

I love the way this card turned out.  After I made the tile coasters using the Espresso/Vanilla combination, it inspired me.  The background card is Early Espresso with Very Vanilla layer that I ran through the Honeycomb Embossing Folder.  The Butterfly is from the April Best of 25 Years Stamp Set  "Best of Butterflies".

More to come...

Friday, August 16, 2013

Soccer Birthday Gift Card

I wanted to make a soccer birthday gift card, but I didn't have a set with a soccer ball that was big enough.  So I punched out a circle with the 2 1/2" circle punch and then put it through the Stampin' Up! Honeycomb Embossing Folder and then I cut out some small black pieces to make the soccer ball.  I think it turned out pretty nice!

Added a pocket for the gift card using a small piece of Stampin' Up! DSP.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Another Sneak Peak

Another sneak peak of whats to come for August 16 class...  3x3 cards...

Thursday, August 8, 2013

More Craftroom Goodies...

My craft room is not perfect, but it's mine and I love it.  I have all my supplies handy and I try to keep it organized.  One of my favorite areas is the display area...  I love going over to these shelves and looking at the latest projects I've done in my class or the swaps I've gotten from meetings.  I get inspired every time I look at them.

Another inspiring area in my craft room is the "wall of cards".  The word "inspire" is made up of wood letters I bought from Michael's and I painted them white and put magnets on the back.  I try to recycle the cards and keep the new ones on display, but I also keep some old ones because they are just too nice to put away.

Please feel free to send me an e-mail if you have any questions about any of the projects/cards you see on display (

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sneak Peak

This is just a little sneak peak... or a tease of what I'm planning for my next class on Friday, August 16.  I think the girls are really going to love this project!

Tune in for more photos.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Favorites from the 2013 Holiday Catalog

My wish list of favorites from the new 2013 Holiday Catalog grows each time I review the catalog.  It's hard to pick out just a few my favorites.  But these are definitely the ones that come to mind.

1.  Holiday Images Set:  Festive Flurry Bundle.  Save 15% when you purchase the stamp set and framelits as a bundle.

2.  Frosted Finishes Embellishments. What's a snowflake without a little bling!

3.  Season of Style Designer Series Paper.

4.  Winter Frost Designer Series Paper.