Project Life is available for order today!

Project Life is available TODAY to help you document life using photos and journaling in a quick, simple and fabulous way!  Stampin' Up! has partnered with Becky Higgins who created Project Life originally.  It's all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them!

Project Life live today!

Recipe swap album covers...

Our Recipe Swap was Sunday afternoon in the Cat/Art Studio ~ lots of fun and good food!  I thought you might like to see some of the album covers from the swap.  The album that we used is new in Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Catalog, details below ~


Album ~ Becky
Album cover by Becky Carpenter

Album ~ Marti
Album cover by Marti Jones




Album ~ Adrienne
MDS Album cover by Adrienne Allen

Thanks for stopping by ~ tomorrow I will show you some of our recipe pages!  If you have any questions ~ give me a call ~ 757-641-9354.



Concept Artist Fun.....

May Paper Pumpkin

When I was helping to design this kit I knew I wanted to make something that would be a fun and easy way to use Instagram photos.  (I absolutely love Instagram photos and I loved putting this little mini album together using my growing stash.) After I finished my cute little album, I started playing around with other ways to use this kit. Here is what I came up with!

These cards were super-simple to put together. I used the Woodgrain Background Stamp to add some texture to the Whisper White Cardstock, added a few ink splatters, then stamped the little arrow stamp. I didn’t want the “Love this” on the card, so when I stamped it I just used a piece of tape to cover the word on the ink pad, then pulled it off before I stamped it on the paper. You can also use a Stampin’ Write Marker to mask out an unwanted piece of the stamp. I love the Polaroid frames in this kit! They look so cute on these cards with a little washi tape on top and the punched out heart in the middle.  So simple and fun. 

I also thought it would be fun to do a little scrapbooking with this kit. I took my favorite photos from the month of February and put together a few pages to remember our February. I used My Digital Studio to add some journaling to the photos and the paper from the kit, but other than that, everything I used came from the kit. I love how it turned out!
The “Best year yet” card came in the mail for my birthday from Anthropologie. I love including things from my everyday life in my scrapbooking. I know I will be using the Love This arrow stamp a ton in other memory keeping projects I am working on.  It is just such a fun and versatile little stamp.

To get the printing on the cute paper that comes with the kit, I just ran it through the printer. I made the quoted tab in My Digital Studio. As you can see, I had a ton of fun adding the little tickets and words all over my pictures. I love how the kit comes with so many.

I hope you guys have as much fun playing with your Paper Pumpkin as I did!

Arika B.
Concept Artist

Documenting April + a few tips and tricks

It’s April! Things are starting to green up and bloom, we are spending more time outside playing . . . or at least we did last year. This year our April has been cold and snowy and I am still waiting for my tulips and the trees in my yard to bloom. Oh well. I so loved working on my pages for April. I say that every month, but it’s true. I love it! There is so much satisfaction in documenting these memories so I will never forget.  

I am getting a little more adventurous with my journaling. I really don’t like my handwriting but I decided to suppress my perfectionist instincts this month and just go for it. I am happy to say that it wasn’t as painful as I had feared. I actually like having some handwriting on my pages.  

This month I have put together some ideas and tricks to help get you started documenting your life.

  1. Fill a card with journaling. If there is a design on the card . . . just journal around it. Don’t want to fill up the whole card? Draw a frame around the card with a Stampin’ Write Marker.

2. Journal around an object. Here I used the uni-ball Signo Gel Pen to journal around the frame on this Happy Easter card. I love the white handwriting on the black card!

3. Don’t be afraid to add journaling to a card . . . even if it doesn’t look like it was made for journaling.

4. Add fun bold type over your photo using My Digital Studio. The font I used here is Abadi MT for “play” and Arial for the ampersand.

Add a frame of journaling around a photo.

6. Use the pattern on the Designer Series Paper for journaling.

Make the page protector work for you. Here I cut out the long horizontal photo strip on the page protector and just sewed the pieces I wanted to use back together.

Make a fun envelope to hold the journaling on subjects that are close to your heart.

Color on your washi tape. I love, love, love, washi tape. To add a different look to the gray-striped Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape, I colored it with Melon Mambo and Lucky Limeade Stampin’ Write Markers.

Add a journaling card in an unexpected way. Originally this journaling card was 3" x 4" with lines on it for journaling. I love the hello sunshine sunburst, so I just cut off the bottom part and added the top part to my card. (I can use the bottom part later.)

Add a little dimension and flair. I made this little flair button by running the large Soda Pop Tops through the Big Shot. It is then the perfect size for a little saying punched out with the 1" Circle Punch.

I hope this helps to get you inspired to dive in and start recording the moments in your life.

Arika B.
Concept Artist

Stampin' Up! Concept Artist ~

Documenting March

So . . . Month 3 of going back and documenting 2012—and I am in love with this project more than ever. I just love so much that I am getting these memories documented because I seriously have the worst memory. I also love that these pictures aren't just sitting in my computer collecting digital dust.  


This month last year we found out that we were going to have another little girl. It is so crazy that she is now almost 7 months old . . . wow, how time flies! We had a little gender-reveal party with our closest friends. I documented that with an insert I made by cutting up our page protectors. It was such a cool moment that I want to remember forever.


I also documented how polished Lucy looks when she heads to school in the mornings, and then how crazy she looks when I pick her up after school. Is that really the same little girl? Another fun thing this month is a quote that I recorded about her telling me that I am the best mommy ever. That is definitely something I will need to look back on when she is a teenager . . . right!

Putting my pages together this month was so much fun. There are so many new products that I am in love with. The new This and That Designer Stickers, Designer Series Paper, Designer Washi Tape, and the This and That Rotary Stamp are so perfect for this style of documenting. I am also loving our new digital downloads—the Hello There Kit, Nobody’s Business Photobook, and Happy Things Pocket Cards. As you can tell, I had some serious fun using these downloads to make some cute journaling cards.


So have I talked any of you into joining me on this scrapbooking adventure yet? Leave a note and let me know.


Arika B.
Concept Artist 

Using the designer series paper from Sale-a-bration


I know that you are dying to use that designer series paper that you got for FREE during Sale-A-Bration ~ Everyday Enchantment ~ it is so pretty!  Here is a little FLIP BOOK that I made at several of my parties in March, everyone thought it was lots of fun.  It would be a great album for recipe cards, a scrapbook for someone special or even a little 'smash' book!  And, it would look great in any of Stampin' Up!'s fabulous double sided 12" x 12" designer series papers!

Supplies:  Designer Series Paper; Crop-A-Dile (#108362, page 207 IB&C); Paper Cutter (#104152 w cutting and scoring blades (#104154, page 208 IB&C); Ribbon of your choice; Accessory of your choice (mine is a retired piece from Stampin' Up!'s Hodgepodge Hardware) ~ you could use pretty Antique Brads to hold your card stock to the ribbon.  I used 2 binder rings to hold the DSP together.

Cut your paper six inches wide by 12", 11", 10", 9", 8" and 7".  Score in the center of the length of paper and fold.  Layer the pieces according to the size with the smallest (7" folded) on top.  I added a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of the cardboard from the bottom of the Designer Series Paper to the inside of the largest (12") folded layer for strength.

Punch two holes in the top (the non-fold side) approximately 1" from each side and 1/2" down using the Crop-A-Dile (punch all layers at the same time).  Before you add the binder rings decorate your top layer and your album is finished.  Enjoy!

Fresh Vintage Album ~ Shelli

Fresh Vintage Album from Shelli 1

I was going to post some of the cards from my Vintage Class but I found this fabulous album on Shelli Gardner's blog this morning and knew I had to share it with you.  All the pages are made using the Fresh Vintage stamp set, #125117 (c) #125115 (w), in the Sale-a-bration catalog ~ which means this lovely stamp set is FREE.  The pages also use the gorgeous Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, #126154, in the same catalog and FREE with a $50 product purchase from any of Stampin' Up!'s catalogs.  Enjoy!

Fresh Vintage Album from Shelli 2

Fresh Vintage Album from Shelli 3

Fresh Vintage Album from Shelli 4

I think this is my favorite ~ I love Poppy Parade!

Fresh Vintage Album from Shelli 5

Fresh Vintage Album from Shelli 6

Don't you love these layouts?  And the colors?  Inspiration!!!!

Judy's Birthday Album...

Judy's album

Judy's album 2

Judy's album 3

My sister, Judy, celebrated her birthday on Sunday the 22nd.  I packed up her presents and made this birthday 'card' (mini scrapbook) for her before I left for San Antonio.  I did it all in black and white because I had found some really old pictures in a box that Mom gave me.  I liked the way it turned out ~ and so did Judy!

I used Stampin' Up!'s new FRAMELIT LABELS COLLECTION (#125598 OMC), Twitterpated Designer Series Paper (#125406 OMC) and the stamp sets ~ Word Play and Happiest Birthday Wishes!