About Me  

My hometown is Calgary, AB but I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. We moved to Calgary in 1997. I am a Stay at Home Mom to Taylor 7 years old and Jaiden 3 1/2 years old. I have been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for 3 years now. My husband Bill and I have been married for 8 years. Like most people we lead a very busy life!

Stampin' Up! is a wonderful company to be a part of. Cardmaking, Scrapbooking and Papercrafts is a hobby that I have become very passionate about. Each morning when I sit at my computer and visit my favorite websites and blogs I can't help but become very excited and passionate about what people are creating all over the World, it's a great way to start my day.


Stampin' Up!® News  

Click here for the online version of the 2006-2007 Catalogue. Click on the Online Catalogue picture or on the above link.

Stampin' Up! in Quebec
Stampin' Up! expands to French Speaking Canadians. Click here for online catalogue.

Stampin' Up! Downunder
Stampin' Up! expands to Australia with their very own catalogue and distribution centre.


Specials and Promotions  

Spring Mini

Share What I Love Promotion

2007 Retired List

Palette O' Prints Promotion

Stamper's Groups

 

What a great way to build up your Stampin' Up! collection, learn new techniques and visit with friends. Gather a group of friends and family together and contact me for more details.

Stamp Camps
If you can't make it to my Stamp A Stacks. Than call or email me to arrange for ME to bring a Stamp-A-Stack to your house on a day that works best for you and your friends.

Catalogue Workshops

If you cannot find time to host a workshop than do a Catalogue workshop, gather orders from friends and family and submit the order to me to see if you qualify for hostess benefits. Contact me for more details.

Gift Certificates  

Are you looking for a great gift for your spouse, friend or family member? Give them a Stampin' Up! Gift Certificate, contact me for details.


Start a Home Based Business  
If you have ever thought of owning your own business at a reasonable start up cost and you love Cardmaking, Scrapbooking and Papercrafts than Stampin' Up! is for you. Contact me for information. I would love to get a demo package out to you!

Newsflash  

I've decided not to mail out the mini catalogues thru Stampin' Up! at this time. If you are interested in receiving the Spring Mini than please send me a quick email and I will mail one out to you.


Give from the Heart - May 2007  

Click here for wonderful project ideas.

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What's New?

We have moved! We moved into our new home for May 1st, so it's been a little crazy around here what with unpacking, events and kid's being sick, but overall everything is going good and we love our new house...it's sooo much bigger. I should be stamping and creating really soon...I hope because I miss it!

Stampin' Up!'s Retired List is out if you haven't heard yet, there is ALOT of stamp sets and wheels retiring and that means we are getting closer to the unveiling of the new 2007 - 2008 Stampin' Up! catalogue...yippee! Keep your eyes peeled on my website and an email from me real soon to preorder your new catalogue.

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Featured Accessory

Long Notes (Page 7 of the Spring Mini Catalogue)

Save time by using our Long Notes cards and envelopes. Their unique size is ideally suited to use with our Stampin' Around wheels. Very Vanilla envelopes included. Approximate dimensions: folded / finished card size: 6 5/8 x 3 1/4, envelope size: 3 3/8 x 6 3/4. 10 per package. Item #108358 Cool Caribbean, #108357 Sahara Sand, #108359 So Saffron $10.95 each CAD.

Featured Stamp Set

Big Blooms (Page 20 of the Spring Mini Catalogue)

Who doesn't love big flowers? This stamp set is very versatile you can even decorate your walls with it! Item#108563 $40.95 CAD.

Featured Wheel

Matey's Map - Jumbo Wheel (Page 239 of the 2006 - 2007 Ideal Book and Catalogue)

An all occasion wheel great for cards, scrapbook pages, gift wrap and anything to do with kids. There is also a matching stamp set Ahoy, Matey (Page 108) #107212 $10.95 CAD.

Why We Should Include Everyday Photos In Our Scrapbooks

By Christine Ranson

I have a cousin who only scrapbooks holidays, special occasions, and professional portraits-which is great, but I am the total opposite. My main philosophy when it comes to scrapbooking is: “If the pictures turned out the way I wanted them to, scrap them!”
" If the pictures turned out, scrap them!"

I am one of those scrapbookers who find it easier to scrap everyday photos than to scrap special occasions. Looking though my books, you will find more everyday things, or cute moments, and less special occasions, such as Christmas or Easter. One reason is simply that I like to scrapbook with no theme in mind, and it is much easier to do with everyday pictures. With most occasions, you tend to always have colors in mind, or ideas as to what should be on them. Also, when I scrapbook occasions, I feel guilty if I don’t include every photo-which can be a little overwhelming!

When I am flipping through my pictures, I always try to think of what happened that day, or something funny that my kids said. I find it’s easier to write heart-felt journaling when the page has no theme.
Everyday photos are great to accompany heart-felt journaling.

Sometimes, I will even ask my boys what they remember about that day. You would be surprised at what comes out of their mouths! They remember the smallest details-some of which I had forgotten about until they mention it. I include their memories in the journaling, because the books are of them and they will own them someday.

Of course, it is easier to actually take everyday pictures when children are babies because they can’t object too much to the camera. As they get older, it’s easier for them to “hide” or not look, or even make faces. My youngest hated getting his picture taken for the longest time, but I took them anyway and I scrapbook them too, because they express his personality.
I scrapbook the pictures taken of my kids when they aren't looking.

I think it is just as important to scrapbook the everyday happenings as it is to scrapbook holidays and occasions. To me, they sometimes capture the subject’s personality better than the occasions do.
Pictures that aren't posed for sometimes capture their personality better.

Unwanted picture-taking can be fun to scrapbook, too!

Think about it: if you took the pictures, there must be something there that you want to remember, so include them in your scrapbooks.

Writing With Numbers

by Amy Stultz

As a teacher I hate to admit it, but I was a champion note passer in school. Lengthy notes containing meaningless gossip were passed back and forth in my circle of friends on a regular basis. Not only was each note folded in a way that rivaled the best Origami, it also contained a creative (or so I thought) use of numbers as part of the text. Who can forget “Best Friends 4ever?”

Most likely you are no longer passing notes before Science class, but the use of numbers is a great way to spice up otherwise ordinary titles and journaling. Consider the following options the next time you sit down to scrap.

Word Replacement: Using numbers to replace words is the simplest way to incorporate numbers into your scrapbook projects.

“2” = to, too, and two
Ex. “2 Much Fun”

“4” = for and four
Ex. “Love You 4ever”

Number Sentences: Make your math teacher proud by incorporating a number sentence into a layout. This unusual title or journaling treatment immediately draws attention to your page and encourages the viewer to read the layout.

Ex: “1 Mom + 2 Kids = Sibling Rivalry”

“5 Kids + 1 Mom – 1 Dad = 1 Stressful Road Trip”

Making It Standout: No matter how you choose to use numbers in your layouts, you want them to make a statement and draw your viewer into your layout. Experiment with the following techniques to make those numbers take center stage:

Rubber Stamps - When writing out your title or journaling leave an empty space where you would like the numbers to appear, then use rubber stamps to add the numbers back in.

Font Size - Whether you are using your own handwriting, rub-ons, or letter stickers, using a larger font size for the numbers in your text will make them pop.

Font Style - Just as using a larger font will allow your numbers to pop, using a different font style for the numbers will have the same effect on your viewer.

Mixed Media - Put to good use the odds-and-ends letter stickers, alphabet charms, and rub-ons that are cluttering up your stash, by mixing and matching different numbers to make a bold statement.

No matter how you choose to use numbers on your layout, your layout is sure to be “2 good 2 be 4gotten.”

Stampin' Up! It's all about creativity.

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Michelle Nadraszky
Stampin' Up!® Senior Consultant
(403) 229-1724

www.michellescrapbooking.com

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