About Me  

My hometown is Calgary, AB but I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. We moved to Calgary in 1997. I was a stay at home Mom for over 6 years to 6 year old Taylor and 2 1/2 year old Jaiden until I went back to work part-time as a CSR. My husband Bill and I have been married for 8 years. Like most people we lead a very active life!

I attended my first SU workshop over 3 years ago and was just blown away, I immediately was hooked! I never thought I could do anything crafty let alone make a business of it. I became a demo in May 2004 and I absolutely love it!


Stampin' Up!® News  

The online version of the 2006-2007 Catalogue is now AVAILABLE. Click on the Online Catalogue picture.

Stampin' Up! in Quebec
Stampin' Up! expands to French Speaking Canadians.

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

Specials and Promotions  

Summer Mini Catalogue

Inspiration Sheets  
These valuable sheets are full of ideas, colour palettes and instruction. They are only available to demonstrators and come out every quarter (4 times a year). If you would like to know how you can get a complete set and receive future inspiration sheets than please contact me NOW.

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 Summer Mini which is in effect from June 1 - August 31, 2006 than please send me a quick email and I will mail one out to you or you can check out the online version.

Everyday Celebrations - July 2006  

Click here for wonderful project ideas.

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What's New?

The new 2006-2007 Stampin' Up! Catalogue is now available! and ordering from the new catalogue began July 1st. The new catalogue is sure to bring a smile to any stamper, scrapbooker and papercrafter's face...it sure brought a smile to my face! I am absolutely in love with all the new paper, accessories, the new wheels (there are lots of them!), the In Color ink and paper and of course all the new fabulous stamp sets.

The level 1 hostesss sets are absolutely stunning which is wonderful since most of you will have no proble earning them for absolutely FREE!

I hope to hear from you all soon to book your Stampin' Up! workshops so that you can start earning wonderful product for FREE!

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Featured Accessory

On Board Accents (Page 215)

Use these high-quality, die-cut, chipboard designs with inks, background stamps, Designer Series papers, Simply Scrappin' Kits, and ribbons. Assortment includes three 12x12 die-cut chipboard sheets. Acid Free. #107307 $14.95 CAD.

Featured Stamp Set

Happy Camper Stamp Set (Page 134)

I think this stamp set is great and since it's Summertime which means lots of camping trips than this will be my "chosen" stamp set for July. #107151 $40.95.

Featured Wheel (Page 87)

Kindness #106750 $10.50.

15 Tips To Quality Scrapbooking Part 2

a multi-part series by H T Parker, Jr

Tip 8 . Tags are a little added touch of professionalism that adds to the overall well thought out look to your scrapbook. Tags can be used for accents, captions, and thought bubbles as well as dedications. The design of your tags will depend entirely on your personal needs and desires.

Thus, tags can be big or small, square or specially shaped, white or colored, plain or textured.

Furthermore, tags need not be made of paper. Some of the most interesting tags are made from fabric, wood, and furniture odds and ends found around the house. Be creative. Pre-made tags are available at most craft or office supply stores.

Tip 9 . Your own unique embellishments add a special personal touch to your scrapbook pages. Embellishments can be used as the main focus of your page, to highlight items, or as borders. Embellishments can range from simple items such as stickers and ribbon to more complex techniques such as adding faux beads and silver accenting. Use your imagination and creativity.

Embellishments need not be expensive. Odds and ends that you have from other craft projects work just fine. Be on the lookout for sales on fabric, plastic flowers, lace, beads, and whatever else takes your fancy. These items will no doubt come in handy on your next scrapbook project. Also keep a sharp eye out for deals in second hand stores and garage sales. Often used items can be ripped apart and the pieces reused literally for only pennies.

 Tip 10 . How can you arrange your scrapbook page to best show off your mementos and embellishments? You can place everything in the center of your page, place a single focus item in the center, or divide the page into sections adding items to each section. You may also choose to lay the items out in a standard recipe or calendar layout.

Shapes also make interesting placement patterns. Common shapes include circles, squares, hearts, and stars. However, you can also place items in object patterns such as mountains, trains, or Christmas trees.

The shape you choose for your scrapbook will depend entirely on your theme. For instance, a logical shape for a wedding or Valentines Day scrapbook is a heart. A nice shape for a Christmas scrapbook is a Christmas tree. You might make a cake pattern for you niece the pastry cook. Let your imagination and creativity be your guide.

Tip 11 . Spacing is a difficult matter. There is a fine line between having a balanced scrapbook page and a gaudy mess. If items are too closely spaced your reader will feel overwhelmed. If your items are to far apart your viewer will feel short changed.

Here's a simple technique that will help you see your page's spacing layout…

…Look at your page. Close your eyes. Open them again.

Now, answer the following set of questions.

Set 1: Does your page look cluttered? Does your page have more photographs than background? Are your embellishments drawing the focus away from your mementos?

If the answer to the above is yes, then you need to simplify your page a bit and increase the spacing between objects. Remember you can always add more pages.

Set 2: Is your page bare? Is your page uninteresting and colorless?

A yes to the above means you need to think about adding some more mementos and colorful embellishments. In this way, you can decrease the spacing between objects making your page more energetic.

Tip 12 . Once your scrapbooking page is laid out to your liking, you can begin attaching and gluing your various mementos, text, and titles. Never glue as you go! Not only will glue end up all over the place but you will no doubt find out too late that the title doesn't go well with the photograph or that the spacing is too tight.

There are several ways to attach items to your scrapbook page. Some of the best sanity savers include glue dots, glue pens, Xyron adhesives, and two-sided tape. Glue dots and glue are fairly mess free and stick to almost anything made of paper or fiber. Mini glue dots are great for those very small items. Xyron adhesives and two-sided tape works for those larger jobs and work on almost any item type.

 Tip 13 . No matter how careful you are, you will undoubtedly find a mistake, mark, or mess on your finished scrapbook page. If you find a mistake, mark, or glue bits on your scrapbook page, just rub it off using a soft white eraser.

Alternately, make the mark into an interesting squiggle or doodle.

For mistakes in journal text, cover the mistake with a sticker the same color as the journal page. Then, just write over the sticker. White out can also be used for white pages.

Fingerprint smudges on your photographs can be removed by rubbing the fingerprints with a piece of flannel or a dry baby wipe.

Excess powder or glitter can be brushed away. This is time consuming and frustrating. The best solution is to reduce static electricity before you add the powder or glitter. Just place a dryer sheet on top of the page before you work. 

Tip 14 . You put a great deal of time, thought, and effort into your scrapbook pages. Therefore, you should try to protect and preserve your work.

The most important way to protect your pages is by using lignin free and acid free products. Lignin free and acid free protects will reduce yellowing and crumbling. Also, use colored paper or ink that is resistant to fading due to age, exposure to light, heat, and other unfavorable conditions.

To protect your page from the outside world, use Mylar or page protectors. Special page protectors for three-dimensional pages are also available at most craft stores. These protection pages not only protect your objects but also reduce indentations caused by three-dimensional objects.

Tip 15 . Ok, here's our 15th and final tip in this series. The great thing about modern technology is that you can make copies of your baby announcements, recipes, and calendars without a great deal of hassle. This reduces time and money. Furthermore, the ability to copy scrapbook pages allows more scrapbooking uses.

Simply scan and print pictures onto paper or vellum. Then, paste your pictures onto cardstock and add a ribbon or other embellishment. Quickly and easily you have another copy of your baby announcement, recipe, or calendar.



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

www.michellescrapbooking.com

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