September 26, 2008 – Miriam Thomas

Day: September 26, 2008

10 sleeps to go!

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YES 10 sleeps to go! I sound like a kid counting down the sleeps until Christmas or my birthday……

But….. NO- it is NOT 10 sleeps until Christmas!!!! (Thank goodness!!!)

and it is not my birthday either! 

It is 10 sleeps until I place my very first order as in Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

AND there is a birthday!

Although Stampin’ Up! haven’t been in  Australia for that long, Stampin’ Up is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary in October and there is a fantastic special.  Anyone who spends $20 on regular catalogue merchandise qualifies to purchase any preselected birthday/celebration stamp sets at 20 percent off.

Item Page # Description  Regular Price 20% Off Price
112594  37 Big Bold Birthday  $53.95 $43.16 
108894  38 Pretty Princess  $45.95 $36.76 
108753  51 Birthday Best  $25.95 $20.76
110246  55 Crab & Company  $52.95 $42.36 
112318  118 Short & Sweet  $29.95 $23.96 

What is great is that once you have spent $20 on regular merchandise there is NO LIMIT to the number of preselected stamp sets you can get at 20% off.

I’m excited about the PERFECT timing as not only can you take advantage of the 20th Birthday Promotion, my first order will also take place during World Card-making week, where it is possible to purchase the Simply Sent Card Sets at 20% off too! (Please see the previous entry for further details)

If you would like to take advantage of either of these specials (or even BOTH of these specials) OR you would like to purchase some supplies for Christmas card making OR any other Stampin’ Up! Supplies for that matter- I would really love to hear from you within the next TEN days.  Please contact me via E-mail   Please check out the “Place an order” page for more information on ordering or drop me a line- I am only to happy to help you out!

3 layouts to share


I finally got an opportunity to photograph my layouts this afternoon…. so I thought I would log in to share.  I have used non-Stampin’ up! products this time- although I used the heart stamp from the Always set on Erin’s layout (I think the Always set must be one of my favourite stamp sets at the moment)

People often ask me how I find the time to scrapbook with 4 children.  To be honest- the truth is that it IS tricky trying to find the time and I have an enormous pile of photos to get through but I really enjoy having the ‘me’ time- so I make it work! 

Consequently when I do have the time I try to make the most of the time.  On the whole my layouts are plain and simple and where possible I try NOT ‘re-invent’ the wheel every time I complete a layout.    Sometimes I will try to use the same sketch and complete 3 layouts about my 3 oldest children but just vary the papers or embellishments to suit each child. Each child will have their own collection of albums-so sometimes I scrap the same photo for each child if all three children appear in the photo.    That way there are no arguments from the kids when they wake up the next morning after I have been scrapbooking!

As I mentioned in a previous entry these layouts are from a session at the LSS.  Everyone who attended used the same sketch to complete their own layouts with their preferred products.  I am always amazed at how differently everyone ‘interprets’ the sketch and how unique each person’s page despite receiving ‘inspiration’ from the same source.  C- thank-you for the sketch inspiration for the following layouts.

So here is the first one includes some photos of Jared from nearly 4 years ago (I am trying to get some ‘old’ photos scrapped)

Here is a page for Erin’s Album- again the photos are from 2004

And here are the same photos scrapped for Adam’s Album but using more boyish colours.  You will notice that Erin and Adam’s sketches are reversed to suit the placement of photos.


I’m not sure how much scrapbooking and cardmaking I will get done over the next couple of weeks as our routine will change with the school holidays starting.  I am hoping that the school holidays will actually give me an opportunity to get a few pages done- as most of the kids’ regular activities stop during the holiday break.    Having said that- I’ll probably have to be out and about with the kids to keep them occupied.  I can see us making a few visits to the park.  Speaking of the park- G and J- had a lovely time at the park this afternoon- We should make it a regular ‘Friday thing’ (even if not EVERY Friday at least Friday fortnightly)

G- sorry to keep you waiting all day for this post:-)    You should give serious thought to trying to come along to the Thursday scrapbooking sessions next term! (and if anyone else wants details about the scrap sessions at the local scrapbooking store please be sure to let me know and I can pass on the contact details of someone who can give you more info)

I got my kit today

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Well I have just arrived home from a session of scrapbooking at my LSS- Yes- it is about 12.30AM but I was bursting to write something on my blog.   I told H and C that I would put up my pages from this evening- but I just need to add a few little ‘extras’ in the morning (yes it is technically morning- but I mean when the sun is up!)  and will obviously photograph my layouts when there is a bit of daylight.     I’m sorry to keep you up so late C- that handstitching was what made it SO late (and perhaps just a little bit of chatting)

Anyway- I just had to jump online because I just wanted to say……Yay! My Stampin’ Up kit arrived today

In it there is…..

  • 2cardstock packs (Whisper white and Earth Elements)
  • 5 stamps pads
  • A  set of stampin’ pastels
  • A set of craft and rubber scissors
  • Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist (for cleaning the stamps after use)
  • Snail adhesive
  • Blender pens
  • Stampin’ around handle and cartridge

There was some degree of flexibility with the stamps sets.  Stampin’ Up suggests certain stamp sets but it is possible to substitute for a different set as long as it is the same price or less than the suggested set.  The stamp sets I chose were……

  • Baroque border
  • Enjoy every moment (from the Spring Mini Catalogue)
  • Big Pieces 
  • Be Happy
  • Spring pictograms
  • It’s all good

I also ordered the additional memories add on option which included

  • 12x 12 cardstock pack (Rich Regals)
  • A simply Scrappin’ Scrapbooking pack- I picked “Round Up”
  • The schoolbook serif alphabet set
  • A Black Stampin’ Write Journaller

I also received various ‘business supplies’ etc.  One of the best things was that I saved at least 40% off the total costs. 

If you would like to learn more about becoming an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator yourself- I would be more than happy to help you with that and hopefully answer any questions you may have.  For some people it is a great opportunity to purchase Stampin’ Up products at  a discount for their own papercrafting and for others it is a great way to earn a little income.  

I’ll make another entry later with my pages…….

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