January Crop and Scrap Club Layout

Valentine 2 page layout
“Valentine” 2 page layout

Here is the kit for the Message In A Fold Crop and Scrap Club for January 14, 2011.

All Stampin’ Up! paper products are used in this layout.

  • Basic Black textured card stock
  • Ridinghood Red textured card stock
  • Love Letters Designer Series paper
  • Real Red 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Basic Black 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon
  • White Gel pen
  • Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker
  • Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker

The lettering and die cuts have been made from machines and tools I have that are not Stampin’ Up!.  The kit comes complete with everything you see, except for the photos and tools.  You will have your choice of RED or BLACK lettering for the word “VALENTINE”.   The letters will be cut out and made into stickers using my personal machines.  Detailed instructions (with photos) for adhering the papers are included in the kit.

NOT INCLUDED in the kit are:  Adhesive, foam dimensionals, Stampin’ Write Markers, and White Gel pen.  These items can be purchased at my Stampin’ Up! Website.  Click on the “SHOP NOW” button at the top right to enter the store.  Earn Appreciation Points as you shop at my Stampin’ Up! Website.  For every $10 you purchase you earn One (1) Appreciation Point.  Accumulate them and turn them in for FREE Stampin’ Up! products of your choosing as a Thank You from me for being a customer.

If you want to be a Crop and Scrap Club Member, go to my Message In A Fold website.  Select one of the three Club options available and sign up by clicking on the “Subscribe” button lower down on the page in my website.  In the subject line of the email enter the Club you have chosen.  This months kit will be sent to the address you provide in the email, along with full instructions to create this two page layout.

If you want to subscribe to the January Newsletter, click on the “Request My Newsletter” button in my Stampin’ Up! Website.  The newsletter will be available to be sent out on January 3, 2011.

Where Did I Put That?

Cramped and totally messy

Cramped and totally messy

Last April I decided to get my room in order.  I purchased storage boxes from Michaels when they were on sale.

Knowing I had to get back out on the road come May, I hurried through projects and  stuff began piling up.

When I’d be home for a couple days I’d hurry through another project then leave this mess.  It got so that I didn’t like coming into this room to create.  Made me feel more like I was living in a “hoarders” home.  I hated it.  The mess got worse….

More stuff and more stuff

More stuff and more stuff

and worse as the weeks and months passed.

I couldn’t find anything.

My brilliant idea of putting the two six hole cubes facing each other turned out to be not such a good idea after all.

It became a dumping ground.  And it got worse….

The hoarding mess continues

The hoarding mess continues

Every time I tried to get something out of the storage cube thing I knocked something over and it spilled to the floor.

Not having enough room to move in this space to pick the stuff up it just stayed there.

I really got to the point that I didn’t go in this “haven” any longer.  It had become a horror show instead of a freeing space.

Bless Flylady.  One of her mantra’s is “You Can’t Organize Clutter”!  Let me tell you, I had C-L-U-T-T-E-R!

Presto Patterns Specialty Paper

Presto Patterns Specialty Paper

Sometime last spring, after I left for my job I ordered this pack of paper.  Presto Patterns Specialty Paper.

I did a video on this stuff.  It is white with clear embossed images.  You can’t see the images until you turn the paper in the light.

My thoughts went to glimmer sprays and mists to bring out the images.  Then doing some “Resist” inking on the papers.  Spread the ink around then clean it off with a cloth to expose the images.

Well….I couldn’t find the paper in that horrid mess.  I really wanted to use it on an up coming project I’m thinking of doing for the February Clubs but it was no where to be found.

Course, all I did was ram around in a couple places and make an even bigger mess.  Still didn’t find the paper.  Every time I went in this room I felt so choked and claustrophobic that I hurried out as fast as I could.

Monday I warned Joe everything was coming out of my room and into the kitchen.  EVERYTHING!  Well, everything that was not mounted to the walls.

Just after Thanksgiving I went back to Michaels and purchased three more of the storage boxes for paper.  They remained in their cartons and took up space on the floor.  Tuesday, things were going to happen!

I didn’t take pictures of all the stuff piled in the kitchen but I think you can imagine what it looked like.  I just transferred that infernal mess from one room to another.  Inspiration came from “I don’t know where” but this is the result of yesterday’s deep cleaning and adjusting.

I have room!

Finally! I have ROOM!

Space!  Room!  I can move around in here now!

Why didn’t I think of doing this earlier?

Who knows why, but it is finally beginning to look like a place to be in and work out of.

There are only three of the paper cubes, seen on the right  that have been added in the room.  All the rest is from last Spring.

Cube storage turned sideways

Cube storage turned sideways

The two cube storage towers that were facing each other in a corner before, and I could not gain access to the contents, have been turned on their side and stacked on top of each other.

Two of the new paper storage bins are to the left and the third is on the bottom at the right.  The two storage bins atop the paper box were last on my work table and taking up all the room.

The rest of the storage cubes

The rest of the storage cubes

I’ve turned the rest of the storage cubes and placed them against the furnace wall.

I can’t believe how much space I opened up in this little room by moving things around this way.

NOW, I can have someone in this room to work with me without feeling bunched up and claustrophobic.  Now it finally looks like a “Business” room instead of a JUNK room.

Tomorrow, my order from Stampin’ Up! arrives and I will be creating the three items for January and getting pictures of them to add in the Newsletter so you all can see that one set of Designer Series Paper, some coordinating Card Stock, and a few embellishments can create scrapbook pages, a Post-It-Note desk accessory, and four Valentine greeting cards.

I have to make sure that I fit in time to play with the LetterPress plate too.  Oh, what fun I will be having over the next few days!

I’ve come up with a new slogan for 2011.  Boo all you want.  How about submitting some ideas and the winner will get  the Because I Care stamp set.

“Crafting Maven in 2011”  Now you come up with a slogan and post it in the comment section of this blog.

LetterPress at Stampin’ Up

Last May, I was in Green Bay, Wisconsin at Creations Galore.  One of the items I had never seen before was a LetterPress System by Epic 6.  Nichole, from Creations Galore showed me how easy it is to use and she demonstrated it in one of my videos.  You can see it demonstrated near the end of this video.

As usual, I’m the last one to get on the “Band Wagon” or to be “In The Know” on something that has been going on for quite a while.  Bad Demonstrator 😦

The last day to order from the Holiday Mini is January 3, 2011.  Phone in orders end at 6:50 p.m. MT (Mountain Standard Time) and Order Entry Express or Online Ordering ends at 11:50 p.m. MT (Mountain Standard Time).

Lots of Love LetterPress Plate

Lots of Love LetterPress Plate

In the Holiday Mini Catalog (which ends January 3, 2011) this “Lots Of Love LetterPress Plate” is available at my Stampin’ Up! Website for $7.95.  (It is available in the Occasions Mini that will be out January 4, 2011 – shhhhh)

Works with a Big Shot, the standard cutting plates, and Stampin’ Up!’s Craft Inks.  This plate measures 8″ x 5-7/8″ x 1/4″.

I have recently ordered this plate and I will be playing with it soon as it arrives.  I’ll make sure to do a video on using the LetterPress Plate and the Big Shot.

Joyful Season LetterPress Plate

Joyful Season LetterPress Plate

Joyful Season LetterPress Plate is in the Holiday Mini also and sells for $5.95.  This plate measures 8″ x 3″ x 1/4″ and is used with the Big Shot and the standard cutting plates.  Stampin’ Up! Craft Inks are used with the LetterPress Plates instead of the Classic Inks.

You can also use VersaMark and heat emboss the images if you don’t have Craft Ink.

There are two more LetterPress Plates available in the Holiday Mini until January 3, 2011 and they are –

Northern Trim LetterPress Plate

Northern Trim LetterPress Plate

Northern Trim and Trick Or Treat.

The Northern Trim measures 8″ x 3″ x 1/4″ and sells for $5.95, the Trick Or Treat measures 8″ x 5-7/8″ x 1/4″ and sells for $7.95.

Trick Or Treat LetterPress Plate

Trick Or Treat LetterPress Plate

I can see using the Northern Trim LetterPress Plate all year long.  It is sized just right for those of you that do 8″ x 8″ scrapbook layouts.  This Plate would work great as a border on one of your layouts, since it is only 3″ wide and 8″ long.

There is an additional LetterPress Plate coming in the Occasions Mini due out January 4, 2011.  Heart Pressed that will sell for $7.95 AND the Lots of Love LetterPress Plate will also be available in the Occasions Mini coming up.

If you go to my Website – Message In A Fold – you will find that I offer Appreciation Points to my customers.  For every $10 of Stampin’ Up! product you purchase you earn one (1) Point toward FREE Stampin’ Up! products of your choice as a Thank You from me.  When your order reaches $150 you not only get the Hostess Gifts and $15 in shopping from Stampin’ Up! you also get an additional $15 from me as my Thank You.

ONLY  for Appreciation Points – You will need to submit your request  at my Message In A Fold email, just click on the link in this line to go to my email.  I will place the order for the $15 Appreciation Points and have it sent directly to your home.  I will pay the tax and shipping charges also.  The amount is limited to the Appreciation Points you have earned and can not go over that amount.

I have some information to pass on to you about Punches, a Stamp Set, and the Stampin’ Scrub that are having Quality issues and are not available at this time.

The Ornament Punch.  I received a comment from one of my friends about the Ornament Punch not being sold any longer.  The information I have on the Ornament Punch is this.  There currently is a shipment in the Stampin’ Up! Warehouse.  Workers are having to go through each one of the punches to make sure they work.  Once they  have finished the testing and making sure they do work they will be available for sale once again.  Until then they have been taken out of the ordering system.

2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.  This punch is undergoing testing with Stampin’ Up!’ and their vendor.  There are some modifications that need to be made to this punch.  Once the testing has been finished and the modifications approved then it will go into production.  As soon as they are available for purchase, I will let you know.

Stampin’ Scrub.  There is a problem with the quality of this product from the vendor.  The Stampin’ Scrub has been taken completely out of the ordering system until the problem is solved and has been approved by the people at Stampin’ Up! that it meets their quality standards.  I will let you know when the Stampin’ Scrub will once again be available for purchase.

Occasions Mini Catalog will be available beginning January 4, 2011.  I will put it up here in my Blog on January 1, 2011 so you can get a sneak peek at it before it goes public.  Watch for it, there are a lot of fun new things in this Mini.

Pense’es Sympas Stamp Set.  In the Occasions Mini, available January 4, 2011, there is a “Thanks For Caring” stamp set.  The French version is Pense’es Sympas.  The French Version has been found to have an error in the set.  This stamp set has been pulled from the Occasions Mini ordering (although it is still listed).  The time involved in getting the stamp corrected, inspected, and approved before letting it out for sale is too long of a time period for this Promotion.  Pense’es Sympas will not be available for ordering.

Mark your calendars for Message In A Fold Club Workshops in January.  I’m working on the Newsletter now, and it will be available by January 3, 2011.  All three of the projects for January will be featured in the Newsletter.  Click on this link to request my Newsletter on January 3, 2011.  More than likely I will have it ready before then.

All of the kits for the Clubs are FREE!!  Local or Online the kit is FREE You choose the Club you want to be in and all I request is that you follow through with your commitment of  the minimum monthly purchase for the Club you choose.  Online Members DO NOT receive any stamped images in the kit.  Online Members will be required to purchase the featured Stamp Set. The purchase of the featured Stamp Set goes toward your monthly minimum commitment.  Don’t forget about the Appreciation Points you will earn for every purchase you make whether in a Club or not.

Love Letter Designer Series Paper

Love Letter Designer Series Paper

I will be featuring the Love Letters Designer Series Paper at all three of the Club Workshops to get a jump on Valentine’s Day.

January 14, 2011 will be the Crop and Scrap Club Workshop.  There will be a two (2) page 12 x 12 scrapbook layout created using these papers along with other card stocks, die cuts, brads, and ribbons.

Anyone local that wants to join me on January 14th, leave a comment here and I’ll let you know where it is to be held.  The time is 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Anyone outside of my local area that would like to join online, let me know by contacting me through Stampin’ Up! no later than January 7, 2011 so I can mail you the layout kit.  The kit includes detailed instructions and photos on putting these layouts together.

January 21, 2011 will be the Gift Central Club Workshop.  We will be making a Post-It-Note holder featuring the Love Letter Designer Series Paper.  Die cuts, flowers, brads, ribbon, a pen, and the 3″ x 3″ Post-It-Notes will be in this kit.

Anyone local that wants to join me on January 21 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. leave a comment on this blog and I’ll get in contact with you.  Anyone that is not local but would like to join then let me know by contacting me through Stampin’ Up! no later than January 14, 2011 so I can mail you the kit.  The kit contains detailed instructions and photos on putting this kit together.

January 28, 2011 will be the Message In A Fold Club Workshop.  We will be making four (4) cards featuring the Love Letter Designer Series Paper, card stock, brads, die cuts and using the stamp set “With All My Heart”, and ribbon.

Anyone local that wants to join me on January 28 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. leave a comment on this blog and I’ll get in contact with you.

Anyone that is not local but would like to join then let me know by contacting me through Stampin’ Up! no later than January 21, 2011 so I can mail you the kit.  The kit includes detailed instructions with photos to assemble the cards.

Those that wish to do this Club Workshop ONLINE will be required to purchase the stamp set “With All My Heart.  At my Stampin’ Up! Website, click on the link at the top right (SHOP NOW) .  With All My Heart Stamp Set item number is CLEAR MOUNT #118623 or WOOD MOUNT #118134.  Please place your order BEFORE January 21, 2011 to ensure delivery of your stamp set in time for the Club Workshop.

This has been a lot to cover, I’ve been very busy getting my Message In A Fold website created and getting ready to take my Stampin’ Up! Business to the next level.  I look forward to helping you get to  “Creative Haven In 2011”  .  Ya, I know, boooo.  Okay.




Website Is Finally UP!

My website, Message In A Fold, is finally up and ready for all the beginning scrapbook and card making artists.  There are three pages that are “Under Construction” at this time and will have information on them after the first of January 2011.  There will be scrapbook sketches and layouts to be made in the Scrapbook Section.  Card sketches and finished cards in the Card Section.  And to start the year off right, in the Gift Section there will be a Downloadable PDF to make the cutest treat holder just in time for Valentine’s Day in February.

The First Edition Newsletter will be ready at the end of the first week of January and will be emailed to any who are interested in having one.

Sale-A-Bration will begin again and there are some special items that are “hush hush” right now.  There is a new Occasions Mini coming out with some really great charms and things.  I’ve put an order in for some of the things and you will be seeing them soon.

Since my website is geared more for the “Beginning Paper Crafter” I hope those of you that are seasoned crafters will take a look at my website.  Drop me a note if I’ve forgotten anything a new crafter would need to know.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all.