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Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

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Thank you for joining us today for our International Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Blog hop. You may be just starting here or have come from Julie’s blog. Either way you can make your way around by using the list below so that you don’t miss a blog. We have and incredible group of talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who wanted to highlight Project life by Stampin’ Up!® Memory keeping. At the moment you are currently in the United States and you are about to go around the world to different locations.

It’s Your Story


If you have followed me for some time you know I’m big into memory keeping.  It goes down as my first love in the papercrafting world.  Currently my family could entertain themselves for hours looking through books and books of their cute little faces and me telling our story.
That’s exactly what it is- your story.
While there are many different ways you can keep those memories alive, Project Life makes it fast and easy.  It’s NOT time consuming and a thrill to look at the completed projects.
Being a fan of Stampin’ Up! products I’ve been thrilled to use the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! for the simple coordination.  While Project Life is incredibly simple, Stampin’ Up! makes it even easier with coordinating products outside of the kits.

Where Do I Start? 

Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

The big question I’m always asked, where do I start Kimberly?
Here’s the thing- there is no hard fast rule on where you need to start.  Open your camera, pull a few pictures off of it and begin RIGHT THERE.  Sometimes we can over analyze something to the point it keeps us from starting.  Just grab a few pics and start.
Here is a quick guide to help when you get started.  Click HERE to download it.

Let’s Create!

Last night I pulled out my Happy Times Project Life kit and completed three layouts in 20 minutes.  Below you will see a few of the close shots of the layout, keep in mind all of the products came from the Happy Times Project Life Kit and Accessory Pack except for a couple of pieces of ribbon, staples and star punches.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
I love to capture the out of the ordinary moments.  Yes, I scrapbook events of things that happen in our family but I also love capturing moments like the ones above.
The Happy Times kit was perfection when it came time to scrapbook these moments.  The cards and accessories are fun and make memory keeping quick and easy.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
A few layered elements using stars, twine, and a 2 x 2 Project Life Card.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
I layered the 2 x 2 cards onto the 4 x 6 Project Life card  and secured it all with a staple.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Printing Your Photos

This past Christmas I started a December Daily album.  The nature of the album is about daily life.  I love this album!  To make my daily story telling easier, I purchased a Canon Selphy so I could print my photos quickly and create a layout every single day.  it was awesome.
I created a quick video on how to print photos from your iPhone using the Project Life App from Becky Higgins.  This would also work for Android users.


Take a Tour- Be Inspired

I hope you’re ready to be inspired by a fantastic crew of designers using Project Life.  Grab a drink and take a stroll around the world.  Next up is my fellow Artisan friend Krista Frattin.  LOVIE her and her work.

Blog Hop Guest List

Patty Bennett
Allison Okamitsu
Bruno Bertucci
Constanze Wirtz

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Quick Tip Tuesday- A Nice Cuppa

Quick Tip Tuesday

Recently I created a few swaps using the A Nice Cuppa stamp set.


When I’m creating swaps I need the creative process to be fast or else I have the case of the “I’m bored” syndrome that comes on quickly.


When I was creating this project I fell in love with the lemon wedge. I wanted to be able to place the lemon wedge onto the cup, but the thought of cutting these out was daunting.

Then, I had a moment where my brain was working hard and this little Tuesday Tip was born…


Quick Tip Tuesday, A Nice Cuppa, Stampin' Up!


Use the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch to cut your lemon wedge.  Once it’s punched then you can cut straight across the edge for a nice easy cut. BAM! The creative process doesn’t get stuck on the fussy cutting.


Here is the card I created using this quick tip.

Quick Tip Tuesday, A Nice Cuppa, Stampin' Up!

This bright and cheerful card is bound to add a bit of cheer to someones day, don’t you think?


Quick Tip Tuesday, A Nice Cuppa, Stampin' Up! While this card has lots of fun layers the creative process is made easy with the quick tip and the framelits for the tea cup.

Tips & Tricks  

  • Tea Lace Doilies are perfect to embellish a project using this stamp set.  You can see in the photo I have used a doily twice.  One is large in the background, the other is a small piece tucked under the ribbon for added texture for the card.
  • Easily grab ribbons together and staple to a piece of your card front to keep the ribbons from moving around.

Quick Tip Tuesday, A Nice Cuppa, Stampin' Up!

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Quick Tip Tuesday, A Nice Cuppa, Stampin' Up!

Quick Tip Tuesday, A Nice Cuppa, Stampin' Up!


Now, it’s time to take this tip and make it happen and make your creative process ZOOM. It’s quick and simple leaving you more time to create great things.

Have a SPECTACULAR Tuesday!

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Germaphobic Here- Tissue Box

Germaphobic Here- Tissue Box

Yes, it’s true.  I’m a total germaphobic.  I blame it totally on my mother.


You would think with my nursing background that maybe I would be a bit more at ease around others who are sick.  NOPE!  Crazy thing is, once I know you are sick I am backing up.  If I see that you are stuffy or coughing, I’m backing up faster.  For sure if I found out you were sick to your stomach… I’m probably not even around you anymore.  I left so fast you are spinning.


I’m pretty sure my kids will carry scars of my germaphobic behavior into their adult lives as well.


My “craziness” was on the verge of psychosis when the kids were little.  You did not see my kids playing in Mc Donald’s fun play areas.  The balls… I cringe just thinking about them.  How about Chuck E Cheese? We would get the invites and I would want to hide it from my kids.  That place was not my friend. I know, I’m terrible.


Even as the kids have gotten older I’m still the same germaphobic.  Probably because they continue to share their germie selves with me.


Yesterday while at church I took note of so many sickies around me.  If I had a mask I would have worn it.  I thought instead I would make my sickie friends something nice to help them out and possibly add a tiny note for them to stay home….

Kleenex Box

I love a specific type of Mini Kleenex.  I find them usually at my local grocery stores.  Honestly, it’s all about the packaging.  They are cute and not as bulky in my purse.  I’ve made other tissue box holders in the past but this one would not fit my previous boxes.  I decided to come up with one on my very own.  I’m a little giddy over this cute thing….and I created a video so you can create them with me.

Germaphobic, Tissue Box, Remarkable You stamp set , Stampin' Up!

Products You Will Need: 

I created two different ones using the same stamp sets but different designer series paper.

Here are the items you will need to create along with me:

  • Crumb Cake cardstock 6 x 10-1/2″
  • Typeset Designer Series Paper 2-1/2″ x 11
  • Watermelon Wonder cardstock 1-7/8″ x 9″
  • Gold Fancy Foil Vellum 1-7/8″ x 4-1/2″
  • Whisper White cardstock 3/8″ x 4-1/4″
  • Linen Thread
  • Ornate Tag Topper Punch
  • Banner Triple Punch

The stamp sets I used:

Remarkable You and A Dozen Thoughts

You will need a Blender Pen to color the flower and a scrap piece of Whisper White or Watercolor Paper which ever you desire.

Germaphobic, Tissue Box, Remarkable You stamp set , Stampin' Up!

You can see above the type of tissues that fit into this box.

Watch the video tutorial and create along with me.  Yes, there are bloopers… like when I call Watermelon Wonder- Watercolor Wonder… but again you will get the gist of the project. <sigh>

Here you can see a closer look with the belly bands I made for the projects.

Germaphobic, Tissue Box, Remarkable You stamp set , Stampin' Up!


Germaphobic, Tissue Box, Remarkable You stamp set , Stampin' Up!

You can see a list of the products I used for both projects below.

I hope you enjoyed this fun project. This box is a perfect size to fit a little package of soup in it and maybe even a little gift card to Starbucks when they are feeling better.  Think of it as a reward for staying home not passing the germs.  <giggle>  I promise I’m not that mean…   Not only could you make these for family and friends who are battling the nasty colds, but a nice gift for healthy folks too.

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Have a beautiful Tuesday and stamp something pretty.


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Tag Topper Punch | Stampin’ Up!

Tag Topper Punch | Stampin’ Up!


There are numerous ways you can get creative with the Tag Topper punch from Stampin’ Up!  At my stamp club this month we made two cards each with different techniques using each of the Tag Topper punches.  


Tag Topper Punch, Stampin' Up!



Here you can see using the Tag Topper punch as a fun fold for a card.  


By adding a few fun embellishments on the Tag Topper punch it completes the card. 





Tag Topper Punch, Stampin' Up!


Create with Kimberly Van Diepen


Let’s Create!


  1. Fold Soft Suede cardstock 4 1/4 x 11 in half and texture emboss with your favorite texture embossing folder.  I used Lovely Lace.
  2. Adhere a piece of Moonlight DSP 2 x 4 1/4 to the right side of the card.
  3. Adhere a piece of Early Espresso cardstock 1/4 x 4 1/4 to the edge of the DSP.
  4. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 1 7/8 x 10.  Punch one end using the Scalloped Tag Topper.
  5. Adhere the straight edge of the Tag Topper on the inside of the cardstock as shown in the photo above.
  6. Fold the remaining Tag Topper over the front of the card.  Give a nice crease using your bone folder.
  7. Using Champagne Glitter paper and the Dotted Scallop punch, punch the Glitter paper so the scallop edge fits the length of the Tag Topper on the front of the card.
  8. Using Early Espresso ink, stamp the greeting from Big News stamp set.  Stamp a greeting on the inside of the Tag Topper.
  9. Punch a Bitty Butterfly from Champagne Glitter paper and adhere to the Tag Topper using a Mini Glue Dot.
  10. Cut a Tea Lace Doily in half.  Adhere to the backside of the Tag Topper to fit the card front.
  11. Punch a circle using Early Espresso cardstock and the Circle Framelits.  Adhere to the back of the Tea Lace Doily.  See photo above.
  12. Wrap a piece of Early Espresso Seam Binding ribbon through the Tag Topper punch.  Wrap Early Espresso Bakers Twine (ON SALE THIS WEEK) around the Early Espresso twine and tie in a knot.


You can see all of the Products used for this card below.  Click the links to go to my Online Store.  

Here is another card using the same technique just different colors and Designer Series Paper.  This card was created at a stamp camp at convention.  

Big News stamp set, Tag Topper Card, Stampin' Up!

I just love this fun way to use the Tag Topper.  Big News stamp set, Tag Topper Card, Stampin' Up!

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Create and have a GREAT day!


P.S.- Thank you so so much for all of the puppy advice you have been giving us.  We are loving it and taking it to heart.  She is doing great.  We are so in love with her.  Today she has a Vet Appointment.  Should be interesting. Pray I can manage this big doggie at the Vet.  EEK.


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