We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board Review

We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board Review is what we have for you today. I was super excited to get this new tool and used a coupon! YAY ME! In the video, I literally just opened this 1o minutes ago so I am going to show you how it works and what I have found in my short time using it!

Here it is! The We R Memory Keeps Tab Punch Board. I was so excited about the THOUGHT of it but to own it… well, I am pretty darned excited about that too!

This is a tab done in light weight card stock.

This is a tab made with a recycled clear packaging piece from a die I purchased.

Here I have made a tab with the We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board using a recycled cereal box which is similar to chip board.

One of the awesome things I love about this tab punch is that you can put a tab on a page up to 12″ and isn’t Isn’t that great for scrapbooks? I am really excited to use it for my scrapbooks. How cool would it be to use it for a 2017 scrapbook and tab it for each person’s year? I love it!

For this piece of card stock, I am going to place the tab in the middle of the paper. I have lined up the left side of my paper to the line that is approximately the size of the width of my paper which is 8.5″.

This is what it looks like once the right size has been punched out using the We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board .

Now I want to punch the other side of the tab. I will flip my paper over and line up the tab side I have already punched up to the size tab I want for my paper. The choices are small, medium and large.

I lined it up to the small tab and was curious to see the result.

For some reason when I punch the second side of the tab, I have to use both hands. I am not sure why but this is consistent with all of the tabs I have created so far. This would include the chip board, clear packaging and the card stock.

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This is what the tab looks like once it has been punched and it looks so clean.

Now on the other side of the punch board we have the trimmer! It’s a one stop shop! This is the blade and although it really is self explanatory, it took me a few minutes to figure out how to use the trimmer side. As you can see above, there is a blade side and a guide side. Yep! You guessed it! The round part goes in the guide because it is a guide! I know… I know…

One of the awesome things about this blade on the We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board is that it has a holder so it not only doesn’t get lost but the bottom part is solid so your blade isn’t exposed for potential injury!

To trim off the excess sides, you want to be sure the bottom of the tab is lined up to the cut line shown above.

To cut your sides, make sure your paper is butted up all the way to the top as shown. Slide your trimmer blade and trim off the excess piece and as you can see here I am trimming the left side piece.

This is a close up of  is what it looks like once it was trimmed.

Using the same method, line up the right side and trim the excess paper.

Here is a close up shot of the finished tab on light weight card stock and I love the way it looks.

Here is a sample of the tab I made on the side of the cereal box.

Since we are creating a side tab and not a tab in the middle of your material, we have to do a few things differently. The above guide will need to be placed in the holes shown under the punch button.

For the corner rounder, you will place the guide in the far left hole. This allows the punch to round the corner of your paper and not create a tab.

Make sure your material is touching the top guide and the left side of the punch.

Once lined up, push the punch button on your We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board.

This is what it looks like once the corner has been rounded.

Now we are going to create a tab. Remove the guide from the right holes and replace it in the left holes as shown. Push on the We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board punch and remove the guide as done previously. Flip your paper over and line up the tab to the size tab you would like for your material and punch

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This is what it will look line once you have punched your tab on your cereal box chip board.

Line up your tab to the line and butt it up against the edge. Using the trimmer blade, slide it across to trim off the excess chip board from your tab.

This is what your tab looks like using the cereal box chip board.

If you chose not to  have the rounded corner, this is what it would look like.

This is the clear packaging tab I created with the We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board  but trimmer on the tab punch doesn’t work very well at all with this.

Here, we are doing the same as we did with the chip board but we are using the packaging material.

This is what the corner looks like once it has been punched.

This is what the clear packaging looks like once the tab has been punched. This looks much better than it did when I did it the first time.

Here is a close up and there is an extra punched area when I did the small tab punch the first time.

Here I tried to show how the trimmer side of the We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board works. It did not do very well so I would suggest you use your normal trimmer and it worked fine.

After you use the punch board, the extra punched pieces fall out of the bottom. It makes it super simple to clean up your mess and easy to find!

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY! We are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon Stamp Set and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Lower Case and Numbers Stamp Set. One winner TWO STAMP SETS!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A public follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! Winners will be announced next week on our Mondays with Melissa blog post!

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are subscribed to BOTH with MATCHING NAMES. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.

Now, for the GIVEAWAY from last weeks post. We are giving away the Chameleon Pen set of 5 Pen Pastel Tones!

The winner is Judy H !

 Judy,  please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your prize out to you! Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

 We hope you enjoyed our We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board Review!

Please be sure to continue to keep Texas in your thoughts and prayers with the horrific damage they have had due to the hurricane.

Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

 

Die Cutting Intricate Dies

Die Cutting Intricate Dies is what we have for you today.

**NOTE** The Precision platform IS NOT MAGNETIC. THIS was an ERROR on my part. I had used a magnet to check it and it worked but the platform was not magnetic, the magnet was. How embarrassing! My apologies for the confusion.

Do you worry about die cutting intricate dies and trying to get those little pieces out? Will you avoid those dies because they can be quite a pain? Well, we aren’t doing a project tutorial but we are giving a few tips on cutting intricate dies. I am also showing you one of my favorite tools and we have a giveaway too!

Above on the left you can see the intricacy of the die. The details are amazing but what a pain to try to get out all of those little pieces.

Well the purple tool above is AMAZING and IT is going to be a lifesaver!

Here is a close up of the die and the cut of the die.

This is a close up of the second die and a close up of the die cut.

This is the amazing Spellbinders Tool ‘N One. It has so many uses but we will show you that in a bit.

First, I wanted to let you know that there is another option other than the magnetic platform. You can get the precision base plate and use it as you would a clear platform. Use it with the standard platform and voila! It works with the thinner dies!

NOTE: The Precision platform IS NOT MAGNETIC. THIS was an ERROR on my part. I had used a magnet to check it and it worked but the platform was not magnetic, the magnet was. How embarrassing! My apologies for the confusion.

First, we are going to die cut one of the dies. Place your platform, precision platform and paper down.

Take your die and make sure that you place the edge side up so that it cuts the paper.

Place your clear platform on top of your die.

Run your die through the die cut machine fully twice. One pass each way.

This is what happens when you don’t do it thoroughly. Yep, I know. Frustrating but it happens.

This is what it looks like when it IS done correctly. The detail is AMAZING!

This is where the awesome tool comes in. You use the brush side and get to brush out all of the pieces from the die itself

as well as the die cut!

The detail is amazing and this is a close up of the die after it was just cut and the die cut.  Die Cutting Intricate Dies can really happen without too much effort. Especially with the Spellbinders tool.

The Tool ‘N One tool is awesome and there is so much it can do!

It has two other parts! They are easily removable as well! You simply pull down on the neck of the tool

and you can adjust or even remove the head of the tool.

Replace one side with the spatula or scraper tool.

Notice the notches?

 That gives you plenty of room to adjust how long you need the tool.

If you unscrew the tool in the middle you can store the other two pieces inside! Not only do you have a scraper tool but you also have a poker tool too! How cool is that? JUST in case your brush doesn’t get all of those tiny little pieces of paper out.

Both your poker and your spatula fit inside the middle of the tool. At the same time!

Screw your tool back together and you have exactly what you need for any crop or creative station!

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY!

The Spellbinders Tool ‘N One tool is what we are giving away this week!!

 To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A public follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! Winners will be announced next week on our Mondays with Melissa blog post!

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are subscribed to BOTH with MATCHING NAMES. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.

Now, for the GIVEAWAY from last weeks post. I am giving away the

 A Creative Journey with Melissa Wedding and Celebrations Stamp Set!!

The winner is Nikki C!

Nikki C,  please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your prize out to you! Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

 We hope you enjoyed our Die Cutting Intricate Dies video!

Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

 

Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Three

Scrapbooking Made Simple Craft Haul Part Three is what we have for you today and I think we saved the BEST FOR LAST!!! I am so excited to share what we have for today!

We don’t have tutorials we have TWO GIVEAWAYS!!! You are going to LOVE THEM!

I went shopping at Scrapbooking Made Simple’s AWESOME SALE! Sadly, it has ended but I have two prizes so you can feel like you went too! Are you ready?

For starters of the Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Three, we have these awesome dies. They could all work together and all work separately of course as well. Let me give you a little close up of what these beauties look like.

This set comes with seven fabulous dies that can be used together or separately.

I think I am going to use some twine and create a card with it.

What I really love is the way the holes are larger and will give great texture to your creation when you use some type of medium like thread or yard in the holes.

This set has very small holes to give great but SUBTLE texture. I really love it and there are a whopping 14 dies! I know… YOWSA! This sale goes on every year! How are you liking the Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Three so far??

When I saw this set I automatically thought of my sister. She is a Bee Keeper and I think I will have to create something fantabulous with it… What, well I am not sure.

Do you have any suggestions??

I really love this embossing folder… I loved it so much, I decided you would too sooooo…

This is one of the giveaways! You could use this with color and without. You could highlight the embossed design with ink or paint or you could lightly sand your paper to show the texture…

I really enjoyed this embossing folder. It would be great for a heritage page, masculine or feminine page or you could use it as a cool background as well!

I was so excited to see this set from Sizzix. I can’t wait to get started! This die set has so many possibilities. I love how you can use it to document your travel as well as maybe tell someone that lives far away that you miss them. There are so many more possibilities! What would you do with it?

This set is on the larger scale. Another reason why it appealed to me. The rectangle is approximately 5″ inches wide! How perfect is that?

Alright planners.. I didn’t forget about you! When I saw this set and immediately thought of you!

I can’t even imagine how many creations that can be made with this awesome die set. Don’t you LOVE IT?!

Whether you need a large or a small clip, you are covered with this die set.  You could even cut thin metal with it! Wouldn’t that be neat?

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAYS!

The clip die cut set and the embossing folder are what we are giving away this week!!

 To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A public follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! Winners will be announced next week on our Mondays with Melissa blog post!

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are subscribed to BOTH with MATCHING NAMES. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.

Now, for the GIVEAWAY from last weeks post. I am giving away this embossing folder. You can use it with ink, paint, white core paper and SO MUCH MORE! It’s an awesome folder that has numerous uses! I love this texture!

The winner is Jean T!

Jean T, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your prize out to you! Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

 We hope you enjoyed our Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Three!  Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Two

Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Two is what we have for you today. Today we have crafting goodies part two… If you liked last week…

THIS WEEK IS GOING TO ROCK YOUR SOCKS! You may even get to win something! This is only week TWO OF THREE!

Today is basically a Kaiser Craft day… Most of the items I picked for the Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Two are awesome dies but we also have embossing folders too!

The first item I have for the Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Two is this awesome embossing folder.

I love this one! There are so many creative ideas for this folder!!  I just can’t even stop thinking of the amazing possibilities! The words for this embossing folder you can highlight either on a card, project or behind a picture… LOVE IT! I will be creating items with this embossing folder in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

This tree bark embossing folder is really cute.. You can use paint, ink, emboss it, use white core card stock and sand it.. yes… I can go on and on and on.. LOVE IT!

Here is a close up of the actual embossing folder. I love the detail in it!

This die set goes perfect with the set I showed in my video and giveaway last week with the US map as well as the stamp and other dies. This set will really go well with our Spinner Greetings Stamp set. I am excited to create with both!

This die set is perfect for your Project Life creations, journaling, planners, cards and so much more.

I love the detail on the edges. It gives a little bit of texture with your die cut!

These beauties I fell in love with upon first glance. I just love these doily dies! You can use them to highlight a sentiment, a background texture for a creation or you can use ink or paint and use it as a stencil.

Here is a close up of the actual decorative die. It is called modern doily.

This is the detailed doily by Kaiser Craft. Isn’t it cool?

Here are the awesome items I have from Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Two. Be sure to stay tuned for next weeks haul because we are going to have

TWO GIVEAWAYS NEXT WEEK and YOU WONT WANT TO MISS IT!!!

This awesome wood grain embossing folder is what we are giving away this week!!

 To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A public follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! Winners will be announced next week on our Mondays with Melissa blog post!

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are subscribed to BOTH with MATCHING NAMES. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.

Now, for the GIVEAWAY from last weeks post. I am giving away this embossing folder. You can use it with ink, paint, white core paper and SO MUCH MORE! It’s an awesome folder that has numerous uses and can be used for both women and men! Multi -Use.. my kind of product!

The winner is  Mary Ann!

Mary Ann , please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your prize out to you! Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

 We hope you enjoyed our Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Two! Be sure to stay tuned for Part Two and Part Three with awesome giveaways as well! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part One

Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part One is what we have for you today. Today we have crafting goodies not a tutorial so sit back, relax and enjoy my shopping spree…and it won’t cost you a penny! You may even get to win something!

I want to start off by sending my love, hugs and prayers to Stacey and her family, the owner of Scrapbooking Made Simple and the reason why I have the Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part One today. Sadly, she had a house fire THE DAY HER AWESOME SALE STARTED! Unfortunately, her house is a total loss. Fortunately, everyone is OK but the devastation of years of memories gone has got to be horrible. Please says some prayers for her and her family while they go through this.

I don’t know about you but I really do still like the old fashioned dies. Ya know… the thick ones.

I  like to use them because unlike the wafer thin dies, I can make multiple cuts thru a larger quantity of paper which saves me time. I also have a Big Shot Pro which is a die cut machine that cuts dies that are 12″ x 12″ so that is awesome for scrapbook pages, larger cards and envelopes.

You can also use two of the Bigz Sizzix dies together at one time with it because of its larger machine format size.

For Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part One, I am showing you the larger, thicker dies I purchased.

For this first die, I was really excited because it got me thinking of different ways I could use our stamp sets with these die cuts. They would be perfect for sentiments or even making a cool pattern with scrap pieces of paper! So many ideas!!

I love this die! Although I have a similar one that I have used with blue jeans, I have ideas on how I am going to use this one the same way! What a perfect way to dress up a gift card gift, right? Stay tuned because I will be doing a tutorial on it in one of my future Mondays with Melissa posts.

Another item for my Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part One was this wallet die. I love all of the extra die cuts it comes with so you can really make it as fancy or plain as you wish. The buckles are adorable and can be used for other creations as well!

This is a Sizzix Big Shot Pro die. It is a 12 x 12″ die that is used with the Sizzix Big Shot Pro Machine.

There are so many things you can do with this die.

You can use it as the envelope as  it was designed for or you can use it as an invitation using the inside of it as your area to write. You can also use it as a pocket and just cut off the one side! There are so many possibilities!

This is also another Big Shot Pro Die. I love the A2 card and that it has a way for you to add a die on the inside where you can create a cut out in the front of the card itself. It doesn’t have to be used but what a great addition to any creation!

I also purchased two of these embossing folders… Hmmm… what should I do? I guess you will have to wait until the end of this post to find out…..


For the awesome sale, Stacey had some awesome giveaways of her own! I wanted to be sure to show you them! First is the awesome glitter marker exclusive to Scrapbooking Made Simple. It is really cool and I can’t wait to use it!

You also get a scrapbook kit, pin, die and stamp set! This is just my Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part One… we have two more to show you in the coming weeks!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY! I am giving away this embossing folder. You can use it with ink, paint, white core paper and SO MUCH MORE! It’s an awesome folder that has numerous uses and can be used for both women and men! Multi -Use.. my kind of product!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A public follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! Winners will be announced next week on our Mondays with Melissa blog post!

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are subscribed to BOTH with MATCHING NAMES. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.

Now, for the last weeks GIVEAWAY of the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set!

The winner is Sandy Fleming !

Sandy Fleming , please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your prize out to you! Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

 We hope you enjoyed our Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part One! Be sure to stay tuned for Part Two and Part Three with awesome giveaways as well! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

 

Scrapbook Expo Shaker Card Kits

Scrapbook Expo Shaker Card Kits is what we have for you today.

This is not a tutorial but a product review we are sharing.

Shaker cards and embellishments have been around for years but this is a new way to create a shaker embellishment or card that will save you some time! I really enjoyed the Queen & Company products I saw in their booth at the Scrapbook Expo and I can’t wait to show them to you!

For the first Scrapbook Expo Shaker Card Kits we have the Shaped Shaker Kit for Birthdays from Queen and Company. I really thought it was cool that it not only included the versatile die but the pre-cut foam for the shakers you will create!

What an added treat to get a nice page to keep in a binder so you can keep all of your kit items in place. LOVE IT!

Here is a close up of what is included in the kit as well as the amazing possibilities!

Scrapbook Expo Shaker Card Kits from Queen and Company come with their own page! You can keep them in a binder so all of your kit needs are at your fingertips!

 

Here is a ruler next to the package of dies so you can see how tall the dies are that come with this set.

This will help you see how wide the dies are with the ruler measurements.

Here are the dies and the foam piece that will be used for a shaker card. I love how the kit came with the pre-cut shapes of foam for your shaker creation from the Scrapbook Expo Shaker Card Kits.

This is the Shaped Shaker Kit Say Cheese. It’s adorable and perfect for those creations that you want to add a little color, dimension or a photo in a creation too! Isn’t the view master reel die cut adorable? Yes I had to look it up to figure out the name of it! LOL

 Here is a close up of what is included in the Say Cheese kit. It also comes with a page for a book that holds all of the kit items as the previous one did.

One of the main reasons why I bought this kit was because of this adorable mini Polaroid die cut! SO CUTE!

When I saw this larger Polaroid die cut that is an A2 size, it was a MUST. I had to have it to go with the Say Cheese kit. I can’t wait to create with it!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the Birthday Wishes A Creative Journey with Melissa Stamp Set!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win!

You must contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning. You will unfortunately, forfeit your prize and it will be placed back in the giveaway stash for a future giveaway if you do not. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.

For last weeks giveaway of the

the Sentiments for All Occasions A Creative Journey with Melissa Stamp Set:

 Kay M is the winner!

Kay M, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your certificate prize out to you! Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

We hope you enjoyed our Scrapbook Expo Shaker Card Kits product review! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party

2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party by Stampin Up is what we have for you today !! Yes! You read it right!

My awesome friend and previous Creative Crew member has moved on to a new adventure which is being a Stampin Up Demonstrator!

I am so excited for her and of course want to support my friends with their passion. I wanted to share with you what I got at my 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party ! As you probably know, I have my own stamp line so I don’t typically use other stamps as I prefer to use my own. Did you know that Stampin Up has a number of amazing products besides stamps? YES THEY DO!

Between the Project Life kits, dies, paper, stamp cleaner and so much more….OMG!

I have so much to show you from my 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party, I have to do it in two videos! Be sure to come back next week for the second half too! Are you ready? Here we go!

In years past I typically would do a large party at my house with four make n takes along with food and fun all day long. I really miss those days.

It usually would last from around 10-6:30.. Yes it was an awesomely fun all day event. This year it is just not in the cards for us so I was able to do a much smaller version and just purchased what I had saved up for. After my order, I ended up getting the benefits for my 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party ! Any of the items you see in my video are available for purchase through Brandie. The 2017 Sale A Bration ends I believe March 31st.

Any questions or orders, please go to Brandie’s Website HERE and I KNOW she will take very good care of you!

We, A  Creative Journey with Melissa, do have a number of stamp sets that work perfectly with Project Life, scrapbooking, Pocket Page Scrapbooking, Card Marking, etc. Specifically for this video, the stamps below would work great with the products reviewed.

        

Everyday Alphabet Lower Case and Numbers      Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon

Design Elements Stamp Set       

Design Elements                                        Photo Booth Fun

              

Speech Bubbles Mini                                            Speech Bubbles Large

            Sign Language Numbers - American Sign Language Stamp Set

Sign Language Alphabet                                    Sign Language Numbers 

So let’s get started… 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party starts with the Stampin Up project life card kits come in the cutest little box! I love it!

You can reuse it as well as bring it along on a crop and have all of your cards in a protected perfect fitting place!

As you can see here, it has a different spaces to hold your project life cards as well as a place for a journaling pen.

You know how I feel about journaling so YOU HAVE to do it!

This awesome project life kit is called

Moments like these.

I love the color palette as it is perfect for not only masculine but feminine creations.

There are so many journaling prompts to pick from something is bound to inspire you to share your story!

The cards here are 2 x 3″ in size and really great for your Project Life album as well as using any extra for a greeting card to send a little hello to a loved one.

Here are the 4 x 4″ cards which are also included in the kit.

I love the variety of words as well as designs so that you really have a great variety to pick from for any occasion.

Here with the 4 x 6″ cards, you can use these as a photo mat, design element, or a page title! Look at the designs and the rich watermelon color to add a beautiful pop to your page!

Now, the second Project Life Kit I purchased for my 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party is the

Good Vibes Project life kit.

I love the rich dark colors and Good Vibes is exactly what it gives me as I look at it!

This kit also comes in it’s own little box holding the 2 x 3″, 3 x 4″ and 4 x 6″ cards.

Its so compact and convenient which makes it perfect to bring along while you are waiting to pick up kids, waiting for an appointment or watching your favorite show. The possibilities are endless!

Here are some of the 4 x 6″ Project Life cards that come in the kit. I love how the titles can really be used as a journaling prompt.

As you can see here, the 2 x 3″ cards from this kit is full of words of inspiration.

Wouldn’t this card be perfect for a quote to be used along with the Speech Bubbles Mini and Speech Bubbles Large A Creative Journey with Melissa Stamp sets? We thought so too!

Here are some of the 4 x 4″ Project Life Cards. I could really see some great stories to be told on those!

Now we have to talk about necessity for our 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party too.. Customers and friends have asked me how I clean my Clear Photo Polymer stamps.

I use the Stampin Up Scrub pad and Stampin Mist. In addition, I have the Stampin up mist refill just in case I get low!

I love how it works and how it doesn’t dry out my stamps like some cleaners do.

The Stampin Scrub is something that I have owned for years and years. I own two of them. I use them so often, I have one in each of the areas I craft in because it is my GO TO item in my crafting tool box!

One of the best things about the Stampin Scrub

is it is durable and washable! I love it! You can remove the scrub pads and wash them!

There are a number of products out there to clean your stamps whether it be for rubber or clear photo polymer. I have been using Stampin Up products on all of my stamps for YEARS.

Here are some of the products I love from Stampin Up. I was fortunate enough to get enough so that I am going to make another video for you for next week! Be sure to check out next weeks too! You are not going to want to miss it!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Lower Case and Numbers and Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon Stamp Sets shown in the video above. These stamp sets will work wonderfully with any of the products that have been shown in my 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party !

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! If you do not contact me within two weeks of winning, you will unfortunately, forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.  Your understanding is appreciated.

Now for last weeks WINNER!!

The WINNER IS  Jean Bullock!!

Jean, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website and I will get your prize out to you! If for some reason, you don’t get a response within 48 hours, please contact me. I have had e-mail issues in the past and would hate to have this happen again and not realize you have tried to contact me. Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

We hope you enjoyed our 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party. Be sure to contact Brandie on her website if you would like to have your own! You can even have an online party too!

Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

 

WEBSITE SALE + Michaels Craft Haul + Giveaway

Today we have a GREAT WEBSITE SALE + Michaels Craft Haul + Giveaway! Our video and post is SHORT and SWEET! We are having a GREAT sale on our website so be sure to check it out! If you have been holding off on buying anything, this is the time to do it! Saturday was my birthday and I went shopping on Thursday to spend some of my birthday money I was blessed to have been given. BOY did I SCORE! What better way to celebrate than do a giveaway? So that is what I am doing! I wanted to share my awesome haul with you and also do a giveaway!

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For the WEBSITE SALE + Michaels Craft Haul + Giveaway,

The first thing I wanted to cover is our sale!! We are having it through 11/30 so be sure to pick up those stamp sets you have been eyeing before they are out of stock and we are excited it’s been a HIT SO FAR 🙂

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For the WEBSITE SALE + Michaels Craft Haul + Giveaway, next I wanted to show you the craft haul!

This is almost all of the craft haul. I have some hidden surprises under the paper that is A D O R A B L E, don’t you think? The plan is to use the paper for holiday thank you notes for the boys. While shopping, I bought a crafting cart and I do not have my crafting cart in here because I don’t have enough room to put it in the camera! Do you see a video in the future? SO DO I!!

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Here is what was underneath the paper! YES WASHI WASHI WASHI! I love making things with washi tape and I will be doing a few videos showing you awesome ways to make items with washi!

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I loved these two washi tapes I picked up

The pattern and solid colors are so versatile and I am going to get SUPER creative with them!

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I picked up this set of washi tape with weddings and celebrations in mind. You can purchase a number of stamp sets that we carry that would work wonderfully with this set while also creating something for a wedding, anniversary and so many other things! I was truly inspired!

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I had to give you a close up of this amazing washi tape collection! OMG! I thought of all of the projects I can use with these and I am excited to make some cool and colorful things!

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It’s a new mod melter! I love creating with the Mod Podge products. My friends Cathie & Steve have created amazing products and they are coming up with more all of the time! This was one thing I HAD TO GET! I can’t wait to use it!!

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Now if you have watched any of my videos you know one of my favorite things to do is custom color items…

Well, I bought some rhinestones to play with! If you haven’t checked out my video on how to color your own embellishments, you can check it out here. That is my haul and I hope you liked checking out the crafty goodness 🙂

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Now for the giveaway!

The winner of last weeks blog giveaway is Samantha Houp!

Samantha Houp says:
Fabulous card! Thank you for the awesome video!

Samantha, you are the winner of last weeks giveaway of the Snowflake Beauty stamp set. .

Please send me your contact information via contact page on our website and I will get your set out to you! Thank you so much 🙂

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This week for the WEBSITE SALE + Michaels Craft Haul + Giveaway, we are giving away another set of the Snowflake Beauty stamp set. This stamp set is very versatile with religious and non religious sentiments. You can even use the snowflakes for a background design.

To qualify to win, you must be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win!

Thank you so much for sharing in my excitement of my website sale and haul! I hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa!

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Hot Pick: Hot Glue Gun Helpers

Hot Pick: Hot Glue Gun Helpers is what we have for you today.

Do you use hot glue guns? Have you ever touched the hot glue?

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So have you burnt yourself? Yes?

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This is NO LONGER something you need to do! I have the perfect product that will save you a lot of time and your finger prints! Sharing products that I love is one of my favorite things to do and this one is no different. As I was about to start a project with my hot glue gun, I realized I don’t think I have ever let you in on one of the biggest crafting inventions of all time and so here we are!

If you would like to get your very own set or two (Like I did) of Hot Glue Gun Helpers,

be sure to go to Cathy and Steve’s website to purchase them right from the inventors! They have amazing products including molds, the mod melter, their own craft sticks to be used to create amazing things and so much more! Check out their shop HERE. They also have amazing tutorials and so much more! Be sure to visit their website and take a look around! Their products are also available at multiple big box stores like Michael’s if you can’t find what you are looking for be sure to check out this list and you can find a store that is near you.

The Glue Gun Helpers:

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The set includes:

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Press Wand

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Pointed Paddle

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Non Stick Tweezers

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Here are a few of the numerous uses you can use this set for:

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If you happen to spill some of the glue on the mat, no worries!Hot Glue Gun Helpers j

You just peel it right off the mat. NO FUSS OR MESS!

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You can even put hot glue directly on the finger caps but be mindful of the temperature of the glue so you don’t burn yourself for those that are sensitive to heat.Hot Glue Gun Helpers l

You can even put your fingers together as you can see the glue is still warm as it is sticky and stringy.

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As I keep touching my fingers together, the glue pulls away from the glue caps and basically clean themselves off!
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You are covered! Just use the pointed tip on the area you need and you are set!

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What if you want to stick material to an area? Simply place glue on the surface and press down on the material.

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That worked perfectly but what if you end up getting some glue and material on your mat?Hot Glue Gun Helpers t

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It’s JUST THAT EASY!

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Use the pointed paddle! Simply spread the glue!Hot Glue Gun Helpers x

You realize you have some on the mat? No problem! Use the non stick tweezers and pull the hot glue right off!

It’s JUST THAT SIMPLE!

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Who wants to have a burn like this? NO ONE! Just get your own Hot Glue Gun Helpers and use your hot glue gun for hours on end easily and safely WITHOUT BURNS!

As you can tell, I love this product. I love Cathie and Steve and their amazing inventions for us crafty people and I can’t share this enough so please be sure to save your friends some frustrations and burns and share it as well!

Thank you for joining us today! We hope you enjoyed the product overview and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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Awesome Deals Shopping Haul: Scrapbooking Made Simple and Daiso

Awesome Deals Shopping Haul : Scrapbooking Made Simple and Daiso is what we have for you today which means once again no projects. I do plan on doing projects with my amazing finds but I thought I would be sure to show you what I got! I knew you would want to be “In the know” so better to be safe than sorry right? What kind of crafting sister would I be if I kept all of this awesome information to myself… NOT A GOOD ONE!

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First, I want to show you the FREEBIES my son and I received for waiting in line

at Scrapbooking Made Simple’s Shop that didn’t Hop and Sizzix Warehouse Sale and for the Shop that didn’t Hop…. My son came with me in the wee hours of Friday morning… He is pretty cool, isn’t he! The line was pretty long by the time they opened the doors but well worth it! I know I am going to go back especially since the sale doesn’t end until July 31st! You can also shop online so be sure to check out my friend Stacey’s website and you can order online HERE or you can go in and meet her yourself! If you order online, please be sure to be familiar with her shipping policy as it takes a while with this huge awesome savings event!

Our first free gifts were

two rolls of netting; one that is a spider web weave for Halloween and another that is a gold weave that will be perfect for the holidays!

Next we received this sticker sheet perfect for Christmas cards and also a cute little paper set for cards or to dress up a candle. Can’t wait to play with all of it!

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We also received an adorable package for the Shop that didn’t Hop…

The pin that was specially designed for this is A M A Z I N G!!! I mean seriously how cool is this?

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Last but not least if you visit.. THE SCRAPBOOK PAGE!!

Quantities may be limited, you can get an adorable Shop that didn’t Hop pin with the Phantom of the Opera theme, an adorable scrapbook layout to commemorate the event. Are you ready for some more of my Awesome Deals Shopping Haul?

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To add to this awesome package,

you are given awesome glitter glue especially for SMS (Scrapbooking Made Simple) and

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Last but not least…

an awesome chandelier stamp and die set! All of that just for heading over there… TRUST ME! You want to go..

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Here are the awesome items I purchased at Scrapbooking Made Simple Sizzix Warehouse Sale!

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I am really excited about the four dies I purchased here. The two card ones, the gift card holder and the easel. I can’t wait to create!

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Here are some awesome dies that can be used for project life, planners and pocket page scrapbooking … the possibilities are endless. There is also another step card that I purchased that has a little bit different configuration.

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Here are some awesome dies and embossing folders I purchased.

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Now onto the Daiso Store Haul

So now we are onto the Daiso part of the Awesome Deals Shopping Haul. If you haven’t been to a Daiso store and you have one in your area, you will want to go. Go here to look for a store in your area. If not for anything else, go for the experience. I went to the Diaso Store in Gardena, California. From what their website said, they were the largest store in the Los Angeles area with 1415 square feet. They have so many cool things and not all from the Daiso brand in Japan although most are. I love their products and the versatility their products provide. This is definitely a think outside of the box type of place!

Here are the items we purchased on our Daiso part of the Awesome Deals Shopping Haul!

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There are chair feet pads, adorable erasers, a huge water bottle and a scrubber for washing wheels on cars.

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I also purchased a sealer and I am hoping it works on paper! My hubby bought a micro usb cord. I also purchased file tabs for my boys as well as some magnets for me!

Now for the pictures of the Diaso store…

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These items were located in what I would call the housewares section.

They had everything from hooks, felt pads for chairs (which I bought!), laundry bags, shoes that looked like crocs both with and without furry lining, chair pads and so much more.. and that is just in this aisle!

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This was the cleaning and storage area items were.

It was located at the back of the store. They had everything from mops, brooms, mini trash cans, and just about every storage container size you could imagine!

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Here are some towels, sponges and a number of different cleaning products but you could use these beautifully colored towels for a covering for a scrapbook, accent for a card. die cut some shapes… the possibilities are endless!

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All of these items appear to be meant for cooking items and decor when doing so. Some really cute items as well as some things that I think would be great for paper crafting…  Let’s take a closer look..

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I saw these and although they are meant to be used with seaweed sheets for sandwich and food decoration, why not try it with paper? Yes, it’s how I think 🙂

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PERFECT FOR COOKING!

I love these items! I love how there are tiny ones and larger sized ones… I’ts pretty cool!

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I love the bright colored cooking utensils! As I look at this picture, I need to go back and get some grabbing tongs… I really need a pair! LOL

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Containers Containers Containers with color!!! YAHOOOO!!!  So many ideas! Look at those cute little jars with straws! SO CUTE!

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Here are some amazing dishes of all different colors!

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Here they had a whole bunch of double sided tape… all different kinds and sizes!

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Did someone say Silk Tape?

I don’t know how different silk tape is versus washi tape but hold on.. we have washi tape too!

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They had all different kinds of washi tape. I didn’t find them to be inexpensive as most of them were $1.5o per roll. Some of them had sets of three which would be more worth it but the singular rolls looked like they were $1.50 each. Beautiful colors though!

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I LOVED the chalk items..

They had labels, tags, markers and so many awesome things! Yes, I know.. I need to go back already!

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Here is some of their yarn and string items.Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale and Daiso Shopping Haul ap

Here are some twine and more string items as well.

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Here are some paper and material items… I seriously have so many ideas for this stuff… I had to walk away! lol next time paper… next time!

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Here are some beads and trim.

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They even had items for PETS! YES!! All different kinds of brushes, nail trimmers, bowls, collars and more!

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Here are some ADORABLE ceramic mugs… OMG! THEY ARE ADORABLE AREN’T THEY?

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Here are some adorable clips, frames and little chairs that would be perfect for a doll house!

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You can STAMP ON YOUR TOAST!

You stamp the impression of these stamps and then you toast your bread! How cool is this? Wouldn’t this be fun for some little ones?

I hope you enjoying the sharing of our Awesome Deals Shopping Haul. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away! We appreciate you taking the time to visit and hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa Awesome Deals Shopping Haul!!

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