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Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek
Watertown, WI
Lyssa is a blessed and blissful "stamp at home mom" of two adorable kids and wife to the best husband on the planet. A 10+ year demonstrator for Stampin' Up, she loves Jesus, world travel, black & white movies, her Keurig, decorating for any kind of party, and Doctor Who.
Interests: Stampin' Up Awards: 10-time Incentive Trip Achiever: 2009-2017 6-Time Top 100 Demonstrator of the Year: 2011-15, 17 Stampin' Success Magazine Featured Artist: October 2010 Advisory Board Member: 2013-2014 Regional Conference Presenter: 2010, 2012, 2014 National Leadership Conference Presenter: 2010, 2013, 2014 National Convention Presenter: 2011, 2012, 2015
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I've put together bundles of papercrafting goodness that will make it seem like your birthday and Christmas combined when you open the package! You'll love poking through the goodies to see what I've included to spark your imagination and get that mojo flowing again. Your mystery grab bag WILL include all of the following: 12x12 patterned papers and cardstock stickers, die-cuts or border strips Memories & More or Project Life card collections ribbon, trim and embellishments finished 12x12 pages used as class samples It MAY also include any or all of the following for free: stamp sets or individual stamps... Continue reading
Posted 54 minutes ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I can't believe how fast August is flying by! This is our last summer weekend before school starts. Hard to believe now, in the humidity, that the leaves will start changing in another month. But today's page rewinds us to July, and America's birthday celebration! This Fourth of July layout is fun and patriotic, and another page idea for using up scrap strips. I am on a roll! My scrap bin is gonna be EMPTY by the end of the month! Just kidding... I think that's probably and unattainable goal : ) But this is a good border idea doesn't... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Hey guys! I'm back with the second of those super-scrap-user-upper layouts I was playing with last weekend. I should have taken a photo of the gigantic pile of scraps I started with! They were all 3 wide x .75 inches long. And I couldn't bear to toss them! I out 18 of those scraps to good use with this fun layout inspired by this technique for cardmakers that I shared earlier this summer. The bright Pineapple Punch (a new In Color along with Blueberry Bushel) was perfect for the Lemon Zest stamp set and punch. Add a few "drops" of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I had so much fun with the upcoming Chicken Wire laser-cut elements (Holiday Catalog beginning Sept 5th) when I realized they are white on the backside! I promptly added them to my Lilypad Lake thank you cards since they look like fishing net to me. Whaddya think--does it work? My Class of the Month club members are getting these handmade thank yous with an In Color Ruffled Ribbon share as a perk of ordering with the club code for the month! You can get in on that by shopping at http://bit.ly/shopwithLyssa and using the code 3AAEA6FR after your order hits... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I have a fun little sneak peek for you today! This gorgeous set, Country Home, will be available in the Holiday 2018 mini catalog. It's sooo pretty! It comes with a milk can and a watering can, an oval label piece, two floral arrangements to put "in" them, EIGHT sentiments and the square decorative tile shown here (and that design is repeated in a brand new embossing folder to match!) Added to the fact that you can use any flower stamps to go in the jug or can, this set is a total MUST-HAVE for year-round. It will be available... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Hey everyone! Welcome back to Day Sixteen of 31 Pages in 31 Days! I hope you're ENJOYING this annual blog series I run every August. I'm really loving today's inspiration layout, and I hope you will, too! My favorite part of this particular page is the Delightfully Detailed laser-cut lace paper. It is SO PRETTY!!! And it comes in not only card-front sized pieces and border strips, but also in giant 12x12 sheets of gorgeousness. I trimmed out pieces from around the edge and in the middle to decorate my pages with. Isn't that so pretty? And it was super... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Take the 31 Pages in 31 Days Challenge along with me! Each day in August 2017 I'm posting a scrapbook layout or double-page spread as an inspiration. You can copy it, swipe some ideas, or just do your own thing. Here's today's inspiration! This is the final layout in the Week Two packet my Scrapbooking Summer School participants are making. I love love love the patterns in the Nature's Poem patterned paper pack. It coordinates with some of my favorite colors (Tranquil Tide, Soft Suede, Grapefruit Grove, Rich Razzleberry) and the patterns look great on all sorts of pages and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Today is registration day for the Stampin' Up convention and I am so excited I just have to celebrate! Leave a comment on this post by August 20th to enter to win 100 DIFFERENT PATTERNED PAPERS and a free set of Scrapbooking One-Sheet Wonders Volumes 1-6. WOW!!! One lucky winner is going to have a ton of fun in the coming days with this GIANT PRIZE! Fine print--US residents only. Deadline to comment is August 20th, 2018. No purchase necessary to win. Must have valid email address and contact me with shipping address no later than August 27th or a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Welcome back to 31 Pages in 31 Days, my annual scrapbooking immersion blog series! There is a whole lotta inspiration goin' on here during August, and if you run out of cute stuff to look at, be sure to check in the archives for 31 more page/spread ideas for EACH year for the past several years. I LOVE to scrapbook! And August is when I do the majority of it each year. Today's inspiration spread is a fun Tropical Escape layout from my annual Scrapbooking Summer School classes. Everyone will be so excited to see this in their Week Two... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Christmas pages in August??? I know, I know. It's a weird time of year to be scrapbooking the cold season, but today's inspiration page for 31 Pages in 31 Days is a fun, quilt-inspired paper wreath layout made entirely of scrap strips. You can put one photo in the middle, or punch or die-cut several smaller photos into ornament shapes and scatter them amongst the "berries." DESIGN TIP: as a general rule of thumb, the busier a page is, the bolder and bigger the headline needs to be to hold its own against all the visual information bombarding your eyes.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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WOW your friends with yur newfound skills after you take the August 2018 Class of the Month! I had such fun coming up with the designs for the class projects using the new Lilypad Lake stamp set. The ideas were coming fast and thick! Learn to make this card and six other designs when you participate in Class of the Month using the club code 3AAEA6FR with any order minimum of $35. Your club benefits and perks will automatically begin when you use the code. Complete online club details here. I'll email to welcome you to the club and keep... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Howdy, everybody! Welcome back to 31 Pages in 31 Day, our annual blog challenge series! Every day during the month of August I'm sharing inspiration pages, tips, freebies and free layouts for all my scrapbooking friends. Today is Day Eleven! Today's inspiration layout is a fun, lighthearted birthday celebration spread. The colors make me so happy--Mango Melody, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and crisp Whisper White--with some fun ombre Lemon Lime ribbon, too. You can't really see it in the photos, but the stars were die cut from Glimmer Paper, so there's lots of sparkle. I used the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Wow, we're 1/3 of the way through August already! Don't tell my kids and hubby... they'll not thank you for bursting their bubble. Mike starts back at inservice at the university next week, and the kids start on the 22nd. But until then we're blithely ignoring the calendar and having FUN! Which includes scrapbooking until my eyeballs won't stay open anymore : ) Today's inspiration layout for the 31 Pages in 31 Days challenge is just a quickie inspired by the gorgeous papers and coordinating stamp set in the Share What You Love suite. This is probably my favorite of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Stampin' Up’s Blended Seasons Stamp Set, the coordinating Framelits Dies, and Watercolor Pencils are just about the perfect coordinating tools for the entire fall-winter season. Plus, you save 10% when you buy the stamp set and Framelits in a bundle! Color Your Season and the dies are only available until August 31 or while supplies last, so don't delay. http://bit.ly/shopwithLyssa The samples for this bundle are soooo gorgeous. This really is a versatile set. Here's the EXCLUSIVE, limited-edition August products: Blended Seasons Stamp Set, an exclusive 10-piece wood- or clear-mount stamp set with images for every season Stitched Season Framelits... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I have a special card kit going out to Song of My Heart fans who ordered while I was in Alaska on the Stampin' Up trip! I wanted to show my appreciation with something unusual that I don't typically offer. I hope they all love the In Color sampler card kits I put together for them! Here's what I used to create these kits, if you're interested in recreating some of the designs. Click any link to shop with Lyssa and support the Song of My Heart blog! In Color 2018–2020 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock In Color 2018–2020 6" X... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Hi everyone! Today's layout inspiration is a design from my one-sheet wonders for scrapbookers. I had a sheet of cheapo yellow paper to use up that didn't coordinate with Stampin' Up colors, so a one-sheet template was perfect. I was able to put the last of my Foil Frenzy cardstock to good use as decorative circles in different sizes. This is one of those pages that didn't photograph as well as it looks in real life! What looks sort of greenish or tan here is a reflection off the foil elements, which in reality really snazz up the layout. Oh... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Welcome back to 31 Pages in 31 Days, my annual scrapbooking immersion blog series! There is a whole lotta inspiration goin' on here during August, and if you run out of cute stuff to look at, be sure to check in the archives for 31 more page/spread ideas for each year for the past several years. I LOVE to scrapbook! Today's inspiration layout is a fun double-page spread for your little mermaid or budding young diver. The "bubbles" can be made with any circular stamp, or even the edge of a glass rubbed on an ink pad. I used the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Welcome to Song of My Heart Stampers' blog series, 31 Pages In 31 Days! Every day during the month of August, I'll be posting a single or double page scrapbook layout for your inspiration. YOU CAN PLAY ALONG with us by challenging yourself to complete thirty-one pages, too, and posting your progress online using the hashtag #31pagesin31days. Hope to see your work out there in cyberspace, very soon! Today's inspiration page comes to us courtesy of Scrapbooker's One-Sheet Wonders Volume 4. I had one sheet of this polka-dotted navy and white patterned paper, so reaching for a one-sheet wonder was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Welcome to anyone just joining us! I started this 31-day challenge years ago based on a brand new concept called immersion scrapping. Traditional scrapbooking, as we used to do it, not longer fits into most people's lives. Glancing at our dusty totes brought us so much guilt. And worst of all, precious photos were left unseen in memory cards... year, after year, after year. So rather than trying to carve out consistent time during the crazy-busy week of today's modern woman, snatching a weekend here and a hour or two there, instead we'd devote one month out of the year... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Welcome to Day Five of 31 Pages in 31 Days, Song of My Heart's exclusive annual blog series and challenge! Are you up for it? Make a scrapbook page per day in August (or several at once) for a total goal of accomplishing 31 pages during a single month. It's called "immersion scrapbooking" (more on that tomorrow) and it helps you get a crazy amount of work accomplished in a really short period of time! Click here to join the Facebook support group for those taking the challenge. You'll love seeing the pages everyone is posting. #31pagesin31days Today's inspiration page... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Hey everyone! How are you doing on your challenge? Post your progress in the 31 Pages in 31 Days support group on Facebook! Today is only Day Four, so there is plenty of time to hop in and join the fun. Today's "around the neighborhood" inspiration page is not my typical style, but I like how it turned out--and I hope my Scrapbooking Summer School participants will enjoy learning to make it, too, because it's in their Week One packets! Here's some of the details. I've had the Touches of Nature stamp set for quite a while now but never... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Not only did we have a great time as a family on the 2018 incentive trip to Alaska, we also had fun being there courtesy of Stampin' Up! We were roundly and soundly spoiled, with gifts for the kids and hubby, candy and product prizes you could play for in the hospitality suite, and a pillow gift every night for me. SPOILED! This cool laser-cut wood photo frame was on our metal door when we got to our cabins. Soon Mike had a great insulated water bottle and I had a wonderfully fuzzy knit throw blanket to snuggle up with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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NEW to CLASS? Song of My Heart's unique Class of the Month is different from any other online rewards club out there! Order what YOU want, when YOU want it, and participate only when YOU decide to! Each month I post the sneak peeks and a special code you enter when ordering. You must order at least $35 before shipping and tax. The class projects are emailed to you in a beautiful full color PDF format, and a special thank you card (featuring the set for the month) is mailed to you with a variety of fun NEW samples inside.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Howdy, everybody! Welcome back to 31 Pages in 31 Day, our annual blog challenge series! Every day during the month of August I'm sharing inspiration pages, tips, freebies and free layouts for all my scrapbooking friends. Today is Day Three! Be sure to read all the way to the end to get details on our first GIVEAWAY! Today's inspiration layout is a double page "bleed" style, which is actually awesome for those times when you want to use up a single, odd color 12x12 sheet. In this case, I used one sheet of Basic Gray and one and a half... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Hey friends! Great to have you back with us for Day Two of 31 Pages in 31 Days, our annual scrapbooking challenge. Whether you have time to play along and push yourself to get some pages done and in those albums, or you have to sit on the sidelines and pin ideas for later, you're in the right place! Today's inspiration page is a double layout celebrating a garden! For those of you who heard about how we got home from our vacation to find our neighbors had taken it on themselves to chop down our lilac bushes, this is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers