Today begins a new series of posts called the “Did You Know” series. I’ll have one each Sunday or until I’ve run out of things to “know”.  I’ve been a part of the Stampin’ Up! world for almost seven years. During that time, I’ve learned to speak “Stampin’ Up!”. You might wonder what I mean by that so here’s an example.


The Birth of “Did You Know”

Years before I became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I went with a friend to a scrapbook store. She is an avid, talented scrapbooker and knew the owner of this local store well. I stood there in awe of the “language” they were speaking. I didn’t understand a word of it! Words like layouts, 2-page layouts and so many more that were foreign to me. A customer’s question last week opened my eyes to the reality that I’m guilty of assuming my customers (potential and current) understand the language. That’s how “Did You Know” was born.


Designer Series Paper

The first post in this series is about Designer Series Paper. This is what Stampin’ Up! calls our patterned paper which is different from our card stock that is solid in color. You’ll often hear it referred to as DSP. Typically, DSP is 12″ x 12″ and comes in a pack of 12 sheets (2 each of 6 double-sided designs) and coordinates with a specific stamp set. The Forever Greenery DSP in the photo, for example, coordinates with the Forever Fern Bundle which includes a stamp set and coordinating dies. The dies in the Bundle also cut out some of the greenery in the paper.

Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper Did You Know

Forever Greenery #152492

Another feature of the DSP is that it is designed to have one side that is specific to the Bundle and a more neutral design on the other side that will work with any stamp set or project. When the Designer Series Paper is geared towards a holiday such as Halloween or Christmas, this is particularly handy and keeps the paper relevant all year long!

In the current 2020 Annual Catalog, there is one design (In Good Taste) that has 24 sheets of 12″ x 12″ paper (2 each of 12 double-sided designs) and three designs (Whale of a Time, Playing with Patterns, Flowers for Every Season) that have 48 sheets of 6″ x 6″ paper (4 each of 12 double-sided designs). Another design (World of Good) is called Specialty Designer Series Paper because of the brass foil designs on some of the patterns.


The Power of Coordination

Stampin’ Up!’s commitment to offering products that have been specially designed to work together takes the guesswork out of crafting to help you bring color, creativity and imagination together easily and in the most beautiful way. On each pack of Designer Series Paper, is a label which lists what colors in the Stampin’ Up! line coordinate with the DSP. If you click on the picture of the label for the Forever Greenery DSP, you’ll see Garden Green, Just Jade, Pear Pizzazz, Pretty Peacock, Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam and Whisper White listed. You can creatively coordinate for a beautiful project, with no guess work! It’s easy peasy!

There is also 6″ x 6″ DSP available to coordinate with each of our Color Families (Brights, Neutral, Regals, and Subtles). Each pack contains 40 sheets, 2 each of 2 double-sided designs (10 colors). The coordinating In Color DSP contains 40 sheets, 4 ea of 2 double-sided designs (5 colors). This year’s patterns feature polka dot, wood grain, printed words and distressed look designs.

What Do You Think?

I’d love your thoughts on this new series. Was it helpful? I have a list of future topics to cover, but if you have a topic you’d like to see covered in “Did You Know” please leave a comment or email me.

Final Thoughts

Mouse Pad Ordering SpecialJust a reminder of the Ordering Special now until July 15. An order of $40 or more that uses the July Host Code (WTYGQCYB) will receive the oh-so-cute Stampin’ Up! mouse pad FREE! It’s 9″ in diameter and a cheerful spot of color for your computer space.

Praying for health and comfort for you during these uncertain times. Never did I ever think back in March that we would still be so impacted by this pandemic. To those physically separated from loved ones, send them a paper hug. They will love finding something in their mailbox that’s not a bill or junk mail.

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