Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Note About Joining Uppercase Living

Part of what I do as an Uppercase Living demonstrator is mentor and support others who begin their own UL businesses. I love this part of my job. It's so much fun to hear the excitement in a new demonstrator's voice as she realizes the possibilities are with this amazing company. I love hearing the different reasons people decide this is what they need to do: to help their families financially, to earn enough for a new car payment or family vacation, to do something fun and creative as a break from a mentally grueling full-time job, to fill the time when the kids are finally all at school, or to get away from the kids and spend some time with adults. The reasons are as diverse as the individuals who have joined our company in the last five years.

As Uppercase Living celebrates its 5th anniversary this year, we demonstrators anticipate a whole new level of innovation and growth. Just this week, UL has announced an unprecedented product, the Harry Potter Photo Prints, our first foray into licensed images, along with a new patented adhesive. Clearly, Uppercase Living is looking to the future and it looks pretty bright! No wonder that each day we get to welcome new demonstrators from all over the U.S. and Canada to our company.

But now, for the first time, Uppercase Living will undergo a freeze on new demonstrator sign-ups from July 1 to July 25. This is necessary as UL gets ready to roll out some exciting changes which will be announced at our upcoming annual convention. Anyone who joins before then will be able to conduct business as usual throughout the freeze period. In fact, there is a benefit for signing up now. However, if you'd like to join my team but don't do it before June 30, you'll have to wait until the freeze is lifted on July 26.

I always advise anyone who approaches me about joining Uppercase Living to do it when the time is right for her or him. This time, however, I'm saying "Don't wait. Do it now!" There are definite benefits to joining before the freeze begins and I'd be happy to discuss them with you personally. Like I said, each person I talk to has a different set of reasons for joining and questions before she makes her decision. Let's talk about yours!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Calling All Witches and Wizards. Muggles, This Is Not For You!

Like so many of you out there, I am a big fan of the Harry Potter books. I discovered them the summer my daughter was born, while I spent endless hours holding a sleeping baby (the little stinker would NOT sleep in her crib). I quickly caught up and waited anxiously for each subsequent book to be released. Each time I'd disappear for a few days until I finished the book. They are extraordinary. Now, I'm looking forward to sharing the books with that same baby who caused me to get hooked on them, since she turns 11 next week and is at that perfect Harry Potter age.

Knowing how many of you also love Harry, I'm so excited about Uppercase Living's exclusive release of Harry Potter Photo Prints, larger than life vinyl decals of Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger! Just in time for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, these are going to be fantastic for your favorite Potter fan, not to mention perfect party decor!

Each is 47" high and features a new, patented adhesive that is strong but still gentle on your walls, making the prints removable and reusable! This will make them an ideal choice for dorm rooms and apartments, even office cubicles! Their size will blow any traditional poster right out of a the water!

The Harry Potter Photo Prints are available for a limited time for only $49.95 each. However, if you order them before July 15, you can use our amazing Buy 2, Get 1 FREE Summer Splash special and get your third one FREE. No need to choose your favorite, because you can get a complete set! And if you order all three, you'll also receive 2 of our monthly bonus expressions FREE as well! No need to hit your stash of gold at Gringotts; this offer is magically affordable!

Getting your Harry Potter Photo Prints is almost as easy as waving a wand. You won't need any Floo powder, or magic spells. You won't even need a promotion code! Just send me an email or visit my website and search for Harry Potter. Don't wait too long, though, because on August 31 the Harry Potter Photo Prints will disappear. And unlike Dumbledore's Phoenix, they won't reappear once they're gone. Place your order now, and while you wait for Hedwig (or your UPS man, if you live in a Muggle neighborhood) to bring it, enjoy this trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tricky Installation? Try this Quick Release Technique!

One of the questions I get asked most often is "Will Uppercase Living vinyl work on my textured walls?" The answer is definitely "YES!" You can definitely put our expressions on textured surfaces, but you might run into a little bit of a challenge when it's time to remove the transfer paper. Here is one technique that will help you if that happens:

Another technique? Give me a call and I'll help you through it! Simple.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Inspired By Papa: A Legacy to Live By

Isn't Facebook great? Where else can you read you friends' horoscopes, see where they had lunch, get a feel for their political views and see picture after picture of their kids, not to mention tend a farm, fight zombies and mobsters and get poked? Now, I'm as big a Facebook junkie as you'll find out there, but I pride myself on my ability to, ahem, skim my News Feed, glossing over most of the silly stuff. Once in a while though, I'll see something that stops me right in my tracks. That's what happened when my friend Kerry posted this photo of a note her late father carried in his wallet every day.


I was struck at the depth and simplicity of these words. What an amazing code to live by. And what a tremendous legacy for Kerry's father, affectionately known as Papa to his grandchildren, to have left behind.

I asked Kerry's permission to play around with her dad's words and try to create a custom Uppercase Living design that would adequately convey their great meaning. I felt, as special as these words are, they would make a beautiful focal point in the family home, serving as a unique reminder of Papa. I came up with this design:

I'm not sure my design does justice to the original note. Maybe Papa's name should be added somewhere. Another idea would be to create a Photo Print from a scan of the note, with Papa's own handwriting. There is so much that can be done with an item this special: surround the words with Photo Prints of the grandchildren; create multiple copies of this expression so each of Papa's children can have one in their home; make a smaller version that can be framed along with a photo of Kerry's dad, and more. I just love the idea of these special words becoming part of the home, and keeping Papa's words and wisdom alive for his family every day.

Next time you're on Facebook reading through the canned status updates, the YouTube videos and the gross jokes, slow down a little. You just might find a gem like I did.

Thanks to Kerry and her family for sharing her father's words and allowing me to share them here with you.

June Project of the Month: Patriotic Coasters for July 4th

Even though it's cold and drizzling here today, summer is definitely on the way. It is by far my favorite season and I'm looking forward to kicking it off with fireworks and BBQs on the 4th of July. The perfect accessory for those celebrations on the 4th is this month's special Project: a set of patriotic coasters custom designed just for the day. Of course, you can get a couple of sets so that everyone has a place to set down those cold drinks. But if you happen to be a guest, and not a host, for the 4th, these are the perfect hostess gift for you to take. These are also a terrific year-round gift for any of our wonderful military families or anyone who loves being an American.

This project kit includes the set of 4 plain glass coasters, 4 star embellishments and the words God Bless The USA perfectly sized to fit each coaster. The words will come mirror imaged, to be applied them to the bottom of the coaster. It will read perfectly, but the top of your coaster will be smooth because all of the vinyl will be underneath. Just apply the word first, then the star.

Tip: To help with a smoother installation, use Mistick application solution and the wet installation method. 

The best part about this month's project is that the entire kit qualifies for Buy 2 Get 1 FREE! You'll be able to get each kit for $27.50 (plus tax and S&H), a 25% savings!

If you'd like to get together a group of friends to make these coasters at a project party, I'm happy to come over and help. Just contact me to set the date. Your friends will also get the Buy 2, Get 1 FREE special on the coasters and anything else they purchase. And you might just earn yourself some FREE products just for hosting.

Whether you give this month's project as a gift or keep it for yourself, it's sure to be enjoyed for many and at many BBQs to come. And don't worry, mustard will wipe right off!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Summer Splash Savings are Back!

It's that time of year again! I don't know who's more excited: me, because I can't wait to share all the Summer Splash news with my customers and hostesses, or my customers who are going to snatch up the great deals. Without further ado, here are the details of this year's Summer Splash:

Buy Two, Get One FREE! 
From June 6 to July 15, receive one item FREE for every two your purchase. It's just that simple. The least expensive item of the three is FREE. My customers have always LOVED this special. It's such a great time to stock up on initials, accessories and holiday expressions.  It is absolutely perfect for anyone planning a wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah or other special event. The savings apply to absolutely everything we offer: catalog designs, custom expressions, iron-on vinyl, Mini Catalog kits, foundations and accessories, Photo Prints, and everything else! There's no price limit, either. For every 3 items you purchase, the least expensive will be yours FREE!!! This is a deal you won't want to keep to yourself. In fact, you're better off sharing the news at your very own Uppercase Living party, because...

Hostesses Get BONUS Rewards
I love spoiling my hostesses and giving them all the FREE and discounted products I possibly can. Our Summer Splash Hostess special allows me to do just that. During this limited promotion period hostesses earn FREE rewards as a percentage of every dollar spent at their parties. 

 The more your guests order, the higher your percentage of rewards can be. And don't forget, you get additional exclusive FREE expressions and a bonus half price item for each party that your guests schedule.

I've made some extra time available on my calendar so every hostess that wants to take advantage of all of these great rewards can do so. Don't wait too long to schedule your party because I know my calendar will fill up fast.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Tips for Two-Part Expressions

I love our two-part expressions! The second layer always adds more interest, color and fun. They can be a little tricky to install, however. Here's a video with three tips to help you line up the handy registration marks when you apply a two-part expressions. As always, feel free to contact me for additional installation help.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Getting Started with Uppercase Living

When I introduce people to Uppercase Living for the first time, they often tell me that there are so many options that they don't know where to start. So I thought I'd post some FAQs here to help all of you get started, too. 

1. What is Uppercase Living lettering made of?
All of our products are made of vinyl. Our matte vinyl, like in the photo above, is designed to look hand-painted. Our Decorative and  Photo Prints are made of a thicker vinyl. All of our products are completely removable but only Decorative and Photo Prints can be successfully reapplied.   

2. What surfaces can I apply your products to?
Our vinyl goes on just about any surface! Of course it goes on walls, even when they are textured. But you can also put it on glass, mirrors, fabric, canvas, wood, plastic, tile, cars, frames, furniture, metal, and more! It does not work well with oil paint or paint with a sand or suede texture mixed right into it. It is also recommended for application over a proper paint job, preferably with primer, that has been rolled, not sprayed on. Builders' grade paint which has a high water content does not typically work well with our products. If you are applying your expression to a freshly painted wall, we recommend waiting 2-3 weeks for the paint to completely cure before applying the vinyl.

3. You have so many choices. Where do I start?
Our tremendous variety is what makes our products appear as if they were custom designed just for you. With so many options, it can be difficult to pick just a couple. My recommendation is for my customers to start with one room, wall or small project to begin with. As you become more familiar with the products, you will find it easier to work on larger spaces and focus your choices. 

4. Is UL vinyl difficult to install?
NO!!! Our products have been designed so that our customers can easily apply them without special tools or expertise. Your order will come with a Transfer Tool to help you install, and later, remove your expression along with detailed instructions.You will find installation information help and tips right here and my website also has instructional videos to help you. When a project is just too large for you to handle alone, I am available to help!

5. There are so many things I want. Do you offer a discount plan?
YES! We have several ways to help you get more product for less money.  First, each time your personal order reaches $50, $75 or $100, you will earn a FREE expression from several choices that change each month. When your order reaches $200, you will become eligible to earn FREE and discounted product of your choice. But you can also earn FREE and discounted items without spending a penny: simply host a casual get together where I can come and show your friends how our products can transform their homes. As your guests' orders increase, so will the amount of FREE product you earn. Online or catalog parties are also possible.

6. I absolutely love your products. How can I get involved with this business? 
Uppercase Living offers a fun, flexible and profitable business opportunity that is also very affordable. Whether you want to join UL for a fun hobby, flexible part time income, or full time career, there is a way for you to reap the many benefits we offer. Contact me now to find out more.

While there is so much more to Uppercase Living than I can cover here, I hope these FAQs have given you a good introduction to our wonderful products. If there is a topic that I haven't covered, simply leave a comment and I'll post more information.


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