Customize Your Next Celebration

Uppercase Living’s amazing Celebrations mini catalog is filled with kits and décor for many of the major occasions we celebrate this time of year. However, if you can’t find a pre-designed expression in the mini that perfectly fits your event, there’s no need to worry—you can create your own! With our online custom design tool, you can create décor for a one-of-a-kind, personalized event people will be talking about for years.  Here are just a few ideas:

Wedding Anniversary – Feature a life-sized Photo Print of the “original” bride and groom or the entire wedding party, and personalize with a custom expression.

Graduation – As you celebrate your child, remember his early school days with a too-cute Photo Print and custom expression.

Welcome Home – Welcome home your favorite soldier (or anyone who has been away) with personalized décor and a Photo Print that honors them and lets them know how much you missed them while they were gone.

Reunion parties – Watch your yearbook come to life on the walls of your reunion party.  Whether it has been 10, 20, or even 50 years since you graduated from high school, everyone will get a kick out of the walk down memory lane.

In addition to the ideas above, remember that our custom design tool can be used to add a personal touch to any of the décor theme packs in the Celebrations mini catalog. There is nothing like adding a name or a date to party décor to let that special person in your life know that today really is “their” day.



June 2, 2010 at 11:42 pm Leave a comment

Make It Your Own

We know how amazing and beautiful the Uppercase Living designs in our Idea Catalogs are.  Choosing any one of them can make your space or a special gift or occasion pop with personality.  But sometimes adding some customizing to a UL Exclusive™ Expression adds an even more personal touch and gives it that extra “wow” factor. To illustrate my point, UL’s Cari Creighton (concept artist and creative guru extraordinaire) customized some expressions that were not originally intended to be customized.  Check these out!

Here is a simple love expression that is beautifully enhanced by adding the personalization element.

What teenage athlete isn’t proud to display their name and number wherever they can? This awesome expression was just made even more awesome in your football player’s eyes!

Here we have the ultra-popular Dandelion Dance expression, combined with a beautiful saying created in the MyDesign Suite. (Keep in mind that this is what this design would look like after you put it on the wall; not what it looks like in MyDesign Suite. Dandelion Dance is a theme pack, so you’ll place the seedlings in whatever pattern you want when you actually apply it).

Now this is just plain fun. You can easily pull this expression into the MyDesign Suite, add a custom expression with your child’s name, match the colors of his room…and voila! So cute!

And then a little something for yourself. This just makes you want to step inside Karen’s craft room, doesn’t it?

The sky is truly the limit with MyDesign Suite. Be as creative as you want to be, and don’t be afraid to try new and even weird or funky things. You might be surprised at what MyDesign Suite can help you create!

March 16, 2010 at 1:20 am Leave a comment

Our hearts are breaking

I’m sitting in intensive care with my husband at his brother’s bedside.   Lynn, 60,  has been on a ventilator and feeding tube since Tuesday, with  periodic small injections of morphine and a sedative to keep him as  comfortable as possible.  A lifelong smoker, he has been fighting an ever-spreading cancer that has hit his brain, lungs, and stomach.  Perhaps more that they don’t know about.  His life has been harder than the rest of the siblings for some reason; he always seemed to draw the shorter straw in life.  And now, at this young age, he is fighting for his life surrounded by family and beeping machines.

At this point, they are just trying to see if  there is any chance that his lung capacity will improve enough that they  can wean him off of the ventilator.  Apparently one of his lungs is  virtually useless, and the other has pneumonia in the bottom and  emphysema in the top, causing significant decrease in function.  They’re  not really sure he will ever recover, or at least not to the point  where he has any quality of life.  But his vitals are stable and  reasonably good, given the circumstances, so they want to give his body  time to indicate the next course of action.  The doctor said his  condition on Monday will dictate what should be done, and Lynn’s kids  are comfortable with the doctor’s recommendations.  It is still quite  possible that he will pass on his own sometime over the weekend, which  may be a blessing for his children, but he appears stable right now.  He  is mostly unresponsive when people talk to him or hold his hand, though  sometimes he does seem to stir slightly when moved or when I put lotion  on his hands.

As you can imagine, it has been a difficult week, starting with the  need to put Lynn in intensive care and progressing through various  respiratory treatments before resorting to the respirator.   Lynn’s two  kids have been dealing with it as best as one can, showing great  strength and courage.  My mother-in-law, who has already buried one child and two husbands, is holding up just barely.  My husband’s other brother and sister-in-law have been here  from Denver since Monday.  They have return tickets for this coming  Monday, but they’re going to try to get the return leg refunded so that  they can stay until the funeral, whenever that might be held.

I was scheduled to leave tomorrow on a mission trip to Honduras, but I have canceled  my trip.  I was fortunate to be eligible for a full refund with a  letter from Lynn’s doctor describing the critical nature of the family  illness, so I’m grateful for that (thank you American).  I’ve heard from the other mission  team members, and they certainly understand my decision and are sending  prayers our way.  It was to be my second trip to the little village of Delicias del Norte, not too far from San Pedro Sula, and we were going to continue building pilas, stoves, latrines, and even a water treatment plant in this poor little mountain village.  Another time for me, perhaps.

How do you wrap your mind around the decision to turn off the life-sustaining machines of a loved one?  Have we reached a new high in medical science in that we can maintain a life at this stage, or a new low?  The care that Lynn has received has been stellar, and his medical team has been diligent about trying different approaches to his condition.  Despite their efforts, it seems that Lynn’s body is telling him it’s time to move on, to reunite with his 36-year-old sister and 65-year-old father.   Still, our hearts yearn for a miracle and our heads question if all bases have been covered, all avenues tried.

I watched my elderly parents die a slow, failing death, and I would not wish that on my worst enemy.  Not only would we not want Lynn to suffer such an end, we wouldn’t want his children to endure it.  We can only hope that God, in his grace and mercy, will soon bring a clear vision of the best choices for Lynn’s situation, no matter what those choices may be.

March 10, 2010:   The decision was made to remove Lynn from life support Monday morning, and he passed away peacefully around 3am today.   God speed, Lynn.

March 6, 2010 at 12:02 am Leave a comment

Transform your world

Transform. That is a word that is often used to describe what Uppercase Living vinyl can do to any home or office.  However, it doesn’t have to be limited to a single space.  At its 2009 Convention, Uppercase Living showcased 3 new environments every day in the Community Connection area. There was the green “kitchen” and the beige “living room” that were changed daily to show different looks, and I especially liked the blue room that transformed from a playroom to a sweet cupcake room to a very cool motocross bedroom any boy would love.  Take a look at these great pictures to get your creative juices flowing:

Green room – decorated as a Kitchen

Beige room – decorated as a living room

Blue room – decorated as a young child’s playroom playroom

Blue Room – decorated as a girl’s bedroom with a sweet cupcake theme

Blue room – decorated as a boy’s bedroom with a motocross theme

Uppercase Living believes in this concept — that vinyl can truly “transform” an entire room — so much that they featured different environments throughout the pages in each section in our Idea Catalog.  Here’s a couple of sample rooms from the 2010 Spring/Summer Idea Catalog:

In this room, UL complemented a welcoming expression with a beautiful scroll embellishment border and a variety of colors of flowing grass.  They even took the scroll and added it to the hurricane lamp.  One embellishment allows for two different placements and ties the theme together.

In this playroom, UL used the Adorable Alphabet as a border and complemented it with a ChalkWall School House, a Contemporary Clock with a custom expression over it, and even a decorated charger and easel to tie the entire look (look in the nook).  Doesn’t this room look amazing?  There are so many items available, the options seem endless!

Vinyl truly is as versatile as any other home décor product.  It is incredibly easy to install and then change, and is far more affordable than custom paint or wallpaper in any space.  And with Uppercase Living, you can truly customize their space with the incredible variety of colors and sizes not available anywhere else.

Check out all the amazing photographs and product ideas in our Idea Catalogs.  I challenge you to look at not only at the big photo spreads at the beginning of each section, but also the smaller images sprinkled throughout the catalogs that show how little things can make a big impact in a space.  I then challenge you to look at all of the various ways our products can transform all the special places you live and work in every day.  Send me pictures!  I take great pride in adding my customers’ designs to the photo albums I share at my UL parties.

I love it when I get the chance to help a customer design a space using Uppercase Living products and then see it when it finally comes together.  It is so rewarding to be able to completely transform a room in just a few hours. I’ve given you some ideas here and there are hundreds more in our Idea Catalogs.  What will YOU transform?

February 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm Leave a comment

O Canada!

Rick Fanhauser, president of Uppercase Living, is taking us into exciting new territory — Canada! We’re so excited to be expanding into the beautiful white north, both to bring our amazing product to new customers and to offer our Canadian neighbors the exciting opportunity of becoming a UL demonstrators. I can’t wait to sign up my first Canadian recruit! Joining now is a perfect time since it’s so new up there. I love my job, and I want to share the experience with everyone! Apparently, Rich feels the same way. Here is his recent blog entry describing the exciting first day…

On my office wall, I have a wonderful expression that simply says, “life is a journey and only you hold the map.” It’s an incredible message that helps to remind me what matters and helps to guide the decisions I make, both personally and professionally, each and every day.

When I first looked at joining Uppercase Living about three years ago, I was impressed with the company’s foundation. But even more so, I was impressed by its potential. We have an incredible product and community of savvy business owners out sharing our message, so it was easy to envision our growth. I envisioned thousands of happy customers and successful Demonstrators across the US and throughout the world, benefiting from our inspirational products. And as I write this, our international journey has officially begun.

On Monday, February 1st, we opened enrollment for Uppercase Living Demonstrators in Canada. Within minutes, Wendy Dignan from Calgary, Alberta, Karen Jones from St. Catharine’s, Ontario, and Linda Jones from Niagara Falls, Ontario, signed up. And by day’s end, we had welcomed several additional Demonstrators in the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan as well. It was exciting to watch our initial international expansion in real time and satisfying to have achieved this milestone so early in our history. Thanks to all of you who shared and are sharing our story with our neighbors to the north. And to all our new and future Canadian Demonstrators: Welcome to Uppercase Living! We are thrilled to have you and know that with UL, you have the map to success.

February 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm Leave a comment


You know how it is when you vow to do something and to do it regularly, then you fall off the wagon?  Yeah, me too.  That’s what happened to me with this blog.  Life just seems to have gotten in the way of my writing, or maybe there’s just been too much going on that I’d rather not write about.  Hmmm, I’ll have to think on that one…

So, here I am, back in the saddle again.  What to write?  Should I write about family, friends, travels, my business, the weather, the Colts’ chance at the getting in the Super Bowl?  It’s hard to decide.  The thing that is most on my mind is too personal to write about (Scott’s un-engagement), and everything else just seems to fall far below in comparison.

What I can say is that I am blessed to have a wonderful husband, two awesome sons, a loving extended family, a great set of friends, a fun and exciting business, and a life that is never dull.  I love my job and look forward to working with customers daily.  I am making some progress with the workouts I’ve started, and I’m feeling better as a result.  I love my two cats and the companionship and love they share with us.   I have the wherewithal to live comfortably and travel some.  And I know that I am a child of God, Who loves me unconditionally.

I know life will give me many things to write about in the days and weeks ahead, but for now, this is enough.

January 20, 2010 at 1:16 pm Leave a comment

Easy decorating for your next birthday bash

Here’s another great decorating idea for your next party from Uppercase Living’s Christina Stark.  UL Photo Prints are the latest awesome idea from Uppercase Living, and my customers are going ga-ga over them!  Stay tuned for more posts on this amazing new product.

Birthday parties, particularly those for adults, are a great opportunity to recognize (and embarrass) the ones we love.  You can make this special occasion truly memorable using one of our newest and most exciting products: UL Photo Prints!   Whether you’ve had a chance to try Photo Prints yet or not, I bet you can find a good use for this great idea.   Here’s what we came up with:

To begin our design, we first had to determine a suitable photo for our Photo Print.  Our birthday party was for a soon-to-be-40-year-old family member, so we rifled through the family photos one afternoon and came up with Spencer in his leisure suit at age 6.  Perfect!   Once we had scanned our photo*, it only took a moment or two to upload and order a 4’x4’ contour-cut Photo Print using UL’s newly-revamped MyDesign Suite™.

With our Photo Print out of the way, it was time to spice up the space where our Photo Print would eventually end up.  (You may recognize the table and lamp from a previous post.  Are you convinced yet that one wall can provide fun for all kinds of occasions?!)  Using the Text&Graphics application within MyDesign Suite™, we designed a fun and simple message for our wall with two custom words: “40” (Souvenir, 13”, Caribbean Blue) and “Years” (Liorah 5”, Navy Blue).  Then came our “Happy Birthday” message (#16697, Navy Blue), gallantly displayed on the new Uppercase Living Glass Charger ($14.95, #300159).  We placed our charger on the table (using its complimentary easel) alongside a big stack of matching birthday gifts.

And that’s it!  You can use this idea, or some variation of it, to make your next birthday party a sure-fire hit.  And don’t just limit this idea to birthday parties: think graduation parties (first day of kindergarten picture), anniversary parties (wedding picture), wedding receptions (engagement picture), bar mitzvahs (baby picture), etc.  The possibilities are endless!

*Please note: Many photography shops and camera stores will digitize (scan) photos and, depending on the quality of the digitizing process, can give you a photo that will look great as a Photo Print.  However, there are several ways of digitizing a printed photo, so digitizing does not guarantee that your photo will have the same quality as the one taken using a digital camera.

October 10, 2009 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

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