I was asked today whether or not we could include Stampin’ Up! product in our blog banners. I called Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Support (DS) to see what their policy was on this.

For example, I created a blog banner for a fellow demonstrator, Ruth Baldwin, http://sharewhatyoulove.blogspot.com. I created the project with Stampin’ Up! product (paper, ribbon, hodgepodge hardware), then took a picture of it. Then used Photoshop to alter some of the images (such as adding Bevel and Emboss to the ribbon and an artistic filter to the River Rock background near the flowers (that have a drop shadow effect).

Anyway, this is "okay" by Demonstrator Support since it is a finished artwork piece and I used the Stampin’ Up! copyright. She also recited to me the area on the Demonstrator Manual where this type of topic would fall under, Internet/Web Site Policy. I have copied that section of the manual below.

After reading this, it is my understanding that all of our "pictures" on our blogs/websites ("finished projects") are supposed to have the Stampin’ Up! copyright on them as well. Many of us use watermarks for this purpose. But I’m sure many demonstrators are unaware of this policy.

This is an excerpt from the April 2008 Demonstrator Manual from Stampin’ Up!:

Internet/Web Site Policy

Stampin’ Up! provides Demonstrator Business Web Sites as an easy and professional way to have a presence on the web. If you choose to create your own personal web site or blog, please follow the outlined guidelines. Demonstrators who create personal web sites may display finished projects they have made with Stampin’ Up! products and accessories on their sites. Each display item must be accompanied by the Stampin’ Up! copyright notice.

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