Saturday, May 31, 2008

More layouts!

Today's the last day to enter our Family contest! Bring in those entries guys! Collette Lucier brought by this layout yesterday, love the shades of green. Great tone on tone page.

I love Jen Louie's style - so simple, but detailed all at the same time. The small 3 up in the corner is a great touch - symbolizing the 3 siblings.

Kate Watt created a double page layout. To bring in the colour red, she punched more circles to mimic the background paper. Great work Kate!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Family Contest Entries and Inque Boutique

Here are the first four entries for our final week of the NSD contests.... the theme was anything family. Thanks for the great inspiration guys!

Amanda Cromer emailed us photos of her baby file folder. I love pink brown and green together - what a great combo. The little pull out tabs are perfect for extra photos and journaling.
Sorry Kate, I just noticed that darn zero that fell off is sitting at the bottom of the scanned layout! Kate North did a great job of picking colours to compliment her dark photos. Love the pop of orange.
Lego Land! Totally fun, I want to go too! Vicki Wilson's family took a trip here and she did a super job scrapbooking it! I love all the little dots. I also like the traditionally bright lego colours, and the fact that she wrote about who came, but wasn't in any photos.
Wendy Jansen also had dark photos and struggled with how to scrapbook them. She came up with this neat star desgin which keeps the focus on the individual faces!

Only 2 more days to bring me in your entries, so keep 'em comin!

Inque Boutique arrived yesterday - if you were in my card class and need your stamps, they are now here. Sorry once again for the delivery holdup. For those of you who haven't invested in Inque Boutique yet - you should. And here's why: they are totally inexpensive. This is because they are unmounted rubber, you're not paying for the wood. I know unmounted rubber is really annoying to a lot of people because how do you mount them, you still can't see through the stamp etc... well, these come already with cling - you stick them on your acrylic block, stamp away, and peel off. No permanent mounting. They also have a black outline of the design on the other side of the stamp, so even though you can't see through the stamp, you can still see exactly what you're stamping. Not too shabby eh? They have thought of everything, including giving you a piece of cardboard to store them on, a small stamp mat in every pack, and extra cling for when they get unsticky! The large sets cost only (get ready, your socks are about to get knocked off) $16.49 - yeah, you read that right. The little sets, $4.99. We also have some little sampler guys that are only $1.99!!!! A product called Inqueboard, which is essentially chipboard is here too. Oh, and don't forget about their clear stamp/unmounted stamp storage systems. I'm going to stop rambling now, because seriously, I could talk about these stamps all day. To check out their line go to

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Inventory Blowout!

Today kicks off our inventory blowout sale! There's some crazy deals going on; a perfect time to stock up on things like cardstock and patterned paper! Here's the listing of everything on sale:
25 cent paper - discontinued printed sheets and discontinued cardstocks
Chatterbox paper rolls $1 each!
Idea books marked down
Save an additional 40% on already clearanced items
MME Transfer Titles $1.49 each
Carolee's Chipboard Sticker Shapes 25% off
Quickutz Rubons Starter Set $15.00 each - regular $32.99
All Reinkers 1/2 price!
12x12 Printable Transparencies - $5 - regular $16.99 (you can always cut down to 8 1/2" if you don't have a wide format printer)
Quickutz Silhouette - LOWEST PRICE EVER! $250 - regular $499
All Quickutz 2x2 Alphabets 60% off
Quickutz Purple Squeeze $99.99 - $350 value
QK Rubons $4.00 each - regular $13.99
Remember, the more you buy, the less I have to count and that makes Ang a very happy girl :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Eye Candy and A Winner!

What a beautiful day today!! I wanted to share this layout Heather dropped off last week. She did a wonderful job of mixing Cosmo Cricket Fleuriste with SEI Jolie Chocolate, Bazzill Cardstock with an Edge, and Making Memories Animal Cracker letters. What a stunning layout! The little arrow (Basic Grey!) helps to draw attention to the photos. She's also got some KI Lace paper in there - a great little big of green embellishment. You can find this, and many of Heather's pieces in the store!

I'd like to congraulate Tania Finch for winning week 3 of our contests! She won a Making Memories Tag Curler and 3 packs of tags!! Her entry is shown below, she printed images off her computer on sticker paper to make her own embellishment. A cool idea for those random projects for sure. Starting today is the family contest - bring in a layout, card, or altered piece about family! Keep those entries coming guys!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Make Your Own Embellishment Contest & The Good Life

Wow, I've been totally slacking on the blog posting, sorry guys! Not much to report around here, although I do need to show you all some awesome entries for week 3 of our contest! Here are entries involving hand made embellishments!

Cheryl Pauls made this bow out of strips of patterned paper! This would be a great way to use up scraps. Totally cool concept here Cheryl!
Carmen Munro altered a file folder! This would make a neat coffee table book. She's created lots of little embellishments on each of the pages.
Collette Lucier really took the challenge seriously on her layout! She's got a handmade shaker box up in the corner, a folded paper flower, and created her own title using her Cricut!
Kate Watt punched flowers to make this gorgeous joy card! Love the mix of blues with the pop of pink and purple.

(Insert shameless blog posting here) Check out my class on June 12! The layout is called "The Good Life" and it's made mostly with the new Noteworthy line from Making Memories. The page is great for any type of happy time photos... mine showcases photos of Ryan's family up at the cabin back home. You get to play with some really fun stuff here - die cut papers, lots of ribbon, textured flowers, and American Craft Thickers. If you haven't used Thickers yet they will blow your mind - once I discovered them I instantly had to have them in every colour and texture. Anyhow, my class is $25, $20 for members and sure to be a good time had by all. Sign up now, and spend an evening with me :)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

New Stock!

I love new stuff..... several random things arrived today. All of them are new and fun and I can't wait to dig in! Check some of it out....Jolees - these are so great for page fillers. Sorry for the glare on the bottom one there, it's golfing words. There's more in store than what's in the photo.
K&Co Grand Adhesions - dimension without all the work. Gotta love it.
K&Co Sea Glass - what a great line for beach pages. Check out that paper ribbon - totally detailed! I think this will go great with the Reminisce line we already have in.
Prima stamps - I love little individual clear stamps. Less expensive, you dont have to worry about not liking other things in the pack, good for gifts........
June's editions of Cards and Scrapbook Trends. If you guys haven't looked at this magazine before, I'd recommend it. There's hardly any ads, and the photos of the projects are bigger.... you won't be upset with this one I'm sure.

Quickutz Discontinued Fonts.......

I wanted to post and let you all know that we received an email from Quickutz and they have a list of newly discontinued fonts...the following fonts are only available while supplies last....

Biography Classic
Diesel Classic and Shadow
Ginger Mini
Maddie Anne Classic
Maggie Mini and Shadow
Metro Classic
Metro Skinnimini
Moxie Classic
Moxie Skinnimini
Roxy Classic and Shadow
Studio Skinni mini
Tangerine Classic and Shadow
Uptown Girl Classic
Zoe Mini

We currently have a few of these in stock however if you are looking for one and it isn't here let us know and we can see if we can find you a set!

Fall Fair - Scrapbook Contest

The 61st Fall Fair will be happening at the North Peace Fair Grounds August 16th and 17th. Did you know that each year they run a scrapbooking contest and we sponser the prizes? That's right guys, you can win gift certificates to spend here - the most fun place on earth (okay, I think that's Disneyland, but I'm going to say we're the most fun place in FSJ for sure).
The categories are:
- Scrapbooking 8 1/2 x 11 layout (one or two page)
- Scrapbooking 12x12 layout (one or two page)
- Scrapbooking - judged on journaling
- Scrapbooking - best page overall
- Cardmaking - 2 cards
First prize in each category is a $20 gift certificate to Unforgettable Memories. That way you can choose your own prize!! If you are wanting to enter, or interested in any other Fall Fair happenings, I have a couple entry forms and Fair info books here at the store. It looks like there will be lots of fun things for kids and adults.
I'll try and remember to post this again in the beginning of August as a reminder, but mark it down on the calendars guys!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Create your own embellishment!

Here's a photo of me and Jane today - she came in to pick up her prize for week two of our contest. Jane won a Chatterbox page kit and Making Memories wristlet purse.
And now onto week 3! Vicki Wilson created the butterfly on this card with her Cricut. She cut the same image out in several sizes and layered them. The butterfly is done up in patterned paper and cardstock, and she added glitter to spice it up.

Vicki Wizniuk added shine to her card in a different way; she covered a chipboard piece in patterened paper to match her card, sanded the edges and covered it in glossy accents. For more depth, she added a second chipboard flower and a brad.

Congrats Jane!

Jane has won week two of our NSD contests! She stamped her title on her layout shown here. Great work Jane! You'll have to stop by and collect your prize.

Thanks to everyone who participated, we have participation prizes here for you as well.

This week is all about making your own embellishments! No premade stuff this week, we're going back to basics. Layer some diecuts or punched pieces, hand cut a title, stamp an image, colour it in, cut it out, and pop it up. The choices are endless really......
I'll post a few entries for the Make Your Own Contest later today to get you going....

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Queen Victoria

Happy May long to everyone! I hope you are enjoying your weekend!!!! Lots of great camping, backyard BBQ's, and boating photos to scrapbook soon I'm sure. The weather is gorgeous! Sorry I didn't post yesterday. We were working hard to get Doodlebug out on the shelves. And here are some shots for you to see just how much of it we got! Those photos I took the other day just don't do it justice to the amount of choice there really is. Look at all this paper! There's still another rack of it that didn't make the cut for the photo too! 12 colour choices, 4 regular patterned papers in dots, stripes, florals and filagree, one decorative flocked paper and one regular flocked paper. Wow, it makes my heart race I'm so excited. There's glittery papers that coordinate shipping in approx. one months time as well. Is it bad to want one of everything? haha. Here's the flocked brads, bottles of flock, and glitter multipack. There's some mini rubons and some glitter brads etc from before in this area as well. I love Doodlebug because they always release the same colours, so you can easily mix your old with the new. So ingenious of them.

And now, more contest entries. You guys are all amazing, seriously. Thanks for entering. I know I've said this a thousand times now, but I love your work. Everyone's got their own style and it's great to see it.
Amanada Cromer emailed us in this lovely shot. She used to live in FSJ, but has since moved away. Her daughter made this fruit cup as a Mother's Day Gift. They took the bottom off the can to clean it out and fill it again with yummy chocolates! What a great idea!!! Michelle Steiner is card-maker extrodinare! She really pays attention to every little detail. The little biridie is a Hero Arts stamp. She also stamped "to one of my favorite Peeps". The "Happy Bird Day" and "Tweet Wishes" are printed off the computer. Lots of QK on this card as well.

Cheryl Pauls created this card. What a great masculine card! The 3 brads help to balance the large deer stamped image. Great use of stamps for the background here as well.
This little bunny was stamped by Danielle Pauls. The cute image is really softened by the organza ribbon.
The lovely Jane Cullen created this layout with Basic Grey paper. I love the mix of embellishments on here as well.
Violet Canning brought in this great card. This could work for a male or female birthday. It's awesome that she took it a little further and stamped the envelope as well.

I want to aplogise to whomever this layout belongs to - we forgot to write down your name! Please let us know so we can give appropriate credit! This layout is a great example of using stamps where you might not have other embellishments that fit your theme.

I should mention that if you'd like a better view of any of the projets you just need to click on the photo for a much larger shot.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Stamping Contest Entries

Here are four more wonderful entries for Week 2 of our National Scrapbook Month Contest. All entries use stamping.

Jen Louie's son's handwriting is preserved forever on this keepsake layout. She stamped the orange bracket journaling spot.
A simple statement can easily be made into your title. Carrie Ann Simpson stamped "I Love Vacation" as her title. Great use of memento's too, using the Carival Cruise Lines tag.
June Buburuz stamped several elements on this page. The "Take Time to Enjoy...." stamp and moon in the upper left were stamped with a Tsukineko Glue pad and then glittered. There are small foot prints stamped on the chipboard heart.
Sarah Kurjata felt the bottom half of her layout was missing something, and remembered our weekly contest. This helped her decide on stamping leaves to fill the space.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A long one guys.....

Grab a coffee, get some comfy slippers and relax, you're in for a big one today folks. First off, here's all the contest entries I've had for week two.... If you haven't read about it, we're running a month long contest. Each week has a different theme. To qualify you need to bring by a project (layout, card, or otherwise) using stamps. That's all there is to it - until Friday if you bring by a project using stamping you qualify. Again, this is not a judged contest, this is only a draw so everyone has an equal chance of winning!
Wendy Jansen created this gorgeous card. The pinecone is popped up, adding depth. The circle punched out of the green, and the button placed in the space is a real neat detail as well.
Vicki Wilson made an explosion box as a "card" for a friends birthday. I love all the bright colours. The butterflies are on little springs - so fun!

I love the little catterpiller!
The box when closed....This pink card was brought in by Vicki Wizniuk. Her background is all stamped, and the main focal flower was stamped, cut out and the petals were bent to add dimension.
Carmen Munro did a beautiful job creating this card! The entire background is not preprinted paper - it's ALL stamps. Totally a genious way to use up scraps of paper (like those white sheets you get in your album page protectors and never use).

Last weeks' winner Kate Watt made this layout. The flowers, crayon and ruler are all stamped. I love how she encorporated Quickutz in here as well. The flourishes and title were done with QK.
Close up shots....

This is a 30 cent Heidi Swapp flower.....
Kate Watt brought in this card - she created it from the scraps of Lynette's Someone Special kit.I hope to see more projects being brought by, I love all the creative ideas that are out there!!! Keep 'em coming guys!

Today was an exciting day. Shipment one arrived from Doodlebug today. It contained flocked papers, patterned papers, flocked brads, and containers of flock! So basically, if you need anything flocked we definately have something to satisfy you!! If you don't know what flocking is, it's textured and feels very soft, like velvet. The bottles of flocking on their own can be used with a glue pad and stamps, or any sticky surface, to create your own fuzzy embellishments. They have a starter kit of flock that gives you a small jar of each colour to get going.