Sunday, September 28, 2008

Paper Piecing and a sneak peak

Paper Piecing used to be huge in the scrapbooking world. I used to do some sort of paper piecing on every layout I put together. But like other trends, it fell by the wayside and other fads took it's place. I've noticed Paper Piecing is making a comeback in some of the recent magazines I've bought so I checked out Scrapbooks Etc's website. They have a tonne of free patterns for you to download. I clicked on the link to Nature-Scene paper piecings and found this cute little deer.

I cut him out of a sheet of 12 x 12 cork I bought at the store. It has great texture so I didn't add all the little bitty pieces of the pattern; just a couple of spots and some inking around the edges and I called it done. The pattern also comes with little nose and eye pieces as well as a white underbelly.

I like the simple look of my deer.

So go to Scrapbooks Etc. Look through their patterns and find something for your next layout. The Nature-Scene paper piecings include a cute little squirrel, mushrooms, owls, and of course, birds. And there's a wonderful Tree Background pattern that I think I may just try on a layout soon.
There are also Halloween themed piecings; Back to School; Flower; Baby; Winter... Lots to choose from.

And come in to the store next week and see the rest of my layout. I used the new Kelly Panache 'His and Hers' line

Saturday, September 27, 2008

SEI has a contest going on.

I get their newsletter and this is what it's all about...

We would love to see what you do with Poppy. Send us any layouts or project ideas you have done or would like to do with this line to by October 17th. We will pick our top 3 favorites, display them in our gallery, and give them a gift certificate to use at Plus, our #1 favorite will be displayed for a week at the front of our gallery! Winners will be announced in next month's tidbits on October 24th."

Lynette has the Poppy Line in store. It's gorgeous with silver foil embedded in many of the designs. And they're all two sided so you have a choice of designs when you're working with it. Don't forget to check out the coordinating diecuts, mini coasters and chipboard frames while you're there.

I think I'll enter this layout...

I just love this photo of my kids being kids.

Friday, September 26, 2008

A Week in the Life

Ali Edwards is one of my favourite scrapbookers. I like how she incorporates so many of the day to day details of her families life into her scrapbook pagess. I check out her blog every couple of weeks to see what she's working on.
Next week she is going to be working on a 'Week in the Life' album that will focus on documenting everyday details over the course of seven consecutive days. And she's invited her readers to join her. It sounds like fun to me so I'll be packing my camera around all week documenting. Here's a short glimpse of Ali E's instructions...

"Commit to keeping your camera with you throughout the day. Capture everything. Capture things that may seem silly or dumb. Capture the normal. Capture little things. Capture your environment. Here's a couple questions I ask myself or I keep in mind as I am going about this project: what's my daily routine, where did I go, who did I see, what do I do, what does the inside of my home look like, where do I spend the most time, etc. Capture stuff that you use everyday: your computer, a coffee mug, a favorite pair of shoes, a book, etc. Make sure to take a photo of yourself each day"

If it sounds like a fun project check out Ali Edwards blog for full instructions and play along. I'm going to do it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Oh My Gosh.....we have so much new freight!!!!

Ok so we've received already 15 boxes of new goodies....and We're working as quickly as we can to get them all out but were expecting 5 more boxes at least tomorrow! WOOHOO.

The new Scrapbook Trends and CARDS magazines came in yesterday and they have some fun projects in them. Can't wait to try them out at our scrapbooking retreat this weekend.

I also sent out the newest newsletter. You can find a link on the right hand menu here :)

Happy Scrapping!


Looking for some artistic inspiration?

I enjoy trying new ideas and styles on my scrapbook pages. One place I go to find inspiration is the ScrapJacked blogspot. Twice a month the girls over there choose a scrapbook artist to 'scrapjack'. I played this last week. Here's my layout...

Cutting out my photos isn't something I usually do. My ten yr old daughter occasionally does it, but not me.

I distressed and inked the edges of my patterned paper and the kraft paper I used as a base for my layout. Then I pulled out some old EK Success stickers [I never thought I'd use those tap stickers :)] and used them in place of ribbon on my tags.

The journaling is about my son who at thirteen and in Junior High, has absolutely no concerns about being fashionable. Most of his trendiest clothes are hand-me-downs from an older friend. The same friend told his Mum to tell me to tell my boys that it wasn't cool to be seen in 'Incredible Hulk' t-shirts now that they were highschoolers.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Trina's got new layouts in the gallery

I just updated the flickr gallery and posted Trina's two most recent layouts there! Hope you enjoy.

A true Scrapper...LOL

So I got a phone call from Crystal and she's on a drive down through Taylor and she just noticed how beautiful the fall colors are. Here's a sneak peak of her paper choices for her next clear acrylic album class with the all mixed up albums. Her class is going to be on November 22 but it might be a good idea to take advantage of all the beautiful fall colors out there as they'll make some superb pictures!

New Magazine's in Stock

We just received a new shipment of Australian Paper Crafts, Scrapbook Memories, Scrapbooks Etc. and Creative Paper ( My new favorite magazine!)

I also marked down a bunch of back issues in those titles so if you're looking for some bargin inspiration be sure to check them out as they are priced at only $3.
See ya soon!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Here's a peak at a couple...

Of Trina's Layouts. She just dropped these one's off yesterday so I'll get them posted in the flickr gallery tomorrow! We've been busy putting out all that freight. We got tons of goodies in the past few days. Some of the new Reminisce Halloween and Fall Lines, New Big Fat Chipboard Albums from Bo Bunny! and lots of other things.

See you soon!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Everyday Moments ~ October 25

Hey there, finally got a tally on the class fee for Crystals Everyday Moments, The cost is going to be $90 or for Members just $85. There are tons of goodies included with this kit as it makes 7~ 6x12 pages in the clear and chipboard combination album with lots of embellishments, including rubons, felt, stamping on acrylic, metal clips and more! It makes a great gift too and with Christmas coming you can start early!
Email us or stop by to register!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New Layouts in the Flickr Gallery.....

Hey there.

Just posted some new layouts from Heather and Crystal in the gallery. Scroll to the bottom of the page and when you click to make the pictures full screen there are tips or highlights of the pages now in the descriptions.

If there is something you'd like to save just right click on the picture and save a copy to your computer for scraplifting!

Hope you enjoy!

Thank you....

to everyone who joined us for our Birthday Party Celebration this past Saturday. It was great to see everyone and congratulations to the winners of our Draws:

  • Norma Webster

  • Mila Baker

  • Rhonda Grimes

  • Becky Smith

  • Ruth Lee &

  • Jennifer Skinner

Crystals class was lots of fun too! Their projects turned out so great! We have one kit left of the Schools Days so if you missed the class but are interested in completing the project just give us a call and we'll see if it's still here!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Happy 7th Birthday!

Happy Birthday to us. We're celebrating our 7th birthday today and all week long!

Here's a link to ur latest newsletter so you can see all the specials and upcoming classes and such.

Energy 98 will be here on location on Saturday. We have the whole store on sale so there are some great specials and there will be more on Saturday so be sure to tune into to the radio for more details or just pop by.

I hope you can make it down this Saturday September 13th for some cake and goodies.

See you soon


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Puppy Love!

Thought I would share Crystal's newest layout with you, it features the embossed dog bone paper from Elsie. Crystal sanded the raised bits to enhance it on the page, then accented with the Animal papers from Creative Imaginiations. She brought it by yesterday and I managed to get a scan of it. But just as I was about to hang it on the wall up her darling daughter caught a glance of it and really, REALLY didn't want to leave it behind, It was so precious that she was so attached to her mom's newest layout that she absolutely didn't want her mom to leave it behind. Crystal told me that that is why she scrapbooks, Her daughter loves to look at the pictures and hear the stories and she love's to share them with her. So for now here's a picture of the layout and when she can sneak it from the house we'll hang it up for everyone to see.
Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Prima Sketches

Hey there! Looking for some monthly inspiration? Have you checked out the Prima Blog. I signed up and get their monthly newsletter and find they have some fun creative sketches sent out monthly. Thought I would pass along this months:

Perahps you will have some pictures and this will inspire you to get working on those pages. Especially since most mothers (myself included) are enjoying their first morning with the kids in a full day of school. It's one of those things where I feel torn that they are back in school, it funny how attached one can be to having them with you all day and yet still feel the excitement of having them off with their friends and we get some down time.
Enjoy the Prima Sketch, If you feel inspired email me a picture or drop by with a copy of you layout to share and I'll enter you in a draw for some prima goodies!
If you want to get a copy of their newsletter there is a link on their blog which you can find at this link
Enjoy your day and see you all soon!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Ranger Goodies have arrived!

Since it was only a partial day I kept Katherine really busy unpacking all those stickles! The rack was so full we had to have a basket full of overfill. There were also lots of ink colors, Colored Distress Inks, and Glossy Accents in Regular, Matte and Crackle finishes!
We also have new copies of some magazines from Australian Paper Crafts, Cloth Paper Scissors and Scrapbooking Memories!

Stop by and check them out! Watch for updates to come about our birthday party next week!

Ohhh and I almost forgot I did get a calendar started for those who like to look at the month at a glance to see what's happening, I will be sure to add more to it soon as Crystal and I just discussed what kinds of classes are going to be coming soon! I'll post them as soon as I have dates. If you click on the event it should bring up a description and a photo if available. Click Here to see

Let me know what you think! We are still getting the website worked on and so hopefully that will be done soon, Until then be sure to check out the flickr gallery below.
Take care and talk to you all soon,