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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I'm Thankful for YOU!

Fall is here and the weather is changing.  We are looking forward to the holidays and we tend to take a moment to reflect on things we are thankful for.  Although I'm thankful for many things year round, I tend to forget to say it as often as I should.  I'm thankful for my Family, my extended Family and Friends.  Our Scrappin' Family has grown so much!  We are entering our third year (It's hard to believe!) and I think it's pretty safe to say that I have the absolute BEST Friends and Family around!  Thank you all for your continued support and love! I love ya'll!

I'm going to stop before I get all mushy and start crying...again! LOL!  You all know how I am!  We have lots of great updates for you, too!  We received our first shipment from Silhouette America!!!  It was almost 300 lbs. !!!  Let me tell you...they did an AWESOME job with the new Silhouette Cameo!!!  We are placing another order this Friday!  If you want one in time for Christmas, this is the order you wanna get in on!!!

There's always new merchandise coming in! Tim Holtz newest Holiday Distress Inks, Authentique Gathering and Splendid, Basic Grey Picadilly and Little Black Dress, Smash Books,  Silhouette Accessories & Supplies, Etc!  Stop in to check it all out & say HI!

Don't forget to check out our link to the online calendar located at the top of the page! We've updated and have some great classes and our HUGE 3 DAY CHRISTMAS CROP!!!  See you all Soon!!!

Monday, October 17, 2011


Our fall yard sale was a huge success thanks to all of YOU!  There were tons of fabulous deals and the company was truly awesome!  I love our scrappin' family!!!  Our TOP SELLER was Valerie B. with sales totalling $388.00!!!  Her hubby will be thrilled to know that she cleaned out her scrap room...we won't tell him she'll be looking for all of the new goodies to replace what she cleaned! LOL!

Our first customer of the day arrived at 5:15 a.m. just to be the first one in the door!!!
That's DEDICATION! :-)

By 7:45 the line was forming & the excitement was building!
Although it was early everyone seemed to enjoy the company.

And they're off...

Great deals! Great friends! great Day!!!

If you missed this sale, don't worry! We'll have another in the spring, and they just keep getting better!

We have more great news and updates, too.  There are great classes on our schedule this week so check out our calendar link to the right.  Our Annual "Pink" crop will be held this coming Saturday from 10 a.m. - 10p.m.  We only have a few spot left so get signed up right away!  I'll be giving away some great prizes...including a BRAND NEW CRICUT IMAGINE DIE CUTTING MACHINE!!!!

The Sew easy Ribbon line will be in this week, Smash Books are on their way again, Basic Grey shipped and we are expecting our first order of Silhouette Cameos in stock soon, too!  Stay tuned for more...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Our Fall Yard Sale is TOMORROW!!!

It's that time again already!!! You all cleaned out your scrap rooms again and all I can say is WOW!  Pat yourself on the back if you were a consignor in our current sale!  It is sooooo hard to let go of the things we just "have to have" but never end up using.  WE DID IT!  What a blessing this is going to be to a new scrapper starting out or those of us that like to trade out for all of the great buys out there!  KUDOS Ladies!!!  Look at some  of the awesome deals waiting on YOU...

38 Cricut Cartridges starting at just $10!!!
Albums Anyone?!

Die Cutting Machines, Tools & More!

Paper, Paper, Paper...

Cricut, Silhouette & MORE!!!

We still love our Sizzix!

Great Christmas Gift!


Brand New! Great Gifts!!!
Our Sale starts bright and early, Saturday, October 15 at 8:00 A.M.  but our early birds will be there with coffee and lawn chairs well before that time!  Our yard sale is cash only so make sure you come prepared to do some serious shopping!  Many of the items are still brand new in packages! See you soon!!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happy Fall Y'all!

We have some great fall events scheduled!  The calendar is updated so make sure you check it out:

Can you believe we only have 9 days till our next SEMI-ANNUAL YARD SALE!  It's not too late to get your consignor number.  We will be checking in items starting this weekend.  It's sure to be another AMAZING sale!  If you don't have time to gather your items for this sale, be sure to come shop! The best bargains are always first to go, but there's been more than enough to go around several times over.  The last sale went ALL DAY LONG! So stop by & bring a friend on Saturday, October 15 starting at 8:00 a.m.  Cash only, for yard sale purchases, please.  I'll update you on some of the goodies we have coming in soon!

Our classes for October are SPOOKTACULAR! Ok, I know - that was cheesy...but I really couldn't help it!  Here's a sneak peak and I'm sure you will agree!

Halloween Photo Tree Class 10/16!

All Treats Class 10/9 & 10/20!

Flower Frenzy Class 10/18!
We have our "PINK" Crop this month, too!  If you haven't already signed up call today! Space is limited!  Did I mention that one of the prizes is going to be a BRAND NEW CRICUT IMAGINE MACHINE??? YES! You heard me right! There's goodies bags, challenges, games, prizes & more!!!  I'll announce more prizes soon...but don't wait to sign up!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Super Awesome Reveals part II !!!

We are now accepting pre-orders for the Silhouette Cameo! Our first shipment is scheduled to arrive late October and you WILL want to be one of the first to have this awesome machine! Pre-order it now!JUST $299.99!

What is it you ask?

Silhouette CAMEO™
The Silhouette CAMEO™ is an electronic cutting tool for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac® with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more up to 12" wide and 10 feet long. The machine also boasts a quiet motor and the ability to register and cut printed materials.

In the box The Silhouette CAMEO™ ships with the following important items:

  • Silhouette electronic cutting tool
  • Silhouette Studio® software for Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac® OS X 10.5.8 and higher
  • 51 exclusive cuttable designs
  • Power cable, USB cable
  • 12" cutting mat
  • Cutting blade
  • $10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store
  • Basic Instruction Guide
Silhouette CAMEO™
$299.99 The Silhouette CAMEO™ was announced on July 19 at the CHA trade show in Rosemont, IL .


The NEW LIMITED EDITION TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS INKS for FALL 2011 ARE HERE!!! They are actually IN STOCK NOW!!! They are a limited edition release, therefore will not have reinkers.  They are also a very limited supply so you'll want to get yours right away!

Well, I told you there were a LOT of updates and really GOOD reveals! If those two little ditties weren't "Good" enough for ya...then check out what else is new!

Fancy Pants
Page Kits
These are awesome! They come with chipboard, ribbon, buttons, etc! We also have the paper pack sets in stock now!

Bo Bunny
4 NEW LINES & Embellishments! They did way too much to list!!! You'll have to come see this :-)

Echo Park
Paper Packs, Embellishments & More! Absolutely adorable lines...once again!

Tim Holtz... NUFF SAID! ;-)
New Kraft Resist Halloween & Christmas Pads
Seasonal Distress Inks- FALL 2011

NEW! Color Me Paper Packs!

Best Creations & Doodlebug Designs Halloween!

We didn't even get to the Inky Antics, HoneyPop, Studio Calico, Glitz Designs, Disney, Canvas Corp, Unity Stamps, Crafter's Companion & of course...there's lots and lots more, but I think I'll save it for when I see you!  See you all soon!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Super Awesome Reveals!

OMG! I can hardly stand it!!! This week we have some exciting news to share and I can hardly contain myself! I have to keep it under wraps until I get the final know the UPS shipment confirmation number! LOL!  Of course we have been getting shipments in regularly. I can hardly keep track of all of our new lines and merchandise coming in! I'll update you on everything stay tuned!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The "J" Word

I love that our favorite scrapbook store is called Scrappin' Happily Ever After. It is the perfect play on words for the ending of a great story. Within our card making and scrapbooking, we are in essence telling part of the story of our lives. Through cards we make connections with the key characters in our life. With scrapbooking we are preserving the plots and events of our lives. This made me think of how we "tell" the story. Of course we use pictures and beautiful elements to convey information and a mood. In addition we also must use words. This reminded me of the often dreaded "j" word -- journaling. Some find journaling to be intimidating, perhaps because it seems so permanent, it is personal, or hard to word things just so.
Often at the crops, I see people working on various projects. One thing I noticed was how often people work on scrapbook pages but do not add journaling. It is not uncommon to hear "I'm going to add the journaling later." For scrapbookers, it seems one of the most challenging parts of the page is the journaling. I cannot count the amount of times I have heard people say (including myself), "I hate my handwriting."
This made me think of how we are often our own worst critic. When you see other people's pages, do you think "Gosh, their handwriting stinks!"? What do you think when you see your parents' or grandparents' handwriting? Isn't it neat to see what their writing looked like, whether it was an example of beautiful penmanship or whether it took some deciphering to figure out their version of script?
Of course, there are pros and cons to having both typed and handwriting elements. Typed journaling is often neater. It can be formatted in a font to go with the theme of the page from something professional and clean, to something more whimsical and fun. Typed journaling also allows us to fit more text in a smaller space. Written journaling has a much more personal and homemade feeling to it. For certain projects that we are doing, we may want this feeling expressed through the way we do our journaling. Consider the audience of the project. This may help you determine the best type of journaling.
Challenge yourself to think about journaling a bit differently:
- Consider drafting out your journaling comments on scratch paper before you do the page to help set the tone of the page layout and elements you use.
- What elements need to be included? Who? What? Where? When?
- Do not limit yourself to full sentences. Bullet lists can often convey information for many pages.
- If you tend to type your comments consider adding some handwritten elements. For example, type out the larger journaling block/story, but add in smaller handwritten elements. You can also type out journaling, but leave out spaces for key words you want to highlight and add those in your own handwriting.
- Use a pen in your Cricut or Silhouette machine to add some whimsical journaling elements that are not typed or handwritten.
- Journal along a curvy border strip or around the edge of one of your page elements.
- One of Ivy's cool techniques in the classes is to use coordinating strips of papers placed around the page for journaling elements. This is a great way to incorporate handwriting in smaller doses. :-)
Scrappin' Happily Ever After has many tools that can help you present your journaling in it's best form.
- S.H.E.A had the best gel pens. Use a fun pen color instead of sticking to the same old black pen. :-)
- Several lines have coordinating journal spots and tags you can incorporate into your pages.
- Use some of the lined, ledger type papers to create multiple journaling blocks in the sizes you need. Think outside of the square box and use cool punch shapes with lined paper. Punch the edges of journaling pieces with a cool detail.
- Tiny Alphabet Stickers: There are many lines of tiny letters now that can be used to create entire sentences.
- Use the Dymo label maker for that old school look.
- Stamp journaling blocks, use a time/date stamp, or use tiny alphabet stamps to create sentences or bullet lists.
- Use templates to draw or paint journaling spaces onto your page.
- Use decorative brads of other embellishments as part of a bullet list, add stamps or sticker elements within your handwriting to bling up your journaling space.
No matter what journaling techniques or methods you use, make sure you go back and add the journaling if you do decide to leave this part of your project until later. I am sure we have all had times where we thought we would remember details, only to forget them later. If you are going to postpone the official journaling, jot down notes or draft out your journaling on a large sticky note to keep with your page or sets of pictures as you get them printed. That way you are sure to capture all the sentiments and memories you intended to when you add your final journaling elements.
Share your journaling techniques and tips with us. How do you prefer to journal? What tips or suggestions have you found helpful in your own journaling practices that might help others?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

September Updates!

OK ladies it's officially NFL season again, and the kids are back in school! For some of us this means extra crafting time as we lose our husbands to the couch, remote & TV.  I personally am OK with it! He never notices the shopping bags, additional UPS shipments or that I haven't cooked a "real" in my book...I LOVE the game of FOOTBALL!  Our September calendar is up and we're even starting to add some of our October dates! If you haven't signed up for our September or October crop dates...HURRY! Make sure to check the calendar often because you never know when we'll add an extra class or two!

Dedra's back with another great class! In her "Trash to Treasure Mini Album" Class she will be teaching us all to REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE by using empty TOILET PAPER ROLLS to create a mini album! Of course it is created in true Dedra fashion...sprays, spritz, paint, distress, embossing, crimping, binding, ripping, stamping....did I mention spraying??? LOL! You know the routine...the fun doesn't start until the Mister Huey's Mists come out!  Make sure you catch this class on September 24th! Join us for our Mommy & Me Crop that day, for a SUPER SATURDAY!

Cricut classes, Photography Classes, Photoshop Classes, Crops, A Mini Album Class and even a Layout Class are all packing our September Calendar! Check your schedule and call or stop in to sign up today!

I almost forgot! Mark your calendars!!! Our Semi-Annual Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday, October 15 beginning at 8:00 A.M.!  We are currently accepting consignors so call or stop in to get your consignor number! Don't forget to get there early if you're planning on shopping!!! REMEMBER...TIME WAITS FOR NO MAN...OR WOMAN! ;-) LOL!  

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Time waits for no man...

Time waits for no man...or woman obviously! LOL! I hope everyone's weekend was enjoyable. We were able to sit and smell the roses, if even just for one day. Now, it's back to work! I'm so blessed that I enjoy what I do. In all of the relaxation, our blog contest slipped my mind briefly! Chances are pretty good with only 5 entries! So first things first...

List Randomizer

There were 5 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. September 1, 2011 4:00 AM
  2. August 28 2011 11:07 PM
  3. August 28 2011 11:57 PM
  4. August 29 2011 5:47 AM
  5. August 29, 2011 9:20 AM
Timestamp: 2011-09-07 05:26:51 UTC

The post dated September 1 is our random winner! Congrats! The winner will receive a prize pack valued at $20+! Please email me or Joanna or just stop in! :-)

I am currently working on our September Calendar and e-mail update! watch for an e-mail coming to your inbox soon! ;-)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Summers End

Summer is coming to a close and school is back in session. How fast Summer goes!  Scrapping Happily Ever After had many great classes and crops over the Summer, but with so many pictures from Summer still to scrap, make sure you Check out the
Summer Layout Class on Wednesday, August 31st! 

There are two class times for a great Summer layout that will work for 20-30 pictures plus journaling space!   Also, do not forget to check out the calendar. Several new classes were added recently including layouts, Cricut 101, crops, and more!

So, what's more exciting than Summer CHA that was the highlight of the last blog post? The new products and papers CHA that are coming in each week, of course! Some new products just put on the shelf include several of the Authentique paper and embellishment lines. If you have not seen them yet, stop by. All the lines are gorgeous in person. Not only are there beautiful papers, but the embellishments are very usable and set at a great price point for those that like to have it all. The die-cut embellishments are even double sided to have a phrase or element on the front and a pattern on the back, which is a great way to get the most from your products.
Check out the lovely yellows and grays in this "Blissful" line from Authentique? This paper has a great texture to it. Don't miss the cool sheet with all the decorative rulers on it and the great damask prints! How cheerful, fun, and vibrant is this?

Love, love, love, the little letters and word stickers. The letters are great for smaller titles and also highlighting key phrases that need to be bigger than typical journaling. The words can become some of your journaling!

Summer is wrapping up and will be gone before we know it. It is never to early to look ahead to Fall and the Holiday season.

For Halloween, Authentique has the "Glowing" paper series. Some of these papers have such vivid designs they look like they should feel different than typical paper. Not only does this set have some great Halloween papers, but there is also plenty of neutral uses for the cream, black and orange designs.

For those working on their Christmas cards and holiday projects, do not miss the "Wonder" line for the holidays this year. The blend of greens with a true vibrant red and cream is lovely. It is a cross of vintage and contemporary with all the current elements paper crafters want to have in their projects right now!

Okay, so the theme today was "Authentique", which made me think of what it is like to be an "authentic" scrapbooker or paper crafter. Some definitions of authentic include: "Of undisputed origin; genuine," or "true to one's own personality, spirit, or character." Let's have a bit of fun with this. How would you finish the following phrase? 

"You know you are an authentic scrapbooker/paper crafter if...."
Some I thought of... dream about layouts and projects.
... you look up scrapbook stores to visit when on vacation. try to match the inks/chalks to your hair color to hide the grays!

Comment below with your ending to the phrase "You know you are an authentic, true, (or even addicted) scrapbooker/paper crafter if..." 
At the end of the week, one person will be chosen by to win a prize!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

CHA is in FULL Swing!

It's that exciting time of year in the crafting world again!  Summer CHA is in full swing in Chicago and I have been up late nights checking out all of the new lines, tools, & supplies!  So much to little time!  I must admit that I do have a few favorites.  Would you like me to share? I sure hope so...because I'm going to anyway!

For those of you that know me personally, you know that I have always been a strong Provocraft supporter.  I am a true "Cricuteer"! BUT, I'm very excited to say that I am extremely excited about the advances that companies are taking with our personal die cutting machines.  The new "Silhouette Cameo" has just changed my mind on the previous versions of the silhouette!  The most exciting thing to come with these retailers is that they have CHOSEN to WORK WITH companies like SCAL and other SVG file companies to allow us more creative options! LOVE IT!!!  The new Cameo is also Silhouette's new 12 inch model that will also cut fabric, flocked vinyl, heat transfer vinyl & more!  I can see our fall class line up already! Oh...did I mention that I will also begin to carry products for all of the silhouette owners out there! EXCITING!
Check out the Silhouette Cameo here!

There are a ton of beautiful lines out, too! Glitz Designs, Authentique, Webster's Pages, Bo Bunny, Fancy Pants, October Afternoon, Studio Calico, Fancy Pants, Niki Sivils & Many More!!! It's so much fun to look at, but it really does consume you for hours at a time.  Although I try to look at everything, I can miss some really great things out let me know what you all see, too!  I know you've been looking...who can resist???

We have lots of goodies in stock and our July class line up has been a HUGE success! Thank you to all who have joined us for a fun filled summer.  Summer isn't over yet!  We still have great classes lined up for you.  In fact we have an extra special treat in store for you this coming Sunday (just a few days away!).  Dedra will be teaching an absolutely BEAUTIFUL canvas wall hanging!!! If you have ever seen her work then you already know.  If you haven't had the pleasure yet, but you trust DO NOT want to miss her class!  We have no idea when we will be able to grab her again!!!  Here's a sneak peak...

I'll keep you posted, but I think CHA is calling again! LOL!...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy July! LOL!

I know! I know!  I figured since my LAST post was the first part of June that we would still be happy that it's now July! LOL!  There's been a lot going on! We re-vamped our store, which has allowed us to carry even MORE product!  We added at least 100 new papers alone!  I LOOOOVE Paper!!!  We're gearing up for Summer CHA to bring you even MORE!

I always ask you all to keep your eyes peeled for products that you would like to see here.  Whether you are traveling and stop by another LSS or you see something on line...PLEASE let me know what you've spotted! I love to see what you all find!

We had a GREAT Crop in June and are gearing up for another biggie for our Christmas in July Crop!  If you missed our Big BBQ crop, you won't want to miss the Christmas in July Crop coming up on the 16th of July!  There will be more fabulous giveaways, prizes, challenges & FOOD!  Ms. Mary won our Cricut Expression 2 prize at our June crop! It just so happened it was also her birthday!!!  We also gave away cricut cartridges, paper packs, a brookstone digital photo wallet, a $25 gift certificate to Matt's Burgers, an HP A646 Photo Printer, & MORE!  I just love giving things away!

It's HERE! The Magic of OZ!!!

Our July Calendar is up & we also have a TON of new goodies in stock!  Some of our newest arrivals are:
Graphic 45's new Magic of Oz, Basic Grey's new Oxford & Out of Print lines, T-Shirts, Sew Easy Cases, New leather D-Ring Album Colors & MORE!!!  Stop in & check it all out!  We are having a SUPER SALE July 1 and July 2 so it would be a perfect time to come in!

Some of the things that will be on sale Tomorrow & Saturday...





(SAVE $20) 


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Happy June!

It was brought to my attention that although we constantly have something going on, that I have neglected all of my blogger friends.  Please forgive me! I won't make excuses...I'll just give you all of the latest scoop! I mean, that's what you really want ...right?!

When each new order arrives my sweet hubby asks the now infamous question..."Where are we going to put that?"  I usually smile and tell him what a wonderful job he does reorganizing so that there is a space for everything I buy (good...right?!) :-).  Well...we finally ran out of space!  I had to go on another spending excursion with display units!  We are almost finished with our newest venture and I have to admit, I'm very happy!  If you haven't stopped in, come see what we've done! There's more product AND more space!!!  Just a few more display changes and viola!

Some of the new things that are in : The Sew Easy  & all of the latest heads, My Mind's Eye Lime Twist / Stella & Rose, Bo Bunny's Timepiece, Liberty, Barefoot & Bliss, Zoology, Sizzix Letterpress ink dies, The Cinch 2, Basic Grey's Lauderdale, Sweet Threads, Echo Park Splash, New Cuttlebug folders & MUCH MORE!!!

  We have started our Summer calendar and have added evening classes, too!  Our kids calendar will be active for July so make sure to keep an eye out for a crafty outlet for our little people!  We are also now offering Photography Classes with a hands on location shoot! This gives you an opportunity to not only go over settings, ask questions, but also try what you are learning!  Make sure you check the calendar for our continued education with Adobe Photoshop Elements classes, too! These classes are hands on and are absolutely amazing!  Each class goes over different areas of the photo editing program. 

Whew! I think that's all of the updates for now. :-)  Stop in and don't forget to check our calendar to sign up for a class or a crop soon! See you here! :-)

Friday, May 13, 2011

UPS just paid me a little visit today! I'll be working as quickly as I can to get everything out. Stay tuned to find out what all of the mystery boxes are holding!!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bits and Pieces

Have you ever wondered what to do with that last bit of patterned paper you have left from a project? Or have some cardstock that's just not quite the right color or is just plain ugly and you question why it's in your stash in the first place? Well, then come join me, Bethany, this weekend at 1:00 for Eclectic Sunday and I'll show you how to put it to good use.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Faux Sure!!

Hello Everyone!! Bethany here. I'm so excited to be back with my latest class, Faux Sure Cards and More.  I would love for you to join me on Saturday at 10:30. It's proving to be quite challenging to develop a class with a new baby, but it was nice to put my creativity hat back on! I'm looking forward to seeing some usual faces, but also meeting some of the new faces I've seen on blog posts and facebook albums that I haven't had the chance to meet yet. Let me give you the low down on the projects for the class. We'll be completing 3 cards and a box.

Faux Pressed Flowers

 This fun technique takes Primas to another level. We'll be using Mr. Huey's Color Mists on the flowers and to dye some fabric for the ribbon. This was my first spin with the Mr. Huey's and I'm in love. I still love my Glimmer Mist, but I love the matte finish of the Mr. Huey's Mists.

Faux Tile 

The Faux Tile technique is a fun technique that will give your stamped images a new look that can also be used on photos and scrapbook pages just as easily.  Once you have the basic knowledge of this technique, sky's the limit!

Box and Card

This fun little box has it's card attached as the topper. The box has a concealed magnetic closure. The fabric flower topper is so much fun to make. The same technique can be used to make a brooch, hair accessory, or added to a necklace for a fun "wearable" craft.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday!  And in honor of Mother's Day, I'll have my Mom with me. This will be her first time at one of my classes and I can't wait to introduce her to the Scrappin' Happily "family"!

For more details and the supply list please check out the calendar to the right.