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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! ;-)