June 2013 archive

You Have to Give It a New Read … I Updated the Scrapbook Typos and Errors Post

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In November (or should I type Novemeber? ha!) of 2012, I started a blog post with a list and images of scrapbook typos and errors.

This paper from Basic Grey started it all, and it really is a motherlode of errors:

I had no idea at the time that 7 months later I would still be adding to the list and that it would have grown to 34+ PRODUCTS with typos or errors, some with multiple errors on one product!

And that’s not even counting the typos mentioned that I haven’t been able to find images for yet, like the MAMBI cards. {Apparently, there are even more errors than the ones they corrected in their blog post}.

I can’t thank you enough – the Commenters on my blog and the crazy girls at Two Peas – for continuing to share errors y’all find. {Side note: I just learned from a Southern gal that I’ve been typing that wrong all these years; it’s “y’all” not “ya’ll” like I thought. Dur. See? Even perfect people like me make mistakes! :P}.

I spent 2 hours today updating the typos and errors post, adding new products and adding more errors to products already listed. For example, 1 October Afternoon sticker sheet has 3 errors found (so far … wink).

So if you haven’t read the post yet, or haven’t read it in a while, please go check it out HERE. You’ll laugh your head off … or cry … as the case may be.

And keep those errors coming! I’m sure there will be more :)

Scrapbook Novel: “Cropped to Death” On Sale and “Designed to Death” Coming Soon!

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I was recently contacted by author Christina Freeburn. She let me know that she has another scrapbooking mystery novel, to be released in September 2013. The book is called “Designed to Death” and it’s Book 2 in the Faith Hunter Scrap This series. {I blogged about Book 1 HERE}.

She’s such a sweetheart and will be sending me an Advanced Reader Copy of the new book when it becomes available in a few weeks. I’m very excited! {Want to see the cover for the new book? It’s right HERE}.

To prep for the big event, I’m re-reading the first book in the series, “Cropped to Death”.

Here’s a synopsis of “Cropped to Death” from the Amazon website:

Former US Army JAG specialist, Faith Hunter, returns to her West Virginia home to work in her grandmothers’ scrapbooking store determined to lead an unassuming life after her adventure abroad turned disaster. But her quiet life unravels when her friend is charged with murder, and Faith inadvertently supplied the evidence.

So Faith decides to cut through the scrap and piece together what really happened. With a sexy prosecutor, a determined homicide detective, a handful of sticky suspects and a crop contest gone bad, Faith quickly realizes if she’s not careful, she’ll be the next one cropped.

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all! Cropped to Death is the first book in the Faith Hunter Scrap This humorous mystery series. Bonus: Includes book club discussion questions.

Would you like to join me in reading “Cropped to Death” (Book 1) before “Designed to Death” (Book 2) comes out in September? Well, you’re in luck! The Kindle version is on sale from June 21 thru June 30 for ONLY 99 CENTS! Click RIGHT HERE to get your copy instantly.

Remember, if you don’t have a Kindle, you can still download this book and read it. Just use the FREE Kindle app on your iPhone, Droid, iPad, or even on your computer. Easy peasy lemon squeasy.

I’m 29% through my re-read of “Cropped to Death” and am enjoying it all over again. The writing is excellent. There’s a murder, some romance (2 men fighting for her attention!), scrapbooking contests, an LSS setting, and more – all written by someone who you can tell actually scrapbooks and stays current with the hobby. Enjoy!

PS: Christina is now working on Book 3 in this series, called “Embellished to Death.” Yippee!

HSN Scrapbooking 06-19 and 06-20-13

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“Summer Scrapbooking Spectacular” and “Martha Stewart Crafts” are on at various times over the 2 days. Looks like I already missed 2 hours (my DVR failed me again!) but the next one starts in half an hour.

Oh well, I don’t think these scrapbooking are shows with Lisa Bearnson so I’m not as sad to have missed them.

HERE is the HSN program guide. Change it to reflect your time zone :)

Please let me know what items you like and/or what you buy!

Free Kindle Book Right Now: “Mastering Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, and Exposure”

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I get several daily e-mails alerting me to free or cheap Kindle books. This one made me think of my scrappy friends since we’re all photographers. It’s called “Mastering Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, and Exposure” by Al Judge.

I haven’t read the book nor do I have a fancy camera where I need to know this stuff (point and shoot all the way, baby!). But thought it might be useful for summa’ ya’.

You can download it for free HERE for however long – I don’t know :)

It has 12 out of 19 5-star reviews so I think it might be a good one. And it’s FREE. What have you got to lose? Enjoy :)

Reminder: Lain’s FREE June Scrapinar today!

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Lain Ehmann from Layout A Day does a free online scrapinar every month. The one for June is TODAY and it’s called “6×6 Pads for 12×12 Pages” which is something I’m excited to learn more about.

I’ve been slowly collecting 6×6 pads this year for use in my Project Life album. But for all those cute 6×6 papers not being used in my PL, I would love to incorporate them into my 12×12 layouts. Can’t wait to see what Lain and her guest Lisa Echerd have in store for us.

The live event happens in just a couple of hours (8pm EST which is 5pm PST/my time). I plan to be there – how about you?

Click here for all the details.

No worries if you can’t make it tonight. Just sign up at the link above and you’ll be e-mailed the full replay within a day or so :)

PS: I almost forgot! ECHO PARK is sponsoring today’s webinar. They will be giving one lucky attendee THREE 6×6 Echo Park paper pads! There, did I convince you to attend?!?! Just sign up here :)

Scrapbooking Article: “If It Ain’t in the Scrapbook, It Didn’t Happen”

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I absolutely adore when scrapbooking is mentioned in the general media, even though they’re usually making fun of us. But that’s okay because, you have to admit, a lot of the things we scrapboookers do is pretty wack. And sometimes really, REALLY wack. So we deserve all the pointing and laughing. We really do.

I mean, WHO DOES THIS!?!?!?

Crazy people, that’s who.

{Myself included}

{I’m not making fun of Katie. I adore her room and am jealous of it. I just wanted to show a scrapbook room and hers is way purdier than mine}.

I had a nice laugh at this recent ARTICLE from a Joplin, MO newspaper.

I loved the “cricket or some kind of insect” part and also about his wife’s pre-done vacation album :) He sounds like a good scrapper’s husband … even if he has to take out a restraining order on his paparazzi … er, wife … when they go on vacation.

What could you relate to in the article?

PS: Thank you to REBECCA, one of my SnY peeps, for sharing this article!

My Scrapbook Haul from Michaels

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A sports season recently came to an end and, for being team mom, I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful card, a bottle of wine, and a Michaels $25 gift card. However did they know that I would enjoy a Mike’s spending spree!?!?

{Uh, maybe because I was the only obsessive picture taker all season who would drift away in the middle of conversations saying, “‘Scuse me I gotta’ get this shot …”}

So I drank the bottle of wine and went to Michaels.

JUST kidding! Sheesh. Give me a little credit. My Gawd.

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I shopped first THEN drank the bottle of wine. Duh.

It was nice to go to Michaels for once when I wasn’t trying to pinch my pennies so hard they screamed for mercy. I felt kind of like the Real Housewife of Scrapbook County, leisurely strolling the aisles in my Jimmy Choos (okay, Reef flip-flops), carrying my Birkin bag (okay, Target $20 purse), with my long blonde straw-like hair extensions flowing behind me (okay, that part is true).

But I really did feel kinda’ reckless, like I could have a little bit of fun – instead of my usual M/O of finding one item to use my 40% coupon for and leaving within 5 minutes.

So here is my Michaels scrapbook haul – and despite being Real-Housewife-Rich, I did get some great deals anyway:

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GCD and Sticko alphas, both really cute for kid pages. Both styles were on sale for $1.49/pack.

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I feel compelled to buy 2 of every alpha now because I’m so tired of running out of S, T, and vowels before I’m done with a pack.

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Okay, I admit I’m obsessed with these MAMBI pocket page cards. It’s only gotten worse since I wrote THIS POST. Many of my aforementioned “one item with a coupon” Mike’s trips have been to get these packs. But I’m done now. I officially have every single pack that I want. I think. Yeah. I’m pretty sure. Maybe.

NO REALLY. I’M DONE. FER SHURE. LIKE.

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So they retail for $4.99 a pack. The sign said 50% off so I grabbed the remaining 3 packs I wanted to complete my ‘set’ for $7.50 instead of $15 … SCORE! However, when I got to the register and asked to make sure they rang up for $2.50 each, I was informed that what the sign ACTUALLY said was “Buy 1, get 1 50% off.” Uh der. Make that $12.50 total, oops. Oh well, I’m a Real Housewife, what do I care?

I thought about returning one and using a coupon on it later. But then I figured I’ll just keep it and not have to worry about remembering what pack I still need, etc. Done. See? I really mean it. {I think}.

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Thickers chipboard alpha in a cute map print

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I was able to ring these up separately with a 40% off coupon so they were $3.23. Here’s what’s funny. I noticed when I was taking the photo that they are in the totally wrong package! Did you catch that? Weird. Whatevs. That doesn’t make me love them any less.

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To round up the scrappy portion of my haul …

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Bazzill kraft cardstock – On sale for 47 cents a sheet x 10 sheets = $4.70. In retrospect, since I was Real Housewives rich, I should’ve gotten more. I lurve kraft cardstock. I used it a lot for my base pages. It’s like a good pair of jeans – it goes with everything.

MAMBI “I Heart Dad” 3-D sticker for $1.99

Recollections vintage looking black/white washi tape $2.99

Recollections star bling $1.49

Bling charm letter $.99

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Then from the home dec section, I got a yummy candle and cute vase with fake flowers for my home office/scrap room.

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These blue-y greens are my absolute favorite colors and the bottle/vase is so “me”. Not in a Real Housewife sort of way but in my poor country girl kind of way. The flowers have bling in the center of each one but I may need to thin them out a bit, do you think? The candle is Ocean scented.

Vase $3.99 on sale
Candle $3.99 on sale
Flowers $6.99 minus 40% coupon = $4.19

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Grand total $48.10
Minus gift card $25.00
Total paid $30.10

I was on a shopping high for quite a while from this trip! And I’ve already volunteered to be Team Mom again next season ;)

What are your latest Michaels finds? Or if you’re brave enough to share, what did you spend on your last scrapbook haul? Really you can tell us! Real Housewives never tell …

You Know That Forum Where It’s Fun to Scrap N Yap?

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Yes, it’s down :(

I don’t know why, or when it will be back up. It flickered on for a while tonight (Tue) but is offline again.

Just in case other members are out of touch like I am … wanted to let you know. If you wanna’ chat, e-me … scrapbookobsession(at)gmail(dot)com.

TTFN

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