September 2013 archive

Online Scrapbook Class: “True Scrap 5″ Deadline is TODAY for Discount Code

If you haven’t already signed up for True Scrap 5, ya’ gotta’ do it today, mah people! Just click here to sign up!

Inspiration and Education from 15 A-list instructors…
Five virtual project make-and-takes…
Pre-Event PJ Party…
Virtual goodie bag…
All for one low price…
All from YOUR computer!

If you enter the discount code LUCKY50, you’ll get $50 off the event! Crazy good, huh? But the deadline to use that code is today – Monday, 09/30/13 at midnight.

If you’re not sure what True Scrap 5 is or would like some help making up your mind, I’ve written a mega post about it HERE.

I’ll be attending this amazing online event and hope you can too! Would love to see you there. The chat rooms are SO fun! Not to mention all the learnin’ that goes on :)

Happy True Scrappin’!

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Scrapbook Novel: “Scrappy Cupcake Angels” by Kristah Price

After my LATEST POST about loving to read SCRAPBOOK NOVELS, I was very blessed to be contacted by another author asking if I’d like a copy of her book! Of course I said YES. What, am I crazy?

The book is called “SCRAPPY CUPCAKE ANGELS” and it’s written by KRISTAH PRICE.

Nothing can quell Angeline Dunwich’s excitement as she stands before Wattle Lane Keepsakes. As she opens the door to her scrapbooking shop for the first time, Angeline hopes to encourage the residents of her small New Zealand town to explore their creativity and capture memories. Little does she know that Wattle Lane Keepsakes will very soon become the weekly destination for four women drawn to scrapbooking for widely different reasons.

Every Thursday Angeline teaches the Scrappy Cupcake Angels how to find joy through scrapbooking, and each of the four learns to confront her fears and to understand what is important in life. As Grace works on a scrapbook for her mother who has dementia, she wonders if it will help her mother cling to her last memories. Tegan scraps her travel photos with an insatiable wanderlust while contemplating where her heart really belongs. As Jodi creates beautiful layouts of her daughter, she questions whether any of her efforts will help mend her broken family. Kayla finds it easiest to express herself through her art, but secretly speculates whether she will ever gain the confidence to realise her dreams.

As Angeline opens her home and her heart to her new friends, only time will tell if the Scrappy Cupcake Angels can help her overcome her own greatest fear and fulfil a lifelong dream.

Okay, you know I’m always honest with you. The title and cover of this book threw me off. I . . . erm . . . judged a book by its cover and assumed because they are so – what? – cutesy? – that I wouldn’t like this book.

But again: I was wrong. {I know, I know, it happens occasionally!} This week, I started reading it anyway and I’m really enjoying it! It’s not cutesy at all, at least not so far. I’ve met the owner of the store on the opening day of her shop along with the 4 ladies who will become her close friends. And I look forward to getting to know them all better.

This scrapbook novel has no murdered CK Hall of Fame’ers, no big mystery to be solved, just a nice story about friendship and scrapbooking. I love that it’s set in New Zealand which is a country I don’t know much about but have always been intrigued by.

So I just wanted to let you know about this book. It’s only $3.99 for Kindle right now and I don’t know how long that price lasts.

I noticed on Kristah’s site that she said:

I am currently working on a second Wattle Lane Keepsakes novel, which is centred around a new main character, but includes some of the same characters from Scrappy Cupcake Angels.

Yippee! I hope it’s coming out soon. I have a feeling when I finish this book, I’ll want to keep reading more. And when I do finish, I’ll write a complete review and find out from Kristah how Book 2 in this series is coming along :)

I got the Kindle version and you can also get it in hardcover (kinda’ pricey?) and paperback. If you read this book, I’d love to hear what you think of it.

Happy scrappy reading!

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LIVE CHAT! With Allison Davis from Scrapbook Generation TODAY 09-19-13 at 11am PST

Today on my blog we’re having a chat with ALLISON DAVIS from SCRAPBOOK GENERATION. A group of Peeps from the ScrapNYap message board having been completing Allison’s “6×6 PAPER PADS CLASS” as a group and are wrapping up this week. Their organizer Janet arranged this chat with Allison so they can discuss the class, bombard Allison with … erm … ask her questions, and have a lot of fun.

If you aren’t familiar with Allison, check out her scrapbook street cred (taken from the SG website): “Creating Keepsakes Dream Team, CK Hall of Fame, CK Scrapbooker of the Year finalist, Simple Stories Life Documented design team, BasicGrey sketch artist, creator of Sketch Support, instructor at CK conventions, online instructor at My Creative Classroom, and author of 13 best-selling sketch books.”

Anyone reading this is welcome to join in!

PRIZE: Anyone who is present at the chat and places a MEMORY WORKS order with me today (by 09-19-13 @ midnight PST) will be eligible for a drawing to win a Simple Stories SN@P! 6×8 LEATHER ALBUM in their choice of color (the album will be added to their MW order free of charge)!!


*You choose from teal, red, black, green, pink, or brown. A $23 value!

To place your Memory Works order, please check out our entire inventory HERE on the Memory Works website, e-mail your order to scrapbookobsession(at)gmail(dot)com, and I’ll send you a Paypal invoice immediately. Please let me know what questions you have.

If your order is completed by midnight PST today, your name will be entered in the drawing for the album. Good luck!

Please join us at 11am PST today for the chat with Allison Davis in the Chatroll box below. All you need to sign in is a Facebook or Twitter account, or create a quick Chatroll login with your e-mail, user name, and password – easy peasy!

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Project Life: 4×6 Photo Overlays Are Here!

As I mentioned HERE, I was very excited to order these new photo overlays made by Becky Higgins for PROJECT LIFE from HSN.com.

Well, apparently I was not alone. They were an HSN exclusive item, posted to their site on Wednesday, I bought them immediately when I saw them that day, and they were sold out by Friday before the HSN Scrapbooking shows even aired on Monday night/Tuesday morning (depending on your time zone).

Mine arrived on Tuesday – fast shipping! You go, HSN. Word to ya’ mutha’.

According to Becky herself on Facebook:

For those of you who were lucky enough to score the Project Life Overlays from HSN, here’s a TIP that you’ll want to know: Be sure to peel off the protective film before using the overlays! Once you do, the clarity will blow your mind. I know a lot of you are bummed they sold out so fast (I agree that more should have been ordered). I will be able to give you an update soon about our plans to hopefully bring these back!

From the image on HSN.com, it was hard to tell exactly what you get with this kit . . .

. . . so I wanted to post some quick photos of all 60 overlays. Sorry, not the best quality pics with my iPhone first thing in the morning but here ya’ go. You can at least get an idea what the sayings are and such.

Well first, here’s the packaging. I took this in the car right when I picked them up from the post office, hee hee. The Scrapbook Obsessed will understand that I couldn’t even wait until I got home to open them up, right?

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Here are the first 2 sets on some kraft cardstock:

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Here are the next 2 sets on a blue/green color. I wanted to show them on different colors/shades so you can see how they look:

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Here’s the last set on charcoal grey Bazzill bling. Ooooh, my arms look so skinny! These overlays are good for my self-esteem.

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Here are 2 overlays on photos.

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{We got to see a Dodgers/Red Sox game a few weeks ago. DODGERS: They clinch the NL West title WHEN they beat Arizona tonight, hee-yah! Oh wait, this is a scrapbooking blog . . . erm . . . so I’m pocket page scrapping the game using my Project Life “Honey” kit – 22 pages, LOL. Might be a wee bit baseball obsessed, too}.

These photos are true 4×6, printed on my Epson Picturemate. As you can see, the overlays cover to all the edges. Look at the top right corner of the top photo. They do have rounded corners – not sure how I’m going to handle that.

Here’s the whole healthy stack – 60 is a lot! But there are only a few duplicates that I noticed, of plain frames.

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I figure if I used approximately 1 per week in my Project Life, I’ll go through them nicely and won’t get tired of seeing them either :)

I hope Becky is able to restock these awesome overlays and that you’re able to get a hold of them!

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Project Life: “Flea Market” by Maggie Holmes PL Mini Kit Now Available

Are you tired yet of hearing me yap about MAGGIE HOLMES line for Crate Paper called “Flea Market”? ‘Cuz if you are sista’, just keep on truckin’. I talked about it already HERE, HERE, and HERE and now I’m going to talk about it again. {Jeez, obsess on things much? Nahhh…}

As you know, I was excited so see this line was being made into a PROJECT LIFE kit . . . and now it’s here!!

And you can get it here: Project Life Mini Kit: Maggie Holmes – Flea Market

Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of that pink and green flowery pattern. Not a fan of flowery in general so no offense to Maggie or anything, LOL. And I usually prefer white backgrounds for my Project Life pages for some unknown reason. But I’m going to get this kit anyway. Maybe the flowery cards will have something I like better on the other side. Or maybe I can use them on Mother’s Day cards. Yes! Brilliant idea, if I do say so myself.

And the rest of it, I adore! Banners, chevrons, the gorgeous sea blue/green color, navy and yellow polka dots – those are all right up my alley. And those bokeh hearts kill me every time. I hear there are only two 3×4 and one 4×6 of the heart bokeh cards but that’s okay.

Thanks to my friend Renee sharing some photos of this kit that she bought, I also see there is some wood, ombre, and little hearts, too!

This is only about half of the cards but it’s enough for a great visual of this kit. Thanks so much, Renee! You rawk, ma sista’.

ETA: But wait! Even more pictures from Renee! She pointed out those BLUE bokeh hearts. Oh, be still!

I truly was going to try resisting this kit because of, well, THIS. {The first step to overcoming addiction is to admit you have a problem}. But after seeing Renee’s photos, I was done. D-U-N, dun!

If you still haven’t made up your mind, let me share a recent blog entry by Maggie Holmes herself HERE where she did some Project Life pages using her PL Mini Kit and items from the Flea Market scrapbooking line. Here is just one of her layouts:

Love this! She shows that it’s not only a “girly” kit but can clearly be used on more masculine pages, too. Go to Maggie’s blog to see more awesome ways to use this kit and her entire “Flea Market” line.

So if I’ve enabled you {wink} and you’d like to purchase this kit, it’s RIGHT HERE for the taking.

And if you get a kit and want more of those flower cards, I’ll swap ‘em with ya’ – ha!

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Project Life: New Item! Photo Overlays 4×6 at HSN.com

Any other low-tech scrappers like me who …

– don’t own PSE
– are skerred of it anyway
– want cute sayings on their photos but don’t want to go through the effort in Word, apps, etc.

Our problem has been solved! Check out this new item @ HSN.COM!!

Oh my BISCUITS!! Ahem. Forgive my cursing.

{Yeah, I’m a little overly excited. You gotta’ problem widdat?}

Here’s a link to the PROJECT LIFE 60-PIECE PHOTO OVERLAY KIT.

So these gorgeous little babies are already on their way to me. Sometimes I hemmmm and I hawwww about scrapbooking purchases, especially ones that cost more than $10-20. {These were $25.40 with tax and shipping, if you were wondering}.

But I didn’t hesitate on these. There’s no question they fulfill a long-needed function in my scrapbooking so I went for it. There are 60 of them. I’m not sure I’ll need that many so I may sell some off. We’ll see when they get here . . . in 5-7 business days :)

I don’t see them on AMAZON so maybe they’re another HSN exclusive? If anyone knows, please do tell!

Thought my fellow scrappers would want to see these.

PSA* completed. Phew, I feel better now.

*PSA: Public Scrapbookers Announcement

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Simple Stories: Lookie, Lookie!

The wonderful and generous LAYLE KONCAR, marketing director for Simple Stories, was kind enough to send me some new goodies to try out.

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Yep, it’s the new SIMPLE STORIES 6×8 and 12×12 Sn@p Albums, along with the new 12×12 Sn@p Pocket Pages Variety Pack!!

I’ll be posting photos and a review soon so stay tuned …

PS: I’m going to compare these albums to the ‘old’ 6×8 Sn@p binders and to the 12×12 leather albums by WRMK. If you have any other questions you’d like answered about them, please post in Comments below. Thanks!

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Scrapbook Novel: “Designed to Death” Now Available … and Part One in the Series on Sale!

I love to read scrapbook novels, don’t you? This summer, I was lucky enough to get an Advanced Reader Copy of a new scrapbook mystery novel; I talked about it HERE.

Well, it’s book release time!! “DESIGNED TO DEATH” by Christina Freeburn is available as of today 09-10-13.

ETA: Originally I couldn’t find “Designed to Death” for Kindle so I asked the author about it and she had great news – it’s available today for Kindle too! Amazon wasn’t linking it to the hard copy for some reason. But never fear, YOU CAN GET IT HERE! For only $2.99.

From Amazon:

SMALL TOWN INTRIGUE, TWISTS & TURNS, AND PLENTY OF HEART…
“Faith Hunter planned the perfect event at her grandmother’s shop, Scrap This, featuring local scrapbooker and Life Artist Diva, Belinda Watson. But the extravaganza goes up in a cloud of glitter when Belinda and her cousin, Darlene, brawl over scraplifted designs. Faith attempts to break it up, but only makes things worse. Then when Belinda turns up dead behind the Scrap This store, Faith’s involvement goes viral.

As accusations against her turn vicious, Faith sets out to prove her nemesis, Darlene, committed the crime, only to realize they are both innocent. Now they must team up or the murderer’s plan will come together seamlessly with the frenemies sharing a jail cell or worse, a funeral.

“Designed to Death” is book 2 in the Faith Hunter “Scrap This” mystery series. To make this day even better, book 1 in the series – “CROPPED TO DEATH” is on sale for Kindle right now, only 99 cents! I asked the author how long “Cropped to Death” will sell for 99 cents and she said through 09-16-13. So don’t hesitate . . . go grab it right now before you forget!

Here’s my quick review:
I love reading series. “Designed to Death” picks up picks up right where “Cropped to Death” left off. The setting and many of the characters remain the same. I like that continuity and didn’t feel I had to spend any time getting to know these people because I was already comfortable with them.

There’s another murder and the main character, Faith, seeks to solve it in her usual saucy, sarcastic style {hmm … wonder why I relate to her so much?}. The romance also continues and in this book, Faith makes a choice between her two suitors. {I have to admit I was disappointed in her choice, lol}. The story is again filled with scrapbooking references that the scrapbook obsessed will appreciate and identify with. She takes the term “a new use for washi” to new heights!

One thing that cracked me up about this book is the role that a scrapbook message board plays. I’m a very active member of the TWO PEAS in a BUCKET message board (among others) and I think the author Christina must be there a lot, too! She has scrapbook message board behavior down to a T! If for nothing else, you have to read this book to LOL about scrapbooking MB’s being outed. Tooooo funny! Loved it.

Christina also wanted me to tell you that she’s working on Book 3 in this series – “Embellished to Death” – and it’s scheduled for release at the end of April 2014. Woot!

Make sure to read BOOK 1 and BOOK 2 in the Faith Hunter “Scrap This!” mystery series in the meantime so you’re ready for Book 3 in the spring!

Happy reading :)

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Calling All Simple Stories and December Daily Fans!

This was posted by Layle Koncar, Simple Stories Marketing Director, on Two Peas:

Calling all Simple Stories and December Daily fans! Have you made a December Daily album using our SN@P! Binder? If so, please send an email to layle@simplestories.com with a photo of the cover along with photos of several inside pages. We’ll be doing a special blog feature in the future surrounding our SN@P! Binders and December Daily and we’d love to see your work for possible inclusion in the feature!

Thanks!

Hope to see you featured! Tell her Erika @ Scrapbook Obsession sent ya':)

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I’m Alive, October Afternoon, and Check This Out If You Want to Smile :)

Sorry no bloggee for me lately. No, I didn’t get trampled by scrappers running to buy all the new Project Life THEMED KITS coming out this month. Nor was I run over by the October Afternoon WAREHOUSE SALE truck.

Nope, just the same old reason … super busy with work and family stuff. And a ran an online crop last weekend at my favorite message board – including Scrapbook Bingo! We had a blast and hope to do it again soon.

Speaking of October Afternoon, how did I miss THIS?!?!? It’s called “Milk Money”, a super cute school line. The papers and stickers are so cute, and these are a MUST-HAVE!

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In fact, there is much of the DAILY FLASH line that I need to start saving for now. What do you think of OA’s new stuff? Maybe now that they’ve PARTNERED WITH Webster’s Pages, delivery to their frothing and drooling public (aka ME) will arrive sooner than later for once. Here’s hoping!

Lot’s of buy-outs and join-ups in the scrapbooking world these days. I just heard that WRMK BOUGHT A COMPANY, too. Hey, whatever keeps them viable and making scrappy products for us to enjoy, I say!

And I’ll close with a lovely video that made me smile . . . hope it does the same for you: IRISH CUPS.

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