Project Life: Finally! See All of the Cards Within Each Kit on Becky Higgins’ Digital Site

This has been a long time coming. As a frequent buyer of PROJECT LIFE KITS, I have always been frustrated by the inability to see ALL of the cards within a kit before purchase. You just never know, based on a small sampling of the cards, if you’re going to like the entire kit. Sure, you could get a bit more of a sample by looking at the digital kit . . . or watch YouTube videos of scrappers showing the cards one-by-one. But for me, those weren’t good enough.

Well, Becky has solved that problem! You can now go HERE on her DigitalProjectLife.com site to view and download Card Design Reference PDF’s of Project Life Core Kits, Mini Kits, and Themed cards. As of now, there are 47 kits available and more are being added. For more info, read Becky’s blog post HERE.

Can I get a WHOO HOO!?!?

It’s the little things in life that make me happy and this makes me VERY happy!

For instance, I’ve been debating whether to purchase the PL Merry & Bright Mini Kit for some Christmas scrapbooking. I just haven’t pulled the trigger yet because, from the small sampling I’ve been able to see on the digital site, I wasn’t sure if it was right for me.

Now I’ll just go HERE to peruse the .pdf showing ALL the Merry & Bright cards and be able to make an informed decision.

This not only makes shopping easier but it will also help us Project Lifers – or anyone who uses PL kits – to use the .pdf’s for reference. You can either print them out or just refer to them onscreen any time you’re looking for a certain type of card, particular color scheme, etc.

It’s genius, I tell ya’!

What do you think? Is this a useful resource for you?

Scrapbook Wish List: WRMK Shutter Memo Holder

Dear Scrapbook Santa,

The first item on my wish list for Christmas 2013 is . . . a WRMK SHUTTER MEMO HOLDER:

I’m sure just by seeing that picture – because you know me so well – you don’t really need an explanation for why I want one (or three) so badly. But I will tell you anyway because you and I have that kind of relationship, Scrap Santa. (Can I call you Scrap Santa or is that too familiar? Even tho’ we are VERY close!)

So here are my reasons, sir:

1. It’s just plain wicked cute. Srsly.

2. It comes in my favorite color, robin’s egg blue (they call it aqua but whatevs).

3. I can use my shutter for so many things in my scrap room – a place to hold washi tapes, photos, handmade cards, memorabilia, tickets, that kind of thing. And in the bedroom to hang jewelry. And in the kitchen to leave notes. It’s endless, I tell ya’!

I hope you will take my request into consideration, as I REALLLLLY REALLLLLY want one, Scrap Santa! If I were speaking to you in person, I would be shaking you by the furry lapels so you would understand!!! OH. UM. Okay, I’m sorry. I have calmed down now. But I still really want the WRMK Shutter Memo Holder. Pretty please, Scrap Santa????

I have been (mostly) good this year. I mean, there was the one teensy incident with the glue gun . . . oh, and the little bit of scrapbook-y overspending. {In my defense, it’s not my fault! They keep making such cute stuff! What am I supposed to do, just leave it on the shelf all lonely and unwanted?!?!}

I hope you and Mrs. Scrapbook Santa have had a wonderful year. Please look for my handmade Christmas card in the mail in December. And maybe another letter (or four) with some additional Wish List items. Hey, mama always told me, “It never hurts to ask!”

All my love,
~Scrapbook Obsession

OKAY. Letter done. Now I can get on with business.

These shutters retail for $39.99, I’ve seen them elsewhere for $35.99, but at Amazon they’re only $25-26 (depending on color) and free 2-day shipping if you have AMAZON PRIME. I’m not sure why the shipping time is 3-5 weeks but that’s what other vendors are showing, too. Maybe the WRMK folks don’t go out and chop down the tree to make the shutter until they have your order firmly in hand, IDK. Oh well, still plenty of time for Santa to put it under my tree!

It comes in several other colors if you’re weird and don’t like the best one I’ve chosen above ;) You can see them all HERE.

Now, off with you! Go write your Dear Scrap Santa letter and get one of these babies under YOUR tree!

ETA: Oopsie! AFTER hitting Publish (of course), I re-read my post and it’s a bit contradictory to tell you there’s free 2-day shipping on an item that says it takes 3-5 weeks to ship! Sheesh. Sorry ’bout that. But shipping is free with Prime!

Simple Stories: NEW LINE REVEAL! “Daily Grind” for Fall 2013

Well, I teased you about it HERE . . . but now as of 8am MST on Monday 10-28-13, I can share the images finally! Phew, it was a long 3 days, LOL :D

Without further adieu, here is the new line from Simple Stories called “Daily Grind”. Have fun scrolling . . . and here’s a tissue for your drooling.

Note: All images including layout provided by Simple Stories.

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My 5 favorite things about Simple Stories “Daily Grind”:

1. Bright primary colors combined with the warmth of dark wood is a great look. It somewhat reminds me of another favorite line, Glitz Design – Color Me Happy Collection

2. Versatile, daily use designs like calendar/dates, Instagram, phone, clock, house, hearts, and stars. And COFFEE!

3. The Simple Basics kit full of colorful chevrons and polka dots just makes me happy!

4. A new line of Sn@p! cards . . . can’t get enough of them.

5. That modern cursive font is one of my favorites.

Another similarity this line triggered for me was the translucent speech bubble images that reminds me of this:


Carta Bella “Hello Again” Chit Chat paper

I just ordered the collection pack of that Carta Bella “Hello Again” line … soooo pretty and pastel-y!

So what do you think of the Simple Stories “Daily Grind” line?

Simple Stories: A New Line is Coming . . . “Daily Grind”

I just got a sneak peek of this new line {which I’m not allowed to share yet, or you KNOW I would!} and it’s uh-MAY-zing!

It’s another clean, colorful, daily-use line similar to their Sn@p! lines – as opposed to the usually more distressed Simple Stories looks. Just to give you a little hint ;)

Vendors are placing orders now and the full reveal is planned for next Monday, 10/28/13. Of course, I will carry it here through MEMORY WORKS and would love if you placed an order through me :)

EEEE!!! Can’t wait for “Daily Grind”!

Simple Stories: Are the Chipboard Sn@p! 6×8 Albums Being Discontinued?

I think many of us have been asking ourselves this question, given that these albums have been showing up on clearance at Michaels, in kits, etc. When a product is discounted, it makes you wonder (fear!) that it’s end-of-the-line time for that product.

When this question was recently posted at Two Peas, I decided to contact LAYLE KONCAR, the marketing director for Simple Stories, and get an answer directly from her. Here was her answer: “We’re not phasing them out.”

YAYYY!!!! I know a lot of scrappers will be happy to hear that. While the new ‘leather’ 6×8 Sn@p! albums are lusciously wonderful (!) . . . {EEEE! Can you say “December Daily”??}

. . . the older version is special. The chipboard covers and cloth spines can be altered and customized to your heart’s content. Besides, I just love kraft <3

Here is what Layle posted to the Two Peas thread:

Hello ladies!

I’m the Marketing Director for Simple Stories. I assure you, we are NOT phasing out our SN@P! Binders; they continue to be one of our best selling products. You will continue to see us release products that coordinate the SN@P! Binders as well as our faux leather 6×8 and 12×12 albums. We have some SUPER fun things coming out at CHA related to the SN@P! Binders – stay tuned

Not only is Simple Stories NOT phasing out the Sn@p! binders, they are ADDING things related to them. Couldn’t be better news than that!

I’m a Memory Works Consultant (owned by the same family who owns Simple Stories), and we have the Sn@p! binders in stock RIGHT HERE . . . in case you can’t find the color you need elsewhere :) Please e-mail me with your order: scrapbookobsession(at)gmail(dot)com. I’ll send you a Paypal invoice lickety split and once paid, your Sn@p! binders {and maybe some other lovely products we carry like the new Sn@p! sets??} will be shipped directly to you within 1-2 business days.


Simple Stories Sn@p! “Everyday” ~ my FAVE of the new Sn@p! sets

Happy Sn@ppin!!

Scrapbook Deals and Steals: Lots of Project Life on Sale Plus a Bag in Bag You Need!

Do you like my new category? I *love* me some scrapbook deals and steals, saving money, and sharing them with you. So now we’re official :)

You can find the Project Life deals on Amazon RIGHT HERE!!

Don’t know what’s going on, didn’t hear it announced anywhere, etc. But I was on Amazon last night to get THIS amazing bag that you’ll *need* as well after you watch this:

. . . when I noticed that the Project Life Childhood Mini Kit – Bridgeport Edition that I had in my cart for months . . . was HALF PRICE with free shipping!

So I snatched that baby up, sista’! You can’t beat that with a stick. Here’s just a few examples of other great deals:

Photo Pocket Pages – Big Variety Pack 1 (60 Pages). Wowsers! Regularly $29.99, on sale for only $17.33 with free shipping.

Project Life Core Kit – Seafoam Edition. Regular price $29.99, on sale for $16.48 with free shipping.

Project Life Grid Cards 4 x 6 – Box of 100 Regular price $7.99, now only $3.92 with free shipping.

Many scrappers are lucky to have Project Life in local big box stores like Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Archivers, etc. where you can use a 40% off coupon to take a bit of sting out of the prices. But I only have a Mike’s – with a small PL selection at that – and other than refill pages, I’ve already used coupons to get the few sets I like that they carry.

Now you understand my HAPPY-NESS at finding Project Life on such a great sale at Amazon, yeah!?!?!

I also got this pretty blue BAG IN BAG like the one shown in the video above!!

It comes in other colors, including these:

OMG! My mind is going crazy with uses for these amazing little bags. First, so many ideas involving scrapbooking:

Portable Tool Kit: Scissors, journaling pens, adhesive/refill, eraser, Cats Eye inks, etc. On your desk and easy to take to crops

Stamping Kit: Most used stamps and inks, again portable for crops or even just to sit in front of the TV while you stamp card sentiments or page titles

Project Life Kit: Journaling cards, washi tape, wood veneers in those outside mesh pockets, corner rounder, date stamps, etc. I currently have all this stuff in a tray on my desk. How cool to be portable instead :)

Crop Misc. Kit: Finally! One place to put your charger cables, iPhone, Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers (oh, wait – that’s probably just me), hand lotion, photo paper, sticky note pads, and all the random things you want handy on the crop table but don’t fit in another category.

Then there are all the other things you could use it for: make-up, office or bill supplies, purse contents (to make purse-switching easy or just to organize all that stuff), travel toiletries, on and on . . .

I got to thinking what great Christmas gifts they would make for all the chickies in my life. Who couldn’t find a use for a bag like this? I had to restrain myself to only one for now but I’m definitely going back for more when the budget allows.

Speaking of money, there are other vendors selling the Bag in Bag like THIS ONE. They are much cheaper – in some cases costing just a couple dollars – but make sure you check where they’re shipping from in case it’s Asia. That will take a lot longer to get here. Just a tip :) But if you’re in no hurry, it’s all good. I mistakenly ordered earbuds from Hong Kong once and it was TORTURE waiting for them to get here. After 4 weeks, I tried to cancel the order and of course couldn’t because they were already in customs or some such. Anyway, that’s why I won’t order things anymore that ship from outside the U.S. Oh, and they wouldn’t provide tracking information either. And they were (supposed to be) part of a birthday gift :(

With my Amazon Prime, I got the Bridgeport PL kit and the cute blue bag for about $20 bucks out the door. Not bad. Made my ever-lovin’, bargain-huntin’ heart so happy!

How about you? You gonna’ take advantage of the great Project Life sale or snag a Bag in Bag? Or five . . . :)

Scrapbook Products: Mid-Release “Fresh Cut” by Basic Grey

You can see the entire line HERE on their blog. So please go take a peek-y and come back so we can discuss :)

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Okay, so here are my thoughts:

– This is not your usual Basic Grey line of late . . . and I LIKE it!

– I love watercolor and ombre’ anything so I’m IN, Baby! {HERE is my “Ombre & Watercolor” Pinterest board}

– I like at least 1 side of each of the papers; the embellishments not as much.

– I’m not a flowery foo-foo girl so it’s a bit of flower overkill for me personally. BUT I like the rain, sun, big dots, kites, birds, bicycles, etc.

– The blackboard embellishments seem REALLY out of place with this light, bright line. Maybe when I see them used on layouts they’ll grow on me.

I had to copy the papers here so I could ask – is it just me or do the colors below look totally different than the ones at the top of this entry?

Two favorites are the wood veneers and the navy watercolor paper:

So overall not a huge hit for me but a pretty line nonetheless with some elements that I really like.

***Ships in December 2013***

What are your thoughts on the Basic Grey “Fresh Cut” line?

Project Life: Another Find on HSN.com!

After the huge (and early!) hit that was HSN Project Life Photo Overlays, I thought you’d want early info on another Project Life item at HSN.com. Well, you know me! I’m here to enable . . . erm, INFORM . . . my readers. So here ya’ go . . .

Project Life Assorted Themed Journaling Cards from HSN.com

You can find them on HSN.com right HERE.

From what I can see, these are just 5 of the new Project Life Themed Cards sets sold as a package at HSN. You get:

40-pack themed cards – Love
– (4) 4″ x 6″ title cards
– (4) 4″ x 6″ journaling cards
– (32) 3″ x 4″ journaling cards
60-pack themed cards – Road Trip
– (6) 4″ x 6″ title cards
– (6) 4″ x 6″ journaling cards
– (48) 3″ x 4″ journaling cards
60-pack themed cards – Floral
– (6) 4″ x 6″ title cards
– (6) 4″ x 6″ journaling cards
– (48) 3″ x 4″ journaling cards
60-pack themed cards – Tropical
– (6) 4″ x 6″ title cards
– (6) 4″ x 6″ journaling cards
– (48) 3″ x 4″ journaling cards
60-pack themed cards – Celebrate
– (6) 4″ x 6″ title cards
– (6) 4″ x 6″ journaling cards
– (48) 3″ x 4″ journaling cards

You can get somewhat of a look at each of the above Themed Cards on BeckyHiggins.com right HERE. There are 36 total Themed Cards sets so you’ll have to put those eagle eyes and that scroll finger of yours to work.

The 40-pack Themed sets retail for $4.99 and the 60-packs for $6.99.

I’m as good at math as I am at resisting French fries (i.e. NOT very good) but I believe that adds up to about $33 retail. Seems to me that at $20 and fairly low shipping ($5.20), this is a steal of a deal!

A steal that I’d be taking advantage of except that I LITRALLY just got the Celebrate cards yesterday. Which are very cute, btw … kind of a modern vintage take on celebrations like birthdays and Christmas. I also might’ve purchased 4 other Themed sets as well. Just, ya know, in theory . . .

{Btw, I know that it’s not spelled LITRALLY. That was a joke. All you spelling and grammar babes can just take a chill pill}.

So what do you think of this HSN deal on Project Life Themed cards? Any interest?

Scrapbook Products: Enamel Dots

One of the hot new items in the scrapbooking world is enamel dots. I love them because they add a little pop of color wherever you need it. They’re less work than a brad – you don’t even have to punch a hole. Just stick ‘em down and be on your way :)

They aren’t overly expensive (about $2-5 per pack), come in a huge variety of colors, and usually in 3 sizes per pack.

Here’s my current collection:

Enamel dots by Recollections, My Minds Eye, and Freckled Fawn

Enamel dots by Recollections, My Minds Eye, and Freckled Fawn

The only pack I paid full price for was the awesome teal one from Freckled Fawn. I just had to have those because those shades of teal blue are among my favorite colors.

The Recollections packs and the Halloween/MME I got from Michaels, using a coupon on each pack. ‘Cuz you know that’s how I roll. The rest of the MME ones are from a daily deal site. I think it was around $2/pack that way.

As I bought them, they were kind of getting tucked away all over my scrap room and not being used. So now I’ve gathered them all, put them with my Project Life stuff, and will start gettin’ bizzy with some dots.

I did try to use some of the gray ones on a layout I did this past weekend but they were the wrong shade. So that means I need to buy more, right?

If you need to be enabled, here are some enamel dots on Amazon.

Look how pretty these are!


The Sweetest Thing Lavender Enamel Dots-Reasons Why

Confession time: How many packs of enamel dots do you own? Do you use them a lot or still in the hoarding stage like I am? LOL Would love to hear from you! Just leave a Comment below.

Scrapbook Obsession Blog + Pinterest = Another Addiction

I did it. I gave in to the Power of the P.

Aren’t you proud of me? I finally started a Pinterest account for this blog. Now, before you lecture me, let me just say this:

– I know I’m late to the party. But I brought pretzels!

– I know it’s addictive; I’ve heard the warnings.

– No, I will not forget to blog because my eyes are glazed over from all the beautifulness over there.

– I will still love you if you don’t Follow me on Pinterest . . . just not as much. Hey, deal with it.

So, please go check out my Pinterest boards! I even made it easy for you by putting that handy-dandy little “Follow Me On Pinterest” button in the right sidebar. There. You have no excuse.

I have scrapbooking boards of course – products, organization, studios, etc. – and some Project Life boards. Also other fun things that interest me like books, Italy, quotes, free printables, coffee, and more.

I was THISCLOSE to adding a martini board but I didn’t know if that was bad form for a NEWB. Maybe once I’ve been around Pinterest for a while, you think?

Are you on Pinterest? If not, why not?

If you are a Pinner, will you pretty please put your Pinterest link/name in Comments below? I will Follow you!

Especially if you’re going for martinis ;)

Last Minute Offer! I Mean, Like, Tonight. Yeah, Really.

I just had one of the best times of 2013 – attending True Scrap 5, a 2-day online scrapbook event with over 300 scrapbookers from around the world! More on that later . . .

But after all those hours on the computer, I stepped away to (gasp) scrapbook, and I didn’t notice this offer until now . . . about 3 hours before the offer expires. So if you happen to be around this fine Saturday night, here ya’ go!

If you sign up by midnight tonight (10-12-13) and I think it’s EST, you can get ALL the classes from True Scrap 2 for only $44!! OMG, that is a sooper dooper deal!

Here are the details from Lain herself (who might have a teeny weeny crush on Mr. Hugh Jackman}:

Hugh’s 44th birthday celebration (and True Scrap 5) are almost over!

So in honor of True Scrap 5, in honor of breaking our True Scrap attendance record, and in honor of Mr. Jackman, here’s a birthday treat for you:

Save $83 (yes, that’s over 65%) on the COMPLETE recordings from True Scrap II today ONLY with code HUNK.

You’ll get 17 instructor videos like Nic Howard’s “Ready, Set, Distress,” Shimelle Laine’s “Creating Album Flow,” Kristina Werner’s “From Pages to Cards,” and over a dozen more! Over 20 hours of video content, yours at the very special price of $44, today ONLY.

All you have to do is click here to view more details.

Well, she had ME at Shimelle. When you click on that link above, you’ll see some other favorite scrappers and topics like: scrapbook organization, making money scrapbooking, digital scrapping, Noell Hymen from Paperclipping Roundtable, Nichol Magouirk, spray inks, making templates to print your photos, etc. I truly can’t believe the value. That’s like $2 a class and you’re not going to find this quality of instruction online ANYWHERE for two bucks a class.

I’m off to purchase now! I mean $44? That’s like going to the movies once. Or having 8 Starbucks latte’s . . . which I’m still going to have, but hey. Just trying to give you some comparisons, LOL.

Christmas is coming up . . . just tell hubby this is one of your gifts and he doesn’t even have to shop for it :)

Nite!

Scrapbook Warehouse Sale: Echo Park 2013

ECHO PARK is having a warehouse sale!




Sheesh, Echo Park doesn’t make it easy for bloggers to share their news. Can you even see the pieced together ad above? I had to copy it over piece by piece from an e-mail they sent out.

I would send you to their blog but as of this posting, the warehouse sale is not listed on Echo Park’s blog.

Regardless . . . or is it irregardless? . . . I would be goin’ to that frickin’ sale if I lived in Utah!! Can you imagine all that Echo Park goodness in one place??

PS: After I wrote my rant, I found this on Carta Bella’s blog. It appears to be in one piece ;)

Wait, what??? CARTA BELLA too??? You people are killin’ me!

Fricka frackin’ . . . grumble, grumble . . . Utah . . . {kicks dirt} . . . didn’t want any flippin’ Echo Parky schmarky, Carta Bella smella’ anyways . . . SO THERE!

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Scrapbook Funny: A Field Guide to Scrapbookers

Thank you so much to LISA MOOREFIELD for this super cute and relatable comic!

I am, in this order:

Hoarder ~ Not only do I buy tons of scrapbooking products, but I tend to hoard my favorites – like I’m afraid I’ll run out or something (eye roll).

Cheerleader ~ As evidenced by almost 7 years of blogging about scrapbooking . . .

Dreamer ~ I have WAAAYYY more ideas and dreams of projects than I have time to execute them. But I guess that’s part of the fun of this hobby :)

Nerd ~ Organization Freak, that’s me.

How about you? What categories do you put yourself in? Please leave a comment below!

Monday Funny: What Does the Fox Say?

Have you see this hot new song and video? My kids showed it to me a couple weeks ago and we’ve not been able to stop singing it – and laughing – ever since.

It was posted 09/03/13 and already has 94 million hits! Apparently, “Ylvis” are 2 brothers and comedians from Norway and they made the video to publicize their TV show. Wow, you never know what’s going to take off, do you? I even heard the song on the radio today and it gave me a big smile as I drove along. Although I kinda’ felt sorry for anyone who hadn’t seen the video – they must’ve been screaming “WTH???” at the radio, LOL.

Tchoff-choff-tchoff-choff-cha-choff-choff!

To make this scrapbook-related, have you noticed a fox trend in papercrafting? Here are just a few things I’ve seen lately:

Dear Lizzy “5th and Frolic” by American Crafts

Fox letterpress notecard on Etsy

Fox stamp on Etsy

Enjoy your week, you Foxy thang!