September 2014 archive

Scrapbook Product Wish List: “September Skies” by Heidi Swapp

I’m kind of hot and cold with Heidi Swapp. Well, I mean, not her PERSONALLY {because I don’t know her, unfortunately} but her scrapbooking products. Sometimes I love them and other times I kinda’ go “meh.” She can go off the rails at times for me, too bright and crazy and busy.

But here’s a new line by HS called “September Skies” that is definitely on my wish list – love it!

You can see the entire line HERE.

Here’s a layout Heidi made using “September Skies” – isn’t it lovely?

I think I summed it up pretty well on my PINTEREST BOARD: “Fresh + not your typical Fall line + leave it to Heidi Swapp”.

I love the blue / pink / navy color combo – for Fall, no less. It’s new and different and fun. I think this works especially well for Californians like me where September and even October still feel like Summer, with sun and fun and temps in the 80s and 90s. I was just at the beach the other day and those pics would look great with this line!

I’ll be looking for a good deal on the “September Skies” line so I can add it to my stash and make some late-summer pages! Do you like it?

Send to Kindle

Scrapbook Deals and Steals: October Afternoon & Echo Park

WOOT!! I just ordered this from ScrapbookSteals.com:

OCTOBER AFTERNOON has long been one of my top 5 favorite scrapbooking companies (maddening release delays, notwithstanding). I’ve wanted the “Apple Cider” line since I first saw it but was waiting for a great deal like this.

I still wasn’t 100% sure I’d pull the trigger – the main things I wanted were the papers, puffy stickers, and pop drops.

So I clicked on the product description to see exactly what was included in the steal:

apple cider collection kit

Featuring iconic autumn images from acorns and pumpkins to squirrels and leaves, this collection is perfect for your autumn paper-crafting projects.

1 apple cider double take stickers
1 apple cider flash blurbs
1 apple cider memory cards
2 apple cider paper bake sale
2 apple cider paper bonfire
2 apple cider paper corn maze
2 apple cider paper harvest
2 apple cider paper hayride
2 apple cider paper pumpkin picking
1 apple cider pillow puff stickers
1 apple cider pop drops
1 apple cider snap caps
1 apple cider tin pins
1 apple cider washi tape

Lo and behold, all 3 things I reeeeeally wanted were included in this kit, which I could hardly believe because it was only $18! Even with shipping included, that’s about 40% off retail. With October Afternoon, I prefer to get the entire kit so I was pumped, baby!

To make things even better, I forgot I was earning “Steals points” but I got this message after I placed my order:

You earned 36 Steals Points!

Earn up to 8 points a day just by viewing our Steals (must be logged in).
Earn 2 points for each dollar spent on merchandise.
Redeem points at Checkout for an instant discount (100 points = $1).
history
9/20/14 Order #4302416 +36
9/20/14 Viewed ScrapbookSteals.com +1
9/7/14 Viewed ScrapbookSteals.com +1
9/6/14 Viewed SheSteals.com +1
9/6/14 Order #4293469 +23

So it’s only 62 points (62 cents) but, like I always, say, “It’s better than a sharp stick in the eye!” Now that I was reminded about the Steals points, I’ll try to click on over to the Steals pages each day. I get their emails, one that shows just the ScrapbookSteals deal for the day, and another that shows ALL the Steals.com deals of the day (they also have sites for She, Baby, and Kid) with some really cute stuff for great prices.

My goal is to save a few dollars on my next order, maybe even cover shipping. Then I’ll feel like a real Scrappy Shopping Ninja, ha!!

One tip I will give about ordering from ScrapbookSteals.com: If you’re in a hurry for your order, well . . . don’t be, LOL. I also ordered the Echo Park “Creative Agenda” collection kit from them on 09/02 and I just received it on 09/20. Granted, I chose the cheapest shipping option; you can pay more if you *need* your items quicker.

Yayyyy!!! So happy about getting OA Apple Cider. I just love the paper designs and puffy stickers and hearts so much <3 The "steal" changes everyday but you can check out their archives (past items like the 2 I talked about) HERE. ‘Course, I had to click over there right now to make sure that the OA and EP deals are still there (they are), and I had to see this:

The HEARTS! Oh, the HEARTS! I swear, the bullets I take for you people. You’d better appreciate it. Gah.

Send to Kindle

Scrapbook Obsession Weekly Roundup 09-21-14

This week, I finally reached 100 Followers on Bloglovin’ – whoo hoo! I’ve been at 99 FOR-EH-VURRRR. Ha ha, it just makes me smile :) So *THANK YOU* 100th Bloglovin’ Follower, whoever you are!

There’s a scrappy novel on sale for Kindle HERE. It’s part of a series; you can see all the books HERE.

The Project Life app I talked about HERE is now available! It’s getting rave reviews on the scrapbook message boards. You can get it HERE. Really helpful FAQs from Becky are HERE. It’s only $2.99 and includes some of the Project Life card designs; you can buy others for a reasonable cost. I can’t wait to play with it! How about you?

Here are the Fall 2014 Pantone colors as shared by October Afternoon:

I kinda’ like them. I can see some really pretty color combos in there – like Aluminum + Royal Blue + Misted Yellow. What do you think of this season’s Pantone colors?

Have a great week!

Send to Kindle

Project Life: “Oh Life” is Shutting Down :(

I know some Project Lifers used “Oh Life” to keep track of daily photos and journaling, so I wanted to share this e-mail about them shutting down:

We’ll unfortunately be shutting OhLife down on October 4, 2014.

We started OhLife to help people remember what’s happened in their life. But since then we haven’t been able to grow our user base or make OhLife financially stable. Because of both these reasons we’ve decided to shut OhLife down. We appreciate everyone that’s used OhLife and supported us.

We’re extremely sorry for shutting the site down.

We have some FAQs below to help out. Thank you for all your support.

Thank you,
The OhLife Team

How do I export my entries?
You can save your entries to a text file here: https://ohlife.com/export
Please export them before we shut down and delete them on October 4, 2014.

How do I save photos?
The Past page (https://ohlife.com/past) has a list of all your entries, so you can quickly scroll through them to find your photos. If you click a photo it will take you to the original version.

What if I had a premium account?
If you had the premium version, a few weeks after we shut OhLife down we’ll refund you a prorated amount.

I signed up for Oh Life but never really got into using it. {I have online privacy issues, LOL}. But it seemed like a service of great value to scrapbookers and I’m sorry to see them go :(

Did you use Oh Life to do your Project Life journaling? If not, what other service or method do you use?

Send to Kindle

Scrapbook Shopping: Project Life on Amazon . . . 2 Great Deals

Remember when I told you HERE that the Project Life 60-Pack of Design A page protectors were only $8.36 (reg. $30)???

Well, I was just placing an Amazon order {no, not for scrappy stuff, smart ayshe – I need some new transcribing headphones – sheesh}, and I noticed the price on the page protectors had gone down yet AGAIN! They are an unbelievable $6.90 right now. You can get them here: Becky Higgins Photo Pocket Pages – Big Pack of Design A (60 Pages)

If you haven’t used pocket pages or Design A in particular yet, I highly recommended them. They are my “go to” page protector for Project Life pages and for all my other pocket page scrapbooking (vacations, sports seasons, and such). I mainly take horizontal photos anyway and, with the occasional vertical photo, I print 2 of them on a 4×6 (so each pic is 3×4). Then I put that in a 4×6 horizontal slot or I cut it in half and put each photo in a vertical 3×4 slot. Hope that makes sense . . .

Anyway, that’s an amazingly good deal and – it was SO weird – but 2 of those just jumped in my Amazon cart with the headphones. Soooo strange, hee hee. Hey, it added like $15 total since shipping with Prime is free. So I got 2 boxes for HALF the price of 1 box. It did my stingy little black scrappy heart so good!

Speaking of Amazon and Project Life, they also have the SEAFOAM CORE KIT for only $11.09 right now (reg. $30) with free Prime shipping.

I’d heard it was down to $9.25 yesterday but I didn’t act fast enough and missed it! A lot of the other Project Life Core Kits are on sale, too, starting at around $9. Amazon’s prices fluctuate day to day, which is sometimes good and sometimes bad – but that’s why I check them pretty often. Don’t want to miss an amazing deal, LOL!

Send to Kindle

Free Scrapbooking Kindle Book! {Pssst! You Don’t Need a Kindle to Read It . . . }

Heya! I just got this e-mail from Lain Ehman who does True Scrap (and makes 6-figures in the scrapbooking industry on her own, by the way . . . so she’s an idol of mine).

Anyhoo, I wanted to share it ‘cuz I know you love reading about scrappy things as much as I do. She and the instructors from True Scrap 6 have a fun little KINDLE BOOK available! {What’s True Scrap 6? Read my blog entry here}.

Something cool to tell you about! The True Scrap 6 instructors and
I have just released an e-book on Amazon that shares some of our
best tips for motivation and inspiration in your scrapbooking. It’s
called “Profiles in Scrapbooking,” and it’s available as a Kindle
download for F-R-E-E for a limited time!

Regularly $2.99, this short volume includes profiles from each of
the True Scrap 6 instructors, where we talk about our tips for
breaking through those stagnant times, new discoveries about our
own crafting, and more!

Pretty darn cool, huh?

Just click on the book title to download it for FREE! “Profiles in Scrapbooking: Inspiration, Wisdom, and Advice for Your Memory-Keeping Journey”

If you don’t have a Kindle or other e-reader, don’t despair. You don’t actually need one to download and read Kindle books. I *know*, right?!? You just need a computer, smartphone, or tablet and use the Kindle app. You can download that and find all the info RIGHT HERE on Amazon.

Just a note: At the end of the book, there’s a coupon code to save $20 off True Scrap 6 which is held in mid-October. But if you click the link above to my blog entry about TS6, there’s a coupon code there for the same amount (if you don’t want to read my scintillating post, here ya’ go: use HERO by 10-10-14 to save $20).

I just downloaded my copy. Guess I know what I’m doing at lunchtime today! Happy Scrappy Reading :)

Send to Kindle

“Lovely” Scrapbooking Line and Project Life Mini Kit by Shimelle

I talked about this line a bit HERE but it was early days and there wasn’t much to go on.  Now I’m happy to say I have a better look at Shimelle’s new line to share with you!

First of all, the items that I ordered from her scrapbooking line FINALLY arrived and – no surprise – I totally love them.

DSCN5330

I got the 12×12 paper pad, the Accent and Phrase Stickers, and the tape dispenser (I added the washi tape; it does NOT come with it). The paper is nice and thick cardstock weight. The stickers are cardstock weight as well and have some gold foiling on them. Be aware they have the white backing or outline to them, so if you don’t like that – don’t get these.

The die cuts I received from a Scrappy Angel who posted them as a Pay It Forward and I LOVE them!  I believe it’s about half of the pack.

I also wanted to share a YouTube video I found that shows the entire Project Life “Lovely” line by Shimelle:

 

Isn’t it awesome!  And that girl loves <3 hearts <3 as much as I do, LOL!

The colors and designs in this line are just what I was hoping for.  I love the mix of pastels with darker colors AND black/white.

First, I need to order the Project Life “Lovely” mini kit.  Then I think I’m going to use the whole shebang on my summer vacation album.  I have a mix of photos – beach, baseball games, winery, and lots of outdoor shots.

DSCN1197

DSCN1284

DSCN1313

IMG_5087

IMG_5120

I was wondering how to find a line that would look good with the pastels and turquoise of the beach, the red and blue of the baseball games, and all the bright green of the nature shots.  I think this line will be just, well, LOVELY!

PS:  Re-reading my past “Lovely” entry that I linked to in the beginning . . . reminded me to look on Amazon for the Lovely kit.  {I’m an Amazon-a-holic, just love to get Prime when I can & their customer service is so great}.

Well, I didn’t find the Lovely kit (yet) but Amazon does have the PROJECT LIFE “DAZZLE” MINI KIT I referred to back then.

They also have the NEW PROJECT LIFE VALUE KITS that I talked about HERE.  “Hi, Sunshine” is already in my cart.  Ruh-roh, I think I’m about to get in lots of trouble over there . . . ;)

Send to Kindle

Simple Stories Warehouse Sale

Check out THIS fun news article, video, and photos from the Standard Examiner highlighting the Simple Stories brand.

If you don’t have time to read the entire article right now, allow me to highlight this part:

And those interested in Crowell’s products don’t have to walk row by row in a craft store to find them.

They may visit http://www.simplestories.com or visit the company’s store front where it showcases Simple Stories products as well as products for a few other companies.

Interested consumers may visit the store, located at 640 W. 1100 South, Suite 1 in Business Depot Ogden and easily find the products without having to look through the many selections at larger outlet stores.

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, the store offers at a quick glance all the creative work Crowell and her now more than a dozen employees do all year long.

Those who want to shop for bargains may attend the company’s warehouse sale next Friday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information, call the company at 801-737-3242.

Yep, Simple Stories is having a warehouse sale! I don’t recall them having one in the past unless I missed it. Here are the only 2 reasons I won’t be going:

1. I already own most of their lines (eep!).

2. Their warehouse is a 12-hour drive from my house. Why, yes, I *did* Google map it! Just in case, ya’ know ;)

But if you live anywhere near Ogden, Utah, you should totally go!

I’ve met Amber (and her husband, Kevin) and she is TOTALLY as sweet as she looks in that photo! Their whole staff is amazing, too – just the nicest people. I’m so happy for them all.

Congratulations to Simple Stories and here’s to their continued success!

Send to Kindle

Oh, Thank YOU Heaven Above! Tuesday Morning to Expand Scrapbooking

I first heard about this a couple of weeks ago from my dear scrapbook friend, MISS ANGIE.

Who heard from the manager of her Tuesday Morning store that they had a new buyer who is a CRAFTER and that we could expect their crafting section to expand. She was said to be tenacious and was seeking out new suppliers of crafting supplies.

And we rejoiced.

To confirm that the rumor seems to be true, lookie what just landed in my inbox:

BLADOW!

And the scrappers all over America who live in smaller areas and have no LSS, Joann, or Hobby Lobby and not only just a Michaels but a small, slow-to-get-new-stuff Mike’s DID A HAPPY DANCE to hear this news.

Yes, they did. {Can you see me dancing from there? I’m doing the Cabbage Patch, a little bit o’ Running Man, oh no, now I’m booty poppin’ and twerking . . . join me, won’t you?}

I’ll keep my fingers crossed that “crafts” includes a lot of “scrapbooking”. From recent Tuesday Morning scouting reports I’ve read online, the scrapbook offerings lately have been pretty dang awesome – newer lines for great prices.

If you’re happy about this as well, PLEASE find Tuesday Morning on your choice of social media and thank them – I’m off to Tweet them myself. Let’s show them what a nice little band of shoppers we are and what a good move this was (wink wink).

Whoo hoo, just made my day!!!!

Send to Kindle

Online Scrapbook Classes: It’s Time to Sign Up for “True Scrap 6″


TRUE SCRAP 6 opens for general registration today: 09-09-14!

I’ve attended several True Scrap events in the past and swear by them, fo’ sho’. If you want to read some of my reviews, you can see past blog entries HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. My favorite online scrapbook class EVER was from True Scrap 3 – read that review HERE.

There are 2 changes this time I wanted to tell you about – as requested by past attendees: A shorter event and a smaller price!

This year’s event has been reduced to 1 day instead of 2 (all day Saturday 10-18-14) with a virtual PJ party the night before where you just hang out online and chat with other attendees from around the world. It’s a smaller event (8 classes and 3 virtual make-and-takes), with a correspondingly smaller price point that many asked for.

On top of THAT, I have a discount code for you that’s good from 09-09 through 10-10-14: Type HERO in the box and save $20. Woot! I’m ALL about saving money where we can . . . ‘cuz that means we can spend the savings on scrapbook supplies, right?

Using the discount code takes the price from $99 down to $79 – or from $12 to under $10 per class. As I always say about Lain’s classes, that’s a real bargain compared to in-person classes at your LSS (do you even have one anymore? I don’t.) or other online classes.

If you’re waffling a bit about registering, please keep in mind that the webroom only holds 500 people. A bunch of seats have already been sold because they’re first offered to members of ScrapHappy (Lain’s membership site), and then she did Early Bird Sign-ups for those on her mailing list.

Oh jeez, I haven’t even said what True Scrap 6 *is* yet, have I?

Well, it’s an online scrapbook event put on by Lain Ehmann – she’s done 8 or 10 of these now and has it down to a science. TS6 ncludes the following classes:

Tracy Banks: Layering: Punch It, Roll It, Make It Yours
Kelli Crowe – Saw This, Made That: Bringing Ideas to Life
Jennifer Gallacher – Mood-Based Scrapbooking: An Inspirational Guide
Noell Hyman – Small Details, Big Picture
Katrina Kennedy: Capture Your Celebrations – Photographing Food, Family, And Fun
Layle Koncar – Flip It, Score It, Make It, Shake It!: Innovative, Interactive Mini Book Techniques
Nichol Magouirk – From Pocket to Page: Pocket Cards for 12×12 Layouts
Donna Salazar – Mixed Media Masterpieces Using Crafty Supplies

For more detail on the classes, you can click HERE and scroll down.

As always, each class sounds so interesting. I’m especially looking forward to those by Noell Hyman (going through a month of photos and deciding which to do layouts with and which to use Project Life, essentially) and Katrina Kennedy (photographing celebrations and other things I find challenging due to low-light, etc. – and I have a new camera!). Nichol Magouirk’s sounds good, too – Lordy knows I have a gatrillion PROJECT LIFE CARDS to use! {It’s been over a year since that entry and it’s gotten well and truly worse, ack!}

While their topics don’t super-intrigue me, I may take Kelly Crowe and Layle Koncar’s classes just because they’re both such a hoot! If you guys attended True Scrap Pocket Pages, you remember how fun Layle was from Simple Stories (and she gave away a Simple Stories prize, which I’m hoping she does again!). What I have found from taking entire True Scrap events is that classes that don’t interest me at all ‘on paper’ end up being some of my favorites. “True Scrap is like a box of chocolates. You just never know what you’re going to get.” Hee.

I’m still deciding if I’ll sign up or not. I didn’t get on the Early Bird mailing list in time, therefore no 30% discount on the price. And I’m not a ScrapHappy member anymore either so I don’t get that discount. I’ve really had to cut my scrappy spending lately :(

A month or so after Lain’s events, she usually puts the classes for sale “a la carte” so I may just wait for that and buy the specific classes I want. But if they end up being $10-12 each x the number of classes I want, it might add up to $79-ish anyway . . . bah! If I DO end up doing the entire TS6 event, I’ll make sure to post some reviews of the classes to help you decide which ones you may want to buy. We shall see . . .

Are you going to attend “True Scrap 6″ or perhaps buy some a la carte classes later? If you do sign up now, don’t forget to use the code HERO to save $20. You can register (or just check out all the info) RIGHT HERE.

Have a great rest of your week . . . :)

Send to Kindle

Scrapbook Obsession Weekly Roundup 09-07-14

- So love to see our scrappy girl ELSIE making waves in the big world!

– Time for Lain’s free September scrapinar. Just click here for more details and sign up, if you like. If you can’t make the scrapinar time, you’ll get a free replay to watch at your leisure – but you have to register beforehand.

– Have you seen these YEARBOOK PRINTABLES by Project Life? What a fun and easy yearbook you could make for thuh kiddo!

– I just ordered THIS scrappy goodness from ScrapbookSteals.com . . . so cute and fun!

– Have you heard what new thing the owners of BASIC GREY are up to? It’s so super cool you have to CHECK IT OUT!

Enjoy your week!
xoxo

Send to Kindle

HSN Scrapbooking, Project Life Deal, and Shopping Reminder



Just 3 quick things for ya':

1. HSN.com will have some scrapbooking shows on starting either tonight or tomorrow, depending upon your time zone. I’m in PST and the first show is 09-01-14 at 11pm. HERE is the program guide.

2. If you like to stock up on the Big Pack of Design A (60 Pages) for Project Life or pocket page scrapping, there is a killer deal on them right now. I last paid $30 for these but as of now they’re only $8.36 and free shipping with Prime. Hurry, Amazon changes their prices with no notice!

3. A last reminder to check out the Labor Day Weekend scrapbook shopping deals I posted HERE. There’s still time to shop!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Send to Kindle