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LOAD214: “Scrapbook Mythbusters” Layout a Day Event for Feb. ’14 {Discount Code Included!}

Pssst! Make sure and read all the way to the bottom for a discount that will make this a no-brainer AND a tip-off about a free event coming up. Just sayin’. . .

You’ve heard me talk about LOAD a time or 10 before. {If you’d like to see past entries, take a stroll up to the black banner and do a search on LOAD}. The time has come to “LOAD” again, LOL! For all the details on what LOAD214 is, please CLICK HERE. You’re not forced to sign up by clicking, I promise. It’s just where all the info is and if you choose to sign up, you’ll be in the right place :)

According to the organizer of all LOAD events, Lain Ehman:

What’s Waiting for You in February:

28 days of brand-new video prompts and lessons, guaranteed to bust you out of any scrapbooking rut, bring a smile to your face, and make your hair shine!

Exclusive message board for LOAD members only where you can connect and chat with the coolest scrappers on the Web!

Private gallery for our members where you share your daily creations, win prizes, and strut your stuff!

28 never-before-seen sample layouts!

Random surPRIZES, Hugh sightings, and fun for all!

SPACE IS LIMITED!
To Preserve the Intimate and
Personal Atmosphere of This Event,
Participation Is Capped!

For Only $50**, You Can Have the Time of Your Scrappy Life!

** KEEP READING for a DISCOUNT!

At the LOAD link, there’s also a FAQ page to answer any questions you might have {or I’m happy to answer them; I’ve done 3 LOAD’s now}. You have forever-access to the 28 video prompts, all the materials, Flickr gallery, and message board. So if February is a busy month for you, don’t sweat it. You don’t have to stick to the prompts – just do you own thang, chickie! And, yes, Project Life layouts, 8×8 layouts, any layout counts. Lain says, “I’m easy. If you think it’s a layout, I think it’s a layout.” If you get all 28 projects done and posted in February, you’re eligible for a very cool prize!

From participating in past LOADs, I can tell you this: They’re something special. In those 28 days, you bond with the group of ladies who are on the journey with you. You get to know each other through your layouts and the message board. Do you love getting comments on your layouts? You’ll get them with LOAD. Everyone is treated the same; there are no “stars” getting all the attention. Do you ever see layouts online and think, “They’re so detailed and mine aren’t” or “It’s pretty but SO not my style.” With LOAD, it’s just everyday scrappers like you posting their layouts and you WILL see many who scrapbook like you do.

That was one of my favorite things because my scrapbooking is very simple compared to those on Design Teams and even those who post to the Two Peas gallery. At LOAD, I felt normal. Well, as normal as I can be for a whacked out, crazy, scrapbooking obsessed, sarcastic, rabble-rousing enabler!

You know I love you, right? Just to prove how much, I’m going to share with you a most excellent discount code. If you CLICK HERE or the link above to sign up for LOAD214, the code “28DAYS” will give you almost 40% off the cost of LOAD. So instead of $50, it’s ONLY $31. For you buck-saving fans, that’s $1.10 per day {even at the full price of $50, it’s only $1.78 per day}. I defy you to say that’s not worth the money. Defy you, I say!!

Yes, you could just challenge yourself to complete 28 layouts in February for no cost. But, c’mon, if you’re like me, it wouldn’t get done. You’d be sharing layouts with – yourself. You’d be chatting each day with – yourself. You’d have to inspire – yourself. You’d post your layouts in a gallery where you could see layouts by – you. You’d have to give prizes to – yourself. And – hey now! – then it’s not so free after all, is it?

Now ask yourself, “Self, do I want to join in with a bunch of other scrap-crazies and do LOAD214?” I’m sure your self would say, “Well, DUH! Of course, I . . . you . . . do.”

So get to steppin’, sis!

PS: Whether or not you want to be part of LOAD, you should definitely check out all of Lain’s FREE monthly scrapinars. Information on February’s scrapinar with a very popular teacher is right here. Hope to see you there!

LOAD513: “Layout a Day May 2013″ … What If I’m Too Busy in May?

As I’ve been posting and talking about signing up for LOAD 513 – aka Layout a Day May 2013 – I get this comment/question a lot:

“I want to do LOAD in May but that’s a reeeeaaallllyyyy busy month for me. What if I can’t join in much during the month but still want to be part of the fun?”

Well, the great news is you can still do this!

I took LOAD213 (this past February) and, as always seems to happen with me and online scrapbooking classes, after a week or so real life took over and I wasn’t able to complete all of the daily layouts (I got about half of them done and only because I had a retreat in February).

However, I still have access to a list of the daily prompts – with live links to the daily videos and transcripts. I can still look through the LOAD 213 gallery and be hugely inspired by all the layouts done by other 213 LOADees. And I can still read through the forums to see what challenges, questions, and insights came up for others.

It’s now April and I’m still using the LOAD 213 materials whenever I have time to sit down and scrap. Or even just dream about scrapping, like on the iPad at a sports practice, lol.

I wasn’t 100% sure I’d heard whether or not LOAD attendees have “forever access” to class content so I e-mailed to get a concrete answer, and here it is:

YES! They [attendees] have “forever access”. In fact, we send out a link to a master list with all the prompts, so it’s even one stop shopping when they are ready to tackle the challenges!

So there you go.

If the only thing holding you back from LOAD 513 is the fear that you can’t stay on top of it all month, please don’t let that be a worry. For any LOAD event you join, you have “forever access” to the content.

Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns about LOAD and I’ll address them. Hope to see you in May … even if just for a bit :)

Here is where to sign up for LOAD 513!

Coupon Code / Discount Code for LOAD 513 aka Layout a Day May 2013

In my LAST ENTRY, I talked about a $10 off discount for LOAD 513 – Layout a Day May 2013.

I could’ve sworn I put the code at the bottom but when I checked this morning it wasn’t there – so sorry! It’s now been added to yesterday’s post and here ya’ go:

*** $10 off LOAD513 registration with code “FNF” at checkout. Discount expires 4/10 at midnight ***

Here is where to sign up for LOAD 513!

Hope to see you there!

Last Chance to Sign Up for LOAD 513 … Layout a Day for May 2013

After attending my first LOAD event in February 2013 – see my post HERE – I’m a true believer. It’s the BEST online scrapbooking event I’ve ever attended. Well, okay, it’s tied for 1st place with TRUE SCRAP :P

I wasn’t able to keep up with blogging about LOAD 213 (Feb ’13) but I did get tons of layouts done that month. They are some of my favorite layouts I’ve ever done. I think it’s a combination of the prompts received from Lain and the supportive community who makes you feel like your ideas are valid and appreciated.

The gallery is EXTREMELY active so even if you’re like me and not able to physically do a layout every day, you can at least collapse on the couch at the end of every day and marvel at the layouts posted by other LOADers. Inspiration station, baby! And the message board was LOADs of fun, too (har har).

It’s time for LOAD again in May 2013 – so this one is called LOAD 513.

It runs during the entire month of May and here is what you get if you join:

31 days of brand-new video prompts and lessons, guaranteed to bust you out of any scrapbooking rut, bring a smile to your face, and make your hair shine!

Exclusive message board for LOAD members only where you can connect and chat with the coolest scrappers on the Web!

Private gallery for our members where you share your daily creations, win prizes, and strut your stuff!

31 never-before-seen sample layouts!

Random surPRIZES, Hugh* sightings, and fun for all!

*Lain may or may not have a serious thang for Hugh Jackman … See why?

Here is where to sign up for LOAD 513! Look at the bottom of this blog entry for a code you can enter to get $10 off the registration fee ;)

Participation is capped for all LOADs and there are only 50 spots left for this one – it’s a very popular event. The most awesome thing is that I have a special deal for you: $10 off the $50 price. Do the math: That’s only $1.29 a day for all the goodness listed above.

And after 31 days, how would it feel to have 31 layouts?!?!? I mean, that’s an entire album. A satisfying stack. A titling tower of layouts!

I’m a ScrapHappy.org member so I get all LOADs for free – I will be there! If I were you, I’d just go sign up for LOAD 513 right now. Because if you don’t, the end of April and them May 1st is going to be here, everyone will be talking about LOAD, you’ll get really jazzed about joining in … and it will be full.

Every LOAD has a theme. For the February session, it was ScrapHappy. This time it’s “Get a Clue! Investigating the Mysteries of Your Life.” Sounds like fun. I can’t wait to get started!

Speaking of which, there is no special prep you have to do for LOAD – no specific products to buy or pre-work to do. It would help to start May 1 with a clean desk and join the message board and gallery as soon as you sign up for LOAD. The message board actually gets hopping before the event starts. But that’s it! So if you need to make a big dent in your stash, LOAD is perfect for you. {Or if you need an excuse to scrapbook shop, we’ll encourage you there as well … bwahahahaha!}

Click here to sign up for LOAD 513!

*** $10 off LOAD513 registration with code “FNF” at checkout. Discount expires 04-10-13 at midnight ***

LOAD213: Layout a Day, Day 3

It’s late Saturday night and I wanted to give a little update on my LOAD experience so far. It’s technically still Day 2 (02-02-13) but being on the West Coast, I receive the prompt for the next day at 9pm the night before (does that make sense?). Which is really nice because I can start working on the layout before I go to bed or at least start thinking about it.

Tangent: Okay, is this just me or are there others of you Scrapbook Obsessed who do this too? When I go to bed, my mind is usually still going a mile a minute – “Pay the electric bill tomorrow, buy dog food, don’t forget to call the water softener guy, when is that report due?, blah blah blah.” So oftentimes to calm myself down and relax so I can sleep, I’ll start thinking about scrapbooking – a layout I want to do, a new way to organize my Project Life cards, what I want to buy first from the new CHA stuff, what am I going to pack for the retreat? – that kind of thing. Works every time, baby! A few minutes later . . . ZZZZZZ Please tell me you do that too!

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So back to LOAD . . . I now have 3 prompts . . . 2 layouts almost done . . . and 1 prompt I’m still kind of stumped by (if you’re a LOAD-ster, I’m sure you know which one I’m talking about, lol). I was waiting to see if the prompts would fit the overall concept I had for this class and so far they DO match so I’m going with it: I’ll be doing layouts for a Book of Me. Have you heard of these?

It’s basically where you – the one who always scrapbooks about everyone else in your life – actually scrapbook about yourself. Novel idea, eh? Because your family and your kids want to know about you too, silly! What makes you tick? What is your daily life like? How about that childhood? Hopes and dreams? Favorite things? So that’s what I’ll be scrapping with my LOAD layouts. If I get all 28 layouts done, I could have a full BOM album done at the end of the month – wouldn’t that be Rock Star-ish of me? Cue screaming fans.

And I did – thanks to some very helpful comments here and in the LOAD forum, including an answer straight from Lain herself – decide that it’s fine if I blog about LOAD, the prompts, and the layouts I make from them. And I have to say . . . the Ladies of LOAD are a pleasure to be around. Everyone in the forum is kind, helpful, excited, and passionate about scrapbooking. I couldn’t ask for a better group to be a part of.

So that’s where I’m at with LOAD. I can’t promise when I’ll post prompts and layouts – maybe a weekly round-up? Sometimes fitting in blogging is really hard, and I want to make getting layouts done this month the priority. But I’ll do my best!

LOAD213: Layout a Day Starts Today!

Even though it’s only 10pm my time on 01-31-13, on the East Coast it’s past midnight. So the official start to my month-long adventure with LOAD has begun and I got my first prompt!

{If you’re wondering what LOAD is, please READ THIS}.

I’m not really sure how to blog about LOAD. It’s a paid class and I want the creator Lain to make a living. She puts a LOT of work into this. Today for instance we received an 8-minute video with a 3-page transcript and a very thought-provoking prompt. Not to mention all the other stuff that goes into LOAD.

So I don’t want to share the specific prompt, do I? {I don’t know that I’ll be sharing my layouts online anyway so that’s not a concern}. I’ll have to see how other LOAD’ers are handling blogging about the class content.

But I will say this: The first prompt is amazing! One that really makes you think, makes you take the first step out of that box you may be in. If it keeps up like this, I can tell ya’ I’m going to LOVE me some LOAD!

PS: You can still join LOAD yourself, ya know? RIGHT HERE. At this point, you won’t even have missed anything :)

Layout a Day … LOAD213 … “Scraphappier” … Who’s With Me!?!?

Only 8 more days . . . only 20 spots left . . . time to sign up!

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What is LOAD? Yeah, I’ve been hearing about “load” for years and never really paid attention, honestly. I knew it stood for Layout a Day and that you complete 28 layouts in a month. But that’s about where my knowledge stopped.

Eventually, through other classes I took with the creator Lain Ehmann – most notably TRUE SCRAP 4 – I learned more about what LOAD/Layout a Day really is, how it works, and how amazing it is. And now I’M JACKED, PEOPLE!!! I can’t wait for February to get here!

I thought I’d tell YOU about LOAD213 (the 213 stands for February 2013) and see if you’d like to join me :)

So here we go . . . directly from Lain:

LOAD213: ScrapHAPPIER

Here’s What’s In Store in February:

28 days of brand-new video prompts and lessons, guaranteed to bust you out of any scrapbooking rut, bring a smile to your face, and make your hair shine!

Exclusive message board for LOAD members only where you can connect and chat with the coolest scrappers on the Web!

Private gallery for our members where you share your daily creations, win prizes, and strut your stuff!

Insiders-only interview with Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of The Happiness Project. Listen as she shares her secrets on living a happier life (and why scrapbookers have a jumpstart on the ordinary people)

Random surPRIZES, Hugh sightings, and fun for all!

SPACE IS LIMITED!
To Preserve the Intimate and Personal Atmosphere of This Event,
Participation Is Capped!

PRIZES!?!?! Did she say PRIZES? I’m so there.

If you want to learn even more, check out THIS QUICK VIDEO by Lain. Her enthusiasm is infectious.

I’ve already joined the gallery and message board. The other attendees are posting and prepping. Again, the excitement is infectious.

When you read the reviews and endorsements HERE from past “LOAD’ers” (ha), it really makes you want to take part. {Scroll down a bit to see them}. I mean, in reality . . . I work full-time, have kids, activities, bizzy bizzy life. Am I really going to complete an ACTUAL layout a day? I don’t know. I’m realistic and thinking not.

But like one of the reviews said, the daily prompt is a quick and motivating way to start your day. Go create your layout right then and there. See what you can accomplish, right? I figure even if I get only 10 layouts done (hmm . . . there are 8 weekend days in there and maybe I’ll get lucky on 2 weekdays, lol), that’s 10 more than I probably would’ve done otherwise.

And PROJECT LIFE layouts COUNT! So I’m golden there :) Those of you who can get 28 layouts down, my hat’s off to you. I’m sure you’ll inspire me and maybe I actually CAN do it. Who knows?

Also I’m a sucker for forums and galleries. I totally {heart} talking to other scrappers day-to-day in a community of support. Everyone’s in the same boat and, from what I already know about Lain’s SCRAPHAPPY* community that I also belong to, it is truly “the nicest group of scrapbookers on the internet.”

*By the way, because I’m a member of SCRAPHAPPY.org, I didn’t even have to pay for LOAD – members attend all LOAD’s for freeeeee!!! That was one of the things that sold me to join in the first place.

So check out all the information about LOAD and think about joining us. But don’t think too long. Lain caps enrollment and the last I heard, there were only 20 spots left. Hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about LOAD, please post below in Comments :)

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?

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?

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 :)

“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.

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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.

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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 . . . ;)

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!

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!!!!

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 . . . :)

Scrapbook Obsession Weekly Roundup 08-31-14



I hope you’re enjoying a fabulous and relaxing Labor Day Weekend, if you’re in the States. If you haven’t done any shopping yet, make sure to check out my post with a bunch of scrapbook-related sales and discounts RIGHT HERE.

I’m going to try something new here @ Scrapbook Obsession Blog – a weekly round-up post of cool things I saw online this week that I think will be right up your alley. And away we go!


– Sounds like the first CHA PAPER ARTS SHOW was a success. Do you think they’ll keep doing them?




ECHO PARK has posted some videos showing how to use their new “Designer Dies and Stamps.”




– This COOL ITEM is supposed to be for party tabletops but I’m picturing it being very useful on my scrapbook desk!


– I keep hearing THIS NEW COMPANY‘s name mentioned lately.




– Simple Stories has been putting out some great “Inspiration E-Books” for each of their new lines. Check out the latest one HERE.


– Don’t forget to use these GREAT COUPONS by tomorrow, Monday 09-01-14!


BIG NEWS from October Afternoon, one of my favorite lines in the whole scrappy world. {There was some message board speculation that they were closing or selling to another company because of their, um, business practices? But, no, that’s not it . . . Phew!}


– Lisa at “Blackbird Darlin'” blog is making a Project Life album in 6×8. Check out her progress HERE.




Did you enjoy the “Scrapbook Obsession Weekly Roundup” post? Please let me know in Comments below. Based on your feedback and traffic, I’ll most likely continue doing these. They’re fun, don’t you think?!?!

New Product Videos: Amy Tangerine, Dear Lizzy, Maggie Holmes, and Webster’s Pages



Check out these preview videos of brand new lines from BLUE MOON SCRAPBOOKING – lots of yumminess to follow. Get out yer drool cup!

“Stitched” by Amy Tangerine for American Crafts due in September 2014

Okay, I’m not into the stitching thing AT ALL. Ain’t nobody got time for that! But I love the rest of her line. Those Thickers especially are going to break my budget.


“Serendipity” by Dear Lizzy for American Crafts due in November 2014

Very girly and I love her handwriting!

Any my personal favorite, “Open Book” by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper (release date unknown)

Love this whole line! Maggie has a special talent for putting together such a variety of images that you wouldn’t think would go together . . . yet they do. That paper pad will be mine for sure.

While I was checking out Blue Moon’s videos of “coming soon” stuff, I found this video of Webster’s Pages “Ocean Melody” (second half of video).

I’ve been hearing everyone online raving about it but hadn’t seen the whole collection yet. Honestly, I was kind of avoiding it, LOL. I live near the ocean and we go all the time – hence, I have lots of beach photos. I knew I would want it if i dared to look.

For instance, we were just at the beach last evening – here are some of the many iPhone photos I took:

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So I KNEW I would love and want the entire “Ocean Melody” line.
And I love it.
And I want it.
ALL.
Crud.

Wouldn’t that vellum called “Dusk” go perfectly with my recent photos?

At the beginning of the video, they also show “Strawberry Fields” which is lovely as well. It’s not my style as much as the “Ocean Melody” but I definitely want a few sheets of that bokeh and other papers.

BLUE MOON SCRAPBOOKING has both Webster’s Pages lines in stock now. Of course, they’ll stock the new Amy Tangerine, Dear Lizzy, and Maggie Holmes lines when released as well. I’m headed over there to shop . . . if I don’t come out in an hour, send help!

SMASH Warning, New Smash Stuff at Michaels, and Project Life on Clearance



I recently noticed that the SMASH book
I had stored in a basket by a sunny window in my office had been damaged. As you can see, not only did the black and white rubber band get discolored and degraded, the sun also left a mark on the chipboard part of the SMASH book cover :(

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From the same basket, I pulled out the package of light blue bands to replace the ruined one with. Lo and behold, the bands inside the package were discolored, too. So, just a warning if you have SMASH products like this: Keep them away from the sun! Lesson learned.

Speaking of SMASH book products, my Michaels has a new section of them.

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Looks like they’re really going after the teen market, which is supah smart and I feel like the ‘ideal customer’ for SMASH books. They have a “My Life: School Edition” and “My Life: After School Edition” which are both really cute. And check out the cloth tapes in the middle of the second pic. The pink chevron was adorable.

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Since I’m talking about Michaels, I should let you know that the last time I was there, their Project Life stuff was on clearance.

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I had the 6×8 rainbow chevron album in my hands for $8 and had a coupon, too – I think it was for 20% off entire purchase including sale items. But the line was super long and I wasn’t in the mood so I left without it.

Have you had any fading problems with SMASH products?

Two Peas in a Bucket: A List of Resources as Their Final Closing Nears


As you’ve probably heard by now, Two Peas in a Bucket online store and community has closed :( If you’ve been living on a small island off of Italy, get all caught up HERE and HERE.

Though some time has passed and the shock seems to be wearing off, I can tell by my blog stats that Two Peas is still much on scrappers’ minds. There are inquiries like “what happened to Two Peas in a Bucket?” and “Two Peas where did everyone go?” and “what happens to Two Peas gallery?” You ask, I try to answer!

Two Peas in a Bucket – online store, gallery, message boards, classes, etc. – was originally slated to go dark on 07-10-14. Which is why, deep in the night of 07-09-14, I was over there copy/pasting and screen-shotting my heart out ;)

HOWEVAH! I needn’t have interrupted my procrastination binge. See? There’s always more time . . .

On 07-10-14, they sent out this e-mail:

So, we Peas were given a reprieve of sorts until Friday, 07-24-14 at midnight CST. This has been the message on Two Peas since then:

Talk around the scrapbook interwebs has been purely speculative but former Peas think that Two Peas either: 1. Didn’t realize what a huge undertaking shutting down a site of that magnitude would be, 2. They realized how crazy it was to shut their site down when they still had an audience and product to sell, and/or 3. TPTB (as we Peas always called The Powers That Be) are trying to work out deals with current/past Garden Girls about possibly turning over all of their great content and classes . . . as, kinda DUH, should’ve been arranged for once the decision was made to shut down Two Peas.

There has also been speculation that the delay possibly means a Hail Mary save by someone – perhaps a big company like American Crafts? Alas, there are no signs of that so far and the closure is only 3 days off. Personally, I’m SHOCKED that no one has bought the Two Peas infrastructure to either revive or re-brand. The built-in audience is AMAZING and any company could utilize it to sell enough to stay in business.

I don’t for a minute think Two Peas closed because “there wasn’t enough business” or a lack of customers. They had the largest built-in audience of scrapbookers (and non-scrapbookers for that matter on NSBR), they just chose not to utilize it. The reasons for that will probably never be known. As a businesswoman myself, it just boggles my mind. It’s like someone just throwing away buckets (pun intended) of money. (Shakes head …).

TWO PEAS ONLINE SHOP

As of this writing on the night of Monday, 07-21-14, there are 1207 items left in the TWO PEAS STORE. These include digital cut files, digital printables, and physical product. Of the actual supplies, 3 brands plus Two Peas brand make up a lot of what’s left: American Crafts (159), Pebbles (96), and Studio Calico (89). {Not surprisingly, these are all brands under the American Crafts ever-growing umbrella}. Two Peas own brand shows (83) items but I saw at least (9) of those are sold out. There is a lot of cute flair that I had to restrain myself from buying.

Speaking uh which, do you think someone at Two Peas is having a bad week? LOL

GARDEN GIRLS & GLITTER GIRL

Speaking of the Garden Girls, if you’re missing them and want to follow them again, check out THIS blog entry by Jen Gallacher. She has a great list with links to all of them.

If you’re missing the ever-fearless Glitter Girl – or her sidekick Shimelle – you can keep up with at least the latter on SHIMELLE’s BLOG. Have you seen or purchased her NEW LINE? I’m definitely going to get most of it. It’s in stock at BLUE MOON SCRAPBOOKING if you’re ready to buy!

MESSAGE BOARD HANGOUTS TO REPLACE TWO PEAS

Scrapbook.com
Paperclipping.com
and my personal favorite: Two Peas Refugees boards

HOW TO SAVE YOUR GALLERY OR THOSE YOU ADMIRED

Go HERE and transfer your gallery to Scrapbook.com.

HOW TO DOWNLOAD TWO PEAS FONTS

Hurry! Get them HERE while you still can!

WHERE TO SHOP ONLINE

Two Peas Etsy Shop
Scrapbook.com
BlueMoonScrapbooking
Scrapbook Generation

CHATTER ABOUT TWO PEAS CLOSING

Paperclipping podcast episode {which I’m finally getting around to listening to, as I type this} and Paperclipping blog entry
Laura Vegas blog entry
We even made the DisBoards . . .

As the days of Two Peas finally come to a close, I hope these links help you to move on, to adjust to a life without Two Peas. Please come join us at the TWO PEAS REFUGEES boards so we can all stay connected!

And for 7 years I’ve been right here at Scrapbook Obsession Blog – so you always know where to find me!!

Mwuh mwuh!

/Peas out

“Two Peas in a Bucket” Online Scrapbook Store Closes After 15 Years Amid Much Contro



What many suspected was going to happen – happened. Today, the “TWO PEAS IN A BUCKET“* online scrapbooking store announced it’s closure.

*Please keep in mind that the links and images in this blog post from the Two Peas site will cease to work once they shutter everything for good.

Why is this such a big deal, you ask? Well, Two Peas was a leading store, had been in business for 15 years, provided first-class scrapbooking resources to their members, and hosted one of the most active message board forums ANYWHERE. I mean, not just scrapbooking forums but on ANY topic.

The Two Peas site is down at the moment but I believe they had over 400,000 members. Just amazing. The Two Peas scrapbook message board was responsible for introducing scrapbooking to many women and introducing online scrapbook shopping and forums to many scrapbookers. They were a major force in the industry, without a doubt.

For a great synopsis of the Two Peas business story, check out Nancy’s great article HERE at ScrapbookUpdate.com. Then come back here, K? We need to discuss this!!

It appears from posts on social media that the news of this closure took many by surprise, even ‘scrapbook celebrities’ and those affiliated with Two Peas in some way. Ali Edwards posted on Facebook, “Whoa. Just read that Two Peas is closing.” Lisa Truesdale said, “I’m reeling.” Also on Facebook, Kerri Bradford posted, “Oh my gosh. Two Peas is closing??? So sad. I remember when it was first starting out. Kristina used to be part of the PC Design Team when I was on it back in 1999. Ohhhh, sadness. It’s the end of an era” and “You just never think that some place like that will end.”


I was a very active “Pea” on the message boards for over 6 years so this does have some impact on me. I visit the Two Peas “General Scrappin'” and “NSBR” message boards many times a week. I’ve learned so much and had such great fellowship and friendship there over the years. I’ll really miss Two Peas.

I have to admit that I posted less frequently over the last 15 months because of some things that happened in 2013. I explained that big ol’ mess in THIS post from March 2013, if you should care to read all about it ;)

Not only did Two Peas’ apparent lack of care for their customers keep me away somewhat, but I also joined another scrapbook message board at that time and it became my main online home.

But I still popped in to the Two Peas boards almost daily and lurked even when I didn’t post as often. I have another blog post I’m working on to say my goodbyes to Two Peas so I’ll just leave my own perspective at this for now.


I know all good things must come to an end at some point and, even though rumors of Two Peas’ demise have been rampant this year, it still came as quite a shock to get this e-mail from them today:

The Peas are reacting with shock, sadness, frustration, and anger. While most are very sad to hear of the closure, they’re wondering what happens now to the “lifetime” access they had to paid Two Peas online classes. The site has been up and down all day, probably due to the mad rush to try and download class content before it disappears for good.

There are also Peas downloading fonts, gallery posts, bookmarked threads, etc. that they had been building up over the years and now will go *poof* in a matter of days.

Many are shocked and saddened that – with today’s announcement of their upcoming store closure – Two Peas has blocked any further posting to their forums. They can be read but no further posts can be added, thus leaving thousands of Peas at loose ends.

They would’ve liked the chance to say their goodbyes, exchange contact information, thank Two Peas, ask questions, and communicate about where they might hang out in the future. {Facebook groups and forums have already been created for Two Peas “refugees”}.

On the one hand, I understand the frustration with the message boards being closed off to posting with absolutely zero notice. On the other, I can see that it’s probably impossible to keep them open and would cause servers to be overwhelmed and go down worse than they have been. Note: Peas can directly “PM” or mail each other via Two Peas so that’s an option.


So, that’s the sad tale of Two Peas closing :(

I can’t say that I’m surprised – the writing’s been on the wall for some time now – but I’m still sad. I don’t think it’s “the end of the scrapbooking industy” as some are speculating. Scrapbooking is here to stay, no doubt about it. I think Two Peas had (and still has, if anyone wanted to take them over) a host of EXCELLENT resources and infrastructure in place to make a highly successful scrapbooking business. I’m baffled as to why Two Peas would throw all of that away, why the company wasn’t sold or offered for sale (to my knowledge), etc. Perhaps more information will be revealed eventually to explain all of that, I don’t know.

Either way, it’s a sad day here in Scrapbook Land :(

Please share your thoughts in Comments below. Were you a “Pea”, did you shop there, or buy classes? Were you surprised by today’s news or had you seen it coming? I’d love to hear from you.

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