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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 :)

Free Journaling Cards Download from Simple Scrapbooks

Click HERE for the link.


I just printed these out on different colored cardstock, like creme and turquoise, and they look great! Can’t wait to use them.

Thank you to the girls on CKMB and AMR MB for pointing these out…
THANK YOU, SIMPLE SCRAPBOOKS!!! We lurve free stuff!

Scrapbook Obsession Blog: The Big Announcement!

If you’re in a hurry today, please scroll to the bottom . . . PRIZES! If you’re ready to settle in for a long read, get on with your bad self.

Thuh Announcement

As I talked about in THIS post . . . after writing this blog for 8 years, I’ve decided it’s time to take it to the next level. And what better time to make the announcement and share my over-the-top excitement than on interNational Scrapbook Day?!?

So what I’ve been wanting to tell you is:

– Scrapbook Obsession Blog will continue providing scrapbook industry news and gossip, enabling, Deals & Steals, etc. but will be more active, with posts more often!

– A NEW free Scrapbook Obsession Newsletter will be delivered to your inbox with special deals, fun stuff that won’t be on the blog, and all the news that’s fit to print (and maybe some that’s not? heh).

– There will be two NEW Scrapbook Obsession Memberships, both Free and Paid, where (depending on your level) you can enjoy things like exclusive content, a members forum and community, free and paid classes, interviews with people YOU want to hear from, and more! As a Paid Member, you’ll have some pretty special perks that I know you’re going to love.

– And, finally, did you notice the new item in the right sidebar? -> It’s a Pinterest board highlighting a new site I’ve started called “Organized Scrapbooking” where you can be inspired by organized crafting & scrapping spaces, research how to organize specific crafting items, receive special offers, and then some. (Sorry, I didn’t want to say “and more!” again). If nothing else, go visit it today and see the Papermint entry; it will blow. your mind.

How About Some Background?

As I mentioned in the other post, I’ve been wanting to elevate things around here for a long time. I’ve recently been blessed by the most amazing experience: I attended on online business school called “Marie Forleo’s B School.” I was taught how to be a responsible and resourceful online entrepreneur.

I learned that you need to ‘start the right business’ and, as I completed the exercises in that module, I took ownership of the fact that I want to devote my time and resources to this industry and hobby that I love so much: scrapbooking. There’s no reason to start a business from scratch when I already have everything I want and need to get started right here :)

Is it crazy to start a business around the (ahem, declining) scrapbooking industry? Some might say! {Not that I care about the Negative Nellies. Do you?} But I have faith that there are still tons of obsessed scrapbookers out there who want to talk and learn about their beloved hobby, and new scrapbookers who will find their way to us if we provide what they need.

So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m so excited and hope you are, too!

Idea Overload

During the 8-week course of business school, I couldn’t stop the ideas from forming … oh, the things I want to share with you! It’s just massive, peeps. In fact, I had to start using a task manager called Things for Mac to keep track of all the ideas flying out of my head (well, there’s a visual!).

I want to be the first place you visit when you think of scrapbooking. I want to create classes you need but can’t find elsewhere, provide a community where you feel completely at home, and make a difference in the scrapbooking industry. We’re going to have so much fun! One thing that won’t change is my wish to make you laugh. Like, ’til you snork coffee out your nose and your dog looks at you like, “Guuurrrl. What is UP with YOU?”. Ohhh . . . is it only my mine that gives the doggy evil eye? Hmm.

What’s Next?

I’ve found an amazing online platform with which to provide you all this content. It’ll be hosted off-site but with super easy access and links from right here. Everything will originate from that one place – the newsletter, classes, membership site, forum, etc. – so I’m hoping that’ll cut down/eliminate any technical snafus that can happen when you kind of piecemeal all these things together electronically. Speaking of technical snaufus, this site was down for 2 days this week (did ya’ miss me?) because a plug-in I wanted to try wasn’t playing nice with WordPress (the blogging software). That’s the kind of stuff I have ZERO talent or patience for, so I think it’s best to host all the new shizzle off-site.

If you want to play along – in any capacity – your first step would be to sign up for the Free Newsletter. I want to keep Scrapbook Obsession Blog pretty much as it is and not flood it with that content, which is separate and different (in a good way, promise!). The newsletter is how I’ll keep you up-to-date on all the haps and stuff. I would never dream of selling your e-mail address (just so ya’ know!); I appreciate the trust you show when you share it with me too much. Besides, I like the idea of talking directly to you – and I encourage you to write me back. Ooooh, that way we can be SBFF’s and have SECRETS!! LOL

To you lovelies who already get my blog entries via e-mail, the newsletter is something NEW and you’ll need to sign up for it separately, please.

Did somebody say PRIZES?

Sign up for the free Scrapbook Obsession Newsletter by Sunday night and I’ll pick 3 lucky scrappers to receive a $10 gift card of their choice! Amazon, Starbucks, Target, Michaels, or any store you like – as long as I can find the card locally and mail it to ya’, or I can purchase it online for you. Even your local scrapbook store if you like! You must sign up for the newsletter by Sunday 05-03-15 at midnight PST. Winners will be announced – in said newsletter, ha! – within 1 week.

“I don’t know . . . I don’t think I want to sign up for a FREE newsletter AND get a chance to win $10 for anything I want.” Said nobody.

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I’ll be rolling out the Free and Paid Membership programs soon! Updates will be in the Newsletter ;) Thank you for all the support you’ve given me in this new endeavor. I truly appreciate it!

PS: There’s a Newletter sign up in the top right sidebar too.
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{Inter} National Scrapbook Day 2015

I have something special of my own to announce on (Inter)National Scrapbook Day – Saturday, May 2, 2015 – so please stay tuned for that! I hope you’re gonna’ love it ❤️
{There will be chances to win prizes . . . is that enough to make you come back? Hee heeee}

Here’s a list of things going on around the interwebs this week and especially Saturday 05-02-15 in honor of I-NSD 2015:

BeckyHiggins.com

I’m on Becky’s email list and in her email of 04-27-15, she linked to a Youtube video where she tells of all the fun stuff going on at her site on Saturday 5/2. When I tried to share the video here on my blog, I got this message: “This video is unlisted. Be considerate and think twice before sharing.” So apparently I’m not supposed to share the video. Sorry, I’m not a rule breaker. Well, except for on my Junior Prom night but that’s another story*. Heh. Soooo – if you’re on Becky’s mailing list, get the linkee there, Google it up, or perhaps she’s putting it out on Facebook, etc. She did say that THE VIDEO is the ONLY place they’re posting online about WHAT EXACTLY will be happening Saturday. Take my word for it – you want to be there :)

*Oops! Mom? Are you out there? . . . . (crickets) . . . Phew! She doesn’t read my blog normally but I just had to make sure.

Team Lisa Bearnson

This is copied from the Team Lisa Facebook group I’m in (I recently signed on so I can sell her *NEW* “Anthology” scrapbooking products when they come out in late summer 2015!). Lisa is hosting an IRL event in Utah and part of it will be livestreamed if you want to take a peak! There’s a link below if you want to hear first hand from Lisa. Should be fun!

A Message from Lisa Bearnson & Wendy McGee:

We are so excited for our event TOMORROW and can’t wait to see you and meet each of you!!

Come Early and Meet Lisa, create your Make & Take project, meet new friends, have refreshments and mingle!!!

Team Lisa “The Wind Beneath Your Dreams” Event
Saturday, May 2nd
LOCATION: 2929 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT
AMBER ROOM (located inside the Dinosaur Museum at Thanksgiving Point)
1:30 Doors Open- Registration & Refreshments
2:00 Event Begins – Business Training and more!

We are planning for about a 3 hour event!! We have secured a larger room so please bring potentials CEOS, new team members who didn’t get a chance to register, spouses, etc.!! Have them come and get involved with Lisa and this amazing business opportunity!! *Make & Takes will only be guaranteed to those who registered by Monday, April 25th.

For those who can’t attend in person, please have them join us on the USTREAM Channel!! We will start at 2-2:15 and they can watch the entire event on their computer. Here is the link:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mcgee-dream-team

Have an amazing Friday and we can’t wait to see you TOMORROW!!!

Lisa Bearson & Wendy McGee

Basic Grey

 
It’s all very mysterious …

… but Basic Grey seems to have something up their sleeve.

Freckled Fawn

 
They’ll be posting challenges on their website – check out the NSD tab at the top for those and their sale items – washi, stickers, and clips.

Also, there’s 50% off extra kit items if you’re a subscriber.

Scrapbook.com

 

Simple Stories

 
Make sure to visit Simple Stories this iNSD. They just announced FOUR new collections that are due in April and May 2015! And they’ve got sumpin’ goin’ on for NSD, too :)

Cathy Z

Check out Miss Cathy’s thoughts on this fine {Inter}National Scrapbook Day – and get her super cute free printables.

Kaisercraft

They aren’t billed as being for NSD but I thought you might enjoy these pretty printables that Kaisercreaft just posted. Maybe you can use them in your scrapping this weekend?

Need something to listen to while you scrap the weekend away?

Here’s the latest episode of Paperclipping Roundtable.

If you need refreshment …

A Beautiful Mess has you covered! YUM.

There you go! Did you find anything fun or interesting? Hope so! I may add to this list if I hear of other fun stuff before the weekend is over; I’ll put new items at the top – just keep stoppin’ by if you like :)

Hey, am I missing anything?

I’ll be hanging around here on Scrapbook Obsession all weekend so if you want to chat, I’m around :)

Tell me about all the other amazing deals and fun stuff you’ve seen going on for International Scrapbooking Day . . . purdy please?

What are your plans for this, our finest of holiday weekends?

Online Scrapbook Classes: “Truth Scrap” Now Available ‘a la Carte’ & On Sale

As I talked about back in December 2014, Lain Ehman held a first-time online event called “TRUTH SCRAP” on 01-31-15.

It sounded like a very interesting and different event that I’m sorry I couldn’t attend live. Oh well, the next best thing is to get the classes after the fact. I like when they go on sale “a la carte” and know that you do too. We can handpick the classes we want or, in the case of the sale I’m going to tell you about, get all 7 classes for a great price.

Here are the classes you can choose from – or get them all & reduce the cost per class:

“Hope Notes: Creating and Sharing Messages of Faith” with Stephanie
Ackerman

“Faithbooking: How (and Why) to Share Your Faith in Your Scrapbook”
with Erin Bassett

“Words to Live By: A Handmade Art Journal” with Andrea Chebeleu

“#ARTWORSHIP: Art Journaling Response to Jesus” with Heather
Greenwood

“The Art of Being HUMAN: A Creative Exploration of Our Basic Being
and Purpose” with Liz Hicks

“Illuminated Manuscripts: Illustrating Your Journaling Bible” with
Shanna Noel

“Cross-ology: Art and Heart for the Home” with Donna Salazar

You can see full class descriptions on the “TRUTH SCRAP” site.


So here’s the sale info:

From Monday 04-13 through midnight on Friday 04-24-15, you can get each class individually for $9.95 or all 7 classes for $49 (aka $7/each). To get the $49 price, add all 7 classes to your cart, then use the code TRUTH at checkout through 4/24. The sale price of $9.95 per class is also good through 4/24.

The classes include both the project-only video (around 30 minutes) and the full, “Like You Were There” video (around 60 minutes).

***After 4/24, the price will increase to the regular $14.95 per class.


The 3 classes I’m considering are:

– Erin Bassett – Faithbooking: How (and Why) to Share Your Faith in Your Scrapbook

I keep saying I’m going to incorporate my faith into my scrapbooks but it rarely happens. Maybe this is the inspiration I need.

– Shanna Noel – Illuminated Manuscripts: Illustrating Your Journaling Bible

I heard about journaling your Bible in 2014, I think, and have been intrigued ever since.

– Donna Salazar – Cross-Ology: Art and Heart for the Home

I’ve always loved crosses and wear a small one around my neck 24/7 (it says “Blessed”). In fact, my dad had a crucifix collection which passed down to my brother and I when he died but they’re packed away for safekeeping. I’d love to incorporate some crosses into our home deco and it sounds like this class will share economical and fun ways to do that.

Which Truth Scrap classes most appeal to you?


Just to recap re: “TRUTH SCRAP”
-Individual classes are on sale 4/13 through 4/24 for $9.95.
-Special offer: Get all 7 class offerings for only $49 with code “TRUTH” from 4/13 through 4/24.

If you end up purchasing any classes, I’d love to hear what you chose and also to hear any reviews after you watch them!

Scrapbook Shopping Report: Michaels March/April 2015

Yes, I’m the annoying shopper taking photos every time I’m in Michaels and I see something new ;) Problem is, I haven’t come home and shared these pics with you in a while – so here’s some catch-up.

I give you … “New” items I’ve seen at Michaels in March and April 2015:


Heidi Swapp and Recollections embellishments

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A little more variety in our Project Life section

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A bright and colorful new 12×12 paper pad by DCWV called “Chick Chat”

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A bunch of blackboard stuff from Recollections

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New 6×6 paper pads by My Minds Eye. These are always on endcaps in my store so you may have to look around to find them.

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A cute little plastic shoebox with an “it’s raining” theme – and on clearance! This is the type of box I use for my Project Life card storage.

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Kinda’ like the coughcoughBORINGcoughcough new crafts section at Target, Mike’s has some DIY stuff, basics in lots of colors

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Cheapie bins of super cute enamel dots . . .

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label stickers . . .

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twine balls (heh) . . .

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and mini doilies

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New tags and things by Craft Smith – made of burlap, cork, metal, canvas, and denim

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Project-Lifey card and embellishment kits. In my store, these are in the back by framing and there are matching 8.5 x 11 photo albums below them.

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Super cute new MAMBI paper pad

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WITH HEARTS!! <3

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Love this pretty new K&Company postbound album – great colors and design

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Some Spring-y new mini paper pads and die cut packs by Recollections

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Tabbed index cards by Recollections, great for organizing photos or Project Life cards

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Hey, I think someone asked me a long time ago where I got the scrapbook page display thingee in my office. I forgot to answer but when I saw these at Michaels, I remembered that I forgot. So sorry, whoever that was! Yep, I got it at Michaels and they still have ’em.

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Over in the home deco section, there was also some cute new stuff –

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So that’s what’s what at Michaels these days.


Further down in the same mall, there’s a Bev Mo (do you have these where you live? I call them “college students’ heaven” stores). I’m driving along and got a little bit twitterpated – CRAFT EVENT! – before I realized, “Duh. It’s Bev Mo. Must mean craft beer.” Bummer, dude. Really harshed my mellow.

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So I went in, got some Grey Goose, and it was all good.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Team Lisa Bearnson

I’m Erika Friday, a proud member of Team Lisa! This means that I’m a consultant for the following companies:

Youngevity
– Heritage Makers
– Our Memories for Life
– Anthology by Lisa Bearnson


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If you clicked on Team Lisa solely because you’re interested in buying her Anthology products: Please sign up HERE as a Preferred Customer (top right, Join, Customer). When her products are released in late summer 2015, you’ll be ready to purchase :) And you’ll get everything you buy at WHOLESALE price!

If you’re curious about the other scrapbooking products, the big picture, the business opportunity, the health-related products, etc., please keep reading!

Youngevity, Heritage Makers, and Our Memories for Life have been around for a while (Youngevity for 18 years) but Team Lisa has recently been formed under the Youngevity umbrella to market and sell Lisa Bearnson’s “Anthology” products. Lisa’s products will be released in Late Summer 2015 and she’s forming Team Lisa as her “downline” – which is what I’m part of. And you can be too, as either a preferred customer or a ‘consultant'; both include a 30% discount on Lisa’s products.

As I’m learning about Youngevity et al, I’m thinking “it’s a LOT!” LOL There’s so much to take in. Granted, I joined Youngevity to be on Team Lisa and sell her Anthology products. But what I’m finding is that Youngevity has a lot of other things to offer and I’m trying to understand it all. Whoa.

So … sort of selfishly, I’ve started this page on my site to keep all of the things I learn and links I need in one place. And I figure it can be a great resource for any other scrappers who join my team in the future, or anyone who has questions about it.

THE BASICS

Youngevity is the umbrella over everything. It’s like an online shopping mall with tons of fun products geared toward living a healthy lifestyle:

Coffeeeee! Including K-cups! {I *knew* I loved this company!}
Energy drinks, sports drinks, and waters
Aromatherapy essential oils
Healthy food including bakery, beverages, breakfasts, entrees, snacks, soups, paks, and greenfed dairy
Haircare
Health paks
Health supplements
Healthy chocolate (say whaaaat?)
Home and garden
Mineral make-up (this brand doesn’t have the ingredient* that caused the breakouts I got with Bare Minerals, yes!)
Pet products
Spa & personal care
Weight management

*Bismuth clogged my pores and caused breakouts :(




Then of course there are the scrapbooking products, both digital and paper:

Heritage Makers: Digital scrapbooking, business supplies, photo gifts, etc.

Our Memories for Life: Paper scrapbooking products like strap-hinge albums and refills, tape runners, multi-purpose tool, paper packs, etc. Creative Memories co-founder Rhonda Anderson has brought some of her products to HM so they’re very similar to CM.




TEAM LISA BEARNSON
I’m going to keep a running list of updates I hear on Team Lisa calls and Facebook group – subject to change, of course, because this is all under development …

Facebook Group 03-27-15: Noticed on the list of Team Leaders for Team Lisa … Kade and Taylor Bearnson, cool! (Lisa’s son and daughter-in-law)

Facebook Group 03-31-15: Video of Lisa’s presentation at the Youngevity conference

Facebook Group 04-02-15: Official press release about Lisa Bearnson joining Youngvity and starting her Anthology Line

Facebook Group 04-03-15: SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Anyone who signs up in TEAM LISA with the $10 signup will receive a PRE-LAUNCH Goodie bag every month between now and the official launch. This will contain some of Lisa’s Faves from Youngevity and also information about Anthology. This is a one-time $10 signup and they will get that and also her newsletter!
Anyone who signs for CEO ($499.99) between now and Launch of Anthology will get:
1- The Pre-Launch Goodie bag of Lisa’s Favorites
2- Newsletter
3- Qualified to receive customer and distributor leads (from Lisa’s website)
4- Invited to a special monthly call with Lisa Bearnson LIVE!
5- Qualify for the stock options, car bonus, and maximize the compensation plan from day 1!
Preferred customers can sign up with you for free and then they would get information on Anthology from you when it is time to start buying products and ordering!!

Facebook Group 04-03-15: SO…Lisa said “Tell our team I am available and would be happy to talk to anyone they need me too!! I am glad to jump on with someone and just tell them how excited I am about this and how we would love to have them join our team and get involved!!” {Wish I would’ve played hard to get when Kim invited me to join Team Lisa, LOL!}

Team Call 04-06-15: It’s anticipated that Anthology products will be sold in monthly auto-ship kits. There will be a limited supply – first-come, first-served. There may be 2 price points for the kits, perhaps in the $50 and $100 price ranges.

Facebook 04-06-15: Youngevity was mentioned on The Today Show about so many moms making a great living working from home.

From 02-12-15: Youngevity’s new online Website & Resource Center – how to navigate site, sign up a new member, etc.

From 04-27-15: Navigating Youngevity’s back office

NSD Team Lisa Event 05-02-15: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/61812685

Facebook Team Lisa Group 05-04-15: Whoo hoo, Anthology tees in black or white, S-XL, white or turquoise logo, $25 + $3.99 shipping. I ordered the black with turquoise logo – can’t wait to rock it!

Facebook Team Lisa Group 05-04-15: Sign up HERE for Taylor and Kade Bearnson’s weekly call for 05-08-15; ANYONE is welcome. Don’t have to be part of Youngevity to listen in.

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Facebook Team Lisa Group 05-04-15: At our event on Saturday, Lisa Downs Bearnson announced the 90 DAY HEALTHY BODY CHALLENGE for all of Team Lisa from May 2- August 1st!! The challenge is to take the 90 essential vitamins and minerals in the Healthy Body Pack for 90 days to feel better, see the results and really get a testimonial of the core product of Youngevity.

Scrapbook Shopping: What’s Up with Your Scrapbook Supplies, Target?

I don’t think any of us DEPEND on Target for scrapbook supplies but mine carries enough to keep me interested. I check the scrapbooking section each time I’m there. About every 10 Target trips, I get lucky – there’s something new and cute and the price is good.

I do depend on Target for filling in my stash of WRMK 12×12 D-ring albums. They carry the 2 main colors I use: kiwi green and turquoise. And at $20 per album, Target has them for about $10 cheaper than everyone else.

Or should I used the past tense: “carried” and “had”?

The first sign of twubble was noticing over the last several months that the WRMK albums weren’t being replenished. Then seeing them on the clearance endcaps for $6.

My first thought was: SCORE!
My second thought was: Ruh Roh.

Between my 2 local Targets, I managed to buy 2 kiwi, 2 turquoise, and 2 pink WRMK albums for $6 each. But I had a feeling that was going to be a bittersweet deal :(

A week later, I went to check the Target scrapbook section (which had shrunk to a pretty small section, in my main store) and found this:

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In an adjacent aisle was this – what looks like a new “DIY craft” section:

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There are new wooden letters, paints, flowers, yarn, ribbons, paintbrushes, alpha stamps, etc.

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This is now what I suppose you would call The Scrapbook Aisle – generic paper pads and some straggler scrapbook paper pads:

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So, Target, what’s going on with your scrapbook supplies? Are they being discontinued or what? This in the same month that I hear another California LSS is closing down: Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley.

Sigh.

I guess there are no more scrappers, just DIY crafters who want super basic supplies to create painted wood letters and painted milk bottles and painted stencils.

On a bright note, I was in today (the day after Easter) and noticed all this cute Easter washi tape being taken off display, I presume headed for the clearance section?

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In the larger Target here, I did notice a great selection of art …

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… and a more department store look in the housewares section.

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And they had a tote that only an Old School Scrapper could appreciate for its true value:

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Hey, I gotta’ take small bits of happy where I can find it, okay?

Goodbye Target scrapbooking section! It was fun all these years while it lasted. Sniffle.


Has this change happened at your Target, too? What are your thoughts?

Announcement: I’m on “Team Lisa” … As in Lisa Bearnson!!

So this is one of the exciting things I’ve been dying to tell you about!!

Go read Lisa’s announcement HERE and come back quick!

I joined Lisa Bearnson’s team and will be privileged to sell her new line of scrapbooking products!

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I’ll post more information soon; this is coming to you from my iPhone in the bank parking lot, LOL! I had to tell my peeps who would understand how excited I am!

If YOU have interest in being on Team Lisa, please email or call me ASAP! The sooner you get in, the better ;)

Scrapbookobsessionblog at gmail dot com (ETA: OOPS! There is no ‘blog’ in my email address, just scrapbookobsession at gmail dot com – sorry!)
** If you’ve emailed me, will you please try again? My apologies :)
805-400-3261

Scrapbook Event Review: “Play All Day” by Embellish IT! Inc.

In early February 2015, I attended a very fun scrapbooking event called “Play All Day” put on by Shelby at Embellish IT! Inc. I wanted to give you a review and share my day :)

BACKGROUND

I’ve shopped at Embellish It over the years for scrapbook supplies. They carry a lot of products from 2 of my favorite brands: Basic Grey and Simple Stories, and lots of others, too. But the best thing they have are packs of Bazzill cardstock with colors selected to match specific scrapbook product lines. It’s pretty dang cool, especially for Bazzill snob like myself :P

For instance, THIS pack of Bazill . . .

. . . coordinates with THIS line, Carta Bella “Hello Again”

So, I’m on the mailing list for Embellish It and have heard about their “Play All Day” events for years – always wanted to go. I decided to finally pull the trigger when I saw an event that was only 3 hours from me (yes, I live in the boonies; NOTHING is held close by) and it was close to my mom’s birthday. She’s also a scrapbooker so I thought it would be a fun way to celebrate.

Wait! Was this one of those “Oh, look what I got you (for me)!” type of gifts? Hmmm… Anyhoo, we signed up with an Early Bird coupon code that saved us $9 off the $79 price, made our hotel reservation with a special rate at the event hotel ($99 at a Sheraton), . . . and had to wait for several months, LOL. But, yes, the day finally did arrive!

THE PLAN

A few days prior to the event, we got an e-mail detailing the day:

*9am – midnight*
This will be a FUN day of scrapbooking & we will keep things low key.
* The event will officially end at 9pm BUT we have the room reserved until
midnight. Those who wish to continue scrapping are welcome to do so at *no
additional cost*

*The schedule for the day will be:*
*9am- Doors open *(i always try to open the door a little early but it is
all dependent on the hotel)
*11-1: Class #1 Layouts* – 2 double-page layouts
*1pm: Italian Buffet Lunch*
*3-5pm: Class #2 Cards* – 8 cards w/embellishments

I was excited about the layout class since scrappin’ is what I do (as opposed to project classes like banners, home dec, etc. that I’m not as interested in). I’m not a cardmaker so that was ‘meh’ but I figured I could make my mom’s birthday card, LOL!

THE BIG DAY

On the day of the event, I woke up at 4:45am (so excited! couldn’t sleep!), left the house at 6:30 in pouring rain, got there around 9:30am, got unloaded and unpacked, changed into dry clothes, and met my mom in the event room by 10:30. So I was bummed to miss out on that 1 1/2 to 2 hours of scrapping time before the first class but oh well. My mom had already met and been chatting with the nice ladies at our table for 4 and the ones at the next table, who were all friends.

Okay, I’m going to confess right now that I don’t have any photos to share of the day. I did have my phone aka my BFF. I guess I just felt awkward taking pics in that close of an environment with a roomful of people I didn’t know. Sorry! I’ll do such a good job of providing vivid descriptions with my words that you won’t miss the photos, LOL.

Back to the event . . .

CROP SPACE

It was basically a ballroom or huge conference room and it was pretty full. Regarding the tables, I don’t know the measurements but there was plenty of room to scrap for the day, complete the class layouts, etc. If I were at a retreat, I’d probably want a little more room but it was fine for Play All Day.

SHOPPING AT THE EVENT

At the front of the event room, there were tables with lots of collection kits, Bazzill packs (!), page kits, mini album kits, card kits, etc. I didn’t have time to shop before the first class began at 11:00 but was able to later. That was actually by design because I didn’t bring any paper to scrap with, knowing that Shelby would have plenty of paper for sale. I bought 2 collection kits and a Bazzill kit.

WHAT I PACKED

This was the lightest I’d traveled to a scrapbooking event in quite a while! Only 2 bags and here is what I brought:

– Tool kit in flat pack with adhesives, photo cleaning cloth, erasers, Undu, etc.

– Tool tote with pens, scissors, stapler, and other tools

– Photos, about 15 from 3 events. I had just printed them the morning of the event, of course, ha!

– Paper trimmer, my trusty old Cutterpede that I’ve had for years (that’s why she’s not that pretty but I love her!).

Things I always keep in my crop bag:
– Ott lite & extension cord
– Extra blade and cutting pad for Cutterpede

THE FOOD

The Italian buffet lunch was delish. Iced tea and coffee were provided throughout the event (although the hot coffee ran out and wasn’t replaced in the evening, when I really needed it, lol). We just ate snacks the rest of the time. I was there to scrap, baby!

SHOPPING NOT AT THE EVENT

I wrote a post about my little shopping adventure HERE.

CLASSES & PRODUCT

Remember how I said I was kinda’ ‘meh’ about doing the card class? Well, I lucked out. Majorly. It turned out that Shelby had just received new kits to do a Simple Stories “Life Documented” mini album or planner. So she offered us the option to do that instead of the card kit and most of us took her up on that. Duh. The value was crazy. The entire event cost $70 and that Simple Stories kit had probably $50 worth of product in it.

There was also the layout class and I enjoyed both of them. Shelby walked around the room, gave instructions and encouragement, but it was pretty relaxed. There were great instructions you could follow at your own pace, too. I’ve been to some classes that are so stressful that they’re not even fun but this wasn’t like that.

THE HOSTESS

Shelby is a dynamo. She had the loud voice needed to keep us rowdy scrappers in line (ha), was very upbeat and fun over the course of a long day, was organized, and what I loved most – very open and flexible. She asked several times what WE wanted to do (when to eat, the room temp, okay to substitute the planner project for the cards, etc.). I also chatted with her one-on-one and found her lovely. We had some “mom talk” and it was nice. Speaking of which, she had the cutest helper EVER, her little blondie cutie pie son. What a great sport he was!

SUMMARY

I’d give it 10/10 stars. I can’t think of anything that went wrong or that I didn’t like. I mean it was over a month ago and I’m old so there’s a possibility I forgot something but, no, I don’t think so. I’m not THAT old! If you get the chance to attend a Play All Day event, I recommend it!

ETA 04-12-15: Miss Shelby stopped by to say hi. Check out the Comments!

Online Scrapbook Classes: Creative Live Has Scrapbooking Classes ON SALE

One of my favorite sources of online learning – CREATIVE LIVE – has scrapbooking-related classes from their Craft & Maker series on sale RIGHT HERE to celebrate National Craft Month.

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Up to 40% off from March 16 – 22, 2015!

Several of them are digital scrapbooking-related which isn’t my groove but maybe it’s yours, or you want to learn more about it. I will say that one of the digi instructors, Traci Reed, is a great teacher. I’ve taken classes from her during TRUE SCRAP events, like her class for TRUE SCRAP: POCKET PAGES

If you’re more of a traditional (aka paper) scrapbooker like me, you might want to check out these sale classes:

Becky Higgins – Scrapbooking with Project Life
Lain Ehmann – Scrapbook Your Story
Nicole Samuels – Scrapbooking Your Baby’s First Year
Megan Hoeppner – From App to Archive: Social Media Scrapbooking

I’ve taken all of these online classes when they were in free preview mode and LOVED each one! Creative Live does a high-class job and the instructors are at the top of their game, sharing loads of information, giving real life examples from themselves and live audience members, and the classes are nice and long – totally worth the cost, especially with the discount pricing right now.

I think my favorite of the 4 classes above was Becky’s. Yes, I’m biased right now toward Project Life style/pocket page scrapbooking but that wasn’t it; it was how open Becky was about her history in the scrapbooking industry, the behind-the-scenes stories about the business end of PL, how lines are created, how she uses PL in her real life, and how emotional and honest she got – even to the point of tears at times. I can’t say I learned a TON of new things about Project Life but I learned more about Becky and scrapbooking in general that made me love both of them even more (is that frickin’ possible??!?! LOL).

Because these classes are nice and long, any of them would be great to be like your Scrapbooking TV, playing during your scrap sessions :) They don’t run sales that often so I’m happy to see this. Hope you find something you like!

PS: While you’re at CREATIVE LIVE, check out THIS cool blog post about 5 inspiring scrapbookers and enter THIS contest on Instagram for the chance at an amazing prize!

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Happy Scrap Classing! (har har)

Scrapbook Shopping: New Heidi Swapp Planners at Michaels

There has been a lot of chatter on the scrappy interwebs about these Heidi Swapp planners. Rumor has it that, although the entire line was supposed to have arrived at MICHAELS by now, many stores are getting none or just bits and peices because the boxes are caught up in the West Coast shipping strike debacle. The HS planners were a listed sale item at Michaels, I think it was last week, so stores may even have the pegs up and labeled, just not the full product line itself.

Boo hoo, sad scrappers :(

Here’s just a sample of the line. Isn’t it GORGE!!

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You can see why scrappies are sooooo sad ….


If you’re a regular here, you know I love to complain about My Lame Michaels which is small and never gets the hot new products until usually weeks after everyone else does. Well, blow me down, they proved me wrong this time!!

BEHOLD.

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Yes, it appears to be a bunch of Heidi Swapp Memory Planner products with both binder and product line versions. {If you want to see the whole thing, it’s HERE on Heidi’s site}.

Here are the fronts of both binders; you can see the $30 price point:

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Here’s a peek of the insides:

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I was under the influence of having just spent an amazing sunny day at the beach and was feeling quite full of myself, so I bought 3 – yes, THREE – items even though I only had ONE coupon. Slipping in my old age, I am.

Heidi Swapp Puffy Chat Stickers ($3)

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Heidi Swapp Puffy Heart Stickers ($3)

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Heidi Swapp Washi Shapes Booklet ($5 minus 40% coupon)

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I paged through the albums a few times each and really, really considered getting one (using the 40% coupon on that instead of the washi, of course). My choice would be the green watercolor one; it’s soooo very pretty. But I just couldn’t justify it. I’ve used the same old boring Dayminder day planner for at least 10 years. Each year, I buy a new refill and file the old one neatly in one of my scrappy drawers for reference back to dates or journaling whenever I need them for scrapbooking.

As much as I want to be one those girls who makes a fun, artistic planner – like Amy Tan, OMG!

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. . . I’m just not. Not right now, anyway. And if WERE going down the Planner Road, I’d need to use the Simple Stories “Life Documented” pack of stuff I received at a recent class (which reminds me, I need to post that class review, sheesh!). So, sadly no Heidi Swapp planner for me. But that doesn’t mean I can’t check some of those embellishments off my PINTEREST WISH LIST, now does it?!?! Certainly not :P

If you’re looking for the Heidi Swapp Memory Planner products, I hope they’ve arrived at your Michaels – or do soon. Go forth and use coupons, Scrap Sister.

Scrapbook Studio: A Little Before and After

As I talked about HERE, my scrapbook space / home office / kids’ homework area was badly in need of some cleaning up and organizing. I was considering “going for broke” with a batch of free time I had coming up. In the end, I didn’t have as big a block of time as I’d hoped but I decided to try and make a dent in things anyway.

Although I didn’t do a major re-haul and purge, I did get my whole scrapbook office cleaned, dusted, and vacuumed. I got a lot of things thrown away and put away and tidied up.

Major accomplishment: I can see the floor and my desktop again! Woot!

Since there wasn’t a huge amount of progress, I’ll just share a couple of Before and Afters.

This is my area of Crop In Style cubes (holding mostly albums, projects, paper, adhesives, etc.) and candy jars (holding embellishments, chipboard letters, flowers, etc.).

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I washed the lids on all the jars so they sparkle now. I dusted everything, did a little bit of rearranging, and purged a little. Overall, it doesn’t look that much different. I did move the turquoise deco items in the middle over here from my desk but I don’t like how it looks; too crowded. I have some shelves to hang one of these days and most of that will be moved to the shelves.

This is a whole view of the room.

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You can tell that I generally just straightened up and cleaned. I can see the surface again of the coffee table, homework table, and – like I said – my scrapbook desk. I even cleaned off a patch near my work/home office desk and it’s nice to be better organized there.

It feels really good every time I walk in the room. It’s nice to know – when I have my next block of free time – I can actually scrapbook. Now, isn’t that a rare feeling? LOL I hope this is a little inspiration if you need it – to do a little tidying of your own space so you can get scrappin’! I would love to hear about any progress you’ve been making lately; feel free to link to photos or blog entries in Comments :)

Local Scrapbook Store Review: Scrapbook Island in Los Gatos, CA

I recently had the opportunity to go shopping at SCRAPBOOK ISLAND in Los Gatos, CA which is about 1 hour south of San Francisco. In October 2014, the store relocated here from their smaller storefront about 15 minutes away in San Jose.

The relocation must be a good sign, right? According to their blog, the new store has more classroom space. It was very generous, with the entire back of the store full of large tables with plenty of work room. Sorry, I didn’t get any photos of it because there were 2 scrappers working back there and I didn’t have permission to take their photo.

Here are some pictures I took with my new iPhone 6+. I hope they’re a bit better quality than the ones I’ve been posting for the last 3 years with my little ol’ iPhone 4! Although there’s only so much you can do with natural light indoors when you’re trying to be Surreptitious Scrapper and not use a flash ;)

Valentine's display

Valentine’s display




St. Patrick's Day display

St. Patrick’s Day display




Sale and Clearance table

Sale and Clearance table




Umm, what's the camera equivalent of a butt dial?

Umm, what’s the camera equivalent of a butt dial?




Love how these products are displayed

Love how these products are displayed




WRMK albums in pretty colors!

WRMK albums in pretty colors!




Cardstock Row

Cardstock Row




Ribbons galore in ROYGBIV

Ribbons galore in ROYGBIV




Pretty, shabby chic, colorful store

Pretty, shabby chic, colorful store

Overall, I thought it was a great store. As I wandered around for about 20 minutes, near the end a salesperson stopped by to ask if I needed help finding anything. She smiled and looked me right in the eye, and didn’t kind of take off before I even answered (like some salespeople do). She seemed to genuinely care that I was finding what I needed, so that was nice.

It did get a little confusing at check-out because there were 2 checkers at 1 counter, and 1 took a person from the opposite line so I wasn’t really sure when it was my turn. The prices were pretty much retail as far as I could tell. The store was mostly organized by theme which, being a “sort by brand name” scrapper, isn’t my favorite. However, if I owned a store, I’d probably organize the same way as that’s how most scrappers probably shop.

There was a nice array of newer merchandise and I loved the way they showcased 2 upcoming holidays – Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day – in such pretty displays right by the front door. I’ll bet that’s wonderful for their “regulars” so they don’t have to go scoping out the entire store for new/current stuff. The overall look of the store was kind of shabby chic and you can tell they definitely took the time to decorate and give it a cohesive look.

As I left the store with friends and waited out front to meet up with some other friends, the owner (or who I assume was the owner) came out to chat with us. She was extremely friendly and shared a lot of details about their upcoming events and guests. Layle Koncar from Simple Stories is going to be there on February 21/22, 2015. I was so excited because I love me some Layle and she’s going to do a class on my favorite new line from the last CHA called “I Am”!

But when I checked my dayplanner, I realized I have can’t-break-em plans that weekend. SMH. Oh well, maybe she’ll come back another time (hint, hint, Layle!).

So, back to the store owner . . . she seemed really interested in our suggestions for who we’d like to see at her store – by overwhelming majority, it was Ali Edwards and I think she was going to reach out to her.

I really enjoyed Scrapbook Island LSS. I hope you get a chance to visit them sometime. I just heard that the Hobby Lobby in nearby Morgan Hill is closed {which I usually try to stop at when I’m in the area but I was driving through on Sunday when they’re closed}. While I hope they’re just relocating, if they did indeed close, I hope that means more business for Scrapbook Island. We need to keep our few great LSS’s in business!! Mama needs an in-person scrapbook supply fix once in a while other than Michaels, ya’ feel me?

Oh, did I forget to show you my spoils??!!?? What the hay?? Here you go:


My haul from Scrapbook Island LSS

My haul from Scrapbook Island LSS



I couldn’t believe I got out of there for around $30. It was a miracle; they had so many great things but I tried to be a good girl :)

Have a great week!

ETA 02-21-15: A sweet friend of this blog alerted the owner of Scrapbook Island to my blog post. Her name (the owner/lady we spoke to) is Laurie Jimenez and she was very happy about the review. Great job, Laurie!

While on Scrapbook Island’s Facebook page, I saw this photo of their classroom from a class they held last night:

Pretty cool, huh?

ETA 03-28-15: Make sure and check out Jessie’s AWESOME class review down in Comments! It’s full of great info about the Simple Stories “I Am” and “Say Cheese II” classes she took with LAYLE KONCAR. Thanks Jessie – you rock!

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