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HSN Scrapbooking, Project Life Deal, and Shopping Reminder



Just 3 quick things for ya’:

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

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

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

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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?!?!

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Scrapbook Enabling: Labor Day Weekend Scrapbook Sales and Discounts



Don’t you love it when a sales-y type of holiday lands so close to PAYDAY!?!? Sounds like the perfect time for some good ol’ scrappy shopping to meeee!!!

Because I love you – and because I support you in your scrapbook shopping – I’m going to keep a list here of scrappy-related sales going on during the Labor Day Weekend (8-29 through 09-01-14).
Here’s what I have so far – just click on the bolded title and it will take you to the site:

PICK YOUR PLUM

Good luck sleeping tonight…
Our Labor Day weekend blowout sale begins
tomorrow morning [Friday 08-29-14] at 7 a.m. MDT sharp!

Surprise!
Free shipping will apply all weekend long!
Yep, it’s cool like that.

See you there!



YOUR SCRAPBOOK SUPPLY

Greetings!

So much new that I could not get it in the email subject line, see the list below, tons of new items today and we extended the 15% Off Sale to the day past Labor Day – why not start early and include a ton of new items! Use Code 15LABORDAY

I’ll be adding to this list so please keep checking back. I’ll post new deals and sales as I find them!

ETA 08-29-14:

ME AND MY BIG IDEAS (MAMBI)




MY SCRAPS AND MORE:




ALL SCRAPBOOK STEALS




A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE

Per the owner Lisa, who is a Refupea:

I just sent out our weekly newsletter for 20% off your entire purchase.

Use coupon code “LaborDay2014″ for 20% off your entire purchase.

Lots of new items recently added to the store too, so check that out



7 KIDS COLLEGE FUND

10% off of everything in the store. Code is LABOR10.

ETA 09-01-14:

CRAFTYSTEALS.COM

PLUS free shipping to all US addresses on orders over $20!

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Scrapbook Products: New “Hot Buy” 12×12 Paper Pads at Michaels – Only $7 Instead of $20



Thank you to my peep, GLORIE, for sharing these photos!

Crate Paper “Boyz Rule”



Crate Paper “Flea Market”



Crate Paper “Oh Darling”



Craft Smith “Boardwalk Sherbet”




Craft Smith “Pattern Medley”




Craft Smith “Nautical”




Craft Smith “Little One”



All but “Nautical” have 48 sheets so that’s a mere 14 cents per sheet. And note that these are the full 12×12 pads, NOT the 8.5 x 11 “Hot Buy” pads you may have already seen at Michaels.

Thanks again for the photos, GLORIE! You rawk.

PS: Do you like to use flair on your scrapbooking pages, Project Life, etc.? Yeah, me too! Well, go check out Glorie’s site. She makes and sells scrapbook flair of many kinds and will even do custom orders! She doesn’t know I’m telling you, hee hee. But I wanted to send some traffic her way in thanks for always sharing fun photos from her shopping excursions :)

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Project Life: New Value Kits including “Hi, Sunshine”, “Odds & Ends”, and “Live Brightly”


This is post 3 or 3 about the new Project Life products coming out. If you missed them, see the other 2 posts HERE and HERE.

You can see all the new Project Life Value Kits HERE. They are:

Live Brightly
Hi, Sunshine
Boys Rule
Odds & Ends
Peace, Love & Sunshine
DIY Shop

My faves are:

Hi, Sunshine

Odds & Ends



Also, spotted at Hobby Lobby, some recently introduced Project Life Value Kits – “Good Times”, “Enjoy Life”, and “Super Cute:

I like these smalluh kits for smalluh dolluhs.

Thanks again Heather for taking and sharing all your scouting photos with us! I live in a Scrapbook Desert where they must deliver the new stuff on camels. And my only store is Michaels.

Someday, we will live in a world where EVERY scrapper will have a 30-minutes or less driving time to an LSS, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Tuesday Morning. Are ya’ with me!?!?

Until then, I really count on lovely friends like Heather to be my photo supplier :)

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Project Life: “Lovely” by Shimelle and “Dazzle” by Pebbles



HERE is post 1 of 3 where I talked about all the new Project Life things coming our way. Now onto post 2 of 3 and it’s time for Shimelle . . .

Have I told you how much I want Shimelle’s new scrapbooking line? Oh yeah, I did RIGHT HERE. Well, I’ve ordered some but it’s taking FOR-EH-VURRRR to get here so I haven’t fondled it – ahem – SEEN it in person yet. But I know I’m going to LURVE it.

I got the 12×12 paper pad, the camera washi tape dispenser, and . . . some embellishment – stickers? It’s beens so long, I forgot. {I don’t think I’ll be ordering from this shop again}.

Shimelle said on her blog HERE that there would be matching Project Life cards coming so I purposely didn’t order too much of the line, knowing I’d be getting the PL kit.

So I guess “Lovely” is it? Not sure when or where it will be sold.

Again, I found this on an overseas website:

Shimelle used some of the PL cards in this layout:


**LAYOUT BY SHIMELLE @ Shimelle.com


Another new PL kit I’ve seen is the “Dazzle” mini kit by Pebbles. The only photo I could find was this, from a shop in the Netherlands:

And this pic from a shop in Indonesia:

Not much to go on yet, but looks cute so far. It appears to be based on THIS line from Jen Hadfield called “Home + Made” and it has a lot of gold so maybe that’s where the “Dazzle” comes from?

It’s not really my style but maybe you love it?

I don’t see either of these kits in Becky’s shop or on her blog, but maybe I’m missing them? Just wanted to make sure you had the heads up :) Happy shopping!

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Project Life: Heidi Swapp “Dreamy”, “Favorite Things”, and LOTS More!



Okay, guys, I’m trying to keep up with this whirlwind of new PROJECT LIFE product – either out now or coming soon. There has been a lot of chatter about it online. I’ll be doing this post and a couple more to make sure you see it ALL.

A shout out to my bud Heather, who first shared photos she found online of new lines “Lovely” by Shimelle (see THIS entry for more info) and “Favorite Things” by Heidi Swapp.

Heidi has teamed up with Becky for MANY new Project Life items. You can read about them and see photos HERE and HERE on Becky’s blog. And check out this video if you have time. I’m sorry, but they are both just so dang likable!

The Heidi Swapp line is ‘exclusive’ to Michaels and also being carried in Becky’s own shop. My favorite item from the Heidi Swapp line for Project Life is the “Dreamy” Core Kit

It reminds me of “Color Wash” by Pink Paislee . . .

. . . which is one of my all-time favorite scrapbooking lines.

I did hear a rumor that some of the HS cards are not double sided and not horizontal so they’ll be harder to use in the PL pocket pages DESIGN A that I prefer to use. Anyone know if that’s true?

Again, shout out to Heather who took photos at Michaels!

As you can see, there are a lot of OTHER new HS items, too. I’m not sure if they’re technically “Project Life”? I think so because Heidi has them all listed together on her WEBSITE.

I’ll be stalking Michaels to find that Heidi Swapp “Dreamy” core kit and snap it up with my coupon! Usually I just buy partial PL kits from friends online but I need to see this one in person and go through the whole thing before I decide how much of it I want. But I’ll probably sell at least some of it off.

So glad to see the collab between Heidi and Becky. As you saw in the video, they’ve been friends for a long time and bring totally different things to our scrapbooking world, both of which I love. Congrats ladies!

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Project Life: “There’s an App for That”



Or there’s gonna’ be soon, anyway!

Back in June, I saw Becky had Tweeted this:

I’ve been waiting for more specific news and it appears the time has come! I saw this on Twitter tonight from @BeckyHigginsLLC:

Guess what? The #ProjectLifeApp isn’t just for square pages. We will help you with those 4×6 prints too

Want to put several images on a 4×6 print? No more tutorials! Just do it in the soon-to-come #ProjectLifeApp!

PS – My everyday handwriting font is built into the #ProjectLifeApp as a font option. We whipped that up especially for the app.

You can see more about the “coming soon” Project Life app on Becky’s blog right HERE. One of my favorite quotes from that page is this:

Oh – and the journaling? If you have Siri on your iPhone, you can even add the journaling that way! Ummmmm… yessss!!! That’s one of my favorite features. Thank you Apple for that beautiful technology!

OH MY!

Becky and the gang just made this Project Life scrapper and iPhone owner a VERY happy girl! The ability to:

1. Do photo collages you can easily print right from your phone, even including a journaling card.

2. Journal onto PL cards . . . from your phone . . . using Siri . . . while you’re waiting in the car pool line – or just want to get memories down while they’re fresh.

3. Use Becky’s handwriting as a font – which I love!

What do you think? Are you excited about the new “Project Life” iPhone app?!?!?

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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!

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Project Life and WRMK: Some Great Deals on Amazon Right Now . . . and a SCRAPOCOLYPSE?!



PROJECT LIFE SALE

There are some great prices to be had on PROJECT LIFE if you click <- that link to Amazon!

As of this posting, here are just a few examples:

Project Life Core Kit – Baby Edition Reg. $29.99, now $9.99 with FREE shipping over $35 (that’s 66% off!)

Project Life Mini Album – Kiwi Reg. $19.99, now $12.85 with FREE shipping over $35

Several of the Project Life Mini Kits on marked down. The best deal/price I found was this:

Project Life Childhood Mini Kit – Bridgeport Edition Reg. $14.99, now $6.71 with FREE shipping over $35 (that’s 44% off!)


WE R MEMORY KEEPERS (WRMK)

There are also some great products by WRMK on sale. You can use them in regular scrapping but they’re also perfect for Project Life-type scrapbooking.

This corner rounder 3×4 punch is perfect for making quick and easy pocket-page scrapping cards of your own. I’ve heard of people using them to punch all of their scraps. Great idea! You get rid of that paper scraps pile that makes you feel guilty every time you look at it, and you end up with a stack of 3×4 rounded cards out of papers that you obviously love. You can also use this punch on your photos.

WRMK Picture Punch-Round Corners, 3″X4″ Reg. 29.99, now $21.18 with FREE shipping over $35


Darn, we missed the GREAT PRICE on these but they’re still discounted nonetheless:

We R Memory Keepers Ring Page Protectors, 12 by 12-Inch, 50-Pack Reg. $29.99, now $22.10 with FREE shipping over $35

Earlier this week, they were down to $14.99 but even at $22.10 and adding one other product to get that $35, the free shipping is still a good deal. A pack of 50 page protectors is pretty heavy and I doubt you can find free shipping on that at many other places.

Finally, check out this great price on the WRMK Multi-Pack!

We R Memory Keepers 12 x 12 inch (Multi Pack) 3-Ring Album Photo Sleeve Protectors – 10 PK Reg. $13.88 (I know I’ve paid more like $15 for them at times), now $3.59 with FREE shipping over $35 (that’s 75% off!).

They’re an Add-On item which means you have to make another purchase but I hope I’ve provided enough enabling above to make that easy ;) If you’re a pocket-page scrapper like me – or have been wanting to give it a try – check out this great Project Life and WRMK sale on AMAZON!

ETA 07-27-14: Whoo hoo, an even better deal on the Multi-Pack!

The WRMK 12×12 inch 3-Ring Album Photo Sleeve Protectors, Multi Pack – 50 Pk Reg. $25.99, now $15.27 with FREE shipping over $35. Thanks so much for pointing that out, PENNYSCRAPS!

As you know, Amazon prices fluctuate sometimes by the minute so get over there and catch a deal before it’s gone :)


PS: Have you heard how AMERICAN CRAFTS is buying up a lot of other scrapbooking companies? Yep, since 2009 they’ve acquired Pebbles Inc, Imaginesce, Pink Paislee, Heidi Swapp, Bazzill, and WRMK and have licensing deals for Project Life and Studio Calico.

Anyhoo, the concern that always comes up among scrappers chatting online is whether the quality of the existing products we know and love will continue. Will Bazzill cardstock continue to be thick, have lovely colors, and a variety of textures (especially since American Crafts already has their own brand of cardstock)?

As someone who faithfully uses WRMK 12×12 “leather” albums, I worry that the quality of these amazing albums will change now that American Crafts has aquired them. And I’m not alone; there’s been somewhat of a buying frenzy of existing WMRK albums “just in case” the quality starts to go sideways. It’s like we’re preparing for a SCRAPOCOLYPSE!

If that’s a worry of yours too, I wanted to point out that Amazon also has the WRMK 12×12 albums in several colors on sale. They normally run $29.99 and the sale prices range (at this exact minute) from $17.99 for Aqua, $20.99 for Charcoal, etc. {Ooooh, Aqua and Charcoal …. don’t those colors look great together?? I can picture them lined up on my bookshelf. Puuurrrdddyyyy. Oh shoot, sidetracked – sorry!}

K, I’m really leaving now. I just thought of the WRMK album thing and it made this post really long – ha! Hey, at least it’s Sunday. Hopefully, you have a few extra minutes today :)

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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?

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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

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Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Mother Was a Scrapbooker. Heh.



*Picture from Smithsonian Magazine

Yeah, that was my main takeaway from THIS article from the SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE.

JUST kidding. Sheesh.

My actual takeaway was that scrapbooking continues to serve the same purpose for many that it did hundreds of years ago. From the article:

It let them take this ephemeral media, find the best parts, and give them permanence—and gravitas—by pasting them into a book.

This especially reminds me of today’s fascination with “Project Life”-type scrapbooking – where we’ve gone back to taking receipts, clothing tags, one-off photos, etc. and making them “special” by putting them in albums.


*Layout by SCRAPPYJEDI.com

The Smithsonian article does a great job of contrasting paper scrapbooking of the past and present with the way many now choose to document their lives – via social media (heathens!). It was an enjoyable read about the history of our hobby. Please check it out, then come on back and let me know your thoughts.

That reminds me . . . I saw that MEGAN HOEPPNER is offering a CreativeLive class this week called “FROM APP TO ARCHIVE: SOCIAL MEDIA SCRAPBOOKING” kind of combining these 2 ideas.

Small world, huh? Or something like that. Anyway, just thought you might want to check out the class. I’m signed up to watch it live for free. If you love it, you can purchase the class and have lifetime replays plus the extra resources.

And CreativeLive has a sale going on through July 25 (Megan’s class is $49 vs $79) so you can watch the free preview and if you love it, buy it on sale. It’s a great time to check out all their other classes, especially the ones in the “CRAFT & MAKER” category, including Becky Higgins’ amazing CL class on Project Life. I’ve been a CreativeLive junkie since first seeing Becky on there and this is the first time I’ve seen them run a sale – so jump ON it, chickie!

Happy Learning, Lovie ….

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MAMBI Warehouse Sale – In Person August 1-2, 2014



You know I LOVE ME SOME MAMBI! {HERE is how I store all those cute cards}. So I’d love love love to go to this warehouse sale. Although it IS in my home state of California, it’s a 4 1/2 hour drive :( So it’s on the calendar in pencil but I really doubt I’ll go. I shall however send out Happy MAMBI Shopping Vibes to all scrappy shoppers who get to <3

Speaking of MAMBI, they have an awesome BLOG and ONLINE SHOP so check ‘em out. Super cute stuff . . . these have been added to my SCRAPBOOK WISH LIST on Pinterest.

Along with a few other things . . . hee hee . . .

Have a great week!

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Scrapbook Enabling: The New “Shimelle” Line for American Crafts!



She just posted it on her blog HERE. You can also see it on the American Crafts blog HERE and have a chance to win a Shimelle prize pack.

{Dear Scrapbook Santa – I know it’s only July but, well, you owe me for last Christmas still and I’d like to cash in that chip now. If you would please see that I win the Shimelle prize pack from the AC blog, I’d be willing to call it even. Hey, I may even let you off the hook for this coming Christmas. I want it THAT bad. All my love, Scrapbook Obsession. PS: If the camera tape dispenser is not in the prize pack, we’ll have to reconsider the terms of this agreement. xo }

Here is just a teaser but you have to look at both links above to see real and fake pictures of the whole line before I’ll allow you to make a decision on it. This is important, people!

Here’s a teaser:

My top 5 favorite things about the “Shimelle” line from American Crafts:

1. She made sure there were at least 3 of certain elements so you can easily follow the design principle of “the visual triangle”. I mean, who does that? Shimelle, that’s who.

2. The use of British-y words like “rubbish”, “clever”, and “lovely” where you can’t help yourself, you just say them with an English accent. Which I have perfected since I started faithfully watching “Ladies of London” on Bravo.

3. Typewriters and suitcases!

4. The lovely colors that are both bright and muted at the same time – shades of turquoise, orange, pink, red, and what looks to be a true white {which i always prefer over cream}.

5. The camera tape dispenser. I love cameras and it will sit on my desk next to my camera-shaped rubber stamps. So kee-yoot!!!

The only 5 pieces I *won’t* buy {because that is easier than itemizing what I WILL buy, i.e., every piece that is not on the list below:

1. Glitter Thickers. I love Shimelle, love Glitter Girl, love Thickers. But I don’t love glitter Thickers.

2. Acrylic stamps. I’m not allowed to buy those anymore, ESPECIALLY if they’re super cute like that.

3./4. Embossing folder and metal dies. I don’t have a machine to use them in.

5. Roller adhesive. I’m not allowed to buy any more adhesive either.

It ships to stores in mid-July 2014 so not much longer to wait! Hmmm … {looks around house, thinking about what she can sell in the meantime} … only a few more weeks, huh?

Okay, your turn! What do you love and not so much about Shimelle’s new scrapbooking line for American Crafts?

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So Long, Two Peas . . . You Were Like Family To Me :(



As I explained (at great length) in THIS POST, Two Peas in a Bucket online store and message boards are closing. My understanding is that all content, classes, badges, etc. will cease to exist beyond 07-10-14.

So, for posterity’s sake, here is my Two Peas profile:

journey fan
Member Since April 2007, 12,538 forum posts, 0 public projects
Location: California
PeaNut Number: 308186
PeaBoard Title: “Don’t Stop Believin’”

As you can see, I was a member of the Two Peas community for over 6 years. Since I work from home on the computer all day, I’ve had easy, daily access to the board for all of that time – as my 12,538 posts show, LOL! {Don’t hate}.

When you work from home, you miss the daily chit-chat with co-workers and friends at work. And if you love scrapbooking as much as I do, you look for a message board where you can talk about your Scrapbook Obsession with other crazy fanatics from all over the world.

Then you get sucked in to the NSBR (non-scrapbook related) side of things, when you learn all kinds of things from all kinds of women, get into political debates, ask questions you want real-life answers to, get your daily news, and keep up on all things pop culture.

You can also see that I never posted a single solitary thing to the Two Peas gallery. I’m surprised they didn’t kick me out. The gallery is a BIG deal to the Peas.

Here are some of the badges I earned:

When I say Two Peas was like family to me, this is what I mean:

I was attached and had ties there so long and strong that even when I wanted to break up the relationship, I couldn’t.

Two Peas brought me such joy at times that I couldn’t wait to spend time with it, but it also brought me such pain and sadness that I would avoid it for weeks.

Two Peas NSBR – like an older sister – knows how to push my buttons and make me so freakin’ angry I could spit . . . but I loved it at the same time because it made me consider things from other perspectives, strengthening my views on some topics and completely changing my views on others.

Like family, Two Peas was just a constant in my life that I never planned to turn my back on. Our relationship ebbed and flowed over the years.

But now it’s done :(

Two Peas: I love you, I hate you, I like you, I’ll miss you.

Family forever . . .

No hard feelings. I wish you the best.

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“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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Online Scrapbook Shopping: BIG Sale Going on Right Now!



The online shop THE SCRAPBOOKING STUDIO has a big CLEARANCE SALE going on right now. I have no affiliation with this store but they also have an LSS, so I wanted to support them by helping to get the word out.

They have 60% OFF and 75% OFF items including MY MINDS EYE enamel dots for only $2 (retail for $5).

The MME Cut & Paste line and some others are on sale, too. These MME Adorbs brads are only $2.40 (retail $6).

These cute embellishments by Farmhouse are only $1.75 (retail $7).

I don’t know what the shipping is like because – believe it or don’t – I didn’t place an order :) But with savings like that, you’re getting a good deal either way.

So go forth and shop, my peeps!

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Online Scrapbook Class: “Boys Are Back in Town” by Jen Gallacher for 30% Off ONE DAY ONLY



Just a quick post to let you know about a 1-day sale on a cool scrapbooking class. It’s for today only Friday, 06-13-14. Who says Friday the 13th is unlucky?? :D Please click here to view more details.

Here are the details from Lain Ehmann:

We pulled together a last-minute Father’s Day sale… 30% off “The
Boys Are Back in Town: Creating Manly and Masculine Layouts” by
Jennifer Gallacher.

This one-hour video class from True Scrap 4 covers both thematic
and emotional scrapbooking for boys and men. The tutorial focuses
on the planning process and the completion of two start-to-finish
layouts. Instructional materials include the process and philosophy
of masculine scrapbooking, as well as showcase the two video
projects and three BONUS projects. Additional inspiration and ideas are also provided!

And now, through midnight 6/13/14, it’s available for only $8.95; no
coupon needed.

It’s a unique opportunity to save on one of our most popular
scrapbooking classes from the effervescent Jen Gallacher.

Let’s celebrate the men in our lives in style!

If you’d like to buy this class at a discount today, HERE is where you get it.

Happy Father’s Day weekend and I hope you’re able to squeeze in some scrappy time! Between making waffles, planning and executing a barbecue, buying and wrapping a gift, and massaging your hubby’s feet, that is ;)

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The Top 5 Things I’ll Do When . . .



Wow, I haven’t posted since May 13 . . . almost 3 weeks . . . that’s probably a record :(

I’m what you call OVER-COMMITTED. Or SHOULD BE COMMITTED may be more like it. Luckily, there now seems to be an end in sight. I’m not going to state what it is for fear of being jinxed . . . AGAIN.

But there’s no harm in planning ahead, right?

Top 5 Things I’ll Do When I Get My Life Back:

1. Play with my new camera that’s still in the box. It’s a Panasonic DMC-ZS35K 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)

Yep, that’s a flip-up screen for family shots and selfies. Not a feature I went in search of but it came on the camera I wanted for other reasons so . . . yeah, can’t wait to play with my new baby!


2. Work on the blog and start the project I talked about ALMOST 3 WEEKS AGO.




3. See “The Fault in Our Stars” movie when it comes out this month.


I finally got around to reading the book on a recent road trip and LOVED IT!! So, so good. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it’s still only $4.99 FOR KINDLE. I think that’s the price it’s been since the beginning and it’s not gone up even though it’s become insanely popular. Bravo.


4. Order some of the new Simple Stories line, “Good Day Sunshine”. I’ve been seeing great reviews online and lots of cute layouts using it.




5. Tell Melissa Stinson/Scrappy Jedi how much I’ll miss her :(

Okay, back to work, mah peeps! Hope you’re ready for summer and have some fun plans on tap <3

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