About Scrapbook Obsession

I am obsessed with scrapbooking and I know you are too! I think about it, talk about it, and do it any chance I get. I love to shop as much as I love to crop. My blog will have: product reviews, show reviews, scrapbook organization, my shopping finds, and just general scrapbook topics. There are so many scrap blogs out there where the author journals about their life and shares their pages. I wanted my blog to be a little different. Hope you enjoy!

Posts by Scrapbook Obsession:

Creative Memories and Chapter 11

Maybe you never thought those two things would be in the same sentence! But, yes, you can read about HERE, HERE, and HERE. I’ll copy one of the shorter articles so you get the gist of it:

“Creative Memories parent company files for bankruptcy protection
BY BRITT JOHNSEN • BLJOHNSEN@STCLOUDTIMES.COM • NOVEMBER 13, 2008

The owner of Creative Memories has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has reached an agreement with its lenders to restructure its debt, according to a company statement. The Antioch Co. and six of its subsidiaries today filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Ohio. Chapter 11 allows a company to stay in business while it reorganizes its finances.

The company said it will continue operating and doesn’t anticipate “any reduction in employee headcount or changes in operating facility locations,” according to a statement released through a New York-based public relations agency. Calls made to Creative Memories today were not immediately returned.”

And here’s just a portion of one article I’d like to share with you:

“After completing a comprehensive strategic review of the business, The Antioch Company, with the guidance of industry experts and turnaround specialists, determined that a pre-packaged filing was in the best interest of the future of Creative Memories,” said Asha Morgan Moran, global president of Creative Memories.

Can I just get a little “tee hee” about her name?

And another side track: THIS link has nothing to do with their current situation, but I came across this book preview when I was searching for info for this post. Just some interesting reading, if ya have the time…As someone who has been in the scrapbooking business here and there, I would enjoy reading about how those ladies built such a successful company. Think I’ll put this book on my Christmas list…

After I wrote this post, I saw that THE PEAS are already talking about it, too. Nothing escapes those gals!

I assume this development doesn’t surprise anyone? Creative Memories has had it’s share of ups and downs lately, and this devastating economy is being kind to no one. For the sake of their remaining employees, dedicated consultants, and loyal customers, I hope the restructuring plan is approved and goes well for all involved. Good luck, CM!

And your thoughts?

Basic Grey ‘Mistletoe and Pears’ at Michaels Only

Here is a better photo of it, than the blurry one in my LAST POST

And Kelly Goree with Basic Grey just posted this over at 2peas:

“Mistletoe and Pear is an exclusive line to M’s. It will only be available in a paper pack and there will be no embellishments (chipboard, buttons, brads, stickers, etc.) available for this line. From what I understood, this line wasn’t to be displayed at M’s until their Thanksgiving sale. That might explain why some of you are finding it and some are not. Technically, no one should have it just yet.”

So I guess, technically, I was very lucky my Mike’s doesn’t read their corporate memos very closely, LOL. {Actually, the manager there is a MAN and we know they don’t cotton much to reading directions}. But I wanted you to know that if you aren’t finding it in your store, that’s why. Hang in there for their Thanksgiving sale…see the amazing ad HERE and HERE. Supposedly, Michaels will be open from 6-9pm on Thanksgiving night. In the meantime, maybe THIS coupon will make you feel better?

Christmas, Basic Grey, and Scrap Calendars at Michaels

I’m notorious for complaining about the lack of “new stuff” at Michaels, right? Yeah, I know, whine and complain, it’s what I do. Mama always told me, “If you’re good at something, stick with it.” But blow me down, I have to actually give Mike some props for all the new shizzle they got goin’ on these days. It was to the point where I wasn’t even !GASP! spending my coupons there every week because there just. wasn’t. anything. But my fine friends over at 2peas started posting about spying new stuff at Mike’s HERE.

So Friday night after work, I went by the Mike’s in my town to see what I could see. I was Stealth Girl for ya again and took some pix with my iPhone {sorry for the poor quality…it was the best I could do}.

In that Designer Scrapbooking section in the front of the scrapbook area, here is what I found….buncha new K&Co. and MAMBI Christmas stuff. This is 2 sides of the carousel; the other end and opposite side had all the Christmas stuff by Martha Stewart. I don’t like her stuff, so I’m not showing you, nanner nanner. If you must, you can see some of it HERE.

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Sorry, those hugamic glitter snowflakes do absolutely nothing for me. But the rest of it was pretty dang cool. I restrained myself from buying yet another pack of shaped/die cut papers, tho’ the K&Co. Christmas ones were mighty tempting. I was so very well-behaved…I used my 40% coupon on one of these:

And I got the K&Co. rub-ons with the Christmas tree in the top left of the top photo. Also, the MAMBI green word JOLLY in the third photo.

Yep, that was all. Even though I had just sold my Clip It Up and all my non-Bazzill cardstock on Craigslist, and had a buttload of cash in my pocket. No, don’t be too proud of me. I knew I was doing more shopping on Sunday, so I wanted to save some of it. My friend, ABBY aka ScrapbookFrenzy, told me about some bargains she found at TUESDAY MORNING which just happens to be in The Big City where I do my Costco shopping, and right next door to another Michaels, the one that usually has all the new stuff when my Mike’s has just a taste of it. So today I hit those two mamma jammas. At Tuesday Morning, they had as promised a bunch of Making Memories stuff. All I got were two 12×12 K&Co. albums for $7 each (I get two of any albums I will use for our yearly family album, as I feel the need to scrap every single photo ever taken, and therefore need two albums per year). Again, I didn’t SPEND $14, I SAVED over $25 {stick with me, kid, I’ll show you how it’s done…}. They are really pretty, with embossed covers, subtle colors, the raised frame window on the cover, and a space where you can spell out your family name or whatever you want. If anyone wants to see a photo, leave me a comment and I’ll get one posted. But it’s almost 1am and I have to get up at 6 o’clock. Who invented mornings and jobs anyway?

At The Big City Michaels, here is what I found…

The American Crafts cardstock I’ve been hearing so much about. It comes in the cool cardboard vertical holders, so you don’t even have to unpack it when you get home, just throw on the shelf. But be careful and pick one from the bottom of the pile…I noticed the ones on top had had their corners rifled through so many times, they were looking a bit shabby.

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Here is a crappy, blurry picture of the Basic Grey Christmas paper pad (got me summa that) and a gorgeous Christmas pad by My Minds Eye. I already have several of those papers from page kits I bought last year, so I passed. But it was very pretty. If you’re looking for something classy and subtle to make your Christmas cards with, I would recommend the MME stack.

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Here are the calendar kits by MAMBI (left) and Basic Grey (right). I so wanted both of them. I literally picked up and put down the BG kit THREE times. It is so freakin’ adorable. Oh, I {heart} Basic Grey! I liked the smaller size too. The MAMBI one was cool because it’s 12×12 spiral bound so it could be kept on your shelf kind of like an album when the year is over. The colors are bright and cheerful, a calendar project I’m sure your kids would enjoy doing with you or making for Gramma and Grampa..

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There was a Bazzill cardstock pack in Christmas colors that I also had in my hot little hands, but when I compared the price to the AC cardstock, it was much more expensive (if I’m remembering right, it was the same price but you got half as much??). The quality of the AC seemed comparable, so I got it instead. If you’ve tried both AC and Bazzill cardstock, let me know how you think they compare, okay? I used my 50% off newspaper coupon and my 50% receipt coupon, so I didn’t spend $20, I SAVED $20. That’s what I told DH anyways…

And of course, while in The Big City, I went to Barnes and Noble…got my December CK and a cool mag about making scrapbook photo albums. I skimmed through it tonight while watching Kung Fu Panda with the fam, and I really liked it. Read more about it HERE {psst…but don’t order it from CK; their customer service *sux*…}.

So those were my shopping adventures. If you’ve been avoiding Mike’s lately like I have, you should go check it out…you’ll be pleasantly surprised :)

Scrapbook Room: Organization Sneak Peek

Yes, I’m at it uh-GEN! I’m doing a major reorganization of my scrap area. And I’m serious this time. I even moved furniture and stuff. On the one hand, it’s driving me crazy because I vowed I would not engage in any way, shape, or form of scrapbooking (or papercrafting or card making or whatever you try to call it other than scrapbooking…) until my room was 100% organized. Well, make that 90% organized because I think I’ll be dead and buried before my photos are in labeled, chronological boxes. So I haven’t been able to scrap a dang thing in, like, weeks. On the other hand, it feels really good to make the progress I’ve been making and envisioning how nice it will be when it’s all done.

Thought I would post some sneak peek photos so you don’t think I’m fulll of sCRAP…{Sorry, the photos are dark…it’s 10:30 p.m. here…hope you can see them okay}

MY CRICUT IS FINALLY OUT ON MY DESK WHERE I’LL USE IT MORE, AND THE SPINNING STORAGE THINGEE FROM TARGET IS PERFECT TO HOLD MY CARTRIDGES AND STUFF…

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FINALLY HAVE THOSE GINGERBREAD JARS ALL FILLED UP WITH GOODIES…HERE’S MY JOURNALING CARDS (CAN YOU TELL I HAVE A FETISH?)…

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JUST A PEEK AT MY CRANKIN’ STEREO, STORE IN STYLE 1/2 DRAWER, AND PRIZED POSSESSION…MY BAZZILL COLLECTION….

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PRETTY IDEA BOOKS ALL IN A ROW…

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UGH…ANOTHER PILE TO FILE….

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FLAT RATE BOXES FULL OF PAST ISSUES OF CK, MM, SS, AND SB ETC. ABOUT TO BE SENT TO AMR FRIENDS….

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OH YEAH, THAT’S WHAT MY WORK SPACE LOOKS LIKE! I HAD FORGOTTEN…

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MY POOR CLIP IT UP, ALL DISMANTLED BECAUSE I’M SELLING IT (details are HERE)…

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THIS IS ONE OF THOSE CUTE STACKABLE ORGANIZERS FROM COSTCO. WHEN I WAS SELLING SCRAPBOOK SUPPLIES AT MY CROPS, ALL 3 LEVELS WERE PACKED WITH EMBELLIES, RIBBONS, TOOLS, ETC. OH DARN, WHATEVER I DIDN’T SELL AT MY LAST CROP, I HAD TO KEEP. YIPPEE, IT’S ALL EMPTIED OUT AND NOW A PART OF MY EVER LOVIN’ PERSONAL STASH…

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So I’m making progress, slowly but surely. Oh, I should’ve posted a pic of the boxful of trash I’ve purged! (Lots :) See, I really am organizing…am I doing good so far?

Rock-a-Block Acrylic Blocks by Crafter’s Companion

I first heard about this new item when I saw it demonstrated on HSN a week or two ago. Here is a photo of them, and the LINK from the HSN presentation:

As you can see on the HSN link, the HSN price is $19.95 and the Event Price was $17.95 for all 4 blocks. You can also see that they SOLD OUT. Which is kind of rude, since I was thinking of buying some…but whatevs…

Anywizzle, I decided to do some research and see if I truly need these thangs. I’ve become quite an avid acrylic stamper, using them both in my scrapbooks and to make cards. Lawd knows I can’t afford a Slice right now, but maybe this new goody could tide me over til I can open a secret credit card and sneak a Slice into the house without hubby noticing.

So based on the HSN demonstration, I was really impressed. They made it look so easy to just “Rock….Your Block!” The male, un-scrapper host even tried it and, wowzers, if he didn’t make the perfect stamped image on his first try! But I wasn’t born yesterday, or even the day before. I know they have a way of making those TV demos look like it’s so super dooper easy to use something, then you buy it, get it home, and can’t repeat their success. I mean, how do you think EK Success sold so many Blade Runners and those stupid plastic templates?

Shee-ite! You ever try to actually work one of those things? They made it cut like butta’ on TV, but you try it at home and all you have is a bunch if ripped, fuzzy, crumpled paper. And a Blade Runner sticking out of your scrap room wall after you hurled it across the room. You understand why I’m skeptical, no?

Off to do some research. First stop, the home of the British company who manufactures the Rock-a-Block, the Crafter’s Companion WEBSITE. Here’s their pic of the RaB:

And here is kinda how you use them (photo also taken from the Crafter’s Companion website):

Here is their blurb about the product (yep, again from the CC website):

“Brand new from Crafter’s Companion – an innovative and unique stamp mounting system designed to make stamping easy and to ensure you get perfect results every time.

The new Rock-a-blocks are designed to work using a combination of the rocking action, coupled with the innovative depth gauge (the ‘runners’) to give even pressure to the application of ink to the surface to give you perfect stamped impressions every time.

The new Rock-a-blocks come packaged in a set of four including 6”x4”, 6” x 1½” , 4”x3” and 1”x1” so they will work with all of your different stamp sizes.”

The price shown on the Crafter’s Companion website for the same 4 blocks is £14.99. Color me Not British (except I like to say “Mum” and “water closet” and “pram” just to piss off my friends; they say, “Who’re you, Madonna?” and we all have a bit of a laugh….ahem, I digress…). Color me Not British, but I don’t know what the hell that price translates to. Anybody??

In search of reviews and discussions, I found THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS. Oh yeah, and THIS and THIS too. I went to my trusty source for craft product reviews, CRAFT CRITIQUE, but couldn’t find a review of the Rock-a-Block. They say you can e-mail them with review requests, so I e-mailed them of course, cuz I’m a pest that way. If you would also like them to review this system, feel free to drop them a line (psstt! maybe if they hear from more than one person, and from someone other than a blogger with “obsession” in her name, they will take the request more seriously…thanks!).

And you’re going to be so happy with me, you’ll put me on your Christmas card list, ‘cuz I found a demo video for ya’! It’s from HSN (a different presentation than the one I saw), with that cutie Todd Newton who used to be on E! channel. Here is the LINK.

So, whadya think? You likee?

Asking A Favor Of You Blogger Girlz :)

I just posted THIS over at the AMR MESSAGE BOARD, and thought I would post it here too, since so many of you use Blogger…..

Usually when I leave comments on your Blogger blogs, there is a row of little icons down at the bottom of the Comment form. I click on the WordPress icon, and my blog address will pop in after I type just a few characters. It saves me from having to type out my whole long blog addie. (I think one of the other options it gives you is Typepad). Lately, the last couple weeks I guess, every Blogger blog I’ve gone to, those icons are missing. On some, I click on the Open ID option, and WordPress is in the dropdown list. But on others, there is nothing. Did Blogger reset recently or something? I love to leave comments on blogs, but have given up on many lately because I don’t want to be “Anonymous” and then type in all my info separately, kwim?

Blogger Girlz, will you please enable your WordPress option so I can leave you some blog love? Thank you so much!

My Clip It Up is FOR SALE **SOLD!**

** YAHOO!! I sold it on Craigslist this past Friday!! Thanks everyone :) **

Here are pix of my Clip It Up by Simply Rene, along with instructions and accessories (scrapbook supplies not included, of course):

The black tabs and white sticker labels are so you can divide your categories up. I never had time to put them together, but it would be cool to sort by category (rub ons, letters, stamps, etc) or subject (outdoor, Christmas, kids, etc).

I paid retail for it at a local craft store:
Base Unit $60
Cover $24
TOTAL $84

Will sell both items for $70 including shipping (US only; will ship elsewhere if you pay the difference).

Here’s the story: I used to sell scrapbook products at crops, but I’m no longer doing that. The Clip It Up was used to display items at 2 crops; the rest of the time, it sat untouched and covered on my scrap table. I love it, actually, but I have such good storage systems already going for my scrap stuff that I really don’t need it any longer. But I highly recommend the CIU as a way to store any kind of embellie. I’ve heard of people using it to store anything from stickers to rub-ons to their entire acrylic stamp collection. It’s wonderful for putting your things out where you really see and will use them, instead of hiding away in some kind of storage container.

The black cover is great and keeps the dust off your stuff. I have just the Base Unit, so I tuck the excess cover length under the base and it REALLY keeps the dust and light out. But if you want to add the Upper Tier later, the cover will ‘cover’ the entire thing.

First right of refusal goes to a friend at AMR who was looking for a good price on a Clip It Up, which is what finally prompted me to list mine for sale. If she doesn’t want it, it’s up for grabs! You can leave a comment here or e-mail me (addie is in my About Me page).

I Did It! Scalloped Corners with The Punch…

In case you didn’t see THIS post, there is a great tutorial out that shows you how to go ‘around the corner’ with your Threading Water punch by Fiskars. I didn’t have time to make a card or anything, but lastnight I had just time enough to play with a piece of scrap paper to see if a ‘non-professional’ scrapper like me could master this technique. And I’m here to tell ya, it was pretty easy. The tutorial is well written and has the perfect photos to walk you through it. And here is the cute little scalloped rectangle I made…yay me!

This is a pic of the TW punch, and the back side of my mat. If you look closely, you can see which corner didn’t perfectly match up and I had to trim it with scissors, resulting in a kind of googly corner. But I’m not picky enough to let that bother me. However, I will keep practicing and I’m sure I’ll be able to perfect that last corner someday, LOL.

This is the same mat just flipped over. Don’t know why I took a photo of it except that I liked the pattern on this side and how it looked with the eyelet shape.

*Thank U* to my friend Gloria/GLOANN (a CKMB and AMR sweetie) who tried it first and showed me how easy it was, and then she left a comment on the Scrapbook and Cards Today BLOG mentioning my blog. She is one of THE most genuinely nicest ladies I have ever met, online or IRL.

So give this technique a try. If I can do it, you surely can! The results are smashing…

Scalloped Square with Fiskars Threading Water Punch

Isn’t this card gorgeous?

It’s by VIRGINIA NEBEL and it’s in her wonderful TUTORIAL on how to go ‘around the corner’ with your favorite tool, the Threading Water punch by Fiskars. This and other great scrapbooking information can be found HERE on the Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine blog. If you’re not already familiar, Scrapbooking and Cards today is a super cool Canadian magazine which is distributed at a few select locations in the States. For instance, where I live in California, there are 3 stores that carry it (unfortunately, none of them are very close to me). HERE is the directory of where it’s sold. Or you can subscribe HERE for just the cost of shipping, which is currently listed as $27.95 for your first 4 issues. And you can even download it for free HERE. It’s quite different to read a magazine while sitting at the computer, but groovy all the same :) I find both the magazine and the blog to be full of great ideas and, while I’m still terribly loyal to CK, SS, et al., this magazine is a nice addition too. Let me know how you like it, and whether you found the Threading Water tutorial helpful ;)

The Slice by Making Memories: An Update

I’ve noticed from looking at my Blog Stats that a lot of readers come here by way of searching for information about the cool new tool by MAKING MEMORIES called THE SLICE. I haven’t blogged about it since April 2008, so my posts are a bit outdated, but if you’re interested, my first post is HERE. You can see it in it’s early form when it was still owned by Tinnus. This is what it looked like back then…what a different look, huh?

HERE is where I blogged about CHA-Winter 2008 and the Slice, with a couple demo videos, and the new look was revealed…

And HERE is a post from April 2008 with another demo video, and a release date of “Summer 2008.” Well, they ALMOST made that deadline, didn’t they? LOL

So, as requested by JANA in a comment on THIS post, I will attempt to post some updated info on The Slice. Okay, I’m off to explore internet land for some updates, BRB!
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Okay, lots of info on the MM website linked above, so definitely go check that out. Lovin’ the cool accessories they have for it already.

And here are some facts from their website, including MSRPs:

“SLICE OVERVIEW
– Industry’s first cordless, digital design cutter
– Weighs less than two pounds
– 5” x 5” design fits in palm of the hand
– Non-fed cutter permits cuts to be placed on any size media, with no advance preparation
– Design cards in four themes offer thousands of fonts and shapes that coordinate with Making Memories’ most popular scrapbook programs
– Clearly organized and intuitive buttons offer simple navigation
– Graphical interface screen illustrates design shape prior to cutting
– Cuts shapes in up to eight sizes ranging from ¼” to 4”, in ½” increments
– MSRP: $149.00

SLICE DESIGN CARD FEATURES
– Design cards expand the Slice’s shape offerings many times over, and are currently available in four themes including Basic Shapes I, Basic Shapes II, Basic Shapes III, Noteworthy and Animal Crackers.
– MSRP: $35.00
– Includes equivalent of thousands of design cuts including:
• Upper & lower case alphabets
• Monograms
• Numbers
• Scrolls
• Flourishes
• Photo Corners
• Journaling Spots
• Frames
• Flowers
• … and more

SLICE CUTTING CAPABILITIES
The Slice is designed to cut through media in varying thicknesses including:
– Textured paper
– Cardstock
– Vellum
– Textured cardstock
– Photos (up to .5mm thick)
– Vinyl
– And Acetate

SLICE KIT INCLUDES
– Slice Digital Design Cutter
– Basic Shapes I Digital Design Card
– A/C Power Adapter
– 6” x 6” Tempered Glass Mat
– Repositionable Adhesive”

And check out this LINK to the Slice idea gallery. Lots of wonderful projects that will definitely make you want to own a Slice. I’m warning you, don’t go there if you’re trying to resist this thing :) Here’s one example, a layout made with the Noteworthy design card:

** LAYOUT FROM MAKING MEMORIES WEBSITE **, designer unknown.

There is also some great info and ideas on the MM BLOG.

If you’re going to purchase a Slice, please consider buying it from my friend Stacey at ALL MOMENTS REMEMBERED. She isn’t doing many pre-order items anymore, because vendors haven’t been keeping their commitments which makes it hard on her (she HATES disappointing her customers). But she’s making an exception for the Slice and you can order it HERE. Stacey played with the Slice at CHA, and I’m sure she wouldn’t mind if you called or e-mailed her to hear firsthand what it’s like. All her contact info is on the AMR site linked above. While you’re at AMR, join the message board. I guarantee, you will not find a nicer, more welcoming group of ladies anywhere on the net. Plus you will eventually earn your “Stacey Name” and that’s an experience you don’t want to miss!

I’ve been debating for a long time whether I want to get The Slice or not. On the one hand, I already have a baby Cricut and about 5 cartridges. I’ve invested a nice bit of money in that so do I really need a whole new system? On the other hand, Making Memories is one of my favorite brands now and it would be so cool to cut out their exclusive designs. Also, I’d rather pack up this little thing for crops instead of my Cricut. Oh, who am I kidding, I’d probably take both! You just never know what you’re going to NEED to cut out, right? Well, MM couldn’t have timed it better…any other time of the year, I’d have to pass and just say, “I can’t afford it.” But with Christmas almost here, and me being such a good girl and all….

Ribbon Storage on a Dress Form

How stinkin’ cute is this??

I found it on THIS post at 2PEAS from Kristie D. who was sharing her new ‘craft studio,’ as she insists it’s called (hee). If I had a darling room like that, I’d make ya’ll call it a ‘studio’ too! She says, “I ordered my dress form on ebay BUT Hobby Lobby has similar ones and you can get them half off!!” Also, that she “got the idea from a blog.. I think it was Donna D. but I am not sure.” If you’d like to see more photos of her room, go check out the 2peas post or her BLOG.

Do you like the ribbon on a dress form idea? I know you cat moms and toddler owners can’t implement this, but how about the rest of you?

Regarding Scrapbook Magazines

I’ve heard that the new issue of SCRAPBOOKS ETC. was out and, since I don’t subscribe because I’m impatient, I’ve been looking for it in whatever store I happen to be in…Barnes & Noble, Target, my craft store, etc. No go, couldn’t find it. Tonight on the way home from work, I had to grocery shop and even checked the magazine section at Vons with no luck. So I’m in the checkout line perusing the Us and People and Star…and laaaaaaa…there it is! Like a beacon among the darkness….the latest issue of Scrapbooks Etc. So I was happy. Nuff said.

Now to kinda change gears….

Prediction: At least one of the major scrapbooking magazines will either cease publication or reduce their number of issues produced within the next 6 months. Refer back to see if I told ya so…

N-N-N-N-Noteworthy at Mike’s????

My AMR friend Abby aka ScRaPbOoKfReNzY told me this tonight:

“They (Mike’s) have a whole endcap of the Noteworthy stuff (didn’t have the paper out yet) and they had all of the MM Fa La La stuff out including stamps and paper. They also are carrying 6×6, 8 1/2×11 and 12×12 American Crafts cardstock. They had new wooden $1 stamps. I got 3. Gonna post on my blog.”

Please go see Abby’s BLOG for her post about this.

I luuuuuurve all that NOTEWORTHY stuff from MAKING MEMORIES. When I’m done using my coupons on Jetmax cubes to re-do my scrap storage, I’ll be using them for Noteworthy. Glad to hear about the FA LA LA stuff and AMERICAN CRAFTS CARDSTOCK too. I’ll have to resist the FLL, as I have enough Christmas stuff in my stash for now. I might have to give the AC cardstock a try…I love how it comes in a box you can use for vertical storage. We’ll see if it can lure me away from my Bazzill…

Does your Mike’s have these new items, and have you bought any? Give us a review!

Blog Comments That Touch My Heart ;)

Here’s my all time favorite. It was left today on a year-old POST about the whole Kristina Contes controversy.

“you’re a loser to care so much about something so minimal in our world today. get a life. ”
From obsess on Kristina Contes: In the LA Times #

I guess there are a lot of us ‘losers’ out there, because my Kristina Contes posts are still often among the Top 10 most clicked on (that’s out of 338 total posts so far on my blog). Shame on us for caring so much! We need to get a life. I mean it. Off with you! Go get a life right now!

Scrapbook Shopping on Columbus Day

I was lucky enough to have the day off due to a State holiday…Columbus Day. Since I now work M-F 8 to 5, it was nice to have a weekday for errands. Went to get some labs done, met with our financial guy, met with the school principal, etc. Of course, I needed some retail therapy after all that! Got my 2 new scrap mags at Barnes & Noble…

I heard the November issue of Scrapbooks Etc is out but I haven’t been able to find it yet. Anyway, I’ve skimmed through the CK so far and it looks REALLY good! I’m so happy to see that BRENDA ARNALL is back with some EASY PATTERNS. This time, she incorporates some of those fun journaling stamps…of which I have more than plenty, and other great journaling ideas. HERE are the free downloads from the article (as of 10-13-08, they aren’t working but it says to keep trying back). LIZZY K talks about where you can turn your blog into a book, which is something I’d already planned to do, so I was happy to find a $10 discount code for CK readers! My girl NOEL is featured in an article on kids Thanksgiving projects. And there’s a fun scrap space featured that is geared towards having your friends in to scrap with you. I’m such a sucker for those Scrap Space features. I could read an entire book with nothing but ‘real people’ scrap spaces, couldn’t you?

After B&N was the craft store I sometimes call my LSS…cuz they are pretty cool and get some recent stuff, unlike Mike’s. I got a few sheets of Bazzill, and this paper from Little Yellow Bicycle’s ‘Frightful’ collection. It’s meant to be Halloween paper, but I’m just going to use it on some boy pages. I think it’ll look great with a bright shade of blue or teal.

I only have around 25 sets of acrylic stamps and obviously need more, so I also got these (They were $25, but only $15 with my coupon):

Won’t they be fun to color in with marker or colored pencil?? I swear, half of the appeal of scrapbooking is that I can play and doodle and be artsy-craftsy like when I was a kid. So please don’t pee in my Wheaties and tell me I didn’t need these stamps, k? They are part of my regression therapy, part of my ‘live like there’s no tomorrow’, part of my ‘recapturing my youth.’ You support that, don’t you?

Lastly, I went to Mike’s and used a 50% off coupon to get another Jetmax 3-drawer cube (remember, I’m STOCKING UP). I threw in 2 sheets of Bazzill ‘cuz I’ve heard at some stores they’re including Bazzill in the 4 for $1 sale (which applies to 59 cent sheets and Bazzill is 69 cents, but some are doing it anyway). Well, the butthuggers at the Mike’s I went to charged me full price for them so I’m glad I only grabbed two.

Okay, fess up, what scrappy goods have you bought lately? And whatya think of the latest CK?

The Predictable Demise of Scrapbooking Magazines

Over the last year or so, I’ve noticed a recurring theme on the scrapbook message boards, a topic that keeps coming up for discussion: “The scrapbook magazines are really going downhill.” Here is a summary of the comments made on this and related subjects:

1. A year ago, the magazine had X number of pages and now it has less than half that.
2. This month, the magazine was comprised of 1/3 ads and only 2/3 content.
3. This issue is so thin! This magazine used to keep me interested for a couple hours, but now I get through it in a half-hour.
4. There are too many ads.
5. I LOVE to look at ads for new products; there aren’t enough ads.
6. I want to see more layouts, not articles and organizational ideas.
7. I want more articles and organizational ideas, not so many layouts.
8. Why is there so much digital?
9. How come there’s not more digital?
10. I love Ali Edwards, she’s amazing, so inspiring, wish they’d feature more of her!
11. I’m so tired of “life artists” and full-page photos of Scrap Celebs!
12. There is no such thing as a Scrap Celeb; we are all just scrapbookers.
13. I want nothing more in this world than to be published!
14. Why do they waste so many pages on store listings when we can get them off the internet?
15. What in the heck happened to all the store listings in the back?
16. I don’t buy magazines any more; I get plenty of layout ideas from blogs and galleries.
17. I don’t buy magazines any more; I’ve gone digital.
18. I don’t buy magazines any more; I can’t afford them.
19. I don’t subscribe to scrap magazines any more; I want them quicker so I buy them at the store.
20. I don’t buy that scrap mag anymore, ever since they changed the format.
21. I would buy that scrap mag if they would just change up their tired old format.
22. More of a ‘lifestyle magazine’? I want a scrapbooking magazine!
23. I love to read about scrapbooking, but can’t they ‘think outside the box,’ maybe tie in other subjects?
24. I’m so excited! A scrap magazine is going to publish the comment I submitted in answer to: “What signifies Spring to you?” OMG! I am SO excited. I can’t wait to get my copy!
25. I cannot BELIEVE they wasted 2 pages on “What signifies Spring to you?” I thought this was a scrapbooking magazine?
26. Only the best layouts belong on scrapbook magazine covers.
27. I get so mad when they use stock photos for the layouts on magazine covers!
28. Most of us are moms; they need to include family and event layouts.
29. I’m not a young mom; I’m a retired grandma; I’m a college student; I’m single with no kids; I’m male; I’m Jewish; I’m a breast cancer survivor; I travel a lot; I have a career…The magazines need to publish more pages for ME!
30. I like lumpy-bumpy pages; I like to alter things; scrapbooking is my art.
31. I prefer flat pages; I don’t alter, I just do layouts; scrapbooking is not art, it’s about preserving memories.
32. I love to see how they use all the new ‘product’ on layouts.
33. What’s with all the single photo layouts with all that ‘product’?
34. Lisa Bearnson is SO wonderful, I love her, I adore her, I look up to her, her family is adorable, she is so talented!
35. Lisa Bearnson is so fake, I met her and she was mean, she is so full of herself, why does she leave her stepdaughter out of her layouts?
36. I despise this magazine. I will not spend another red cent on it (posted on said magazine’s message board, that costs them loads of money to maintain, yet we can post there for free).
37. I can’t believe this magazine won’t let me advertise MY scrap business on their message board. That is so rude.
38. Magazine A sucks, I’ve switched to Magazine B (posted on Magazine A’s message board).
39. I shop for my scrapooking supplies at big box stores or online; who cares if the LSS’s go out of business? It’s not my job to support them.
40. What happened to all the LSS’s? They probably closed because of bad customer service.
41. How come so many scrapbooking companies are going out of business?
42. I love seeing layouts by Becky Higgins, Ali Edwards, Hall of Famers, Memory Makers Masters, Scrapbooker of the Year, Dream Team.
43. I’m so sick of seeing the same old ‘celebrity’ designers. They need to publish more newcomers.
44. I subscribe and got a great deal, only $2 per issue, and I should get my issue before the newsstands.
45. I pay newsstand price, so I should my copy before subscribers.

Okay, should I stop now? ‘Cuz I could go on like this for quite awhile.

My question is: Do you see what I see?

How in holy heck could the scrapbook magazines continue to stay profitable, continue to stay thick and full of content, continue to pay staff writers, continue to remain in business, and continue to attract advertisers…with customers like us? How can they be all things for all people? We are demanding, we’re fickle, we’re budget conscious, we’re going digital, we’re using 40% off coupons, we’re blogging, we’re sharing our own projects and writing our own articles, we’re trashing magazines on message boards…and we’re making it impossible for anything to happen but what IS happening. The scrapbook magazines are going downhill. I don’t question it, and I don’t find it shocking in the least bit.

I am not innocent. I’ve posted comments like above several times on various boards. I’ve cancelled all my scrapbook magazine subscriptions because I’m impatient to get my issues, realizing that subscriptions are the bread and butter of any scrapbooking magazine. I don’t only point the finger at “us,” I point the finger at ME.

I suggest we try to enjoy the remaining scrapbooking magazines while we can, for unless something changes, they will all be gone soon….

Your thoughts?

Where You Been, Girl?

My buddy, EILEEN, left a fun comment on my UPDATES post the other day. I wanted to respond to it by way of writing this new post. What’s weird was, I went to go copy/paste her comment into this post….and it was GONE! Snikees! Wassup with that noise??!? See, this happened about a month ago too, when my girl DREA left a fun comment on a post and then **poof** it disappeared. I think she didn’t believe me (L☺L), but she was kind enough to leave another comment to replace the poofed one. And now this with Eileen’s comment. Not only am I wonderin’ what happened to those two comments, I’m wonderin’ if other comments have disappeared too?? So, if you’ve ever left a comment here (which wasn’t p*rn spam, LOL), and it disappeared, please don’t think I deleted it. I very rarely delete comments. I even keep most of the ones that are mean or make me look stoopid (NOT a difficult thang to do). I figure if I can dish it out, I’d better be able to take it…

Luckily, I have my blog set up to e-mail all comments to me so I don’t really think I’ve missed any. I was able to restore Eileen’s comment to the proper post. And here is the part I wanted to quote from it:

“I love it when you get wordy. I need the updates…otherwise I think you’re bored with us and I couldn’t stand it if you quit posting! I think I’ll go get wordy myself! {{{hugs}}}”

So, Eileen (and all you dear readers), I wanted to assure you that I could NEVER EVER get bored with you, nor could I EVER quit posting. Shutting me up would be as impossible as getting Nicole Richie to eat a Subway sandwich! Just NOT…GONNA…HAPPEN. I’m far too opinionated and far too obsessed with scrapbooking to be silent. Viva la Scrapbook Obsession!

My favorite part of writing the blog, other than venting and enabling, is reading the comments you all leave. Speaking of “obsessions,” it’s quite embarrassing to realize the number of times per day I check my Dashboard to see if any new comments have been left on my posts! Yep, my favorite addictions: Diet Coke, Starbucks, scrapbooking, and Checking Blog Comments. So, PLEASE keep them coming and know how much you’re making my day whenever you stop by and say Hey.

The reason for the longer pauses between my posts lately? Well, beginning September 1, I went back to work full-time. Kicking and screaming, but I did it. And, in the ultimate display of rudeness ever witnessed, my new employer does not let me use the internet at work – to surf, to post, or to contribute to time suckage in any way. I’m left to surf on my iPhone during my lunch hour and after work at the gym (recumbent bikes are one of the greatest inventions ever!). In other words, I lurk in and out all day, but just don’t have the time to post like I used to. I try to log on at night, but most nights, these dogs are barkin’ and it’s all I can do to watch some Reality TV before falling asleep.

Thank you for understanding, for putting me in your feed or stopping by once in a while, and for taking the time to leave comments. Unless I win the Lotto, tip a Brinks truck, or become a highly-paid surrogate mother anytime soon, my full-time job is here to stay. But don’t worry, Eileen, I can still get wordy with the best of ‘em! Wait until you see my next post….

Bazzill On Sale at Michaels!!

There could be no finer 5 words in the English language, am I right?? My flyer says they have Bazzill on sale at 2 for $1, which is definitely cheaper than the usual 69 cents/sheet. Not a super great deal, but a deal nonetheless. My closest LSS (45 minutes away) sells Bazzill for 75 cents/sheet and $1/sheet for Bling. So paying 50 cents/sheet for regular OR Bling at Mike’s is something to be happy about…Will you be heading to Mikes for some Bazzill?

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