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Scrapbook Obsession: Update 07-03-15

It’s Friday night of a holiday weekend and, yes, I’m working. Sigh. But I wanted to do a quick update and say HI.

HOLLAH!

So first of all . . . HIIIIIII!!!! I miss you. I hope you’re enjoying your summer and have fun plans for the 4th of July tomorrow (those of you in America). We’re keeping it low key as usual. I think being a 9-1-1 dispatcher all those years kinda’ soured me on going out for July 4th. Lotsa’ baaadd things happen – plus I feel sorry for my doggie, LOL. Fireworks aren’t allowed in most towns around here and, especially with the severe CA drought, we have to be so careful. Do you set off fireworks, go watch a fireworks show, or what?

Where You Been, Guuuurl?

I’m still doing behind the scenes stuff when I have time between working. Everything’s headed in the right direction, even if it doesn’t seem like it when it’s so quiet here, LOL. I’ll give some specifics in a newsletter soon so sign-up if you’re interested (in the top right sidebar). Why not just share everything here on the blog, you might ask? One thing I’m loving about the newsletter is that I can get more personal and share more ‘real life’ details. Because I’m writing directly to you and just you, not to the whole world wide web. Does that make sense?

Team Lisa’s (Un)Official Song: “This is My Fight Song”

One exciting thing is that we’re gearing up big time for Lisa Bearnson’s new line, Anthology, that’s coming out later this summer.

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It’s getting closer and closer! If you’ve thought about – or want to know about – being a rep for her products, e-mail me, k? (address is below). The way to go BIG TIME with it is to become a CEO like I did. When I signed up in May, it cost me $500 (I’ve already made $100 of that back with very minimal work, btw). Lucky you, until 07-31-15 it’s $100 off – and you get all the same stuff I did! I’m not bitter or anything. I’m happy for you. R-E-A-L-L-Y! But seriously if you decide to do it or are just curious, please contact me. I’ll answer any questions and tell you how to sign up so I get credit and you’re on MY team! I want you to myself, girlie.

Noted: My New E-mail Address

Check it out . . . my new email is: erika@scrapbookobsession.com!

In business school this Spring, one thing I learned is that a biz lady looks more professional if she ditches the gmail address (I’ve always used scrapbookobsession@gmail.com) and gets one related to her domain. Always Sometimes one to follow directions, I did just that :) Now I’m all pro-like and stuff :P

Aw, Time to Go :(

In closing, I just wanted to say thank you to Ashley for becoming the 120th subscriber to the Scrapbook Obsession Free Newsletter! Love hitting those “tens” milestones and welcoming more peeps to the family.

PS:

I can’t leave you without sharing something scrappy so go get your FREE June 2015 printables from Simple Stories RIGHT HERE! Warning – the blog entry they’re a part of deals with loss and is sad so if you’re not feelin’ it right now, just go straight HERE.

Love you, luvs!

Scrapbook Obsession Weekly Round-Up 06-21-15

Hiya! Hope you’re able to enjoy and honor your fathers, brothers, husbands, and other men in your life on this Father’s Day.

– If you need a last-minute printable card, check out Etsy:

fathers day printable card

– Have you seen that Layle Koncar is offering a new monthly Class Kit on her blog? The first one is super cute and uses the new Simple Stories “Summer Vibes” line. My newsletter subscribers received a coupon code good until 06-22-15 (tomorrow!). If you’re interested, hurry and sign up for my newsletter, then email me so I can send you the discount code (scrapbookobsession@gmail.com). She only has a few kits left.

– Say what you want about Studio Calico but they give away some massively cute free printables.

studio calico free printables

studio calico free printable

– I made some small changes to my blog sidebar on the right. I condensed some titles to make more room and used a new Bloglovin’ icon they just offered. I also changed the little ad for Scrapbook Steals. Now instead of a static ad, it’s a text ad that automatically updates every day with their new deal. I thought you might find that helpful – you can just click if it’s something that intrigues you :)

miss your daddy

I lost my dad many years ago – we were both way too young. So this is always a bittersweet holiday for me. He was not a perfect man but he was mine and I miss the adult relationship we never got to have. As crazy as your Pops drive you at times, please give him a big ‘ol hug, breathe in his Dad smell, and cherish the moments you have left together.

Scrapbook Obsession Blog: Newsletter Update

What’s the saying . . . better late than never?

Yeah, that would be me. After all my excitement about reaching 100 subscribers for my new free newsletter in May 2015, I followed it up immediately with !!! A bunch of nothin’.

My sad story is that my work website was hacked so, while doing my usual freelance work gigs and starting a new one, I had to deal with that whole mess. Aye yie yie. However, I have a fabulous web host and all is right with the world again – with even more precautions in place.

So then what happened?

Well, today I finally had time to finish the Welcome to the Newsletter e-mail for all the lovely subscribers AND figure out how to send it … uh, kinda’ backdated … to everyone who signed up. Feels so good to have that signed, sealed, and delivered.

Annnnd what’s next?

I’m nervous, that’s what. What do I send out first? What if I have typos? What if y’all don’t like it? Just being honest – it’s nerve-wracking for a non-pro like me.

Then God spoke to me . . .

Well, sorta’. I get a daily e-mail and this is what today’s said:

On this day of your life,
Erika, I believe God wants you to know…

…that the next step is the most important step. Take it
now. Do not wait.

Life is not going to come down there and sprinkle
glitter dust on your shoulders to let you know that you
are Good…or that you are walking the Right Path…or
that you are making the Best Decision.

Take the next step. Right now. Stop waiting for a “sign”
from the “gods.” Your sign is your intuition, wrapped
in your desire.

Hesitation is not a stopping place on the road to heaven.

And since I always listen to God when he takes the time to speak to me, BLADOW! Another newsletter will go out soon. I have a cool coupon code lined up for you on a brand new product by someone you lurve. It won’t be posted on the blog so – if you want it – you gotta’ get the newsletter, chick!

PS: I have to say I *am* disappointed there will be no glitter dust sprinkles. Shoot.  I was looking forward to those.

Where, oh, where is that sign-up form?!?!

Oh, HELLO.

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Talk to ya’ soon.

Scrapbook Deals & Steals: WRMK 12×12 Leather Albums TODAY ONLY

Wow, I can’t believe my scrappy eyes! Today only, Scrapbook Steals has WMRK Leather 12×12 albums for only $12.99 each!! They’re regularly $29.99.

These are the 4 colors they have – Turquoise Blue, Black, Cherry Red, and Brown.

Here’s a close look at the red.

I have a story about red WRMK albums actually :) I bought a “red” WRMK album in person once way back and was using it for my Disney pages. When that was full, I wanted another and couldn’t find red in any local stores so I purchased one online. However, I failed to notice they had more than 1 shade of red. So what showed up in the mail was a bright cherry red, not the muted dark red I was looking for. Oh well, there’s a happy ending . . . I loved the bright red color so much, I kept it. Now I use dark red albums for one of my kids’ school albums and the cherry red for Disney pages.

Moral of the story: Make sure you’re ordering the right version of the color you want. They also have more than 1 version of brown.

I’m a WRMK album junkie and have … erm … SEVERAL? Okay, that’s a big fat lie. I just did an inventory to see if I needed to order any of these colors and I have . . . coughcoughover30coughcough WRMK albums. I’m sorry. I know that’s excessive. Well, for most scrappers it might be but I do pretty much exclusively pocket pages these days and they gotta’ be housed somewhere, people! Plus I’m using pocket pages to “store” ALL my photos in divided page protectors so we can enjoy them before I have time to scrap them all – which ain’t gonna’ happen until I retire years down the road. When there are sales, I stock up. I don’t think I’ve ever paid the full price for a WRMK album. {Gah, Erika, defensive much??}

I love using WRMK albums because . . .

– they are very good quality from cover to spine label to D-rings

– they come with page protectors

– they come in so many colors and I use different colors for different themes (black for weddings, turquoise for Project Life/year in review, kiwi green for family albums, etc.)

– all my albums look so pretty lined up on my shelf and that makes me happy {eat your heart out, Stacy Julian!}

Anyhow, ScrapbookSteals tends to sell out quickly and, especially with this great of a price, I’m shocked that as of 1pm PST today they still have all 4 colors in stock. But if you want any of these albums, I wouldn’t wait any longer.

Do you use WRMK albums & are you planning to take advantage of this amazing deal?

October Afternoon, #TeamLisa, and a Quick Favor :)

Hey, checking in from the front lines of “OH MY GOSH, is school over yet??” Every year, I seem to have blocked out how stinkin’ busy it gets as school winds down. Sheesh. I work from home so summertime can be a mixed blessing (keeping the kiddos busy while I work) but at this point, I’m ready. Stick a fork in me, I’m DUN.

As for scrapbooking, I wish I’d seen this layout from the October Afternoon blog in time to share it for Memorial Day:

It’s a beautifully done page and the journaling breaks your heart :( So many veterans deal with these issues and I love the honesty.

Speaking of OA, if you’re lucky enough to live near them, don’t forget that their warehouse sale goes today through Saturday!

Someday when I’m rich, I’ll charter a private jet just to attend this event, LOL. Hey, a girl can dream . . . If you get to go, have super fun!!

Thought I’d share these fun photos posted today by Lisa of her and her grandbaby in their new “Anthology by Lisa Bearnson” tees.

I love the #TeamLisa hashtags they’re both sporting and how the baby’s says Anthology “by my nana.” Too stinkin’ cute. I scored me one of these tees, too! “Late summer 2015″ is getting closer and closer . . .

You know I have all these crazy new plans for this blog, right? Well, step one was getting the Scrapbook Obsession Free Newsletter started and getting sign-ups so I can keep y’all in the loop. Well, I noticed that as of Wednesday there are now 80 subscribers, whoo hoo! I’m kinda’ goal-oriented and I dig round numbers (don’t you?) so I thought I’d ask a favor. I’d love to reach a milestone by getting 100 newsletter sign-ups by 05-31-15, which would be within the first month. Please sign up if you haven’t already, up there in the top right sidebar :) If you’d please share on social media, that would be so sweet! In case it helps, there are share buttons at the bottom of this post. Thank U 🌸


Well, that’s all I got for now. Back to Crazyville for me. Why, yes, I AM the mayor! Who’s askin’?

Update 05-28-15 1:42pm: We’re up to 84 now! Thanks Donna, Tracey, Teri, and Gail :)

Scrapbook Deals & Steals: Heidi Swapp Misc Products Up to 55% Off Today Only

Just thought I’d let you know that today only you can get up to 55% off Heidi Swapp Mixed Media at ScrapbookSteals.com!

There are a bunch of items but these are the 3 that are tempting ME:

Clear Printed Words – reg. $3.99, now $2.00

I’m a sucker for anything in Heidi’s gorgeous and fun handwriting <3



Enamel Stickers – reg. $4.99, now $2.50

Hexagons? Hexagons!


Mixed Media Stencil Set – reg. $7.99, now $16.96

You know how I feel about hearts, right? And I love using stars on sports pages.

Here are some of the projects you can make with the sale items:

Pretty!


Happy Monday & Happy Scrappy Shopping!

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.
PSS: Please tell your friends! Share this blog on Twitter, Facebook, your blog, etc. Help me get the word out – I need you! There are social sharing buttons at the top and bottom of this blog entry. Thank you, friend 😘

{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?

Scrapbook Deals & Steals: Last Day – Free Shipping for Scrapbook Magazines etc

This weekend only (through 04-26-15), you can get free shipping on anything in the Scrap & Paper shop:

They carry scrapbook magazines, idea books, and supplies – some of which are on sale and clearance, too.

To give you an idea of what they have, here are a couple items I just purchased with the free shipping:

scrapbooking boys and men

“Scrapbooking Boys & Men” regularly $14.99, now only $3.75

practical solutions for paper crafters

“Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters” regularly $14.99, now $3.74 (digital version $2.49)

I miss scrapbooking magazines SO much and at this price I’m getting idea books for even less than I used to pay for magazines. With FREE shipping. Sounds great to me!

I’ve ordered from Scrap & Paper shop before and I seem to remember they shipped pretty quickly. Can’t wait to get my happy mail!

Please let me know if you order anything; I’d love to hear :)

New Scrapbook Product: “Fun in the Sun” by Pebbles Inc.

We all have our favorite scrapbooking companies and although Pebbles Inc. isn’t usually one of mine – though their stuff is always super cute! – their new line called “Fun in the Sun” is definitely going on my Pinterest Wish List <3

Must have those Thickers.
And puffy stickers.
And enamel dots. Oh, those colors!

We have a swimming pool and this line is completely perfect for all those colors – turquoise, orange, yellow, green – that constantly show up my photos from the pool water, swim trunks, pool toys, etc. I can use the beachy and barbecue images, too. As always with Pebbles, the style is fresh and clean.

What do you think – any interest in “Fun in the Sun” by Pebbles Inc.?

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!

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?

Team Lisa: Want to Hear from Lisa Bearnson Live? TONIGHT

Wow, what an intense week it’s been! I’m so glad it’s almost Friday – and a very GOOD one it will be at that! (Heh. See what I did there?)

I don’t want to be all “Team Lisa this, Team Lisa that” so I wasn’t going to post about tonight’s conference call with Wendy, the team trainer. The call is geared specifically toward anyone who wants to know more about Team Lisa and the possiblity of buying/selling Lisa Bearnson’s “Anthology” products that come out in late summer 2015.

But I just heard that Lisa Bearnson herself is going to be on the live call – and thought maybe you’d want the opportunity to hear from her yourself. So here are the details in case you’d like to listen:

TONIGHT (Thursday, 04-02-15) Lisa Bearnson will be on a LIVE TEAM LISA Business Opportunity call at 8 pm MT [make sure to adjust for your time zone].

If you’re interested in hearing about her new product line, Anthology, coming late Summer 2015 and how you can be apart of the success with Youngevity, join the call! There are so many people interested and many more to reach so we are trying to get the information out as fast as we can.

Here’s the information about tonight’s call which you can listen to live at 8 pm MT or call in anytime after and listen to it recorded:

TEAM LISA Business Opportunity Call, Thursday, April 2nd 8 pm MT
Call in: 1-712-775-7035 Pin: 370616#
24 Hour Recorded Call (will work after Thursday call)
Call in: 1-712-775-7039 Pin: 370616#

If you’re kinda’ shy like me and don’t want to be LIVE yourself or put on the spot in any way, don’t worry. They talk, we listen. You just dial the first number above, enter the Pin on your keypad, and you’ll be able to hear Wendy and Lisa talking. That’s it. If you’re busy at the time of the call or don’t want to burn your long distance, you can either call the 2nd number later or listen to it online. (I can provide a link if you need it).

You can also contact me if you’re interested in more information. Just leave a Comment below or email me: scrapbookobsession at gmail dot com.

I’ll shut up now.
kbai

Scrapbook Consultant: Why I Signed Up to Sell Lisa Bearnson’s “Anthology” Line

Okay, I’ve calmed down a little bit now and I’m breathing normally again, LOL. Yeah, a tad bit excited yesterday when I posted HERE and a couple other places about my new position. Oh my gosh, you guys, this post ended up being soooooo looooonnnnngggg. You know me, Miss Verbose! But it’s the weekend so I hope you have time to grab a Diet Coke and take a read :)

So my great news is that I’ve joined up as a direct seller under the Youngevity brand as of 03-25-15; my official title is Independent Marketing Director. I want to tell you how it all came about and what it means for me and for this blog. I also want to offer you the opportunity to join me, if you’re so inclined :)

THE HISTORY

As I said HERE, there’s been a lot going on behind the scenes. I’m going to write a post about that this weekend, too. I won’t be giving away any secrets yet but will talk about the “why” of it all.

In the midst of all this – actually ever since Memory Works closed in 2013 – I’ve been missing selling scrapbook supplies, interacting with customers, and making some extra money to fund my scrapbook shopping addiction … erm, habit. However, of the few scrapbook-related direct sales companies remaining that I looked into, none of them blew my dress up, so to speak.

I also looked into having my own online shop, either adding it onto this site or starting an Etsy shop. Which still may happen in some form, some day in the future.

Then out of the blue, I was contacted by a fellow scrapbooker named Kim who asked some questions about Scrapbook Obsession Blog. We got to chatting and she told me that it was still hush-hush but she’d been chosen to be on Lisa Bearnson’s direct selling team for a new venture Lisa was starting with Youngevity/Heritage Makers. This was because Kim had been very successful with Leaving Prints in the past.

Well, you know me, I’ve been a Lisa Bearnson fan since Day One. I read her Creating Keepsakes magazine cover to cover every single month it was published. I took vacation days from work to watch Lisa and David on QVC Scrapbooking, and now I watch her on HSN Scrapbooking. I even had the pleasure of spending a week with her on a scrapbooking cruise in the Mediterranean years ago. The interactions I, my mom, and my friend had with her that week made me an even more loyal fan and admirer. Not only was she extremely kind and caring but a great teacher and patient organizer.

In 2007, I started my own transcribing and virtual assistant business around the same time I started with Memory Works. Becoming a business owner and a consultant only increased my admiration for women like Lisa Bearnson. There are so many moving parts, lots of missed sleep and deadlines and financial worry. She makes it look so easy – which is what I need in a mentor, right? But above all her business success, I’ve always seen that family and faith are her priorities. They’re what inspire her scrapbooking and it’s just another thing I love about Lisa because those are my life priorities, too.

So, all that to say, once my new friend Kim said that Lisa Bearnson was involved in this venture, I said, “I’m in!” even before I knew if I was ALLOWED in, LOL. And when she invited me to be a part of her team – I thought about it, looked into it, talked to DH about it, prayed on it – and said YES PLEASE!

HOW I DECIDED

As I found out, there are 2 options to join. For $10, you can be a Consultant with discounted purchasing for yourself and the ability to sell to others. I would consider it to be the so-called “hobbyist” option. And for only $10 (lifetime!), I can’t see any reason why we ALL wouldn’t join. I love me a no-brainer :) You could easily save $10 on your first order, I’m sure.

The other option is awesome but MUCH harder to decide on because it costs $500 to join at the CEO level. You get $500 in publishing points to spend on custom Heritage Maker products, traditional scrapbooking products, or other Youngevity products – your choice. (Mineral make-up, K-cups, essential oils … ruh roh, I may be in twuble here …). Or you can hold onto those points until late summer 2015 and use them to buy Lisa Bearnson’s “Anthology” products – which is what I’ll probably do.

So $500 a LOT of money to me and, I’m sure, to most people. I actually had that amount set aside from our tax return for something else. But, like I said, I thought and prayed and talked it over with my husband. I didn’t really need much convincing about the huge opportunity here. In the end, I couldn’t NOT sign up. Lisa Bearnson is not only creating new products that I know I and many others will want to buy; I want those for 30% off and I believe they’ll even be available on an auto-ship. Lisa says, “It will be a collection of fresh, fashion-forward designs founded on the principle that quality scrapbooking and memory keeping does not have to be difficult.”

This is all NEW but my understanding is that Lisa will be referring scrapbookers who express interest on her website down to us CEOs and Consultants. Hello?!? That’s amazing! I was curious just HOW popular her website is so I went to Alexa.com. For an example, Scrapbook Obsession Blog shows 951,266 rank in the US. LisaBearnson.com shows rank 365,074. Her bounce rate is 43% whereas mine is 86%. This means that most people come to my site and leave quickly (“the Pinterest effect”, lol) while at hers they stay and read. In other words, Lisa has an engaged audience and that is SO important! It’s what I strive for.

You may hear from Lisa haters once in a while but there are many, many more scrappers who respect her and are interested in what she offers and sells. So I have ZERO doubt that being a downline from her will lead to success. I have a goal to make back my $500 investment by the end of 2015 and I’m confident I’ll do that. (Although technically, it’s not even an investment since I get business supplies AND $500 to spend on products).

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR SCRAPBOOK OBSESSION BLOG

Now, don’t let all this scare you away. This is an MLM (multi-level marketing) business and Lordy do I know that some people become MLM’ers and become highly annoying – constantly barraging their family, friends, and acquaintances on Facebook and in person with their latest “amazing offer!” and “great deal!” and “you MUST try this!”.

Don’t worry, this blog won’t become a constant blast of Youngevity / Heritage Makers / Anthology posts. I expect the number of posts to be about the same amount as I did with Memory Works which I don’t think was too bothersome, was it? I always always always try to start blog post titles with the TOPIC so if it’s not your bag, you can keep on movin’, sister! I’ll continue doing that so you can just ignore the posts if they bug you. I’m also planning to start a mailing list specifically for people on my team who join Youngevity under me and those interested but not sure – to share information – but JUST to those who’ve expressed interest. Sound good?

MORE ABOUT THE NEW ADVENTURE

I signed up as a Youngevity CEO just a few days ago and there’s still much to learn. They’re a HUGE company with lots of arms, just 2 of which are scrapbook-related. Here is the structure, as I’ve figured it out so far:

“Youngevity” which is an MLM “mall” or umbrella representing several brands and growing rapidly
“Heritage Makers” (digital scrapbook, home, and business products) and “Our Memories for Life” (paper scrapbook products)
“Anthology” by Lisa Bearnson under the Heritage Makers brand

Here’s the structure of people:
Youngevity – the Wallach family
Co-creator of Heritage Makers and Lisa’s Team Trainer – Wendy McGee
Creator of Anthology and Heritage Makers Brand Ambassador – Lisa Bearnson (eeee! she already has Anthology and Team Lisa links on her site!)

Under Lisa/Wendy, there are 2 downlines and then me :) If you’d like to join in – and I’d absolutely LOVE to have you – you’d be my downline. Just make sure to contact me and to sign up through my website so I get credit and you’re assigned to my team.

Even though I had a little heads up about Lisa Bearnson’s new venture, I had to keep quiet about it online until it was officially announced at the Youngevity conference in California this week. Then it was official and we could jabber about it, as of yesterday! There are 2 private Facebook groups to get up-to-the-minute information, including a new one for Team Lisa Bearnson. If you join up, we’ll get you added to those groups if you’d like.

Here’s the video they showed at the conference along with some photos:


Tip: Have a tissue handy. Sniffle.


That’s Wendy McGee on the left, Lisa Bearnson, and Jana Eubank on the right. Now there’s another name you might recognize from the scrapbooking industry! Check out her amazing resume HERE.


Lisa speaking at the conference

Did you know Rhonda Anderson, co-founder of Creative Memories, is also part of Heritage Makers? Which reminds me – I haven’t even told you much about the products yet! Tons of fun digital stuff that I need to learn about like photo books, business cards, gift items, etc. The current selection of paper scrapbooking products isn’t huge but it has a Creative Memories feel to it including their great albums, page refills, and tools – like my favorite, the Multi-Purpose Tool. I frantically searched for and bought one of these from out of state when CM went out of business because the tip of my original one from 2001 (!) broke – when it was used by someone who shall remain nameless (husband!) to unscrew something. I was afraid to be without one forever. Only $6 with Heritage Makers, whoo hoo!

Logos for Anthology consultants to use; you’ll be seeing these on my blog and social media soon :) They’re so cute. And now the recent redesign of Lisa’s blog makes TOTAL sense! Ohhhhh …..

Well, clearly I should’ve broken this up into about 20 entries because it’s so ding-dang long! Oh well. I want all the information in one place so there ya’ go, ha!

IN SUMMARY (Jeez, finally!)

If you want to join my team (Lisa’s team), the best thing to do is e-mail me. I’ll put you on my mailing list and send you information and links so you can learn more. I want you to feel totally comfortable, whether you’re spending $10 or $500. You can get off the mailing list at any time; just let me know. I’m happy to answer questions 24/7. You can call me, too :) Just leave a voice mail and I’ll call you back.

E-mail: scrapbookobsession(at)gmail(dot)com
805-400-3261

If you want to check out all the fabu products Youngevity offers – including Heritage Makers & Our Memories for Life – here are some links:

My Youngevity Website

My HeritageMakers site

** Oops! Correction to the signup instructions (03-29-15) **

If you’re ready to sign up, please follow these instructions:

Go to my Youngevity website: http://erikafriday.youngevity.com
Click on “Join” in the upper right-hand corner.
Then click on “Distributor.”
Next, you will see a selection of kits that you can choose from.

To sign up as an Independent Marketing Director (CEO): You may choose from any of the CEO kits. I chose the Heritage Makers CEO kit and received some business materials. I’m saving my points for now.

To sign up as a Preferred Customer: Scroll all the way to the bottom and choose the “New Associate Adventure Pack.” You can upgrade at any time to CEO.

Sorry again for the super duper long post – but you know how I am ;) Hope to hear from you soon!

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!

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!!

heidi swapp planner

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)

heidi swapp puffy chat stickers

Heidi Swapp Puffy Heart Stickers ($3)

heidi swapp puffy heart stickers

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

heidi swapp washi shapes booklet

heidi swapp washi shapes booklet


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!

amy tangerine planner

. . . 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.

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!

Scrapbook Deals & Steals: Brand New Simple Stories “Life Documented” 20% Off!

Sorry to be so “Simple Stories-Centric” lately but I wanted to make sure you saw this deal :)

This is a VERY new release and it’s already being sold for 20% off – woot!

simple stories life documented

You can find it at SCRAPBOOK STEALS.COM. It looks like they have all if not the majority of the new line and it’s all 20% off retail. There are 12×12 paper kits, card sets, enamel dots, photo overlays, etc.

I love deals like this because the discount basically covers the shipping (or even more). So cost-wise it’s almost like shopping at a local scrapbook store – which I don’t have access to anymore, boo hoo.

simple stories life documented
*Image via the Simple Stories blog

If you remember, Simple Stories “Life Documented” is the line that got delayed for so long because of a union dispute at the LA docks. I feel so badly for Simple Stories because the focus of this line is the new year and I’m sure they lost a lot of sales because it wasn’t available at the end of 2014 as intended.

Instead, they couldn’t provide it to vendors until 2015 had already begun and I’m sure lots of scrappers and planner junkies who PLANNED (see what I did there? eh? eh?) to use this line for their 2015 scrapping and planning had to buy another line so they could get started.

Here’s a cool video by Simple Stories showing the planner in action and a quick glimpse at the end of using it for pocket page scrapping.

I wish Simple Stories well and hope they’re able to sell a buncha’ Life Documented via SCRAPBOOK STEALS.COM and other vendors!

PS: Remember that SS just released an e-book for inspiration in using this fun line!

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