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Scrapbook Haul: Tuesday Morning, Michaels, Beverly’s

Well, I haven’t written a good “scrapbook haul” post in a while so here you go :) These are treasures I’ve collected over the last month or so.

These are from TUESDAY MORNING:

2-packs of Thickers for $3.99 each

These were the last 3 sets and I actually liked them all. Yes, the teal ones have come unstuck and are falling off the sheet but that’s okay. I run most of my Thickers through my Xyron “X” anyway. The chipboard and vinyl ones are notoriously un-sticky in the long-term.

On the left are “Paper Crush” by COLORBOK journaling stickers. You get 6 stax with 12 sheets per stack. I thought these would be really cute on school pages.

On the right are 2 sets of Sticky Alphas by Colorbok. These 3 things sold together for $3.99 … great price!

Here’s a Scrapbook Paper Kit by HEIDI SWAPP. The line is called “Street Smarts” and has some really cool-looking papers … think skater dude, sports dude, cool dude … that kind of thing :) The papers are cardstock-thick, double-sided, and you get 20 of them. The retail price was $19.99; got it for $3.99.

The 2 sets of chipboard letters were only $2.99. I was so glad to find these again. I’ve used the black and white set a couple of times and need more! They look really striking on a page. The stack of notepads are going to great use on my desk. The 3-pack of American Crafts Flair was a great deal at $3.99. The Dear Lizzy one is my favorite.

Do you see anything wrong with this picture? Specifically, the price tag? Yes, there is just one epoxy embellishment there, and while the price of $1.99 could seem reasonable, I still thought it was mis-priced. The retail price shows as $8.99. Um, yeah. I showed it to the cashier when I checked out. It took me a few times explaining it before she would believe me, but 1 pack of epoxy stickers, no matter how stinkin’ cute, would not sell for $8.99 retail. Unless they were made of crushed diamonds or something. I think they were meant to be bundled in packs of 2 or 3. I don’t know if they really fixed them but, hey, I did my civic duty, right?

In case anyone is in the market for a Cub Scouts 12×12 album, Tuesday Morning has ’em!

They also had a lot of paper packs by the likes of AMERICAN CRAFTS. However, they were the 25 sheets of the same paper kind so I didn’t get any. But for those of you who do classes, kits, etc., this is a great deal.

Tuesday Morning also had the Making Memories “Hulabulu” packs, and lots of 12×12 postbound albums … I just didn’t get photos.

I got some books at BARNES and NOBLE. The one you might be interested in is on the top … “Tragic Magic” by LAURA CHILDS. She writes a series of scrapbooking murder mysteries set in the Big Easy that I really enjoy. Been waiting to see this one in paperback since I don’t usually “do” hardcovers.

I got these three older issues (April, May, and June 2010) of Scrapbook Trends magazines online recently. They were having a clearance sale for $5 an issue. I think these sell new for $15 each so I was happy to find the sale. It’s true what they say … these are more like idea books that magazines so well worth the dough.

These were from a message board “for sale” section. I love it when people clean out their scrap rooms and sell stuff I want for dirt cheap, LOL! I got collection packs of Basic Grey “Black Tie” for $5, Scenic Route “Background” for $6, and she only charged me $4 shipping. AND threw in some Anna Griffin border stickers for free. Awesome blossom!

These are the bling stickers from Michaels I mentioned in a PAST POST. Purdy, huh? You get 2 layers worth.

The rest of these things are from BEVERLY’S CRAFTS

I had a 40% off coupon and was going to use it on the Making Memories storage jars (I’m re-doing my ribbon organization), but when I got the check-out, she told me they were on sale for 40% off. So the coupon went to one of the Basic Grey “Jovial” items. Then some Tiny Type alpha stickers that I can’t seem to get enough of. I guess you know what I’m using to scrap Christmas in this year, eh? Love these colors …

Come to find out, I should’ve gotten another set of the jars. After getting my ribbon sorted, I realized I need 3 more and I can’t find them at Michaels anymore. Shukes.

Have you heard of Studio 112? It’s a new line of scrappy stuff I’ve been seeing around. Here are the pretty lasercut papers they had.

Yep, every single thing was only 99 cents.

Bling, flowers, all kinds of embellishments …

Even some borders …

I dunno’, it wasn’t really my style. Some of the lasercut papers were pretty but nothing really blew my dress up. To each their own … maybe you’ll love it. At that price, you should at least check it out! M’kay?

Have you had any great shopping finds lately?

Michaels Halloween Scrapbook Stuff * Now on Clearance

I was in Mike’s last weekend and noticed that a lot ~ if not all ~ of their Halloweenie stuff was on Clearance. Cuz, people, they are makin’ room for Christmas already! There were lots of empty shelves and the Mike’s employees were busy moving and shaking thing up.

I took these photos back in late August 2010 and never did get around to posting them. I assume your shelves, like mine, will be less full of Halloween stuff at this point, but it gives you an idea of some items they might still have …

Last weekend, I got these 2 Martha Stewart “Cracks” Around the Page punches. I went in there with another of my “50% off all Martha” coupons, found these punches on the clearance rack, and proudly marched up to the cashier knowing that I could use my coupon on the more expensive edge punch … because Mike’s coupons don’t work on sale items from the ad, but are okay on Clearance items (at least they used to be; I haven’t tried it in a while).

HOWEVAH … the Mike’s clerk got me in a smackdown! She pointed out that the Martha coupon specifically says that it’s not to be used on Clearance items. Touche’, Mike’s Girl, touche’.

But I still got a great deal … the corner edger for $5 and the border edge punch for $7; even as a combo pack, these retail for $25 … so I saved over 50% anyway.

FINAL SCORE: Michaels chick 1, Scrapbook Obsession 1

HERE is a cool video showing how to use this punch. Check it, homegurl!

Have you picked up any of these great Halloween deals?

TV Star Nancy O’Dell Collaborates with Creative Memories

Check out this video clip of “SCRAPBOOKING WITH NANCY O’DELL” from the CBS Early Show yesterday. She was talking about her new book, FULL OF LOVE, about the importance of family albums and scrapbooks, including the role they’ve played in her own life. There are also scrapbooking tips and photos of her layouts.

Oh, btw, if you’re not familiar with Nancy O’Dell, here is her WEBSITE where you can read her bio and see other things she’s done :) HERE is her Twitter page if yawanna follow her. Did you know she’s going to have HER OWN SHOW on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) next year? No, you didn’t. That’s what you have me for.

Anyway, she wrote “Full of Love” in conjunction with CREATIVE MEMORIES and has also collaborated with them on a scrapbooking line called “The Hummingird Series.” HERE is the CM press release with all of the information. You can get her scrapbooking line only through a CM Consultant, of course.

Although her last book can be found on AMAZON.COM, this one appears to be available for purchase only through Creative Memories. I’m kinda’ bummed about that. I was going to jump right over to Amazon and buy it but now I have to go through the rigamarole (yes, that IS an actual word!) of finding a CMC and starting a new account or whatever to order just this book. I really hate “exclusive” deals like that. I hope I’m wrong and there are other places to get it. {If you hear of any, please let me know!} Plus the fact that I can’t get to the damn CM site right now … none of their links are working for me. Grrr …

Nancy seems like a sweet person and a good representative of this hobby we hold so dear. I wish her all the success in the world on her new book and Creative Memories scrapbooking line.

Do you plan to read the book or buy the line?

What Did You Get with Your 50% Off Coupon?

I didn’t see it, but I guess MARTHA STEWART was on the OPRAH show last week. There was a related coupon at MICHAELS for 50% off her products. {Um, Martha’s products, not Oprah’s, silly! But, hey, who knows? Everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon of having a scrapbook line lately. Oh, wait, Oprah hates scrapbooking and scrapbookers. So that wouldn’t work, would it? But I digress …}

My friend ABBY was nice enough to clue me in to this cool coupon, and sent me a copy when I was remiss in printing it before it *poof* disappeared. Man, scrappy-shopper friends have your back like no other friends, don’t they?

I used mine to finally get the MS LARGE CIRCLE CUTTER that I’ve been eyeing for a while, but didn’t want to pay 25 snaps for.

I don’t know what the frick is up with those 3 little dangly earrings. What? They want you to dress up to use the thing? Sheesh, Martha! We’ve always known you to be a demanding little priss, but this is a bit much! SRSLY

I was going to use my Labor Day 50% off coupon on one of these, but then horror of horrors, I never got to Mike’s that week. I can’t BELIEVE I let a 50% off coupon go to waste, LOL! Yep, put me in scrap shopper jail because I committed a big crime.

Michaels also had Buy One, Get One Half Off their stickers so I got 2 packs of Recollections bling flourishes ~ purple and clear ~ so pretty. I’m going to add the purple flourishes to my Wicked layout to pump up the volume (DANCE! DANCE!) (Sorry, I couldn’t resist).

HERE is what the Peas got with their coupons. Looks like popular items were the fringe scissors, scoring board, large circle cutter, and around the page punches.

What did you spend your recent “50% off all that is Martha” coupon on?

Memory Works: My Latest Haul :)

The new MEMORY WORKS catalogs came out recently and I needed to order some. What a perfect excuse to “not let that shipping cost go to waste” and buy some scrapbook pretties for myself.

Here’s everything fresh out of the box.

From left to right …

Memory Works 2010 Fall Catalog: I love how they featured SIMPLE STORIES on the cover. It has been a big seller so, as a Memory Works Consultant, I appreciate it being featured so prominently.

CRATE PAPER “RESTORATION” SEW BRADS: I have the Restoration THEME SET and CHIPBOARD; been wanting these, too. This is my favorite new line from CHA-Winter 2010.

FANCY PANTS “TRADITIONS” RUB-ONS: I have to admit I pretty much bought these because of the blue bird holding the ornament. I just couldn’t resist that image for some reason.

AMERICAN CRAFTS CARDSTOCK SWATCH BOOK: Memory Works used to sell only Prism cardstock, then made the switch to American Crafts CARDSTOCK. I think it’s been a good switch. The AC cardstock is thicker and has that great linen texture like BAZZILL. I also like the wide ranging color choices we have, and all the packs of mixed or single colors.

AMERICAN CRAFTS “ROBIN EGG” THICKERS: These are chipboard and super cute with the tiny white polka dots on them. They’ll be great for spring or Easter layouts.

AMERICAN CRAFTS “DEAR LIZZY” SHINY FLAIR: I loved this whole introductory line by ELIZABETH KARTCHNER. It was so unique, pretty, and special. I already have the theme set and was glad to add the flair to my Lizzy K collection :)

RANGER “GLOSSY ACCENTS”: I love using this on embellishments to “bring them to the next level.” They make everything look so much more special, kwim? Like on my recent “Wicked” layout … I painted some naked chipboard Thickers with black acrylic paint but then they looked so flat. Put on some Glossy Accents and ~ VOILA!~ lookin’ good!

{Forgive the wavy look, LOL! I took the pic while the letters were drying. Once they were dry, I tacked that ribbon down to the page with sticky tape :)}

FANCY PANTS “HAPPY TOGETHER” THEME SET: I just love the colors of this line … the rich browns and teals with beige and white. Soooo pretty in person!

So that’s my latest Memory Works haul. If you’d like to purchase any of these items or check all the other scrapbook eye candy we carry, just check out MY WEBSITE and let me know if you have any questions. You can leave a comment here, or e-mail me: scrapbookobsession(at)gmail(dot)com. Have a great week!

Xyron Magic Sticker Maker at Tuesday Morning

I got a flyer today from Tuesday Morning showing their sales that start FRIDAY, OCTOBER, 2010 at 10AM and this sticker-maker was the only scrapbooking item, at least in the e-mail I received.

I’ve never heard of the Magic Sticker Maker but here is a link to it on the XYRON WEBSITE. It looks like it’s all sparkly and cute and geared towards kids? I’m not sure …

Xyron says it retails for $14.99. The Tuesday Morning ad says it’s “original retail” $19.99, and they sell it for $9.99 … starting tomorrow :) Just thought I’d share in case you were interested in a fun, cute sticker make for your kids … or you, LOL

How Do You Carry Your Cricut?

I just saw THIS POST on 2peas asking for a great Cricut carrier, and I remembered that I never told you about mine!

I was in the market for a way to carry my Baby Bug to crops. I had been making due with an traditional tote bag from an old CKU and, boy, was it NOT working. The bag was not big enough for the Cricut to lie down along the bottom, so I’d put it in at an angle, or I would fill the remaining room in the tote bag with cartridge boxes, etc. so the Cricut stood basically upright on its end. Yeah, not a great way to transport it, I know.

I wasn’t actively looking just because I hadn’t been to a crop with my Cricut lately so it wasn’t on my mind. But one day about a month ago, I walked into Walmart scrapbooking section and saw this: the “Cricut Shoulder Bag.”

Here’s the front of the bag in it’s packaging, so you know what to look for if you want one.

Here is the back :)

This is the empty bag in what I call “Baby Bug Mode.” In other words, this is the way you could use it if you only wanted to store your CRICUT BABY BUG.

I like to call this “Expression Mode.” Yep, you can unzip the ends and expand the bag so it’s longer, long enough to hold your CRICUT EXPRESSION.

When you open the front zipper, it looks a little something like this. Yes, it has a super cute interior that’s Cricut green with white polka dots. You also get an instructional brochure and a longer shoulder strap.

There’s my cute little Cricut. It slid easily into the front zipper opening. Before I got the machine centered and comfy in there, I moved it to the right slightly so I could sneak some Cricut cartridge boxes into the empty space on the left end of the bag, then moved the Cricut dead center in the bag. In the front mesh pocket, I put a loose Solutions cartridge which doesn’t have a box. You could also put tools in there like your spatula.

To get some more cartridges in the right end of the bag, I used one of the Secret Squirrel zippers to open it up and easily slip the carts in. If you have an Expression, I believe you would use one of these end openings to slide your machine in. (Using the front slot to get an Expression in there would be quite awkward if not impossible).

I had one remaining cartridge and was able to fit it right in front, then zip the back closed.

Finally, here is my cute new Cricut Shoulder Bag all packed up and ready to go! You’ll notice I attached the long shoulder strap, though I’m not sure if I’ll actually use it. I think, given the weight of the Cricut and the relatively lightweight nature of this bag, I’ll feel safer carrying it by the shorter handles, which attach to the bag in 4 places instead of 2, LOL!

If you’re interested in this bag, you can buy it HERE at for $40, or HERE from for roughly $34. I wish I could remember what I paid for it at the Walmart store. I want to say it was around $30 but it could’ve been $40. Yeah, I wanted it badly enough, I would’ve paid $40 for it, ha!

After reading the reviews WALMART.COM and AMAZON.COM, I’m not sure you’d want this bag for your Expression. Many people report that the bag fits the Expression very snugly with no room leftover for cartridges or tools. They also mention how hard it is to get the Expression in and out of the bag, even with sliding it in from the end using the zippers. It sounds like a major headache and not worth it.

One comment from the reviews I definitely agree with is I wish the bag had at least a little bit of padding since the whole idea of the bag is that you’ll be carting your machine around. You don’t want to accidentally bonk it into the side of your trunk and damage your machine. I don’t agree with the comments to make the bag REALLY padded nor to make it big enough to fit all kinds of carts and accessories along with the Expression. To me, the whole point of this particular bag is that it’s simple, small, and lightweight. There are other Cricut bags on the market which are larger and padded, so there’s no point making this bag into one of those bags, kwim?

In researching this entry, I did find some other clever Cricut tote options HERE, HERE, and HERE. THIS is a really cute bag with lots of color options! So my last recommendation would be to look around a bit online at Cricut bags and see if there’s another option that might fit your needs better. If not, head on over to your local Walmart and pick up this cute and useful bag at a reasonable price.

Then take your Cricut on the road, baby! It needs to get out and meet people, maybe throw back some margaritas and get its “CHIRP!” on.

Memory Works: Basic Grey Wander, Pyrus & Jovial!

The day that you get a box full of new BASIC GREY in the mail is a very good day indeed!

To be truthful, I wasn’t 100% hopeful because, although the 3 new lines I ordered from MEMORY WORKS looked really good online, I have to admit to being disappointed with some of their recent lines once I saw them in person.

However, that was not the case this time … I was super impressed with these 3 ~ wahooooo!

The one I ordered the most of was Basic Grey “Wander,” which is their new travel line. I’ve always been a sucker for primary colors (one reason I love our new “ELE.MENT.ARY” line so much), and the colors in this line did not disappoint.

Here is the “Wander” Doily, which is a sheet of intricately die cut 12×12 paper. I think this one just begs to be cut apart and used as strips, don’t you? I could see cutting it straight along the color lines, or even mixing 2 or 3 of the colors on one strip, like the red, light blue, and butter yellow. Or making skinny strips and layering them … Oh, the possibilities are endless!

Here are the Chip Stickers, Pieces, and Small Details all together …

These are the Wander “Small Details” decorative stickers. They’re on pop dots so they’ll be raised off your page. I love the versatile shapes and also how different they are from any other sticker out there … very original.

These are the Wander “Pieces” taken out of the package you saw above and spread out so you can get a good look at them. Aren’t they darling? Again, I’m loving the colors of these, and how they’re different than the million other travel-themed die cuts we’ve seen over and over. I like that some give you room for journaling and others are purely decorative.

Here are the Wander “Chip Stickers,” again taken out of the package you saw above for a better look. You get 4 sheets of chipboard stickers. As always with Basic Grey, the quality of these is top-notch, made of thick cardboard in rich colors. I think the little car, bus, and planes shapes are stinkin’ adorable.


These are the Wander “Elements” stickers. You get a 12×12 sheet of thick, cardstock stickers which include so many shapes AND borders.

And finally, here are the 8 papers you get in the exclusive Memory Works “Theme Set” of Wander by Basic Grey.

Front side …

… and back side. I hate to keep harping on the colors, but that’s what really stands out for me with the Wander line. They’re are so rich and so versatile. They’ll go with photos from just about any kind of trip and as you can see, there are some really easy-to-use designs here from the subtle, almost-solids to the bright patterns. It’s just a great mixture of papers.

If you’d like to purchase any or all the Wander collection by Basic Grey, please click HERE and I’d love to get it ordered for you :) These are only some of the BG “Wander” items we carry; there are several other things like buttons, fancy brads, cloth and felt stickers, office tabs, etc.


Okay, now let’s take a look at Basic Grey “Pyrus.”

These are the Pyrus “Epoxy” stickers, which are a nice variety of flexible, kind of bubbled stickers with cute phrases about gratitude and memories. The basic intent of this line is, of course, Thanksgiving, but this sticker pack could sure be used on everyday layouts, thank you cards, and more.

Here are the papers from the Memory Works exclusive “Theme Set,” with 8 gorgeous papers. They are mainly earth-tones but there are pops of color like turquoise and deep green. I like how they aren’t your typical fall leaves, turkeys, and pumpkins but instead leaf designs, pears, flowers, and swirls.

Here are the back sides of the same 8 papers. When papers are double-sided like this, I usually end up buying 2 sets because I don’t want to sacrifice one side for the other … I want to use both! {Very smart move with those double-sided papers, you sneaky little Basic Grey!}


Alright, finally I’m going to show you some of the Basic Grey “Jovial” line, which is themed to use for your holiday scrapbooking.

I HAD to get this Jovial “Doily” die cut paper. I put it on top of a medium blue paper so you can really see how intricate it is. The poinsettias are so pretty and one cool thing is you can even cut around those and just use the other flowers and leaves for a non-holiday layout.

Here are the Jovial “Small Details” 3-D stickers, similar to the ones I showed you for Wander. They are on a pop-dot so they’ll be somewhat raised from the page. They are really cute and you can see how well they go with the Jovial papers.

Speaking of Jovial papers, LOL! Here are the 8 papers you get in the Memory Works exclusive Jovial “Theme Set.”

Oh. My Gosh! These colors are SO rich and SO pretty, I can’t get over it! I love the use of the blacks and browns to kind of bring all that Christmas red and green down to earth.

… and the other side of the same 8 papers. Again, many of the papers can be used on everyday layouts because they don’t have an overtly holiday theme and there are colors beyond just the red and green of so many other holiday lines out this year.


I’m hoping I’ve got you craving these 3 new lines by Basic Grey! If I do, please come order from me at MY WEBSITE :) I would love to help you get a Basic Grey box in the mail like I did.

Believe me, it will make your day, LOL!

What do you think of these 3 new lines by Basic Grey?? Have you bought any yet or do you plan to?

More Scrapbook Stuff for Sale!

I have more things to sell from my personal stash. HERE is the first post of sale items (Lots 1-8).

From last time, most lots have been sold … THANK YOU to my buyers! It has been a pleasure e-mailing with you. I hope you’re happy with your purchase.

Here is what is still available from that last post; some of the stamp lot was sold off so it’s now smaller with a smaller price:

$15 plus shipping
Retail value is about $60! All of these stamps are brand new, never been used, in the original packaging.

Autumn Leaves “Hand Drawn Alphabet by Katie Pertiet”.
This set retails for $25. I have it myself and use it often. It’s a very versatile font and is a great size for both cards and scrapbook layouts. Unlike a lot of stamp alphas, it includes both upper and lower case AND numbers with punctuation. At a $25 value, these stamps alone are worth $10 more than you’d pay for the entire lot of acrylic stamps with the block.

Autumn Leaves “Clear Stamps Acrylic Block”
Retails for $15. This is a solid acrylic block, 4×6″ in size, to be used with your acrylic stamps. If you’ve never used acrylic stamps, I’d be happy to walk you through it. I have this block myself and it’s the one I use the most, out of the many sizes I have, because you can lay out an entire word or title on it, or fit even the larger stamps on it (like THESE).

Autumn Leaves (8) various “Clear Stamps” that retail for $2 each, and Studio G (2) sets of “Clear Stamps” that retail for $1 each.

These are all stinkin’ adorable stamps, about $16 worth altogether.

ETA 9-1-10: The “You Are Here” stamp with arrow has been sold. I blew it. I thought I had a duplicate of it, so I sold it with another lot. What I do have duplicates of are (2) of the “Mini Make a Flower” (flowers with leaves) and (3) of the “carriage/baby.” Sorry for the mix-up!

So, that’s all of Lot #1: ACRYLIC STAMPS AND CLEAR BLOCK
$15 plus shipping

Retailed for $40. This item is gently used.

I bought it right after it came out at a CKU and fell in love with it. What a fun tool! You can read a bunch of reviews HERE. I used it a few times at the convention; that’s why you see white paper leftovers in the dual tip, LOL. Alas, I am a fickle tool girl, and quickly became fascinated with some other method or three for setting eyelets (“What a cool eyelet tool! I really like it. It works so … oh, look, shiny new tool over there!”).

All of the pieces, mat, instruction book, even the free eyelets are still intact. On the bottom of the box, I wrote my name and phone number in small print; it’s been blacked out with a Sharpie. Other than that, it’s like new.


Now, to add some new things to the mix!

$15 plus shipping

*** RESERVED ***

These are 3-up “Space Saver” photo albums by Pioneer; 3- up means each page holds three 4×6 photos (or 6, depending on how you look at it, LOL!). There are 2 light blue, 2 beige, 1 black, and 1 green. They’re all brand new in package except one that I opened so I could show you the insides :)

Each album goes in a slim pocket case. They measure 13.5″ tall x 7.25″ wide x 7/8″ thick. They’re so slim, they would stack very neatly on a bookshelf. Here is the front view of the first 3 …

.. and the other 3.

This is the book out of the case and what the pages inside look like. The case is nice for keeping the dust and sun out, and protecting your photos. Plus, it helps them keep their “slim” shape :)

In the back, there are pages sized for holding negatives. On the right is a pocket for whatever you’d like: photo CDs, panoramic, 5×7, or other odd-sized photos, etc. has only 1 of these in stock right now HERE. It would regularly sell for $5.99 and they have it on sale for $5.69. HERE you can get 6 of them for $4.25 each (or $25.50 total) plus some hefty shipping charges; wow! Anyway, I looked around and they generally sell for $4-6 each. At my price, you’re getting them for $2.50 each ($15 total plus shipping).

Here is the official description of these albums:

Pioneer Space Saver Photo Albums can help you create an ultra-compact photo library. Each Space Saver Photo Album contains 144 slip-in pockets that hold photos up to 4” x 6”.
Durable translucent plastic cover
Protective and convenient storage case
Plastic pockets securely protect photos
Index cover labels for easy organization
Includes four panoramic pages and negative storage pages
Photo safe: Archival, Acid and PVC free

ALI EDWARDS even recommends these albums … I mean, come ON!


$10 plus shipping

These albums are black “leather” with 3 slots in the covers for 3×3 photos. Each album has 50 pages with 6 slots on each to hold 4×6 photos. Each album can hold an amazing 300 photos, or 600 in both albums. That’s MAJOR! In the back are 3 pages to store CDs and photo index sheets. There is a tab closure and each page has blank lines where you can journal what’s in the photo (or cover up with pretty scrapbook paper, LOL!).

Both are brand new, in excellent condition. I can’t find these albums online anywhere. Believe me, I looked. I got them at Costco a while back and I think I paid $20 for the set. They’re great quality and definitely worth $20, but I’ll let them go for $10 plus shipping.

Here is the front cover and what the 4×6 pages look like …

… and this is the inside back cover where you can see the CD/index sheet pages, plus a groovy pouch to hold whatever you want … negative envelopes, larger photos, memorabilia, etc..

All of these 3-up albums would be wonderful for photo storage, as Ali uses them. Or you could go the STACY JULIAN route and use them for PHOTO ALBUM SCRAPBOOKING like she does! What a great way to scrapbook ALLLLL those great photos from a trip – get them done and off your computer, right?


That’s what I have to post for now, but keep checking back, because I’ll be posting more as my scrapbook room clean-up continues :)

1. All items are from a pet-free and smoke-free home.
2. Prices do not include shipping; we can work out the best shipping for you.
3. First come, first served, as based on time stamps from e-mails and comments.
4. I will show items as “Reserved” but they may still be available if the transaction doesn’t work out, so let me know of your interest. Once an item is actually sold, it will be marked as such.
5. I have a great track record of customer service with Memory Works; please let me know if you’d like a reference or two. {And if you’ve ever purchased from me before, please leave a comment about your experience ~ thanks}.

I accept Paypal and will send you an invoice; a super easy process :)
If you don’t use Paypal, please e-mail and let’s see if we can work out a check/money order.

Contact info: If you’re interested in any of these items …

Leave a comment on this post, or …
E-mail me at scrapbookobsession(at)gmail(dot)com

I really just want these items to find a good home, so if you like something but the price isn’t right, make me an offer!

Memory Works: NEW Basic Grey is HERE!!

New BasicGrey!
That’s right – the brand-spanking new BasicGrey products have just arrived at our warehouse and are now available to purchase in our MemoryWorks shopping cart. From the bright, bold Wander collection to the rich, warm Jovial and Pyrus collections….it’s pure BasicGrey goodness! (Marjolaine, Curio and Basics collections will ship in October)
I will post more about this later but I wanted you to know right away! For now, HERE is our Basic Grey catalog pages (it shows things that are IN STOCK now, along with the things we have to wait until October for). HERE is my website where you can see all the BG yumminess in stock as of today! If you’d like to place an order, go for it!

Once you place the order, I get an e-mail with the invoice. I will contact you asking if you’d like to pay via Paypal or check/money order. As soon as payment is received, I hit the “PROCESS ORDER” button and your items will be on the way to you shortly! Easy peasy :)

Let me know if you have any questions ~ leave a comment here or e-mail me at scrapbookobsession(at)gmail(dot)com.

Scrapbook Items for Sale

I’ve been organizing my scrapbook space yet again, and have been coming across things to sell. They are either gently used things of mine, or products I got to sell at my crops.

I’m selling everything well below what it’s worth because 1. I really want this stuff to go to a good home (wink), and 2. I know shipping is going to cost some and I want the overall price to still be affordable.

Okay, here we go …

Retail value is about $100! All of these stamps are brand new, never been used, in the original packaging.

This is the entire lot, which includes clear acrylic stamps by AUTUMN LEAVES, CLOSE TO MY HEART, and STUDIO G* (from MICHAELS).

*If you love Studio G stamps, I have some older complete and incomplete sets. Stay tuned! I’ll list them soon :)

Autumn Leaves “Hand Drawn Alphabet by Katie Pertiet”.
This set retails for $25. I have it myself and use it often. It’s a very versatile font and is a great size for both cards and scrapbook layouts. Unlike a lot of stamp alphas, it includes both upper and lower case AND numbers with punctuation.

Autumn Leaves “Stitched Journaling Panels by Marianne Wise”
This set retails for $15 and is fabulous for journaling. I also have this set and use it quite often. All of the shapes look great on layouts and the stitching is so much cuter than plain, solid lines, don’t you think?

{NOTE: With just these first 2 items, we’re at the $40 I’m charging for the whole lot!}

Autumn Leaves “For the Record by Katie Pertiet”
These acrylic stamps retail for $15 and were super popular when I sold them for Memory Works in a past catalog. I can’t believe you get so many detailed stamps in one set. I use this one a lot also. The photo record stamp (2nd one down on lefthand side) would be so great to stamp on the back of your photos ~ especially the ones you don’t scrap ~ so you can remember the details of each picture.

Autumn Leaves “Clear Stamps Acrylic Block”
Yep, retails for $15 (seems to be a trend here, huh?). This is a solid acrylic block, 4×6″ in size, to be used with your acrylic stamps. If you’ve never used acrylic stamps, I’d be happy to walk you through it. I have this block myself and it’s the one I use the most, out of the many sizes I have, because you can lay out an entire word or title on it, or fit even the larger stamps on it (like THESE).

Close to My Heart “My Acrylix Doodle Alphabet (D1242)” (retired)
This is a really cute alpha. My favorite thing is the cute little birdie in the lower right corner. I also love the curly frame in the upper left; that would be fun to use like a monogram, i.e. stamp the frame and then stamp a single letter in the middle of it.

Autumn Leaves (8) various “Clear Stamps” that retail for $2 each, and Studio G (2) sets of “Clear Stamps” that retail for $1 each.
These are all stinkin’ adorable stamps, about $16 worth altogether.

So, that’s all of Lot #1: ACRYLIC STAMPS AND CLEAR BLOCK
$40 plus shipping


*** TAKEN ***
Probably about $5 retail
I just want them to go to a good scrapper’s home, LOL. I’ll throw them in for free if you make another purchase, or will mail them to you in a padded envelope for $3 to cover shipping. HERE is one of the rounders used with some ribbon for a flower center (layout by LESLIE ASHE).


Retailed for $40. This item is gently used.

I bought it right after it came out at a CKU and fell in love with it. What a fun tool! You can read a bunch of reviews HERE. I used it a few times at the convention; that’s why you see white paper leftovers in the dual tip, LOL. Alas, I am a fickle tool girl, and quickly became fascinated with some other method or three for setting eyelets (“What a cool eyelet tool! I really like it. It works so … oh, look, shiny new tool over there!”).

All of the pieces, mat, instruction book, even the free eyelets are still intact. On the bottom of the box, I wrote my name and phone number in small print; it’s been blacked out with a Sharpie. Other than that, it’s like new.


LOT 4: COLUZZLE “STARTER KIT” AND “TAGS” $5 plus shipping
Retails for $22. These items are brand new, still in original packaging.
*** RESERVED ***

HERE is the Starter Kit at for $9.99. HERE are some customer reviews. If you’ve never used a Coluzzle to cut shapes, I’m happy to explain it ~ super easy.

I’ve had a Cricut for a while now, and I know many people have all kinds of fancy die cutting machines now, but I still use my Coluzzles. I have all my templates handy in a drawer and it’s so much quicker and easier to pull them out sometimes than to get the Cricut going just for one or two shapes. I have quite a collection and you can find shapes other than these tags now for great deals. The tag template is perfect for making gift tags for birthdays and Christmas, and of course you can use them in your cardmaking and scrapbooking.


*** SOLD ***
Retails for $24. This is brand new, still in the package.
72 sheets of thick paper with velvet flocking in gorgeous colors and textures. The paper itself is surprisingly light in weight, so I don’t think it would be terribly expensive to ship. There are 12 designs with 6 of each design. These papers make unique and textural additions to your scrapbook layouts. Yes, I own this set of papers, too :) I’ve found the colors really easy to work with and so striking. Below are a few samples up close …

This is a dark aqua flocking design on a lighter aqua paper …

Black vine flocking on a white background …

My favorite … A delicate swirly pattern. I used this paper on some ATCs for a swap I did once. Just that little square of this paper made such a difference and set my ATCs apart from everyone else’s.

*** SOLD ***
Retails for roughly $20; not sure as it seems they don’t make this item anymore (?). This item is gently used.

When I bought this, I used it to sort my paper scraps. I love how it accordians out so you can easily see everything you’ve stored in it. The lot includes a pack of additional folder inserts; 3 have been inserted in the Deco File and 3 are still in the package. When the deco file is empty, the black elastic is a bit stretched out … although when it’s full, I doubt you’d notice. Also, you could easily replace the elastic, probably with something cuter than a plain black band anyway, LOL! HERE is a similar lot on Ebay for $27.99.


LOT 7: CREATIVE MEMORIES “CROP TALK” FLYERS *** Free plus shipping ***
*** TAKEN ***
These all came to me via a friend when she cleaned out her scrapping stuff. She attended Creative Memories workshops for years and had this good-sized stack of Crop Talks. They are older ones but kind of timeless. I could just throw them away, but I was wondering if there was a CM GIRL out there who would like them just for the cost of shipping. I’d mail them in a manila envelope and send Media Mail so it wouldn’t cost much, I don’t think.

ETA: I hadn’t listed these yet but the same sweet lady who requested the Crop Talks also bought this lot …

*** SOLD ***

Miscellaneous Creative Memories items in their original packaging (handled but not used)


That’s what I have to post for now, but keep checking back, because I’ll be posting more as my scrapbook room clean-up continues :)

1. All items are from a pet-free and smoke-free home.
2. Prices do not include shipping; we can work out the best shipping for you.
3. First come, first served, as based on time stamps from e-mails and comments.
4. I will show items as “Reserved” but they may still be available if the transaction doesn’t work out, so let me know of your interest. Once an item is actually sold, it will be marked as such.
5. I have a great track record of customer service with Memory Works; please let me know if you’d like a reference or two. {And if you’ve ever purchased from me before, please leave a comment about your experience ~ thanks}.

I accept Paypal and will send you an invoice; a super easy process :)
If you don’t use Paypal, please e-mail and let’s see if we can work out a check/money order.

Contact info: If you’re interested in any of these items …

Leave a comment on this post, or …
E-mail me at scrapbookobsession(at)gmail(dot)com

I really just want these items to find a good home, so if you want something but the price isn’t right, make me an offer!

Ciao bellas!

Contents of the Pink Paislee Warehouse Box 2010

As I talked about HERE, I again ordered the grab box from the PINK PAISLEE warehouse sale this year. {Sorry, it ended 8-17-10 … if you didn’t grab one yet}. Photos of the contents have already been posted HERE and other places, and they all seem to be very similar, but I thought I’d show you what exactly I received.

Here’s the whole stack. Lots of stuff for about $50 including shipping, dontcha’ think?

Three 6×6 paper pads with matching flip notes (journaling slips), two rolls of Artisan tape, and two sticks of glitter …

Two Artisan albums, 8×8 and 6×6 …

Here’s the inside of the 6×6 showing the chipboard pages they both have.

Two sets of border strips, and one set each of cork stickers, rub-ons, cloth patch stickers, acrylic stamps, and jewel embellishments …

Tons of alphas! Three are thick and glittered (similar to THICKERS), seven are regular stickers, and one set of Artisan alphas which you can alter with paint, ink, mist, etc.

These are the two New Releases I received: From HOCUS POCUS and SWEETNESS

And a variety of patterned papers and journal cards from …

Queen Bee and 365 Degrees:

From Amber Road and Twilight:

and from MIsteltoe & Co.:

I’m very happy with all that I received. As long as Pink Paislee keeps doing warehouse sale grab boxes every year, I’ll keep buying them. I love their products, you get a LOT of bang for your buck, and their customer service is excellent.

Just a Teaser: I Have Much to Report ;)

Just wanted you to know I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth ~ just busy with summertime fun and spending a lot of time with my family :) That’s what it’s all about, right? My camera has been clicking and I have tons of new photos to scrap. I’ve been scrapping, too, instead of just talking about it.

Speaking of photos … As soon as I get photos taken, uploaded, and edited, I’ll share details of scrappy shopping I’ve done over the last month or two:

~ Close to My Heart awesome sale
~ free shipping sale … and not a great experience
~ Pink Paislee warehouse sale “grab box” has arrived
~ LSS shopping … first time since Christmas!

Hope you’re having a great week!

Memory Works: Today is the Day to Order Simple Stories “ele.ment.ary”! {and a sale, too}

I’ve been talking about the latest line produced by Memory Works as a follow up to their hugely successful Simple Stories “Life Documented” line … the new kit is a quick and easy way to complete school layouts or an entire School Days album and it’s called Simple Stories “ele.ment.ary.”

It was originally slated for release this coming Monday, 8-16-10. I was offline a bit this week and came on tonight (late Thursday) to discover …. they changed the release to tomorrow! ACK!

*** “ele.ment.ary” will be available on my website ( as of Friday, 8-13-10 at 8am EST (which is 5am my time aka PST) ***

HERE is a link to the SImple Stories catalog, which shows all the elements and prices for the “Life Documented” and “ele.ment.ary” lines. Take a look at tell me what you think :) There are free “ele.ment.ary” digital downloads and tons of inspiration for using the kit HERE.

I’ll be online processing orders/pre-orders from about 5 to 7am PST tomorrow … erm, today. LOL. If you have any questions or would like to place an order, that would be a wonderful time to do so. Then again, I’m happy to help you at ALL times, my dearies. Just go check out my WEBSITE and/or send me an e-mail … scrapbookobsession(at)gmail(dot)com.

In addition to the excitement over SIMPLE STORIES “ele.ment.ary,” we’re also having a big “clear ’em out for new CHA stuff” sale.

{Well, it’s not officially called that, I just made it up because it was so uber-descriptive …}

Anyway, here are the discounts going on right now … get ’em while they last!

BasicGrey – 20%
Cosmo Cricket – 20%
Bo Bunny – 20%
Crate Paper – 20%
Dear Lizzy – 20%
Girls’ Paperie – 30%
Fancy Pants – 20%
My Mind’s Eye – 20%-30%
Teresa Collins – 30%
GCD Chip Art – 30%
…and so much more!

I know I’ll be doing some shopping … but ain’t I always? LOL Hey, it’s my job! And I excel at my work; what can I say?

PS: Check out that cute little Tweet button down below. How awesome is that? WordPress just added that free feature. Feel free to Tweet my blog entries anytime! I would really appreciate it :)

It’s That Time Again: Pink Paislee Warehouse Sale!

Judging by my BLOG ENTRY from last time, it’s been just over a year since the last Pink Paislee warehouse sale. Well, it’s time again ~ woot woot!

I was so happy with all the goodies I got last year, it was a no-brainer to buy the Pink Paislee grab box again. I don’t have an LSS anymore and Michaels doesn’t carry Pink Paislee, so if I want any I have to get it online anyway. At least this way, I get a lot more for a lot less.

MEMORY WORKS does carry some Pink Paislee and I purchased the “365 Degrees” THEME SET that I lovelovelove!

I love it so much … that I’m still hoarding it. Maybe I’ll get some more in the grab box so I’ll feel okay about using it, LOL. I also got some STARLIGHT papers recently when Memory Works had a summer sale. It’s such a great and versatile collection that I would love to get more of it.

I hope to get some of these ALPHAS, especially the …

WEATHERED WOOD roughened up chipboard …

… or the CUSHIES pretty italic foam alpha.

Anyhow … just like last year, I’ll post updates when it’s in transit, and post pictures of what I receive. It’s due to ship sometime after August 9, 2010 and I can’t wait!

Did you get a PINK PAISLEE grab box last year and were you happy with it, if you did?

Are you going to get one this time? {If you do, please link us up to your blog with photos of the contents when you get ’em!}

The Slice at Tuesday Morning … and a Chance to Win One!

Not only is TUESDAY MORNING having a great special on a Slice die cutting machine bundle, but they’re also running a contest to give one away. I think you should enter the contest, win The Slice, and then give me full credit for telling you about it. Deal?

Here’s a tip: Don’t forget the little people. Cuz karma, she’s a bitch.

Okay, Chuck, now show them what they would win!

Bundle Includes:
– Slice Cordless Digital Designer
– Power cord
– Blade adjustment wrench
– 5 Replacement blades with tool
– 6 x 6 glass cutting mat
– Re-positionable adhesive
– Foam brush
– User manual
– Design card booklet
– Basic Elements & Seasons SD design card
– Spatula
– 3 Slice embossing tips
– Embossing mat
– 3 Slice drawing tips
– 20 sheets of 8 x 8 embellishment paper
– 12 project cards

{Photo and product description from Tuesday Morning website}.

You can buy the MAKING MEMORIES “Slice” Bundle Kit from Tuesday Morning online right HERE for about $125 (awesome price!). It also goes on sale in their stores today, August 3, 2010. Check their STORE LOCATOR to see if there’s a store near you.

HERE are the contest details. Yes, you have to work for this one but wouldn’t it be worth it?

{The link in this graphic is not active but the link to the contest is right above it, k?}

Contest Starts
August 02, 2010 @ 09:00 am (CDT)
Contest Ends
August 15, 2010 @ 11:59 pm (CDT)

You only have 13 more days, so get on it, bee-yotch!

Memory Works: Taking Pre-Orders on the New Simple Stories Kit “ele.ment.ary”

HERE is where I showed you sneak peek of the new MEMORY WORKS line for SIMPLE STORIES called “ele.ment.ary.” HERE is where you can see ALL the many pieces to the kit itself and the accessories you can buy separately.

*** The anticipated release date is August 16, 2010 ***

As I said in that last entry, I’ll be taking pre-orders for the entire “ele.ment.ary” line, just as I did for LIFE DOCUMENTED. I was just waiting to hear from home office what the prices were going to be … and I have them now! So here we go …

The prices are as follows:

Ele.ment.ary Kit – $16.99
Paper Pack – $7.50
Alpha Stickers – $2.25
Expressions Sticker Sheet – $2.25
Journaling Jots – $4.50

A .pdf catalog should be out soon and when it is, I’ll post it here. In the meantime, you can see all of the items on the post I did HERE.

As mentioned before, Memory Works is only producing half as many “ele.ment.ary” kits as they did for “Life Documented.” Based on the huge popularity of Life Documented, I think it would be very smart to get in early on this one. That’s why I love pre-orders. Once the kit is released in mid-August, I’ll already have your payment in hand and can place the order as soon as it hits the website. Standby your e-mail though, because I’ll notify you when to place your actual order!

Here is how the pre-orders will work:
1. You decide which item(s) you want from the list above.
2. Add the appropriate tax for the city/county of the shipping address.
3. Add shipping/handling charges (see end of this post).
4. E-mail your request to me along with how you would like to pay (check, money order, or Paypal).

I’ll collect and process payments until the projected “ele.ment.ary” availability of Mid-August. When the kit and items become available, I’ll e-mail you with instructions on what to do then.

{Which will be to log into my Memory Works website, place the pre-paid for items in your shopping cart, enter your shipping address, and submit your order. I will automatically be notified that your order has been placed and, instead of having to wait for your payment to be received, I’ll be able to approve your order for processing immediately … assuming your payment has been received and processed already}.

{But don’t worry about that part right now, LOL}.

To place your pre-order now, e-mail me at scrapbookobsession(at)gmail(dot)com. Please include:

1. Item(s) requested and cost
2. Shipping address
3. Total due including items, tax*, and shipping/handling**
4. Payment method – check, money order, or Paypal
~ I prefer Paypal, and will e-mail a Paypal invoice to you ASAP
~ If paying by check or money order, I’ll e-mail you back with my address

* Sales tax amount is based on the tax rate for the address you’re shipping to. There is a really cool sales tax rate lookup and calculator HERE.

** Please see THIS post for information on Memory Works shipping/handling information and costs.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns :) If you know of anyone who plans to order Simple Stories “ele.ment.ary,” please send them my way!

I will leave you with one last bit of Memory Works gossip:

Wait for it …

Wait for it …

Word on the street is that Memory Works owners Kevin and Amber are already at work on a third Simple Stories kit! Anticipated release is October/November 2010. How cool is that?

Can I {Heart} Ali Edwards and Be Wicked Jealous of Her, Too?

It’s Tuesday night and I’m reclined in bed with my laptop. I had purposely saved THIS entry from ALI EDWARDS’ blog to read when I could sit down and savor it in the peace and quiet once everyone else had gone to bed, so here I am. I just finished reading it and now I’m all in a big Italy headspace.

Italy is my favorite place in the world. I’m part Italian on my mom’s side; our family is from UDINE (pronounced OOH-di-nuh), which is in Northern Italy. I cannot tell you how obsessed I am with Italy! I read books about it and I talk about it any chance I get. {Yes, I am THAT annoying}. I routinely use my DVR to Search “Italy” and “Rome,” and record shows about it. It’s mostly travel shows but I also have 3 episodes of EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND where they went to Italy {hee hee, a guilty pleasure}. I also see movies that are set in Italy, like “WHEN IN ROME” and, of course, “ROMAN HOLIDAY” is one of my favorite movies EVAH!

I heard about an Italian miniseries called “BEST OF YOUTH” and searched for months but it never came on TV, so I finally broke down and ordered it on DVD from Amazon.

Crap, I should start a blog called “Italy Obsession,” shouldn’t I? I read the last paragraphs and think I’m a Rome stalker. WOW.

Anyway, it’s been my dream to go to Europe ~ but especially Italy ~ since I was a teenager (and no you may NOT ask how very long ago that was!). When I was about 20 and in college, I had it all planned to study overseas for a year in France (in AIX-EN-PROVENCE), which would be my home base for exploring all of Europe. I had to cancel when I couldn’t save enough money. Then, when I was about 30, DH and I had a Europe trip planned and had to cancel because some of the places we were going were politically unstable and there were travel warnings.

So to say that I REALLY wanted to go to Europe/Italy was an understatement. Yes, I finally did get my chance in October of 2006. I was blessed enough to go on a Creating Keepsakes scrapbooking cruise in the Mediterranean, with LISA BEARNSON, no less! Some of the story is HERE. We basically circled the Med and went to places like Tunis, Tunisia (North Africa) ~ Barcelona, Spain ~ Palma de Majorca, Spain ~ and Valletta, Malta. All of those places were completely amazing and it was the trip of a lifetime. Who would’ve ever thought I would go to North Africa?

But by far, the best places we went were in Italy … Palermo, Sicily ~ Genova, Italy ~ and ROME! As soon as we touched down on Italian soil, I felt like I was HOME. I loved every single thing about being there … the churches, the people, the history, the language, the food, the energy … just everything. I couldn’t get enough of it. I wanted to learn everything I could and see everything I could.

My mom (who I traveled with, along with a friend) had done some online research before our trip and actually located a second cousin of hers! She was a doctor who lived in Rome, and we met up with her. It was just another thing that made me feel so comfortable there, so at home, like I belonged.

The only tragic part of the whole trip was that we weren’t there long enough. Palermo and Genova were just cruise stops, so we had one daytime to do a tour, and in Palermo, we stayed in town after the tour and just walked around. After the cruise, we went to Rome and stayed only 2 nights before we had to catch our flight back to the United States. I was SO sad to leave. I mean, truth be told, I was extremely homesick for my family and I couldn’t wait to get home. But I definitely left my heart in Italy and am determined to go back someday.


So back to tonight … That’s why I saved Ali’s blog entry about Italy to sit down and read when I had some time to savor it. She’s an awesome photographer and I knew she’d have some amazing photos to share (she did). I love the way she journals and is so good about capturing her feelings while they’re still immediate (she did). Ali was so smart to write down her “I Want to Remember” moments right now, before she gets caught up in daily life and those moments fade from memory. I wish I had done that.

At the end of her blog entry, she links to THIS trip ~ yep, she’s going to Italy again in October 2011 and we’re all invited this time :) I couldn’t possibly be more jealous. She’ll be in Tuscany, which is my DREAM place to go. I’ve read all of FRANCES MAYES’ books, wrote a poem inspired by her descriptions of Tuscany for my Senior Project in college, and have worn out my DVD of UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN.

Ali is also going to Rome, my favorite city in the world and where I’ve been dying to go back to. There’s no way I COULD actually go, as the trip would cost me upwards of $6,000 and we don’t make that kind of bank around this hizzy.

I couldn’t even make myself read through the entire trip itinerary because I, well, it kind of made me want to cry. I want to go SO BAD! This isn’t like a “Wow, it would be fun to go to CHA” or “Gosh, I’ve always wanted to see Mt. Rushmore.” This is like a yearning so deep in my soul that it hurts. {Holy hell, am I pathetic? Get a grip, girl!}

Anyway, if you’ve read this far, thanks for listening to me not only talk about my deep love for a foreign place (just like I subject my IRL friends and family too, the poor things), but for listening to me whine and be so jealous of another scrapper, ha.

And, Ali Edwards, if you were to ever read this, thank you for sharing your photos and experiences. I was able to dream through you for a bit, and to marvel about Italy with you for a bit, and that is a special thing.

My Order: Free Shipping and October Afternoon from

Other than MEMORY WORKS, I’m not much of an online scrapbook shopper. Actually, I don’t shop much online for anything except during Christmas (HULL-OH, and your sweet Super Saver Shipping deals!).

So I don’t shop online much, mainly because I hate to pay shipping on things … I’m just stingy like that, LOL! Plus, with my scrapbook stuff especially, I’m always trying to find deals, discounts, clearance, and use 40% or 50% off coupons. HOLLAH!

However, my enabling friend ABBY shared a deal that was going on at JOANN.COM for either free shipping or 40% off one item. I don’t have brick-and-mortar Joann stores here so I don’t get to shop there :( When Abby mentioned the discount, I thought about heading over there (virtually speaking, of course) but didn’t. I knew it could be dangerous territory, because they have a huge amount of stock and I don’t have a huge amount of money.

Then she said the magic words: “They have OCTOBER AFTERNOON in stock, and some of the paper packs are HALF OFF ….” See what a crafty little manx she is? The way she enables me, you’d think she was getting kickbacks from Miss Joann herself.

Yes, I did end up making a purchase, after having things in my shopping cart for a day or two. See, the thing is: I {heart} October Afternoon and yet (gasp!), I don’t own any. Waddup??? So I got a ROAD TRIP 12×12 Collection Pack and some extra Label Stickers …

HERE is a video showing the entire Road Map collection. I think it’s a good thing I didn’t see this video BEFORE I went shopping. Just sayin’…

CHERRY HILL 12×12 Collection Pack, extra Label Stickers, and extra Word Stickers.

This VIDEO shows some OA Collection Packs including Cherry Hill. Just keep watching until after the Pink Paislee kit ;-)

Mini Market Alphabet Stickers {from the VERY MERRY collection} in this pretty teal green. They look like the teeny little ALPHAS I like from MAKING MEMORIES but they’re slightly bigger.

I paid regular price for the 4 sets of extra stickers, but the 2 Collection packs are normally $23.99 and they were 1/2 off at $11.99 … and I saved about $8 in shipping for a total savings of about $32. My entire order was less than $38. Ya’ can’t beat that with a stick!

It’s a bummer the shipping takes 7-10 days, but I guess that’s what you get for “free”, huh? I’m officially infatuated with October Afternoon now. I can only hope that Memory Works starts carrying OA after this CHA, because I’m going to do some damage to their new lines, SEASIDE, HAPPY HOME, and most likely, whatever else they come up with.

Memory Works: New Simple Stories Kit … It’s “ele.ment.ary”

I told you HERE that MEMORY WORKS was giving sneak peeks of their new line on the SIMPLE STORIES BLOG last week. Did you check it out?!?! It’s pretty dang cool =)

My suspicions were right: It’s a school days kit and it’s called “ele.ment.ary.” {Forgive me now, but I may refer to it as “elementary” now and then … hee}. All of the sneak peeks were awesome and I really enjoyed going to the SS blog each day to see which cool new element would be released {or would that be “ele.ment”? ha}.

The folks at Memory Works home office did such a good job of describing the entire kit, the separate pieces, and how they can be used, that I’m going to copy some text from their blog (it will be in italics) and put the pictures of the entire line in one post for easy reference.




Okay, here we go!

Our consultants and customers fell in love with our signature Life Documented kit, the introduction to our fabulous Simple Stories system. MemoryWorks has liberated scrapbookers everywhere with our simple and refreshing approach to scrapbooking. We’ve got you hooked on simple scrapbooking in a whole new way…are your ready for more?

It’s all ele.ment.ary!

We are beyond thrilled (and just a little giddy) to introduce our next collection in our Simple Stories series…ele.ment.ary! Our ele.ment.ary collection is all about scrapbooking school memories in a totally stylish, fun, and simple way…and it REALLY is as easy as ABC!

There are loads of school memories…and loads of school photos – after all school is a major event in nearly everyone’s life, spanning 12 years (or more) of an entire lifetime. That’s a lot of photos and a lot of memories. What better way to document all those school memories and photos than with our easy, simple, functional, efficient, and totally stylish system and school kit.

If you liked Life Documented….then you will LOVE ele.ment.ary!

Our new ele.ment.ary kit will include everything you need to create an entire album of school memories – Pre-school through 12th grade! We designed this kit to be as versatile and functional as possible…so whether you want to document a few favorite back to school memories or want to a complete and entire album highlighting each school year pre-school through graduation…this kit does it all!

Just like our signature Life Documented kit, the core of the new ele.ment.ary kit collection includes beautifully designed (and totally functional) innovative cut-apart element pieces in a variety of sizes, including 4×6 cards, 6×8 mats, 4×4 blocks, 6×12 page elements, 2×12 borders and 4×12 titles. Element pieces are printed on full size 12×12 double-sided cardstock sheets…and it’s as simple as trimming the pre-designed element pieces to size to create the individual element pieces.

Our Simple Stories elements are designed to insert into coordinating divided page protector sleeves, along with your 4×6 photos, for quick and easy scrapbooking. Completed album pages fit securely into coordinating 3-ring albums*, showcasing your memories in a simple, yet beautiful way!

*As with the Simple Stories “Life Documented” line, you’ll be able to purchase D-ring LEATHER or LINEN albums and regular and divided PAGE PROTECTORS by We R Memory Keepers to go with the “ele.ment.ary” line.

Guess what? These super cool, super ingenious 4×6 journaling cards included in our new Simple Stories ele.ment.ary school kit includes each and every school year, pre-school through 12th grade! How cool is that….we’ve created the perfect system to simply and easily scrapbook years of school memories! You’ll notice that the front side of the school year journaling cards feature the school year, with basic journaling prompts such as name, school, year, teacher and a few notes of the year. This allows you to easily include basic journaling for each school year, slip the card in a 4×6 divided page protector pocket, and add any number of photos for that year as you’d like.

Here are the other amazing elements that are so unique to our ele.ment.ary kit! Just like the 4×6 journaling cards, these elements also play a key role in the Simple Stories family. Perfect for trimming and tucking into all of the fun divided page pockets…4×4 quote cards, 6×8 photo mats, 6×12 page elements, 2×12 borders and 4×12 titles. Seriously so SIMPLE to share your story with these fun and totally functional elements! We LOVE the colors, designs, icons, images…can you just see how amazing your school albums and projects are going to be?

Don’t you just love the journaling page…remember the front side makes a great cover page for your album (if you’re choosing to use the kit for an album-type project) and the backside is the PERFECT area to add bits of information and journaling. We’ve kept the journaling prompts very general so you can use a journaling page for each year….or just one journaling page for the entire album!

This cardstock is high-quality, seriously thick paper that you can use to create full page layouts, customize your own elements, altered projects….the possibilities are endless!

Okay, here’s the remaining contents included in the kit.

…just like in our last Life Documented kit the transparancies are great for overlaying over 4×6 photos in the divided page protectors….but this time they’re in COLOR!!!!! How great is that….vivd, bright, vibrant colors to coordinate perfectly with all of the components of the kit. They are amazing…and look beautiful over any photo….colored, sepia, b/w! What’s even better is we’ve added the extra bonus of colored transparancies, but the retail price will remain the same as our Life Documented kit so there’s major value there!!

The Journaling Jots are Add-Ons and are … DOUBLE-SIDED with fun icons and phrases on the front side with blank journaling spots on the back side so it gives you the best of both options! How ingenious and super-cool is that! In fact, you’ll want to purchase 2 packs just so you can use all of the front side designs and the backsides too.

This is how the sticker sheet looks, but the letters look thicker here than they really are …

This is what the letters look like once they’re pulled off the sticker sheet … they are narrower.

Yay– we have extra stickers!! I wanted to add an extra alphabet in addition to the sticker sheet included in the kit…we love that it pops with color. The colors on our sample look extra bold – that’s just extra coloring around the die lines…but this alphabet is very sleek and is sure to be one of your favorite letter stickers.

Oops – our mistake :) The mock up image of our Expression Stickers includes a misspelled word “Field Trip”…we inadvertantly uploaded the incorrect image for our sneak peek post. Please rest assure that this HAS BEEN FIXED prior to the printing and spelling will be correct on the actual stickers.Thanks for your understanding :)**

Okay – you asked and we listened. We now offer individual sets of the designer cardstock paper for purchase in addition to the main kit. This was our most requested item…and it makes perfect sense. It’s always handy to have extra sheets of paper for those extra layouts, customized elements, altered projects, etc. This set gives you 8 sheets, 2 of each included in the kit!

Below are just two samples provided by Memory Works {disclaimer: I did NOT design these pages; they’re from the Simple Stories blog}. Anyhoo, it gives you an idea of how great your pages can look with this kit and how easy they are to do … There are more photos and ideas on the Simple Stories blog.

Please check out the SIMPLE STORIES BLOG all this week as they show a new idea every day to help you get the most from this amazing kit. They got a bit of a head start HERE. Also, if you’re a fan of STACY JULIAN and her LIBRARY OF MEMORIES method of scrapbooking, you’ll want to check out that post, too. Memory Works owner Amber shows how she has used Stacy’s “School of Life” method to start an album for her child that will run from Preschool through Senior year, in an easy and manageable way. SIMPLE.

One little tidbit I picked up by reading through all of the Simple Stories blog sneak peeks was this:

… I think you’ll be excited about our FREE downloadable elements (coming soon) that will help you identify school years throughout your album!

Awesome! So glad to hear that, just like with the Life Documented line, ele.ment.ary will include some digital downloads. They’re so great because you can make as many as your heart desires, and cut out or punch them out in whatever size or shape you like.

Here’s what the actual “ele.ment.ary” kit package looks like, and what exactly you get in it:

The kit will sell for $16.99. Any add-ons, albums, or pages will need to be purchased separately.

As I said, as soon as I confirm prices for all the Add-Ons, I will begin taking pre-orders on the “ele.ment.ary” kit, et al. Please watch my blog for news on pre-orders and/or e-mail me and I’ll contact you when pre-orders begin: scrapbookobsession(at)gmail(dot)com.

One last thing from the Simple Stories blog:

We printed only half as many kits as we did with our first Life Documented release – so if you love this collection and don’t want to miss out be sure to snatch it when you can…just in case!


What do you think of Simple Stories “ele.ment.ary” by Memory Works? Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or e-mail me with any questions =)

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