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New Colorbok and K&Co. “Que Sera Sera” at Michael’s

Colorbok goodies from the Dollar Bins…I got the green flutterbys and white stars…


Hard to see from these pix but there were embellies, small and large shaped papers, etc. The colors were pretty….white, black, green and blue…


Check out those shaped mini board books!


I guess the sale ends today (Saturday) but it was 40% off ALL stickers, including these new ones from K&Company that were on an endcap with the whole new line of Que Sera Sera. SUPER pretty!



I couldn’t pass up these lace papers. I’m such a sucker for shaped papers. But I did use a 40% coupon so they were practically free, right? LOL!


This Mike’s had the new Making Memories line filled in better than the last photo I posted of it. It’s all pink, black and white.


Here are 2 albums for my wish list.


It was interesting. They had a long separate section up by the registers, perpendicular to all their other rows so it really stood out. One entire side of it had scrapbooking stuff that mostly was Vacation themed from all different manufacturers. Along the bottom were older and newer 12×12 albums. Maybe they’re trying to reach out to those who’ve never scrapped before? I mean, you practically had to hurdle the section to get to the registers! Great idea, Mike’s. I hope you can recruit some new scrappers!

What do you readers think? Gonna’ go after any of these goodies?

Oh, and remember the Prima bling swirl I coveted in THIS post? I snagged it yesterday with my other 40% coupon. Whoo to the Hoo! It’s so pretty, I’m going to be afraid to use it.

For My Grey’s Anatomy Homies

I was out of town shopping the other day and parked behind this car. Don’t you love it?


From a shiny, pretty Beemer to my (gulp!) car after the hit-and-run Monday night….



It’s weird that, just getting hit along the side like that, I’m sore today. And have a headache…thank gosh for Advil….

The Beginning Scrapbooker

Okay, I’m sitting here waiting for the insurance company to call back, so here is a quick entry, LOL!

A very nice lady, Jan, left this comment in the About Me section of my blog:

Comment: I need the information you are providing. New to this whole thing….it’s overwhelming! Need help just getting started. I find myself buying, buying and buying some more and not producing. Taken 2 basic classes. Appreciate your contribution and the different style of blog you have available to us. Keep up the good job…it’s endless the possibilities.
Thanks, Jan
Here is the answer I e-mailed to her:

Hi Jan,

Thank you for your comment. It IS overwhelming at first! I found it that way too. The best advice I got was to just grab 6-8 current photos (don’t worry about organizing them all first and being “in order”) and scrap a layout. Keep it simple. Doesn’t have to be artwork on your first try. Heck, if you hate the page later, you can add to it, or just have a “do over.” But you have to start, right?

Have you seen Becky Higgins’ Sketches series or Brenda Arnall’s Easy Patterns book? Those are very helpful, giving you a layout (with measurements!) to copy for starters until you feel like you can do it on your own. My other suggestion is to join a scrapbook message board if you haven’t already. The ladies are so helpful to new scrappers, so you won’t regret it. Try or I’m known as “journeyfan” on both boards so come by and say hi, okay?

Wishing you all the best in your scrapping adventures,
~Erika from ScrapbookObsession

For all you experienced scrapbookers out there, do you remember what it was like to be “a newbie”? I sure do! I was beyond overwhelmed. Luckily, I had a good friend to guide me but if I hadn’t, I probably would’ve given up. Oh, shudder to think! Where would my life be without scrapbooking? (Uh, maybe….somewhere NORMAL???) Anyway, I just wanted to post this to remind us all that everyone has to start somewhere. I hope we always extend a hand out to help those who are just coming into this hobby. I admire Jan for leaving the comment, as even that can be scary when you’re new. But, Miss Jan, please hang in there. It will all make sense sometime soon, I promise. Hope to see you on the message boards, and don’t hesitate to post here or e-mail me if I can be of more help.

Time for a Time Out…

Just wanted to jump on and let you know that I may not be posting for a bit. Everyone is fine, but were in a hit-and-run accident on our way home from Costco lastnight. A metal pole (fence post?) was sticking out the side of a truck and as we came around a corner – WHAM! – right into the side of my car. The next few days will be about insurance companies, body repair shops, borrowing a car, or finding ways to be a busy mom without my own car, LOL! Thanks for understanding :) Peace out…

Simple Scrapbooks Magazine Ends Publication

Yes, the sad news is true: Simple Scrapbooks magazine is coming to an end. This is one time when I hate it that I’m RIGHT. First, the end of the digital scrapbooking mag and now this. If you don’t have time to read the articles and blog posts about this, here are the finer points:

~ Last Simple Scrapbooks issue will be May/June 2009
~ Economic decision, lack of advertising to keep both CK and SS afloat
~ SS will be somewhat folded into CK, whether as a separate section or ideas throughout is unknown at this time
~ Some of our favorite people will be included, like Cathy Z., Stacy, etc.
~ If you have any of your Simple subscription remaining after the May/June 09 issue, your subscription will be transferred and/or added to your CK subscription

Here is what the Simple gals are saying (click on their name to see their blog post about the issue):

The official ANNOUNCEMENT by Lin Sorenson, VP/Editorial Director, CK Media

ANGIE LUCAS, Managing Editor



DONNA DOWNEY has not blogged about it yet; she appears to be traveling


and ABY GARVEY, who also hasn’t blogged about it as of this posting


Like many of you, I am very sad about this. I’ve read every single issue of Simple Scrapbooks magazine since I discovered it years ago. I loved all of the practical, common sense approaches, and ideas it gave this busy mom who tries to sneak in some scrapbooking on the side. The “personalities” it brought to my life, most notably Cathy Zielske and Stacy Julian, are very special to me and I hope we truly do see lots of them in CK. I hope they continue to blog about scrapbooking as they do now, so we can see their projects and what they’re up to. The “simple” style gives balance to the embellishment-crazy style on the other end of the spectrum and I, for one, will really miss seeing it in it’s own magazine. Best of luck and my prayers to all you Simple ladies as you transition to the new stage in your lives!

Scrapbook Santa Strikes Again!

Remember THIS post, about Scrapbook Santa? Well, he’s in the news again. After Christmas, I got an e-mail from my online scrappy friend EILEEN asking for my address. It seems that Scrapbook Santa had accidentally left a package under her tree that was meant for me. Although I was a little shy to accept this gift from Eileen, I figured since it was from Scrappy Santa, I’d better not decline so that I could remain on his NICE list for next year (Tip: If you ever turn down gifts from Scrapbook Santa, he is NOT impressed and will promptly move you to the NAUGHTY list. Yeah, see, I bet you didn’t know that, huh?) I figured SB Santa had probably left me a Mike’s $1 stamp or maybe a pretty handmade card and I looked forward to receiving my envie in the mail. HowEVAH…

What came in the mail was a large padded ENVIE with….you will not believe this cuz I didn’t either….

The Bazzill pack of Christmas cardstock!!!! {Santa, you’re just feeding my addiction…and I luv ya for it!}

and THIS!!!!

Which, you may remember from THIS post and THIS post, were 2 things that I had really really really wanted but, well, ya know, money is tighter these days. Instead of buying these things for myself, whenever I’m at the store, I just kind of stand near the rack and pet them. Suffice to say, I was very blown away and grateful to Scrapbook Santa! He is such a good friend, taking the time to notice what things I was drooling over and kind enough to get them to me. He even had Eileen write me a nice note about my blog and friendship, which was the bestest part of the gift.

Thank you, Scrap Santa!!!! Give Eileen a hug for me, okay?

New Making Memories and More at Michaels!

Now how’s that for alliteration?!? LOL But really what I need to say is……GET THEE TO MICHAELS AND FAST! Yeppers, they have some more new items. And thanks to my trusty iPhone…because you would NOT see me whipping out my bulky Kodak Easyshare in a STORE, for gosh sakes….I have PHOTOS!! Okay, I probably so WOULD take photos in Michaels with my big Kodak but, see this way, I don’t get arrested.

Today, we have for you….Chloe’s Closet by Making Memories….


See the cute spiral journaling notebook in the second row for $4.99. Got me summa’ that, for 40% no less! And I already used that front orange and yellow one on a Gratitude Project layout. Bla-DOW!


I almost got this here 8×8 album, because I had originally wanted to do my Gratitude Album in 8×8 size but knew a postbbound wouldn’t hold 26 pages nicely. Well, my lovelies, this is an 8×8 three ring. And so googly cute! I left it there, thinking if I really wanted it in my heart of hearts, I would get it on my next trip. {PS: I then proceeded to Walmart where I got an 8.5×11 binder to use for my GP album instead, LOL!}


Here’s some fun and pretty new MAMBI paper pads and Soft Spoken embellies. Loved them all and got none. This time.



This is the collection they were talking about recently on 2peas. There seemed to be mixed reviews but I thought it was pretty cute. Not much I can use in my everyday scrapbooking but I love the stamps. My online scrap buddy, JINGLE, is all into woodland creatures so I think she’ll be fan. {Hi Jings!}


Love the poppies, so striking….


And this is cute…all pink, black and white by Making Memories again…As you kin see, they were still filling the rack.


All new Prima flowers, bling, etc. Lots to love here…


This bling-y flourish will eventually belong to my collection….


Strangely enough, the rack where I found all this loot was in the back before you get to framing and such. It’s the rack that used to be in front of the scrapbooking area so, whatever. I’m sure Michaels has some grand master plan up their sleeve and someday that will all make sense. Right?

Another hot item at Michaels – that I was somehow not informed of until AFTER my trip there (ahem) – is this Valentine Lace border punch by Martha Stewart. The Peas are talking about it HERE.

So, see anything you like? What will you buy at Michaels?

Fun Storage for Stickles

I saw this over in THIS thread on 2PEAS: GLITTER STAIRS to store all your Stickles!

Looks like you can buy one HERE; price is $24.99 pre-order (regular price $29.99). I adore Stickles which, if you’re not familiar, is a very special type of glitter glue you can use in your scrapbooking and cardmaking. I find myself using them a lot on ATCs, too, where you have so little space to make an impact. {Stacey at All Moments Remembered carries them HERE for $1.99; my LSS charges $2.49!}. Stickles has a nice pointy tip so they come out in a fine line, and yet the consistency of the “glue” is such that it doesn’t goop up, you just get a nice clean line. HERE is a link to Stickles info on the manufacturers website including all the colors it comes in. I used Copper Stickles on my Christmas cards this year, to dot the star at the top of the Christmas tree. More people commented on that star…

Anyway, just thought I’d share in case you’re a Stickles Girl like me. I have my Stickles, about 10 or 12 now I guess, standing on my Making Memories embellishment shelf. I’ve been hearing about storing them upside down to avoid clogging but no problems here so far, so I think I’ll keep mine as is. But if you want to store yours upside-down, this is a cute way to do it.

ETA 01-13-09: Scrappysuzz, to answer the question you posed in Comments re: if you can get Stickles at Michaels…the answer is “kinda.” I’ve only found them at Mike’s once, and it was a special Christmas 3-pack with red, green, and gold for $5. I think I blogged about it several entries ago… and I seem to remember someone on 2peas said Mike’s would be carrying more 3-packs of Stickles in the future so everybody keep your eyes peeled, and let me know if you see them!

AMR Crop is in Full Swing

Come on over and join us! Info is in THIS post.

The crop started tonight, went from 6pm-12am PST; it’s now 11:30pm PST and there’s still some ladies over there chatting. Which is really impressive considering it’s 2:30am for those East Coast girls still going! Wow, SO much fun and crazy stuff going on @ AMR. All kinds of prizes being given away, challenges being posted by AMR “staff” and members, classes, and a HYBRID MINI ALBUM provided by KARLA DUDLEY. I invited JOANNA CAMPBELL SLAN – she wrote Paper, Scissors, Death (a scrapbooking mystery) – to visit the AMR message board, as she has in the past. She might come by tomorrow. Stacey posted all the new stuff that will be happening in 2009. I talked to my AMR Scrap Pal on the phone for over an hour during the crop. There is a Scrubby (Scrapbookers Hubby) who has joined us and is entering his work in the challenges. I’d tell you more but my eyes are blurry from staring at the screen. Just come over and check it out. AMR is the “friendliest message board anywhere online” {says so right here on SCRAP SCENE!}. So what have you got to lose? Just click on the Scrap Scene link and it will take you where you need to go. See you there! Look me up…I’m “journeyfan.”

Just because I want to make you smile….a Karla Dudley layout….Enjoy.

Please Join Us for a FABULOUS Celebration at AMR!!

You’ve probably heard me refer to “AMR” a bazillion times, and if you look at my Tag Cloud, you can see how often I mention “AMR” and “All Moments Remembered.” AMR started as an online scrapbook STORE run by my very-close-but-never-met-in-real-life friend, Stacey. Upon opening her online store, she added a BLOG and a MESSAGE BOARD, which I promptly joined. I knew if Stacey were runnin’ the joint, it was gonna’ be a par-tay! She’s just one of those fun, sweet, joyful people who is always enthusiastic and helpful to everyone. Well, the message board really took off, the online store was doing great, the members became great friends, and before you knew it, RAKs, challenges, scrap pals, NSBR (aka Chit Chat), flat scrappers, Scrap Chat Hours, layout sharing in the AMR Flickr gallery, and online crops were flying around like crazy.

Stacey’s next step was to realize her dream of opening an honest-to-God, brick and mortar store in her hometown in Oregon. There she is making the same kind of lifelong customers (she prefers to call them “friends”) as she has via the online store. Stacey offers popular classes, the latest greatest supplies, and is decorating and arranging her store in a welcoming style that reflects her friendly personality. Her “Message Board Girls” have provided layouts to decorate her B&M store with, and recently presented her with an 8×8 album (put together by NICOLE and hand delivered by Mylee) full of layouts from message board members about why we love Stacey and AMR.

I tell you all this so you can understand why I’m crazy about the place and about Miss Stacey. I think you’ll agree that a bunch of unrelated women wouldn’t go to those lengths of appreciation if Stacey hadn’t created such a warm, supportive, and inspirational place. Now, the biggest news is that All Moments Remembered online store is celebrating it’s ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!! Here’s what’s going on to mark the occasion:

********** 1st Anniversary Crop! *************
Online crop on Friday Night and all day Saturday, January 9-10, 2009
Online classes
Scrapbooking/cardmaking challenges

To provide more detail, I’ve copied information posted at AMR by ANNE MARIE, the Crop Hostess. For brevity sake, I’ve posted the times for Pacific Standard Time since that’s where I am, but if you click this LINK, you can see that AM, as we love to call her, has thoughtfully broken everything down for you by time zone. I’m also going to post just a tease of each class…you have to click the link {above} to see the rest of the details and a supply list so you can get ready.

Look for your time zone below, and make note of the crop hours and class times!

Pacific Time:
CROP HOURS: 6pm -12am
CLASS: “Inchie Card” by kellieannie (Kelli) – 7pm
CROP HOURS: 9am-9pm
CLASS: “Mini Book” by tigardlilly (Laura) – 11am
CLASS: “Soot Stamping” by scrappysam (Samantha) – 4pm
CLASS: “2009 Goals Layout” by Anne Marie — 7pm

* Each Class will be posted separately at the scheduled time. I will make each of the Class threads a “stickey” to make them easier to find.
* Each Class will include a challenge, and you will have until Thursday, Jan. 15 to submit your entry. Entries should be posted either directly or via a link in the Class thread.
* The Class leader will choose a name at random from the entries and post the winner in the Class thread on Friday, Jan. 16. The winner will be sent a special prize from All Moments Remembered.

* You can submit a challenge during the Crop Hours whenever you wish! Simply start a new thread with “CHALLENGE:” as the first word in the Subject.
* You do NOT have to offer a prize/RAK unless you want to. These challenges are about trying new things and simply having fun!
* Members should submit entries the same way, either posting the layout/project in the thread or a link by Thursday, Jan. 15
* If you start a Challenge thread, please make sure that you draw a winner at random from all the entries and announce that on Friday, Jan. 16

Important Crop Supply Note — If you DON’T have the supplies and can’t get them…. PLEASE DON’T SWEAT IT! Life is too short. Just jump right in and I’m sure between you, me, the class leader, and the other 500 women on this board we can think of all sorts of substitutions, LOL!

And here is a helpful TO DO list posted by Crop Hostess, Anne Marie:

Check Crop Supply List in January Crop Post
Check Crop Schedule for your time zone and figure out what hours you’re going to crop
Make a list of any supplies you need to buy or figure out substitutions for
Sort, edit & print pictures (Be sure to check your printer ink supply!)
Clean your scissors and make sure your cutter blades are sharp
Look through your personal stash and pull out some products (either new or old) that you’d like to use up
If you’ve never posted pictures in the AMR Gallery before, check the instructions post and practice uploading and posting a link or photo in the forum
Remind hubby/kids that Mommy is OFF DUTY during the crop!
Plan easy meal/snack foods and maybe a couple movies or games that you can leave out for hubby & the kiddos so they will leave you alone!

So, now you’re going to come crop with us, right?? If you’re not already an AMR member, you need to sign up beforehand for the message board in time for Stacey to approve you. Do it now! HERE is where you register. I really hope you can join us for the AMR One Year Anniversary Crop, and beyond. You will have a wonderful time over there, I promise. Cross my Cricut, hope to die!

The Gratitude Project: Scrapbooking Your Blessings

You hear about the bestest things on message boards, I tell ya.’ My AMR/CKMB buddy LEEA, posted at AMR about THE GRATITUDE PROJECT being run by BRENDA ARNALL. Now, you know I luv me some Brenda. She is a kind and talented lady. {If you’re not familiar, she does different things for CK including the Easy Patterns feature and book}. I do read her blog regularly, but hadn’t seen THIS entry yet til Leea pointed it out. So “Thanks Leea!!”. I read Brenda’s blog entry, then went to check out the Gratitude Project WEBSITE. Yeah, they have their own rockin’ website ~ a weekly message from Brenda, quotes, inspiration, a gallery, and a message board. It’s a beautiful website.

At first, I hesitated about doing the project and thought, “I don’t have time to commit to this, so I’ll just lurk over their and watch what everyone else does.” But at work all day today, I couldn’t get it off my mind. So I decided to jump right in! This project is close to my heart because I’m a Blessing Counter. I think as a kid, I took everything for granted. You know, the sun will shine, I will have a roof over my head, the ocean is beautiful, etc. But as an adult, especially after becoming a parent, especially after losing my dad and some other loved ones, it sank in over time that THIS LIFE IS NOT A GIVEN. I am blessed with each new day, and tomorrow it could all be gone. I could lose my health, my home, or our country could be bombed again. I began to look at life in a new way, and not take all these blessings for granted. I often point things out to my kids….”look at that amazing sunset, isn’t it cool how God designed the human body, savor that piece of chocolate while it melts in your mouth…” I don’t want them to waste the time I did being ungrateful. I hope they will come to appreciate life the same way I do.

I so look forward to doing this project. It will be NO problem finding 52 things I’m grateful for. Big things, little things, huge epiphanies, and little moments. I know it will increase my appreciation even more for all that my life is.

I hope you’ll think about doing this project. If you’d like more info, just go check out Brenda’s blog and the Gratitude Project website linked above. Hope to see you over there on the GP message board!

New Scrapbooking @ Target

The regular scrapping aisle at my Target pretty much bites. They had Thanksgiving things on Clearance but it was so overpriced and not cute to start with, I wasn’t even tempted. Nothing else was on sale that I could see.

HOWEVAH!! On an endcap with a hugamic $14.99 sign were the following new items:

Lots of cute letter stickers…would be nice to have so many in one set so as not to run out of E’s and A’s long before the rest of the alpha. And the embellie set looked nice…


12×12 and 8×8 albums, and paper packs…




Cute acrylic stamp sets….I LOVE the set on the top with the birds, butterflies, and flourishes. I’m on Stamp Probation so I didn’t get them. But if they go on Clearance someday, I can probably find a way to justify buying them. There were only a few sets…did they not stock many, or have they already been popular?



Other than the 12×12 albums, I don’t find $14.99 to be any kind of screaming deal on these items. Such is life in today’s scrap industry I guess. But I miss those days when bargains were always to be had on scrapbook stuff at Target…

On another end cap, there were several of the KI Memories scrapbooking tins on Clearance, marked down to $17.48. I think originally they were $29.99, so what a great deal on Clearance.


I use gingerbread jars like these in my scrap area to organize embellies, and people often ask where I got mine. Well, I found them on Craigslist; they were from a local candy store. Now anyone can get them…at Target! The price…yikes. I think I paid $30-40 for a whole mess of them.


When I see things like this bed/bath/kitchen collection, I finally get what those pro scrappers mean in the magazines when they tell you that your scrapbooking can be inspired by other products. These color combos and the style of these items really caught my attention and made me want to start whipping out Spring pages using these colors for inspiration.



And if I were rich like Oprah, I would SO buy that whole set and redo my bedroom and bathroom. Oh, and I did get the new Memory Makers at Target….mighty thin issue. So, have you bought anything scrappy at Target lately? Tell us about it…

Scrappers Doing More on the Computer

Interesting article I found HERE

“Data Watch: Scrapbooking shows path toward digital
According to the recently released PMA 2008 U.S. Consumer Scrapbook Report, 22 percent of U.S. households have completed scrapbook projects and an additional 9 percent of households have started but not finished a scrapbook project. Fourteen percent of households completed a scrapbook in the 12 month period ending April 2008, up from 12 percent who completed one in 2005. The percent of U.S. households interested in the digital components of scrapbooking has increased dramatically over the past couple of years, according to PMA Marketing Research.

Scrapbooks can be impressive craft pieces but take time and practice to make the traditional way. The emerging role of digital technology in scrapbooking may be the catalyst for speeding up the process and expanding the popularity of scrapbooks beyond the dedicated niche to mainstream photo customers. Digital options may even be the tool to attract more young people to the market. Nineteen percent of active scrapbooking households used the computer for some elements of their scrapbook project in 2005. This more than tripled in the year ending April 2008, with a whopping 68 percent of scrapbookers using the computer for some elements of their scrapbook project.

    Only one percent of households completed the entire project using the computer in the 12 month period ending April 2008, down from 5 percent in 2005.

While 55 percent of households plan to keep their computer use the same, more than 40 percent of households cited they plan to increase computer usage in their scrapbook projects. Only 4 percent plan to decrease computer use.

The most popular reason for using computers in scrapbooking was for printing digital photos, cited by 47 percent of active scrapbooking households. Thirty-four percent used the computer to improve the quality of photos and 30 percent use it for the designing of pages.

    Other reasons for using the computer that were mentioned were to print other materials and to visit forums and blogs.

Twenty-two percent had other reasons for using the computer as well. ” [Emphasis mine].

As is common with the news media, it seems to me they attached a misleading headline to this article. They grabbed our attention by making it sound like digi-scrapping is slowly taking over our industry, probably knowing it’s a “controversial” and interesting topic to scrapbookers today. At least I find it very intriguing! I’m old school, hard core, paper and Herma tab girl all the way. So when someone waves that digi flag in front of me, I’m hooked. I was ready to be depressed by this article, figuring it would tell me how “everyone” is going digital with their scrapbooking and soon “no one” will be doing paper scrapping. Is that what you supposed after reading the headline?

Well, as you can see by taking a closer look, including reading the 2 sentences I highlighted, that’s not what the fine print says at all. In fact, if I’m reading this right, digi-scrapping itself is actually DOWN: “Only one percent of households completed the entire project using the computer in the 12 month period ending April 2008, down from 5 percent in 2005.” Almost half of those using their computer for “scrapping” are actually using it for printing photos. Well now, that’s a bit different, isn’t it? Of course that activity has gone up as most of us have voluntarily or practically been forced to switch to a digital camera.

I’m not sure how to interpret this statement: “30 percent use it for the designing of pages.” So, of those who cited using their computer for scrapping, 30% of them (mind you, NOT 30% of ALL scrappers) used the computer to design part of the page but obviously not all of the page, since there was a separate category for that (the one percent of households who completed the ENTIRE project using the computer). What did those 30% do exactly….write journaling, print out song lyrics, print a digi-element or journaling box, print a transparency?? Again, not exactly showing the “strong path towards digital” I had expected from the headline.

After reading this article, what are your thoughts?

Maybe He’ll Take Up Digi-Scrapping?

I’m not having great luck getting good photos of this dog. I know the lighting is real bad. But Landry was helping me at the computer tonight, so I showed him how to use Photo Booth even though my office is kinda’ dark.

I imagine he’ll be in here taking self-portraits while I’m at work, so watch for those…

Please Meet Landry!

The source of much future scrapbooking….idn’t he cute???


He’s a 2-month-old Border Collie/McNab that we picked out on Christmas Eve, and picked up today. The whole family is swooning in love with him….

ETA: I’ll post better pics of him soon, I was just so eager to show him off. He’s sleeping in a dark corner right now…..shhhh….it’s the first time he’s stopped all day. But I’ll get a face-on picture tomorrow and post it!

Scrapbook Shopping 2 Days Before Christmas

It’s been a while since I did my shopping rounds down in the Big City, but I had to hit Costco yesterday so there was my excuse, LOL!

First we drove the 45 minutes to my nearest LSS, which I was SO looking forward to. I hadn’t been in months and was going to treat myself to a tiny shopping spree. I also wanted to see what their latest and greatest, most popular items are because ~ other than Cricuts ~ I haven’t been hearing much chatter on the MB’s these days on what the hot item is that everyone wants. However, we were greeted with a note on the door saying they were closed through 12/27 due to a family emergency. Shizzle! Major disappointment. I was so pathetic, I stood there with my nose pressed to the window trying to see the What’s New section right up front, and it looked like mostly the K&Co. Christmas stuff that I had already seen most of at Michaels. The Bazzill racks were so close, I could almost reach out and touch all that yumminess…except for that darn locked door in the way! To get things back in perspective, I took the kids to a park in that town I’d been wanting to check out. The family of an old friend of mine that passed away last year put a beautiful memorial to him there, with a stone bench, a tree, and a plaque that told of his life. He was an amazing man and I’m glad I got to be there, sit on the bench, and say a little prayer to him. The kids had a blast playing and got out some energy to prepare for our long shopping adventures ahead, LOL!

Next, we went to the Big City Michaels which is better than the one I usually go to. Yes, they were packed (did you see this POST about how the craft industry is actually doing better during the recession?). As I had heard on 2peas, they had a ton of their PP on clearance but I didn’t see anything I wanted, but doesn’t “major clearance on patterned paper” = “new patterned paper is coming”?? Yeah! I ended up with a white Staz On ink pad to get with my 50% off coupon (score!), and a paper doll kit for one of my nieces for 25% off. I was disappointed again…I figured this Mike’s would have the BG Sugared and Archaic that my regular Mike’s hasn’t carried, but no luck. I kept grabbing the Bazzill Christmas pack to use my coupon on but then put it back…You know how much I {heart} Bazzill but my 3 vertical paper holders just got full to the brim with Bazzill and Prism, so I really need to use some up before I buy more (did I just say that?). I don’t have a ton of money right now anyway, so it was best to just get the ink pad for less money. I hate being responsible and, as you will see, that was nothing compared to the willpower challenge I would face later. PS: They give you a 50% off coupon with your receipt.

Next, I checked the Dollar Store but they had nada. Back in the Day, they would often have something good ~ remember the fake Thickers, and the fake MME Soft Spokens? Lately, nothing, but I can’t seem to give up checking every so often. Next door to them is Tuesday Morning, which is so hit and miss, sometimes I feel like, “Why bother?” But this time was definitely a hit. They had tons of 12×12 postbound albums; I can’t remember the brand name but they all had themes on the front like a Santa, sports, or whatevs. There were letter sticker packs and metal photo corner packs. Then the light shone down from the heavens and illuminated not just a huge pack of KI Memories 12×12 papers, but a huge-r pack of Heidi Swapp 12×12 papers. The KI Memories pack, similar to the way American Crafts packages their paper packs, had the bottom right corner open so you could flip through and glimpse all of the papers. There was a nice mixture of patterns and even some with rounded corners. But I had to pass on it, because some of the papers I already have from the LAST KI Memories stack I bought. But if you love KI, the price was great so go check it out. Now, resisting the HS stack was much harder because I hardly have any of her papers. Samples of all the papers were shown on the back – there were stripes, solids, plaids, stars, and some of those cool travel/map papers she does. I carried that thing around like a newborn baby for quite a while but, alas, left the store without it. I need more PP like I need a hole in the head. My resolution for 2009, now that I have my scrap area (mostly) organized, is to START SCRAPPING more! Use up some of what I have so I can stop passing up sweet Heidi Swapp paper deals. Anwhizzle, there were also chipboard alpha sets and some cute ribbon, but those weren’t worth standing in the long lines for so I put them back. I’m sorry I don’t remember the exact prices on the KI and HS pack but I want to say $8.99 and $9.99 and it was a ton of paper.

Finally, to Costco where I saw the famous huge paper pack they’ve been talking about at 2peas. It comes in it’s own accordian holder and the papers are thick, good quality. There’s even an instant rebate right now, so you should definitely go check it out if you have a chance. If I remember right, it’s normally $29 with a $10 rebate making it only $19.

They had another one of those huge “no name brand” kits with all kinds of paper, embellies, and an 8×8 album. You could do a cool album project with that with your eyes closed. No choices or shopping, it’s all right there for ya’. They had the 2-pack of 12×12 albums but they were, like, ribbed silk (?) texture which I don’t care for. With my kids, they’d get dirty and ripped. I like the faux leather ones better and hope they come back soon. I also wish my Costco would sell the page protectors that go with these albums (brand is Memory Stor). They’re great quality and I’ve ordered them a couple times but I prefer instant gratification. Besides, if I buy it in a store I can sneak it inside whereas anything that is shipped, I have to explain/justify to DH and who wants to waste time doing that? (TOTALLY kidding, Honey! I show you EVerything I buy…yep, I do). And remember those cute gift tags at Costco that were all the rage last year? (CKMB girls, say heyyyyyyy…) They had a new set; still perfect for embellishing Christmas cards. Again, I left empty handed.

So, an anticlimactic day for me, as the thing I was looking most forward to was the LSS shopping. And even though I couldn’t afford to buy much, I sure enjoy the scrapbook window shopping, don’t you?

Speaking of Mike’s, my Partner in Shopping Crime, Abby, told me this today:

“Mike’s has all the Basic Grey Sugared and Archaic (except the 12×12 Archaic paper) for 40% off on clearance! Oh, and the Falala MM line is on sale, well, most of it is. I got the rubon roller, some BG sugared fibers and some falala canvas letters.” My stupid Mike’s (both of them) don’t have any of this stuff but yours might, so get sum summa’ that clearance goodness now! You have a 50% off coupon you need to use anyway, so go!

Is the Recession GOOD for Scrapbooking?

Check out THIS article called, “For Craft Sales, Recession is a Help” from the New York Times. It talks about how, despite the horrible economy and slumping sales in other retail areas, that spending at craft stores, Etsy, and the like has actually gone up. I was so happy to read this because I thought I was crazy to think the same thing; every time I go into Michaels in the past couple months, it’s packed! I always leave there shaking my head, saying, “So much for the recession.” Now, this article explains it. Their theory is that, 1. With less to spend, people are making Christmas gifts this year that are more cost effective, 2., People enjoy the stress release of making handmade things, and appreciate receiving them over “big box” items as well, and 3. That we are starting to prefer good old ‘Made in the USA’ products after all the recent problems with items imported from China. Needless to say, I loved this article! It’s all about some of my favorite things: crafts/scrapbooking, supporting American small and large business owners, and the value of handcrafted items.

HERE is a link to the discussion on 2peas….

What are your thoughts on the article?

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