45% Off Everything @ Frugalities.com thru 12-19-08

I just got this e-mail from Frugalities.com. I somewhat hesitate to post it because 1. I’ve never ordered from them so I can’t vouch for their service, and 2. Back when this was a “frenzy” on CKMB, I seem to remember some negative reviews. So, get down with that 45% discount at your own risk…but it sounds like a great deal, doesn’t it???
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SAVE 45% ON EVERYTHING! WE ARE ENDING 2008 IN A HUGE WAY!!
YOU ASKED FOR A BIG SALE, AND WE ARE RESPONDING!!

SPECIAL PURCHASE! We’ve just made a special purchase of 12,500 different items and we’re offering you exceptional savings: SAVE 45% OFF EVERYTHING.

Sometimes our buyers have the ability to make special purchases. A manufacturer may be overstocked. Or a store may be overstocked. Either way, this means our costs are reduced and we can pass along exceptional savings.

We’ve cleared the shelves once again to get ready for the New Year! We have loaded up 12,500 SKUs which we have made a special purchase on. And, we’re offering a very special no-frills discount of 45% off all retail prices of the entire selection.

Everything in this sale is brand new, first quality, and factory packaged. You just can’t ask for a better way to wrap the year up!!

It isn’t often that we can offer discounts this deep, so hurry as we cannot reorder many of these items and when they are sold out they may be gone forever.

US POSTAL RATES FOR SHIPPING:
As always, everything has been precisely weighed and we only charge US Postal Service rates (to the penny). This means there is no hidden profit built into our shipping. But do remember that at 45% off, a $50 purchase from us weighs twice as much as a $50 purchase from the other stores because you get twice as much for your money from us!

Share us with a friend and you can both save. By the way, if you order together you will save on postage, too! The reason is simple: The post office has a base charge for the delivery and then a per-pound charge, so you only have to pay one base charge if several people place a combined order at the same time. (Please order on a single order as we cannot combine them after they are finalized.)

SORRY, ONLY VISA AND MASTER CARD ACCEPTED FOR THIS SALE: During this sale we only can accept Visa and Master Card (Sorry, no Discover Card or American Express because of the higher processing costs). We thank you for your understanding.

SALE ENDS December 19, 2008: Happy bargain hunting and happy 45% savings through December 19th.(Selection changes on the 20th and prices will go up.)

The Frugalities.com team
www.Frugalities.com

It’s Christmastime in Scrappy Land!

Hey, did you notice it’s snowing on my blog. I just really {heart} WordPress.

Okay, let’s start with a shopping report, because there haven’t been enough of those lately. Tonight I went to Michaels and used my 40% off coupon on a really snazzy 5-up photo album by Recollections. Sorry, I coudn’t find a photo of it anywhere online. It was back with the frames and photo albums, not with the scrapbooks. It’s my latest idea for storing extras of “already scrapped” photos and bad shots that I can’t seem to throw away. Each page has some vertical and some horizontal. I figure whatever slots I don’t have photos for on each page (does that make sense?), I’ll slip in some paper and do journaling or a title. Or just some decoration. I have to keep it flat, though, as I doubt this album would be able to handle lots of embellies. If you’d like a photo of it, leave me a comment and I’ll take a pic of mine. I’m going to start collecting these with future Mike’s coupons. I think they’re normally $25, but worth it, with a simple, classy looking cover and the plastic protecting cover that I love…

I also got a kit by K&Company, which was on sale for 30% off. It’s a paper pad with embellies attached (bling!) to make ornaments, which I’m going to give as gifts. And I’m sure keep some too. Every year, I make an ornament for each child so this year’s will be made from this kit. Again, couldn’t find a pic to post for ya’ ~ SAH-REE!

I also got some cinnamon-scented pinecones because I love how they make my house all smelly! I came right home and put them in 3 crystal bowls distributed around the great room area. Mmmmm!! And I got 4 bags of chocolate melts, because they were on a good sale. We’re going to make our traditional PEPPERMINT BARK with the recipe I coulda’ sworn I got last year from BECKY HIGGINS blog. But now I can’t find it on her blog, so I’ll refer you to a sweet CKMB’er, LIZ aka HicksChick, who also has it HERE. We made 2 versions, with Oreos and without. I thought I would like the Oreo version better but just to warn you, it is SUPER sweet. I could take about 2 bites and be done. Hey, wait! That’s a good thing! Last year, we used boring old white chocolate melts but this year, they had RED and GREEN. Totally cool! Here’s a pic of Liz’s peppermint bark so you can start drooling now…then go buy the stuff to make it, you won’t be sorry…{Hi Liz!!!}

Then I went to Target. Yawn. Their scrapbooking aisle has gotten so boring. Nothing was on clearance, and what they call “Sale Items” are, like, 30 cents off the regular price. I do want one or five of THESE KI Memories card and scrapbooking kits. Here’s the Christmas Cardmaking Tin:

And my favorite of the scrapbooking tins, Birthday:

I hope they don’t sell them all, and then put them on Clearance near or after the holidays.

Okay, what else is going on? I got the most recent Scrapbooks Etc and am really enjoying it. I hear a lot of scrappers saying on the message boards that SBE has replaced CK as their favorite scrap mag. I’m not quite there yet, but I get what they’re sayin’. Now the January CK is out and getting rave reviews at 2PEAS. I seeked…sought…sooked…oh, whatever!…but did not find it tonight on my shopping jaunt. Bummer, dude. But I did get the Jan/Feb issue of Simple Scrapbooks. Can’t wait til bedtime when I can browse through it.

I found a very cool LINK where you can download a list of all the Cricut cartridges released to date.

Well, that’s it for now. Back to work! Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas season and maybe getting to scrap a little? Yeah, me neither but making Christmas cards and ornaments and gifts for soldiers is so much fun this time of year. “Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo!” {Did I get that right, Anne Marie?}

Wish List for Scrapbook Santa

First off, I’m so sorry for not writing as often as I used to. I think you all know I went back to work full-time in September, as I’ve bitched and moaned about it quite a lot. Well, on top of that, I’m taking on additional transcription work from home in the evenings. So, I’m here at the computer, still lurking my favorite message boards, posting here and there when I can take a little “me break” but for the most part….working. I will try to find a solution to this annoying problem soon, so I can start paying more attention to my baby, little miss Scrapbook Obsession. I constantly have ideas percolating in my head that I want to write about/tell you about and it’s so frustrating not to have the time to post!

Okay, now, I was just curious what all you Scrappy Ladies were asking Scrap Santa for this year? If you’re like me, your everyday scrap spending has had to take a cut recently so holidays are your new best friends. Bring on Christmas and birthdays, yee haw! So I’ll show you mine if you show me yours…hehe…
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Dear Scrap Santa,

If you bring me any or all of the following items this Christmas, I promise to be nicer to people buy coffee for the person behind me at Starbucks walk old ladies across the street donate blood oh crap, I’m not gonna’ lie, Santa. I’ll be the same ol’ girl I’ve always been. But I would really like these items anyway.

All my love,
~Erika

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A HOME ACCENTS cartridge for my baby bug (Cricut machine)

Look, Santa, at all the cool shapes it will do. I can make my own cool wallies and not have to pay those exorbitant prices the stores charge.

Huge slab of CORE’DINATIONS CARDSTOCK ….it’s got a colored core in a coordinating color. I haven’t gotten to play with any yet, and do you really think that’s fair, Santa? Yeah, me either….

Anything from THIS website, Basic Grey. Seriously, anything. Anything at all. HERE is my favorite collection they ever did; if you can find anymore Motifica on this green earth, I will take it. Oh, and Bazzill sheets to match, please….

Any PINK PAISLEE goodies would be most appreciated. I have some Vintage Moon pieces that I got in a kit, and I love it. But must. have. more. For instance, me likey this. Me likey a lot….

And subscriptions to all the scrapbooking magazines, since I can no longer use my Mike’s coupon on them: Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, and Scrapbooks Etc. Pretty pleeeeeese….

Okay, I will force myself to stop there. Even though I also want some Nestabilities and a Cuttlebug. But it’s your turn. What is on YOUR list for Scrap Santa this year?

A Scrapbook Room with Major Storage Options

THIS awesome room belongs to famous stamper/scrapbooker Jennifer McGuire (designer for Hero Arts, featured monthly in Creating Keepsakes magazine, etc). She is so talented. I was lucky enough to take a Hero Arts class from her at CKU many moons ago and still use a lot of the techniques she taught. But anyways, enjoy her awesome room. She is so very organized and I love the red/white/beige colors, which are warm enough to make you feel creative but it’s all clean enough to not be distracting. I think she’s very generous to take all those photos and video of her room to share, and taking the time to detail everything she has in there. What a resource ~ thanks Jennifer!

New Basic Grey Line: “Bittersweet” Ships in December 2008

First off, don’t miss the MIKE’s COUPONS BELOW…just scroll on down past this entry. K, thanks!

Crud! I was all ready to turn the computer off since we’re headed out of town at oh-dark-thirty tomorrow morning. But then I saw this new BG and I couldn’t wait until after the holiday to tell you about it!

HERE’s the link…

And here’s a peek….

SAMPLE PAGES/CARDS by KELLY GOREE for Basic Grey

The colors are much like BLUSH, don’t you think? I’m not a huge fan of this type of big, strong patterns. I like their more subtle designs better. I won’t be buying the whole pack of Bittersweet, maybe a sheet or two plus all of the solids. Can’t get enough BG solids. What do you think? Will you be rushing out to buy some Bittersweet?

But, yeah, this lovey-dovey stuff isn’t really my style anyway. I don’t do many of those mushygushy, oh how I love you honey layouts. Mine and DH’s relationship is better summed up by this quote from our man, HOMER SIMPSON:

“Marge, we’re gettin’ some drive thru and doin’ it twice!” Yeah, now THAT’s true romance…

Okay, I’m really leaving now…buh-bye.

Michaels Coupons and Sales for Black Friday and Beyond

HERE is 20% off your entire purchase and sale items for Thanksgiving night, 6 to 9pm…

and… BLADOW!

HERE is all kinda coupons for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, including 50% off one item. Read the fine print; there’s lots of it.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I am grateful every single day…for living in the most awesome country in the world, having my family’s well being, and for scrapbook shopping at a discount. Not sure if I’ll be posting until Monday, as we are headed over the river and through the woods to spend some time with my family. Let’s just say I went wine shopping today…

Have a wonderful holiday, ya’ll. Mwuah, mwuah, will miss you, lovies!

Are the Scrapbook Elves Messin Wit Me Again??

For some unknown reason, THIS old post was extremely popular today. Mind you, I usually get about 700-900 hits on my entire blog, per day. But today I had 1,141 total hits and the above post accounted for 392 of those. Huh. Usually I can account for “big days” by the fact that someone has posted a link to it on a popular message board (Haaayyy-ayyyy! Shout out to Split Coast Stampers, Willow Traders, CKMB, my PEAs, all you chatty girzzzzzzzz!!). But not today. No linkee I can find to account for it. Herm….maybe it’s gremlins….

Artful Blogging: Visually Inspiring Online Journals

Ain’t it purdy????

I saw this magazine/book but couldn’t afford to buy it (without a COUPON, LoL!), so I came home to my sweet MacBook so I could drool over it online. While I blog about the art OF scrapbooking, I don’t consider myself an artful blogger. I assume that term refers to those of you who share your wonderful creative and crafty talents on your blogs. I know there are many of you, and thought you’d want to check out this publication. So HERE is a link to their webpage. I found some other mentions of it HERE, HERE, and HERE. And HERE is a sneak peek of the current issue, Winter 2009. I’m sure you want to know how much this puppy costs, right? There are some past issues @ AMAZON. For new issues, looks like it’s about $15 per issue, with 4 issues published per year, and a 1-year subscription for $60. Now, I’ll admit I was just an English major, but if I’m doing the math correctly {462 minus the value of pie divided by the median, then the mean…} that’s still $15 per issue, and not a cost savings like when you subscribe to most magazines. What the hell, subscribe anyway. The shipping is free to the U.S. and you don’t have to get out of your jammies and schlep to Michaels to pick it up….where you CAN’T USE YOUR COUPON ANYWAY. But I’m not bitter….

Hey, if you’ve seen Artful Blogging, give us a quick review. Is it worth the dough?

Scrapbooker Tattoos

Um, yeah, I said Scrapbooker Tattoos. Who knew? But they’re out there. And I’m going to share one with you.

Now, I got the idea from THIS POST at the 2peas message board. {OH! Let me warn you. That thread also has some kinda offensive photos of other tattoos so if you’re squeamish, DON’T click on that link!} Anyway, someone posted photos of these tattoos:

The first one is famous scrapbooker ELSIE FLANNIGAN. You know her, she designed the Love, Elsie line for KI MEMORIES. She was ‘famous’ way before that, and has had quite the following for several years. Her style of scrapbooking is quirky, doodley, fun, bright, sometimes vintage, just very unique. The second photo is of her friend RACHEL DENBOW, with the sewing machine tattoo. Not technically a Scrapbooker Tattoo, but a Scrapbooker’s Friend Tattoo, I guess, LOL. Sorry, I don’t sew nor do I follow Elsie’s blog {because, like LIZZY K, ALI E, et. al., she makes me feel old, boring, fat, and that I have a lame camera, no skills, and an ugly house}. So I don’t know anything about Rachel, but she appears to be a good friend of Elsie’s and they have a business together called….RED VELVET ART.

If you’d like to put a face with the tat, here ya go….

ELSIE

and RACHEL

I was intrigued by this idea of scrapbooker or other crafty tattoos and went in search of more. Here is what I found: NOTHING. All I could find was this ARTICLE regarding scrapbooking ABOUT getting a tattoo.

So, do you know of any other famous scrapbookers with tattoos? Do you know of any tattoos out there about scrapbooking or crafting? PLEASE show them to me! I know there has to be more out there…

And what do you think of all this? Would you ever get a Scrapbooker Tattoo?

No More Coupons on Books & Magazines at Michaels :(

I guess I heard about this a while back, but it didn’t really register in my scrapbrain because I wasn’t looking for any particular publication at the time. But now it has really hit me….You can’t use your Mike’s COUPON on books and magazines anymore. WTF?

Prediction: This will put a big hurt on the sales of scrapbooking idea books and magazines. A great number of us have been using our Mike’s coupons for years to purchase them at a price we can afford. And like I said HERE, I make a special trip to Mike’s when I hear that a new scrap mag issue or book has come out. While I’m there I always hit the scrapbooking aisle to grab 1 item…or 10. So, not only did they just lose my book/magazine purchase, but they lost all my extra trips into their store where I purchased other items every.single.time. Dumb, PEOPLE, just dumb. I have it on good authority {okay, it’s just the 2peas girlz, but pretend I have really good, TMZ-type underground connections}, that there is a rather large mark-up on books and magazines. So even if they’re selling them to us at 40% or 50% off with our coupons, they’re still making money. C’mon, Michaels, drop the stupid “no publications” policy. Just say “no returns” on the coupon instead (so we can’t color copy our favorite pages, then return them to the store for a refund) and everyone is happy.

God, who runs these companies anyway? I need a promotion. If ScrapbookObsession ran the world, it would be a MUCH better place, don’t you think? Let’s seeeeee….I would make EILEEN my Vice President because she is a rockin’ scrapper and appreciates fine MUSIC. I would make ALI EDWARDS my Secretary of State, because that chick could sell grungeboard to TIM HOLTZ. Anything she says or does….sells HUGE. Um, I would make KRISTINA CONTES my Chief of Staff because she takes shit from no one. It gets rowdy up in the hizzy sometimes, so I need someone with her huevos. And I would appoint STACY JULIAN as the Foreign Ambassador of Scrapbooking because she’s Altogether Too Happy; her sunny smile and cute shoes would spread the scrapbook joy across the world in record time. Yep, that’s a winning ticket!

{YES. It’s Friday night. NO. I have

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been drinking}.

What do you think…no, not about my Presidential cabinet, silly! About the stinky new Mike’s policy?

2009 Calendar by Basic Grey

Just a quick post about this, because it’s a HOT TOPIC over at 2peas. It’s what I used my 40% COUPON on the other night.

I think it’s so cool that KELLY GOREE (from Basic Grey) is a Pea, and I admire how she handles herself over there. HERE’s a blog post where she talks about how important PEA-ing has been to her. You’re a talented designer and a class act, Miss Kelly…

OMG! OMG! OMG!

Has this happened to you? You sit there, writing your little blog, and one day…someone you totally admire visits and leaves a Comment! Here was my latest “moment” – a comment left on THIS post, about Creative Memories’ parent company filing Chapter 11 (you know, the post that has hundreds per day clicking on my blog, as they try to figure out what in the hay is going on with CM???):

Wes Thomsen
scrappedmovie.com |

Love ‘em or not, there are many factors in play between the economy, the leveling off of interest in scrapbooking ( less of a fad now and more of a passion for the dedicated ) and my personal opinion is that CM brought scrapbooking to an unprecedented level. I’ve met many great people at the corporate office and know that many people in the company ( like Rhonda Anderson for example ) will be teaching, encouraging and informing until their dying day regardless of who they’re affiliated with.

Wes Thomsen is someone I have admired ever since I saw the documentary film he made about scrapbooking and scrapbookers. It’s called “Scrapped” and you can learn all about it HERE. If you’ve seen the movie, you know why I like him so much, right? He’s this filmmaker who has a gal friend who scrapbooks. He’s intrigued about the whole “culture” of it, and decides to make a movie about it. Oh, did I mention he’s a biker dude? Anyways, Wes knows so much about CM because, for the movie, he toured their factory, interviewed Rhonda, got Scrap Hooked Up by a CM Consultant, etc.

If you’ve seen the movie, didn’t you love the part where he studs out his black CM tote and then goes strolling into a huge crop with his black leather jacket….and scrap tote?!?!? Just too awesomely funny for words….

If you haven’t seen “Scrapped,” whats a matta you? Go buy it HERE. Go read his BLOG and hear how he got screwed out of a scrapbooking cruise he won at CHA. Sad, sad story.

And thanks, Wes, for stopping by my little blog and taking the time to leave your thoughts. Rock on, Scrapper Dude…

DYMO Caption Maker for Scrapbooking…and a Contest!

A nice lady named Beth contacted me recently. She wanted to share information with me and my readers about a new product, and a CONTEST. {Guess she could tell we’re a little Scrapbook Obsessed ’round here…}. I copied this from the link she provided:

“Your scrapbook could be featured in our next ad!
To help introduce the NEW DYMO® Caption Maker, we’re giving one lucky scrapbooker a chance to have their artwork featured in a future DYMO® Caption Maker magazine ad. Use unique and inspiring personalized captions, borders, and fonts on your next scrapbook, submit it and you could WIN! Winning has never been more fun! Get started today and you could be the talk of the town when your scrapbook is featured in your favorite scrapbooking magazine. Be sure to check back and vote among the 5 scrapbook finalists.”

Here is some 4-1-1 about the DYMO Caption Maker that Beth shared in her e-mail:

“The new DYMO Caption Maker is an easy to use embossing tool that enables creative captioning, journaling and bordering through a variety of symbols, letters and fonts. It includes three interchangeable wheels – one for lowercase, one for uppercase and one with a script font.”

And here is a photo of this new scrapbooking/cardmaking tool…I’m digging the pink!

THE DEADLINE IS 12/31/08 SO GET ON IT, GIRLFRIEND!!

All the details are HERE. Good luck and let me know if you win! Would be pretty stylin’ to see your layout in a magazine ad….

A Scrapbook Blog to Check Out

When readers leave me a Comment, I most usually click on the link to check out THEIR blog. I love to support other scrap bloggers….plus, I’m just nosy. But that’s how I found SCRAPPER PEPPER. I love the little description she has posted of her blog: “Spices up your creativity! Adds flavour to your scrapbooking, tang to your stamping, seasons to your card making! So, come on, add some Scrapper’s Pepper to your creativity!” Cute, huh? I’ve cruised around over there a few times, and always have a little laugh. She has the funnest (yeah, it’s a word I made up) way of writing about her scrap opinions and adventures. One thing I find really interesting about her is that she’s from Santiago, Chile. Isn’t it cool how scrappers from all over the world can meet up on the internet? I’ve learned some things about her country from reading her blog posts. And there is something else really special about Antonia, but you have to go read her blog to figure it out for yourself. I’ll admit I didn’t notice it at first, but when it truly hit me, I was floored. So please go say Hey to Miss Pepper, maybe leave her some blog love, and see if you can figure out that other little thing I’m talking about…

Okay, So I Lied…

I didn’t meanta, I swear.

Actually, I guess what I did was break a promise to myself. I said I wouldn’t do any scrapping until I had my scrap space totally organized. This ‘project’ as I so lovingly call it has been going on for over a month. And I just. couldn’t. stand it.

I broke down and made a mini-album last week. It took me this long to make my confession. A co-worker had mentioned that I should bring in some pictures of my kids after Halloween. Well, I really slacked as a Paparazzi Mom this Halloween and the few photos I did take came out pretty badly. There were the dark blurry ones of the kids with their cousins and costumes. And the few of the pumpkins glowing in the dark. And the back of my kids’ heads while they bobbed for apples. Just nothing really great. I mean, I’ll still scrap them cuz I’m anal like that.

But instead of taking those crummy pics to show my co-workers, I decided to make a 6×6 album of our trip to the pumpkin patch this year. We went to a new place and the photos, which I printed on my NEW EPSON PICTUREMATE DASH!!!!…..

…came out really, really great. The colors were gorgeous…all those bright oranges, yellows, reds, and greens. The sky was super blue, and I actually posed some family pix and got a good candid or two of each kid. So when I was off work for the Veteran’s Day holiday, I whipped up a quick mini. I felt like I had to sneak over to my scrap desk and pretend I wasn’t really there. See, I’ve gotten a LOT organized but still have much to do. I’m probably 75% finished and that’s my problem….I always get about this far and I get bored and impatient and, WELL, I get such a freakin’ Scrap Jones that I can’t help it!! Do you feel my pain? The problem is, I start scrapping or card making and before I know it, the place is a mess again and I never really finished it in the first place. I was determined to break that cycle this time.

That’s why I made the rule: I will NOT scrap or craft a single sliver of paper until I get my space totally and completely organized. Then I blew it. I gave in to the call. I scrapped… What can I say, paper junkie needed a fix.

And, by the way, the girls at work loved the album and seeing the photos. It made me feel good and I have low self-esteem, so this helped ;-)

Okay, so I need to regroup. I need to slap the back of my hand and say, “Bad girl! No scrappy!” and get back to work. They say the first step is admitting you have a problem, right? So I’m good now…