Friday, June 26, 2009

Disney Days

Do any of you recognize the guy in this photo?
**HINT** He's the one responsible for "The Happiest Place on Earth!"

Yep . . . Mr. Walt Disney, himself!
And we know that many, many of you visit his magical amusement park each year, thus taking a gazillion photos of this, that, the other thing and this & that again!

So to help you get those photos scrapped, here at The Shoppe, we're going to start up a "Disney Make-n-Take" series of pages!

These make-n-takes are the perfect way to get your albums finished ~ we do all the thinking & designing for you! All you do is add your pictures!

Here is the 1st set we'll help you create . . . . Pages for the Main Mouse himself . . .
(We're also gonna include a Title Page in this class for you to start your album with!)

Class date is Saturday, July 11th at 1pm

Here is a peeky at one of the design elements on this page . . .

This class has only 4 more remaining seats open so if you're at all interested, PLEASE call to reserve your seat ASAP!

Next up in the series will be pages for Mrs. Mouse (they are married, aren't they?)

And a couple teasers of the elements . . .

Minnie's Make-n-Take date is on the calendar for Saturday, August 1st at 1pm.

Reservations are already being accepted for her too!
Stay tuned for more of your Disney favorites coming soon!

Until then, remember . . . .

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Stumped on Your Story?

I think that maybe at one time or another, all of us have had trouble coming up with some clever or creative journaling to go with our photos.

For me, it's not so much that I get stuck ~ it's more like I don't much like doing the journaling thing. (I know . . . that's pretty bad)

Well, today we're going to suggest a simple, little solution to some of those times when you just don't know what to write about.

We'd like you to all start thinking of some of your favorite songs . . . .
You know ~ maybe a verse or a chorus you always catch yourself humming to or singing along.

One that makes you smile & laugh cuz it's so true in your life ( I can think of a ton of Brad Paisley songs right now!)
Or one that gets you all teary-eyed & makes you boo-hoo every time it comes on the radio. (I'm good at that, too . . . not too smart when you're driving down the road tho')

So here we go . . . .
Here's a couple layouts that I used song lyrics on instead of traditional journaling:

This one is "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None The Richer.

I printed it out on vellum so it would appear soft and the background paper would still show thru.

Next is one of my most favorite set of pages ever!

It's from Toby Keith's "I Wanna Be A Cowboy"

This was my 1st attempt at stamping . . . . ever!
So each & every letter was stamped one at a time . . . . . THAT took me awhile, but it was SOOOOO worth it!

And I couldn't resist showing you all a pix of my little cowboy.
This is on our farm in Kentucky . . . He was 4 yrs old & had his very own horse, Dakota.

So now, to send you all off trying to think of your fave songs, we'll give you a couple links to help you along.

If you're like me, I think I know the words, but usually end up WAAAAAY off the path! Or I make up my own words & my kids think I'm such a dork!
(Gosh ~ I shouldn't be telling anyone this stuff . . . you might hear me at The Shoppe one day!)

Well, if that sounds familiar to you, then these places will help you out tremendously with that!

Make this type of layout your personal challenge this week & let's see what you can accomplish!
Let us know how it works out for you!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

While the GFC (that’s the global finacial crisis!) is still causing doom and gloom all over the world, we, here at The Scrapbook Shoppe, are asking everyone to ‘Keep calm and scrap on’

We know that, thanks to the ease of digital cameras, everyone will continue to keep snapping photos of their favorite people, places, & things.
So why would you stop scrapping them?

Some people say “Oh, it’s so expensive . . . I can't afford that.” But really, is it? . . . think about it.
A sheet of pretty paper costs about 79cents. We could all probably find that in the couch cushions or under the car seat!

You can create some very beautiful pages for $2 or $3 . . . . That’s less than the cost of a fast-food meal or a trip to StarBucks.
Try skipping a trip or two each week to those places (are they REALLY neccessary?) & use that money for your scrapbooks instead. Future generations (not to mention your waistlines!) will thank you!

And by scrapbooking, you will feel a sense of calm-ness during this trying time . . . scrapping is our therapy, our little get-away from our troubles . . . so don’t stop!

Join us for a crop, make some new scrap friends, and save your sanity ~ or if you prefer, come on in by yourself.
The tables are always open during the day! It's a service we, here at The Shoppe, provide for FREE to our customers.
And free is good these days!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Got a Ribbon Dilema?

Before I go on to the ever-important ribbon storage dilema, I would like to sincerely apologize to all of the faithful blog readers out there.

Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad blogger I have been . . .
There should be no excuse for that . . . not really sure what happened.

Oh . . .I know! I was working!
Yep, since starting this blog thing, I've been seriously neglecting lots of store stuff that I should have been doing.

Stuff like more sample pages, more altered ideas, ordering more good stuff!
So I had to get caught up . . . .so, so sorry bloggers!

Anyway . . . we had some very wonderful comments from you guys on our little adventure we call "the blog" and the winner of our very 1st blog give-away is . . . .

Dum . . .Da Da . . . Dum:

Tracy Jones
She said...
I have only recently found your store and your blog!! I must confess, I spend time at work daily reading your blog instead of working! I have found so many terrific ideas such as the note-taking station made from a double-sided acrylic frame. You ladies have the most impressive ideas and I'm so glad I found you!

So Hip, Hip, Hooray to Tracy!
Email me w/ your addy & I'll send you out a box of scrappin' goodies!

Now . . . . on to the ribbon thing.

We all have been lovin' using ribbon since it's burst onto the scrap scene ~ whether on our pages or on cards. But the big question I get asked all the time at The Shoppe is how to store it.

Does this look familiar to any of you? (don't lie . . . you know it does!)

Tangled in a basket . . .

Or stuffed into a giant baggie . . . .

Well, today we're gonna show you a really cute and practical way to store alot of ribbon in a small space AND neatly. You won't have to search & hunt thru tons of strips for a specific color this way.

And, once again, it won't cost you anything! Nope . . . not one cent!
Now that's MY kind of storage idea!

Here's the secret . . . head on over to your local paint store.
Yes . . .Paint Store

They have tons & tons of paint chip samples and that's what you'll need to grab.
And grab LOTS! All different colors!

Next thing you'll want to do, is get out your circle punch.
You'll want to punch 1/2 circles on either side of each color swatch.

(Thank You to our hand model, April)

After that, just wrap your ribbon around each color co-ordinating block and that's all there is to it!
Super easy to pull out just the color you're looking for without going thru it all.
No more bulky spools or ribbon stew to deal with.
Plus they look really cute this way, too!

After that just put them into a cute basket . . .

Or . . . (this is my favorite way) . . . get an in-expensive pencil box!
It's the perfect size & will hold a ton of ribbon-filled chips this way.

Hope you all find this to be one more idea we've helped you with.
I promise to be a more faithful blogger from now on.

TaTa till next time
and remember . . .
we love to hear what you think, so drop us a comment when you see something you like!