Sunday, September 30, 2012

What do you call cutting out part of a picture?

In the September 11th 2012 post I said fancy cut was cutting an object out of a picture.  An example of what I thought fancy cut was can be seen in the bottom left of this photo.

I went on to explain how although I thought I had heard this I could not find a single source online to back me up.

Turns out there was a good reason why I couldn't find any sources.  Cutting our a part of a picture isn't called fancy cut, it's actually called fussy cut.

I guess we all make mistakes, but wanted to make a correction post before I taught you all an incorrect word.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Deer in the Headlights

Since opening our online store Susy and I have gotten wholesale accounts with many scrapbook companies.  That way we are able to find the best deals and pass them to you. 

However, we recently had a deer in the headlights moment when it looks like we were rejected for the first time.

Thanks to orcmid for the photo
We had asked for a wholesale account from Lawn Fawn.  They are an up and coming new scrapbook brand that we already have a few papers from and wanted to get a wholesale account with.

After applying and waiting a few days we heard back from them.  Basically they wanted to know why we sell our scrapbook papers and specifically the few Lawn Fawn papers we have so cheap.  Lawn Fawn didn't want their papers to be devalued by us.  I understand this and wrote them back to explain that we are very competitive with our prices.  However at the time of writing this Susy and I have not heard back from Lawn Fawn.  If I hear back from them I will update you.

It's a bit of a shock to know Lawn Fawn may not want our business, but if that's the case their are so many other great brands that we can offer you.  We will not raise our prices!

 In store other news, it's been a very busy day and we have added eight new items!










$0.59
glittered








$0.69








$0.59








$0.49
glittered







$0.59
glittered








$0.39
glittered, but its rubbing off in spots








$0.59







$0.59

Friday, September 28, 2012

It's Getting Busy Around Here

I'm adding items to our store is quickly as I can, but lately it has seems like they fly off the shelves just as fast.  In the last 3 days we have sold out of 9 different items.  However, I know that's a good thing because more sales will allow us to offer even better deals and eventually expand the store.  Susy and I would never complain that more people are discovering our great offers.  We are very happy that everyone loves our little scrapbook store so much. 

Thanks so much for your purchases and for telling your friends about us!

Today I added 10 new items to the store:








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$0.36
in damaged condition








$0.49
with glitter








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$0.59







$0.59
We had sold out, but we got more!







$0.59







$0.79







$0.49
We had sold out, but we got more!







$0.59









Tomorrow I will be adding even more My Mind's Eye papers to our store including many glittered scrapbook papers.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

New Brand and Products Added to Store

I'm very excited to tell you that we have added a new brand to our store.  Everything 4 Scrapbooking is pleased to now carry lawn fawn scrapbook papers.

Lawn Fawn was founded in 2010 and has continued to grow ever since.  In 2012 when they introduced a brand new line of paper, stickers, and twine at CHA and it was given rave reviews.  They are now being carried by more stores but still are not often found in major hobby chain stores.

Today we added a total of 8 papers to the store. Tomorrow we will be adding some My Mind's Eye scrapbook papers including many from the Mischievous collection.








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$0.89







$0.59







$0.49







$0.59








$0.79

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Ladies Diary Collection

It's been another busy day here at Everything 4 Scrapbooking.  Today we added six new items to the store.  Among them were three papers from the Graphic 45 A Ladies Dairy Collection. 








$0.49







 $0.79








$0.89









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$0.89

or

$0.25 in slightly damaged condition







Tomorrow I'll be listing My Mind's Eye Papers from the sweetest thing collection and maybe even some papers from a new brand called lawn fawn.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New items listing daily!

We added 3 new items to the store yesterday and even a place where you can see all the new items.








On Sale for only $0.39





On sale for only $0.39







 $4.89









Check the store often to see the new items.  By the way, we are only a few days from our monthly store newsletter.  If you haven't signed up for it yet sign up quickly and get access to all the great coupons.

Monday, September 24, 2012

New Items Coming Soon

New items will be coming to our store very soon.  I'm so excited to share them with you all.

Photo by Paul Wicks
Adding items to the store is a long process with many steps.

1) I take at least 5 pictures of each item.  In this case, I took over 600 photos in all.
2) I pick the picture that best shows what each item and then crop them.
3) I go though a long boring process for each item to add them to the store.  Including checking the web to make sure we sell it at the cheapest price.

It all adds up to days of excitement as new scrapbook items are released.  Among the items coming very soon are many My Mind's Eye and Graphic 45 papers.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

New Stunning Photos at Our Store

Competitors
our store
The worst thing about shopping for scrapbook supplies online is all the horrible photos.  Often well known scrapbook stores give you pictures are just not up to par.

Glittered scrapbook items perhaps photograph the worst and almost all scrapbook stores photograph them horribly.  Look at the fallowing example.  These two pictures are actually of the same product, Old School Glitter Sticker Elements.  The one on the left is from one of our competitors and cost $3.50.  The one on the right is from our store and cost $1.69.  You can click on these two pictures to see them bigger.


It took me a long time to figure out the secret to photographing glitter, but it makes all the difference.

Sadly, not all our pictures are wonderful.  My pictures of 3D items have never done them justice.  I looked online and found a solution, a light tent.  They can cost up to $300, so we made ours for $10.

I'm looking forward to using it to take new amazing pictures for our store.  Check out the before and after photos below.  







Before





After
                      
                                                 



We will always strive to bring you the best pictures, prices, and customer service.

I hope you all have a great day and happy scrapbooking.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Is Scrapbooking an Art?

The first time Susy and I saw a scrapbooker call themselves an artist was on eBay.  Sure, we thought to ourselves, you're an artist.  We thought that "artist" was only trying to get higher bids on their layouts.

Thanks to vxla for the photo
Time goes by though and I start to wonder.  Is Scrapbooking actually an art form and if so are we all artiest.  Some art text books will tell you flat out, scrapbooking is not an art.  However, those text books does not close the book on this subject.  Those same books say scrapbooking is not an art because the focus of a layout is the picture not the layout.  I couldn't disagree with that statement more strongly.  When I see a good layout I see the layout then the picture.

Others say scrapbooking is not an art because its not perfect.  I ask, does something have to be flawless to be art?  That's just a silly question, of course it doesn't.  We have all seen less then perfect art.  One persons paint splatter may be a masterpiece to another.

In the end it comes down to one simple fact; art is in the eye of the beholder.  If you think scrapbooking is art than it is.  If you don't then it's not.  I for one have changed my previous beliefs and would now call scrapbooking an art.

What do you think?  I can't wait to read your post.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Do You Have Lots of Money to Scrapbook?

The simple answer to this question is NO; you do not have to have lots of money to scrapbook.  There are many techniques that can make scrapbooking very affordable.  Plus, there are a few online stores with cheap supplies and websites with good advice on scrapbooking cheaper.

All that said, scrapbooking can be very expensive.
coming soon to our store

I found a list of facts about scrapbookers that I found interesting and wanted to share.

95% of scrapbookers have attended some college or went to trade school
65% of scrapbookers have college or post graduate degrees
85% of scrapbookers make over $50,000 per year
62% of scrapbookers make over $75,000 per year

when asked how much they spend on supplies per year
75% of scrapbookers said more than $500
42% of scrapbookers said more than $1000

What do all these numbers mean?  Well simply put, most scrapbookers are not poor.  They work hard for a living and enjoy sitting down and recording their memories with quality scrapbook supplies.  But you don't have to spend $500 a year to scrapbook.  One out of 4 people spend less than and still manage to scrapbook their memories.

In the end, the important thing is you have fun.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Discover $10 Scrapbook Storage Solution



First seen in our August 24, 2012 post we got these wooden storage boxes at IKEA.  For only $6 each they are perfect scrapbook storage solution that works great.

Regrettably, the boxes have an unfinished look.  To fix this we went to Home Depot and got wood stain.  It only cost us $12 for enough wood stain to stain the inside and outside of 3 boxes.  That brings the total cost of this storage solution to $30 for 3 very nice wood  storage boxes.  Only $10 each!

The boxes are 14.5x12.5x12.5 inches giving you lots of room to put paper or other scrapbook supplies inside them.

The finished boxes are beautiful and could easily be priced at $20 or even $30 if you found them in a store.




Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A CHA 2012 Product Review Review

Susy and I recently attended the CHA 2012 product review at West Palm Beach Scrapbook Expo.  I would recommend that if given the opportunity to go to a scrapbook expo you attend this class.  Not because you will learn anything about CHA, but because of all the free goodies you will get.

The class is only $25 and you get a ton of free goodies.  I think they claim it's $50 or so worth of items and I trust them that it was.  However, it gets better.  Throughout the class the instructor would call out names for extra prizes.  Everyone won at least 1 extra prize and some people won two.  Susy and I both got very lucky and we ended up with walking out with well over $200 worth of scrapbook supplies.  When you consider that we got free tickets to the scrapbook expo with the purchase of the class that's nothing short of amazing.

Part of the reason for our winning streak was that the class had very low attendance.  Only 13 people including Susy and I showed up.  Lucky for you, I doubt that attendance in this class would be high at any show.  The reason is because no one in the class but Susy and I knew CHA stood for Craft and Hobby Association.  Everyone just came for the goodies, not the class.

It turned out people only coming for the goodies was a good thing, because the class content was a disappointment.  Susy and I have not attended CHA before; we were really looking forward to learning about the products that were at the last CHA.    LeAnn Ostergaard, the instructor and host of the tip of the day on My Craft Channel, didn't really give much info on CHA.  Instead, she talked a lot about stores that were at the scrapbook expo.  It seemed like the class was an hour long infomercial for the scrapbook expo and that gave lot of free gifts.

That said, we did learn some things like what kind of products are most popular with scrapbookers right now.  We are always buying new items and look forward to stocking the store with the new trends in scrapbooking.  We also learned how to make our own washii tape and how to renew cricut cutting mats.  Both of which I'm going to tell you how to do in future post.

The CHA 2012 Product Review is not the class advertised.  However, it is a  great chance to get many fun and free scrapbook supplies and learn a few great scrapbook tips.   Check it out if you get a chance.



 Thanks to amishsteve for use of his photo for the post.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Are More Men Scrapbooking?

As a man who scrapbooks I have always known I was part of a small, but hopefully growing minority.  At craft stores my wife and I commonly get comments from women who are surprised my wife got me to go with her.  Never before this year have I ever attend a scrapbook expo where three or more women didn't comment on how how lucky my wife was that she got me go with her.  No one ever considered that I could have wanted to come.  All that changed this past scrapbook expo.

Looking around the expo floor it was mostly women and one women did comment on how lucky my wife was.  That said, one comment is far less then the usual 3 or more.  Plus, I actually saw 3 other men at the expo.

I even talked with a women who's husband was nearby trying to win a door prize.  We talked about scrapbooking in a way that was very natural and did not make me feel like an oddity for being a man who scrapbooks.

It all left me wondering, are more men scrapbooking now?  I tried to find the facts and figures online, but could not find old demographics to compare to the new ones.

What I did find were the current numbers:

98% of scrapbookers are females between the ages of 30-59.   All other female scrapbookers and all male scrapbookers make up only 2%

So are there more men scrapbooking?  I know it feels that way to me, but I couldn't find any proof.  Either way, men are a very small minority of scrapbookers.  Over time more men scrapbook and expand the hobby in new and exciting ways.


My thanks goes out to BethLo of Beth Lofgren photography for use of her picture.  I looked and looked for a picture that I thought conveyed a mans spot in the world a of scrapbooking.  In the end what could be better then this picture of a baby boy.  Male scrapbookers may be small in number, but that number will grow.