Friday, November 30, 2012

A Big Thanks to My Loyal Readers

Christmas tree made of books
Thanks to cogdogblog of Flickr for the photo

Everyday I come here and I write a post.  For the first month basically no one read this blog.

Now close to 100 of of my scrappy friends visit me here everyday!

It really is a good feeling to see numbers like that.  However the best feeling is when I see those Google +1's and  comments.

It's seeing these things that gives me the encouragement to keep writing and posting our layouts.

To thank you for your support I made a coupon code that I'm only sharing with the blog readers.

The code:          Thanks

Will save you 10% off everything in the store from now until 12/10/2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Disney Princesses Dance Scrapbook Layout

For one of our older scrapbook layouts I really like this one.

The background scrapbook paper is Golf Naturals Printed Flat Paper by K&Company.

Although I really like this whole layout there are a few thing about it that I find really neat.

Disney Princesses Dancing
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The first one is the ball room paper.  You might recognize it from Beauty and The Beast.  At the time we made this scrapbook we had a tight budget and going out to buy Disney scrapbook supplies wasn't always an option.  We found a Disney sticker book on-sale at the Disney Outlet Store and purchased it for the stickers.  Later we asked ourselves, why not use this book also.  We cut it up and it made its way into our Disney scrapbook layouts.

The other bit on this layout that I really like is easy to miss.  If you look at the bottom right of the ball room you will see a tiny prince and princess less then 1 inch tall dancing that Susy fussy cut out.

I hope this layout inspires you to go scrapbook today.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Slice of Disney Scrapbook Layout

Disney Scrapbook Layout
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Like most of our early scrapbook layouts this one is not to complicated.  However, I really like the effect created by cutting the one picture into strips.

The scrapbook paper we used is Studio K Teal Plaid Flat Paper by K&Company.

Picture of Disney Castle
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Disney Tag
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Scrapbook Papers

Yesterday our store sold out of 4 scrapbook papers.  I've already replaced them with 4 new ones and because you're our blog reader you get to see them first.





Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday Scrapbook Deals

I've talked a lot about Cyber Monday over the last week.  But it's finally here!  I hope you all enjoy the coupons. 

I wish we could make them even bigger, but all the prices at our store are already so low that we would be paying you to take our great scrapbook supplies if they were any better.

So with out any further adieu here are our Cyber Monday Coupons:

free shipping on $30 orders
(normally you would have to spend $50 to get free shipping)
get 15% off everything in your cart and a free gift
(This is normally our special coupon for members of our newsletter who have a birthday. The more you spend the nicer your gift will be)(If you spend $50 or more you would also get free shipping)
spend $100 get a free $20 gift certificate, free shipping, and a free gift
(special coupon we came up with just for Cyber Monday the more you spend the nicer your gift will be) 

Framing your pictures

disney scrapbook layout
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 A few years back Susy and I used to see lots of papers that looked like the one we used on this layout.

Today we don't see them as often, but I'm sure similar papers are still out there.

The nice thing about a paper like this is it has ready made frames.  With the exception of a  few stickers all we did was cut our pictures out to fit inside the natural frames on the paper.

disney scrapbook layout framing
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It couldn't be much easier or cheaper.

If you have made a layout like this one share it with us and we would be happy to post it on the blog.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Perfect Scrapbook Paper

Pineapple Scrapbook Layout
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Over the next several days I'm going to share some layouts with you from our 2007 scrapbook.  Not every layout in this scrapbook is worthy of it's own post.  However, I think some of them are special for one reason or another and I've been looking forward to sharing them.

Today's layout is named Baby Pina.   For those of you who don't know a pina is a Pineapple in Spanish.

title Baby Pina
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Seven years ago I heard, if you cut the top off a pineapple and plant it it will grow.

I tried it, and to my delight it did.  This is the picture of my very first pineapple.  I now have 7 plants, but they are all babies of this very first one seen in the picture.

There is nothing particularly special about the layout.  However, I love how the paper which I believe is supposed to be palm fronds but so closely resembles pineapple leaves.  I don't think it could be more perfect.  We tried to pick tropical looking letters for the title.
baby Pineapple
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In the end is this layout a masterpiece?  No of course not, but it does have good memories behind it and the great paper choice gave me an excuse to talk about it.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Delicious New York-Style Cheesecake Recipe

I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving.  Susy and I did.  Among the many delicious dishes Susy made was a Cheesecake.

eating cheese cake
Thanks to Daniel Spils of Flickr for the photo
Susy made her first cheesecake years ago.  She experimented with different recipes until she found a really good one.  Then she started modifying that recipe.  Now it's completely different and uniquely her own.  If you love cheesecake I highly recommend you make this recipe.

I know this is a scrapbook blog not a cooking blog, but this recipe is so delicious that I wanted to share it with you.

18 crushed Oreo cookies
2 Tbsp butter
3 8 ounces packages cream cheese
16 ounces mascarpone cheese
1 cup sugar
3 Tbsp all-purpose flower
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
8 ounces of sour cream

Wrap the outside of a 9 inch spring form pan with tinfoil.

Stir together cookie crumbs and butter and press into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan

Bake at 325 for 10 min

After removing the spring form pan from the oven raise the oven temperature to 350 degrees.

Beat cream cheese and mascarpone cheese at medium speed until smooth.  Gradually add flower, sugar,  and vanilla and continue beating until blended.

Add eggs 1 at a time.  Beat well after each addition.

Add sour cream and beat until just blended

Take your spring form pan and put it inside a large pan.

Pour your blended ingredients into the spring form pan.

Put your spring form pan and the pan it's inside in the oven.  Fill the pan that your spring form pan  is inside 2/3 full with water.   Note: it's easy to skip this step, but it's its an important step because not only will it prevent your cake from cracking it will also prevent it from sinking resulting in not only a prettier, but also a much lighter and fluffier cheese cake

Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until center is set.

Remove cheesecake from water bath.

Cool on wire rack.

Cover and chill at least 8 hours before serving.

Susy usually waits to run a knife around the edge and removes the cheesecake pan just before serving.  This will keep your sides from getting messed up.

For topping Susy usually melts chocolate with whipping cream and pours that on top of the cheesecake while its still in the pan resulting in a nice pretty layer of chocolate on top, but you could put any topping you like.

I hope you enjoy the cheesecake.  If you make it please tell us how it turns out for you.

Sorry for a non scrapbook posting, but this cheesecake was just too good not to share the recipe with all our scrappy friends.  If you share this recipe please give credit to both Susy and our blog.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Cyber Monday 2012 Coupons

snow covered road
Thanks to Brenda Starr of Flickr for the photo

Tis the season to scrapbook.

With Cyber Monday fast approaching Susy and I finally decided on the special deals will be at the store.

The people in our newsletter already have and are using these coupon codes.  If you sign up for our newsletter we will get them to you ASAP.

If you don't want to sign up for the newsletter that OK.  We will list the coupon codes on the store website and on the blog the day of Cyber Monday.

Our Cyber Monday deals are:

Free Shipping with $30 purchase

15% off everything in the store and a free gift

Free Shipping, Free $20 gift certificate, and a free gift

People on the newsletter also have the option to add free gift wrapping with any of the coupon codes seen above

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Between all the hustle and bustle on Thanksgiving Day I hope you got just as minute to relax.  Today I have a special treat for you.

This is a video I made of our 2007 scrapbook.  It's also our first ever HD video!

There will be many more post about this scrapbook in the coming days.  However today I wanted to explain why a scrapbook from 2007 is incomplete.  Back then we used a traditional film camera.  One day after completing a roll of pictures the camera refused to roll the film up.  I took it in the bathroom, turned off all the lights, opened the camera and tried to roll it up by hand.

I don't know if I was successful or not because we went out and got ourselves our first digital camera to replace our old traditional one and somehow forgot to develop the film from the old one.

It's been years now and I doubt anythings even on that roll anymore, but we still have it and who knows maybe someday we will see if it has any pictures on it so we can finish this scrapbook.

I hope you enjoy the video and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Celebrating Imperfections

The other day, Susy was making a layout.

While spraying a bird template with ink to see what it would look like she accidentally spilled the bottle of ink onto the paper.

Susy quickly picked up the bottle, tossed the soaking wet bird template on her test paper, and cleaned up the desk.

Susy would call this paper is trash.

However, when I look at it I see something extremely beautiful in the imperfections.

I cut the birds out.  It just felt like they should be facing each other.  However, unless I can convince Susy of their beauty their eventual home will be the trash.

What's your opinion on things these birds.  Are they uniquely beautiful and belong in a layout or are they simply trash?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Scrapbook Layout of My Mom

Scrapbook Layout of my Mom using Everyday Eclectic by Echo Park
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This is our newest scrapbook layout with pictures from Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

Almost every paper in this layout is from the Everyday Eclectic Collection by Echo Park.

The one exception is the orangish paper with the polka dots.  That is from the  Everyday Flair 6x6 designer paper pad by My Minds eye.

I always hope that our layouts inspire you to sit down for a second and have some fun scrapbooking.

simple accessory of with a heart and twine
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Mom Title
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As always you are welcome to use our pictures in your blog as long as you give us credit.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Even Better Pictures!

Nikon CoolPix L22
Our old camera
One of the things that I care deeply about at both our store and our blog is quality pictures. 

Between scrapbooking, our blog, and our store our camera sees a lot of use.  Our last camera, a Nikon CoolPix L22, took over 14 thousand pictures before battery flap broke.

After the battery flap broke I had to hold the flip closed just to take pictures.  It was very hard and is the main reason you have seen less of our personal scrapbook layout pictures on the blog lately.

We knew we needed a new camera, but with Black Friday so close we wanted to wait.  Yesterday while looking around Sam's Club, membership-only retail warehouse club, we found a a Canon PowerShot with the memory card and a case for $80.

Canon Powershot A2300
Our new camera
When we got home I looked up reviews and they seemed positive for the most part.  Sam's Club was having a early Black Friday Sale that night so we decided to attend and get our Camera.  Sadly, it was not on sale.  However we decided $80 was a good enough price and purchased it.

I look forward to bringing you more great pictures and even HD videos in the future.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

For a little while I've promised great coupon codes at our store for both Black Friday(for our newsletter subscribers) and Cyber Monday for everyone.

Now I've got a problem....

With the Big SALE coming up, I don't know what it's going to be.

So I'm asking for help.  What kind of sales would you like to see:

baby that needs help
Thanks to Kyle James of Flickr for the great photo

Free Shipping!

Free Gift Wrapping!

Gift Cards sold 20% off!

A large discount off things that are not already on sale!(Most things in our store are already on sale)

A smaller discount off everything in the store!

A Free Gift with Purchase!

or something totally different that Susy and I haven't thought of.

Please share your ideas with us....WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

New Scrapbook Papers at Our Store

We just added three new papers to our store from the My Mind's Eye On The Bright Side Collection:

This list of papers includes Red Wood Paper.  I told you about Red Wood just yesterday and I'm very happy to have it in the store today.  Our prices are always the lowest found online, but for those wanting to save even more you get these 3 papers plus Blue Wood Paper for only $2.72, just look for package deals under any of the papers seen below.

On The Bright Side Red Wood Paper by My Mind's Eye
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On The Bright Side Orange Wood Paper by My Mind's Eye
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On The Bright Side Multi Chevron Paper by My Mind's Eye
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Back to School

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This is another layout we made with our pictures from the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

While looking around we found this cute little set of a Japanese class room.  My moms a teacher so we had her give me a lesson on Japan while Susy took lots of pictures.  It was all very funny and we all laughed a lot.

The background paper seen in this layout was actually double side and has neat cut outs on the other side.  One of those cut outs is the Best Memory accessory you see on this layout.  We fussy cut it out.  That left a huge hole in the center of our paper.
This is Important!
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Next Susy misted across the layout with red Ditto Glimmer Spray.

Then we taped our photos to a piece of On The Bright Side Red Wood Paper (coming soon to our store) and cut around the photos to turn it into a mat.

Then we taped that mat over the hole we had made in our background paper.

Best Memory
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Finally we just added a few embellishments including the one we cut out.

No, it's not a complicated layout.   However, I really like the look.  The only thing I don't like is that it all almost looks so perfect that it looks a little bit like a digital scrapbook layout to me.

As always feel free to use pictures from our blog.  We only ask that you give us credit.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I Was Wrong About Theft and am Deeply Sorry!

I was wrong about the store that I referred to is thieves!  They did nothing wrong. This is my correction article on the subject

I've made a few post now about a scrapbook store that I have always left unnamed knocking off papers from other brands.  As both a scrapbooker and a independent scrapbook store owner this made me upset. After a Google search on the subject turned up no results I wrote my first two articles.

Today, I found new information on the subject and I'm posting it as quickly as I can type.      I was wrong.  From what I have now read this store was not ripping off designs.  I am deeply sorry for my mistake both to the retailer and my loyal readers.

To the retailer: I'm very glad I never named you and I will going back to those articles as soon as I post this one and clearly marking them is incorrect. I will include a link at the top of each to this article.  Bellow is a full explanation of what happened.

I was under the impression that these papers were stolen, because well they look like copies.  Plus in my mind why would anyone willingly sell their designs to a chain store?  I did do a search on Google before my first article but came up with no other sources talking about this story. 

Also around a year ago I had read an article in Creative Retailer Magazine where I thought they had said this kind of thing was going on(but did not name stores doing it).  However, I can not find the magazine to verify this.  So I could easily also be wrong about that.

When I saw papers that I recognized is being from other brands at this chain store I was upset.  I  made two post about it as I found new information.

However today after additional research I found that this subject had been talked about on the Studio Calico website.  That lead me to the 2peas message boards.  It was on the 2peas message boards that I actually learned the truth directly from amytangerine. 

Amy Tangerine says that American Crafts told her they were working out a deal with this store to carry her paper.  After this store purchased designs they rebranded them and sold them under their own store brand name.  Amy says she trust that American Crafts was looking out for her best interest.

Since American Crafts seems to have made this deal for Amy Tangerine I think its safe to say they made a similar deal for their own papers that this store sells under it's store brand.  Also I think it safe to say this store made deals with all companies that they carry lookalikes for.

Again I am deeply sorry to both my readers and this store brand for my mistake.  The other articles I have on this subject will have strikethroughs put over them and a statement that links back to this article put at their start.

The Bullet Train to Nowhere

The pictures we used in today's layout were taken at The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

I loved posing in their bullet train set.  I think my moms face is just great.  It might be the best part of the layout.

This layout has a lot of fun bits spread around it.  There are lots of paper doilies and bits of paper embellishing the layout.  Then there is the word speed in foam letters which I just love.

However, my very favorite part is little yellow circle bits.  You see one behind the tag and one poking out from behind the bottom picture.  The neat thing about them is they are supposed to be trash.  They were from the junk part of a paper that we punched embellishments out of.

In tomorrows layout I go back to school.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Let's Play Pretend!

Japanese Gardens Scrapbook Layout
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One of the neat things at The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a building full of full of fake everyday scenes from Japan that you can take pictures in.

This layout has three our favorites.  In one picture Susy is making a phone call.  In one Susy and I are waiting to get on the bullet train and in the last My mom and I are standing on a busy street next to a mail box.

scrapbook pennant banner
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There are a few interesting parts of this layout.

flowers and a stick pin
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Susy made the pennant banner by simply fussy cutting it out of a paper that had a pennant banner printed on it.

The bottom corner has a few tings about it that are just great.

We made the stick pin with the beads on it.  I particularly love the doily that Susy turned into a flower.

In tomorrows post my mom and I go on the train.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Scrapbook Layouts from trip to the Japanese Gardens

feeding fish scrapbook layout
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It's been almost a month since we last visited The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens with my mom.  It really is a beautiful place and we always leave with lots of pictures.

Over the next few days I'm going to share some of the layouts we made to remember our trip.

Today's layout is of my Mom feeding fish.  I was surprised just how much fun she had.

We added a lot of fabric to this layout.  There are fabric borders on both sides of the pictures and a cute fabric flower with a button for its center.

the good life title
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fabric flower
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You are always more then welcome to use any picture from our blog.  Just make sure to give us credit.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Thieves Are at it Again!

I have now learned this store did nothing wrong.  They are not thieves!  I am deeply sorry.  To read my correction on the subject just click here.

In our November 4th issue I warned you about a group of thieves that are knocking off many scrapbook stacks.  These aren't people hanging out in some back alley selling paper out of their van.  They are a major craft chain store that is selling knockoff scrapbook papers.  These are low quality knockoffs of name brand scrapbook stacks.

This past weekend we once again visited this craft chain store.  This time what we saw them doing made me angry and sick to my stomach.  They were no longer just knocking off stacks.  They had several knockoff papers (sold individually).  At first thought you might say, "well isn't stealing 1 paper better then stealing a whole stack worth of designs?"  Sure it is, but this time they weren't just ripping off scrapbook manufactures.

Now they were trying to also rip off their customers by drastically overcharging.  They wanted $2 each for many of their knockoff papers.  It was hard for me to believe.  My Mind's Eye had recommended selling their original version for $0.99 cents, but this store wanted $2.00 for a knock off!

cat burglar cat sleeping in purse
Thanks to kroszk of flicker for the photo
That's right, these cat burglars copied a design, made it cheaply, and then doubled the price.  Keep them out of your wallets please don't buy their knockoffs.  I'm tempted to stop shopping there all together.

Rosy Remember Lovely by My Mind's Eye
By the way here is one of the papers that I'm talking about.  Our price for the original version from My Mind's Eye $0.49.  That's a lot cheaper then the $2.00 this chain craft store is trying to charge people for their knockoff version.

It makes me a little angry and sick to my stomach that any store would stoop so low is to knockoff a scrapbook paper then double the price.  

Please note I'm only 90% sure this was the paper we saw.  While I know they were knockoffs that we carry sell the real versions of for $0.49 and believe this to be one of them Susy wouldn't let me take any pictures of the papers in ............ so I can't be absolutely sure.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Our Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping Plans

It may seem like a long time tell Black Friday, but Susy and I have been making our Black Friday through Cyber Monday plans for over a month now.

On Black Friday we will be here at the store helping our scrappy friends.  Everyone on our mailing list will have great coupons to use at our store starting Black Friday so we expect to be busy.

On Saturday, we are going to have a blast.  The plan is to wake up at 4 am and pick up Susy's Mom.  Then we start the 4 hour trip to Orlando to shop at a Name Brand Outlet Mall.  It's become a tradition for us and we always find lots of great Christmas presents for unbelievable prices.

Susy and her mom will likely both get each other purses from the Dooney and Bourke outlet store.  I'll most like get my mom a Swarovski figurine from the Swarovski outlet store.  The kids will get toys from the Toy-R-Us outlet and everyone else will likely get clothes.

Susy and I are hoping to get a few special things for ourselves this year.  Mainly, we want to get a new digital camera to use for the store and blog.  Also we are under the impression the company that host our store will have a sale that allows us to expand the number of items we can offer you at the store.

On Sunday we will make the long drive home and pack up all your Black Friday orders so we can send them out on Cyber Monday.

I expect Cyber Monday to a very busy day at the store.  It will be the last day our great coupons will be good and they will be listed in the store for everyone to see and use.  We will pack the orders as they come in so most if not all people who order on Cyber Monday will have their items in the mail on Tuesday.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Perfect Storm hits Everything 4 Scrapbooking

The Perfect Storm is defined is a confluence of events that drastically aggravates a situation. This is the story of an order we recently sent out.

Some people might view the story is negative, but it isn't.  It's simply the story of a one persons papers that we were happy to send.  Not everything will always go right for us on this end, but our customers always come first.  We will always go above and beyond to make sure you are happy.

stormy sunflower field
Daniel Zedda of flickr for the photo
It all started early Thursday morning.  After waking up I checked for new orders.  Little did I know ominous skies were forming over the flower filled fields that are our little store.

There it was, one order placed early in the A.M.  There was no time to pack it before Susy left.

Later that day while packing the order I was to encounter a ghostly paper.  I knew exactly where it should be, but for the life of me couldn't find it.  The third time I looked in the exact same place there it was.

I packed the order and went back to my everyday life of tending to the store and blog.

That night Susy says to me "look there is something wrong here.  Why is that paper so cheap?"  I had no idea why, but we were charging less then we paid wholesale.  Actually we were charging a lot less then we paid wholesale.

Next, we weighed the order and were to find out it was slightly over the weight limit for affordable shipping.  We were going to have to pay $10 just to ship it.  Between shipping and the under priced paper we were in a hole.

The next morning (Friday) Susy forgot to take the package with her when she left.  We couldn't make a customer wait 3 extra days over the weekend for their package.  I really only had one choice left, so I put the order in large canvas bag and started walking the mile and a half to the post office.  Someones scrapbook papers were on their way to a new home.  A home where they would become something beautiful.

Thanks to Trey Matula of flickr for the photo
In the end, sure we lost money on this order and I had to go on a little walk, but we are still grateful for the order.  The storm clouds are never very unkind to this beautiful store that I think of is home.  You put your faith in us to deliver beautiful scrapbook supplies at bargain basement prices.  It has always been our dream to be able to do this and I am truly honored that we get to.  I can honestly say thinking about how lucky we are to help all of you makes my eyes water up a little bit.  We won't ever let you down.  I want to thank each and everyone of you for being an important part of this great dream of ours!

Friday, November 9, 2012

New Scrapbook Papers

Yesterday we sold out of 3 more papers.  I've replaced them with three brand new ones.  They are all really nice, but with winter coming up I love the top one.  It just has that winter feel.  I'm still hoping that on Black Friday we will be able to expand the store past 500 items.  I will keep you updated.




Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cyber Monday Scrapbook Deals

Thanks to Benson Kua of flickr for the photo

Are you ready to start shopping for Christmas presents.  It's hard to believe that it's already that time of year.  Susy and I always try to get the best deals we can.   That way we can give our families and friends great presents.

I'm sure many of you will do the  same. 

As a scrapbooker you might be hoping to get some scrapbook supplies for Christmas this year.  You should really send your special someone to our store for Cyber Monday.  Or you might want to just sneak over yourself and get something nice.  I promise our Cyber Monday deals are going to be amazing.

Want more time shop and save big then one day?  All you have to do is join our Newsletter.  We will be sending out the coupon codes to everyone on our mailing list days before Cyber Monday comes.  That way you not only get longer to shop, but get the very best scrapbook papers before they sell out.

I hope to see you on Cyber Monday and that you have a Great Holiday Season full of special memories.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Our Everyday Fight to Have the Lowest Prices Online

Thanks to happyworker of flickr for the photo
Everyday Susy and I fight the good fight to bring you the best scrapbook prices online.  We've actually had several people ask us, how are your prices so low?  While I can't tell you all our secrets, I can tell you some of them.

We constantly check out our competitors prices and make sure our prices are lower.  However, there are a lot of products in the store and we know this is not a task we can do all by ourselves.  To help us with this task we offer people like you the opportunity to find sites with lower prices then ours and earn credits for free products at our store.

One of our main tactics is bargain shopping.  We have wholesale accounts with many scrapbook companies.  When we want to buy new items for the store we search them not only for supplies that we love but for supplies that are great deals.  We are then able to pass these savings on to you.  Often these items are a little older and other sites already have them on sale.  That's OK though because all we do is put our items on an even bigger sale.  Where else but our store can you find a paper with a M.S.R.P. of $1 for only $0.29 cents.  Having a store with great prices like this makes us proud.

We also keep our advertising cost very low.  While other online scrapbook stores spend thousands of dollars on advertising we spend almost nothing.  We had a giveaway once.  We also once paid for an ad in a blog.  However, that's the only advertising we have ever paid for.   Instead, every day and work hard to advertise our store and blog in every free way I can think of.  Low advertising cost mean that we can afford even lower cost in our store.

We have no employees.  Susy and I run the store and blog all by ourselves.

Lastly, I'm always looking for more savings we can pass on to you by searching for new ways to save money.

As the days and months go by more and more of you find us and tell your friends.  We are over 1 year old now and although things could be going better, Susy and I are both confident that our little scrapbook store (500 items) is going to be around for a long time and won't be so little for very long. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Steampunk Scrapbooking

Susy has been a long time fan of Steam Punk scrapbooking.  It took a little while for her to win me over to this design concept.  Perhaps, I'm moving way to fast here though.  You might be asking, "wait just one sec, what is steampunk scrapbooking?"

Steampunk is a scrapbook style that's hard to define.  Perhaps that's because even though the steampunk style was embarrassed by many scrapbookers  it did not originate in the scrapbooking world. 

Many items made by Tim Holtz could be called steampunk.  Things like gears, chains, and clocks are combined with Victorian design and a dash of science fiction.

It can be an expensive style of scrapbooking because it has a lot of expensive metal embellishments for that industrial look.

To save on steampunk supplies think outside the box.  Chipboard or grungeboard can be inked to look like metal.  However, for the real metal parts think eBay.  Currently on eBay you can get watch gears and parts starting at only $5.  We are in no way affiliated with any eBay site.  We have never purchased gears from eBay, but I've always been interested in doing so.

If you have never tried a steampunk layout try it out.  You might just find you like it.