Sunday, July 28, 2013

Journey Scrapbook Layout

Susy made this layout of us in front of the Poseidon's Fury Show at Universal Studios Orlando.  It's not the best show ever, but we did get some good photos.  Plus on a cold rainy day the fireballs in the show can warm you up if only for a minute.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Update on Our New Order for the Store

cloudy sky
Thanks to BOLTandK2 of Flickr for the photo
We were thinking about making our next order for our store from Lily Bee Design.  Lily Bee has a lot of cool scrapbook supplies that are on sale.  We were excited about this becasue the better deal we get the better deal we can offer you!  However, it wasn't to be all sunny skies.  We ran into several problems. 


Problem 1:

We didn't yet have a wholesale account with this company.

This was an easily solved problem.  I simply applied for one.  Lily Bee quickly got back with me and gave me an account.

Problem 2:

Lily Bee also asked for a copy of a portion our Resale Certificate.  This is a normal request that any reputable wholesale company ask for.  However, after looking around our office we could not find the part of this form we would need to send them.

Problem 3:

I called the Florida Business Tax office repeatedly, but no one answered the phone on my first day of trying.  However, on my 2nd day of trying they answered right away.  Believe it or not the Florida Tax office is always very friendly.  They greeted me with a smile in their voice and offered to send me a new form in the mail today!

Problem 4:

I have a strong feeling that by the time we get the form the Lily Bee sale will be over.   This means I'm not sure if our next order will be from them anymore.  I want something cute and something that I can offer our customers at a great price.  I might shop around again and see if I can find a different sale.


I will update you with more info when I know it.


Friday, July 26, 2013

The Lost Continent Scrapbook Paper

Poseidon's Fury Universal Orlando
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Susy made this layout.  The photos were taken at The Lost Continent area at Universal Orlando.  There were not many fun things to do in this area, but there were some great spots to take photos.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hero HQ Scrapbook Layout

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Susy made this layout of Super Hero Island at Universal Studios Orlando.  She used a paper from our stash
to make this layout.


Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Change has come to Everything 4 Scrapbooking

Thanks to uhuru1701 of Flickr for the photo
Your behind the scenes look at Everything 4 Scrapbooking.

I'm always trying to make our store ,Everything 4 Scrapbooking, a better place.  Despite my personal belief that we are already one of the very best places to buy supplies online I will never stop improving the store.

This never ending quest has lead to a few new improvements in the store that I wanted to tell our loyal blog readers about.

The "thanks for shopping" title near the bottom of the all pages is gone.  I removed it to give the pages a more clean look.

The title tag "Everything 4 Scrapbooking has the best Cheap Scrapbook Supplies" has been added to the bottom of the homepage.  This was added because Bing asked us to add it and because it should help the store rank better in search engines.  This and other changes Bing asked us to make have resulted in our store finally showing up in Bing search engines after 2 years of waiting.  The more sales we get the more items we can offer so I'm always trying to improve our search engine ranking.

Many photos on the content pages and homepage had alt tags added to them.  This will make the store more user friendly to blind people and and help our search engine rankings.

Our search engine description was changed.  This was done to make the description more readable and to start competing with major scrapbook stores for highly searched terms.

We got rid of those annoying subcategories that appeared before the items for sale.  Subcategories are now only found on the left hand side of the screen.

We added a link from our PayPal photo to the official PayPal page that explains how PayPal protects our customers.

You may have noticed our chat program change momentarily a few days back.  We were trying to improve our chat, but did not like the change so went back to our original chat program.  You may have also noticed the store go down for 2 hours on 7/23.  The hosting company we use was implementing a new program that will hopefully help us make the store MUCH nicer.  However, their first attempt at turning on this program failed.  They say they will try again this coming weekend.  I am sorry if this again results in the website going down for a few hours, but the changes will be worth it.

Last, but not least we plan to start shopping for items to fill the store back up very very soon.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fun Moments Scrapbook Layout

Scrapbook Layout of entrance to Islands of Adventure Universal Studios
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Susy made this layout of the entrance to Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios Orlando.  We try to take
photos of signs when we go on trips because they make for good titles.  We got to Universal early so that we could take the pictures without having other people in them.


Supplies Used:

Background: Coredinations vanilla cream

Admit One Brad: My Minds Eye Miss Caroline Dilly Daley Brads

Today Brad and Other Color Brads: My Minds Eye Collectibles

Paper Strips and photo mat: My Minds Eye lime twist 6x6 paper pad

Arrows Pink Paislee Artisan Chipboard

Tittle and Clouds: Pink Paislee Artisan Words Family

Border Pink Paislee Artisan Elements Border


Have a great day and happy scrapbooking

Monday, July 22, 2013

Rain Rain Go Away Scrapbook Layout

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Susy makes a lot of cute layouts, but I'm in love with this one.  From the photo to the tag I think the whole thing is just way too cute.

The photo was taken at Universal Studios Orlando on a rainy day.


Supplies Used:

Background: My Minds Eye Good Day Sunshine head in the clouds

Photo Mat: 6x6 My Minds Eye Lime Twist

Vellum: Heidi Grace Sunshowers

Clouds: cut out from Caita Bella Cool Summer Midsummer Sky
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Yellow Border: Heidi Grace Sunshowers Borders

Cork Circle: Little Yellow Bicycle cork shapes

Canvas Clouds: Heidi Grace Sunshowers Fabric Stickers






Have a great day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Exploring City Walk Scrapbook Double Layout Part 2

Jimmy Buffett's plane
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This is Part 2 of the double Layout Susy made of us at City Walk Universal Studios Orlando.  We took
pictures of the plane because we found it neat that it was Jimmy Buffett's actual plane and not just a prop.

Supplies Used:

Background Cardstock: Coredinations Old Paper Distressed

Diagonal Stripe: SEI 12x12 Kraft Classics Paper Pad

Film Strip border: Bo Bunny Mama Razz: Oh Snap

Banner Wood: Little Yellow Bicycle
Universal City Walk Orlando scrapbook double layout
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Cardstock Stickers: Basic Grey Fact and Fiction Stickers



Saturday, July 20, 2013

Exploring City Walk Scrapbook Layout Part 1

Universal City Walk Orlando Scrapbook Layout
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Susy made this very cute double layout of us a Universal City Walk.  We got there an hour before opening so that we could take pictures and found that City Walk was  empty.  It was defiantly worth getting up a little early to have photos that aren't full of other people.

Check back tomorrow to see the other half of this double layout and what they look like side by side.


Supplies used: Background Cardstock: Coredinations Old Paper Distressed.

Diagonal Stripe: SEI 12x12 Kraft Classics Paper Pad

Circle Paper: Bob Bunny mama razzi photo booth

Film setup border: Bo Bunny mama razzi Balance

Cut Out Photo Mat: Bo Bunny Darkroom

Friday, July 19, 2013

Card for My Mom

I was watching Martha Stewart the other day with Susy.  Her guest made a card.
Martha Stewart Inspired card
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I didn't copy the card.  However, I did find it inspiring and decided to do my own spin on it.  I'm going to give this card to my mom.

To make the card:

1) Find a double sided 12x12 paper with pattern on both sides.
2) Fold the paper into 4 squares.
3) In one of the 4 squares, take a pencil and draw a 3 inch diagonal  line from the center toward each of the 4 corners.
4) Using a craft knife cut along the lines.
5) Gently bend your 4 triangles out toward the edge of the paper.
6) Punch holes thru each of your 4 folded triangles and the paper that is now behind it.
7) Put brads thru the 4 holes securing your triangles in place.
8) Using a corner punch tool round all 8 of your corners.
9) Make an accessory for the center section of the card.
10) Glue the card sections together so that it forms a traditional card shape and hides the back of your brads.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Handmade Leaf Paper

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I'm not ashamed to say that over the years I have learned a few things from Martha Stewart.

Usually what I learn is related to cleaning the house.  I remember shocking some of Susy's friends at a baby shower a few years back when they saw I knew how to fold a round table cloth.  Granted it's not hard, but I guess it's the kind of thing your average man doesn't know.

I got the idea to make this paper from an old episode of Martha Stewart that Susy and I saw on Hulu.  In the episode she used a technique very similar to the one I used to decorate a canvas bag.

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I know this isn't a perfect paper, but it was my first try ever at this technique and I'm sure I would improve with practice.  However, it does look better then the pictures show. 

I'm going to explain how I made it now so you can duplicate the paper.

1) I went outside and picked 4 leafs off a bush.  I tried to pick leafs that were very similar in size.  Is it turns out they were not similar enough (at least for me).  I highly recommend you only use leafs on a pattern project like this that are almost identical.



2) I laid the leafs on the paper and arranged them into 1/4 of this pattern.  I marked the center of the 4 leafs with a small pencil dot.  I then repeated this step 3 more times.

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3) I laid the leafs face up on a scrap paper and painted them with red acrylic paint. (the paint I used was not acid free, but you can find acid free paint.)

4) I laid the leafs paint side down on the paper centering them on 1 of the 4 dots.  I then put a paper towel on top of them (this will absorb paint that comes out from under the leaf) and used a bottle to press them into the paper.  Next I simply repeated this step 3 more times.

5) On my very last leaf I got paint on the paper.  EEK!  Instead of trashing the paper or cutting it smaller I decided to cover my mistake with lots of extra paint.  I put a few larger bush strokes around the paper and then hit many small dots of paint off the brush onto the paper.

I hope this turtial helps you avoid the mistakes I made if you try this.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My First Copic

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I often see beautifully stamped images that people have used Copic markers to create.  However, until a few days ago I had always been far to cheap to buy one for myself.  The other day I broke down and got my very first one.

It's BG15 Aqua and I used it for the water in the stamped image.  I loved how easy it was to use and how evenly it covered the area.

I made the bottom tag out of a paper from my stash called Holiday Cheer Frostbite by SEI.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink on the edges and sprayed the tag with Coffee Bean spray ink from Inkadinkado.

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For the top tag I used a paper from my stash called Seaside Collage (unknown brand).  I used Tim Holtz distress ink around the edges of the tag.  I ran a ribbon through our Xyron create-a-sticker mashine and added it to the tag.

The image I used is Fishbowl Friends by RubberNecker.  I colored the water with a BG15 copic marker and everything else with EK Success colored pencils.  After I colored the image I added glitter to the bubbles.  When the bubbles dried I covered the entire image in a light layer of glitter and embossing powder.  The image sparkles more then the photos show.

The front tag is free floating on the top one.  I wanted options of how to use it in the future.  However, I like it more with the tags askew then lined up.

I hope you liked my tag.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Inside a Comic Strip Scrapbook Layout

Comic Strip Scrapbook Layout
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Susy made this Comic Strip themed layout about our trip to Universal Studios Orlando.  It's a simple bold design that I think really works.  The paper, tittle letters, and washi tape are all from our stash and of unknown brands.

We took a lot of photos on this trip and there should be many more scrapbook layouts of Universal Studios in the coming days and weeks.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Funny Pages Scrapbook Layout

toon lagoon universal orlando scrapbook layout
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Susy made this layout with pictures we took at Universal Studios Orlando.  I always enjoy using the props they have on our photos.  This is a simple layout made out of unknown papers from our stash, but I really like how it turned out.



Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Police Chase Scrapbook Layout

Universal Orlando Police Chase scrapbook layout
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Susy made this layout of us at Universal Studios Orlando.  I love both our poses.  It was a rainy day, but you can tell in the photos that we made the best of the weather and had a lot of fun.

Supplies Used:

Background: BasicGrey Nook & Pantry Tea Cakes

Photo Mat: BasicGrey Nook & Pantry lemon merenge

Floral Strip: BasicGrey PB&J Picnic Basket

Fabric Border: Little Yellow Bicycle canvas borders from natural collection

Banner: Heidi Swap color magic banners inked with Tim Holtz tumbled glass distress ink

envelope, chevron paper BasicGrey PB&J Picnic Basket

You + Me Paper Clip: BasicGrey

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Popeye & Olive Oil Scrapbook Layout

Popeye and Olive Oil Scrapbook Layout
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Susy made this layout of us posing for a picture with Popeye and Olive Oil at Universal Orlando.

Supplies Used:

Background: Studio Calico Hey Day Dew

Cardstock: Yellow Coredinations scattered straw

Photo Mat: Pink Paislee

Hexagon Pieces: Simple Stories 24/seven Hello

camera, hearts, and ampersand studio Calico wood veneer

camera tag imaginisce

Tittle: Thickers

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Toon Lagoon Scrapbook Layout

toon lagoon univeral studios scrapbook layout
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Susy made this layout.  It's of her sitting at a table pretending to eat a huge pile of fake hamburgers.  I think that the photo is very cute. The other thing I really like about this layout is the Toon Lagoon title.  It's a photo of the actual Toon Lagoon sign that Susy fussy cut out.

Supplies Used:

Background: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Elizabethkate

Picture Frame: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes

Blue Polka Dot Paper Strip: Maggie Holmes "click"

Ruler Date Paper: Crate Paper DIY Shop Measurements

Studio Calico Geo tag wood veneer

Keiser wood Flowers

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Castle Scrapbook Layout

Hotel Scrapbook Layout
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Last time we went to Orlando we stayed at a hotel called the castle.  We weren't sure how the hotel stay would be because it had very mixed reviews.  However, all and all we were happy with our stay.

Susy made this layout of the hotel.

Supplies Used:




The Castle title
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Background: BasicGrey hopscotch kick the can brown paper

Background: BasicGrey hopscotch mash game arrow paper

Photo mat: BG Hopscotch potsy
Polka dot: BG Hopscotch monkey bars

Borders: BG Hopscotch passing notes


love title
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Tittle card: Gliz designs whatnots hello friend

Diecuts: BG hopscotch

Rub Ons: BG Hopscotch

Title: The mini market "castle" thickers




Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Chain Craft Store Disappointment

We have two major craft chain stores near us.  We often visit them on the weekend for something to do.   However, the way these companies treat their customers was a major inspiration in the founding of our store.  Yet we go visit them over and over for something to do and punish ourselves.  I have to ask myself why.

I won't name names but one of these two stores in my opinion tries to fraud it's customers.  They have no scanners at their store and have misleading ads and badly labeled products that lead you to believe items are on sale when they are not.  I could be wrong, but I've always felt they do this was done purposely.

However, this posting is about the other craft chain store near us.  This one is full of rude customer service and has notoriously slow lines, but it's big so we drive the 40 minutes to look around and have some fun.  While looking around on our last visit we saw a large sign over the punches that said 50% off punches.  The first thing we did was check the date on the ad because this store often leaves old ads up that are no longer valid.  After carefully reading it and knowing it was valid Susy picked out 4 punches and we purchased them.  The two of us hadn't walked 5 steps from the cash register when I said to Susy, "wait a minute it shouldn't have cost that much money".  They had given us 50% off 2 of the 4 and charged full price for the other 2.

wall of yarn
Thanks to Betsssssy of Flickr for the photo
I went back into the store grabbed the ad that clearly said 50% off punches not buy one get one 50% off and we got in line again.  When we got the register we showed the cashier the ad.  You would think this would be an simple problem to fix. However, it wasn't simple at all!  The cashier tried for 20 minutes but was unable to figure out how to charge us the advertised price.  Finally we were fed up and told her we would just return everything we had gotten.

Here is the fun part the cashier tried to give us $7 less back then we had paid for the items!  We told her it should be the same amount we paid try again.  The next time she tried to give us back $9 less then we had paid.  We kept having her try and she kept giving us different numbers but always at least $5 less then we had paid for the items.  The cashier explained that she understood we should get back what we paid, but that's not what the computer was telling her so she wouldn't give it to us.  Finally a manager came over after the cashier begged her to please help!  Withing 30 sec the manager was able to give us the correct refund.

We didn't want this to happen to anyone else and Susy still really wanted the punches so while we had the manager there Susy told her that the punches were being charged incorrectly and handed the store manager the advertisement.  Now you might expect a good manager to say "you are right I'm so very sorry would you still like to buy them".  I know from working is a manager in the past I would have done that and even given the supplies for free if that's what it took to make the customer happy.

However, that is not what this manager did at all!  She said we were right they should have been 50% off all  punches.  She then tossed the ad in the trash and walked away!

All I can say is WOW.  We couldn't have left more disappointing and will likely not be back to that store for some time.

I swear that our store will never treat you this way.  It is our goal not only to sell the cheapest supplies, but
to make sure every customer is happy with their order and 100% satisfied.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Handmade Leaf Paper

The other day I was looking around the web for scrapbooking inspiration.  I came across a project that had used leafs and water color sprays to make some truly beautiful accessories.  I saved the page to use for future blog inspiration.

I decided to duplicate the idea using a combination of spray ink and normal ink with the Tim Holtz ink blending took.

I also decided to do several layers of masking because I've seen a lot of that in blogs lately and like how it looks.

For the bottom layer I used tree and fern leafs and a lightly misted the paper with Terra Cotta spray ink around them.

I made a doily and sprayed around it with coffee bean spray ink.  However, I wasn't getting the doily details to stand out using the spray ink.  To fix this I took the bending tool and added Tim Holtz distress Ink Black Soot around the edges of the doily.

Next I used fresh green color box ink and the blending tool to cover the page in green making sure to get plenty of green on the spots where the leafs were.

I found when I was done with this step the green was jumping out way to much.  To fix this I took the blending tool and put a layer of black soot distress ink over the entire paper.

This was my first ever attempt at a project like this and for a first try I really like how it turned out.  I'm going to save the paper and use it on a future project.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Fun with the Martha Stewart Circle Edge Punch

I always enjoy using the Martha Stewart Circle Edge punch, but don't often have a need to use it.

I decided to goof off some with the circle edge punch today and see if I could make a wreath.

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 To make this wreath I punched a 11 inch wide doily.  Then without removing the paper from the punch I took out the punch portion and put it back in backwards at 6 inches.    Note that the design overlaps.  I was unhappy with the result and tried to make it into a flower.  It didn't work so I played with the idea of using it to accent cute accessories.

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It was cute, but mainly because the accessory was cute, my sad attempt at a flower was not.
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I tried putting an even cuter accessory in it and I liked it more but deep in my heart I knew I only liked it because of the accessory.  Not wanting to give up on using the Martha Steward Circle Edge punch in inventive ways I decided to try again.









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This time I set the outside circle to 12 inches instead of 11 and the inside to 6.  Finally I got the the result I wanted!  I really like how it turned out.  It would make a cute wreath or could even be used in the background of a layout. 

Note: The last punch of the inside circle did not line up exactly, but it was close.  This imperfection could easily be covered with a small accessory.




I truly enjoyed making this post.  I hope you enjoyed looking at it and maybe even got inspired.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Hand Made Doily Cloud Paper

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Susy recently saw a paper that had clouds printed on it in the shape of half doiles.

She was in love and looked for it yesterday so she could show me the paper.  Smiling she said I'm going to make that!

In steps evil little me, who just needed a blog post :P I thought to myself yeah that was really cute and I do need a blog post.  I made the doilies using the Martha Stewart edge punch and cut them into cloud shapes.  I'm sure Susy will use actual paper doilies, but I didn't have any in my stash.

When she makes her version I will also post it in the blog.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking

Friday, July 5, 2013

A Day Away From Scrapbooking to Show Off My Pineapple

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I know this is a scrapbook blog, but I'm very proud of my little porch garden and I wanted to take a moment to brag about my pineapples.  I showed you my first of the 4 pineapples I got this year from my little garden way back on November 25, 2012.

What many people don't know is Pineapples take several months to mature, but it's fun watching them grow and they taste amazingly good.  Imagine a store pineapple that is 3 times sweeter!  Also note how much bigger the leaves are.  I'm not sure what they do to the pineapples in the stores, but they don't look or taste like a real pineapple you grow yourself.  I would highly recommend people in warmer climates grow them. 

We live in Florida and my Pineapple plants thrive here and I get several pineapples every year.  I only water them once a week In the summer(because its very hot) and never water them in the winter.  It couldn't be any easier then that.

To get your own pineapple plant all you have to do is cut the top off any pineapple and put in in the ground.  It will grow roots and turn into a plant.  When ever a plant has a pineapple you can grow a new plant.  Plus every time you grow a pineapple the plant splits and you can tear off half the plant and put it in the round turning 1 large pineapple plant into 3 every year to every other year!  I have 7 plants and I've given several way over the years because I have no place to keep them but hate to just kill them.

This year I've already given away a plant and have 4 more to give away!  Sadly the plants are big and I can't mail them to my blog followers, but they are very easy to grow on your own.  I've even given plants to my mom in Kentucky.  They live through the Kentucky winter.  However, she has never gotten a pineapple from them.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

4th of July Scrapbook Gift

 
Anyone who makes a purchase today will get a free gift!





You don't need a coupon code to get a free gift and you qualify even if you buy a $0.01 item.







While while supplies last all orders made today will get a free sheet of Starlight Element Stickers.  This 12x12 cardstock sheet of glittered scrapbook stickers has a very patriotic feel and would work great with your July 4th Layouts.


I hope you have a great 4th of July and make lost of memories with your family and friends.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Almost Card

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A few days back I was walking in the parking lot and found a short piece of copper wire.   I have never done any wire work but thought to myself I can do something cool with that.  I picked it up and took it home.

A quick search on wire work in Google resulted in complicated techniques.



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Instead, I took out my needle nose pliers and decided to figure it out on my own.  By bending the wire around the pliers I was able to make a B, heart and S (short for Brent loves Susy). I took out a thread and needle and
sewed the letters to a piece of paper.  To sew them I went over the wire at a diagonal until the next spot where the wire bends.  Then I would put the thread through the thick paper.  Using a light so could see the wire I would push the needle back out to the front of the paper directly across from where it went under.  This was a
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long process and when I finished I noticed a big problem.  I had just wrote Susy loves Brent not Brent loves Susy.  Ekk!!!!

I wasn't in love with the idea behind the card anymore at this point so I decided instead of starting over I would just quickly finish it and put it on the blog.  I think I will save the heart, but the rest is likely destined for the trash.  I may cut off the heart to use in a future project because I do really like the heart.  I showed the card to Susy and she didn't like it so maybe the fact that this is a card that never was is a good thing.

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Here is the "finished" card.  In reality being I knew I wasn't going to use this card the center of the card is blank.  Also in my rush to finish I glued the center portion with the letters to the wrong side of the card.   The one thing that I really do like is that for the cover I cut paper in half so that the flowers match up on both sides of the paper.
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Is the Post Office Charging You Correctly?

I wouldn't call myself a expert on the post office.  However, after being in the world of online retail for a few years now I have shipped many packages and learned a lot along the way.

A few days ago while I was at the Post Office I heard a postal employee calculating the shipping for a persons package wrong.  It wasn't the first time or the first post office I have seen this mistake happening so I wanted to take a minute to explain the mistake and maybe save you a few dollars next time you have to mail boxes across the country.

OK here is what happened the other day and what I have seen happen many times before.

The formula that the post office is supposed to use to calculate shipping is length+height+width in combination with your packages weight.  However, the other day they were using length+height+girth(length+width+length+width).  In other words a package that measures 12x12x2 should have a total measurement of 26.  However, by the wrong math using girth they were telling this customer it has a measurement of 60.  That is a huge difference and will cost you money unless you tell them they are calculating the shipping wrong.

When I saw this happening the other day I told the postal working he was calculating the shipping wrong.  He went back to ask his supervisor who also told him he was doing it wrong.  Here is the sad part, when the supervisor asked how long he had been doing it the wrong way he said 5 years!  I can't imagine how much money people who had asked him to mail a package had been overcharged, but I'm sure it totals in the thousands of dollars.

Other tips for mailing packages:

*Print your postage with paypal and get free tracking.
*Buy and print your postage online and save 16%
*If you have empty space in a box cut the box shorter.  A few inches can save a few dollars.
*Always ask how much both normal and priority shipping cost.  Strangely enough from time to time priority shipping is cheaper.
*Shipping items in Priority boxes is often cheaper shipping items Priority mail in your own box.  You can check the price difference online.  If you go to the post office and then find out it cost more in your own box, just grab a priority box and put your box inside it.  Then address the priority box.

I hope these tips save you some money next time you have to ship something.


Monday, July 1, 2013

This Months Coupon Code!

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Have a great day and happy scrapbooking