Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Treat Bags

She decorated the front and the back, but I only took pictures of the fronts.  It's been a long night of cooking and packing.

Each bag has a homemade from a from scratch brownie and two very fancy chocolate chip cookies.

I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Have a Great Halloween and Happy Scrapbooking!

Halloween Treat Bags
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Halloween Treat Bags
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Halloween Treat Bags
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witch halloween treat bags
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handmade halloween treat bags
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Halloween Treat Bags
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Halloween Treat Bags
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Handmade Halloween Treat Bags
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Zip Code Crazy

Florida TaxesIf you don't live in Florida be happy because you will not be charged Taxes at Everything 4 Scrapbooking.  If you do, you're life has always been complicated, but I'm working hard to make it a little less so.

For the past few days I've been working to make it easier for people in Florida to purchase from our store.  The problem is that Florida charges different sales tax amounts based on the county you live in. In the past, the complicated Florida tax system made it impossible for us to sell to Fl customers except by special request.   That will change soon!

I'm in the process of adding over 1000 Florida zip codes into our stores database along with the tax rate for each zip code. When I'm done you (Florida customers) should be able to purchase like every other customer and the system will automatically add your local sales tax. I hope to be done with this project by the end of the week.

Tomorrows blog post should be a fun one full of pictures. Susy has made tons of Halloween treat bags for the people who work for her. We will be up late tonight baking and packing the bags and I'll have pictures for you in the morning.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Naughty or Nice Scrapbook Layout

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Susy made this layout of our cat Pookie last Christmas.

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It's a simple layout that didn't take her much time at all, but I think it turned out great.

Pookie is a naughty very often.  He knows we're the boss but he always wants to be.   All that said he wasn't actually naught here.  I remember Susy posed him for this picture :)

On a side note last year was the first year in a few we could have a Christmas tree because of him.  He loves to eat it.  We tried everything from getting onto him (only works while you are watching) to surrounding the Christmas tree with tin foil (cats are afraid of tin foil) that he figured out he could just jump over.  Eventually after we were ready to just give up we tried putting orange peals under the tree skirt.  Cats don't like the smell of oranges.  It took a LOT of them but eventually we were able to keep him away from the tree.  I hope if you have issues with your cat and Christmas tree that the Orange Peels work for you also.

Supplies Used:

Background: My Mind's Eye All Is Bright "Chevron" Paper
Photo Mat: My Mind's Eye All Bright " Ephemera Frames"
Paper Layer Behind Tree Picture: My Mind's Eye all is Bright "Christmas Tag"
Title: Thickers and mini market
Chipboard Piece: My Mind's Eye All is Bright Chipboard Elements


Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Scooby Doo Scrapbook Layout

Scooby Doo Scrapbook Layout
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Susy made this Scooby Doo Scrapbook Layout of our last Trip to Universal Studios Orlando.

She always shows me her creations but it seems I always notice new things when I go to post them.  For example, she dated the layout  and traced the inside of some stars with an ink pen.  I'm surprised I missed both those things until now.  I'm glad she dated it, we've been wanting to do that more often but always forget.


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Supplies Used:

Background: My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Honey "happiness" Peppy Paper
Gold Star Mat: Pink Paislee
Grey Photo Mat: Coredinations Cardstock Stormy Gray
Star backed with My Mind's Eye The Sweetest thing 6x6 Lavender Random Scraps
Banner Piece: My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender "Cutie Pie" wood chips are butterflies with          Studio Calico wood veneer flower
Polka Dot Strip: My Mind's eye the sweetest thing Honey "Simply Lovely"
White Strips Paper: Pink Paislee Autisan paper inked with gold ink


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Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Best Day Ever Scrapbook Layout

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Susy made this layout of our visit earlier this year to Universal Studios Orland although you might not guess that was the location based on the photo.

The pictures in no way do this one justice.  My personal favorite thing about it is how the colored bees that she added to the paper mix so perfectly with the bees that were already there.



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Supplies Used:

Background: My Mind's Eye Honey "perfect" Best Paper
Rubons: Pink Paislee Christy Tomlinson designs shes art rub on doilies
Frame: Pink Paislee secret crush photo frame
Butterfly, Flower, and Bees: K&Company
Doilies
Background Behind Photo Frame: My Mind's Eye Honey "simply Lovely" Damask paper
Paper Clip: Prima Hello Pastel metal paper clips
Title Lable: My Mind's Eye Miscaroline Dolled up "Day" Stickers




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Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

When You Wish Upon a Paper

Do you love making wish list?  Susy often makes wish list 5 miles long at her favorite stores.

If you like wish list also I'm about to make you very happy.  Our new store has two different kinds of wish list.

If you click on any item you will see


The top one is a standard website wish list.  It keeps track of everything that you put into it so that you can think about getting them later on.

The other one is a little different.  It adds items to one massive wish list that you can make for everything online.  I'll admit I'm not the very best at picking out gifts for my wife and her wish list often save me because she knows I have trouble and will tell me I made a wish list at .....  It's easy for her to make a wish list at one website and to tell me to go to that site.  The down side is I feel like she always knows what I'm going to get her.  On the other hand the 2nd wish list option we made at our store will make one massive wish list for everything online.  It's a little more complicated than just making a wish list at our site, but has the benefit of surprise.

If you have any questions about how our two kinds of wish list work let me know and I'll be glad to answer them.


Tomorrow I'm going to show you a layout that Susy made.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Big Scrapbook Dreams

I want to start this post with a big Thanks to all my loyal blog readers.  This blog gets around 1,000 views per month now.  I'm shocked that so many people want to read about our store and see the things that Susy and little old me create.

You all mean a lot to me and give me so much encouragement, but there are a few of you that I hold extra dear to my heart.  I want to give a special thanks Julie Tucker-Wolek.  Julie comes to our blog daily and always has such nice things to say.  Plus shes kind of the subject of todays post.

Check out Julies wonderful blog at Life with Tucker-Wolek Clan I always find her creations inspiring.


I'm sure Julie is scratching her head now and saying me the subject of a post???  Let me explain...

Lately, I have been working 10 to 12 hour days on our store.  When I'm not working on it I tend to be thinking about it.  Susy and I have a plan to open our very own scrapbook store in just a few years.  The online store is our first stepping stone down that path.  We often talk about what our store would look and be like.

Last night I had a dream.

Susy and I had just opened our store and I stood their proudly behind the counter.  I was so happy that our dream was finally a reality.

I looked around at all the paper and wonderful supplies.  Everything was just where it should be and looked perfect.

A few hours passed by and no one came in, but I wasn't discouraged Susy and I have never expected the real store to be an overnight success.  We are counting on the online store being big enough to support the real store before we open it.

Finally, I hear the door opening.  I turned and smiled.  Hi, thanks so much for coming let me know.....

My mouth drops open in shock,  "It's Julie"  Julie??? I say in a shocked and somewhat confused voice.  She just looks back at me surprised that I knew who she was.  After a moment she realized who I was said Hi back.

It was at this time that I woke up.


I doubt I ever get to meet many of the people who I come in contact with online.  The only way that I might get to meet many of you is if we end up going on the complete scrapbook expo tour.  That might happen at some point if we can make enough money to justify travel expenses and the time we would have to take away from work.  However, each and every one of you mean a lot to me and it seems have even invaded my dreams.

Until tomorrow, Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!


Friday, October 25, 2013

"New Items" at the Store


OK these items aren't really new, but they used to be bundled and can now be gotten separately.  I just finished checking these prices against the web you will find a hard time finding them cheaper anywhere.
 







 Black Licorice $0.19









Turtleneck $0.59



















 Payday $0.39





















 Swoon $0.39


















Christmas Cheer Index Journal Cards
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Buttercup Index Journal Cards
$1.09



















Handmade Index Journal Cards
$1.09










Autumn Spice Index Journal Cards
$3.29










For those of you who are watching the new store take shape I have a update:

Besides adding these items

I fixed the the colors on all 490 items and in every category.

and

Changed this months newsletter coupon from  15% off Halloween items to 10% off everything because the store no longer has a Halloween section.  If you are not a newsletter subscriber please go to the store and register.  You will instantly get a coupon code for 15% off your first purchase.


Next on my to do list is adding 3 damaged items that we decided not to remove from the store after all.


Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

We Are Open Again!

Much to my surprise our new store has made it's way back onto the internet in less then 12 hours.

I'm excited to let you know that our store is open again and ready to take orders!

Currently, I'm updating our text from purple to green so that it will match the look of the new store.  This is done one product at a time, but I should be finished soon.

After I'm done with this project Susy and I have many plans to make the store even better by

-selling each paper individually instead of having some that must be purchased in a package
-looking for new products to add to our store.  We have been saving money for a big stock order.
-making it possible for people who live in Florida to easily order from our store.  This is a huge project.
-many other small store improvements

I will keep you all updated and should have time to start making regular fun blog post in the next few days.


Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!


One last update:  Because we choose not to keep any record of our customers passwords (for your safety) we were not able to transfer your information to the new store.  I'm sorry that you will have to enter this information again next time you make a purchase.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sneak Peak at New Store Opening Soon

I've been working hard for 9 Days now getting the new store ready.


I reached the point where it's time to close our old store down and add the new one to the internet.


It should magically appear in 2 or 3 days, but for now if you type www.everything4scrapbooking.com you will get an error message telling you it doesn't exist.  Don't worry it's just gone away for a few days.
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The new homepage will look something like this.  However, the large photo will change.  I only put the eyelet one to on the homepage until I have time to make a better one.

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This is a sneak peak of how the products will display.

I'm looking forward to the store opening again in a few days so that you can explore it and see all the great new things we are adding to it.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Big News!

I'm sure regular readers of the blog may have noticed something strange lately.

I've missed several days of posting.

Why?

We are going to DOUBLE the size of our online store.


OK here are the details:


Over the course of the coming year we would like to expand our store from 500 amazing deals to 1000!

Not only that but we want to be venders in two scrapbook expos next year.  Our both is going to have some of the best deals at the show.  The expo is at least a 12 months away though  so I'll save details on that for later.

To accomplish all this we are going to get rid of some of the fun and good food in our lives, but we both feel its going to be worth it.

There are a few downsides for our customers:

1) We are going to take 99% of our damaged items out of the online store.  If you had your eye on any of the damaged items in our store, you have around 1 week to get them before they are gone forever.

2) The process of upgrading will likely mean that our store is offline for 1 or 2 weeks starting next week.

If you have any questions or suggestions for the new store please let us know.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Free Bee Digi Stamp

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This is my very first digi stamp.  I hope you like him.

You are more then welcome to save and use the image.  All I ask in return is that if you use it give credit to everything4scrapbooking. blogspot.com   A link would be great, but isn't required.

Keep reading to see how I made a tag to go with this digi



colored bee digi
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white tag with hexagons
Make tag and punch some hexagons

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Draw a guideline to help you center the hexagons

tin foil hexagon
Cover your hexagons in tin foil

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Starting at the bottom fill in your tag with hexagons

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bee tag

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Cover you tag with ink and then wipe it off the tin foil

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Finally add your digi stamp and any other decorations to the tag that you want. 
I used pop dots to add my digi stamp, clouds, flower hexagon, and cloud sentiment(The sky's the limit).

I hope you enjoy the digi and the tag I made with it.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Country Girl Decor

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country girl decor
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I made this for my niece Bella.  I think shes going to really like it. 

I used the digi stamp Sweet Sara by Anna Stillwell

I've enjoyed coloring the free digi stamps Anna makes so much that I've decided to make my own.

I will publish my first ever digi stamp in tomorrow's post.  Below is a sneak peek of the first drawing.

It's a bumblebee
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I found drawing it wasn't difficult, but turning it from a drawing to a digi was.  I expect next time I make a digi it will be easier.



Until tomorrow, have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

How to Make a Fancy Paper Piecing Vanity

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This is part 4 of my 4 part how to series on this project.

I'm happy that I finally get to show you what it looks like all put together.

This is the same vanity that I showed you how to make the day before yesterday.  It's just prettier.

I added fancy drawers to the vanity for this version.  To make them I cut a strip of paper 1/2 inch by 3 inches.  I used a 1 1/2 inch circle punch to punch the center drawer from the center of this 3 inch strip.  I then used the same punch to round the side of the two pieces of left over paper.  I evenly spaced the drawers on the vanity.

Next, I cut handles for the drawers.  The two small ones are 1/4 by 1/2 inch.  The center one is 1/4 by 1 1/4 inch.  I glued the handles to the center of each drawer.

With all the pieces of the vanity attached I used my Pigma Micron #03 to outline all the parts.

When this was done I used a Martha Stewart border punch to make the lace cloth for the top of the vanity.

Next I cut out a vase and glued it to the back of the vanity.

Finally I glued the entire vanity to my background paper.

I used punches to make the flowers.  Then I glued the flowers to the background and drew lines on the paper for their stems.

To make the picture I cut the butterfly from a scrapbook paper.  I mounted it on a paper that I cut slightly larger to make a picture frame.  Then I used my ink pen to outline the photo and frame.  I glued the picture to my background.  Then I punched a small circle and glued it above the picture.  I used my ink pen to draw a line from the picture to the dot holding the picture up on the wall.

Last, but not least I glued my digi stamp by Anna Stillwell at Cuddlebug Cuties to the page.

I hope you've enjoyed the last few days of how to post.  I know I've enjoyed making this project and sharing it with you.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking

Monday, October 7, 2013

How to Blend Colored Pencils

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This is part 3 of my 4 part how series on one project

Today's post is about how to blend colored pencils

This is my 3rd digi stamp ever.  I would hardly call myself an expert, but I believe I'm improving.

The skin and hair on this digi stamp by  Anna Stillwell at Cuddlebug Cuties was done with colored pencils.

It's scary to show you all a close up of the face, because it's not absolutely perfect, but I wanted to show this close up because I want to show how well the blending technique I used works.

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The traditional blending technique for colored pencils is taking a paper or your figure and rubbing the image.  The problem with this technique is it can rub colored pencil where you didn't want it.

A less commonly known technique is rubbing your colored pencil with a pencil eraser.  This will blend the colored pencil without smudging the color where you don't want it but also erases your image!  That's right you can erase colored pencil.

Clearly both these methods aren't perfect so I decided to try something crazy.  I used my Spectrum Noir blender marker on colored pencil.  To my shock it worked!  I'm not sure when last time I got a colored pencil to blend this well.  A quick note is that I was not able to get the tip of blender white again after doing this, but it's not leaving any pencil residue when I use it.

I hope this how to helps you next time you have to blend colored pencils.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

How to make a Simple Paper Piecing Vanity

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Yesterday I showed you how to make a simple mirror.

Today's post will show you how to make that mirror look more fancy and explain how to make a simple vanity to put it on.
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First I need to confess that yesterdays blog post did not show you everything that I stamped.  I also stamped and cut out two fancy circles.  They will be stands for the mirror.

To make the vanity you will need to cut:

two legs 1/4 by 3 inches

the top of the vanity 3/4 by 5 inches

and

the draw for the vanity 1/2 by 4 inches.

After cutting out all the parts you should ink the edges of each paper.

Now it's time to glue it all together. 

Glue the two stands you made to the front of your mirror.

Glue the legs to the back of the vanity top 1/4 inch from the edges.

Glue the mirror to the center of the back of the vanity.

Now glue the draw to the center of the front of your vanity.  You may want to glue few other bits of paper to vanity and make it fancy.

I'll show you on Monday how to make this vanity fancy.






Tomorrow I'm going to show you the digi stamp I colored to go with this vanity and a new technique for blending colored pencils that I came up.




Until then, have a great day and happy scrapbooking!




Saturday, October 5, 2013

How to Make a Paper Mirror

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Today is the first in 4 days of post that explain how to make a project.  Today I will show you how to
make an easy paper mirror.

The first step is finding a frame for your mirror.  You could use a pre-made frame, but it's easy enough to make a pretty one.




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paper frame
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Look through your stamps and grab anything that could be used frame a frame.  Frame stamps are the obvious choice, but you could use anything that works.  I used a journaling stamp.



Color the stamped frame.  Then cute it out including the center of the frame.



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Now it's time to make the actual mirror.  Grab a piece of semirigid paper and punch or cut it into a shape that will cover the center of your frame.














how to make a paper mirror
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Flatten the a small piece of tin foil that is slightly larger then your piece of paper.  Put the shiny side face down and put your paper on top of the tin foil.

















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Glue opposite sides of the tin foil to the paper.  Then go on to your next set of opposite sides and glue them down also.  This will insure that the tin foil is stretched tightly over your paper.




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The finial step is simply gluing the mirror that you made under your frame.







Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

pretty paper mirror
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