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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Dress Up and Get Down!

Wear a costume to the store on Monday and receive a discount on your total purchase! (An actual costume, and not a t-shirt posing as one...)

Come see us all dressed up for the occasion as well. Special treats include a Monday afternoon Make 'n Take, free if you tell us you read about it on the blog.

The only question that remains: Shall I dress up the dog and have her visit the store?

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Monday Make 'n Take

Time to start a new tradition at the Scraptique! Starting Halloween Monday, we will offer a make 'n take item for $1 from 3:30-5pm. Stop in and put our Quickutz into action, and take home a sweet card. Say "hi" to us and pass it on with this card. Mention that you saw this item on our blog, and we will waive the $1 charge!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

A Salute to Our Favorite Gypsies, All 7 of Them

Our Memory Trends 7gypsies order arrived today, at least the stuff that is not back-ordered. We have clipboard frames in all the colors and styles, new papers, new gaffer tape for binding your books, and loads of replenishments for our farmer's market area. We know that in coming months, it could become more difficult to find your favorite 7gypsies products, so our mission to you is to do our best to offer a healthy selection of their wonderful line. If you have specific embellishments or papers that you would like to see us carry, please let us know and we will try to fulfill all those requests.

Sometimes change can be painful. Other times it can be a time to renew and focus on other passions, and shine there. As the local scrapbook scene goes through some major shifting, we hope to support vendors like 7gypsies who provide unique and interesting products for your paper arts projects. We also wish those who are taking a walk down another lane the best of luck in their new (or renewed) journey. Thank you for the memory.

Ain't life grand?

A Dramatic Pause

New stuff in the store from Pressed Petals: metal frames, wordage, and shabby chic embellishments to add lots of drama to your pages. In sets for the holiday season, as well as baby, child, family, and faith trios, these unique scrap metal pieces are sure to be crowd pleasers.

Quick, hurry! QuicKutz...

More QuicKutz in the store, including the elusive reindeer of the 2005 season. This little cutie is just flying out of the stores (yes, the really bad pun is intended, sorry.) If you still need a tool, we have a few pink Squeezes on hand, but not sure how much longer those will be in stock either! Only one left of the office tab die set, and we are not sure that we will be placing another QK order before the end of the holiday season. For a terrific holiday gift, package a pink Squeeze in a QK tote, and throw in a QuickStik. Remember that ALL QK are always 30% off regular retail value, and your frequent shopper discount does not apply to QK purchases.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Step Up!

New Creating Keepsakes idea book "Step Up Your Scrapbooking!" arrived today. Loads of layouts using just a few basic elements, showing you how to create eye appeal in simple, yet stunning ways. Step in for your copy soon!!

Explosions of GinX

New, cool embellishments from GinX also were delivered today. Coasters, rubon images, new rubon alphabets, cotton art tape, and a good replenishment of current GinX alpha fonts.

Queen of Everything

Queen and Co new big brads with cool designs are here. In 6 lovely colors and really entertaining patterns, these make great insides to the super-huge flowers that are blossoming all over your layouts. We also finally received the back order of trios in both black and brown color schemes, in case you were waiting for those color sets! This is also our first time bringing in Queen & Co papers. We decided on some fall, winter, and holiday sets. Please let us know what you think!

Go West! Head East! Turn North!

Go West! Studios creates interesting embellishments and alphabets in engraved acrylic, wood, and metal. We ordered a smattering of all styles, so you can sample a little of everything. We are especially proud of the acrylic chips for Bat Mitzvah, Bar Mitzvah, Bubbe and Zayde. Mazel Tov!

Chatter Chatter Chatter

More gossip! Embellishment kits featuring alphabets, photo corners, flowers, and more in your choice of 3 colors. 4 were ordered but one is still on backorder... New colors in Chatterbox letter stickers are also here. And if you just don't want to sew, the new paper patches with already sewn edges are here in 4 fun color sets.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Upcoming Classes

October Class Special: Purchase any 3 classes and receive the 4th for free continues! (Some restrictions do apply.)

  • Smokin' in the Girls Room: 10/26 from 6-9pm, by Pati. Create a cigar box purse.
  • Cards 101: 10/27 10-12, by Susan. Get started on those cards! All the tips and tricks you need to know to create your own greeting cards.
  • Pages by Design: 11/3 10-12, by Susan. Want to learn how to create magazine-quality layouts quickly and easily? This class will teach you how to use the Pages by Design system to build amazing layouts.
  • 20 in 3: 11/5 10-1, by Sandy. New to our store, Sandy will be leading you through the process to complete 20 pages in 3 hours. Yes, it can be done!
  • What a Card! 11/8 10-12, by Susan. Not just another card class, this session will focus on the holiday season. Celebrate with gorgeous greetings!

We are adding some new classes to the calendar for Nov and Dec. Be looking for an updated list, including the Rusty Pickle Life Lessons book, mini-albums using Chatterbox products, a new Paint Can class, a fabulous and unique Advent calendar using magnets, Christmas countdown mini-album class, and other layout classes, demonstrations, and make 'n takes.

We are also updating and energizing our crop sessions. Get those pages done in a friendly, intimate atmosphere, and meet new friends who share your scrapbooking passion. Led by Natalie (is she the Queen of All Things Crop or VP in Charge of Social Hour?), we will move our crops from hours to OURS! Please join the fun and share in the goodies!

Daisy D's Christmas and Country: J'aime du nouveau le papier d de marguerite!

You've asked and we've ordered: the Christmas vintage Daisy D's arrived today, along with that gorgeous French country vintage (that would be the rooster paper.) The Christmas paper selection is really starting to fill out! Parlez vous Francaise? Les jaunes, les rouges, et la sensation définie de cru de cet article assomme.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Avalanche of Creating Keepsakes Idea Books and Mags

It arrived today in a maelstrom of activity: tonnage of books from CK. Get your:
  • Groovy new Idea Book, Volume bazillion or so, with loads of nifty new layout ideas.
  • Journaling Handbook by Tracy White. It's been out for a while but if you have not yet picked one up, it is amazing. Really gets you on track to writing the stories to complement all those gorgeous layouts.
  • Rebecca Sower's latest. Again, not brand-spanking new, but if you get this plus the Tracy journaling book, tell 'em at the counter that it says on the blog that when you purchase Tracy's book, you can pick up Rebecca's for 1/2 price. You will not regret grabbing this pair of idea books.
  • Simple Scrapbooks 10 Things Cards: When you want to create something simple and sentimental, these $5.95 cards are just the ticket. So quick to complete, and there are a dozen themes available.
  • Simple Scrapbooks 2006 Planner: Are you kidding me that we are planning for '06? More than 1/2 the decade is gone? Well, this planner will get you through the year in style. Get inspired every day with this simple and accessible calendar.

Bazzill Wings

OK, I admit that I am not sure what Bazzill wants with wings. It just keeps reminding me of that "feminine product" commercial from back in the day. "It's got wings!" OK, right. But the Bazzill stuff (wings or no) is awesome. Big brads, big boshers, lotsa colors, lotsa ways to fab up a layout. Apparently, size does matter.

Also from Bazzill, although wingedless at this stage, metal monograms. Spell out any old thing in your choice of rectangular or round pewter metal tags. Can't wait to paint, ink, sand, and otherwise alter the danged things. I guess I could add my own wings...

A Little Squeeze

With apologies to Difford and Tilbrook...

I bought a toothbrush, some toothpaste
A flannel for my face
Pyjamas, a hairbrush
New shoes and a case
I said to my reflection
Let's get out of this place
Past the church and the steeple
The laundry on the hill
Billboards and the buildings
Memories of it still
Keep calling and calling
But forget it all
I know i will

Tempted by the {SQUEEZE} of another {COLOR}
Tempted but the truth is discovered
What's been going on
Now that you have gone {PINK}
There's no other
Tempted by the {SQUEEZE} of another {COLOR}
Tempted but the truth is discovered

I'm at the car park,
the airport
The baggage carousel
The people keep on crowding
I'm wishing i was well
I said it's no occasion
It's no story i could tell

At my bedside empty pocket
A foot without a sock
Your body gets much closerI
fumble for the clock
Alarmed by the seduction
I wish that it would stop

I bought a novel, some perfume
A fortune all for you
But it's not my conscience
That hates to be untrue
I asked of my reflection
Tell me what is there to do

Tempted by the {SQUEEZE} of another {COLOR}
Tempted but the truth is discovered
What's been going on
Now that you have gone {PINK}
There's no other
Tempted by the {SQUEEZE} of another {COLOR}
Tempted but the truth is discovered

Will yours be BLACK, PINK, or (I think there are 7 left somewhere in the world!) GOLDEN?

Aren't you just a little tempted?

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Blitzen is Here!

Basic Grey Blitzen has arrived in the store and is expected to make a relatively brief holiday appearance. Gorgeous paper perfect for your holiday photos. C'mon, dont' you want to finish scrapping last year's Christmas before this year's arrives?!!

Social Saturday Night-Could It Be More Free?

Our $15 crop fee is waived this Saturday night if you spend $30 or more at the store during the crop. 10% crop discount does not apply to this special evening. Starting at 6pm and running until 11:30pm, this is a perfect time to get a few pages done and meet other people who share your passion. Dinner included. Goody Goody Gumdrops!

Time to Shop for New Pajamas

Along the lines of our Sat night crop, we are excited to announce our first ever all-nighter pajama party. Starting Friday night Nov 18 at 6pm and continuing through the night and full on into Saturday, we will crop, snack, gossip, create, socialize, laugh, network, shop, giggle, snack for 23 straight hours. Coffee, caffeinated drinks, breakfast, demonstrations, and cool goodie bag is included in the $40 fee. This cool event is sure to book quickly so make your reservation today!

Monday, October 17, 2005

L'il Davis Makes an Appearance

Vintage Wood Signs, Words, Letters, and Embellishments arrived today from L'il Davis Designs. We chose words like: Love, Friends, Road Trip, and Baby, but the letters can obviously be used to spell most anything! The vintage word embellies are all assortments of stars, hearts, and flowers. Very vintage, and not just a little wooden, these will be scooped up quickly. Also in are chipboard alpha outlines, so you can choose one color as the inside and outline with another color. Pink and brown, anyone?

Saturday, October 15, 2005

More than Cute, Really

I just had to add the images...

Thursday, October 13, 2005

ScrapWorks Fall Line

Tailored tabs and cute cute cute fall and Halloween papers just arrived!

Memory Trends Update

Basic Grey and 7 Gypsies and Making Memories Runway Collection! Wild Asparagus and May Arts and Bazzill Wings! ScrapWorks and Scenic Route and perhaps maybe possibly even Heidi Swapp!

So many colors and choices and products and WHERE do we find the room for all the fun new stuff??

WHILE we were out...
  • New Creative Imaginations Christmas and Hannukah papers arrived
  • ProvoCraft 9" letters are all restocked unless you need an "E" and those are back-ordered and expected to arrive in 2 weeks
  • Autumn Leaves Designing With 2006 just arrived
  • Sizzix adaptors and cutting pads are in, for those of you who may want to use your Sizzix machine for some other popular "wafer-thin" dies...
  • Totally Transparent idea books from Creative Imaginations, so you can see fab ideas for using transparencies in your scrapbooking projects

Class Signups October Special

Just a reminder that if you sign up for 3 classes in October, you will receive a 4th class free. Restrictions do apply so come in for more details. Cards 101 is a great example of a class that is fun for any level scrapbooker, and can help provide ideas for your pages. Even if you do not typically make cards, try this class and see how you can make matching page layouts.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Memory Trends

Suzy, Lindsay, Elle, and Susan are off to Vegas for Memory Trends for the first part of this week. We will be making some decisions around the latest and greatest scrapbooking items to bring to you this fall and holiday season.

Please take special care of Mindy, Sam, Michelle, and everyone else who is helping out at the store while we are away.

SPECIAL HOURS WEDNESDAY: We will be open for limited hours from noon-6pm on Wednesday. We return to our regular schedule on Thursday morning!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Friday Night Social

Come on down and crop Friday night. From 6-11:30 at the store, work on your pages, have some pizza, and win some goodies. Just $15 reserves your spot. Meet up with other people who share your passion!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

October Special: Buy Three, Get a Fourth Free!

Sign up for three classes during October and receive a fourth class FREE. Some restrictions apply:
  • All classes must be selected and paid for at the same time.
  • Classes can be any on the current calendar, from Oct-Dec 2005.
  • Classes cancelled or rescheduled by customer can result in loss of the free class, if the customer is not able to select alternative available class. (Store credit will not be given.)
  • Classes cancelled or rescheduled by store are eligible for placement in future classes.
  • Free class is the least expensive class.

What a Card!

Sign up today for Susan's card class. Just $20 gets you a reserved seat this Friday from 10am-noon. Leave with SIX completed cards (envelopes included)! Samples are on display in the store - and they are TOO CUTE!!

Try a Little Texture

Just arrived are some new texture paints. Add some antiquing gel or pattern builder to your project, or spray on a little webbing. These interesting effects can be added to scrapbook pages or altered art projects.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Tote-Ally Awesome Scrapbook Totes

All My Memories has released the cutest crop storage item. Carry your trimmer and necessary crop tools in this tabletop tote. Pull out the little drawer for extra storage. Available while they last in pink/brown, blue/black, or kiwi/black. $29.99 each.

Making Memories New Release

By the time this is posted, I am not sure there will be any left. Just arrived ribbons, gems, flower brads, and other coordinating embellishments. If you miss out on these, we PROMISE to reorder!!