Wednesday, 23 December 2009

"Might as well put God on the train"

We have a Fisher Price "Little People" Nativity set. As I mentioned, we opted not to put our old very breakable glass ornaments on the tree this year. Ditto the hand-painted ceramic Nativity my mother made for me years ago. So out comes the Little people Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

I had Joshua put it under the tree in the right order. After all, Rob had sat down with the kids only a day or two ago to remind them of the Christmas story. In all the excitement leading up to Christmas, it's hard not to see the joy in the kid's faces, even as I continually pull them down off the ceiling and settle them down once again. But it's also hard not to flinch as they say - "I can't wait til Christmas - so I can open my gifts!"

Huh? That's not what we're teaching them. Gifts are fun, but we want to teach them that they are just a reminder of God's greatest gift - his precious Son. And the greatest gift I can give my children is to teach them that. So out comes plastic baby Jesus as we tell the story again.

What's important to you? Are you teaching your children the true meaning of Christmas? Or are you letting the stress of shopping, baking and wrapping take center stage? Are they learning to count Christmas lists or precious blessings? A family 5 streets over just lost everything they had to fire. One of the girls is Josh's age. I talked to Josh about it, so that he could learn to be grateful, because what we have here on earth is fleeting, precious, but only temporary. I want him to remember Christmas for what it truly is, not what he got under the tree or in his stocking....

What do you want your Children to remember about Christmas? What legacy will you hand down to them?

So here's the challenge part. It's the night before Christmas eve...you're swamped right? thinking about the food you have to prepare, gifts still to be wrapped, and hoping the kids will behave for just one more minute while you finish this.

Well stop. Stop and drink it in. Look at their faces. Take 5 minutes to make some hot chocolate, sit at the table and tell them the Christmas story. Get out the Bible, a children's book, anything and read it to them. Savor the joy and peace of it. Let them remember that that moment was more important to you than finishing up the last minute crazies...

Just remember.

One more note, so I think we are doing well with the Christmas story. I tell Josh to set up the Nativity under the tree while I clean up breakfast table. So of course Noah crawls over to see the new toys. Before I know it, I see Josh and Noah taking the Mary, the wise men and a sheep for a ride on the Christmas train. Before I can say anything, Noah plucks one of wise men out of the train. Josh takes a minute, looks at Noah and says "Might was well put God on the train" and on goes baby Jesus.

OK, maybe I have some work to do yet.

Friday, 18 December 2009

traditions - pt 2 challenge

OK, hopefully I gave you some good food for thought. What traditions are important to you? What would you like your family to remember in 30 years?

Take a picture of it. What is it? You decorating the tree? Baking cookies? Wrapping gifts? How about shopping? Maybe a particular movie? (My husband says it's never really Christmas until he's seen Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase)



Classic, truly a classic! LOL

Anyway, what's your tradition? Now write something about it. What is the tradition? Who does it involved? Is there a time you always do it? Does it mean something to you or remind you of something or someone? Now's your chance to record that memory.

Imagine if you do something like this each year and record everything in an album? What kind of treasure would that be to hand down to the next generation. I have an album with nothing but Christmas layouts in there. It's fun to look at it each year, seeing the children grow from year to year.

Well, we are expecting to get possibly two feet of snow...we never ever get that much snow. In fact, we rarely have a white Christmas! But I am prepared, even looking forward to it a bit. As I just wrote my sister:

"We are hankering down here for snow Sat and are going to make cookies, play in the snow, wrap presents, drink hot cocoa, finish decorating our tree (it only has lights) and watch Christmas movies. I expect to peel Josh and Katelyn off the ceiling about once every 5 minutes. It will be total chaos - and I can't wait!"

Of course I will have my camera at the ready too. After all, who knows when tomorrow's traditions will be born?

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Remembering Christmas - Traditions pt 1

What kind of traditions do you have for Christmas?

I recently talked about tree traditions on the Scrap with Shelby forum. We take for granted that traditions will always be carried down through the generations, but not always. As couples marry and make new families, some traditions are melded together, some new ones created and yet others are lost.

Like many families, my family would go on their annual ornament hunt. Each member would pick an ornament for that year and we would make a day of it. I remember looking around the brightly decorated department store and looking at each and every one. My brother would inevitable pick something hokey like a sequined ball or a lego house....My father? a bird. He loved birds on the tree. My mom would pick something more delicate like a clock or teapot. We'd unwrap them each year from their tissue and put it in it's proper owner's pile for hanging later. It was like a solemn ritual for me. We'd hang it, then my mother would hang the garland just so and the tree would be like magic.

Me - I always went for figurines. I have some from before I can even remember and I always loved them. When I was married, the ornaments came with me to my new home, guaranteeing a piece of my childhood and those Christmas memories would always would remain with me. Along with my own, I have a teapot and a bell from my mother's collection, one from my father;s childhood, and even an old faded light blue ball that hung on my parent's first tree when they were married. It's old fashioned and browned, and most of the glitter fell off long ago, but it's the one I treasure most.

This one I've had for years - one I remember always having, and even though it broke a couple of years ago, I can't bear to through it out. It resides in my China cabinet, a fond reminder of Christmas's past.



Sadly, this tradition just didn't take with my family. Perhaps it was the sheer volume of "baby's first Christmas" ornaments I've received for each child, maybe there were just too many traditions to meld and create for this one to survive. I don't know the reason why, but sadly for me, it just didn't.

But that doesn't mean it has no place in my memories, nor for those of my kids. With the birth of children comes the loss of precious irreplaceable breakables.... and so I have started taking pictures of these precious gems that may be loss in a household containing three children under the age of 6 - two of them rambunctious boys! I'm too busy now to make an album, but the important part is the pictures... I have those before these items are lost forever, and I tell their story each year when we hang them. One day when the kids are grown, and before they are ready to make their new traditions, I will be able to sit down and create the album.

Who knows, maybe when my kids are just a little older, and I am no longer a frazzled mom, perhaps we can revive this tradition and they will love it as much as I. But for me, I know I have preserved those memories to live on, and when I am gone, the ornaments will live on to tell my story.

Tomorrow I will post your traditions challenge.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Remembering Christmas - day 1 part 2

OK, how did you do with the first assignment? Did you find something you were grateful for? Now how about a picture to go with it? It doesn't have to be perfect, but it does have to be a memory.


See that? See that about three pieces of laundry are folded and the rest lay undone. Wait, doesn't that ruin the picture?

So often our books are made up of "perfect" pictures. Life isn't perfect...so what. But what do I want to remember...that my laundry was always neatly folded and put away, or this day when the older kids let their baby brother play "Cars cars" with them for the first time?

And if I am smart, I'll comment that that's Noah's new taggy blanket hanging on the playpen. I just finished making it for him and it's waiting to be wrapped up. And I'll write about how the kids brought Flo's cafe over so the cars 'can get their coffee like mommy" and that Noah brought in his dinosaurs and roared the entire time.

I say let the laundry lay unfolded for another day, because all too soon, the kids will be grown, or the minute will pass. What you do with the moment will decide it's fate...is it just passing time, or does it become a memory?

Tune in tomorrow for the next installment of the series Remembering Christmas...

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Remembering Christmas

What has you stressed? What's preventing you from remembering these precious times? I propose focusing on something else. What can you do to remember this precious time?

Stop what you are doing. Go get a notebook or a sheet of paper. Forget everything that is bothering you. Write down one thing you are grateful for right now this minute. If you're inclined, write a little about why but it's not necessary. And if you want, share it here.

I am stressed most about my kids. They place constant demands on me to the point of exhaustion. At one point on Sunday, Noah was climbing on me to try and nurse, Katelyn was shouting "look at this look at this" every 5 seconds as Rob brought down some Christmas decorations when Josh suddenly had exposive vomit right in front of me and all over the couch I was leaning up against. stressful times...

BUT I am grateful I have these children. When Rob and I got engaged 10 years ago, it was with the knowledge that I couldn't have kids. Then we had hope, then miscarriages. Now lots of drugs, negatives tests, 2 positive ones and a trip to China later, I have these three awesome kids.

So today, instead of getting upset with them because Katelyn is nagging, Josh is jumping on the couch or Noah is cranky, I'm going to remember how lucky I am. No craky mommy - only a grateful one. I'll save this note for some journaling in my scrapbook now.

Tune in tomorrow or go to the Scrap with Shelby forum to following this series on what you can do this Christmas to save your memories....

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Opening in Christmas card class

Life is so crazy right now with the holidays...so crazy I am looking forward to the card class this Sat. I put on Christmas music and hot spiced apple cider and just have a good time.

There was a cancellation for the class, so if you'd like to join me, there's room for one more.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Cyber Monday scrapbook sale!

I am working over time tonight to get all the sale items posted on the web for tomorrow. I have 15 pages of sale items.

You all can start shopping whenever you like, but I will be adding things for the next couple of hours. There are lots of great things I 've added that never made it to the web, but here is the link to go directly to just sale items


Enjoy!

Pink Paislee Cupid Shipping

Great news, rather than waiting til mid Dec, I am get an early Christmas present - Pink Paislee's Cupid line is now shipping. It's an adorable line that has lots of uses other than Valentine's day. Check out this great layout from Pink Paislee team member Kim Watson:



Pretty neat huh? Send me an order and mention this blog entry and I will take 20% off your Cupid items. Merry Christmas early to you too!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Sale today only! Martha Stewart punches 30% off

I just got word that these are in stock, but they will go fast. So if you want one, I need an order ASAP. I need to get enough to place a min order so if I don't get that, I can't place the order. Use this link to order:

http://www.scrapwithshelby.com/catalog/30offmarthastewartpunches-p-1799.html

If you're not on my newsletter list and didn't see the pictures and prices sent out, email me and I will send it right out to you. (just some on the list are daisy, botanical scallop, double loops, topiary, eyelet lace, garden trellis, daisy fan etc...)

Reminder!

1) This week (Sunday 12 - 6pm )is the Black Friday Sale - get as much as 30% off your regular purchase, and clearance items up to 60% off! Free make n take with a technique for all purchases.

2) Christmas card class is sold out, but the Christmas gift class still has openings with two new projects posted yesterday.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Crazy hectic days

I was up until 2am working... I gotta stop doing that, and have hit the ground running this morning returning emails and phone calls, and working on packing and shipping orders out. My kids are difficult this morning because a) Noah is teething, b) Josh hasn't had a proper night' sleep in days and that gets him so wired I have to continually peel him off the ceiling and c) my daughter is generally a handfull. Think twice about running a business at home with small kids. It is indeed a very challenging task!

I have people throwing things at me left and right and I am having trouble keeping up. Just in the last 5 days , three more groups asked me to come and do things for them. I hate to say no because while classes are going great, Crops are all of a sudden bombing, and Dec is usually a terribly slow month for me - everyone is spending their money on Christmas.

But I can't do it all and am struggling with that. I need to work on picking what I can do well and just letting the rest go....

On the flip side, I finished two projects I have been wanting to do and I am pleased with the results.



See other great samples of the paper wreath done by Mardi and Nordica in the Scrap with Shelby Forum! Don't have time to fold all those flowers? Get those left over Prima flowers and use those up. Simply hot glue onto a floral wreath.

This will be added as an option onto my Christmas gift class. It's less than $10 to make!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Make time for you

I am a SAHM - a stay at home mom - to my three kids ages 6, 4 and 1. And I run this business as owner, buyer, shipper, accountant, class designer, teacher, web maintainer etc etc.... My life for the last week consists of organizing a birthday party complete with dinosaur cake,



teaching two "play" classes complete with inking techniques, gel medium and guesso,




getting the website ready for this year's Reindeer Round up and teaching a mom's club "MNO" card class, including cutting pieces for over 50 cards.






Tired yet? Probably not - because I am sure most of you live the same crazy hectic lifestyle, am I right?

I mean just recently on the Scrap with Shelby Forum, a participant (and friend) commented (paraphrased):

I'm a "stay at home mom" who seems to never be home. Many of the things I do is all good stuff - like yesterday, I signed up to make dessert for the abused women's shelter for today. ...it's like being on one of those little hamster cages. I just want to sit home on the one day I don't need to be somewhere in the AM. ACK!! Help, please! I don't have two minutes to breathe much less time to scrapbook! Thanks & blessings, D.

She also talks about running this errand, and to the grocery store and to the dr and on and on...Does this sound familiar? I bet it does!

As I work, i watch the shows I tape on DVR. Today I was watching the biggest loser from last night. One of the contestants said something to the effect of

"I was so busy taking care of everyone else, I forgot to take care of me. Somewhere, I lost me. "

Wow - what a thought. As wives and moms, we put ourselves last. We stay up late to do the laundry or the bills and get up early with the kids. We do not have out of the home jobs, yet we work 12 - 15 hours a day - without benefits like sick or vacation days.

The thing is, we burn ourselves out, don't we? And what good are we then? When we are so tired we just throw together whatever meal is easiest, when we are too weary to play with our kids, when we just want to fall into bed at night rather than speak to our husbands - the ones who can support us most, and a chance to talk about something other than PBS Sprout characters, styrofoam cup turkeys and hot wheels.

But when there is nothing left of us, there is nothing left to take care of those we love. If we are going to take care of everyone else, then we need to start taking care of ourselves.

So Stop today. Just stop the hamster wheel from turning and ask yourself: What can I do today to stop and recharge? Plan a night out with the girls (I go out the first Thursday of every months to scrapbook with other moms - we talk more than work but that's kind of the best part). Go to the gym or go talk a walk. Go on a date with your husband. Go to the mall and don't buy anything for the kids... or scrapbook a page about you - not the kids or family.

Find something though, and re-charge. You will find that it's just that much easier to make that 4:30am feeding, or that next dinner and possibly, just possibly, you will find yourself smiling when its time to race the red hot wheels car against the blue matchbox truck....

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Button Contest

In case you missed it on the forum, the current contest going on is a button contest. You can create any layout like this:



or



or a project like this one from Mardi:





or anything you can come up with by using buttons. That's right - buttons! The rules are simple: You must use at least 5 buttons. The more creative the use, the better.

Deadline, Sunday, midnight, Dec 6th. Submit to me at the store or via the forum(you have to register first as a user - I do this to weed out spammers) or this blog I'll open the polls after that. Prize or prizes will be awarded for this contest.

Good luck!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

.....the silver lining

OK, earlier, I posted about one of the negative things about being a store owner. I promised i would be honest in this blog and so I sometimes have to post the difficult things.

But it's amazing how God works. There is always a silver lining for the clouds. My sister is a recent addition to the scrapbooking world. An artist at heart, I always knew she would be a great scrapbooker. Last spring, I finally manager to recruit her to our mad little world.

But even the best of us need at least some direction to get started, right? So I have been showing her the basics and letting her run with it. Recently I told her about the Nov class coming up and how much I was inspired to do it. Well she just did her own project and has encouraged me beyond belief.



When I wonder if I will stay open another year, when I wonder if people have lost their interest in scrapbooking... I will remember this. I will remember that I inspired this young artist to create, that I have led her and others to this amazing journey through preserving our memories and enjoying the creativity of this. I made a difference, and that is indeed a silver lining in these dark economic times, and something to cherish.

She started a blog just this week. To follow her as she continues to develop her own style, go to "will work for paper"

Manufacturers

Recently I read a thread about what you wish your local scrapbook store. People posted they didn't understand why stores didn't carry some of their favorite lines.

The why is that some are so difficult, they make you want to tear your hair out. Yesterday I received a shipment from one such manufacturer. They have great prices, and unique product that I generally don't see elsewhere - two great criteria I look for in new vendors. However, they have been more than a little tough to deal with.

The first shipment took a month to get here. Why? The delivery service they used couldn't find me. Huh? UPS, FED Ex, USPS and others deliver here daily/weekly and i am all over the internet on google maps, mapquest etc... Shipment finally made it.

It was beautiful! That is, what wasn't damaged. I was double shipped some product, charged for "donation" items to my charity crop, packages were shorted by as much as 25% (what should have had 75 items would have 60) and many pieces were damaged (rhinestones missing, only half glittered - not up to my standards at all)

So after another month of pestering the vendor to correct the problem, I finally hear back only after I say I am going to dispute the charge on my credit card. I do like what wasn't damaged, so I arrange to receive a credit on a re-order. I place an order for some new items plus re-order what arrived damaged, plus some in different colors. i pester them saying I need for an 11/7 show and it needs to be here on time - not a month later.

The re-order arrived yesterday with half of it missing, and again, no invoice so I don't even know what I was charged for. I am beyond frustrated. The product sells well, but is it worth all this hasssle? I am not looking forward to the next month of "fixing" the fix.

OK, so I wrote about the downside today. But let me post something positice. The 11/7 show I mentioned is the Central Penn Crop out in Enola, PA. Let me tell you, I love this group. I've been going out as a vendor for about two years and their support has in big way allowed me to get this business going. They are supportive, and friendly, and I always enjoy going out to see "my friends" in another part of the state.

This business can be hard like any other business. But the friends you make along the way really make it worth it!

Monday, 2 November 2009

Green is the new Black

I've spoken to two people in the last 24 hours who's family have been affected by unemployment for 6 months or longer. I then read a post on a scrapbooking site i often visit where one woman had purchased her favorite kind of letter in so many styles and colors she had spent $350 just on that brand of letter.

Two extremes. I say it's easy to be creative when you have $350 worth of just one letter and who knows how much else. It's much trickier - and thus way more fulfilling to my way of thinking - when you have to work with what you have.

Some very talented ladies have done just that. Deb used bread ties (I read earlier today one company was selling blank twisty ties for $4 a package....without the bread!) Manda, Robin and Mardi used packaging that would have ended up in a landfil. Excellent - more play space for my great great grandkids! Finally Nellie use old fabric from old clothing. Since I am currently sorting through old baby clothes to make into quilts, I can appreciate this line of thinking.

So I applaud you all - Job well done! Won't you join me and take a look at the ladies creations and vote for your favorite?

Go to the forum here to vote.





Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Scrapping from memory, not a checklist

It seems like people are asking me about this more and more, so much so that I felt led to write about it.

I am a store owner, yes, but more than that I am a teacher. I am not the world's most talented scrapbook artist. Do I come up with some really outstanding layouts from time to time? Yes, but for the most part I consider myself an average scrapbooker. But I love to teach, and I love to inspire my students to find their creative side - to make them see that scrapbooking is more than just a hobby or a practical way to record history.

With a baby, you here all the time: "It goes so fast, enjoy it while you can!" I so agree, and it's so easy to lose sight of those little every day moments you cherish. But do we scrapbook those? No. How likely am I going to forget what it looks like to watch my kids blow out candles on a cake..not very likely, yet how many pictures or layouts of that do I personally have> More than I care to admit.

I found myself last year trying to find new ways to scrap birthdays, trick or treating, opening Christmas presents, going to the (same) pumpkin patch or Christmas tree farm. I was looking toward new paper or embellishments to make my pages fresh...


WRONG!

How about making my pages fresh by taking different pictures? Rather than pose Noah in front of the same pumpkin patch as his sister and older brother, how about I just focus on Noah? Him exploring his surroundings....what does he think about that tractor, what's this? grass? cool stuff! and the joy is captured in the photo




Recently I needed a bunch of pictures for a class I was taking. Rather than pull out 20 Christmas pictures or 20 birthday pictures, I decided to take new pictures. Something I wanted to remember. What's one of mom's best ways to entertain the kids when she is exhausted? Take them to the park and let them run. So decided to capture these moments as something I wanted to remember...Not posed pictures all neat and pretty. Wild pictures of children running with abandon, twirling wildly and just being kids.


The results? Fresh new layouts, and memories I will cherish for a lifetime.



So now, I am focusing on the fun, the moment. What do I want to remember? Instead of making myself crazy trying to capture "that perfect photo" moment...I focus on the moment, and the perfect photo just happens.



And when the perfect photo happens, all of a sudden you start to get fresh new layouts that are exciting again...



So go out, enjoy life, remember those special every day moments... just don't forget your camera!

Friday, 16 October 2009

Yay! It's crop night! Looking forward to some play time tonight...

I've mailed off 250 cards to the military, posted the completed fabric album class in my gallery, sent out the newsletter...posted the Christmas class and page design classes through Jan and part of my house is clean. I think I deserve a break!

I'm also looking forward to spending time with my family this weekend since I missed it last weekend doing Crop for a cure.

Looking for some inspiration? I've been scouring the web looking for great samples using the product I sell. Be sure to stop by the New product section of my forum to see samples like this:







or this from the Pink Paislee blog:



or this :




Been noodling an idea for an online class... if you're interested in something like that, let me know!

Monday, 28 September 2009

Credit card woes

My credit card # has been stolen several times this summer. Yes, you heard me, several times. Has been making keeping the store stocked a little tricky since my orders keep going on hold.

This one took a different approach and I was able to catch him myself. Someone *I think* hacked into 'Insert Major manufacture Here' over the weekend. "Michael Diego" emailed me with my order # saying they needed my CC info again because it wasn't working. Didn't give it to them (who emails a credit card # these days?!?) . Their email was close to 'Insert Major Manufacture Here', but not quite right so I emailed the operations mgr and put a hold on my cc just in case. But want to make sure they know what's going on. And I need to eventually take the hold off so have my 'Insert Major Manufacture Here' order!!!!

AM hoping to get some more work done on my Donna Downey fabric album tonight too. I am telling myself that I ahve to keep working hard to get it done because I need it for a sample...how else am I going to show how to use the fabric stuff?

But the truth of the matter is - it's just too cool. and I feel inspired. Something neat that only happens every so often these days. and so it makes me happy. :)

Saturday, 26 September 2009

New Contest!

I'm giving you a jump on the Oct contest. I'm thinking some nice Prima would be a great prize, right?

Our household has made a concerted effort to "go green". To that end, I have always tried to help my customers make the most of their money. So I am combining the two...

Make a page, altered item or project "recycling" something from your scrapbooking supplies. I have two examples:

For this one, the "journal box" is actually the backing from the stitched sassafras lass flowers I used on the layout.

For this example from Prima, they used the green packaging cards. (I am so doing this, I have the indeed flowers and paper here in the store, I have the pebble centers and the pretty butterfly, and those white flowers were just ordered and are on their way)



Due date is Nov 1 to either email me a photo, post it here or show me in the store. Plastic wrap, mfg strips, packaging, old scrap bags... anything that you can recycle into something new is acceptable. The more creative in your recycling, the more points you get.

Good luck!

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

sale

Any Daisy D's rub ons i have left in stock, any style, any size will be .99 each while supplies last. Hinges are 1.99 down from $4.50. Sale will start tonight at midnight and end on the 24th.

Keep in mind, when I do these, they sell out fast so the one you want may sell out without notice. I will fill the orders in the order in which they were received. Sale will posted here and on the blog. You can have them shipped or picked up at your convenience.

Enjoy! Daisy D's is no more, so when they are gone, they are gone!

Monday, 14 September 2009

Inspiration

Since starting the forum several weeks ago, I thought about how I can use it to not only communicate with all my customers, but have it be helpful to them. I realize I have fallen in to posting daily inspirations - either ideas how to use my product or how to be a better scrapbooker.

I look forward to my nightly challenge - what shall I post today? I see myself this winter, cozying up in my jammies, a hot cup of tea in hand, surfing the web. The best part? I find myself wanting to try the very ideas I am posting for customers.

It's a lot of work, but at the same time, there are moments when this is just plain cool.

No no no! (shaking my finger...) To see what I've posted, you have to go to the forum to see for yourself. While you're there, why not post your own little bit of inspiration?

Sunday, 13 September 2009

take the good with the bad...

It was a bad bad weekend in a lot of ways, but there is always a silver lining, right?

I was booked to do two events this past Saturday. I don't normally do that but both are long standing groups I work for, and I didn't want to let either of them down. So I get my sister to cover one, and me the other, and that way I can leave my husband alone. All good right?

So to cover both groups, I order in extra stock. Experience tells me I will need about $1400 worth of stuff - the more variety you bring, the more you sell. So I get lots of cute one off stuff, meaning, I only order three of them, cute appealing items that will sell quickly and never make to the web. I always like to make sure there are new things to choose from, so I order, it comes in (cute cute cute!) and I start to pack...

I get a call from my sister late the day before - she is sick, not just a little sick, but flu sick - oh no! It' s too late to get someone to cover, but try any way - no luck. OK, so I've invested this money, and instead of recouping the cost immediately, I am going to "lose" it - meaning sit on it until the next big event. Local people will buy, but not quick enough to pay the bill. And I have to cancel last minute for one of the groups...I hated to do it, but what choice did I have?

Then, to add insult to injury, the "helpers" at the event I do go to, end up breaingk a very expensive rack trying to help me pack up. It will cost me about $200 to replace it. I can't afford that right now, so I will have to do without - it's the nicest display I own....major bummer.

One would seem that all in all the whole weekend would be a major bummer, right? Ok now the silver lining part: my daughter.

To make things easier on my husband who is already watching Josh and the baby, I suggesed Katelyn come with me part of the day. So Rob drops her off along with the brand new scrapbooking supplies I have gotten her. She is so excited! So I set her up near my booth and she gets to work...She is so focused, working hard and cranking out pages. At one point she comes to me (not realizing there is a pink rhinestone stuck in her hair) and shows me how she's distressed her pages and inked the edges. Having not shown her how to do this, I asked her how she knew how, and she said "I just knew, Mom."

That's my girl!

I know I am doing something right. Now, it's sweet enough that I am passing this wonderful tradition on to my daughter, but the kicker in all this, the part that just tickles me pink? She just turned 4 last month. Here she is:

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

potpourri of a day...

Lots going on today...

Help me win a contest. Visit http://www.legacyretreathouse.com/ and sign up for their newsletter. If I win, I will then use that gift certificate as a raffle prize at my fundraiser. What's my fundraiser? Every year I hold a crop to raise money to send back to China to the orphanage that took my daughter in until I adopted her. What better cause that to help homeless children, right?

By the way, this is where we are going to have our first Scrap with Shelby over night weekend, so what does it hurt to go and check it out anyway?

Remember, tell 'em Shelby from Scrap with Shelby referred you!!!


Other items on today's agenda.....Ordered in a bunch of new Prism cardstock papers. I want to increase the number of colors available as you can never have too many colors to choose from, right? Prism cut their pack sizes from 50 down to 25 making it much easier. They also had an awesome card sample I think I am going to add to the Christmas card class. Isn't it cool:


Finally, my Sept new release Prima order is getting ready to ship, so I wanted to add some new items for the fall in. I think I am done ordering now for awhile, as we are going to be pretty well stocked up for the fall. I am excited to see the new Prima finally shipping as it's completely a new way of scrapbooking - and one I love! Here's just a sample of what's coming:





Monday, 7 September 2009

Krafty Collection Sample

Just saw a beautiful sample with the new Krafty Collection coming in from Paper Trunks! Just may have to steal this one! Note, while this is offered as a collection of 11 sheets, I will be selling these in the store or at events by the sheet.


Friday, 4 September 2009

Christmas card exchange class

Brainstorming here... Buying some stamps for an upcoming class and noticed how many cute christmas stamps for cards there are. but I always think, I don't want to buy a $10 (or more...) stamp plus the card kits etc... for one year. Might as well buy cards, right?

What do you think of doing a "stamp exchange" Christmas card class? You submit your older christmas card stamps, with a general design idea so I can help plan the day and design if need be. I have the cardstock, papers, blank cards here for purchase... So you could make 5 cards, or 10 or 20 or however long you want to stay for. And we make Christmas cards with all the different stamps. If you don't have a stamp per se, but want to make up a design using your Cricut, sizzix etc... that would be OK too. Just bring the design or enough for everyone to make at least one We could work on a Sat, order in Pizza and make a day of it.

Any interest? I'll post on the forum too to sign up for interest (not commitment.)

Not local? hmmm, maybe we can do an exchange? You make up 5 cards for each person in the group, or three if it's a large group... again, post here or on the forum to express interest.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Tim Holtz/Ranger craft mats

I am placing an order for these next week. Since this is a higher ticker item I am only going to order 3 or 6. If you want one, go to the website to order.


the idea behind these is that nothing sticks to them so you can mask on them, paint, stamp and keep your work area clean, and then it just wipes off at the end...They measure 15 x 18. They retail for $18 but I will be selling this introductory price of $15.99. AFter this order, they will go back to the full retail.

Also, if there are any other Ranger items you would like, now's the time to let me know. I can put a link uo for whatever you want, but now's the time. :)

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

and yet more....

I really want lots of people to get a chance at the card kits...

Found this on BHG and thought they were all GREAT way to use leftover scraps (can you tell I am cleaning out my stuff these days?!)





On to store business....

I was dismayed to see half my flutter butter was destroyed. UPS dropped the box on the corner and the corners on about 6 reams are all bent in. I find it difficult to ask customers to pay .85 (it's actually .92 - I run a standing discount on Bo Bunny) when it's not perfect. So new stock is on the way, and UPS is coming out "to inspect it." Whatever....dude, you 've been delivering here for 2 years, you can't figure out by now, and all the claims, not to drop the box?

Don't mind me...I was just hoping to play for my mom's night out in 2 days. I have my very own group of lovely ladies whom I've been scrapping with more and more. It's so nice to be able to work as an equal, not as the teacher or as the store owner. We all ask each other's opinions and enjoy good conversation. While most are used to that at a crop, for me, it's a luxury.

The new My Mind's Eye is coming today or tomorrow (yes, I will post on the web soon) so maybe I will play with that instead? Dinosaur boy theme is just TOO CUTE. I've linked the mfg here so as I add the new lines, they will come up. SOme I've had for awhile,just haven't had the chance to get on the web.

Monday, 31 August 2009

OK, some inspiration to win that Basic Grey kit...

Here's an easy one. Make 5 of these out of scraps, and you're entered to win the contest. I saw this from Kaisercraft site of which I stock lots! Too too easy:

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Helping Our Military

This was posted by a scrapbooking friend of mine in a private group I belong to:

Cindy's son THOM and his unit are in the middle east and there is no where for our service men and women to buy cards to send home to their family and friends.

Cindy decided she was going to make cards for Thom to share with his unit...Several of our friends volunteered to help and I thought the Scrap with Shelby family could help too! Here is what they need... AND don't forget the ENVELOPES - they can't buy those either!

Miss You

Thank You

Thanksgiving

Christmas

Birthday

Thinking of You

I need the cards by Oct 5th so I can get them to her. Those that send me at least 5 cards will be entered for a special drawing to win a complete card kit from Basic Grey. They could choose from whatever I have in stock at that time.

Send cards to:

Scrap with Shelby
55 Glen Farms Dr
Collegeville, PA 19426

Friday, 28 August 2009

Challenge and some more new stuff...

I posted this on the Scrap with Shelby forum as a new challenge. There is a prize for this one ladies, so give it a whirl...

OK, as I mentioned in the other thread, I am cleaning out. So this is a 2 part challenge...

a) Pick one section of your scrap area to organize and clean out. Take a before and after picture.

b) Use something in a layout that you haven't used in more than a year. If you have been scrapping less than a year, use something you are hoarding - you know who you are!!! It's not too beautiful to use.


I would post a picture of my scrap space but it is truly embarrassing. i've started to organize it several times which has only made it worse. Now I've come clean and gone public, so if I don't finish you can all flame and flog me!!!

New Product! Yes, I am going to go back to catching up new product. This weekend, I will add the Kitchen Spice collection. I will have it up by Sat evening... Enjoy



And here's a lovely sample. Wasn't crazy about this line initially, but this layout makes me see some serious potential!!

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Foiled again...

So much for the Cricut sale. I finally get a decent price on the supplies enough that I can offer a decent sale. Not much profit margin, OK very little, but at least I get to do something nice for my customers, right?

WRONG! Foiled again! Local chain store selling all cartridges, even the licensed ones at $39 this week. If I had known that, I wouldn't even have bothered.

When are mfgs going to learn that they can poop all over the little stores all they want, but eventually they will need us. They can offer the deep discounts to the chain stores, but it's us little guys that really feed the industry. And when the time comes that they need me to market their product, they should not be surprised when I don't have the space in my store for them.

$39 by the way is $16 below my C-O-S-T. How is that fair?

That's OK, there are plenty of FABULOUS mfgs who treat us little guys A-OK. We'll stick with them, won't we?

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Cricut Sale - 2 days only

See the Special Orders section of my website to place your order. Sorry guys, but my sale people only gave me 2 days. Maybe next time we will get more notice!

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Prima Product Picks

Prima is in and I am having a blast with it. Check out their Product picks (they have an excellent blog for ideas!) then check out one of my layouts below.

I know it looks like it's bulky and may sit up too high on the page. Honestly, it isn't. the stud centers aren't any higher than brads. The pearls are cut in half, come pre-adhesived and are on big sticker, so they are easy to use. I even cut some pieces off so it the flourish would look exactly as I wanted.

See the forum for the other Prima layout, but here is Cherish and Adore:

Thursday, 20 August 2009

2889...

Anyone? Anyone? bueller?

That's how many sheets of paper I had to sell to buy my brand new Mac computer last night for the store.

Excited to get it up and running. This old thing is just an old relic. It was only meant to be used for journaling/printing, but since my laptop died in the middle of the economy crises, I was stuck with it until business picked up.

Long term goal is to put on photoshop and a 12 inch printer/scanner so we can do some hybrid scrapbooking. I'll never go full digital - I like the touchy feely part of scrapbooking too much. But I wouldn't mind the look of a hybrid - a cross between the two - on my pages.

I don't have to like that digital is coming. But I can certainly adapt and roll with it. :)

Toying with buying some Scribble Scrabble for some upcoming classes. Trying to decide if I need the new paper or if Ic an do the same layouts with what I have. I do find it's easier to just buy what I need and tuck it away. It's the worst when prepping materials for a class only to realize you need 5 more sheets of this, or 2 sheets of that...

Problem is, as much as I like Scribble SCrabble, it's history of selling is questionable. It either sells great or not at all... A nice chunk of my clearance paper at convention was Scribble Scrabble... But the layouts are good so we'll see.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Delilah is here...along with some late nights

I promised I would tell what it was like to run a scrapbook store. But I tend to tell only the pretty side, the fun of ordering new paper, the deliveries, the free samples I occasionally get. But for whatever reason, I tend to skip the negative for the most part. I guess I don't want to bum anyone out. But let me tell you, there are some late nights.


I choose to run my business part time so that I can stay home during the day with my kids. Is it wierd having a store run by appt? Yes, and I am sure I am missing out on business, but better that than to miss my kids growing up. So Iget the best of both worlds, running a successful scrapbook store and staying home with my kids.


However, that means some pretty late nights, even when I just want to crawl into bed...like tonight. But I am getting some major shipments now and it's all I can do to get it up on the web fast enough. Seriously, there is stuff that's been in the store for weeks that isn't on the web yet!


OK, on to the fun stuff. Delilah from Bo Bunny. Beautiful stuff.

In addition to the paper (the cut outs are slightly delayed, btw) I am also carrying the stickers, rub ons, flowers and stamp. And just to give you an idea on how to use it, here's some pretty samples Bo Bunny made up.


Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Designing new classes

Possibly my most favorite and most hated chore is designing new classes. I have the team coming next month to set things up into the future, but I feel like I want to get Nov at least started before the next newsletter. AFter all, people are already signing up for Oct classes.

I love it when I get to sit and plan and play and create. When you hit on that one layout you just know will be a hit, it feels awesome., I can go back and look at that layout and never get tired of it. There's never that feeling of "I should have done this" or that little something that picks at you.

I hate it when I am under the gun and I have to work fast and all the above just comes back to haunt me, before the class, during, then after when I try to decide what to do with the sample.

Right now I am working with blank overlays. tim holtz is coming up with his own blank masking sheets...Why can't I do the same?

I bought Grafix .07 plastic sheets and have been playing. So far a) Cricut will not cut through it (will try the deep set blade next) b) a punch will if you press hard enough and c) staz on stamps B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L-L-Y on it....if you don't let the stamp slide!

Will post a tutorial on this in a day or two in our new Forum. (Bear with us as we get started...why not join us today?) The Forum will be the new home for all the techniques, lessons, challenges and Scrapbook U! information...

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Flutter Butter

I am working on scheduling a design team meeting so we can start making new samples and classes. I love these meetings because I get to watch some really talented people just sit and create.

Hopefully I can get them to help me come up with the workshop classes for my first overnight scrapbooking retreat. It's something I've been wanting to do for awhile and now I've got the right place with the right price point. I'll make the first announcement in the next newsletter to see who's interested.

Anyway, the reason I need a DT meeting is, the new product is starting to arrive - Woo hoo!!!!

I know Twilight and Amber Road are going to be awesome, but probably one of my favorite new releases is Flutter butter by Bo Bunny.





It works for boys, it works for girls, and I am already thinking up classes I can teach with this. Bo Bunny has already come up with a great one:




I am actually wondering if these new flocked or glitter laces will be a good accent. It arrives tomorrow (Monday). I'll be sure to let you know!