Friday, 31 July 2009

CK Convention Demo's

This year at the Valley Forge CK convention we are demoing Smooch and Pearlescent Paints.
Here are two Video's of Shelby's Demo!

Smooch Demo

Pearlescent Paints Demo

Thursday, 30 July 2009


I spent 12 hours setting up for the convention and I am exhausted. I still have to put together some stuff for tomorrow so off I go. Robtook some videio of us setting up, so i'lll ask him to post some of it.

Hope to see many of you there!

Here We Go! - CK Convention Setup

Here is a quick video of us setting up the booth at the Valley Forge PA CK convention.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

1 day to convention

I have been packing up a storm despite Murphy's law trying to get in my way.... Losing a baby sitter (and thankfully re-finding one) for Noah on set up day, losing power while trying to pack up and hurting my back. What a trip! But there is certainly an air of excitement too.

A solicitor interupted my work to try and sell me magazines. Um no! I'm busy. Rob made the comment we should hang a sign; "No soliciting or you will be embellished!" It was a well needed laugh at the end of a long day.

It's almost midnight and I still have several hours of work ahead. Tomorrow night this time, I will have the booth set up and ready to greet customers..... now THAT'S a good thought!

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

2 days to convention

Another busy day getting ready. I received my shipment from Prima and got that all priced and ready to go. Hopefully my last order from Notions will come tomorrow instead of Thursday....would be so helpful to get that priced and boxed with everything else.

Funny story, I found my dog pilfering through my Prima box. He saw all those items wrapped in plastic and thought, "there must be a bag a chips here somewhere!" ha ha ha.... Nope, just some really beautiful flowers and tags, and paper, and trims and rub ons....

Still working on my cozy corner and getting the stuff together for the extra raffle. I have an ad in the booklet to tell people to stop by. Also, anyone who brings me a customer will get a raffle ticket for each friend (in addition to their Pink Paislee) gift.

Still so much to do. I've been trying to get some decent sleep but I think tonight marks the first of many late nights!

There are still some crop openings for anyone who wants to come.

Monday, 27 July 2009

3 days to convention

Price, price, price... that's all I'm doing. But I do have my "cozy corner" ready to go. What's my cozy corner? You'll have to stop by and see!

4 days to convention

T-shirts arrived! I am so happy to be selling these, and all my volunteers in the booth will be wearing one too. Back by popular demand is "Runs with Decorative scissors" It's a favorite everyone loves and I never see it anywhere.

Also, I custom ordered teal shirts: "Rock is dead. Long live paper and scissors!" AS you can see, my son couldn't resist giving one a test run!!!

They are just too cool. Make sure you get yours early because I only ordered about a dozen of each.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

5 days to convention

Well. ladies, here it is.... 5 days to convention and I find myself terrified. All I can picture is my standing in the middle of a swamped convention hall, croppers 30 deep in line with their purchases at every booth...... but mine.

I know every business has it's growing pains, but ladies, this hurts!This is some scary stuff. I know to the other vendors this is old hat but to me, I am nervous. I am carrying about 5 times the stock I usually do and that's a lot of dough going out on a gamble.

I just put the last order in for stock to get here the day before convention. The paints were indeed a hit so I ordered 30 more sets...

Off to get a good night's rest before this crazy week commenses...

Saturday, 25 July 2009

7 & 6 days to convention

Convention tickets are sold out. Those went fast! Still have discount coupons for anyone who needs...

Convention will have to hold off for now. It's time for one of my many trips out to Harrisburg. On these weekends, I take a couple of hours, pack up the store and get up at 4:30 or 5a, to drive a couple of hours out to Harrisburg.

They have a wonderful Central Penn crop set up there. I spend the day visiting with "regulars" some of which whom have become dear friends, and new customers as well. I sell my wares as they work from 9am to midnight! I then pack it all up and come home again. It's a very long day, but worth it.

Today I will do some convention prep as I dry run some of my demos and get feedback about the product. While it's too late to order from any mfgs (except Pink Paislee - they totally rock on ship times!), I can still get an order in with the distributor who has a 3 day ship time.

Off I go!

Thursday, 23 July 2009

8 days to convention

Tickets are in! I will start to mail or email those of you who have ordered the tickets. Boy, they can work fast when the want to!!!

"Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into. ~Henry Beecher, Life Thoughts, 1858"

.....Yes, what he said! It's raining down flowers at Scrap with Shelby and there are some really beautiful ones. I love especially the new Camelot roses coming just in time for convention, as well as the trellis and gallery roses too. These are my favorites:

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

9 days to convention

If you haven't yet gotten your $3 off coupon here at the store, let me know. I just received an email coupon I can pass on.

I worked on compiling a known customer list today - what a chore! People who were here at the store aren't too much a problem. But if you've never registered for something online, or you've only bought items out on the road, I may not have you. PLease, if you think you are not on the list, email me to check, OK? Volunteers will be staffing the booth. They will have no idea if you are a customer or not. If you aren't on the list, you don't get a gift.

And remember, to get a gift, you have to bring a friend. Coming alone? No problem! Just strike up a conversation during class, in the snack line, at the water fountain... any warm body will do! LOL

Received word that Prima is indeed on the way! I love their new fabric tags and embellishments... See for yourself this quick sampling:

How about a nice elegant die cut:

Or some cute canvas stitched tags or fabric embellishments?

Or one of many pre-stitched papers (no need for sewing machine here!)

Really, there is just so much to see!

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

10 days to convention

YES! I finally was able to reach someone at CK to get the vendor faire tickets - Hooray! I will be getting in 30 tickets, and 10 have already sold. You can use this link to order the discount tickets. $4 if you pay in cash and pick up directly, $5 if you pay by credit or need them mailed.

I was able to place one last Prima order to guarantee I'd have some fresh new things in. Some are so new, I never thought I would get them! I'll work on adding to the web this week...

And the t-shirts are on their way per my vendor. Can't wait to see the custom teal shirts I had made... Rock is dead long live paper and scissors!

Monday, 20 July 2009

Still 11 days (continued)

Just posted another sneak peek of new product I am bringing to convention.... Invisibles! Check out my website for a quick video...

11 days to convention

Swamped! Working on two orders for some great stuff to bring...

Some basic info:

Vendor floor is open on Friday, July 30th (9 or 10 – 6pm) and Sat 9am – 5 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door, but I have $3 discount coupons here right now. (Friday, they usually let early entry people in only at 9am – these are people that bought 4 or more classes and get in free). I assume this year is the same but don't know for sure as I opted to skip classes.

I’ve been told that I can order $4 tickets. However, I’ve called CK three times and they are not calling me back. I am going to try a different contact today and see if I get further. I will let everyone know via email blast and blog by the end of the week one way or the other… If they don’t call me back by Friday I will assume I just can’t get them.

Just a friendly reminder…Bring a friend to my booth and those on my customer list get a free Pink Paislee gift and an entry for a special gift basket. For every friend you bring me, you get another raffle ticket for the basket. To be on my customer list, you had to have attended a crop or class or made a purchase in the last year.

For those wondering, I am already ordering new product being announed next week at CHA. After CK convention, I will start to post some of the things that will start arriving in August. :)

Sunday, 19 July 2009

12 days to convention

What a fun day! The entire design team came over today to brainstorm demo samples, sneak peak new products and learn about some new techniques. Wow! Did they ever come up with some great ideas! And the layouts, well... you will just have to come to booth 328 to see them.

Here's just one sample, created by Amanda. She used several products in the Pink Paislee Captivating line including paper, brads, letters and chipboard. She also used the chipboard letters but added a twist by coating them in Doodlebug sugar coating for some glitz! Who says you can't use glitter or bling for boy layouts?!

Friday, 17 July 2009

14 days to Convention

Yesterday and today was "demo" day. That is, I was working on things for my demo table. A mAke and take doesnt' really fit me. I don't sell one big product like most, I sell a little of this, a little of that, and a chance to learn.

That's really what Scrap with Shelby is all about, learning a little something new every time you come.

So I am going to have a demo table full of all kinds of products for people to learn about and try out. Some of these products have been used in past classes, others possibly will be. In any case, it's a chance to try something new.

So here's a sneak peak at a brand new product. Pearlescent water colors from Yasumoto. They are so easy to use. Just stamp any fillable image and fill in with the paint. The best pasrtt? The smaller set is only$3.99 and the larger set is only $5.99 - very affordable, especially with the new trends of charging more and more ($3.00 paper - are you kidding me?!)

I will demo in more detail, so don't miss stopping by the booth. If I am doing something else, just ask for the paint demo - and try it for yourself!

Getting Ready for convention

Yes, I have neglected you all. If you signed up to see what it is like running a scrapbook business, then I can sum it up for you in word: busy.

There is always something to do, and right now is now exception. Yes, summer is supose to be the slow time of the year, but business is (thankfully) exploding right now. Never one to sit back and see what happens, I decided to take it a step further, so I signed up to vendor and the Creative Keepsakes convention in Valley Forge.

Oh. My. Gosh.

What was I thinking? Am I crazy?! Nuts?! Actually, I am very excited, and I can't think of a better time to do this. However, that leaves very little time for writing blogs... So I am pricing all the new product, half of which hasn't even made on to the web site yet! Read on to hear more about getting ready. I will try and post a little each day on what I am doing before the big day.

Hope you are going, and if you are, please know I have $3 discount tickets free with any purchase, or anyone who comes to a crop or class this month.