Monday, September 29, 2008

My Daily Etsy Find!

I love photography, and I am always in awe of other's works, mainly because I really do not take good photographs. While on Etsy today, I found this awesome photo of a waterfall in a creek. Take a peek:

Visit the store for some other great finds: While on Etsy, visit some of the other great crafters and artists. You never know what you may find!

Sunday, September 28, 2008


I started selling a really cool scrapbooking paper called Intricacies. I haven't added them to my online store yet, but the croppers have been snatching them up! Here are some pictures of what they are:

There are a whole host more: bikes, construction, arrows, circles, dog prints, dinosaurs, daisies, 4th of July, rocket ships, and many, many more. I am carrying hearts, butterflies & flowers.

Here's an example of how to use them:

The colors vary depending on what you are looking for. Contact me so we can work out the details! It's a great new way to add character to your scrapbook pages!

A Cute Etsy Find!

Twice a week I will bring you some cute things I find on I'm just trying to encourage everyone to look and buy handmade as much as possible (see previous post).

The holidays are right around the corner & we're always on the prowl for unique gift ideas. I found this adorable phone charm on

Click on the store name, Medox, to view more charms. And remember, they are just limited to your cell phone. I just love the happy little expressions on these charms. And who doesn't love peanut butter & jelly?????
Stay tuned for more great Etsy finds!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

My Etsy Store!

As much as I love to scrapbook and create things, I enjoy teaching new techniques and working on my site and on-line store, and the monthly crops, and all the other things I am involved in.

So, to ensure I keep my skills up, I've decided to open an Etsy shop! For those of you lurking on this blog who don't scrapbook, you can buy things that I make, and you can discover a whole new world of items that are all HANDMADE. The great feature of Etsy is all the artists and crafters on there make their own products to place for sale. We buy from each other & support each other. We bring new people to Etsy to discover all the magical and beautiful creations from talented people.

My store is http:\\ I'm trying to add new things every other day. So if you are in a rush and need a card or page layout or any of the other things that I'm going to add real soon, then let me know. If you see something in the store & you want to learn how to do it, let me know & I'll teach it at a monthly crop.

Remember, our country was founded on small businesses. Back in the day, before the ridiculous corporations took over, we shopped at the butcher, the baker and the florist. We visited farms and all the Mom & Pop shops to buy our goods. I know financial times are hard, however, how are the Mom & Pops going to make it if we continuously go to Wally World and Target to buy our gifts? I know toilet paper is cheaper at Wally World, and that's ok. When you are thinking about your holiday gifts or birthday gifts, think HANDMADE. It's much more meaningful.

Have a great weekend & think about my last paragraph!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

First Day of Fall

It's hard to believe when it's 80-something degrees outside with about 90% humidity that fall is in the air! But, today marks the first day of fall - time to switch gears for the upcoming holiday stampede.

So have you thought about gifts for the holidays yet? RWC has some new Christmas paper lines coming in, and if you missed the July class on door hangers, then stay tuned as the chipboard shapes & words will pop into the store real soon. It's a quick & fun project to make & relatively inexpensive.

Do me a favor - don't get bogged down in the holiday fervor this year. I'm still having a crop in Nov. & Dec. For those of you who attend, I think you'll agree that the atmosphere is relaxed and fun. And we accomplish our goals!
PS - the picture at the top of the blog is fall in Georgia from our trip last October. Leaves - watch out - here I come!

Friday, September 19, 2008

ScrapBizness: Remember These???

ScrapBizness: Remember These???

If you want to take a stroll down memory lane today, click on this link! Some blasts from the past in the scrapbooking world......

Thursday, September 18, 2008


It's all around us everyday. STRESS. It comes in many forms and fashions for each of us - whether it's Mother Nature and what she throws at us, or if it's the job market, housing market, stock market, juggling career and kids and family, caring for elderly parents. We all have something. It's that simple.

So, my question this month is - how does scrapbooking help alleviate your stress?

For me, it's a time when there is nothing going on in my mind, except the layout or card in front of me. It's relaxing for me. I thoroughly enjoy what I am doing and allow myself to get caught up in the moment. I don't allow myself to get stressed out about scrapbooking - why should I? If I run out of my tape runner, then at least I can put all the pieces of a layout or two together and pick up a refill tomorrow.

Tell me how you do it? Post by October 15th and one lucky 'poster' will win something from the store. And don't forget to click over to and check out what's happening and maybe you'll find a product or two that you can't live without!

Scrap Pink!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in honor of all those brave MEN and WOMEN who have fought the battle of breast cancer, your $10 crop fee is donated to the Martin Memorial's Breast Health Navigator Fund. The fund is designed as a support mechanism for women in our community who need support: financial & emotional.

Join us on Sat. 9/27 from 1-5 pm at Piper's Landing in Palm City for a scrapping good time. We are having an altered bra contest, a 'pink' make n take, door prizes, goodie bags and more.

I know 9 women who have gone through the battle of breast cancer, and I know you must know at 1-3 yourself. Your $10 will make a difference. Join us.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

And the winner is....

...for the Sept. blog challenge - Char the mad shopper! She's winning a set of Bo Bunny papers!!! Congratulations & stay tuned for the next challenge.

Thanks to everyone for posting your comments.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Scraps of me!

Wow - a whole week went by and I didn't post anything. I just don't know where the time goes! I apologize for that.

In the meantime, I did work on a layout for me this past week. It's something that I'm trying to do since I spend the majority of my time working the business, I forget about my own personal scrapping.

In the recent issue of Memory Makers magazine, (and if you are reading it too don't forget about the 10% discount you'll receive if you order from the store!) the Reader Idea Gallery focused on honoring yourself by scrapping a page in honor of yourself. So, I looked through it, and while I didn't scraplift a layout, I was struck by Jennifer Armentrout's layout of her addiction to keeping scraps.

I looked down beneath my desk and saw the shoebox. You know the one - filled with pieces of paper. "Why do I keep this paper?", I thought. It struck me - because my Mom never allowed us to waste things growing up. There is always a practical use for everything. Mom didn't realize she was ahead of her time in the greening of our environment.

So, I came up with this layout - in honor of Mom:

The journaling reads: "Don't waste." my Mom always told me! So in a nice shoebox from my DH, I have all my scraps - big pieces, little pieces, funky shaped pieces. I have them all! And I use them. Mom always gives good advice!!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Baby Album Ideas!

Your little baby - they grow up fast & you are busily clicking the camera, snapping every moment. So now you have a mountain of photos (or lots of files on your computer), so which ones do you include in your album?

Here are some ideas to try & narrow the field a bit:

Baby’s First Bath
As soon as the "belly button" falls off, it's time for the first real bath. In addition to taking pictures of your baby in the cute, little bathtub, be sure to take one of him/her all swaddled in the hooded towel after the bath is over. And in your journaling you can write about how old your baby was and his/her reaction to the bath.

Baby’s First Trip
Whether it's a day trip to Grandma and Grandpa's house, a weekend getaway or even a full blown vacation, baby’s first trip is a significant milestone to preserve. Regardless of where you go on this first trip, your baby will encounter many new new sights, sounds, smells, people, etc. Journal about how your baby reacts to these new and different surroundings.

Baby’s First Solid Food
The first time your baby tries solid food is a fun event to capture in photos. The facial expressions are priceless. Things to journal about include what the food was, how much your baby ate and your baby's reaction. When your baby is older, take some pictures of him/her feeding himself/herself pasta with tomato sauce. A messy tomato sauce face is quite a sight!

Baby’s First Tooth
Although a toothless grin is absolutely adorable, it is exciting to see that first pearly white poking through. Once it’s visible enough to be seen in photos, take some great close-up shots for your scrapbook album. Note in your journaling the date the tooth first poked through and the date the photos were taken.

Baby’s First Step
While it’s often difficult to capture your baby’s very first step on camera, you’ll certainly get lots of photos of those very early steps. Try putting them in sequential order – from letting go of the furniture to taking those wobbling steps to landing on a diapered bottom – to show your baby’s progress across the floor.

Baby’s First Easter
Depending on how old your baby is for his/her first Easter, here are some ideas for what to include in your scrapbook album: dyeing Easter eggs, visiting the Easter Bunny, going on an egg hunt, opening his/her Easter basket, finding eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny, and preparing/eating Easter dinner.

Baby’s First Mother’s Day/Father’s Day
The first Mother's Day/Father's Day with your baby is, of course, very special. And you'll certainly take lots of photos of Mommy/Daddy with Baby. In addition to journaling about how you spent the day, it's interesting to journal about what you were doing and feeling on the previous Mother's Day/Father's Day. Maybe you were pregnant and received gifts from your baby-to-be. Maybe you didn't have any idea that you would be a parent in a year. Either way, it's fun to reminisce about what a difference a year makes.

Baby’s First Halloween
Depending on how old your baby is for his/her first Halloween, you may or may not put them in a costume. If they're in a costume then of course you'll take lots of pictures of them all dressed-up. If they're very young, putting them next to a very large pumpkin makes for an adorable photo. Remember to include pictures of your pumpkin picking trip, too.

Baby’s First Thanksgiving
On our Thanksgiving pages we often journal about what we're thankful for. Of course, as new Moms we're most thankful for our new babies. Journal about the "little things" you're thankful for – how your baby tightly holds your pinky when you feed him/her, the way your baby smells after a bath, the sound of your baby's giggle when you make funny faces, the peaceful feeling of rocking your baby to sleep, etc. – to make these pages extra special.

Baby’s First Christmas
There are so many memories you'll want to capture in your photos - getting the tree, trimming the tree, Christmas Eve, Christmas morning, favorite gifts and more. I've written another article called “Scrapbooking Your Christmas Memories” that has lots of suggestions for things to include in your scrapbook album.

Baby’s First Snow
If you live in a cold weather climate, your baby's first encounter with snow makes a fun page for the album. Even if your baby isn’t old enough to play in the snow, you can bundle him/her up and go outside so he/she can see the snow and feel it on his/her face. Some things to journal about on this page are the date of the snowstorm, your baby's age, what you did outside (e.g., pulled your baby in a sled, built a snowman), and your baby's reaction to the snow.

Other Photos
Undoubtedly, you have lots of baby pictures that aren't part of a specific event, holiday, milestone, etc. It can be hard to come up with ideas for how to categorize them. Here are some page/title ideas to use for your "every day" photos: Month (e.g., March, August Days), seasons (e.g., Spring Time, Winter Days), Sweet Girl/Boy, Play Time, Having Fun, Silly Sisters/Siblings, Peek-a-Boo, Cute as a Button, Busy as a Bee, Laughing and Smiling, Say "Cheese", Mommy's Little Girl/Boy, Daddy's Little Girl/Boy, Apple of Mommy’s/Daddy's Eye, Memorable Moments, Friends and Fun, "Look at Me!", Miles of Smiles, Precious Moments, and Movie Star (photos wearing different pairs of sunglasses). Also, if you have a nickname for your baby, that can make a cute page title.

Baby’s First Birthday
In addition to the standard pictures – singing Happy Birthday, blowing out the candles, eating the cake, opening the gifts, posing with party guests – take a picture of your baby right after he/she wakes up in the morning on his/her birthday and another one right before going to bed that night. That way you can put just these two pictures on a separate page and focus your journaling on how your baby spent his/her first birthday, from waking until bedtime.

The Perfect Ending
If you still have your baby’s hospital hat (you know, the adorable little hats babies wear right after they’re born), put it on your baby’s head and grab your camera. Although it will look pretty funny stretched out over the head of a one-year old, it makes quite a poignant picture. Put just this photo on the last page of your baby’s first year album, and you’ll have lots of room for journaling about the amazing year that has passed since you welcomed your baby into your life.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Friday Night Fun Crop

Remember When Creations is adding a Friday night fun crop! This past Friday night we had a productive and fun time cutting away at the Cricut:

The design bar is being restocked and so is the store. Please check out the store by visiting the website at
Next crop date TBD - stay tuned for more details on the Friday night crop and the special crop we are having for Breast Cancer Month!

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