Thursday, July 31, 2008

Fear Not!

Probably the number one question I've had this month concerns the clearance sale. "What's wrong?" people ask. "Are you closing?!?" Well let me assure you that everything is just fine. The sale is clearing out some products in preparation for the fall and winter collections that I'll be receiving. The CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) show was held last week in Chicago and the vendors debuted their new collections. In addition I'm attending some really fun vendor events in August to place additional orders. All of those goodies have to go somewhere, so I'm having the clearance sale. So don't worry, all is well at the Scrapbook Spot.

What can you expect to come in?

More Kaisercraft goodies
Gorgeous new Basic Grey
Fun new basics from Bazzill Basics
School, Halloween & Winter collections from Reminisce
Christmas paper, etc
Hanukkah paper, etc

If there's a brand or theme that you'd like to see more of, post your ideas here on the blog. It will help me make my choices.

Ta ta for now!

PS - I'm closing at my regular time tonight, 7pm since my sister & brother-in-law will be in town.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Reminisce Sneak Peek

So even though I didn't trek to Chicago last week for CHA, I'm ordering some really great things for the Fall. Reminisce sent me their sneak peeks and I ordered the collections, then made some samples to share with you.

Making the Grade - double sided printed papers, stickers, & 3-D embellishments in preschool - 12th grade.

In honor of my sister & her first classroom!

PS - this is Hayley who's helping me this summer.
She created the freshman layout...even though she'll be in the 8th grade next year.

Enchanted Autumn - this groovy collection features holographic paper~its really cool!

Scare Tactics - is a truly spooktacular Halloween Collection

Frosted is a glitzy winter collection featuring an adorable snowflake, penguin and polar bear motif!

Hope you love them as much as I do! Making the grade is due in August & the rest in September!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

No Class tonight

Hi Everyone -

Just a quick note to let you know that the Basic Cardmaking class has been cancelled tonight. Also, I'll be closing at my regular time, 7pm tonight.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

More info on the Hotties!

Ok - here's the scoop

Saturday, July 19th 8am-11am
Fire Station #5
8900 Emerson Street, Westchester
Between Manchester and Westchester Pkwy, near Visitation.
$5/person, $2 kids 11 & under.
Moonbounce, pancakes, photos, arts & crafts (me) & firefigher stuff!

See you there!


Tuesday, July 15, 2008


What could be better than these two hotties? Pancakes and firefighters! I'll be at Firehouse #5 Saturday morning for their annual pancake breakfast, hosting a decoration booth for photo frames. It's a great opportunity to bring out the kids, support your community, and know....enjoy the scenery...j/k =)

I'll post more details later!


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Mix & Match

Today I challenged myself to get out of the box, really out of the box.

This layout uses one of the busiest prints in the shop, from Sassafras Lass. I loved the paper but wasn't sure what to do with it. First I looked at what I loved on the paper. I was drawn to the deer and the red rose in the lower right corner. The "rays" drew the attention to that spot so I wanted to work with those. And I wanted to avoid any deer puns...something for which I'm sure all you are greatful.

I used the Sassafras Lass Cardstock stickers for the title letters. I used the cardstock stickers as added embellishments in the corner, drawing more attention to the red rose. Some of them were ruffled and some were set on pop dots. Then I added some sparkle, but still in keeping with the color scheme and flower motif, with the foiled flora doodles. I created a mat with the back of one of the sassafras lass prints, and created a border for that with the paper trim and a blue chalk outline.

Basic idea here - don't be afraid to add to a print. Just make sure you work with it, not against it!

Honestly, this layout was a bit more challenging. For this one, I challenged myself to mix & match prints. I chose the prints from the new Basic Grey Euphoria collection. Then I borrowed some of Violet's layouts for inspiration, scraplifting at its finest.

The key here is choosing prints in the same color family. Then prints are layered with enough contrast between to create definition. For example on the left side I have the pink floral on the base, then the darker floral, then the lighter green. If the green and the pink had been together it would have been too similar together. The two sidebars, in the same print, one on the left & one on the right tie the two sides together. Finally, some larger elements - the chip stickers, provide "anchor points" for your eyes to land on the layout. Finally I created mats with the same bazzill cardstock as the background sheets - in the lightest violet color, edged in green distress ink.

Come on in for a closer look at both layouts and don't be afraid to mix & match!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Basic Grey came on a Basically Grey Day

Nothing perks up the doldrums like new paper, especially when its Basic Grey. The cool tones in this line are sure to sooth the soul & carry your imagination away! Also more rub on tools came!


Sunday, July 6, 2008

New But Not So Improved

These Vario Tab Dispensers may be new but apparently they're not so improved. So if you've purchased either of these models from the shop you can come in and exchange it for the tried and true vintage version. If you have your receipt, that would be great!

Sorry for the inconvenience.


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

4th of July Fun

This is a very "rah rah" 4th of July layout. The background paper is from the new Best Creations Collection and has glitter embossed star accents. I made mats from the Doodlebug Sugar Coated paper. Then I created ric-rac fireworks using Doodlebug Sugar Coated brads. The firecrakers are accented with trails of Stickles in the Platinum color.

This layout is a bit more simple & subtle with an "Americana" feel. It doesn't even need to be for the 4th of July. It features paper from My Mind's Eye 29th Street market, which is currently on sale, by they way. I created mats with a fold-over border. I attatched the transparency phase to the border with pewter brads. I popped up the die cut accent. Everything is sanded with the fabulous sanding tools from Basic Grey.

This Star Garland is featured in our Scraptacular Summer Class on Friday, July 18th. Its so easy and once you learn how to make it you can create stars for holidays, parties and pretty much anything else you think of. The garland measures a bit over 3 feet long and is super, super cute!

Some 4th of July reminders:
Thursday July 3rd 6:30pm - Free Concert at Center Court
I'll be hosting a free Make N Take (the Ric Rac Firecraker) &
you'll earn a free punch in your punch card for coming to visit me.
Friday July 4th -
Closing early at 5pm
FREE Cropping - Call to reserve your spot
Saturday July 5th
All Day Crop 10am - 10pm, 1 space left
Whatever you do, have a wonderful & safe holiday!