Thursday, January 17, 2008

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Something to Share
I made this accordian book during my crop on January 12. It's based upon a kit designed by Brindy's Backyard. This is the front of the book

which is tied in the back with ribbon.
It opens up into three panels with the center panel holding envelopes that are adhered together to form an accordian
as you can see here.
Inside each envelope is a removable page which is topped with a large sticker. The sticker serves as a tab. I used We R Memory Keepers embossed, cardstock stickers,American Traditional cardstock for the pages, inside cover, and outside cover, and greeting card envelopes for the accordian section.

Weekend Crop
I attended a weekend crop hosted by The Cropper's Corner in Fredericksburg, Virginia. They were celebrating their 4th "birthday" in business. I had a blast with my friend EV. The store gave away door prizes every 30 minutes, gave 40% off products each attendee could carry or cart in 1 minute, fed us good food, and gave us a gift for attending. I'll definitely attend their Birthday Bash next year.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the "40% off run". Two women at a time were allowed to go through the store and pick as many products as they wanted to get 40% off the price. You could carry the products in your arms, use a hand basket, or push a cart. I was one of only a few who pushed a cart through the store. You could choose to walk, jog, or run. Many of the women walked. I chose to run. I also went through the store at least five times, prior to my turn, to scope out products and plan my route. I ended up getting a bunch of stuff whereas some women got only one or two products. During my run I put into my cart:

29 bottles of Ranger Ink Paint Dabbers,
2 Tim Holtz Paint Dabber Cases,

1 Jumbo Ranger Ink stamp pad,

6 bottles of Ranger Ink Stickles,
1 Making Memories embellishment jar,

1 StoneCreek Creations Krafter's Komfycush,
1 set of Art Warehouse Limited Edition background journaling stamps,

and, 8 Cropper Hopper Desktop Embellishment Organizers.
If I bought everything shown here I would have saved $111. However, I was on a budget and returned most of the products with the hope of getting some of these at another 40% off event at The Cropper's Corner. I joked with EV that the store may decide to change the rules of this event after seeing what I did.

I Love Mrs. Claus!
Guess what? There really is a Mrs. Claus and she gave me ALL of the bind-it-all products that were on my wish list! Is that amazing or what? I LOVE YOU Mrs. Claus!!! I can't wait to play with it.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Some great communities on the web

Today I want to share with you some of the wonderful scrapbooking communities that I've found on the web. Some are online bulletin boards. Some are email lists. All are full of information and people who love to share.

First up is Two Peas In A Bucket. This is an online community which houses a store, message board, member gallery, and online tutorials. Some nationally known scrapbookers such as Keisha Campbell, Ali Edwards, and Elsie Flanagan used to be regulars on this board. One thing to watch out for on Two Peas is that some of the women who post on the message board can be brutal. They have strong opinions and don't mind sharing what they think when things rub them the wrong way.

Another online community is Scrapjazz. They have the same benefits as Two Peas minus the brutality. Another thing I like about Scrapjazz is that you can sign up for free tutorials to be sent automatically by email.

If you like rubberstamping as well as scrapbooking as I do, then Splitcoaststampers is the place for you. This site focuses on using Stampin' Up! stamps in your projects. They don't sell a variety of products as the previous two communities but the learning resources are incredible.

Finally, if you like something with an ethnic spin to it, try Scraps of Color. This is a relatively new site that's growing and expanding with more participation. Check it out.

I subscribe to a few email groups that focus on various aspects of scrapbooking. These are groups where members can send messages and links to resources and all of the members of the list receive each message. You also have an option not to receive each message in your in box. You can opt to view messages on the web. Or, you can have the messages grouped into batches and then have the batch sent to you. This last option is called a digest. Most of my memberships are digests because some email groups produce hundreds of messages in a day!

I'm an organizational freak. I love to organize and re-organize my supplies and Scrapper's Challenge helps me do just that. This list focuses on organizational techniques for scrapbooking. But, beware this is a high volume list which sends hundreds of messages per day!

The next email group I recommend is ScrapBooking Classes. Members conduct online classes in real time or video. This is a great resource which also produces a lot of messages.

Finally, a specialty email list I like is called Cricutcutter. This list focuses on using the Cricut die cutting machine. By the way, the Cricut web site has a great online community as well.

I am a member of many more groups and online communities but this is just sampling of my favorites. If you have some sites to recommend, please let a message.

Later I'll share some of my favorite blogs.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Some of my favorite scrapbooking tools

I want to share with you some of my favorite scrapbooking tools. First, there's the 3M ATG 700 and 714 guns (TM). I use these for most of my adhesive needs. The tape is super sticky and can be used on most surfaces and the refills are VERY inexpensive compared to other tape runners. The biggest cost comes from purchasing the applicators. But considering these "guns" will last many years, maybe even your lifetime, the investment is worth it. I found that has the best price on the internet for these items. Shown here is the 714 model which has a 1/4" tape.
I like the Creative Memories power sort boxes for storing my photos, negatives, and photo CDs. Creative Memories has a mini sorter (shown here) and a large one which is four times the size of this one. I use both sizes.
Next up is the Creative Memories Custom Cutting System. They have several different shape sets which you use with their blades and cutting mat to quickly and easily cut out shaped paper and photos. The oval shapes are shown here. I use the ovals and circle shapes.
To trim my photos, I use the Creative Memories Personal Trimmer. I also like Stampin' Up's punches. They have a variety of punches, some of them in graduated sizes, so you can make a mat for certain shapes, easily.

The Cricut electronic die cutting system is also a favorite tool of mine.Well, that wraps up my list of favorite tools for now. I'll share my favorite supplies, companies, scrappers, and web sites in future posts.

I just want to give a shout out to Camille for being the one person I know of who actually reads my blog. Thanks Camille! You've motivated me to keep my entries updated.