Sunday, December 30, 2012

Day 364

Hey Bloggerettes,

The year is coming to a close, what a year it was!

Here are some of the highlights:
  • Teresa Collins "Bling it on Canada" event in November - fabulous!
  • "Imagine" off-site weekend workshop in April
  • iPhone app "Scrapbook Inc" going live in the Apple Store of iTunes
  • Susan Tutt being published 7 different times over the year including Somerset Studios
  • Lynn Thune asked by Tim Holtz/Paula Cheney to create layouts for his booth at CHAW2013
  • Exhibiting at the "Baby & Tot" show at the BMO Center in October
  • Attending "Inspiration Unlimited" in Vegas for the 5th year in a row
  • CHAW2012 in Anaheim last January
  • Bringing back treasures from "Farm Chicks" in Spokane in June
  • Introducing our customers to "mixed-media" - what a hit!
  • Starting our 6th session of "Shabby Chic" - still a hot commodity!
  • Initiate a new creative strategy in an art journaling class with the "Happiness Project"
  • Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest - featured in the Calgary Herald
  • Participate in the new Teresa Collins Monthly Kit program
  • Launching the "Scrap Yard Salvage Collection" of products
  • Expanding on the wooden letter frenzy
  • Another successful "Customer Appreciation" soiree in December
Wooden letters

Cutest customers

Screen shot of iPhone app 
at Farm Chicks

 Calgary Stampede 100 years

purchase at Farm Chicks

Mixed Media

new at The Scrap Yard

Inspiration Unlimited

Bling it on Canada project

Cards by Susan

fun wooden boot

Baby & Tot show


Bling it on Canada - Teresa

Pinterest tin

Customer Appreciation

2012 Advent Calendar

"Imagine" project

"Imagine" project

Happiness Journal

"Bling it on Canada" teachers

Shabby Chic layout

Let's have another great year girls!  Thanks for being part of our growth and success.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Merriest Wishes

Hey Bloggerettes,

The hours for the store over the holiday season will be:

Christmas Eve     11-4
Christmas Day     Closed
Boxing Day         Closed
New Years Eve    11-4
New Years Day    Closed

Big news: Lynn has been recruited by Tim Holtz/Paula Cheney to create some projects that will be displayed in his booth at CHA Winter in Anaheim in January. The parameters are that she uses as much of the newest product that will be released in her own true style. She has already received the big box of product to start creating - how amazing is that??????

Last Friday we celebrated "Customer Appreciation Day".  Thank you to our loyal patrons who attended.  I love that my whole family pitches in to help.  Thanks to Susan and Lynn for helping too.
The big hit was the kraft paper table runner that the tables were covered with.  Who knew????  Soffrito's catered again this year - thanks Gord YUMMMMMMMMMMM. 

The "Happiness Journal" starts up again in January.  The books have arrived.  When you register for the class you will receive the book to start this fabulous journey.  Register ASAP - limited space available.

May your Christmas be filled with "Comfort & Joy".

Lori & Team

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

‘Tis the season to “Get-r-Done”!

Hey Bloggerettes,
We have some classes coming up that will help you with gift giving.
December 1 – Fridge Door Advent Calendar (Miniature free standing galvanized fridge door decorated for an Advent Calendar) limited space available – one time only class. Time: 12-5 Cost $75/member - one kit available.

December 5 – Rusty Tin  Box – gather/print your favourite PINTEREST recipes or finds and keep them in this great little box that will be ‘shabbied and prettified’ in class. Time: 6-9 Cost: $40/member

December 12 - Canvas Corp Gourmet Wall Hanging 24x24”. This is a beautiful kitchen wall hanging using 12x24” & 2-12x12” canvases as the base and trimmed out with other canvases and 7 Gypsies products. Time: 6-10 Cost: $125/member
December 13 – Jenni Bowlin Chalkboard Easel. This will be a great teachers’ gift. Susan’s mixed media style. Time: 6-8 Cost: $25/member
December 14 – "Customer Appreciation Evening" with nappies/beverages/make-n-takes/prizes – please register for this event. Time: 6-9 No charge
December 15 - "Pizza Party" to catch up on any of Lynn’s classes. Bring your projects that you need to finish and Lynn will help you finish. Time: 5-10 Cost: $20/member
December 17 – "Bauble Bracelet Creation" – lets have fun at the Bead Bar and make some “Baubles” for gift giving. Time: 6-8 Cost: $20/bracelet
Some other stuff:
If you are putting off ordering customized wooden letters, the cut-off date to ensure you get them by Christmas is this Wednesday. We have done some fun ones lately like “Hanukkah”, “Belize”, “Jingle”, “Elliana”, “Erica”. We have 3 different pricing points: $10/letter for raw letters, $12/letter for painted only and $15/letter for painted and decorated.
FYI: There are 3 sets of raw JINGLE letters available for sale.
Bling it on Canada” was fabulous. Teresa Collins was very impressed with our city, its hospitality, talented teachers, The Scrap Yard store, the venue in which it was held. She has posted great accolades on her blog. Her only complaint was coming through customs at the airport and the first question they asked her was “Have you ever had a DUI?” ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! That was embarrassing.
Shabby Chic” classes take a break after the Dec 13th class. They will resume the week of January 7, 2013
Imagine 2.0 was announced at the end of the “Bling it on Canada” event. The attendees of “Bling it on Canada” had first chance to register. The next round of registration is opened up today to the attendees of the first “Imagine” event held last April. The event date is April 19-21, 2013. Venue is Red Deer Lake Community Hall (pending booking confirmation). Some format changes are: There will be a class on Friday night so the Sunday classes can end earlier. There will still be 6 fabulous classes in the following styles – Shabby Chic, Grunge, Mixed Media, Jewellery, Altered Art and something new that we discover at CHAW2013. Lori, Susan and Lynn will be instructing. Home cooked meals and snacks provided. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to book your spot. Final payment is due February 1, 2013. No refunds will be provided. You can send someone in your spot if you can’t attend. Total cost for the weekend is $399.99.
NOTE: Basic Grey “Page-of-the-Month” class will be the first Wednesday in January for the December layout. Who is interested in continuing this class for 2013? I have to make my commitment soon to order the kits for another year. This class happens once a month and you do a double page layout using the most current Basic Grey collection. You end up with lots of left over product to make cards or add to other layouts you are working on. Cost is $24.99/class with a commitment of 12 layouts.
Have you registered for the new session of “The Happiness Journal”? In January we will be starting the new book called “Happier at Home” by Gretchen Rubin. Lynn will be continuing her shabby style of altering this hardcover book. Space is limited to 16 participants. Register ASAP.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Exciting week ahead.....

Hey Bloggerettes,

The final preparations for the "Bling It On Canada" Teresa Collins Event are underway!  Only 4 more sleeps.  Thank goodness this isn't my first event or I would be bonkers!  Everyone knows that I work better under pressure.  Somehow Lynn & Susan have caught on to this lovely way to live - ha, ha, ha.   Last chance to get in on the fun :)

A big order came in last week.  I've shared some pics of the new product.  Going fast!

If you are interested in doing the 2013 "Happiness Journal" with Lynn, get your name in.  Limited spots available. 

There have been quite a few bookings for kids birthday parties of late.  They love to do the wooden letters or a mixed media canvas or a mini album.  Susan does such a great job with the girls.

Ask about our stash of wooden letters - maybe a name for a baby gift or a surname as a house warming gift?????  Check out the "Oil & Vinegar" letters done for Gord/Soffrittos when he's at the Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market.

Condolences go out to Pat and Dianna.  Very sorry for your losses.


P.S.  Yeah Stamps!

Technique Tuesday Christmas stamps

my favorite paper

FabScraps journal

bling and tags

paper string and tinsel


new angel wing die

unique "Scrap Yard Salvage Collection" finds

stencils and cute stamp

this years "Happiness Journal"

Teresa Collins

Santa's Workshop