Monday, December 23, 2013

'Tis the Season

Hey Bloggerettes,

This following store hours will be observed over the holidays:

Christmas Eve  11-2
Christmas Day  CLOSED
Boxing Day      CLOSED

New Years Eve  11-2
New Years Day  CLOSED

From all the staff at The Scrap Yard, we wish  you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Check out what's happening!

Hello Bloggerettes,

The next few weeks are peak season for Scrapbookers’.  The store is being stocked for your crafting enjoyment.
Pick up a “WISH LIST” printout from the store to put on the fridge for your family’s shopping ease.
If you participated in Tim Holtz’s “Creative Chemisty 102” you will want to invest in several of the products he demonstrated so that you can try the techniques yourself.  We are in the process of re-stocking the entire Tim Holtz wall in the store.  Paula Cheney is also up to her usual self and making lots of Christmas projects from Tim’s goods.

Most scrapbookers’ have addictive personalities.  Stencils, sprays, washi tape!  How many do you have?  It’s obvious you need more.  We can help you with that – ha, ha, ha.
Did you know that there is washi tape in camo and Lego patterns?  Have you seen our custom made washi tape rotating holder?  Robbie has one!   FYI:   Heidi  F Swapp has 6 new colors of “Color Shine”.
BASIC GREY has brought back the “Calendar Kits”.  They will be in-store shortly.  Don’t wait, call in to reserve yours.  403-271-2225

Don’t forget about our WOODEN LETTERS.  New babies, newlyweds, kid project over the holidays – the perfect gift!

GIFT CARDS for your friends, teachers and fellow scrapbookers at Christmas.


·         “She” Art Large Canvas final class (Nov 21  6-9)

·         “WINTER” Wooden Letters final decorating class (Nov 20  6-9)

·         Teresa Collins Monthly Kit (Nov 29  6-9)

·         Basic Grey Page-of-the-Month (Nov 27  6-9)

·         Tim Holtz Monthly Tag class (Nov 30  1-2)

·         Project Life class (Nov 28  6-9)

IMPORTANT:  All of the flood relief scrapbooking donations that I received over the past few months are being offered up  at  A HEALING CROP” in High River on Nov 22 ( 2pm – 11:30 pm) and Nov 23 (10am – 11:30pm   also Potluck night) in the High River LDS Church.  Please contact Martha Klassen via Facebook or or call 403-607-6480 to register.  Lots of room and no-charge to attend. 


·         “FROSTY” wooden letters class  (Dec 4 & 11  6-9)

·         “JINGLE”  wooden letters class  (Dec 6 & 13  6-9)

·         CUSTOMER APPRECIATION FESTIVITIES  make-n-takes, appetizers, hot cocoa+, draws.   Pre-registration is required.  (Dec 7  4-7).

·         Teresa Collins Monthly Kit (Dec 27  6-9)

·         Basic Grey Page-of-the-Month (Dec 18  6-9)

·         “Happier at Home”  regular hours

·         Tim Holtz Monthly Tag class (Dec 28  1-2)

·         Project Life class (Dec 19  6-9)


·         “Happier At Home” front cover class (Jan 2  12:30-2 & 6-9).  Last class for this journal.

·         “Shabby Window Frame” This same class will be held 4 times due to size constraints of project and classroom. (Jan 4 & 18 & 25 & TBA  1-4pm)

·         New art journal book club class (like the “Happier at Home” and “Happiness Journal” former classes).  New format and author Brene Brown’s book “The Gifts of Imperfection”.  Class starts Jan 9  ( morning class @ 12:30-2:00 and evening class @ 6:30 – 8:30) and will take place on the 1st Thursday of every month starting February until December 2014.

·         “Project Life”  (Jan 16  6-9)

·         Teresa Collins Monthly Kit (Jan 31  6-9)

·         Basic Grey Page-of-the-Month (Jan 29v 27  6-9)

·         Tim Holtz Monthly Tag class (Jan 25  11-12)

·         “Thing One & Thing Two” class to create a tactile reminder of the things you really want to do in life.  It will be housed in a small vintage drawer for you to see every day until you do them all!  Pen included to stroke them off when complete. (Jan 22  6-9)



·         “Over The Holidays” worn cover mini album class.  Gather lots of pictures of the fun you had over the Christmas season.  They will look great in this little album.  (Feb 21  6-9)

·         “Valentine” altered blocks class done in mixed media style  (Feb 6  6-9)


I hope to have RINGETTE paper printed for the big tournament in January.  I’ll keep you posted.  More hockey paper is coming in too.  LEGO embossed paper is also on its way.  German Glass Glitter in bulk too!

On a personal note: 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being so understanding during my recent absence through my brothers’ illness and passing.
Also, Susan will be taking a teaching hiatus for the next few months.  I will be doing her “Project Life” classes.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Upcoming Classes for the Fall

Hey Bloggerettes,

Here is a quick outline of the upcoming classes:
  • AUTUMN wooden letters (Sept 4 & 11)  I have 4 sets cut
  • Shabby Chic 7 Layout Classes  (start the week of Sept 9 -  M, T or Th am)
  • 3 - 6x6 Card Class (Sept 13)
  • Tim Holtz Single Tag Class (last Saturday of the month)
  • Project Life (join any time for this class – Sept 19)
  • Crop with Susan (Sept 21- there will be one every month)
  • WICKED  wooden letters (Oct 2 & 9)
  • Authentic Antique Printer Tray (Oct 11)  only 4 available
  • Ice Resin Heart Bezel Necklace  (Nov 2 @ 1-3)
  • Countdown To Christmas Project by Susan (5 classes starting October 24)
  • Large Canvas “She Art” Mixed Media (October)
  • Christmas Card Class (November 20))
  • Antique Window Wall Hanging by Lynn (TBA)
  • WINTER  (Nov 6 & 20)  FROSTY and JINGLE wooden letters (TBA)
  • Nunn Design Ring  (Nov 8))
  • Continuation of the Basic Grey Page of the Month Class (Mar-Feb)
  • Continuation of the Teresa Collins Monthly Kit  (Mar-Feb)
  • “Happier at Home Journal” class is continuing monthly until December
  • “Letterpress” is the new thing – as soon as I can secure the tools I will offer the class (tentatively Oct 18)
  • Learn how to make your own “Danglers” for the spines of your mini albums (Oct 4 @ 6-9PM)
  • “Scarf Scribing” class (Nov 9 @ 1-3PM)
  • Home D├ęcor Project#1 – Faux Pumpkin Thanksgiving centerpiece (Oct 5)
I am updating the online Class Schedule (Stuff We Teach) so check for more information about the classes on the website.
The store will be closed for Labour Day Monday.
 Regular winter hours (Mon-Fri  11-9 & Sat 11-5) will resume September 9.
 With the amount of donations for the flood victims that I have received, I think I will have to rent a hall and have a big all-day crop!  Stay tuned.  I would like to give a big THANK YOU to the generous scrapbookers who have been so generous.
LIKE” us on Facebook to keep up-to-date.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Pinterest - about pinning

Hey Bloggerettes,

I am going to share more info about "Pinning" in this post.
Because you will be crazy, obsessive when you first start "Pinning", you will find that you gravitate to certain types of things and will try to "Pin" the same things over and over again - PINTEREST now has a prompt that shows up on the top of the "Pin" that says "Psst! Looks like you already pinned this".  You have no idea how valuable this is :)
"Repin" is the option most people choose on PINTEREST.  That is totally acceptable.  You are given the option to choose which  of your "Boards" you want to store it in and change the description if you want to so can search for it later by something you have described it as.  Valuable hint:  after you have hit the "Repin" button and want to get out of that screen, click on the "X" that is in the top right hand corner, not the back arrow on the programs top left hand side.

 When you find that you are "Pinning" several "Pins" from the same person you obviously like the same things.  Now is the time to "Follow" that person.  Click on their name and you will see their bio and all of their "Boards".  You have the option to "Follow All" or just "Follow" certain boards.  Another way to find people with similar interests is to click on the "Followers" or "Following" of this person.  They obviously like some of the same things too!  This is how you build a great "Pinterest" feed of "Pins".


Find friends to "Follow" who are also on PINTEREST by keying their name into the "Search" bar and selecting "Pinner".

The small red square with the white lines in top left corner has a drop down box that lists common categories to search. 

FYI:  Something that I am finding difficult about this blog is the fact that PINTEREST keeps changing constantly and it really depends on the type of computer system you are using (i.e. Windows, PC,  laptop, Mac, iPad, iPhone).  If your Apple apps aren't updated it changes how you view the screens on all Apple products. 

Anyway, lets support our local businesses over the Stampede Season and continue to help those in need after the devastating floods.  The Scrap Yard is taking donations to replenish lost scrapbooking supplies to those in need.  In early August we will be hosting a free class and Pizza Party for those in need to come in and bag some supplies.  Stay tuned. 

Summer hours are in effect:
Monday - Friday   11-7
 (if there is an evening class scheduled, the store will be open later - check the calendar of classes)
Saturday                11-5
Sunday                  Closed

Monday, June 17, 2013

Pinterest - Getting to Know

Hey Bloggerettes,

Now that you have opened a Pinterest account and logged in, here are some tips on navigating around.  Click on the heading Pinterest and get started  :)

Pinterest will give you some templates boards to start you out.  You don't have to keep them.  Click the EDIT button on each board and either delete them or re-name them then SAVE them.  Pinterest will ask you to put each board under a category.  It makes it easier for other pinners to find and search things.  One pinner suggested that before you name any boards you should play around in the EVERYTHING category - see what kinds of things are out there - see what other names pinners have used for their boards - click around on things - have fun!

Back to business - The HOME page has 2 different parts.  The top menu bar is the same for everybody.  It has the SEARCH BOX (key in a word or phrase to find existing "pins"/pictures of what you are looking for   i.e. "caramel"), ADD+ (to add new pin board for yourself because you want a new category to pin things to or add a pin from somewhere on the internet that is not on Pinterest already), ABOUT (drop down box with HELP and other options), your picture (if uploaded - not mandatory) and a drop down box that lets you find friends, see your boards, see your most recent pins, adjust your settings and Logout.  Beneath this heading is a row that says FOLLOWING (once you start following other people you will be able to see all the pins when you click on this word), CATEGORIES (gives you choices of pins to look at by category), EVERYTHING (shows you everything that everyone has pinned up-to-the-minute), POPULAR (the most popular pins that have been repined by others that are current),and finally GIFTS (just another category that is popular and has a drop down box to pick a price range).


The second part of the screen is where the pictures/pins are of things people have pinned to their boards.  Each pin has a picture, a description if provided by the previous pinner (you can click in this box and delete the current description and add your own observation or comment and it will be saved like that on your board), a picture and name of the last person to pin it with a notation of which board they pinned it to.  When you click on the picture/pin  3 choices are displayed at the top of the pin.  You can "REPIN" it to one of your boards by clicking the red "Pin it" button, "Like" it (doesn't go on to a board just stays in your LIKE category) or "Share" it by way of the drop down list that is offered when you mouse over the "Share" button.

Enjoy playing around and stay tuned for the next tutorial.

Princess Pinterest

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Pinterest - Starting out

Hey Bloggerettes,

I am going to do a weekly post about the ever popular "Pinterest".

Consider this your invitation to learn about it, learn more about it and master it!

My byline pseudonym will be "Princess Pinterest".

PINTEREST is a picture based  social network (a website used for sharing and communicating between the people who use it) similar to Facebook.  When you find something on the internet that you would like to refer back to, you "pin it" to your "pinboard" which is like an old fashioned corkboard that is on your computer.

Pinterest started in 2008 by a small Silicone Valley company called Cold Brew Labs as a "social cataloging" site.  By August 2011 it was named one of the 50 best websites by Time Magazine.

Pinterest is in a beta testing phase meaning it is still being tested by participants/users to find minor defects so they can address them.  Because of this public testing, membership is by invitation only.  As of January 2012, there were 11.7 million users (mostly women).

Membership is free at this stage.  To join this social network you are required to request an invitation  from Pinterest through their website:    (click on the red button)

You will need a Facebook/Twitter account to log in to Pinterest once your request to join is accepted so get that set up while you are waiting.  You are cautioned to limit the amount of personal information that you submit when opening your Facebook account.

If you don't have a Facebook account, you can sign up for one in a few easy steps. To sign up for a brand new account, enter your name, birthday, gender, and email address into the form on Then pick a password.
After you complete the sign up form, they will send an email to the address you provided. Just click the confirmation link to complete the sign up process.
Stay tuned for more info......

Princess Pinterest

I am updating the June calendar tonight so check it out. 

The Kid's Camp, doing the wooden letters, is fast approaching.  Don't dealy - sign up your kids, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or other relatives between the ages of 8-14.  I need to pre-order the words they want to do so please get them registered :)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Come Celebrate June with Us!!

Hey Ladies

We are having a little sale this weekend to celebrate June!!  You will receive 25% off your entire purchase, today only.  We are open 10-5 today!!  

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Victoria Day - May 20, 2013

Hey Bloggerettes,

The store hours for Victoria Day are:

6:30PM - 9:00PM  (there is a class going on).

Monday, April 29, 2013

More new stuff!

Hey Bloggerettes,

Just reporting in on this fine Monday morning.  The last few weeks have been hectic preparing for our "Imagine 2.0" event last weekend - which was fabulous by-the-way.  We also received 3 big orders.   Love, love all the new stuff. The pictures will tell the tale.

I hope to have the May class schedule on the website by tomorrow.  Don't miss out!  New classes available will be "FAMILY" wooden letters, "CREATE"  wooden letters, a jewelry class, something new from Lynn and we'll see what Susan comes up with to surprise you!

Lynn's Shabby Chic "Bootcamp" is a big hit.   We are taking sign-ups for the fall session of the "Shabby Chic 7" layout/album classes.  You do 1 layout a week for 20 weeks (Christmas hiatus) and then build the album to put your layouts in.  This past session we had an extra class to decorate your album covers - they turned out fabulous!

Susan has her "Mixed Media" class underway as well.  This type of creativeness is super hot in the industry right now.  There are so many new products available to work with.  Watch for the "Gelli Arts Printing Plate" to be arriving at the store.

Project Life monthly class is underway.  Quick and easy way to get it together.

Kid's Summer Camp  will be July 15-18.  This is the wooden letter camp.  The kids pick the letters that they want to do and you pay for each letter and a base fee for the camp.

"The Scrap Yard" will have a presence in Okotoks soon.  Stay tuned. 

I created a survey that I would invite you to take.  I want to know what type of off-site events you guys are looking for.  Please indulge me :)

Big Birthday Party

Imagine 2.0 schedule

 Susan teaching the Maggie Holmes album at "Imagine 2.0"

 Lynn teaching the Tim Holtz Configurations book

 Eye candy

 Wooden letters done in Teresa Collins paper (thanks Cheryl for sharing)

This looks tidy now but it didn't look like this at the end of the day at the event!!! 
 Love the Texture Treads!

NEW       Teresa Collins "He Said/She Said"

NEW     Teresa Collins "Memories"

NEW     Studio Calico wood veneers and mistable canvas - roller stamps YEAH!!!!

Project Life assortment of papers

Juicy new stuff

More good stuff

Stencil love!

Have a few of these Teresa Collins monthly kits available due to double shipping of the order.

Awww, how cute are these?

Now for some "Shout-outs".
  • Condolences to Kahli
  • triple congrats to Pat
  • congrats to Mitch and Tatiana 
  • you are amazing Mel
  • good luck Jackie - glad I'm not you
  • thanks Kael (swabber/maintenance guy)
  • thanks Lucie, Pat, Carol, Maria, Deb, Lynn, Susan
  • thanks Barry

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Mixed Media Album Class With Susan

Hi Ladies!
Explore your creative side this Spring in this new Mixed Media Album Class with Susan!   It will run on alternate Tuesday evenings beginning on April 16, 6-9pm.  I am also opening a morning class alternate Thursdays beginning on April 18, 10-1.  The class will run until June 27.  We will be experimenting with different mediums to create fun texture and colour.  

I hope you will join me on this creative journey!  For more information on this class contact The Scrap Yard at 403-271-2225.  There are only a few spots left!