Monday, November 30, 2009

Whimzee's Scrapbook Studio Holiday Open House, 12/1/2009

Thanks for stopping by! It's been a very busy couple of weeks for the Whimzee's Girls! In addition to preparing for the holidays at home with our families, we've been gearing up for our Holiday Open House. If you're a scrapbooker, card maker or paper crafter in the Portland Metro area, you don't want to miss the Whimzee's Scrapbook Studio Holiday Open House!

We have all sorts of special purchase merchandise, page kits and holiday paper packs marked down just for the party! Stop by to stock up on all the new large rhinestones and felt self adhesive laser cut ribbon from Kaisercraft at AWESOME prices!

Please call the store to RSVP! (503) 259-9130

Whimzee's Scrapbook Studio
16630 SW Shaw Street, Suite K
Beaverton, Oregon 97007

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
5:00pm to 7:00pm

We'll have snacks, drinks & Holiday Wish Lists for you to fill out!

Don't forget to call & register for Julie's Holiday Fold Out Mini Album Class this Saturday, December 5th from 10am to 1pm. $10 Fee plus supplies

See you at the store!

PS - for directions, check out our map at the top in the right side column of this blog.

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Little Christmas Inspiration

This DVD case is a fun holiday project if you're looking for a great way to package those DVD's of photos you're sending to the relatives this year. Don't worry, if you're not sending out photo DVD's this year, our instructor had a great idea for this case. She said that she uses it to house a special holiday music CD she creates each year for family and friends. Not being a big baker, she uses gives it as a hostess gift when others might give baked bread or goodies. And if you aren't looking to give DVD's or CD's this year, take a close look at the project and 'scraplift' it into a card or scrapbook page.

Twila & I made these at the Craft Fest event we attended a couple weeks ago, sponsored by EK Success and Petersen Arne. The project featured K & Company's new Christmas collection Evergreen by designer Brenda Walton. We used the paper pad from this collection which is perfect for card makers and those of you who create albums smaller than 12 x 12. Another winner is the adhesive border pack, this pack is full of borders that are great for trimming to the size you need or using as is. While we didn't order from this collection, you may be able to find it elsewhere. We did order the small paper pads and adhesive borders from a couple other collections, so be on the look out for those in the store. We loved using these products in creating the DVD case and we're sure you'll love them too!

Don't forget to call the store (503) 259-9130 to RSVP for our Holiday Open House, Tuesday, December 1st from 5pm to 7pm. We'll have tons of great deals on our class page kits and also some fun special purchase collections. Check out all the new holiday creations the Whimzee's Girls have been working on and be inspired to create some new things for your holiday gift giving list!

One last thing...stop by our online scrapbooking community and check out all the new projects that our members are uploading daily. We'll have a cool giveaway just for online community members as soon as we reach 25 members who have uploaded projects! We're on our way and can't wait for you to join us! We have an event calendar over there with all our crops & events listed!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Twila & Julie Get Creative!

Just a quick post to share a very cool project with you! Twila & I attended Craft Fest on Tuesday, put on by EK Success and Petersen Arne. We had fun seeing all the great new products...and yes, ordering lot's of them! So be looking in your newsletter for all the fun stuff as soon as it arrives, and you can always follow me on Twitter to get the first updates!

I thought I'd share our first project from Craft Fest! We got to "Bling" these cool bags by Carolyn Gavin! We used EK's Hotfix tool and Jolee's Jewels Swarovski Crystals. It was so fun to be able to choose where you wanted the crystals to go and then just push down on them with the tool and 20 seconds, crystals were attached! You can attach them to just about anything! We ordered some of these bags and the cool turquoise ones, along with some of the crystals and a couple Hotfix tools. We'll let you know as soon as they arrive!

I'll be back next week to share more of the cool projects from Craft Fest! See you in the store!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Holiday Card & Project Ideas from All Around the Web

In case you haven't checked a calendar in a while, it's November! Yes, NOVEMBER! And that means it's time to get going on all those holiday projects you promised yourself you'd work on this year. We'd love to see what you're working on! If you need some time away from the family to actually get any of your projects done, we totally understand. That's why we're having a crop every Monday night in November, 5pm to 10pm, $5 crop fee (waived with a purchase of $25 or more). Call the store now to sign up (503) 259-9130. We still have our Friday night crops from 6pm to 11pm, but recently they've been filling up fast, so we've added a Monday crop to our schedule. We also still have table time for $1 per hour during the days while the store is open, call to save your space. And for those of you who need more than just a few hours to work on your projects, call to sign up for our All Day crop, November 28th, 10am to 10pm, $10 crop fee (waived with a purchase of $50 or more). Call now to sign up!

And once you're signed up for a crop and know you'll have some time to get some work done, check out these sites for some great holiday inspiration, cards, projects and fun gift ideas.

As we mentioned in the newsletter, there's a great article featuring simple holiday cards & instructions in the November issue of Scrapbook Ellaments online magazine. Sign up & have the magazine sent to your inbox every month, stuffed full of fun ideas.

Sign up for Jessica Sprague's FREE online class Holidays In Hand, where Jessica will help us create a December album full of all the memories from this December. Click HERE to go to Jessica's website, on the opening page, scroll down for the info. on the class.

Another beautiful December album is featured on designer, Ali Edwards's blog right now. Ali creates a December Daily album every year. She shows us how she prepared her book for this year, creating a special page for each day, where she'll add some journaling and a photo for each day in December.

(Personally, I've checked out Ali's album and signed up for Jessica's class. I'm excited to try this for December. If I can get my album done in November, I think I'll be able to fill it in a bit each day. I think I'll combine some of each designer's ideas and come up with my own book. If everyone likes this idea, I can teach a class on it next Fall...let me know!)

If holiday party invitations are on your to-do list, check out check out the holiday invitations on the Make Your Own Invitations blog. They love to have people submit great invitations they've created for inclusion in the blog, I'm submitting some of mine soon.

Here are 25 Holiday Quotes from Creating Keepsakes to download & print and use on your holiday cards, layouts & other projects.

On Creating Keepsakes's blog, I found a cute envelope for that DVD of photos you've been meaning to send to the relatives. Put it in the envelope and send it as their Christmas gift!

I was going to include individual links on to this one, but the home page of Paper Crafts magazine's webpage has so many cool ideas, I thought I'd just link to it & let you choose what you like best. They have 12 online bonus projects for cards & gift ideas, along with a great idea for using recycled Christmas cards you received last year as your cards for this year...such a cool green idea!

Of course, search through the web for holiday ideas just wouldn't be complete without a visit to the craft diva herself, Martha Stewart. Now, I was one of those who used to follow Martha, but kind of got out of the habit when I started to find all these other sources for craft ideas. But lately, I've found myself coming back to Martha for her sense of style and ideas that seem easier to me now than her old ideas did way back then. So check out Martha's Christmas Ideas page for all sorts of fun Christmas ideas. If you give a lot of gift cards, give them a little of your personality this year and check out these great gift card holders.

And just to "toot my own horn" a bit, if you're looking for a nice project to create for your home or to give to a special friend, check out my H-O-M-E project article which is featured in Magazine this month, complete with photos & instructions. I was very excited to be asked to write this article and have my project featured this month. As always, remember to check out my blog JulieChats, to see my latest Layout of the Week or browse through my "Get Your Creative On" section of blogs from all over the web.

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