Monday, December 24, 2007

OK, so Felix did win that Battle card game. But we'll be having a rematch soon enough.

We got in some REALLY cool RIBBON PURSES. The Pull EZ Ribbon Purse comes in purple, blue, and pink. It can hold more than 200 ribbons at a time in a small compact space and is intended for 1- to 3-yard lengths of ribbon. It takes up just 10" of space and is flexible enough to squeeze into a tight space. The best part...the ribbons do not tangle when you pull one out! Very nice for those ribbon-lovers!

We also got in a restock of all of the colors of the Doodlebug Sugar Paper, as well as all of the coordinating Sugar Coated Brads, Sugar Coated Chipboard Alphabets, and now also have the Sugar Coating Glitter so you can make ANYthing "Sugar-Coated"!!!

More Chatterbox Tag-Alongs!!!

We will be having a fantastic FELIX NAVIDAD (yes, it's spelled correctly) SALE on Wednesday, December 26th. ALL Regularly-Priced items in the store will be 40% OFF!!! This includes the Cricut Expression!!! We need to clear the store out to make space for the new products that will be released soon, and the more we empty now, the more NEW stuff we can bring to you then!!! And YOU benefit from it!!! Come in and pick up those items that you've been holding off on. Tools, paper, embellishments, totes, EVERYTHING will be on sale!!!

We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and hope you all enjoy yourselves tonight and tomorrow. Where ever you may be, whatever you may be doing, and whomever you may be with, we wish you peace, light, and above all, LOVE. We love each and every one of you and thank you for making our first year back in business such a wonderful success. That's OUR present FROM YOU!

Be safe as you go out and spread Christmas cheer, and please REMEMBER TO HAVE A DESIGNATED DRIVER. PLEASE DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!!!

Many blessings,

Dee, Felix, and Emery

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Greetings, folks! No long post tonight. Felix thinks he's going to whup my butt in a game of Battle! HAH!

The free workshop was wonderful. Felix will have pics up soon, if not already.

I hope everybody is staying warm and finishing up their holiday chores. Have a great week!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

How's It Going? Really?

So, how's it going? I mean, really? Are you a nervous wreck rushing around trying to get holiday shopping completed? Or are you sitting back, happy as can be, totally finished with the craziness? What have you done for YOURSELF lately? Have you done any papercrafting (I mean other than making dozens of Christmas cards!) lately? It is important, especially at this time of year when there's so much going on, to take time to BREATHE and relax even if it's just a little bit. MAKE time for yourself. You deserve it just as much as the next person, so don't deny yourself a little bit of fun amidst all the holiday goings-on. Feel free to come to the store to crop, anytime the store is open, from 10AM until 7PM Monday through Saturday, and Noon to 4PM on Sundays. And remember, we crop until Midnight on Fridays, and cropping is always FREE here at Scrappersaurus. Escape for a little while. Come visit and just chat if that's all you feel you're up to. Remember to bring us some of your creations, because we love seeing what you make with the products you purchase from us (as well as from others). Sharing is a big part of scrapbooking, and we love to share with you.

So, I'll try to bring everybody up to date on what's new at the store. We got more of the Snap and Scrap Paper Keepers from Karen Foster Design. Excellent vertical storage for your papers that fit nicely on your shelves and desktops.

The Chatterbox Tag-Alongs are in again, and are selling quickly, just like before. We love these cupholder/scrap bag holders. They are the perfect size for holding water bottles, soft drink bottles, coffee mugs, and they even hold a 32 ounce size cup or mug. There is a slot in the side where the handle to your mug fits, and it's great. The scrap bag holder attachment is just the right size for leftovers from your crafting, not too big, and not too small. These would make excellent gifts for anybody, actually, not just crafters. We have ladies purchasing them for their husbands for out in the garage and in their office at their desk. Very useful product.

We have a darling little Christmas button assortment from Dress It Up. Pine trees, reindeer, snowflakes, mittens, stockings, and gingerbread men. I believe there are 4 or 6 of each one in the pack, so it's really a lot of buttons. For a most excellent price, too. We also have the Doodlebug Christmas button assortment, which has the regular round buttons in varying sizes in red, lime green, and dark green. Excellent price on these, as well.

I need to let you know I made a mistake when I last posted about the new Holly Jolly line of Christmas papers. This one is from Fancy Pants, NOT Autumn Leaves, like I thought. Sorry for the error! The rub-ons to match finally arrived, too. I think there are over 20 different images on the rub-on sheet, which is 8"x8" in size. Adorable.

We have the large Making Memories chipboard shapes in a candy cane, Christmas tree, ornament, and the word "JOY", and I'm sure I'm forgetting a couple other ones. These are nice to make for home decor projects, and would make really cool "To and From" tags! Imagine someone's face when they see THAT attached to their gift! Or, you could use them as ornaments for your tree or to hang on your mantle. Lots of things you can do with these. You can stamp on them, ink them, chalk them, or cover them with paper. And don't forget the ribbons, buttons, Fastenator staples, brads, and eyelets you can put on there, too! If you work with wire, you can create your own garland with beads for the tree. I'm sure you can think of lots more to do with them.

We're on our third order of Speakin' Ups. These are alterable voice recorders that are acid-free and safe for your scrapbooks. You can paint them, ink them, stamp them, and adorn them with paper and embellishments, as you would any part of your page or project. You can even alter it to match your page so well it's virtually invisible on the page. It is a 30-second digital recorder that has a lock so it doesn't accidentally get recorded over, and an extremely easy-to-replace watch-type battery that slides out the bottom so you don't have to remove it from your page to change it. The recording is saved on a chip digitally so when the battery dies, the recording is still there, safe and as perfect as when you first recorded it. Here's a link to more info on it: Be sure to go to the Gallery and click on the Kids & Babies section. Scroll down to the Hearts as One page. You will see what I mean about being virtually invisible on the page. This marvellous little wonder is available at Scrappersaurus for only $12.99.

We have more of the Kokuyo Tape N Roller Plus permanent refills in! People love these Kokuyos so much they are purchasing the refills by the case (10). And, remember, if you buy a case of them at a time, you get 20% off, which works out to really purchasing 8 refills but getting 10 of them (like 2 free).

Speaking of Kokuyos, our Adhesive Challenge is going strong. The Kokuyo Dot N Roller is winning 2:1 against the new Tombow adhesive runner. The Tombow may have twice the amount of adhesive in it, but it's also twice the price, and people just love these Kokuyos. Come stop in and take the Challenge. See for yourself what all the fuss is about. You might just fall in love with them, like we did.

The alcohol ink-altered bottles came out really cute. We colored the bottles with the alcohol inks first, then adorned them with paper, stickers, ribbon, and Stickles, and filled them with lots of great candy. Apparently the most favorite was the dark chocolate M&Ms one, because there are hardly any left in it! Of course, you could put whatever you like in it. Bath salts is also a nice filler for these. Oh, the possibilities!

The Christmas file folder that we had a class for last week has everybody making them to give as Christmas cards, brag books, money holders, etc. We already had several scout leaders purchase the materials to make them for their troops, one for each scout. They're so easy to make. Stop in and I'll show you how. We even have extra folders on hand, so you can get everything you need to make them right here at the store.

I read most of the papercrafting magazines as they come out, and yesterday I received a Crafts 'n Things issue that had some tips in it. One of them was from a lady who said instead of using alcohol inks on the regular glossy paper, she used it on the glossy photo papers, and it came out really beautifully. In her words, it "produces an ultra-shiny, gleaming, 'polished stone' look." She went on to say that she now saves all of her photo paper scraps to use with the alcohol inks. It sounds really beautiful, and I'm going to try some for myself. If you try it, e-mail me with your results and what you think of it. Don't forget to send me a pic of your finished project.

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The winner of our Thanksgiving Page Contest is Ann Holm. Congratulations, Ann! You may pick up your $50 Gift Certificate whenever you're ready. It was beautifully done, and very heartwarming. I especially loved the series of photos showing your husband and son. We'll have your layouts on display in the store until January 1st, at which time you can come pick them up. I'm sure you'll want to keep these for your album!

Our Christmas File Folder Pocket Book is tomorrow, Wednesday, December 5th at 6:30 PM. The cost is only $10, and it will only take about an hour to make (if that long). Please call us if you want to sign up, it's not too late. We still have a few spots open.

This Sunday we are open Noon to 4:00 PM, and we will be having a free Designer Frame Workshop, hosted by Felix! This workshop has limited space, so make sure you come in as early as possible so you'll get to do one. It is based on the frame that our designer Charlotte M. made for us. You can see a sample of hers on our website Design Team gallery ( - scroll down, it's the 2nd entry in her gallery after her bio).

We are currently running a SPECIAL ON GIFT CERTIFICATES. If you purchase $50 in gift certificates (combined or just one), you will receive a FREE $10 Gift Certificate for yourself or to give away to someone else. Although we have several signs posted in the store, it appears that a lot of people do not read signs, and miss this information! So far, we've had a very good response to this program, and encourage you to join in and get yours. Remember, sometimes its really hard to get a person EXACTLY what they want for Christmas, but if you know they like to do papercrafting or stamping, a Gift Certificate for Scrappersaurus ensures that they get precisely what they can use and will love! People are even purchasing Gift Certificates for themselves to use at upcoming events (ScrapFest! in February 2008), and receiving free Gift Certificates to boot! That's an excellent way to plan ahead and be sure you have enough cash for shopping for all your goodies at the show.

We received in more Christmas papers and embellishments. Die Cuts With a View embellishments, and Autumn Leaves Holly Jolly paper collection. The papers are double-sided, cardstock weight, and are perfect for cards and other papercrafting projects, as well as layouts. We also got in a couple more Retro Christmas papers and embellishments from Karen Foster to go with the line we already had in stock. More options!

Have you worked with Diamond Glaze yet? It is considered a "dimensional adhesive" because while it is a regular adhesive that you can use (with excellent results!) with glitters and microbeads, you can also apply it in a thicker coating, or in layers, to achieve an epoxy-like finish on your stickers, diecuts, or whatever you're using it with. It dries crystal clear, and you can mix it with pigment powders and acrylic paints and "paint" it on. Emery has used it extensively, and his specialty Halloween brads (jack-o-lanterns and witches) were made using the Diamond Glaze. If you haven't had the chance to work with it yet, stop in and we'll give you a free sample to try out. When you decide just how versatile and useful this one simple product is, you can come back and purchase a larger bottle. We even carry a jumbo size bottle for those of you who use it on EVERYthing! MY favorite use for it is sealing in glitter so it doesn't come off your project.

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Friday, November 30, 2007

Why I have a Scrapbook Store

Most people get into business to make money, and I would not be totally honest if I did not include that in my reasons, but my number ONE reason for opening Scrappersaurus was to make a difference.. to be part of and spread the warmness of our human nature.

Two days ago an event took place at the store that re-affirmed my beliefs and warmed my heart. Although it was a tragic event that brought it forth, it filled the store with love, compassion, family, and celebration.

I received a phone call around 10:15am from a very heavily-accented Spanish lady who I will call Mrs S. She was making a memorial collage of her young son who passed away tragically the past weekend. She was quite upset as you can imagine and her thoughts were quite scattered. But, she did know that she wanted to make a large poster board sized collage of her son's pictures from birth through the most recent, to display at the ceremony.

She Googled us and thought that we could help. We were delighted to be able to help her, and she came in about an hour later with some of her family. She, her two sisters, and two gentlemen came in with her. She was toting a large poster board and two boxes of pictures. Their distress was so great, we felt so deeply for this family. She laid her pictures out and her family gathered around our crop tables.

We talked a while, Mrs. S. spoke fluent English, but the rest of her family spoke Spanish with just a few English words. Luckily I understand most Spanish and speak it quite well. The compassion of this family as they poured over all the wonderful snapshots of their beautiful baby boy (he was 24 when he died) was so heavy that you could feel it surrounding you in the store.

I introduced them to the Koyuko, our tool table, and shared some ideas I had to make their collage. They spent most of the day with us. Even Felix got involved with one of the husbands. That was funny watching Felix trying to communicate with the Spanish-speaking man. Felix has enough trouble with English! But they got along quite well. Felix showed him the Epson Scrapbook Central System and the man was in heaven! He scanned some of his favorite pictures, burned them to a CD, and even e-mailed them to family members living in El Salvador. I believe that everyone but Mrs. S and her husband were in from El Salvador for the funeral. They were quite impressed with our country, Felix's wireless internet, and his Crocs! He mentioned that he could not find good Crocs in El Salvador, so Felix gave him the website were we order ours from.

Sharing this family's time, although it was brought on by tragedy, was a most fullfilling day for all of us. They were so appreciative of our help and we so enjoyed working with them. Their collage was magnificent and they left very pleased with their project. And after all the hugs and handshakes goodbye, we had met and made some new friends.

There is light even in tragedy, and sharing that light with other compassionate human beings is why I have a scrapbook store.

Thank you for letting me share in your light,


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

It PAYS to read the fine print at Scrappersaurus

DOODLEBUG is IN THE HOUSE!!! We are swimming in sugar coated paper, chipboard and BRADS!!! We have the lily white, beetle black, swimming pool, cupcake, ... oh, what the heck, I think we have 'em all!!! Today I saw a rubber stamping blog entry that showed a most adorable card that had the beetle black sugar coated paper punched into snowflakes. Wicked! Here's the link to it: I guess there's just no limit to what you can do with this really beautiful paper. And the chipboard alphabets and brads take it a few steps further. Come get yours now before we run out!

Okay, we are now out of the Tag-Alongs! BUT, more is supposed to be shipping this week, so if you missed these first few, you can get it in the next batch. Pre-payment will assure you get one. Just call and tell us how many, and we'll take your pre-payment over the phone. When they come in, we'll call you and you can come get them. If you'd like them mailed to you, just let us know and we will add in the shipping charges with your pre-payment ($4.60 for Priority Mail).

NATURE'S GARDEN handmade paper. We got in such a big box of these papers that it literally took me all day to input! We have new, unique designs that we had custom-made, so you won't find them in any other store, anywhere. New designs include Beach/USA, Cabernet, Sweet Treats (candy canes!), Holiday (whimsical little Christmas trees), Snowflakes (left and right), Pink Paisleys, Baby Feet (boy and girl, left and right), and we also got in more of your favorites, like the Spa and Bubbles, and Pirate themes. We also now have paper packs of the handmade mulberry papers, in different color combinations--jewel tones, brights, and primary colors, as well as plain white, yellow, pink, and lilac. Handmade papers just seem to add a certain richness to whatever your project might be.

* ALL Disney papers and embellishments are 30% OFF!!!
* ALL Halloween papers and embellishments are 40% OFF!!! Come stock up with these great prices, and don't forget to buy some for your scrapping buddies, too!

Our Design Team is coming along quite nicely. We have people in Texas, Washington, D.C., and Tennessee, and will have a new team member joining us from Florida. These designers are fabulous, and their work is displayed in the store, as well as on the website gallery for you to see. We're still adding to the gallery, so check back often to see what's been added. One, in particular, was fantastic because she worked with a line that a lot of people shy away from because they are unsure of how to use it. She jumped right in and made two layouts, a card, and a book from this line. You may have seen it, the Basic Grey Obscure and Mellow collections. We'll be adding these to the website by this weekend so you can see how creatively these were done. Amazing. These pieces have to be seen in person, though, to be truly appreciated.

Another designer also worked with Basic Grey, both the Stella Ruby and Scarlet's Letter collections, and created some fantastic layouts and the most beautiful frame I have ever seen. It would be a lovely piece as home decor, and it is proudly displayed in our front window. We are putting together a class on this one and will let you know when the date is set for it. These, also, are displayed in the store as well as on the gallery. Check them out!

Our Christmas Peek-A-Book workshop was fantastic! It involved A LOT of very PRECISE cutting, and although a couple of the ladies were pulling their hair out, I think everybody left with a great finished book. We have pics of the class on the website.

Our next class will be a Christmas File Folder Pocket Book. The date is December 5th, and the price is only $10. Come see what you can do with a simple manila file folder. Once you learn how to make this mini book, I'm sure you'll go home and make dozens more to give as gifts. They can be used as greeting cards, greeting card money-holders, brag books, etc. The class will take probably only about an hour to an hour and a half, and it is for 6:30 PM. Please call ahead to reserve your spot. The sample is already on the website.

We will also be having a class on Saturday, December 8th at 11:30 AM. This one is going to be altered glass bottles using the Tim Holtz alcohol inks, in a Christmas theme. These would be perfect to give as gifts to somebody you want to give "just a little something" to, or for those hard-to-get-for people who seem to already have everything. A sample will be on the website by this weekend. The class will be only $15. Please call ahead to reserve your spot.

For those of you who have the paper trimmers with the diamond-shaped blade (not the rotary blade), you might want to hang onto your blade after it has worn down. Simply take it out and reverse the direction it was sitting in your trimmer, and you'll be cutting with the opposite side of the blade tip. It is always strongly recommended by most manufacturers to pull the blade down toward you to cut--not push it from the bottom up, which could cause warping of the arm and a crooked cut. By the way... do you know how to tell when your blade needs to be replaced? It's simple, if the paper you are cutting has little fringe edges and not a completely clean cut, then it's time to get a new blade, or reverse it to cut with the other side. This tip does not work with a rotary cutter because you use the entire blade every time you cut, as the blade rolls along the paper to cut it.

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Monday, November 26, 2007

We got in three orders today. You might want to take notice of these... some REALLY cool stuff!

MIMI Essential Tool Tote in Pink/Chocolate. This tote includes one 4” x 6” photo organizer, contrast stitching, durable 600 denier water resistant material, 12 pen & 6 scissor loops, circle cutter storage pocket, variety of micro mesh or clear pockets with hook & loop closures, extra long over-the-shoulder carry straps, luggage strap slides over wheeled tote handle for easy transport, unique locking wing system, storage pockets for magazines, idea books & templates, clear zippered embellishment pocket, built-in strap hangs from doorknob or tote handle, secure outer buckle closure. Overall dimensions are 15” x 4” x 13”.
Daisy D's Rub-On Tape in Zig Zag & Straight Stitch
Daisy D's "Holiday Arrows" and "Cheer" Rhinestone stickers (adorable Christmas tree!)
Daisy D's "Season Titles" & "Bring On the Cheer" Chipboard Words
Basic Grey "Fudge" Rub-Ons
Basic Grey "North Pole", "Winterland", & "Santa Baby" Acrylic Cling stamps
Restock of the Inkadinkado Personal Impressions Fleur-de-Lis Acrylic Cling stamps
Chatterbox Tag-Alongs (Cup & Scrap Bag Holder that clamps to your table)
We also have quite a library of the Cricut Cartridges for rental (3 days for $5), and we're getting more in every week. Titles include Beyond Birthdays, Locker Talk, Joys of the Season, BOTH Disney cartridges, Printing 101, Jasmine, Christmas Cheer, Animal Kingdom, Doodletype, Printing Press, and New Arrival.
Have you gotten your Christmas cards done yet? We have plenty of cardstock and Christmas-themed papers and embellishments to help you. Stop in and see what's new.
When working with alcohol inks, it's hard not to get it on your hands unless you wear gloves. If you do, simply spritz some plain rubbing alcohol on the spot and wipe. Because the ink is alcohol-based, when you add more ink, it revitalizes and dilutes what's on you, and comes right off. You can also start over if you don't like how your project is coming out by doing the same thing. This only works for metals and acrylics, though, not the glossy paper! Have fun and don't forget to send me pics of what you've created. I'd be happy to post them on the website Gallery if you like.
Until next time, happy scrapping!

Friday, November 23, 2007

The crop is winding down and Queen is blaring on the CD player. These ladies just have too much fun! One of them brought Amaretto slushies (shhhh!) and I think everybody was feeling really good tonight! If you didn't make it to the crop tonight, well, you missed out on a really good time.

Emery and I are cooking up some new classes. One of them will be an entire 8x8 20-page album! The topic is still a secret, but as soon as all the kinks are worked out, I'll post it and let you know when you can sign up. We're going to have a lot of fun with this one. Emery's still doing all sorts of stuff with the alcohol inks, and I'm not sure what his final project will be, but he's gotten some really nice results with his "experiments".

We have two paper file boxes filled with Bazzill cardstock on sale at 50% off regular price (that makes it 25 cents a sheet!), along with other printed papers, some Basic Grey, etc.

We have a Gift Certificate special right now. If you purchase $50 in gift certificates, you receive a free $10 gift certificate for yourself or to give as another gift to someone else.

DO NOT drink and scrap!!!

Have a great weekend guys!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Monday, November 19, 2007

We got in the new Mini Scor-It tools. These are ideal for scoring perfect lines in just about any type of papercrafting project you can come up with. Click on the following link to see it in action: You might think you don't need a scoring tool, but after you watch this 12 minute video, you may just feel differently about that. The Scor-It not only scores, but it embosses straight lines on your papers, and the video shows you options for what you can do with those. In any case, it's a really cool product. Check it out.

We got in the new poster for ScrapFest! 2008, and they have a totally different, very cool logo. The poster is on the wall when you walk through the front door. It gives all the info about it, including dates, times, etc.

We hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving this week, and invite you to join us for a potluck/leftover crop on this Friday. The Friday crop will begin at 10:00 AM and is free, but you must call ahead and reserve your spot. We want to make sure nobody is turned away for lack of seating! We already have a good number of people scheduled, and plan on having it kick off our Christmas special sales. We have more 99-cent grab bags, most with Christmas themes. You never know what Emery and Felix will cook up to put in those.

We now rent out Cricut cartridges, three days for $5.00. We're constantly adding to our library and already have a number of them in.

An old customer of mine came in today, Patty P., who was back in N.O. for the holidays. She showed me the most adorable little project she had done with her group of friends. I'm thinking of doing a class with it, and I think tomorrow I'll be working on it to see how I can get it to come out, myself. If you have any ideas for a class that you think others would be interested in, please e-mail me (privately if you like, to and send me a digital photo of the finished project. I'm always looking for new ideas, and always open to suggestions.

Let's talk about vellum. It's beautiful, elegant, and so darned difficult to work with sometimes that it makes you want to just pull your hair out. People come in all the time asking me what is the best adhesive to use with vellum and do you know what I tell them? Xyron. Xyron is the answer. Put your entire piece of vellum that you want to adhere to your mat or page through a Xyron sticker maker (they come in sizes from 1-1/2 inches to 9 inches wide) and that way there is no definition between where the adhesive begins and ends. The adhesive covers the entire back, and it comes out looking great. Of course, yes, you could always use a glue dot in an inconspicuous area of the vellum, behind writing or an image, but it doesn't always allow for you to place it where it will hold to the paper well. Plus, you could always use a brad or eyelet, or stitching, or even a photo corner. Don't let these issues keep you from using such a beautiful paper. Instead, try some of these options I've listed. If you know of any other methods, please e-mail me and let me know so I can try them out.

Until next time, happy scrapping, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!


Monday, November 12, 2007


Things were pretty busy at the store today. I wanted to sit down and make some cards, but every time I finished with one customer, another came in. I love the busy holiday season. All these people coming in searching for treasures, and when I have what they need, it really tickles me.

The Christmas Peek-A-Book class is scheduled for Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30 PM. Its' cost is $30.00, and the list of supplies needed is on our website calendar. We only have two openings left, so if you were thinking of signing up for it, call NOW! The book is on display in the store, if you want to stop by and see exactly what we'll be making. I think it came out really nicely. It will be at least two hours long. There's a lot of precision cutting involved, but once everything is finally put together, it's so cute you can't help but love it! The Peek-A-Book has pullout sections on every page that you can put additional journaling or photos on, and is made of heavy chipboard. There are six pages, twelve surfaces to scrap on. Lots of room for a mini book!

This coming Saturday we will be making Christmas cards and tags. If you'd like to participate, please call and reserve your spot. Emery has been making the cutest things (of course!) for his cards, and we have a very good variety of Christmas papers in as well as LOTS of cardstock! We also have lots of ribbon, and plenty of Prima flowers. In particular, we have the ornaments filled with the glittered poinsettias and leaves.

You know, it seems like everybody just jumped from Halloween directly to Christmas, and Thanksgiving is now becoming a forgotten holiday. Let's remember what the Thanksgiving holiday was created for, and remember to take time often to show our gratitude to those we love and interact with on a daily basis. Or maybe not so daily. We all have problems, but we need to look at how blessed we are with how far our city has come since Katrina, and how much progress we ARE making. Personally, I am thankful that I was able to reopen my store again, and reconnect with many of the wonderful people I had met pre-Katrina. I am thankful for the friendships I have with so many, and the wonderful relationship I have with my husband and my son. I am thankful I am still alive this day to speak of these things. Yes, we all do have lots to be thankful for, even in the face of lingering issues from the hurricane.

To celebrate that thankfulness, I urge you to create a layout describing exactly what you are thankful for this year. We will have a PAGE CONTEST for "THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR". It must be a two-page layout and it can be in any style you like. It MUST have journaling, although it does NOT have to have photographs. (Got that?) The layout will be judged according to the most heartfelt feelings evoked by the layout, as well as the overall composition of the page. The winner will get a $50.00 gift certificate at Scrappersaurus to jump start their holiday celebration. If you have any questions about this page contest, please call me at the store, at 504-301-1081. If you do not live in New Orleans you can still participate by submitting your layout via digital images in e-mail to, and if you win your $50 gift certificate can be used in our online store or for anything else that we carry in the store (ask if you don't see it on our website). Please make sure that when you drop off your layout for judging, that you have your full name and two phone numbers, along with your e-mail address and your postal mailing address. Contestants' entries will be displayed online and in the store until January 1st, 2008, at which time they will be returned. ENTRIES ARE DUE DECEMBER 1ST, 2007 BY 7:00 PM. I hope you will all participate, because you will all be winners when it comes to having something really meaningful in your books for this month. Best of luck to each of you.

Do you use photo corners? What type? What size? What color? What purpose do they serve? Did you realize you could use photo corners to do many different things other than just hold a photo on a page? You could use a photo corner on a journaling block, on a photo or photo mat, and also on the page itself. Think of the corner as another chance to add that finishing touch to your layout. It doesn't have to be a triangle of paper. It could be a stamp, a sticker, an ID plate, a flower, a strip of vellum with a title or date on it, an anchor for a charm or several charms, a tag, a string of beads. You get the idea. Just something to help frame the photo, photo mat, or page. I used two of those huge photo corners that Heidi Swapp has to hold a brochure on a layout so it could be slipped out to be read. It was decorative and very useful. Be creative, take your time, and see what you can come up with.

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Sunday, November 4, 2007

Okay, NOW I can blog about the Arccivo!!! Felix wanted to be the first to announce it's arrival, so I patiently waited to put it in the blog. But his time has come and gone, and now it's my turn. So here goes...

We now have the Arccivo (pronounced AR-CHEE-VO) which is like a tote/portfiolio made specifically for scrapbookers so they can have a 3-foot wide, nonskid surface to work on, that can be folded up and taken to a crop or moved to another area without disturbing the layout's placement. How, you might ask? It has two large magnetic sheets that cover either side of the work surface, and which hold everything in place, even if you shake it! It is PERFECT for those of you who have to do your papercrafting on the dining room table and have to then move it to serve meals. Working on the Arccivo allows you to keep everything safely in place and totally portable. It even has a zipper closing, for extra safety. It will fit your layout (even dimensional layouts) and up to 50 sheets of cardstock. So that means you can carry everything you need all in this one tote and not have to lug around those larger totes you've been taking to crops. It comes in four colors, Blu (a light blue), Blossom (a gorgeous deep pink), Southern Clay (a reddish, orange clay color), and Honeydew (a kiwi-green). Come by and check it out for yourself. I'm sure you'll be impressed and want one for yourself!

I'll be having a Basic Scrapbooking class this Thursday, and still have a couple seats open. If you feel like you've just been collecting supplies and never really knew where to start, this class is for you. I'll be teaching you about what is archivally safe to use, what is considered not archivally safe, and how to use items that are considered archivally unsafe (because you can, if you follow these simple rules). I'll have lots of tools out for you to learn how to use, so you can make an informed decision on which tools to actually purchase. I'll also teach you what you absolutely have GOT to have to begin, and then take you through an actual layout. All this in just 2 1/2 hours!

Have you heard of the Rule of Thirds? Basically it involves dividing your scrapbooking pages into thirds, for better visual interest. This is an easy formula to use to keep your layouts 'balanced'. No, you do not have to draw lines and actually divide the page up, but what it means is that your photo should take up one-third or two-thirds of the page, then you would have next to it one-third or two-thirds of the page as a journaling block or embellishment area. The Rule of Thirds goes for horizontal as well as vertical on the page. To learn more about this, click on this link ( and just substitute "photography" with "scrapbooking". If you want even more info on it, just type RULE OF THIRDS into your browser, and several different sites will pop up with more info. Isn't it fun to learn new things about scrapbooking?!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Today we received our Autumn Leaves order. It includes the Designing With 2008 Calendar that is a desk calendar with a separate page and new project for each day. Categories for this year's calendar includes: Miscellaneous, Two-Page Layouts, Cards, Layouts, Digital, Stamping, and Home & Gifts. As an added bonus, each Layout category page now includes a design sketch! This is a very hot item and sells out very quickly. I urge you to come in and get yours now before they're gone!!!

Also in the Autumn Leaves order was the Designing With Details book. This book shows you how to take your papercrafting projects (scrapbook pages to cards to home decor) up to the next level simply by adding small details. Remember, it's the details that matter!

We also got new clear acrylic cling stamps, and LOTS of Christmas embellishments that are PERFECT for cardmaking! Not too big, and not too little--just perfect in size. And the price is really cost-effective too, for cardmaking, starting at just $1.99! They have ornaments, gifts, and Christmas trees, and GLITTER RUB-ONS!!! (Remember how much I love rub-ons?!) The package of rub-ons consists of 6 pages, one page each of the following: stockings, dancing Santas with candy canes, Christmas words, alphabets, gold stars, and Christmas trees.

We also got new Christmas paper in, golf paper, a beautiful love-letters collection, horses, circus, popsicles and ice cream.

We had several costumed customers today who came out to take advantage of the 25% off their entire purchase. The first lady came as a Saints fan, and she eluded us as far as getting a photo, but the next one we managed to snap a photo of, and Felix will have her photo on the website shortly. Everybody shopping today got a new pink Karen Foster bag filled with goodies (paper, stickers, and candy, of course!) and we had a really great time. The people who came in today were all very happy and upbeat, and it was really wonderful chatting with them all. I am really looking forward to tomorrow. I will be opening the store by myself, as Emery has other commitments in the morning, and Felix just plans on sleeping late. My guess is that he'll roll in around 5:00 PM or so, stick around for about an hour and then head out to pool, like he usually does. I'll be working on a customer's book all day and evening, in between shoppers. I hope you get the chance to come by and visit with me.

Don't forget to get those Halloween photos developed, and remember if you took digital photos and want to work on them, you can always come by and use the Epson Scrapbook Central kiosk we have. You'll be able to crop, resize, edit, and print just the photos you want to work with, right there in the store. You can bring in your camera card, USB jump drive, or CD.

To create a safe surface to heat emboss on, wrap a magazine or thin catalog in foil, and place it on a clipboard. You can use the clipboard clip to hold your piece in place while you are embossing (look, Ma, no burnt fingers!) and the foil will reflect back the heat, helping your embossing powder to melt a bit quicker.

For those of you who have discovered how wonderful a foam stamping mat is, I HIGHLY recommend you DO NOT heat emboss on top of it!!! The heat will melt the foam (NOT PRETTY!!!) and ruin your mat.

If you do not have a clipboard and cannot use it to hold down your piece while you are heat embossing, you can still save your fingers from burning by using the tip of your bone folder to hold your piece down with. (Yet another use for this wonderful tool!)

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Bayou Segnette was fantastic! Felix and I are not what you would call "outdoor" people, and we weren't sure how things would go, staying in a cabin on the bayou. I have to say, other than the first night where we almost froze to death, we absolutely loved it! We found out on Saturday that the air conditioner had been on (very, very cold) Friday which is why we were so cold! The rangers came to adjust the AC/heater for us, and after that it was quite comfortable. One of our customers had already climbed on top of a bunk bed and adjusted the thermostat with a coat hanger, but we had to get the Rangers out to re-adjust it. Thank you to the lady who climbed up there for us originally. That was very sweet of you!

The food was outstanding, and I think I actually gained a couple pounds with all that good eating. The cabin was cozy, and the space to display our merchandise was just right. Everything worked out so well for us, and we had such great support from everybody. It was almost too good to be true. We enjoyed the bayou, and got to see "nature" as Felix calls it, several racoons and rabbits, and goodness only knows what else were behind those glowing eyes in the underbrush. We had a great time and if you missed it, you really missed out on a very good time. But there's always next year. Maybe. Debbie is not sure if she is going to do the crop again next year or not, but if she does, she says it will be a bit different. We are waiting to hear her decision, and hope she would consider us as a vendor again if she decides to hold the crop again next year.

So, what's happening in the store, you might ask. LOTS!!! We have been getting orders in every day, and today we got in several orders. One of them was the new Inque Boutique stamps. Inque Boutique took over Sugarloaf Products, which was the company that made the See D's acrylic cling stamps. Sadly, they discontinued a lot of the See D's, but they also came out with many new ones. And, I am happy to say, we have some of them! We have coffee, Thanksgiving and Christmas stamp sets that would be absolutely perfect for cardmaking. After seeing these stamps in person, I think I'm going to order more of the same ones, because I want to make sure I get a set of each of them for myself!

While I'm on the subject of stamps, we also got in the other day some stamps from My Favorite Things. One of them is the most adorable pregnant belly I've ever seen. There's another set for Breast Cancer Awareness, a beach set, a Halloween set, and a Christmas set we've already sold out of. These are all clear acrylic cling stamps.

Another order today was from Penny Black--beautiful foil script background papers. Very elegant, and very versatile. I could easily see these used for weddings, anniversaries, Christmas, and general cardmaking. I actually have a card sample made with it and with Impression Obsession's CL92 set up on the wall. So many people have asked for this specific paper, and we're glad it's finally in.

The rest of our Prima order finally arrived. Beautiful clear "bulbs" with glittered poinsettias inside. Small jars filled with printed posies. Lace flowers in ivory and black. Collections of silk and metallic flowers. We're overflowing with flowers! And just in time for all those Holiday cards!

New Karen Foster collections--Military, Baptism, and a bunch of others I cannot recall at the moment (sorry, it's late and I've processed so many orders today I can't remember everything).

New Moxxie Halloween collections. Also, some really nice bowling papers.

Tip of the Day
How do you use your tools? Do you really get your money's worth out of them? Be creative and think for a moment of what you already own, and how you can make it work for things other than what it was mainly advertised for. One handy tool that I absolutely love, is my bone folder. Not only does it give me crisp, clean fold lines, but it also works great for applying rub-ons, burnishing chalked pieces, and scoring in the 12" trimmer. For those of you who do not know how to score in the 12" trimmer with a bone folder, here's the scoop. Take your blade out of your trimmer so you won't accidentally cut your paper. Measure where you want your score to be, just like if you were going to measure to cut. Using the bone folder, run a score line straight down the track where the cutting blade would normally go. (Yes, I know, they make scoring blades that work the same way, but not everybody has a scoring blade!) If you have a rotary blade trimmer such as the Cutterpede, simply run your bone folder along the edge of the plastic guide, scoring your paper.

Another useful tool is the stylus. Not only can you use it to dry emboss, but you can use it to apply rub-ons (I love rub-ons, can you tell?!) and punch out pre-scored holes for brads/eyelets. You can use it instead of a pen or pencil with your Magic Matter or Puzzle Mates. It will make a nice clean impression that you can easily follow with your scissors. Some people use their stylus to tear handmade paper by scoring the paper first with the stylus. This eliminates the need for using water. It also works well when tearing circles or shapes. Just use the stylus in your stencil or template, and then tear along the impression.

So be creative. Come up with other uses for your tools. You'll be surprised at what you can do with just one tool. Please e-mail me with your other uses for the tools you use. We all would love to hear.

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Friday, October 19, 2007

Bubble Wrap

This Saturday coming, October 20th, Karen Guillot is coming in from Houma to teach two classes. The first one will be at 11:00 AM and the second one will begin at 2:00 PM. These are the two minibooks she created, a Halloween Squash Book, and a Princess/Once Upon A Time Star Book. They are both really adorable, and the cost is only $15 for each class ($30 for both). With Halloween coming up, either one would work if your little girl is going to go with a princess theme. And don't forget that Disney has lots of princesses, so if you wanted to showcase highlights of your trip to Disney this summer, the princess book would work for that, also. The Halloween book speaks for itself. It is ghoulishly fabulous, and you have lots of space to include those (hopefully) once in a lifetime pictures as your children grow up. If you don't have children, you may want to include photos from a Halloween get-together or party that you attend, or give it as a gift to someone--maybe even the host(ess) of the party. Be sure to check the website (go to the Calendar and click on the date) to see what all you need to bring with you to class. Seating is limited and we already have people signed up, so call now to reserve your spot. If you call and we cannot answer, leave your name and phone number on the answering machine, along with which class you want to attend, and we will reserve your spot for you, first come first served.

The rain today was horrible, and I think a lot of people's plans for the day were washed out. I had a Basic Stamping Class tonight, and just when I thought nobody would show up, my students got there later, due to the rain. I can't wait for this wet weather to be over with. I hate driving in this stuff, and it gets my laptop wet when I carry it in or out. I know it's not fun to shop in the rain either, but if you come by, we'll have a nice, hot, fresh pot of coffee ready to warm you back up and get you feeling peppy again. By the way, the coffee is a gourmet blend of French Vanilla and Mocha mixed. You really need to try this smooth-flavored coffee. It's to die for. Felix and Emery know how to make it, which they do, if I'm not around. We have Splenda (Yay!), Sweet and Lo, Equal, and good old-fashioned sugar! Come help yourself.

For those of you looking to change things up a bit in your stamping, consider this. Take a scrap of bubble wrap (small or large bubbles, it is your preference) and wrap it around a small wooden stamp or acrylic block. Secure the ends together on one side with a tight rubber band. Yep, you guessed it, use the bubble wrap as a stamp! It comes out looking really cool, with lines in the bubbles that make it look like pebbles. You can create a unique background with this, for a card or a scrapbook page. Just choose your paper you're going to stamp on (white or colored cardstock will work fine), and the color ink you want to work with. I prefer to use the dye-based inks because they dry very quickly and you won't smear your images. If you want a bold background, re-ink the "stamp" after every time you stamp on the paper. Otherwise, if you want a softer look, ink the "stamp", stamp once on a scrap piece of paper, then stamp on your background paper several times. You should get at least four or five stamps out of that one inking, in a softer, lighter image. And remember, as with anything, have fun and just play with it. You can use just about anything you can stick to an acrylic block or the back of a wooden stamp, to stamp with. Remember to use repositionable adhesive though, so it won't stay permanently.

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

We have the new Peek-A-Book board books that everybody was asking for in Pensacola. Felix put them on the online store, and you can order them directly there or call to place your order, or just come on in and get them. I will be doing classes with this great little book in November, and we have some extras on hand, too. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what I am talking about, this is a heavy chipboard-like "board book" with pullout sections on which you can put hidden journaling or include extra photos. I made a Halloween-themed one in Pensacola, which made everybody go crazy asking for the book. It thrills me that I can find things that tickle others as much as they do me. I love this little book, and I'm sure you will, too. You can use it for a child for a book to teach colors, numbers, or the alphabet, or you can use it as a brag book, or you can use it as a mini-album for any occasion. It has just the right amount of surfaces to place things, yet is not so big as to be overwhelming. Come by and see it, and decide for yourself. You may just want to take a couple home.

Sherry from Scrapbook Hardware in Baton Rouge will be teaching a class for us on Saturday, November 3rd at 11:00 AM. It will be two Chrismas layouts, and Felix promises he'll have pics of them up by Friday so you can see what they'll look like. The cost is only $25, and you'll be working with several different techniques, so it's sure to be great fun. Along with the pics, I'll have Felix post the items you'll need to bring with you to this class--it won't be just a paper trimmer and adhesive! Sherry's going to make you work for these layouts, and we're going to have lots of fun doing it. Please call and reserve your spot early, as space is limited.

Here's something fun that Felix found on the web. Click on this link and check this out. It is absolutely amazing. I see her going one way, and Felix sees her going in the opposite direction. How can this be???!!! It's a lot of fun, either way it goes.

Now for today's tip. This is one I want you to experiment with and e-mail me your findings. I read in a Creating Keepsakes book that you can create your own raised "pebbles" over letters by doing the following. Put a pop-up glue dot on top of a small stamped letter or sticker (one dot on top of each letter in a word). Pour clear embossing powder over it to entirely coat the dot(s). Tap off the excess embossing powder. Heat it with your heat gun, like you would in regular heat embossing. The result will be a raised "pebble" over your letter. I haven't tried this myself yet, but it sounds like it would work. Let me know your results.

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Tuesday, October 16, 2007


The Girl Scout Leaders Camp was definitely an experience! Felix and I had not been camping since childhood, and being out "in the woods" was an eye-opener after many years of city-living! It was so beautiful out there, but it was a big change for us. We taught 3 Basic Scrapbooking classes and made lots of new friends. We were in a Unit House, which had a large room where the tables were set up, a bathroom, and a kitchen. We had everything we needed, and they were kind enough to serve us lunch, too. We hope we helped give inspiration to these leaders who attended the classes, to perhaps begin working with their troops on their scrapbooking patch and introduce their girls to the wonderful world of papercrafting. We brought with us many different examples of papercrafting, not just the scrapbook layouts. We brought paperbag books, cards, stamped candles and tile coasters, a starbook, a maze book, etc. There's so much you can do with paper, and we wanted to showcase it all. We're really looking forward to working with the Girl Scouts again at the Hornets game in November. Stay tuned for more details on that!

We have a Basic Stamping class coming on this Thursday, October 18th, at 6:30 PM. It is only $15 and everything you need is included in the class fee. You only need to bring a paper trimmer, microtip scissors, a bone folder, and good adhesive. If you have purchased a couple of stamps and given up on stamping because you never seem to be able to get a good impression or you think you can only do one thing with that stamp, you really NEED to come to this class. I will show you how to get a great, clean impression EVERY time you stamp, and I will show you several different things you can do using the same stamp. I will also teach you how to heat emboss, which so many people love. It is not too early to start thinking about Christmas cards, and once you learn how simple and rewarding stamping can be, you will probably never purchase pre-made Christmas (or birthday, anniversary, thank-you, etc.) cards again!

For today's tip, I want to talk to you about using WordArt in Microsoft Office Word. While the tip I'm going to give deals with one specific type, please play around with it and experiment, and see all the wonderful different things you can do with this tool. If you have questions about it, feel free to e-mail me or if it is during store hours, call me and I will walk you through what you are working on. It really is easy, just take your time and play around with it.

You can create a title that looks matted by doing the following: In Word, select VIEW on the main toolbar, then select TOOLBARS from the drop-down menu. Another drop-down menu will pop up--go down to the bottom and select WORDART. When the new WordArt toolbar pops up, click on the tilted "A" on the left of the toolbar, and then just click OK. You don't need to select anything, just leave the selection that comes up first. Type in your title, then select the font you want to use, and the font size. Making sure your text is still highlighted, select the icon that looks like a little paint can and brush. If it is grayed out, your text is not selected. Simply highlight the text, or click on the text block, and the entire toolbar should come back available. Once you click on the paintcan and brush, a screen will open up giving you options for FILL and LINE. The FILL is the actual color of the text. Select the color of the text you want. The LINE is the size of the "mat" around the text. This will be in black. You can thicken your line by increasing the points on the line weight. Play around with it a little bit until you have it where you want it. You can redo it as many times as you need to, until you're satisfied, as long as the text is still highlighted. When you are satisfied with everything, click OK. Another thing you might want to keep in mind is that you can specify the size of your text by clicking on the SIZE tab after selecting the fill color and line weight. Again, play around with it a little bit until you're satisfied. The result will look like you have matted your text/title, and you can either print it on vellum or cardstock and either leave it in a rectangular shape or go ahead and use an Exacto knife and trim around the outside of the letters to cut it out. Have fun!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

More new items in today and yesterday!!! LOTS of different colors in Stickles. LOTS of different Halloween embellishments, especially a bunch from Jolee's. New baby sleep-time paper. New Fall and Thanksgiving paper. Restock (already!) of the latest Halloween papers. More of the giant fleur de lis and crown white chipboard (12x12), and more of the large metal fleur de lis and crowns from Creative Imaginations.

The Scrappy Sisters crop in Pensacola was lots of fun! We want to thank everybody that visited and shopped with us there. We also want to thank the Scrappy Sisters (Mary and Karen) for allowing us to be a vendor, and for including us in the goodies and lunch. I managed to get a Halloween Peek-A-Book done, as well as a chipboard tag book. For the make-and-takes (FREE!), I had 6 different Basic Grey Matchbook Albums available. The customer got to pick which collection they wanted to work with, and I showed them how easily the books came together. I think everybody really liked them. They are the perfect "brag book" size and will fit in just about any purse you might have.

This weekend coming we will be at the Girl Scouts' Leadership camp, teaching Girl Scouts leaders about scrapbooking. We have everything ready, and are really excited about going and spreading the word about how wonderful and fun scrapbooking is.

At the end of this month we will be the vendor for the Bayou Segnette crop, and are pretty excited about that one, too. We've never been to a Bayou Segnette crop, but have heard many great things about it. I'm not sure how many spots are left (if any), but if you want more info on this upcoming 3-day crop, please e-mail Debbie at They do not have a website for this crop.

What do you do with all your scraps? Have you ever heard of Serendipity Paper? If not, or if you've forgotten about it, I'll describe how to make it.

Save ALL your paper scraps, plain cardstock, vellum, and patterned papers. Take a piece of plain cardstock, any color, and use this as the background for your paper you're going to create. Take all those scraps you have, and tear them down into different sizes. It doesn't have to be strips, it can be odd shapes (actually, the odd shapes work best). Run these scraps of paper through your Xyron "X" to put adhesive on the back of them. Peel the scraps off the Xyron backing sheet and place them down in a random fashion on the cardstock, covering the entire sheet. You don't have to worry about colors clashing or not matching patterns. Just put it down in a completely random fashion. When you have the page covered completely, cut it down to fit a Sizzix die (or whatever brand dies you have), and punch different shapes out using this newly-made Serendipity Paper. The result is stunning. If you want to see a sample of this, we have one on the wall at the store. I cut a pocket out of the Serendipity Paper and put it on a piece of patterned paper that looked like denim jeans. It came out adorable. E-mail me pics of what you've created with this. I'd love to see them!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Sunday, September 30, 2007

Exciting News!!!

So much exciting news lately! The New Orleans Hornets basketball team contacted us and asked us if we would do a craft project with the Girl Scouts of New Orleans when they go to watch the Hornets play, in November. Of course, we said YES!!! We will be making a fun project that the girls are sure to love (can't say yet, it's a secret!), and they are expecting somewhere around 500 girls to attend!

While discussing things for the Hornets' project, one of the other Girl Scouts staffmembers overheard that we were working with them, and asked us to go to the Girl Scout Leaders' Camp to teach the leaders how to scrapbook. That's in mid-October. We'll be teaching the Girl Scout Leaders all about what scrapbooking is and how to actually go about scrapping, and how they can work with their troops on scrapbooking and papercrafting projects.

We're very honored, and very excited to be able to do all this, and are very appreciative to those who helped make it happen. We have a number of Girl Scouts leaders and moms who come to the store, and have already been getting calls saying how excited they were to hear of our involvement.

The Scrappy Sisters Crop in Pensacola, Florida is next week (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), and Felix and I will be there as vendors. I will be doing a FREE make and take that I know everybody will LOVE, and will have a class, too. If I get any free time, I'm going to try to make a couple things myself, but I don't think I'm really going to have time for myself this go-round.

Also, in case you haven't read the post Felix sent out the other day, on Halloween night we will give anyone in costume a goodie bag and 25% off their ENTIRE purchase that day (no rainchecks!), and candy will be available for children of all ages. The store will close at 5:00 PM that night, instead of 7:00 PM.

Have you heard about Un-Du? They have stopped production of Un-Du and are in the process of reformulating it in order to comply with recent EPA guidelines. There is no more Un-Du available to us as retailers, and if you like your Un-Du and are worried about not having it, I suggest you try to find it as soon as possible before they sell out of what's on the shelves. My distributor is going to contact me as soon as they find something comparable or as soon as the Un-Du goes back into production. I'll keep you all posted.

TODAY'S TIP: Embossing on vellum with your printer.
Did you know you could heat emboss things you print on your inkjet printer? Make sure you put your vellum in so that the ink will be on the rougher side of the vellum. Have your embossing powder ready before you print. Print your words or images on the vellum with your inkjet printer and AS SOON as the vellum comes out of the printer, hurry and pour the embossing powder on the wet ink. Tap off the excess, and heat it with the heat gun, just like regular heat embossing. The result is gorgeous. This would be very well suited for a Scripture quote or a poem or song lyrics. Give it a try and let me know what you think. It really is that simple.

Unti next time, happy scrapping!


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

New Arrivals and Sale Items

Today we got in new Karen Foster and K&Company. Everything is already on the shelves and the walls. I felt like I barely got a chance to sit at all today, we were so busy! We have the cutest Tim Coffey Halloween 3-D embellishments and paper. Bats with googly eyes, goblins, Frankenstein, Dracula, a little boy and girl in costume. Flocked bat paper that is only $1.49 a sheet (one of my customers told me she's seen it elsewhere at $3.50 a sheet!!!), glitter spider web paper, skulls, bones, Halloween dots, and a page with children in costumes across the bottom. Very, very adorable. If you're not sure what to do with all of these, we have some great examples displayed of things you can make with them (not just layouts). We also have Sandylion Bats, Black Cats, and Witches. These would be perfect if you were making identical favors or invitations for Halloween parties.

We finally got all of the collection of the Pirate line from Karen Foster (some had been on backorder), along with more stickers. Also a new Ballet collection with cardstock stickers and stacked (3-D) stickers that are very beautiful. And, Felix was jumping with joy when he discovered I also got in the Billiards collection from Karen Foster, paper and stickers!

We hung up lots more samples of layouts, and I'm trying to finish a sample of all of the new Cards collection from Karen Foster. I've got a couple done already, and they're really nice. These are double-sided, distressed, heavy cardstock-weight papers in themes like Congratulations, Happy Birthday, Thinking of You and more. There are coordinating rub-ons and specialty brads (cupcakes, party hats, bees, flowers, etc.) and button brads that really add the finishing touches. I have a large stack of idea cards that has samples of a card made with each of the papers in the collection (free!). What a great way to get started making gift collections of greeting cards for Christmas presents!!! (BTW, these papers are ONLY 65 cents a sheet!)

We also got in new paper from Karen Foster that is In Loving Memory, along with coordinating cardstock stickers. This is very nice paper that would be so appropriate if you are doing a memory layout or working with an obituary or the like. Very tasteful.

I don't recall if I mentioned it before, but we got in A LOT of ribbon!!! We have gorgeous silk ribbon, printed ribbon, more ric rac (all 3 sizes), and so many different patterned ribbons. We have another entire display filled with just ribbon!

Emery made some specialty Halloween brads that you HAVE GOT to see! Supplies are limited, and I'm sure once you see them you'll want several, so make sure you stop in as soon as you can to get some before they're gone.

We have several things on sale until November 1st. 50% off wood-mounted stamps (EXCLUDING New Orleans, Mardi Gras, Saints, and Louisiana specialty stamps!). 25% off ALL Girl Scout and School-themed papers. 25% off the Rick and Sonia Bare Elements wine bottle container and purse (have you watched the video on from 09/14?).

Hope to see you soon! Until next time, happy scrapping!


Monday, September 17, 2007

So, ScrapFest! has come and gone and now I think I actually have time to breathe. We had great fun, met so many new people and made new friends, and also got to visit with others who have moved away from the New Orleans area. I did take a little time to scrap, myself, and actually got 5 pages done. Well, sort of. They still need journaling and frou-frou, but the 'meat' is there and the layout is put together. I'm not sure when I'll have the time to sit down and finish them, but it's a start!

At ScrapFest! I got to sit with a couple of my best friends, Chris and Ann, and although she couldn't make it, there was a place saved for Charlotte. We even drew her name on her spot so we would feel like she was there. It was funny, too, because as Chris and Ann finished their layouts, they put them in Charlotte's spot, so it looked like Charlotte was REALLY busy! Felix teased me about not getting much done, but it's kind of hard to run a booth and scrap at the same time. Felix even got a chance to do some papercrafting, himself. He made a crown with a couple of the fleur de lis lasercuts and Mardi Gras alligator diecuts, Stickles, and jewel brads. I was proud of him, he even got over his fear of the Crop-A-Dile and actually used it finally!!! In all, it was loads of fun, and we are definitely looking forward to the next one, next February.

We've got the store mostly put back together, just a couple of tweaks here and there. Our next event will be the Scrappy Sisters Crop in Pensacola, Florida on October 4th, 5th, and 6th. We have some fun things planned for that event, too. I'll let you know more about it as the time gets closer.

Since I've already mentioned the Crop-A-Dile, I'll give you a tip on that. I've seen a couple of them with the setting tip pushed all the way in, inside the head, unable to use. Don't fret! Take a pin or paper piercer and push it into the hole where the tip pushed into, inside the head. You'll feel it in there. Give a slight push with the pin inside there, and the head should pop right back out, ready to use just like new. I've had this happen to my own Crop-A-Dile and fixed it right away. Emery and Felix taught me this little trick. I hope it helps you if you ever have that happen.

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Sunday, September 9, 2007

Tip: Font Catalog

Well, we're getting ready for ScrapFest! again. It seems like I just finished unpacking from Crop-N-On the River, and now we have to repack all over again. I don't mind though. I have totally different stuff to bring with me to ScrapFest! and I can't wait for everybody to see it all.

Monday begins Felix's birthday week of sales. He turned 40 today (sshhhhh!!!!) and so he's having 40% off sales all during this coming week. Every day he will have something different on sale at 40% off, so be sure to stop in each day to see what bargains you can get. You have to come into the store to find out what's on sale, though, so don't bother calling to ask. No cheating!

Emery will be holding a crop (by himself, again) this Friday, since Felix and I will be at ScrapFest! Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I'm going to try to squeeze in some crop time for myself, but with so many people that attend ScrapFest!, I'm not sure if that is actually going to happen. We shall see.

I would like to pass on a tip to you. I'll try to post tips as often as I can. If you have any special tips or tricks you use in your papercrafting, please write me. I'd love to share them with everybody.

Create a small font catalog showing the typeface of each of the fonts you have. Keep it with you in your purse, crop bag, or with your supplies so you will be able to refer to it when you're thinking about journaling or creating a title. Remember that the font style often sets the mood for the page, so make sure it works well with your title or journaling. You wouldn't want a very elegant, script font used on a beach layout, would you? That just wouldn't seem right. There are many free fonts out there on the internet, so search for them and have fun with them. The possibilities are endless!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Saturday, September 1, 2007

Rick and Sonia

Tonight's crop was a blast! Remember I posted about the webisode coming on September 14th that will have the Creative Imaginations "Rick" Wine Bottle Container and "Sonia" Purse project? Well, we have the kits in already to do them, and I thought it would be a great make-and-take (free!) to reward the very loyal customers we have cropping with us every week. I believe they had great fun--I know I did, and we ended up with very different versions of the same items, each one beautiful and unique. I was truly jealous because I don't think mine came out as well as theirs did! I've posted a couple pics to show you. We will be having a workshop on this ($35), on September 20th. If you wish to participate, please call NOW to reserve your spot!

You know, you can never tell what we have up our sleeves. One night it may be as simple as name buttons, another night crowns and visors, another night a layout... Our crops are always lots of fun, and you just never know what to expect! I like that... keep 'em guessing!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tennessee Visit and Updates

Felix and I attended the SRT Track Experience at the Nashville Superspeedway last weekend. It was probably one of the most awesome experiences I have ever had! Not only did I get to drive many different vehicles, but I also learned some very important things about driving, and how to maintain control of your vehicle at all times, in all situations. I got to drive on the actual speedway itself, and drove with and rode with members of the Richard Petty Driving Team. I never realized just how much fun cars could be, nor did I realize how much I could still learn after having driven for 30 years.

Of course, while we were out there, Felix and I just HAD to go visit some local scrapbook stores. We went to two of them, the Sassy Scrapper, one in Lebanon TN and the other in Murfreesboro TN. The owner of these stores, Mary, was very kind and welcoming, and her staff were equally as wonderful. The stores were set up very beautifully, and had a very nice selection of merchandise available. I picked up a bunch of things I knew I couldn't live without, and let Felix pick up the tab!

In our quest for a stamp store, we went to the address listed in our GPS, but found instead a metaphysical shop/coffee house (, and out of complete curiousity had to go inside and investigate. We met the owner, Kara, who was absolutely wonderful. She made us each an elixir, which is some sort of health drink, that Felix didn't care for but I liked. Then she showed us the metaphysical store in the back, which had lots of interesting books, bumper stickers, and lots of crystals and stones. It felt very warm and comfortable in her shop, and we stayed and visited with her for a bit. We discovered she had an oxygen bar, which we had to try out for ourselves. Apparently, with an oxygen bar, you breathe in 95% pure oxygen instead of the very low percentage we normally get in our usual breaths. This is supposed to be pure food for our brains, and help to clear our bodies of toxins. They use aromatherapy with it, to enhance the effects. It was really quite interesting, and if you ever get the chance to try it, you should. See what you think. It is apparently a big hit in California, where all the people are into the health thing bigtime. Maybe it will make its way down here eventually. Who knows?!

Emery took excellent care of the store while we were away, and received several more orders. When we got in today, there were still items to be put out, so I spent the day putting out more paper, stickers, new colors in the Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powders, and the like. Tomorrow I'm going to tackle the eyelets and brads again, and see if I can rearrange them into themes (once again!). They somehow seem to mysteriously reposition themselves into various different spots in the display. Hmmmm... maybe we have gremlins....

We'll be open on Monday, Labor Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM, so come on out, visit for a while, and see some new stuff.

We have a couple spots left on the Disney 8x8 Album for Saturday, September the 1st. Call and reserve your spot so you can make this adorable little album. Refreshments will be served, and we will be taking a break during this 4-hour class. Remember, it will be 10 full page layouts that you make, plus you get all the supplies to make the pages (paper and embellishments) and the album, too. That's an excellent deal for only $55!!! If you can't make the class but want to reserve a kit or private lessons, please call us (504-301-1081). Pics of the book and more info can be found on our website when you click on the class listing in the calendar.

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Thursday, August 23, 2007

New Basic Grey "Mellow" and "Obscure" Collections

We have two of the new releases from Basic Grey, Mellow and Obscure. These gorgeous papers are very different from previous Basic Grey collections, and I think they would work well with just about any theme. There are images of all sorts of things on some of them, and really cute little boys and girls and puppies. Of course, we do have the rub-ons and die-cut shapes to go with them. Stop in and check them out. Click the links below to go to Basic Grey's website and see the actual papers.

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Friday, August 17, 2007

Crafters' Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricanes, as we all know, are serious, and we need to be serious about how we prepare for them. As crafters, we do not want to see our creations destroyed, however, we may be faced with having to leave some things behind should we evacuate. We would like to give you some tips on how to best prepare things relating to your crafting.

Create an identification tag to be stored with your photos in Ziplocs*. This identification tag should have your full name, cell phone number, and e-mail address on it. If you are comfortable with it, you can put your mailing address on it, however, most people are easily reached by cell phone or e-mail these days. Laminate the I.D. tags if you have time.

Place ALL photographs into Ziploc bags (NOT the generic brand, these need to seal tightly), with an I.D. tag and a couple packs of desiccant or silica powder in each one to absorb any moisture that may be in the air inside the bag when you seal it. Remember to keep out at least one photo of each family member and pet (with you in the picture with your pet) to bring with you.

Place groupings of these smaller sets of photos in Ziplocs into a larger gallon-sized Ziploc, also with a couple packs of desiccant and an I.D. tag.

Take all of your photos (and memorabilia, too, if you’ve got it packed) and place them into a heavy-duty black garbage bag, which you should tie shut with a strong cord or zip tie. Take regular shipping tape and wrap it tightly over the cord or zip tie, several times. Place this into another black bag, and wrap it up the same way. Remember to include an I.D. tag in the black bags.

Place the entire black bag with all of the photos and memorabilia into an airtight (if possible) plastic or rubber container, or at least a bin with a snap-on lid. Using shipping tape, again, tape around the entire bin in one long continuous pull of the tape, wrapping at least twice.

Store these bins at least 4 feet above floor level, preferably on an inside closet shelf.

If you must leave behind albums, seal them up the same way you did your photographs. Ziploc makes Big Bags, which fit even bedding and clothes in them, so your albums should fit very well. Tape these bags shut across the seal, with shipping tape, and then finish protecting them as you did your photos.

If it floods above the 4 feet, the bin should float up. If the roof is torn off and the bin is blown away, wherever it lands, whomever finds it should be able to identify the owner (you), and your items should be safe and dry.

When you evacuate, you should always bring with you all birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, name change documents, passports, social security cards, and the declarations page of every insurance policy you own (homeowner’s, renter’s, auto, boat, etc.). You should also have a list prepared ahead of time with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of ALL of the physicians that you and your family members are being treated by. Also make a list of every medication being taken, with the name of the person taking the medication, the doctor who prescribed it, the full name of the medication, the strength, and how it is supposed to be taken. Note any other special medical or physical needs that you or your family members may have.

Don’t forget your pets. You need to bring vaccination certificates for each pet, along with any medications or special needs items they have, just like for your family members. List the pets’ names, veterinarian’s name, address, phone number, and medications on the same list as you put your medications.

Laminate this document of medical information, as well. For safekeeping, make another copy of this document, laminate it, and give it to another family member in case you lose yours.

While there are no guarantees in life, the above tips should help to protect your photos and memorabilia.

*Ziploc makes Double Guard Freezer Bags in Medium and Large sizes that are essentially a bag in a bag, with a double zipper. These are recommended, but you can use regular Ziploc bags if you cannot find the Double Guard bags.

This information was the collaborative effort by Dee Famularo and Marlane Mayo.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

New Collections and Products from CHA In

The Karen Foster Design products are IN!!! Themes include The Winery, The Tooth Fairy, Fairies, Dinosaurs, and the NEW LINE OF GREETING CARDS!!! The greeting cards are made from double-sided cardstock weight patterned papers, with rub-ons and rub-bits in themes like Congratulations, Thank You, Happy Birthday, and more. The brads that go with all of the Karen Foster Design themes are really charming (pardon the pun!).

We also received in the new Die Cuts With a View Once Upon A Time collection, along with the Fairies collection. (Fairies seem to be big in all the companies right now.) Self-adhesive chipboard shapes complement this delightful line. With these papers your little prince or princess will become true royalty!

Stamping Station has also arrived, with new Louisiana BRADS and stickers, and title-toppers in many different themes, including a lot of sports themes (volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, football, wrestling, softball).

Page Refills for the Crop In Style Paper Taker are in, which allows even further organization of your papers.

The MIMI Paper Organizers, with 7 expandable acid-free pockets that safely organize 250 sheets of 12x12 paper, are also in. These organizers can be secured shut so your papers will remain safe and unrumpled. They fit perfectly into several of the MIMI totes.

Speaking of the MIMI totes, we just got in a new shipment of their Large Wheeled Totes. One of the new colors is an absolutely gorgeous Crimson and Tan Microsuede tote!! You've got to see this one!!

Last, but definitely not least, we also received a new shipment of the AMM (All My Memories) Tote-ally Cool 2 totes. These are the larger ones, with a magnetic carousel that attaches to the base of the tote if you wish (it's removable). We have these in black pinstripe, pink camouflage, and raspberry.

Tomorrow's going to be one heck of a day, trying to find space for all this new stuff. Why don't you just come save me the trouble and get it while it's still all laid out on the tables?! LOL

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Little Tidbits of Info

So what did you think of the Timeless Touches webisode on Didn't I tell you it was easy?! I loved how she made the little pom pon on the top of the party hat. It's a good idea for use in other applications, too, where you need a puff of fiber, but not actual stitching.

For those of you who missed out on the BoBunny Flexible Ruler, we have more on the way, but we also have a fantastic alternative. We discovered a flexible quilting ruler in a beautiful red color that is EXACTLY the same as the BoBunny one, except it is only $9.99, not $14.99!!! Go figure!!! I personally prefer the red one; I think it is prettier.

Did you know that red is going to be a prominent color in the coming season? No, I'm not talking about Christmas, I'm talking about everyday papers. A lot of the patterned papers we're seeing for the upcoming season have bright reds in them. Beautiful.

We have more large chipboard alphabets on the way, too, for those of you who've been asking for them. We expect them in Monday, along with a lot of other new products. The new Karen Foster Design lines should arrive then, too. We'll post more tomorrow about what actually is delivered.

Update on Adhesive Challenge: Kokuyo is still ahead of the K&Company adhesive, but not by much. It seemed everybody preferred the K&Company glue runner Thursday and Friday.

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Thursday, August 9, 2007

Tomorrow's Webisode / Current Adhesive Challenge

Remember tomorrow is the webisode on Timeless Touches. Our class with the Timeless Touches products is scheduled for next week, so after you see how they are used, call to reserve your spot in the class. These are fun, easy to use stitching templates that will dress up your scrapbook pages and greeting cards, and have people oooohing and aaaahing over your creations. Only you will know how simple it actually was to create!

Stop in and take our Adhesive Challenge. We are comparing the Kokuyo Dot N Roller glue runner with the K&Company Wackytac glue runner. Give us your feedback on how you feel about their price, adherence, ease of use, and any other comments you may have on them.

So far, Kokuyo is preferred 3 to 1.

One comment made was that the K&Company's glue runner is very small and easy to handle, but for people with arthritis, it may be TOO small. Another was that it was very smooth and easy to use. A comment about the Kokuyo was that its adhesion appears to be very permanent, and this particular customer said that although it was a dollar more expensive than the other one, she would prefer it and purchase the Kokuyo.

We try to bring our customers items that they find useful, and doing things like the Adhesive Challenge helps us to know better what YOU want. If you haven't tried either of these yet, come by and test drive them.

Today we received the Sugar Paper by Doodlebug. It is gorgeous, brightly colored cardstock-weight paper covered entirely with glitter that looks like a sugar coating. We have all of the colors it is offered in (12). We also received some Karen Foster Design reorders, and are expecting our CHA shipment of Karen Foster Design products this Friday or Saturday.

We are also expecting (tomorrow, Friday) more pink Crop-A-Dile cases with eyelets, the Sizzix Adapters for Quickutz dies, clear crown bling stickers, All My Memories' Tote-ally Cool 2 Totes (wait til you see the colors!), the Scrap-O-Dex, more diecut papers from Creative Imaginations, new Disney papers, and, last but not least, the LARGE COLUZZLE CIRCLE!!! Yes, we have finally gotten them in!!! Phone orders will be accepted if you cannot get in to get one tomorrow, as we know these won't last long.

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Shop Smarter -- Is It Really a Bargain? Some Scrapbooking and Papercrafting Products Do Have A Shelf Life!!!

We’ve had a lot of customers balk at the idea of using rub-ons because they had already tried them and it was a disaster. When asked the brand or where they purchased the items, they always reply “from the dollar store or one of the big box stores.” Well, you truly get what you pay for. When you purchase a product, you have to ask yourself: WHY is this item so cheap? Is it because they really are inexpensive to manufacture and that huge company is passing on the savings to me? Or are the items low-priced because they are discontinued or old stock closeouts the manufacturer unloaded to make way for new? And its not just rub-ons, so think twice when you pick up an item that appears to be a bargain – chances are, it could be more of a robbery. Your faith in the product might be stolen.

When you’re out shopping for your papercrafting products, consider how much you’re really paying. Purchasing lower-priced products at a discount outlet might save you a few dollars up front, but it could easily cost you more before the project is complete. It could cost more money to purchase a replacement item from a reputable scrapbook store, or worse, it could ruin your layout or frustrate you into never using a really fantastic product or technique.

We work very hard here at Scrappersaurus to always bring you the highest quality items, of the freshest stock available to us. We never purchase readily consumable clearance items from our manufacturers, simply because we do not want to run the risk of the items not working properly.

We stand behind all our products, and if ever you have a problem with ANYthing you purchase from us, let us know and we’ll make it right.

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Monday, August 6, 2007

I know I mentioned it already, but people are asking about the Crafter's Workshop doodling and journaling genies. They're quite adorable templates, and one is just arrows--real big arrows! Another one is just circles (or dots, depending on how you view it). We also have the "Doohickeys" which is the one with punctuation marks, including the big brackets everybody loves to put their titles in lately. When I say big, these templates are 12x12 in size, so you can imagine how large these shapes are. I would have to say the brackets are at least around 3" high. Very fun.
Today we received new papers from SEI--very cute, especially the dog one, which has a weiner dog on it! (I'm partial to weiners because I've always owned them.) These papers are very bright and lively, not at all like some of the boring, bland papers we've seen over the past couple of seasons. The matching rub-ons are equally as bright and fun, and in different colors.

We also received more K&Co. tape roller adhesives and refills, more green Crop-A-Diles in the case with eyelets, Chatterbox journaling genies, and Jolee's embellishments. Plus, we got a new shipment of the vanishing ink pens in today, a different brand from before, and at a better price. It seemed like every time we turned around we were getting another shipment of something in! It turned out to be a really busy Monday.

Speaking of busy Mondays, I want to thank all the customers from the Westbank who came in today. We appreciate the drive in to see us, and look forward to seeing you back again soon.

I've got this mondo headache again, and for the life of me I can't figure out what's causing it. Nothing helps. It makes it hard to look at the screen, or at anything bright. I was thankful to be inside all day and not out in the sun. Especially since the thermometer outside read 100 degrees when I did step out to get a Smoothie for us. I really feel for the people who have to work outdoors in this heat. I could never make it through a whole day without passing out, I'm sure.
Maybe my headache is from all the ordering I've been doing. I can't count how many orders I've placed since the week before CHA. And, I'm still going strong. I love being able to bring in new items for you all to see and play with, and I can tell you this, you're going to LOVE what's coming!!! One hint--have you seen the new collections from Basic Grey? Wicked is about all I can say to describe one of them.

For the rest of this week we're going to give you 25% off all holiday items (paper, embellishments, and rub-ons). But you have to mention you saw the sale on the blog to get the discount.

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Friday, August 3, 2007

Epson Scrapbook Central Kiosk

Earlier this year we acquired the new Epson Scrapbook Central kiosk. It is kind of like the ones you see in Walgreens, but this one is made specifically for scrapbookers. You can scan a 12x12 page and reprint it (borderless) or burn it to a CD or copy it to a jump drive. You can also print a 12x12 page as an 8x8 or 6x6 page, as it will scale it down for you. You can load pictures from a memory card or CD, or scan pictures in on the scanner, and then do a number of different types of photo editing.

It also has PhotoShop Elements on it, so it is very versatile with what all it can do. Your prints are not only acid- and lignin-free, they are also waterproof and archival safe for over 100 years. It can, of course, fix red-eye, and will also correct the colors on older photographs that have turned yellow or red. It comes out beautiful, just like the day you shot the photo!

You can bring in a memory card from your camera, jump drive, or CD, and load the pictures into the machine and then pick and choose which ones you want to work with, and print only those photos. All work done on the Scrapbook Central is saved for a minimum of 90 days, and can be reprinted and re-edited at a later date. So you can come in and load your photos onto a job, and save it, and then when you come to crop, only print out those you wish to work with that day. You won't have to remember to bring them every time you come.

You can create background pages for your scrapbook papers, and we also have several disks with a number of backgrounds on them that you can choose from. We can also take an 8.5x11 paper and turn it into a 12x12 for you, or create custom backgrounds out of any image or item you desire.

Think about this: you spend hours creating beautiful albums. Why not make a digital copy for safekeeping or sharing with others? It's a great way to send an album to somebody out of town, without worrying about the original getting lost in the mail. If you have more than one child and you currently make a family album, you can make a copy of that album for each child to have as their own, or print out a duplicate for them. There are many uses for this wonderful tool, and we have only begun to scratch the surface with all it can do. Stop by and check it out.

We have samples of printouts on the wall showing the original page and the printed page. You can't tell the difference unless you touch and feel them and see there are no layers on the printed page like on the original.

Until next time, happy scrapping!