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!


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