Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Change is on the Horizon for Scrappersaurus

I know, I know... I haven't blogged in what seems like forever. Sorry. Things have a way of getting in the way, and before you realize it, it's been too long. Hopefully, this post will catch everybody up.

National Scrapbook Day was absolutely fantastic! We had a wonderful group of people who had a great time throughout the day, playing games, eating food from Pontchartrain Poboys, and doing make-and-takes. A lot of customers also participated in the great make-and-takes when they came in to shop. Karen Foster Design really came through for us, and so did Bo Bunny and Lou! We had tons of giveaways, and also gave all the participants different "alterables". I think they had a lot of fun with those. So many people do not realize exactly what an "alterable" is...and they certainly learned then! One lady did a most awesome pirate-themed box, another did an altered purse...all kinds of things!

On another, more serious note now. I have finally decided to go ahead and have the surgeries on my back. (Yes, that was plural--I need two separate procedures done.) That will make it pretty much impossible to run a storefront while I am recuperating, and I'll need Felix and Emery to help me personally, and with our house and pets. This means that Scrappersaurus will be closing its storefront by August 1st, and becoming strictly an online store. You will still be able to get your Kokuyo Dot'N Roller and Tape'N Roller refills from us, because we're not going anywhere, and we'll ship them to you or you can come pick them up from us! We will continue to specialize in and stock the local themes: New Orleans, Mardi Gras, Louisiana, southern, fleur de lis, LSU, etc. We will also continue the Layout of the Month Club, as we have Design Team members who are willing to pitch in and help out while I am unable to work on it myself. Our Design Team members are extremely creative and very helpful, and I know their assistance will be greatly appreciated by both Scrappersaurus as well as the LOTM members.

Also, economically-speaking, it simply is no longer financially viable for us to have a brick-and-mortar store. We have a thriving online business, and honestly some days we do better online than we do in the storefront. Felix is teaching me how to work on the website with him, and as we get new products in, we will be scanning them and adding them to the webstore. We will continue to bring you new products, and to include new techniques with them in the Layout of the Month kits. We have a few die-hard customers who are really pushing us to find means to continue to meet for workshops locally, and we are looking into that option. We have been with you since 2004, and now, five years later, you are ingrained in our hearts as well as our lives. We want to continue to be a part of your life, and an integral part of your crafting supplies and education sources. We love you!!!

I have not yet scheduled my surgeries, and I will not do so until the storefront is completely closed. I will post when the time draws near, as many of you have asked me to. I thank you for all your prayers and good wishes. They are very much needed and very much appreciated!

YES, WE WILL STILL BE A VENDOR AT SCRAP'N ON THE RIVER!!! We will bring tons of products, some of which are new releases that I can't wait to get my hands on! Make sure you come see us in Natchez and check out the new stuff! I will not be able to work the booth, but Emery and Felix will, and I will do demonstrations throughout the day as my back allows. I look forward to seeing you all! This is a VERY fun event, and although it has a good number of attendees, it still seems "close and personal". Pam Frank is a wonderful person, and she puts on one heck of an event! Scrappersaurus has a table in front of the booth reserved for customers who request to sit near us. If you have not yet called or emailed us to be seated at our table, please do so immediately--we don't want anybody left out!

Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!


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