It’s time for another card buffet!

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It’s time for another card buffet!

This time it will be Christmas cards.

What is a card buffet?

So glad you asked!

A card buffet is an all you can create buffet. That is, all you can create cards for $2 per card in a 2 ½ hour time period. Each card should take 5 – 10 minutes to make. You will have 15 – 20 different cards to choose from.

Want to make your cards for less?

No problem.

Place a Close to my Heart order with me at the buffet. For every $25 you order (before shipping and tax) you get a .25 discount per card. Spend $25, get your cards for $1.75 each. Spend $50 they become $1.50 each.

 

Receive a .25 discount for every friend you bring. 2 friends, .50 off each card.

 

Sign up for one of my other classes and your cards will be $1.50 each.

When is this all you can create card buffet?

Date: December 03, 2016

Time: 5:00 – 8:00

New Place: 335 6th St. Suite 3

Next to Meeker Drug (look for Deja Vu)

Supplies to bring: adhesive of choice if you have them (liquid, tape runner and foam tape)

I’ll see you December 03 at 5:00!

Let’s scrapbook together, it’s cheaper than therapy.

Some appetizers to hold you until the big all you can create buffet.

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Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below. Let’s scrapbook together, it’s cheaper than therapy.

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Upcycled Valentine Candy Box

This is an upcycled candy box that I altered and then put no calorie, no sugar, no fat treats into for a gift.  I used Delta Ceramcoat Crackle to give it a distressed vintage look.Large Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy Box

I filled the box with some scrapbooking treats.  Clothes pins, bottle caps, paper clips, laces, fibers, flowers, an array of metal embellishments just to name a few.

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Here’s a look at all the goodies spread out.

Large Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy BoxI put a few paper doilies in the bottom of the box for fun.

Large Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy BoxFor more information and a tutorial on how I did this box check my video.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.  Let’s scrapbook together, it’s cheaper than therapy.

Floating Book Cover

These book covers have a floating chipboard piece inside the inside and outside chipboard pieces of the cover. The three piece assembly can be used for the front or back cover. The floating cover allows your book/album to lay flat and the pages inside lay flat.

Floating Cover

Floating Cover

Floating Cover

Floating Cover

Available sizes are anywhere from 3″ x 3″ to 12″ x 12″. The thickness of the chipboard that I use is 0.057″.

You get in your kit enough chipboard pieces to make one complete cover (front and back) and assembly instructions. You do not get a spine (unless you specifically ask for a spine), hinges or pages. Free shipping by Priority Mail. The first cover in an order (large or small) must be full price but all additional covers are discounted. Be sure to use the form below to send me the exact size you wish your cover to be. The buttons following the form allow you to use Paypal to purchase the covers.

Use these buttons to use Paypal to purchase your cover but be sure to also use the form above to tell me the exact size(s) you want.

Large Album Cover (More than 6″ in either direction) $20.00 (Full price)
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Small Album Cover (Equal to or less than 6″ in both directions) $18.00 (Full price)
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Blessings Mix Box

I’ve been MIA lately.  My computer had the flu … AND … I felt the fear and did it anyway, my you tube debut.  I’m ready for my close up now Mr. DeMille.

Blessings Mix Box

Blessings Mix Box

This is a Blessings Mix Box.  Great to give friends, family and neighbors for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Blessings Mix Recipe

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and let’s scrapbook together, it’s cheaper than therapy.

Cheritha a.k.a. The Crazy Scrapbooking Lady

Monthly Specials for October

It’s in the Bag

Starting a business never looked so good!

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Sign up as an Independent Consultant during October, and receive the 2015 Convention bag FREE in your New Consultant Kit! Travel in style with this trendy and eye-catching cross body bag, perfectly sized for carrying layouts, paper packets, and projects that are in-progress. Along with the items found in the newly revamped New Consultant Kit, this bag will help start your business with confidence and flair!

Contact me for more details.

email: cheritha@crazyscrapbookinglady.com

*Offer valid while supplies last October 1–31, 2015. No tax will be charged on the free item. The Convention bag will be included in the New Consultant Kit. For more information on shipping/handling options for the New Consultant Kit, please contact your Independent Consultant. Shipping/handling will not be charged if Convention bag is shipped separately from a kit checked out from a sponsoring Director.

Twinkle – October 2015 Stamp of the Month

Item Number: S1510

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Get this D-size Stamp of the Month set for a deal with a minimum qualifying purchase! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.

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Stamp images outlined in red coordinate with the Cricut® Artiste Collection (Z3170).

Of the Scrapbooking Police and the Shoulds Part 9 (Should Myths #19 & 20)

Here is the next in the mini series.

So how many times have the scrapbooking police come to your house and bound your wrists in baker’s twine or confiscated your supplies because you didn’t write a novel on that layout you just completed or you put more than one photo on a page? I’m going to take a guess and say never. I’m also going to bust a couple myths… are you ready?

There are no scrapbooking police or scrapbooking shoulds.

Okay, I lied, there’s one should.

Scrapbooking should be fun!!!

SHOULD MYTH #19 You should only use acid free, archival safe, lignen free products or only supplies intended for scrapbooking.

This can be a very scary should to break especially if you are using ancestral photos.  If you have access to a scanner you could scan your photos, put the originals in a safe place and use copies.  Then if something goes horribly wrong you still have the original.  You could also experiment with those out of focus or cropped photos.  Start small and ease into it.  I’m anal and I use acid free, archival safe, lignen free products for everything I do with my photos but that doesn’t mean you have to.  If you want to add a mini clothespin to your layout please do.  You have to make your scrapbooks your way or you won’t be happy with them.  I want my 12″ x 12″ albums to last a long time so I’m very picky about them but I have started relaxing about everything else and experimenting with mini clothespins, doilies, paper bags …  It’s fun going around the house finding things to use as embellishments or as tools.  Give it a go, see what you can find.  This is where our creativity and artistic side really blossom.

#20 I’m going to go in a different direction with #20.  I’ve busted 19 of the many myths that we have saddled ourselves with and touched on the one important SHOULD of scrapbooking.  SCRAPBOOKING SHOULD BE FUN.  We as adults have a lot of rules that we have to live by, think about when you were a kid.  Did you hate all the rules you were expected to follow?  I know I did.  I couldn’t wait to grow up because I thought adults could do anything, anytime.  Then I became an adult …  So why are we forcing ourselves to follow rules in scrapbooking?  Our hobbies should be fun, that’s why we do them.  Be a child again for an hour and ignore all the myths and be creative, go wild.  Wash a foam tray from a meat package, cut a design in it and use it as a stamp.  If you don’t like what you created cut it up for one of a kind photo mats, embellishments or background paper.  If you relax and let the creative juices flow it becomes like a drug and you come back for more, but this is a safe drug.  It’s not like compulsive eating,  scrapbooking doesn’t add to your waistline or make you unhealthy.  On the contrary having a hobby has been proven to improve overall health.  Scrapbooking for an hour is cheaper than an hour of therapy.  An hour of therapy is about $100, you can buy a lot of scrapbook supplies for that.  If you have a hard time finding alone time at home you can go to a friends house or the library.

I’ll end this mini series here.  For more information on scrapbook rule breaking check out Cut Loose by Crystal Jeffrey Rieger.

 

Happy scrapping and remember the only SHOULD in scrapbooking is it SHOULD be fun.

Let’s scrapbook together it’s cheaper than therapy!

Of the Scrapbooking Police and the Shoulds Part 8 (Should Myths #17 & 18)

Here is the next in the mini series.

So how many times have the scrapbooking police come to your house and bound your wrists in baker’s twine or confiscated your supplies because you didn’t write a novel on that layout you just completed or you put more than one photo on a page? I’m going to take a guess and say never. I’m also going to bust a couple myths… are you ready?

There are no scrapbooking police or scrapbooking shoulds.

Okay, I lied, there’s one should.

Scrapbooking should be fun!!!

SHOULD MYTH #17 You should only do flowing layouts with a left and right page.

Before we get to deep into this one I feel that I should clarify that a layout is two pages, a left and right, and a page is one which is the beginning or ending of an album.  However if you like to do your albums in pages go for it.  I do my 12″ x 12″ albums in layout style because I like the flow from left to right and I like seeing one story at a time (if that makes sense).  I feel like it’s less jumbled or overwhelming to do things in a layout style for my 12″ x 12″ albums.  I have also used flip flaps to make a top and bottom to go with the left and right of a layout.  My minis on the other hand I like to mix and match.  Every page can be of a different story and I don’t feel overwhelmed or jumbled with the smaller format.

SHOULD MYTH #18 You should use the same background paper for both the left and right sides of a layout.

Why?  (My son is so much like me, the first question we ask when told something is “Why?”)  Okay, but seriously why do they have to be the same?  Paper companies are making paper packs that contain papers that are the same pattern but different colors or one is embossed or has glitter on it.  Let’s have fun with the cool papers.  You can have similar papers and use embellishments that are the same to pull it all together or do the same techniques on both sides i.e. stitching, stamping, doodling, etc.  Your photo mats on both sides could be the same paper.  There are so many ways to make a layout look connected without using the same background paper.

 

Don’t forget to check back next Saturday September 19, 2015 for SHOULD MYTH # 19 & 20.  If you have a SHOULD MYTH you would like to share please leave a comment below.

Happy scrapping and remember the only SHOULD in scrapbooking is it SHOULD be fun.

Let’s scrapbook together it’s cheaper than therapy!

Of the Scrapbooking Police and the Shoulds Part 8 (Should Myths #15 & 16)

Here is the next in the mini series.

So how many times have the scrapbooking police come to your house and bound your wrists in baker’s twine or confiscated your supplies because you didn’t write a novel on that layout you just completed or you put more than one photo on a page? I’m going to take a guess and say never. I’m also going to bust a couple myths… are you ready?

There are no scrapbooking police or scrapbooking shoulds.

Okay, I lied, there’s one should.

Scrapbooking should be fun!!!

SHOULD MYTH #15 You should be and stay caught up.

If you think about that should statement it really is silly.  That would mean you need to do a layout or more every day or every time you take photos.  Realistically who has time for that?  Think of the creative pressure too of producing a layout every day.  What does “caught up” mean to you.  Does it mean every photo you’ve ever taken has been scrapbooked?  Does it mean you’ve told a story for every photo?  For me it means I’m comfortable where I am.  Can I scrapbook more of my photos?  Absolutely!  Scrapbooking is meant to be fun, creative, a stress release and if we’re worried about this or any of the other SHOULDS then it becomes a chore just like the laundry.  Will we ever be “caught up”?  Probably not if we think of it in this way.

SHOULD MYTH #16 True scrapbooking should only be done in 12″ x 12″ albums.

There are so many options now why should we limit ourselves to only one option?  I like to use 12″ x 12″ albums with acid free, archival safe, lignen free products for the stories and photos that will be given to my son and his future family some day, anything else I use several different options.  For our gallery wall I use an array of frames, shadow boxes, canvases, whatever fits in with the overall look.  If I have a photo that is to small for the frame I want to use then I’ll make a mini scrapbook page, put the photo on it and put the whole thing in the frame (nothing dimensional of course).  I have a couple of those flip thingies (that’s the technical name) for 4″ x 6″ photos and the same as with the frame; I make a little scrapbook page, put the photo on it, slip it in the sleeve and enjoy.  We have LOTS of mini albums for enjoying now.  I use only acid free, archival safe, lignen free products even with my minis.  Did you know that having your photos exposed to the elements and fingers and the oils on those fingers will deteriorate the photos?  So that’s why I have the big 12″ x 12″ albums for long term preservation; everything else if it lasts one year or twenty I’m okay with that.

 

Don’t forget to check back next Saturday September 12, 2015 for SHOULD MYTH # 17 & 18.  If you have a SHOULD MYTH you would like to share please leave a comment below.

Happy scrapping and remember the only SHOULD in scrapbooking is it SHOULD be fun.

Let’s scrapbook together it’s cheaper than therapy!

Of the Scrapbooking Police and the Shoulds Part 7 (Should Myths #13 & 14)

Here is the next in the mini series.

So how many times have the scrapbooking police come to your house and bound your wrists in baker’s twine or confiscated your supplies because you didn’t write a novel on that layout you just completed or you put more than one photo on a page? I’m going to take a guess and say never. I’m also going to bust a couple myths… are you ready?

There are no scrapbooking police or scrapbooking shoulds.

Okay, I lied, there’s one should.

Scrapbooking should be fun!!!

SHOULD MYTH #13 You should only use something once and you should have the latest greatest.

Well if that’s true we all will go bankrupt.  I can’t keep up with all the wonderful, beautiful, fabulous supplies coming out all the time.  Then again sometimes the latest greatest isn’t always the best for us.  I’m not a technically minded person and the Cricut Expression 2 is perfect for me.  The thought of needing a computer to run my Cricut does not appeal to me and I’m also perfectly happy using punches rather than my Cricut.  I’m very picky about my cardstock and prefer to use Close to my Heart that doesn’t mean I don’t experiment sometimes.  Actually I’m set in my ways and like certain things but I do like to try new things.  I have been known to buy multiple packs of a pattern paper that I really love and use it to death.  There are way to many beautiful papers and embellishments available to only use them once.

SHOULD MYTH #14 You should scrapbook chronologically.

Whoops!  I totally missed this one.  It is so not fun scrapbooking in order, at least not for me.  So many things in life have to be in order WHY do we make scrapbooking this way?  Mix it up, have fun.  Scrapbook what inspires you or makes you happy.  Okay maybe a newborn baby’s album could be in chronological order but after that…?  Of course you can scrapbook in chronological order if you want to.  You can even time travel many years back.  You can group on one layout a bunch of photos from different times.  I’ve made a layout of all our zoo visits.  I’ve made a then and now layout for the same zoo because I went there when I was a child and now I take my son there.  It’s okay to scrapbook a photo more than once if it supports a story you want to tell or because you really love that photo.  When film directors make a film they don’t  always start with the very first scene of the film.

 

Don’t forget to check back next Saturday September 05, 2015 for SHOULD MYTH # 15 & 16.  If you have a SHOULD MYTH you would like to share please leave a comment below.

Happy scrapping and remember the only SHOULD in scrapbooking is it SHOULD be fun.

Let’s scrapbook together it’s cheaper than therapy!

Of the Scrapbooking Police and the Shoulds Part 6 (Should Myths #11 & 12)

Here is the next in the mini series.

So how many times have the scrapbooking police come to your house and bound your wrists in baker’s twine or confiscated your supplies because you didn’t write a novel on that layout you just completed or you put more than one photo on a page? I’m going to take a guess and say never. I’m also going to bust a couple myths… are you ready?

There are no scrapbooking police or scrapbooking shoulds.

Okay, I lied, there’s one should.

Scrapbooking should be fun!!!

SHOULD MYTH # 11 My handwriting should be neat.

We don’t think our handwriting is neat but that’s because it’s our handwriting.  Other people might think our handwriting is neat.  Our grand and great grand kids might want to see our handwriting.   Handwritten journaling adds a personalness and tenderness that is lost in typed journaling.  That doesn’t mean we have to hand write everything, we can pick and choose.

SHOULD MYTH #12 Photos of males should never have flowers or pink or lace or anything remotely feminine.

I hear a lot about how hard it is to scrapbook a photo of men or boys. My question is “Why”? Are they going to burst into flames if there is lace or pink or flowers near their photo? My husband and son like soft sheets and soft clothes. They like all the flower beds in the yard. I made a layout of my son and he was upset because there weren’t any flowers on it (I had to go back and add some). This whole pink for girls and blue for boys thing came from the fashion world in the mid 20th century. Before that pink and blue were simply pastel colors.

In 1918, an article from a trade publication called Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department, declared that, since it was derived from red, “Pink is for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” Taken from http://mentalfloss.com/article/65058/when-did-pink-become-girl-color

Anyone who has used red paint or ink knows how powerful red can be so this makes perfect sense to me.

A 1927 survey by Time magazine showed that department stores were completely scattered when it came to recommending gender-specific colors—Marshall Field’s and Filene’s preferred pink for boys and blue for girls, while Macy’s and Wanamaker’s said just the opposite. “There seems, then, to be no great unanimity of U.S. opinion on Pink v. Blue,” the article concluded. And even before that, new parents outfitted their gender-neutral nurseries in pink and blue, similar to the way we use green and yellow today. Taken from http://mentalfloss.com/article/65058/when-did-pink-become-girl-color

 

As far as lace?

Little Franklin Delano Roosevelt sits primly on a stool, his white skirt spread smoothly over his lap, his hands clasping a hat trimmed with a marabou feather. Shoulder-length hair and patent leather party shoes complete the ensemble. Taken from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/when-did-girls-start-wearing-pink-1370097/?no-ist
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So if it’s good enough for a former president of the United States it’s good enough for my son. If our boys and men want flowers and lace and pink on there layouts then by God we should give them flowers and lace and pink layouts. Whose with me? (Getting down off my soapbox now.)

Don’t forget to check back next Saturday August 28, 2015 for SHOULD MYTH # 13 & 14.  If you have a SHOULD MYTH you would like to share please leave a comment below.

Happy scrapping and remember the only SHOULD in scrapbooking is it SHOULD be fun.

Let’s scrapbook together it’s cheaper than therapy!

P.S. Just for a little fun here’s a photo of a tee shirt.

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