Monday, May 19, 2008

SPRING CLEANING!

All right already!!! SORRY!!! I know - i know - where have we been?!?! Well - grab a beverage and i'll tell ya (and show ya!) where we've been!!!


First of all - let me just say that we are SOOOOOOOO happy graduation is OVER!!! (at least in our neck of the woods!!) the last two weeks have been busy and VERY emotional!!! We've had all kinds of graduation projects goin' on!!! here are just a few of the pics from last week!!

I have to take a minute (again!) and brag on our girls!!! They have never backed down from a challenge!! They took on SOOO many projects last week and ROCKED em'!!! They embellished Graduation albums (from kindergarten through senior year!) - they did NUMEROUS senior memory boards!!! They created center pieces, guest books and card boxes for graduation parties!! They even created altered gifts to give to grads!! And - renee created these adorable note pads for a special someone today!! The picture didn't turn out very well - but these little tree's are adorable!!!






It was FULL, FUN AND EXHAUSTING!! But - they pulled it off and everyone left HAPPY and satisifed!!! It was sooooo emotional - seeing these mom's come in....they either had absolutely NO scrapbooking experience or did - but just didn't have the time or energy left to complete their projects....they had this look of desperation and fear on their face!! On top of all that - they were sad and happy for their grads!! It was a REAL reminder (for us anyway!) of how fast it all happens!! We took TWO lessons away from this last week.....1) - ENJOY your kiddos while you can!! and 2) START SCRAPBOOKING THOSE SCHOOL MEMORIES NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!! :)


We've also been doing some spring cleaning around the store!!! I got the "itch" to clean and re-organize the store about a month ago - but just haven't found the time....you know it takes me about one solid week to do all that work!!! So - Saturday - Krusty and I got at it!!! Come in and let us know what you think - no worries things are pretty much still in the same LOCATION - just jazzed things up a bit!!! I get realllllly bored looking at the same thing every day - so it's kinda like a whole new store!!! With Spring Cleaning - comes NEW items moved to our CLEARANCE section!! (oh - and our clearance section has moved too!!! it's now at the very BACK of the store!)



We FINALLY got our Glimmer Mist Display in today!! Renee was absolutely GIDDY!!! I had to get a pic. of her filling it today!!! That thing holds 72 colors of glimmer mist - and wouldn't you know it.....we have over 80 colors!!! But this display makes it SO much easier to locate the color you're looking for!! It's GREAT!!!



What else...OH!! The new Making Memories NoteWorthy Addie and Delaney line!! THEY are BOTH gorGEOUS!!! We got some more of the new HEIDI SWAPP merchandise in as well!!! We're swimming in Tool Totes of all sizes!! (thank you to my dear hubby for hanging the new hooks on the back wall for those bags!)


Here's the picture of the two layouts you will complete for Renee's FIRST "What Matters Most" class beginning in june - she PROMISES to have pictures for these by the end of the week!! I will re-post them when they are complete!!!
Sarah has been busy gearing up for Ganza - that is in ALMOST ONE MONTH!!! I'm getting with Christie this week to finish the design for the back of the shirt and complete the goodie bag selection as well!!!



On a personal note - i had visited with some of you at the store about the layouts i worked on while at Maple Memories.......long story short - i didn't have Internet access while i was there - therefore my idea of printing my own pictures from shutterfly didn't pan out!!! Sooooo, i had to upload them BACK to my hard drive in order to have them to print out myself (on my new 12x12 printer - which I AM IN LOVE WITH!).....well - shutterfly only RE-uploads them back to you at a very low resolution - meaning they were very blurry when enlarged bigger than a 4x4 square!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, thank GOODNESS for my PAGEMAPS sketches- i recreated (scrap lifted!) several layouts using LOTS of littlER pictures on a page!! Just wanted to share with you how I was still able to scrapbook my pictures - not waste my entire weekend and turned out with some pretty good layouts!!! I actually really liked it better - i was able to complete 16 pages - when normally it would have taken me at least 32 pages with all the pictures in 4x6 sizes!!!! So - this is just a sampling of some of those layouts - hopefully giving SOME of you some inspiration!!! THESE PICTURES HAVE NOT BEEN ALTERED!!! I DIDN'T CROP THEM EITHER!!! Just so you know - i wanted to just get the blog updated tonight and if i would have stopped to edit them I'd STILL be editing them!!!! :)

I LOVE LOVE LOOOVVVEEE brads!!!

LOVE me some Fancy Pants FELT!


Stickles and Thickers - like Chocolate and Vanilla - they are perfect together!!

I am LOVING bunching my ribbon!


okay - do you "get" the "O"?!?! Do the pictures make sense as to why i did the "O" like that?!




Journaling ON my pages - thank you so much to JANA!!

Have i mentioned how much i LOVE fancy pants FELT pieces!?!?



i'm loving this FELT FUSION from Queen & Co....so FUN!


Okay - so that's it in a nutshell!!! On top of all that - i saw IRONMAN (the movie!) - HIGHLY recommend it!! It was AWESOME!! I LOVED IT!!! :) Thanks for missing us, thanks for checking in on us, and thanks for taking the time to read our posts!!! We love you guys and are sooooo glad you are HERE!!! Have a great week!! HAPPY SUMMER!!!

10 comments:

Lan said...

What a fun post, I love seeing pictures. You girls did a great job with the graduation projects and your layouts are awesome Steff! Noteworthy is my favorite line right now, sooo excited that you carry it!

babsbrown said...

SERIOUSLY! I don't care if those pages did start with maps, THEY ARE FAB! Totally love them! That O is just "PRE-SHUS!" You are totally talented Steff! Off to take pics now ;)

JennK said...

Looks like you all have been supa busy!!!! Thanks for the awesome update!!!

wild4scraps&stamps2 said...

I AM SO GLAD YOU UPDATED, I AM IN SUCH A NEED FOR AN ATTIC FIX AND I THINK THIS HAS HELPED!!! YOU ALL DID AN AWESOME JOB ON ALL OF YOUR PROJECTS, THEY LOOKED REALLY COOL!!! AND STEPH YOUR LAYOUTS WERE WAY TO CUTE. THAT "O" THING JUST ROCKED!!! YOU REALLY GOT SOME TALENT GIRLFRIEND!!! MISS YOU GUYS BUNCHES!! HUGS!

*Chelle* said...

So glad you're back and in the swing of things!! You're pages look awesome, Steff!! And is that "white space" I see on some of them??? HMMMMMM???? Can't wait to make it into the store to see all your hard work!!

Michielle said...

Loved to see that you're back in the blog world!! Thanks for all the photos of the layouts....they're great! The 'senior board' ideas were SuPER!!! Loved it!! XXXOOO
Michielle

Ticey said...

How we can be related and yet nothing I touch ever turns out like that??!! LOVE your pages! Just wait you'll be doing scrapbooks for my future children someday!!

aday said...

THOSE PAGES ARE AWESOME!! You rocked on those!!

heather~dawn said...

AWESOME pages Steff and Renee, I sooo wish I could be here for your class! I can't wait...only one month til GANZA!!!

Sooo glad that you updated, although it was nice to see that while I was too busy to check, I still hadn't missed anything!!! Can't wait to stop in and see you girls again!!!

Yami said...

Whew! Finally!!! Geesh! But, glad I skedaddled out of there yesterday *before* the camera came out! LOL!!! Thanks for a GREAT update....*almost* makes it worth the wait!!! See y'all soon!!!