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Archive for May 2008

I recently purchased the QuicKutz Limited Edition Alphabet – Chopsticks. Even though I’m not planning any trips to Asia, I think the font is adorable and could have many uses. I’m currently working on a family potluck album and this will come in handy. It’s not too big that I can’t create words on my page, and it’s not so small that it gets lost in the layout. I’m really looking forward to using it as soon as I get some scrapbooking time.

I cannot contain my excitement. Ok so I am going to try to NOT rub it in too much buttttttt,  I am going on VACATION!!! WOOOHOOOOOO!!!! Michelle and her husband Ronnie and Gilbert and I are going on a 5 day cruise.  Our cruise leaves out of San Diego and goes to Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada.  We have to be on the ship by 2:30 pm on Saturday afternoon.  We plan on leaving extra early (at 9 am) to take advantage of the fact that we are leaving out of San Diego.  One of Michelle and my favorite restaurants is the Old Town Mexican Cafe in Old Town San Diego.  We should get there by 11, just in time for lunch.  They make home made tortillas (Yummy!!)  that just go great with their FABULOUS CRISPY CARNITAS!!  Wash that down with a Margarita and you are good to go!! Life just doesn’t get better than that!! After we stuff our faces, we will head down to the port of San Diego and board the ship and get ready for 5 days of some much needed rest and relaxation.

We will be back just in time for the Class Kick Off on Friday, June 6.  Mark your calendars and stop by the store from 5-7 pm. Sign up for a couple of classes and check out how relaxed and tan Michelle and I hope to be!!!!

Bon Voyage…..Trish!!!




Last Friday my almost eighteen year old son had friends over. They all were hangin out watchin’ movies. My son asked if the guys could stay the night because they wanted to toilet paper a friends house. I said sure no problem.  I feel asleep and woke up @ 4:00am. I could tell that there were lights on still. I went out to the family room, lights are on but there’s no boy’s. I look upstairs and can see that my sons light is still on. I go up to his room and find one of the boy’s sitting straight up, our giant lab is on his lap and they are both totally asleep. I turn off the light and head back downstairs to the playroom. There I find my 14 year old son dead asleep. I nudge him and ask him where his brother is. He’s so incoherent he can’t even answer. Now I’m getting a little panicked. Humm, maybe there out in the spa. I turn on the pool lights stick my head out, no sign of them…..Their cars, I’ll go see if all the cars are there! Truck, Jeep, one’s missing? Panic and terrible thoughts begin to race through my head. I walk back into my room and wake my husband. “You’re son is not home and it’s 4:00am (notice he’s no longer my son). “Are you sure my husband ask’s I heard them in his room at 2:00”. “We’ll I’ve looked everywhere and I think one of the boy’s cars are gone.” Now my husband is getting dressed so we can have a two man attack. My husband and are both thinking were going to kill him when he gets home, we’ll make sure he’s safe and not hurt and then he’ll get the wrath of Dad and Mom. I go back upstairs still hoping we’re wrong, Maybe he’s sleeping in his brothers room or maybe I missed him on the floor in his. I check the rooms again to no avail. Already in my head I’m canceling his 18th birthday party we’re having for him next weekend. I decide maybe I missed him in the pool I don’t know how but I check again this time turning on all the outdoor lights. I walk across the yard trying to get a better look. nope not there but then I see the trampoline and it dawns on me to check it. All day the kids were sitting out there chatting on it. At first I don’t see anything but then as I get closer I see the blankets. Relief!! The two dummies have dragged every blanket from the house and are sound to sleep, under the stars, on the trampoline. What do they think they’re boy scouts or something! I could of killed them, I was an absolute wreck.I stomp back to the house and announce to my husband that I found them. My husband was just as irritated as I was “what the heck are they sleeping out there for!”. We both flop down into bed with our adrenaline pumping there is no way sleep is going to come any time soon. Then smiling I remembered that the sprinklers come on @ 5:00am and would drench them. 

Well thinkin about it now the whole thing is really very funny. The story would make a great scrap page. To bad I wasn’t some calm, cool collected mama that went and grabbed her camera. Maybe when my 4th child is a teenager and I’ve been through it all before I’ll handle it better. Then again my 4th child is going to be my wild one. I guess I’ll have to stick to those posed photo shoots for my pages.


So, you may not know this but some people think I’m a Scrap Queen. Notice that I didn’t say Scrapbooking Queen. Nope. I’m the Queen of Scraps. So, I thought I’d share with you my scraps insights.

During the time that I’ve been scrapbooking I’ve made lots of adjustments and improvements in how I store my supplies and tools. Scraps was one of the areas that was really difficult to tame and manage in the early days. I couldn’t bear to throw away the lovely leftovers from my pages and projects. At first, I stored them by project thinking that made the most sense. But I found out that I never ever remembered to go dig thru those project files.

Somewhere along the line I figured out that sorting by color was the way to go, so I diligently sorted everything and moved up to 12×12 page protectors for storing. But I still had a few problems. First, I was saving EVERYTHING (can you imagine how the scraps pile up if you don’t throw any of them away –especially during real productive scrap sessions?)  Plus page protectors don’t hold scraps very well. Second, I was storing them in an out of the way place so they weren’t easy to get to.

So fast forward to now. Let me say that my current method for managing scraps is working great and it makes me so happy when I can whip up a card or a page title or paper piecing using leftovers and not cut into a full sheet of paper (so that it’s there when I need it for a page background!)

Here’s how I’m doing things now…


I still sort by color. This just makes the most sense because if I’m looking for paper that’s how I’m going to search. Sometimes it can be tricky for me with the aquas and teals (“should I put it with blues? greens? ack!”) I keep patterned paper in with the cardstock and just try to decide what is the predominate color in the pattern or if there is a background color, I might go with that.


This is an area I’ve made changes to. I won’t save really small pieces any more. I have size rules now. I might save a few 2×2 scraps if they are perfect squares and several of the same color because they would be great for deco squares, but generally I try to keep the scraps to 3×3 or larger. And strips need to be at least 2″ wide (great for punching out those small QK letters and shapes).

I also make sure to square off all my scrap paper. Used to be that I’d punch a bunch of shapes of the side of a 12×12 then file the page with my scraps. Well, as you can imagine those raggedy edges catch on everything and make a mess of the scrap file. Even larger cutouts (like circles) that leave mis-shaped scraps are a problem, so everything that goes into the scrap file has to have the wacky edges cut away.

See It, Use It

As I mentioned, my scrap files used to be tucked away but no longer. I keep them out in plain sight so that I’m reminded to USE them. It’s been hard but I’ve also had to train myself to look in the scrap file before grabbing a full sheet of 12 x 12 or 8-1/2 x 11 paper (unless of course it’s for a background sheet or a large die cut).

I’ve also had great success with the “Scrap Storage” pockets by Crop In Style. They are clear-ish 12×12 pocket files with three sections. I bolster up these pockets with a piece of sturdy chipboard in the center section which is also where the very large scraps go. The front and back pockets are about the same size. I use the back one for medium sized scraps, especially those that are about the size of a photo mat (ie 5×7 or 4×6). The front pocket is for smaller scraps. I bought enough of these to have one for every color.

Scrap Storage by Crop in Style

Last time I checked we had lots of the Scrap Storage pockets in stock at the store, so if you’ve got a mind to tame your wild stash of scraps, we’ve got what you need!

Here’s some pics of my scrap pockets in action. The first photo is awhile back before I thinned out the scraps (yeah, I do that from time to time now). The second photo shows I prefer to keep them – lean & mean.

Open file with Scrap Storage files

Scrap Storage at work

Creative Imaginations has a new line of paper and embellishments called ‘Old Guys Rule’.  It is way too cute.  I have a few special Old Guys in my life that I wanted to recognize in the month of June for Birthdays and Fathers’ Day.  This line worked out well.  A sample card is shown above.  Get to SGT quickly, before these supplies run out. 

If you purchased your Big Bite and didn’t get a case for it, Scrappin’ Good Times has them in stock now.  I found my Big Bite floundering in my scrapbook bag and not being protected.  This case keeps it in one place and has compartments for my eyelets. It also comes with extra eyelets as a bonus.  Check it out. 


Disney Class

Hey Disney fans, Michelle and I finished our class for this month. We know there are still a lot fans of the mouse out there, so we made sure that we made some extra kits.  They are selling very quickly and  we only have five available for sale. If interested, please email me at  





We all come to SGT for supplies, friends, and inspiration. You know that when you walk in the door you will be struck by the beautiful displays. I often find that when I’m creatively challenged a visit to SGT brings back the spark. Looking at projects and layouts, anyone can find a technique or paper that they have not used. It’s an experience I like to share with my fellow scrapbookers. Thanks so much SGT for your inspiration.

The new Doodlebug flocked line has arrived and it’s oooh soooo cute!!  There are twelve different color lines, yes, twelve!!  Should I list them for you?  OK…white, black, brown, red, yellow, orange, blue, turquoise, purple, light pink, fusia, and green.  Wow!!  All the colors of the rainbow and more.  My favorite part of this paper is that it is monochromatic with six different prints in each line.  And the flocking is so pretty.  A great line for fancy or casual layouts and it will match any theme.  Come on in and check it out.     Julie

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!!! I spent my 3 days painting with my kids.  Saturday, we painted Sarah’s room, on Sunday we painted Nick’s room and on Monday I painted the hallway.  A few weekends ago I bought them both new furniture and next week we will be getting new carpet!!! I took pictures of their rooms before I started, while we painted as a family and when it’s all done, I will take the “After” pictures.  I can’t wait to see how their rooms have transformed to fit their individual personalities and then scrapbook our busy weekend as we worked together as a family!! -Cheri 

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