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Monday, March 25, 2013

Challenge: One Photo

Scrapbooking is my passion. It is my art and my fun. It is always changing yet somehow to me seems to stay the same. I am a creature of habit and tend to repeat techniques or layout sketches. Recently I have discovered I LOVE scrapping one photo on a page. I find I am embellishing an emotion rather than an event. While I still love documenting the adventures of our lives I cherish those sweet photos that take my breath away!

Here is a photo of my sweet middle child taken last summer with his hair grown out and those show stopping blue eyes! (gushing mom moment) ;)

At your next Scrap Again Crop ( April 27th 2013) make a layout with one photo. Scrap either the event or emotion. Or send us an email with your completed challenge for a fun prize! Thanks and happy scrapping...again!

Your Vote! - (label sticker)

You can never have enough label stickers!! ... but that's true for most scrapbook products! (right?)  Label stickers are great as embellishments and adding another area for journaling.  Check out these label stickers and let us know if they would make it into your cart.  Hop on over to our FB pole to vote.

Label sticker by My Minds Eye

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring is officially here!

Happy spring!!.. and for many of us this means spring cleaning!  While winter was fun for hibernating and hoarder... it's time for some healthy purging to put your creativity in bloom.  Remember to include your scrap room, craft closets and bags on your spring cleaning check list

The BEFORE photo:
 Here is a rack of scrapbook supplies I have that needs a little attention! (My craft closet and bag also need more of the same attention.)

You will be amazed at how much craft stuff we accumulate over time, and hold on to because the product is still in good condition, we still like it, have good intentions on using it, or just feel a bit overwhelmed to take on this task.

We encourage you to do some spring cleaning of your scrap-stash!  Trust us.. you will feel inspired to be crafty by completing this task, you will be organized and find what your looking for easier... and your back will thank you for making those scrap bags we lug around to the crops lighter!  

Here are a few tips to get started:

 1.  Would you buy it now?:  Ask yourself, if I walked into a craft store right now and saw this on the shelf 'would I buy it?'  If the answer is no, purge it! (and don't look back)

2.  Set a time frame:  If you you have been holding on to product for longer than 1 year (you decide the time frame) then consider purging it.  

3.  Leftovers:  If you are holding onto something thinking you will use the scraps or whatever is left over for another project, and you have yet to use it in 1 year or withing the time frame you set, purge it! (chances are you not going to use it)

4.  Too much:  If you have too much of any one thing, purge the excess.

5.  Quick decisions:  Try your best to make these decisions quickly.  The longer you take to make a decision, the harder this task may become.  Remember you are likely buying new product, so you need to make room for it!

The AFTER photo:

After some serious paper purging I was able to fit it all in the vertical storage containers and moved them to the bottom rack making room for my Circut machine (that was taking up valuable space on my desk).  I found these wood boxes to put my punches, ribbon, and embellishments in.  My trimmer, tape glider, and small tool caddy are now on my desk where they are easily accessible.   

Looks like I'm ready to move onto my craft closet, and craft bag next!

... and be on the look out for all this paper, ribbon, and embellishments to be in the consignment sale! 

Happy spring cleaning!     


What to do with all the product you just purged?  Dollar Bills

Earn cash for your scrap-stash$$$  Join us as a consignor for the Sat: April 27th Consignment Sale and Crop in Vacaville.  It's fun and easy.  

  How to become a consignor:   

1. RegisterRegister and receive a consignor number
2. Package:  Consignor packages and labels the product being sold.
3. Drop-off:  Product is dropped-off the morning on the day of the sale
4. Pick-up:  Unsold product is available for pick up after the sale
5. PaymentConsignor receives check for sold product in mail after the sale

For more information and FAQ about the consignment sale click here.   There is still time to be a consignor... spots still available. 

Your Vote! - (enamel dots)

Looking for new embellishments to liven up your pages?  Be on the look out for enamel dots!!  They are super easy to use, super cute, and look like flat drops of wet paint... and can be used in place of brads or buttons.  One popular brand is My Minds Eye, but other brands make them too.  Hop over to our FB page to take submit your vote for enamel dots!

My Minds Eye - Enamel Dots.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Challenge of 5 Pattern Papers

At our crops we offer creative stimulation in the form of challenges. This year we are celebrating our 5th year of business and have been having fun finding unique ways of incorporating 5 into our layouts.

This challenge is to use 5 different pattern papers on one layout! This one was fun for me because I LOVE PAPER!! I really truly do! I love the colors, patterns, the themes! I love cutting it, punching it, inking it and stamping it! I use it as backgrounds, matte photos with it, cut titles and images with it! There is no end to my love...and possible addiction to it! ;)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A little Spring Baseball

Every spring you can find our family out at the ballfield. With 3 boys all in Little League most days we are out in full uniform or practicing for the big games! It is a busy and exhausting time of the year but the memories we make supporting and cheering on our guys make it worth it! Plus they are so cute in their uniforms it's almost a crime not to scrapbook them!

Monday, March 18, 2013

It's Back!!...

the Consignment Sale and Crop! 

This is the event you don't want to miss!
Saturday, April 27 

Consignment Sale Bin #20  
Bins will be overflowing with great bargain prices on scrapbook 
and paper crafting products, tools, organizational items, and more!  

Also accepting sewing, beading, and knitting supplies this year.

Scrap Again Crew 

We are looking for a few volunteers to join the Scrap Again Crew and help us during the Consignment Sale and Crop on April 27. Volunteer for one 4 hours shift and receive great benefits!  Please e-mail us at if you are interested.  You will be assigned to one of three shifts, and we only require that with 100% certainty you will be able to volunteer that day.


  • Reduced crop rate of $20
  • FREE consignor registration valued at $6.00
  • Shop the consignment sale first... PRICELESS!     
Consignment Sale Details
    Consignment Sale Bin Multiple Consignment Sale Large Items


Doors Open:  

1:00p     VIP Shopper

2:00p     Registered Croppers
3:00p     Open to public
7:00p     Doors Close


Hampton Inn & Suites   

800 Mason Street
Vacaville, CA 95688 

Secure your spot and Register Now!