Thursday, August 31, 2006

Eureka Springs weekend retreat...

November 3-5, Scrapbook Generation is hosting a weekend scrapbooking retreat at Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Scrapbooking will be held in the nearly-new convention center, with great lighting, plenty of cropping room, break-out rooms for classes, and a huge lobby with comfy couches. When you aren't scrapbooking, you'll be staying in a hotel room adjoining the convention center. The resort is located in a beautiful wooded setting, and the Eureka Springs trolley stops right on the property, if you want to make a trip to the historic downtown during your stay.

Just the Facts:
Prices include two nights lodging, meals, snacks, drinks, and ample crop space.
-- $285 for one in a hotel room
-- $245 per person for two in a hotel room
-- $235 per person for three in a hotel room
-- $225 per person for four in a hotel room
-- die cut center is provided with two Sizzix machines and several alphabet sets
-- each person will receive prizes of scrapbooking products valued at least $50
-- classes will be available for an extra charge
-- variety of contest categories will be offered
-- a $50 non-refundable deposit is due when you sign up
-- deadline to register is Thursday, September 28

For more information, call Scrapbook Generation at 417-886-0440. We would love for you to join us. Our September Branson retreat sold out quickly. The Eureka Springs retreat already has a nice number of people attending, but has room for more if you are interested.
Scrapbooking 101 Class
Tuesday, September 5 at 6 p.m.
Teacher: Marti Blattert
Fee: $10

Class Description:
For anyone of any age who wants to learn more about the exciting hobby of scrapbooking. Explore basic supplies, learn basic skills such a cropping photos, designing a page, selecting papers and embellishments, and journaling. Create a two-page layout. Handouts will be provided. For a look at the layout for the class, please see the August class post.

Petal-Fold Envelope and Card Class
Thursday, September 7 at 6 p.m.
Teacher: Allison Davis
Fee: $5

Class Description:
Coordinating papers from BasicGrey's LilyKate collection make this petal-fold envelope and matching card a hit. Add a sheer ribbon wrap, and this ensemble has a style all its own.

Live, Love and Laugh Page Mini-Class
Tuesday, September 12 at 6 p.m.
Teacher: Allison Davis
Fee: $5

Class Description:
With Bazzill jumbo brads as a center, create "flowers" from ribbon and ric rac. Add some paint to the brads, and some stitching for stems, and these blooms are just the right touch for a one-page layout featuring BasicGrey papers from the Oh Baby collections. (Mini-classes are mini-priced, and try to have you on your way in about an hour.)

Trio of Thanks cards class
Thursday, September 14 at 6 p.m.
Teacher: Amy Estes
Fee: $12

Class Description:
Three knock-out "thank you" cards: a tag and library card combo; a monogram card; and a card and folding envelope created with the BasicGrey notch and die tool. BasicGrey, Scenic Route, and Reminisce papers provide a variety of styles.

Wood Decor Word: FALL class
Monday, September 18 at 2 p.m. and at 6 p.m.
Teacher: Stacey Arnall
Fee: $15

Class Description:
Wood letters spelling out FALL are first coated with walnut ink, then covered with the gorgeous fall colored papers of the Daisy D's Gypsy collection. A little sanding, some chalk, and raffia provide finishing touches. And there's more. A mini-clothespin on the back lets this decor word do double duty as a photo holder.

Cigar Box Memory Keeper Class:
Tuesday, September 19 at 6 p.m.
Teacher: Allison Davis
Fee: $15

Class Description:
Start with a 7Gypsies chipboard cigar box kit, then embellish it inside and out with BasicGrey's Urban Couture papers, binding tape, and other goodies.

Anna Griffin Red Carpet Treatment Class
Thursday, September 21 at 2 p.m.
Teacher: Debbie Sanders
Fee: $15

Class Description:
The Sloane collection is a modern but feminine palette of red and black perfect for this two-page layout and matching card. Use an innovative, ribbon-like folding technique with paper and fabric-covered brads and make a paper flower to garnish photos, souvenirs, or other keepsakes.

Chipboard Tag Album Class
Tuesday, September 26 at 6 p.m.
Teacher: Jennifer Mattix
Fee: $15

Class Description:
Sturdy BasicGrey chipboard tags in a variety of sizes join BasicGrey papers from the Gypsy collection to form a classy mini-album perfect for special photos and memories. Ribbons and acrylic paint in coordinating colors make this project perfect as a gift for a special friend or family member.

Monogram Note Cards Mini-Class:
Thursday, September 28 at 2 p.m.
Teacher: Allison Davis
Fee: $5

Class Description:
Love BasicGrey monograms? Use similar letters to embellish a set of two notecards in two color combinations with your own monogram. Large, hand-crafted paper flowers, accent stitching, and a ribbon buckle will get your correspondence noticed. (Mini-classes are mini-priced, and are designed to have you on your way in about an hour.)

Monday, August 28, 2006

A new shipment of Prima flowers arrived today! There are two sizes of the Forever Flowers in bottles, in four color assortments.

(These are not the new products we ordered at CHA...please don't hold your breath on those. What arrived today was ordered in March!)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Design Team member Amy Estes takes her turn at center stage today, as we introduce you, in-depth in their own words, to each of Scrapbook Generation's talented group.

Design Team Member #3: Amy Estes
Occupation: second grade teacher
Spouse: Ryan
Children: None, but a great dog, Harley!
Hobbies other than scrapbooking: Lake life, running, reading

-- How long have you been scrapbooking?
About six years.
-- When and where do you usually scrapbook?
When - every day - whenever I can! I have a room in the basement -- used to be a spare, but now I've overtaken the whole space! Only really, really special friends or my mom stay in that room!
-- How many pages do you complete in an average month?
Depends. Anywhere from 4-26.
-- What do you enjoy most about scrapbooking?
I am not an artist by any means. But I have always enjoyed making things, and I have especially always LOVED pictures. Scrapbooking has provided me a creative outlet I can use to combine my love of photos, people, places, and memories. It started as a hobby, and has now become a vital part of my life. No matter how I am feeling on any given day, I can open one of my scrapbooks, look at one of my magazines, create a layout, or simply sit in my "room," and I find that my attitude is positive, and I just look forward to sharing, living, and loving every minute of my life!
-- Describe your scrapbooking style.
I wish I had a word for my style, but it changes all the time. I think I would call my style eclectic. Other words I would use to describe my style would be balanced, urban, chic, fun, and unique.
--Why did being on the Design Team at Scrapbook Generation appeal to you?
I love scrapbooking, and I want to find a way to make it my job. I would love to use my photography skills, and I would love to make albums for people.
-- Why is Scrapbook Generation your favorite scrapbook store?
I love Karin and Debbie! They are always so nice! I love the layout of the store -- so easy to find what I'm looking for. I have also enjoyed the layout contests, and I just like it here, for no other reason than that.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Several items of note this week at Scrapbook Generation...

Last weekend's garage sale here at SG: I'll have to say I was skeptical of the whole thing, but let myself get talked into trying it...and I'm glad I gave in. The event was a success, and reminded me of an actual garage sale, with crowds rushing in first thing in the morning. The shoppers got great bargains, and the ladies who had "booths" raked in quite a bit of money. We'll definitely have one again in a few months.

Eureka Springs retreat starting November 3: The deadline to sign up has passed, but we're going to keep the registration open for a while anyway. Because the location we have is huge, we aren't dealing with the space restraints we had in Branson, and we have some time before we have to commit to the number of hotel rooms. So if you or anyone you know wants to sign up, you still can. For more information, see the earlier posts on this blog, or call us.

Scrapbook Generation classes: We have some great classes coming up the next few weeks...Jennifer Mattix is teaching a really cute clothespin photo holder class Tuesday the 22nd, Allison Davis is teaching a one-page "fun in the sun" layout with techniques using white pens on Thursday the 24th, Laura Parks is teaching an altered canvas wall art on Tuesday the 29th, and Allison is teaching a blooming "flower pot" card class on Thursday the 31st.

BasicGrey hoopla: Last Friday was so much fun! We had women strolling around the store, waiting for the UPS guy to get here, others calling to see if the shipment had arrived, others calling to have us go ahead and make their purchase by credit card and hold it for them, and still others calling to have us ship their purchases to them. There's nothing like BasicGrey addiction, and we were proud to be the first Springfield store to offer the latest collections! Having the blog makes it easy to keep people informed, and I love being able to do that. But nothing still will ever beat a memory of the winter shipment of BasicGrey, back before the blog, when people didn't know for sure when it would arrive. I'll never forget one of our customers coming up the side steps, seeing the BG paper on the "new wall" and then running and jumping and waving her arms the rest of the way into the store! It's fun to have a job that makes people happy!

Today's excitement at Scrapbook Generation:
New arrivals...
-- Creating Keepsakes and Paper Crafts: 14, yes 14 idea books and magazines, some new, and some re-stocking: Birthday Creations, Card Creations Favorite Occasions, Ali Edwards Designer's Eye, Party Creations, CK Ultimate Guide to Photo Keepsakes, Paper Crafts Remodeled, Holiday Cards and Wrap, Card Creations Volume 4, Photography for Scrapbookers, Can-Do Techniques, Scrapbook Shortcuts with Quizzes and Questions, Clean and Simple The Sequel, Easier Than Ever Scrapbooking, and 40 Techniques for Card Making;
-- Anna Griffin: three paper collections, including Elsie's Kitchen (cherries, lemons, and checked papers), Circus (wild circus print paper with matching patterns and die cuts), and a beautiful burgundy and blue group with coordinating die cuts featuring the traditional Anna Griffin floral look.

Friday, August 11, 2006

BasicGrey arrived safe and sound at Scrapbook Generation today. LilyKate and Gypsy are beautiful beyond words, so I'll just let the photo speak for me today.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Basic Grey will be at Scrapbook Generation Friday!

All 18 papers from the Gypsy collection, plus the large monograms, the new mini-monograms, and the tags. All 18 papers from the LilyKate collection, plus the large monograms, the new mini-mongrams, and the tags. (Ribbon sets for both collections will come later.)

Also arriving, all the new Wholy Cow rub-ons, more Undressed Chipboard Monograms, the new Undressed Mini Monos (chipboard), the new Undressed Numberpile, the new Undressed Elements, and the new Undressed Block Alphas.

We hope to have everything checked through our computer system and out on the shelves by noon. (It all depends on whether we can sweet-talk our UPS guy into dropping by before we open. If not, everything will be out by 4 p.m.) If you want to know for sure before you drop by, just give us a call at 417-886-0440.

Friday will be a great day to shop anyway, because we have a ton of stuff that is ready for our two-day indoor garage sale. Garage sale hours are 10-7 on Friday, and 10-5 on Saturday. I've already seen some of the items and prices, and there are great bargains to be had.

Today's excitement at Scrapbook Generation:
New arrivals...
-- Masterpiece Studio: a colorful set of school papers, one for each of the grades, plus kindergarten and pre-school;
-- Paper House: new supply of their cardstock travel stickers (Alaska, Australia, Canada, Florida, Hawaii, Ireland, Las Vegas, London, Mexico, New Orleans, New York City, Paris, San Francisco, Texas, Tuscany, and Washington, DC);
-- K & Company: new supply of 12x12 and 12x24 frames in several finishes.

Friday, August 04, 2006

CHA goodies have started arriving! Everything Reminisce released at the Chicago show arrived at Scrapbook Generation today, and maybe there's something in the shipment that might take your mind off the heat a cool Winter Wonderland group with snowflakes and snowmen!

Other groups include the following...
-- Back 2 School (cardstock stickers for 14 grades, including preschool; papers for freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior; cute papers for elementary grades, and epoxy stickers)
-- Black and White Basics (double-sided black and white patterns, with shape stickers and alphabet stickers)
-- Boys Gone Wild (papers wilth dinosaurs, rockets, bugs, cars, and cycles, plus four sets of stickers and alphabet stickers)
-- Tropical Fusion (six vibrant papers, two sets of stickers, and an alphabet, perfect for an island getaway)
--Stripestock (10 double-sided cardstock papers with stripes on one side and a pattern on the other)
-- Boo Bash (12 Halloween papers and all the goodies to match)
-- Shades of Autumn (8 fall themed papers with turkeys, leaves, pumpkins, and more, plue stickers, epoxy, and alphabet)
-- Halloween Collection 3 (six papers and more)
-- Santa's Workshop (six shimmer papers, stickers, and alphabet)
-- Mini Maps (now there are countries -- Australia, Bahamas, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and America).

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Eureka!!! Springs, that is. Just wanted to remind everyone that the deadline for signing up for Scrapbook Generation's fall retreat in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is fast approaching. Let us know by Tuesday, August 15 if you are going to be attending.

We've already had a great response, and we were glad to be able to offer a second chance at a retreat to the ones of you who called after the Branson weekend retreat was already sold out.

Basic info about Eureka Springs retreat is this...
-- Friday, Nov. 3 - Sunday, Nov. 5
-- Inn of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs (little less than 2 hours from Springfield)
-- cropping in the next-to-new, roomy, beautiful convention center
-- hotel rooms adjoin the convention center
-- trolley to downtown stops on the property if you want to also play tourist
-- fees are on a sliding scale ($285 per person for one in a hotel room, $245 per person for 2 in the room, $235 per person for 3 in the room, $225 per person for 4 in the room)
-- fees cover lodging, all meals and snacks and drinks
-- classes will be available for an extra charge
-- contests will be available
-- die cut center will be available
-- Scrapbook Generation will provide an on-site store
-- everyone leaves with prizes of scrapbook products valued at least $50

What to do to join the fun?
Call 417-886-0440 with a credit card number, or stop by Scrapbook Generation and pay the $50 non-refundable deposit (due by August 15). Full payment is due by October 2.

We hope you decide to join us. We're going all out to provide a relaxing, fun, and rewarding get-a-way for area scrapbookers.