Friday, February 29, 2008

It's here!!!

Guess what we
have in stock?

Ok, Ok! I know!
The photo gave it away.

We have a limited number
of Big Bites in stock.

If you are a fan of the crop-a-dile, you know this is it's cool big sister. It's an awesome tool to have and it's "bite" is a long reach bite so you can punch holes deep into an item, not just around the outer edge. Plus, it does all those other cool things too, like set eyelets and snaps and such.

If you've been waiting for these to come in, get to the store quick! They will go fast.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Paper Wall

It took almost a full day but there is a new order to the paper wall. Next time you're in the store you will find it much easier to find patterns and designs that go together as they are now grouped according to manufacture and theme.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Despite last night's storm and the fact that it is currently raining at my house, I'm still very much in the mood for spring. It always seems that as we near the end of February that there is an awakening of sorts. If I looked out my window right now, my view would be the same that I saw in the middle of January; snow covered roads, ice on the sidewalk, people bundled up as they pass. Yet, it's different. Spring is coming, I can sense it. And because of that, today's Work It Wednesday is about flowers. Sticker flowers to be exact. I can't think spring without thinking flowers.

If you've got flower stickers in your stash, pull them out and decide to use them. You could put them on a card or a layout. You could use just one or a whole bunch. Speaking of bunch, one way to keep your design centered is to take several flower stickers and create a bouquet. It's quick, it's easy, and it will produce a nice touch to your project. Give it a try.

If you don't have stickers in your stash, here are just a few sets that we have recently stocked. (daffodils are one of my most favorite flowers ever - aren't the daffodil stickers amazing?!)
Enjoy! And think Spring!

Saturday, February 23, 2008


It is with mixed emotions that I type this - We are thrilled at the huge response we've had to our crop but we are saddened that we must announce that it is now full!

We are putting names on a waiting list so if you are interested please still let us know just in case we have cancellations.

We are so excited to be hosting another crop. We hope you will plan to hang out and crop the day away with us, here's all the details:

Date: April 12th
Time: 9 am to 5pm
Place: Orono Senior Citizen Community Center
Price: $35
Included: Goodie bag, Mini album and card class (class kits included), lunch, snacks, drinks, giveaways, and a layout contest.

Registrations is open and space is limited to allow for ample scrapping room. Register and pay by March 22nd and your name will be entered into a special drawing.

Email or call the store 207-889-8000 for further details.

Friday, February 22, 2008

House Mouse


House Mouse stuff is back!

We are so thrilled to have them back in stock. There are so many different items that we now have in stock, stickers, planners, books, and cards of all sorts. They are a must see.

Come check them out!

(We have more stickers than are shown& they are all so cute!)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Work It Wednesday - Photo Albums

It's Work It Wednesday! There are so many different ways you can scrapbook. You can do 12x12 or 8.5x11. You can create mini albums or scrapbook wall decor. Really, when it comes to creativity and scrapbooking there are very few limitations. I love to do all the above mentioned and then some, however sometimes I feel the need to scrapbook fast. That's were today's tip comes in - photo album scrapbooking is our Work It Wednesday feature.

In order to get you started you should pick some papers you love and trim them down to 4x6. Grab some embellishments that match and then get your photos. You will also need a photo album like the one shown above. (We sell these in the store)

To turn these albums into scrapbooks you will be taking those 4x6 papers you trimmed and will turn them into little mini layouts or journaling accents. Here's a few samples of some I've done. I also took a larger piece of paper and turned it into a bigger layout that I adhered right on top of the plastic sleeves - it worked great and made the album look more like a scrapbook.

This is a great way to scrapbook fast and I love the end result. Next time you are in the store check out our supply of photo albums and give this idea a try. It's quick and easy - two of my favorite things.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Bored Kids?

It's only the second day of February vacation - do you have bored kids?
If so, or maybe if you are looking for something creative to do yourself, than here's the product pick of the day:

Painting By Numbers

These are high quality sets that are actually on artist canvas. They come in 11x14 or 9x12 sizes and are complete with brush, paint and guide. A perfect activity for a winter day at home.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Harley Stickers

Are you a Harley Girl?

I know some of our customers are so I just wanted to show you this set of awesome stickers that we are now carrying.

I love that they are geared for women and I love the pink and black color combination - it's very cool!

While I am not a Harley girl myself, these stickers do remind me that motorcycle weather is coming soon and that makes me very, very happy.

Have a good day.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

We made it to Valentine's day. I hope you've enjoyed the Valentine's items and projects that we have been featuring. Today is my last Valentine themed post so I just want to show you the last three items I had on my list to show you. (The first two would be great if you forgot to pick something up and need a last minute gift today.)

1- This is a great gift item for a co-worker or friend. It's a stack of note cards that comes with a pen. It's a perfect non-loveydovey gift that anyone would enjoy.

2- I love this one! And, truth be told, other than the heart it's not really a Valentine item. However, the heart and the sentiment are beautiful. Where it is matted and framed, it's another perfect gift item.

3- I love these little rub-ons. I had planned to show you a completed item using them but never got to that point. These rub-ons are perfect for a page title, card, or used on the cover of a mini album that you make and give to your love. It says: "Sweetheart, my true love." awww - that's so sweet.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! May your day be filled with a reminder that love is universal and spreading a little love around brings happiness to all.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Work It Wednesday - quick tip

Hey, it's work it Wednesday! I'm busy making Valentines and cookies today, plus my kiddos are home from school because of the storm so our Work It Wednesday feature today is just a quick tip.

As you know Work It Wednesday can be anything that will help you use up what you have and hopefully spark some inspiration that will make you want to keep on paper crafting. So, here's today's feature:

Brads + Finger nail polish = Perfection

If you are working on a project that requires brads but you don't have the right color, pull out some quick drying finger nail polish and paint the brads you do have. In the photo below I just took some silver heart brads and painted them red to use on a Valentine card - it was just the right touch.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I LOVE easy!

Here's your Valentine idea for the day. It's a super easy (and I love easy) card. Here's what you will need:

1 Card (the one shown came from a pack that comes with 6 cards and envelopes - see below)
1- chipboard or sticker alphabet set to spell Love
Circle punch
small heart punch
Adhesive (I used glue dots)

Take your card and punch a circle in it. Place your letters so that your "O" is over the circle you just punched and glue letters in place. Add small punched heart on inside of card so that it is centered in "O" and shows through from front of card. That's it - it really is that easy but it looks store bought with it's clean lines.

As mentioned above I used a card pack I bought at the store. I used the plain red pack in the center of the photo below but check out the other two packs, they both have glitter on the scallop edge - so cute! And mess free as you don't have to add it yourself. (Did I mention I love easy!) As for card packs, we have a bunch of different styles, colors and shapes, come check them out.


Monday, February 11, 2008

Valentine Tree

Here's Monday's Valentine Idea - a little love themed tree

I don't have photos of the step-by-step- process of this but in a nut shell here's what you do:

1- Cut various papers into the following measurements:
3x6, 3x5.5, 3x5, 3x4.5, 3x4, 3x3.5, 3x3, 3x2.5 and you can go smaller if needed.

2- zigzag fold all of your cut papers.

3- wire them onto a cinnamon stick, starting with the biggest (3x6) on the bottom and work your way to the top. Add embellishments if desired and heart at the top.

4- Place creation into a clay pot and your done. These made cut little gifts. You can also hook a small photo onto a toothpick and place it in the pot as well.

Enjoy! Tomorrow we will be making Valentine cards.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Valentine Treat

Here's a little Valentine treat for you to give to your significant other. And, the best part? We've made them for you. Stop in and pick one up and leave it in a place where they will find it. Stick it in their coat pocket, in their sock drawer, hanging from the bathroom mirror, anywhere really. It will make their day. Seriously! Who doesn't want to be told they are "red hot" every once in a while?!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Valentine Candy box album

I promised you a Valentine product or project everyday until Valentines day. So, even though it is late in the day on Saturday, here it is. This one is a little project that you can make for a special someone. Here's what you do:

1- Get a little chocolate box and eat the chocolates. Quick Tip: I found mine at Wal-mart for .97 cents. You need to make sure that the plastic part that holds the chocolate can come out. I did buy two different types and the other one had the plastic molded into place and would not work.

2- Trace the opening of the BOTTOM INSIDE of the box.

3- Cut out the heart you traced being sure to cut inside of the line. You actually want the heart slightly smaller than what you traced. Set heart aside after it's cut out.

4- Zig-zag fold a piece a cardstock into thirds. Your measurement for your first fold should be slightly smaller than the heart you traced. (see picture of #5 for a visual)

5 - Place heart on top of folded paper. Trace it twice & cut it out. The heart you are tracing will hang slightly over the edges of the paper.

6 & 7 - Once you've cut out your hearts you will have two lines of connecting hearts. Taking the end of one line and the beginning of the other, glue them together so they make one long line - see photo #7.

8 - Now that you have one long line of accordion hearts, take your first heart and adhere it to inside of the box cover. Then, take the last heart and glue it to the bottom of the bottom of the box. And there you have it, a little heart shaped accordion album that is ready to decorate and give away.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Valentine Home Decor

This is a fun little home decor item that we just recently started carrying. Yes, it's heart shaped so it works for Valentine's day. However, it's meant to be used all year round. It's a wall hanging and the cool thing about it is that the buttons are magnetic. So you can use it to hang notes, shopping lists or better yet, photos. They are in the front of the store by the gifts, stop in and check them out.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Boxes of Love

Our featured valentine product today are these little wooden boxes. They are handcrafted by a local artist and proceeds from the sell of these boxes goes to a local animal shelter. The boxes come in different shapes and sizes and would be a perfect gift for Valentine's day. These boxes and their creator, Beth White, were featured recently in an article in the Penobscot Times.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Tag you're it - Work it Wednesday

It's Work it Wednesday!

Remember when tags where the big thing? Well, I still like tags. And, I like them even more when I can turn them into other things. That's what Work It Wednesdays are all about after all, using your stuff in new ways.

So, here is one of my ways that I like to use tags and since it's Valentine's day next week this idea fits perfectly with the "love" theme this month.

Step 1 - Get two tags. They can be the same color or different, rounded top or pointy, big or small. It doesn't matter as long as both tags are the same size. (I do prefer the rounded top tags for this project)

Step 2 - Put the tags on top of each other so they are lined up and cut 4 to 5 slits in them. The slits should go most of the way to the top of the tag and can be wavy or straight lines.

Step 3 - Weave the two tags together and work the strips into place until the tag lays flat.

Step 4 - Secure loose ends down with adhesive and then decorate.

Here's mine all completed. I used the flourish acrylic stamps that I love and some jewels for a little highlight of "bling". And there you have it, it's all ready to give away as is, attach to a gift, or write a love note on. Enjoy!

Be sure to check back as I will be featuring Valentine projects and products all week, every day until Valentines day.

Monday, February 4, 2008

On Sale now!

All this week
Strap Hinge Albums
are 50% off!