Thursday, February 26, 2009

page idea....

I was going to post this yesterday for Work It Wednesday but blinked and Wednesday disappeared. So, forgive my lateness....

Here's a quick idea. If you have a lot of page protectors laying around and you are looking for something new to try in your albums, you can actually turn your page protector into your layout.

I don't have step-by-steps to show you but basically what I did was determine where I wanted to place the photo and then did some hand stitching to make a little floating pocket. From there I placed my other elements as needed and viola! Done.

The thing I like about this is that it gives my layout a look like it was done on a transparency or acrylic piece but all the major parts are under the sleeve and still protected in my album.

Give it a try.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pretty things...

Every once in a while we like to show you some of the smaller. less expected things at Judy's.

Did you know we have a lovely little section for hair accessories? Judy's can't compete with Claire's but if you are looking for some unique, hand crafted, maine made hair accessories, come check out what we have. Lot's of options and styles to choose from, plus, buying maine-made and local is always a good thing.

And, speaking of pretty accessories, don't forget that all Jewelry by Rose is still on sale for 50% off. This is the last week of the sale so take advantage of the savings while you can.


Saturday, February 21, 2009

New Papers

Here's some lovely visuals for you. We just received some awesome double-sided papers and I thought I'd share. The birthday papers would be great for cards. And, these .....

I LOVE these! I can't wait to get my hands on them.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Work It Wednesday - Feb 18th

It's Wednesday. Which really is a bummer because I've been thinking it was Thursday all day. It's not. It's just Wednesday which means I should share a quick Work It Wednesday idea. Today's idea is not a new idea but it's one I love and was reminded about recently when I was compiling some of my favorite layouts together.

The idea is to use hinges to hide your journaling, make more space on your layout, and to add interest to your design. Hinges were big a few years ago. You can get them in pretty much any shape, size, and finish you want but for me the smaller the better. I've never been big on bulk and so small hinges mean flat, and I like flat.

Here's a few up close shots of what it looks like and how it works:

The easiest way to add a hinge is to adhere your paper with hidden journaling (white paper in photo) to the inside of the back plate. I just used a double sided adhesive to do so. Then attach the front paper (pink in photo) with brads to the front plate. It really is that simple!

Now, I know what you are thinking. How will the journaling be read if it's in a page protector? Well, I don't really worry about that. Those that want to read it will pull it out and do so, others will see what's on front and move on. If that doesn't work for you, you could cut a slit in your page protector to allow the hidden journaling to be seen.

And, don't think you can only use hinges on layouts. They work great on cards too!


P.S. Great News!!! Lisa is going to be teaching card classes again. She's all set to teach an Easter Card class on March 21st. Space is limited so call in right away to reserve your spot!

Monday, February 16, 2009

School Sports

Judy has been busy. She has put together a little area that has several different basic layouts for different sports. The idea is that you can find your school/team, grab the paper, and the titles and then whatever else you want to go on it. She has made up several different basic pages. I say basic because they are just a starting point so to speak - you can take the foundations that she's created and then make them be whatever you want them to be. You can see she has most of the local high schools, the University of Maine and of course, the Red Sox.

If you don't like creating your own titles with the letters she has collected, you can just buy pre-printed sports papers as well, like these....

Stop in and check it out. It just might inspire you to scrapbook your favorite sports team.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Blog Love

2.5 of my 3 kids are sick. It's bad for them but it's kind of nice for me as it allows me to slow down, cancel commitments, stay home and play catch up on things while they rest. I've got lots to show you this week but to kick things off I wanted to share this....

These are a few of our loyal blog readers, Patti, Melissa, and Debbie, showing off the roses they made. They liked the idea we shared on the blog last week and set off to work. You can see from the photo on the right that they made quite a few. Thanks guys for taking the time to email me your photos and show me what you guys made.

And, in other news, I haven't been scrapping lately but Judy has. She's made up some great sample pages for the Basketball tournaments that are happening this week. Check back to tomorrow to see her ideas.

Have a great Sunday!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Just a reminder...

As we only have a few more days until Valentine's Day I just wanted to remind you that Judy's carries all sorts of great gifts. We have jewelry (some of which is currently 50% off), cook books, fun wall decor and a lot of other things too. So, when you are looking for your perfect gift, remember to stop in to Judy's.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Valentine Paper

This is just a quick post. We just recently got in this really cute paper and it's perfect for Valentine's day. It's hard to tell from the photo but it's sparkly! It would be great for a card to go with your candy roses.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

As promised, here's a fun little Valentine project for you.

I've been making Hershey Kiss Roses for years. Every Valentine season I whip up a bouquet or two. So far this year we've made twenty-four, why stop with just two, right?!

To make it a complete gift, pair it with a tag card made from scrapbook paper.

Here's how to make them:

1- Gather supplies. For one rose bud you will need two Hershey kisses. One bbq skewer. A square of red or pink cellophane. And floral tape.

2- Stack kisses bottom to bottom and wrap cellophane around roses. Tucking in edges to make sure the kisses are wrapped tightly as shown.

3- Add pointed end of skewer to the inside of the cellophane. (It should rest near the point of the bottom kiss)

4- Starting at the base of the bud, wrap floral tape tightly as shown in picture. This will hold the bud in place on the skewer and cover the leftover cellophane. Continue wrapping skewer until it is completely covered with floral tape.

To make the bouquet, compile several roses and wrap them in tissue paper or place in a vase.

For a quick and easy tag card you will need: Two tags, a heart punch and some tape. Place the two tags side by side. Run a strip of tape so it overlaps both tags. Fold and crease so the two tags now become a folded card. With your heart punch, punch out a heart from the front (see photo of completed tag at top of post.)

And last but not least, when making your tag or card, remember that Judy's has a ton of great Valentine papers in stock right now. Stop in and check them out.


It's Wednesday - part 1 - SALE!!!

It's Wednesday and I've got a fun little Valentine's project to show you but it will have to wait until this evening. In the meantime though, we have another great sale happening at the store.

For the month of February (and just in time for Valentine's)
all Jewelry by Rose Boynton is 50%.

Her designs are amazing and would make a great gift. So, send hubby in for a gift, or heck, by yourself a gift.

As you know, Judy likes to support the locals and a good portion of the stock in the store is locally made by talented craftsmen. Rose is a one of our local designers and we'd love for you to come in and check out her designs. Her jewelry will be 50% off for the whole month of February but for the best selection, shop early. You can see a few more photos of Rose's jewelry by checking here, I've shown some of her jewelry before.

And lastly, remember to stop back here later today for our regular Work It Wednesday post.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I was tagged!

Tracy, one of our favorite customers, tagged us. She did this last week but with my schedule I didn't discover the message in time to post it until now.

The rules are that you are supposed to go to your photo files and choose the 6th folder and then pick the 6th picture in that file and put it on your blog with a write up about why you took that photo, etc...

This was not as easy as it sounds. You see, I debated whether I should show a store photo or a personal photo. I keep everything all together but since she tagged Judy's blog, it probably should be store related, right? Hmmm! Here's the other problem, if I followed the rules, the store photo is one that you've already seen. So, I went with the personal photo and decided to tie it into the store - that works, right?

So, as some of you know, my husband and I started a little tradition when we were on our honeymoon, 16 years ago, that we take pictures of our feet in all the places we go. The picture above is just another one of our silly feet photos. It was taken right here in Maine at Marshall point light house.

How does this relate to the store? Easy, photography is a huge part of scrapbooking. I know, I know, you are thinking - Duh!!! But seriously, how often do we only take pictures of big events, birthdays or family reunions? Why not start a photo tradition? Can you just imagine the mini album you could make and the little, fun, details it would include over the years.

And, boy, I'll tell you what, 16 years of shoe review is sure good for a laugh. Flip flops are iconic summer wear but some of my other photos, wow! I question my sense of style.

Lastly, Tracy, thanks for the tag. This was fun. Since I'm so late in the game I'm not going to tag anyone else but if you want to see the other blogs she tagged go to her blog and scroll down. Plus, right now, Tracy has some amazing moose photos up. (and I'm jealous of that because I've lived in Maine for almost 9 years and still have not seen a moose!)


Monday, February 2, 2009

Product pick of the day

Armour Etch is the quick pick for the day. This is really, really easy to use and can add all kinds of cool designs to glass items. And, with Valentine's Day just a few weeks away, wouldn't it be awesome to stencil those cute hearts on a couple of wine glasses. You could make them for you and your true love or give them as a gift.

And, just to give you all a heads up, I'm working a bunch of over-time at my other job right now so my apologies that I only posted once last week. This week will be better. We've got a new sale starting this week and lots of fun Valentine items to show, so check back soon....