Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Guess What??

I just got done paying bills and I made my last payment on a student loan. Whoo hoo! I can't believe it. It's about time. One student loan payed - only 15K left to go :-) Do you know how good it feels?

Hope you all had a great weekend. Jen and I went scrapbooking on Friday and saw our friend Bonnie.

It is sooooo very nice to see her. She is always an inspiration to me. She's fun, loving, caring, sweet and has a great eye for color.

So - Bonnie - thanks for everything. I had a great time just hanging out.

Here's one of the pages I did - back to basics. I think it turned out cute. This page was done using the SassaFrass Lass papers. Enjoy!

Be on the lookout for more fun projects!

Monday, October 30, 2006

a weekend to fall back on...

This past weekend was a beautiful one here in Minnesota. Sadly, most likely the last one of the year until Spring comes! :( But we took advantage of the weather on Saturday. We headed down to Emma Crumbee's and picked out pumpkins. Took them home and carved them. It was me, Joe, Matthew, Tyler, Todd, and Sarah who went. We grabbed lunch at Emma's too. It was a fun day. We were all exhausted by the end. The boys are such balls of energy. I wish they could pass some on to me some days. These pictures are some of my favorites from the jaunt. Oh, the pumpkin was my sad attempt at carving "Scraploft" into it. I ended up covering the attempt with stickers! Enjoy, I can't wait to scrap these!

Hey, what's your favorite part of the fall season? let us know...


Thursday, October 26, 2006

I spy a sale on My Mind's Eye...

Hey all! I hope your Friday is treating you right so far. Just a reminder that the wonderful lines of MME are all on sale starting today. Use coupon code "MME" on the view cart page and you will receive 20% off. This is an additional 20% off our already low prices! How can one resist a sale...I couldn't if I were you...

This page was done using the Everyday Tango Sherbert line. I also used Bazzil Blossoms in the colors "Kisses" and Lizard. Come check out all of the beautiful paprs by MME today!


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Shhh....two months until Christmas

It's officially two months until christmas! Can you believe it? I can't. Where does time go? This means there are only 60 more shopping days left until Christmas Day! Are you the scrapbooker who reads our blog or do you know someone who is a scrapper and you just happen to be reading our blog? It doesn't matter to us. What matters is that you are here? Reading about our products, our projects, our daily lives. So, come check out our Scraploft website while you are here. We have some pretty new flowers and thickers letter stickers from American Crafts. Cardstock is on sale through Thursday. Stock up for those christmas cards you WILL make this year.

Just wanted to remind you all that Christmas is right around the corner, just TWO MONTHS away! Shop til you drop season is upon us! Make Scraploft one of the stops while you shop!


Monday, October 23, 2006

Do you like a good deal?

If you do this is the right place for you. Scraploft has started a *new* weekly promotion. Because we love sales so much - we figured we should offer our customers some GREAT deals on some of our most popular items.

Through Thursday all Bazzill Cardstock is 20% off. - Use coupon code "Cdstock" when checking out. This is 20% off our already reduced price!

October 27th - November 2nd - My Minds Eye 20% off (Use Coupon Code "MME")
November 3rd - November 9th - All Scenic Route 20% off (Use Coupon Code "Scroute")
November 10th - November 16th - All Sassafrass Lass 20% off (Use Coupon Code "SassaFrass")

Hope you enjoy the sale!
~Sarah and Jen

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Sunday Project

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you've enjoyed the weekend. I finally had a chance to get in my "studio" and do a project. I say that because right now it's more of a junk room than anything else. It seems like I can't keep it clean - although I suppose a well used creative space is never clean right?

Anyway - here's an altered frame (thanks for the idea Jen!) that I created for a friend of mine. She is in the process of adopting a little girl from Ethiopia! She's received her first pictures - so I thought it would be nice to have a frame to go along with it.
For some reason I have a real connection with this women. As most of you know I was adopted from Korea. She has been honest and open about the whole process the whole time. She has shared her joys and sorrows about the whole adoption process. I am so honored to be involved in such a special part of her life.

Materials Used: Cosmo Cricket: Storytime: Pixie Dust. American Crafts ribbon, and Prima flowers.


Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ordering away...

Hey all! It's been awhile since I posted. Sorry. My family's week has been a tough, emotional one, but I think things are better now. Our youngest boy suffered another asthma attack and was hospitalized overnight at the Children's hospital here in Minneapolis. It was hard to watch him going through what he did those two days. Trouble breathing and those pokes for blood...Yuck! He just wanted to play, like a 2 1/2 year old should! I cried along with him though. It was tough, but hopefully that is behind us for awhile now. He was finally put on some medications to control his asthma. I think those will be his saving grace through this winter season. The last few days reminded me to be thankful though. Thankful for my little man, Tyler. He is a trooper! To be thankful for all that I do have. Matthew, Tyler, Joe, all of my other family and friends...blessings to all whom I know...This is what we have to remember....

So, back to product ordering! I worked on ordering Basic Grey-Dasher, Fruitcake, and Blush. Also Scenic Route-Rockland. Beautiful stuff....stay tuned for updates on the products coming in!
We also added some adhesive and other basics to our store! And of course, the new american crafts greenhouse flowers. So, so cute!!! I can't wait to see them. I haven't even seen them yet...
Enjoy looking at the new stuff as it comes in...stay tuned...


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Psstt.. Big Sales Ahead

So - today is the official start of our new *Sales* program. Since both Jenny and I are HUGE sales shoppers, we figured we should offer some great programs to our favorite customers.

Starting this friday all Bazzill Cardstock is 20% off. Bazzill is awesome cardstock and with all the holiday cards you need to make, now is a good time to stock up.

I have another secret.... It's not just the single sheets that are one sale, but it also includes the packs.

If you haven't signed up for our newsletter now is the time - we'll be sending out the weekly sales in an e-mail to our customers tomorrow!

Monday, October 16, 2006


Well - the lack of technology has caused me to scrap - and I'm loving it. Todd (my DH) built me a new computer. My old one was getting sick and by sick I mean only half working. So - I decided it was time to invest in the a new computer - so that's what I got. Todd was finishing up the computer in his office and I decided to seize the moment and scrapbook.

I've wanted to redo a page for a while - can't tell ya why - I just didn't like it. So I picked out my papers and started to create. What do you think?

The page was made from Crate paper cowboy paper. I think it turned out great. The page is my DH and nephew Tyler at the family cabin. The quote says "Families are the most beautiful things in the world" Thought it was fitting by how cute the two look.

Better run!

Have a good day!

American Crafts

All the product is entered and ready for sale. Sorry it took so long to get all the product out to the site. It won't always take that long.

Be sure to check back often as we are getting ready for some big sales!

Hope you all had a rockstar weekend!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Guess what?

Guess what came today? Here's a sneak peek. They should be up on the website soon!

We also received these... and they are so very cute. We have them in small, medium and large in plastic, paper and felt.

I can't wait to use all these cute little embellishments. Be sure to check back often as we are getting a few other odds and ends :-)

Pssst.. Remember cold snowy weather = great time to scrapbook!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Too early for Christmas wishes?...

Not according to us ladies at Scraploft! We have made the big decision on which papers to get in time for the holiday season...(drum roll here) Basic Grey-Dasher, Fruitcake, and Blush. And Scenic Route Rockland. Stay tuned for pictures and further info. I am SO excited for these papers. Excited to see the pretty paper and excited to see what I can do with them! I am on this altering frenzy. Everything I look at I seem to think, "How could I alter that?" It's a new thing for me.

At our meeting today I learned how to enter product into our inventory! I am so pumped for this. I know it sounds lame to be pumped about inventory, but hey I am not a savvy computer user. Anything new I can learn with a computer is awesome to me. The little things I guess. It was a good productive evening for us. We got some decisions made and a lot of stuff done. Big to do list for next week though! It's alright. Keeps us busy....in the mode for our success.

We'll keep you all posted on the arrival of our beautiful paper from Basic Grey and Scenic Route!


Monday, October 09, 2006

it's coming...

The beautiful weather this past weekend is behind us here in Minnesota. How sad that it was probably the last warm weather until April or May next year. It is suppose to be in the 30s by Thursday here! How crazy is that? 80 degrees on Saturday and 5 days later in the 30s with snow! It's not crazy I guess...it's Minnesota. Minnesota, where I have lived for 29 years. Despite the weather I wouldn't change where I live.

The cold weather means I don't feel so guilty about staying inside and working on my scrapping projects. I have tons of projects running through my mind. Each day is filled with a new inspiration for a project to work on. My ultimate goal for this winter, and I know it's a couple of months away, is to actually scrap my christmas pictures this year! I have not scrapped, and don't yell at me, my christmas pictures for 3 years! I take too many and I have trouble narrowing down. It goes back to the "event" scrapping that I have moved away from. I wrote about this in a previous post. Anyway...as Sarah mentioned in the post before this, we are working getting some holiday paper added to Scraploft. We are so excited for this. But it will be a challenge to decide which lines to get.

Paper...pretty paper...this is one of the reasons I am goal oriented to get those photos from christmas scrapped. The main reason is that I need to capture moments when my children are little. Christmas time is a busy time in our family. We usually have FIVE different celebrations to attend every year. With so many photo ops, you think I could do ONE layout, right? We'll see. Keep the thoughts comin' in on which line of paper you like best.


Sunday, October 08, 2006

Fall and uh... Christmas

Hello All -

I hope you all had a great weekend. I had a great weekend - a bit tired, but a great weekend none the less.

The Niemi's and Weierke's went off to Redwing on Saturday to take in all of the wonderful fall colors. It was beautiful. Took a ton a pictures. Had a great time. I actually keep an Autumn scrapbook. I think it is my fave season - so we tend to do lot's of stuff from the Apple Orchard to the Pumpkin Patch we do it all. Below are a couple of my fave pics from the weekend.

Okay - now onto the tough decisions in life. Jen and I are looking into getting some christmas lines for the store. We are looking into a few different ones. Here is our list - would love to see what you think.
  • Crate Paper
  • Basic Grey
  • Cosmo Cricket
  • Flair Designs
  • Doodlebug

and a few others. We just can't decide - we want them all. So - if you were in our shoes - which 2 would you pick? We would love to hear what you have to say!
Happy Scrapping!

Friday, October 06, 2006

The weekend ahead

It's Friday! Happy Friday everyone. I hope you are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am. It has been busy and for those of you that know me (I am a project manager at a local market research company) - know that work has been busy. It's the fall - it's let's conduct research time.

Anyway - I digress. This weekend is going to be a good one. Tonight I have to clean - ewww, but it's worth it for the fun part. Tomorrow we are going to redwing with the "boys" (Matt and Ty) and are going to check out the brilliant leaves and then they get to stay the night with uncle Todd and auntie Sarah. Oh how I look forward to this. I feel like I haven't spent "quality" time with them in so long. It's going to be fun. Then Sunday - it's either football or baseball (I prefer the Twins - please, please win the next two games!) Can you ask for a better (non-scrapping) weekend?

To decompress after work - I've finally started back in on my office. After going to Raspberry Ridge in August I haven't "unpacked" any of my scrapbook stuff. It's just been in the living room - where I will rummage through until I find what I am looking for.

I've put the paper away along with the majority of stickers. I would love to hear about how you store all your paper and stickers. Is it similar to mine? My biggest battle is with clutter. Any suggestions on how to help me with that?

Pstt... These two areas are the only clean areas in the room :-) Hopefully soon that will not be the case!

Anyway - have a great weekend!


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Speaking of projects...

It looks like the whole team is finishing "projects" I just finished putting the final touches of a wedding album that I made for a friend of mine. Here's the last page of the album. I used the MME transparencies - I think we are sold out of this one - but here is another.

I love how the page turned out. This is a project I am so glad to get off my plate. I've been working on it for a year. This is also my first time altering an actual album cover. I glued ribbon down the edge and use a "love" run on. I think it turned out pretty good.

What do you think? As most of you know I am completely behind the times for altering things. I would love to see some of your ideas/thoughts on you different altered items. Give us a e-mail (scraploft@gmail.com) with a pic of your fave altered item and you might see it on the blog!

Have a CREATE Day!

Monday, October 02, 2006

finished projects...

As promised, here are the pictures of the projects I worked on late in to the night. I am pretty happy with how they turned out. I loved making the "J" of course because of the flowers. The framed page was fun to make because I just love doing pages of my little ones. Product details are listed below. Most of the items are available at Scraploft. Enjoy...

This "J" is a making memories chipboard letter. The patterned paper is Crate paper. Cowgirl collection, "Side Saddle". The red flowers are quickutz. The brown flowers are prima flowers from the "itty bitty" bag. The letter stickers are from Rusty Pickle.
This frame page is made with the "Wanted" line from Cosmo Cricket. The papers are "Buffalo Bill" and "Slim Jim". The diecuts are from the same line. Other: ribbon and frame.

Another view of the framed page. Lovin' the Cosmo Cricket, yes I am!

I will post the goodies I got on my trip into Stillwater sometime this week. I do have to work my main job for the next few days, but the pics will get up soon. Have a super week! Come visit us often...


Sunday, October 01, 2006

gotta love the weekends!

Sarah and I went to Stillwater to go antique shopping on Saturday. I was looking forward to this for a long time. We planned this a couple of months ago. We both found some great things. I bought a lot of things for my future "office". I will share pictures later on tonight.

Today I have big plans. I have the entire house to my self all day! Well until late afternoon at least. :) This is a rarity in my household. I am going to clean (yuck!) the kitchen and bathroom. I want to clean the kitchen for my own personal benefit. The kitchen table is covered and this is my scrap space. For now. After the cleaning I will move to the fun stuff. I am going to make a page of my boys and put it in a 8x10 frame. A great find from a garage sale for 50 cents! Then I am going to try my first attempt at mog pogging. I got this great letter in the mail from Bonnie. The letter "J", how fitting! Anyway, going to cover it in some great paper and embelish it. Excited, excited. Pictures to come soon...