Thursday, July 31, 2008

New Holiday Collections from Imaginisce!

Feeling spooky? If you're not, you will be after seeing these frighteningly cute papers, embellishments and stamps. Here's a sample of these treats!

Got hot chocolate? You'll need it after checking out this cool Christmasy collection featuring Snowy Jo and friends!

Drop by to see the rest of these adorable collections. Don't miss out on them, cause they're going fast!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

August Kids Camp!

Get some time to yourself this summer! Drop the kids off and get a pedicure or at least enjoy some peace and quiet!

What: Kids Camp
When: August 4th - 7th
Times: 10am - 1pm
Cost: $95

Camp includes the cost of supplies (paper, embellishments and books needed for projects). Your little scrapper will need a 12x12 paper trimmer, 2 adhesive runners and scissors. They may also bring pictures along to add to their projects. Drop by the store to see what the kids will be making! Got questions? Call the store at 563-9009 or email Megan Gabriele, our kids camp instructor at

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Quickutz CHA Release!

They're here! They just came in yesterday and they're gorgeous! There's something for everyone in this release of 13 new alphabets! From 2x2's to brand new 4x8's and beyond, you'll love them all! Check them all out on the Quickutz site! Please note that we're out of Dragonfly and Rollerskate, but have a new shipment coming early next week!

Got tons of Quickutz?? Here's your storage solution! It's the brand new all in one binder that will really hold everything! From 2x2's to border dies to the brand new 4x8's just slide them into their perfectly tailored pages and you're ready to scrap! Find this storage solution in our store come September!

For all you Silhouette lovers out there, introducing 6 radiant new colors of adhesive vinyl! More colors can only mean one thing.... more possibilities! From the kids' rooms to your favorite funky bath, this vinyl will get the job done!
Quickutz colored vinyl will be in stores in September.

Quickutz also introduced colored sketch pens for your Silhouette! Whether you're making coloring pages for the kids or giving the shape you're cutting out some extra pizzaz, more colors can only be a good thing! Color yourself happy come this September!

Monday, July 28, 2008

A Weekend of Scrappin'!

Are you ready for a weekend getaway! You don't have to go far :)

Join us for our first ever Weekend Beach Retreat!

October 3-5, 2008
Double Tree Hotel @ 19th Street

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Are you feelin' the Love?

Introducing the newest tool by QuicKutz...the Revolution Love! This sexy little machine will be in our store this Fall, just in time to start thinking about Christmas presents!

Here's some things you'll love about it:

1. It will cut ALL competitor's dies, even Sissix and Cuttlebug. Now, you'll only need one die cutting machine to use with all your dies!

2. The cutting mat is 9"x13" so future dies can be much bigger.

3. Want dies that cut chipboard or grungeboard? It's all in the future, baby!

4. It plugs in and only weighs 15 pounds.

5. It does not take the place of your Revolution; it nicely compliments it! Plus, your Revolution is much more portable.

6. All this for only $159.99!

Best of all, we're implementing a LAYAWAY plan for the Love! Pay any time and any amount between now and October 15th. Ask an associate for details!

Love it, Love it, Love it!

Friday, July 25, 2008

It's a REVOLUTION revolution!


The BIG BIG QuicKutz Revolution sale is nearing an end...have you picked one up yet? At only $59.99 it's a steal (regularly $149.99)! These will make great birthday and Christmas gifts, too. Heck, at this price, it would make a great back-to-school gift...why let the kids have all the new stuff??!?!

Don't miss out on this seriously serious sale price!

Upcoming Classes!

Hi, Best Customers Ever! Just wanted to let you know about some upcoming classes that you won't want to miss:

Don't Stress! Distress!
Join Courtney for two hours of messy fun. Most of you, like me, use distress inks to edge around your paper or tags. You can do soooooo much more. Learn seven different techniques using inks, paint dabbers, stamps, and blending tools.

Date: Wednesday, July 30
Time: 6:00-8:00
Cost: $18

Summer Fun Chipboard Album
Megan made this as a kid's camp project and so many "grown-ups" wanted to make the album that Megan is now teaching a class for adults only! :) Check it out at the is ADORABLE!

Date: Monday, August 4
Time: 6:00-8:00
Cost: $25

Power Hour
Complete two 2-page layouts in one class! You know me...S..L..O..W...when it comes to creating layouts! That's why I love Megan's Power Hour class. I can actually get a layout done (2 layouts!) in less than five hours! This is an AWESOME class and a great chance for you to get two more layouts for your album.

Date: Tuesday, August 5
Time: 6:00-8:00
Cost: $20

Call the store at 563-9009 to sign up now!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Good morning, Sunshine!

Do I have your attention!?! This steamin' hunk from "Lost" wanted you to know about the new Reminisce lines we received at the store!

I spoke to a few of you the other day and you were working on Halloween photos. Well, we've received the new Scare Tactics and Enchanted Autumn lines as well as the new Frosted line from one of our favorite vendors. I'm so far behind in my scrapbooking that I actually dressed my youngest in his costume from last year and took some photos to use with the new Halloween's that cute!

If you can tear your eyes away from Mr. Hotty, come on in and check out these new lines!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Leaving on a jet plane...

Hi everyone! Just wanted to let you know that Janice and I are going on a family vacation to celebrate my grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary! While we're gone, Melissa (our store manager extraordinaire) will be manning the blog. She's got lots to say over the next week so keep checkin' it everyday! Also, leave some comments for her so she, too, can feel the love :)

Anyway, watch the blog and the website for some big news...

See you soon,


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Crop Around the Clock!

Ever wonder what goes on during the wee hours of the morning in the scrapbook store?

It’s time to find out...

Come Crop Around the Clock with us!

Saturday, August 9 at 10:00am UNTIL Sunday, August 10 at 10:00am

24 Hours for $24 (that's only $1 per HOUR!)

Sign up now as space is limited!

Sleeping bags and air mattresses optional :)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Back at the beach...

Hi everyone! We're and sound :) It was a late night and a bit of a bumpy plane ride, but we're back and looking forward to seeing you all. There is so much to tell you about CHA, but I think I'll let this slideshow speak for itself. We tried to take lots of pictures of products, layouts, altered items and cards so that you could see what's coming and get some ideas for your own projects. There's also a few "celebrity" photos in there....Tim Holtz, a designer from KI Memories, the founders of L'il Davis, Claudine Hellmuth (a collage artist), and the founder of Pink Paislee (a NEW addition to our store!). Overall, we took over 1,000 pictures! But, we didn't take pictures of everything so there are still a few surprises in store for you:)

One thing to remember about this new product (as well as existing product) is that we typically don't reorder any papers or embellishments. If it's a really popular item, like travel, Disney or beach related, we sometimes reorder. So...if you like what you see, get it while the gettin' is good! We pride ourselves in keeping our store "fresh", as opposed to big box stores that carry the same paper all the time. All the new items that you see here will be arriving over the next 4 months.

You will start seeing the Halloween and Christmas paper very soon! For those who are interested, Jody has a Christmas Cards in July class this Sunday at 12:30. Start now and you could be finished with all your holiday cards by December 1st!

And, speaking of Jody, today's her birthday! Have a great day, Jody - you deserve it!!

REMINDER: if you are a QuicKutz Club member, our meeting is Tuesday (tomorrow) night!

(Congratulations to mom2deacon for winning the brand new Bazzill Brads! They'll be waiting for you at the store!)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Bazzill, Butterflies, Butts and Basic Grey!

So much to say and so little energy! We are WIPED out!

Let's begin with Halloween. I'm giving you head's up that practically every Halloween line has purple in it this year. Whatever costume you're thinking about, make sure it has a hint of purple so that it matches your layout :) After all, it's all about the paper - right?!? Of course, there are other papers without purple, but that seems to be the hot color for the spooky season.

Christmas...we've seen all kinds of cute Christmas paper. Lots of classic, lots of modern and lots of in-between.

Die cut papers...LOTS and LOTS of die cut papers this year in practically every theme. Cute, cute, cute!

Birds...still very popular this year. We ordered a few collections with owls and birds. There's even a transparency from Hambly Studios with bird cages on it - cute! I know it's not a bird, but butterflies are also EVERYWHERE!

Basic Grey - EVERY single new paper has been ordered! AND, we got a good order number so we'll get it fast! Be glad there are no pictures of me running to their booth on Friday because that would be a little embarrasing for both me AND you!

Bazzill - WOW! Lots of cool new stuff from Bazzill. First, there are new In-Stitch'z templates: Christmas, flowers, birthday, BIG circles, BIG flowers (in 8x8 templates) and an alphabet! Also: Dotted Swiss paper (think of little embossed dots all over the paper), Just the Edge borders (waves, stars, butterflies, flowers and more), 3 millimeter brads, and new ribbon. favorite...TULLE ribbon! What a great idea for your layouts and cards! Make sure you look at the sample layouts in the slide show. 12 colors of Tulle are comin' your way! Oooohhh...more cool products from Bazzill - acrylic paper (they call it Plastic Paper and it is PERFECT for QuicKutz shapes or acrylic albums!!) and mirrored paper in gold and silver.

Now, on to the butts. We loved reading your comments and emails on the booty-licious pictures from yesterday. And, yes, all work and no play just doesn't work for us!! Now that the 3 QuicKutz guys are world famous thanks to our blog, some of the other QuicKutz men wanted in on the action. They were trying their best to show us their tushes - in fact, they were dropping things on the floor so that they would have to bend over to pick them up. (Seriously Steve, we're SO on to your tricks!) You'll see what I mean in the pictures. I'm thinking we might have enough to do a Men of QK Calendar soon :) Seriously though, those guys are adorable and always make us laugh!

Tomorrow, we've still got a ton of booths to visit and then we're boarding a plane at 9:30 p.m. for our trip back to the beach. Let's hope that tropical storm Cristobal does not force us to be stranded in the O'Hare airport! I'm a little nervous about husband told me that it's supposed to hit the Outer Banks around 8. If we do get stranded, is anyone up for watching my kids on Monday?!?! Pray for clear skies and a smooth flight :)

One of the booths we're visiting tomorrow is EK Success. Sooo...let's put all the Jolee's stickers on sale! For Sunday only, all Jolee's stickers are 30% off! When checking out, mention "EK is OK!" to receive your discount.

Since we won't be home until after midnight tomorrow (we hope!!), there won't be a blog update. Check back on Monday though for more pictures. And, who knows, maybe more booty!

(Congratulations to 'tj' for winning the SEI t-shirt and thanks for your message. Your shirt will be waiting for you after we get back. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a FREE set of 90 mini brads from Bazzill!)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Fun filled Friday!

Boy, are we tired tonight! From 9 this morning to 6 this evening, we were walking, talking, shopping and ordering! Thank God for Fiber One bars, because it was the only food we ate all day long. After the show, we went out for some tasty Chicago pizza with Cheryl, the manager extraordinaire from Scrapboodles in Fredericksburg. One of the nice things about going to these shows is that we get to talk to other store owners and managers. It's always interesting to hear what other stores are doing so that we can think outside our little box. We've had some ideas that we've wanted to do in our store, so we've been asking other stores for their experience and advice. I won't spoil the surprises now, but look for some exciting things over the next few months!

On to the new product! The slideshow shows a sampling of what we bought today - all of which will be arriving in our store over the next few months. I'll give you some highlights...lots of cool, new papers from Bo-Bunny including new Fall colors in the Double Dots collection, BIGGER My Word Albums (one is all arrows!) and awesome new acrylic albums.

Then there's Ranger. Our staff had a Ranger training session last Sunday and learned LOTS of fun uses for the Ranger products. In fact, Courtney is having a class at the end of this month called Don't Stress - Distress! You will be amazed at what you can do with the Distress Inks. Have you been only using them to distress the edges of your paper? If so, then you must take this class!! Anyway...Tim Holtz was there doing his usual demonstrating. After talking with him a bit, we told him that some of the ladies from our store are fascinated with him. In fact, I was given instructions to squeeze his butt if I had the chance!!! Those who know me, know that I would NEVER do such a thing as I am very shy and quiet. In our never ending quest to make our customers happy, we did ask for a picture of his booty! I think he was embarrased, but deliver, he did! Enjoy ladies :) By the way, we are getting lots of new Ranger products including inks, reinkers, Perfect Pearls, new Stickles colors, new metallic crackle paints, grungeboard books and new grungeboard shapes. What fun!

For those stampers out there, get ready for Erin's Changito class! That's right...all the stamps featuring that cute little monkey are comin' your way :)

I'll skip to the best part of the day...QuicKutz! As you've probably seen, they released 13 new fonts! 2 cookie cutters, 5 2x2s, and 6 4x8s. Can you believe the price on the 4x8s???!!! With a QuicKutz Club discount, it comes to $32. That's $32 for an alphabet! They have really listened to their customers who have asked for more reasonably priced alphabets. THANK YOU QUICKUTZ!!

The storage solution for QuicKutz ships in September. To answer your questions, YES it does fit the current QuicKutz storage sheets. It's a great way to store ALL sizes of dies in one place.

Also new for Silhouette users - bright, new Vinyl colors and inks for sketching. Come by the store for a demo when they arrive!

Now...the Revolution Love. First, you gotta love the name! Second, the Revolution Love will allow you to use ANY competitor's dies in it...even the Sissix and Ellison. That's not the most exciting part about it though...the future of dies is so wiiiide open now...VERY exciting. (QuicKutz Club will hear more about this at Tuesday's club meeting!) The GREAT news about the Revolution Love is that we are going to offer a layaway plan for it!! It will ship in October. Stay tuned for details. (By the way, did you see the giant parentheses in the pictures?? They were cut using the Love!)

And, while we're talking about love, who doesn't love the men of QuicKutz! Not wanting to be outdone by Tim Holtz, they offered up their backsides just for you :) Brian, Kyle and Kris...we love ya!

Well, ladies, the season premiere of Psych is on TV so I must bring this to a conclusion. Tomorrow brings a new day and lots more shopping. One of the vendors we are visiting will be My Little Yellow Bicycle (MLYB). And, speaking of MLYB, Saturday brings you 30% off all MYLB paper and embellishments, including Zach's Life and the new Bella Vista! Mention "Butts & Bikes" to get your discount :) This offer is good for Saturday only.

Also...leave a comment for us on the blog (because we miss you!) and we'll pick a winner for a free SEI t-shirt!

Good night and sweet dreams :)

We're heeeeeere!!!

Hello from the windy city of Chicago! It's really not all that windy here, but it sure is hot :) We got the chance to see new products today and hear about new products being introduced tomorrow.

First...the slideshow. It's a bunch of pictures taken today at the Fiskars and Creative Imaginations events. It doesn't even remotely represent what we bought...if it did, I'd be up all night downloading pictures! I will tell you that there are several new lines that are uber cute! The Creative Imaginations army man line is a must have for any little boy who plays with army men. We spoke with the designer of that line...she said that her inspiration for the collection was that her husband was an Army helicopter pilot and her son always played with those little green army men. For whatever reason, we didn't get a picture of that collection but will get over there again tomorrow and snap a few more! More new collections include: EMT, police, fire, LEGOS (watch for an upcoming contest sponsored by LEGO!), lots of Christmas, lots of Halloween, Thanksgiving/Fall, wine, cooking, boys/kids, animal, cowboy/cowgirl, golf and fishing. Again, there's more, and you will see them all in due time! You'll also note in the slideshow that Fiskars has come out with Limited Edition holiday punches...cats, pumpkins, candy corn and ghosts for Halloween and more for Christmas...VERY cute! One trend that we are seeing is lots of die cut paper...die cut spider webs for Halloween, snowflakes for winter, paper with dolphins and turtles around the border, die cut jungle leaves and paper with all sorts of decorative edges. A popular color so far today has been purple...we've seen it in Halloween papers and Valentine collections. We'll see if that continues to be a trend. By the way, when we weren't stuffing our faces at the chocolate fountain, we got to play with the Creative Imaginations staff. They were all dressed up as kids - to go along with the Lego contenst they are promoting. One guy was dressed up as Yosemite Sam and the president was wearing bib overalls with bling all over them! In fact, Jack (the president) paid me $20 to move away from the chocolate fountain. He said other people wanted to eat, too. (Okay, kidding!) One last thing about the slide show, you have to look at the flowers first :) The conference center here has all sorts of beautiful flowers planted everywhere. I couldn't help but take a few pics on the walk over!

Second...we also attended SEI's event tonight. For the first time in a year, we will be bringing in a few of their lines. Their puffy spiders for Halloween are too cute! Sorry, no pictures...we were too tired!

Third...QuicKutz. Their release is tomorrow morning (I think it's at 10:00 eastern time). Check out their website as we'll be on the show floor all day and not able to report in a timely fashion! We have NOT seen this release yet but have heard the buzz while at CHA. The suspense is killing me!!! Also, check their website for their CHA February, they had one taking real time videos all day long. Our appointment is at 3:00 eastern time...look for us! We'll wave :)

Fourth...Bazzill and Basic Grey. Saw illegal copies of sneak peeks tonight! Bazzill is coming out with some cool new cardstock papers and tulle ribbon! One of their paper lines is going to have embossed dots in it...another is going to be mirrored paper available in gold and silver. Also, there are lots of new borders available in new colors, new In Stitch'z patterns (including different size circles, Christmas shapes and an alphabet!) and new plastic paper. More on Bazzill later! (How's that for a tease?!?!) About Basic Grey...I only saw a quick peek at their new release. I was told that they are guarding their collections, so I will honor that wish and not reveal any scoop here. Once again, we will have to make the mad dash to the booth tomorrow to get a good number. (The number represents your shipping order....the better the number, the quicker we'll get our product!). All I can say is there are 5 new lines (I think that's what I remember seeing)!

In honor of me doing the mad dash tomorrow morning (I only run this fast twice a year at the CHA shows and maybe a third time if wasps are attacking), mention MAD DASH when you check out and ALL BASIC GREY PAPER AND EMBELLISHMENTS ARE 30% OFF!!!! Sorry, tools and cutting mats are excluded. This is for Friday only and no other discounts apply.

Wish us luck for Friday - it's going to be a looong, fun-filled day. Gotta go charge my camera battery! Bye!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Big Day!

What's going on today?? LOTS!

1. First, winners from yesterday's blog! The following people have 2 sheets of FREE Black Magic Core'dinations waiting for them under our counter: meredithb, moosely_minime, and stacey! Thanks for showing the love :) (By the way, my kids picked them randomly so there's no favoritism!!)

2. New in the store today...Flair's Seaside collection. Beachy and fun! Get it before the tourists gobble it up :) There's a sample paper shown here (no time to post more, because I have a plane to catch!!).

3. CHA starts today! Well, it officially starts tomorrow, but we get to attend some pre-CHA events. Watch the blog for pictures!

4. I haven't seen the new QuicKutz release - they are keeping it very hush hush. BUT, I have heard a few things, so I'm expecting big things! What I do know is that you will want a 12" platform if you don't already have one. exciting!! We can't wait to see it!

5. And, last but certainly not least, today is Amy's birthday! Have a happy one!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Locals Only Day!

Attention all local's your day, and there are two ways to play!

1. Wear any Beach Scrapbooks t-shirt and get 10% off your entire purchase (excluding sales).

2. Leave a comment here and win 2 sheets of Black Magic Core'dinations cardstock! Three winners will be announced tomorrow on this blog. (Remember, you have to be local to win! We are not responsible for mailing paper.)

Thanks to all our local support!
Starting tomorrow, be sure to check the blog every day for CHA updates and specials!

Monday, July 14, 2008

New Crystals from Prima!

See the flourishes on these layouts? Let me introduce you to Prima's Say It With Crystals!
They would also look neat as the smoke coming out of the smokestack on the QuicKutz 4x4 Train die :)
Come in and see all the beautiful shapes (there are more than just flourishes)!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Wow!!!! Revolutions on sale for $59.99!!!

That's's like Christmas in July!

QuicKutz surprised us with an early Christmas present...Revolution tools for $59.99!

If you've ever thought of adding a Revolution to your scrapbook collection, now's the time!

Sale ends July 31st.

*No other discounts apply.
(Not sure what a Revolution does? Check out it out at . )

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Cute, cute, CUTE!

Did you see this card on the QuicKutz website? It's made using the new Beach Cookie Cutter Shapes from Tuesday's release. Adorable! Plus, a great use for your scrap paper :)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Want to learn more about stamps?

Stamping Techniques 101 w/Jody
Sunday 1:30 - 3:30

Did you know that there were more ways to use a stamp pad than to just press a stamp to it?

How about window pane? DTP? Generation Stamping?

This class will show you the basics of stamping with acrylics (and other things too!) There are so many techniques out there, this class will touch on just a few of them, then continue each month with new techniques.

Closing early on Sunday

Please note that Beach Scrapbooks will be closing early on Sunday for staff training.

The store will be open from 12 - 4.

Threading Water punch - IN STOCK!

After much anticipation, Fiskar's Threading Water border punch is back in stock! This hard to find punch enables you to make your own scalloped edge paper (shown here). Threading Water is Fiskar's most popular punch right now, and they are having trouble keeping up demand (hence, the backorder status for the past several weeks).
Soooo...get yours today before it disappears again!

Punches, princesses, and pretty Jolee's

New from EK Success:
New punches including the # sign!
New princess stickers with gems!
Lots of brand new Jolee's, including vacation, birthday, wedding, and boy/girl collections!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

No more lazy days of summer!

Our first camp was such a blast that we decided to have another one in July and August!!! That’s right, two more camps for your creative little minds!
July Kid's Camp
Dates: July 21-23 (M-W)
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Ages: 7-15
Cost: $70.00*
During this camp, we will be exploring the world of altered crafts. Chipboard book, composition book, and more! Come join Megan and all your friends for three days of craft making fun!!! Call soon because space is limited.

August Kid's Camp
Dates: August 4-7 (M-TH)
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ages: 7-15
Cost: $95.00 *

* The cost of the camp includes any papers, embelishments, and books needed for the projects! The students will need to bring a 12X12 timmer, 2 adhesive runners and scissors. They can either bring pictures to add during class, or add them later.
If you have any questions, please call the store or email Megan at!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Core'dinations Black Magic

New cardstock with a twist!

Don't be fooled by the black surface. With a little sanding, tearing or antiquing you can uncover the vivid core colors hidden beneath. Try it and you'll see why Magic is in the name.

See what it's all about...go to and select the Black Magic collection. We've got single sheets for you to try, so let us know what you think!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

NEW QuicKutz Release today!

All NEW animals, border dies, summer shapes, nesting shapes, GooseBumpz and cookie cutter shapes! Check out ALL the new releases at . Not all of them are shown above!
If you are a QuicKutz Club member, you get a FREE cookie cutter shape this month...check your email for details!

Monday, July 7, 2008

FABULOUS layout for only $12!!

Creative Cardstock: Patriotic Theme

Thursday July 10th with Amy
6pm to 8pm

ONLY $12!!

Can't find paper to match your pictures occasionally? I know I can't! That's why I've started using cardstock and Quickutz to make my own designs!

This month's theme is, of course, patriotic. You can use this layout for Memorial Day, 4th of July, a visit to Washington DC or any military occasion. Customize your title in class to fit the theme of your pictures!

You bring: your paper trimmer, Quickutz Squeeze and star icon die (RS-0562) (both optional if you don't have them), scrapbooking adhesive, Xyron X, glue pen, tweezers, a see-through ruler and your photos. Check out the layout above to help you decide what kind of photos to bring (four 4x6 horizontal). And if you're still not sure which pictures you'd like to use, bring in a whole set and we can figure it out as we go. The best thing about scrapbooking is that there are no rules.
See you in class!