Friday, December 31, 2010

Customer Appreciation Day Today! At The Scrapbox!

I hope that you will join us today for a little social time on the last day of the year! Starting at 12pm and going until 5pm, I will be hosting a social drop in for anyone who would like to have some sweets, free tea and coffee and take part in a very fun and informative FREE Make & Take Featuring the new Tim Holtz Vagabond now in our Scrapbox Studio, and his Bigz Dies – want to learn how to make stamps out of BIGZ Sizzix Dies? Let me show you and you get to keep the stamp! Yay!

Want a preview? Check it out HERE on this step by step instructions from his 12 Tags of Christmas 2010. Did you want to win free Tim Holtz Products? You have until Friday, Dec 31st to complete your tags, inspired by his 12 tags from 2010 and you will be entered into a draw for $40 worth of Tim Holtz Products! (Why $40? Cause it’s the 4rth year of him doing it!)

So come on down for Customer Appreciation Day on Friday, Dec 31st starting at 12pm and going until 5pm. The Make & Take will happen when *you* arrive!

If you aren't able to make it, I hope you have a safe and enjoyable New Years and we'll see you soon! (Maybe even on Tuesday when I open at 12noon for the first time!)

Come Play!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Card #5 for the December Stamp of the Month!

I wanted to combine a number of different elements: gate fold card, a rather large butterfly stamp, clear embossing and a thank you theme. Hmmmmmm.....right. So I played around with the Butterfly stamp - one of my favorites from Tim, and this is what came out of it...

The out side is held closed by a thin white ribbon going through two eyelets - eyelets that are keeping the butterfly fixed to the card as well - so if you wanted to have the butterfly wings curl out a bit you can.

This is the inside of the card - as you can see, the butterfly wings come around inside as well, which make a nice bracket for the simple 'Thank you' sentiment.

I really like simple, classic colour combinations and using 2-3 colours maximum gives merit to the 'less is more' theory. There are a few techniques with the butterfly I will be sharing with my classes, not the least of which is playing with Mica Flakes!

If you are interested, please check out the Calendar on The Scrapbox Website at for the dates and times for this, and other awesome classes being held this month at The Scrapbox. Take time for YOU this month!

I would also like to put a footnote here about my next creative project that is the 12 Tags of Christmas currently being hosted over at Tim Holtz's website. You can click on the blog link on the right side of this blog to join in the fun. You can win prizes if you comment on his blog, and I am doing a giveaway too at the end of the month for anyone who does 12 tags inspired by Tim's, and has them completed by the end of December. I am giving away a $40 retail value prize of Tim products!

If you need anything to help with this or any other holiday project, I will do my best to get it to you in a timely fashion. Please contact us at the store, at 613-745-2215.


Monday, November 29, 2010

New December Stamp of the Month Card #4

I am on a roll it seems, so here is, without further ado, Card #4 in the December Stamp of the Month Card Class!

I am using a Masking technique here as well as the brand new Reindeer Die Cut from Tim Holtz - what? Never used one before? Let me show you how in this very informative stamping and card making class.

Class dates available for these cards are as follows

Thurs Dec 2 at 6pm - 9pm (NEW DATE!)
Wed Dec 8th at 6pm - 9pm
Wed Dec 15th at 1pm - 4pm
Wed Dec 15th at 6pm - 9pm

Cost is : $28/$25 (no free stamp offered this month only)

Call now to sign up for any of the above classes at 613-745-2215! Thank you! At least one more coming tomorrow!


PS The message starts on the outside of the card 'You can run...' and then on the inside of the card it says..."...but you can't hide from your birthday". I thought it would be appropriate for any male type person in your life requiring a birthday card. Hope you agree and that I see you real soon!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

New December "Stamp of the Month" Cards

I am substituting my own card desgins for the December Stamp of the Month (if you ask why, please check out your weekly Member's Newsletter. Don't get a newsletter cause you aren't a member? Sign up for a membership next time you are at the store to get the inside scoop!)

So here are the first 3 cards of a potential 6 card class (could only be 5 cards depending on level of complexity)

As you can see, I have selected the "Midnight Frost" paper line from Bo Bunny for this class and I so love the colours. There isn't a 'theme' to this collection, but instead is a well rouned collection of greeting cards. I hope to have a few more done by the end of today.

Class dates available for these cards are as follows

Thurs Dec 2 at 6pm - 9pm (NEW DATE!)
Wed Dec 8th at 6pm - 9pm
Wed Dec 15th at 1pm - 4pm
Wed Dec 15th at 6pm - 9pm

Cost is : $28/$25 (no free stamp offered this month only)

I am breaking even more tradition with this class as I am using my favorite stamps from any company. I am really enjoying making this class and there are some techniques involved that haven't been seen in any previous Stamp of the Month.

Call the store to sign up! 613-745-2215 and leave a message if not during normal business hours! We will get back to you!

Come Play!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Weekly Newsletter Sent!

Just sent out this week's newsletter - it includes organizational tips, creative ideas for December, and...


So check it out! I hope to be posting some cards for the December Stamp of the Month Series that will be designed by moi this time around. Stay tuned!


Monday, November 15, 2010

From the Melissa Frances Event...

As promised, I have some lovely photos from the Melissa Frances Event to share. We had SUCH a good time with Melissa - her creativity, her warm and funny personality and expertise at handling a class made it a joy to be in. THank you Melissa for such a wonderul memory!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

...and the rest of the winners...

Ok - so for the Friday Daily prize of a Websters Pages Kit we have

Lorrie Greer! Congrats!

Saturday Daily Prize of the personalized Compendium of Curiousities is...

Liz Chartrand!

The closest guesser of the Button Jar (missing it by only 29) is Heather Price! Second closest (mssing it by 66 buttons) is Jacqueline Rawes!

and the winner of the Tim HOltz Vagabond is....

Tiffany Golding! Congratulations!

Thank you everyone for making this week and myanniversary so very special! Let's hope for 30 more!


Friday, November 12, 2010

And we have some winners!

Congratulations go out to Louise Dubord for winning the Daily Draw on Wed, Nov 10th!
She wins the following fabulous prize!

And last night after another successful day of having fun at The Scrapbox, we drew another lucky name and this time it was Caroline Jones that won this great Basic Grey Paper and product combo...

So what do we have left to give away! Lots! Let me show you...

Today's daily prize is this lovely grouping of products from Websters Pages...

Tomorrow I have TWO prizes to give away by draw, and they are all about T!m The first is his latest book "Compendium of Curiousities" - and it's been personalized by Tim!

And last - but certainly not the least - this can be yours if I draw YOUR ticket - a Tim Holtz Vagabond. Latest and so far the greatest of all the die cutting machines!

This prize boasts a $300 price tag and can be yours if you get your name into the draw. There are so many ways you can do that!

With every $20 spent (before taxes and after discounts) at The Scrapbox this week up until 9pm on Sat Nov 13th (Yes we will be open until 9pm this Saturday) will get you lots of tickets!

Renewing your membership or purchasing a new Membership - will get you a bonus ticket!

Signing up and paying for classes in November and December will get you bonus tickets. (even for classes you have already taken)

Buying one of our new snazzy Scrapbox Shopping Bag/Totes for only $3.50 will net you a bonus ticket!

Bringing in a Michaels Coupon from your Michael's receipt is worth a bonus ticket! (flyers and reproductions not accepted)

And more! Just come down to the Scrapbox to find out how you can win these fab prizes!

Want to win this beautiful far of Buttons?

With every purchase this week you receive a ballot to guess how many buttons are in the jar. If you guess the closest WITHOUT GOING OVER then you win! I am also giving a bag of buttons of each colour to the person who has the second closest guess. This prize was genrously donated in part from Multicrafts! I just love these buttons.

Today we have a crop going, plus a Make & Take that features some of the new "Punch Around The Page" Punches from Martha Stewart, designed by Tammy. So today and tomorrow, any Punches or Spellbinders purchased at The Scrapbox will be 'Bonus Ticket' Items that will be worth a bonus ticket just for buying them! Awesome!

Tomorrow - I hope you join us to add to our 'Memory' Quilt. Just show up and add your name and perhaps a brief message and that will net you a Bonus Ticket into the draw, but will also become part of an expanding piece of art that we will be assembling for the Scrapbox Studio. Curious? Show up anytime on Saturday to be a part of it!

Thank you for being a part of The Scrapbox Studio Community. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!

See you soon...


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Still recovering, but pushing on!


We had a FABULOUS time over the weekend with Melissa Frances - she is an awesome, inspiring yet down to earth woman who more than delivered on her classes and fab products. Anyone I spoke to had a great time and agreed that time when too fast!I will do more of an update with some fun pics later on in the week!

So today marks the Anniversary of The Scrapbox - Three Years ago on this date I opened the doors to a line up of very enthusiastic scrapbookers and I've been running to keep up ever since. And what a wild ride it has been. We will be doing lots of fun stuff this week to celebrate and to show my appreciation to my customers. Today, tomorrow and Friday we will be doing some Make & Takes and/or Demos and today I am going to launch into a very new product that was released this year from W R Memory Keepers that will make album and book binding 'A Cinch!'.

From the company who brought you the Crop-A-Dile, We R Memory Keepers now brings The Cinch Binding Tool. Binding is a breeze with the We R Memory Keepers Cinch Binding Tool. With the measuring already done for you, this essential craft tool binds your projects in just three easy steps. Bind paper crafts, mini albums, business presentations and school projects - and do it all in a cinch!

* Cinch system makes binding easy and binds books with the press of the handle
* Customized hole-punching knobs
* Can punch through many different materials, any length including up to 20 sheets of copy paper at once!
* Punch perfect holes without measuring
* Sliding measurement guide for perfectly centered holes
* Wire binding hooks place binding wire on while threading
* Handle clip holds handle down for easy storage and mobility
* Alignment peg ensures evenly spaced holes no matter the length
* Cinching bar holds the binding in place and compresses it to the desired diameter
* Projects lay flat while punching
* Easy enough for the beginner, professional enough for the expert!

I just got this product in just yesterday and was able to follow the easy instructions on how to bind a book or album in less than 20 minutes. Let us show you how easy it is by coming in any time today for a demonstration!

We will also be playing with the new "Sew Easy Tool" - a tool that will let you do fun and easy stitching on your paper crafts! There are 6 different attachments that will give you more variety! Want to learn more? Come on down to The Scrapbox today!

We also have a ton of Giveaways and that also starts today! With every purchase you can get tickets into the draws that are happening all this week! The more you buy, the more tickets you get! There are also easy ways to get bonus tickets. Check out your Scrapbox Newsletter today or come down to the store! Anyone can win...I think it will be YOU!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Well after nearly 6 months of planning - it's finally here! Melissa is on her way to us right now and will be teaching tonite and tomorrow 3 beautiful classes. We still have room if you want join us - just call the store at 613-745-2215, pack your tote and join us!

Here are some pics of what we will be doing...
The Tag Ornament Class (Friday Night at 6pm)

The "Kitschy Kitchen Recipe & Memory Album"

The 'Home for the Holidays' Christmas Album

The Scrapbox will have a store ON SITE of the event at St. Mary's School, located on Rue De l'eglise (directions to follow). If you would like to shop at the on-site store, please do! We will have brand new product - never before seen - from Melissa Frances!

To get to St. Mary's School
Take the 417 Hiway to St. Laurent Exit
Go North on St, Laurent to MacArthur Ave
Turn Left on MacArthur Ave
2nd Set of Lights - Rue De l'eglise - Turn Right
St, Mary's School is the brick school on your left with lots of parking!
Come in through the front doors and follow the fun!

Questions? Call the store! 613-745-2215!

Next week is the Scrapbox 3rd Anniversary Week of Celebration! You are not going to want to miss a thing!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

This is a layout I did about a month ago that I was hoping to have posted pre-Disney trip but just didn't have the time. It features the latest product from My Minds Eye "Lost & Found" collection plus a few bits from my own collection.

This grouping of product includes new flowers and bling from Prima, a glimmer glass butterfly from Tattered Angels Nature Collection (which you can alter the shape by warming up slightly with a heat gun), Lost & Found embellishments and I think there is a Jenni Bowlin button hidden in there too. I used the Tim Holtz Flourishes Stamps to add to the background, but to also help transition the two pages.

I am also somewhat proud of this area of the LO because I took an element of one of the MME papers that had the bracket shape, used it as a template to cut out the scallop shape you see with the faint image of the bird - but it is also still attached the the banner that is above Emma's picture. I like the idea of creating one of a kind embellishmemnts from paper.

Also a bit of luck with the placement of the paper behind the photo - one of the brown glitter swirls that sits right above Emma's head reminded me of a crown so I put a little bling there to crown my little princess. Other embellishments here came from a Lost & Found dimensional sticker package but the bird image on the dictionary page is from a 3 year old MME pack of rubs. Fascinating how they keep using the same colour pallette eh?

I made the kraft pocket from a paper bag that was left in the studio by some unknown donor - distressed it up with Vintage Photo Ink (one of my favorites from Tim's line of Distress Inks) as I did with almost every other elbellishment and paper in this LO - I found the creme colour just a bit bright. But I digress...

The pink 'shape' is a Bird sticker from Heidi's old days with Advantus. I bought a roll of these pink birds for my store opening and they are still haunting my discount bin. However since pink and birds were a recurring theme someone challenged me to include it somehow. So I inked it up with Vintage photo, stamped on it with the flourish stamp but also added a little message to my daughter as she starts down her own scholastic career.

Well - that was quite the ramble on! If you made it down to the very end without needing a bathroom break and a drink of water congrats! I hope it was somewhat amusing or helpful!

Have a great day!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Weekly Newsletter Sent!

Just sent out the weekly newsletter, and am going through a very long check list of things 'to do' before leaving in 2 very short days. Yikes!

I want to do one more post before I go of a 2 PG LO I did a few weeks ago. I just need to take a picture of the second page...

Off to get more things crossed off my list! Check out the newsletter! Do something crafty today or visit the store!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Melissa Frances Event at The Scrapbox!

Very excited to announce that I have two of the three Melissa Frances Projects in the store for you to view!

I have the "Kitschy Kitchen" recipe book as well as the "Christmas Album" for you to come in and see personally! I hope you are getting excited about this event as it is coming up in 4 short weeks!

You can still sign up for this very fun event that is happening on November 5th and 6th. What is happening you ask?

None other than Melissa Frances will be visiting Ottawa and teaching three classes for you to choose from (or why not take them all?). Melissa is an inspiring woman and creator of beautiful scrapbooking paper and products and I look forward to spending a weekend with her!

At this event you will get more than just the classes! Lots of Prizes! Special mementos from the event! Goodie Bags! We are also setting up a "Mini-Scrapbox Store" at St. Mary's for your shopping convenience. We are making sure that you are receiving a great value for the Class Fees which are as follows:

Taking one or two classes :

$65 for each class if you are not a member (tell your friends! All are welcome!!)

$59.95 per class if you are a Member!

Taking all three awesome classes! : $199.95 for Non-Members. Non-Members will receive a FREE Scrapbox Membership with this package! What an awesome deal!

If you are a Member the cost is only $179.95!!!

Lunch is optional, and will cost $10.

All Fees are subject to 13% HST.

The event is going to take place at St. Mary's School at 780 Rue de l'eglise.

Schedule for the Classes:

Fri May 5th at 6pm at St. Mary's : Christmas Tag Ornaments
(The "Christmas Tag Ornament" Class samples will be coming this week!)

Sat May 6th at 9am at St. Mary's : Kitschy Kitchen Recipe Album

Lunch from 12pm - 1pm

Sat May 6th at 1pm - 4pm at St. Mary's : Christmas Album

All taught by Melissa Frances, and hosted by The Scrapbox.

Any questions or to sign up for this very fun event, please call the store at 613-745-2215!

Playing with the Blog...

Well after spending a few minutes I was able to get the blog's features back, such as the blog list of brands sold at The Scrapbox, other blogs I follow (And now I can again!) and I found a very basic background that barely suits my needs for the moment...but serve it will because it seems that time is very hard to come by in my life these days. I mean...I have as much as anyone else is given so I shouldn't complain!

I will need to learn more on how to pretty up the background while at the same time properly represent what the Scrapbox Image(tm) is. Don't you ever wish you could take a snapshot of what is inside your head and say "HERE! This is what I want! I don't want to have to explain it!" Oh well - until such groovy tech is invented I will have to do it the other way.

I have been using Facebook more for quick updates on what is coming in to the store or what has arrived. These last two weeks have seen a great influx of product to the store and we are bursting at the seams. If you haven't been in awhile, you may want to come down and check us out! The Scrapbox also has a Facebook Group dedicated to the store so just do a search for the Scrapbox and join up. It won't hurt a bit I promise!

Ok - going to work on more promotion for my upcoming event with Melissa Frances! I plan on having that up on the blog in the next 12 hours. That is my goal!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and got to nap lots after a big meal! =)


Sunday, September 5, 2010

New Blog Look....?

One of the items on my seeminly inexhaustable 'To Do' list for The Scrapbox, is to update my Blog 'Look'. I will be playing around with different templates and fonts and such (as time allows) and certainly I want to post MORE than once a month. So hang in their followers, I do have plans for this blog and hopefully it will be worth your while to visit!

Thanks again!


Friday, August 27, 2010

FREE Make & Take Tonite! at The Scrapbox!

Here is a quick preview of the FREE Make & Take at The Scrapbox tonite! We invite you to drop in anytime between 6pm - 9pm to learn some new techniques with Copic Markers, the NEW Metallic Staz On Ink on Acetate and more! This will take about 30 mins to make at most and you don't need to sign up! Just show up!

New Product is rolling in as we speak!

Yesterday we receive Bo Bunny's 'Olivia' and 'Learning Curve', today we are hoping for 'Cambridge' and MME 'Lost & Found', Graphics 45 Steampunk, Basics and more of their Alice in Wonderland Halloween Paper...stay tuned!

Since picking up a new HTC Legend phone I have been updating little snippits through Facebook often - cause its so frikkin easy! So if you are on Facebook - shoot me a friend invite! Would love to hook up! That way you can see the little updates as they happen!

Hope you get the chance to...

Come Play!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

And now a word from our sponsors...

Actually I would like to take a brief interlude from the CHA reporting to remind folks about a beautiful class being held this Thurs Aug 5th at The Scrapbox, designed by Stephanie!

This beautiful single page project could either stand alone or be partnered up with it's other half which is being taught on Thurs Aug 26th! Both of these layouts are fully loaded with products and techniques! Want to know how she does it? Attend either or both of these classes!

Call us at 613-745-2215 to reserve your seat now!

Next post will be a CHA Report!


Friday, July 30, 2010

Basic Grey CHA Summer...

Ok this is one of the first booths I visited - and placed an order at. I love LOVE the Curio line (shipping in October!) and the Jovial Christmas line is - in Stephanie's opinion - better than last year! And for fall we are very interested in the Pyrus line as well. Here are a few pics of their booth - would love to hear from you as to what you like best!

I hope that you are enjoying my CHA Recaps...more over the weekend!


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Back home safely from CHA! Review Part One...

Ok - home safe and sound! Flights were uneventful although there was an hour delay coming home. Wish I knew so I could have spent another hour on the floor! Oh well...

I wanted to do a post while things are really fresh in my mind, but most importantly I want to report that I have confirmed Melissa Frances is coming Oct 1 & 2, 2010 and was able to get a good long look at the projects that she wants to bring up to us!

I will be releasing more in a newsletter! Book the dates though now - Friday Oct 1 and Sat Oct 2, 2010 has Melissa Frances coming to The Scrapbox!

I also took this opportunity to speak to other 'celebs' designers and have received very positive feedback - I have signed up someone for March and another potentially for June. I will be at The Scrapbox Studio tomorrow night to give more details on that so why not come by for the free Make & Take and get the news first hand? I will let you down gently now, and tell you that Tim isn't one of them. However I did have a very good conversation with Mario who reassured me that time and patience will be our best options - and Tim shows no sign of slowing down, let alone retiring...

On to more pictures!

I would steal this guy in a minute - but I couldn't afford him and Tim needs him to much I think =)

A few sneak peaks of product that impressed me...

This is where I leave you wanting more folks - if you are curious I will have some samples tomorrow at The Scrapbox - come keep my company as I work my first shift at the store in nearly a week!

And on that note I would like to take a moment to thank my awesome Scrapbox Angels and Divas who have given me peace of mind so that I could attend my first CHA. Jacquie, Tammy & Stephanie - you ladies are awesome and I am very grateful. Thank you!

Hope to see you all soon, and stay tuned for more pics and peeks!