Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Scrapbox Boxing Week Sales!

This a reminder that The Scrapbox is having a Boxing Day sale starting on Tuesday Dec 27th opening at 12pm Noon until 9pm!

All Christmas Paper & Product lines are 40% off Reg Price!

All Christmas Stamps, Dies and Embossing Folders at 30% off Reg Price!

But wait - it gets better!

Wed Dec 28th from 12pm - 9pm
All Kits (Paper Kits, Layout Kits, Card Kits) are 25% off Reg Price!

All Christmas Paper & Product lines are 50% off Reg Price!

All Christmas Stamps, Dies and Embossing Folders at 40% off Reg Price!

Thursday Dec 29th from 10am - 9pm All 6x6 Paper Pads are 25% off Reg Price!
All Christmas Paper & Product lines are 50% off Reg Price!

All Christmas Stamps, Dies and Embossing Folders at 40% off Reg Price!

Friday Dec 30th from 12pm - 9pm
All Die Cuts are 25% off Reg Price!

All Christmas Paper & Product lines are 50% off Reg Price!

All Christmas Stamps, Dies and Embossing Folders at 40% off Reg Price!

Saturday Dec 31sts from 9am - 5pm
Discount Bins are 70% off Reg Price!

All Christmas Paper & Product lines are 50% off Reg Price!

All Christmas Stamps, Dies and Embossing Folders at 40% off Reg Price! 
So come early in the week to get first dibs on selection, but later in the week you save more! Or maybe you really like 6x6 paper pads - you pick the sale works for you best!

Come Play!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Store Hours at The Scrapbox through the Holidays

Because of how the dates worked out with Christmas and other statutory holidays, we are open our normal business hours except for closing an hour early on Christmas Eve (Sat Dec 24) and New Years Eve (Sat Dec 31).

Thurs Dec 22nd 10am - 9pm (Senior & Retirement Crops)
Friday Dec 23rd 12pm - 9pm (Open Studio)
Sat Dec 24th 9am - 5pm (Open Studio)

Sun Dec 25th and on Dec 26th closed!

Tuesday Dec 27th 12pm - 9pm (Boxing Day Sale!)
Wed Dec 28th 12pm - 9pm (Kid's class at 1pm)
Thurs Dec 29th  10am - 9pm (Jenn's 2 PG LO Class at 6pm see it HERE!)
Fri Dec 30th 12pm - 9pm Open Studio and Free Make & Take
Sat Dec 31 9am - 5pm Customer Appreciation Day!

Check out our Calendar on the Scrapbox Website (Just updated) for all the fun things planned!
The Scrapbox Website

I am still getting in NEW PRODUCT, in fact yesterday I put up on the wall October Afternoon's "Farmhouse" Paper and product line and today I will be picking up new Kaiser Craft product "Miss Nelly", "Sweet Nothings" and "Madam Boutique" which can all be seen on their website HERE!

I am planning some serious clearing out of Christmas products at our Boxing Day Sale which is going to happen on Tuesday Dec 27th starting at 12pm noon.

Anyways - hope to see you around the holidays! Be safe! Be Merry!

Come Play!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Gift Ideas at The Scrapbox!

This article was suppose to go into the weekly newsletter but it would have made it super long and hey - this is something everyone should see!


We have lots of gift ideas for your special paper crafter on your list, or if YOU would like to be in recipient of something from The Scrapbox, we have some options!

1. You can send me your ‘wish list’ via email that will be kept in the store for your family/friends/co-workers convenience. As a bonus, they will receive YOUR MEMBER DISCOUNT on all things purchased off the list! They save and you receive! It’s win-win…

2. Send a list in with your Santa, and we can be their personal shopper! We will be happy to efficiently locate and compile your pile of Scrap-goodies while they take their ease in the Studio. We even have beautifully altered Gift Bags ready to wrap and place under your tree (for a small fee of course)!

3. The Gift Certificate – easy and fast and in any amount. You know your stocking wants one! Perfect for long distance relatives!

You’ve been a good girl this year, so you deserve goodies from The Scrapbox. Tell Santa I said so!

Come Play!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Special Advent Calendar

This is long overdue blog post, and I will be the first one to admit it.

Mid October I asked a very creative lady to alter the very popular Kasier Craft Advent Calendar and after tossing the idea around abit, she agreed. It took her a few weeks to deliver this stunning result but then trying to juggle crafting into the full time job of parenting two young and active boys is a challenge, to say the least.

Without further ado, here is a picture of the Advent Calendar, as altered by Heather Millar.

This is a three dimensional project that must be seen in person to appreciate the level of detail and sheer artistry that went into creating it. I have had it in my possession since the beginning of November (i think) and it has literally stopped people in their tracks with it's uniqueness and beauty. I will have it in store to view for another few weeks, and then will be reluctantly handing it back to her for her family to enjoy in the coming years.

Heather goes into more detail on her blog Heathers Hints of Happiness as to the products she uses and the techniques and tips about doing this project. Please go visit her blog to see more pictures and possibly learn something new! I have to keep ordering more advent calendar kits in as they are selling like hotcakes, so if you are interested in picking up this kit, please call us at 613-745-2215.

Thanks again Heather - I hope that you are still willing to do more 'samples' in the future!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tim Tags Start tonite!!!!

If I am reading Tim's Blog correctly, tomorrow morning at 3:01am EST Tim will be posting his first Holiday Tag. The tension and the anticipation has been building since he made his announcement last week (well lets be honest - its been building since Halloween!!!) and I know a lot of my customers will be tuning in to see what the King of Craft has in store for us this December!

I want to help you out - you want to make the tags. I know you do! So I will repost what I wrote in my Members-only Newsletter. You may want to check it out. =)

I want to put together (*IF POSSIBLE*) Daily Tag Kits based on Tim's 2011 Holiday Tags. I understand that the challenge to my customers is to find all of the 'stuff' without dropping a bundle each day. I am proposing that I will break open whole packages of Tim's Ideo-logy, Grunge products, Kraft glassine paper and Ranger products and create kits for purchase, and price them accordingly.  
My challenge is going to be able to do this in a timely fashion but one must understand that I cannot predict what he is going to do (I wish!) and that some things I may have to order in and that can take a few days.
I will try to keep the costs of each 'kit' down to about $10 or less for each tag and will not include any 'wet' mediums of inks, paints, stains and so forth.  
Also, I cannot guarantee that each kit will have the exact same 'thing'. Muse tokens all have different sayings on them - but the first person in can have first choice if you know what I mean.  
The advantages to you is that you don't have to run around town to find the 'bits' you need to make a close copy of Tim's Tags, and a great deal of the prep has been taken care of already PLUS the greatly reduced cost. Because of all of this, the 15% Member discount will not apply to these kits. They will be sold for the sticker price.  
If you want to be a part of this and purchase all of the kits, you can subscribe by replying to this email. I can guarantee that you will get all 12 kits (or all the kits that I am able to make) and will hold them for you. I know December is going to be busy for you but how fun would it be to whip up a tag or two in an evening of creativity?
Speaking of an evening of Creativity - on Fri December 9th, I will be hosting a Tim Holtz Tag Event!!! FREE!
I have A LOT of Tim's Dies, folders and stamps that I am happy to share with all of you! Not sure how to do a particular technique? Why not let this Ranger Certified educator help you out? I am here for you to exploit folks!!!
This will be the first time I am doing anything like this and I hope you will help by making suggestions and provide helpful feedback.  Call me at the store at 613-745-2215!
Come Play!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Craft Show Artisan Mother & Daughter Combo!

I am very excited that we will be having a very talented pair of artists attending our Craft Show this Saturday, and they happen to be Mother & Daughter! Monica & Charlotte Barney will be selling their very unique and beautiful chainmail jewellery that is all hand made!

If you would like to see more of their creations, please be sure to visit their website at Chateau Bleu Arts!

If you would like to see their beautiful art in person, please visit us at The Scrapbox this Saturday, Nov 26th from 9am - 6pm!

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Scrapbox Craft Fair Update!


It's another fine week and I am already looking forward to the end of it - because we are doing something BRAND NEW at The Scrapbox this Saturday and that is always something exciting! This time we are doing a show of the end product, the finished craft, the handmade treasure ready to go into your home or under someone's tree!

We have 14 very talented and (even better) local artisans who can't wait to show you their beautiful creations, and I would like to introduce one right now!

Her name is Cat Laforce and she is the owner of "Littlest Mama" - a crafting business that combines her love of sewing with one of the latest smartest recycle ideas : Upcycling.

What is upcycling? (Taken from her website

It's the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. I like to think of it as a great way to see and get use out of something I already love!

An awesome idea! After further checking out her website, I just LOVE what I see! Adorable clothing for children as well as practical! I can't wait to see it in real life! If you know of any expectant families, this is one to check out for sure this Saturday, Nov 26th at The Scrapbox Studio's First Craft Show!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

And the Winners are..

...of the Ribbon Ball, Heather Price! She was .5 of a yard off the total! In fact there were 5 people who were exactly .5 of a yard off the total, so we put their name back into the bag and drew out Heather's name...congrats Heather!

And of the Grand Prize Draw Winner is Cindy McLean! Cindy's name was drawn by my Mom, who has now been with me for the 5th year in a row (cause she was here when I 4 Anniversaries...=)

Anyways...I have been a bit under the weather this last week and so have been enjoying some serious down time offline with my family. But before I went to bed, I wanted to announce the winners, and thank everyone who participated in the fun, events and crops. I hope you enjoyed yourself and are looking forward to the coming year of crafting!

I'm off to bed...


Friday, November 11, 2011

Thursday & Friday Winners plus Door Crasher Sales for Sat Nov 12th!

First the winners!
Thursday's Winner was/is Nathalie Gill! Congrats!

Friday's Winner is Hughette Belisle! Congrats!

That just leaves the Grand Prize Pack being given away tomorrow night at 6pm! You can still win and win big!

So you are probably wondering, so I will tell you - no I am not getting much sleep this week. But that's ok! This only happens once a year so lets have fun!
DOOR CRASHER SALES! (def: sales so darn good that it's worth breaking the door down to get into buy them!)
I hope you will like what I pulled together for you this year - I am very excited myself. We have something for everyone (I think) and I hope that you will take the time to come out and partake in the fun. So here are the details.
When is this happening?
Sat Nov 12th, starting at 9am until 9pm
All Door Crasher Sales are Final!

There is limited stock of all of the sale items. First come first served. I will not 'reserve' anything in advance as it will not be fair. I appreciate your understanding in advance! 

And as a bonus, as my gift to you, the first 40 people through the door will get a little goodie bag free at the door, handed out by my Mom! Yay - my Mom is coming!
I hope to see you on Saturday. Come by for a slice of Anniversary Cake that Emma picked out for us (served at 1pm)!

Door Crasher Sales!

Grand Calibur Machine from Spellbinders!
Reg Price : $159.95
Sale Price : $89.95 (44% OFF!)

If you want in on this awesome sale please get a voucher from the front counter!

Other awesome deals include : 

Prima Flower!
Prima Bling!
Tombow Marker Sets!

The Crafters Warehouse 12 x 12 Masks
7 Gypsies Bling!

Simply Smooth Paper Packs plus 3 Different Colours of Bazzill Envelopes
Bazill Envelope Packs

And there's more! Tombow Sets at 50% off and October Afternoon Stamp Sets at 50% off too!

All Sales are at least 45% to 55% off!!!! SUPER SAVINGS!!!

Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, for Four Awesome Years!! I can't wait to see what the next year brings!

So just a reminder - first come first served. No returns - all final Sale on the above items and the doors open at 9am!

And the first 40 people will get a FREE GOODIE BAG FROM ME & My MOM! =)

I will be having the Anniversary Cake at 1pm! Come have a slice with me! 

If you need to call us, the phone # is 613-745-2215...we are here for you!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Winner of Wednesday's Prize Pack is...

...Heather Millar!

Congrats! Enjoy!

Thursday's Bonus Ticket Item is 'Embossing Powders'. Any brand, any colour! Each Embossing Powder you purchase today will gain you a Bonus ticket into the draw!

Also Today we have a FREE MAKE & TAKE - all day at The Scrapbox! Here is a picture of what you will be making and what products you will be using!

 We will be using two new products with this Make & Take - Tim's new Winter Seasonal Ink Pads as well as Tsukineko's GooseBumps Spray! Very neat! You can chose which colour to do the Make & Take with - Evergreen Bough, Festive Berries or Iced Spruce!

Come Play!

Oh and Happy 4rth Anniversary's been a good time so far...=)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

And the first winner of the Weekly Prizes is...

...#743. Ginette Lavoie! Congratulations. You won the following prize pack!

Congratulations again!

If you didn't get picked - don't worry! Your tickets are in the draws for the rest of the week AND for the Grand Prize Draw this Saturday!

Come Play!

4rth Anniversary for the Scrapbox means fun and Prizes!

   It is already that time of year again that we get to celebrate The Scrapbox's Anniversary! On Thursday, Nov 10th it will be officially;


     What a journey it has been! I feel so blessed in so many ways to be able to live the dream of being my own 'boss' and to do it doing something I love.

     So in order to properly show my gratitude, I am happy to organize some very fun events and sales over the next week and I hope you can join us for any and all of it! There are some things that I will be keeping secret until later on next week (such as the awesome Door-Crasher Sales we are having on Saturday Nov 12th) so stay tuned to all emails from The Scrapbox!

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for the last 4 years!

Prizes, Prizes AND MORE Prizes!!! 
Every Day of the week, starting on Tuesday Nov 8th until Saturday Nov 12th I will be giving away a Prize Package a Day! During the week, the Prize Package will be a retail value of $40 for each day. Then the Grand Prize that will be drawn and given away is worth $240!!! That's a total of $400 I am giving away this week so make sure you get involved!

This Grand Prize Pack is All Tim and nothing but Tim Holtz! $240.00 Retail Value of Tim Holtz product, including the Limited Edition Autumn Seasonal Inks, Idea-ology Embellishments, Core-dinations Paper, Holiday Season Kraft Paper Pack, along with an assortment of his very latest District Market Product including a GORGEOUS Tote to take it all home in.

Let's Check out the Daily Prizes shall we?

Daily Prize Pack #1 to be won on Tuesday Nov 8th - $40 Retail Value of Basic Grey's Picadilly Paper and Product! (For my Scrapbookers)

Daily Prize Pack #2 to be won on Wed Nov 9th - $40 of Smash Book Product Scrapbox Style! A little bit of everything to jot, doodle, smash, tape, label and clip your memories into your Mod Smash Folio! (For my Smashbookers =)

Daily Prize Pack #3 to be won on Thurs Nov 10th - $40 of Cardmaking goodies! Sizzix Stamping and Embossing Combo Pack, plus a VersaMark Ink Pad, a Green Pigment Colorbox Ink Pad and Red Ranger Embossing Powder - for my Cardmakers!

Daily Prize Pack #4 to be won on Friday Nov 11th - $40 of Painting Supplies inspired by Claudine Helmuth - the Paint Caddy to keep your brushes clean, a full set of Claudine Helmuth Paint Brushes, and 3 pots of Claudine Helmuth Acrylic Paint!(For my mixed media junkies!)

You may win prizes by getting tickets, and you can get tickets in lots of different ways!

Shop for tickets!

-Every $20 you spend (Before taxes, and after your Member Discount) you will receive one ticket for the daily prizes and Grand Prize Draw.

Bonus Tickets!
-If you renew your Membership for another year at The Scrapbox, it's worth One Bonus Ticket!

-Every Class and Event you sign up and pay for (including ones you have already paid for November and December) will get you One Bonus Ticket per Class or Event! Have us check the book!

-Bonus Items! Every day there will be 'Bonus Ticket' Items in the store. You will need to come in to see what they are or check Facebook/The Scrapbox Group as they will be posted there.

-November Sketch Challenges - Submit a Layout or a Card based on the November Sketch and receive a Bonus Ticket into the draws! Need a reminder for the sketches?
 November 1 Page Layout Sketch
November 2 Page Layout Sketch

November Card Sketch
-Do you have a Membership Card to pick up from the store? Come pick it up and we will give you a Bonus Ticket into the draw - I must have hundreds of Membership Cards waiting for their Members!

-Are you on Facebook? If you are, or join us this week, that is worth a Bonus Ticket! Just look for "The Scrapbox" Group on Facebook and ask to join! I'll see you there!

-if you have a blog that you use to showcase your creativity let me know so I can link it from The Scrapbox Blog! You will get more traffic on your blog and get a Bonus Ticket into the weekly draws! Send me an email with your blog address to !

Once entered, each ticket is valid to win any prize throughout the week, however only valid for ONE Weekday Prize plus the Grand Prize. So yes, you could win one of the daily prizes and the grand prize - more tickets you have in the draw, the better your chances!

Any questions? Give us a call at the store at 613-745-2215!

Events that are happening through out the week!
Every Night at 9pm we draw a lucky winner for a Daily Prize Pack!

Thursday Nov 10th - The Official Day of Anniversary!
We will be having a Free Make & Take All Day, just come out anytime you can so we can show you how to make a fun Craft that you can make in 10 mins and take home with you! Our little gift to you!

Friday Nov 11th - Yes we are open at noon, after paying our respects at 11am!
A Late Night Crop that all Crop Fees will be going to Military Families and assisting them while their Family Member is away serving in another country. A fitting tribute on a very special day. We still have room so if you have the day off, please consider joining us for a very fun day getting your special projects done (or started?)

Only $5 for Members! We still have 5 spots open!
12pm - 11pm

Saturday Nov 12th - Final day of fun and giveaways!
12 Hour Anniversary Crop (just sold out) plus the end of the Week celebrations!

Door Crasher Sales - to be released next week but they are going to be gooooood!

Free Gift Bag to the first 40 people in the door!

Free Cake at 1pm!

Final Draw for the Large Gift Basket (worth $240 Retail!) at 6pm!

Any questions? Please contact the store at 613-745-2215!

Come Play!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fun Events this Week!

Want to have some pre-Halloween crafty fun? Check out this Boo-tiful Halloween Tag that Tammy created for us!

Come on down to the Scrapbox tomorrow night, anytime after 5pm until close at 9pm to make this ghute (cute? Ok I'm stretching a bit) tag and play with distress stains and embossing powders...did I mention it was FREE? No cost to you and no need to sign up. Just come and have some fun!

Did I mention fun? Yard Sales at The Scrapbox are a lot of fun and full of great deals and this Saturday Oct 29 starting at 9am - 12noon is going to be the last one for this year! Get the best deals by coming early! We open right at 9am so grab a cup of coffee and join the que outside the door!

We still have 2 spots left if you want to be a vender - its a great way to purge your craft room and land some credit at The Scrapbox at the same time! Call us at 613-745-2215 to reserve your spot!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Scrapbooker's Creed

I just released the following in my weekly newsletter. If you think that you resemble any of the following behaviours...well you are in good company. Enjoy.

The Scrapbookers Creed

I am a Scrapbooker. I Scrapbook.  You won’t understand it until you are one too. When you want to spend all your spare time (and occupied time) scrapbooking. When you take 10 pictures to get one good one, and shuffle people around in a staged photo so that their clothing doesn’t clash. When you purchase matching Christmas Pyjamas so that on that special morning, everyone coordinates (and if you hadn’t thought about it, you now want to go out and do it). When you have a camera, or camera-phone with you everywhere you go “just in case”.

There are 9 different shades of white, I don’t care what you say.

I am a Scrapbooker and I like to shop. I will hunt down a Scrapbooking Store if I am in a different city, because  I know they will have something my LSS won’t have, and  that will impress “the girls” at the next crop. I like to shop when I am happy, tired, depressed, had an argument with my spouse/kid/boss/mother—in-law, or  every Wednesday after work because that’s when the new stuff comes in. I will box dive because getting it first, even if I don’t know what I am going to use it for, is like finding treasure and I NEED it!

What happens at the crop, stays at the crop.

We are Scrapbookers. At Crops we will laugh, talk, eat, talk, cry, talk, drink, talk, shop, and there will always be a little drama. We compare spouses, past and present, the boss that drives us crazy, and how sick our kids were last week. We talk about giving birth or why we can’t, and then we cry some more. Sometimes we will cut some paper and stick it down on other pieces of paper but let’s not kid ourselves about what’s important…that every hour cropping  is not an hour spent at work or hip-deep in housework, staring at piling bills or four walls closing in fast.

Scrapbooking is cheaper than Therapy.

The owner of my LSS is an ear that listens, a brain to pick, and the enabler of my addiction. Her store is full of colour on the most dismal of days, when weather is cold and dreary, and a free cup of coffee when the soul feels bare and chilled. I go to my LSS and find friends from years ago or make new ones that are ‘the girls’ for the years to come. I go there when I don’t need anything, except a place to recover from the wounds dealt by life. It is where I play and my happy place.

I am a Scrapbooker, a Cardmaker, a Mixed-Media Artist and Painter and I love what I am.

-Jenn Langlois

Friday, August 26, 2011

Yard Sale is on Tomorrow!

Scrapbooking & Paper Crafting YARD SALE! On Sat August 27th starting at 9am sharp until 12pm.

***This is an INDOOR event, so will happen rain or shine.***

If you want to get the BEST deals on second hand crafting product this is the best place to come!

We have a full room of vendors that are selling gently used second hand crafting products and supplies such as paper kits, stamps, tools, storage, paper, stickers, rubons and more!

Customer will be paying for their yard sale purchases at the front counter so no need to hit the bank machine for cash ahead of time - you can use Debit, Visa, MC too!

Come for 9am to get best variety! If you can't make it until closer to noon that's ok too - you probably will get better deals cause none of these vendors wants to take stuff home! Come when you can between 9am and noon tomorrow, August 27th!!!

See you there!


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Breaking news!

So - breaking news! I will be at the A Channel TV Studios tomorrow morning for 8am to do 2 live segments about Scrapbooking. So sometime between 8am - 9am tomorrow morning - that would be Mon Aug 15th, tune into Channel 6 (I think) to see yours truly and my DD talk about our favoirte hobby!

New Product in the Store! We received 3 lines from Bo Bunny last week - Father Christmas, Blitzen and Etcetera! Also in is the 'Boarding Pass' line from October Afternoon, as well as 'Mistables' from Pink Paislee. They are all pretty awesome and this week coming we have all the new Distress Stain colours from Ranger, as well as all the new Perfect Pearls Mists! LOVE THESE THINGS!!!!

So check me out on Monday on A Channel...then come check out the great new product at The Scrapbox.

Come Play!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Always something new...

Stephanie just put the finishing touches on her August Kits of the Month for The Scrapbox! Awesome deal with co-ordinating paper and embellishments - the Layouts pratically make themselves!

But wait! That's not all!

Stephanie hasn't forgotten our Cardmakers! There are mini-Stephanie kits perfect for Cards! Only $7.50 per kit!

Come get your August Kits at The Scrapbox now before we run out!!! Come Play!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Lotsa Little Updates!

I just updated the classes for August on the Scrapbox Website so if you have any vacation time in August and you have elected to do a 'Stay-cation' may I suggest you take some time off to catch up on some crafty projects in the cool comfort of the Scrapbox Studio? We have 4 Crops planned, plus a scattering of 'Open Studio' dates that means you can go and drop in and scrap at a moment's notice!

I also just got word that I am receiving a BIG shipment of Smash product from K& Co including new Folios - Orange, Yellow & Green! Plus all the other little embellishments that make Smashing so much fun! And the best part is that these are so inexpensive! Love it!

Next month (August) is going to be seeing brand new product from MME, Bo Bunny and Graphics 45 as seen at CHA last week. Lets hope that everything else comes quickly as well!

Hope to see you at The Scrapbox!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Make & Take tomorrow night At The Scrapbox!

...Zipper Flower Tutorial! Check it out!

Come and have fun at the FREE DROP IN ANYTIME YOU WANT Make & Take at The Scrapbox starting at 5pm! You will be show how to make this very pretty Zipper Ribbon Flower in two different sizes!
We are using Maya Road Zipper Ribbon, the Imaginisce Wireless Glue Gun and the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

See you tomorrow night!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Make & Take this week at The Scrapbox! a work in progress...check back here in a bit to see what I am creating just for you!


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Last Day of Michaels Coupon Sale!

This week I decided to let the other guys advertise for me! If you are a member and have a valid 40% or 50% off coupon from Michael's, I am honouring one per Scrapbox Member this week! Today is the last day of the sale so start clipping or printing! I do require a hardcopy of the coupon so be sure to have it in your purse!

I am open today from 9am to 6pm and while the schedule says it's a crop today, I have LOTS of space in the studio for anyone to drop by and crop if they wish. You don't have to come for the whole day - just a few hours to come keep me company. Otherwise I am going to be working on my new Art Journal (Thank you Eklectik Diva!) and tidying up around the studio. And updating my website. Maybe some paperwork too...

Anyways - hope you are enjoying your Saturday and that you had a fun and safe Canada Day yesterday! The Langlois clan spent it close to home doing restful things and appreciating the awesome country that we are blessed to live in, and honouring those who keep it safe for us.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Friday June 17th FREE Make & Take at The Scrapbox!

This month the Free Make & Take will be hosted by the lovely Stephanie Pouliot, one of our uber talented designers AT the Scrapbox. I hope you will give yourself the opportunity to try something new - all it will take is a wee bit of your time (really - myabe 15 mins!)

So this is how it works...ANYTIME between 5pm and 8pm you can drop in to do the Make & Take. You don't have to sign up, you don't have to be here exactly at 5pm, just come when you can in the evening.

Did I mention that it was Free? Yuppers! Don't have to bring any tools with you. Just bring your open creative mind!

Turn this plain kraft shopping back into a chic Gift Bag that will have people asking where you got such an amazing thing! Very simple, easy steps and all in the cool AC comfort of the Scrapbox Studio!

We will be using Adirondack Pigment Inks, Tim Holtz Distress Stains and Ranger Perfect Pearls Mists...I am sure you have heard of them, now come and play with them! Love them!

Come Play!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Art Journal V. 1

A few months ago I joined an Art Journal exchange. Seven talented ladies created and passed on, created and passed on each others journals and not seeing more than a hint of their own for months! Well, I finally got mine back last Friday night and I was wowed by the talent I saw! I was also quite pleased with how well my own contributions were received, so I thought I would toss them up here. It's been over 6 months since I resolved to 'Play' this year, and this has been an important part of that.

Upon reviewal, my style was definatly eclectic. I think because I tried to make something personal for the receipient. Perhaps tomorrow, I will show some pics of the work done in my journal and see if you think they got me figured out =)

Hope you have a great day! I just sent out the newsletter too so you should be seeing that in your inbox!


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Scrapbox YardSale!!!

I am at the store extra early today so that I can let in the yard sale vendors - ladies like you and me who just have too much stuff in their craft room and are now letting their gently used scrapbooking and crafting supplies go for a REAL BARGAIN! It starts at 9am and goes until 12 noon!

What can you expect to find? How about a table bursting with nearly new or never used Stampin' Up Stamps? Totes? Paper and embellishments? I've seen crafting magazines, stickers, ribbon and BEAUTIFUL fabric squares just waiting to be made into flowers. What a great way to spend a damp Saturday morning - in the dry comforts of the Scrapbox Studio (no we are not holding this outside!).

You are not going to want to miss this fabulous sale - you can even pay with Debit, Credit Card or cash at the front! No need to go to the bank for cash!

Oh and the store is open for shopping too if you want =)


Monday, May 2, 2011

Ranger U...I hardly knew ye!

I am sitting in the Newark Airport waiting for my first flight out. I look around me and I see 4 out of 5 people connected to either a laptop, cellphone or both. It’s interesting to me how much we are connected to the rest of the world with devices that can be carried in our hands and yet be strangers face to face.

This weekend has been so momentous, both on the world stage as well as personally. Events are happening so quickly that I am needing a pause to collect my breath and so I suppose that today, when forced to sit idle in airports or in the air, I will take that opportunity to reflect.

Our morningn walk to school...

some fun with Alcohol inks!

Learning a new way to resist...

Love this stamp from hero Arts..

Here it is again...

More pics of the Jersey Shore

I love this photo - it just makes me lean to the right...

I can almost feel the winds of change brushing past my cheek and watering my eyes.
World events aside, my weekend completed itself in a predictable fashion. All day yesterday, we created the last of the 75 technique tags under the charismatic and witty tutelage of Tim, and being utterly spoiled by Mario and all the thoughtful staff at Ranger. We received certificates, pats on the back, group photos and a very very generous educators package of product from Ranger. I got my very first melting pot and I am SOOOOOOO jazzed. I simply can’t wait to make stuff! Tim was kind enough to sign a few items for the NSD crop and for me personally.
Did you know that slices of pickle can sooth a burn? I did not know that. I didn’t need any pickles this weekend which in and of itself is remarkable.
As my larger piece of luggage got damaged in the travel to NJ, I decided to have my box of goodies shipped to Ogdensburg NY to pick up later this week. Less hassle over all.
After the closing ceremonies, we went out last night again to the Jersey Shore for Sushi and I had a $12 margarhita. I know, I know…in my defence I did not know the price ahead of time, but I started to have suspicians when the first sip sent me sputtering for some lemon and salt. I think they gave me a fifth of the bottle and the worm besides! Yikess! Things got really interesting at dinner as my companions were two Aussies, a Spanish Lady, a Philipino American, Christy and I, the token Canuck. Christy tried to do the different accents and that sent us off all on more sputtering bouts of laughter. We’ve promised to get together again at CHA this summer to do this all again and so I guess I’m going. It’s in Chicago again this year so I will have to save my pennies. I will say this – as I spent most of the last 3 days in the very fun company of 2 Australians my speech has been slightly "Ozzified". I apologize for this now. It is truly one of the most hypnotic and charming accents to listen to and I will try to get myself back under control as quickly as possible.
I have so much information tumbling around in my head from so many different people that it will take longer than a few hours to sort it all out. I do know that the cost out of pocket for these past few days is a pittance in the wealth of knowledge I have received.

I am so thankful.


*written at Newark at about 7:30am, but posted at the Pearson Airport at noon*
I will be posting more pics but they are boarding my plane...later!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Day Two of Ranger U...

...hey that rhymes.

Rightio then...moving along...Day Two started us off with a new teacher - one Claudine Helmuth at the 'Helm' of the classroom with her fab products and techniques. What I love about this experience is that we get answers to our questions from the source. No rumor, no "I heard from a friend who heard from..." we get the straight dope on the why's and what's and 'who invented this anyways?'

Also to hear some of the stories of some of the goings-on behind the scenes are a right stitch, and Tim is a great storyteller.

Back to the day. Claudine is a very talented artist who has painted for over 20 years. Through her extensive experience with acrylic paint, she has created to her own specifics an acrylic paint that is smooth and buttery (just not on popcorn) and rich in colour and variety. We used paint, along with 4 different gel type mediums to do her signature techniques and this was great as my exposure to painting has been limited. We mixed painting with stamping, transferring images and even embossing into paint (I can't really explain it better right now - v. tired). I will show all when I get back.

These are projects completed by Claudine that she brought for us to view, like a mini trunk show. Our techniques were also done on tags that, for some reason, I didn't do a group photo of when I was done them. Sorry!

Then we broke for lunch, provided by Ranger, and when we returned we got to do some crafting of our new techniques on a wooden basket(?). I am not the speediest scrapper in the world, so I didn't get mine done, but it was great to see the ones around me. Very inspiring.

After that we tucked into 5 hours of Distress Products - prefaced by a very elightening story of how Tim came to work for Ranger in the first place, which lead into what makes Distress inks, and the Distress line different from other inks on the market. I didn't realize how much chemistry was involved, although I would have had I stopped to think about it, but apparently their chemist is something of a wizard who was able to take Tims creative Distress product ideas and turn them into reality. Regardless there IS a difference between other dye inks and the Distress inks, and it has to everything to do with how they react to water. Love it!

But we started with Distress Embossing Powder, which I am still trying to get the hang of. We worked on paper as well as Metal which then lead to prepping tags with crackle paint (which had to dry) Then the inks themselves, the reinkers, the stains, and the stickles. We worked with a crafting iron, grunge board, metal flowers, stickyback canvas, trim and of course, cardstock. I have to say that if I had to pick one word that would define Ranger in any aspect, it is 'thorough'. 'Orgazined' would be the close second - both things I try to be and maybe will be when I grow up. =)

A few samples from an afternoon well spent.

We were done at 7pm, at which point a double car load of us decided to go down to the Jersey Shore line (not the actual Jersey Shore of the tv series, but we were at the northern end of it) and here is a pic of their lovely boardwalk and shopping district. We had dinner at a diner named 'Stewart's and the food was 'ok'. I hope to have Sushi tomorrow night at a place called 'Sawa's.

And so that is how my day ends - with a leisurely meal with new friends and new ideas. I want to thank you for checking out my blog tonite, and I have full intentions of blogging tomorrow night, after which point I will be packing and getting ready to return the next day to my home and hearth. Have a lovely Sunday and we'll see you soon!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Day One of Ranger U...

...has come to a successful completion and I loved every single moment!!! I still have my lanyard on even...

My day started at 6am. Both my roomie and I woke at nearly the exact same time so she turned on the tv and what do we see but Kate walking down the aisle..literally. I watched a bit of the ceremony but decided that so far things were going so well without my direct supervision so I decided to have my shower. When I got out, they had said their vows so all was well. Weren't those hats a trip? Some of them were still moving weren't they? we got ourselves put together and went for the breakfast (which was v. good) and I met the other Aussie that came to take the Ranger U, by the name of Chad. Yes a boy! One of 2 attending the weekend actually and just as charming as could be. Then Melissa pulls out a tube of this...

...and convinces me to try a small bite of it on toast.
Gaaaahck. It was awful. However this did not deter them (on both sides of me) trying to convince me of it's nutritional value and stellar taste. All I can say is that I was completely awake by that point.

 As the Ranger facility was fairly close to the hotel, we hoofed it down there in plenty of time and took our first picture.

Yes I am taking a picture of Melissa taking a picture of the Ranger mailbox. I thought it was funny at the time...=)

After some settle in time, we went around and introduced ourselves with our "who we are", and "what we are" spiels (much like the Scrapbox tradition of intro's at the beginning of class) and then we were taken on a fascinating tour of the Ranger facility. LOVED IT! (little known fact that while I was growing up my parents owned their own manufacturing business of plastic injection moulds so the tour was filled with very familiar smells and sounds of machinery and plastics and goodness knows what else.)  As they were kind enough to trust us with showing their inner workings, I will keep this part to a minimum. I will say that I got to see some brand new product that is going to be released this summer so how exciting is that?!??! Back to the classroom.

Tim started us off with perfect pearls for the first half of the day. I am more than passing familiar with this product but we still ended up doing things that I hadn't done, or didn't think of doing before. Part of the techniques included stamping so here is Chad (afore mentioned Aussie) with some 'bloke' stamps.

Right then...
It begins!

One of my favorite techniques...makes the paper look metalic...
And here is all the tags with Perfect Pearls techniques on them. Oh yeah!

Then we had a break for lunch and I took a bit of a stroll outside in the lovely spring weather. Wouldn't have guessed that 24 hours previous there were tornado warnings. Sheesh!

After lunch Tim lead a session on the Melting pot and UTEE as Suze Weinburg retired last January after the CHA show. As I had never done any melting pot/UTEE techniques before this is fascinating stuff for me. I had to talk to myself rather firmly and remind myself that I am doing these techniques for the first time so they aren't going to look as good as what Tim was doing, but I am reasonably proud of about half of the samples, and the other half I am just going to have to practice alot more.

See I can take my own advice! But it wasn't easy. Apparently I am closet perfectionist....who knew?

My Apron, My Binkie and My Ranger U Manual...

What...? Everyone needs a Binkie...

So at the end of the day, at about 5pm, we were pretty much done in so many ways. Ranger, in their thoughtfulness and generosity, held a delish BBQ and we got to mix & mingle with staff and attendees. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and was one of the last to leave.

So here we are folks. I know I haven't talked overly much about the details of the techniques that I am learning, and quite frankly it would take me forever to do so. I also want to encourage you to come visit me on May 10th (tues night after next) to see and hear all about it for yourselves. Needless to say that I have gotten a TONNE of ideas and cannot wait to share them. I forsee a class set of melting pots for The Scrapbox in the future...

Thanks for checking out the blog. I plan to give another recap with some pics tomorrow night. Gnight!