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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas

It's that time again.  Here's the first tag this year...
Just a reminder that everything in the store is ALWAYS 20% off...including Tim Holtz.  If I don't have it in stock I will order it; and you still get the discount!

Monday, November 28, 2011

December Card Class

Here are four of the beautiful cards for this Friday's class.  Call to register.
Thursday's class has been canceled since everyone currently signed up has opted for Friday.  Class is at 1:30 but arrangements can be made to accommodate your schedule.

By the way, anyone reading this post and signed up for class feel free to take and extra 20% off your entire purchase!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

October Challenge Kit Winner

Heidi!!  Congrats to Heidi and great job to all the participants.  
(Pat was the winner of the random drawing of the remaining contestants and already picked up her free Nov. kit!)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fun Double - Branch Ranch

As you may know, I very rarely scrapbook chronologically.  I get tired of snow and Christmas when I'm freezing and have 5 more months in Michigan until spring!  I like to pull up pictures and see what blows my hair back :)  Hence, summer 2009 pictures at Thanksgiving 2011.  

Enjoy and have a great Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Holiday Hours and Specials

Everything always about 20% off ---  
All 12 x 12 cardstock always only 50 cents PLUS...

November 21-26
Monday 12-8

Tuesday 12-6  All Clearance paper 6/$1 
take an extra 10% off cardmaking supplies

Wednesday 10-4  All Tim Holtz and Sizzix extra 10% off

Thursday-Saturday CLOSED

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Hours

Store will be closing at 5:00 tonight so I can get to Trunk N' Treat with my sweet family.  If anyone is in Saranac with little ones it is located in the Galilee parking lot across from Saranac High School from 6-8.  Enclosed by all the cars with games and treats in them it's a great place for a safe, fun Halloween.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

November Card Class

This coming Thursday or Friday come on in for some great fall cards by Missy!
$13.  Call to reserve you spot!  616-642-6062.  
Can't make class?  Purchase a pre-stamped kit.

Single Inspiration

Just a fun black and white that really highlights 
Ella's unique beauty and pensiveness.
 I was going to do a bit more with this with some layered flowers and a bit of bling but I really just liked it at this point.  Sometimes simple says more.

November Challenge Kit part 2

November Challenge Kit $6 - 
Choose one of these lovely cardstock stickers from Basic Grey to go with the cardstock and alpha stickers.  Only $9 and don't choose...get all 4 with your kit.  (While supplies last!)

Garden Quiz

First person to email the correct answer to all 3 questions wins this month's beautiful Challenge Kit featuring Basic Grey.

1)  How often does Missy offer her wonderful card class?

2)  About how much are stickers ALWAYS off retail at Scrapbook Garden?

3)  How much is ANY12x12 paper every day?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Super Simple Single

What do you do with pea pictures?!  Put them together and show off family teamwork and fun, of course!  Fresh peas are one of our family favorites.  The kids eat them for snacks, fresh or frozen.
This super simple single page layout uses up some old Crate Paper along with Scrappin' Sports and a Core'dinations solid.  A fun and easy way remember a great family day :)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sept Challenge Kit WinnerS

We had a tie this month!  Based on your votes "Time for Fun" by Heidi and "My Hope for You" by Cecelia are the winners.  Great job by everyone who participated!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Challenge Kit Available

Choose two sheets of Kraft-Core cardstock

Choose one sheet of Kraft Resist

Choose one Distress Stain

and one hanger.
Purchase your kit for $6 and turn in your finished project by the end of October.  Winner by customer vote will be awarded a $10 store gift certificate.  All other entrants will be placed in a random drawing for a free November kit- which is totally amazing as well!

Fun Double - Places to Go (Double Page Layout)

Gabriel came up to me and told me he wanted to show me something.  He jumped on a bike and off he went.  Today, he brought me over to show me his dead toad that he found the other day but alas, I felt no inspiration to scrap that :)  
Oh, how fast they grow!!! 

Clarksville Crop

Get ready for the weekend crop to beat all others!!
Clarksville Bible Church is hosting their semi-annual crop 
Friday, November 4th at noon through 
Saturday, November 5th at 9pm.  
At the great price of $30 you will get:

1/2 table from noon on Friday - Saturday at 9pm
Great breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday
Fun and fellowship with other 

Friday is a casual, on your own kind of day.  Bring a dish to pass for dinner or make your own other arrangements.   You can stay up all night if you like until...Saturday when all three meals are provided!

Extras available:

$5 additional for your own table all weekend

$20 additional for a 1/2 hour massage.  If you really need to relax the $35 full hour, full body massage may be for you!!

$10 to sign up for Christmas Card Class.  Make 5 awesome cards and envelopes with Missy.

Space is limited for the crop and all extras.  Sign up and pay to reserve your spot.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Oct Card Class Coming Up

Make 2 of each of these 5 awesome cards with envelopes for only $12!!
You must pre-register for class.  You may also make additional single cards for only $1 each!!  
When signing up for class order additional cards and all the pieces/parts will be ready for class.

Don't forget everything is provided except adhesive.  If you forget to bring your adhesive - don't worry!  SG is now carrying Allary tape runners with 275" of adhesive for only $1.50.  These tape runners are comparable to Tombow adhesive with a little more than half the tape but for less than half the price.  A great deal!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


I am readjusting my hours on Friday to prioritize family.  The Garden will be opening at 12:30 rather than 12:00 to let us stay until the end of Friday Homeschool Group.

M, T, Th 12-6
W 10-4
F 12:30-6
Sat. 10-3

Of course, if I'm here I'll be open...and I'm here a lot so call or stop in!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Single Inspiration - School

 Just a couple of ridiculously simple pages you can make using a two 50 cent pieces of paper and some scraps 
(and, of course, your pictures of sweet children.)

September Card Class

6 cards and envelopes for only $13.  Please pre-register for this class.
September 8 or 9 at 1:30 or by prior arrangement other times.

Single Inspiration - Cousins

These are the photos I took while the photographer, Melissa Price of Signature Photography Studios, was trying the get the cousins picture perfect!  15 children under 12 years old with energy, moose and rabbit ears, silly Uncle Jon and a feather duster for tickling and we still got great shots from Melissa....amazing!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Regular Hours Begin Next Week

Just a reminder that the store will return to the regular hours after Labor Day:

M, T, Th and F 12-6
W 10-4
Sat 10-3
Open later during crop or class so just give us a call.  616-642-6062.

We will be closed for Labor Day.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fun Double - Princess Training Gone Wrong

I sometimes forget to capture the everyday moments with the camera.  My kids love to dress up and then play in the dress up clothes.  I decided that, even though this is a common occurrence (maybe not with a bare bum), I needed to memorialize a few select moments.  I love these photos!  

My advice is to take pictures of "normal" stuff your kids do.  A friend of mine once told me one of his family family videos is a night they set the camera on a tri-pod and just let it run.  

Captions read:  Up-do, Accessories, and Poise and Grace.  
I realized when I took the photo that "Grace" fell off...how appropriate :)

To be more modest (I don't know if it worked ;) I made the photo in black and white and highlighted the princess dress up clothes in color using free Picnik software.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Super Simple Single

Simple background, long photo to mix it up and a title at the bottom for fun.  Just that simple!

Friday, June 10, 2011

New Cards

Need a late graduation gift card or Father's Day card?

Only $2 each or 3/$5 for any handmade cards in the store.  
Buy them to send or for the great ideas!

June Challenge Kit

Here is the new challenge kit for this month.  Cost is $6.  Pick any other item for $2 or less and there's your kit!

Take the kit and make a card, layout, or any other project and turn it in by June 30th.  Then, customers will vote on all projects turned in and the winner wins a $10 gift certificate to the store.  All others will be put in a drawing to receive the next month's kit for FREE!  So fun.  Here's one that was turned in last using last month's awesome kit...

Friday, May 13, 2011

Weekend Inspiration

OK, this layout was totally playing.  I used a black paint dabber to cover the lamp post with gold stickles behind it to make it look lit.  I also used the paint as an adhesive for the thin pink paper.  Photo doesn't show it well but the "Grandma's Featherbed" sign is completely covered in Glossy Accents and it came out great.  The biggest problem I had was adhering my photos to the blue glitter paper.  I finally ended up using the Glossy Accents again!

Anyway, I had to have a good time doing the layout.  Just look at the fun the girls were having when I took the pictures!

Racks Available

This double 12 x12 wire rack is only $60 and has 30 slots.  Single racks also available for only $30.  This is a great way to organize your papers in color groups, by child, by holiday or any other way you can imagine.

These gorgeous racks just came in from Ohio.  They are a maple finish and fit 44 paper trays comfortably with 88 different slot choices using pegs for easy arrangement options. There are also embellishment bins available as shown by the 2 on the right.  Racks come with any combination of 44 paper or embellishment trays.  These double racks are no longer available from the manufacturer but their single racks retail for over $300 plus s/h.  This is a great opportunity for the beautiful craft room you've always wanted at an affordable price.  There are limited numbers so don't wait too long to rearrange your dream craft room!!

Challenge Kit Winner

March Challenge Kit winner as voted by customers is Chrisna.  Using the kit she created this super cute double page layout of a little girl and her daddy.  Awwwwwww!  Great job, Chrisna, and everyone else who submitted projects.

I will also add a note that Mary Alice has been unchallenged for several months submitting a card using the Challenge Kit.  She has some competition now and says to the rest of you, "Bring it!"  I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

For those who purchase the kit and do a layout I have an offer.  You may purchase an Add-on Challenge Kit.  Pay $2 more ($8 total for your kit) and you may submit 2 projects from the same kit.  You may choose any two of the following three catagories: 1) layout,  2) card or 3) other.

So now, in the words of MAL, "Bring it!"

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Latest Reduce Challenge

R1109 – now through May 18 use the following:
1)     silver
2)     stamp pad or paint
3)     at least one black and white or sepia and white photo
4)     something shiny or glittery (you know—bling)
5)     something metal

If you'd like to receive monthly reminders about the Reduce Challenge and other challenges, please call the store at 616-642-6062 or email jrmnash@yahoo.com.

Question About Photo Organization

I recently had the question posed to me about how to orgainize photos.  My advice for organizing photos would be the same advice I give to my customers just starting scrapbooking:  start current.  Under the same philosophy of Dave Ramsey and pay off small debts first...it's encouraging.  You are more likely to remember details and can tuck notes in with the pics.

If you organize your photos by date I would work back from there.  Depending on how many photos you have and how much time you have to work on them do a month, season or year at a time.  So 2011, 2010, etc.  If you organize in a different way then work back from your last trip or the last event.

I would highly recommend that as you go through them you tuck in little cards of notes with dates, names and memories.  Even if you never get them scrapped, they will be helpful to future generations.

P.S. Don't be afraid to get them out with a group and video you going through the pictures.  It's fun to hear everyone else's memories and many hands make light work!

Sorry I don't have photos for this but we're mostly digital.  I will admit that I have mostly avoided the two years we have of #1 before we modernized.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

May Card Class

Arghhh!  For anyone with a blog using Google Chrome you may want to use Firefox to edit unless you know HTML!  I don't, in case you wondered. For those of you who don't know or care what Chrome is just skip this and look at the pretty picture below :)

Missy has had her cards for next class here for a week and I haven't been able to figure how to update.  We're good now.  So, without further ado...

Monday, February 21, 2011

March Layout Class

Third Thursday monthly at 12:30.  Kits available any time after class.
$10 for a 2-page layout.  Pre-register and bring your favorite adhesives.

This class will include stamping as an embellishment and some fun ribbon ideas!

March Card Class-Six Sweet and Simple Cards

First Friday and previous Thursday every month.  
Both classes now officially at 1:00 pm.
You may make arrangements to come any time Thursday or Friday.
March card class fall on Thursday, March 3rd and Friday, March 4th.  
You will make six cards with envelopes with all pieces parts pre-cut and 
ready to punch, emboss or otherwise embellish.
Pre-register and don't forget your adhesive!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Single Inspiration

You may not believe it but I rarely have time to scrapbook.  When I do it's often because someone else sets a goal/deadline for me.  (Yay for SoulScrappers!)  This challenge is a list of items much like my Reduce Challenge to you.  Anyway, after finding the perfect picture of Elizabeth just longing to go out in the snow it kind of just all came together.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Card Class this Thursday/Friday

This Thursday beginning at 12:30 January Card Class will be available. 
Missy has 3 Valentine/love cards and 3 other cards for this class all pre-cut and
ready for you to stamp, punch and embellish. 
Cost is only $13, including envelopes.

Make sure to sign up so Missy knows how many kits to make up and

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Too Many Photos

I just love digital.  I can take millions of pictures (give or take) and usually get that one perfect shot.  No more paying to develop the picture of your child grabbing the camera or your left shoe or even the inside of the camera bag.  See....perfect shot:

The problem is that I then have the million pictures (give or take) and I have to go through them all when scrapbooking.  I have blurry ones and ones with a child picking her nose, a messy garage in the background and the ever-popular one or all children not looking! 

So, although I don't really do New Year Resolutions I am going to clean up my photos.  Every day I get on the computer I am going to go through one month's photos starting today with January 2011.  I am only keeping pictures good enough to frame or scrapbook.  My husband will be shocked that I have more space on my computer!  I hope this will help me save time when I go to print my photos.  I'll keep you posted...

Monday, January 10, 2011

Christmas in FL

I guess with 5 kids you no longer get those stock model-type photos for Christmas :)  A few of the kids and all the dolls smiling and looking at the camera is what I am learning to be content with lately.  Where is Melissa of Signature Studios when I need her?  I suppose we can't afford to have her come to all our holiday and special occasion gatherings....

December Winner

OK, so it's not a wonderful picture but think no less of the layout.  Cecelia was voted as the winner by you for last month's challenge kit.  Yay!