Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Be Mine Line Project Idea

Gosh, this is adorable and So Easy!  This idea was on the Better Homes and Garden site. 

Heart Garland

String a heart garland on a headboard or mantel. To create the garland, cut similarly sized hearts from scrapbook paper. Cut another set slightly smaller than the first. Glue each small heart on top of a large heart. With a hole punch, punch a hole on either side of each heart. Thread string through the holes in the hearts.

 (sew around the smaller heart to give it a little something else)

Check out our new Be Mine Line Valentine papers for this project.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday Photos

The holidays are here and Scrapbook Etc had a great online article for holiday photo taking.  These are some great tips:

Capture Excitement by Photographing Kids Opening Presents
Snapping photos of kids as they open their much-anticipated presents is an easy way to get emotion-packed photos. Keep your camera trained on your subject as he or she opens a gift -- the more photos you take, the more likely you are to capture a priceless expression.

Take Photos of Holiday Lights
To capture the twinkle of holiday lights, there's one trick you have to try: Turn off your flash!

Photograph Quiet Moments
While it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, don't forget to step back and capture quiet moments, like Grandpa reading to his grandson. You'll get especially priceless shots if your subjects don't know they're being photographed.

Take Portrait-Style Holiday Photos
Instead of taking just a head shot, snap photos of your kids enjoying holiday treats. Ask your son or daughter to smile midbite for a delicious seasonal portrait.

Take Holiday Photos from a low Level to Catch all the Action
For better photos of your kids enjoying the holidays, get down on their level.

Photograph the Details
Make time to photograph the details, such as your favorite holiday decoration or the place settings around the table. For best results, shoot these photos during the day.

Photograph Kids at Play
After the excitement of opening presents has passed, grab your camera and snap photos of family members enjoying their new gifts.

With these tips, you'll have wonderful pictures to scrap in the New Year!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Goodies on the Way

I am excited to say that we will have some new goodies on the way.... Bazzill Cardstock.... Echo Park Be Mine Line.... Mod Podge and foam brushes....rhinestones....more adhesive.... Oh this will be fun!  I'll be sure to let everyone know when it arrives! 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Looking Forward.....

There are only 2 weeks until Christmas and 3 weeks until New Years Eve!  It is hard to believe that this year has flown by so fast.  Our last crop of 2010 was last night and we won't have another class until the New Year.  Of course that isn't far away but it seems like it :)  We have lots of plans for the New Year, so we hope that you're able to join in on the fun that we will be bringing to Paper! Paper! 

Many more classes
Lots more Crops
12 Hour Crops
Special Gatherings for our Customers
Make n' Takes
Kid's Classes

We have all sorts of ideas - I won't give away too many details - I'll just say that we hope to have a wonderful time with all of you in 2011 and beyond!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Busy Little Scrapbook Store

Busy little shoppers have been in and out scooping up the Christmas paper to make cards and goodies for friends and family.  I love to see what people buy and I love that people want to share their ideas for projects.  Hearing about people's craftiness makes me excited!  Why I love this job... I like to craft too, but I like even more that my shop can inspire people to make wonderful things.  With help from Meg making great scrapbook layout designs and myself making gift bags, wreaths, and Christmas tree ornaments, people come in and say "what a great idea and I want to do that" :) 

Between the classes, crops, and shoppers I try to find time to keep up with my school work.  The end of the semester is upon me and on my two days off tomorrow and Tuesday, I will be writing two 5 page papers to finish up my classes.  Looking forward to the winter break before classes start in January that are going to be quick paced 7 weeks courses.  I will enjoy the time off for now :)  I have been late getting out the newsletter this month because of the timing of the end of the semester, but it will be done and emailed very soon! :)

We finally were able to decorate our Christmas tree after it had been in the stand for a week so I wanted to share some pictures :)  We have a wonderful collection of old and new ornaments.  I'd love to add my paper ornaments to it but I think they look great on display in the store! 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Card Making Class = Awesome

Last night was our first class at Paper! Paper!  These ladies made fabulous cards to give to family and friends!  A big thanks to Meg for being a wonderful teacher.....  

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Post Holiday Tummy & Black Friday!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  Ours was really delightful, spending time with my parents and playing games. I could barely fit into my jeans the next day for our Black Friday Event, but luckily with a bit of strength I found from the turkey protein, I managed to get into them!  Black Friday was fun!  I think most people are at the malls, but we still had shoppers having cider, making make n' takes, and buying for their secret Santa gifts!  Now starts the holiday season!  If we could just get some snow rather than 55 degree weather with rain, that would be perfect!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thankful for....

We are so thankful for our customers.  Thank you for supporting Paper! Paper! over the last 4 months.  It has already been a wonderful experience and I have already met so many wonderful people, I can't imagine what another 4 months will bring.  I'm thankful that I can bring crops and classes to people where you all meet one another and share stories and laugh.  I hope I can create a community of people that can share ideas and preserve memories.  Thank you again!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Beautiful Centerpieces

Great idea from Better Homes and Gardens:

Bands of scrapbooking paper and strings of bells add interest to these store-bought vases. Cut a strip of scrapbooking paper long enough to wrap around your vase and slightly shorter than the height. String bells, buttons, beads, or other embellishments onto embroidery floss, wrap several times around the vase, and tie it to hold the scrapbooking paper in place. Fill the vase with fresh flowers of the season. Line up multiples down the center of your table, or place one at each place setting.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Holiday Table Setting

Had to share this idea.  I found this on Martha Stewart's site and thought it was so cute.  Take a piece of scrapbook paper and cut a triangle in the top right corner and use it as the place card... CUTE!  If the paper is double sided, I say even better!  Cut some plain paper a little smaller than the triangle and attach so you still see the outline of the design on the other side but have a place to write the name.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Ok, so it isn't a winter wonderland out there yet, but here's hoping for snow this year.  I know lots of people dislike the white stuff, but it is impossible to make snow angels and snowmen in the summer/fall/spring.  I know I am grown woman and all but snow makes me feel like a kid again.  It brings me back to the hours upon hours I spent making houses for myself out of the white fluff in the backyard.  I'd be out there after the sun went down and the outside light went on and still enjoy it to this day.  So, since there is no snow, I am creating it with my cards :)  Made 3 today and added a white ribbon to the one I made yesterday... Enjoy :)

Used: Basic Grey Jovial
Echo Park Wintertime
Jillibean Soup Twine

 Zoe had to get in on the action when I was taking pictures and she was looking for some petting :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Crafting Crafting Crafting....

I loved the Christmas wreath so much that I had to make another, so I made this winter wreath.... I love this one more than the last :)  I also made a simple card tonight from the winter line and thought I would share...

Echo Park Wintertime Line
Jillibean Soup Twine

Friday, November 19, 2010

January Layout Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peak at the January Layout class using Echo Park's Wintertime Line.  The class will be held on January 12th.  Stay tuned for more information :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Paper Christmas Wreath

So, I have been this crazy craftin' lady for the past couple days.  Today I finished this paper Christmas wreath using the Basic Grey Jovial Line.  I made it by accordion folding paper and then putting cutouts on top of them.  They are hot glued to a cardboard ring.  I'm really loving it ..... Thinking this should be a class! 

 Winter, Valentine's Day, Spring time.... Oh the possibilities!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Black Friday Event

I'm excited to announce the Paper! Paper! Black Friday event!  25% off everything in the store, Cider, Cookies, and a Free Make n' Take... I made a few of the make n' takes today to show what they will be and then my mom had to get in on the fun too :) 

 This tree is one of our wedding centerpieces... looks great holding the paper heart ornaments!

Paper! Paper! will be open from 10-6 on Black Friday.... Join us after or instead of the craziness :)
Remember the crafter in your life - We have GIFT CERTIFICATES available :)

Holiday Card Making Class at Paper! Paper!

Falala - December 1st at 6:15pm we will be hosting a card making class!  These cards are made using the Basic Grey Jovial Line and they are just too cute!  The class is just $16.00 and you will leave with goodies left over to make more great projects.....You will need to bring a basic kit with you.... for registration and kit info follow this link: http://www.paper-paper.net/Card-Class.html

Friday, November 12, 2010

Crop Night a Success!

We had an awesome crop night on November 5th!  The ladies were all busy scrapping and making their Christmas cards.  It was such a fun time (so much fun that I forgot to take pictures) and I loved having the store filled with wonderful people who were busy chatting and crafting!  We gave away some great papers and brads and even a Paper! Paper! tote bag :)  Thank you to all who attended!  Looking forward to the next one on November 19th... You can sign up for our Crop Nights here:  http://www.paper-paper.net/Payment.html  See you all soon!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Echo Park Wintertime

It's 35 degrees out this morning.  Perfect for introducing the new Echo Park Wintertime Line.  This weather always makes me feel creative... It really makes me want to stay in my jammies all day and craft!  Come on in and check out this great line.  It has all the wonderful blues, whites, and reds of winter :)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

5 on the 5th Crop

Hello Ladies,

We're having a "5 on the 5th Crop"!  On November 5th, our Friday Night Crop is just $5.00! 6-10pm...  We'll also have a couple giveaways!  As always, they'll be snacks and beverages, and 10% off merchandise for every registered cropper during the crop.... Sign up information will be on the website www.paper-paper.net on 10/24/10... Only 8 spots so be sure to register early.  You can also register in the store!  See you there :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Rubber Stamping

Our rubber stamps are quite the popular item at Paper! Paper!  One stamp can make many holiday cards or tags for gifts!  This owl on a branch rubber stamp from Memory Box Co just came in.  All of Memory Box's stamps are made in the USA and have wonderful designs.  You could leave this stamp as is, or color in his scarf red :)  Stamping is a great thing to incorporate into scrapbook pages also!  Stamp and cut out the design, or stamp a scroll coming out from behind your pictures... let your imagination run wild with stamping! 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Little Yellow Bicycle's BoooooVille

This line is great!  Little Yellow Bicycle has such great stuff!  I wanted to share this card idea from http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/.  It uses a frame from the LYB Booville collection.  We have these frames in the store... the possibilites are endless with these... Don't just think about framing a picture.  Frame a stamped image, Frame a flower, Frame a punched imaged.  With all different colors in the package you can use them for other holidays, cards, or layouts too!  Go Crazy! :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sew Good

Ok so I love paper crafting.  Really love it.  But I also like sewing.  I think lots of us that are paper crafters also like working with other materials including cloth.  So sometimes I work on little pillow Christmas Ornaments.  What other projects do you like to work on?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Tim Holtz Product has arrived!

I am just in love.  This product is fabulous!  Such a different twist on the traditional scrapbook.  It is beautiful weather here in Northampton today after days of rain.  The sun is shining, the weather is cool, the leaves are changing, and we are happy crafters :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Scrapbook Tools Storage Solution

Wanted to share this adorable idea from Scrapbooks Etc..  Craft an inexpensive desk caddy for go-to tools and supplies. Clean up cans of all sizes and stick them to a Lazy Susan with heavy-duty adhesive. Wrap the cans in patterned paper for a personal touch. (To eliminate sharp can edges, cover them with masking tape.)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Love for Tim Holtz Products

Tim Holtz products are so fabulous and they are coming to Paper! Paper! soon.  I just put the order in and can't wait to get all the goodies and share them with you!  Fun things to add to your scrapbook pages, cards, and collages!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Crop Nights Are Here!

Our October Calendar is on the website.  You are now able to sign up for crops.  They are $10.00 and include snacks, beverages, and use of several tools, including a Cricut Expression.  Feel free to bring any cartridges you'd like.  Crops are intended for Scrapbookers and card makers and offer a getaway.  You can scrap or make cards and I clean up the mess.  So bring your projects and enjoy the time with other crafters!  See you all soon!

You can register for crops here:  http://www.paper-paper.net/Crops-n--Classes.html by credit/debit card or you can come into the store and register.

All crops must be registered for and paid for ahead of time.  Thanks! :)

The Holidays are Upon Us

Wow!  I can't believe the holidays are right around the corner. What projects is everyone working on?  Cards, placecards, scrap pages?  I have been making paper tags to decorate the store Christmas Trees...It seems early but it will be here before we know it!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Paper! Paper! is bloggin'

Hello All!

It was high time Paper! Paper! started a blog.  So, Here It Is!  First off, thank you to all of those who are supporting us and our efforts to bring you a wonderful scrapbooking/crafting store in Northampton MA.  We in the scrapbooking world are much like family and we love sharing ideas and techniques.  Our customers really are the best!  We will continue bringing fun products in for you to explore and that makes your creativity come alive.  Looking forward to blogging and sharing our journey with all of you!

Happy Crafting!