Sunday, December 28, 2008
I know that it has been a very long time since I have posted our "Scrappin On Sundays" ...glad to be back...
I hope that everyone has had a great Holiday Season and just like me...looking forward to a Happy New Year.
We have a few sales going on that we hope...will be of great interest
Our DON'T MAKE US COUNT IT SALE started today...this is to help us out with inventory (which we dread doing next month)
With this sale...Papers and stickers are 25% off and our retired section is 80% off and we have been adding more to the retired section to make room for new merchandise
Speaking of new...we just put out the new Basic Grey "Bittersweet"...papers and embellishments and new Heidi Grace "Valentine's Day" papers and embellishments....so we are getting ready for your Valentine's Day crafting needs
For classes...we have Basics this Tuesday night and that will be it for classes for this year.
Make sure to look out for our new calendar and Breeze which should be available by the end of next week
Our...DO NOT MAKE US COUNT IT SALE ends on January 12, 2009...so make sure to stop in and see us.
Happy New Year to you all
Friday, December 26, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
*BOGO sale is for regular priced, in-stock merchandise only. Not valid on prior orders or holds, clearance, Cookie Cutters, alphabets, 12" borders, November 2008 release shapes, or December 2008 release shapes. Consult store for further details.
Friday, December 12, 2008
- Metal bucket by EK
- Patterned Paper by Basic Grey
- Stickers by American Crafts and Basic Grey
- Rub Ons by Creative Imaginations
- Ribbons by Maya Road and unknown
- Super Tape by ThermOWeb
(Did you know W.C.S. sells this particular white bucket and other plain paint cans? They come in gallon, quart, and pint sizes.)
The first thing I did was measure the diameter of the lid and cut out a circle to adhere to the top. Then I cut paper strips to go on the sides of the bucket. My bucket took 2-12 inch long strips to go all the way around. In the end, however, I only used 3 sheets of patterned paper! When adhering the paper to the metal I recommend using ThermOWeb's Super Tape and place it completely around the edges of the paper. It is strong enough to keep the paper in place despite some wear and tear. After the paper is on, embellish with stickers, rub ons, Stickles, or whatever you would like.
My animal toy bucket took only about 30 minutes start to finish. It was a great quick and easy gift with a big impact. I know my little girls will love toting it around the house. With busy schedules and a shrinking time frame, quick and easy is the way to go!
Friday, December 5, 2008
I turned my photo black & white (well most of it anyway… more on that later) so I chose paper and embellishments that went with the mood I was going for. Journaling on your photo is easy with the American Crafts Slick Writer. That pen will write on any slick surface… plastic, glass, etc. Completely underrated embellishments, in my opinion, are the 7 Gypsies Grafter Tapes. They are just like sticker borders but made of fabric and are self adhesive. They add great texture to your pages. Instead of cutting off a piece of the grafter tape, I also rip it off to get the nice raw edge. I recommend giving the grafter tapes another look!
Supplies (mostly from my stash):
Pink Paisley patterned paper
7 Gypsies grafter tape and twill sticker
Scenic Route chipboard letters
Heidi Swapp ghost snowflakes
American Crafts Slick Writer pen
In case you were wondering how I got my daughter in color and the rest of the photo is in black and white, the technique is not as hard as you think. Sesil and I would be happy to show you how to accomplish that in our Get Digi class at Windy City Scrapbooking. No, I am not going to tell now… I am not going to spoil all the class surprises!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
*Promotions valid on non-sale IN-STOCK merchandise only. Not valid on previous purchases, sale prices, or special orders. No rain checks. Quantities are limited. Other restrictions apply! Not vaild with Bazzill Bling, scalloped, or other specialty cardstock.
**Promotions valid on non-sale IN-STOCK merchandise only. Not valid on previous purchases, sale prices, or special orders. No rain checks. Quantities are limited. Other restrictions apply.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Happy Holidays everyone...
So we are officially in the Holiday Season and I am really excited about all that is in store.
I had to take some time off this week and I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into Windy City to see all of the new items that had come in...
Where shall I begin...
This was a favorite of mine at CHA this past summer and I am proud to say that we have it...we have the Night Light, Weathervane and Good Cheer collections and the collections consist of double sided papers, acrylic stamps, stickers and rub-ons.
Her new line has come in for those wanting to get a jump start on Valentine's Day or for those of you who are like me, just like to collect new product (LOL)...there are new double sided papers, stamps and transparency papers
We have new filigree papers in from Chatterbox and it is really cute...reminds me of the KI Memories Lace Papers just in different colors and patterns.
Make sure to stop in and see all that is NEW.
Classes are as follows for this week:
I will be teaching Basics on Tuesday night(Dec. 2nd), and also my Create L.O.V.E. class on Sunday(Dec. 7th).
Sesil has her Digi clas on Thursday(Dec. 4th) and Angie will be teaching her Altered Envelopes class on Saturday(Dec. 6th)...just give us a call to reserve your spot.
For all of you Quickutz Lovers...
The Silhouette Digital Craft Cutter is going to be on promotion for $199.99 originally priced at $369.99.
The Revolution is still on promotion for $39.99 originally priced at $149.99
One of these or both would make a great gift for someone or for yourself.
We are also having our Holiday Card Swap on Sunday, December 7th at 3:30pm...if you are interested, just give us a call to sign up...the swap is FREE and all you have to do is create 6 holiday cards(total) to swap out with the group...there is still space available.
Do not forget...even though we do not have any crops for this month, you are still able to come and use the crop room...just make sure to check our calendar on our website for classroom availability...as long as there is not a class then you are able to come in and use our classroom.
Let us know if we may assist you in anyway this holiday season
Windy City Scrapbooking Team Member
Friday, November 28, 2008
Windy City Scrapbooking was busy, busy this morning. However we still have a couple QuicKutz Silhouettes at the special sale price of $149.99 (regularly $369.99). This price is good for TODAY ONLY (Friday, November 28, 2008)! We are also offering 20% off your entire purchase for the rest of the day. And we have some of our albums on sale for just $12, again today only. Hurry if you have your eye on something special for yourself or a loved one!
Our sketch today is a display of 4-4x6 photos, one is trimmed down to 4x2. The title is split in half and runs across the top of the photos and then continues down the side. The split title is unified with an accent.
For my layout I decided to go festive and work with photos from last year's Lincoln Park Zoo's ZooLights. I took a minimalist approach and used only 1 piece of older paper by Scenic Route, glitter letter stickers by Me & My Big Ideas, a chipboard star by Heidi Swapp, stamps by Luxe and Maya Road, and finally the Uniball White pen.
I don't pull out my stamps for scrapbooking enough. I use them a lot for cards and other smaller projects but they are great for layouts too! I used the fun Luxe border stamps with a bright silver ink to outline my photo box. To make sure I didn't stamp on my photos I put down a piece of scrap paper that covered the photos and stamped away.
There are a great line up of stamping techniques that can be used on scrapbooking pages. To learn more about your stamping options take Acrylic Stamp Challenge at Windy City. In that class you will make 4 cards and 1 12x12 layout using different stamping techniques. There are dates coming up in 2009; check the website for more details.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
We have lots in store for November 28th -- we open at 8 a.m. to get you the best in scrapbooking Chicago has to offer!!!
Store Specials (throughout the day):
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Melodee Langworthy is such a great inspiration on how to use the stamps that we have and how to incorporate them into our projects. She is also doing videos on how to complete the album. LOVE HER. I am working on mine right now it's not to late to start. Here is the link.
Another thankful class is by Teresa Collins. Love the way she shows you some great ideas on how to use her product line. She has all the directions and wonderful pictures to make her Thankful album. Here is the link.
As you may know, both of these classes were inspired by our very own Susan Dallas. Both Melodee and Teresa are good friends with us at Windy City Scrapbooking and we love what they have created. I would love to see some of the albums that you create from taking these classes. Please send pictures to email@example.com and I would like to post what you have created on our blog.
So from our family to yours have a great Thanksgiving. I will see you in two weeks. I have to get my house presentable for Thanksgiving...so enjoy. I will have some great videos to share in December. Get ready for the holiday season it is just around the corner.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I want to start off by sending big "THANK YOUS" to everyone who stopped by this past Saturday for our Customer Appreciation Day. Customers enjoyed mini massages, mini makeovers, mini cupcakes and even had a visit from my 'mini mes' (Alex and Allegra were with me as I stopped in) along with sales, and an all around great time. This was one of the last events that our beloved Susan took the time to plan and I think she would have been very happy with how things turned out...her spirit was definitely there and always will be.
Please continue to keep her family and friends in your prayers...
Here are our classes for this week
Holiday Tags on Monday at 6pm with Jen
Beyond the Basics on Tuesday at 6:30pm with me
Basics on Thursday at 12pm with Sesil
Birthday Rolodex at 6:45pm with Michaelene
Invitations and more on Friday at 6pm with Sesil
Home Mini Book next Sunday at 12pm with Jen
Holiday Planner next Sunday at 2:30pm with me
You may call us to reserve your spots in class or stop in to register
Our December calendar of classes will be posted very soon on our website
Speaking of classes, I wanted to share with you a Gratitude album blog class that Melodee Langworthy is hosting on her blog...the album was inspired by Susan...you may go to her blog site at http://www.melodeelangworthy.typepad.com/
Teresa Collins has also posted on her blog directions to her Gratitude album that was inspired by Susan as well(you have to scroll down to the November 6th & 7th post) http://teresacollins.typepad.com/
Both of these directions are FREE...I do plan on doing both and I would love for to share what you made once you get the directions.
Supplies for both projects are available at Windy City Scrapbooking
This Saturday, November 22nd will be the last crop of the year at Windy City. It is an ALL DAY crop for $35 and we will provide lunch and dinner along with giveaways and raffles...not sure if all the spots are taken so make sure to call us if you want a spot.
Turkey Bucks started today at Windy City Scrapbooking. For every $25 (pre-tax) you spend, you will earn a turkey buck that can be used on a future purchase and do not forget, you will also be earning your loyalty points from your purchases from now until the end of the year.
Wacky Wednesday for this week is 40% off all of LUXE acrylic stamps...I can not wait for this as I have had my eye on a couple of them
We are also having a HUGE SALE on Quickutz dies whereas alot of our 2x2 and 4x4 dies are 40% off and so are some of the alphabets...the Revolution is also still on promotion for 39.99 so make sure to stop in or give us a call for all of your Quickutz needs
Do not forget to check out our website at http://windycityscrapbooking.com/ and do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
As we approach the Holiday Season, do not forget that Windy City Scrapbooking has alot to offer to meet your holiday needs...from card making and gift giving, we have it. You may stop in and create a WISH LIST for a loved one to come in and shop for you or you may come in and shop off of a loved one's WISH LIST...and we are more than willing to assist you.
Keep in mind that we also have gift certificates available as well
Friday, November 14, 2008
This holiday season try making some gifts with your children... a card for their teacher, a mini album for the grandparents, a frame for dad's desk. There are many great ways to include the kids and they will have a great time too! If you are having trouble coming up with kid-friendly ideas, just ask the staff at Windy City Scrapbooking to point you in the right direction.
Ok, now onto the sketch! The November guest designer sketch didn't happen last week but there is no reason to waste a perfectly good sketch. Plus I had to stick to my challenge of starting my Disney photos. This one is a 2-page layout, 8.5 x 11. There is one focal photo and journaling on the first page and then a series of smaller photos on the second page. You will see I chose to change some of those smaller photos to blank space and embellishments.
Using memorabilia from a vacation is a great way to add a personal touch to your pages. Every vacation I take I designate a plastic bag as the "paper bag". I pick up brochures, ticket stubs, receipts, etc throughout and put them in the paper bag for safe keeping. When back home I pull out the bag while I scrapbook to incorporate the goodies into my pages. Try the paper bag on your next trip!
If you recently took or are planning a trip to Disney be sure to check out Angie's new class "Doing Disney". In the class you will complete a 2-page layout featuring Disney themed pattern paper and stickers. The class will also discuss an organizing principle for scrapbooking an entire trip to Disney World. This class is coming in January and is not to be missed by Disney vacationers!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
See you on Saturday for Customer Appreciation Day.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I know it has been a long time since I have done Scrapping On Sundays...so good to be back.
I first want to personally thank each and everyone of our blog readers for all of the prayers, hugs, and love that you have sent our way here at Windy City Scrapbooking....it has been difficult for us, and just knowing that we have such a good support system from all of you makes it a little easier and for that...I thank you. Susan touched all of our lives in a very special way, and she will never be forgotten...I am not saying goodbye to her as I will continue to talk to her everyday as I have always done since I have known her...we will see each other again...
Things have been busy at Windy City as always...
For classes this week, Melissa is doing her Acrylic Stamp Challenge... For those of you who are looking to do more and learn more about acrylic stamps... Here is your chance!
I will be teaching Basics this week so if you know anyone who is looking to get into scrapbooking, have them give us a call to sign up themselves up... Keep in mind, our Basic classes are FREE.
Sesil will be teaching her Get Digi class (featuring Adobe Photoshop CS)... so for all of you who wanted to start to learn more about Digital Scrapbooking... Call and sign up for this class!!! If you are using Adobe Photoshop Elements, Melissa's version of Get Digi will be offered again soon. We will have Crop Night this Friday and there is still space available... Jen and I will be your hostesses for the evening.
On Saturday, November 15th, Windy City Scrapbooking will be hosting a "CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY" and will be celebrating YOU... our CUSTOMERS. The day will be filled with projects, make and takes, massages, makeovers and much more. Make sure you check our blog and our website as we will post more about the event in the days to come and also check out http://www.cropscene.com/ for more information.
As far as new product that has arrived at our store... Let me see...
We have the new ALI EDWARDS acrylic stamps that were posted on her blog a few weeks ago...
We also have the 7 Gypsies new monogram self inking stampers, new acrylic stamps and more ATC goodies. We have Creative Imaginations Lego papers and embellishments, Crate Paper Prudence and Lemon Grass collections... both are great for doing fall pages. Chatterbox has surprised us with their new "Together" collection which has cute papers, embellishments and storage boxes that are flocked with flourishes. Speaking of flocked... Doodlebug came out with flocked polka dotted paper called La-Di-Dot papers in a wide range of colors.
We also received the Tim Holtz Distressed Stickles...which happened to be one of my favorite new items from the past week.
Now you know...I do not have photos so make sure to stop and see the new items as things always look better in person. Also when you stop in, if you have any stories that you would like to share of your Susan encounters with her son, Evan, take the time to write them down in our special memorial area. We will be putting a scrapbook together for her son Evan of all of our memories of her
Have a great week everone
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. Alternatively, funds may be donated in support of Susan’s young son, Evan Dallas. Checks can be made payable to Evan Dallas and dropped off at the store or mailed to the store. If you are local, and plan on attending the memorial service a request is to bring can goods to help out with the church's Thanksgiving Basket/Project Share.
Thank you again for all the loving support. Keep Susan's family in your thoughts and prayers.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
There will be a memorial gathering to share the wonderful life of Susan this Friday, November 7th from 6 to 9 p.m. with a short service during the evening at North Suburban Evangelical Free Church (northsub.com).Please feel free to come to the memorial gathering anytime between 6 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association in the memory of Susan Dallas.
Please keep Susan's family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you! We love you, Susan!
Friday, October 31, 2008
If you are interested in learning more about digital scrapbooking, Windy City Scrapbooking now offers digital scrapbooking classes. Sesil teaches our "Get Digi" class with Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 3 and I teach the same class with Adobe Photoshop Elements 6. Right now we offer this intro-to-digital class; in the next several months we may consider a more advanced class. Check out our website and class calendar for more details!
Monday, October 27, 2008
You must go to our website http://www.windycityscrapbooking.com/Coupon.htm and print it out!
The reason I am telling you about it is because this is a great time to get a leg up on your holiday cards!!! All glitter, foil, and glazed papers are $1!!!!
Stock up on all glitter, foil, and glazed papers with a regular price over $.99. Coupon valid on in-stock merchandise only and MUST BE PRESENTED at the time of sale. While supplies last, Other restrictions apply.
That includes the glitter papers from Doodlebug! All the new Best Creations we got in-wedding,sports, holidays! And all the Heidi Grace papers that are glazed! There are LOTS of these papers through out the store!
Don't know where they are--ASK! We will help you find them!
This coupon is only good until October 31st, 2008 until 5:00 p.m.--Don't wait, RUN to Windy City and stock up on these fun papers!!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Tomorrow, October 27th is our last Manic Monday of the Month-- To complement your Halloween pages (or just to add some orange to a page) all* Simply Luxe ORANGE papers, Simply Luxe ORANGE alphabet stickers, and Simply Luxe ORANGE Jotters are 31% off!*In-stock, regular priced items only. Other restrictions apply
Tuesday, October 28th is T-SHIRT day--Wear your Windy City Scrapbooking you can choose one Halloween product and get 50% off that product!!
Thursday, October 30th is Stitchery with Angie and I think she has one more spot open!Call the store to reserve your spot now!
Friday is Halloween and we will be closing at 5:00 p.m. so we can all go trick or treating too!
Saturday we Melissa has two great classes she will be teaching- Get Digi and also Mom's Reminder book! Check out our website to learn more about these awesome classes!
We have lots of NEW product in! One of the items we know some of you have been waiting on is The Slice--well, we have it in stock! We also have all the extras to go along with it!
So this has been your SOS for the week and we hope to see you this week!
(in case you have not figured it out--I am stepping in for Alraynita!)
Friday, October 24, 2008
The sketch is for a 2-page 8.5 x 11 layout but you could easily change it to a 12x12 spread. Turn grid of elements/photos to 3x3 and change the focal photo to 8x10. That brings me to my next point... not all the rectangles on page 2 need to be photos. They can also be patterned paper, journaling, or whatever! You're creative, you'll figure out what is best!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
"Perfect" by Cheryl H.
Papers and chipboard alpha letters from the KI memories travel clipboard kit
Making memories tiny alphabet
Office supplied cool columns ivory by imagination project
"Pretty Young Thang" by Sylvia S.
Background - a recycled postal service priority box
Patterned Paper - Heidi Swapp
Letters - Thickers - vinyl
Butterflies - Making Memories
"Love" Journaling Block - Maya Road
Flourish - Made using The Crafters Workshop stencil, Stickles and recycled transparency from an acrylic stamp set.
Journaling reads: "I'm beginning to see less of my precocious little girl and more of a young lady".
"Apple Picking" by Alexandra M.
solid cardstock: Bazzill
stickers:Basic Grey's Beat It
red flocked paper and crushed velvet red brad: Doodlebug Design
acrylic stamp: Autumn Leaves
inkpad:Versa Magic ( Jumbo Java)
3 red brads:American Crafts
"Nemesis" by Christina V.
"My Angel" by Melissa B.
Bazzill Bling Cardstock
Basic Grey Patterned Papers, Rub Ons, and Brads
Creative Imaginations die cut paper
Tim Holtz Grundge Board
Heidi Swapp Flower
Making Memories journaling notebook
Uniball white pen
Thank you to all who submitted a layout! I think it is so wonderful to showcase the talents of our customers. As promised I will have some blog candy for you at the store. It will be available after Sunday, October 19th.
There will be another guest designer challenge posted soon, watch the blog for details! Have a great weekend!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I thought I would share a few pictures of some of the new items!
For those of you who love Basicgrey we just got in the full line of Urban Prairie and Granola!!!
And for those of you who have waited to buy a QuicKutz Revolution now is the time!!
For a limited time it is on promotion for $39.99!!! This is just in time for the holidays!!
And I just wanted to mention for new stuff came in from Maya Road! Lots of new mini albums--so now you time to work on your holiday projects!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I love new products that come into the store so it should come as no surprise that I chose the brand new Basic Grey Urban Prairie papers, stickers, and brads for my layout. Sesil, Cheryl, and I just put the new Urban Prairie and Granola collections from Basic Grey on the floor Thursday evening!
Basic Grey Urban Prairie patterned papers
KI Memories Glitter Lace paper
Basic Grey Urban Prairie stickers
Basic Grey Urban Prairie brads
Bazzill stretchy gingham ribbon
Maya Road flower gems
Supplies from my stash:
Making Memories metal frame
American Crafts Thicker Stickers
I used a circle shaped journaling sticker but decided to use a metal frame over the top that has been in my drawer WAY TOO LONG! Sometimes I will just pull out something in my collection and challenge myself to use it on a layout. That metal frame was my challenge for this layout.
To border the photo block I used a combination of a sticker and ribbon. I accented the sticker with the small brads.
Overall this layout took me about 15 minutes to complete once I had my supplies chosen. Gotta love a quick beautiful layout!
Don't forget about the October Guest Designer sketch. Email your layouts by Wednesday, October 15, 2008 to be published on our blog. I will have some blog candy for everyone that enters!