Sunday, December 28, 2008

Scrappin On Sundays

Hello everyone...

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 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, make sure to stop in and see us.

Happy New Year to you all


Friday, December 26, 2008

Full Circle Friday

Before I begin my last Full Circle Friday of the year, I have a big announcement for the store...

Gift Certificate Redemption Days*
December 26th & 27th, 2008

If you were lucky enough to receive a holiday gift certificate or have a certificate you haven't redeemed yet, come shop on December 26th or 27th and receive 30% off your entire purchase when redeeming a gift certificate! More special gift certificate redemption days will follow in 2009! Watch our website for more information!

*Does not apply to gift certificates purchased after 12/24/08.

I started a little annual project last year for the grandparents. Every year I make a 2-page layout for each month featuring my two little beauties. This year I did it all 100% digital but this project could easily be completed traditionally with papers and tactile embellishments. Even if you do no other scrapbooking throughout the year, you can complete this project for your own family in as little as a week. Here is the process:

Step 1 (1-2 days) - Develop 2-4 different templates using anywhere from 8-15 photos each. My 3 templates each have a different number of photos to accommodate months with lots of photos and months with not so many photos.

Step 2 (1-2 days) - Gather your photos. Edit them, print them and organize them into the months.

Step 3 (1 day) - Gather your supplies. To make it easy, chose one set of papers from a manufacturer and the matching embellishements. Make sure to get an album too.

Step 4 (4-5 days) - Assemble, assemble. Put those layouts together and put them in a book.

For my 2008 book, here are my three templates:

Okay, now for the final outcome:

You can do it! You can record your memories for an entire year! Ask our staff if you have any further questions on how to get started. Good luck!

Monday, December 15, 2008

More BIG Sales!

Yesterday started two new HUGE sales!

From now until December 24, 2008 you get
40% off every mini-album!
Acrylic, chipboard, bound with binder rings or metal coils... they are all on sale.
Making a mini album for a loved one is a great holiday gift and you can finish one quickly.
Don't know what qualifies as a mini-album? Just ask our staff.

Calling all QuicKutz QT Members:
Buy one 2x2 or 4x4 shape with your regular 30% discount, get the second shape FREE!*
This sale is for QuicKutz QT Members only.
You can join the QT's at any time, call the store for more details.

*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

Full Circle Friday - Well, sort of

We are going to take a break from the sketch this week. I am working on a ton of gifts right now and thought I would share a couple. This week I created a bucket for my girls to hold all their hundreds of little plastic animals. The collection is outgrowing the little tupperware where they are currently stored. This concept can be adapted to hold small toys of all kinds... cars, princess, Barbie accessories, crayons & markers, etc. The ideas don't stop at children. Use the bucket to hold a spa set for a friend or teenager, a family-movie-night kit for a neighbor, or just use it as fun gift wrapping!


  • 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

Full Circle Friday

This week I pose the question “Why can’t your photo act as the background of the layout?” Our sketch this week is one photo that covers an entire 8.5x11 page. With so many companies now printing enlargements and so many personal photo printers out there it is easy to blow up that favorite photo and use it as the background of a page. This technique is not limited to 8.5x11. Try this on a 12x12, 8x8, or 6x6 layout. The trick here is not to cover up the focus of your photograph. Place the title, journaling, and accents in the photo’s white space, or in other terms, the background part of your photo.

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
ThermOWeb Zots
Scrap paper

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

Yes Virginia, It is One Big Sale!

Just announced from W.C.S.! Today starts the first of a series of December 2008 sales. The first event is great for holiday cards, gifts, or just holiday scrapbook pages:

Holiday Sale*!!!!
December 4th - 13th
Purchase $20 of Holiday Products (Christmas or Hanukkah), get 10 sheets of regular 12x12 Bazzill (reg. price $.55) FREE!
Did I mention the brand new October Afternoon has a Christmas collection?

QuicKutz Silhouette December Special!**
Through December 23rd, 2008 only!
(regular price $369.99)
We only have a few at this price, so shop early!

By the way, today is a DOUBLE POINTS day.
For every dollar you spend pre-tax you get two points instead of one. Collect 250 points for a 20% Off coupon. Collect 1000 points to become a member of our VIP Club!

*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

Scrappin On Sundays

on a Monday...

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 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