Thursday, January 28, 2010

Girl's Night In

It was so fun to have a group of my friends over last night to make Valentine's Day cards! None of them are card makers or scrapbookers so the poor things were in the hands of this rookie to explain to them what a Cuttlebug is, how to use the Cricut, how to stamp and apply ribbons and embellishments! I did the best I could, but I still have a lot to learn. The good thing is that we all had a lot of fun and most of them are planning on coming back on Sunday to finish their cards and work on other projects. I am so happy to have people with me to enjoy this new love of mine! Melissa really surprised me with some ideas-her and I have BIG things planned for the future-stay tuned!

The Scrap Rap!
~Scrap Girl

Friday, January 22, 2010

Schooled in Scrapbook

I had my first ever scrapbooking class last weekend, and it was SO MUCH FUN! There were four other ladies in the class with a lot more scrapbooking and life experiece (I brought down the median age by about half!) than I have and they were so nice! I sat a table with two other ladies and immediately let them know that I am a beginner, and one lady who had just hauled out what appeared to be an industrial size paper cutter, told me "don't worry honey, you are at the remedial table"...ha!

The class was pretty straight forward, the insructor had made a 2 page Valentine's Day themed layout and a Valentine's Day card. There were paper instructions and she walked us through the process of putting eerything together. We had to manually cut all the pieces of a flower and all I could think was, "Why did I buy they fancy Cricut if I am going to have to cut pieces by hand!"....whatever, I managed! I was without a doubt the slow kid in the class and I had A LOT of help from my tablemates! The first class ran from 10-12, but it took me about an extra hour!

There was another class at 1:00 and it was along the same lines as the morning class. All in all it was great fun. I really enjoyed the ladies in the class (especially the one that kept calling herself a dumbass...too cute!) and I am AMAZED at what I walked away with.

All of the papers and embellishments that we used are from Anna Giffith.

Monday, January 18, 2010

I'm Learning that eBay is too EASY!

First let me start by is waaay to easy to shop in your sleep. I managed to win two Cricut cartridges in the middle of the night...papercrafting is officially taking over my life.

I spent some time over the weekend to watch a few videos from the Pink Stamper website. She is my hero! I MUST have everything that the Pink Stamper has so that I can make the same beautiful creations as she does...and here comes the snowball effect. It's not enough that I already have a heart shape on one of my Cricut cartridges, and it certainly isn't enough that I have purchased software to create the exact heart that I want...nope-I need the heart that the Pink Stamper uses and that requires a $20-$30 investment in a new cartridge (surprisingly, this is a VERY good deal, cartridges retail at like $60!).

Not only have I spent time learning how to scrapbook and make cards, I am slowly becoming an expert on how to bid on eBay. My watch list is maxed out at 200 items and I have learned that there is no use in placing a bid before the last 30 seconds of the auction. That is when the real fun begins...its so exciting to bid against people. I have been smart enough to not go over what I plan on spending, then I just watch the other bidders bid against each other and think about how stupid they are for spending over $25 on the Love Struck cartridge because I know that sells it for $19.99 and sells it for $22.84 (with free shipping). Haha...morons! (look who's talking, right!)

I have lost count of how many cartridges to expect in the mail over the next week. At least I will have lots of options when my friends come over to create Valentine's Day Cards!

That's the Scrap Rap!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My First Scrap Chat

Let me start by saying that I am VERY new to scrapbooking! In traditional Kim fashion, I went out and bought everything that I could possibly need to build an entire library of scrapbooks before I had ever even cropped a picture! So now, I am FULLY committed to scrapbooking. I have my first ever scrapbooking class this weekend and realized today that in the class description it states "This class focuses on advanced paper crafting techniques"....oops-I might just be in over my head on this one! Well I am just going to tough it out and see if I can keep up! There is a beginners class on January 21st...that probably would have been a better starting point for me!

Just to give you some background on how I got into the whole scrapbooking started on Black Friday 2009...My sister and I went to Wal-Mart at 0'dark thirty to line up for the great deals! She had seen an infomercial for a Cricut Expression and decided it was something that she just HAD to have...keep in mind that she is also is NOT a scrapbooker. So, Wal-Mart had the Cricut on sale for $180, which I thought was crazy, but it turns out to be a really good deal. We continued to shop at various places and ended up at a Michael's Arts and Crafts store. At Michael's my sister bought 2 Cricut cartridges and cardstock, these purchases also cost an arm and a leg! I spent most of the day giving her a hard time about buying what amounts to a swanky paper cutter.

Well....low and behold, I wake up the next morning and what is on TV...the dang Cricut Expression infomercial-I was hooked (I am a Marketer's dream)! I went online and got a really good deal on the Cricut Expression from It didn't take more than a month for me to be become the proud owner of 6 Cartridges, Sure Cuts A Lot Software, a Cuttlebug, a Zutter Bind it All, a massive amount of paper (thanks for the 50% Hobby Lobby!), stamps, ribbon, brads, embellishments, the Cricut Tool Kit, pop dots and other adhesives....I just can't STOP myself! I spent last night watching Cricut Cartridge auctions on there a support group for this!?!

I have spent most of my "free" Internet time viewing blogs (I Love the My Pink Stamper blog)and You Tube videos on how to scrapbook, how to use my Cuttlebug, the wonders of everything that the Cricut can do, how to stamp, how to tie a bow-seriously, apparently it can be quite challenging.

The worst part of this - my sister, the one who started it all has yet to make any paper craft using the Cricut...aye aye aye...well Wish me luck this weekend at my first ever scrapbooking class!

That's the Scrap Rap!