Monday, August 27, 2007

Scrapbook Expo 2007

Well, another Scrapbook Expo has come & gone! PHEW! LOL!!!

For the first time, this year I worked a booth and what a booth! It was Dollar Scrapbooking and everything was a dollar! One smart woman thought up this idea (buy up overstock, pack up 'em in traveling pods and sell to consumers who are looking for a great buy)and it has been a hit at every consumer event they go to. The lines are unbelievable...VERY LONG but exciting!

This year, Karen Burniston (and her friend, Sandy) was heading up the Chicago booth and what a treat for me! I have admired this woman for a long time - she is a HOF (Creating Keepsakes' Hall of Fame winner in 2002) and had her own line with Creative Imaginations. Currently she teaches around the world and also creates these AWESOME mini album with complicated techniques which I LOVE!! You can find some of her work/technique in some of Rusty Pickle's classes too! So thank you, Karen & Sandy!! It was great getting to know you both! What fun women!!

Also wonderful was the fact that I was able to meet some of my Yahoo friends face-to-face!! I am in two IL groups - IL Scrappers & IL Scrapbook Club. We took pictures:

This is from my IL Scrappers' group. Renee & Nicole worked the booth as well on Saturday. Hey, girls! Great seeing you both!

This picture was taken by my good friend, Beth - thank you, Miss Beth! We made her take this picture since she was in line to buy some of Julie Creek's stuff....we were in line with her! The things we scrapbookers do in order to take a picture! LOL!! I'm on the left, Julie Creek of Creek Bank, Marilyn & Renee! Marilyn and I have been trying to meet up for so long - we were only from the same town until recently when I moved! Renee & Marilyn met outside when they struck up a conversation only to find out that they were in the same Yahoo group! LOL!!! Then Marilyn mentioned that she was looking for me but the Dollar Scrapbook booth was so crowd that she gave up on Friday and wanted to try again (Saturday). Luckily I was on break talking to my friend, Beth, when Renee hooked us up and then this group picture above happened! LOL!! What a story! It was meant to be on Saturday, Marilyn!! Oh, btw...I "borrowed" this picture from Marilyn to post on my blog..heehee!!! Thanks, Marilyn!!

So if there's an event near you - GO! I have met so many of my CKU friends, neighbors and other scrappers from other various crops at this event. Although I don't see many of them over the course of the year, it is so good to catch up with them here! You won't be sorry...and the shopping isn't bad either! LOL!!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Here we go again...

this time since we moved to Schaumburg, our oldest DS is entering junior high school (grades 7 & 8) this academic year! It's a little different as he has already experienced middle school (grades 6, 7 & 8) in Wheaton. He is anixously wanting to move on from elementary school.

This school is organized a little differently as we had done EVERYTHING in one day in Wheaton (photo IDs, touring the classes, practicing the locker combo)...nothing in Schaumburg. Just pickup schedule, purchase school supplies & sportswear and sign up for the PTA...that's it! Tomorrow we have to go back and do the classroom tours, try the locker combo, etc...what's up with that? There was no mention of coming back another day and he's signed up for tennis tomorrow until Thurs - the director of the tennis program let him do this so it's nothing that we can just blow off - UGH! I'm thinking about calling the school to see if we can do this another day...well, it's worth a try! LOL!!

Anyone else changing schools like from elementary to middle/junior school or to high school? How is your student feeling as school is creeping up?

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Paper Wishes....Hot Off The Press!

Yeah!!! I just got my "The Inside Scoop" email from Hot Off The Press tonight!

They were featuring the Tropical Brad Buddies and it got me to thinking about my Flip Flop mini album. In the Paper Wishes catalog, they picked it as part of a kit for their weekly Webisode. So I took a peek and they have it up! It is so exciting to see someone else make many different ideas! Love it! I hope I linked it OK....Enjoy!

Thursday, August 02, 2007


Just got some great news early this morning!!

I got an email from Tammy at Spaark Album (remember that cool album I posted about yesterday?) and she invited me to be a part of their design team!!!!! How exciting!!! Thank you! Thank you! Love that album but now even more! LOL!!

If you're looking for a great album and sick'n tired of those post-bound album, you need to try this one! Keyword is EASY!!

Thanks for letting me share...DH & kids don't get it! LOL!!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

It's August and.....

I'm still talking about CHA! LOL!!

With summer and the boys not being in school, I have to piece meal my posts....they get bored easily (gee, go figure! LOL!!)!

I had the opportunity to meet up with my friends at Glue Arts and can I tell you, they are such nice people! Put a buzz in their ear about a product I dreamt they would do and they LISTENED! Thank you, gentlemen, for that and hope that it can be done :0) They also won an award from CHA - the "Most Innovative Product - CHA Summer 2007!" Congratulations!!! Love this product - a trigger & handle type adhesive runner! Hmm...another on my wish list!

Speaking of innovative, I visited TaDa Creative Studios booth and met the ladies who were behind these beautiful designs! They had 12x12 papers that were laser cut into the paper...just beautiful and works well with the other pattern papers they offer! Go check them out!

OH! I have to mention Spaark albums! WOW! I found an album that I don't have to struggle with (aka POSTS!)!!! LOL!! Their binding system is wonderful! If you'll notice on the side, there are two silver "cuffs" with a slit in each. These slits are angled so that the sheet protectors don't slip out once they are placed in the album (so easy to put in!!). They come in several wonderful colors and in two sizes...8x8 & 12x12. Love their album not only because of binding but you can decorate the cover. I LOVE how my cover turned out...if I do say so myself! LOL!!!

Before....still a beautiful album!

After...more of my style!
Love it!!

If you see these Spaark albums, pick one up! You won't regret it! I'm going to get refills for mine!