Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New from My Mind's Eye!

There are four different color collections in The Sweetest Thing. This is just one of them!

New Product Update!

New totes from Mackinac Moon!


New faith line from Moxie.

Gorgeous new music line from Moxie!

Adorable new stamps and diecuts from Art Gone Wild. The diecuts will cut and score and make these cute little folded circle/squares.

The March 1-3, 2013 Retreat has Sold Out!

The March 1-3, 2013 retreat is currently sold out, however, we are taking a watilist as you never know what may happen in the next few months.  Save the date for November 1-3, 2013 retreat opening next year.

Monday, July 30, 2012

March 1-3, 2012 Retreat is OPEN for Registration!

Join Scrapdoodles for the an incredible 3-day Retreat! Escape with us March 1-3, 2013, for a weekend of make-n-takes, classes, scrapping those beautiful family memories or just create for the weekend with your friends!

This is the perfect time and place to take some time for yourself... Your weekend of scrapbooking includes breakfast and dinner on Saturday, and a champagne brunch on Sunday, a candy bar, a 6 ft x 30 inch table with electricity, wi-fi, an ergonomic chair, spacious crop room, free make and takes, gifts, and prizes, on-site mini-store and so much more!

Your meals will be served in the restaurant with so many amazing choices! Breakfasts will include an omelet station, waffles, cereals, fresh fruits, and muffins while dinner will include soups, deli and vegetarian choices, hot entrees and chef's specialties and a dessert bar!

All of this at the luxurious Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center in Glen Allen Virginia. For hotel registration see below or the sidebar with room rates.

Registration Options:
Early Bird Rate $179.00 expires August 5
After August 5, 2012
Single Payment at Discounted Rate $189.00
Layaway Payment ($50 down) $199.00
Balance due by December 1, 2012.
$50 non-refundable after November 20, 2012.
No refunds after December 31, 2012.

Register by calling 540.548.3788

Registration Opens
Monday, July 30, 2012 @ 10am
Please note that your registration is NOT complete without your registration form. Please do not send checks by mail.

The Hotel & Rate

Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, 1000 Virginia Center Pkwy
Glen Allen, Virginia 23059
Single Room Rate $89 per night
Double Room Rate $99 per night
Triple Room Rate $109 per night
Quad Room Rate $119 per night

Mention code SCRAPDOODLES RETREAT to take advantage of discounted group rate. Reservations must be made by February 1, 2013 to receive the group rate. Reservation Line - (877) 999-3223 or for hotel registration click here.

We look forward to you joining us!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Simple Thank you card kit by SRM

Hi everyone. Hope you all are enjoying your summer. Have you ever wished you had a thank you card ready at your fingertips?  I sure have..can't count how many times I wished I had a card at the ready.  Well, my next class takes care of that problem.  This is a simple card class kit by SRM, using SRM thank you stickers...How many ways can one say "thank you"?....This class will show you 8 ways!  That's right. We will make 7 thank you cards and 1 thank you tag. You need to bring your basic tool kit; double sided sticky tape (score, or similar); pop dots; glue dots or other adhesive to adhere buttons.  Paper and embellies are included in the kit.  At the end of class, you will have completed 7 cards and 1 tag. I have posted pic's showing 7 cards. Tag will be here soon. 

August 11
1:00pm w/Pat



Friday, July 27, 2012

Employee Favorite Product of the Week!

Carley’s Favorite Product: Etch-All etching crème

Between work, school and life itself I do not always have a ton of time for fun scrapbooking projects.  However, the Etch-All crème is simple and fast and can make any small project look like it took hours to make when in reality it only took 15 minutes! First choose your surface that you would like to etch. This can be a piece of glass (like I did on the picture frame), a mirror or a piece of slate. Next, pick out a premade self-adhesive vinyl stencil or make your own using your personal die cutting machine. Then, clean your surface and lay down your stencil where you want it, smoothing it to make sure there are no wrinkles or bubbles. Your next step is applying the crème. Do so with a sponge and lay an even but heavy layer of the crème. Let stand for 15 minutes and then (if desired) return your left over crème to the container. Rinse your etched surface with water and remove the stencil carefully under the water as well. Voila! You have yourself a completed project that was no fuss and completed quickly. Check out the project I completed with the Etch-All crème!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Orange and Blue - and Some Vellum, Too! Design Team Wednesday

It's Karen here for today's Design Team Wednesday with two layouts and a few cards to share.  This first layout uses two sheets of gorgeous blue and orange paper from Quick Quotes Paper Company and one of their Vellum Journaling Strips.  I wasn't sure about the designs on this "Tin Type" line of papers, but loved the blue/orange color combination, so I took a closer look.  I flipped these two sheets over and found, to my delight, a much more subtle pattern that was easy to use.  I cut a die cut flower pattern out of the orange sheet using the Paper Lace Cricut cartridge and added a journaling box from Simple Stories that I had in my stash (it's cut apart behind the photo to make it appear bigger than its original 5x7 size).  I really liked this vellum title strip, but wanted to make it stand out on the page a bit more.  I love how placing colored and/or patterned paper behind the vellum can change the whole look of it - this makes it easy to match to your layout.  I opted for a small polka dot green print.  Adhering vellum can be challenging, too.  I was out of vellum tape, so I decided to just add a couple of stitches to adhere it to the green paper.  I simply threaded a needle with two colors of thread and doubled it up and stitched a few irregular "stars" to attach the vellum to the green paper.  I then could use my regular adhesive to attach the strip to a piece of chipboard (okay it was just some cardboard) and then used glue dots to attach the whole thing to my page.  Basically, I took a $1.00 vellum strip and with a few items I already had in my stash, turned it into a $3.00 embellishment.  Now that's frugal - and pretty, too!   Scrapdoodles has several of these vellum strips to choose from - lots of fun titles/journaling sentiments for your cards and layouts and they are really fun to experiment with.  Stop in soon for the best selection :).

I was also drawn to the same color combination on this Nikki Sivils line of papers called "Messages".  It also sported some cute telephone and typewriter graphics and fun little phrases.  I was excited to use the "You Are Just My Type" title for a layout featuring a recent photo of my husband.  I used one sheet as the background and cut a large shape (from Storybook Cricut cartridge) from a sheet of ledger paper (so cool!).  The other two sheets I picked up had all sorts of graphics on them, including the strips of typewriters and telephones (I just cut them apart and layered 3 strips behind the photo).  I fussy cut the big typewriter and popped it out on the page with foam dots.  The small banner punched out from the die-cut sheet and I threaded a bit of twine through the four pieces to connect them before I adhered it with glue dots onto my page.  I love how this layout turned out.  It was nice to create a page for the man who, after 17 years of marriage, is STILL "my type." :)
Between the "cut-outs" page and the "punch-outs" sheet, I had lots of elements left, so I also created a few quick cards.  I used some plain cardstock from my stash and layered various embellishments to create these three cards.  These literally took just a few minutes to put together and are great "all-purpose" cards.  I especially like the "you light up my life" sentiment - too cute!
You can find these fun papers at Scrapdoodles right now.  Challenge yourself with a new color scheme, have a little fun experimenting with the vellum strips and send a few "messages" to your friends and family.  I think the Nikki Sivils "Messages" papers won't last long, though, so hurry in!   Happy Scrappin'!  Karen

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tessa's Favorite Product

Hello There!

Like many scrapbookers, it was hard to pick just one product as my favorite... I have so many that I love!  I decided to be practical and pick a product that I use often, that has stood the test of time, and has proven to be dependable.  My scrapbook album! :) 

When I was in the market for a new album, I looked at many brands.  I read reviews, I looked at the colors and finishes, and finally I chose a Classic Leather 3-ring album from We R Memory Keepers.  I chose it because of their excellent quality, ease of use, and size. 

I have found over time that the rings are sturdy and do not become loose.  You can add many pages to the book- I currently have about 36 pages in mine and I'm still adding.  The page protectors are also very well made and do not sag out of the bottom of the book.  Along with the regular 12x12 sized protectors, We R Memory Keepers also offers a wide range of pocketed protectors to add to your book. You can even add their 8.5 x 11 pages to your book because all of the holes are the same- easy, right?

I have three different colored albums at this point and would love to pick up a couple more.  They have so many colors to choose from and come out with new styles with each CHA release.  There really is a style for everyone!

As for their size, they are a large, sturdy album.  They are not too large though- lol!  I returned a couple albums that were just too big and would not fit on the shelves where my albums live. 

If you'd like to check out these albums, please come down to the store!  We always have some in stock and if we don't have the right color, we can always special order it with our next shipment of albums.

Hope you have a great day!


Monday, July 16, 2012

Clean and Simple Cards

Good morning, Dawn here with information about a new class that I will be teaching on Saturday 25th August.  We will be making 5 clean and simple cards.  Clean and simple is my favorite style of cards to make because they are quick and easy!

Call the store at 540 548-3788 or stop by to sign up!

Please bring adhesive, trimmer, pop dots and double sided tape.

Clean and Simple Cards
with Dawn
Saturday, August 25th 2012
at 10:30am

Friday, July 13, 2012

Teresa Collins Sweet Afternoon Class

Hi, Dawn here.  Just popping in to tell you about a cute Teresa Collins kit that I will be teaching on Saturday August 25th.  The kit includes a 4 page layout and 2 pretty cards.  It uses the awesome Sweet Afternoon paper line by Teresa Collins.

Date:       Saturday August 25th
Time:        1:30
Cost:        $24
Teacher:  Dawn

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Birds of a Feather

Hi Everybody! Pat here!  I am giving the above 4 page layout class by Quik Quotes, entitled "Birds of a Feather".  I just love birds! So I had to give this class a try.  I fell in love with the color combo of brown, green and lavendar.  There is a little technique involved using the negative image of a flourish die cut.  Kinda cute, if you ask me!  Check out the pic's.  But I must tell you, the layouts are much prettier in person..Stop on by the store and take peek!  See you soon! 

Saturday July 21 
10:30am w/Pat

Pat's Favorite Product

Hi All! Pat here. I am a tool geek. I love scrapbooking tools of all kinds.  Today, I would like to share with you one of my must have tools for all my paper crafting projects.  The tool is the Quickstik by Lifestyle Crafts.  I usually call it, “my pokey thing”, lol.

I love this tool because it is actually 3 tools in 1!  With my arthritis, I have a difficult time placing small pieces where I want them to go.  This tool helps me to accomplish that task with relative ease.

The Quickstik breaks apart into 2 pieces.  One piece has a sticky tacky tip, used to pick up beads, gems, small pieces of paper, or any small embellishment.  Don’t twist the cap with the green sticky tack. Just pull the cap off.  The second piece has 2 ends; a pointed end and a straight edge. The pointed end is used to poke out those tiny little circles on die-cuts, and to help place small gems in place while using the sticky tacky tip.  Use the straightedge to push the piece into place.  Easy peezy. Look at the pictures to see how easy placement can be accomplished.
Poking out small pieces

Picking up gem piece

Placing gem piece

I also use this tool to hold paper in place while gluing backs of letters, so that I don’t get my fingers all sticky.  

The Quikstik by Lifestyle Crafts.  Try it!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Design Team Wednesday #2

Make your own Disney Princesses autograph book

Any Disney Princess would be exited to autograph this super cute pink book!!! I used the KaiserCraft crown mini album. The paper is from Pebbles's "Ever After" collection.  I also used the flourishes, bling, and flowers from KaiserCraft.  The die cuts are all from the Cameo.  I am learning so much from this AWESOME tool!!! (Can you tell how excited I am about the machine?)

This book will also be in the store this weekend. So come on by and check it out!


Design Team Wednesday with Tiffany


I love Disney so much! We just got back and of course I wanted to make a mini album.  I used my newest tool to create almost everything for this album, the Silhouette Cameo.  Do you know how awesome this machine is?! Not only does it have images you can download, but you can also create your images if you can't find what you are looking for.  I made my own Mickey ears by welding three circles together.  You can also use any true type font from the your files or download from the internet.  

The paper I used for the album was from Creative Imaginations.  Of course you know me I always have to use some Tim Holtz Distressing Ink and Stickles!!!

Come by the store and the girls would love to show all the amazing things the Cameo can do. They will  also be able to help you with the paper.  The project will be in the store for you to get an up close look and take some of your own pics this weekend! 

I hope I have inspired you to create!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

All About Me!  A fun class for kids.
Hi Everyone! Hope you all are enjoying your summer!  I have a fun mini album just for kids, entitled "All about Me!" The album is made of chipboard and in the shape of a flower. Each petal displays something special about the budding artist.  No cutting, just paste and stick.  No fuss; no muss.
See you there!

Wednesday July 18
with Pat

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Design Team Wednesday

Happy Independence Day!!!  It's been a crazy week around the area with so many extended power outages.  I hope everyone is back up to full power soon!  Hopefully, you are also enjoying a day off to celebrate America's Independence day.

A couple weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend Jenni Bowlin's mini album class at Scrapdoodles.  She's as sweet as can be and her products are wonderfully vintage inspired, but always fresh and versatile.  I was surprised at the generous class kit.  We went home with lots of extra pieces and even stamp sets.  For today's post, I am sharing a few things I made with the "leftovers" from class.

For this layout, I stamped dots (thank you, for the awesome stamp, Jenni!) on the bottom of my trimmed red cardstock and mounted it onto a black sheet of cardstock.  Everything else, save a couple of black buttons, is pieces left over from Jenni's class kit.  I even used a bit of the packaging (can you guess what?).

I also used some packaging to create the front and back covers for this little notebook that I filled with lined paper and bound with my Cinch.  It will be handy to stick in my purse for when a new idea strikes ;).

I'm pretty sure I'll be using that dotted foam stamp quite a bit!  Such a fun and easy way to add a bit of texture or liven up plain cardstock.  I used it again, this time with white ink, on this card I made with more kit scraps.  Jenni showed us how to make a quick pinwheel for our class project, so I made another for this cute card.  One of the great features of Jenni Bowlin's products is how they separately are very eclectic, but when brought together on a layout or card or any project, they always seem to "go".  So, next time you're in the store, find the Jenni Bowlin stuff (the girls will show you where) and pick out a few favorite pieces.  No matter what you go home with, you'll definitely be inspired for your next project.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy 4th of July

Just a reminder that we will be closed on the 4th of July. Scrapdoodles wishes you a safe and happy holiday!

August Retreat Classes are Open!!!

Life is Beautiful Gate Book

(Photo Coming Soon)

Memories of the Beach Flip Canvas Book

The workshops at the Glen Allen Retreat on August 4 are open for registration. Even if you can't make the retreat, you are welcome to register for the workshops. For more information click here.