Monday, March 31, 2008

Our March Contest Winner

Congratulations to Adam Miele!  He's the winner of our March "Luck" Page Contest!  Here's Adam's winning entry:




All of the entries were so very good!  I am just glad that I didn't have to pick!  Congratulations, Adam!

Now's the time to start getting your entries ready for the April Page
Contest.  The theme is spring.  The themes are generic to see
where you'll take them.  So don't read too much into
doesn't have to be Easter, or flowers, or rain.  It can be spring
training, or spring cleaning, or a spring in her step.  Be
creative!  I cannot wait to see what you come up with for next


Fergie is an AMAZING performer!  Truly amazing!  And I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the Gin Blossoms...


Yep, we were that close!  AWESOME!  I'll upload photos to
Flickr shortly.  It was a pretty fun time.  I've never been to
a music festival & it was Kendall & her friend Leah's first
concert ever.  I had to remind them that at normal concerts you
don't typically get front row seats & often need binoculars. 
But we splurged this time because we didn't go anywhere for spring
break...and boy was it WORTH it!  A band called Cowboy Mouth was
probably the best act I have ever seen.  Their music wasn't
particularly my kind, but they played their hearts out & insisted on
audience participation.  Really amazing!  The lead singer,
Fred, reminded me of Meat Loaf...crossed with a little bit of Kevin
James (that dude from King of Queens). 


I actually recognized a lot of the songs from Eve 6...but their amps
were so loud I had to plug my ears....much too loud to enjoy...


I was so tired when I got home yesterday & laid down to take a
nap at 4 pm & woke up at 4:45 this morning.  Still pretty
tired.  I just might be a little old for Rock concerts!  I can
tell you that I can't wait to get my prints back & scrapbook them!

Quick reminder that the No Foolin' Sale starts Thursday.  What's
a No Foolin' Sale you might ask?  Well, EVERYTHING in the store
will be on sale April 3rd through 5th.  You won't want to miss
out!  I'll be sending out an email tomorrow with some important
details...keep an eye out!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Have a Rockin' Weekend!

We're off to see the Duchess....


Sherry, Bridget & Jenna will be holding down the fort!  See you!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

A Happy March Day

Happy birthday to my sweet cousin Jen...I'll be seeing you this weekend...can't wait!


Yesterday was a quite productive day!  I made 4 classes for
April, and well, um, I guess that's all I did.  But that's pretty
productive?  Isn't it?  I'll be posting the April Classes
officially on Monday...if I did it today they'd roll to the March
archives & that's no good.  But here's a peek at what's coming
up...but first, I have to apologize for the picture qulity of
these.  My camera is taking some supremely crappy pictures
today.  The battery is low...maybe that's why?  I hope it
perks back up because we're taking it to Phoenix for the Tempe Music Festival this weekend & I need to take good pictures of Rock Stars...not ones like these...




The three pages above are for Seasonal Celebrations (April Fool's,
Easter & Earth Day) on April 5th at 11 am.  You can take all 3
for $25 or take them individually on Thursdays at noon in April for $10


This is for the Altered Art Accordion Tag Book class on Saturday,
April 12th.  Once you make one, you won't be able to stop!


And this is the Influencial People Challenge class. It's going to be on Tuesday, April 15th.



Take this class on Saturday, April 19th & you'll get to pick out
one of numerous word books & the paper you'd like to use.  Very


And this Gotta Love 'em Mini Book class is on Wednesday, April 16th.




And lastly, these are from the Fast & Easy Pages class on April 30th. 

Sign up for one of these classes or the others being offered in April
by calling the store at 928-526-9292 or stopping by.   Like I
said, the entire class schedule will be here next week...they are
already at the store so you can pick one up there & see the projects
in person!

Just a reminder:  the "No Foolin' Sale" begins next Thursday,
April 3rd and ends Saturday, April 5th!  You definately won't want
to miss it!  We have some fun prizes to award...QuicKutz alphabets,
paper, albums, embellishments, etc. One lucky winner will win a Sedona
Scrapbooking Retreat!  Very cool!


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Beat The Heat Prizes & Contests

The Beat The Heat Shop Hop event is coming soon!  Here are the PRIZES and CONTESTS being offered to all Passport holders:

10 of the 13 participating stores and return your Passport to your Home
Store to be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from your
Home Store and one of the First Prizes.  All 13 stores will award a $25 gift certificate, so there will be 13 winners!

Visit ALL of the participating stores for a chance to win one of the Grand Prizes

  • GRAND PRIZE #1 – a $25 gift certificate from each store, value $350.

  • GRAND PRIZE #2 – a $150 gift basket from Tinkering Ink

  • GRAND PRIZE #3 & #4 – a $150 value Surprise Gift Basket featuring Scrapbook and Rubber Stamp Supplies

Visit 10 of the participating stores for a chance to win one of the First Prizes

  • FIRST PRIZE #1 – a $100 gift basket from Scenic Route Paper

  • FIRST PRIZES #2, 3, 4 – a $100 value Surprise Gift Basket featuring Scrapbook and Rubber Stamp Supplies

  • FIRST PRIZE #7 – a $100 Gift Basket from Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention in Mesa, April 18th & 19th, 2008

To become eligible to win one of the GRAND PRIZES, you must visit all participating stores. 

Select locations will feature Make ‘N Takes, while supplies last.


  • Lasting
    Impressions Project Contest – a chance to win a $25 gift basket for
    the winner of the best creation using Lasting Impressions

  • Lasting
    Impressions Memory Mixer Contest – a chance to win a $30 gift
    certificate to be used on for the winner of the best
    digital layout using Memory Mixer

  • Who Loves Q? Project Contest – a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Quick Quotes

  • Shop Hopper Tour Contest – a chance to win a $50 gift basket from Tinkering Ink

  • Just Meshing Around Art Contest – a chance to win a $50 gift basket from Magic Mesh


Purchase your Passport at your Home Store, you may also purchase a Beat the Heat Hop T-Shirt.  Visit each participating store from Thursday, April 10th, through Sunday, April 20th, 2008.

Have your Passport stamped by each store that you visit (no purchase necessary, one passport per person).  Passport owner must be present to receive stamp from the store.

At time of Passport stamp, present your Passport at register and receive a 15% discount* off your total purchase.  If you wear your Beat the Heat Hop T-Shirt, you will receive an additional 5% discount*.  (*certain items are excluded, please see store for details).

Once you have completed your Shop Hop, take your Passport to your home Store by close of business on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008.  The
store will verify your name, contact information and how many stores
you visited and then detach the Contest Entry Form for you to be
eligible to win.  It is that simple!

Drawings will be held on or before April 30th, 2008.  Winners will be notified by phone and announced on the website:

Congratulations to our winner...

Congratulations to Kelly Miller!  She won our random comment
drawing from the "need your input" post.  Kelly won an 8x8 Rock
Star scrapbook & pack of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.  Thanks to all
who participated!  This was fun...we'll likely be doing that again!


Monday, March 24, 2008

Fun mini books from Tinkering, Ink

So we got in these incredibly cute chipboard/acrylic books from
Tinkering, Ink.  My bunny tea pictures were a perfect excuse to use
one of them!  The pages alternate chipboard & acrylic,
although you could do it however you wish.  Here's a quick sampling
of my book (the rings still need ribbon) may or may not be an
upcoming class but will definitely be on display:


I've never used the glass glitter from Art Institute before. 
LOVED it!  I love the chunky sparkle!  And I only used one
piece of 12x12 print paper for the entire book!  Mostly the
chipboard pages are painted black or pink...there's a little
white.  And there is some ribbon & flowers.


The pink chandelier rub-on's are from Hambly Studios.  They are
so cool on the clear pages and the painted pages...just can't get enough
of them!


And I used the Hambly Studios transparency tags throughout. 
Super cute & super easy to use.  You can write on them with a
Sharpie...gotta love that!  Ooohhh, and the little bitty posies
from Doodlebug Designs are throughout the book.  They're so dainty,
I just love them!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Ribbon Storage

Do you ever wonder what to do with all your ribbon?   Put
it in a jar, cram it in a bag, shove it in a box?  What about using
it as decor:


I saw this at Audra's house this weekend and my initial thought was
WOW!  It's pretty AND functional!  She's using an over the
door hanger with hooks on it.  You can see exactly what you
have.  How AMAZING is that?  Mine is currently stored in two
huge baskets, filled with baggies of ribbon.  Frankly, it's easier
to buy new ribbon than it is to use what I have.  I will definately
be doing this!  How nice to open your closet to a door filled with
beautiful ribbons!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Happy Easter!

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Two Cute Bunny Chicks!, originally uploaded by am&m.

From two cute bunny chicks!

(check out our bunny tea photos by clicking on the flickr link to the left of the screen)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

March Page Contest


Stop by the store before March 31st to cast your vote for your favorite page!  They are SO awesome!  You have to see them in person!

Need your input

Sherry & I are starting to work on the next class schedule, which
will be for classes in May through August.  I think it's so cool
to have such an overview of what's coming up!  Keeps us on our toes
& we know what to plan for.  It also gives us a snapshot of
what works & what doesn't so we can adjust.  One of the things
we need to plan for are the summer kids classes.  I stumbled across
a really cool idea the other day & was wondering what you all
thought of it.  It's for a summer camp for kids.  We've always
offered kids classes in the summertime...they make cards, paper bag
books, pipe cleaner animals, wall art, etc...and the classes are usually
1 1/2 to 2 hours.  You sign up for classes individually.  The
idea I saw is to have a week long summer camp that runs, say 4 hours in
the afternoons for 5 days.  There is an album camp where the kids
make a 20 page complete scrapbook and a project camp where they make
things to decorate their rooms...home decor type of stuff.  The
camps would be 20 hours in a week, for 9-16 year old girls.  They
charged $175 for each camp, which included all the supplies but glue
(funny thing to leave out).  So, what do you think?  Is this
something your kids would be interested in?   My initial
reaction was that it should be for 8-12 year olds, but what do you
think?  What about the price?  What about it being a full
week?  (I have a lot of "what about..."). 

What other classes would you like to see?  We truly want to
offer classes that you want to take.  Your input is VERY
valuable!  So valuable, in fact, that I will have a drawing out of
the comments received on this post & give away a fun prize! 
So, in order to be in the drawing, you have to leave a comment on the
post (just click on the comments tab under the post & it'll tell you
what to do).  I'll hold the drawing on Tuesday, March 25th at
11:00 am.  I'll post the winner here.

Do any of these appeal to you?  What classes would you like to see?

  • Saturday Crops

  • Kids Crops...when?

  • More technique driven classes

  • Home decor

  • Birthday Party classes

  • Complete an entire album classes...what themes?

  • Cards

  • Single page classes

  • Simple pages

  • Kids camps (mentioned in the post above)

  • Mom & Me crops & classes.

  • Party planning

  • What days/times would you like classes to be held?

  • Are you interested in card swaps?

And while I'm at it:

  • What hours would you like the store to be open? 

  • What days of the week would you like us to be open?

  • Would you like us to stay open later one night a week?  What night?

  • Would you be interested in a fundraiser open house for your school,
    church, troop, or other non profit group?  (email me privately on
    this one at

I know.  It's a lot to take in & a long post.  Your input is so important!   Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The coolest thing...

So I was sitting at the store, eating my enormous lunch (pad thai
with tofu...heavenly) and in walks Jeff with a page in hand for the page
contest.  HIS page.  Not his wife's page.  And you know
what?  It's AMAZING!  And he was so could totally
tell!  He had this HUGE smile & was SO excited...and this is
the best part...he said, "I was working on this page using my wife's
tools & they were so useful!"  Come again???  Now he knows
why she has the stuff she does & he loves it!  I
don't think I've ever heard a husband say that...well, that's not
true...Adam (the husband who did a page last month) says it all the
time.  Another cool thing he said "I got to work on my page while
my wife worked on her page together & it was so fun!"  Laurie, you are a lucky girl!

So, I would suggest that all of your husbands participate in the page
contests...maybe it'll give them a better understanding of your "tools"
& just maybe they'll be more supportive of your scrapbooking! 

And just a last minute reminder:  page contest entries with a
"luck" theme are due by Thursday, March 20th at 6 pm.  Hope to see
your pages! 

PS I tried to take Jeff's photo to put him on the blog....he
declined...I think he was embarrased...maybe I'll catch him next time
he's in.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Working with Acrylic

Acrylic Albums & transparencies. Frankly, they're
a little bit intimidating. But once you use them...learn some tricks
about them, they are amazing!  You can
use most anything on them...paint, ink, pens, paper, stickers, buttons, flowers, brads...really,
you name it.  Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your acrylic pieces:

  • The most important thing is to use the proper adhesive. 
    Use adhesives such as Tombow Mono Adhesive, Dot-N-Roller by Kokuyo, Glue
    Dots, ATG guns, and other clear, non liquid adhesives. 

  • The Cropadile (or Big Bite) from We R Memory Keepers is your best
    friend.  It will punch holes in the thin transparencies &
    thicker acrylic, allowing you to place brads, eyelets & rings.

  • Use a Heidi Swapp clock face for a super fun page in your album...without paper!

  • Position the items on your project prior to adhering
    It is as important to take into consideration what it will look like on
    the back side of your project as it is on the front.

  • Lastly, have fun with it!  It's an awesome medium that can take your creativity to a new level!

Have questions?  We're here to help you!


Is there a tip you'd like to see here?  Or one you'd like to
share?  Send us an email at or post a
comment & we'll see what we can do!


Monday, March 17, 2008

Teen Night

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Teen Night, originally uploaded by am&m.

We had so much fun at Teen Night! Can't wait to have another one!
Click on the photo above to see all of the photos. Pretty cool! We did
a project, ate tons of great food, played some games, & just had a
great time.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Grand Falls

Spent the morning at Grand Falls (about 30 miles northeast of actually see the backside of the Peaks).  Most of
the year it's dry as a bone but right now it's flowing splendidly. 


It was WINDY.  So windy, in fact, that I was afraid that
MacKenzie would get blown over the edge...I thought I might get blown
over.  It was blowing the water & making it all cool &
misty...just beautiful!  Don & the kids & dogs hiked down
to the water.  I was too busy taking pictures & they got ahead
of me so I waited at the top.  Good thing, too.  They all came
back covered in mud.


This is Mia before the hike to the water:


This is Mia after:


And this is simply a cool photo from along the road to Grand Falls:


Check out Grand Falls before the water stops running.  It's really worth the trip!  The directions can be found here.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Divided Page Protector Inspiration

Kim (the one who used to work here) came by today & showed us
these amazing pages that use the Crop In Style PSB Divided Page
Protectors....she used one style (there are many) for these three
pages...and OH MY are they CUTE!




The black in the background is my counter top.  You can see
through the pages.  Just AWESOME!  Ali Edwards shows these on
her blog here....Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Back in....

These Kokuyo Tape 'n' Roller Plus Adhesive's are AMAZING!  So
amazing, in fact, that we sell out of them quickly....probably because
they are SO easy to use!  They work consistantly (a miracle in the
tape runner world) the tabs are small & clearish, the dispenser goes
around curves easily, it doesn't jam, rip or fall apart. LOVE it! 
And the dot adhesives in the top basket were on Ali Edwards blog
as a tool she couldn't live with the way, we carry the
precision pens from American Crafts, too & will be getting the 3
ring albums from them, as well.


Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to two of my favorite people in the world:


My red danish, sudoku lovin' friend, who happens to be a mom I would
most like to emulate...she's FANTASTIC as a mom, a friend, as a person!


And my sweet niece Becky.  At 27 she's a mom of 3 and has more energy than I ever had.  She's just AMAZING!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

March Page Contest

Don't forget our March page contest theme is "Luck".  Entries
are due by March 20th & customer voting begins on March 21st. 
The winner receives a gift certificate to About Memories and More &
will be published in a calendar available in December.  Really,
there's no reason to not submit an entry! 

Ahhh, the sweet smell of candles!

It begins with soybeans.
Simple. Plentiful.
Biodegradable. Beanpod candles. Made from this natural, renewable energy
source that is grown right here in America. One of life’s simple
pleasures enjoyed in a whole new way.  Check out their website here for more information. 


We love these candles.  Really, we do! 

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Good Dog


This is Hunter.  He's a treat get some amazing
photos when you hold out a treat for him!  (He's not mine...he's
our walking buddy...but he's so beautiful he needed to be on the blog)

Friday, March 7, 2008

Divided Page Protectors

Divided page protectors, like those used by Ali Edwards in the latest Creating Keepsakes are in!  (Ali shows them on her website here) 
You know, these are Crop In Style pages for the old (very old) Paper
Sticker Binders (PSB) and are used in such an ingenious way...wish I'd
have thought of it!  Check it out....You'll be impressed! 
They normally come in a big pack but we've separated them out & are
selling them for just $1.29...& you can pick the perfect one for

Morning Deliciousness

"Daddy, Mommy's taking pictures of her oatmeal again!"  
This from my daughter today.  She shouldn't be surprised. 
I've been taking pictures of all sorts of things lately.  As a
matter of fact, I just downloaded 378 photos into iPhoto this
morning.  Granted they are from New Year's Eve until today.  A
funny thing, that has nothing to do with oatmeal, I went to do my year
in the life book for last year & realized I hadn't taken any photos
the first 3 months of the that was my take lots of
photos.  And I did.  Even more than 378.  I only
downloaded one camera.  (picture me giggling...)


Back to the oatmeal:  Well, why not take pictures of my
oatmeal?  It's so pretty...and quite delightful!  Back on the
clean living eating, as Audra calls it.  You can only eat cupcakes
for dinner so many times before the steel cut oats start calling your
name....this is actually one of my favorite breakfasts....yummy!


And here's another one from this week:  plain, non fat yogurt
with fresh granola from Macy's, almonds & drunken cherries &
Flagstaff honey.  What are drunken cherries, you might ask? 
Well...I made sangria the other day, straight from the bottle (Audra
makes it from scratch...I rely on Carlo's super cheap &
tastes yummy) and added sliced citrus fruit & a jar of maraschino
cherries.  They "marinated" in the sangria for a few days &
then I fished them out & had them with my breakfast...quite yummy!

I know, it seems kind of odd to take pictures of my food, but you
know what?  It's a part of my life.  And that's what we're
documenting when we scrapbook...our lives.  So, I challenge you to
take photos of what you would normally refer to as mundane
things....your food, your personal care products, your favorite
slippers...things that would be interesting to someone (even you) 50
years from now.  Make a quick fancy-ness needed...that
says why you like it, how much it cost, where you got it...things like
that.  I guarantee, you'll have fun & having fun sparks your
creativity for other endeavors.  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Birthday Coupons

We've been sending out birthday postcards for years...and
years.  It's time to move on to the electronic age!  So we
won't be sending out the postcards any longer HOWEVER, you will still be
acknowldeged for your birthday, because it's fun!  Here's how it

One time, during the month of
your birthday, show us your driver's license & we'll give you
either a FREE Midinight Madness OR $5 off a purchase of $25 or more.
You may only do this once during your birthday month & it's an
either or kind of thing, not both.  Sorry but it's not valid on
special orders or combined with other discounts or coupons.

I'll send out reminders in the first email of the month...maybe more.  We're all about celebrating YOU! 

Midnight Madness Questions

Just a question....most of you know we have Midnight Madness on
Friday nights.  It's not a class with instruction, you work on your
own projects.  Your fee includes snacks, drinks & a 10%
discount on your purchase that evening.  Plus, you get croppin'
space and a night out of the house...:)  So here's the
question...what snacks would you like to see when you attend Midnight
Madness (keep in mind the fee is only $10...or $5 when you use your
punch card coupon)?  Are you a snacker?  Would you like chips
& dip?  A veggie tray?  Pizza?  Popcorn? 
Chocolate?  Do you want soda?  What kind?  Juice? 
What would you like to see?  Midnight Madness is really about you
& we want to make sure we have things you want to have.  So
email me privately at or leave a comment here.  We'll get a general consensus & go from there!  Thanks a bunch!

Life...there's nothing like it....

The last few days have been, well, challenging, to say the
least.  First, my daughter is a teen...and is prone to teen temper all teens, I'm sure.  Well, Tuesday night was a
doozy.  She was acting up...and I was responding in a like
manner...very teen like...and I told her she was a brat.  She said
I'd told her that so many times that it didn't have any effect on her
anymore.  Whatever.  I asked her if she acted like a brat
& she said yes, but I wasn't allowed to point it out.  Anyway,
the whole thing escalated more than it should have & I proceeded to
take away things dear to her:  cell phone, iPod, tv, computer...all
privileges.  She informed me that they were rights & that if I
took away her rights I was making her a slave and since slavery is
illegal I'd be going to jail.  Yes, you read that right. 
Needless to say, some things have changed in my household.  Mostly,
we have to be more on top of it as parents & not let little things
slide by until they become big things....chores are a requirement, not
an option for someone who would like to earn the right to have
privileges.  Couldn't believe she came up with that.  At least
she's thinking & willing to fight to prove her point (both good
& bad).

So, we get home from the fight & what do I find?  My lovely, destructive dog Maggie has eaten my glasses.


Ah, sweet Maggie.  I yelled & sent her outside...I had to
get over being mad, mostly at myself because it's my fault I left them
where she could get them.  She is just a dog.  And probably
didn't know why I was mad.  Then I wanted to take her picture to go
with my glasses & she wouldn't look at me.  So now she was mad
at me.  Nice end to the evening.  So I had a cupcake for
dinner & went to bed.  Very adult!


So my daughter & I resumed our fight yesterday morning....which
led to much rearranging at the store....the checking in of new
stuff....just burning up my attitude problem before the store opened
(things are much better now).  Then after school, we went
to the eye doctor to order Kendall's new contacts...and while we were
there I got a temporary pair...since my glasses are unwearable.  I
forgot how much I hate contacts!  Holy moly,  I think they
actually prevent air from entering my brain....I feel just dumb when
they're I'm inhabited by aliens....take them out & I'm
fine (but can't see)...I've never made it more than 2 or 3 days before
I'm totally done with them & back to the glasses.  Maybe that's
the problem...hmmmm....

On a positive note, I can tell you that the new stuff is simply
stunning!  We got in lots of stuff from Little Yellow Bicycle (boy
& surf stuff...LOVE it!), Flair Designs (Easter & Christian),
Cropadile Big Bites (long reach eyelet setter & punch combo that
rocks!), & some other cool stuff.  Here are photos of the Flair



Tuesday, March 4, 2008

New Weekly Email

So today my email service changed...wasn't expecting it this
soon.  The only effect to you is that it will look better in your
in box.  I can add photos & links...the presentation is
completely different & completely better!  I sent my first one
tonight only to have it say that it may take 24 hours to send....uh
oh!  The Wednesday sale is in figured I should post it
here...ya know, just in case!

This Wednesday, March 5th, buy any Bare Elements product and receive a package of Zots Singles FREE (a $3.59 value!).  Choose from small, medium, large or pop-up…while supplies last!  Bare Elements are fun chipboard elements:  mini-books, large train chipboard pieces, boxes & more! And
they’re priced from $5.99 to 14.99…a great value!  And the
Zots Singles?  Love them even more than Glue Dots!  They are
much easier to use & no mess involved!  Below are just a few of
the many Bare Elements we have....