Sunday, July 29, 2012

July SMBiGblohop

Thanks for joining us again this month for the July CHA edition of our Social Media Butterflies blog hop! Hopefully you started at our welcome post, and are following along the hop, which means you're come from Amanda's blog, but if not feel free to go back to the beginning  here & see all the incredible projects, comment, follow & earn all your chances at our CHA goody bags FULL of product from the show! Follow ME here on my blog, or on instagram or twitter @sbookinshay29 or use the hashtag #SMBiGbloghop, and earn EXTRA chances, just come back and leave a comment on my blog for each you do!
It has been so much fun sharing what I saw at CHA, thanks for all the love I got for sharing my experience with you. Getting to use some of the products I was lucky enough to get at the show has been super fun, I'll be showing you some of them today! I had a hard time deciding which products to use, so I decided to combine two companies. I picked the papers from Glitz Design my new favorite company, and the vellum polaroids from Studio Calico everyone cannot wait to get their hands on! I have to tell you, they're even better in person! The papers are from the ------ line, and I thought it'd be fun to use some of my pics from Chicago for the hop, so here it is--

The Glitz Designs papers & to die for embellies will ship mid-September, make sure you ask your LSS to carry them! You will fall in love with the colors, stamps in tins & unique embellishments, plus the 3 women who own the company are just about the sweetest ladies around :] xoxo
Next on the hop you will be going to Monica's blog, thanks for joining us this month, and good luck on winning one of the two CHA bags :] Come back on the 29th next month for more inspiration & prizes!

[  If you're here for the scrappy sale, it's still going on! Check out my flickr page here & email me at if you're interested in any items :] Thank you! ]

Welcome Back.

Hope you are all ready to be blown away by some more inspiration this month, for the July CHA Social [Media] Butterflies blog hop! With CHA buzz being so exciting, we thought we would show you some of our favorites from the show, and how they inspired us!

I started this blog hop group because almost every scrapbooker I know writes a blog, is on facebook, twitter, the message boards-- we like to stay connected to each other! My favorite is instagram, we enable each other from the new scrappy items we've bought to our latest Target adventure and see even more into each other's everyday life. Even thought it's just IG, I've met some incredible ladies I'm glad to call friends. I LOVE that I get to meet some of them IRL, thanks to scrapbooking & other paper crafting events!

The ladies I follow are truly inspirational, constantly full of new ideas & info to share with so much talent & unbelievable generosity. I want to share some of what I LOVE most about my IG friends, and invite them to join us! Every month, on the 29th, I will be hosting a blog hop, here and on instagram, that celebrates our love of social media. Follow us as we tag the next crafty genius by using a piece of their work as our inspiration, and blog about our experience.

Want to join in? Scraplift any of the projects you see, come back here and link up the project to this main post. Want to become part of the group for next month? E-mail me at we would LOVE to have you! Comment on ANY of our blogs this month, and you could win one of two HUGE goodie bags from Summer CHA, filled with new products from the show! Want more chances? Tweet about the blog hop, tell us your favorite project using the hashtag #SMBiGbloghop & leave another comment for each of these that you do! You'll have until Wednesday the 1st at midnight EST, winners will be announced here on Thursday!

Here's this month's blog hop order, in case you get lost, just come back here :]

Welcome.   <<<< you are here!










Mary Pat

Melissa P


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Christmas in July.

Anyone but papercrafters dread this time of year, when already buisnesses start preparing for the holiday season. Who really wants to think of Santa, snow & shopping list when it's 100 degrees outside? For us, we LOVE to start thinking about it, the earlier the better--more time to work on projects for the holidays! Especially with CHA revealing all the goodies to come, && Stampin Up's holiday mini starting August 1st, I am SO excited to start thinking about my holiday cards, gifts & decorations :]

Today, I want to share some of the NEW Stampin Up holiday items & celebrate it with my Christmas in July event! If you're close to me, soon it'll be time to preview all of my upcoming SU classes, or if you're a little farther away, I can get you a kit if you like what you see! ALL of you will be receiving the Holiday Mini catalog sometime in the nextt week if you're on my mailing list! [If you aren't but would like to be, let me know!]

Of course with any event, there are SPECIALS as well! Get 20% off ANY holiday product, including the new catalog. Place an order before August 10th & spend 50+, get a FREE holiday set. HOST a workshop & get a SECOND set FREE with any party with over a $150 in sales-- this can even include a book party for the out of towners!-- & this is ON TOP of the special promo from Stampin Up next month, which hasn't been announced yet! What a perfect time to order what you need for your holiday projects?!

Need some inspiration? Here's a card to get you started:

Products Used: Crumb Cake cardstock, Basic Black, Real Red, Soft Suede & Pear Pizazz inks, Dazzling Details & Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set

&& here's a few of my favorite holiday sets & projects this year-- look closely you might see peaks of the new sets :]

I will also be holding Card Classes twice a month, a Countdown Class-- realllly cute for gifts or to display at home! & also a Stocking Stuffers class, with treats you can also use for your little ones holiday parties & events :] Keep watching, the calendar will be updated soon with dates :] Through my blog I will also be selling pre-made cards in packs of 10 & 25, which will come with envelopes, ready for you to send out! Check out my flickr site, which is always updated with scrappy items I have for sale, and my projects you can order :]

Next month look for Back to School && Halloween cuteness to hit the blog, there are some ADORABLE projects coming up, like with this cute set >>>>

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Giveaway Winner!!!

I'll be back a little later this week with a CHA wrap up, more products & amazing projects && some of my Chicago tourism. But in the meantime, I know you're all anxious to find out who the winner is!

Jennifer Robertson, you're the lucky lady!!!! Thanks for following me & commenting all week :) If you could send me an email at with your addy, I'll get a package right out to you! xoxo

Thursday, July 19, 2012

CHA. 12 [Day 3]

I can't believe it's OVER! I had the best time this week at Summer show-- meeting social media lovies in real life was a HUGE highlight, talking to new companies, && getting hired for a few more events this fall-- oh and did I mention the goodies??? Before I show you my haul, let me show you some more of the people, papers & projects I saw :]

Echo Park is always a favorite, and it definitely helps that I LOVE the people. Madison & Jody are AMAZING & I feel blessed to know them, and very lucky that I get to work at events for them [come check me out at their Scrapfest booth, I'll be teaching their make n takes!] Meeting Lori was super fun, and I always enjoy talking over new ideas & products with Jody. I am even MORE excited that they snagged Allison Kreft, formerly from Hambly. Their big new product is the photo freedom collection, which will be shipping to stores in October & I LOVE Allison's new line for it--

[[Thanks guys for always being amazing, can't wait to see you in September! xoxo]]

KI Memories is back with an AMAZING new line, the washi is to die for, the embellies are adorable & the colors are perfect to tie it all in!! Here's a few pics:

Of course you know Studio Calico is INCREDIBLE, when is it not nowadays?! From the inspirational layouts to the bits & pieces, to the black & white winter city paper, it's all just to DIE for, I cannot wait to get my hands on every bit of it, which is no surprise. Here's some pics from their booth:

&& Lisa Mack is the sweetest, cannot wait for our lunch date
&& promise to keep the secrets LOL xoxo

I hope you all had a ton of fun seeing sneaks && products from the show by following along with me. If you didnt see my haul from today, here's the pic again:

&& I got goodies the other two days as well, hoping to share some of the love with a LUCKY commenter, on any of my CHA Day posts! For more chances, follow me on instagram, twitter or here, and for each time you comment telling me which one you did, you'll get another chance :] Comment or add me by Saturday, July 21st, and I will be back on Sunday with a CHA/Chicago trip wrap up && the WINNER! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

CHA 12 [Day 2]

I feel like Day 2 of CHA is always the worst butt kicking day lol The first day you might be sleep deprived, you might not get to see everything, but you're SO pumped you make it through, and even stay up late just thinking about all the new amazingness. The last day, bittersweet and shorter. BUT as tired as I may be, today was definitely a blast and of course I've gotta show off some of the goodness!

Basic Grey-- An adorable monogram make n take, meeting these two beautiful ladies && AMAZING new lines?? All booths should be that fun, and I am SO glad I'll be seeing them again soon, those of you Scrapfest ladies, make sure you check out Kelly Goree's classes, absolutely LOVE her, and you might be seeing a familiar face working with her :]

The papers are absolutely GORGEOUS, and the Soleil line is my favorite, reminds me a LOT of Sassaffrass, and could not be happier about it! Fave product? Definitely their new alphas, you can paint them mist them, whatever you want && the size is INCREDIBLE! I cannot wait to get to play with some of these guys!

&& I'm sure all of you are already in LOVE with the new October Afternoon, it is truly beyond amazing, I'm in love with it, Midway is going to blow you away! Here's a few pics from their booth:

One of my favorite memories this week?? Meeting Lexi, she's AMAZING & I'm so glad she ended up getting to come to summer show :]

I was also completely surprised by how INCREDIBLE Glitz Designs new lines are. I cannot wait to USE their products, from the bokeh inspired Yours Truly line, to the stamps that come in these adorable tins, I will forever be a fan! The girls were incredibly fun to meet, and had the comfiest couch :]

Hope you are all enjoying CHA from home, thought I'd share a little bit of fun and giveaway a prizepack of not yet released products, leave me some love on any of my CHA Day blog posts or follow me here on my blog or @ sbookinshay29 on twitter and/or instagram for EXTRA chances [or let me know you already do :] by Saturday July 21st.

&& make sure you check back again tomorrow for the last day of CHA! Don't forget our CHA inspired Social [Media] Butterflies blog hop will be on the 29th! Sending lots of scrappy love from CHA xoxo

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

CHA.12 [Day 1]

The first day is always a whirlwind of activity, trying to figure out what you want to see most, and finding friends :] NOT being a store, I don't have to worry about hurrying to purchase product when companies run their specials, so I just get to enjoy what I love most about paper crafting-- the people & the products!

After meeting rukristin-- Kristin IRL at the airport :] we headed to CHA, here's some images & details from our day:
Today's first feature and my absolute favorite line of the season personally-- Dear Lizzy's 5th & Frolic. I am in LOVE with this line, and cannot wait to get my hands on every bit of it. The pastels are dreamy, the embellies are ADORABLE & how can you NOT love anything she does? And such a sweetheart, every time I meet up with her! [& SUCH a cute make n take!]

[a NEW polaroid paper to hoard :] ]

If you didn't know, it was Elle's Studio's first show this year, they released some super cute new tags, pennants & calendars that are PERFECT to add to PL, or any page, adore the colors and cannot wait to get my hands on them, had a BLAST meeting Elle & Jenni for the first time :] Just check out this awesome layout--


Now I LOVE my Mr. Huey's, and an occasional OA Sprinklers kinda girl, but once Heidi Swapp started sharing sneaks of her new SHINE, I just had to find out more. Her resist products were a huge hit, along with the memory files that came out last CHA, but I wasn't quite sure how to really use them, until today, and I will be buying up allllll the colors of Shine for sure! Her make n take let you try them out, here's mine:

&& she had an adorable instaframe, so here we are:

Follow me on twitter/instagram @ sbookinshay29 for pics of your favorite scrapbooking celebs & to see some of the GORGEOUS layouts & projects we've seen, wish you could be here!

Now if you're looking to snap some of the CHA only items, or new goodies BEFORE they hit stores, check back here on the 29th for our Social [Media] Butterflies blog hop-- we'll be giving away some CHA bags FULL for a few lucky commenters & followers :]

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

CHA countdown.

I LOVE this time of year, when the sneaks start && I get to start packing for Summer Show. I think I love it even more because my bestie lives in Chicago, so I turn it into a vaccay (a week long this year!) combining an incredible tourist trip && my love for scrapbooking :)

I can already tell you this summer's show will NOT disappoint. With the sneaks I've seen, I can already tell I'll need some serious restraint on what I'm going to buy, but I am unbelievably excited to get there! As promised, I will be seriously overloading your instagram & twitter feeds with sneaks, peeks & my faves from the booths && plenty of touristy shots from the amazingness Chicago hosts :] I LOVE it, and I am so excited! If you have a favorite that you're hoping to see, let me know, I'm more than willing to check out your favorite company, or try to find your favorite designer for you-- three days of being surrouned by my favorite thing on the planet?! What more could a girl ask for??

  Off to finish packing, which I actually enjoy! Don't forget about my stash sale here the bids on the Studio Calico sets are still pretty low, you might be able to snag some of your favorites for an INCREDIBLE price :]

Monday, July 9, 2012

scrap sale.

I have HUGE news, that I will be writing about right after CHA, but until then, I'd love to clear out some room in my stash for a REALLY GOOD reason :] I have tons of extra stuff, or unused stamps that I won't probably ever get to use, so I'd love for them to find some great new homes! Check out my flickr photostream for prices && email me at with what goodies you would like to purchase, I will check what TIME I received posts/emails & go with a first come first serve policy! I will be updating the items as I get more pics uploaded, so check back!

sbookinshay on flickr-- SCRAP SALE :]

And I know over at Studio Calico there's been a lot of talk on the boards about the prices of the add-on stamps, and I DON'T know the best answer, but I'm gonna go with this way..... I have the stamp from the Four Square add on, the graph that I know I won't ever get around to using, but fell in love with the rest of the kit. I know a TON of you missed out on this stamp, and I would LOVE to make someone happy. ***** I also have the Louvre Add On stamp, Jetsetter & the hot air balloon stamp-- make sure you keep checking back, I'm adding new ones ALL week!

Email me an offer, I'll keep it open until Thursday at midnight EST, and sell it to the highest bidder. I hope this doesn't offend anyone, but with my big news I just want to clear out some goodies! Thank you :]

I did NOT include shipping in my prices, I priced them at what I paid for them or lower.  I will accept Paypal, and will let you know shipping based on your area code! Thank you!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

isn't it pretty??

Okay so I may not know much about html, but a girl can google, and she has friends, so normally for an internet/social media junkie, I can do pretty good with figuring things out. As you might've read, my blog totally malfunctioned and I had NO idea how to fix it. BUT I just figured it out and I am so ridiculously excited! It was SO frustrating to hold a blog hop & have a lame background lol Especially when this one is perfect for me! Now I can worry about important things, like making myself a new icon, right in time for buisness cards :]

Cannot believe CHA is in less than 2 weeks & I am SO ready to get out of Ohio & see my bestie! I see a Cubs game in my future, and LOTS of pictures with my DSLR [its first trip to Chi-o!] eeeeek! I've already started packing I'm so pumped lol

Hope you all had an amazing 4th of July, mine was spectacular & a lot of fun :]

Monday, July 2, 2012

SMBiGbloghop Winners.

Ladies I hope you enjoyed our first Social [Media] Butterflies blog hop, and will be joining us every month on the 29th! We loved reading the responses we got on our pages & had a lot of fun getting to know each other as well!

First up, the winner from MY blog of a $10 gc to Freckled Fawn--  Mary Pat Siehl -- congrats Mary Pat, I know you'll love getting to pick out some goodies from the shop!

&& the MAiN PriZe from Persnickety Prints-- Ellie Augustin -- thanks so much for starting to follow a bunch of us, && leaving us lots of love, we really appreciate it!

If both of you could email me at, I can get you details for your prizes :]