Friday, January 23, 2009

Product Favourites Evening: Painless Journaling. REPORT!

Hi all,
Photo time! Our new event evening Product Favourites which we held on Tuesday was a blast.

Some common comments we hear in store are about how challenging journaling can be. "I'll do the journaling later"... "I have an album of pages still to journal" and so on. So we thought this would be a great chance to share some tips and techniques to get your words down on paper as well as photos.

Here is how the evening went down...

Our enthusiastic participants wait patiently for the classroom to come open.


and this was the sight waiting for everyone upstairs! It took some time to set up 70 easels, packs and handouts. According to Liam (Staff member Michelle's son, age 4 - turning 5!) I only set up a couple and that he had it sorted .... hehehe (he did do a good job)

The first part of the evening was spent discussing journaling tricks, tips and recommendations. The whole evening was centered around the idea that journaling can be easy AND fun!

Participants with their handouts that they could take home for reference. Including a laminated journaling checklist - handy for those stumped moments.

Next part of the evening was working on our main layout project for the night.
Lots of journaling? Well, it looks that way but really it was some fun 'about me' questions.

Lots of thinking and laughing... questions like "5 essential things to take on holiday" yielded
all kinds of answers!

Writing all done, onto the creative page assembling.

A room full of the same page kit and not one turned out alike! Lots of creative fun.

Marion with her completed page.

As always, we had some fabulous prizes and very happy prize winners!
Jo S.
Julie S.
Tracy B
Enjoy your prizes!

Everyone got this cute card kit - speedy scrapbookers made it in class.

Plus everyone recieved the Library Pocket Take Home Project AND got to keep their wooden easel.

Afterwards I got this email:

Hi Kathleen,

Just a quick note, to say thank you for last night. It was just what I
needed to get motivated. I come home and managed to finish my page (for my
mum) and them I started and finished my mums birthday present (which is on
friday). I have enclosed a photo for you.

Thanks again

Katrina Dixson
Katrina's pages.

Didn't she do a great job! Thanks for your email Katrina.

A superb night and it was a PLEASURE to teach!

If you missed out on coming Tuesday, don't forget we have scheduled another Product Favourites Evening: Painless Journaling for Wednesday 4th February at 7pm.
Phone 09 912 0665 to book your space.

Thanks fab scrapbookers for coming!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Product Favourites Evening: Painless Journaling REPEAT NIGHT

Our happy participants from last Tuesday's evening - click image for a large view

By popular demand we have scheduled
Product Favourites Evening: Painless Journaling
to run again Wednesday 4th February at 7pm!

Tuesday was a fantastic full house evening and our waiting list grew and grew!! So we have are having a repeat night for those of you who missed the last one. ALL WELCOME - suitable for new scrapbookers and experienced alike.

Here's what some of the participants from Tuesday had to say about Products Favourites Evening: Painless Journalling. (All comments used with permission and some edited for length)

"Keep up the great classes"
Adrienne Brewer

"Easy instructions, great 'me' project - loved it! Loved that I didnt need to bring masses of tools etc"
Jo Stanton

"Extremly helpful"

"Thank you for your evenings, always very enjoyable"

"Very informative, made me think more about journaling. I really enjoy meeting new people and creating a layout I never thought of otherwise".
Alice Mills

"Opening my eyes to journaling "It has been painful" - Brilliant!"
Tania Casey

"Thoroughly enjoyed it"
Faye Gregory

"Awesome as per usual - fab ladies and gorgeous product. Keep up the terrific work, we love the social interaction and comradeship NZ Scrapbook encourages."
Wendy Stewart

Same great projects, handouts and Painless Journaling Tips. Plus prizes, tea, coffee and that fabulous FREE EASEL for the amazing price of just $20!

Don't miss out on this one! Phone 09 912 0665 to book your place.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Product Favourites Evening: Painless Journaling STAFF PICKS!

Hi All!
Part of our Product Favourites Evening was some staff recommendations of what has helped us achieve Painless Journaling.

Teacher Michelle holding Journal cards from My Minds Eye

Michelle Recommends: Journal Cards
"I love these journal cards because they give ideas for journaling, add another layer and embellishment to my page and if I make a mistake I haven't written directly onto my layout"

Journal cards are available individually in store from 45c - $1.95 each

Wendy with her trusty dictionary and chipboard lettering.

Wendy Recommends: A Dictionary and Chipboard lettering
"My most used journaling item is my dictionary - I've had it since I was in school! Great when I get stumped for creative words and helps with spelling too. Also I like using chipboard letters to mark the beginning of a sentence or paragraph, it adds to the design".

Pictured Chipboard Lettering is from Bisous available in store or on our website

A recent layout of Ann's.
Congrats Ann for this layout being accepted into the Basic Grey Gallery!

Ann's Recommendation: Strip journaling.
"Strip journaling is a fun and informal way to add words to a page without writing onto my layout. Fast and easy too!"

Technique for strip journaling is very simple: Write or print onto cardstock in your desired colour leaving a small gap between lines. Cut out each line of journaling and ink the edges with stamping ink. Cut into lengths of your choice to suit the space on your layout and adhere to your page.

KaiserCraft Journaling Clear Stamps

Sharon's Recommendation: Journal block stamps
"Journal block stamps are great! I can stamp on any colour cardstock to match my layout and it gives me a cute journaling block and neat lines. Add another style element to my layouts"

KaiserCraft Journaling Clear Stamps are available in store or on our website for $21.95

Linda with K&Company Journal Prompt Stickers

Linda recommends: K&Company Journal Prompt Stickers
"I really like the questions and ideas for journaling on these stickers, some of the questions are thought provoking and they suit the family style heritage pages I like to make"

K&Company Journal Prompt Stickers are available individually in store for just 75c each.

Kathleen with her Journaling notebooks

Kathleen (that's me!) recommends: Journaling notebooks
"I write as soon as possible after a moment I want to remember. I find journaling straight away I capture details and emotion I would likely forget if I leave it too long. Plus when I get to do my layout or journals the writing is already done! BLISS! Plus its fun to be a rogue reviewer wherever I go..heheheh"

Pictured notebooks are Prima, Making Memories and Creative Imaginations available in store.

Hope that helps with your own journaling selections. I would love to hear your favourite journaling selections if you would like to post them in the comments!

Take care!

Product Favourites Evening: Painless Journaling. Take Home Project

Product Favourites Evening: Painless Journaling.
Take Home Project Instructions

  1. Fold library pocket along the score lines and glue tabs to create the pocket.
  2. Ink the edges of the refill paper with stamping ink (suggested colours green, pink or blue) and adhere to the green cardstock rectangle. Slip into the library pocket.
  3. Ink the edges of the patterned paper with stamping ink. Do not adhere to the front of the library pocket yet.
  4. Trim the ribbon to fit across the patterned paper and adhere to the front of the patterned paper.
  5. Layer the two flowers on top of each other an then fold in half vertically. Staple to the right side edge of the patterned paper. Then adhere the patterned paper with the flowers to the front of the pocket.
  6. Embellish with the adhesive pearls.
  7. Your library pocket is now ready for journaling and attaching to your page.

We had a fabulous time at our new Product Favourites Evening... full report to come!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Product Favourites Evening: Painless Journalling - Layout Sample

Hi All!
The response to our new Product Favourite Evening has been fantastic. In fact, the evening completely booked out in just two days! If you haven't made your booking and want to come we are taking a wait list as there often are cancellations on the day.

If you are joining us, here is the layout we will be making. Don't panic about all that writing - the journaling on this page really IS painless!

Main project layout for Product Favourites Evening

Please bring:
  • A photo of yourself. Any size up to about 5"x 6" will work for this layout. It can be any orientation or even quite small. Layout can be adjusted accordingly.
  • Paper trimmer, scissors, an awl (or similar to make small holes for brads)
  • Adhesives (photo splits and/or glue stick).
  • Journaling pen. Journaling pens contain permanent ink. I used a dark grey pen, you are welcome to use black or any colour of your choice.
See you Tuesday night!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Product Favourites Evening. NEW Event with a FREE gift!

Hi all!

That's right! We have added to our range of special events with a new night you don't want to miss. Product Favourites Evenings!

You know that restaurant you never would have gone to but a friend recommended it and it turned out to be fabulous? That tool or product that you have heard about (or even bought!) but don't know how to get started with it? Or you have sat in front of a project scratching your head thinking "there must be an easier way?" Well that is what this evening is all about!

HOT products!
NEW techniques!
EASY solutions!

and just like our popular Product Preview Evenings...

Amazing VALUE!
Super cool PROJECTS!
and a whole lot of FUN!

Product Favourites Evening: Painless Journalling
Tuesday 20th January at 7pm
Fee is at the special price of only $20 you will recieve over $30 in projects/product!

Writing on your layouts is a challenge for many but it doesn't have to be that way. At this very first Products Favourites Evening we are going to be sharing with you my own personal favourites and favourites from our Team that will have you journaling your pages and projects effortlessly. In fact, these days I make a GAME out of journaling - it is just that fun!!

We will be making a fun layout where you are the star, a mini project, you will recieve a Take Home project, there will be tea and coffee afterwards, prizes...
Everyone who attends this Products Favourites Evening will recieve a very attractive wooden easel, just the right size to hold a 12"x 12" layout for display FREE

Phone 09 912 0665 to book your seat today!

~Kathleen, Linda and the Team at NZ Scrapbook

(Sample layout and photo of easel to come)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A little bird told me...

Watch this space for a BRAND NEW event evening coming to New Zealand Scrapbook. You don't want to miss this!

Summer Holidays Kids Class!

Hi Kids!

Barbara our fantastic school holiday kids class tutor has another fun session lined up for you

Our Christmas kids class was a sold out morning of awesome creativity. Make sure you don't miss out on the Summer Holiday version!

Come along and create a variety of fun projects including a super cute gift bag, gift tag and greeting card.

Gift Bag, Card and Tag

Summer Holiday Kids Class
Saturday 17th January. Session time is 9.30am - 12noon.
$28.50 includes all materials, morning tea and a FREE goodie bag!

Suitable for school aged children. Children 8 years and under require a parent or guardian to stay for the duration of the class.

Phone 09 912 0665 to book your seat.

Bye for now!
~Kathleen, Linda and the Team at NZ Scrapbook

Thursday, January 8, 2009

50% off coupon!!!

Hi all!
As a super New Years bonus we are giving you a coupon that entitles you to 50% off any one item in store! This is perfect if you have had your eye on that particular book, tool or supply. One per person valid for just over one week (expires end of day Saturday 17th January 2009). See conditions above.

To print, simply click on the coupon to open it in its own window and select print from your browser.

See you soon!
~Kathleen, Linda and the Team at NZ Scrapbook

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Monster Prize Draw Winner!!

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you are enjoying this fantastic weather we are having - as I look out my office window there is not a cloud in the sky and my knees are strawberry red (oops!) a sure sign of making the most of the summer sun. Gotta love these long evenings we have been having too. I have been staying up far too late creating but boy is it fun! Don't forget we are open EVERY night (closed Sundays) until 9pm so if you are a night time crafty type like me and need late night supplies we are OPEN for you!

During the month of December we were taking entries for our Monster Prize Draw. Wasn't the prize amazing??! Over $500 value and I know there were more than a few fingers crossed.

Our amazing monster prize

Christmas Eve came so we had our honorary dignitary Liam Whorewood drew the prize winner from our hundreds of entries.

It takes serious concentration to make the draw!

Our officiant has a few years yet before he can actually read out the prize winner...

So luckily Linda was on hand to make the call!

Congratulations go to Glenys Tunnicliffe of Castor Bay

Glenys was able to call in later Christmas Eve to pick up her prize. Enjoy every bit of it Glenys!

There will be more fantastic prize draws during 2009. Watch this space for the latest news here at NZ Scrapbook!