Oh, my, I hope that I haven't gotten your hopes up too high! I have been overwhelmed with excited emails this week after my announcement. My intent is to provide a source for cardstock with a few other goodies added each month. I thought that if I made up kits, it might encourage those of you who haven't had time to scrapbook lately to put together a few easy pages once in awhile. I've got the cardstock covered. Obsessive as I am, I put together a spreadsheet with all of the colors I have so I'd know what I still need to order. At this point, I've got over 300 colors to start with next week...49 of them are blue ; )
I'll be set up in the corridor just outside of the Rite Aid store, at the west end of the mall. It will be set up kind of like a show booth with tables for product. If you've attended or stopped in to shop during one of our all day crops, it will be a similar setup, except in the hallway. Since I don't have many racks left, cardstock will be sorted into crates by color. I'm keeping the cardstock in the packages so that the colors are labeled and the individual sheets don't get damaged. I'll ask you to save me the empty packaging so that I know what needs to be reordered. I do have a few paper racks for the patterned paper which I will match to cardstock for you ahead of time so you don't have to dig through the crates. I'll also have matching flowers, brads, etc for the lines that month. If you want something special...punches, special adhesives, etc, I may be able to order them for you, but won't be stocking those things regularly. Since I'll only be renting the space on the weekend, I need to bring everything from home, set up and tear down each time, so will stock product accordingly.
Now, the most important thing for you to remember, I can't take credit or debit cards. I have electric power to run the computer but not a phone line to run cards through, so can't offer that as an option. I'm sorry, I know it's inconvenient. I used to use my cards exclusively, but I will say that I have started to try to use cash or checks more so that I actually keep track of what I'm spending.
Okay, I have to preface this by letting you know that my husband thinks I'm totally crazy...
He doesn't understand that I need a selection of more than 30 different blues to get just the right color of cardstock to match my patterned paper. Of all of the comments I've gotten from customers, this is the most common...you miss the cardstock selection that Scrapbook Creations had. I do, too!!!
So, I've decided to rent some space in the corridor of the Perinton Square mall for a mini store. It will only be open on Friday nights (from 4-9PM) and Saturdays from 10 AM til 5 PM, and not every weekend, so you'll have to keep an eye on your email or my blog. I'll do at least 2 weekends a month and see how it goes; the more people I have shopping, the more likely I'll be able to add additional weekends. In June, we'll be there on Friday June 5th, Saturday June 6th, Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th. The following weekend is a maybe, as Tricia and I have dance recitals (I'll bet not many of you knew that I have taken up tap dancing...at least that's what our teacher calls it). The weekend of June 26th is Matt's High School graduation so that's a definite NO.
I've got over 200 new colors of Bazzzill cardstock sorted and all over my living and dining rooms, it's only about half of what we used to carry, but I promise that it's a great selection. The cardstock price will still be $.59 (less than Michael's $.69). I'm also planning on a new paper and embellishment line or two each month that I'll offer as individual pieces &/or as kits. I'll post pictures of the kits early in the week so that you can plan on coming in to purchase one if it's something you like. I won't be re-ordering paper lines, but may be able to re-order matching embellishments if they are still available and we have matching paper left.
I'll also have custom school titles and mascots for Fairport, Penfield, Victor and Honeoye Falls-Lima to start. If they go well and I get enough requests, I'll add custom paper for those schools and titles and mascots for additional schools.
I hope you're as excited about this as I am. Although I love having my life back and not working 7 days a week, I really do miss all of you and the business. I'm hoping that this will be a win-win situation for all of us, I get my scrapbook business fix, catch up with many of you and you can find a few new products and lots of cardstock to match all of that patterned paper that you have at home!
Here's the recipe for the cookies at the crop over the weekend. Both Celeste's orange cookies and my chocolate-peanut butter chip cookies were actually made from the same cake mix cookie recipe. She used orange cake mix, I used devil's food. She said she often drizzles melted chocolate over the orange as well...
One Cake Mix, any flavor
1/3 cup of oil
One cup of any addition...chips, M & M's, raisins, etc
Mix it all together and drop by spoonfuls on a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 9-11 minutes.
These are super easy & good! My kids make them all the time for events that they go to.
Here are some pictures from Saturday's crop. I originally pulled my camera out early because I just had to get a picture of Meg with her yarn. She drove three hours to spend time with her friends and crochet blankets, a true friend! Unfortunately, I forgot to grab my camera the rest of the day, so I don't have pictures of everyone (some people were up and about or not there yet when I took pictures).
Between cropping fees and the silent auction, we raised over $1200 to go to Deb to help with her Bone Marrow transplant related expenses. My thanks to all of you who helped...
Donating prizes for the silent auction
Donating Water and goodies for our sweets table
Helping set up tables and silent auction
Helping break down the tables and chairs & get the room back in order
I was out of the building by 9:15...which never would have happened without help! This crop was truly a group effort by many people!