I titled this post that because sometimes it feels like we are just spinning our wheels. I'm not complaining, but there is a lot of work that goes into a Grand Opening, not to mention a three day scrapbook event! I"m excited and exhausted all at the same time.So let me let you in on the details!!
May 3rd is National Scrapbook Day and being a scrapbooker, that makes me happy!! And it makes me want to have a HUGE crop at my place!! So...
THREE DAY CROP AT SNIPS OF TIME
FRIDAY MAY 2ND: NOON-8PM
SATURDAY MAY 3RD: NOON-8PM
SUNDAY MAY 4TH: NOON-8PM
The crop is $10 a day, includes a table of your own to work on your pages, access to a Cricut Expressions machine and many cartridges, punches, and other tools. There will be soft drinks and other drinks available as well as scrapbook friendly snacks, and a lite casual evening meal. There will be some National Scrapbook Day 2014 goodies. One National Scrapbook Day 2014 shirt will be given away each day!
There are only six seats available each day.
Please call and reserve your spot today!
being held at
404 Shallowford Cir
Augusta GA 30907
You can register for one day, two days or all three days.
There is also the Grand Opening Open House. This is the official event. This is the BIG one!! (LOL that made me think of Sanford and Son...) I would love for anyone and everyone to come to the Open House. You don't have to be a paper crafter, just appreciate creativity. Please come and check out my creative space!!
GRAND OPENING OPEN HOUSE
SATURDAY MAY 10TH
held in my studio
404 Shallowford Cir
Augusta GA 30907
This is going to be amazing! It's being catered by my best friend since 7th grade...Nicolle Coleman who is a fantastic cook and baker. Being that it's Mother's Day weekend I'm dedicating the Grand Opening to my parents...all four of them!! I will be displaying some pages and albums about my parents. Please come and share this with me and see some other original artwork and my creative space.
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
I know, a pretty strange way to start a scrapbooking blog. But the other night as I was laying down to go to sleep the quote "No man is an island" popped into my head. I thought about it for a little bit and I realized I was thinking about what was happening in my life right now and how it wouldn't be possible without the help of so many people. I realize that my success or failure is ultimately up to me (I'm talking about Snips of Time becoming a profitable business.) But there are so many things that have been made easier because of my connections with other people.
I also realized that's where my love of scrapbooking and card making comes from...connections with other people. I love making someone I care about that special birthday card (even if it is late once in awhile.) I love scrapbooking other people's photos (and mine too) to show the connections between family members, friends, events.
So, remember that you are not an island...you are part of such a bigger whole and that's a good thing. You get to decide what you do, where you do it, how you get it done...but in reality you never really have to do it alone.
This is indeed a time full of big changes and I want to share these BIG changes with you!
First and BIGGEST is that I'm opening my studio to the public! I have always wanted to teach, share what I already know, what I'm learning, and what I love with others. Taking my studio public will allow me to finally be able to do that. Second (though this is the biggest size wise lol) my studio has finally moved to a dedicated and larger location. Upon acquiring our current home, we realized that we would NEVER use the formal living room/dining room and I instantly saw "studio" stamped all over the space in my mind. Thankfully my husband was all for it. It's about 300 sq ft (hubby says...I don't measure too much past 12x12 myself) and has been renovated with a sink, fantastic lighting, and doors to close it off from the rest of the house (and I can't leave out the full size fridge for the ever important cold drinks and other snacks that creative minds need!)
I'm over the moon excited because what this all really means is that I'm taking Snips of Time a step further. I'm going from a hobby I sometimes get paid for to full time. I've stepped down from my full time position at CVS (scary!!) and while I haven't left there completely, work a very limited schedule so that the studio can be open regular hours for you to come and crop and learn. The main business of Snips of Time is scrapbook for hire and card making....the teaching and cropping is just the icing on the cake for me!
Other things are changing with all of this. I plan (and I REALLY mean it this time) to blog regularly. When I say regularly I'm actually going to make myself a schedule and just like with any job, intend to stick to it (or I'll have to write myself up LOL) I plan on having guest bloggers (so if you think you'd like to be a guest blogger, let me know.) And the content of my blog will be changing slightly. I'm planning on doing tutorials and maybe at some point videos as well!
If you've been following me for any length of time, you know that I'm so very passionate about creativity, scrapbooking, hand made cards and sharing all of this with others. I intend to be passionate about this blog and using it as a way to continue to share all of this with you. With that being said, please don't hesitate to email me firstname.lastname@example.org to tell me what you want to see on here or what you DON'T like. I've got a list a mile long of things I want to do with this blog and with YouTube channel and my studio, but your input is invaluable because I really want you to enjoy this. I want you to look forward to seeing my posts and what I'm sharing with you.
Please share/forward my blog to others you think might enjoy it. Follow me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/SnipsofTime. I often have give-aways on my facebook page :) And never hesitate to contact me directly by email email@example.com. I will also have a website up soon, and there will be a calendar of events on it, with class and crop schedules. Don't worry, I'll make sure all the exciting dates will be posted on here too.
Keep checking back, my big Open House will be coming up soon and I'll post the date and times on here for you so you can attend if you'd like. There will be goodie bags, drawings for prizes and one of my biggest supporters and friend since age 13 will preparing some incredible food to go with it. (She has a business baking speciality cakes, so it should be awesome!!) Hope to hear from you soon!!
WOW! I've been back in Augusta almost a full five months and that has brought about some changes. I've decided that Snips of Time really needs to be a serious focus for me, as a business. I've always said this is what I want to do for a living. I want to create and teach others they can create too. So....THAT'S WHAT I'M DOING!!
I still have my "day job," but I am on a leave of absence to help my mother (who has some serious health concerns.) Every cloud has a silver lining (at least in my world) so I'm using some of this time off of my "real job" to explore what I can do to make Snips of Time a success. I'm really excited about it, but at the same time scare. But, scared or not: HERE I GO!!
I've been pretty busy in the studio. I just finished an order that will go in a fundraiser auction basket, that included 10 thank you cards, a sample mini album and a gift certificate for a mini album. I also just finished 12 Easter cards for a neighbor. I'm also recently finished an amazing project that was for two adopted boys (brothers.) It was a scrapbook for each of them to give them a time line of sorts, a where they came from to where they are today. It was such an honor to be asked to work on their albums. I really believe that this was my most important project yet :)
My next project is to get those two sweet boys' albums current...their mom and dad are sending more pictures!! I can't wait. I'm still working on the usual birthday and anniversary cards and whatever little projects pop up.
You can see examples of my work on my facebook page http://facebook.com/leighann.rebillard , please look for my Snips of Time Scrapbooking and Cards page and "like" it. When I hit 100 likes, I'm doing a drawing for a free set of five cards!!
Feel free to comment on here as well. Maybe if I get enough people commenting I'll do a give away on here as well!
Well hello 2013!! At least half of the first month of the new year hasn't gone before I got around to saying hello!! And I do have a lot to tell you!
Snips of Time, as well as myself, has moved once again...and hopefully for the LAST time. 2012 was a tough year for me personally as I lost my GA dad and my GA mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. That's what prompted my move. I have moved back to my hometown of Augusta GA and have been working on getting my studio put back together down here. My husband is still in IN, finishing some things up there and will be joining me hopefully shortly. I'm living with my mother, right now just being some emotional support as her physical health is still holding on...as I pray it continues to do so.
Snips of Time didn't take much of a break. In the first two months of me being down here I made over 50 cards and worked on some scrapbooking at well. I've kept my "day" job with CVS and transferred to a store near my home here in Augusta and am the "Engagement Ambassador" for my current store, like I was for my previous store. I am incredibly blessed by walking into another store and feeling like part of the CVS family immediately.
My studio is a work in progress here, but it works and I'm still making progress on all my projects LOL.
So, 2013 is here. It will bring happier times and it might bring some sadness too. We'll have to wait and see what it brings. But I will bring a positive attitude and some creativity to the year!!
I have a ton of "goals" that in reality, I need to sit down and really give some thought to. I'd like to accomplish some things this year...and to do that I really need to have more focus. So, focusing is what I'm going to do.
Now, off to the studio to work for a bit before I have to go to my day job:)
So often I hear people talk about how expensive it is to scrapbook. Like anything, it CAN be, but it doesn't HAVE to be. In reality, there are only a few necessities that you have to spend money on.
You have to have a way to crop your photos and cut your paper
You have to have a way to adhere your pictures to your pages and in essence build your pages
You have to have some kind of pretty paper
You have to have something to write your journaling with, even it all you journal is names, dates and places
Lets break these "necessities" down.
Something to crop your photos and cut your paper
You can use a pair of scissors for any and all of that. You can buy any multitude of of paper trimmers and the price tag shouldn't necessarily be the deciding factor. I have three pairs of (straight edge) scissors and at least five paper trimmers. Because I scrapbook and make cards a lot, it made sense for me to invest in a trimmer that doesn't dull with frequent use. I bought a Purple Cow combination trimmer that has a rotary trimmer and a guillotine trimmer for around $60. I worked my way up from the very basic trimmers and found myself having to replace the blades too often. Not having to constantly replace blades off set the overall cost of the trimmer very quickly for me. I found the same with scissors. My CutterBee's weren't cheap, but I've had them for probably 10 years.
A way to adhere your photos to the pages and to build your pages
Adhesives can be looked at the same way. I was buying tape runners at WalMart (which I still do on occasion) and they are relatively inexpensive. However, when you are using them as much as I do, it seems every time you turn around you need a refill. So, I invested in a Scotch 3M ATG (adhesive transfer gun) and after the initial investment (I think it was about $25) the refills are quite reasonable online. I still use liquid adhesive for some applications and usually use Arlene's Tacky Glue. It's inexpensive, easy to find and made for paper crafts. It adheres really well too, once you let it dry.
Here's a big one PAPER
Oh all the pretty papers!! I've learned to discipline myself to buy the DCWV (Die Cuts With a View) paper stacks from JoAnn's when they go on sale for 40%-50% off or when I have a coupon. I only buy paper by the "sheet" when I need something very specific. I also buy my white and black cardstock at WalMart as that seems to be the most cost effective route and I use a lot of both. If I need a lot one color (say for making Christmas cards) I typically go to discountcardstock.com and buy it in bulk. I also "force" myself to use what I already have. I don't take my pictures into Archivers with me to match papers with themes or colors, because I'm sure I already have something that will work in my stash or at the very least I can MAKE work. (It also stretches your creativity if you make yourself use what you have.
What to write with
What you write with is important too. If you do all your journaling on the computer you need to make sure the ink you are using is acid free. If you hand write your journaling or do a combination, you still need to make sure whatever you are writing with is acid free. You don't need to have a pen in every color. Yes, it's fun and pretty, but a black acid free pen will still get the job done.
The point of all of this is that you can spend as much or as little as you want. I have a Cricut Expressions electronic die cutting machine ($300 when they first came out) and more cartridges than I'd like to admit, but I card making and scrapbooking are my PASSION. Rarely a day goes by that I'm not working on some project.
Basically, before you buy the newest and coolest anything, you have to decide how often you ware going to use it. Just like that pair of shoes that your REALLY like, you have to think about when and how often you are really going to wear them.
Yes, I have A LOT of scrapbooking stuff. But I've been collecting all of it since 2001. I didn't go out and buy it all in one shot. I bought stuff on clearance, on sale, with gift cards...you get the point.
Please feel free to comment and/or ask any questions. I would love all my blog posts to be interactive. And as always, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org