Friday, August 16, 2013


  Today I finished the Life{365} bonus layouts.  This kit is available for life {365} members only. This kit will be available in September along with your regular monthly kit.  For the life {365} members who have been with us from the beginning this kit is FREE! If you started later the kit is available for you to purchase.
 
Just a little challenge for today~ I have been playing with the embossed Distress Cardstock from Core-dinations lately.  In fact I have been playing with it a lot!  I must say I love it and I love the way my layouts turn out.
I would love to see what you are doing with these amazing papers.  Want to share?
I do have a little tip for you when using the sandables,
Change your sandpaper between colors because the colors do transfer with the sandpaper.  I like my little hand held Tim Holtz sander or a sanding block (like the ones manicurists use).
What ever you do just enjoy getting scrappy!
always,
michele
 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

what's new?



 
I know if you are a reader of this blog you know I have designed a set of four layouts to honor our 4 legged friends and that I will be teaching the techniques used in these layouts in a workshop Saturday August 17th at 11:00 am.
 
I want to tell you just a little about the process of creating these layouts.
First you have to have an idea!
(dog days of summer was my idea)
Then you find your papers and embellishments. 
The papers were easy-ish.  The pet papers all come from Canvas Corp and are dog themed.  Easy so far but as I looked at the papers laying on my work top I realized immediately I wanted color..so I put this color and that color with my papers to add a pop!  I love red, red is a classic color addition to any neutral layout. 
In looking for the perfect red papers to go on the layout I went to our Christmas section.  Now I know to some people this may sound strange but really RED is a CHRISTMAS color and what better place to look.  Besides I knew we had just received the most beautiful red and kraft Christmas papers designed by our dear friend Margie Romney Aslett for Bazzill Paper Co.
They are wintery/Christmas-y but some were neutral enough to go perfectly on the layouts.
 
So here is the end result of one of the layouts! 
Look not for the obvious choices when choosing papers for your scrapbooking....look in the unlikely places too!  I think it will be the beginning of a wonderful adventure!
 
IN OTHER NEWS!.....
 
TERESA COLLINS' PAPERS and EMBELLISHMENTS FOR HALLOWEEN AND CHRISTMAS ARE NOW IN STOCK AT GIRLFRIENDS!



These collections are to die for!  We have picked the best of the best from the many scrapbooking companies!  I hope you like them too!
always,
michele
 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Girlfriends' End of Summer Workshops

COMING IN SEPTEMBER
End of Summer Sidewalk Sale!
Lisa and I dipped our toes in the water.  We set up a couple of tables and brought our gently used items from home for our first downtown yard sale....AND NOW WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN!
Our first try was such a success we could not believe it!
We were wiped out the first day!
 
 Saturday September 28 we are planning the
GREATER DOWNTOWN YARD SALE! 
If you have things to sell and want a safe place to do so, if you are a downtown business with old inventory you are ready to move, if you just love "junkin'" like the rest of us this will be the downtown event for you!
To set up a table of your own please contract Lisa or Michele at Girlfriends 734-8592. 
If you are a business and want to join us just plan of this date September 28 from 8am-2pm
We will have flyers ready for any participating downtown merchants by September 2nd.
If you are an employee of any of the downtown merchants we are including you in this event as well!
Just call us so we can get a spot set aside for you.
 
We can't wait to share this weekend with you but that's not all!
 
September 27th & 28th is our 9th Annual Girlfriends Scrappers Yard Sale!
Start now and sort out all the "vintage" scrappin' supplies you want to get moved out.  Mark them with a price and your number drop your boxes off at the store and we will do the rest.
You will receive a Girlfriends Gift Certificate for your sales. 
What a wonderful way to be able to create wonderful gifts, home d├ęcor and scrapbooks for your family with found money and also allow others to shop your treasures to fill their needs.
Call the shop at 734-8592 to get your yard sale number.  Have your boxes ready to go and dropped off to the shop on the 26th.  We will be checking you in.
 
August Workshops
 
Join Lisa and Michele this weekend
August 17th at 11:00 am for
Dog Days of Summer
It has been years since I created anything honoring man's best friend.  I saw the papers and inspiration hit!  Here it is 4 pages designed to record your best friend and you! 
Complete all four pages in a day
only $29.95
 
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Saturday August 24th
Readin', Writin' and 'Rithmatic
Back to School Mini Album
11a.m.
We are using wonderful papers and embellishments from Tim Holtz and G45 for this project.  It is going to be perfect
for all your back to school pictures, notes, and more!
 
August life {365}
is ready to be picked up if you have not already done so.
 
Coming later this fall....
Halloween Banner
Autumn Pinterest Party & Recipe Book
Halloween Altered Book
Halloween Configuration Book
more scrapbook layout workshops
&
the 5th Annual Quiltwalk & Oktoberfest