Thursday, October 30, 2008

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

ok....we've been holding out on you. (not on purpose...we just wanted to give you a blast of holiday glory)
we have new wonderful holiday collections to share!
all new 2008 releases!!
we're having a HUGE holiday showing the first week of Nov.
drop in to view all that is paper, ribbons, diecuts, projects and more!!
stock up for the holidays and start your holiday projects with the best collections this season.
we gathered the best and brightest and look forward to sharing.....
and so it begins.....
(a few bits and pieces of holiday fun)

scenic route holiday 08 collection....

theresa collins collection

Wassail Collection....from Basic Grey

fancy pants collection....

cosmo cricket... oh joy!

be sure to drop in the first week of November for a first viewing and the best selection of all these favorite collections and more, as well as fabulous arts&scraps ideas to get your holiday gift projects off to a triumphant start!!
be jolly!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

weekend workshops....

we have 2 fabulous workshops this Saturday that you will not want to miss!
call to reserve your seat today, space is limited and is available on a first come, first serve basis.
our workshops fill up quickly so please be sure to confirm your placement.
call: 360.254.6021
11/1- 11:30 to 1:00 . . . clear view book (an arts & scraps exclusive!!) an all-time favorite, this clever clear scrapbook foundation offers a multitude of design possibilities to feature your favorite photos and memorabilia! This offering features a harvest/family/gratitude theme using Crate Papers new LemonGrass line. Cost for this workshop is $40.00 (this price includes a $20.00 clear-view album!!)

11/1- 2:30 to 4:30. . .turn-style calendars. . . You will LOVE this clever, interactive, multi-tasking calendar wall piece. Quite functional and detailed yet, easy enough to make meaningful gifts for everyone on your list. Cost for this workshop: $35.00.

Monday, October 27, 2008

tricks and treats........

grown up tricks and treats
Oct. 27 thru 31
drop by everyday during Halloween week for a different grownup treat!!
mad-scientist Monday. .true madness ensues as you take 40% one Halloween themed item of your choice!!
terrifying Tuesday. . all cardstock buy 2 get one sheet free! (time to stock up!)
wicked Wednesday. . all ribbons & frills buy 3 get one FREE!
spine-chilling Thursday. . patterned papers buy 2 get one sheet free!
frightful Friday. . with every 25.00 purchase receive a 40% off coupon to use in November!
the small print…. all free items must be of equal or lesser value. Discounts may not be combined with punch card discounts. Discounts not allowed on workshop fees, gift cards or custom framing.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

as to followers we mentioned prizes, gifts and the like...and to all that took notice goes a grab bag of fabulous scrap/papercrafting goodness!! your pack awaits you...drop by arts & scraps to pick up your gift grab bag at your earliest convenience. giveaway goodness goes to these lucky followers: andrea, tiffany, tigardlilly, justlisa and lc. (and just under the wire....babs!!)
don't miss out! you too can win fabulous grab bags, page kits and other awesome treasures...simply follow our blog!!
more prizes, contests and fun to come.....
stay tuned....follow, follow, follow, follow.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

follow, follow, follow, follow...

(please hum to the tune of "follow the yellow brick road" from the Wizard of Oz)
fooollow ouuur blog...

what is the BEST way to stay in tuned and up to date with what we have going on at arts & scraps??
follow our blog of course!
find the link to become a follower on the right hand blog column, click it and follow the best blog ever!

our blog really is the best way to stay informed. we update our blog almost daily with workshop updates, project photos, in-store sales and nifty quips & tidbits! don't miss all this fun!! follow us today!

(for added fun, all followers will be instantly eligible for exclusive follower contests, prizes and give-aways!...lucky followers!)

a few holiday workshop sneak peeks.......

3 of our most requested upcoming holiday workshop projects... sign up early, space is limited, and we certainly don't want any sad Sallys out there!

photo carousels...if you haven't dabbled in carousel creation yet you just must!! (WARNING: it is very addicting!) gather your trinkets, random chipboard, ribbon scraps and junk and join us for a creating bee! each 4x6 folio is a mini scrapbook page creation attached to a spinning counter top carousel for a wonderful visual display!

workshop details: 11/15- 2:30 to 5:30 . . . 7 gypsies 4x6 photo spinners. . . .we have a million gazillion mini ideas for these oh so fun spinners from 7 gypsies! The fuller the better; the more bling, ribbon, clips, charms, tabs, ties, everything but the kitchen sink the better!! So grab a couple handfuls of favorite photos, scoop up the contents at the bottom of your trinket drawers and join us for an assembly line style class full of inspiration! WARNING: crafting spinners is highly addictive. We will not be held responsible for your family not getting dinner and the laundry not getting done because you are too busy crafting pages to add to your spinner.) Cost for this workshop is $60.00. (price includes $40.00 spinner)

holly jolly holiday houses...a fun layered mini chip book perfect for stocking stuffers or last minute hostess gifts!

workshop details: watch for me in December!

advent pocket calendar with Cosmo..... what a fabulous holiday collection from Cosmo Cricket!
join us as we use this nifty compilation to craft a perpetual advent calendar sure to be a family favorite for years to come.

workshop details: 11/29- 11:30 to 1:30. . .advent calendar . . . a new design you will just adore. We’ll use Cosmo Crickets new holiday line, add a ton of accessories and embellishments and a hanger for easy displaying. Get your daily countdown ideas ready to add….Christmas is only ___ days away! Cost for this workshop is $35.00.

Friday, October 24, 2008

there's still room.....

there's still a couple spots remaining in our workshops tomorrow. get your holiday handmade gifts started...join us all day and knock out 2 gifts! woohoo!

daily grind calendars

G is for Gratitude journals.

give us a call to reserve your spot!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

the great BLUE Q bag sale

this weekend only....

purchase a fabulous BLUE Q shopper (only $12.00 each) stuff your shopper with all your favorite in-store treasures and take 25% off everything in the bag!!
(excludes SALE items, custom framing, gift certificates and workshop fees. may not be combined with any other discounts)
BLUE Q shoppers are the affordable, arty antidote to the despicable disposable polyethylene supermarket bag.

These durable & handy shoppers are perfect for groceries, daily errands and even hold safely and securely all your treasured scrapbook supplies!
You'll find you need one for the car, one for the house and one for work! BLUE Q shoppers are the holiday gift of the year!!
a fabulous bag AND super savings....see you this weekend for this great bag stuffing sale event! (Friday and Saturday 10/24-10/25)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Handmade Christmas

A Christmas Story Pictures, Images and Photos

The cooling temperatures tell us that Christmas is right around the corner. The holidays are a wonderful time for family, holiday traditions and spending quality time together with your loved ones. But we also know it to be the season for making yourself crazy looking for the just perfect gift ideas. At arts & scraps we have been planning Christmas since summer! We are ahead of the game and excited to help you get your gift list checked off. Starting Monday November 3rd we are going to debut a new project kit with gift giving in mind. We have a little something for everyone planned: a calendar, mini-albums, home decor and so much more. Each week will feature something different and the kits will be ready to go right here at the store. Once you have your kit you can work on it at our workspace, under the guidance of our Christmas Elves, or you can take it home and work at your leisure. Each project will have it's own blog complete with color pictures, cutting dimensions and step by step instructions so you get to work with the arts & scraps crew right in the comfort of your own home!

If you haven't taken the Handmade Christmas pledge yet, please join us! The link is right here on our blog and you too can sign up and make your pledge to make this A Handmade Christmas.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

great gift idea #3

acrylic creations make great gifts!

these snazzy necklaces are easy to make and even easier to give! make a bunch to have on hand for all those last minute giving needs. (design with a holiday theme and use as gift tags!)

these acrylic frames can be crafted as a set or individually. your photos simply slide into place...change them as often as you wish!

look for kits for these projects coming soon!

Friday, October 17, 2008

November Schedule is UP!!

check out the workshops we have for November. (be sure to bookmark the link to check back every month for an updated schedule at your fingertips!!)
we are chock full of crazy great classses!
you won't want to miss a one!

take the handmade challenge....

our entire staff has decided to craft all our gifts this holiday season.

whether it be the economy (ugh, hate to even mention here), the unpleasant thoughts of crowded aisles jammed with lackluster, unimaginative, made-in-china {gift} items available on the BIGBOX (ugh..another unmentionable) shelves or simply because crafting is wholesome, heartwarming & FUN! we all are dedicated to the challenge.

are you up for it?!

hints on handmade....

**check our blog all season long for fantastic gift ideas. from easy breezy to a little more complex we run the gamet of fabulousness!

**join us for our gift-giving craft night (coming in early December). spend the evening crafting gifts galore...knock out half your list in the matter of ONE evening!!

**join us for our inventive classes offered thru November and December. classes allow you to relax, complete a project and leave with a finished piece.

**drop by the store often to see new samples and ideas. new holiday lines are already arriving. don't miss out on this seasons newest offerings.

**new kits in stock daily. we have crafty, busy elves at arts & scraps creating and putting together clever kits that make gift making a breeze. come on in to see what's new!

we look forward to sharing in the holiday hoopla with you this season...fa la la la!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

30 days

so how are we progressing with our 30 days journals???

To keep a diary is to attempt a difficult literary form. Its effectiveness is likely to derive from a special blend of honesty and appetite for life that gives the power to record everyday happenings while magically freeing them from banality and triviality. William Plomer

Making the time to take those inspiring, happy shots when you see them??

Jotting down your thoughts, ideas??

I am not keeping up daily : ( ....but am taking time to snap shots when inspiration calls and look forward to cataloging my photos and journaling the meaning in my spiffy journal!!

( and I will! I really will!)

The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the
photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking - and looking.
Brooks Atkinson

I chatted with a friend & fellow journaler today. It was inspiring to share our experience thus far. She caught an amazing photo of rain drenched spider webs from her bedroom window at first light and a gorgeous Autumn skyline. Beautiful! We mused of the it makes you plan (want to plan!) and dream of that next shot. How it makes you actually STOP and take that photo. It will probably never be again.

If you haven't started your journaling adventure just worries....start next month, start tomorrow, start right now, whenever...but do definitely start! It is truly an endearing endeavor.

...and what fun we will have swapping stories, gathering new insight and sharing daily joys with one another.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


there's still time for Halloween crafting!