Monday, September 01, 2014

September Sketch and Crafty Challenge

Here we are in September. Where did the summer go?? I know lots of parents, myself included, who are happy to get back to routine. A new month means it's time for another sketchy/crafty challenge.

Let's begin with the sketch:

Here is my design:

My layout is very close to the sketch, however feel free to change it up. As long as the basic feel is there you will qualify. 

Can you guess what the "CRAFTY" part of my challenge is? It's right there, front and center, one of the most popular embellishments around these days. You got it! A camera!

My camera is a mini placemat from Jillibean that I layered over patterned papers (an old fave collection from My Mind's Eye). Your camera can be an embellishment, a diecut or even on the patterned paper you choose. 

So that's it. Sketch + Camera = a chance to win a gift certificate to TSF!

As always we have a prize to give away but please remember, in order to qualify and be in with a chance of winning, you must use both the Sketch and Crafty element of the challenge.

Here are our few simple rules:

  1. Enter as many times as you like with each new entry showing an interpretation of both the Sketch and Crafty element of this months challenge.
  2. Each creation will gain you one entry into the draw to win.  Please enter a double page as only one entry.
  3. Projects must be linked using the tool below in order to be entered to win.
  4. Entries must be linked no later than 11:59pm on September 30, 2014.
Have fun!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Are You In a Scrapbooking Slump??

I came across this article and I thought I would post it here!!  I often hear customers complaining about some of the things they talk about, so I thought it would be worth passing along!!  Enjoy :) ~ Carolyn

1. Stop Feeling Guilty.

Nothing bad is going to happen if you don’t scrapbook today. Or tomorrow. Or all year.

Your photos are not going to self-destruct if they’re not put into a scrapbook album within a week. Your children are not going require therapy because you didn’t produce 158 volumes of their childhood memories.
Don’t worry about getting “caught up,” either. We can never truly be caught up because life is always happening. It’s okay to have some time gaps in your scrapbooks.

And then there’s the scrapbooking stash: a major source of scrapbooker’s guilt. If your stash is getting you down, it might be time for purging.

Let go of the guilt and pressure to scrapbook. No matter how long it’s been since you’ve scrapbooked, you can always start from this point forward.

2. Purge & Organize.

Organize your scrapbooking supplies and straighen up your scrapbook area. Sometimes messy areas make us feel overwhelmed and uncreative; a clean space is happy and inviting.

If and when you’re ready to purge, try the “shop your stash” method: imagine you have no scrapbook supplies, and your scrapbooking stash is the store. What will you pick out? Whatever remains is what you should probably donate. If you’re worried about possibly needing the purged supplies later, try boxing them up and storing them in a closet. If you ever actually need one of the supplies, you still have it. If not, then maybe you don’t need that stuff after all.

Organize photos on your computer. Add notes, group by event, delete the accidental blurry shots of your foot. Organize prints as well.

Organize your mementos and kids’ school papers.

When you’re ready to scrapbook again, your stuff will be ready, too.

3. Keep Writing.

Keep writing down those funny things your children say, or notes about a recent vacation. Make notes in a Word document or an app or an actual journal.

No matter how long your scrapbooking slump lasts, keep writing.

When you’re ready to scrapbook again, you’ll be glad you have those notes.

4. Try a Different Creative Outlet.

Painting, drawing, knitting, quilting, jewelry making. Revisit a craft you once enjoyed or try something new. 

Or focus on something that will directly benefit your scrapbooking: take a photography class, practice your handwriting, learn Photoshop.

Exploring other creative outlets might lead you back to scrapbooking.

5. MAKE Memories.

Go on a trip. Play a game with your children. Take a walk. Do something other than focusing on your scrapbooking slump. It’s okay to have fun and not make a scrapbook page about it.

(Yes. The answer is yes.)

Enjoying an activity without the “pressure” of scrapbooking it might just be the scrapbooking boost you need.

6. Start Scrapbooking.

Maybe it’s time to get back on the horse, so to speak.

Also consider that it might be time for a change. Our personal style changes over time, right? It seems logical that our scrapbooking style would change, too.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Welcome to the Team Katie!

We have been overwhelmed with response to our ad to hire for a part-time position. We received a lot of very qualified applications and we wish that we could add you all to our team.

We are happy to announce that Katie Wilson has accepted a position with us!!! We feel that she will be a very valuable addition to our team.

We hope that you will give her a warm welcome!!! Thank you again to all who applied.

New BoBunny in the Store!

BoBunny has arrived!  We just fell in love with the new collections from BoBunny and we have added them to our shelves. They are also uploaded to our on-line store if you prefer to shop from home.  See all the collections by clicking HERE.

First up is Wild CardThis collection features a vintage grunge look that would be perfect for any boy or man themed project! The extras in the collection include chipboard, die-cuts, buttons, and more! Here is just a sampling of the papers.

If you have done any traveling at all, then you will love the Souvenir collection!  It has a fun retro feel and bright colours. See online store for the entire collection.

We know it seems early to start thinking about Christmas, but this sweet collection won't last long!  Yummy papers, gorgeous embellishments and fabulous stickers will make designing your layouts and cards super easy!  Check out the entire line by clicking HERE.

In addition to these paper lines, we have also brought in BoBunny's new Glitter Paste, Pearlescents and Jewels!  These amazing products will add the perfect touch to your creations.

Pearlescents come in nine shimmering colors. They can be used in a variety of ways, including creating your own pearl dots or tracing around a shape! Your imagination is your only limit.

Glitter Paste is an awesome mixed media product.  Use with or without stencils.

BoBunny Double Dot Jewels are just gorgeous!  In six different colour families (86 pieces per card) and priced at just $3.50 each, you will want them all!

The Jewels also come in a swirl design in four fabulous colours!

Please visit our on-line store to see these collections in their entirety.   You don't want to miss out on these amazing products!

School Rules!

We are heading into the last long weekend of the Summer - Labour Day Weekend.  Many of us are sad to see summer coming to an end, but we also know that lots of students and teachers are happy to be heading back to the classroom.  And Mom's are quite happy as they look forward to the routine that a return to school brings. With that in mind, Joanne has created this delightful card kit that would be perfect for your student or their teacher!

Each kit contains all the materials to create this card.  With a die-cut owl and wooden ruler it is sure to put a smile on the face of someone special.

These kits are available for only $3.99 each!  A photo is included to help you put the card together.

You can purchase the kit at our store or online by clicking HERE

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Key Tag Sale!

It is time once again for everybody's favourite Key Tag Promotion at Two Scrapbook Friends!

This Friday and Saturday, August 29 and 30th, if you purchase 10 sheets of regular priced pattern paper, you will receive 10 sheets of cardstock for FREE!

We know how much our scrapbooking friends love this offer and it is the perfect time to stock up on some of the great new pattern papers that we have in the store! Our store shelves are full of awesome papers in a variety of themes and our cardstock is ready to go!

We are open from 10:00am - 6:00 pm Friday and from 10:00am - 4:00pm on Saturday. We look forward to seeing you and remember to bring your TSF Key Tag! If you don't own one yet, you can pick one up for only $1.00.

See you soon!

*You must show your TSF Key Tag to receive promotion.
**Paper purchased in increments of 10 sheets will qualify.
***Receive up to a maximum of 30 cardstock FREE.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Two Scrapbook Friends is Hiring!!!

Two Scrapbook Friends is growing and we are looking for a friendly and motivated individual to join our team!!!

Things move quickly around here and we are looking for an individual that loves challenges and doesn't mind changes.  We work in a fast paced environment and are often working on more than one project at a time.  

Our ideal candidate can work independently, has great attention to detail and is able to stay focused. They come to work with a positive attitude and are able to work efficiently.

If you are interested, you must have basic knowledge of operating and working on a computer.  You must have a high level of customer service and be punctual.  You must be available to work Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am - 5pm.  Other days may be required at times.  We are looking for someone to start early in September!!!

To apply, email us at with the following information:
  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Do you own or know how to operate a Silhouette Cameo (not a requirement)
  • Any special skills or previous experience you think will be relevant to this position
  • Available start date
  • Availability restrictions

Please DO NOT contact us directly (by phone or coming into the store).  All considered applicants will be contacted to set up an interview time.