Wednesday, February 28, 2018

March Events

Holy Moly guys!  I can't believe it is March already!  This year has been flying by.  As always, we have a stuffed calendar to share with you!  There is a ton going on at the store - as always - plus, brand new product arriving weekly from Creativation!  This is one of my favorite times of year because there is something new every time you come into the store!

But, back to the calendar... I have added links to everything, but feel free to call the store to register for any/all of the events listed below!  Plus, VIC's, make sure you have checked your email for a special exclusive just for you all!

March 3rd

It is my favorite day of the month... crop day!  Come one and all and create until you drop!  We will be open from 10am-11pm so you can work all day long without the distractions of home.  The music and movies will be going, chocolate waiting, and creativity flowing!  It is one of my favorite things to do and a great way to meet new scrappers!  Register here for the crop!

March 8th


Our fabulous City Chick Margaret is back with more ADORABLE wood crafts!  She has the carrot barrel and an Easter Egg for your "Home"!  I love the simple seasonal changes this makes for a mantle or display area and it is so easy to do!  Margaret will walk you through all the steps and this class is for any ability level.  You can sign up for the barrel class here at noon or 6pm.  Plus, the Egg is here at noon or 6pm

March 8th-11th

Join us for our very fantastic City Chicks Mountain Retreat!  These are amazing weekends away in the beautiful Smoky Mountains!  You can read all the reasons you should go right here and sign up right here.  These retreats are like none other and have such a cozy feel compared to our weekends at the Marriott!  Plus, a weekend away being spoiled is such a treat.  You can register right here for your next best weekend!

March 10
Make and Take Day!  Join Margaret at the store to make an adorable project for FREE!  We will be using a brand new stamp and die set - no sneak peeks yet!  Please allow about 20 minutes for the project, plus a few minutes to wait if there is a line.  And the second best part of all of this??? After five make and takes, you earn $10 off your next purchase!  Free project and free product!?! Yes please!

March 13

Bible Journaling is back!  We are so excited to be learning a little bit of coloring technique this month!  Bring your colored pencils and we will learn some tips and tricks for blending and smoothing your work so it looks very fancy! Plus, we will make "Page Flutters" (my name for it... patent pending ;))  You will need a set of 24 colored pencils (Crayola or higher quality) and a Prismacolor blending pencil, which are coming to the store if you don't have one!  You might also want to bring a pencil sharpener, because accidents happen!  Register for Bible Journaling right here and I will see you soon!

March 17
Join us for Inky Chicks!  All you fans of mixed media and getting a little bit messy when you create should join Margaret on Saturday, March 17th to learn a new technique and have dedicated "play time" in the crop room.  As always, Margaret has an amazing process planned and you will love it!  Sign up for Inky Chicks right here!

At 1pm, we will be creating our wooden shadow boxes just in time for the Easter Season!  This is a perfect and interchangeable decor piece that can hang on the wall or sit on a bookshelf!   I absolutely LOVE the bright colors and the bunny butt!  Register for the shadow box class right here!

March 23-24 

It is the must-sell-must-shop event of the spring!  That's right!  It is Yard Sale time!  Join us on March 23-24, presale on March 22 for Consignors, to get the best in inexpensive scrapbook and mixed media supplies!  There is always a tremendous about of paper, embellies, tools, bags, stamps and more!  The amazing City Chick Tonya puts it all together and then cleans it all up - she should be nominated for sainthood!  Plus, this is a great way to get rid of some of your old products and earn a little money for all those new Creativation releases!  You do have to register for the yardsale in person, so drop by the store!

March 27

Scrap Club Day!  Come create six layouts with the gorgeous new line Spring Market from Carta Bella!  This one gives me all the Chip-and-Joanna-feels and is perfect for your spring photos!  You can sign up right here for the noon or 6pm class.  Page layout pictures will be here soon. 

March 31

This is another crazy busy day!  Be sure to swing by the store for your VIC sale!  This is a great chance to stock up with your one day only discount.  Plus, be sure that you are on a blue card and eligible to get the discount.  Not sure? Swing by or give us a call so you can be prepared for the big day!


Also, at 1pm, we are so thrilled to be hosting the Knovxille Plannerds meet up once again!  This event is free, but we ask you to register to ensure we have enough space.  Spend some time working in your planner and chatting with other wonderful ladies!  Plus, I hear the destash and share table is amazing!  We can't wait to see you - don't forget to register here!

Did you get all that?!?  We can't wait to see you guys soon for all these new classes! 
PS - Hand lettering and sermon notes were highly requested again!  Due to this crazy calendar, we couldn't squeeze any in, but mark your planners for April 8th - more details coming soon!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Okay Scrappers!  I don't know if you know, but in addition to our amazing weekend City Retreats at the Marriott/Holiday Inn, the fabulous ladies of Scrappin' In the City host small cabin retreats in Pigeon Forge.  If you have never been on a weekend retreat before, I want to tell you why they are amazing!  

1) Smaller, cozy crops! 
Instead of being in a huge, echo-y hotel ballroom, we are all in a cabin's living room!  There is still plenty of space for all your pieces and parts, but you get to know your neighbors and it has a family reunion (without the crazy aunts and uncles) feeling.  We provide a table and chair for you - and a perfectly designed t-shirt!

2) Meals 
Okay, so sometimes making a plan, ordering takeout, and having cash and giving card numbers over the phone can be a real pain the caboose.  I love that the cabin retreats have three meals a day provided and I don't have to think about it!  You can always go out or do something on your own, but this is such a nice option.  Note, bring your own dinner Thursday and a snack to share!


3) PJ's All Day
While this is really no different than the big crops, nothing is better than hanging all day in your choice of athleisure ;) Like Planet Fitness, we are also a judgment free zone!

4) Hot Tub!
Our cabin has two jacuzzis and a hot tub... plus a pool in the community for your brave polar bears!  


5) Extra Hours for Fun!
Check in on Thursday night and stay until Sunday at 5!  

6) Discounts!
Just like a regular crop, we give a discount for store shopping the week before the crop to get all your goodies before you go, plus we have a mini-store at the cabin!  

We have spaces open for our cabin retreat in March and April!  Grab your bestie and make a plan... or come and meet a new best scrapbooking friend!  Don't forget to consult our handy retreat packing list before you go!

On a personal, sappy note, one of my favorite memories was a scrapbooking cabin trip I took with a new friend and it sealed us to be really close scrapping and life besties!  It was so much fun and I loved getting to know everyone on the retreat.  I give it five stars and highly recommend it to anyone!

Now, go get crafty and sign up for the retreat!
Lesley

Monday, February 26, 2018

Store Exclusive!

Taylored Expressions are here in the store and we are so excited!  One of my favorite things about Taylored Expressions is that they have an exclusive stamp and die set that is only for brick and mortar stores (that's us!) that carry their line... less than 40 stores in the world! 

I wanted to share some of my favorites from their spring release PLUS the special stamp headed for the store!  All of these goodies are on their way - keep your eyes on Facebook for the day they hit the store shelves.  This rain die is perfect for all kinds of backgrounds!

These jelly beans are amazing!  I love this card!

I love this hand lettering inside the cross!  What a beautiful sentiment for Easter or a thinking of you card. I was also thinking this would be great for spring baptisms, confirmations, and first communions! 

How cute is this shamrock card?  I think this would be adorable with some glitter cardstock!  


Peeps Please!  I love this card and think it is perfect for big and little kids!


These 3x4 watercolor panels are amazing - and perfect for cards and scrapbook layouts!


This is the exclusive product headed for our store!  I love how versatile it is with the adorable faces and the outfits... I think this is amazing and a perfect collection to a City Chick stock! 


Want more info?  Check out Taylored Expressions You Tube page.

What do you all think?  I love these new goodies and think they are the perfect addition to a stamp and die collection!  If you are dying to have any of these, call the store and request your favorite be held!  We will call you when it arrives in the store, just for you! 

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Friday, February 23, 2018

Echo Park Here and Coming Soon!

All the brand new Echo Park Releases that shipped in January are here in the store!  We are so excited to have these in and can't wait for you to come shop them!

 I love these chocolate bunnies!  How cute are they?  And that carrot paper is the most precious!


And, I love these sweet baby lines!  They are perfect papers to decorate for baby showers, make invites, special thank you notes and stationary, and of course scrapbook that new baby!

And, mark your calendars because we have more coming in the first week of March!  We can't wait for you to get your hands on these amazing lines!

I love these Imagine That! lines!  I can't wait to put all our summer adventures to the pool, beach, museum, and more on here!  I love the bright colors and seasonally generic print - perfect for any time of year!


Anyone else LOVE Mary Poppins and dying to get their hands on this PL Travers inspired line?  The carousel, the tea pots, I think I see a little London in the background - yes please!  Please have this as my official notice that I want this line (and the Imagine That above too)!


Anyone else a huge fan of all things Magnolia?  This line makes me think of Chip and Joanna, shiplap, Magnolia Silos, and gives me a hankering for a ham sandwich and a cupcake.  (Just me?  Okay.) The florals are beautiful and I think this is perfect for some Easter pictures! 

We will also be getting a variety of Echo Park basics - tartans, dots, stripes, foils, and more! 
Be sure to check our Facebook page for the official delivery date of these lines, but we are expecting them the first week in March.  Dying to have it and don't want to chance it?  Call the store and put in on hold!  We will pull yours before it hits the floor and give you a phone call - guaranteed paper!

Which one are you most excited to use? 

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Thursday, February 22, 2018

One Little Worders... February Edition!

Hi Guys!

I wanted to check in and see how many of you all have finished your February One Little Word challenge... I am just now getting to mine and finished my vision board!  I feel like my word, brave, was giving me such a challenge to define in pictures it was slowing me down at the start.

I decided to create my vision board inside my album because hanging things on my wall is always a challenge and I wanted to be finished!  So, I created a fold out layout for my 6x8 album by using two sheets of cardstock that I washi taped together to create a folding page.

And then, I hit a small stack of magazines to create my work.  This was the most challenging part, being that most periodicals in my house are either Highlights or Ranger Rick Junior - and those don't really have the feeling that I was looking for!  I ended up using a Southwest airplane magazine from 2006 (!), a science magazine, one Good Housekeeping, and a MOPS periodical that was hanging around the house.  It was quite a hodge-podge of sources. 

I did use the process Ali recommended, ripping out the pages and then going back and trimming them.  Because I had a smaller space to work with, I decided to put some of my "block" graphics on the back together.  And I do plan to add to them... when I find another magazine that inspires me.  I cut two pieces of cardstock - one to 6 3/4 inches x 8 1/4 inches and the other to 6 1/4 inches x 8 1/4 inches.  That gave me room to hole punch on the bottom one and the top just flopped out.  Then, I washi taped the and the bottom side to make sure that it would open and close easily.  I titled the front of my vision board and got to placing and gluing my images.  (I used a Tombow Tape Runner.)  And this is my final project - I am pretty proud!



I want to see your vision boards - who had theirs finished?  And, I have been thinking about the daily March challenge... what can I do to really push myself?  Share your thoughts, comments, or vision boards below or on our Facebook page!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Maggie Holmes Flourish Inspiration!

I know that so many of you guys were just as thrilled as I was when the new Maggie Holmes line rolled through the door!  Sometimes, when I get so excited to get a new paper, my scrapper brain turns off and I have a hard time getting started cutting into the paper.

So, I trolled around my favorite place for inspriation - Pinterest - and found these gorgeous layouts to help get you inspired to make the first trim!  Plus, all this fussy cutting is great for scrapping while watching the Olympics at the same time (or am I all the only who watches all the time).  And even though it is SUPER floral, I feel like it could go well in an album for my son with spring or Easter pictures or maybe even a trip to the nursery!




Fun fact... I love yellow flowers and I love the key role they play in this line!  The bright pop is just stunning and I can't wait to make my own layout inspired by these pieces!

Which one is your favorite?
Now go get crafty,
Lesley 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Colored Pencils!

Have you guys seen all the amazing colored pencil art that is out right now?  I am in such envy of the amazing lettering and shading going on!  Seriously, check these amazing pieces out!




I am so excited to announce that next month's bible journaling class will be all about using colored pencils and making your coloring look fancy and smooth!  We will be learning a variety of techniques to make your coloring pop! 

We are so excited to be getting Chameleon colored pencils in the store too!  They are a wax-based pencil that has a harder lead than a Primsacolor pencil.  This means that the lead doesn't break as easily - hooray!  Unfortanately, they don't blend well with Gamsol, which is commonly used to blend colored pencils.  The pencils are also two-toned which is great for blending and shading your coloring.

For bible journaling this month, all you need to bring is your bible, colored pencils (Crayola, Prismacolor, Chameleon, or Faber Castell) and a clear blending pencil.  If you want to register for class, call the store!  A registration link will be available soon!

Can't wait to see you all there!
Now go get crafty!
Lesley

Friday, February 16, 2018

Scrapbooking = Olympics

So, in case you don't know, I, Lesley Miller, am the biggest Olympic junkie in the world.  There is nothing I love more than the pageantry, the uniforms, the sports that are obscure... seriously, I love it all.  My husband and I plan to compete in Mixed Doubles Curling in the senior Olympics one day.  We are THOSE people! 

So, as I was writing a blog post earlier this week, with the Olympics on in the background (obviously), I couldn't help but notice the similarities!  So, I borrowed some gifs of my friends from the Winter Olympics (and Michael Phelps) to help make my case... so without further ado...

When you sit down to get your scrapbook on:

And, it is time to start a brand new project, album, or craft!

Good news!  You work best with your favorite scrapbooking pal and you are both in the zone!

When you are carefully lining up all those pieces and parts!

All while avoiding life's distractions... laundry, dishes, and Pinterest

When it is time to bust out the really fancy embellishments you splurged on!

And maybe a little glitter too?!?

Then you seamlessly move to the next page without disruption!

And, finally, when you finish a project!

Am I right y'all?  Don't you feel all these things (and have the rippling abs too)?  Scrapbooking for the Olympics! 

Now, go get crafty - and find some coverage!  Be a fan and watch those people do crazy things in the cold!
Lesley