Tuesday, July 31, 2018

August Happenings!

Can you believe it is August?  That means that summer vacation is (almost) over and the cool weather is coming (right?!?!)  We have lots of good things coming to you this month, so grab those day planners and let's get scheduled! 

Okay, first, tonight, we have an awesome viewing party scheduled at the store to watch the brand new crafting show Making It! It is brought to you by Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler (the magical Ron and Leslie from Parks and Rec).  There are a few more spots open for snacks and crafts!  Register for an evening of fun right here!

And now to August!  First up... my favorite weekend of the month!  Crop Weekend! 
As of typing this - on Monday afternoon - there are still 9 seats available!  It is a great day of fun, craft therapy, and chocolate.  Grab a friend or come make a new friend at the store.  Now, ready to sign up?  Check out this link to get yourself signed up!

August 5
Join me to hand letter!  We will have a beginner hand lettering class right after lunch and a chalk lettering class in the afternoon!  You will learn everything you need to know to get started on your lettering journey - PLUS get lots of tips and tricks to make that adorable first day of school chalk board!  

Beginner hand lettering walks you through all the pens you need, as well as how to hold the pen and make your basic pen strokes and alphabets!  Anyone can letter - even if your handwriting is terrible!  Got a teen who is interested?  Bring them too!  Ready to letter - sign up right here!

Chalk lettering is a class that requires no hand lettering experience!  We will focus on all the tips and tricks to make dynamic and awesome boards.  You will get a 12x16 inch board and a bag full of chalk lettering tools!  Sign up for chalk lettering right here! And PS - don't wear a black shirt!

August 9
Join the magical Margaret to make some adorable parts of your HOME series!  She will be creating apples and witch hats to get you started in the fall season.  Margaret will tell you everything you need to know to make these adorable projects look professional!  We have noon and 6pm classes.  Sign up for classes right here!

August 11
Make and Take!

Margaret is back with another fabulous make and take featuring Lawn Fawn's hot new product Glow in the Dark embossing powder!  This dust flew off the shelves at Scrapbook Expo and we can't wait for you to get your hands on it!  You don't have to sign up - just swing by when you get a minute.  Be sure to leave at least 20 minutes to complete the project!

Kids Bible Journaling

Missy is bringing bible journaling to our littlest crafters! This class is great for crafty kids ages 5 and up.  All supplies are provided and we would love to help you get started with bible journaling on a kid-friendly level.  All parents will need to stay with their crafters!  Class starts at 10:30 and you can sign up here!

Bible Journaling - Story Teller Series
And now, big kids!  Missy has another Story Teller group for adults.  This class sold out last time and you do not want to miss out.  We will be bible journaling and creating a flip book to tell our story.  You will get an Illustrated Faith kit and get to play with some mixed media techniques too!  Sign up for bible journaling right here!

August 14
Bible Journaling is back!  This is our monthly journaling class!  Missy will be teaching the skills of paint scraping and using leftover scrapbook paper (no one has any right ;) )!  If you have ever wanted to try bible journaling, this is the class for you.  We always meet the second Tuesday of the month and learn something new to try in bible journaling.  Ready to sign up?  Click this link right here!

August 17-18

The Yard Sale is back (everyone shout hooray)!  This is always a crazy popular event and we love getting to shop in the fun things people have in their stash.  To get started at the Yard Sale, swing by the store to get your tags and sign the agreement.  You can use tags from previous sales, but you do have to sign up everytime.  And, you can reuse your number from event to event!  Drop off is the week before - refer to the agreement for all the specifics.  Plus, consignor presale is Thursday, August 16 from 6-8!  Woot!  

August 25

Inky Chicks time!  We had to move Inky Chicks because of the yard sale, but we are so excited to be focusing on Collage!  Margaret will teach you lots of tips to bring your art journal to life with collages!  You can sign up for Inky Chicks right here!

Grab your planners - it is time for the Plannerds Meetup!  This event is free (but does require a reservation) and a bunch of awesome ladies love to get together to work in their planners.  They are also legendary for the stash and share!  Want to come join in the fun and learn a bit about planner-ing?  Sign up right here!


And... we have Shadowbox class in the afternoon too!  There are two options to make - a summer and a fall box!  You will make all the cute pieces and parts to have this adorable interchangeable piece of home decor.  Margaret is a whiz at creating and teaching these classes!  Be sure to join in on the fun! Sign up for the class right here!

And, last but not least, Scrap Club!  This class always sells out in a hurry!  
August 28

We will be using Echo Park's Back to School line by Lori Whitlock.  In class, we will be making 3 2-page layouts just perfect for scrapping those back to school pictures (featuring that precious first day of school chalkboard)! Grab your spot at either 12pm or 6pm!  Can't make it to class - request a kit with directions to complete the project on your own time!  Sign up for class right here!

Gah!  I hope you guys are as excited as I am to get started this August!  I will see you all really soon in Hand lettering class!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Monday, July 30, 2018

Hand Lettering!

First up, thank you to everyone who came to Ken's classes this weekend!  We loved seeing all your shining faces and getting to share in the inky awesomeness together.  We hope you had as much fun as we did! 

And now...

It's baaaack!  This class always sells out in a hurry and I can't wait to letter with you all!  Next Sunday, August 5, I have a beginner hand lettering class and a chalk lettering class! 



If you are new to lettering, these are the classes for you!  In beginner hand lettering, we will go over everything you need to know to get started with brush pens!  From holding the pen to creating letters, you will be on your way to being a lettering rock star at the end of the class.  We will use a few different pens and at the end of class, we will use the Tombow Dual brush markers as a mixed media tool too!


Chalk lettering is for anyone - whether you have taken hand lettering or not!  We will learn lots of tips and tricks to make your chalkboards look amazing.  Ready to have some swoon worthy first day of school chalk boards?  This is the class to make your boards pop and your pictures Pinterest-worthy (cooperative child not included)!  In chalk lettering, you will also get a board and a bag full of chalk lettering supplies - included in the price! 

I would love to see you there!  Have a question?  Drop a line in the comments, on our Facebook page, or on my lettering page - Lettering with Lesley

I can't wait to letter with you! 
Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

PS - Don't forget to check out tomorrow night's watching party of the new show Making It!!!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Ken is Here!

We are so excited to welcome the wonderful Ken Oliver here to the City THIS WEEKEND!  I can't believe that it is finally here! We are so thrilled to have Ken here to teach five classes this weekend - as well as a whole bunch of brand new, never been seen goodies here at the store.


If you are still interested in taking classes, there are a handful of spots left.  All the classes can be found on the calendar - right here!  All of Ken's classes are jampacked full of goodies, information, and techniques - plus, each class gets you a discount on Ken's product.  They are well worth the investment in your skills!  We can't wait to see everything you created and hope that you will share with us on Facebook and Instagram

Can't make it by to take a class?  You can still come shop the trunk sale!  We would love to have you come shop for all the new goodies from Ken's latest release.  Everyone is welcome to come see all the things and we hope to see you there! 

Now, go get crafty on this Happy Friday!
Lesley

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Throwback Thursday


Hi Guys!  

I know that a lot of you have started going through your piles to find some goodies for the yard sale.  My favorite part of getting ready to consign is to find old papers/lines that you really love.  It always inspires me to dig a little deeper and find some amazing goodies in the depths of your scrapbook bags.  

So, I recently re-discovered a favorite line - Echo Park's Dino-Mite!  So after a quick search for some inspiration, I wanted to share a few of my favorite layouts with you!  (And, can I just say it is really exciting to search layouts and find your own work!?! It's the little things y'all!)






I love these things because they can be used for more than dinosaur pictures.  I love them for "just because" pages and the dinosaurs fade away and you really see the fun prints and colors of the paper.  

My question for you is - what favorite line do you love to rediscover?

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley 

PS - Don't forget to sign up for Ken's classes!  

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Freeeeeeee Printables!

Though it isn't quite August yet, Simple Stories has released their latest line of free printables for scrapbooks, planners, and traveler's journal!  They are so cute and perfect for adding a little something extra to your works in progress.



I personally love the little VW bus in the middle of these!  My son - who is three and a half - LOVES VW's and is a huge fans of buses and beetles!  I am going to print a set for him and let him add them to his art. Grab all your printable at this link!

August is around the corner here at the store and don't forget all the amazing things we have planned for the first week!  Monthly crop, Beginner Hand Lettering, Chalk Lettering, and Yard Sale drop off!!!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

City Maps!

They're baaaaack!   These pages always fly off the shelf - or out of the album - as the case may be.  Our amazing City Chicks Amanda and Kim have made these adorable pages.  In case you are new to the City Maps, here is how it works!

Grab a page kit and it contains supplies and directions to create a two page layout.  There are usually some extras in the bag - enough to squeeze out a third page on your own.  The pages are adorable and designed to fit 3x4 and 4x6 photos!  We have them for a ton of different seasons and occasions.  They are a great way to scrap in a flash and get a few pages completed! 

Here are a couple of examples! 









Seriously!  How cute are these pages!?!  We are so excited to share all of these with you and there are many more in the store!  Plus, these are priced at $13.50!  It is a super bargain and a great way to make some layouts with your favorite papers without investing in a whole line! 

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

PS - Do not forget to sign up for Ken's classes - just a few more spots!  We also have one spot left in the mini-album class Thursday - so cute! 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Ken is coming - THIS WEEK!

I feel like we have been waiting for forever, but we are so excited to be hosting Ken Oliver this week!  We have classes for every interest and skill level this weekend and can't wait to have you join us.  In addition to amazing classes, Ken is bringing his brand new product release with him.  We are so excited to our hands on brand new products!

Plus, there is a great shopping discount for Ken's class attendees!  For every class you take, you get a 5% discount on products you buy.  So, say you take Emboss Like a Boss and Die Cut Cards - that is a 10% discount - YES PLEASE!  Take all 5 classes and get a 25% discount!  It is an amazing deal on top of some super classes!  In case you missed it, here are the choices of classes coming THIS WEEKEND!
Layered Die Cut cards kick on Friday morning!  Register for this class right here!

Emboss like a Boss on Friday at 3pm!  You can sign up right here!

Start off your Saturday with lots of ink!  This class is open for registration right here!

Ready to learn a ton of techniques?  Come create a color burst album at the City of Saturday afternoon!  You can register for this class right here!

And last, but certainly not least, is this delightful hibiscus painting!  Come learn how to create paint these stunning flowers and you can register right here!

A couple of notes - got a tween/teen who is interested in learning?  Bring them along!  We would love to have them and Ken doesn't mind having interested young learners in his class! 

Can't take a class, but dying to get your hands on new products?  You can still shop the trunk sale - just come on by the store!

Because Ken is a guest teacher, unfortunately we can't take any coupons or discounts, but the shopping discount should make up for that!!! 

We have empty seats in all of these classes!  So, grab a girlfriend and head over to the store - you will not regret it!  Ken is an amazing teacher and you will walk out the door with a ton of new tips and tricks to make your work absolutely stunning!

Now, go get crafty - and sign up for Ken Oliver's classes!
Lesley

Friday, July 20, 2018

Glow in the Dark Magic!

One of Lawn Fawn's latest releases was a glow in the dark embossing powder!  It has been pretty popular at the store and we are expecting it to go super fast at the Scrapbook Expo this weekend.  It was shown with the adorable firefly stamp and die set, but we wanted to know what other stamp and die lines it would go well with.... so, we put Jessica Walters on the case!  Jessica is one of our wonderful Design Team ladies and a huge lover of Lawn Fawn.  Jessica shared some adorable cards that she made - and a few tips to make your glow in the dark cards rock!

PS - You can see all of these cards at the Scrapbook Expo this weekend!

Okay... check out these cuties!



These have lots of adorable embossing powder in sweet places - the tv edges light up, just like your regular tv.  The alien's ship lights up, as well as the cone, the house lights, and the car's headlights.  The submarine lights up in the third card, as well as the eel and angler fish in the last card!

Need some tips to make your embossing look amazing!  With accent powder, like the glow in the dark, you may not want to put it all over.  So, instead of covering the whole wet stamp in powder, Jessica suggests using a tool to strategically place the ink.



Jessica uses the little glue sticks/dental tools (available in the store) to place the ink just where she wants it.  This is great for adding a little embossing ink in just the right places.  She recommends using a lot of embossing powder - especially for glow in the dark.  And, be sure to make sure it gets a little natural light to charge before you check it out!  Plus, be sure to color your image first and emboss second.  Jessica says that when she adds embossing powder second, it can sometimes give her pieces a dappled look - especially with watercolored pieces!

These cards are available for your viewing pleasure at the Scrapbook Expo this weekend - and I would guess they are going to be in the store afterwards!  Feel free to come grab a peek or take a picture to inspire you when you sit down to make some cute cards! 

After looking at all of these, I was thinking, how cute would your Halloween cards be with some glowing embossing powder???  You could make your Jack O'Lantern's eye's glow and add some seriously spooky accents to your ghosts! 

Thank you so much for sharing your adorable cards and helpful hints Jess!

Now, come see us this weekend - in Atlanta or Chattanooga - and get crafty!
Lesley

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Throwback Thursday!

Who is getting excited about Scrapbook Expo this weekend?  We can't wait for the big weekend and are looking forward to getting our crop on!  Lots of our City Chicks are headed down to work in the booth, lead a few make and takes, and get our craft on.  If you are in Atlanta, please make sure you stop by and say hello - we love seeing our City Chicks everywhere!

If you are going to crop, I wanted to share a few super scraplift-able layouts.  I got to do a little scrapbooking last week and it was so wonderful!  I love getting to flex my creativity muscle and go back to my creative roots!  So, without further ado... a little scrapbook inspiration!

Echo Park's Imagine That

Echo Park's Petticoats and Pinstripes
Carta Bella's Cartopia

Photoplay's Science Fair

Amy Tangerine's Hustle and Heart

Carta Bella's Space Academy

Pink Paislee's Wild Child (boy)

Carta Bella's Space Academy

Carta Bella's Cartopia

Simple Stories' Little Guy
Hope these give you a little inspiration - and perhaps some pinspiration!  We can't wait to see what you create - whether at Scrapbook Expo or at home!  Don't forget to share some of your favorites with us on our Facebook or Instagram

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley