Thursday, June 19, 2008

Off to Great American Scrapbook Convention

It's finally here - the big day. Melody has all the merchandise and supplies packed up to go. Our personal bags are packed. I'm just catching up on computer work while they sleep. Today is our first big in person event - 2 Scrappy Chix Designs will be at the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Chantilly this weekend.

An amazing amount of thought and planning goes into one of these things. Even now, knowing all we need to do is load my husband's truck and hit the road, I'm still a nervous wreck. We've got the metal grid stuff on the roof of the truck - my husband is going to attach my paper racks as well. I'm going to feel like a circus train driving on the interstate with the vehicle full to the brim and overflowing with white metal on the roof. Hopefully nothing will fly off as we toodle down the road to the event.

Are you going to be there? If so, be sure to stop by and say hi! We'll be in booth 523 and would love to put faces to names.

Seems like my life has been in hyperdrive since I bought the "store" last month. There are a multitude of tasks involved in having a store - taxes, software, setting up accounts with vendors, meeting an accountant, inventory management, website management, setting up my design team and working with them to develop our soon to be revealed July offering. YIKES - Scotty, beam me up!

The weirdest part of all is that I'm wondering if it will ever slow down a bit so I can breathe again. I guess it must or those who have been doing it already would have died of exhaustion. I'm trying to set up one event a month for us. That might be too big an ambition. Next month, we'll be attending CHA. That's something I've wanted to do forever (since I first heard about it, of course) and now I have a legitmate reason to attend. If I could only win the lottery before I go, I could order a gazillion things and have an incredible time. Ah well, we'll have a good time anyway.

Time to get ready to hit the road. I'll try to share photos when I get back, but no promises. Eventually I'll start posting the monthly kit previews here to make it more interesting. For now, you just get my intermittent ramblings. Thanks for sharing my life.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wanted to Share

I bought my Bind It All (the full deal - machine, case, tools, covers, wires etc) quite the little while ago... at long last, I made something with it. I had seen a bound but not designed one at the rubber stamp convention in Ocean City MD last month and KNEW I had to make my own. I used the new Teresa Collins line (which I have in my store) and a bit of some new Heidii Swapp stuff for accents. One of these days, I'll even populate the inside with photos and journaling of my darling daughters... guess I'll need to print out some choice photos in black and white to really make this work... I'm not going to show you all the incomplete pages inside, but I used the TC punch out sheets for them so they're a nice variety of sizes and colors. Enjoy!

Continually Catching Up

I think I'm about recovered from the weekend. Had a wonderful time with the ladies on my board - they did some beautiful work with the crop and challenges. I'm honored to "know" such talented women.

Points were awarded - prizes ready to ship out today - still waiting on Mary's mailing address.

Design Team has been selected - each woman is uber-creative and I think together we'll be able to come up with some great new kits for you each month to get your own creativity going. Check out the board soon for our design team challenges - they should inspire you. Please play along. BTW, if you haven't done so yet, register for both the board and gallery - we'd love to meet you and have you share with us.

Our new team includes:
Marcie from Danville IL as our team leader
Deb from Baldwinsville NY
Morwena from Chantipee France
Megan from Havertown PA
Zoa from Mayville ND

Check out their blogs for some eye candy.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Making it through the work week

Any juggling masters out there? Somehow, keeping all the balls in the air and keeping a positive attitude at the same time seems to often be a bit of a struggle. Sometimes I feel ungrateful that I am not more joyful as well as our life if going after all... Amanda got a perfect test score on her reading SOL (standards of learning - mandatory accomplishment tests in VA). Amanda and Margaret are both doing well with their braces and academics. School will be ending for summer in a short time. Melody and I are doing well together and our store is fully stocked and functional. We have a booth for the Chantilly CHA and hope to have a great time there as well. Everyone is healthy including the pets.

Maybe it's just the busy-ness of life that drains one... thank God it's almost the weekend. If anyone has any shares for focus, please share. TTYL!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Online Crop! Saturday, June 7th

Are you chix ready to rock? We're putting together some awesome prizes for you ladies in celebration of my new and improved site . I hope you will be able to join us. I'll be putting together a number of groovy prizes. Be sure to participate there for your chance to win. We'll have a number of challenges and each will be worth a certain number of points. It will be your job to update your signature on the board with your points total and help keep us straight as you upload your entries. Be sure to get your board log in early so you don't miss a point! We would also like for you to link us to your finished projects in each challenge thread that applies. The crop will be on Saturday June 8, beginning at 9am CST and it will end at 4pm CST.Your creations must be uploaded to the gallery by Sunday June 9 12:00 noon CST. The winners of the crop will be announced shortly thereafter.

Also, I will be announcing the new Design Team members on the board Sunday at noon as well. You won't want to miss this!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Back on track

What a busy weekend... Melody and I set up shop at a charity crop. The women who organized it did a fabulous job with plenty to eat and drink and lots of space. Melody was thrilled she won a raffle prize - a month of tanning! As fair as we both are, she was thrilled. I personally gave up on the whole tanning concept 20+ years ago... just call me "Magnolia" sugah...

We learned a lot of things running the booth -
  1. you should figure out how to operate the register BEFORE you go to an event.
  2. it helps to have an idea of how you want to set things up.
  3. Mark's Expedition won't be big enough for Chantilly.
  4. don't forget the long extension cord.
  5. there is a learning curve to using the Bind-it-all.
I made a cute mini book with my BIA and the new Teresa Collins Bella line. Very fem and pretty - I'll try to get around to adding a pic to the blog. It takes a LOT of energy to run a store - I was so worn out that I went straight to bed when we got home (didn't even unpack the truck). Even took a nap Sunday for about 4 more hours. Yikes I was tired.

We met some great scrappers at this event and had a very nice time. I even managed to edit a pile of photos that have been waiting for my attention and now I can upload them and have them developed. Whew!

Did I mention we'll be doing an online crop at my site this coming Saturday? Be sure to log in and participate! .

Check in with you another time!