Friday, April 27, 2012

CKC-Manchester is ON!!

April 26 - 28  (Vendor Faire: April 27 & 28)
The Center of New Hampshire at Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown
700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101

I had a SUPER-GREAT time previewing the CKC-Manchester Vendor Faire!  I cut through aisles BUSTING with scrapping goodie greatness with the aid of the terrific CKC-Manchester booklet.  It was invaluable!  The Vendor Faire is so big, and, let's face it, our goodies can get pretty small, a little  help navigating to find what I was looking for was really appreciated!!
Kate Winegar and Marci Parsons
are GEARED UP for a

The CKC-Manchester booklet, which you receive when you arrive, has an extensive product listing of the items you're sourcing.  Say, for instance, you're on the hunt for Copics, it will tell you in which booths you can find them.  Totally saving us time & frustration! Yeah!

Amy Burley gearing up for crop :)
The crop & class spaces are HUGE!!
The booklet also has all your info on classes, where they're held and how much each costs.  All of that is broken down into an easy-to-read grid {Happy}.  Please remember, while online registration is closed for these classes, many of them have limited openings.  You can sign up for them right on-site!  ** I have an updated list of class opening as of Thursday.  If you would like a copy, email me & get it to you -

Thanks so much to our Local Scrapbook Stores who have supported this event - you ROCK!
Scrapbook Girl, Lisa Fedele (R)
with help from
Dee Pierce (L), The Crop Shop

Creative Memories - Doris St. Pierre, Hooksett, NH
Frugal Scrapper - Susan Mariano, Somersworth, NH
The Crop Shop - Dee Pierce, Rockland, MA
Lil' Inker Designs - Laura Pryor, Dedham, MA
The Front Desk - Denise Piette, Newport, VT (802) 334-5830
Scrapping Soul Sisters - Jackie, Concord, NH
The Bead Patch - John, Manchester, NH

Thursday evening:
Scrappers were already LINING UP
at the booths in the lobby!

So, GO!  Rack up those show specials and hit the classes!  We want to hear all about your bargains, great finds & new techniques you've learned! And DO NOT forget your COUPONS!!

The Paper Wizard
Bonnie & Eric have lots of great kits, too!
Buy the Yard Ribbons
Dillon's Laser Designs
Erica & Tammy have been
stocking up!
Tami & Kevin are ready with
Mosaic Moments Quick Grid Guide
Lea France
a-MA-zing photo collages!
Show Special - Copic:
Buy 10 or more: $4.49each!
Show Special - Spellbinders:
Buy 3, Get One FREE!

Sparkle N Sprinkle
Brenda & Margaret will be in the booth!
Sparkle N Sprinkle

Bee Creative
Check out Karen's N*E*W Spectrum Noire pens!

Scrap It Simple
Here's Bob, hard at work!
Stamping Station
Keith has all the travel destination papers & embellishments!

club sei
Leanna has some GREAT ideas for
kit leftover pieces!
club sei
Make 'N Take: ACRYLIC!

Embellish It!
Steve & Shelby have been
coming to CKC-Man
since the beginning!
Embellish It!

Eyelet Outlet
Say "hello" to our friends from NH!!
Suzanne & Frankie will be in the booth!
Melissa Frances
Ashley & Melanie will have
all your girlie supplies!
Melissa Frances
The Stamps of Life
YES! Stephanie Barnard is going to be
IN THE HOUSE!!  Woo Hoo!
Heartfelt Creations
Rebecca's doing Glitter Demos!
Heartfelt Creations

April 26 - 28  (Vendor Faire: April 27 & 28)
The Center of New Hampshire at Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown
700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101

I look forward to seeing everyone at the SHOW!!

Happy Day, Laurel Lee Pollard

Thursday, April 26, 2012

TODAY, Tomorrow & Saturday, April 26th, 27th & 28th, CKC-Manchester: Limited Class Opening still available!

April 26 - 28  (Vendor Faire: April 27 & 28)
The Center of New Hampshire at Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown
700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101

OOhh.... Lookee!  Limited openings that are still available at CKC-Manchester!!  Online registration is closed, so you can sign up right at the show {Happy!}

Click HERE for class descriptions!
** I have a PDF version of this list & I'm happy to email it to you directly.  Contact me at and I'll get it right to you!

I'm at CKC-Manchester right now for some behind-the-scenes (BTS) piccies!    Check 'em out on  my facebook page or twitter!!  See you at the SHOW!!

Happy Day, Laurel Lee Pollard

** Again, I have a PDF version of this list & I'm happy to email it to you directly.  Contact me at and I'll get it right to you!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Store Explore: Scrappy Boutique

Oh, what a great week in Florida!  Our annual trip to the Sunshine State was a huge success with trips to Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, Downtown Disney and the all-new Legoland!  With all those unbelievable memories, I needed what?? MORE PAPER!!

Well, with all their acreage of theme parks, I could not find a scrapbook store anywhere to be found at Disney World!  The only thing I found was a little "Memories" tag-on section to their Art of Disney store in Downtown Disney.  They offered fuzzy pens, picture frames, kiddie pencil boxes, but VERY limited selection for the paper crafter - which anyone can find at a big box retailer {Sad}.

So, do you think I went home empty handed from the Land of the Mouse?  Nooooo: I called the intrepid Cheryl Mezzetti, who offered a hot lead on a great scrapbook store for me - Scrappy Boutique!  It's conviently located over by The Parks and, boy, did they have more than I could ask for - and a paper crafter does NOT say that very often!

The store was BUSY.  The staff was working hard: Julie was checking out customers and Mari was restocking merchandise and inventorying.  Groups of customers were in, out, shopping, buying . . . sales were racking up and it was easy to see why.
Scrappy Boutique staff join me for a piccie:
Mari (L) and Julie (R)
The staff was unbelievable.  The owner, Stacey, was on vacation - but you wouldn't know it.  Julie was behind the counter and greeted every customer - recognizing many by name.  But it was more that just the "Hi, let me know what I can help you with . . ."  She was personable; really asking people how've they been, what they're working on, what they're planning on doing on their vacation . . just engaged with her customers.  You could SEE the customers responding positively to her -

- and {JOY!} they had all the Disney Princess and Fairies merchandise I was looking for {HAPPY}!

RACKS of the single sheet licensed papers by EK Success that I have trouble getting here in New England -
- and all the embellishments I could ask for.  Mari was in the process of filling out another order because they needed even more!

The greatest "get" was merchandise for my little guy.  Plenty of merchandise for Mickey Mouse along with Cars and Winnie the Pooh by EK Success as well.

Scrappy Boutique brought out my "Happy Momma" with their selection Creative Imaginations licensed product lines that reflected our "Theme Park Vacation" including Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lego. 

Finally!  I could stock up on little boy's merchandise!  Can I get an "Amen!" to that??

 While I was focused on the Disney merchandise, that was only a small part of the themes they carried.  Some of my favorites were:

School: I picked up some Head of the Class by Little Yellow Bicycle
Military: including a great selection by, again, Creative Imaginations 

A great find: BBQ/Fiesta!  YEAH!  I went into this rack BIG TIME.  OMGoodnes, I emerged with the BEST STUFF from Reminisce!  CHEERS! 

. . . But those are just my personal favorite finds.  They had an extensive selection of paper craft product lines including 7 gypies, Maya Road, My Minds Eye and MANY others (Yes, I bought the Simple Stories papers Julie recommended. LOVE).

Scrappy Boutique also offers a HUGE selection of crafting supplies to enhance layout pages: bunches of Tim Holtz and a plentiful supply of Copic Markers, Tattered Angels Mists, pens, ink pads, dies, stamps, bling . . .

I encourage you to take advantage of Scrappy Boutique's Loyalty Program (yes, I joined!), and their terrific online store that has free shipping on domestic orders over $75.  PLUS when you buy your paper at Scrappy Boutique, you can use their AccuCut and Sizzix dies and cutters for FREE!  WOOT!
OMGoodness, if only I had more time to explore - I'd only scratched the surface!  But when I received the text, "Honey, if you're looking for your family, we're out in the car," I knew it was time to start wrapping it up . . .

Scrappy Boutique's product lines were plentiful, fresh, current and deep.  It really was inspiring to consider all the layout options they made available to their customers.  The next time you're in the Orlando area (and many of my friends are there RIGHT NOW on Spring Break!) get over to Scrappy Boutique - they have all kinds of "totally scraplift-worthy" ideas that you'll want (no, wait, NEED) to buy and make up for yourself!

I'll leave you a lasting impression of Scrappy Boutique that will have YOU excited to get happy scrappy, too:

Scrappy Boutique
730 Sand Lake Road, #134
Orlando, FL 32809
(407) 856-8070
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** UPDATE: 04/18/12 - Scrappy Boutique was just voted BEST CRAFT STORE IN ORLANDO!  Local Scrapbook Stores ROCK!!

Happy Day, Laurel Lee Pollard

Friday, April 6, 2012

Copic Marker Certification Classes Confirmed for New England!!

Woo Hoo!  I just received word from Nancy Zenke, Copic Marker Certification Coordinator, that they have confirmed upcoming certification classes in New England!  YEAH!!!
** These are known to sell out, so "Book 'em, Dan-o!"

Copic Papercrafting Standard Certification Classes

Standard Copic CertificationThe Copic Certification Class encompasses education of the most important aspects of Copic’s product lines. It includes hands-on education of product knowledge, blending techniques, answers questions to common problems, and testing and selecting your inks and papers. You will receive a kit of Copic products, a 68 page manual and an opportunity to make a portfolio of all the techniques you learn in class. You will also have an opportunity to sample each of our markers. We cover their function and the differences between each one.

Topics Covered in Class:
— Three common mistakes and how to identify, test and use your materials
— Four different blending techniques
— How to create texture and erase mistakes
— The Copic numbering system
— How to choose colors that work well together from the Copic Color Wheel
— Airbrushing with both the ABS-1 and the Air Compressor / ABS-3 setup and understand how each works.

Classes run from 9am-4pm unless otherwise specified. Cost is $120 per attendee ($60 for re-takes).

Before applying, please download and read the class details below for information about refunds, detailed day-of-class schedule, and class re-takes.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - Portsmouth, NH
Marianne Walker
I Like Markers
Marianne Walker
Copic Papercrafting STANDARD Certification Class
Taught by Marianne Walker
Courtyard Marriott
1000 Market Street, Building Three
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 436 - 2121

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - Marlboro, MA
Copic Papercrafting STANDARD Certification Class

Taught by Marianne Walker
Courtyard by Marriott
75 Felton Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
(508) 480 - 0015

Copic Papercrafting Intermediate Certification Classes

Intermediate Copic CertificationCopic Papercrafting Intermediate Certification Classes are open to anyone who has successfully completed the Standard Certification class. If you have already taken the Standard Certification Class and would like to take your techniques to the next level, we encourage you to apply for this class!

Topics Covered in Class:
— Shading, shadows, and color
— Composition & design in Papercrafting
— Coloring tricky situations (trees, reds, faces & skin tones, hair)
— Applying coloring & design concepts
— Improving design on your own

Classes run from 9am-4pm with a 2 hour lunch break, then from 6pm-8pm for the project.
Cost is $199 per attendee ($100 for re-takes).

Before applying, please download and read the additional class details (below) for information about refunds, detailed day-of-class schedule, and class re-takes.

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - Marlboro, MA
Copic Papercrafting INTERMEDIATE Certification Class
Taught by Marianne Walker
Courtyard by Marriott
75 Felton Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
(508) 480 - 0015

This is a terrific opportunity for paper crafters to learn details and techniques specific to Copic Markers.  You know you love 'em - book the certification class TODAY!

Happy Day, Laurel Lee Pollard

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The "Who's Who of Paper Crafts" Cut It Up in Framingham, Massachusetts!

Oh, my goodness!  I was so thrilled to be invited to join The Collins Group Spring 2012 Education and Trade Show held in Framingham, Ma, last weekend, Friday, March 23rd through Monday, March 26th.  

LSSes ensuring they remember the details:
Melissa from Pampered Stampers (OH), Jackie from We're Stampin' Mad (MN),
Nancy Hawes from The Crop Shop (MA)
This annual event is "to the trade," where national paper craft leaders join our Local Scrapbook Stores (LSSes) to personally introduce their new products and techniques.  In return, our LSSes offer the suppliers their experienced insights into our regional demands and trends.

This opportunity was not just limited to New Englanders!  No!  This event is having an impact on our family of paper crafters to the west, too!  How great it was to spend time with paper crafting enthusiasts from Ohio, Minnesota and Texas, too!  No surprise these LSSes travelled out for the weekend, considering the time and attention they were afforded at this event -

The busy weekend got off to a BIG start with fun, excitement and SWAG during the . . . 
- Robyn Gilman, The Collins Group
- Jack Behlman, Creative Imaginations
- Tim Collins, The Collins Group
- Sonya Bookout & Michelle Keeth, Canvas Corp
- Michelle Jackson, Vintage Street Market
- Jerri Tanner and Vicki Bentley, Bo Bunny
- Vicki Conquest & Michael Strong, Viva Decor
- Els van de Burgt, Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Tim, Hero Arts
- Kim Hughes, Paper Smooches
- Cheri Kimball, Sizzix 
- Sarah Justison, The Paper Cut


Now, right to the good stuff - Here's a sneak peak at what we can expect to see in our Local Scrap Book Stores:

MaryAnn Antonelli, owner of Bella Art (RI) teaches the latest spring watercolor techniques using Ranger Distress Inks and PrintWorks stamps.  

Sonya Bookout, Lead Designer, Canvas Corp, offers a great class using 7 Gypsies' Postale papers & embellishments and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  Cynthia Sanders from Big Mouth Scrappers (TX) shows how it's done!

OK - you know it: I cannot WAIT until I can get my hands on Sizzix Pop 'N Cuts by Karen Burniston.  Sizzix has not confirmed the ship date yet, but we may be waiting until June, peeps.  The coordinating pieces for Pop 'N Cuts are going to be SWEET!!!

Nancy Hawes, The Crop Shop, gets "photo bombed" by our pop-up hero, Karen Burniston while she works with the Sizzix Vagabond from Tim Holtz.  That motorized machine was getting NO rest!


Cheri Kimball, Sales Manager, Sizzix, demonstrates the advantage of using digital photo frames for in-store promotion.  Motion-activated & remote controlled, NIX is Karen Burniston's brand of choice for running videos or slideshows.  A continuous "how-to!"

Oh, social media . . . Can we ever get enough?!?  Tammy Tutterow, Sizzix's Design Team and Communtiy Coordinator  and Jill Tarayao, the Sizzix eclips queen, give out their best ideas to our LSSes!

 Els from Elisabeth Craft Designs is having a great time with our LSSes.

Linda Donovan from Ink About It (MA) is learning Els' best techniques to introduce this as a new product line in her store!  You GO, girl!

Laura Funk & Erin DeSpain join an enthusiastic group making Glitz Design's Mini Album

Michael Strong from Viva Decor uses his Silhouette panel stamp with Viva's Pearl Pens in his "Whitewashed Silhouette Cards" class.

Pat from Maine-ly Stamps, Kittery (ME) learning the latest from Viva Decor.

The Paper Cut offers terrific die-cut cards.  They're perfect for a quick finish for a dramatic card!

Alma de la Rosa's "Flower Sculpting Class with CutUps Dies" from The Cat's Pajamas

Did you ever wonder where the LSSes find inspiration for their display boards?  They draw it straight from the source: Kim Hughes, owner of Paper Smooches, teaches her "Ulimate Display Board Stamp" class.  Did you know that Paper Smooches is featured over 40 times in the upcoming PaperCrafts Magazine??

Who loves Cheryl Mezzetti??  WE DO!  No surprise, her class was packed.   Cheryl, Education Director & Design Team Coordinator for Creative Imaginations featuring Debbie Mumm's Vintage Songbirds collection of papers (LOOK at that darling paper!) with her chipboard book.

You know I love my keepsakes, and I'm telling you - I can NOT get enough of Cheryl's Accu-Cut albums! This Convertibles Album has a number of options to coordinate with it, and the Spring Convertible Set is butterflies!  Love!

I can't wait to check out Creative Imaginations newest offering: Mixaparts!  A whole new concept for keepsakers.  Yeah!  This NEW introduction has limited availability, but it will be worth the effort to source it from one of your LSSes!

Copic!  I was so thrilled to see Copic Markers in New England!  Cindy Lawrence, Copic Marker Design Team Member, working with an attendee from her "Coloring with My Favorite Things - Faces and Hair" class.  Our LSSes will be teaching us these updated techniques real soon!  Don't forget to ask about Copic's 12 new cololrs!

Donna Silliman, Sales Representative for The Collins Rep Group preparing sample cards for her wholesale clients at the Viva Decor Sample Making Table.  

Yes, yes, YES! Mitra Friant, owner of  Impression Obsession teaches her "For the Boys" class.  Who makes sure we have supplies to inspire ALL of our little ones??  Our Local Scrapbook Stores!!!
** PLUS, another great idea from Impression Obsession's Mega Mount Stamps - customize your background FAST!  Reinforces my need more ink colors :))

Bo Bunny is fully prepared for their "Gallery" class with Service with a Smile, songs and prizes!

Spring has sprung at Bo Bunny!  Check out their be-u-ti-ful "Ambrosia" collection!

The Collins Rep Group had a whole room FILLED with sample making cards and supplies!  Ink pads, stains, glitter glue . . . your favorite LSSes are preparing to show you the full spectrum of colors available!  Yum-o!

Whew!   . . . and this was only a PIECE of what The Collins Rep Group put together for their 2012 Spring Education and Trade Show!  There were even MORE classes all day Saturday, an evening of Make-N-Takes, Sunday was filled with vendor availability AND demonstrations.

Monday was the Grande Finale: an all-day workshop with Creative Imaginations, Canvas Corp and 7 Gypsies - "Outside the Lines: Mixed Media Construction!"  Can you imagine??  All day!!  Woo Hoo!

Well, the fine folks at The Collins Rep Group have a lot to smile about; They successfully executed another BIG and BEAUTIFUL paper crafts event in New England {Smile!}  The biggest names in the industry working together with our Local Scrapbook Stores to bring us what we just what we need:  the latest and greatest paper crafting supplies available!  Be sure to stop into your LSS and ask them, "What's new??"

The Collins Rep Group Spring 2012 Education and Trade Show organizers,
Susan Gilman, Tim Collins, and Robyn Gilman

Happy Day, Laurel Lee Pollard, New England Paper Crafts