Sunday, November 13, 2011
Crafty Neighbor Now Has an Online Calendar!
Do our economy a favor this year -- Buy American! What's more American that shopping locally for your Christmas gifts?! Give them something handmade! We have a great selection of one-of-a-kind and made-to-order gifts. Check out CraftyNeighbor.com for more info.
Or better yet, come take one of our classes and MAKE your OWN gifts this year! We have a wide variety of classes for every skill level: Perpetual calendars, stationery, decorative tins, holiday decor, and much more! See our website for a full listing of all classes.
We have a whole list of classes we are offering, but we can only upload them so fast. If you see something you like, but it's not available online yet, please send us an email! And check back frequently! More classes will be added in the next few days!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Still think you're saving money at Michael's?
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Hot, Hot, Hot!
Do you know anyone who is interested in learning to scrapbook? Tell them about our Beginner Basics class! For just $15, they can learn all the basics of scrapbooking and complete a two-page layout. We can also provide one-on-one tutoring and instruction upon request. Let us know if you are interested and we will arrange a Beginner class or private session to suit your needs!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Copics, Classes, Corsicana, and Cruises!
Crafty Neighbor at Scrappin’ Goodtime
You’ve probably heard us talking about it, but in case you haven’t, here’s the deal: the Crafty Neighbors have made an arrangement with Scrappin’ Goodtime in Corsicana to provide a series of classes and workshops to her store and retreat clients. Stephanie and I just returned from our first weekend there and we had a GREAT time meeting a fabulous group of ladies from Tyler, Texas and another from Friendswood.
In case you are interested, the classes are open to retreat participants and store customers. You can reserve a spot in a class by paying a $15 deposit. All of the classes are served a la carte, so you can pick and choose which classes fit your needs and your budget. We will provide the supplies and show you how to do the project while you work at your own pace. Do one project, do two, or do them all – the classes are all priced individually, so you can take as many as you like. What’s even better is that the same classes will be offered every weekend, so you don’t have to be disappointed that you missed a class you really wanted to take just because you have to go visit grandma on that weekend. Our Crafty Neighbor instructors will be there on alternating weekends, so check with us in advance to find out if your favorite instructor will be there. Don’t want to drive back and forth just to take a class? Give owner, Susie Ellis, a call at the store to find out if she has space at her retreat. It’s a really great place to stay and she is running a grand opening special of 4 days/3 nights for a low, low $100.
If you want to see what projects we are teaching, please check out our full class list at:
More Copic Marker Classes with Frank Vento
For all you Copic lovers, Frank has most graciously agreed to return to Crafty Neighbor studios to finish out our series of Copic marker classes. Frank has also agreed to contribute half of the proceeds to our Ta-Ta Sisterhood walk team raising money for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day in November. The class dates and times are as follows:
• Copic 2: Skin and Hair -- Tuesday, July 19 – 7pm to 9pm
• Copic 3: Airbrushing with Copic Markers – Tuesday, August 2 – 7pm to 9pm
You can register for these and other classes on our website. But hurray, reserve your class now – space is limited!
Even More New Classes!
Due to the popularity of our Beginner Basics classes, we have decided to add more sessions for July! This class will show you everything you need to know to get you started in scrapbooking. Have a friend who wants to learn, but aren’t sure how to get her started? Bring her to our class! If you are one of the ladies who were in the May class that was cut short by the storms, you are welcome to join us in this class for free, but please RSVP to make sure we have enough supplies for everyone! The first session of this class is:
• Sunday, July 17, 2011 from 2:00pm – 4:00 pm, $15
We have also had multiple requests for a few “beyond basics” classes for scrapbookers who want a little more instruction or who want to learn about a specific technique. So in August we will begin a series of classes to help you take your scrapbooks just one step further. Each class will focus on a specific technique or product, and you will complete a series of technique tags that you can keep as a handy reference. Our first Technique Tag class will be “Stampin’ Basics” on Wednesday, August 3rd. This class will be in two sessions:
• Daytime: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
• Evening: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
You can register for these and other classes on our website at:
Cruise with Crafty Neighbor!
We hope you’re not tired of hearing about our upcoming scrapbooking cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, because we sure are getting excited about it! We still have a few Ocean View cabins left at the incredibly low price of $ 711.43. This all-inclusive 7-day cruise is a great way to spend some time with friends, family, or your paper and adhesives! Don’t want to scrapbook? Don’t worry, we won’t tell! Just come on and take advantage of this special group rate – you can do your own thing and enjoy all the amenities the Carnival Conquest has to offer!
We are currently working on the designs for our classes. We have signed two new instructors to our group this year: Angel Hawks and Stephanie McIntosh. They are both ultra-talented ladies, and the projects they are bringing you are FA-BU-LOUS! We just know you are going to want to take all of them! But remember, in order to keep our cruise prices as low as possible, all of our classes are priced individually and can take as many or as few as you like. So watch for class registration to open very soon, and sign up quick before they’re all filled!
For more information about our cruise, visit our website at:
Take photos, and don't forget to journal!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Snapfish Father's Day Deal
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Where's the Fonts?
How many of you remember the old Wendy’s commercial “Where’s the Beef?” where the little old lady goes to the burger joint and winds up with a big fluffy bun and not much else? Some days, that’s the way I feel about my Cricut – there’s just no substance to it any more…no meat. It promised to be the next big thing in die cutting letters for titles in my scrapbooks, and I happily gobbled up whatever fonts I could get my hands on. Unfortunately, the answer to all my title problems has instead become a cartoonish collection of silly images and shapes that may look cute, but really aren’t very useful at all.
Don’t get me wrong…I love my Cricut. I own 32 cartridges of some of the cutest fonts, images, shapes, and graphic designs I could ever imagine. I use my Expression all the time and am slowly developing a gentle friendship with my Gypsy handheld. I cut out all kinds of cute shapes and letters for my scrapbooks, cards, posters, even a stencil for a Boy Scout cook box. But let’s face it -- it’s just not the title and letter cutting machine that it was made out to be.
For those of you unfamiliar with the history, the Cricut was first introduced in May of 2006 as an answer to Xyron’s Personal Die Cutting System and the Wishblade. It was marketed primarily to scrapbookers and crafters for cutting lettering and fonts for titles, posters, and journaling. Its main selling point was that it was several hundred dollars cheaper than the Xyron’s Wishblade and it did not require a computer for use. It also boasted a catalog of font and shape cartridges that promised infinite flexibility through adjustable sizing and optional features on each cartridge -- all for about the same price (or less) as a traditional die-cut font set such as the QuicKutz, Sizzix, and Accucut fonts that were popular at the time. The Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter was a smash hit and was soon followed by the Cricut Expression machine, which offered even more flexibility and options, as well as the ability to cut paper in sizes up to 12” x 24.
I got my Expression in 2008 as a birthday gift from my husband, and I immediately spent every bit of extra money I had, including several gift cards, to buy fonts for it. My favorites were the original Plantin Schoolbook, Storybook, Opposites Attract, and (eventually) the Hannah Montana font. What all these cartridges had in common was that they were all font-based cartridges, often with multiple options for different styles of lettering, and while all of them have at least some shapes on them, the images and shapes were not the purpose or main focus of the cartridge. These cartridges are still my go-to cartridges when I need a nice font quick. They represent a nice variety of styles that fit just about any occasion. But still I want more.
Of the 32 cartridges I own, about half of them contain a font of some sort. The others were either gifts (most of them) or were purchased for use on a specific project (Handy Man, 50 States, Destinations, Stand and Salute) and whenever I see that Provo Craft has released new cartridges, the first thing I look for is more fonts. At the time of writing, Provo Craft has released 283 cartridges, which averages to more than 55 new cartridges a year for the past five years. Sadly, other than a few Walmart-exclusive “Lite” cartridges, there has not been a single font cartridge released in almost two years.
So what happened? Why has Provo Craft abandoned the font lovers in favor of sickeningly sweet cuteness in the form of smiling watermelon images, cuddly critters, household objects, and holiday shapes? Why are we now reduced to going back to our traditional die cutting systems for new fonts, or worse yet, investing in a new system altogether? Is it time to revisit the Wishblade or the Silhouette? Many scrapbookers have turned to Craft Edge, the makers of Sure Cuts a Lot, for the answer.
Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) is a software program that enables Cricut users to use any TrueType font, SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) file, or even your own drawing without requiring an additional cartridge purchase[i]. I haven’t used SCAL, but I’m definitely intrigued. I’ve been a collector of fonts since the late ‘80’s, and have used them extensively in my scrapbooks. Until now, the greatest drawback has been that I could only print those fonts. But if I could cut them out of paper, cardstock, or any number of other materials, well, then I would be a very happy camper!
The mere fact that this product exists demonstrates the obvious demand by Cricut users for more flexibility, and especially for fonts. Unfortunately, in response to the rise in sales of the SCAL software, Provo Craft did a really dumb and (at least to me) classless thing. Rather than accept the gauntlet that has been thrown, rising to the challenge and meeting the demands of their users by introduce more fonts and more flexibility, or better yet, by adding TrueType functionality to their existing (and popular) Design Studio software and Gypsy handheld devices, they decided to sue Craft Edge. Filing suit in January 2011, Provo Craft seeks to end distribution of the SCAL software based on alleged violations of their copyright[ii].
The controversial move has outraged many avid SCAL fans and Cricut users, and has been perceived as unjust, juvenile, bordering on the equivalent of siblings in the back seat of the car yelling, “He’s looking at me!” That Provo Craft would take this stance is quite a slap in the face to the thousands of Cricut users who have been begging Provo Craft for these options for years. It is obvious that Provo Craft is not interested in what its customers want or need, and that they are little more than a big bully on the playground insisting that everyone play the game their way.
Provo Craft needs to change their attitude if they expect me to keep buying their products. Start listening to customers. Stop beating up the little guys. Let the customers choose the way they want to play. Put some real meat in your products, not just silly fluff and big buns. That reminds me of another burger slogan, one that Provo Craft should adopt -- Burger King’s “Have it Your Way” campaign. Imagine being able to turn on your Cricut machine and cut out any letter, any shape, in any style or size that you could imagine. Now THAT would be something I could sink my teeth into!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
More Classes and Events
Copic Marker Class
Have you ever wanted to learn about Copic Markers? Do you want to take your stamping skills one step further? Want to learn something new AND contribute to a great cause? Then join us Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00 pm for a beginner Copic Marker class taught by Frank Vento! Registration is just $30 and Crafty Neighbor will donate $15 for each registration to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk Team "Ta-Ta Sisterhood".
Registration is open until 11pm, Monday, June 13th. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!
Are you interested in learning the basics of scrapbooking? We are considering scheduling a few more beginner classes this summer. If you are interested in taking this basic scrapbooking class, please email us! Here’s what we cover:
This workshop covers archival preservation of memorabilia, photos, and documents, tools and supplies, as well as beginning scrapbooking and creative presentation techniques. In this class, you will complete 1-2 layouts to get you started. We'll also show you some simple steps to keeping all your stuff organized.
Join us for a fun all-day crop at the Crafty Neighbor Studios! Meet fellow scrapbookers, catch up on your projects, and find out what Crafty Neighbor is all about! Light refreshments will be provided and we are close to many delivery and take-out food sources. The cost is just $5, and space is limited, so you MUST pre-register for this event.
4th Annual Scrapbooking Cruise
We still have a few cabins left on our 4th Annual Scrapbookiing Cruise. Join us October 9-16 as we sail from Galveston to the ports of Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico. Prices start at less than $100 per day! See our website for more details!
For more information about these and other events, please visit our website at http://www.craftyneighbor.com
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Quick updates and reminders
First, our Beginner Basics class got interrupted by some inclement weather and our newbie scrapbooker moms had to rush home to take care of their families. So we've actually rescheduled it for this coming Tuesday, May 31st, at 7:00 pm. If you've ever been curious about scrapbooking or any other paper and glue-type crafts, please feel free to join us! The class fee is just $15 and covers all your supplies. You will learn all about the basic tools used in scrapbooking as well as information about archiving and preserving your memorabilia.
Another class which has been recently rescheduled is our Copic Marker Class with Frank Vento. Frank is a FABULOUS instructor and his Copic Marker certification makes him an expert in these nifty little alcohol ink-based markers. This class will teach you the basics of Copic markers and costs just $30 -- half of which is being donated to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk team "Ta-Ta Sisterhood". So join us on June 15th if you want to learn to use the markers that Manga artists use or if you just want to kick your stamping techniques up a notch.
Registration for both classes is open at http://www.craftyneighbor.com
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Weekly Update May 20, 2011
Great American Scrapbook Convention will be at the Arlington Convention Center Thursday, June 2 through Saturday, June 4th.
Due to the nature of these classes, late registration and drop-ins cannot be accommodated. Please register no later than Monday, May 23rd at 10pm. Thanks!
Monday, May 16, 2011
|Diamond-fold lacing made with "Hot Off the Press" stencil #7312; flower stem by Deluxe Cuts|
Save It Quick Or You'll Be Sick!
Monday, May 9, 2011
Great American Scrapbook Convention
Don't forget! Crafty Neighbor is an authorized seller of tickets for the
Visit our website at
for more details
Sunday, May 8, 2011
National Scrapbook Day
Saturday, April 30, 2011
The Crafty Neighbor National Scrapbook Day Event has been cancelled!
Some of the Crafty Neighbors will be at the Scrappin' Goodtime NSD retreat in Corsicana. They still have a few spots left for day croppers ($25) and one bedroom in the retreat. Visit:
Friday, April 29, 2011
New Classes Added to Our Calendar!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Registration is still open for our National Scrapbook Day Retreat and our 7-Night Exotic Caribbean Cruise. Scrapbook aboard the Carnival Conquest and visit the islands of Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Don't miss this incredible price!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Yes, registration is still open!
And now, so that this post isn't entirely advertising and self-promotion, here are some recent cards and some holiday magnets I made, as well as a few paint cans I did for our 3-Day Walk Team fundraising.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
4th Annual Scrapbooking Cruise - 7-Nights in the Caribbean!
And don't forget about our 14-hour Crop 'til You Drop on May 7th, celebrating National Scrapbook Day!
Register yourself and a friend by April 7th and receive a $10 rebate on the day of the event!
Monday, April 4, 2011
111 Photo Prints for $1.11!
Friday, April 1, 2011
News, News and More News!
As you know, we’ve spent the last two weeks in recovery from our marathon Pam’s Pals crop. What you probably don't know is that we made a few announcements at the event and we're excited to share them with you here!
Yep, you see that right! Crafty Neighbor Travel! Pam and I have recently signed a contract with Dugan's Travel to start our very own travel business! So what does this mean for you? It means great deals on all your travel, of course, but most importantly, it means that we can bring you more retreats and more cruises at better prices without the hassle of dealing with a middleman or outside travel agent! So check us out the next time you are looking to book some travel, and stay tuned for some new cruises and retreats in the very near future!
2011 National Scrapbook Day crop!
Join us May 7th for a 14-hour Retro Throw-Back Crop ‘til You Drop!