Friday, December 12, 2008

Quick and Easy Bookmarks!

Are you an avid reader? Do you know such a person?

Several of my reading friends have formed a book club so I created personalized bookmarks for the group. The front is decorated with their name and miscellaneous embellishments. On the back I stamped a library card, which makes a great place to record the books we read and the date we met to discuss.

All you need is scrap chipboard (or heavy cardstock), scraps of patterned paper, and miscellaneous embellishments from your stash!

Friday, December 5, 2008

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Fancy Pants!

I adore everything about this new HAPPY HOLIDAYS Page Kit from Fancy Pants! It's got everything from whimsical to traditional, rub ons, die cuts, and transparent overlays..all in one coordinating kit! Super yummy!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

More New Goods

O' Christmas Tree Ribbon

New Goods - Part 1

Clear Stamp - Fairest Bird
Ultra Sharp Premium Scissor Set
OH JOY Paper Crafting Kit
Bazzill Idea Book - In Stitch'z Volume 2
CHEMISTRY Paper Crafting Kit
Joy of Cardmaking Collector's Edition
Scrapbook Page Maps Idea Book
Christmas Magic Paper Collection
Basic Grey Sultry- Hibiscus White

Where have you been?

Where have I been?

Susan's Scrapbook Shack expanded to include event photography as part of our available services and I have been a busy little "tog"! Doing that while still keeping the store updated has been a real challenge but I have finally implemented a new system that will help me to keep the blog (and you) updated on a more timely basis. Yahoo!

I just received a shipment of new goods (like the Stampology Double Tree stamp shown below) and will be uploading those immediately...keep a lookout!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Heads Up!

If you haven't done so already, please sure to bookmark the shack blog! The web store at will be undergoing changes very soon and you may not have access while updates are being made.

Keep up-to-date on shack happenings by visiting us here on the blog!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

We Have a Winner!

In the "Follow This Blog" contest, a random drawing has been made and Monica is the winner of the Tombow Glue Pen! Congrats...and enjoy your new tool!

Monica, please send me your address and I'll get it right out to you!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

New Shack Blog Feature!

Be a Follower!

Don't miss out on the new posts about contests, new products, and contests. Click on "Follow This Blog" (found top right) to get all the latest info!

I will make a random drawing on October 20th and the winner will receive one of the new Tombow Glue Pens! Something free...just for staying informed. Can't beat that!

More New Goodies!

Pig Tails Self-adhesive Springs (these are waaaay cool!)
Chipboard Slide Book (interactive)
Tombow Glue Pen (you asked for it-we got it!)
Winter Wishes Scrapbook Page Kit (Moxxie)
Mr Campy Paper Crafting Kit (Cosmo Cricket)
Haunted Paper Crafting Kit (Cosmo Cricket)


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Contest Winner!!!! Congrats to Charys B.!

Congratulations to Charys B. for winning the "Favorite Vacation Spot" contest. Charys will receive a Rhonna Farrer clear stamp!

From Charys:
"My favorite spot: Hawaii! This photo was snapped of my husband and I having a great time on Kailua Beach."

Monday, September 29, 2008

Contest Reminder!

Just a reminder that we are finishing up the "Favorite Vacation Spot" layout contest. If you want a chance to win a free Rhonna Farrer stamp, send me your layout by September 30!

Details here.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Layout Challenge - E-mail Memories

After about one month of Elizabeth being a college girl, I e-mailed her this question:
"So, my baby girl, is college everything you thought it would be?"

She replied and sounded so I created a layout based on our e-mails!

Now it's your turn...I challenge you to take a memorable e-mail and turn it into a layout! Send me your layouts! I may post yours here on the blog!


Patterned Paper:
Promenade Collection (WRMK)


Die Cuts:
Promenade Collection (WRMK)

Black & White Gingham

Alphabet Stickers:
Promenade Collection (WRMK)

Rub Ons:
Kellerman, Black Alphabet (Gin-X)
Wholy Cow Black Alphabet (Basic Grey)
Buzz Words, Black (Basic Grey)
Travel Swatch Book

Other Embellishments:
Black Square Folder Tab (Daisy D's)
Black eyelets

Magnetic Date Stamp (Making Memories)
Cat's Eye Inkpad, Black (cute, compact, & inexpensive!)

Times New Roman (e-mail journaling)
I also opened the photo in Photoshop and created a white word frame around the photo edge using CK Constitution, Renaissance, and Rugged fonts.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Survive a Long Flight

This layout highlights four photographs taken during a cross country flight from Florida to the northernmost portion of Alaska.
Things to Do on a Long Flight:

1) Take pictures of Mount St. Helens
2) Play Uno
3) Watch movies
4) Sleep during layovers


Cardstock & Die Cuts:
Love Notes (Cosmo Cricket)

Coluzzle Large Circle, Companion Circle

Magnetic Date Stamp
Library Card Stamp (Provo Craft)

Black Pigment Ink

Rub Ons:
Travel Swatch Book ImpressOns
Hudson, Black (Making Memories)
Mixed, Black (Making Memories)
Simply Stated, Mini, Journey (Making Memories)

Mini Round Black

Slick Writer, Black, Fine (American Crafts)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Quick and Easy Layout - Whale Bones

Short on time? Simplicity is key in this layout, Whale Bones!

Here's how: (instructions are for a 12"x12" layout but 8-1/2"X12" scrappers can modify for their needs!)

1. Select three different papers. I used two sheets from Basic Grey's Periphery Collection and a large creamy scrap from Crate Paper. Use the patterned design as the background. Center and adhere 8-1/2" x 12" cream sheet of cardstock to background sheet.

2. Use a corner rounder to round top right edge of photo.

3. You will use the third sheet of paper/cardstock as a photo mat and for the strips. Cut photo mat to size leaving a 1/4" border. (Optional step: Before adhering photo to mat, use an inkpad to lightly color the edges of photo and mat and let dry. I used white ink.)

3. After ink dries, adhere photo to mat and set aside.

4. Take remaining paper that matches photo mat and cut into strips (approx 3/8" x 11".) You can very the lengths. (option: Use inkpad to lightly color the edges of strips as noted above.)

5. After ink dries, adhere strips to cream paper at varying angles, leaving room in between for journaling.

6. Use rub ons for title. I used Misunderstood, White and Kellerman, White.

7. Add journaling.

8. Add journaling embellishments. I used pewter snowflake eyelet shapes. You can also use snowflake brads for an even simpler option.

9. Add a rub on sentiment to photo. I used Gypsy Harvest Musings, Cream. Rub on states, "Life is a journey, not a guided tour".

You're done! Now let me see YOUR version of this layout! You can e-mail your layouts to me here! I might just pick a few to showcase here on the blog!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Did you know?

You can easily keep up to date with new posts that I make on this blog by simply clicking on "Posts" under the "Subscribe To" heading located at the top right of this page! And if you want to be notified of new comments, click on that option.

Easy peasy!

Tags & Cards & Layouts...Oh My!

That's what you can create with Inkadinkadoo's new Seasonal Stamps. The Holiday Doodles set includes multiple stamps that cover a variety of uses! "To" & "From" stamps for gift tags, journaling block for scrapping, sentiments for cards, as well as beautiful swirls, borders, and snowflakes for that perfect final touch!

View and purchase the full set here!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Be Thankful...and show it!

Only two short months until Thanksgiving, and if you are always on the lookout for unique ways to celebrate, look no further than K & Co's new Fall Harvest Party in a Pad!

This pad is chock full of 270 pieces that make dinner decorating as easy as pie and includes all you need to set the scene for a marvelous and memorable meal. Personalize place cards and your scrumptious menu, fill petite favor boxes for your guests, assemble napkin rings that complement you wine glassmarkers, and create a stunning autumnal tablescape & centerpiece, then kick off the fun with conversation starters for the adults and activity sheets for the kids! And if that's not enough, the price is oh, so right!

Get your Party in a Pad now, before they disappear!

Using Fun Resources - Print Your Own News Article!

I am one who loves to incorporate unique item onto my scrapbook pages. So when I found Get, I just had to try it out! I decided to create a newspaper article about our trip above the Arctic Circle to Barrow, AK, and this is what I came up with.

Barrow Sentinel

Hubbs Family Swims in the Arctic Ocean

Barrow is the northernmost settlement on the North American mainland and in the United States. Owing to its location 320 miles north of the arctic Circle, Barrow's climate is cold and dry and is classified as a polar climate. So its surprising that the Hubbs family chose to take a swim in the frigid waters of Barrow's Arctic Ocean.

After their adventure, they were spotted running toward a waiting cab.

I then printed and trimmed the article and used it on a layout about our arctic "swim"!

I hope you will love this idea as much as I do...and I also hope you will share your creations with me should you decide to use!

Supplies for Arctic Fun:

Poolside (CherryArte)

Beach, Red (Making Memories)

Snowflake Punchies (All Nigh Media, Emagination)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Layout Contest - Favorite Vacation Place (deadline 30 Sept '08)

We recently returned from a three week vacation in Alaska so of course I'm hyped about scrapping the experience! I took well over 5000 pictures so you can imagine that it has taken me a good, long while to pare those down to a manageable size for an online album.

If you are interested, you are invited to view the albums here.

I'm sure you are thinking that's all well and good, but what about the contest?!!!!!

After visiting two times, I can say without hesitation that Alaska is my favorite place on earth to visit. (Heck, I might even move there one day!)

So what about you? Where is your favorite vacation spot? Let me see it in a layout and send it to me at before 30 September, 2008. I will pick my three faves and post them here on the blog. The three winners will each receive a Clear Flower Stamp by Rhonna Farrer!

What are the rules? Just two!
  1. Only one layout entry per person for this particular contest
  2. Must be based on your favorite vacation spot
Yes, the layout can be posted elsewhere online or in print.
No, it doesn't have to be a new creation.
Bonus points for using product offered in our etsy store!
Bonus points for creativity and uniqueness!
Bonus points for using one of the Shack Sketches! (tell me if you used a sketch)
Your implicit permission to post layout entries to our site is understood.

So, go ahead and fill up my mailbox...let me see those layouts!


The colors in this kit are the first thing that caught my eye! I adore the green/yellow/black just pops!
And did I mention that it's HUGE?!!!!! Chock full of goodies including twelve gorgeous, double-sided sheets of cardstock, cardstock alphabet stickers, Barndoors tags & frames, and a very cool sheet of coordinating rubons!

The Itsy Bitsy Spider Collection is currently available from my etsy shop with reduced shipping and handling to all addresses! Supplies are limited.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Scrapbook Sketches

In a rut? Can't quite get moving on that next layout? Then maybe one of Nicole Martel's sketches will inspire you! Thanks, Nicole, for your contributions!

More of Nicole's Sketches

Shack Sketches

Alaska - It's in the News!

With Alaska being in the headlines quite a bit recently, how about a simple layout that showcases one portion of it's beauty?

The focal points for me are 1) the hand cut arrow pointing to the actual location on the Alaska chipboard, and 2) the photo of my children taking in the splendor of a calving Alaskan glacier from their kayak!


Lily Kate Collection (Basic Grey) - more Lily Kate


Inkpad - White Pigment

Blue Patterned Snowflake Brad & Photo Anchors
3 Snowflake Brads
Ric Rak - Light Blue

RubOns - Express-Ons - Brown (Seward AK)

In addition to the usual additions to this site, I will be posting Alaska layouts at least once each week!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Excitement Abounds and Change is Upon Us!

We hear all about "change" from Republicans and Democrats in the upcoming presidential elections, and while change is not always a good thing, it most definitely is worth considering. And as the owner of a store in a retail category that is always changing, I think it's important for me to keep up with those industry changes. Yes, there are still a few sites out there with traditional message boards and layout galleries, but more and more, scrapbook store owners and manufacturers are moving toward the blog as a tool to reach scrappers. It was a hard decision for me to let go of forums that I worked so hard to create and manage, yet I knew that it was time for change. Thus, the Shack Blog is born!

The good news is that our faithful members will still be able to communicate on the Shack Blog and I will now have more time to devote to updating a single informative site rather than constantly having to update multiple locations. I will keep the Shack Blog current with:
  • New Product Announcements
  • Visual Examples using the New Products
  • Tutorial Video's
  • Creative Cards
  • Challenges
  • Photography Tips
  • Contests and Prizes
  • Home Decor
  • Sales and Discount Codes
  • Shack Sketches
  • Informative Links
  • Cool Scrapbook Kits
  • Genealogy "How To's"
  • and so much more!
So don't delay! Bookmark the Shack Blog now and check back often for scrappy excitement!