Preserving memories and fostering relationships, one layout at a time!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

12/9 Local Schools' Colors, Mascots & Logos Coming to The Studio!

Good Morning everyone!  Here is a complete listing of 36 of our local schools whose cardstock (Single Sided and Double-Sided) and Ribbons will be carried in The Scrapbook Studio!  Each sheet of cardstock and coordinating ribbon will be in each school's colors and the double-sided cardstock is going to have an awesome graphic using each school's mascot.  More designs will be coming, but this is GREAT selection of designs to meet every project's need! 
Delivery of these items is scheduled around 12/23!!!

Austintown Fitch
Boardman Spartans
Brookfield Warriors
Campbell Red Devils
Canfield  Cardinals
Cardinal Mooney
Chalker High School
Champion Flashes
Chaney Cowboys
Columbiana Clippers
East High Panthers
Girard Indians
Howland Tigers
Hubbard Eagles
Jackson Milton Blue Jays
JFK (Kennedy)
Joseph Badger
LaBrae Vikings
Lakeview Bulldogs
Leetonia Bears
Liberty Leopards
Lordstown Red Devils
Lowellville Rockets
Matthews Mustangs
McDonald Blue Devils
Mineral Ridge
Newton Falls Tigers
Niles Red Dragons
Poland Bulldogs
Salem High School
Sharon High School Tigers
South Range Raiders
Springfield Tigers
Struthers Wildcats
Ursuline High School
Warren Harding Raiders

Monday, December 6, 2010

12/6 What's Happenin' At The Studio This Week!

Good Monday Evening everyone!  This is our first week of classes at The Scrapbook Studio and while December has just a tasty nibble of classes, January is the whole MEAL!  Stay tuned AND see the website for January Classes - and more to be scheduled!

But first things first!  This Wednesday is our Lunch Box Crop - come between the hours of 11:00-2:00pm and spend your lunch hour relaxing, cropping or shopping!  Bring a sandwich - FREE CROP TIME!

This Friday, 12/10 is the Digital Scrapbooking Class using Storybook Creator Plus Software with Heather Halstead!  A few spaces are still available, so call now to get yours reserved!

This Saturday is our first ever MIDNITE JAMMIE CROP!  Come in your jammies and I have a gift for you!  Take a break from these crazy snow days and holiday shopping and have some fun scrapbooking or working on those handmade gifts or cards!  We've got all you need to Git 'Er Done!  LOL!

Next week is our MUCH ANTICIPATED:  INTRO TO PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS with Krista from Krista Mae Photography!  This is a popular one and class size is limited, so get your spot reserved soon!

And Finally - Tim Holtz Stamps Are Coming to The Scrapbook Studio!  Yep...that's right!  Stop in to see his latest designs and some of his traditional favorites!

Store Hours are:  Monday thru Saturday 11:00-9:00pm and
Sundays 12:00 Noon to 5:00pm

See you soon!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

12/2/10 The Scrapbook Studio is now open!

After many long days and nights getting the store ready, The Scrapbook Studio is now open and ready to SERVE YOU!!

We got beautiful patterned papers for Christmas, 3-D stickers, chipboard pieces, punches from Paper Shapers, EK Success & Martha Stewart!  Beautiful Glazed and Dotted Swiss Cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper!  Wood and Clear Stamps from Inkadinkado and Penny Black!

We've got Laser Cut dies for Sports, Hunting, Camping, Military, Cheerleading and more!  Lines of beautiful thick paper from Basic Grey, Best Creations, Imaginisce and more!  Albums too!  From Mickey & Tinkerbell Scrapbook Album kits to Wedding and Baby, also!

Stop in for a complimentary cup of coffee and look around!  See you soon!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

11/25 Grand Opening and December Events & Classes at The Scrapbook Studio!

**Grand Opening is Wednesday, December 1st!**
Come join us for a FREE DAY of cropping and being the first to see The Studio's "maiden voyage!"

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  As we head into the Holiday season and all its craziness, we must take some time for ourselves and stop to De-Stress, Unwind, and stay connected with our passions and fellow scrapbooking friends!

With that, I wanted to review the December Calendar of Classes & Events at The Studio in hopes you will find that special "ME-TIME" that's so important for us to proceed thru these Holidays!

First, the Sunday Afternoon Open Crops:  Come and spend the whole afternoon at The Studio scrapbooking or making those Christmas Cards or handmade gifts!  Take your leisurely time working on your projects!  The Crop Fee includes full use of the Crop Room Tools & Coffee Bar!

Next, what better "party" could there be and you don't even have to bring a gift!  The December 11th Midnight Jammie Crop Party is JUST the party you need to have fun,unwind and work on your projects! Bring a friend and meet new people!  There will be free coffee and snacks and crop fee includes full use of the Crop Room Tools and Supplies!

The Wednesday Lunch Box Crops:  Need an hour lunch break away from the office?  Have a layout you're working on? Bring a sandwich, grab a burger or taco and come work on your projects!  No Class Fee!  Free hour of scrapbooking bliss away from the rat-race workplace!

Scrapbook Design & You Classes:  Every Tuesday in December, starting 12/7, come and learn all the basics of scrapbooking and overcome those fears and intimidation of Scrapbooking!  See just how easy and rewarding it really is!  This your ME-TIME, your Christmas Gift to Yourself...take advantage!  Class Fee includes ALL FOUR CLASSES! And don't forget the Graduation Ceremony at the end!

Finally, we are so lucky to have Heather Halstead teaching Storybook Creator Plus on Dec 10th and Krista from Krista Mae Photography teaching Intro to Photography & Your Digital Camera

Include the SDU series, Photo Editing by Krista Mae Photography, Digital Scrapbooking Classes, Genealogy Class and possibly a Glitter & Flocking Powder Class
Keep checking the website for more Classes & Events!  I will also keep the Blog and Facebook updated too!

Monday, November 15, 2010

11/15/10 December Classes & Events at The Scrapbook Studio & Cafe!

I know it's been a week since my last post, please forgive me everyone!  It's has been ONE CRAZY WEEK preparing for the opening of The Studio...looking at just a couple more weeks, but YOU WILL BE THE FIRST TO KNOW the grand opening date!  Just a mere couple weeks away though!  Today's Blog Topic is....

"December Classes & Events!"
Before I divulge all the juicy stuff coming up at The Studio, if you go to my website, you may notice the Calendar of Events is not there.  It is being totally revamped so that you, my customers and friends, can easily access the calendar thru a .pdf file and PRINT IT OUT to hang on your frig, desk, organizer...anywhere!  So, here's a "snippet" of classes scheduled for December...please keep checking the site for times, class fees and more information on each class!

Tuesdays, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28 = The first Scrapbook Design & You University 4-part Series Classes!  Be the first group of graduates!  Yes, we will have a graduation ceremony with special attention and gifts!  Fee Schedule and complete class information will be posted to Website!

Friday, 12/10 = A special Digital Scrapbooking Class with Heather Halstead who will be teaching you how to make ornament-shaped Christmas cards with ribbon, an Ugly Christmas Sweater-themed digital crop contest...and an open digital crop time all thru StoryBook Creator Plus Software!  Fee is $10.00, class size limited to 18! Please bring your laptops!  See website for class times!

Thursday, 12/16 = Introduction to Photography & Your Digital Camera!  Taught by Krista with Krista Mae Photography you will learn all the basics to take GREAT holiday photos, techy stuff about your camera and MORE!  Fee is $15.00...Please bring your cameras for a one-on-one consult with Krista!!

Saturday 12/11 = MIDNIGHT JAMMIES CROP PARTY!  6-12pm, $15.00 gets you six hours of crop time, coffee, snacks and full use of all crop room tools/supplies that are available!  Come in your Jammies and there will be a special prize just for you!  Better watch out, though, you may have to listen to some Saturday Night Fever Disco music! 

But wait, there's more! 
Keep checking the site and the Blog and I will continue to keep you updated!  Please email with any questions or suggestions!

Monday, November 8, 2010

11/8/10 Introduction to Photography & Your Digital Camera Class at The Scrapbook Studio!

Good Monday Morning everyone!  Today's Blog topic is:

"Introduction to Photography and Your Digital Camera!"

The Scrapbook Studio is excited to offer this class and it is being scheduled for the beginning to mid-December in preparation for the upcoming Holidays!  This class is an intro to photography and will also introduce all those little buttons on your digital camera!

Some of the items you will be learning are:

Camera Settings,  Angles, Composition, Lighting/Flash, Focusing on your subjects, Zooming, Photo Editing Software...and much more! 

There will be an after-class Question & Answer session and our Instructor, Krista, will be on-hand to answer all of your questions AND personally take a look at your camera and answer any technical questions you have!

Class size is limited to 15 people and PLEASE BRING YOUR CAMERAS!  Our class will be taught by our own, local, photographer: Krista Davis-Gut of Krista Mae Photography!  Krista has a long history of photographing and specializes in Children!

Please check the Calendar of Events for exact dates, times and class fees!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

11/3/10 Scrapbook Gift Baskets at The Scrapbook Studio & Cafe!

Good Morning to you all!  It's a beautiful crisp morning in Ohio and every day I get more and more excited to getting closer to opening The Scrapbook Studio!

Today's Blog topic is....

** Scrapbooking Gift Baskets! **

Something unique that I am excited to offer at The Studio is Scrapbook Gift Baskets!  For that special someone who loves to scrapbook, stamp, make cards or handmade gifts, we will put together a BEAUTIFULLY assembled and decorated gift basket!

You can pick out all of the items yourself, or have my staff or me do it for you! 

There is no charge for the assembly of the basket, just a small fee for the materials & basket used, but we make it beautiful for you...for free!  Or bring in your "basket or other container" and we'll STILL assemble it for you!

This is a great gift idea for those husbands, boyfriends or significant others who need just a little "nudge" in getting that PERFECT gift for their scrapbooker!

The Holidays are quickly approaching! 
Let The Scrapbook Studio help make those gift-giving challenges a LOT easier!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

11/2/10 Follow The Scrapbook Studio on Facebook!

Just a quick reminder to follow
The Scrapbook Studio & Cafe on Facebook

Just type The Scrapbook Studio in your Facebook Search Bar and there we are!  Hit "LIKE" and stay connected to all the updates and happenings at The Scrapbook Studio!

11/2/10 The "Scrap Pack" Club Membership Program at The Scrapbook Studio

Happy November everyone!  Can you believe we are approaching the end of another year?

Today's Blog topic is The "Scrap Pack" Club Membership Program at The Scrapbook Studio!   This membership club is designed for all types of scrapbookers and paper-crafters!  Here are some of the benefits and bonuses to being a member of the Scrap Pack:
  • Two (2) 25% Off coupons each month!
  • $10.00 Rebate for every $100 you spend!
  • Redeem one (1) Competitor Coupon each calendar quarter!
  • FREE TABLE TIME when there are no crops or classes scheduled!
  • Exclusive Members Only Sales & Crops with special activities & product offerings!
  • One (1) FREE CLASS each quarter! (some restrictions apply)
  • Early registrations for Events, Retreats (coming in 2011) and Classes!
  • 10% Locker Rental Fees
  • Birthday Coupons to celebrate YOUR special day!
  • "Members Only" Reservation of our Cropping Center for your own private scrapbooking events!
  • Annual Dues are only $55.00 and memberships are on a rolling year from date of enrollment!
Some restrictions apply, so please check out The Scrapbook Studio website for all rules and regs!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

10/27/10 The Digital Scrapbook Station at The Studio!

Good Wednesday morning everyone...and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!  I love Halloween and all the great candy and projects and costumes and parties that come with it! 

Today's Blog topic is a brief introduction to the Digital Scrapbook Station at The Scrapbook Studio! 

This area of the store has been a particular challenge to me since there are SO many different types of scrapbooking software out there and so many different types of computers and operating systems that people are comfortable working with.

So, the big question was:  "How do I meet the needs of my "techy" digital scrapbook customers?"  Well, what I REALLY wanted was a whole ROOM full of computers, printers and fun scrapbooking software for everyone to use, but obviously, not a viable fiscal choice for a new scrapbook store with an accountant for an owner who is conservative to say the least!  LOL!

The Digital Desk (as I like to call it) will be comprised of a work area large enough for you to spread out whatever things you like to work with when you're working on your digital layouts, a wide-carriage Epson printer that can print up 13x19 photos and layouts!  That's not a typo!  13x19!!  Plus it will have all of the hookups necessary for you to bring in your laptop

This will allow all of you to be familiar with the equipment & software you're working on, but will still provide some of the essentials you may not have at home -- like peace and quiet to work on your projects, the large high-quality printer and various size photo paper for your layouts! 

The pricing structure for the use the Digital Desk and the photo paper is currently being developed and will be ready for opening day!

And don't forget about those digital scrapbooking classes coming up!  Keep checking our website calendar of events for class schedules and fees (!!

Take Care Everyone!  Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, October 25, 2010

10/25/10 Changes Abound at The Scrapbook Studio!

Good Monday Morning everyone!  I know Monday, yuck.  But, it marks the beginning of a new week and new opportunities, right?

Well, new weeks also bring about changes and The Scrapbook Studio is undergoing a slight change in location -- a VERY slight change!  While there were issues surrounding construction at the larger space within The Pinetree Plaza, there also became available another smaller space in the plaza!  Right next to Fitness One is The Scrapbook Studio's new home and the landlord and I are working very diligently to get it ready for Black Friday!

While being considerably smaller than my original space, I think the new space will be cozier and make it easier to connect with our fellow shoppers and croppers!  We will still have a training and cropping center, the children's play area, coffee bar, digital station and I will fill every available nook and cranny with the latest scrapbook tools, papers, stickers, punches...everything your little scrapbooking heart desires!

So let's all say a little prayer to the Scrapbooking God above that all goes with the minor build-outs at our new location and that are running full steam ahead before Black Friday!

Good day to you all!  And thank you for your continued support, patience and excitement during these slight changes and delays while The Scrapbook Studio & Cafe comes to "life!"

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

10/19/2010 Classes at The Studio

Good afternoon everyone!  I know, I's been a whole 8 days since I've posted anything on my blog!  Yikes!  So sorry for the delay; there have been a few "hiccups" with the space for The Scrapbook Studio, but we are working thru them and as Gloria Gaynor so eloquently put it in her old disco song (cue the music):  "I WILL SURVIVE!"  (LOL - okay cheesy yes, but it made ME chuckle!!).  More information on this little "hiccup" to come in a few days!

So, more importantly, I am beginning to put together the calendar for November, December and January 2011 Classes, Crops and Events. 

Now is the time to submit your suggestions to me if you'd like to see something special!  Just about ANYTHING please email me your ideas! Let's make the classes FUN, INTERESTING AND UNIQUE!!!

One of the FIRST things you will see is the 4-part series of the EK Success Scrapbook Design & You University!  So get ready for all those Halloween, Thanksgiving and Holiday scrapbook layouts!  I will most likely be the first instructor on the calendar, but I have two great girls waiting to teach our SDU classes!  Having multiple instructors will allow greater class-scheduling flexibility for YOU!!!

Remember, email me those unique and fun class ideas!  Here's the 411 on where you can email me:

Monday, October 11, 2010

10/11/10 A Series of Special "Thank You's"

While each day passes that I anxiously await word that construction is beginning at The Studio, I find this a perfect opportunity to say Thank You to so many individuals who helped me transform The Scrapbook Studio from a series of ideas in a Business Plan that began more than 3 years ago to a very much anticipated "brick & mortar" store for which so many of you are anxiously awaiting!

First, in order of appearance (ha ha), Thank you to Jim Rowlands, Don Colvin and Jack Jiacheng (I hope I spelled that correctly) in the REACH program at the Regional Chamber.  While skeptical at first, then becoming true "believers," their collaborative effort and constant source of research, advice, support and guidance helped make my plan pristine and in my eyes, a work of "financial art" for financing purposes.

Next, Thank you to Kevin Dougherty at Huntington Bank, who also was skeptical at first...but then also became a "believer!"  He kept the financial wheels rolling!  Not an easy task!  Thanks, Kevin!  And staying in the Huntington realm, Thank You to Jody Cutrer who worked hard to help me decide which point of sale system is best for the store!  Thanks Jody!

Next:  Bob Hepler and Louise at Focus Ventures who have provided me the PERFECT place for my dream-come-true!  I honestly can't think of a better location for The Studio!  And while there is still much work to be done, I know they will continue to be great source of support and will help make The Studio a haven of scrapbooking BLISS!

And to my dear, dear friend, Bob Gensler whose incredible legal skills, background and patience educating me on legal terminology and guidance throughout the process....a very special Thank You.  Even while facing many of life's challenges this year, he's been strong and giving to those who need him.

To Jack Wohlgamuth of People's Building in Hubbard, who is building my custom shelving. Thank you.  Are they done yet???

To Anthony Huggins of AH Designs, my web designer, who is getting a lesson in dealing with demanding clients (ha ha)...Thanks for your patience, your diligence and creativity with the Site! 

To Dave's daughters:  Alisha, Justine and Mallory - your help (currently and in the future!) is more appreciated than you will ever know!  Thank you for being wonderful almost-stepdaughters! (LOL)

To my future customers:  I am so thankful for your support and excitement for the store!  I promise to always put you first and do everything in my power to make your shopping, cropping and "connecting with others" an experience that will always make you feel at home and as special as you truly are.  To all of you:  Thank you...I can't wait to see you!

And finally, the most important Thank You's of all:  to my close friends (and you know who you are), my Mom (Mary Vincent)...and my Dave:  There's no way this incredible project could have gotten to this point without you.  In each of your own ways, you have helped this come to fruition and gave me more confidence, support, advice and encouragement than I could have ever hoped for!  To you:  the most special Thank You of all.  I am truly blessed.  And I love you!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

10/7/10 Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Product Line at The Studio!

Good Thursday morning everyone!  Continuing with the product line theme for The Scrapbook Studio, I thought today would be a good day to discuss the very special product lines for...
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts!!

I have chosen an extensive line of various papers and embellishments that focus on the very special and important organizations that really teach our children many valuable tools to use in their every day life! 

My nephew has been in Boy Scouts for many years and being part of such a great group has not only taught him special skills, how to achieve goals, and everyday useful tools, they've really brought him out of this "shell."  They've taught him self-confidence and much higher self-esteem.
So, in addition to carrying a full line of the "Scouts" scrapbook supplies, I would also WELCOME the opportunity to host a Girl Scout or Boy Scout (or Brownies or Cubs) scrapbooking event at The Studio!  I will provide all of the materials necessary for the group to make their own memory books, scrapbooks, any kind of paper-craft project appropriate for the group!

So, to all the parents whose children are in The Scouts, Kudos to you!   And to the young people in The Scouts:  Great Job!

Please contact me to schedule YOUR Scout event at The Scrapbook Studio!  I can be reached at the following emails:


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

10/6/10 Disney is coming to The Scrapbook Studio!

Just wanted to update everyone on the some of the Disney products I've ordered for The Studio! There are so many awesome things out there that I just about bought everything EK Success is offering for their Disney Line!

For instance:
  • Snoopy & the Peanuts Gang stickers & embellishments
  • Spiderman
  • Wolverine
  • Tinkerbell
  • Mickey & Minnie Mouse
  • Winnie The Pooh
  • Disney Princesses
  • Snow White
  • Sesame Street (with Big Bird & Elmo & all the characters)
  • ...and more!
There are Disney-related 8.5 x 8.5 scrapbook albums, papers, embellishments, stickers! They are so adorable! Can't wait for you to see them! 

Maybe we'll even do a Disney Scrapbook Class where all materials are included and we'll make it a "Mommy & Me" event!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

American Girl Products at The Studio!

Good Saturday Evening everyone!  While I recover from a nasty eye infection, I'm taking this down time to peruse and assemble an exclusive American Girl product line for The Studio!  Initially I had thought the American Girls product line was limited to just Dolls, but lo and behold!  I have put together a diverse line of American Girl items including, regular stickers, pillow stickers, glitter stickers, "stacked" stickers, cardstock, adorable "word frames," sparkly paints, punches (ladybug, butterflies, stars, dogs, musical notes, so many more), clear Stamps and ink pads...Doodle Pad Sheets (pack of 30 sheets) and different types of markers!

What's an American Girl without handmade jewelry?  Paper Chain Bracelets, Funky Felt Pins, Ribbon & Pearl Bracelets, Daisy Design Bracelets...colored cotton cording, beads, many adorable things!

So for those of you who are American Girl fans, or have young ladies in your life who ARE American Girl fans, we have a special section of the store JUST FOR YOU!

Any special you'd like to see in the American Girl line?  Email me and I'll be HAPPY to order it in for you!

...until next time!

Take Care, God Bless


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday, 9/30/10

Good Thursday to you all!  I see a couple newbies to the Blog!  Excellent!  Thank you for joining us and...WELCOME!  I hope all of you have seen the past posts since I created the Blog!  This has been a lot of fun for me, to share all of the store's developments with you!  And I sure hope that when the store opens, each one of you personally come and introduce yourselves to me!  I am so excited to meet you!

This week has been a whirlwind of activity between my full-time job, my 4-year old daughter, a nasty eye infection and keeping everything going! 

So here's the good news:  The architectural plans have been approved for the store (the VERY IMPORTANT) plans that illustrate all of the wonderful work to be done and undone, i.e. the CONstruction and DEstruction (ha ha, my dry sense of humor) and all of the very mechanical and electrical things that need to be done to get ready for my occupancy!  The Landlord of the Pinetree Plaza has been fantastic to work with and I know that when the construction is done, we are going to have a beautiful, comfortable, functional and spacious Scrapbook Store at our disposal!

So, get ready for CONstruction and DEstruction photos of the store to be coming to the Blog and to my website at:

Next Blog Topic:   Product Names, punches, cardstocks, all the goodies currently being ordered for The Studio!  Have some suggestions?  Please email them to me at  I would love to hear from you on products you would like to see!!!  Now's the time to submit your requests!

Happy Cropping!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

EK Success: Scrapbook Design & You University at The Scrapbook Studio!

Good Tuesday Morning everyone.  Today's topic is something really FUN!  These comprehensive how-to-scrapbook classes will be starting at The Studio sometime in November!  Here's the link for ALL of the SDU information, but I've listed below some general info about the classes!

The curriculum of SDU® starts at the very beginning! In these classes you will learn about the emotional value of scrapbooking along with the basics on how to plan and prepare for a scrapbook project. These classes present the foundation for beginners while exposing advanced students to view scrapbooking in a whole new light.  Cost of the classes (all 4 included) to be determined, but I can assure you, it will be REASONABLE!  You will need to have a "toolkit" for the classes, all of which can be purchased at The Studio, but we will go over all of that in Class #1, so relax!  And enjoy a whole new learning experience in Scrapbooking!

Class #1 - Scrapbook Basics
In Scrapbook Basics, discover the inspiration that comes from creating scrapbooks. This class will orient all levels of papercrafters to the tools of the trade, practical organization and the elements of scrapbook design. Learn step-by-step how to create focus and unity through a variety of matting techniques, and leave class with a full understanding of the elemental components of scrapbooking.

Class #2 - Building Blocks of Design
A working knowledge of color theory and its relation to designing scrapbook pages is essential to the development of well structured layouts. Combining this understanding with the building blocks (photographs, journaling, titles, enhancements, color, line, letter and shape) and the principles of design structure will assist scrapbookers in the creation of strong layouts that complete a balanced and unified story.

Class #3 - The Power of the Pen
A picture is not always worth a thousand words. It is vital that every scrapbook designer develop an appreciation for the integration of the written word on a scrapbook page. The Power of the Pen will provide students with basic writing techniques and exercises to assist in the development of engaging titles and impact filled journal entries. Additionally, students will begin to understand the influence that hand lettering has on their reader, and how to incorporate their personal script into each design.

Class #4 - The Final Touch
Embellishing scrapbook pages is a true testament in the development of a papercrafter's design process. Page enhancements such as titles, stickers and punch art, allow the designer to create balance, rhythm, movement, contrast and depth with a layout. Design spectacular titles, learn techniques that give new vitality to your collection of stickers, develop knowledge of punch maintenance and the incorporation of punch art design in layout design.

Any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at:

Monday, September 27, 2010

New Phone Number for The Studio!

Great, great, great news everyone! 

I was able to secure the PERFECT phone number for The Studio!

It will be (drumroll, please.....) 


Or for us "numbers" people, it will be 330-652-2767...still a great number!

So write it down, put it in your cell phones!  I will let you all know when it's a "live" number!

Take Care - talk soon!

Monday, Sept 27th - Construction of the Store

Good Morning everyone!  I thought today, I'd take a step back and talk a little about the construction to take place at The Studio, to get it ready for opening!  I hope by giving you some of this information, you'll have a better idea of why it's taking a while to get the store opened!

It was by sheer luck and blessings that I found the space at The Pinetree Plaza, which happens to be 3.5 miles from my house!  But that's not the best part.  The Pinetree Plaza is situated at one of the busiest intersections in Trumbull County and is so centrally located between all the major highways and routes, that it truly is the PERFECT spot for The Studio.  And, the paving of all the roads in every direction from the plaza has just been completed, so it's smooth sailing right into the parking lot!

The Studio is located two doors down from Cindy's Health & Vitality Center, and the other end of the plaza is East of Chicago Pizza and Arthur Treachers.  McDonalds is right across the street and so is Walgreens!  Oh yes, and BP Gas station!  Everything you need is within walking distance of the store which I'm sure will make your lengthy visits at The Studio much more convenient and enjoyable!

So, back to the store.  It will be a little over 4,600 square feet of pure Scrapbooking Bliss!  It will be an open floor plan with a designated cropping & training area at the very back of the store.  There are many walls that needs to come down (the spaced was previously used as a Policy Academy), a new HVAC system that will be installed in addition to two new handicap accessible bathrooms and a new drop ceiling!

The decor of the store is expected to be a little bit of contemporary/retail and little bit Boutique!  Okay, maybe more Boutique than contemporary!  LOL!   So as you can see, there is much work to be done!  But once it's done, it will be utterly fantastic!

That's all for today!  Please remember that if you have any questions or blog suggestions, please email me at or

Have a great Monday everyone!


Friday, September 24, 2010

TGIF - Happy Friday Sept 24th!!

Good late-morning everyone!  Had a great time "mixing" it up at the Regional Chamber Business Showcase Mixer last night!  Promoted The Scrapbook Studio and got some great ideas for our Grand Opening Promotional Giveaways!  So, be sure attend the Grand Opening (date to be determined) and get your goodies!

Today's topic for The Studio is "Classes & Services!"  The Studio isn't just a retail store!  It's a "hub" for socializing, learning, bonding, scrapbooking and fulfilling all of the scrapbook and paper-crafting goals you've been striving to attain!

One of the things that makes The Studio so special is even if you're not scrapbooker (gasp!) we will completely and beautifully put together a scrapbook for you!  It's our "Scrapbooker-For-Hire" program and our non-crafty customers can give us their photos (duplicates of course! NEVER the originals!) and we will develop a comprehensive, beautiful, themed (if they so choose) scrapbook!  What a great gift this would be for our parents, children, brides, graduates, anniversaries!  And don't forget our Gift Registry that falls in line with all of these special events!

How about a Memory Book for a loved one who's passed away?  We can, with little turnaround time, even develop a memory book or photo board for a Funeral.  This is our way of helping families handle all of the many tasks to be done when a loved one passes - we take care of displaying those photos and memories!

Trade-In-Days - okay, we've all got tools, supplies and "stuff" that we no longer use, right?  Well, each  month we'll have trade in days where you bring us your old "stuff," but it still has to be functional, and we'll give you a coupon towards ANY purchase in the store!  All of the tools and supplies traded in will be donated to local charities, schools or shelters.

Classes:  So many classes, so little time!  HA HA!  Here is just a sampling of the classes to be scheduled at The Studio.  Remember, I'm open for ideas so if you have a fantastic idea for a class, let me know!  And if you happen to be quite the expert on something, I would love to have you as an instructor!

  • Scrapbook Design & You University Classes (EK Success certified!)
  • Photography Classes
  • Cricut classes
  • Digital Scrapbooking Classes
  • Genealogy Classes
  • Card-Making Stamp A Stacks
  • Techniques Classes (such as chalking, stamping, embossing, etc.)
  • And many more to come!
Midnight Crops and Pajama Lockdown Parties:  Yep - bring your jammies and we'll "crop the night away!"  We'll lock the doors, jam to some tunes (could be Disco, could be Country, could be 80's...there's ALWAYS A THEME!)  and have fun as we work on scrapbooks and projects!  There will be games, prizes and SURPRISES!

Weekend Retreats - starting in 2011, we'll put together a series of Entire Weekend Event of Scrapbooking!  We'll reserve blocks of rooms at area hotels, make arrangements for catering and you can spend the entire weekend away from kids and hubbies to re-group and re-connect with new friends and old friends!  Again, there will be games, prizes and SURPRISES!  More info to come on this! 

Okay, that's enough for one day!  Next time, I will focus on our Club Membership Program and all the cool things you get by being a club member!

Have a great weekend everyone!
Angela V.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Good Thursday Morning!

Good morning everyone!  I'm so excited to see some new "followers" on this Blog - Thank you!  I will do my best to keep you informed and entertained as The Studio dream becomes a reality and we can all share in its first steps to inception!

Today, I thought, since we have some "newbies" to the Blog (a big WELCOME! to you) that I would take this opportunity to tell you all about the The Scrapbook Studio and all of the wonderful things in store for all of us!

First, "The Studio" (as I affectionately like to call it, plus it's easier to type - ha ha), will have a vast array of products, tools, embellishments, punches, beautiful designer (12x12) cardstock that I am choosing by-hand, myself.  I will have hand-picked every single item you will see when you shop with us!  Each item truly is being chosen with YOU in mind.  I hope you love all of the products!  There will be almost 1,000 different paper designs in my beginning inventory!

Next, I've designed a cropping & training room that encompasses comfort and a homey feel so that while you're working on those beautiful scrapbooks or making cards for an upcoming holiday, you can feel functional AND comfortable!  I will have a die-cutting machine. tools and supplies on-hand for you to use, like punches, scrap cardstock, tools, etc.    Just in case you forget something at home or want to try something different that you don't have yet!

Also, you will have access, as my customer, to a Free Self-Serve Coffee Bar.  A Keurig Coffee Machine system with coffees, teas, hot chocolates.  Just my way of saying "Come in, relax, enjoy your time at The Studio!"  Bistro Tables will be available for you to sit, have your coffee and thumb thru a book or magazine...or chit-chat with me!

For all you moms:  A Children's Play Area.  Yes, an area designated for our little ones to color, play and keep busy while you shop in the store!

For my Techy-Scrapbookers:  I have a designed an area for Digital Scrapbooking!  A designated computer and wide-carriage digital photo printer will be available for you to dabble in digital scrapbooking or even print a few of those photos you want to include in your layout!  For a small fee to cover the supplies, you can make yourself at home at the Digital Station working on those digital layouts.  And remember:  you can still add embellishments to those digital layouts which we call "Hybrid Scrapbooking!"  Very cool!

One of the coolest things about The Studio is the LOCKERS!  Locker usage & rental will be available for you to put your belongings in while you're "camping" out at The Studio for an all-day event or cropping session and large lockers will be available for your Cropping Cases so you don't have to lug those big cases in and out of the car, especially in Winter when it's a MESS outside!

Lunch Box Crops - Do you want to scrapbook on your lunch hour?  Bring your lunch, reserve a locker for all of your supplies & tools and come work on those layouts on your lunch hour!  All you have to bring is your lunch!

There is so much more, so let's re-convene tomorrow to go over all of the cool SERVICES and CLASSES and EVENTS that The Studio will offer its customers!  Even the non-scrapbookers!  We love you too!  LOL!

Thank you, God Bless! 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Inventory Abound - Getting ready to fill those shelves!

Good afternoon all of my fellow scrapbookers, card-makers, friends and family!  While Francesca (my daughter) is at Dance class tonite, I will be getting my Bazzill Basics order ready which includes the GLITTERIEST of GLITTER PAPER (that doesn't shed!),  adorable Polka Dot cardstock, Jewel templates, Brads and these AWESOME STITCHING TEMPLATES!  Yes, templates that allow you to easily and beautifully add stitching to your layouts!  I am also ordering adhesive jewels, Bazzill buttons, Glazed Cardstock and all kinds of goodies!

One thing I am really excited about is, staying with the Genealogy-themed classes, Bazzill's line of  Family/Heritage Generations cardstock, charts, Family Story sheets and more!  These are a great way to illustrate your family's lineage and history!  And hopefully our Genealogy classes will help put you in the right direction to start tracing back your family history, gathering information for journaling and photos for those scrapbook layouts!  Remember, this would also make a GREAT anniversary gift, wedding gift and birthday gift to our "more mature" loved ones!

Some of the other classes you'll see at "The Studio" will be Cricut Classes, Photography, Scrapbook Design & You University Classes, card-making classes, techniques classes, Mommy & Me...and more!  Submit your Class Suggestions to me and I'll try to get them on the calendar!

Soon as I know when "The Studio" will open,  I will be sure get the Calendar of Events posted to my website AND this Blog!

That's all for today!  Love to you all and hope to see you very soon!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Update as of Monday, Sept 20th

Hi All!  Can you believe we've past the September mid-point?  Where has the time gone?  Things are still moving forward with the "Studio" development!  The space will soon be undergoing extensive construction and will look fantastic when it's done!  I went to the plaza this weekend and cleaned the store windows, put up my Coming Soon posters and jazzed things up a bit with some Halloween decals!  Lots of work yet to do, though!

In the meantime, I'm working with all your favorite vendors on developing a great inventory!  I've also gotten all the comfy chairs for the cropping area and I'm having my wonderful seamstress Mother make some really fun and funky covers for them!  Dave and I will be getting our hands really dirty stripping and re-staining the beautiful antique buffet that will proudly display the coffee bar machine and supplies!  The coffee machine will be a big fancy Keurig machine with gourmet coffees, teas and hot chocolate for those (brrrrr) upcoming cold days!

The website is just about ready to go "live" so please add the site to your Favorites and keep checking back often for more updates on the store's status!  Here's the website:

Call me if you have any questions!  Talk soon!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Scrapbook Studio & Cafe is coming soon!

Hi everyone!  If you're reading this, then I just shared something very, very special with you!  Yes, I am opening a retail Scrapbook Store and Training Center right here in Niles, OH!

This store will be unlike anything in the tri-county area!  Here are just a few of the many facets of the "Studio" which is scheduled to open in October, 2010!  Yes, next month!

Retail:  The store, of course, will have all of the latest and greatest scrapbooking and papercrafting products from all of our favorite brand names:  EK Success, Bazzill Basics, Martha Stewart, Penny Black Stamps, K & Company and so many more!

Cropping Area:  The Studio will have a comfy, yet functional, Cropping Center complete with some basic supplies provided for your convenience...just in case you forget something at home!  Large tables, comfy chairs and space to spread your wings and crop all day long!  And all night long too!

Training Classes:  I am happy to announce that I (& a couple good scrapbooking friends) have become certified thru EK Success to teach The Scrapbook Design & You University Scrapbook classes!  We can teach you how to start scrapbooking from scratch!

Free, Self-Serve Coffee Bar - Yes you read that right!  Free!  Have a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate during your shopping, cropping and learning time at the Studio!  Or have a seat at one of our sassy little Bistro Tables and thumb thru a scrapbooking magazine!  Have a quiet moment or chat with a friend or me!

Digital Scrapbooking and Photo Printing - Need a couple photos printed?  Want to do a Digital Scrapbook Layout?  We have the equipment where you can do just that!  For a small fee to cover time on the equipment and supplies used, you can print a few photos for your cropping pleasure or get that digital layout printed!

Children's Play Area - yes, you read that right too!  There will be Children's Play Area for our little ones to keep themselves occupied while you shop at your leisure!  Complete with toys, crayons, books, etc., your little one can enjoy their time at The Studio, too!

Call me for more details!  And more details to be posted almost daily on this blog!  See you next month!

Happy Cropping!