Monday, 30 December 2013

Exciting Event Coming Soon!!!

We have been sitting on some exciting news for a while now... just waiting to finalize some details but we can't wait any longer to share some very exciting news!!!!!

We have two amazingly talented ladies coming to share their creativity with you!

Join Sabrina Radek
Leica Forrest 

for a weekend full of classes!!!

February 21st, 22nd, and 23rd!!

A little about Sabrina...
I am a mother of 5 children, and have 7 grandchildren so far. I loved being a stay-at-home-Mom for 21 years, but that changed in 1999. I didn't get into scrapbooking and cardmaking until August 2009 while living in Calgary AB, where my oldest daughter (Dana) and her family live. I taught classes at Scrapbooker's Paradise in Calgary for a year before I moved to Victoria, BC in February 2011 to be closer to my aging parents, and have taught classes at Scrapbook Parade full time for the last two years.

As far back as I can remember, I have always loved to create, and come up with great ideas. I know that at times I must have driven my loved ones around me a little crazy with it all. Over the years I have loved knitting, crocheting, cooking, baking, and sewing, drawing, painting, photography, crafts, graphic design, bookmaking, cardmaking, chipboard construction, and scrapbooking. And on occasion, throughout my life, I have even won awards or recognition in some of these areas of creativity.
However, it is my love of Graphic 45 papers that has made me stretch my creativity even more. Those gorgeous papers are so inspiring that the ideas come faster than I make them. And then a new line comes out forcing me to abandon some of those ideas so that I can go on with the new ideas for new paper collections. I have been featured occasionally on Graphic 45's Ning, Blog, & Facebook over the past two years. The Spring of 2013, at the encouragement of my students and friends, I applied for the Graphic 45 DT and made the top 30. 
I am thrilled to be asked to be a guest instructor at Edmonton's Scrap Addicts and look forward to sharing my love of Graphic 45 creativity with everyone there, even if it means leaving the green behind for a while to go to the cold and snow. I look forward to meeting you all and working together on the Graphic 45 inspired projects I have for you.

Sabrina will be teaching a very detailed layout class and a phenomenal tri-fold album class using the brand new Graphic lines - don't miss out on these classes as spots will fill very quickly!  

Check out Sabrina's blog - Aspiring To Creativity where she has some sneak peeks!

And the lovely and talented Leica Forrest will be teaching 3 classes too!!!

A little about Leica....
Life is never boring at her house, which her husband affectionately refers to as their "scrap house". You just never know what kind of photo opportunities will happen in her household. Married to her best friend, Jim, they have 3 crazy kids Riley; 9, Jager; 7 and Ireland 4. She has been working in this industry for 9 years, loving to share new techniques and meet new people. Over the years she has been fortunate to educate & design for some amazing companies such as Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Core'dinations, Tattered Angels, Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine, Glitz Design, American Crafts, Basically Bare. Her style is always changing as are the trends, always wanting to try new things. She lives to laugh and really enjoy life, and tries to transmit that through her art whether it is scrapbooking or mixed media, she is constantly documenting their lives; good, bad and just crazy. She has a very laid back class approach where there are no mistakes, setting realistic goals where you can have fun creating and walk away with completed projects.
Check out Leica's blog - I'm Here To Live Outloud!

We are beyond thrilled to have these talented ladies come and teach here - more details will come but you can call the store and reserve your spot today!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Inspiration Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!
We had a large and fun art journal class last night so after cleaning up, I decided to search for some fun projects with the new stock we received in yesterday.

First up is the adorable mini collection from October Afternoon - Milk Money.
Whether you are capturing your child's schoolroom adventures or reminiscing about your own school years, you can find something in Milk Money to help tell your story.  Featuring iconic classroom images from grade-school through high-school, Milk Money is great for capturing memories for students of all ages.  Check out this adorable card by Linda Barber

and the awesome layout by Nicole Harper

Next up is a pretty line filled with soft colours by Ruby Rock-It called East Coast Essence.  Typically this line is for the Project Life style scrappers but I am so in love with it that I am going to do a full layout with it!  Check out the blog post on their website for some sneak peeks!

And here's a name you will be seeing more of very soon...
She does AMAZING work with Graphic 45 - check out her stunning card!

And what would the season be without a little shimmer?  We received the Copic Spica glitter pens this week as well as the Wink of Stella brush pens...what an easy way to add shimmer!  
Check out the shimmer on the boots of this card that Cori-Lyn will be teaching in the advanced Copics class at the end of January...easy sparkle added with the Spica pens!

And the sparkle added to the alphabet stickers with a Wink of Stella pen by Sara Case Strickland

And items people have been patiently waiting for...the new punch boards by We R Memory Keepers - a gift box punch that makes 20 different sized boxes, a pillow box punch, and a candy box punch - just in time for wrapping those things that are hard to find a box for!! Check out their video...

Hoping this gives you some crafty inspiration for the day!  

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Paper Bows with an Envelope Punch Board!

When We R Memory Keepers debuted their Envelope Punch Board at CHA last year, I immediately fell in love with this cool tool.  As a cardmaker, making a quick envelope for an odd sized card was a dream come true!  This fabulous tool makes over 60 different sizes of envelopes in no time at all...however, I also discovered  (thanks Pinterest!) something else it can do - it makes fabulous paper bows!  
We currently have these boards in stock (for only $22.00!)-give us a shout to reserve one today!

Last night in our Copic class, we all made one and were amazed at how fast and easy they were so I thought I would share it with you...

For the bow we made, you will need 3 pieces of paper:
2 -1" x 5"
1- 1" x 7"
And of course the amazing punch board!

Starting with the 5" piece - slide it over to the halfway mark (2.5") measurement and punch. 

 Flip the paper around and repeat on the opposite side so that it looks like this:

Slip the square edges into the corner rounder on the other side of the punch and round all edges.

Repeat with the 7" piece (using the halfway mark at 3.5").

For the other 5" piece, punch again in the center but DO NOT ROUND THE EDGES (we skipped this step last night but I found I actually liked it better this way!)
Instead, turn it vertically and eyeball about halfway and punch (if you are using a one inch strip, I found if you lined up the left side with the small piece that sticks out, that is about halfway).

Your three pieces should now look like this:

Using a ruler, curl the two pieces with the rounded edges:

Place glue dots on the inside of the rounded corners and match up with the other rounded corners and attach:

Do the same on the other side so that it looks like this:

Repeat with the larger bow and stack the two bows on top of the base piece, attach all layers together:

Embellish and voila...a pretty paper bow!

How cool is that?  I also found a great video that shows you how to make a gift box with the punch board too - check it out here

We are also expecting the new punch boards from We R Memory Keeper (gift bag, gift box, candy box and pillow box punches)  later this week!
Wishing you all a great day!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Inspiration Wednesday

New product arrived yesterday and it has me feeling crafty!  So I thought I would do a little hunting and see if I could find some inspiration to share with all of you!

First up is the gorgeous new line by Fancy Pants called Timbergrove- I just love the colours in this line!  Beautiful blues, reds and browns...and so many embellishments!  Check out the stunning card  their design team member Nicole Stark created!

Kaisercraft never disappoints - their gorgeous tropical line "Paradiso" arrived and it is amazing!!!
For those of you lucky enough to leave the cold behind and head somewhere warm and sunny, you NEED this paper :)

 This gorgeous card above and the layout below were made by Adriana Bolzon 
I love the texture she creates! 

And if you want quick and easy, then Simple Stories new line "Daily Grind" is a must-have!
They even have a full Pinterest board just for the line!

 A fun layout by the fabulous Vicki Boutin

Cute mini album made by Emily Lanham

And last but not least, we received a TON of colours in twinkling H20s...if you haven't played with these yet, you are missing out!  They are gorgeous, shimmery watercolours - check out this art journal page made by 

Hope that inspires you to get your craft on!  Our workroom is available most days - just give us a shout!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Busy, Busy, Busy!

It's that time of year when everything just starts to feel busy!  And it is no exception around here ...
A ton of new stock is arriving this week, here's a peek at our arrivals yesterday:

by Authentique

by Echo Park

by Carta Bella


by Artbin

And don't forget about our two upcoming events!

Need to finish up your Christmas projects?
Join us on Friday November 29th (5pm-midnight)

Saturday November 30th (10am-midnight)
Sunday December 1st (10am-4pm)
For a no-frills crop!
ONLY $30!!!

(snacks and drinks will be provided)
Call the store to register today as spots are limited!  




Create a wish list with us that we can keep on file - send in your shoppers to
 buy from your wish list and we will gift wrap it for them 
and give them your membership discount!
Pop in or give us a call and we can get your wish list started!

Wishing you all a great week!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

We Are Officially Open!

Yahoo!  The doors are open and we are meeting new customers every day!
This has been a dream come true - a ton of work but we love what we do!

Just wanted to share a few pictures from our opening day - pictures never do the space justice though so come on in and check us out!  

 Our first customer!

 Um...I think it's fair to say that someone might be an Addict.

 Our gorgeous flowers from one of our awesome customers - note the cute scrapbooking theme with the buttons and bling!

 One of my favourite sections - just look at all the sprays, paints, mediums,  and stamps!

 Stamps, inks, stains, glitter, and stencils...OH MY!  
We are thrilled to be carrying Stencil Girl products in the store... we already have to reorder!

The Tim Holtz wall - because he makes the coolest stuff!

Last night we officially broke in the classroom space with our Art Journal group and have a ton more classes coming!  Check out the CLASSES AND EVENTS page on the website for upcoming scheduled stuff.

I am busy making room for the giant order that should be here on Friday - pop in today for Double Points Wednesday and help make more room!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

You Want To Know What's Awesome?

What's awesome is taking a big leap of faith and opening a business.  But it's even more awesome with a friend - in a business that made you friends in the first place.

What's awesome is finding the perfect location and having things just fall right into place so that you can open sooner than you expected.

What's beyond awesome is the encouragement and support you are given.  And the friends and family that drop everything they are doing to come help. They give up their few hours off to come help out and make our space even more incredible than it already was.  

So this blog post is a huge thank you to some awesome people:

Thank you to Sean, Chad, Denis, and Andrew for making our classroom just like we pictured it and especially our gorgeous new sink! And hours of entertainment :)  You may not understand this hobby of ours but your encouragement is overwhelming.

Thank you Meaghan and Matt for giving us your long weekend, your fabulous pricing skills, and your endless support.

Thank you Tina for your superb taping skills!

Thank you to Tina, Andrea, and Michelle for joining our team and sharing in the excitement with us.

Thank you to Jere and Ashley for giving up your time and helping us with stock.  Your enthusiasm makes all those boxes go so much quicker!

Thank you to Shannon, Steve and Erin for being our emergency tech team!

Thank you to Jackie and Dave for the delivery and advice!

Thank you to Don for helping with our slat wall! 

A big thank you to the gals who joined us for a potluck supper-we loved hearing your ideas and we were so glad you joined us in the midst of the chaos!

And lastly, thank you to everyone who took the time to email, text, message or call us to offer your time and encouragement. Thanks for joining us in this awesome adventure!
See you on opening day!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Meet Our Newest Instructor

Meet Michelle (and her handsome son Cole!)

I've been crafting since I was about 16. I started in oils, acrylics and watercolor. I started papercrafting in 2003 but discovered stamping about 7 years ago and that has been my passion ever since. My favorite paper lines are Bo Bunny, Prima and Pink Paislee and my favorite products are Tim Holtz. My favorite designers are Debbie Olson, Cindy Lawrence and of course, the Distress King, Tim Holtz. I am really excited to come back to teaching!

Michelle will be starting up a Stampers Club and a Christmas Card Club that will be full of techniques and pretty cards.  Her first class is scheduled for Wednesday December 11th - pics will be on our Facebook page very soon!  Check out some of Michelle's gorgeous cards:

Saturday, 9 November 2013


We are excited to introduce our second instructor to you today!

Meet Tina!

I have always enjoyed being crafty. I started off with quilting and paper ended up stealing the show in 2006. I have evolved from a very structured style to a much more shabby chic look. I love texture!... buttons, flowers, doilies and bling. I recently dabbled in Project Life, and really enjoyed how easy it was to tackle a large project. I also love mixed media and playing with all the different paints and mists. My favourite paper lines are Prima, Bo Bunny, and Kaisercraft and am inspired by Anna Dabrowska and Leslie Ashe. I am so very excited to be joining the team!

Check out our Facebook page for details on Tina's upcoming classes!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

We Are Excited To Introduce..

one of our new instructors here at Scrap Addicts!!

Meet Andrea!
 And her gorgeous new puppy Roxy!

Andrea moved to Edmonton from Vancouver and has been a scrap addict since 1998.  She has a crisp, clean style and loves the new trendy designs by Bella Blvd, Echo Park, Fancy Pants, and Simple Stories.  Her favourite designers are Leica Forrest, Cari Locken, Vicki Boutin and Allison Davis.

Andrea is amazing at mixing patterns and embellishments and is very excited to start teaching with us. She will be offering both daytime and nighttime classes, specializing in two page layouts and cards.

  Check out our Facebook page for pictures and dates of Andrea's first class!