Sunday, September 28, 2008

Okay, just because I keep getting asked. Twitter is

Twitter is to Blogging what IM is to E-mailing. Get it?

It is the Instant Messaging version of Blogging, but your IMs are broadcasted to all your followers. Tweets are 140 character maximum in length, meaning no pressure to come up with greatness. I have learned a ton in the month or so I've been "tweeting." I have also found that Google LOVES Twitter. I have had a few of my tweets be #1 on the page ranks. Why? Because Google LOVES frequently updated content.

What to do? Post once an hour to once a day letting people know what you're up to.

What not to do? Post only business sales pitches (The point is to build relationships. ) Post less than 7 times a week.

Hey, if Rick Sanchez can figure out Twitter... so can you!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Favorite LSS + Favorite Designer = :)

I'm so excited to hear that our very own featured designer will be teaching classes in November and December at my favorite LSS! That's right, check out La Verne Boese's classes at Scrapbooks N Stuff. The calendar hasn't been posted, but I'll update this blog post when it is. I'm so excited - what a great team!

I was lucky enough to have lunch with La Verne today. And coincidentally, I'll be scrapping for a few hours on Sunday (it's all I can fit in). Care to join me? I plan to be there from noon to 2PM. I'll be the one who is unable to make even the minor decision about my layout who gets about half a page done per hour!

Scrapbooks N Stuff just feels like home. It's where I learned to scrapbook, and I've been their customer since 2002 (Customer #295, that's me!). I also met one of my bestest friends, Stephanie, there.

The owners and the girls that work there are informed and can TEACH. That's something you won't find at a Michael's, JoAnn's, or Target.

(And if you're looking for a great store in Broward, be sure to checkout Scrapbook Central.)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Need inspiration? Studio Calico's Got Some

When in a creative funk, inspiring scrapbook projects really help!

If you are online a lot, you probably already know about Studio Calico. If not, let me introduce you!

Today, I'm feeling a bit low on inspiration. I went over to Studio Calico's Design Team Gallery and let the slideshow run on my monitor. It's still running now.

Everytime I look over, I see a new beautiful project. What could be better?!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Another Great Find:

I found another great resource from Twitter. Did I mention I'm a fan? It's all about Getting Things Done. Great articles on prioritization and productivity.

Just don't spend too much time on it - that would defeat the purpose!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

One more reason to love Twitter!

Okay, if it wasn't enough to just spy on random people all day... Twitter has another reason to be loved. That is: Twitter folk can be very informative. Take Ms. ArtistTaraReed. She posted about having gotten her misterretro filter working with PhotoShop CS3. I figure, she's an artist; if she has this filter, I want to know more! So I went to and MAN is it super cool.

They have amazing filter effects that I really, really want to play with now!! The image above was a three-color, standard font image... Nothing interesting. But when the distress filter is applied, it becomes so rich and full - I just love it! I can see myself using that to print titles or journaling for my scrapbook projects or cards. Even home decor. Of course for graphic design (if I ever get around to sending out a newsletter!)

My first purchase though will be the Snappy Hour Invitation Kit. I can use the fonts, the dingbats, and the vector images to cut on my Silhouette or Wishblade. Didn't I tell you it was cool. Not only for cutting of course, these would be GREAT for digital scrapbooking - something I have not yet ventured into, due to computer overload (when it's your job, your hobby should AVOID it). And you could also use it for... INVITATIONS, I guess. :) Like the sample invite shown here, perfect for your Halloween parties!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Etsy has the Coolest Stuff!

Okay, is this not the cutest little plush doll you ever saw? Made by GirlCalledRic and sold on Etsy. If you are ever looking for unique, special gifts... nothin' beats Etsy!

Etsy is an online store featuring all kinds of products handmade by people from all over the world! Visit GirlCalledRic's Store. (Note: I found GirlCalledRic's cutie dolls via Craftzine article! Check them out on Twitter...

Elsie Flanigan, super-talented artist and the designer of "Love, Elsie," also has an Etsy store that I love! Visit it here! I bought two adorable pirate prints for my son's bedroom there. (This was an expensive blog post - I just bought these two Original ACEO (Art Cards) from the store!)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Internet Find: Google Chrome

Google Chrome - the latest new tool from the Google empire. It's a brand new internet browser that I absolutely LOVE. So simple, clean in design.

I usually have to switch between IE7 and Firefox to get things to work (some sites require one some the other). I've been able to get everything working with this cool new product.

Find out more or download it now at

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Favorite Item of the Day: Pink Paislee Black Icons Press-Ons

My favorite item ordered today: definitely the Pink Paislee Black Icons Press-Ons! Well, to be fair, I love all their Press-Ons! Order this item (PP-00101) tomorrow (Sept 3rd) and get two free sheets of Pink Paislee paper with your order.