Tuesday, October 18, 2011

in the midst of all this renovating....

I find the need to create!! Creating big spaces has filled my mind lately...but that does not mean that enough of my creative brain gets used... so here are a few things that will hopefully inspire you to get into your Supplies!

I was lucky enough to see "Wicked" when it came to Winnipeg:-)  My hubby had surprised me with tickets, a friend to go with, supper and he even arranged childcare!!! LOVE that guy!!
 Truly a night worth Scrapbooking!

 Playing with Bo-Bunny's Forever Fall!

 used the Martha Stewart branch punch above.

 Harmonie wooden tree - used Pumpkin Pie Glimmer mist and vintage photo distress ink around the edges

I truly hope you find a little time to "Create" for yourself this week!


Monday, October 10, 2011

more exciting news:-)

I have a question for you??? Does this area of Winnipeg look familiar to you??

Well - if you are in the St Vital area, this is where it is - you are staring at the Theatres, right by the St. Vital Mall...  why in the world would I post this on my blog???

Because this is the view you will see as you step outside - after you went shopping at our 


Yes - what you are reading is true -
Mark and I have been planning and looking for space for over a year and a half, I knew I wanted a spot near the St. Vital Mall, I knew what size, I knew I wanted it to be easy to see and to find, and I knew I wanted good parking.... and the day I saw this space I was scheduled to look at 2 other spaces, I saw a sign in the window of this space on the way to the other appt's.  I saw the other spaces and did not feel good about them.  I called up this company, and they had time to show it to me and I walked in and I just felt it - 
"this is your space"
It felt sooo right - it is so perfect!  And I am soo excited to take this next journey, I have no idea why this happened so close to the Steinbach store moving and everything, as I looked at and was negotiating on this space even prior to everything with the other store.  All I can say is that God's plan is so much bigger than mine, and I truly feel like his hand has been in all of this - everything has just fallen into place & the way it has is just perfect:-)
So as I plan the next adventure - here are some pictures of the store the first time I saw it.

this last pic is a little dark, but it gives a really great view of back to front, how much space there is!  I can hardly wait to get my hands dirty and start "Creating" a beautiful space for all of you!!

The Address is 60-166 Meadowood Drive
The open date is planned for sometime in early November:-)
I will use the quote again that has inspired me during this time of decision making!
"Look for the dream that keeps coming back. It’s your destiny"
I wish you all Scrappy dreams:-)
& Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

playing with the blog's look...

I have been wanting something a little different for a while - I guess I was over the bright colors of the blog as it was, I was in the mood to "renovate" that too so to speak:-)  So I am playing a little - made a few mistakes...HTML's are not something I understand, but I think I like it so far, it is quite "vintagey" (not a word I know!) but I will live with it for a while and see...wanted something more toned down...pretty...

sometimes we just need to play:-)
ttyl! S

p.s. going to tell you some news tomorrow, that I eluded to a while back - the Croppers that were at our CG already know it:-)    ttyl!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Our Grand Opening:-)

What an amazing day - the day you all got to see the store we worked so hard on... A HUGE thank you to all of you who came out on Saturday!!! What a fun day and my heart was sooo full with joy and love for all of you and it was just awesome to see how excited you all were to see the store:-)  I think it was a mixture of that love and pure exhaustion that had me close to tears many times throughout the day...  But I truly feel that is beautiful place is for all of you - so many of you come to the shop to relax and chat and get your creative juices flowing - this space is meant to do just that for you!  Enjoy:-)

Here are some pics of some of the action, and of our Beautiful new store!
 Yes - I did wear an outfit to match the store for opening day!!

this is the "rest of the story" from yesterdays blog post...Warren the MTS guy came to my rescue, he showed up at 8am, and we were up and running by about 9:45am...seriously 15 mins for we opened the doors - now that was cutting it close!!!

 all the lovely ladies waiting to take advantage of our Doorcrasher specials!!

 they are all looking for those deals!

 Cottage Girls - Pam & Lori were my Make n' take ladies!! Everyone loved our huge class area!

 more make n' take action:-)

 Cookies & Coffee for everyone:-)

 ladies looking at product and checking everything out!

 would you like a meter of ribbon Candace?? thanks for snapping this pic Alanna!

 Bonita snatched my camera to take this pic of me and Cottage Girl Marilyn

 do you sell albums...why yes we do!

 lots of room to shop and look around!

 I cannot believe how many ladies came to see us!!! And they all had lots of space to look around:-)

 some of the GORGEOUS flower arrangements from customers and friends!!! Thank you!!!

 Meet Millie!  She is all dressed up to match the decor in the store!

 gorgeous tissue paper flowers lovingly made by my friend Sherri

 the punches and patterned paper...

 lovely racks of new product'''

the kids - one more look at our old space, they were cheering "yeah for the bigger store"

it was great to go in one last time, to smile and say thank you to the space that was so special for so long - back to the mall where so many of you found us... 
We are about documenting memories, and encouraging you to do so, thanks for creating so many memories with us in the old place...we truly look forward to making many more with you in the new store!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

setting up...

Date - Friday, Sept 30th
The Place- 363 Main Street
The Goal - set a whole scrapbook store up in one day
The People involved - Sharon, Tannis, Temara, Cathy, Nita, Debbie, Jen, Jeannie, Pam, Lori, Marilyn, Jenna, Shannon, Deneen & Mark,

We started at 9:30 am- starting with the sorting of boxes to different areas of the store ( most of the racking/ shelves had been put in place the night before) and sticky notes were on the wall for product placement - let the fun begin!
Nita-Spellbinder & stamp walls
 my sister Jen, quickly painting the backs of some cabinets, as now you would see those backs!
 Temara, punch wall...
 Jeannie - flowers
Debbie- window display

the chandelier in it's new home!

this was at 4:30 in the afternoon - still piles everywhere!!!

Then at about 9:30pm, I was starting to feel a little overwhelmed at this point!  My sister stayed till after 10pm (but then had to take her kids home and put them to bed!!). And then Shannon texted me asking if I still needed help - the answer was a resounding YES!!! So she came, and we finished everything off, Mark was there too, doing last min stuff!  And we were done at 1am - the store needed a few more "touches" but it was almost ready!

The only MAJOR Stress of the day was MTS, I booked the appt with them to change over my phone and internet (internet is a MUST to operate the debit machine!) 5 weeks ago... I called them at lunch again to see if they were coming, they said yes...and then I received a phone call at 3:30pm - saying they would re-schedule my install until Monday....I could NOT BELIEVE IT!!!!  I said that was not acceptable, and I needed someone today!!  Well after 3 different phone calls I got someone in on Sat morning - 8am.... do I keep up the suspense?...did they show up before we opened on Sat?...tune in tomorrow for the rest of the story:-)