Friday, November 24, 2017

Gearing Up for Small Business Saturday

Hi Scrap-A-Latte Friends,

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, with all my "kids" (and their kids) too! We broke from our traditional trip to Pennsylvania since my parents needed to take a time out from such a big shindig. And while we certainly missed spending time with my Mother and Father, we had just a great day together.  And then it was great hearing from so many friends on Facebook and seeing all the fun times they were sharing with those they love too.

Even though the store's closed today, Nick and I are at the store getting it all ready for the holiday ... and Small Business Saturday!  There's a No Frills crop tomorrow too, but here's what I'm planning.

So for those who come by on Small Business Saturday, you'll enjoy some terrific specials.  If you buy one type of item, you'll get 10% off.  Buy two of that same item and you'll get 20% off.  Buy three of that same item and get 30% off.  So for example, if you buy one stencil, you'll get 10% off; buy two stencils and get 20% off; buy three or more stencils and get 30% off.  Another example is if you buy one patterned paper, get 10% off, two patterned papers get 20% off and three or more patterned papers get 30% off.  Nice and easy!  Please note that these specials cannot be combined with any other store discount programs.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.  And please know that your support is greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Giving Thanks

Hi Scrap-A-Latte Friends,

It's easy to get swept up in our day-to-day responsibilities and forget to take time to just be grateful for the many wonderful things in our lives. So as Thanksgiving approaches, it's a gentle reminder to slow down and reflect on all the goodness touching our lives daily ... good health, friends, family, homes, and so much more. Thank you also for the continued support of Scrap-A-Latte. It's a pleasure to share so many good times together as you create and capture your family's memories for future generations.

As a reminder, the store will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Nov. 22-24) for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Looking forward to seeing those signed up for the Saturday crop, and also anyone wanting to enjoy the Small Business Saturday sales! While the store normally opens at 10 a.m., on Saturday the 25th, opening time is at 8 a.m.!  And those who stop in that day will have a chance to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win some fun prize bags.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Shine a Little Light!

Happy weekend Scrap-A-Latte Friends!

The weekend before Thanksgiving and I bet you've got the "to do" list going already ... cleaning, shopping, prepping.  Just wanted to suggest that you not wait for Thanksgiving to take your holiday pictures. Why not take 'em throughout the week to show all the "fun" that goes into sharing the holiday traditions with friends and family!

At the store today, the "to do" list is long as well! It's all about kitting for upcoming classes -- one being the December 2nd Graphic 45 project using the Deep Square Matchbook Box and their gorgeous Winter Wonderland Collection. We're turning it into a lantern (includes a cute tea light) that holds an adorable 6x6 mini album inside. This is not only fun to make, but it's a great Christmas gift for someone (or yourself!).

While this workshop is sold out, I wanted to share this with you for two reasons.  First, I want you to know there will be more project workshops of this sort in the future. But I also wanted to let you know that December 2nd will be another 'project-rama' day at Scrap-A-Latte -- there will be lots of other projects you can do that day. Please watch for details!

Looking forward to seeing you soon ... there's always lots going on at Scrap-A-Latte. Get it on the fun!!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Take Time Out for You...

Hi Scrap-A-Latte Friends,

We're heading into that time of year where we all get so very busy with holiday planning -- cooking, baking, prepping for company, shopping -- so it's important to take a little time for R&R so that you can enjoy the holidays yourself. Maybe a little time out for a crop or class at Scrap-A-Latte can help you stay energized for the busy time ahead.  It's always fun to channel your creativity with a focus on the memories with family and friends.

The year may be winding down, but there are still lots of opportunities to get involved in fun activities at the store. Check out our calendars here for details, then stop in or call the store at 631.482.9190 if you'd like to register. Here are some pictures from this past weekend's crop ... always a fun time!

Try to remember to take lots of pictures of your holiday traditions and time shared with those you care about. Looking forward to seeing you at the store!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Did You Get to Craft This Weekend?

Hi Scrap-A-Latte Friends,

Had a great weekend of creativity ... even on this rainy windy Sunday!

It all began with a great lead in with workshops on Thursday with Joey Otlo from American Crafts. What a nice day and evening of creativity and catching up with an old friend.  Can't wait until she comes back East in the springtime ... and of course more workshops at Scrap-A-Latte!

The 2018 crop schedule was introduced in Friday's newsletter and again during Saturday's No Frills crop and the response was tremendous!  The crop schedule's posted here as well, so call the store at 631.482.9190 if you'd like to sign up for certain dates. Payment's not due until the 1st of the month of the crop. (Example: January crops must be paid for by January 1 -- if not, your spot will be forfeited and made available to the first person on the wait list.)

During the crop, Angie put together a fun Graphic 45 project that's terrific for the holiday -- either as a gift or for your own home. It's a "lantern" that includes a tea light and a 6x6 mini album inside.  Limited numbers are available for a tutorial on Saturday, December 2nd -- during which you'll have a chance to make additional projects while at the store.  Watch for details. In the meantime, check out this short video...

There's always something happening at Scrap-A-Latte so stop in, shop, take classes, sign up for a one- or two-day crop and more!  Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Don't Be Shy ... Give It a Try!

Hi Scrap-A-Latte Friends,

Last month, a new class called "Outside of the Box" was introduced at the store.  Together, we create a two-page layout using a technique that ... at first glance ... may look intimidating.  But we break it down step by step, and before you know it, you have a very unique scrapbook layout that you may have previously admired from afar but were too afraid to try it.

At last month's first class, we created a 3-D wreath of flag banners.  Admittedly, class participants were skeptical that they were going to be able to do it and have a finished project by the end of class.  But lo and behold, they all succeeded and loved their creations!

This week, we taught the October class, which was all about the sunburst.  Again, class participants were scratching their heads wondering how in the world they'd be able to finish the project before midnight! But it's simply a matter of cutting pieces at varying sizes (that part we did) and then those in the class correctly cutting pieces into triangles (we walked 'em through piece by piece). And by 8:30 pm, everyone had finished their awesome two-page layout with beautiful Echo Park Twas the Night Before Christmas papers. The layout is perfect for Christmas pictures past and present.  Several class participants are even planning to make more sunburst layouts.

Way to go Scrap-A-Latte ladies!  So if you have been admiring from afar, we encourage other Scrap-A-Latte Friends to try something new ... something outside of the box.  Watch the newsletter for future class samples.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Never Been to a Crop?

Hi Scrap-A-Latte Friends,

After speaking with some new customers recently, I realized that not everyone is familiar with what a Crop is as it relates to our favorite paper crafting hobby, so I thought I'd take a minute to share some info about that.

At Scrap-A-Latte, I host two kinds of crops each month ... a 2-day Latte Crop and a 1-day No Frills crop.  Both are hosted on weekends and run from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Participants get your own 5' table space to create at. The fee for the 2-day Latte Crop is $50, and it includes bagels on both Saturday and Sunday, and a light lunch. The No Frills Crop fee is $20 and it includes bagels only, and participants can grab lunch from a variety of eateries that are within walking distance or a short drive. At Scrap-A-Latte, each cropper gets their own 5' table and tables are in groups of four. I make every effort to make sure croppers coming with friends are seated together.

Croppers bring their scrapping toolkit, kits, papers, photos, and other supplies that they may want to pack up and bring to the crop so that they can work on a variety of projects. At Scrap-A-Latte, croppers are welcome to use the store's Cricut and a variety of cartridges, the Big Shot and a variety of dies and punches. If you're a Cricut user, you might want to bring your own cutting mat, however, there are several available "well loved" mats available in the store too.

So that's what crops are all about. Hanging out with friends -- old and new -- creating scrapbook pages, cards, DIY projects and even art journal pages. We enjoy sharing ideas, listening to music, (yes, sometimes an impromptu dance may break out), laughing and just relaxing while enjoying the hobby we all love.

Below are some pictures from this weekend's crop, which is also celebrating Pat's birthday! At Scrap-A-Latte, crops fill up quickly, so please check out the crop schedule in the weekly newsletter or on the calendars posted here on the blog. The 2018 crop schedule is being prepared and posted soon too. If you'd like to register for a crop, please call the store at 631.482.9190. Payment is due a month prior to the scheduled crop.  Hope you can join all of us at a future crop at Scrap-A-Latte!