Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Happy to Be Part of Hero Art's Shop Box Program

Hi Scrap-A-Latte Friends,

I'm pleased to be one of the retailers participating in the Hero Arts Shop Box Program, which gives my customers a chance to preview new products. Come on by the shop to see what you may want to add to your stamp and die library!.

Monday, November 30, 2020

In Case You Missed It ...

 Hi Scrap-A-Latte Friends,

Given my last post was in August, I'm clearly not the greatest at regular blog posts, but I hope this post finds you doing well and managing the best way you can during the trying times we find ourselves in . 

Like so many other small business owners, keeping a business running throughout a pandemic has been a huge challenge. Add the fact that I'm not at all a fan of change, and the challenge seemed even bigger than ever. But I've learned throughout the year the importance of being flexible and open to change and, equally important, the wonderful support from Scrap-A-Latte friends, customers and fellow shop owners.  

I was contacted by a local reporter here on Long Island who was doing a story about small businesses and how they're doing throughout the pandemic. I shared that, for me, it meant changing the way I do things ... from offering curbside service, to a refreshed business model, to the introduction of an online presence. I thought I'd share the article with you. You can also see a brief video interview at newsday.com/shopping.

Photo from the Newsday piece

So the lesson ... change is not always easy, but it can be good! Though I say it often, I'm so very appreciative to all who have been so supportive of my small business throughout the year. Stay well!

Friday, August 21, 2020

A Summer Like No Other

Hi Scrap-A-Latte Friends,

It’s been so long since my last blog! Like everyone else, I’ve been busy navigating the ever-evolving circumstances we find ourselves in these days. 

During these past few months, I’ve gone from providing curbside service at the shop, to regular trips to the post office to mail out orders, to being opened for in-person guests, to preparing for smaller, socially-distanced classes at the shop. Through it all, I’ve had the opportunity to stay connected with Scrap-A-Latte friends through nearly daily live videos too. So thank you to all old and new friends who have been so supportive and continue to be such a vital part of our creative journey together. 

I’ve been working to bring in something new on a regular basis. This week, new Prima (Pumpkin and Spice pictured below plus Sugar Cookie) and Echo Park’s Halloween and Christmas lines hit the shelves. Other paper collections from Echo Park, Simple Stories, PhotoPlay, P13 and Graphic 45 are on their way too. 

Prima Pumpkin and Spice

Then there are goodies from many of your favorite stamp companies including Hero Arts, Concord & 9th, Waffle Flower, Impression Obsession, Lawn Fawn and more. There are fun new tools and mixed media products arriving at the shop too.

So with summer days winding down and new uncharted school days about to begin, we find ourselves longing for things to get back to normal. In the meantime, let’s continue to do what we can to enjoy creative time together either virtually or through small in-person get togethers (like the one we shared during several seatings at the August Kiwi Lane Club Members meet up).

Thank you again for your continued support and friendship. Stay safe and let’s keep creating!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Supporting One Another Through Challenging Times

Hi Scrap-A-Latte Friends,

By now, many of you have been self-isolating for several weeks and, together, we're getting through this unprecedented experience.  Although I had to temporarily close my shop to the public during this quarantine period, I continue to visit the shop several times a week to accept deliveries of new products, to arrange contactless curb-side pickups for customers, to create kits that can help keep your creative juices flowing as you #stayhome, and to prepare orders that I ship out a couple times each week.

I miss spending time with my kids and grandkids, but swing by when I can to say hi through the windows or to drop off treats from Gramma 'Ne.

Though I'm flying solo while doing all of this, I've been keeping in touch with my Scrap-A-Latte friends through frequent Facebook live videos, as well as my Scrap-A-Latte and Scrap-A-Latte Kits Facebook pages. I hope you're finding these updates helpful and even a bit entertaining at times!

Please continue to check in on friends to say hi, as self-isolating can have us feeling lonely at times and longing for normal times. Plug in to watch video demos that are being posted by many of our favorite makers who are so generously sharing their time and talents during this most challenging of times. Please continue to let me know what products you're interested in so that, where possible, I might bring them into the shop.

We'll definitely get through this together, because those who make up the crafty world are the most generous of spirit. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support ... support that is simply priceless to small business owners like me. Stay safe everyone and keep creating!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

What the ...

Hi Scrap-A-Latte Friends,

What the heck ... where has the time gone!

I can't believe I've not posted anything to the blog since January, yet it seems like not so long ago I was telling you all about the new goodies I was seeing at Creativation 2020. Since then, lots of the new products have been hitting the shelves at the shop, and I'm so happy you've loved what's come in so far!

So while I was at Creativation this year, I spent a good amount of time in that foreign land called "The Stamping Village" -- and I'm SO glad I did! I hosted my first true stamping and card making class in February and those who joined in provided such positive and supportive feedback.

Next up is stamping and card making tutorial #2 this month with Concord & 9th's fun turnabout stamps and dies. We're going to make three beautiful birthday cards. And who knew I was going to so enjoy card making!

Whether you're a card maker, scrapbooker or paper crafter in general, check out my class calendars and crop schedule and get in on the fun!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Last Post From Creativation 2020 Day 2

Woo ... long day indeed. But I want to share as much as possible with you. So here are some final pictures from the day.

Wendi Vecchi...

Scrapbook Customs

May Arts 

Pink Fresh...

Hero Arts...


Buttons Galore...

Good night!

More from Day 2 (Tim Time!)

Hi all - Tim Holtz fans are going to love the new release and a glimpse at some of the amazing projects created by his design team.