Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Member Spotlight: Juli Luckett

Our next member to spotlight can make single layouts of any theme. Her skills are so versatile. When given the challenge of making an acrylic album, she made the most beautiful black and white wedding album. We all just loved it.

Juli Luckett
Juli is 42 years old. She currently lives in Abingdon, Maryland which is 1/2 hour north of Baltimore, close to the Chesapeake Bay. She is a Maryland girl as she grew up in Towson Maryland. Juli has been married to her best friend for going on 19 years and has two very active boys ages 12 and 6. At this time she teaches art at her homeschool co-op and helps her husband in running their church's children's ministry. Juli is a busy gal. In the fall she was incredibly busy with a fall festival for the church. We hardly heard from her during this time. Juli is all about art. She has an Art Education degree; however, she spent most of her time in the corporate world as a desktop publisher and graphic designer. She has also given private art lessons to kids and adults alike.

She has been scrapbooking for 6 years. She started right after her second son was born. She would describe her style as "artsy". She is always up to trying new techniques, using supplies in a non-traditional way to create drama on her pages. Scrapbooking has been Juli a creative outlet to use her God-given talents and at the same time a way to record her family's journey through life. It is also relaxing and therapeutic. When asked what her top five must haves for scrapbooking are she said her Crop-A-Dile, loads of ribbon, her “BH&G Scrapbooks, Etc.” magazine (love that magazine), chipboard alphabets, and any color Stickles. Her favorite snack to scrap with would be Strawberry Twizzlers. When asked why she started selling on Ebay, this is what she had to tell us, "I started selling miscellaneous items on Ebay as a source of extra spending money for my family back in 2003. I didn’t realize the wonderful opportunity Ebay offered to paper crafters like myself until the spring of 2004, at which time I started to list my handmade scrapbook layouts and paper creations." We are so glad that she did! She just LOVES scrapbook paper! She has between 1,000 – 1,200 sheets of 12”x12” in her collection right now. Paper is usually her inspiration. She lets the colors and patterns dictate to her what type of project they are best suited for. She also gets inspiration from fashion and advertising trends. I think we can all relate to the paper addiction.

Her favorite season is definately fall therefore making Thanksgiving her favorite holiday. It is her favorite because it does not revolve around gift giving, instead on the blessings we have in our lives. Her favorite food is Chinese as well as anything Italian. She enjoys listening to contemporary Christian music. She has a house full of pets. She has a sweet, affectionate dog, a calico kitty, a very noisy parakeet, and an aquarium full of fish. Asked if she could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and this is what she had to say, "I would love to visit Italy. I have always desired to see Michelangelo’s statue of “David” in person, as well as the Sistine Chapel. I would just love the chance to ride through Florence in a gondola."

We just absolutely love having Juli a part of PFOP. She is full of talent and skill. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to get to know her better.

Please check out her current auctions on Ebay here!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tuesday's Tips

Well, Kristi got a CRICUT ~ YAY Kristi ~ and it's been the buzz on our discussion board. So.... the ever-so-knowledgeable Cindy has some great advice. Here it is:

So, here are the two tips I learned and they work with the George cartridge that came with early machines (not sure if it still does?)

Trick #1 - Making letters smaller than 1"I think 1" is the smallest setting, if not than just call this the "making letters smaller than lowest setting tip" (hee hee hee). It is so easy that I can't believe I never thought of it and maybe you Cricut girls already are doing this. You use the sign feature! The machine can cut a small letter on a sign and the height of the sign is 1" (or lowest setting) making the letters about half that size. BTW, there will be some extra waste due to the sign being cut too. ALSO, be sure to slow the blade way down for this or your letters *will* tear. If there are other cartridges besides George with the sign feature, obviously this works on those too.

Trick #2 - Making rings (or hollowed out circles)Again, super easy to do but I sure never stumbled on this one on my own. In fact, even after I'd seen these used on a layout and so *knew* it could be done, I still couldn't figure it out. I had two different users try to email me instructions but I just couldn't figure it out until I saw it done in person (I'm a very visual person-lol!) The trick is in using the silhouette feature. (I had been trying to use the shadow feature, which won't do the hollowed items.) So, the great thing is that this works with ALL the basic shapes on George - hearts, squares, triangles, flowers, etc. And if there are other cartridges with the silhouette feature and solid shapes it works on them too. I love it! It is *so* hard to cut nice rings using a circle cutter, and an "o" is usually not a perfect circle if ukwim.So, have fun playing!

Thanks Cindy!
Happy Scrapping

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Member Spotlight: Camille Serra McClelland

Our next spotlight is a fantastic member. She was the brains behind this group. Thanks to her, we are altogether, creating great things for you. Her creativity is like no other. We are thrilled to have her as our group leader.

Camille Serra McClelland

Camille is 31 years old. She currently lives in Meridian, Idaho but grew up in Eagle, Idaho. Both are suburbs of Boise which is the capital city of Idaho. She has a great husband named Andy and 3 wonder children: Noah (8), Jennica (5) and Aaron (3). She is a stay-at-home mom with an honorary degree of momhood.
She has been scrapbooking since 1997 but seriously since 2004. She would describe her style has 3-dimensional. Not really a style but she can not make anything flat. If you check out her acrylic creations, you will understand. After that, she would describe herself as shabby chic eclectic. When asked why she enjoys scrapbooking, this is what she had to say, "It's a great creative outlet, and relatively inexpensive. It's also such a versital skill that once developed can be applied to so many other crafts, ie, magnetic boards, handmade cards, bulletin boards. The options are endless when you have developed papercrafting skills." Fabritac, crop-a-dile, chalks, inks, and rubons are considered her top five must haves in scrapbooking. Her favorite scrap snack is Baked Carmel Corn. The recipe is 12 cups popcorn, 1 cup butter, I cup Brown Sugar. Combine butter and brown Sugar and bring to boil. Pour over popcorn and stir till evenly coated. Spread popcorn on cookie sheet or Jelly Roll pan and back at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, stiring once. After popcorn cools it is not sticky and nice and crunchy. Sometimes she will add nuts. YUM! Nature is a great inspiration for what she creates, as well as the holidays and the many beautiful patterned papers and embellishments.

She started selling on Ebay as a contract seller for an international scrapbooking company to liquidate excess inventory and discontinued and slightly damaged products. At the peak of her business she was closing about 500 listings per week, with at least 30% of my purchases being made internationally. After my sales contract ended she has picked up small contracts with individuals and small local companies. Lately she has been selling more and more premades created by herself, and representing others less and less. She is in the process of completeing the eBay Education Specialist Program, in the hope of teach more people to sell for themselves.

Her favorite holiday is Christmas mostly for the food. Her favorite type of music is soothing music. Do you call that soft rock, she asks?! Her favorite foods are chocolate with mint, avocados, artichokes, steak with sauted onions and mushrooms, bisque soups-it was lunch time when she wrote this, can you tell. She currently does not have any pets but will be getting a kitten from another one of our members (mandbrid) for her kids for Christmas-Shhh, don't tell them! If she could travel anywhere in the world she would undoubtedly go to Australia. Her best friend lives there. Even though they email everyday, they have never met in person.

Asked if there was anything else that she would like to add, this is what she wrote, "I had the opportunity to attend the US of eBay fly in business summit in Washington DC this year. It was AMAZING. I had the opportunity to meet with my state senators to discuss my position on the Streamline Sales Tax Proposal (SSTP.) The intent of this proposal is to require ALL online Unites States sellers to charge sales tax based on the location on their buyer. There is currently a $5 mil excemption built into the proposal, however it is scheduled to be fazed out withion 5 years. Thirty States have already joined the proposal. I strongly feel the SSTP would dramatically damage individuals and small businesses ability to sell online, and I urge all US online sellers to contact their state senators and congressmen and express their position."

Camille has proven to be such a great ambassador for Ebay as well as Pocket Full or Papers. We love her talent and are blessed to her have as part of PFOP. We all can not wait to see her completed Christmas Village in acrylic albums!
Click here for her great auctions on Ebay!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Baby Girl Album box set by Shelley

Shelley (scrap*pieces) has created the most amazing Baby Girl paper bag album box set. It's beautifully decorated with loads of flowers and lace, and filled with her signature tear bears.

The album measures approximately 5.25 x 5.5 inches and the box is 6.25 inches square.

See the full listing here!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Family Memories by Cindy

This week our featured listing was created by Cindy (papercraftprincess). It's an amazing 12 x 6 inch wire bound chipboard album. The theme of this book is "Family Memories" and it has a lovely, lived-in cottage feel.

The book includes three 12 x 6 pages and two "mini" 4x6 pages bound into this unique album.

It's ready for up to ten of your cherished photos. Think how cute those vintage family pics or photos from a special reunion will look in it!
This makes a great coffee table book and it will even stand up for display on a shelf.

Great as a gift, too.

The book is beautiful and well constructed to last a lifetime. Don't miss it!

I've included just a few of my favorite pictures of the album. You'll have to click here to have a look at the rest.

"Out-of-the-Box" Challenge

This month members of the team were challenged to reach outside their comfort zone and try something new. Our mission, should we choose to accept it, was to try something new, that we've never done before. Whether it was stamping, chalking, or creating a paper bag or acrylic album, we were all challenged to try something new.

To add a little extra spice to the challenge, all PFOP members voted on the completed projects and voted on our favorite item.

Drumroll please.............

and the winner of the first Pocket Full of Papers challenge is Camille/bigtex_in_idaho. Congratulations, Cam!!

Here is her winning creation (click on the image to go directly to the listing and read more about why this was a "challenge" for her):

Here are the other challenge projects:

"A Little Spooky" 12x12 layout - by jennifersscrappinghaven

Set of Christmas Cards (featuring dry embossing) - by keepsakesbykristi

"Lost My Tooth" 12x12 layout (featuring a shaker box) - by scrapn4mygirlz

"Our Princess" star album - by scrap*pieces

Altered band-aid tin by papercraftprincess

Christmas Accordian Picture Frame by skipper41017

Have fun looking at what happens when we reach outside-the-box and why not give our challenge a try yourself?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Member Spotlight: Cindy Farhbach

This week's spotlight is SO full of knowledge on just about anything! She is so good at informing us on the latest and greatest and is the go to on where to get something. We love having her as part of PFOP and are excited that we have the opportunity to get to know her a little better.

Cindy Farhbach
Cindy is 46 years old (Eek!-her words not mine) and lives in Southern California. She is a born and bred SoCal gal! She has been married to her dear hubby for over 25 years and has two wonderful children--a son who is nearly 15 and a daughter who is 10. They have a family cat names Mini. She is 6 years old but small enough that you probably would think that she is not yet full grown. She works from home as a desktop publisher and general trascriptionist. She is also part of her local scrapbook stores design team where she all teaches classes. Now do you know why she knows all of the latest and greatest. :)
It has been a little over 6 years since she has been scrapbooking the way that the hobby is now done. However she has been doing some form of scrapbooking since she was a kid. She would describe her style as eclectic since her style changes from layout to layout, however she would say that she is most drawn to romantic. Her best work is done in this style. Scrapbooking is therapeutic for her-relaxing, helps to unwind, and let go of stress. She also does it because she loves to preserve special memories. When asked what her top five scrapbooking must haves are she had a big question mark behind Just Five?. Her top five are Cuttlebug, Crop-a-dile, CM Circle Cutter, rubons and ribbon. Her favorite scrap snack is M&Ms. She started selling on Ebay because she would teach a class and then often have leftover kits and samples. She would hate seeing them sit in the garage unused so she started selling them. When asked what inspired her this is what she had to say, "For most of my scrapbooking (the stuff that ends up in my albums), I’m inspired by my subjects –usually my family. But I’m also often inspired by a moment or a memory or a thought. When it comes to creating classes or items for Ebay, the inspiration is all the beautiful colors and textures that are available in scrapbook products today."
Her favorite season is Fall. She loves the changing weather after her scorching summers (can anyone blame her?). "There is nothing like the crisp cool air that comes with autumn. Not to mention the joy of being able to bake and wear sweaters again," she states. Her favorite is always chocolate but her favorite food tastes change with the weather and her moods. Dance music is her favorite. Anything to get her moving. However if you checked out her CD collection or MP3player, you would see all types of music. If she could visit anywhere she would probably go sightseeing in Europe.
We just absolutely love her talent and skills from scrapbooking to her computer knowledge. She is for sure and invaluable asset to our group!
Check out her current auctions here!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Li'l Davis Designs joins the Fiskars Family

Some interesting news in the scrapbook industry. Li'l Davis Designs will join the Fiskars Craft Division (currently marketing well-known scrapbook lines Cloud 9 Design and Heidi Grace Designs as well as others).

The Fiskars press release:

Li’l Davis Designs joins Fiskars Craft Division Madison, Wis.—According to Tricia, “Family inspires much of what we do at Li’l Davis, so we understand the value of preserving important moments, family or other, in a unique way. We want to ensure that your scrapbook pages are just as special as the moments themselves.” Li’l Davis has continued to grow and now offers hundreds of innovative embellishments, tools and papers. Over the last five years, the company has evolved into an internationally recognized brand in the scrapbook community.

“We are excited about having Tricia and Brian join our family,” says Chad Vincent, Fiskars Craft President. “The brand look and feel that they have created and nurtured holds great potential for growth.”

Tricia and Brian will remain the creative leads of Li’l Davis, and the operations and marketing will be handled at Fiskars’ US headquarters in Madison, WI. Their newest lines will be revealed at the February 2008 Craft and Hobby Association Show in Anaheim, CA.

“The new product lines for 2008 are fantastic, and we can’t wait to share them with our customers,” says Michelle Ponti, Director of Consumables at Fiskars Craft.

Fiskars® Brands, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiskars® Corporation, a Finnish corporation traded on the Helsinki Stock Exchange (HEX:FIS). Fiskars®, is the world’s leading manufacturer of scissors, gardening tools and cutlery, as well as other consumer products sold under the brand names including FISKARS®, Cloud 9 Design, Gerber Legendary Blades®, Gingher, Heidi Grace Designs, Montana®, Raadvad, Sankey and Ebert, Brunton, Kaimano, Kitchen Devils, Oficut, Silva, Werga, Wilkinson Sword, Winchester, Zinck Lysbro.

I'm a big fan of Li'l Davis and Fiskars. Can't wait to see what is on the horizon from these companies!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Member Spotlight: Shelley Kaili

I am so excited for this next spotlight. She is incredibly fun and is full of ideas. There is probably nothing that she has not tried in scrapbooking this far. We are excited to be able to get to know her a little better.

Shelley Kaili

Shelley is 27 years old and is currently living in Wilmington, North Carolina. However when she was younger she lived in Macau for 11 years until she moved to the US. Since then she has lived in many places including San Francisco, then Las Vegas, and then Miami for college. She lived there for 5 years. She completed college with a BS in Accounting and that is the field she works in today. She grew up in a single parent family and has two younger sisters. She is currently dating a great guy and this is what she has to say. "I'm not married, nor been married, don't have the nerve to get marry yet, but I do have a boyfriend and he's been my significant other for 8 years. I guess I'm pretty content. and he's a wonderful guy and very supportive of my additive hobby!" You are way to funny Shelley!

Shelley has been scrapbooking since 2005 and she would describe her style as simple, shabby chic and very girly. She enjoys scrapbooking because it helps her relax and she loves photography. She feels that the two compliment each other. Her top five must have scrapbooking things are patterned papers, ribbon, Prima flowers, 3-D embellishments and buttons. All five of those things do show up in just about everything that she creates. She gets inspiration from anything--magazines, stickers, catalogues and other scrapbookers. Her favorite scrap snack is chocolate.

Her favorite holiday is Christmas and her favorite season is Spring. Her favorite types of food are Thai, Chinese, Vietmanese, Japanese and Italian. She likes anything but classic country music. If she could visit anywhere, she would love to go to Greece. She also mentioned that she is a good poker and Monopoly player. She has a super cute Pomeranian named Siu-Siu and she is 3.5 years old. Shelley is not Shelley without her Pom.

We love having Shelley part of PFOP. She brings a lot of talent to the group and has a wealth of knowledge on many things scrapbooking. We are thrilled that we have gotten to know her better.

Click here to view her auctions on Ebay.

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