Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New Color Bursts, New Kaisercraft, Disney and So Much More!

Hi Everyone,

Happy September!  At least, it still feels like summer.   We have lots of great things planned for you this month and tons of new products in the store to fuel your creativity.  

New Ken Oliver Color Bursts

New Kaisercraft Silver Bells

New Kaisercraft Home for Christmas

New Fall papers from Reminisce

New Movie paper from Reminisce

New School items from Reminisce

New Disney Papers

New Book from Copic 

Wacky Wednesday Cards

Lisa Halstead created some fun happy cards for you this week.  Available all day Wednesday & Thursday, just $2 each.

Adult Coloring

We have more Adult Coloring books in stock and there is another huge order on the way.  We also got some great sets of colored pencils.

Why Coloring Could Be The New Alternative To Meditation

Rediscover your inner kindergartener.

Currently, six of the top 20 selling books on Amazon are adult coloring books. The unlikely pastime for those of us who have successfully graduated from kindergarten has been gaining popularity of late, as an easy means to express oneself and de-stress along the way. 
The activity not only provides a low-stress, low-stakes way to unlock your creative potential, it also unlocks memories of simpler, childhood times, when the biggest cause of anxiety was how to avoid your next nap. "I recommend it as a relaxation technique," psychologist Antoni Martínez explained to the Huffington Post. "We can use it to enter into a more creative, freer state. I recommend it in a quiet environment, even with chill music. Let the color and the lines flow."
Clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis and Souris Hong, author of bestselling adult coloring bookOutside the Lines, stopped by HuffPost Live to discuss some of the meditative benefits of coloring for the adult set. 
"There is a long history of people coloring for mental health reasons," Michaelis says. "Carl Jung used to try to get his patients to color in mandalas at the turn of the last century, as a way of getting people to focus and to allow the subconscious to let go. Now we know it has a lot of other stress-busting qualities as well." 
Today the variety of adult coloring books is expansive, ranging from meditative outlets like Coloring Flower Mandalas to art-savvy options like Outside the Linesthere are funny ones feminist ones and even a coloring book for stoners 
Basically, if you are looking for a way to find your inner zen while also exploring your artistic side, look no further. Coloring books are here to help. Your 5-year-old self would be so proud.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

SAVE THE DATES Rhea is coming back to Photo Scraps

Rhea is coming back to 
Photo Scraps
October 2nd, 3rd, & 4th

All new classes including a full day of techniques
Details Coming soon

September Crop time

Hi Everyone,

It's the last weekend of summer and moms everywhere will be doing the happy dance on Monday.    It's getting to be you time to come craft with us!  We have lots of new products in the store and wonderful classes to get your creative juices flowing.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Yard Sale Sunday September 27th Noon-4 PM

Our Yard Sales are the absolute best place to find crafty bargains! Not to mention a great place to sell your unwanted supplies and make some money to buy all new fabulous supplies at our store!
Sign up for a table inside the store, just $15. Each customer is 
responsible for setting up and working their own table. Set up 
starts at 11 AM and shopping starts at Noon.  

Just want to purchase? Arrive EARLY for the best DEALS! 
All customer yard sale purchases must be made using Scraps 
Cash (store credit). Scraps Cash is not redeemable for actual 
cash but can be used for purchases at Photo Scraps.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Graphic 45, Adult Coloring Books & New Lawn Fawn

Hi Everyone,

The Lisa's worked hard today checking in tons of new products for you.   The New Graphic 45 lines and new Lawn Fawn arrived. These lines are gorgeous in person.

New Mon Amour

New Worlds Fair

New Lawn Fawn

New Impression Obsession - Ladies this order was placed before your special orders were sent thru.   We did not pull your orders if all the stamps were not in.  

Benefits of Adult Coloring Books

Many of you were in this weekend and purchased all the Coloring books.  Luckily, we received another order and new titles!

This article was copied from the Coloring For Fun Blog BY: 
It used to be that coloring books were something you bought to keep kids occupied at the kitchen table or on road trips. Toddlers through to teenagers have long enjoyed the pleasures of scribbling over, painting on, coloring in, or painstakingly creating masterpieces of pink, green, and orange glory.
Now grown ups are getting in on the action, and discovering the benefits of coloring in that they’d long since forgotten. Here are some great reasons you might like to try adult coloring in books, too.

The Benefits Of Adult Coloring Books

1. Stress Release

The Five Key Benefits of Adult Coloring BooksWe all lead busy lives. The pace of contemporary society means that people are working longer hours, and our attachment to mobile devices stops us from unplugging even when we leave work. Coloring books give us an opportunity to stop, sit down, and focus on a single, simple task that requires repetitive actions that do not tax our minds. The repetitious action of coloring in can be extremely soothing and provide us with a gentle way to release stress by taking pleasure in a no-pressure activity. No deadline, no demands. Just gentle play.

2. Nostalgia

Speaking of play, you may be surprised to find that coloring in makes you feel like a kid again. The first time I tried coloring in as an adult, I couldn’t believe how quickly I was transported back to my childhood bedroom desk, where I used to use pretty much every color crayon in my yellow Crayola Caddy to fill in my coloring in books (the silver and gold crayons were always my favourites). Give it a try and prepared to regress. Coloring is a form of play, and play isn’t just for children. It has enormous mental health benefits for all ages and helps us to relax in a creative, unstructured way.

3. The Pleasure of Making

The Five Key Benefits of Adult Coloring BooksAs knitters, woodworkers, writers, and other creative types know, there’s an immense pleasure gained from making something new and unique in the world. Even if someone else is coloring in exactly the same picture as you, nobody else in the world is going to do it the way you do. Your unique choices of color, media, coloring techniques, and approach mean that you’re making something new. Emotionally, it makes you feel good. Practically, it gives you something cool to stick on the fridge and smile about every time you get out the milk.

4. Sense of Accomplishment

This is another emotional one – when you finish coloring a picture, you get that lovely buzz of ‘woohoo!’ that accompanies finishing a job done well. Coloring in does not have to take a lot of time (though some people love it so much they spend hours at it) and it doesn’t require hard work to achieve a warm, fuzzy, sense of accomplishment.

5. Bonding for Parents and Kids

If you have children, then sitting down with them and a couple of coloring in books can be a great way to spend time together. While they color in superheroes and television characters, you can lose yourself in the quiet intricacies of a secret garden or mandala patterns. Spending focused time with your kids when you’re not distracted by your phone, other people, household chores, or work, helps to build stronger relationships and open up communication between you. Research has shown that boys, in particular are more likely to open up and chat with you if they are engaged in another activity at the time.
So enjoy your adult coloring in time and its many benefits, ranging from stress release, nostalgia trips, and the pleasurable act of making something, to a sense of achievement and even parent-child bonding time. Coloring in helps us to remember some of life’s simpler pleasures and encourages us to slow down to enjoy them.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Last Two Days for Bag Lady Bonus Days, New Altenew Stamps & Wacky Wednesday Cards

Hi Everyone,

Bag Ladies don't miss out on the last two days for your Bag Bonus.   15% Off!   

We have some great classes this week including August Graphic 45 cards on Wednesday, a Mermaid Canvas on Thursday, Free Documented Life Group (Art journaling workshop) on Friday.

New Altenew stamps
More Stampendous

New Idea book - This book will be perfect for when we receive our order of Illustrated Faith papers and stickers.  Please let me know if you would be interested in joining a Documented Faith Group.  
Wacky Wednesday Cards
Lisa created two cards for you that are perfect for the animal lover in your life.  Available all day Wednesday & Thursday, just $2 each.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

New Adult Coloring Books, Bag Lady Bonus Days & Pre-Order Impression Obsession Dies

Hi Everyone,

Don't forget that this is a Bag Lady Bonus Weekend.  I was going to place the Impression Obsession order today but we just got their new die catalog.  I have all the pages below for you to look at and order from.  You have til Monday to place your pre-order for the dies and stamps.  Call us 410-549-5187

The last time we got the adult coloring books in stock, they sold out in 1 day.  This time, I ordered a lot of books for you!  We also have most of the Zentangle books, which have been so popular with all our Zentanglers.   Nancy will be teaching Zen-tangle 101 on September 2nd if you want to learn all about it.

We restocked the very popular charms.