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15% Off Sale Today – Friday!

Special 48 hour sale at Gen’s Scrapbook Kitchen ~ no foolin’!

15% off EVERYTHING IN STOCK!

Today – Friday only!!

You can shop at any of my four shop websites for the discount:

http://www.gensscrapbookkitchen.com/

http://www.gspeegle.etsy.com/

http://ewillow.com/storefront.php?id=93

http://www.artfire.com/users/GensScrapbookKitchen

If you choose to shop at my direct website http://www.gensscrapbookkitchen.com/, enter discount code:

APRILFOOLS15

at checkout for the discounted price.

At the other 3 websites, refunds will be given after checkout.

For me, 2010 is all about socializing here on the web!

Please check me out and get the low down on what’s cookin’ in the kitchen:

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/GensKitchen

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=100000902230796

Followers on these 2 sites (as well as those here on my blog) will be privy to exclusive sales and contests.

You are also always welcome to submit requests and have a hand in the creative future of Gen’s Scrapbook Kitchen!

Thanks so much to all of you and have a very Happy Easter!

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Retro Woodland Cuties

I love working with Vintage or Retro images.  They are just so sweet and cute and sweet and cute
This kitschy retro card is so happy and I smile each time I walk by it!  I made it last night using one of my favorite images (I’ve included it here in the blog, so you can print and use it too!)

I’ve embellished it using the Sassafras Lass Hog Heaven line, some ribbon and a Vintage style button.  There’s also space on the Happy Birthday tag to write the recipient’s name.

Here is the JPEG for all of you if you’re feeling in the mood for some retro crafting:
If you’d like to experiment more with digital collages, please stop by my other Etsy shop, Collage Crazy, at:
Now that my eBay store is closed, I’ll be spending more time doing what I enjoy most ~ crafting!  I’ll be offering lots of new collages there (as well as here on the blog) in the coming weeks.
Tomorrow is the drawing for my first giveaway! 
Last call for candy! 
I’m so excited about it!  Now is the time to put your name in there, if you haven’t already.  It is open to anyone ~ no matter your country!  I’ll ship it to England, China, New Guinea…even Canada!  🙂
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eWillow.com Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Charlene, of http://www.ewillow.com/. This unique paper craft website opened in August of last year and is growing larger and more popular every day!

Here is what Charlene had to say about the biggest thing to happen to paper since embellishments:

For people uninitiated, what is eWillow?

eWillow.com is a site for those who love all things paper! It is a place where people who make handmade greeting cards, scrapbooks, and other paper crafts can have a storefront and sell their wares to people who appreciate these types of items but don’t have the time or the creative know-how to make them.

What prompted you to start your own craft selling website?

The light bulb went off one night around midnight. Over the years so many people have asked me to make cards and scrapbooks for them. I thought that other paper crafters must get asked to do the same. The worldwide web needed one place that would bring everyone together. There are so many papercrafting blogs out there, and the goal of eWillow.com is to house all of the blogs under one roof to make shopping easier and to give each blog a lot of exposure.

Do you have any hobbies other than crafting?

I love to shop!

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Hmmm…I really can’t answer this question. Each aspect and technique used in paper crafting is fun for me. I would have to say that my most favorite method of approaching a project is to be given a creative challenge and then coming up with something from scratch. I was recently asked to come up with a creative invitation for a senior harp recital. I was also asked to create some really cool gift bags for a Mardi Gras party. That is my favorite part of paper crafting…the challenge.

What do you like most about owning your own business?

The answer to this question changes every day! I think the best part is the part that I can’t see…the influence that I am having on my daughters. I think it is important for them to know that even when they are full-time moms like I am, it is important for them to maintain their own identities. It’s also nice to not have to explain myself to anyone…for example, I had to postpone this interview with you, Genevieve, because I had to take my sick daughter back and forth to the doctor. It was really nice not having to explain my postponements to a “boss.”

What has been the biggest surprise since starting this venture?

I have been pleasantly surprised to come to the realization that I can get a ton of work done without even getting out of bed! I mean that in all sincerity. One month after eWillow.com went live, I was diagnosed with mono. There were many days when I was too exhausted to move. However, I was able to keep my spirits up because I was able to accomplish a lot of things that I needed to just by going online. The Internet is fabulous!

What does the future hold for eWillow?
So many things! eWillow.com will be a household name! People will visit eWillow.com to buy all of their greeting cards, party favors, invitations, etc. from the very talented Design Vendors who have storefronts on the site. People will buy scrapbooks and/or hire our Design Vendors to scrapbook for them. What would like to see in eWillow.com’s future?

Here is Donny Osmond singing to Charlene and her husband for their 20th wedding anniversary.  She’s been a fan since she was 9 years old!

As a special “thank you” to my blog readers, leave a comment and receive 25% off your next purchase at my Gen’s Scrapbook Kitchen eWillow shop. 
(You can click on my eWillow icon on the top left of the blog, too…
over…a little further over….there it is!)
Simply email me at gspeegle@gmail.com after purchase and I’ll refund your 25% right away. 
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Lent

The beginning of Lent is a reminder that Easter is not too far away!  I’m still trying to get used to writing 2010 (so many scratched out checks…)

Here we are ~ weather getting warmer, birds chirping, bees chasing me when I take product photos outside.  Awwwwwwwwwww, Springtime must be around the corner!

I love walking through the local craft stores and seeing all the happy decor! The background props in these photos is from a cute Vintage looking egg wreath. I think it really adds a little extra coziness to the cards. 🙂
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The Joy of Upcycling

As a scrapper, I like to find paper and trinkets that I can use on other crafts.  My eyes dart around hawk-like when my family is opening Christmas gifts ~ careful not to miss a fabulous, re-usable bow or tag.  I also scour the catalogs and advertisements that I get in the mail.  Maybe I can cut this or punch that…

I do love shopping for the newest scrapbook goodies, but nothing quite beats the feeling of being able to incorporate a “find” into one of my crafts.  It’s taking “scrap”-booking back to the roots of the art itself!

I was so excited with this card!  The background paper and the main collage image were upcycled from the new My Mind’s Eye catalog!  I had just received it in the mail last week and noticed how nice the cover pages of the magazine were!  Why throw it away?!  I also saw that the collage of die-cuts advertised made a perfect embellishment!  Together, with a little ribbon, glitter, buttons and other embellishments, I made a very cute and inexpensive card!