Dec 28, 2009

Quote of the Week

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”―Albert Einstein

Dec 23, 2009

Christmas Scrappin...

I LOVE Christmas. All the lights, the decorations, the family get together, the food, the giving, the getting and most of all the true meaning of Christmas; Jesus and his birth. But one thing I don't like about Christmas is scrapping it. I have the hardest time with holidays and go figure that is when one takes a ton of pictures.

I find myself always buying all the new holiday lines when they come out, but then I donot use them and they collect dust in my scrappy area. I have been having a hard time scrapping lately, lots of life changes, so I decided to reevaluate how and why I scrap. And figured why not tackle something I think is hard for me and see if I can do it. If I can, then the rest should come easy, right? J

I bought some new Doodlebug Christmas Candy this winter and decided this was it; I was going to do some Christmas layouts. Doodlebug is a timeless scrapbooking company. They always have the cutest papers and embellishments and they stick with what they know works. While I do love trends and the companies that supply us scrappers with that, I also love that I can pick up a Doodlebug paper or embellishment and mix them with some from a couple years back and they mesh together perfectly.

For example, this layout below uses papers and stickers from this Winters Christmas Candy release, yet it also uses buttons and letters from a couple of years back…which I found easily using my organized Clip it up! Would you notice that if I did not tell you?? That is what I think is great about Doodlebug. It is simply Timeless!

This is my last post for Clip it Up. It has been a pleasure working with such talented ladies and working with a product I completely believe in!!!! Happy Holidays to all and may 2010 bring peace, happiness and joy!!

Happy Scrapping

Dec 22, 2009

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Do you still have some last minute gifts to come up with?  Roberts Arts and Crafts has the perfect solution, using the Clip it Up Zip Bags.  View the video below for details or visit Good Things Utah.  (This presentation was presented by Good Things Utah and Roberts Arts & Crafts).

Dec 21, 2009

Design Team Status

We are soooo excited about the response to our Design Team call! We’ve been reading through all the many applications and because we want to be give everyone our complete attention and have time to look at each blog, read carefully what they’ve written and check out their work, we are going to need a little bit more time.

Also because Christmas is in a few days and my son, his wife and my two grandkids are here from Pennsylvania for the holidays (and if any of you are grandmas, you know they are top priority) so I’m taking some time off work to be with them. We plan on announcing the new design team by the end of the year. What a great way to start the year for some lucky and talented winners! I know all of you who submitted applications are anxiously waiting, and I’m sorry for the delay, but I hope you’ll understand.

On behalf of all of us here at Simply Renee Inc we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas. May your holidays be filled with family, friends, gifts from the heart and joy as you celebrate the end of this year and the start of a new year.

Merry Christmas!

Quote of the Week

“The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.”―Ben Stein

Dec 16, 2009

Have you tried scrapbooking in shapes!?

I seem to be addicted to circles!!! So many companies, have fun, die cut papers these days and circles are my favorite!  Today I chose to work with My Little Shoebox products.

The background is yellow, but I did lots of layering!!!   I cut 3 strips of patterned paper (brown, purple, and pink).  I then cut along the edge of the circle with my Exacto knife.  Then I just slid the paper strips underneath.  I then added some ribbon and the green die cut.

For the title I used an overlay and added Stickles to it.  Then I used some yummy chipboard and little alphas to complete it.

I then hand cut some flowers from patterned paper and added Stickles to the center.  I then pop dotted two of them to add some dimensional interest.  

I hope you take time to try scrapbooking with die cut papers!  I think you will be as addicted as I am!!!

Danielle Holsapple

Dec 15, 2009

Winner of the CIU Mini...

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing.  We received so many wonderful ideas, I hope that you all will follow through with them and decorate a CIU.  If you do please send me pictures, I'd love to post them on our blog and website!!!

The winner is.....Robyn Schaub!  Congratulations please contact us at to claim your CIU Mini!!!

For everyone else-keep checking our blog for your next chance to win.

Happy Holidays!
Simply Renee Inc.

Dec 14, 2009

Quote of the Week

"When the world says 'Give up,' Hope whispers 'Try it one more time'." - Author Unknown

Dec 9, 2009

Organizationally Challenged?

I know I've said it a million times before, but I was born organizationally challenged!  Whenever I scrapped I could never find anything I needed and that was very frustrating! I am proud to say that I have gotten much better since I've discovered all of the fabulous Clip It Up products and my scrappy life is the best!

There are so many great products you can purchase here, but I want to tell you about a wonderful little organizer. 

Here is the Under the Shelf Rod.

This rod is usually used by attaching it under a shelf and hanging things on it.  That works great, but I needed something that would not only organize me, but something that would also allow me to see the product.

As you can see, I have a pegboard that I adore hanging right above my scrap space. I loved the idea of the long rod, so instead of hanging it under a shelf, I decided to attach it right to my pegboard in plain eyesight. Since I use buttons on just about everything I make this was the perfect spot for them. Easy to see and easy to reach. Now I don't have to dig through a ton of buttons just to find the right one. All I have to do is look at them and go right to it!

Enjoy your day and blessings to you and yours!

Dec 7, 2009

Dec 3, 2009

What to do with Christmas Cards...

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is to get Christmas cards. I love looking at all the pictures of my friends and family, and to see how each card depicts the holiday season. My problem is what to do with them after. I can't bring myself to throw them away and I don't like them piling up on my desk.

Here is my solution:
It's a Gold Clip it Up Mini!!!

We've had several people complain that the black Clip it Ups don't match their craft rooms, so I decided to show you how you can 'customize' your Clip it Up!!!

It's easy all I did was go to my local craft store and purchase Krylon Gold Metallic spray paint. I sprayed the round base, pole, handle and tri-arm (remove the metal ring). Then used Tattered Angels gold glitter spray to add some shine. Next we decorated it using My Little Yellow Bicycle's 25 days of Christmas collection (Love, love, love this). Lastly we added some Christmas ribbon to the bottom and top.

Now I have a creative and fun way to visually display all my Christmas cards!!!

Leave me a comment on how you would decorate a Clip it Up and you'll have a chance to win a FREE Clip it Up Mini. I'll hold a drawing on Dec. 15, 2009. Make sure you come back and check to see if you won!!!

Simply Renee Inc

Dec 2, 2009

Countdown to Christmas

Something new we started last year is counting down to Christmas with a book each day. I wrapped up 24 Christmas books and let the kids take turns opening one everyday and then we sit down together as a family and read one each night.

To get started, gather 24 Christmas/Winter themed books. A great place to build your stock of books is the dollar section at Target, Marshall's/T.J. Maxx andScholastic book orders via your child's school.

Make up 24 countdown tags. I used Doodlebug papers and stickers for my tags and then stamped on the numbers.

Wrap up all the books (let the kids help and let go off any perfectionist was hard for me!). Make up 24 tags to countdown the days and number your books. We count backwards to Christmas in our home so we start with 24 and work our way to #1. I numbered all the books randomly with the exception of 'Twas the Night before Christmas' as we always ready this Christmas Eve night.

Then put them all in cute bin (mine is from Target) and enjoy!

Lisa Day
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