Nov 30, 2010

Billies Favorite Things-Clip it Up

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If Oprah can have her favorite things, I can have mine too. This is my latest favorite thing, the Clip It Up by Simply Renee

All of the rulers I have on this are from 4 drawers that I used for my ruler collection, plus 1 drawer I used for all of my rotary cutters. ..

Billie’s blog :

Thanks for sharing your pictures with us Billie.  We love seeing the Clip it Up in action.  We’d love to see more pictures from our customers.  Send us pictures or links to

Don’t forget to comment to win a Clip it Up Floor Model (details here).

Simply Renee

Nov 29, 2010

Drawing Winner

Now that we’re all back from our holiday weekend, we think it is a great time for a drawing. 

Today’s winner is JBuffan!  Congrats you win a Clip it Up Swinging Wall Arm! Email us at to claim your prize.

Clip It Up Swinging Wall Arm 

The Swinging Wall Arm is actually one of my favorite Clip it Up product!  I have mine in my closet to hold all my necklaces and I LOVE it!!!.

We have 2 unclaimed prizes from last week. We’ll give them a few more days.

Amber Russell Treat won the 36” Ribbon Organizer

Megan A. won the Wall Mount

If anyone  knows these ladies let them know about their prize!!!

Thanks and have a fabulous Monday.

Simply Renee

Quote of the Week

"It is not easy to find happiness within ourselves, but it is not possible to find it elsewhere" _Agnes Repplier

Nov 24, 2010

So many things to be thankful for…

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American friends!! Here in Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October… but I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Today I have a project to share with you! While I had planned on doing a “Thankful” themed project, something happened in my life that I just had to document. That is what I have decided to share with you today.

On June 1st a little boy was born… he was adopted by two amazingly loving and caring parents. When he was 3 days old, he was airlifted to a children’s hospital where he spent the next 5 months and 13 days. It was there that this little boy took his last breath. Though I never had the opportunity to meet this little boy, he impacted my life. This is the project that I chose to share with you today.



I do not share this project with you to make you sad. It actually has helped me to be so much more thankful. Thankful for my 5 children. Thankful for our health. Thankful for the time that I have with them. Thankful for the opportunity to be involved in this little boy’s life by praying daily for him. Life is a journey full of ups and downs. I choose to be thankful for them all, for it is the ups AND the downs that make us who we are.

Whoo… deep stuff!! J

Now, on to some organizing tips, whadda ya say? J

First thing I want to share with you is how I keep my packages of pearls and gems.


I use a binder ring and add MANY packages of pearls to it. Then I attach the ring to my Clip it Up Upper Tier! When I want to use the pearls, I can then take the entire large ring off and take it to the table rather than have to take off each individual package I want to use! I have LOTS of these little packages… and it would take up an entire tier! Maybe I need a Mini for them? Hmmm… ;)

Second tip for you is regarding trims. I know some people have TONS of trims and ribbons. I do not. I don’t have enough to get me one of those gorgeous ribbon organizers! So, I have a ribbon issue… Here’s what I came up with!


I use the divider tabs for ribbon storage! I trim the sides down as shown below, and wrap my ribbon around!


I sometimes use a dot of removable adhesive to stick the trim to the base. Then I use a pin to keep it together after I wrap it! Perfect for my favorite trims that I want to keep right there with me!

Thank you for sticking with me thru this post! I wish you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Until next time…. Happy Organizing!



Patterned paper and embellishments: Pink Paislee, Alpha’s: American Crafts, Flowers and butterfly: Prima, Chipboard: Magistical Memories, Technique Tuesday, Pearls; Basic Grey, Doily; Dollarama, Chipboard hearts: Doodlebug, pins; Maya Road, Stamp: Inkadinkadoo

Nov 22, 2010

All good things…must come to an end!

Well, I had the privilege to be a part of the first and only design team for Tim Holtz!

With Tim’s hectic schedule and  travels, I don’t know how he gets anything done, so adding a design team and what goes along with that became too much and he felt it was only fair to us to discontinue it!

If you want to read his write-up about it,  go to:

I just wanted to thank all his friends and fans who visited our website to see the projects I posted for Tim.  It was such an honor and privilege to be asked, let alone be named among all the other amazing artists.  I completely felt out of their league, but I so enjoyed the challenge!

Since starting my business, I haven’t had the time to be  creative.  My goal this year was to get back to being the creative person  I’m capable of being.  I claimed the BIG room in my house as “mine” and created a work area I LOVE being in! Next, when my friend Diane, (Graphic 45) asked me to help her with her steampunk line, I was sooooo nervous because she is AMAZING!  I did their hats, the dress form, and some projects for her booth.  It was the first time anyone in the business saw me as a “creative type” instead of just an “organizing type”.  Two weeks later, I got an e-mail from Tim asking me to be on his Design Team!  See…setting goals really help make things happen!

Thank you Tim for this amazing opportunity to push myself, re-create my crazy life, and return to what I love and need to do to feel like I’m being true to who I am!

It was an AMAZING ride while it lasted and I appreciate being on the best Design Team you ever had – and the only one!!!  :>)

Loved the journey!


Random Drawing- 36” Ribbon Organizer

Congratulations to Amber Russell Treat she is the winner of today’s random drawing for a 36” Ribbon Organizer. Amber email us at to claim your prize. 

Clip It Up 36 in Ribbon Organizer

Thanks to everyone who has commented on our facebook page, and blog!  Keep the comments coming.  The Floor Model drawing is coming up quick.

Simply Renee

Quote of the Week

"One cannot have too large a party" - Jane Austen

Nov 19, 2010

Gnomes and Minis

I went to a scrapbooking crop this past weekend.  As I looked out over the room, I saw Clip it Ups on many tables.  What a great way to take alphabets, embellishments, stamps and more!  The Clip it Up makes it easy to see what you have, easy to transport your things and doesn't take up much table space.  Everyone I talked to loves their Clip it Ups!!

This is a layout I made at the crop.  It's my great-nephew, Milo, in his Halloween costume.


I'd like to share ideas for using the Mini Clip it Up.  It may be the smallest member of the Clip it Up family, but it certainly is just as hard working as its bigger family members! I am using my mini for my Slice cards and Cuttlebug embossing folders.

This has saved me lots of room and makes it easier to see what I have. The items are also more easily accessible.  I removed the Slice cards from the boxes they came in and put them into small bags, along with the design booklet.

There are, however, many other uses for the Mini Clip it Up....
It would be helpful when building a house or doing home remodeling/improvements.  Bills from contractors, receipts, ideas from magazines, paint samples, room sketches, fabric swatches for furniture, even countertop chip samples all fit wonderfully on the Mini!

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Other ideas for the Mini are:  Barbie clothes and shoes, clear stamp sets, beads, bags of buttons and/or brads sorted by color, nuts and bolts for the garage or basement workbench, on a teacher's desk for notes, lunch slips, attendance cards, upcoming meetings...  The Mini Clip it Up can be used in many different ways!

Joan Liddle

Don’t forget to comment and be entered into random drawings and the big one for the Floor Model (drawing to be held in December).

Nov 17, 2010

Random Drawing

Congratulations to Megan A.  she is the winner of a Clip it Up Wall Mount. Email us at to claim your prize.


Clip It Up Wall Mount

Thanks for commenting on our blog.  We love your comments and another drawing will come soon. Keep the comments coming.

My Give Away Today Winner

Make sure you check out to see who the winner is :-)

Give Thanks

I love fall. Fall is by far my most favorite season of the year. The colors, the scents, the flavors, the reminder to pause and give thanks for the people and things that we have in our lives.

This little give thanks stamp from Verve is one of my favorites - not just because of the sentiment, but also because of the font and style. I love that scripty thanks. Another thing I like about this particular stamp is that you can use it for Thanksgiving cards, but also for thank-you cards which is what I used my card for - a little fall thank-you card.


I also made a little taggie with the same sentiment. I love tags to just drop on or in to a package - using less paper and not having to write a bunch of "stuff".


So many things to be thankful for.


Nov 16, 2010

My Give Away Today

For everyone who loves drawings (which is probably everyone) you’ll love Everyday they have drawings and lucky winners come away with a fantastic prize.

Today they’re featuring us - so visit their site and enter to win the Clip it Up Main Base!!!

Clip It Up Base Unit

The contest ends soon so hurry up!!!

Nov 15, 2010

Random Drawing – Prize Clip it Up Jumbo

Mondays are always a tough day so to help start our week out right we’re going to have 1 “Jumbo” size drawing and few little ones. 

The first winner will receive a Clip it Up Jumbo!

Clip_It_Up_JumboThe Winner is …

Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom

If you’re not Karen don’t be sad the following people have won 1 set of the Clip it Up Large Zip Bags.

Clip It Up Large Zip Bags

The winners are :

  • Tina
  • Creative Patti
  • Joyce Casaldi
  • Fromtheowlsnest

Congratulations to today’s winners and don’t worry we’ll have plenty more drawings this week plus we have the drawing for the Clip it Up Floor Model coming up in December!

Winners- email us at to claim your prize.

Quote of the Week

"Let choice whisper in your ear and love murmur in your heart. Be ready. Here comes life." -Maya Angelou

Nov 14, 2010

BEFORE Thanksgiving Sale!!!

This time of year we’re grateful for the leaves changing colors, family gatherings, cool nights cuddled up by the fire and most of all SALES!!! The after Thanksgiving sales have always been the highlight of the season, however they bring late nights, early mornings, frozen fingers and toes, and worst of all long lines. 
This year we’re going to start early and have an unbelievable week long sale BEFORE Thanksgiving. 
So here it goes…
You may want to send a little heads up to Santa so he doesn’t miss this sale :-)  Don’t procrastinate you won’t see these prices again!
On top of that the first 100 orders will receive a FREE bag of 40 Clips!!! 
Now for the fine print (don’t worry it’s short) : Retail customers only, cannot be combined with any other offer. US & Canada customers can order online, International customers email us at!!!
We’ll also be doing lots and lots of random drawings next week and here’s how you’ll be entered :
  • Every item you order your name will be put in once
  • Comment on blog posts (only 1 per post)
  • Comment on facebook (only 1 per day)
That’s all for now.  Check back to see if your a winner, for more updates, and more chances to win!
Happy Shopping!!!

Nov 12, 2010

My First Farmer’s Market

I finally jumped in and had a table at a local farmer’s market. I was selling my metal stamped jewelry and all of my handmade cards. I have been hoarding these cards for so long, that i decided it was time to part with them to make room for all the new ones I have planned. So on Tuesday I decided I should decide on the design of my table. Yes, the market started at 4pm Tuesday evening (there’s nothing like working under pressure). So a quick run to the local thrift shop to search for racking and display items. I bought an old bed sheet, and some wire racks, and an old tool box. Planning to paint them white, I ran home with my newly found goodies. Looking at the clock, I realized there was no way the paint would dry in 2 they were going to have be be brass for just a little longer. So quickly thinking.... I emptied my Clip it up, and started filling it with cards. Why didn’t I think of that first? It really was the piece-de-resistance at my table. Here’s what my table looked like. Not bad for my first ( and fast) table design.

clip_image002[8]I loved the way the little tool box looked filled up with my cardsclip_image002[10]And here is the other side of my table. I used lid organizers to help display my cards. I read somewhere, that if you have a flat table, don’t be surprised if your sales are flat.clip_image002[22]So I lifted things up as high as i could. But I also made them available for people to touch. I know I love touching things when I shop. I also scattered caramels on the table to draw the buyers in. I don’t recommend this to anyone. I ate so many caramels, I had a tummy ache the whole day following.

clip_image002[16]Doesn’t my Clip It Up look fabulous. I never thought I would alter it, because it is perfect just the way it is.  But to fit in with my shabby chic tables I think it’s going to be white and chippy by the end of the week. I’ll keep you updated. I have also decided my next big purchase will have to be the Floor Model. I’ve been wanting it for some time, but have made the decision to splurge. I think it will finish off my table just perfectly.

Do you sell at Markets and Craft sales? I would love to see hear and see your table ideas. Leave a link here so we can all check it out. I am really looking forward to see how you sell your goodies, especially if you have a Clip It - Up


***Don’t forget to leave comments to be entered into drawings***

Nov 11, 2010

Quilt Show – Part 2

Just a glimpse of what was happening every night after we’d get back into our hotel room…

Bobbi (the newlywed) would be talking to Nate and feeling sad for being apart from one another.  Didn’t want her picture taken, but oh well!


Carolyn would be talking to Steve (her boyfriend) and would hide under the covers so she could hear him better and we couldn’t  hear her.  I took a couple of pictures of her under the covers, so she poked her head out for this one.


Kathy and I would work  on the finishing touches for our hats.  Bobbi and Carolyn would laugh at us cause they thought we were spending way to much time on them, but for Kathy and I  - that’s what we enjoy… creating!


I can tell you this – I  had my picture taken more on Halloween than I had all year!  We’d be walking and people would stop us and take pictures, come in our booth for pictures and we  found that people from other countries were fascinated and wanted to pose with us for pictures.  The man across from us said he was going to dress up after seeing all the people who came in our booth.  We had a man from India, several people from throughout Europe, Australia, and the good old USA!  We had a great day and it was fun to visit with everyone.

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My back side – thanks! 


Kathy was thrilled to meet the authors of her favorite books!


We’re off to see the Wizard…


Elinor Bailey (shown below) – my sister-in-law was the one who encouraged Elinor to start making her dolls.  We met last year and she loved that we dressed up and our outfits.  We loved her outfit -  the hat, her earrings that she made, and everything about this icon in the doll-making world!

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We had to get both sides of her hat so you could see her different earrings that she made!



What a truly fun, unique, happy, creative lady!  We love you Elinor!


When we got to the restaurant at the hotel (too tired to go anywhere else) we were greeted with clapping  and cheering because of our costumes!  Kind of dark to take pictures, but at least you can see Carolyn’s feathers were really purple!


Elinor brought Maggie Winfield (what a fun outfit and an adorable talented lady) back with her to see our products and to meet us.  Sorry, Elinor – got you with your eyes closed!


Take-down!   Everyone’s favorite part - NOT!  I always joke that you feel like circus people – fly in, set-up, do the show, take down and move on to the next city!  The best part of take-down is that it goes 10o times faster than setting up!  Beth from LizzieBCre8tive LOVED my shopping cart chair and chain-linked fence table.  She’s a junker also, and had the picture of our chair on her phone since last year!  She came back at the end of the show and asked if I was interested in selling them.  Since we are changing our booth for next year, and I LOVE them, but don’t have any place to put them in my new room or house, I made her day and sold them to her.  Talk about a happy lady!  Beth, I’m grateful a fellow junker who appreciates the finer things in life will be able to enjoy the chair and table.  It was hard for me to let them go – but I know their in good hands and someone who truly appreciate  their uniqueness!

Bobbi and Carolyn hard at work!


Carolyn and Kathy showing off their strength!  Kathy realized she forgot her PJ’s so Carolyn let her wear Steve’s T-shirt that she had brought.  Since Steve has the “big” muscles – they decided to give him a big muscle “thank-you!”  You know, after several days of working hard – we’d get a little silly at night!


I would like to give a HUGE thanks to Bobbi, Carolyn and Kathy for all their hard work, the giggles, their support in making everything work, dressing up, goofing around, and just being there to help Simply Renee be as successful as it is!  I appreciate their friendship and their love!


Nov 10, 2010

Sometimes bigger is better…

Hi there and happy Wednesday to you from Rhonda!  I'm so excited today, I get to share with you the biggest most exciting thing to hit my scrappy room ever...  are you ready?  It's the Simply Renee Clip-It-Up Floor Model

When this beautiful piece of organizational wonderment arrived in my home, I have to honestly tell you I did a total happy dance!  That night I put it together and it was so easy and I found myself looking at this in about 35 minutes.  This product has completely altered my workspace and made my creative time so much more efficient.  You know what they say though, a picture is worth a thousand words... so here we go!  I'll give you a little Floor Model tour-o-rama, *grin*.

First of all, here is my scrappy corner of heaven.  I create at this desk, and am right handed, so it just worked perfectly to place this on the right side of my desk.  You will see that there are four tiers on my floor model.  I added an additional one so I could maximize the space that I have.  The cool thing about the Floor Model is that just like the other models, you can turn the tiers.  Things that I need are really easy to look for and find.

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For the first tier of my floor model, I decided to tackle my alpha's collection and my bling collection.  My alpha's used to be in plastic shoe boxes and some of them were in kits, still in their respective bags.  Still others were in my little rolling cart.  I now have them all in one place and that is so much nicer!  I can now also see how many duplicates that I have or if I am lacking in a color. 


I did the same process for my bling and arranged by height.  I had my bling stored in a few different areas of my workspace as well and it was frustrating when I needed to find something that I knew I had!  This actually inspired part of my project that I'm going to share with you after the tour.


For the second tier, you will find my Spellbinders and some collections of MME rub-ons, die cuts and some binding materials.  I have my die cut station just to the right of my floor model, so I hung up all of my Spellbinder's so they are all within easy reach and visibility.  I can't tell you how much I love this!!!


For the third tier, you will find my favorite papers, my design team papers and other special projects.  I also really fell in love with my Clip It Up Zip Bags!  I have both the small and the large and for some collections, it is so nice to place your matching embellies in the bag and hang with the papers.  I don't have to wonder where those coordinating items are, they are handy and I can quickly look to see what I need.  If you haven't tried those with your Clip-It-Up, I highly recommend getting a few.  You'll love them!


Now it's bonus time, my fourth tier that I added to my Floor Model!  I decided that I was going to use this tier for keeping my fabric projects.  Recently my 3 year old little guy has become thoroughly enamored with Toy Story 3.  I found some theme fabric and plan to make him a quilt with it.  He is going to be so excited to get a Buzz and Woody blanket!


Well, I hope you're still with me, thank you for taking my "Floor Model" tour today!  Remember when I said that my organization of my bling prompted a project?  It truly did!  I forgot that I had this really pretty sepia toned bling and when I found this photo, I knew that they belonged together!  I had also picked up this artists tray and was having a hard time deciding what to do with it.  I finally just sat down with some super yummy Graphic 45 and 7 Gypsies papers and of course, the ever fabulous Ranger embellishments by Tim Holtz.  This is what I came up with:


I cut apart the bling and placed some on the tray and the other pieces flow into the compartments.  It's kind of hard to see in the photos but I have used foam dots for dimension in several of the compartments.  These trays and shadowboxes are all the rage right now and so much fun! 


Thank you for spending a few moments here today.  Make sure and tell Santa if you need a Floor Model at your home!!!


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