Farewell, Archiver’s!

On February 15, 2014, the doors opened one last time. Some crafters who has been with them from the very beginning and others who have became loyal customer came one last time for their crop event. Archiver’s was not an ordinary craft stores. This store contained unique and the newest and latest craft supplies that was release from the top designers or companies. They also provided exclusive kits along with demos on the latest tool or supplies that was hot in the industries. I loved the make and takes that they had offered. This was a place we got inspiration and ideas for various projects. It was also an institution for teaching great workshops from card making, scrapbooking, and other craft projects. They were the creators of Scrapfest where they attracted many crafters throughout the United States to the Mall of America in Minnesota with some of the best designers or innovators in this industry. Through Archiver’s and Scrapfest I am part of one the best crafting social networks which consist of people from across the United States. Their staff was always willing to help you find products, give ideas on your project, they were caring, and they were you friend. If you asked my six year old daughter she would tell you that Archiver’s was the best place to get her bling, doodle bug supplies, washi tape, and a lollipop.
A – Albums to store each project
R – Record Keeping for preserving my precious memories
C – Crafting with a Purpose
H – Heating tools to emboss or make other projects
I – Inspiring through my memory keeping
V – Vellum which gives my project the high quality detail
E – Electronic cutting machine to make my designs illuminate on the page
R – Ribbons always adding that special touch and make things pretty
S – Stamps adding that personal affect

My heart sings that old Boyz II Men song……”and I take with me the memories to be my sunshine after the rain. It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.” Farewell, Archiver’s thanks for the memories, the laughs, the ideas, the prizes, and the friendly staff.

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Keeping it Real this Valentine’s Day

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The Single Years
I remember our first Valentine’s day that my hubby and I have when we first started dating. It was simple but special. It consisted of a dozen roses, box of candy from Fannie Mae, dinner, movie, and a stuffed animal. Another Valentine’s Day, I received a dozen of roses, box of candy from Fannie Mae, a romantic dinner, and expensive gift. One special Valentine’s Day I received my roses but over a romantic dinner, he asked my to close my eyes while he told me how much I meant to him. When I opened my eyes he was on one knee and in front of me was a crystal music box with two crystal swans in a heart shape with a diamond ring in between the swans. What did I say? Yes!!! We got engage on Valentine’s Day! Romantic? Definitely, one of the best.

The Married Years
I have been happily married to my hubby for almost 9 years. We have did the expensive dinners and gifts. Now what I love for Valentine’s Day is time and gifts of the heart. It’s not how much you spend but the meaning behind the gift. Does the simple dinner and a movie do it for me? Yes, it does. It’s about spending quality time with each other. Taking the moment and just enjoying it. Do I like roses? Of course, but he could get them anytime for me paying high market up value I can have two dozens instead of one. I still like a romantic letter or poem. What comes from the heart reaches the heart. This Valentine’s Day give the gift from your heart to your Valentine and make this one memorable. I know I will. Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Rewind & Looking to the Future

archiver's closing January has come and gone and has made a tremendous impact for the start of 2014. REWIND……….. January 1st was New Years Day and many people may resolutions. So it’s a month later, I hopes that you have been committed to keeping your resolutions you made this year. If it was to complete a scrapbook layout, learning a new technique, make a video blog, spending more time with your family, loose weight, reading more books or whatever your goal I hope you are reaching towards the mark. On January 2nd, the email that changed so many local scrapbook shoppers, which announced that Archiver’s were going to be closing all remaining stores by February 15th. Many fellow scrapbookers reunited to say good bye to not only the staff but to gather together to enjoy each other company as they create, laugh, cried, and said good bye to Archiver’s who had brought so many together. Then on January 11th, the Winter Craft Hobby Association (CHA) Trade Show, with amazing new launches from of the leading designers in the industry such as Becky Higgins, Teresa Collins, Heidi Swapp, We R Memory Keepers, Tim Holtz, Studio Calico, Amy Tan, Doodle Bug, and so many more. There were great products from many of my favorite designers which I can’t wait to create with. January 21st Cricut announced their newest machine The Explore. This will launch Feb 12th on HSN and will be available at the retail stores in March. Also, Anna Griffin celebrated her 20th Anniversary in the industry. She launched a new line on HSN to kick off her celebration. Wow….January has been very eventful with dangerously cold weather in the Midwest and lots of snow. As we welcome February, so many things are to come. First of all, we are celebrating Black History Month. Second, on February 12th tune in to HSN for the world launch of the Cricut Explore with our friend Anna Griffin. Next, February 14th show that special someone in your life that you love and care on Valentine’s Day. Then on February 17th is President Day for the US and Family Day in Canada. Let’s plan to celebrate and warm up with scrappy projects this February!