Thursday, May 3, 2012

On the Road Again - This Time for National Scrapbook Day

PaperCraft Princess "mini" boutique
PaperCraft Princess is on the road to a 2-day NSD crop in Orange County, so I've been polishing up the display and making sure I've got lots of goodies for the lovely ladies who will be cropping the hours away. I love a good long crop myself and the only thing to put a damper on the day is when I find out I've forgotten to bring or run out of some basic necessity. This is especially frustrating when the crop isn't being held at a scrapbook store. So for the croppers this weekend who will be in a recreation hall, I'm their "go-to gal" for all those little necessities like ink and adhesive. It makes me so happy when I can help save the crafting day for a fellow scrapbooker!

Hotel Event

Now, for a little personal plug: If you're in the Southern California area and you need a small temporary papercrafting "store" at your next crop, keep me in mind. You can see from these photos that the boutique can scale up or down depending on your needs and available space.

Contact me at:
cindyDOTfahrbachATgmailDOTcom (replace those all-caps words with the actual symbols)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Scrapbook & Papercrafting Flea Market & Tag Sale

We're busy getting stuff ready for the sale
Mark your calendars because some of my crafty friends and I are having a SALE you won't want to miss! As you might know I've been teaching scrapbooking and papercraft classes for awhile.  Being a teacher means I buy and use stuff in BULK QUANTITY. I usually try to cull the inventory a few times a year, but it's been awhile since I've given it a good thinning so I decided to host a flea market!

I've got some other crafty peeps & teachers selling at this event, so I'm expecting a good variety of stuff. Some of it will be new in package, some nearly new or gently used. There will be kits, tools, alterables, and who knows what else. There may be some newer releases in the mix along with older lines (who knows, we may just have that now hard-to-find item you've been searching for), but everything we sell will be in good, usable condition.

So, here are the deets...

 Scrapbook & Papercrafting Flea Market/Tag Sale
 where one crafter's trash is another crafter's treasure

 Friday 4/27 and Saturday 4/28 - 8 am until 2pm
 (Come early for the best selection!)

 My home (if you don't know or remember where I live, shoot me an email at: cindyDOTfahrbachATgmailDOTcom- use the proper symbols - I'm trying to thwart the spambots here.)

Hope to see you there and be sure to tell your crafty friends!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Craft & Hobby Winter Trade Show Has Left the Building

I'm just returned from the 2012 Winter CHA Show. I had a great time and for the first time ever even placed a few orders. That took some extra thought for me because it's not what I usually do.

Usually, I'm there as part of the sales team for the first few days. (This year I was in the Heidi Swapp booth and had a blast!). Then I spend a bit of time scoping out what's new so that I can plan classes and stock my boutique. But I always place my orders after CHA, not while I'm there.

Since I hadn't planned to shop, I had to shift gears and quickly get into planning mode. I have got a few stores out there that have invited me to guest teach, so thinking about class ideas was a great place to start. I'll also be vending a weekend crop again for National Scrapbook Day weekend, so that gave me some good direction too.

I'll be sure to share what I've got in the works as I get further along in the process. And I'll be sharing photos and impressions of the CHA show on my other blog for any readers who might be interested. I'll leave you with a pic of "Team Heidi".

The team at Heidi Swapp booth

Saturday, January 28, 2012

How to Tie a Perfect Tiny Bow

This is a fun little video tutorial on tying tiny bows (think twine, floss, etc.) using a fork.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A New Year, A Fresh Start

Just when I felt like I was getting some momentum with all things PaperCraft Princess last spring, and working hard to get some routines going and the Etsy store stocked, everything came to an unceremonious halt. I had a big party looming heavy on my mind and burdening my schedule. As if that wasn't enough Party #1 was to be followed by Party #2 - a smaller party in terms of guest list and budget, but not in terms of planning and details. These were the graduation and promotion parties for my two kids. My son (and eldest child) graduated high school and we threw a large-ish costume party. My daughter (and youngest child, since I only have the two) was done with middle school and wanted a Phantom of the Opera themed formal event (so also a costume party).

Frankly, there was just too much to do. It was all I could do to stay on top of household projects and party planning, purchases and projects. Etsy went by the side. The blogs went by the side. (Though you can see a few pics from both parties on my other blog: Grad Party and Opera Party.)

So here it is 2012 and I am ready for (yet another) fresh start. One of the unplanned projects I started last summer was a scrap space re-do. After removing most of the furnishings from our living room for the first party to make room for a dance floor, it seemed like perfect timing for re-painting. That in turn led to purchasing my dream storage piece, an Expedit wall unit from IKEA.

My re-designed (but not yet organized) scrap space

So, now I'm on my way to more efficient, streamlined crafting and working. However, the purge/organize part is still a work-in-progress. So, I'm taking that on in little chunks.

I'll leave you with a great blog post from Beth Dargis at My Simpler Life. It's all about decluttering storage areas. This is my next Big Project. Gotta tackle that storage space so the long term stuff has a place of its own. I'm reminded of that saying that "you gotta break eggs to make an omelette".

If all goes as planned, you'll start to see more shaking and baking here at the PaperCraft Princess blog as well as at my little neglected Etsy shop.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Twine Giveaway!

Want to win some fabulous baker's twine? Head over to the Itsy Bitsy Paper by Lindy blog to see how you can win a Sampler Pack from The Twinery!