Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Shop Hop is just days away!

So Cal Shop Hop 2014 starts on Friday, July 18!! This is the 8th annual Shop Hop event and we couldn't be more excited to participate. 
The store will be open special days and hours for the 17 days of Shop Hop:  Monday thru Saturday from 11:00am to 7:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm
The theme this year is books and Perfect Day has chosen: "Breakfast at Tiffany's"!
The store is being transformed, displays are going up, make n takes being assembled and charms delivered for this exciting event.  
So what is Shop Hop?
During the designated days of July 18 to August 3, its a chance for you to shop the best Scrapbooking and Stamping stores in Southern California! You receive great discounts, enjoy specialty themed Make n' Takes, collect charms for your new charm bracelet, take fantastic photos and have a ton of fun! As you "hop" to all of the stores, be sure to have your passport stamped at each location and you will be entered into a drawing for great prizes!
With over 30 stores participating in Shop Hop you will have fun for the whole event, hopping all over Southern California, shopping for some of your favorite things: paper crafting supplies!!!
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August Calendar
Please look for our August calendar of events to post next soon! We will start card classes, scrapbook classes, crops and more!
New product
We have lots of new product all over the store including:
Avery Elle stamps, dies and stamp pads, Chickaniddy paper collections, Kaisercraft paper collections, Doodlebug paper, pop-ups, bakers twine and stickers, We R Memory Keepers just to name a few!!!

Have a Perfect Day!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

One Month!

It has been 1 whole month since we re-opened the doors here at Perfect Day Scrapbooking and what a wonderful month it has been!
We wouldn't be here without all of the love and support of our customers. Thank you for your continued support as we learn and grow in the scrapping industry to bring you not only the latest and greatest products but also wonderful ideas and projects for you to make your own!
New product in the shop: Chickaniddy Crafts, Kaisercraft, Bo Bunny, and Doodlebug to name a few! Stop in and check them out!
Shop Hop 2014 is just 10 days away and we are busy making the shop look perfect for this fun & exciting event! We still have a few Passports left, if you need one for yourself or a friend, call us and we will hold one for you!
Have a Perfect Day!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Perfect Day News

Hello Everyone! Summer is here and it is spectacular. The new paper from WeR is flying off the shelves...stop in before it is gone for the season! New Bo Bunny is in and the line is adorable. New merchandise goes up weekly and there are so many tools, accessories, stamps, stamp pads you won't want to miss Perfect Day for your scrapbook and stamping needs!
We love love love the Mini Distress Ink pads from Tim Holtz!! The new sets are in this week and the colors are amazing! We will now have all sets 1-9 in stock! Stamps from Memory Box, La La Land Crafts and more are on the way!
We would like to know what you want in the store! Let us know what we can bring in to help your scrapbooking, card making and crafting needs. We are open to all suggestions and special orders will remain a priority for Perfect Day Scrapbooking.
Classes and Crops will start in August as planned. A calendar will be available some time in July so you can plan your August calendar.
Let's talk Shop Hop! We are so happy to be a part of the 2014 So Cal Shop Hop!!!!  If you are not familiar with Shop Hop - This is a once a year event when during the designated days you have a chance to shop at the best Scrapbooking and Stamping stores in Southern California. Hoppers get a great discount, lovely photo ops in each store, collect charms for your new charm bracelet, get your 'passport' stamped at each location and if you hop to enough stores you will be entered in drawings for great prizes! Passport purchase includes: a charm bracelet, So Cal Shop Hop charm and a Shop Hop Passport. Passports are on sale now for $14.00 until sold out. The passport also entitles you to a 20% discount at all official participating stores during the Shop Hop. Shop Hop begins July 18 thru August 3. All of the stores are working so hard to get ready for this event and we think you are going to love our theme this year!!!
Come on over to Perfect Day and celebrate the 1st week of summer with a cool 10% off your entire purchase this week, beginning Wednesday 6/25 to Sunday 6/29!
Have a Perfect Day!
Liz

Monday, June 9, 2014

We are open!

Perfect Day Scrapbooking is open once again! This is Liz, extremely excited new owner! We are staying at the current location in Huntington Beach and open for business!! Hours to start will be:
Wednesday -Saturday 11:00am to 7:00pm and Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm. Stop by and say hello!
I love Scrapbooking, Card making and Paper crafting! I share Rachel's passion for paper...you may even call it a paper obsession. The shelves are stocked and racks are filled with wonderful card-stock!
We have Father's Day, Travel, Summer and Red, White & Blue themed papers and stickers in stock!
I will continue to place special orders as you need them, so please let me know if you need an item you don't find in the shop!
We will be participating in Shop Hop 2014!! The theme this year is 'books' and I'm excited to announce that Perfect Days book is: Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. Shop Hop passports are $12 until June 15 and  $14 after June 16 until sold out. This includes a charm bracelet, passport and themed charms. More information is available at socalshophop.com
Classes and Crops will start in August! Evening and weekend classes and will be posted on the calendar, so watch for fun stuff to come!
I want to say thank you to everyone who came out for Opening Weekend and our Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday! It was great to meet so many of you and I look forward to meeting so many more of you in the next weeks and months to come. I cannot express enough my appreciation for the love and support as we start this new venture, thank you.
Liz

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Hi! The storefront at it's current location is temporarily closed. We will keep you posted on the changes that are occuring.

As of now, we were liquidating and closing. For the record, we were not closing because of bad sales although the big box stores have really cut into business and I'd like to urge you to shop small as much as possible. My life is changing so dramatically and I had a really hard time finding stable, responsible, loyal employees that I had to choose something in my life that had to go and it was the store. I can't cut my job or my childs' activities you know? The second to last weekend my landlord came to me with an offer that I couldn't refuse. The offer is a three-way deal and we're just waiting on the third party to make a decision. Should they choose my space, I'll be taking their space, which was my 2nd store :) We'll be downsizing and consolidating and offering something totally cool for my DIY'ers. Special orders will remain our backbone (even in light of all the screwy G45 stuff!) and I'm just thrilled to have this possibly not be the end. Should we move back to 9608, we will reopen mid-May to very early June as your Four Day Scrapbook Store - schedule TBD. The walls are hot pink - ohmigosh!

Sorry for the ramble - I'll be in touch through this blog and through Facebook.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Two more quick layouts....

Using the hand stitching technique.

 This layout uses an Authentique line found in the shop.  Its a great beachy line with tans, reds and blues.
 Title, anchor and bird are all stitched using templates.



You at Six - Hand stitching speech bubbles.  I used a misting template to sketch them out.  Some are filled with paper where I journaling inside and others hold random bits of flair buttons.



Have you tried stitching on your projects yet?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Hand Stitching on your Layouts

Sometimes, our projects need that little touch.  That extra 'something' to make them pop.  I have a few go-to items that I reach for every time my layout or card looks 'blah'.

I'm going to share those ideas with you here on the blog over the next few weeks.

Hand Stitching is tutorial #1.

I recently got back from the February Just Crop Retreat in Fullerton.  If you haven't joined us, you need to plan on it.  Its a nice, relaxing weekend that Beth and Rachel run.

I have people come up to me all the time and ask how I do this.  So here is your 'how-to'.

I'm inspired by two women in the scrapbook world.  Kinsey Wilson and Sasha Farina.  Bookmark their blogs.  These two inspire me.  There is something hand stitching brings to the project that machine sewing just doesn't.  A lot of people say 'oh, you can do that with a machine.'  Yes, you can, but the detail I like can only be achieved by hand.

Lets get started.

First, you need to know the basic back stitch.  I learned from Kinseys Hand Stitch blog.  She has a lot of great information on there about products and how-to's.  She talks about the different kinds of threads you can use but I stick with DMC Embroidery floss.  It comes in hundreds of colors, its cheap and easy to work with.
You can make your own templates from a printable transparency and whatever font or shape you select.  These were printed and then pre-holed for equal stitching.
 I keep a selection of needles handy at all times to stitch with.  Just basic sewing needles with a decent size eye.  You don't want to go too large or else you end up with distorted holes.  I use a paper piercer, the larger needle or a push pin to create my holes.  The glossy accents is to make sure the thread stays put on the back side of the project.  You can use washi tape too.


After you practice the basic back stitch, you're ready to sew on your layout.

Step 2 - find a template, pattern or font you want to work with.


The word 'hello' and the star are both from a word program.  The speech bubble, chevron, '&' and starburst are all misting templates.

 
Templates can be anything from a purchased pattern or template that some manufacturers are releasing. They can also be something you download or print from the internet.  Fonts are the easiest because every computer comes with them.  Lets take a look at how to use each one.

You can resize these shapes to meet your needs.  Position the template over the area of your layout that you want to stitch on.  Poke holes with your paper piercer.  Make sure you're using a foam mat (like a mouse pad).  It makes poking holes easier.  You can use a self healing mat but you may find your hand cramps up because you have to push harder to make a decent hole.
 There is a black mat under the paper in this photo, just hard to see.
 Poke. Poke.  Poke.
 Poke some more.
 Lift up your template and you have your punched shape/word on your layout.
 Take your length of floss and separate into two pieces.  Three strands each.  I use no more than 18 inches because the floss tends to tangle.
 Your first stitch comes up from the back of the paper.
 And then down through the next hole.
 Come back up from the back into the third hole.
 And bring is back through the second hole.  This completes the first backstitch.
Hole spacing shouldn't be an issue once you begin stitching.

Here are samples of actual layouts that I've completed:
A stitched circle - LINK to original post


Stitched Geometry - LINK to original post


Zig Zag - link to original post

Text - link to original post




Anchor and woody- link to original post (heavy stitching post - be warned, this was a lot of stitching and I think it came out cool.  I don't normally go overboard like this but it was a sample for the store.  I wanted to bring out the details of that cool car.  I believe there is still some of this paper line in the store.)

You can a nice mix of fonts and templates.  One thing I tend to use a lot would be misting templates.  The sunburst layout uses the Studio Calico starburst 12x12 misting template.  This is something that can be created using any diecut machine.

Here is a layout that was completed at last weekend's crop.



 I cut out a heart shape and used that as my template.  The dog paw was free-hand and copied off the flair button.
(Papers are from Elle's Studio and are available in the Perfect Day store.)

Leave a comment here if you have any questions on this technique.  I will be posting a few more examples on my personal blog over the next week.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Happy New Year!

Let's blow the dust off this blog and start posting again!

Coming this week..... a tutorial to liven up your layouts!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mega December Deals 12/13-14

I will be in the store all day Friday and Saturday so your fault deals for the "weekend" are ALL prior deals! Woohoo! I'll post a summary tomorrow. Going for an abdominal ultrasound - oh joy. Then it's fun times at the shop. I have to find room for Prima's "Optimist"! And some Bella Blvd restock :)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Deal 12.12.13

Deal for Thursday 12.12.13: All stamps - 25% off! No limit!

"No-no's": No vouchers, no double discounts, limited to stock in hand, not valid for special orders or previously ordered merchandise, no layaways (new or existing) Expires when the door locks Thursday night.