Enabling Day… and a giveaway!

I love to enable. :)  Just ask Jana.  Iphones, Cuttlebugs, Cricuts, stamps… you name it, I like to enable.  But I also will be the first to tell you not to waste your money on something.  I only enable I things that I really love and think others would love, too.  πŸ™‚

So, I think every once in awhile I will do Enabling Days.  Where I share some fun links and products.  (Yes, I am a dork. But enabling is even more fun when you share some good stuff, right?  Keep reading… πŸ™‚

Enabling #1: Etsy
I love love love etsy.com.  If you have never been there, I warn you.  It is 100% addictive.  I love to support the sellers here – it is all handmade stuff.  I love that.  I will share one of my favorite purchases: THIS stamp.  I don't think she has this one for sale now, but I bet if you emailed her she would list one for you.  I love it.

Enabling #2: Costco Printing
Ahhhh.  Costco printing.  It is *almost* as wonderful as my watching Rob Lowe on Brothers and Sisters.  Hee.  (Isn't he hot?!)  Really – Costco has fabulous printing and good prices. You can even have them mailed to you or other people.  From what I understand, you don't even need a Costco near you.  You just load pictures online and have them mailed.  The best part?  8×12 prints. I love the look of huge photos on pages.  This is an old layout from a year ago, but I thought I would pull it up for Father's Day.  Costco rocks.

Dad
Layout from Creativity, Inc.
Supplies:
Autumn Leaves stamps, buttons and font (Uncle Charles – named after my mom's uncle πŸ™‚
Versmark Ink
Memories Ink
Marvy Punches
Other: string and a photo to melt a momma's heart

Enabling #3: Kraft Paper
One thing I learned from my favorite scrapbooker, Cathy Blackstone: always use Kraft paper on a page whenever you are using bright colors.  I just helps to ground it and not make it overwhelming.  So, I have been using Hero Arts Kraft notecards a lot.  I love that the envelopes match perfectly and that the color is a bit more kraft-y than other Kraft cardstocks.  But, I craved bigger sheets. I was THRILLED to find that Hobby Lobby sells 12×12 packs of a kraft paper just like Hero's notecards… and it is inexpensive!  Now, I will be the first to encourage people to go to their local stores over chains (we want those smaller stores to stay open!), but sometimes there are things that you can only get at Hobby Lobby.  The cool thing?  Whenever they have a 50% off paper sale, this stuff is even cheaper.  (Warning: If you live in Cincinnati, don't bother trying the Fields Ertel store… I wiped them out.  Hee! πŸ™‚

Kraft

Let's do a giveaway! Just leave a comment on this post by 11:59pmEDT Sunday night and I will pick a random winner to send a pack of this Kraft goodness to.  In your post, just say what country or state you are from – I love hearing all the amazing places you stampers are!

OK… off to waste some time on etsy.  Hugs!


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276 thoughts on “Enabling Day… and a giveaway!”

  1. Yep, I love Kraft too! Sadly, we have no Hobby Lobby here in CA so I have to make due until I visit family in Montana.

  2. I am so glad you showed that Etsy shop! Her stuff would be perfect to get for our wedding! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Another one that loves Costco printing….all the workers know me. πŸ™‚
    I love your fun blogs and beautiful layouts.
    Becky in WA

  4. Well, we discussed your enabling last week at your class! LOL!!! I’m also glad you told me not to check the Fields Ertel HL – I’ll head to the Tri-County one instead. And as far as both Costco and Rob Lowe – I agree on both counts!!!!!! I print a lot of my photos at home now, but when I have lots to do at once, Costco is where I go. Oh, and I am right here in good old Cincy – well, West Chester actually if you want total accuracy.
    Candy

  5. Hey Jennifer,
    I am from Nebraska. love your tutorials, I am slowly but surely becoming more crafty. I only send out homemade cards now and it is awesome getting positive feedback.

    Thanks
    Diane

  6. Love reading your blog! I am in Michigan and I also love using Kraft cardstock, it’s the first thing to run out at my lss.

  7. Love reading your blog! I am in Michigan and I also love using Kraft cardstock, it’s the first thing to run out at my lss.

  8. And I just found out that HL will hopefully be building a store in Buffalo in the next 2 years!! In the mean time I just have to find stores wherever we travel. I just LOVE their kraft paper. What a great RAK:)

  9. My goodness there are a lot of comments! I can vouch for the Hobby Lobby Kraft paper. I’m from Ohio.

  10. Jennifer,

    (Please excuse me if this posts twice – the first post I typed didn’t show up.)

    OK, I have to just say that this is so not fair! I have been doing so well while we are traveling in South America. I have not been Jonesing to order scrap stuff online, not even stamping stuff – I have practiced great restraint…so far. And then this…

    Now, you would think that I would have just said “step away from the computer, don’t open that post,” when I saw it was title “Enabling Day,” but no, I just couldn’t resist. And now? Well, now I find myself just aching to visit a scrapbooking store and just go crazy, and to buy stuff on Etsy (which I have somehow managed to avoid even looking at because I have nowhere to store all the items I am sure I’ll want, and because it would cost me a fortune to have them shipped here). So, be proud… you have enabled me, found my weaknesses (or maybe have just reawakened those urges I have worked so hard to stuff away!).

    Now, I have always loved the Kraft look (I have been making cards for years and love Kraft CS for masculine cards), but did not know it was available in packets, so cheaply and easily found at Hobby Lobby. I will have to stop in there when I visit my mother in law this Thanksgiving (on a short visit back home) and pick up a pack or two, or twenty!

    As for Costco, I couldn’t agree more. Although my hubby and I have nice photo printers, you just can’t beat the price and quality of the Costco prints. And, not having to babysit the printer, and then lay the pix out to dry, makes it an even better option! I did not know about the shipping of prints – so thatnks for that bit of info. I will see about uploading some of the pix we are taking on this trip and having them printed and sent to our family members who can’t follow along online.

    To close, thanks for the great ideas and sharing…even if it will eventually get me into trouble (or debt, or both!).

    Rock on,

    Steph

  11. Hi from Sunny Southern California.
    I follow your blog for all your great ideas. I just love your style. I’ve never seen those 12X12 kraft sheets and would love to try them out.

  12. Oh my …late as always and to think I spent yesterday looking all over Sandpoint for Kraft paper. Well-l-l when I say all over that means just two stores that have craft supplies. Did not find and to think here you are giving it away. Oh well, late again……..from Bonners Ferry, Idaho

  13. thanks for the awesome tips, particularly of Costco, since I have a membership but have never used their services before!
    MN

  14. Hello from Washington!(state) Love how you put that Kraft paper to good work…and unfortunately, there isn’t a hobby lobby anywhere near me, so I would LOVE to get some! heeehee.
    Have a great week!

  15. I am from Southern California. Love your blog – I also love Costco printing and Kraft paper – trying to avoid Etsy as I could easily spend a fortune there.

  16. I may have to check Costco out. I go to Ritz and love the quality and will have to compare to Costco.

    Lisa

  17. Love your enabling and isn’t Etsy so cool? Love it! I’m just chiming in here – I’m in the great state of Tennessee!! πŸ˜€ Have a great week ahead, Jennifer!

  18. Jennifer

    Hey! It’s Sandi from Maineville. I love the idea of some enabling us. You are blessed to see and use some great products on the market. I am hip to a few of them, but really love to find some new must haves…your are really tops!!! I love Costco they know me well. Best thing it is very close to a couple LSS stores, Hobby Lobby and Mikes. However, we shop the same Hobby Lobby. I will be looking for some of the Kraft paper soon.

    Thanks for sharing your great finds!!!

    Sandi N.

  19. Jennifer

    Hey! It’s Sandi from Maineville. I love the idea of some enabling us. You are blessed to see and use some great products on the market. I am hip to a few of them, but really love to find some new must haves…your are really tops!!! I love Costco they know me well. Best thing it is very close to a couple LSS stores, Hobby Lobby and Mikes. However, we shop the same Hobby Lobby. I will be looking for some of the Kraft paper soon.

    Thanks for sharing your great finds!!!

    Sandi N.

  20. I like Kraft paper a lot. I didn’t know HL had a stash, so thanks for the tip! (I’m from Indianapolis, Indiana.)

  21. I love kraft cardstock, but live in Ontario, Canada so no Hobby Lobby’s nearby. Your blog is a daily visit for me… love the inspiration!

  22. I love Etsy and Costco processing..Yeah that stamp is too cool. Thanks so much for sharing your techniques and your work with us. I’m always learning something really cool! Paola
    British Columbia Canada

  23. Hi Jennifer! Recently found your blog and I love it!!! You’ve inspired me to pull out all the tools, paints, etc. that I’ve been hoarding away and give them a try. Love your work!!!

  24. Hello Jennifer,

    I am from Canada. A newbie. In fact 3 weeks ago I started buying some stuff to get me started. Now I found your blog, I have to get me some Hero Arts stamps..Thank you for blog. For a newbie like me it is very helpful.

  25. Love the kraft paper. Sam’s also does 8×12 photos for $1.49. Will have to check out Costco’s online service. Our store is always so busy. Am always so inspired by you. Thanks!

  26. I have never tried Costco before. I’m not a member, but I’ve heard good things about the photo dept. Thanks for the chance to win the kraft paper!! love all your ideas too!

  27. Hi Jen~ Ooooh, I had no idea Hobby Lobby carries kraft paper. Mmmm. Thanks for the enabling. :O) he, he There’s a HL about an hour from me, I’ll have to check it out next time. :o)

    Currently we’re in Alabama, but headed back to our summer ranch in CA in another week. Can’t wait. Our outdoor kitties have been there all winter with a “babysitter” and my kids are so anxious to see them again. Super excited. Here comes summer. Yipeee. :o)

  28. Didn’t know about Costco printing, will have to check that out! Kraft card stock has grown on me over the last several months. I find myself pulling it out for lots of projects!

    Thanks!

    Lori in Carrollton, TX

  29. Wish I had a Hobby Lobby near. Going to have to try an 8×12″ print – love the look. Thanks for the enabling!
    Bonnie
    Mount Laurel, NJ

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