Friday, April 18

We'll be Back...

Simply Scrapbooks will be closed on Friday, April 25th until 4:00 pm in preparation for our National Scrapbook Weekend. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and invite you to stop by anytime after 4:00 pm Friday to see all the wonderful new product being released this weekend!

Tuesday, April 15

National Scrapbook Weekend T-Shirts

Here are this years National Scrapbook Weekend T-Shirts!!!

$9.99 each
Call the store and place your order before Monday the 21st!!!
This is Tara modeling hers (so cute!)...the following is a close up of the logo.

Monday, April 14

Menu Change for National Scrapbook Weekend

Due to unexpected events, we have a change of entree's for those of you who purchased a Friday and Saturday dinner for National Scrapbook Weekend.
Our caterers will be serving up a wonderful meal including dessert. Our menu will be as follows:

Friday Evening-

Deep pit beef, potatos au gratin,
green beans, and chocolate sheet cake

Saturday Evening-

BBQ Chicken, rice pilaf, green salad,
rolls and carrot cake

Sunday, April 13

Blowout Die Cut Sale!!!

This time our price is yours! That’s right fellow scrappers…all Ellison & Sizzix cutting dies are on sale at store cost, including select discontinued Quickkutz cutting dies. Refresh your collection just in time for spring projects. Pack up the value now as sale ends April 20th!!!

Wednesday, April 2

Guilin or Bust!! (Via Cortney's Adventures in China)

friends & family-

Just wanted to say a quick hello and let you know that I won't have access to the internet until Monday evening. I am going on vacation to Guilin. It is said to be the most beautiful place in China. We leave on a sleeper bus in 1 hour. I am very excited because this is the ONE place I really really wanted to go (other then the great wall). However, I am not so excited about how long it is going to take to get there. Guilin is very far south. We will be on the bus for about 20 hours. haha...yup. 20 HOURS!!!!! That's insane. I just have to remind myself how fun and gorgeous it is going to be. We will be going to the Mud Caves ( you swim in mud through a bunch of caves), river rafting, hot air balloon ride (maybe), we will see the famous guilin mountains and rice terraces. I will email and send pictures as soon as I am back...hopefully. love you all!!!!!- cort

Cortney's Birthday (Via Cortney's Adventures in China)

Hey friends and family-

So I apologize that I haven't written in so long, I wish I could think of a better excuse...but I really have been busy. Everyone keeps asking about my birthday, so I will tell you. My 22nd birthday was one I will never forget. First off, I turned 22 in CHINA...that's cool in itself. In my last email I wrote about how me and 3 other girls got left in Hefei, while the others went on a free vacation. So there were only 4 of us on my birthday in china, but then they came home the next day (on my birthday in america..if that makes sense). I woke up on my birthday and the girls had decorated the door to my room with balloons, signs and streamers. Which was a nice surprise. We went and had breakfast and came back and slept in pretty late. After relaxing we decided to go get head massages. They wash, massage and style your hair for 10 yuan ($1.25). Aleksi and I are the only girls that wanted to do that. So these 2 guys washed and massaged our heads. It was WONDERFUL. Aleksi's guy just blow dried her hair and called it good. My guy on the other hand wanted to go all out. I am almost positive it was the first time he had ever worked with blonde hair. So he decided to curl all of my hair. This was taking forever. THEN half way through my head the curling iron broke. He then attempted to use a straightener to curl it. This did not work as well. It kinda curled, but by the time I got home that half was completely flat. Are you all imagining how cute I looked at this point?? Anyway, so later that night we got dressed up and the 4 of us went dancing. It was so much fun. The next day was my actual birthday in america and the rest of our group came home. Before we headed over to our Taekwondo class the school surprised me with a HUGE cake. I mean looked like a wedding cake. they sang happy birthday and we dug in. My group then informed me that they had a surprise for me. They took me to our taekwondo class and as we were walking up there I was joking around and said " I get private lessons from Mr. Taekwondo???" They all laughed and said..." kinda." Mr. Taekwondo gave us a private show. He performed a bunch of cool taekwondo moves and tricks. Which doesn't sound all that exciting, but we all have a crush on it was for us. I took pictures with him and it was really fun/hilarious. I had a great birthday. Also, thank you all for the TONS of emails I got on my birthday I loved hearing from all of you. It helped make my 22nd birthday truly great.

Alright, so later that week on friday we were invited to go with the kindergarteners to a museum. It was sooo much fun. I got to go with all the cute little kids that I teach. I held their hands and walked around and played with them. I have decided that I for sure want to adopt a little asian baby. I will have to post the pictures from that day a little later. My favorite little girl is grace. She is absolutely adorable and was attached to my hip the entire time. On the bus ride back to the school she sat on my lap and fell asleep. So precious. I was tempted to just take her back with me, but I am pretty sure that would be kidnapping and I could get sent home for that.

So a couple of days ago, while we were eating lunch and we were confronted by one of the teachers here at the school telling us to meet him in the auditorium around 7 that evening. We asked him "what for?" but we couldn't understand his english very well. We went anyway, and found out that he wanted us to perform in their school's talent show. We would perform on Sunday evening infront of all of the older kids 16-18. We laughed because we thought he was kidding, but then soon realized that he wasn't. Now here is the part where you guys will laugh...we decided on Britney Spears- Oops I did it again! yes...I know. lame, but a lot of the kids know who britney spears is. So we thought they might enjoy it. So we threw together a "dance" in like an hour the night before and called it good. We tried to make the dance not so skanky, because we knew it would be infront of our students and other teachers. We performed it and they all LOVED it. They went crazy for us. They were taking tons of pictures and screaming for us. We asked a couple people to record it for us, and after watching it later that night we realized it was kinda skanky. oh well. I will try to send the video to you guys soon. You will get a kick out of it.

Well, I have to go get ready for my day. I love you all and can't wait to hear from you! Thanks again for all the birthday emails. love you-Cort