Friday, August 21, 2009

Halloween Chills ’N’ Thrills

I just finished writing an article called "Which Craft" for a national lifestyle magazine. My article focused on how those with limited hand or body movement can continue to craft by adapting or using certain tools. While researching for this story, I called several companies in the scrapbooking arena to find out what tools are available for this craft. Making Memories graciously sent me a Slice machine plus oodles and oodles and oodles of goodies so I could make this Halloween album. Fiskars sent spring-action scissors and punches that take less strength to operate; and Scott and Lisa at sent me a 7 Gypsies Binderie.

Can I tell you how much I love the Slice??!? I've purchased several more design cards, the embossing tools and lay away at night planning my mini-albums and ATC cards around what die-cuts I can make.

The Binderie literally takes a push of the button to operate but I've got to practice getting the holes where I want them. I've started making mini notebooks with cardboard covers — they're so cute! And I'm lovin my Fiskars scissors and punches — they are my new favorite hand tools.

I learned something new about ordering online. After I placed an order through 7 Gypsies website I got a call from "Mike" at BlueMoon Scrapbooking. He explained that suppliers such as BlueMoon bid on the orders placed on manufacturer's sites. I was a little hesitant at first but super-nice Mike explained that it's completely safe, and in the future I can just order from Blue Moon. That's when I asked if he knew of any products that would fit my story. He put Scott on the phone and we talked for about an hour. Scott is the real deal and also a super nice guy. If you haven't watched BlueMoon's technique and new product videos, you must! His wife, Lisa shows techniques now and then and they have a designer named Kristin that shows really cool painting techniques. But when Scott and Lisa show new product it's a hoot — they are so adorable. Check them out at YouTube or at

For info on the Slice (LoVe IT!!) go to or check out their vids on YouTube by searching for makingmemories123


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