Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Due to a fever and a very sore thoat....

I've been able to do a little scrappin' along with a little work too! I made this card for my mom's b-day on the 8th of July, and I made her a layout about her dog, Molly! (That dog is out of control by the way, but they love her.) And I made one for me about my shoes!! (I'm lovin' this size too, 6x12) I used my papers from "My Sweet Cherry Pie" my corduroy brads, bread(less) tabs and stamps too; Heidi Swapp chipboard letters, Am Crafts Rub-ons, May Arts ribbons, and my new found TOY.... TIM HOLTZ TINY ATTACHER!! Okay if you don't have one it's a must!!!!! It works great, and is perfect for all ribbon sizes, but perfect for smaller ribbon. I've used it so much I ran out of the tiny attachers in less than one week!! I even emailed Tim and told him I was in love with that thing!!! Go get one you won't be disappointed!! Seriously!! Oh and I used Tim Holtz Dabber paint too and it's wonderful also and so easy with no clean up!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

A few random things.....

First of all I renamed "In-Practical Lilith" to "Lily Bug"!! She needed a bright shiny name, and Lily Bug fit the bill. (I only got to drive her twice today, but it was sure fun!!)

Secondly, one of my friends, Lori, who owns and designs her own really cool clear stamp company, Clear Dollar Stamp, bought all of my first two paper lines to sell on her online store!!! Yippy!!!!! So very sweet of her!! BTW her clear stamps ROCK!! You can check it out on the link posted below.

Now, this is a great story... a friend of mine from Jr High contacted me on Facebook when I had made an entry about the start up of my scrapbook company. Hi Kendra!! She's been my "go-to" girl for some of my "retail" questions!! Thanks, Kendra!! Well she too bought all of my first two paper lines!! How fun is that, and she lives in Texas!! So very cool. You can check her store out here:
This is why I love scrapbooking so much, I've met great people that are now great friends, and a few are actually working for us now, and some I've rekindled relationships with after many, many years!! I LOVE SCRAPBOOKING!!!
Have a great weekend!
Happy Scrappin'!! -Nikki

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Guess what I got today.....

a bug..... getting the keys from Bill.

Dan actually drove it once....
Bella even liked it!!
I know, I know, Dan doesn't look like he likes it, but he'll come around!!

A CUTE LITTLE BUG....... isn't cute!!!! CUTE AS A BUG IN A RUG!!! Hmmmm.... that would be a good layout for my girl!! heehee! Well we've had one car for a couple of months and it was time to get another one and I've been trying to convince my DH that this car is the perfect car, and he wasn't convinced!!
But, he gave in!!! We went to test drive it and I of course fell head over heals in love and he just shook his head!! He knew he had to give in. (He even drove it once today.) Anyway that's all for now, just wanted to show off Lilith, that's her name, but my DH named her "In-practical Lilith"!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Oh and BTW I'm getting closer to having the website completed! My web design company is working day and night to get it in great shape!! (Many thanks to Global Net Designs!) However I'm not going to take it "live" until it's in tip top shape!!!

CHA Summer 2009 Sneak Peeks...

Here are all my papers for "Victoria's Street" and "My Sweet Cherry Pie". These are two of the six lines that I'm debuting at CHA this summer! I've been receiving many orders for these two paper lines already; they've been quite a hit so far!! YAY!!!!!! I hope you all will love them too!! I have been shipping literally all over the world! Brick and morter and online stores are already selling both of these paper lines and some of my other products like, clear stamps, brads and 6x6 mini pads,and more will be selling them soon. (I'll link you all to some of their sites when they start selling them.) Also I'm very excited because Ali Davis, Creating Keepsakes Dream Team Gal, Hall of Famer, and Scrapbooker of the Year finalist, is using "MY SWEET CHERRY PIE" in her July "Hall of Fame Kit of the Month Club"!!!! I can't wait to see what she does with my papers!! So get out of the heat and do some scrappin'!! Have a great day!! -Nikki

Monday, June 22, 2009

Shipping and I got to play a little on Saturday....

This is our sweet Caitlin that has been working for us this summer. She helped me get all the DT packages out ..... here they are on the couch waiting to be shipped!!!
This layout I did of Henry, my Step-son!! I scrap-lifted it off of a Kristina Contes layout, I've always loved her work!! I think she rocks... I would love to see what she could do with my papers!! ( So everything on this l/o is made by using my products expect the bracket: Pebbles Inc, the rhinestone brads are unknown.)
I made this for my DH, Daniel.... for Father's Day. Everything is made with my papers except the frame: American Crafts, and the blue dot is by Pebbles Inc., and the blue chipboard letters are by Hedi Swapp.
I did this l/o last night and I have to say I totally scrap-lifted Jennifer Matott's technique, one of my DT ladies, she folded up the scallop edges of her l/o like I did below and I loved it!!! So I tried it last night... thanks for the tip Jen!! Here is her blog: Jennifer Matott
This is my sweet Willie-Bee.... just another layout of him!! We sure miss him, but his little spirit lives on!!! -Nikki

Friday, June 19, 2009

My New Friend.....

Lexi!! I met Lexi from my DT call, she just lives a few miles from me so I invited her over. Lexi was so sweet and made an adorable paper project out of my paper line "Victoria's Street", she is very talented!! Here is a link to her blog: http://www.lexi-bridges.blogspot.com/ where you can see that cute project!! (I'm going to take it to CHA with me b/c it's so cute!!) Thanks Lexi!!! Hope we get to meet up again!! -Nikki

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I went to Scrap-a-Palooza this last Saturday that Scrapbook Generations put together from 9-10pm!! I had so much fun!! I gave away two door prizes from my paper lines, and was introduced for the first time as "Nikki" from "Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker LLC. The DJ from one of our local radio station introduced me and asked me some questions about my company.
The ladies from Scrapbook Generations set up a VERY nice sign on a table with my products that they bought for Scrap-a-Palooza!! Thanks so much ladies!! Here is their blog with more pics http://www.scrapbookgeneration.blogspot.com/
This picture didn't turn out to good, but it's better than nothing!! This is a pic of all the ladies from Scrapbook Generations, (from left to right) Karin, Stacey, Debbie, Allison, and ME!!!
There were over 200 ladies scrappin' up a storm!!
And the chocolate fountains.... with fruit, cookies, marshmallow and did I mention CHOCOLATE!! What a treat this was, for four hours this chocolate ran while we scrapped and ate!! All the food was great, homemade bread, rolls, and the chicken was fantastic!!! And they served 200 plus ladies!!! It was great, and if you are up for a Scrap-a-Palooza, they will be hosting another one September 12, 2009!!! You can go to Scrapbook Generations Blog for more info. http://www.scrapbookgeneration.blogspot.com/ I plan on being there and I hope some of you all can join me!! Have a great week!! -Nikki

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


My first sale took place today!! A local scrapbooking
retailer here in good ole' Springfield Mo bought my
first TWO paper lines. The name of the store is Scrapbook
Generation, here is the link to their store http://scrapbookgeneration.com/
as some of you will know it's the home of Allison Davis, Creating
Keepsakes Dream Team, Hall of Fame, and Scrapbooker of the Year finalist.
Also here is a link to Scrapbook Generation's blog: http://www.scrapbookgeneration.blogspot.com/ where you can see the display of my papers in their retail store!! I'm so very excited..... the picture above is of one of the store owners, Debbie, and I holding my paper line Victoria's Street, I'm holding my layout using products from Victoria's Street. Thank you Scrapbook Generation!!

I made these 2 projects using my paper line:
"My Sweet Cherry Pie"

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Introducing Willie-B's Leading Ladies....

The Domestic Design Team:
(they are in no particular order)

1. Charity Hassel from (FL) Blog: http://meaningfulmenagerie.blogspot.com/
2. Nathalie Leonelli from (CA) Blog: http://anounceofcreativity.blogspot.com/
3. Julie Tucker-Woleck from (AZ) Blog: http://thetuckerwolekclan.blogspot.com/
4. Deana Boston from (MO) Blog: http://www.deanaboston.typepad.com/divalogues
5. Jennifer Matott from (NY) Blog: http://arttalk-sigmagirl.blogspot.com/
6. Susan Dupre from (TX) Blog: http://scrappysusandupre.blogspot.com/
7. Jana Eubank from (UT) Blog: http://www.frommyfeatherednest.blogspot.com/
8. Mimi Leinbach from (PA) Blog: http://mycharmingblog-scrappermimi.blogspot.com/
9. Michelle Lanning from (CA) Blog: http://michellelanning.typepad.com/tutusandgluedots/
10. Laura Achilies form (CO) Blog: http://lauraachilles1.wordpress.com/
11. Deanna Misner from (TN) Blog: http://deannamisner.blogspot.com/
12. Abbie Torroll from (OK) Blog: http://abbietorroll.blogspot.com/

The International Design Team:
(they are in no particular order)

1. Hilde Janbroers from the Netherlands Blog: http://www.scrapworld.web-log.nl/
2. Emeline Seet from Singapore Blog: http://www.scrapvilla.blogspot.com/
3. Nadhrah Maidin from Malaysia Blog: http://www.chunot76.blogspot.com/
4. Mette Kallander from Sweden Blog: http://mettka.blogg.se/
5. Kathleen Glossop from Australia Blog: http://www.kathleenglossop.blogspot.com/
6. Anne Jo Lexander from Norway Blog: http://luvalotland.blogspot.com/
7. Ria Mojica from the Phillippines Blog: http://www.cakesnscraps.blogspot.com/
8. Mieke Nagtegaal from Holland Blog: http://mickeyspicsandscraps.blogspot.com/
9. Malin Dahlstrom from Sweden Blog: her blog is being worked on
10. Claude Campeau from Canada Blog: http://imzadi481.blogspot.com/
11. Jodi Wilton from Canada Blog: http://luvalotland.blogspot.com/
12. Michele Beck from France English Blog: http://michelebeck.blogspot.com/
Michele's French Blog: http://michouscrap.canalblog.com/

Thank you to everyone who submitted, and please help me in congratulating these wonderful designers!! YAY!!!!!! I sincerely loved all the submissions. I hope all of you will stay in touch with Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker LLC!
We had hundreds and hundreds of submissions from all over the world!! It was extremely difficult to only pick 24! I believe we will have a great group of designers to show off our papers!
Please check back later for the debut of my new website nikki@nikkisivils.com
Thanks again for all of your sweet comments. I really enjoyed all of the "About Me" layouts and I can't wait to see what all of you will create with our new paper lines. Oh and stay tuned for the next paper line... Victoria's Street!! -Nikki

Sunday, June 7, 2009

I am overwhelmed....

with the amount of Design Team submissions I'm receiving!! (35 submissions in just 3 hours today! WOW!!) There are some ROCKIN' good scrapbookers, card makers and paper crafters from all over the world!! I started going through the submissions one at a time Friday night for about 4 hours, then again on Saturday for about 6 hours with the help of some in house ladies, and now today, Sunday, I'm working on it again. I have know idea how I'm going to pick and choose when everyone is so good!! Soooo I've decided to have a domestic and an international DT!! I haven't decided on how many designers for each team yet, but I will very soon!!
You all have about 4 hours left to submit and I can't wait to announce who will be "Willie-B's Design Team" next week!!
Thanks for all your VERY, VERY kind words and Good Luck to you all!! -Nikki
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