Monday, December 22, 2008


Hello ladies (and gentlemen??)! Nicole here with a challenge for you.
I know that sometimes we come to a bump in the road when scrapping....same stuff...same interest. So, I've come up with something that I hope will get those scrappy taste buds salivating again. I want to see a monochromatic LO....same color in different variations. On this LO, I want to see a technique or product you don't normally use. It doesn't have to be store bought. It can be something you have layin around the house. ( I used a blue latex balloon to cover a button, burnt the edges of my paper, and used a cupcake paper.) If you can, use a black and white photo. to follow the basic LO of my page.
I would really like to see a lot of people participate in this challenge. Let's see how creative you can be!!You can post a link to your creation, and all of them will be uploaded to the blog for everyone to see! Since it's a holiday time for most, why don't we have them finished and uploaded by Jan. 1st!! So, Ready, Set, Create!!

OK have fun everyone Thanks

OOPS I forgot when your LO is done e-mail it to me at for posting on the BLOG, but don't forget to post it in the gallery too!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Holiday Reminders

Wow I hope everyone is getting around safe and sound where ever they are, because here on the island it is UGLY!!!! Snow and sleet and wind and cold and, OK I will stop whining now!

So I just wanted to give everyone a quick heads up for the holiday Season...

We will be closing at 2pm on December 24th and will not reopen until the 27th! We will be closed again on the 31st and January 1st and then everything goes on as per usual!


Well we are booking up FAST for New year crops and I just want to give you some news on those.

In January we will have been asked to join the Kinette Club of Juan de Fuca to help raise money for Bravery Beads for Victoria Hospital.
To Give you a quick explanation if you have never heard of bravery beads. This is a program in the hospitals for children, when they finish a procedure or reach a goal in there recovery from life threatening disease.
If you are looking to get away from it all right after Christmas
Saturday, January 17th 2009
9:00am –9:00pm
Juan de Fuca Senior Centre (Colwood)
Cost $30.00 for 8ft. table & goodie bagDoor prizes to be won.
If you would like more information please send me a note at and I will get you the info!

In February will be our second time helping out at the MS Crop in Shawnigan Lake. We are thrilled to have been invited back to help this cause (and of course our good friend Char!)
Where: Shawnigan Lk School, Shawnigan Lk
When: Saturday February 7th, 2009
Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cost: $65 (fee due upon registration)
* Fee includes - a welcome goody bag/ beverages/ lunch & dinner/ snacks/ 3 on-site stores (The Paper Crate/ Tin Box Creations/ Treasured Memories)/ door prizes/ make n takes (provided by Scrapbookin’ Adventures)/ raffle draws.

If you would like more information on this Crop check out Char's site at

We have a few more things heading our way, but we wanted to make sure you were up to date on these ones as the time is quickly approaching!

Happy Holidays everyone


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Without further adieu....

I am finally back to share the results of the Page Maps sketch that I posted. I apologize for the delay but between a houseguest and getting sick, it was a bad week last week for getting anything done!

I hope everyone enjoyed this sketch as much as I did.

My take on the sketch - using Noteworthy by Making Memories

Nicole - I love the hand cut paper (I think?) and the buttons on the ribbon.

Alison - What a great monochromatic layout and a beautiful memory to document.

I promise we will get things rolling more regularly around here, so stayed tuned. I will post another sketch this week and see what else Robyn has in store for us.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

First Guest DT

Well the kits are ready and I now get to announce our first Guest Design Team Member!

Here we go I am happy to intorduce Nicole (createdmonster)

Hello! I am Nicole, known by my scrappy friends ascreatedmonster.
I've been scrapping/creating since March of thisyear. I have been married to my Marine hubsters for 7 years. We have 4 young people....Son, 12...daughter, 10...son, 7...son, 4. We also have to rat terriers, Violet and Sam.
I live in Jacksonville, NC.I am very excited to be The Paper Crate's first Guest DT member!! I can't wait to start working with the kit, "meeting" everyone, and starthaving fun!!

Nicole has posted a few things in the Gallery and I cannot wait to see what she creates with this kit!

Sarah and Nicole should be getting there kits very soon. So we will get to see what amazing things they will do!

Margo and Alison will be posting there stuff at some point today to inspire you all.

Have a wonderful day to all!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sketch Inspiration

Do you have a scrapbooking product that you buy over and over because you like the look of it, but just never quite know what to do with it? For me it is the different shaped paper - circles, scallops etc. I must have half a dozen sheets in my collection and love the way it looks but I always have such a hard time figuring out what to do with it. After a trip to Page Maps today, I am now inspired to dig into that box and dig out on of those sheets. I found this great sketch and will post my version on Saturday.

If anyone is willing to play along with me, post a link to your layout in the comments box before noon on Saturday and I will post yours on the blog too. And keep watching the blog for more fun stuff coming!

Sneak Peak

So here it is a sneak peak of the next kit!

No we do not get the cutie pie, but the paper is a little tease!

Sarah will be posting later with a sketch, for you to have some fun with.

And I will announce our first Guest Designer later this week!

Have a great day and thanks for checking in


Monday, November 17, 2008

Busy Busy Busy

Holy Smokes!

I just need to know if it is Boxing Day yet? I think that is the next day off I have! Not complaining but did you know? It is only 39 more days until Christmas? YIKES!

Well enough whining now it is time to tell you what is going on in the store and WOW are we busy! I am just going to give you a run down of the rest of this month!

Saturday November 22nd Remember the in store crop from 9am - 9pm. There is a $25 charge and Lunch (soup and sandwiches), dinner (pizza) and coffee tea and water are all included!
There are a few spots left so do not hesitate to give us a call to book to come and join us!

Sunday November 23rd due to a hold at the border we have rescheduled our Technique Tuesday Christmas card class. There are still a few spots left so if you are interested, give me a call.

Saturday November 29th The class I think is very exciting (because I am going to try and sneak into it), is the Mono line writing class by Trish Klus. Trish has told me that it does not matter what your writing is like you will leave being able to do what she does!

Now I must run to get December planned for you all
Have a great day and thanks for checking in!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

And the winner is...


Congratulations Leloni!

Thanks everyone for playing.

Now stay tuned for some fun things from Sarah
(answer to the quiz below!)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Questons for Draw prize

OK poor Sarah has to work with the biggest doorknob on the planet! I promised that I would have this done on Tuesday night and ya well!

So I have some questions for you to answer, the first person to get the correct answers into me will receive the whole collection of Canadain Scrapbooker Basics.
Volume 1 will be send to you right away, all other Volumes will be sent as they are released.

SOOOOO here we go;

  1. What is the hotest tool on the market right now?Big Shot
  2. Who is the newest member of our Design Team?Sarah
  3. What was our last fundraising Crop?Crofton Elementry
  4. Where is The Paper Crate located?Cobble Hill
  5. What holds the 'camera shy' sign in the on line store? a mouse
  6. How many days a week are we open? 7
  7. How long has Margo been Scrapbooking? 7 years
  8. How many kids does Alison have? 3
  9. What is Sarah's favorite time of year? fall
  10. When did Robyn get the BLOG started? August 12

So there are the questions, please send the answers to me at and the first person with all the correct answers will get the prize.

Good Luck


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Week of fun...

So I am not sure where the day went Saturday. So I am going to make it up to all my on-line friends this week.
Starting tomorrow until Saturday we will have sales in the ON LINE store. I will also be doing my first Challenge and as it is for the 2nd Anniversary teh RAK will be a fun one.

The Prize will be the whole collection of the Canadain Scrapbooker Basics...
So you will have 2 right away and then every time a new one is released you shall receive it!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

2nd Anniversary

Wow! 2 years has just flown by and now it is time for our 2nd Anniversary Customer Appreciation Day!
We want to invite you to come and join us in celebrating, we will have door prizes, Make n' takes and all sorts of fun stuff!
OH WAIT! I forgot there will be sales too...can't have a birthday without presents now can we?!?

One of our biggies is a preorder sale of the new big tool from Sizzix

The Big Shot

This is the hottest tool on the market and in honor of our 2nd Anniversary, we will be taking preorders. Now the fun part the Regular Price for this tool is $120.95. For our second anniversary if you preorder it will be $90.95!

Watch the BLOG web site and store for more fun things this weekend!

Thank you all again for your amazing support in our endeavor

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fall Memories

Thank you to Steph (Stephster17) for sharing her fall layout with us.   What a great fall memory to capture!  And what a great use of the scalloped cardstock and eyelets!

Watch out later in the week for another challenge and info on what's to come in store this weekend.  And stay tuned for the announcement of our guest designer!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Let's Get Things Started....

Hi everyone, this is Sarah (aka tsmack) here.  Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, especially now that I live in Saskatchewan.  I love everything about fall.  The changing leaves, warm days and cool nights, pumpkins, scarecrows, Thanksgiving, Halloween.  And being in Saskatchewan, this time of year there are no bugs!  So to start us off, I will share a few of my favorite fall layouts and offer a challenge for you to share your favorite layout with a fall theme. Post your layout to in the Papercrate Gallery under Monthly Challenge and at the end of the week, I will take the fall layouts and post them to the blog. 

For the rest of this month, keep checking back for fall themed challenges, inspiration, ideas, info on what's coming soon in the store and maybe even a prize or two!

And on a non-scrapbook related note (hope this is ok Robyn!), just had to share this for all you west-coasters enjoying the rain. I took this out of my kitchen window at about 3pm this afternoon.  Winter is officially showing it's face in Saskatchewan!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Yea Sarah

Wow you let this girl loose on something and look what she creates!
Thanks so much for all you amazing work Sarah! Watch Carefully eveyone Sarah will be challenging all of us soon with some fun stuff (I don't even know what!)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I am slow but...

I will be getting some help!
I am not the best at this but I will put this on the site so that we can keep things moving!
I really want to let you all know what is happening IN store and around the comunity in the next little bit!

  1. BC Crop for kids at the Paper Crate! This is such an important cause here in BC as if they need to BC Childrens Hospital is where our kids will be sent for Medical attention. So join us Saturday September 27th as we help raise money for this worthy cause!
  2. MAKE sure to sign up for Team Eternal Hopes Febuary 2009 Crop at the beautiful Shawnigan Lake School. I talked to Charlene yesterday and it is half full already!
  3. October 4 is World Card Making Day come in for the sales and class and stay for our monthly crop!
  4. Saturday October 25th The Paper Crate will be celebrating our 2nd anniversary and we would like to invite everyone to come in and join us at our customer appriciation day!
  5. The newest on our Calendar of local events is the Crofton Elementry School Crop. We are so happy to be once again invited to the Crop and hope you will come and join us!

That is what is going on in store for now watch carfully for the fun stuff we will be doing on line in the next few months!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The First

Well here we are in the world of Blogging lets see what I can do (like remember to post!)

So Our first HUGE announcment on the BLOG of course will be that It is official we will be Hosting a satalite crop for the BC Crop for the Kids! I am so excited this is an amazing group that has spent months creating a fun enviroment in Vancouver and they have let me and a few friends continue on the island. This year will be a small event here with only me playing on site, but I will have a few cohorts in the back ground helping and they will be front and center next year with me to help this amazing cause!

Well I am off to get the info out there hope to see yo all there