Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Scoop

2009 CHA Winter attendees viewing all of the new products

I have to admit this entry will be devoted to star sightings and celebrity gossip. No. You haven’t been redirected to an online tabloid mag. LOL! It’s just lovely to share some of the happenings of CHA. Here are just a few pics of some of the fun of CHA:

Is that Amy Teets with the Dark Side???

Jayne Seymour demonstrating @ CHA Winter:

Paris Hilton and Debra Norville were also at the show! It's amazing what a little star power can do to add electricity to the air. Vanna White has been a long time demonstrator at CHA. It's nice to see celebrities embracing other creative outlets. They bring attention to some of the hobbies we love and it's a beautiful thing!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Adventures At CHA!

So far the trip has been just as exciting as you’d expect! It seems whenever Kristin and I travel for CHA Winter, there are delays and postponements and frozen plane parts that need to be thawed. This trip was no exception. Unfortunately, we were late for our Creative Team Meet & Greet, but the team held it down for us and we were able to meet some fantastic ladies from the Message Board.

We are always amazed at the support of our members. You all are fantastic and we couldn’t do what we do without you. You truly make ACOT a great place to shop and share!

This year’s CHA theme is “Going Green”. Some of the new items we’ve seen include patterned papers and embellishments produced from recycled elements. I think most of our customers have already gone green. You guys have been recycling fabric and paper for years now!

CHA Chairman, Steve Berger, opened CHA with an inspirational speech. The attendees were excited and anxious for the doors to open on day one! I saw retailers running to various booths that advertised specials for those who were among the first to place orders. I guess everyone loves a great deal. We’re just thrilled to be able to touch all of the new products that will soon be in our warehouse and on our web site. Becky and Michelle are going to be crazy busy!

Next entry, I will do my best to post some pics! Amy Teets got to meet part of the “Force”. A couple of our reps had a few celebrity sightings and we had the opportunity to make some new friends.

Did I mention how much I love my job???

Friday, January 23, 2009

Go West Young Scrapbookers!

So many things to little time! I honestly don't know where to even begin. We're preparing to jump on a plane and head to (hopefully) warm, sunny California tomorrow! Kristin and I will leave the warehouse in the very capable hands of Becky, Brandon and the rest of the team. What would we do without them?

Kristin and I will be meeting with reps and "hob nobbing" with those great people who bring us the fabulous scrapbooking products we offer on our site! We're excited and cannot wait to see new and old friends from our very own Message Board during our Meet & Greet!

I'm sure tons of pics will be posted. I'll have camera (or napkin) in hand as to avoid any flashes heading my way. I find hiding under the table works well, too! LOL! Jamie (MaBuglet) will be our roving reporter getting the scoop on this year's trends and the must-haves of the season!

I cannot wait!

If you're in the Anaheim area, there's still time to make plans to join us on Saturday. The more the merrier! Click HERE for details!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

This Week's Creative Team Reveal!

Amazing...Yet again! Be sure to stop by the gallery to show some love to our talented team!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Create A Kit Contest!!!!

Ever check out digital kits and think to yourself, "I could do that!" Or have you looked for a particular theme or subject and could not find a digital kit to fit perfectly?

This toNoodle "Create A Kit" contest may just be the motivation you've been waiting for! is a membership site featuring digital scrapbooking tutorials complete with video and step by step illustrated instructions. Learn the ins and outs of your publishing program at!

Already an experienced digital scrapper? Maybe you should consider taking the next step! Design your own digital scrapbook kit and possibly win an entire year at and have your digital kit as a featured download to members!

Who knows...this could be the year you start something big!

Finalist's kits will be displayed on and voted for by viewers. Winner will be announced on April 15, 2009! For complete details and contest rules, click HERE! Visit our digital gallery and Digital Shoppe for inspiring examples of digital products and digital kits. is a proud sponsor of the Create a Kit Contest!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

CHA Winter 2009

I can't believe CHA Winter is only seven days away! There will be classes and seminars and meetings. Mini conferences and major conferences. Book signings and celebrity sightings! Dinners and lunches with people makin' and takin'.

Oh yeah...and brand spankin' new PRODUCT LINES!!!

Here are just a few samples:

Prima Marketing's 2009 Winter Release

My Mind's Eye 2009 Winter Release

Queen & Co. 2009 Winter Release

Creative Imaginations' 2009 Winter Release

Yep! We're already drooling over them too! We're busy making room in the warehouse for all of the new scrapbooking and paper crafting items. We hope to see some of you there!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

We're Ready For You!

Our new local storefront is now open! New and improved to serve you better. :) We are constantly adding to the available discounted items. If you like bargains on NEW (yes NEW) products as well as spectacular discounts on fabulous scrapbooking staples, come check us out!

The storefront is open Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm. Who knows...we might even throw in an extra goody or two for you just for stopping by!

We want all of our customers to know how special you are to us! We're always excited to get to see your faces when you come in to pick up an order. Now, feel free to stay a while and browse. You'll be sooo glad you did!

Warehouse/Storefront located at 2216 Midland Road in Saginaw, MI

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

This Week's Creative Team Reveals!

Planning a birthday celebration? Make it unforgettable by making it your own! Miranda's "Celebrate In Style" reveal featuring Creative Imaginations' Dinos Rock line is sure to get those ideas flowing!

Beth shows us how to make black and white photos "pop" by using Heidi Grace's Valentine's Day line! Beth shows us how versatile this product line is in her "Special Bond" layout:

Laura never disappoints when it comes to her creativity! On her "She Filled Our Home With Love" layout, she pays tribute to Chelsea by using scrabooking products from October Afternoon:

Friday, January 9, 2009

Digital Product Spotlight

Check out Alma's ScrapHabit Designs' Beary Christmas, Warm Memories, For The Boys, Jolly Christmas, and Cinnamon Surprise; this week's A Cherry On Top Product Spotlight!

Warm Memories:

You'll find 5 brand new lines from Alma's ScrapHabit Designs in our Digital Shoppe! Don't forget to check out our digital sale items and say "Hi" to January's guest digi Creative Team member, Cimorosete!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

This Week's Creative Team Reveals

Our Creative Team has been at it again! Creating. Designing. Inspiring. Check out this week's reveal!

Tristann's "Color Your World" featuring
Sandylion products:

Angela's "Be My Valentine" featuring
Fancy Pants & Doodlebug

Pam's "Love Is In The Air" featuring

Monday, January 5, 2009

Meet & Greet at CHA Winter

You are cordially invited...

OK. That was way too formal! LOL! However, you are invited to our Meet & Greet to be held during this year's CHA Winter '09 convention in Anaheim, California! If you're a part of the ACOT family, we want to meet you!

Click HERE for more details!

If you're not planning on attending the show but live in the area, you are more than welcome! Expect to chat a lot about the latest in scrapbooking products, take tons of pictures and laugh! Members of our fab Creative Team will be there as well!

We will be meeting together on Saturday, January 24th at 7:30pm. Believe it or not, that's not that far away! We are excited to see all the great new line releases by the manufacturers at the show and maybe do a few make-n-takes. Inspired ideas and fresh scrapbooking mojo await you at CHA Winter in Anaheim!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

Here's to the first post of 2009! It's strange, but I'm already used to writing and typing "2009". Maybe subconciously I was really, really looking forward to it. I don't know why, but new years represent new and hopefully positive beginnings. A "clean slate" if you will.

I'm just a fan of the new. New years bring new days to make new decisions that can affect your world in a new (and again hopefully positive) way! Scrapbooking is a wonderful tool to help preserve your memories and keep record of your journey along the way. We can look back and see the changes we've made in our lives creatively and personally...or maybe the changes we SHOULD be making. LOL!

Is this a year of resolutions to be better physically? Stronger mentally? A better scrapper? Well, I'd like to know what decisions you've made to improve this year. I know, you're probably asking, "Heidi, what about you?"

Well, I resolve to continue to live life as if it were on purpose and not to float allowing "stuff" to bounce me around aimlessly. Your turn!

From our ACOT family to yours, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!