Tuesday, August 26, 2014

All ready to go tomorrow!

Hi to everyone,

I cannot believe how fast this month has gone, from a wreck of a building we are now ready to open Wednesday, and except for 4 holes in the ceiling of the hallway we are looking pretty good.

Facebook: if you have been following us on face book, you may have seen this post.

So those days when hubby brings you shopping, he can sit here, chill out, and I will replace the magazines with boys ones. he can even get a coffee or pop across the road to the council cafe have a beer, and watch the sports. So no need to panic now when hubby comes with you to the craft shop, we will distract him while you shop in peace.

This post caused me so much problems on facebook, it seems my husband now thinks that when ever I am in the craft shop he is allowed to go over to the cafe and have a beer!  because that is what my post said.  Hmmmmm must re word posts in future. 

The signs went up on Monday , the classroom Is ready, see picture below

as you can see there is plenty of room for all the classes planned.

We open at 10am on Wednesday 27th August,  call in and check us out.

There is just one small glitch with opening, it will have to be cash only, as  our eft pos/credit card is still being sorted out, hopefully it will be in soon.

We are waiting on a lot of the new release papers, that don't get released until the 1st week of September,  but we do have the amazing Paper- Arts papers in stock, and a few others.
All our papers are $2.00, all our cardstock is $1.00.

We have a fabulous range of chipboard, and stencils are all cut and re stocked, including the very popular faces, owls, boys words and racing stencils.

The Mixed media products are in stock including mediums, gels, gessos, and vivas  and we have a great range of flowers and metal embellishments (no paint yet though).  There is a lot more due in over the next month, unfortunately products take a while to get here, and I want to start of with all new product where possible.  but I think you will find something to make you excited when you come in.      

We will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am - 4pm.
Closed Tuesday (except by appointment)  i need to manufacture and i cannot while the shop is open
Saturdays 10am - 1pm.

Our address is 25A Canada street, Morrinsville
if you are coming down the mail street and the Crazy cow cafe is on your right, you need to turn right, and if if it is on your left you need to turn left.  There is parking behind the shop, if you need to.  We have allocated parking spaces so please only park in those, they have Imagine if.. on them.  Please do not park in anyone else's area or you can park on Canada street, or the main street and walk down.

The shop isn't the biggest, but if you know me you kn ow I can pack a lot of product into a small space.  There is a lot more coming, and a lot more being manufactured.

Pauline Lunn
is joining me again as a staff member, and Alysha Johnson is also joining us some Saturdays, as well as some other guest tutors.

Classes are 90% sorted, and we will have a full list next week, with prices and dates.
But they will be as follows:

Every 2nd Monday - Jewellery class with Lynette Stuart Williamson
Tuesday closed.
Wednesday - 10am adults scrapbooking (with guest tutors and myself)
                         3.30pm Kids craft class. (term 4)
Thursday -  No classes
Friday - Every 2nd week card classes.

We also have the following extra classes:

Art Journal class with Susan Shelley.
Mixed media art classes with myself and Michelle Maggs.
Book making class
Christmas house class/ or church if you have done the house.

Also there is a fantastic photographer looking at doing some classes here in Morrinsville at the shop
Also I hope to have a cake decorator as well.

The School holiday program will be running again these holidays.

But urgent news
I am also teaching here in conjunction with Paperzone
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th October
Get Cracking for Christmas!
We would love you to join us for a fabulous weekend of Christmas crafting.
There will be 4 classes over 2 days, from talented tutors Tracey, Jane, Sharon, and the awesome Jo Johnson from Imagine If.    (This part wasn't written by me)
Class details are still to be finalised but cost will be around $125-140 for all 4 classes
including Christmas tags, a Card Creation (read: book!) from Jane, an off the page masterpiece and an Advent Calendar.
There has been a lot of interest so if you are keen to attend, we suggest you book asap as spaces are strictly limited!
Email sales@paperzone.co.nz or call / text 021 875 678 to secure your place.

Market this Saturday
We are also going to have some clearance product at the Indoor Craft Market
Saturday 30th August 9am-2pm (and thereafter, it will be the 4th Friday/Saturday of each month)
inside the historic Frankton Hotel in Commerce Street, Frankton.

That’s just across the road from the old paperzone shop, and towards the railway lines at the end of the street.  Entry is via the door on the corner of Commerce and High Streets – just look for the signs.
There is a a great range of local crafters lined up.

So thats is it for now
There is a lot more, however I have left my list at work and I really need to get this email out, so I am going to leave it at that.  Please stop in and say Hi!

All the best,

Monday, August 18, 2014

Painted, Carpeted, and Tables are in!

Hi everyone,
Hi everyone, and what another beautiful morning here in the Waikato, not that I have been outside to see it this last week.  After finishing at the show, it was straight into painting and decorating our new space. 

The Quilt and craft show was very very successful for us, and I am really pleased we went, though to be honest 5 days of the show is hard work, but there is a lot of fun, and a great chance to meet lots of new people.

The shop
The classroom is completed, and the manufacturing area is all set up, except for a tiny glitch one of my screens no longer works...bound to be something basic she says hopefully. There is a hint of purple around the place, and thanks to the boys yesterday everything is now at the shop ready to be put into place, the slatwalls are up, and the stands are in place.

Though I do have to tell you the funniest thing was after Aly had put these white paper stands together, which are a little flimsy while you get them together, we decided we needed to put some carpet under them, so rather than pull them apart and start again, we three generations of highly intelligent ladies decided to just lift them up and slip a piece of carpet under.  Well that seemed logical to us, how hard can it be.  Yes you got it!  This was not a simple task, in fact it was downright hard.  The shelves came apart, the carpet wouldn't slide, then it was to long and we had to try and cut it in place, and we just didn't think this through.  So imagine the view from behind, as three of us, all leaning over each other grunting and maybe a little cursing trying to get the carpet into place.  My dad would always say there is an easy way and a hard way to do things, that was the hard way.  

I do need to say thank you to my husband Rick, daughter Aly, her boyfriend Jason, Mum, for helping us yesterday get sorted.  Also to some of my other friends for helping out.  So here is a little push for their businesses.
Russell -  Morrinsville Auto Trim - for all your upholstery requirements
Morrinsville Auto Trim & Upholsterers
Upholstery & Supplies

The next two businesses are right beside me on Canada street.
Phil - Revision Marketing - for all your corporate and sports t-shirts etc  http://www.revisionmarketing.co.nz/
Jo - Prepare  - for all your emergency kits  http://www.prepare.co.nz/

Right what you really want to know is when!

Wednesday 27th August 10am we open.

The shop hours will be sent to you next week, and also with a small advanced rough class list.

So at the Quilt and craft show I was working on a canvas in my Demo time, it was quite hard to do as I had to complete all the processes twice a day, and work only on a small piece of the canvas all the time.  Though I think it is pretty good, I will be adding a few more flowers when I find them, because they are in storage boxes at present.

I have used Stencils - circles and words,  Chipboard - branches, words, swirls.  I also used Gel Medium, Modelling paste, Gesso, Lindy Stamp Gang sprays and Dylusions Sprays, buttons, and flowers, and some metal butterflies and filigree shapes.   I will put this up in the shop when i finish it off.  This will be a class late September. 
The Design Team have also been busy this week, here is what they've been up to - check out their blogs for all the details:

Beth Barnes
This week I had fun aging the Imagine If... Lantern, as well as making it a little bit functional - come over to my blog and have a look.

Lillian Clifton
Come on over to my blog and check out my Design Team project  "French Boutique" filled with miniatures! See you there.

For this weeks Imagine If blog post I have done a house mini album, These are super cute and easy to put together so pop on over and take a peek, Don't forget to leave some love. Happy craftin.

Pop over and see my latest colourful creation, keeping up with Jo's painting theme and sharing with you one of my other passions - CARS.

Tash Chanwai
Hey crafters pop over to my blog and check out this Layout I have created using chipboard, flowers, and stencils from Imagine if...   :)

Hello, It's Carol here. I hope you are feeling crafty and looking for some inspiration and fun, because this week I made this ever so cute and useful little pin cushion chair, and some ideas I have for it as well.

Ngaere Bennetts
This week I have been using stencils and chipboard to recycle a used photo paper roll into a decorative box. Pop over to my blog to see how I did it.

Marilyn doesnt have a page, but check this card out using felt flowers.  How beautiful is this!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Stencils, stencils everywhere!

Hi guys

Beth here for Jo this week - she has been very busy at the Quilt and Craft Fair in Hamilton, I hope all you locals got a chance to call in and say hello.  I wish I could have been there, but it is a bit too far for a day trip from Blenheim!

This week the Design Team are focusing on the new Imagine If... Stencils - check out some of our range on the Stencils Page of our website, but there are plenty more coming soon.  For those of you unable to make it to the show in person, here is a picture of the stencil wall there.

If you did my Stencils Skills class at SENZ, you'll already have had a chance to play with these, and you'll know what fun and different designs Imagine If... has.  So head off on the Blog Hop and enjoy all the stencil projects the Design Team have done.

First stop this week is Brenda Morgan.
Then, in order:
Lilian Clifton
Beth Barnes
Ngaere Bennetts
Carol Noakes
Tash Chanwai
Katrina Hart

And we have another giveaway this week, this time it is two Imagine If... Quote Sheets of your choice, so make sure you comment on all the blogs and Like us on Facebook - you can get up to 9 entries into the draw!  Congratulations to last week's winner, Teresa Winterburn - Jo will be in touch this week.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Big news!

What a month July was, talk about making big decisions, and when I say big...really big. First we had SENZ, and that was crazy, and then I signed the lease on a new building to rent for Imagine If...that is right, if you haven't been on Facebook and following us, you will not have caught up with the news.

New Premises

Our new premises are 25a Canada Street, Morrinsville. If you decide to go and have a peek, we are NOT there yet. Not until mid August, and we will send you an email to say we are open. We are opposite the Council cafe, right between Prepare & Revision Marketing and Triple Jump. Also if you go for a peek you might wonder how on earth are we going to fit in there! Don't worry we have a huge space out the back, that is just the main entrance. We will have class room space, and lots of lots of very cool products. I will send an email out soon with all of the details including days open and times, and also what we will be stocking. Just as soon as we have some idea of opening dates, we have not got into the premises to start painting, and sorting, but will be in next weekend.

Which speaking of next weekend is the Quilt and Craft Fair in Hamilton, and yes I know I shouldn't have, cause I am crazy busy trying to catch up from SENZ but I have signed up to have a stand at this show. We will have Paper-Arts paper, washi tape, mixed media, our quote sheets, MDF items, and our chipboard. So if you are coming to the show, come and check us out B17 (I think that was a bomber plane - hope that is a good sign) If you cannot make that is okay we will have it all at the new shop.

Design Team Projects

So the design team has been very busy.. except me this week, and we have some new projects to show you. So click on the link to take you to each blog post. Last fortnight's winner was Lesley Wiley, (who is probably still waiting patiently for her prize....) and you can win too, all you have to do is make a comment on a blog post, or Like our Page on Facebook.

Marilyn has made this rocker card:

Katrina Hart is your next stop, then, in order:
Beth Barnes
Lilian Clifton
Tash Chanwai
Carol Noakes
Ngaere Bennetts
Brenda Morgan

Giveaway: this week is 2 packets of felt flowers.

So that is all for today. Click on the links above to go see what the girls have been up to.
All the best, Jo

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