Thursday, September 30, 2010

"Christmas Traditions" Class-In-A-Box Supply List

Hi, everyone! I wanted to quickly post the supply list for the "Christmas Traditions" Class-In-A-Box! This way you'll get to see a list of everything that's included in the kit, so you know what luscious goodies are coming your way. Pre-orders start at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow here on my blog!

Supply List:

7 Gypsies:
1 pack of Naked Pockets, multi-size

American Crafts:
10 sheets of textured cardstock in five luscious colors
1 pack of glittered Thickers in the "Rainboots" font

3 Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Cat's Eyes in Blackbird, Warm Green and Warm Red

Crafty Secrets:
"Vintage Christmas" Clear Art Stamp set

Graphic 45:
1 full "Christmas Past" Deluxe 8"x8" Paper Pad
1 full "Christmas Past" Deluxe 12"x12" Paper Pad

Jenni Bowlin:
Vintage Christmas Chipboard Buttons

1 Victorian Vas Pin
1 pack Holiday Lights
1 pack Camelot Roses
1 pack Lilliput Roses
1 pack Rossetti Roses in "Sara"
1 pack Winter Branches in "Apricot"
1 pack Antique Mistletoe in "Raspberry Mocha"
2 packs of Brown Say it in Pearls w/ Crystals

1 Adirondack Dabber in gold
1 bottle of Liquid Pearls in White Opal
1 bottle of Stickles in Gold

Tattered Angels:
1 bottle of Glimmer Mist in "Iridescent Gold"

3 yards of elegant cluny lace
5 yards of assorted ribbons
12 8.5"x11" sheets of chipboard
24 assorted size shipping tags
36 large eyeletss
Chipboard die cuts from Sizzix and Spellbinders
Custom journaling spots of my design
Mulberry Leaves

The MSRP for all these goodies is over $150.00 ~ the stamp set alone retails for $24.95. There are seven full packs of Prima flowers, not to mention pearls, stamps and two full packs of Graphic 45 paper. This kit is loaded! You are getting all of this PLUS an exclusive DVD class for less than the MSRP of just the goodies.

Those of you who purchased the kits last year know that we had a problem with one of the manufacturers not being able to supply the quantities we needed. In the unlikely event that a similar situation occurs this year, a comparable item of equal or greater value will be substituted so that your kit remains complete and you get your full value.

~Kathryn :D
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Monday, September 27, 2010

Christmas Kit FAQs

Hi, everyone! I've been getting some emails with questions about the Christmas Kits, so I thought I'd do an FAQ.

How do we pre-order the kits?

Starting on October 1st, I will have PayPal buttons on my blog where you can reserve a kit for yourself.

I don't have PayPal ~ can I still get a kit?

Yes, but you need to email me ASAP at to discuss payment.

Will you ship the kits outside the US?


How much will it cost to ship to my country?

The kits will ship in the USPS Priority Mail Regular Flat Rate Box. What this means for International customers is that it will not cost more than $26.95 {Canada/Mexico} or $43.45 {all other countries} to ship. Before we ship the boxes internationally, we will check how much it costs to ship by weight to your destination. If the price by weight is less than the flat rate, we will ship by weight. If the price by weight is higher, we will use the flat rate.

I live outside the US ~ will the DVD still play on my computer or television?

The DVD format will be NTSC, and will play on any device that reads NTSC encoding. Most players outside the US read both the PAL and the NTSC formats. This is not like a studio released DVD which is formatted by region, and so will not play in all countries. You should have no problem playing it on both your computer and your television.

Will we get to see the album before we buy the kit?

No, only people who pay for the class will be able to see the album. It is exclusive to kit purchasers.

Will you be doing a video of the kit?

I will be showing elements of the kit over the coming month, but it is unlikely that the entire kit will be shown before November 1st. However, I will post a detailed supply list in the pre-order post on October 1st so you can see exactly what is in the kit.

If I order just the DVD, will it come with an instruction manual like we saw in the video of last year's kit?

Yes, the DVD will come with any written instructions that are included in the full kit.

I missed this last year ~ do you still have copies of the 2009 DVDs?

Yes, I am currently making more copies of the 2009 Christmas DVD & hope to have them in stock for you to order soon.

I hope that answers most of your questions! If you have others, feel free to post them here or send me an email at

Liffe's a beach. Scrapbook it.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

September 2010 TWS Mini Album

Hi, everyone! I wanted to share with you the mini album I made for my September 2010 Trade Wind Scrappers swap partner Kim. You can check out Kim's blog here: Kute 'N Krafty Kim.

This shabby chic paper bag album has a romance theme, and primarily uses the Creative Imaginations "Beloved" paper collection. I really hope you enjoy it! Check it out on YouTube or down below: Beloved Paper Bag Album.

For more info on the swaps I host, check out my online scrappy community: The Beach.

Also, if you'd like to see how I made the linen flower on the front cover, check out the recording from the UStream class where I put it together: Linen Flower Tutorial.

Thanks for watching & have a great weekend!

~Kathryn :D
Life's a beach. Scrapbook it.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Recently Overheard in the Krieger-Jackson Household ...

Him: You've been posting a lot today.

Me: Oh, you mean on my blog and YouTube Channel?

Him: Yeah, I saw where you posted about the Christmas Kits.

Me: Did you read all the way to the part where we got hit by a comet?

Him: I wanted to talk to you about that. It's actually more likely that we'd get hit by a meteorite. Comets don't really hit the earth.

Me: They never hit the earth?

Him: Not as often. And they're a lot bigger than meteorites. It could have been a comet hitting the earth that wiped out the dinosaurs.

Me: I'd better go change my blog then.

Him: Why?

Me: I don't want to be giving out false information about impending comet attacks.

Him: Yeah, you could start a panic.

Me: Just call me Orson Welles.

Life's a beach. Scrapbook it.

P.S. New Video: "Beloved" TWS Swap Album for Kim

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Christmas Kit Pre-Orders Coming Soon!

Hi, everyone! It's getting close to that time of year where I start wishing I had never taken up scrapbooking: Christmas Kit Pre-Order Time! :D

I know, I know ~ I swore I would never make another Christmas Kit after that whole fiasco with Making Memories last year {who you will notice does NOT appear in the list of manufacturers below ~ HA! REVENGE!}, but the kits are back by popular demand!

Which is just proof that when I swear up and down I am never, EVER going to do something EVER AGAIN AS LONG AS I LIVE, you can probably talk me into doing it again assuming you wait for my PTSD to subside & for amnesia to set in.

So what am I even talking about anyway? For those of you who don't know, last year I offered a virtual Christmas album class in a box. The kit came with everything needed to complete an album I designed, along with a DVD where I guided viewers through the assembly of an album identical to mine in a classroom like format. The tutorial was exclusive to the DVD & included tips and techniques which I have never shown on YouTube. Putting the video on DVD instead of YouTube allows me to offer a slower pace with fewer cuts and more detailed shots. The DVD classroom format also enables purchasers to scrap at their own pace by pausing, rewinding, skipping ahead, etc. No more waiting for videos to load.

Like all my albums, this album will be chock full of beautiful techniques, unique and exciting pages, interactive page elements and fun embellishments. The 2010 album will primarily feature the Graphic 45 "Christmas Past" collection, with inclusions from 7Gypsies, American Crafts, Clearsnap, Crafty Secrets, Jenni Bowlin, Prima, Ranger, Sizzix, Tattered Angels, Tim Holtz and More! There is over $150.00 MSRP worth of goodies in the box & that's not including the DVD!

You can see a video of one of the kits from last year here: 25 Days Until Christmas Kit by Tiffany.

This year the kits are going deluxe. We've included lots of high-end papers and embellishments from some of the hottest manufacturers in scrapbooking. We'll be chronicling our family Christmas traditions, memories and recipes in a luxurious vintage ~ even Victorian ~ twelve page 8"x8" Christmas album.

Pre-orders will go up on October 1, 2010 and will close on November 1, 2010. Kits will ship by December 1st unless there is a problem with a manufacturer, the USPS goes on strike, or a comet hits my house. Pre-order prices are only good through November 1st. After that, kits may not be available or may only be available at elevated prices due to minimum order requirements. I should tell you that last year the kits sold out completely during pre-orders.

There will be three pre-order options this year: Full Kit + DVD Deposit Only, Full Kit + DVD Paid in Full and DVD Only.

Pre-Order Prices: through November 1st
1. DVD only: $19.95 USD + shipping due on order.
Will ship in a USPS Priority flate rate envelope.
2. DVD, Chipboard, Paper & All the Trimmings, Deposit Only: $150.00 USD total, $75.00 USD due on pre-order and the remaining $75.00 USD + Shipping due when kits are complete & ready to ship. Shipping will be via the USPS Priority mail Medium FRB.
3. DVD, Chipboard, Paper & All the Trimmings, Paid in Full: $150.00 USD + shipping due on pre-order. The benefit of paying the total upfront is that the second the kits are ready to ship, these kits will be the first out the door.

Payment will be via PayPal. Information on how to pre-order this gorgeous showcase for your family's activities, recipes and holiday traditions will be available on October 1st!

While a full class sample will not be available for this project kit for you to view before you commit to pre-ordering, a supply list will be included in the pre-order post so you can see exactly what product is included. The album is a twelve page 8"x8" chipboard album. This will be the album that I use for my personal 2010 Christmas album, so you can be sure that it will have the same attention to detail and level of creativity that I put into all my projects.

If you are reading this post, then you are probably already familiar with my work and my YouTube videos, so you know what to expect from my creations. This one will be no exception, and it will be exclusive to the class DVDs ~ it will never appear in videos on my YouTube channel or live UStream shows! Only class members will have access to this exclusive album through the instructional DVD.

Thank you for your interest and for all your support! Please do not hesitate to leave a comment here with a question or e-mail me at I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Life's a beach. Scrapbook it.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New Video: Fall Album + Fun Scrappy Goodies!

Hi, everyone! I have just finished the next layout in my "Love the Fall" album, which features the K & Company "Alleghany Plum" collection {available at JoAnn's} and the Fall 2010 Glimmer Mists.

I posted the video over on my YouTube Channel. You can view it below or follow the link to watch on YouTube: Love the Fall, Part 3.

I also went shopping yesterday at Scrapyland {it's an online retailer, but their warehouse is in Miami so if you live here you can go in there and shop around ~ just call first} and bought some fun stamps and dies. I went with Olga, who is a bad influence, and so I got lots of cool stuff. However, as a result, my debit card has now entered the witness relocation program:

Crafty Secrets "Art Studio" Clear Stamps:

He'd also just gotten in a bunch of stamps from Impression Obsession {a new addiction of mine} so I picked up a few of those as well:

Wood Grain:




By the way, if you are looking for either the Impression Obsession stamps "Branches" or "Crackle" that I have used recently in my UStreams, he should have them up on his website either by now or very soon.

Also in the stamp category, I picked up my first ever Greeting Farm stamp {sigh}: Cheeky Mate

At that point my debit card started wheezing and whining about not being able to go on, so I shocked it with the paddles and told it to man up ~ it was time to go nuts on some of the new Rachael Bright Sizzix Dies {they're beautiful!}:


Clock, Ornate & Hands:

Corners, Flourish #2:

Frame, Ornate #3:

Key & Keyhole:

Wings, Angel:

I also picked up three of the Tim Holtz's dies from his last release that I skipped the first time around.

Gadget Gears: I'm collecting things for my upcoming steampunk album

On the Edge Ornate:

On the Edge Plaque & Postage:

That's it for what I bought, but that's not all I came home with! Dani {from Scrapyland} gave me a few sets of cool vintage inspired images to give away on the show, so I'll be having a few random number drawings for those during today's UStreams. Thanks, Dani!

I have lots of fun stuff planned & in the works for all these goodies, so stay tuned!

~Kathryn :D
Life's a beach. Scrapbook it.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Eighth + Ninth Months of Christmas Winners!

Hi, everyone! Welcome back to Life on the {Scrap}beach! I have the winners of the Eighth and Ninth Months of Christmas Giveaways, chosen for me by!

::drumroll, please::

The winner of the first set of Graphic 45 "Steampunk Debutante" 8"x8" paper and the 7 Gypsies "Steampunk" stamps is Entry #24: Penny! CONGRATULATIONS, Penny!!! :D :D :D Please contact me at before Friday, September 17, 2010 with the address where you'd like me to send the paper pack. If you do not contact me before Friday, September 17, 2010, you will forfeit the prize.

The winner of the second set of Graphic 45 "Steampunk Debutante" 8"x8" paper and the 7 Gypsies "Steampunk" stamps is Entry #18: Divine! CONGRATULATIONS, Divine!!! :D :D :D Please contact me at before Friday, September 17, 2010 with the address where you'd like me to send the paper pack. If you do not contact me before Friday, September 17, 2010, you will forfeit the prize.

If you didn't win this time around, there are still three months of Christmas left to go! See you the first Monday in October for the Tenth Month of Christmas!

Life's a beach. Scrapbook it.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Recently Overhead in the Krieger-Jackson Household ...

Me: I thought I'd take a shower in seventeen minutes.

Him: Why?

Me: I'm feeling a little earthy.

Him: So, you're an Earth Mother now?

Me: Yes, I've decided to become a hippie.

Him: Does this mean you're going to start using rocks for deodorant?

Me: Those are CRYSTALS not ROCKS!

Him: ... *sigh*

Saturday, September 11, 2010

"No Frills" September Virtual Crop Today

Hi, everyone! I just wanted to remind everyone that today is the September 2010 "No Frills" Virtual Crop! I'll be on my UStream Channel from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and from 9:00 p.m. to midnight EDT {GMT/UTC-4}.

Our monthly crops are normally the first Saturday of the month, so this is a change from our normal crop schedule. This crop was moved to avoid the Labor Day holiday weekend in the United States.

So, what is a "No Frills" crop?

A "No Frills" crop is a crop wiithout challenges. We had such tough challenges for Beachiversary that we're going to take a little break this month and just chill out, have fun and try to get some projects done without all the pressure of deadlines.

Does this mean there won't be any prizes?

Since there aren't any challenges, there won't be any prizes for completing challenges. Whether this means there aren't any prizes at all remains to be seen. :D You never know what will happen during a crop, so the only way to find out for sure is to join us for some fun!

Where do I go?

We'll see you all over on The Beach's UStream Channel: Live on the {Scrap}Beach! See you there starting at 3:00 p.m. EDT {GMT/UTC-4}

~Kathryn :D
Life's a beach. Scrapbook it.

P.S. Don't forget about the Graphic 45 "Steampunk" and 7 Gypsies "Paddington" challenge giveaway I'm having right now on my blog. Check it out here: Ninth Month of Christmas Giveaway. This crop might be a good time to work on your submissions!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Cleaning Frenzy + New Video

Hi, everyone! I have finally recovered 100% from my sister's visit. The house is still immaculate, which is nice, so if any of you want to come for a visit & scrap with me ~ now's the time! :D

I spent Monday recovering from the stress of having company to visit by enjoying some quality time with my scraproom. I had managed to clean/organize it about 80% during the pre-company, whole-house cleaning frenzy, but there were still some boxes in there with random stuff that needed to be dealt with. So I decided that enough was enough & the room was going to get 100% organized or else!

So on Monday, I worked all day in there. I purged {I filled two USPS Large FRBs to the gills with stuff}, I trashed, I shredded, I organized & in the end it was totally spotless. There was not one item left without a home. ::deep sigh of bliss:: What was funny is that because of all the work I did, I was so inspired by ideas from touching all my scrappy stuff all day long, that I spent the rest of the day and night crafting.

First, I made another layout in the fall album & posted the video over on my YouTube Channel. You can view it below or follow the link to watch on YouTube: Love the Fall, Part 2.

But that's not all I did. Next, I broke into my Cosmo Cricket "Mitten Weather" paper collection and got started on a Winter/Christmas paper bag mini album I have been commissioned to do for a little boy. I filmed as I went, but those videos won't be posted until after Thanksgiving probably.

Even after doing all of that, I still had enough energy to start an 8"x8" Graphic 45 "Steampunk" mini album, so look for that in the future YouTube line-up. Those will probably start hitting the screen after the fall album is complete.

I have lots of fun stuff planned & in the works for the coming months on both YouTube and UStream & I am looking forward to it!

~Kathryn :D
Life's a beach. Scrapbook it.

P.S. Don't forget about the Graphic 45 "Steampunk" and 7 Gypsies "Paddington" challenge giveaway I'm having right now on my blog. Check it out here: Ninth Month of Christmas Giveaway.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

On the Ninth Month of Christmas ...

Hi, everyone! Welcome to the ninth of my "12 Months of Christmas" giveaways! There wasn't an eighth month of Christmas giveaway because of all the commitments I had in August, so I will be giving away two prizes this month to make up for that. Because I have had so many unclaimed prizes throughout this giveaway series, the rules on how to enter have changed. Please read this post carefully.

This month I am giving away two sets {one for August & one for September} of the Graphic 45 "Steampunk Debutante" 8"x8" paper pad:

And I am also giving away two sets {one for August & one for September} of the 7 Gypsies "Paddington" stamps which have a steampunk feel:

The first winner drawn will receive one 8"x8" Graphic 45 "Steampunk Debutante" paper pad and one 7 Gypsies "Paddington" stamp set. The second winner drawn will receive the other 8"x8" Graphic 45 "Steampunk Debutante" paper pad and 7 Gypsies "Paddington" stamp set.

To be entered to win, you'll need to show me that you're ready for fall! Create a layout, card or other project inspired by the following color scheme:

This layout features Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Oranges, Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany Reds, Broken China Blue and Vintage Photo brown. I figured I'd use Distress Ink colors so we could all speak the same language, but you don't have to use Distress Inks on the page. You can use any colors you like that fit within the color scheme.

To participate, create a layout utilizing the orange, red, blue and brown color palette shown in the layout above. Your layout may be any size {12"x12", 8.5"x11", 8"x8", 6"x12", 6"x6", etc.} and can be either a one-page or two-page layout. To be considered "complete" layouts should have photos and journaling {basically be ready to go into an album ~ unless it's for a gift/swap}. This challenge also lends itself to a card or other project.

Enter the challenge by posting a link to your submission BELOW using the InLinkz gadget following my signature. Links left in the comments will not be eligible to win ~ you must use InLinkz to enter. Entries must be posted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2010. The link can be to a photo of your entry in an online gallery, or to a video on YouTube or to a post on your personal blog ~ wherever!

Also, I was asked in the comments if you can enter more than once. I've decided you can submit up to three different links as long as 1) the projects are substantially different, 2) at least one of them is a layout, complete with photos and journaling AND 3) each project must be linked separately ~ you can't combine them all in one link. Because of how the winners are selected, your name will need to appear on the list once for each project.

Winners will be selected by the random number generator, Entries will not be judged. Have fun creating with the challenge & I look forward to seeing what you make!

Life's a beach. Scrapbook it.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

So Tired ...

Hi, everyone! I have said goodbye to my sister and her boyfriend and I am super exhausted. The visit was wonderful, but there were just too many late nights of partying in a row {followed by too many early mornings of activities} for this sleep-loving gal.

I just wanted to quickly post the layout wall hanging I made during last Thursday's evening UStream as a gift for my sister. The title is "Sister by Chance, Friends by Choice" and the pictures are from my wedding:

The layout is made with papers and alphabet stickers from the Basic Grey "Capella" collection. Other embellishments came from Clearsnap {ink}, Lace Heaven {lace}, Prima {pearls} and Wild Orchid Crafts {flowers, leaves}. I also used some assorted charms from my collection on the project.

Here is a close-up of just the layout, without the hanging. You can click on the photo to see it larger in a new window for even more detail:

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the layout. Now, I'm off for a nap!

Life's a beach. Scrapbook it.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

UStream Update + New Video

Hi, everyone! I hope you're all looking forward to your long weekends!

Just a quick update to let you all know that my sister's arrival will not impact tonight's UStream scrap chat. Her flight gets in at 7:00 p.m., but then she and her boyfriend are going to meet some friends of his in Miami for dinner. So I figure, by the time the plane lands, they get their bags, they get their rental car, they get to the restaurant, eat, drive back to our place, etc., that it will be well past 11:00 p.m. Worst case scenario we may end a few minutes early.

I also have a new mini album I'm working on right now, which I posted about just the other day. With Labor Day right around the corner, it's time to start thinking Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and even {gasp!} Christmas! So I posted the beginning of a new fall album over on my YouTube Channel for you to enjoy: Love the Fall, Part One

If you're wondering why I'm posting this video instead of the last video in the Wonder album series, I have some news about that. The last page of the Wonder Album is going to have a special guest designer {ooh la la} and will be filmed on location in their studio. So it may be a little bit before that gets scheduled and filmed, but it's coming, I promise!

Life's a beach. Scrapbook it.