Friday, August 18, 2006

a RAK and noah's typical day with the MR family...

so i posted a couple of days ago about what i have to do for MR daily. here is what baby noah's schedule looks like:

get up, eat, get air in the tummy, cry, burp, poop, diaper change, play, laugh, look cute, nap. repeat 7x a day. charm everyone with your giggles and laughter. add in a bath and a bit of grumpiness before bedtime. you are done. LOL.

now for the RAK, see below:

i decided to kick it old skool this time with some things that i LOVE from our original lines and lines up til the MT show from last year. these are classics that i use a lot of - including this most coveted coffee break album - that ali edwards used in the sept CK. i saw that article while enjoying a date with my DH over my starbucks. i screamed a bit when i saw the article. LOL. but ali did something amazing with our coffee break book and now, here is a blank one for you to create with...

all you need to do to enter is post here between now and sunday and just tell me what you want to see MR come up with next - what would be your dream MR product? different ribbons? more chippies? would you ever want to see us venture into papers? deb and i want to know. we do listen to our customers! just don't post anon so i can find ya!

have a great weekend!


At 8/18/2006 06:13:00 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

Coveted is right!! And I would have screamed too if I was you after seeing that article!! :)

As for "Dream MR Products" I cannot wait to see the rubons in person!! (call me a rubon hoar LOL). But if I had to come up with something NEW...I think you would rock at some metal embellies. or *gasp* stamps! Basically, you guys could rock any product! LOL

At 8/18/2006 06:38:00 PM, Anonymous eline zegers said...

I like everything. but for a new product I think: stamps. they can you use so many times in different ways. or paper, i love paper. but the best think would be: bring everything to the netherlands!! a lot of stuff will be new here. and it looks great.

good luck!
eline zegers

At 8/18/2006 06:44:00 PM, Blogger Vee said...

i think stamps and paper would be awesome!
but more more and more chipbaord
i love it and you all do it so well :)

At 8/18/2006 07:04:00 PM, Blogger Tamara said...

Personally i wouldn't like to see MR go into the paper side of the business as I feel it would detract from the great products you have now.
A continuation of your chipboard products, especially the 'off the page' ones (along similar lines to your binders and the coffee break album) I think would be good as they appear to be top quality items that have had a lot of thought behind them, but provide papercrafters a unique opportunity to work with something 'a little bit different'.
More ribbons are always good, but some more 'masculine' themed printed ribbons would be nice.
I haven't yet seen the MR foam stamps, but perhaps some clear acrylic stamps would be a good addition to your range, perhaps to compliment your chipboard releases? (to fit inside or help decorate some of your chipboard shapes). Unmounted acrylic stamps are good because they lower te cost of shipping (and hence the product), they are easy to store (especially if kept in a MR styled tin!)and if you want to have permanently mounted stamps, you can mount them.

As an Australian, your products can sometimes be a bit more costly than your competitors, but the quality and the 'edge' you give with your products far outways the dollars difference.

Take care,
Tamara :)

At 8/18/2006 07:12:00 PM, Blogger Shirley said...

Ditto what Tamara said. How about some sheer type ribbons? I would love to see more chipboard of any kind!

Can he get any cuter???

At 8/18/2006 09:45:00 PM, Blogger Laura Vigliarolo said...

I love all your stuff, as far as new stuff what about selling your chip tins empty, they would be cute for little albums, or maybe some Holiday chipboard, Star, Tree books or spiderweb chipboard pieces???

At 8/18/2006 09:48:00 PM, Blogger CathyG said...

Love the RAK. Paper -- No. You shine with the accessories and that is your niche. I think I would love more chippies. You can never have enough! Any kind of shaped board books; a heart perhaps. And how about some cool buttons and baubles! Give that cutie pie, Noah, a hug!

At 8/18/2006 10:07:00 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

More chipboards in different shapes would be awesome. I just used some of the chipboard I got from you guys at cha on a layout last night and its awesome. Maybe holiday shaped chipboard, or a christmas tree shaped book.

At 8/18/2006 10:13:00 PM, Blogger Jeannie said...

I cannot believe how much Noah has grown!!! What a cutie!!

New product to come up with? Take the chippie to a new level with dressforms; flat, on stands, whatever. Chipboard printer's drawers. And continue making books-in theme shapes for the holidays.

At 8/18/2006 10:33:00 PM, Blogger K. said...

Your son is too cute!

I'm not very creative when it comes to thinking up ideas like product lines! The things I like right now are kits. I like to buy stuff that is all coordinated and ready to use. I hate trying to match paper and ribbons so I tend to buy things that are already done for me. I'm not sure that's the direction you should go; I'm just saying that's what I personally like. But I love all your albums and I will confess that I didn't know you had ribbons till just now. I think I'll be doing some shopping tonight :-)

At 8/18/2006 11:42:00 PM, Anonymous Cheryl E said...

Okay, because I love the pattern on the ribbons, I think those would translate well into papers, right????? I also love the shaped chipboard books - could we have more, please?????
thanks for offering the RAK. Have a great weekend.

At 8/19/2006 01:19:00 AM, Blogger Marie said...

I love chipboard - can't get enough of it. I'd love to see some Maya Road alphabet chipboard! :)

At 8/19/2006 01:37:00 AM, Blogger jeans said...

How about some bling in different shapes and formats (like ribbon charms, brads, etc)?

At 8/19/2006 08:16:00 AM, Anonymous wendy vecchi said...

I would LOVE to see mini chipboard stuff...especially alphabets in unique fonts. I would also chipboard flowers, brackets, unique edged borders etc...that would be great for use on cards or smaller scrapbooks. I'm working on one of your chipboard books & NEEEEED these things!
Thanks for the wonderful products & presentation.

At 8/19/2006 08:56:00 AM, Blogger Carla said...

Some doodle stamps, foam or clear would be great. They are very difficult to get and they would be great with your chipboards, the new ones.
And ofcourse more chipboard, that is always good. And your ribbons, not on spools, but one whole collection, one yard each in one package (like the BG ribbons?)
And the chipboard books in different shapes, I love the dog and cat book. Can't wait for them to arrive in my shop :o)))

At 8/19/2006 09:10:00 AM, Blogger Garcia said...

I think your embellishment really stand out from amongst your competitors. I think that's your nitch. Perhaps new items along the line of your tins but perhaps in varying designs and thicknesses (thinner for page designs). Maybe like an optional open and closed faced locket type tin. The ribbons are best in class. For the men out there, perhaps earth tones like deep clay, cooper, deep hunter green, etc. I haven't work with the books yet but can't wait to start a project in that area. Thanks for all the freebies I get so I really can't in good conscience put in for this RAK.


At 8/19/2006 11:40:00 AM, Blogger Heather M. said...

Love the little daily write-up on what Noah does! Too cute!!!! He is getting so big already! I'm so glad he brings such joy to your lives! Makes me so excited for mine to arrive!

As for dream MR product, I would love to see you guys do more rub-ons. I am SOOOOO excited about the ones you have coming out, can't wait to get my hands on those! But I think it would be really cool if you had matching rub-ons for your chipboard. And I know you have some alpha chipboard coming but I would love to see more - can't get enough of anything to do with alphas!

And that coffee break album - oh my gosh, I want one! They are so freakin' cool! I loved it before I saw Ali's article and now I love it even more, if that's possible! ;)

I'm so curious to see what your creative minds have in store!

At 8/19/2006 12:15:00 PM, Anonymous Meera said...

I would love to see rub-ons- of course packaged in your aignature tins! And colored rub-ons would be awesome! I am thinking rub-ons that I could fully cover your sheer blossoms, and chipboard blossoms with.

Also rub-on "covers" for your chipboard alphas. So I can cover the alphas without having to paint them! I don't want to drag my paint out everytime!

I would love some florals- but textured and decorative handmade paper ones. I think Asia has such a wealth of handmade papera.. would love to see you start using them in embellishment

At 8/19/2006 12:57:00 PM, Blogger scrap 67 said...

I love all the work you made till this far. More will maybe to much for us we have to buy it all!!! LOL
Maybe some florals Rubons and papers we like or tiny papers for the litlle books we like.

Have a nice weekend

At 8/19/2006 04:48:00 PM, Blogger Carmen said...

Okay - first of all, Noah is looking soooo cute!!! And sooo much like a little boy!!! Too sweet.

Okay - "dream" products:
clear stamps
cardstock - something different here - textured; patterned; I don't know.... I am tired of just plain cardstock for a base and then having to use pp for the punch. It would be nice if the cardstock itself could punch! KNWIM?!!

At 8/19/2006 05:19:00 PM, Blogger nicole said...

I'm sure I would be excited with any new products the two of you come up with, but my *dream* products from MR would be-
*more chipboard - love the idea someone else left of alphas!

Don't think I would go the route of paper, but think a lot could be added in these type of lines.
And thanks for the opportunity on the RAK!!!

At 8/19/2006 05:56:00 PM, Anonymous MichelleO from Scraptivity said...

I just love seeing how much more adorable Noah gets every day. Love the routine!

As for something new..

I love your foam stamps! But they are hard to find. More of them would be great. Ditto on the metal embellishments, that is what I originally fell in love with in the MayaRoad line, then found everything and turned into a MR junkie... I pimp it out to everyone I meet. No really I do - I give MR as my class prize drawings and as gifts for family and friends (unused for those that scrap and I do something for those that don't)

As for new chipboard - well girlie yal just rock at every line you have brought out. I would love to see a grouping of frames. I mean real sizes 3x5, 4x6, 5x7. Maybe with stands on the back or magnets for the fridge to be altered in a million ways. That would be fantastic!

By the way I screamed when I saw the Ali article too! I am just so proud to watch yals company grow and grow each month!

At 8/19/2006 08:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay Zee from scraptivity said....
Caroline all your products rock! I can't wait til Patti gets her shipment in so I can go shopping!
Something new... I am loving rub ons these days and....more embellishments with "bling"......alphas.
Anything you choose will be awesome.

At 8/19/2006 09:32:00 PM, Anonymous Gretchen said...

More metals! Love your metals and would love to see more!

At 8/19/2006 11:32:00 PM, Blogger Kelley said...

I would love to see some different shaped tins and boardbooks - I LOVE all the ones you have so far.
Love the different ribbons you come out with and cant wait to see what you come up with next!

At 8/19/2006 11:55:00 PM, Anonymous Jessica said...

I would love to see something Fancy...bling bling....glitter....alphas? rub on's??

At 8/20/2006 01:10:00 AM, Blogger Michele Reed said...

raw chipboard is nice, but how about PRECOLORED pieces in all the lovely colors that your ribbons come in...or at least that genre of color, kwim? i think you guys could RAWK acrylic stamps! super wide woven ribbons would be lovely. :)

At 8/20/2006 02:25:00 AM, Anonymous Lea said...

stamps would be way cool!! I also like ANYTHING with an argyle pattern.

At 8/20/2006 09:03:00 AM, Anonymous Tricia H said...

Love all of your stuff, but the chipboard products ALWAYS catch my eye. Would love to see more of that, as well as more creative mini albums. Keep up the good work! And that Noah is such a cutie!!!

At 8/20/2006 09:23:00 AM, Blogger Katrina said...

What a cutie Noah is!!!!

I love all MR stuff, and I would LOVE to see you take your designs to paper!!!! Then some coordinating chippies and rub-ons....Mmmmmmmm, yummy!!!!!!!!!!

At 8/20/2006 10:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anna Sigga said...

Well I think that MR can do nothing wrong - I just love your ribbons and chipboard!! I have to say that if you were to venture in to papers than it would be very popular!!! You are my most fav embellishment company so I would love to see more chipboard - I can never get enough of chipboard!! ;o)

At 8/20/2006 05:17:00 PM, Anonymous hmf said...

LOVE your ribbons and awesomely designed chipboard. But your albums are the vote's on more albums please!

At 8/20/2006 08:55:00 PM, Blogger Robyn W said...

am loving your new albums.....more please
shapes are cool !

At 8/20/2006 09:57:00 PM, Blogger Kimmie said...

i would love to see you do some 12x12 chippie, that would totally rock i love your stuff and would love anything you created!

Noah is getting so big, he is gorgeous!

At 8/21/2006 12:34:00 AM, Anonymous aimee said...

more boyish boardbook albums would be fun! :)

At 8/21/2006 03:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am from Australia and I would love to see some paisley papers to match the soho ribbons. I love paisley.


At 8/21/2006 08:23:00 AM, Blogger Heather B. said...

More chippies please!! And OMG, I'd love to see papers that go with the ribbons... that would totally be fab!!

At 8/21/2006 08:29:00 AM, Blogger Heather B. said...

Wanted to add - rather than doing your own paper, what about working with Bazzil to get MR colors, like other companies have?

At 8/21/2006 08:45:00 AM, Blogger kaz from OZ said...

Long time lurker first time contributor.
Your products rock and I think I speak for lots of Aussies when I say that.
Noah is such a spunk!
I look forward to any new product you bring out but love ribbon slides and your cool ribbon colors

At 8/22/2006 07:52:00 AM, Blogger fleurie said...

would love to see some KITS...all packaged up in your 'signature' tins...a few rubons, ribbon, chipboard, a board book etc etc - you could have all different themes.
Oh and an IDEA book showcasing all your gorgeous products...would definately be a winner

another aussie fan of MR

At 8/22/2006 09:59:00 AM, Blogger Abby the "supermom" of 5 (6 if you count DH) said...

The boardbook is fun! I LOVE LOVE them! It was the reason why I fell in love with mini albums. (I know I'm a bit late on that band wagon.)

At 8/24/2006 04:47:00 PM, Blogger Marina said...

I love what all the other ladies have suggested and think Heather B has a good suggestion on working with Bazzil to get cordinating colors to what MR creates.

My other suggestion would be to have cool eyelets and brads to match the metal slides and of course come in those amazing tins. I am not saying funky shaped one, but if they were metal that might work too, but the basic round or square that had edging or engravings on them like the ribbon slides.


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