Saturday, October 07, 2006

it is time again...



well the bags are 95% packed and noah is sound asleep and i have plans to get up EARLY tomorrow to run and i wanted to share a couple of things...

first off this new album i made for a class i will be teaching. it is a things i love album (ironic b/c i just saw deb's blog and she was talking about things she loves) - this reminds me to not sweat the small stuff and remember how blessed i am to have things i love (like my family, traveling, target - LOL). i have been hoarding my ticket stubs and used target gift cards too long so it was time to put them into something meaningful!

and with that i am reflecting upon MT with a calmness i haven't had before. to be honest i am nervous - it is one of those things - you pour your heart into something that you in your heart and mind think is awesome but what will people think? will they think "um what in the world were you thinking" or will they embrace your ideas and see things your way?

a friend asked me why we were doing paper in our journey kit (see the sneak peek link below for a photo of the kit) - and that is a good question. we have thought about papers for a LONG time but decided against it until we could do it the MAYA ROAD way and that way is this:

we know we have the basics covered with our chipboards and all the other embellishments, albums, etc. and for people that are used to knowing what to do with our stuff, the ideas come rushing out of their heads! but what our weakness is (and yes we can admit our weakness) - is that we keep our packaging simple for books, etc. we don't spend the money on beautiful colored ideas, etc on our packaging so we can bring you more value (aka more products at less cost). that is great for people who are used to coming up with amazing things but we WANT the beginner scrappers to know our name too and to get hooked on our stuff!

so that is why we decided to create an 8" chipboard binder journey kit - it has our OWN textured cardstock, our OWN patterned papers (double sided patterns on each side), our own stickers, our own chipboards, our own 8" album, our own ribbons and our own page protectors. so all you need to add is a paper trimmer, scissors and glue and you are GOOD TO GO! we want people to see that you can take a plain chipboard binder album and now you have all the elements to create something awesome. and yes, we did paper but it is only in this kit - these are not papers you will see us selling in sheets. we just wanted to see if we can reach out in our journey to all types of scrappers. and of course, this kit will be an amazing value too!

and with that i want to present my RAK - i didn't get to photograph it but those who know me, know my RAKs are good - ribbons, chipboards and sheers (oh my!) - so all i need you to do is to post here for a chance! you can post between now and next friday for a chance to win this tin of MR goodies sitting on my table (i will throw in some new ribbons too)!

so enjoy and thanks again for joining deb and i on this journey - all i can say is that it has been AWESOME!

49 Comments:

At 10/07/2006 02:11:00 AM, Blogger Tamara said...

Ahhh...I wondered why that kit appeared! Good idea to get people *ahem* addicted to your products!

Have fun..hope the feet don't get too sore!
Tamara

 
At 10/07/2006 03:00:00 AM, Blogger scrapcat said...

good luck at MT!
i can't wait to see your new stuff in person :)

 
At 10/07/2006 03:13:00 AM, Blogger Kelley said...

Have fun at MT!! I have seen some previews of your new stuff and i cant wait till it hits Australia! LOVE your new journey kit!!!

 
At 10/07/2006 03:24:00 AM, Anonymous Kathy F said...

Love you mini album. I'll be keeping my eyes open for that kit. Love it when it's all included - great for a weekend project!

 
At 10/07/2006 03:25:00 AM, Anonymous Nat said...

Have a safe and good trip to MT! Can't wait till the new things hit the store in Germany!

 
At 10/07/2006 06:40:00 AM, Blogger Princess Tamara said...

I'll join the bandwagon of Aussie's waiting for the new things to hit Australian stores ... and the elite group of us called Tamara (hi Tam!!) Loving the idea of the kit, but I'm hooked already. Have a great time at MT!
Cheers,
princess-tamara

 
At 10/07/2006 06:48:00 AM, Blogger Natalie said...

Oh wow I can see some serious family neglect happening when I get my hands on your stuff! Seriously Yummy!

 
At 10/07/2006 07:42:00 AM, Blogger Teresa (aka tmom) said...

Have a great time at MT! Loving all the new products you have been showing and can't wait to get my hands on all of it!

 
At 10/07/2006 08:30:00 AM, Blogger fleurie said...

just loving the MR stuff...cant get enought of it atm...the store i work at...has just made a BIGGISH order of some new stuff...but i will definately be mentioning this little kit - so a sample my way..would be fantastic...lol!

 
At 10/07/2006 09:14:00 AM, Blogger Shirley said...

Love the mini album! And you know that I'll be buying the kit. I don't need to buy food for the family do I? ;)

 
At 10/07/2006 09:56:00 AM, Anonymous Janet Zeppa said...

All your new products are so wonderful. I can't wait for my LSS to get them in so I can get my hands on them.
Have fun!!
Janet

 
At 10/07/2006 11:56:00 AM, Anonymous Jennifer Kolakowski said...

Everything looks amazing! Have a great weekend!

Jen K.

 
At 10/07/2006 12:05:00 PM, Blogger Margo :-) said...

I absolutely LOVE the GORGEOUS ribbons and slides....

 
At 10/07/2006 01:18:00 PM, Anonymous MichelleO from Scraptivity said...

Caroline you and your sister must be SUPER WOMEN!!!

You have new babies, houses to keep, husbands to care for, you run, super successful business and each time I see these sneak peaks I think... wow they have really done it this time there is now way they could ever top these items. They are fantastic!

But girlfriend... this time you have done it again and not by alittle! WOW yal have blown me away this time! LOVE ALL OF IT!

 
At 10/07/2006 02:03:00 PM, Anonymous hmf said...

if your past is anything to go by i'm sure you have nothing to worry about with your new releases at MT! Very best wishes!

 
At 10/07/2006 02:07:00 PM, Blogger awendybird said...

That looks like an awesome project!!! What a fun idea! Have fun on your journey!

 
At 10/07/2006 03:08:00 PM, Blogger marcie said...

Your products are always awesome. Can't wait to see them in real life.

 
At 10/07/2006 04:52:00 PM, Blogger Sue said...

Have a safe journey to MT and don't be nervous - your stuff will WOW 'em!!
BTW, the journey kit is an awesome idea ... but you've just dangled that paper in front of us... so be nice and reconsider selling it separately! PUHLEEEEZE!!! :D

 
At 10/07/2006 09:37:00 PM, Blogger Lacintha said...

Yum! saw the paper and it looks delish girl! Good luck at MT...I know you're gonna knock em' dead(figuratively speaking of course..lol)...safe travels friend!

 
At 10/08/2006 02:55:00 AM, Anonymous chris jenkins said...

i absolutely love your chipboard binder albums - they are fab for minibook projects - the journey kit sounds cool - can't wait to check things out IRL at the show

 
At 10/08/2006 10:15:00 AM, Blogger scrap 67 said...

I am sorry that i live so far away from you. I would like to do your class. But I know I can't but it looks so nice!!!!!!!!!!!
Have a great trip
GREETJE

 
At 10/08/2006 10:52:00 AM, Blogger Laura Vigliarolo said...

I love your album and I saw the journy kit on Deb's blog and loved it too. Have fun at MT.

 
At 10/08/2006 11:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I so wish I was going to Vegas, I am dying to meet you and Noah and the MR family!!! keep up the amazing work!!!

 
At 10/08/2006 01:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am waiting till i can buy your stuff here and then i am going to buy everything - your stuff constantly pushed me to think outside my box and into bigger and better things - thank you.

 
At 10/08/2006 02:36:00 PM, Anonymous Vee said...

love the album!

 
At 10/08/2006 11:10:00 PM, Blogger Marie said...

I love the album you've made - seriously yummy. I hope that we are able to purchase the kit soon, here in Australia.

 
At 10/08/2006 11:27:00 PM, Blogger Suse said...

Ooohhh, so excited about the kit - I have always wanted to see MR do some papers!

The album you made is just to cute! Well done and best of luck at MT!!!

 
At 10/09/2006 01:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the album. I find your products so much fun :)

 
At 10/09/2006 12:17:00 PM, Blogger Heather B. said...

I like the idea of the papers, because sometimes it's so hard to match ribbon colors with papers, especially when they come from different manufacturers. However, you have to sell a lot of paper to make ends meet!! I would love to know what other papers match the colors of the Maya Road ribbons, though.

 
At 10/09/2006 01:47:00 PM, Anonymous krisfred said...

WOW...love all of the new products!! You two are such an inspiration...when do you sleep?? LOL!

 
At 10/09/2006 05:16:00 PM, Blogger JennD said...

Have fun at MT Caroline! Love the new journey album kit.

 
At 10/09/2006 10:11:00 PM, Anonymous Carla - goonette said...

Caroline, I love all of your products and the Journey kit sounds wonderful!!!! Have a great time!!!!

 
At 10/10/2006 06:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That kit sounds amazing! Have fun at MT - you will do great!

Thanks for the awesome RAK offer! You 'ROK'! ;)

 
At 10/10/2006 07:36:00 PM, Anonymous Kristin Anderson said...

How very thoughtful. Your products are amazing!

 
At 10/10/2006 11:54:00 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

That kit sounds awesome! Will it be available by christmas?

 
At 10/11/2006 02:47:00 AM, Anonymous Jo Sinnamon said...

The kit sounds amazing, love the thought you put behind the products you produce - also can't wait for them to reach Oz. Have fun at MT.

 
At 10/11/2006 09:55:00 AM, Blogger SmileyCarrie said...

The kit sounds amazing!! I love the mini album you made! :) Have a great week :)

 
At 10/11/2006 10:08:00 PM, Anonymous Jaymie said...

saw a peek at the new things at "Scrap Talk" and LOVED EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM! Outstanding work once again! I am wondering if there is one source to get your WHOLE line of products rather than piece by piece at different sources. Is there such a place that carries everything?

 
At 10/11/2006 11:30:00 PM, Anonymous Jessica said...

you know I'm in Caroline! love all of your stuff!!!

 
At 10/12/2006 01:50:00 AM, Anonymous Greta said...

Just thinking of you guys and how much fun you must be having!! I'm SURE you are WOWing everyone! Can't wait to hear all about it!!

 
At 10/12/2006 04:02:00 PM, Blogger Abby the "supermom" of 5 (6 if you count DH) said...

I love youor stuff....and stalk my LSS and online stores for them! I cannot wait until the new products hit the stores...I am definitely getting your alterable stuff. And thanks for the ideas you share on your blog....I feel the need to buy your bottle caps NOW (like I needed an excuse right???) for a project I have been thinking of. Anyway.....wonderful stuff you guys have brought out. And, as a lucky winner of your RAK before, I know whoever wins this one is gonna love them!!

 
At 10/12/2006 06:08:00 PM, Blogger Roxy Roller said...

Can't wait to see all of MR's new stuff!!!

 
At 10/12/2006 06:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hope you had a amazing time at Memory Trends, i'm so excited for the journey kit...your album looks incredible!

 
At 10/12/2006 06:45:00 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

whoops...i forgot to log in! that is me above!

 
At 10/12/2006 06:47:00 PM, Anonymous Sheila said...

I just returned from Memory Trends. I was able to visit your booth and I have to say I Loved the product. I will be adding it to my store. The album is adorable and a great idea for a Valentine class..... Thank you so much for sharing you!

Warm Wishes,
Sheila

 
At 10/12/2006 09:57:00 PM, Anonymous aimee f. said...

hope you guys are doing great at the show! :)

 
At 10/12/2006 11:48:00 PM, Anonymous Kimberly (pierides) said...

Wow, Caroline...you and your sister have done it again. Absolutely amazing stuff. I am sure that you blew them away at MT.

 
At 10/13/2006 01:13:00 AM, Blogger Princess Tamara said...

Here's hoping Aussie stores get these things in soon - they look awesome! Love the heart-shaped binder. Hope MT was great!

Tamara

 
At 10/14/2006 03:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH my I am so so looking forward to seeeing these papers!! whoohoooo I can onlky imagine what your raks are like you were the sweetest, most generous person ever at scrapfest!!

 

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