Saturday, February 10, 2007

productivity and a RAK!

one good thing about going to tradeshows is that i am often inspired to keep scrapbooking! to use up things that i have on hand so i can purchase more (haha!) and i hate to let even little bits of stuff go to waste. one thing i do have a lot of is the paper sticker tape. i was determined this weekend to use up an entire roll. heck, i probably have like 25 other rolls left but if i could use up a roll on a LO, that would be awesome. so this is what i did:

i love how it turned out and how the random pattern of the tape created a cool star that totally frames the picture! so simple but so effective at the same time. what do you have a lot of that you could turn into a pretty cool LO?

and being the thrift i am, i also don't tend to throw stuff away. donate yes. share yes but throw no. so i found this club scrap paper i think i bought like 4- 5 years ago and even though it was like "tuscany paper", i turned it into a great LO here:

i also got to use some of our new sealed with a kiss clear stamps on this LO and i love how it turned out!

and finally a RAK (as promised before). i couldn't find my stash of "maya roadie" stickers (some roadie must have stolen it - LOL but i did find a nice tin and filled it with some new MR goodies.

there are sheers, velvet ribbon, journey east ribbons and more! i will add more as i continue to unpack from the show.

if you want to win, you must post here under before tuesday morning AND you must do the following:

1. post a comment but not anon

2. and in this post , i want to hear some questions you might have of me about anything from MR to anything else. i want to answer your questions.

and that is it!



At 2/10/2007 06:24:00 PM, Blogger Laura Vigliarolo said...

Love the layout and I will never throw anything away either. What is the one thing you regret about Maya Road if anything?????

At 2/10/2007 07:03:00 PM, Blogger sheetal said...

beautiful layouts!

question--what is your favorite tip for getting "unstuck" when you're in a creative slump?

At 2/10/2007 07:38:00 PM, Blogger ***Marilyn*** said...

Do u tour teaching classes??

The thing is I'm soooo hungry to meet u Gals (this means Deb also,hehe)and bieng waay over here me the chances are next nil.
Perhaps you could come out to scrap a ganza in Holland?? this june?

Always wishing u the best.

At 2/10/2007 07:42:00 PM, Blogger Shirley said...

love the creation!

what are the approximate steps in getting a product to market? out of all the ideas that you come up with for a show, how many never make it for one reason or another?

At 2/10/2007 08:06:00 PM, Blogger Robyn W said...

Whats your address ???

u did mention we could bribe dintcha????

At 2/10/2007 09:09:00 PM, Blogger Denise said...

Hi Caroline. Just wondering where you take your inspiration from?

At 2/10/2007 09:26:00 PM, Blogger scrapcat said...

Lovely pages! Saw them at 2ps too :)

My question is after you had your first great idea, who did you approach to manufacture your items? Was it a scrapbooking or crafts manufacturer? Who did you even know who to contact?


At 2/11/2007 12:26:00 AM, Blogger julieO. said...

I love scrapbooking scraps!!!! They're so fun and so freeing!! Sometimes when I have a big piece of something I tend to not want to cut into it! LOL! (yes, I'm a hoarder!)

And one of my favorite things to hoard is pattern paper!!! Is that something that could be in Maya Road's future??? (not hoarding... just manufaturing it! LOL!)

At 2/11/2007 05:03:00 AM, Blogger Megan M said...

I too hoard product - you never know when that paper or embellishment might finally be needed!! My question is this - what are your essentials to scrap with ie what products/techniques/colours etc do you find keep turning up on your creations??

At 2/11/2007 05:55:00 AM, Blogger Tammy said...

Oh my question is what is your one most favourite Maya Road product?
Yor Lo's look great.

At 2/11/2007 07:01:00 AM, Blogger fleurie said...

love the tape idea on the admitting that i have a few rolls of that stuff too (heheheheh)

my question is
Have you thought about making MR Kits...a few chipboard, a binder book, some velvet ribbon, a stamp or two...all kept in your signature Tin...I think it would be a WINNER...what do you think?

At 2/11/2007 07:21:00 AM, Blogger nicole said...

Great layout Caroline, as always :)

My question sounds simliar to one before but I'm wondering about that 'first break' - what was your first product and/or step you took that you knew this company was becoming a reality?

At 2/11/2007 07:49:00 AM, Blogger wbv1213 said...

Very inspiring layouts.

My question...How long will you make us wait to get our hands on all the new chipboard, ribbons and stamps??? HA! I'd like them by tomorrow! Hard to wait for way cool products.

At 2/11/2007 08:08:00 AM, Blogger girlosun_9 said...

How are you inspired to create your designs? There is already so much out there but you keep coming up with new amazing product. Pretty great!

Also, I would love if your product was in a store in Maine . . . just a minor wish. I am not a big fan of shopping online because I love to see in person first but I always have to buy Maya Road stuff online.

At 2/11/2007 12:22:00 PM, Blogger tgrdina said...

your layouts are very beautiful. They are truly inspiring.

Here's my question: How in the world do you continue to stay fresh with your ideas? I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to constantly come up with fresh and new things...and yet, you amaze us time and again with gorgeous and creative products...which we love. Please never lose your mo-jo.

At 2/11/2007 12:24:00 PM, Blogger Shirley said...

another question - have you guys thought about online ordering?!?!?!? :)

At 2/11/2007 02:31:00 PM, Anonymous Jaymie said...

Love all the layouts!

My question (kind of random) - if you could only scrap in 3 colors, what would they be? (I am partial to dark brown, pinks and reds right now, personally)

At 2/11/2007 03:46:00 PM, Blogger Jennie said...

I have a bunch of questions, but I'll stick to this one for now:
Do you ever take a real day off? And I mean "real" - not stressing about not working for a day! :)

At 2/11/2007 03:57:00 PM, Blogger Sue said...

Love the layouts, C! I'm amazed how you find time to do it all!

My question is this:
When are you comin' to Ontario?!?!

At 2/11/2007 04:02:00 PM, Blogger SLC said...

I just love all the new products coming out!
My question is where does most of your inspiration come from?

At 2/11/2007 04:02:00 PM, Blogger Dale Anne said...

FABULOUS layouts!!!

My question:
How far in advance do you have to think of a product & get it into production? For an example, the NEW FABULOUS stuff you had at CHA - when did you have to work on that?

At 2/11/2007 04:07:00 PM, Blogger Mel Nunn said...

Hi Caroline!

Love the idea of the scrapbook tape. The star looks cool!

My Question is: Ar you planning to renew your DT each year??

(Question coming from a girl who saw the entry detailstoo late to enter :-(

At 2/11/2007 06:37:00 PM, Blogger Anam_Kihaku said...

love al;l the new stuff - cant wait to get my hands on the new stuff :)

is being family with your business partner tough?

At 2/11/2007 06:42:00 PM, Anonymous Angela said...

what was your original inspiration for the tin packaging you have used for a lot of your products?
love it.

At 2/11/2007 06:47:00 PM, Anonymous Lea said...

Man, all this new stuff is gonna be a huge strain on my wallet!!!! It is all so yummy!!!!

My question is: What is one thing that we may not know about you?

At 2/11/2007 06:58:00 PM, Anonymous melissa diekema said...

I just want to comment on your coolio use of that tape! Hmmmm... gives me some inspiration!
(and I love the photo, too)

At 2/11/2007 09:31:00 PM, Anonymous LisaO said...

First off Caroline, I want to say that I LOVE the "sealed with a kiss" stamp you used on layout above....oh...I can't wait until your new stuff hits Canada :)

Where do you find your inspiration for upcoming products???

At 2/12/2007 02:27:00 AM, Anonymous darcie said...

What a great idea!

My question: When you scrapbook, what kind of things do you surrpund yourself with? ie. drink, food, music, etc...

At 2/12/2007 07:12:00 AM, Blogger mumtosophie said...

love those velvet ribbons>!!!

And about you / Maya rd. how long have you been scrapping and what was your first LO about .. oops thats 2 questions.. joanne horne

At 2/12/2007 09:40:00 AM, Blogger Life's insanities by angela1044 said...

This has already been asked but When are you coming to Ontario???? I would love to meet you and learn from you. You are such an inspiration.

At 2/12/2007 10:43:00 AM, Blogger fin said...

just wondering when you first started, how many product lines do you have? and how do you keep ur inspirations coming?

At 2/12/2007 10:44:00 AM, Anonymous SueinMtVernon said...

Just to let you know that I took a class from Donna Downey this weekend and she made the comment that she loves anything "Maya Road"!

Question: How to you balance everyday life and a scrapbooking?

At 2/12/2007 12:40:00 PM, Blogger Cheryl said...

Love your layout and what you did with the tape. Are you coming out with a paper line too?

At 2/12/2007 03:11:00 PM, Blogger Life Aboard said...

I just love your products! Here's a question: How do you come up with new products? What is it that inspires you?


At 2/12/2007 03:26:00 PM, Blogger awendybird said...

Awesome layouts! I love what you did with the tape.

I have 2 questions:
1. Where do you see Maya Road in 5 years?

2. What is your favorite way to spend Valentines day?


At 2/12/2007 05:38:00 PM, Blogger Jane Ettia Jones said...

I am totally in love with that stamp and can't wait till it hits here in Australia.

My question is would you consider opening up a store in Australia? Cause I know I would be in there day and night, a permanent squatter.

At 2/13/2007 02:20:00 AM, Anonymous marcie said...

Since you and Deb seem to live a good bit away from each other(?), how do you collaborate and manage your business? And do you do lots of research to come up with your unique and new products, or do you just *know* what we all can't live without?

At 2/13/2007 02:27:00 AM, Anonymous Prolix from la Normandie said...


What is the product from MR do you think it will be the best seller of 2007, and why?



{ThE fReNcH tOuCh}

At 2/13/2007 03:48:00 AM, Blogger MonaS! said...

Hey there Caroline - its Mona from Edmonton!!! LOVING your new stuff - it is sooooo yummy!!! Anam and I started a business of our own a couple of months ago and I really want to know - how do you balance home and work life? Working out of the house, I find that it is sooooo easy to let work become the focus of your life - how do you not let it get there?!?!?!

At 2/13/2007 11:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How frequently you play soccer and for which team? Love your chipboard
albums and the stamps look great!

At 2/14/2007 02:34:00 AM, Blogger Bonnie said...

How did you start scrapbooking? Did a friend introduce you, have you always been crafty and just evolved to SB or something else????

At 2/18/2007 02:38:00 PM, Blogger iralamija said...

I just love the Maya Road chipborad:)



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