Closing Up Shop & Retirement Sale

A few months ago, I had to make a tough personal decision…

I had to face the fact that the day had finally come where real life was calling me to press the pause button on my design career for a good, long time.

When I first started designing, I knew this day could come–the day when I would no longer have the free time to keep up with designing and running a business. You see, 14 years ago–before we even had kids–Travis and I both had a big heart for homeschooling. For a while, I could keep up with homeschooling and designing, but there were several times over the last 4 years where I had to throw our school schedule out the window in order to met deadlines and finish kits. That was something we could all live with when kids were younger and I only had a 4th and 1st grader to teach. School took 3 hours at the most! But this year I have four students who are now in the 7th, 4th and 1st grades–AND an over-eager Kindergartner. (I’m sure you can imagine how quickly a day can get chaotic around here!)

The whole reason we made the decision that I would stay home all those years ago is because we felt that it was really important for me to be here for my kids. In this busy season of my life, trying to run a business is totally competing with that primary goal. So… unfortunately, the time has come for me to say goodbye to the digital scrapbooking world.

I will not be totally disappearing from the face of the earth though! Trust me, if you are feeling sad and blue at hearing this news, so am I.

I want to make sure that my things do have a permanent home, so I have been working on setting up a small personal shop here on my own site once again (which will open this Friday). I’ve also opened a new Etsy shop, where I will primarily be offering paper packs and note cards. So, most of my designs will still be available, but there are some that will be retiring for good! I thought I would focus a bit on those items today, so that you don’t miss out on picking up something you’ve always wanted to get.

Here’s the run down on my retirement sale:

#1: First of all, EVERYTHING is currently on sale in my shop at The Digital Press (now through Friday):

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#2: I will not be moving any collabs over to my personal shop, so ALL collabs are retiring this week–expect for those created with Mari Koegelenberg. We’ve made so many kits and collections that it would be heartbreaking to retire them all. So, those kits will still be available at The Digital Press after this Friday. But those kits are still on sale this week in my shop!

#3: There are a number of things that are truly retiring from my shop… or at least “retiring in their present form.” I may upload a few paper packs to Etsy, but the element and alpha packs will be going away for good. In general, the older the item, the more likely it is that it’s retiring for good. I also thought I’d take a moment and highlight some of these for you! Here they are:

Like I said, most all of these are retiring for good–but whether they will be hanging around or not, now is your only chance to pick them up for 70% off!

Enjoy the super-special and, as always, Happy Scrapping!

Summer School : All About Art Journaling

This week’s Summer School session at The Digital Press is all about art! You find that all Art Journaling kits, papers and element packs are now 35% off:

Sugarplum Paperie :: Digital Scrapbooking Kits & Collections

Here’s just a sampling of some of the items in my shop that are on sale now through Thursday:

Also, be sure to check out my tutorial and challenge in the Summer School forums at The Digital Press:

Sugarplum Paperie :: Digital Scrapbooking Kits & Collections

If you’ve ever wanted to dip your toes in and try your hand at digital art journaling, there’s no better time to try it out! I hope you’ll stop by the forums and scrap along with me this week.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Summer School : Language Arts

Summer School is now in session at The Digital Press! Over the next 7 weeks, we will be teaching on all sorts of topics to help you expand your own skill sets and have fun trying something new.

Along with all the free classes and “homework” (a/k/a challenges), you will find a different section of the shop on sale each week!

This week, our Summer School focusing in on Language Arts, so all of my journaling card packs are on sale for 35% off now through Thursday!

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Scrapaneers is also participating in our special Summer School event, and following along with theme of “Language Arts” this week, you can save 35% off these wonderful journaling classes this week! Just use the code below (summer_talk_01) before June 21st:

We hope you enjoy this first week of Summer School at The Digital Press and that you feel inspired to bring your scrapbooking to the next level with us this summer!

As always, Happy Scrapping!

Heart Art #052 & #053

New in the shop this week, I have a pretty set of coordinating Heart Art packs that I’m excited to share with you today!

I recently went shopping for some new acrylic paints—on National Scrapbooking Day, of all days! I felt like a bit of a traitor, going to my favorite local scrapbooking shop, only to leave with a bag full of paint and painting tools. Ha! But I’m not a traitor… I’ve just gone hybrid (to the extent that I might as well just call it digi now). I couldn’t justify buying any more pretty things just to add them to my scrapbooking stash… at least not until I pick up work on my unfinished 2012 paper Project Life album. Oh, my!

So, since I have painting on the brain, I was inspired to make some digital painty goodness this week. Here is my new set of Heart Art, inspired my some of the colors in my paintbox!

First, there are the Heart Art : Out of the Darkness papers:

Heart Art : Out of the Darkness and Heart Art : She Speaks Truth by Sugarplum Paperie

And the coordinating Heart Art : She Speaks Truth elements:

Heart Art : Out of the Darkness and Heart Art : She Speaks Truth by Sugarplum Paperie

Here are some amazing layouts from the talented girls on my creative team. First, here’s a beautiful page from Sarah:

Heart Art : Out of the Darkness and Heart Art : She Speaks Truth by Sugarplum Paperie

Alina:

Heart Art : Out of the Darkness and Heart Art : She Speaks Truth by Sugarplum Paperie

Jude, Sokee and Jen:

Heart Art : Out of the Darkness and Heart Art : She Speaks Truth by Sugarplum Paperie

Elisa:

Heart Art : Out of the Darkness and Heart Art : She Speaks Truth by Sugarplum Paperie

You’ll find Heart Art : Out of the Darkness and Heart Art : She Speaks Truth on sale now through Sunday for 20% off at The Digital Press!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

It’s time once again to celebrate one of our favorite times of the year! It’s a time full of scrapbooking, contests, giveaways… and best of all store-wide savings:

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Let’s kick off things with a freebie, shall we?

The quarterly DigiScrap Parade has launched! Here is my coordinating contribution to the parade: What’s Cooking : Freebie

What's Cooking : Kit by Sugarplum Paperie

(If you’re following the Parade route from start to finish, you should have arrived from here and your next stop will be here. If you get lost along the way, simply head back to the main DigiScrap Parade site to view the master list and get back on track.)

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The colors of this month’s Parade were so pretty, I just had to make a full kit out of our palette! Here’s is my first release this week, What’s Cooking:

What's Cooking : Kit by Sugarplum Paperie

Here is a lovely layout from Amy using the new kit:

What's Cooking : Kit by Sugarplum Paperie

And these pretty pages from Alina, Pamie and Sarah:

What's Cooking : Kit by Sugarplum Paperie

Eve:

What's Cooking : Kit by Sugarplum Paperie

Also new this week is a collab with one of our May Guests, Jenn Barrette! Here is our beautiful new collection, Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti:

Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti

Here are some more gorgeous pages from the girls on my creative team. First, here’s a lovely page from Jenn:

Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti

Sarah:

Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti

Heidi:

Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti

And finally, last but never least, I have a fabulous new collection with my sweet friend, Mari Koegelenberg called Life is an Adventure:

Life is an Adventure

Here are a few more pretty pages from my creative team! First here’s a beautiful one from Marla:

Life is an Adventure

Pamie:

Life is an Adventure

Hanna:

Life is an Adventure

All of these new kits, as well as all the goodies listed in my shop, are on sale now through Sunday for 40% off!

All self paced classes at Scrapaneers are also on sale this NSD Weekend!

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You’ll save 30% off my two classes at Scrapaneers, From Pixels to Paper: Hybrid Basics and From Pixels to Paper: Spring Crafts, when you sign up to take them now through Sunday!

Enjoy all the special savings this weekend and Happy Scrapping!

On My Desk

New in the shop this week, I have a pretty kit that “celebrates the everyday” when it comes to some of the most basic things we do each week. This kit is all about our jobs, our schedules and our daily routines. Here is On My Desk:

On My Desk by Sugarplum Paperie

Here are some layouts from the talented girls on my creative team! First, here’s a beautiful page from Heidi:

On My Desk by Sugarplum Paperie

Here is a 2-pager from Jenn:

On My Desk by Sugarplum Paperie

On My Desk by Sugarplum Paperie

Some pretty pages from Amy, Eve and Pamie:

On My Desk by Sugarplum Paperie

And a lovely layout by Alina:

On My Desk by Sugarplum Paperie

You’ll find On My Desk on sale for 20% off now through Sunday.

Happy Scrapping!

April’s Spring Edition

A new month is here already and at The Digital Press, that means it’s time for another round of Special Edition goodies!

I think that the palette this month is so gorgeous that I couldn’t help myself—I not only made a matching paper and element pack, but a set of Heart Art as well! I hope you love these pretty pieces as much as I do. Here is my contribution to this month’s edition:

First, there is a soft and sweet set of patterned and plain Let’s Go Outside : Papers:

Let's Go Outside by Sugarplum Paperie

Along with a matching set of Let’s Go Outside : Elements:

Let's Go Outside by Sugarplum Paperie

As well as a new pack of painty papers with beautiful texture to them, called Heart Art : Painted Spring:

Heart Art : Painted Spring by Sugarplum Paperie

And a set of matching Heart Art : Stand in the Sunshine elements:

Heart Art : Stand in the Sunshine by Sugarplum Paperie

Here are some beautiful layouts from the girls on my creative team. First, here’s one from Sarah:

Let's Go Outside by Sugarplum Paperie

Eve:

Let's Go Outside by Sugarplum Paperie

Alina:

Let's Go Outside by Sugarplum Paperie

Susanne:

Let's Go Outside by Sugarplum Paperie

Sandra:

Let's Go Outside by Sugarplum Paperie

All these pieces coordinate with one another, as well with all the other packs in April’s Special Edition category. And—best of all—you’ll find all these goodies on sale for just $1.00 each now through Sunday!

Enjoy the special savings and Happy Scrapping!

In Bloom

Happy First Day of Spring! Are you ready for a change in the air? If you live up North, I bet you are! Down here in Florida, it’s already beach season, so I can’t say that I’m as excited about the approach of warmer weather. Ha! But if you’ve been buried in the snow all winter, I bet you are thrilled to see spring arrive!

This week I had the pleasure of getting to work with Amber LaBau, who’s guesting at The Digital Press this month. We’ve created a gorgeous new collab that celebrates all the beauty of spring, called In Bloom:

In Bloom by Amber LaBau and Sugarplum Paperie

Here are some gorgeous layouts from the girls on my creative team. First, here’s a beautiful page from Pamie:

In Bloom by Amber LaBau and Sugarplum Paperie

Donna:

In Bloom by Amber LaBau and Sugarplum Paperie

Susanne:

In Bloom by Amber LaBau and Sugarplum Paperie

Alina:

In Bloom by Amber LaBau and Sugarplum Paperie

And a few more that I couldn’t resist sharing:

In Bloom by Amber LaBau and Sugarplum Paperie

You’ll save 20% off In Bloom now through Sunday. I hope you enjoy scrapping with this amazing collection!

Happy Scrapping!

March On

New at The Digital Press this week, I have a cheerful kit called March On:

March On : Kit by Sugarplum Paperie

It’s an encouraging collection with a positive message about growing, changing and putting one foot in front of the the other. Maybe you’ve been working on making some healthy changes in your life, or maybe you’ve recently gone through some big, scary changes. If you need a little encouragement, this kit is sure to brighten your day!

Here are some gorgeous pages from the girls on my creative team! First, here’s a lovely one from Eve:

March On : Kit by Sugarplum Paperie

Alina:

March On : Kit by Sugarplum Paperie

Pamie, Sarah and LeeAndra:

March On : Kit by Sugarplum Paperie

Jenn:

March On : Kit by Sugarplum Paperie

You’ll find March On on sale now through Sunday for 20% off!

Happy Scrapping!

Ready for Change

I have a lovely new kit in the shop at The Digital Press this week, full of sunshine and sweetness! It’s called Ready for Change:

Ready for Change by Sugarplum Paperie

I may live in a more tropical climate now (where it’s already warm enough to enjoy the beach—which we did on Monday!), but I remember the longing I had for springtime when I lived up north. Come March, I just wanted winter to back its bags and go way for a good, long time. I wanted this kit to celebrate spring with all its cheerful brightness.

Here are some amazing layouts from the talented girls on my creative team! First, here is a beautiful page from Melissa:

Ready for Change by Sugarplum Paperie

Judie:

Ready for Change by Sugarplum Paperie

Stacy:

Ready for Change by Sugarplum Paperie

Sandra:

Ready for Change by Sugarplum Paperie

And several more that I couldn’t resist showing off… 😀

Ready for Change by Sugarplum Paperie

You’ll find Ready for Change on sale now through Sunday for 20% off. I hope you enjoy using this kit and that it brings a sunny smile to your face!

Happy Scrapping!